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Monday, August 26
The Garden State Senators knock off the defending champion Monmouth County Thunder to win the 2013 Jersey Shore NABA Championship. Stay tuned for a full series recap and pics!
Wednesday, August 21
At this point, anyone who knows anything about JSNABA pretty much knows everything about these two teams. Currently up to date the Thunder lead the overall series between the two teams 12-11 with 1 tie that goes all the way back to 2007. The Thunder also have 9 players who once put on the Senator black. Since the JSNABA started last spring, its been nothing but dominated by these two teams as they have combined for over 80 wins and less than 20 losses. Last year, the Senators saw themselves atop the standings for most of the season, before the Thunder snuck by them for the division title. After both teams swept in the opening round last year, the Senators won game 1 behind McTamney and looked poised to win the first JSNABA Championship. But it was the Thunder who rallied to beat Serrano in game 2 behind Mike Gerstein and it was one of Thunder Captains Nick Franke willing the Thunder to their first Championship. However, this season has been different. The Thunder jumped out of the gate at 10-0 but then faltered. Spliting with the Senators and then staggering to a 5-3 finish including the first time they have swept by the Senators in a double header. The Thunder seemed to have lost that fire that willed them to a Championship last year. The Senators on the other end have had one thought on their mind all season. Revenge. That bitter taste never went away from watching the Thunder celebrate last year. The have battled relentlessly all year to take the division from the Thunder and will not be satisfied until beating them in the Championship. They proved this past weekend their resiliency by showing that their 1-2 punch is all they need as Mctamney and Serrano did everything they could by putting the Senators on their team back to the Championship. The probable game one match up seems to be Aces Mike Mctmaney vs Jeff Frost. Mctamney has been nothing short of dominant. Frost on the other hand has showed he may not be what he used to be. But make no mistake he looks to shut down all doubts this weekend. Game 2 looks to be Serrano (an ace on most teams) and Mike Collins the Thunder hurler who has tied the Thunder single season record for wins and broke the Thunder record for innings this past season while post a sub 2 ERA. While game 3 the Thunder has the reliable Mike Gerstein, among game 3 winner last year Nick Franke, Rich James, Alec Fenstermacher, and Stephen Kingsley for the plethora and deep pitching of the returning Champs. The Senators will have to decide whether they would go with Ricky Maldanodo or if Mctamney and Serrano will will them to a game 3 victory. The biggest question that lurks is are the Thunder hungry enough this season to come together at the right time and repeat as Champions? Or is this just the Senator year. Do they just have to strong of pitching and persistent enough hitting to not take no as an option in 2013? This weekend will answer all the questions. Manager Harry Yunek has built his team for this and seems confident as Thunder manager Danny Franke knows hes got the squad to do it again, but can they really do it again?? Stay Tuned!
Monday, August 19
The #2 Thunder took game 1 from #3 Cubs 7-0 and fought off a last inning rally in a slugfest to win 11-10 and complete the sweep. Nick Franke lead the offense with 6 hits while Mike Collins pitched a shutout and Stephen Kingsley came on relief with 4 solid innings to earn the win in game 2! The Senators dominated game 1 behind Ace Mike McTamney 9-1. The Twins took them out in game 2 3-2 in 11 innings to force a game 3. Serrano would start games 2 and 3 before Mctamney would come on in relief. The Senators strong 1-2 punch combined to help them win game 3 10-4 and get their shot at a rematch of last years disappointing final loss against their bitter rival. Stay Tuned for full preview as week goes on.
Wednesday, August 14
The JSNABA Playoffs are set to begin this weekend with two best of 3 series for who will battle in the championship. Unlike last year, all 4 teams come in with over .500 record and it appears that the championship may be up for grabs. We will preview each series individually so stay tuned and good luck to all our playoff teams!!
#1 Garden State Senators (19-3) vs. #4 Monmouth Twins (11-9)
The Garden State Senators roll into the playoffs as the Divisional Champs after spending most of the year in 2nd place before storming into 1st in the end. They also come in on a 6 game winning streak which include sweeps over the Thunder and Twins two of the 3 other playoff teams. They bring the best 1-2 punch the JSNABA has to offer in Mctamney and Serrano and a potent offense in what might make them the favorites to take home their first JSNABA title and second franchise title. They have let up 35 less runs than anyone else in the league (2.6 per game) while scoring 6.7 runs a game. The Twins rely on the opposite end of things. A strong offense to propel them over teams. They average 7.2 runs per game which makes them second in the league in this category. They also are no newcomers to the playoffs. They made the playoffs the past several seasons in the RVNABA and also made it to the division title game. They also bring MVP nominee and team manager Darren Griffith who doesn't plan on his season ending just yet. The Twins have showed that when they show up, they can be just as dominate as anyone in the league. You can bet that the Twins will bring everything they got this weekend in search of the upset, while the Senators will stay hungry to do what they have had on thier minds all year, win the JSNABA championship. Stay tuned for updates!
