Friday, April 27, 2012

Hazy Days: Bullets Outlast The Economist

The rain held off, but the field was soggy, the ball waterlogged, and air misty as the Bullets faced The Economist Thursday evening at North Meadow #2. The ball wasn't carrying, so runs were difficult to come by; fortunately, pitcher Pat Brosseau and the stingy DC defense were up to the task, and our own Maids of the Mist, Laura Demoreuille and Christine "CNap" Napolitano drove in key runs (three of our four RBI) to lead DC to a 5-3 victory.

After the Economist strung together a few hits and plated a run in the top of the first, DC returned the favor in the bottom half, tying the game. Sal Cipriano singled with one out and moved to second base on an otherthrow. After Mike Lorah popped out to right field, our first chance to see the Economist's soccer-star-turned-right-fielder, who made a jubilant, juggling basket-catch for the second out, Nel Yomtov slashed a hard grounder to third base. The Economist's man on the hot corner knocked the ball down, but rushed his throw, which sailed out of play. Nel took second, and Sal trotted home.

In the second, Blake Kobashigawa reached on a fielder's choice, erasing CNap, who'd led off with a single, and base hits by Pat and Vince Letterio loaded the bases with one out. Laura Demoreuille lofted a fly to shallow left, and Blake tested the outfield's arm. The throw was on time, but the catcher couldn't corral it, and Blake score the go-ahead run. Danielle Yannetta lined back to the pitcher to end the frame, but DC never trailed again.

However, the game remained tight the rest of the way. Both teams had plenty of baserunners, but few extra-base hits, and those clutch run-scoring knocks never managed to squirt through the infield. Back-to-back singles by Dan Bertoldi and Kevin Schwoer started the third, but Dan was tagged out after stumbling past third on Neil Hiremath's base hit, and then Sal fouled off three pitches and Mike bounced back to the pitcher.

In the fourth, Nel and John Choi singled to start the inning, but CNap's fielder's choice and comebackers by Blake and Pat squelched the opportunity. Vince led off the fifth with almost literally a rainmaker to left field, and the opposition's left fielder may have momentarily lost the ball in the gray sky, because ball landed wetly not far behind him - but it landed, and Vince legged out a triple. Laura then picked up her second RBI, smacking a hard grounder past the second baseman. Danielle added a single, but consecutive 6-5 fielder's choices by Dan and Kevin took the ladies off the bases. With two down, Neil slapped an RBI double into the left field gap, scoring Dan with DC's fourth run.

The Economist tallied a second run in the top of the sixth. They also lost their right fielder, who, after happily pouncing into the batter's box and flaring a single to shallow center, launched something closer to a flying kick at the second base bag than a slide. It seemed his spike caught in the muddy ground and stuck, and then Nel, rushing to the base, stepped on him to add insult to the injury.

DC added one more insurance run in their portion of the sixth. Nel reached on a fielder's choice, moved to third on John's double, and raced home on CNap's tapper back to the mound. The Economist added one more run in the seventh for the final tally, 5-3.

Defensive highlights were Pat's continued prowess at fielding chipshots, comebackers and squibbers, Dan snapping up a fouled-back flare, and Vince and Neil's outfield range.

The Bullets (4-0) meet truTV next week on North Meadow #2.

Bullets Box:
LCF/CF Neil Hiremath - 2-3, RBI, double
1B Sal Cipriano - 1-3, R
3B Mike Lorah - 1-3
SS Nel Yomtov - 2-3, R
DH John Choi - 2-3, double
RCF/RF Christine Napolitano - 1-3, RBI
RF Blake Kobashigawa - 1-3, R
P Pat Brosseau - 1-2
LF Vince Letterio - 2-2, R, triple
2B Laura Demoreuille - 1-1, 2 RBI, sac fly
C Danielle Yannetta - 1-2
C Dan Bertoldi - 1-2, R
LF Kevin Schwoer - 1-2

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

NYMSL Full Schedule

The New York Media Softball League has released their full schedule. This also includes league team (DC Comics, WNYC, High Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek/Daily Beast) dates with non-league teams. Give it a check, and take in a softball game near you!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Bullets Ride 35-hit Onslaught to Easy Win

Thursday night's softball game between the DC Bullets and Random House turned out to be a poor showcase for both team's defensive units. The Bullets allowed a season-high 9 runs, including each of the first five batters of the game. However, DC's bats, with some assists by Random House's gloves, unleashed an amazing 35 hits, including eight extra-base hits, to plate a season-high 25 runs in a 25-9 triumph. Joel Press, making his season debut, dominted the highlight reel with two triples, a double, three runs scored and four RBI.

