Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sportys sweep Anchor Steam to win the ESPN Softball Championship

Sportys sweep Anchor Steam to win the ESPN Softball Championship

Behind their powerful bats, Sportys dominated Game 2 of the ESPN Softball Championship Series 28-8 to complete a clean sweep of the ESPN Softball Championship.

The Sportys team composed of all Studio Production assistants piled up 7 runs in the 1st inning including two pairs of back-to-back homers from Dan Presser and Nick Steger followed by Brandon Moore and Danny Corales. Sportys continued to crush the ball, hitting 10 home runs including a blast from SS Steger, that went into the middle of Route 229.

John Deaver improved to 10-0 as Sportys' ace. Deaver was helped out by great team defense, including a Web Gem diving catch in left field by Presser.

"I didn't know I had it in me. I guess all those times of practicing with the girls paid off," Presser explained

Along with Presser, Jean-Luc Ladoucer, Matt Smith and Brian Bourque played incredible defense in the outfield and kept the powerful Anchor's bats at bay. Meanwhile, 3B Ryan Bartlett went 4-6 with 5 RBIs and 1B Mark Eiseman went 5-6 with 4 RBIs to power the offense.

An excited Bartlett said, "Ira (Fritz) is one of the best pitchers in the league. However, B Moore reminded me before the game of the times Ira made those late bump changes and remembering those times made me focus a little harder on my at-bats"

Sportys completed an impressive playoff run that included a victory in extra innings with only eight players in the first round vs The Fraggles. They moved on and knocked out the regular season champs, The Bugs. Then they swept Research and Destroy before completing their championship run vs Anchor Steam.

Game notes: Steger was named MVP, after going 10-for-12 with 5 home runs in the 2-game series ... Sporty's starting outfielder Jim Serratore, did not play due to a prior committment, but did show up for the champagne celebration on the field ... Simon Baumgart, Matt Brooks, Chris Burns, Aaron Katzman and Andy Davison are also on the team but didn't play in the series.

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