NYESL Battle for 1st heats up

On Sunday June 7th the NYESL was back in the swing of things on another beautiful stickball Sunday on Stickball Boulevard. Gold and the Ravens tied 1-1 in their 1st game, Then Gold in what felt like a 2 hour game demolished Nothing Personal 17-1. Pito from Gold went 5-6 with a few rbi’s and a HR. Leland shut out the Saints 5-0 . The Saints then Marched on & took it out on Nothing Personal with a 7-1 win. The Royals upset Leland in the late innings for a 5-4 victory & beat Stem 2-0. Leland went on to defeat the Ravens 1-0 in their make up game. The Emperors lost to the Ravens 5-0 in their first game of the day & quickly fell behind on the bandits in their second game, yes the bandits. But make no mistake about it, the Bandits came to play Sunday beating Stem 3-2 & showed a lot of heart against the 2009 MDT Champion Emperors heading into the bottom of the seventh with a 3-2 lead. With a runner on first & 2 outs, Anthony Caban came to the plate with only one thing on his mind, To hit the “Hail Mary” of stickball, with that said… Caban who had been slumping since memorial weekend only going 2 for 9 since, launched a Bomb deep into the out field and after the deep outfielder dropped the ball, it took a HR bounce across the street & it was over, the Emperors won on Cabans walk off 2 run homer. The Emperors still flying high off the come from behind win went on to crush the Royals 9-3.
The 2009 season is reaching the midway point this Sunday June 14th & three teams stand on top of the league tied for 1st in the standings with 25 points a piece and are each holding impressive 8-2-1 records. Gold is in first place & edge Leland in head to head. They are also riding high with several blow out victories. Leland is in second place & edge the third seed Ravens in head to head. Lelands defense is currently #1 in the league, giving up just 25 runs through their first 11 games & shutting out 5 or their last 6 opponents. This Sunday at 9am Gold will face off against Leland for the second time this season. The first battle between these two teams proved to be a war with Gold coming from behind in the last inning for the 9-8 victory. This time around Leland will be looking to avenge that loss & even the series between them with 1st place on the line. Other key match ups this coming weekend are the Emperors Vs Gold game & the Ravens Vs Royals game. For the full Schedule please see below.
Mi Gente – This Sunday is also the Puerto Rican Day Parade. So for those driving from NJ, Staten Island, Brooklyn or Manhattan, remember to leave your house a little earlier than usual to avoid the traffic and don’t forget your favorite Salsa Music/ Big Pun songs & of course your beautiful Puerto Rican flags. See you all at game time.
Mick “The Truth” #52