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2014 Red Sox Capture ‘Three-peat’ in 19+ Terre Haute MABL

Terre Haute (IN) 19+ MABL

Red Sox 6, Cubs 1

Submitted by Brian Chesshir, Red Sox manager

The Red Sox beat the Cubs 6-1 in the finals of the 19-over playoffs and capped an undefeated season as well as their third championship in a row.  The Cubs pitcher Eric Valdez had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning before the Red Sox woke up.  This was a real battle between Valdez and Red Sox pitcher Tim Jonson.

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2014 Cardinals Edge Bison to Take Vermont North 35+ Crown

Vermont North MSBL 35+ Division 1

Burlington Cardinals 1, Charlotte Bison 0

Submitted by Sal Spinosa, Vermont North league president

Congratulations to the Burlington Cardinals, the 2014 Vermont Men’s Senior Baseball League Champions. In a game that was hard fought and well played by both teams, the Cardinals bested the Bison of Charlotte 1-0, scoring their one run late in this Division 1 final.

Played at Montpelier’s Rec Field in perfect baseball weather this game featured an incredible pitching duel between the Cardinals’ Bill Lee and the Bison’s Gary MacDonald. Both the pitching and the stellar defensive play by both teams made for a remarkable baseball game. A special note of appreciation is due to Bill and “Mac” for their performances.

In the first game of the day, Waterbury defeated Mad River in the Division 2 finals.

With the final round of the Division 3 tournament a forfeit win forNorthfield, each team finished with 1 win and 1 loss apiece.

Congratulations are also in order for the Williston team for leading the league in season play with a 15 – 1 record.

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2014 Munster Braves Top White Sox for Indiana MABL Title

Hoosier Baseball League of Northwest Indiana 18+

Munster Braves 17, White Sox 0

Top row L-R: Donny Zolper, Josh Schenko, Adam Noel, Ryan Skaggs, Jason Helbling, Elliott Gibbs, Mike Manns, Troy Vesling, Brian Adreshak  Bottom L-R: Joe Stanisz, Rudy Ortiz, Dave Noel, Brian Hayes, Joe Ramirez

Submitted by Rudy Ortiz, Munster Braves

The Hoosier State Series is a best of three championship match-up that concludes the Hoosier Baseball League of Northwest Indiana season. Game one was a 6-4 victory for the Munster Braves over the rival White Sox. The Braves were led by two-time Munster Braves ”Pitcher of the Year” Mike Manns. The Braves scored first on a first inning double to the right field wall by Elliott Gibbs then tacked on one more in the bottom of the second on a Dave Noel double to deep right. In the top of third the White Sox had the bases loaded on two walks and a bunt single with starting pitcher Clark Sterley at the plate.  Sterley punched a two-run single over the shortstop and the game was tied.  Manns was able to strike out the following batter to get out of the jam. In the top of fifth inning the White Sox threatened again. Roberto Martinez reached on an error and two runs followed after a misplayed ball in center field. The White Sox were up 4-2 going into the bottom of fifth. With one out, Jason ”My Addidas” Helbling smacked a double to the right field pole and scored on a Ryan Skaggs single. The tying run scored as Brian Hayes scored on a wild pitch after an infield single. Mike Manns delivered the eventual game winning run by knocking in Ryan Skaggs with a single to center. The Braves tacked on one more in the bottom half of the sixth. Mike Manns pitched six innings, walking a season high four batters, and plunked two, allowing four runs, two of them earned, while striking out 10. Elliott Gibbs came in to relieve and recorded the save, striking out the side.

Game two: 17-0 Braves

Two-time LEAGUE MVP Jason Helbling took the mound in game two of the series and was brilliant, pitching a three-hit complete game victory helping the Braves to their seventh HBL Championship title. Helbling struck out eight and walked just two. Helbling ( 2-5, HR, 2B , 4 RBI) also cracked a two-run homer, much to the disbelief of Ryan Sickles, in the first inning which would eventually be the game winning RBI. Troy Vesling was 4-4 with a walk. Josh Schenko and Brian Andreshak were both 2-2. Brian Hayes was 2-2 with two doubles.

