For a brief moment, it appeared that one of the Bullets' own might hand them a loss, as Andrew Marino - playing for a short-handed iTV team - cranked a mammoth three-run home run in the fourth inning, cutting DC's lead to only two runs, but the Bullets responded in style, shutting out iTV the rest of the way and tacking on runs in every ensuing inning en route to a 17-4 blowout.
Andrew and Neil Hiremath volunteered to go over to the iTV side for the day, while the DC roster included a bevy of returnees from San Diego - welcome back Larry, Vince, Kevin and Blake. With Larry Ganem back on the mound working his magic, DC held iTV scoreless through three innings - including Larry getting Neil on a fielder's choice and Andrew on a popup to shortstop in the second inning.
DC took the early lead when the first three batters in the first inning reached base and scored. Both Mike Lorah and Pat Bra-sew singled and came around to score on Andrew Arnold's long double. After Kevin Schwoer flew out, John Choi grounded a single through the infield, moving Andrew to third. Christine Napolitano's fielder's choice scored Andrew for the third run before Larry popped up to end the inning.
The Pressman, Joel Press, and Dan Bertoldi picked up two-out singles in the second inning, but were left stranded in DC's only scoreless inning. Mike started the third with a bloop double to right field and went to third on Pat's single - Pat, however, was thrown out trying for second on the play. Andrew reached on an infield single to put runners on the corners for Kevin, who slugged a double to left. Mike scored easily, and Andrew trotted home when the throw to third went out of play. Kevin moved up to third on the overthrow and scored, after John's shallow fly to left, on CNap's liner down the third base line.
In the fourth, iTV got rid of their goose-egg score, first with an RBI single, and then when Andrew 2 belted a three-run homer over Kevin's head in left. The big fly cut DC's lead to 6-4, but the Bullets went back to work extending the lead in the bottom of the frame: After Blake Kobashigawa flew out to center - the fly ball tracked down by our own Neil - Sal Cipriano yanked a base hit past the third baseman and Joel pounded a run-scoring triple. Dan's groundout to shortstop scored Joel before Vince Letterio flew out to deep left for the second time.
Mike and Pat singled in the fifth again. After Andrew popped up to first, Mike scored on Kevin's second double of the evening, and Pat came home when the throw to third went out of play. Kevin moved to third, but was left stranded on John's groundout and CNap's fly to left.
Now holding a 10-4 lead, the comic book makers put the game away in the last of the sixth, batting around and tallying seven more runs. Larry, Blake and Sal singled, plating the first run. After Joel's fielder's choice, Dan and Vince picked up RBI singles, and Mike drove them both home with a triple to right center. After Pat's shallow fly out, Andrew plated a run with a single to left, and consecutive singles by John and Kevin brought him around to score. Finally, CNap grounded into a fielder's choice at third base to wrap DC's scoring for the day.
iTV put two runners on base - Andrew Marino again, beating out a groundball single, was one - before Larry induced the final out, a routine grounder to Andrew Arnold at short.
12-7 (2-5 NYMSL), the Bullets have a big New York Media Softball League showdown next Thursday on North Meadow #2. WNYC currently holds the fourth and final NYMSL playoff spot with a 2-4 record, one-half game better than the Bullets. Earlier this year, WNYC defeated the Bullets 4-3 in nine innings.
3B/CF Mike Lorah - 4-4, 4 R, 2 RBI, double, triple
RF/C Pat Brosseau - 3-4, 2 R
CF/SS Andrew Arnold - 3-4, 3 R, 3 RBI, double
LF/1B Kevin Schwoer - 3-4, R, 2 RBI, two doubles
SS/2B John Choi - 2-4, RBI
SCF Christine Napolitano - 1-4, 2 RBI
P Larry Ganem - 1-3, R
3B/SS Blake Kobashigawa - 1-3, R
1B Sal Cipriano - 2-3, R, RBI
2B Joel Press - 2-3, 2 R, RBI, triple
C Dan Bertoldi - 2-3, R, 2 RBI
LF Vince Letterio - 1-3, R, RBI
And for iTV:
CF/2B Neil Hiremath - 0-3, R, RBI
SS/C Andrew Marino - 2-3, R, 3 RBI, home run
Also, credit to Sal for moving the defense around and giving everybody at least one inning on the bench. I may hate being off the field, but it's fairer than having the same people always sitting every other inning. Particularly in these non-league games.