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2014 Pirates Re-claim Title in Southern Colorado MSBL

Southern Colorado MSBL Central Division

Pirates 6, Angels 3

Submitted by Bud Maison, Pirates manager

The SOCO MSBL (Colorado Springs, Colorado) post season tournament was a best of three series between the Champions for the past three seasons. (Angels 2013, Pirates 2012, Angels 2011).

In game one, the Pirates fought back from a 6-0 Angels lead in the final innings and forced extra innings where the Angels won on a walk-of double by John Vaughn in the bottom of the 10th inning and winning 7-6.

In game two, the Pirates and Angels exchanged the lead three times by the end of the game with the Pirates winning 7-6. The game winning difference was LeSean Thomas stealing home in the seventh inning.

In the finals, Pirates pitcher Sloan Soulia took charge and allowed only three runs in the first three innings. He then shut down the Angels offense through the remainder of the game and earned the MVP award. The Pirates finish the season with a 19-3 record with their only losses coming at the hands of the Angels. The Angels finished at 18-4.

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Pirates-S

0

0

0

0

1

5

0

0

0

6

14

0

Angels

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

8

0

Batting Stats

Pirates-S

 

#

Batter

P

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

 

3

Mannix, R

P

4

1

1

0

0

1

.326

 

12

Skaggs, B

EH

1

0

1

0

0

0

.333

 

8

Carr, D

P

4

0

2

0

0

1

.519

 

9

Davenport, D

C

3

1

1

1

0

0

.350

 

5

Goddish, A

3B

5

0

2

0

0

2

.556

 

38

Matson, N

OF

4

1

1

0

0

1

.313

 

13

Cordova, S

OF

1

0

0

0

0

0

.522

 

7

Wood, J

OF

1

0

0

0

0

0

.400

 

17

Thomas, L

OF

3

0

0

0

0

0

.280

 

21

Capper, K

1B

2

2

2

2

0

0

.343

 

25

Soulia, S

P

3

1

1

0

0

0

.474

 

22

Norman, E

P

4

0

2

1

0

0

.382

 

4

Clavelli, R

P

3

0

0

0

0

1

.161

 

38

6

13

4

0

6

 

Angels

#

Batter

P

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

1

Vaughn, J

C

3

0

1

0

0

0

.348

7

Milo, C

SS

2

0

0

0

2

0

.400

4

Sierra, A

IF

3

0

0

0

0

1

.440

5

Vaughn, F

CF

4

1

0

1

0

0

.542

2

Gaffney, T

2B

4

0

3

1

0

0

.536

42

Brown, M

P

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

19

Rucker, J

P

1

0

0

0

0

0

.250

8

Behan, A

SS

5

2

1

0

0

1

.458

29

Wirt, B

P

4

0

0

0

0

0

.000

9

Hicks, L

1B

4

0

2

1

0

1

.600

22

Wendt, T

P

4

0

0

0

0

3

.516

12

Preston, G

3B

3

0

0

0

0

3

.517

37

3

7

3

3

9

Pitching Stats

Pirates-S

#

Pitcher

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

25

Soulia, S

8.3

7

3

2

3

9

3.38

9

7

3

2

3

9

Angels

#

Pitcher

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

29

Wirt, B

9.0

14

6

6

2

6

2.03

9

14

6

6

2

6

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2014 Arizona Reds Celebrate Successful Season in 45+ Division

Arizona MSBL 45+ Division

Submitted by Chris Means, Arizona 45+ Reds

The Five Pillars of Arizona Reds 45+ Baseball:

HUMILITY: Don’t think too highly or to lowly of yourself. Look at yourself soberly. You can’t be all things. Be able to say, “This is who I am” and “This is who I’m not.”

PASSION:Don’t be lukewarm! Everyone is passionate when they’re winning, but the successful are passionate when it’s hard. Get better every day.

UNITY: Integrate individual talents for the good of the team. Don’t become fragmented no matter the circumstances. Unity in a losing effort can be molded into a winning team.

SERVANTHOOD: Regardless of your role, be a servant to the team and make your teammates better.

THANKFULNESS: Be thankful for success, but also for what you learn through adversity – that’s where great wisdom can be gained.

I reached out to all of our players and asked for their thoughts about playing on our team this past season. Below are a couple of the responses…

From catcher Mike Sinykin:

The main thing I enjoyed about playing with this team this year was team chemistry and the “never give up attitude”.

