Team Zoo 2008 - Philadelphia Zoo Softball


These are final team statistics through July 15, 2008 (13 games played).
For individual team member stats, go to the players page.

Team Totals :

274 .543 225 26 15 8 297 .588
4/14/08 @ P&P * 1
19 .452 17 2 0 0 22 .524
L, 0-1
4/21/08 vs FI 1
23 .575 21 1 0 1 24 .600
L, 0-2
5/5/08 @ NCC * 1
40 .741 27 5 6 2 44 .815
W, 1-2
5/13/08 @ Art 1
20 .513 17 3 0 0 23 .590
L, 1-3
5/27/08 @ ANS * 1
29 .604 26 3 0 0 32 .667
W, 2-3
6/3/08 @ Bish 1
19 .514 15 3 1 0 21 .568
L, 2-4
6/16/08 vs NCC -
- wins - by - - for- feit
W, 3-4
6/24/08 @ FI 1
23 .561 20 2 1 0 24 .585
L, 3-5
6/30/08 vs P&P 1
20 .541 15 0 4 1 20 .541
W, 4-5
7/1/08 vs ANS 1
21 .583 16 1 1 3 21 .583
W, 5-5
7/8/08 @ SPTR 1
14 .412 12 2 0 0 15 .441
L, 5-6
7/14/08 vs Bish 1
18 .529 15 1 1 1 20 .588
L, 5-7
7/15/08 vs SPTR 1
14 .452 14 0 0 0 14 .452
L, 5-8
7/16/08 vs Art 1
14 .438 10 3 1 0 17 .531
L, 5-9
* 8 innings * 5 innings * suspended after 6 innings, finished on 7/1

Team Per Game Averages and Single Game Extremes :

Per Game
Team Game High
Team Game Low
Runs For
29 - 5/5/08
3 - 7/15/08
Runs Against
33 - 6/24/08
8 - 7/1/08
At Bats
54 - 5/5/08
31 - 7/15/08
40 - 5/5/08
14 - 3 games
Batting Average
.741 - 5/5/08
.412 - 7/8/08
27 - 5/5/08
10 - 7/16/08
5 - 5/5/08
0 - 6/30/08 & 7/15/08
6 - 5/5/08
0 - six games
Home Runs
3 - 7/1/08
0 - eight games
On Base
44 - 5/5/08
14 - 7/15/08
On Base %
.815 - 5/5/08
.441 - 7/8/08
3 - 7/1/08 & 7/14/08
0 - five games
3 - 7/15/08
0 - five games
Left On Base
12 - 5/27/08
3 - 6/30/08

Team Zoo Fun Facts:

Team Zoo turned 2 double plays:
[1] In the second inning of game 1 @ P&P, Doug Hunt, Amy Ivins & Tara Brody turned a sweet, textook 6-4-3 double play.
[2] With the bases loaded, third baseman Mike Brophy chased down a slow grounder, ran back to tag the bag and rifled to Bridget Haines covering 2nd, where she made a great, stretching grab in a cloud of dirt to get the 2nd out of a fabulous, unconventional double play in the 4th inning of game 7 @ Franklin.
Left fielder Chris Oberlin made a catch and great throw to home to try and gun down the game-tying run in the 7th inning of game 1 @ P&P and while the throw was on target and a great catch was made by pitcher Ken Pelletier at the plate, the runner was called safe.
Tara Brody made a couple of nice catches on booming pop-ups as the short outfielder in game 2 vs Franklin.
Left fielder Todd Sinander made a sweet catch while backpedaling in game 2 vs Franklin.
Chris Oberlin fielded a single in right-center and gunned the runner down trying to stretch it into a double, with a great throw to 2nd and a perfect tag by short stop Mike Brophy in the 5th inning of game 3 @ NCC.
