Ridgewood Field was less than accommodating for consensus No. 1 pick Bob Zerull and his teams this weekend, which yielded another great Veto League Baseball player turnout for a three-game weekend. On Saturday, 22 players arrived at the field and another 18 made it out for Sunday’s nine-inning contest.
Saturday, May 30: Shockers 15, Gremlins 9 (7); Gremlins 17, Mafia 15 (7)
Swine flue? What swine flue?! Adam Chard, returning from his brief excursion in Mexico, led his Shockers to a league best 5-1 record. Chard’s offense was propelled by Tom DeBroeck’s 3-for-4 day, which included two runs and three RBIs. Josh Paul added three runs and four RBIs.
The Shockers took advantage early, upping a 14-0 lead heading to the bottom of the fourth. Ryan Barton’s Gremlins (3-3) made the game interesting with a six-run seventh inning, but a home run by Zerull wasn’t enough to overcome the early deficit.
Ironically, Chard returned for game two to help out his arch nemesis Gremlins by going a perfect 5-for-5 with three doubles, three runs, and four RBIs. Chard also added a second career triple to his stat column. Once again, the away team took advantage early and were able to fend off a furious Mafia rally.
Howard Zimmerle’s Mafia (1-5) were led by Anthony Reese, who had a career game going 4-for-5 with two homer, four runs, and four runs driven in. Reese narrowly missed a third home run that one-hopped the Ridgewood fence in left-center. Rookie Jeff Shadden tallied a perfect day at the plate, raising his batting average to .588 on the young season.
Perhaps purely coincidental, MLB officials have begun testing players for H1N1 viri, claiming the disease enhances testosterone while lowering metabolites. One unidentified manager said, “This is like taking Barry Bond’s DNA and combining it with Britney Spears’ sex appeal. You know it’s wrong, but you just can’t help yourself.”
Sunday, May 31: Talons 18, Meteors 7
It’s four weeks away from the Fourth of July, but the explosive hit parade was on display at Ridgewood Sunday.
Scott Ellefritz was able to lead his Talons on the road to another big win, this time at the expense of Matt Veto’s Meteors (2-4). The Talons (5-1) hit a combined 25-for-54, while plating 10 runs in the first three innings to blast the Meteors. Barton muscled up again, going 4-for-6 with a home run and three doubles. Barton tallied a four-spot in each the run and RBI columns.
The Talons were assisted by some flashy glovework, including a diving sno-cone catch by center-fielder Tony Zier and awesome putouts by Ellefritz and Barton on the left side of the infield. Bobby Carter also notched four hits, three runs, and three RBIs.
The Meteors were led by Adam “Gustaf” Gustafson, who again notched four hits on the day, of course, all singles. Through 13 games, the rookie has batted .544 with 31 hits. Unbelievably, 29 of those 31 have been one-baggers. Gustav is in a heated race early on with Jason Nunn, Brian Smith, Ian Smith, Travis Swanson and Adlonis Hopkins for the Rookie of the Year award.
Games will continue June 6-7 at Ridgewood Field.