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2014 DW Energy Giants Capture 35+ National in North Texas

North Texas Amateur Baseball League 35+ National

DW Energy Giants 7, Dallas Smoke 5

Submitted by Kirk Pruitt, president NTABL

The DW Energy Giants, managed by Martin White, won the 35+ National NTABL championship by winning the final two games of the 2014 playoff bracket. In the opener, the Giants had to defeat former major league pitcher Jeremy Hill (Kansas City Royals) who started for the Dallas Smoke while Steve Hahn was on the hill for the Giants who pitched 6 innings while Jason Bottenfield closed the game. The Giants won 2-1 on a great pitching performance.

In game two, the Giants won 7-5 despite having starting pitcher Sean House get ejected in the 5th inning with bases loaded and no outs. Clutch hits were provided by Derek Vaughn, Tito Pena and John Mahalik. There were several big defensive plays during the games especially a home to first double play on a ball hit to third basemen Julio Leija.

The Giants finished the year at 24-2. The team was made up of ex-college and ex-professional baseball players. 9 of the Giants played professional baseball at some point during their careers.

Sean House led the team in wins and John Mahalik led the team in Home Runs.

Some major team contributors not mentioned above were Travis Hitzeman (3B), Will Nash (C), Jimmy Kent (2B)and Jeff Baum (DH). Newcomers Jesus Zavala (P), Diego DeLeon (OF) and Derek Brandow (P), were team leaders all year long and returning Giants teammates Jerry Anderson, Jeff Shaffer, Martin White, and Albert Bustos excelled at the plate and defensively.

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2014 Royals Sweep Braves in 45+ Finals in Capital District (NY)

Capital District (NY) 45+ Division

Albany Royals 13, Braves 5

Submitted by Brad Buchan, Royals manager

The Capital District MSBL Royals in Albany, NY captured the 45+ B Division Playoff Crown by sweeping thru three weekends of playoff rounds and the finals on a great baseball day for the Braves and Royals on Saturday September 27th at New Scotland Town Park. In game one, Jim Bonaparte and Jon Atwell went to the mound for their Braves and Royals. Both teams threatened in the first with pitchers getting out of jams. The Royals struck for eight in their second on singles by Koster, Atwell, Deblasiis, Hallenbeck, Hinman and Hulbert. The Braves answered with two in the third on singles by Trinchillo, Hogan and Gouglar, but Atwell was able to hold them for the rest of the way with the Royals adding four in the fourth on singles by Corrigan and Atwell and three in the sixth with a single by Finelli. Dave Reed relieved in the fifth to finish for the Braves with a final score of Royals 15, Braves 2.

In game two, the Royals sent Erik Samarija to the mound and the Braves went with Mark Dinicola. Both teams were held scoreless in the first by good pitching and defense. Royals pushed three runs across with Koster, Hinman and Atwell providing singles and a double by Corigan in the second with another run in the third on doubles by Fiacco and Riley while holding the Braves scoreless in the second. Braves put up a solid third inning plating four runs on singles by Trinchillo, Hogan, Dinicola, Bonaparte and McNab which tied the score at 4-4. The Royals started their fourth inning slow, but Koster singled and with two out and bases loaded, Buchan doubled to bring in three runs to open the gap, with another two runs scoring on a single by Fiacco. Samarija settled in to hold the Braves in the fourth, fifth and sixth. The Braves did bring in a fifth run in the seventh on singles by Dinicola and McGuire. The Royals scored four runs in the fifth on singles by Corrigan, Hinman and a double by Atwell. Final score Royals 13, Braves 5.

It was a good finish for the Royals at 13-3 for the regular season and 6-0 in the playoffs. The Braves finished the regular season at a very respectable 11-5.

