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Dockins does it all for champion Cinnaminson
By Nick Italiano Correspondent, Burlington County Times
There are times when numbers can be deceiving.For example, take John Dockins’ batting line from Friday night’s Rancocas Valley League championship finale: 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, a walk and a sacrifice bunt.Somewhat underwhelming. But without him in the lineup, it’s unlikely that the Cinnaminson Reds could have come away with a 7-5 victory over host Vincentown and earn the franchise’s 18th overall title — the most in RVL history.“The way (Merchants’ starting pitcher Dave) Gibson was throwing, I couldn’t see him well tonight,” said Dockins, who bats leadoff. “So I thought to myself, ‘Play some defense and see what happens.’ ”
What happened was that Dockins changed the entire complexion of the contest from his shortstop position in the game’s middle innings — starting in the bottom of the third.With bases loaded and one out, Matt Weaver’s sacrifice fly cut Vincentown’s deficit to 4-2. The Merchants still had runners on first and second with two down.“The man on second had a big lead out there, so I just figured I’d show inside move to keep him honest,” Reds starting pitcher Ryan Martin said. “Then I saw he was jumping, so I figured I’d go back to it. Good thing Dock was on the same page as me.”
The result was a pickoff for the third out.“Ryan gave me a little head nod, so I was like ‘OK’ — his leg went up, I went to second and there was the ball,” Dockins said. “Out! Big time play.”
Justifiably “big time” — especially if you speculate after what occurred in Vincentown’s next at-bat in the fourth. Frank Cerami, at bat when the previous inning ended, doubled.Mike Ferrara singled him home to trim the Reds’ lead to a run. Had that happened the inning before, Vincentown would have led by a run.
At that point, Dockins’ next creation killed a potential Vincentown rally with no outs and Ferrara at first.“The batter hit like a hump-back line drive, and in my peripheral, I could see him holding the bat, thinking like I was going to catch it,” Dockins said. “Then I could see him not running, so I took a step back, bare-handed, flipped it to Greg (Gilbert), who threw it to first and there it was — double play.”
“That was one of the smartest plays I’ve ever seen on a baseball field — to pick up the batter not running out of the box, and being smart enough to let the ball drop to get the double play,” said Martin, who earned his first win of the season at the most opportune time. “Then in the next inning Dock turned another double play. He got us out of three innings.”
“It’s the little things that win you championships,” said Dockins, whose sacrifice bunt in the sixth moved Gilbert to third, from where he scored Cinnaminson’s final run on brother Geoff Gilbert’s sac fly.
“If Dock doesn’t do it at the plate, he does it in the field, day in and day out, every game,” Cinnaminson manager Brett Miller said. “We’re not here without him. He’s our MVP, no question about it.”
That accolade went one step farther. Dockins, a Cinnaminson resident who is in his final year of studying Sports Management at Kutztown University, was also named the playoff’s MVP.Although Dockins’ final numbers were eye-popping — batting .413 with 28 runs, 18 RBIs, 17 walks and a .484 on-base percentage, his reaction to the MVP award somehow wasn’t surprising.“I’m more worried about the team and winning championships, that’s what matters,” said Dockins, whose performance was one of several subplots among a group of players that reinforced the concept of team baseball.
The resilient and resourceful Reds staved off elimination on six occasions prior to winning a seventh time to earn the 2015 crown.“The playoffs were fun. You come to the park knowing it could be the last game of the season six times,” said Kyle Higgins, Cinnaminson’s offensive star Friday with a 3-for-3 night that included a walk, a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Cinnaminson never hit the panic button even after losing the first game in each of its three postseason series. The Reds rallied to defeat Riverside in the first round and two-time defending champion Burlington in the semifinals, winning two games in each case.“We just have a lot of guys that have a lot of experience playing high-level baseball,” said Higgins, whose squad lost its first two games to Vincentown in the best-of-five series only to rebound again by winning three games in three nights.“When you have that experience, you just keep playing and trust — that when seven innings are over — you’re going to be the team that’s ahead,” Higgins said.
“You can’t write us off,” Martin said. “That’s why you got to play the game. And that’s why I love it.”
Cinnaminson completes comeback for title
By Nick Italiano Correspondent, Burlington County Times
Staving off elimination in seven consecutive playoff games, the Cinnaminson Reds captured the Rancocas Valley Baseball League championship Friday night with a 7-5 triumph over host Vincentown.The fourth-seeded Reds used all facets of the game to earn the franchise’s 18th overall title — the most in RVL history.
Cinnaminson lost the first game in each of its three postseason series. The Reds rallied to defeat Riverside in the first round and Burlington in the semifinals, winning two games in each case.In the best-of-5 title series, Cinnaminson lost its first two games to Vincentown before winning three times in three nights.The Merchants, seeded second, got off to a good start in Game 5 as Jim Best cracked a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning.
But the Reds heated up in the top of the third by batting around and never looked back. With two outs, Cinnaminson bunched three straight hits, starting with Geoff Gilbert, who tied the game by knocking in Joe Sirolli. Mike Wasco and Kyle Higgins followed, with the latter hit scoring Gilbert with the go-ahead run.A walk to Billy Dove loaded the bases for Mark Wickersham, who delivered a two-run single to cap the four-run rally.
Vincentown plated a run in the bottom of the frame and another in the fourth. Jim Hoff scored on Matt Weaver’s sac fly in the third and, in its next at-bat, Vincentown drew within a run after Mike Ferrara drove home Frank Cerami, who had doubled.It took exceptional defensive work by Reds shortstop John Dockins to minimize the damage. A pickoff play with winning pitcher Ryan Martin ended the third. Dockins, who was named MVP of the playoffs, then spearheaded double plays the next two innings to eliminate threats by Vincentown.
In the Reds fifth, Higgins tripled home Gilbert and scored on an errant relay throw to third — extending the lead to 6-3. They added some insurance in the sixth on Gilbert’s sacrifice fly.Cerami’s two-run blast closed the gap to 7-5 but the Merchants would get no closer.
In its final at-bat, Vincentown did manage to bring the tying run to the plate, thanks to Stefan Kancylarz’s one-out single. But Cinnaminson reliever Kyle Ballay nailed down the victory with a strikeout and fly out.
2011 York Preview
Burlington drew 2011 Bridgeton winner Cecil County Maryland in the Tournament opener on Saturday at 9 am. All updates and bracket information can be found at www.yorkcolonial.org
CINNAMINSON HUSTLES WAY TO ANOTHER TITLE
It was a play that didn’t look like much. Normally, it would get lost in the game, in the scorebooks. But on Tuesday, it very well could have been the difference. Cinnaminson’s Dennis O’Hanlan hit a ground ball that should have been an easy double play but he ran out the ball hard to first to extend the inning.
O’Hanlan’s play sparked a four-run second inning for Cinnaminson on its way to a 13-3 win in Game 4 of the best-of-five Rancocas Valley League championship series at Southampton Memorial Park.
Cinnaminson won the series 3-1 and is the champion for the second time in three years.
“If he doesn’t hustle that ball out we don’t get that big inning,” manager Brett Miller. “It’s the little things like that. We try to play hard every out.”
“It was something that you wouldn’t think would be a big play but it ended up being a key factor,” infielder Greg Gilbert said.
After O’Hanlan reached base, Cinnaminson benefited from two errors and scored four unearned runs.
O’Hanlan’s play is typical of a Cinnaminson team made up of a ton of veterans. Cinnaminson knows how to win and they feel like they can do it each season.
“We feel like we have a chance every year,” Miller said. “We always have a good lineup and our pitching is always good.”
Pitching was again a strong suit for Miller’s team on Tuesday. Nick Melchiorre, who tossed a one-hitter in the first game of the series, threw another gem in the finale.
Melchiorre went six innings, gave up eight hits, but allowed only two unearned runs. “I’ll tell you what, when we got that lead I knew that I had to hold it and they gave me plenty of runs,” Melchiorre said.
In Game 1 of the series, Melchiorre walked eight and hit a batter. In the finale on Tuesday, he hit a guy but only had one walk.
“When he’s on the mound we don’t have to do too much,” said Joe Sirroli, who went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs in the nine-hole. “Yeah it’s a little easier to hit in the ninth spot,” Sirroli said. “Our lineup is pretty strong. Depth is our strong suit.”
