2002-07-13 / Sports

The Waldheim Report The Return of Jamaica Bay Softball

By Corinne Anne Waldheim

The Waldheim Report
The Return of Jamaica Bay Softball
By Corinne Anne Waldheim

To say it has been a while would be quite the understatement. After a long sabbatical the prodigal Waldheim Reporter has returned to the hollowed pages of the Wave.

A year like the last can cause some serious writer’s block. I sit in front of a monitor in my new Belle Harbor digs and have no idea where to start. On the many issues that have crowded, or more succinctly clouded the last ten months, I could probably fill several papers full of text. Fear not neighbors and friends, we’ve all probably heard enough.

A special thanks to all those from the Jamaica Bay Softball League and everyone who participated in the 6/30 K of C Benefit, the organizers have reported it was a great success.

Please continue to support deserving groups such as the Broad Channel Vollies who are hosting a Luau at the Beach Club this Friday night. A $50 donation will be taken at the door.

Let’s talk softball. Slather on the sun block JBSL fans, seeing your favorite team can have tanning or in some cases sizzling effects on your skin. Speaking of sizzling, how about those Brewers?

Yes the Brewers. Those Men in Pink…because "only real men wear pink," said Pat Grottano. In fact local nail salons have added Hot Brewer Pink to their variety of nail polishes, and for a small additional fee you can have an airbrushed Hawaiian pattern.

The Brewers riding a hot streak peaked Sunday to an 11-5 record following an unsavory 0-4 start. The day brought two mercy victories of 25-0 and 14-2 over the victimized the Cyclones (who are not in last place). Victimized also describes the state of the crowd who were forced to witness the JPQ (name withheld to protect the not so innocent) post game show. Rumor has it photos will be posted to the Brewers site. The show’s headliner later took a liner to the head at the Rugby House, but is said to recover well.

By the bottom second, the Hawaiian shirt sporting crew had scored 13 runs. Tyrone Sperling delivered a moon shot over the left field fence. The glass chinned Cyclones sent just three batters to the plate in the top of the third, returning to the field to allow another 10 Brewers to score in the second half. Tommy "Ballgame" Leonard just about corkscrewed himself into the batter’s box after a big hack for a strike. His own bench began chanting for a K until he hit a laser to left for a RBI.

Cyclone player #13 narrowly escaped getting thrown out at first base via the outfield to start the fourth. At third base Tommy "Ballgame" (as he’d now like to be called) contributed defensively with a smooth 5-3 doubleplay. Jimmy Walsh also shined in the outfield.

Game two began with a little less punch, but ended in a similar manner. By the bottom of the third the Brewers had a 7-1 lead. One random Brewer spouted, "Wah Wah must have been going to the batting cage."

Coach Ahern praised Mark Schwartz stating, "he’s got the best glove in the league." Schwartz contributed offensively with a triple, while "Ballgame" Leonard hit a bomb, and Bobby Gavinovich followed with a double. Leading 10-2, the Brewers set the table for yet another mercy…with help from eagle-eyed umps Den Den and Greg. Len Cohen, caught between second and third, was obviously tagged before returning back to second but called safe. He later scored to clinch the mercy sweep, 14-2.

SeanyA will not be able to play the rest of the summer, due to a shoulder injury. He has confirmed his retirement following this season. The Brewers will challenge the Rockies Sunday at 10am on the Boulevard field.

Across the street the Daggers fed the Big Dogs two losses. The Big Dog cheering section stated, "if they continue playing like this the girls aren’t coming anymore, we’ll start our own team." Big Dog Angel snagged line drives on the mound, robbing Daggers of a few extra points on their averages.

James Lee, Louie and Tom hit for doubles. In the sixth the score was 6-4, improved to 8-4 by the seventh on two unearned runs. Joey Doyle was 3-4 and challenged, "bring it on! Nobody beats the Daggers." He will be accepting $1000 wagers on a victorious Daggers Championship team. When are the playoffs again? Jimmy Mona and Shane Hayden hit homers to contribute to the 8-5 final.

Game two turned out to be quite a nail biter. Leading 11-5 in the top of the fifth, the Daggers fended off a five-run late inning comeback from the Big Dogs. Scott had a double with two RBI and Tony hit a two-RBI single.

Leading Dagger offense in the second game 11-10 victory: Woody had a double and a RBI. Shane was 4-4 with a spectacular diving catch in the OF. Michael Slattery also went 4-4 with 2 runs scored. Rich was 2-4, while Jay and George (RBI) went 2-3.

Biking back to the bleachers I caught the Rockies/Backhouse doubleheader. Bubba Hanning began the Backhouse attack with a three-run triple.

About this time Valerie "Rollergirl" Accardi showed up just in case I needed a bodyguard. In this league it’s a must. Happy Birthdays go out to Lynn Kutney on 7/9 (BTW: Poison was excellent) and Jodi Nocerino who celebrates Sunday.

Leading off the fourth, defensive force Charlie Kinzie took an offensive turn with a scorcher to left. Dan-O was spotted protecting the beer in the dugout. By top five all the Rockies contributed, taking an 8-7 lead. The Backhouse tied the game 8-8 in the bottom of the frame. Chris James sacrificed the winning run to end the extra-inning contest 9-8.

Quotes of the game: "There’s a whole country without thread because of you" and " Give the elephants back their nose. GIVE THE ELEPHANTS BACK THEIR NOSE!"

The Rockies split the day with a 4-1 victory. Ed was 3-4 and Billy Malloy went 2-2.

No word on Sunday’s Broad Channel contests. Please email all quotes, updates and scores to corinnewaldheim@aol.com. Glad to be back!


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