Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Today's game had 13 players on each team.  The visitors, managed by Simon, inc. Burns, Chrest, Simon, Lopez, S. Hill., Sergio, Merritt, Moots, Witter, Welton, Black, L. Baker, Wells.  The home team managed by Thompson, inc, Marino, D. Hill, King, Hite, Barnes, Bess, Lopicola, Miller, Bloom, Fabian, Hartley and  G. Baker.  The game was never close with the home team having only one scoreless inning in the sixth frame.  The visitors went scoreless  in the first three innings and scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings.  In the fourth inning the visitors got on the board with three runs featuring a triple by Chrest.  They added three more runs in the seventh inning on doubles by Burns and Simon.  The home team scored five times in the first when D.Hill had a HR.  They added one in the second and three more scores in the third with a triple by Hite.  They added one more in the fourth inning and 5 runs in the fifth with a 3B by King and a 2B by Hite.  In the seventh frame the home team continued to pour it  on and added two runs with a  2B by Marino a nd another D. Hill HR.  In the eighth inning the visitors scored one and the home boys added three more on a Miller 2B.  After 8 innings the home team led 20-7.  To their credit the visitors staged a ninth inning rally and scored 4 runs and had a Burns two bagger.  The visitors came up short and the home team won.  The final score was 20-11.  The WP was Lopicola and Wells pitched a nice game for the visitors.  Leading hitters for the visitors were: Burns 3-4 2 2B, Chrest 2-4 3B,  Lopez 2-4 2 3B, Simon 3-4 2B, S Hill 2-4.  Leading hitters for the home team:  Marino 3-4 2B, D. Hill 4-4 3B, 2HR, King 4-4 3B, Hite 4-4 2B 3B,  Lopicola 2-4, Miller 4-4 2B,

All sports fans know that it’s World Series time. The “Grand Old Game’s” climax; baseball’s championship series between the National League and the American League. The series has been played since 1903, 109 Series have been contested, with the AL winning 63 and the NL winning 46. In two separate years, 1904 and 1994 the World Series was not played, due to a boycott and a strike. 

In the first World Series Boston upset Pittsburgh, 5 games to 3, behind the pitching of Cy Young. The team with the most championships is the New York Yankees; they have played in 40 World Series and won 27. For the NL, the St. Louis Cardinals have appeared in 19 World Series and have won 11 world championships. As for the current contestants, the KC Royals have been in 3 World Series and have won 1. The SF Giants have been in 20 World Series, (second to the Yankees), and have won 7.

During this World Series time, I think it’s appropriate to mark the passing of the torch in the WHSS league. Bob Zelazny has fulfilled his duties as commissioner and has passed the title along to Donny Witmer. Bob did an outstanding job as commissioner and we all owe him a heartfelt thank you. Organizing and managing a league is a daunting task. Bob meet the responsibility with dignity and a sense of humor, while putting in some hard work. Many thanks to you, Bob, I hope you enjoy all that bribe money people passed on to you, in their efforts to be placed on a good hitting team.

In honor of the World Series, I will dub the WHSS, AL teams that competed today after the last 3 AL, World Series winners; the Red Sox, Yankees and White Sox. I will also throw in a little World Series trivia from time to time; you can check your answers at the end of this article. If you can get four answers right, you win the World Series. Maybe, you can sweep all 7 answers, give it a go.

The Hitting Team, The Red Sox, consisted of F. Gonzalez, Alumbaugh, Witmer, Duff, D’Herin, Reagan, Poke Hite, Lopez, Wells and Kallmer.

The Sitting Team, Yankees, players were Rivera, Pinnick, Keller, Jacobson, Laffoon, Dampier, Coffman, Giordano, Hartley, Matta and Long.

The Fielding Team, White Sox, team: Pepin, T. Smith, Toro, Hamilton, DeRidder, Zelazny, Schapler, JD, Fabian, Doerbaum and Lopiccillo.

