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Saturday, April 5
Milford Sunday Night League Goes Wood Bat for 2014: Regular Season Schedule Set

Milford, CT (4/4/2014) The Milford Sunday Night League is switching to wood bat format for the 2014 season, a move that should level the playing field for many veteran teams, including the Milford Predators.  On April 4th, the league distributed the 2014 Season Schedule to team managers.  The 2014 Sunday Night League features 14 teams primarily comprised of teams who competed in the league during the 2013 season.

The Milford Predators are set to open their season Sunday May 4th, 6pm at Platt Tech Field against Star Factory.  Predator GM, Field Manager and Player Matt Kraynak will deliver additional details to the team in the coming days. 

 



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2013 Milford Predators
Wednesday, August 21
2013 Playoff Game: Predators Fall To Star Factory 15-4

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Matt Batting Against Star Factory - August 25, 2013

Milford, CT (8/21/2013) The Predators started off the playoffs as they did the 2013 season against a very good hitting Star Factory squad at Platt Tech Field.  Unfortunately for the Predators, Star Factory's solid offense was too much as the Predators fell 15-4 in 5 innings.  Mike Ranilla, Carl Malinosky, David Weiss and Dain Runestad each contributed a pair of singles, while Daryle Graf had the most productive at bat of the day with a 2 RBI single in the 3rd inning.

After a scoreless 1st inning, Star Factory picking up 4 runs in the 2nd to take a 4-0 lead.  In the top of the 3rd,  Fred Bialka reach base by fielders choice, Mike Ranilla singled as did Carl Malinosky to load the bases.  Daryle Graf punched a 2-out 2 run single to make it a 4-2 game.  Bob Paradis was called out on stikes on what was probably the worst called strike of the year - a ball that landed in the left handed batters box.  In the bottom of the 3rd Star Factory produced 2 more runs to take a 6-2 lead.  In the top of the 4th Matt Kraynak reached on a throwing error by the 3rd baseman.  Todd Slade and Dain Runestad followed with singles to bring Kraynak in making it a 6-3 game.  In the bottom of the 4th, the floodgates burst open against the "Predator Village".  Star Factory exploded for 9 runs on a pile of hits to take a commanding 15-3 lead.  In the top of the 5th, the Predators pushed their final run across after Mike Ranilla singled and later scored on an RBI single by David Weiss.



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Daryle and Dave Rampaging on the bases...

Wednesday, August 14
Discount Fence Folds: Predators Win Season Finale By Forfeit 7-0

Milford, CT (8/18/2013) In a most unusual end to the regular season, the Predators accepted a forfeit win over Budget Fence after learning Budget Fence has dropped out of the Milford Sunday Night League.  The Predators will advance to the 2013 playoffs against Star Factory - the #5 seed in the 2013 playoffs.

Wednesday, August 14
Predators Offense Stalls Out In Loss To Casey's Pub 15-5

Milford, CT (8/11/2013)  The Predators returned to play at their least favorite venue - west Shore Field - to take on Casey's pub - the 4th place team in the Sunday Night League.  Casey's has a mix of both younger and older players, and very few holes to speak of. It would turn out to abe a frustrating game for the Predators who were unable to put more than 6 players to the plate each inning.

Caseys had a 2-0 lead after 1 and a 7-0 lead after 2 before the Predators finally got on the board in the 3rd.  Fred Bialka reached base when Casey's right fielder dropped a routine fly ball.  Bialka was later driven in on a singleby Tim Myers to make it a 7-1 game.  After holding Caseys scoreless in the 3rd, the Predators crept closer with 3 runs in the top of the 4th.  With no one out, Mike Ranilla and David Weiss singled before Todd Slade drove them in with a double.  Unfortunately the next 3 Predator batters stranded Slade after a ground out to 2nd, a strikeout and a fly out to left field, squandering an otherwise promising inning.  Caseys answered with 4 in the bottom of the 4th to extend their lead by a score of 11-4.  In the top pf the 5th the Predators chipped one more run in after Carl Malinosky worked a walk and later scored.  Unfortunately Caseys would pick up 4 in the bottom of the 5th to take a walk off 15-5 win by the 10-run mercy rule.

