About Us
The Osceola Senior Softball League was founded about 20 years ago in St. Cloud Florida. Our most-respected, highly-admired founder Leo Viti is no longer as active with the organization as he would like to be but still drops by occasionally to say hi and cheer us on. Since its founding the league has been devoted to providing an outlet for active seniors to stay in shape both physically and mentally while playing a game they love. As well one will find that it can also provide the opportunity of meeting other like-minded individuals, leading to strong and long-lasting friendships. All seniors are welcome regardless of skill level or place of residence; the only limitation is the 55 plus age requirement hence the name of the website (though actually it probably should be 55plusor54ifturning55thatcalendaryearsoftball.com).

Pickup games are played Monday and Friday from mid-March to December at Denn John Softball Complex in Kissimmee (behind Makinson Aquatic Center). Players must arrive by 9AM (or call before 9 & arrive by 9:15 (see Contact, below, for phone #'s) to play in that day's game. On Wednesday there is batting & fielding practice @ 8:45 to 9 followed by a 10 pickup game (arrive, call by 9:30 to play pickup game). A The Leo Viti Fall League is played one day per week during Sept & Oct played either Mon or Fri so during that season only 2 days per week are available for pickup games.  

From Jan. to end of March Mon. & Fri. pickup games are replaced by our Winter League tournament played at Fortune Road Softball Complex in Kissimmee. Sign-ups take place during November. Teams are created by a selection process with the goal of creating evenly divided teams. Each team is sponsored by a participating organization who donates to our League in exchange for various perks and benefits (and of course prestige). 

Individual players can be highly competitive, but with the league mission of creating a safe place for seniors to enjoy a healthy recreational environment that competitive drive should never drive away respect & tolerance of others. One's sense of competition should be limited to improving one's own game. Osceola Senior Softball is a non profit corporation registered with the Federal Government and the State of Florida.
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Phone :  Dave Brown @ 407-709-2001 (Mike Rodriguez @ 772-359-8415 or Jim @ 321-402-1478 for pickup game issues when Dave is unavailable); RAIN OUT HOTLINE 407-518-2550 EXT: 6203 (hotline usually not so hot, though Parks Dept. promises to stay up to date with it for 2017 season; though for backup check website or email from 7:45 to 8:15 for field status).

 Email: softball1943@icloud.com, osc55sb@gmail.com, angel_bermudez@msn.com, pedward5@gmail.com or find emails on MEMBERS page                                                                          

 Board of Directors; Dave Brown, President; Rick Arleo, Treasurer (rules/umpires?); Pete Edwards, Administration; Al CialeIla (inactive); JOEY RUIZ, Alternate) 
Angel Bermudez acting Secretary; GENE MITCHELL, Retired from Board (Gene-ral Counsel if in a good mood) - through March 31, 2017

(League dues can be mailed to Osceola Senior Softball c/o Rick Arleo 2338 Kings Crest Rd, Kissimmee, Fl 34744)   
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Jan 27 - Finally something good to write about. The jewelers were shining today as they took a double header from Pinch-A-Penny. True to Marrero"s track record, both games were close. In game 1 Marrero's & Pinch-A-Penny took turns exchanging the lead every inning until Marrero's pitcher John Diaz shut P.A.P. down for the last three innings, leading the jewelers to a 13-10 victory. Game 2 was an example of competition at it's best, as both teams went back and forth fighting for the lead, until Marrero's scored 2 in the 7th to take the win 15-14. On Marrero's Mike Lamboy went 6 for 7, Rick Arleo went 6 for 8 and Gary Vansickle went 5 for 7 on the day. Pinch-A-Penny's stand-outs were James Pridgen for his excellent fielding as well as going 5 for 7, Cecil Vasquez going 6 for 8 and Angel Santiago also going 5 for 7 for the day.

After being demolished by VFW in the first game 19-4, Allstate bounced back to take the second game 12-6. Top hitters for Allstate were, Bob Giguere going 8 for 8, while Bienvenito Lopez chipped in 6 hits,with Yorsy Ozoria and Mike Rodriguez knocking 5 hits each.
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Aurora keeps soaring scoring 2 more wins, this time over Koffee Kup. And this despite losing 2 key players to torn tendons & neck spasms with their line-up consisting of 'torn meniscus' leading off, 'torn hammy, broken finger' at clean-up, 'plantar fasciitis' batting 6th, 'degenerative hip 10th', with 'permanent knee damage' in the 5th, 7th & 11th spots (mind you, this is only physical disabilities). But yet again, enough "D" & a some key hitting kept the wins coming. 1st game, 1st inning walks helped Aurora to a 5-1 lead which they lengthened to 9-1 by the 4th. Momentum would shift as KK batted around to come within 1. But 3 runs in the 6th were enough to hold off the KKups for a 12-10 win. 2nd game also had Aurora in front, but KK caught them & went ahead 9-7 aided by 4 Widmer hits (to same spot in RF) plus hard hitting & nifty fielding of Ron R & Carlos S. But 6th & 7th 5-run innings with each of the walking wounded contributing sealed the deal in a game more competitive than the 17-9 score. Aurora's league lead may also look deceptively large, for, for sure, Aurora's soaring is in store to be no more - to be more a slumping bunch of 'sore losers' as they take more lumps & simply limp gimpily to the finish (then again they may heal up!).

Jan 25 - We will try to make up the rain out games on either Wed Mar. 1 or Wed Mar. 8., if we get enough players.​
  please let your managers know if you will be able to make it on those dates.

