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Sunday Scenarios

Written by - Posted 2013-09-27 14:29 in News

There are lots of different scenarios based on what happens with the four tiebreaker games on Sunday.

Rather than attempt to describe them in narrative form, we’ve made a chart.

If you’re completely lost to begin with, it probably won’t help.

Player of the Week: Week 7 Nominees (Su13)

Written by - Posted 2013-09-26 11:54 in POTW

The regular season has finished! And we still don’t know how the playoff seeding will end up. More wiffleball! Pad your stats everyone!

Dave Lucadamo (2 nominations, 1 win)
Dave isn’t there for Ha’Chi every week, but when he does show up, he usually comes to play. This week, Dave was forced into must win games due to playoff implications — he batted .625, with an OPS of 1.875 including a homerun and 2 RBIs to help Ha’Chi get to the tiebreaker games.

Brett Shegogue (1 nomination, 0 wins)
While the Dupont Circle Jerks season didn’t go the way they wanted, they still ended on a 3 game winning streak, mostly due to Brett’s play. This week, Brett batted .462, an OPS of 1.462, a home run, 4 RBIs — he also pitched both games, winning both, giving up 2 runs, and striking out 12. Not bad Brett…not bad. UPDATE: Brett hit for the cycle for only the 24th time in league history.

Nick West (7 nominations, 1 win)
To say that Nick is carrying 7th Linning Stretch would be an understatement. This week was no different as West batted .667, had an OPS of 1.556 and scored 3 runs. Maybe in the off season 7th Linning can work on a new logo finally?

Will McNally (5 nominations, 2 wins)
More must wins for Suns Out — and Will came to play. While Suns Out needed both wins, they only got one after an extra innings loss to Moose Knuckles that leads them the tiebreaker game this Sunday. But anyways, from last week, Will batted .583, had an OPS of 1.750, hit 2 homeruns, and 3 RBIs.

Joe Thaman (23 nominations, 4 wins)
First off – why does Joe only have 4 wins for POTW? Crazy. Much like most of the week, Superman’s Wheelchair found themselves in 2 must win games, which they won, securing the #2 seed. On the day, Thaman batted only .300 on the day, but had 4 RBIs to go along with a homerun. Thaman’s bigger contribution came with his arm, pitching 2 games with no earned runs, 18 strikeouts, and an OBA of .111

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

The public vote counts for 50% of the overall total, and the league managers vote counts for the remaining 50%.


POTW: Week 6 (Su13)
Dave Lucadamo
46%
Brett Shegogue
47%
Nick West
1%
Will McNally
1%
Joe Thaman
5%
total_votes: 104

About POTW: Each week five nominess will be announced for Player of the Week. The league, fans, and press will vote for the winner. Winners receive a very limited edition wiffleball keychain. For a history of the award, check out Player of the Week History.

Web Gems: Week 6 (Su13)

Written by - Posted 2013-09-25 10:59 in Web Gems

DEADLINE: VOTES ARE DUE AT NOON FRIDAY (SPECIAL TIME)

  • Adriano Cut Off Peg – Playing in the outfield, Adriano chases a ball down the line — letting it get behind him ends up helping him out. Rounding 2nd, a Canvasser is gunned down by a perfect strike to the pitcher and an easy tag.
  • Adriano Sliding Catch – With his back on the fence, Adriano sprints in to make a sliding catch at 2nd on an awkwardly hit ball.
  • Kerby Pegs a Nasty Boy – Trying to stretch a single into a double, Adriano hesitates rounding first before going to second. That hesitation give Kerby just enough time to peg Adriano on the foot just before he gets to second.
  • Brett Peg at Home – Early on in the game against Superman’s Wheelchair, Brett makes a heads up play and easily hits Todd running home with a perfect peg.
  • Edgar Tag at 2nd – Once again, we see Edgar of DC Twits with a great play in the field. Ground ball past Crawford, Edgar makes the grab and heads up play to tag 2nd.


