Major Energy 16 Chefman 12
Major Energy defeated Chefman 16-12 in a game that Major Energy was comfortably ahead throughout the game but Chefman kept on coming back and to their credit never gave up and really made it a ballgame. Leading Major Energy were Steven Kaner with 4 hits (Steve only plays when it's an elimination game), Dovid Eisenberger a booming homerun that even Chefman admired, Steve Romer, 4 hits, Charlie Kleiner 2 line drive hits and 2 walks, Davin Rosenblatt 2 hits and David Landsman 2 hits. With one game to go, Major Energy with a win, will probably sneek into the playoffs but getting that win might be an adventure.
NJAIM9 Chefman 3
Led my Noam Block, NJAIM clinched first place this morning with a big win vs.
Newday. Block went 3 for 4 with 4 runs scored and continues to be a menace to
all who have to defend against him. Yitz Greenbaum shut down a potent offense
as he has done all season. Its about team today and NJAIM should be proud of
their accomplishment. 17 Wins is the most ever required to clinch first place
and its no small feat.
Bubba's 13 Merockdim 9
After finally breaking out of their June/July slump last week with a victory over Major Energy that kept Merockdim's playoff hopes alive, Bubba's came to play today, exploding for 5 runs in the first inning and never looking back. In a game in which rules were strictly enforced, the Bagel Boys demolished the as usual depleted Campers, completing a season sweep for the second straight season and moving closer to clinching the #3 seed. Merockdim valiantly mounted a comeback vs Bubba's 3rd string pitcher in the bottom of the 9th, plating 5 to bring the game within 4, but a routine flyout ended the game and all but eliminated the Dancing Campers from the playoffs. Merockdim needs to beat Major Energy in their finale next week and get some help from other teams to sneak into the playoffs after a disappointing season, while Bubba's looks to pick up momentum vs an Evergreen team that helped both themselves and Bubba's with a blowout of Westrock tonight, before closing the season vs Westrock next week in a game that could very well decide the 3 seed.
Notable for Bubba's was Yitzy Rosen who had a big 2 RBI Triple to blow the game open and pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief, playing a perfect infield the rest of the game.
Evergreen 11 Westrock 2
Subaba 10 Valuclean 6
In a game of immense playoff proportions, Subaba and Valuclean faced off for the first and only (!) game this season. Former teammates David Samet and Azi Wolf formed the pitching matchup. Azi helped his own cause with an RBI single in the first to give Valuclean an early 1-0 lead, and he seemed determined to hold it up on his own, as he began his reign of terror - finishing with TEN strikeouts on the game. The Dry Cleaners added 4 more in the top of the third, and the way Azi was pitching, the game may as well have been over then.
But Subaba began to chip back. Nesanel Benjamin started it off in the bottom of the third with a single through the hole, followed by a double from recently red hot Jeremy Doberman. RBIs by Ari Weiss, Sruly Kirshblum (two, on a triple), Chaim Heinemann and Elie Mann tied up the score, and it was a brand new ballgame.
The pitchers settled down after that, Azi Wolf striking out four batters in a row at one point, with no change in scoring until the sixth. Chaim Heinemann split the Berens in the outfield with a line drive that went all the way to the wall, and Subaba took a 6-5 lead on the solo home run. In the top of the 8th, Valuclean managed to tie up the score on an extremely fishy play, and it went to the 9th for all the marbles.
David Samet shut down the Cleaners in the top of the frame, helped by Chaim Heinemann snagging a line drive somewhere between fair and foul territory. In the bottom, Sruly Kirshblum led off with a single. After Elie Mann was intentionally walked, Shloime Nemtzov came to the plate with the bases loaded. Despite starting off down 0-2, he fought off pitch after pitch before sending one deep into the muggy night, far over the right fielder's head. "Touch 'em all, Joe!" and Subaba won something to 6. The Burger Boys now clinch a playoff spot with three games to go, quite an accomplishment after last season's, uh, antics.
Game ball goes to Chaim Heinemann for an excellent game on both sides, with added mini balls to Shloime Nemtzov, David Samet and Sruly Kirshblum. Special thanks also goes to Mordechai Kahana, who sat this game out for once in a Blue Moon, for all of his contributions.