Sacramento Men’s Baseball League, 35+ Night League National
Capital Yankees 8, Golden State Pirates 5
‘Yankees Cop Title in First Year’
Submitted by Alex Castro, Yankees manager
We were a first year team in the Sacramento Men’s Baseball League and my first time simultaneously both managing and playing and we were very fortunate to have taken the title.
It was an unprecedented championship, as we lost the first game of the best of three championship series, 11-2 to the Golden State Pirates, an established team that has won several times in the league and also in tournaments on the west coast. Things weren’t looking too good for us. Then in the second game we were down 9-2 in the second inning and we rallied back to win 10-9 on a walk off sac fly by Sterling Odom. What a game!
In game three we faced Lou Fisher, former AA pitcher for the Cubs. We got ahead early with four runs in the top of the first with singles from Chris Murphy and Warren Alston, followed by a double by Chris Jones. We combined some good hitting and great heads up base running by Micheal Huddleston and after that we never looked back, winning the game 8-5.
I enjoyed my time on the mound as I ended up pitching 25 out of the 27 Innings in the postseason, including an 11-2 complete game win in the semis versus the 51’s, another well-established team. My complete game championship victory against the Pirates on two days rest was very special. Talk about luck being on your side when it mattered! Overall it was a great season with a great bunch of guys that were out there enjoying the game we love.