MUNY-Buffalo MSBL, 35+ Division
Erie Buffalo Baseball Club 4, Bulldogs 2
Submitted by James Lacki
August 27, 2021 – For the second consecutive night, Buffalo MSBL returned to Losson Park in Cheektowaga, NY to crown a champion. This night, it was in the 35+ division. The Erie Buffalo Baseball Club faced the Bulldogs for the second straight year in the title game.
It was another beautiful night for baseball, especially if you were an Erie Buffalo fan as the organization won its second championship in three nights.
Erie Buffalo was led by the brilliant pitching of Mark Scudder. He scattered four hits over seven innings, allowing two runs to earn the victory. Scudder impressively faced the minimum 15 batters over the final five innings.
An RBI single by Chris Snusz put Erie Buffalo in the lead after the first inning.The Bulldogs plated two runs in the top of the second, but the lead did not last long as Erie Buffalo wasted no time evening the score in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI single by Craig Leone. The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth.
John Catanzaro led the inning off with a bunt single. Snusz reached on an error and Dan Potwora loaded the bases after getting a base hit. That brought Kevin Nowak to the plate. He laced a single up the middle, scoring Catanzaro and Snusz. In the bottom half of the seventh, Scudder would retire the side in order to secure another championship victory for Erie Buffalo.
Ralph Proulx (MSBL HOF ‘10) league President, completed the Trifecta. Three championships in three nights. He managed the Erie Buffalo 25+ and 35+ teams to championships and earned a championship in the 45+ division as a player with The Buffalo Nine.
‘These are my guys. I love them all. They come to play every game and get it done.’ – Proulx
Other members of the team not previously mentioned are John Barberio, Fred Falkowski, Joe Ferrando, Jim Galbo (coach) Dennis Gawronski (MSBL WS HOF ’17), Dean Gregoire, Glenn Hauptman (coach), Jim Lacki, Mike LaRosa, Matt Rosenow, Jeremy Ross and Paul Yemma.