Trivia 1: The World Series is also known as:

A. The end of the season.

B. The Fall Classic.

C. The Diamond in the Rough.

D. Oktoberfest.


In the first inning the White Sox, (Fielding Team), jumped out to an early lead with singles from Pepin, Smith, Toro and DeRidder. On the power of those four hits the White Sox were able to score 3 runs.

After 1 inning the score was Red Sox: 1- Yankees: 0 and White Sox: 3.

Trivia 2: Who were the two teams involved in the infamous 1919 Black Sox scandal?

A.     NY Knights vs. SD Black Dragons.

B.     NY Yankees vs. St Louis Browns.

C.     Boston Red Sox vs. Pittsburgh Pirates.

D.    White Sox vs. Cinn Reds.

In the second inning the Yankees, (Sitting Team), figured that they had done enough sitting around and watching the game. They decided to take an active role, so they rolled out 3 runs of their own. Singles by Laffoon, Dampier and Giordano got the team headed in the right direction. With the bases loaded, Hartley had the key hit in the inning, a double to deep center field, which scored two runners. Matta followed with a sac fly that brought in Giordano and ended the scoring for the Yanks.

After two innings the score was Red Sox: 1- Yankees: 3- White Sox: 4.

Trivia 3: After the 1919 World Series, Black Sox scandal baseball decided to elect its’ first commissioner, his name was:

A.     Bob Zelazny.

B.     Mountain Jack Lafayette.

C.     Kenesaw Mountain Landis.

D.    Bowie Kuhn.

In the 4th inning all three teams were tied 6-6-6, at least temporarily, until the White Sox batted, in the bottom of the 4th. Not content to stay with the crowd, those pesky Sox added 3 more runs to their score. Pepin singled to right and with two outs, Toro hit a towering fly ball over the right field fence for a two run homerun. Hamilton followed with a triple and DeRidder singled him home.

After 4 innings the score was Red Sox: 6- Yankees:6- White Sox: 9.

Trivia 4: Which teams were involved in the 1989 Earthquake Series?

A.     Orioles and the Giants.

B.     Athletics and the Giants.

C.     Reds and the Athletics.

D.    Shakers and the Quakers.


The Hitting Team, Red Sox, surged into the lead late in the game, by scoring 2-1-1 runs in the last three innings of play. D’Herin, Reagen, Poke, Alumbaugh, Witmer, Hite and Lopez all had crucial roles to play in the scoring during those innings.

When the Sitting team tried to answer in the 7th inning, their rally was cut short by a brilliant defensive play coming from Joe D’Herin. With runners on 1st and 2nd base, Don Keller hit a soft line drive into shallow right field. If the ball falls in for a hit, it probably rolls into the right field corner and Keller has himself a triple. D’Herin ranges far to his left, from his defensive position at 2nd base and snags the ball, for the 3rd out, to kill the rally.

Trivia 5: From 1972-1978, seven years, only three teams won the World Series, which teams were they?

The last at bat in our WHSS game belonged to the White Sox, the score at the time was Red Sox: 10- Yankees: 7- White Sox: 9. The White Sox had not scored since the 4th inning. Could the batting order of Toro, Hamilton, DeRidder and Zelazny do it? That’s like asking if a fish can swim. Of course, this fearsome foursome delivered the goods, 4 singles translated into two runs. The first run tied the game the 2nd one won the game for the White Sox.

Final Score: Red Sox: 10- Yankees: 7 – White Sox 11.

Trivia 6: Who hit the only game 7, walk off HR, to win the World Series?


Leading Hitters:

Alumbaugh: 3/ 4 with a triple.

D’Herin: 4/ 4.

Laffoon: 3/3.

Dampier: 2/3.

Giordano: 2/3.

Hartley: 3/3 with a triple and a double.

Pepin: 4/4.

Toro:  3/ 4 with a HR.

DeRidder: 4/4.


Trivia 7: Name the World Series MVP from 2013?



