Game Recaps
Monday, 19 April 2010 01:01

SUNDAY, AUGUST 18TH

 

Pollock 14 – Lapine 2

Pollock 15 – Larocca 13

 

On a beautiful Sunday in Marlboro, the VM Cleaning Crew won both ends of a day/night doubleheader to clinch the best record in the league!!!

 

Game 1  - A 9-man squad for the second game in row would take on the mighty bats of the Carroll/Specchio led Lapine team.  The good guys started off well, as usual, scoring 2 in the first on an RBI single by the captain and a sac fly by Schwag.  In the 3rd, a walk to Jordan started the next rally.  Hits by Matt and Schwag, a walk by Kenny and a 2 RBI single by Persily plated 3 more runs for a 5-1 lead after 3.  Two more in the 4th on RBI singles by Persily and the Dentist.  Tack on runs in the 7th and 8th and 4 more in the 9th due mainly to walks given up by a tired Specchio (a surprise starter who had to pitch back-to-back games in the 90 degree heat) gave us the final score.  A great defensive ballgame for us considering we only had 3 outfielders and had 3/4 of our infield playing out of position. Hitting stars for the good guys have to start with who should be the unanimous Cy Young award winner and who also should be a stealth MVP candidate, Dave Clampffer, who pitched a great ball game, allowing only 2 runs to a very strong offensive club, playing great defense including turning an unbelievable double play on Dave Trojani after intentionally walking Specchio. Clamp also had 5 hits and 3 RBI’s and, no exaggeration, might by 15 for his last 15!  He has been on FIRE!!  Other hitting stars included a hobbled Eliut with 3 hits, the captain with 3 of his own, and multi-hit games from Kenny and Persily.  For the Lapinesters – Tom Carroll was on base all day and Jay Eisenberg, who must’ve been drinking from the fountain of youth, played a great 2nd base, robbing people all morning.  Overall, a great team effort to clinch the 1 seed!!

 

Game 2 – 6 hours later at Union Hill against a Larocca team, currently sitting in 14th place, one spot above the dreaded play-in game. Would our team coast knowing they had already clinched or would the return of Dave Meyer spark us to another victory? The aforementioned Mr. Meyer, who was the hero of the Wednesday night comeback against Randell, and who had to miss game one, brought his whole crew to the game including the dog, the kid and fiancé and actually even took full batting practice swings for the first time in about 3 months.  After a scoreless 1st, the VM bats awoke for 5 runs in the second.  In the 3rd, Mr. Meyer led off with a single and came around on a Persily single.  In the 4th, with his wife and daughter in attendance, Mark Goldberg led off the inning with a double into left field.  This does not happen very often (Mitch you might have to scan 20 years of archives to find the last time).  Unfortunately, as he looked over to his family with pride and maybe even with tears in his eyes, he realized his wife had left to drop his daughter off to somewhere and they both missed the whole thing.  This writer however considers this karma for his not bringing bagels to either game today.  Two in the 6th, three in the 7th and two in the 8th finished the scoring for us, but the Larocca’s would not quit, scoring two in their half of the 7th and four in the 8th to make the score 15-7 heading to the 9th.  Top of the 9th for Larocca – hit, hit, hit, error, hit, hit, hit, hit – you get the picture – 6 runs in before we can close them down and come away with the 15-13 victory.  A 23-hit attack by the good guys led by Eliut and Persily with 4 hits each, 3 hits and 3 RBI’s by the semi-newly engaged Mr. Meyer, 3 hits by Kenny, and multi-hit games for Clamp, Jordan, the Captain, and Mr. Goldberg, who also drove in 2 runs and who was wonderful dinner company at Buffalo Wild Wings after the game.  For the “I hope we avoid the Play-In Gamers” – Mr. Larocca also seemed to find the fountain of youth by blasting two balls to the wall in left field. 

 

As we are currently unable to field a team for next week’s game against the Brock’s, we will next see you all on the field in September for the playoffs. Good luck everyone! Get Healthy!  Happy Labor Day!!

 

Gastro (Bykofsky) 13     LJK (Harris) 12  

Coming off a tough loss on Wednesday night, Gastro looked to get back on track vs. a big hitting LJK team at the always run-scoring friendly Marlboro Elementary field.  This was a story of 3 separate games.  The first third of the game Gastro held a 5-2 lead thanks to Matty P and Justin setting the table and Hector driving them in 2x in a row.  The second third of the game Harris responded, plating a combined 10 runs in innings 4 through 7, as their bottom of the lineup got on base making it super tough to navigate their monstrous 1-5 in the lineup.  This gave LJK a 12-8 lead heading to the bottom of the 7th. The final third of the game started with some infield miscues by LJK, leading to Polguy and Justin getting on base. They were then driven in by the big bats of JZ and Hector to make the score 12-10.  Then Mike "i'm not allowed to pitch ever" Seidel got a HUGE 2 RBI base hit to tie up the game 12-12!   What a thriller.  After trading zeros in the 8th, and Gastro shutting down the Harris bottom of the lineup in the top of the 9th, the stage was set for a walk off.  Gastro had their top of the lineup up in a tie game, bottom 9, what could go wrong?!?!  Well, somehow nothing!  A smash hit by Polguy to lead off (his 4th of the day), followed up by a nice hit to RF by Justin made things ultra tough for Capt. Harris.  He then intentionally walked JZ to load the bases and Hector then walked it off with a bloop hit to give him 6 RBIS! on the day!  What a win!  Capt Byko said he would need 13 runs from the fellas in the pre-game huddle and that seemed to be pretty spot on!  The offensive attack was led by Polguy with 4 hits and 5 runs scored, while Hector also caught fire with 4 hits and 6 RBIS.  Capt Byko, JZ, Seidel, and Yigdal also had multi-hit games.  For Harris, they really are such a scary lineup and trust me you don't want to face them come playoff time.  Papa Yockel was sizzling all morning and has to be at least 10-10 vs. Gastro this season.  The win clinches the Central division for Gastro and they will look to continue to fight for the overall 2 seed vs. Goldfarb and DiMarco next week.

 

NJ SALT 13 – OVOX 11

The good guys won their  12th game of the year on the back of Mr. Mike Conti who hit two monstrous blast over the left-field fence. This was a sloppy unusual game on both sides With 17 unearned runs down seven after three innings the good guys put up three with back to back home runs from the Bash brothers doc and Mike.The big inn came in the sixth with two men  out a speedy iron Mike Tyson beat out a infield hit followed by a Rob Conti Double.Six hits latter  gave the good guys a lead for good.Zach Kraus made a ridiculous catch in shallow center possibly saving a beginning. Next up is a rematch against my son Joe J and the MG squad..Good luck to everybody in the upcoming playoffs

Anthony Demarco crushed the ball all night and is definitely the toughest out in the league.

 

MG 17, Apple 12

Both squads were shorthanded on this Sunday, but team MG was looking to get back on track after a tough loss to a Bobito-less Harris squad last Sunday.    Team MG also was reminded of the shorthanded beating we took from Apple back in June.  

On to the game.   Cy Burns was out for Apple which is why having  back up pitcher is always good.   Dinapoli filled in on the mound and got squeezed a bit early and then MG bats went to work scoring 10 runs over the first two frames highlighted by rbi hits from Steinberg and a 3 run bomb triple from Katzy.    Noel Gluck came in and of the pen and did a nice job while also flashing his trademark ridiculous leather on balls up the middle.   Surprise highlight of the day was the remix of the bash brothers as MG and Steinberg went back to back over the UHR left field wall.   Per Marrone, that was a 3500-1 bet.   Karpy did a great job against an 8 man lineup that saw Nick, Noel, Brian, and Joe Tracey batting every 3.5 minutes.    Up next is a very big Wed night game (note: team MG is not built for Wed nights like team Jacoby so  we’re nervous).   That being said, a miracle Wed night win would give team MG a very unexpected shot at finishing second place in the division.     

 

CBP (schef)  over Priceton (Wallman) 10-6

After a week of replacement player discussions for capt Schef, Mike Valentino made his Marlboro debut and went 3-4 helping Team Schef to  a victory over Wallman.  Lugos was inserted into the lead off spot and went 4 for 4 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, 4 runs scored and will challenge for the batting title in the final week.  Manochio Senior had 3 hits and the first 3 batters in the line up went a combined 10-12.  Polzer was the only major offensive threat for Team Wallman as Friedlich notched win #11. 

 

 

WEDNEDAY, AUGUST 14TH

VM Cleaning (Rozencwaig) 14 d. Hot Corner (Randell)- 13

On a nasty, muggy night, the sellout crowd of 9 witnessed a classic walk-off game between Team Pollock and Team Randell.   Speaking of 9, unlike the Binders who cut their vacation short to help their team, Matt Pollock decided to put on his spandex, paint his face like the starchild and attend a KISS concert leaving his team shorthanded.  So In honor of our captain this will be the first ever KISS-themed recap. 

After getting shutout on Sunday, acting Captain Rob Rozencwaig wrote an inspirational poem to pump up his team on this “Crazy, Crazy Night”.  It seemed to work well as Team Pollock was leading the game 10-4 after 7.  Unfortunately the mojo was lost as Team Randell scored 9 runs in the 8th to go up by 3 and “Tears were falling” on Team Pollock.  Fast forward to the bottom of the ninth and Clamp, Eliut, and Jordan got on base to make it bases loaded with no outs.  Then our “God of Thunder” Sonic Meyer drove a ball to deep right field scoring all three runners allowing Team Pollock to “Rock and Roll all Night and Party every day.” Hitting stars for Team Pollock abounded as Clamp “Larger Than Life” (five hits), Jordan “Calling Dr. Love” (4 hits), and Alex “Mad Dog” (4 hits) led the way.  Multi-hit games for Eliut “the War Machine”, Meyer “God of Thunder”, Schwag “Mr. Speed” rounded up the offensive attack. Mike Messinger and Evan Binder were “Hotter than Hell” and on the bases all night long for Team Randell.“Shout It Out Loud”, because a short-handed Team Pollock will be playing Team Lapine in a 1 vs 3 seed matchup at Swim Club as part of their day/night Sunday doubleheader.

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11TH

 

OVOX (Goldfarb) 19  Jiffy Lube (Applebaum) 12

Sunday morning at the EL saw OVOX square off against Jiffy Lube with Team Goldfarb missing their starting middle INF (Rosenthal and M. Paladino) and Team Applebaum missing half of its starting OF (Applebaum and young Podos).  One may thought the game might get crazy but who would think the craziness would happen in the 1st 3 innings.  OVOX took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the1st.  Nick D would hit a bomb over Anthony D’s head which looked like it would be a sure 3B if not an HR, but something happened on the way to 2nd base.  As this writer looked over towards 1st  Nick D was laying on the ground with what looked like a serious injury (fortunately it wasn’t).  Showing the no mercy, get him a body bag mentality,  Captain G told his team to go over and tag Nick for an apparent out (hey, Robinson Cano pulled up and was tagged out too).  Apparently Nick had collided with OVOX’s first baseman (which most did not see including the ump).  The ump though did not call an out but awarded Nick first base, then it got better as Mike “Mr Nice Guy” Ballo (the first baseman on the play) awarded Nick second base.  After some good natured arguing Nick was on 2B (I still don’t understand the call, but I am glad Nick was not seriously injured).  Back to the game.   At the end, Jiffy Lube would score 1 in the inning.  OVOX would score 1 in the top of the 3rd and then more fun in the bottom of the 3rd.  With runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs a ground ball was hit to the 2B (Reid G) and as he was about to step on 2B his brother (Alex G) called for a flip and indeed Reid flipped it over his head.  Bases now loaded and a lazy fly ball to left which was called by the LF but coming hard from center was Kelly Leak and yes the ball fell between them.  After all the craziness Jiffy Lube would score 5 and led 6-5 after 3 innings that took about 1 hour.  Burnsy was unBurnsy like and some walks followed by some timely hitting led to OVOX scoring 6 in the 5th and 7th innings.  With some other runs scattered around OVOX would walk away with a 19-12 victory.  There were many hitting stars for OVOX with Rich P collecting 4 hits with 4 RBI and Alex (4 RBI), Mike B (4 RBI), Larry and Alan Rubin chipping in with 3 each.  Many long shots from the Jiffy Lube squad with Pat Pingaro making the highlight reel tagging all the way from 2B on one of them (we did have to stop the game for a bit while we waited for Pat to start breathing again).  Alan Rubin pitched a nice game making some nice plays on the mound and the middle infield of Goldfarb/Goldfarb played fairly well too.  The Jiffy Lube manned hot corner of Nick D and Burnsy saved even more OVOX runners from crossing the plate.  Next up an important divisional game against Team Marrone (600 PM start on UHR).  Get well to Nick D hoping he doesn’t miss any action. 

 

Gastro (Bykofsky)  7    NJ Salt (Marrone) 2  

In a battle of the top two teams in the Central Division, Gastro was able to defeat NJ Salt 7-2 at Union Hill Left on Sunday morning.  Gastro came in to the game shorthanded as all of the Italians on the team (Amadeo, Chiusano, and Sanvenero) I guess refused to play against fellow countryman Mayronie.  Things started out quickly for Gastro in this one as they plated 2 runs in the 1st inning thanks to a 2 out RBI single by Cruz, followed up by 2 more runs in the second inning thanks to a big time two out 2 RBI knock by Capt. Justin.  The score remained 4-0 until the Salt boys got on the board in the 5th inning making the score 4-2.  The defense shut things down the rest of the way, and after scoring 3 runs in the 8th thanks to big hits by JZ and Hector, Gastro was able to secure the W.  The offensive attack (if you want to call 13 hits an attack lol) was led by Justin with 3 hits, while Polguy and Seidel also each chipped in with 2 hit games.  Marty "just give me the CY Young award now" Safchik led the defensive effort for Gastro as he limited Salt to just 2 runs while keeping the big bats of Big Dave and Conti from launching any HRs on the friendly confines on UH Left  (He's now 12-4 when starting!).  The defensive behind Marty was led by Justin in the OF who gobbled up a few hard hit balls and Matty P at shortstop who led the infield D as he made a number of nice catches on some flares in the short outfield.  For Salt, Big Dave had a few hits and Justin Krauss was a tough out all morning.  Marrone also pitched very well in the loss.  The win for Gastro guarantees Bykofsky yet another winning season (thanks fellas!), improves them to 12-6 on the season, and an even more importantly 3-0 vs. Marrone the Mush's picks on Facebook.  Gastro will look to keep the momentum going as they face Cowboy Mike's big hitting team on Wednesday night.

 

LJK (Harris/Callow) 17 – SENTINEL (MG) 16  10 inn

There are a few things I know for certain when it comes to Marlboro Softball in 2019.....DiMarco is going for 2, GG will yell "I go, I go" and Team Harris will give up (and score) a lot of runs.  As for the latter, it held true in a 17-16 extra-inning win against Team MG.  After an error filled top half of the 1st, MG and company plated 6.  The good news from Team Harris was that they had at least 9 at bats to atone for their mistakes.  Also, Team Harris usually has their "bad" inning later in the game.  Down 6, Team Harris scored 2 in the bottom of the first thanks to 2 RBI single from Chase Sandler.  Harris would get 2 more in the 3rd off a Callow HR, single by Corde and another RBI single from Sandler.  MG tacked on 3 more in the top of the 5 to take a 9-4 lead.  Jay Rosenthal started the bottom of the 5th with a triple, followed by a Callow walk, Corde double, Sandler walk, single by Steve Y and Steve B and a triple by Greg Long.  After all was said and done,  the game was tied at 9 after 5 full innings.  Game on!

Team MG responded with 2 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th (if memory serves, there was a HR from Formetta and triple by Joraskie which were the catalyst for the runs).  Now down 3, Team Harris got 2 in the bottom of 7 on RBI hits from Steve Y and Greg Long.  MG tacked on a run in the 8th and Harris responded with 5 more in the bottom of 8. The inning started with walks to Scott Sandler and Jay Rosenthal, followed by hit from Callow, Corde, Hor, walk to Steve Y and a hit by Greg Long.  

Now up 3, Harris was looking to put the game away.  As the story goes for this squad, MG scored 3 in the 9th with a series of clean hits to send the game tied into the bottom of 9.  Harris went quietly in the 9th and we have free softball. It was MGs top vs. Harris top in 10th.  MG went in order, setting the stage for Corde (4 for 4 with a walk, 5 runs scored) to lead off the inning with a single.  Corde advanced on a Brock Hor fly out.  Chase Sandler was intentionally walked and Steve Y, had the game winning hit to give Team Harris a much needed win!  

For Team MG, Formetta was on base all day, and multi-hit game from Joraskie, R. Spear, Spann and likely a few others.  It was an absolutely huge day from the Top 5 in the Harris Lineup (16-20, 5 walks and 13 runs scored)!  Up next is the division leader on Team Byko.  

 

Action Auto 3 - VM Cleaning 0

When you’re a 6 win team and have allowed the most runs in the league to date, it’s hard to get incredibly excited after a win.  For one day however, Action Autos pitching and defense helped flipped the script and was flat out nasty on Manalapan 3.  With Mitch Pollock in Cali, and Danny D off in another tournament, both sides took the field with 12.  Lambo and Clamp were ridiculous matching zeros through the first 6 and half innings.  In the bottom of 7th, Jomo led off with a single, the red hot Pomo drew a walk and the table was set.  Lambo stepped to the plate and immediately roped a seed to right center that one hopped the fence for a ground rule double plating the first run of the game.  2 pitches later, Perloff smashed a 2 run single to right field giving AA some breathing room and a 3-0 cushion. A lead off double in the 9th was the only remaining threat to navigate as the boys hung tough and held on for the 3-0 victory.  Lambo was unbelievable scattering 6 hits, while Intoci played lights out at short snaring everything his way including multiple highlight reel grabs. 2 hits each for Jomo, Intoci, Lambo and Herman but quite honestly it was the defensive team effort that led the way.  For VM, Clamp was excellent on the hill and had 2 hits while Eliut continued to amaze, playing another great game at ss.  Not be forgotten is Fogs who is a lovely fella and called a nice game. I’m sure he was thrilled to get through it in 58 minutes resulting in his unusual chipper mood. Next up J Brock and crew at the back of the middle school.

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 16 vs. CBP (Shefkin) 8

The formula: jump out hot; pitch well; play defense; and, win games.  Today, inning one, seven men up, seven hits, seven runs capped off by a MOON SHOT 3 run home run by ABroome.  Bottom frame, Shef’s bats come back for 3 runs, making it a game.  The next three were scoreless and in the top of the fourth, 3 men up, 3 hits, 3 runs capped off by a three run home run blast by Mike Kleschinsky..10-3.  On this day LHRGC scored a few runs each inning, with production at the bottom of the order… and while the boys scored 16 runs, the real story here was defense.  In the bottom of the 5th with a run in and 2 on, poppamonoccio blasted a BOMB at least 20 feet over the head of Miranda who turned and sprinted deep into right, apprehending the suspect without even reading him his rights.  The ball was hit so far, that no one could gain a base on a tag and had to really hustle to prevent getting doubled off.  Sol Rosenberg Malagold also had a nice game at 3rd and but for the miraculous play from Rob, would have earned the defensive honors.  Kevin had his sniper jersey on and robbed Fazzino of a hit as well.  MBroome was MBroome, buy Malagold was the one who threw someone out from his knees today.  Four games left in the next 2 ½ weeks.  Fun season.

 

Randell 17, Lombardi 8

With jockeying going back and forth week to week down the stretch with virtually half the league involved in trying to avoid the "dreaded" play-in game Team Randell responded with a much needed win evening the season series record with Team Lombardi with a 17-8 victory at the Middle School.  As is customary, Hot Corner started off behind giving up a quick 4 to the Lombardi crew in the top of the 1st.  Team Randell would cut the lead in half in the bottom half on a 2 run single from the en fuego skipper.  In the bottom of the 2nd, the Middle School reputation as the "launching pad" took form as the Randell bats put up a big 6 spot highlighted by a 3 run blast from the also en fuego rookie Goldrosen.  Team Lobardi would score 1 in the top of the 4th but "No Trade Clause" Schindelheim would get that one back himself (oxygen mask in hand) in the bottom half with a blast to straight away center.  Team Lomardi continued to threaten in many innings and would get another one back in the top of the 5th to cut the lead to 9-6.  But in the bottom half, Team Randell responded with another 6 spot highlighted by their third dinger of the day, this time a 3 run Weitsen blast to RCF.  The teams would then trade 2 runs apiece in the final two innings for the 17-8 final margin of victory with the Lombardi final run coming off a solo shot from Peregine down the left field line.  Offensive stars were plentiful for Team Randell with Goldrosen having a monster 4-5, 5 RBI. HR, 2B, morning; Schindelheim 3-4, HR, BB; Weitsen 3-5, HR, 4 RBI, Ben 3-4 and the skipper with back-to-back perfect weeks 3-3, 3RBI, 2 BB.  Becker and Andy K. chipping in with 2 hits apiece.  On the Lombardi side, Goddard with another 3 hits and Peregine with a multi-hit game and the dinger.  Speaking of Papa Kessler, Andy pitched a great game while Becker moved to the OF with Evan Binder away.  On the Lombardi side, several nice plays by a dinged up Seth Drashinsky at 3B.  Also, a bad but could have been worse collision between Papa Drashinsky and Veneck in the OF.  Hope you are ok Mike. . .  Next up a Wednesday night nostalgic affair against Cy Clamp and the top seeded Pollock squad with both teams looking shorthanded.  This will be quite the task for Team Randell who will be without Goldrosen and the Binders

 

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4TH

Princeton (Wallman) 8 Action Auto (Jacoby) 3

The 2nd meeting of the season for the fake ass cousins with Captain TW winning the first meeting of season had major play in implications for Captain GGs crew.  Trying to escape the hat trick of 7 win seasons, Auto was without beast hitter Spoto while TW was without rookie sensation and bomb hitter Mark Z.  Auto scored 2 in the top if the 2nd but Princeton tied things in the bottom of the inning behind hits from Doc, Gary, Lurie and Justin B.  Polzer would lead of the 3rd with a double and knocks from Saler, Lehman and Gary gave TW a 2 run lead.  GG would get 1 in the 5th and Princeton responded right back behind a Saler to make it a 5 to 3 game.  In the bottom of the 7th a hit from HY was followed by a laser over the drawn in outfield of Auto from Dc for an in the PARK 2 RUN HOMER and a 4 run cushion for Princeton.  Another run  in the same inning was all that Captain TW needed to secure the victory and likely send BIG ASK Captain GG to consecutive play in games.  Polzer was lights out on mound again and the Princeton D played flawless.  Saler, Polzer and DC led the offense with 7 combined hits (2 homers) and 4 RBIs. 

 

Doug is up my ass to write a recap (Ace) 9

Versing

W.B. Mason 3

Listen, I can't always crank out the hits with these recaps just so a bunch of aging non-athletes have something to read while dropping a deuce at work on Monday. I'll get right to the facts. Steve Toran, Paul Kamras, Frank Loconte, and the Bomenblits are fucking SAVAGES in the box. Which box, you ask? Mostly likely just the batter's box. I mean, Toran has that salt and pepper older man sex appeal to him... but my cousin??? Richie and his shit attitude and mumbling???? C'mon now bruh. Onward. It was overall a slow going, hot game. Some chafing in the taint area... Lombardi pitched well and the Drashinsky's had a bunch of hits (its been a few days and I can't really remember, but between the three of them, I sure they did something productive. And I'm sure whatever they did do, was done very politely... he raised some nice boys).

Next week, a chance to lead the division... but while missing Eric, Kyle, and Johnny O... #richieisthebetterbrotheranyway

 

Sentinel 9, Gastro of Byko 4:

Team MG gets the final month going with a victory on municipal behind the fine pitching of Mark Karp and some clutch hitting from Spann, Katz, Kreisler and Adler.   9 runs, 9 wins, 9 losses, 9 runs per game scored, 9 runs per game against, and at least 9 arguments throughout the season for this squad.   It’s not championship stuff, but it is way better than the 7 wins this team was predicted to have and there’s still a month to go.   Can Captain MG get this team playoff ready after making runs to the finals in 2015 and 2017?  Most say no, but with a solid defensive performance today, never say never.

A slow start led to a 4-0 deficit but Rich Spear, inserted in the leadoff spot recently, got things rolling in the 4th.  After Frometa and MG failed to produce, Steinberg, Spann, and Joraskie got the bats and the legs churning and Katz followed with a booming triple to give the boys in orange a 5 run inning and the lead for good.   A Collis triple and singles from Karp/Katz led to two runs in the 7th….and for insurance Adler with a big hit down the RF line in the 8th added the insurance.   The OF was flawless and Spear dominated in the OF behind Karp.   The top of the division showed some warts today so what was supposed to be a weak division is shaping up to be a pretty good race for the 3 seed. 

 

Fradkin Law 10 – Lapine 6

Sunday morning brought a huge challenge for Fradkin Law in facing the powerful Team Lapine and its version of the Bash Brothers---Carroll and Specchio.  Playing at Manalapan Field 3 could have proven to be a dangerous place for Ed’s team.   Fradkin Law started out hot again in the top of the first inning by scoring 3 runs off The Big Show (otherwise known as 7’1” Kevin Bomba), as the top 3 hitters all got on base and scored.  Papa Murphy had another excellent game, going 3-4 with 2 RBIs and playing amazing defense at shortstop.   Andy P also went 3-4 with 3 RBIs.  The most dangerous player on Fradkin Law this day, though, was Buck was consistently turned the lineup back to the top by going 3-4 with a 2 singles and a double.  Ed was able to hold the Bash Brothers in check by never giving up more than 2 runs in an inning and fielding multiple balls up the middle.  It seemed like Captain Dennis was telling his team to shoot middle.  

 

Once again, Joey P provided a huge spark at the top of the lineup going 2-3 with 3 runs and 2 RBIs.   Mention must also be made of one of the biggest plays on the games where Sal gunned out Rob C at home for the third out to end what could have been a big inning for Lapine.  Paul O’Connor was able to corral the throw on a hop and put the tag down to end the threat.

 

Ed’s team is dangerous when everyone is there, and there is no better time to get hot than the end of the season.  As long as everyone just stays angry at Pezz this team will be a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs

 

LaRocca Hornik Rosen GROSSMAN & Crupi (LaRocca) 8 vs. RCF (Brock) 4

Once again the good guys started off hot, holding the magic bats of Turano and Brock scoreless in the 1st, and plating 2 in the bottom of the frame on hits from MBroome, K1, a SAC from K2 and an RBI single by Juice.  Brock bounced back in the top of the second with 2 off of solid hitting from the “bottom” of their 9 man rotation.  But, in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, the LaRocca bats went to sleep and but for MBroome standing on his head at short, this one may have gotten away.  Bottom 5 Arolick (6th  on the team in total hits) leads off with a single, a walk by FLR, a single by Miranda and an RBI single by MBroom made it 3-3.  Brock answered in the 6th to go ahead 4-3 and with 2 outs, el capïtån singled in the hopes of turning the order.  Grossman now up, 2 outs, 2 strikes, no fouls and KABOOM he laces a triple over the head of Pat Brock into the right center field gap for a stand up RBI triple, tying the game and clearing the order for the 8th.  In the 8th RC continued his masterful performance today, first on the mound, fooling the big Brock bats and fielding his position like an all star.  Then, in the bottom of the inning, grabbing his 4th hit in as many at bats but not before the BORO BOYS answered the captains gauntlet when K2 singled and JUICE laced a 3 bagger to the left center gap.  A Mark C SAC, a timely ABromme hit and Malagold is up with 2 on and 2 out.  Despite struggling in recent weeks, Sol Rosenberg took all of his glasses and shoes and smashed a game sealing 2 run double, channeling his inner Doc Balar in the process.  The story of this game should be Ronnie C (with at least 4 put outs, masterful pitching and 4/4 at the plate), or MBroome  (ree-dick-you-luss short stop and clutch hits), or Juice (6th triple of the year).  But no, when the game was on the line it was GROSSMAN who delivered the superman punch and the well deserved headlines.  Kudos on Brock to: Joshi who picthed very well and displayed his hitting prowess; and, Double D Dynov who played left field like a stud.

 

VM CLEAN (Pollock) d. CBP (Schefkind) 10-8

It seems like a full season ago, but before all the rainouts and steaming hot Sunday mornings, it was once April and in week two, Team Pollock fell to 0-2 following their first match-up against Team Schefkind (which also happened to be the last time we played at Middle School). With only 10 guys available this morning (the same as the first time) against a Schef-less CBP squad, both teams would need great efforts up and down their lineups. VM Cleaning came out strong with 4 quick hits, but Team Schef turned a key double play and escaped the first giving up only one run.  However, they came through with four runs in the 3rd and went up 5-0, capped off by a 2-run HR from captain Matt. Team Schef wasn't about to go down without a fight though, and used big blasts from the young Manochio, Olivencia, and several hits from Holmes and Lugos (who also made a nice diving catch) to get within one run after 7 innings. It stayed 7-6 going into the 9th, when VM Cleaning came through with 3 important insurance runs to go up 4. Of course, a resilient CBP squad made things very interesting. And the final result may have been different if not for two key plays in the bottom of the 9th. The first was VM Cleaning's defensive play of the year, as Ken Feingold, snubbed for the 50+ game, found the fountain of youth and made a great running/diving catch in deep LF for a key out. But Team Schef kept hitting and a clutch opposite field double Gyimesi turned into the game ending-play, when he was gunned down at 3B via a bullet relay throw from Eliut. Infante and Clamp led the way with 4 hits each, but as we have the whole season, the entire roster once again contributed with clutch hits, important defensive plays, and bagel deliveries. Rob Rozencwaig filled in well for Jordan Rosenthal at 2B and with 3 hits, while speedy Schwag, Feingold, and captain Matt also had multi-hit games. After recently snapping a 10-game winning streak, VM Cleaning is back at it again with a new league-leading 4-game streak, but will have their hands full Wednesday night without all-star Rosenthal against a Lapine squad that is undefeated on Union Hill. Winners of 14 of their last 15 games, they'll also hope to officially clinch the Eastern division in blogger Mitch Pollock's final regular season game of the year.

 

Team Harris beats Team Goldy 11-3

Just a scant three days after Team Bobito's epic loss on Wednesday night- The Big Red Machine had an early AM affair in Manalapan against Team Goldy to try and right the ship.  After so many tough losses this year and with the Spector of the play-in game looming (like the sword of Damocles)  which team would show up for Big Red?   The one that has given back lots of big leads all year ( which was there for all to see on Wednesday Night - on facebook no less) or the team that has lots of heart and grit - and with a modicum of defense is a very dangerous team. Chalk up the Latter (that's with a Capital L).   Yock pitched great , the infield defense was solid led by Greg Long at SS and  "Red Light" Cotter at 3B. They both made play after play- and knowing they had TDOW manning first with a wingspan like the Verrazano Bridge- felt free to "cut it loose" to first base.  The tone of the game was set in the first inning when with runners on second and third and one out- the speedy Dimarco tried to double tag from second base off a sac fly to LF- and Greg Long on a relay fired a seed to Papa Sandler to gun him down to end the inning.  Big Red answered with 2 in the bottom of the first and never looked back.  Big Red batted around in the bottom of the third to score 6 runs and take a commanding 8-1 lead.  But big leads in the third inning have not been kind of late to this team.  However , this time , we went out and played solid D the rest of the way.  No Gimme's for a change!   And then the put away inning , in the 7th,  started by  Papa Yocks FIRST triple in 5 years (still checking the data base on that one) - a bomb to LCF- and timely hitting by Stevie B , Greg Long , and "Red Light"  Cotter expanded the lead to 11-2 allowing a big exhale for this team.  A 1 run eighth for Goldy- and there you have it- a fairly clean efficient win for Big Red.   The 17 hit , 3 walk attack was led by Stevie Barbesh and his 3 hits and 3 RBIs , and TDOW with 2 hits, Papa Yock with 2 hits, Corde with 2 hits, Long with 2 hits, and Cotter with 2 hits.   Up and down hitting , and solid defense and pitching.  Can I bottle it?  Next up the very hot Team MG …..

 

SUNDAY, JULY 28TH

 

PRINCETON (Wallman) 11 JIFFY LUBE (Apple) 10

Coming off a 1 run loss Wednesday, Princeton looked to stop the 2 game losing streak against Jiffy Apple.   Captain TW went to bed Saturday night thinking his squad would be playing with 9 but Christmas came early for Princeton when Mark Z showed unexpectedly stating “he couldn’t leave his squad shorthanded.”  Mark Z is scheduled to compete in the X Fit games this week and couldn’t risk injury for this once and a lifetime opportunity but he would not let his team play with 9 showing not only is he one the most feared hitters in the league but also one of the best teammates.  Now onto the game, Princeton jumped out to a quick 5 to 0 lead thru 4 innings but Apple scored 4 in the 5th and 3 in the 7th to take a 2 run lead into the bottom half of the inning.  Saler and JY would lead off the inning with hits and after a defensive miscue which allowed a run to score, Lehman would tie the game with SAC.  Jiffy would come right back with 2 runs in the top of the 8th to take the lead by 2 again.  Lurie and DC would lead of the inning with walks and with 1 out Polzer would deliver an RBI single to get Captain TW within 1.  Apple would add 1 in 9th which could have been more if not for a ridiculous perfect laser throw home from Captain TW to Mark Z to nail the runner and end the inning.  Down 2 in the bottom of the 9th Gene SeaBiscuit led off with a walk which was followed by a Lehman single to bring the winning run to the plate.  Doc Balar would hit a hard grounder that got thru the infield to drive in a run and bring Eric Lurie to the plate where he hit a game tying single to right and moved the winning run to 2nd.  Captain TW stepped in the box with 1 out and drove the ball to the LCF gap and gave his squad a needed walk off win.  The defense for TW was led by the outfield of Gene , DC, Saler and Lehman who all played flawless and TW who played great at SS.  Polzer was brilliant as usual on the mound with no walks and great up the middle defense.  Doc and Lurie led the offense with 2 hits and 2 RBIs apiece.  Next up fake ass cuz GG as TW plays without Co –Captain JY and Mark Z.  BEST OF LUCK TO MARK Z THIS WEEK.      

 

VM Cleaning (Pollack)  9. -  Fradkin Law (Fradkin)  8

The boys in Grey came out strong this morning, took a big lead, gave it all up and then held on for a hard fought victory against the Mighty Fradkins in the early game at the Swim Club, extending our winning streak to 3.  Only 10 for the Fradkin’s this morning meant there would be more at bats for Eddie and Pargament which is never a good thing for their opponents.  Let’s get to the action.  Top of the first – started great – hits by Clamp and Eliut and a 2 RBI double by Jordan gave us a 2-0 lead.  Bottom of the 1st – we gave them right back – 2-2 after 1.  Top of the 3rd, a double by Eliut and Mitch knocks him in; up 3-2.  Bottom of the inning – we given up 2 to go down by 1.  A pattern is starting to form… We tie it up in the 4th on hits by Schwag, Terel and Alex. Tied now 4-4.  Top of the 5th – we break it open with 4 runs – Clamp starts it with a hit, Eliut unbelievably makes an out, then hits by Mitch, Jordan and Matt, a walk to Schwag and a 2 rbi single by Persily finished the scoring to put us up 8-4.  We should coast in the rest of the way for an easy victory – only not so much.  We pick up an additional run in the 7th on a booming triple by Eliut to the wall in left centerfield followed by another hit by Jordan. Now up 9-4.  Bottom of the inning – Fradkin has 8, 9 and 10 coming up.  8 makes a quick out.  Buckley – up 9th and who killed it all day long – gets a hit.  # 10 coming up.  Potential for a double play is high.  Clamp, unfortunately for us, strikes him out, which was actually a very good outcome for them as it turned their lineup again bringing up Eddie, and Pargament Senior and Junior for what seemed like the 8th time, and a then after a few hits and a couple of walks they scored 4 of their own to make it a 1 run game going into the 8th.  We did nothing in the 8th and 9th going down in order in both frames.  Bottom of the 9th and guess who’s coming up again – the top of the Fradkin lineup.  This time, though, Clamp shuts them down, and we hold on for the win.  That’s 3 tight games in a row but we are doing what we need to keep winning (3 wins in 8 days is always nice!).  Hitting stars – Eliut ( a HR away from the cycle ) and Jordan (killing it all season on offense and defense) with 3 hits.  2 hit games by Mitch, Clamp, Schwag and Terel.  For the Fradkins, Buck was on base all day as was Parg Jr.  Batting practice update – Dave Meyer, very picky today/again, looked at 3 pitches (did not swing at any of them) and then flipped his bat and walked away.  Fans should make sure to come early next week to see what he’s going to do next.   Our Magic Number for clinching the East is now 2.  Next up  - a Middle School clash against Schef, Uncle Leo, and lot of Monochio’s.

 

 

Schef (CBP) over Granese (Sentinel) 11-6
Team Schef know it would be a  battle against a tough Granese squad as partners Spann and Holmes had the date circled for months.  Team Schef was left to bake on union hill Left with the 3rd base side and a 95 degree 9:30 starting time.  The offensive star of the day was Tritto who went 4 for 4 with 3 RBI’s.  Granese took an early lead and scored 6 runs on the offensive hitting of captain Granese who had 2 home runs (not sure how the official scorer ruled it in the book). Captain Schef watched from the sidelines as his team took command early and held on for a 11-6 win.  Superb defensive by all star Fazzino and the Manochio brothers.  Joe Olevencia had 3 hits, 3 RBI's while a bunch of others had keys hits including all Manochios.  Friedlich notched win #10 as Team Schef meets the powerhouse Pollack squad next Sunday

 

LHRGC THROWBACKS (LaRocca) 12 vs. TRIP TO PARIS (LaPine) 7

After a gut-wrenching loss last week, el capitán walked into Ronnie C’s office for a gut check.  Facing the monster lineup of Denny LaPine, we recognized the tall task ahead and the odds that we were facing.  With an overwhelming sense of nausea, I looked at my 7 foot tall (yet shorter than Bomba) pitcher in despair, when RC calmly stated “look at it as a chance for a signature win for us.”  This morning, I dug down deep into my softball drawer and took out my 2012 Team LaPine LHRGB throwback jersey and decided to wear it down to the field for some extra mojo.  Speaking of mojo, Mark Carlin, still fighting through a separated shoulder, looked a little down before the game, and as we were playing his wife’s team (Vacations By Elissa Carlin www.vacationsbyelissa.com, phone 732.867.5309, fax 732.BUY.TRIP, FB @vacationsbyelissa, Twitter @vacbyelissa #toomuchshitonthejersey) I promised him that if we won, I would book a trip to Paris…. yadda yadda yadda, we are going to Paris….back to the game.  As per usual, the game started off with the good guys striking first.  In the first MBroome got on, MikeK moved him over and Juice and MCarlin drove them both in.  In the second, ABroome lead off with a hit and after 2 FC’s, el capïtan used the whole field and cleared the bases.  In the third, the Miranda rights were read, K2 drove him in and after 3, LaPine was brought in for questioning down 5-2.  Things were looking good, having been through the meat of the order 2x with a lead.  However, rounds 4 through 8 went to LaPine and in the top of the 9th, with one out, down 8-5 the team needed help.  That’s when FREEHOLD BORO (K1, K2 & Juice) brought the magic back, setting the stage for the Marlboro boys (MCarlin and RCarlin) to deliver.  After 5 straight hits and 2 runs (down 1) The Intern did his job and with a very impressive at bat, ABroome delivered the SAC to tie the game.  In the 10th, with the game tied, the bottom of the LHRGC order also did it’s job when Arolik (3 for 4), Gilston (3 for 4) Miranda (1 for 3, W) turned the order over to the top for MBroome and K1 to clear the bases.  Ronnie C finished off his stellar 9th and 10th inning shutting down LaPine for the 12-8 win.  A lot of big things from every player today for a signature team win.  Kudos for LaPine go to Carroll, who had clutch hits and played an amazing shortstop, and to Bobby Frey for being Bobby Frey.  Excellent defense for the LaPine boys all around.

 

 

LJK (BH) 14 – CK’S (JL) 5
The term death by a 1000 cuts applies to the win by Team Bobito today against Team Lombardi.  A short handed Team Lombardi (missing Peragine and Seth D) was game and played with heart - but The Big Red Machine was more like the Little Red Machine that could.  After putting up a four spot in the first and second inning to take an 8-2 lead- Team Bobito scored single runs in every inning thereafter except for the 3rd inning.  The game never seemed secure but thanks to the stellar pitching by the ageless one- Papa Yock (also had another 3 hit game) and some welcome steady defense- led by Greg Long at SS ( Callow going to first base with a bad wing) and lots of opportune 2 out hits.  There was your recipe  for a sturdy 14-5 win.   Callow led the offense with a 4 for 4 and a walk, Stevie Barbesh (getting his stroke back) also was 4 for 4 and 3 RBIS, and Mr Ponce De Leon himself Papa Yock was 3 for 4 , 2 runs , and an RBI.  For Team Lombardi Raventos hit a bomb triple, went 4 for 4 , and a highlight reel diving grab in LCF.   It doesn't seem possible to compliment a pitcher that gives up 14 runs (some errors in the mix and a strong offensive team that he was facing) but Lombardi made a lot of tough two out pitches to get out of innings or the score could have been worse.  Mar El is not an easy place to pitch and both pitchers navigated the Candlestick Park winds (old timers get the analogy) with veteran aplomb.  In the end , there was too much Team Bobito offense throughout the lineup that was the story of this win .   A very big Wednesday Night affair against another team fighting to stay out of the play-in game awaits. Compliments to the league for coming up with the play in games , which now make end of season games meaningful. It seems like every game matters now. AND no one wants to see "The Brocks" in that game. Game on!

 

Gastro (Bykofsky) 8    Parabolic (Sarcona) 2

In the early game at East Frances the Gastro crew, armed with their new weapon, Mike "Im not allowed to even stare at the pitching mound" Seidel, was able to defeat a Lenny-less Sarcona squad 8-2 on Sunday morning.  It was a typical all around team effort from Bykofsky's crew who jumped out early with 4 runs in the 1st inning, 2 in the 3rd inning, and then one run each in the 5th and 6th innings to account for the 8 runs.  The offensive attack was led by 3 hit games from Amadeo, Justin, Polguy, and Yiggy.  Safchik was amazing again on the mound shutting down Parabolic's top hitters all morning, and should have maybe even pitched a shutout!  He definitely deserves serious CY Young consideration with his performance this year (10-3 when he starts!).   Credit to the Parabolic team for hanging tough all game, and shout out to Paster and GRoland who made some nice diving catches in the OF to keep the game close.  This makes it not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, but 6 wins in a row for Gastro!  Bykofsky's bunch moves into the 2 seed with the win and will look to make it 7 straight (somehow) vs. an always feisty MG squad next week.

 

OVOX (Goldfarb) 14  ACE (Ferrarese) 12

Saturday was not a good day when the text came in from Evan Rosenthal saying he sprained his ankle and would be out Sunday coupled with Reid’s Tuesday battle with the neighbor’s dog left OVOX with 9 players against the mighty bats of Team Ferrarese.  To make matters worse the game was at the launching pad (back of the Middle School).  While having only 3 OF’s having 9 batters evened things out even if 1 of those batters was me (Guy).  After Captain Mike threw a wicked screwball to get the leadoff batter to K, OVOX would get 5 straight hits to take a 4-0 lead heading to the bottom of the 1st.  That lead did not last long as ACE came right back with 6 of their own.  OVOX would tie the game in the top of the 3rd but ACE answered right back with 3 leaving the score 9-6 in favor of ACE after 3 full innings.  Innings 4-7 saw OVOX outscore ACE 8-1 and after 7 full innings OVOX had the lead at 14-10.  ACE scored 2 in the bottom of the 8th and after a scoreless 9thOVOX walked away with a 14-12 victory.  The OVOX offense was led by Larry Rubin (4 hits, 1 HR) and Anthony DiMarco (4 hits, 3 doubles) with Mike P and Alex G chipping in with 3 each.  Captain Mike and Scott S led ACE with 3 hits each.  Mike Iorio in again for the vacationing Alan Rubin pitched tough all day especially in the 9th where he threw nothing but strikes knowing the ACE batters would be taking a strike.  OVOX will look to get back to the .500 mark this week but in their way will be the big bats of Team Bobito.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24

 

VM Cleaning (Pollock) 5 – Princeton (Wallman) 4

In what may have been the game of the year in Marlboro Softball, VM Cleaning came from behind to defeat a very tough Princeton squad 5-4.  Numerous rainouts conspired to make this our first Wednesday night game of the year.  A large crowd, a first vs. second place matchup, and a chance to avenge a week 1 loss, gave this game a real playoff atmosphere.  Both teams came to play!  Pitching was the word of the day here as both teams had tough times early.  A late arriving Clamp allowed the Captain to step in and throw two scoreless innings. The game would stay scoreless until the bottom of the 4th when the Wallman’s broke out with 4 runs highlighted by a Justin Bickoff extra-base hit and 3-run HR by Ziolkowski over the left field fence (not at all surprising for anyone who saw him jack 5 over in batting practice).  The score stayed 4-0 until the top of the 7th, when the comeback would commence.  A hit by Mark Goldberg started the rally. A fielder’s choice followed for the second out.  A beautiful opposite field hit by Dave Meyer put two on for Eliut, who promptly blasted a 3-run HR to cut the deficit to one, 4-3. A scoreless 7th for the Wallman’s kept it at 4-3 heading to 8th.  Jordan led off the 8th with a double and scored on Matt’s double.  An error put runners on 1st and 3rd, and Persily knocked in the go ahead run with a fielder’s choice to 3rd.  The bottom of the 8th had Ziolkowski leading off for Wallman.  Should we walk him or pitch to him?  Deciding to play it straight, we pitched to him and he hit a high fly to deep center, which went to the fence, keeping him in the yard for a double. Clamp stranded his pinch runner.  A scoreless 9th by both teams and the game was ours. This was a really well played game by both teams.  The Clamp/Pollock duo only allowed runs in one inning and Polzer was just as effective, holding us scoreless until the 7th.  Great defense on both sides, especially by Jordan and Schwag for us.  Not much hitting except for Eliut’s home run… just enough for the win.  A fun time at Buffalo Wild Wings watching the Yankees win and the Mets lose capped a great evening!  Next up - an early Swim Club matchup against the mighty Fradkin.

 

HOT CORNER (BR) 13 – ACE (Ferrarese) 12

The Comeback Kids do it again in a wild Wednesday night affair pulling out a much needed win against a strong Ferrarese squad 13-12 in dramatic walk-off fashion.  The men in green continue to play close crazy games with this one being their third consecutive game decided by 1 run and their last 7 games being decided by a total of 14 runs.  Things started off slowly as we were scoreless until the top of the 3rd when Ferrarese scored one following a controversial non-obstruction call at 1st by Fogarty.  However, under our new BFF relationship Fogarty came out the following inning and hugged it out with the skipper pending further review of the Facebook replay. . .  Ferrarese would tack on another run in the 4th to make it 2-0.  In the bottom half, Team Randell would grab the lead plating 3 highlighted by RBI knocks from Becker and Goldrosen.  Ferrarese would come right back with 2 in the top of the 5th to take a 4-3 lead.  In the top of the 7th, Ferrarese would add 3 more on a Richie (I won't be a 3 next year) Bomenblitt blast off the green monster in right to make it 7-3.  Team Randell would respond in the bottom half with 3 of their own courtesy of a Goldrosen bomb over the fence in LCF.  Some shoddy Randell defense led to 2 more for Ferrarese in the top of the 8th to make it 9-6.  The Randell boys would respond again getting the 2 back in the bottom half highlighted by a clutch 2 out single from Papa Kessler (more on him later).  Now heading to the 9th the real craziness begins. . .   After the 1st two batters were retired to start the 9th, Richie Bombenblitt doubles to RF setting up an intentional walk with 1st base open to brother Eric.  Scott Seidenberg then hits a laser for a hit and an overthrow leads to two extra runs for a total of 3 leaving Ferrarese up 12-8 heading to the bottom of the 9th.  An error plus hits from Ben and Evan had 1 run in with men on 1st and 2nd with 1 out setting the stage for Becker in front of the regular fans plus the extra yentas who made their way down after the conclusion of the Wallman/Pollack game.  And then your #1 pick shows why he was drafted there as Becker hits a dramatic, titanic bomb which stayed straight enough fair well over the fence in left to tie things up.  To extra innings we go and the Randell defense would get out of a jam in the top of the 10th to give the offense a free shot to win it in the bottom half.  Weitsen would lead off with a single.  Lyzyzak would follow with a fly out to left just deep enough to get the pinch runner Evan Binder to 2nd.  An intentional walk to Ciaglia would set it up for Papa Kessler to be Becker's co-hero.  And indeed he was delivering a line drive single to right to score Binder in walk-off fashion and certainly giving the fans their money's worth in this one.  Stars galore in this crazy one with the Bomenblitt's and Seidenberg with big games for Team Ferrarese.  For Team Randell, Becker with a perfect 4-4, HR, 5 RBI night along with Goldrosen, Evan Binder and Andy K. with 3 hits apiece.  Multi-hit games from Ben and the skipper.  Defensively, on the Ferrarese side, one of the greatest DP's even seen in this league from the Bomenblitt brothers with Richie robbing Messinger of a hit up the middle with a diving stop and a flip to Eric for a sick turn of a twin killing.  Poddola also with a great running catch heading back to the fence in left to thwart an early Randell rally.  For Team Randell, a busy and solid evening from Lyzczak at SS including a diving snare of a line drive early to shut down an inning.  Next up an early 8:00 start against Brock at Manalapan as the men in green will try and keep some positive mojo going. . .

