pittsburgh NABA, South Oakland Ducks Baseball, who names their team the Rebels?

The Ducks will play a double header vs. the Michigan Militia at Gateway Middle School Saturday at 10am.

These games will determine seeding in the end of season tournament. Finishing ahead of the Militia is important and will allow us to play only A teams in the first two rounds, or potentially the Eagles who are barred from playoff participation due to forfeits [4].

We’re playing for the 5 seed – the top two teams in A and AA will get the 1-4 seeds.

If you are bored at a job that grants you access to the internet, and you want to learn about a really offensive militia group, check out this link to a “Rocky Mountain Militia” video – Terrifying, but includes an incredible she-mullet at the 7:40 mark.

“Militia” indeed.

John and Dan keep shitting the bed with new team names, poor guys.

Anthony DeFilippo will join Jesse Smith as team Captain through the remainder of his contract, which runs through the 2030 season.

read this book

We miss you, Kirk.


Black Sox Clinch Wales.

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South Oakland (16-6, 5-2) lost to the Brookline Black Sox, and when astonishingly, the Eagles didn’t give a shit about fielding a team and forfeited to the Sox today, Brookline clinched the Wales Conference and will play for the one seed in the playoffs against either the Hurricanes or Bulldogs at sometime in the near future.

South Oakland also won by forfeit today when the Knights only had seven players show up.

Why have the Eagles and Knights not merged?

It’s ridiculous. Maybe even merge with the Titan’s too and have one competitive team.

The Eagles and Knights are scheduled to play on wed. night at SpringView, if they will let us, the Ducks will play against both teams instead of a 7 on 7 game.

No way am I recapping the Sox game.

We played poorly and without a few key guys who normally start.

Usually smart Ducks  players made bad base running decisions and Brookline’s Peter “Pan” Chalfin pitched a phenominal game, striking out 15 Ducks.

There is nothing the Ducks want more than a shot at redemption in the playoffs.

Brookline’s catcher is a joke. Other than that, they are predominantly good ball players who play hard and feed off their exceptionally dedicated, drunk, fan base.

Moore Park is a tough place to play.

Hats off to Kenny Powers on a good season and another division title, you bastard.

South Oakland will finish up the regular season with two games vs. Militia location and date tbd.

South Oakland will eclipse last season’s win total with a victory.

I think we should assume the Knights and Eagles won’t be able to get a game on wed. night and play then.

It’s gonna be a mexican stand off to see who cancels first.

I hope Adam Smith is happy with his decision to leave a team with a .727 winning percentage for more playing time on a 4-13 team that forfeits every other game.


A post dedicated to the end of the careers of two long-time Ducks, both of whom played instrumental roles in turning around the franchise, in the upcoming weeks.


Gameday [21] Ducks at Black Sox

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South Oakland Ducks (15-5, 5-1)


Brookline Black Sox (14-5, 5-2)


Moore Park

That’s the mindset you got to be in if you want to be a champion.

First, Ducks News:

Anthony DeFilippo has signed a 20 year extension with South Oakland, making him a Duck for life.

Ken “The Windmill” Cool has been promoted to co-manager.

The All Star Game will be held Aug 8th at a location to be determined, hopefully not Spring Hill.

There are many Ducks deserving consideration.

I feel like league-wide numbers are bloated this season due to some lopsided games vs. A teams.

Despite their prowess with explosives, the A-team is not very good at baseball.

Tomorrow’s game vs. the Knights will be replaced with a game against the Militia, that game may be moved to Monday or Wednsday. (I know; there’s a lot up in the air right now as we try to get the season finished before the playoffs.)

The Knights game will be rescheduled.

A Ducks win tonight keeps South Oakland in first place and alive for the division title.

If the Black Sox win, the Ducks have to hope Brookline looses to the Eagles and South Oakland sweeps the Militia whenever those games are rescheduled.

Tonight will be a defining moment in the history of the Ducks franchise, I write that without hyperbole or melodrama.

The road to the Wales Conference title goes through Brookline and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

The Ducks can shrug off the weight of seven years of loosing to the Black Sox with a win tonight.

Tish and Fago are gonna tag team this one.

Bad News for the Black Sox


Ducks Win.

