2013 Weekly Highlights
Quote of the Week:
To rest up for the playoffs and to avoid injury, Quote of the Week took the day off. An angry Beau Reznak is investigating the matter. The commissioner stated that tanking the end of the season harms the integrity of the league, and a steep fine could be expected.
Young Birds Clinch the East with Sweep of ‘Merica
1. Young Birds-12/’Merica-1: For the second time in eight days, a Josh Sorber start resulted in a one-hitter, only this time he shared the honor with Nick Tuttle. The Young Birds lineup had their way with losing pitcher Jake Stone (1-5) as all six batters had a minimum of three hits apiece, with Sorber leading the way with five. After a Hank Hunsinger fourth-inning single brought the score to nine to zero, Sorber (5-2) relinquished the mound to rest his arm for the playoffs and give some work to Tuttle even though he was pitching a no-hit shutout with twelve strikeouts at the time. Although Tuttle did give up one hit and a run, he was credited with a save for pitching the final two innings. Sorber and Jon Miller each had three RBIs for the Birds; Cait Edwards drove in the lone 'Merica run on a bases loaded walk.
2. Young Birds-8/’Merica-5: It looked like the Young Birds might fail to clinch the East division after ‘Merica jumped out to a five to one lead in the second inning thanks to a Jake Stone three-run blast and a Corey Cunningham two-run single. Then Hank Hunsinger (7-2) settled down on the mound, and a four run rally off Scott Luff (3-6) in the bottom of the third put the Birds ahead for good. A three run fifth, with two coming from Nick Tuttle’s third home run of the year, sealed the victory and the division. Tuttle paced the victors with three RBIs, and Holly Reese led the team with four hits. Cait Edwards had four hits in the losing effort. As the number-two seed, the Young Birds will face division rivals the Dupont Hennas in the first round of the playoffs.
The New Guys End the Season on a Winning Note
1. New Guys-22/That’s a Fact, Jack!-1: Justin Blakeslee led a New Guys blowout that was practically over moments after it began. He, along with cousins Julian Blakeslee and Curtis Brieling each belted a first-inning home run to take a nine to nothing lead. From there, Brieling (3-4) pitched well, giving up only one run in four innings, and everyone in the New Guys lineup continued to hit. Justin added a fourth inning grand slam, his eighth homer of the year, before mercy was declared. Although he took a beating from the mound, Jake Rebarchak (1-7) was the lone bright spot for the TAFJ offense. He had three base hits and drove in their only run.
2. New Guys-10/That’s a Fact, Jack-9: TAFJ built a nine to one lead thanks to first and fourth inning four-run rallies on the strength of singles and walks off Justin Blakeslee (4-4). Although the new Guys trailed by eight runs in the fourth and six runs in the fifth, they seemed determined to pull this one out. A two-run single by Julian Blakeslee in the fourth brought the home team back to life, and then a Curtis Brieling grand slam off Chris Rebarchak (0-8) capped a seven-run outburst in the fifth to seal the victory. For the second time in the series, every one of the Guys had at least two hits, with Brieling leading the way with four. Jake Boyle had five hits and Gabby Coniglio drove in three for TAFJ. The New Guys began the season with four losses, but they turned their fortunes around and ended with three victories. They are already talking smack about next year and have put the rest of the league on alert.
Jabronis Sweep Cobras to Earn the Mountain Division Title
1. Jabronis-7/Purple Cobras-2: For four and a half innings, the Mountain Division showdown was better than advertised. Drew Simoncavage (6-2) and Zach Artim (2-2) were locked in a pitchers’ duel that saw the Cobras leading two to one. But then five singles and three walks off Simoncavage led to a five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth that kept the Jabronis playoff hopes alive. Except for some control problems, Artim was dominant, allowing only three hits while striking out twelve. He also paced the Jabronis offense with five hits and two RBIs. The Jabronis win set up a winner-take-all matchup for nightcap.
2. Jabronis-13/Purple Cobras-4: Unfortunately, the final game of the regular season did not deliver the excitement of the series opener. After both teams scored once in the first, a three-run homer by Roger Legg in the second seemed to deflate the Cobras confidence and put the Jabronis out in front for good. Legg (6-1) also pitched well, as three of the four runs he allowed occurred after the outcome had been decided. Every member of the Jabronis lineup had at least three hits off Billy Columbo (3-3), and Roger Legg led all hitters with five RBIs. Adam Klimchok provided the Cobras with their only positive moment when he belted a two- run home run in the fourth inning. The victory clinched the number four seed for the Jabronis who will face off against the Westside Washout in the first round of the playoffs.
Quote of the Week:
John Devers to Dan Rish who has a sprained ankle and was on first base with two outs--“Hey Dan, hobble on anything.”
Washout Cap Perfect Season with Sweep over ‘Merica
- Westside Washout-12/’Merica-0: The father and son team of Bill and Beau Reznak combined to help the Washout mercify ‘Merica in four innings. Bill Reznak tossed the shutout and drove in three runs while Beau drove in seven runs on three hits, including his fourth home run of the year. John Devers also had an excellent game at the plate, scoring four runs and driving in two with three hits. Corey Cunningham led ‘Merica with three hits, and his teammate Mike Nixon suffered the loss.
- Westside Washout-10/’Merica-2: John Devers clinched the Washout’s perfect 20-0 season by completing a perfect season of his own. The left hander finished the year with a 9-0 record and is all but guaranteed to win the ERA title. Devers also had five hits, including his third homer of the season, driving in two runs and scoring three. Beau Reznak hit his second home run of the day and fifth on the season and drove in four. In the sixth inning, ‘Merica avoided a fourth consecutive shutout at the hands of the Washout pitchers when Corey Cunningham hit a two-run single. Cunningham once again led ‘Merica in hits, this time with four.
