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Lloyde Nelson
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2016 Angie's Mark II Team & Groupies
Welcome to the Angie's Mark II Softball Team Website!


This site is the electronic home of the "Original" Mark II Softball Team--playing 12" slow-pitch softball for the Mark II Lounge since 1978!

The 2016 season "Marked" our 39th season of summer softball fun sponsored by the Mark II Lounge!  We once again played in the Wednesday Night Mens' League at Evanston's Crown Park where Angie's Mark II finished the Regular Seaon with a 6-5 record (7th Place among the 12 team league) and went 1-1 in the Playoffs, for an overall record of 7-6. 

See the "Web Update" section below for the latest team news and narrative summaries of this summer's league play, etc.

Please explore all the areas of our site by clicking on one of the links in the pane to the left. Note that the "Handouts-Sheets" folder leads to our 2016 stats, boxscores and administrivia (Team Calendar, League Schedule & Rules and IWBYABs).  Other links in the "Handouts-Sheets" folder will lead to all the Mark II Softball Team historical stats from the 2016 "Stat Pack" as well as all the final stat "Sheets," weekly "Updates," etc for each individual summer league season since 2000.  

Note that the 2016 "Stat Pack" was distributed at our annual "Off-Season 'Conditioning' Meeting" on Thanksgiving Eve--if I didn't see you there that night (or, if you're Neal and you left your copy at the bar!?!) remind me and I'll give you your copy of the latest Stat Pack the next time I see you!   

For futher info, sign our "Guestbook" or send e-mail to:

See you out there!
Lloyde Nelson, 11-24-16


Evanston Rainout Hotline: 847-859-7822 (ext 1199)

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Thursday, March 23
Mark II Current Web Update

Last Updated: Thursday, 3/23/17:


  • Starting this Sunday, 3/26: Pitchers & Catchers (and everyone else) will report for our spring training practice regime. For now, we'll stick with our traditional schedule--every Sunday morning at ~9:30 at Central Park in Skokie, and every Tuesday and Thursday evening at ~5:30 at Crown Park in Evanston. Note that The Slugs usually practice on Wednesdays at 6:00 at Crown and we're invited to their practices (as are they to ours). If the weather is extremely cooperative and we can get a quorum, we may try to get informal practices in on other days (check you e-mail, especially on nice days). As always, I don't expect everyone to make every practice, but I do expect each of you to make several practices--enough to shake off the rust, get in some swinging, fielding and throwing and be personally ready to play ball on Opening Night.
  • Wednesday, April 26 (4 Wednesdays from now): Opening Night at Crown Park in Evanston (time & opponent to be announced) 


  • Registration: ERD has acknowledged that we are registered again as Angie's Mark II in the Wednesday Night 12" League (now the only 12" league at Crown). ERD has not yet released this year's schedules and rules--stay tuned.
  • Captains' Meeting: For the first time in many years, ERD held a Captains' Meeting on March 2 to announce/discuss new schedules and rules. From all indications, we were able to convince Ray and Logan that the Wednesday Night Men's League should continue with the 6:45 / 8:00 / 9:15 schedule for game times this year (instead of their proposed 7:00 / 8:00 / 9:00 schedule). Old rules expected to be better enforced this year include: the 70 minute rule (no inning can start after 70 minutes); the no infield warm-ups after the 1st inning rule(!); and, similarly, the 3 warm-up pitches for the pitcher each inning rule. Discussed and expected new rules: there will be no fences in the outfield this year; when the score is tied, during any/all extra-innings (whether after the 7th inning or after the "last" full inning played under the 70-minute rule) each team will start their half of the inning with a runner on second base (the last batted out that doesn't have a courtesy runner); speaking of courtesy runners, any batter who requests a courtesy runner will be restricted to a single during his at-bat--no matter where he hits the ball or how the defensive team plays it (unless there's an overthrow out-of-bounds) the batter-runner must stop at first base.
  • Fees: The Evanston League is $675 plus we have the usual incidentals (scorebooks, eTeamz website fees, and "Meat Night" costs). Assuming Tony and the Mark II's support will cover about a half of our total expenses, I am again looking for $50 per regular player. As always, prompt payment is appreciated 

See you out there!

