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Week 3 Preview (Sp15): All Shook Up

Written by - Posted 2015-05-01 01:23 in News

Hard to believe it’s Week 3 already. Also hard to believe the home run record hasn’t fallen. Just 10 games left boys. Some big games this week, Twits and Barnburners rematch, Janitors and Moose Knuckles, and Canvassers and Wolfpack fight to remain unbeaten in a rematch of the last World Series, which Hackeman is still replaying in his head.

80 degrees, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain, and wind predicted at 6 MPH??? Is this a cruel joke? Why does weather.com do this to us. Folks…let’s play some wiffleball Sunday…in fact…let’s play the entire rest of the season schedule if this turns out to be true.

DO YOUR JOB! – Don’t forget to do two things this week, and every week. Vote for Player of the Week and nominate a nice defensive play for a Webgem. And yes, on Webgems, don’t be embarrassed about nominating yourself.

TRYOUT FOR NATIONALS – No tryouts this week, but they return Week 4 and 5. If you want to go to Ohio and play in either the NWLA Tournament or the London Tournament, email the Commish. Details here

SCORING CORRECTIONS – Now that box scores and game videos are going up you will no doubt feel like you were robbed of a base hit, or unjustly assigned an error as you review the tapes. If there are any corrections needed for the scoring, or if you aren’t sure, and would like the issue reviewed, please contact the Commissioner. Corrections must be made by the Saturday following the games at 11:59 PM. You MUST submit the youtube link to the game, as well as the time (minutes and seconds) where the play occurs you’re challenging or it will not be reviewed. Please note, we definitely want to get corrections (wrong players, incorrect coding, etc), but if you complain about things that are judgment calls, like a hit or an error, it will still be reviewed, but you will be mocked online.

Player of the Week (Sp15): Week 2 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2015-04-28 17:53 in POTW

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

Week 2 is in the books, and as our anonymous writer points out, the new teams are already playing themselves out. Cmon guys!

  • Colin Gannon (4 nominations, 0 wins) gets another automatic nomination this week — throwing a perfect game against the DC Twits (and getting some redemption?). On the day, Colin pitched 12 innings, gave up 5 hits, and had 13 strikeouts.
  • Our second perfect game of the day goes to Wolfpack ‘skip’, Adriano DeSorrento (10 nominations, 3 wins). Adriano was 1 hit away from two perfect games, for the day, he had 12 IP, gave up 1 hit, and had 13 striketous. He’s also yet to give up a run in 4 games.
  • Andrew Zarobila (1 nom, 0 wins) helped the Moose Knuckles in both games this week, both being closer than they should have been. Zarobila batted .571, hit 2 doubles, a homerun, and 2 RBIs.
  • Look who it is — Chris Keeven (7 noms, 0 wins), this time with the Wolfpack. Keeven already has more hits in 2 weeks than he did all last year with the DC Twits. On the day, Keeven batted .667, with a double and 4 RBIs. Welcome back!
  • Yet another Wolfpack nomination to round out the top 5 — after missing week 1, Nick West (11 noms, 1 win) came back and made a pretty big impact. On the day, West batted .700, had 5 doubles, and 2 RBIs (with an OPS of 1.900).

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 2 Sp15
Adriano DeSorrento
63%
Colin Gannon
7%
Christopher Keeven
5%
Nicholas West
15%
Andrew Zarobila
10%
total_votes: 41

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.

Who's On First?: Week 2 Wrap-up

Written by - Posted 2015-04-27 10:34 in Blog

Lots of contenders battling in Week 2, let’s see how it shook out -

  • DC Twits suffered two forgivable losses but being perfect-o’d by Gannon is not something you want to see from a World Series contender
  • Moose Knuckles are back on the playoff map, scraping out an extra inning victory over the Besley Bashers and proving themselves no championship threat
  • No matter who you’re playing 16 hits in a game is impressive; with a Cy Young performance from Adriano and reigning MVP Nick West taking the league lead in doubles after only two games the Wolfpack howled they aren’t ready to go quietly into the night
  • Canvassers continuing to take care of business and proving their offense can take care of games without an ace. Garcia, Dreyfus and Howard proving they can battle with any team on any field and certainly have the look of a true contender. First real challenge for both squads as they take on the Wolfpack in Week 3’s game of the week
  • Gumballers take down the Janitors without Nitto, everyone still hoping to draw them Round 1
  • All those hoping that a new team would shake up the ranks and make a playoff push are left disappointed as the Bald Beavers, One Hit Wonders and Chicken & Wiffle all sit at 1-3. Seriously guys we’re all hungover but get your shit together, you’re better (we thought) than this