1.     Fall Classic

2.     White Sox and Reds. (The NY Knights were the fictional team in the movie The Natural.)

3.     Kenesaw Mountain Landis. (You were close if you guessed Bob Zelazny.)

4.     Athletics and the Giants.

5.     Reds, Athletics and Yankees. This period was book-ended by World Championships for the Pittsburgh Pirates, in 1971 and 1979.

6.     Bill Mazeroski.

7.     David Ortiz, Big Papi.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Gessler Field
The National Leaguers had enough players to field two complete teams.Rich Moots managed the Visitors and Ron Thompson led the Home Team.
The visitors included Torres, Bess, Chamblee, D Hill, Miller, Marino, Moots, Ayala, Witter, M Mohan, Merritt, Starit, and L Baker. They scored early and often as they scored a total of 24 runs. By scoring four in the first they set a pretty high mark for the Home Team to match. The Home Team of Bloom, Burnes, Thompson, Schapler, Lopez, Powell, B Mohan, Barnes, Bowley, Welton, MacPartlan, and G Baker responded with five in the bottom of the inning on seven straight singles. The second inning was over before it begun as neither team scored and only one runner reached base.
The third inning started much like the first with Visitors scoring at will to put up five quick runs. Not so for the Home Team that again posted a goose egg.  They closed the gap in the fourth as the Visitors helped them to score two runs off a couple errors. Both scored three in the fifth.In the sixth, the Visitors increased their lead by outscoring the Home Team three to one. In the seventh both teams put together a bunch of singles as they both put up four runs.
The last two innings saw the Visitors score five more runs while they held the Home Team scoreless. The final score was Visitors 24 and Home Team 15. There were 65 singles in the game and surprisingly no extra base hits. Jerry Witter scored the victory as the winning pitcher.
Key Performances
Raul Torres    4 for 6
Vassier Bess    4 for 5
Duff Hill    4 for 5
Frank Miller    5 for 5
Serge Ayala    4 for 5
Jerrry Witter     4 for 5 and winning pitcher
John Merritt    4 for 5
Lee Baker    4 for 5
Nic Burnes    4 for 5
Sam Lopez    4 for 5
Bill Bowley    3 for 4
Want to give a shout out to three great fans. Charlene Pepin comes out every game to support her husband, but equally she supports us all by keeping the official score sheets for the American League Games. Sally on the other hand is the official cheer leader and scorekeeper for the games that Larry Strait plays in. Lastly, is Betty that comes out every week to cheer Larry Wells and whatever team he is pitching for. These loyal fans add a great deal to the senior softball experience.

Fwd: WHSS, 10/14. Sing Along.


The American League game was a bit of a magical mystery tour, likewise, this write-up will take that approach.  See if you recognize all the Beatle songs used in this article, maybe you can identify those songs by the lyrics and sing along. "Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour, Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour, Roll up (And that's an invitation), roll up for the mystery tour, Roll up (To make a reservation), roll up for the mystery tour."


"The magical mystery tour is waiting to take you away, Waiting to take you away."


The Hitting team put on quite a show on offense and defense.  So without further delay, "may I introduce to you the act you've known for all these years, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band": M. Gonzalez, Zelazny, Duff, Jacobson, Witmer, Dampier, Constantine, Benson, Hill, Poke and Lopiccolo.  Duff and Witmer had some good plays on defense.


The Sitting team, aka, Baby's in Black, consisted of the following players: De'Herin, F. Gonzalez, King, Keller, Laffoon, DeRidder, Pepin, Reagen, JD, Kallister and Wells. They batted like they were feeling these lyrics at the plate. "Oh dear, what can I do? Baby's in black and I'm feeling blue, Tell me, oh what can I do?" The Sitting team was blacked out from scoring most of the game, which made them blue.


The Home team: Rivera, Hamilton, Toro, Giordano, Coffman, T. Smith, Hite, Hartley, Matta, Vanderburg and Wolf. This team did a good job of getting back into the game, after a slow start, they are the Get Back team. "Get back, get back. Get back to where you once belonged."