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 21

 

Cousin Frankie went to the Outer Banks and all I got was this shitty T-shirt (Ace) 8

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Marvelous Memes Mark Carlin and LARocca et al Law 7

Three in a row, ladies! Captain LaRocca texted me at 4am to check on which bench Team Ace would prefer as LaRocca was planning on erecting a tent to keep his players shaded and well preserved in the sweltering heat. I, on the other hand, am more of a no-frills, inconsiderate asshole captain and basically just brought a Gatorade for myself. Plus, initially Eric Bomenblit was scheduled to be out and I’m not wasting my energies on putting up a canopy unless it will be protecting my precious little Eric. You think I give a shit if Jon Okun is sweaty or not? C’mon now bro. Back to the action. LMNO Law put up a quick 7 runs in the first two innings. Happy go lucky Dicky Bomenblit could be heard mumbling, “bro, we lost this game… who cares bro”. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Richard. Back to the action…a 9 man defense held LMFAO Law to no runs for the next four innings and the remaining three innings when Eric arrived. Throughout this stretch, Ace chipped away at the deficit and opened the 8th inning with a two run deficit. In the bottom of the 8th, the bottom of the Ace lineup came up clutch with big hits by Steve Toran and Eric Bomenblit to take a one run lead. That lead held up and we win, 8-7. Overall, great 3 hit games by Dunleavy, Pat Thomas, and “Heart and Hustle” Award nominee, Steve Toran. Seidenberg continued to be an RBI machine with two clutch hits to keep us in it. For LaRocca, Marc Broome was on point at SS and Frank LaRocca stuck out swinging on a vicious cut fastball. Peace out, stay cool.

Schef (CBP) over Harris (LJK) 12-8

The Schef: Bobbito showdown was more about bragging rights than a division title. Harris, still fuming over his loss to Marrone on Wednesday night had his Team ready.  Regency bragging rights and a Las Vegas steak dinner were at stake.  Team Harris had the home run power with Callow, Corde and Sandler with 15 and Schef, Lugos and Holmes with 0. Yockel and Horr Jr averaging .663 against Schef’s  duo at .405.  Team Schef would need to rely on the 66 year veteran Friedlich in 100 degree temperatures.  The odds makers had Team Harris as the odds on favorite, but Team Schef has not lost this year with all 13 this year.  Lugos showed up at 9:29 AM and the game began.  Team Schef struck first with a run in the top of the first. And than 2 more in the second aided by some defensive miscues.  Harris battled back with 5 unanswered runs to take a 5-3 lead.  Both team scored 2 in the 6th inning and Harris had a 7-5 lead.  Team Harris was lead by Yockel (2 hits), Horr Jr 4 hits and a 1 armed Callow with (3).  Sandler’s 2 balls over the fence were caught by Lugos and one was foul by a foot.  Team Schef rallied with 5 in the 7thand 2 more in the 9th highlighted by a Friedlich bomb that was measured close to 200 feet, a record in the 65 and older category.  Kornhauser led the way with 3 hits along with Fazzino (3 hits).  Friedlich pitched a gem as team Schef went over the 500 mark.

 

Pollock d. Lombardi 7-5

This week's matinee at Union Hill Left (game moved up to 8:00am to beat the heat) featured the 2nd week in a row against a Pollock coaching tree connected squad, and as much as the Pollock bros. are huge fans of the Lombardi bros., they wanted to avoid playing any part in seeing another barrage of team pictures and FaceApp posts littering the Marlboro Softball Facebook page. A shorthanded Lombardi squad had other ideas though, and jumped out to 4-0 lead after the top half of the 4th, led by great pitching from Jim Lombardi and the first of two bombs from Kyle Raventos. The game turned, however, in the bottom of the 4th, as VM Cleaning plated 5 big runs with the help of 5 clutch consecutive hits, to take a 5-4 lead. Team Lombardi responded in the 5th to tie the game, but a big triple from All-Star Jordan Rosenthal gave VM Cleaning a 7-5 lead before both terrific pitchers blanked the opposing offenses the rest of the way. Clamp led another great defensive effort for the underrated VM Cleaning' "C" defense and "D" speed squad. For CK, Raventos led the way offensively with the two aforementioned HRs, while Goddard set the table with 3 hits. For VM Cleaning, Eliut led the way with 3 hits, while Dave Meyer, Matt Pollock, Josh "Schwag", Ken Feingold, and Alex Pugliese also had multi-hit games. Team Pollock wishes a speedy recovery for Seth Drashinsky (who was relegated to catching) and is very thankful for Mitch Pollock's speedy recovery, after fearing a broken hand and long absence earlier in the week as a result of an intense game of dodge ball while out cruising. Of course, Mitch didn't miss any injury time. Next up (weather-permitting again) in what they are hoping is their first Wednesday night game of the year, is a week one revenge match-up against a deep and balanced Wallman squad.

 

Gastro (Bykofsky) 12     Princeton (Wallman)   8

[Insert generic quote about it being hot at Swim Club].  Ok.  Princeton was able to strike quickly in this one plating 4 runs in the first inning thanks to big hits from JY and Balar.  Gastro then quickly responded bottom 1 to make the score 4-3 thanks to base hits from Amadeo, JZ, and Hector.  In the 3rd inning, Gastro plated 2 more runs after an IBB on Cruz to load the bases was followed by a big RBI walk by Anslow and RBI single by Yiggy.  Gastro, fortunately, held off most of Princeton's attack until the 7th inning when the score became 10-8 Gastro leads.  With some pressure on in the bottom of the 8th, Gastro plated 2 more runs thanks to a HUGE RBI knock by Anslow after yet another IBB to Cruz.  This gave Gastro the 12-8 lead they would hold on to as Wallman's crew did put a little pressure on in the 9th.  The offense was led by the hobbled JZ (feel better!) who went 4-5, 3 hit affairs were had by Amadeo and Hector, while multi-hit games were also enjoyed by Polguy, and Yiggy.  The defense was solid behind Cruz on the mound, who led the way, snaring a number of shots up the middle.  For Princeton, Mark Z and Polzer had multi-hit games in the loss.  This makes it 5 wins a row for Gastro as they improve to 10-5 on the season winning 8 of their last 9!  Sizzling! 

 

Action Auto 19 - Ovox 15 

On a hot and steamy morning, the real GG and the other GG had their teams square off in the early tilt at the Swim Club.  Both teams were a little shorthanded as Rubin sr , Rich and Eddie Paladino were out for Ovox while AA was down JJ, Perloff and Herman.  The 10 on 10 lineups ensured plenty of at bats on both sides.  Trailing 5-2 in the 3rd, The Jacoby bats got going sending 12 men to the plate and scoring 6 times to take an 8-5 lead.  Both squads exchanged runs over the next several innings and we were knotted at 11 heading to the bottom of the 8th.  Back to back defensive miscues opened the door to begin the inning and AA wasted no time crashing through.  In all the boys batted around for the 2nd time in the game plating 8 runs in frame.  The big blow was an opposite field 3 run homer from Levine who painted the left field line. GG’s crew made things interesting in the top of the 9th getting half of the 8 right back but in the end Action Auto held on for the 19-15 victory.   A monster day for Lambo who led the way with 4 hits, while Intoci, Levine and the sizzling hot Keenan had 3 each to pace the offense.  For Ovox,  Dimarco hit a moon shot homer to Left that still hasn’t landed, Rubin Jr and Mike Paladino were on base all day with multihit games while Iorio hung tough on the hill in the sweltering heat. Winners of 4 out of 6, Action Auto gets Mayronie next up at Muni.  I’m sure that fella will have heavy action in Vegas on his squad heading into the matchup.

 

NJ SALT (Marrone) 7 – VACATIONS (Lapine) 1

On a scorching hot summer morning Team Salt cooled off the hot bats of The top scoring team in the league  holding them to 1 run on only 5 hits. Double play balls were on the menu today , 4 Turned  by the leagues best defense. Leading the way today was Russell Kraus a perfect three for three, huge clutch hits by Gary Klein and Justin Soskel put the game away. Other hitting stars was  the Conti Combo of MIKE and uncle ROB. Mr Mike Conti is getting hot at the right moment and has been flawless at Shortstop. Team Wallman did not do there job today keeping us chasing Bykoski for first place . This division is turning into a two horse race and could be decided when they have a rematch later on next month!!

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17TH

 

SENTINEL (Granese) 4 PRINCETON (Wallman) 15

Wednesday night under the lights, thunder and lightning featured the annual meeting of ex co-captains and coworkers JY v MG with JY holding a monstrous head to head lead.  Princeton was coming off their worst offensive performance of the season Sunday while Sentinel was riding high after beating top ranked Laypine with only 8 guys.  After 2 quick outs in the top of the 1st, a Sentinel error and hits from JY and Gene Sea biscuit (back from the dead) led to 2 runs and the early lead.  Team MG would get 1 run in the second but in the top of the 3rd hits from TW, Polz, Mark Z, Saler Lehman and Doc led to a 6 run outburst and commanding 8 to 1 lead for Team Globo Gym headed by White Goodman Wallman.  Globo Gym would add 3 more in the top of the 4th behind head gym trainer Mark Z who launched his 7th homer of the season into the left field woods.  A lot more hits from Princeton and a lot more defensive miscues by Sentinel added 4 more runs over the next 3 innings and the white flag was raised after 7 with the skies about to open and put 8u manager of the year MG out of his misery.  15 to 4 was the final behind another specular performance by Polzer on the mound and the Princeton infield behind him.   Gene and Mark Z led the Offense with 6 combined hits and 6 RBIS.  Next up byko late at swim. 

 

NJ SALT (GM) 8 – LJK (BH) 7  8 INN

One of the most spectacular games I have ever been involved in. A seesaw emotional game on both sides with two teams that never give up. 

 

Before I get into the game here is my prediction and a warning to all teams! My prediction is Team Harris will be a force come playoff time they have in my opinion the scariest lineup in the league.

 

Back to the game down 6 to 2 in the sixth inning after a few salt miss cues a Conti blast shorten the gap 6/5 after six. bottom of the 7 th was one of the most thrilling innings of the year most improved and this lad deserves the trophy Justin Kraus steps up to the plate and singles to Rightcenter with his brother looming on deck.  Earlier  this morning Zack texted the team telling us he was going to hit a home run tonight but we did not anticipate in this fashion, Zack drives a ball to deep right field .Zack  goesFor the inside the park home run as he’s going into home he leaped  approximately 9 feet in the air and stuck a 9.9 Landing directly on home  plate. I have never seen anything like it!! Lots of base running speed with the likes of iron Mike Tyson who continues to hit line drive after line drive. Huge clutch hit from Austin Silverberg .Austin also continues to be a team leader and motivator. kudos to Gary Klein who played through heat exhaustion from a day of hard work and Captain Marrone who fell out of his salt truck with a injured back. 

 

Next up is Pollock’s  number 2 ranked team Lapine!!

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 14TH

 

OVOX (Goldfarb) 12  Princeton (Wallman) 2

Coming in at 5-8 and a DH looming against 2 of the hotter teams in the league Team Goldfarb knew that this past week could define the rest of the season.  Up first at Manalapan Rec was Team Wallman.  Always running the team a bit democratically the captain took some input and shook up the lineup a bit moving Lou S to the leadoff spot and cleanup hitter rookie Evan R to the 2nd spot.  The moves seemed to work as both reached base in the top of 1st and scored on a Anthony DiMarco 3 run blast into LF.  With the score 4-1 in favor of OVOX the game headed to the 5th.  OVOX would plate 6 runs to take a 10-1 lead the big blow by “All World” AD a 2 run double (Todd did take a few minutes before deciding to pitch to Anthony).  With the score 10-2 the game headed to the top of the 9th where Evan Rosenthall and Annthoy hit back to back HRs which after a scoreless bottom of the 9th made the final 12-2.  OVOX whose defense has been pretty solid all year held the big bats of Team Wallman down all day and with an offense that woke up made for a solid win.  Alan Rubin pitched another great game with some nice defense from everybody on Team Goldfarb.  The OVOX offense was led by Anthony DiMarco (4-4, 2b, 2 HR, 6 RBI) and Evan R (3-4, 1 HR 2 RBI).  Lou Salerno on base a few times in the leadoff and Mike P with 3 hits also led the charge.  Captain Todd played a great SS for Princeton laying out multiple times which saved about another 3-4 runs.

 

OVOX (Goldfarb) 6  NJ Salt (Marrone) 3

Game 2 of the DH saw NJ Salt arrive at Manalapan Rec coming off a tough walk off loss Game 1 of their day.   While the offense led the way in Game 1 it was the defense that led the way in Game 2.  A salty Team Marrone would score 1 run in both the 1st and 2nd innings and took that 2-0 lead to the top of the 5th.  OVOX would erase the deficit with 2 runs in visiting 5th and with the game tied going to the top of the 7th a few tough hops and a few timely hits led to a 4 run inning and a 6-2 lead for Team Goldfarb.  Alan Rubin who pitched 2 great games only allowed 1 more run in the 8th which left the final 6-3 in favor of OVOX.  A nice sweep of the DH put OVOX back in the tight division race.  The pitching was great for both teams (Rubin and Marrone).  The OVOX offense while just doing enough was led by new leadoff hitter Lou S’s 4-4 game with Evan and Anthony chipping in with 2 hits apiece.  Team Goldfarb will next face double J looking to build on their modest 2 game winning streak. 

 

Team Bobito beats Team Geeg 21-11

A Middle School battle of the "play-in" contenders turned into a rout as The Big Red Machine turned in an offensive show scoring 16 runs in the first three innings blasting Team "Wounded and Injured" 21-11.  In fairness to  "Wounded and Injured" they were wounded and injured.  Not only missing their captain and OF anchor- but lost Mikey Perloff early to a nasty looking hamstring injury.  Hoping for the best Mikey!   That said- Big Red hit up and down the lineup with Mr Ponce De Leon himself- Steve Yockel- leading the way with a 5 for 5 , now on a 14 straight at bat hit streak- and pitching on Coors Field could have had a few less runs scored with a little more help (the story of the year for Team Bobito).  That said, the bats have been sizzling of late- and everyone in the lineup got at least one hit.  Callow was 4 for 5 and 4 runs scored and a highlight reel play on the commish, Brock 4 for 4 , 3 runs scored and 4 RBIS, Rob was 3 for 5 and a HR and 4 RBIS, and lastly Chase was 3 for 5 and 2 RBIS and a HR.  Top of our lineup arguably best in the league continues to rake.  Next up a Wednesday night rematch with Team Mayronie and The Krauss Klan. 

 

David (Team Applebaum) 13 slays Goliath (Team Fradkin) 12 once again......

On a hot Sunday morning, Team Applebaum was looking to even their record up against Team Fradkin at the shadeless Marlboro Elementary.  You know things are against you when the umpire, Chris Yee, shows up wearing a Fradkin Law hat.  Team Fradkin came out early scoring 3 runs in the first but Team Applebaum would strike right back with 3 of their own in the bottom half highlighted by a lead off solo HR by Derek, I was snubbed from the under all-star team, Melnyk and a 2-run double by the captain himself.  Team Apple would hold Team Fradkin quiet over the next four innings while adding a run each in the 3rd and 4th, giving them a 5-3 lead heading into the 6th.  Team Fradkin would tie the game in the top of the 6th and added on in the 7th, scoring 6th runs.  Team Apple would not go away, showing resiliency, cutting the lead in half, highlighted by a bases load clearing double by Pat "Gabagool" Pingaro.  Apple would cut Fradkin's lead to 1 headed to the 9th.  Apple would hold Fradkin scoreless in the top half and with two outs, JT, hustling out of the box, turned a routine single into a double giving team Apple a chance to tie and tie they did with a single by Gary J.  Team Fradkin would take the lead once again, scoring one in the top half of the 10th  and putting Team Apple's back against the wall heading into their half of the extra inning.  Big Wayne lead off with a huge walk and Mighty Max Seidel beat the left fielder for his second double of the game, tying it up at 12.  Papa Podos hit a perfect sacrifice grounder to 2nd moving the runner to 3rd with 1 out bringing up the red hot Derek Melnyk.  Eddie decided to intentionally/unintentionally walk him, setting up a possible double play possibility.  Unfortunately for Team Fradkin, the hottest hitter of the game for Team Applebaum, Pat "Gabagool" Pingaro was next in line.  Like he has all day, he came through with a sacrifice fly, scoring the winning run.  Offensive leaders for Team Applebaum was lead by Pat "Gabagool" Pingaro going 4-4 with a walk and 4 RBI's, Derek "I was snubbed by the under all-star team" Melnyk going 2-3 with a HR, 3 walks, and 2 RBI's, and Mighty Max Seidel going 2-4 with 2 doubles, a walk and 2 RBI's.  Kudos to Ed Fradkin, who hit another monstrous homerun to right that I think 1-hopped the right field woods at Marlboro Elementary.  Team Applebaum is looking to go 1 game over .500 with an early 8:30 start against Team Randell at Municipal.

 

Gastro (Bykofsky) 12     CBP (Schef)   6

The late game at the Swim Club on Sunday morning featured a 10-man Gastro squad vs a Schefkind-less CBP team on a scorcher of a day.  Things were tight early on as Schef's crew held a 3-2 lead heading to the bottom of the 5th inning.  Gastro then broke out scoring 7 runs in the in the 5th inning, with the lineup going 8-8 with a SAC to start off, while Amadeo got the rare 2 hit special in one inning.  CBP then cut it to 9-6 before Byko's bunch scored 3 in the 7th, thanks to a big 2RBI knock by the Capt'n, to win the game 12-6.  Amadeo led the charge for Gastro offense with a 4 hit, 3 run game out of of the lead off spot.  Justin also contributed with 3 hits, while other multi-hit games were had by JZ, Polguy, Anslow, Nate and Marty.  Billy boy was also on base all morning with a hit and 3 walks. Billy Boy (man he's good!) also made the webgem of the game at third hosing a runner at 1st base off a ball that was deflected off Marty's neck. The rest of the defense was solid all around as Marty continues his CY "old" campaign improving to a stellar 9-3 when hes on the mound!  For CBP, Lugos and the Monochio boys were tough outs all morning.  Gastro has now won 7 out of 8 games after starting out 2-4 on the season and will look to make it 5 wins in a row vs a tough Wallman crew next week.  

 

CK’s (Lombardi) 15 – RCF (Brock) 11  

CK's came out hitting, scoring 3 runs in the top of the 1st. CK's never gave up the lead the rest of the game, scoring in 6 of the 9 innings. The game was highlighted by the Drashinsky boys on a perfect day at the plate, for a combined 7-7 with 9 rbi's (Seth 3-3, 2 rbi's, Dan 4-4, 7 rbi's with a 3 run HR). RCF made it close but CK's held on for a 15-11 final. For RCF, Schiffman was on base all morning and Joshi was solid on the mound.

 

Electric Eric and the Bomenblitz (Ace) 7

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Diamond Dave Meyer and the Unlimited Bread Sticks (VM Cleaners) 5

Big game yesterday. For Pollock, they were on a 10 game winning streak and on top of a power rankings list written by their own player. For Ace, a chance to win against a great team and stay over .500 for more than a week and to beat the very same captain that raised Ace’s captain into the cowboy he is today. Back to the Action… if you were watching, not the most exciting game. Very few runs scored with a score of 3-3 into the 8th. Some nice leather flashed during that stretch with great plays by Infante and some nice grabs in the OF by Frank Loconte, Kyle Dunleavy, Pat Thomas, and Michael Podolla. But the bats would finally wake up for Ace late in the game as Ray Porzio hit the game tying single in the 7th, followed by 4 runs in the 8th inning with just a bunch of singles. Small ball; just like Dunleavy has been saying all year, and like his father before him…In the 9th, Pollock threatened with 2 runs but the defense held true and next thing you know, we win a game. For Ace, the offense featured 3 hit days by Dunleavy and Frank Loconte (who is batting .700 since transitioning to batting lefty). Side note, I watched him pee in the woods, not in a homoerotic way, just in a looking at another man pee kind of way…he holds it with his left now… he’s truly embraced this change in dexterity. Also multi-hit games for Richard Dick Penis Bomenblit, Eric Bomenblit, Patrick A. Thomas, Dr. Steven Toran, Raymond Porzio, and Paul Kamras. For VM, great hitting by Matt Pollock and Josh Rozenscwaig and a great game for Clamp who powered through what appeared to be leg cramps that almost took him out of the game. Next up, a very shorthanded Team Ace takes on LaRocca. We may only have 8 guys...fuck it, I may just bat myself lead-off so I can have a bunch of at bats and call it a Sunday.

#blessed

 

LHRGC AS DRAFTED (LaRocca) 18 vs. PARABOLIC (Uncle Leno Sarcona) 7

After a tough loss Wednesday night in what some called a NINEFOUR preview, the LHRGC squad was looking for a big day against fellow italiano, paisano, and cugino, Uncle Leno Sarcona.  At full strength for the first time since game 3, Team LaRocca got it done by sending up 12 batters, then reading them their rights with Miranda at double lead off.  After shutting down the dangerous top of the Parabolic order, the good fellas laid down a 5 spot with big hits from K1 (triple), K2 (double ……fat Mike hits doubles now), RC (he’s just getting waaarrmmmed up) and a clutch bases juiced double by Malagold.  The inning ended on a foul tip out by el capitán to BIG SEXY (more to follow).  After Sarcona put up a couple in the second, Arolick, Gilston and Grossman got on to load the bases for MBroome (back at shortstop) who delivered, and K1 who got his second extra base hit in as many innings.  9-2 after 2.  The teams traded runs in the third (an inning ending backwards K by el capitán) and in the top of the fourth, Ronnie C found himself with bases loaded against Paster.  With a pit in my stomach, all I heard in the hollows of my mind was a JJ chant of “no ones better than you here.”   Apparently, so did RC who decided to “waste” a high deep pitch which Jeremy promptly launched into the grassy knoll of center field….off the bat K1 simply looked up….avoiding the knoll and the second spitter obviously lurking nearby.  10-7 after 4.   But the good guys didn’t panic and double leadoff combo of Miranda and MBroome set the stage for the Boro boys (K1, K2 and Juice) to drive in 3 more.  The teams went scoreless in the 6th, with el capitán popping up to end the inning.  Who’s up after LaRocca?  THE OTHER TEAM!!!  Thankfully, the “back to normal” defense and a stellar RC on the mound were able to shut the green wave down for the last five innings as LHRGC cruised to an 18-7 win.  Defensively in the OF: Dikembe (no, no, no) Arolick had another standout game in RF; Andrew Broome shook off his limp wrist and shut down RC; K1 “cough cough” crushed it in LC; and K2 did his best Randy Moss impression, making sideline catches all day.  Infield defense: crazy plays at 3B by both Malagold and Miranda; shut down defense up the middle by MBroome and MCarlin; and, a pants up Juice held down the bag just enough to get him to the grill in the 8th inning.  For Parabolic, kudos has to first go to Grant who pitched in place of DD and pitched well, mixing up depth, height and speed all day.  Also, Kaplow who has seriously become a lock down outfielder and who flashed a CANNON on several occasions.  

 

Randell 10, Marrone 9

After a month long hiatus from writing a game summary spanning 5 brutal defeats, Team Randell finally dished out some agony of their own with a 9th inning comeback win against a hot and quite formidable Team Marrone in the matinee DH start at Swim Club.  Hard for any author let alone the verbose skipper to keep this one short as this game had a bit of everything on both sides; clutch offense, sparkling defense, emotional ups and downs and plenty of drama. . .  Never hesitant to get behind early, things started down for Team Randell as the Marrone top of the order put up 2 right away in the top of the 1st.  But considering Austin, Doc and Mike Conti all reached base to start things off the damage could have been worse.  Hot Corner would get one back in the bottom half on an RBI double from Becker to score Evan.  Marrone would tack on 2 in the 2nd and 1 in the 3rd to put the Randell boys in their usual "down 4" spot early.  The men in green would get one back in the bottom of the 3rd on a Wolle hit to make it 5-2 and one more in the 4th on a skipper RBI single to cut the lead to 5-3.  Marrone would get 1 in the 6th on an inside the parker from Austin to make it 6-3.  In the top of the 6th, a potential Marrone rally was thwarted by a big play at 2nd from the skipper "ranging" a long way down the shallow right field line to snag a Mike Conti blooper that would have been extra bases.  In the top of the 7th, it looked like another tough to watch defeat was coming as an overthrow from the OF handed Team Marrone a 3 run gift to make it 9-3.  Team Randell would respond in the bottom half of the 7th with 2 on another RBI hit from the skipper and a Sac Fly from Weitsen (more to come from the brother-in-laws soon).  Then some big Randell defense held the game at 9-5 through the next two Marrone at bats.  In the 8th, a great relay from Ben to Lyzczak to Binder at the plate got Tommy T to stop an inside the park dinger.  In the top of the 9th, a great running catch from Ben in RCF robbed Mike Conti again of extra bases for sure and probably another inside the park dinger.  So with some defensive momentum at least the stage was set for the top of the Randell lineup to deliver down 4 going to the bottom of the 9th.  Hits from Evan, Jeff, "No Trade Clause" Rick, and Pat had a run in with the bases loaded and two outs down 3 with the brother-in-laws due up.  With the skipper hearing Mike Conti quietly (lol) telling the right fielder "do not let him get another hit there" the skipper went up the middle for a single to keep things going.  Now bases still loaded down 2 bro-in-law Weitsen steps up and flares one down the right field line for a hit; Lyzczak the pinch runner at 1st flying around to 3rd watches the throw get away coming into the infield and scampers home for the walk-off run.  Nice to see a normally quiet Team Randell bench go crazy mobbing each other at the plate.  Crazy tough loss for Team Marrone; we know as we had been there for the last month. . .  Plenty of big game performances in this one.  On the Marrone side, Austin might be the best 4 in the league with 3 hits along with Tommy T with a solid game at the plate.  Defensively, Mike Conti with a gem catching a Lyzczak blooper up the middle in the middle of the 9th inning rally which almost sealed it for Marrone.  Also, Zack Krauss with several nice running catches to rob the Randell offense.  On the Randell side the aforementioned plays from the skipper and Ben were huge and Becker pitched a solid game on the mound.  Offensively, the skipper had a perfect 3-3 (3 RBI), walk game along with Evan Binder and Rick at 3-4 apiece.  Allen Binder chipped in with 2 hits of his own.  Next up we try and built of this emotional win against Team Applebaum at Municipal but won't be easy with Goldrosen and Lyzczak away . .

 

 

mg 14, dennis 9

Sentinel came out looking for three in a row on a hot morning at sandy East Frances.  Playing shorthanded is what we do, so it was normal that Team MG would roll out only 8 players to play the star studded Lapine team (power rated #2) who was however missing the June offensive player of the month Tom Carroll.  Andrew Katz making his first appearance on the mound this season was sensational, throwing strikes, fielding his position, holding the mighty Lapine squad to only two runs through four innings.  The Sentinel offense was very quiet as the top 4 in the order started the day 3 for 12.  In the 5th, a few MG squad miscues led to a big inning for lapine, who would grab a 7-4 lead.  But 6 runs in the next two frames highlighted by Rising and Adler RBI singles and a booming gap 3 run homer by Steinberg would put team MG in front for good.  Rich and Evan with 4 hit days, both have stayed hot all season and been the core of the lineup in both good and rough days. MG, Katz, Derek and Scott with multi hit games.  Kudos to Scott Adler who played a heck of a game at second base yesterday and Jake Adler whose record rose to 7-1 when in attendance at our games.  Looking forward to the power ratings updates as Pollock, Lapine and Wallman all lost but I'm sure Mitch will be conveniently on vacation this week.      Up next for Team MG is a fun Wed night battle with Team Globo Gym headed by White Goodman Wallman.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10TH

 

Gastro (Bykofsky ) 15     Jiffy Lube (Apples) 6    

It was a matchup of short handed teams on Wednesday night as Auction Auto (missing Amadeo, Cruz, Scher) took on Jiffy Lube (no Gluck or Tracy) on UH Right.  Things got off to a fast start for Gastro in the first inning.  Matty P, filling in at the lead off spot, hit a double (not a HR for all the stat police!) to lead off that skipped past the OFers allowing him to score 1 batter into the game.  The next 5 batters all then got hits giving Gastro a 4 spot in the 1st inning.  However, Apples crew fought back to tie things up 4-4 heading to the 5th inning and this game seemed like it might be tight the entire way.  Fortunately for guys in red and blue, Gastro pretty much took control from this point scoring 4 in the 5th, 4 in the 7th, and 3 in the 8th to pull away with the 15-6 victory.  On the offensive side of things Capt Byko was red hot for Gastro going 5-5 with 4 runs scored.  JZ also caught fire going 4-5 w/4 RBIS including a BOOMING 3 run HR over the fence.  Matty P chipped in with 3 hits while other multi hit games were had by Yigdal and Billy Boy.  Defensively, Anslow and Hector gobbled up everything in the outfield, while Safchik was his usual dominant self on the mound improving to a stellar 8-3 when he takes the ball!  For Jiffy Lube, Melnyk and Apples were smashing the ball all night and were very tough to get out.  Gastro will look to make it 4 wins in a row on Sunday vs Schef and Co. at Swim.


Action Auto 15 - LHRGC 11

After gift wrapping a win for Byko on Sunday, AA looked to get rid of the sour taste against The Judges’ crew in a fight to stay out of the play in game Wed night on Union Hill Left.   An uneven start had Larocca and company holding 3-0 after 1 and Action Auto facing an uphill climb the rest of the way.  LHRGC held 7-5  through 3 and with help of some spotty defense, opened up to 11-6 after the 6th.  In the bottom of the 8th, a spirited huddle helped ignite the Jacoby bats as 7 of the first 8 guys reached base highlighted by Danny D’s 2 run double that one hopped the fence.  In all, 8 hits, a walk and 2 sac flies led to a 7 run outburst and AA turned a 3 run deficit into a 4 run lead.   A 1-2-3 top of the 9th closed the door as Action Auto went on for the 15-11 win.  Offensively, the entire 12 man lineup contributed but the night belonged to Scott Dille who was a perfect 4 for 4 including a triple and 3 rbi.  8 others had multi hit games including Intoci who was on base 3 times and had 2 rbi.  For Team Larocca, The K brothers were on base all night, and Marc Broome handled his new spot in LCF flawlessly.  Winners of 3 out of 4, and a perfect 3-0 to close the Wednesday night slate, Team Jacoby gets TDOW and Bobito back middle Sunday morning. As a side note, the team would also like to thank Glen Marrone for the added bulletin board material and hopes that he realizes there are no “locks” in Marlboro Softball. 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 7th

LJK (Harris) 12 - Princeton (Wallman) 20

After a 2 game losing streak the once number #1 ranked team was looking to stop the bleeding against red hot Harris and crew.  Both teams got 2 in the first frame and the game was tied until the bottom the 4th when LJK took a 3 run lead.  In the 6th Captain TW’s crew would get 1 back but in the bottom half of the inning Harris would put up another 3 and take a commanding 8 to 3 lead into the top of the 8th.  In the 8th Justin Bickoff would lead off with a single and after a fielder’s choice and a walk to HY the Hammer the Princeton bats would explode.  DC, TW and Polzer would all single making it a 3 run game when Mark Z stepped to the plate with the bases loaded.  With a giant swing and what he called a miss, Mark Z delivered a 2 fence clearing go ahead grand slam.  Captain TW’s squad would score a total of 11   in the inning taking a 6 run lead into the 9th.  In the 9th the Princeton bats kept making noise plating another 6 runs capped by a JY bases loaded triple.  It must be asked once again – if ED knew Mark Z how did he not draft him in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th round?????????????   IT MAKES NO SENSE – MARK IS LITERALLY THE SCARIEST RIGHT HANDED HITTER THIS LEAGUE HAS SEEN IN A LONG TIME!!!!!   The guy is playing on a bad hammy has 5 homers and 25 RBIs.   For Princeton the offense was led by the captain with 5 hits including a once a decade triple and 4 runs scored.  Polzer, Lehman and Mark Z combined for 11 hits, 10 runs and 10 RBIs.  Polzer was his normal brilliant self on the mound although he did have his first walk since April.   Lurie and TW were great on the left side while Gary Cohen played amazing in Left Field.  Next up the real GG at Manalapan. 

 

Why is Pat Thomas Batting 2nd (Ace) 13

Versing

The Brocks sans Brocks (RCF) 10

Word on the street was that the Brocks would be short-handed on Sunday missing both Brocks and also facing the loss of spiritual leader, chief strategist, and tantric sex guru Marty Beilis. Team Ace would have their own difficulties as Jeff Turner went down with a big injury after a collision last week, while Kamras is out on a Peyote bender at a Phish show in Boston. Life goes on. Back to the Action. Now traditionally, Team Ace tends to shit the bed and fall apart when facing a shorthanded team. Early on would be no different as Brock quickly put up 4 runs while Joshi held the Ace bats to only 2 hits over the first 3 innings. But then, Ace showed some life as Eric and Scott had clutch hits followed by a Dunleavy Sac fly (easily a ROY strong candidate…great hitter and LCF and a big TEAM player…so tell any other rookies to go fuck themselves with enthusiasm), a Podolla RBI, and then something unheard of occurred. Having started off the season with an average lower that Podolla’s BAC, Frank Loconte decided to remake himself. How, you ask? Did he decide to dedicate his life to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? No. Did he make arrangements for gender reassignment surgery? No. He walked up to the plate… and decided to bat lefty. And what next… home run bitches. Is he the only player in Marlboro Softball to hit home runs from both sides of the plate? I will check the Pollock archives on his computer and once I sift through all of the  subscriptions I am sure that my cousin will be crowned the Mickey Mantle of Marlboro. We traded runs for a bit, and Brock threatened big time in the 9th with 4 runs, but in the end, Ace pulled it out, 13-10. For Ace, 3 hits apiece for Richie Bomenblit and Scott Seidenberg while Ray Porzio and Eric Bomenblit had multi-hit games. Nice defense on both sides which is not easy on Mar El. Several players went down from the various holes and divots in the outfield grass. That outfield is filled with booby-traps which took Beilis back to memories of his first tour of Ho Chi Minh City back in ’67. For Brock, Joshi pitched and hit well, Raucher had a big triple, and overall that team will be a force when all attendance issues are worked out.

Namaste,

CM

 

 

LHRGChainsaws (Delivery Boy) 9 vs. CK's  (Lombardi) 8

Manalapan 3 at 8 am was no easy task for the Broomes coming in from Philly, and the K brothers coming in from......wherever the hell they want to come in from.  But the squad made it before 8am and play ball. Bottom 2 I see an eerie look on K1s face and he announces he has to leave to bring his step father a chainsaw.  No, no, no, no, no.  Our newly dubbed RCF sniper was going nowhere.  El capitán decided to become the delivery boy and peeled out for Tom's River leaving the team in the capable hands of Ronnie C. The good guys showed some moxy and after being down 3 to1, ran off 8 straight and closed it out in the top of the 9th for the win.  K2 was 4 for 4, Gilly 2 for 3, ABroome is working his way back in, and that's all anyone would tell me.  Next up is Joey Third Base this Wednesday at Union Hill.  Stay Classy.  

 

NJ SALT 16 – FRADKIN LAW 8

Salt winners of six of their last seven extending their first place lead with  the bat of Tommy TNT who had two monster homeruns and five RBIs Giving us a comfortable 14-1 lead in the six inning. A Pezz and Pargament homerun narrowed the lead.

As we all know in Marlboro Softball no lead is ever enough. A very short talk  to our youngsters that it was time to get serious again and they responded. 

As usual the Kraus family was smiling all day and today they had something to smile about as papa Kraus was a perfect 6-6 today!! That’s 3-3 hitting and 3-3 fielding :-) Justin Krauss continued his hot hitting two for three and a sacrifice fly along with brother Zack who had two hits, two hits a piece for Conti, Soskel, Klien , Tyson and big SAL. 

Outstanding infield defense again by Klein, Conti, Doc and Tommy at first. Zero walks for the captain on the mound next up is a tough double header against Becker and Goldy

 

SENTINEL (MG) 11 - HOT CORNER (Randell) 7
Another week, another pieced together MG squad with 9 guys as Jordan Spear ran out of the car into the lineup at 8:59am.    Playing without Joraskie, Richie or Katz already was not an easy task, but with games against October locks Lapine and Wallman looming, this was a must win.

Before the game, a healed up Frometa begged his way into the OF mix to lock down against his good buddy Ben Kessler.  Three batters in, Chris hauled in an absolute laser deep in RCF hit by the hard hitting Goldrosen.  And the "lockdown D" was on.    A quick 3 spot in the first highlighted by an "up-Rising" two RBI single would follow.  Then four more runs in the 3rd on RBI singles from MG and new leadoff man/star?  Collis Spann.  Collis would later hit two absolute laser beams to the fence for a triple and a 3 run double.  It's quite fun to watch Collis run the bases.  It was 8-2 halfway through as team MG squandered a number of chances to break the game open (9 men left on base first 4 innings plus hitting into 3 DPs).  Team Randell would rally late to tighten the score but MG's squad would hold on for the 11-7 win.  Collis with the 3 hit day unleashing fury at leadoff.  Frometa 3 hits, Steinberg, Rising, Ench and MG with multi hit games.  Next up, very shorthanded against team Lapine, who I hear is way better than Pollock.

 

VM Cleaning (Pollock) 11 -  Parabolic (Sarcona) 6

10 in a row for the VM Cleaning crew!  In the late game at the Swim Club, the VM Cleaning Pollock’s defeated a resilient Sarcona team by an 11-6 final.  The game started out as a pitcher’s duel as Clamp and Drapkin put up zeros through three innings.  In the top of the 4th, the Parabolic’s struck first as Jared Goldberg hit a bases loaded sacrifice fly to deep right that scored all three runners.  Being in 3-0 hole might be a problem for some teams - but (so far) not this one as we scored 5 in the bottom of the 4th to take control of the game.  I can tell you Mitch and Jordan started the rally with base hits, after that it is a little unclear as our new scorekeepers don’t have the best handwriting.  I see Alex (with a bases loaded walk) and Rob with a 2 run single that capped the 5 run outburst.  Two more for Sarcona in 5th tied the score at 5.  Bottom of the 5th - hits by Clamp, Eliut, Mitch, Jordan and Schwag scored us 3 more runs for an 8-5 lead.  Three more in the 8th on hits from again from Clamp, Eliut, Mitch, Jordan and Ken gave us our final margin of victory.  Kudos to Clamp today.  The league should just give him the Cy Young award today, no matter what happens in the second half of the season.  He made an unbelievable bunch of plays up the middle today, walked no one again and his 6 runs allowed today actually raised our runs against for the season.  He also had a couple of hits today and Dave Meyer did not run any of them into outs – so Kudos to Dave!  Mitch (quietly having an unbelievable year) and all-star Jordan led the team with 3 hits.  Multi-hit games for Meyer, Clamp, Eliut and Persily.  Goldberg remembered the bagels and all was good in Pollockville.  A lot fans today might have left a little dissatisfied. Next up – Cowboy Mike and the Bomenblitts at Union Hill w/o Mitch Pollock, who is taking a rare vacation.

 

Gastro (Bykofsky) 10      Action Auto (Jacoby) 9     10 innings

The early game at Swim Club on Sunday morning featured a rematch of last year's first round playoff matchup with Gastro taking on the streaking Auction Auto squad.  Things got off to a rocky start for Gastro.  After Billy Boy lost a ball in the sun in the first inning, along with some timely hitting, and well placed bloopers, Auction Auto found themselves leading 8-2 heading into the bottom of the 5th inning.  Gastro then responded plating 1 run in the 5th, and then 3 runs in the 6th thanks to big RBI knocks by  Nate, Hector and Anslow.  Fast forward to the bottom of the 8th inning, Gastro trails 9-6.  The lead could've been even bigger if not for an amazing throw and catch by Amadeo in RCF to Nate Goldwasser at home plate to nail a would be run for Jacoby's crew.    In the bottom of the 8th, big hits by Capt Byko, Polguy, and Hector allowed Gastro to plate 3 runs in the inning and tie the game 9-9 heading to the 9th inning.  In the top of the 9th Jacoby's team threatened big time leading to  Capt. Byko having to make a very difficult decision.  With 2 out and runners on 1st and 3rd Gastro decided to walk the red hot commish Mamone to face the ultra dangerous Joe Spoto with the bases loaded.  Gastro was then somehow able to get Spoto to pop out and escape with the score tied at 9.  After trading zeros, the top of the order was able to win the game for Gastro in the bottom of the 10th.  Amadeo (finally!) got a hit to lead off.  Captain Bykofsky then helped himself get some peace of mind by lacing a walk off hit that skipped past the OF for the walk off win!!!  Justin led the way for the Gastro offense with 4 hits and 4 runs, while other multi hit games were had by JZ, Polguy, Hector, and Sanvenero.  Aside from the throw by Amadeo, the other defensive play of the game was made by Capt Byko running down a would be HR in CF off the bat of Intoci.  For Auction Auto, the Mamone brothers and Fox were raking all morning and we wish Jacoby a speedy recovery from his hamstring injury that he suffered in the middle innings.  This win put Gastro over .500 as they headed over to Municipal for game 2 vs Goldfarb....

 

Gastro (Bykofsky) 6     OVOX (Goldfarb) 4

After winning in walk off fashion in extra innings in game 1 of the day, the Gastro crew was happy to just not pass out on the long walk from the Municipal parking lot prior to game 2 starting.  In a very defensive, low scoring affair, Gastro was able to take down OVOX 6-4.  The big hits of the game were by Richie "where's the ice cream?" Sanvenero who laced a 2 RBI double to give Gastro a 4-3 lead in the 7th inning.  Atta boy Richie!!!  Matty P then had the other big hit finding a hole in the infield defense to score 2 runs in the 8th inning which allowed for some breathing room late.  After getting a hit his last AB of game 1, Amadeo carried over the momentum to game 2 leading the offensive attack with an impressive 4-4 game with 3 runs scored.  Sanvenero was the only other one who had multiple hits for Gastro in the win.  On the defensive side of the ball, Anslow was awarded the webgem of the game for Gastro as he laid out down the LF line to make a dazzling catch.  Marty "CY"chik continued to dominate as he racked up a few K's in the win and improved to 7-3!!!! when he's on the mound. For OVOX, DiMarco was a one-man wrecking crew leading them with a single, double, and solo HR.   After staring 2-4, Gastro has now won 5 out of 6 games and improves to 7-5 on the season. Amazing!  They will look to keep the winning going as they look forward to a tough divisional matchup vs. Apples on Wednesday night.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3RD

 

CBP (Schef) over RCF (Brock)  16-4

The Wednesday night game according to the early season predictions was billed as the marque match-up for the 2019 season, but as we know how predictions go, both teams were around .500.  Team Brock was missing Captain Brock (out with a separated shoulder), Preiss and Beilis, who was rumored to be replaced although Marty looked ready from the sidelines.  The fireworks  would start a day early before the game was finished.  Team Brock opened the scoring with a run in the first, but Team Schef followed with 4 in the bottom of the first, highlighted by the first of Holmes Jr’s 4 hits which would make it 8 hits in a row since he returned from the DL as well as 2 defensive gems to stuff out 2 rallies from Team Brock.  RCF tied up the game in the top of the 3rd with 2 runs, but Team Schef answered with 5 in the bottom and finished in convincing fashion with the margin at 12 by the end of the night.  Lugos was on base 4 times and threw out his 4th runner of the year. Dan Manochio Jr had 3 hits.  All star Fazzino continued his gold glove work at 3rd and Mat Manochio had 2 hits and a gold glove at short as well.  Team Brock was led by Schiffman with 3 hits and a special tribute to Raucher for staying calm during the fireworks medly in the 8th.  Rumor has it, Scotty Preiss sold the video to the league office for an undisclosed amount.  Anyway, Schef extended their winning streak to 4 and will need the rest to make it down to Municipal as the home team vs Goldfarb on Sunday.

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 30TH

 

SENTINEL (MG) 14 – LHRGC (FL) 8

After a five game losing streak that saw the captain disappear off the face of the planet, Sentinel rebounded with a solid, and much needed 14-8 victory.  A big win considering they could forfeit against Bradlee this upcoming weekend and will be shorthanded on the 14th.

As for the game, a 3 run first inning got the MG boys off to big start.  RBI single from MG and a two run bloop triple from Chris Frometa.  In the 3rd, a four spot behind a rbi missle from Evan and another two run hit from Chris.    11-1 after four but LaRocca's boys would rally behind a bases clearing triple from the "Juice".    It would get as close as 11-8 before Katz put the game away with a two run triple in the 8th.    Karp continues a great season on the mound....he would certainly be in the running for CY Young if he had his defense behind him every week (don't forget this team was #1 in runs against after four games when full strength- everyone but Pollock remembers he hates us).  Offensive stars Frometa with 3 hits...he's hitting .500 halfway thru his first season.  Scott Adler 6 for his last 9 hitting north of .400.  Spear continues to solidify the defense and lineup getting on base 3 times.  Nobody turns doubles into singles better!  On Sunday, we get Brad and the fighting Beckers.

 

VM Cleaning (Pollock) 21 – Jiffy Lube (Applebaum) 5

Another day, another victory for the VM Cleaning Crew, extending their winning streak to 9.  Great start again as the top lead-off man in the league – Dave “I love Paintball” Meyer - opened the game with a single; Clamp followed with a hit of his own, an error then loaded the bases and Mitch and Jordan drove in the first two runs of the game.  Playing loose in the field, we gave up the 2-0 lead in the 2nd allowing 5 runs to score, which would be the only runs the Jiffy’s would score all day.  We would take the lead back for good scoring 4 in the 4th on hits by Clamp, Mitch, Jordan, Matt, and Persily.  Continuing the onslaught in the 5th – another Meyer hit, a walk to Clamp, and an unbelievable golf shot by Eliut over the LF fence in Manalapan for a 3-run HR to give us a 9-5 lead.  In the 6th we put the game away for good.  Matt led off with a single and 16 others followed him as we scored a season high 12 runs to put the game out of reach.  Matt and Schwag each had two hits in the inning.  Clamp closed out the Jiffy squad in the 7th for the victory.  Hitting stars up and down the lineup as the 27-hit attack was led by Mitch with 4 hits and 3 RBI’s, 3 hits each for Meyer (who cost Clamp a hit by getting thrown out at 2nd on Clamp’s clean hit up the middle) and the Captain, and 2 hits for Clamp (pitched great, made a great stab up the middle, and would have added to his average if not for Meyer), Jordan, Schwagalicious, Persily, and Mr. Goldberg (coming through all day starting by showing up with hot bagels in hand).  Everybody on the team had at least one hit and probably almost everybody scored.  For the Apple’s, the coach and Gluck were missed.  For the losing side the hit of the day was from Max Seidel who killed one over Kenny’s head in left.  Next up – we go for 10 in a row in the late Swim Club game against Sarcona.

 

NJ SALT 14 – RCF 7
Team Marrone welcomes  back the Kraus family from their vacation in Aruba.  As Justin Kraus strolled out of the car looking half-asleep a very concerned captain did not know what to expect little Did he know  the kid would continue on a torrid pace with seven hits his last seven times up and is now our second leading hitter on the team. Justin now has all the tools to go along with his Jaguar like speed and should be considered at the top of the list of most improved. Rookie Steve(iron Mike Tyson)Has been a line drive clutch hitting machine Mike delivered again. got one of our biggest hits of the day a 2 out 2 run single to right center giving us a three run lead. Standing at 5‘2“ and 106 pounds Mike has been a pleasure in our dugout. A true team player that never complains and gets the job done.

After a slow start money man Mike New BFF Conti is getting hot . Mr. Conti has been flawless at shortstop and a positive influence on our young roadster’s. Team Salt might just have the best all-around defense in the league with absolutely no weak spots this write up would not be complete without David( Doc #23Silverberg ) My BFF is on fire!  David hit homerun number seven and number eight today with four runs scored and three more RBIs with Mike Conti as protection opposing pictures are forced to try their luck with number 23. 

Other hitting stars Tommy TNT, Austin Silverberg, Gary Klein, Zack Kraus, and a huge hit by Rob Conti.

Next up 9 AM start time at  East Francis against Big Fradkin 

Schef over Lombardi 14-6

In the early game at Swim Club, Team Schef stretched their winning streak to three in a row with a front running win over Lombardi, minus Joey P and Zimmerman in the outfield.  Team Schef had 23 hits which included home runs from father and son Manochio (Mat) and a triple by Tritto.  Holmes Jr returned from the IR and went 4 for 4.  Senior Holmes continued his hitting as he went 2 for 3 and remained with the league leaders.  Lugos had 3 hits as he heads to his first All Star appearance. Rookie  Mat Manochio continued his hot hitting as he drove in 5 runs.  Team Schef heads for a Wednesday night appearance against Brock with  late money going on Team Schef.

 

Action Auto 17 - ACE Home Improvements 8

 A Sunday write-up?  I’m not even sure what that is.  Looking for our first Sunday win of the season Action Auto played the first of two against a very potent Team Ferrarese on union hill left. A back and forth contest through the first 5 innings had Team Jacoby holding a modest 8-6 lead but the defense took over and the bats kept going as the boys outscored ACE 9-2 the rest of the way en route to a 17-8 victory.  The game was marred however in the 7th when Lambo found the gap between left and right center.  Dunleavy and Turner both went hard for the ball and a collision ensued sending JT to the hospital with what appears to be a pretty significant knee injury.  It goes without saying that we all wish Jeff a speedy recovery.  Thankfully, Kyle was just a little banged up but was able to stay in the game.

