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2018 Jazz Extinguish Dragons for 65+ Title in Redwood Empire Baseball League

Redwood Empire Baseball League, 65+ Division

Jazz 8, Dragons 7 (11 innings)


‘Jazz Fight Back in Late Innings to Secure Title’

Submitted by Ralph Leef

Led by the hot bat of center fielder Matt Dockstader, the Jazz defeated the Dragons to capture a third consecutive 65+ Redwood Empire Baseball League title. Dockstader, the championship series MVP, batted .773 in the playoffs — tops among all Legends League playoff hitters. Don Johannsen (.727) and Dale Skinner (.636) led the Dragons’ offense in five playoff games.

Third baseman Bill Delaney (.522) singled home Mike Farris with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning for the Jazz in the deciding game of the best-of-three championship series. The Jazz were held in check by hard-throwing Larry Hendrickson, but scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings.

The Dragons, 17-2 in their inaugural Legends League season, defeated the Jazz, 13-9, in the championship series opener behind the complete-game pitching of Rich Mangini. The Jazz came back with a 26-8 victory behind the pitching of 73-year-old pitcher David “Doc” Charp in the first game on Sunday and then rode the arms of Charp (6.1 innings) and 72-year-old Frank Milian (4.2 innings) in the championship game that same day.

Milian, who pitched all nine innings in Saturday’s game one loss, picked up the title game win. Dockstader was 17×22 with five doubles, 14 RBI and 10 runs scored. Teammate Ralph Leef batted .556 and Robert McGregor .520 with two doubles and two triples. Dragon player/manager Allan Green backed Johannsen and Skinner with a .550 playoff average for the Dragons.

The Jazz have a 57-4 record in the first three years of the REBL’s Legend League.

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2018 Brookside Baseball Club Wins Title in NE Wisconsin MSBL

 NE Wisconsin MSBL 

Brookside Baseball Club 4, Cubs 3 

‘Late Inning Heroics Clinch Title’

By Joe Viau, NE Wisconsin League President

The Brookside Baseball Club finished the regular season with a 12-2 overall record and the #2 seed for the playoffs.  In the first round of the playoffs they faced the #3 seed Appleton Foxes, who held them scoreless through eight innings.  However, in the bottom of the ninth down 3-0 the BBC started their comeback.  Singles from Jared Henne and Justin Sutrick started the inning followed by an RBI single from Mike Hillberg, making it 3-1.  Chad Ljunggren then had a bunt single to load the bases.  With one out clean-up hitter Michael Maedke hit a walk-off grand slam to left center field to win the game 5-3 and advance to the championship series.  Mark Radke tossed all nine innings for the win.

In game one of the championship series against the Cubs first round hero Michael Maedke went eight strong innings on the mound and Nate Sutrick picked up the save pitching the ninth for a 6-3 win.  BBC was powered by a 5-run fifth inning highlighted by a home run by Adam Enwiya.  In game two of the series Mark Radke went eight strong innings on the mound and Nate Sutrick again had the save.  The game was tied in the bottom of the eighth inning when Adam Enwiya lead off with a hit by pitch, stole second base, and scored on the game winning double by Chris Rhode.

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2018 River Bandits Claim Central League Championship in Chicago Midwest Suburban

Chicago Midwest Suburban MABL, Central League

Chicago River Bandits 9, Lake Zurich Knights 7

’20 Win Season Best in Team History’

Submitted by Tristan Hunt

The Chicago River Bandits finished its 2018 Chicago Midwest Suburban League Central League regular season with a 20-2 season record, which is the best record recorded in their franchise history dating back since 1996. The River Bandits entered the MSL playoffs as a #1 Seed. The Bandits got a first round bye and faced the 16-6 Elgin Dirtbags in the semi-finials. That series ended with the Bandits winning two games to one, which ended in a dramatic ninth inning come from behind victory by scoring seven runs to win the series. The River Bandits then faced the 20-2 Lake Zurich Knights in the MSL central league finals.

In game one, MSL Central league Cy Young Winner Brannan Baker pitched all nine innings, striking out 12 batters, allowing only six hits and giving up only two earned runs in the River Bandit’s victory over the Knights. Tristan Hunt, Matt Enright and Eric Solis all each had two hits, which help win game one 7 to 3.

In game two, the River Bandits took an early four run lead, but the Knights came back to tie it up in fourth inning. Matt Bronstein and Jerome Merritt both had three hits apiece but the Bandits left 14 base runners on base and could only tac on one more run, ending the game 7-5 in favor of the Knights.

