Waldheim Report On Softball
By Corinne Waldheim
The Orioles have begun the season undefeated. This was reported by Fun Bobby and Chanalana, who of course know, as do I, that the Orioles were the first team to have a bye (no not that kind of "Bi-," at least I don’t think so) in the 2000 season. The Orioles play the Assassins this Sunday.
Speaking of birds, the Cardinals split a boulevard doubleheader last week against the Big Dogs. In the Cardinals 5-4 win, Brian Chavanne drove Kevin Harnischer (not the Kevin with the handbag) in to tie the game and then was driven in himself (by Matty Conklin) for the win. I was told that Moonie played "superb" at first.
The Big Dogs won by a score of 7-4. Several red birds blamed it on the six unearned runs in the first inning. Next week both teams play in BC. The Cardinals have the early pair against the Brewers and the Big Dogs begin later versus the Muggers.
Earlier, the Mudsharks split against the Daggers. Things got interesting in the Mudshark 3-0 win when Richie Randall sent Chris McCarthy (who normally has a pinch runner) in an ill attempt on an inside-the-park homerun. McCarthy’s (4-6, on the day) knees gave out as he "slid" a couple of feet short of home. All three runs were scored in the first inning.
Kevin Gill was 4-5 and was credited with the Quote of the Week: "If you would have ran down here on your fingers you would have gotten here faster," referring to teammate Joey Ernst’s running abilities. Ernst turned two double plays that day. Ken Jackowski was looking a little green around the gills at third when he asked if Coach Richie McCarthy could take him out. He stayed in, making a few good plays.
"Donnie pitched a gem" as the only hits on the Dagger bench came from Joey (1-2, double) and Jimmy Costin (1-2). Shane K’d. Meatball wanted all to know, "the umpires have gotten better but the Assassins still suck."
Where was Chope? Was he recovering or has he decided that his masquerade as a cross-dressing hick was his calling? I will try to send over some photos to the Wave for a future article.
In game two, the Daggers came to life scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. The Mudsharks, down 9-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Sledge came up with the bases loaded and sacrificed in two runs. Two more runs scored on R. Randall’s error to the second baseman. The game ended 9-7 in favor of the Daggers. Shane (2 RBI) and Ray (2 RBI) were 2-3 while Mike went 3-3 with a double.
The Mudsharks have the Misfits tomorrow and the Daggers play the Rockies on the open field.
Contrary to Meatballs opinion, the Assassins swept the Brewers 7-1 and 6-1. "I think we still have to work a little harder then we did in order to beat the good teams in the league," said Danny Arroyo. Angel came through with "two huge double plays." A little redemption for a few errors made earlier, contributed one source.
For the Brewers Pat Grottano gave a solid hitting performance and Joe Lombarto shined defensively. "Although they earned their victory we came out very flat, and didn't hit," said Brewer Seany Ahern.
The Black Water Old Head team was mercied by the Muggers in both games (15-0, 16-5). An Old Header (how else should I refer to them?) said the one bright spot in the day was when "some members of our team blacked out while attempting to do the century club at the bar afterwards."
Billy Johnson made his pitching debut for the Muggers. Kenny Rat hit a HR. The Muggers will play the Roundballs tomorrow in an afternoon game on the boulevard field.
The Rockies defeated the Roundballs 3-1 and 16-0. John Sugden returned to play after a five-year sabbatical only to get injured on a play at the plate. He had two RBI and there is no word yet on whether he will be put on the DL. Dave Cook played well in the outfield and I was told Charlie Kinzie returned to league play with his defensive skills in working order.
Chris Knot, Billy Malloy and Jerry Scanell were standouts but team members added that everyone contributed offensively.
No word on the Freak Show/Misfits games.
I will be in Indianapolis this weekend (hoping to catch an earlier flight home seeing as I didn’t realize when I made the arrangements that Sunday is Mom’s day. Please send all game info to me at email@example.com.
Warning: All information received will be second hand, so if a Rey "offensively challenged" Ordonez of this league reports that they hit a few homers, and I publish it, you know why!