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

Week #10 -- June 11, 2017

Highlights submitted thus far by Kings, LOFT, Nationwide Bombers

Northwest Regional Park Field 1:    Umpire- Reggie Grant
Game 1: Nationwide Insurance Bombers 7 (WP-Yoyo Strauss 1-0)  Northwest Corridor 1 (LP- Ted Winner 1-2) 

The Nationwide Insurance Bombers swept a very talented NWC squad, 7-1 and 7-6. In game 1, the Bombers jumped on NWC for 2 quick runs. Yoyo Strauss hit a 1-out single, and David Flamm hit a 2-run HR to right field. The Bombers sent Strauss to the mound for Howie Friedman, who could only be there for game 2. It was the first time that Strauss pitched this year. He did a masterful job holding a stacked NWC lineup to just 1 run. Meanwhile, the Bombers continued to pad their lead. In the 4th, the Bombers tacked on 4 more runs for a 7-0 lead. With 1 out, Dan Gutman and Chaim Finkelstein hit back-to-back singles. And with 2 outs, Max Cantor drew a walk to load the bases. Gershon Yakobavitch double made it 4-0, and Strauss helped his own cause with a powering three-run homer to right field.

The Bombers played amazing defense all day behind Strauss. NWC had a chance to get back in the game by loading the bases with no outs in the 5th, but Strauss got a big double play to get out of the inning and limit the damage. NWC did not help themselves by have 2 runners thrown out, 1 at the plate and 1 in a rundown between 2nd and 3rd. Yoyo Strauss was the winner, and Ted Winner was the loser.

Game 2:  Nationwide Insurance Bombers 7 (WP-Tzvi Friedman 7-1)  Northwest Corridor 6 (LP- Howard Goldberg 4-3) 

Game 2 was much more exciting. In the top of the 1st, NWC scored 2 quick runs. After 2 outs, Up and Trevor both singled, and scored on an error on the Bombers left fielder. It was the Bombers’ only error of the day. The Bombers cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the 1st. Yoyo singled, and Shuli Hochman brought him home with a double. In the 3rd, NWC increased their lead on an RBI ground-out, but Friedman limited the damage by throwing Trevor out at the plate. The Bombers tied up the score to 3-3 by scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the 3rd. Cantor led off with a triple, and Gershon Y walked. Strauss doubled home Cantor, and Flamm SF to make it 3-3. NWC came right back in the 4th to take a 5-3 lead. 1st baseman, Jimmy, hit a 2-run shot over the left field fence.

The Bombers scored 3 in the 5th to take a 6-5 lead. After Cantor lined out, Gershon walked and Ben walked. Flamm hit a run, scoring double, and Hochman scorched a double to bring home 2 more. The NWC showed their resiliency by tying it up with a run in the 6th to make it 6-6 (sixes were wild). In the top of the 7th, the NWC had 2 on with 2 outs, with slugger Up, up at the plate. Up flied out to left center in the bottom of the 7th, and the Bombers pushed their record to 9-1 by scoring a dramatic victory. After Gershon’s lead-off walk, Yoyo scorched the ball down the right field line, and Gershon scored easily for the 7-6 victory. Tzvi Friedman was the winner, and Howard Goldberg was the loser. Estimated crowd size - 11

Northwest Regional Park Field 3:    Umpire- Rick Simmons
Game 1: LOFT 14 (WP- Andy Peksa 2-3)  Outlaws 5 (LP- Jon Kerzner 3-1)   

After a rough return last week, coming off of a 5 week hiatus, L.O.F.T. looked to finally get the bats going. In the top of the 1st they were able to do just that as they plated 3 runs highlighted by a Nick Serkes 2 RBI triple. Andy Peksa toed the rubber for L.O.F.T. and was able to hold the Outlaws scoreless in the bottom half of the inning. This gave the L.O.F.T. bats a chance to come right back out and do more damage. L.O.F.T. hung up a 6 spot in the top of the 2nd off of a RBI single from Dave Anderson, a 2 RBI single from Logan Malane, a 2 RBI double by Kenny Kreyling and a RBI single from Pete Sclafani. Peksa, now staked with a 9-0 lead, continued to mow down the Outlaws batters with his baffling offspeed pitches. Matt Boden started off the top of the 3rd inning by launching a solo Homerun over the LCF fence and then Dana Anderson followed it up with a RBI single, giving L.O.F.T. an 11-0 lead in the middle of the 3rd inning. Peksa just kept mowing them down as he recorded back to back strike outs in the inning, one swinging and one looking. The Outlaws were held L.O.F.T. scoreless in the top of the 4th and 5th innings, but they were able to finally cash some runs in by scoring 3 in the bottom of the 5th. The lead was now 11-3 heading into the top of the 6th, but L.O.F.T. was not done scoring yet as they plated 3 more runs in the inning to take a commanding 14-3 lead. Peksa cruised to victory in this one, as he only allowed 2 more runs to cross in the bottom of the 7th, earning L.O.F.T. a 14-5 win.

