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2014 Royals Repeat in 28+ in Westchester-Putnam (NY)

Westchester-Putnam (NY) MSBL 28+ Division

Westchester Royals 13, Somers Orioles 9

Submitted by Dave DiMaggio, Westchester-Putnam MSBL

SOMERS, NEW YORK—The Westchester Royals and the Somers Orioles of the West/Put MSBL in Somers, New York finished the regular season with identical won-lost records. Both teams had to win closely contested best 2-of-3series in the semi-final round of the playoffs and both teams are based in the same small town.

In the culmination of a great post-season of action, the Westchester Royals swept a doubleheader over the Somers Orioles, 7-3 and 13-9, to repeat as champions of the Westchester-Putnam Men’s Senior Baseball League 28-Over Division. Fittingly, the Royals (18-7)overcame the formidable challenge by the Orioles (16-9)with an overall team effort that featured solid fielding and pitching, hustle on the base paths and clutch hitting up and down the batting order.

The Royals’ Chris Fox and Orioles’ Bruce Jazwinsky matched up as starting pitchers in Game One. The Orioles jumped to an early lead on a two-out double by Andy Panos and an RBI single by Steve Chrapowitzky. Matt DeMartino opened the Royals’ first with a lead off single, stole second and scored on a double by Fox. Ralph Boniello drove in Fox to put the Royals ahead, 2-1. In the fourth, Jazwinsky drew a walk, stole and scored on John Boro’s two-out RBI blast. The Royals scored four in their half of the inning, loading the bases on a walk and two hit batsmen. Nick Boniello drove in the go-ahead run, DeMartino hustled home on a passed ball, and two more scored on ground balls. In the fifth, Erick Magsamen delivered a two-out RBI single to make it 7-2.Fox, who struck out five and walked two, held the Orioles to a single run in the late innings.

DeMartino led off the action-packed Game Two with a base hit and scored when Ralph Boniello smashed a double down the left field line. The Orioles came back as Don Panos singled, Chrapowitzky hit a long double and they both scored on Jazwinsky’s hit. In the third, the Orioles took a 4-1 lead when Andy Panos belted a two-out, two-RBI double to left field. The Royals countered with four in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead. Corey Johnson knocked an RBI single to center, Tom Hiro lined a two-RBI smash to right-center and Nick Boniello tripled in another run.

The Orioles threatened in the fourth with two on but a double play turned by left-handed Anthony Vontobel ended the inning. In the fifth, another two-out RBI hit by Boro tied the game, 5-5,for the Orioles. In the sixth, the Royals loaded the bases and Jazwinsky replaced Joe Diaferia on the mound for the O’s. Hiro came through with another 2-RBI hit, Nick Boniello doubled in a run and two more scored on a walk and error as the Royals opened a 10-5 lead.

The Orioles rallied in the bottom of the sixth, cutting the lead to 10-9. Rick Mogg and Steve Vera singled ahead of RBI hits by Don Panos, Drew Panos, Chrapowitzky and Diaferia. In the seventh, Vera made one of the game’s many great fielding plays when he caught a long fly ball to center and threw out a Royals runner at home plate. With Magsamen and Nick Bonielloaboard and two out, veteran slugger Rob Jacobsen drove a two-run single through the left side and the Royals had a 13-9 lead. Vontobel pitched a scoreless last-of-the seventh to close out the title-clinching victory for the Royals.

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2014 Dodgers Sweep Giants to Capture 40+ Sunday Crown in Sacramento

Sacramento Men’s Senior Baseball League 40+ Sunday American
RC Dodgers 18, Fair Oaks Giants 5