LN, 3/23/16 


From Previous Updates: 

Fall League Results (11/17/16):

Slugs II: Under Coach Rich, the Crown Wednesday Fall League conglomerate team of Slugs players and Angie’s Mark II players (including Jeff, Bob B & Jonas as regulars and Mark, Ryan and me as occasional subs) finished the regular season with a 6-4 record. Last night(!?!) however, the team was eliminated from the playoffs by Glory Days in an extra-inning back-and-forth not-so-thrilling thriller that saw the enactment of two new "rules" that may become permanent for all future Crown Leagues. The "60-minute" rule was in effect, meaning that no inning can start after the game is 60 minutes old. Thus, the game was over after 6 innings. However, since the score was tied, the "extra play" rule was put into effect--for the extra inning(s), each team starts with a runner at second base so scoring is more likely. In last night's game, Glory Days scored 2 runs in their first extra inning, but the Slugs II were shutout, stranding the tying runs on first and third.  Incidentally, Mort's Advocates then quickly dispatched with Glory Days in the semi-finals, however, they lost the Championship Game to the surprise team of the year, Batmen (AKA Team Random).

Gin N’Duece: Meanwhile, over at Laramie on Thursdays, co-coaches Jeff & Ryan reinvigorated their Proesel Sunday morning summer team by adding Angie’s Mark II talent (Oron, Zave and Mark as regulars with Jonas, Bob B & Lil Tony as occasional subs). After starting 2-2 in that very tough league that includes a lot of the Usual Suspects (Alkoholics, Akkadians, SWAT, Rhombones, etc) the kids dropped 3 of their last 4 games (one by 1 run and one by 2 runs) to finish 3-5, failing to make the .500-or-better-record Laramie playoffs which start tonight(!?!). Yes, it's November 10th and they're playing the playoffs tonight. According to Jeff, the highlight of their season was beating SWAT--their lone second-half "W"--while losing those two close games really came back to bite them as a win in either contest would have given them a playoff berth.  


From the 8/23 Update:


Another Anton!  Tony and Gia along with big sister, Sarah, have welcomed the latest arrival to the Anton clan, a baby girl.  Little Sophie was born in Romania on 8/21 a healthy and strong 18.5" long and weighing 6.5 pounds.  Mother and baby are said to be doing fine.  Father is said to be smiling all the time!  The entire family expects to be back in the States around October/November!




Angie's Mark II 2016 Wednesday Night Summer League Regular Season Results:


Overall, we finished the regular season with a 6-5 record (.545), exactly the same as last year, but we finished 7th among the 12 teams this year (last year we finished 5th). We can take pride in the fact that we battled every team—our margin of defeat/victory against the other 11 teams (in regular season finish order) were: -5 runs against 1st place (AGW); -1 vs #2, -1 vs #3, -1 vs #4, +10 vs #5, +1 vs #6, -2 vs #8, +1 vs #9, +10 vs #10, +16 vs #11 & +3 vs #12. That averages a nice 6.8 run margin in our 6 wins but a frustratingly close -2.0 run margin in our 5 losses!  For all the boxscores follow this link: or click on the "Handout: 2016 Boxscores" link on the bottom of this page or navigate to the "2016 Boxscores" category after opening the "Handouts--Sheets" folder in the pane on the left side of this page


Angie's Mark II 2016 Wednesday Night Summer League Playoff Results:   


First Round vs #10 The Slugs: It took 8 innings, but we eventually earned a walk-off win over The Slugs, 6-5. Follow this link to the boxscore: ( click on the "Handout: 2016 Boxscores" link on the bottom of this page or navigate to the "2016 Boxscores" category after opening the "Handouts--Sheets" folder in the pane on the left side of this page


Second Round vs #2 These Cats: Unfortunately, after walking-off in our earlier game, we were walked-over--all over—in the nightcap as These Cats stomped us in a 3-1/2 inning slaughter, 20-2. Follow this link for the boxscore: ( or click on the "Handout: 2016 Boxscores" link on the bottom of this page or navigate to the "2016 Boxscores" category after opening the "Handouts--Sheets" folder in the pane on the left side of this page.


