from left to right: Leon Correy, John Gregorio, Peter Hourihan, Tommy Connolly, Pat Pickup, Tommy McGrath, George Pratt, Jim McNiff, Rob Rogers, and Larry Lucas
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
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Joey Venuti
    
Jason O'Connell
 
By Jim Sullivan

** 2016 M STREET SOFTBALL FINALS **

Game 1: Monday, Aug. 22nd @ 8:30 PM
Harp & Bard 9 - Magix Box 8

Robby Costello took a line drive off the calf, and he'll have one hell of a bruise tomorrow, but he gutted out the last four innings and got the win as Harp & Bard captured game one of the championship series.

Harp opened the scoring on Joel Kershner's home run over Kevin "K.O." O'Hara's head in right center. Magix Box tied the score in the bottom of the inning on George Seigel's leadoff triple and Miguel "Lenky" Dupree's vicious line drive that appeared to maybe still be rising as it was caught on a dead run by Harp center fielder Mark Preziosi. After the sac fly, Box loaded the bases with one out. However, Costello stranded the runners by getting the next two batters.

In the bottom of the third, Box took the lead. Mike Selig singled, as did Seigel and Sandy Jonge, with Selig scoring on Jonge's hit. Lenky Dupree grounded into a double play, with Seigel moving to third. Pat Dolbeare reached on an error, making it first and third, two outs. Then Costello took the ball off his calf. O'Hara laced one back through the box, off Costello, scoring Seigel. Costello dropped in a heap and was in serious pain for a few minutes. After walking it off a bit, Costello resumed pitching and Dan Brown put one right back through the five hole on Costello, scoring Dolbeare. And the third out was right back at Costello also, a line drive by John Manning. Costello, shellshocked and in pain, went to the bench trailing 4 - 1 after three complete.

Harp regained the lead in the top of the fifth. Billy Botting singled. After a pop out, his brother Jimmy doubled. Then Joel Kershner delivered again, driving in both Bottings with a single. Marshall Chick doubled to put runners on second and third. On a 3 - 0 count, Box elected to put Jason Clucas on base intentionally, loading the sacks. Mark Preziosi forced Clucas at second, but Kershner scored to tie the game. Then Mike Boudreau hit one that might have been an out played cleanly, but he hustled it out and Chick scored to give Harp the lead, 5 - 4. Meanwhile, Costello retired the side in order in Box's fourth and fifth.

After Harp went scoreless in the sixth - helped to that goose egg by Billy Botting being picked off of first on a nice gun by Mike Selig - Box finally got to Costello again. Dupree led off with a double. Dolbeare walked. O'Hara flied out to right, but Brown singled to score Dupree and John Manning singled to score Dolbeare, with Brown going to third. Danny Ekasala got Brown home with a sac fly and The Box took a 7 - 5 lead into Harp's last call.

Except Harp turned it around and made it last call for Magix Box. With one out, Kershner (4-for-4) singled again and Marshall Chick followed with a single of his own. Box pitcher Rocky Pisa made a nice pitch and got Jason Clucas to tap a weak grounder in front of Pisa, but Pisa couldn't make the play cleanly and Kershner came around to score. Preziosi singled to score Chick, tying the game. Pisa got the second out on a foul to Seigel in left field, but Keith "Beefa" Savage singled in Clucas and Dave "Bongo" Conlon singled in Preziosi. Further damage was avoided when Dan Brown made a nice play to get Billy Botting, 5 to 3. Harp took a 9 - 7 lead into the bottom of the seventh.

Costello got help from his third baseman, Marshall Chick, on a nice play to retire Jason "Eeka" Calnan for the first out. Mike Selig doubled, though, and - after a George Seigel fly out to Jimmy Botting in right center - Costello walked Sandy Jonge, bringing Lenky Dupree to the plate as the potential winning run. It was suggested to Costello that he walk Dupree, but he elected not to do so and Dupree singled, scoring Selig, and now Pat Dolbeare was coming up with the winning run on base. And Patsy hit a shot... but it didn't quite have enough to carry to the fence in center field, as Mark Preziosi camped under it about four feet away from the gate in center field, caught it, and Harp had a hard-earned 9 - 8 victory in game one. Ice up, Robby Costello - and have a brew. You earned it!

1234567TOTAL
Harp10004049
Magix10300318

Harp & BardABRHRBIBBK
J. Botting rcf 4 1 2 0 0 0
Kershner ss 4 2 3 3 0 0
Chick 3b 4 2 3 0 0 0
Clucas lf3 1 0 0 1 0
Preziosi lcf 4 1 1 2 0 0
Boudreau dh 4 0 0 0 0 1
Savage c 4 0 1 1 0 1
Conlon 2b 4 0 1 1 0 0
B. Botting 1b 4 1 3 0 0 0
Brock rf 3 0 0 0 0 0
 
