By The Bagman
After playing a very competitive Inter-squad slugfest (22-18 was the final!) to start their year a couple of weeks back, DC Comics’ softball team took on Random House in their first official game of 2010 last Thursday on their home turf of Central Park’s North Meadow (Field #2 for fans that want to come down to cheer). The Bullet bats looked a tad sleepier than the week prior, though, and started the game with lots of pop-ups and groundouts but managed two runs, one on a solo homer by Captain Adam Schlagman (2-2, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI).
Coming into the third inning, the score was 2-1, but Random House turned on the juice to score four runs off of pitcher Larry Ganem (1-1, W) in the Bullet defense’s only bad inning. An inning later, though, DC turned their Blackest Night into the Brightest Day putting up a five-spot highlighted by a bases clearing triple by Batman and Robin letterer Pat Brosseau (1-2, R, 3 RBI).
Leading by two, the Bullets turned to Joel Press (0-2, S) for a 3 inning save attempt. The Press-man, who pitched very well overall, gave back one, making the game tight heading into the bottom of the 5th. With one out, though, Hellblazer letterer and new team co-manager Sal Cipriano (1-2, R) fired a single to left. Another single by Adam Staffaroni (2-2, RBI) got him to third, and when Editor Brian Cunningham (0-2, RBI) grounded to third Cipriano made a head’s up run to the plate on the force play to second for what would end up being the winning run!
Random House scored one more in the top of the 7th, but Press shut the door to ensure the Bullets first win of the year! The two teams continued on to play a friendly full nine innings to knock any additional rust off.
This week, the Bullets play two with a Thursday home match-up with the Paris Review, a team DC will be looking to exact some revenge upon from last season, and then on Saturday they face-off against the ‘09 NYMSL champion Wall St. Journal on their home turf. Ganem and Press are scheduled to start the two games respectively.
Bullet Notes: The Bullets have started the season hitting some long balls. Captain Schlagman hit another homer in extra innings, and he was joined by Andrew Arnold in that regard. In the previous week’s inter-squad the letterers smacked a home run each as did the Captain and L.P. Vollano. Can this be a sign of things to come or just some early adrenaline? We’ll start finding out this week!