Mike Brophy narrowly avoided getting slammed into by a fucking airplane(!) in the 2nd inning of game 3 @ NCC - in left-center field, a large remote controlled aircraft smashed down in front of him (with nary a peep of a warning) and was torn to pieces. We didn't feel too sorry for those shmucks who fly noisy, annoying planes over our games.
Todd Sinander in left-center and Andrew Mehalick at short stop both made nice running catches, coming up with bloopers that were caught at their ankles, in game 4 @ Art Museum.
Tara Brody at 1st base made a nice backpedaling catch and almost pulled off a double play trying to get a runner who had left the bag @ 2nd base with a nice catch by Andrew Mehalick, but he was pulled off the bag slightly by the throw (game 4 @ Art Museum).
Andrew Mehalick (SS), Amy Ivins (2B) and Chris Law (1B) barely missed a perfect double play in game 4 @ Art Museum. I'm not convinced they didn't (called safe).
In game 5 @ Academy in the 4th, left fielder Chris Oberlin made good on a throw home (no hop) to nail the runner from 2nd who tried to score on a single, with a great catch and tag by pitcher Ken Pelletier - nice try, numbnuts!
Joe Stevenson in right-center made a fantastic running catch, falling down to one knee in game 5 @ Academy.
Doug Hunt at short made a great catch while running backwards in the 2nd of game 5 @ Academy.
Pitcher Ken Pelletier made a fantastic catch on the hardest hit ball I've seen all year, and it was coming straight at him. I don't think he even flinched. It was pretty much CRACK! THUMP! with no space in between. Game 5 @ Academy.
In the last inning of the same game (though it took place a month later, after the suspended game was resumed), Doug Hunt at short picked up an errant cut-off throw from the outfield after a long base hit and shot the ball to home, where pitcher Ken Pelletier (guarding the plate) was able to pick off the runner trying to turn an easy triple into a home run and preserve our 3-run lead. A spectacular play.
Chris Oberlin made a sweet running catch, sliding on his knees and coming up with the ball in game 6 @ Bishop's Collar.
Team Zoo made up for an overthrown cut-off throw from a single to center when pitcher Ken Pelletier backed up Doug Hunt at short and rifled to Bridget Haines at 3rd, where she applied the perfect tag to nail the runner trying to advance, in the first inning of game 6 @ Bishop's Collar.
Ken Pelletier on the mound made a great running catch on a booming pop-up in the infield in game 7 @ Franklin.
In the 6th inning of game 7 @ Franklin, Todd Sinander backed up so hard on a long fly ball that he caught it and promptly landed on his ass - great catch, though!
Joe Stevenson make his left field debut for Team Zoo in game 8 vs P&P and caught many fly balls, several while backtracking and above his head.
Ken Dejewski played in his first game of 2008 (game 8 vs P&P) and knocked off the rust quickly, catching a couple of nice balls in right field.
Chris Oberlin fielded a single in center field and was able to nail the runner trying to turn it into a double, with a sweet tag by short stop Doug Hunt at the bag - inning 4, game 8 vs P&P.
Bridget Haines fielded a tough grounder deep in the hole at 3rd and was able to get the runner at 1st after a great throw, and catch (by Tara Brody at 1st), in the 7th inning of game 8 vs P&P.
Early in game 9 vs Academy, Doug Hunt at short backpeddled to retrieve a booming pop-up, but it barely tipped out of his glove - whereby it was picked up by left fielder Chris Oberlin backing up the play, who quickly got the ball to Amy Ivins at 2nd for a force out (by way of the runner already on 1st who thought the ball would be caught) to keep the lead baserunner at 1st only.
Pitcher Ken Pelletier personally tagged out runners at home and 1st, charging from the mound in both counts after short grounders, to make damn sure a tag was applied, in game 9 vs Academy. That's coverage!
In the 4th inning of game 9 vs Academy, a base hit ended up being fodder for a slew of slight tag misses but ended with a great play - the ball went from home to 2nd to home to 3rd in quick succession until Joe Stevenson was able to finally apply a tag in time for an out, from a nice throw by Ken Pelletier protecting the plate.
