Bridge Athletics: 3 Stars of the Week

Tuesday, July 28
2015 Playoffs

1st star - Doug Lester was a force in th 2015 playoffs. He batted .636 and also had 3 intetnional walks to bring his OBP to .714. He launched 4 massive homeruns that have still not landed and had a team high of 7 runs scored. He also knocked in 8 RBI's which is 2nd most on the team. He was a catalyst of the lineup over the four games and continually gave Bridge a chance to win with each at bat he got. 

2nd star - The gold glove voting has ended, but pat handratty was putting on a defensive clinic with many highlight reel plays in each game that would have easily vaulted him over the top in the voting. Pat was a vacuum at first base and made at least four full extension diving stops to record outs. He let nothing get by him and saved many runs for his infield tandem by making great scoops. Not only did Pat do it on the defensive side of the field, he also led the team with the best average in the playoffs hitting a solid .750 over the four games.   

3rd star -   Bobby White put up some fantastic playoff numbers. He hit .667 and  scored 6 runs, both of which is second on the team, 10 RBI's which is a team high and 4 home runs which are also tied for the team high. In all four games the infield was busy as they were hitting a lot of grounders. Bobby was very solid and made a few great stops to save some runs.

Wednesday, July 22
Week 12
1st Star - The regular season is over and bobby finished it on a high note. He went 2 for 3 with 2 HR's, 7 RBI's and 3 runs scored. One of his HR was a grandslam in the first inning to give Bridge the lead. They did not hold the lead for long, but bobby did everything he could in his last at bat as he hit a 3 run shot to close the gap. Overall, bobby finished the season with Career highs with 7 triples, 9 HR, 41 RBI's, and 28 runs scored.

2nd Star - It took Josh Booz 48 at bats, but he finally hit his first HR in a Bridge uniform. In the third inning he hit a lazer line drive to cetner field that split the outfielders. It is nice to add his name to the career charts now. Josh finished the night giong 1-2 with a HR, 2RBI's and 2 runs scored.

3rd Star - Mahlon Beiler has been on fire recently. Mahlon went 3 for 3 vs. Calvary Fellowship and that makes him 7-7 in his last 7 at bats. That is the kind of consistency you want to see heading into the playoffs.Mahlon also added 1 RBI and 2 runs scored vs. Calvary.

Monday, July 13
Week 11
1st Star - Bryan Lester is heating up at the right time. Bryan went 4-6 on Monday vs. Hopewell with 7 RBI's and 4 runs scored. He tied his own single game record with 3 HR's. Bryan loves to face Hopewell as he is a career .720 hitter, but what tops that is he has more HR's, singles, RBI's, and run scored vs Hopewell than any other team. He is one big reason why Bridge is undefeated against Hopewell with a career record 11-0.

2nd Star - Bobby White did everything he could to match Bryan on Monday night, but fell a little short. Overall he had a great night going 5-6 with 2 HR's, a double, and two singles. He also added 4 RBI's and 5 run scored. He was a little shaky defensivly in the first inning, but buckled down to finish the night off strong. Bobby also loves to face Hopewell as he carries a team high batting average of .738.

3rd Star - Pat Hanratty is as steady as they come. He went 4-5 against Hopwell with 4 singles. He was so clutch in the back of the lineup that he got 4 RBI's and scored 3 runs. Pat was also flexible on the defensive side that he moved from 1st to the outfield without skipping a beat. Hopewell tested him right away and he made them pay every time.

Friday, July 10
Week 10

1st StarMahlon Beiler joined Doug Lester as the only other player to hit a Grand Slam thi season. He smoked a shot to left center to clear the bases. Overall, Mahlon went 4 for 4 with 6 RBI's and 2 runs scored. He was all smiles when he came to the plate as he knew he was going to be able to feast on Gateway pitching that night. The 6 RBI's marked the first time Mahlon knocked in a run vs. Gateway. I guess it comes in bunches

2nd StarBryan Lester was at it again on friday night vs. Gateway. He went 3 for 3 with 2 HR's, 4 RBI's, and 2 runs scored. By the time Bryan got up for the 4th time, Gateway was tired ofpitching to him and simply let him take 1st on an intentional walk. Lifetime Bryan is hitting a whopping .870 vs. Gateway and in only 6 games agasint them he has hit 7HR's. No wonder they walked him, I would'nt pitch to him either with those stats.  