Offensively for AA, a new look lineup seemed to jump start the bats.  3 hits each for Fox, Spoto and Intoci, while Levine, both Mamones, Danny, D, Keenan and Herman all had 2 to lead the way. For ACE, Cowboy Mike had 3 hits, Eric smashed a long homer to Left, and both he and Richie were ridiculous up the middle in defeat.   A short walk to Union Hill right for game two of the double header would follow against Brock.

 

Action Auto 21 - RCF 6 in 7 innings

After a 17 run outburst in game 1 of the double dip, the boys looked to keep the bats going in game two as the scene shifted to Union Hill Right.  A shorthanded Brock team was down to 9 without Raucher, Scott Priess, Marty (who is now done for the season with a non-boot related ailment) and Captain JB who reinjured his shoulder in game 1 of their doubleheader.  3 walks and 3 hits highlighted by a Lambo 2 run double jump started the offense in the top of the first and AA never looked back en route to a 21-6 final in 7 innings.  Sean Keenan continued his resurgent season with 4 more hits and 6 on the day while Jeremy Levine keeps mashing with 4 of his own.  3 hits and 4 rbi for both Spoto and Fox while Lambo and the commish each had 3 knocks as well.  Although the offense was tremendous, it was the leather that took center stage in this one.  Lambo and Intoci were lights out up the middle turning multiple dps and Spoto3b only, was outstanding all day.  In the outfield, Jomo and JJ both thwarted rallies each with excellent grabs to end innings.   For RCF, Nick Turano continues to show why we all sh-t the bed letting the pick drop with a couple of hits and a bullet throw from LF to gun down a runner at 2b. The team wishes both Marty and Justin quick recoveries from injury.  Next up, AA tries for 3 straight in the early game against Byko at swim.

 

 

Fradkin Law 10 – Goldfarb 4

After a 4 game slide Ed’s team got back into the win column with a tough 10-4 win over Goldfarb at Swim club.  Goldfarb jumped out to a lead with 2 runs in the top of the first inning but then didn’t score again until the 8th inning.  It was a close game with Ed’s team down 2-1 going into the bottom of the 6th when they put up 3 runs to go up 4-2.  The game was then put out of reach in the bottom of the 7th inning when Fradkin Law put up 6 more runs.  It was a true team effort on defense and offense.  Sal led the way with 3 hits but Joey, Jimmy Murphy, James Pezz, Mike Rosenstock and Joey’s father each having 2 hits.  It was great to get back into the win column and the intention is to stay there for weeks to come.

 

Bobito beats Bradley 15-13

"Even when we win , we win ugly".....sayeth T DOW Callow at the conclusion of a 15-13 win for Team Bobito. Scoring runs has generally not been a problem for The Big Red Machine.  Giving back runs has been a problem.  In a game that saw both sides bobble , kick , and toss the ball all over Marl El - Team Bobito prevailed in spite of a 9th inning scare.  Team Randell did take a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first - but Big Red responded with a 4 spot in the bottom of the first as the Big 5 (JC, Corde, Brock, Chase, and Papa Yock) all batting above .500 raked to give us the lead .  It was short lived as Team Bradley lead by The Binders (I believe 6 for 8 between them) took a 1 run lead in the 5th. Where it stayed- until Big Red busted it open with a 6 spot in the bottom of the 6th , as we batted around.  we scored an "insurance run" in the bottom of the 8th. Which was needed.  5 run leads should be safe- but with the Marl El winds howling and walks and balls hit to RF and RCF an adventure, Becker hit a three run bomb to RCF to cut the lead to TWO.  However , Papa Yock settled in and with runners on first and second- got the pesky "Randell Captain" to ground out to second to end a tense and feisty game.  Chase had another A1 game with a great catch in LF and a 3 hit game.  Papa Yock also had a 3 hit game , and seriously gutted one out in the very tough Marl El winds.  Had to drop in lots of 3-1 counts , which I know can be a tough ask , time after time.  Papa did it masterfully.  Onto game 2 of the DH , as we await Team Byko for a chance of two DH wins in consecutive weeks.

 

Team Bobito beats Team Byko 20-5

It took 12 games , but Team Bobito finally had a laugher, winning in 8 against a very tough Team Byko 20-5.  Maybe because Papa Yock had already pitched one game in the Marl El winds- Papa outpitched the usually precise (and very tough to hit) Marty Safchick- who had a tough time adjusting (after pitching game 1 at Muni) to the windy conditions.  Aided by 2 walks in the bottom of the first The Big Red Machine nearly batted around and scored 4 runs in the first and then 4 runs in the second inning to take a very commanding 8-1 lead before the arriving crowd (Team Schef front office) could settle in. 3 more in the fourth and then the killer 5 spot in the 6th put us in a position to end it in 7- but the "guy you want up" - who was having an awesome day to that point (4 for 4 and 3 RBIS)- with the bases loaded and no where to put him , T DOW Callow grounded out to 2nd. The look on Papa's face priceless ("oh no , I gotta go out for another inning?")  Onto to the 8th we go and after Cruz "cruzed" a missile over the RF's head for a 3 run HR it looked like we may have to play 9.  But as we did all day , the top of the line up responded , finished off by a bases clearing triple by Bryan Thompson to "mercifully" end the game. After winning 4 out of the last 5 , Team Bobito has salvaged the season and has become a team to reckon with.  Not to mention , no longer a  "play -in" team.  JC lead the attack with a 4 for 5 , 4 runs scored and 3 doubles.  Chase was also 4 for 5 with 4 runs scored and 3 RBIS, Bryan 3 for 5 and 4 RBIS.  But today belonged to Papa Yock going 5 for 5 , booming double , and 6 RBIS....and a stellar game on the mound. Navigating beautifully the Mar El winds. With a 1-6 record only a couple of weeks ago , I have to say this team hung together and NEVER gave up- and never did the usual finger pointing that can happen on losing teams.  Kudos to a great bunch for hanging together. That kind of camaraderie can take you a long way.  That and a few defensive plays.  Onto a single affair (phew!) next week against the very tough pre season favorite Team Wallman at UH.  Should be a fun game.  See you next week Toddly!

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26

 

CK’s (Lombardi) 11 – OVOX (Goldfarb) 7

After being rained out of their 1st two Wednesday night games, CK welcomed the hot and steamy weather. Ovox jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st only to be answered by CK with 2 runs in the top of the 2nd. The bottom of the 3rd didn't start well for CK as the first 3 OVOX batters (Ballo, Dimarco, Rosenthal) hit consecutive solo homers. CK was able to recover, getting out of the inning with no more runs allowed. CK added 2 runs in the top of the 4th bringing the score to 6-4 OVOX. CK's pitching and defense (S. Drashinsky made a ridiculous diving catch in RF) kicked in giving up only 1 run over the last 6 innings.  CK tacked on 4 in the 6th holding a 1 run lead going into the 9th. Consecutive hits by Peragine, Goddard, S. Drashinsky, Raventos and a Sac by Harris plated 3 insurance runs in the top of the 9th. CK held Ovox in the bottom of the 9th, final score 11-7.

CK was led by Raventos (3-3, sac, 4 rbi's) and multi hit games by Peragine, Goddard, J. Lombardi and Veneck. 

 

NJ SALT  8-  CK’S (Lombardi) 4

Will make this fast Lombardi jumps out to a 4 to 0 lead after two innings that would be the end of the scoring for them, Zack Krauss/Justin Krauss and iron Mike Tyson are a lot faster than I thought All beating out infield hits and can downright fly. Dave Silverberg hasn’t lost it blasting a two run homer to deep left center field, Mike Conti is still a 1  for probably another five or six years. Russell Kraus and family has the best smile’s in the league. Tommy TNT is back and got his first hit in two years Tommy was also heard saying this is the most enjoyable team he has ever played with nice to hear Tommy!! Austin Silverberg has one of the biggest mouths in the league but now has the ability to back it up with deep drives to right center all day long. Justin Kraus is rounding into Form and my prediction is he will be the Premier right fielder in the league by the end of the season.. Marrone  pitched seven games playing 10 straight hours on Saturdays tournament and I can hardly remember what happened today . 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 23RD

 

CK’s (Lombardi) 16 – Action Auto (Jacoby) 1     (7 innings)

Missing their pitcher, Action Auto tried 3 possible pitchers before the game to see who would take the mound. Jacoby stepped up and gave it a valiant effort. CK's jumped out quick scoring 7 in the 1st and 4 in the 2nd on a combination of walks and timely hitting. CK's held Action Auto to only 1 run ending the game in 7 innings, 16-1. CK's was led by S. Drashinsky (3-3, walk, 4 rbi's), J. Lombardi (3-4, 5 rbi's) and multi hit games by Peragine and Javy.

 

VM Cleaning (Pollock)  17 -  Sentinel (Granese) 2

On another beautiful morning for softball, the VM Cleaning crew looked to make it 8 in a row against a captain-less Granese team.  Matt was back in the skipper’s role after ceding control last week to Mitch as he worked?/played in Barcelona.  First good omen of the day, Mark Goldberg showed up with the bagels.  After many weeks of will he or won’t he, he finally came through for the team..  Onto the game – great start by us – Granese held to nothing in the top of the 1st – bottom of the inning - a hit by Meyer followed by a towering HR by Eliut gave us a quick 2-0 lead; 3 more hits followed by Mitch, Jordan and Matt brought in another run for a 3-0 lead after 1.  3 more in the second and 4 in the 3rd gave us a 10-0 lead after 3 innings.  Granese put up 2 in the 7th to break Clamp’s shutout, making it 12-2 and brought us to the 8th inning.  Rob led off with single, a FC by Meyer, hits by Clamp, Eliut, Jordan, Matt, Schwag and Persily plated 5 more to end it at 17-2.  Great pitching and fielding by Clamp (no walks and making all the plays up the middle).  Great defense by us -  with 3 double plays and Alex making some great plays in his only inning at 1st base.  26 hits on the day, with everybody contributing at least one led by Clamp, Jordan (killing it lately), Schwag, Persily and Rob with 3 hits, Meyer, Eliut, Mitch, Matt and Alex with 2 each, and Terel Klein with another triple and a sac fly.  We go for 9 in a row next week against Apple in faraway Manalapan.

Gastro (Bykofsky) 12     Hot Corner (Randell) 11

Gastro of Ocean was able to win their second game in a row by defeating Hot Corner 12-11 at the Swim Club.  It was a tale of two games really.  Through the first 6 innings of play Gastro held an 8-1 lead and appeared they may cruise to the finish line.  Randell's crew then woke up big time and scored 10 runs combined in the 7th and 8th innings to take a late inning lead.  Finding themselves trailing by 1 in the bottom of the 8th inning Gastro rallied.  If not for a big break on Polguy's SCREAMER up the middle that was too hot for Becker to handle, especially after Brad intentionally walked his former BFF/lover JZ to load the bases in the 7th, the deficit could've been worse.  In the bottom of the 8th inning Yiggy and Anslow both reached base and scored on huge RBIs from Safchik and Nate the great Goldwasser (who survived a huge collision at home plate just an inning prior!).  Gastro then shut the door in style as Amadeo turned a self-made double play (using the 5 man IF shift) to end the game.  Amadeo led the way for Gastro in the win going 4-5 out of the leadoff spot while scoring 3 times and making a number of nice plays as the 5th IF.  Other multi hit games were had by Capt Byko, JZ, Cruz, and Richie Sans.  The webgem of the game was made by Anslow in LF who robbed Ben Kessler of a sure XBH with a sprawling catch on the IF dirt.  For Hot Corner, Becker and Rick S led the way offensively, while other big hits were had by Weitsen and Randell in their comeback effort.  Gastro has had a very roller coaster like season: won 2, lost 4, won 2, and will look to keep the solid play going with a tough double header next week vs Lapine and Harris.  

 

Everybody Loves Raymond Porzio (Ace) 15

Versing

The Cohen Brothers (Princeton) 8

A glorious beach day hoping to be followed by a glorious day on the field of battle as Ace Home Improvements was coming off of a lame, no hitting, 40 minute loss on Father’s Day. Putting a wrench in the works was superstar shortstop Eric Bomenblit apparently had to attend a concert that night as part of the agreement that would allow him to keep having relations with his lady friend. Fortunately, Richie stepped up and proved to be way better fielder than Eric (you hear that E… bros before hos, son). Back to the action… Captain Wallman seemed a bit excited knowing our #1 was out and he was just getting back lover boy Saler from his recent honeymoon. Anyway, the Ace crew came out ready to pounce early knowing we didn’t have our traditional defense (Loconte at 2B… Dios Mio!). With that said, Ace put up 10 in the first five innings, while shutting down the Princeton Review for that stretch. However, with such big, girthy bats on Wallman, it wasn’t a matter of if, but rather when they would strike back. That came in the 5th through 7th, as Wallman and co. put up 8 runs as led by Doug Cohen with 3 hits and an absolute bomb by Mark Z (I still can’t believe I passed up the chance to get him if I only traded bum leg Turner). However, the noise made by some of the Wallman bats was far surpassed by the Ace gloves. Legit, if you were there, you saw two plays that were some of the best I’ve ever seen. It was like catching something magical, a glimpse of pure beauty… like getting a two second peak at a nipple on the Playboy Channel when the cable scrambler worked just right. The first play, Mark Z hit a rocket to Richie’s right, where he made crazy diving catch. The second was a long, deep foul that had Michael Podolla jump and almost fly over the fence to end the inning. Dude... it was sexy as fuck. I know he just got engaged, but any chicks that are into dreadlocked alcoholics with athletic prowess are gonna all be wanting a piece of that action when that catch goes viral. In the end, the defense picked me up a bunch and we played as a team and came out the victors with a 15-8 final. Hitting stars were Podolla (4/4, HR), 3 hit games for Turner, Toran, Loconte, Richie B, and the Captain, Multi-hit games for Dunleavy and Thomas.

Great Job Today

Love,

Michael F.

 

NJ SALT (Marrone) 19 – LHRGC (LaRocca) 9
A win for the ages as Marrone and Company overcame the impossible with Russell, Zack, Justin, Austin all missing in action our entire outfield sidelined we needed to come up with a plan! 

With seven guys playing out of position and a injured Jason Soskel having to play left field with two bad hamstrings. Tommy T who hasn’t play the outfield since he was 12 had to go to right and seven-year absence in the outfield Mike Conti in Center. The only two position players were Gary Klein at third and the captain on the mound. A lot of commotion in the Marrone  dugout after we fell behind 4/0 a couple of adjustments putting iron Mike Tyson at second who now is lobbying for Dave Doc silverberg‘s position . Dougout leader Mike Conti letting the guys know we can win this game it seemed to turn things around as we held the mighty bats of Frank the rock to only five runs the remainder of the game. 

Mike Conti gave us some hope Also with his three run blast to dead center in the bottom of the second inning. Tommy TNT also joined the merry-go-round with a Monster 2 run blast from the past that split two outfielders Tommy finish the day with three hits and four RBIs, Three hits a piece for Gary Klein who also shined at third-base turning three double plays Gary also had three RBIs .Captain Marrone with three hits and three RBIs, three hits for Jason Soskel running on no legs, Iron Mike Tyson with three hits and Rob Conti and his high blood pressure with three hits. A huge win today from the nine gladiators that battled against all odds congratulations to the entire team for giving us a remarkable victory. Next up is a battle on Union Hill right against two of the league’s finest on the mound.

Special note out to Team Franks broom who played the entire game with one arm and got two hits.

We welcome back our entire outfield next week we will need you guys :-) 

 

CPB (Schef) over PARABOLIC (Sarcona) 12-8

Team Schef evened their record at 6-6 with a win over a tough Sarcona club.  Holmes Jr, still nursing a sore knee missed his 4th game in a row but he and Tommy Sexias were designated cheerleaders from the sidelines for each club. Umpire Fogarty limped in at 9:05 and promptly told the last 2 hitters there would be no more batting practice.  Sarcona took an early 3-1 lead on a Pastor home run blast into the trees at East Frances, the first of his 4 hits. Team Schef pounded out 26 hits but the star of the day belonged to Johny “T” Tritto, after hosting his mandatory pregame East Frances breakfast at his house on East Frances, Tritto than made 2 diving catches at first base and had 3 hits in helping Team Schef to their 6th victory.  Lugos, starting to resemble his 1A draft slot, had 3 more hits and threw out the tying run at home plate in the 7th inning.  Captain Schef on 1 leg had 3 hits, Mat Manochio and Fazzino each had 3 hits and Fazzino continued his gold glove work at 3rdbase.  Friedlich notched victory #6 as Sarcona went quietly in the 9th.

 

LJK (Harris) defeats FRADKIN LAW (Fradkin) 17-15

I promise you no team in this league needed a win more than Team Harris.  And what should have be a cruise to victory after The Big Red Machine scored 10 runs in the third to jump to a 11-2 lead, became a nail biter. In that 10 run outburst inning, TDOW Callow hit a three run bomb followed by a Rob Corde solo shot.  But Team Fradkin chipped away scoring two in the bottom of the third and a four spot in the bottom of the fourth with Eddie "Big Fly " Fradkin hitting a bomb in that inning (which would be his last chance to get a meaningful at bat in this game- more on that later) to cut the lead to just three runs.  A four run 7th highlighted by a Chase Sandler 3 run bomb gave Team Bobito a seemingly "safe" 8 run  cushion entering the bottom of the 8th.  At a critical juncture in that inning "Big Fly" Fradkin came up with the bases loaded and two outs- after a conference on the mound - the softball minion decided to walk in a run to cut the lead to 7 and take our chances with "Big Fly's" AProtection.  And with the bases loaded , "the protection" hit a short pop fly to get out of the 8th inning with a big sigh of relief and just one run scored- and a now seemingly cushy lead.  Not so fast!  After scoring a solo run in the top of the 9th to regain that 8 run lead- some "easy" outs were not made in the bottom of the 9th to put Team Fradkin in position to win the game with the tying run on base and the winning run up at the plate. Our "safe lead" almost turned to disaster- but a pop fly third out enabled the very fragile psyche of Team Harris to take a deep inhale and exhale.  A 22 hit barrage , aided by 9 walks was enough to garner the win. Kudos to Team Fradkin for not giving up.  Hitting stars for Big Red were Callow 3 for 4 , 4 runs scored, 3 Rbis and a dinger, Brock Hor still raking with a 3 for 3 and 2 rbis,  Corde with 3 runs scored and a dinger, and Chase with a huge two out three run dinger.   On to UHR and game two with Team MG and a chance for a winning streak.

 

LJK (Harris) 12 – SENTINEL (MG) 10

Off of a scuffle of a win in our first game of the day against Team Fradkin , Team Bobito was ready for its first winning streak of the year.   Again , what should have been a cushy 5-0 lead , soon turned to a tie game in the bottom of the fourth with ROY candidate Frometa in the middle of rallies in the 3rd and 4th inning.  But the potent Big Red lineup (built for UH) scored in 4 out of the last 5 innings to take a 12-8 lead into the bottom of the 9th. Deja Vu allover again?   Kind of......with again some sloppy play.   BUT, and I mean a BIG BUT , what has not happened previously in this season , happened. Two tremendous plays back to back with the bases loaded and the tying run at first- Bryan Thompson (in honor of the 50th anniversary of Ron Swoboda's improbable catch) laid out making a game saver in RCF.  One run came in on that play but so what.  Then Chase Sandler ran down the final out when Seth Kreisler blasted one over his head- but Chase's speed AND BIG GLOVE made the catch to end the game.  A lot of grit today from Big Red.  TDOW Callow was 3 for 5 and three runs scored , Chase was 3 for 5 and 2 runs scored and 2 runs batted in, Brock just keeps hitting was also 3 for 5 and Greg Long was 3 for 3 and a walk. One notable and historical post script, Steve Yockel , gutting out two wins on the mound , now joins ,the likes of Shelley Cytryn, Mark Goldberg, Leo Friedlich , and yours truly by getting thrown out at first base from the OF.  No worries, Yock , it happens to the best of us.  Onto a huge Wednesday Night affair against the scary Team Cowboy Mike.

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 16TH

 

CK's (Lombardi) 7 - PRINCETON (Wallman) 15

Father’s Day at middle featured Pollock’s #1 ranked team Princeton against rookie Captain Lombardi.  2 quick outs by CK looked they would get out of the 1st inning unscathed but an error and Gene Sea Biscuit double led to a Mark Z laser 2 RBI single to give Captain TW a 2 to 0 lead.  CK behind hit machine Goddard took a 7 to 5 lead all the way until the top of 8th when the Princeton bats finally woke up. A walk to TW was followed by hits from Polzer, JY and Gene and a bomb triple from Mark Z to plate 6 runs in the inning and give TW’s crew a 4-run lead.  In the 9th hits from TW and Polzer were followed by a JY homer which put the game away.  Once again Polzer was brilliant on the mound with no walks and the Princeton outfield was great.  Mark Z, Gary Cohen and JY had 3 hits apiece to lead the offense.  Next up Sunday night under the lights against Ferraese. 

 

OVOX Gym (Goldfarb) 15  Hot Corner (Randell) 10

A beautiful Father’s day morning for softball had OVOX Gym looking to for their 3rd straight win in the final game of an 8 game homestand.  To do that they would need to stop a streaking Team Randell looking for their 4th straight win.  The top of the 1st saw rookie Jeff Goldrosen give Team Randell a quick 2-0 lead with a 2-run HR over the LCF fence at UHL.   OVOX would come back with a 6-run first to take a 6-2 lead after 1 full inning with the big blow an Alan Rubin 2 run triple to RF.  Things quieted down a bit and after 5 OVOX held an 8-3 lead.  The Hot Corner would score 4 in the top of the 6th to cut the OVOX lead to 1 but Team Goldfarb struck back with 4 of their own to keep the lead at 5, 12-7 after 6.  Three more in the bottom of the 7th stretched the lead to 15-7 which proved to be enough as OVOX would walk away with a 15-10 victory and their 3rd W.  Today was a day for offense with Team Randell led by the power of Jeff Goldrosen and the speed of Ben Kessler.  Rookies Lysczak and Ciaglia proved tough outs as well.  OVOX was led by Mike Iorio’s (3 hits, 3 RBI, 2 doubles).  Alex G broke out of his season long slump after being moved out of the leadoff spot with 3 hits and oh yea Anthony DiMarco with his normal 3 hit game.  Chipping in with 2 hits were Lou S, Mike B, Alan R and Eddie P.  Anthony also showed off his arm as a throw from LCF hit Home Depot on a fly.  OVOX will now go on the road for the first time this season looking for their 4th straight but will have its hands full with the extremely talented and very hot Team Lapine who themselves have won 6 straight.  Get well to Andy Kessler who dinged his hammy.  Hope all the fathers had a great day as well. 

 

VM Cleaning (Pollock) 8 – NJ Salt (Marrone) 6

On a beautiful Father’s Day in Marlboro, The VM Cleaners ran their winning streak to 7 with a come from behind victory over the NJ Salt Marrone’s. With the captain sunbathing with the topless in Spain, how would the team respond with only Mitch’s guidance. I think we can say that we responded extremely well, so Matt – feel free to extend the vacation. Let’s get started – top of the 1st – a hit by Clamp, a walk to Eliut and an RBI single from Jordan gave us a quick 1-0 lead. 2 more in the second due in part to a bomb triple by Terel Klein gave us a 3-0 cushion, which we promptly gave back over the next 4 innings as our bats went to sleep. Down 6-4 after 6 innings. The team was starting to feel a little lethargic. Again, could possibly be due to the lack of bagels Mr. Goldberg. I heard Eliut grumbling about no bacon, egg and cheese sandwich which was promised to him numerous times during the week. In the middle of all this, Mrs Goldberg and daughter Goldberg leave the field. Were they being sent to the bagel place to rectify Mark’s bagel faux pas. NO – they left because he came up lame and they didn’t want to watch the rest of us pull off our best comeback of young season. Top of the eighth, down 6-4, we did not start off that great as Jordan Rosenthal, pinch running, was thrown out at 3rd for the second out, with the top of the order coming up, and come up they did, a hit by Meyer, a Clamp walk, a single by Eliut to knock in a run, single by Mtich to knock in the tying run, and then a 2 run single by Jordan to end the scoring giving us an 8-6 lead. Clamp (great on the mound again with no walks) held them to nothing in the 8th and the 9th, allowing us to have a very nice Father’s Day. Dave Meyer and Jordan Rosenthal were the hitting stars, each with 3 hits, with Mitch and Rob chipping in with 2. For the Marrone’s, Doc Silverberg blasted two balls into the woods at EF, huffing and puffing for a HR and a triple. Glen took one off his ankle, was down for a while, but toughed it out and pitched a nice game. Next up for the boys in grey – hoping to get the streak to 8 with a matchup against Granese at Union Hill. Feel better Mark Goldberg.

 

Gastro (Bykofsky) 13     Fradkin Law (Ed)  11

On a beautiful Father's Day morning team Gastro was finally able to break their 4 game losing streak vs Fradkin and Co. on Union Hill Right.  After playing like absolute crap the past 4 weeks many people on the roster were asking for Kenny G's phone number to try and get some gastric relief.  We couldn't stomach any more losses!  Get it!  Jesus. Ok.  

 

Thanks to 4 walks in the top of the 1st inning, along with RBI knocks Yiggy, Billy Boy, and Richie Sans, Gastro was able to grab a 5-0 early lead.  In the bottom of the first Capt Byko lost a ball in the famous UHR sun that hit him in his big ass, allowing Fradkin to respond, making the score 5-3 after 1.  Gastro then plated 5 runs over the next 3 innings highlighted by triples from Yigdal and Billy Boy making the score 10-5 after 5.  Byko and Crew somehow held on the rest of the way (despite Capt Gold Glove idiot Byko dropping an easy fly ball) and Fradkin CRUSHING A 3 RUN BOMB over the monster, for the 13-11 win.  The offensive attack was led by Matty Polguy as he continues his career year going 3-4 with 4 RBIs.  Anslow also broke out with 3 hits while Billy Boy Chiusano may have had his best game ever with 3 hits and 3 RBIS!  More importantly, he's now allowed to send texts in the team group chat again! Way to go Bill!  Other multi-hit games were had by Amadeo, Justin, JZ, and Yigdal.  The defense was carried by Safchik on the mound, Amadeo in the OF (he threw a missile to get Pargy Jr. at the plate) and Anslow who made some nice plays in LF.  For Fradkin Law, Ed crushed the ball all morning (obviously), Buckley had 2 hits, and Pargy Jr. looks like he'll be a great player in this league for years to come (especially defensively).  Gastro will look to make it 2 wins a row as they face a tough Lombardi team under the Wednesday night lights.

 

PARABOLIC (Sarcona) 28  - ACTION AUTO (Jacoby) 14

In a game that took all four quarters to decide, Sarcona put up their final TD late in the game to pull away in a 28-16 win over Jacoby. The offensive explosion was led by J. Goldberg (4-5), G. Roland (2-4, Triple), Perrone (3-4, 4 Runs), Walker (3-5) and Paster (2-3). The Grant brothers added to the party with a combined 5 total bases and C. Kaplow (1-2, 4 BB, and 4 Runs) continued to set the table for Team Sarcona. Jacoby was shorthanded on the mound, leading to 17 walks drawn by Sarcona and setting the stage for the high scoring affair. Contrary to the score’s indication there was some great defense played, as J. Goldberg cleaned up at SS and J. Paster flashed his speed in the outfield making tough plays look easy. Next up for Sarcona is Team Shef at E. Frances as they look to continue their climb back to .500. Team Jacoby will look to bounce back against Lombardi at the Municipal Field.

 

Team Schef over Ferrarese 5-3

In the early game at Manalapan Field 3, Team schef escaped with a 5-3 victory over a lackluster Ferrarese squad.  Neither team produced much offense, but Team Schef struck for 3 runs in the first inning.  Lugos led the rally with a single and than the Manochio trio in tandem, went single, single single and  a Fazzino sac made in 3 -0.  Team schef added a run in the 2nd with a Tritto double.  Ferrarese narrowed the lead to 5-3 but a game saving catch by Lugos kept the margin at 2.  Schef tries to get back to .500 with a showdown with Sarcona on Sunday.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12TH

 

NJ SALT (Marrone) 13 – CBP (Schef) 5

This was not just another game in Marlboro it was Sheff versus Marrone and Freddy versus Conti . 

But did we all forget about the hottest father and son combination in the history of the league as the Silverbergs dominated this game like no other going a combined 7/8 with two homers from Doc and six RBIs from the combo . The Sheff crew had no answer as The crafty marrone had them off stride all game long. Another defense jem by the leagues best all around defense lead by the slick fielding infield of Gary Klein, Mike Conti, Dave Silverberg and Tommy T.  The salty guys came up clutch all night long and got the big hit every time we needed it highlighted by the fabulous three track stars of iron Mike Tyson, Zack and Justin Kraus. 
Other hitting stars and there were many a very hot bat of Tommy T, Rob Conti, Gary Klien, Justin Krauss, Zack Kraus , SAL and iron Mike Tyson all chipping in with two hits a piece. Kudos for Tyson also making a terrific tag at the plate as he stands there about 107 pounds as a 220 pound Freddy comes barreling in MIKE holds onto the ball!! A very shorthanded Salt team with out there Star Shortstop will face a very hot Pollock Team on Father’s Day

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 9TH

 

PRINCETON (TW) 17 – FRADKIN LAW (EF) 8
A double header at middle school against the Mighty Fradkins and the 10 Best Brocks is not something any captain wants to see on the schedule but that’s what Princeton was staring at on a gorgeous windy morning.  Princeton’s management all week said they would rejoice in a split so up first was Big ED and his 4 combo picks. Fradkin Law jumped out to a quick 1 run lead thru 2 innings but the game took an early and final turn in the bottom of 3rd when Captain TW’s squad had the bases load no outs 2 runs in and Dave Polzer delivered a 3 RBI triple.  When the inning was over Princeton had an 8 run lead and tacked on 7 more over the next 3 innings to cruise to 17 to 8 victory.  Polzer was lights out on the mound issuing zero walks while the Princeton D behind him was stellar.  Polzer, Captain TW, Gene Seabiscuit and JY had a combined 14 hits, 9 runs and 9 RBIs to lead Princeton’s offense.  The 10 best Brocks crushed Princeton’s dream of a 2 game sweep in the 2nd game.  Next up team Lombardis who MG predicted would win 7 games all year.  Princeton will have to dig deep as they will be without D Saler who will be off getting married – Congrats DS.  

 

OVOX (Goldfarb) 9  LHRGP (LaRocca) 6

Looking to end their 3 game losing streak OVOX had 2 teams on the docket Sunday morning that scores runs.  Game #1 was an 830 AM start against Team Larocca at Swim Club.  LHRGP opened the scoring in the top of the 1st with a single run and at the end of the 5th held a 5-1 lead.  Team Goldfarb offense had been lethargic as of late and needed to score and had to do it without one of their top hitters rookie Evan Rosenthal.  In the bottom of the 6th with a  man on 1st and 2 outs the Captain singled to bring up the top of the order.  Four straight hits and the game was now tied at 5 after 6 full innings.  No scoring in the 7th and we go to 8th where Team Larocca would score 1.  The bottom of the 8th saw the Captain singling with 1 out and after an Alex single Mike P singled to tie the score and put runners at 1st and 3rd with 1 out.  With Anthony DiMarco coming up Team Larocca discussed a possible intentional walk.  Thankfully for Team Goldfarb they did not walk Anthony and he blasted a 3 run HR off the LC field fence at the Swim Club giving Team Goldfarb a 9-6 lead which turned out to be enough for an OVOX win.  The game did see a fighting Larocca team who were already banged up and then lost one of the Kleshinsky brothers in the 3rd inning due to a family emergency (all is good I think as his son needed some stitches after being plunked by a baseball) but it did bring injured Mark Carlin (initially watching from the side) into the game so LHRGP could play with 10.  Alan Rubin and Ronnie Carlin both pitched well with some solid defense behind them (nice game from both SS’s Mike P and Marc B).  OVOX was led by Anthony Dimarco’s 2 hits and 4 RBI with Alex, Mike P, Larry R and Guy also with multi-hit games.  Mark Carlin did have a nice day at the plate with 2 nice shots down the right field line and Captain Frank blasted a triple over Alex in LF even after pleading from the coach to move back.  Get well to  Andrew B/Mark C and the rest of Larocca’s M*A*S*H unit. 

 

 

OVOX (Goldfarb) 12  Jiffy Lube (Applebaum) 6

OVOX (7th game of the homestand) would now face Team Applebaum in the 2nd game of the day for both teams and both coming off wins (Applebaum in extra innings).  The game (on UHR) would see 9 runs scored in the 1st inning, 4 by Team Applebaum and 5 by Team Goldfarb (big hit was Larry Rubin’s 2 out 2 run triple).  This game surely looked like the winner would score 15 runs.  Team Applebaum would score 2 in the 3rd but Team Goldfarb would score 7 runs over the 4th thru 8th and hold Team Applebaum scoreless over their last 6 ABs making the final score 12-6 for OVOX.  Alan Rubin pitched another nice game with the OVOX defense keeping the big bats of Team Applebaum silent for 7 of the 9 innings (Derek Melnyk did lead off the game with a long HR over the LF fence).  Nick D and Noel G played great in the IF for Team Applebaum as did Jim Tracey in the OF (almost made the best play I would ever see in Marlboro softball with a full out flying in the air dive that almost robbed Anthony DiMarco of his 3rd double of the game).  Team OVOX played another solid game on defense and was led offensively by Mike Ballo’s 3 hits and 3 RBIs.  Anthony DiMarco added 3 hits (3 more doubles) while the Paladino’s (Mike and Rich) and Mike I chipped in with 2 hits each.  Team Goldfarb will end the longest homestand in Marlboro history (8th straight home game) on Father’s day against one of the hottest teams in league, Team Randell.

 

 

 

VACATIONS (DL) 19 – CBP (Schef) 8
The injury bug has been busy in Marlboro Softball lately.  Team Schefkind started the game without Chris Holmes and saw their #1 pick Lugos come off the field with a potential shoulder injury after nearly making a spectacular diving catch in the left, left center field gap. As for Lapine, he started with a full squad but lost two players during the game to, what were hopefully minor muscle strains. Wishes for speedy recovers go out to all.  As for the game, Pat Specchio got Vacations off to a quick start with a two run homer in the first on his way to a 3 for 5, 2 homer day. Shefkind's squad put up a run in the bottom of the 1st but Jay Eisenberg knocked in two runs with a clutch, two-out hit in the top of the second to give Lapine a three run lead. The game stayed close until the 6th but then Vacations scored four runs in each of the 6th, 7th and 8th innings on their way to a 19-8 victory.  Big hits could be found throughout the entire Lapine lineup - Carroll continued his hot hitting with a 5-5 day, Bomba, Troiani, B. Frey each had 3 hit games and Denny put the icing on the cake with a 3 run double late in the game. Rob Catania was solid in left and contributed 2 hits, 3 runs and 3 rbi.  Next up is Brock under the lights on Wednesday. 

 

CK’s (Lombardi) 18 – Parabolic (Sarcona) 13  

After losing game 1 of a DH, CK's bounced right back to their winning ways by scoring in 6 of their 8 innings. Down 5-1 in the bottom of the 2nd, CK's sent 14 batters to the plate scoring 8 runs. Parabolic would fight back to tie it 11-11 in the top of the 6th only to have CK's score 5 in the bottom of the 6th and in the end win 18-13.

Hitting was led by a red-hot Dave Drashinsky going 4-4 with 5 rbi's (6-7 on the day), Peragine, Goddard and Harris 3 hits each (Harris just a HR shy of the cycle), and multi-hits games by S. Drashinsky, P. Lombardi, Javy and Veneck. The infield played solid D with Dan Drashinsky at 3B and Javy at SS making some nice plays and turning a couple of double plays. 

 

Richie and the Dongs (Ace) 27

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The Situation’s Consigliere and Associates (Fradkin) 15

The Acehole crew had just suffered an extra inning, devastating loss to former Ace protégé Joe Spicoli Tracy…unlucky. Spirits were low… players had their heads down, Podolla’s 12% craft brew was tasting like Pabst Blue Ribbon, Richie’s fiancé wasn’t smiling longingly at me like she normal does…these were rough times. Any optimism in the air was immediately squandered as Cowboy Mike lost total control of his pitches and maybe his life on the ride to Mar El. This could partially be attributed to the depth of the mound. Ed said he measured it, but I think he may have measured the distance to the pitching rubber in the same fashion that I would measure Cowboy Mike Junior on so many a lonely night and gave himself a bit extra. Back to the action… Fradkin’s crew put up a quick 7 in the top of the 1st as a result of me walking guys, us throwing the ball around, timely hitting for Fradkin’s boys, and my confidence aching from Richie behind me muttering, “bro… you fucking suck bro…seriously…bro”. Knowing we were in a hole, the Ace bats picked me up bigtime starting off the inning with five doubles in a row resulting in a seven inning frame of our own. Crisis over, new game. From that point on, we went on a tear, compiling 35 total hits for 27 runs. Everyone of the Aceholes chipped in with the bats… Dickster (4/4, Cycle, 4 RBI), Seidenberg (4/5, 2 doubles, and his 5th triple), E. Bomenblit: 4/4, the Captain (4/4, HR), 3 hits for Dunleavy (Rookie of the Year, case closed), Turner (who hit a big clutch homer in game 1), Toran, and Podolla, and multi-hit games for Frank the Tank Loconte and Head Tat Pat Thomas. For Fradkin, Big Ed murdered the ball for a homerun but unfortunately pulled something in the process and had to make an early exit. Kudos to Pargament for filling in on the mound and his son looks like a strong up and coming player. Next up for Ace is Team Shefkind who has a new-look squad this year as there are several players on the team that don’t have grandchildren yet. And finally, congrats to Podolla on getting engaged…maybe she can teach him how to throw. Just kidding, he’s a good kid. Stay in school, stay black, peace out.

 

M Cleaning (Pollock)  8 – LJ Kushner (Harris) 2

VM Cleaning (Pollock) 19 -  LHRGP (Larocca) 10

On a beautiful morning for Marlboro Softball, the VM Cleaning crew looked to add to its 4 game winning streak with a twin bill against Harris and Larocca.

Game 1 v. Harris at Municipal

The boys in in grey got off to a great start with 2 in the first on RBI singles by the brothers Pollock.  Nothing for Harris in the 2nd and 3rd innings had us up 2-0 going in to the 4th. In the 4th, hits by Meyer and Eliut, a booming triple by Jordan Rosenthal to knock them in, and another RBI from Matt had us up 5-0 after 4.  3 more in the bottom of the 5th in a rally started by the bottom of order (hits by Ken, Rob, the ageless Mark Goldberg, and a SF by Alex) had us up 8-0. Cy Clamp was great as usual on the mound, walking none and giving up only 2 runs at the end of the game.  Multi -hit games by Meyer, Matt P and Ken. Brock Hor was offensive star with 4 hits for the Bobitians. The winning streak now up to 5…

Game 2 v. Larocca at the Swim Club

After a short drive to the Swim club, everyone was wondering when Goldberg was going to break out the bagels for post game/pre game snack.  As we waited for the early game to end, where were the bagels? The umpire said to play ball. There were NO bagels. Bad job by Mr. Goldberg.  Would it affect our play in game 2? Thankfully, the answer was a resounding no as the VM boys broke out their bats for their largest offensive output of the season.  Top of the first – hits by Meyer, Clamp, a double by MVP Infante, SF by Mitch, and hits by Jordan, Schwag, and Ken put the good guys up 5-0. A quiet next 4 innings has us up 6-1 going into the 6th.  2 in the 6th, 4 in the 7th, and 5 in the top of the 8th, in addition to Clamp’s stellar performance on the mound had us up 17-1 going into the bottom of the 8th. A quick inning would allow us to get home a little early and allow Jordan to shower before he had to go to his friend’s wedding.  It was not meant to be as the Larocca’s scored 4, ending the mercy possibility and sending the game to the 9th inning with us up 17-5. Mr. Larrocca relieved Ronnie in the 9th and gave up 4 quick hits to Meyer, Clamp, Eliut and Mitch plating 2 more. Captain Matt comes to the plate to face Goose Larocca.  A mighty swing and a miss by the Captain. Pitch 2 – a floater coming in short, the Captain lets it go as it settles on the front of the plate for strike 3 – ouch. Cut to the Larocca dugout as a speedy captain Larocca gets his pink “I struck out like a girl” jersey to present to our captain, who bravely puts it on and takes the mound for the bottom of the ninth.  An ugly 9th inning gave the bad guys 5 more runs. We win 19-10. 6 in a row for the boys in gray. Where we will sit in the power rankings this week ( I have a hunch we are going to be moving on up just like Mr. Jefferson…)! Hitting stars abounded this game led by Cy Clamp, Eliut and Jordan (rocketing the ball to right all game) with 4 hits, 3 hits by Meyer and Mitch, and multi hit games from Schwag, Kenny, Rob, Persily, and Mr. Goldberg (even though he didn’t bring us any bagels).  Only 1 strikeout – no need to say anymore on that subject. Get better soon Mark Carlin, rocking the cargo shorts at first base today. The brothers Kleshinsky hitting well for the bad guys in a losing effort.

Next up – the Marrones in a Father’s Day Clash at East Frances as we look to make it 7 in a row.

 

Salt (Marrone)  8-  CK’s (Lombardi) 4
Will make this fast Lombardi jumps out to a 4 to 0 lead after two innings that would be the end of the scoring for them, Zack Krauss/Justin Krauss and iron Mike Tyson are a lot faster than I thought All beating out infield hits and can downright fly. Dave Silverberg hasn’t lost it blasting a two run homer to deep left center field, Mike Conti is still a 1  for probably another five or six years. Russell Kraus and family has the best smile’s in the league. Tommy TNT is back and got his first hit in two years Tommy was also heard saying this is the most enjoyable team he has ever played with nice to hear Tommy!! Austin Silverberg has one of the biggest mouths in the league but now has the ability to back it up with deep drives to right center all day long. Justin Kraus is rounding into Form and my prediction is he will be the Premier right fielder in the league by the end of the season.. Marrone  pitched seven games playing 10 straight hours on Saturdays tournament and I can hardly remember what happened today . 


Salt (Marrone) 11 -  GASTRO (Byko) 8

Second game of the double header and a chance to move into sole possession of first place and the salty guys did not disappoint  jumped out to a 5 to 0 lead and never look back. Not sure what happened in this game I do know Austin Silverberg continued to drive the ball Dave Silverberg what a couple of huge hits and Sal hitting the ball to right field was precious .

 

Couple of big hits by iron Mike Tyson and Soskel along with clutch hitting from Russell Kraus, Justin Kraus and Zack Kraus with defense jens  by Gary Klein and Mike Conti deafly not sure what happened guys but I think I remember something like this. 

 

I did remember hearing Dave Silverberg saying I’m back mothe F——— At 50 he’s probably the toughest out in the league and with Mike Conti hitting behind him for protection!! 

Next up is good friend and one of my best buddies until 8 PM on Wednesday when we will kick your ass :-).  Let’s go boys 

 

 

HOT CORNER (Randell) 9 – ACTION (Jacoby) 4

With Becker AWOL for nuptuals this weekend, the team banter leading up to this one surrounded the team gift; chinaware? (not Becker's style); pots and pans? (we don't envision Becker over a stove much); boxing gloves? (almost needed them last week but not appropriate).  So since we couldn't decide, Andy K. took charge and instead sent his own wedding gift to our "big teddy bear" in the form of a gem on the mound filling in admirably for the newlywed delivering a 9-4 victory to make it 3 in a row for the Hot Corner.  Things did not start well as usual for Team Randell with Team Jacoby jumping out to a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the 1st courtesy of some early wildness from Andy and several hits up the middle from the Jacoby bats.  In the middle of the early wildness, son Ben made a quick call to Macy's to check on their gift exchange policy but nobody answered so Andy settled down to say the least holding Jacoby scoreless over the following 8 innings.  As has become customary, Team Randell responded right back with 4 of their own in the bottom half with 4 straight hits from Evan, Pat, Jeff and Rick to set things up capped off by the on fire Weitsen with a 2 out hit to tie things up.  Team Randell would take the lead 5-4 in the 2nd with Binder, Sr. setting it up with a leadoff single.  One more would be added in the 4th with Weitsen setting it up with a leadoff single of his own to make it 6-4.  With both teams playing solid defense (more on that later) the big blow came in the 5th off the bat of the rookie Lyzczak with a 3 run inside the park dinger splitting Mamone and Jacoby.  Both teams would go scoreless the remainder of the way for the final 9-4 margin of victory.  Speaking of Captain Jacoby, happy to hear the good medical report and see JJ back on the field sooner than expected.  Now getting back to that defense, several sparkling plays on both sides with Perloff robbing Wolle on a sliding catch in left and the aforementioned Jacoby robbing the skipper with a diving catch of his own.  Not to take anything away from those plays, but the play of the game and perhaps the play of the decade (not exaggerating here) was the other rookie Jeff Goldrosen committing 1st degree robbery with aggravating factors against the commish who absolutely crushed one to straight away center; but there was Goldrosen on the full run, fully laid out with the ball tailing away from him to make a shoestring tip of the glove catch leaving everyone's jaws dropped.  If we had a defensive play of the year award this one might have been an instant winner robbing Mamone of at least a triple and probably a 2 run inside the park dinger.  Andy, K. also big up the middle spearing several hot shots hit back up the box.  Offensively, Goldrosen broke out with a 3-4 morning along with an en fuego Weitsen with another perfect 3-3 performance.  Multi-hit games from Ciaglia, "No Trade Clause" Schindelheim, and Allen Binder.  On the Jacoby side, the commish with his usual multi-hit day as well.  Next up we go for 4 in a row against an always tough Goldfarb squad at Union Hill on Father's Day.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5TH

 

Action Auto (JJ) 15 - Jiffy Lube (BA) 14 

Looking to bounce back from a beating at the hands of Team Lapine, an 11 man Jacoby squad squared off with the defending champs Apple and Pingaro under the lights Wed night on Union Hill Right. Other than a Calamia 2 run shot in the 3rd, everything that could go wrong, did, through the first 5.5 innings of the game for AA.   Down 13-4 in the bottom of the 6th, an angry Calamia led off the frame with a well struck laser to left for a hit, that just seemed to get the guys going.  3 in the 6th, 2 in the 7th, and 3 in the 8th had Team Jacoby trailing by only 3 as we went to bat in the bottom of the 9th.  Perloff, Calamia and Jomo would all single to load the bases with no outs.  Lambo came to the plate and promptly delivered a 2 run rope to right center getting the boys to within 1. A groundout would put runners on the corners with 1 away with the red hot Paul Mamone coming up. Jomo was inserted at first as a pinch runner and the potential gaming winning run. Pomo hit a fly ball to right that couldn’t be handled allowing the tying run to score and sending Joe all the way to third.  A free pass to Intoci would load the bases with one out.  Scott Dille stepped up, hit a fly ball to shallow RCF, but it was just deep enough for Jomo to tag and score the winning run barely beating the Melynk throw to the plate and sending Action Auto home victorious 15-14.  The entire lineup made offensive contributions with Perloff, Calamia, Jomo, Danny D, and Paul Mamone all with 3 hits apiece. A great night for Scott Dille with a pair of hits and 4rbi. Lambo also had a multihit game including the huge, 2 run knock in the 9th.  For Jiffy, Dinapoli, Apple, Pingaro, Melynk and young Podos were on base all night and shout out to Joe Tracey-Spicoli with a great diving grab in LCF.  The boys try to win a Sunday game, in a Sunday morning league when we get Randell and company up next.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 2ND

 

PRINCETON (Wallman) 5 CBP (Schefkind) 4

After a sloppy and heated Game 1 loss, Princeton faced tough division rival CBP who was also coming off an early morning loss.   TW’s squad jumped out to quick 1 to 0 lead but Schef came back and after 3 innings the game was knotted at 1s.  Gene Seabiscuit would deliver an RBI single in the bottom of the 4th and Polzer would drive in a 3rd run in the 6th to give Princeton a 3 to 1 lead thru 7 full innings.  The Schef bats woke up in the 8th where they plated 3 runs and took a 1 run lead which they held until the bottom of the 9th.  Princeton led off the bottom with an infield single and a Lehman hit made it 1st and 2nd with one out.  Doc Balar delivered a laser single down the right field line to tie the game and putting winning run on 3rd.  Justin Bickoff hit the game winning SAC and TW’s crew got a badly needed win as next week they face 2 powerhouses in Fradkin and Brock at middle.  Polzer pitched brilliant both games Sunday and led the offense with 3 hits.  Fazzino for Schef sent his stock rising putting on a  Nettles like display at 3rd in front of a packed crowd. 

Sentinel (MG) 15, Ck’s Baseball (JL) 4:

Team MG arrived at Union Hill Right looking to jump into first place in the Central but standing in their way was the red hot 4-0 Lombardi/Zim squad.   At 4-0, most would put silly preseason predictions in the past, but at least one Lombardi member wore a hand written shirt with MG’s preseason predictions on the back for BP.  Softball gods officially ticked off.   Didn’t take long and MG led 12-0 and cruised to a 15-4 victory.   Karp continued to stay hot and the top of the MG lineup certainly came to play as MG 5 hits, the red HOT Rich Spear 4-4, Evan with 4 knocks and Collis chipping in with 3 hits even showing signs of power.   Flawless infield D led by Spear, Ench, and Karp.   Some flashy moves in the corner OF by MG and D-Rising.    Unfortunately a short handed squad wilted in the late morning heat in the back end of the DH, but remained tied with Apple for first in the division.   Next up, Sarcona.