The final game in the best of three series became an epic pitching showdown once again between River Bandits CY Young winner Brannan Baker and Knights ace starter Chris Barth, who hasn’t lost a game all season. Brannan Baker notched a complete game victory, striking out eight and allowing only five earned runs over the Knights. Rookie Mike Kallay had three hits and Matt Enright tagged three hits as well, as Matt’s RBI double in the bottom of the eighth gave the Bandits the lead and victory over the Knights 9 to 7.  That victory marks the sixth league Championship in Bandits history.

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MSBL’s Best Kept Secret: Las Vegas Rattlers

By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications

There’s an MSBL powerhouse tournament team lurking in the desert in Las Vegas just waiting to assemble and make you wish you hadn’t seen them in your division.

The Las Vegas Rattlers, assembled and managed by veteran player/manager Manny Ocampo, will once again be competing in the upcoming MSBL Desert Classic in Palm Springs, January 19-21, a tournament they won last year while representing the 35+ American division.  Pitcher Dave Scanlon pitched seven and a half innings in the championship game to secure the win while Alfonso Gandara closed it out.

“The Rattlers is a team comprised of five of my nephews and two brothers in law,” said Ocampo. “Our Desert Classic team has become a yearly family event.  Any other players on the team quickly become part of our family, too.  We are a very closely knit team, on and off the field and wherever we are playing.”

The Rattlers are also champions of past MSBL Las Vegas Kickoff Classics and Las Vegas Opens, tourneys that take place every March and Memorial Day weekends in May.  They are also in the thick of things ever year at the MSBL World Series in Arizona and are continually seen in their division’s championship games and usually once again fighting for the trophy.

“The beauty of the Rattlers is that all of our players return so we have the continuity of the same players, every year. But most importantly, win or lose we have a great time!”

If you would like to become involved in this year’s Desert Classic in January there is still room.  You can call the MSBL offices at 631-753-6725 or email info@msblnational.com.

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2018 Capital Yankees Win Title in First Year in Sacramento 35+ Night League

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.

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MSBL/MABL National League and Tournament Rule Guidelines

While a majority of the rules that follow directly come from the MSBL/MABL Rules and Regulations-January 2019, there are issues which are tournament-specific. With this thought in mind, the National Rules Committee has put together these rules, which will apply for this year’s tournaments. These rules, as they relate to the MSBL/MABL National Tournaments, are definitive and supersede any other sets of rules that the MSBL/MABL, or your local league, may have.  These rules are also the basis for our league associated rules and regulations and should be used as that guideline as well. They will also appear in your tournament scorebook.

Index

1. Uniforms

2. Helmets

3. Alcoholic Beverages

4. Equipment

5. Number of Players

6. Courtesy Runners

7. Lineup

8. Age Requirement

9. Length of Games, Ties and Arbitrarily ‘Stopping Play’

10. Collisions, Decoys and Slide Rule

11. Intentional Walks and Hit Batsmen

12. Protests and Make Ups

13. Player and Team Participant Requirements

Rule 1 – Uniforms

There will be no requirement that all team members wear matching uniform tops and hats at our four January – May tournaments (Holiday Classic, Desert Classic, Kickoff Classic, Las Vegas Open).  We would encourage teams to try and match uniform tops as best as possible.  For the World Series and Fall Classic, the rule is mandatory for matching uniforms and hats!    In addition, uniform numbers are mandatory on the back of the uniform shirts and each player must have a differentiating number.  In the World Series and Fall Classic, a player may be denied participation without a matching uniform or “select” number.  All Base Coaches must be in full uniform as well.  In addition, rosters must be exchanged before each game detailing each player’s name an uniform number, not only for players attending that game, but the entire tournament approved roster.  If not presented, this is protestable and a forfeit can be given.

Rule 2 – Helmets

All batters and runners must wear a helmet with at least one earflap.  The MSBL/MABL strongly urges that all helmets are double ear flapped, but at a minimum, the batter’s ear that faces the pitcher must be covered by an earflap.

Catchers, while playing defense, must wear a protective helmet.

All base coaches are also required to wear protective head gear while on the field of play and be in full uniform.

There will be NO deviations/exemptions from this rule.

Rule 3 – Alcoholic Beverages

No alcoholic beverages of any kind are permitted on the field or in the dugout during any National Tournament game.  Please keep the consumption of these types of beverages limited to those areas away from the field or dugouts, and are also excluded from parking lots!  Any participant who is found to be drinking during a game will be ejected and is subject to expulsion from the tournament.

