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 found a real ball club in Sens so that the kids can continue to play outside of school. Laurent and his students starts 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.

Memorial Day Tournament 2017

The Biggest tournament of the year, the Memorial Day Tournament, is finally here. Every year the NYESL hosts the Memorial Day Tournament on Memorial Day weekend. The NYESL is dedicating the tournament to Daddy “little prickya” Pena and Philip Chino Santana! Unfortunately, Daddy Pena is no longer with us but his close friend and teammate Philip Chino Santana is still here to honor his brother. If you see Chino this weekend, make sure to thank him and congratulate him on his years dedicated to the game of Stickball.

This year the tournament will feature 14 teams. There are 9 teams from the NYESL, as well as 4 teams from Florida and 1 team from Manhattan. This year can possibly be the biggest year for Stickball. I am proud to announce that our fellow friends from France have brought a team to the Bronx to witness the beauty of Stickball. One thing that is for sure is that our home is their home. The Stickball community is one family no matter where you come from.

There are several events will be taking place throughout the weekend. There will be an exhibition game against France, an Old-timers game, an NYESL Youth Stickball League game, a revealing of 2017 Stickball Hall of Fame, a tribute to Daddy Pena and Chino Santana, and the first Monday Memorial Day Tournament Bracketology.

There will be a captain`s meeting tomorrow to discuss the Memorial Day Tournament. There will also be a preview post for each team participating in the tournament this weekend. Stay tuned for that. Let’s prepare for some amazing games, experiences and competition. This is for all the Bragging Rights!

Week Six Recap

Saints 2 – Ravens 1:

Heading into the final week before the tournament, both teams wanted to end the 1st half of the season on a winning note. This one was a close one and had the intensity of a tournament game. The Ravens took the lead in the 2nd inning when Artie lead-off with a single and was driven in on Tim’s 1 out, RBI double. Both teams were quiet until the 6th inning came along. In the top of the 6th, Jeremy lead off the inning for the Saints with a single. Two batters later, Vic drove him in with a 2 out, RBI double to tie the game. Pete Jr. followed with an RBI double of his own to give the Saints the lead for good. The Ravens threatened in the bottom of the inning when Nelson and Artie, both singled with one out. Unfortunately, both runners were stranded and that ended the comeback bid.

Saints: Pete Jr. (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Double, 1 RBI)    Josh (2-3, 2 Singles)

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

 

Emperors 7 – Silver Bullets 3:

The rivalry continued Sunday when these two faced off. Ferdi continued his scorching hot beginning to this season in the 1st inning when he hit a 2 out double which scored Mike for the Emperors. The Silver Bullets answered when Wayne hit an RBI double of his own to tie the game. The Emperors scored three in the 3rd inning to take the lead with RBIs by Ant-Live, Tito and Ricky. The Silver Bullets fought back and scored two runs with RBIs from AJ and Wayne. After taking the one run lead, the Emperors added one run in the 6th and 2 runs in the 7th to seal the victory. The Bullets threatened in the 6th but the bottom of the batting order stranded the two base runners that were on.

Emperors: Mike (4-5, 4 Singles)    Ant (3-4, 1 Single, 2 Doubles, 1 RBI)

Silver Bullets: AJ (3-4, 2 Doubles, 1 Triple, 1 RBI)

 

Royals 4 – Gold 10:

What was once labelled as another potential game of the week, was actually a lop-sided match-up. The Gold was once again rocking and rolling at the expense of the league’s first place team, The Royals. The Gold jumped out to a 4 run lead in the 1st inning, highlighted by 5 hits and 2 sacrifice flies. Oh yeah, newly added member and former Royal, Chris, clubbed a solo HR in the inning as well, just for good measure. Two more runs followed in the 2nd when Clutch Carlito singled in 2 runs. Dusty and Chuchi singled in a run each later on and Papo completed a 4 for 4 day when he clubbed a 2 run HR in the 6th. The Royals got on the board a little too late, scoring 4 runs in the last two innings in the loss. Chey was the lone highlight for the Royals, going 4 for 4 himself including a 2 run HR in the top of the 7th.