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The South Oakland Ducks (15-5, 5-1) beat the South Side Eagles (4-13, 0-7) by forfeit, as South Side only had seven players. The two teams scrimmaged. Hilights include Nick Berdine’s day at the plate (2-2, 2R HR, 2B), James Tessyier’s single off Rob Cool, Alex Harsh’s single off Rob Cool and Nick Homa’s debut at shortstop. Anthony DeFilippo played a Clementean right field. TC Jones pitched a scoreless inning.  Rick Whalen almost hurt himself again when Fago pegged him in the knee trying to turn a double play. Guthrie caught for battery-mate Brendan Scioscia in the fifth.  Tessyier and Harsh held down the two corner OF spots for the Eagles.  Ken Cool continues to dominate the third base coaching box.

The first place South Oakland Ducks have won eleven straight and hold a half game lead over the Black Sox.

The Ducks all-time record is now 81-80-2

Fitting I guess it comes in a forfeit win, as we’ve become as much known for our big, forfeit-preventing roster as anything.

South Oakland still needs to reschedule games vs. the Black Sox and a double header vs. the Militia.

Tentatively, those games will be played Thursday the 22nd 9pm at Moore Park and Saturday the 24th at Gateway Middle School.

The Ducks next game is Sunday 7/18, 12pm at Pie Traynor Field


the British Knights.

The Knights hope their new logo (above) will give them momentum going into the playoffs

I feel bad for the seven guys who showed up for the Eagles who wanted to play.  They have 18 on their roster, there’s no reason to have eleven no-shows.

If we play the Eagles in the tournament, we’re running up the score to make up for the lost innings.

They can blame their teammates who didn’t feel like playing tonight when they’re getting shelled and we keep running.

on the running up the score note, if there is a situation in which tie breakers are involved due to a cataclysmic inability to make up games and we get screwwed for not running up the score, it will be a shame.

Blame the Eagles for a lack of a recap.

It’s been a long night…


Gameday 20: Ducks vs Eagles

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South Oakland Ducks of the North Side (14-5, 4-1)


South Side Eagles (4-12, 0-6)


Springview Field

Just when it looked like the league was finally beyond the point where teams wouldn’t be able to put nine on the field, we find ourselves facing an opponent who has forfeited two division games, and generally doesn’t seem to give a shit.

If NABA legend Playmaker were still around, the Eagles would not struggle to put nine on the field.

The Eagles should be disbanded, or forced to carry more than six guys. Merge them with the Knights, or the Titans.

I do give their coahc credit for not wanting to play in the A division, unlike Big Oil, who will switch divisions with South Side next season if I understand how this new system works.

The Ducks, winners of ten straight, have outscored the Eagles 24-5 in two games this season.

The Bulldogs lost 4-3 to the Canes, setting up a rubber match for the title sometime in the near future.

We play the Knights on the 17th.

We will probably play the Black Sox Thursday, July 22nd and the double header against the Militia on the 24th.

Big weekend  potentially.

Another round of power rankings

  1. Hurricanes
  2. Bulldogs
  3. Black Sox
  4. Militia
  5. Matadors
  6. Maulers
  7. Oilers
  8. Warriors
  9. Knights
  10. Eagles
  11. Titans

Bad News for the Eagles.

Game nineteen recap: Goodbye Green Monday – Ducks 19, Bulldogs 6.

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The South Oakland Ducks and the Pittsburgh Bulldogs are two good amateur baseball teams. Both teams are part of the Pittsburgh NABA. I play on the Ducks. Many of my friends play on the Bulldogs.  When I don’t play for the Ducks, I play on the Bulldogs in a different league for old men.  That league is run by a douche bag and another guy who latently cheats to improve his team at the expense of others— I call that a conflict of interest.

A douche bag looks like this:

The Bulldogs drink quite a bit.  When I drink my brain turns into a coffin filled with green and yellow balloon animals, so I quit. Joe is a Bulldog. Joe runs the Pittsburgh NABA without conflict of interest; he recapped the last Ducks Bulldogs game because the Bulldogs won. Joe accidentally hit himself in the ankle with a foul ball in Monday’s game against the Ducks. In that game, the Ducks beat the Bulldogs 19-6.  Because the Ducks won, I am writing this recap to be posted on the Bulldogs site.

