Thursday, November 23, 2017

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has its origins rooted in religious and secular practices. The Pilgrims celebrated Thanksgiving as a way to give thanks to God for His provision; a bountiful harvest and providing plenty of game to hunt, as well as safety. The first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, in Plymouth, MA; between Christian colonists and the Wampanoag tribe. Sadly, there was no football games that day. Ninety or so native Americans showed up at the settlements gate in a surprise visit. The pilgrims invited them to a feast and the two parties both contributed provisions for meals. The celebration lasted for days.  
The Tuesday before Thanksgiving the WHSS, AL teams got together for a peaceful softball game. There was a bountiful harvest of hits and runs.
Visitors: Pilgrims: Rivera, Guzzo, Rad, Matta, Burns, Scarbrough, DeRidder, Book, Essenmacher, Busch And Constantine.
Home Team, Indians: Reagen, Shirer, Jacobson, Toro, JD, Jacobs, Denny, Thirey, Crowell, Coffman and Roger.
Much like the first Thanksgiving, the two teams spent the early part of the game feeling each other out. After the first inning of play the score was 1-2 in favor of the Native Americans. In the 2nd inning the Pilgrims took out the drum sticks and started beating on the ball. Hits from DeRidder, Book, Essenmacher, Busch, Constantine and Rivera pushed 5 runs across the plate with no outs recorded in the inning. After 2 innings the score was Pilgrims: 6- Indians: 3.
Both teams nibbled on cranberries, squash and cornbread over the next few innings, scoring a run here and there. In the 5th inning a platter of turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes was served up. The Pilgrims scored 5 runs. Constantine got the Pilgrims harvest started with a single. Rivera then singled and set runners on 1st and 3rd. Guzzo singled a run in. Rad loaded the bases with a single and Matta rocked the Mayflower with a triple to right field that cleared the bases. Burns then smacked a towering shot to right field, scoring Matta easily, giving us our 5.
The Indians answered back in the bottom of the 5th with three runs. Jacobson walked, JD, Denny, Thirey and Crowell all got hits to help the tribe. After 5 innings, the score was Pilgrims: 13-Indians: 8.
The Pilgrims continued to gorge themselves on turkey, gravy and ham in the 6th inning, scoring 4 more runs. DeRidder, Book, Busch, Constantine and Rivera helped themselves and the team, at the plate. At the end of 6 innings, it was Pilgrims: 17- Indians: 8.
The Pilgrims were not being very good guests as the score was lopsided. The Indians pushed back a little in the 7th outscoring the Pilgrims, 3-2, in the 7th.  That made the score Pilgrims: 19- Indians: 11. In the 8th inning things changed for the Indians, they filled their cornucopia with runs. They had a plethora of hits; Routur, Reagen, Shirer, Jacobson, Toro, JD, Jacobs and Denny all reached base before an out was recorded. Crowell and Coffman added two more hits before the side was retired.  The Indians roasted 7 runs, their bats were on fire, they tightened up the score, Pilgrims 19- Indians 18, going into the 9th.
The Pilgrims wanted to be good guests, but they also wanted to win the game. We added 4 runs in the 9th.  Rad and Matta singled, then with two outs Scarbrough knocked them in, with a single. DeRidder added a double to knock in Scarbrough and Book knocked in DeRidder with a single. The Indians had eaten so much turkey in the 8th inning, they were now ready for a nap. They couldn’t even manage a pumpkin pie desert in the 9th. They were retired in order and the final score was Pilgrims: 23-Indians: 18. Thanks to Joe D'Herin for umpiring the game. Everyone enjoyed playing the game and wished each other a Happy Thanksgiving after the game.
I wish everyone a cornucopia of blessings. The cornucopia is also known as a horn of plenty, may God fill your horn with plenty of love, peace, joy, health and prosperity.  I am thankful to God for all He has given.
Those who knocked the stuffing out of the ball for the Visitors:
Rivera: 3/5 with a double.
Guzzo: 3/5 with a double and a HR.
Rad: 3/5.
Matta: 4/5, with a double and a triple.
DeRidder: 5/5, with a double and a triple.
Book: 4/5, with a double.
Constantine: 4/4, with a triple. 
Those who rocked, Plymouth Rock, for the Home Team:
Reagen: 3/6.
Toro: 4/5, with a HR and a triple.
JD: 5/5, with a double.
Jacobs: 3/4.
Denny: 4/5.
Written by Nick Matta