3rd StarDave Lanzone was Mr. Clutch friday night vs. Gateway. He came up in two pressure situations and both times he was able to get the 2 out RBI to continue the inning and help Bridge put the nail in the coffin. Both at bats came with men in scoring position and two outs and both times he came out with strong line drive singles to center. The best part is, after his hits the guys behind him knocked him in with HR's. Not only was Dave clutch at the plate, he made some great plays in the field. Argubably he made his best play of the season when he ranged far to his right to back up a diving 1st baseman. He was able to snag the hit and still gun him out at first. It was a great heads up play that saved 2 important runs at that time in the game.

Week 9

1st StarBobby White continue his hit streak by going 4 for 4 with 3 RBI's and 1 run scored. The second single marked his 100 single of his career and this joins some elite company in Bridge History. He is the youngest player to accomplish this feat at 29 years old.

2nd Star - Josh Booz continues to use his speed to make things happen. He went 3 for 4 with 3 rbi's and 1 run scored. He also played great defense by tracking down a few hard hit balls. Josh is climbing the charts for singles and is coming close to moving up the single season record charts.

3rd StarBob Hulett was solid in his releif appearance vs. Hibernia. He came in the fourth inning being down 18-5, but limited the damage over the final four inning to only 1 run. He continued to frustrate the Hibernia hitters with his high arc pitches that threw them off their game. They could only muster 6 baserunners over the four frames.

Monday, June 22
Week 8
1st Star - Bryan Lester earns first star for his fantastic performance against Brandywine grace Monday night. Bryan went 4-4 and was a single away from hitting for the cycle. He smashed 2 Home Runs, 1 triple, and a double. He finished with 5 RBI and 4 runs scored. He is having a great season and has already surpassed his totals from last year in most categories. Not only did bryan lead the way with his bat, he also turned a great double play in the third inning. The batter hit a hard shot down the line. Bryan backhanded it, ran to the bag and threw a bullett over to first base for the out.

2nd Star - Bobby White is heating up in the second half and was putting it on display Monday night. He went 4-4 with 2 HR and a double. He drove in 4 runs and scored 4 runs. He also made a great defensive play in the second inning. He was playing right field with 2 men on base. They hit a line drive to him and he caught it and was able to double the guy off at first. It was apart of a good shutdown inning for Bridge that allowed them to get back up and swing the bats again.

3rd StarDoug Lester continues his strong season and he is on a mission to break records. Doug added 2 more Home Runs to his total and it moves him within 2 of tying 2nd place all time in a single season. Doug finished the night going 4-4 with 2 HR, and 2 singles. He drove in 4 runs and scored twice. He made a big adjustment vs brandywine Grace as they were well aware of his power. He drove his hits to center field and stayed away from the left side as they were playing deep on him. Doug also makes his presence known as BG thought about intentionally walking Bryan a few times, but saw the big guy warming up behind him and changed their mind. A perfect 1-2 power combo.

Saturday, June 13
Week 7
1st Star - Bobby White had a breakout week at the plate. He went 6-7 with 1HR, 1 triples, 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, and 8 RBI's. He is starting to heat up with extra base hits and is now only 2 behind Doug for the team lead for XBH. With his triple vs. Hopewell it marked his team high 7th triple on the season. The funny part is he once again got thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it to a HR. This is now the 2nd time that has happend this season. Maybe it is time to listen to the 3rd base coach.

