Week 2 Recaps- Royals and Leland take 2

Game of the Week- Royals 3 vs Gold 1

The Royals loyal following voted them GOTW for the second straight week for their matchup against the Gold.  The Gold had a good week 1 showing and were looking to keep the early season momentum going.  In their first game of the day they notched 12 runs, so the Royals would have to wake up the bats to keep up.  The Royals offense got off to a quick start in this game and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first.  Kevin provided the early lead with his 2-run double, and Ruben knocked him in with his RBI single.  From there the Royal defense took over.  The Gold put runners in scoring position in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th innings, but the much improved Royal defense stifled the Gold each time.  Alex put the Gold on the board in the 6th with an RBI double.  In the 7th the Gold put the tying runs on, but the Royal defense was unfazed and took the 3-1 victory. Ruben led the Royals with 3 hits, followed by Davids 2.  Pito, Alex, and Josh each had 2 hits for the Gold.
Gold 12 vs D’Backs 7-  The D’Backs have a different feeling about them this year.  Just talking to some of the guys you could see they are much more confident this year and are out to prove they belong.  The Gold must not have sensed the same thing as they opened up a 23 hit barage against the D’Backs.  8 Gold singles led to 5 runs in the top of the first inning.  Carlos, Tim, Willie, Watts and Pete each had RBI’s in the inning.  In the 4th the Gold scored 3 more runs, highlighted by Warfields 2-run HR.  The D’Backs came to life in the bottom of the 4th with a 5-run inning to get back in the game.  Ant and Lou each had 2-run doubles in the inning.  But the Gold put the game out of reach in the 6th with another 4 runs, with Willie, Watts, Pete and Pito each driving in a run.  7 members of the Gold had multi-hit games, led by Carlitos 4 and Willie’s 3 RBI’s.  Martin, Joey, Pedro and Lou each had 2 hits for the D’Backs.
Brew Crew 3 vs Emperors 2- After a dissappointing week 1 performance the Brew Crew needed to get a win in the worst way to prove to themselves they could compete in this league.  Not many people gave them a chance facing the defending champion Emperors, but that didn’t stop them from delivering the upset of the day.  The game was scoreless until the 5th inning when the Brew Crew struck first.  Jason drove in the first run with his double, and with runners on second and third Bombi delivered the clutch 2-run double to give the Brew Crew a 3-0 lead.   The Emperors scored a run in the 6th on Ty’s RBI double. In the bottom of the 7th, Vido inched the Emperors closer with an RBI single.  But the Emperors didn’t have enough in them to complete the comeback and the Brew Crew notched their first win in the NYESL. The Brew Crew only had 4 hits but made the most them.  Caban led the Emperors with 2 hits.
Leland 11 vs Brew Crew 1- The Brew Crew was flying high after their first game and looked to keep the momentum going against Leland.  Raul gave the Brew Crew an early 1-0 lead with his RBI double in the first.  But it didn’t take Leland long to respond, as Izzy put them ahead with his 2-run double in the second.  Leland left little doubt as to who would take this game in the 3rd with an 8-run outburst.  Leland started the inning with 9 straight hits. Eddie F, Dave, Izzy, Black, Ralph, Lenny, and Wayne each had RBI’s in the inning. Ferdi tacked on another RBI in the 4th and the Brew Crew came crashing back down to earth.  Dave, Ferdi, Izzy combined to go 9 for 9 and 5 RBI’s. Brew Crew could only manage to get 4 hits as a team. 
D’Backs 4 vs Ravens 3- The Ravens came into this game after a win-less week 1, and needed a win to avoid getting off to another slow start.  The D’Backs were looking to get back on track after losing to the Gold in their first game. Brunson put the Ravens ahead early with his RBI single in the first. The D’Back didn’t take long to answer.  In the bottom half of the first, Dave tied the game with an RBI double, and Martin put the D’Backs ahead with a 2-run HR for the 3-1 lead.  Ant provided an insurance run on his fielders choice in the 3rd.  The Ravens tried to claw their way back in the 7th as they face an 0-3 start to their season.  Nick came off the bench and delivered a pinch hit RBI single to bring the Ravens within 2, and then Austin inched them closer with his RBI single.  With 2 runners on and 1 out, the Ravens couldn’t complete the comeback and the D’Backs held on for the win. Martin and Brandon led the D’Backs with 2 hits each, while Brunson was the lone Raven with 2 hits. 
Emperors 5 vs Saints 1- Unfortunately the stat sheet was not kept for this game so a proper recap couldn’t be provided for this game. Thanks Brew Crew! Caban led the way for the Emperors in this one going 3-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Ty added 3 hits and an RBI as well. Pete had the lone RBI for the Saints,  and the Saints we unable to wake up the bats to stay in this game. 
Royals 4 vs Ravens 1- The Ravens had to come into this game with a must-win mentality to avoid the 0-4 start.  They ran into a Royals team who has been playing great defense to start the season and playing with lots of confidence. The Royals got on the board first  on Jonathans RBI single.  The Ravens answered back in the 3rd on Nelsons sac-fly.  David and Darnell put the Royals back on top in 5th with back to back RBI doubles.  The Royals added a run on the 6th with some heady base running by Coree on Rade’s ground out, scoring from second base.  Despite Nick’s 3 for 4 performance, the Ravens couldn’t muster up enough offense to keep up and dropped to 0-4. Ruben and Jonathan each had 3 for 3 games for the Royals.
Leland 11 vs Saints 5- Lelands offense has been operating at full steam to start the season, and this game was no different. The Saints scored first on Mick’s RBI double in the first, but Dave continued his hot start for Leland and tied it back up in the bottom half of the inning. Leland continued the hot hitting with 5-runs in the 3rd. Wayne, Eddie F, Dave all hit RBI doubles, while Izzy and Doug added RBI singles. The Saint would back back with an RBI single from Pito in the 4th, and RBI singles from Bambino, Pete, and Josh in the 5th to close the gap to 6-5.  But Leland could not be stopped as they extended the lead on Izzy’s RBI triple in the bottom of the 5th.  Dave continued to rake in the 7th, and provided a 2-run double to crush the Saints hope of coming back.  Wayne, Dave, and Izzy each had 3 hits in this game, with Dave driving in 4 runs.  Lenny and Pito each had 3 hits to pace the Saints.