Congrats to Harry Flawd for winning CT June!

Harry beat Mark G 4 games to 3 in the CT finals.

Game 1 – Mark scores a run in the 4th on a 1B** off Harper x-chance and a run in the 5th on a 2B off Hicks x-chance and wins 4-1 to get things going.

Game 2 – Maeda no hits Harry for 8 innings, but May/Iglesias/Hahn only give up 1 hit thru 8. 0-0 top 9 Watson in for Mark, Yaz rolls the straight shot 1-8 in the 0-0 park and Hendricks closes out a 1-0 win for Harry.

Game 3 – The offenses come to life in Pittsburgh, in a game now known as the Rendon show….he hits 1-8 first 3 times up for 3 HR’s in 1st 3 AB’s…Goodrum adds a 3 run shot…Harry gets within 1 with 2 outs in the 9th on back to back 2B’s by Seager and Yaz, but Moreland grounds out to end the game.

Game 4 – Greinke scatters 9 hits in a complete game 7-1 game for Harry, Tatis is 4-5, Wong is 3-4, Murphy 1-1 3 BB’s to lead the O.  Series ties 2-2.

Game 5 – Z. Davies gets lit up like a cheap cigar and gets totally burnt in a 12-0 shellacking for Mark.  Mark rolled the 5-9 off Davies Back to Back to Back in the 5th inning. 5 HR’s later….Mark leads 3 games to 2.

Game 6 – Maeda again for Mark goes 8 innings of no-hit ball, for the series 16 IP 0 hits….but Mark ends up losing both games…rough luck.  So top 9 still 0-0 thanks to May/Hendricks/Hahn tossing 8 innings of 2 hit ball…2 K’s and a BB to Seager and then to Yaz make it 1st and 2nd with 2 outs and GBx to Rendon…1e10…roll the 17 for a 2 base error and an un-earned run, followed by Wong singling in both runners, then Matzek K’s the side for a 3-0 win and to force a game 7.

Game 7 – Happ vs Burnes Wong strikes first with a solo HR in the 2nd, and Tatis solo HR in the 4th makes it 2-0 Harry.  Seager gets the RFx on Garcia for a 3*** 2B following a walk to Happ, and it’s now 3-0.  Seager and Buxton hit solo HR’s and the bullpen K’s 8 in the last 4 innings to close out the series for Harry.

Thanks for Mark for being a gracious host, he allowed me to postpone playing the final for a week so I didn’t have to drive home from CT at midnight.  I had the day off so I drove up to his house to play the series, and it was a full strat day as Brian Smith and Tim Rice and 3 others in Mark’s league were present and all playing baseball.  Great time.

MVP’s were Hendricks/Iglesias/Hand from the bullpen.

Season 1.32 ERA and 4-0 10 saves

World Series 0.00 ERA 12 IP 5 hits, 23 K’s.

Congrats to Norm Plouffe for winning the EAST Skype Tournament

Finals-
Game 1 Bieber gives up only 2 hits and  France led off t7 with a 3b and PR Goodrum scored on a Candy-man SF for the 1-0 win for Norm.   In game 2, a Tellez HR gave Norm 1-0 lead going to b7.  A Bohm 3b and Stallings 1b ties the game.  In b9 Alberto up against Hand with McNeill on 3b, 1 out.  Norm goes to the RH and Alberto squeezes in the winning run 2-1 Mark.  Game 3 Norm is running up the score and goes to t9 up 8-2.  A.Garcia out, McNeil 1b, Simmons bb, Wong bb, Moran 1b, Bohm HR.  It’s 8-7.  Casali out. Mookie 1b and K.Seager rolls a HR to 7 or 2b.  2b.  Mookie to 15 to score and tie up… but it’s a 17.  Final 8-7 Norm after the 5 run 9th that was the only big inning Mark would get in the series.  Game 4 RBI 2bs from Tellez and Cano lead Norm to a 2-0 win.   Game 5 Bieber 8IP scatters 3 hits and S.Murphy gets the big 2-run HR to 7 in b7 and Norm takes it 3-0 in game 5 and the series 4-1.

