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2017 Pikesville Men's Softball League Standings, Schedule, Highlights and Scores

Week #1 -- April 9, 2017

Highlights submitted thus far by Kings, LOFT

Randallstown High School Field 1:    Umpire- Rick Simmons
Game 1: Kings 12 (WP-Mike Herr 1-0)  Outlaws 8 (LP- Larry Newman 0-1) 

Kings began their 29th season in PMSL with a win over the Outlaws 12-8. Mike Herr took the mound for the Kings as he did in the Kings inaugural game on April 3, 1988. Larry Newman, another 25+ year veteran of PMSL made the start for the Outlaws. In b-1st, the first 5 Kings reached base. New addition Gary Bosley got the Kings started with a 1B to CF. A walk to Kenny Salzman and 1B by Shilo Merwitz loaded bases. Consecutive 2 RBI 2B's by Justin Cohen and rookie Shawn Smith had the Kings out to 4-0 lead with 0 outs. With 1 out, Troy Hendricks hit an RBI 1B to put Kings in lead 5-0 after 1st inning. The Kings again scored 5 runs in b-2nd. Consecutive 1B's by Mike Herr, Bosley, and Salzman loaded bases to begin inning. Shilo Merwitz with 3 RBI 2B, Shawn Smith 1 RBI 2B, and Hendricks 2 out RBI 1B gave Kings 10-0 lead after 2 innings.

The potent Outlaws bats woke up in the t-4th. Following 2 infield errors by the Kings, Jon Kerzner singled home the first run of game for Outlaws. In t-5th, 2 out RBI 1B by Hector Medina, 2 RBI 1B by David Woods, and 2 RBI HR by Billy Giles closed gap to 10-6. In b-6th, Kings pinch hitter Dylan Bell drove a 3B into LCF. Gary Bosley brought Bell home with RBI 1b. Bosley later scored on an infield groundout RBI providing Kings with insurance runs and lead of 12-6. Outlaws refused to give up. In t-7th, Josh Vaeth drew a leadoff walk. Following 2 flyouts, David Woods homered to LCF putting Outlaws to within 12-8. Mike Herr was able to record the final out on an infield groundout.

Outlaws hitting leaders in game 1:
David Woods (2-4,3 R,4 RBI,HR, ROE)
Jon Kerzner (3-3,1 RBI)

Kings offensive leaders in game 1:
Gary Bosley (4-4,3 R,1 RBI)
Kenny Salzman (2-3,2 R,W)
Shilo Merwitz (3-4,2 R,3 RBI,2B)
Shawn Smith (3-4,2 R,4 RBI,2 2B)
Troy Hendricks (3-3,2 RBI)
Dylan Bell (1-1,1 R,3B)

Game 2: Outlaws 5 (WP- John Kerzner 1-0)  Kings 1 (LP-Shilo Merwitz 0-1) 

Outlaws starter Jon Kerzner limited the Kings offense to just 8 hits and 0 walks in the nightcap allowing the Outlaws to take the nightcap 5-1. The game was scoreless thru the first 3 1/2 innings as Kings game 2 starting pitcher Shilo Merwitz pitched effectively also. In b-4th, singles by Josh Vaeth, John Brader, and Hector Medina (2 RBI) got the Outlaws on the scoreboard. A SF by Kerzner gave the Outlaws 3-0 after 4 innings.

Outlaws added 2 more runs in b-5th on 2B's by Tony Wiggs, Maurice Scott (RBI), and Vaeth (RBI). The Kings tried to battle back in t-6th. With lMark Lester and Brett Eisenberg both hitting singles to start inning, the Kings squandered a golden opportunity, scoring just 1 run on 2 out RBI 1B by Shilo Merwitz. The scoring for the game was done and the Outlaws had earned a split with 5-1 win in game 2.

Outlaws hitting leaders in game 2:
Josh Vaeth (2-3,1 R,1 RBI,2B)
John Brader (2-2,1 R,W)
Hector Medina (1-3,1 R,2 RBI)
Billy Giles (2-3)
Maurice Scott (1-2,1 R,1 RBI,2B)

Kings offensive leaders in game 2:
Dylan Bell (2-3,3B)
Mark Lester (2-2)

Kings game notes:
Kings Opening Day record in 29 seasons dropped to 44-14 (.759)
Kings all-time Opening Day Starting Pitcher Records (29 Seasons)
MIke Herr 12-5 (1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 x 2, 2014 x 2,2015 x 2, 2016, 2017)
Chuck Grant 11-1 (2001, 2002, 2005, 2007 x2, 2008 x 2, 2009 x 2, 2010, 2011, 2012) 

Steve Levy 6-2 (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998)
Larry Newman 3-2 (1993, 1996, 1997 x2, 1998)
Dan Frignito 3-0 (2004, 2005, 2006)
Shilo Merwitz 1-1 (2016, 2017)
In addition to the Opening Day pitching win, the win for Mike Herr was his 500th Regular Season win as manager of the Kings.
Justin Cohen has 98 hits in his 75 game Kings career.
Jan Katzen (483) and Steve Levy (482) are next in line to the 500 career Kings hit milestone. Meanwhile Kenny Salzman (587) will soon join Shilo Merwitz (655), Alan Varhaftik (760) and Mike Herr (825) at the 600+ level.
Kenny Salzman (499) and Mike Herr (496) are both approaching the 500 runs scored level. Alan Varhaftik (584) is the Kings all-time leader in runs scored.