LOFT Offensive Stars:
Logan Malane: 2-4; 2 1B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Dana Anderson: 3-4; 3 1B, R, RBI
Kenny Kreyling: 2-4; 2B, 1B, 3 R, 3 RBI
Brad Verbosky: 3-4; 2B, 1B, R, 2 RBI
Matt Boden: 2-4; HR, 1B, 2 R, RBI
Dave Anderson: 2-3; 2 1B, 2 R, RBI
Andy Peksa: 2-3; 2 1B, 2 R

Game 2: LOFT 12 (WP- Andy Peksa 3-3)  Outlaws 7 (LP- Larry Newman 2-4)   

L.O.F.T. has had issues this season playing 1 complete game, so 2 complete games has been unheard of. They hoped to end this trend by following a strong game 1 up with a strong game 2. Peksa came out in the 90+ degree heat to pitch his second game of the day. He held the Outlaws scoreless to start the top of the 1st. L.O.F.T. got a RBI single from Kreyling to take a 1-0 lead after 1. The Outlaws were able to tie the game at 1 in the top of the 2nd inning. L.O.F.T. would not allow the tie ballgame to stay that way for long as they plated 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd off of a Daryl Bingham inside the park Homerun and a Dave Anderson RBI double. Peksa would not let this lead slip away as he held the Outlaws scoreless in the 3rd inning. During that time L.O.F.T. scored 6 runs in the bottom of the 3rd highlighted by Matt Boden’s 2nd Homerun of the day, this time an inside the park version, which drove in 2. Sclafani chipped in with a RBI single, Verbosky with a RBI double, Kreying a RBI fielder’s choice and Bingham a SAC fly. With the score now 9-1 after 3 innings Peksa continued to go to work and keep the score the same through 5 innings. L.O.F.T. thought they had added run in the bottom of the 5th when Nick Serkes burned the right fielder, but as he was almost to 3rd base the ball skipped under the corner of the RF fence and the umpire declared it a ground rule double. In the top of the 6th inning the Outlaws were able to score 4 runs to cut the lead in half. L.O.F.T. bounced right back and plated 3 in the bottom of the 6th on a Mike Randall SAC fly and a Logan Malane 2 run inside the park Homerun. With a 12-5 lead the Outlaws put up a fight as they plated 2 runs in the top of the 7th, but Peksa was able to continue keeping the Outlaws batters off balance and secure 3 outs and earn L.O.F.T. the sweep on the day!

LOFT Offensive Stars:
Logan Malane: 3-4: HR, 3B, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI
Dana Anderson: 2-4; 2B, 1B
Nick Serkes: 2-3; 2B, 1B, R
Daryl Bingham: 1-2: HR, SAC, R, 2 RBI
Matt Boden: 2-3; HR, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI
Dave Anderson: 3-3; 2B, 2 1B, R, RBI

Northwest Regional Park Field 4:    Umpire-  Jeff Kurland
Game 1:   Kings 11  (WP- Jeff Harris 4-4)  La Familia 0 (LP- ) 

In the first PMSL meeting between the 2 teams, the Kings came away with an 11-0 win behind the strong shutout pitching of Jeff Harris. The Kings scored 2 runs in b-1st. Consecutive singles by Kenny Salzman, Gary Bosley, Shilo Merwitz (RBI) and fielder's choice RBI groundout by Zac Stavish. The Kings added a run in b-4th on outfield error and SF by Stavish. The Kings lead after 4 innings was just 3-0.

The Kings bats produced 3 more runs in b-5th on loading bases on 1B Shawn Smith, 1B Troy Hendricks, and BB Steve Levy. Harris (RBI 1B), Alan Varhaftik (RBI SF), and Salzman (RBI SF) brought across the 3 runs and extended Kings lead 6-0. The game opened up in b- as Kings took advantage of 3 outfield errors. RBI 1B by Dylan Bell, 2 RBI 1B by Shawn Smith contributed to a Kings 5 run inning. La Familia was unable to score in t-7th as the Kings earned a shutout 11-0 in game 1.

Kings offensive leaders in game 1:
Shilo Merwitz (2-3,2 R,1 RBI,ROE)
Shawn Smith (2-3,1 R,2 RBI)
Troy Hendricks (2-3,1 R)
Jeff Harris (2-3,1 RBI)

Game 2:  Kings 19  (WP- Jeff Harris 5-4)  La Familia 1 (LP- )   5 Innings

The Kings took advantage of defensive miscues by La Familia and won game 2 19-1 in 4 innings. 6 of the 8 La Familia errors came in the outfield and the Kings scored in each inning. Pitcher Jeff Harris helped himself offensively with 4 RBI's including a bases loaded 3B in the Kings 6 run 3rd inning.

Kings offensive leaders in game 2:
Zac Stavish (2-3,2 R,1 RBI)
Jan Katzen (2-3,2 R,2 RBI)
Jeff Harris (2-3,2 R,4 RBI,3B)
Brett Eisenberg (1-2,2 R,1 RBI)