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2014 Cherokees Rule in 25+ and Midweek Divisions in Atlanta MSBL

Atlanta MSBL

Cherokees 6, Tarheels 4

Submitted by Frank Peters, Cherokees manager

Atlanta MSBL Midweek Division

Single Elimination Playoff
quarter final Game: Rangers lose to Cherokees
Semi final Game: A’s lose to Cherokees
Championship Game: TarHeels lose to Cherokees 6-4

Midweek has gotten better and better every year. There are quality teams like the A’s, Muckdogs and Tarheels just to name a few that can compete with any Sunday league Team on a given day. We have won the past three or four years in a row but it has not been easy, especially this year. We may have gone 12 -1 but at least half of those games could of gone either way. The one game we lost was versus the Rangers, who provided a very well pitched game during the regular season. We are blessed with some good guys who like playing baseball together. We have smart guys who have been playing baseball all their life and know what do and when to do it. I can’t say enough of how much I enjoyed our Midweek squad this year. Many thanks to the Sidewinders who have been playing with us during Midweek and thanks to Howie Marx with all his support and efforts of making our team a success.

Atlanta MSBL 25+ Division

Game 1: Cherokees 2 Giants 3
Game 2: Giants 2 Cherokees 3
Game 3: Cherokees 6 Giants 5

Three solid games with two if the best teams in the league. They beat us last year in game three and we beat them this year in game three. The Giants have a solid bunch of guys all who know how to play baseball. It is always good to play those guys and even better to beat them in for the Championship.

2014 ‘Rosie Shootout’ Atlanta Labor Day Tournament Champions

The Cherokees beat the Columbus Pirates in the semi finals then beat the Atlanta Tianos in the Championship.

 
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2014 Seals Accomplish ‘Four-Peat’ in Monterey Bay MABL

Monterey Bay (CA) MABL

Monterey Bay Seals 6, Salinas Giants 5

SUBMITTED BY JESSE MOGER, MANAGER

THE THREE-TIME CHAMPION AND #1 SEED SEALS RODE AN 18-1-1 REGULAR SEASON INTO THE PLAYOFFS READY FOR BATTLE!

AFTER A SMOOTH SEMI-FINAL SERIES AGAINST THE LEGENDS THAT SAW GAMES OF 13-4 & 15-7 WINS AGAINST THE LEGENDS, THE SEALS CRUISED TO A SECOND STRAIGHT MEETING WITH THE SALINAS GIANTS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP.

IN GAME ONE, EVERYTHING WENT WRONG FOR THE SEALS. THE GIANTS JUMPED OUT TO AN 11-0 LEAD IN THE TOP OF THE FIRST INNING AND KNOCKED STARTERZACK BOYCE OUT OF THE GAME AFTER ONLY 1/3 OF AN INNING. OVER THE NEXT FIVE HOURS, A COMBINED 42 RUNS WERE SCORED AND THE SEALS GOT INTO A POSITION WHERE THE TYING RUN CAME TO THE PLATE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH. A MUCH BIGGER STORYLINE DEVELOPED IN THE PROCESS, A KNEE INJURY FORCED TEAM MVP CRIS TROUTSSEASON TO COME TO AN ABBRUPT END. IN THE END, THE HOLE WAS TOO BIG TO OVERCOME AND SEALS DROPPED GAME ONE, THEIR FIRST PLAYOFF LOSS SINCE 2012.

GAME TWO FEATURED THE LEAGUES TWO MOST DOMINANT STARTING PITCHERS, JOEY PARSONS VERSUS NATE SEVIER. BOTH FORMER MINOR LEAGUE PITCHERS BATTLED, THROWING COMPLETE GAMES AND COMBINING FOR 21 STRIKEOUTS. THE SEALSADDED RUNS SLOWLY. IN THE BOTTOM OF THE THIRD, PARSONS REACHED BASE WITH TWO OUTS AND WAS DOUBLED IN BY EDDIE ABILA FOR THE GAMES FIRST RUN. TOP FOUR, THREE STRAIGHT SINGLES BY JD MONEY, ED CANADAS & MATT BLACKMON WOULD SEE ANOTHER RUN CROSS. TOP SIX, MONEY AGAIN STARTED THE RALLY WITH A LEAD OFF TRIPLE AND SCORED ON A PASSED BALL TO GIVE THE SEALS A 3-0 LEAD.