Royals: Chey (4-4, 3 Singles, 1 Home-run, 2 RBIs)

Gold: Papo (4-4, 3 Singles, 1 Home-run, 2 RBIs)   Dusty (4-4, 3 Singles, 1 Double, 2 RBIs)

 

Ravens 0 vs Emperors 6:

Mike got the offense going with a single and Caban followed that up with a 2 run home-run. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Ricky hit a single and Vido moved him to 3rd base with a double. Mike and Caban both drove in a run with an RBI single, making the score 4 – 0. In the bottom of the 6th inning, Mike reached on a single and Caban continued his strong offense with an RBI double. Ferdi followed that up with an RBI single. The Ravens offense was shut down by the Emperors defense and they went on to lose 6 – 0.

Ravens: Chago (2-4, 2 Singles)

Emperors: Caban (4-4, 2 Singles, 1 Double, 1 Home-run, 4 RBIs)    Ferdi (3-4, 2 Singles, 1 Double, 1 RBI)

 

Silver Bullets 3 vs Diamondbacks 1:

The Silver Bullets got the scoring done early. David Jr. reached on a single and Austin followed that up with a ground-rule double. Wayne hit a 2 RBI double to give the Bullets the early 2 – 0 lead. In the top of the second Jay hit a double and David Jr. drove him in with an RBI single. In the bottom of the 5th inning, after Markie`s fielder’s choice, Dave drove him in with an RBI single cutting the lead to 3 – 1. The Bullets held on to the lead and walked away with the 3 – 1 victory.

Silver Bullets: David Jr. (2-3, 2 Singles, 1 RBI)    Wayne (1-3, 1 Double, 2 RBIs)

Diamondbacks: Jay (2-3, 2 Singles)

 

Diamondbacks 0 vs Sugar Hill 2:

All the scoring in this game came in the first inning. In the bottom half of the 1st inning, Ralph and Eric Jr. reached on back to back singles. Will drove in Ralph with an RBI single and Eccy drove in Eric with an RBI single of his own. The Diamondbacks tried to get things going in the top of the 7th inning but after getting the first two runners on, they got 3 straight outs.

Diamondbacks: Martin (2-3, 2 Singles)

Sugar Hill: Ralph (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Double)    Will (2-3, 2 Singles, 1 RBI)

 

Royals 10 – Saints 3:

After Ruben reached base safely with a double, Eric drove him in with an RBI double. In the bottom half of the first, the Saints scored 2 runs. After Eric`s single, Will hit a 2 run home-run to make the score 2 – 1. In the top of the 2nd inning, the Royals got those 2 runs back. Chris hit a double and Jonathan drove him in with an RBI single. After Chey reached base again on a single, Ruben drove him in with an RBI single. In the top of the 3rd inning, Darnell hit a single and then was driven in by Chris. In the bottom of the 5th inning, Jeremy hit a double and Lenny drove him in with an RBI single, cutting the Royals lead to 5 – 3. The Royals put the game away in the top of the 7th inning with 6 runs. Chey and Frankie hit back to back singles and Ruben drove them in with a 2 RBI double. Darnell then drove in Ruben with an RBI single. Chris joined the hit parade with a 2 run home-run. After Jonathan hit a double, Kevin drove him in with an RBI single.