Hudson Chosen as Commissioner Elect

Written by - Posted 2015-04-26 21:15 in News

Gregory Hudson has been chosen by the managers to serve as Commissioner-Elect. The position begins effective immediately and will expire upon the election of a new Commissioner.

15 of the 16 managers voted for Hudson, with the DC Twits, Hudson’s team, abstaining.

The position is new to the PWL and is intended to for the Commissioner-Elect to work closely with Commissioner Gallaway this season to provide for a smooth transition to the next administration.

Commissioner Gallaway is stepping down when his term expires upon the election of a new Commissioner prior to the Summer Season. The managers for the Summer Season will formally elect a new Commissioner at that time.

Hudson has been Deputy Commissioner since Spring Spring 2013.

NWLA Roster Thoughts

Written by - Posted 2015-04-24 23:14 in Blog

About the Author: Jack Shannon is possibly the greatest wiffleball player in the history of the world. Just ask him.

In my opinion, the roster is in serious need of overhauling. It’s time to drop the dead weight.

Commissioner Gallaway is leaving at the end of the season anyway, so he should have no problems burning any bridges by telling the appropriate parties that they suck.

Keepers:

  1. Jack Shannon – what a player he is, right?
  2. Kevin Higman – good bat, good glove. His socks aren’t up to briefing book specs, though. Management may have concerns over insubordination
  3. Jim Shannon – his bat is BARLEY keeping him on this list
  4. Crawford – but he’s definitely on my “fuck-up-one-more-time-and-you’re-out” list

Curb’d:

  1. Gagnon – can’t hit and gets ass blasted on the mound
  2. Flowers – is only brought for his bat, and can’t hit half his weight.
  3. Fantasia – aside from being an absolute mess who puked in a mall because his stomach couldn’t handle 35 busch lites, he threw 1 strike the entire weekend
  4. Howard – Never has so much practice yielded such shitty results

Potential Replacements:

  1. Nick West – Along w/ the Shannons, the best hitter the league has to offer. And he’s got the best “glove”. Also will provide diversity to the walk-up music. Wiry frame may be well suited for pitching? MAKE him try to pitch.
  2. Colin Gannon – can vouch for his velocity – can he control it? May be Fantasia #2, less the puke, so that’s a concern.
  3. Ty Fletcher – I get it. We don’t want the “all star” team to be “the barnburners” – he has capable speed and good control. Trust me. Will he give up Head Lackey position? TBD
  4. The Beefcake from Circle Jerks – intimidation matters. If we’re going to have bench players hit .020, they might as well look the part.

Week 2 Preview (Sp15): Suspicious Minds

Written by - Posted 2015-04-24 01:16 in News

It’s Week 2 and Jack Shannon is three dingers from tying the all time home run record. A little more Barry Bonds than Hank Aaron, Shannon has a possibly insurmountable lead of five over his brother Jim. Wind should be out on Red for their game against the Twits, but they draw Crawford on the mound. Blue field for second game and wind should be in or across.

60% chance of rain Sunday AM. With any luck it will pass before our games. Our permit doesn’t allow us to play in the rain, but sometimes it’s a heavy mist and not actually rain. Make sure you’re following us on twitter (@potomacwiffle) for live status updates or call the Game Information Line at 855-8-WIFFLE about an hour before your game.

DO YOUR JOB! – Don’t forget to do two things this week, and every week. Vote for Player of the Week and nominate a nice defensive play for a Webgem. And yes, on Webgems, don’t be embarrassed about nominating yourself.

