Web Gems

Weekly Web Gems

Each week we’ll be voting on a Web Gem 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 office isn’t watching hours and 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.

Web Gems: Week 1 (Su13)

Written by - Posted 2013-08-09 14:36 in Web Gems

VOTES ARE DUE AT 10 AM ON SUNDAY

  • Jack Rems Diving Catch – After making the jump to the new Gas House Gorillas (cool name?), Jack has already made his free agency value worth it with his bat. But here, Jack shows how he can work the field too — sprinting to make a diving catch in right.
  • Nick Pegs Jack…In the Head – Speaking of Jack Rems, here he tries to score the go-ahead run from first base on a Matt Dreyfus double for the Gas House Gorillas in a game they eventually lost 1-0. A no-look throw from Marshall Graves to Nick West of 7th Linning Stretch, followed by a perfect peg to the head not only knocks Rems down, but knocks his sunglasses off. Should we be worried about beef between the two? Watch after the play as Jack walks off.
  • Brian Edgar Diving Catch – New rookie pick up by the DC Twits hit a homerun in his first at bat of the season. Then he decided he should probably show off his defensive skills — grabbing a ball in “no man’s land.”
  • Will McNally Dives for the Ball – There appears to be a theme this week — diving for ball. Not to miss out on the action, Will has some quick reflexes on a ball hit back up the middle to grab it and manage to hold on while tumbling over 2nd base.


Web Gems: Week 1 (Su13)
Jack Rems Diving Catch
17%
Nick Pegs Jack...In the Head
69%
Brian Edgar Diving Catch
10%
Will McNally Dives for the Ball
3%
total_votes: 29

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.

Web Gems of the Year: The Top 10 (Sp13)

Written by - Posted 2013-06-13 15:35 in Web Gems

You voted each week to pick the winners, now we’ve compiled those eight winners and added on two other top vote getters for a final web gem review.

The players in the league will vote to award the Web Gem of the Year which will be announced at this seasons Champion’s Dinner following the World Series.

The top 10 are:

  • Darryl Wilson Robs Greg Hudson – On a ball hit deep to left curving with the wind, Janitor’s outfielder Darryl Wilson makes a bobbling catch — while falling into the outfield fence — to rob Greg Hudson of an extra base hit.
  • Gagnon Gunned at Home – Dubbed one of the best throws in PWL history (debatable), Gagnon is again tagged out, this time trying to tag on a routine pop fly (aggressive baserunning). In a bang bang play, Gagnon is gunned at home by great team work, started by a spectacular throw by Michael Burns.
  • Chris Pike Pegs a Moose – It’s what Chris Pike had planned all along. Let Andrew Zarobila run as long as he can, and then peg him just as he’s about to have an inside the park home run. All part of the plan or pure luck? You decide.
  • Alex Cohn Makes One Handed Diving Catch (Green Field) – Two nominations in one week? Yeah, Alex Cohn is back again. If it wasn’t for the catcher blocking the camera, this could well have been the best WebGem of the year. However, you have to let your brain fill in the pieces. Alex lays out and one hands the ball in mid air. *Take note catchers, move out of the way.
  • Chris Smyth Robs Greg Hudson of a Home Run (Again) – Chris Smyth was running around everywhere for the Master Batters against the DC Twits. He saved 3 homeruns (1 the wrong call, but wasn’t disputed at the time) — one of those homeruns he saved was robbing Greg Hudson of a homerun and keeping the game in extras.
  • Alex Cohn One Handed Dive (Red Field) – I wonder if Alex Cohn of the Bashers was frustrated with everyone’s voting on his previous webgem because he was blocked by his catcher. So what does he do this week? Oh just do the exact same play but this time in view of the camera. Outstretched completely for another one handed dive.
  • Scott Abrahams Peg #1 – Scott Abrahams has been a nice pickup for the Janitors — batting .308 so far. That being said, he also gets 2 nominations this week. In this one, he pegs Cokey trying to stretch his single into a double.
  • Nick West Tip Catch – We haven’t gotten very many catcher nominations up here yet (mainly due to the camera cutting off the craziest plays). However, Nick West had a great heads up play — tipping a foul ball up to himself and catching it easily.
  • Neil Kearns Saves the Game – The Besley Bashers have really come on strong late in the season, winning 3 of their last 4. A reason they won against the Master Batters is thanks to Neil Kearns. His double play ends with him throwing from beyond third to get the runner just before he reaches home, keeping Besley a run up and with the victory. Also, pretty sure Master Batters’ own player gets in the way and almost gets run over.
  • Joel Brunk With Diving Catch – Joel Brunk of 7th Linning Stretch has had himself a nice season as a rookie. Here against Joe Thaman and Superman’s Wheelchair he tracks a line drive near 2nd and makes the diving catch look easy. I’ll say it again though — 7th Linning needs a new logo.