Cobras and the New Guys Split
- Purple Cobras-4/New Guys-2: It looked like walks would once again be the downfall for the Cobras as the New Guys scored two first-inning runs thanks to three free passes, but the Cobras scored two walk-assisted runs of their own in the bottom of the first. After that, Drew Simoncavage (6-1) got into a rhythm and took over the game, shutting the Guys out the rest of the way. The key hit was a two run single by Steve Jester. Adam Klimchok chipped in by scoring twice with three hits, including the SRL’s second triple of the season. Curtis Brieling pitched well in defeat, holding the Cobras to only four runs on six hits. Brieling, along with “Pac” Lipinski, hit three singles in the losing effort.
- New Guys-10/Purple Cobras-3: After being held to only two runs in the opener, the New Guys scored three runs in the first inning; then Justin Blakeslee took over. He limited the Cobras to three runs and struck out ten batters, improving his record to 3-4. Blakeslee also paced a New Guys offense that plated ten runs by scoring five of his own while driving in two. “Pac” Lipinski also had an excellent game at the plate with four hits and three RBIs. Nick Vital was the only Cobra with any success at the plate. He was three for four and figured in all three runs by scoring once and driving in two. Adam Klimchok took the loss to fall to 2-3. The Cobras split set up a showdown against the Jabronis next week that will determine the Mountain Division champion.
Young Birds and Hennas Remain Tied for the East Lead after Split
- Young Birds-7/Dupont Hennas-0: Josh Sorber turned in his second consecutive dominant performance, pitching a one-hitter against the Hennas. Sorber struck out sixteen batters with one walk, and only a Fred Lokuta single in the second inning prevented the league’s first six inning no-hitter. Sorber also broke a scoreless tie in the second inning by belting his sixth home run of the season. The three run shot was one of his five hits in the ballgame. Nick Tuttle scored twice for the Birds as did Jon Miller. “McDirty” McLean struck out nine batters but fell to 4-2 on the season.
- Dupont Hennas-10/Young Birds-4: While Mike Lenchak was not a sharp as usual (allowing four runs and walking four), it was still good enough for him to improve his record to 7-2. The Hennas celebrated batting off a pitcher not named Sorber by breaking out for ten runs on sixteen hits. Fred Lokuta had four RBIs for the victors, and Bill Elko added three. Lenchak helped himself out by scoring three times. Nick Tuttle hit his sixth double and second homer of the season, but that was not enough to spark the Birds offense. Hank Hunsinger suffered his first loss since opening week and fell to 6-2. While the divisional title remains in question, it is almost certain (but not a mathematical guarantee) that these two teams will end up as the number two and three seeds and meet up again in the first round of the playoffs.
TAFJ Triples their Win Total
- That’s a Fact, Jack! picked up two forfeit wins as the SRL bids farewell to the Pink Flamingos.
Quote of the Week:
Andrew Brodginski in reply to Ryan Carr's statement that the old Roger (Legg) is back--"If the old Roger was here, he wouldn't be here."
New Guys Threaten the Rish-less Washout
1. Westside Washout-13/New Guys-0: It was a typical John Devers start—five harmless singles, no walks, and a shutout to lower his league-leading ERA to 1.54. The Washout erupted for nine runs in the second and never looked back. Devers helped himself at the plate by driving in three runs as did “Jewgernaut” Slone. Beau Reznak had three hits and scored four runs to add to the lopsided totals. Scott Lipinski was charged with the loss for the New Guys. Devers improved to 8-0 on the season.
2. Westside Washout-11/New Guys-10: In a walk-fest that saw 34 free passes issued, the New Guys came three outs away from ending the Washout’s perfect season. Julian Blakeslee pitched two shutout innings before the Washout scored five runs in the third to take their first lead of the game. After five innings, Beau Reznak held the New Guys to only two hits but had issued fifteen walks. Reznak escaped trouble in all five innings as the Guys stranded seventeen runners. Their bats came alive in the sixth and they rallied to score seven runs on five singles and three more walks to take a 10-9 lead. Before this contest, the Washout had not trailed after the second inning all season. The Westside Gang responded to the pressure. After three straight singles, “Jewgernaut” Slone plated John Devers with a sacrifice fly; then losing pitcher Curtis Brieling walked the next two batters to end the game. Eric Gibbs paced the New Guys with five RBIs while Slone and Bill Reznak drove in three for the victors. Laura Barna had the walk-off walk.
Cobras Sting TAFJ to Sit Atop the Mountain Division
1. Purple Cobras-13/That’s a Fact, Jack!-1: Drew Simoncavage’s arm and Adam Klimchok’s bat were too much for TAFJ in the series opener. Simoncavage allowed only one run on six hits and performed a Cobras rarity by showing excellent control, walking only three. Klimchok had a monster game at the plate, scoring five runs and driving in six with four coming from his first career grand slam. Justin Whitebread added four hits, and Chris Krout scored three times to help the game to be called by mercy after five innings. Jake Rebarchak took the loss for TAFJ.
2. Purple Cobras-13/That’s a Fact, Jack!-11 : In an important game for the Cobras, it looked good after the first inning when they jumped out to a seven to two lead thanks to four singles and five walks. The pesky TAFJ squad, however, chipped away and built an eleven to eight lead in the top of the fifth, mostly the result of walks given up by winning pitcher Billy Columbo. With their playoff hopes in jeopardy in the bottom of the fifth, the Purple Man Group rallied for five runs to reclaim the lead. TAFJ threatened in the sixth, but with two out and Jake Boyle representing the go-ahead run at the plate, Adam Klimchok made a game-ending diving catch on a low line drive that probably would have tied the score if he had not made the play. Justin Whitebread and Drew Simoncavage teamed up to drive in nine runs for the victors. Chris Rebarchak drove in four runs at the plate but suffered the loss from the mound.
