LAST WEEK -- Week 2 at the Jersey Shore brought the heat. With temps and humidity levels approaching triple digits, no team was hotter than Your Mas Your Da.
The crew from Langosta Lounge was straight fire Tuesday, handing Bada Bing their first loss since May. Locked in an epic pitchers duel, Yourmas’ Shortstop and Player of the Week James (2-3, HR) hit a bomb over the left center field fence in the 5th inning. That swing may have only scored one run, on paper. But what it did for the feeling at the Park was visceral. Drago was cut. And it was a bad cut. Bada Bing for the first time in a very long time was not in control of the matchup.
Bing shortstop Vic answered the bell with a dinger of his own in the top of the 6th, but Yourmas defense including James’ run saving line drive snag later that inning would just not break, only allowing 6 hits- an all time team low for the defending champs.
Yourmas leadoff hitter and speedster Danny (3-4, 2R, 2RBI) showed off his pop in the bottom of the 6th when he cleared the fence and tied a bow on the 6-2 upset.
In other games.....
Eric went 4-4 and JT drove in 2 runs leading the 2-0 Misfits to a 6-1 victory over the Backyard Brew Crew. The BBC made some serious strides this week defensively and looks ready to take the next step. They will get their shot next week when they play 2-0 Bond St, fresh off a 13-3 victory over the Aaskickers.
The Hot Behinds also raise their record to 2-0 after defeating the Clown Punchers 10-3. Yac had a nice night for the HB, scoring twice on 3 hits. In addition to driving in a pair, pitcher Frank only allowed one walk and has planted himself squarely in the middle of any Pitcher of the Year talk. Tom had 3 hits for the Clown Punchers as they also look like they are getting closer to finding which pieces fit in the right spot.
Overall, the balance of power appears to becoming more balanced this fall season. It’s setting up for a highly competitive and exciting chase for the pennant.
JERSEY SHORE -- Bada Bing capped off their dream season Tuesday night with a two game sweep of the Misfits.
For Bada Bing's slugging shortstop Vic, who earned Player of the Night honors, Game One was a numbers game: 3- at-bats and runs scored. 2- walks and runs batted in. 1- swing, 1 home run.
Starting pitcher Joe would also add a long ball, but the story of this game was defense and pitching. Joe pounded the strike zone all night and the gloves had his back. This was a vintage Bada Bing effort. Diving catches and rally ending double plays frustrated the Misfits in game one and when the dust cleared it was a scrappy 6-2 win for red.
With their backs against the wall, the Misfits called a team meeting to regroup and get their heads straight. First baseman Eric led the charge with a 3-4 3RBI night and got the defending champs to a 4-2 lead after 4.
Bada Bing scraped one across in the 5th and one more in the 6th. That would set up a 7th inning that will be remembered for completing the championship narrative.
The stage was set for Bada Bing, the heart of the lineup and the soul of the team was coming to bat. Kat led off with a line drive single and Joe followed with a walk. With the go ahead run in scoring position the one batter the Misfits did not want to see started to dig in. Momentum has clearly swung to the side of Bada Bing and with the first pitch he saw, Vic hit a missile to center that rang off the fence and plated two. Bri followed up with a RBI and Bada Bing was 3 outs away with a 3 run lead.
The Misfits were able to mount a semi rally and got one across in the bottom, but when Kat squeezed the final out and threw her hands in the air, the goal was achieved. Mission accomplished. The championship was won.
Bada Bing was the best team all season. They play the game hard and fair, always show good sportsmanship and have a loyal fan base. Congratulations to them on a well deserved championship and good luck defending in the fall. The bulls eye will now be placed squarely on your backs.
We'll see everyone in the fall!
In a season that’s been highlighted by rain outs, blowouts and forfeits, the weatherman finally got one wrong Tuesday night and there was just old fashioned hard-nose softball played at Bert Willis Park.
Over on field 2, the Hot Behinds scored a couple early, hung on and blanked Make it a Double, 6-0. That made 3 shutouts in a row for their new ace and likely Cy Young Award Winner Frank. The win set up a semifinal matchup with the #1 seed, Bada Bing. More on that in a bit.
The early game on field 1 had Bond St still trying to find a little of last years magic, locking horns with this season’s Cinderella story; Langosta. Led by James at short and line drive machine Amanda, who went 3-4, driving in 2 runs and planting herself in the middle of the MVP race. Langosta jumped out with a couple in the second and never looked back, cruising to an easy 8-1 win. The win would earn them a spot in the final four and a shot at the Misfits.
The final four was set, Langosta at Misfits and Hot Behinds at Bada Bing.