THE BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH SAW THE GIANTS STRING TOGETHER FOUR CONSECUTIVE HITS, INCLUDING TWO HOME RUNS AND TAKE A 4-3 LEAD. SEALS WOULD BATTLE BACK IN THE EIGHTH WITH THREE STRAIGHT HITS OF THEIR OWN, JOJO GREWELL DOUBLED, MONEY SINGLED & CANADAS SINGLED TO TIE THE GAME AT FOUR APIECE. WITH THE GAME DEAD LOCKED AFTER NINE INNINGS, BOTH PITCHERS OPTED TO CONTINUE INTO EXTRAS. WITH TWO OUTS IN THE TOP OF THE 10TH THE SEALS ONCE AGAIN STRUNG THREE HITS TOGETHER FROM A FAMILIAR TRIO OF MONEY, CANADAS & BLACKMON, AND TOOK THE LEAD. PARSONS, TRUE TO FORM, RETIRED THE SIDE IN ORDER IN THE 10TH TO SEND THIS SERIES TO A WINNER TAKE ALL GAME THREE!

GAME 3, FOR ALL THE MARBLES, SAW THE SEALS VERY SHORT HANDED. WITH A CHOICE TO BE MADE, THE SEALS DECIDED TO HAND THE BALL TO TRAVIS ELDER, WHO HAD ONLY PITCHED 13 INNINGS THIS SEASON PRIOR TO THE START. IN THE TOP OF FIRST THE CHOICE LOOKED TO BE QUESTIONABLE WHEN THE GIANTS SCORED TWO RUNS AND HAD RUNNERS ON SECOND AND THIRD WITH NO OUTS. BUT RIGHT THEN, ELDER FOUND HIS GROOVE AND PITCHED OUT OF THE JAM.

IN THE BOTTOM OF THE FRAME, THE SEALS CUT THE LEAD IN HALF WHEN JOJO GREWELL DOUBLED IN EDDIE ABILA. BOTH TEAMS ADDED A RUN IN THE FOURTH TO MAKE IT A 3-2 GAME. IN THE BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH THE SEALS HAD THEIR BIG RALLY. JD MONEY LEAD OFF WITH A WALK AND STOLE SECOND BASE. AFTER THE NEXT BATTER STRUCK OUT, TRAVIS ELDER WALKED. THE GIANTS PITCHER STRUCK OUT YET ANOTHER SEAL AND LOOKED POISED TO GET OUT OF THE INNING. MATT JEW SINGLED HOME A RUN ON A SHARP GROUND BALL TO SHORTSTOP TO SET THE STAGE FOR JESSE MOGER’S TWO OUT, TWO RUN DOUBLE TO GIVE THE SEALS THEIR FIRST LEAD OF THE DAY. IN THE SEVENTH, ED CANADAS ADDED A 450 FOOT MOONSHOT TO MAKE THE LEAD THREE RUNS.

THE GIANTS ANSWERED BACK WITH TWO RUNS OF THEIR OWN IN THE TOP OF THE EIGHTH AND NARROWED THE LEAD TO ONE. IN THE TOP OF TH NINTH THE SEALS WOULD FACE SOME ADVERSITY. THE LEAD OFF RUNNER REACHED BASE. THE NEXT BATTER WOULD GROUND INTO A FIELDERS CHOICE, BUT THE GIANTS WOULD GAIN A LARGE SPEED ADVANTAGE. ON THE FIRST PITCH THE RUNNER ATTEMPTED TO STEAL AND WAS CUT DOWN AT SECOND BASE BY MONEY. ELDER FINISHED WHAT HE STARTED ON THE NEXT BATTER WITH A GROUND OUT TO THIRD BASE AND THE SEALS WOULD SECURE THEIR FOURTH STRAIGHT TITLE!

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES STATS:

JOEY PARSONS; W- 10IP CG, 8H, 4ER, 12K… TRAVIS ELDER; W- CG, 5ER, 3K… PERFECT 1IP IN GAME 1

ED CANADAS; 5-12, 3B, HR, 3RBI… MATT BLACKMON 5-8, 2B, 3RBI, 2BB… JD MONEY 8-10, 6R, 2B, 3B, 3BB, 4RBI, SB

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2014 Mudhens Sweep Angels to Claim 28+ Rock League Title

