Saturday, April 8, 2017

Spring 2017 week 1

Squirrels offense looks to improve
Flying Squirrels take on the Outlaws in spring 2017 opener at Edison High School.
By Curtis Nadeau
The Flying Squirrels opened up the 2017 season against the defending champion Outlaws in a rematch of the Spring '16 Championship game. The game began like a classic Squirrels/Outlaws contest, with both teams plating one run in the first inning. But after the first it was all Outlaws as the Squirrels bats seemed to go back into their winter hibernation.

The Outlaws scored one run in each of the next three innings to take a 4-1 lead after four innings of play. In the top of the sixth they broke the game open with a rule-shortened four-run inning highlighted by an off-the-wall two-run double by catcher Seth W., bringing the score to 8-1.

The Flying Squirrels managed to get runners on in seven different innings but were an abysmal 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Hats off to the Outlaws who hit the ball all over the field, and scored 10 runs despite zero Flying Squirrels errors. Aforementioned Outlaws catcher and Legend-of-the-week nominee, Seth W., capped off his day with a mammoth two-run home run in the top of the ninth to really put the game away.

The Flying Squirrels look to quickly put this poor offensive performance in the rear view mirror when they take on the Dodgers in week two.

Isotopes win season opener
By Tommy Stokes
The Isotopes started their season the same way they began and ended their last, facing the Padres in a tightly contested game.

The 'Topes got off to a fast start as Dave Hughes, Tommy Stokes, Tre Evans, and Lewis Wharton crossed the plate in the first inning. Ryan Galluzzo capped the inning with a 2-RBI single.

Lewis Wharton was sharp on the hill allowing only a single tally on a solo home run leading off the top of the third. He completed his five innings, leaving the game with a 6-1 lead.

Tre Evans came on to pitch in the sixth and the Padres rudely welcomed him by plating two runs to cut the lead to 6-3. The 'Topes and Evans would respond. 

Offensively, Stokes drove in Hughes with a single in the bottom of the sixth. In the seventh, Chris Vail drew a lead-off walk and would later score when Rafael Martinez grounded into a fielders choice. In the eighth, Adam Rasmussen led off with a single and would trot home on Dave Hughes home run to straightaway center.

After a somewhat shaky sixth inning, Evans retired the next six batters and handed the ball to Nate Taran who retired the Padres in order in the top of the 9th to seal the victory.

Along with playing flawless defense at shortstop and pitching the 9th inning, Taran also reached base all four plate appearances. Other offensive standouts included Hughes - who went 2-for-3, with a walk, a home run, and four stolen bases, and Galluzzo - who went 2-for-2, with a walk, a stolen base, and three RBI.

Generals in command on day one
The Generals defeat the Redlegs 12-9 in spring opener at Madison High School, Vienna.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Fall 2016 finals!

Fan Cam
Legends baseball fans brave the weather to see their favorite ball players in action at the Fall 2016 Finals.

Game Summaries

19+ Division Outlaws Complete the 4-Peat!
Congratulations to the Outlaws on winning the Fall 2016 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 19+ Division.
By Steve Patrick
Pfitzner Stadium... 75 degrees and sunshine on a November Sunday... Another chance to end the Hurricanes season... What could possibly be better than that?

In a matchup against the last team to win the 19+ championship before the 4-peat began, the Outlaws came out swinging offensively and set the tone early. Josh Bender cleared the bases in the bottom of the first with a 3RBI double down the third baseline. The Outlaws tacked on 4 more in the 6th behind Andrew Huang's huge 2RBI double and an RBI single by Evan Michels. An RBI single from Luke Thompson and a two-run single by 19+ Legends Co-MVP Cody Palmer made it a 10-0 lead after 7. The Outlaws finished the game strong by scoring two more runs in the eighth when Evan Michels followed up a triple by Kellmel and a single by Huang with a 2-run single of his own. The Hurricanes were able to get on the board in the 9th to negate the shutout with a final score of 12-1.

A dominant pitching performance was turned in by the other half of the MVP award, Collin Palmer. Palmer cruised through the Hurricanes lineup for 5 shutout innings by throwing strikes (only 1 walk) and allowing his defense a chance to make the plays. The game was closed out with an equally dominant, 1 H, 1 ER, 4-inning performance from David Kellmel.

The Outlaws have now won 4 straight 19+ Legends Championships and are excited to defend again in the Spring. With the Squirrels returning, an improved/dangerous Biscuits club, the always game Hurricanes and the super talented, new kids on the block Benchwarmers; this Spring looks to be the most competitive the league has been since the Outlaws joined the league!
The Outlaws stormed to their fourth straight 19+ Division Championship with great hitting and pitching. The Palmer Brothers (Cody, upper right, and Collin, bottom right) were Co-MVPs.