The Hitting team brought out their big boy bats, in the first inning, scoring 5 runs. They felt these lyrics: "Well, my heart went ''boom,'' When I crossed that room, And I held her hand in mine... Whoah, we danced through the night, And we held each other tight, And before too long I fell in love with her".  Only the lyrics were changed to fit their game: Well my heart went boom, when I crossed that plate and I held that bat in my hand. Whoah, we scored through the inning, and we high fived each other right, and before too long, we scored 5 big runs. The runs were put on the board with hits from M. Gonzalez, Duff, Jacobson, Witmer, Dampier and Benson.


Trying to keep pace the Sitting team answered back with this tune, "It's been a hard da''s night, and I been working like a dog." This team worked like a dog to score four runs in the first, off of hits from their "Fab Four"; King, Keller, Laffoon and DeRidder.


Meanwhile, the Home team only scored 2 runs in their first at bat, they sort of felt this way: "Ah, look at all the lonely people, Ah, look at all the lonely people. Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been. Lives in a dream, Waits at the window, wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door Who is it for? All the lonely people Where do they all come from ? All the lonely people Where do they all belong ?"  The Home team was alone, at the bottom of the 3 team game, they were picking up the celebration rice that the other two teams were throwing, after the first inning.


After 1 inning; Hitting team: 5 - Sitting team: 4- Home team: 2.


The next two innings were played like these familiar Beatles lyrics:

"Help, I need somebody, Help, not just anybody, Help, you know I need someone, help. When I was younger, so much younger than today, I never needed anybody's help in any way. But now these days are gone, I'm not so self assured, Now I find I've changed my mind and opened up the doors. Help me if you can, I'm feeling down And I do appreciate you being round. Help me, get my feet back on the ground, Won't you please, please help me." All three teams needed help producing runs. The Hitting team and the Sitting team were shut out both innings. The Home team could only produce one run in the same time frame.


The score after 3 innings: Hitting team 5- Sitting team 4- Home team 3.

The Home team put it in gear, in the 4th inning, when the Home Team decided to drive the ball like they were driving a car though the field. They scored four runs off of key hits by Matta, Vanderburg, a home run by Rivera, a triple by Hamilton and a double by Toro. The HR, triple and double all were hit with two outs on the board. "Baby you can drive my car. Yes I'm gonna be a star. Baby you can drive my car And baby I love you. Beep beep'm beep beep yeah."


The score after 4 innings: Hitting team: 7- Sitting team: 4 – Home team: 7.


The Hitting team and Home team seemed destined to fight it out the rest of the game as they battled back and forth, scoring runs. The Sitting team played a little music, but not enough to keep up with the other two bands. The Home team slugged their way into the lead in the sixth inning, when they scored a sweet tune: 5 runs, off of 6 hits, they were also helped by two fielding errors. It seemed like the team in the field played bad defense for that one inning. "Here come old flattop, he come grooving up slowly. He got joo-joo eyeball, he one spinal cracker, He got hair down to his knee, Got to be a joker he just do what he please." The defensive team's fielders grooved too slowly, they had joo-joo eye ball, trying to catch the ball. They cracked their spine reaching for balls just out of their reach. The ball bounced off their glove like a bad joke. As for the Home team, they hit well, life was good for them, like living in a yellow submarine: "As we live a life of ease. Everyone of us has all we need. Sky of blue and sea of green. In our yellow submarine."


After 6 innings the score was: Hitting team: 12- Sitting team:7- Home team: 14.

In the all-important, 7th inning, the Hitting team came out to hit on the money and try to win the game. "The best things in life are free, But you can tell me 'bout the birds and bees. Now gimme money (that's what I want) That's what I want (that's what I want) That's what I want, ye-ye-yeh, That's what I want." That's what they got, the Hitting team hit the ball on the money, scoring two runs and tying the game. Dampier walked, Constantine tripled and Benson singled, to knot up the score.