Next Up…. North Haven, CT June 25/26

HOTEL INFO:
Clarion Hotel and Suites
2260 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT 06518
203-288-3831
CODE: EAST $99 per night (plus tax)

TOURNAMENT INFO:
Day 1 will be at the Hotel
Day 2 will be at my office.
15 Massimo Drive
North Haven, CT 06473

Tournament Cut-Off is Wednesday June 23rd at Noon.

Ben Leong wins in Pittsburgh!

Results from Pittsburgh…..

Brian won the High div with 18-6 record.  He won a BIG 20 DIE ROLL OFF with Frank.  He was 2nd with the same 18-6 record.

Jerry won the low division with a 15-9 record and Ben Leong came in 2nd with a 14-10 record.

Brian and Ben battled in one playoff series with Ben winning 3-1.

Jerry and Frank squared off with Frank sweeping Jerry 3 games straight.

In the finals, Ben Leong defeated Frank 4 games to 2.  Ben got hot at the right time and really hit his way to the victory.

Congrats to Ben Leong.

Mark Giddings Wins In Albany!

Congratulations to Mark Giddings for winning the Albany FTF Tournament.  He defeated Tim Rice 4 games to 2.  Tim defeated Jeff Cohen in the semi’s to play Mark.  Mark was the #1 seed going into the play offs with a round robin record of 12-4.

Next stop is the East/Jasper Tournament in Pittsburgh on May 1st and 2nd.  Details coming soon!

UP NEXT- Albany, NY April 10/11

Albany, NY is our next stop.  See info below and on the Schedule page!

SureStayPlus by Best Western
200 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12205
518-458-1000
Rate: $80/night
LINK: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.55086.html?groupId=Q42PK4E0
Cut-off: April 3rd

In: (9)
Brian Favereaux
Mark Giddings
Bryan Smith
Tim Rice
Jeff Hendriks
Jeff Cohen
Gene Abood
Jerry Dattilo
Rich Knopf

Maybe:
Gordon Deane

Brian Favereaux Wins in North Haven, CT!

Congratulations to Brian Favereaux (Cromwell, CT) on winning the North Haven, CT tournament.  There were 8 competitors for this FTF Tournament and 3 made the playoffs..  Three teams tied for first place with 13 after the Round Robin and Power Matchups.  There was then a 3 way “Shoot Out” for seeding of the playoffs.  Brian wound up winning the Shoot Out with Tim Rice (Alabny, CT) coming in 2nd and Gene Abood (Boston, MA) was the 3 seed.  Tim Rice jump to a 2 games to 0 lead but Gene rallied and won the last 3 games to take the series 3-2.

In the best of 7 series, the games went back and forth for the first 2 games.  Game 3 Gene was leading 5-2 in the top of the 9th when Winker doubled, Contreras got on via a X-Chance single against D. Smith.  A strikeout to Didi and Colin Moran pinch hit and rolled a Diamond to 7 and nailed it to tie it.  In the top of the 10th, an error on Will Myers in RF a BB to D.J. and Winker slammed a 3 run HR to take the lead.  Nola for Gene hit a solo HR in the bottom of the 10th but it wasn’t enough.  GM 4 Bauer for Gene was a stud.  Brian had his chances missing 3 HR chances including the HR to 17 off Bauer with Harper, but it wasn’t enough.  Bauer and Gene win 2-1 to tie the series at 2.  Game 5 was another pitchers dual with Gonsolin winning the battle vs. Maeda 2-0.  In game 6, Kershaw goes 6 innings with O’Day, Scott, and Mayers finishing off the game 10-1 and the series 4 games to 2.

Gonsolin and Winker took CO-MVP honors as Gonsolin was 2-0 and Winker got big after big hit and drove in 7 runs.

The EAST will be having our first tournament of 2021 in North Haven, CT.  Information is below.  Cut Off for sign ups in March 5th.  If Skype draft is needed for FTF players, it will held on THURSDAY MARCH 11th at 7PM EASTERN TIME.  This is a change from previous emails.  Players traveling will be doing it on Friday night so that won’t be possible.

March 13th and 14th – Connecticut – EAST
Best Western Plus
201 Washington Ave
North Haven, CT 06473
203-239-6700
Code: EAST
Rate: $89
Tournament Location:
15 Massimo Drive
North Haven, CT 06473