Palmer Bros. are Co-MVPs

In what I believe to be a Legends first, the Outlaws have chosen two players to share the 19+ Legends MVP Award. Aside from their standout performances in the championship game (5 shutout innings from Collin on the mound and a 2-hit, RBI day from Cody at the plate) the Palmer brothers both exemplify what this Legends league is all about. They love the game of baseball and their hustle and dedication ensures this team stays grounded and avoids complacency. These guys show up week in and week out, ready to go, willing to play any position and always seem to come through when the team needs it most. Whether it's an inning on the mound with a sore arm or some last minute innings behind the plate, Cody and Collin never hesitate in doing what it takes to help the team win. On behalf of the rest of the Outlaws, I want to personally thank Cody and Collin... It's an honor to coach the two of you.

30+ Division Isotopes Clinch Championship!
Congratulations to the Isotopes on winning the Fall 2016 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 30+ Division.

By Tommy Stokes
The Isotopes finished their season off the way it began, with a thrilling victory over the Padres.

After a hard luck bottom of the 5th where the Padres scored 4 runs to take a 5-2 lead, the 'Topes responded in the top half of the 6th with 3 to tie the game right back up. Tony Paras, Marcey Hoelting, and Scott Terry would score the three tallies while Scott Terry, Raf Martinez, and Gino Noll each had an RBI in the rally to tie.

The top half of the 7th began the way so many big innings have for the 'Topes, with Dave Hughes, Tommy Stokes, and Nate Taran setting the table for Tre Evans and Lewis Wharton. The three loaded the bases, forcing a pitching change. Evans would walk, forcing in Hughes, while Wharton hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Stokes to put the Isotopes up 7-5. 
The Isotopes squeak by the Padres to win the 30+ Division Championship. Tre Evans (far right) was named MVP.

Tre Evans was named the MPV of the 30+ Division for his performance in this game and the season. He pitched 4 shutout innings and was masterful in bailing out his defense in the 8th, while setting the Padres down in order in the bottom of the 9th.

40+/30+B Division Redlegs Stay Hot To Win It All!
Congratulations to the Redlegs on winning the Fall 2016 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 40+/30+B Division.

By Bob Korn
The Redlegs may not have been the best team in the 40+/30+B Division, but they were definitely the hottest team going into the playoffs as they ran off four straight wins in convincing fashion, including a win over the #1 seeded Brewers in the Fall 2016 Championship game.

In that game, Reds pitchers held a powerful Brewers offense to 7 runs (only 1 of which was earned) on stellar performances by starter Nelson Taveras (4 IP, 1 K, 1 ER); middle reliever and MVP, Casey Ray (3 IP, 3 K, 0 ER); and closer, Dave Forrest (1 IP, 0 runs).

Nelson T. completed his strong start by limiting the Brew Crew to 1 ER over his last two innings of work. Casey R. kept the Brewers in check through four innings, in what was still a close game until the Reds broke it open with 8 runs in the top of the 7th. In the 8th, Dave F. induced 2 infield pop-ups, and a pop-up to catcher Aaron Tooke, to clinch the championship for the Redlegs.

On offense, the Reds looked like the "Big-Red-Machine" of two years ago by pushing across 18 runs on 20 hits and getting production from their entire lineup. Reds hit leaders were Jeremy Bourque (2 H, 1 2B, 3 RBI); Casey R. (2 H, 3 RBI); Fred Leiby (2 H, 3 RBI); Matt Bubnis (2 H, 1 R); Lonny Schwartz (2 H, 2 RBI); and Nelson T. (2 H, 2 R).

Rounding out the hitting attack for the Reds were Bobby Bumiller (1 H, 2 R); Ron "Commish" Cortese (1 H, 1 RBI); Dave F. (1 H 1 R); Tim Sara (1 H, 2 RBI); and Aaron Tooke (1 H, 2 RBI).

Well deserved MVP honors go to Casey Ray for his team leadership and obvious dominance on the baseball field. This is Casey's second MVP award in three seasons with Legends and the Reds.
The Red Hot Redlegs toppled the favored Brewers to win the 40+/30+B Division Championship. Casey "Super Man" Ray (far right) was the MVP.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Fall 2016 semi finals

19+ Division
The Outlaws (#1) advanced to the finals by defeating the Biscuits (#4) 16-5 where they will face the Hurricanes (#3) who defeated the Benchwarmers (#2) 16-7.

30+ Division
The Isotopes (#4) advanced to the semi finals by defeating the Nationals (#1) 17-10 and the Padres (#3) followed suit with a 12-7 win over the Lollygaggers (#2).

40+/30+B Division
The Redlegs (#4) advanced to the finals by defeating the Pirates (#1) 17-10 and will play the Brewers (#2) who defeated the Gashouse Gang (#6) 15-4.

