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Player of the Week (Sp14): Week 6

Written by - Posted 2014-06-06 21:18 in POTW

Jim Shannon takes out an umpire and wins POTW for Week 6.

Week 7 Preview (Sp14): Zanzibar

Written by - Posted 2014-06-06 08:39 in News

It’s been an interesting few days in the PWL main office as we head to the final week of the Spring regular season.

Certainly we want to be recognized for the superior brand of wiffleball being played on the banks of the Potomac River, and for the added extras that the league provides which make the us as close to a professional operation as we can. That being said, if we have to go America’s Funniest Home Videos route to get a little attention, we’re fine with that too.

The “ball shot heard round the world” ended up getting us on SportsCenter, numerous other media outlets, and led to us being referred to by Keith Olbermann was the World Worst in Sports. We’ll take it!

In related news, umpire Hal Ward returns to the scene of the crime this Sunday and will call the 1:30 to 3:30 games on Red.

The viral video has been a fun distraction, but don’t forget there is actual work to be done as we wind down the season.

If you have not already made your plans to join us for the post-season Champion’s Dinner, Home Run Derby and All Star Game, do it TODAY! Free food and entertainment on the PWL, but you have to RSVP.

Don’t forget to vote for Player of the Week by Noon today!

And oh yeah…we still have four teams fighting for the final three playoff spots. When the musical chairs ends Sunday we’ll see if the rookie Chuggin’ Chorizos can overtake the Canvassers or Suns Out Guns Out for a chance to keep playing. Gumballers have once again clinched at least a tiebreaker game for postseason, which put them on the path to the World Series last summer.

It’s supposed to be mid-80’s and partly cloudy on Sunday, with some stronger wind than the last few weeks blowing out. Look for some increased power numbers.

Player of the Week (Sp14): Week 6 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2014-06-04 21:32 in POTW

  • Adriano DiSorrento (7 nominations, 2 wins) is having a monster year pitching, he’s basically been unhittable all year — especially against Besley Bashers this week (12 batters faced, 7 strikeouts). On the day, Adriano gave up 2 runs for an ERA of 1.00, won both games, and had 13 strikeouts. Batting, Adriano went .286 with an OPS of .714
  • Jim Shannon (11 nominations, 1 win) of Barnburners has basically solidified his position in the league forever as the guy who hit the ump in the nuts and it went viral. On the day, Jim was on base every at bat but one, batting .900, hitting 3 homeruns, 4 RBIs, and an OPS of 2.800. He also pitched 5 innings of one hit ball with 8 strikeouts. And again, he hit an ump in the nuts.
  • Brother Jack Shannon (8 nominations, 3 wins) had six hits on the day, 5 of them were homeruns. On the day, Jack batted .600, 5 homeruns, 8 RBIs, and an OPS of 2.700.
  • Gumballers have been making a run into the playoffs, getting hot when needed, thanks in part to Nitto’s arm and Don McClintock’s hitting (2 nominations, 0 wins). On the day, McClintock batted .462 with an OPS of 1.692 — he also had 3 homeruns and 7 RBIs in two crucial wins against the Canvassers.
  • So it turns out that the Barnburners can hit the ball! Our THIRD Barnburner nominated for the day goes to Colin Gannon (2 nominations, 0 wins). Colin, like the rest of the Barnburners took advantage of mediocre pitching and ran with it, batting .500 on the day, hitting 3 homeruns, and getting himself 6 RBIs with an OPS of 2.125. He also pitched 3 innings with 3 strikeouts and no hits.

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 Sp 14 Week 6
Adriano DeSorrento
15%
Jim Shannon
61%
Jack Shannon
3%
Don McClintock
12%
Colin Gannon
9%
total_votes: 33

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.

PWL Umpire Clip Goes Viral

Written by - Posted 2014-06-02 12:22 in News

The clip from Week 6’s game of Barnburner Jim Shannon “disabling” umpire Hal Ward has gone viral.

The story was covered on ESPN SportsCenter, MLBTV’s Intentional Talk and many other outlets. Keith Olbermann designated us the World’s Worst in Sports for Monday, June 2nd.

