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2017 Columbus Day Tournament

2017 has been an eventful year. The Leland Legends won their first championship, the Gold showed their dominance in the league like always, France came to visit the NYESL, the MLB Network and the NYESL have been working together to expand this game we love and much more. Recently as many of you know, Puerto Rico is going through some tough times after Hurricane Maria. I would like to send my condolences to all those families and friends that have been left with little to nothing in Puerto Rico. Usually this tournament is played to honor breast cancer awareness but this year, we are playing for much more than that. We are all lucky to come together as a community and play stickball in honor of breast cancer awareness, Puerto Rico, and our fallen stickball member, Joey Pacheco , who recently passed away in a tragic accident. The League will like to help donate clothes to those in Puerto Rico so if you want to particapate in this charity event, please bring any clothes that may be no use to you. We will be collecting clothes all weekend and sending them to Puerto Rico with in the week. Please help our Puerto Rico family as much as you can.

This year we have the nine regular season teams, Emperors, Saints, Silver Bullets, Gold, Ravens, Sugar Hill, Royals, Diamondbacks, and Leland Legends, entering the Columbus Day Tournament. The Columbus Day Tournament is a two day tournament that raps up the end of the year for stickball. Each team will play 3 games Saturday and the top 8 teams will advance to Sunday, which is a one game elimination playoff format. Each team is trying to end the year on a good note so do not expect nothing but extremely competitive games all weekend. Here is a look at the schedule:

NYESL Playoff Recap

First Round:

Game 1 Results: Sugar Hill (5) vs Silver Bullets (12) (Field 1 / 10:00 am)

Game 1 was an offense showcase for the Silver Bullets and Sugar Hill. Sugar Hill put up a 5 spot on the scoreboard but the Bullets answered right back. Once the Bullets tied the game, their offense took off and never looked back. The Silver Bullets advanced to the second round with a 12 – 5 win over Sugar Hill.

Game 2 Results: Royals (5) vs Leland Legends (8) (Field 2 / 10:00 am)

Game 2 was a intense game from start to end. The Royals and Leland Legends with back and forth all game. This game went into extra innings with both teams at 4 runs a piece. Usually games end in tie if the score is tied after seven innings but since it is the playoffs, the game went on till one team won. In the 10th inning, the Legends scored 4 runs to take a 8 – 4 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, the Royals tried to answer back but fell short. The Leland Legends advanced to the next round with an 8 – 5 win over the Royals.

Game 3 Results: Emperors (2) vs Diamondbacks (1) (Field 1 / 11:00 am)

Game 3 was almost a big upset alert. The Emperors and the Diamondbacks were tied at 1 until the Emperors scored one more time. The defense for the Emperors was locked in for the rest of the game. The Diamondbacks offense just could not put hits together. The Emperors advanced to the next round with a 2 – 1 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Game 4 Results: Gold (2) vs Ravens (0) (Field 2 / 11:00 am)

Game 4 was almost another upset. The Ravens had no problem keeping up with the Gold as they kept the Gold offense quite. The Gold always finds a way to wake up their offense when it matters most. The Gold scored two runs and let their defense lock up the rest of the game. The Gold advanced to the next round with a 2 – 0 win over the Ravens.

 

Second Round:

Game 5 Results: Gold (4) vs Silver Bullets (0)

Game 5 was all Gold, as the Silver Bullets could not string hits together. The Gold`s offense was quite early but woke up after a unfortunate call that the young Bullet`s team could not recover from. The Gold advanced to the championship round with a 4 – 0 win of the Silver Bullets.

Game 6 Results: Emperors (0) vs Leland Legends (4)

Game 6 was an upset that many did not see coming. The Leland Legends offense put up 4 runs on the Emperors. Their defense was one of the best on Sunday as they shut out a strong offensive team. The Leland Legends advanced to the championship round with a 4 – 0 win over the Emperors.

Third Round:

Game 7 Results: Gold (4) vs Leland Legends (7)

Game 7 was a great Championship game. The 5th seed, the Leland Legends, faced off against the 1st seed, the Gold. The Leland Legends offensive was unstoppable this game. They put the pressure on the Gold from the start. The Gold tried to get a comeback started but Leland was able to remain strong defensively. The Leland Legends defeated the Gold by a score of 7 – 4.

Leland Legends – 2017 NYESL Champions

The Leland Legends have shocked the stickball world. The team has been around for years but they made big changes this year. They have added many new faces but the name, the heart to win, the Gee love and the saying “BADOOOOOOH” never changed. Captain, Eddie F., was awarded the MVP while leading his team to their first NYESL championship. Gee was definitely watching over his Leland brothers as they dominated the competition. If you thought the Leland Legends were long gone, you have been sadly mistaken. Congratulations to the 2017 Leland Legends on winning their first title in stickball history.

Playoff Sunday

The top 8 teams make it to playoff Sunday. It is a one game elimination until their is one team standing. Here is a schedule of the games.

First Round:

Game 1: 3. Sugar Hill vs 6. Silver Bullets (Field 1 / 10:00 am)

Game 2: 4. Royals vs 5. Leland Legends (Field 2 / 10:00 am)

Game 3: 2. Emperors vs 7. Diamondbacks (Field 1 / 11:00 am)

Game 4: 1. Gold vs 8. Ravens (Field 2 / 11:00 am)

 

Second Round:

Game 5 : Highest Seed vs Lowest Seed

Game 6 : Second Highest Seed vs Second Lowest Seed

 

Third Round:

Game 7: Winner of Game 5 vs Winner of Game 6

 

Match-up Analyst:

Game 1: Sugar Hill vs Silver Bullets

This should be a great match-up. These are the two youngest teams in the NYESL battling it out. Sugar Hill have been giving the Silver Bullets trouble all year. Sugar Hill is 3 – 0 vs the Silver Bullets this season, beating the Bullets, 2 – 0, 9 – 7, and 5 – 1. Sugar Hill has out scored the Silver Bullets, 16 to 8 in all three head to head match-ups. The last time, these two teams faced each other on field 1, it was a great defensive game, as Sugar Hill went on to win by the score of 2 – 0.