Web Gems: Week 7 (Sp13)

Written by - Posted 2013-06-07 16:05 in Web Gems

VOTES ARE DUE AT NOON ON SUNDAY

Joel Brunk With Diving Catch – Joel Brunk of 7th Linning Stretch has had himself a nice season as a rookie. Here against Joe Thaman and Superman’s Wheelchair he tracks a line drive near 2nd and makes the diving catch look easy. I’ll say it again though — 7th Linning needs a new logo.

John Hamlett Sprints to Make the Catch – The epic game between the Sex Panthers and Dupont Circle Jerks ended up using 6 total pitchers — and eliminating the Circle Jerks from the playoffs. Before that happened though, John Hamlett had his only fielding play of the day, a sprint to foul territory and quick snag of a pop fly.

Zac Champ Saves the Game – The defensive equivalent of a walk off? Well I guess that’s making a defensive web gem to save the game. That’s exactly what Zac Champ did. Fielding a ground ball after a kick-save, Zac races to the ball to JUST get Jack Rems sprinting down to first. That’s the would be tying run coming across home in front of Zac also. His effort helped give the Garbage Plates a 3-2 victory.


Web Gems: Week 7 (Sp13)
Joel Brunk with Diving Catch
78%
John Hamlett Sprints to Make the Catch
11%
Zac Champ Saves the Game
11%
total_votes: 9

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.

Web Gems: Week 6 (Sp13)

Written by - Posted 2013-05-24 11:23 in Web Gems

  • Neil Kearns Saves the Game – The Besley Bashers have really come on strong late in the season, winning 3 of their last 4. A reason they won against the Master Batters is thanks to Neil Kearns. His double play ends with him throwing from beyond third to get the runner just before he reaches home, keeping Besley a run up and with the victory. Also, pretty sure Master Batters’ own player gets in the way and almost gets run over.
  • Sean McVey Double Play – Either the Besley Bashers have had the most WebGems this year, or they just take the time to watch the tape. This time, Sean McVey makes an catch and pegs the runner to complete the double play (although assisted by terrible base-running).
  • Chris Mazur Tag Out – In a 13 inning game, every extra base hit is crucial, that’s why this play is nominated. Nobody out and a lead off double — negated by the quick reflexes of Chris Mazur who dived on top of a loose ball and tagged out Craig Miller of Porkchop. Suns Out would go on to win the game 1-0. Also, can we all agree 7th Linning needs a new logo?
  • Nick West Tip Catch – We haven’t gotten very many catcher nominations up here yet (mainly due to the camera cutting off the craziest plays). However, Nick West had a great heads up play — tipping a foul ball up to himself and catching it easily.
  • Adam Turner One Handed Grab – It’s been a down year for the Garbage Plates, but that’s what makes WebGems great — anyone can make a play! Here against the Moose Knuckles, Adam Turner robs a Moose of an extra base hit with a one-handed grab.


Web Gems: Week 6 (Sp13)
Neil Kearns Saves the Game
50%
Sean McVey Double Play
0%
Chris Mazur Tag Out
5%
Nick West Tip Catch
30%
Adam Turner One Handed Grab
15%
total_votes: 20

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.