2B - J. Botting(2), Chick
HR - Kershner
DP - 2
LOB - 9
E - 1
 
 IP H R ER BB K
Costello (W) 7 13 8 6 5 0
 
Magix BoxABRHRBIBBK
Seigel lf 4 2 2 0 0 0
Jonge ss 3 0 2 1 1 0
Dupree 2b 3 1 2 2 0 0
Dolbeare lf2 2 0 0 2 0
O'Hara rcf 2 0 1 1 1 0
Brown 3b 3 1 2 2 0 0
Manning 1b 3 0 2 1 0 0
Ekasala eh 2 0 0 1 0 0
Mattson rf 2 0 0 0 1 0
Calnan dh 3 0 0 0 0 0
Selig eh-c 3 2 2 0 0 0
 
2B - Dupree, Selig
3B - Seigel
SF - Dupree, Ekasala
LOB - 9
E - 3
 
 IP H R ER BB K
Pisa (L) 7 15 9 5 1 2

Game 2: Tuesday, Aug. 23rd @ 8:30pm
Magix Box 25 - Harp & Bard 6

This one was not an artistic success. Well, maybe for one team. Magix Box came out loaded for bear. Playing the part of the bear in tonight's performance? Harp & Bard.

Box scored early and often. In the first inning, George Seigel led off with a double. Sandy Jonge grounded to short, but it was mishandled. Luckily for Harp, Seigel got caught in a rundown, going out 6 - 5 - 4 - 6, while Jonge remained on first. Sammy "Ballgame" MacDonald then forced Jonge at second base and it looked as though Harp might leave the inning unharmed. It didn't happen. Miguel "Lenky" Dupree singled. Pat Dolbeare singled to score Jonge. Mike Selig singled to score Dupree. And Kevin "K.O." O'Hara drove one over the fence for the 5 - 0 Magix Box lead.

Harp scored one in the bottom of the inning when Marshall chick walked with two outs and Jason Clucas drove one deep to right center, but you began to have the feeling it wasn't their night when Clucas tried to stretch his triple into a home run and was easily gunned down at the plate, O'Hara to Jonge to Selig. Box got that run back in the second and Harp went scoreless in their half. Then the flood gates opened.

Top of the third. Dolbeare singles. Selig walks. O'Hara singles to load the bases. John Manning reaches on an error, one run in. Danny Ekasala brings in a second run via a sac fly. Nate Mattson walks. Seigel singles in two. Jonge reaches on an error, run scoring. MacDonald gets on via another error, run scores. Dupree pops out, but Patsy Dolbeare rockets one into the trees for another three runs. Selig and O'Hara both single again, but Harp finally gets the sixth... excuse me, third out. It is 15 - 1, Box, and the writing is on the wall.

Harp tries to battle back. Dave "Bongo" Conlon walks to lead off the bottom of the third. Billy Botting singles. Box starting pitcher Rocky Pisa gets a strikeout, but Jimmy Botting singles to load them up for Joel Kershner. Kershner stayed hot, driving in two with a single (over the first two games, Kersh has been responsible for six of Harp's fifteen runs batted in - that's 40%, for you mathematicians in the crowd.) Botting and Kershner move to second and third on a ground out, and Clucas walks to load them up again, but Rocky Pisa bears down and gets his second strikeout of the inning to end the threat.

Billy Botting now takes over on the mound for Harp, trailing 15 - 3, and it doesn't get any better. Control problems plague him from the start. In the inning, Box scores six runs on two hits, one of those hits being a grand slam by Selig. It is now 21 - 3 at halftime.

Not much else to tell that made a huge difference to the outcome. Harp scored three (unearned) off relief pitcher Jacky Manning, but Box scored four more in the top of the fifth and Harp went without a score in the bottom. Ballgame. The series is tied at one game each and third game is Wednesday evening at 8:30.

1234567TOTAL
Magix Box51964XX25
Harp & Bard10230XX6

Magix BoxABRHRBIBBK
Seigel lf 3 3 2 2 2 0
Jonge ss 4 3 2 1 1 0
MacDonald 3b 5 4 3 4 0 0
Dupree 2b 5 1 2 1 0 0
Dolbeare lcf 4 4 3 5 1 0
Selig c 3 3 3 5 2 0
Dion c 0 0 0 0 0 0
O'Hara rcf 3 2 3 3 2 0
John Manning 1b 4 1 0 1 1 0
Ekasala dh 2 0 0 1 1 0
Calnan dh 1 1 1 0 0 0
Mattson rf 3 3 1 0 1 0
 
2B - MacDonald(2), Seigel
HR - O'Hara, Dolbeare, Selig
SF -
LOB - 8
DP - 1
E - 2
 
 IP H R ER BB K
Pisa (W) 3 4 3 3 3 2
Jacky Manning 2 5 3 0 0 0
 
Harp & BardABRHRBIBBK
J. Botting rcf 3 0 1 0 0 0
Kershner ss 3 0 2 3 0 0
Chick 3b 2 1 1 0 1 0
Clucas lf2 0 1 1 1 0
Preziosi lcf 3 0 0 0 0 1
Boudreau dh 2 1 1 0 0 0
Savage c 2 1 0 0 0 0
Conlon 2b 1 1 1 1 1 0
B. Botting 1b-p 2 1 1 0 0 0
Brock rf 2 1 1 1 0 1
O'Donnell 1b 1 0 0 0 0 0
 
3B - Clucas
LOB - 5
E - 4
 
 IP H R ER BB K
Brooks (L) 3 14 15 10 2 0
B Botting 2 6 10 10 9 0

Game 3: Wednesday, Aug. 24th @ 8:30pm
Magix Box 4 - Harp & Bard 3

This was a game that, as a real softball fan, you felt sorry for either team to lose. Both pitchers worked their way out of jams nicely, there were some very good defensive plays on both sides, a bit of strategy that should have paid off and didn't...

