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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  Moran Division

 

  Feeney Division

 
 
    
    
    
 

TIE BREAKERS, PLAYOFFS

By Mark Senna

July 15 - would you believe that the start of the playoffs are just a week away? It seems like we were just getting going. With the races in both divisions being as tight as they are, it's impossible to schedule anything until the standings are final. It will likely come down to those last few games played on Friday night - barring any rainouts this week, the playoff schedule will be released late Friday (July 19th) evening or early Saturday morning. Teams should plan on playing at least one game next week.

Also, it's very likely we will see teams with matching/identical records. As a reminder, we will refer to the head-to-head result to break the tie. If the teams split or if they didn't play one another, then we will go to a coin-flip to break the tie. If there are multiple teams tied with the same record, then we will use the TOTAL head-to-head record against the tied teams. This should produce a team with a better record than the others or a team with a worse record than the others. Either way, we will remove that team from the group and continue with the tie-breaking rules until all of the ties are broken. If we're still tied, then we will go to the division record. Lastly, multiple coin flips. The point here is, we will not use runs scored/runs allowed to break ties nor will we be playing any games to break a tie. Moving onto the action from week twelve.

On Monday, The Spot were hoping to continue to build towards victory while their opponent, Shea's Tavern, was looking to keep pace with the front-runners in the Feeney division. Shea's got the timely hits when needed and got a good start from pitcher, Will Murray, to hold off The Spot, 12-5. It was the fourth win in a row for Shea's (6-8). Mike Ferrara (3 hits, 2 HR, 5 RBI) and Murray (3 hits, 3 RBI) were the leading run producers for the winners.

The middle game saw Telegraph Hill (10-4) looking to stay in the race for the top two seeds in the Moran division. However, the Chemist Cocktail Club (8-7) was also in need of a win as they tried to snap a three game skid. CCC got off to a strong start but the game got away from them in the third when Telegraph rallied for seven runs behind clutch hitting by Sean Doherty (3 hits) and Jamie Breed (3 hits). Now with the lead, pitcher Mike Araujo stayed out of trouble and cruised to a 11-8 victory.

The late game on M Street saw a rare Feeney versus Moran match up as the Clock Tavern Sluggers took on the Seapoint Slammers. Controversy was present before the first pitch was tossed as the Slammers felt it was unfair that they were playing an out of division "A" level team when they were in such a tight race in their own division. The league didn't dispute that but noted that the schedule wasn't intentional and was more a result of separating the two divisions well after the season had started. Anyway, the game was played and Seapoint gave it their all but fell short, 19-5. Juan Herrera (4 hits), Kevin Miller (3 hits, 3 runs) and Robb Scott (3 hits, 4 RBI) were the offensive stars for the Sluggers while Chris Pope was impressive on the mound.

Monday's N Street action saw the Farrell brothers lead the way for the Brew Crew in the fifth when they scored eight runs to pull away from the Playwright, 13-5. Jake Farrell (2 hits, 2 BB, 2 runs, 2 RBI) and Ryan Farrell (3 hits, 2 runs, 3 RBI) are a tough duo in the Brew Crew lineup - especially when playing on N Street. The Crew has quietly won five straight and have ascended the Feeney standings. Zach Stromberg earned the victory on the mound.

Tuesday's action saw the Shamrock Pub take on the Telegraph Hill in what turned out to be a slugfest. In the end, it was Telegraph and Matt Barnes (4 hits, 2 2B, 4 runs) who snuck by Shamrock, 18-13 and improved to 10-4. Steve Michienzi (4 hits, 2 HR, 3 runs, 7 RBI) was an offensive force for Shamrock.

The middle game saw a great extra inning battle between Publico (9-5) and Lincoln Tavern (8-5). The two squads are very close in the standings and could pair off in the first round of the playoffs. This one took eight innings to resolve and it was veteran Max Vigliotti who scored the game winner when he doubled then scored on Brett Belcastro's RBI single. Publico tried to rally in the home half of the inning but pitcher Gerry Sarro stood tall and sealed the victory. Alberto Vasquez (4 hits, 2 runs) was the bright hitting star for Publico.

