Playoff Action – Week 1 Round Robin

Round robin play-off action began this past Wednesday with Orange Crush defeating Navy Lugnuts, 11-1 in a game conceited by the Lugnuts, when the rain came. Crush had a well-balanced hitting attack with contributions up and down the line-up. The Rays/Dodgers game that was rained out is re-scheduled for this Monday night at 8:45 pm.

Blue Steel defeated the Gamblers 9-1 to kick-off play on Thursday night. They were led by Dan Berlin who hit a grand slam homer along with a solo shot by Colin Halpern. Michael Wolfman and Howard Shilling kept the Gamblers at bay. In particular, Wolfman got out of a bases loaded situation in the third inning, only allowing one run to keep the score at 4-1 for the Blue Steel.. Gary Tenenbaum threw three stellar shut-out innings for the Gamblers.

The late game on Thursday saw the Giants defeat the Art of Food 12-6. Mark Goodman pitched a stand-out game for Red going five innings and coming to relief in the sixth inning and finishing off the game for the Giants. Cory Gerlock and Jaimie Grossman had key rbi’s for the Giants. The Art of Food were led offensively by Jeff Michaels who had key hits for them.

Buoyed by the strength of a great pitching combination of Adam Hennick and Larry Krupski , coupled with timely hitting and efficient defense, the Gimmel Rays beat Navy Lugnuts 10-0 in Sunday morning 10:00am game.  Adam Hennick pitched 5 innings of shutout ball, and Larry Krupski finished the job with another 2 innings of runless ball.  Jeff Krupski, Geoff Rotstein, Mike Krestell and Rick Meslin teamed in the infield to turn 2 double plays, including one that finished with a throw home from Jeff to Lorne Bloomberg to catch Bob Ziegler trying to take an extra base in the opening inning.  Hitting came from throughout the lineup, with Rotstein delivering a big 2 run homerun to put the game out of reach, after a series of rbi hits from Steve Yermus, Jeff Marcus, Lorne, and Mike.  Rick added 2 hits and Norm Nefsky reached base all 3 times to turn the lineup over.

I guess it’s true…pitching, hitting and defense win ball games.  All three were on display on a lovely Sunday afternoon when the Orange Crush battled the Navy Dodgers. The Dodgers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after their first at bats.  Those first four runs would represent the only runs for Dodgers the rest of the game. Orange jumped back into the driver’s seat after lead-off hitter Barry Samuel hit a Grand Slam to cap the five run max inning. Orange managed two more big flies from Neil Rabovsky and Ilan Medad highlighting an afternoon of solid hitting from the entire Crush line up. The bats, coupled with solid defense, (especially from shortstop Eric Green) and a near lights out appearance from the good doctor Kevin Green, powered the Crush to a 17-4 victory.  [editor’s note: like father, like son: Jordan Green was the hero in his PeeWee playoff game, with a bases-clearing, game-winning triple with dad in attendance later on Sunday]

In the last game of a beautiful Sunday triple header, Blue Steel edged the Art of Food 5-4. It was a close game from the get go, with Blue Steel taking a 3-0 lead which held up until the top of the fourth, when Jonathan Levy hit a 3 run shot to tie the score.  Art of Food went ahead 4-3 in that same inning.  Blue Steel clawed back to tie in the bottom of the fourth. They took the lead in the sixth when Irwin Tobias led off with a walk and eventually scored on a throwing error to second.  Howard Shilling ended the game with a strike out in the top of the seventh with the tying run on third.