After the first inning, the very high final score didn't look likely. Taking advantage of two miscues on the DC infield, Random House's first five hitters all scored, and DC mustered only a two-out single, lined off the pitcher's shin (hope you're okay!), by Mike Lorah. Defensively, the Bullets stepped up in the second inning, but again managed only one baserunner in the bottom of the frame - Nel Yomtov's lead-off base hit.

After Random House went scoreless in the third, the bottom portion of the line-up put DC on top. Singles by Pat Brosseau, Vince Letterio and Allison Klein (sandwiched around a Blake Kobashigawa pop-up) loaded the bases, and Joel Press cleared them off with a booming triple. A wild throw allowed Joel to score as well. Larry Ganem and Kevin Schwoer showed off their opposite field power, lining hits down the right field line. Larry legged out a triple, and Kevin came all the way around, and DC never trailed in the game again.

Bottom four, the comic book makers batted around, plating 11 more runs and blowing the game open. Highlights included Nel's two-run double, Sal Cipriano's RBI single, and Pat's three-run opposite field homer. Allison, Joel and Larry also collected RBI during the deluge. Christine Napolitano, who led off the inning with a base hit, made the final out on a line drive directly at the left fielder. Fifteen different batters took a cut between CNap's two plate appearances in the inning.

Random House caught the scoring bug in the fifth, plating four more runs, but the Bullets bettered that in the last of the fifth, as the first six hitters up singled in a row - Mike, John Choi, Nel, Brian Cunningham, Laura Demoreuille and Sal. Pat added a sac fly and Blake an RBI hit as well.

Joel Press led off the sixth with his third extra-base hit, another triple, and scored on Larry's single, Kevin and Dan Bertoldi singled to load the bases, and two more scored on Neil Hiremath's line drive single. Dan got doubled off second base on a shallow fly ball from CNap, and Mike fouled off three pitches to end DC's day at the plate. Larry Ganem, making his season debut on the mound, pitched a scoreless seventh for the final score.

Impressively, the 13-16 slots in the DC line-up didn't make a single out, going a combined 12 for 12, driving in 10 runs. That's production from the end of the line-up that you like to see! Defensive highlights included Mike's backhand stab of a smash grounder to end the fourth inning and Pat's leaping catch in right field. Also, well wishes to Ailen Lujo, who departed the game after pulling a leg muscle in her at-bat in the third inning.

The Bullets (3-0) face The Economist next Thursday on North Meadow #2 in Central Park.

Bullet Box:
LCF Neil Hiremath - 2-4, 2 RBI
RCF Christine Napolitano - 1-4, R
3B Mike Lorah - 3-4, 2 R
DH John Choi - 1-3, R
SS Nel Yomtov - 3-3, R, 3 RBI, double
1B/2B Brian Cunningham - 2-3, 2 R
1B Laura Demoreuille - 1-3, R, RBI
LCF/1B Sal Cipriano - 2-3, R, RBI, double
RF Pat Brosseau - 2-2, 2 R, 4 RBI, sac fly, home run
RCF/3B Blake Kobashigawa - 2-3, R, RBI
LF Vince Letterio - 2-3, 2 R
2B/C Allison Klein - 2-3, 2 R, RBI
2B/SS Joel Press - 3-3, 3 R, 4 RBI, double, 2 triples
P Larry Ganem - 3-3, 3 R, 3 RBI, triple
LF Kevin Schwoer - 3-3, 2 R, 2 RBI, home run
C Dan Bertoldi - 3-3
C Ailen Lujo - 0-1

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Veteran's Day: Yomtov and Kogan Lead Bullets Past The Daily Show

The third time's the charm, as the DC Bullets finally upended The Daily Show, 11-4, in Monday evening softball action. Each of the past two seasons found The Daily Show squad triumphing over the Bullets in walk-off fashion. This year, after falling into an early deficit, the comic book makers scored eleven unanswered runs to win the game going away.

The bats, however, started sluggishly. In the first, Nel Yomtov and Mike Lorah singled with one out, but both were left stranded. Sal Cipriano led off the second inning with a rifle-shot single to left, but never advanced past second base. Jon Stewart's minions seized the early advantage, plating three runs in the bottom of the first (a three-run bomb by only their third batter of the game) and one more in the second, carrying a 4-0 lead into the third inning.

The second time through the line-up, the Bullets found their mojo. Five consecutive one-out hits propelled DC to the lead. Nel bashed a triple to the opposite field, scoring easily on Mike's ground single into left. Clean-up hitter Jay Kogan followed with the team's first home run of the 2012 season, a game-tying smash into deep right center. Back-to-back singles by Pat Brosseau and Sal set up to the go-ahead run. Laura Demoreuille grounded into a fielder's choice, forcing Sal at second, but Pat took advantage of an inattentive defense and sprinted home with the lead run. Allison Dugas-Behan grounded out to end the rally, but DC never looked back.

