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'Players of the Week' for June 15, 2016

By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications

Here are a few of the 'Shining Stars' from this past week who are being recognized as the MSBL Players of the Week for June 15th.  We publish your feats every Wednesday on our national website and our MSBL Facebook page and will continue throughout the summer.  If you have an entry, either as a league president, manager or player, please send your information to msbllamontia@aol.comAlso, if you have any pictures of your nominee please send them along as well.  Thank you for your support and we look forward to placing you in the spotlight for the rest of the MSBL nation to see! 

Ruiz Comes from Behind the Plate to Pitch Victory

Sergio Ruiz is normally the catcher for the Galileo Giants in the 40-50 division of the San Francisco MSBL. On June 5th a pitcher was needed in an emergency due to injuries to the staff. Because of Sergio's great arm he was asked to pitch. He said he had not pitched in years but could maybe give three or four innings. He ended the day pitching seven strong innings of shut out ball and only gave up three hits. He also went 3-4 at the plate with a triple, two singles and two RBI's. The Galileo Giants won 13-2.

Miller Goes Yard Three Times in Santa Barbara MABL 

6/12/2016. In a 15-14 victory for the Whalers over the Oaks, Brian Miller had a career game going 4-5 with three homers and eight RBIs in the Santa Barbara MABL 35+ division. 

Brewster is Perfect at the Plate in Ohio

69 year old third baseman Bruce Brewster led the Warren Panthers to their fifth straight victory in the 60+ Division of the Ohio MSBL this past weekend. Bruce had a stellar afternoon going 4 for 4, with a single, two doubles and a triple, while driving in four runs. The performance raised his team leading average to .733 for the season. Bruce was also credited with a stolen base, as he stole home on the back end of a double steal.

The Panthers, who are the 2015 defending champions, are off to a 5-0 start for the 2016 season…

Daniel Washington Posts Memorable Day in DC

On Saturday June 11th, Daniel Washington helped the Silver Spring Dodgers sweep a double header against the Silver Spring White Sox in the DC MSBL 25+ division.  In the two games, Daniel was a combined 7 for 9, including three home runs, nine RBI's, and six runs scored, all while using a wood bat.

Buttermore Strikes Out 17 in Twin Cities


70 Year Old Cooper Hits Dinger for Fairfax Pirates

Garland Cooper, 70, of the Fairfax Pirates, a 45+ team in the DC Men's Senior Baseball League, became the oldest person in DCMSBL history to hit a home run in league competition.  Coop took a 2-1 pitch over the right field fence for a 2-run home run in a 15-4 win against the DC Angels.  Garland, born in 1946, was elected to the DCMSBL Hall of Fame in 2011.  He continues to provide clutch hitting for the Pirates and also plays in the 25+ DCMSBL league with the Fairfax Americans.  Garland has now hit home runs in seven different decades of competitive baseball.

Works Suffers Heartbreaking Loss While Fanning 21

The Smokies of the Lexington Adult Baseball League led by three runs in the eighth inning, but the Miners put together a furious comeback to steal the victory 5-4. This is the second time in three games the Smokies have led by three runs after the seventh inning only to have defensive collapses to cost them the game. A team with some of the best overall talent in the league quite possibly should be in first place instead of 3-3 and 1.5 games out of first place.

Chris Works of the Smokies worked out of tough spots on the mound all night against the Miners but ended up losing 5-4 in ten innings. He pitched nine innings and went out to pitch the 10th before the Miners would collect a walk-off hit in extras while only allowing three earned runs on seven hits. Works faced his trickiest spot in the eighth inning when a wild pitch led to two runs after an errant throw back to the plate allowed the second run to cross. Then the tying run would score on an error by our shortstop, which would be the last of the 4-1 lead the Smokies would see. 

Works was charged with the loss after pitching one of the best games in LABL history. He officially went nine innings with 21 strikeouts, a LABL single game record, and allowed just seven hits, five runs, three being earned. Manager Matt Roberts thinks of it as "one of the gutsiest performances I have ever seen."

Solarz and Johnson Lead the Nor'easters to Huge Win

In the Connecticut MSBL 35+ division, Chase Solarz threw five innings allowing only two hits and just one unearned run in a 12-1 win over Clinton in game one of a double-header. He struck out one. He allowed a clean single in the first inning and only allowed an infield single for the rest of the game. Chase only walked one batter.

Offensively, teammate Todd Johnson had a great day at the plate. On the day he went 5-7 with four doubles and a home run.  He scored six times and drove in four runs. He also reached on walks and added a stolen base.

Brooklyn/Queens MABL Stars of the Week

Bronx/Manhattan Division:

Nathaniel Rivera (Prospects) - Rivera went 4-for-6 over the weekend, driving in five runs and scoring three of his own to lead the surging Prospects at the plate. The Prospects have won eight of their last 10 games and outscored the Bronx Rays 26-2 on Sunday

Shaun Santana (Prospects) - Santana picked up his second straight player of the week nod, going above and beyond the call of duty to pick up two wins on the weekend. Pitching 10.2 innings over the course of two days, he allowed just three runs and seven hits against the Patriots and Rays.

Brooklyn/Queens Division:

James Cappabianca (Bandits)Cappabianca generated a ton of offense on Sunday, leading the Bandits to a sweep over the Panthers by going 4-for-7, scoring four runs and collecting three RBIs.

Mike Bukowski (Bandits) - Bukowski fired an absolute gem on Sunday, allowing just four hits over the course of a complete game to lock down a win for the Bandits. The right hander struck out five and allowed one unearned run in the 2-1 Game 2 win, and also clubbed a home run as an EH in Game 1.








Redwood Empire MSBL





Batting Line




Pitching Line

25+ NL

Sammy Bruno


3 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 1 RBI, 2B, BB


Brad Anderson


8+ IP, 9 H, 1 BB, 4 K's, 0 ER, W

25+ AL

Randall Theiller


3 AB, 2 R, 2 H, 1 RBI, 2B, 3B, BB, SB


Jason Georganas


7 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 8 K's, 0 ER, W

35+ CL

Ted Weber


4 AB, 2 R, 4 H, 3 RBI, 2B, SB


Barney Kaufman


6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K's, 1 ER, W

45+ FL

Dave Charos


2 AB, 1 R, 2 H, 3 RBI, 2 2B, BB, HBP


Dan Graham


7 IP, 9 H, 1 BB, 9 K's, 4 ER, W

55+ ML

Gary Nelson


5 AB, 0 R, 3 H, 3 RBI, 2 2B, 3B, SB


Larry Hendrickson


7 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K's, 1 ER, W

62+ LL

Mike Farris


4 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 2 RBI, 2 2B, 2 SB


Al Surges


5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 ER, W



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