Deer Park Middle School Field 2:    Umpire- Trevor Wazl
Game 1: Nationwide Bombers 9 (WP- Gershon Yakovobitch 1-0)  Natty O's 3 (LP- Jay Walle 0-1) 

The Nationwide Insurance Bombers opened up their title defense by facing last year second-place team the Natty O's. The bombers swept the doubleheader 9-3 and 9–8. Gershon Yakobovitch earned the victory in game one and Tzvi Friedman where in the safe.

Game 2: Nationwide Bombers 9 (WP-Tzvi Friedman 1-0)  Natty O's 8  (LP- RJ Seabeck 0-1) 

In game two, Freedman, the Picture with the most wins in the league over the past five years earned his first victory of the season.
Shulie Hochman had 2 bombs, one for a triple and one for a HR. The bombers play their usual great defense. The bombers who were down for players, played with only nine in game two due to a neck injury to Yoyo. They barely held on for the victory as the Natalie has made a close and had runners on base in the last inning but Freeman was able to escape and have the bombers to their first two wins of the season

Deer Park Middle School Field 1:    Umpire-  Jeff Kurland
Game 1: La Familia 7 (WP-     1-0)  LOFT 6 (LP-Jon Stacey 0-1)

L.O.F.T. spent the weekend scouting the fields and working on alternative solutions to make sure Opening Day in the PMMSL was not postponed. Despite pathetic field conditions at NWRP, the fields at Deer Park and Randallstown High School were playable with some minor work. Thanks to the Commissioner for taking part of his morning on his bye week to set up the bases and make sure the fields were ready to go.

L.O.F.T. came out hoping to get off to a good start to the season. Unfortunately it did not turn out the way they wanted. After practicing his pitching all offseason, Jonathan Stacey toed the rubber in game 1 and battled for 7 innings. Giving up 3 runs in the top of the 1st, but settling down to only allow 4 more runs the rest of the way. He constantly stranded runners at 3rd base throughout the game to keep the game close. L.O.F.T. however could never really get the bats going as they scored 6 runs mostly off of throw errors by La Familia. The one offensive highlight of the game was a Jonathan Stacey 2 run home run up the gap in RCF.

Offensive Stars for LOFT:
Dana Anderson: 3-4; 3 1B
Jonathan Stacey: 1-1; 2 BB, HR, R, 2 RBI

Game 2: LOFT 18 (WP- Kenny Kreyling 1-0)  La Familia 13 (LP-          )

Stacey came into game 2 as the starting pitcher and hoping for similar results defensively, but for the offense to get the bats going. With some lineups changes, L.O.F.T. was able to plate 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning. Stacey got La Familia 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning. L.O.F.T.’s momentum on offense was halted in the top of the 2nd as they went 1-2-3 themselves with the score remaining 4-0. This is where the wheels would fall off for Stacey. He began walking batters on 4 straight pitches and as he began trying to get the ball over the plate La Familia starting spraying singles and doubles all over the field. All of a sudden La Familia was up 10-4 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 2nd. Manager Andy Peksa had seen enough and he signaled for the lefty, Kenny Kreyling who had not practiced his pitching at all this offseason as he did not expect to pitch this year, to take the mound. After giving up 1 hit which allowed the 11th run to score, Kreyling was able to get the final out of the 2nd with the score now 11-4. L.O.F.T. got 1 run in the top of the 3rd and Kreyling silenced the La Familia bats in the bottom half of the inning. L.O.F.T. scored 6 runs in the top of the 4th inning to tie the ballgame with RBI hits from Stacey, Dana Anderson, Higgins, Peksa and Bingham with another run scoring on an overthrow. Kreyling mowed them down once again to keep the score tied 11-11 after 4. L.O.F.T. went back to work in the top of the 5th plating 7 more runs highlighted by RBI’s from Serkes, Verbosky, and Dave Anderson amongst some more La Familia over throws. Kreyling went back to work and only allowed 1 run per inning in the 6th and 7th to earn the victory 18-13. Kreyling threw strikes, made stellar defensive plays on the mound and kept the La Familia hitters off balance all game long to keep his team in the game and give them a chance to earn the comeback win!

Offensive Stars for LOFT:
Jonathan Stacey: 3-5; 3 1B, 3 R, RBI
Dana Anderson: 4-5; 4 1B, 3 R, RBI
Luke Higgins: 3-5; 1B, 2B, 3B, 3 R, 4 RBI
Andy Peksa: 2-4; 2 1B, 2 R, 4 RBI
Brad Verbosky: 3-4; 3 1B, 2 R, RBI
Darryl Bingham: 2-4; 1B, 3B, R, RBI