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

Week #9 -- June 4, 2017

Highlights submitted thus far by Nationwide Bombers, LOFT

Northwest Regional Park Field 1:    Umpire- Darnell Maxwell
Game 1: Northwest Corridor 6 (WP-Howard Goldberg 3-2)  LOFT 3 (LP- Andy Peksa 1-2 ) 

L.O.F.T. returned to action for the 1st time in 5 weeks, after missing the entire month of May due to rainouts, a bye week and a holiday weekend. The rust on the bats of L.O.F.T. was evident this entire day. NWC got out to an early 1-0 in the 1st and L.O.F.T. came back to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the 2nd off of an RBI single by Pete Sclafani and a RBI walk from Mark Winkel who was making his season debut. NWC took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 3rd and L.O.F.T. was able to tie the game up at 3 in the top of the 5th inning off of another Sclafani RBI single. As usual L.O.F.T. was a victim of a blown call in the bottom of the 5th inning as NWC plated 2 runs with the extra out and took a 5-3 lead. It was all NWC needed as L.O.F.T. could not generate any offense on the day. It was a rough return to play for L.O.F.T. .

LOFT Offensive Stars:
Pete Sclafani: 2-3; 2 1B, 2 RBI
Nate Shuey: 2-3; 2B, 1B, R

Game 2:  Northwest Corridor 11 (WP-Howard Goldberg  4-2)  LOFT 0 (LP- Andy Peksa 1-3  ) 

Game 2 did not go any better for the L.O.F.T. offense. Howard Goldberg scattered 5 hits and allowed no runs over 7 innings to cruise to victory in game 2. On the positive side for game 2, umpiring did not factor into the game’s outcome and these teams were the first to finish play on the day.

Northwest Regional Park Field 3:    Umpire- Rick Simmons
Game 1: Nationwide Bombers 15  (WP- Tzvi Friedman 5-1)  La Familia 0 (LP- Andy Peksa 1-3)    5 Innings

The Nationwide Insurance Bombers were chomping at the bit to return to Sunday softball after being rained out for several weeks in a row. This Sunday’s games pitted the defending champion Bombers against the expansion La Familia. The Bombers walked away very impressed with the new expansion team and feel like this is the most talented new team to join our league in recent memory. The Bombers swept the double-header, winning 15-0 after 5 innings in Game 1, and barely squeaking by in Game 2 with a 3-2 nail-biter, come-from-behind win at the bottom of the 7th inning.

The Bombers quickly jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the 1st inning. Gershon Yakobavitch led off with a double, and Uri Rabinowitz and Sam Luxenberg walked to load the bases. Team owner David Flamm hit a 2-run double, and Shuli Hochman followed with a 2-run double. After the Bombers made 2 base-running mistakes, pitcher Howie Friedman doubled, to make it 5-0, and Max Cantor hit an RBI single. La Familia went down quietly in the 1st, as did the Bombers in the top of the 2nd. In the bottom of the 2nd, the Bombers, who were missing 6 regulars, committed 2 errors. But Friedman held on, to keep it at 6-0. In the top of the 3rd, Hochman reached on a 3-base error and Loeb’s RBI double made it 7-0. In the 4th, the Bombers stretched their lead to 11-0. After Cantor’s lead-off single, the next 2 Bomber players made outs. However, Gershon doubled Max to 3rd, and Uri drew his 2nd walk. Luxenberg drove in 2 with a single, followed by Flamm’s double, which plated 2 more, to make it 11-0. In the bottom of the 4th, Hochman, who was playing 2nd for the first time this season, made a great play, ranging up the middle with a backhanded stop to throw out the La Familia batter. This helped to keep La Familia off the board.

In the top of the 5th, after Loeb flied out, Friedman and Harry Auster singled, and Cantor drove both of them home with a 2-run single. Owen Levine, who has never played in the Pikesville Men’s League before, doubled, and Moshe Wealcatch, who was also making his league debut, hit an RBI single, to finish the scoring at 15-0. Friedman was dominant, as usual.

The Bombers dedicated their wins to the Gutman twins, whose brother passed away on Thursday.

Nationwide Bombers 15  (WP- Tzvi Friedman 6-1)  La Familia 0 (LP- )    5 Innings

Game 2 was a different story. While Friedman pitched another amazing game, the Bombers bats went cold. La Familia’s manager, Will, hit a towering homerun over the RCF fence, to make it 1-0. A 2-base error by Levin allowed another runner to score, to make it 2-0. The Bombers came back to score 1 in the bottom of the 2nd. After 1 out, Loeb singled, Friedman reached on an error, and Cantor drove in the first run for the Bombers. The Bombers tied the game in the 4th, 2-2, after Hochman walked, Loeb popped out, but Friedman singled Hochman to 3rd, and Cantor’s RBI single made it 2-2. Both teams got men on base, but no one scored under the Bombers came up in the bottom of the 7th. With 1 out, Wealcatch and Rabinowitz hit back-to-back singles, and Luxenberg drove home Wealcatch on a single to end a close, tense, awesome game, 3-2

Funny note: It was a funny game of cultures. La Familia were talking and giving encouragement in Spanish, so the Bombers started doing the same to each other in Hebrew and Yiddish. It was very comical, but there was a tremendous respect and friendship on both teams. Now, manager, Rabbi Dave Finkelstein, is working on teaching Jason Gardner and Taz Hebrew and Yiddish.

Northwest Regional Park Field 4:    Umpire-  Jeff Kurland
Game 1:   Kings 16  (WP- Mike Herr 2-0)   Natty O's 7 (LP- RJ Seabeck 1-3) 

Highlights pending

Game 2:  Natty O's 6  (WP- RJ Seabeck 2-3)   Kings 5  (LP- Jeff Harris  3-4) 

Highlights pending