Friday, June 1, 2012

Bullets Rout Newsbeast

Thursday afternoon at Riverside Park, the DC Bullets batted around twice in the first inning, tallying seventeen runs, en route to a 27-7 blow-out win over Newsweek/Daily Beast. The victory boosts the Bullets to 2-0 in New York Media Softball League (or 2-0-2 if you want to count for the rainouts). The downside to these offense-heavy games is trying to jam in all the offensive highlights - and there were a lot. Kevin Schwoer had a 5-5 day with a cycle and 7 RBI. Sal Cipriano and John Choi had four hits each, and Vince Letterio, Mike Lorah, Christine Napolitano, Larry Ganem and Dan Bertoldi compiled three-hit afternoons, including a three triple day from Mike.

The first turn through the line-up, in the top of the first, the Bullets made only one out, and that one out only when Vince didn't realize that he didn't get a base on an overthrow of first and was tagged out while strolling to second base. The other ten batters all scored, with John, Sal and CNap collecting RBI singes (two scoring on John's hit) before Kevin clubbed a two-run triple to deep center field. After an infield single, Dan drove home a run with a line single to left and Allison Dugas-Behan legged out an infield hit to load the bases. The second time through the line-up, Neil Hiremath singled for two more runs, and Vince singled to reload the bases. Mike stroked an outside pitch into the right field corner for a bases-clearing triple. Nel added an RBI double. Two more hits loaded the bases, before CNap's fielder's choice tacked on another run - but created the second out, with John being forced at third base. Kevin's RBI double gave him half the cycle (still in the first inning), then Larry and Dan capped the explosion with run-scoring singles. Allie lined out to short to end the slaughter.

To their credit, Newsbeast did not give up. They battled back with five runs in the bottom of the first, causing a few Bullets to say that the game was far from over.

So DC got those five runs back in the second - Mike notched another triple, a one-out flare into right, scoring Neil, who'd walked leading off the frame. Nel's fly to left was deep enough to bring home the second run, before John singled, Sal doubled, and CNap, Kevin and Larry singled in sequence to plate three more runs. Newsbeast answered with one run in their half of the second, when a line-drive split the left center gap, enabling Newsbeast's first baseman to circle the bases for a solo home run.

The third started almost the same as the second. After Allie was retired, Neil drew a walk, Vince smashed a long foul fly out to left, and Mike hammered a long triple to dead center field to score Neil for the inning's only run.

Sal and CNap singled with one out in the fourth, and Kevin completed his cycle with a bullet to center field, enabling him to circle the bases and easily beating the relay throw home.

The fifth went quietly. After Allie's lead-off walk, Neil popped up to short. Vince singled to put runners on first and second, but Mike chopped a one-hopper back to the mound, forcing Allie at third, and Nel grounded hard to third base to wrap the Bullets' only scoreless inning of the evening.

Despite a quickly fading sun, the teams squeezed in a sixth inning (getting the soccer and lacrosse players off the field pushed the start time back by a solid twenty minutes). After a double by John and Sal's walk, CNap grounded to the shortstop, forcing John, and Kevin singled to load the bases. Larry's fly to left scored Sal, but after Dan singled to reload the bases, Allie grounded out to end DC's scoring for the evening.

Newsbeasts tallied one final run in the bottom of the sixth, as their second baseman lined a two-out RBI triple into the left center gap. Larry then induced a pop-up to the mound to wrap the game.

Amidst all the hitting, DC managed a few defensive standouts as well. In the fourth, Vince Letterio snared a ball inches off the turf after a long run in left field, and a diving Nel Yomtov stole a line-drive hit in sixth.

The Bullets (6-1, 2-0 NYMSL) meet Forbes next Thursday at Riverside Park in New York Media Softball League action.

Bullet Box:
CF Neil Hiremath - 2-3, 4 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
LF/2B Vince Letterio - 3-5, R
3B/LF Mike Lorah - 3-4, 3 R, 5 RBI, BB, three triples
SS Nel Yomtov - 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, double, sac fly
DH John Choi - 4-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, double
1B Sal Cipriano - 4-4, 5 R, RBI, BB, double
SCF Christine Napolitano - 3-5, 4 R, 3 RBI
2B/LF/3B Kevin Schwoer - 5-5, 3 R, 7 RBI, double, triple, home run
P Larry Ganem - 3-4, R, 3 RBI, sac fly
RF Dan Bertoldi - 3-5, R, 2 RBI
C Allison Dugas-Behan - 1-4, R, BB

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