Bloomberg is a busy news organization, and perhaps that explains why they were both late and short-handed against the DC Bullets on Thursday afternoon. The game wound up only going five and a half innings, and three Bullets had to play for Bloomberg to give the opposition a full line-up. Rookies Travis Hastback and John Choi, lacking seniority on the DC team, were optioned to Bloomberg, as was good-sport Jeff Boison. The trio proved very effective at run-stopping for the Bloomberg squad, but the Bullets eked out a 6-4 win.
After quick singles by Neil Hiremath and Nel Yomtov got the Bullets going in the first, John Choi, playing shortstop for Bloomberg, somehow got in front of a scorching Mike Lorah line drive that seemed destined for centerfield, stealing away a base hit. Fortunately, the hitters behind Mike found holes elsewhere on the field. Joel Press singled to score Neil for an early lead. LP Vollano followed with a towering fly to deep center. Nel and Joel scored easily, and Bloomberg’s fill-in third baseman – our own Jeff Boison – deked LP, encouraging him to go home. The relay throw was already on the infield, and LP was out by ten feet. With two down, Pat Brosseau got another run for the Bullets, crushing a home run to center field.
In the second, captain Sal Cipriano and Vince Letterio singled. Allison Dugas’s fielder’s choice took Sal off the bases, but Larry Ganem followed with a line single to center, loading the bases with one out. Jay Kogan singled to score one, but the momentum stalled there when John Choi fielded Neil’s grounder, stepped on second and threw to first for an inning-ending double play.
DC added a sixth and final run in the third. After Travis stole an extra base hit from Nel with a full-extension diving catch, Mike blooped a double into right field. He couldn’t advance on Joel’s high-pop single into shallow left – Travis had just stolen one hit out there, after all. LP skied a pop fly on the infield for the second out, but Pat came through with an RBI double to push DC’s advantage to 6-0.
In the fourth, Sal’s one-out single accounted for the only DC offense, and in the fifth, Travis and John again denied DC a scoring chance. After Larry’s leadoff single, Jay Kogan crushed the deepest out I’ve ever seen, as Travis tracked the ball down somewhere around 135th Street. Neil singled, and Nel grounded into a fielder’s choice. With two out and runners on first and second, Mike belted another hard-hit ball, this one into the hole between shortstop and third base – but John (again!) knocked it down with a diving effort, and from his knees threw to third for the force play.
In the top half of the fifth, Bloomberg finally broke through – though our own Bullet teammates did most of the heavy lifting. Jeff singled to start it up, and John followed with a long triple into the left field corner. John later scored, cutting DC’s lead to 6-2. In the sixth, Bloomberg scored one more, and then Travis’s out-out double put a second potential run on third base. Jeff’s sacrifice fly got the run home, but Larry Ganem got John to pop up to Mike in foul territory for the last out, preserving the Bullets’ 6-4 win.
The Bullets (2-2) face Random House next Thursday at 5:30pm on North Meadow #2 in Central Park.
Bullet Box Score
LCF Neil Hiremath – 2-3, R
SS Nel Yomtov – 1-3, R
3B Mike Lorah – 1-3, R, double
IF Joel Press – 2-2, R, RBI
DH LP Vollano – 1-2, 2 RBI, triple
RCF Pat Brosseau – 2-2, R, 2 RBI, triple, homer
RF Christine Napolitano – 1-2
2B Brian Walters – 0-2
1B Sal Cipriano – 2-2
LF Vince Letterio – 1-2, R
C Allison Dugas – 0-2
P Larry Ganem – 2-2
LF/LCF Jay Kogan – 1-2, RBI
And contributing to the Bloomberg cause:
LF Travis Hastback – 2-3, two doubles
3B/C/2B Jeff Boison – 1-2, R, RBI, sac fly
SS John Choi – 2-3, R, RBI, triple