 

Game 2: Royals vs Leland Legends

This is going to be another good game. Former Leland Legend, Dave Meerow, will face off against his old team nice and early. The Royals have 2 – 1 record the Leland Legends during the season. The Royals have defeated Leland 1 – 0 and 4 – 1 in the first two meetings. The Leland Legends got revenge in the last meeting with a 6 – 2 win. The Royals have the advantage in this match-up as their team consist of multiple left handed batters and everyone who has been two Stickball Blvd knows that field 2 is a left handed hitters favorite field due to all the trees. The last time Leland and the Royals played on field 2, Leland dominated the game and won by the score of 6 – 2.

 

Game 3: Emperors vs Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks have not had a successful 2017 season but their is some good news for them heading into the playoffs. They will be facing off against the former, 3 times in a row, NYESL regular season champions, the Emperors. The good news for the Diamondbacks is that they have beaten the Emperors, 4 – 0, during the season and they lost two close games as well. The Emperors have a 2 – 1 record against the Diamondbacks this season. The bad news for the Diamondbacks is that the Emperors always turn things up an extra notch when the playoffs come.

 

Game 4: Gold vs Ravens

The Gold have swept the season series against the Ravens. The Gold have out scored the Ravens by a total of 18 – 1. If the Ravens show up with a full team, they will have put up a great fight against the Gold and possibly even upset them. The Gold have been the hottest team in the league all year long. They are looking for championship number 46. The Ravens have a tough task on their hands but anything can happen on a stickball Sunday.

 

 

Week 12 & 13 Recap

The 2017 NYESL season is coming to an end. The last two weeks have been intense as teams jumped around the standings.

1. Gold:

The Gold ended the regular season with a 19-3-1 record. During week 12, the Gold beat Sugar Hill, 7 – 4, and the Emperors, 3 – 2. During week 13 the Gold fell short to the Silver Bullets, 4 – 2. Their make up game agaisnt the Emperors was cancelled.

Team Leaders: Hits: Pito Lipset (40) / RBIs: Angel Quinonnes Jr. (24) / Avg: Pito Lipset (.494)

 

2. Emperors:

The Emperors ended their regular season with a 14-6-3 record. During week 12, the Emperors lost both of their games. They lost to the Royals, 3 – 1, and the Gold, 3 – 2. During week 13, the Emperors had to make up a couple games that were postponed earlier in the season. They ended the season with a strong 4 – 2 win over the Diamondbacks and a 5 – 3 win over the Royals.

Team Leaders:

Hits: Mike Carrion (29) / RBIs: Anthony Caban (19) / Avg: Ferdi German (.469)

 

3. Sugar Hill:

Sugar Hill ended their regular season with a 14-8-2 record. During week 12, Sugar Hill beat the Ravens, 3 – 1, and lost to the Gold, 7 – 4. During week 13, Sugar Hill clicnched 3rd place in the standings with an 8 – 4 win over the Saints.

Team Leaders:

Hits: Rafael Tavares (39) / RBIs: Rafael Tavares (13) / Avg: Rafael Tavares (.476)

 

4. Royals:

The Royals ended their regular season with a 14-9-1 record. During week 12, the Royals beat the Emperors, 3 – 1, and lost to the Silver Bullets, 4 – 0. During week 13, the Royals dropped both games. They lost to the Ravens, 4 – 3, and the Emperors, 5 – 3.

Team Leaders:

Hits: Eric Santana (37) / RBIs: Darnell Byrd/Dave Meerow (14) / Avg: Cheyenn Reyes (.500)

 

5. Leland Legends

The Leland Legends ended their regular season with a 13-9-2 record. During week 12, the Leland Legends beat the Saints, 3 – 2, and the Diamondbacks, 5 – 3. Leland did not play any games for week 13. They umpired twice instead.

Team Leaders:

Hits: Eddie F. Rodriguez (26) / RBIs: Eddie F. Rodriguez/Edwin Rodriguez III/Freddy Depena (13) / Avg: Angel Rosa (.462)

 

6. Silver Bullets:

The Silver Bullets ended their regular season with a 13-10-1 record. During week 12, the Bullets beat both the Royals, 4 – 0, and the Saints, 12 – 7. During week 13, the Bullets beat the Gold, 4 – 2.

Team Leaders:

Hits: Anthony Rosado Jr. (34) / RBIs: Wayne Lippold (17) / Avg: Wayne Lippold (.592)

 

7. Diamondbacks:

The Diamondbacks ended their regular season with a 5-15-4 record. During week 12, the Diamondbacks lost to both the Ravens, 4 – 2, and the Leland Legends, 5 – 3. During week 13, they fell short to the Emperors, 4 – 2.

Team Leaders:

Hits: Joey Gonzalez (34) / RBIs: Joey Gonzalez (10) / Avg: Joey Gonzalez (.436)

 

8. Ravens

The Ravens ended their regular season with a 4-19-1 record. During week 12, the Ravens lost to Sugar Hill, 3 – 1, and they beat the Diamondbacks, 4 – 2. During week 13, the Ravens beat the Royals, 4 – 3, giving them the final spot in the playoffs.

Team Leaders:

Hits: Nelson Roldan/Artie Saylor/Ed Brunson (17) / RBIs: Nelson Roldan (8) / Avg: Nelson Roldan (.354)

 

9. Saints:

The Saints ended their regular season with a 2-19-3 record. During week 12, the Saints lost to both the Leland Legends, 3 – 2, and the Silver Bullets, 12 – 7. During week 13, the Saints fell to Sugar Hill, 8 – 4.

