Ahhhh, The Chosen Few! They were favorites heading into last Sunday's playoff series against the Thomas Allen Vineyards. Mind you, Thomas Allen Vineyards are a bunch of younger guys(early-mid 20's). Was it lack of experience in this league that played a part in their loss? Or are the Chosen Few that good? Watching some of the diving plays made by Thomas Allen Vineyards, the Chosen Few players were cringing in the dugout. They realized what I realized, "If I did that, I would shatter a hip".
Game 1 was a close one that went 8 innings! The Chosen Few was up 4 going into the bottom of the 7th & somehow let up 4 runs to head into the 8th. No matter, The Chosen Few scored 5 in the 8th & took a thrilling game 1 with the final score of 21-19. Onix led the team with 5 RBI's. He added the only Homer of the game for the Chosen Few. I will hand it to the Chosen Few, they were patient at the plate, walking a total of 7 times.
Thomas Allen fell just short. The bottom of their lineup struggled. Batters 7-10 went a combined 6 for 20 with 3 RBI's. Not gonna cut it! Jimmy & Juan showed their speed during this one, scoring a combined 9 runs. They cover a lot of ground in the outfield as well.
Game 1 Final:
Chosen Few - 21
Thomas Allen Vineyards - 19
Game 2 wasn't close. It was over in 6. I think Thomas Allen Vineyards had the hangover from Game 1 that they almost had. After all, they had fantasy football lineups to set (as did I). Props to clean up hitter Nick, he absolutely smoked a Homer to deep right. Honestly, at Citi Field, it might have been gone! The Chosen Few were fired up from their Game 1 victory! They scored 27 runs in Game 2 through 6 innings. Suaz hit for the cycle! Al added a Homer. Nephew & Suaz combined scored 10 runs in the 8-9 lineup spots. Awesome! Credit Onix & Nephew in the outfield, they both cover a lot of ground. Don't hit their way!
Final Game 2
Chosen Few - 27
Thomas Allen - 15
The Chosen Few (14-6) will now face TNT (15-5) in Garfield next Sunday for the Championship! Game on!!
CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ -- Arsenal has done it again. This past Sunday, they claimed the 2018 Fall Division Championship, their second straight fall season title, by defeating their dangerous foe, Bad Hombres. The final scores of the 'Best of 3 Series' were 16-15, 9-4.
After limping into the playoffs having lost 3 of their last 4 games, Arsenal bulldozed through BigBigWillies in Round 1 (41-29, 21-8), but had to work hard to defeat the deadly Bad Hombres, completing a 4-game playoff sweep.
LATERRI PARK, CLIFTON, NJ -- The Punishers and Warriors faced off in the ABL Men's Fall League last Sunday, and both teams fought hard with the playoffs on the horizon.
Game 1 was a shoot-out! Who had the under of 40 combined runs? If you did, you were wrong! The Warriors squeaked out a 2-run win by the final score of 24-22.
The Warriors brought their bats, courtesy of Rizzo, Pete & Franco who all contributed Home Runs. Steve & Danny G combined for a total of 10 RBIs & each led the team with 5. Danny M. showed up late with a nice red blouse to go 3 for 3 at the bottom of the lineup. Ok ok, it wasn't a blouse, but a small torn tee shirt. These things happen in flag football, at least that is what we are all told:).
The Punishers gave the Warriors all they had & you would think 22 runs would have been enough. Ant & Jon contributed homers. Everyone in the lineup scored at least 1 run, led by Ant with 4. Pops entertained the crowd with his puzzling pitching style! Even the umpire Joe had a chuckle.
Game 1 Final
Warriors - 24
Punishers - 22