Alcohol is also not permitted in the parking lot of any fields used for our national tournaments.

Rule 4 – Equipment

All Divisions are Wood Bat Only.  Composite and metal-wood bats are permissible for Wood Bat only divisions.  Upon protest, the penalty for using an illegal bat will be an out for the violating player.

Rule 5 – Number of Players

Teams must have eight (8) players for an official game.  The team may borrow one player from the opposing team if the manager of this team consents.  The team with eight may also borrow a player from a team other than the one that they are playing if, and only if, the opposing manager consents.  Games will be forfeited if a team can not field at least eight players within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time, or officially adjusted starting time.  If a team has nine players only and therefore bats nine players only, the opposing team will have the option of batting nine players as well.

Rule 6 – Courtesy Runners

Players that will need courtesy runners must have their manager notify the opposing manager and home plate umpire at the home plate meeting.  Otherwise, the opposing manager has the right to refuse the courtesy runner.  Each team will be allowed a maximum of two players per game who can be classified as needing a courtesy runner.  Each time a designated player reaches base, he will call time out and at that point will be replaced by the last batted out.  If the last batted out also is listed as needing a courtesy runner, the second to last batted out will run.  In the case that no outs have been recorded when the designated player reaches base, the last batter in the lineup will act as the last batted out.

In the event that a player becomes injured during a game, and the maximum number of courtesy runners (2) have been designated, a pinch runner must be used and no courtesy runner will be allowed.

If the offensive team replaces the runner with the wrong courtesy runner (a player that was not the last batted out) and the opposing team protests before the next pitch, then the original runner must run and the right to use the courtesy runner for this particular batter will be forfeited for the balance of the game.

If the original runner inadvertently runs for himself and the opposing team protests after the first pitch, the right to use the courtesy runner for this particular batter will be forfeited for the balance of the game.

If the right to use a courtesy runner is forfeited by violating any of the three rules above, the offending team will not have the right to use another courtesy runner for an injured player.

(For example: A team designates 2 courtesy runners prior to the game and in the 4th inning, one of the designated runners inadvertently runs for himself.  That player then forfeits his right to a courtesy runner for the remainder of the game and the team may only use the one other courtesy runner originally designated.  Should a player get injured after this, that player must be pinch run for.)

In the event of an A/B batting position batter needing a courtesy runner, the other batting position would be the courtesy runner.  (For example:  If the position B batter needs a courtesy runner, the A batter will be the courtesy runner for B instead of the last batted out.)

All 55+/60+/65+/70+/73+ Divisions must the Shared Batting Position Rule only.  The manager uses two players to share one batting position in the offensive lineup and during the game the manager decides who bats each time the batting position comes up.  This can be implemented at the start of a game or can be added anytime during the game.  He can then use the other player to run if he chooses to do so.  When a player is used as a base runner in the Shared Position, he MUST bat the next time his position in the order comes to the plate.  After that point, either of the Shared Runners may bat in this position.  There is no limit to the number of shared line-up positions.  Any player sharing a batting position is locked in that position for the duration of the game and cannot be used in any other batting order position.  This rule replaces both A/B and courtesy runners.  If teams choose to use the A/B and Courtesy Runner instead of the Shared Runner, they are entitled.

Rule 7 – Lineup

For the sake of fairness and accuracy, the entire team’s roster, including last names and uniform numbers and not just the starting lineups, must be exchanged by teams before the start of each game.

The Rules Committee suggests that teams come to the event with a complete prepared roster form with all of the above stated information.

Offensively

Each manager has the prerogative to bat as many players in his initial lineup as long as there are at least ten (10) hitters.  If the manager wishes to add players to the bottom of the lineup (i.e. hitting positions 11, 12, 13, 14, etc.), he may do so at any time.  Added players to the bottom of the line-up may be added as individual hitters or as A/B.  Any added player to the bottom of the lineup or pinch hitter must notify the opposing team manager of the batting order change.  If no notification is made, and proper protest is made, an automatic out will be assessed to that batter.  If a player is pinch hit for, he may not re-enter the game as a hitter, but may stay in the game defensively.  Batters may not be deleted or skipped over, regardless of their batting position or when they were added to the game.  If a team increases the size of their lineup to 15 hitters, they must always have 15 hitters in their lineup.  If a team has more than 9 players and still only bats 9, they will be assessed an out each time the 10th batting position is skipped.  Batting only 9 players is NOT a protestable offense.