TRYOUT FOR NATIONALS – This is the first week of tryouts for the NWLA tournament. We need you, tryout! Details here

SCORING CORRECTIONS – Now that box scores and game videos are going up you will no doubt feel like you were robbed of a base hit, or unjustly assigned an error as you review the tapes. If there are any corrections needed for the scoring, or if you aren’t sure, and would like the issue reviewed, please contact the Commissioner. Corrections must be made by the Saturday following the games at 11:59 PM. You MUST submit the youtube link to the game, as well as the time (minutes and seconds) where the play occurs you’re challenging or it will not be reviewed. Please note, we definitely want to get corrections (wrong players, incorrect coding, etc), but if you complain about things that are judgment calls, like a hit or an error, it will still be reviewed, but you will be mocked online.

Player of the Week (Sp15): Week 1 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2015-04-21 20:38 in POTW

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON FRIDAY

Week 1 is officially in the books, with no real surprises besides seeing a mascot Chris did not fund. Already cherished, the POTW has special meaning this Spring season, it will be everyone’s final chance to receive the highly sought after wiffleball bat key chain. Let’s get to the nominees, it’s good to be back.

  • Colin Gannon (3 nominations, 0 wins) is our only automatic nomination this week, pitching a perfect game against Chicken and Wiffle (6 IP, 5 SO). Gannon also pitched against the Moose Knuckles, giving up one hit (a home run), but still getting the win (2-0 on the day). He also batted .375 with a double and 2 RBIs.
  • Teammate and fellow Barnburner Jack Shannon (12 nominations, 3 wins) picked up where he left off, showing his pride in playing for Gallaway by batting .667 with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs (all against the Moose Knuckles). He also pitched an inning and struck out both batters he faced.
  • The Canvassers took care of business on Sunday, destroying both teams they played, thanks in part to Spencer Howard (4 nominations, 1 win). On the day, Howard batted .500, hit 4 homeruns, had 7 RBIs, and pitched 9.5 innings with 12 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.16.
  • Not to be outdone by his teammate, longtime Canvasser Kris Garcia (13 nominations, 4 wins) did his own work. Garcia batted .533, hit 2 doubles, 3 homeruns, and 5 RBIs. He also somehow had 9 runs in two games.
  • Back for his second season, John Corrigan of Bald Beavers (first nomination) was nearly impossible to get out Sunday. Corrigan batted .714, had 2 doubles, a homerun, and 5 RBIs.

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 1 SP15
Colin Gannon
23%
Jack Shannon
13%
Spencer Howard
36%
Kris Garcia
19%
John Corrigan
9%
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.

GAME VIDEOS + WEBGEMS + STAT CORRECTIONS

Written by - Posted 2015-04-21 20:26 in News

Complete Game Videos

Complete game videos are posted a few days following each week’s games. It usually takes until Tuesday for Wednesday to get all the games cut and uploaded to our YouTube site.

Games are posted and updated in the stats pages as they come online, so if you check back in you might get lucky and see your game up before everyone elses.

You can find the game videos by going to the games list on the Teams page, the schedule page, or by visiting our YouTube site for a complete archive of all videos.

The game videos are un-edited and the umpire is mic’d up to capture as much of the in-game sounds as we can. Keep that in mind as you’re playing.

Web GemsWeb Gems Archive

Each week we’ll be voting on a weekly Web Gem of the week to recognize the best defensive plays. Sure, maybe it should be called a hand gem, or a palm gem, possibly even a finger gem, but we’re calling it a web gem.

The league officers are NOT watching 20 hours of game footage each week, so it’s up to YOU, yes you, the reader of this website to submit nominations. The only plays nominated will be chosen from the ones that you submit to us for consideration.

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.

Scoring and Stat Corrections

Now that box scores and game videos are going up you will no doubt feel like you were robbed of a base hit, or unjustly assigned an error as you review the tapes.

If there are any corrections needed for the scoring, or if you aren’t sure, and would like the issue reviewed, please contact the Commissioner. Corrections must be made by the Saturday following the games at 11:59 PM.

You MUST submit the youtube link to the game, as well as the time (minutes and seconds) where the play occurs you’re challenging or it will not be reviewed.

Please note, we definitely want to get corrections (wrong players, incorrect coding, etc), but if you complain about things that are judgment calls, like a hit or an error, it will still be reviewed, but you will be mocked online.

