Weekly Recap – Week of August 28

August 30 game Black v. Silver

In almost any context the outcome of an Executive League (American Division) softball game is of no consequence. Most of us would be hard pressed to think of something that is of less importance. Yet for the 20 or so players of Black and Silver, the game seemed to have some unexpected significance. There was something these men seemed to value on the line, a first place finish. Black had occupied that position for most of the year but Silver in its August 24 win over Black had thundered up from the depths to knock Black off its number one high horse. So the Aug. 30 rematch was for all the marbles (well maybe just a marble, it wasn’t really more important than one marble).

Typical of these two teams the lead flipped flop back and forth, changing hands three times in the first few innings. There was actual intensity. Black Pitching and defence seemed ineffective against the top of the Silver lineup. Silver, however, gave up one more big inning than Black despite a great sliding catch in the outfield by Cliff Posel. Ergo, Black eked out a 10-7 victory. On a statistical note, Johnny Hyman took an insurmountable lead in the Black homerun competition with his second dinger of the year. On the year Johnny contributed 40% of all Black homeruns.

August 21 vs Green

In a game that featured bad hops and questionable umpiring, Purple Haze defeated Green 12-9. Purple was led by Bruce Dorland, who turned 3 double plays at short and continued to rake with his torrid hitting, including hitting his first Executive League home run to put the game out of reach. Bruce the umpire admitted after the game that perhaps he pulled a Trump and spent too much time staring at the eclipse without protective glasses. The game wasn’t without controversy, as Purple – learning from its past mistakes – refused to allow Larry (Goggles) Hershkovitz to play, once Green’s 9th player showed up. With Gary Tanenbaum out for an indefinite period, Stephen Lidsky threw a complete game for the victory. Purple wishes Gary a speedy recovery. Mark Goodman also pitched a complete game for Green, and deserved a better fate, as he was also victimized by some bad bounces.

August 24 vs Double Blue

With only 2 games to play in the regular season, this was an important game to determine home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs, as the Haze and Double Blue had identical records and were tied for 4th entering the game. Combining timely hitting with stellar defence, Purple scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 6th to beat Double Blue 10-5. Stephen Lidsky was called on again to pitch 6 innings, before Mark Goodman, who was subbing, came in for the bottom of the 7th to get the save. Purple was held off balance for most of the night by Michael Goldberg, and scored 5 runs in each of the 2nd and 6th innings, with the majority of the runs scoring after two were out. The standout player in this game was Jonathan Kay, who played 3rd base because of an injury to Rich Stein. Jonny was a groundball magnet, making almost every play of the 12 groundballs hit to him. He also went 3-4 with 3 RBIs, hitting the ball hard each time. The ageless wonder, Bobby Tessis, continues to impress at 71 with his hustle, scoring from first on the game winning hit by Goodman, and making plays at second base.

Silver VS Black Aug 23

Down 8-2 after 4 innings
The silver bullets stormed back to take a 10 – 8 lead and hang on for a 10 -9 win .
Great HR BY Herczeg . Great D by Iggy
And Mark Lee brought out his girlfriend – she is good luck. Les and Mark combine for another win.

Silver win

Silver beat an undermanned Green team 12-1 on Wednesday. The bottom of the order starred for Silver. 7th hitter Mark Lee had 3 hits and pitched four great innings, only being an error away from a shutout. 8th hitter Brad Worth lined a double off the wall and later lined one over the wall at the same spot for his 1st homer of the year. Together with 9th batter Cliff Posel, they went 8 for 8.