Jan 23 - NO GAMES TODAY, Rained out


Jan 20 - Pinch-A-Penny won 2 over the Nicks, Koffee 2 over Marrero's, Aurora won 2 over VFW & Rental World & Allstate split
Marrero's write-up Game 1 was another of Marrero's nail-biters. They were up until Koffee Kup tied it up in the 5th. At the end of 7 the score was tied at 7. Koffee Kup scored 4 in overtime, to come away with an 11-8 victory. Koffee Kup was over-stimulated (it must be all the caffine) and in game 2 they took an early lead and the jewelers just could'nt keep up. Great hitting by Larry Leikam 5 for 6 and Dave Brown 6 for 8 led them to a 15-4 win. Boch Ruiz for Marrero's had an excellent game and went 4 for 6 on the day.
Allstate - Top hitters were Bob Giguere and Juan Dorta going 5 for 7 each. Five other players had 4 hits each to contribute to the split. (if you need to know, Mike & Orlando Rod , Bienvenido Yorsy &, Carlos Alvelo 
Aurora - In the early season battle for 1st place ("the pretenders" vs. "the contenders"), 3-1-0 Aurora took on 3-0-1 VFW. In game 1 after 1 & trailing 4-0, Aurora came roaring back, never looking back to sweep both games. Very impressive given that they were missing 2 of their top players, Jose Cruz & Alan Miller (or not impressive at all given VFW was missing its 1st & 2nd round players, Tim Neale & Julio Medina). Aurora tho' played some tight "D" thru-out with solid hitting from Cruz Rosario & Lloyd Knowles. VFW's "D" a bit looser, although Joe Orr (Tim's replacement) played an excellent SS & was a standout hitter as well. So who knows? Each team may still end up contending while 5-1 Aurora may prove to be even bigger pretenders than before. 
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Jan 17 - We are saddened to announce the passing of Hector Ahorrio's mother, Maria Toledo. There will be a wake at Funeraria San Juan, 2661 Simpson Rd , Kissimmee 34744, on Thursday at 5PM. If you can please stop by and offer your condolences.
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Jan 16 - Don Fulkerson (Koffee Kup team) has tickets for the WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC in Miami /  Thurs Mar 9 - 6:00 PM - Canada vs Dom. Republic Fri Mar 10 - 6:00 PM- Colombia vs United States  
 Sat Mar 11 - 12:00 PM - Colombia vs Canada Sat Mar 11 - 6:30 PM - United States vs Dom Republic  /  Sun Mar 12 - 12:30 PM - Dom Republic vs Colombia..
 Three tickets for each game Sec 205 - Row 1 - seats 9,19,11 Cost $ 25.00 per seat , per game.  Contact Don Fulkerson email - donfulkerson51@gmail.com At the ball park - I play for Koffee Kup
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Jan 14 - Ricky (Wawa) Finally got to go home on Friday, he will be recuperating at home for a few months. He still has to go for dialysis treatments for a period of time. Hopefully we'll see him out in the field one day soon. He thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers.
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Jan 9 2017- Aurora knocked the air out of Marrero's today with a double win over the Jewelers. Game one was a nail biter as Marrero's was up 9-1 when Aurora scored 8 in the 4th to tie it up. For the next couple of innings they went back and forth, but in the end Aurora won 12-11.
  Game 2 was a tough game for the Jewelers, first the weather and then playing short-handed. Aurora out-hit the jewelers to a 17-12 win. Some of the standouts for Marrero's were Jose Soto and his two run homerun in game 1 and Felix Navarro going 7-9 for the day. The stars for Aurora were Gene Mitchell and his glove at shortstop, Lloyd Knowles who went 7-9 and Oscar Trinadad who went 6-8 on the day. 

If you would like your team's report to appear here, select someone to write it up and email it to angel_bermudez@msn.com.
Batting practice at Fortune Road Wednesday Jan. 11 and Wed. Jan. 18.
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Jan. 6, 2017- Great opening day today , great weather great company and friendly competition, let's hope the rest of the season turns out as great. I Have posted some photos thanks to Photographer Cheryl Caputo, to see them click on the "PHOTOS" button above. In photobucket click on OPENER JAN 6 2017. Congratulations to all the winners (there are no losers in this league).  Thanks to all our sponsors and everyone who made this possible. There was a photographer from the Oscela Gazette taking pictures so be on the lookout for their next edition.   The Birthday Boy, Del is 90 and still going strong.

Here's a report from Rick Arleo; All the teams split except for Marrero's who tied the first game and lost the second. Here is a write-up of our game. (Marreros vs V F W ):
 The jewelers came out in full swing in game one and after 4 innings had a 9-0 lead. But, they were unable to hold on to it and with the help of too many mental errors gave up two 5 run innings. The game ended in a 12-12 tie.
 Game 2 started out very close, but VFW capitalized on more errors to take a 15-8 lead. However; the jewelers weren't going down quietly and they scored 11 runs in the 7th making it 20-15. But, VFW answered back with 6 runs of their own in the 7th to come away with a 21-20 victory.  Some outstanding hitting on both teams made for some very exciting ball. Marrero's Ted Witt batted 1000, and both Tito Hernandez & Pat Giles batted 750 on the day. The VFW big guns were, Benny Vasquez who hit 857 and both Barry Dunn & Cuba Jimenez who batted 778 on the day. 

And here's a report from Gene Mitchell. "Here's a write up of our game": 
Aurora played Rental World... after playing 2 games, we split (I'm practicing to be concise so I'll be better prepared to text & tweet)

Jan 5 - Just sent out an email with "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the 2017 Winter League". For those of you with email, read your email. For those without email, though the email is about '100 tweets' long (new modern day unit of measure) let me summarize... Tomorrow is opening day. 
P.S., though I'm no longer responsible for this weblog, as long as the password isn't changed I plan to hack in from time to time (to cause mischief). G.M.

Jan 3 - As previously stated practice tomorrow will be at Fortune Field... that is weather permitting (I see early AM showers predicted). On that subject, I was told by Kissimmee Parks & Rec today that they will begin using the Rainout Hotline again & attempt to get any cancellation info out by 7:45 AM during the season. The number is 407-518-2501, ext. 6203. To me this is a case of "I'll believe it when I hear it" so we'll have to have a backup system in place. That will be Dave Brown calling in to find out field status, relaying info to Angel Bermudez, who'll send out an email (and update website) hopefully before 8AM.

Dec 31 - Was hoping to spread holiday cheer by telling you all that Wawa is now back home but I just found out he is still in the ICU (was told Rm. 264). Let's try to spread some cheer to him with some New Year's visits.

