Sunday, June 26, 2016

Spring 2016 finals!

19+ Division Outlaws Complete the 3-Peat!
Congratulations to the Outlaws on their Spring 2016 tournament win in the Legends 19+ Division.

By Steve Patrick
In a rematch of last spring's championship game, the #3 seed Outlaws got the chance to defend their title against the #1 seed Flying Squirrels. After two tough regular season losses at the hands of the Squirrels, this was exactly the matchup the Outlaws were gunning for.

The game was a back and forth heavyweight prize fight, filled with timely hitting and gutsy pitching. After losing staff ace and Squirrel Killer, Mike Kirik, to an arm injury in the semi-finals, the Outlaws showed guts and resilience navigating through the dangerous Squirrel lineup. They got solid innings from starter Brandon Bender and David Kellmel followed by a Kirk Gibson moment when the injured Mike Kirik came in to stop the Squirrel rally and get the final out with the bases loaded in the 7th. Closer Justin Woods came up huge blanking the Squirrels in the 8th and 9th to seal the deal.

With the time-limit rapidly approaching, the Outlaws began the top of the 8th down 10-8, knowing that if they didn't tie it up there wouldn't be a 9th inning. With 2 outs and the game on the line, Charley "Refuse to Lose" Mays launched a 2-run homer of the day, tying the score at 10-10 and forcing the game into an extended 9th inning. With the momentum shifted by their offense in the top of the 8th and their pitching in the bottom of the 8th, the Outlaws rode that wave into the 9th. After the first two batters reached base, Kameron Lawrence came through with a clutch RBI double to take the lead, followed by Troy Patrick's second 2-run single of the game and Brad Wenzel's SAC fly insurance run to take the lead for good at 14-10.

Charlie Mays takes home his second straight Legends MVP award with his monster 3-5, 2 HR, 5 RBI championship game! Special recognition also needs to go out to Regular Season MVP Mike Kirik, who threw 18 innings (10 against the Squirrels and 7 against the #2 seed Hurricanes) with 27 Ks, while only surrendering 5 earned runs. He also lead the team in hits and slugging percentage. Also to Playoff MVP Troy Patrick who went 6-13 with 2 2Bs, 1 HR and 11 RBI during the Outlaws three game playoff run.

The Outlaws have now won 3 straight Legends 19+ Championships and reached the big game in all 4 seasons since they joined the Legends League. While there are no signs of slowing down or relinquishing their title any time soon, the renewed rivalry with the Squirrels will have the Outlaws hungrier than ever to defend the crown this fall! 

30+ Division Padres "Walk off" with Tournament Win!
Congratulations to the Padres on their Spring 2016 Tournament win in the Legends 30+ Division.
By RJ Lucciotti
The Padres and Nationals squared off in a rematch of last season's finals on a beautiful Sunday afternoon of baseball. The last two times these teams met each other in the finals, the wins were lopsided - the first in favor of the Padres in 2010, and then last season, where the Nationals won in convincing fashion. This season's final would be a different type of game - featuring spectacular pitching and almost flawless defense.

The Nationals jumped out to a quick first inning lead. Padres' starter Michael "I'm 72 years old, Blue" Murphy, surrendered a lead off single and followed with a hit batter. The Nationals quickly capitalized with a double steal, which left the Padres facing second and third with nobody out. Murph then forced a fielder's choice, which gave the Nats a 1-0 lead, but was able to escape the first inning with minimal damage.

The Padres went down quietly in the bottom of the first, as did the Nationals in the top of the 2nd inning, before the Padres got on board and tied the game in the bottom half of the inning. RJ "I faked retirement for attention" Lucciotti, worked a lead off walk, but was forced out at second on a fielder's choice. Chris "6 helmets" Smith followed with a double off the right field fence, leaving the Padres with runners on second and third base and one out. John "my mustache is real" Michetti, followed with a clutch RBI single to tie the game at 1 a piece.

