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.

Game of the Week

Sugar Hill will play the Leland Legends on field 3 at 12:00 pm. The Royals will be umpiring this game.

These two teams are meeting for the last time in the season. Leland sits in 2nd place with a 10 – 6 – 2 record, giving them a total of 32 points. Sugar Hill sits in 3rd place with a record of 10 – 6 – 1, giving them a total of 31 points. These two teams have split the series this season. Sugar Hill won game one by the score of 5 – 1. Leland got revenge in the second meeting by beating them 9 – 2. This game plays a big role in the standings for both teams. Whoever loses this game can easily drop to 4th or 5th place by the end of the week.

Father`s Day Weekend

NYESL hopes that all fathers and soon for be fathers had a great Father`s Day. All Star Weekend was a success. The fundrasier dance on Saturday was a success. We still need more support from the community but we glad to get things back on the right track. After the first set of games were played, it was time for the all star game. Team Calderon defeated Team Sanchez in an intense match-up. The over 30 years old players defeated the under 30 years old players with an amazing come from behind win. The kids game was a huge success. Big shout out to Angel Quinonez Sr., as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the NYESL and his son, Angel Quinonez Jr. The NYESL also wants to thank those who handled the grills  and for those who participated in the free face paintings on Sunday. Without your guys support, the league would be nothing. Sunday was a success and hopefully next year we can add even more events.

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)