Eight of Cinnaminson’s starters scored a run. Gilbert went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Mike Osborne had three hits and knocked in four runs. Mike Wasco had a single, double and knocked in a run and Tyler Powell had an RBI.
“We’re really deep,” Miller said. “There were a lot of guys that couldn’t make games throughout and our bench was great all year.”
While Cinnaminson is one of the deepest squads in the league, Vincentown is not. The Merchants, without their starting shortstop and catcher, were forced to make some adjustments that cost them in the championship finale.
“They’re a good team, but I still think we have the best team,” Vincentown manager Harry Thompson said. “You just can’t play with different lineups.” Well Harry Cinnaminson proved that they could. In fact Cinnaminson never once had the same lineup throughout the year including the playoffs.
In all, Vincentown committed five errors, Cinnaminson had two.
“Three good games and an ugly one at the end,” Miller said. “We have nothing but respect for (Vincentown).”
The championship was riddled with rainouts and postponements. Gilbert was just happy it was over and his team had the trophy.
“I didn’t want to drive back here tomorrow,” Gilbert said.
Now he won’t have to
On a side note, league MVP Ryan Varga was not present to except his trophy...his wife did not allow him to leave his family vacation to attend the clinching game.
This was Cinnaminsons' 5th title since 2004. They have participated in 7 of the last 9 championship series.
CINNAMINSON SLIPS PAST BURLINGTON...FACES VINCENTOWN IN FINALS
In the other series, after winning game 1 in extra innings, Delran lost by scores of 2-1 and 7-1 to Vincentown, setting up a repeat of the 2003 finals. To say the least, this should be an interesting match-up. There has been recent bad blood between these 2 historic franchises and no reason why that should not continue in the playoffs. Stay tuned for updates on what should be a very competitive final.
TOP 4 ALL SWEEP
In the other series, Delran easily disposed of Pemberton in 2 straight. Burlington had their hands full and needed late rallies in both games to claim the sweep over upstart Riverside. Willingboro, favored to upset Vincentown, lost a heartbreaker in game 1 and came out flat in game 2, losing the series.
The matchups are set for the semi finals with Burlington facing off against Cinnaminson, first game Tuesday at 6:30. Shaun Babula and Nick Melchiorre are the announced starters. This game will be followed by game 1 of Delran vs Vincentown.
AND THE WINNER IS………
Who was the biggest jackass of the first round in the tournament? This year the honor goes to two teammates, Mr. Wick and Mr. Ronca. Both have won the award in the past. After several witnesses were interviewed, our reporting staff has concluded that after the two shared a bottle of tequila, they decided to take part in the heckling of Vincentown outfielders. Nothing wrong with that, especially considering some of the easy targets, one player part of a major federal sting operation, and the other a jersey shore wannabe roid-head who shows up to the ball park shirtless (Not Harry Thompson). Although dozens were participating in the heckling, it is believed that Mr. Ronca’s words angered a players girlfriend enough for her to threaten to call the cops, prompting for Mr. Ronca to yell back an insult that rhymes with the word “bore”. Sure enough, 4 state troopers quickly arrived. Aferwards, according to multiple sources, Mr. Wick then ran around yelling that the police were there once again because of Burlingtons actions. Perhaps Burlingtons most liked player in the league, Paul Guerrieri, quickly reminded Mr. Wick that his actions are the reason they were there, causing Wick to try to physically fight the former catcher (who has recently just had back surgery) directly in front of the state troopers. Wickersham denied all knowledge of this behavior the next day. Congratulations gentleman. Stay tuned for further playoff updates.
Cinnaminson drew the Laurels after finishing 2nd during the regular season. The series could be interesting if Mt. Laurel fields its regular 9. The Laurels will be led by ace Mike Cooper who will likely be on the mound Saturday morning. Cinnaminson who played with their regular lineup only 1 time all season is likely to counter with Mormon Ryan Varga. Needless to say the stands will not be filled for this series and look for Cinnaminson to come out of the first round.
The 1 O Clock game features Regular Season Champ Delran against last place seed Pemberton. We all know Pemberton will start Ace Ronnie Krankowski, and what we all learned from in the past is that you cannot overlook him or Pemberton in game 1. So will Delran learn from its past mistakes and throw ace Jason Ronca or will the Dooks counter with someone else and look to save their ace. Prediction? Delran in 3 and a lot of verbal harassment towards Delran Centerfielder Ryan McFadden.
The 4PM Game will feature defending Champion Burlington Mets against the Riverside Jibbles. The Jibbles had a productive year which featured wins against Cinnaminson, Vincentown, and Willingboro. Kevin Joo who is defunct from the Boro squad will likely be throwing off the sandbox. Burlington will most likely counter with Carl Taylor aka Tommy Hanson. Look for Burlington to win the series but a win from Riverside during the series is not out of the question.
And now the most interesting game of the first round. Vincentown against Willingboro. Vincentown which started the season red hot, seemed to lose interest as the season went on and their record and team turnout showed. V-Town will likely throw out Alan Hasher to start the series, but do not be suprised to see Harry start 2001 Standout Matt Vierango. Boro played solid and competitive baseball all year will be led by Jaimee Schwantes, M&M Stumpf and will likely start Derry on the hill. Prediction Boro in 3.
Other predicitons for the playoffs will go down as this. There will be lots of beer being consumed. One heated argument will occur in each of the series. Harry will try to pull the same shannanagins he pulls every year with "Sorry Babe, township only wants 1 game a night during the week" because he does not have a pitcher. Be sure to check back during the week for updates and future preditions.
RVL PLAYOFF MATCHUPS STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE
Once everything is set in stone, check back for our playoff preview. All standings and stats can be viewed on the league website in our links section.
Beef N Beer Approaching- Menu Released!
And just another friendly reminder, The RVL Beef N Beer is just 2 weeks away. Tickets are going fast. Jug Handle capacity is 300 so please contact your local RVL Manager for tickets while they are still available.
CINNAMINSON OFF TO FAST START
After Cinnaminsons' opening win, Brett Miller and Ryan Varga, after a rough first inning, went on to throw 8 scoreless innings as Cinnaminson came through in the 9th thanks to a bases-loaded infield single off the bat of Mike Osborne for a walk off 4-3 win over Mount Laurel. The following night, Jimmy Goodwin in his first RVL start against a team not named Mount Holly, threw a complete game shutout against a much improved Riverside squad. Bobby Diepold and Denny O'Hanlan paced the offense with 2 rbi a piece in the 5-0 victory. In the next contest against Willingboro, Bobby Diepold made his first start in 2 years. After looking strong through the first 3 innings, Diepold ran out of gas as Boro put up 3 runs in the 4th to go up for good in a 6-3 loss. The offense scored only 1 earned run. The team came out flat again the next night as it took 8 innings, 4 pitchers (including Gary Herron), and a walk-off single by Denny O'Hanlan to finally knock off Pemberton for a 5-4 victory. The offense left 14 runners on base. This previous Wednesday, Cinnaminson took advantage of a Riverside error and put 3 runs up in the 4th inning courtesy of a Mikey Wasco 2-run double in his first game back. Timmy Wasco had an rbi as well. Ryan Varga, in his first start of the season, looked sharp throwing a 1 hitter with 5 strikeouts, his only run being unearned.
Cinnaminson next faces their first tough stretch of the season with a double-header against Delran on Sunday, Mount Laurel Monday night at Hainesport, then 2 at Burlington Life Center Field on Tuesday and Thursday.
CINNAMINSON TOPS PEMBERTON IN SEASON OPENER
The real story of the night was not the game, but the pre-game ceremony in which pitcher Ryan Varga received his Pitcher of the Week trophy from last season in the Philadelphia Fall Baseball League. After a long offseason wondering if and when he would ever get his well earned trophy, Ryan Varga got quite choked up when accepting this prestigious award. "I don't know what to say. This is such an honor. I'm just glad my teammates are all here to share this moment with me. I would just like to thank God for giving me this right arm, all my fans out there, and of course my fellow Dominator teammates. Thank you again." There was not a dry eye in the whole crowd. Job well done Ryan.
Cinnaminsons' schedule heats up next week with a Tuesday game at the Boro, home Wednesday against Mt Laurel, and then away Thursday against Delran. Based on the current forecast, mother nature might have other ideas. Stay tuned.
2011 SEASON PREVIEW
Here is a quick look around the league followed by a preview of the 2011 Cinnaminson squad.