Team Leaders:

Hits: Pete Carrion Jr. (25) / RBIs: Victor Mozco (9) / Avg: Victor Mozco (.393)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 10 & Week 11 Recap

My apologies for no weekly updates the past two stickball weeks. Due to no weekly updates for week 10 and week 11, I will be updating everyone with what each team has done in those two weeks. Here is a quick look at how each team has done their last four games (Week 10 and Week 11).

Gold (17-2-1):

The Gold have been on a tear all season, losing only two games and going on a 12 game win streak. Week 10, the Gold continued their winning ways with a 9 – 2 win over the Royals on field 3. In their second game, the Gold beat the Leland Legends, 2 – 0, on field 1.  Week 11, the Gold defeated the Saints 12 – 1 on field 3. The Gold`s second game had the same result, as they defeated the Diamondbacks 8 – 2.

Royals (12-6-1):

The Royals had a great start to the season but after losing key players, they dropped out of 1st place. During weeks 10 and 11, the Royals went 3-1. Week 10, the Royals lost to the Gold, 9 – 2, on field 3. They bounced back with a 6 – 4 win over the Saints on field 2. Week 11, the Royals defeated the Diamondbacks, 9 – 5, on field 1. The Royals` second game had the same result, as they defeated the Leland Legends, 8 – 2, on field 3.

Leland Legends (11-9-2):

The Leland Legends have made a huge statement this season but week 10 and week 11 did not have the outcome the Legends wanted. During weeks 10 and 11, the Leland Legends went 1-3. Week 10, the Leland Legends lost to the Gold, 2 – 0, on field 1. Their offensive struggles continued as they lost their second game to Sugar Hill, 2 – 0, on field 3. Week 11, Leland lost their first game to the Royals by the score of 8 – 2, on field 3. Leland finally got on the win column with a 7 – 1 win over the Ravens on field 2.

 Sugar Hill (12-7-2):

Sugar Hill has quietly been one of the hottest teams in the league. During weeks 10 and 11, Sugar Hill went 2-1-1. Week 10, Sugar Hill tied with the Diamondbacks, 2 – 2, on field 2. Their defense helped them to a 2 – 0 win over the Leland Legends, on field 3, in their second game. Week 11, Sugar Hill lost their first game to the Emperors by the score of 4 – 3, on field 2. They bounced back with a big 5 – 1 win over the Silver Bullets, on field 3.

Emperors (12-4-3):

The Emperors have had a solid season and their defense lead them to a 3-0-1 record during week 10 and week 11. Week 10, the Emperors defeated the Silver Bullets 4 – 1, on field 3. They tied the Ravens 1 – 1 on field 2, thanks to Rich`s clutch solo home-run. Week 11, the Emperors beat both Sugar Hill and the Saints by the score of 4 – 3.

Silver Bullets (10-10-1):

The Silver Bullets finally got their full team back for the regular season and have climbed back to a .500 Record. During weeks 10 and 11, the Silver Bullets went 2 – 2. Week 10, the Silver Bullets lost to the Emperors, 4 – 1, on field 3. In their second game, the Bullets beat the Diamondbacks, 3 – 1, on field 1. Week 11, the Silver Bullets` offense lead them to a 7 – 1 win over the Ravens, on field 1. They struggled their second game, falling to Sugar Hill by the score of 5 – 1, on field 3.

Diamondbacks (5-12-4):

The Diamondbacks have not played to their full potential this year after coming off their best season in the NYESL in 2016. During weeks 10 and 11, the Diamondbacks went 0-3-1. Week 10, the Diamondbacks tied with Sugar Hill, 2 – 2, on field 2. In their second game, they fell to the Silver Bullets, 3 – 1, on field 1. Week 11, the Diamondbacks lost their first game to the Royals by the score of 9 -5, on field 1 and lost their second game to the Gold by the score of 8 – 2, on field 2.

Ravens (2-18-1):

The Ravens have struggled all season long due to missing multiple key players every week. During weeks 10 and 11, the Ravens went 0-3-1. Week 10, the Ravens lost to the Saints, 5 – 3, on field 1. The Ravens almost walked away with a win against the Emperors but settled for a 1 – 1 tie on field 2. Week 11, the Ravens lost their games against the Silver Bullets and against the Leland Legends by the score of 7 – 1.

Saints (2-16-3):

The Saints find themselves in last place, behind the Ravens, trying to find a way to get into the playoffs as the 8th seed. During weeks 10 and 11, the Saints went 1 – 3. Week 10, the Saints beat the Ravens, 5 – 3, on field 1. They lost a close one against the Royals by the score of 6 – 4, on field 2. Week 11 was not a good week for the Saints. The mercy rule came in to play as the Saints lost to the Gold, 12 – 1. In their second game, the Saints lost to the Emperors in another close game, 4 – 3.

-David Hernandez Jr.

Week Nine Recap

Silver Bullets 4 – Leland Legends 2:

In the top of the 1st inning, Skylar hit a double and Wayne drove him in with an RBI single. In the top of the 6th inning, Eddie F. hit a 2 run homer. In the bottom half of the inning, Izzy answered back with a 2 run homer of his own. In the top of the 7th inning, David Jr. added an insurance run with a solo home-run. Leland tried to get something going in the bottom of the 7th inning but could not get a run in.

Silver Bullets: Wayne (2-3, 2 Doubles 1 RBI)    Izzy (1-3, 1 Home-run, 2 RBIs)

Leland Legends: Eddie F. (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Home-run, 2 RBIs)

 

Saints 3 – Diamondbacks 3:

In the top of the 2nd inning, Eric hit a solo home-run to give the Saints an early 1 – 0 lead. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Martin hit an RBI double to tie the game. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Lionel Sr. drove in a run with a sac fly. In the bottom of the 5th inning, Naz hit a single and once again, Martin drove him in with an RBI double. In the top of the 6th inning, after a double by Pete, Josh drove him in with an RBI single. Jeremy tied the game with an RBI single.

