skip navigation

Cal Ripken, Jr. Division

Regular Season Spring 2019

Recent Cal Ripken, Jr. Division News

Natty Boys Record 1st Win

05/21/2019, 1:30pm EDT
By Rob Hatch

Split Wood

GARFIELD, NJ -- It seemed like it was gonna be a rough day for the Natty Boys, w/ Good Wood bringing "Great Wood" in 3 innings in game 1.  Good Wood scored 13 in the 1st, 3 in the 2nd & 7 in the 3rd.  Leading the way with RBI's, Runs & Homers was lead-off man Paul Maffei.  He was an absolute beast, scoring 4 runs, 2 homers (1 of which was a Grand Salami) & 7 total RBI's.  Mike G. added a 3 run homer & Bobby Spindler added 4 hits (2 of which were triples) & 5 RBI's.  Steven M. pitched a solid game, only letting up 6 runs, 1 walk & 3 K's. Good Wood gets the blowout win.

Game 1 Final:
Good Wood - 23
Natty Boys - 6

Game 2, the Natty Boys were determined to start strong, they made some position changes & "X" was able to play in game 2, a speedy shortstop who definitely added some much need juice to the team.  Natty Boys rallied for 10 runs in the bottom of the 1st.  Mootz had a 2 Run Homer which sailed over Paul Maffei's head.  Leading the way in RBI's was a tie between Garrett Lopez & Mootz!  The Natty Boys cheering section seemed to increase as the games went on, we had girlfriends, wives, kids, even 2 dogs!  They were clearly in good spirits!  Good Wood almost battled back, scoring 7 in the top of the 6th.  Kevin Ross added a 2 run Homer, but also had a strikeout in the game, which his teammates ripped him relentlessly on:).  John D clearly doesn't need to swing the bat to get on base with 5 Walks, Yes...  I said 5!  Congrats to Natty Boys w/ their 1st win!

Game 2 Final:
Natty Boys - 16
Good Wood - 14

A Flat Tire, Play at the Plate, Bats Flying & More!!!!!

05/05/2019, 11:30am EDT
By Rob Hatch

LAST WEEK -- As the Monstarz & Ad Rush waited patiently for the game umpire, chatter was spreading about the NFL Draft, bad weather & if I could umpire the game?  Not carded yet, in due time ladies:).  Bean, the umpire finally arrived.  Poor guy got a flat tire on the Parkway (these things happen).  The games started a little late, but both squads were ready to go!  The Monstarz & Ad Rush are pretty evenly matched in terms of pitching, hitting power, & veteran leadership. 

There was an amazing play at the plate as Ant crushed a shot to deep left.  Somehow Ad Rush was able to get the ball in & Mike playing 3rd base gunned a throw to homeplate, Alex made the catch, tagged Ant for the 3rd out of the bottom of the 5th.  Tremendous play! I can't blame Ant for going for home, he has speed & a decent stride.  Ad Rush had a solid top of the 7th inning by scoring 3 runs starting at the top of their order, (Jonathan, Craig & Steve) all scored, JC with a clutch 2 RBI single.  Ad Rush carried a 2 run lead into the bottom of the 7th.  RDock batted in 1, but at the expense of a Sac Fly which resulted in the 2nd out.  Jack flied out to left & that was it. 

Game 1 Final:

Ad Rush - 16
Monstarz - 15

I guess I should have known Ad Rush was folding early in this one when seasoned veteran Craig let his bat fly, not once but twice???  Holy smokes!  Get the man some liquid chalk or a beer (imported?).  Ad Rush didn't show up for this one, Monstarz dominated!  Greg & Justin added Homers for the Monstarz & they both tied for the lead in RBIs with 4 each.  The Monstarz had a beast of an inning in the top of the 3rd with 11 runs driven in.  The rain started up again & its clear Ad Rush wanted to get home to read about the NY Giants draft pick who was shot 3 hours after being selected, shm..  The teams split, we all expected it & we were right!


Game 2 Final:

Monstarz - 17
Ad Rush - 4

Men's Softball Top Sluggers

04/19/2019, 12:30pm EDT
By Staff

Early Power Rankings for RBI's, HR's, 2B's, 3B's and Slugging

It's early in the 2019 Men's Softball Season, but we wanted to highlight some absolute mashers leading the power categories in the ABL league (Stats must be entered online by team captains to qualify).