Monday, November 20, 2017

Friday, November 17th
Well the Solivita sluggin' smashers visited Winter Haven for a double header today against the American League and definately lived up to the name I just gave them. They swept the double header and are now on a 4 game winning streak against our AMERICAN League. The first game was a flip flop won by Solivita 16-6 and the 2nd was a final of 15-7. Solivita just peppered the ball all day and made very few errors. Winter Haven would get runners on but just had trouble getting the ball out of the infield with runners in scoring position. 

As always it was a very fun time by all and the bond between the 2 league  keeps growing stronger. Now there is talk of combining a travel team made up of both teams. "Softball COMRADERIE is great". 

The only game won by Winter Haven today was by me umping the bases and their 1st baseman Bo was how many warm up balls he could toss into 3rd base dugout. He got one in and I won that 9-1. Good luck next time Bo. 

It was another fantastic time. 

Write up by Loren Fabian

Friday, November 17, 2017

Field E Slugfest

Today's game was a real nail biter in the end. That was not always the case as The Bulls managed by Juan Toro jumped to an early substantial lead and held it until the seventh inning when the Zebras scratched away at the lead and managed to even up the game at 19 apiece. The Bulls were strong at the plate and on defense with Reagan, Essenmark, Toro, Busch, Coffman, Knox,Crowell, Ridley, Rutan, Shappler, and Bess playing solid ball.

The Zebras had Rivera, Skidmore, Pete, King, Zelazny, Denny, Thiry, Levesque, Boito, Sherrer, Hill, and Wells, who to their credit fought hard all game and were down by as many as nine at one time but never quit. As previously stated they manged to tie the score in the bottom of the seventh at 19 runs after scoring seven runs in that inning. The eighth inning saw the Bulls retake the lead with two runs. Unfortunately for them the bats for the Zebras did not cool down between innings and they scored four runs to finally take the lead.

I guess it was too much to ask that the Bulls would give up, because they came out strong in the ninth by scoring two runs by the lead off hitters. With Bess at first, the next three batters (top of the line up) all flied out. The Zebras came up with the bottom of the line up due to hit.  With the scored tied and two out and runners on 1st and 2nd base, Josh Wells came to the plate and smashed a liner scoring John Bioto from second for the victory. So to sum up, Josh was the winning picture and drove in the winning run. Final Score  Bulls 23, Zebras 24.

Key Performances

Bulls
Reagan    4 for 6
Essenmark 4 for 6
Toro    4 for 6 with ground rule double
Knox    5 for 5 with a double and triple
Crowell    4 for 5
Ripley    4 for 5

Zebras
Skidmore    4 for 5
King    4 for 5
Zelazny 5 for 5 with a triple
Denny    4 for 5
Hill    3 for 5 with home run




Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tuesday, November 14th.
An interesting game between Hamilton and Matta took place on Field E Tuesday.  The game started out like a run away for Hamilton with the score 14-2.  Nick's guys got the hits going and made the score 19-10 after 7 innings.  Matta's team outscored Hamilton 9-5 in the last 2 innings but lost 24-19.  Great game and thanks to the commisioner for umpiring.
Leading hitters
Hamilton 6-6
DeRidder 3-4
M. Gonzalez 4-5
D'Herin 5-5
JD 4-5
Scarbrough 3-5
Denny 5-5