Jabronis Split after a Pair of Leggs Walk Away
1. Jabronis-24/’Merica-4: This was the third series in a row that began with a blowout followed by an exciting nightcap. The Jabronis plated five in the top of the first and maintained a comfortable lead throughout the game before exploding for sixteen runs in the fifth to turn the contest into a laugher. Most of the Jabronis hitters padded their season stats, led by Nick Cholewa who drove in six runs, two coming from his league-leading seventh double. Mike Legg drove in five while Ryan Carr and Roger Legg each added three RBIs. All four ‘Merica runs were the result of three home runs, one by Scott Luff and two by Jake Stone. Stone took the loss against winning pitcher Roger Legg.
2. ‘Merica-6/Jabronis-4 : The first six ‘Merica batters all crossed the plate to begin the game, then something strange happened—Zach Artim suddenly learned to pitch after changing his grip. His very hittable fastball jumped from around 50mph to the mid-sixties, and he was virtually unhittable the rest of the way. Fortunately for ‘Merica those six runs were enough to win the game because Scott Luff turned in his best pitching performance of the season, limiting the Jabronis to only four runs. Luff’s job was made easier by the Legg brothers who left after the second inning, leaving two automatic outs in the lineup for the remainder of the game. While the Jabronis were able to round up one emergency replacement, that player went hitless. Nick Cholewa homered in the losing effort while Cait Edwards and Luff paced the victors with two RBIs apiece.
Hennas Remain in Dupont and Claim Two Victories
· The Dupont Hennas became the latest beneficiaries of the Pink Flamingos forfeit-fest.
Inappropriate Hennas Quote of the Week #1:
"McDirty" McLean after running to third in fear of being pegged at close range by Zach Artim--"I was covering my face and my nuts; that's all I cared about."
Inappropriate Hennas Quote of the Week #2:
Tom Grace in reply to Hennas pitcher "McDirty" McLean after stating that he names his ball--"What's your other one's name?"
Just a Walk in the Park for the Washout
1. Westside Washout-11/Purple Cobras-0: The Purple Cobras entered the series with the second highest team batting average (.510) and were second in runs per game with 9.6, but they were unable to hit Bill Reznak who tossed his first shutout and improved to 4-0 as a starter. He scattered four hits, walked only one batter, and struck out six. The Washout had only five hits of their own but were aided by thirteen Billy Columbo walks. Dan Rish homered and drove in three runs while Reznak added two hits and drove in four.
2. Westside Washout-22/Purple Cobras-9: Early on it looked like the Washout could be headed for their first defeat of the season. In the first inning the Cobras scored nine times to build a five run lead. The five-run margin and the nine runs scored are both tops against the Washout this season, but walks continue to haunt the wildest pitching staff in the league. Adam Klimchok and Drew Simoncavage combined to allow only seven hits, but they issued 24 free passes. Beau Reznak overcame early wildness of his own, waking seven consecutive batters in the first inning, before settling down to earn his first victory of the season. Dan Rish homered and had nine RBIs to extend his league lead in both categories while Bill Reznak added two hits and drove in five. Steve Jester provided early excitement for the Cobras when his three run blast put his team out in front by five.
The Young Birds Soar over the New Guys
1. Young Birds-5/The New Guys-0: Josh Sorber had perhaps the most dominant pitching performance on the season as he allowed only two hits and struck out seventeen batters. Justin Blakeslee pitched well in defeat for the New Guys with nine strike outs of his own, but the scrappy Young Birds chipped away to score five, including one from a Josh Sorber solo blast.
2. Young Birds-11/The New Guys-3: The New Guys jumped to an early lead in the first inning thanks to Justin Blakeslee’s two run shot, but it was all Young Birds after that. Hank Hunsinger allowed only three hits and two runs in five innings of work. He also struck out seven as he went on to win his sixth consecutive start. Jon Miller paced the Birds offense with two homers and three RBIs while Nick Tuttle and Josh Sorber added four hits apiece. Tuttle took the mound for mop-up duty in the sixth and allowed one run. The 42nd ranked Young Birds improved to 12-4 on the season.
Pink Flamingos Wave the White Flag
The SRL is sorry to announce that the Pink Flamingos forfeited both games to ‘Merica this week, and they have also given up on the rest of the season. The SRL is proud to announce that eight teams have shown tremendous effort and dedication in this our rookie season as a league. The number-one goal for next year is to have all ninety of our scheduled contests played competitively.
Jabronis Don’t Have a Legg to Stand On
1. Dupont Hennas-14/Jabronis-4: The much anticipated Lenchak/Legg showdown never materialized as the Jabronis played the series opener with only four competitors and none of them named Legg. The Hennas took advantage of the mismatch by consistently making contact off Zach Artim and hitting the ball to the open parts of the field. Tom Grace paced the attack with four hits, four RBIs, and two runs scored. Mike Lenchak and Bill Elko added four hits apiede, and Fred Lokuta crossed the plate four times. It was an “off week” from the mound for Lenchak who allowed twelve base runners and struck out “only” eight in five innings. A four run fourth by the Jabronis prevented the shutout.
2. Dupont Hennas-18/Jabronis-9: Zach Artim slapped a three-run opposite-field homer, and it looked like it might be a series split for the Jabronis after building a 7-4 lead in the first three innings, but the Hennas dominated the second half of the contest and turned the nightcap into a blowout. It was a team effort for the Hennas lineup off pitchers Nick Cholewa and Jared Smigelski. Every player had at least two hits, and “McDirty” Mclean and Austin Elko both drove in four runs. McLean’s pitching performance was not as efficient as his two previous starts, but it was enough to give the Dupontonians their fifth consecutive victory and increase their playoff chances.
