NYESL Regular Season Ends – Leland Legends Win 3 straight and clinch 1st place

9AM- On the bottom side of the standings the Bandits were fighting for 8th seed with Nothing Personal & both teams played one another twice. First the Bandits would play Gold & get shutout 6-0. Carlito, Stevie, Pito & Alex PR & Alex toress all had two hits for gold. On field 3 the Emperors were facing a hot Royals and after a great game the Royals left the Emperors on the field in the 7th with Eric’s game winning 2 run hit. The Santana Brothers each had 2 rbi’s. Jay roble was 3 for 4 for the Emps & Tyrone & Al Jr. had 2 hits each. Leland had the 1st game vs the Ravens & the pressure to hold 1st place on their shoulders. Leland was put to the test early in the very first inning. With 2 outs on Lelands John Ayala came to the plate & drove the ball deep to right field for a double. Dave followed him with a double but Leland didn’t score on the play. With 2 outs & men on 2nd and 3rd  #52 came to the plate with a chance to put his team ahead early & crushed a line drive double to score both runs & take the 2-0 lead and set the tone for the orange crush. Every player had at least one hit. Veldi & Dave each went 4 for 4 – Veldi added 2 rbi’s along with Jay who added 2 rbi’s on 1 hit. Leland out hit the ravens 15 to 5 and the final score was 7-0.

10AM- On Field 3 Leland needed 1 more win the clinch & were facing Stem who had upset Leland earlier in the years Memorial Day Tournament. But Leland jumped all over them scoring 8 runs and holding Stem to only 2 runs. Dave along with father & Son combination Eddie F & Edwin Jr. hit homeruns. Jay contributed with a strong 3 for 4 game while John Ayala Tim & Veldi had 2 hits each. Now back to the Bandits and Nothing Personal who went to war on field 1. This was a tough game for either team to lose but NP had playoff plans & came away with the 3-2 victory. Lou was 3 for 3 & Ron and Lionel added an rbi a piece. Joey for nothing personal also blasted a solo Hr to help Nothing Personal. For the Bandits Tony went 3 for 3 with a rbi & June added an rbi. The Ravens were playing the Saints on field 2 & the Ravens offense woke up and delivered 7 runs to the Saints 3 for the win. For the Ravens Nelson went 4 for 4 with a Homerun and 3 rbi’s. Doug added a 3 for 4 game of his own. For the Saints Gil Ray & Pete Jr had 2 hits each but the defense didn’t get it done.

11AM- The Royals & Saints did battle on field 1 & the Saints who play the Royals again in the first round of the playoffs were able to score 4 runs and hold the Royals to 1 run for the 4-1 win (No Stats Posted) For the Saints it builds confidence & make the Royals “beatable” in the first round & the Royals just have to be glad it wasn’t round 1 and take advantage of the 2nd chance to avenge the loss. Gold beat the Stem on field 2 by a score of  2-0. Watts & Carlito had an rbi each. On field 3 the Emperors played Starling AC & were hoping to rebound from the 1st loss. However NP showed a lot of heart on Sunday & after 7 innings Nothing Personal held on for the Big 5-4 win against the 2nd place Emperors. Ron, Joey, Lionel & Mark had 2 hits each for NP.

12-1pm- The Saints played the Ravens again on field 1 in a make up game & the Saints were able to out score the Ravens 6-3 & head into the playoffs with a W. That win tied the Stem for 6th place however the Saints had the edge head to head. For the Saints Ray Aponte went 3 for 3 with a rbi and on two doubles, Juan Mills went 2 for 3 with a triple and rbi & Gil Velez was also 2 for 3. Ed Brunson was 3 for 3 for the Ravens & had half of his teams 6 hits in the loss. Leland had to play Stem again in a make up game & cruised to a 6-1 victory. Veldi from Leland just continued to put on a hitting clinic Sunday going 2 for 4 with 2 rbi’s in the final game but was 8 for 12 with 5 rbi’s in 3 games. Eddie F contributed 3 hits on 5 ab’s and a rbi of his own. On Field 3 the battle to get into to playoffs continued until the very last game as the Bandits were facing NP for the second time & were determined to finish the season right & beat NP 3-1. With that win the Bandits finished the season with 3 wins tying NP in points with 11. However the bandits edged NP in Run differential & will represent the NYESL as the 8th seed in the 2009 playoffs this coming Sunday.
Congratulations to all the teams’ players’ board members & of course the fans for contributing to another successful competitive & exciting season. And it isn’t over yet….  Playoffs are here & the heats about to be turned up on the boulevard Sunday as the best teams collide on the streets on Stickball Blvd with only one thing on their minds, Winning a Championship title…. What team is going to take the Title the Ravens have held all year? We’ll find out on Sunday.
Good luck & may the best TEAM win.
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Written By Mick Olivero #52