Rock League (Milwaukee) 28+ Division

Mudhens 12, Angels 3

Submitted by Tom Johns, Rock League Mudhens

Game 1 – Mudhens 8, Angels 5

The Angels scored first in the first inning on a two-run single and the Mudhens posted two in the third inning, two in the fifth inning, and three in the sixth inning to take the lead and never gave it back. Joel Hoberg was 2-2 for the Mudhens and Tom Johns went all nine innings for the Mudhens in the effort

Game 2 – Mudhens 12, Angels 3

This was a back and forth game heading into the third inning with five total lead changes. The Mudhens scored three in the third inning to finally stave off the Angels for the day, posting two more in the fourth, fifth inning, as well as three more in the sixth inning. Nate Boman racked up three RBI¹s while going 3-3, Jacob Andersen homered for the Mudhens and went 2-3.

Special consideration goes to manager Mike Zimmerman on perhaps the most
well-managed game of the season, as well as the Mudhens starters for their
near-flawless execution of multiple hit-and-runs, bunts, steals, etc.

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2014 Pilots Repeat in 55+ at Rock League (Milwaukee)

Rock League (Milwaukee) 55+ Division

Pilots 14, Green Sox 4

Submitted by Bill Windler, Pilots manager

The Pilots repeated as 55+ playoff champions in the Rock League, which includes Milwaukee area teams and is based in Franklin, Wis. It was their fourth title in five years.

In the championship game, John Arnold pitched a complete game and had four hits in a 14-4 victory over the Green Sox, a spirited first-year team that fought through adversity all season. The Pilots’ 20-hit attack included four by Al Alt, who knocked in five runs and contributed a key two-run triple. Frank McCann drove in four runs, and Gary Schultz added three hits.

Arnold and Schultz, both caught by Bob Friday, combined for a 1.00 ERA in 27 playoff innings, and the Pilots played excellent defense with the infield of Alt at third, Bob Warns at short, Mike Derrick at second andTerry Teske and Schultz at first and the outfield of Bill Wood, John Becker, Ace Vollmer and McCann.

Alt finished the three playoff games 8 for 11 with seven RBI and four runs scored.

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2014 Dodgers Cap Undefeated Season in Willamette Valley (OR)

Willamette Valley (OR) Men’s Baseball League 30+ Division

Dodgers 2, Mariners 1 (13 innings)

Submitted by Ben Ward, League President

The Willamette Valley Men’s Baseball League 30+ championship was a great game. The Dodgers and the Mariners were meeting for the fifth time this season. While the Dodgers had won the previous four, they were all close.

The championship game was played under perfect conditions and both teams threw everything they had at each other. Hits were hard to come by for both teams. Dodgers starting pitcher, Taylor Blair, was on fire allowing only one unearned run, two hits and eight K’s through nine innings. At the end of ninth the score was tied 1-1. Blair would throw two more innings coming out after 11 innings allowing a total of four hits with 12 strikeouts.

The Mariner pitching staff was also throwing well and while the Dodgers had runners in scoring position in the 11th and 12th, they couldn’t push a run across. Finally in the bottom of the 13th, Dodger center fielder Craig Pfeifer led off with a single and was advanced to third on a hit and run single by Dodger catcher Spencer Headley. With runners on the corners and no outs, Dodger designated hitter Ben Ward was intentionally walked to load the bases. Four-hole hitter Craig Towne came to the plate with bases loaded and no outs. On a 2-2 count Towne hit a sharp ground ball to the drawn in infield that was misplayed by the Mariners shortstop to allow the winning run to score for a final of Dodgers 2, Mariners 1 in 13 innings.

The Dodgers finished the season a perfect 14-0, but the championship game is the one we will remember.

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2014 X-Tinct Repeats in Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas MSBL

X-Tinct 10, Browns 0

Contributed by Stephen Boudreaux, NW Arkansas president

The 2014 Northwest Arkansas MSBL season started off rather innocuously with what looked to be a new balance of order among returning squads. Last year’s runner up, NWA White Sox started the season 0-5 and last year’s last place finishers, the Wingnuts started off 5-0. What remained constant was the returning champions, X-Tinct, who seemed to plow through the regular season like an army of rhinoceroses…or in their self-imposed case, dinosaurs. The early part of the season, hitting dominated pitching as par, but as hitters took stride, the balance swayed…the above mentioned teams (other than the X-Tinct) reversed course with the White Sox winning ten straight heading into the playoffs and the Wingnuts dropped nine straight dropping from what might have been a two-seed to a six-seed. The Orioles held the second best record in the NWAMSBL heading to the playoffs and earned the top spot in the bracket opposite the X-Tinct, but fell victim to the seven-seed Dodgers in round one.