So far there are posts on:

POSTSEASON: Playoffs + All Star Game + HR Derby + Awards Dinner

Written by - Posted 2014-06-01 19:39 in News

Five of the eight teams heading to postseason have clinched their spots, but much if left to be determined. The overall playoff schedule, though tentative, has been set.

There are MANY events throughout the postseason for which all players and teams will participate, not just the playoff teams. So mark your calendars now.

  • Playoffs for 8 Teams (wildcard series, division championship series, world series)
  • Home Run Derby (one participant per team)
  • All Star Game (one participant per team)
  • Champions Dinner (season awards)
  • NWLA Scrimmage (National Champs Tampa Bay Wiffleball vs. PWL All Stars)

Please make plans to join us, especially for the final Sunday on June 22nd when the wiffleball center of the world is on Gravelly Point

WILDCARD SERIES

The opening round of the playoffs will feature eight teams, the six division champions and two wild cards. The #1 seed will play the #8 seed (unless same division) in these four matchups. The higher seed in each best of three game series gets to pick their home field for Games #1 and #3. And the overall top two seeds get to pick if they play early or late for this round.

Sunday, June 15th

  • 10:30 AM – Series #1 and #2 Game 1
  • 11:30 AM – Series #1 and #2 Game 2
  • 12:30 PM – Series #1 and #2 Game 3 (if needed)
  • 1:30 PM – Series #3 and #4 Game 1
  • 2:30 PM – Series #3 and #4 Game 2
  • 3:30 PM – Series #3 and #4 Game 3

If the two higher seeded teams pick the same home field in a time slot, one of the series will shift down one hour for start time.

DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

The Division Championship Series will feature the four winners from the first round. We’ll re-seed to make sure the best seed plays the worst seed, this time, regardless of division. It will again be a best of three series. These series will be SATURDAY, June 21st. That’s right, wiffle on a SATURDAY.

Saturday, June 21st

DCS #1

  • Game 1 – 1:00 PM
  • Game 2 – 2:00 PM
  • Game 3 – 3:00 PM (if needed)

DCS #2

  • Game 1 – 1:00 PM
  • Game 2 – 2:00 PM
  • Game 3 – 3:00 PM (if needed)

If the two higher seeded teams pick the same home field in a time slot, one of the series will shift down one hour for start time.

WORLD SERIES / CHAMPIONS DINNER / HR DERBY / ALL STAR GAME / NWLA SCRIMMAGE

One final Sunday for the Spring Season will wrap everything up in addition to featuring some guest out of town competition from the Tampa Bay Wiffleball Lightning team for the NWLA tournament.

Before the World Series the PWL All Stars headed to Ohio will scrimmage with the TBW team in a best of three game series. The series will kickoff at 9:30 AM.

The World Series will be a best of three games series featuring the winners of the two Division Championship Series.

Sunday, June 22

World Series – Sunday, October 6

  • Game 1 – 1:30 PM
  • Game 2 – 2:30 PM
  • Game 3 – 3:30 PM (if necessary)

The post-season awards presentation, as well as the home run derby and all star game will follow the World Series. Food and drinks for the dinner will be provided by the league. Awards which will be voted on following Week 7 will be handed out.

Each team in the league gets one member each in the Home Run Derby and the All Star Game.

Champions Dinner

  • Dinner Served – 2:00 PM
  • Awards – 3:30 PM

HR Derby

  • Round 1 – 4:00 PM
  • Finals – 4:20 PM

All Star Game

  • Nationals at Senators – 4:30 PM

If a Game 3 is necessary, subsequent events will be push back until the completion.

All events are open to all fans and league members.

If you are attending the dinner, you must RSVP via our facebook site so that we can have an accurate count for food. It’s good food, and please join us, but give us an accurate count.

Player of the Week (Sp14): Week 5

Written by - Posted 2014-05-30 21:15 in POTW

Rookie Andrew Dilz of Chuggin Chorizo wins Player of the Week for Week 5.

Week 6 Preview (Sp14): Scenes from an Italian Restaurant

Written by - Posted 2014-05-30 00:31 in News

Did you miss us?

