1. Joe Cronin – Joe overtakes John in the for the top spot in the power rankings due to his powerful performance during Week 9 play. He started out the first game with a mellow one HR game. He exploded in his 2nd game of the day (a 1v1 matchup versus John) with a league record 11 HR’s, the third time this season that he has set a league record for HR’s in a game (First 5, then 7, now 11). In his final game he generated 6 of 7 runs (1 Solo HR, 1 Grand Slam HR, 1 bases loaded walk) to nearly power Sarah Cronin to her second win of the year. That game displayed the weakest part of his game, his defense, where he dropped a sure out fly ball in the bottom of the 5th inning which started a furious comeback by the opposing team. Joe and Sarah ended up losing that game, which was a poor end to a great day for Joe, who still ended up with a winning record for the day (2 Wins-1 Loss).
2. John Cronin – John slips down to the second spot in the power rankings this week due to his losing record (1 Win – 2 Losses) and poor performance in his 1v1 matchup against Joe Cronin (Gave up 11 HR’s in 1 game, lost 17-8). While he started out the week poorly with two straight losses, he was able to scrape out 4 K’s and 5 HR’s in those two losses. He ended the day on a strong note, with 2 HR in the bottom of the 5th inning to spur a comeback victory over Joe and Sarah’s team. John and Joe have battled back and forth for the top spot in the power rankings all season and it will only be a matter of time before John finds a way back to the top.
3. Howard Cronin – Howard holds the third spot in this week’s power rankings. He is currently second in the league in K’s with 47 K’s on the season. He has a stellar 2.35 K/Game average. The main reason he has risen up to the third spot in the rankings has been his power surge as of late. He began the season as a strong contact hitter with weak power numbers. Through the first six weeks, he only had 2 HR’s. In the past 3 weeks, he has exploded for 7 HR’s to bring his season total to 9 HR’s. That power streak has also propelled him to an 11-9 record on the season. He is sitting in a great spot for the stretch towards the end of the season.
4. Joe Hubly – Pitching is the name of the game for Joe as he has racked up 26 K’s in only 12 games so far this season. His K/Game is third in the league at 2.17. He also has a powerful presence at the plate with 12 HR for a 1 HR/Game average. He had a big game in week nine, launching 2 HR’s including the walk off home run to win the game in the bottom of the 5thinning. Inconsistent appearances have been his downfall this season as he has only appeared in four out of nine weeks’ worth of play. He hopes to maintain a more consistent appearance record as the season continues.
5. Sarah Cronin – Sarah takes the last spot in this week’s power rankings. She is tied for 4th in the league in strikeouts with 26. She is beginning to master her control over pitches on the inner half of the strike zone, a skill which can prove deadly when not protected against by unwitting batters. She has flashes of brilliance at the plate but still is waiting to hit her first home run during league play. (She hit one over the fence at the tournament this past weekend.) If her bat comes around with a bit of power to end the season, she will be a force to be reckoned with.
Almost Made It – (Those who had notable performances but were unable to crack the top five.)
Joe Marier – Joe had a great debut this past week winning both of his games. He threw 5 K’s and hit 2 HR. With such a small sample size, he was unable to make it into the top five but if he continues to display this level of ability it will not be long before he is in.
Rose Cronin – Rose has the best winning percentage in the league (of those who have played more than 5 games). But she lost on Sunday so she dropped out of the top five in this weeks rankings.
Article by Joe Cronin
1. John Cronin- John is on pitching fire recently. He had 14 K on Sunday. He also added 11 HR, including a 6 HR game. He has 12 consecutive shutout innings. He had back-to-back complete game shutouts. He went 4-1 on Sunday. He has 85 K's and 31 HR. He is averaging 3.55 K/Game and 1.3 HR/Game.
2. Joe Cronin- He had another fine week. He had 11 HR and 1 K. He went 2-2. His record still isn't above .500, but it will be soon if he can keep his consistent power numbers with a league-leading 38 HR. He has 37 K's. He is averaging 2.38 HR/game and 2.32 K/Game. He had a record 7 HR in one game.
3. Thomas Randolph- Thomas is a breakout rookie star who has 10 HR in 5 games. He is 4-1. HR come naturally to him. He has 2 K and 10 K's. He is averaging 2 HR/Game.
4. Howard Cronin- 4 HR and 8 K on Sunday to bring his totals to 45 K and 6 HR. His record needs work at 8-9, but he makes up for his record with K's and, recently, HR. He is averaging 2.65 K/Game.
5. Sarah Cronin- Sarah got her first win along with 9 K's. She is now in the top 5 for K's with 18. She is on pace to get many more.
6. Joe Hubly- He didn't have the week he wanted to have with a disappointing 0-2 record with no stats. He will bounce back though, as he usually does and put up the numbers which make him one of the league's best. He has 23 K's and 10 HR in 11 Games.
