Chesapeake MSBL 25+ Division
Spring Grove 9, Expos 1
Front Row (l-r): Jon Karsos, Jeff Bihy, Dustin Tarlow, Arnie Miller, Brendan Pifer Middle Row (l-r): Jason Schoppert, Dan Leonard, John Poss, Todd Perry, Brooks Rothschild, Greg Snyder, Joe Weidman, Anthony DiGiorgio
Back Row (l-r): Scott Gleiman, Buddy Breidenbaugh, Wade Keenan, Jarrett Smith, Andy Welling, Shawn Retz
Submitted by Duane Cordrey, League President
In their inaugural season in the Chesapeake Men’s Baseball League, Spring Grove Baseball Club managed by Todd Perry, made history by going a perfect 21-0 in the regular season and 6-0 in the playoffs to win the team’s first Chesapeake MSBL 25+ Division championship. Spring Grove Baseball Club, with an overall record of 27-0, outscored opponents 259-31 in the regular season and 53-3 in the playoffs for a total of 312 runs scored versus-34 runs allowed for the year.
The “Grovers” were led by Chesapeake MSBL 25+ Division Pitcher of the year, Brooks Rothschild, who went 8-0 with a 0.61 ERA, walking only 13 batters in 44 innings in the regular season. In the playoffs he went 2-0 pitching 2 complete games, giving up 3 Hits, striking out 14 and not giving up an earned run and capped his last pitching performance of the season by pitching a no-hitter in Championship Series. Pitchers Greg Snyder (6-0, 0.87 ERA) and Jarret Smith (3-0, 1.29 ERA, 30 K’s) also performed well on the bump for the Spring Grove throughout the season.
Not to be outdone, the offense carried their weight all season and was led by the hot bat of Dustin Tarlow. Tarlow batted .525 with a 1.385 OPS, which included 7 doubles, 4 triples, and a home run in regular season and continued into the playoffs going 9 for 11 at the plate with 4 stolen bases, 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, a triple, and a home run. Anchoring the middle of the order was Jeff Bihy, ( .500, 7 doubles, 24 RBIs) and Wade Keenan (.453, 25 RBIs). Danny Leonard (.561, 17 RBI), Brendon Pifer (.449, 16 RBIs), Andy Welling (.692, 13 RBIs), and Todd Perry (.514, 17 RBIs) who also had solid seasons at the plate.