Last Updated: February 5, 2016
Week 1 is in the books
February 5, 2016 – 09:24 AM
Black Magic 21 Brown Power 13
Being down 12-2 after three innings proved to be too much fir Brown Power to overcome. It was pretty even after that, but the damage had been done.
Green Ripper 27 Gray Goosers 11
Green Ripper's scoring five runs in each of the first five innings was something the Gray Goosers couldn't come close to matching.
Blue Bullets 18 Wartime Consigliare 15
A close game throughout. Wartime's ability to score more than three runs in an inning (only once in seven innings) was their downfall.
Yellow Slime 21 Red Gems 17
Another fairly close game, with Yellow Slime taking every advantage of some pretty sloppy Red defense.
WARRIORS WITH FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS
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February 5, 2016 – 09:14 AM
Aqua Men come back to take Warriors Championship in 8 innings
December 4, 2015
Exciting game gets sent into extra innings in the seventh
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Blue Blitz 0 2 1 4 2 1 5 0 15
Aqua Men 4 0 4 2 5 0 0 1 16
Mike Vasquez's RBI single, hit over a drawn-in outfielder's head, drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Aqua Men defeated Blue Blitz 16-15, bringing Aqua Men manager Jim Smith his first championship trophy.
The very-well attended game started out all Aqua Men. In the top of the first, a very slickly executed 6-3 double play by Aqua Men shortstop Tim Deering thwarted an opening inning threat. The inning ended with a failed attempt to stretch a double into a triple (Daniel Higgins) on a great outfield assist throw from Gino Voutour.
The bottom of the first contained two stretched doubles (Mike Rask & John Failla), one pure double (Tim Deering) and a two-run homer, that rolled through and past the outfielders (Jeff Callahan) for four runs and a 4-0 Aqua Men lead.
David Lazott's homer over the centerfielder's head put Blue Blitz on the scoreboard. A fielder's choice plated a second run, making the score 4-2.
Aqua Men failed to score in the bottom of the second thanks to a double play ball.
In the third, Doug Skaggs' RBI double scored the runner running for Randy Hagan, who got a base hit and was sent to second on a hit by Robert Berkstresser. The score was now 4-3.
In the bottom of the third, Aqua Men maxed out at five runs. Mike Rask stretched a single into a double for the second time in two at bats. Jeff Callahan had an RBI groundout. Armando Araicio had an RBI single and John Failla had a 2-RBI triple. The score was now 8-3.
Blue Blitz continued fighting back. Stewart Kocivar's RBI single made it 8-4. The oldest active player in the league, Jim Konrath, who is almost 70, put his Miken bat to good use, with a 2-run homer, making the score 8-6. An error by Aqua Men second baseman Armando Araicio made it 8-7.
A bad hop to Blitz third baseman Cam Williams put Stephen Jolley aboard. Mike Vasquez then ripped one over the leftfielder's head for a 2-run homer. Aqua Men now led 10-7.
The top of the fifth had Edwardo Rodriguez hitting one off leftfielder Gino Voutour's glove for a double, Daniel Higgins knocked him in. 10-8. Sloppy ball handling in the Aqua Men infield made it 10-9.
The bottom of the fifth opened with Armando Araicio pop single dropping just beyond the grasp of Blitz shortstop David Lazott. Tim Deering singled to right, putting runners on 1st and 3rd. John Failla's RBI double made it 11-9 with runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out. A long sac fly made it 12-9 with a runner now on 3rd with one out. Winning pitcher Jim Palecek's RBI single made it 13-9, Jim Cannon's RBI single made it 14-9 and Stephen Jolley's RBI single made it 15-9.
In the top of the sixth, Blue Blitz realized they were down by six runs and had only six more outs. Jim Palecek had not yet sat out an inning, and manager Jim Smith decided this was the inning to do so. He was replaced by John Failla. Failla gave up a single to Stewart Kocivar who then went to third on a hit by Jim Konrath. Richard LaFlamme's fielder's choice drove in the team's tenth run. Score: 15-10.
Blue Blitz bore down and because of that Aqua Men could not take advantage of an opportunity to add-on insurance runs. Score: 15-10.
The top of the seventh came with Blitz chasing five. Palecek returned to pitch. Robert Berkstresser led off with a bloop single. Edwardo Rodriguez flied out. Two outs remained. Doug Skaggs doubled, placing runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Lance Osborn hit an infield dribbler which was thrown away, making the score 15-11. Daniel Higgins walked, loading the bases for David Lazott. His hard liner to the pitcher was caught for out #2, but the throw to first base, that should have easily doubled-up the runner and ended the game with a championship, was not handled, allowing the runner from 3rd to score, making it 15-12. Another sloppy throw on an infield ball made the score 15-13. Stewart Kocivar's single tied the game at 15-15.
Aqua Men had the chance to win it in the bottom of the seventh. Armando Araicio belted a hard line drive single. Tim Deering then weakly grounded out to first, with the winning run advancing to second with one out. John Failla was intentionally walked. Jeff Callahan's fielder's choice gave Aqua Men runners at 1st and 3rd now with two out. The next batter, Jim Palecek was also intentionally walked. Gino Voutour ended the inning by lining out to the outfield.
So, the game then proceeded to the 8th inning using the International tiebreaker rules. Jim Konrath, who made the final out for Blue in the top of the 7th was placed on second base. Rich LaFlamme grounded out 4-3 with Konrath holding at second. Cameron Williams then hit an absolute rocket that was caught by the first baseman for out #2. Randy Hagen grounded out 6-3 to end the inning.
The bottom of the eighth began with Gino Voutour, now with a knee injury, stationed at second base. Jim Cannon grounded out 4-3, but Voutour limped and fell into third base on the play with the championship run. He was then substituted for with a courtesy runner. Stephen Jolley was intentionally walked. The next batter was Mike Vasquez, who in the fourth inning ripped one over the leftfielder's head for a homer. With the winning run on 3rd with only one out, all outfielders were stationed at the cones. Vasquez again lofted one deep enough to be uncatchable and the Aqua Men took the Warriors title, in eight innings 16-15.
Brad Betz Memorial Award presented to Steve Muckley
December 4, 2015
Longtime Warriors player Steve Muckley was honored as the Best Warriors Teammate for the Fall 2015 season. To view others on whom this honor has been bestowed previously, click on the link on the left side of this page.
Congrats to one of the real good guys
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.
Commissioner Jerry Hermes to step down on June 30, 2016
July 7, 2015
Jim Smith to take over July 1, 2016
Longtime Warriors Commissioner Jerry Hermes will be leaving his position at the end of the Spring, 2016 season, in June, 2016. At that time, Hermes will have served as league Commissioner for ten years. Commissioner Bob Johnson will be continuing as the other league Commissioner.
Next July, Hermes will be replaced by longtime Warrior Jim Smith as Chief Operating Officer o the Warriors League. Hermes will continue as the league's Treasurer/CFO. Smith has retired from managing after his Aqua Men won the league championship, and will use this season to get trained by Hermes prior to taking over as Commissioner.
Hermes returns as a player, after a one-year layoff, on Feb. 4th.
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.