Joe Stevenson in center field ran down several nice catches, including 2 major ones in the 1st inning of game 10 @ SPTR.
Todd Sinander in left field also did a lot of running and made some great catches in stride in several innings of game 10 @ SPTR.
Chris Waldron & Liz Vetrano saved us from a forfeit in game 10 @ SPTR and both contributed in the field, with Chris running down a pop-up for a sweet catch in right field and Liz making a couple of nice force outs at 2nd.
Team Zoo made TWO sweet outs at the plate in the early innings of game 11 vs Bishop's Collar with both tags applied by pitcher Ken Pelletier covering the plate - the 1st coming from a relay from the outfield via Doug Hunt at short and the 2nd coming from Joe Stevenson in left field - both great throws!
Todd Sinander made a nice catch on a very long fly ball to left-center in game 11 vs BC (inning 3).
Bridget Haines at 3rd connected with Tara Brody on 1st to get a great out on a hard-hit ball to deep 3rd in game 11 vs BC.
Liz Vetrano, in only her 2nd game for Team Zoo, tracked down a very long, very deep ball in very right field for a fantastic catch in the 5th inning of game 11 vs BC.
Third baseman Mike Brophy made a couple of long, tough throws to nail runners at 1st in innings 2 & 5 (once to Tara Brody & once to Chris Law) in game 12 vs SPTR.
Todd Sinander in left-center made two very nice plays in game 12 vs SPTR; he got a force out at 2nd on a base hit when the runner from 1st didn't get there in time and later got a tag @ 2nd with a great throw, with help from Amy Ivins covering 2nd and making a nice tag.
Chris Oberlin let two balls get through his legs in left field in the same inning (3) of game 1 @ P&P. He vows revenge (got it!).
Chris Oberlin slipped in left field at the onset of a fly ball, backed up but didn't quite fully recover and flubbed the catch, then compounded his error when he got the relay and turned to throw home for a play at the plate and promptly threw the ball over the fence, allowing 2 runs to score; this was all with two outs, and Bishop's Collar continued to score several more runs in the 5th inning of game 6.
We held teams scoreless in 25 innings out of 86 in the field.
We shut down teams with only three 3-up/3-down innings.
We gave up more than 4 runs in any given inning only 14 times in 13 games (5 of those in game 7 @ Franklin).
Our worst defensive inning was a 7-run lapse, happening 7 times, three of which occurred in game 7 @ Franklin.
Pitcher Mike Brophy struck out 1 batter.
Pitcher Ken Pelletier struck out 5 batters.

Our best offensive inning saw us score 8 runs on 10 hits & 1 sac fly, sending 13 batters to the plate in the 4th inning of game 5 @ Academy.
In game 3 @ NCC, we scored 7 runs on 9 consecutive hits in the 2nd, 7 more in the 4th (all with 2 outs) and 7 more in the 5th.
Against Franklin in game 7, we scored 5 runs in the 2nd, all with 2 outs against a great defensive team.
Nine of 10 batters in game 2 vs Franklin recorded at least one base hit, and 7 of the 10 had at least 2 hits. Eight of 10 had at least 1 RBI or run scored.
All 12 batters reached base safely and had at least 1 RBI or run scored in game 3 @ NCC, 11 of them had at least 1 hit, 10 of them had at least 3 hits, 7 scored at least 3 runs, 5 had at least 3 RBI.
Ten of our 11 batters had base hits in game 4 @ Art Museum.
In game 5 @ Academy, 12 of 13 batters reached base safely, 11 of them had at least 1 hit, 9 had at least 2 hits and 7 had at least 3 hits. 10 players scored a run, 10 had an RBI.
Nine of 11 TZers had base hits in game 6 @ Bishop's Collar, & 10 of 11 reached base safely.
