2000-08-19 / Sports

Waldheim Report On Softball

Just a few weeks of summer left as the playoff contenders are officially in full swing! First and foremost I must announce the following two charity events:
By Corinne A. Waldheim

The Fourth Annual Monahan Tournament: This fund-raiser has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 16 at 9 a.m. It will take place at the Broad Channel Athletic Complex (near the toll bridge).

The 14th Annual Chris Cori Tournament: Set for Saturday, September 9 at 8:00 a.m. (obviously the Orioles won’t be making this one) at Jacob Riis Park. There will be a competitive division and a family division. All proceeds will benefit a child from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

In playoff action, the Rockies took the first two of the first-round three-game playoff from the Cardinals last Sunday.

The Cards started the day off strong "crushing the ball early and often" to get a 10-2 lead. Offensive stand-outs included Leo and Brian Chavanne, Timmy Hanning and John Didio. Gator showed everyone how not to slide. Fighting back with a flurry of hits, the Rockies took the game back with an offense attack, led by "Rock" Knott, "Lacrosse Boy" Jay, Dano, JK, Mike H., Bill Malloy and Charlie Kinzie. Final score: Rockies 19, Cardinals 15.

In game two, the Rockies captured yet another comeback win 12-10. Opposing pitchers Jerry Scanell and Matty Conklin both pitched well, while Rockies shortstop Junior and second baseman Mike Hines played good defense. James Lonagro made a spectacular "Griffeyesque" catch in right field. With men on first and second, Rockies’ pitcher Scanell got the Cardinal batter to bounce out to third and end the threat. The Rockies scored two in the top of the eighth and retired the Cardinals 1-2-3 in the bottom of the frame. Junior made a couple of nice plays to end the game. The victors recorded 31 runs and 45 hits in the two-game hit parade. Kinzie drove out three homers and went 8-9, "silencing the peanut gallery."

The Rockies will take on the Mudsharks next and look forward to the return of recently married George Ferguson and Dennis "Hamstring and Swiss". A special thanks to Mr. S and John D. for making the field playable.

The Mudsharks swept the Big Dogs in two, following the Rockies / Cardinals set. Chris McCarthy had a fence-clearing homer, while Joey Ernst hit a double (among other hits), or was it a triple. Sliding into second and hugging the base like he’d never reached it before (Ken Jackowski couldn’t believe it), Ernst had to scamper onto third. Donnie hit a triple, with a slide also.

The Assassins dropped two to the Muggers.

The winners of this week’s playoffs will face each other for the league championship series next week.

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