Quote of the Week:
Scott “Pac” Lipinski in response to Justin Blakeslee complaining that his pregame peach tastes like sandpaper—"When have you ever eaten sandpaper?"
Flamingos Stick Their Head in the Sand, Surrender to Young Birds
- The Pink Flamingos forfeited for the second time in three weeks, this time to the 42nd ranked Young Birds.
TAFJs Winning Streak Ends at One
- Westside Washout-15/That’s a Fact, Jack!-8 : TAFJ were the first team to take the Washout to the sixth inning in a month, and their eight runs were the most scored off Washout pitchers all season, but their pitching woes continued to hurt them. The victors jumped out to an early lead by scoring eight runs in the first inning as Triple Crown threat Dan Rish and teammate Beau Reznak each belted three-run homers. Rish added a solo shot in the fourth while Reznak finished the contest with five RBIs. Starter Bill Reznak gave up eighteen hits, but none were for extra bases and, once again, TAFJ stranded double digit runners. Tricia MacDavitt paced TAFJ with four hits, while Brian Stets returned to being a singles hitter and scored three times. Jake Rebarchak took the loss.
- Westside Washout-12/That’s a Fact Jack! -2 : It was just another day at the office for John Devers as he allowed two runs in four innings to improve his record to 7-0 in this mercy-shortened affair. Laura Barna led the offense with four RBIs while Beau Reznak added three hits and scored three times. Gabby Coniglio had an excellent game at the plate for TAFJ with three hits and an RBI; Chris Rebarchak was the losing pitcher.
‘Merica Returns from Sabbatical and Forgets How to Score Runs
- Dupont Hennas-13/’Merica-0: Last week Mike Lenchak was one out away from his first career shutout before giving up three runs and taking the loss. This week Lenchak would not be denied as he quietly retired ‘Merica in the sixth inning to preserve his shutout and return his Hennas team to the playoff conversation. Lenchak and Tom Grace both had four hits and drove in three runs to lead the Dupontians out of a month-long hitting slump. ‘Merica played their first game in three weeks and looked rusty. Scott Luff was charged with the loss. Newcomer Corey Cunningham had three of ‘Merica’s five hits
- Dupont Hennas-10/’Merica-0: Dave “McDirty” Mclean proved that his outstanding pitching effort from the previous week was not a fluke as he improved upon his performance and tossed a four-inning three hit shutout. This week he also contributed with his bat, adding four hits and three RBIs, while Austin Elko had four hits of his own. It was not a good series for the usually dependable Mike Nixon who went hitless in both games and was charged with the loss in this one.
Team Blakeslee Corners the Market on Wins
- The New Guys-6/’Merica-2 : Although ‘Merica snapped their streak of four consecutive scoreless games, the contest still concluded with their fifth straight loss. The game was knotted at 1-1 in the top of the third when Jason Gibbs lined a two-run single to put the New Guys on top for good. Justin Blakeslee added three hits including another contribution to the woods in right field. Curtis Brieling threw his second two-run gem in eight days. Brieling also aided his own cause with three hits, including a double. Scott Luff pitched well in defeat and had three hits while Corey Cunningham went five for six at the plate.
- The New Guys-16/’Merica-13: ‘Merica broke out of their hitting slump and jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the second inning, but their struggles on the mound returned. While Justin Blakeslee is usually the victim of poor run support, this time he was the beneficiary of sixteen runs in a less than stellar outing. Mike Nixon walked seventeen, including ten to the Gibbs tandem of Jason and Eric. Once again, Justin Blakeslee led the New Guys charge with six RBIs, and Curtis Brieling drove in three, including a fifth inning solo blast. ‘Merica’s captain Scott Luff tried his best to inspire his troops to end their losing skid. He belted a grand slam to center in the second inning and in the fifth inning he lined an opposite field triple, the first three-bagger in SRL history. ‘Merica rallied for three runs in the sixth with the go-ahead run at the plate before Blakeslee finally retired the side.
Quote of the Week:
Tyler Baran, after Mike Lenchak threw ball four to Jim Blakeslee, ending his streak of 23.2 consecutive innings without issuing a walk--"Hey, it's a rebuilding year."
These Here New Guys Ain't Gonna be Pushed Around by No Hennas
- New Guys-3/Dupont Hennas-2: Mike Lenchak was one out away from his first career shutout, but a quartet of Blakeslees had other ideas. Down 2-0 with two outs in the sixth inning with the bases full, Justin Blakeslee smacked a liner to right center that brought home family members Jim and Chuck. Then Scott Lipinski drove in yet another Blakeslee (Julian) to give the New Guys the lead. Curtis Brieling decided to walk two batters in the bottom of the sixth just to make it interesting, but then he retired the side for his first career victory. While the Hennas had nine hits, they could only mount one scoring rally that plated Lenchak and Tom Grace. The loss knocked the Hennas from a first place tie with the Young Birds.
- Dupont Hennas-3/New Guys-2: After being upset in the opener by the last place New Guys, the Dupont Hennas found their revenge by turning the tables on a 3-2 outcome. Dave "McDirty" McLean turned in the first quality performance in a long time by a Hennas pitcher not named Lenchak. McLean allowed only four hits, and his defense played well as he recorded only three outs by strike out. Whie the Hennas had only four hits of their own, an RBI single by Austin Elko and two bases loaded walks by Bill Elko provided all the scoring the Dupontians needed. Justin Blakeslee was excellent in defeat, striking out fourteen and collecting three of the New Guys four hits.
The Washout Play in a Washout
- Westside Washout-23/Pink Flamingos-0 : The Washout had their way with a short-handed Pink Flamingos team.