VACATIONS (Lapine) vs. ACTION (Jacoby) 17-4

First things first. The Lapine squad wishes Dave Senss a speedy and full recovery from the hip injury that cut his 2019 season short. Besides being a great hitter and dependable fielder that can play any position, Dave has a big personality and team-first attitude that will be missed. Having received this news early in the week, Denny and the Board had some work to do to find a replacement. Lo and behold, Chris Newman was available and joined Vacations for an 8AM start at Manalapan against a talented but struggling Jacoby squad. Lapine's team came to hit today, scoring in every inning but one on their way to a 17-4 victory. Specchio, Newman, Taub, Krant and Troiani had three hits apiece and Tom Carroll led the team with four hits including a moonshot over the right field fence. Bomba was solid on the mound again, as has come to be expected.

 

VACATIONS (Lapine) vs. CK’S (Lombardi)  11-9

Vacations arrived at Union Hill Right for the second game of their doubleheader in time to see Team Lombardi's unbeaten streak come to an end against a tough Granese team.  To their credit, CK did not show any carryover from the loss and got off to a 4-1 lead by scoring in each of the first three innings.  However, the game turned in Lapine's favor when they put up seven runs in the bottom of the third that was capped off by a 3 run shot over the right field netting by Tom Carroll that was hotly contested by CK Baseball as they argued the ball went through the net, not over it. The ump would have none of it. The homerun call stuck and Vacations held a 8-4 lead. The cushion expanded slightly over the next few innings and Lapine's team took an 11-6 lead into the top of the 9th. Two quick outs to start the inning had Denny calling in his order to Bagel Talk but Lombardi's squad would not go quietly. A bunch of hits later and the tying run was standing on 2nd.  Thankfully, Bomba never loses his composure and the final out was recorded, securing the victory. The offense was again led by Tom Carroll, who went 3 for 4 with a HR and Chris Newman made his presence felt with his second 3 hit game of the day.

 

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) - 19 vs GASTRO OF OCEAN (Bykofsky) 7

After the 56 combined hit slugfest loss against TW, the disheartening injury to ABroome loss to Shef, and a shorthanded loss to Harris, the men of LHRGC came to the field ready to play, and hopefully work their way back up to the cover of the Madden NFL gamebox (but this time at the right time).  Inning 1, first pick speedster stud RC Amadeo is in scoring position with one out and on a FC tries to score.  Alertly the infield fires the ball home to start a “pickle” if there ever was one.  The rotation worked to perfection finally tiring out the runner as Mark Carlin ran him down for the 4,6,2,5,1,3,4,1,5,3,5 double play.  As captain, a thought crossed my mind that this play would set the tone for the game….until I looked down and saw Mark Carlin in obvious shoulder pain.  He could not continue (xrays revealed a separated AC joint) and the boys were short handed again.  The lineup was now Grossman (achillies) in RF, LaRocca (shoulder) catching, Malagold (knee) RC, Miranda (shoulder) 2B, Juice (boo boo belly) 1B and Mike K (neck stinger) LF.   A Jacoby like feeling came over me until we came to the plate.  That’s when I saw this team that I drafted dig in, display heart, and put on a strong offensive performance scoring 19 runs in 8 innings with 9 players having multiple hit games.  Standouts were: JUICE who after 3 at bats was 3 for 3 with 3 triples (and a bypass surgery), finishing the day 4/5; Arolick 3/5 (more hits in one game than Billy Boy has on the season – thanks Byko); and, Fat Mike 3/4, SAC 2 doubles and a rocket HR.  Ronnie C was solid and HAPPY to be on the mound painting corners despite the small Yee strike zone, Ronnie hit the ball hard all day as well.  Stellar defense as FM also is learning how to better navigate his 2XL frame in LF.   Quietly, Kevin K is learning the players in this league, making several Granese like moves in the OF to thwart the hitters on the Byko squad.  I must also give some props out to Mark Broome who ROBBED Richie Sanvenero of a hit early in the game with a diving mid air grab of a line drive.  RC also robbed Polguy and Byko all day as they foolishly tried to pepper the middle against him.  Kudos for Gastro go to: McElrath who, despite his infatuation with Elsa, hit a “moon shot” HR as far and as hard as I have seen all year; and, Amadeo who looks to be a top outfielder in this league running down multiple shots in his area.  Next up is a double dip against Goldfarb and Pollack at Swim Club.      

 

 

RCF (Brock) 17 vs LJK (Bobbito) 6

Team Brock came out swinging and never looked back scoring in all 7 of the first innings.  Team Harris put up 2 in the 2nd and 2 in the 4th, but RCF's Offense was to much for Team Harris to overcome.  Team Brock stayed hot scoring at least 15 in the last 2 games.  Some amazing offensive performances today : Turano Brothers went 9-9 with 8 Rbis, 5 Runs scored and 3 doubles for Nick - Captain JB 3-4 3Rbis, 4 Runs - Pat  3-5 with 2Rbis and 3 Runs, 2 extra base hits - Scotty P 3-5 and Dave and Dylan with 2 hits a piece.  Great Defense again by the Preiss combo locking down the left side of the infield.  RCF looks to get 2 more wins next Sunday against Bykofsky and Wallman in a tough double header.

 

 

 

VM CLEAN (Pollock) d. OVOX (Goldfarb) 7-4, 11 innings

After an 0-2 start, VM Cleaning was looking for a 4th win in a row, but knew they had their hands full with a typically solid Goldfarb squad. What made today extra interesting for Team Pollock was facing Larry and Alan (CY nomination snub last year) Rubin for the first time as opponents since 2015. The Rubin's did their part for Team Goldfarb, as Larry laced a few nice hits and Alan kept the VM Cleaning bats pretty quite until extra innings. This was a close game throughout, and one that highlighted two underrated defenses. Team Goldfarb jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first inning, but VM Cleaning, behind great pitching/defense from Clamp and some more awesome plays from Infante, held a potent Goldfarb lineup to only 2 more runs through the last 10 innings. The aforementioned Clamp and Infante were clutch offensive stars as well, and it was never more clear than the top of the 11th, when Clamp hit a clutch triple to put VM Cleaning up by 1 before 2xMVP Infante hit a 2-run bomb to put them up by 3. In addition to Clamp, Josh "Schwag" (who played well again in RCF), Dave Meyer, and Marc Persily each had 3 hits. Eliut, Terel Klein (solid in RF), and the Pollock bros. also had multi-hit games. For Team Goldfarb, Evan Rosenthal flexed his power with a big hit to the Manalapn Rec fence, while playing a clean game at SS. After the slow start, Team Pollock is now 4-2 and surprisingly (to some) lead the league in runs against (while blogger Mitch notes they have given up the least runs over the last 3 years). More importantly they're making up ground in the formidable East division, and will need to bring their A game for next Sunday's doubleheader against Harris and Larocca.

 

HOT CORNER (Randell) 11, PRINCETON (Wallman) 10

Team Randell makes it 2 in a row against 2 of the upper echelon teams with another comeback 11-10 victory over a quite formidable Wallman squad at the early Swim Club matinee.  Things did not start well as Team Wallman scored 4 in the top of the 1st as they came out peppering the Becker knuckle-curve all over the field for hit after hit . . . 

The Hot Corner men in green would respond with 2 in the bottom half courtesy of an RBI knock from Rick "no trade clause" Schindelheim.  Team Randell would plate 4 more in the 2nd to go up 6-4 highlighted by a big 2 RBI single from Binder, Sr. and an RBI single from Kessler, Jr.  Wallman would inch closer with 1 in the 4th and another in the 5th to tie things at 6.  In the bottom of the 5th, Wolle would deliver a big hit to set things up for Becker to get the lead back with an RBI single.  Team Randell would add another in the 6th and another in the 7th off a big RBI hit from Binder, Jr.  At 9-6 in the 8th, Team Wallman would post a big 4 spot with Hy the Hammer and Doug Cohen setting the table for the top of the Wallman order.  Down 10-9 in the bottom of the 8th, Randell would plate a big 2 runs on an RBI hit from Ciaglia followed by the skipper delivering a patented "sacrifice" grounder to the right side to get Ben home from 3rd with one out.  Up 1 in the 9th, Becker beared down and retired the bottom of the Wallman lineup to pull out a big win against a team that figures to be in the championship picture particularly once a certain hamstring heals up. . . Unfortunately, a great game was marred at the end by some extracurricular activities but fortunately cooler heads prevailed in the end without incident.  For Team Randell, Mr. No Trade Clause Schindelheim led the way with another 3 hit performance.  After a slow start, the Weitsen bat heating up nicely with a perfect 2 for 2 morning combined with an additional 2 intentional walks.  Multi-hit games from Evan, Ciaglia, Messinger and Ben.  On the Wallman side, Captain Todd (the best 5 in the league) was on base all morning along with our schedule maker Doug Cohen with a multi-hit game as well.  Defensively, the Randell infield is shaping up to be quite formidable with the steady Ciaglia at 3rd with a big play on a tough hop late in the game along with the skipper thwarting a potential Wallman rally robbing JY with a diving stop (belly flop) of a ball ticketed up the middle earlier in the game.  For Wallman, Polzer with another great game on the mound walking none other than the 2 intentional passes issued by Captain Todd.  Next up we go for 3 in a row against Jacoby and the commish in another early one at Manalapan Rec minus Becker with Andy K. already warming in the bullpen. . . 

NJ SALT (GM) 8 – ACE (MF) 7   13 INN

What happens when Team Wallman gets 37 clean hits with 26 of them to right field ? You pick yourself up and get back in the saddle and take revenge out on a cowboy and his team of sluggers. First thing you do is call PAUL 207 Weinstein and figure out a new game plan. Well today we played a complete baseball game. We competed and gave ourselves a chance to win. 13 innings of hard fought ball with Austin Silverberg leading off the 13th inning with a single . This was followed by Mike Conti with his fourth hit of the day. Next , was a huge walk to Gary Klein loading the bases for Marrone who then delivered the game-winning single to right. 

Big hits today from the entire Kraus gang with Russell, Zack, Justin and Jason all coming up big. Offensively, Salt banged out 20 hits and eight walks led by Mike Conti‘s 4 hits. Defensively Zack made a jaw-dropping catch in center field. Zack‘s catch was truly something to behold. Zack also would’ve had a homerun but forgot to slide.  He was called out at the dish. Newbie Gary Klein made several nice plays at third base.  2019 Salt Team has fun win or loose - we will not break. After 43 years of softball this is the most enjoyable team I have ever managed. I want to thank all 12 players, although there’s nothing like playing with my best buddy Dave. Between him and Mike Conti in the infield I do nothing but laugh all game long.

 

Fradkin Law (Fradkin)  18 – CPB (Schef) 12

An early morning battle occurred today between Team Fradkin and Team Schefkin.  This was a hard fought game that was played well by both teams, with neither team able to pull away until Ed’s team put up 5 runs in the top of the 9th to extend a 1-run lead to 6 runs.  The star of the game was the youngest player (in the league as well), 18-year old Joey Pargament.  Joey went 3-5 with 4 RBIs and “popped his cherry” by hitting a grand slam opposite field home run in the top of the 9th inning.  In addition, he played stellar defense at 2nd base robbing Schefkin’s team a number of times in the field. 

It was truly a team effort as 10 of the 12 players had multi-hit games, including Joey’s father, who went 3-4 with 3 RBIs; Sal Alfieri who went 3-5 with an RBI, Eric Rosenstock who went 3-5 with an RBI; Steve Wallenstein who went 3-5; and, Chris Pezzullo, who went 3-4 with 2 RBIs.  The ability of the entire lineup to get hits defeated Schefkin’s decision to intentionally walk Ed 3 times in a row after he hit a double and a triple in his first 2 at-bats. 

Defensively, the biggest play of the game was when Sal threw out Chris Holmes at home to end the inning with Schefkin’s leadoff hitter up next with multiple men on base.  He threw a line drive that Buck caught and after a short rundown Holmes was tagged out to end the inning.

Next up for Ed’s team is a double-header on June 9th against Wallman and then Ferrarese. 

 

 

SUNDAY, MAY 26TH

 

Fradkin Law (Fradkin) 8 – ACTION (Jacoby) 6

It was an ugly ugly game this past Memorial Day weekend, but Ed’s team held off Jacoby in a battle that included 23 walks—15 given by Jacoby and 8 by Fradkin.  At a field known to keep scores to a minimum the game was close throughout as Ed’s team never got ahead by more than 3 runs.  Defense was solid for both teams, as there were no errors on either side.  Ed’s team used 2 double plays and a huge inning where they got out of a bases loaded no outs jam without giving up a run.  Leading the hitting was Andy Pargament with 3 hits; and, his son coming through with a 2 RBI game as well.  Michael Rosenstock continued his hot hitting going 2 for 2 with 2 walks, and Ed had 2 hits as well with a walk. 

This week Ed’s team battles the ever mighty Team Shefkin at Union Hill Left if the weather holds out.    

 

SENTINEL (MG) 18 – ACE (MF) 14

 I must admit, I look forward to Cowboy Mike writeups every week, and Vegas had us getting a whopping 13.5 runs coming into this one, so it pretty much looked like a sure thing.  Sentinel showed up with a casual 9 at Marlboro Middle, against a 13 strong Ace club.  A small side note … Sentinel was missing it’s 1st and 3rd rounders, and was playing with only 1 rostered OF, along with a missing arm in LF, and a rookie with a first basemen’s glove in RC.   Yeah, we left RF wide open all day.   After a small pep talk telling the boys to make Cowboy Mike throw strikes, and that we needed at least 3 TDs to win today, the game got off to a whopping 3-3 start after 5 and a half innings of play.   That’s when the magic started, as Sentinel would plate all 9 hitters in the bottom half of the inning, capped off by a Richie Spear line-drive grand slam splitting the Ace OF in half.  A frustrated Cowboy Mike smacked his second home run of the game to an empty RF in the 7th  (along with some gibberish about a left handed pussy … yeah, I have no idea what that was about) … but no problema for Sentinel, as we would quickly respond with another 5 spot in the bottom of the 7thkickstarted by a 3-run bomb from Steinberg.   Ace would put up a few more and make it interesting, but Karp kept them off balance just enough all day, and Sub-Captain Joraskie handed out 9 ‘Player of the Game’ Beers after a very clean 18-14 win in a game where not many gave us a chance.   My favorite rookie Frometa had another 5 hits, Katz had 4, while Richie, Joe, Jordan (yes, another rookie finding his groove) and Scott all had 3 hits a piece.    Next week, a double-header capped by another 9 man Sentinel squad in game 2 (Watch out Apple!).

CK’s (Lombardi) 15 – Jiffy Lube (Applebaum) 7 

Running late at Swim, the 2nd game started without any BP. Both teams started slow, trading scoring with a 3-3 game after the 4th. A couple more runs by each team brought the game to 6-5 in Jiffy's favor at the end of the 6th. Then CK's bats came alive and plated 5 runs in the 7th and 5 runs in the 8th highlighted by a Harris HR. Final score 15-7. Great team effort as everyone contributed. Defensive highlights by a diving Peragine robbing a sure hit and Raventos at SS. Hot hitting continued from Zim (2-2 with a walk), Goddard (3-4), P.Lombardi (3-4) and multi-hit games by Peragine and Harris.

 

VACATIONS (Lapine) 10 – PRINCETON (Wallman) 8

It didn’t seem promising for Lapine’s squad on Sunday morning, as they were up against an undefeated Wallman team that’s been scoring runs by the bucket load and they were missing some key hitters in Tom Carrol, Dave Senss and Frey the Younger.  Wallman got on the board first with one run in the bottom of the second and another run an inning later. Lapine tied it up and then Wallman went ahead by a run in the bottom of the inning. The lead flip flopped a few times but neither team could put up a big inning until the top of the 7th when the men of “Vacations by Elissa Carlin” put up a five spot to take a 10-6 lead. The four run lead was just enough as the rookie Kevin Bomba limited Wallman to two runs over the final three innings for the 10 – 8 Lapine victory.  Bobby Frey and Phil Getz had four hits apiece for Lapine, with Catania, Specchio, Taub, Bomba and Krant also having multi-hit games.  Also of note, were Denny’s 4 RBI and Specchio’s two moonshots that somehow stayed within the confines of UH Right.  For team Wallman, Polzer was his typical solid self, with no walks allowed the entire game.

 

LJK (Harris) 24 – LHRGP (Larocca) 18

You don't have to be a rocket scientist or Mayronie to handicap before this game -that we were in store for a high scoring game with lots of earned runs.  An Offensive Team Larocca with a good 9 but gaps in the OF against The Big Red Machine with some scary good bats of their own to exploit those gaps.  And on the first hot day of the year no less. The kind of game plus heat index that gets Simon crazy.   The top of Team Bobito's lineup continues to rake.  Chase Sandler having a break out year- hit two more Home Runs and was 6 for 7 , 6 runs scored, and 4 RBI's.  And was a triple short of the cycle.  Rob, Justin ,and Brock combined for 9 more hits, 10 runs scored, and 7 RBIS's.  The big plus was Stevie Barbesh with 4 hits and 7 RBIs. Looking sharp after pre season surgery.  First Inning saw a pedestrian 3 runs scored by Big Red (top of our lineup arguably one of the best in the league)- and then the scary Carlinschinskys , et al coming up in the bottom of the first- and they did not disappoint banging out hits and loading the bases with one run in- when......  Ronnie Carlinschinsky hit a bullet up the middle that Bobito grabbed (no , it was not an Old Timers game- Bobito was summoned to pitch because our studly pitcher Yoke was vacationing someplace) and after checking back the runner at first , the runner on third got a little frisky and tested the aged arm of Bobito and bang , zoom, thrown out at the dish to end a one run inning.  A little hyperbole- but a big play in this game.  From there Big Red jumped ahead 16-7 going into the bottom of the 6th when those scary bats came alive for The Judge's Boyz (The Carlinschinskys right in the middle of it all)…..plating 7 runs to close the gap to 16-14-  but Big Red immediately answered with 6 more runs in the top of the 7th as we batted around- banging out 7 consecutive hits.  The defense squared up after that and held The Carlinschinkys scoreless til the ninth- when 2 more runs were plated "highlighted" with a nutcracker up the middle. Thank Goodness for Clinchers. First W after three tough losses.  Looking forward to keeping it going next week against the preseason faves- "The Brocks".  

 

VM CLEAN (Pollock) 16 – GASTRO (Bykofsky) 10

Waking up to a 4:11am Sunday morning text from MVP Infante is never a good thing. So when the blurry-eyed captain learned his star SS was out with Memorial Day weekend flu (feel better) he went through the defensive options and settled on sucking it up and praying his squad could survive him in LCF. The dangerous Mar El trenches weren't going to make things better. That plan didn't look great when the highly power-ranked Team Byko (behind a deep LCF shot from Polguy) jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead. But Team Pollock came out swinging in the home half of the first (they have only been the home team so far), as their top 7 hitters started 5-5 with a walk, Sac fly and 4 runs of their own.In the bottom of the 2nd, a VM Cleaning story line of the day started as the bottom of the order both got on base to start the inning that ended with a big Jordan Rosenthal triple to put Team Pollock up 7-4. Of course, Team Byko rallied right back with 4 runs in the 3rd (highlighted by a big extra base hit from rookie Sanvenero). Down 2 without their MVP, VM Cleaning's bats came trough with 9 runs over the next 4 innings en route to the 16-10 win. Captain Byko was his typical self, contributing 3 hits. For Team Pollock, Schwag led the way with 4 hits and an absolute bomb HR, while the streaking Jordan Rosenthal added 3 more hits. Ken Feingold (who was solid again in LF and gunned down JZ at 3B), Mitch Pollock (who played well at SS), Terel Klein, Alex Pugliese, and the unstoppable Mark Goldberg each had multiple hit games. After a 0-2 start, VM Cleaning has won 3 in a row and looks to keep the winning streak going Wednesday night against Team Randell.

 

HOT CORNER (Randell) 10 – CBP (Schef) 6

Memorial Day weekend felt like Opening Day for the skipper to finally see his 1,2,3 picks take the field together to face a hot but Lugoless Team Schefkind on a warm morning at Union Hill Left.  Probably not a coincidence that being at full strength resulted in a comeback 10-6 victory over a very solid Schef squad.  This Schef team is very solid defensively and should be a force to reckon with all season.  Team Randell jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second off a fielders choice with rookie Lyzczak leading off the inning with a single then going 1st to 3rd on a hit to right from the skipper.  Team Schef came right back with 2 in the top of the 3rd courtesy of a big double ironically from ex-Randell favorite Korny.  Things looked grim come the top of the 6th when Team Schef posted a 4 spot with some hits from the bottom of the lineup combined with a big misplay in the OF to take a 6-1 lead.  But after a leadoff out, the top of the Randell lineup responded in the bottom half with 2 courtesy of Evan Binder's legs and a big 2 out RBI hit from Schindelheim.  In the bottom of the 7th, it was Weitsen time with a huge 2 RBI triple to RCF following another inning where Lyzcyzk and Randell were on 1st and 3rd with nobody out.  Andy K. would score Weitsen on a grounder to the right side to tie things at 6-6.  After holding Schef in the top of the 8th, the top of the lineup came through again in the bottom half with a 1 out inside the park dinger from Evan followed by hits from Becker and Rick with Evan stealing a run on a Goldrosen laser up the middle knocked down by Uncle Leo.  2 more insurance runs would come from the other rookie Ciaglia with a big 2 out 2 run inside the park dinger as well.  Team Schef would be retired without making things interesting in the top of the 9th for the final 10-6 margin of victory.  Offensively, Becker led the way with a perfect 4-4 morning with Schindelheim playing best supporting actor with 3 hits of his own.  Multi-hit games from Evan, Lyzczak, Weitsen and the skipper.  On the Schef side, Tritto and Holmes, Sr. with multi-hit games as well along with Schef I believe.  Defensively, Lyzczak seems to be settling in at SS with several nice plays and Evan with a solid and busy day in LF.  Speaking of SS's, Matt Monochio already takes a back seat to no SS in this league with several nice plays of his own.  Next up Team Randell will look to even the record at 3-3 Wednesday night against Team Pollock and another Randell ex-favorite Cy Clamp

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22nd

PRINCETON (Wallman) 22 NJ SALT (Marrone) 7

Wednesday night under the lights featured undefeated Princeton against Salty Marrone and his bash brothers Conti/Silverberg.  The game was 2 to 2 after 2 full innings of play but like Sunday’s game for Captain TW the next 4 innings completely tilted in Princeton’s favor as they scored 4, 3, 6 and 6 runs to take a 21 to 4 run lead after 6 innings.  The offense was highlighted by a Mark Z 3 run blast over the center field fence.  Mark Z is the most feared and dangerous right handed hitter in league, the only question is how the F@CK DID ED FRADKIN (who brought Mark into league) PASS ON HIM IN THE 2ND, 3RD, 4TH AND 5TH ROUND????????????????????????????????????????? A SAC Fly by Gene Sea Biscuit made it a 15 run 7 inning game.  Polzer was lights out on the mound with no walks stabbing everything hit his way.  The TW offense was led by .800 Doc Balar a perfect 4 for 4 and the captain himself with 4 hits.  Princeton looks to stay perfect as next up is Lapine at UHR.  A victory and 5&0 could lead to several Bud Light Oranges Sunday afternoon for the Princeton Crew – just sayin.  

 

Action Auto 17 - Sentinel Gym 9

What happens when you are the captain of an 0-4 team and on a text chain with a bunch of animals praying for you to be winless come Memorial Day?  The answer?  You make some changes, rally the troops, and pound out 17 runs on 22 hits against one of those text chain members to grab win number 1 on the young season.

A Wednesday night  battle between “runners club” buddies MG and Gerj didn’t live up to the hype.  In the bottom of the 2nd, Sentinel put up a 4 spot and appeared to be off and running if not for some excellent OF defense from Action Auto it could have been worse.  The gloves seemed to spark the bats as the bottom of the order set the tone in the top 3 and AA rallied to tie the score at 4 after a booming 2 out, 2 run double from Lambo.  4 more in the 4th, 2 in the 5th and 5 in the 6th put the game well out of reach as Team Jacoby outscored MG’s crew 17-5 after the 2nd inning.  Offensively, 11 of the 12 man lineup had at least one hit but there were 3 stars on the night.  Jomo reverted back to his 2016 MVP form, going for 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 4 RBI.  Sean Keenan was a catalyst all night going 3 for 4, with 3 rbi and 3 runs scored including a booming triple against the MG shift while 2nd year player Frank Calamia continued to rake with 3 more lasers, and 3 runs scored.  Lambo pitched a great game while Intoci and Calamia gobbled up everything turning a few double plays in the process.  For Team MG, Evan Steinberg made a ridiculous catch in LF to rob Perloff of extra bases, and rookie Jordan Spear was his teams’ hitting stud with 3 knocks and impossible to get out all night.   Next up, the team turns the page and to a backup pitcher Sunday against Ed, the Pargys and Murphs at Muni.

    

 

SUNDAY, MAY 19th

 

A Tribe Called Ace Home Improvements 7

Versing

Big Sexy and the Parabolics 5

After not seeing each other for at least 6 months due to the rain, Team Ace met up on a nicely manicured Manalapan Rec Field to get back on track after suffering their first loss of the season. It was a nice reunion of sorts as half of the Ace players compared who had to take a shit more than the other (Seriously, who doesn’t plan ahead when you’re going to a field in the middle of nowhere??? What, you didn’t realize you had a loaf brewing 20 minutes ago before you left the house?) Back to the action. It didn’t take long for the Ace squad to return to opening day form as the Dickster and Eric got on base to be driven in by Scott Seidenberg who hit a shot that would’ve easily gone out of Union Hill let alone would’ve cleared most of Marlboro proper. A few more hits by Turner and Dunleavy and we leave the first inning 4 runs. Smooth sailing for a while as a Paster-less Sarcona only put up one while Team Ace decided to stop hitting. Fortunately, the Ace defense stayed true to form and kept Parabolic’s biggest hitters at bay until a four run outburst later on but we scored two more by somebody blah blah blah, 7-5 final. In the end, our defense will make your mother’s mouth water in delight. For Sarcona, rookies Ferro and Perrone hit some balls. For Ace, Eric Bomenblit had 3 hits and is the best shortstop in this league, case closed. Kyle Dunleavy, Richie Bomenblit, Paul Kamras, Jeff Turner, and Michael Podolla had two hits a piece. Onward

 

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Ace Back - 13

Versing

Phil Can’t Always Getz What He Wants – 1

High off of an early game win, or for Podolla: high off an early win, some Coors Lite cans, an 8 ball, and some hemp oil that dripped out of his hair, Ace got ready to take on former captain and monitor, Dennis Lapine and Jay Fucking Eisenberg. Whereas Team Ace stopped hitting early in their first game, this would not be the case here. Every Ace player chipped in with a hit in this game as the team put up runs up and down the lineup. Early ROY nominee Kyle Dunleavy had 5 hits on the day followed by 4 hits by Seidenberg and the Captain. If you didn’t know Scott was having a big year, just ask him, he will gladly share his statcast hit ball trajectory rates, spray charts, etc. As for the captain, as he was running home on one play, Eisenberg attempted to tag him out by tagging the captain in his genital region. Said genitalia produced enough force to knock the ball from Eisenberg’s glove allowing the Cowboy to be safe at home. As a result, my penis most likely has the highest Wins Above Replacement in the league. And quite honestly, anyone reading this should not allow your wives to hold a softball around me… just sayin. Moving on, Steve Toran had 3 hits while Loconte, Turner, Kamras (biggest bargain in the league), and Richie (biggest asshole in the league) had two hits a piece. While Lapine’s crew didn’t put up a lot of runs, this team has obvious talent and will be a team to beat. Next up, Ace takes on Granese. While not to hold a grudge, he mistakenly rated our defense a C yet we’ve only let up an average of 4.5 runs per game…so we will either win or I will likely key his car.

 

On a serious note, condolences to the Toran family on the passing of Steve’s father in law. If you never played with Steve, you’re missing out. 

 

Sentinel 11, Salt Truck 4:

Game number 3 for Team MG and the field workers were out at Manalapan nice and early to get the fields ready for Sentinel vs. Glen's 10 man lineup with Silverberg Silverberg Conti.  First pitch became official at 8:19 Fogs standard time.

Joraskie did what he does and led things off with a hustle double down the LF line and would score on a rbi MG double.  The hitting action was light for five innings and the score was tied at 2.  Marrone and Karp were battling with both pounding the front corners of the plate.

But in the 6th, Team MG would start to break open a 2-2 tie.  Leadoff Ench knock followed by an Adler swinging bunt set the tables for Joraskie who hit a bullet rbi single.  CSpann, looking to improve on a rough April, got back on track with a laser rbi hit to LF and before you knew it, it was a 5-2 game.  Katz, Jordan Spear, Karp and Ench would ignite another 3 run rally in the 7th and by the end it was 11-4 and Glen's draft strategy was already being put into question.  Very balanced attack for Team Sentinel, who played without under the radar rookie Frometa who will be back Wed night.    Mark Karp continued to build on a great start as he pitched to the defense and Sentinel held on to their #1 scoring against average at 4.3 rpg.    Spann and Joraskie were nasty in the OF as they showed their speed all day closing down every hole in the gaps.  Next up is Jacoby, who will be a tough squad on Wed night as they look for their first win in their fire truck red uniforms.

 

LHRGP (Larocca) 16 Princeton (Wallman) 20

While the East side of Marlboro was under a flood advisory Sunday morning, the west side of town was beautiful and Mar El never looked better (go figure).  Princeton missing A1 Saler had their work cut out for them as they faced the big bats of LHRGP on a big open field.  Top of the 1st saw Jeff Lehman with 2 outs and bases loaded deliver a clutch 2 run single which was followed by a Doc Balar rbi single to give Captain TW a short lived lead.   Honorable Captain Larocca’s squad would plate 5 in bottom of frame to take a 2 run lead.   TW and crew would tie things in top of the 2nd but LHRGP would come right back again in bottom of the inning with 3 runs and take a 3 run lead.  The game would tilt significantly over the next 5 innings as Princeton scored 15 runs over that span while holding the Judge’s squad to 3 runs.  The game would get close as LHRGP scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th to cut the lead to 4 but in the 9th a great play by Justin Bickoff in the 9th for the 2nd out was followed by a Gene to TW throw and tag out to end the game.  Every batter in the Princeton lineup had at least 2 hits and the offense was led by JY and Mark Z who combined for 7 hits, 8 runs and 8 RBIs.  The KLESHINSKY duo was on base all day for the Judge’s squad.  Princeton looks to stay undefeated as they face Mayronie and company Wednesday night under the lights.

 

CK’s (Lombardi) 12 – Hot Corner (Randell) 8  

After a disappointing early game rain out at UH, CK's got ready for the late game at Middle vs Hot Corner. Hot Corner scored early with 1 in the top of the 1st but CK's answered in the bottom of the 2nd sending 11 hitters to the plate and scoring 5 runs, highlighted by a Javy HR. Hot Corner bounced back with 3 in the 3rd and 1 more for CK in the 3rd to make it 6-4. In the top of  the 5th Hot Corner took the lead 7-6 but CK again came back with 2 to recapture the lead 8-7. Both teams scored 1 more run, with CK holding the lead 9-8 going into the bottom of the 8th. With Hot Corner's top of the lineup coming up in the 9th CK needs some insurance runs. With 2 outs and bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th, J. Lombardi delivered a 3-run triple to take a 12-8 lead. Hot Corner would go down 1-2-3 in the top of the 9th.

Leading the way for CK's is a red-hot Zim going 3-3 with a walk, Raventos, P. Lombardi and J. Lombardi 3-4 and multi-hit games by Goddard, Peragine and Veneck. Defensively, Javy was spectacular again robbing Hot Corner of several hits. For Hot Corner, Evan Binder, Schindelheim and Becker were tough outs all morning. 

 

VM CLEAN (Pollock) d. RCF (Brock)7-4

Amazing (at least from this author's perspective) these two teams entered May 19 with one combined win. And after 7:00am rain showers, it looked like that might extend to Memorial Day weekend. But fortunately with the game held at East Francis, there was just enough extra leeway to do some extra groundskeeping (kudos to Pat Brock for raking) and after a 20-minute delay, softball was back in our lives. With Justin Brock in Italy, a very capable Joshi was on the mound with an early 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, Joshi impressively worked out of a bases loaded, nobody out jam, leaving Team Pollock temporarily stunned. However, in the 3rd, Infante hit a deep double to make it 2nd and 3rd, and aggressive base running brought 2 runs in on a Sac fly from Jordan Rosenthal to tie the game. VM Cleaning followed that up with 3 more in the 4th behind a big 2-run double from (who else?) Infante. Team Brock chipped away and both pitchers and defenses played very well and stranded base runners as they entered the 8th inning 5-4. That's when Infante was intentionally walked (with a man on first) and Mitch Pollock came through with a clutch 2-out hit to add important insurance runs en route to VM Cleaning's first win of the season. Offensively for Team Brock, Anthony Turano, Pat Brock, and Joshi had some big hits. There's no doubt this team will be a force to be reckoned with when they have all their top guys on the field together. For Team Pollock, back-to-back MVP Eliut Infante led the way going 3-3 with 2 walks, while Clamp was superb on the mound and went 2-2 with 2 walks. Ken Feingold was solid in LF and added two hits, while Matt Pollock chipped in with 2 doubles. Team Pollock won't be doubling their projected win total again this year, but it was nice to put a W in the win column before game 2 of this morning's doubleheader.

 

VM CLEAN (Pollock) d. ACTION (Jacoby) 11-3

The rain in the morning at East Francis with Team Jacoby on the schedule brought back some bad playoff memories for VM Cleaning, but they were feeling better after an early morning win. With the sun now fully out (who knew that was possible?) two tired teams of only 10 guys each both needed the win to get things rolling in the right direction for their squads. It was the Pollock bats that came through early, as they took a 5-1 lead through 3 innings, highlighted by an absolute bomb from (again) Infante. But the MVP of this game was C(Y)lamp, who held Team Jacoby to only 1 run through the first 8 innings en route to the 11-3 win. For Action Auto, the commish was his typical self in LCF, making some great catches, while commish-bro Paul Mamone had multiple hits. For Team Pollock, Terel Klein led the way, going 3-3, while (MVPx2) Infante, Jordan Rosenthal, and Mitch Pollock all also had 3 hits each. Dave Meyer and Matt Pollock also had multiple hit games. Next up for VM Cleaning is an always tough, currently undefeated and very anxious to play, Team Bykofsky.

 

 

CBP (Schef) over ACTION AUTO (Jacoby) 8-3

CBP (Schef) over LHRGP (Larocca) 19-1

Team Schef made it 4 in a row with a doubleheader sweep over Jacoby and Larocca.  Game 1 at the Swim Club saw Commish Mamone on his phone till game time trying to get the Union Hill game rescheduled to Manalapan.  Team Jacoby never managed much offense as his team melted to only 9 fielders by the end.  Lugos, trying to live up to his #1 billing finally saw his average go above the .300 mark as he went 3 for 4 and make a diving “Ron Swoboda” catch.  The other hitting star was Holmes SR as he continues to be among the hitting leaders after finishing the day at .733 through 5 games.  Team Schef broke a scoreless tie with 5 runs in the 4thinning as Lugos and Manochio Sr had key RBI hits.  In the end, Team schef held on for a 8-3 victory.

 

Game 2 saw Team Schef travel to Marlbor El for a showdown with Larocca.  After Mrs Schef provided a refueling of bagels, Team Schef was ready to pounce on Larocca, who looked tired after losing game 1.  Team Sched pounded out 25 hits and it was finally called after 7 innings.  Rookie Brian Fazzino led the way with 3 hits  including a 3 run homer to right field.  Joe “O” pounder 3 more hits and raised his average to over 500 after 5 games.  Marl El featured some horrible out field  divot conditions and umpire “Yee”  was willing to call the game.  But  outfield agreed to play only to have “Broome “ in rightcenter dive and probably break his wrist, although not due to the divots.  Friedlich notched his 4 as he lowered his Era to a league best and will be on the Cy Young ballot for sure.  Pallock reconsidereing his “power rankings” on Team Schef as the end into Memorial Day weekend trying to notch #5 against Randell.

 

Fradkin Law 16 – HOT CORNER (Randell) 8

Despite the fears of another rainout, the Middle School field looked perfect, as if no rain at all occurred there.  Randell jumped out to a 5 run lead in the top of the 1st inning even though they were missing their 2nd and 3rd round draft picks, Goldrosen and Lysczak.  Ed’s teams bounced back with 3 in the bottom of the 1st after Murphy got yet another hit (he had 2 for the day including a home run), and then Ed hit a home run.  The game stayed close with Brad’s team ahead until the bottom of the 3rd inning when Ed’s team put up 4 runs to go ahead for good.  Fradkin Law scored at least one run in the first 6 innings of the game, while Brad’s team was only able to must 3 runs after the 1st inning explosion. 

 

It was a true “team” win for Fradkin Law.  Andy as always had multiple hits (2), his son Joe had 2 hits and 3 RBIS, Steven Wallenstein went for 2 hits (including a triple) and the Rosenstock brothers put up a monster game (Eric was 4-4 with 2 RBIs and Mike was 3-4 with 3 RBIs).  After coming straight from the bar stool little James Pezzullo went 3 for 3 and made a couple of stellar plays in leftfield.  Buck, Paul O’Connor and Chris Pezzullo also played significant roles in the game at the bottom of the lineup by contributing 4 hits between them. 

 

The defense was solid at a tough field where a missed ground ball in the outfield turns into a Middle school home run.  Up next for Fradkin Law is the always dangerous Jacoby team at Municipal next Sunday. 

 

SUNDAY. APRIL 28TH

 

Jiffy Lube (Apple) 3 – NJ Salt (Marrone) 0

I am taking a major risk here and going against Captain Apples team rule of NO WRITE UPS – but what happened at East Francis on a cloudy damp Sunday morning  yesterday just had to be put in print.

read this

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read this again

 

M BURNS PITCHED A 1 HIT SHUTOUT –

 

Have to give him a lot of credit here – He has put in the practice  - day in and day out to get better in trying to become a true starting pitcher in this league

A performance like this makes you think “Could we have another Lombardi in the making???” Sorry I got a little excited – lets just pump the breaks a bit and see how it all plays out this season – but hey you never know!

 

That’s all I have for you folks – I mean what is there really left to say????

 

Ok Ok here is a little more (Apple is going to be less happy then normal)

 

Gluck was vintage Gluck  - making play after play

There was a web gem of Apple to Gluck to Dinap to throw out Doc after he hit a  moonshot that he tried to turn into a triple… (oh yeah – that was the only hit by NJ SALT and it came in the bottom of the 8th)

 

How did we get 3 runs?  Not very sexy that’s for sure

2 rbi Sac fly by Apple (thanks to Derek scoring from 2nd)

Rbi single in the 8th by Pingaro to score Burns who also had 3 hits to go along with his pitching performance

 

Next up for team Apple is a Wed night rematch of last years finals vs Shef

ACTION AUTO (Jacoby) 11   PRINCETON (Wallman) 12

Year after year, the battle of the fakest cousins is filled with controversy, drama and excitement.  Last season the game between the non blood relatives was played in a monsoon that ended in a tie but had to be continued a month later as it affected Action and the play in game.  The drama for this year began a week ago when nicest guy in league Captain TW asked fake ass cousin for a small favor by moving the Sunday night game from 6pm to 8pm.  Take in mind GG was the same captain who 8 minutes after draft ended, tried to reschedule a Wednesday night game 3 months in advance so he and the commissioner would not miss a game for their twice scheduled quad anniversary trip.  GG notorious for canceling and rescheduling everything from children’s bar mitzvahs to own bday parties to dinner to softball games to vacations, yet the 2 hour Sunday night delay was a HUGE ASK.  The exact quote was “NO CALAMIA NO ACCOMODATIONS”!  An offline conversation between the 2 captains moved the game to Sunday morning Manalapan so all 26 guys could attend ( 25 played as Captain GG was concussed due to a low beam incident)..  And now to the game!  Top of the first a TW walk and Saler laser was followed by a titanic 400 foot Homerun by rookie Mark Z which cleared Manalapan 3 LCF by 100 feet and gave Princeton a quick 3 to 0 lead.  The bottom of the 1st saw a GGless Auto Action score 7 while batting around on approximately 11 singles and a Calamia (yes he was there SHOCKING) off the fence double to give Action a 4 run lead.  TW’s crew would add 2 in the 3rd and 4 in the 4th behind a 3 RBI double from HY THE HEBREW HAMMER to give Princeton a 2 run lead.  Polzer settled in on the mound after the first helping himself by making one amazing play after another holding Action scoreless the next 6 innings.  Action would not go down easily and plated 4 runs to tie the game in 8th and both teams went scoreless in the 9th.  The 10th frame had HY, DC and TW for Princeton while Action had Perloff, Jomo and Calamia coming up.  Vegas odds were huge in favor of GG’s crew but HY THE HEBREW HAMMER stepped to the plate and blasted his 2nd double of the game over left field. DC moved the runner to 3rd and TW SAC plated 1 and gave the good guys the lead.   Perloff led off the bottom of the inning with his 4th hit of the game but 2 great stabs once again by Polzer and the game was over.  Intoci, JOMO and POMO all made amazing catches to keep the game close while Lambo played great for Action up the middle.  For the winners once again it was THE HEBREW HAMMER (2 double, 3 RBIS & the game winning run) and Doc Balar (3 for 3 and walk and perfect for the season) who dominated the offense.  Mark Z with 3RBIS, 2 hits and the bomb homer.  Defensively it was all Polzer for Princeton, he made outstanding plays all game long.  Next up Princeton faces another tough division match up against J Brock and his loaded crew.  For Captain GG it might be time to think about handing over the reins to Sean Herman and spare all of the drama of giving up his team in 2020 for 25th time. Good news for Captain GG, it’s still early and 7 wins is very attainable.  7 wins is no SMALL ASK however, BEST OF LUCK AND G-D BLESS.

 

Gastro (Bykofsky) 6    -  Sentinel (Granese) 4

Team Gastro faced off against a captain MG-less Sentinel squad in the late game at Swim.  The first inning offense scoring 4 runs thanks to big RBI knocks by Polguy and McElrath, along with stellar pitching and defense, propelled Gastro to the win in this low scoring affair.  Amadeo was stellar in the lead-off spot going 3-3.  The defense was superb behind Marty on the mound (ZERO WALKS ON THE SEASON!) despite facing a formidable 10-man lineup all morning.  JZ made a sick play (AT 1ST BASE, DONT WORRY EVERYONE) to rob Spear of a hit in the 9th that was the web gem of the game. Game ball went to Safchik who will continue to torment teams who passed on him on his CY-"OLD" campaign.  Karp was also phenomenal on the mound for Sentinel all morning, and their defense which features 5 man IF, 3 man OF, will certainly catch many teams off guard.  Will Capt Byko go hitless again next week?  Will Billy Boy ever get a hit?  Find out next week at the EARLLYYY =( game at Swim vs Marrone.

 

CK’s (Lombardi) 8 – ACE (Ferrarese) 4

CK's/ACE had the early morning game at Swim. After heavy rain on Friday, the town did a good job getting the fields ready for play. ACE started the game scoring 1 run in the top of the 1st but CK's answered with 2 in the bottom of the 1st on a 2-run Peragine double. CK would hold the lead the rest of the game. CK added two more in the 2nd on a clutch 2 run single from newcomer Harris. ACE added two in the 4th only to be answered again by CK's with 1 in the 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th. Final score 8-4.
CK's was again led by Goddard (3-3 and a walk), Javy (3-4) and Zim (3-4). Multi-hit games by Peragine, P. Lombardi and Harris (3 rbi's). For ACE, Mike pitched well on the mound and ACE played a tough game. 

 

THE BROTHERS KLESCHINSKY & BROOME (LHRGC - LaRocca) 10 vs THE BROTHERS BROCK & TURANO (RCF - Brock) 7
Early season matchup with LHRGC against the consensus preseason favorite RCF squad paired two teams with 3 combo picks each (Brock also has the deadly Priess combo, featuring Sharped Dressed Man Priess and Billy Marter Jr Priess . . . and LaRocca has the Carlin brother combo, featuring Marky Memes Carlin and Ronnie Lights Out Carlin).  Something was familiar about the day when I was told that Dilly Dilly’s dog ate his homework and he was running late……back to the game.   With two aces on the mound, both teams started slowly but the LHRGC middle/bottom was able to strike first in the second on an RBI double from el Capītan and an RBI single from Read’em Their Rights Rob.  RCF got one back in the second off of a Lucas warning track blast that drove in a run.  The good guys followed with one of their own in the third with hits from MCarlin and KKlesch, and held a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the 4th.  That’s when the Brock squad seemed to have taken command with 4 runs spurred by professional hitter Shamma Lamma Ding Dong Yoshi driving in a few. But the Brothers Broomekleschinskycarlin would not go quietly into the night.  MBroome lead off the 5th with a single, MCarlin single, KKlesch single (and later stole home on a pop up in the infield), MKlesch double, RCarlin single and ABroome single landed us 5 runs in the inning and the lead for good.  Arolick/MCarlin hits added one in the 7th and a Malagold blast triple in the 8th secured the squads 2nd double digit scoring effort in as many games (we won’t speak of the 9th inning offensive performance ever again).   On defense we saw more of the same with MBroome showing us all why he was a 2nd round prize, MCarlin turning double plays and Miranda locking down 3B.  Nothing was prettier, however, than the KKlesch pop out throw out dp early in the game which really set the tone defensively.  For Brock, Justin was SICK defensively on the mound making remarkable play after play and, with Pat and Turano in LC/RC the RCF squad really shut down the middle.   Next up is the late game against Shef at Swim Club.

 

Fradkin Law (Fradkin) 14 – VACATIONS (Lapine) 3 

You look good, you play good.  This week the real Fradkin Law team showed up in uniforms and hats.  It is still a mystery as to who was playing in the opening day debacle.  After a SMALL ASK was made of the league to both teams to move up the game to 8:30 a.m., the game started a little after 9 a.m. because the accommodation could not be made by either team. 

 

Ed’s team faced the imposing lineup of Team Lapine lead by big Tom Carroll and newcomer Rob Catania, but they were up to the task in the field and at bat.  Big Jimmy Murphy was the sparkplug at leadoff going 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs, and making every play at shortstop.  Sal Alfieri also had 3 hits and Andy Pargament drove in 4 runs on 2 hits while playing a stellar defense at first base.  Ed had 2 hits, including another triple, and won his first game as a starting pitcher while limiting Lapine to 3 runs.  Michael Rosenstock (I think because you can’t tell him and his brother apart) had 2 hits while Chris Pezzulo came through with a multi-hit game as well. 

 

In the field Joey Pargament played a flawless game at second base while Eric Rosenstock and Steve Wallenstein provided solid defense at 3rd base.  

 

Next up for Fradkin Law is Brock’s team  in the Wednesday night showdown at Union Hill right.   



CBP (Schef) 12 over VM CLEANING (Pollock) 8

Team Schef got into the win column with a 12 -8 victory over a solid 10 players from Team Pollock.  Team Sponsor CBP had Heather Logan in attendance to make sure their investment was a solid choice.  Team Schef opened up the first with a 4 run 2 out rally highlighted by Dan Manochio, Chris Holmes and Brian Fazzino having key RBI’s and giving Team Schef the lead they would never relinquish.  Team Pollock highlights included the 6th round Steal Meyer having 4 hits and Mitch Pollock with 3 hits and a right center 2 run bomb by Clamp.  In the end, The Holmes father and son duo went 6 for 7, Manochio Senior had 3 hits and some spectacular “D’ by rookie Mat Manochio at short led team Schef to their first victory of the season. Friedlich notched victory #1 on his pursuit for the Cy young.  Next up a tough Apple squad on Wednesday night at UH

 

HOT CORNER (Randell) 4 – PARABOLIC (Sarcona) 1

Mother Nature turned an early morning date with Lenny at Municipal into a late start at Mark El where Team Randell evened up its record at 1-1 with a 4-1 defensive battle win over Team Sarcona.  The all-star pitching matchup of Becker and Drapkin held true to form as both pitchers had the opposing offenses off balance all day.  Although widely known that the skipper always has a soft spot in the heart for Cy Clamp, Becker played second fiddle to nobody today pitching an absolute gem.  But for a great slide at the plate by Paster who was out by 2 steps in the 4th,  Becker would have pitched the shutout.  Things were scoreless until the bottom of the 3rd when a leadoff single from Messinger and a 1 out hit from Evan set things up for a big 2 out 2 run double from who else; Becker.  Sarcona would get one back in the 4th on the aforementioned Paster slide.  The zeroes kept piling up until the bottom of the 6th when Randell would add one on a Lyzczak sac fly to drive in Becker.  In the bottom of the 7th, Randell would tack on 1 more to make it 4-1 on another 2 out RBI single from (you guessed it) Becker for the final 4-1 margin of victory.  Randell defense was stellar all morning with the Randell infield comprised of the settling in rookies Ciaglia and Lyzczak on the left side combining with the skipper to turn several double plays.  Ciaglia at 3rd and Lyzczak at SS busy all morning with several nice picks on short hop balls.  But perhaps the play of the game was the longtime vet Messinger robbing Captain Lenny of extra bases with men on with a great running catch in RF.  Solid defense from Team Sarcona as well with Jared Goldberg making several nice plays at SS.  Offensively, it was the Killer B’s Becker and Evan Binder show with 3 hits apiece to lead the way.  On the Sarcona side, nice game from Chad Kaplow on base all morning out of the leadoff spot.  Next up a Sunday night matchup against the undefeated rookie captain Lombardi at UH.

