Last Updated: July 23, 2016
JULY WARRIOR BIRTHDAYS
July 2, 2016
WARRIOR'S WITH JULY BIRTHDAYS
The following list of Warriors will celebrate their birthday in the month of July. They are as always, listed in youngest to most experienced order:
WEEK SIX RESULTS
July 23, 2016
Week six has ended and so has the Spell that Black Magic had cast over the five previous opponents, we could hear the champagne bottles all the way from Miami as the last unbeaten Warrior team final put up a number in the L column. On a brighter note the Brown Bomber managed to put up there first W and crawl back into a tie with 15 Shades of Gray.
The Blue Bashers bested the 15 Shades of Gray, this was a well-played game that was tied 13 all after the top of the fifth inning. In the bottom of the fifth Blue put up one run to take a slight lead, a good defensive top of the sixth held Gray scoreless and Blue tacked on 3 insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the seventh inning chasing 4 Gray only manages to score once before the third out end in a score of Blue 17 and Gray 14.
Blue Topaz easily tracked right through the Yellow Slime. It appears that the Slime couldn’t find their bats as they only put up two runs in the first four innings. The Topaz by this time already has scored twelve runs. The slime had a resurgence in the top of the fifth and put up four runs, however, this was short lived as the Topaz matched that in the bottom half. In the sixth and seventh Slime put up an additional two runs but the Topaz tacked on an additional 4 in the bottom of the sixth to end up with a score of Blue Topaz 20 and Yellow Slime 8.
Brown Bomber escaped from the Free Tom Brady movement. FTB started off strong putting up nine runs in the first two innings to the Bombers three runs. Sergio using his excellent managerial skills that made a pitching change and brought in his ace reliever who only gave up five runs over five innings. The Bomber managed to string together enough hits to score twelve runs over the last five innings to sneak past FTB and put up their first win of the season. Brown Bombers 15 Free Tom Brady 14.
Green Machine whammies the Black Magic. In what started out to look like another win for the Magic with a score of 8 to 10 in the bottom of the third inning, the Machine turned on both the offence and the defense scoring a pair of fives in the fifth and sixth inning while holding the Magic scoreless for the last four innings. Final score Green Machine 18 Black Magic 8.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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.
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