1. Joe Cronin – Joe maintains the top spot in this week’s power rankings due to his continued power surge, hitting three home runs in his first game and four in his second game bringing his season total to a league leading 23 (Averaging 2.3 HR/Game). Experts believe that there is a strong correlation between the power surge and the beard that Joe has been growing steadily since returning from vacation. They forecast that he will continue to mash taters with the best of them as long as the beard stays but if the beard is shorn from his face, he may experience his own personal Samson moment and return to weakness. His pitching performance this season has been steady, with 33 K’s in 10 games, for a 3.3 K/Game average. The largest weak point in his game currently is his defense as he leads the league in assisted home runs, due to the last game of the day where a fly ball bounced off his hands and over the fence for a home run.
2. John Cronin – John had a solid week to hold on to the second power ranking slot. He leads the league far and away in pitching with 68 strikeouts in 17 games (4.0 K’s/Game). His pitching dominance has propelled him to a league leading 11 wins and the only thing holding him back from the top spot is his penchant for giving up the long ball which has plagued his game lately. Since his no-hit, 10 K game on June 30th, he has surrendered 9 home runs in 3 games. He will look turn that around as the season reaches its apex. His power numbers have also been solid, he’s second in the league with 18 HR (1.06 HR/Game).
3. Howard Cronin – Howard brought the pain, both literally and figuratively, this past week. He hurled 5 K’s in a win over John Cronin and Joe Hubly bringing his total to 37, good for 2ndin the league. He suffered a nasty fall during that game and bumped his knee, which affected his baserunning. Hopefully he is able to recover during the week so that he can return to action this Sunday. His power hitting is still low (only 2 HR all season), but he continues to be one of the best contact hitters in the league and is tough to strikeout.
4. Joe Hubly – Joe returned to action this week with another steady week, hitting 2 homeruns in one game and striking out 3 batters in 3 innings of work. While he is 3rd in total HR, his HR/Game is 2nd in the league at 1.11 HR/Game. He is 4th in total K’s with 23, but his 2.56 K/Game average is on the low side. Casual observers chalk his low K rate up to a lack of pitching prowess, but experts attribute it to his willingness to defer pitching to his fellow teammates. By rotating innings with his teammates, he limits the number of innings pitched and thus racks up strikeouts at a lower rate per whole game. Were we to keep stats on a per inning basis, he would stack up towards the top of the league in his rates.
5. Rose Cronin – Rose remains in the top five of the power rankings due to her perfect record of 5 wins and 0 losses. Her counting stats aren’t impressive but it cannot be denied that she is an effective player given the win/loss record which she has accumulated. She also remains tops in the league in guitar riffs per evening. She will look to continue her winning ways as the season continues.
6. Sarah Cronin – Sarah came tantalizingly close to collecting her first win of the season last Sunday as her and Joe Cronin took a 1 run deficit into the bottom of the 5th inning. She was hitting well all game and Joe had already poked four balls over the fence, so a win was imminent as the possibility of collecting 2 runs was high. But halfway through the first at bat of the inning, the game was put on pause by an explosion up in the woods and a subsequent power outage. The delay was just enough to throw her and Joe off their game and the game ended with a strikeout and groundout. She continues to pitch well to contact while mixing in a strikeout here and there. Her batting has improved throughout the season, she flied out to the wall a few times this week and with a good gust of wind at her back she could easily hit her first homer of the season.
Article by Joe Cronin
1. Joe Cronin- It's about time he moves into #1. He had a powerful day with 7 HR, including a record-setting 5 HR game. He went 2-0 to make his record 4-4. His pitching was good, but could be better. He threw 10 K in two 1 v 1 games. He took the lead in the league in HR with 16. He has 31 K's.
2. John Cronin- He had a poor game 1 (4 K, 1 HR in a 14-1 loss), but then recovered in his second game (7 K, 2 HR in a 6-2 win). He leads the league in K's ( by far, the next closest person is Howard Cronin with 32) and wins (9). He has 53 K's and 15 HR. He is averaging 3.79 K/Game and 1 HR/Game.
3. Howard Cronin- He had a fine day with 11 K's. He is in second with 32 K's. He has a record of 4-6. He is averaging 3.2 K/Game.
4. Joe Hubly- He is in the top 5 for all stat categories with 4 wins, 8 HR and 20 K's. He can play very well after the first inning. He hasn't been sharp pitching in first innings, giving up a grand slam in each outing.
5. Rose Cronin- She has a perfect record at 5-0 and hit a HR on Sunday. She is a fine pitcher with 11 K's. If she keeps improving as she has been, she will maintain a perfect record through the whole season.
Article by John Cronin