Web Gems: Week 6 (Su13)
Adriano Cut Off Peg
5%
Adriano Sliding Catch
10%
Kerby Pegs a Nasty Boy
23%
Brett Peg at Home
55%
Edgar Tag at 2nd
8%
total_votes: 40

About Web Gems: Nominations can be made by anyone, manager, player, fan, rival wiffleball league, and are due by NOON each Thursday. The league office will review all nominees and submit up to five of them to be voted on by the public. Voting will be open from Friday until 10 AM on Sunday. Submissions can be made by sending an email to webgem@potomacwiffleball.org, and MUST include the youtube link to the game, as well as the time (minutes and seconds) where the play occurs.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: TIEBREAKERS AND PLAYOFFS

Written by - Posted 2013-09-22 16:35 in News

112 games were NOT enough to settle the regular season. We’ve got four more games to go to break some ties, all of which count as regular season games.

Two divisions must be settled, and then three teams will be tied for the final Wild Card spot and will have to play two tie breaker games to determine the #6 seed in the postseason.

Teams that have clinched seeds are: #1 DC Twits, #2 Superman’s Wheelchair, #5 Nasty Boys.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Division Champion Tie Breakers

  • 10:30 AM – EASTERN: Canvassers at Gumballers (Blue)
  • 10:30 AM – SOUTHERN: Moose Knuckles at Suns Out Guns Out (Red)

The winners of the Division tie breakers will have the #3 and #4 seeds in the postseason. The losers of those two games will move to a three game tiebreaker to determine the final Wild Card, the #6 seed. The team in that tiebreaker already is the Ha’chi Mountaineers.

Those teams will be seeded based on head-to-head if possible, then run diff in those head-to-head games, then overall run diff. The team with the best tiebreaker will play the winner of a game with the other two. The winner of game 2 will claim the #6 seed in the playoffs.

2nd Wild Card Tie Breakers

  • 11:30 AM – Game 1: C Team at B Team (Green)
  • 12:30 PM – Game 2: Winner of Game 1 at A Team (Green)

The four possible combinations of teams in the tie-breaker are:

A – Canvassers
B – Moose Knuckles
C – Ha’chi Mountaineers
A – Canvassers
B – Suns Out Guns Out
C – Ha’chi Mountaineers
A – Gumballers
B – Moose Knuckles
C – Ha’chi Mountaineers
A – Gumballers
B – Suns Out Guns Out
C – Ha’chi Mountaineers

These games all count as regular season games. Once they are over, the Wild Card series will begin, the first round of the playoffs.

Wild Card Series #1

  • 1:30 PM – Game 1: #6 Seed at #3 Seed (TBA)
  • 2:30 PM – Game 2: #3 Seed at #6 Seed (TBA)
  • 3:30 PM – Game 3: #6 Seed at #3 Seed (TBA) if necessary

Wild Card Series #2

  • 1:30 PM – Game 1: #5 Nasty Boys at #4 Seed (TBA)
  • 2:30 PM – Game 2: #4 Seed at #5 Nasty Boys (TBA)
  • 3:30 PM – Game 3: #5 Nasty Boys at #4 Seed (TBA) if necessary

Should the #3 and #4 seeds both choose the same home field for Games 1 and 3, then Wild Card Series #2 will move down an hour later and start at 2:30. Additionally, teams from the same division cannot face each other in the wildcard round, so seeds might be swapped to avoid that.