- Westside Washout-24/Pink Flamingos-1 : A leadoff home run by Brian Ball provided the Flamingos with their lone highlight of the day. The only notable occurrence in the series was that both games were played in a driving rain that drenched the players, the field, and loyal Washout fan Megan Ziller.
The Young Birds Play in the Mud and Walk Their Way to First Place
- Young Birds-9/Purple Cobras-2 : The Young Birds showed that they were not intimidated by the offensive sting of the Purple Cobras by jumping out to a three to nothing lead in the first inning and never looking back. Josh Sorber returned to the mound after resting an injury and silenced a Cobras team that entered the series averaging ten runs a game. Sorber struggled with his control early as he opened the contest pitching from a huge puddle. He eventually figured out how to throw in the muddy conditions and recovered to strike out ten while picking up his second victory of the season. Although Hank Hunsinger drove in four runs, most of the Birds scoring came as the result of Drew Simoncavage's thirteen walks. Simoncavage, who fell to 4-1 on the season, never seemed able to find his footing on the sloppy mound, but he did drive in both Cobras runs.
- Young Birds-11/Purple Cobras-7 : It was not a good omen for the Cobras when the first four Young Birds batters walked, continuing the trend that plagued them in the previous contest. The Birds scored ten first inning runs thanks to seven walks and five singles. After the shaky start, Cobras pitcher Adam Klimchok found his groove and allowed only one more run the rest of the way, but the damage was done. Hank Hunsinger celebrated the early cushion by taking a little off his fastball to let his fielders take care of business instead of forcing his pitches in the slippery conditions. The sweep gives the Young Birds sole possession of first place in the East division. The Purple Cobras entered the series ranked 42nd in the NWLA Top 50, but they will most likely fall out of the rankings after these defeats.
Second Place Loses to Last Place and Ends up in First
- The Jabronis-27/That's a Fact, Jack!-9 : While first-time player Zach Artim was able to throw with reasonable control from the mound, a revolving door of TAFJ pitchers walked 23 batters to hand the Jabronis an easy victory. Eric Zulkoski smacked a homer and drove in eight runs while every one of his teammates plated at least four. Brian Stets made SRL history in defeat by crushing three home runs, two of which were probably the longest shots hit by a right hander this season.
- That's a Fact, Jack-23/The Jabronis-13 : TAFJ snapped an eleven game losing streak to earn their first victory of the season. Brian Stets continued his power barrage by crushing three more home runs, giving him six on the day. He totaled eight hits in the game and drove in nine. Although Jake Rebarchak gave up thirteen runs, he walked only five and became the winningest pitcher in franchise history. Zach Artim continued his impressive debut by belting two homers and driving in nine in the losing effort. Despite this loss, the Jabronis moved into a first place tie with the Purple Cobras in the Mountain Division on the strength of their win in the opener.
Quote of the Week:
Ben Rebarchak, upon the arrival of the pregnant Amanda Rebarchak in the blistering hot sun--"Yay, cook the baby!"
Disclaimer: Mr. Rebarchak's comment was spoken sarcastically, out of concern for the well-being of his future niece or nephew. The SRL does not endorse cannibalism, especially when children are involved. For further study, please consult "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift.
Cobras Earn an Important Sweep, and That’s a Fact!
Purple Cobras-14/That’s A Fact, Jack!-10 : The Purple Cobras won with another football score, this time against That’s a Fact, Jack! The game was a 13 to 1 blowout in favor of the Cobras until the bottom of the fifth when TAFJ came storming back with nine runs, four coming from Chris Rebarchak’s grand slam, but the rally fell short and they could not score in the sixth. The Cobras scoring machine was led by Billy Columbo’s eight for eight effort, while Justin Whitebread smacked his first home run and double, driving in five. With the exception of his shaky fifth inning, Adam Klimchok pitched well to earn his second victory against no defeats. Chris Rebarchak took the loss.
Purple Cobras-6/That’s A Fact, Jack!-2: Drew Simoncavage came through for the Cobras at just the right time as the guys in Purple were held to one of their lowest scores of the season by Jake Rebarchak. Simoncavage improved to 4-0 by holding TAFJ to two runs while striking out eight. Steve Jester provided the big moment on offense in the bottom of the second when he broke a 1-1 tie by blasting a three run homer over the left field fence, his first of the year. Allison Savner had four hits and drove in both TAFJ runs in the losing effort. The Purple Cobras began the day positioned 46th in the NWLA Top 50, and they should see their ranking improve after this sweep.
Westside Washout Sweep the New Guys
Westside Washout-11/New Guys-1: Dan Rish had another great game at the plate, providing the Washout with most of their offense for the contest. Rish belted a double and two home runs, including the first inside the park homer in SRL history in the second inning. He drove in eight runs and scored three. Laura Barna chipped in with two RBIs and a run scored. John Devers was his usually efficient self on the mound, issuing only one walk and yielding only one run. Devers became the first five game winner on the season and posted his fifth complete game.
Westside Washout-18/New Guys-5: The New Guys lost to the old guy as Dan Rish took a break from pitching and turned the mound over to 48 year old Bill Reznak who gave up four hits and walked six. The Washout jumped out to a nine to zero lead in the first then played it close to even the rest of the way. Rish continued his torrid hitting assault with another home run and four more RBIs. Beau Reznak hit his second homer of the season and drove in four while Laura Barna knocked in three. Justin Blakeslee crushed his fourth homer of the season for the New Guys, and Leon Cunningham took the loss.