An exception exists to this aspect of the rule.  If a player is forced to leave a game due to injury or ejection, a reserve player, not previously entered into the game as a hitter, must hit in the replaced batter’s place.  If there are no reserves who can replace the individual, the spot is skipped and all hitters below that position move up. The first time this vacated spot comes up in the batting order, an out will be assessed.  After that one time, no out will be recorded for skipping the spot vacated by the displaced player.

A team MAY declare at the time that lineups are exchanged prior to the start of play that any batting order position will be occupied by two (2) players in each such batting position.  That is, 3A/3B, 10A/10B, etc.  The first time that position 3 gets an at bat, 3A would hit and the next time this slot hits, 3B would be up.  Then 3A hits the third time this spot in the order comes up, and so on, alternating between these two players throughout the game.  Once a team declares the use of this A/B system, it must continue using it for the remainder of the game. Hitters in the A/B position from the batting order may be pinch hit for, just as any other player.  An A/B position may be added to the bottom of the lineup at any time during the game.  Teams can not add a “B” batter to an existing lineup spot once the game begins.

In the case that a team bats a player not designated on the roster given to the home plate umpire and the opposing team, that player, upon proper protest, will be found illegal and declared out after one pitch is thrown.  The opposing team must protest this illegal player at the time of the offense.  Penalties will not be retroactive and teams may not protest the use of this illegal player once the game is completed.  If the team feels the player is not on the team’s tournament roster, then the protest needs to be lodged.

In the case that a team has mistakenly put the wrong numbers for their players on the lineup given to the home plate umpire and the opposing team, the team will correct the error(s) with no penalty.

The penalty for a team having a player bat out of turn is an out, if protested before the first pitch.

Defensively

All players may be substituted for, at any time, except the pitcher.  Defensive players need not be in your batting order.  In regards to substituting for the pitcher, if he is removed from the mound, he may only re-enter as a pitcher once in a game and must wait until the start of the next inning before he can resume pitching regardless of whether he stays in the game (i.e. as the right fielder).  This can only be done once per game, irrespective of the number of pitchers.

Rule 8 – Age Requirement

Needless to say, this is a critical issue surrounding the integrity of our league and the individual team.  A manager has the right to question the age of opposing team members and we therefore require that all players/managers carry some form of photo identification (government or state issued) that indicates their date of birth.  All participants should keep this identification with them during all games and if a manager believes that a player is underage, he should play the game under protest by notifying the home plate umpire and the opposing team manager.  This protest must then be filed in person at the National Tournament Headquarters and the Rules Committee will hear the case promptly.  If it is found that a player or players should not be participating in the tournament, then the offending team will forfeit that game on which the protest was filed, and any other games the offending individual participated in.

Players must be 18 years of age by the first game of their respective divisions to participate.  There is no upward age limit for the MABL Division, therefore anyone over the age of 18 can be a part of the MABL event.  In order to participate in the Father/Son division, sons must be at least 16 years of age.

The National Tournament Rules Committee will continue its position regarding the ruling that all individuals that play in the 25+, 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+ and 73+ Divisions must turn 25, 30+, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 or 73 during the calendar year.  Therefore, if a player turns 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 or 73 by December 31, 2018, he is eligible to participate in his respective division without an age exemption.

The MSBL Tournament Staff reserves the right to grant an age exemption when proper reasons allow.  All age exemption requests MUST be submitted IN WRITING to the national office.  The Tournament Staff will have copies of all accepted waivers at the tournament and it is strongly suggested the team that requested the exemption carry a copy of the approved exemption with them. (See exemption information in prior file)

Rule 9 – Length of Games, Ties and Arbitrarily “Stopping Play”

All National Tournament games, with the potential exception of some playoff situations and/or weather related, are scheduled to be 9 innings in length.  However, due to the large load of games to be played and our schedule constraints, no inning may start after 3:00 of the actual start time, not the scheduled start time.  (For January – May National tournaments, this may be changed to 2:30 or 2:45.)  The official start of the clock is with the first pitch.  Please keep in mind that all innings that start before you reach the 3:00 point must be played to completion.  There is no reverting back to the last inning or starting a new inning if the score is tied and you have played 3:02, etc.  If, during the home team’s at bat, time expires with the home team leading, the game will stop at the point the 3 hour time limit has been reached.  Once the 3rd out is recorded in the bottom of an inning, the new inning immediately begins.  For example, if the third out is recorded in the bottom of the 8th inning and 2 hours and 58 minutes have elapsed in the game clock, the 9th inning immediately begins and may be started.