Semi final action
In the only game reported to "The Commish Corner", the Redlegs offense pounded out 17 runs on 18 hits in defeating the number 1 seeded PiratesThe offense was led by Nelson T. (3 H, 5 RBI), Lonny S. (2 H, 3 RBI), Casey R. (3 H, 2 RBI, 3 R), Fred L. (2 H, 2 RBI, 4 R), Aaron T. (2 H, 3 R), and Matt B. (3 H, 3 R).

The Reds pitching sealed the deal and was shared evenly by Matt G. (3 IP, 1 K, 3 ER), Casey R. (3 IP, 1 K, 2 ER), Dave F. (3 IP, 4 K, 0 ER).  

Friday, November 4, 2016

Fall 2016 quarter finals

19+ Division
In the only quarter final game for the 19+ Division on Sunday, the 4th seeded Biscuits advanced to the semi finals with an 8-7 win over the 5th seeded Knights.

40+/30+B Division
The Gashouse Gang (#6) advanced to the semi finals by defeating the Blue Jays (#3) 10-7 and the Redlegs (#4) followed suit with a 16-5 win over the Generals (#5).

Quarter final action

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Fall 2016 regular season summary
The Legends of Fall completed their regular season this Sunday on a sunny but blustery day for baseball. And the results are in:

The Outlaws and Benchwarmers finished on top of the pack in the 19+ Division with six wins each.

The 30+ Nationals were undefeated for the regular season with a 6-0 record with the Lollygaggers two games behind them in the final standings.

In the 40+/30+ B Division, parity ruled the day with the Redlegs, Blue Jays, Generals, and Gashouse Gang each with two wins on the season, while the Brewers finished in first with four wins, and set the tone as the clear favorite in this division!  As planned prior to the season, we are moving the Pirates back down to this division, per their desire and lack of close games in the 30+ A Division.  Thus, they and the Brewers are the clear favorites to get to the Finals! 

Redlegs Win Regular Season Finale, end Funk!
The Redlegs and Blue Jays in action on the final day of the regular season (Edison High School in Alexandria).
by Bob Korn
The Redlegs capped off the regular season with an impressive 14-9 win over their division rival Blue Jays behind a strong hitting attack and solid pitching.  This, after a mediocre campaign in the early part of the season.  "We finished strong, and look to make some noise in the playoffs," co-manager Ron Cortese stated.  "Wouldn't it be just awesome to beat the vaunted Brewers?" he added

The hit leaders for the Reds were Matt Bubnis and Jeremy Bourque, each with 3 hits, 2 doubles, and 2 RBI. Joining the hit parade with 2 hits each were Casey Ray, Lonny Schwartz, Ron Cortese, Chris French, and Todd Anderson.

Despite some last minute lineup changes, Redlegs pitchers had no problem adjusting to their new roles. Chris French took over as the starter and held the Jays to 4 runs over 3 innings. Casey Ray, the scheduled starter, pitched 4 innings in middle relief, giving up just 1 run while striking out the side in the sixth. And the "Commish", who is usually a bridge to the late reliever, closed out the game with two solid innings, including a strikeout to end it.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Fall 2016 game of the week

Redlegs right the ship on pitching and hitting
by Bob Korn
The Redlegs got back on the winning track in their second game of the fall with a decisive 18-6 win over the Generals behind great pitching and hitting. The great pitching was provided by Matt Gaugler, Ron "The Commish" Cortese, and David Forrest, who made his first ever pitching appearance with a solid 3 innings of work to close out the game.

Great hitting was the theme of the day, provided by RBI producers Jeremy Bourque (4), Lonny Schwartz (4), Chris French (3), and Matt Bubnis, "The Commish", Greg Fowler, Matt Gaugler, Casey Ray, and Tim Sara, all with 1 each.

The big blow of the game came in the 8th on an inside the park home run to deep right center off the bat of Jeremy Bourque. It was actually the "Commish's" bat that "JB" used for the two-run blast that one-hopped the fence and scored Casey Ray all the way from first base.

Way to go Reds! Take the rest of the week off.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Fall 2016 Season Kicks off with a Bang!

The Legends Fall Baseball Season got underway on August 29th with a full slate of games including a double header played by the 19+ Benchwarmers. The 19+ Outlaws are looking for a "Four-Peat," while the Padres and Pirates are seeking a repeat of their spring championships. Good luck to all teams this fall!

Pirates look strong in fall opener
The 30+A Pirates put on a clinic in hitting, pitching, defense, and base running as they defeated the Redlegs in the fall season opener at Veterans Park.
by John Campbell
After winning the 40+/30+B playoffs in the spring, the Pirates were bumped back to the 30+ division. They got off to a good start on a blistering hot day vs. the Redlegs.

