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Monday, November 11, 2013---the Fall Coed Softball league has come to an end at Mama Johnson Field in Hoboken, NJ. It would be hard to top this main event with any type of encore because ABL couldn’t have scripted a better final game than one of the best clashes in softball. The #1 seed McSwiggans Pub took on the #2 seed Louise & Jerry's Hit Squad in a best of 3 tug-of-war match up. These two teams know each other quite well during the course of 2013. They have met each other in both the spring and summer championship games. Louise & Jerry’s defeated McSwiggans in the 2013 spring championship. McSwiggans beat Louise & Jerry’s in the 2013 summer championship. With their championship series tied at 1 apiece, this no holds barred, best of 3, Fall championship series couldn’t have been any more intensified.
Game 1: Louise & Jerry’s beat McSwiggans 8 to 7
Louise & Jerry’s won the 1st game of the series in dramatic fashion. Each team matched swing by swing and play by play in the field, starting in the 1st inning with both teams putting up 4 runs. From that point on, teams got the feeling the game was going to come down to just 1 or two plays. McSwiggan shortstop Dan Clark did a great job as the cutoff man, throwing out L & J Stephanie sliding into home plate. L & J’s 3rd baseman John Rivera matched it by making an unbelievable diving catch to stop the ball from going through the hole to get the lead runner out at 2nd base. The game was tied going into the bottom of the 7th inning and L & J had a runner of 1st. The pressure didn’t bother Angel Romano because he hit the game winning RBI double to take the 1st game in the series.
Monday, November 4, 2013—the first round wrapped up for the co-ed softball playoffs at Mama Johnson Field in Hoboken, NJ. The temperatures on the field felt subzero, but McSwiggans Pub and Angry Leprechauns kept warm from their scorching bats. Both teams put up double digits, combining for 36 total runs while holding their opponents to single digits. The two teams entered the playoffs as the number 1 seeds, and both of them played like champions.
McSwiggans Pub out muscled the Pourhouse Sliders 19 to 9 beating them at their own game, the long ball. McSwiggans Pub hit 4 homeruns with Josh Elmore leading the way with 2 homeruns. Bob Szuhany followed Josh’s lead with by hitting a grand slam in the 6th inning and Dan Clark finished with a solo shot in the 7th inning.
When the 2013 Summer League Champions weren’t hitting the ball over the fence, Corey Brown and Allie Twarowski were capitalizing on any offensive opportunity. Corey finished the night going 2 for 4 with 3 runs, 2B, BB, and 5 RBIs and teammate Allie ended her night going 3 for 4, 3 runs, 2 BB.
Pourshouse Slider Sean Pardue gave McSwiggans’ defense a hard time because he refused to keep the ball in play. He had a huge night offensively hitting 1.000, with 2 homeruns and knocking in 5 of the 9 runs scored.
Every time the Pub looked like they were in trouble, their defense bailed them out. Two game changing double plays happened in the 5th and 6th innings. A hard hit ball was hit to pitcher Randy Williams and somehow he managed to get a glove on it to start the double play with shortstop Dan Clark. Also, in the 6th inning outfielder Corey Brown perfectly positioned himself on a shallow hit ball to make a great unassisted double play throwing the runner out at first. McSwiggans Pub will go on to face their deadly rivals, Louise & Jerry's in the Championship Round.