The Burlington Mets will enter the season as defending Champs and once again will be very tough. Shaun Babula will once again lead the pitching staff and jump start the offense followed by good young hitters Dave Jost and Garret Mull. Carl Taylor and John Harvey fill out a formidable rotation.
Many people around the league believe that the power has shifted over to Vincentown with the acquisition of Murray along with a couple other talented new arms. Vincentown, which already had arguably the best lineup in the league now has the arms to possibly get them over the hump. Even the usually calm Harry Thompson could hardly sustain himself. After a phone call was made to the Thompson residence, this reporter could easily picture the diabolical grin on the old timers face as he politely bragged about not having enough games in the week to use all his pitchers.
Delran will once again be returning with hopes of a championship. Jason Ronca, Eric Gertie, and Max Newille will give them a shot to win every game as long as the offense can put up a few runs. Kyle Balley and Rocky Petrone will pace the offense for the Dooks.
Last year the Willingboro squad continued to improve and they are quickly closing the gap between them and the usual top 4 teams. Once again, Boro will have one of the deepest lineups in the league and appear to be just 1 or 2 arms away from being a possible league winner. Watch out for the boys from boro.
Mount Laurel, Pemberton, and Riverside fill out the rest of the league. Mount Laurel has some very talented players and can easily beat any of the above teams on any given night but lack the depth to be a serious threat. If there young players stick around and continue to develop, watch out for Mount Laurel in the near future. As for Pemberton, every year they talk of having an improved roster but once the season starts it is Ron Krankowski and a couple hitters that manage to keep the team respectable. Riverside has apparently added a few more better players. They have nowhere to go but up after a winless 2010 season. They did manage to have several close games toward the end of the season and I will go out on a limb and give them a realistic shot of winning at least 6 games this season.
Now for Cinnaminson. Cleary losing Chris Murray will be a huge blow to the pitching staff and the offense but management still believes the team should be just fine for another title run. Another big question mark for the rotation will be John Meadus. Meadus labored last year through the summer and fall with shoulder pain and his status for the upcoming season is unknown. Also, between his shifts working at the Harrah’s in Chester and with the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Abraham Lincoln reenactor will have a very busy summer. Just when things couldn’t look any worse for the pitching, Veteran Bobby Diepold informed the team his back and shoulder are healthy and he is ready to return to the rotation full time. This was coupled with the news that Nick Melchiorre is healthy and leading his college team in most pitching categories and hopefully should be returning for his 3rd season with Cinnaminson. Along with Ryan Varga, the team still boasts one of the strongest rotations in the league. The remainder of the staff will be filled out by Brett Miller, Jimmy Goodwin, and possibly Corey Mingin if he returns from the Midwest.
The offense will once again be carried by the Gilbert brothers, Mikey Wasco, Mike Osborne, and Bobby Diepold. Promising young player Matt Cann will take over the catching duties while the usual starter Ryan Mingin soaks up the Oklahoma sunshine. 2nd year player Tyler Powell has worked himself into the lineup full time. Speedy Frank Sirolli will once again lead off and plump 3rd baseman Dennis O’Hanlan will return to play third base, promising to hit a whopping 12 home runs this year….Good luck with that. Timmy Wasco will once again play the Omar Infante role with the team, filling in at almost every position on the field. Youngsters John Dockins and Joey Sirolli will once again serve important rolls off the bench. Casey Donahue, Bob Osborne, and Matty Janulis will be returning this year as well for some veteran leadership. And of course, Gary Herron will once again be back for his 37th RVL season.
There is your 2011 season preview. Please also look for coverage on the league website as well as other team sites. Once again, the Burlington County Times will be increasing their coverage of the league. Enjoy the season.
NEWS AND NOTES.....
Casey Donahue recently was married to umpire Pat Hagarty's daughter.
Ryan Mingin may or may not be returning for a short stint this summer.
Greg Gilbert has spent his offseason working out with Manny Ramirez.
FUNDRAISERS FUNDRAISERS FUNDRAISERS
The RVL has bagged the golf tournament and the poker tournament due to poor turnout the past couple years. This year the RVL will try a beef n beer. The date is Saturday June 25th 7 to 11pm held at the Jug Handle Inn outside bar. Tickets will be $25. Tickets can be purchased from any RVL team manager.
Cinnaminson will be holding their annual beef and beer again at the Jug as well. The Date is Saturday June 11, 7 to 11pm. Tickets are $25.
Willingboro will be having their annual Alvin Townsend beef and beer in Bordentown at Cool Cricket. The date is tentatively scheduled for Saturday June 4. Tickets will be $25.
FALL CHAMPIONSHIP- DOMINATORS ARE "F***ING OUT...HORSHAM IS BACK IN
Despite missing the Stumpf brothers thanks to a wedding in Florida and having to use the thin duo of Mark Wickersham and Dennis O"hanlan as middle infielders (respective nicknames are Thickerham and Baconater), the Dominators were still confident that they could muster enough offense to support the pitching. Unfortunately, The Horsham duo of Doug Brown and Paul Spiewak were too much as the Dominators were limited to 2 hits in each game of the championship. In game 1, cutting the deficit down to 2-1 thanks to heads up baserunning by Andew Csik, the defense completely fell apart behind starter Chris Murray as the team dropped game by a 6-1 final. Ryan Varga came out strong in game 2, allowing only 1 run in 6 innings. Once again, the offense did not show up as the season ended with a 1-0 loss. Things got heated during the late innings as the Horsham catcher, up to bat, repeatedly kept calling time on Ryan Varga. After finally striking him out, catcher Mike Gulli did his best Kenny Powers impersonation as he walked away saying "Your f***ing out" which was not appreciated by the Horsham squad. Dedicated Mormon and school teacher Ryan Varga stuck up for his battery mate yelling obscenities at the opposing dugout and the following inning throwing a laser behind the back of a horsham player. Eventually cooler heads did prevail. In the 7th, down to their last 2 outs, Gary Herron was hit by a pitch. #3 hitter Mark Wickersham followed by missing a go-ahead home run by roughly 4 feet. Chris Murray then singled to right to put runners on the corners for Kellen Peter, who on the first pitch grounded to short to end the season.
All in all the 2 best teams competed in the championship and this time Horsham ended up on top.
This brings us to the end of the 2010 baseball season. If there is anything worth reporting during the RVL winter meetings, you can be sure to find it here. Otherwise, see you during the 2011 season.
With just 2 more weeks of double headers, the Dominators will look to stay at the top of the division and defend their fall title. The first round of the playoffs will take place October 30th and 31st.
As for on the field, both teams screwed the pooch as Burlington and Delran were both eliminated by the conclusion of the first day. Each team lost their first game, won the second, and knocked out in the third game. Once again, the Long Island Storm and the Susquehanna Assault met in the championship, with The Assault winning 3-2.
TOP 5 QUOTES FROM THE WEEKEND
1. “Oh in a f***ing heartbeat!” Jeff Vitale when asked if he would ever have ‘relations’ with one of his daughters friends.
2. “What the f**k is going on here?” A sorority girl after she saw a 50 year old man walk into their party.
3. “Get the f**k back in your room Snookie!” Dan Rella yelling at a college girl after a group of players were trashing their property.
4. “I bet you know where the short skirt store is!” Sean Babula yelling at college girls who said they did not know where Murph’s Study Hall was.
5. “He smushed my face.” One of the arrestee’s when asked what started the near brawl in Murph’s.
DOMINATION BEGINS THIS SUNDAY
The RVL fall team, the Dominators, will begin to defend their 2009 Championship this Sunday in Warminister, PA. New additions to this years roster are Timmy Wasco, Denny O’Hanlan, Chris Murray, Corey Mingin, Andrew Csik, Dave Jost, and Geoff Gilbert. We will see who actually shows up. Stay tuned for updates.
This year could turn out to be the most interesting off the field, which is a very bold statement to make. Both teams will be staying at the lovely Motel 6, conveniently located between the abandoned Bob Evans, the sewage plant, and the Hop, nicknamed the Land of Misfit Toys. Every year at least 1 player ends up with an embarrassing story that everybody is talking about. Last year it was Mike Dellelis, there was the arrests of Casey Donahue and Mark Wickersham (rumor has it they will be roommates this year), and on another occasion, the acts were so crude that the name of the guilty party could not even be released. All we can tell you is that a drawer filled with condoms, a trailer park, Rosie O’Donnell, a bathroom attendant, and sticky fingers were all involved. (For all the details of previous trips, check out the 2007-09 archives) With so many RVL players in one town, including a whole crop of “York Virgins”, something is bound to happen. Who will it be? Check back after the holiday for the York recap.
