Southern Wisconsin MABL, 35+ Division
Karben4 Athletics 9, Monarchs 1
Standing L-R: Brent Perzentka, Dan Haueter, Rich Rydecki, Andy DeRocher, Mike Rennicke, Craig Sauer, John Barton. Kneeling L-R: Josh Glascock, Paul Orlowski, Jeff Stone, Bill Coker, Mike Schoonveld, Jeff Jenkins, Mike Kauffmann. Not Pictured: Bill Murphy and Perry Armstrong
‘Haueter Powers Up With Two Dingers’
Submitted by Michael Schoonveld, Athletics manager
The 2018 Karben4 Athletics culminated a successful season with a 9-1 victory in the MABL Southern Wisconsin 35+ championship over perennial rival Monarchs.
The championship game, like four of the previous five years, matched the Monarchs and the A’s for all the marbles. The Monarchs had a five-year reign on the league crown after knocking off the A’s each time they met in the regular season finale. 2018 however, would provide the outcome the Athletics desired.
The A’s bats were smoking from the start as they plated four runs in the first thanks in part to Dan Haueter’s 2-run homer. A single run in the third and 2-run innings in the fifth and seventh gave the A’s a commanding 9-0 lead. 2-run homers off the bats of Mike Schoonveld and, once again, Dan Haueter were the sources of the insurance runs as the game went on. Jeff Jenkins was masterful on the mound, going the distance with nine strikeouts and allowing only one unearned run in the bottom of the ninth to give the A’s the championship.
2018 proved to be a great season for MABL Southern Wisconsin, which lived up to its ‘MSBL National League of the Month’ award in early 2018. Each team improved as the league became more competitive top to bottom, and most importantly gave over 150 middle aged men a place to play baseball every Friday night from April through October in Wisconsin. Thanks to the umpires, MABL National, and all the players for making 2018 a great season!