Wall Street Journal Wins NYMSL Title for Record Fifth Time

September 19, 2015

In a major come-from-behind victory, Wall Street Journal defeated underdog WNYC in the 2015 NYMSL championship game on Sept. 19  in New York's Central Park.

Fourth-seed NYC (6-6) knocked off top-seed High Times (11-1) in the semifinals, 10-8, and held a lead over second-seed WSJ (9-3) - who bested third-seed Forbes (7-5) in the other semifinal match, 9-2 - until there were two outs in the seventh inning. But an infield error allowed the tying run to score, knotting the game at 5-5. Four innings later, in the 11th, WSJ pushed the winning run across on another botched infield play. Russ Adams went the distance for the Journals.

It's the fifth NYMSL championship for Wall Street Journal; the others came in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. 

NYC took an 8-3 lead in the opening match against High Times. The Bonghitters fought back gamely, scoring five runs with two outs in the seventh, but ultimatley left the tying run on base.

WSJ jumped out to an early 4-0 lead over Forbes and coasted to victory. In the consolation game, Forbes trumphed over High Times, 7-3, 

The other teams to win NYMSL titles are High Times (2007, 2014), Business Week (2008) and Institutional Investor (2013).

The winner receives the Bloom Cup trophy and indiviuaul medallions for each player.

We'll be back next spring for the 10th NYMSL season.


2015 NYMSL Schedule

September 19, 2015

Apr 27

WSJ 12 @ NYC 3

Apr 29

BL (Bullets) 11 @ I-I  12

May 7

I-I 4 @ BL 15

May 8

HT 14 @ CB 3

May 9

I-I 6 @ WSJ 12

May 14

CB 14 @ BL 12

May 15

NYC 3 @ HT 5

May 20

HT @ I-I canceled

May 21

WSJ 3 @ BL 7

May 27

NYC @ I-I rained out

May 29

I-I 7 @ CB 16

June 1

WSJ @ HT rained out

FB @ NYC rained out

June 4

FB 8 @ BL 2

June 5

I-I 3 @ HT 15

June 6

CB @ WSJ wet conditions

June 8

CB 0 @ NYC 8

June 10

WSJ 4 @ I-I 2

June 11

NYC 14 @ BL 5

June 13

FB 8 @ WSJ 9

June 15

I-I @ NYC postponed

June 18

I-I 6 @ FB 15

June 19

FB 17 @ CB 5

June 22

FB 5 @ HT 6

June 24

FB 16 @ I-I 3

June 27

BL 4 @ WSJ 5

July 6

HT 4 @ NYC 0

July 9

HT 17 @ BL 5

July 10

WSJ 24 @ CB 14

July 13

BL 9 @ HT 4 (8 innings)

I-I 4 @ NYC 7

July 16

WSJ 17 @ FB 8

BL 8 @ CB 4 (at BL)

July 17

HT 8  @ I-I 3 (at HT)

July 18

NYC @ WSJ rained out

July 20

CB 7 @ HT 18

FB 8 @ NYC 5

July 23

NYC 23 @ FB 14

July 25

HT 10 @ WSJ 4

July 29

CB 0 @ I-I 18

July 30

BL @ FB rained out

Aug 6

HT 6 @ FB 4

Aug 10

WSJ 4 @ HT 11

BL 3 @ NYC 6

Aug 12

NYC 3 @ I-I 6

Aug 15

CB 2 @ WSJ 9

Aug 20 

CB 6 @ FB 7

Aug 22

NYC 0 @ WSJ 13

Aug 27

BL @ FB - BL forfeits

Aug 28

NYC 18 @ CB 28

Sept. 19

NYMSL Playoffs 

Semifinals

NYC 10 @ HT 8

FB 2 @ WSJ 9

Championship Game

NYC 5 @ WSJ 6 (11 innings)

