Sunday, July 16, 2017

Spring 2017 Season - Champions/MVPs Announced, Pictures Posted!

Fan Cam!








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19+ Dodgers triumph over the Hurricanes!

Congratulations to the Dodgers on winning the Spring 2017 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 19+ Division.
By Harrison Hale
      The 19+ championship was bound to be a close pitcher’s duel. The Hurricanes were coming off of a 3-1 victory over the outstanding Outlaws, who had previously put up 20 or more runs multiple times this season. The Dodgers took a 3-2 nail biter from the consistent Flying Squirrels. The Dodgers struck first in the bottom of the first inning. A leadoff base hit from Andrew Reighard, the team’s batting average and on base leader, turned into a pickoff. But the Dodgers would answer back with a walk from Peyton Hale III, a base hit from Harrison Hale, then a clutch RBI single through the right side from another Hale bro, Austin Hale. A throwing miscue from the catcher allowed Harrison Hale to score on the play as well. Austin Hale would steal second while the Hurricanes responded with a strikeout of one of the Dodgers big hitters, Carson Hale. A Clutch two out double from Trevor Roskind plated Austin, giving the Dodgers an early 3-0 lead. Hurricanes would answer back in the top of the second with a leadoff homerun for their cleanup hitter off of Dodgers starting pitcher, Harrison Hale. Hurricanes would strike again in the top of the third, smacking three hits in a row to tie the game at 3. Dodgers would respond by plating another run in the 4th with another two out RBI from Roskind to take back the lead at 4-3. Clutch defense from Cody Jones at short, Christian Havecker in center, and Tyler Ridings in right helped Harrison keep the Canes at bay in the 4th. A leadoff walk by Peyton Hale Jr in the bottom of the fourth could not lead to the Dodgers taking advantage, as Canes pitcher Alan Oberheim was able to keep the Dodgers at bay with a clutch bases loaded pickoff to end the 4th, his second pickoff of the day.
Austin Hale switched from catcher to pitcher in the top of the 5th , with a 4-3 lead. A leadoff base hit followed by a hit by pitch and a walk would load the bases for the hurricanes with no outs. Austin would pitch out of the jam allowing no runs, striking out two in the process. He would then reply by crushing a mammoth solo homerun in the bottom of the 5th, giving the Dodgers a 5-3 lead. Relief pitching was sold for the Canes, not allowing another run the rest of the game. The Hurricanes would answer right back with opposite field line drive homerun to pull within one run in the top of the 8th. Austin Hale would shut the door, striking out 5 of the 6 outs in the last two innings. He would finish the game with 11 strikeouts, bringing his season total to 61 in 34 innings, with a season ERA of 0.79, solidifying his MVP season. Dodgers would take the game with a score of 5-4. Pitching was most important to the Dodgers this season, with Austin Hale and Harrison Hale throwing 66 of the 87 and 2/3 innings for the squad, with a combined ERA of 1.64.

  

30+ Nationals Bring Home the Championship!

Congratulations to the Nationals on winning the Spring 2017 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 30+ Division.
By Rich Goad
What a sweet day for baseball, the weather was perfect, maybe a little warm, but beautiful for America’s pastime. The 30+ Baseball Championship, once again faced off with two longtime rivals in Legends, Nationals vs. Padres! Both teams have always played really close games over the many years, with the exception of two games. Both of those games were in the Championships, with the Padres crushing the Nationals 27-8 in the Fall of 2010 and the second game where the Nationals returned the favor and beat the Padres 23-8 in the Fall of 2015. I mentioned these two teams have history of close games every season to include two other meetings in the big game. Last Spring 2016, the Padres beat the Nationals with a walk off homerun in the bottom of the 10th inning to win the championship. This season matched up the rivals again, to which a big crowd came out to see the big game, who would win, would it be another close game or blowout. The crowd was not disappointed, because whether your team won or lost, this was another game for the history books.
Throughout the game, the score went back and forth with each team trying to put the other away, however pitching and great defensive plays kept the score close and everyone wondering if we would be going to extra innings like the first championship game of the day.
Sorry no inning by inning drama this year in this write up, but will mention a few plays, players, and final inning. Pitching on both teams were amazing, keeping the ball in the yard most of the day, until Chris Herald belted a 3 run shot heading towards the girls softball field. The Nationals also capitalized with speed on the bases, swiping several stolen bases, whereas the Padres were kept in check on the bases with Brandon “the Wall” Ward behind the plate.
Now for the final inning. The Padres took a one run lead into the bottom of the 9th inning, 5-4. First batter Chris Farrer began the inning with a hit batter, followed by a walk of Al Torres, and an infield hit by Rich Goad, loading the bases for Chris Herald. Chris hit a solid line drive which bent back the second baseman’s glove backwards, moving up the runners and evening the score. Now the Mighty Casey story with big Kevin Mallon coming to the plate with nobody out, tied game, and bases loaded. However, Kevin followed suit and struck-out on a nasty curve ball. So with one out Rob Howell walked to the plate. Would he be able to knock in the winning run? Rob worked the pitcher, who was throwing some really good pitches, with foul ball after foul ball. Finally, Rob connected with the ball and sent it screaming into left field, however it was not a deep fly ball, but would it be enough? Al “Speedy” Torres was ready to give it a try, tagging from third. The outfielder caught the ball and threw a strike to home, however Speedy dove headfirst into the plate and beat the tag, giving the Nationals the Championship!
The Nationals celebrated and Brandon Ward was given the title of Legends MVP for the 30+ Division. Great season Brandon!
Overall, the Nationals played team (family) baseball throughout the season, with everyone stepping up to keep winning games. Just about every game, there was a new National of the week. It never failed, when one person would be down, another would step up and take over. This was another amazing season and look forward to many more great seasons of Legends (Nationals) Baseball.
So where does that leave us with the Rival Story? The Nationals have won 7 Championships, 2 against the Padres and the Padres have won 7 Championships, 2 against the Nationals. Tune in for next year to see if they will once again do battle on the diamond!