But the Nationals came right back in the third inning with a manufactured run, which included a single and two stolen bases before scoring on another fielder's choice. The Padres answered right back in the bottom half of the inning. After getting hit by a pitch, Padres' lead off hitter, Blake "my socks are stupid" Dunn stole second, moved to third on a fielder's choice, and then scored on an RBI single by Ryan "I'm not Murray" Welch. At the end of 3 innings, the game stood at 2-2, and a great pitching duel ensued.

Murph mowed down the Nationals over the next two innings, while recording 3 strike outs and a huge outfield assist at home plate by Padres' centerfielder, Ryan "I fake shoulder injuries" Murray, to close out the top of the 5th inning.

Padres' closer, Steve "Wanna be Startin' Somethin'" Adair, followed Murph in the 6th inning and held the Nationals scoreless over the next 5 innings, while the Padres played great defense behind him. The Nationals' pitching did the same thing and made quick work of the Padres' lineup over the next 5 innings - while their short stop, Al "the grass is too long" Torres, seemingly played the field all by himself.

After 9-1/2 innings, the game stood at 2-2; a run hadn't been scored since the 3rd inning. In the bottom of the 10th, the Padres sent the heart of their order to the plate. After a quick first out, Ryan "cueball" Welch, got on base with a swinging bunt, but it didn't matter. Steve "I hit bombs with my eyes closed" Adair, stepped to the plate. He had been on fire of late, recording 4 home runs in the last 3 games, and he followed that up by taking the first pitch he saw over the left center field fence, for a Padres' walk off win.

Steve has been the Padres' lights out closer all season, and through the end of the season, he carried the team on his back with his bat to earn a much deserved MVP trophy. This was the first Padres' final win in several seasons, and it couldn't have come after a better played game by both teams.

40+/30+B Division Pirates Clinch 1st Playoff Championship!
Congratulations to the Pirates on their Spring 2016 Tournament win in the Legends 40+/30+B Division.
By Demian Dominguez
The Pirates, in their first Legends finals appearance, played their finest game in years vs. a very tough and powerful 1st ranked Generals team. They were led by outstanding pitching performances from Lewis Hardy, Kevin Jillions, and team ace Patrick McCane.

A strategic rotation move of deployment of this mild heat-firing trio paid huge dividends in playoff competition. The fantastic pitching was supplemented with a team-hitting effort lead by 2016 team MVP Jonathan Champ (finally coming into his own after attending Softball Rehab) and long time RBI producers Akil "Boom" Barlow and Fred "Timeless" Lewis. Comeback player of the year Matt "McRib" Edwards provided production out of the leadoff spot; he initiated several scoring innings on this biggest stage.

This Pirates victory was an absolute team effort with every member contributing in our victory, from Jeff "Da Ump" Alexander, John "Soup" Campbell, Luis "El Capo" Feliciano, Demian "Dirty Double D" Dominguez, Wes "Taco" Rosati, and newcomer Matt "Amber" Rose.

Spring 2016 Fan Cam!
Friends and family flocked to Andrew Leitch Park in Dale City for the 2016 Legends Baseball Finals.



Spring 2016 Finals Action!

The Outlaws broke open a tie ball game with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat the Flying Squirrels in their 19+ Division Championship game. Charlie Mays (far right) was the 19+ MVP.
Great pitching and a steady barrage of hitting helped the Pirates defeat the Generals in their 40+/30+B Division Championship game. Jonathan Champ (far right) was the 40+/30+B MVP.
Pitching, defense, and a walk off home run propelled the Padres past the Nationals in the 30+ Division Championship game. Steve Adair (far right) was the 30+ MVP.

Spring 2016 home run derby winners
Home Run Derby honors were shared by (from left to right) Chris Herald of the Nationals, Curtis Swift of the Rebels, and Steve Adair of the Padres. Steve was also the MVP of the 30+ Division tournament. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Spring 2016 semifinals

19+ Division
The #1 seeded Flying Squirrels advanced to the finals with a 14-3 win over the Dodgers where they will face #3 seeded Outlaws, who defeated the Hurricanes 14-7 in their semifinal contest on Father's Day, June 19th.