Royals: Chris (3-4, 1 Single, 1 Double, 1 Home-run, 2 RBIs)   Ruben (3-5, 1 Single, 2 Doubles, 3 RBIs)

Saints: Will (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Home-run, 2 RBIs)

 

Leland Legends 2 – Gold 11:

Gold got the offense going early. After Pito and Dusty reached on singles, Chuchi and Lou both hit RBI singles. With two runners on, Chris hit a 2 RBI triple to give the Gold an early 4 – 0 lead. In the top of the 2nd inning, Warren hit a double and Ron drove him in with an RBI single. The Gold got this run back in the bottom half of the 2nd inning thanks to Josh`s solo home-run. In the top of the 3rd inning, Freddy hit a double and Edwin followed that up with an RBI double. Once again, the Gold got that run back in the bottom half of the inning due to Chris` second RBI triple of the day. In the bottom half of the 4th inning, Pito hit a double and Papo drove him in with an RBI double. Dusty followed that up with an RBI single. In the bottom of the 6th inning, the Gold added 3 insurance runs to put the game away. After Dusty and Pete`s back to back double, Chuchi hit a 3 run home-run to give the Gold a 11 – 2 lead.

Leland Legends: Edwin (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Double, 1 RBI)

Gold: Chuchi (3-4, 2 Singles, 1 Home-run, 3 RBIs)    Chris (3-4, 1 Single, 2 Triples, 3 RBIs)

 

 

Game of the Week Recap

The first time these two teams faced each other, Sugar Hill came out on top. Second time around, Leland flips the script. This game was all Leland as they won 9 – 2.

This game started off slow. After 2 1/2 innings, Leland got on the scoreboard. After back to back singles by Ed and Freddy, Edwin hit an RBI double. Eddie F. followed that with a 3 run home-run, giving Leland a 4 – 0 lead early. Sugar Hill cut the deficit in half in the top of the 6th inning. After Niko hit a single, Eric Jr. hit a 2 run home-run. In the bottom half of the 6th inning, Leland put Sugar Hill away with 5 runs. Edwin reach base on a single, his dad hit a double get runners on second and third base with no outs. Doug and Petey drove in a run with an RBI single each. John drove in two more runs with a 2 RBI double. Angel put the finishing touches with an RBI single, making the score 9 – 2. Leland`s defense held Sugar Hill`s powerful offense to no runs after Eric`s 2 run homer.

Sugar Hill: Eric Jr. (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Home-run, 2 RBIs)

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

Game of the Week

The Leland Legends will play Sugar Hill on Field 2 at 12:00 pm. The Royals will be umpiring.

Week 6 is a big week for a lot of teams. Week 67 marks the half way mark for the NYESL season. All teams are looking to head into the biggest tournament of the year, Memorial Day Tournament, on a good note. Two teams that are separated by 1 point in the standings will battle it out in week six. The last time these two teams played each other, Sugar Hill walked away with a 5 – 1 victory. Sugar Hill (6-3-1) currently holds a 1 point lead over Leland (6-4) in the standings and sit in 3rd place heading into week 6.

What To Look Out For:

The Leland Legends are on a 4 game winning streak. The last time this team lost was on May 7, to the Ravens. Leland will need to keep the young Sugar Hill team off second base. Field 2 is a hitters field, so their defense will be tested. Leland is not a high scoring team but their defense is always good enough to get them wins.

Sugar Hill is looking to stay in 3rd and catch up to the Gold. Sugar Hill won this last match-up. Ralph went 4 for 4 with 2 RBIs and he will be looking to have the same results from the first match-up. Sugar Hill will need to rack up on the runs and put Leland away early.

Week Five Recap

Saints 0 – Diamondbacks 5:

The Diamondbacks came into this week salivating with the idea that they could start the week off with an early (9am) victory against the Saints. Unfortunately for the Saints, they could not put up enough of a fight to stop this from happening. I have to admit, being on the wrong side of results all of last season, I am pulling for the Saints (just not against my team). The Dbacks exploded for four runs in the bottom of the 3rd and that’s all they needed for a victory. Martin, back to playing stickball, started the scoring with a  2 run double. Joey and Anthony followed with 1 run doubles apiece to finish the scoring that inning. In the 5th, Joey drove in Martin to score the fifth and final run of the game. Jeremy was the highlight of the day for the Saints, going 2 for 2 in the game.