Consolation Game

FB 7 @ HT 3

Teams and Field Locations

Bullets (BL): North Meadow/Central Park #2 (Westside @97 St), Thurs, 5:30 pm

Chartbeat (CB): McCarren Park #1/Brooklyn, btw. Driggs & Bedford, Fri., 6 pm

Forbes  (FB): Riverside Park #6 (103 St & Riverside Dr), Thurs, 7 pm

High Times (HT): Heckscher Playground/Central Park #2 (SE corner @ 63 St); Mon, 7 pm; Great Lawn/Central Park #3 (Westside), 5:30 pm

Institutional Investor (I-I): St. Varten's Park, 35 St btw 1st & 2nd Aves, Wed. 6 pm

Wall Street Journal (WSJ): North Meadow/Central Park #7 (Westside @97 St), Sat, 11 am

WNYC (NYC): North Meadow/Central Park #10 (Eastside @ 100 St), Mon, 6 pm


2015 Playoff Schedule

August 31, 2015

The ninth NYMSL regular season has ended. Defending champions High Times won the pennant with a 11-1 record, followed by Wall Street Journal (9-3), Forbes (7-5), WNYC (6-6), the Bullets (formerly DC Comics; 4-8), and Institutional Investor and Chartbeat both at 3-9.

The playoffs will take place on Sept. 19 at Heckscher Playground in Central Park (Fields 1 and 2), starting at 1 pm. Here are the playoff match-ups:

NYC (4) @ HT (1)

FB (3) @ WSJ (2)

The winners of the semifinals will meet in the championship game. The losers will play in the consolation game.

 


High Times Wins NYMSL Title

September 13, 2014

The 2014 NYMSL champions.

For High Times, the fourth time was a charm as they finally defeated Wall St. Journal after three tries in the New York Media Softball Leaguechampionship game, 11-5, held on Sept. 13 in Central Park's Great Lawn.

It was a classic High Times-Wall St. Journal battle. WSJ built a 2-0 lead, but fell behind 3-2 and 5-2 going into the final frame. They gamely fought back and tied the score with two outs.

The teams took 13 inning to resolve the 2012 title match (WSJ won that one 7-5). This time, HT knocked in a pair of runs in the 9th and then their rightfielder socked a three-run home run. When WSJ went silent in the final frame, the Bonghitters celebration began with the singing of their theme song, "Ol' Bong Game" (sung the tune of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame").

The tournament kicked off at 10 am with the semifinal contests. WSJ walloped DC Comics 22-5 and HT pulled away from Forbes with eight runs in the last three innings for a 9-1 win. (FB beat DC 10-5 in the consolation game.) The stage was set for yet another HT-WSJ showdown.

Last year HT shut out WSJ before losing the final to newcomer Institutional Investor. The prior three years WSJ dispatched HT. Until this year, HT's only title came in 2007, the league's first.

It's High Times' 40th anniversary in 2014. Now they can also brag that the Bonghitters are the best team in New York media softball.


2014 NYMSL Playoffs

September 01, 2014

League commish Steve Bloom holds the Bloom Cup.
League commish Steve Bloom holds the Bloom Cup.

The 2014 NYMSL playoffs will take place on Sept. 13 in the Great Lawn in Central Park, Fields 6 and 7, from 10 am to 1 pm.

The four teams in the playoffs are Wall St. Journal, High Times, Forbes and DC Comics. Last year's champions, Institutional Investor, will not be able to defend their crown.

Here are the semifinal matchups:

Field 7: DC (6-6) @ WSJ (10-1), 10:15 am start
Field 6: FB (7-4) @ HT (8-4), 10:15 am start

The championship (Field 7) and consolation games (Field 6) follow at 11:30 am.

In the seven years since the NYMSL began, WSJ has won four titles, and HT, I-I and former league member BusinessWeek each have taken one. DC and Forbes have never reached the championshiop match. Last year, I-I defeated HT in the final.

The league champions get to walk away with the Bloom Cup, individual medals and bragging rights for being the best team in Media Softball.