 

OVOX (Goldfarb) 9  LJK (Harris) 8

OVOX GYM bounced back from a season opening loss and evened its record at 1-1 by defeating Team Harris in comeback fashion.  It sure looked like from the start that Team Harris was going to break the single game HR record (whatever that may be) as Chase Sandler and Justin Callow went deep in the top of the 1st to give Team Harris a quick 3-0 lead.  In the bottom of the 2nd Evan Rosenthal took the 1st pitch he saw in his Marlboro Softball debut over the fence cutting the OVOX deficit to 2.  OVOX would scratch out another run in the 3rd and after 3 the score was 3-2 in favor of Team Harris.  Team Harris would score 3 in the 4th and 2 in the 5th (highlighted by a 2nd Chase Sandler HR).   Down 8-2 after 4 ½ innings OVOX would start the comeback.  Highlighted by Mike P’s basing clearing triple, OVOX scored 5 and the score was 8-7.  OVOX held the Big Red scoreless over the last 4 and with 1 in the 8th the game was tied 8-8 going into the home 9th.   Mike P led off with a single and then Anthony DiMarco delivered a line drive walk-off double to end the game, the final being 9-8.  Offensive Stars for Team Harris were the whole top of the order (Chase, R Corde, Callow, Brock H and Steve Y) who all pounded the ball all day.  Steve Yockel also pitch a nice game.  Team Goldfarb did only play with 10 but the lower ranked Goldfarbs (Reid and Guy) had 3 hits each as did the aforementioned Anthony DiMarco (5 hits on the year, all doubles).  Alex, Mike P, Evan, Lou and Larry chipped in with 2 hits each.  Some great plays by Larry in RCF and Mike P at 2B led the OVOX defense who all played pretty good on the day. 

Next up . . Team Apple on UHL

 

 

SUNDAY. APRIL 14TH – OPENING DAY

 

PRINCETON (Wallman) 5 - VM CLEANING (Pollock) 3

Marlboro Softball opening day paired 2 pre-season favorites at the soggy and damp Swim Club.  Captain Pollock was without their star pitcher Clamp who was rumored to be in a Galaxy far far away, so Matt P was sent to the hill to get things going for VM Cleaning.  3 bloops in the bottom of the 1st had Pollock up 2 to 0 and the score would stay that way through 3 full innings.  A walk to Polzer in the top of the 4th was followed by 4 straights from Rookie Mark Z, JY, Gene and Jeff Lehman and Captain TW would take a 4 to 2 lead.  A few infield defensive miscues from Princeton would cut Captain TW’s lead to 1.  Polzer would give Princeton a 2 run cushion with an 8th inning double and on defense he would shut down VM over the next 2 innings to get TW his first victory of the season.  Polzer was brilliant on mound issuing 1 walk the entire day while Hy the Hammer and Doc Balar were a combined 6 for 6 for Princeton Spine.  Kudos to Matt Pollock who pitched a great game for the missing storm trooper Clamp.  Next up 2 weeks from now TW faces ripped apart beyond fake cousin Captain GG.  If GG Jacoby starts the season 0 & 2, 95% chance he gives up his team in 2020.  FINGERS CROSSED  

 

The White Harold Baines' (Ace) 17

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Randell and the Rookies (Hot Corner) 4

Please allow this recap serve as my rebuttal to the half-assed prediction written about this elite squad of Adonis shaped dick-slingers. For Ace, opening day was held at East Francois against a strong, but Becker-less Randell crew. For Hot Corner, Brad selected some very impressive rookies in Goldrosen, Lsyzcycksykzszk, and Ciaglia (if your Ciaglia lasts more than 4 hours, please seek medical attention) that are all going to make names for themselves in the future. For Team Ace, we were missing Turner, but were all inspired to prove the nay-sayers wrong.

 

Hitting: B-

17 runs with all 12 players contributing with hits. Eric Bomenblit and Richard "the Dickster" Bomenblit with 4 hits a piece with the Dickster hitting a homerun and sprinting the bases like a straight up savage. Rookie Ray Porzio went a perfect 3/3, Seidenberg hit 2, not 1, but 2 triples. Multi-hit games for Rookie Kyle Dunleavy, Pat Thomas, and Paul Kamras. Sounds like an A-.

 

Speed: C

C?!?!?! Did the author of this fake news look at our roster and only see me and Kamras' names??? Eric, Richie, and Podolla alone chalk us up to a B. And all three rounded the bases with speed, elegance, and aplomb. Is there another fucking team that has Carl Lewis, Willy Mays Hayes and Vince Coleman who we're being compared to?

 

Defense: C

Eric and Richie alone in the infield eat up everything in their path with strong corner infielders as well. In the outfield, Kyle Dunleavy WILL be a defensive outfielder nominee this year as the big cat effortlessly reigned in a ton of hard hit balls. Podolla ran down everything in left and in all, kept a hard-hitting offense to four runs (two of which were on an overthrow error by yours truly). Easily the worst prediction in any of the ones written in this year or any.

 

Pitching: D+

I walked one batter, and honestly, it was just because I felt like walking someone

 

There's my rebuttal. As for me, I'm going to settle in and watch Game of Thrones which is quite fitting, because in all honestly, winter is coming for this entire fucking league this season. Peace out, stay in school

 

 

NJ SALT (Marrone) 12 – LJK (Harris) 7

Softball is fun winning  or losing  although today was lots of fun and excitement in the Marrone camp

with A cruise control Jog win from start to finish. With a team filled with BFF'S none greater then the Doc/Marrone duo. Until when Captain read the lineup and positions with Dave standing there with his new $240 Dollar 1st basemen glove that Glen kept hostage resulting 

in a very Angry hungover (Bat-Mitzvah) out till 3 am Silverberg. Mr Doc( I can still rock at 50)Responded with his greatest game going 4-4 with 2 homers a grand slam EST 400 feet dead center. Doc jogged the bases yelling Paster who!!!!!!

Other hitting stars was Captain Marrone 4-4 with 3 RBI and a laser triple. Mike Conti was flawless at SS and shined at the dish 2/3 with 2 doubles. Welcome back fan favorite Soskel 3/4. Smiling Justin Krauss 2-4.

Lots of leather from the speedy Zack Krauss in L/C running down everything hit his way including 2 remarkable catches.  Team Salt is young and fast with lots of enthusiasm.

On the loosing side team Harris has many big bats and none better then Corde who will be a first round choice next year. Next up is good buddy apple at East Frances   

 

CK’s (Lombardi) 20 – FRADKIN LAW (Fradkin) 5   8 inn

After a scathing pre-season prediction and rant about 7th round draft etiquette by former captain, the predicted dark cloud (and C- hitting) did not follow the rookie captain into his season opener.

 

Team Fradkin took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st but that was the last time they would lead in the game. Team Lombardi came back with 6 in the top half of the 2nd, scoring their 1st 2 runs by a fence rattling double by P. Lombardi. Lombardi defense was on lock down not allowing any runs in the next two innings. Team Lombardi added 3 more and 1 more for Fradkin in the 4th making it 9-3.  Then the explosion happened in the 5th. Team Lombardi sent 14 batters to the plate scoring 10 runs highlighted by a Peragine double and Raventos double and triple (in the same inning!) making it 19-3. The game was stopped in the 8th with a final score 20-5.

 

Great opening day for rookie captain and Team Lombardi with 23 hits and 20 runs. The hitting was lead by Goddard (5-5), Peragine (3-5) and multi hit games by Raventos, D.Drashinsky, Zim, P. Lombardi, Veneck and Tilker.

 

 

Gastro (Bykofsky)  11     Jiffy Lube (Applebaum)   10

After the fog cleared away the opening day matchup at the Middle School field featured a 12 man Gastro squad (no Cruz) facing off vs an 11 man Jiffy Lube team (no Tracy or Seidel).  Things got off to a rocky start for the Gastro boys in the 1st inning as some fielding miscues, followed by the top of the lineup going down 1-2-3, lead to an early 2-0 deficit.    Matty P then scored the first run of the season for Gastro off a big RBI knock by Scher (welcome back!) bottom 2.  Heading to the bottom of the 4th inning Gastro found themselves trailing 5-1.  The boys then responded by plating 5 runs of their own to take the lead as the first 5 guys in the batting order all reached base and scored to take a 6-5 lead.  Apples then battled back scoring 3 in the 5th to take an 8-6 lead.  This was a back and forth contest!  The 6th inning is when Gastro took control once and for all.  After Anslow made an absolutely stunning diving catch down the RF line (webgem of the game) to thwart a Jiffy Lube rally, momentum swung.   Bykofsky's boys then responded by scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th thanks to big RBI knocks by Polguy, Yigdal and Anslow.  Marty CY-chick was then able to pitch out of trouble in the 9th inning, leaving DiNapoli on deck to end the game, and Gastro escaped with the 1 run win.  Matty Polguy was the offensive star of the game going 3-3 with 3 RBIs. JZ (free of Randell's purgatory!) was seen smiling most of the morning and also smoked 2 doubles. Other multi-hit games were had by Capt Byko, McElrath, Yigdal, Scher, and Anslow.  Defensively, Marty was great on the mound all morning walking nobody, while Matty P, Scher, and JZ locked down the infield defense.  For Jiffy Lube, DiNapoli, Gluck, Sherman and Papa Podos were tough outs all morning.  Burns also pitched well in his first season opener on the mound.  Gastro will look to make it 2-0 in two weeks as they face an always formidable MG squad at Swim Club.

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 14 ACTION AUTO (Jacoby) 5

With the rain and fog hitting us early this weekend, the league held their collective breaths waiting for the “GAMES ON” post from Commissioner JoMo.  Those on the LHRGC squad knew that their Ace Ronnie Carlin was ready to go “three sleeps ago” and boy did he deliver a gem.  RC is picking up exactly where he left off in 2018, with command of his pitches and stellar defense on the hill.  Nice play from rookie Rob “Read’em Their Rights” Miranda at 3B showing off a smooth glove and a nice arm.  Broome brothers both looked good defensively with lawyer in training Andrew flashing some nice glove in RC.  The Bludgeon Brothers (Mike and Kevin) locked down the left side outfield and Mark and Juice did the same on the right side of the infield.  While Team LaRocca looked good defensively all around, the man on the hill had a lot to do with keeping the dangerous bats of Action Auto at bay.  This writer saw Cap JJ shaking his head at some of the RC pitches while (shockingly) whispering “how is he a five.”

 

Offensively, the formula was simple, bat 10 guys then read’em their rights!  Keeping the pressure off of the rookie was important, and with the top of the order batting a combined 11 for 17, pressure didn’t enter the vocabulary.  Standouts were MBroome, MCarlin and both K brothers who combined for 11 hits and 11 RBIs on the day. 

 

Kudos on Team Jacoby go to Sweet Swinging Lefty Josh Levine who I think will end up being the steal of the draft for JJ and to Frank Calamia (drafted after MBroome) who hit 2 “moon shots” that may still be in orbit.  Frankie also looked awesome at 3rd, but nowhere near as good looking in a uniform than ABroome.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Lambo who pitched very well (no walks) and smacked the ball around as usual, despite his new shmedium frame.

 

Next up is the star-studded Brock team featuring Marty Boot Bellis who has already recorded his first hit of the season.

 

VACATIONS (Lapine) 18 – PARABOLIC (Sarcona) 11

It was opening night at Union Hill with a big crowd on hand for the Sarcona/Lapine East division battle. To say the season got off to a good start for Lapine would be an understatement as they bat around in the top of the first and send 19 batters up and score a possible record of 14 runs. Sarcona would plate two in their half of the inning including a long triple by Kaplow and Paster’s first HR of the season. Tom Carroll would later hit his first of 2019, a 3 run bomb over the RF fence.  As the Lapine bats quieted down, obviously exhausted from the first inning, Sarcona creeped back in to the game and was within 7 after 6 innings. Rookie Kevin “La” Bomba then proceeded to shut down Sarcona the rest of the way to earn his first W. Lots of stars for Lapine with everybody getting at least 1 hit. Tom Carroll led the way going 4-4 HR and 5 RBI’s and making every play at short. Rob Catania made his Marlboro debut with 3 hits 3 runs and a Ribby. Specchio and Sens each knocked in 3. For Lenny’s squad Roland made the defensive play of the night with a diving catch and Jared Goldberg made a perfect throw home to nail B Frey at the plate in the 9th. Jordan Krant gets the Stanley Cup award for playing just a few days after breaking a finger.  Congrats to Pat Specchio on his upcoming wedding.  As usual a well called game by the man in blue, Simon.

 

Sentinel (MG) 12, Ovox (GG) 3

Nobody wanted to get back on the field more than Captain MG.   And despite two finals appearances in the last four seasons, the preseason predictions remained unkind at 7-15 clearly citing the loss of cornerstones Lombardi and Zimm.    Why panic when you just reload???  Team MG, featuring four first year players,  came out strong and quickly pulled together behind the Captain’s master game plan.   After an early run, GoGo-Joraskie and SuperSpann would highlight a 3 run fourth inning with back to back RBI doubles.   In the 6th, MG, Steinberg, and newbie Chris Frometta with consecutive RBIs capped by Frometta’s laser triple.   At 9-0, the game was in hand and Mark Karp and the defense would cruise to a 12-3 victory, which was a shutout heading to the 9th.     The defense was led by Joraskie and Spann in the middle of the OF and Richie Spear at SS- gobbling up grounder after grounder.  MG has now played with three generations of Spears in this league (who saw that coming)???   Derek Rising would add a circus catch in RF and Karp dazzled all day pitching into the strength of the D.    Frometta with 4 hits, Rising with 3, Evan Steinberg a perfect day at the plate with 3 hits, and Joraskie with three knocks.  Next up will be a very shorthanded team MG against rival Byko.  

 

VM CLEAN (Pollock) d. CBP (Schefkind) 10-8

It seems like a full season ago, but before all the rainouts and steaming hot Sunday mornings, it was once April and in week two, Team Pollock fell to 0-2 following their first match-up against Team Schefkind (which also happened to be the last time we played at Middle School). With only 10 guys available this morning (the same as the first time) against a Schef-less CBP squad, both teams would need great efforts up and down their lineups. VM Cleaning came out strong with 4 quick hits, but Team Schef turned a key double play and escaped the first giving up only one run.  However, the came through with four runs in the 3rd and went up 5-0, capped off by a 2-run HR from captain Matt. Team Schef wasn't about to go down without a fight though, and used big blasts from the young Manochio, Olivencia, and several hits from Holmes and Lugos (who also made a nice diving catch) to get within one run after 7 innings. It stayed 7-6 going into the 9th, when VM Cleaning came through with 3 important insurance runs to go up 4. Of course, a resilient CBP squad made things very interesting. And the final result may have been different if not for two key plays in the bottom of the 9th. The first was VM Cleaning's defensive play of the year, as Ken Feingold, snubbed for the 50+ game, found the fountain of youth and made a great running/diving catch in deep LF for a key out. But Team Schef kept hitting and a clutch opposite field double Gyimesi turned into the game ending-play, when he was gunned down at 3B via a bullet relay throw from Eliut. Infante and Clamp led the way with 4 hits each, but as we have the whole season, the entire roster once again contributed with clutch hits, important defensive plays, and bagel deliveries. Rob Rozencwaig filled in well for Jordan Rosenthal at 2B and with 3 hits, while speedy Schwag, Feingold, and captain Matt also had multi-hit games. After recently snapping a 10-game winning streak, VM Cleaning is back at it again with a new league-leading 4-game streak, but will have their hands full Wednesday night without all-star Rosenthal against a Lapine squad that is undefeated on Union Hill. Winners of 14 of their last 15 games, they'll also hope to officially clinch the Eastern division in blogger Mitch Pollock's final regular season game of the year.

 

LJK (BH) beats OVOX (Goldy) 11-3

Just a scant three days after Team Bobito's epic loss on Wednesday night- The Big Red Machine had an early AM affair in Manalapan against Team Goldy to try and right the ship.  After so many tough losses this year and with the Spector of the play-in game looming (like the sword of Damocles)  which team would show up for Big Red?   The one that has given back lots of big leads all year ( which was there for all to see on Wednesday Night - on facebook no less) or the team that has lots of heart and grit - and with a modicum of defense is a very dangerous team. Chalk up the Latter (that's with a Capital L).   Yock pitched great , the infield defense was solid led by Greg Long at SS and  "Red Light" Cotter at 3B. They both made play after play- and knowing they had TDOW manning first with a wingspan like the Verrazano Bridge- felt free to "cut it loose" to first base.  The tone of the game was set in the first inning when with runners on second and third and one out- the speedy Dimarco tried to double tag from second base off a sac fly to LF- and Greg Long on a relay fired a seed to Papa Sandler to gun him down to end the inning.  Big Red answered with 2 in the bottom of the first and never looked back.  Big Red batted around in the bottom of the third to score 6 runs and take a commanding 8-1 lead.  But big leads in the third inning have not been kind of late to this team.  However , this time , we went out and played solid D the rest of the way.  No Gimme's for a change!   And then the put away inning , in the 7th,  started by  Papa Yocks FIRST triple in 5 years (still checking the data base on that one) - a bomb to LCF- and timely hitting by Stevie B , Greg Long , and "Red Light"  Cotter expanded the lead to 11-2 allowing a big exhale for this team.  A 1 run eighth for Goldy- and there you have it- a fairly clean efficient win for Big Red.   The 17 hit , 3 walk attack was led by Stevie Barbesh and his 3 hits and 3 RBIs , and TDOW with 2 hits, Papa Yock with 2 hits, Corde with 2 hits, Long with 2 hits, and Cotter with 2 hits.   Up and down hitting , and solid defense and pitching.  Can I bottle it?  Next up the very hot Team MG …..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 28TH

 

Fradkin Law 19 – Lombardi 6 

Ed’s team got back into the win column by avenging the season opening loss to Team Lombardi.  The game started off well in the top of the first inning with the top 6 batters getting on base and all scoring.  In total Fradkin Law put across 7 runs in the first inning and never looked back.  Stars of the game were leadoff hitter Joey P, who went 4-5 with 4 runs, and Papa Murphy, who also went 4-5 with 3 runs and 3 RBIs.   It’s amazing to see an 18 year old Joey P, who is in his first year playing softball take off.  He has thrived as a leadoff hitter and played stellar defense in left field.  Perhaps equally as amazing is seeing the old pro Murphy get better as the season wears on at bat and in the field.  He is truly an inspiration for the height-challenged players.  Many players had multiple hit games for Fradkin Law—Sal, Andy, Eric, Ed and Steve.  It was truly a team win, as even Pezz who didn’t have a hit contributed with 3 walks.   

 

 

 

PRINCETON (Wallman) 11 JIFFY LUBE (Apple) 10

Coming off a 1 run loss Wednesday, Princeton looked to stop the 2 game losing streak against Jiffy Apple.   Captain TW went to bed Saturday night thinking his squad would be playing with 9 but Christmas came early for Princeton when Mark Z showed unexpectedly stating “he couldn’t leave his squad shorthanded.”  Mark Z is scheduled to compete in the X Fit games this week and couldn’t risk injury for this once and a lifetime opportunity but he would not let his team play with 9 showing not only is he one the most feared hitters in the league but also one of the best teammates.  Now onto the game, Princeton jumped out to a quick 5 to 0 lead thru 4 innings but Apple scored 4 in the 5th and 3 in the 7th to take a 2 run lead into the bottom half of the inning.  Saler and JY would lead off the inning with hits and after a defensive miscue which allowed a run to score, Lehman would tie the game with SAC.  Jiffy would come right back with 2 runs in the top of the 8th to take the lead by 2 again.  Lurie and DC would lead of the inning with walks and with 1 out Polzer would deliver an RBI single to get Captain TW within 1.  Apple would add 1 in 9th which could have been more if not for a ridiculous perfect laser throw home from Captain TW to Mark Z to nail the runner and end the inning.  Down 2 in the bottom of the 9th Gene SeaBiscuit led off with a walk which was followed by a Lehman single to bring the winning run to the plate.  Doc Balar would hit a hard grounder that got thru the infield to drive in a run and bring Eric Lurie to the plate where he hit a game tying single to right and moved the winning run to 2nd.  Captain TW stepped in the box with 1 out and drove the ball to the LCF gap and gave his squad a needed walk off win.  The defense for TW was led by the outfield of Gene , DC, Saler and Lehman who all played flawless and TW who played great at SS.  Polzer was brilliant as usual on the mound with no walks and great up the middle defense.  Doc and Lurie led the offense with 2 hits and 2 RBIs apiece.  Next up fake ass cuz GG as TW plays without Co –Captain JY and Mark Z.  BEST OF LUCK TO MARK Z THIS WEEK.      

 

VM Cleaning (Pollack)  9. -  Fradkin Law (Fradkin)  8

The boys in Grey came out strong this morning, took a big lead, gave it all up and then held on for a hard fought victory against the Mighty Fradkins in the early game at the Swim Club, extending our winning streak to 3.  Only 10 for the Fradkin’s this morning meant there would be more at bats for Eddie and Pargament which is never a good thing for their opponents.  Let’s get to the action.  Top of the first – started great – hits by Clamp and Eliut and a 2 RBI double by Jordan gave us a 2-0 lead.  Bottom of the 1st – we gave them right back – 2-2 after 1.  Top of the 3rd, a double by Eliut and Mitch knocks him in; up 3-2.  Bottom of the inning – we given up 2 to go down by 1.  A pattern is starting to form… We tie it up in the 4th on hits by Schwag, Terel and Alex. Tied now 4-4.  Top of the 5th – we break it open with 4 runs – Clamp starts it with a hit, Eliut unbelievably makes an out, then hits by Mitch, Jordan and Matt, a walk to Schwag and a 2 rbi single by Persily finished the scoring to put us up 8-4.  We should coast in the rest of the way for an easy victory – only not so much.  We pick up an additional run in the 7th on a booming triple by Eliut to the wall in left centerfield followed by another hit by Jordan. Now up 9-4.  Bottom of the inning – Fradkin has 8, 9 and 10 coming up.  8 makes a quick out.  Buckley – up 9th and who killed it all day long – gets a hit.  # 10 coming up.  Potential for a double play is high.  Clamp, unfortunately for us, strikes him out, which was actually a very good outcome for them as it turned their lineup again bringing up Eddie, and Pargament Senior and Junior for what seemed like the 8th time, and a then after a few hits and a couple of walks they scored 4 of their own to make it a 1 run game going into the 8th.  We did nothing in the 8th and 9th going down in order in both frames.  Bottom of the 9th and guess who’s coming up again – the top of the Fradkin lineup.  This time, though, Clamp shuts them down, and we hold on for the win.  That’s 3 tight games in a row but we are doing what we need to keep winning (3 wins in 8 days is always nice!).  Hitting stars – Eliut ( a HR away from the cycle ) and Jordan (killing it all season on offense and defense) with 3 hits.  2 hit games by Mitch, Clamp, Schwag and Terel.  For the Fradkins, Buck was on base all day as was Parg Jr.  Batting practice update – Dave Meyer, very picky today/again, looked at 3 pitches (did not swing at any of them) and then flipped his bat and walked away.  Fans should make sure to come early next week to see what he’s going to do next.   Our Magic Number for clinching the East is now 2.  Next up  - a Middle School clash against Schef, Uncle Leo, and lot of Monochio’s.

 

 

Schef (CBP) over Granese (Sentinel) 11-6
Team Schef know it would be a  battle against a tough Granese squad as partners Spann and Holmes had the date circled for months.  Team Schef was left to bake on union hill Left with the 3rd base side and a 95 degree 9:30 starting time.  The offensive star of the day was Tritto who went 4 for 4 with 3 RBI’s.  Granese took an early lead and scored 6 runs on the offensive hitting of captain Granese who had 2 home runs (not sure how the official scorer ruled it in the book). Captain Schef watched from the sidelines as his team took command early and held on for a 11-6 win.  Superb defensive by all star Fazzino and the Manochio brothers.  Joe Olevencia had 3 hits, 3 RBI's while a bunch of others had keys hits including all Manochios.  Friedlich notched win #10 as Team Schef meets the powerhouse Pollack squad next Sunday

 

LHRGC THROWBACKS (LaRocca) 12 vs. TRIP TO PARIS (LaPine) 7

After a gut-wrenching loss last week, el capitán walked into Ronnie C’s office for a gut check.  Facing the monster lineup of Denny LaPine, we recognized the tall task ahead and the odds that we were facing.  With an overwhelming sense of nausea, I looked at my 7 foot tall (yet shorter than Bomba) pitcher in despair, when RC calmly stated “look at it as a chance for a signature win for us.”  This morning, I dug down deep into my softball drawer and took out my 2012 Team LaPine LHRGB throwback jersey and decided to wear it down to the field for some extra mojo.  Speaking of mojo, Mark Carlin, still fighting through a separated shoulder, looked a little down before the game, and as we were playing his wife’s team (Vacations By Elissa Carlin www.vacationsbyelissa.com, phone 732.867.5309, fax 732.BUY.TRIP, FB @vacationsbyelissa, Twitter @vacbyelissa #toomuchshitonthejersey) I promised him that if we won, I would book a trip to Paris…. yadda yadda yadda, we are going to Paris….back to the game.  As per usual, the game started off with the good guys striking first.  In the first MBroome got on, MikeK moved him over and Juice and MCarlin drove them both in.  In the second, ABroome lead off with a hit and after 2 FC’s, el capïtan used the whole field and cleared the bases.  In the third, the Miranda rights were read, K2 drove him in and after 3, LaPine was brought in for questioning down 5-2.  Things were looking good, having been through the meat of the order 2x with a lead.  However, rounds 4 through 8 went to LaPine and in the top of the 9th, with one out, down 8-5 the team needed help.  That’s when FREEHOLD BORO (K1, K2 & Juice) brought the magic back, setting the stage for the Marlboro boys (MCarlin and RCarlin) to deliver.  After 5 straight hits and 2 runs (down 1) The Intern did his job and with a very impressive at bat, ABroome delivered the SAC to tie the game.  In the 10th, with the game tied, the bottom of the LHRGC order also did it’s job when Arolik (3 for 4), Gilston (3 for 4) Miranda (1 for 3, W) turned the order over to the top for MBroome and K1 to clear the bases.  Ronnie C finished off his stellar 9th and 10th inning shutting down LaPine for the 12-8 win.  A lot of big things from every player today for a signature team win.  Kudos for LaPine go to Carroll, who had clutch hits and played an amazing shortstop, and to Bobby Frey for being Bobby Frey.  Excellent defense for the LaPine boys all around.

 

 

LJK (BH) 14 – CK’S (JL) 5
The term death by a 1000 cuts applies to the win by Team Bobito today against Team Lombardi.  A short handed Team Lombardi (missing Peragine and Seth D) was game and played with heart - but The Big Red Machine was more like the Little Red Machine that could.  After putting up a four spot in the first and second inning to take an 8-2 lead- Team Bobito scored single runs in every inning thereafter except for the 3rd inning.  The game never seemed secure but thanks to the stellar pitching by the ageless one- Papa Yock (also had another 3 hit game) and some welcome steady defense- led by Greg Long at SS ( Callow going to first base with a bad wing) and lots of opportune 2 out hits.  There was your recipe  for a sturdy 14-5 win.   Callow led the offense with a 4 for 4 and a walk, Stevie Barbesh (getting his stroke back) also was 4 for 4 and 3 RBIS, and Mr Ponce De Leon himself Papa Yock was 3 for 4 , 2 runs , and an RBI.  For Team Lombardi Raventos hit a bomb triple, went 4 for 4 , and a highlight reel diving grab in LCF.   It doesn't seem possible to compliment a pitcher that gives up 14 runs (some errors in the mix and a strong offensive team that he was facing) but Lombardi made a lot of tough two out pitches to get out of innings or the score could have been worse.  Mar El is not an easy place to pitch and both pitchers navigated the Candlestick Park winds (old timers get the analogy) with veteran aplomb.  In the end , there was too much Team Bobito offense throughout the lineup that was the story of this win .   A very big Wednesday Night affair against another team fighting to stay out of the play-in game awaits. Compliments to the league for coming up with the play in games , which now make end of season games meaningful. It seems like every game matters now. AND no one wants to see "The Brocks" in that game. Game on!

 

Gastro (Bykofsky) 8    Parabolic (Sarcona) 2

In the early game at East Frances the Gastro crew, armed with their new weapon, Mike "Im not allowed to even stare at the pitching mound" Seidel, was able to defeat a Lenny-less Sarcona squad 8-2 on Sunday morning.  It was a typical all around team effort from Bykofsky's crew who jumped out early with 4 runs in the 1st inning, 2 in the 3rd inning, and then one run each in the 5th and 6th innings to account for the 8 runs.  The offensive attack was led by 3 hit games from Amadeo, Justin, Polguy, and Yiggy.  Safchik was amazing again on the mound shutting down Parabolic's top hitters all morning, and should have maybe even pitched a shutout!  He definitely deserves serious CY Young consideration with his performance this year (10-3 when he starts!).   Credit to the Parabolic team for hanging tough all game, and shout out to Paster and GRoland who made some nice diving catches in the OF to keep the game close.  This makes it not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, but 6 wins in a row for Gastro!  Bykofsky's bunch moves into the 2 seed with the win and will look to make it 7 straight (somehow) vs. an always feisty MG squad next week.

 

OVOX (Goldfarb) 14  ACE (Ferrarese) 12

Saturday was not a good day when the text came in from Evan Rosenthal saying he sprained his ankle and would be out Sunday coupled with Reid’s Tuesday battle with the neighbor’s dog left OVOX with 9 players against the mighty bats of Team Ferrarese.  To make matters worse the game was at the launching pad (back of the Middle School).  While having only 3 OF’s having 9 batters evened things out even if 1 of those batters was me (Guy).  After Captain Mike threw a wicked screwball to get the leadoff batter to K, OVOX would get 5 straight hits to take a 4-0 lead heading to the bottom of the 1st.  That lead did not last long as ACE came right back with 6 of their own.  OVOX would tie the game in the top of the 3rd but ACE answered right back with 3 leaving the score 9-6 in favor of ACE after 3 full innings.  Innings 4-7 saw OVOX outscore ACE 8-1 and after 7 full innings OVOX had the lead at 14-10.  ACE scored 2 in the bottom of the 8th and after a scoreless 9thOVOX walked away with a 14-12 victory.  The OVOX offense was led by Larry Rubin (4 hits, 1 HR) and Anthony DiMarco (4 hits, 3 doubles) with Mike P and Alex G chipping in with 3 each.  Captain Mike and Scott S led ACE with 3 hits each.  Mike Iorio in again for the vacationing Alan Rubin pitched tough all day especially in the 9th where he threw nothing but strikes knowing the ACE batters would be taking a strike.  OVOX will look to get back to the .500 mark this week but in their way will be the big bats of Team Bobito.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24

 

VM Cleaning (Pollock) 5 – Princeton (Wallman) 4

In what may have been the game of the year in Marlboro Softball, VM Cleaning came from behind to defeat a very tough Princeton squad 5-4.  Numerous rainouts conspired to make this our first Wednesday night game of the year.  A large crowd, a first vs. second place matchup, and a chance to avenge a week 1 loss, gave this game a real playoff atmosphere.  Both teams came to play!  Pitching was the word of the day here as both teams had tough times early.  A late arriving Clamp allowed the Captain to step in and throw two scoreless innings. The game would stay scoreless until the bottom of the 4th when the Wallman’s broke out with 4 runs highlighted by a Justin Bickoff extra-base hit and 3-run HR by Ziolkowski over the left field fence (not at all surprising for anyone who saw him jack 5 over in batting practice).  The score stayed 4-0 until the top of the 7th, when the comeback would commence.  A hit by Mark Goldberg started the rally. A fielder’s choice followed for the second out.  A beautiful opposite field hit by Dave Meyer put two on for Eliut, who promptly blasted a 3-run HR to cut the deficit to one, 4-3. A scoreless 7th for the Wallman’s kept it at 4-3 heading to 8th.  Jordan led off the 8th with a double and scored on Matt’s double.  An error put runners on 1st and 3rd, and Persily knocked in the go ahead run with a fielder’s choice to 3rd.  The bottom of the 8th had Ziolkowski leading off for Wallman.  Should we walk him or pitch to him?  Deciding to play it straight, we pitched to him and he hit a high fly to deep center, which went to the fence, keeping him in the yard for a double. Clamp stranded his pinch runner.  A scoreless 9th by both teams and the game was ours. This was a really well played game by both teams.  The Clamp/Pollock duo only allowed runs in one inning and Polzer was just as effective, holding us scoreless until the 7th.  Great defense on both sides, especially by Jordan and Schwag for us.  Not much hitting except for Eliut’s home run… just enough for the win.  A fun time at Buffalo Wild Wings watching the Yankees win and the Mets lose capped a great evening!  Next up - an early Swim Club matchup against the mighty Fradkin.

 

HOT CORNER (BR) 13 – ACE (Ferrarese) 12

The Comeback Kids do it again in a wild Wednesday night affair pulling out a much needed win against a strong Ferrarese squad 13-12 in dramatic walk-off fashion.  The men in green continue to play close crazy games with this one being their third consecutive game decided by 1 run and their last 7 games being decided by a total of 14 runs.  Things started off slowly as we were scoreless until the top of the 3rd when Ferrarese scored one following a controversial non-obstruction call at 1st by Fogarty.  However, under our new BFF relationship Fogarty came out the following inning and hugged it out with the skipper pending further review of the Facebook replay. . .  Ferrarese would tack on another run in the 4th to make it 2-0.  In the bottom half, Team Randell would grab the lead plating 3 highlighted by RBI knocks from Becker and Goldrosen.  Ferrarese would come right back with 2 in the top of the 5th to take a 4-3 lead.  In the top of the 7th, Ferrarese would add 3 more on a Richie (I won't be a 3 next year) Bomenblitt blast off the green monster in right to make it 7-3.  Team Randell would respond in the bottom half with 3 of their own courtesy of a Goldrosen bomb over the fence in LCF.  Some shoddy Randell defense led to 2 more for Ferrarese in the top of the 8th to make it 9-6.  The Randell boys would respond again getting the 2 back in the bottom half highlighted by a clutch 2 out single from Papa Kessler (more on him later).  Now heading to the 9th the real craziness begins. . .   After the 1st two batters were retired to start the 9th, Richie Bombenblitt doubles to RF setting up an intentional walk with 1st base open to brother Eric.  Scott Seidenberg then hits a laser for a hit and an overthrow leads to two extra runs for a total of 3 leaving Ferrarese up 12-8 heading to the bottom of the 9th.  An error plus hits from Ben and Evan had 1 run in with men on 1st and 2nd with 1 out setting the stage for Becker in front of the regular fans plus the extra yentas who made their way down after the conclusion of the Wallman/Pollack game.  And then your #1 pick shows why he was drafted there as Becker hits a dramatic, titanic bomb which stayed straight enough fair well over the fence in left to tie things up.  To extra innings we go and the Randell defense would get out of a jam in the top of the 10th to give the offense a free shot to win it in the bottom half.  Weitsen would lead off with a single.  Lyzyzak would follow with a fly out to left just deep enough to get the pinch runner Evan Binder to 2nd.  An intentional walk to Ciaglia would set it up for Papa Kessler to be Becker's co-hero.  And indeed he was delivering a line drive single to right to score Binder in walk-off fashion and certainly giving the fans their money's worth in this one.  Stars galore in this crazy one with the Bomenblitt's and Seidenberg with big games for Team Ferrarese.  For Team Randell, Becker with a perfect 4-4, HR, 5 RBI night along with Goldrosen, Evan Binder and Andy K. with 3 hits apiece.  Multi-hit games from Ben and the skipper.  Defensively, on the Ferrarese side, one of the greatest DP's even seen in this league from the Bomenblitt brothers with Richie robbing Messinger of a hit up the middle with a diving stop and a flip to Eric for a sick turn of a twin killing.  Poddola also with a great running catch heading back to the fence in left to thwart an early Randell rally.  For Team Randell, a busy and solid evening from Lyzczak at SS including a diving snare of a line drive early to shut down an inning.  Next up an early 8:00 start against Brock at Manalapan as the men in green will try and keep some positive mojo going. . .

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 21

 

Cousin Frankie went to the Outer Banks and all I got was this shitty T-shirt (Ace) 8

Versing

Marvelous Memes Mark Carlin and LARocca et al Law 7

Three in a row, ladies! Captain LaRocca texted me at 4am to check on which bench Team Ace would prefer as LaRocca was planning on erecting a tent to keep his players shaded and well preserved in the sweltering heat. I, on the other hand, am more of a no-frills, inconsiderate asshole captain and basically just brought a Gatorade for myself. Plus, initially Eric Bomenblit was scheduled to be out and I’m not wasting my energies on putting up a canopy unless it will be protecting my precious little Eric. You think I give a shit if Jon Okun is sweaty or not? C’mon now bro. Back to the action. LMNO Law put up a quick 7 runs in the first two innings. Happy go lucky Dicky Bomenblit could be heard mumbling, “bro, we lost this game… who cares bro”. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Richard. Back to the action…a 9 man defense held LMFAO Law to no runs for the next four innings and the remaining three innings when Eric arrived. Throughout this stretch, Ace chipped away at the deficit and opened the 8th inning with a two run deficit. In the bottom of the 8th, the bottom of the Ace lineup came up clutch with big hits by Steve Toran and Eric Bomenblit to take a one run lead. That lead held up and we win, 8-7. Overall, great 3 hit games by Dunleavy, Pat Thomas, and “Heart and Hustle” Award nominee, Steve Toran. Seidenberg continued to be an RBI machine with two clutch hits to keep us in it. For LaRocca, Marc Broome was on point at SS and Frank LaRocca stuck out swinging on a vicious cut fastball. Peace out, stay cool.

Schef (CBP) over Harris (LJK) 12-8

The Schef: Bobbito showdown was more about bragging rights than a division title. Harris, still fuming over his loss to Marrone on Wednesday night had his Team ready.  Regency bragging rights and a Las Vegas steak dinner were at stake.  Team Harris had the home run power with Callow, Corde and Sandler with 15 and Schef, Lugos and Holmes with 0. Yockel and Horr Jr averaging .663 against Schef’s  duo at .405.  Team Schef would need to rely on the 66 year veteran Friedlich in 100 degree temperatures.  The odds makers had Team Harris as the odds on favorite, but Team Schef has not lost this year with all 13 this year.  Lugos showed up at 9:29 AM and the game began.  Team Schef struck first with a run in the top of the first. And than 2 more in the second aided by some defensive miscues.  Harris battled back with 5 unanswered runs to take a 5-3 lead.  Both team scored 2 in the 6th inning and Harris had a 7-5 lead.  Team Harris was lead by Yockel (2 hits), Horr Jr 4 hits and a 1 armed Callow with (3).  Sandler’s 2 balls over the fence were caught by Lugos and one was foul by a foot.  Team Schef rallied with 5 in the 7thand 2 more in the 9th highlighted by a Friedlich bomb that was measured close to 200 feet, a record in the 65 and older category.  Kornhauser led the way with 3 hits along with Fazzino (3 hits).  Friedlich pitched a gem as team Schef went over the 500 mark.

 

Pollock d. Lombardi 7-5

This week's matinee at Union Hill Left (game moved up to 8:00am to beat the heat) featured the 2nd week in a row against a Pollock coaching tree connected squad, and as much as the Pollock bros. are huge fans of the Lombardi bros., they wanted to avoid playing any part in seeing another barrage of team pictures and FaceApp posts littering the Marlboro Softball Facebook page. A shorthanded Lombardi squad had other ideas though, and jumped out to 4-0 lead after the top half of the 4th, led by great pitching from Jim Lombardi and the first of two bombs from Kyle Raventos. The game turned, however, in the bottom of the 4th, as VM Cleaning plated 5 big runs with the help of 5 clutch consecutive hits, to take a 5-4 lead. Team Lombardi responded in the 5th to tie the game, but a big triple from All-Star Jordan Rosenthal gave VM Cleaning a 7-5 lead before both terrific pitchers blanked the opposing offenses the rest of the way. Clamp led another great defensive effort for the underrated VM Cleaning' "C" defense and "D" speed squad. For CK, Raventos led the way offensively with the two aforementioned HRs, while Goddard set the table with 3 hits. For VM Cleaning, Eliut led the way with 3 hits, while Dave Meyer, Matt Pollock, Josh "Schwag", Ken Feingold, and Alex Pugliese also had multi-hit games. Team Pollock wishes a speedy recovery for Seth Drashinsky (who was relegated to catching) and is very thankful for Mitch Pollock's speedy recovery, after fearing a broken hand and long absence earlier in the week as a result of an intense game of dodge ball while out cruising. Of course, Mitch didn't miss any injury time. Next up (weather-permitting again) in what they are hoping is their first Wednesday night game of the year, is a week one revenge match-up against a deep and balanced Wallman squad.

 

Gastro (Bykofsky) 12     Princeton (Wallman)   8

[Insert generic quote about it being hot at Swim Club].  Ok.  Princeton was able to strike quickly in this one plating 4 runs in the first inning thanks to big hits from JY and Balar.  Gastro then quickly responded bottom 1 to make the score 4-3 thanks to base hits from Amadeo, JZ, and Hector.  In the 3rd inning, Gastro plated 2 more runs after an IBB on Cruz to load the bases was followed by a big RBI walk by Anslow and RBI single by Yiggy.  Gastro, fortunately, held off most of Princeton's attack until the 7th inning when the score became 10-8 Gastro leads.  With some pressure on in the bottom of the 8th, Gastro plated 2 more runs thanks to a HUGE RBI knock by Anslow after yet another IBB to Cruz.  This gave Gastro the 12-8 lead they would hold on to as Wallman's crew did put a little pressure on in the 9th.  The offense was led by the hobbled JZ (feel better!) who went 4-5, 3 hit affairs were had by Amadeo and Hector, while multi-hit games were also enjoyed by Polguy, and Yiggy.  The defense was solid behind Cruz on the mound, who led the way, snaring a number of shots up the middle.  For Princeton, Mark Z and Polzer had multi-hit games in the loss.  This makes it 5 wins a row for Gastro as they improve to 10-5 on the season winning 8 of their last 9!  Sizzling! 

 

Action Auto 19 - Ovox 15 

On a hot and steamy morning, the real GG and the other GG had their teams square off in the early tilt at the Swim Club.  Both teams were a little shorthanded as Rubin sr , Rich and Eddie Paladino were out for Ovox while AA was down JJ, Perloff and Herman.  The 10 on 10 lineups ensured plenty of at bats on both sides.  Trailing 5-2 in the 3rd, The Jacoby bats got going sending 12 men to the plate and scoring 6 times to take an 8-5 lead.  Both squads exchanged runs over the next several innings and we were knotted at 11 heading to the bottom of the 8th.  Back to back defensive miscues opened the door to begin the inning and AA wasted no time crashing through.  In all the boys batted around for the 2nd time in the game plating 8 runs in frame.  The big blow was an opposite field 3 run homer from Levine who painted the left field line. GG’s crew made things interesting in the top of the 9th getting half of the 8 right back but in the end Action Auto held on for the 19-15 victory.   A monster day for Lambo who led the way with 4 hits, while Intoci, Levine and the sizzling hot Keenan had 3 each to pace the offense.  For Ovox,  Dimarco hit a moon shot homer to Left that still hasn’t landed, Rubin Jr and Mike Paladino were on base all day with multihit games while Iorio hung tough on the hill in the sweltering heat. Winners of 4 out of 6, Action Auto gets Mayronie next up at Muni.  I’m sure that fella will have heavy action in Vegas on his squad heading into the matchup.

 

NJ SALT (Marrone) 7 – VACATIONS (Lapine) 1

On a scorching hot summer morning Team Salt cooled off the hot bats of The top scoring team in the league  holding them to 1 run on only 5 hits. Double play balls were on the menu today , 4 Turned  by the leagues best defense. Leading the way today was Russell Kraus a perfect three for three, huge clutch hits by Gary Klein and Justin Soskel put the game away. Other hitting stars was  the Conti Combo of MIKE and uncle ROB. Mr Mike Conti is getting hot at the right moment and has been flawless at Shortstop. Team Wallman did not do there job today keeping us chasing Bykoski for first place . This division is turning into a two horse race and could be decided when they have a rematch later on next month!!

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17TH

 

SENTINEL (Granese) 4 PRINCETON (Wallman) 15

Wednesday night under the lights, thunder and lightning featured the annual meeting of ex co-captains and coworkers JY v MG with JY holding a monstrous head to head lead.  Princeton was coming off their worst offensive performance of the season Sunday while Sentinel was riding high after beating top ranked Laypine with only 8 guys.  After 2 quick outs in the top of the 1st, a Sentinel error and hits from JY and Gene Sea biscuit (back from the dead) led to 2 runs and the early lead.  Team MG would get 1 run in the second but in the top of the 3rd hits from TW, Polz, Mark Z, Saler Lehman and Doc led to a 6 run outburst and commanding 8 to 1 lead for Team Globo Gym headed by White Goodman Wallman.  Globo Gym would add 3 more in the top of the 4th behind head gym trainer Mark Z who launched his 7th homer of the season into the left field woods.  A lot more hits from Princeton and a lot more defensive miscues by Sentinel added 4 more runs over the next 3 innings and the white flag was raised after 7 with the skies about to open and put 8u manager of the year MG out of his misery.  15 to 4 was the final behind another specular performance by Polzer on the mound and the Princeton infield behind him.   Gene and Mark Z led the Offense with 6 combined hits and 6 RBIS.  Next up byko late at swim. 

 

NJ SALT (GM) 8 – LJK (BH) 7  8 INN

One of the most spectacular games I have ever been involved in. A seesaw emotional game on both sides with two teams that never give up. 

 

Before I get into the game here is my prediction and a warning to all teams! My prediction is Team Harris will be a force come playoff time they have in my opinion the scariest lineup in the league.

 

Back to the game down 6 to 2 in the sixth inning after a few salt miss cues a Conti blast shorten the gap 6/5 after six. bottom of the 7 th was one of the most thrilling innings of the year most improved and this lad deserves the trophy Justin Kraus steps up to the plate and singles to Rightcenter with his brother looming on deck.  Earlier  this morning Zack texted the team telling us he was going to hit a home run tonight but we did not anticipate in this fashion, Zack drives a ball to deep right field .Zack  goesFor the inside the park home run as he’s going into home he leaped  approximately 9 feet in the air and stuck a 9.9 Landing directly on home  plate. I have never seen anything like it!! Lots of base running speed with the likes of iron Mike Tyson who continues to hit line drive after line drive. Huge clutch hit from Austin Silverberg .Austin also continues to be a team leader and motivator. kudos to Gary Klein who played through heat exhaustion from a day of hard work and Captain Marrone who fell out of his salt truck with a injured back. 

 

Next up is Pollock’s  number 2 ranked team Lapine!!

 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 14TH

 

OVOX (Goldfarb) 12  Princeton (Wallman) 2

Coming in at 5-8 and a DH looming against 2 of the hotter teams in the league Team Goldfarb knew that this past week could define the rest of the season.  Up first at Manalapan Rec was Team Wallman.  Always running the team a bit democratically the captain took some input and shook up the lineup a bit moving Lou S to the leadoff spot and cleanup hitter rookie Evan R to the 2nd spot.  The moves seemed to work as both reached base in the top of 1st and scored on a Anthony DiMarco 3 run blast into LF.  With the score 4-1 in favor of OVOX the game headed to the 5th.  OVOX would plate 6 runs to take a 10-1 lead the big blow by “All World” AD a 2 run double (Todd did take a few minutes before deciding to pitch to Anthony).  With the score 10-2 the game headed to the top of the 9th where Evan Rosenthall and Annthoy hit back to back HRs which after a scoreless bottom of the 9th made the final 12-2.  OVOX whose defense has been pretty solid all year held the big bats of Team Wallman down all day and with an offense that woke up made for a solid win.  Alan Rubin pitched another great game with some nice defense from everybody on Team Goldfarb.  The OVOX offense was led by Anthony DiMarco (4-4, 2b, 2 HR, 6 RBI) and Evan R (3-4, 1 HR 2 RBI).  Lou Salerno on base a few times in the leadoff and Mike P with 3 hits also led the charge.  Captain Todd played a great SS for Princeton laying out multiple times which saved about another 3-4 runs.

 

OVOX (Goldfarb) 6  NJ Salt (Marrone) 3

Game 2 of the DH saw NJ Salt arrive at Manalapan Rec coming off a tough walk off loss Game 1 of their day.   While the offense led the way in Game 1 it was the defense that led the way in Game 2.  A salty Team Marrone would score 1 run in both the 1st and 2nd innings and took that 2-0 lead to the top of the 5th.  OVOX would erase the deficit with 2 runs in visiting 5th and with the game tied going to the top of the 7th a few tough hops and a few timely hits led to a 4 run inning and a 6-2 lead for Team Goldfarb.  Alan Rubin who pitched 2 great games only allowed 1 more run in the 8th which left the final 6-3 in favor of OVOX.  A nice sweep of the DH put OVOX back in the tight division race.  The pitching was great for both teams (Rubin and Marrone).  The OVOX offense while just doing enough was led by new leadoff hitter Lou S’s 4-4 game with Evan and Anthony chipping in with 2 hits apiece.  Team Goldfarb will next face double J looking to build on their modest 2 game winning streak. 