The Sitting team finished the game with a loss, they could only add two more runs to their score to finish off their batting in the 7th. They took last place in the three team game and thus they are left with these sad lyrics to ponder for a day. "I'm a loser, I'm a loser. And I'm not what I appear to be……Although I laugh and I act like a clown, Beneath this mask I am wearing a frown, My tears are falling like rain from the sky, Is it for her or myself that I cry.


The Home team needed one run to win the game. They could either wind up like the Walrus, "I am he, as you are he, as you are me and we are all together. See how they run like pigs from a gun, see how they fly. I'm crying." We could cry because our score would be the same as the Hitting team's score, if we could not score a run. We would be one with them, tied 14-14.  Or, we could win it, by scoring a run we could Twist and Shout. "Well, shake it up, baby, now, (shake it up, baby) Twist and shout. (twist and shout) C'mon c'mon, c'mon, c'mon, baby, now, (come on baby) Come on and work it on out. (work it on out)."  As it turned out, we shook it up that last inning. It all started when Matta walked and Torro came in to pinch run for him.  Juan was then singled to second, after one out, when Wolf hit a single up the middle. Rivera gave us reason to twist and shout when he knocked in the winning run with a single to left field. "You know you twist so fine!"


Final Score Hitting team: 14- Sitting team: 9- Home team: 15


After a game like what can I say but, "coo coo coochoo".


WP: Matta


Hitting team leading hitters:

Duff: 3/3 with a double and a walk.

Constantine: 3/ 4 with a triple.

Benson: 4/ 4.


Sitting team leading hitters:

Laffoon: 3/3 and a walk.

Reagen: 2/ 4 with a HR.

Kallister: 2/ 3.

Wells: 2/3.


Home team leading hitters:

Rivera: 3/ 5 with a HR.

Toro: 4/4 with two doubles.

Coffman: 3 / 4.

T. Smith: 3/ 4 with a triple.

Matta: 3/ 3 with a double and a walk.




Friday, October 10, 2014

When we arrived at the park today we found the grounds crew setting up the fields for a tournament this weekend. As a result we ended up playing our first game of the season on Golds Gym Field. We sent the youngsters over there to face off.

The Visitors were lead  by new BOD member Tome Hamilton. His lineup was deep whose players included Dampier, Hamilton, Toro, Duff, DeRidder, D'Herin, Giordano, Coffman, Constantine, Poke, Davis, and King. They scored in every inning except the eighth and had a 13 run lead after the third which proved to be enough for the victory. They were not done however and scored another nine runs before it was over.  Every player had at least on hit with Hamilton, triple being the power hit. Toro did provide some great support with three doubles.

The Home Team was led by another new BOD member, The Commish Donnie Witmer. His line up was formidable with the likes of Gonzalez, Rivera, Keller,Ramos, Laffoon, Witmer, Jacobson, Smith, Pepin, Denny,Benson, Kallister, and Van Der Berg. They were held
 scoreless by JD through the first four innings. In the fifth, the first six batters reached base and scored as Denny had a big triple. The home team managed just six more runs in the last four innings, being shutout in both the sixth and eighth innings. They did start strong in the ninth and had the first four batters reach base. This was followed by three fly balls to the oufield and the game ended. Final score Visitors 22 and Home  12.
Key Performances
Tom Hamilton    4 for 4 with a triple
Juan Toro    5 for 5 with three doubles
Chuck Duff    4 for 4
Joe D'Herin    4 for 5
Kirk Coffman    3 for 4
Chris Constantine    4  for 4
Don Keller    3  for 4 with a double
Don Witmer    3 for 4
Les Jacobson    3 for 4
Terry Smith    3 for 4