30+ Division
The Nationals continued their winning ways with an 8-6 win over top-seeded Thunder South to earn a championship birth against the #2 seeded Padres, who won their semifinal game with the Lollygaggers, 17-16.

40+/30+B Division
The Generals defeated the Brewers 19-10 and will earn the honor of playing for the 40+ Division Championship against the Pirates, who defeated Gashouse Gang 14-12 in their semifinal matchup.

Flying Squirrels slug their way to the final round

By Curtis Nadeau
The Flying Squirrels won their semifinal match over the Dodgers for the right to face the Outlaws in the Division 19+ Spring Championship game.
The top seeded Flying Squirrels went up against the fourth seeded Dodgers in Sunday's Semi-Final, with a spot in the Championship game on the line. It was a slow start to the contest, as the Squirrels had to knock off a little rust from a week off.

After surrendering the opening run in the top of the 2nd inning, Flying Squirrels veteran outfielder Kevin B. blasted a solo shot over the left field fence to tie the game. The hit seemed to wake the the Squirrels offense, as they then scored four runs in a rule shortened bottom of the 3rd. Squirrels starting pitcher Dustin B. worked in and out of jams for the better part of his four frames, but managed to limit the damage, giving up three runs on 4 hits.

The Flying Squirrels held a 5-3 advantage in the bottom of the 4th when the aforementioned Kevin B. came up and smacked his second home run of the game, this time a three run shot, earning himself Legend of the Week honors. The Squirrels then added one more run in the 4th, and four more in the 6th to take a 13-3 advantage.

J. Britt, the Flying Squirrels' back-end pitcher, had a nice day on the mound, going four innings and only surrendering 3 hits while striking out 6 Dodgers hitters.

With the win, the Flying Squirrels achieve their second of three goals for the season by getting back into the championship game. Their re-match vs. the Outlaws for the 2016 19+ crown is sure be be can't-miss baseball.

Pirates advance to 40+ Championship game


by John Campbell

The Pirates beat the tough Gashouse Gang 14-12 Sunday morning at Veterans Park in Woodbridge. The Pirates were without their cleanup hitter and top lefty out of the bullpen but were able to stay close to the Gashouse Gang all game.

Despite those key missing players, the Pirates got a quick three runs in the top of the inning. In the bottom half of the inning the 3-0 lead turned into a 4-3 deficit. But the Pirates came right back in the 2nd and scored 4, while limiting the Gashouse Gang to 3, leaving things knotted up at 7 after 2 innings. "El Capitan" (Luis Feliciano) exited after 2 innings as the emergency starter.

Lewis Hardy stepped to the hill for the next 2 innings and kept the Gashouse Gang off balance. However, some Pirate miscues in the field led to a few unearned Gashouse runs.

Pat "Skip" McCane took the ball in the 5th and after getting into a little bit of a jam, shutdown the Gashouse Gang in his 4 innings, allowing only 1 run.

In the 5th inning, the Pirates drew 3 straight walks and were able to take advantage of some Gashouse Gang errors and score 3 runs before even getting a hit, and ultimately getting the 4th run across the plate. Some timely hitting by Fred Lewis and Lewis Hardy in later innings put some more runs on the board for the Pirates.

The umpires determined that the game would only go 8 innings. After the 7th inning, the Pirates were leading by 1 run. "Skip" McCane was not happy with just a 1 run lead and was able to sacrifice to extend the Pirates lead to 2 runs and give himself more of a cushion with the Gashouse Gangs 3-4-5 hitters coming up.