 

Team Bobito beats Team Geeg 21-11

A Middle School battle of the "play-in" contenders turned into a rout as The Big Red Machine turned in an offensive show scoring 16 runs in the first three innings blasting Team "Wounded and Injured" 21-11.  In fairness to  "Wounded and Injured" they were wounded and injured.  Not only missing their captain and OF anchor- but lost Mikey Perloff early to a nasty looking hamstring injury.  Hoping for the best Mikey!   That said- Big Red hit up and down the lineup with Mr Ponce De Leon himself- Steve Yockel- leading the way with a 5 for 5 , now on a 14 straight at bat hit streak- and pitching on Coors Field could have had a few less runs scored with a little more help (the story of the year for Team Bobito).  That said, the bats have been sizzling of late- and everyone in the lineup got at least one hit.  Callow was 4 for 5 and 4 runs scored and a highlight reel play on the commish, Brock 4 for 4 , 3 runs scored and 4 RBIS, Rob was 3 for 5 and a HR and 4 RBIS, and lastly Chase was 3 for 5 and 2 RBIS and a HR.  Top of our lineup arguably best in the league continues to rake.  Next up a Wednesday night rematch with Team Mayronie and The Krauss Klan. 

 

David (Team Applebaum) 13 slays Goliath (Team Fradkin) 12 once again......

On a hot Sunday morning, Team Applebaum was looking to even their record up against Team Fradkin at the shadeless Marlboro Elementary.  You know things are against you when the umpire, Chris Yee, shows up wearing a Fradkin Law hat.  Team Fradkin came out early scoring 3 runs in the first but Team Applebaum would strike right back with 3 of their own in the bottom half highlighted by a lead off solo HR by Derek, I was snubbed from the under all-star team, Melnyk and a 2-run double by the captain himself.  Team Apple would hold Team Fradkin quiet over the next four innings while adding a run each in the 3rd and 4th, giving them a 5-3 lead heading into the 6th.  Team Fradkin would tie the game in the top of the 6th and added on in the 7th, scoring 6th runs.  Team Apple would not go away, showing resiliency, cutting the lead in half, highlighted by a bases load clearing double by Pat "Gabagool" Pingaro.  Apple would cut Fradkin's lead to 1 headed to the 9th.  Apple would hold Fradkin scoreless in the top half and with two outs, JT, hustling out of the box, turned a routine single into a double giving team Apple a chance to tie and tie they did with a single by Gary J.  Team Fradkin would take the lead once again, scoring one in the top half of the 10th  and putting Team Apple's back against the wall heading into their half of the extra inning.  Big Wayne lead off with a huge walk and Mighty Max Seidel beat the left fielder for his second double of the game, tying it up at 12.  Papa Podos hit a perfect sacrifice grounder to 2nd moving the runner to 3rd with 1 out bringing up the red hot Derek Melnyk.  Eddie decided to intentionally/unintentionally walk him, setting up a possible double play possibility.  Unfortunately for Team Fradkin, the hottest hitter of the game for Team Applebaum, Pat "Gabagool" Pingaro was next in line.  Like he has all day, he came through with a sacrifice fly, scoring the winning run.  Offensive leaders for Team Applebaum was lead by Pat "Gabagool" Pingaro going 4-4 with a walk and 4 RBI's, Derek "I was snubbed by the under all-star team" Melnyk going 2-3 with a HR, 3 walks, and 2 RBI's, and Mighty Max Seidel going 2-4 with 2 doubles, a walk and 2 RBI's.  Kudos to Ed Fradkin, who hit another monstrous homerun to right that I think 1-hopped the right field woods at Marlboro Elementary.  Team Applebaum is looking to go 1 game over .500 with an early 8:30 start against Team Randell at Municipal.

 

Gastro (Bykofsky) 12     CBP (Schef)   6

The late game at the Swim Club on Sunday morning featured a 10-man Gastro squad vs a Schefkind-less CBP team on a scorcher of a day.  Things were tight early on as Schef's crew held a 3-2 lead heading to the bottom of the 5th inning.  Gastro then broke out scoring 7 runs in the in the 5th inning, with the lineup going 8-8 with a SAC to start off, while Amadeo got the rare 2 hit special in one inning.  CBP then cut it to 9-6 before Byko's bunch scored 3 in the 7th, thanks to a big 2RBI knock by the Capt'n, to win the game 12-6.  Amadeo led the charge for Gastro offense with a 4 hit, 3 run game out of of the lead off spot.  Justin also contributed with 3 hits, while other multi-hit games were had by JZ, Polguy, Anslow, Nate and Marty.  Billy boy was also on base all morning with a hit and 3 walks. Billy Boy (man he's good!) also made the webgem of the game at third hosing a runner at 1st base off a ball that was deflected off Marty's neck. The rest of the defense was solid all around as Marty continues his CY "old" campaign improving to a stellar 9-3 when hes on the mound!  For CBP, Lugos and the Monochio boys were tough outs all morning.  Gastro has now won 7 out of 8 games after starting out 2-4 on the season and will look to make it 5 wins in a row vs a tough Wallman crew next week.  

 

CK’s (Lombardi) 15 – RCF (Brock) 11  

CK's came out hitting, scoring 3 runs in the top of the 1st. CK's never gave up the lead the rest of the game, scoring in 6 of the 9 innings. The game was highlighted by the Drashinsky boys on a perfect day at the plate, for a combined 7-7 with 9 rbi's (Seth 3-3, 2 rbi's, Dan 4-4, 7 rbi's with a 3 run HR). RCF made it close but CK's held on for a 15-11 final. For RCF, Schiffman was on base all morning and Joshi was solid on the mound.

 

Electric Eric and the Bomenblitz (Ace) 7

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Diamond Dave Meyer and the Unlimited Bread Sticks (VM Cleaners) 5

Big game yesterday. For Pollock, they were on a 10 game winning streak and on top of a power rankings list written by their own player. For Ace, a chance to win against a great team and stay over .500 for more than a week and to beat the very same captain that raised Ace’s captain into the cowboy he is today. Back to the Action… if you were watching, not the most exciting game. Very few runs scored with a score of 3-3 into the 8th. Some nice leather flashed during that stretch with great plays by Infante and some nice grabs in the OF by Frank Loconte, Kyle Dunleavy, Pat Thomas, and Michael Podolla. But the bats would finally wake up for Ace late in the game as Ray Porzio hit the game tying single in the 7th, followed by 4 runs in the 8th inning with just a bunch of singles. Small ball; just like Dunleavy has been saying all year, and like his father before him…In the 9th, Pollock threatened with 2 runs but the defense held true and next thing you know, we win a game. For Ace, the offense featured 3 hit days by Dunleavy and Frank Loconte (who is batting .700 since transitioning to batting lefty). Side note, I watched him pee in the woods, not in a homoerotic way, just in a looking at another man pee kind of way…he holds it with his left now… he’s truly embraced this change in dexterity. Also multi-hit games for Richard Dick Penis Bomenblit, Eric Bomenblit, Patrick A. Thomas, Dr. Steven Toran, Raymond Porzio, and Paul Kamras. For VM, great hitting by Matt Pollock and Josh Rozenscwaig and a great game for Clamp who powered through what appeared to be leg cramps that almost took him out of the game. Next up, a very shorthanded Team Ace takes on LaRocca. We may only have 8 guys...fuck it, I may just bat myself lead-off so I can have a bunch of at bats and call it a Sunday.

#blessed

 

LHRGC AS DRAFTED (LaRocca) 18 vs. PARABOLIC (Uncle Leno Sarcona) 7

After a tough loss Wednesday night in what some called a NINEFOUR preview, the LHRGC squad was looking for a big day against fellow italiano, paisano, and cugino, Uncle Leno Sarcona.  At full strength for the first time since game 3, Team LaRocca got it done by sending up 12 batters, then reading them their rights with Miranda at double lead off.  After shutting down the dangerous top of the Parabolic order, the good fellas laid down a 5 spot with big hits from K1 (triple), K2 (double ……fat Mike hits doubles now), RC (he’s just getting waaarrmmmed up) and a clutch bases juiced double by Malagold.  The inning ended on a foul tip out by el capitán to BIG SEXY (more to follow).  After Sarcona put up a couple in the second, Arolick, Gilston and Grossman got on to load the bases for MBroome (back at shortstop) who delivered, and K1 who got his second extra base hit in as many innings.  9-2 after 2.  The teams traded runs in the third (an inning ending backwards K by el capitán) and in the top of the fourth, Ronnie C found himself with bases loaded against Paster.  With a pit in my stomach, all I heard in the hollows of my mind was a JJ chant of “no ones better than you here.”   Apparently, so did RC who decided to “waste” a high deep pitch which Jeremy promptly launched into the grassy knoll of center field….off the bat K1 simply looked up….avoiding the knoll and the second spitter obviously lurking nearby.  10-7 after 4.   But the good guys didn’t panic and double leadoff combo of Miranda and MBroome set the stage for the Boro boys (K1, K2 and Juice) to drive in 3 more.  The teams went scoreless in the 6th, with el capitán popping up to end the inning.  Who’s up after LaRocca?  THE OTHER TEAM!!!  Thankfully, the “back to normal” defense and a stellar RC on the mound were able to shut the green wave down for the last five innings as LHRGC cruised to an 18-7 win.  Defensively in the OF: Dikembe (no, no, no) Arolick had another standout game in RF; Andrew Broome shook off his limp wrist and shut down RC; K1 “cough cough” crushed it in LC; and K2 did his best Randy Moss impression, making sideline catches all day.  Infield defense: crazy plays at 3B by both Malagold and Miranda; shut down defense up the middle by MBroome and MCarlin; and, a pants up Juice held down the bag just enough to get him to the grill in the 8th inning.  For Parabolic, kudos has to first go to Grant who pitched in place of DD and pitched well, mixing up depth, height and speed all day.  Also, Kaplow who has seriously become a lock down outfielder and who flashed a CANNON on several occasions.  

 

Randell 10, Marrone 9

After a month long hiatus from writing a game summary spanning 5 brutal defeats, Team Randell finally dished out some agony of their own with a 9th inning comeback win against a hot and quite formidable Team Marrone in the matinee DH start at Swim Club.  Hard for any author let alone the verbose skipper to keep this one short as this game had a bit of everything on both sides; clutch offense, sparkling defense, emotional ups and downs and plenty of drama. . .  Never hesitant to get behind early, things started down for Team Randell as the Marrone top of the order put up 2 right away in the top of the 1st.  But considering Austin, Doc and Mike Conti all reached base to start things off the damage could have been worse.  Hot Corner would get one back in the bottom half on an RBI double from Becker to score Evan.  Marrone would tack on 2 in the 2nd and 1 in the 3rd to put the Randell boys in their usual "down 4" spot early.  The men in green would get one back in the bottom of the 3rd on a Wolle hit to make it 5-2 and one more in the 4th on a skipper RBI single to cut the lead to 5-3.  Marrone would get 1 in the 6th on an inside the parker from Austin to make it 6-3.  In the top of the 6th, a potential Marrone rally was thwarted by a big play at 2nd from the skipper "ranging" a long way down the shallow right field line to snag a Mike Conti blooper that would have been extra bases.  In the top of the 7th, it looked like another tough to watch defeat was coming as an overthrow from the OF handed Team Marrone a 3 run gift to make it 9-3.  Team Randell would respond in the bottom half of the 7th with 2 on another RBI hit from the skipper and a Sac Fly from Weitsen (more to come from the brother-in-laws soon).  Then some big Randell defense held the game at 9-5 through the next two Marrone at bats.  In the 8th, a great relay from Ben to Lyzczak to Binder at the plate got Tommy T to stop an inside the park dinger.  In the top of the 9th, a great running catch from Ben in RCF robbed Mike Conti again of extra bases for sure and probably another inside the park dinger.  So with some defensive momentum at least the stage was set for the top of the Randell lineup to deliver down 4 going to the bottom of the 9th.  Hits from Evan, Jeff, "No Trade Clause" Rick, and Pat had a run in with the bases loaded and two outs down 3 with the brother-in-laws due up.  With the skipper hearing Mike Conti quietly (lol) telling the right fielder "do not let him get another hit there" the skipper went up the middle for a single to keep things going.  Now bases still loaded down 2 bro-in-law Weitsen steps up and flares one down the right field line for a hit; Lyzczak the pinch runner at 1st flying around to 3rd watches the throw get away coming into the infield and scampers home for the walk-off run.  Nice to see a normally quiet Team Randell bench go crazy mobbing each other at the plate.  Crazy tough loss for Team Marrone; we know as we had been there for the last month. . .  Plenty of big game performances in this one.  On the Marrone side, Austin might be the best 4 in the league with 3 hits along with Tommy T with a solid game at the plate.  Defensively, Mike Conti with a gem catching a Lyzczak blooper up the middle in the middle of the 9th inning rally which almost sealed it for Marrone.  Also, Zack Krauss with several nice running catches to rob the Randell offense.  On the Randell side the aforementioned plays from the skipper and Ben were huge and Becker pitched a solid game on the mound.  Offensively, the skipper had a perfect 3-3 (3 RBI), walk game along with Evan Binder and Rick at 3-4 apiece.  Allen Binder chipped in with 2 hits of his own.  Next up we try and built of this emotional win against Team Applebaum at Municipal but won't be easy with Goldrosen and Lyzczak away . .

 

 

mg 14, dennis 9

Sentinel came out looking for three in a row on a hot morning at sandy East Frances.  Playing shorthanded is what we do, so it was normal that Team MG would roll out only 8 players to play the star studded Lapine team (power rated #2) who was however missing the June offensive player of the month Tom Carroll.  Andrew Katz making his first appearance on the mound this season was sensational, throwing strikes, fielding his position, holding the mighty Lapine squad to only two runs through four innings.  The Sentinel offense was very quiet as the top 4 in the order started the day 3 for 12.  In the 5th, a few MG squad miscues led to a big inning for lapine, who would grab a 7-4 lead.  But 6 runs in the next two frames highlighted by Rising and Adler RBI singles and a booming gap 3 run homer by Steinberg would put team MG in front for good.  Rich and Evan with 4 hit days, both have stayed hot all season and been the core of the lineup in both good and rough days. MG, Katz, Derek and Scott with multi hit games.  Kudos to Scott Adler who played a heck of a game at second base yesterday and Jake Adler whose record rose to 7-1 when in attendance at our games.  Looking forward to the power ratings updates as Pollock, Lapine and Wallman all lost but I'm sure Mitch will be conveniently on vacation this week.      Up next for Team MG is a fun Wed night battle with Team Globo Gym headed by White Goodman Wallman.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10TH

 

Gastro (Bykofsky ) 15     Jiffy Lube (Apples) 6    

It was a matchup of short handed teams on Wednesday night as Auction Auto (missing Amadeo, Cruz, Scher) took on Jiffy Lube (no Gluck or Tracy) on UH Right.  Things got off to a fast start for Gastro in the first inning.  Matty P, filling in at the lead off spot, hit a double (not a HR for all the stat police!) to lead off that skipped past the OFers allowing him to score 1 batter into the game.  The next 5 batters all then got hits giving Gastro a 4 spot in the 1st inning.  However, Apples crew fought back to tie things up 4-4 heading to the 5th inning and this game seemed like it might be tight the entire way.  Fortunately for guys in red and blue, Gastro pretty much took control from this point scoring 4 in the 5th, 4 in the 7th, and 3 in the 8th to pull away with the 15-6 victory.  On the offensive side of things Capt Byko was red hot for Gastro going 5-5 with 4 runs scored.  JZ also caught fire going 4-5 w/4 RBIS including a BOOMING 3 run HR over the fence.  Matty P chipped in with 3 hits while other multi hit games were had by Yigdal and Billy Boy.  Defensively, Anslow and Hector gobbled up everything in the outfield, while Safchik was his usual dominant self on the mound improving to a stellar 8-3 when he takes the ball!  For Jiffy Lube, Melnyk and Apples were smashing the ball all night and were very tough to get out.  Gastro will look to make it 4 wins in a row on Sunday vs Schef and Co. at Swim.


Action Auto 15 - LHRGC 11

After gift wrapping a win for Byko on Sunday, AA looked to get rid of the sour taste against The Judges’ crew in a fight to stay out of the play in game Wed night on Union Hill Left.   An uneven start had Larocca and company holding 3-0 after 1 and Action Auto facing an uphill climb the rest of the way.  LHRGC held 7-5  through 3 and with help of some spotty defense, opened up to 11-6 after the 6th.  In the bottom of the 8th, a spirited huddle helped ignite the Jacoby bats as 7 of the first 8 guys reached base highlighted by Danny D’s 2 run double that one hopped the fence.  In all, 8 hits, a walk and 2 sac flies led to a 7 run outburst and AA turned a 3 run deficit into a 4 run lead.   A 1-2-3 top of the 9th closed the door as Action Auto went on for the 15-11 win.  Offensively, the entire 12 man lineup contributed but the night belonged to Scott Dille who was a perfect 4 for 4 including a triple and 3 rbi.  8 others had multi hit games including Intoci who was on base 3 times and had 2 rbi.  For Team Larocca, The K brothers were on base all night, and Marc Broome handled his new spot in LCF flawlessly.  Winners of 3 out of 4, and a perfect 3-0 to close the Wednesday night slate, Team Jacoby gets TDOW and Bobito back middle Sunday morning. As a side note, the team would also like to thank Glen Marrone for the added bulletin board material and hopes that he realizes there are no “locks” in Marlboro Softball. 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 7th

LJK (Harris) 12 - Princeton (Wallman) 20

After a 2 game losing streak the once number #1 ranked team was looking to stop the bleeding against red hot Harris and crew.  Both teams got 2 in the first frame and the game was tied until the bottom the 4th when LJK took a 3 run lead.  In the 6th Captain TW’s crew would get 1 back but in the bottom half of the inning Harris would put up another 3 and take a commanding 8 to 3 lead into the top of the 8th.  In the 8th Justin Bickoff would lead off with a single and after a fielder’s choice and a walk to HY the Hammer the Princeton bats would explode.  DC, TW and Polzer would all single making it a 3 run game when Mark Z stepped to the plate with the bases loaded.  With a giant swing and what he called a miss, Mark Z delivered a 2 fence clearing go ahead grand slam.  Captain TW’s squad would score a total of 11   in the inning taking a 6 run lead into the 9th.  In the 9th the Princeton bats kept making noise plating another 6 runs capped by a JY bases loaded triple.  It must be asked once again – if ED knew Mark Z how did he not draft him in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th round?????????????   IT MAKES NO SENSE – MARK IS LITERALLY THE SCARIEST RIGHT HANDED HITTER THIS LEAGUE HAS SEEN IN A LONG TIME!!!!!   The guy is playing on a bad hammy has 5 homers and 25 RBIs.   For Princeton the offense was led by the captain with 5 hits including a once a decade triple and 4 runs scored.  Polzer, Lehman and Mark Z combined for 11 hits, 10 runs and 10 RBIs.  Polzer was his normal brilliant self on the mound although he did have his first walk since April.   Lurie and TW were great on the left side while Gary Cohen played amazing in Left Field.  Next up the real GG at Manalapan. 

 

Why is Pat Thomas Batting 2nd (Ace) 13

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The Brocks sans Brocks (RCF) 10

Word on the street was that the Brocks would be short-handed on Sunday missing both Brocks and also facing the loss of spiritual leader, chief strategist, and tantric sex guru Marty Beilis. Team Ace would have their own difficulties as Jeff Turner went down with a big injury after a collision last week, while Kamras is out on a Peyote bender at a Phish show in Boston. Life goes on. Back to the Action. Now traditionally, Team Ace tends to shit the bed and fall apart when facing a shorthanded team. Early on would be no different as Brock quickly put up 4 runs while Joshi held the Ace bats to only 2 hits over the first 3 innings. But then, Ace showed some life as Eric and Scott had clutch hits followed by a Dunleavy Sac fly (easily a ROY strong candidate…great hitter and LCF and a big TEAM player…so tell any other rookies to go fuck themselves with enthusiasm), a Podolla RBI, and then something unheard of occurred. Having started off the season with an average lower that Podolla’s BAC, Frank Loconte decided to remake himself. How, you ask? Did he decide to dedicate his life to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? No. Did he make arrangements for gender reassignment surgery? No. He walked up to the plate… and decided to bat lefty. And what next… home run bitches. Is he the only player in Marlboro Softball to hit home runs from both sides of the plate? I will check the Pollock archives on his computer and once I sift through all of the  subscriptions I am sure that my cousin will be crowned the Mickey Mantle of Marlboro. We traded runs for a bit, and Brock threatened big time in the 9th with 4 runs, but in the end, Ace pulled it out, 13-10. For Ace, 3 hits apiece for Richie Bomenblit and Scott Seidenberg while Ray Porzio and Eric Bomenblit had multi-hit games. Nice defense on both sides which is not easy on Mar El. Several players went down from the various holes and divots in the outfield grass. That outfield is filled with booby-traps which took Beilis back to memories of his first tour of Ho Chi Minh City back in ’67. For Brock, Joshi pitched and hit well, Raucher had a big triple, and overall that team will be a force when all attendance issues are worked out.

Namaste,

CM

 

 

LHRGChainsaws (Delivery Boy) 9 vs. CK's  (Lombardi) 8

Manalapan 3 at 8 am was no easy task for the Broomes coming in from Philly, and the K brothers coming in from......wherever the hell they want to come in from.  But the squad made it before 8am and play ball. Bottom 2 I see an eerie look on K1s face and he announces he has to leave to bring his step father a chainsaw.  No, no, no, no, no.  Our newly dubbed RCF sniper was going nowhere.  El capitán decided to become the delivery boy and peeled out for Tom's River leaving the team in the capable hands of Ronnie C. The good guys showed some moxy and after being down 3 to1, ran off 8 straight and closed it out in the top of the 9th for the win.  K2 was 4 for 4, Gilly 2 for 3, ABroome is working his way back in, and that's all anyone would tell me.  Next up is Joey Third Base this Wednesday at Union Hill.  Stay Classy.  

 

NJ SALT 16 – FRADKIN LAW 8

Salt winners of six of their last seven extending their first place lead with  the bat of Tommy TNT who had two monster homeruns and five RBIs Giving us a comfortable 14-1 lead in the six inning. A Pezz and Pargament homerun narrowed the lead.

As we all know in Marlboro Softball no lead is ever enough. A very short talk  to our youngsters that it was time to get serious again and they responded. 

As usual the Kraus family was smiling all day and today they had something to smile about as papa Kraus was a perfect 6-6 today!! That’s 3-3 hitting and 3-3 fielding :-) Justin Krauss continued his hot hitting two for three and a sacrifice fly along with brother Zack who had two hits, two hits a piece for Conti, Soskel, Klien , Tyson and big SAL. 

Outstanding infield defense again by Klein, Conti, Doc and Tommy at first. Zero walks for the captain on the mound next up is a tough double header against Becker and Goldy

 

SENTINEL (MG) 11 - HOT CORNER (Randell) 7
Another week, another pieced together MG squad with 9 guys as Jordan Spear ran out of the car into the lineup at 8:59am.    Playing without Joraskie, Richie or Katz already was not an easy task, but with games against October locks Lapine and Wallman looming, this was a must win.

Before the game, a healed up Frometa begged his way into the OF mix to lock down against his good buddy Ben Kessler.  Three batters in, Chris hauled in an absolute laser deep in RCF hit by the hard hitting Goldrosen.  And the "lockdown D" was on.    A quick 3 spot in the first highlighted by an "up-Rising" two RBI single would follow.  Then four more runs in the 3rd on RBI singles from MG and new leadoff man/star?  Collis Spann.  Collis would later hit two absolute laser beams to the fence for a triple and a 3 run double.  It's quite fun to watch Collis run the bases.  It was 8-2 halfway through as team MG squandered a number of chances to break the game open (9 men left on base first 4 innings plus hitting into 3 DPs).  Team Randell would rally late to tighten the score but MG's squad would hold on for the 11-7 win.  Collis with the 3 hit day unleashing fury at leadoff.  Frometa 3 hits, Steinberg, Rising, Ench and MG with multi hit games.  Next up, very shorthanded against team Lapine, who I hear is way better than Pollock.

 

VM Cleaning (Pollock) 11 -  Parabolic (Sarcona) 6

10 in a row for the VM Cleaning crew!  In the late game at the Swim Club, the VM Cleaning Pollock’s defeated a resilient Sarcona team by an 11-6 final.  The game started out as a pitcher’s duel as Clamp and Drapkin put up zeros through three innings.  In the top of the 4th, the Parabolic’s struck first as Jared Goldberg hit a bases loaded sacrifice fly to deep right that scored all three runners.  Being in 3-0 hole might be a problem for some teams - but (so far) not this one as we scored 5 in the bottom of the 4th to take control of the game.  I can tell you Mitch and Jordan started the rally with base hits, after that it is a little unclear as our new scorekeepers don’t have the best handwriting.  I see Alex (with a bases loaded walk) and Rob with a 2 run single that capped the 5 run outburst.  Two more for Sarcona in 5th tied the score at 5.  Bottom of the 5th - hits by Clamp, Eliut, Mitch, Jordan and Schwag scored us 3 more runs for an 8-5 lead.  Three more in the 8th on hits from again from Clamp, Eliut, Mitch, Jordan and Ken gave us our final margin of victory.  Kudos to Clamp today.  The league should just give him the Cy Young award today, no matter what happens in the second half of the season.  He made an unbelievable bunch of plays up the middle today, walked no one again and his 6 runs allowed today actually raised our runs against for the season.  He also had a couple of hits today and Dave Meyer did not run any of them into outs – so Kudos to Dave!  Mitch (quietly having an unbelievable year) and all-star Jordan led the team with 3 hits.  Multi-hit games for Meyer, Clamp, Eliut and Persily.  Goldberg remembered the bagels and all was good in Pollockville.  A lot fans today might have left a little dissatisfied. Next up – Cowboy Mike and the Bomenblitts at Union Hill w/o Mitch Pollock, who is taking a rare vacation.

 

Gastro (Bykofsky) 10      Action Auto (Jacoby) 9     10 innings

The early game at Swim Club on Sunday morning featured a rematch of last year's first round playoff matchup with Gastro taking on the streaking Auction Auto squad.  Things got off to a rocky start for Gastro.  After Billy Boy lost a ball in the sun in the first inning, along with some timely hitting, and well placed bloopers, Auction Auto found themselves leading 8-2 heading into the bottom of the 5th inning.  Gastro then responded plating 1 run in the 5th, and then 3 runs in the 6th thanks to big RBI knocks by  Nate, Hector and Anslow.  Fast forward to the bottom of the 8th inning, Gastro trails 9-6.  The lead could've been even bigger if not for an amazing throw and catch by Amadeo in RCF to Nate Goldwasser at home plate to nail a would be run for Jacoby's crew.    In the bottom of the 8th, big hits by Capt Byko, Polguy, and Hector allowed Gastro to plate 3 runs in the inning and tie the game 9-9 heading to the 9th inning.  In the top of the 9th Jacoby's team threatened big time leading to  Capt. Byko having to make a very difficult decision.  With 2 out and runners on 1st and 3rd Gastro decided to walk the red hot commish Mamone to face the ultra dangerous Joe Spoto with the bases loaded.  Gastro was then somehow able to get Spoto to pop out and escape with the score tied at 9.  After trading zeros, the top of the order was able to win the game for Gastro in the bottom of the 10th.  Amadeo (finally!) got a hit to lead off.  Captain Bykofsky then helped himself get some peace of mind by lacing a walk off hit that skipped past the OF for the walk off win!!!  Justin led the way for the Gastro offense with 4 hits and 4 runs, while other multi hit games were had by JZ, Polguy, Hector, and Sanvenero.  Aside from the throw by Amadeo, the other defensive play of the game was made by Capt Byko running down a would be HR in CF off the bat of Intoci.  For Auction Auto, the Mamone brothers and Fox were raking all morning and we wish Jacoby a speedy recovery from his hamstring injury that he suffered in the middle innings.  This win put Gastro over .500 as they headed over to Municipal for game 2 vs Goldfarb....

 

Gastro (Bykofsky) 6     OVOX (Goldfarb) 4

After winning in walk off fashion in extra innings in game 1 of the day, the Gastro crew was happy to just not pass out on the long walk from the Municipal parking lot prior to game 2 starting.  In a very defensive, low scoring affair, Gastro was able to take down OVOX 6-4.  The big hits of the game were by Richie "where's the ice cream?" Sanvenero who laced a 2 RBI double to give Gastro a 4-3 lead in the 7th inning.  Atta boy Richie!!!  Matty P then had the other big hit finding a hole in the infield defense to score 2 runs in the 8th inning which allowed for some breathing room late.  After getting a hit his last AB of game 1, Amadeo carried over the momentum to game 2 leading the offensive attack with an impressive 4-4 game with 3 runs scored.  Sanvenero was the only other one who had multiple hits for Gastro in the win.  On the defensive side of the ball, Anslow was awarded the webgem of the game for Gastro as he laid out down the LF line to make a dazzling catch.  Marty "CY"chik continued to dominate as he racked up a few K's in the win and improved to 7-3!!!! when he's on the mound. For OVOX, DiMarco was a one-man wrecking crew leading them with a single, double, and solo HR.   After staring 2-4, Gastro has now won 5 out of 6 games and improves to 7-5 on the season. Amazing!  They will look to keep the winning going as they look forward to a tough divisional matchup vs. Apples on Wednesday night.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3RD

 

CBP (Schef) over RCF (Brock)  16-4

The Wednesday night game according to the early season predictions was billed as the marque match-up for the 2019 season, but as we know how predictions go, both teams were around .500.  Team Brock was missing Captain Brock (out with a separated shoulder), Preiss and Beilis, who was rumored to be replaced although Marty looked ready from the sidelines.  The fireworks  would start a day early before the game was finished.  Team Brock opened the scoring with a run in the first, but Team Schef followed with 4 in the bottom of the first, highlighted by the first of Holmes Jr’s 4 hits which would make it 8 hits in a row since he returned from the DL as well as 2 defensive gems to stuff out 2 rallies from Team Brock.  RCF tied up the game in the top of the 3rd with 2 runs, but Team Schef answered with 5 in the bottom and finished in convincing fashion with the margin at 12 by the end of the night.  Lugos was on base 4 times and threw out his 4th runner of the year. Dan Manochio Jr had 3 hits.  All star Fazzino continued his gold glove work at 3rd and Mat Manochio had 2 hits and a gold glove at short as well.  Team Brock was led by Schiffman with 3 hits and a special tribute to Raucher for staying calm during the fireworks medly in the 8th.  Rumor has it, Scotty Preiss sold the video to the league office for an undisclosed amount.  Anyway, Schef extended their winning streak to 4 and will need the rest to make it down to Municipal as the home team vs Goldfarb on Sunday.

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 30TH

 

SENTINEL (MG) 14 – LHRGC (FL) 8

After a five game losing streak that saw the captain disappear off the face of the planet, Sentinel rebounded with a solid, and much needed 14-8 victory.  A big win considering they could forfeit against Bradlee this upcoming weekend and will be shorthanded on the 14th.

As for the game, a 3 run first inning got the MG boys off to big start.  RBI single from MG and a two run bloop triple from Chris Frometa.  In the 3rd, a four spot behind a rbi missle from Evan and another two run hit from Chris.    11-1 after four but LaRocca's boys would rally behind a bases clearing triple from the "Juice".    It would get as close as 11-8 before Katz put the game away with a two run triple in the 8th.    Karp continues a great season on the mound....he would certainly be in the running for CY Young if he had his defense behind him every week (don't forget this team was #1 in runs against after four games when full strength- everyone but Pollock remembers he hates us).  Offensive stars Frometa with 3 hits...he's hitting .500 halfway thru his first season.  Scott Adler 6 for his last 9 hitting north of .400.  Spear continues to solidify the defense and lineup getting on base 3 times.  Nobody turns doubles into singles better!  On Sunday, we get Brad and the fighting Beckers.

 

VM Cleaning (Pollock) 21 – Jiffy Lube (Applebaum) 5

Another day, another victory for the VM Cleaning Crew, extending their winning streak to 9.  Great start again as the top lead-off man in the league – Dave “I love Paintball” Meyer - opened the game with a single; Clamp followed with a hit of his own, an error then loaded the bases and Mitch and Jordan drove in the first two runs of the game.  Playing loose in the field, we gave up the 2-0 lead in the 2nd allowing 5 runs to score, which would be the only runs the Jiffy’s would score all day.  We would take the lead back for good scoring 4 in the 4th on hits by Clamp, Mitch, Jordan, Matt, and Persily.  Continuing the onslaught in the 5th – another Meyer hit, a walk to Clamp, and an unbelievable golf shot by Eliut over the LF fence in Manalapan for a 3-run HR to give us a 9-5 lead.  In the 6th we put the game away for good.  Matt led off with a single and 16 others followed him as we scored a season high 12 runs to put the game out of reach.  Matt and Schwag each had two hits in the inning.  Clamp closed out the Jiffy squad in the 7th for the victory.  Hitting stars up and down the lineup as the 27-hit attack was led by Mitch with 4 hits and 3 RBI’s, 3 hits each for Meyer (who cost Clamp a hit by getting thrown out at 2nd on Clamp’s clean hit up the middle) and the Captain, and 2 hits for Clamp (pitched great, made a great stab up the middle, and would have added to his average if not for Meyer), Jordan, Schwagalicious, Persily, and Mr. Goldberg (coming through all day starting by showing up with hot bagels in hand).  Everybody on the team had at least one hit and probably almost everybody scored.  For the Apple’s, the coach and Gluck were missed.  For the losing side the hit of the day was from Max Seidel who killed one over Kenny’s head in left.  Next up – we go for 10 in a row in the late Swim Club game against Sarcona.

 

NJ SALT 14 – RCF 7
Team Marrone welcomes  back the Kraus family from their vacation in Aruba.  As Justin Kraus strolled out of the car looking half-asleep a very concerned captain did not know what to expect little Did he know  the kid would continue on a torrid pace with seven hits his last seven times up and is now our second leading hitter on the team. Justin now has all the tools to go along with his Jaguar like speed and should be considered at the top of the list of most improved. Rookie Steve(iron Mike Tyson)Has been a line drive clutch hitting machine Mike delivered again. got one of our biggest hits of the day a 2 out 2 run single to right center giving us a three run lead. Standing at 5‘2“ and 106 pounds Mike has been a pleasure in our dugout. A true team player that never complains and gets the job done.

After a slow start money man Mike New BFF Conti is getting hot . Mr. Conti has been flawless at shortstop and a positive influence on our young roadster’s. Team Salt might just have the best all-around defense in the league with absolutely no weak spots this write up would not be complete without David( Doc #23Silverberg ) My BFF is on fire!  David hit homerun number seven and number eight today with four runs scored and three more RBIs with Mike Conti as protection opposing pictures are forced to try their luck with number 23. 

Other hitting stars Tommy TNT, Austin Silverberg, Gary Klein, Zack Kraus, and a huge hit by Rob Conti.

Next up 9 AM start time at  East Francis against Big Fradkin 

Schef over Lombardi 14-6

In the early game at Swim Club, Team Schef stretched their winning streak to three in a row with a front running win over Lombardi, minus Joey P and Zimmerman in the outfield.  Team Schef had 23 hits which included home runs from father and son Manochio (Mat) and a triple by Tritto.  Holmes Jr returned from the IR and went 4 for 4.  Senior Holmes continued his hitting as he went 2 for 3 and remained with the league leaders.  Lugos had 3 hits as he heads to his first All Star appearance. Rookie  Mat Manochio continued his hot hitting as he drove in 5 runs.  Team Schef heads for a Wednesday night appearance against Brock with  late money going on Team Schef.

 

Action Auto 17 - ACE Home Improvements 8

 A Sunday write-up?  I’m not even sure what that is.  Looking for our first Sunday win of the season Action Auto played the first of two against a very potent Team Ferrarese on union hill left. A back and forth contest through the first 5 innings had Team Jacoby holding a modest 8-6 lead but the defense took over and the bats kept going as the boys outscored ACE 9-2 the rest of the way en route to a 17-8 victory.  The game was marred however in the 7th when Lambo found the gap between left and right center.  Dunleavy and Turner both went hard for the ball and a collision ensued sending JT to the hospital with what appears to be a pretty significant knee injury.  It goes without saying that we all wish Jeff a speedy recovery.  Thankfully, Kyle was just a little banged up but was able to stay in the game.

Offensively for AA, a new look lineup seemed to jump start the bats.  3 hits each for Fox, Spoto and Intoci, while Levine, both Mamones, Danny, D, Keenan and Herman all had 2 to lead the way. For ACE, Cowboy Mike had 3 hits, Eric smashed a long homer to Left, and both he and Richie were ridiculous up the middle in defeat.   A short walk to Union Hill right for game two of the double header would follow against Brock.

 

Action Auto 21 - RCF 6 in 7 innings

After a 17 run outburst in game 1 of the double dip, the boys looked to keep the bats going in game two as the scene shifted to Union Hill Right.  A shorthanded Brock team was down to 9 without Raucher, Scott Priess, Marty (who is now done for the season with a non-boot related ailment) and Captain JB who reinjured his shoulder in game 1 of their doubleheader.  3 walks and 3 hits highlighted by a Lambo 2 run double jump started the offense in the top of the first and AA never looked back en route to a 21-6 final in 7 innings.  Sean Keenan continued his resurgent season with 4 more hits and 6 on the day while Jeremy Levine keeps mashing with 4 of his own.  3 hits and 4 rbi for both Spoto and Fox while Lambo and the commish each had 3 knocks as well.  Although the offense was tremendous, it was the leather that took center stage in this one.  Lambo and Intoci were lights out up the middle turning multiple dps and Spoto3b only, was outstanding all day.  In the outfield, Jomo and JJ both thwarted rallies each with excellent grabs to end innings.   For RCF, Nick Turano continues to show why we all sh-t the bed letting the pick drop with a couple of hits and a bullet throw from LF to gun down a runner at 2b. The team wishes both Marty and Justin quick recoveries from injury.  Next up, AA tries for 3 straight in the early game against Byko at swim.

 

 

Fradkin Law 10 – Goldfarb 4

After a 4 game slide Ed’s team got back into the win column with a tough 10-4 win over Goldfarb at Swim club.  Goldfarb jumped out to a lead with 2 runs in the top of the first inning but then didn’t score again until the 8th inning.  It was a close game with Ed’s team down 2-1 going into the bottom of the 6th when they put up 3 runs to go up 4-2.  The game was then put out of reach in the bottom of the 7th inning when Fradkin Law put up 6 more runs.  It was a true team effort on defense and offense.  Sal led the way with 3 hits but Joey, Jimmy Murphy, James Pezz, Mike Rosenstock and Joey’s father each having 2 hits.  It was great to get back into the win column and the intention is to stay there for weeks to come.

 

Bobito beats Bradley 15-13

"Even when we win , we win ugly".....sayeth T DOW Callow at the conclusion of a 15-13 win for Team Bobito. Scoring runs has generally not been a problem for The Big Red Machine.  Giving back runs has been a problem.  In a game that saw both sides bobble , kick , and toss the ball all over Marl El - Team Bobito prevailed in spite of a 9th inning scare.  Team Randell did take a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first - but Big Red responded with a 4 spot in the bottom of the first as the Big 5 (JC, Corde, Brock, Chase, and Papa Yock) all batting above .500 raked to give us the lead .  It was short lived as Team Bradley lead by The Binders (I believe 6 for 8 between them) took a 1 run lead in the 5th. Where it stayed- until Big Red busted it open with a 6 spot in the bottom of the 6th , as we batted around.  we scored an "insurance run" in the bottom of the 8th. Which was needed.  5 run leads should be safe- but with the Marl El winds howling and walks and balls hit to RF and RCF an adventure, Becker hit a three run bomb to RCF to cut the lead to TWO.  However , Papa Yock settled in and with runners on first and second- got the pesky "Randell Captain" to ground out to second to end a tense and feisty game.  Chase had another A1 game with a great catch in LF and a 3 hit game.  Papa Yock also had a 3 hit game , and seriously gutted one out in the very tough Marl El winds.  Had to drop in lots of 3-1 counts , which I know can be a tough ask , time after time.  Papa did it masterfully.  Onto game 2 of the DH , as we await Team Byko for a chance of two DH wins in consecutive weeks.

 

Team Bobito beats Team Byko 20-5

It took 12 games , but Team Bobito finally had a laugher, winning in 8 against a very tough Team Byko 20-5.  Maybe because Papa Yock had already pitched one game in the Marl El winds- Papa outpitched the usually precise (and very tough to hit) Marty Safchick- who had a tough time adjusting (after pitching game 1 at Muni) to the windy conditions.  Aided by 2 walks in the bottom of the first The Big Red Machine nearly batted around and scored 4 runs in the first and then 4 runs in the second inning to take a very commanding 8-1 lead before the arriving crowd (Team Schef front office) could settle in. 3 more in the fourth and then the killer 5 spot in the 6th put us in a position to end it in 7- but the "guy you want up" - who was having an awesome day to that point (4 for 4 and 3 RBIS)- with the bases loaded and no where to put him , T DOW Callow grounded out to 2nd. The look on Papa's face priceless ("oh no , I gotta go out for another inning?")  Onto to the 8th we go and after Cruz "cruzed" a missile over the RF's head for a 3 run HR it looked like we may have to play 9.  But as we did all day , the top of the line up responded , finished off by a bases clearing triple by Bryan Thompson to "mercifully" end the game. After winning 4 out of the last 5 , Team Bobito has salvaged the season and has become a team to reckon with.  Not to mention , no longer a  "play -in" team.  JC lead the attack with a 4 for 5 , 4 runs scored and 3 doubles.  Chase was also 4 for 5 with 4 runs scored and 3 RBIS, Bryan 3 for 5 and 4 RBIS.  But today belonged to Papa Yock going 5 for 5 , booming double , and 6 RBIS....and a stellar game on the mound. Navigating beautifully the Mar El winds. With a 1-6 record only a couple of weeks ago , I have to say this team hung together and NEVER gave up- and never did the usual finger pointing that can happen on losing teams.  Kudos to a great bunch for hanging together. That kind of camaraderie can take you a long way.  That and a few defensive plays.  Onto a single affair (phew!) next week against the very tough pre season favorite Team Wallman at UH.  Should be a fun game.  See you next week Toddly!

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26

 

CK’s (Lombardi) 11 – OVOX (Goldfarb) 7

After being rained out of their 1st two Wednesday night games, CK welcomed the hot and steamy weather. Ovox jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st only to be answered by CK with 2 runs in the top of the 2nd. The bottom of the 3rd didn't start well for CK as the first 3 OVOX batters (Ballo, Dimarco, Rosenthal) hit consecutive solo homers. CK was able to recover, getting out of the inning with no more runs allowed. CK added 2 runs in the top of the 4th bringing the score to 6-4 OVOX. CK's pitching and defense (S. Drashinsky made a ridiculous diving catch in RF) kicked in giving up only 1 run over the last 6 innings.  CK tacked on 4 in the 6th holding a 1 run lead going into the 9th. Consecutive hits by Peragine, Goddard, S. Drashinsky, Raventos and a Sac by Harris plated 3 insurance runs in the top of the 9th. CK held Ovox in the bottom of the 9th, final score 11-7.

CK was led by Raventos (3-3, sac, 4 rbi's) and multi hit games by Peragine, Goddard, J. Lombardi and Veneck. 

 

NJ SALT  8-  CK’S (Lombardi) 4

Will make this fast Lombardi jumps out to a 4 to 0 lead after two innings that would be the end of the scoring for them, Zack Krauss/Justin Krauss and iron Mike Tyson are a lot faster than I thought All beating out infield hits and can downright fly. Dave Silverberg hasn’t lost it blasting a two run homer to deep left center field, Mike Conti is still a 1  for probably another five or six years. Russell Kraus and family has the best smile’s in the league. Tommy TNT is back and got his first hit in two years Tommy was also heard saying this is the most enjoyable team he has ever played with nice to hear Tommy!! Austin Silverberg has one of the biggest mouths in the league but now has the ability to back it up with deep drives to right center all day long. Justin Kraus is rounding into Form and my prediction is he will be the Premier right fielder in the league by the end of the season.. Marrone  pitched seven games playing 10 straight hours on Saturdays tournament and I can hardly remember what happened today . 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 23RD

 

CK’s (Lombardi) 16 – Action Auto (Jacoby) 1     (7 innings)

Missing their pitcher, Action Auto tried 3 possible pitchers before the game to see who would take the mound. Jacoby stepped up and gave it a valiant effort. CK's jumped out quick scoring 7 in the 1st and 4 in the 2nd on a combination of walks and timely hitting. CK's held Action Auto to only 1 run ending the game in 7 innings, 16-1. CK's was led by S. Drashinsky (3-3, walk, 4 rbi's), J. Lombardi (3-4, 5 rbi's) and multi hit games by Peragine and Javy.

 

VM Cleaning (Pollock)  17 -  Sentinel (Granese) 2

On another beautiful morning for softball, the VM Cleaning crew looked to make it 8 in a row against a captain-less Granese team.  Matt was back in the skipper’s role after ceding control last week to Mitch as he worked?/played in Barcelona.  First good omen of the day, Mark Goldberg showed up with the bagels.  After many weeks of will he or won’t he, he finally came through for the team..  Onto the game – great start by us – Granese held to nothing in the top of the 1st – bottom of the inning - a hit by Meyer followed by a towering HR by Eliut gave us a quick 2-0 lead; 3 more hits followed by Mitch, Jordan and Matt brought in another run for a 3-0 lead after 1.  3 more in the second and 4 in the 3rd gave us a 10-0 lead after 3 innings.  Granese put up 2 in the 7th to break Clamp’s shutout, making it 12-2 and brought us to the 8th inning.  Rob led off with single, a FC by Meyer, hits by Clamp, Eliut, Jordan, Matt, Schwag and Persily plated 5 more to end it at 17-2.  Great pitching and fielding by Clamp (no walks and making all the plays up the middle).  Great defense by us -  with 3 double plays and Alex making some great plays in his only inning at 1st base.  26 hits on the day, with everybody contributing at least one led by Clamp, Jordan (killing it lately), Schwag, Persily and Rob with 3 hits, Meyer, Eliut, Mitch, Matt and Alex with 2 each, and Terel Klein with another triple and a sac fly.  We go for 9 in a row next week against Apple in faraway Manalapan.

Gastro (Bykofsky) 12     Hot Corner (Randell) 11

Gastro of Ocean was able to win their second game in a row by defeating Hot Corner 12-11 at the Swim Club.  It was a tale of two games really.  Through the first 6 innings of play Gastro held an 8-1 lead and appeared they may cruise to the finish line.  Randell's crew then woke up big time and scored 10 runs combined in the 7th and 8th innings to take a late inning lead.  Finding themselves trailing by 1 in the bottom of the 8th inning Gastro rallied.  If not for a big break on Polguy's SCREAMER up the middle that was too hot for Becker to handle, especially after Brad intentionally walked his former BFF/lover JZ to load the bases in the 7th, the deficit could've been worse.  In the bottom of the 8th inning Yiggy and Anslow both reached base and scored on huge RBIs from Safchik and Nate the great Goldwasser (who survived a huge collision at home plate just an inning prior!).  Gastro then shut the door in style as Amadeo turned a self-made double play (using the 5 man IF shift) to end the game.  Amadeo led the way for Gastro in the win going 4-5 out of the leadoff spot while scoring 3 times and making a number of nice plays as the 5th IF.  Other multi hit games were had by Capt Byko, JZ, Cruz, and Richie Sans.  The webgem of the game was made by Anslow in LF who robbed Ben Kessler of a sure XBH with a sprawling catch on the IF dirt.  For Hot Corner, Becker and Rick S led the way offensively, while other big hits were had by Weitsen and Randell in their comeback effort.  Gastro has had a very roller coaster like season: won 2, lost 4, won 2, and will look to keep the solid play going with a tough double header next week vs Lapine and Harris.  

 

Everybody Loves Raymond Porzio (Ace) 15

Versing

The Cohen Brothers (Princeton) 8

A glorious beach day hoping to be followed by a glorious day on the field of battle as Ace Home Improvements was coming off of a lame, no hitting, 40 minute loss on Father’s Day. Putting a wrench in the works was superstar shortstop Eric Bomenblit apparently had to attend a concert that night as part of the agreement that would allow him to keep having relations with his lady friend. Fortunately, Richie stepped up and proved to be way better fielder than Eric (you hear that E… bros before hos, son). Back to the action… Captain Wallman seemed a bit excited knowing our #1 was out and he was just getting back lover boy Saler from his recent honeymoon. Anyway, the Ace crew came out ready to pounce early knowing we didn’t have our traditional defense (Loconte at 2B… Dios Mio!). With that said, Ace put up 10 in the first five innings, while shutting down the Princeton Review for that stretch. However, with such big, girthy bats on Wallman, it wasn’t a matter of if, but rather when they would strike back. That came in the 5th through 7th, as Wallman and co. put up 8 runs as led by Doug Cohen with 3 hits and an absolute bomb by Mark Z (I still can’t believe I passed up the chance to get him if I only traded bum leg Turner). However, the noise made by some of the Wallman bats was far surpassed by the Ace gloves. Legit, if you were there, you saw two plays that were some of the best I’ve ever seen. It was like catching something magical, a glimpse of pure beauty… like getting a two second peak at a nipple on the Playboy Channel when the cable scrambler worked just right. The first play, Mark Z hit a rocket to Richie’s right, where he made crazy diving catch. The second was a long, deep foul that had Michael Podolla jump and almost fly over the fence to end the inning. Dude... it was sexy as fuck. I know he just got engaged, but any chicks that are into dreadlocked alcoholics with athletic prowess are gonna all be wanting a piece of that action when that catch goes viral. In the end, the defense picked me up a bunch and we played as a team and came out the victors with a 15-8 final. Hitting stars were Podolla (4/4, HR), 3 hit games for Turner, Toran, Loconte, Richie B, and the Captain, Multi-hit games for Dunleavy and Thomas.