Eleven of our 13 batters had base hits in game 7 @ Franklin, 7 of which had at least 2 hits, and 9 had at least an RBI or run scored.
In game 8 vs Pen & Pencil, we only played with 9 players - 7 had hits, but all 7 had at least 2 hits AND either at least 2 RBI or 2 runs scored.
Three of our 11 players in game 9 vs Academy went hitless, but the other 8 each had at least 2 hits & 9 had at least an RBI or run scored.
Five of our 9 batters combined for 13 hits in 20 at bats but unfortunately the other 4 only had 1 hit in 14 at bats, for many lows in many offensive categories in game 10 @ SPTR.
Nine out of 10 batters hit safely in game 11 vs Bishop's Collar.
Six of 13 hitters in game 12 vs SPTR went hitless, and we had zero extra-base hits for only the 3rd time in our league history.
Ken Pelletier had the game-winning RBI of game 3 @ NCC with a triple that scored Chris Oberlin with the eventual winning run in the 3rd inning.
Bridget Haines sliced a bases-loaded RBI single for the game-winner in game 5 @ Academy, bringing in Joe Stevenson with the eventual winning run in the 6th inning (and our first lead of the game).
Ken Dejewski hit the game-winning RBI of game 8 vs Pen & Pencil with a 2-run single in the 4th inning, scoring Ken Pelletier with the eventual winning run.
Todd Sinander knocked in the game-winning RBI in game 9 vs Academy with an RBI sacrifice ground-out in the 4th inning, bringing in Doug Hunt with our eventual winning run.
Doug Hunt had TZ's first homer of the season in the 3rd inning of game 2 vs Franklin, when he led off the inning with a hardcore line drive shot down the left field line.
Chris Oberlin hit for the cycle (in reverse, actually) and had 2 home runs in game 3 @ NCC, the second of which was a grand slam.
Chris Oberlin started the season 14-for-14 before making his first out of the season in game 4 @ Art Museum and also had 8-straight in games 11-13.
Ken Pelletier had 11-straight-hits over the courses of games 7,8,9&10 (plus the last inning of game 5).
Todd Sinander batted clean-up over the first 5 games and came through, leading the team in that stretch with 13 RBI and finishing with a career-best 22.
Doug Hunt, Chris Oberlin, Ken Pelletier & Bill Larson combined in game 6 @ Bishop's Collar to go 14-for-15 with 10 singles, 3 doubles, a triple, 6 RBI & 5 runs scored - 14 of the team's 19 hits, all of the team's extra-base hits, 6 of 7 RBI and 5 of our 7 runs scored.
Todd Sinander went 4-for-4 in game 7 @ Franklin with 2 singles, a double and a triple to fall just a home run short of the cycle, with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Mike Brophy went 3-for-4 in the same game, with 3 singles & 1 RBI in each at bat, plus scoring 1 run.
Ken Pelletier, Doug Hunt & Ken Dejewski combined to go 11-for-12 in game 8 vs Pen & Pencil, tallying 7 singles & 4 triples to go along with 10 of our 15 RBI and score 8 of our 15 runs.
Doug Hunt, Chris Oberlin & Todd Sinander each homered in game 9 vs Academy, in order - solo (Doug, 1st), 2-run (Chris, 4th), 3-run (Todd, also 4th).
The hitters in the 2-through-5 spots (Doug Hunt, Ken Pelletier, Todd Sinander, Joe Stevenson) combined to go 13-for-15 in game 9 vs Academy, with 9 singles, a double, triple and 2 home runs (plus a sacrifice), blasting 9 RBI & scoring 11 of our 15 runs (including both game-winners). Ken finished just a home run shy of the cycle.
Joe Stevenson, Ken Pelletier & Amy Ivins were each 3-for-4 in game 10 @ SPTR, with Joe scoring 3 times, Amy having 3 RBI and Ken getting both of the teams only extra-base hits (doubles) while racking up 3 RBI & scoring twice.
