The DC Bullets softball team ran their mark to an impressive 7-0 with a lopsided win over the Daily Beast on Thursday at Riverside Park. Playing in a gloomy drizzle, complemented by occasional lightning bursts across the evening sky, the two softball squads bucked the elements and fit in their entire seven inning game.
Let’s pick things up in the third inning this time: After staking themselves to an early lead in the first inning (more on that later), Bullets and Daily Beast exchanged zeroes in the second. LF Jay “Mickey Mantle” Kogan (4-5, 4 R, 3 RBI, double, homer) hammered a one-out double to the base of the right field wall, and the natural righty did it hitting left-handed which really just makes the rest of us feel bad that we can’t hit the ball as well from our good sides. Adam Staffaroni (3-4, 3 R, 2 RBI), the third baseman, scored Jay with an opposite field single to right. The Bagman, 2B Sal Cipriano (2-4, RBI, double), doubled down the left field line, and Staff trotted home on P Joel Press’s RBI groundout. Pressman finished 1-2, with 1 R and 2 RBI.
In the top of the fourth, the Daily Beast – most of their players barely made it to the field by game time and didn’t have time to warm up – started to find their game legs, breaking through for a run against Joel and the Bullet defense. The Bullets got back four, on singles by the left side of the infield, Mike Lorah (4-5, 4 R, 1 RBI, double) and Adam Schlagman (4-5, 4 R, 2 RBI, 2 doubles), an RBI double by outfielder Andrew Arnold (4-5, 4 R, 4 RBI, double, triple, homer), SCF Lauren Fries’ sac fly (part of a 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI day for the Doc), and Jay Kogan’s – still hitting lefty – two-run bomb down the right field line.
The Daily Beast got a little swagger back with a four-run fifth, and maintained the momentum with a scoreless bottom half from the Bullets. In the sixth, the Beast went down quietly, and the Bullets tacked on two more – with Schlagman and Arnold scoring once more each. The Daily Beast scored once more in the top of the seventh, but the final batter lined sharply to Schlagman at short to end the game.
Final score: Bullets 25, Daily Beast 6. That first inning I said I’d get back to? Perhaps it was because the Daily Beast players arrived just barely in time and didn’t get to warm up. Though to give the Bullets credit, the Beast played solid D and the Bullets just kept hitting “where they weren’t.” In the first, the Bullets batted around. Twice. The eleventh and final hitter in the Bullet line-up made the second and third outs (to be fair, with more than eleven players, two Bullets alternated at-bats in the number eleven slot, so two different players made those outs). Nine of the eleven spots in the order (including two other rotating spots) reached base safely twice during the inning.
Arnold and DH LP Vollano (2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, homer) had back-to-back home runs, the second game in a row in which they’ve accomplished that feat. RF Pat Brosseau (1-2, R, double), Lorah and Schlagman had consecutive doubles at one point, which was followed by Arnold’s triple. There were simply too many hits to recount here. In the end, the Bullets tallied seventeen runs on nineteen hits. Ignoring the first frame, the Bullets squeaked by 8-6.
The victory pushes the Bullets to 7-0 overall, and 3-0 in the New York Media Softball League. Their next game, a NYMSL tilt, is this coming Thursday at 5:30 against High Times magazine on Field #2 in Central Park’s North Meadow.
If you read Andrew’s box score correctly, yes, he hit for the cycle. He even hit for the cycle in reverse sequence, homering and tripling in the first, doubling (after a fielder’s choice in the second) in the fourth, and finally singling in the sixth.
Neil Hiremath complemented his 2-3, 1 R game with an outfield assist, with Schlagman relaying Neil’s throw to the plate to cut down what would’ve been the Daily Beast’s first run of the game.
LP left the game after the second inning with a bruised shoulder. Softball remains a dangerous, dangerous activity. The Bullets hope to have him back for Thursday’s game.