In the bottom of the 8th, McCane induced a ground ball to 3rd base that was scooped up, and a great catch was made by first baseman Demian Dominquez to get the out on the throw from deep at 3B. The next pitch was a ground ball to short stop and the Pirates had 2 quick outs. McCane decided to make it interesting by walking the next batter before finally retiring the next batter and advancing the Pirates to the finals of the 40+ Division. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Spring 2016 quarter finals

19+ Division
The 4th seeded Dodgers and 5th seeded Knights kicked off the Spring 2016 Legends Baseball Playoffs with an early 8:00am start at South County Secondary, which saw the Dodgers advance to the semifinal round with a convincing 13-5 win. Number 1 seeded Squirrels and number 2 seeded Hurricanes advanced to the semifinals by virtue of the bye-in.


30+ Division
The Nationals made it to the Final Four of the 30+ Division with a narrow 7-6 win over the Isotopes at Lee High School. In the last game of the day, Lollygaggers had an easier time of it as they advanced to the semis by defeating the Rebels 15-4. Thunder South (#1 seed) and Padres (#2 seed) advanced to the semifinals via bye-ins.


40+/30+B Division
There were two minor upsets on the day: the Brewers (#6 seed) held off the Redlegs (#3 seed) in a 19-16 slugfest at Madison High School. And the Pirates (#5 seed) defeated the Blue Jays by a touch down and an extra point, 22-15 win. The Gashouse Gang (#1 seed) and Generals (#2 seed) both had a bye-in to the semifinals.

Lollygaggers win their quarter final game
by Jesse Bussey

Gags went 4 for 5 with a 3-run home run and 7 RBI in the Lollygaggers quarter final win over the Rebels.

Moonlight Graham gave up 1 run through 4 innings in helping Lollygaggers advance . 
The Lollygaggers advanced to the semifinals by defeating the Rebels 15-4 behind outstanding hitting, solid pitching, and sound defense.

Gags led the charge by going 4 for 5, including a 3-run homer in the 1st and 7 total RBI's. Moonlight Graham and New Mike each had 3 hits a piece. While Petro, Weaver, and Kerry contributed 2 hits a piece. Every Lollygagger reached base twice.

Moonlight Graham executed CP's calls with precision, giving up 1 run through 4 innings. Petro, New Mike and Weaver yielded a combined 3 runs in the final 5 frames, striking out 6.

Defensive highlights included a couple of outstanding plays from CF New Mike, including a sliding catch in between infielder traffic. Zach and Jesse formed a formidable wall on the left side of the infield, committing zero errors and combining for 11 put-outs, including 3 double plays with help from 1B Eric McNutt and 2B Petro.

Lollygaggers advance to face the Padres in a rematch of week one in which the two teams finished in a 12-12 tie.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Final Standings, Spring 2016

Here are the Legends Division Winners for the Spring 2016 Season: The Flying Squirrels (19+ Division); Thunder South (30+ Division); and Generals (40+/30+B Division). Each of the three division winners finished the regular season with a slim 1/2 game lead over the second place finishers in their respective leagues.

19+ Division

30+ Division


40+/30+B Division

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Spring 2016 week 5

The rain stopped long enough for the Legends of Spring to get in their full slate of makeup games on Memorial Day Weekend. In fact, the Flying Squirrels and the Outlaws took advantage of a break in the weather to play an additional game on the Thursday prior to their weekend games.

After five weeks of play the hotly contested 40+/30+B Division is locked in a three-way tie between the Gashouse Gang, Generals, and Redlegs, with the Blue Jays notching a big first win in their inaugural season.

In the 30+ Division, Thunder South maintains a slim one game lead over the Lollygaggers and Padres, with the Nationals right on their heels at two games back.

And in the 19+ Division, the Hurricanes and Outlaws are vying for first place with the Flying Squirrels, who hold a slim 1/2 game lead.

Flying Squirrels in first place despite loss to Canes
by Curtis Nadeau

It was a great day for baseball on Sunday at beautiful South County as the Flying Squirrels and Hurricanes got together for the second installment of this hotly contested rivalry. It was a classic back and forth game, and the Squirrels and their short-handed pitching staff came up a little short.

The Hurricanes struck first in the bottom of the first with one run, but that was quickly erased in the top of the 2nd as the first batter of the inning, Kevin C. hit a monster home run to left center field. Fill-in Squirrels starting pitcher Bill R. was excellent for his five innings of work, limiting the strong Hurricanes offense to just two runs on five hits.