The Battle for First Ends With a Split
Dupont Hennas-7/Young Birds-2: Mike Lenchak continued his dominant pitching, this time holding the Young Birds to two runs. Only a fifth inning Josh Sorber blast over the fence in the right power alley prevented the shutout. Lenchak scattered four hits while striking out eleven, and as has become the norm, did not surrender a single walk. Lenchak also paced the Hennas offense with three RBIs, and Bill Elko scored three times for the victors. Nick Tuttle was overpowering on the mound for the Young Birds with eleven strikeouts of his own as he consistently threw in the high 60s to 70 mph, but he was also wild, issuing eleven walks that led to most of the Hennas runs.
Young Birds-11/Dupont Hennas-0: Welcome to the Hank Hunsinger show as “The Professor” threw a six hit shutout and drove in five runs, four coming off his second grand slam of the season. Nick Tuttle did his job as the leadoff hitter with four hits and three runs scored, and Kade Baran added two RBIs. Bill Elko took the loss for the Hennas. This split between division rivals keeps them tied for first place in the East, both with a record of 6-4.
The Jabronis Win Two the Easy Way
The Jabronis took two from the forfeiting Pink Flamingos. This is the first and hopefully last forfeit in SRL history. Jabronis captain Ryan Carr wept hysterically when he learned that the contests were cancelled. “I came here to play, man,” Carr blubbered. “What else do I have to do on a Sunday evening?”
Quote of the Week:
Eric Zulkoski, after throwing a ball into the ground that happened to hit Chris Rebarchak on the foot for an out--"I was lobbing it to Nick."
Jabronis Creep Closer to First With Sweep Over That’s a Fact, Jack!
Jabronis-17/TAFJ-5: This was the first time in the five week season of the SRL that a team played short-handed, but it did not hurt the Jabronis that they fielded only four because the pitching woes continue for TAFJ. After a scoreless first, the Jabronis erupted for eight in the second. Rebarchak and Co. fought back with five in the bottom half, but after eight third inning runs, the route was on. Jared Smigelski earned the win in relief and paced the offense with a home run and five RBIs while Nick Cholewa smacked two doubles. Jake Rebarchak had been the team’s most reliable thrower, but this rough outing knocked him out of the top ten in ERA.
Jabronis-10/TAFJ-6: TAFJ suffered their second narrow defeat on the season. The underdogs took a 6-2 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but TAFJs number one nemesis, control problems, returned to haunt them as seven walks and only three hits led to the eight runs. The Jabronis offense was mostly balanced, although Roger Legg scored three runs and Nick Cholewa hit his league-leading fifth double. Jake Boyle went five for five to lift his average to .741, tops in the SRL. The elder Legg earned the win in relief to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Playoff Contenders Purple Cobras and Dupont Hennas Split
Dupont Hennas-9/Purple Cobras-2: Mike Lenchak established himself as one of the top pitchers in the league by holding the high-scoring Cobras to only two runs. Lenchak, who improved to 3-1 on the season, struck out eleven and did not issue a walk. Austin Elko had four hits for the victors, and the Hennas balanced attack saw every one of the guys from Dupont scoring and droving in at least one run. Steve Jester had four hits in the losing cause.
Purple Cobras-16/Dupont Hennas-13: In this important battle with potential playoff implications down the road, the Cobras did what they do best--win close high-scoring affairs. It was a back and forth contest for most of the game, but in the top of the fifth with the Cobras clinging to a 14-13 lead and the Hennas threatening, relief pitcher Chuck Friscia ended the rally and then pitched a scoreless sixth to earn the save. Drew Simoncavage improved to 3-0 with the win while Fred Lokuta suffered the defeat. Adam Klimchok paced the victors with five hits and four RBIs while Fred Lokuta and Mike Lenchak both drove in four in the losing effort.
Westside Washout Show a Lack of Patriotism Towards ‘Merica
Westside Washout-15/’Merica-0: The Washout turned on the power in this mercy-shortened contest with four homers and two doubles while John Devers continued his dominant pitching with three shutout innings. Devers also led the offensive barrage with five hits, five RBIs, and four runs scored. Although he walked a season-high three batters, Devers allowed only two hits, both to Scott Luff who was the losing pitcher.
Westside Washout-37/’Merica-0: This game defies any logical explanation. ‘Merica entered the series leading the SRL in runs scored and slugging percentage, and they were in the middle of the pack in ERA. All six members of the winning lineup drove in at least four runs and scored at least five. While the Washout’s offensive numbers look intimidating, they were helped out with misplays in the field by the usually sure-handed ‘Merica defense. Dan Rish struck out the side in the first, but with a 34 run lead, he turned the mound over to Beau Reznak and Bill Reznak who each pitched a shutout inning. Jake Scott took the loss after giving up twelve runs without retiring a single batter.
Two Winless Teams Help Each Other Out
New Guys-19/Pink Flamingos-7: The New Guys got into the win column on the strength of Justin Blakeslee’s hitting and Pitching. Blakeslee drove in eight runs with two deep blasts to right, and he struck out nine from the mound. Curtis Brieling and Julian Blakeslee also chipped in with seven hits apiece, and every member of the lineup scored at least three runs. AJ Butler had five hits in the losing effort while Brandon Butler drove in three. Brandon was also the losing pitcher, but he fell victim to several misplays in the field that inflated his ERA.
Pink Flamingos-5/New Guys-1: Brian Ball cooled off the New Guys hot hitters to break the Flamingos seven game skid and give them their first win of the season. Ball struck out seven and issued only one walk. Brandon Butler led the Flamingos with three runs scored and three hits, including his first home run of the season. Justin Blakeslee blasted a solo shot that still hasn’t landed to avoid the shutout. Curtis Brieling was the tough luck loser.
Quote of the Week:
Quote of the Week was on the bye. It will be back in action on the 16th.
