Waldheim report On Softball
Last Saturday, the Jamaica Bay Softball League had their annual mid-summer classic. The best of the best (and some stragglers) competed at the Broad Channel Sports Complex. Players sported JBSL All-Star hats, along with their team jerseys. Teams were broken down as follows:
Team 1: Mudsharks, Rockies, Cardinals, Brewers, Bombers, Freakshow, Orioles. Team 2: Muggers, Assassins, Daggers, Publicans, Bryan's Auto, Healy's, Big Dogs, Round Balls, RBI's. Team one, the winners, tore it open early when 17 batters came to the plate and 13 runs scored in the first inning. Sledge (Mudshark), the MVP, tripled and doubled his way to player prestige. He was 6-6. "For a man of 40, I am playing like I am 20," said Sledge.
Kenny Jackowski (Mudshark) might have had a shot but was stopped by Chopper (Umpire) who called him "out of the box." Kenny, picking up his bat and came back to argue.
Bob Steiner (Mudshark) also got on base each of his six appearances to the plate. John Didio (Cardinal) was 4-5 with a walk. He missed the cycle by a home run. Matty Conklin (Cardinal) was 3-5 and pitched a good game, thanks to his team's big bats. Gene Mohr (Mudshark) had a homer over the fence. For Team Two (the losers), Kenny Rat (Mugger) had three hits, including a double and home run. Bo and Itchy (Muggers) were 3-3. Meatball and Rob Lundon (Assassins) batted .500, while Angel (Bryan's Auto) was 2-3. Gallagher (Mugger) went long as well.
After nine innings, the slugfest ended with a score of 35-15. Steiner tried to explain his team's domination, "It came down to a coaching duel…" Itchie completed his sentence, "…and I folded in the end."
On Sunday, the Mudsharks solidified their six-game lead in the D1 standings when they swept the Assassins, 14-3 and 11-3. The Assassins, in second place at 8-6, charged the Mudsharks (15-1) with their first loss on the first weekend of the season.
In the first game, Richie McCarthy went 2-4, but reached on all four attempts. Jackowski hit a home run and was 2-3. Keith was 1-2.
In the second game, 'Hoopur' was 4-4 and hit a grand slam. Richie and Donnie were 2-3. Joey Ernst was not his usual bigger-than-life self, recording just one hit. The Mudshark bench was quiet, ok except for Kenny who jeered the "walrus" all day, without Kevin Gill. Vinny has been M.I.B. (Missing in Brooklyn) for weeks now (contributed by Jodi).
Steve Rosino hit a two-run homer in game one. Defensively, he made a darn good catch in centerfield when he almost collided with Rob Lundon. His defense was a refreshing change from Saturday's drunken display. Mike Slattery and 'Gee' Salgado were 2-4, while Chris Musto was 2-3. Musto's brother Lou struck out four times. None of the Assassins were in attendance for after-game festivities at On the Waterfront, something about having to make a few graduation parties. These guys won’t be getting the Party Team of the Century award anytime soon.
Speaking of party teams, the Brewers swept the Freakshow, 5-4 and 8-5. The Orioles dropped two to the Roundballs, losing 15-1 and 3-2.
The Cardinals (13-5), in first with a one-game lead over the Roundballs (12-6), Brewers (12-6) and possibly Healy’s pending game results, beat the Bombers in the first game of a doubleheader, 14-2. Matt Conklin, Leo Chavanne Jr. and Timmy Hanning were perfect at the plate in game one. Conklin hit a homer and finished the day 4-5. John Didio was 3-4 and drove in the mercy-clinching RBI. Tommy Meyer and Greg Hearn were 2-3. The Cardinals dominated again in the second game, 9-2.
Conklin pitched a no-hit shutout into the later innings with five K's. Steve, Kevin, Tim and Brian were 2-3. The Bombers were able to put two runs on the board in the seventh, but it was not enough.
This weekend is an off-weekend for the JBSL, due to the Independence Day holiday. Many of the watering holes are having specials and bands including On the Waterfront presenting: Secret Service and The Wax ’R Back on Friday and Saturday, respectively at 10 p.m. There will be a $5 cover charge for both nights. D.J. Teddy will be entertaining on Sunday at 8 p.m. (no cover)! Be sure to check out the JBSL website by logging on to www.teamdisco-very.com/jamaicabay and e-mail me your thoughts and ideas at email@example.com.
Sledge (center), pictured with umpires John "Chopper" O'Gara (l.) and Dan "Diver" Dickesheid(r.), captures MVP trophy by combining triples, doubles and defense at JBSL all-star game.