Minkmen 3-Peat!

The Minkmen captured the FBL Commissioner’s Trophy for the third consecutive season this past Sunday. After shutting out the Mongos in the first round they were able to topple the Schmoozers in the championship game.

In the morning of August 29, 2021, the number four seed Mongos took on the number one seeded Minkmen. The game started as a nail-biter with three innings of scoreless baseball. But the Minkmen broke the game open in the 4th with four consecutive extra-base hits, including a two-run home run by Luigi Thode. They would go on to rack up nine runs in total in that inning and cruise to an 11-0 victory.

The Schmoozers then easily handled a shorthanded Bros squad with Mark Goldberg pitching a complete game, scattering 11 hits, and walking none to advance to the championship game.

In the afternoon championship game, the Minkmen offense continued to roll. After falling behind to the Schmoozers 3-2 they took a three-run lead in the bottom of the 3rd. A lead that Matt Osborne (CG, 1 ER, 11 K) and the Minkmen defense would never relinquish. In total, they were able to score 10 runs off Schmoozers’ ace, Ryan Clarke. Four of the runs being driven in by Miguel Ortiz to add to his impressive FBL Playoff career numbers: 17 for 30, 5 2B, 1 3B, 15 RBI, 1.415 OPS.

(L to R) Luigi Thode, Matt Osborne and Sean Perret helped bring the Commissioner’s Trophy to the Minkmen on August 29, 2021

5/2/2021 – Mongos 6 – Schmoozers 5

Sunday – May 2, 2021

A long time coming, as the return to College Point Fields in Flushing NY for FAN BASEBALL, was resumed for the first time since 2019. The Mongos and The Schmoozers joined together on the field of play for the first time since the pandemic. Team managers Chris Baldassano (Mongos) and first-time skipper Ryan Clarke (Schmoozers) both prepped their rosters for what would turn out to be an amazing day and game to boot!

Prior to the game starting, a meeting was held at the mound with both teams by manager Baldassano. The meeting can be seen here: 

A moment of silence was held, and remembrance/prayer for the loss of teammate and friend Scott Schachter, who sadly passed away in 2020.  Scott will always be remembered as a friend first, teammate, and worldly talent which we can never replace.  This season has been dedicated to his memory.

The Schmoozers won the pre-game home/away coin flip, and took the field first, with Ryan Clarke taking the mound for the Schmoozers.  He would oppose Vinny Puleo making the start for the Mongos.  Clarke ran into some trouble in the first, the mongos loading the bases with a single, E5, and walk.  Clarke bared down and got Chris Baldassano to ground into the first of his two 4-6-3 double plays (with the bases loaded) to get out of it.

Vinny Puleo started off extremely strong. With the Mongos manager limiting his pitchers to no more then 2 innings in their first outing, Puleo struck out 4 over his 2 innings, with 1 walk, and surrendered 1 hit. The Mongos would break through in the second inning off Clarke. Justin Mrwik got beaned in the noggin on the first pitch (thank goodness for helmets). He came around to score on an RBI double by Will Martinez to make it a 1-0 Mongos Lead.  Clarke would settle down after that, and go 5 strong innings, striking out 5, walking 1.

The Schmoozers would answer back and take the lead in the bottom of the 3rd. Mongos pitcher Mike Surovich had gotten ahead of the batters but an error led to a Schmooze rally. With 1 runner in already, Ryan Clarke hit a hard single to left center, driving in the go-ahead run for a 2-1 Schmoozers lead. The Schmoozers would score 1 more run in the bottom of the 4th, on a Bases Loaded ground out by Chris Papastefanou, his first career FAN Baseball RBI.

The game would hold tight as both teams and pitching staffs settled in, until the Top of the 7th inning for the Mongos.  Anthony Scrivanich came in to  pitch in the top of the 6th for the Schmooze, his first outing against his former team. He made quick work of the Mongos in the 6th, allowing only a single to Eric Dunetz in the frame, but the top of the 7th proved rough for Kid Scriv.

Justin Mrwik started off the inning with a hard single up the middle. David Orozco and Anthony Prisco followed up with back to back singles, Prisco’s on a 1-2 count which was an RBI Single up the middle to cut the score to 3-2.  Tom Dixon was hit on the leg on the first pitch to re-load the bases. Will Martinez came up and drilled a HOT shot to 3rd base, which ricochet off the 3rd baseman’s shoulder, the attempt at getting Martinez at first was wild into RF, allowing 2 unearned runs to score, making it 4-3 Mongos. Two batters later, Vinny Puleo hit a 2 run single, giving the Mongos a 6-3 Lead. Kid Scriv would end the bleeding there, and give the Schmooze a chance to come back in the bottom of the 7th.