After a long fly out by Blake Kobashigawa to start the fourth, Neil Hiremath singled through the middle. Nel Yomtov shot a double down the right field line, and Neil raced home from third when the throw back to the infield bounced off Nel's back. Nel took third on the ricochet and scored on Mike's ground out. Jay added a two-out single before Pat grounded out to end the frame.

Batting around in the fifth, the Bullets added four more runs. Sal singled, Laura grounded out, and Alli singled. Then Blake demolished a towering fly to deep left, which skipped off the end of the leaping fielder's glove, scoring Sal easily. Neil and Nel each plated another run with singles, and after Mike's roller to third forced Neil there, Jay hammered a two-out RBI hit to left. Pat grounded out to wrap the inning.

A final run tallied in the sixth, as Sal singled, advanced on Alli's one-out grounder, and crossed the plate on Blake's base hit. Wrapping the offensive output, Jay continued his torrid hitting, collecting a one-out double, the Bullets' only seventh inning baserunner.

Pitcher Pat Brosseau and the Bullet defense held The Daily Show down for the final five innings, preventing a single run from scoring. Neil and Jay, in particular, ran down several well struck flies to squelch TDS rallies, and Pat came off the mound like a cat to field several infield choppers. Also, well wishes to rehabbing Bullets star Andrew Arnold, whose lower back seized up during pre-game warm-ups.

The Bullets (2-0) meet Random House on Thursday at our home field, North Meadow #2 in Central Park.

Bullet Box:
CF Neil Hiremath - 2-5, R, RBI
SS Nel Yomtov - 4-5, 3 R, RBI, double, triple
3B Mike Lorah - 2-5, R, 2 RBI
LF Jay Kogan - 4-5, R, 3 RBI, double, home run
P Pat Brosseau - 1-5, R
2B Sal Cipirano - 4-4, 2 R
1B Laura Demoreuille - 0-4
C Allison Dugas-Behan - 1-4, R
RF Blake Kobashigawa - 2-4, R, 2 RBI, double

Friday, April 13, 2012

Bullets Surge Late to Win Opener

With the cost of softball field permits on the rise, the DC Bullets opted to forgo their usual season-opening practice and get right to game action, facing Bloomberg Thursday evening to kick off the 2012 season. The lack of rehearsal was obvious in the early innings, as both teams floundered to put runners on base. Trailing by a run going into the last of the sixth, the Bullets bats, however, shook off their slumber, scoring five times with two outs to seal the game. The final tally, in a nine-inning affair (both teams needed the extra reps!) - DC Bullets 7, Bloomberg 4.

Neither team scored in the first three innings. In truth, neither team threatened to score during those frames. The Bullets put runners on first and second in the first, with Christine CNap Napolitano and Andrew Arnold (and a big "welcome back" to Andrew - it's good to have you on the field again!) both lining clean singles, but no runner advanced past second base. Allison Klein roped a one-out single into right field in the second, and Sal Cipriano slammed a hard ground single to left in the third, but both runners were left stranded. The good news was that, despite the offensive struggles, the Bullets' defense looked tight in the early going - routine ground balls consistently turned into outs and several well-struck fly balls run down by the speedy outfielders.

Bloomberg drew first blood in the fourth, when a hard line drive to center skipped past Neil Hiremath. The relay throw wasn't in time to prevent the home run. One out later, Blake Kobashigawa (one of three Bullets playing for Bloomberg) singled and came around to score on two more base hits, spotting Bloomberg a two-run lead.

The Bullets halved the lead in the bottom half. After CNap's lead-off hit, Mike Lorah popped out to first base in foul territory. CNap was then thrown out going to third base on Andrew's base hit through the middle, but Andrew alertly took second on the throw to third and scored easily on John Choi's double to right center.

The fifth inning went quietly for both sides (Brian Cunningham's one-out double, crushed on one bounce off the left field fence notwithstanding), and DC's Pat Brosseau retired Bloomberg quickly in the top of the sixth.

Bottom six, things didn't start with much more promise than the previous five Bullet turns at the plate. Ailen Lugo lined out to shortshop, and Sal crushed a long flyout to deep left. With two gone, however, Neil Hiremath singled through the middle, and CNap beat out a hard roller to third - with both runners moving into scoring position on an overthrow past the first baseman. Reigning team MVP Mike Lorah, finally shaking off some rust, hammered a single to center, scoring Neil, tying the game. CNap stopped at third, and Mike took second on the throw home. Andrew followed with the go-ahead hit. John and Pat followed with a double and a single respectively, scoring Mike and Andrew, respectively, before Allison grounded out to end the inning.

