The DC Bullets are coming together. The bats are heating up with the weather, the defense is playing smooth and confident, and the wins are following. Monday night, the Bullets won their fourth in a row, topping The Economist 16-3 on North Meadow #10.
The Bullets scored - in unusual fashion - consistently throughout the game. Three runs each in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings, and four in the second, before they relaxed somewhat and eased through the sixth and seventh innings.
First: Pat Brosseau tripled to right and scored on Mike Lorah's base hit. John Choi roped a double to the left field gap, scoring Mike, and after Jay Kogan's fly out, Vince Letterio drove John home with a base hit to left.
In the second, singles by Nel Yomtov, Brian Walters and Sal Cipriano loaded the bases. B&N.com's Emily Winter, helping the team out and playing a terrific second base, drove in a run with a groundout before Pat cleared the deck with a two-run double. Pat took third on the throw home and scored in Mike's grounder back to the mound.
After The Economist broke through against Joel Press in the third with a run, Jay and Vince led off the bottom half with singles. They were nearly stranded when Joel lined to shortstop and Allison Dugas struck out, but Nel drilled a double down the line, scoring Jay, and then Brian brought Vince and Nel home with a line drive to right.
In response to giving up a run, Joel threw the ultimate shutdown fourth inning. Three pitches, three outs, including a leaping spear by Mike at third base. DC nearly matched the feat. Emily flew out to shallow left and Pat popped up, but Mike lined a single to left, John did the same, and Jay cashed in both runners with an opposite-field triple. Vince picked up an RBI with another single, his third of the game.
After a two-run top of the fifth, DC capped the scoring with three more during their turn at the plate. Nel, Brian, Sal and Emily singled to start the inning, and after Pat's fly to shallow right, Mike blooped a base hit to right field. John added a sacrifice fly as well.
For DC in the sixth, Nel and Brian picked up two-out singles, but were left stranded, and after both teams agreed to play an extra inning, DC managed two-out singles by Mike and John in the seventh.
A big hand to Emily for coming out and being our second female. You're welcome back any time. Thanks also to The Economist; we hope you enjoyed the game! And kudos to the Bullet defense - with only eleven players, every outfielder and all three guys on the infield spent an inning on the bench, and the defense made all the expected plays no matter who manned each position. A couple scoops from Sal, rock-solid defense in the middle from Nel and Emily, and good range and smart throws from the entire outfield prevented The Economist from ever getting any momentum on their side. Well done, team!
8-5 (2-1 NYMSL), the Bullets have another big New York Media Softball League game this Thursday, as they meet Daily Beast/Newsweek at Riverside Park at 7pm.
RF Pat Brosseau - 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, double, triple
3B Mike Lorah - 4-5, 2 R, 3 RBI
LF John Choi - 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, double, sac fly
RCF Jay Kogan - 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, triple
LCF Vince Letterio - 3-4, R, 2 RBI
P Joel Press - 1-4
C Allison Dugas - 0-4
SS Nel Yomtov - 4-4, 3 R, RBI, double
UT Brian Walters - 4-4, 2 R, 2 RBI
1B Sal Cipriano - 2-4, 2 R
2B Emily Winter - 1-4, 2 RBI