Schmoozers, Softballers Win Opening Day

SCHMOOZERS 13, Mongos 7

The Schmoozers outlasted the Mongos to open the day and Twitter Baseball season. The Orange & Silver had good pitching, for the most part, but got hurt on consecutive 0-2 pitches in the 5th and struggles with control in the 6th. Strong defense for the Schmoozers didn’t give the Mongos many extra outs with only one scored error. “The runs we gave up to the Mongos,” said Schmoozer manager Paul Farash, “were earned and we can live with that. Good fundamentally, reliable in the field, and mostly sound pitching figures to be how we’ll be successful this year. As long as we remember to touch the bases when running them, of course.”

On the long side, a tough day defensively cost the Mongos to give up two leads during the day. The Mongos started the day strong after Will Martinez led the season off with the single. After a Mike Ciara walk, Chris Baldassano stroked a 2-run double to give the Mongos an early 2-0 lead.

Scott Schachter didn’t have his A game, but, like the competitor he is kept his team in the game. Eric Dunetz who came in to relieve Schachter, pitched well, but the defense let him down with a cavalcade of errors.

NEXT WEEK: Bros @ MONGOS (2:00pm, first pitch – Whitey Ford Field) … Schmoozers @ SOFTBALLERS (4:30pm, first pitch – Whitey Ford Field)


 

SOFTBALLERS 4, Bros 2

Great day for the Softballers, as they take down the defending Twitter Baseball Champions The Bros, in their inaugural game. Angelo Rodriguez pitched 5 scoreless, striking out 3 and walking three, with great help from his solid defense behind him, especially Dan Monaco at first and Joe D’Ellia at short. Sean Perrett came up big, with the team first RBI’s in the bottom of the third with a single just over the head of the shortstop in short left field that plated 3.

Tom Cucciniello came in and got a 4 inning save, giving up two runs. The Rosario brothers built a run in the 8th with Kris singling to lead off the inning, and Carlos doubling him in for an important insurance run. This was Kris Rosario’s managerial debut and first career win.

The Bros Championship defense got off to a tough start at Dutchess Stadium as the offense only had one rally of 7 batters or more. The only scoring for the Bros happened in the 7th on a Stalyn Nunez RBI double, scoring AJ Frey, and a Glen Kelly RBI single scoring Stalyn.

Joe Ruiz went 5 strong innings for the Bros, hurt by a bloop single that scored three in the bottom of the 3rd. Evan Roberts started the 6th with a 7-pitch at-bat striking out JJ After Dark’s John Jastremski, before Scott Stefanek came in giving up just one run over 2 2/3 innings.

“The biggest part of this game,” said Dennis Holden, Bros bench coach, “was the Softballers defense. They made the plays in the infield and outfield to keep innings from getting out of hand. We’re a strong, deep team, and as the weather warms up, so will we.”

NEXT WEEK: Bros @ MONGOS (2:00pm, first pitch – Whitey Ford Field) … Schmoozers @ SOFTBALLERS (4:30pm, first pitch – Whitey Ford Field)

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