NYESL Season Summary By Mick Olivero (Leland)

Last weekend the NYESL was back in session on the boulevard & there were some great upsets & even greater come back wins. The biggest come from behind victory was a game that featured the NJ saints & the Bronx Emperors. The saints out played the Emperors the entire game & took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 7th. After a dropped egg ball took a ground rule double bounce the Emperors scored a run and tied the game on the very next hit. With 2 outs it was all up to Anthony Caban who had struggled earlier in the game but is always a big threat. Just a couple weeks ago he blasted a walk off game winning home run to save the Emperors from a brutal loss to the Bandits. Lightning struck again but this time his victim was the Saints. Ca-BANG launched another game ending blast to deep left Center that landed just in front of the cars parked across the avenue & the Emperors swarmed Caban & left the Saints on the field in a heart breaking 3-2 loss.
The Ravens started their day by losing to the Stem 4-3. Stem have a much improved offense & defense since adding Wayne & little bit of luck D. Lush. Stem went on to defeat nothing personal 3-2 in their second game & are in 6th place.
The Gold has been struggling to pull out victories going 1-3-1 in the past 5 games despite Carlito Santiago putting up “Entire Season” numbers for most players already & there is still 8 games to play. Gold 1st played the Royals & lost 2-1 but were able to bounce back & defeat the NJ Saints 6-2. Due notice to Gil Velez from the Saints who has gone an impressive 23/42 with 3 Hr’s & 15 rbi’s so far in his 1st season in the NYESL.
The Royals have definitely stepped up their game winning 7 of their last 8 games & find themselves in fourth place behind the Emperors who have the same points at 34. The Royals to this point have been lead by Veteran MVP Andy & Izzy Torres who has 15 rbi’s for his team and has 25 hits so far. Ruben has also had a solid season already matching hit total for last year with 21 with nothing but 8 games of opportunity ahead of him to continue to help his team down the stretch.
In Lelands 1st Game after taking a 7-2 lead over the bandits, Lelands defense allowed the bandits to come within 1 point but held it together enough to get the 9-7 victory. In the rubber game of the 3 game season series against the Emperors, Lelands defense held them to one point and managed to squeeze out 3 runs & get the W & take the series going 2-0-1 vs the Emperors in regular season. Darnel went 3 for 3 w/ a triple & Edwin went 4 for 8 Sunday & now has 15 rbi’s on the season. Nothing personal continues to grind losing both their games on the day.
The NYESL regular season is nearly 3 quarters of the way through with the 4th of July coming up this weekend & after sharing 1st place with the Ravens & Gold, the Leland Legends have gone 7-1-1 in their last 9 games and have taken sole control of 1st place with their impressive 13-2-1 record so far this season. In what was hyped as the most competitive season ever in the NYESL, Leland continues to pour on runs against their competition and have already reached the 100 points forwarded on opponents & 40 points earned with 8 games left to go. In addition to Lelands explosive offense, they have given up fewer runs than any team except for the Emperors who have given up 5 less runs.
The season is coming down to this, Battle for 1st still up for grabs & the battle for second & 3rd should be interesting in these final 8 games, Stay tuned for your update in 2 weeks as Leland, Ravens, Emperors & Royals & Gold all turn up their games another notch for positioning.

Good Luck to all the 2009 NYESL All-Stars this Sunday July 5th.. Players are encouraged to show up & support if you can with your families, otherwise have a great time & enjoy your weekends with your families where ever you’re at and stay safe Mi Gente
Mick “The Truth” 52