 



Wednesday, August 7
Predators Put Up Good Fight But Fall Short To League-Leading Salvatore Law 16-13

Milford, CT (8/4/2013) The Predators visited West Shore Field for the first time in 2013 to face league leading Salvatore Law.  Although they were heavy underdogs, the Predators put up a good fight and hung in the game, falling just short in a 16-13 loss.

In what was probably their best played game of the year, the Predators went the distance against a team that had only lost once all season.  The predators opened a 1-0 lead in the 1st after Tim Myers doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Bob Paradis.  In the bottom of the 1st, Salvatore Law demonstrated why they are the best team in the league as they hammered hit after hit scoring 8 runs and taking an 8-1 lead after 1 inning. In the 2nd, Todd Slade, Rick Ruiz, Dain Runestad each scored to make it an 8-5 game, and after Salvatore Law did not score in the 2nd, the Predators made it 8-6 in the top of the 3rd with Carl Malinosky singling and scoring on a sacrifice by Todd Slade.  Salvatore Law roared back with 7 in the bottom of the 3rd to make it a 15-6 game. In the top of the 5th the Predators picked up 4 runs with Daryle Graf, Carl Malinosky, David weiss and Todd Slade all scoring - making it a 15-10 game.  Salvator Law scored one in the 5th to take a 16-10 lead, a score which held until the 7th.  In the top of the 7th matt Kraynak led off the inning with a Home Run to right field, his first home run since 2010 and the Predators first home run of 2013 to make it a 16-11 game.  After the next two batters each grounded out to shortstap the Predators started a small rally.Rick Ruiz, Dain Runestad, Fred Bialka and BarryKresen each singled, with Ruiz and Runestad scoring and Bialka and Kresen picking up the RBIs.  That however would be the final scoring of the Predators, who lost the game by a respectable score of 16-13 in 7 innings.



Saturday, August 3
Predators Let Ball In Your Face Win 16-6

Milford, CT (7/21/2013) The Predators returned to Platt Tech Field looking to get back into the win column against Ball In Your Face.  As today's game progress, what started out as a relatively close game quickly got out of hand for the Predators, who lost an early game lead and eventually the game by a score of 16-6.

   1  2  3  4  5  6  7    Total
 PREDATORS  2 0 0 2 1 1     6
 BALL IN YOUR FACE 0  1  3  5  5 2      16

The Predators took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.  Mike Ranilla singled and later scored on a double by Daryle Graf.  Graf came into score on a sacrifice fly by Kevin McTigue.  Over the next two innings the Predators reamined scoreless while Ball In Your Face assumed a 4-2 lead.  In the top of the 4th, Kevin McTigue and Bob Paradis opened with back-to-back walks.  Matt Kraynak followed with a single to load the bases.McTigue scored on a sacrifice by David Weiss, and Paradis scored on a 2 out single by Rick Ruiz.  Unfortunately the Predators only scored 2 runs to tie the game, after having the bases loaded and no one out.  Ball In Your Face opened the game up scoring 5 in the bottom of the 4th to take a 9-4 lead.  In the top of the 5th - the Predators blew another chance to get back in the game.  After the first 2 batters flew out, Kevin McTigue, Bob Paradis, and Matt Kraynak drew walks to load the bases for the Predators for the second consecutive inning.  David Weiss drew a walk to drive in McTigue, however that would be the only run scored for the inning.  Another opportunuity lost.  Ball In Your Face scored 5 more in the 5th to take a 14-5 lead.  In the 6th the Predators After Rick Ruiz walked and later scored on a single by Mike Ranilla.  Ball In Your Face tacked on the final 2 runs of the game to take a 16-6 victory.



Sunday, July 21
Predators Lose To Mayhem 17-5

Milford, CT (7/21/2013) Riding a 2-game winning streak and still tinkering with their defensive configuration, the Predators set out to play Mayhem at Platt Tech Field.  Unfortunately for the Predators, the Mayhem squad put on a very strong offensive show.  Most impressive were the first 5 batters for Mayhem who scored 12 runs in 15 plate appearances.  Mayhem ran away with a 17-5 victory. 