JUG SWEPT IN SEMIS...BURLINGTON WINS CHAMPIONSHIP
Game 2 looked as if it was going to be a long night for the Mets as Ryan Varga looked unhittable after 2 innings before imploding in the 3rd, yielding 7 runs capped off by a home run by Dave Jost. Corey Mingin would pitch 4 1/3 strong innings of relief but it was too little too late. As for the offense, already up 1-0 in the 1st with the bases loaded nobody out, Mets pitcher Carl Taylor got Geoff Gilbert to hit into a force out at home and then struck out Bobby Diepold and Tyler Powell to end the threat. The Jug left the bases loaded again in the 2nd and overall left 11 runners on base as they fell to the eventual champions 9-2.
Overall it was a good season for the Jug despite not winning the championship. The rotation of Varga, Meadus, Murray, and Mingin was just as deep as any in the league. Several of the young players stepped up to have good seasons. Tyler Powell earned himself a spot in the everyday lineup and looks to only get better. Joe Sirolli played well as the 4th outfielder and Matt Cann proved he could handle the everyday catching duties after Ryan Mingins departure, hitting well over .300 and playing excellent defense. Jimmy Goodwin, with only a handful of short appearances toward the end of the season after recovering from shoulder surgery, should be a strong member of the staff for years to come. In the end though, a rash of late season injuries to key veterans Geoff Gilbert, Mike Osborne, and Bobby Diepold and running into a very strong Mets squad was too much for the team to overcome. With everybody expected to return next season, the Jug will once again be a contender to win the league.
JUG SWEEPS MOUNT LAUREL; ADVANCES TO 2ND ROUND
In game 2, the Jug once again got an early lead with a 2-run single by Mikey Wasco. Mount Laurel, not ready to throw in the towell, battled back to score runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings to take a 3-2 lead. In the 5th, Chris Murray put the Jug on top to stay with a 3-run home run, making the score 5-3. Starter John Meadus would settle in to go the distance, only allowing 3 singles in the last 3 innings. The Jug would add another run in the 6th on a Mike Osborne single and 1 more in the 7th after a solo shot by Mikey Wasco.
The Jug will start the 2nd round on Wednesday night in Vincentown. Their opponent will either be Burlington or Delran, depending on what happens in the Vincentown/Willingboro game tonight.
Weekend Round up: So far, all our predictions have come true. The Jug swept mount laurel, burlington easily beat Riverside in 2, and Delran swept Pemberton (much easier than we thought they would). The Vincentown and Boro series will be decided tonight at 7pm.
Game 1 10:00 am- #1 burlington verses #8 Riverside. As Clint Eastwood said to the fat Mong gangbanger in Gran Torino, "Things are going to get real f***ing ugly!" The first game of the tournament should turn out to be a laugher as Sean Babula and the Mets should easily dismantle the winless Riverside club. The Mets, who will surely save there better pitchers for the second round, should still easily win each game by double-digit runs. Though Riverside has managed to play in a few close games as of late, they have absolutely no shot. Rogers pick: Burlington in 2.
Game 2 1:00 pm- #2 Seed Delran verses #7 seed Pemberton. Based on each teams record, this should be no contest. But because of Ron Krankowski, Pembertons ace, and Delrans offensive woes, this might just be an interesting series. For those who forget, last season these two teams met in the first round, with Krankowski beating Delran 2-1 in game 1 and just losing 2-1 in game 3. A similar scenario could happen if Delran, notoriously known for struggling in the first round, does not come out swinging the bats. The one difference this year will be the Dooks not screwing around and throwing their ace Jason Ronca in game 1. Don't be surprised to see another 2-1 final score as both offenses have struggled. Rogers pick: Delran in 2.
Game 3 4:00 pm- #4 Jug Handle verses #5 seed Mount Laurel. Mount Laurel has an offense very capable of scoring runs and one very good pitcher in Mike Cooper. Chances are that will not be enough against a Jug Handle squad very deep in pitching and a solid offense 1through 9. With a rotation of Ryan Varga, John Meadus, Chris Murray, Bobby Diepold, and Corey Mingin, the Jug can match up with anybody. Mike Osborne, the Gilberts, Bobby Diepold, and Chris Murray have led an offense that should put up several runs in the tournament. Young hitters Mikey Wasco, Tyler Powell, the Sirolli's, Matt Cann, Dennis O'Hanlan, and the elder super-utility man Bobby Osborne will fill out the lineup as well. Regardless, The Jug is expecting a tough series from Mount Laurel. Rogers pick: Jug in 2.
Notes: The Red Hammer, Geoff Gilbert, still nursing a sore hamstring, is using that as an excuse to possibly miss the first round. Many speculate the real reason is Gilbert's fear of freckle outbreak due to the 4pm start time. Hopefully the truth will come it before all is said and done.
Game 4 7:00 pm- #3 seed Vincentown verses #6 seed Willingboro. Expect a lot of runs in the night-cap of the festivities as two very good lineups will go head to head. Neither team has much pitching to talk about, so this could be a last man standing series. Both teams have veteran hitters and young up and comers. The V-town offense will be backed by Mike Ferrera, Al Reptile Roach, Hayduk, Pappler, and the Bujanowski's with Willingboro trotting out Kellen Peter, Andrew Csik, Matt Moceri, John Wetzel, and the pesky but talented Stumpf brothers. One notable exception will be the loss of Jaime Schwantes. Boro's best hitter and possibly the leagues best hitter, will be absent due to family matters. We wish him the best of luck. Overall, this could be the most exciting series for the fans in the outfield. Rogers pick: Vincentown in 3.
There is your 2010 Playoff Preview. Let the games begin!
JUG TOPS PEMBERTON 2-0
The Jug has 4 games remaining on the schedule, 2 against Mount Laurel and 2 against Burlington. One game against Delran is in the process of being re-scheduled, poosibly for next Thursday night. The Jug next takes on Mount Laurel this Saturday at Memorial Park at 7pm.
BEFORE THE GAME: Jimmy Goodwin, a Delran High School graduate who is now a member of the B.C.C. Baseball team and is now in his 3rd year with the Jug Handle squad, made his first mound appearance in over a year on Sunday night after having shoulder surgery in early 2009. Cinnaminson RVL legend and ex-phillies farmhand Kevin Fynan came out early Wednesday night to work wih Jimmy to get his mechanics straightened out. Fynan, who has not picked up a ball since the 1999 RVL Championship, told Jimmy to have a catch with him before getting on the mound and from a distance of approximately 10 feet, Goodwin fired his first throw off Fynan's glove and into his face shattering his nose and cutting up his eye. A pool of blood quickly gushed out of his nose all over the field and in the dugout. "Thanks Jimmy, I look like I just went 3 rounds with Tyson." After trying to stop the bleeding for 20 minutes, Fynan patched his face together and went on with the pitching lesson. Around the start of the game, Timmy Wasco leaned over to Goodwin and said "Good job Jimbo, that should finally get you on the website."
"MINGINS MEMOIRS" PART 1
My first day of work I was outfitted in the latest and greatest apparel in baseball ….see picture of me in our 2011 BP Jacket and Home Hat....
And for all of you RVL-ers out there you know the key to success on the baseball field is looking GOOD, first and foremost….
I wanted to stop in the office today before I head north to recruit in Liberal Kansas to give all of my anxious followers atleast a sneak peak in what lies ahead in the weekly publication known as the “Mingin Memoirs.”
“This is going to be interesting, unique something like you’ve never saw or read coming directly from the wet brain Ryan Mingin himself, im looking forward to ryan allowing us to see what actually goes on in his often at times saturated cerebellum.” Says a local farmer from Goodwell Oklahoma. “I’ve only known Jersey for about a week now but he has already left an impression that will forever be held here in this small close knit town of 139”
JUG BATS SILENCED AGAIN BY DELRAN
The RVL Home Run Derby will be played in Vincentown this Saturday at 3pm. The cost is $30 per batter. Any current or retired players are welcome to participate. The money raised will go to the Jason Siddell Scholarship and help offset league tournament costs.