Saints: Jeremy (2-3, 2 Singles, 1 RBI)

Diamondbacks: Martin (2-4, 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs)

 

Emperors 2 – Leland Legends 2:

The Emperors got on the board first thanks to Caban`s RBI single, in the top of the 1st inning. In the top of the 3rd inning, Vido hit a single and Rich drove him in with an RBI single. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Doug hit an RBI single to cut the Emperors lead to 2 – 1. In the bottom of the 6th inning, Eddie F. and Doug hit back to back singles. Ron drove in Eddie F. with an RBI single, tieing the game at 2 – 2.

Emperors: Rich (1-4, 1 Single, 1 RBI)

Leland Legends: Doug (3-3, 3 Singles, 1 RBI)

 

Gold 5 – Ravens 0:

Pito led off the game with and single and Dusty drove him in with an RBI single. In the top of the 2nd inning, Carlito hit a double and Lou drove him in with an RBI single. After Angel Sr. reached on a single, Watts and Josh hit back to back RBI singles. In the top of the 5th inning, Dusty reached on a single and Eddie drove him in with an RBI double, making the score 5 – 0. The Ravens did not get on the scoreboard as they struggled to break down the Gold`s defense.

Gold: Dusty (2-4, 2 Singles, 1 RBI)    Lou (2-2, 1 Single, 1 Double, 1 RBI)

Ravens: Nelson (1-3, 1 Single)

 

Royals 5 – Sugar Hill 10:

In the top of the 1st inning, the Royals took an early 2 – 0 lead thanks to Dave`s 2 run homer. In the bottom half of the inning, Nico got the Sugar Hill offense going with a solo home-run. After back to back singles, Will hit a 2 RBI double. TJ drove in Will with an RBI single, giving Sugar Hill a 4 – 2 lead. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Angel hit an RBI single, TJ hit a 2 RBI double and Baez hit an RBI single, making the lead 8 – 2. In the top of the 5th inning, Frankie reached base safely with a single and Ruben followed that up with a 2 run homer. Kevin followed that up with a solo home-run of his own, cutting the Sugar Hill lead to 8 – 5. In the bottom half of the inning, Ralph and Eric Jr. hit back to back RBI doubles, adding two insurance runs.

Royals: Kevin (2-4, 1 Double, 1 Home-run, 1 RBI)

Sugar Hill: Ralph (4-4, 3 Singles, 1 Double, 1 RBI)    TJ (3-4, 2 Singles, 1 Double, 3 RBIs)

 

 

 

 

 

Week Eight Recap

Ricky Torres and Rich Torres have lost a close relative this past Saturday. As a league, everyone agreed to let the Emperors postpone their game against the Royals and the Gold. This community is much more bigger than just a game. When one of our fellow stickball brothers go through such a tragedy, the whole league grieves as well. The whole stickball community will like to send our prayers to the Torres family and Emperors family, as they push through this rough time. We take this game for granted sometimes and tragedies make us realize that we are all one family.

Sugar Hill 4 – Gold 5:

In the top of the 1st inning, Will led the game off with a solo home-run. Gold got that run back in the bottom of the inning after Papo hit a double and Dusty drove him in. In the top of the 3rd inning Sugar Hill put up a 3 spot on the board. Jay hit an RBI single and Eric Jr. drove in two more runs later in the inning. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Chuchi hit a double and Carlito drove him in with an RBI double. Sugar Hill were three outs away from walking away with a 4 – 2 victory but the Gold`s offense came alive. In the bottom of the 7th inning, with runners on 2nd and 3rd base, Watts hit a 2 RBI double to tie the game. Pito drove in the winning run with an RBI single, giving the Gold a 5 – 4 victory.

Sugar Hill: Will (2-4, 1 Single, 1 Home-run, 1 RBI)

Gold: Pito (2-4, 2 Singles, 1 GWRBI)    Watts (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Double, 2 RBIs)

 

Royals 4 – Silver Bullets 5:

In the bottom of the 1st inning, Skylar got the Bullets on the board with a solo home-run. In the top of the 2nd inning, Dave and Ruben hit back to back singles and Jonathan drove them both in with a double. In the top of the 3rd inning, the Royals scored another 2 runs thanks to Ruben`s RBI triple and Jonathan`s sac fly, giving the Royals a 4 – 1 lead. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Wayne drove in David Jr. with a single and Izzy drove in Wayne with a single of his own. In the bottom of the 5th inning, the Bullets tied the game at 4 thanks to another home-run by Skylar. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Skylar hit a double and Wayne drove him in with a clutch 2 out opposite field single, giving the Bullets a 5 – 4 victory.

Royals: Jonathan (1-2, 1 Double, 3 RBIs)

Silver Bullets: Skylar (3-4, 1 Double, 2 Home-runs, 2 RBIs)    Wayne (2-4, 2 Singles, 1 RBI, 1 GWRBI)

 

Saints 2 – Silver Bullets 4:

In the bottom of the 1st inning, the Bullets scored 2 runs thanks to Wayne`s 2 RBI triple. In the top of the 4th inning, the Saints cut the Bullets` lead to 1 after DJ`s RBI single. In the bottom half of the inning, the Bullets got that run back after Jay hit a double and Luca drove him in with an RBI single. In the bottom of the 5th inning, the Bullets scored their 4th run, thanks to Izzy`s RBI single. In the top of the 7th, Vic drove in a run for the Saints but that is all they would score.