Submitted by Bob Roe, manager

Our team, the Rancho Cordova Dodgers is in it’s 10th season in Sacramento adult baseball and we have won two league championships and one division championship. This years team was exceptional, with Russell Hooper leading the SMSBL 40 plus division in home runs (5) and in rbi (43). We led the 40 plus division in several offensive categories, including hits (354), singles (278), runs (249), rbi (243), walks (131), HBP (30), stolen bases (87), sac hits (36), batting average (.455), OB% (.548) and SLG% (.591).
Our pitching was just as capable, as we led the 40 plus division in strikeouts (127), earned runs (59) and team ERA (2.59).
In addition to Hooper, KB Gandy was third in the league in batting average hitting .585. Tom Reid led the team in stolen bases with 18, and walks with 20 while Dackery Hardeman led the team in doubles with nine. Dave Maldonado, Hooper and Reid also tied for the team lead in runs with 23 each, while Gandy led the team in triples with three.
Steve Bogan led the team in ERA with a 2.01 line and finished the season 4-2, three saves and 37 K’s in 49.1 IP. Tim Halverson, the team ace for the last five years, finished with eight wins (tops in the league) and two losses, 82.2 IP and 53 K’s (fourth in the division).
Our team ERA can be attributed to our starting catcher, Tony Lane, who was a calming influence and gave our pitching staff the confidence to throw anything they wanted, anywhere at any time. The entire team was committed from start to finish to bringing home the championship were it belonged. We ended the season as the division leader with a 14-4-1 record and we swept the playoffs, beating the Free Agents 15-2, and sweeping the Fair Oaks Giants (how fitting it’s Dodgers versus Giants for the title) by scores of 6-3 and 18-5.
There wasn’t one player that didn’t contribute to the team success and every single player will be back in the Dodger stable for the 2015 season. I have been a part of baseball for over 38 years and this is by far the greatest assemblance of players I have ever had the pleasure of being around. The team chemistry was by far the best on the league.
We would like to thank Jim Tygrett and Alan Van Ness for providing a superior league and gorgeous fields to play on. The umpiring was also very good and we would also like thank the umpiring crew for an job well done.
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2014 Cicero Pirates Win for Sixth Time in LaGrange MABL

LaGrange MABL

Cicero Pirates 8, Stallions 2

Back row – Dan Bocian, Anthony Cunniff, Kevin Kucharczyk, Danny Sanchez, Hugo Munoz, Jay Cunniff, David Beltran, Chris Gonzalez, Adam Sanchez, Jake Stano, Luis Resto, Jose Alanis and Cory Blake

Front row – League President Chuck Mally, Brian Mladek, Ray Castro, Dan Pedretti, Joe Pantoja, Joe Carbone, and Armand Gordon.Submitted by Ray Castro, Pirates manager

The Cicero Pirates have been playing in the LaGrange (IL) MABL for the last 19 years, beginning in 1996 as the Brookfield Pirates. We won our first Championship in 1999, followed up by a second place finish in 2000. I officially took over in 2003 and we fell short finishing in second that year. Beginning with the summer of 2006 we won five straight (2006-2010) LaGrange MABL titles. We slipped in 2011 not making the finals but rebounded with a strong second place finish in 2012. In 2013 we found ourselves back on top with our sixth title in eight years. This past summer we went back to back as repeat champs for 2014 for our seventh title in nine years. In our 19 year history in the LaGrange MABL, we have…

  • 8 Championships (1999, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014)
  • 3 2nd place finishes (2000, 2003, and 2012)
This year we started off slow, 1-2, and then we rattled off 18 straight wins to finish the regular season with a 19-2 record. We went into the playoffs as the #1 seed and quickly defeated the #8 seeded Bulldogs by a score of 12-2. Our second round match-up versus the #4 Whooligans was a hotly contested game with us pulling away in the last inning for an 8-5 victory. The semifinal match-up vs. the #3 Outlaws was also a tight affair with us coming out on top 6-3. We went into the final undefeated and facing the #5 Stallions. After playing five close innings we pulled away for a decisive 8-2 victory and back to back championships. We finished the season 23-2 and a 22 game win streak.

I’m the only player left from the original team from 1996 and I’m proud to say I’ve played every year in this great league! Chuck Mally does a great job putting this all together.

Can’t wait for 2015!!!
Ray Castro, Cicero Pirates
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2014 Lonestars Capture 45+ Title in San Antonio

San Antonio MSBL 45+ Division

Lonestars Win It All In Their First Year

Submitted by Bill Rector, manager

2014 was the first year for the 45+ Lone Stars in San Antonio, TX MSBL. The team was founded by veteran MSBL player/manager Bill Rector who’d relocated from the Virginia in 2013. Bill had played and coached in the DCMSBL for over ten years winning seven championship rings during that time. The Lone Stars learned there is no better way to judge talent than to see it in action first hand on the field. The Lone Stars won the 2014 SAMSBL 45 and over regular season and tournament Championship compiling a record of 20-2-1. Lee Mann was voted team MVP for the 2014 Lone Stars.

With player invitations sent out at the end of 2013, the 45+Lone Stars were formed. Most of the talent was taken from 45 and 55 plus teams because this would be a team constructed specifically to play at higher levels during the normal season with an eye to winning tournaments in the 50+ age groups. So, GM Bill Rector and assistant manager Santiago “Jim “Gonzales are bringing this team to Phoenix. This year’s team was led offensively by Mark Harless, Bill Rector, Phil Underwood, Kevin Ullrich, and Jim Gonzales. The pitching staff was anchored by Lee Mann, Kevin Ullrich and Will Martinez. The defense was led by Lee Mann, Jeff Marley, Luis Velazquez and Jim Gonzales. Melvin Hayes, Mike Buie, and Luis Velazquez did the duties behind the dish this year.