2nd Star - Josh Booz is making a habit of making highlight real plays every game. He must have a flair for the dramatic. On both the  Monday and Wednesday night Josh made full extension diving catches. The one on Wednesday was probably his best of the season as he was playing shallow and the hitter hit a line drive shot in the gap. He took 3 steps to his right and dove straight out to make the snag. If that got by him, it would have been an easy HR. Josh also had a fantastic week at the plate. Not only is he making things happen with his glove and he is making the other teams pay with his legs. He went 6-6 with 3 doubles, 6 RBI's and 5 runs scored. Josh is on pace to break the single season record for Doubles and making a strong case to take home the MVP honors.

3rd Star - Since Jay Lusby went down with an injury, Dave Lanzone stepped up in a big way to fill the lead off spot in the lineup. Dave went 5-9 this week with 1double,  2 RBi and 3 runs scored. Over the last 4 games since he batted leadoff, he reached base safely in 11 out of his 16 at bats. This has been a huge advantage for Bridge to not skip a beat when a man goes down.

Sunday, May 31
Week 6
1st Star - Jeff Miller was unstoppable on Sunday afternoon. Jeff went 5 for 5 with 4 RBI and 3 runs scored. One of Jeff's 5 hits was a HR, the first of the season for Jeff and 1st one since May 6, 2014. Jeff is looking more and more comfortable at the plate and straighting his swing out.

2nd Star - Mahlon Beiler had a tall task of roaming CF with only 3 outfielders, but he was up to the challenge. He played the hits great and was there to back up his fellow outfielders. Mahlon also was back on track at the plate going 3 for 5 with a HR and a double. He finished with 4 RBI and 1 run scored. Mahlon now as hit 4 HRs in the last 3 games.

3rd Star - Bob Hulett was not as perfect as the last time he faced Freedom Life, but he still pitched one heck of a game. After the first inning, he made his pitches count and limit the damage for the rest of the game. He also helped himself by flashing back to his younger self and hitting a Double and a Triple in the same game. He finished the night going 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and 3 Run scored. He also got a big walk in the 7 inning that wound up being the winning run on Bryan Lester walk off single.

Wednesday, May 27
Week 5
1st Star - Bryan Lester continued his strong season with another great performance. Bryan went 4 for 4 with 2 homeruns, 1 double,  4 RBI's and 4 runs scored. This was Bryan's second multi HR game of the season and his 11 of his career. Bryan put a scare into a drive by fan on his second HR. He hit a shot to right center that cleared the playing area and landed in the street. If the lady didnt slam on her breaks in the last second, then the ball would have smasher her car windshield.

2nd Star - Steve O'neal new nickname is Mr. Consistency. He went 4 for4 with 4 singles, 3 RBi's and 2 runs scored. Steve has now hit safely in 14 out of his last 15 at bats. 11 of those have been singles.

3rd Star - Pat Hanratty is on a tear the last couple of games and once again provided a big spark to the middle of our lineup. Pat went 3-4 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 2 RBi's and 2 run scored. Pat now has career high in doubles and HR.

Week 4
1st Star - The Lester boys were at it again this week. Both Bryan and Doug both huge games this week that tied 2nd place for RBI's in a single game with 8 at piece. Monday night Bryan went off with 3 HR's (ties his own single game team record) and 8 RBI's. On Wednesday, Doug followed his dad's performance with 2 HR's and 8RBI. This family competetion is great for the team and Doug vows to break the all time single season record for HRs.

2nd Star - Mahlon Beiler was on fire this week. Mahlon went 8-10 over the two games with 3 HR's, 7 RBI's, and 7 Runs scored. Mahlon reached a milestone this week when he hit a HR against Brandywine Grace on Wednesday. This brings his career total to 10 and moves him into 4th place for career HR's. This week he has come up with many clutch hits and played exceptional defense. Mahlon has been a huge catalyst for Bridge early success because he is always getting on for the big hitters to drive him home.

3rd Star - Jay Lusby is on a fantastic pace for breaking a few single season records this week.  Jay is on pace to break the recored for singles and run scored in a season. Overall, Jay went 7-10 with 7 runs scored. Like Mahlon, Jay has been on base a lot for our big hitters to drive in and his consistency at the plate shows why has a batting title under his belt. Not only was Jay hitting the ball around the field, he has also won back to back games on the mound this week. Jay had his first two career appearances on the mound and won them both. He threw a ton of strikes and was always keeping ahead of the hitters. Jay has shown signs that he will be ready to dominate when his name is called.

