The final weekend in April ended with two triple headers. Both Saturday and Sunday had temperatures in the 60s and over 20 members showed up and the decision was made to play two 7 inning games and a third 5 inning game on both Saturday and Sunday.
Game 1 on Saturday was a nail biter between the Phenoms and High Rollers with the High Rollers walking away with a 9-7 victory. Mike Dewitte went 3-3 with an RBI en route to the victory. Tim DeBroeck led the team with 2 RBI's both on sac flies.
In game 2, The Goonies defeated the High Rollers 8-5. Dewitte once again led his team with 2 RBI which came off a homerun on top of the shed in right field at Douglas Park. The ball landed on top of the roof and stayed there, landing about 15 feet to the left of the 348 sign.
Veterans of the league think it may be the first ever homerun hit on top of the shed. It is not however the first homerun hit to right field.
Game 3 was a five inning contest between the Gremlins and Playaz which ended ina 7-2 route in favor of the Playaz. Tim DeBroeck and Kevin Powell each had 2 RBI to lead the Playaz.
DeBroeck had 4 RBI between the three games on Saturday and went 3-0.
On Sunday things started off between the Crushers and Playaz. It was a high scoring affair with the Crushers defeating the Playaz 15-12. Mark Wishnia led all players with 3 RBI but Wishnia was on the losing team. Four Crushers players had a pair of RBI in the contest.
The hero of the game was Jim Wesson. Wishnia was on the mound for most of the game but due to excess players, sat out in the third inning. Barton came into pitch and gave up a handful of runs. But it was the Playaz who held the lead for most of the game. Up 3 in the bottom of the 7th with Wishnia back on the mound, it was the Crushers last chance. With two outs and a couple of runners on, the game came down to Jim Wesson who got a go ahead hit to shallow right field and the Playaz were unable to recover. Wesson finished with the lowest batting average for 2012 but is off to a heroic start for 2013; An early candidate for Most Improved Player.
In game two, the Gremlins dominated the Crushers 16-1, a game that ended after 6 innings due to VLB mercy rules. The Gremlins were hitting on all cylinders. Wishnia went 3-3 with an RBI. Scott Raes was 2-4 with a trio of RBI. Mark Stoffer, a VLB rookie, went 2-2 with 3 RBI. Stoffer, off to a hot start, is an early candidate for 2013 Rookie of the Year. Tim Hawkins and DJ Borkovec each had a pair of RBI in the game. Wesson also had an RBI in the game. Brett Dennon had the lone RBI in the game for the Crushers driving in Anthony Reese.
In game 3 it was a 7 on 7 contest with the Gremlins beating the Playaz 8-5 in five innings. The top of the order of the Gremlins did their part getting on base with Josh Paul going 4-5 and Mark Wishnia and Steve Roberts each going 3-5. Roberts also had a pair of RBI on the game. Stoffer and Hawkins also had 2 RBI in the contest. Stoffer went 3-4 with a double in the game.
Stoffer is making a name for himself and will quickly move up captain's draft boards in future weeks.
President Josh Paul believes that this weekend was the first weekend where there were two triple headers. Triple headers are not rare by any stretch, but it is unlikely to occur on both days of the weekend.
The next weekend of games is slated for May 4 at Ridgewood Field and May 5 at Douglas Park.