Normally, when I write blogs, they look like this:

The Rebels is a stupid name for a team

{pic of stupid rebel team altered with computer software.}

Sort-of-funny caption.

Now some mildly clever nicknames…

And so on…


Because this recap is also for the Bulldogs site, I am poorly imitating an author I admire.


The first place Ducks have won ten straight games, and are playing well enough to win the division.  The team is carving a niche as a talented, but hard working, blue collar team which is exactly what the Ducks manager hoped would happen. The Bulldogs are also in first place in their division and have a similar reputation.  I call these divisions Campbell and Wales because I like hockey.

In the first inning of the game against the Bulldogs, Ducks ace James Tessyier, allowed a run. This doesn’t happen often.  Going into the game, James had only allowed three runs in 25+ innings. That’s why he’s our ace.

An Ace looks like this:

In the bottom half of the first inning, The Ducks scored three runs when Jams Fago hit a home run.

This is what happens when I remember the home run backwards:  James moonwalks out of the dugout and high fives everyone, then jogs backwards around the bases, uses the force to pick up his bat and waits for the bushes in center field to spit the ball back at him before he slingshots it into the Bulldogs pitcher’s hand.  The Bulldogs pitcher was Brian Strom. He is my friend and a good pitcher and baseball player. He is not, however, the Bulldogs ace.  Later in the first, Ducks short stop Anthony DeFilippo hit a ball to the fence in left and was thrown out at second base. So it goes.

3-1 Ducks after 1.

The Bulldogs scored two more runs in the second to tie the game at three runs apiece going into the bottom half of the inning. Then the Ducks scored two more runs when Captain America hit a double. Captain America is Mark Guthrie’s somewhat clever nickname.

Captain America’s shield looks like this:

Guthrie  only hits doubles. Gwin lined out to the short stop. So it goes.  Cinefra reached on an error, and stole second. Captain America scored when Tim Lipp hit a sac fly.  Then Rob Cool hit a double that was nearly a home run. He wanted to hit a home run real bad because he and James Fago are in love and both want very badly to be the best player on the Ducks. This competition makes the Ducks better.

Ducks 5-3 after 2.

The Bulldogs made three straight outs in the third inning with the help of a nice double play. The Bulldogs catcher is from Youngstown  or some other decaying mill town. He hit into the nice double play and did not have any hits in the game.

The kids in Youngstown look like this:

Mike Tyson also lives near Youngstown. The inside of Mike Tyson’s brain looks like this:

In the bottom of the third, the Ducks scored four runs.

Chris Wojton recorded his fifth  hit in his last six at bats, then he stole second.  At some point in the game, the Bulldogs catcher had derogatory things to say about the caliber of play of the baseball team at Waynesburg University and our shortstop Anthony Defillipo and by proxy several Ducks who also play baseball at Waynesburg University. After Wojton stole second, he advanced to third on a passed ball. A passed ball is when the catcher misses the pitch and hurts his team. With one out, Guthrie walked, and the Ducks executed a hit and run. Wojton scored.

When Wojton makes good plays I use this picture:

Gwin stole second base. Guthrie scored on Cinefra’s single and Gwin went to third.

If Gwin had been thrown out at second he would not have scored on Tim Lipp’s single to the right side.

Tim Lipp plays college baseball at Gannon, and is willing to play out of position to help the Ducks win more games. Tim Lipp was thrown out at second, so it goes. Mike Cinefra scored from third on the throw.

9-3 after three.

In the top of the fourth, Rob Cool threw out a guy at home trying to score on a fly out to center.

In the fourth inning, the Ducks scored ten runs. These Ducks had hits in that inning:

Jesse Smith, Anthony Defilippo, Chris Wojton Nick Homa, KT Murphy, James Fago, Baconator, and Ken Cool.

TC Jones had an RBI.

Rick Whalen was hit in the back. Everyone laughed. Rick is OK.

Ken Cool is our assistant coach. He was hit in the back while coaching third earlier in the game. We all laughed. Ken is OK too.

19-3 after 4

In the fifth inning the Bulldogs showed why they are a good team. They did not quit. Vinny Gala is a good hitter and we could not get him out. The Bulldogs scored three runs in the last inning but still lost by 13 runs. So it goes.


The Ducks play a double header Saturday Morning at 8am against the Militia at Gateway Middle School in Monroeville.