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45 Cactus wood bat champion Dallas Orioles
Iron-man catcher Mike Briguglio leads Dallas to ring
Dallas Orioles 9, Montebello Angels 3
By Jason Johnson, MSBLNational.com
Mesa Hohokam Park, November 3, 2012– Three days before the championship game in the 45 Wood Bat Cactus division, a
spider bite sent Montebello Angels’ pitcher Robert Oskin to the hospital.
Doctors eventually cleared him to rejoin the team, but in
typical dugout fashion his teammates pounced on the opportunity and quickly
renamed the talented pitcher and manager "Spiderman.”
Unfortunately for the Angels, not even Spiderman could
stop the Dallas Orioles who rustled up a Texas-sized, 9-3 win in the 45 and
over Cactus Division championship.
"I thought it was a very good game,” said O’s manager
Mark Moore. "Both teams executed well and I think we played a flawless game.”
The Angels jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning
when Jose Ybarra drove a double over the centerfielder’s head scoring manager
Fugi Esparza. Ybarra was on fire for the Angels with three hits on the
In the fourth inning, however, the Orioles’ bats came
alive as they scored three runs. Vernon Wells had the big hit in the inning
when he lined a double to left field to drive in Jorge Sanchez and Mark
Weideman. David Thrall capped the scoring with an RBI single to drive in Wells.
"We started off slow on the hitting but we came around,” said Moore.
With the O’s leading 4-2 in the sixth inning their
offense exploded for five runs led by two-run singles from Sanchez and Kevin
O’s starting pitcher Bob Williamson cruised to a complete
game victory striking out four while Mike Briguglio was named the team MVP for
catching six consecutive games and for being a strong leader in the clubhouse.
"He hit the ball well and was definitely a team leader on
the bench,” said Moore. "He kept everybody focused and did a great job. He
The Angels were making their first championship game
appearance, and manager Esparza talked about what the team needs to do to get
back to the championship. "What I really learned is that executing plays is
very key in this game,” said Esparza. "Baseball is never going to change. If we
don’t execute plays it’s a loss.”
The team did execute well enough to earn a 5-1 round
robin record, and players said the experience in bringing together players from
Texas and California was a good one. Earlier in the week the team went out to
dinner and relived baseball experiences from when they were younger and from
the tournament that week.
"Everybody was recalling moments in their life from when
they were young and how baseball helped them meet other people,” said Esparaza.
"We were also teasing each other about funny moments and plays we had during
the week. We were cracking jokes on each other and having a good old time.”
The Angels defeated the Bay Area Giants 5-1 and the
Connecticut Navigators 15-4 in the playoffs with Pablo Perez earning the win in
In the semifinals the O’s defeated the Columbus Dodgers
15-6 to earn a championship berth. Don George earned the win.
"Collectively as a group we played real well together,”
said Moore. "Everybody has pulled their weight for sure.”