Web Gems: Week 5 (Sp13)

Written by - Posted 2013-05-17 16:52 in Web Gems

  • Sean McVey Fake Out Peg – Without their star player Alex Cohn (dislocated thumb) against the Blansford Barnburners, Sean McVey of the Besley Bashers fakes a throw home, only to turn and peg a Shannon.
  • Scott Abrahams Peg #1 – Scott Abrahams has been a nice pickup for the Janitors — batting .308 so far. That being said, he also gets 2 nominations this week. In this one, he pegs Cokey trying to stretch his single into a double.
  • Scott Abrahams Peg #2 – For Abrahams’ second nomination (again against the Moose Knuckles), he pretty much mirrors his first play. Once again, a greedy base-running mistake leads to getting pegged at second. Two heads up plays by Scott in one week!


Web Gems: Week 5 (Sp13)
Sean McVey Fake Out Peg
20%
Scott Abrahams Peg #1
60%
Scott Abrahams Peg #2
20%
total_votes: 5

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.

Web Gems: Week 4 (Sp13)

Written by - Posted 2013-05-10 11:47 in Web Gems

We had a bunch of great plays this past week — lots of submissions, keep it up!

VOTING CLOSES AT 10 AM SUNDAY

Alex Cohn One Handed Dive – I wonder if Alex Cohn of the Bashers was frustrated with everyone’s voting last week because he was blocked by his catcher. So what does he do this week? Oh just do the exact same play but this time in view of the camera. Outstretched completely for another one handed dive.

Adriano With The Diving Catch – In one of the longest games of the season, every run was critical. That’s what makes this play so much more important. Adriano DeSorrento comes all the way from left field to make this diving catch.

Tim Qua Pegs Alex – Also in the same game, Alex Filides tries to get tricky/smart/cocky — and fails. Pegged before he can reach 3rd base by Tim Qua makes a great heads up play.

Matt Dreyfus Gets Up – Matt Dreyfus has always been a great fielder, and here he goes up with confidence in the extra inning game against the Nasty Boys.

Scared Hitless Play at the Plate – Another play from the extra inning Scared Hitless game. Adriano hits a shot down the right field line which Matt Dreyfus eventually gets to and throws a perfect rope to get Tim at home easily.


Web Gems: Week 4 (Sp13)
Alex Cohn One Handed Dive
37%
Adriano With The Diving Catch
14%
Tim Qua Pegs Alex
15%
Matt Dreyfus Gets Up
17%
Scared Hitless Play at the Plate
17%
total_votes: 78

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.

Web Gems: Week 3 (Sp13)

Written by - Posted 2013-05-03 11:48 in Web Gems

VOTING CLOSES AT 10 AM ON SUNDAY

Another week of WebGems! The wind was a lot stronger so we had a lot more diving plays and home runs robbed at the fence.

Alex Cohn Peg at the Page – Alex Cohn of the Besley Bashers has been helping his team in many ways (starting pitcher and batting .500) — oh and he plays defense. Here against the Ha’Chi Mountaineers Alex picks up the pieces from a relay throw and hits Andrew Johnson (who was running to his bench already?) in the leg.

Chris Smyth Robs Greg Hudson of a Home Run (Again) – Chris Smyth was running around everywhere for the Master Batters against the DC Twits. He saved 3 homeruns (1 the wrong call, but wasn’t disputed at the time) — one of those homeruns he saved was robbing Greg Hudson of a homerun and keeping the game in extras.

Alex Cohn Makes One Handed Diving Catch – Two nominations in one week? Yeah, Alex Cohn is back again. If it wasn’t for the catcher blocking the camera, this could well have been the best WebGem of the year. However, you have to let your brain fill in the pieces. Alex lays out and one hands the ball in mid air. *Take note catchers, move out of the way.

Chris Pike Pegs a Moose – It’s what Chris Pike had planned all along. Let Andrew Zarobila run as long as he can, and then peg him just as he’s about to have an inside the park home run. All part of the plan or pure luck? You decide.

Matt Dreyfus Pulls One Back – Another Scared Hitless nominee, this time Matt Dreyfus gets a hand to a ball going over. Basically tipping it back to himself and still managing to come down with it — and not letting it bounce over the fence instead.

