Waldheim Report On Softball
After a restful week in Cancun, I am happy to be returning to the pages of the Wave. If you blinked last Sunday you would have missed the doubleheader between the Publicans and the Mudsharks. I can’t even tell you the score of the second game, while the first game was a forfeit.
Assassins & Muggers split. Grassy Point carries three teams this year and this week sibling rivalry ensued. More like step kin than blood relation these teams have no love-loss. "You have to go back to MY bar," yelled Bo Malone, after his chest-to-chest confrontation with Assassins outfielder Danny Jackowski. Benches cleared to keep the two competitors divided. The argument was sparked when Malone allegedly attempted to interfere with a routine infield fly on the final out of the inning. When the teams did return to the bar, each sat at opposite ends exchanging manly man glares. Just kidding.
The Assassins claimed a win in game one, 8-5. The team dominated defensively. Rob Lundon rejoined the troops after a short hiatus. Rick Rosino and one of the Salgado's (did not get his name) each hit multi-run homers.
In game two, the Assassins led 6-1 until the "defense fell apart." The Muggers took control thanks to numerous Assassin errors and strong offensive performances by Billy Johnson and Rob Gallagher.
"Rat was no help on the field," said one teammate. Mugger teammates showed concern for Johnson who apparently wore his wife's socks to the game. "I've got the cutest feet going," said Johnson. The final score for the second game: 16 - 8. The Muggers are in second place in the "A" division standings, ahead of the Assassins by a win. The Assassins will face the Rockies at 10 a.m. on the Beach field.
The Musto brothers are the self-proclaimed Horseshoe Kings of Grassy's. That should lead to a number of challenges. I found out later that Steve Rosino and Harold went 6-0 in horseshoes and won the championship in a round robin. "We smoked Lou and Chris Musto in 2 different games," said Harold.
Meatball was the most animated of the Assassins. He was not very happy with the umpires or the Muggers. He took one in the chest for his crew. "Felt like a mosquito bite," said Meatball, bravely. Umpires Smith and Hennessy did not make any friends on this sunny Sunday. Captain Danny wrapped it up, "very disappointing. We stooped to their level."
Mudsharks dominate Publicans and girl:
The Mudsharks, who lead their division, took two from the Publicans who have been having trouble fielding a team. They recruited "a girl." The "boys" seemed hesitant at bat, fearing that they might injure the dainty lass (come on!). Game one was won by forfeit, while game two ended in a mercy. Just about every Mudshark crossed home plate while Joey Ernst met a less positive outcome just short of home plate. Darn sand traps! He can take it. He was a SEAL!
Publican Charlie Kinsie returned to top form and showed defensive prowess at the mound. Either that or he would have been decapitated by a Mudshark line drive.
Next week the Mudsharks will the Muggers at 12:30 in Broad Channel. The Publicans face Bryan’s Auto on the Blvd. field at 10 a.m. For all the latest news and standings online, log on to www.teamdiscovery-.com/jamaicabay. It includes info on teams, locations, league rules and message boards for your input.
1 Mudsharks 11 1
2 Muggers 7 4
3 Assassins 6 4
4 Daggers 5 5
5 Rockies 4 7
6 Publicans 2 8
7 Bryans Auto 2 8
Team Wins Losses
1 Healy's 10 4
2 Cardinals 9 5
3 Brewers 9 5
4 Big Dogs 8 6
5 Bombers 6 6
6 Round Balls 7 7
7 R.B.I.'s 6 6
8 Freak Show 4 10
9 Orioles 3 11