Teams cannot arbitrarily stop a game (quit) if the score is lopsided and the team that is losing decides it does not want anymore runs scored against them.  If a team “quits” before the time limit or 9 innings, the final score will be changed to reflect 10 additional runs times the # of unplayed innings.  The game must be played a minimum of 5 innings/2 hours for this rule to be in effect.  In addition, no team can arbitrarily forfeit a game because they will “benefit” by not playing.  Any team that purposefully forfeits a game will be ineligible for the playoffs.

Games can still end in a tie and standings are determined by points.  For example, your team will receive two points for every win you post, one point for a tie and zero points for a loss.  Obviously, the team with the most points will win their respective division and advance to the playoffs.

Rule 10 – Collisions, Decoys and Slide Rule

Collision Rule

The rules committee is concerned about possible unnecessary and violent collisions that may occur with the catcher at home plate, and with infielders at all bases. The intent of this rule is to encourage base runners and defensive players to avoid such collisions whenever possible.

  1. When there is a collision between a runner and a fielder who clearly is in possession of the ball, the umpire shall judge:

(1) Whether the collision by the runner was avoidable (could the runner have reached the base without colliding) or unavoidable (the runner’s path to the base was blocked) or

(2) Whether the runner actually was attempting to reach the base (plate) or attempting to dislodge the ball from the fielder.

PENALTY—If the runner, a) could have avoided the collision and reached the base, or b) attempted to dislodge the ball, the runner shall be declared out even if the fielder loses possession of the ball. The ball is dead and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the interference.

(3) If the fielder blocks the path of the base runner to the base (plate), the runner may make contact or slide into, a fielder as long as the runner is making a legitimate attempt to reach the base or plate.

(4) If the collision by the runner was flagrant, the runner shall be declared out and also ejected from the contest. The ball shall be declared dead

  1. If the defensive player blocks the base (plate) or base line clearly without possession of the ball, obstruction shall be called. The runner is safe and an immediate dead ball shall be called.

(1) If the base runner collides flagrantly, the runner shall be declared safe on the

obstruction, but will be ejected from the contest. The ball is dead.

Decoy Rule

Any fielder may use a decoy only if it serves a strategic purpose.  For example, if a fielder, who sees a man attempting to steal second base during a hit and run, looks upward into the sky and says that he’s got the pop-up when in fact the ball has been hit on ground is a legal decoy as it may cause the runner to retreat to first base and prevent him from advancing.

However, if a fielder fakes a tag, forcing a player to slide, when there is no strategic purpose or apparent play, the runner will be ruled safe and all runners will advance one base.

This is entirely an umpire judgment decision and not a rule that may be protested. 

Force Play Slide Rule

The intent of the force-play-slide rule is to ensure the safety of the defensive player. This is a safety as well as an interference rule. Whether the defense could have completed the double play has no bearing on the applicability of this rule. This rule pertains to a force-play situation at any base, regardless of the number of outs.

  1. On any force play, the runner must slide on the ground and in a direct line between the two bases.

Exception—A runner need not slide directly into a base as long as the runner slides or runs in a direction away from the fielder to avoid making contact or altering the play of the fielder.

(1) “On the ground” means either a head-first slide or a slide with one leg and buttock on the ground.

(2) “Directly into a base” means the runner’s entire body (feet, legs, trunk and arms) must stay in a straight line between the bases.

(3) If a runner goes into a base standing up and does not make contact or alter the play of the defensive player, interference shall not be called.

  1. Contact with a fielder is legal and interference shall not be called if the runner:

(1) Makes a legal slide directly to the base, or

(2) Is on the ground at the time of contact and the fielder moves directly down the line between the two bases to attempt a play.

(3) Makes a legal slide and makes contact with a defensive player who is on or over, but not beyond, the base.

(4) When the base runner slides beyond the base, but does not (a) make contact with, or (b) alter the play of the defensive player, interference shall not be called.

  1. Actions by a runner are illegal and interference shall be called if:

(1) The runner slides or runs out of the base line in the direction of the fielder;

(2) The runner uses a rolling, cross-body or pop-up slide and either makes contact with or alters the play of a fielder;

(3) The runner’s raised leg makes contact higher than the fielder’s knee when in a standing position;

(4) The runner goes beyond the base and either makes contact with or alters the play of the fielder;

(a) Beyond the base” means any part of the offensive player’s body makes contact with or alters the play of the fielder beyond the base.

(5) The runner slashes or kicks the fielder with either leg;

(6) The runner illegally slides toward or contacts the fielder even if the fielder makes no attempt to throw to complete a play.