Get to voting. Remember, the winners of each week will go up against each other at the end of the season for a best of!


Web Gems: Week 3 (Sp13)
Alex Cohn Peg at the Page
7%
Chris Smyth Robs Greg Hudson of a Home Run (Again)
34%
Alex Cohn Makes One Handed Diving Catch
34%
Chris Pike Pegs a Moose
23%
Matt Dreyfus Pulls One Back
3%
total_votes: 71

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.

Web Gems: Week 2 (Sp13)

Written by - Posted 2013-04-25 18:06 in Web Gems

VOTING CLOSES AT 10 AM SUNDAY

1) Crawford Starts the Game with Unassisted Double Play – In an “epic” extra inning game where every hit was key, Stephen Crawford helped himself out by picking up a ground ball and tagging first for the unassisted double play to start the game. Little did he know it’d go 14 innings.

2) Sam Johnson Returns the Favor – It’s only appropriate to have this one after Crawford’s. Doubled up by Crawford, Sam Johnson responded with his own defensive gem to stop a rally by the Twits.

3) Gagnon Gets Greedy…and Gets Pegged – A trademark of the Moose Knuckles has been aggressive base running, this time it cost Gagnon an out as Brett Shegogue picks it up and pegs. Pegged at second only to take his frustration out on a water bottle.

4) Kerby with Unassisted Double Play – The Janitors have been playing decent ball lately, and it certainly helps when your pitcher can get unassisted double plays for you. Kerby Valladares gets the lead and just barely pegs the runner in time for the second out, it’s one way to get some momentum.

5) Gagnon Gunned at Home – Dubbed one of the best throws in PWL history (debatable), Gagnon is again tagged out, this time trying to tag on a routine pop fly (aggressive baserunning). In a bang bang play, Gagnon is gunned at home by great team work, started by a spectacular throw by Michael Burns. That makes three Web Gems against Gagnon in just two weeks.


Web Gems: Week 2 (Sp13)
Crawford Starts the Game with Unassisted Double Play
0%
Sam Johnson Returns the Favor
7%
Gagnon Gets Greedy...and Gets Pegged
18%
Kirby with Unassisted Double Play
11%
Gagnon Gunned at Home
64%
total_votes: 28

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.

Web Gems: Week 1 (Sp13)

Written by - Posted 2013-04-18 16:25 in Web Gems

VOTING CLOSES AT 10 AM SUNDAY

1) Darryl Wilson Robs Greg Hudson – On a ball hit deep to left curving with the wind, Janitor’s outfielder Darryl Wilson makes a bobbling catch — while falling into the outfield fence — to rob Greg Hudson of an extra base hit.

2) McClintock’s Handy Play – Back to back outs for our next two nominees — Mooseknuckles vs the Gumballers. This is the first out in the 6th inning. Almost bare handing it, pitcher Don McClintock is able to sprint to the ball and pick it up just before Zarobila can reach first.

3) Nitto Saves the Day – Again, from our game of the week, the game on the line, Mooseknuckles’ hitter Andrew Flowers crushes a ball to deep center. Jeffrey Nitto of the Gumballers races back and makes an over the shoulder catch at the fence to save the game (and end it) at 1-0 Gumballers. Make sure to watch for Gagnon’s reaction on the side.

4) Gagnon Lays Out – From the other side of this game, we have pitcher Matt Gagnon displaying how crucial every out can be in a tight game like this. Laying out down the first base line, Gagnon makes the out (and saves a run in the process).

5) Crawford Gets Robbed – In a game where any hit was critical (#TwitsBall), Twits star Stephen Crawford hits a line drive (that MAYBE would go out?) – but is instead robbed by the Dupont Circle Jerks Andrew Hill.


Web Gems: Week 1 (Sp13)
1) Darryl Wilson Robs Greg Hudson
31%
2) McClintock's Handy Play
13%
3) Nitto Saves the Day
19%
4) Gagnon Lays Out
23%
5) Crawford Gets Robbed
15%
total_votes: 62

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.