Fresno MSBL, 50+ Division

HardCor 16, Knights 1

Submitted by Tim Fujioka, HardCor manager

2019 was another great season for the HardCor 50+ (50+ Pitchers, 45+ Players) of the Fresno MSBL. It was anybody’s year with great competition throughout the season. Mig Arellano did a good job early getting us through a couple innings on the mound before Auggie Hernandez could close it out.

Mid-season I found an ex-baseball player on the Pickleball courts, Brooks Gist. Brooks joined the team and said he hadn’t pitched since little league. To our surprise he still had a live arm and fit right in to the HardCor rotation. With some good defense and great plate appearances by everyone we were able to come up with some very close wins in late innings. The Riders always gave us trouble in league and playoffs, so the road to the finals was not easy.

In the Championship game, the Knights took an early lead 1-0 in the top of the first but we responded with four runs of our own and did not look back from there. Brooks Gist went the distance on the mound with a great defense and timely hits behind him for the win. Looking forward to defending the title in 2020.