Saints: Jeremy (2-2, 2 Singles)

Diamondbacks: Martin (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Double, 2 RBIs)    Joey (2-3, 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs)

 

Emperors 1 – Leland 4:

Leland was looking forward to this matchup on Field 3. Earlier this season when these teams faced off, Emps won by a run, on a few Leland miscues. Leland opened the scoring in the 3rd inning when Doug and Freddy singled in a run each to take a 2 run lead over the Champs. The Emperors answered right back when Forty drove in Mike from 3rd on a groundout. Leland made the game a 2 run difference again when Angel barreled around the bases for a solo Home Run in the 5th inning. Leland added another run in the 6th when Edwin took advantage of an argument and flew around the bases for the game’s final run. The Emperors uncharacteristically struck out a total of 5 times in the game and could not get a runner into scoring position since the 4th inning. In fact, that runner, which scored for the Emperors, was the only runner to reach scoring position for the Emperors throughout the entire game.

Emperors: Mike (1-3, 1 Tirple)

Leland Legends: Doug (1-3, 1 Double, 1 RBI)    Angel (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Home-run, 1 RBI)

 

Gold 11 – Ravens 1:

The Gold is definitely one of this season’s highest scoring teams and they proved how good they still are by blowing out the Ravens in this one. The scoring started in the 1st inning when Papo tripled and was driven in on a sac fly by Dusty to give The Gold a 1-0 lead. The next inning, The Gold jumped ahead with a 5 run inning. They totaled 7 hits that inning. Dusty drove in 2 more runs when he doubled. Four runs followed the next inning highlighted by 5 extra base hits. Four players had an RBI that inning, and Dusty obtained his 4th of the game. The Ravens got on the scoreboard in the 5th inning when Danny hit a sac fly for his team. In the 5th inning, Papo tripled in a run for The Gold. The Ravens had to say nevermore when the mercy rule was put into effect in the 5th inning.

Gold: Papo (4-4, 1 Single, 1 Double, 2 Triples, 2 RBIs)    Dusty (2-4, 2 Doubles, 4 RBIs)

Ravens: Artie (2-2, 1 Single, 1 Double)

Sugar Hill 7 – Saints 1:

Sugar Hill is making a strong case for being one of the NYESL’s best teams this season.  The Saints were trying to get a win on the board when these two faced each other. Sugar Hill jumped out to an early lead when Eccy singled in a run in the 1st inning. They added two more in the 3rd when Cooks hit a 2 run HR. Another 2 runs were added on in the top of the 5th when Baez hit a 2 run, 2 out double. SugarHill’s final runs came in the 6th inning when Ralph hit a 2 run home run to put an exclamation mark on the day. The Saints scored their only run in the final inning when Pete Jr. hit an RBI triple. Hopefully The Saints can build around that and score more runs in the weeks to come.  

Sugar Hill: Ralph (2-4, 2 Singles, 2 RBIs)    Cooks (3-4, 2 Singles, 1 Home-run, 1 RBI)

Saints: Raul (1-3, 1 Double)

           

Diamondbacks 4 – Emperors 0:

This game was scoreless till the top of the 5th inning, where the Diamondbacks put a 4 spot on the scoreboard. Dave reached base with a single and Jay drove him in with an RBI double. Martin followed his dad’s hit with an RBI single and Joey drove in Martin with an RBI double. Lionel put the finishing touches with an RBI single, to make the score 4 – 0. This is all the scoring in the game as the Emperors offense could not put together hits.

Diamondbacks: Jay (2-4, 1 Single, 1 Double, 1 RBI)    Martin (2-4, 2 Singles, 1 RBI)

Emperors: Mike (3-4, 3 Singles)

 

Sugar Hill 0 – Royals 5:

The Royals got the board first in the bottom half of the 4th inning thanks to Darnell`s 2 run home-run. In the bottom of the 5th inning, they struck again. Chey hit a solo home-run to make the score 3 – 0. In the next inning, the Royals put the game away with 2 more runs. Dave and Ruben reached base with singles and Darnell drove them in with a 2 RBI double. The Royals went on to win 5 – 0.

