Angels and Cannons Split in the Big, Muddy Apple - Cannons move to 2nd Place

After tireless work on what appeared to be unsalvageable field (and endless phone calls to Ponto), Cannons and Angels enjoy an engaging and fun day of baseball!

GAME 1: The Rat Cannons (spurred by hits from Dave, Jeremy, and Jay) got to Angels pitcher James Clark (AKA 420 Black Dynamite, which could have been his AIM screen name circa 2003). However, a sea of base runners (5 hit batsmen, Tull and Leto RBI's, and a game-tying Peralta Sac Fly) provided enough offense that the Angels needed to outmatch lefty Jordan Achili; as Clark settled in and did not allow a run in highly effective 2nd through 7th innings. 

GAME 2: "Dealing Dio Philipe Niekro" and "Judicious Jay - the Strike Thrower" matched up in a gem-tastic pitcher's duel for game two. A timely Jacob Flaschen double gave the Angels the lead in the 6th, which made things interesting...

However, "Sweet Dan" wasted no time getting to Angels reliever Kabreeze Sheed, as a moonshot 2-RBI double gave the Cannons the lead; deflating the Ardmore Angels, and sealing up a complete game 5-hitter by Judicious Jay.


The Rat Cannons face the Vipers and Wolves for the first time in June!

Vipers edge out Wolves in a nail-biter; move to 2nd place

Amidst an umpire drinking iced-tea, a muddy 2nd base path, and Chris Shane lying down in right field - the Vipers come out victorious

In a summer-camp style baseball rendezvous, the Vipers hosted the Wolves after a two-hour rain delay - with McMoran park having been worked on tirelessly by Leto and Quirk's steadfast Ardmore Angels


Crafty Chris and Nuanced Nick battled it out for several innings, with an early Vipers offense (spurred by Shane, Zolk, and Shawn - 3/4 with an RBI; Joe Wood - 2 RBI's) providing enough insurance to hold off the Wolves until late in the game. However, hits by Smith, Franchetti, Medycki, and Monica made things interesting (Austin Powers style) as the hungry Wolves got to effective mid-reliever Mike Heine. 

With one out and runners on, Shawn Wood signaled for reliever Sean Zolk to come in from center field (who had been making shoestring and Sports Center-esque catches all day in the McMoran outfield - characterized by trees and magic mushrooms in the grass area).

Zolk wasted no time and retired the first batter, throwing strikes and silencing spectators. With two outs, and the Wolves down by one - Joe Mortimer hit a screamer down the line that Joe Wood (the patriarch of the team) made a diving stop for. Evidently, age was a factor in this play, as Father Wood had a difficult time braving the mud - making a last second flip to Zolk to beat out Mortimer in a DRAMATIC game-ender.


The Wolves and Vipers face off again; Wolves trying to ward off the cellar

Ardmore Angels Sweep Vogt Vipers, Move to 4-0

Leto Shines as Ardmore Angels claim victory

The Ardmore Angels hosted the Vogt Vipers on Saturday in the Vipers' inaugural BOC matchup, sending out pitchers Bruce Leto and Ryan McGee to face off against formidable Vipers hurlers Nick Gatto and John Hitchins.


Game 1 featured an early flurry by the Vipers, who got to Leto in the first inning for 3 runs to take the lead.  RBI hits included both Hoffman and Ricci for the Vipers.  However, the Angels struck back quickly, in a third inning highlighted by Jensy Peralta's 2 run single.  With the score tied 3-3, the bats were quieted over the next couple of innings by both Leto and Gatto, with both pitchers trading zeroes until a pair of Angels crossed the plate in the 5th.  With the lead in hand, Angels manager Tom Quirk sent out Jim Sharkey to close the game out, and the lefty obliged with 7 strikeouts over the last three innings to seal the victory for the Angels.


Game 2 proved a different story, as the Angels took advantage of free passes and a couple of tough plays in the field to gain a 3-0 lead in the 2nd.  Starter Ryan McGee was able to hold the Vipers scoreless until the 5th, when Vogt was able to break through with a 4 run inning featuring and RBI single by Donnie Hoffman, a Ricci double, and a go-ahead base hit by Aidan Carolan.  Deploying reliever Brandon Dydak to close the door, Vogt sought to claim the rubber game.  With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Dydak faced the Angels' Quirk, who ripped a two strike single to right to score Sharkey and tie the game at 4 with two outs. However, Vogt was able to take advantage of the Angels' defense in the top of the 6th to score a run once again and regain the lead.  Angels reliever Dave Dorn was off the hook for the loss; however, McGee was able to cross the plate on an Eddie Costantini sacrifice fly to set the stage for the final inning.  In the top of the 7th, Jim Sharkey entered once again with two men on, and struck out the side to silence the Vipers.


In the bottom of the 7th, a base hit by Rick Tull and a walk by Tom Quirk put the Vipers in a tough spot.  However, Dydak was able to retire Peralta on a fly to center and McGee on a fielder's choice, setting up a first and third situation for Bruce Leto.  The field was silent as the #3 hitter for the Angels dug in, in the biggest at bat of the young BOC to date.