Joe Stevenson, Ken Pelletier and Liz Vetrano were the bright spots in an otherwise mediocre day at the plate for TZ in game 11 vs SPTR, combining to go 9-for-10 with 9 singles and a SAC, scoring 3 runs with an RBI.
Chris Oberlin and Mike Brophy combined to go 6-for-7 with 2 singles, 3 doubles & a triple while knocking in 2 runs and scoring 2 in another relatively calm day at the plate for TZ in game 13 vs Art.
Team Zoo was held scoreless in 39 innings out of 88 at the plate.
We hit into 10 double plays (2 in game 6 @ Bishop's Collar, 2 @ Franklin in game 7 & 2 in game 13 vs Art).
We batted into fifteen 3-up/3-down innings.

[Team Zoo Brings It]
We kicked some Constitution caboose in game 3 when we finally brought it for the first time this season. And we brought it hard - 29 runs in 5 innings, 13 extra-base hits, we never trailed - though it was close until the 3rd (only up by 2 after one and 4 after two). We broke it open with three 7-run innings. Their defense struggled and we scored runs pretty much at will. It was almost unconstitutional.
We didn't bring it at all for the first 3 innings of game 5 @ Academy - in fact, we got smoked for 14 runs in that time span and only managed 6 of our own. But we ran off 8 runs to tie it up in the 4th (our best single inning of the season thus far), while skunking them for 3 straight innings and then got 2 more in the top of the 6th to take our first lead of the game, 16-14. Then it got weird - we were probably gonna stop after 6, but it ended quicker than we'd thought it might, and tried to play a 7th, only to have to cut it short due to dark and dangerous skies. After a lot of rigmarole, we decided to declare the game suspended after 6 and reply the entire 7th (which was actually tied 18-18 when we stopped) before our 2nd game with them. The replayed last inning was decidedly undramatic, but we did score another run for a slightly bigger cushion and held them to nothing, backed by a spectacular play at the plate, and officially (finally) won the game.
The chips were stacked slightly against us : Big game vs Pen & Pencil in game 8. Two injuries the week before, taking out 2 starters. A zoo event on the same night taking out 2 more. Last minute scrambles to make sure we can field a full team. Things fall into place... 2007 Team Zoo regular Ken Dejewski makes it out for the first time this season, filling out the team. P&P ends up being short a woman, giving us: a) an automatic out at the top of the order, and b) three outfielders in their defense. In a tough, see-saw game, it was tight through 4 (up 4-3, down 4-5, up 6-5, up 11-8) until we pulled out a sweet defensive stop in the 5th and racked up 4 more in the bottom (after 5 in the 4th to regain the lead) to finally get some space. We held them to 2 measley runs in the last two frames and didn't even need to bat in the 7th! Awesome, when we needed to be.
We were solid from the start of game 9 vs Academy, where we reeled off 4 runs to start the game after giving up just a single run in the top of the 1st. We only allowed more than 1 run in an inning once (4 in the 4th, where they briefly tied it up at 6) and we came back strong with 4 more in the bottom to preserve the lead, then hit them with 5 more in the 5th to widen it further. We showed our power with 3 home runs and also held them to our fewest runs allowed total of the season, showing our defense. Another great team effort, which pulled us into 4th place, briefly holding a playoff spot in the 2nd half of the season for the first time since 2005.

[Things That Could Have Been...]
Well, we were off to a fantastic start in game 1 @ P&P - the first four batters we sent to the plate all scored, we were up 6-0 after 2, 7-4 after 5, 10-9 after 6... they tied it up in the bottom of the last inning to send it to extra frames and held us down, then tweaked out another run on an infield single to win the game in the bottom of the 8th. Ouch.
