Monday, October 5, 2009

MAJA: Margaret & Iain Win Team M.V.P. awards

Congratulations to Margaret & Iain for being voted team M.V.P.s in our MAJA Sports 2009 Central Park Softball Summer League campaign. Thanks to everyone that voted, it's a great reflection on our team that 9 different Hounds received votes, showing we are a balanced team that does not rely on just one or two players to carry us.

Margaret was our ace pitcher all season long. She dominated the league with a record of 7 and 0 and an outstanding ERA of 2.86. It was because of her great pitching that we were able to often jump out to big leads on our opponents, and her impeccable control on the mound(no walks all season) made sure our opponents were never able to score any cheap runs. She also contributed with the bat, hitting a respectable .391 and driving in 6 runs.

Iain was a new addition to our ballclub but he stepped in right away like he always belonged. He led the team with a torrid .750 batting average, and it seemed like every time he was up to bat he was driving in critical runs. His play at third base was also outstanding. He fielded everything that was hit his way, and he demoralized our opponents with his glove & arm. How can we ever forget his dramatic solo home run in the quarter final that carried us to victory and the showdown with Double D's.

I would be remiss if I did not talk about a couple of Hounds that I believe deserve honorable mentions:

Dave– The big fella was a critical part of our offense. He led the team in home runs, RBIs, runs scored, and hits(tied). He also displayed cat–like reflexes at first base. I know he saved me from at least 3 or 4 throwing errors. He was also able to infiltrate the enemy camps through flirtation.

Jason T.– This guy brought a quiet intensity to our team that was much needed. He hit at a .700 clip, mostly in the leadoff spot. He also covered tons of ground in the outfield. Along with Jason C. they were a formidable combination in left field.

Pushpita– Push was a steady presence for us all season long. Her contributions weren't always visible in the scorebook, but she was no less important to our success. She was responsible for the most clutch hit by any Hound in the regular season, that two-out game-tying hit vs SCN. She also did some fine work with her glove.

All in all, it was a great season with many memorable moments. Thanks to all of you for participating!

Zog: Hounds Take an 'L'

Having started the regular season 2 and 0, the Hounds headed back to DeWitt Clinton field to take on a UMass alumni team, ZooMass. It was a perfect night for a ballgame, and we were ready to take the field.

George got the ball for his first start of the season. After the way he pitched, it could quite possibly be his last. After a good first inning, he became erratic in what seemed like never-ending 2nd and 3rd innings. We also kicked the ball around a little, which did not help matters. By the time Mega came into the game to close out the 3rd inning, we were down only 8-3. All things considered, it could have been worse. We still had a chance to turn the tables.

Unfortunately, our offense failed to put together the big inning we needed. Wink and Iain did all they could to keep us in it; the Winkster going 3 for 3, and Iain going 2 for 3 with a 3-run homer. However, it would not be enough as our rally fell short in the last inning. Final Score: ZooMass 10, Hounds 7.

This loss is really disappointing because our talent level was much higher than theirs. They just made very few mistakes and their pitcher did not walk anybody. I take full responsibility for this one as having a different starting pitcher would have made a big difference. At least we are still 2 and 1 and we still control our own destiny.