WEBSITE NEWS: In a similar fashion to how Lebron James took over ESPN for one hour last Thursday night, the Cinnaminson Jug Handle Baseball sight will be hijacked by traveling catcher Ryan Mingin. "Mingins Memoirs" will be a weekly installment keeping Mingins many fans up to date with his daily life in the midwest. When asked to comment, Mingin replied..."Just wait and see. People want to know what goes on in Ryan Mingins head and better yet life. What better way to give all the RVL fans and Mingin followers just what they are curious to know and offer them insight on somebody so eager and out of control." Stay Tuned...
MERCHANTS ROUGH UP MEADUS
HE GONE!! For those that stuck around after the game last night a display of group hugs and photos could be seen around the home plate area. For those who do not read the BCT, Cinnaminson standout catcher Ryan Mingin played his last game of the season before going out to Oklahoma for an assistant coaching position for a division II college. Wih all the man love going on between Ryan and several Vincentown players, you would have thought he was John Wayne about to go off with the Green Berets. The Jug wishes best of luck to Ryan, but we are pretty sure he will eventually be back, nobody leaves the RVL for too long.
JUG HANDLE ROUNDING INTO FORM
Just when it appeared the season was close to going down the toilet, the offense came to life courtesy of a struggling Vincentown pitching staff. Jug co-ace Ryan Varga took advantage of a V-town team only 9 strong, including the retired Billy Thompson. Vincentown pitching would walk 9 batters and the jug batters put up 12 hits on their way to a 10-3 win to put them back at .500 on the season. Bobby Osborne had 3 hits, and Greg Gilbert and Denny O’Hanlan would add 2 hits each as well.
The following Wednesday, once again facing Vincentown, John Meadus would go 6 strong innings allowing only 1 unearned run as the Jug pounded the Merchants 11-1. Mike Osborne and Chris Murray each had a 2-run home run. After an 8 run 5th inning, things finally began to get heated between these two old rivals. After drilling his 2nd career RVL home run, Mike Osborne, not known for being the most sportsmanlike player in the league, stood at the plate and watched his towering drive a little too long which was not appreciated by Vincentown pitcher Kevin Kraft. Batting after Osborne, Geoff Gilbert fully expected retaliation. After 3 pitches sailed at Gilberts head, he calmly said to Kraft, “lower half”. After the next pitch just missed his freckled face, the Jug bench erupted in anger as Kraft stood on the mound smiling about his antics. The older Kraft, Ken, could be heard on the bench egging on his son to keep it up. (For those unaware, it was Kraft and his snickering spawn of a son that tried the best they could to start a brawl with Burlington in the playoffs last season) After verbal threats between Kraft and the Jug, umpires issued warnings to both teams and the game continued. The next batter, Mikey Wasco, was quickly greeted with another fastball up at his head and Kraft was immediately ejected. After more yelling between dugouts, the game would be completed without further incident.
This past week featured just two games against Pemberton on Sunday and Wednesday. The first game turned into a laugher as starter Corey Mingin received a seasons worth of run support as the Jug easily won by a 25-2 final. Bobby Diepold would hit a grand slam in his first at-bat in nearly a month. Denny O’Hanlan would also later hit a grand slam and Mikey Wasco would add a 3-run shot. The Jug had 17 hits total.
This past Wednesday the boys in green arrived at Memorial Park confident with “Special K” once again on the mound. After 2 scoreless innings and 4 strikeouts, the Jug bats erupted for 8 runs in the next 4 frames off the Pemberton ace and went on to win 9-3. Winning pitcher Ryan Varga would not have his best stuff, but still managed to pile up 9 strikeouts in his 5 inning effort. Mikey Wasco broke the game open with a 2-run home run in the 6th. Krankowski, arguing balls and strikes during and after Wasco’s at-bat, was quietly ejected.
The Jug Handle Inn record is now 11-7-1. They hope to stay on the winning track this week with 4 straight games against Vincentown, Boro, Pemberton, and Riverside (previously NJIBL).
CONSPIRACY THEORIES: Coming into the 2010 season, Pemberton was looked at as one of the most improved teams coming into the season. Though nobody expected them to compete for first place, a 500 record seemed somewhat reasonable. Despite a few solid victories, including one over the Jug, the boys in green have been getting a**-raped on the scoreboard, losing several games by double-digit runs. You would think the reason for this would be either their god-awful defense, lack of pitching, or their weak lineup (despite a handful of solid hitters). Well, you guessed wrong on all of the above. According to the Pemberton front office, the umpires are to blame for the teams woes. That’s right, the boys in blue have a personal vendetta against Pemberton, purposely doing everything in their power to ensure a Pemberton defeat because they are “scared of the veteran teams”. They have even gone on to say that the umpires are the reason for their better players not showing up. These sound like some real competitive guys if you ask my opinion. In all honesty, it sounds like Pemberton has a case here. How else could them losing by more than 20 runs on several occasions be explained. And then consider how much the umpires adore many of the established characters in the league such as Gary Herron, Casey Donahue, Ric Babula, and half the Vincentown roster. They have never had a single altercation with any of them. We can only hope that the league executive board will further look into this matter. Stay tuned…..
MOTHER NATURE BAILS OUT JUG
On Sunday night, playing a much improved Mount Laurel team, Corey Mingin was on the mound and was greeted rudely, giving up 4 runs in the first and 4 more in the 2nd before being removed. Trailing 8-0 with the bases still loaded, the thunderstorms began, drowning memorial field in a matter of minutes. The game was called, as was the game against Boro that was to follow. Unfortunate for Mount Laurel, very lucky for the Jug.
QUICK NOTES: The Jug recently played a two game set against Delran, tying 1-1 and losing 1-0. Please see Delran website for a good game recap of that series. Roger has been planning his summer vacation and has been slacking on his reporting duties. He sends his apologies.
JUG DEFEATS MOUNT LAUREL...FALLS TO VINCENTOWN
While the first game was a pitchers duel, the second game not so much. Ex merchant Chris Murray faced his old team for the first time and was not greeted kindly. The Merchants put up 4 runs in the first and would later tack on 5 more to take a commanding 9-3 lead. After Murray was removed with 2 outs in the 5th, an agitated Harry Thompson could be heard yelling from the third base line, "Thats what you get for not returning my jersey you SOB!" The Merchants were backed by home runs from Bubba DiFabio and Mike Ferrara, the latter coming off of Dennis O'Hanlan in relief. Trailing 10-4 in the bottom of the 6th, Cinnaminson battled back scoring 2 in the 6th and 3 in the 7th before coming up one hit shy. After knocking V-town starter Alan Hasher out with 2 outs in the 7th, Eric Anderson came on to strike out Ryan Mingin with the tying run on 2nd.
With the loss, Cinnaminsons' record fell to 6-5 and is off to their worst start since 2007, when they started 2-8. The one bright spot of the game was that for the first game of the year not against the NJIBL, the offense is starting to show signs of life. Mike Osborne and Chris Murray each had multi-hit games and Ryan Mingin added 2 more rbi, giving him 13 on the young season. The Jug will next play at Delran Tuesday night and will once again face their ace Jason Ronca. John Meadus will be on the hill for Cinnaminson.
JUG SPLITS DOUBLE HEADER
In game 2, the Jug took on the new league powerhouse NJIBL. Ryan Mingins' little brother, John Meadus, Chris Murray, and Brett Miller would combine to throw a 3-hit shutout as the Jug went on to an easy 15-0 victory. Ryan Mingin had three hits including a grand slam and 7 rbi's. Nick Melchiorre made his season debut with 2 hits and an rbi as well.
The Jug will have a tough week coming up with 6 games this upcoming week, including double headers on sunday and wednesday at home.
Quick Notes: Rarely seen in baseball, the NJIBL was using a left-handed catcher. As strange as that was, the Jug witnessed something else that has possibly never happened. After Ryan Mingin hit his mammoth homerun, while rounding 3rd base on his way home, the pitcher went out to meet Mingin on the base paths to shake his hand and say nice job. Really??
Ryan Mingin became the first member of the team to be ejected on the season. During the first game with Delran, after Mike Delellis grounded out to second base, plate ump Pat Hagerty called catchers interference on Mingin, saying the bat hit his glove. Mingin swore up and down the bat did not hit his glove and continued the argument after the 3rd out was recorded. After calling Hagerty a f***ing a**hole several times, the veteran ump had enough and tossed Mingin. In this reporters opinion, Hagerty was much too sesitive.