Matta 5-5
Toro 4-5
Wiltshire 4-5  HR
Zelazny 5-6
Book 5-6
Write up by Joe D'Herin
WHSS Angel Tree for Lake Elbert Elementary School
Overwhelmed, just overwhelmed by the generosity , but not surprised by your response guys, to help put a smile on a young boy or girl's face come Christmas morning. As good as it is, we still have a little bit of unfinished business to attend to. We still have 6 gifts left to purchase from the 40 we started with. Let's wrap this up on Friday, and get the gifts back to me by the end of November, so that I can deliver them to Lake Elbert Elem. School as soon as possible, and the parents of these less fortunate Kids can pick them up as the school closes on Dec. 15th. for the Holidays.
Thanks again Guys
Regards, Elmer Black.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Friday, November 10th
This game started out slow with Zelazny's team ahead 5-2 after 4 innings. Z's boys outscored Nick's guys 13 to 4 the final 5 innings to win 18-6. This game had some nice displays of hitting.  Les Jacobson hit for the cycle by outrunning the relays on a long blast over the right fielders head for the homerun he needed to complete the cycle. It should be noted that as Les rounded third he desparately could have used some sort of CYCLE to complete his journey.  Nice game Les.  There were some other excellent hitting efforts including Slash Matta going 4-4, Bob Reagen with an inside the park homerun, Greg Denny was 4-4, and Joe D'Herin was 5-5. Thanks to the National League guys who helped fill the rosters in this game.
Leading Hitters
Wiltshire 4-5
Dampier 3-5
Jacobson 4-4 Cycle
D'Herin 5-5
Zelazny 3-5
Denny 4-4
Matta 4-4
Lopez 2-3
Write up by Joe D'Herin

Friday, November 10, 2017

Subject: WHSS Angel Tree For Lake Elbert Elementary School
Gentlemen I have two things I want you to think about.
1) Think about how fortunate you are to be able to live in Florida and play ball at your age.
2) Think about some 40 unfortunate kids, boys and girls, ages from 4 to 12, who will not be getting
any Christmas gifts. Sad isn't it. We can help put a smile on these Kids by buying them a gift. $20.00 plus or minus. A list will be posted at check in this Friday Nov. 10th. and every ball day until we meet our goal.
If you have a problem buying a gift, give me your money and I will see that it is bought, wrapped and delivered before Dec.
This is a WHSS approved project by your Board Of Directors Any questions please see me, Elmer Black
Come on Guys lets make these young people happy. Thanks.
Submitted by Elmer Black
Tuesday, November 7th.
Matta's team jumped out to a 8-0 lead after 3 innings, Juan's boys scored 5 in the bottom of the 4th to close the gap to 9-5.  At the end of 6 innings we had a 3 run game 11-8 Matta.  A 5 run 7th made the score 16-9 and was enough to seal the victory for team Matta.  Final score was 18-11.  Nick was like a vacuum cleaner at third base.  A well played game by both teams and thanks to Dave Doerbaum for umpiring.
Team Matta
Pepin 3-5  w/2walks
JD 4-5
Rad 4-4  w/2 walks
Jacobson4-6
Matta 4-6
D'Herin 4-6
Gutenberg 3-6
Team Toro
Toro 5-5
Book 3-5
Burns 3-5
Knox 3-5
Mendez 3-5
Write up by Joe D'Herin

Monday, November 6, 2017

REMINDER     REMINDER     REMINDER     REMINDER


GAME TIME IN NOW 9:30 AM. PLEASE BE THERE NO LATER THAN 9:00 AM SO THE TEAMS CAN BE PUT TOGETHER AND WE CAN GET STARTED BY 9:30 AM.


ALSO, REMEMBER TO CHECK THE WEBSITE TO MAKE SURE THE GAMES ARE ON. IF THE GAMES ARE CANCELED FOR ANY REASON, THE NOTICE WILL BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE.


THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH IS A HOLIDAY IN CELEBRATION OF VETERANS DAY. WE ARE PLAYING BALL THIS FRIDAY.


ENJOYMENT BOOKS ARE ON SALE. THEY ARE STILL $30.00. MAKE SURE THAT YOU BUY YOUR BOOKS FROM OUR LEAGUE. IT HELPS PAY FOR ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE DO.


THANKS.


DON WITMER, COMMISSIONER