Saints: DJ (1-3, 1 Single, 1 RBI)

Silver Bullets: Wayne (3-3, 2 Singles, 1 Triple, 2 RBIs)    Luca (1-3, 1 Single, 1 RBI)

 

Diamondbacks 1 – Leland Legends 3:

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Edwin hit an RBI triple and Eddie F. hit an RBI single, giving Leland a 2 – 0 lead. In the next inning, Leland scored after Angel hit a triple and Ed drove him in. In the top of the 6th inning, the Diamondbacks tried to get something going but only scored 1 run.

Diamondbacks: Pedro (2-3, 2 Singles, 1 RBI)

Leland Legends: Ed (2-4, 2 Singles, 1 RBI)    Eddie F. (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Double, 1 RBI)

 

Leland Legends 7 – Saints 7:d

In the top of the 1st inning, Eddie F. hit an RBI double and Doug followed that up with an RBI single. In the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Saints put up a 5 spot on the board. All nine batters came up to bat and seven of those nine batters reached base safely. In the top of the 4th inning, Warren drove in a run to make the score 5 – 3. The Saints scored 2 more runs in the bottom half of the inning. Pete and Raul drove in a run to give the Saints a 7 – 3 lead after four innings. In the top of the 5th, Leland scored one more run. In the top of the 7th inning, Leland came up with clutch hitting. Five consecutive hits led to Leland putting up a 3 spot and making the game tied at 7- 7. The Saints could not answer back in the bottom half of the inning, leaving the game at a tie.

Leland Legends: Eddie F. (3-4, 1 Single, 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs)

Saints: Pete (3-4, 2 Singles, 1 Triple, 2 RBIs)

 

Ravens 5 – Sugar Hill 7:

In the top of the 1st inning, Danny hit a double and Warfield drove him in with an RBI single. Tim followed that up with an RBI double, giving the Ravens an early 2 – 0 lead. Sugar Hill answered right back in the bottom half of the inning. Ralph hit a double and Angel drove him in with an RBI double. Eric Sr. drove in angle with an RBI single and after TJ reached on a single, Baez hit a 2 RBI double. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Baez and Eccy hit back to back singles and Ralph drove them in with a 2 RBI double. In the bottom of the 5th inning, Angel hit a double and Baez drove him in with another RBI double, giving Sugar Hill a 7 – 2 lead. In the top of the 6th inning, the Ravens scored 2 runs thanks to Tony`s 2 RBI double. In the top of the 7th inning, the Ravens tried to get something going but could only score 1 run.

Ravens: Warfield (2-4, 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs)

Sugar Hill: Ralph (2-4, 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs)    Baez (3-3, 1 Single, 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs)

 

Ravens 4 – Diamondbacks 5:

All the scoring took place in the first inning. After back to back singles, Artie drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single. Warfield and Tim hit back to back RBI doubles and John drove in the last run with an RBI single. In the bottom half of the inning, the Diamondbacks answered right back and put up a 5 spot. Marky got the scoring going with a solo home-run. After back to back singles by Naz and Joey, Jay hit an RBI single. Ant Jr. followed that up with a bases clearing triple. Pedro drove in Ant Jr., which turned out to be the game winning run, with an RBI single.

Ravens: Tim (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Double, 1 RBI)

Diamondbacks: Ant Jr. (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Double, 2 RBIs)    Pedro (1-3, 1 Single, 1 RBI)

 

– David Hernandez Jr.

2017 Father`s Day All Star Weekend

On Sunday June 18, 2017, the NYESL will be celebrating Father`s Day. Since the Fundraiser Dance will be held Saturday June 17, 2017, the events will start at 10 am instead of the usual 9 am start time. Each team will be playing one official game. After the set of games are played, there will be an All Star game. Winning team of the All Star game will be given the jersey of those on the losing team. An under 30 year old vs an over 30 year old game, will be played for bragging rights. There will be other events such as free face painting from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm long ball contest, Father vs Son game, Kids game and we will BBQ all day long. Hope everyone can come out and celebrate/honor all the fathers in the league. Once again the start time for the first set of games will be at 10:00 am.

The two All Star teams have been chosen. The two teams are Team Sanchez and Team Calderon.

Team Sanchez:

Jesus Papo DeJesus (GOLD)

Waka Infante (GOLD)

Lou Bonilla (GOLD)

Frankie Rivera (ROYALS)

Jonathan Marrero (ROYALS)

Dave Meerow (ROYALS)

Joey Gonzalez (DIAMONDBACKS)

Tony Nazario (DIAMONDBACKS)

Ralph Tavares (SUGAR HILL)

Willy Morales (SUGAR HILL)

Raul Morales (SAINTS)

 

Team Calderon:

Edwin Rodriguez (LELAND LEGENDS)

Eddie F. Rodriguez (LELAND LEGENDS)

Freddy DePena (LELAND LEGENDS)

Ricky Torres (EMPERORS)

Mike Carrion (EMPERORS)

Anthony Caban (EMPERORS)

Anthony Rosado Jr. (SILVER BULLETS)

Austin Mercado (SILVER BULLETS)

Nelson Roldan (RAVENS)

Ed Brunson (RAVENS)

Pete Carrion Jr. (SAINTS)

-David Hernandez Jr.

Week Seven Recap

Ravens 1 – Silver Bullets 11:

The Ravens led the game off with back to back singles. With runners on 1st and 3rd base, Nelson drove in a run to give the Ravens an early 1 – 0 lead. David Jr. and Austin led the bottom of the 1st inning off with back to back doubles. Skylar drove in Austin and Wayne followed that up with a double, to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. AJ kept the hitting going with a 2 RBI single. With a runner on first and second, Jay hit an RBI single. David Jr. followed that up with a base clearing single to give the Bullets a 7 – 1 lead after the first inning. In the bottom half of the 2nd inning, the Bullets scored 2 more runs thanks to AJ`s 2 run home-run. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Bullets adding the final two runs which put the Mercy rule into play.

