Mudsharks Take Championship Victory
By Corinne Anne Waldheim
I was a little disappointed by this year’s Jamaica Bay Softball Championship. Disappointed that I overslept and missed the first game and a half! I must admit—the 2000 Mudsharks/Daggers contest was the most exciting main event in recent memory.
In game one, the Mudsharks took a 7-1 victory over the Daggers. Richie McCarthy was 2-2 with a double and three runs scored. Donny Minor K’d. For the Daggers, Mike drove in the only Dagger run and Woody went 2-3.
Battling back in game two, the Daggers won 14-11. Jay K., Ray, Cos and Rich all went 2-4. Joey Doyle, Mike and Shane (double) hit 3-4. Serge was 2-2. Meatball had two RBI and BB Murphy hit a dinger and had four RBI.
Going into the fifth inning the Mudsharks were down 11-0. They scored eight runs in that frame with the help of big bat wielding Gene G. (two RBI and a triple). Kenny Jackowski (2 RBI) and C. McCarthy went 2-4. Sledge was 2-3 and R. McCarthy came through, again, going 3-4. Bobby Steiner K’d twice.
The championship finale was superlative. The contenders put on quite a show, both offensively and defensively. Drawing first blood, the Mudsharks scored three runs in the first inning. In the second, the carnage continued with the Sharks scoring two more for a 5-0 lead. Coming up in the fourth, the Daggers finally posted a few numbers on the board. Their performance peaked in the seventh as they claimed the lead, forcing the Mudsharks to step up to the plate with a deficit for the first time in the rubber match.
The Seventh Inning:
With a runner on and two runs already in Meatball positions himself at the plate. With one mighty swing the tall and portly Dagger pitcher (inserted the prior inning for George Ripp, pulled due to an injured hand) drove in the go-ahead run. Attempting to get a triple, Meatball lumbered around second and slid, stumbled, plunged, flopped into the tag at third. Mudshark Gene G. caught the third out to halt the rally.
With the score 6-5, Steiner steps into the box and singles. Kevin Gill comes up next and also singles, putting Steiner 60 feet away from a tie ball game. Sledge is the next batter and successfully sacrifices Steiner home.
The Turning Point of the Game:
With one out the always-animated Jackowski struts up to the plate, but his dreams of a glorious game-winning bomb are squashed when the Daggers intentionally walk him. Frustrated, Jackowski tosses the bat and heads down to first.
With men on first and third, Donny "Pasta" Minor gets ready to take his cuts. Within seconds the next pitch is soaring through the atmosphere, eluding the Dagger centerfielder. Kevin Gill (2-3 in game three) scores and the Mudsharks win.
Gill is rushed by his teammates at the plate and the Mudsharks are awarded the championship trophy. Other contributors in game three included Joey Ernst (2-2) C. McCarthy 1-2 and R. McCarthy, 2-3.
With great sportsmanship, the Daggers came out to shake hands with their opponents. After the game, a few of them took some shots at leftfielder Shane "the drunken giraffe." Many observers told me how Shane had been a standout on the team all year. Rounding out the Daggers prodigious, but unsuccessful, offensive effort was Joey Doyle (5-10, on the day).
Back at the Waterfront (which has karaoke on Fridays now) the after party included tunes by DJ Teddy and a visit from the Coors Light girls. Fun was had by all, especially Mudshark Vinny M., who was bumping and grinding with one of the beer chics. Scandalous photos were snapped but lucky for him (and others, just kidding) I was unable to get the second roll of film developed in time. Continuing the celebration, Teddy dusted off the old "We are the Champions" record and spun it for the victors. In honor of the Daggers, one of the Randall brothers requested the Beastie Boys’-"You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party" be played. Champagne was doused on many.
I would like to congratulate my old high school classmates John and Michelle Taylor on their nuptials a few weeks ago and also David Ulsch and his fiancée Irina on their engagement. I also want to applaud my teammates Barbara, Joey and Carol on our penultimate bowling finish.
This should be the last edition of the Waldheim Report this season (unless I cover the Monahan Tournament). Please come out and support by playing or watching the John Monahan Tournament on Saturday, September 16. It will be played at the Broad Channel Sports Complex at 9a.m. Congratulations to the champions and good luck to everyone who is looking forward to the 2001 season!