The winners of the two wild card series will advance to the Division Championship Series, which will tentatively be held Saturday, October 5th.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5

Division Championship Series #1

  • 1:30 PM – Game 1: Worst Seed at #1 DC Twits (Green)
  • 2:30 PM – Game 2: #1 DC Twits at Worst Seed (Blue)
  • 3:30 PM – Game 3: Worst Seed at #1 DC Twits (Green) if necessary

Division Championship Series #2

  • 1:30 PM – Game 1: Best Seed at #2 Superman’s Wheelchair (Blue)
  • 2:30 PM – Game 2: #2 Superman’s Wheelchair at Best Seed (Green)
  • 3:30 PM – Game 3: Best Seed at #2 Superman’s Wheelchair (Blue) if necessary

Week 7 Preview (Su13): Song for Guy

Written by - Posted 2013-09-20 09:23 in News

For those of you who thought the time off between the Spring and Summer was bad, when Week 7 ends this Sunday it will be 196 long, cold, dark days until Week 1 of the Spring 2014 season. The good news for some of you, is that wiffleball continues for a short bit, with the playoffs and the All Star game. We don’t yet know everyone that will be, which is going to make Week 7 quite a show.

Unfortunately, the weather is not planning to cooperate. It’s supposed to be a wet weekend, but we could stay totally dry on Sunday at this point. The real problem is going to be the wind. (The ball is plastic and hollow.) Predictions, which are always LOW for Gravelly, say wind from the north, northwest at 14 MPH. That means a lot of wind, and wind blowing IN on green and blue, and across on red. Basically, the worst possible wind conditions to attempt to score runs in. The good news is that your season probably won’t end on a cheap home run. The bad news is that every game might be 1-0 and determined on a fielding error allowing a run to score.

Almost every game matters this week, for the four Division Championships and two Wild Cards on the line. It’s easier to mention the games that people are playing just to pad their stats. In the morning, that’s the Master Batters, with Zach Carter still sitting on 24 career homers, desperate for that next milestone, taking on the Besley Bashers. They’re on red, and if Colton Turner pitches, there might be a shot. In the afternoon the Janitors and 7th Linning Stretch match up in a contest between teams you could say both felt like they’d be in a different position this season, both losing all stars early on, one to injury, one to pregnancy. The Circle Jerks have started moving the wrong direction this season in the standings, though they did upset Wheelchair last week, and will seek to find fixes in the offseason, finish up with games against 7th Linning and the perennial cellar dwellers Garbage Plates (they do have the best post-season team dinners though).

Even if your season ends Sunday, we hope everyone plans to attend the post-season festivities on World Series Sunday, tentatively planned for Sunday, October 6. We’ll have the Champions Dinner, where we hand out the season end awards and dine on league provided lunch, followed by the HR Derby and All Star Game. Every team gets a representative in each event, so plan to come out for one last Sunday at Gravelly this season with your wiffleball family. Final schedule will be announced once the playoffs are set.

Don’t forget to vote for player of the week today by noon. And web gems will be announced later today, vote for that by 10 AM Sunday morning.

Return of the All Star Game

Written by - Posted 2013-09-17 11:21 in News

For the first time in six seasons the All Star Game returns this summer to the PWL.

The game, which will follow the World Series, will feature one player from each team in the league. The 16 team representatives will be selected by their teams themselves, there won’t be a public vote. The two team managers will hold a draft following the completion of the regular season to split the players into two teams. All eight members of the roster will be able to bat in the starting lineup, an exception to the regular season limit of six.

The game will be part of an expanded World Series event which for the second time will also include the post-season Champions’ Dinner and Home Run Derby all combined into one big final Sunday at Gravelly Point. The Home Run Derby format is also being changed to include one representative per team this season.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE – Sunday, October 6, 2013

  • 11:00 AM — World Series Game 1
  • 12:00 PM — World Series Game 2
  • 1:00 PM — Champions Dinner and Awards Presentation (Food and Drinks Provided by the PWL)
  • 1:30 PM — Home Run Derby
  • 2:00 PM — All Star Game

Events will be moved back 1 hour if a World Series Game 3 is necessary.

