The Champions of the two previous Big Apple Campaigns squared off in mid summer battle on Central Park's Hecksher Field 6 today as 2008 Champion Choice Parts "CP" met 2007 winner Hells Kitchen "HK" for an entertaining early afternoon softball tilt.
CP kept their 2009 undefeated season alive in game one thanks in large part to the yo man's effort by spot starter Mickey Peckins. With Doc and Lou 22 unavailable and John Brown "JB" still in Red Hook, Mikey answered the break glass in case of emergency call by his manager and limited the HK offense over the first four innings until JB arrived to sling... I uh mean save the day (Sorry I couldn't resist). Mickey's gun ho pitching effort was backed by a consistent and gritty CP offense that made HK pay for a defensive meltdown. These say good teams make you pay for your mistakes and in the 2nd inning HK let Choice Parts veteran Clay escape from a run down play and paid dearly soon thereafter as Lorenzo blasted a 3 run line drive homer to give them a commanding 4-0 lead. CP added on a pair of tack on runs and behind JB improved to an impressive 17-0 with a clean and neat 6-3 victory.
In game two, HK's balanced and scrappy offense set the tone early by scoring 5 runs in the first two inning off of Brown, not John Brown, rather his talent brother Eddie Brown. JB was inserted in the 3rd, but HK's offense grinded out a few of their own tack on runs to help their starter and Ultimate Gamer Jimmy Meyers earn a well deserved 8-4 victory and improve to 9-7 overall.
MLK once said “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.” so I won't remain neutral on head umpire Mr. Johnson AKA
I've said it before I've say it again he's confrontational, terrible and an outright cancer/detriment to the league. Both team hated him yesterday. Not disliked, Hated!!!! I wish Vegas had a money line on who was going to umpire the HK-CP game yesterday. Magoo was a lock. Get rid of him..... Much kudos to HK for ignoring Mr Johnson as much as possible yesterday I think the SB gods rewarded us for that ... HK turned a triple play in game one..... Aaron Fernandez hustle and hitting provided a nice lift for HK in game two ... Speaking of Aaron he asked to be taken out of the game early b/c he was leaving and then ran into the beer cooler and stayed another 2 hours .... HK had a very good turn out yesterday and manager John Sheppard did a good job of getting everyone in the game ... JB's change up is filthy .... Eric Z on CP can hit line drives to RC in his sleep ... Jack Steinman looked good at the plate ... CP stud shortstop Vic pulled/hurt his hamstring in game one that was a big loss ... Eddie Brown is a completely legal modified pitcher and has good stuff ... HK and CP have allowed the fewest runs, 58,in the Big Apple League ... HK second baseman Lou Verges 2 key rbi hits at the bottom of the order off of JB were huge and goes to show it's not where you bat it's how you hit ... The arrival of JB on the mound changed HK offensive outlook, we became more gritty and hustled more, it also helped that we had like 5 swinging bunts off of the JB change up... they say “Each of us bears his own Hell” and Ricky misplayed a ball in RC and pressing has created his own inferno... CP players had mixed feelings about their undefeated season ending... The HK vibe wasn't so much about giving CP a loss rather it was about earning a competitive win against a quality team. In other words, we needed the split.