   1  2  3  4  5  6  7    Total
 MAYHEM  6 6  5 0  0       17
 PREDATORS  2  0  3  0  0       5

Mayhem jumped out early in the top of the 1st scoring 6 time on a home run, 5 singles and a Predator error.  In the bottom of the first, Mike Ranilla reached base by walking and Carl Malinosky singled.  Ranilla scored on an RBI single by Matt Fleming and Malinosky scored on an RBI single by Todd Slade making it a 6-2 game.  Mayhem piled on 6 runs in the 2nd and 5 runs in the 3rd to make it a 17-2 game before the Predators finally scored again.  In the bottom of the 3rd, Carl Malinosky reached on error, which was followed up with a single by Matt Fleming.  Malinosky came into score on an RBI single to left by Matt Kraynak.  Fleming and Kraynak came into score on a 2-RBI single by Todd Slade to make it a 17-5 game.  Unfortunately for the Predators that would be the final score of the game in a very disappointing loss.



Sunday, July 14
Predators Rally In 7th: Hold On To Win 8-7 Over Originals

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Bob continues hot hitting vs Originals July 14, 2013

Milford, CT (7/14/2013) The Predators won their second straight game with a come-from-behind 8-7 win over the Originals at Washington Field.  The Predators modestly revamped defense demonstrated several excellent plays by Predator veterans on their way to a well fought win.

   1  2  3  4  5  6  7    Total
 PREDATORS  0  1  0  3  0  0  4    8
 ORIGINALS  1  3  0  2  0  1  0    7

The Predators coming off a 4th of July weekend break applied some minor defensive adjustments in an attempt to step up their defense that yielded no less than 16 runs per game all season.  Among the changes included assigning Mike Ranilla to catcher; Fred Bialka to Right Field; Carl Malinosky to pitch and the tandem of Matt Kraynak and Dain Runestad at first base.  As the game unfolded, it appeared as if some of the changes were just destined to succeed.  Most notably Fred Bialka made two highlight reel worthy catches in Right Field.  The first catch was made well behind and to Fred's left resulting in a snow cone catch.  The other catch was made in the following inning where Fred had to run forward and to his right - ending in a tumble but with Fred still holding onto the ball.  The rest of the team played their best defensive game all season - nailing routine plays as they should - but still making some routine plays a little bit entertaining.

Down 1-0 in the top of the 2nd, the Predators picked up their first run.  Matt Kraynak led off the inning with a double to left center - his first double since the 2011 season.  After advancing to 3rd, Kraynak scored on sacrifice fly by David Weiss.  The Originals answered with 3 runs in their half of the inning to take a 4-1 lead after 2.  The Predators tied the game by scoring 3 in the top of the 4th.  Bob Paradis, Dain Runestad and David Weiss scored.  David Weiss and Rick Ruiz provided RBI singles in the inning.  The Originals reclaimed the lead 6-4, and extended it to 7-4 after 6 innings.  In the top of the 7th, the Predators demonstrated a new resiliance, scoring 4 times to take an 8-7 lead.  Rick Ruiz, Mike Ranilla, Tim Myers and Daryle Graf each scored as part of the rally with Graf providing a dramatic triple when two Originals outfielders collided in center field.    Bob Paradis and Matt Kraynak drove in the final 2 runs on singles. 

In the bottom of the 7th, and for the 2nd straight game, the Predators were awarded a double play due to runner interference while trying to turn a double play.  A runner for the Originals shouted in Spanish at 2nd baseman Bob Paradis in an attempt to distract him.  The umpires made the call - essentially disabling the Originals.  The Predators held on to win 8-7 for their 2nd straight victory. 



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Predators Celebrate 8-7 Comeback Win Over Originals July 14, 2013

Monday, July 1
Predators Earn 21-16 Victory Over Dirtbags

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Tim tosses to Dain in the 7th inning vs Dirtbags June 30, 2013

Milford, CT (6/30/2013)  It was a long time coming, however the Predators finally made their way into the win column this afternoon with a wild 21-16 win over the Dirtbags at Washington Field.  The Predators picked up most of their runs by scoring 11 times in the 3rd inning, their highest single inning output in more than two seasons.

