Friday, August 31, 2012

And It's a Wrap: WSJ Pummel Bullets in 2012 Finale

The DC Bullets' 2012 softball season came to a close last night with a one-sided, 18-6 loss at the hands of Wall St. Journal.

WSJ scored four times in the first, once in the third and five times in the fifth before DC got on the board. After the comic book makers tallied four runs in the last of the fifth, highlighted by Kevin Schwoer's long home run to centerfield, inspiring thoughts of a comeback, WSJ put the game away with a seven-run sixth inning. DC tacked on two runs in the last of the seventh for the final score.

After falling behind early, highlighed by a two-run opposite field home run from WSJ, the Bullets misfired in the first. After Pat Braahhseauo's lead-off single, Vince Letterio, Mike Lorah and Andrew Arnold grounded into consecutive fielder's choices. In the second, Joel doubled into the left field corner with one out. Christine Napolitano's line single to left moved Joel to third, but Larry Ganem and Sal Cipriano both lined out to shortstop, leaving two runners stranded.

The third and fourth innings went similarly quietly for DC. Blake Kobashigawa flew out to center, Neil Hiremath popped up to short, and Brie Cortese, making her Bullets debut, grounded to short in the third. Jeff Boison and Pat flew out in the fourth, and after a resounding double from Vince, Mike lined out to right.

The Bullets broke through in the fifth. After Andrew started things with a single, Kevin crushed a line drive well over the centerfielder's head for an easy home run. Singles by CNap, Joel and Larry loaded the bases with nobody out. Sal drove home a third run, grounding in an unassisted fielder's choice at third base. Blake followed with a groundball that forced Sal at second, leaving runners on the corners with two outs. Neil punched a single to left, scoring Larry easily and sending Blake around to third base, but Neil was thrown out at second when the throw to third was cut off.

Sixth inning: Brie grounded to shortstop again, Jeff popped up to second, and Pat bounced back to the mound.

After Vince flew out to left to start the seventh, DC mounted a brief and too-short rally. Mike grounded a single through the middle, and Andrew lined a base hit to left. Both runners moved up two bases, with Mike scoring, when a throw from shallow left, attempting to catch Andrew rounding too far off first, went out of play. Andrew trotted home easily from third on Kevin's sacrifice fly to centerfield. After Joel's two-out single, CNap grounded into a 5-4 fielder's choice to close out the game and the season.

DC finishes the year 15-10 (2-8 NYMSL).

Bullet Box:
RF/P Pat Brosseau 1-3
LF Vince Letterio - 1-3, double
3B Mike Lorah - 1-3, R
LF/SS Andrew Arnold - 2-3, 2 R
CF/1B Kevin Schwoer - 1-2, R, 3 RBI, sac fly, home run
2B Joel Press - 3-3, R, double
SCF Christine Napolitano - 2-3
P Larry Ganem - 1-2, R
1B Sal Cipriano - 0-2, R
SS Blake Kobashigawa - 0-2
CF Neil Hiremath - 1-2, RBI
RF/C Brie Cortese - 0-2
RF/C Jeff Boison - 0-2

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