Great Job Today

Love,

Michael F.

 

NJ SALT (Marrone) 19 – LHRGC (LaRocca) 9
A win for the ages as Marrone and Company overcame the impossible with Russell, Zack, Justin, Austin all missing in action our entire outfield sidelined we needed to come up with a plan! 

With seven guys playing out of position and a injured Jason Soskel having to play left field with two bad hamstrings. Tommy T who hasn’t play the outfield since he was 12 had to go to right and seven-year absence in the outfield Mike Conti in Center. The only two position players were Gary Klein at third and the captain on the mound. A lot of commotion in the Marrone  dugout after we fell behind 4/0 a couple of adjustments putting iron Mike Tyson at second who now is lobbying for Dave Doc silverberg‘s position . Dougout leader Mike Conti letting the guys know we can win this game it seemed to turn things around as we held the mighty bats of Frank the rock to only five runs the remainder of the game. 

Mike Conti gave us some hope Also with his three run blast to dead center in the bottom of the second inning. Tommy TNT also joined the merry-go-round with a Monster 2 run blast from the past that split two outfielders Tommy finish the day with three hits and four RBIs, Three hits a piece for Gary Klein who also shined at third-base turning three double plays Gary also had three RBIs .Captain Marrone with three hits and three RBIs, three hits for Jason Soskel running on no legs, Iron Mike Tyson with three hits and Rob Conti and his high blood pressure with three hits. A huge win today from the nine gladiators that battled against all odds congratulations to the entire team for giving us a remarkable victory. Next up is a battle on Union Hill right against two of the league’s finest on the mound.

Special note out to Team Franks broom who played the entire game with one arm and got two hits.

We welcome back our entire outfield next week we will need you guys :-) 

 

CPB (Schef) over PARABOLIC (Sarcona) 12-8

Team Schef evened their record at 6-6 with a win over a tough Sarcona club.  Holmes Jr, still nursing a sore knee missed his 4th game in a row but he and Tommy Sexias were designated cheerleaders from the sidelines for each club. Umpire Fogarty limped in at 9:05 and promptly told the last 2 hitters there would be no more batting practice.  Sarcona took an early 3-1 lead on a Pastor home run blast into the trees at East Frances, the first of his 4 hits. Team Schef pounded out 26 hits but the star of the day belonged to Johny “T” Tritto, after hosting his mandatory pregame East Frances breakfast at his house on East Frances, Tritto than made 2 diving catches at first base and had 3 hits in helping Team Schef to their 6th victory.  Lugos, starting to resemble his 1A draft slot, had 3 more hits and threw out the tying run at home plate in the 7th inning.  Captain Schef on 1 leg had 3 hits, Mat Manochio and Fazzino each had 3 hits and Fazzino continued his gold glove work at 3rdbase.  Friedlich notched victory #6 as Sarcona went quietly in the 9th.

 

LJK (Harris) defeats FRADKIN LAW (Fradkin) 17-15

I promise you no team in this league needed a win more than Team Harris.  And what should have be a cruise to victory after The Big Red Machine scored 10 runs in the third to jump to a 11-2 lead, became a nail biter. In that 10 run outburst inning, TDOW Callow hit a three run bomb followed by a Rob Corde solo shot.  But Team Fradkin chipped away scoring two in the bottom of the third and a four spot in the bottom of the fourth with Eddie "Big Fly " Fradkin hitting a bomb in that inning (which would be his last chance to get a meaningful at bat in this game- more on that later) to cut the lead to just three runs.  A four run 7th highlighted by a Chase Sandler 3 run bomb gave Team Bobito a seemingly "safe" 8 run  cushion entering the bottom of the 8th.  At a critical juncture in that inning "Big Fly" Fradkin came up with the bases loaded and two outs- after a conference on the mound - the softball minion decided to walk in a run to cut the lead to 7 and take our chances with "Big Fly's" AProtection.  And with the bases loaded , "the protection" hit a short pop fly to get out of the 8th inning with a big sigh of relief and just one run scored- and a now seemingly cushy lead.  Not so fast!  After scoring a solo run in the top of the 9th to regain that 8 run lead- some "easy" outs were not made in the bottom of the 9th to put Team Fradkin in position to win the game with the tying run on base and the winning run up at the plate. Our "safe lead" almost turned to disaster- but a pop fly third out enabled the very fragile psyche of Team Harris to take a deep inhale and exhale.  A 22 hit barrage , aided by 9 walks was enough to garner the win. Kudos to Team Fradkin for not giving up.  Hitting stars for Big Red were Callow 3 for 4 , 4 runs scored, 3 Rbis and a dinger, Brock Hor still raking with a 3 for 3 and 2 rbis,  Corde with 3 runs scored and a dinger, and Chase with a huge two out three run dinger.   On to UHR and game two with Team MG and a chance for a winning streak.

 

LJK (Harris) 12 – SENTINEL (MG) 10

Off of a scuffle of a win in our first game of the day against Team Fradkin , Team Bobito was ready for its first winning streak of the year.   Again , what should have been a cushy 5-0 lead , soon turned to a tie game in the bottom of the fourth with ROY candidate Frometa in the middle of rallies in the 3rd and 4th inning.  But the potent Big Red lineup (built for UH) scored in 4 out of the last 5 innings to take a 12-8 lead into the bottom of the 9th. Deja Vu allover again?   Kind of......with again some sloppy play.   BUT, and I mean a BIG BUT , what has not happened previously in this season , happened. Two tremendous plays back to back with the bases loaded and the tying run at first- Bryan Thompson (in honor of the 50th anniversary of Ron Swoboda's improbable catch) laid out making a game saver in RCF.  One run came in on that play but so what.  Then Chase Sandler ran down the final out when Seth Kreisler blasted one over his head- but Chase's speed AND BIG GLOVE made the catch to end the game.  A lot of grit today from Big Red.  TDOW Callow was 3 for 5 and three runs scored , Chase was 3 for 5 and 2 runs scored and 2 runs batted in, Brock just keeps hitting was also 3 for 5 and Greg Long was 3 for 3 and a walk. One notable and historical post script, Steve Yockel , gutting out two wins on the mound , now joins ,the likes of Shelley Cytryn, Mark Goldberg, Leo Friedlich , and yours truly by getting thrown out at first base from the OF.  No worries, Yock , it happens to the best of us.  Onto a huge Wednesday Night affair against the scary Team Cowboy Mike.

 

 

 

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 16TH

 

CK's (Lombardi) 7 - PRINCETON (Wallman) 15

Father’s Day at middle featured Pollock’s #1 ranked team Princeton against rookie Captain Lombardi.  2 quick outs by CK looked they would get out of the 1st inning unscathed but an error and Gene Sea Biscuit double led to a Mark Z laser 2 RBI single to give Captain TW a 2 to 0 lead.  CK behind hit machine Goddard took a 7 to 5 lead all the way until the top of 8th when the Princeton bats finally woke up. A walk to TW was followed by hits from Polzer, JY and Gene and a bomb triple from Mark Z to plate 6 runs in the inning and give TW’s crew a 4-run lead.  In the 9th hits from TW and Polzer were followed by a JY homer which put the game away.  Once again Polzer was brilliant on the mound with no walks and the Princeton outfield was great.  Mark Z, Gary Cohen and JY had 3 hits apiece to lead the offense.  Next up Sunday night under the lights against Ferraese. 

 

OVOX Gym (Goldfarb) 15  Hot Corner (Randell) 10

A beautiful Father’s day morning for softball had OVOX Gym looking to for their 3rd straight win in the final game of an 8 game homestand.  To do that they would need to stop a streaking Team Randell looking for their 4th straight win.  The top of the 1st saw rookie Jeff Goldrosen give Team Randell a quick 2-0 lead with a 2-run HR over the LCF fence at UHL.   OVOX would come back with a 6-run first to take a 6-2 lead after 1 full inning with the big blow an Alan Rubin 2 run triple to RF.  Things quieted down a bit and after 5 OVOX held an 8-3 lead.  The Hot Corner would score 4 in the top of the 6th to cut the OVOX lead to 1 but Team Goldfarb struck back with 4 of their own to keep the lead at 5, 12-7 after 6.  Three more in the bottom of the 7th stretched the lead to 15-7 which proved to be enough as OVOX would walk away with a 15-10 victory and their 3rd W.  Today was a day for offense with Team Randell led by the power of Jeff Goldrosen and the speed of Ben Kessler.  Rookies Lysczak and Ciaglia proved tough outs as well.  OVOX was led by Mike Iorio’s (3 hits, 3 RBI, 2 doubles).  Alex G broke out of his season long slump after being moved out of the leadoff spot with 3 hits and oh yea Anthony DiMarco with his normal 3 hit game.  Chipping in with 2 hits were Lou S, Mike B, Alan R and Eddie P.  Anthony also showed off his arm as a throw from LCF hit Home Depot on a fly.  OVOX will now go on the road for the first time this season looking for their 4th straight but will have its hands full with the extremely talented and very hot Team Lapine who themselves have won 6 straight.  Get well to Andy Kessler who dinged his hammy.  Hope all the fathers had a great day as well. 

 

VM Cleaning (Pollock) 8 – NJ Salt (Marrone) 6

On a beautiful Father’s Day in Marlboro, The VM Cleaners ran their winning streak to 7 with a come from behind victory over the NJ Salt Marrone’s. With the captain sunbathing with the topless in Spain, how would the team respond with only Mitch’s guidance. I think we can say that we responded extremely well, so Matt – feel free to extend the vacation. Let’s get started – top of the 1st – a hit by Clamp, a walk to Eliut and an RBI single from Jordan gave us a quick 1-0 lead. 2 more in the second due in part to a bomb triple by Terel Klein gave us a 3-0 cushion, which we promptly gave back over the next 4 innings as our bats went to sleep. Down 6-4 after 6 innings. The team was starting to feel a little lethargic. Again, could possibly be due to the lack of bagels Mr. Goldberg. I heard Eliut grumbling about no bacon, egg and cheese sandwich which was promised to him numerous times during the week. In the middle of all this, Mrs Goldberg and daughter Goldberg leave the field. Were they being sent to the bagel place to rectify Mark’s bagel faux pas. NO – they left because he came up lame and they didn’t want to watch the rest of us pull off our best comeback of young season. Top of the eighth, down 6-4, we did not start off that great as Jordan Rosenthal, pinch running, was thrown out at 3rd for the second out, with the top of the order coming up, and come up they did, a hit by Meyer, a Clamp walk, a single by Eliut to knock in a run, single by Mtich to knock in the tying run, and then a 2 run single by Jordan to end the scoring giving us an 8-6 lead. Clamp (great on the mound again with no walks) held them to nothing in the 8th and the 9th, allowing us to have a very nice Father’s Day. Dave Meyer and Jordan Rosenthal were the hitting stars, each with 3 hits, with Mitch and Rob chipping in with 2. For the Marrone’s, Doc Silverberg blasted two balls into the woods at EF, huffing and puffing for a HR and a triple. Glen took one off his ankle, was down for a while, but toughed it out and pitched a nice game. Next up for the boys in grey – hoping to get the streak to 8 with a matchup against Granese at Union Hill. Feel better Mark Goldberg.

 

Gastro (Bykofsky) 13     Fradkin Law (Ed)  11

On a beautiful Father's Day morning team Gastro was finally able to break their 4 game losing streak vs Fradkin and Co. on Union Hill Right.  After playing like absolute crap the past 4 weeks many people on the roster were asking for Kenny G's phone number to try and get some gastric relief.  We couldn't stomach any more losses!  Get it!  Jesus. Ok.  

 

Thanks to 4 walks in the top of the 1st inning, along with RBI knocks Yiggy, Billy Boy, and Richie Sans, Gastro was able to grab a 5-0 early lead.  In the bottom of the first Capt Byko lost a ball in the famous UHR sun that hit him in his big ass, allowing Fradkin to respond, making the score 5-3 after 1.  Gastro then plated 5 runs over the next 3 innings highlighted by triples from Yigdal and Billy Boy making the score 10-5 after 5.  Byko and Crew somehow held on the rest of the way (despite Capt Gold Glove idiot Byko dropping an easy fly ball) and Fradkin CRUSHING A 3 RUN BOMB over the monster, for the 13-11 win.  The offensive attack was led by Matty Polguy as he continues his career year going 3-4 with 4 RBIs.  Anslow also broke out with 3 hits while Billy Boy Chiusano may have had his best game ever with 3 hits and 3 RBIS!  More importantly, he's now allowed to send texts in the team group chat again! Way to go Bill!  Other multi-hit games were had by Amadeo, Justin, JZ, and Yigdal.  The defense was carried by Safchik on the mound, Amadeo in the OF (he threw a missile to get Pargy Jr. at the plate) and Anslow who made some nice plays in LF.  For Fradkin Law, Ed crushed the ball all morning (obviously), Buckley had 2 hits, and Pargy Jr. looks like he'll be a great player in this league for years to come (especially defensively).  Gastro will look to make it 2 wins a row as they face a tough Lombardi team under the Wednesday night lights.

 

PARABOLIC (Sarcona) 28  - ACTION AUTO (Jacoby) 14

In a game that took all four quarters to decide, Sarcona put up their final TD late in the game to pull away in a 28-16 win over Jacoby. The offensive explosion was led by J. Goldberg (4-5), G. Roland (2-4, Triple), Perrone (3-4, 4 Runs), Walker (3-5) and Paster (2-3). The Grant brothers added to the party with a combined 5 total bases and C. Kaplow (1-2, 4 BB, and 4 Runs) continued to set the table for Team Sarcona. Jacoby was shorthanded on the mound, leading to 17 walks drawn by Sarcona and setting the stage for the high scoring affair. Contrary to the score’s indication there was some great defense played, as J. Goldberg cleaned up at SS and J. Paster flashed his speed in the outfield making tough plays look easy. Next up for Sarcona is Team Shef at E. Frances as they look to continue their climb back to .500. Team Jacoby will look to bounce back against Lombardi at the Municipal Field.

 

Team Schef over Ferrarese 5-3

In the early game at Manalapan Field 3, Team schef escaped with a 5-3 victory over a lackluster Ferrarese squad.  Neither team produced much offense, but Team Schef struck for 3 runs in the first inning.  Lugos led the rally with a single and than the Manochio trio in tandem, went single, single single and  a Fazzino sac made in 3 -0.  Team schef added a run in the 2nd with a Tritto double.  Ferrarese narrowed the lead to 5-3 but a game saving catch by Lugos kept the margin at 2.  Schef tries to get back to .500 with a showdown with Sarcona on Sunday.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12TH

 

NJ SALT (Marrone) 13 – CBP (Schef) 5

This was not just another game in Marlboro it was Sheff versus Marrone and Freddy versus Conti . 

But did we all forget about the hottest father and son combination in the history of the league as the Silverbergs dominated this game like no other going a combined 7/8 with two homers from Doc and six RBIs from the combo . The Sheff crew had no answer as The crafty marrone had them off stride all game long. Another defense jem by the leagues best all around defense lead by the slick fielding infield of Gary Klein, Mike Conti, Dave Silverberg and Tommy T.  The salty guys came up clutch all night long and got the big hit every time we needed it highlighted by the fabulous three track stars of iron Mike Tyson, Zack and Justin Kraus. 
Other hitting stars and there were many a very hot bat of Tommy T, Rob Conti, Gary Klien, Justin Krauss, Zack Kraus , SAL and iron Mike Tyson all chipping in with two hits a piece. Kudos for Tyson also making a terrific tag at the plate as he stands there about 107 pounds as a 220 pound Freddy comes barreling in MIKE holds onto the ball!! A very shorthanded Salt team with out there Star Shortstop will face a very hot Pollock Team on Father’s Day

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 9TH

 

PRINCETON (TW) 17 – FRADKIN LAW (EF) 8
A double header at middle school against the Mighty Fradkins and the 10 Best Brocks is not something any captain wants to see on the schedule but that’s what Princeton was staring at on a gorgeous windy morning.  Princeton’s management all week said they would rejoice in a split so up first was Big ED and his 4 combo picks. Fradkin Law jumped out to a quick 1 run lead thru 2 innings but the game took an early and final turn in the bottom of 3rd when Captain TW’s squad had the bases load no outs 2 runs in and Dave Polzer delivered a 3 RBI triple.  When the inning was over Princeton had an 8 run lead and tacked on 7 more over the next 3 innings to cruise to 17 to 8 victory.  Polzer was lights out on the mound issuing zero walks while the Princeton D behind him was stellar.  Polzer, Captain TW, Gene Seabiscuit and JY had a combined 14 hits, 9 runs and 9 RBIs to lead Princeton’s offense.  The 10 best Brocks crushed Princeton’s dream of a 2 game sweep in the 2nd game.  Next up team Lombardis who MG predicted would win 7 games all year.  Princeton will have to dig deep as they will be without D Saler who will be off getting married – Congrats DS.  

 

OVOX (Goldfarb) 9  LHRGP (LaRocca) 6

Looking to end their 3 game losing streak OVOX had 2 teams on the docket Sunday morning that scores runs.  Game #1 was an 830 AM start against Team Larocca at Swim Club.  LHRGP opened the scoring in the top of the 1st with a single run and at the end of the 5th held a 5-1 lead.  Team Goldfarb offense had been lethargic as of late and needed to score and had to do it without one of their top hitters rookie Evan Rosenthal.  In the bottom of the 6th with a  man on 1st and 2 outs the Captain singled to bring up the top of the order.  Four straight hits and the game was now tied at 5 after 6 full innings.  No scoring in the 7th and we go to 8th where Team Larocca would score 1.  The bottom of the 8th saw the Captain singling with 1 out and after an Alex single Mike P singled to tie the score and put runners at 1st and 3rd with 1 out.  With Anthony DiMarco coming up Team Larocca discussed a possible intentional walk.  Thankfully for Team Goldfarb they did not walk Anthony and he blasted a 3 run HR off the LC field fence at the Swim Club giving Team Goldfarb a 9-6 lead which turned out to be enough for an OVOX win.  The game did see a fighting Larocca team who were already banged up and then lost one of the Kleshinsky brothers in the 3rd inning due to a family emergency (all is good I think as his son needed some stitches after being plunked by a baseball) but it did bring injured Mark Carlin (initially watching from the side) into the game so LHRGP could play with 10.  Alan Rubin and Ronnie Carlin both pitched well with some solid defense behind them (nice game from both SS’s Mike P and Marc B).  OVOX was led by Anthony Dimarco’s 2 hits and 4 RBI with Alex, Mike P, Larry R and Guy also with multi-hit games.  Mark Carlin did have a nice day at the plate with 2 nice shots down the right field line and Captain Frank blasted a triple over Alex in LF even after pleading from the coach to move back.  Get well to  Andrew B/Mark C and the rest of Larocca’s M*A*S*H unit. 

 

 

OVOX (Goldfarb) 12  Jiffy Lube (Applebaum) 6

OVOX (7th game of the homestand) would now face Team Applebaum in the 2nd game of the day for both teams and both coming off wins (Applebaum in extra innings).  The game (on UHR) would see 9 runs scored in the 1st inning, 4 by Team Applebaum and 5 by Team Goldfarb (big hit was Larry Rubin’s 2 out 2 run triple).  This game surely looked like the winner would score 15 runs.  Team Applebaum would score 2 in the 3rd but Team Goldfarb would score 7 runs over the 4th thru 8th and hold Team Applebaum scoreless over their last 6 ABs making the final score 12-6 for OVOX.  Alan Rubin pitched another nice game with the OVOX defense keeping the big bats of Team Applebaum silent for 7 of the 9 innings (Derek Melnyk did lead off the game with a long HR over the LF fence).  Nick D and Noel G played great in the IF for Team Applebaum as did Jim Tracey in the OF (almost made the best play I would ever see in Marlboro softball with a full out flying in the air dive that almost robbed Anthony DiMarco of his 3rd double of the game).  Team OVOX played another solid game on defense and was led offensively by Mike Ballo’s 3 hits and 3 RBIs.  Anthony DiMarco added 3 hits (3 more doubles) while the Paladino’s (Mike and Rich) and Mike I chipped in with 2 hits each.  Team Goldfarb will end the longest homestand in Marlboro history (8th straight home game) on Father’s day against one of the hottest teams in league, Team Randell.

 

 

 

VACATIONS (DL) 19 – CBP (Schef) 8
The injury bug has been busy in Marlboro Softball lately.  Team Schefkind started the game without Chris Holmes and saw their #1 pick Lugos come off the field with a potential shoulder injury after nearly making a spectacular diving catch in the left, left center field gap. As for Lapine, he started with a full squad but lost two players during the game to, what were hopefully minor muscle strains. Wishes for speedy recovers go out to all.  As for the game, Pat Specchio got Vacations off to a quick start with a two run homer in the first on his way to a 3 for 5, 2 homer day. Shefkind's squad put up a run in the bottom of the 1st but Jay Eisenberg knocked in two runs with a clutch, two-out hit in the top of the second to give Lapine a three run lead. The game stayed close until the 6th but then Vacations scored four runs in each of the 6th, 7th and 8th innings on their way to a 19-8 victory.  Big hits could be found throughout the entire Lapine lineup - Carroll continued his hot hitting with a 5-5 day, Bomba, Troiani, B. Frey each had 3 hit games and Denny put the icing on the cake with a 3 run double late in the game. Rob Catania was solid in left and contributed 2 hits, 3 runs and 3 rbi.  Next up is Brock under the lights on Wednesday. 

 

CK’s (Lombardi) 18 – Parabolic (Sarcona) 13  

After losing game 1 of a DH, CK's bounced right back to their winning ways by scoring in 6 of their 8 innings. Down 5-1 in the bottom of the 2nd, CK's sent 14 batters to the plate scoring 8 runs. Parabolic would fight back to tie it 11-11 in the top of the 6th only to have CK's score 5 in the bottom of the 6th and in the end win 18-13.

Hitting was led by a red-hot Dave Drashinsky going 4-4 with 5 rbi's (6-7 on the day), Peragine, Goddard and Harris 3 hits each (Harris just a HR shy of the cycle), and multi-hits games by S. Drashinsky, P. Lombardi, Javy and Veneck. The infield played solid D with Dan Drashinsky at 3B and Javy at SS making some nice plays and turning a couple of double plays. 

 

Richie and the Dongs (Ace) 27

Vs.

The Situation’s Consigliere and Associates (Fradkin) 15

The Acehole crew had just suffered an extra inning, devastating loss to former Ace protégé Joe Spicoli Tracy…unlucky. Spirits were low… players had their heads down, Podolla’s 12% craft brew was tasting like Pabst Blue Ribbon, Richie’s fiancé wasn’t smiling longingly at me like she normal does…these were rough times. Any optimism in the air was immediately squandered as Cowboy Mike lost total control of his pitches and maybe his life on the ride to Mar El. This could partially be attributed to the depth of the mound. Ed said he measured it, but I think he may have measured the distance to the pitching rubber in the same fashion that I would measure Cowboy Mike Junior on so many a lonely night and gave himself a bit extra. Back to the action… Fradkin’s crew put up a quick 7 in the top of the 1st as a result of me walking guys, us throwing the ball around, timely hitting for Fradkin’s boys, and my confidence aching from Richie behind me muttering, “bro… you fucking suck bro…seriously…bro”. Knowing we were in a hole, the Ace bats picked me up bigtime starting off the inning with five doubles in a row resulting in a seven inning frame of our own. Crisis over, new game. From that point on, we went on a tear, compiling 35 total hits for 27 runs. Everyone of the Aceholes chipped in with the bats… Dickster (4/4, Cycle, 4 RBI), Seidenberg (4/5, 2 doubles, and his 5th triple), E. Bomenblit: 4/4, the Captain (4/4, HR), 3 hits for Dunleavy (Rookie of the Year, case closed), Turner (who hit a big clutch homer in game 1), Toran, and Podolla, and multi-hit games for Frank the Tank Loconte and Head Tat Pat Thomas. For Fradkin, Big Ed murdered the ball for a homerun but unfortunately pulled something in the process and had to make an early exit. Kudos to Pargament for filling in on the mound and his son looks like a strong up and coming player. Next up for Ace is Team Shefkind who has a new-look squad this year as there are several players on the team that don’t have grandchildren yet. And finally, congrats to Podolla on getting engaged…maybe she can teach him how to throw. Just kidding, he’s a good kid. Stay in school, stay black, peace out.

 

M Cleaning (Pollock)  8 – LJ Kushner (Harris) 2

VM Cleaning (Pollock) 19 -  LHRGP (Larocca) 10

On a beautiful morning for Marlboro Softball, the VM Cleaning crew looked to add to its 4 game winning streak with a twin bill against Harris and Larocca.

Game 1 v. Harris at Municipal

The boys in in grey got off to a great start with 2 in the first on RBI singles by the brothers Pollock.  Nothing for Harris in the 2nd and 3rd innings had us up 2-0 going in to the 4th. In the 4th, hits by Meyer and Eliut, a booming triple by Jordan Rosenthal to knock them in, and another RBI from Matt had us up 5-0 after 4.  3 more in the bottom of the 5th in a rally started by the bottom of order (hits by Ken, Rob, the ageless Mark Goldberg, and a SF by Alex) had us up 8-0. Cy Clamp was great as usual on the mound, walking none and giving up only 2 runs at the end of the game.  Multi -hit games by Meyer, Matt P and Ken. Brock Hor was offensive star with 4 hits for the Bobitians. The winning streak now up to 5…

Game 2 v. Larocca at the Swim Club

After a short drive to the Swim club, everyone was wondering when Goldberg was going to break out the bagels for post game/pre game snack.  As we waited for the early game to end, where were the bagels? The umpire said to play ball. There were NO bagels. Bad job by Mr. Goldberg.  Would it affect our play in game 2? Thankfully, the answer was a resounding no as the VM boys broke out their bats for their largest offensive output of the season.  Top of the first – hits by Meyer, Clamp, a double by MVP Infante, SF by Mitch, and hits by Jordan, Schwag, and Ken put the good guys up 5-0. A quiet next 4 innings has us up 6-1 going into the 6th.  2 in the 6th, 4 in the 7th, and 5 in the top of the 8th, in addition to Clamp’s stellar performance on the mound had us up 17-1 going into the bottom of the 8th. A quick inning would allow us to get home a little early and allow Jordan to shower before he had to go to his friend’s wedding.  It was not meant to be as the Larocca’s scored 4, ending the mercy possibility and sending the game to the 9th inning with us up 17-5. Mr. Larrocca relieved Ronnie in the 9th and gave up 4 quick hits to Meyer, Clamp, Eliut and Mitch plating 2 more. Captain Matt comes to the plate to face Goose Larocca.  A mighty swing and a miss by the Captain. Pitch 2 – a floater coming in short, the Captain lets it go as it settles on the front of the plate for strike 3 – ouch. Cut to the Larocca dugout as a speedy captain Larocca gets his pink “I struck out like a girl” jersey to present to our captain, who bravely puts it on and takes the mound for the bottom of the ninth.  An ugly 9th inning gave the bad guys 5 more runs. We win 19-10. 6 in a row for the boys in gray. Where we will sit in the power rankings this week ( I have a hunch we are going to be moving on up just like Mr. Jefferson…)! Hitting stars abounded this game led by Cy Clamp, Eliut and Jordan (rocketing the ball to right all game) with 4 hits, 3 hits by Meyer and Mitch, and multi hit games from Schwag, Kenny, Rob, Persily, and Mr. Goldberg (even though he didn’t bring us any bagels).  Only 1 strikeout – no need to say anymore on that subject. Get better soon Mark Carlin, rocking the cargo shorts at first base today. The brothers Kleshinsky hitting well for the bad guys in a losing effort.

Next up – the Marrones in a Father’s Day Clash at East Frances as we look to make it 7 in a row.

 

Salt (Marrone)  8-  CK’s (Lombardi) 4
Will make this fast Lombardi jumps out to a 4 to 0 lead after two innings that would be the end of the scoring for them, Zack Krauss/Justin Krauss and iron Mike Tyson are a lot faster than I thought All beating out infield hits and can downright fly. Dave Silverberg hasn’t lost it blasting a two run homer to deep left center field, Mike Conti is still a 1  for probably another five or six years. Russell Kraus and family has the best smile’s in the league. Tommy TNT is back and got his first hit in two years Tommy was also heard saying this is the most enjoyable team he has ever played with nice to hear Tommy!! Austin Silverberg has one of the biggest mouths in the league but now has the ability to back it up with deep drives to right center all day long. Justin Kraus is rounding into Form and my prediction is he will be the Premier right fielder in the league by the end of the season.. Marrone  pitched seven games playing 10 straight hours on Saturdays tournament and I can hardly remember what happened today . 


Salt (Marrone) 11 -  GASTRO (Byko) 8

Second game of the double header and a chance to move into sole possession of first place and the salty guys did not disappoint  jumped out to a 5 to 0 lead and never look back. Not sure what happened in this game I do know Austin Silverberg continued to drive the ball Dave Silverberg what a couple of huge hits and Sal hitting the ball to right field was precious .

 

Couple of big hits by iron Mike Tyson and Soskel along with clutch hitting from Russell Kraus, Justin Kraus and Zack Kraus with defense jens  by Gary Klein and Mike Conti deafly not sure what happened guys but I think I remember something like this. 

 

I did remember hearing Dave Silverberg saying I’m back mothe F——— At 50 he’s probably the toughest out in the league and with Mike Conti hitting behind him for protection!! 

Next up is good friend and one of my best buddies until 8 PM on Wednesday when we will kick your ass :-).  Let’s go boys 

 

 

HOT CORNER (Randell) 9 – ACTION (Jacoby) 4

With Becker AWOL for nuptuals this weekend, the team banter leading up to this one surrounded the team gift; chinaware? (not Becker's style); pots and pans? (we don't envision Becker over a stove much); boxing gloves? (almost needed them last week but not appropriate).  So since we couldn't decide, Andy K. took charge and instead sent his own wedding gift to our "big teddy bear" in the form of a gem on the mound filling in admirably for the newlywed delivering a 9-4 victory to make it 3 in a row for the Hot Corner.  Things did not start well as usual for Team Randell with Team Jacoby jumping out to a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the 1st courtesy of some early wildness from Andy and several hits up the middle from the Jacoby bats.  In the middle of the early wildness, son Ben made a quick call to Macy's to check on their gift exchange policy but nobody answered so Andy settled down to say the least holding Jacoby scoreless over the following 8 innings.  As has become customary, Team Randell responded right back with 4 of their own in the bottom half with 4 straight hits from Evan, Pat, Jeff and Rick to set things up capped off by the on fire Weitsen with a 2 out hit to tie things up.  Team Randell would take the lead 5-4 in the 2nd with Binder, Sr. setting it up with a leadoff single.  One more would be added in the 4th with Weitsen setting it up with a leadoff single of his own to make it 6-4.  With both teams playing solid defense (more on that later) the big blow came in the 5th off the bat of the rookie Lyzczak with a 3 run inside the park dinger splitting Mamone and Jacoby.  Both teams would go scoreless the remainder of the way for the final 9-4 margin of victory.  Speaking of Captain Jacoby, happy to hear the good medical report and see JJ back on the field sooner than expected.  Now getting back to that defense, several sparkling plays on both sides with Perloff robbing Wolle on a sliding catch in left and the aforementioned Jacoby robbing the skipper with a diving catch of his own.  Not to take anything away from those plays, but the play of the game and perhaps the play of the decade (not exaggerating here) was the other rookie Jeff Goldrosen committing 1st degree robbery with aggravating factors against the commish who absolutely crushed one to straight away center; but there was Goldrosen on the full run, fully laid out with the ball tailing away from him to make a shoestring tip of the glove catch leaving everyone's jaws dropped.  If we had a defensive play of the year award this one might have been an instant winner robbing Mamone of at least a triple and probably a 2 run inside the park dinger.  Andy, K. also big up the middle spearing several hot shots hit back up the box.  Offensively, Goldrosen broke out with a 3-4 morning along with an en fuego Weitsen with another perfect 3-3 performance.  Multi-hit games from Ciaglia, "No Trade Clause" Schindelheim, and Allen Binder.  On the Jacoby side, the commish with his usual multi-hit day as well.  Next up we go for 4 in a row against an always tough Goldfarb squad at Union Hill on Father's Day.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5TH

 

Action Auto (JJ) 15 - Jiffy Lube (BA) 14 

Looking to bounce back from a beating at the hands of Team Lapine, an 11 man Jacoby squad squared off with the defending champs Apple and Pingaro under the lights Wed night on Union Hill Right. Other than a Calamia 2 run shot in the 3rd, everything that could go wrong, did, through the first 5.5 innings of the game for AA.   Down 13-4 in the bottom of the 6th, an angry Calamia led off the frame with a well struck laser to left for a hit, that just seemed to get the guys going.  3 in the 6th, 2 in the 7th, and 3 in the 8th had Team Jacoby trailing by only 3 as we went to bat in the bottom of the 9th.  Perloff, Calamia and Jomo would all single to load the bases with no outs.  Lambo came to the plate and promptly delivered a 2 run rope to right center getting the boys to within 1. A groundout would put runners on the corners with 1 away with the red hot Paul Mamone coming up. Jomo was inserted at first as a pinch runner and the potential gaming winning run. Pomo hit a fly ball to right that couldn’t be handled allowing the tying run to score and sending Joe all the way to third.  A free pass to Intoci would load the bases with one out.  Scott Dille stepped up, hit a fly ball to shallow RCF, but it was just deep enough for Jomo to tag and score the winning run barely beating the Melynk throw to the plate and sending Action Auto home victorious 15-14.  The entire lineup made offensive contributions with Perloff, Calamia, Jomo, Danny D, and Paul Mamone all with 3 hits apiece. A great night for Scott Dille with a pair of hits and 4rbi. Lambo also had a multihit game including the huge, 2 run knock in the 9th.  For Jiffy, Dinapoli, Apple, Pingaro, Melynk and young Podos were on base all night and shout out to Joe Tracey-Spicoli with a great diving grab in LCF.  The boys try to win a Sunday game, in a Sunday morning league when we get Randell and company up next.

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 2ND

 

PRINCETON (Wallman) 5 CBP (Schefkind) 4

After a sloppy and heated Game 1 loss, Princeton faced tough division rival CBP who was also coming off an early morning loss.   TW’s squad jumped out to quick 1 to 0 lead but Schef came back and after 3 innings the game was knotted at 1s.  Gene Seabiscuit would deliver an RBI single in the bottom of the 4th and Polzer would drive in a 3rd run in the 6th to give Princeton a 3 to 1 lead thru 7 full innings.  The Schef bats woke up in the 8th where they plated 3 runs and took a 1 run lead which they held until the bottom of the 9th.  Princeton led off the bottom with an infield single and a Lehman hit made it 1st and 2nd with one out.  Doc Balar delivered a laser single down the right field line to tie the game and putting winning run on 3rd.  Justin Bickoff hit the game winning SAC and TW’s crew got a badly needed win as next week they face 2 powerhouses in Fradkin and Brock at middle.  Polzer pitched brilliant both games Sunday and led the offense with 3 hits.  Fazzino for Schef sent his stock rising putting on a  Nettles like display at 3rd in front of a packed crowd. 

Sentinel (MG) 15, Ck’s Baseball (JL) 4:

Team MG arrived at Union Hill Right looking to jump into first place in the Central but standing in their way was the red hot 4-0 Lombardi/Zim squad.   At 4-0, most would put silly preseason predictions in the past, but at least one Lombardi member wore a hand written shirt with MG’s preseason predictions on the back for BP.  Softball gods officially ticked off.   Didn’t take long and MG led 12-0 and cruised to a 15-4 victory.   Karp continued to stay hot and the top of the MG lineup certainly came to play as MG 5 hits, the red HOT Rich Spear 4-4, Evan with 4 knocks and Collis chipping in with 3 hits even showing signs of power.   Flawless infield D led by Spear, Ench, and Karp.   Some flashy moves in the corner OF by MG and D-Rising.    Unfortunately a short handed squad wilted in the late morning heat in the back end of the DH, but remained tied with Apple for first in the division.   Next up, Sarcona.

VACATIONS (Lapine) vs. ACTION (Jacoby) 17-4

First things first. The Lapine squad wishes Dave Senss a speedy and full recovery from the hip injury that cut his 2019 season short. Besides being a great hitter and dependable fielder that can play any position, Dave has a big personality and team-first attitude that will be missed. Having received this news early in the week, Denny and the Board had some work to do to find a replacement. Lo and behold, Chris Newman was available and joined Vacations for an 8AM start at Manalapan against a talented but struggling Jacoby squad. Lapine's team came to hit today, scoring in every inning but one on their way to a 17-4 victory. Specchio, Newman, Taub, Krant and Troiani had three hits apiece and Tom Carroll led the team with four hits including a moonshot over the right field fence. Bomba was solid on the mound again, as has come to be expected.

 

VACATIONS (Lapine) vs. CK’S (Lombardi)  11-9

Vacations arrived at Union Hill Right for the second game of their doubleheader in time to see Team Lombardi's unbeaten streak come to an end against a tough Granese team.  To their credit, CK did not show any carryover from the loss and got off to a 4-1 lead by scoring in each of the first three innings.  However, the game turned in Lapine's favor when they put up seven runs in the bottom of the third that was capped off by a 3 run shot over the right field netting by Tom Carroll that was hotly contested by CK Baseball as they argued the ball went through the net, not over it. The ump would have none of it. The homerun call stuck and Vacations held a 8-4 lead. The cushion expanded slightly over the next few innings and Lapine's team took an 11-6 lead into the top of the 9th. Two quick outs to start the inning had Denny calling in his order to Bagel Talk but Lombardi's squad would not go quietly. A bunch of hits later and the tying run was standing on 2nd.  Thankfully, Bomba never loses his composure and the final out was recorded, securing the victory. The offense was again led by Tom Carroll, who went 3 for 4 with a HR and Chris Newman made his presence felt with his second 3 hit game of the day.

 

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) - 19 vs GASTRO OF OCEAN (Bykofsky) 7

After the 56 combined hit slugfest loss against TW, the disheartening injury to ABroome loss to Shef, and a shorthanded loss to Harris, the men of LHRGC came to the field ready to play, and hopefully work their way back up to the cover of the Madden NFL gamebox (but this time at the right time).  Inning 1, first pick speedster stud RC Amadeo is in scoring position with one out and on a FC tries to score.  Alertly the infield fires the ball home to start a “pickle” if there ever was one.  The rotation worked to perfection finally tiring out the runner as Mark Carlin ran him down for the 4,6,2,5,1,3,4,1,5,3,5 double play.  As captain, a thought crossed my mind that this play would set the tone for the game….until I looked down and saw Mark Carlin in obvious shoulder pain.  He could not continue (xrays revealed a separated AC joint) and the boys were short handed again.  The lineup was now Grossman (achillies) in RF, LaRocca (shoulder) catching, Malagold (knee) RC, Miranda (shoulder) 2B, Juice (boo boo belly) 1B and Mike K (neck stinger) LF.   A Jacoby like feeling came over me until we came to the plate.  That’s when I saw this team that I drafted dig in, display heart, and put on a strong offensive performance scoring 19 runs in 8 innings with 9 players having multiple hit games.  Standouts were: JUICE who after 3 at bats was 3 for 3 with 3 triples (and a bypass surgery), finishing the day 4/5; Arolick 3/5 (more hits in one game than Billy Boy has on the season – thanks Byko); and, Fat Mike 3/4, SAC 2 doubles and a rocket HR.  Ronnie C was solid and HAPPY to be on the mound painting corners despite the small Yee strike zone, Ronnie hit the ball hard all day as well.  Stellar defense as FM also is learning how to better navigate his 2XL frame in LF.   Quietly, Kevin K is learning the players in this league, making several Granese like moves in the OF to thwart the hitters on the Byko squad.  I must also give some props out to Mark Broome who ROBBED Richie Sanvenero of a hit early in the game with a diving mid air grab of a line drive.  RC also robbed Polguy and Byko all day as they foolishly tried to pepper the middle against him.  Kudos for Gastro go to: McElrath who, despite his infatuation with Elsa, hit a “moon shot” HR as far and as hard as I have seen all year; and, Amadeo who looks to be a top outfielder in this league running down multiple shots in his area.  Next up is a double dip against Goldfarb and Pollack at Swim Club.      

 

 

RCF (Brock) 17 vs LJK (Bobbito) 6

Team Brock came out swinging and never looked back scoring in all 7 of the first innings.  Team Harris put up 2 in the 2nd and 2 in the 4th, but RCF's Offense was to much for Team Harris to overcome.  Team Brock stayed hot scoring at least 15 in the last 2 games.  Some amazing offensive performances today : Turano Brothers went 9-9 with 8 Rbis, 5 Runs scored and 3 doubles for Nick - Captain JB 3-4 3Rbis, 4 Runs - Pat  3-5 with 2Rbis and 3 Runs, 2 extra base hits - Scotty P 3-5 and Dave and Dylan with 2 hits a piece.  Great Defense again by the Preiss combo locking down the left side of the infield.  RCF looks to get 2 more wins next Sunday against Bykofsky and Wallman in a tough double header.

 

 

 

VM CLEAN (Pollock) d. OVOX (Goldfarb) 7-4, 11 innings

After an 0-2 start, VM Cleaning was looking for a 4th win in a row, but knew they had their hands full with a typically solid Goldfarb squad. What made today extra interesting for Team Pollock was facing Larry and Alan (CY nomination snub last year) Rubin for the first time as opponents since 2015. The Rubin's did their part for Team Goldfarb, as Larry laced a few nice hits and Alan kept the VM Cleaning bats pretty quite until extra innings. This was a close game throughout, and one that highlighted two underrated defenses. Team Goldfarb jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first inning, but VM Cleaning, behind great pitching/defense from Clamp and some more awesome plays from Infante, held a potent Goldfarb lineup to only 2 more runs through the last 10 innings. The aforementioned Clamp and Infante were clutch offensive stars as well, and it was never more clear than the top of the 11th, when Clamp hit a clutch triple to put VM Cleaning up by 1 before 2xMVP Infante hit a 2-run bomb to put them up by 3. In addition to Clamp, Josh "Schwag" (who played well again in RCF), Dave Meyer, and Marc Persily each had 3 hits. Eliut, Terel Klein (solid in RF), and the Pollock bros. also had multi-hit games. For Team Goldfarb, Evan Rosenthal flexed his power with a big hit to the Manalapn Rec fence, while playing a clean game at SS. After the slow start, Team Pollock is now 4-2 and surprisingly (to some) lead the league in runs against (while blogger Mitch notes they have given up the least runs over the last 3 years). More importantly they're making up ground in the formidable East division, and will need to bring their A game for next Sunday's doubleheader against Harris and Larocca.

 

HOT CORNER (Randell) 11, PRINCETON (Wallman) 10

Team Randell makes it 2 in a row against 2 of the upper echelon teams with another comeback 11-10 victory over a quite formidable Wallman squad at the early Swim Club matinee.  Things did not start well as Team Wallman scored 4 in the top of the 1st as they came out peppering the Becker knuckle-curve all over the field for hit after hit . . . 

The Hot Corner men in green would respond with 2 in the bottom half courtesy of an RBI knock from Rick "no trade clause" Schindelheim.  Team Randell would plate 4 more in the 2nd to go up 6-4 highlighted by a big 2 RBI single from Binder, Sr. and an RBI single from Kessler, Jr.  Wallman would inch closer with 1 in the 4th and another in the 5th to tie things at 6.  In the bottom of the 5th, Wolle would deliver a big hit to set things up for Becker to get the lead back with an RBI single.  Team Randell would add another in the 6th and another in the 7th off a big RBI hit from Binder, Jr.  At 9-6 in the 8th, Team Wallman would post a big 4 spot with Hy the Hammer and Doug Cohen setting the table for the top of the Wallman order.  Down 10-9 in the bottom of the 8th, Randell would plate a big 2 runs on an RBI hit from Ciaglia followed by the skipper delivering a patented "sacrifice" grounder to the right side to get Ben home from 3rd with one out.  Up 1 in the 9th, Becker beared down and retired the bottom of the Wallman lineup to pull out a big win against a team that figures to be in the championship picture particularly once a certain hamstring heals up. . . Unfortunately, a great game was marred at the end by some extracurricular activities but fortunately cooler heads prevailed in the end without incident.  For Team Randell, Mr. No Trade Clause Schindelheim led the way with another 3 hit performance.  After a slow start, the Weitsen bat heating up nicely with a perfect 2 for 2 morning combined with an additional 2 intentional walks.  Multi-hit games from Evan, Ciaglia, Messinger and Ben.  On the Wallman side, Captain Todd (the best 5 in the league) was on base all morning along with our schedule maker Doug Cohen with a multi-hit game as well.  Defensively, the Randell infield is shaping up to be quite formidable with the steady Ciaglia at 3rd with a big play on a tough hop late in the game along with the skipper thwarting a potential Wallman rally robbing JY with a diving stop (belly flop) of a ball ticketed up the middle earlier in the game.  For Wallman, Polzer with another great game on the mound walking none other than the 2 intentional passes issued by Captain Todd.  Next up we go for 3 in a row against Jacoby and the commish in another early one at Manalapan Rec minus Becker with Andy K. already warming in the bullpen. . . 

NJ SALT (GM) 8 – ACE (MF) 7   13 INN

What happens when Team Wallman gets 37 clean hits with 26 of them to right field ? You pick yourself up and get back in the saddle and take revenge out on a cowboy and his team of sluggers. First thing you do is call PAUL 207 Weinstein and figure out a new game plan. Well today we played a complete baseball game. We competed and gave ourselves a chance to win. 13 innings of hard fought ball with Austin Silverberg leading off the 13th inning with a single . This was followed by Mike Conti with his fourth hit of the day. Next , was a huge walk to Gary Klein loading the bases for Marrone who then delivered the game-winning single to right. 

Big hits today from the entire Kraus gang with Russell, Zack, Justin and Jason all coming up big. Offensively, Salt banged out 20 hits and eight walks led by Mike Conti‘s 4 hits. Defensively Zack made a jaw-dropping catch in center field. Zack‘s catch was truly something to behold. Zack also would’ve had a homerun but forgot to slide.  He was called out at the dish. Newbie Gary Klein made several nice plays at third base.  2019 Salt Team has fun win or loose - we will not break. After 43 years of softball this is the most enjoyable team I have ever managed. I want to thank all 12 players, although there’s nothing like playing with my best buddy Dave. Between him and Mike Conti in the infield I do nothing but laugh all game long.

 

Fradkin Law (Fradkin)  18 – CPB (Schef) 12

An early morning battle occurred today between Team Fradkin and Team Schefkin.  This was a hard fought game that was played well by both teams, with neither team able to pull away until Ed’s team put up 5 runs in the top of the 9th to extend a 1-run lead to 6 runs.  The star of the game was the youngest player (in the league as well), 18-year old Joey Pargament.  Joey went 3-5 with 4 RBIs and “popped his cherry” by hitting a grand slam opposite field home run in the top of the 9th inning.  In addition, he played stellar defense at 2nd base robbing Schefkin’s team a number of times in the field. 

It was truly a team effort as 10 of the 12 players had multi-hit games, including Joey’s father, who went 3-4 with 3 RBIs; Sal Alfieri who went 3-5 with an RBI, Eric Rosenstock who went 3-5 with an RBI; Steve Wallenstein who went 3-5; and, Chris Pezzullo, who went 3-4 with 2 RBIs.  The ability of the entire lineup to get hits defeated Schefkin’s decision to intentionally walk Ed 3 times in a row after he hit a double and a triple in his first 2 at-bats. 

Defensively, the biggest play of the game was when Sal threw out Chris Holmes at home to end the inning with Schefkin’s leadoff hitter up next with multiple men on base.  He threw a line drive that Buck caught and after a short rundown Holmes was tagged out to end the inning.

Next up for Ed’s team is a double-header on June 9th against Wallman and then Ferrarese. 

 

 

SUNDAY, MAY 26TH

 

Fradkin Law (Fradkin) 8 – ACTION (Jacoby) 6

It was an ugly ugly game this past Memorial Day weekend, but Ed’s team held off Jacoby in a battle that included 23 walks—15 given by Jacoby and 8 by Fradkin.  At a field known to keep scores to a minimum the game was close throughout as Ed’s team never got ahead by more than 3 runs.  Defense was solid for both teams, as there were no errors on either side.  Ed’s team used 2 double plays and a huge inning where they got out of a bases loaded no outs jam without giving up a run.  Leading the hitting was Andy Pargament with 3 hits; and, his son coming through with a 2 RBI game as well.  Michael Rosenstock continued his hot hitting going 2 for 2 with 2 walks, and Ed had 2 hits as well with a walk. 

This week Ed’s team battles the ever mighty Team Shefkin at Union Hill Left if the weather holds out.    

 

SENTINEL (MG) 18 – ACE (MF) 14

 I must admit, I look forward to Cowboy Mike writeups every week, and Vegas had us getting a whopping 13.5 runs coming into this one, so it pretty much looked like a sure thing.  Sentinel showed up with a casual 9 at Marlboro Middle, against a 13 strong Ace club.  A small side note … Sentinel was missing it’s 1st and 3rd rounders, and was playing with only 1 rostered OF, along with a missing arm in LF, and a rookie with a first basemen’s glove in RC.   Yeah, we left RF wide open all day.   After a small pep talk telling the boys to make Cowboy Mike throw strikes, and that we needed at least 3 TDs to win today, the game got off to a whopping 3-3 start after 5 and a half innings of play.   That’s when the magic started, as Sentinel would plate all 9 hitters in the bottom half of the inning, capped off by a Richie Spear line-drive grand slam splitting the Ace OF in half.  A frustrated Cowboy Mike smacked his second home run of the game to an empty RF in the 7th  (along with some gibberish about a left handed pussy … yeah, I have no idea what that was about) … but no problema for Sentinel, as we would quickly respond with another 5 spot in the bottom of the 7thkickstarted by a 3-run bomb from Steinberg.   Ace would put up a few more and make it interesting, but Karp kept them off balance just enough all day, and Sub-Captain Joraskie handed out 9 ‘Player of the Game’ Beers after a very clean 18-14 win in a game where not many gave us a chance.   My favorite rookie Frometa had another 5 hits, Katz had 4, while Richie, Joe, Jordan (yes, another rookie finding his groove) and Scott all had 3 hits a piece.    Next week, a double-header capped by another 9 man Sentinel squad in game 2 (Watch out Apple!).

