The Waldheim Report: Jamaica Bay Softball
By Corinne Anne Waldheim
Yet another exciting week has come and gone for the Jamaica Bay Softball League and only two teams remain standing. The Mudsharks and Daggers have advanced to the championship and each is adamant that they will be crowned victorious.
Last week, the Mudsharks took the first two games and avoided a rubber match with the Rockies. The play-off, set at the Riis Park Boulevard Field, ended after two victories, 11-3 and 3-1.
Many a Mudshark declared Donald Keller Jr. the MVP as he hit a two-run homer and a single to drive in two more. Keller contributed defensively when he gunned down a Rockie at the plate. Nicole has been nice enough to wait for playoffs to be over before delivering their kid but I don’t think she’ll hold out for the championship next week. Richie McCarthy had a double, while younger brother Chris was 3-3 in game one. He also struck out. Pitcher Donnie Minor struck out two. Richie Doyle was superb at third.
For the Rockies, Jay Kelly made a fully extended diving catch "reminiscent of Ron Swoboda." Juice retired and Billy Malloy was early for the 12:30 game. Too bad it was all over by 12:15.
Ed Humphrey was great. Scooby batted his weight (.125) in the play-offs. "I feel very left out," said Charlie Kinzie, who played third base. He continued, "The Mudsharks don’t hit it to me anymore."
For the first time in play-off history, Lee did not make an out. I was later informed that he didn’t play either.
Loneshark (Joey Ernst) quote of week: "A defeatist attitude is already set in the Daggers’ minds. Fear is a hell of an intimidator."
In Broad Channel, the Muggers faced the Daggers. Losing 5-1 in the first game, the Muggers struck back winner 5-2 in the second. The Daggers took the deciding game, 5-1.
There was great defense by Dagger Jimmy Mona. His diving catch in game two saved a few runs. Outfield gems were prevalent as Ray Henry, Boomer Gavinovich (sorry if I spelled that wrong) and Mugger Mo Gonzolez made spectacular acrobatic plays. At one point, Boomer caught the fence on the way back in. Chuck turned eight double plays as Luanne Hanning interjected, "Ya, and I hit a grand slam."
The Muggers want to thank Matt Salica for showing up. "I hope he didn’t bet on green," said Jimmy Trudden.
Sergei Martinuk was happy with the impending championship match-up with the Mudsharks, "We wanted the Mudsharks. They won the first tango but we’ll take the second." Costa added, "Saturday practice!"
"That trophy’s going over the bridge. Bottom Line," said another Dagger.
Mugger Kenny Grey made it clear: "Skippy rented that jersey." The Muggers would like to file a disclaimer for all of Skippy’s comments. Thanks to Rabbit O’Hare you can find all photos at www.bchorseshoes.com.
The Championship will be played on September 9th in Broad Channel at 10am.
Upcoming Event: The Sixth Annual Monahan Tournament will be held at the Broad Channel Sports Complex (West 22nd Road) on September 22nd at 10am. The cost is $200 per team. A captain’s meeting will be held on Wednesday September 19th at 8pm at Grassy Point. Please bring a deposit. All proceeds go to the Broad Channel Athletic Club.