PENALTY:(1) With less than two outs, the batter-runner, as well as the interfering runner, shall be declared out and no other runner(s) shall advance.

(2) With two outs, the interfering runner shall be declared out and no other runner(s) shall advance.

(3) If the runner’s slide or collision is flagrant, the runner shall be ejected from the contest.

(4) If the bases are loaded with no outs, a double-play attempt is made, and interference is called, all other runners must return to their original bases.

Rule 11 – Intentional Walks and Hit Batsmen

Each team is allowed to intentionally walk an opposing team player once in a game.  Therefore, the total number of intentional walks each team is allowed each game is one.  The team in the field will notify the home plate umpire of the intended intentional walk and the batter will automatically be awarded first base.  No pitches are thrown.

If a pitcher hits four (4) batters in one game, the pitcher must be removed.

Rule 12 – Protests and Makeups

All protests must be lodged with the Tournament Director within a reasonable time frame after the completion of the game in question.  All protests will be decided by the Rules Committee.

Protests regarding a player’s eligibility must be made before the game or as soon as the player in question enters the game, offensively or defensively or directly right after the game.

In the event of a rained out game or games, every effort will be made to make up the contest(s), but this is not guaranteed.

Rule 13 – Player and Team Participation Requirements

Determination of eligibility to participate in the MSBL/MABL National Tournaments will be based solely on the decision of the National Tournaments Rules Committee.

To be eligible to play in the playoffs and championship game, a player must have had at least one plate appearance in 2 round robin games or have pitched 3 outs in each of 2 round robin games or a combination of the two (ie: Pitch 3 outs in one game and 1 plate appearance in another) within the preliminary round robin.  This must be documented in your scorebook and the scorebook of your opponent or the player(s) would be deemed ineligible.

General Participation Requirements

In order for a player to participate in the 2019 National Tournaments, he must be a member of a team from that MSBL/MABL league’s regular season roster that was submitted to MSBL/MABL National.  Further, he must have fulfilled all financial responsibilities to the local MSBL/MABL league, as well as MSBL/MABL National, or be an approved pool player.

  1. The National Tournament Committee retains its right to issue exemptions where the best interests of the tournament and organization are served.

In regard to players wanting to switch teams once they are at a National Tournament, no player may play for any team in the World Series or Fall Classic other than the team that he has been registered as a member of on the rosters that are submitted to MSBL/MABL National.  If a player attempts to switch teams once a National Tournament begins, the player will be removed from the tournament and the team who utilized this switching team member will be forced to forfeit all wins that they have accumulated in the tournament, even those acquired before the player in question joined them.  Furthermore, no player can play on two different teams within the same week of play (i.e. playing in the 35+ Central division and the 35+ Cactus division in the same week of tournament play) unless permission is granted.

Very select exceptions will be made for 25+/30+/35+/40+/45+/50+/55+/60+/65+/70+/73+ week only with those players paying two full fees.

Pool Players

In order to encourage the widest possible participation in National Tournaments, players who wish to enter National Tournaments and who are members of a local league not entered in the tournament may become “free agents” and join and/or be assigned to a team from another league entering the tournament.  This program is not intended to encourage the assembly of “national all-star teams”, but it’s primary purpose is to foster participation for all leagues and their members.

Ex Professional Ballplayers Requirements

A player must be out of professional baseball (A, AA, AAA, or Major League) for three complete seasons before becoming eligible to participate in MSBL/MABL National Tournaments.  Therefore, for the 2019 World Series and Fall Classic, any player who received compensation AND participated with a professional baseball team (A, AA, AAA or Major League) during 2017 or more recently is ineligible unless given special permission to participate by the National Tournament Rules Committee.

A player who played in a Rookie League, Independent League or who was invited to a Major League Spring Training and then released without playing for a minor league affiliate will not be held to the requirements listed above, except for Central Division and Cactus Division.  See specific Ex-Pro rules by Division

For all Central Divisions – If a player has played pro ball (with the exception of Major Leagues) and has been out of pro ball for 20 years, this player is eligible to play in the Central Division.  Ex-Pros are limited to 2 per team with no restrictions to position or limitation to round robin, playoff or Championship appearance..  In reference to players who played Rookie or Independent League baseball only, these players are ineligible unless they are out 10 years for Central.  No allowed Independent/Rookie League players would be eligible to pitch, even if they did not pitch in their pro careers except for the 45+/50+/55+/60+/65+ Central Divisions.

