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WARRIORS SOFTBALL RESUMES

The second half of the Warriors Fall 2016 Season will begin on September 1, 2016, for those of you who have been riding the couch for the past 3 weeks you better start warming up NOW!

AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER WARRIOR BIRTHDAYS

August 25, 2016

WARRIOR'S WITH AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

The following list of Warriors will celebrate their birthday in the months of August and September. They are as always, listed in youngest to most experienced order:
 
August
David Lazott
Colin Stowell
Ronnie Sanchez
Greg Hazelquest
Bill Vance
Jerry Camp
Randy Hagan
Mike Lawson
Bob Bronson
Steve Rubino
Rickey Hoelck
Scott Abell
Jim "Mitch" Mitchell
Joe Fox
Angelo Battistuzz
 
September
Eric Bratt
Tony Poulin
Gary Forehand
Rich McLaughlin
Paul Deverman
Chip Clowney
Alan Watson
Richard LaFlamme
Kirk Riley
Joe Isom
Jimmy Dunn
Jim Cannon
Ron Yardley
 

 

WEEK SEVEN RESULTS

July 30, 2016

Week seven has ended and so has the first have of the season, as we now go into our fall hiatus or as I like to refer to it our “All Star” break, we find the Black Magic with a one game lead over Green Machine and Blue Topaz, a half-game behind them is the Yellow Slime the final team to finish the top half of the season with a better than .500 record. Rounding out the bottom four are the Blue Bashers, Free Tom Brady, 15 Shades of Gray and the Brown Bombers in that order. Take the next four weeks to rest up and recuperate as we will start right back at it on September 1, 2016.

We had a special visitor at Hourglass field this past week, long time Warrior and currently an educator working in Korla, China Mikel “China” Cannon who is spending his vacation time here in San Diego and made time for a stop to catch up with old Warrior team mates. Great seeing you Mikel.

Green Machine edges past the Blue Bashers. In a seesaw battle the Green Machine had the hammer and used it to edge past the Blue bashers. While the Bashers were held scoreless in the opening inning, they scored in every other inning, holding the Machine scoreless in the third and sixth innings. In the top of the seventh inning with a score of 12 to 13 the Bashers put up a four spot to take the lead 16 to 13, undaunted the Machine came back with a four spot of their own to win the game with a final score Green Machine 17 Blue Bashers 16.

Free Tom Brady takes down the Yellow Slime. In what looked like an easy win for the Slime who were leading 9 to 4 after four innings, FTB’s bats came to life as they put up a pair of fours in the fifth and sixth innings, while holding the Slime to only a pair of runs, neither team managed to score in the opening inning ending with a final score of FTB 12 Yellow Slime 11.

Back Magic defuse the Brown Bombers. Brown Bombers just couldn’t find a hit in this game, Magic Pitcher Mario Aguinaga pitched a five inning shutout, that was finally broken when the Bombers finally strung together a couple of hits to produce three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Magic came back in the bottom of the sixth to score their final run with the Bombers going down in order in the top of the seventh the game ended with the final score Black Magic 12 Brown Bombers 3.

Blue Topaz outshine the 15 Shades of Gray. This appears to have been an off night for the 15 Shades of Gray as the Topaz had a commanding lead at the end of four innings 18 to 4. Both teams failed to score in the fifth inning, then Topaz added two insurance runs in the top of the sixth. 15 Shades rolled a nickel in the bottom of the sixth and with the flip put up an additional 3 runs in the top of the seventh. Final score Blue Topaz 20,  15 Shades of Gray 12.

Brown Power wins it all

June 3, 2016

First sub-.500 team to win Warriors championship

First 6th place team to win the trophy

Rookie manager wins title in his 1st Warriors managing season

Brown Power, who finished the regular season in 6th place, led by rookie manager Sergio Vargas, defied all the odds, and went all-the-way, winning the Warriors championship in a close 11-10 win over second-place-finishing Yellow Slime.

This was a terrific and entertaining game, not only for the players on the field, but for the many, many spectators as well.

Brown started off fast right out of the gate with 5 runs in a wild top-of-the first inning. That half inning included a ball right between the shortstop's legs, a batter batting out of order, and a very clutch, 2-out, RBI line drive to RC single, by Don Hughes, scoring the 5th run from 3rd base with 2 out. The other really big hit of the inning was Charles Bilyeu's 2-RBI single.  The half inning included a delay when a batter batted out of turn.  Yellow's 1st inning started with a single and ended with 3 fielder's choice outs.

