Save the Date: Please note that the banquet is scheduled for a Wednesday October 19th, Drums and Flats,6:30 cocktails and 7:30 pm dinner
Blue Steel defeated the Giants 7-4 to kick-off the semi-final play on a beautiful Sunday morning at Irv Paisley park. The Giants took the early lead behind the solid pitching of Mark Goodman who kept the Blue Steel hitters off-balance most of the game. Key hits by Michael Schipper and Mark Goodman rallied the Giants to 4-2 lead until the fifth inning. Steve Bleiwas did an admirable job filling in for the injured Michael Wolfman, only giving up two runs to the vaunted Giants batting line-up. Blue Steel clawed back for one run in the fifth to make it a 4-3. That set up the bottom of the sixth inning which saw Rob Walsh lead off with a clutch single. Adam Altberg then hit a two run shot to centre field to give the Blue Steel a 5-4 lead. Blue Steel added two more runs to cap off a four run rally and give the Blue Steel a 7-4 hard fought win to take a 1-0 lead in the two out of three series.
It was a spirited affair for the 12:00 Sunday tilt between the Grey Rays and the Orange Crush. The boys in Orange prevailed 8-5.
On Monday, The Royal Blue Dodgers edged the Navy Blue Lugnuts 5-3 to win its sudden death playoff matchup in another well-played game. Dave Katz went the distance to earn the win, carrying a masterful 5-0 shutout into the 7th, before the Lugnuts managed to score its three runs and finish the game with the bases loaded, most of the damage coming after two outs. Michael Goldberg, who also tossed a strong game for Navy, yielded only a two-run homer to Paul Silverstein to dead centre field in the bottom of the first inning, until the Dodgers added another run in the bottom of the 5th on alert base running by Nathan Jack, who scored all the way from second on a deep fly ball to right field by David Goldstein. The Dodgers pushed across two more runs in the bottom of the 6th inning on a two-out rbi base hit to centre field by Saul York, knocking in what turned out to be the winning run, followed by an insurance rbi double down the third base line by Bob Tessis.
Green and Silver re-met on the diamond Monday night for a rematch of last week’s close round robin final. The game turned out to be a slug fest starting in the first inning when John Levy and Richard Smith hit solo homers to tie the game at 2-2. The balance of the hitting came from the Silver camp featuring 2 homers by Eric Lunsky, and homers by David Benoliel and Ron Baryosef. At 20-7, the game was never close as Silver added to their lead consistently through 5 innings while solid pitching from both Mark Lee and Gary Tenenbaum kept the Green bats at bay.
Royal Dodgers and the Silver Gamblers face off next in the Group B finals to commence either Thursday or Sunday this week.