 

40+ Redlegs Defend Their Title!

Congratulations to the Redlegs on winning the Spring 2017 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 40+ Division.
By Ron Cortese
The Redlegs ended another magical season in dramatic style – this time coming back in the top of the 9th inning to tie an action-packed game against the venerable Gashouse Gang, then winning it in the 11th inning with a monstrous 3-run homerun to take an insurmountable lead!
The Redlegs trailed 4-0 going into the 4th inning, before slowly chipping away until being just 1 run down in the 9th.  The lower part of the order was up, and the plan was simple – get the leadoff hitter Tony Combs on base, then bring him around to score.  And that’s exactly what happened!  However, the Gashouse stopped further damage in the 9th, but could not get another run in their portion of the 9th.  So into the 10th they went!  The Redlegs got across 2 runs, hoping it would be enough for the win.  However, the Gashouse also rallied in the bottom of the 10th inning to tie it at 6-6!
So into the 11th the game went.  Manager “Cap’n Ron” Cortese told his squad – “We scored 2 last inning but it wasn’t enough – so let’s get 3 this time!”  Well, long-time Redleg and Hall of Famer Nelly Taveras heard that order loud and clear, as he always listens to his manager!  He stepped to the plate with 2 on, and proceeded to blast a 3-run shot well over the right-center fence!  The Gashouse this time were only able to get one run across in the bottom of the inning…not enough tie it again!
This incredible win capped a season in which the Redlegs started 0-2, with a combined run deficit of 33-13 only to then reel off 7 straight wins!
Redleg pitching was superlative, as Matt “The Starter” Gaugler continued his dominant pitching, going 5 solid innings, followed by Billy “Your Highness” Pope, who pitched another 5 strong innings.  Keith “The Closer” Beale then stepped in to shut the door on the Gashouse Gang in the 11th!
For hitting, Lonny “The Lonster” Schwartz and Nelly “Mr. MVP” Taveras (named league MVP) each had 3 hits.  Keith “Crusher“ Beale and Tony “No Combover” Combs each had 2 hits.  Other Redleg studs include Josh “Homerun” Glassman, Kirk “Killer” Cooper, Syed “Doc” Ali, Matt “Bubba” Bubnis, Robert “BobbyB” Bumiller, Jon “The Man” May, and Ryan “I need a nickname” Young.
“It was such a total team effort, where we picked each other up – well, not literally, but you know what I mean - when needed”, stated co-manager Chris “The Frenchman” French, who could not play in the finals due to sickness, but did come for the celebration!
A special thanks goes out to our awesome batboy, Tyler Pope, who really helped the Redlegs play their best every game!
Hats off to a great Gashouse team that took us to the limit – it is too bad only one team could be crowned on this day!

 
 

Home Run Derby!

In an exciting HR Derby contest that went down to the wire, Benchwarmer blaster TJ Phillips outdueled his teammate Brian Blanton in the final round, blasting 1 more homerun than needed (7 we believe!) to take the title!
Go TJ!

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 Semifinals!



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.