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 2 3  4 5
6
7
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 PREDATORS 4
 0 11  0
 1 1
 4    21
 DIRTBAGS 3
 0 0  0  5  8  0    16

The Predators jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the 1st.  In the inning Mike Ranilla, Tim Myers, Daryle Graf and Bob Paradis scored. Daryle Graf, Bob Paradis, Matt Kraynak and David Weiss each contributed RBI singles.  The Dirtbags answered back with 3 runs in the first to make it a 4-3 game.  After a scoreless 2nd inning, the Predators ripped the game open scoring 11 runs on 11 hits including triples by Kevin McTigue, Bob Paradis and Tim Myers giving the Predators their largest lead of the season at 15-3.  That score held until the 5th when the Predators added a run after Dain Runestad singled and came into score on a sacrifice fly by Tim Myers.  The Dirtbags demonstrated they were not quite done by adding 5 in their half of the 5th to make it a 16-8 game.  After the Predators extended their lead to 17-8 in the 6th, the Dirtbags came roaring back with 8 runs on a combination of Predator fielding errors and good hitting to make it a competetive 17-16 game after 6 innings. 

In the top of the 7th, the Predators manufactured 4 more runs on some patient hitting to make it a 21-16 game.  For a change, it would be the Dirtbags who would blunder in the bottom of the 7th.  After getting their lead runner on base, runner interference was called as the Predators attempted to turn a double play.  A Dirtbag runner (perhaps living up to his name) threw his arms in the air trying to block Bob Paradis from throwing to first.  The umpires met and made the call awarding a double play to the Predators who went on to win 21-16.



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Tim Myers comes into score against the Dirtbags June 30, 2013

Tuesday, June 25
Sons Of Pitches Take Out Predators 21-6

Milford, CT (6/23/2013) Returning to Platt Tech Field for the first time since opening day in May, the Predators hoped the change of scenery would do them well.  That would not be the case today as the Predators hurt themselves with less than adequate pitching and a poor offensive showing in their disappointing loss to Sons Of Pitches 21-6.

As has been the theme all season, the Predators found themselves in a deep hole early, down 9-0 before they even stepped to the plate.  The 6 walks yielded by 2 Predator pitchers in the first served as gasoline to the fire enabling Sons Of Pitches to start with a huge advantage.  In the bottom of the first, the Predators did claw back into the game.  After Tim Myers singled, Carl Malinosky walked and Daryle Graf reached on a fielders choice to load the bases - Bob Paradis drove a ball to deep left center - driving in 3.  Paradis came into score and the inning came to a close with the Predators down to a more manageable 9-4 score.  In the top of the 2nd, Sons of Pitches took advantage of 3 more free passes, slugging 2 triples and a home run to tack on another 7 runs opening a 16-4 lead.  In the bottom of the 2nd Fred Bialka and David Weiss each singled and scored to bring the Predators to within 10 at 16-6, however that would be the last of the Predators scoring.  Sons Of Pitches coasted through the rest of the game and 21-6 win in front of a sparse crowd at Platt Tech Field.

 



Sunday, June 16
Predators Offense Awakens But Not Enough: Lose to Bulldogs 22-21

Milford, CT (6/16/2013) The Predators broke out of their season-long offensive funk, scoring 21 runs in 7 innings against the Bulldogs.  Unfortunately it would be the Bulldogs who would steal an unlikely victory in the bottom of the 7th in an action-filled 22-21 game.  While the Predators were able to score heavily in the 3rd and 5th innings, the Bulldogs  remained tenacious, scoring in every inning and pulled off a huge rally in the bottom of the 7th to earn the win.


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 2  3  4  5  6  7 FINAL
 PREDATORS 1
0
11
 0  8 0  1 21
BULLDOGS 2
1 1
 4  7 1
 6

22

Although the end result was not what they were looking for, the Predators did have fun this afternoon for the first time in a long time.  The 11 runs scored in the 3rd and 8 runs scored in the 8th were the 2 largest single inning rallies by the Predators - stretching all the way back to the 2011 season.  Carl Malinosky lead the Predators by scoring 4 times, while 6 other players scored twice each.  Mike Ranilla, Carl Malinosky, Daryle Graf, Todd Slade and Fred Bialka all had extra base hits this afternoon, something the team has been lacking all season.  The team drew several walks and were much more selective with pitchs which made a significant difference.   On the down side, Matt Kraynak had difficulties throwing strikes in teh 4th and 5th innings, giving the Bulldogs a second chance to get back in the game and eventually steal the win.