Week 3
1st Star - Doug Lester continues to shine this season. He was once again 1 hit away from hitting for the cycle. He went 3-5 with 5 RBI's, 2 runs scored, and 2 more extra base hits.Doug was in the middle of all the action for Bridge, as in the big 4th inning Doug hit a monster Grandslam that gave Bridge a lot of breathing room. Doug also hit a triple which makes him already 1 triple away from tying a single season record (and he has 11 games to do it in). Doug has been a rock this season and is continually providing a huge spark for this lineup.

2nd Star - Steve O'neal was an on-base machine last night. He went 5 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBi's. He had 4 singles on the night and hit his first triple of the season. Not bad for a guy who was playing under the weather.

3rd Star - John Beiler was doing everything last night. He played exceptional defense and made a fantastic sliding catch to save a run in the third inning. They hit a ton his way, but he was ready for the challenge. John also was a triple from hitting for the cycle. He went 3-5 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBi's on the night. John has above average speed and that was on display when his line drive down the left field line made it past the left fielder, he scampered around before the cut off man even had the ball. This was John's first game with Bridge since the 2012 season. It was good to have him back out there patrolling the outfield with his brother.

Week 2

1st Star - Doug Lester followed up his stellar week 1 performance with an even better one in week 2. On Wednesday night versus Freedom Life, Doug hit for the cycle (second time in his career 6/17/10 vs. providence). He hit a 2 run homer in the first inning, an rbi single in the second, 2 run triple in the fourth, and legged out a rbi double in the 5th. He missed out on the cycle in week one and there was nothing that was going to stop him from pushing for that double in his last at bat.  With his first inning HR, Doug now has 20 career HR's for his career. Also, another crazy stat for Doug, for every hit he gets 26.32% of the time it is a HR (talk about Power). Doug is on pace for an record breaking season and continues to be a spark plug in the Bridge lineup.

2nd Star - Have you every seen a shut out in softball? Well, Bob Hulett was lights out on the mound Wednesday night and almost accomplished that feat. Backed by solid defense, Bob only allowed 4 hits and 1 run on the night. He was pounding the strike zone early in the counts by starting off 13 out of the 20 batters with first pitch strikes. It forced the Freedom Life batters to swing early and enable him to expand the strike zone. Not only did Bob pitch a great game, he also added all the offense he would need by going 2-2 with 3 RBi's and 1 run scored.

3rd Star - Josh Booz is starting his career with Bridge with a bang. He added 3 more extra base hits on Wednesday night and made some great catches in left field. In the bottom of the second with two men on, a FLCC batter hit a sinking line drive to shallow center field. Josh came in blazing to make a full extension diving catch to save the runs. Josh is on pace to have a monster season and possible break the season record for doubles. He finished the night going 3-3 with 2 doubles and a triple. 3 RBI and 3 Runs scored.

Week 1 - 2015

1st StarDoug Lester was on fire wednesday night as he went 3 for 3 and all were extra base hits. He had one Double, Triple, and Home Run. He also scored twice and had 2 RBI's. Doug is now 1 HR away from reaching his next mileston with 20 career Home Runs. He is also 2 Triples shy of tying the all time career record that is actively held by Jackson Stoltzfus.

2nd Star - Jay Lusby is an on-base machine on top ofthe Bridge lineup. He went 3 for 4 with 3 singles. With his single in the third inning Jay became the first player in Bridge history to acheive 100 singles. Congratulations Jay on this accomplishment. I am sure there will be plenty more to come. On wednesday night Jay also had 2 runs scored and 2 RBI's.

3rd Star -  Pat Hanratty hit his first career Home Run on wednesday night. He hit a shot to right center that no one would be able to catch. Pat finished the night going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI's and 1 run scored.