Week 1 Recap- Leland takes 3, Emps match 2015 loss total

Game of the Week- Royals 4 vs Emperors 1         The Royals had been waiting forthis matchup all offseason. The Emperors dominated the Royals in 2015 and theRoyals, finally at full strength, needed to prove to themselves that they hadwhat it takes to compete versus the champs. Ralphy put the Royals ahead 1-0 inthe second with a sac fly after Rubens triple. The Royals put another run on the board in the 3rd when Cheytripled and Frankie added another sac fly. In the 4th inning Ralphy, the man the Royals had beenanxiously waiting to return, delivered a mammoth 2-run blast that all butsealed the deal for the Royals. The Emperors scored a run in the 6th ona Caban sac-fly, but the Royal defense was stingy all game and wouldn’t concedeanything further. Eric was 3 for 3 for the Royals and in his debut, Chey added2 hits.

Gold 5 vs D’Backs 1- This gamewas scoreless until the bottom of the 4th when the D’Backs struckfirst. Ant Jr. started the inning with a double and then Joey drove him homewith an RBI single. In the 5th, the Gold quickly struck back tiedthe game on Petes RBI single, followed by Pito’s RBI double to grab thelead.  In the 6th, the Goldextended to lead on Alex’s 2-run triple. The D’Backs offense had nothing leftto fight back. Alex led the Gold with 3 hits and Carlos added 2 of his own.

Leland 4 vs Silver Bullets 0- Lelandstarted the scoring early as they jumped to a 2-0 lead with Ferdi’s 2-rundouble.  In the second inning, the futureof Leland, Jayden, extended the lead to 4-0 with a 2-run HR.  Congrats to Jayden on his first HR as I’msure this won’t be his last.  The Bulletsoffense really didn’t show up in this one as they had just 4 hits (2 by Wayne).Jayden led Leland with 3 hits, while Ferdi and Eddie F. each had 2.

Sugar Hill 5 vs Royals 5- TheRoyals jumped on Sugar Hill early scoring 2 in the first, courtesy of RBIsingles by Eric and Ralphy.  In the second,Ralphy extended the Royal lead to 4-0 with a 2-run single.  Sugar Hill fought back in the 4th.Eric Jr. got things going with a solo HR, and Eddie and Jay added RBI singleslater in the inning.  The Royals got arun back in the 5th on Ralphy’s RBI double.  They would need it as Sugar Hill tied thegame in the 6th on RBI singles from Jay and Will.  Eric and Ralphy each had 3 hits to lead theRoyals, while 5 members of Sugar Hill had multi-hit games (Eric Jr, Angel, EricSr, Eddie, Jay).

Saints 5 vs Gold 3- The Saintsdrew first blood in the top of the second and took the early 1-0 lead on Josh’sRBI double. The Gold responded in the bottom half of the second with 2 runscourtesy of Pete’s 2-run single.  In the 5th,Lenny led the inning off with a double, and Cooks drove him with a single totie the game at 2. In the 6th, the Saints took the lead on anotherRBI hit by Josh. The Gold fought back in the bottom of the 6th totie the game with a clutch HR by Chuchi. But in the 7th, the Saints brokeaway courtesy of RBI singles from Pito and big Mark to give them a 5-3 victoryover the Gold.

Leland 3 vs Chiefs 0- Bothoffenses were quiet in this game until the 6th inning.  In the 6th, Leland finally brokethrough. Jayden and Edwin set up Lou with a couple of singles and then Loudelivered with the clutch RBI double. Ferdi added some insurance later in theinning with a 2-run double to put the Chiefs away in their NYESL debut.  Drew was the lone bright spot for the Chiefswith 2 hits.

Silver Bullets 3 vs Ravens 3- TheBullets jumped out to the early lead in the first on an RBI single byWayne.  The Ravens stormed back in the 4th.Chago and Mick each got base to start the inning and then Jeremy delivered withthe big 2 out hit and drove in both runs. In the 7th the Bullets regained the lead. Russell started thescoring with his RBI single, and then Coree, who had struck out in his first 3at bats, came through with the clutch go-ahead RBI single.  In the bottom of the 7th the Ravenwere able to tie the game up as Nelson delivered the big 2-out RBI. With thewinning run on second base, Efrain was unable to give the Ravens the W andsettled for the tie.

Emperors 3 vs Saints 0- TheEmperors struck first in the top half of the 3rd.  After singles by Mike and 40, Eric put theEmperors on the board with a 2-run double. Chungo followed Eric up with an RBIsingle of his own to put the Emperors up 3-0. That would be all the Emperors would need as their defense shut down thepotent Saints. The Saints were unable to put hits together and were plagued bythe dreaded double-play ball. Lenny led the Saints with 3 hits, while Chungoled the way for the Emperors with 3 hits as well.

D’Backs 3 vs Chiefs 0- These twoteams faced off a few time in spring training and finally played one that counts.The D’Backs struck in the top of the 4th. In the midst of a 3 for 3effort, Naz put the D’Backs ahead 1-0 with his RBI single, and then Brandonadded an RBI double to extend the lead to 2-0 later in the inning.  In the 7th, Dave all but put theChiefs away with a solo HR that put the D’Backs ahead 3-0. The Chiefs offensemustered just 2 hits in this game and will need to improve on offense if theywant to compete on the Blvd.

Ravens 3 vs Sugar Hill 2- TheRavens opened up the scoring in the first inning as they strung a couple hitstogether and Jeremy knocked one in with an RBI single.  Brunson provided the Ravens with another RBIin the third. Sugar Hill answered back in the bottom of the 3rd asnewly acquired Rae-Justin brought Sugar closer with an RBI double, and then Willtied it up with another RBI double. In the 5th, newly acquired Chagofrom the Ravens gave his team the lead with an RBI double and the Ravens wereable to hold on for the win.

Leland 3 vs Emperors 1- Lelandbroke the 0-0 tie in the third to jump out to the lead. Edwin gave Leland a 1-0lead with his RBI double. Lou added a sac-fly to give Leland a 2-0 lead. TheEmperors cut the lead in half in the 4th after Chungo led off theinning with a triple and then driven in by Ant-Live. In the 5th,Leland got back the run as Eddie F. drove in Dougie after his leadoff double tostart the inning. The Emperor offense just couldn’t get going to overcome the2-run deficit. And just like that the Emperors have already matched their loss totalfrom 2015.
See you guys on Sunday – #21 Ruben