Voice – May 2012 – Villains on Right Side of One-Run Game with Kirkwood

VaHi Softball Team All Alone in Second Place After Victory

By: John Becker

After two disappointing losses earlier in the month, our Virginia-Highland Villains secured a gratifying one-run victory over rival Kirkwood last Sunday at East Lake Park.

The Villains ran off a pair of wins over Reynoldstown and Lake Claire to start the spring season. The next three games, though, included a tough 16-7 loss to East Lake and a 10-7 defeat at the hands of league-leading Edgewood.

“East Lake and Edgewood are by far the dominant teams in the league this year,” says player/coach David Marder. “We were competitive in both losses, though, and we feel good about that.”

On Sunday against Kirkwood, the good guys came out on top as the Villains walked away with a close 9-8 decision. Marder says the team’s pitcher and offensive juggernaut Raj Patel almost single-handedly willed the team to victory.

“Raj hit a 3-run homer and a solo inside-the-park homer, too” Marder says, “accounting for nearly half the runs we scored.”

The win gives VaHi a 4-2 record and sole possession of second place in the league, trailing only undefeated Edgewood.

“Our team is among the league’s best at holding opponents to the fewest possible runs,” Marder says, “and that’s a direct reflection of the awesome defense we play. Now, if we can just get the bats going as we have in past years, I think we’ll be unstoppable.”

The Villains play again this Sunday against nemesis Ormewood Park and then close out the spring season on May 20 against East Atlanta (no game on Mother’s Day). Both games will be played at East Lake Park off Memorial Drive; first pitch at 3 PM.

Marder encourages fans to come out and cheer the team on to victory! You can track the team’s progress and see a schedule of games on the SEALS website at http://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/?u=seals&s=softball&t=c.

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Spring Season Begins for Virginia-Highland Softball Team

VaHi Villains Look to Stay Undefeated Sunday Against Lake Claire

By: John Becker

Bet you didn’t know your neighborhood has a coed softball team. Well, it does and the VaHi Villains are actually an in-town softball force to be reckoned with.

Residents David Marder and Duane Wandless founded the team in 2009. The Villains play in the South East Atlanta Softball League (SEALS) against teams from other in-town neighborhoods like Grant Park, Reynoldstown and Edgewood.

“We went 0-11 that first spring season,” says Marder, a compliance engineer at Georgia Tech, “but we had a lot of fun doing it so I knew we were onto something.”

In true Braves-like, worst-to-first fashion, though, the Villains turned it around in 2010, taking home the league championship trophy.

“It was a turn-around season for sure,” Marder says, “and a great feeling when we were able to beat undefeated Ormewood Park for the title.”

Last spring, the Villains finished second, winning their division but losing to pesky Ormewood Park in the championship game. The team also plays in fall leagues and even tried a Piedmont Park summer league last year.

Marder says the team took its name from the friendly but intense rivalries that have developed with Kirkwood and Ormewood Park.

“We pull out all the stops when it comes to beating those teams,” Marder says.

The Villains started the 2012 spring season in fine fashion last Sunday with a 15-4 victory over Reynoldstown. They’ll try to keep their undefeated streak going this Sunday at 6 PM against Lake Claire. All games are played at East Lake Park.

Is Marder looking for more Villains?

“We had trouble finding players that first year,” Marder says, “but all it took was a posting on VHLIST and I was overwhelmed with interest.” Marder has a full roster of seventeen players right now but says everyone is encouraged to come out and support the team.

And lest you think the Villains are all work and no play, the team has been seen at neighborhood pubs like Taco Mac, DBA Barbeque and Hand in Hand for post-game celebrations (or to drown their sorrows after a loss). Marder says all VaHi residents are welcome to join in the fun.

“We’re really excited about the upcoming season,” a confident Marder says. “Spring seems to be our time to shine and if we keep playing like we did in the first game, we’re sure to take home another championship.”

The Villains are sponsored by FIG Partners. You can track the team’s progress and see a schedule of games on the SEALS website at http://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/?u=seals&s=softball&t=c.

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