After a quick top seven - with no late game and the sun setting, but present - both teams agreed to squeeze in two more innings. Nel Yomtov singled with two outs in bottom seven, but could not be advanced. In the eighth, DC added another insurance run: Sal doubled when the left fielder couldn't handle his long fly near the fence, moved to third on Neil's ground out and scored on CNap's roller to third. Mike added a two-out single before Andrew hit into the 6-4 fielder's choice to wrap up DC's offensive showing.

Bloomberg scored twice in the ninth against a tiring Pat Brosseau, who went the distance, deadball-era style, in the season opener, bringing the final tally to 7-4, Bullets.

The Bullets (1-0) meet The Daily Show on Monday evening at Dewitt Clinton Park. Everyone's encouraged to come out and cheer the team on in what's sure to be one of their most exciting games of the year!

A big thanks to Danielle Yannetta, Blake Kobashigawa and Dan Bertoldi for being good sports and joining the Bloomberg squad Thursday evening:
C Danielle Yannetta - 0-5
1B Blake Kobashigawa - 1-4, R
RF Dan Bertoldi - 1-4

Bullets Box:
CF Neil Hiremath - 1-4, R
RF/2B Christine Napolitano - 3-4, R, RBI
3B Mike Lorah - 2-4, R, RBI
LF/SS Andrew Arnold - 3-4, 2 R, RBI
DH John Choi - 2-3, R, 2 RBI, 2 doubles
P Pat Brosseau - 1-3
2B Allison Klein - 1-3
1B Brian Cunningham - 1-3, double
C Allison Dugas-Behan (a hearty Bullets congrats, Alli!) - 0-3
SS/LF Nel Yomtov - 1-3
RF Ailen Lugo - 0-3
1B Sal Cipriano - 2-3, R, double

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

2012 Season Preview!

Hello, folks, and welcome to a new season of DC Bullets softball! As you can see, this year the Bullets have an all new look, but the focus remains the same: win some ballgames while having fun! We're on the eve of the new season, so let's give you a little preview of  what is upcoming.

Along with a new look the team has some new Bullets to replace members who have moved to our West Coast division. Welcome Danielle Yanetta, Kevin Schwoer, Ailen Lugo, and Dan Bertoldi to the fold! We bid a fond farewell to Brian Walters, LP, and Rookie of the Year Travis Hastback. All of which are playing for DC Entertainment's West Coast team with former Bullets Captain Adam Schlagman and parttime Bullets player Lalida Musso. May they kick butt in their own league!

The Bullets will also welcome back former stalwarts Andrew Arnold and Lauren "Doc" Fries, both of whom missed the 2011 season due to injury and pregnancy, respectively. Doc may be the Away game weapon this year, but it'll be interesting to see how the former perennial MVP, Arnold, bounces back after the lengthy layover. Good luck to both players! Also returning to a more full time basis is Brian BC Cunningham. The slugging editor reappeared for the team during last year's playoffs, and is champing at the bit to hit the field running. The Super Soldier Nel Yomtov also returns to take back shortstop after an injury cut his productive season in half.

The roster has grown to MLB level this season, and manager Sal Cipriano will need every last team member to contribute as they embark on an ambitious 28 game schedule. Forgoing their usual practice, tomorrow marks their official Opening Day against the cheerful team from Bloomberg News. Having defeated a hybrid Bloomberg/Bullets team last year by a narrow margin, it'll be interesting to see what kind of team the opponents trot out for this year's tilt.

The Bullets play their first New York Media League game at home on May 7th against WNYC, a good team that's always matched well with DC, but had a rough patch last year, finishing last. They'll surely come in with a chip on their shoulder and the Bullets in their scopes. The most interesting NYMSL dates, though, is the High Times series. Playing a two game set within a few days of each other could escalate the rivalry to hockey level proportions! The wraparound-the-weekend series takes place on July 12th and 16th. The Bullets end the season with their final league game vs. Forbes, who came into the league last season and played two of the more memorable and even games of the year. Newsweek/Daily Beast leader Randall Lane actually jumped ship over the off season to Forbes, making the team even more dangerous!

Aside from league games, the non league games will be plentiful. Highlights include truTV, who defeated the Bullets in their first meeting last season, and burgeoning rivalries with The Nation and The Daily Show. There are also a number of new teams on the schedule that will be interesting to play including NBC Universal, ITV, Chartbeat,, Left/Right, and Hachette.

And of course there's the Marvel game. No game is bigger, yet the Bullets will have a mountain to climb after losing ground on the rivalry last year with a huge blowout loss. Can they pull it together this year?

The following is the full schedule. Please feel free to stop by and watch and cheer us on. Our home games are on Thursdays at 5:30PM on Central Park's North Meadow Field #2. See you there!

2012 Bullets Fire!