Let me ring out the old year by trying to make things clear as a bell with the changes occurring next week/year. On Mon., Jan 2 we're @ Denn John. From then till March 31 we'll be at Fortune Field (possibly with the exceptions of playing pickup or makeup games on our Mon./Fri. off days of Jan 13 & 16 and March 3 & 10. On Wed. we have batting practice & some last chance pre-season practice games. And Fri. Jan, 6 is opening day. Please arrive by 8:00 to 8:15 to ensure you have your shirt & are in place for the ceremony at 8:30. This hopefully allows us to start by 9:00. The regular season schedule should be as is, except if we find we need makeup games; then we'll look to use our "off days" (or possibly a Wed. or 2) if Board & Managers approve. For the playoffs, I'd like to change games 12 & 13 and game 14 (with a possible game 15) so they're on separate days. If you wish to contact your manager you can find his name on the TEAMS page and phone -email address on the MEMBERS page. If you wish to contact me, better do it soon as I'll be uncontactable come Jan 6. 

Managers & Umpires are asked to attend a meeting to discuss rules & procedures Tues. Jan 3, 9AM @ Catfish Place. Asst Mngrs are welcome as well. 

​HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL 

Dec 22- Rick's condition continues to improve, he is off the respirator, and stomach tubes have been removed. His doctor is impressed by his improvement and had him take a short walk. Rick is alert and able to speak and is looking forward to seeing every one, he is at Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, ask for Enrique Rivera at the check in desk. 

Dec 21 - 10 or so members have been to Osceola Med Ctr (rm. 258 per Mike); Rick's wife feels others should wait till he's off the respirator & more responsive. Will update. 

Dec 20 (3PM) Rick is slowly recovering, he is in and out of consciousness and still on a respirator. His kidneys are being monitored as they were not working at optimum level. When he is awake he is able to acknowledge your presence.

Dec 20 (noon) - Nothing new to report on Wawa's condition as of this morning. Al V. visited but was not able to speak with him. I'll send an email with a bit more detail.....'Social Director' Joey Ruiz & 'the hardest working man in softball' Jim Parker suggested a Christmas celebratory picnic this Fri. Hopefully this will prompt you to attend this impromptu event; just bring your favorite holiday specialty (or burgers, hot dogs, beer, chips etc.) as a Christmas gift for ho-ho holiday bash (only 2 ho's due to short notice). 
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Dec 19 - There's a link now to the Winter League Schedule. Still exploring some possible tweaks to it so labeled it 'tentative', but it looks like we will have a 35 game regular season followed by an 8-team seeded double-elimination playoff, with the championship played either March 27 or March 31. Stay tuned.
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​Dec 18 - Just received word that Rick Rivera (Wawa) had emergency quadruple bypass surgery on Friday. He is still in recovery in ICU. Let's keep him in our thoughts and prayers for a successful recovery. I'll update as I get more information.
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​Dec 16 - Winter League has a few knots to loosen & loose ends to tie up. Maybe you can help: 1) from what I know, Marrero's, VFW, Koffee Cup, Pinch a Penny, & Nicks 
need an asst mgr. If you can volunteer to assist a manager please contact Rick Arleo, Pete Edwards, Dave Brown, Ron Dustin, and Harry Canavesi respectively. BTW,
thanks Ron Dustin for volunteering to manage Pinch a Penny; 2) if you know of anyone who would like to umpire let me know. I have 7 good candidates now, but if we decide to go with 2 per field we'd need a few more; and 3) you might already know that Kissimmee Parks & Rec took 3 Fri.'s & 1 Mon. away from our normal schedule. We're using Jan 6 as opening day to grab 1 Friday back. We're looking at a couple of other scenarios to make up these games. But even without them we'll be able to play a 35 game regular season schedule with an 8 team seeded double elimination playoff with the last playoff game March 31 at the latest.
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Dec 13 - Team selections have been completed, to see what team you're on click the "TEAMS" button above.
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Dec 8, 9 - Team selections will happen tomorrow at Fortune Road, as soon as we have details, they will be posted.
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​​​​Nov 27- See changed contact information below (scroll down or click on CONTACT US above). My last email included an explanation of this change and that Gene Mitchell 
will no longer be actively involved in the day to day communications or softball operations roles, but remain in consulting role only until Board term ends, end of March.
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Nov 24 - HAPPY THANKSGIVING! .... Don't eat too much, tomorrow is a game day. 
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​Nov 15 - REMINDER: Monday Nov. 21 is the deadline for getting in registration forms in. A dozen or two names I know usually play I've yet to see paperwork for. ACT NOW!
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Nov 9 - Fri. Nov. 11 is VETERANS DAY. We do not have any official festivities planned but it would really be great if everyone would bring a snack or something to munch & share and your favorite beverage and hang around for a while after the game as a show of support for all our veterans
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Nov 1 - PLAYOFFS! In Field 1's semifinal Black Attack's relentless attack against Blues Brothers took on a gory quality, as the Brothers were practically buried alive in 5, beaten black & blue & needing mercy in a 13 run loss. 'Bout the same time Orange Crush led White Hot by 7 in the other semi, making a Black & Orange Halloween Final all but final. But by the end, Orange looked white as a ghost losing that lead, ending up more like Orange Smush - like smashed pumpkins the day after Halloween - as White Hot took the game in 1 extra inning. Black Attack now faced White Hot, a team they'd already lost all 3 games to, & after the 2nd already seemed doomed. Pretty scary for all present to witness 3 pitchers give up 8 straight walks & 5 runs without White's batters taking a swing. Seemed like some kind of trickery! The resulting 3 run lead remained into the 5th when White took an 8-5 game, then treated themselves to 7 more, a 15-8 lead thru 6. Black's 5-run rally put a scare into White, but in the end had to admit that each game against White this fall had been frightening; while the champs ended the season feeling like trick or treaters w/ a bag full of candy (so why, the day after, do I feel sick?). 