Final 2016 Wednesday Night Summer League Playoff Results: 

Every game of this year’s playoffs was won by the higher-seeded home team! So here’s how that played out. (Except our two games and one other second round game, I cannot report the final scores of any of these games as ERD only published the final bracket without adding the scores). In the first two rounds, #5 Spiders beat #12 Cardinal IP but then lost to #4 Swingers; #6 Glory Days beat #11 Growlers but then lost to #3 Advocates; #7 Angie’s Mark II beat #10 The Slugs (6-5 in 8 innings) but then lost to #2 These Cats (20-2); and #8 Batmen beat #9 Milford Mudlarks but then lost to #1 Any Given Wednesday (I heard this was just 13-12). Then, in the Semi-Finals, #1 Any Given Wednesday beat #4 Swingers (thus eliminating last year’s champions); and #2 These Cats beat #3 Advocates. Any Given Wednesday then took the Championship Game as, again this year, These Cats (AKA The Chronicles) were the bridesmaids.   


A Tribute to Angie from Bob B, 11/18/15:

To the Mark II Softball Team Family,

A little bit of all of us died today.  And it’s hard to imagine the sun will be able to shine as brightly again .

Angie loved life more than anyone we’ve ever known.  She’s the most optimistic person we’ve ever known.

Angie started working at the Mark II before our softball team was even an idea.  Back in the 70’s, Lloyde and the other Shure Brothers gang (OBO, Marty, Russ, Wally, Gary, Schmidtty, etc. etc.) hung out at the Mark after work and after their company softball games, and the Mark II camaraderie was what spawned the Mark II softball team.  Angie was always there.  No one took fewer vacations than Angie.  She acted like working behind the bar was a vacation.  She worked at the Mark six days a week, and during the baseball season, she spent her day off — Saturday — working the mob scene at Mullen’s in Wrigleyville.  She spread joy wherever she went.  And she bragged about our team all the time.  I still remember the night she introduced Lloyde and me to Joe Hudek, shortly after we had won our first championship.  Joe (a former college ballplayer who became one of our best players ever) acted like we had reeled off a dozen titles in a row, and he politely requested a tryout.  He had been listening to Angie.  And in those few years we had losing records, Angie focused on all the championships we had won.  To her, we were champions every time we walked into the Mark.

It’s been difficult to process how suddenly and rapidly Angie fell ill and died, especially since it basically happened in the short time period since our season ended.  Lloyde got word last week that Angie was in Evanston Hospital, and he and Peg and I had a chance to visit her last Thursday.  She was weak, not just due to the cancer but also an infection that had set in, but she was cheerful and optimistic as always, talking about going home the following day.  She enjoyed talking about the great run the Cubs had during the playoffs and their prospects for winning the World Series next season.  A misguided well-wisher had brought her a White Sox pennant, which I dutifully removed Thursday morning, and which Lloyde and Peg replaced with flowers and some Cub paraphernalia Thursday afternoon.  I also advised her that I had obtained a liquor license and was arranging for a juke box to be installed in her room that afternoon, so she’d better be ready to start serving drinks.  Her daughter Steff was at her side, as she had been throughout the illness, so she was designated as bouncer.  Spirits were high.  Death was nowhere in sight.  Right until the end, Angie never changed, a lesson for us all.

I can’t even imagine what it will be like to walk into the Mark and not see Angie.  But I know she’ll be there.  God bless us all.

Bob B, 11/18/15

Handout: 2016 Boxscores

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