Sugar Hill: Ralph (1-3, 1 Triple)

Royals: Chey (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Home-run, 1 RBI)    Darnell (2-3, 1 Double, 1 Home-run, 4 RBIs)

 

Royals 5 – Ravens 2:

The Royals got the offense going early. In the top of the 1st, Frankie reached on a double and Dave drove him in with an RBI double. The Ravens got that run back in the bottom half of the inning. Dax got the offense going with a double and Nelson drove him in with an RBI double. In the top of the 3rd inning, the Royals put up a 3 spot on the scoreboard. Frankie hit a single and Eric drove him in with an RBI double. Dave followed that up with his own RBI double. Ruben drove in the 3rd run of the inning with an RBI single. In the top of the 5th inning, the Royals added an insurance run, thanks to Chey`s RBI single. The Ravens tried to get something going in the bottom of the 7th inning. Jeremy and Ed hit back to back singles and Nelson drove them in with an RBI single, making the score 5 – 2 but that is all the scoring that they got.

Royals: Dave (4-4, 2 Singles, 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs)    Ruben (2-4, 2 Singles, 1 RBI)

Ravens: Nelson (3-4, 2 Singles, 1 Double, 2 RBIs)

 

Silver Bullets 2 – Gold 3:

The stats where not taken for the Gold. This is the second time, this match-up was not recorded properly. This was a very intense game. Gold won on a walk-off sac fly in the bottom of the 7th inning. (Please do the stats properly).

 

Game of the Week Recap

This game was big for both teams, as both teams are stand next to each other in the standings. This was a sloppy but great game. Through a tough played game, the Leland Legends prevailed and came out with the 3 – 2 victory over the Silver Bullets.

The Silver Bullets got on the scoreboard first. Austin and AJ hit back to back singles and Russel followed that up with an RBI single. Leland got that run back in the bottom half of the 2nd. After Eddie F. and Doug hit back to back singles, Arod drove in a run with a fielder`s choice. Leland took the lead in the next inning. Angle hit a single and with 2 outs, Edwin hit a 2 run homer, making the score 3 – 1. The Bullets tried to battle back in the top of the 5th inning. Austin hit a double and AJ drove him in with a double of his own. Russel hit a double but Leland`s strong defense threw AJ out at home plate to keep Leland in the lead. The Leland Legends went on to keep a 3 – 2 lead.

Silver Bullets: AJ (3-4, 2 Singles, 1 Doubles, 1 RBI)

Leland Legends: Edwin (1-3, 1 Home-run, 2 RBIs)    Doug (3-3, 3 Singles)

Game of the Week

The Silver Bullets will host the Leland Legends on field 2 at 9:00 am. This game will be umpired by the Royals.

Week 5 is round 2 for all teams as teams play each other for the second time. Things are getting intense in the NYESL as teams battle to catch the first place Royals. The two teams featured in the game of the week find themselves in the middle of the standings. The Silver Bullets and Leland Legends will look to make up some ground in the standings. In the first meeting, the Leland Legends defeated the Silver Bullets 4 – 0. Leland is looking to have the same results from the first meeting, while the Bullets are looking to get revenge. This is a big game for both teams so do not expect anything less than an intense battle.

What To Look Out For:

The Leland Legends scored several of their runs, in the first meeting, off of the home-run ball. Field 2 is not known for home-runs so Leland will have to look for another way to score their runs. Captain, Eddie F., shined on both ends of the field. He hit a home-run and made play after play at shortstop. He showed why he is considered one of the best in the game at his position. If the Silver Bullets want to walk away with a win, they will need to find a way to get past the all star.

