They say "The third times the charm" and that was true for two
teams this week in the playoffs. After getting swept by their
prospective opponents in the regular season, Moguls and the
Vermonsters got pay back when it mattered the most. In the best
defensive effort of the season, Moguls shut down the Phat Italian
12-2. Moguls got on the scoreboard first and were able to hold that
lead throughout the game.
The Phat were one of the hottest teams coming in to the
playoffs, having won nine of their last ten games including the two
over Moguls. The great defensive effort started with the Phat's
very first batter who hit a shot to left that Cliff snagged with a
diving catch. It's the second game in a row that Cliff got the
first batter out with a diving catch.
That seemed to be Cliff's signature catch in the game as he
added two more. He also showed his cannon of an arm throwing home
to Melvin who put the tag on Steve "Killer" Kent for the big out.
Cliff also shined on offense going 4 for 4.
The win was a solid team effort but a few more shined on
defense. Shortstop Esra was a wall, catching ball after ball and
not letting anything by him. He almost had the double play of the
year as he jumped a few feet to snag a sure hit but over threw to
first. He got that double play later in the game after "The cream
of the Oreo" Cookie made an outstanding diving grab of his own.
Cookie, filling in at second for Coach Prior, dove to first to stop
a hit then flipped the ball to Esra who tagged second and then
threw to first for the double play. First baseman Jamie Rameau was
another of those defensive stars and he showed his vertical ups on
a few catches.
The Phat started off the playoffs with an 18-1 drubbing of the
Earlier in the week, Moguls ended the regular season with a
crazy extra-inning battle with Slips, Trips and Falls. The game had
playoff seeding on the line and both teams were playing their
hearts out. Moguls jumped out to a 3-0 lead but STF stormed back
and tied it up. Moguls regained the lead in the fifth but once
again STF came back. In the bottom of the seventh, STF was facing a
do-or-die situation and they rose to the occasion and tied it at
7-7 to send it to the eigth inning. Moguls got three very crucial
runs in the top of the eigth so once again STF was in a hole. They
almost dug their way out as they got two runs but unfortunately
stranded some runners to end the game.
After getting swept and outscored 29-4 in two regular season
games, the Vermonsters knocked around the defending champion Clear
Cottage and gave them their first playoff loss in two years. The
Clear started out great shutting down the Vermonsters 1-2-3 but it
was all downhill from there.
Brandon "Vibes Hangover" Remick led off with a "Cold Beer" K
looking and then they stranded runners on second and third. The
Vermonsters got two in the second from their biggest offensive
stars, Tyler and Jason who both were 4 for 4 with 3 runs scored a
piece. The Clear cut the lead in half after a sac fly from Bubba
scored Gordy. Tyler and Jason did it again in the fourth, Tyler
with a lead-off home run and Jason off a single from Rollie. The
Clear's Big Three; Jack, Judd and Brett were a collective 0 for 8.
Judd was the only one who could get it out of the infield but both
were caught at the fence. Remick led off the fourth with a huge
triple that fired up him and the team.
Remick was not ready for the pitch but crushed it all the way to
the left field fence. As he was rounding first, he had to shove the
second baseman out of his way and then slide in safely at third. He
got up and then in an excited rage, shoved his third base coach
Brian Peters. He later scored but Brett hit into a double play to
end the inning.
The Vermonsters had a big five run fifth inning that saw Jason
and Tyler score again but finally other Vermonsters scored too.
Three of those runs were off a huge homerun by Big Shawn. They
added four in the sixth to stretch their lead 13-2.
It was the first scoring inning that Jason and Tyler did not
score. They both had a chance to but Big Shawn stranded them with a
big "CBK" to end the inning. The Vermonsters were three outs away
from a rare mercy win over the Clear. Johnny "Lightning" Hurley led
off with a big single but next up was Bubba who flew out for out
#1. Hurley was then tagged out at second off a fielder's choice hit
by Peters. The Vermonsters were now one out away from that big win.
The Clear finally woke up the bats and put together a string of
hits from Ronzoni, Rob "Perfect" Pelletier, Seeds and DJ Dave to
stave off the mercy 13-5. Just like in the first, the Clear shut
down the Vermonsters 1-2-3 in the seventh.
Will "The Thrill" Burdick hit a triple and later scored but that
was all she wrote and the Clear fell 13-6. Pitcher Rollie was "En
Fuego" all night, getting out of every jam he was in. He also
caught DJ Dave looking for another "CBK" that barely landed on the
corner of the plate, the same way he got Remick. The Vermonsters
added a 14-3 win over STF to start their playoff run.
All games played at the Killington Library Field on River
Monday August 6, 2012
All-Star Game - 6 p.m.