2018 NYESL Opening Day

The NYESL 2018 season is right around the corner! A lot has happened this off-season. Opening day is going to be rough since the stickball community has lost two great men.

Philip “Chino” Santana was one of the few old timers who showed up to the boulevard every week to support his sons and the Royals. When you played the royals, you knew that you were going to hear Chino talking trash on the sidelines. Chino’s love for the game was beyond words. It’s going to be rough not hearing Chino on the sidelines every Sunday but he will definitely be on the boulevard in spirit.

Wayne “Wayne’s World” Lippold was a role model to all people, young and old. Wayne played for the Silver Bullets as he was one of the leaders for the young team. Wayne got his nickname “Wayne’s World” by his solid defense and amazing offense. He was recently inducted into the Stickball Hall of Fame. Wayne was someone you always wanted to be around. He brought such positive energy to the boulevard every week. The young Silver Bullets team will stay strong & play for Wayne every week! Wayne’s legacy will live on forever. Opening Day will be rough but times like this is when the Stickball community will come together to have a great 2018 season!

We have 7 teams returning & 1 new team for the 2018 season. The Royals, Leland Legends, Gold, Emperors, Silver Bullets, Diamondbacks, Ravens & Wolfpack. The Wolfpack changed their name from Sugar Hill, so don’t think they are new kids on the block. The Jersey City Saints will not be part of the NYESL anymore as players went their separate ways.

The NYESL wants the kids of stickball to be more involved so every week after the second set of games and before the third set of games, the NYESL will be having a kids game. All games will be on hold until after the kids game. The NYESL hopes that this will get parents/players/fans to get more involved with the kids in our league.

Opening Day Games:

Field 1 @ 9:00 am – Leland vs Gold (Diamondbacks umpire)

This is a rematch of last years championship game. The 2017 regular season champs, Leland Legends, are hoping to start off there 2018 season the same way they ended their 2017 season. The Gold are looking to get revenge as they may still have a bad taste in their mouth from last year.

Field 2 @ 9:00 am – Royals vs Ravens (Emperors umpire)

These two teams have some history. Every year the result of this match up is a good one. The Royals are going to have a tough task as they have to handle the lost of Chino.  They are looking to get off to a good start. The Ravens will be looking to find there identity as they will have many new faces on the roster. They lost a few key players but gained a couple of young players. The Royals will have an advantage playing on field 2 since they have one of the better lefty hitting lineups in the league.

Field 1 @ 10:30 am – Leland vs Diamondbacks (Silver Bullets umpire)

Dating back to last season, Leland has gone 3-0 vs the Diamondbacks. Leland will be coming into this game warm from a previous game and will be looking for their play from their championship run to roll over to this season. Meanwhile the D-Backs will be looking to make a statement in their first game of a new season. The D-backs are looking to improve on last season’s success.

Field 2 @ 10:30 am – Royals vs Emperors (Wolfpack umpire)

This will be an interesting game as one of the top offenses in the league, the Royals, face off against one of the top defenses in the league, the Emperors. Last season, the Royals took the series 2-1 against the Emperors and are looking to continue this success. This season the royals are looking to capture their first championship while the Emperors are looking to stay a dominate threat in the league.

Field 1 @ 1:15 pm – Silver Bullets vs Gold (Leland umpire)

Coming into this game, the Gold will be looking to finish opening day on a good note.  The Silver Bullets are looking to stay strong as a team with the passing of Wayne Lippold, their veteran leader of the team. The Gold ended last season 3 – 1 against the Silver Bullets and are looking to continue this dominance against them. Meanwhile, the Bullets are looking to come in as a more mature team, that can show how dominate they can be for years to come. This game is on field 1, which means this game will come down to the defense and timely hitting.

Field 2 @ 1:15 pm – Wolfpack vs Ravens (Royals umpire)

The ravens will possibly be looking to start their season off on the right foot. The Wolfpack will be looking to make a statement in their first game in the NYESL under the new team name. The Wolfpack are the same group of players from sugar hill along with a few changes they made this off-season. The Wolfpack will try to start their week 1 debut with a win. Both teams are loaded with young talent. This should be a fun game with a lot of speed and excitement with the trees on field 2.

Field 1 @ 2:30 pm – Silver Bullets vs Diamondbacks (Gold umpire)

The last game of the day consist of two of the youngest teams in the league. Both teams are looking to end the day on a good note. This should be a game full of young talent. The Diamondbacks are looking to get a win against the Silver Bullets as they have lost 3 of their last 4 meetings and ended their last meeting in a tie.

Field 2 @ 2:30 pm – Wolfpack vs Emperors (Ravens umpire)

The Wolfpack are looking to have a different outcome than Sugar Hill did against the Emperors. With a new team name, the Wolfpack are looking to get their first win against the Emperors. The Emperors are looking to continue their dominance over this team. The Emperors won all four meetings against Sugar Hill last year. This should be good one.

-David Hernandez Jr.