After what feels like an eternity of almost 14 whole days, wiffleball returns this Sunday with two final weeks of regular season.

It’s going to be spectacular, high 70’s and low single digit wind. It will be so nice you’ll probably forget about the four tents that broke the first three weeks due to the wind.

Two playoff tickets have been punched as the Moose Knuckles and the Barnburners clinched their divisions. The other six spots though are still up for grabs. This penultimate weekend is a time for those in the hunt to prove they deserve to be there.

Player of the Week (Sp14): Week 5 Nominees

Written by - Posted 2014-05-22 20:20 in POTW

Rookie Andrew Dilz (first nomination) has found himself in a playoff race all of a sudden with Chuggin Chorizos after two big wins, thanks to his pitching and hitting. Dilz batted .533 on the day with an OPS of 1.333 (top of the league for the week), including 4 doubles and a walk off RBI against the Twits. He also pitched 18 innings on the day, giving up 1 run and striking out 18. Not bad!

Our first of many pitchers again this week, Matt Dreyfus (9 nominations, 1 win) doesn’t usually pitch, but maybe he should. In one game against SacBunt, Dreyfus threw a perfect game, striking out 4. He hit .300 on the day, with an RBI.

Chris Keevan (6 nomination, 0 wins) has had to fill the big shoes left by Joe Thaman this year, and has been doing well so far, only giving up 3 runs so far all year. This week, Keevan pitched a perfect game against Dupont Circle Jerks. On the day, Keevan had a 0.00 ERA, gave up 3 hits in 11.5 IP, 0 runs, and 9 strikeouts. He also batted .308 with a homerun and 2 RBIs.

Jeffrey Nitto (5 nominations, 2 wins) missed a few games early on in the season, but has come back nicely for the Gumballers. This week, Nitto perfecto’d DC Twits. In 12 IP, Nitto gave up 1 hit, 0 runs, and struck-out 8. He didn’t have the best day at the plate, only going 1 for 11 (.091).

If you missed it, there was a lot of “trash talk” going on with Suns Out and Moose this past week, so make sure to circle your calendars for June 8th at 3:30p when they play each other. This week though, Chris Mazur took to the mound and threw a no hitter against Besley Bashers ( there was 1 error ). On the day, Mazur pitched 10 innings, allowed 1 unearned run, had 8 strikeouts, and batted .333.

VOTING CLOSES AT NOON TUESDAY 5/27

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


POTW Sp14 Week 5
Andrew Dilz
49%
Matt Dreyfus
22%
Chris Keeven
11%
Jeffrey Nitto
11%
Chris Mazur
8%
total_votes: 37

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 (Sp14): Week 4

Written by - Posted 2014-05-21 01:46 in Web Gems

DEADLINE: VOTES ARE DUE AT NOON FRIDAY

Greg Hudson Diving Catch
Hudson sprints and dives to make a good catch (Even though blocked by the catcher). This dive also injured Hudson’s ribs, which still make him day-to-day on the roster.

Chris Smyth Double Play
On a popfly, Smyth makes the first out then turns and pegs the runner for the rare double play.

Hamlett Lays Out
Proving that every play is important, Hamlett sprints for a foul ball and lays his body out for an amazing diving catch.

Hamlett Sliding Catch
Two nominations in one week. Hamlett playing the field this time sprints for an opposite hit ball and slides under to make it look easy.

Jack Shannon Fall/Dive
Sure, it might look like a mess, but it was the last out of a long game, so we’ll let him in here. Shannon falls on the ball to secure the game against Superman’s Wheelchair. Was he bobbling?


WebGems Week 4 (Sp14)
Greg Hudson Diving Catch
0%
Chris Smyth Double Play
2%
Hamlett Lays Out
88%
Hamlett Sliding Catch
7%
Jack Shannon Fall/Dive
2%
total_votes: 43

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.

Player of the Week (Sp14): Week 4

Written by - Posted 2014-05-16 21:14 in POTW

Michael Burns of Suns Out Guns Out threw two perfect games to win POTW for Week 4.