JUG DROPS SECOND STRAIGHT
Cinnaminson plays again Tuesday night against Delran at Notre Dame Field.
NOTES: Umpires Jerry Bailey and "Jorge" Joo made friends on both sides Wednesday night. Ric Babula gave his best attempt to get tossed but was unnsuccessful. Asked about the game the next night, Joo stated, "I think both teams must have been drinking out of the same well before the game." For more details, please see Mets website.
In other news, the Mount Laurel website is back with promises to not delete guestbook posts this time around. For those unaware, a few seasons ago Mount Laurel had a website that was quickly shut down when pictures of then Center Fielder Larry Davies and his dog performing crued acts was released. The new site can be found on our links page.
METS DOWN JUG 4-1
The Jug will again play the Mets this Wednesday at 7:30 at Memorial Field.
JUG TOPS BORO 4-0
In the boner play of the night, with runners on first and second nobody out, Hanley Ramirez, I mean Ryan Mingin, had a check swing bunt that trickled in front of the plate. Instead of running the ball out, Mingin watched as the catcher threw out the lead runner at third and then to first for the double play. Lucky for Mingin, Gary Herron was not in attendance.
On a down note, Jug DH and back-up catcher Matt Cann broke his hand on a foul ball and will miss an unknown amount of time.
JUG WINS THIRD STRAIGHT
The Jug next heads out to Vincentown on Tuesday night at 8pm.
VARGA PICKS UP VICTORY VS NJIBL
The Jug next travels to Hainsport to play Mount Laurel this Sunday at 5pm. The Jug beef and beer is this saturday at 7 to 11 pm at the outside bar. The team is expecting even more than the overwhelming attendance of 42 that they had last year.
JUG PICKS UP FIRST WIN
Quote of the Night: After Ryan Mingin reached base in the fourth inning with two outs, back-up outfielder Joey Sirolli grabbed a helmet and headed out to courtesy run. After he was told to sit down because the courtesy runner had been abolished, the normally silent Sirolli yelled out..."No courtesy runner? What the f**k am I even doing here then?"
JUG HANDLE LOSES TOUGH ONE IN OPENER
NOTES: With only 9 players at the first game, The Jug had to use a lineup that normally would only be seen against the no longer active MaHolly and Browns Mills teams. The bottom third of the order featured a fearsome trio of Varga, Miller, and Meadus. The three combined to strike out 7 of their 9 plate appearances against Babula, though Varga did manage to get a single in the 7th. After watching Miller look helpless three straight at-bats, Meadus looked as if he just saw John Wilkes Booth each time he approached the batters box. And since there were only 9, each had to find a position to play the field. With Meadus starting on the mound, Miller played first and Varga at second. When O'Hanlen came in relief in the 5th, Miller shifted to 3rd with Gary Herron moving to short. Though Herron played like the Braves slick fielding short stop Yunel Escobar, Miller looked more like Roger Dorn as he made a throwing error in the 7th that put Burlington in great position to win the game.
It was a very tough night for Ryan Varga at 2nd base. In the bottom of the 2nd, trying to tag out Garret Mull on a steal resulted in Varga getting cleated badly in his left shin. Then attempting to steal in the 5th Varga slid into a stone and cut up his other leg. Finally in the bottom of the 6th, Burlington had another stolen base attempt. This time, Varga said to hell with his glove as he tried to catch the ball with his cheek bone. This did not work out well as the ball ricochet off his Mormon skin and went into right center field. After immediately calling timeout, some Burlington players jokingly laughed that Cinnaminson was using stall tactics with daylight running out until everybody noticed half of Varga's face covered in blood. Varga would spend the next 7 hours in the ER getting his leg stitched up and needing a plastic surgeon to glue the skin on his face back together.
On a final opening day note, it would appear that OF Joey Sirolli reached puberty during his first year at college. Unfortunately, this has resulted in facial hair that is eerily similar to a recent RVL manager who is no longer in the league....
2010 CINNAMINSON JUG HANDLE BASEBALL SEASON PREVIEW
Once again, the pitching staff looks to be very strong. The rotation will be anchored by everybodys favorite Mormon Ryan Varga, followed by John Meadus and newcomer Chris Murray. Ryan Mingins little brother will be expected to once again contribute as a starter and a reliever. The player whose eligibility was a hot topic during the offseason, Nick Melchiorre, will be available for the early portion of the season before once again departing for a college league but does plans on returning in time for the tournament. The rest of the staff will be filled out by Bobby Diepold, Dennis O'Hanlen, Brett Miller, Jimmy Goodwin, and Steve Stoudt.
Behind the plate, Ryan Mingin, who was also involved in some offseason scandal (see willingboro site), will return to do most of the catching. Matt Cann will serve as his back up. Mikey Wasco and Gary Herron will also see some time behind the plate. Bobby Diepold will be at first, with Mikey Wasco expected to fill in there as well. Casey Donahue, to the surprise of few, did not retire as he said he would. Though he is returning, he has expressed an interest to management to serve more as a role player, letting the younger players have the opportunity to develope. Though he will still spend time at second base, Chris Murray and Timmy Wasco will man the position as well. Originally it was believed that Donahue wanted to be a role player due to age or declining ability, or maybe even his upcoming wedding. but thanks to some hard investigating, it has been discovered that Donahue will be following pop/country act Sugarland across the country for their summer tour. When asked about his plans, Donahue responded "Playing in the RVL or hearing the sweet sound of Jennifer Nettles on a nightly basis...what would you choose Roger?" Back to the team, Greg Gilbert and Dennis O'Hanlen will return to the left side of the infield with Bobby Osborne backing them up. The expected starters in the outfield will be Frank Sirolli in left, Mike Osborne in center, and Geoff Gilbert in right. Mikey Wasco, after a breakout 2009 season, will DH, play outfield, and some first base as well. Joey Sirolli will also see time in the outfield. And last but certainly not least, Gary Herron will return for his 34th RVL season and will see time at nearly every position. This is your 2010 roster. Some additions may still be made. Though the schedule has been finalized, details will not be released until shortly before the season.
Manager Brett Miller was recently asked about the stench of hypocrisy being spewed out of the Burlington front office. Burlington, after using Sean Gusrang in the championship last year despite him not making an appearance all season, continue to accuse Miller of cheating on their website and the guestbooks throughout the league. "They can say whatever they want. I used one pitcher in the second round who played in 4 games instead of 5. Get over it. What they did was just as illegal. The cockroach picture with my jersey was funny but Elmo is being a hypocrite. This is the last comment I will make on the situation."
Once again this season, Cinnaminson will have one of the most racially diverse rosters in the league, with all three of their gingers returning(Bobby Osborne and the Gilbert brothers). When I asked RF Geoff Gilbert how he felt about being the all-time hits leader in the RVL by a ginger, he replied; "Who gives a sh!t Raj?? F***ing ***hole! The Burlington roster is the only team with more minorities, with Puerto Rican Dan Torres, Dominican Jeff Vitale, and newly signed Panamanian Eddie Rodriguez.
Delran has finally joined the 21st century with their own team website, named the Dookie Gazette. Apparently a cartoon character is the webmaster. It's too early to tell if this site will be a success or a bust. The webmaster has already deleted posts that poked fun at the site and might be too sensitive to handle any criticism. You can find the new website on our links page.
RVL OFFSEASON WINDING DOWN
The worst franchise in RVL history, Mount Holly, which totalled only 16 wins in their five seasons of existence, including a winless 2009 season, finally folded out of the league. With 7 teams in the league, board executives spent several hours discussing the 2010 season length and playoff format. After everything was finally decided, an 8th team joined the league. The new team will be coming out of the NJIBL, which has over 50 teams spread out in 18+, 25+, and 35+ leagues. Their league will be holding tryouts to see who makes the cut so they can field their most competitive team to match up against the RVL's finest. The new team will be sponsored by PJ Welihans and ran by former Woodshed manager Ed Kenny and Gary Shears (3nationbaseball). Their home field will be Hooker Field in Riverside. With an even 8 teams in the league, the RVL will have a 35 game season this year. The playoff format will remain the same but the championship round will move to a best of 5 series.