Week Four Recap

Ravens 5 – Sugar Hill 7:

The Ravens put the pressure on early. After Dax and Ed reached base on singles. Mick drove in a run with a single of his own. In the next inning, the Ravens` offense came alive again. After Tim and Ty hit doubles, to get runners on second and third, Nick hit a 2 RBI single to make the score 3 – 0. Sugar Hill got those runs back in the bottom of the 3rd inning thanks to Will`s 2 RBI single and Eccy`s RBI single. The Ravens took the lead back in the top half of the 4th inning after Nick hit a RBI single. The Ravens added another run to their lead, in the next inning, after Mick and Artie reached on base safely and Danny`s RBI single. Once again Sugar Hill got those two runs back in the bottom half of the 4th inning. Cooks reached on a double and Eccy drove him in with an RBI single. Eric Jr. followed that up with an RBI double, making the score 5 -5. The next inning Sugar Hill put the game away. After Niko reached base on a single, Angel and Will hit back to back RBI doubles to give them a 7 – 5 lead over the Ravens.

Ravens: Nick (2-4, 2 Singles, 3 RBIs)

Sugar Hill: Will (2-4, 1 Single, 1 Double, 3 RBIs)    Eccy (2-3, 2 Singles, 2 RBIs)

 

Royals 4 – Emperors 1:

The Royals scored first after Frankie and Eric`s back to back singles and Kevin`s RBI single. The Emperors answered right back in the bottom half of the 1st inning with a run of their own. After Mike and Caban`s back to back singles, Rich (Forty) drove in a run with a fielder`s choice. The rest of the game was all Royals. In the top of the 4th inning, Kevin hit a double and Ruben drove him in with an RBI single. In the top of the 5th inning, the Royals struck again. Kevin started the inning with another double. Chris drove him in wtih an RBI double and Darnell drove Chris in with an RBI single, giving them a 4 – 1 lead. The Royals went on to hold on to this lead and win by the score of 4 – 1.

Royals: Kevin (3-4, 1 Single, 2 Doubles, 1 RBI)    Darnell (2-3, 2 Singles, 1 RBI)

Emperors: Mike (2-3, 2 Singles)

 

Gold 1 – Sugar Hill 1:

This was a defensive game. Sugar scored their only run in the bottom of the 2nd inning. After back to back singles by Cooks and Danny, T.J. hit an RBI single to give Sugar Hill the early 1 – 0 lead. The Gold`s offense was kept quiet but they did manage to tie the game in the top of the 4th inning, thanks to Watts` solo home-run. The defense for both sides kept this game to a 1 – 1 tie.

Gold: Watts (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Home-run, 1 RBI)

Sugar Hill: T.J. (1-3, 1 Single, 1 RBI)

 

Diamondbacks 4 – Ravens 2:

Dave started the game off with a single and Ant drove him in with an RBI double. The Ravens got that run back in the next inning. Artie hit a 2 out double and Tim drove him in with an RBI double of his own. In the next inning, Nick hit a solo home-run to give the Ravens a 2 – 1 lead. The Ravens kept the Diamondbacks quiet until the top of the 6th inning. Ant reached base on a single and Jay drove him in with an RBI double. With two outs, Lionel hit a 2 run home-run to give the Diamondbacks their first lead since the 1st inning. The Diamondbacks held on to this lead and walked away with a 4 – 1 victory.

Diamondbacks: Jay (2-4, 2 Doubles, 1 RBI)    Lionel (1-4, 1 Home-run, 2 RBIs)

Ravens: Nick (1-3, 1 Home-run, 1 RBI)

 

Silver Bullets 8 – Saints 0:

This match-up featured two teams that have a decent mix of young and veteran stickballers. Unfortunately, that’s about the only thing these teams have that can be evenly compared. The Silver Bullets jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings. Five different players got an RBI for the Silver Bullets during the scoring frenzy. In the 5th inning, Jay put the game away with a 2 out, 2 run double for the Bullets. The Saints only had one extra base hit in this game, a double by Josh.

Silver Bullets: AJ (3-4, 2 Singles, 1 Double, 1 RBI)    Lou (3-3, 3 Singles)

Saints: Jay (2-4, 2 Singles)

 

 Saints 1 – Leland Legends 6:

Leland was able to bounce back from their win-less week 3, by securing a win against the win-less Jersey City Saints. Leland jumped out to an early 3 run lead in the bottom of the 1st inning, highlighted by Edwin’s 2 run triple. In the 3rd, RBIs by Warren and Angel added two more runs for Leland. The Saints avoided a shutout when Ralph drove in Jay for the Saints first run.