The late game saw a lot of hits, little defense, and a whole bunch of runs scored. In the end, The Greatest Bar out paced Layla's American Tavern, 27-13. Andrew Grinnell (4 hits, 4 runs, 2 RBI) was one of the batting stars for GBar.

The N Street game on Tuesday saw Roza Lyons taking on Shannon Tavern with a piece of first place on the line. Roza (7-7) came out swinging and didn't stop scoring as they prevail, 20-9 and move into first place in the Feeney division. JJ Barrett (4 hits, 2B, HR, 3 runs) and James McNiff (3 hits, 4 runs) led the way at the plate for Roza.

On Wednesday, La Familia's pitcher, Juan Santana, scattered five hits while striking out ten Fat Baby batters as Santana and La Familia prevailed, 7-4. Santana struck out every batter in the lineup at least once while also walking eight. That can either be a strength or weakness as he's always going deep into counts. The victory puts La Familia (10-3) in second place for the moment and just a game behind PSC. Chris Fray (3 hits, HR) led the way for Fat Baby at the plate while Greg Bosse pitched well in defeat.

The middle contest saw PSC's Jimmy Pinkston single home a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and that would be all he would need in this one as Pinkston tosses a three hitter and wins against the Ballers, 13-1. Brian Goodman and Mike Bulman (3 hits each) were the hot hitters for the Pat Simpson Club, which improved to 10-2.

The late game saw Juan Herrera (2 HR, 7 RBI) hit two homeruns, including a grand slam in the sixth as the Sluggers win easily over the Shamrock Pub, 14-1. Pitcher Chris Pope tossed a five-hitter while allowing just one run over six innings of play. The Sluggers (11-4) now occupy second place in the very tight Moran division race for the top seed.

The N Street game saw the Silkworms score four runs in the bottom of the sixth on their way to out-slugging Shannon Tavern, 20-14. Pat Curran (4 hits, 4 runs) led the way while the rest of his Silkworm teammates had at least a hit and a RBI. Austin Fanning picked up the win on the mound as the win catapulted the Worms (7-7) into first place in the Feeney division. Shannon's Jake Brawley had a heck of a night at the plate as he hit for the cycle while driving in five runs - way to go Jake!

On Thursday, pitcher Patrick Cooke tossed five scoreless innings for Roza Lyons (7-7) as they held off the Greatest Bar, 10-3. The victory put them into a tie for first place in the tightening Feeney division. Connor Meagher's stat line would make our friend, Jim Sullivan, smile ear to ear. Four plate appearances...SAC FLY RBI, and THREE WALKS with another RBI. Sean Gatsogiannis (3 hits) led the way at the plate for the Greatest Bar (5-8).

The middle game saw The Playwright (3-9) enter the night with eight straight losses while La Familia (10-3) took the field with an eye set on reaching first place in the Feeney division. These were two teams going in opposite directions in the standings folks. However, the Playwright squad is a tight group of friends who will stick together through the high and lows of what takes during a summer season of softball and beyond. It served them well tonight as they were firing on all cylinders while unleashing a season full of disappointing losses here against a shocked La Familia squad. They hit, scored, defended, and got a great pitching performance from Sean Higgins on their way to an easy 18-3 win. Here's hoping they continue to find their "A" game the rest of the way and into the playoffs.

The late game saw Lincoln's Taylor Ferguson homer in the first, second, and fourth innings as they outlast Sam Adams, 16-12. Lincoln plated four runs in the top of the seventh that would prove to be the difference with Zeng's bases clearing triple being the highlight of the inning. With an 8-5 record and sitting in the middle of the pack, count on the Lincoln Tavern to make another deep playoff run.

The N Street game saw the Pat Simpson Club (11-3) win their third game in a row and take sole position of first place in the Feeney Division. Mike Bulman led the game off with a triple and Patrick Triggs (3 hits, 3 RBI) later singled in two runs as PSC jumped out to a 4-0 lead over Fat Baby in the first. With pitcher Jimmy Pinkston on the mound, PSC wouldn't need any more runs as he tossed another gem - three hits allowed, no earned runs, and ten strikeouts.

