Welcome back to Softball!
Week 01 | Spring 2018
Welcome back! It’s been a long (and cold) five months since the end of the Fall 2017 season. We hope the cold weather is behind us as we embark on the long seven month stretch of softball in 2018. If this weekend is any indication, we are in for a memorable 2018.
Here’s a look back at the action from this weekend, mixed in are some quotes from actual players, and a few game recaps:
Pitch Slap @ It’d Hit That
In the 2:30 game, I Hit That came out strong showing no sign of rust from the offseason and jumped out to a 17-0 lead through 4 innings. Led by starting shortstop Derek Ambrosino, who went 4-4 with a triple and 2 runs scored, I’d Hit That got off to a hot start Saturday vs. Pitchslap. Needing 3 runs to keep the game going from a mercy rule, PitchSlap was down to their last strike but managed to get a big hit to keep the game going and rallied off 12 straight runs to make it a ball game. Sean and Brian must have given one heck of a pep talk after that because they shut down the Hitters for the next two innings. The team in green settled down, put on a few insurance runs and shut down the PS bats to hold onto the 13-19 win.
“IHT’s third baseman, Tim Widmayer, made a Sportscenter-worthy diving catch to preserve the lead late in the game, and newcomers Mark Tavel and Jason Barnett fit in nicely in the outfield and at first base, filling in for the Hitters injured captain, Michele Militello who hopes to return later this season” Christ M. (Captain), I’d Hit That
“It’s going to be an exciting year, great mix of kids from PitchSlap teams throughout the years coming together. New co-captain Sean Begley is going to provide some energy to this team! We sure showed we hadn’t played in a while to start the game and you can’t do that vs a team like I’d Hit That. When their bats are clicking, it hits you fast, as they showed by putting up 10+ on us one inning. We made a good comeback, but Josh made they key pitches when he needed to get his team out of some jams. Always fun to play those guys and girls over there.” Sean F. (Captain Emeritus), Pitch Slap
Bad News – Bad News Beers @ Beer View Mirrors
On Sunday, Oscar P’s long awaited Beer View Mirrors debut was spoiled by a seven run Bad News Beer’s 6th inning. After jumping out to an eight run lead, the wheels fell off in the fifth and sixth as the BNB rallied for a one run victory. Daniel Montoya got the rally started (glad to see you back on the field!) and some superb late game defense preserved the victory.
Booze on First @ Upper Deckers
“Saturday was a beautiful day to kick off Astoria softball. Looking forward to the rest of the season with the Booze crew.” Allison M., Booze on First
Long Commute – Alaskan Spear Throwers @ Astros
The next time one of us complains of traffic heading to Whitey Ford Field-talk to Marilyn and J.C! They traveled all the way from Penn. for the Astros season opening game against the Spear Throwers. Quite an impressive feat! However, it was the Spear Throwers who got a jump start on the scoring, plating five runs in the first inning. Alex was dominant on the mound, allowing just two runs in seven innings against the Fall 2017 runners up. The final score: a 9-2 victory for the Spear Throwers.
Got the Runs @ Gold Label
“It was a good game, and we had a blast kicking off the spring! The troops did well, except Jerry Chapman who I’m not convinced wasn’t playing for Gold Label.” Steve P. (Captain), Got the Runs
Aloha – Just the Foul Tip @ Renegades
Saying goodbye is never easy. Maybe that’s why the JTFT/Recess Renegades game went to nine innings. At the end of the day, the scorebook is going to read 8-6 JTFT. But that’s the secondary storyline. This was the final Astoria Social game (in multiple sports) for Quinton Loder. One of the originals (and back in 2014 before this was even a league) is departing for Hawaii in a short time. We would just like to wish you well on your travels. No one can rock David Allan Coe at the Astoria Tavern quite like you.
Softballs @ Designated Drinkers
“Great way to start the season and even better celebration at Arcadia after.” Khaalid A., Soft Balls
“Though we didn’t win on the day, we had some amazing plays in the field and solid hitting all around. New players and old showed their moxie. More importantly, all 14 of us went to Arcadia after the game to celebrate the start of the new season. Looking forward to shaking off the ice and bringing the heat for the rest of the spring season.” Joe M. (Captain), Designated Drinkers
Fresh Start – Brew Crew @ Sons of Pitches
The SOP’s scored nine of their ten runs in the second inning as the combination of Lou and Edgar allowed just two run on Sunday afternoon. They defeated the Brew Crew by the score of 10-2.
Grape Dutches @ Outkasts
“We didn’t play an all around game. There was some questionable plays, there was some questionable calls, but that’s baseball. Now it’s on to SOP’s.” Chris S. (Captain), Grape Dutches of York
“I am extremely proud of my team for maintaining their composer through adversity. Losing me for just one inning is a detriment to our teams success and I’m glad that they were able to push through and secure the “W” despite me going down with an injury. I’d also like to thank everyone for their kind words and concern for my well being. Look out Astoria Social here come the Outkasts!.” Melinda F. (Captain), Outkasts