Hoboken, NJ – Sunday night saw a pair of double headers for league vets Madd Hatter and McSwiggans. In game one of the night, Madd Hatter took on Bad Intentions in a closely contested match. The story of this one was taking advantage of mistakes. In a role reversal from last weekend, it was Bad Intentions who out-hit their opponent 13-6 but would come up short on the scoreboard (is there a trend here?). In the top of the first, Madd Hatter had two reach base on error and both came around to score, one of which with the help of an RBI single off the bat of Mike Gogliormella. Bad Intentions would answer right back to tie it up in the bottom of the frame on the back of a Ray Tejeda RBI single and a sac fly off the bat of Jordan Diaz. Bad Intentions would hold their opponent scoreless over the next three innings and use that time to take a 3-2 lead on a Danny Benitez RBI single in the third. Madd Hatter returned the favor by holding Bad Intentions scoreless in the fourth through sixth innings. Their offense would take advantage of a few more miscues to steal the lead back. Mike Lerro led off the fifth with a triple to deep center, scoring on a throwing error in the outfield. Like Déjà vu, Chris Dunne smacked another triple to center, again scoring on a throwing error. The lead was 4-3 heading into the seventh. After a pair of errors that could have ended the inning, Maggie McKay came around to score an all-important insurance run for Madd Hatter, after her single earlier in the inning. Bad Intentions would end the damage there and certainly made it interesting in the bottom of the inning. Luis Cruz crushed a solo homerun to lead off the bottom of the seventh and cut the deficit to just one run. Four batters later, Bad Intentions looked to be in business with the bases loaded and just one out. However, the Madd Hatter defense stepped up to turn an inning-ending double play, securing the 5-3 victory despite not recording an earned run.
Madd Hatter then took on McSwiggans in the middle game of the night. This would be another close one with both teams plating 6 runs over the first three innings of play. A Mike Lerro solo homerun and Trevor Dunne RBI single kicked off the scoring for Madd Hatter in the first. McSwiggans answered back in the second inning on the back of an RBI groundout by Kristen Zahn and an RBI double off the bat of Dan Lyons, tying the game at two apiece. The teams exchanged blows in the third with four runs each. Madd Hatter thought they were taking a commanding lead when the Dunne brothers hit two singles that combined for three RBI’s, split by a sac fly off the bat of Erin Gleason. However, an error, a double, and a walk loaded the bases for Rob Lennon, who smacked a game tying grand slam just four batters into the inning. That was quick. Madd Hatter escaped the inning with a tie though, and the teams shared a scoreless fourth. Madd Hatter began to pull away after that with two-run homers in back-to-back innings. Trevor Dunne sent his into the night in the fifth and Mike Gogliormella followed with his own right field blast in the sixth. McSwiggans kept it close though, scoring three in the bottom of the sixth to cut the deficit to 10-9. This was again aided by the long ball, but this time from an unlikely source in Corey Brown. Brown is known for how well he handles the bat at the plate, but not his power. Well, he sure showed it there when he crushed that ball to straightaway center, plating three with one swing of the bat. Madd Hatter again held a slim one-run lead heading into the seventh, but would add that insurance run. This one was an RBI single from Jake Pine to score Chris Dunne. It would be more than enough, as the Madd Hatter defense made quick work of McSwiggans in the bottom of the seventh to nail down the 11-9 victory.
The Sunday night finale saw a faceoff between rivals McSwiggans and Louise & Jerry’s. This one was over in a blink. Louise & Jerry’s slugged their way to 10 runs over the first three innings, aided by a pair of Rob Delfino 3-run homeruns (welcome back). Evie Claussell and Tim Regan each recorded an RBI single, Jackie Tanili smacked an RBI double, and Ted Serro added a sac fly to round out the scoring. McSwiggans just could not get going at the plate in their second game. Nicole Falgiano hit a sac fly in the third to score Randy Williams, but that’s all they would be able to muster. Zac Gonsalves tacked on another run for Louise & Jerry’s with his solo blast in the sixth, and this one would end in a decisive 11-1 victory to move Louise & Jerry’s to 4-0 on the season.