Waldheim Report On Softball
One Division called it a season while the other looked a few weeks ahead at what might be.
In a surprising turn of events the Mudsharks got swept last weekend. In game one, Mike and Matt Salica (2-3 and 1-2, respectively) were offensive stand outs. Gallagher was 2-3 and Mo was 3-3.
The Mudsharks were led by a Hoopur, who had a homer. Bobby Steiner and Chris McCarthy batted .500 and TJ doubled. Kevin Gill made some excellent defensive plays while his brother and public enemy number one, Billy, was knocking the wind out of everyone. Billy also struck out. The final score was 4-2.
In game two, TJ hit a triple and an overthrow brought him home. Gene followed with a home run. Kenny Rat watched as a ball flew over his head, a mental err on his part. Grassy Point notched points on the scoreboard by driving runners in with little hits and bobblers. Umpires stirred player anxiety, but in the end it was all about who had more players touch home. Vinny made a valiant attempt to breath life into the Mudsharks in the last inning but they couldn't bring a batter full circle. Clinching the Championship title, the Muggers won 5-4.
Immediately following the Mugger victories was the B Division semifinals. The Cardinals took on Healy's in a three game set that seemed to take forever and left me looking like a lobster. Healy's discovers credit for taking on a team that was on average 20 years younger. But as we all now few things ever change. Bench standout Kevin S. provided comedy relief on an inning by inning basis. It began with the mystery of his sweet smelling deoderant and continued as he became entranced by Greg Hearn's long-legged prowess on the bases. "Wow, Hearn has one leg on first and the other on second, " said Kevin.
Umpires took center stage once again as controversy caused several game pauses. One Healy team member allegedly threw his hands in the air, causing interference and breaking up a doubleplay. The Cards took game one by a score of 12-2. Matty had two strike outs (Grogan and Healy). In game two Steve James and Leo were 2-3. Tim Hanning had a double. Matty had a single double and a homer, a triple short of the cycle. Brian Chavanne was on base three times, with at least two hits. Steven Keller K'd but could do no wrong in the outfield. Gator "fashion plate" Schmitt sported sleeveless thermals (did I mention how hot it was?) and a torn soccer ball, I mean helmet. With all the offensive contributions, the Cardinals somehow came up short and lost game two.
For Healy's, Duffy stood out and game three delivering at the plate in two out of three attempts. Joe S. cam in as a replacement and was 1-1. Ricky K'd.
It was the Cardinals that prevailed, led by Kevin Harnisher (3-3), Steve J. (2-3) Brian C. (2-2) and Leo (2-3).
Over in Rockaway, I was told, the Roundballs swept the Brewers 3-0 and 15-8. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the B Division Championship will be played on September 12 at a time to be determined.
There was a writer's convention at the Irish Circle last Saturday night. In attendance was Dicko, O'Neill and me. Hopefully next year will draw not just a few new writers, but a few new teams. Will the passing seasons bring back the Pirates or the Publicans? Only time will tell. See you in fourteen, days that is.