Ravens: Efrain (2-2, 2 Singles)

Silver Bullets: David Jr. (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Double, 3 RBIs)    AJ (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Home-run, 4 RBIs)

 

Leland Legends 8 – Ravens 1:

Leland got on the board first after three consecutive singles. The game remained 1 – 0 till the top of the 5th inning. Ron reached on a double and Ed reached on a single. Fred drove in a run and Edwin drove in another run with a sac fly, making the score 3 – 0. In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Ravens got on the board thanks to Tim`s RBI single. Leland put the game away in the top of the 7th inning. Ed hit an RBI single and Eddie F. hit a 2 RBI single of his own. To put the icing on the cake, Doug hit a 2 run home-run to give Leland an 8 – 1 lead.

Leland Legends: Ed (3-4, 3 Singles, 1 RBI)    Doug (2-4, 1 Single, 1 Home-run, 3 RBIs)

Ravens: Tim (1-3, 1 Single, 1 RBI)

 

Saints 2 – Gold 12:

This game was all the Gold. Pito lead off the bottom of the first with a double and Papo followed that up with an RBI triple. Chuchi drove him in with a sac fly. In the next inning, Waka, Pito and Dusty, each drove in a run to give the Gold a 5 – 0 lead. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Gold adding another 5 runs to put the Mercy rule into effect heading into the top of the 4th inning. The Saints were able to score 2 runs in the top of the 4th inning, making the score 10 – 2, to keep the game going. In the bottom of the 5th, the Gold put the Saints away after scoring 2 runs. Pete led off with a triple and Pito followed that up with an RBI triple of his own. Papo put the finishing touches with an RBI single, to give the Gold the 12 – 2 win.

Saints: Eric (1-2, 1 Double, 1 RBI)

Gold: Pito (4-4, 1 Single, 1 Double, 2 Triples, 3 RBIs)    Papo (3­-4, 1 Single, 1 Double, 1 Triple, 3 RBIs)

 

Gold 3 – Diamondbacks 2:

In the top of the 1st inning, Papo hit a double and Chuchi drove him in with an RBI single. In the bottom half of the inning, the Diamondbacks got the run back thanks to Joey`s RBI single. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, the Diamondbacks took a 2 – 1 lead after Martin`s solo home-run. In the top of the 5th inning, Pito hit a double and Papo drove him in with an RBI single to tie the game at 2. In the top of the 7th the Gold scored their 3rd run, which went on to be the game winning run.

Gold: Papo (2-4, 1 Single, 1 Double, 2 RBIs)    Chuchi (2-4, 2 Singles, 1 RBI)

Diamondbacks: Martin (1-3, 1 Home-run, 1 RBI)

 

Saints 1 – Emperors 1:

This was a quiet game. The Saints took a 1 – 0 lead in the top of the 4th inning, after Vic hit a single and Pete drove him in with a double. The Saints almost walked away with the 2nd win of the season over a hot Emperors team. In the bottom of the 7th inning with two outs, Rich (forty), hit a solo home-run to tie the game. The Emperors got 2 more runners on base after the home-run but could not take the lead.

Saints: Pete (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Double, 1 RBI)

Emperors: Rich (1-3, 1 Home-run, 1 RBI)

 

Diamondbacks 1 – Royals 1:

This was another quiet game. The Royals got on the scoreboard first, in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Kev hit a single and Dave drove him in with an RBI triple. In the top of the 4th inning, the Diamondbacks got that run back. Joey hit a triple and Jay drove him to tie the game a 1 – 1. This is the only scoring there was as both teams could not get their offense going.

Diamondbacks: Jay (1-3, 1 Double, 1 RBI)

Royals: Dave (1-3, 1 Triple, 1 RBI)

 

Royals 2 – Leland Legends 6:

In the bottom of the 1st inning Leland put up a 2 spot. Freddy reached on a double and Edwin drove him home with an RBI triple. Eddie F. followed that up with an RBI double. The Royals got those two runs back in the top of the 2nd inning. Eric got the Royals going with a single and Ruben drove him in with an RBI triple. Jonathan tied the game at 2 with a sac fly. Leland answered right back in the bottom half of the inning thanks to Freddy`s 2 RBI triple. In the next inning, Leland scored again after three consecutive singles. Leland added one more insurance run in the bottom of the 5th inning. Petey drove in Eddie F. with an RBI double.

Royals: Ruben (1-3, 1 Triple, 1 RBI)

Leland Legends: Freddy (2-4, 1 Double, 1 Triple, 2 RBIs)    Petey (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Double, 2 RBIs)

 

Sugar Hill 9 – Silver Bullets 7:

Sugar Hill took the lead early thanks to an RBI double by Cooks and a sacrifice by Angel. In the bottom half of the inning, the Silver Bullets put up a 5 spot. After five consecutive singles, three of those singles driving in a run each, Jayden hit a 2 RBI double. Sugar Hill offense responded by scoring two runs in the top of the 3rd inning, after Angel`s 2 RBI single. In the top of the 4th inning, TJ hit a double and Baez drove him in with an RBI single. Ralph, Cooks and Angel each hit an RBI single to give Sugar Hill an 8 – 5 lead. In the bottom of the 5th inning, AJ hit an RBI single to cut the deficit to 2 but Sugar Hill answered right back. In the top of the 6th inning, Cooks hit a sac fly to put Sugar Hill up 9 – 6. The Bullets tried to get something going in the bottom of the inning but only managed to score one run.

