Wall Street Journal, the two time defending NYMSL champs came to North Meadow #2 with their A-line-up and launched an abundance of home runs to beat the Bullets 11-4. With the win, WSJ moves up into second place over DC in the New York Media Softball League.
WSJ plated two runs in the first, but the Bullets valiantly threw up three of their own in what felt like it could be a close one. After Neil Hiremath and Travis Hastback went down, 3B replacement Ian Parfrey, making his second career appearance for the Bullets, singled to right. Jay Kogan, beastly as ever, plated Ian with a double, and John Choi followed up with a single to score him. Birthday boy Pat Brosseau completed the first inning scoring with a run scoring triple.
After trading doughnuts in the second inning, WSJ turned on the juices and scored 4 big runs in the third, followed by 2 more in the fourth. A few of these were absolute bombs off of pitcher Joel Press. The Bullets scored one more run in the bottom of the inning, and that would close out DC's scoring. Ian smacked a double to left, and moved to third on a single by Jay, who moved to second while Ian faked a run home. John's RBI ground out scored Ian.
A questionable double play call effectively ended any Bullets' chance in the bottom of the sixth. Blake and Neil were the runners, so even with WSJ superhuman infield you can imagine that doubling them up would be tough. And it was, just the ump, admittedly, missed it.
WSJ plated two more (why not?) in the top of the seventh, but a single by Jay was all the Bullets were able to muster to end the game. A frustrating loss, considering DC played good defense behind Joel. WSJ's good pitcher, great defensive, and the cavalcade of what has to be former minor league or college stars, though, was ultimately just too much. There's a reason they are two-time champs.
These two teams meet again next Saturday, 8/20, in a make up of an earlier rain-out. Next Thursday, though, the Bullets play their penultimate league match-up against Daily Beast/Newsweek at North Meadow #2. NewsBeast themselves face WSJ tomorrow morning. A win by the Beast would make next Thursday's game huge as far as play off seeding goes. An intriguing final week of NYMSL action looms...
OF Neil Hiremath: 0-3
LF Travis Hastback: 0-3
3B Ian Parfrey: 2-3 2R 2B
OF Jay Kogan: 3-3 R RBI 2B
SS John Choi: 1-3 R 2RBI
RF Pat Brosseau: 1-2 RBI 3B
2B/C Christine Napolitano: 0-2
1B Sal Cipriano: 0-2
OF Vince Letterio: 1-2
P Joel Press: 0-2
C/2B: Allison Klein: 1-2
RF: Blake Kobashigawa: 0-2