NWLA TRYOUTS: Are you the best wiffleball player in the world?

Written by - Posted 2015-04-20 14:28 in News

If you think you might be, or if you think your addition to a team of PWL All Stars will make that team the best in the country, we want you to try out for the NWLA tournament. Yes…a tryout. We know, you don’t tryout anymore, but trust us, you want to for this.

If you stroll by the Blue field starting Week 2, you’ll notice an extra foul line and arc in orange paint in the general vicinity of the existing foul lines. Do not be alarmed, some other league isn’t invading our turf. During weeks 2, 3, and 5 the Blue field is pulling double duty for both the PWL regular season, and tryouts for the PWL All Star team that will be heading to the National Wiffle League Association Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, this July, after competing in a regional round in early June.

The fourth annual tournament, which was co-founded and is largely hosted by the PWL, will be July 17th through 19th. The PWL is one of sixteen leagues who will each send an all star team to represent their league in the National Tournament. The rules are a combination of rules used throughout the leagues. The tournament is fast pitch, with walks, and the field is the official 90 degree width like a traditional baseball field. (2 fielders and a pitcher are used to make up for the wider field.)

For the first time this year, a regional round of pool play will be held to select the 16 teams. Up to 20 teams will play in four regionals and the top 16 go to Columbus. Because we finished in top 8 teams at the 2014 tournament, the PWL is guaranteed a spot at the Nationals, but we will still play in a regional. Regionals will be a one day event, either June 6, 7, 13, or 14. Since PWL playoffs will be going on at that time, roster changes might be made for the regionals that are different than the national tournament.

Tryouts for the team are open to all players who are on a roster for the Spring season. Interested players are encouraged to contact the Commissioner in advance to express interest. There will be three tryout sessions. Each session will last an hour, with the first 15 to 20 minutes including pitching and batting practice, followed by a scrimmage game, or simulated at-bats for the remaining part of the hour. Players must attend at least two of the three sessions to be considered for the team. Players who were previously on the NWLA roster and wish to return only need to attend one session, if they trust their stats to speak for them.

NWLA Tryout Sessions

  • Week 2 (4/26) – 3:30 PM
  • Week 3 (5/3) – 3:30 PM
  • Week 5 (5/17) – 3:30 PM

The finalists will be narrowed down after the tryouts. The roster is up to eight players.

PWL players who are not able to go to Ohio, are welcome to scrimmage during the tryout times if they’d like to join in. Especially if you’ve got an hour time slot open to kill and want to take some AB’s.

Players who are selected will have an all-expense paid trip, including airfare, hotel and meals, to Columbus as well as the regional. In addition, each player will get home, away and alternate jerseys provided by the league.

Sign up for the tryouts today, email the Commish.

Who's On First?: Week 1 Wrap-up

Written by - Posted 2015-04-20 12:23 in Blog

Week 1 is in the books and while the wind was a significant factor, it was mostly business as usual at Gravelly. Top teams were able to grind out wins, illustrating again that the margin between contender and pretender is small but well defined. The biggest news was the lack of news as none of the new teams gave any of the old guard reason to worry.

  • The highlight of the day was definitely the Garbage Plates’ new mascot, Trashy. They have firmly secured the rare combination of best logo, best mascot and largest roster without posing any offensive threat whatsoever
  • Janitors played three innings and came out with a 2-0 record and +11 run differential, impressive in its own right. Looks like Besley has new unis, a new player and are still building for that 2021 World Series
  • Gumballers narrowly escaped two upset bids, keeping them on track for a high seed and first round playoff exit
  • Game of the week featured the Shannons kicking off their pursuit of the home run record at the expense of the Moose Knuckles, much to everyone’s delight. Gagnon last spotted fleeing the Point clutching the Commissioner’s trophy Shooter McGavin style

Looking ahead to Week 2 the Gumballers and Twits play both their games against strong playoff contenders. Expect to see the Moose Knuckles work their way into the all important top six but the real question is will anyone else step up? Still early but the playoff field looks very familiar, are anyone other than the Moose Knuckles a postseason threat?