Oct 30 - Halloween tomorrow could bode well for an Orange & Black Final? A treat for them, but for all others - I'm sure would feel tricked by most of the Fall season. The bottom seed Crushers 'visit' #1 seed White Hot (Field 2) while the Attackers 'visit' #2 Blues Brother. Winners meet in game 2 for championship & chance for T-Shirt (hoo boy!)  
** Lookout for a "reminder" email on Winter League registration; forms will be available around 10:15 tomorrow as will I or Dave (depending on whose team loses game 1).**
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​Oct 27- Team photos have been posted, thanks to Mike Caputo. To see them click on the TEAMS button above then scroll down
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Oct 25 - Very exciting games to end the regular season yielding some unexpected results & setting up next Monday playoffs with Orange playing White & Black playing Blue.
(relive the excitement game details are (or will be) available by clicking on BLOG, above). 
To print the League registration form click REGISTRATION FORM, above, which brings up doc; click Print Icon (converts to PDF), then go to your own File, Print commands.
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​Oct 17 - 1 regular season day left in the league & it's neck & neck for 1st, neck & neck for last, with 1 in the middle (see Oct. 17 Breaking News & Standings for whose neck is whose).
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Oct 16 - Fall Leaguers: if you could, please arrive by 8:30 tomorrow to take team photos (Thanks Mike "Pops" Caputo). Green Machine doesn't play till 10:15 so might not have entire team present and may have to arrange to take photo later on (around 10 AM, 11:45 AM, or possibly after noon after their afternoon game). 
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​Oct 11 - White Hot quite hot winning two & now 6-2-1. Blue now #2, 11/2 games back after winning by 1 in their 1 game. Black & Orange fighting for playoff spot. Green Machine feeling green after DH loss. Board met to discuss Winter League issues. Registration starts Nov 1. ends Nov 21, with season starting Jan 6. Details will be emailed shortly.
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Oct 6 - As you may already know, the City of Kissimmee is allowing someone by the name of Matthew to take over the fields at Denn John all day Friday (don't seem fair).
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​Oct 4 - Black Attack didn't lack attack winning 2 on Mon.; both "bye" teams, White Hot & Orange Crush, lose their only game while Green Machine & Blues Brothers both split.
Thursday, the board will meet @ The Catfish Place to discuss Winter League. Dave wants us there early to board up the windows in case Matthew decides to come too. Oops... we meet next Tuesday not this Thursday... sorry Dave you're on your own.
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​Oct 2 - On behalf of the dozen Fall League members who participated in last week's Sept 26 thru Oct 1 "1-Pitch Tournament" we thank the other 54 members for their indulgence for interrupting the league last Monday. Hope it wasn't too much of an inconvenience & hope the Monday pickup game was enjoyed (thanks Jim & Mike for setting up the games all week!). From this point on there will be games scheduled each Monday thru Oct 31 (BTW... congratulations to the Osceola Senior League members on team "Latinos" [99.7 FM], Johnny, Hector, Luis A., Jose Riv (1), Jose Soto, Efrain, Miguel, Raul, Ron Ramos, Bienvenido, Sal, Tony Q., & me, for winning the tournament against the other 7 teams all from Lake County).
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​Sept 25 - Reminder: there will be a pickup game tomorrow in Denn John. The Fall League continues the following Monday & every Mon. in October. Juan Castillo played his last game before back surgery in the Wed. games that he organized against Puerto Rico. He told me rehab should be 3 to 4 months. Others told me his surgery was successful.  
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Sept 20 - FYI: Wednesday's batting practice will be limited to 1 field as Field 1 will be used for the 3rd annual tournament against a visiting team from Puerto Rico (who'll play OSSL members from the Indios). Optimally only 20-25 will attend tomorrow so BP will not be overcrowded yet there'll be enough for a 2 team pickup game.
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​Sept 19 - League standings have been updated. Since currently, these current standings are hard for me to stand, I won't be writing any more on the subject (though I will be 
asking the Board if we can change our team name to Lack Attack). Perhaps Angel B will want to blog about today's games as his White Hot team's white hot, unbeaten in their last 5. 
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​Sept 14 - We finally have a few photos of the Labor Day opener honoring LEO VITI One of the leagues' Founding Fathers. Thanks to Cheryl Caputo. to view the pictures click on the "PHOTOS" button above, you'll be re directed to photobucket, look on the left side for LEO VITI CLASSIC and select that.
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​Sept 12 - Today, playing 1 game each Orange crushed while Green was a machine. White was hot-ish winning 1 & tying 1 as the Brothers went home blue losing 1 & tying 1. Meanwhile Black was under attack (mostly from within). Orange & Green @ 2-1 with White 2-1-1 are all tied for first. Thanks Tim, Raul, & Curt for stepping in to ump.
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​Sept 7 - Hey, for those of you who took pictures on Labor Day & know how to send them via internet send them to Angel @ Angel_Bermudez@msn.com so we can post them.
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​Sept 6 - The Fall League started misty, ended with a deluge, while in between it was clear. The mistiness was due to a touching tribute to Leo Viti in which the Fall League was dedicated in his honor for all he's done for us. The deluge ended the day cutting short both the picnic & final game of the day. From 9 to 12 though, it was clear - clear that we have a pretty darn competitive league as each team ended the day at 1 win, 1 loss. I left with 2 pictures in my head - Leo speaking to us before the games or trying to as his emotions took over & Joey alone on the field in the batter's box yelling, "hey let's go" as torrential rain poured on him... from the sublime to the ridiculous. It was a good day!



(partial) details of final regular season games, Oct. 24

Game 1, Field 2 - Blue vs. White playing for 1st place, winner takes all. But what if no one won? After scoring 10 runs with blasts a 'plenty - 1 being Vidal's 305 ft. shot over the fence - White would squandering a 3 run lead in top of 6th by virtue of 3 errors as Blue scored 4 & took an 11-10 lead to the 6th. White came up to find time had run out & the last of the 6th would be last licks. They managed to get 1 for the tie. An umpire decision to play 1 extra '1-pitch' inning was then overturned by the league when White rightly cited the 'time limit' rule. So for the 2nd time the same teams tied. But did White make a mistake to not play to win. Perhaps. By gaining a tie White was 7-3-2, Blue 6-3-2. If Blue could beat Orange in game 2 they'd be 7-3-2 & would get 1st based on winning the season series 1 win & 2 ties.

