National Press Club

National Press Club softball team extends record playoff streak to 12 years

June 25, 2019 | By Clay F. Kaufman | clayk@aya.yale.edu

The National Press Club softball team, "The Big Blue Machine," earns playoff spot in 2019 Metropolitan Media Softball League.

The National Press Club softball team, "The Big Blue Machine," earns playoff spot in 2019 Metropolitan Media Softball League.

The National Press Club’s softball team finished the 2019 Metropolitan Media Softball League (MMSL) regular season with a strong 9-5 record and earned a #5 seed in the 10-team MMSL playoff tournament to be held July 13 and 14 at Cabin John Regional Park.

The team welcomes fans to come out and cheer them on during the playoffs, and is always looking for new Club members to join the team each spring.

This year’s team was led by league stalwarts and Club members Ken Giglio, Patti Giglio, Jim Rubin, Richard Strauss, Raph Mazzone, Mike DeSenne, Amy Fickling, Laura Faul and Clay Kaufman. Other team members included Chris Teale, Ben Laskey, Josue Lopez Calderon, Andrew Collier and Molly Pezzulo and newcomers Del Wilber and Ryan Grizzle.

Kaufman was part of the first Club MMSL team in 1992.

The “Big Blue Machine” posted some huge wins against division opponents Sirius and Voice of America, and finished the season with a 9-8 win over Discovery Channel to clinch its playoff bid. Laskey drove in the winning run.

The MMSL is in its 28th year as a league and currently includes 18 teams representing print, broadcast and online news outlets. The Club has been a member of the MMSL for 27 years and holds the league record for the most consecutive years (12) earning a playoff bid.

The league is known for high quality play and also positive, cooperative spirit. The only league award is the Dale Solley Award for sportsmanship and dedication to the league.

For more information about the MMSL, click here.