After five innings, the Squirrels held a 5-2 advantage, but the Hurricanes would battle throughout the next four innings, scoring three in the 6th to tie the score 5-5. Then matching the Squirrels with two in the 7th to tie the score 7-7, and scoring 2 in the 8th to go into the 9th trailing by one.

The Flying Squirrels were unable to add any insurance runs in the top of the 9th, so they took a one run lead into the final frame. Squirrels pitcher Dustin B. gave it all he had after hurling four innings of one-run ball against the Outlaws three days earlier, but it wasn't enough. The Hurricanes were able to plate two runs on a misplayed ball in the infield and the Hurricanes walked-off with the 11-10 victory.

These matchups against the Hurricanes are the only ones the Squirrels can't seem to get into the win column, as their record now moves to 4-1-1, with both "1s" coming against the Canes.

Squirrels top Outlaws in weeknight game
by Curtis Nadeau
The Flying Squirrels and Outlaws play under the lights at Veterans Park with Squirrels batting.
After over a month off, the Flying Squirrels and the Outlaws met up on Thursday night at Veterans Park for round two of their season series. This one was a pitchers duel from the start, and after 5 innings the Outlaws held a 1-0 advantage.

In the top of the 6th, the Squirrels' bats woke up and they plated three runs off two walks and two hits including a huge double by Kevin C. with two outs.

The Squirrels kept the offense rolling in the 7th inning, scoring five more runs on six hits to take a commanding 8-1 lead over the battle-tested Outlaws.
Flying Squirrels get ready to square off against the Outlaws in their Thursday night game.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, the Outlaws would indeed battle back, scoring five runs of their own off two walks and three big hits. The Flying Squirrels stuck with the formula and put J. Britt back on the mound for the bottom of the 9th, and he was able to shut the door after a leadoff walk to make things interesting.

The Squirrels got the win 8-6 to improve to 4-0-1 on the season, knowing full-well that this is likely not the last of the Outlaws they will see.
The 19+ Division Flying Squirrels between innings at Veterans Park Thursday night.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Games Rained Out, but Legends of the Week Named!

Legends 4th year of Sponsoring Pitch, Hit, and Run Contest

Yes, and several Legends players were named Legend of the Week for volunteering - some at the last minute - to make the event a big success!  They include left to right in the picture: Me (Redlegs), Bob Korn (Redlegs), Alex Puhk (Biscuits), Drew Bachman (Knights), Chris Smith (Padres), Grant Sharp (Nationals), Mike (and son Richard) Michaud (Gashouse Gang) and Matt Gaugler (Redlegs-not pictured).  All will get 10% off their next season's Legends Registration - THANKS GUYS!

Legends Sports Leagues played host to the MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run Contest at Yoenas Park in Vienna on May 15. 

The Pitch portion of the contest was all about throwing strikes.

Running from second base, and touching third and home at Nance Field (Yoenas Park).

Hitting for distance and accuracy off a batting tee on Crabtree Field (Yoenas Park).

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Legends 10 Year Anniversary Party and Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction!


Legends Sports Leagues reached it's 10-year anniversary (2006-2016) and had a bash to celebrate the big event! Legends also used this milestone to begin it's own Legends Hall of Fame, inducting 4 baseball Legends! The honored members include Mike Ternisky, Nelson Taveras, Adam Robinson, and RJ Lucciotti. Congratulations!

More than 60 members participated, and a raffle was held with the big prize being an autographed football donated by the Redskins with future hall of fame Matt Williams' signature.

See the pictures of the event here:

https://legends.smugmug.com/Legends-General/10-Year-Anniversary-Party/

We also have a permanent area on our website to honor our inductees. It's the "Hall of Fame" link under the information tab, or just click here:

http://playlegendsbaseball.com/Page.asp?n=100580&org=PlayLegendsBaseball.com