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Blue            3        0        4       0        0       4               11      
White          0        3        5       2        0       1        x        11


Game 1, Field 1 - Green vs. Orange
Orange came in knowing they needed this win and then a 2nd win to make the playoffs. Green would have to lose to Orange & then Black to miss the playoffs. A seesaw battle ensued: 2-2, 4-2 Orange, 4-4, 5-4 Orange, 8-5 Green, 9-8 Orange, 9-9 (a score Green would see once again later on) & finally 14-9 Orange. With the win Orange now 4-7, Green 5-6. 

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Green         2       0      0        2        4        1        0            9 
Orange       2       0      2        1        4        5        x           14


Game 2, Field 1 - Blue vs. Orange. Did Blue even know they were fighting for 1st? I didn't! But Orange sure knew that their Game 1 win wouldn't be enough to get them to the playoffs, so continued to wage another 'fight to the finish'. Their season was helped in the 6th, when a dropped ball on an attempted force out would have ended the inning & sent them to 7th up 8-7. Instead they went on to score 5 & ended up winning 13-8.  
​Orange in playoffs; Blue out of chance for 1st.
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Blue            3         0        1        0       0       3        1             8 
Orange       2         2        2        0       2       5        x            13


Game 2, Field 2 - Green vs. Black  With one eye on Orange's game, Black jumped off to a 9-2 win after 3 helped by tight D and loose O(offense). Black had to win to get in the playoffs unless Orange lost to Blue & scoreboard watching confirmed they better just worry about winning with every check showing Orange tied or slightly ahead. The middle of Green's lineup with Ray, Miguel, Efrain, & Hector kept hitting and after 5 the score was tied 9-9. But in the 5th & 6th Black scored a run, each time with 2 outs; in the 5th on a ground ball error & in the 6th on a line shot by Cuba. Jose Lopez played his best game with multiple hits including one to the fence, and 4 put outs on Defense. With Orange already a winner, Black into the playoffs, Green out.

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Green         0        0        1        3        5        0        0             9
Black          4        0        5        0        1        1        x            11 



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August 31 - So far, all week, we've weathered all the bad weather, so over all... not at all bad Played on Mon. & Wed. so maybe we’ll get lucky tomorrow despite getting Hermine's tail-end being over all of us tonight. Stay alert for an AM weather alert as to whether you should stay or you should go (now) 
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There’s absolutely no chance of bad weather for opening day on Monday because that would just be WRONG (if it happens I'm going to suggest moving to a domed stadium). Had our umpire/managers meeting today so any Fall League questions now go to your manager; in other words… leave me alone (sorry, please leave me alone). 

The picnic list grew to about a dozen items on Wed. & perhaps we can get a dozen more Bring Your Own items tomorrow. If you’re not sure what’s on the list & what you should bring you can always bring a beverage, dessert, or any dish that can be wrapped up and brought home if we run into overages. A controversy is still brewing over whether the league will provide hot dogs & burgers or submarine sandwiches (since we now have refrigeration, sandwiches are back as a salmonella-free option). If the decision is to BBQ you can always bring charcoal and lighter fluid. Of course with the ground’s crew being off for opening day perhaps the most important thing anyone could bring would be a rake or better yet, a John Deere with an infield drag mat attachment (a.k.a. a ‘Denn John Deere’).
And please welcome new member Keith Arthur who, like all new players, can probably best be welcomed by sharing your quad & hamstring stretching regimen with him.
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August 30 - the Fall League Schedule has been posted on line (see link above) & on bulletin board. White & Green teams please note the 12 PM starts on 09/05 & 10/17.
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August 23 - Successful draft for the Fall League (well actually we won't know how successful till Oct. 31). Thank you to the volunteer managers especially last minute saviour, Jim DiGiacomo (Orange Crush), Hector Ahorrio (Mean Green Machine), Moncho Ramos (White Hot), Dave Brown (Blues Brothers), & Gene Mitchell (Black Attack.... I say "no problem" to me for thanking me). I'll send out an email with team rosters shortly & post them at Denn John. Angel, perhaps can post them on the website & I'll work with him on posting the schedule within a week. Hopefully we can start playing pre-season games by keeping Fall League teammates together for next 5 pickup games.
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August 11 - And the hits keep on coming as we take another hit when it comes to the health of our members with Al Villarreal going into the hospital tomorrow to have a pacemaker inserted. Angel or I will update you after the procedure and let you know where and how to send your concerns & best wishes.
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August 10 - With Fall League rosters expanding, please expand your ability to tolerate my inability to finalize a schedule (have you tried meditation). Doing this has been difficult given our 'Monday only' stance, intended to let Monday-only players finally be part of league play. And with league expansion the schedule expands so that with 5 teams (& murmurs of finding players for Team #6) we found it necessary to cut the # of games in order to avoid conflicts with other leagues in which a sizable % of our players play in. I intend to bounce all such variables off the Board, get feedback, thus allowing me to take all but one schedule variation off the board. Once there's a final schedule I'll need dates of any games you'll miss before the Aug. 23rd "draft". We also still need volunteers as managers (strong knowledge of softball & our players along with strong pain tolerance. 
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August 9 - It took 4 days to reach our 52 player Fall League limit & 4 more to blow thru our new 5 team, 65 player limit - all & all a full fall softball league. I can know say we now. I can now say with 100 % confidence, I'm not confident this finalizes anything (can you say 6 teams?). With a wait list as well as 2 dates in Sept. that present scheduling issues I'd like to run all open-ended issues by the board, after which I'll send out a final email with full detail.  

QUESTION for Fall Leaguers: are there any Mondays from Labor Day to Halloween that you CANNOT play? If so, I need to know [reply to gemit2000@aol.com]. Let's all 

And let's welcome 4 welcome additions to the league: Mike Caputo & Joe Sereci (who I welcomed prematurely on July 1 before this week's cash transaction), Jose "Vidal" Torres (making dreams of an all-Jose team reality), & Mark Taminini (who registered in Dec & has yet to come, tho' believe the time has finally come come tomorrow. 