Sugar Hill: Cooks (3-4, 1 Single, 2 Doubles, 3 RBIs)    Angel (2-4, 2 Singles, 4 RBIs)

Silver Bullets: AJ (3-4, 3 Singles, 3 RBIs)

 

Sugar Hill 2 – Emperors 9:

 

Memorial Day Tournament Team Intros 2017

Team Name: Silver Bullets

Location: Bronx, New York

The Silver Bullets have made a name for themselves early. In their first year of playing together, they are the 2016 Memorial Day Tournament defending champions. The Silver Bullets were a team that played in the 90s and have been brought back together in honor of Steve Mercado. This group grew up with each other and have finally joined forces. The Silver Bullets have a huge target on their back after winning last year’s tournament. They went into the playoffs as the 6th seed and came out as champions. Their defense is key as they allowed only 3 runs on playoff Monday. They look to repeat last year’s outcome and defend their title.

The Silver Bullets will be facing off against the O-Town Warriors, NYC Warriors, Ravens, Diamondbacks, Saints and Chargers.

 

Team Name: Emperors

Location: Bronx, New York

The Emperors are one of the top teams in the NYESL. They are currently in 3rd place in the league standings. This is a veteran team that really plays with a defensive pride. They have one of stickball’s clutch players in Caban. He’s not the only one that can hit under pressure either. The team has a good mix of speed and power. This team is led by veterans: Tito Rivera and Vido Creales. Tito usually keeps his guys loose and focused; they never shy away from a good laugh (or an argument) and are very competitive. They can trash-talk like an old school team too. If you have been following the group on Facebook, you know how deep the trash talking goes, especially with the Chargers. In my opinion, the Emperors have one of the toughest schedules in the tourney. However, I’m sure if you ask them, they won’t be the type to cry about it, they’ll just be fired up!

The Emperors will be facing off against the O-Town Warriors, Gold, NYC Warriors, Sugar Hill, Chargers and Goblins.

 

Team Name: Saints

Location: Jersey City, New Jersey

The Saints have struggled this season but can use this weekend’s tournament to spring back into action. The team is led by stickball Hall of Famer, Pete Carrion. This team consists of several family members of Pete and longtime Saints players. The team is also going through a youth movement, which can lead to some inconsistency. After picking up a hard fought victory this past weekend, the team is focused on getting back to their winning ways. Pete Jr. is one of the team’s best hitters and RBI producers. The team will have to get on base for him if they plan to put up crooked numbers this weekend. The Saints younger players have shown much improvement on the field and look ready to contribute. Pete Sr and Jr will have these guys focused on one inning at a time.

The Saints will be facing off against the Leland Legends, Diamondbacks, Sugar Hill, Gold, O-Town Warriors and Silver Bullets.

 

Team Name: Ravens

Location: Bronx, New York

The Ravens are currently in 8th place in the NYESL and have had some struggles early this season. None of that will matter this weekend as all teams start out with a 0-0 record. This veteran team is led by Hall of Famer Artie Saylor. For the most part, this team has the same core it has had over the past 5 years or so. One of the issues has been getting the entire roster to show up each week. They have missed one of their best run-producers in Al Colon Jr. A return to the Blvd by him this weekend could be a huge boost to the club’s morale. When the entire team is present and competing, this team can be quite a handful. This team tends to get up for tournaments and they are battle-tested.

The Ravens will be facing off against the Silver Bullets, Goblins, Chargers, Heat, NYC Warriors and Royals.

 

Team Name: Royals

Location: Bronx, New York

Going into this 2017 season, the Royals weren’t shy about stating how good their team was going to be. They are currently in 1st place and are out to prove that they can win a tournament as well. This team is led by veterans and brothers, Eric and Kevin Santana. Their biggest addition to the team was Dave Meerow. Adding Dave to a roster that already had several good hitters, just might have been the missing piece this team has been looking for. However, regular season standings won’t matter once the games begin on Saturday. Can the Royals continue their winning ways and make enough of an impact to be playing multiple games on Monday? They have their work cut out for them as their 6-game schedule has some of the toughest teams on it.

The Royals will be facing off against the NYC Warriors, Gold, O-Town Warriors, Ravens, Heat and Leland Legends.

 

Team Name: Gold

Location: Bronx, New York

This is a special year for the Gold. The Gold are celebrating their 25 years of existence in the league and what better way to celebrate than winning the biggest tournament of stickball. The Gold were created in 1992 by captain Ricardo Marrero and his brother, Ralph Martinez. The team started off in a Fall league and later decided to stick together. This team’s success is what every team dreams of having. The Gold have not had a losing record in the NYESL and they manage to finish in the top of the standings every year. They have 40+ championships under their belt and they have proven that they are still a top team in the NYESL even after 25 years.  The Gold had a rough loss in last year`s Memorial Day Tournament but they are looking to redeem themselves.

The Gold will be facing off against the Emperors, Heat, Royals, Sugar Hill, Diamondbacks and Saints.

 

Team Name: Sugar Hill

Location: Manhattan, New York

The NYESL’s 4th place team is Sugar Hill. Don’t think for a minute that they are satisfied with being in 4th place. This team is always looking to compete and winning is a priority. This team is led by Eric aka Busy-E. He leads this group of young men, with a mix of some Vets into battle each week. This team might only be in their 2nd season in the NYESL, but they have been competing on Memorial Day for several years. The team is well seasoned and knows what it takes to be a champion. Ralph has been a big part of this team’s success and this team will compete for sure this weekend if he catches fire. Ralph isn’t the team’s only threat, they have several guys that can carry a squad on any given weekend.

Sugar Hill will be facing off against the Chargers, Saints, Goblins, O-Town Warriors, Gold and Leland Legends.

 

Team Name: Diamondbacks

Location: Bronx, New York

One team that hasn’t played to their potential is the NYESL’s Diamondbacks. This team has the young talent and a good veteran presence. They were on the upside last season but have taken a few steps back at the start of 2017. This team is led by Jay Bueno. The team has missed one of their top players for most of the season but seemed to pick it back up when Martin arrived. He provides this team with tremendous speed and a powerful bat. He just might be the spark plug the team needs going into this tournament. They also get back another youngster when Chris returns from college. Will it be enough to compete over this Holiday weekend? We will soon find out.