Jabronis Get Two Leggs up on the New Guys
Jabronis Win 4-3: Although the franchise opener for the aptly named (for now) New Guys did not conclude as they might have hoped, they gained immediate credibility in the league with their heart-breaking loss against a playoff contender. Leon Cunningham locked up in a scoreless duel with Roger Legg and pitched brilliantly behind a stalwart defense. Julian Blakeslee smacked a two-run homer in the top of the fifth to break a 0-0 tie. Mike Legg hit a solo shot in the bottom of the same inning to narrow the gap. It looked good for the New Guys after scoring an insurance run in the sixth, but the Jabronis mounted a three-run ralley, culminating with a walk-off single by Eric Zulkoski. Roger Legg pitched another great game and improved to 3-1 on the season while Cunningham was the tough-luck loser.
Jabronis Win 14-4: Game two was not as exciting as the opener, but the New Guys might have found another pitcher. Justin Blakeslee was firing the ball in the high 60s, even having one pitch negated because it exceeded the 70 mph speed limit, but he struggled to find the strike zone, walking sixteen. If Blakeslee can gain some control, he may end up as one of the top pitchers in the SRL. While most of the Jabronis offensive damage was caused by bases on balls, Nick Cholewa drove in six while Roger Legg drove in four. Mike Legg pitched a three strong innings to earn his first victory on the mound.
Battle of the Ranked Teams!
Westside Washout Win 10-0: For the first time in SRL history, a matchup featured two teams ranked in the National Wiffleball Association Top 50, as the 49th ranked Dupont Hennas faced the 33rd ranked Westside Washout. The Hennas red-hot bats were quickly cooled off by John Devers who scattered four hits and walked none to go along with his 10 Ks. Once again, the Washout featured a balanced offensive attack led by Laura Barna’s four RBIs. Dan Rish chipped in with four hits, driving in one run and scoring thrice. Dave McLean took the loss for Dupont.
Westside Washout Win 6-0: Mike Lenchak and Dan Rish locked up in a scoreless pitchers’ duel for three innings. Then the Washout scored all six of their runs in the top of the fourth, with Mitch Yamrus providing the big blow with a grand slam to left. Rish pitched a one-hitter and walked three while striking out 13. The Hennas entered the series hitting over .600 as a team but saw their average slip by more that .100 to the Washout aces.
The New Guys Become Veterans in a Hurry
‘Merica Wins 15-14: The New Guys suffered another heart-breaking defeat. ‘Merica built a 7-1 lead on home runs by Mike Nixon and Scott Luff, but the New Guys came back to take the lead with a nine-run fifth, four coming from a Curtis Brieling grand slam. ‘Merica came back with four in the bottom of the fifth then scored three more in the sixth, with Nixon hitting the walk-off single. Leon Cuningham suffered his second tough loss while Nixon pitched a scoreless sixth to earn the win in relief. Luff and Nixon both ended with four RBIs while Brooke Carey drove in three.
‘Merica Wins 11-4: Obviously fatigued from having to play their fourth game in the heat, the New Guys turned in a gritty performance, keeping it close until the fourth but could not sustain their level of play. Jake Stone was an offensive machine, hitting a grand slam in the second to break the scoreless tie and then adding another in the fourth as ‘Merica broke the game open. Cait Edwards contributed to the victory by scoring four times. Scott Luff pitched well to improve to 2-1 while Julian Blakeslee took the loss.
Young Birds Win the Battle of the Nanticoke Birds
Young Birds Win 4-3: In the third spectacular game of the day to come down to the final pitch, the Pink Flamingos played their best game of the season but came up one run short. Brian Ball had struggled in his previous two starts, but he pitched well in this one, striking out eleven in the losing effort. The play of the day, and the best of the season so far, occurred in the bottom of the third with two outs when Ball crushed a shot down the left field line with the bases loaded. Holly Reese ran to the fence and lunged for the ball just as it was about to go over, preventing four runs. Hank Hunsinger improved to 3-1 as a starter and provided most of the offense with three RBIs. The mother/daughter combo of Melissa and Brinley Sobek each drove in a run for the Flamingos.
Young Birds Win 14-0: Although it was a mercy-shortened four inning effort, Nick Tuttle threw the first no-hitter in SRL history. Tuttle struck out eight and walked four to pick up his first win on the mound. Jon Miller and Hank Hunsinger both hit grand slams, bringing the SRL to an astonishing six (plus one robbed) for the day.
Quote of the Week:
Jake Rebarchak on why he swung at a high and inside fastball--"I thought it was going to hit me in the face. I was protecting myself!"
Young Birds Sweep That’s a Fact, Jack to Reach .500
1. Young Birds Win 5-2: TAFJ finally solves their pitching woes as Jake Rebarchak held the Birds to only five runs. Unfortunately for Team Rebarchak, they were facing one of the top pitchers in the league. After two tough-luck losses, Josh Sorber picked up his first victory as a starter. He also drove in three runs with a home run and double. Ron Edwards had a strong SRL debut by knocking in two. Brian Stets paced TAFJ with two hits.
2. Young Birds Win 17-7: The first inning woes returned for TAFJ who fell behind 6-0 then fought off mercy for much of the game before taking it the distance. Hank Hunsinger, allowed seventeen base runners in five innings but worked his way out of several jams to pick up his second win of the season. Josh Sorber once again starred for the Birds with another home run and double, scoring four runs and driving in six. Nick Tuttle also doubled and drove in four. While Brian Stets continued to struggle with his control on the mound and took the loss, he scored three times thanks to four singles and ended the day as the league’s leading hitter in this young season with a remarkable .812 batting average.
