2002-08-24 / Sports

The Waldheim Report on Softball Even Hotter!

By Corinne Anne Waldheim

The Waldheim Report
on Softball Even Hotter!
By Corinne Anne Waldheim

First let me apologize for the false claim last week stating the Cardinals were making their first appearance in the playoffs. In 1997, their debut year when the team was simply known as the Backhouse (24-4), they were knocked out in the semi-finals of playoffs against the Pirates. With few original team members in 1999, the Backhouse Cardinals won the B Division Championship over the Roundballs and in 2000...

An oft-quoted Yogism: "it was déjà vu all over again." Stepping back in time to August 2000, you might recall an overly familiar scene. The Rockies were pitted against the Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs one turn of the century Sunday. That day the Rockies took the first two, 19-15 and 12-10. So you see--these teams have always played each other hard and the scrappy Cardinals, who split with this week's nemeses earlier in the season, have always been contenders. "The Cardinals are a good team. They'll win it soon," said Charlie Kinzie.

Two Rockies victories (13-11, 17-12) over the Cards in 2002 locked up a championship trophy on a thoroughly baked Big Apple Sunday. Even so, both teams showed up with bats blazing ready for combat.

I arrived in wedding shower attire to catch a few minutes of softball action. What a (fifth) inning! Prior to the fifth, Kevin Harnischer hit a bomb over the right centerfielder's head, Didio (2-3) doubled, Brian and Leo Chavanne (2-3) each had an RBI and Bobba was 2-2 with a run scored.

Within a few minutes the Cardinals went from a 6-5 lead to a 10-6 deficit. Number 99 drove in the tying run. Ed Humphrey drove in two more with a single improving the score, 8-6. Kinzie launched a triple to score another and might have scored on the throw but interference by a teammate forced the oxygen seeking third baseman back. Dennis Cook hit a grounder up the middle to bring him in and bump up the tally to 10-6. Tim Hanning dove to keep a ball from getting through the right side and the bleeding stopped a batter later. Frustrated pitcher Matt Conklin tossed his glove into the dugout. Nice aim Mugger.

By that inning Cook was 2-2, Chris Foti, Kinzie and Bill Smith were 2-3. In the top of the sixth the Cardinals saw three batters go to the plate and set back down when a ball tipped off Smith's glove only to find a home in Jerry Scannell's. Scannell turned a circus-like two from his back to double a Cardinal off second.

Leaving promptly before the seventh, so I could beat the bride to the party, I heard later that the Cards forged a comeback but fell short. Final score: 13-11.

In game two, Humphrey hit a fifth inning three-run homer, after which Danny Boyle enthused "the Rockies never looked back!" He continued, "We refused to lose." A statement animated by Billy Malloy who tracked down "a 500 foot bomb" to rob T.J. Clancy of a homer. All in all it was a team effort.

Cardinal Leo Chavanne Jr. referring to himself, Kinzie and Brewer Tommy "Ballgame" Leonard, later spouted, "Oneonta alumni rule third base."

Billy Smith was said to have "pitched awesome." The team expressed thanks to Connelly's proprietor Jeff Aquilante, bartender Richie Tighe and their fans. Not to mention the Brewers, "who lit a fire under our ass". Can I quote that in the Wave? I guess we'll see.

A year ago this week in the Waldheim Report: "Adding Orioles to their squad now makes it official that the Brewers are the best party team in the league. I must add best dressed also. I hope the Hawaiian shirts carry over to next season!"

Yes readers, I can honestly say you heard it here first back on August 25th 2001.

"Congratulations to Mudshark couple Chris McCarthy and Michelle Ott who are now engaged!" Last week Michelle enjoyed her shower at the Beach Club and on 10/5/02 it's for keeps.

I would like to wish Nicole Keller a happy 30th and my cousin Joe Joe Brown a happy 5th birthday on the 29th of this month. Happy belated (age withheld to protect the elderly) to Aunt Gail and Uncle Mickey.

I must apologize to all the fine Grassy Point patrons who suffered through Kevin Steininger's version of Ozzy Osbourne's Crazy Train. I submitted the fateful request. I also promise I will never butcher "Eternal Flame" again!

Finally, the women of Grassy Point and O's were rained out last Saturday and will reschedule for later this month. The seventh annual John Monahan Tournament will be held on September 21st. The tournament will begin at 10am at a cost of $200 per team including entry, a party after and prizes. The captain's meeting will be at Grassy Point on the 18th at 8pm for sign up and deposit. All proceeds go to the BCAC.

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