Category: Regular Season

Opening Day 2019

Opening Day 2019

The FAN Baseball League opened this past Sunday with the Schmoozers defeating the Mongos 2-1 behind the one-two pitching punch of Ryan Clark and AJ Mulvey. Clarke and Mulvey combined to strikeout 11 Mongos over the 7 inning game while only allowing 5 hits and just 1 walk. Even with the return of Mongos slugger, Wilfredo Martinez (Career 1.824 OPS), the Mongos managed only one unearned run.

View the broadcast of the game with play by play and color commentary by Dennis Holden and Evan Roberts here:

In the second game of the day the Bros were able to shut-out the Minkmen who averaged more than 9 runs a game in 2018. However, the Minkmen also shut-out the Bros, thus ending the 7 inning game in a 0-0 tie.

Schmoozers Topple Minkmen | Stadium Double-Header Rained Out

The Schmoozers dealt the Minkmen their first loss of the season, scoring six runs, led by Mike Caira’s three RBI on the day. Ryan Clarke earned the W, holding the Minkmen to four runs and fanning five in five innings while Vinny Tinerino closed out the final four innings, striking out nine to earn the save. Solid outings from Joe D’Elia (5IP, 2 ER, 7 SO) and Lenny Neslin (3IP, 0 H, 4 SO), and a two-run blast from Luigi Thode wasn’t enough to hold back the Schmoozers.

The Bros and Mongos double-header at Dutchess Stadium was rained out and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Joseph D'Elia Two-RBI Single

Minkmen Sweep Stadium Double-Header | Mongos Get Their First Win

In their first rematch of last season’s championship game the Minkmen hosted the Schmoozers in game one of a (seven-inning) double-header at Dutchess Stadium. The Minkmen scored in the bottom of the first on a bases-loaded walk to Mark Garcia and never looked back, scoring 13 more runs in the game to improve to 3-0 on the season. Last minute starter, Sean Perret, tossed five scoreless innings to earn the win, Ryan Maxwell broke the game open on a bases-loaded double in the 4th, driving in three of his four RBI in the game.

For game two the teams switched home/away sides and the drama kicked in as the sun was beginning to set. Jason Barall’s two-run triple in the 4th gave the Schmoozers a lead that looked like they would not relinquish thanks to starter AJ Mulvey. Mulvey scattered five hits, struck out 10 and allowed only one run over the first six innings. The Schmoozers added two more runs in the bottom of the 5th to give them a 4-1 lead going into the 7th and final inning. D’Elia led off the inning with a double to give the Minkmen new life. Luigi Thode would drive in D’Elia to cut the lead to two. But now down to their last out, with Thode on first, Garcia drew a walk and Motta scrapped out an infield single to load the bases. Dan Monaco worked a full-count and then drove a ball to right-field where an error was made and Thode and Garcia scored to tie the game. Maxwell’s single then drove in the go-ahead runs in Motta and Monaco to give the Minkmen a 6-4 lead. Lenny Neslin struck out the side in the bottom of the 7th to seal the double-header sweep for the Minkmen.

The Mongos welcomed back the return of Scott Schacter after a year-long absence, putting him on the bump to start their game visiting the Bros. However the rust was maybe not so easy to knock-off as Schacter beaned three Bros with-in the first three innings, booting him from pitching any further in the game. The Mongos jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first but the Bros were able to tie the game (10-10) with four runs in the bottom of the 7th on RBI singles from Abe Teitelbaum and Scott Stefanek, and Harris Decker‘s bases-loaded walk. However, the Mongos bounced right back with two runs in the top of the 8th off the bat of Chris Williams‘ bases-loaded fielder’s choice and Scott Schittiano‘s RBI single. The Bros threatened in the bottom of the 9th, scoring a run and loading the bases, but Joe Farco came in to pitch and was able to get the one-out save.


Schmoozers and Minkmen Stay Hot in the Freezing Cold

Dealing with cold temperatures in the early morning this past Sunday the reigning FAN Baseball League champs, The Schmoozers, continued to roll in their win over the Bros. Jason Barrall and Jeremy Zalben each had 3 RBI while Ryan Clarke fanned 10 Bros in relief of Christian Ramos to earn the win.

