New York’s opening day is a day that will be difficult to match. The sun was shining, the wind was calm for
most of the day, and that fresh East Rockaway air running through your nostrils, making you gag a little. Local
depositories aside, week 1 of year can be characterized as triumphant return to the reality that is Yard League.
Players, young and old, veterans and rookies, duked it out and tried to get an early leg up on the competition.
Highlighting the first round of games was the Enemy-Hooligans matchup. It featured a series between the
2011 regional champs and the team that everyone predicted to be in the finals. The Hooligans stormed out to an
early 3-0 off Kevin Norris. The Enemy responded with 1 in the bottom of the first, and then 7 more of Hooligan’s
pitcher Anthony DiDio. Not to be out done, the Hools scored 6 of their own in the top of the third and held on to
defeat the defending regional champs 9-8. The Enemy took out their anger in Game 2, spanking the Hools 13-0.
Other notable activity from the first set of games Sunday featured a matchup between two new teams to the
league. The Swingmen and the Throwbacks engaged in a spirited two game series; Swingmen taking Game 1, 8-4
and the Throwbacks behind a walk off base hit from Eric “YE” Rajber off Craig Caras of the Swingmen. The other
matchup featuring two new teams were the Mob and the Rampage. The Mob, doing most of their damage with
the standard yellow wiffle bat, lost Game 1, 5-1 in extras, but salvaged Game 2, outslugging the Rampage, 9-8.
Round two saw the enemy already lose their second game of the season. In 2011, it took them until game 10
of the season to suffer their first loss. They squared off against the Hammerheads, winning Game 1 5-0 behind a
two-hit shutout tossed by D-Weg. Game 2 saw recent Bad Chemistry teammates Rob Longiaru and Sean Handahl
battle it out. The Hammerheads jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings. The Enemy tried to rally in the 4th,
but D-Weg would pop up to end the threat, securing a split for the Hammerheads.
Round two also saw the Throwbacks walk off yet again. They would walk off once more during the third
round of games, taking the early lead in the teams with the most exciting games category. In round two, the T-
Backs faced off against fellow newbies in team Rampage. In Game 2, the Rampage scored three in the first and two
more in the second off the T-Backs John Denaro. In the bottom of the second the Throwbacks tied the score with
homeruns from Kyle Greiner and Frank Kollias. The teams battled into extra innings where Greiner deposited a two
out homerun off fellow Risers teammate Carlo DeGiovine.
In Round 3 the status quo was restored. The Enemy swept the Playaz, the Hammerheads swept the Blue
Dragons, and the Hooligans too both against the 2-4 Mercenaries. The Rampage also got their brooms out taking
care of business against the Swingmen, while the Throwbacks walked off in the last game of the day by Frank Kollias.
Stay tuned for team by team breakdowns prior to Week 2.