On Friday, Josh Boulos (3 hits, 2B, HR) and Cory Waslow (HR,3B) struck the key blows for The Greatest Bar as they squeeze by The Spot, 8-7. Boulos got the win on the mound as he scattered eight hits while allowing just three earned runs. Pat Lynch (3 hits) and Thomas Fitzpatrick (grand slam) led the hitting attack for the Spot .

In the middle contest, playing their third game in three nights, Fat Baby saved their best for the very last as they get a clutch pitching performance from Greg Bosse (1 earned run, 6 scoreless innings) and a late rally to win, 5-1 over the Chemist Cocktail Club. With the scored tied 1-1 through six innings of play, Fat Baby sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs while getting clutch hits by Cam O'Brien and Ernie Vega. Entering the contest, the two clubs had losing streaks of four games so something had to give in this one.

The week closed with Shannon Tavern laying the lumber/aluminum to Layla's American Tavern, 19-1. Shannon sent all ten batters to the plate in the first inning and seven of them scored. From that point, pitcher Paul Chartier threw strikes and this one was quickly in the books. Dom DiSano (3 hits, 2B, HR), Drew Ryan (3 hits, HR), and Nick Venora (3 hits) led the way for Shannon (6-8) who are now just a game out of first place with two games remaining.

That's week twelve - just one more to go - keep swingin!


Important reminders from your commissioner:

  • Parking - guys please leave your cars at home as the available parking spaces around the field is VERY, VERY limited. Most spaces are Resident only so unless you are a South Boston resident then you will most likely get a $40 ticket that the league cannot cover. If possible, car pool, take the MBTA/City Point bus, or bike/walk to the park and save yourself the frustration.

  • Umpire/Scorekeeper fee - please pay the umpire $32 and pay $8 to the official scorekeeper BEFORE the game begins.

  • Forfeits - forfeits are not acceptable in the M Street Softball League as they cost the league money and waste everyone's time. With that said, if you know there is a scheduled game that is going to be a problem then let me know ASAP and I will work with you in finding additional players and/or cancelling the game all together.

  • Inclement weather/rain outs - the league will usually make a decision by 5pm on whether or not the game is on or off. Once the decision is made then the league will reach out to the coaches - we will not leave you without word. The league website (sbsports.com) will also be updated within minutes of a cancellation.

  • Bats - just a reminder that composite bats are illegal...however, bats that have a composite handle and metal barrel are OK. DeMarini Steel is a very popular bat in our league.

  • Equipment - the league will provide bases on a nightly basis.

  • Pitching rules - the Feeney/Moran("B") division is using the strict modified pitching style - no sling, no windmill, and no arc. It's pretty much straight back with the arm, a forward step to the plate, and deliver the ball. A great source on the "Classic Style" with videos can be found here 10manmodified.com/pitching-rules/videos-of-modified-styles/.

  • Playoff eligibility - although the rosters are open there is minimum number of plate appearances (30), innings pitched (35), or games played (10) that a player must meet to qualify for the playoffs.

  • Stats, news, etc... - please check the league website for all the latest news, standings, stats, and more.

  • Schedule - we tried to evenly spread out the amount of start times for each team...it's not an easy or exact science. The regular season will run from May through the end of July. The playoff will start in August and run through September.

    Wishing you and your players a great season of softball at M Street.

    Sincerely,

    Mark Senna
    M Street Softball League

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    Thursday, July 25, 2024
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    Ochoa Brew Crew 7:30:00 PM
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    Big Ballers  5
    Telegraph Hill  14
    Sam Adams  11
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    Ochoa Brew Crew  20
    Seapoint Slammers  13
    Roza Lyons  19
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    Telegraph Hill  10
    Shamrock Pub  1
    Clock Tavern Sluggers  15
    Silkworms  20
    The Spot Clothing  5
    Loco Stew Jays  21
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