Wasting no time, Leto swung at a high fastball from Dydak and launched a drive down the left field line, soaring over the outfield and falling in for a gargantuan walk-off single, giving the Angels a 6-5 victory and pushing them to 4-0.



The Vipers face the Wolves next as both teams vie for the #2 seed, as the Angels head to NYC to play their first road game vs the Rat Cannons.


Battle of the Cities – 2019 Rulebook


We are very much looking forward to having you as a part of our 2019 inaugural season! South Ardmore Baseball League endeavors to create a friendly (but competitive) gentleman’s league. Every game we play; pitch we throw; play we make, must be in the best interest of stewarding this league’s mission – to provide all-inclusive recreational baseball as a means of community gathering and athletic competition.

Please see the rules below as a framework for the 2019 season.  

We expect and encourage managers to collaborate in a friendly, agreeable, and professional manner if any discrepancies or confusion arise.

Basic Rules:

·         Each team is recommended to play a best of three (“3”) series throughout the course of the summer against the other three teams in this league – in order to establish a reasonable sample size for playoffs (in August).

·         9-inning games may be counted as two games in the standings (in lieu of 7-inning double-headers) WITH THE CONSENT OF BOTH MANAGERS PRIOR TO THE GAME.

·         The Battle of the Cities (BOC) schedule has discretion to change based on availability of managers, teams, and field locations.

·         Each player on each team must participate in a minimum of 50% of his/her team’s “leverage” games throughout the summer in order to be eligible for playoffs in August. Pitchers must appear in two ("2") separate appearances to be eligible to pitch in playoffs.

o   Managers of all teams are required to submit tentative lineups to the commissioner ( the night prior to each game – this helps ensure accountability and will decrease flakes.

·         Teams that are unable to finish games or have to leave before the conclusion of a double-header will forfeit their game for the day (9-0 score in standing), and will be required to pay a $75 fine to the league, which will be donated to a local charity.

·         Managers are each asked to umpire at least one (“1”) game during the summer to reduce expenditures on outsourced umps. During the playoffs, teams will be asked to contribute for professional umps to ensure objectivity and streamlined gameplay.

·         Wilson A1010 balls will be provided during the playoffs

·         Managers must submit results, scores, and stats after each game to either Bruce Leto or Rob Grabel – as well as uploading the stats into his/her team’s League Lineup page (link forthcoming).


Field Conditions:

South Ardmore Baseball League plays in all types of weather – one of the harsh realities of living on the East Coast and enjoying this game. We do not cancel games unless the fields are absolutely saturated, lightning, torrential downpour, shark attacks or zombie apocalypse. It is the responsibility of the home team to police and “prep” the field the night before/prior to each game. Please contact Bruce Leto, Jr. if you need help or maintenance equipment.


In-Game Rules:

·         Leads and pick-offs are permitted; steals are prohibited (unless both managers of both teams consent to a game with steals).

o   Base-runners may; however, steal on passed balls back to the pitcher (from the catcher)…those balls are LIVE.

·         Stats must be kept as accurately as possible, and with adherence to Ardmore pitching qualifiers. 3+ IP in 7 inning game for the W; 4+ IP in a 9 inning game; Saves – same as MLB rules; however, a pitcher who closes the final 2 or 3 innings (with a score margin of greater than three) can record a save if and only if the scorekeeper judges that his/her innings were effective, discretionally.

·         No dropped third strikes

·         If a pitcher hits three (“3”) batters; he/she will strongly be encouraged to leave the game.

·         Pinch Runners – only on 2 outs and with a player who has not been entered into the lineup during the game (except for pinch running situation).

·         Courtesy Fielders – If a team needs a courtesy fielder, the opposing team may lend no more than one (“1”) supplementary player.

·         Balls hit (or thrown) beyond the dugout fences will be considered “Dead balls.” One extra base will be awarded to baserunner.

·         Overthrows – Runners can (but are not required to) take one extra base at his/her discretion. For example, balls that get past the first baseman at Polo (and collide with the fence) are STILL LIVE. Additionally, the "phantom tag" rule is effect (one extra base awarded; same situation as a "balk.")


Naughty (Prohibited) Behavior:

·         Drug use

·         Heckling opposing players (specifically the pitcher)

·         Threatening or assaulting the umpire

·         Violence

       Corked bats/steroids

·         Sucking at baseball

·         Spiking or endangering another player



Let’s have a great season – PLAY BALL!!!


The first-ever Battle of the Cities (3/23) took place at Polo Field on March 23rd between longtime friends (and rivals) the Philadelphia Wolves and the Ardmore Angels. A different brand of baseball, this league plans on featuring four ("4") teams from different geographic areas (including NYC) in a round robin style play throughout the summer; leading up to the tournament playoffs in August.

We look forward to fostering a friendly, but competitive style of baseball between the Brooklyn Rat Cannons, the Ardmore Angels, the Philadelphia Wolves, and the Vogt Vipers.

For info - please contact Bruce Leto, Jr. at 610-316-1112 or Rob Grabel at 215-409-8462

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