The Browns, who suffered seven early losses had a terrific team when all showed, but they managed to escape their bracket to advance to the 2014 championship game at AA Royals’ Affiliate NWA Naturals’ Arvest Ball Park to take on the undefeated X-Tinct who advanced from a re-match of last year’s final versus the White Sox who managed to give them their best test of the season in the semi-final. The X-Tinct never let up, however, and took the 2014 title with an unscathed record and a 10-0 run-rule victory in the championship game over the Browns.

The championship game seemed a relatively close affair through the first seven innings with the X-Tinct scoring only one run in each of the third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings taking a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth where they tacked on the needed six runs to close out the run-rule final. Offensive standouts for the X-Tinct: Tieler Driscoll(3-3, 2R, BB, HBP, K), Josh Vanderpool (3-5, 2RBI), Kasey Cooper (2-4, R, 2RBI, BB, 2SB), Corey Campbell (2-3, 2B, BB). Kasey Cooper gets the win on the mound as the X-Tinct held the Browns offense to two meaningless hits by Julio Cruz in the fifth and Jared Knox in the sixth, one BB, and 16 Ks through eight innings. Corey Campbell earns the voted MVP award from his teammates.

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2014 Greater Atlanta Crowns Four 2014 Champions

Greater Atlanta MSBL
Submitted by Dennis Taylor, GAMSBL president

The GAMSBL crowned champions in their four divisions!

*In the 35+ American the Braves captured their first championship by sweeping the Brewers 9-8 and 9-5.

*The 35+ National was won by the #4 seed Rangers by defeating the #1 seed Redwings 8-4 and 18-8.

*The DBulls won their first 45+ title by beating the Twins 3-1 and 7-6 behind the pitching of Alan Loper, who pitched both games.

*The 55+ division trophy was hoisted by the Braves, who defeated the Mudcats 4-2 and 15-6 in the GAMSBL’s youngest division.

 

 

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2014 McBluv Outlasts Titans in Atlanta 18+ MABL Sunday Division

Atlanta 18+ MABL Sunday League Central

McBluv 19, Atlanta Titans 10

Submitted by Bobby Gresham, McBluv catcher

Marietta, GA – The 18+ Central Division of the Atlanta MABL Sunday League had its share of contenders vying for the crown. The regular season was long and tumultuous with two of arguably best teams within the division coming out on top and facing off for the right to be called Champions. McBluv and the Atlanta Titans locked horns for this best of three series.

Game one was a pitcher’s duel. Fast forward into the top of the ninth with the score 3-2 in the favor of the Titans, McBluv clean-up hitter Shane Myer hit a clutch two run double to put McBluv ahead 4-3. In the bottom of the ninth the Titans fought and strung together hit after hit walking off with the victory in game one with a final score of 5-4.

In game two the bats came alive for McBluv. Powered by three long balls from the bats of Chad Mayo, John Palmer, and Austin Kuchinski, McBluv went ahead early and never looked back ending with a final score of 13-4.

Coming into game three it was expected that ‘Johnny Wholestaff’ would pitch for both teams. It would just be a matter of who could hit and execute. The Titans game one starter came back to start game three while McBluv had their game two starter come back to start game three as well. Both pitchers gave honorable and gutsy performances. However it was McBluv who came out shooting early and went up big towards the middle of the game 14-1. The Titans rallied back hard to pull the large lead to within five, but McBluv proved to be more resilient of the two battle-hardened teams put up a total of 19 runs to clinch the championship with a final of 19-10.

McBluv were able to come back to this 2014 season with many players from the 2013 championship team. Keeping the core players along with a deep enough pitching staff were the keys to making a repeat run. McBluv looks forward to making it a 3-peat in 2015!