The visitors were managed by Rich Moots. His lineup included Reagan, Hartley, Jacobs, Steve Hill, Moots, Bloom, Ayayla, Miller, Bernie Mohan, Thompson, Mike Mohan (Bernies Cousin), and Lee Bake. They scoreed four in the first by scoring four in the first. They wasted no time building a lead as Steve Hill had a triple to drive in the first three of four runs. They scored in three of the next four innings as well with Steve getting his second triple of the day. At the end of six they had scored 12 runs.
Jeff Simon managed the home team of himself, Hite, Scarbrough, Zelazny, Marino, Duff Hill, Burns, Wells, Bess,Merritt, Walsko, and Gene Baker. They found themselves in a hole when they failed to score in the first and saw themselves fallinf farther behind as they lost the first three innings. They did manage to close the gap a little as they outscored the visitors in the next three innings. They still found themselves on the short end of the straw 12-9.
The seventh inning was the most prolific in terms of scoring for both teams. The visitors scored  four quick runs and then loaded the bases before making the third out. It was then the home teams opportunity and they took maximum advantage of the opportunity as they scored seven runs to knot the game up at 16 a piece. In the eighth, the visitors had none of ity and bounced back with four runs aided by Jacobs double. That was the scoring for the rest of the game. The Visitors coming out on top 20 to 16.
Key Performances
Bob Reagan    5 for 5 with a triple
Dave Hartley    4 for 5
Frank Jacobs    4 for 5 with two doubles
Frank Miller     4 for 5
Ron Thompson    4 for 5 and winning pitcher
Jeff Simon    4 for 5
Don Scarbrough    4 for 5
Nic Burns    4 for 4 with a double
Josh Wells     3 for 4
Vassier Bess    3 for 4