#2 Monmouth County Thunder (16-4) vs. #3 Edison Cubs (12-7)
The Monmouth County Thunder are the reigning JSNABA Champs and look to start their playoff quest for a repeat. They started off at 10-0 and seemed to be cruising to their 2nd straight division title. However, the Thunder mustered just a 6-4 record in the second half of the season including losing 3 of their last 4 and it appears they might be limping into the playoffs. The Cubs on the other hand are coming in on a 3 game winning streak and pushed passed the Twins for the #3 seed in the playoffs. They come in with a solid 12-7 record and look to make some noise in the 2013 playoffs. It is an intriguing match-up because these teams have not met in the regular season. Although a double header was scheduled, the Cubs uncharacteristically could not play. However, these teams are not unfamiliar with each other. These teams met in the 2012 Fall ball playoffs where the Thunder avenged a regular season sweep and overcame a 7 run 7th inning deficit to eliminate the Cubs. Although neither team is exactly the same, some of these guys have met on the diamond before and I'm sure no one has forgotten. The Thunder come in averaging 9 runs a game while yielding just 4.7 while the Cubs average 6.6 runs a game and give up 5.7. The series will come down to timely hitting and clutch pitching as most playoff series do...But will the Thunder have the hunger they had last year on rout to their first championship? Or will the Cubs take out the Champs in search of their first title? Only time will tell as game 1 will be Saturday @ 10 am at Holmdel Varsity Field. Stay Tuned!
Tuesday, July 30
Jersey Shore NABA Fall Ball 2013 Details:
- Start Date - September 8th, 2013
- Season Length - 10 games (5 weeks of 7 inning DHs)
- Cost - $500 per team, $65 per game ump fee
- Baseballs and lineup cards provided to all teams
- League fields available for teams with no home field
- Committment/Payment due by End of August
Thursday, July 25
With August and the postseason rapidly approaching, the pennant race in the JSNABA is really beginning to heat up. Here is a look at where all of 2013's playoff hopefuls stand.
NJ Thunder - This young and energetic Thunder team have managed a 6-10 record to this point in the JSNABA season and have done a pretty good job of holding their own in their first year in the JSNABA. They have struggled offensively at times but are a really talented group of young guys. They still have an outside shot of sneaking into the playoffs. If they can run the table against the Blackjacks, Pirates, and MC Thunder (plus a little help from other teams) they may just because able to find themselves playing postseason baseball in August!
Point Pleasant Pirates - The Pirates, formerly known as the Vipers in the JSNABA, have some a long way since the 2012 season. They currently sit at 8-10, after only winning 5 games a year ago, and are gaining momentum heading towards the playoffs. An improved pitching staff has allowed them to hang with some of the league's big boys in 2013; they have already notched wins against the GS Senators and knocked off the Monmonth Twins twice. The Pirates have 4 games remaining and their match up in the final week of the season with the Edison Cubs could end up deciding who is going to the playoffs and who is going home to prepare for Fall Ball.
Edison Cubs - The Cubs, despite missing a handful of games thanks to Mother Nature, have had a very solid showing in their first year in the JSNABA. The Cubs are looking the 4th seed in the playoffs right in the face and are only a half game behind the Twins for 3rd place at this time. The will take on the defending champion MC Thunder this coming weekend and then square off with the Twins before closing out their season with the team on their tail, the Point Pirates. These next 6 games, all against strong playoff caliber opponents, will be pivotal for the Cubs and could be the difference between playing in the 2 vs. 3 first round game or not being playing postseason baseball at all. The Cubs will certainly look to keep up their hot hitting in order to lock up a playoff berth and even find themselves as the 2 or 3 seed with only 2.5 games separating them and the 2nd place Senators.
Monmouth Twins - Another new face in the JSNABA who has really impressed teams league wide is the Monmouth Twins. Darren Griffith and the Twins have managed to put together a powerful offensive attack that scores nearly 9 runs per game on average. At 10-4 the Twins have really cemented themselves right in the middle of the playoff picture but an extended skid to end the season could find them slipping out of the top 4. With tough match ups against the GS Senators and Edison Cubs the next two weeks the Twins will need to bring their A game to ensure they remain the 3 seed, but with 3 weeks left and being only 3 games out of first place it is completely possible that the Twins surge into first place and steal the Division crown.
Garden State Senators - The Senators picked up the 2013 right where they left off in the 2012 regular season. They have been able to completely shut down most opponents behind the stellar 1-2 pitching punch of Mike McTamney and Pedro Serrano. Senator pitching is allowing less than 2.5 runs per game this season and is a major reason why they are in 2nd place at 13-3 with a great chance to still steal the divsion back from their rivals, the Monmouth County Thunder. The Senators trail the Thunder by 1 game(2 in the loss column) and have a 2 game(1 in the loss column) edge on the Monmouth Twins. Their showdowns with the Twins this weekend and then the MC Thunder next weekend in Toms River will likely determine where they end up seed-wise come playoff time. With a playoff berth virtually locked up, the Senators are shooting for a Division Championship.
Monmouth County Thunder - The defending champion Monmouth County Thunder have continued to roll through the 2013 season. After winning the division with a 23-5-1 record in 2012 and ultimately defeating the Senators in 3 games to take home the championship hardware, in the JSNABA's inaugural season, the Thunder are on pace to best last year's regular season performance. Currently planted atop the divison the Thunder have lost a lone game, at the hands of Mike McTamney, while winning 13. They currently control their own destiny in terms of securing their second straight division title but have tough match ups with the Cubs, Senators, and NJ Thunder remaining this season. If the Thunder do not sleep on any reminaing opponents and their offense can continue assaulting opposing pitching, as they have managed to drop 11 runs per game on average thus far, they have a very good chance to claim back to back division crowns.