We thought we had a shot in game 2 when Franklin said they were starting with 8 players, but the two-time defending champions got a couple more players to show and pretty much got 3 runs every inning, which wasn't so bad when we got 3 of our own in the first. We were only down 7-6 after 3 (and their only 1-run inning) but their big-hitting mofos kept us pretty busy in the outfield and they got 12 more runs the rest of the way (3 per inning) and we only squeaked out 4 additional runs over those last 4 frames.
Game 4 @ Art Musuem started off nicely and we held a 3-2 advantage after 2 full innings, but they kept getting hit after hit and got 12 runs in the next 3 innings while we had a mediocre day at the plate and got only 4 in the same stretch. Defensively, we played well and made several nice plays, but that was only when they weren't hitting all the gaps, repeatedly. A mild rally in the top of the 7th got us within 5 but they didn't need their last at-bat to get their first victory of the season.
We got off to a slow start against a very, very good team in game 6 @ Bishop's Collar and never recovered, going down 7-0 after 2 innings. We'd managed just 3 runs by the bottom of the 5th, when they scored most of their 7 runs in that inning with 2 outs after a dropped fly ball. We played fairly well defensively, but at the plate we had one of our poorer performances. While 4 of our batters combined for 14 hits, the other 7 players combined for 5 hits total and we hit into 2 double plays. We had a nice last inning rally (with two outs) to score 4 runs, but the damage had been done.
We had a rough time corraling Franklin's big hitters (again) and even though we had a brief stint being tied at 7-7 (after the top of the 2nd) we couldn't quite keep up with their 6 or 7 runs per inning barrage. We hit decently enough and played fairly solid in the field (converting a nice double play) but they probably had 17 home runs or so and simply overpowered us on all levels (converting two double plays of their own). Considering we scored more runs than they average defensively (they only shut us out for 2 innings), there's no shame in getting killed by a good team when you play relatively well.
Due to massive Team Zoo injuries, we had FOUR regulars out for game 10 @ Tap Room. Count a couple others out for prior committments, and we were severely short. With some begging of former players and fast recruiting, we were able to get a full 9 in the field in time for the game, and held our own for the most part against a good team. The first three batters to the plate all scored for us and we were off to a quick start while skunking them in the bottom. They got 4 in the 2nd and we were still only down 4-3 after 3. They got us 3-up/3-down twice over the next few innings (sandwiching a 3-run rally, which cut the lead to only 7-6 briefly) while scoring 10 more in the same span and we couldn't recover, recording offensive season lows in many categories while playing fairly well defensively.
We had a couple of injured players come back for game 11 vs Bishop's Collar, but we had some really bad juju in the field for the first few innings. We just kept having little things go wrong - bad hops, dropped balls, missed throws, etc. We didn't start off horribly, down 3-1 after 1, but it was downhill fast from there. We didn't score another run until the 5th and by that time we were down 12-1. We had held them scoreless for a couple innings but then they got another 7-run inning in the 6th to put us fully away. Hey, if you take away the 14 runs they got in the 2nd and 6th, they only scored 6! Unfortunately the bad plays in the early goings overshadowed some really nice plays later on, including a couple of tags at the plate and some great catches.
We had just played the Tap Room tough in game 10 without 4 injured regulars, but even with ALL of those players back in action to some degree we just stunk up the joint for the game 12 rematch. We ended the game with 4-straight scoreless innings and managed only a meek 3 runs in the first 3 innings while giving up 4 in the first inning alone. That's all they needed but they couldn't be stopped until we held in the last inning, but by then they'd racked up 21 runs. We even had ZERO extra-base hits for only the 3rd time in Team Zoo league history.
Game 13 vs Art Museum was close the whole way and we just couldn't string together the hits we needed for a breakout inning. We trailed from the start after a 3-run 1st inning by them, but tightened the defense and played well in the field, only giving up 2 more runs through 5 and scoring 2 runs each in the 4th & 5th to tie it up at 5. It fell apart from there, while we only got 1 more hit over the last two frames and gave up 4 runs in the top of the 7th for the final 9-5 score.