Submitted by Mike La Comb, Diamond Dream Mustangs manager
Thanks to an all-around tremendous team effort, and a never
say die attitude, the Mustangs went undefeated and won the Chesapeake MSBL Mid
Atlantic Classic. It was one of the most exciting tournaments ever. We came from behind in all four wins while
three games were decided by one run, with two of our wins coming as walk offs.
At any game or inning in the tournament, you never knew who was going to get
the big hit, or throw the perfect pitch, or make that ESPN defensive play, or
steal that base that made the difference.
We could start naming players that had great a great
tourney, or contributed so much to our victory, but the list would have to
include everyone. That's how well we played together. No individual MVPs, just
a team MVP! I want to send out a special recognition to Jim Konstantakis for
his coaching help throughout the weekend. Here are the batting OBP stats and recognition for our pitchers.
Game 1...Bob Englemeyer from the Chesapeake MSBL league
pitched us well into the game against our tournament rival NJ Rangers. Terry
Lonjin came on to close it out with the win, as we came back late with a walk
Game 2...Harrison Toy, one of DCMSBL's top pitchers, got a
hard earned win against last year's tournament champions, the Northhampton
Knights. Terry Lonjin once again came in for the save.
Semi final...One of our newest Mustang additions, Floyd
Mohler, pitched late enough in the game to keep it tight, as he had to fight
hard to overcome a few defensive lapses on our part. Chris Dunn came in to keep
it where it was until we got up enough steam to come from behind with another
walk off win.
Championship Game...Steve Lounello, heading up the Albany
MSBL contingent of Mustangs, aced up and pitched a strong six to get the win,
with Terry Lonjin once again getting the save.
OBP top ten batting stat leaders: ( Even those not in the
top ten all had a great offensive tournament by getting key hits and game
winning hits all weekend long. Four batters were tied with .333 OBP for the
weekend just behind the cut off of the top ten listed below).
1. RON BARCKHOFF 10/12 .833
2. DUB DANIELS 9/12 .750
3. TERRY LONJIN 8/12 .667
4. STEVE LOUNELLO 5/8 .625
5. JEFF PARKS 7/12 .583
6. DANNY CRAIG 5/10 .500
7. MARK GLEASON 4/8 .500
8. JAMES HUTMACHER 5/11 .455
9. ALEX BRUNET 5/12 .417
10. CHRIS DUNN 2/5 .400