Managers for this season’s event will be Colin Gannon, of the Blandsford Barnburners, and Howard Krasilovsky of the Master Batters. Gannon managed the 2013 Spring Barnburners to their fifth World Championship. The opposing manager in that World Series, Christopher Keeven of Superman’s Wheelchair was offered the managerial position of the other team in what was hoped to be a continued tradition of the previous World Series skippers helming the All Star Game. Keeven was unable to manage for personal reasons. League officials then decided to offer the job to Kasilovsky. Krasilovsky is second all-time in games managed by active managers (3rd all time), only behind Keeven.

“It seems appropriate that if a manager from the previous World Series can’t work the All Star Game that we should recognize a manager who has put their time in,” Commissioner Gallaway said. “While Howie is certainly not the winning-ist manager of all time, his longevity certainly deserves some recognition. By letting him fill out a lineup card for an exhibition game, we think we’ve checked that box.”

There have only been three previous All Star games in the leagues 17 season history. For the second and third seasons in 2006, a game was held in the middle of each season. There were two divisions at the time, and the Eastern Division won both contests over the Western Division. It wasn’t until the Summer 2010 season that the All Star “game” returned. With three divisions, the game returned as a double elimination tournament featuring three teams, one representing each of the three divisions in the league. The Central beat the Western Division in a wind-shortened two inning Game 5 that year.

“We have struggled with a couple of big things, when to do it, and how to do it,” Commissioner Gallaway said. “With 5 divisions and 20 teams in the Spring, and 4 divisions and 16 teams in the summer, it was hard to come to a format that would be fair and representative of the league and the teams. We might have a problem with 20 teams and players next Spring, but we’re going to try 16 now, and get every team a representative and see how it goes. The when was even more problematic. An off week during the season is almost never possible, and post season was always a challenge with the teams actually playing in the playoffs. With the spectacular success of the post-World Series Champions Dinner and HR Derby last season, it was logical to make that the home for this event as well. Hopefully this will be a success we’ll continue for years to come.”

The two teams have not yet been given names. In the past teams represented divisions and were named by the division. Each all star will get an uniform which will be worn during the game. Home Run derby contestants will also be recognized for their selection with details to be announced soon. The game, and home run derby, will be played on one of the two fields used for the World Series, with a game time decision based on wind factors.

All Star Archive

Player of the Week (Su13): Week 6 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2013-09-17 10:50 in POTW

Was a huge week for almost every team in the league (except Sex Panthers right?). So every team really needed someone to step up and try to carry the team. In some tough decisions this week, we have our 5 nominees who helped their teams at the plate, on the field, and pitching to keep their clubs in playoff contention.

Michael Cohen (2 nominations, 0 wins)
It’s crunch time for every team, but Gumballers maybe had the two toughest games of the week — vs Gas House and then Ha’Chi — winning both of them. These wins came in large part thanks to Cohen, who had an OPS of 1.500, an average of .600, with 4 RBIs on the day.

Brian Edgar (First nomination!)
Quickly making a name for himself as rookie of the year, Edgar again showed his skills at the plate (and on the field). In two must win games for the Twits to keep pace, Edgar batted .545 with an OPS of 1.727. One of Edgar’s hits was a no error inside the park homerun. Impressive. Edgar also had 3 RBIs on the day to top it off.

Will McNally (4 nominations, 1 win)
Like everyone in the league, Suns Out needed to keep pace at 9-3 in two huge games. McNally showed up to play — with an OPS of 2.583, an average of .833, including 1 homerun and 5 RBIs. Not to mention that Will started both games, with an ERA of 1.50 in 8 IP.

Andrew Flowers (3 nominations, 0 wins)
I’m still not sure if Andrew is asleep or not in his photo, but one thing is for sure — Moose Knuckles are a MUCH better team when he is in the lineup. Flowers only had one game this week, against Suns Out, but wow did he make it count. Moose had 7 total hits in the game, Flowers accounted for 4 of them — all solo shots. Flowers batted .571, an OPS of 2.857, with 4 homeruns, and 4 RBIs.

