Waldeim Report On Softball
Jamaica Bay Softball League kicks-off it’s first round of play-offs this Sunday. While the JBSL is not necessarily major league caliber, widely disputed by many gung-ho players (the Joey Ernst’s and Kenny Rat’s of this league), it has had its share of controversy. This week was no different.
Muggers faced-off with Bryan’s Auto in Broad Channel last week. The first game was an extra-inning slugger’s delight. Entering the ninth in a 15-15 stalemate, the Muggers became driven. Five runs and a half an inning later the Muggers reigned victorious. Kenny was 5-6 with a three-run homer. Itchy was 4-6, reaching base in all six attempts. Kojak of Bryan’s Auto struck out. Mike had a triple and went 3-4. Chino, the self-proclaimed all-star, was 2-3.
In Game Two, the Muggers struck fast and furious as Rat carried his big club to the plate, hitting yet another green monster blast to score two. Entering the second, Grassy’s led 3-2. Bryan’s Auto answered in the third when Mike, of Bryan’s Auto, lined a shot up the middle to give his team a 5-3 lead. Billy followed with a RBI single. In the bottom of the third Grassy’s attempted to "set the table" for Rat, who scored a run with a sac fly. Mo hit a two-run single with a liner to right. By the third out Grassy’s scored five for an 8-6 total.
Bryan’s Auto had a glimmer of hope with a long fly ball. If only it had not been destined for Kenny Grey’s glove. The outfielder turned right than left and finally snagged the bomb that, until contact, seemed out of reach. Angel became ornery as he headed to his position at shortstop asking who wanted to stay and who wanted to go. A controversial call at first (an overturned call by Diver after a player inadvertently dragged the base) and an error by the skipper (Angel) added to the melee. The hurt Grassy’s began inflicting in the last inning did not end with another in the books. Billy Johnson drove in a run with a scorcher up the middle, followed by another down the third base line by Cheeks.
John K. came up in the fifth only to be sent back to the dugout with a strikeout. That same inning the game came to an end with a sad situation involving a play at second. Billy of Bryan’s Auto headed to third as a routine double play was in progress. His "late" slide was ruled intentional after Itchy fell to the ground in pain. Angel, at wit’s end, announced that his team was done playing for the day as well as the season.
Both teams joined after for the ritualistic handshake and parted ways.
In other news, the Mudsharks swept the Rockies. The Rockies, who forfeited the first game, lost by a nine run margin, 15-6.
Contradicting stories have been reported for the Orioles Brewers match-up last week. Both agree that the Orioles were swept, but two sources disclosed the losses were suffered by forfeit while an Oriole team member contends that the games were played. If anyone has info to back up either story I would appreciate either an email or an entry on the Jamaica Bay Softball League homepage guest book, www.teamdiscovery.com/jamaicabay. Thanks and good luck to all teams who will be competing in play-offs this weekend.
If the Waldheim Report withstands the test of time, rigors of Gotham and frustration of false information, provided by not-so-reliable sources, I will continue next year’s column with the pretense that I will cover a game of the week (one week in Rockaway, the next in Broad Channel). Stories will also include snippets of other game coverage.