In the top of the 2nd, Brown Power extended their lead to 6-0 with Mike Murphy hitting an RBI single. The inning would have been bigger but not for Yellow third-baseman Tracy McAtee's fantastic bases-loaded, nobody out, 5-2 double play.

Yellow Slime finally scored in the bottom of the 2nd on an E-5, a single advancing the runner to third (the batter was out at 2nd base trying to stretch the single into a double). Tracy McAtee followed with an RBI single for the run.

Brown failed to score own their half of the third. Yellow Slime showed why they finished so high in the standings by scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 3rd to tie the game at 6. The inning was prolonged when Brown LF Mike Vasquez (more on Mike later) had a catchable fly ball go off his glove for what would have been out #2.

In the top of the 4th Brown scored three times and took a 9-6 lead. In the bottom of the 4th, Yellow went down 1-2-3 on a grounder to 3rd, a strikeout on one foul ball too many, and a grounder to second.

Brown also went down 1-2-3 in the top of the 5th, 4-3, 4-3, and 3U on a great backhand stab by Angelo Battistutz at 1st base followed by a race to the bag which Angelo won.

Yellow again went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 5th, with a grounder to 3rd, a fly to center, and a grounder to 2nd. Yellow had six-up and six-down in the 4th & 5th combined.  The two teams combined for 9 consecutive batters making outs in that inning and a half.

Brown's 6th was also scoreless, but that was because of a great defensive play at 3B by Tracy McAtee (again) followed by a great play at 1st by Angelo Battistuz (again) who fielded Tracy's short-hopped throw for the out.

Yellow's bottom of the 6th gave them 3 runs on an RBI single by Jeff Herrera, a sac fly by Steve Tripe, and an RBI single from Chris Hughes. The Yellow damage would have been worse, but for an inning-ending, leaping-as-high-as-he-can, snag of Lowell Waxman's line drive, by Brown SS Sergio Vargas. It was now 9-9 going to the open and unlimited runs inning.

Brown's top of the 7th went like this: Charles Bilyeu doubled, Mike Vasquez singled him to second, Sergio Vasquez's RBI single scored Bilyeu and make it 10-9. Steve Tripe hit into a 6-3 DP, putting a runner on 3rd with 2 out.Gary Forehand's clutch, 2-out line drive RBI single made it 11-9. Don Hughes was intentionally walked and Rich LaFlamme grounded out 3 unassisted.

Yellow had 3 outs to score at least a two runs. It started promisingly: Angelo Battistuz singled and Jeff Marks singled. Two on and nobody out. Steve Muckley lined out to Brown 2B Rich LaFlamme, and, sadly, courtesy runner Chris Hughes (for Battistuz) was rather easily doubled off second base to complete a DP. Jeff Marks, desperately looking not to make the final out, hit a line drive single, leaving Yellow Slime still very much alive with runners at 1st and 2nd and 2 out.

Ira Abrams hit a potentially game-ending infield shot that was mishandled by Yellow 1B Dave Munson, which allowed Marks to score, and allowed the batter (Abrams) to go all the way to third. It was now 11-10 with the tying run on third. Jeff Herrera was intentionally walked. Two out, and runners at 1st and 3rd, with Steve Tripe coming to bat.  The right-hand-hitting Tripe lofted a slicing opposite-field fly ball to right field, where Mike Vasquez battled the slicing effect, caught the ball, fell down, held onto the ball, and the game was over, and Brown Power had won the San Diego Warriors Softball League championship by a score of 11-10.

Obvious congratulations to the entire Brown Power team for how they performed during the last month. And, we must tip our caps to the valiant effort made by Yellow Slime, who were in it against the Green Rippers all season long, and who just missed at the end by the margin of one single run.

Brad Betz Memorial Award bestowed on Sergio Vargas

June 2, 2016 – 09:10 PM

 

The Spring 2016 Warriors honoree as Best Teammate is Sergio Vargas. The Brad Betz Memorial Award was presented to Vargas, who just an hour earlier, had won the Warriors championship by managing Brown Power to the title. Vargas is the 14th player to be so honored since the award was established in 2009. 

We are proud to welcome our league's new sponsor

June 3, 2016

The Warriors League is proud to announce that beginning today our league will be sponsored by our friends at GIOVANNI'S RESTAURANT.

