May 15 Black vs double blue
Black won last’s night’s game 7-6 or 10-6 depending if you count the last inning with Black leading. Due to an unfortunate bounce the ball hit Steve Sheffer in an apparently sensitive body part in the bottom of the sixth. The ensuing delay caused the curfew time to pass, the game was called and the hopes of a Blue comeback were dashed. No real hero of the game (unless you count Steve Sheffer) as there were contributions from all over. Kudos to Marc Koplowitz for having a three hit game while running on a peg leg. It was a wonder to see him hopping to first base in what appeared to be a Long John Silver impression (read a book if you don’t know who he is……hint… he’s fictional….and a pirate).
May 15 – PURPLE VS GREEN
Purple Haze played Green last night in an entertaining, if not controversial game. Green led for most of the game, and was ahead 7-2 after 5 innings. Haze scored 4 in each of the 6th and 7th to go ahead by 10-8, however Green won in the bottom of the 7th, with a controversial call allowing the tying and winning runs to score, 11-10. Jaimie Grossman made a diving catch with the bases loaded and 2 outs to end the game, however the ump ruled that the ball touched the ground. Great game by Bruce Dorland, who reached base in all 4 plate appearances.
Orange 9 Grey 1. National League. May 18th
A team effort helps Orange defeat Grey on what turned out to be a lovely night for ball (not including the ten minute rain delay). The Orange Crush seemed to have brought their gloves and their bats to Thursday night’s tilt with Grey as Orange blasted four homers including two from rookie pitcher Josh McKinlay, one from shortstop Eric Green and a grand salami from outfielder Ilan Medad.
In addition to his homer, Eric also had his glove working with several strong plays and a stronger arm to gun down some of the Grey speedsters at first base. As for pitching, both Josh and Les “the Beard” Silverstein kept the mighty Grey bats off balance all night and surrendered only a single run. A fantastic job by the Orange pitchers, hitters and fielders in tonight’s victory.
Silver beats Double Blue – 11-6
May 18th, 8:30pm
In their inaugural 2017 game, Silver showed up with solid pitching from both Les and Mark, and a stifling defensive game that kept Double Blue off the board for most of the game. The game was locked in a pitchers’ duel between Les Silverstein and Nate Jack, until a 3 -run homer from Silver catcher Art Krause broke the game open in the 6th. The bats came alive for Silver in the 6th with 4 runs and then added another 4 in the 7th. Down 11-3 in the bottom 7th, Double Blue showed some fight but fell short with 3 runs scored as Mark Lee closed the game out with the help of Rob Eklove and short infield grounder for the final out.
Game MVP honours go to Art Kraus who banged in 5 runs and crushed a homer over the left field fence.
Wednesday, May 17th – Powder 2 VS Blue Steel 2
We saw summer arrive for a short two days and a couple of Executive League games being played on a warm 30 degrees summer evening.
In the first game, an American League encounter between Powder 2 or Blue Steel 2 or the Brewers, whatever you want to call them, and the Green “Art of Food” (we are still wondering what the connection is between the sponsor and the team). The aforementioned triple-named team, defeated the under-manned “Art of Food”, 8-1. The game was close till the sixth inning, when Blue Steel 2 broke it open with a four spot. Kevin Green and Sean Tracy both pitched solidly and Colin Halpern and Jeff Rechtshaffen had key rbi’s. Solid catching by veteran Dana Karkheck and a fine stab of a liner by second baseman Rob Walsh led to Blue Steele’s first win of the year.
May 17 – Red VS Powder
A high-intensity National League game between the Redlegs and Powder Royals capped off the evening. Red, behind the stellar pitcher of defector Howard Shilling, who kept the vaunted Power attack at bay until the bottom of the seventh. Powder came back from a 6-3 deficit with two out to tie the game with their last at bats. Shilling deserved the game ball, as he was hit in the upper chest by a line drive scorcher off the bat of Johnny Marshall in the first inning. He recovered nicely to pitch a gem of a game. Red was led by solid infield defense from Michael Hochman and Dave Katz and key hits when they needed them the most. Red coach and versatile player Johnny Mandel was quoted after the game, “That was the most intense game, I have ever played in”. That tells you a lot about that exciting game. Mandel has been playing ball all his life, and has played in many leagues including, tyke, midget, industrial and prison leagues.