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

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

 

Leland Legends 8 – Diamondbacks 4:

Both teams came into this match-up separated by a few points in the standings. A win was eagerly sought by both teams and it showed. The Diamondbacks kicked off the scoring when Lionel and Lionel Jr drove in a run each in the bottom of the 4th to end the scoreless tie. Leland came back within 1 run when Fred drove in a run on an RBI single. The Diamondbacks threatened to jump out ahead in the bottom of the 5th with four consecutive hits, but were limited to just 1 run as Leland’s defense came through with a relay to cut down Dave at home plate. The momentum clearly carried over to the next inning for Leland as they scored 6 runs, highlighted by Freddy’s 3 run HR. All 6 runs came with 2 outs in the inning. The Diamondbacks threatened again in the bottom of the 7th when Anthony drove in a run, but they left two men on base to end the game.

Leland Legends: Freddy (2-4, 1 Single, 1 Home-run, 4 RBIs)    Eddie F. (3-4, 2 Singles, 1 Triple)

Diamondbacks: Lionel (2-4, 1 Single, 1 Triple, 1 RBI)

 

Silver Bullets 1 – Royals 6:

The Royals continued their hot start to this 2017 season with a convincing victory as they defeated an inconsistent Silver Bullets team. The biggest difference in this game is the amount of extra base hits. The Royals had 6 extra base hits while the Silver Bullets had none. What’s more surprising is that both teams had 11 hits each. Dave drove in 2 runs for the Royals and went 2-3. Kevin also drove in 2 runs for the Royals and was 2-3 with two doubles. The Silver Bullets rallied in the 5th to stage a comeback but fell short. AJ singled in a run in that inning.

Silver Bullets: AJ (3-4, 3 Singles, 1 RBI)

Royals: Dave (2-3, 1 Single, 1 Double, 2 RBIs)    Kevin (2-3, 2 Doubles, 2 RBIs)

Game of The Week Recap

Gold 4 – Emperors 5:

This game lived up to the expectations. Two of the top teams in the league going at it. One of the most successful teams of all time vs the consecutive 3x defending NYESL champions went down to the wire this Sunday. The Gold and the Emperors both went into week 4 tied for first place with a 5 – 1 record. The Gold just came off a tie with Sugar Hill, while the Emperors just came off a tough loss to the Royals

The Emperors got on the board first in the bottom half of the 1st inning. Mike reached base safely with a single and Caban moved him over to third base with a double. With runners on second and third, Ferdi hit a sacrifice fly to give the Emperors a 1 – 0 lead. The Gold got this run back in the top of half 3rd inning. Josh hit a single and Papo drove him in with an RBI double, tying the game. In the bottom of the 4th, the Emperors added three runs to their score. Chungo and Boobie both reached base safely with singles. Ricky drove Chungo in with an RBI single. Vido followed that up with a 2 RBI double, making the score 4 – 1. The Gold rallied back, scoring two runners in the next inning. Pito got the offense going with a double. Papo and Dusty then hit back to back RBI doubles, making the score 4 – 3. In the next inning, the Gold tied the game a 4, thanks to Chickie`s double and Papo`s RBI single. Heading into the 7th inning, the game was tied at 4 and the Gold could not get score in the top half of the inning. In the bottom of the 7th, Mike hit a single and once again, Caban hit a double to put runners on second and third. This was like déjà vu. Ferdi once again came up big with a walk off single to give the Emperors a 5 – 4 win over the Gold.

Gold: Papo (3-4, 1 Single, 2 Doubles, 3 RBIs)

Emperors: Vido (1-4, 1 Double, 2 RBIs)    Ferdi (2-4, 1 Single, 1 Double, 2 RBIs)