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​August 8 - With regret, we pass on to you the news of the passing of Hector Ahorrio's father. Señor Ahorrio tiene un buen hijo as Hector showed incredible concern & devotion to him when he became ill. It was nice to see him at many of our games this year. Services from 5 - 9 today @ Funeraria San Juan (1/4 n.e. of new Publix on Simpson & BVL).
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July 31 - Here's a recap from this week's board meeting:
1. Our 2nd annual (?) Fall League has been set for Mondays Sept 5 to Oct 24 (Sept 26 off) @ Denn John with 4 teams of 13 each on first come basis.Detailed email to follow.
2. The end of "net neutrality". Pitchers still get warned for not moving behind the net after a pitch, but 2nd call & they get replaced for an inning. Strike 3, they're out (as pitcher)
3. Call for repeal of bat restrictions was rejected. Still must be at least 70 in 2016 to use "senior bats". If younger such bats are for batting practice only (& must be announced).
4. As of Tuesday, Angel Bermudez will be responsible for communications via website and email (so what the %&*! am I still doing this right now (only kidding... told him I would.
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July 30 - We found out Fri. that Luis Nieves was released from the hospital & started his recuperation. Get strong Luis!. Rico Rivera returned from NY from his brother's funeral & was greeted with much love and heartfelt sympathy by his softball brothers who were thrilled to see him back & in good spirits. Also, all our love goes out to our league's MVP (most valuable person), founder Leo Viti - a wonderful man who's been fighting a serious illness. We honor him & soon hope to do so in person as well.
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July 23 - Please send out your best wishes & prayers to longtime member Luis Nieves who'll be undergoing heart surgery this Tuesday. I'm hoping he's out there pitching for my team come the Winter League. Hope his surgeon is as surgical & accurate as Luis is when he pitches (but without rubbing his hands with dirt like Luis is prone to do).
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July 22 - We all like good comeback stories so I'll nominate Dave Brown for comeback player of the week. On Wed he claimed he'd played his worst game ever - no hits, 3 errors, & the coup de grace', being thrown out at 1st from rt. centerfield. But then on Fri. he makes every play at short, has a single (or 2?) & 2 TRIPLES. Too bad his team didn't win due another comeback by Gene's Machine, our team scoring 7 in the 7th to gain a 13-13-6 tie. 1 more comeback: Juan Castillo came back to visit. Good to see him!
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July 13 - Welcome Tim Neale. Nice debut too, with solid 'D' (& solid 'O' ?) culminating with game-winning ground ball (??) grand slam that ended up rolling to OF fence.
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July 4 - Happy Birthday to US (thanks Joey for being a man and manning the grill!)
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July 2 - Here's a bunch of information that I've been too busy (and honestly too bored & too lazy) to enter here previously:
1) Speaking of busyness & being bored..some board business: Angel was sought & brought back to take on league communications & off me; I thank him for this takeover!
2) July 4 picnic: Joey's in control of the grill; all others need to be in control of all other picnic needs (too late for signing-up; you'll now just have to guess what's needed).
3) I think most know we waived the 5-run rule and then we waived the waiver. But there's a chance we may waive it again once we begin this year's Fall League.
4) Oops.. just gave away the surprise announcement that there will be a 2016 Fall League. Pretty sure it will most likely it'll be on Fri., perhaps mid-Sept to end of Oct. with,I imagine, a week off in the middle, maybe 4 with a chance of 5 teams with 12 possibly 13 players, presumably with a $15 fee, probably starting registration 08/01. Or not.
​If anyone has a new/changed email address, phone, residence, etc. pls. email me, gemit2000@aol.com, or give it to me as it's one of my projects before the Angel takeover
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July 1 - Welcome to new members Guy Thompson, Dave Pearcy, & Anibal Niebla. I'd welcome Joe Sereci & Mike Caputo too, but not till they fork over the $15. 
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[ below is a lost entry, the only trace of any of my archived works from 2015 & '16, which Angel purged & which, IMO, is akin to fascist book-burning. We live in dangerous times my friends]
Juan" (with Johnny & John Luciano) & they got 6; however add Joey to the 'Jose's' you got a 10 man team (Fall League idea - 'name' teams instead of 'color' teams). 

https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=CACB159F2AE22076!5902&ithint=file%2cdocx&app=Word&authkey=!AHwpW4yFgduW_Wk
(Blog archive @ bottom of page)

Feb 25 - Last regularly scheduled doubleheaders are Mon. Feb. 27 with make up for Jan 23 games either on March 3rd or 10th @ Denn John. 
NOTE: the Mon. rainout IS being made up on those Fridays. This actually evens out games played by 'Monday & Friday only' players. Since Parks & Rec took away 3 Fridays but only 1 Mon from original schedule, making up a Mon with a Fri means all players will miss 2 dates each. 

Feb 24 Aurora won 2 from AllstateNicks won 1 from Marrero's & split one (also known as a tie) with RW & VFW, KK & P-a-P splitting 2. 
Marrero's are in shock as they tied game 1 & were shut out 7-0 in game 2 with the Nicks. In game 1 the Nicks took an early lead, but the jewelers fought hard and came back to tie the game 13-13 despite some confusion in the last inning. Game 2 left Marrero's traumatized as the Nicks took a 7-0 lead in the 3rd and shut the jewelers down the rest of the way. Nicks stars were Eric Ruffice & Joey Ruiz who both hit 5 for 6 & Ramon DelValle for his excellent pitching. Marrero's standouts were Oscar Machicote who went 5 for 6 & Rick Arleo who went 5 for 7. A THANK YOU to Felix Navarro & all Marrero's hurt players who didn't bail despite injuries!

Aurora is back to its winning ways with the return of Bobby, Alan, & Jose Cruz winning 12-8 & 17-14 against a hard-hitting Allstate team. 
Hitting leaders in game 1 for Aurora were the bottom and top of the order while hitting leaders in game 2 was the middle of the order, twice responsible for big 2 out rallies. Hitting leaders for Allstate were Jim Brady going 7 for 7, Mike Caputo 5 for 7, with 5 other players chipping in with 4 hits each; plus Biembo blasting a bases clearing HR.