The pitching was the difference maker. The first Pirate to toe the hill was Kevin "KJ" Jillions. The powerful lefty was only able to go one inning for the Pirates, and he made the Redlegs uncomfortable in that one strong inning. The next Pirate to step to the mound was Lewis Hardy, who provided 5 dominant innings. Hardy gave up 1 run on 1 hit (a moonshot HR by Casey Ray), but was otherwise overpowering with multiple strike outs in his 5 innings.

With the game in hand, Pat McCane came in to pitch innings 7-9. McCane gave up a few hits and recorded multiple strikeouts. The Pirate staff was also backed by stellar defense all game. The most notable plays being when Akil Barlow threw a laser beam from LF to nab a runner at the plate that was trying to score from second, and Luis Feliciano converting an unassisted double play at 1B.

Other defensive standouts included Fred Lewis (2B and OF), Matt Edwards (OF and 2B), and Jon Champ (LF and C).

The offense got contributions up and down the order, with many of the runs coming with two outs. The final score was 17-4 on a HOT day.

Redlegs fall to Bucs in opener
The Redlegs Casey Ray (bottom left) crushes a solo home run to left field (far right photo) to get the Reds on the board in the top of the fourth inning. But the Reds were unable to keep pace with the upper division Pirates.
by Bob Korn
The 30+B/40+ Redlegs played an interdivisional game vs. the 30+ A Pirates in the fall season opener for both teams. Despite the one-sided victory for the Bucs (17-4), the Reds had a few highlights of their own.

In the fourth inning, shortstop Casey Ray opened the Redlegs attack with a towering home run to left field that even got a high five from the Pirates pitcher. A walk to Reds centerfielder Jeremy Bourque; a single and a stolen base by Keith Beale, and a two-RBI single by Nelson Taveras provided the offense in the 8th.

New Redleg Dave Forrest drove in the last run of the day when he collected his first hit as a Legend with an RBI single in the ninth, scoring Chris French who led off the inning with a single.

"We proved two things today," Commish Ron Cortese stated after the game. "The Redlegs belong in 30+B and Pirates in 30+A!" 

Sean Marietta's effort not enough in General's 8-4 loss
by Jeff Hayes
The Generals lost to the Blue Jays in the fall opener despite Sean Marietta's spectacular day from both the mound and the plate. Errors in the field undermined the Generals throughout the day. Marietta was perfect at the dish, going 3-3. He singled in the first, sixth, and eighth innings. Marietta worked out of six tricky spots for the Generals. He pitched five innings and allowed one earned run on only four hits. Relief man Jerome Allen pitched three innings, giving up only four hits and two earned runs.

Catcher Jeff Eanes and recent addition outfielder Brian Tirch contributed two hits each, with Tirch adding a base on balls. Rookie outfielder Joshua Moses was 1 for 2 with a walk before being hobbled by the infamous Legends pulled hamstring. Manager Jeff Hayes, third baseman Jason Wells, first baseman Sean Kennan, and utility man Scooter Krattenmaker all added base hits. Marietta (2), Hayes (1), and Tirch (1) drove in the Generals four runs.

Isotopes hold off Padres on opening day
by Tommy Stokes
The Isotopes held off a late charge in the 9th to outlast the Padres in their season opening 11-10 victory. It looked like it might get away from the Topes early after some defensive lapses and some timely hitting by the Padres led to a 4-run 2nd inning.

Down 4-1, Lewis Wharton and Tommy Stokes combined to keep the Padres off the board through the 6th. In the 6th, the Isotopes 4-run inning began innocently enough when Gino Noll struck out but made it to 1st on the passed ball. Following Gino's hustle were six straight singles putting the Isotopes back in the lead.

The Padres would take the lead right back with a big inning off of Nate Taran. The Isotopes tried to rally back in the bottom of the 7th to get all the runs back but fell short in heartbreaking fashion, stranding runners on 2nd and 3rd.

Nate Taran came back strong in the 8th keeping the Isotopes hopes alive. The bottom of the 8th started off strong with Tony Paras leading off with a double, then following a long at bat, Nate Taran was hit by a pitch. With the tying and go ahead runs on base, Tommy Stokes immediately squared to bunt and nobody charged. Tony still beat  a great throw by the catcher with the third baseman out of position just enough due to the bunt.

Lewis hit a sacrifice fly to tie, and the rally was on. The inning ended with the Isotopes back in front 11-8. Nate was able to shake off a couple of runs and a huge scare on a potential game-tying hit down the left field line that landed foul by a matter of a foot or so.

With his late pitching and reaching base 4 times while going 3 for 4 at the plate, Nate was given the game ball. Adam Rasmussen and Tommy Stokes also reached base 4 times.