For all Cactus Divisions – For Cactus Division, Ex-Pro (AAA, AA, A) players are not allowed no matter the length of time out unless out of Pro Ball 30 years and played no higher than A ball.  In reference to players who played Rookie or Independent League baseball only, these players are ineligible unless they are out 15 years for Cactus. 

No allowed Independent/Rookie League players would be eligible to pitch, even if they did not pitch in their pro careers, except for Divisions 45+ and higher.

Ex-Pro Guidelines

•    A Level – Any Player who appeared on a AAA or Major League Roster

•    B Level – Any Player who appeared on a A or AA Roster

Division Allowances of Ex-Pros
National No limit on number of Ex-Pros, as long as out 3 years
American Two A Level & Two B Level Ex-Pros, as long as out 3 years
Federal/Mountain 2 B Level Ex-Pros as long as out 3 years
Central See Above
Cactus See Above

The fact that a player has played professional baseball at any level for any length of time must be disclosed on the roster submitted to MSBL tournament organizers.  Failure to disclose a player’s ex-professional status may result in disqualification of the player and forfeiture of any games in which the player participated.

Central & Cactus Division Requirements

In these divisions, for MABL, 25+, 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+ and 60+, 65+, where equality is the key word, there are several specific requirements which apply to the Central and Cactus Divisions only.  They are as follows:

  1. At least 14 uniformed players must have at least one plate appearance during the game. (only applies in scheduled 9 inning games).
  2. Only in the case of the 14th batter will a plate appearance satisfy the required 14 rule. So long as the 14th batter is announced (steps into the batter’s box), and the 3rd out occurs before he completes his at bat then that will satisfy the 14 batters rule.  There will be NO other exceptions to this rule.
  3. The rule of batting 14 players is in effect regardless if It is a completed 9 inning game or shortened by time!
  4. If a team has 15 or more uniformed players, they may elect to bat 14 players only (at least one plate appearance for 14 players).
  5. If a team has 13 or fewer uniformed players, the opposing team will have the option to bat the same number of uniformed players despite the number of uniformed players they have.
    1. Example: Team A has 13 uniformed players and Team B has 21 uniformed players. Team A must get all 13 players at least one plate appearance.  Team B has the option of only getting 13 players one plate appearance as well, despite the fact they would normally have to get 14 players one plate appearance.
  6. In the event that the game ends with unbatted players, the violating team, under proper protest, will forfeit any win garnered.
  7. The rule of batting 14 players is in effect regardless if it is a completed 9 inning game or shortened by time.
  8. The 14 man batting rule is suspended for all playoff and Championship Games.

Division Selection – Deciding Where to Play

While most teams have the ability to determine which division they will play in, that decision is not their own if the MSBL/MABL National Tournament Rules Committee feels, in their final judgment, that the division a team has chosen conflicts with their past records and talent level in their chosen division.

In the event of any confusion, conflict or disagreement of any of the rules and regulations included herein, the decision of the National Tournament Rules Committee is final and binding.

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2018 Cheney Tigers Capture ‘Repeat’ Title in Inland Northwest 48+ Division

Inland Northwest MSBL, 48+ Division

Cheney Tigers 17, Spokane Mariners 8‘Tigers Claim Three Peat in 48+ Division’

By Kerry Pease, Tigers manager

The Cheney Tigers had not lost a league or playoff game in the past two seasons. However, the Spokane Mariners quickly dispatched with that streak early in league play with a stunning come from behind victory. So when the two teams squared off in the championship game for the third year in a row, the Tigers had a rather hefty chip on their shoulder.

Through the first five innings the contest was a nail biting pitchers dual between Mariner ace, Dave Siemsen and Tiger veteran, Kerry Pease, as the Tigers held onto a slim three to one lead after five. By league rule a starting pitchers can only throw five before sharing the wealth. Enter the beginning of fireworks!

In the bottom of the sixth Rich De’Andre followed up singles by Paul Sorensen and Hugh Stine by delivering his second two-RBI hit of the night. Tiger reliever Shawn Mackin held the sailors at bay for the first two innings of relief and at the end of seven the score was 13 -2, Tigers. BUT, the ship the Mariners were on would not go quietly into the night… too much talent and a good dose of pride was the combination for a strong comeback.

Led by the Mariner’s Mike Smith’s three hit night, who was returning to league action after a six year hiatus, young sensation Brett Fink added two hits as the Mariners scored six in the eighth inning to close the gap.