Matt Dreyfus (8 nominations, 1 win)
When Gas House can field a whole team (not using umpires), they are actually very good. Their constant lately has been Dreyfus. This week he had an OPS of 1.429, an average of .500, with a homerun and 5 RBIs. Look for him to do even better next week against the Twits and Canvassers.

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

The public vote counts for 50% of the overall total, and the league managers vote counts for the remaining 50%.


POTW Week 6 (Su13)
Michael Cohen
9%
Brian Edgar
21%
Will McNally
40%
Andrew Flowers
28%
Matt Dreyfus
2%
total_votes: 47

About POTW: Each week five nominess will be announced for Player of the Week. The league, fans, and press will vote for the winner. Winners receive a very limited edition wiffleball keychain. For a history of the award, check out Player of the Week History.

Week 6 (Su13): Someone Saved My Life Tonight

Written by - Posted 2013-09-16 20:32 in News

Week 6 generally settles a few things for the postseason, but this odd summer continues to generate odd outcomes. Not a single Division race is decided heading into the final weekend, not even practically, let alone officially. Seven teams are all sitting on nine wins and one more is at eight. The four Division champions get the #1 through #4 seeds, and the top two overall teams outside of those get the wild cards and the #5 and #6 seeds.

The last time we had a six team post-season, Summer 2012, it took a 10-4 record to make it, and it’s shaping up to look like that again. The only other seasons with six teams, Spring and Summer 2011, teams at 8-6 played tie-breakers to advance.

Eight teams are legitimately battling for the six postseason spots, and a ninth team, Gas House, has an outside chance if everyone else implodes. Interesting enough, the Gas House elimination from postseason might be the most historical. Gas House as a franchise has made the playoffs nine consecutive seasons that they’ve played, the longest streak in league history.

In the East the Gumballers and Canvassers are batting for the division with the loser hoping for the wild card. The Gumballers have an easier schedule, a cake walk with the Sex Panthers and a first ever meeting with the DC Twits. The Canvassers face Ha’chi, who always seems to finish strong but who the Canvassers are 2-0 against all time, and Gas House who beat them Week 4. Expect both teams to be in the postseason, or at least have a play-in game to get there.

In the Southern, the Moose Knuckles have imploded after leading the league all season and winning their first seven. They’re 2-3 since that start, and Matt Gagnon has lost the ability to hit strike board in some kind of Rick Ankiel type meltdown. They’ve given first place in the Division to Suns Out Guns Out, who took it from them last season too. They get a chance to win it still with a rematch with Suns Out Week 7, but they’ll have to do it without Gagnon and Andrew Flowers. From the World Series just two seasons ago, to not even making the playoffs looks like a real possibility. Suns Out, in addition to the rematch with Moose Knuckles, gets a freebie against Garbage Plates, practically guaranteeing them at least 10 wins and a play in opportunity even if they lose to the Moose Knuckles. The Moose Knuckles draw the Nasty Boys, who they eliminated to advance to the World Series in Summer 2012. But the Boys are a different team this year, expect the Moose Knuckles season to end Week 7.

The Northern Division has been the exclusive property of Superman’s Wheelchair the last five seasons. (They owned in the Central one season before moving there.) Their quest for a seventh straight Division championship is a real dogfight though thanks to a strong Nasty Boys team that almost didn’t even happen. Adriano DeSorrento turned his HR Derby win and Ohio All Star appearance into quite a summer season, leading the league in HR and RBI. Despite an amazing run by the Boys, a tough loss to the Canvassers last week means the Division, as it has the last several seasons, is going to come down to the head-to-head matchup between these two teams. Nasty Boys have three games this week, a gimmie with the Sex Panthers, a matchup with the Moose Knuckles made a lot easier without two of their starters, and then the Wheelchair re-match. Wheelchair faces the Janitors, which should be a win, but it depends on if Joe Thaman is pitching or Todd Ogg. They were upset by the Circle Jerks Week 6, but expect them finish strong, and likely take the Division, but the Nasty Boys survive the playoffs as a wild card, and sleeper team for the World Series.

