Bay Area MSBL, 50+ Division
Giants 9, Seals 3 (Game two in best of three championship series sweep)
‘Nando Takes Charge on the Bump in Championship Series’
In game one, which ended Giants 17, Seals 7, saw pitcher Fernando Naranjo getting the win going while going seven, with seven K’s. “Nando” helped himself out at the plate going 3-3 with four RBI in the leadoff spot. Mike Denevi (3b and P) went 3-4 with three RBI and closed the game on the mound pitching a scoreless inning. Center fielder Michael Black hit last and ran for both Naranjo and Denevi, scoring the game’s first two runs in the first inning! He also went 1-3 with a single and a walk and a total of five runs scored. The team had 20 hits and batted 12 hitters with everyone contributing.
In the final game, Naranjo went complete, scattering seven hits on two earned runs with five K’s. Nando was sawing off bats and the defense played a clean game with the added challenge of facing directly into the sun. Fortunately, most of Nando’s outs came on the ground and the infield was solid.
Once again, the Giants lineup went to work with 14 hits, three walks, and only one strikeout. The top five in the lineup, Fernando Naranjo, John Hughes, Mike Denevi, Bill Magoolaghan, and Mike Wilgus, collectively went 8-18 with two walks, and with Michael Black batting last again (1-3, 2 RBI, 3 runs scored) they put pressure on the Seals defense with his legs. Nando dominated the Seals hitters on the bump and the Giants played one of their most complete games of the year to win their 11th BAMSBL title over the past 20 years.
The 2021 Bay Area MSBL 50+ Giants, managed by Michael Black and Pat Carroll (HOF ’99) went 13-3 on the regular season and swept through the playoffs to win their 11th BAMSBL title and third in the past five years! The Giants were led on the mound by Fernando Naranjo, Mike Denevi, and Mike Miller whose combined ERA was 2.62! Fernando was the ace of the staff and the league, leading in most statistical categories.
As a team, the Giants batted .442, had an OB% of .529 and an OPS 1.067 and led the league in runs scored with 213. They were led at the plate offensively by Fernando Naranja, John Hughes, and Mike Denevi, who batted .630, .594, .545 respectively.
In total, they had seven playoff eligible hitters who batted over .500 on the season, many of whom were top 10 in most league-wide stats. It was a great year for the Giants and they look forward to defending their title in 2022.