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Todd Slade scores on Single by Bob Paradis against Bulldogs 6/16/2013

Sunday, June 9
Predators Get Hammered Twice At Washington - A Truly Sobering Experience

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Mike Ranilla scoring lone run vs. Lenny and Joe's 6/16/2013

Milford, CT (6/9/2013) The Predators set off to play a split doubleheader at historic Washington Field this afternoon, facing Ball So Hard at 4pm and Lenny and Joe's at 6pm.  This week the Predators brought what is now known as their "usual suspects" lineup having all played together on the Predators for at least a decade.  All of that experience and familiarity seemed not to matter at all this afternoon as the team's offense was missing in action.  The Predators dropped today's doubleheader by scores of 16-3 and 16-1.

In the first game against Ball So Hard (BSH), the game started off as at least "competetive" for a while.  The Predators trailed 3-0 after 1 inning.  In the 2nd Inning the Predators got on the board after Daryle Graf singled and then scored on a sacrifice fly by David Weiss to make it 3-1.  In the 3rd inning BSH took a 6-1 lead and extended it to 7-1 in the 4th.  The Predators created an opportunity in the bottom of the 4th as Carl Malinosky, Daryle Graf and David Weiss singled to load the bases.  Malinosky scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Kraynak, and Graf scored on a single by Rick Ruiz making it a 7-3 game.  Unfortunately the Predators were unable to sustain a rally, and would feel the wrath an inning later as BSH scored 9 times to take a 16-3 lead which held to be the final score.

After watching an extra-inning game unfold, the Predators finally took the field for the late game against Lenny and Joe's.  This game got off to a hideous start as Predator Pitcher Matt Kraynak struggled to throw stikes, walking many batters enabling Lenny and Joes to take an 8-0 lead before the Predators even got to bat.  The Predators continued to struggle to get on base for themselves, and their only run came in the bottom of the first.  After Mike Ranilla walked and was advanced to 2nd when Todd Slade reached on an error, Ranilla scored on an RBI single by David Weiss.  Lenny and Joe's salted the Predators wounds in the 2nd inning tagging them for another 8 runs to take a 16-1 lead which held to the end of the game.

GAME NOTES:  The Predators offensive performance this afternoon was about as weak as it could possibly be.  FUTILITY: In game 1 the Predators had 22 plate appearances but only managed 6 hits and 1 walk.  In game 2 the Predators had 18 plate appearances and managed only 4 hits and 1 walk. STAR Daryle Graf was by far the offensive star of this doubleheader.  Graf went 4 for 4 and scored 2 times.  Essentially Graf accounted for 40% of the Predators hits and 50% of the Predators runs scored for both games combined.  Matt Kraynak's brief 3 game hitting streak ended with his 0 for 2 performance in game 2.  BLUNDER: Kraynak had an RBI Sacrifice Fly in the 1st game, and SHOULD HAVE had another one in the 2nd game, less a rare running miscue by King Carl Malinosky.  Thinking a throw was not going home, Malinosky slowed down as he approached the plate - only to be surprised by a catcher with a ball in his hand.  As a result of his mistake, Malinosky is expected to be docked several beer rations by Predator Management.                                                                       



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Rick Ruiz with RBI Single in 4th against Ball So Hard 6/16/2013

Thursday, May 9
Baker's Restaurant Rolls Predators 22-5

Milford, CT (6/2/2013) The Predators finally returned to the field after a four week break with hopes of restarting their season on a high note.  This was not to be as Bakers Restaurant hammered the Predators 22-5 at Foote Field.  With the loss, the Predators 2013 record fell to 0-2 while Bakers remained perfect at 3-0.

Bakers started off by winning the coin toss and electing to bat first.  Typically teams who select to hit first tend to score a lot of runs, and that is exactly what Bakers did.  Taking advantage of 3 walks and several hits, Bakers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first.   The Predators answered in the bottom of the inning with 2 runs.  After Carl Malinosky and David Weiss each singled, Matt Kraynak singled up the middle to drive in Malinosky.  After Fred Bialka drew a walk to load the bases, Bob Paradis also walked to drive across the 2nd run.  Unfortunately the Predators exited the bottom of the 1st leaving the bases loaded.

In the top of the 2nd, Baker's took a commanding lead over the Predators again on a combination of walks and long balls. Batting around their order, Baker's scored 9 times to take a 13-2 lead.  The Predators answered with a couple of runs.  After Mike Ranilla reached on an error and Todd Slade singled, Ranilla scored on an RBI single by Carl Malinosky.  Malinosky subsequently scored after David Weiss reached on an error by the 3rd baseman.  Baker's piled on 5 in the 3rd and 4 in the 4th to take a 22-4 lead.  The Predators final run came across after Mike Ranilla reached on an error and scored on Todd Slade's double to left field.  Slade was tossed out attempting to stretch his double to a triple, which turned out to be the final play in the game as the Predators lost 22-5.