From first baseman Terry VanGundy:

This team believed in the following statement: 

*WIN TOGETHER

*LOSE TOGETHER

*PLAY TOGETHER

*STAY TOGETHER

The Reds 2014 season recap: We started our season with a few new players. We managed to upgrade the few positions that were open due to guys dropping off, switching teams, etc. Half way through the season we were in third place in the division (top four teams make the playoffs). We then had a series of injuries, guys on vacation, unpacked bats, etc., that caused us to drop to fifth place in our division – with only five games left in the season! We righted the ship and managed to beat the teams we needed to beat in order to qualify for the #4 seed. We finished the regular season with a record of 12-8-1. We only allowed 142 runs in 21 games (less than seven per game), which was good enough for third lowest in the 45+ division.

Our first playoff game was against the #1 seed Angels (20-1). The Angels averaged almost 18 runs scored per game all season. They handled us pretty well and we lost the first playoff game 13-8. We were now in a “lose-and-go-home” mode. Our next opponent was the White Sox (the other team that had lost their first game). Behind some great pitching by our guy, Rick Urias, who later that month would be voted by his peers as the 45+ Division All-Star MVP, we beat the White Sox by a score of 14-11. One of the players on the White Sox is Brian Kingman. As some may know, Brian pitched for the “real” Oakland A’s back in the day – he was a major leaguer for over four years, played under Billy Martin, and played with a lot of those really good A’s teams from the early 80’s. Our manager, Tony Quilici, wanted to relay to each player on the Reds that Kingman called to congratulate him (and our team) on the victory we had over his White Sox. Tony told me that Brian stated:“You guys wanted it more than us, and you deserved the win. Good luck against the Dbacks.”

This was a classy thing for Kingman to do and Tony and I passed his comments on to everyone on the Reds. Coming from a person with the professional baseball pedigree that Brian has, this meant a lot.

Now we had to face the D’backs in ANOTHER lose-and-go-home game. The D’backs were the defending league champs from the previous year. With a very short roster on our part, Rick Urias AGAIN pitched a great game and we managed to beat the D’backs by a score of 6-1. They threw BOTH of their “aces” at us, but we just were “feeling it” (as they say).

Unfortunately, we did not “feel it” all the way through to the championship game against the Angels. We were in a close game (trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning). But defensive lapses on our part allowed them to score four unearned runs that inning. They had superior pitching going for them that night and we ran out of gas this game. We lost by a score of 7-2. It was small consolation to us that we held the league’s highest-powered offense to just seven runs (again with Rick on the mound). As I wrote to the team afterwards: “We played the Angels three times this season and they beat us all three games. All we can do is tip our caps and get ‘em next year”.

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2014 A’z Capture 45+ Fall Crown in Houston

Houston Hardball League 45+ Fall League Division

A’z 5, Angels 1

Submitted by Ward Brigham, Houston A’z

The Houston A’z won the Championship Game of the 45+ Division of the Houston Hardball League for the Fall Season. This marks their second consecutive championship, having also won the championship from the Spring Season. The A’z defeated the Angels 5-1 in the final, winner-take-all game.

The A’z were led by strong starting pitching of Marvin Keller, who allowed one run in the first inning but then settled down to throw goose eggs for the remaining eight innings. Marvin scattered seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

The A’z captured the lead in the fourth inning, scoring four runs highlighted by Jay Henderson’s RBI single and Ward Brigham’s two out, two-RBI single. Marvin capped off the inning in helping his own cause by getting the final RBI single, the first of two he had on the day.

The A’z also beat the Angels 4-1 in the winner’s bracket during a chilly, 45 degree evening. They fell to the Angels 13-6 in the first game of the championship, setting up the final, winner-take-all game of the double elimination tournament.

Congratulations to manager Gordon “Boz” Boswell, GM Shaun Coleman, and the rest of the Houston A’z for their second championship of the year!

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2014 Rams Edge Cardinals in Twin Cities 18+

Twin Cities MABL 18+ Division

Rams 8, Eden Prarie Cardinals 5

Submitted by Joe Collier, Twin Cities Rams

“Weber strong on the mound, Vikstrom clutch bomb late give the Rams their first ever TCMABL 18+ Championship win taking home the Jon Garbacz Cup”

The Rams and the Cardinals passed the lead back and forth seven times in the big game, but in the end the Rams pulled out an 8-5 win over the Cardinals.