Eric Dunetz who had come in to pitch in the top 6th, stayed in for the 7th, his second inning of work. Ryan Clarke flew out to left for the first out .A walk to Mark Goldberg would get something started for the schmoozers. Dunetz would strike out David Issac, but surrender a base hit to Jeffrey Munzer. A throwing error from 3B two batters later would allow 2 runs to score, cutting the mongos lead to 6-5. Dunetz would battle Christan Ramos hard, and got Ramos to hit a roller down to first base, that was gloved and stepped on the bag by a half step by David Orozco to get the final out, and seal the Mongos first victory of the season 6-5.

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: https://www.pscp.tv/DHAPshow/1dRJZmBPQdoGB

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.

Minkmen Take The Crown

The Minkmen are your 2018 Fan Baseball Champs! After scoring 29 runs in the semi-final game against the Mongos the Minkmen faced off with the reigning champion Schmoozers.

Ace pitchers for both staffs went head to head, Angelo Rodriguez for the Minkmen and AJ Mulvey for the Schmoozers and they were both in top form, treating the attendees at Dutchess Stadium to a good old fashioned pitchers duel over the first six innings. Rodriguez managed to give up just one run on four hits and four walks over his six innings of work while Mulvey kept the Minkmen’s powerful offense at bay, allowing only three hits and two walks through his 8 innings.

The Schmoozers threatened early in game, loading the bases in the bottom of the 2nd for player/manager Paul Farash who struck-out swinging. Mulvey was in his groove from the very beginning for the Schmoozers, retiring the first 11 Minkmen batters. With a run scored in the bottom of the 4th off the bat of Ryan Clarke it was looking like that would be all Schmoozers would need as Mulvey proceeded to hold the Minkmen hitless over the 5th and 6th innings.

Meanwhile the Schmoozers continued to get on base but a costly base-running snaff resulted in a double-play to end the 5th and with a runner on-base in the 6th Rodriguez struck out the last batter he faced of the game to end the inning.

In the top of the 7th the Minkmen batters were now facing Mulvey for their third time in the game and it showed. Adam Moran led off the inning with a bloop single to shallow right-center but the Schmoozers defense failed to have anyone covering second base as both the second baseman and shortstop ran out and Moran wisely took advantage, ending up safe in scoring position. Miguel Ortiz, who before the inning started had the only hit for the Minkmen, drove a single to left and ended up on second base on the Schmoozers attempt to gun down Moran at the plate. The game was now tied with the go-ahead in scoring position. Lapses in the Schmoozers defense (three errors) allowed two more runs to score to give the Minkmen a 3-1 lead.

In the bottom of the 7th and Lenny Neslin now pitching for the Minkmen, the Schmoozers managed to load the bases with just one out. Neslin was able to induce a 4-3 double-play to get out of the jam. In the bottom of the 8th the Schmoozers, again, had the bases loaded but this time with two out and now with Moran on the mound. A groundout to short ended the inning as the Schmoozers for the third time in the game left the bases full.

After 8 stellar innings the Schmoozers made the call for Vinny Tinerino to take the hill in the top of the 9th. Tinerino had a hard time finding the strike zone though, walking the first batter (Moran), then giving up a single to Ortiz (his third hit of the game) and then walking the next three batters, resulting in two insurance runs for the Minkmen.

Moran then shut down the remaining Schmoozers in the bottom of the 9th with two strikeouts and a groundout to second to secure the win to record the last out and crown the Minkmen, for the second time in three years, the champions of the Fan Baseball League.

See the game in it’s entirety here: https://www.periscope.tv/DHAPshow/1nAKEQzkwNbKL

2018 Fan Baseball Championship

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This Saturday, September 8, will see the Schmoozers defend their title as reigning champs. They will be facing either the Mongos or the Minkmen at 6pm at Dutchess Stadium. The #4 seed Mongos will face off against the #2 seed Minkmen at 3pm to determine who will play in the title game.

For those unable to attend the game in person the game will be broadcast live with play-by-play and color commentary by Evan Roberts and Dennis Holden on Periscope.

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.