In the later game the Minkmen jumped out to an early lead with four runs in the first inning. With another dazzling start from Angelo Rodriguez (5 IP, 1 ER, 5 SO) and 4 RBI a piece from Mark Garcia and John Motta the Minkmen cruised into their second straight win.

John Petry

Softballers Extend Win Streak | Schmoozers Cruise

Under cloudy skies, late Sunday afternoon on Randall’s Island the Softballers extended their winning streak to 7 games (including the 2016 post-season) to open up the 2017 season with a 4-0 record. Starting pitcher, Angelo Rodriguez left after striking out 6 batters in 3 innings due to an undisclosed leg injury and was relieved by manager, Kris Rosario. Rosario pitched 4 rocky, but ultimately winning, innings to earn the W after the Mongos gave up their 2 run lead in the final innning.

Strong performances at the plate from Mongo’s manager, Chris Baldassano, Kyle Juliano and rookie pitcher Eric Bellino (struck out 7 in 5 innings) wasn’t enough to hold back the Softballers.



Earlier Sunday morning the Schmoozers broke through the flood gates in the top of the 6th, scoring 5 runs on a combination of free passes and timely hits. They were then able to pile on 8 additional runs in the 7th to make it a “no-doubter”. Ryan Clarke was brilliant on the mound for the Schmoozers; striking out 6 Bros without walking a single batter and only surrendering 1 un-earned run. The Schmoozers bullpen of Stein and Mulvey were even more impressive; pitching 3 no-hit innings to secure the win over the Bros and to improve their record to 3-1



Sunday 3/26 Opening Day Postponed

QUEENS, NY — The decisions has been made to officially postpone the opening weekend’s games on Sunday, March 26th. This week’s games will be pushed back to later in the season in one of the designated make-up date spots.

Opening Day is now booked for Sunday, April 2nd, at Padavan-Preller.

Bros @ Softballers – 9am first pitch, 4/2
Schmoozers @ Mongos – 12pm first pitch, 4/2

New Twitter Baseball Champions Crowned!

On Saturday, the Softballers completed the Twitter Baseball gauntlet of a playoff tree. There were three Twitter Baseball playoff games, and the Softballers won them all.

After losing their regular season finale to the Mongos, falling to third place in the final standings, they immediately had to play the fourth place Bros in the 3/4 seed playoff game. The Softballers won to advance to the stadium game.

On Championship Saturday, the Softballers capitalized on Schmoozer miscues to take an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first, leading to a comfortable 11-1 victory.

In a Championship game that will not be soon forgotten, the Softballers and Mongos traded zeros off the backs of the ace starters Angelo Rodriguez and Scott Schachter before the Softballers broke the ice with an unearned run in the 5th inning. The Softballers extended their lead to 4-0 in the top of the 7th, with the Mongos gaining a run back in the bottom of the 7th, followed by a 3-run rally in the bottom of the eighth. Lenny Neslin and Derron Simpson traded zeroes in the 9th, 10th and 11th before the Softballers scored four runs in the top of the 12th, the deciding runs in a 8-4 victory.

One hell of a way to end one hell of a season.

We hope we see you for fall ball!

Double-Headers Sunday 6/12 at Preller – First Pitch, for BOTH GAMES, at 3:30pm!

Bellerose/Jamaica, QUEENS, NEW YORK – Due to scheduling complications from the June 5th rain, Padavan-Preller had to reschedule this week’s Twitter Baseball games. In a cool twist, BOTH GAMES will be going off side-by-side AT THE SAME TIME! And BOTH games will be DOUBLE-HEADERS! Please get to the field by 2:45pm with hopes of a first pitch at 3:30pm this Sunday, June 12th, at Padavan-Preller!

3:30 first pitch – Bros @ Mongos & Schmoozers @ Softballers

5:45ish first pitch – Mongos @ Bros & Softballers @ Schmoozers