Westside Washout Remain Undefeated, Take Two from the Jabronis
1. Westside Washout Win 8-4: Dan Rish was simply dominant for five of the six innings of this contest. Discounting the fifth, Rish allowed only one base runner (a walk to Ryan Carr) and recorded all fifteen outs by strikeout, with twelve of them looking. An explosive four-run fifth by the Jabronis, though, made the final score reasonably close. Nick Forsberg provided the big hit with a three-run homer to centerfield. Roger Legg pitched a couple strong innings but lost his control and ended up walking fifteen. The Washout runs were mostly a team effort. Beau Reznak led the victors with three RBIs while John Devers and Laura Barna each scored three runs.
2. Westside Washout Win 11-3: John Devers held the Jabronis to three runs and improved to 2-0. The Jabronis reached base fifteen times but could not capitalize. Nick Cholewa led the losing effort with a 5 for 5 performance, knocking in two of his team’s three runs. Roger Legg had three hits and scored twice. The Washout had only four more base runners than their counterparts but took advantage of their scoring opportunities. In addition to his pitching, Devers also led the Westside’s offense from the leadoff position, scoring for runs and driving in another. The rest of the run production was balanced throughout the lineup. Beau Reznak, Avi “Jewgernaut” Slone, and Mitch Yamrus all plated two runs for the Washout.
Purple Cobras Improve to 5-1 With Sweep of 'Merica
- Purple Cobras Win 15-10: The Cobras built a quick 9 to 0 lead in the second inning off Scott Luff then saw their advantage dwindle as Luff settled down and ‘Merica chased Chuck Friscia from the mound. The lead dwindled to 11 to 10 in the top of the fourth, but the Cobras scored four more in the bottom of the inning to pull ahead by five. Drew Simoncavage then slammed the door in relief. After both squads combined for 25 runs in four innings, the final two innings were scoreless. Mike Nixon batted in three in a losing effort while his teammate Jake stone had four hits. Simoncavage was easily player of the game as the winning pitcher was one of four Cobras with four hits. He also added five ribbies to his stats.
- Purple Cobras Win 14-13: Easily the most exciting game of the week, ‘Merica built an 11 to 7 lead in three innings, mostly from the lack of control by the usually accurate Billy Columbo. After scoring once in the fourth, the Cobras erupted for five in the fifth to claim their first lead since the top of the first. They then added an insurance run in the sixth that proved to be the winning run. After giving up two runs to ‘Merica in the bottom of the sixth, Columbo finally regained his composure and struck out Mike Nixon to end the game with the tying and winning runs stranded in scoring position. Steve Jester was the game’s leading run producer with four RBIs for the victors while Chuck Friscia and Adam Klimchok both belted homers. Jess Casterline, Matt Evans, Scott Luff and Nixon all drove in three runs in their losing effort. Jake Stone relieved Nixon in the fourth and was charged with the loss.
Dupont Hennas Take Two from the Pink Flamingos
- Dupont Hennas Win 12-2: The Flamingos were able to hold on for five innings before a Dupont run invoked the mercy rule. Mike Lenchak scattered six hits and walked only one to earn the win. Brian Ball took the loss but pitched better than his stats as the Flamingos struggled defensively, although Jess Jaikes made several excellent plays at third base to keep the score reasonable. Tom Grace paced the Hennas offense with four RBIs and three runs scored. Ball drove in both Flamingos runs with a single in the first.
- Dupont Hennas Win 33-2: The Dupont Hennas dominated the Pink Flamingos in all phases of the game in what was easily the least competitive game so far this season. The guys from Dupont plated sixteen in the top of the first then padded their stats until mercy took effect after three innings. Fred Lokuta homered for the victors, while Tom Grace and the Elko brothers all added doubles. Zoe Bozinski and Alyssa Lord drove in runs in the bottom of the third to avoid the shutout. Bill Elko earned the win while A.J. Butler suffered the loss.
Quote of the Week:
Amanda Kupris to Jake Rebarchak--If you have to kneel to hit it, you probably shouldn't swing.
Young Birds and Jabronis Split
- In game one, Roger Legg and Josh Sorber lock up in a pitchers' duel that becomes the first extra inning game in the SRL's brief history. The Jabronis come back with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to earn the 4-3 win. The Young Birds hold off a late Jabronis rally to earn the split with a 10 to 8 victory in game two.
The Dupont Hennas Sweep That's a Fact, Jack!
- TAFJ are once again plagued by poor first innings before playing well. Mike Lenchak walks only one batter to earn the Hennas first victory. Tom Grace hits two homers in game two to give the Hennas the lead then comes on in relief to earn the first save in SRL history.
Purple Cobras Sweep the Pink Flamingos
- The final scores are deceiving as both games are close in the fourth inning before the Cobras pull away. Drew Simoncavage throws a shutout in the opener, and Billy Columbo hits two doubles and earns the save in the nightcap.
Quote of the Week:
Avi "Jewgernaut" Slone on why he gets hit with so many pitches--"I'm a distraction to the pitcher because I'm so damn sexy."
Westside Washout Sweeps Young Birds
- John Devers and Dan Rish dominate with their pitching. Hank Hunsinger hits the first home run in SRL history in the opener for the Birds; Beau Reznak and Devers both hit grand slams in game two while Rish adds a three run shot.
Purple Cobras and The Jabronis split
- The only divisional series of the day has the Jabronis taking game one 16-1 behind Roger Legg's pitching, two homers by Eric Zulkoski, and a tape measure shot by Nick Cholewa. The Cobras take game two 7-4 as Billy Columbo earns the win and Mike "Abe" Abraham leads the offense.
'Merica Sweeps That's a Fact, Jack!
- 'Merica scores 18 first inning runs (mostly the result of walks) en route to a 23-7 win in the opener. Game two is much closer with a 16-12 score. Jake Stone hits two homers while Scott Luff adds another and earns the win on the mound.