Nick Vikstrom racked up four RBIs on three hits for the Rams. He singled in the first inning, doubled in the fifth inning, and his biggest hit came in the eighth inning as Vikstrom hit a baseball that almost broke the sound barrier as it left the park.

Sam Weber picked up the win for the Rams. Weber pitched nine strong innings and allowed three earned runs, eight hits and two walks while striking out eight.

The top of the first saw the Cardinals take an early lead, 2-0. The Cardinals’ offense woke up as Matt Stengel singled before Michael Lewis homered.

The Rams brought home one run in the fourth inning, and matched that run total in the Fifth. In the fourth, the Rams scored on a fielder’s choice, scoring Steve Kleppen.

The Rams scored three runs in the seventh inning, and then followed it up with three more in the eighth. In the seventh, the Rams scored on a passed ball, scoring Kenny Flermoen.

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2014 Dodgers Sweep Hawks in 18+ DC MSBL Open Division

DC MSBL 18+ Wood Open

Silver Spring Dodgers 5, Potomac Hawks 2


Submitted by Patrick Conley, Silver Spring DodgersThe Silver Spring Dodgers needed only two games to defeat the Potomac Hawks in a best-of-three series to earn their 8th DC MSBL Championship. During the regular season the Dodgers and Hawks faced off four times with a dead even record of one win, one loss, and two ties. The best-of-three Championship series was up for grabs between the two evenly matched teams.

The Dodgers got off to an early lead in game one scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. Jeremy Schutt and Daniel Washington had back to back singles, followed by an error and a hit batter. Jeremiah Gorospe delivered a two out single driving in the third and fourth run of the inning. In the top of the second inning, the Dodgers scored the game’s fifth run. Billy Duvall doubled and Schutt singled scoring Duvall. The Dodgers added two more runs in the fourth inning on a pair of doubles by Brian Herbek and Schutt, and a single from Washington. The Hawks answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to put the score at 7 – 2.

The Dodgers added three more runs in the seventh inning. Washington led off with a single, followed by a double from Patrick Conley and singles from Doug Remer, Matt Herbek, and Richie McMahon. That proved to be enough runs for Dodgers starting pitcher J. T. Williamson. Williamson pitched all seven innings, allowing two runs while striking out four. Game one final score was Dodgers 10, Hawks 2.

In game two, the Dodgers scored first with three runs in the third inning. Duvall singled and Schutt reached base on a fielder’s choice. Washington tripled scoring Duvall and Schutt, followed by a single from Dave Herbek to plate Washington. The Hawks answered with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Dodgers responded with two more runs in the 5th inning. Matt Kianka started the inning with a single, followed by two consecutive outs. Dave Herbek doubled off the left field fence scoring Kianka, and Conley singled scoring Herbek. Five runs was all Dodgers starting pitcher Matt Herbek needed, throwing a complete game allowing only two runs. Game two final score was Dodgers 5, Hawks 2.

In the two games, the Dodgers offense pounded out 28 hits. Leading the way for the Dodgers was Richie McMahon with five hits, followed by Daniel Washington with four hits, Matt Kianka, Jeremy Schutt, Patrick Conley added three hits a peace, and Billy Duvall, Brian Herbek, Dave Herbek, and Doug Remer each had two hits. Daniel Washington led the Dodgers with three RBI’s, followed by Jeremy Schutt, Dave Herbek, Patrick Conley, and Jeremiah Gorospe with two RBI’s each.

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2014 White Sox Claim ‘Five-Peat’ Title Run in Chesapeake 45+

Chesapeake MSBL 45+ Division

White Sox 4, Tigers 3

Left to Right: Pat Overton, Jeff Wolf, John Goode, Frank Raska, Frank Carter, Paul Whitlock, Ron Ebelein, Jeff Pate, Steve Crawford, Duane Cordrey, Wayne Vance, Gerry Shay, Kevin Williams, Rich Mannion, Steve Hoffmann, Jason Cooper, Jamey Lee, Dub Daniels, Clayton Belcher, Shannon O’Brien (Team Scorekeeper)

Submitted by Duane Cordrey, League President

The Chesapeake White Sox wrapped up the 2014 Chesapeake MSBL season by claiming the team’s fifth consecutive regular season and post season championship. The Chesapeake White Sox compiled a regular season record of 20 – 3 under the leadership of first year team manager, Ron Ebelein. The team’s three losses came against younger players in crossover games against 35+ teams in which the team went 5-3 in cross divisional play.