Feb 20 - Splitsville once again except for team at top (Aurora won none). Watch out, league may be tightening (4 thru 8 already tight as drum)
Write-ups:  For only the second time all season Marrero's had their whole team in attendance.  Game 1 was close though the jewelers were on top the whole game.  Pinch-A-Penny kept the pressure on but, Marreros won the game 9-6.   Game 2 was a tough one for Marrero's, as Pinch-A-Penny came out with bats blazing! They had 3 five run innings and took the game 23-10. Some of Marrero's standouts were excellent fielding by Mike Stoermer & perfect batting by Ted Witt who was 6 for 6 with an ALMOST HR. Pinch-a-Penny's hitting prowess came from Cecil Vazquez who went 8 for 9, Jerry Mobley with a 6 for 8 day plus,as usual, the excellent fielding by Mr. Pinch-A-Penny, James Pridgen.

Aurora lost to Koffee Kup 11-7 & 13-8, games usually won by pulling 'em out late. But it was KK pulling away to put them away both times. Aurora winning record is mostly due to timely hitting & solid defense AND never been shorthanded. But Mon. playing with only 9 their timing was off and were not solid in any phase of the game (more gassy than solid). Game 1 showcased KK & their solid hitting jumping off to a fast 6-0 lead. A bases-loaded 2-out back handed stab of what looked to be an RBI single turned out to be the play of the game by Mario keeping Aurora from catching up. Aurora got as close as 8-7 but add some DP's & add-on runs in the 7th & Aurora lost 11-7. Game 2 was pretty similar with KK taking the same 8-7 lead & then pulling away with 5 more while snuffing out any & all Aurora rallies. Shout out to Dave Brown who was the most solid of all Kuppers with his line drive hits & being in the middle of many of the inning killing DP's.

***ATTENTION***
Make-up dates for Jan. 23rd rainout will be as follows (PLEASE NOTE THESE GAMES ARE AT DENN JOHN FIELDS!)
March 3rd at DENN JOHN FIELDS - 9 AM, Field 1, Allstate (H) vs. Marrero's (A) DH;  9 AM, Field 2, VFW (H) vs. Pinch-A-Penny (A) DH
​March 10th at DENN JOHN FIELDS - 9 AM, Field 1 Aurora Air (H) vs. Nick's (A), DH; Field 2 Koffee Kup (H) vs. Rental World (A) DH

Feb 17 - VFW Won 2 over Pinch-A-Penny... otherwise splitsville.
Write-ups:  Marrero's playing short handed yet again, split with Allstate. In game 1 Allstate took an early lead & after 3 innings were up 7-0. Marrero's fought hard & scored 3 in the 4th and 5 in the 5th to go ahead 8-7. But Allstate found all the holes left by Marrero's 9-player defense & scored 5 in the 6th to win 12-8.  Game 2 was almost a carbon copy in reverse. Marrero's were up when Allstate scored 5 in the 4th to tie it at 7. In the 5th they went ahead by 1, but the jewelers scored five in the 6th and shut Allstate down for the last 2 innings thus, walking away with a 12-8 victory.  Marrero's standouts were, Felix Navarro who went 7 for10 and Rick Arleo, Jose Soto & John Diaz who all went 6 for 9 on the day. Allstate's stars were Bobby Guiguere who went 4 for 5 & Juan Dorta, Bienvenido Lopez & Mike Rodriguez who all went 4 for 6 on the day.

Championship atmosphere seemed to have both Aurora & Nicks playing a bit tight in their first 2 games of the season, games which also were tight scores. However, in game 1,  'right off the bat', Aurora seemed loose scoring 5 but followed up with some loose 'D' (looseness due to tightness?) helping a Nicks' comeback for a 7-6 lead. Two clutch 6th inning runs & a shut-down 7th tho', gave Aurora their 17th win in 18 games. In game 2 a reversal of sorts as Nicks led off with 2 quick runs & Aurora coming back with 4. But when Nicks answered with their best offensive inning & a 7-4 (then 7-5) lead, Aurora wasn't clutch like before; it was Nicks who scored 2 in the 6th with a shut-down 7th. The 9-5 win seems to squash any notion that Aurora would go unchallenged the rest of the way. Both games were fun & competitive, sprinkled with some offensive offense (pop ups & strikeouts) & some great hitting + some deficient defense (mental lapses & bad errors) with some strong fielding. Young studs Rob Milnor & Eric Riffice played big (& I mean BIG) for Nicks while Aurora's strength came from Cruz & Lloyd's 2-way play plus a solid short (& I mean SHORT), the SS I heard Harry refer to as a huge asset, or was it huge 'pain in the ass(et)'? Rematch 3/10.

Feb 13 - "Sweeps week" as Nicks beat Pinch-A-PennyMarrero's beat Koffee KupAllstate beat Rental World, & Aurora Air beat VFW.
Write-ups The sun and the jewelers were both shining today as Marrero's won a double header from Koffee Kup. In game 1 Marrero's took an early lead; excellent pitching from John Diaz as well as 3 five run innings led to a 21-7 victory.   Game 2 started out quite differently, as Koffee Kup came out with bats blazing. After 4 1/2 innings Koffee Kup was up 10-1, but the jewelers fought hard and scored 6 in the bottom of the 5th (which included homeruns by both Jose Soto and Oscar Machicote). Marrero's defense came on strong and they scored 5 more winning the game 12-10. The power hitters for Marrero's were Jose Soto who went 7 for 9, Tito Hernandez who was 6 for 8 and Gayle Weeks who went 4 for 5. Koffee Kup's stars were Carlos Soto and Frank Woodsby who both went 5 for 7.

When it comes to Aurora winning, the rest of the league is saying "enough". And that's what we've been saying - enough clutch "D" with enough pitching to avoid big innings plus enough clutch hitting to get enough big innings and before you know it you've got a 16-2 record. Against VFWwho seemed to have plenty enough firepower to out-gun Aurora (Yo Adrian Yo Vidal, Yo Joe O, Yo Julio) Aurora was again clutch enough for 15-9 & 15-11 victories. In the 1st game 3 big innings & 13 runs to start the game pretty much sealed the deal while the 2nd game, despite a similar score, got quite tight as VFW started the 6th with 8 (?) hits + walks - the 1st out being on a throw home after a hit followed by a DP to end it. But enough dwelling on the past; question now is will Aurora have enough to handle hard charging Nicks on Friday?   
Feb 10 - Marrero's playing short handed once again, lost a doubleheader to the 1st place Aurora Air. In Game 1 it was neck and neck until the last two innings. Innings 6 &7 were scoreless for the jewelers and Aurora took advantage of their quiet bats and won the game 8-3.
Game 2 was all Aurora's, as they took an early lead and kept the pressure on until the end, winning 15-6. Aurora's stars were Ben Pomales who went 6 for 8 on the day and both Gene Mitchell & Alan Miller who went 5 for 8. 