Over the years we have always enjoyed Giovanni's food at our parties, and now, we will enjoy their support and sponsorship of our league's activities.

We urge all of our players to show our gratitude to Giovanni's by visiting Giovanni's when they feel like eating some really tasty and excellent Italian food.

Graci'

 

WARRIOR RESOURCE GUIDE NEWS

August 26, 2015

The Warrior Resource Directory has been updated to Jan. '15 and posted on our website.  Ron Yardley is updating it for this season so, if you have a service to offer to our Warrior League, email it to him at ryardley2@gmail.com using the existing format.

 

 

Basepath safety issues

October 19, 2012

Our league would like to reiterate our rules regarding player safety on the basepaths. If everyone always followed these three simple rules we would have fewer basepath safety issues:

1. When running to first base, if a play is potentially going to be made on you (you hit a ground ball) you MUST run to the base that sits in FOUL territory while the first baseman uses the bag that sits in FAIR territory.

If you run to the wrong bag when a throw to first base is coming, you will be called OUT even if you beat the throw or even if the first baseman doesn't catch the throw. This rule has been listed in our rules for years. Our rules are available at the left on the Main Menu.

2. When running from first base towards second base, all base runners MUST slide or avoid the second baseman or the shortstop covering the bag. We do not want player-to-player contact. Unavoidable contact during a clean slide is just a part of the game with which we have to live. Making contact with an infielder's upper torso while coming in standing up (contact with your shoulder, elbow, hip or knee) is entirely another story. Please slide into the bag or peel away.

3. When running from first base, if you are put out at second while you are still far away from the second base bag, GET OUT OF THE WAY and do not block the defensive player's throwing lane. You could get drilled unless the defensive player voluntarily opts to alter his throw so as to avoid your forehead.

As our Commissioner Bob Johnson put it, if a player cannot go to work on Friday, because of something like this that happened with us on Thursday, then it was not a good night.

Top Fourteen Things To Know About the Warriors Softball League

1. Our primary reason for existence is to have fun in a safe way and build male friendships.
2. To accomplish that we only allow the use of league-furnished, ASA approved bats, in 26oz, 27oz, 28oz and 29oz weights. Any other bat, other than those provided by the league, is prohibited, except for players 69 years of age, or players turning 69 that year. These players may use any bat of their choosing. Currently we use the Mizuno "Craze" and the Mizuno "Frenzy" composite bats.
3. We use a 375/.44 polyurethane-core softball.
4. We re-draft teams each season, so players are not with the same teammates each and every season. Eventually, everyone plays with (and against) everybody else.
5. We have "AAA"-type tournament-quality players, and we have "A"-type recreational-quality players, and everything in between.
6. We have 45-year-old players and we have 70-year-players and every age in between.
7. We have a true draft, but even though we do not make promises or issue guarantees, we bend over backwards to make every effort to try to make special accommodations to players who need to be on the same team for whatever reason (siblings, carpool together from afar, etc.)
8. We allow the use of courtesy runners once a batter reaches first base.
9. Outfielders must station themselves behind an arc of orange cones until a ball is struck by a batter. If a batted ball touches the outfield grass, the batter can do no worse than a single and does not need to run/walk/crawl/get to first base. Batters may not be put out at first base on a throw from any outfielder.
10. We hire our own real paid umpires.
11. Every team participates in the first round of the post-season playoffs.
12. Every player receives a new shirt each season and it's theirs to keep forever. We do not issue faded, shrunken, ill-fitting hand-me-down shirts to our players.
13. The league hosts all players, from all teams, to a pizza party immediately after conclusion of each season's championship game, at no charge to the players. At the party, usually attended by 60-70 players, the Brad Betz Memorial Award is presented to the league's "best teammate". For information on this award, click on the Brad Betz tab on the left side of this homepage near the top.
14. All games have not only a fully-stocked first aid kit on site, but also a cardiac defibrillator at each backstop. Most league players have been trained on how to use it.

This Week's Schedule

Thursday, Sep 1
Blue Bashers @ Black Magic6:30pmHourGlass Field #1
Free Tom Brady @ 15 Shade of Gray6:30pmHourGlass Field #2
Brown Bombers @ Yellow Slime8:00pmHourGlass Field #1
Blue Topaz @ Green Machine8:00pmHourGlass Field #2

For a complete schedule listing, click here!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Sep 1
First games of 2nd half of season after hiatus6:30pm

For a complete calendar listing, click here!