The team has good talent, but that means nothing without team chemistry and all the guys supported each other and kept the bench loose all season. We look forward to next season in the SAMSBL and playing in the 2014 MSBL World Series.

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2014 Red Braves Win Saturday 35+ Title in West Metro Atlanta

West Metro Atlanta 35+ Saturday Division

Contributed by Larry Wajsman, Braves manager

For the second consecutive year, the Red Braves won the Saturday West Metro Atlanta MSBL regular season championship….but the 2014 was significantly more special for a variety of reasons.

Being the oldest team, averaging 53 years of age playing teams substantially younger in what turned out to be a 35 year-old league proved that old farts still have skills. Have you ever seen a 67 year-old man get hits in three consecutive at-bats? Well we did, and it was incredibly inspiring!

Second, it only made sense that the lone female league member would end up on the team with the best chemistry in the entire MSBL. Sure it helped that she was better than the majority of players in the league defensively, and versatile and talented enough to play any position on the field…..including pitcher. She not only added to our depth, but was the missing piece to the perfect camaraderie puzzle.

Third, we finally witnessed a team member hit a home run, but not just one but two players. In fact, one player hit two.

Fourth, that team bond extended far beyond the baseball field. When team members moved, we pitched in and lent a hand. When team members went through a divorce, we supported him whenever the call was made. When we wanted more practice time, we’d volunteer our time to help our teammates improve. The Red Braves were a family both on and off the field.

As you’ll notice, not one single team members name was mentioned because the 2014 Red Braves were the epitome of the word team. No one member was more valuable than another. Sure there were players more talented than others, but nobody more important than another. That’s how the 2014 Red Braves will be remembered…..as selfless teammates who overcame numerous obstacles thrown our way on the most fun and exciting baseball journey ever.

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2014 Georgia Braves Win 35+ in West Metro Atlanta

Front Row L-R: Adam White, Jeff Crawley, Chris Payne, Tommy Thompson, Russell Hurn and Matt Winters.  Back Row L-R: Don Corr, Joe Tatham, Scott Parrish, Brannon Perkins, Steve Jenkins and Joshua Philpot

Submitted by Don Corr, Braves manager

The Georgia Braves are champions in the 35+ division of the West Metro Atlanta MSBL in Atlanta, Georgia. After giving up an eight run lead in the top of the ninth the GA Braves scored three runs on a walk-off two RBI single by Adam White to win the game 17-16 over the Blue Jays.

Joe Tatham had a tough luck no decision after pitching eight-plus innings and Steve Jenkins came in to stop the bleeding in the ninth to pick up the win. The GA Braves scored runs in every inning except the second and eighth, including four runs in the first and third innings, three in the fifth and one in the fourth, sixth and seventh to take a 14-8 lead into the top of the ninth. The Blue Jays proceed to score eight runs in the top of the ninth to take a 16-14 lead, but the GA Braves where determined to win their eighth straight game and the championship. The GA Braves proceeded to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the title. Adam White, who had the game winner, was three for five with five RBIs. Leading hitters for the GA Braves were Brannon Perkins going three for four, and Matt Winters and Don Corr, each going two for two.

After starting the season 1-3-1, the upstart GA Braves ran off eight straight victories to be crowned champions.

The Blue Jays and the GA Braves played each other five times which included one tie and four wins for the GA Braves while only outscoring the Blue Jays by six runs. These were very exciting games between the two teams.

Season Leading Hitters:                        Season Leading Pitchers:

Joe Tatham          .556                            Lane Whitley   3-0 3.22
Brannon Perkins .500                            Joe Tatham      3-0 5.84
Mike Parson        .486                            Scott Bradley   1-0 0.00

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2014 Milford A’s Complete Great Season in Fairfield (CT) MSBL

Fairfield County (CT) MSBL

The Milford Athletics of the Fairfield County MSBL, located in southwest Connecticut, are a second year team with a mix of players as old as 52, and as young as 25.They have put together a great group of guys that enjoy playing together, always playing hard, and they usually always win. They had a league best 14-4 regular season record and made it to the semifinals in the playoffs before being eliminated by the eventual champions, the Fairfield Mariners.2015 looks bright for this club, who will settle for nothing less than a league championship.