The Diamondbacks will be facing off against the Saints, Heat, Chargers, Silver Bullets, Gold and Leland.

 

Team Name: Leland Legends

Location: Bronx, New York

Leland was one of the NYESL’s biggest question marks before the season started. They had a roster overhaul but kept their strength up the middle. This team is led by veteran and future Hall of Famer, Eddie F. Eddie and his son, Edwin, have provided strength up the middle defensively for Leland. Offensively, this team is still led by those two Leland vets as well as Doug and Freddy. The team didn’t take long to mesh and has won 5 out of their last 6 games. Leland has been to many tournaments and has even played in several of those championships. Could this be the year that they put it all together and bring home the trophy?

The Leland Legends will be facing off against the Heat, Goblins, Saints, NYC Warriors, Royals and Diamondbacks.

 

Team Name: Warriors

Location: Manhattan, New York

The Warriors are one of Manhattan’s strongest and talented stickball teams. This team consists of a group of guys that are more like a family. They are battle tested and have each other’s back. They are led by the father-son combo of Joe De Jesus and his son, Joe Jr. Joe Jr is a stickball veteran of 12 years, he originally made his name with the Young Bucks and with his father’s return home in 2013, he couldn’t wait to share the field with him. After leaving the Young Bucks after the 2015 season, the duo started their own team called The Warriors. The Warriors added Milton Villanueva and Moses Baez, two veterans that are sure to add leadership to this young and talented squad. Although only being together for less than 2 full years, they’ve earned their stripes with hard fought battles in tournaments together. This team is no stranger to the NYESL tournaments; they have shown that they are not just a tourney entry; they are a legitimate contender for the MDT championship.

The Warriors will be facing off against the Royals, Silver Bullets, Emperors, Ravens, Goblins and Leland Legends.

 

Team Name: Sens Dodgers

Location: Sens, France

The Sens Dodgers are the first international stickball team in stickball history. This newly made team is coming to visit the NYESL during the Memorial Day Tournament. Coach, Laurent Carpenter, is an English teacher who encourages kids in their English studies. He has experienced many sports with his team such as baseball. They went to California to play a little league team and he says they founded a ball club in Sens so that the kids can continue to play outside of school. Laurent and his students started to find out and practice stickball little by little. After keeping in contact with a few people from the NYESL, the French team is starting to play stickball the same way we play in New York. After learning about the rules and field measurements, the Sens Dodgers were created. The Sens Dodgers will be playing an exhibition game during the weekend. Thank you, Dodgers, for helping us expand this game that we love!

 

Team Name: Chargers

Location: Tampa, Florida

The Chargers are one of the top tier teams in stickball. The Chargers were established in the fall of 2008. This team was formed by Captain Nestor Cintron along with a few other friends. The Chargers worked their way up to the dominate team they are now. Three years after making the team, they won their first championship, Memorial Day tournament 2011. They have had gone through a phase of players joining and leaving the team but they look more confident than ever. The Chargers have a record of 48 – 3 and look to build on their resume this weekend. These boys have won consecutive Labor Day Tournament Championships as well as several Florida tournaments. The Chargers have shown and proven that they are as strong as they come. They are back for redemption after a tough loss in last year’s Memorial Day Tournament, to the Silver Bullets after going 8 – 0 throughout the tournament.

The Chargers will be facing off against the Sugar Hill, Diamondbacks, Ravens, Emperors, O-Town Warriors and Silver Bullets.

 

Team Name: O-Town Warriors

Location: Orlando, Florida

The O-town Warriors may have recently been formed but these guys are no rookies to the game. This team was created by former Gold player Ralph Martinez and Tito Gonzalez. After several years of being together, the Warriors merged with the Deltona Rockets and now this team consist of young and veteran players. Ralph and the Warriors have been working hard to prepare for this tournament. The Warriors and their fans believe that they will be able to play with the best of the best and they expect nothing less than going home with a Championship. The Warriors are ready to turn heads this Memorial Day Tournament.

The O-Town Warriors will be facing off against the Silver Bullets, Emperors, Royals, Saints, Chargers and Sugar Hill.

 

Team Name: Goblins

Location: Tampa, Florida

The Goblins have made a name for themselves after making it to the final four and upsetting the gold in last year’s Memorial Day Tournament. The Goblins branched off the Tampa Bay Lightnings, an original Tampa, Florida team. Marcus Santiago, Nelson Abreu Jr.  and Regis Bouton Jr. took on the role of managing the Goblins within the last few years. The Goblins are composed of young talented athletes and veteran ball players. The Goblins are looking to make it even father than last year and walk away with the championship. People may think these guys are over shadowed by the success of the Chargers and Heat but they will have something to say about that this weekend. Do not take these boys lightly or you will find yourself struggling to keep the Goblins off the base paths.

The Goblins will be facing off against the Ravens, Leland Legends, Sugar Hill, Heat, NYC Warriors and Emperors.

 

Team name: Heat

Location: Miami, Florida

The Heat are one of the top franchise in the history of stickball. The Heat were established in 1987. They still have three original players on the team. These boys have been winning championships since the late 80s and early 90s but then they took a leave from stickball for some time. In 2005 Captain Nick Perez took over coaching duties along with the help of his dad and other original members. The Heat are still considered one of the biggest threats in stickball as they finished with the most runs scored on Saturday and Sunday in last year`s Memorial Day Tournament. They finished in 2nd place in the previous Labor Day Tournament after falling to the Champions, the Chargers. This team has made a run in the playoffs every year and they expect nothing different this time around. The only difference is that the Heat are aiming to finish the job and take the 2017 Memorial Day Tournament back home to Miami, Florida.

The Heat will be facing off against the Leland Legends, Gold, Diamondbacks, Goblins, Ravens and Royals.