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WNTN SOFTBALL 2003

Season Recap

Second place is familiar for the WNTN Softball All*Stars. For the fifth time in eight years they were runners-up, this season losing the championship series in four games to rival McAdam Painting.

Following a terrific 14-2 regular season, NTN flew through Daddy-O and Spirits in the first two post season rounds before being halted in their attempt at a trophy repeat. The 2002 league champs suffered the loss of Mike Donley, Keith Garland and Greg Kassabian to retirement. And key players David Higgins, Dan Mikesh, Ryan Thistle, Josh Horwitz and Eddie Murray missed important games for various reasons. So with the season on the line, the team could not field its optimum lineup.

Highlights included timely hitting and dazzling fielding by Eddie Murray, Steve Freeman, Josh Horwitz, Ryan Thistle and David Higgins. Thistle impressed at third base in his rookie season and Freeman returned to the team after several years and made great contributions as a utility infielder-outfielder down the stretch. Jeff Miller pitched every inning (thought to be a team first) and finished 19-6 5.45, quite impressive for softball.

2003 Schedule/Results
Regular Season: 14-2 (6-4 Postseason)

4/28WNTN 9, at Spirits 0
5/5 at WNTN 10, Hartney Greymont 2
5/5 WNTN 16, at Daddy-O 5
5/14 WNTN 5, at Micks 4
5/14 WNTN 27, at Costello Plumbing 17
5/19WNTN 15, at McAdam Painting 9
5/20IDX 19, at WNTN 6
5/27WNTN 7, at Roche Bros. 1
5/27at WNTN 18, Micks 4
6/2WNTN 10, at IDX 2
6/2WNTN 23, at Bullseye 4
6/9at WNTN 7, Roche Bros. 5
6/9Spirits 12, at WNTN 8
6/16WNTN 22, at Hartney Greymont 0
6/24at WNTN 14, Bullseye 6
6/24 at WNTN 7, Daddy-O 0
 
PLAYOFFS: FIRST ROUND
7/7Game 1: at WNTN 14, Daddy-O 3
7/7Game 2: WNTN 20, Daddy-O 10 (WNTN wins series 2-0)
 
PLAYOFFS: SEMIFINALS
7/17Game 1: Spirits 12, at WNTN 5
7/22Game 2: WNTN 13, at Spirits 4
7/22Game 3: at WNTN 13, Spirits 2
7/23Game 4: WNTN 8, at Spirits 2 (WNTN wins series 3-1)
 
PLAYOFFS: FINALS
7/28Game 1: at McAdam Painting 3, WNTN 2
7/28Game 2: at WNTN 6, McAdam Painting 4
7/29Game 3: at McAdam Painting 12, WNTN 1
7/30Game 4: McAdam Painting 15, at WNTN 2
(McAdam Painting wins series 3-1)

2003 Statistics

                    G  AB   R   H  HR RBI  AVG  2B 3B BB  K  S
 1 Darren Roy      19  58  15  27      13 .465   1     3
 2 Lou Esposito    16  46   7  15       7 .326               1
 3 David Higgins   18  54  26  33   2  20 .611   5  1  7     1
 4 Ted Argentieri  21  68  19  33      21 .485   4           2
 5 Ryan Thistle    11  34  12  20      11 .588   2  1        1
 8 Rick Barsam     22  44   9  14       4 .318               2
11 Josh Horwitz    20  75  29  41   3  20 .546   3  4  1     1
12 Steve Freeman   13  43  14  24      13 .558   2           1
14 Dan Mikesh       6  18   7   8   1   4 .444   1           1
15 Jeff Miller     25  41  13  17       5 .414      1
17 Keith Garland    2   6   2   2         .333      1
19 Rob Braunstein   2   7   1   3       3 .428               1
20 Stu Kaplan      20  71  25  28   1  17 .394   3  2  1     2
21 Mike McLean     25  83  21  42      22 .506   5  1        1
23 George Langdon  20  55  21  23   1  18 .418   3  2  3     2
25 Rob Rudnick     22  50  12  22      12 .440      1
30 Eddie Murray    20  71  32  43      28 .605   6     2     4
31 John Toyias     23  75  15  33      22 .440   1     5  1  4
   Others           6  17   1   5       5 .294      1        1

   T O T A L S     25 915 281 431   8 245 .471  36 15 22  1 26

          Pitching
           APP   IP    R   eR  BB  K   W  L   ERA  S
15 Miller   25  172  156  134  13  1  19  6  5.45 


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