Aurora's win against Marrero's followed their formula: take clutch 'D' (leave 4 or 5 Marrero runners stranded at 3rd, add clutch pitching (avoid walks despite a half dozen '3&1' counts, plus a combo of clutch hitting & un-clutch opponent "D" (hang crooked numbers a number of times per game) & you get wins (this despite a team comprised of the walking [& running] wounded & despite some good Marrero hitting - Arleo's & Diaz singles + Lamboy/Soto shots. Special shout out to Rental World who jumped from last to 5th with sweep and watch out for Pittsburgh
Nick's who've been making noise, 9 of 10 wins since Jan. In the 'nothing to shout about' area - KK VFW split (won't even mention other 2)

Feb 6 Marrero's playing a man short, split a doubleheader with VFW.  Game 1 was pretty much neck and neck with a score of 7-5 after 6 innings. But, in the 7th the jewelers scored 8, and along with excellent defense won the game 15-8.     Game 2 was VFW's game, as they took an early lead and never let up. Too many mental errors cost Marrero's the game and the final score was 14-10. Marrero's attackers were Rick Arleo 6 for 7, Felix Navarro 7 for 10 and Ted Witt 5 for 8. VFW's outstanding players were Julio Medina 6 for 8 and Joe Orr 5 for 7.

Aurora A/C continued their winning ways assisted by both their own solid defense & a less than solid one by their Rental World (tough journalism!). Aurora also got solid hitting as Cruz, Lloyd, Alan, Ben & Jose Lopez led the way with timely contributions from each of the other 6. In Game 1 Aurora's offense consisted of 3 big innings totaling 14 runs on the way to a 16-3 rout. In Game 2 the flood gates opened wider in the open inning taking a close 9-6 game & turning into a a 21-6 (Rental) World of hurt.  Special praise goes to Julio Rivera who matched the pitching prowess of Lary "1 R" Williams; same is true for game 2 pitcher Ken Lavoie. Both pitchers' season long consistency have contributed greatly to Aurora's winning ways. You gotta figure R.W. is missing a healthy Rico Rivera, but not sure the same can be said for 12-2 Aurora missing their talented Jose Cruz (come back anyway Jose as lately our courtesy runners need courtesy runners!). 

Feb 3 - Aurora turned out to be penny pinchers themselves allowing only 6 runs for the day with excellent defense throughout. Ben's stab of a 7 ft. liner, Eddie's shoe top (shin-top?) catch, Cruz's catch that left grass stains on his shirt, & Gene's over the shoulder back hand catch in LF being stand outs. In the first game Aurora increased their winning streak to 10 with another patented two 5-run inning game & a 13-2 final and 1 of their finest wins. 5-run innings tho' must have come off patent in game 2 with the true penny pinchers only allowing 3 runs turning off the Air Conditioner's power & making them sweat a  bit while generating enough offense (a key Ray Ortiz RF line triple leading to 3 runs & Jerry Mobley's bloop RBI single in the 7th) to give Pinch a Penny their 4-3 win.   

Jan 30 - Marrero's proved to be true Floridians, they just couldn't adjust to the cold today, as they lost a doubleheader to the Pittsburgh Nicks. The Nicks took an early lead in game 1, but the Jewelers fought hard in the 4th inning to tie it at 9. But, their little burst of steam just wasn't enough and the Nicks came on strong to win the game 17-10.    In game 2 the Nicks started like a ball of fire, scoring 5 runs in each of the first two innings. By the 3rd inning the score was 13-4. Marrero's played hard and shut them down for the rest of the game, but they just couldn't put the numbers on the scoreboard and lost 13-10. Marrero's Mike Lamboy had an excellent day going 7 for 8 in the doubleheader.  *A special message to Gary Vansickle, who while fighting the blinding sun, got hit with the ball, cut his forehead (fortunately no stitches were needed) and in valiant effort to make the play twisted his back. We wish you well & hope you will be back Friday!

Aurora vs. Allstate Game 1, The "Mercy Mercy Me" game. On a chilly morn Allstate given a chilling by Aurora Air Conditioning with a 10-0 start. It was 17-5 in the 5th when Al V. ended the game due to 12 run difference. But Mgr Mike Caputo cried foul instead of mercy, remembering the rule had changed from 12 to 15 after 5. So after a 10 minute break play resumed, though scoring did not. Final score 17-5. 
Game 2, "The OK, Now We're Warmed Up" game". With Mike C. noting on Fri. - after losing all 4 (now 5) 1st games & taking each nightcap - "we should just show up for the 2nd game", Allstate was now ready to do what they do... win. Aurora complied with 3 scoreless innings, but Allstate still hadn't shown up yet either in a 0-0 barn-burner. Then Aurora struck with 3 & increased the lead to 6-1 with help of a key OF error. Mike C may now say they should just show up for 7th inning, game 2 because Allstate roared back then scoring 5  to tie. But with winning run on 2nd Aurora's good karma took over as Orlando lined 2 scorchers into the net to send the 6-6 tie to extras after which a single run in the 8th by streaking Aurora ended Allstates' 2nd game win streak. So, Aurora sweeps again due to timely hitting, relatively strong 'D', & good karma. Aurora's Cruz R (in for J Cruz in LC) played a flawlessly while blasting a few too while Allstate's blasts were too few & far apart, tho' Raul's still blasting & Biembo, who left the opposing SS with a sore thenar (look it up), had a few too. 
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Nestor Aponte (Allstate) left behind a blue jacket with Red Sox logo if you have it please return.
 Lary Williams (Rental World)  misplaced his bat on Monday, if you picked it up please see him. 

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