As for Cinnaminson, it has been recently announced the signing of former Vincentown standout Chris Murray. Murray is expected to join a strong starting rotation and be a regular force in the middle of the lineup. The team is also hoping to sign a couple local high school players to fill up the remaining roster spots. As for other league signings, apparently the Pine Barrens is the place to be if you are a baseball player. The Pemberton squad appeared to be signing every available player from Vincentowns Mike Condrath, to Delran catcher Mike Hunt, to White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye. One problem...most of the players "signed" were still under contract with their previous teams and had not yet gone through the proper procedure to get released. Pemberton ace Ron Krankowski, or Special K as the county times likes to refer to him as, has been openly trying to recruit players on every team except for Mount Laurel. Harry Thompson simply stated on the situation, "I just don't trust those sons of b!tches."
Anyways, April is near and the schedule will be made shortly after Easter. Please check back soon for our 2010 Cinnaminson Season Preview.
The RVL Golf Outing will be held Friday July 9th. Foursomes are needed. More details will follow.
The RVL will be hosting its second annual poker tournament on Saturday May 22. The buy in will be $100. More details will follow later.
Cinnaminson will be holding a beef and beer Saturday May 15th at the outside bar at the Jug Handle inn. The tickets will be $20 and the event will be from 7 to 11pm. Their will be beer, liquor at the bar, food, including wings, music, along with horse shoe pits and washer games set up. 50/50 tickets will be on sale as well to raise money for the Jason Siddell RVL Scholarship.
The Willingboro Club will be holding their Alvin Townsend Beef and Beer Saturday April 24th from 7 to 11pm at the Niagra Firehouse on Route 130 in Burlington. Tickets will be $25. 50/50 tickets for the Alvin Townsend RVL Scholarship will be sold as well.
ROGERS JUG HANDLE REVIEW
After learning that the Jug Handle Inn was going to be sponsoring the Cinnaminson RVL team this season, I decided to get over there and see what all the fuss was about. Upon entering the bar, my first order of business was to try the wings. After hearing that the Courier Post just voted them best wings in South Jersey, and that they were recently on "The View" and the Food Network, my expectations were very high. Needless to say I was not dissappointed. Hands down the best wings I've ever had.
After the wings, I had a couple $2 bud lights and listened to a very good band. I was then notified that there was a downstairs bar as well. I then wandered downstairs to find a very lively atmosphere. They had shuffle board, darts, a pool table, video games, an enclosed deck for the smokers, and a jukebox playing all kinds of great music. I heard rock, country, hip hop, 80's, and even some Motown...my favorite. It was a pretty mixed crowd between young and old and everybody seemed to get along nicely. And then there were the ladies. I saw skinny girls, fat girls, cougars, nice wholesome girls and some scandalous vixens as well. The two bald guys bartending did an excellent job making sure people did not have to wait for their drinks. Then I asked about their specials. They have half price wings from 3 to 6 and also between 10pm and 1am. They offer $2 pints of coors lite and miller lite, $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon 16 oz. cans, a wide array of domestic and imported beers, and nightly $2 shot specials. And saving the best for last, they offer $5 40's served in a bucket filled with ice. KAZAAM!! They even gave me a paper bag to drink my 40 out of. And also, to the benefit of society, Delran RVL player Mark Wickersham is not allowed to be served liquor at the establishment. What a place!
Bottom line, Roger Thomas gives the Jug his stamp of approval. If you're looking for great food, cold beverages, and a fun-loving atmosphere, go to the Jug Handle Inn on 1018 Forkslanding Rd and Route 73 in Cinnaminson. 856-665-WING You can also view their website at our links page.
Game 3 featured a gutsy complete game performance by John Meadus. Meadus gave up a run in each of the first 3 innings before settling down. In the last four innings, Meadus allowed only 2 hits and struck out 5. The dominators scored two in the 2nd courtesy of a Mike Stumpf single. After tying the score in the 4th at 3 a piece, the squad took advantage of yet another defesive miscue by the opponents to go up 4-3 in the 7th and hold on to win the championship.
This concludes the final chapter of the 2009 baseball season. There is less than 5 months before the 2010 season begins. In the meantime, be sure to check back after the new year for any RVL offseason news.
"Downtime With Ric Babula" A weekly program filming the league President drinking at the Onieda Boat Club, home of the RVL Winter Meetings.
"Staying Young and Restless" Follow ageless wonders Jeff Vitale and Gary Herron as they go through their daily rituals that help them stay in shape and compete against players less than half their age.
"RVL By-Laws and Contracts" Starring Keith Babula.
"Name that Mormon" Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Varga host this show which gives you clues to guess these celebrity mormons.
"Dance Party" Starring umpire/DJ Donnie Rucker. Hang with DJ Donnie as he spins all the classic dance hits from the 60's and 70's.
"Turtle Racing" With host Al Roach. Watch as Al takes species from rival countries and pits them against each other in a gut-wrenching, action packed 1/10 mile race.
"Bitching and Whining" with news anchors Red Herron and Harry Thompson. Watch as these two legends do non-stop complaining and then leave teh set half way through the show.
"Installing the RVL Network" Follow Willingboro manager and Comcast employee Mike Stumpf as he goes door to door meeting ecstatic fans as he installs the network.
"RVL Fashion Do's and Don'ts" starring the Mingin brothers, Ryan and Corey.
"Shaving and Tanning" hosted by boro catcher Brett McGlauglin. Follow Brett as he shows you why he is the most well groomed player in the league.
"Deep Fried" Follow Delrans Mark Wickersham as he travels the nation popping in at his favorite fast food restaurants.
"The Galloping Gourmet" Umpire Joe McDyre shares his secret family recipes for some down-home cooking.
These were just a handful of possible shows that were being taken under consideration. If you have other ideas, feel free to share them on the guestbook. Most importantly, please contact your local cable provider and help make the RVL Network a reality!
DOMINATORS ADVANCE TO FINALS
LETTERS FROM VINCENTOWN:
Few RVL players and fans might be aware of an incident which took place during the first round of the RVL playoffs this past August. On the second day of the tournament, a vincentown resident states that she was appauled to see the private parts of a high ranking RVL official. The startled resident wrote a letter of complaint that was sent to the township and to a member of the RVL executive board and has been taken under advisement by the league. The Vincentown sherrifs department is on the case as well. A sketch artist was sent to the victim of the crime and a warning was sent to all residents. A drawing of the culprit was sent to the entire town along with this following statement:
"To all residents of Vincentown, have you seen this prick? If you have, please report so to the local authorities. This prick was last seen hanging around the left field area of the Southhampton Memorial Field parking lot. Do not try to apprehend this prick, as it is considered to be armed and dangerous."
Please stay tuned for any other possible developments on this story.
The Mount Holly squad has dropped out of the RVL. With the departure of the Pitt Stop. this brings the number of teams down to 7.
There have been some minor rumblings from teams about the Pemberton franchise stealing players from other teams.
There will be another RVL poker tournament early in 2010 to help raise money for the league.
Dominators quote of the year:
During the first round of the playoffs, third baseman Jeff Vitale was enraged on a missed call by the base umpire. After several minutes of arguing, Vitale, widely known as a hater of all philadelphia sports franchises, screamed out "This is why I hate philly fans, because of idiots like you. Why don't you go stick a soft pretzel up your f***ing a**!"
YORK WRAP UP
Tournament Notes: Both teams that beat Delran made it to the tournament finals. The Assault defeated the Storm in the first game on Saturday behind the arm of Jay Witasik, a major league pitcher for a decade, and still only 37 years old. The Storm went on to win Game 1 of the championship 6-5 in 12 innings. Game 2 will be next Sunday at 1pm. The Storm have been to the finals in all 4 years they have participated in the tournament.
YORK OFF THE FIELD
The Hardware Bar was replaced by Murph's Study Hall, a college bar in the middle of York Campus that a contingent of the team went to every night of the trip. 48 year old Jeff Vitale managed to dance with every 22 year old that walked through the entrance. The Bob Evans next to the Motel 6 was still abandoned and boarded up for the 4th year in a row. Big Shirley's sister LaRonda was the maid at the Motel 6.
And of course someone had to stand out in the crowd. However, this is a toss up, was it an unnamed Baseball Player from the Delran/Cinnaminson/Burlington sqaud who was seen slow dancing at The Hop to Faithfully, by Journey, and then still completely lost in the girls eyes/flourescent pink spaghetti straps, managed to stay arm round waist with her swaying to Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton; or was it Delran player Mike Delellis. Saturday night was his 21st birthday and a small group of players took him to Murph's Study Hall to celebrate. After a long night of potent shots, Delellis spent the entire day Sunday either throwing up behind the dugout(see picture below), or passed out under a tree or next to a Mr. Bobs. Congrats to Mike for giving everybody something to laugh at.