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tuesday 7 October

The snowbirds are starting to return and so our numbers are beginning to grow accordingly. Today 53 players came out and we managed to get in one two team game and one three team game. The two team game was primarily American Leaguers and the three team game was a good mix of the National and American Leagues. Hopefully Friday we will break the sixty barrier and expand to three fields which would be great.
Before the recaps of the games let me mention a few administrative things:
1. The deadline for early registration ($30) is the 15th. Not only does it save you money, it helps in knowing the number of uniforms to order for the upcoming year. That order will go in on the 17th.
2. I need your help in getting the games started on time. First everyone needs to sign in or call before 0830. It takes a full half hour to make the lineups and with folks straggling in as late as ten minutes to the hour it is impossible. Last week because of the late arrivals we had to play a three team game with thirteen players on a team instead of  two two team games. The second part of starting on time is completing batting practice in a timely manner. Please divide yourself among the fields in use. Normally National Leaguers should go to one, and the American Leaguers on the other. Lastly, try and limit the number of swings so that everyone gets a chance.
3. Lastly, The ENJOYMENT BOOKS go on sale Friday. They are $30 and fund almost 40% of our operating budget. Please buy one for yourself and another for a family member or friend.
Servicemaster Field
Freddy Gonzalez managed the visitors. His lineup included himself, Hamilton, Keller, Finnegan, Witmer, Coffman, Dampier, Pepin, Davis, and Hartley. With that lineup one would think the outcome was in the bag, especially as they scored four runs in the first inning. Don Kellers triple netted them another two in the second. Unfortunately that was it until the sixth.
The Home team was managed by Gerry DeRidder. He had an equally impressive lineup of Rivera, Scarbrough, DeRidder, Smith, Jacobson,Laffoon, Denny, Giordano, Gonzalez M, and Wells. Not to out done by Freedy's team, they managed to score five in each of the first two innings as well as one in the third and two in the fifth with.Jim Laffoon providing the only extra base hit. At the end of five the score was visitors 6 and Home 13.
This was enough to secure the victory for the Home team as the Visitors only scored five runs over the last four innings for a total of twelve. Meanwhile the Home Team continued to mount up the runs. They scored five in the sixth and three more in the eigth. Final score was Visitors 12 and Home Team 21.
Key Performances
Jose Rivera     4 for 6
Don Scarbrough     4 for 5
Gerry DeRidder    3 for 5
Jim Laffoon    4 for 5
Greg Denny    4 for 5
Migel Gonzalez     4 for 5
Fred Gonzalez    4 for 6
Tom Hamilton    4 for 6
Don Keller    4 for 6 with a triple
Reg Finnegan    4 for 5
Don Witmer    3 for 5
Fred Dampier    4 for 5
Josh Wells    winning pitcher
Gessler Field
The Hitting Team was managed by Steve Hill, and included the following players: Reagan, Benson, Jacobs, Hill, Kallister, LoPiccillo, Moots, MacPartlan, Merritt, Bowley, and G Baker. They put up three quick runs in the first and third innings to take a solid lead. They were unable to score again until the fifth inning when they tallied five runs to tie the Fieding Team.
The Sitting Team led by Jeff Simon had Simon, Constantine, Zelazny, Powell, Torres, Barnes, Miller, Burns, Bess, L Baker, and Bloom. Not scoring prolifically in the first two innings they found themselves in a deep hole. They managed four in the third but were still trailing the other teams. They scored another three in the fifth but still found themselves in third place.
The Fielding Team was managed by Bob Hite who had a great lineup consisting of Schapler, Thompson, Lopez, Poke, Hite, Hill D, Marino, Mohan, Ayayla, Strait, and Leggett. They failed to score in the first as the top of the line up sputtered. The next three innings were a different story as they tallied four, two, and five respectfully to tie up the game with the Hitting Team. At the end of five, the score was Hit 11, Sit 8, and Field 11.
The fifth saw the game close up as the Hitting Team failed to score a run while the Sitting Team erupted for five runs on eight singles to reach 13 runs total. The Fielding Team responded by getting their first two runners on base and getting them all the way to home. The third out with the bases loaded ended the rally. The score at the end of six was Hit 11, Sit 13, and Field 13.  The last inning was over before it even got going as the Hitting Team was the only team to score and just enough to take the lead. The final score was Hit Team 14, Sit Team 13, and Fielding Team 13.
Key Performances
Bob Reagan    3 for 4 with a double and home run
Jack Benson    3 for 4
Frank Jacobs`    4 for 4 with 2 doubles
Steve Hill    3 for 4
Pat LoPiccolo    winning pitcher
Jeff Simon     4 for 4
Chris Constantine    3 for 4 with a double and triple
Marshal Bloom    3 for 3
Dean Schapler    4 for 4
Ron Thompson    3 for 4
Poke        3 for 4
Bob Hite    4 for 4
Duff Hill    3 for 4
Serg Ayala     3 for 4

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Vicki Fabian

Not very timely I'm afraid but it's what we have.  

From the Post-Bulletin in Rochester Minnesota.

Victoria M. 'Vicki' (Gettler) Fabian — St. Charles

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Victoria M. Fabian (Gettler)
Posted: Friday, September 5, 2014 11:55 am |Updated: 10:20 am, Mon Sep 8, 2014.
Victoria M. 'Vicki' (Gettler) Fabian, 63, of Big Lake, formerly of St. Charles and Eyota, died peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud due to complications from pancreatitis.
Victoria M. Gettler was born March 24, 1951, to LeRoy and Mary Gettler of St. Charles. Victoria worked at Dell's Cafe while attending high school. After high school, she married Kenneth Waldemar of Spring Valley. They had three beautiful children and lived in Eyota for 17 years. She attended college in Rochester where she obtained her nursing degree while working and raising three children. She worked at Mayo Clinic for 22 years as a nurse.
In 1992, she married Loren Fabian of Eyota. They enjoyed 22 years together. Victoria loved to fish and could out-fish anyone. They enjoyed many wonderful years at their cabin on French Lake in Faribault.
Survivors include her husband, Loren; sons, Scott Waldemar of Rochester and Dallas Waldemar of Eyota; daughter, Jen Rahman (Jay Martin) of Rochester; stepson, Alex Fabian (LeeAnna) of Lawton, Okla.; 14 fabulous grandchildren, Catherine, Spencer, Justin, BreAnna, Bailey, Brady, Eric, Chase, Anne-Marie, Ella, Grace, Zach, Audrey and Harvey. Victoria had three brothers, Jim Gettler of Blaine, Mike Gettler (Bobbie) of Mooresville, N.C., and Rand Gettler (Julie) of Rollingstone.
She was preceded in death by her parents, LeRoy and Mary Gettler and by her grandchild, Grace Waldemar, daughter of Dallas and Sara Waldemar.
Funeral will be held Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. with visitation before the service at 1 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 1900 E. Sixth St., St. Charles, MN 55972.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Beer Friday