GAME NOTES:  Reverse Walk Off Hit:  With Todd Slade's game-ending double, it is believed it was the first time a Predators game ended negatively on a hit delivered by a Predator.   Strikeout King - the Race is On!  Bob Paradis and Rick Ruiz struck out in back-to-back at bats in the 3rd inning, initiating the annual battle for Strikeout King "honors".  A Tale of 2 Lineups:  In today's game, offensive production was overwhelmingly one-sided.  The first 5 batters in the lineup combined for 6 hits, a walk and 5 runs scored in 12 plate appearances.  The remaining 5 batters in today's lineup combined for 0 hits, 2 walks, 0 runs and 2 strikeouts.  



Monday, May 6
Predators Taken Down By Star Factory 19-5

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Kevin McTigue pitching against Star Factory - May 5, 2013

Milford, CT (5/5/2013) The Milford Predators opened up their 30th season in the Milford Sunday League on a beautiful Cinco de Mayo afternoon at Platt Tech Field against Star Factory.  Unfortunatley for the Predators, Star Factory's offense proved too much to overcome as the Predators dropped their season opener by a score of 19-5.

In the top of the first inning, the Predators pushed the first run of their 30th season across the plate after Mike Ranilla singled and later scored on an RBI single by the Predators veteran catcher Fred Bialka.  The bottom of the first would turn out to be a nightmare for the Predators as Star factory (formerly known as the Beachcombers) scored 9 runs on a mix of solid hitting and Predator errors.  Down 9-1 heading into the top of the 2nd inning, the Predators climbed back into the game.  Jon Berchem - making his Predator debut today in Right Center - led off with a walk.  Matt Kraynak singled to right center advancing Berchem - who subsequently scored on a single by 1st baseman Dain Runestad.  With Kraynak on 3rd and Runestad on 1st, Barry Kresen launched a drive to deep left field for a 2-run triple.  In a flash, Kresen assumed the team lead for slugging percentage.  Kresen was then driven home when David Weiss grounded to shortstop to make it a 9-5 game.  Unfortunately for the Predators, that would be the last of their scoring as Star Factory continued to pour it on en route to a 19-5 victory over the Predators.

Game Notes: With his 2nd inning triple, Barry Kresen took the team lead in slugging percentage and RBIs.  For now, Matt Kraynak is able to boast a 1.000 batting average and 1.000 on base percentage.  The Predators were missing several key players this week including Todd Slade, Carl Malinosky, Tim Meyers and Matt Fleming.



Friday, May 3
Slade Completes Successful Winter Softball Season in FL - Returns To Predators in May

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Todd wearing a Predators jersey playing for Executive Shuttle in FL - April 2013

Merritt Island, FL (5/3/2013)  After extending his softball season playing for Executive Shuttle on Florida's east coast, Todd Slade is expected to return to the Predators in early May.  While in Florida, Slade is credited with batting .692 going 27 for 39 including 2 home runs, helping his team to a 3rd place finish.  Slade also cracked a grand slam home run, driving a ball right through the driver's side window of a Brevard Country truck. The Predators hope to hit as well as Slade did as they embark on their 30th season which kicks off on May 5th.

On his way back from Florida, the Slades are planning to tour a few more states with the Predators shirt, looking to pick up Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Missouri.  In the coming weeks, check back to our Predator Nation page to see the pictures!! 



Monday, April 29
Pre-season Over, Predators Set Sights on their 30th Season Opener

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Predators batting practice at Platt Tech April 20, 2013

Milford, CT (4/29/2013)  This past weekend the Predators concluded their 3rd and final pre-season practice of 2013 with a spirited workout at Foote Field.  After their traditional infield practice, the Predators worked hard in batting practice to fine tune for their 30th season opener scheduled 6pm on May 5th at Platt Tech.  The attitude of the team remains optimistic as they look to bounce back from a regrettable 2012 season.  

Among the notable missing players at this week's practice included "King Carl" Malinosky who usually commences his holdout antics this time of year.  According to his agent, Carl was not holding out due to his contract, but rather he was unavailable due to an emergency "double ACL" surgery he had on Friday morning.  Predator management is skeptical of this excuse and has demanded that proof of the surgery is to be produced, or Carl may face being cut from the team.  No word has been received back from Carl's agent at this time. 