CK’s (Lombardi) 15 – Jiffy Lube (Applebaum) 7 

Running late at Swim, the 2nd game started without any BP. Both teams started slow, trading scoring with a 3-3 game after the 4th. A couple more runs by each team brought the game to 6-5 in Jiffy's favor at the end of the 6th. Then CK's bats came alive and plated 5 runs in the 7th and 5 runs in the 8th highlighted by a Harris HR. Final score 15-7. Great team effort as everyone contributed. Defensive highlights by a diving Peragine robbing a sure hit and Raventos at SS. Hot hitting continued from Zim (2-2 with a walk), Goddard (3-4), P.Lombardi (3-4) and multi-hit games by Peragine and Harris.

 

VACATIONS (Lapine) 10 – PRINCETON (Wallman) 8

It didn’t seem promising for Lapine’s squad on Sunday morning, as they were up against an undefeated Wallman team that’s been scoring runs by the bucket load and they were missing some key hitters in Tom Carrol, Dave Senss and Frey the Younger.  Wallman got on the board first with one run in the bottom of the second and another run an inning later. Lapine tied it up and then Wallman went ahead by a run in the bottom of the inning. The lead flip flopped a few times but neither team could put up a big inning until the top of the 7th when the men of “Vacations by Elissa Carlin” put up a five spot to take a 10-6 lead. The four run lead was just enough as the rookie Kevin Bomba limited Wallman to two runs over the final three innings for the 10 – 8 Lapine victory.  Bobby Frey and Phil Getz had four hits apiece for Lapine, with Catania, Specchio, Taub, Bomba and Krant also having multi-hit games.  Also of note, were Denny’s 4 RBI and Specchio’s two moonshots that somehow stayed within the confines of UH Right.  For team Wallman, Polzer was his typical solid self, with no walks allowed the entire game.

 

LJK (Harris) 24 – LHRGP (Larocca) 18

You don't have to be a rocket scientist or Mayronie to handicap before this game -that we were in store for a high scoring game with lots of earned runs.  An Offensive Team Larocca with a good 9 but gaps in the OF against The Big Red Machine with some scary good bats of their own to exploit those gaps.  And on the first hot day of the year no less. The kind of game plus heat index that gets Simon crazy.   The top of Team Bobito's lineup continues to rake.  Chase Sandler having a break out year- hit two more Home Runs and was 6 for 7 , 6 runs scored, and 4 RBI's.  And was a triple short of the cycle.  Rob, Justin ,and Brock combined for 9 more hits, 10 runs scored, and 7 RBIS's.  The big plus was Stevie Barbesh with 4 hits and 7 RBIs. Looking sharp after pre season surgery.  First Inning saw a pedestrian 3 runs scored by Big Red (top of our lineup arguably one of the best in the league)- and then the scary Carlinschinskys , et al coming up in the bottom of the first- and they did not disappoint banging out hits and loading the bases with one run in- when......  Ronnie Carlinschinsky hit a bullet up the middle that Bobito grabbed (no , it was not an Old Timers game- Bobito was summoned to pitch because our studly pitcher Yoke was vacationing someplace) and after checking back the runner at first , the runner on third got a little frisky and tested the aged arm of Bobito and bang , zoom, thrown out at the dish to end a one run inning.  A little hyperbole- but a big play in this game.  From there Big Red jumped ahead 16-7 going into the bottom of the 6th when those scary bats came alive for The Judge's Boyz (The Carlinschinskys right in the middle of it all)…..plating 7 runs to close the gap to 16-14-  but Big Red immediately answered with 6 more runs in the top of the 7th as we batted around- banging out 7 consecutive hits.  The defense squared up after that and held The Carlinschinkys scoreless til the ninth- when 2 more runs were plated "highlighted" with a nutcracker up the middle. Thank Goodness for Clinchers. First W after three tough losses.  Looking forward to keeping it going next week against the preseason faves- "The Brocks".  

 

VM CLEAN (Pollock) 16 – GASTRO (Bykofsky) 10

Waking up to a 4:11am Sunday morning text from MVP Infante is never a good thing. So when the blurry-eyed captain learned his star SS was out with Memorial Day weekend flu (feel better) he went through the defensive options and settled on sucking it up and praying his squad could survive him in LCF. The dangerous Mar El trenches weren't going to make things better. That plan didn't look great when the highly power-ranked Team Byko (behind a deep LCF shot from Polguy) jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead. But Team Pollock came out swinging in the home half of the first (they have only been the home team so far), as their top 7 hitters started 5-5 with a walk, Sac fly and 4 runs of their own.In the bottom of the 2nd, a VM Cleaning story line of the day started as the bottom of the order both got on base to start the inning that ended with a big Jordan Rosenthal triple to put Team Pollock up 7-4. Of course, Team Byko rallied right back with 4 runs in the 3rd (highlighted by a big extra base hit from rookie Sanvenero). Down 2 without their MVP, VM Cleaning's bats came trough with 9 runs over the next 4 innings en route to the 16-10 win. Captain Byko was his typical self, contributing 3 hits. For Team Pollock, Schwag led the way with 4 hits and an absolute bomb HR, while the streaking Jordan Rosenthal added 3 more hits. Ken Feingold (who was solid again in LF and gunned down JZ at 3B), Mitch Pollock (who played well at SS), Terel Klein, Alex Pugliese, and the unstoppable Mark Goldberg each had multiple hit games. After a 0-2 start, VM Cleaning has won 3 in a row and looks to keep the winning streak going Wednesday night against Team Randell.

 

HOT CORNER (Randell) 10 – CBP (Schef) 6

Memorial Day weekend felt like Opening Day for the skipper to finally see his 1,2,3 picks take the field together to face a hot but Lugoless Team Schefkind on a warm morning at Union Hill Left.  Probably not a coincidence that being at full strength resulted in a comeback 10-6 victory over a very solid Schef squad.  This Schef team is very solid defensively and should be a force to reckon with all season.  Team Randell jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second off a fielders choice with rookie Lyzczak leading off the inning with a single then going 1st to 3rd on a hit to right from the skipper.  Team Schef came right back with 2 in the top of the 3rd courtesy of a big double ironically from ex-Randell favorite Korny.  Things looked grim come the top of the 6th when Team Schef posted a 4 spot with some hits from the bottom of the lineup combined with a big misplay in the OF to take a 6-1 lead.  But after a leadoff out, the top of the Randell lineup responded in the bottom half with 2 courtesy of Evan Binder's legs and a big 2 out RBI hit from Schindelheim.  In the bottom of the 7th, it was Weitsen time with a huge 2 RBI triple to RCF following another inning where Lyzcyzk and Randell were on 1st and 3rd with nobody out.  Andy K. would score Weitsen on a grounder to the right side to tie things at 6-6.  After holding Schef in the top of the 8th, the top of the lineup came through again in the bottom half with a 1 out inside the park dinger from Evan followed by hits from Becker and Rick with Evan stealing a run on a Goldrosen laser up the middle knocked down by Uncle Leo.  2 more insurance runs would come from the other rookie Ciaglia with a big 2 out 2 run inside the park dinger as well.  Team Schef would be retired without making things interesting in the top of the 9th for the final 10-6 margin of victory.  Offensively, Becker led the way with a perfect 4-4 morning with Schindelheim playing best supporting actor with 3 hits of his own.  Multi-hit games from Evan, Lyzczak, Weitsen and the skipper.  On the Schef side, Tritto and Holmes, Sr. with multi-hit games as well along with Schef I believe.  Defensively, Lyzczak seems to be settling in at SS with several nice plays and Evan with a solid and busy day in LF.  Speaking of SS's, Matt Monochio already takes a back seat to no SS in this league with several nice plays of his own.  Next up Team Randell will look to even the record at 3-3 Wednesday night against Team Pollock and another Randell ex-favorite Cy Clamp

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22nd

PRINCETON (Wallman) 22 NJ SALT (Marrone) 7

Wednesday night under the lights featured undefeated Princeton against Salty Marrone and his bash brothers Conti/Silverberg.  The game was 2 to 2 after 2 full innings of play but like Sunday’s game for Captain TW the next 4 innings completely tilted in Princeton’s favor as they scored 4, 3, 6 and 6 runs to take a 21 to 4 run lead after 6 innings.  The offense was highlighted by a Mark Z 3 run blast over the center field fence.  Mark Z is the most feared and dangerous right handed hitter in league, the only question is how the F@CK DID ED FRADKIN (who brought Mark into league) PASS ON HIM IN THE 2ND, 3RD, 4TH AND 5TH ROUND????????????????????????????????????????? A SAC Fly by Gene Sea Biscuit made it a 15 run 7 inning game.  Polzer was lights out on the mound with no walks stabbing everything hit his way.  The TW offense was led by .800 Doc Balar a perfect 4 for 4 and the captain himself with 4 hits.  Princeton looks to stay perfect as next up is Lapine at UHR.  A victory and 5&0 could lead to several Bud Light Oranges Sunday afternoon for the Princeton Crew – just sayin.  

 

Action Auto 17 - Sentinel Gym 9

What happens when you are the captain of an 0-4 team and on a text chain with a bunch of animals praying for you to be winless come Memorial Day?  The answer?  You make some changes, rally the troops, and pound out 17 runs on 22 hits against one of those text chain members to grab win number 1 on the young season.

A Wednesday night  battle between “runners club” buddies MG and Gerj didn’t live up to the hype.  In the bottom of the 2nd, Sentinel put up a 4 spot and appeared to be off and running if not for some excellent OF defense from Action Auto it could have been worse.  The gloves seemed to spark the bats as the bottom of the order set the tone in the top 3 and AA rallied to tie the score at 4 after a booming 2 out, 2 run double from Lambo.  4 more in the 4th, 2 in the 5th and 5 in the 6th put the game well out of reach as Team Jacoby outscored MG’s crew 17-5 after the 2nd inning.  Offensively, 11 of the 12 man lineup had at least one hit but there were 3 stars on the night.  Jomo reverted back to his 2016 MVP form, going for 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 4 RBI.  Sean Keenan was a catalyst all night going 3 for 4, with 3 rbi and 3 runs scored including a booming triple against the MG shift while 2nd year player Frank Calamia continued to rake with 3 more lasers, and 3 runs scored.  Lambo pitched a great game while Intoci and Calamia gobbled up everything turning a few double plays in the process.  For Team MG, Evan Steinberg made a ridiculous catch in LF to rob Perloff of extra bases, and rookie Jordan Spear was his teams’ hitting stud with 3 knocks and impossible to get out all night.   Next up, the team turns the page and to a backup pitcher Sunday against Ed, the Pargys and Murphs at Muni.

    

 

SUNDAY, MAY 19th

 

A Tribe Called Ace Home Improvements 7

Versing

Big Sexy and the Parabolics 5

After not seeing each other for at least 6 months due to the rain, Team Ace met up on a nicely manicured Manalapan Rec Field to get back on track after suffering their first loss of the season. It was a nice reunion of sorts as half of the Ace players compared who had to take a shit more than the other (Seriously, who doesn’t plan ahead when you’re going to a field in the middle of nowhere??? What, you didn’t realize you had a loaf brewing 20 minutes ago before you left the house?) Back to the action. It didn’t take long for the Ace squad to return to opening day form as the Dickster and Eric got on base to be driven in by Scott Seidenberg who hit a shot that would’ve easily gone out of Union Hill let alone would’ve cleared most of Marlboro proper. A few more hits by Turner and Dunleavy and we leave the first inning 4 runs. Smooth sailing for a while as a Paster-less Sarcona only put up one while Team Ace decided to stop hitting. Fortunately, the Ace defense stayed true to form and kept Parabolic’s biggest hitters at bay until a four run outburst later on but we scored two more by somebody blah blah blah, 7-5 final. In the end, our defense will make your mother’s mouth water in delight. For Sarcona, rookies Ferro and Perrone hit some balls. For Ace, Eric Bomenblit had 3 hits and is the best shortstop in this league, case closed. Kyle Dunleavy, Richie Bomenblit, Paul Kamras, Jeff Turner, and Michael Podolla had two hits a piece. Onward

 

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Ace Back - 13

Versing

Phil Can’t Always Getz What He Wants – 1

High off of an early game win, or for Podolla: high off an early win, some Coors Lite cans, an 8 ball, and some hemp oil that dripped out of his hair, Ace got ready to take on former captain and monitor, Dennis Lapine and Jay Fucking Eisenberg. Whereas Team Ace stopped hitting early in their first game, this would not be the case here. Every Ace player chipped in with a hit in this game as the team put up runs up and down the lineup. Early ROY nominee Kyle Dunleavy had 5 hits on the day followed by 4 hits by Seidenberg and the Captain. If you didn’t know Scott was having a big year, just ask him, he will gladly share his statcast hit ball trajectory rates, spray charts, etc. As for the captain, as he was running home on one play, Eisenberg attempted to tag him out by tagging the captain in his genital region. Said genitalia produced enough force to knock the ball from Eisenberg’s glove allowing the Cowboy to be safe at home. As a result, my penis most likely has the highest Wins Above Replacement in the league. And quite honestly, anyone reading this should not allow your wives to hold a softball around me… just sayin. Moving on, Steve Toran had 3 hits while Loconte, Turner, Kamras (biggest bargain in the league), and Richie (biggest asshole in the league) had two hits a piece. While Lapine’s crew didn’t put up a lot of runs, this team has obvious talent and will be a team to beat. Next up, Ace takes on Granese. While not to hold a grudge, he mistakenly rated our defense a C yet we’ve only let up an average of 4.5 runs per game…so we will either win or I will likely key his car.

 

On a serious note, condolences to the Toran family on the passing of Steve’s father in law. If you never played with Steve, you’re missing out. 

 

Sentinel 11, Salt Truck 4:

Game number 3 for Team MG and the field workers were out at Manalapan nice and early to get the fields ready for Sentinel vs. Glen's 10 man lineup with Silverberg Silverberg Conti.  First pitch became official at 8:19 Fogs standard time.

Joraskie did what he does and led things off with a hustle double down the LF line and would score on a rbi MG double.  The hitting action was light for five innings and the score was tied at 2.  Marrone and Karp were battling with both pounding the front corners of the plate.

But in the 6th, Team MG would start to break open a 2-2 tie.  Leadoff Ench knock followed by an Adler swinging bunt set the tables for Joraskie who hit a bullet rbi single.  CSpann, looking to improve on a rough April, got back on track with a laser rbi hit to LF and before you knew it, it was a 5-2 game.  Katz, Jordan Spear, Karp and Ench would ignite another 3 run rally in the 7th and by the end it was 11-4 and Glen's draft strategy was already being put into question.  Very balanced attack for Team Sentinel, who played without under the radar rookie Frometa who will be back Wed night.    Mark Karp continued to build on a great start as he pitched to the defense and Sentinel held on to their #1 scoring against average at 4.3 rpg.    Spann and Joraskie were nasty in the OF as they showed their speed all day closing down every hole in the gaps.  Next up is Jacoby, who will be a tough squad on Wed night as they look for their first win in their fire truck red uniforms.

 

LHRGP (Larocca) 16 Princeton (Wallman) 20

While the East side of Marlboro was under a flood advisory Sunday morning, the west side of town was beautiful and Mar El never looked better (go figure).  Princeton missing A1 Saler had their work cut out for them as they faced the big bats of LHRGP on a big open field.  Top of the 1st saw Jeff Lehman with 2 outs and bases loaded deliver a clutch 2 run single which was followed by a Doc Balar rbi single to give Captain TW a short lived lead.   Honorable Captain Larocca’s squad would plate 5 in bottom of frame to take a 2 run lead.   TW and crew would tie things in top of the 2nd but LHRGP would come right back again in bottom of the inning with 3 runs and take a 3 run lead.  The game would tilt significantly over the next 5 innings as Princeton scored 15 runs over that span while holding the Judge’s squad to 3 runs.  The game would get close as LHRGP scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th to cut the lead to 4 but in the 9th a great play by Justin Bickoff in the 9th for the 2nd out was followed by a Gene to TW throw and tag out to end the game.  Every batter in the Princeton lineup had at least 2 hits and the offense was led by JY and Mark Z who combined for 7 hits, 8 runs and 8 RBIs.  The KLESHINSKY duo was on base all day for the Judge’s squad.  Princeton looks to stay undefeated as they face Mayronie and company Wednesday night under the lights.

 

CK’s (Lombardi) 12 – Hot Corner (Randell) 8  

After a disappointing early game rain out at UH, CK's got ready for the late game at Middle vs Hot Corner. Hot Corner scored early with 1 in the top of the 1st but CK's answered in the bottom of the 2nd sending 11 hitters to the plate and scoring 5 runs, highlighted by a Javy HR. Hot Corner bounced back with 3 in the 3rd and 1 more for CK in the 3rd to make it 6-4. In the top of  the 5th Hot Corner took the lead 7-6 but CK again came back with 2 to recapture the lead 8-7. Both teams scored 1 more run, with CK holding the lead 9-8 going into the bottom of the 8th. With Hot Corner's top of the lineup coming up in the 9th CK needs some insurance runs. With 2 outs and bases loaded in the bottom of the 8th, J. Lombardi delivered a 3-run triple to take a 12-8 lead. Hot Corner would go down 1-2-3 in the top of the 9th.

Leading the way for CK's is a red-hot Zim going 3-3 with a walk, Raventos, P. Lombardi and J. Lombardi 3-4 and multi-hit games by Goddard, Peragine and Veneck. Defensively, Javy was spectacular again robbing Hot Corner of several hits. For Hot Corner, Evan Binder, Schindelheim and Becker were tough outs all morning. 

 

VM CLEAN (Pollock) d. RCF (Brock)7-4

Amazing (at least from this author's perspective) these two teams entered May 19 with one combined win. And after 7:00am rain showers, it looked like that might extend to Memorial Day weekend. But fortunately with the game held at East Francis, there was just enough extra leeway to do some extra groundskeeping (kudos to Pat Brock for raking) and after a 20-minute delay, softball was back in our lives. With Justin Brock in Italy, a very capable Joshi was on the mound with an early 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the first, Joshi impressively worked out of a bases loaded, nobody out jam, leaving Team Pollock temporarily stunned. However, in the 3rd, Infante hit a deep double to make it 2nd and 3rd, and aggressive base running brought 2 runs in on a Sac fly from Jordan Rosenthal to tie the game. VM Cleaning followed that up with 3 more in the 4th behind a big 2-run double from (who else?) Infante. Team Brock chipped away and both pitchers and defenses played very well and stranded base runners as they entered the 8th inning 5-4. That's when Infante was intentionally walked (with a man on first) and Mitch Pollock came through with a clutch 2-out hit to add important insurance runs en route to VM Cleaning's first win of the season. Offensively for Team Brock, Anthony Turano, Pat Brock, and Joshi had some big hits. There's no doubt this team will be a force to be reckoned with when they have all their top guys on the field together. For Team Pollock, back-to-back MVP Eliut Infante led the way going 3-3 with 2 walks, while Clamp was superb on the mound and went 2-2 with 2 walks. Ken Feingold was solid in LF and added two hits, while Matt Pollock chipped in with 2 doubles. Team Pollock won't be doubling their projected win total again this year, but it was nice to put a W in the win column before game 2 of this morning's doubleheader.

 

VM CLEAN (Pollock) d. ACTION (Jacoby) 11-3

The rain in the morning at East Francis with Team Jacoby on the schedule brought back some bad playoff memories for VM Cleaning, but they were feeling better after an early morning win. With the sun now fully out (who knew that was possible?) two tired teams of only 10 guys each both needed the win to get things rolling in the right direction for their squads. It was the Pollock bats that came through early, as they took a 5-1 lead through 3 innings, highlighted by an absolute bomb from (again) Infante. But the MVP of this game was C(Y)lamp, who held Team Jacoby to only 1 run through the first 8 innings en route to the 11-3 win. For Action Auto, the commish was his typical self in LCF, making some great catches, while commish-bro Paul Mamone had multiple hits. For Team Pollock, Terel Klein led the way, going 3-3, while (MVPx2) Infante, Jordan Rosenthal, and Mitch Pollock all also had 3 hits each. Dave Meyer and Matt Pollock also had multiple hit games. Next up for VM Cleaning is an always tough, currently undefeated and very anxious to play, Team Bykofsky.

 

 

CBP (Schef) over ACTION AUTO (Jacoby) 8-3

CBP (Schef) over LHRGP (Larocca) 19-1

Team Schef made it 4 in a row with a doubleheader sweep over Jacoby and Larocca.  Game 1 at the Swim Club saw Commish Mamone on his phone till game time trying to get the Union Hill game rescheduled to Manalapan.  Team Jacoby never managed much offense as his team melted to only 9 fielders by the end.  Lugos, trying to live up to his #1 billing finally saw his average go above the .300 mark as he went 3 for 4 and make a diving “Ron Swoboda” catch.  The other hitting star was Holmes SR as he continues to be among the hitting leaders after finishing the day at .733 through 5 games.  Team Schef broke a scoreless tie with 5 runs in the 4thinning as Lugos and Manochio Sr had key RBI hits.  In the end, Team schef held on for a 8-3 victory.

 

Game 2 saw Team Schef travel to Marlbor El for a showdown with Larocca.  After Mrs Schef provided a refueling of bagels, Team Schef was ready to pounce on Larocca, who looked tired after losing game 1.  Team Sched pounded out 25 hits and it was finally called after 7 innings.  Rookie Brian Fazzino led the way with 3 hits  including a 3 run homer to right field.  Joe “O” pounder 3 more hits and raised his average to over 500 after 5 games.  Marl El featured some horrible out field  divot conditions and umpire “Yee”  was willing to call the game.  But  outfield agreed to play only to have “Broome “ in rightcenter dive and probably break his wrist, although not due to the divots.  Friedlich notched his 4 as he lowered his Era to a league best and will be on the Cy Young ballot for sure.  Pallock reconsidereing his “power rankings” on Team Schef as the end into Memorial Day weekend trying to notch #5 against Randell.

 

Fradkin Law 16 – HOT CORNER (Randell) 8

Despite the fears of another rainout, the Middle School field looked perfect, as if no rain at all occurred there.  Randell jumped out to a 5 run lead in the top of the 1st inning even though they were missing their 2nd and 3rd round draft picks, Goldrosen and Lysczak.  Ed’s teams bounced back with 3 in the bottom of the 1st after Murphy got yet another hit (he had 2 for the day including a home run), and then Ed hit a home run.  The game stayed close with Brad’s team ahead until the bottom of the 3rd inning when Ed’s team put up 4 runs to go ahead for good.  Fradkin Law scored at least one run in the first 6 innings of the game, while Brad’s team was only able to must 3 runs after the 1st inning explosion. 

 

It was a true “team” win for Fradkin Law.  Andy as always had multiple hits (2), his son Joe had 2 hits and 3 RBIS, Steven Wallenstein went for 2 hits (including a triple) and the Rosenstock brothers put up a monster game (Eric was 4-4 with 2 RBIs and Mike was 3-4 with 3 RBIs).  After coming straight from the bar stool little James Pezzullo went 3 for 3 and made a couple of stellar plays in leftfield.  Buck, Paul O’Connor and Chris Pezzullo also played significant roles in the game at the bottom of the lineup by contributing 4 hits between them. 

 

The defense was solid at a tough field where a missed ground ball in the outfield turns into a Middle school home run.  Up next for Fradkin Law is the always dangerous Jacoby team at Municipal next Sunday. 

 

SUNDAY. APRIL 28TH

 

Jiffy Lube (Apple) 3 – NJ Salt (Marrone) 0

I am taking a major risk here and going against Captain Apples team rule of NO WRITE UPS – but what happened at East Francis on a cloudy damp Sunday morning  yesterday just had to be put in print.

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M BURNS PITCHED A 1 HIT SHUTOUT –

 

Have to give him a lot of credit here – He has put in the practice  - day in and day out to get better in trying to become a true starting pitcher in this league

A performance like this makes you think “Could we have another Lombardi in the making???” Sorry I got a little excited – lets just pump the breaks a bit and see how it all plays out this season – but hey you never know!

 

That’s all I have for you folks – I mean what is there really left to say????

 

Ok Ok here is a little more (Apple is going to be less happy then normal)

 

Gluck was vintage Gluck  - making play after play

There was a web gem of Apple to Gluck to Dinap to throw out Doc after he hit a  moonshot that he tried to turn into a triple… (oh yeah – that was the only hit by NJ SALT and it came in the bottom of the 8th)

 

How did we get 3 runs?  Not very sexy that’s for sure

2 rbi Sac fly by Apple (thanks to Derek scoring from 2nd)

Rbi single in the 8th by Pingaro to score Burns who also had 3 hits to go along with his pitching performance

 

Next up for team Apple is a Wed night rematch of last years finals vs Shef

ACTION AUTO (Jacoby) 11   PRINCETON (Wallman) 12

Year after year, the battle of the fakest cousins is filled with controversy, drama and excitement.  Last season the game between the non blood relatives was played in a monsoon that ended in a tie but had to be continued a month later as it affected Action and the play in game.  The drama for this year began a week ago when nicest guy in league Captain TW asked fake ass cousin for a small favor by moving the Sunday night game from 6pm to 8pm.  Take in mind GG was the same captain who 8 minutes after draft ended, tried to reschedule a Wednesday night game 3 months in advance so he and the commissioner would not miss a game for their twice scheduled quad anniversary trip.  GG notorious for canceling and rescheduling everything from children’s bar mitzvahs to own bday parties to dinner to softball games to vacations, yet the 2 hour Sunday night delay was a HUGE ASK.  The exact quote was “NO CALAMIA NO ACCOMODATIONS”!  An offline conversation between the 2 captains moved the game to Sunday morning Manalapan so all 26 guys could attend ( 25 played as Captain GG was concussed due to a low beam incident)..  And now to the game!  Top of the first a TW walk and Saler laser was followed by a titanic 400 foot Homerun by rookie Mark Z which cleared Manalapan 3 LCF by 100 feet and gave Princeton a quick 3 to 0 lead.  The bottom of the 1st saw a GGless Auto Action score 7 while batting around on approximately 11 singles and a Calamia (yes he was there SHOCKING) off the fence double to give Action a 4 run lead.  TW’s crew would add 2 in the 3rd and 4 in the 4th behind a 3 RBI double from HY THE HEBREW HAMMER to give Princeton a 2 run lead.  Polzer settled in on the mound after the first helping himself by making one amazing play after another holding Action scoreless the next 6 innings.  Action would not go down easily and plated 4 runs to tie the game in 8th and both teams went scoreless in the 9th.  The 10th frame had HY, DC and TW for Princeton while Action had Perloff, Jomo and Calamia coming up.  Vegas odds were huge in favor of GG’s crew but HY THE HEBREW HAMMER stepped to the plate and blasted his 2nd double of the game over left field. DC moved the runner to 3rd and TW SAC plated 1 and gave the good guys the lead.   Perloff led off the bottom of the inning with his 4th hit of the game but 2 great stabs once again by Polzer and the game was over.  Intoci, JOMO and POMO all made amazing catches to keep the game close while Lambo played great for Action up the middle.  For the winners once again it was THE HEBREW HAMMER (2 double, 3 RBIS & the game winning run) and Doc Balar (3 for 3 and walk and perfect for the season) who dominated the offense.  Mark Z with 3RBIS, 2 hits and the bomb homer.  Defensively it was all Polzer for Princeton, he made outstanding plays all game long.  Next up Princeton faces another tough division match up against J Brock and his loaded crew.  For Captain GG it might be time to think about handing over the reins to Sean Herman and spare all of the drama of giving up his team in 2020 for 25th time. Good news for Captain GG, it’s still early and 7 wins is very attainable.  7 wins is no SMALL ASK however, BEST OF LUCK AND G-D BLESS.

 

Gastro (Bykofsky) 6    -  Sentinel (Granese) 4

Team Gastro faced off against a captain MG-less Sentinel squad in the late game at Swim.  The first inning offense scoring 4 runs thanks to big RBI knocks by Polguy and McElrath, along with stellar pitching and defense, propelled Gastro to the win in this low scoring affair.  Amadeo was stellar in the lead-off spot going 3-3.  The defense was superb behind Marty on the mound (ZERO WALKS ON THE SEASON!) despite facing a formidable 10-man lineup all morning.  JZ made a sick play (AT 1ST BASE, DONT WORRY EVERYONE) to rob Spear of a hit in the 9th that was the web gem of the game. Game ball went to Safchik who will continue to torment teams who passed on him on his CY-"OLD" campaign.  Karp was also phenomenal on the mound for Sentinel all morning, and their defense which features 5 man IF, 3 man OF, will certainly catch many teams off guard.  Will Capt Byko go hitless again next week?  Will Billy Boy ever get a hit?  Find out next week at the EARLLYYY =( game at Swim vs Marrone.

 

CK’s (Lombardi) 8 – ACE (Ferrarese) 4

CK's/ACE had the early morning game at Swim. After heavy rain on Friday, the town did a good job getting the fields ready for play. ACE started the game scoring 1 run in the top of the 1st but CK's answered with 2 in the bottom of the 1st on a 2-run Peragine double. CK would hold the lead the rest of the game. CK added two more in the 2nd on a clutch 2 run single from newcomer Harris. ACE added two in the 4th only to be answered again by CK's with 1 in the 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th. Final score 8-4.
CK's was again led by Goddard (3-3 and a walk), Javy (3-4) and Zim (3-4). Multi-hit games by Peragine, P. Lombardi and Harris (3 rbi's). For ACE, Mike pitched well on the mound and ACE played a tough game. 

 

THE BROTHERS KLESCHINSKY & BROOME (LHRGC - LaRocca) 10 vs THE BROTHERS BROCK & TURANO (RCF - Brock) 7
Early season matchup with LHRGC against the consensus preseason favorite RCF squad paired two teams with 3 combo picks each (Brock also has the deadly Priess combo, featuring Sharped Dressed Man Priess and Billy Marter Jr Priess . . . and LaRocca has the Carlin brother combo, featuring Marky Memes Carlin and Ronnie Lights Out Carlin).  Something was familiar about the day when I was told that Dilly Dilly’s dog ate his homework and he was running late……back to the game.   With two aces on the mound, both teams started slowly but the LHRGC middle/bottom was able to strike first in the second on an RBI double from el Capītan and an RBI single from Read’em Their Rights Rob.  RCF got one back in the second off of a Lucas warning track blast that drove in a run.  The good guys followed with one of their own in the third with hits from MCarlin and KKlesch, and held a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the 4th.  That’s when the Brock squad seemed to have taken command with 4 runs spurred by professional hitter Shamma Lamma Ding Dong Yoshi driving in a few. But the Brothers Broomekleschinskycarlin would not go quietly into the night.  MBroome lead off the 5th with a single, MCarlin single, KKlesch single (and later stole home on a pop up in the infield), MKlesch double, RCarlin single and ABroome single landed us 5 runs in the inning and the lead for good.  Arolick/MCarlin hits added one in the 7th and a Malagold blast triple in the 8th secured the squads 2nd double digit scoring effort in as many games (we won’t speak of the 9th inning offensive performance ever again).   On defense we saw more of the same with MBroome showing us all why he was a 2nd round prize, MCarlin turning double plays and Miranda locking down 3B.  Nothing was prettier, however, than the KKlesch pop out throw out dp early in the game which really set the tone defensively.  For Brock, Justin was SICK defensively on the mound making remarkable play after play and, with Pat and Turano in LC/RC the RCF squad really shut down the middle.   Next up is the late game against Shef at Swim Club.

 

Fradkin Law (Fradkin) 14 – VACATIONS (Lapine) 3 

You look good, you play good.  This week the real Fradkin Law team showed up in uniforms and hats.  It is still a mystery as to who was playing in the opening day debacle.  After a SMALL ASK was made of the league to both teams to move up the game to 8:30 a.m., the game started a little after 9 a.m. because the accommodation could not be made by either team. 

 

Ed’s team faced the imposing lineup of Team Lapine lead by big Tom Carroll and newcomer Rob Catania, but they were up to the task in the field and at bat.  Big Jimmy Murphy was the sparkplug at leadoff going 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs, and making every play at shortstop.  Sal Alfieri also had 3 hits and Andy Pargament drove in 4 runs on 2 hits while playing a stellar defense at first base.  Ed had 2 hits, including another triple, and won his first game as a starting pitcher while limiting Lapine to 3 runs.  Michael Rosenstock (I think because you can’t tell him and his brother apart) had 2 hits while Chris Pezzulo came through with a multi-hit game as well. 

 

In the field Joey Pargament played a flawless game at second base while Eric Rosenstock and Steve Wallenstein provided solid defense at 3rd base.  

 

Next up for Fradkin Law is Brock’s team  in the Wednesday night showdown at Union Hill right.   



CBP (Schef) 12 over VM CLEANING (Pollock) 8

Team Schef got into the win column with a 12 -8 victory over a solid 10 players from Team Pollock.  Team Sponsor CBP had Heather Logan in attendance to make sure their investment was a solid choice.  Team Schef opened up the first with a 4 run 2 out rally highlighted by Dan Manochio, Chris Holmes and Brian Fazzino having key RBI’s and giving Team Schef the lead they would never relinquish.  Team Pollock highlights included the 6th round Steal Meyer having 4 hits and Mitch Pollock with 3 hits and a right center 2 run bomb by Clamp.  In the end, The Holmes father and son duo went 6 for 7, Manochio Senior had 3 hits and some spectacular “D’ by rookie Mat Manochio at short led team Schef to their first victory of the season. Friedlich notched victory #1 on his pursuit for the Cy young.  Next up a tough Apple squad on Wednesday night at UH

 

HOT CORNER (Randell) 4 – PARABOLIC (Sarcona) 1

Mother Nature turned an early morning date with Lenny at Municipal into a late start at Mark El where Team Randell evened up its record at 1-1 with a 4-1 defensive battle win over Team Sarcona.  The all-star pitching matchup of Becker and Drapkin held true to form as both pitchers had the opposing offenses off balance all day.  Although widely known that the skipper always has a soft spot in the heart for Cy Clamp, Becker played second fiddle to nobody today pitching an absolute gem.  But for a great slide at the plate by Paster who was out by 2 steps in the 4th,  Becker would have pitched the shutout.  Things were scoreless until the bottom of the 3rd when a leadoff single from Messinger and a 1 out hit from Evan set things up for a big 2 out 2 run double from who else; Becker.  Sarcona would get one back in the 4th on the aforementioned Paster slide.  The zeroes kept piling up until the bottom of the 6th when Randell would add one on a Lyzczak sac fly to drive in Becker.  In the bottom of the 7th, Randell would tack on 1 more to make it 4-1 on another 2 out RBI single from (you guessed it) Becker for the final 4-1 margin of victory.  Randell defense was stellar all morning with the Randell infield comprised of the settling in rookies Ciaglia and Lyzczak on the left side combining with the skipper to turn several double plays.  Ciaglia at 3rd and Lyzczak at SS busy all morning with several nice picks on short hop balls.  But perhaps the play of the game was the longtime vet Messinger robbing Captain Lenny of extra bases with men on with a great running catch in RF.  Solid defense from Team Sarcona as well with Jared Goldberg making several nice plays at SS.  Offensively, it was the Killer B’s Becker and Evan Binder show with 3 hits apiece to lead the way.  On the Sarcona side, nice game from Chad Kaplow on base all morning out of the leadoff spot.  Next up a Sunday night matchup against the undefeated rookie captain Lombardi at UH.

 

OVOX (Goldfarb) 9  LJK (Harris) 8

OVOX GYM bounced back from a season opening loss and evened its record at 1-1 by defeating Team Harris in comeback fashion.  It sure looked like from the start that Team Harris was going to break the single game HR record (whatever that may be) as Chase Sandler and Justin Callow went deep in the top of the 1st to give Team Harris a quick 3-0 lead.  In the bottom of the 2nd Evan Rosenthal took the 1st pitch he saw in his Marlboro Softball debut over the fence cutting the OVOX deficit to 2.  OVOX would scratch out another run in the 3rd and after 3 the score was 3-2 in favor of Team Harris.  Team Harris would score 3 in the 4th and 2 in the 5th (highlighted by a 2nd Chase Sandler HR).   Down 8-2 after 4 ½ innings OVOX would start the comeback.  Highlighted by Mike P’s basing clearing triple, OVOX scored 5 and the score was 8-7.  OVOX held the Big Red scoreless over the last 4 and with 1 in the 8th the game was tied 8-8 going into the home 9th.   Mike P led off with a single and then Anthony DiMarco delivered a line drive walk-off double to end the game, the final being 9-8.  Offensive Stars for Team Harris were the whole top of the order (Chase, R Corde, Callow, Brock H and Steve Y) who all pounded the ball all day.  Steve Yockel also pitch a nice game.  Team Goldfarb did only play with 10 but the lower ranked Goldfarbs (Reid and Guy) had 3 hits each as did the aforementioned Anthony DiMarco (5 hits on the year, all doubles).  Alex, Mike P, Evan, Lou and Larry chipped in with 2 hits each.  Some great plays by Larry in RCF and Mike P at 2B led the OVOX defense who all played pretty good on the day. 

Next up . . Team Apple on UHL

 

 

SUNDAY. APRIL 14TH – OPENING DAY

 

PRINCETON (Wallman) 5 - VM CLEANING (Pollock) 3

Marlboro Softball opening day paired 2 pre-season favorites at the soggy and damp Swim Club.  Captain Pollock was without their star pitcher Clamp who was rumored to be in a Galaxy far far away, so Matt P was sent to the hill to get things going for VM Cleaning.  3 bloops in the bottom of the 1st had Pollock up 2 to 0 and the score would stay that way through 3 full innings.  A walk to Polzer in the top of the 4th was followed by 4 straights from Rookie Mark Z, JY, Gene and Jeff Lehman and Captain TW would take a 4 to 2 lead.  A few infield defensive miscues from Princeton would cut Captain TW’s lead to 1.  Polzer would give Princeton a 2 run cushion with an 8th inning double and on defense he would shut down VM over the next 2 innings to get TW his first victory of the season.  Polzer was brilliant on mound issuing 1 walk the entire day while Hy the Hammer and Doc Balar were a combined 6 for 6 for Princeton Spine.  Kudos to Matt Pollock who pitched a great game for the missing storm trooper Clamp.  Next up 2 weeks from now TW faces ripped apart beyond fake cousin Captain GG.  If GG Jacoby starts the season 0 & 2, 95% chance he gives up his team in 2020.  FINGERS CROSSED  

 

The White Harold Baines' (Ace) 17

Versing

Randell and the Rookies (Hot Corner) 4

Please allow this recap serve as my rebuttal to the half-assed prediction written about this elite squad of Adonis shaped dick-slingers. For Ace, opening day was held at East Francois against a strong, but Becker-less Randell crew. For Hot Corner, Brad selected some very impressive rookies in Goldrosen, Lsyzcycksykzszk, and Ciaglia (if your Ciaglia lasts more than 4 hours, please seek medical attention) that are all going to make names for themselves in the future. For Team Ace, we were missing Turner, but were all inspired to prove the nay-sayers wrong.

 

Hitting: B-

17 runs with all 12 players contributing with hits. Eric Bomenblit and Richard "the Dickster" Bomenblit with 4 hits a piece with the Dickster hitting a homerun and sprinting the bases like a straight up savage. Rookie Ray Porzio went a perfect 3/3, Seidenberg hit 2, not 1, but 2 triples. Multi-hit games for Rookie Kyle Dunleavy, Pat Thomas, and Paul Kamras. Sounds like an A-.

 

Speed: C

C?!?!?! Did the author of this fake news look at our roster and only see me and Kamras' names??? Eric, Richie, and Podolla alone chalk us up to a B. And all three rounded the bases with speed, elegance, and aplomb. Is there another fucking team that has Carl Lewis, Willy Mays Hayes and Vince Coleman who we're being compared to?

 

Defense: C

Eric and Richie alone in the infield eat up everything in their path with strong corner infielders as well. In the outfield, Kyle Dunleavy WILL be a defensive outfielder nominee this year as the big cat effortlessly reigned in a ton of hard hit balls. Podolla ran down everything in left and in all, kept a hard-hitting offense to four runs (two of which were on an overthrow error by yours truly). Easily the worst prediction in any of the ones written in this year or any.

 

Pitching: D+

I walked one batter, and honestly, it was just because I felt like walking someone

 

There's my rebuttal. As for me, I'm going to settle in and watch Game of Thrones which is quite fitting, because in all honestly, winter is coming for this entire fucking league this season. Peace out, stay in school

 

 

NJ SALT (Marrone) 12 – LJK (Harris) 7

Softball is fun winning  or losing  although today was lots of fun and excitement in the Marrone camp

with A cruise control Jog win from start to finish. With a team filled with BFF'S none greater then the Doc/Marrone duo. Until when Captain read the lineup and positions with Dave standing there with his new $240 Dollar 1st basemen glove that Glen kept hostage resulting 

in a very Angry hungover (Bat-Mitzvah) out till 3 am Silverberg. Mr Doc( I can still rock at 50)Responded with his greatest game going 4-4 with 2 homers a grand slam EST 400 feet dead center. Doc jogged the bases yelling Paster who!!!!!!

Other hitting stars was Captain Marrone 4-4 with 3 RBI and a laser triple. Mike Conti was flawless at SS and shined at the dish 2/3 with 2 doubles. Welcome back fan favorite Soskel 3/4. Smiling Justin Krauss 2-4.

Lots of leather from the speedy Zack Krauss in L/C running down everything hit his way including 2 remarkable catches.  Team Salt is young and fast with lots of enthusiasm.

On the loosing side team Harris has many big bats and none better then Corde who will be a first round choice next year. Next up is good buddy apple at East Frances   

 

CK’s (Lombardi) 20 – FRADKIN LAW (Fradkin) 5   8 inn

After a scathing pre-season prediction and rant about 7th round draft etiquette by former captain, the predicted dark cloud (and C- hitting) did not follow the rookie captain into his season opener.

 

Team Fradkin took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st but that was the last time they would lead in the game. Team Lombardi came back with 6 in the top half of the 2nd, scoring their 1st 2 runs by a fence rattling double by P. Lombardi. Lombardi defense was on lock down not allowing any runs in the next two innings. Team Lombardi added 3 more and 1 more for Fradkin in the 4th making it 9-3.  Then the explosion happened in the 5th. Team Lombardi sent 14 batters to the plate scoring 10 runs highlighted by a Peragine double and Raventos double and triple (in the same inning!) making it 19-3. The game was stopped in the 8th with a final score 20-5.

 

Great opening day for rookie captain and Team Lombardi with 23 hits and 20 runs. The hitting was lead by Goddard (5-5), Peragine (3-5) and multi hit games by Raventos, D.Drashinsky, Zim, P. Lombardi, Veneck and Tilker.

 

 

Gastro (Bykofsky)  11     Jiffy Lube (Applebaum)   10

After the fog cleared away the opening day matchup at the Middle School field featured a 12 man Gastro squad (no Cruz) facing off vs an 11 man Jiffy Lube team (no Tracy or Seidel).  Things got off to a rocky start for the Gastro boys in the 1st inning as some fielding miscues, followed by the top of the lineup going down 1-2-3, lead to an early 2-0 deficit.    Matty P then scored the first run of the season for Gastro off a big RBI knock by Scher (welcome back!) bottom 2.  Heading to the bottom of the 4th inning Gastro found themselves trailing 5-1.  The boys then responded by plating 5 runs of their own to take the lead as the first 5 guys in the batting order all reached base and scored to take a 6-5 lead.  Apples then battled back scoring 3 in the 5th to take an 8-6 lead.  This was a back and forth contest!  The 6th inning is when Gastro took control once and for all.  After Anslow made an absolutely stunning diving catch down the RF line (webgem of the game) to thwart a Jiffy Lube rally, momentum swung.   Bykofsky's boys then responded by scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th thanks to big RBI knocks by Polguy, Yigdal and Anslow.  Marty CY-chick was then able to pitch out of trouble in the 9th inning, leaving DiNapoli on deck to end the game, and Gastro escaped with the 1 run win.  Matty Polguy was the offensive star of the game going 3-3 with 3 RBIs. JZ (free of Randell's purgatory!) was seen smiling most of the morning and also smoked 2 doubles. Other multi-hit games were had by Capt Byko, McElrath, Yigdal, Scher, and Anslow.  Defensively, Marty was great on the mound all morning walking nobody, while Matty P, Scher, and JZ locked down the infield defense.  For Jiffy Lube, DiNapoli, Gluck, Sherman and Papa Podos were tough outs all morning.  Burns also pitched well in his first season opener on the mound.  Gastro will look to make it 2-0 in two weeks as they face an always formidable MG squad at Swim Club.

 

LHRGC (LaRocca) 14 ACTION AUTO (Jacoby) 5

With the rain and fog hitting us early this weekend, the league held their collective breaths waiting for the “GAMES ON” post from Commissioner JoMo.  Those on the LHRGC squad knew that their Ace Ronnie Carlin was ready to go “three sleeps ago” and boy did he deliver a gem.  RC is picking up exactly where he left off in 2018, with command of his pitches and stellar defense on the hill.  Nice play from rookie Rob “Read’em Their Rights” Miranda at 3B showing off a smooth glove and a nice arm.  Broome brothers both looked good defensively with lawyer in training Andrew flashing some nice glove in RC.  The Bludgeon Brothers (Mike and Kevin) locked down the left side outfield and Mark and Juice did the same on the right side of the infield.  While Team LaRocca looked good defensively all around, the man on the hill had a lot to do with keeping the dangerous bats of Action Auto at bay.  This writer saw Cap JJ shaking his head at some of the RC pitches while (shockingly) whispering “how is he a five.”

 

Offensively, the formula was simple, bat 10 guys then read’em their rights!  Keeping the pressure off of the rookie was important, and with the top of the order batting a combined 11 for 17, pressure didn’t enter the vocabulary.  Standouts were MBroome, MCarlin and both K brothers who combined for 11 hits and 11 RBIs on the day. 

 

Kudos on Team Jacoby go to Sweet Swinging Lefty Josh Levine who I think will end up being the steal of the draft for JJ and to Frank Calamia (drafted after MBroome) who hit 2 “moon shots” that may still be in orbit.  Frankie also looked awesome at 3rd, but nowhere near as good looking in a uniform than ABroome.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Lambo who pitched very well (no walks) and smacked the ball around as usual, despite his new shmedium frame.

 

Next up is the star-studded Brock team featuring Marty Boot Bellis who has already recorded his first hit of the season.

 

VACATIONS (Lapine) 18 – PARABOLIC (Sarcona) 11

It was opening night at Union Hill with a big crowd on hand for the Sarcona/Lapine East division battle. To say the season got off to a good start for Lapine would be an understatement as they bat around in the top of the first and send 19 batters up and score a possible record of 14 runs. Sarcona would plate two in their half of the inning including a long triple by Kaplow and Paster’s first HR of the season. Tom Carroll would later hit his first of 2019, a 3 run bomb over the RF fence.  As the Lapine bats quieted down, obviously exhausted from the first inning, Sarcona creeped back in to the game and was within 7 after 6 innings. Rookie Kevin “La” Bomba then proceeded to shut down Sarcona the rest of the way to earn his first W. Lots of stars for Lapine with everybody getting at least 1 hit. Tom Carroll led the way going 4-4 HR and 5 RBI’s and making every play at short. Rob Catania made his Marlboro debut with 3 hits 3 runs and a Ribby. Specchio and Sens each knocked in 3. For Lenny’s squad Roland made the defensive play of the night with a diving catch and Jared Goldberg made a perfect throw home to nail B Frey at the plate in the 9th. Jordan Krant gets the Stanley Cup award for playing just a few days after breaking a finger.  Congrats to Pat Specchio on his upcoming wedding.  As usual a well called game by the man in blue, Simon.

 

Sentinel (MG) 12, Ovox (GG) 3

Nobody wanted to get back on the field more than Captain MG.   And despite two finals appearances in the last four seasons, the preseason predictions remained unkind at 7-15 clearly citing the loss of cornerstones Lombardi and Zimm.    Why panic when you just reload???  Team MG, featuring four first year players,  came out strong and quickly pulled together behind the Captain’s master game plan.   After an early run, GoGo-Joraskie and SuperSpann would highlight a 3 run fourth inning with back to back RBI doubles.   In the 6th, MG, Steinberg, and newbie Chris Frometta with consecutive RBIs capped by Frometta’s laser triple.   At 9-0, the game was in hand and Mark Karp and the defense would cruise to a 12-3 victory, which was a shutout heading to the 9th.     The defense was led by Joraskie and Spann in the middle of the OF and Richie Spear at SS- gobbling up grounder after grounder.  MG has now played with three generations of Spears in this league (who saw that coming)???   Derek Rising would add a circus catch in RF and Karp dazzled all day pitching into the strength of the D.    Frometta with 4 hits, Rising with 3, Evan Steinberg a perfect day at the plate with 3 hits, and Joraskie with three knocks.  Next up will be a very shorthanded team MG against rival Byko.    

 

 

 

 

 

 
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