The West is once again a Twits vs Ha’chi competition, and is probably the only hope a nine win team has of making the playoffs. Ha’chi is a game behind, and faces the Canvassers and Master Batters, two tough games for them. Their fate is largely in the Twits hands though, who have a history of choking down the line. Now that they can actually score some runs thanks to rookie Brian Edgar, the leaves may be changing in Twit-land, but they face two tough challenges with Gas House and Gumballers. Don’t be surprised if they drop both, and Ha’chi pulls even with one win, forcing a one game tiebreaker to determine the Division champion at 9-5. Though, if both end at 10-4 they might also need a Division tiebreaker if not all 10-4 Wild Cards at automatic. Just what everyone wants, more Ha’chi/Twits games. Ha’chi leads the series 6-4, 8 of the 10 meetings have been by one run, and half of them have gone extra innings.

There could easily be three teams all tied at 11-3, causing the #1 and #2 seeds, and with it, the coveted first round bye in the Wild Card series, to be determined by run differential. Very little of this will actually be clear until we finish the 2:30 games Week 7.

Web Gems: Week 5 (Su13)

Written by - Posted 2013-09-13 14:25 in Web Gems

DEADLINE: VOTES ARE DUE AT 10 AM SUNDAY

  • Brian Edgar Diving Catch – Brian is still in his rookie season for the DC Twits, but he has consistently been making plays like this thus far. Diving to catch Matt Gagnon’s would be single, Brian makes the catch and avoids falling into 2nd base.
  • Mazur Peg to Save a Run – This seems to be happening a lot this year — better peg accuracy or just bad base running? Either way, off a missed peg from 2nd to 3rd, Mazur picks up the loose ball and quickly pegs the runner JUST in time (helps their catcher blocked the plate too).
  • Kearns “Swipe of the Paw” – Comebackers are always tough for a pitcher, but Kearns of the Besley Bashers makes this one look easy. Almost bare-handing it, he quickly recovers for an easy out.
  • Kearns Pegs Ha’Chi at Home – Another Kearns play here as he seems to be carrying Besley through the season. After a hit off the fence, and picking up a poor cut off throw, Kearns turns and fires to hit Ha’Chi before reaching home pretty easily.


Web Gems: Week 5 (Su13)
Brian Edgar Diving Catch
19%
Mazur Peg to Save a Run
62%
Kearns Swipe of the Paw
0%
Kearns Pegs Ha'Chi at Home
19%
total_votes: 21

About Web Gems: Nominations can be made by anyone, manager, player, fan, rival wiffleball league, and are due by NOON each Thursday. The league office will review all nominees and submit up to five of them to be voted on by the public. Voting will be open from Friday until 10 AM on Sunday. Submissions can be made by sending an email to webgem@potomacwiffleball.org, and MUST include the youtube link to the game, as well as the time (minutes and seconds) where the play occurs.

Week 6 Preview (Su13): Through the Storm

Written by - Posted 2013-09-13 09:19 in News

It’s moving day this Sunday. Week 6, the penultimate round and much is left to be decided as 4.5 teams are batting for the final two wild card spots. (Gas House is the .5, obviously.)

Partly cloudy, 80 for a high, and single digit wind from the south. This is what we call perfect wiffle ball conditions. Though…obviously, even if we had the Thursday evening storms roll through we would have played, right?

Some must watch games in the afternoon as the Canvassers and Nasty Boys tangle, the Gumballers have two tough rebound opponents in Gas House and Ha’chi. We close things out with round 1 of a much anticipated Suns Out and Moose Knuckles contest with the Southern Division on the line. Well, round 1 for this season anyway, Moose is 3-1 all time, but lost their last meeting. They might be better off if Gagnon serves a self imposed suspension from the batting order.

Don’t forget to vote for Player of the Week by Noon today. Web gems voting will open later tonight. The Besley Bashers tried to come in and dominate the web gems this week, but we know you won’t let them.