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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, 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
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
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
Stars of the Week
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.
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
Redwood Empire MSBL
OF THE DAY
1 R, 2 H, 1 RBI, 2B, BB
IP, 9 H, 1 BB, 4 K's, 0 ER, W
2 R, 2 H, 1 RBI, 2B, 3B, BB, SB
4 H, 4 BB, 8 K's, 0 ER, W
2 R, 4 H, 3 RBI, 2B, SB
3 H, 2 BB, 5 K's, 1 ER, W
1 R, 2 H, 3 RBI, 2 2B, BB, HBP
9 H, 1 BB, 9 K's, 4 ER, W
0 R, 3 H, 3 RBI, 2 2B, 3B, SB
6 H, 1 BB, 5 K's, 1 ER, W
2 R, 3 H, 2 RBI, 2 2B, 2 SB
3 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 0 ER, W