The team’s pitching staff was led by the Chesapeake MSBL 45+ Division Pitcher of the Year, Steve Hoffmann. The pitching staff of Hoffmann, Wayne Vance, Ron Ebelein, Jeff Wolf, and Jeff Pate was supported by a solid team defense which limited opponents to a total of 101 runs during the regular season. The offense was led by the Chesapeake MSBL 45+ Division Most Valuable Player, Frank Raska. Outstanding offensive numbers were put up by Raska, Vance, Ebelein, Wolf, Pate, Steve Crawford, Gerry Shay, and Duane Cordrey leading to a total of 263 runs produced during the regular season.The team’s offense had 12 of their 20 players hit over .400 for the season.

The White Sox swept through the post-season playoffs by defeating the Chesapeake Cardinals 12 -10 in the quarter final game and pulling out a close 2 -1 victory against the Chesapeake Blue Claws in the semi-final game. The Chesapeake White Sox clinched their 5thconsecutive 45+ Division Championship with a walk off base hit by Gerry Shay in the bottom of the 9th with two outs of the championship game to defeat the Chesapeake Tigers, 4 – 3.

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2014 Indians Sneak Past Mariners to Capture Chesapeake 35+ Crown

Chesapeake MSBL 35+ Division

Indians 8, Mariners 7

Front Row Kneeling (l-r): Jose Molina, Myron Fuller, Cardell Sample, Derric Johnson, Aaron Boston, Hasan McMillan.  Standing (l-r): Wally Emerich, Enoch Wen, Ed Nottingham, Dackren Coleman, Eric Tharrington, Earl Gardner, William “Chili” Mobley, Craig Krause, Andy Hudak. Absent from photo: Donald Goodman, Stan Tukes, Shawn Tipton, Robert Duckett, Craig Krause, Dackren Coleman, Derric Johnson Jermaine Johnson, and Jon Santos.

Submitted by Duane Cordrey, Chesapeake President

The 2014 Chesapeake MSBL 35+ Division was very competitive throughout the season and completed the regular season with a three-way tie for first place and fourth place determined by 0.008 percentage points with final standings determined in the last week of the season with tie-breaker criteria used to determine the final regular season standings.The Chesapeake Nationals took the regular season title, followed by the Chesapeake Tigers, Chesapeake Indians and Chesapeake Mariners.

Special recognition is given to Chesapeake Mariners team manager Lee Nelson, who led his team to its 400th win in league play. This milestone is a significant accomplishment for a team that has been managed by Lee for more than 20 years.

The Chesapeake Indians got back to their winning ways by claiming another Chesapeake MSBL 35+ Division Championship under the leadership of first year manager, Aaron Boston, along with his assistant manager Eric Tharrington. The Indians started the season with a dismal 0 – 3 start to the season but mustered together to finish the regular season as a third place team with an overall regular season record of 17 – 7. The Indians went 3 – 1 in post-season playoffs by defeating Lee Nelson’s Chesapeake Mariners in the title game with an exciting finish to the season by a final score of 8-7.

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2014 Spring Grove Caps Undefeated Season in Chesapeake MSBL

Chesapeake MSBL 25+ Division

Spring Grove 9, Expos 1

Front Row (l-r): Jon Karsos, Jeff Bihy, Dustin Tarlow, Arnie Miller, Brendan Pifer  Middle Row (l-r): Jason Schoppert, Dan Leonard, John Poss, Todd Perry, Brooks Rothschild, Greg Snyder, Joe Weidman, Anthony DiGiorgio

Back Row (l-r): Scott Gleiman, Buddy Breidenbaugh, Wade Keenan, Jarrett Smith, Andy Welling, Shawn Retz

Submitted by Duane Cordrey, League President

In their inaugural season in the Chesapeake Men’s Baseball League, Spring Grove Baseball Club managed by Todd Perry, made history by going a perfect 21-0 in the regular season and 6-0 in the playoffs to win the team’s first Chesapeake MSBL 25+ Division championship. Spring Grove Baseball Club, with an overall record of 27-0, outscored opponents 259-31 in the regular season and 53-3 in the playoffs for a total of 312 runs scored versus-34 runs allowed for the year.