Harp put two on with two out in the top of the first, but Box pitcher Rocky Pisa got the dangerous Mark Preziosi to pop up to end it. Box started their half strong, with Sandy Jonge walking to lead off and Julian Alvarez going very deep over the fence in right center field (it bounced off the brown wall and hit two cars on the way back, including mine.). Sammy MacDonald followed with a long shot to a deeper part of right center, but Jimmy Botting was playing him there and recorded the first out. Lenky Dupree walked and, after another out, Mike Selig singled, but Harp's Robby Costello got K. O. O'Hara to ground back to him for the third out. 2-0 Box after one inning of play.

The score remained that way until the top of the fifth inning. Billy Botting led off with a single for Harp. Box then committed their only error of the evening. Perhaps remembering game two, where they picked off Botting, Mike Selig pegged to John Manning in an attempt to catch him napping again, but the throw was no good and Botting was able to go to second. Robby Costello followed with a soft one that found a spot in left, giving Harp first and third with nobody out. Dave "Bongo" Conlon flied out, but Botting scored to break the ice for Harp. They eventually had two men on, with two outs, but were unable to get the equalizer when Pisa struck out Marshall Chick swinging.

It wasn't Chick's night. The normally fine third basemen committed a costly error in the bottom of the fifth. Nate Mattson walked to start things. After Costello induced a Jonge fly out, he elected to put Alvarez - who had gone deep earlier, as you'll recall - on base intentionally. Robby then got MacDonald to hit a grounder, forcing Alvarez. Costello then got Lenky Dupree to ground to third and it looked like his strategy would pay off. However, the ball eluded Chick and Mattson scored to make it 3 - 1, Box after five. Both pitchers were sharp through five complete, Pisa had given up five hits and Costello had given up only three.

Harp went 1 - 2 -3 in the top of the sixth. And then Mike Selig got Box's fourth hit off of Costello, a home run that rivaled Alvarez's earlier shot for length. Four hits for Box, but two of them were homers that plated three runs. It was 4 - 1, Box, heading into Harp's last call.

Harp made it exciting. Keith "Beefa" Savage started things with a solid single. Then Billy Botting doubled, putting men on second and third with none out, tying run coming up. But Costello flied to left and Conlon hit a soft liner to Jonge at shortstop. That left Harp's hopes in the hands of Jimmy Botting. And Jimmy didn't disappoint. He doubled, scoring both Savage and his brother Billy. Now the hot Joel Kershner was up with Jimmy representing the tying tun on second. But Rocky Pisa induced a ground ball to MacDonald at third, who flipped to Johnny Manning at first to end it. Fine game for both squads, with the difference being the slimmest of margins.

Magix Box takes the 2 - 1 series lead, with a doubleheader scheduled for Monday evening to decide things. Harp will have to sweep for the championship. They've shown they can play with The Box, beating them in game one and coming damn close tonight. It should be fun.

1234567TOTAL
Harp00001023
Magix20001104

Harp & BardABRHRBIBBK
J. Botting rcf 3 0 1 2 1 0
Kershner ss 4 0 0 0 0 0
Chick 3b 3 0 1 0 0 1
Clucas lf1 0 0 0 2 0
Preziosi lcf 3 0 0 0 0 0
Boudreau dh 3 0 1 0 0 0
Savage c 3 1 1 0 0 0
B Botting 1b 3 2 2 0 0 0
Costello p 3 0 2 0 0 0
Conlon 2b 2 0 0 1 0 0
 
2B - B Botting, J Botting
DP - 1
LOB - 7
E - 3
SF - Conlon
 
 IP H R ER BB K
Costello (L) 6 5 4 3 7 0
 
Magix BoxABRHRBIBBK
Jonge ss 3 1 0 0 1 0
Alvarez rf 1 1 1 2 2 0
MacDonald 3b 3 0 0 0 0 0
Dupree 2b2 0 0 0 1 0
Dolbeare lcf 3 0 0 0 0 0
Selig c 3 1 2 1 0 0
O'Hara rcf 1 0 0 0 2 0
Jn Manning 1b 3 0 2 0 0 0
Ekasala dh 3 0 0 0 0 0
Calnan dh 3 0 0 0 0 0
Mattson lf 2 1 0 0 1 0
 
HR - Alvarez, Selig
LOB - 9
E - 1
 
 IP H R ER BB K
Pisa (W) 7 8 3 2 3 1

Game 4: Monday, Aug. 29th @ 7:00pm

Game 5: Monday, Aug. 29th @ 8:30pm

Magix Box leads best of five series 2-1

 
 
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