Shaun Babula: "When you know you are coming to York, it should be your goal to NOT BE the guy everybody is talking about." referring to Delellis.
Eddie Rodriguez: "What does two outs to the bird mean?"
Donahue: "I am not fixing anyones air conditioner this weekend"
Ronca: "I learned something in the police acadamy, If I hit this guy in the neck, we only have about 10 seconds before he regains conciousness, so we better make a run for it"
Delellis: "Don't give Kat sh!t!" Screaming at a young vixen across the bar who would not buy him a birthday shot.
2 un-named Manchester players: "The Hop? Oh don't go there. Everybody calls it the Hog Pen."
Fat kid in the bathroom at Murph's: "That guy doesn't go to college here!" After Vitale yelled out that he hopes his dorm room is bigger than the bathroom at the bar.
Corey Mingin: "What did you guys do to him?" After Delellis was returned to his room the night of his birthday, completely disfunctional.
Timmy the Bat-boy (AKA Butters): "I don't need any f***ing ear-muffs!" After Ryan Mingin warned him he was going to use adult language.
Last but not least, we will leave you with a baseball poem that is written in the first base side dugout of the field Delran played at on Saturday:
"It's a game that is simple, yet complex. A team game where individual performance is critical. It's a game which can be visualized without being seen yet is a thing of beauty to watch. It's a thinking mans game where instincts are critical. It's a game to some but life to others."
This years team will have a different look and feel to it. Once again, members of the Cinnaminson and Burlington teams will be filling out the roster. New Delran manager Rocky Petrone has decided against having these players all where the traditional dookie brown, gray, and brown, as they will be aloud to wear their own team uniforms. Delran mainstays Mike Dlug, Joe Olivo, and Andy Facey will not be present this year due to retirement. Delran pitchers Max Newill and Jason Ronca will be returning, along with the Delran infield.
For Cinnaminson, York regulars Casey Donahue, Brett Miller, and Ryan Varga will be returning. Ryan Mingin, his little brother, and Geoff Gilbert will be making the trip, along with pitcher John Meadus. This will be an emotional journey for Meadus as it will be his first time back in this region of Pennsylvania since his famous Gettysburg address back in the fall of 1863.
As for Burlington, York staple Jeff Vitale will be returning along with Kieth Babula and Garret Mull. Paul Guerrieri and Shaun Babula are questionable due to injuries.
It has come to this reporters attention that one of Delran's young players, Mike Dellelis, will be turning 21 on the Friday night before the tournament. With the team most likely to be at the now famous Hop at San Carlos, it should be a night the boy will never forget.
Since the list is now way to long, please see the 2007-08 archives for previous York incidents that were family friendly enough to be documented and please vote on our annual York poll.
CINNAMINSON HONORS FALLEN TEAMMATE
After roughly nine hours spent at Whistlers Inn, it was apparent based on the looks of the staff, that it was time for Cinnaminson to move along. Retired third baseman Steve Baines decided the best way to honor Jay was a viking send-off. For those not familiar with the term, it comes from a viking tradition of honoring their fallen leaders and warriors by cremation on a boat in a body of water.
The plan came together as group 1, consisting of Walt Huber, Steve Baines, Brett Miller, and Delrans Mark Wickersham, went to Hubers' house to confiscate his new born sons raft along with newspapers, cardboard, gasoline, and other inflamables. While this went on, group 2, consisting of Joe Gregorio, Casey Donahue, and Gary Herron were to go to the White Eagle to round up the Riverside contingent of the team. After that, both groups were to rendezvous at Hooker Pond located behind the Riverside varsity baseball field. According to several "Dirty Bird" patrons, a fired up Gary Herron entered the Bird yelling "Viking Send-off! Lets go! C'mon, seriously! Viking Send-off! Here We Go!!" The entire bar stared at Herron in utter disbelief. Some at first thought that it was just some drunk stumbling in from another bar. Others thought they had seen the ghost of Ulysses S. Grant. Nevertheless, half the bar followed for the ceremony.
At roughly 10:00, some 30 to 40 teammates, family, and close friends watched as the raft was lit and sent into the middle of the pond in remembrance of our pal Jay. The rest of the night was spent at the Bird as a large crowd drank and toasted to Jay, who will live on in all our hearts.
On a side note, Cinnaminson would like to say Thankyou for the tremendous support it has recieved from the rest of the league, most notably from the members of the Delran squad that showed up for the viewing and the mass to show their support. It was a class move that that will surely bring our league closer together. Thankyou to everyone again for the support. It has not gone unnoticed by the team and by Jays' family. Most importantly, thankyou Jay for touching all our lives with your presence. May you Rest in Peace.
NOTE... IF someone can explain the greenish light in the bottom left hand side of the picture that would be great
UPDATE***CINNAMINSON LOSES ONE OF ITS OWN
As good of an all-around athlete that Jason was, he will be remembered as an even better teammate and friend. He was always there for you and has undoubtedly left numerous fond memories of himself with all of us. Just being in Jason's presence was guaranteed to put you in a good mood and make you laugh. He was just one of those guys that you just always wanted to be around. Tito, Duece and Jay were some of the names he went by on and off the field.
********** VIEWING SERVICES WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY 1/10 from 5:00 PM- 8:00 at Sweeney's Funeral Home on the corner of Bridgeboro and Washington Street in Riverside NJ. There will be a viewing on Friday 1/11 from 8:30 am - 10:00 am at Sweeney's Funeral Home as well, with a mass held at ST. Peter's Church in Riverside also on Bridgeboro Rd at 10:30 am. Friends will be welcome to join after the mass for a luncheon.
In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with Brian, Nichole, Mr, and Mrs Siddell, and the rest of Jay's family.
Rest in peace Duece, you are in a better place now. You will be sorely missed, never forgotten, and you will always be in our hearts. We will miss you in our dugout, and on our field. BUT MOST OF ALL WE WILL MISS YOU IN OUR LIVES. WE LOVE AND MISS YOU ALREADY PAL
If anybody would like to share any memories, prayers, or just to say something about Jason, please sign our guestbook and maybe some proper use can come out of that thing.
BIG SHIRLEY IS P*SSED
"I don't give a rat's *ss if you jive turkey's took steroids or not. And I really don't think you all know who you all be talkin too, and Big Shirley don't care neither. All's I gots to say is, Big Shirley gonna break a foot off in ya'll bald steroid receivin *sses if you think you can talk to Raj that way." "Nuh uh, that ain't happenin, I been bussin my *ss for way to long at the Bow to be takin any of you Jive Turkey's back talk."
ACCUSED PLAYERS LASH OUT AT WEBMASTER
The same cannot be said for Jason Siddel and Chris McMantus. Siddel could only be reached via text message and angrily replied "Good work on the website dirtbag. Wait till I see you in the spring. I'm gonna snap your skinny black ass in two." Roger Thomas, who is on vacation with his sister Dee for the holidays, released this statement: "I am visibly upset with the racial undertones of Jasons remarks. I felt we always had a solid player/reporter understanding of each other. Regardless, though his remark was very disturbing, I realize that Jason is battling the inner demons that substance abuse can trigger. I have already forgave him."
Pitcher Chris McMantus was also unhappy about the report. McMantus, who was interviewed before the holidays at the annual Cinnaminson Christmas Shopping Gala held at PJ's in Maple Shade, said that he was pre-warned by outfielder Geoff Gilbert that his name was on the report. "Shocked and betrayed" were the words McMantus used to describe his feelings. "My phone was ringing off the hook. People at work were laughing at me. I can't believe Mr. Thomas would do this to me. Unlike Siddel, I've always treated him kindly. F@##ing Roger, doesn't that piece of sh!t have anything better to do?"
Mr. Thomas, who maintains the website and does roughly 90% of the reporting, wanted the players to understand that the release of the article was nothing personal, and that as a reporter he felt it was his obligation to offer a fair and balanced portrayal of the story.
As for the fate of the accused, that will be determined at the next winter meeting which is tentatively scheduled for the middle of January. Please stay tuned for a future preview of that meeting after Mr. Thomas has returned from vacation.