The “Grovers” were led by Chesapeake MSBL 25+ Division Pitcher of the year, Brooks Rothschild, who went 8-0 with a 0.61 ERA, walking only 13 batters in 44 innings in the regular season. In the playoffs he went 2-0 pitching 2 complete games, giving up 3 Hits, striking out 14 and not giving up an earned run and capped his last pitching performance of the season by pitching a no-hitter in Championship Series. Pitchers Greg Snyder (6-0, 0.87 ERA) and Jarret Smith (3-0, 1.29 ERA, 30 K’s) also performed well on the bump for the Spring Grove throughout the season.

Not to be outdone, the offense carried their weight all season and was led by the hot bat of Dustin Tarlow. Tarlow batted .525 with a 1.385 OPS, which included 7 doubles, 4 triples, and a home run in regular season and continued into the playoffs going 9 for 11 at the plate with 4 stolen bases, 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, a triple, and a home run. Anchoring the middle of the order was Jeff Bihy, ( .500, 7 doubles, 24 RBIs) and Wade Keenan (.453, 25 RBIs). Danny Leonard (.561, 17 RBI), Brendon Pifer (.449, 16 RBIs), Andy Welling (.692, 13 RBIs), and Todd Perry (.514, 17 RBIs) who also had  solid seasons at the plate.

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2014 White Sox Win Acadiana (LA) Fall League Title

Acadiana (LA) MABL Fall League

White Sox 13, Del Corp 4

Standing: Jude Vice, Scott Hasten, Andrew Howze, Ryan Pierret, Kris Allain. Kneeling: Chase Wooley, Chad Jimenez, Jonathan Bourque, Mike Guidry, Ben Frith, Aaron Fast. Front Row: Kreg Savoie, Greg Wilborn, Lee Hebert. Not pictured – Will Hester

Congratulations to the Acadiana MABL 2014 Fall Wooden Bat League Champions White Sox! They defeated Del Corp 13-4 at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field.

Championship Game Co-MVPs went to third baseman Jonathan Bourque and pitcher Greg Wilborn.

Bourque went 4 for 5 at the plate with a monster three-run home run. He tallied 5 total RBIs on the night.

Wilborn got the start and went six strong innings only allowed one unearned run while allowing three hits and striking out 16.

 

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2014 Wizards Tame Osprey in Puget Sound Adirondack Division

Puget Sound Senior Baseball League 55+ Adirondack Division

Wizards 8, Osprey 2

Submitted by Steven Tanaka, MD, Adirondack Wizards

WIZARDS WIN, WIZARDS WIN! Even on the score card, the game certainly looked dominating. It didn’t start that way, however, as Wizards pitcher Ron Schmidtke got two quick outs but then loaded the bases with batters three thru five. The next batter hit an infield ground ball and was easily thrown out at first for the third out. This would be the start of another excellent game by the visiting Wizards, who opened the game in the top of the first inning with two runners left on base and the game scoreless after one inning.

The Osprey sent the minimum three batters to the plate in innings two, three, five, six and nine as Ron kept the hitters off balance all evening. The Wizards broke the scoreless tie in the third with runs scored by John Faith and Jerry Prouty. The Osprey answered back in the fourth, sending eight batters to the plate but only scoring two runs to once again knot the game at 2-2. That would be the last chance for the home team Osprey as Jim Fursman of the Wizards led off the fifth with a single and scored the tie-breaking run on timely hitting once again by Mike McCabe, who also scored the fourth run, and by John Faith and Jerry Duris. The Wizards would tack on another insurance run in the sixth when Tom Zylstra walked then advanced on a base hit by Larry Martin and scored on ground balls by John Klevens, Jim Muir and Jerry Prouty.

With the score now 5-2 in favor of the Wizards, this would prove to be more than enough for Ron as he continued his dominating pitching in the championship game. Only one batter reached second base in the seventh inning. Otherwise, the Osprey had no answer for Ron’s offerings. The Wizards were not done scoring, however, as they put the game out of reach plating five runs in the eighth on three hits and one walk while sending nine batters to the plate. The celebrating was soon to follow as Ron finished the game with a perfect 1-2-3 ninth. Final score: Wizards 8, Osprey 2.