Just when the Shadle Park Stadium crowd thought it might get interesting again, the Tigers responded with four in the bottom half of the eighth to send a final tsunami wave over the bow of the Mariners. In the ninth, southpaw closer Mike Lee, son of Bill ‘Spaceman’  Lee, which I think Mike dislikes, repeatedly flipped 12/6 curveballs into the zone to quickly stifle any hope for a different outcome.

The inspirational story behind the game stats is that two legendary Tigers are boldly battling cancer. Powerful slugger Jim Straw was frankly on his death bed about two years ago. He is making a slow painstaking recovery, but we are all so happy to see his menacing look once again at the plate. Although still far from a complete recovery, he is diligently rehabilitating and it was very exciting to see Jim contribute a base knock in the Championship game.

Then there is long time battery mate John Lehman. If you have watched the movie Rudy, then you have a sense of the character of John. We lovingly call him ‘Scrap Iron’ because of the durability this man has as an undersized catcher at 5’7 and a buck 50 (and that is being generous). John is also the winningest player in the history of our league, including all age divisions.  He also has accumulated more championships and more victories than any competitor. That is because he is tenacious, and he knows how to call a game and frame pitches with the best of them. John is also fighting a dreadful cancer. Your thoughts and prayers for both these men is appreciated… because we are all brothers in baseball!

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Diamond Dream Mustangs Capture 45+ Labor Day Title in Richmond, Virginia

Submitted by Michael LaComb, Mustangs manager

The Diamond Dream Mustangs won the 2018 45+ division of the Mid Atlantic Regional Labor Day Classic in Richmond, Virginia with a thrilling, extra inning 9-8 victory over the New Jersey Railriders. We were not only proud to win the tournament, but even more proud to support its cause.

The tournament was a benefit tournament for the Mitchell Hash Foundation, which is a 503c charity to help raise awareness and prevention of suicide, especially among military veterans. The tournament was organized and directed by Dave Hash, President of the Charlottesville MSBL League.

Besides the tournament fees as donations to the foundation, the umpires donated some of their services, as well as the local municipal governments waiving field fees. And, the impressive color guard of the Richmond American Legion parading out the colors at the championship game in support of the foundation’s causes, made this tournament more special than just winning ball games. There was not a dry eye in the stadium as we saluted our country’s flag in honor of all who have served.

As for the games, they could not have been any more exciting and competitive. In the round robin, we had to play a shortened schedule and time constraints due to a deluge of rain that fell on us the first day of the weekend. The Mustangs tied the first game then had to suspend the second game when the rain came. That caused us to have to play back to back to back on Sunday, as we won our morning game. Then we had to complete our suspended game, which we again tied. “Iron Man” Mark Gleason pitched both of those games for us.

We ended up being the second seed in our bracket, and had to face the first seed from the other bracket in the semi-finals, the multi time MSBL National Division Fall Classic champions, the East Coast Cardinals. What a slugfest it turned out to be as Steve Nix pitched a complete game win for the Mustangs as we defeated the EC Cardinals 12-8. But not without drama, as the lead changed hands several times in the game.

In the championship game we faced the NJ Railriders, whom we had tied in the round robin, as they had beaten the Raleigh Braves to win their spot in the final. Our two teams have squared off in many tournaments and our rivalry is well acknowledged between us, as we have evenly split our previous games against each other. Both teams continue to be very sportsmanlike and respectful of each other

Terry Lonjin started the championship game for us, with Joe Walsh behind the plate, as the on field heat index hit 113 degrees.  Finally, after a see saw battle that went into extra innings and lasted almost five hours, the Mustangs won 9-8, with Christian Gardiner getting the save in the 11th inning.

It would take another whole article to list all of the teammates and their accomplishments in the tournament. But, it is an honor to share that Terry Lonjin was the tournament MVP, as he both pitched and caught in all five games! I also need to mention that Danny Craig was named our team MVP, as he hit four clutch doubles over the weekend to lead the offense.

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2018 Elysian Fields Hawks Post Successful Campaign in Red River (LA) 45+ Division

Red River Adult Baseball League, 45+ Division

‘Hawks Post Successful Season In Red River’

Submitted by Larry Goswick, Elysian Fields Hawks

The Hawks had a great season but came in a just little short in the championship game against the Dawgs, 8-2.

We were lead on the mound this year by Kirk Martinson while our offensive was led by Lance Webb, Larry Goswick, Wayne Brunt, Matt Bellner, Clay Alexander, Jen Courtney, Kirk Martinson and Darren Furlow.

The 2018 catching duties belonged to Jen Courtney and Lance Webb.