 

Into the playoffs they defeated the Trumbull Titans 22-6 in round one and defeated the eventual champs, the Mariners, in the second round but this was a double-elimination tournament at that point. After losing to the New Canaan Cannons 4-2 giving them one loss, they were eliminated by the Mariners 11-8 in a hard fought battle.

Congratulations to the A’s on a fantastic season!

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2014 Blaze Cop 18+ AA Title in Long Island MABL

Long Island MABL 18+ AA Division

New York Blaze 5, Massapequa Bisquits 1

Submitted by Ben Oliveri, Blaze managerThe series between the New York Blaze and the Massapequa Biscuits took all three games to crown a champion in the Long Island MABL 18+ AA division best of three championship. The Massapequa Biscuits took game one in the 12th inning on a two-run double, 6-4. Blaze pitcher Todd Craig went 11 innings but took the loss. In game two the Blaze ace Corey Murphy dominated, going all nine innings while striking out 14. The Blaze won 8-3. Pat Schook came up big with a few hits and three RBI to pace the offense.

In the deciding game three Corey Murphy pitched again, going the distance, striking out eight and only giving up one earned run. The Blaze won 5-1 to clinch the trophy. Clutch hitting and superb defense put us in position to win. Corey did the rest. Frank Burns caught the final out in left and the Blaze met at the pitcher’s mound for the dog pile. Corey Murphy was nominated most valuable player going 2-0, 18 innings, four runs and 22 strikeouts. Blaze has now won back to back championships, 2013 and 2014.

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2014 White Sox Topple Braves in 25+ South Jersey Final

South Jersey MSBL 25+ Division

Glouchester Township White Sox 19, Barrington Braves 16

 

Submitted by John Capone, White Sox coach/player

The Gloucester Township Whitesox started off the 2014 South Jersey MSBL season against the 2013 South Jersey MSBL winner in the 25+ Division Cinnaminson Rangers. The game was a toss and tumble from the start with a close showing. In the end we added our first victory and began our season on the right track. Throughout the season we had some ups and downs. We had some injuries which plagued us throughout the season with several games being forfeited due to these situations. We marched on and ended our season with the best record in the 25+ Division with a 12-4 record.

The playoffs started with a win against the South Jersey Braves, winning the best of three and proceeding to the championship round against the Barrington Braves.The Barrington Braves have a stout group of good ballplayers with depth at pitching.In Game One we started Jason McDonnell on the bump, our number one and arguably the best pitcher in South Jersey MSBL. The outcome featured his tip-top performance with a two hit, 15 strikeout, one run, complete game win to capture Game One of the South Jersey MSBL 25+ Division best of three game series.On to Game two.

In Game Two it was a long and tiresome game which nearly took four and half hours to finish. The game featured thirty hits, thirty-five runs, and multiple game changes. Now to fast forward to the top of the ninth inning.We loaded the bases with one out and down by two runs. With timely and clutch hitting by several key players on our team this year ended this game in perfect fashion. We added six runs in the top of the ninth to take a 19-15 lead. We would not let up from there out. Our starting pitcher, who pitched the entire game, completed the game to much dismay. I must say, I was that starting pitcher and it was a true blessing to have completed the game for this group of guys who fought with every ounce of energy. To end the game there was a liner off the bat of the Barrington Braves hitter down the right field line that scored one run from second base. The batter tried to advance to second for a double but our right fielder, making a slide after the ball, popped up, turned, and threw a “seed” to our shortstop waiting to place the tag for the final out to capture the first South Jersey MSBL title for the Gloucester Township Whitesox! The game ended 19-16 and our hats off to the Barrington Braves!

The Gloucester Township Whitesox derived from the original Lindenwold Titans, where I first became a part of this team in 2009.This team has been involved in the South Jersey MSBL for several years prior to the 2009 season.We struggled some throughout, adding and replacing players, but one thing we always kept was our integrity to play hard at all times and win a championship for our skipper,Michael Williams.We did that this year and I am honored to say that I play with the best group of men that enjoy playing the game of baseball.

Our team mates are as follows: Michael Williams, John Capone, Dennis Van Etten, Billy Colbert, Colin Linneman, John Murray, Jason McDonnell, Michael Gibbons, Jim Shields, Jeff Pilling, Michael LiBucki, John Eddis, Sean Unitis, Harry Thomas, Chris Henderson, and Matt Schaffer. Our hats off to the rest of our league and to the MSBL community for giving me this opportunity to showcase our team in our accomplishments, special thanks to Lou Marshall and Neil Hourahan for all they do for our league. The next season is just around the corner, start your preparations, conditioning, and training early. Thanks again to the MSBL community, Steve Sigler and Steve LaMontia, and Good Luck in 2015!