As October begins a trickle of players began showing up today, the big drips included Ron Pepin, Les Jacobson, Don Keller and Frank Miller.  Just kidding guys, it’s great to have you back. 

The Angels or Hit Team managed by Freddie Gonzalez (Coffman, Gonzalez, Laffoon, Jacobson, Denny, Herbie O., Benson, Poke, Burns, Simon, Kallister, LoPiccolo) were off and running.  They scored 4 runs on 5 singles, a walk and a Sac fly.

The Sit Team managed by Gerry DeRidder (Constantine, Witmer, DeRidder, Dampier, Marino, Keller, Pepin, Walsko, Wells, Moots, Miller, Smith) took the first inning off before they got 4 in the 2nd inning.  The big hit was a double by Keller and 5 singles.

The Field Team managed by Bob Hite (Steve Hill, Edwards, Giordano, Jacobs, Butler, Hite, Lopez, King, Duff Hill, Sergio, Bess and Gene Baker) got 2 in the first with 3 singles and a hard hit double by Edwards. They got 5 runs in the second with 6 singles and another double for Edwards.  At the end of 2nd inning the score was 4 – 4 – 7.

The Angels turned on the jets in the 4th thru the 7th scoring 3, 5, 5 and 2. During that stretch they got home runs from Benson and Laffoon, doubles from Jacobson and Gonzalez, 11 singles and a triple by Benson. Except for good defense from Sergio, Butler, King and Giordano they would have scored more.

The Sit Team got 2, 3, 1 and 2 runs during the 3rd thru 6th innings. Keller led off the 5th with a triple and scored on a sac fly but otherwise the Sit Team got 14 singles.  Makes it hard to score a lot of runs without the big hit.  What made it even harder, to score, was good defense from infielders Denny, Jacobson and Laffoon and outfielders Herbie O., Gonzalez and Coffman. Tough to hit pitches from the eventual winner Pat LoPiccolo didn’t help the Sit Team either.

The Hit Team could manage only 5 more runs, 2 in the 5th and 3 in the 6th.  Homeruns from Edwards and Duff Hill accounted for all the runs in those 2 innings. Solid defense from Witmer, Keller, Constantine, Miller and DeRidder ended many a rally before they could get started.  The Hit Team had a chance in the bottom of the 7th to grab the silver after Edwards hit a triple with one out.  But Josh Wells got the next 2 hitters to salvage a tie for 2nd place.

The Angels took home the victory with 19 totals runs to 12 for the other two teams.

Top Hitters:
  • Gonzalez 3 for 4, 2B
  • Laffoon, 3 for 4, HR
  • Jacobson 2 for 3, 2B, SAC
  • Herbie O. 2 for 3, BB
  • Benson 4 for 4, 3B, HR
  • Poke 4 for 4
  • DeRidder 4 for 4
  • Dampier 2 for 3, BB
  • Keller 4 for 4, 2B, 3B
  • Pepin 2 for 3, SAC
  • Smith 2 for 3
  • Steve Hill 3 for 4
  • Edwards 4 for 4, 2 2B, 3B, HR
  • Butler 2 for 3
  • Lopez 2 for 3
  • King 3 for 3
  • Sergio 2 for 3