Another player absent from practice is Todd Slade - however unlike King Carl, Todd has a legitimate excuse.  After dedicating his Winter by playing softball in Florida, Todd is expected to rejoin the Predators in early May.



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Bob Paradis sets up to toss batting practice at Foote Field April 27, 2013

Wednesday, April 10
Kresen Announces Departure From Predators In 2013

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Barry Kresen Moving On in 2013

Milford, CT (4/10/2013)  Long Time Predator Outfielder/Catcher Barry Kresen has announced plans to leave the Predators during the 2013 season in order to stay with his day job that is moving to New Jersey this summer. The announcement sent shockwaves through the Predator community, and will continue to be heard and felt in the coming months.

Kresen is most notably known for having a stranglehold on the title of "Strikeout King" for the last several seasons.  In 2012, Kresen was credited with setting the Predator's all-time record for lowest batting average attained over a full season of play.  By all accounts this announcement has lead to wild speculation regarding how the void he leaves behind will be filled.  There is some talk already underway about retiring Barry's number (0.087) representing the record low batting average he set - so that it may never be attained again.   

"I will not go out on that note" said Kresen - referring to his batting average.  Kresen vows to make his farewell season his best season yet.  It is unclear if the announcement will draw additional fans to Predator games wanting to catch a glimpse of Kresen.  Anticipating a potential opportunity - the Predator Marketing Department will consider producing Predator Jerseys and Mugs with the now familiar 0.087 number - or the alternative "Oh Eighty Seven!!" on them.



Saturday, February 23
Predators 2013 Winter Meeting

Milford, CT (2/23/2013)  The Milford Predators maintained their long-standing tradition of holding a Winter Meeting by getting together for beer, pizza, and more beer this evening at Bella Napoli Restaurant in Milford.  The traditional agenda of drinking beer, eating pizza, and mocking each others athletic faults quickly took hold.  This exchange led to a discussion of the statistical "lowlights" of 2012, which included team records set for lowest batting average in team history and the least amount of home runs hit by the collective team for a season in team history. 

In 2012, Barry Kresen was active for the entire season, yet batted a record low 0.087 - setting the low watermark for batting by any player in team history.

In 2012, the Predators collective team managed only one home run for the entire season.  Bob Paradis clubbed the team's only home run during the final regular season game to snap the dry spell.

Among other oddities discussed, the most bizarre statistic of 2012 also involved Bob Paradis.....

While Bob had reasonable success at the plate throughout 2012, he only scored onceBob's only run scored came in the final game of the 2012 regular season when he hit the Predators first (and final) home run of 2012 to drive himself in.  Every other time Bob got on base in 2012, he was left stranded by his teammates.  

On that depressing note, a motion was passed to withhold any further discussion of the 2012 season.  The motion was immediately passed.  With the pizza phase of the Winter Meeting completed, but still with some lingering thirst, several players extended the team outing by shifting venues.  The remainder of the 2013 Winter Meeting was conducted at the Seven Seas Restaurant.  To protect the innocent, no minutes of the meeting were recorded there.



Saturday, March 23
Early Spring Update

Milford, CT (3/23/2013)  Matt Kraynak reported that several changes for the Milford Sunday Night league are in the works.  The most significant changes are outlined below:  

  • Long time League Director Al DelloRusso has retired.  Steve Rainey has taken his place.  
  • Each team is expected to provide 3 ASA approved bats for each game, and these bats can be used by either team.
  • After June 1st, we will switch to the .52 COR / 300 compression ball which will be the ASA standard by 2014.
  • Each team will pay the umpires fee at the beginning of the game (a change from the past 29 seasons as DelloRusso handled it for us)
  • In the event of a forfeit, the team who forfeits the game must pay the umpires fee on behalf of both teams. (That's not in our budget - so let’s not even go there guys)
  • The rest of the Milford Recreation Rules continue to apply - such as but not limited to the 1 & 1 count, no fouls after 2 strikes, and no alcohol at the fields.

All in all, these changes tend to favor our team as we have always played a clean game using legal bats, and balls that have not been kept frozen in a cooler.  The 2013 playing field will be more level for us - even at West Shore!!