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2014 Gamblers Defeat Snappers for Southern Nevada Spring Crown

Southern Nevada Spring League

Las Vegas Gamblers 11, Las Vegas Snappers 0

Back Row: Roman Gomez, Alonzo Mendoza, Sean Claggett, Bret Katz, Bill Uelmen, Dave Clark, Ryan Erwin, Al Cates, Pete Sevilla  Front Row: Larry Huff, Greg Martinez, Sam Colarusso, Jim Glasgow, Chuck Segura, Brian Palluck, Travis Crawford, Dave Scaringe

The Las Vegas Gamblers won their third straight Spring/Summer championship defeating the Las Vegas Snappers 11 to 0. The battery of catcher Jim Glasgow and pitcher Bill Uelmen limited the Snappers to 4 hits with a complete game shut out to lead the way. “…boy was he just awesome” said Sam Colarusso, former All American Pitcher from Cal State Fullerton.

The Gambler defense was outstanding all day. Shortstop Bryan Palluck made a momentum changing diving play on a ground ball up the middle to end a scoring treat by the Snappers. “…it was vacuumed up by some kind of Bissell-Dyson machine like play…” said Colarusso. In the eighth inning, Snapper pitcher Vic Darensbourg leadoff with a single, just out of the range of Gambler second baseman Larry Huff. First Baseman Sean Claggett got to the ball and threw out Darensbourg at second trying to stretch the hit into a double. In the ninth, Center Fielder Greg Martinez made a diving play on a deep fly ball that would surely have been an extra base hit.

The offense started early for the Gamblers by putting up two runs in the first inning. Martinez lead off the game with a bunt single, stole second base, advanced to third on wild pitch and scored on Larry Huff’s base hit to left field. As is turned out, that was all the scoring the Gamblers needed.

The offensive was led by Alonso Mendoza going 5 for 6 andMartinez going 4 for 4. Bret Katz andHuff both collected two hits apiece.Dave Scaringe homered in the sixth inning.

“Make no mistake, these Gamblers will continue to the ride the wave of sweat and awesomeness that flows from Uelmen’s pores for many seasons to come and for many more championships or until his arm falls off” says Colarusso.

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2014 Johnsburg Tigers Take Fox Valley (IL) MABL Title

Fox Valley (IL) MABL 18+

Johnsburg Tigers 4, Spring Grove Orioles 2

Submitted by Mike McBride, Fox Valley president

The 2014 northern Illinois Fox Valley MABL Championship series featured rivals Spring Grove Orioles (#1 seed) vs. Johnsburg Tigers (#2 seed) in a best of 3 series.

Game one matched up starting pitchers Tommy Hartwick of the Orioles against Ryan Hoff of the Tigers. The Orioles started the scoring in the second inning when Kevin Kurowski reached first base on a fielder’s choice then promptly stole second, then third, then home and the Orioles never looked back. The Orioles continued to add to their lead in the fourth, sixth and ninth innings. Catcher Joey Kass led the Orioles charge at the plate going 3 for 4 and scoring twice while from the mound Hartwick held the Tiger bats in check allowing just one hit over seven innings with the lone Johnsburg run coming on Alex Senyshyn’s steal of home. The Orioles were victorious 7 to 1 in a game that the lead start to finish.

Game two featured starters Paul Koeppl of the Tigers and Tyler Weiss of the hometown Orioles. Weiss kept the Tigers off the board for the first six innings while striking out 10. Spring Grove put up a pair of runs in the second inning stringing together three singles by Kass, G.Ponterelli and Stupienski. The Orioles would add single runs in the fourth and sixth to give them a 4 to 0 lead after six innings. The Tigers closed the gap in the top of the seventh by scoring three runs and the Orioles answered with one in the bottom of the inning. Johnsburg went on to score one in the eighth and two in the ninth on Bryan McCauley’s 2 for 3 effort, which included a triple to steal the win after Matt Wolf closed it out from the mound. Gerard Ponterelli of the Orioles posted a 2 for 4 performance with a run scored and timely hitting by Wehrheim, Kaywood and Sarno of the Tigers led them to a 6 to 5 win. With the series even at a game apiece the winner the third and final game will decide the Championship.

Game three is a rematch of the game one starting pitchers: Hoff for Johnsburg and Hartwick for Spring Grove. The Tigers scored first in the third inning on Sam Lesniak’s RBI double. They then added two more in the fifth on another RBI double by Lesniak and an RBI double by Bryan McCauley. Johnsburg added one more in the eighth inning and Ryan Hoff was cruising until the bottom of the ninth when Spring Grove mounted a rally starting with Hayden Cavanaugh reaching on an error, an Anthony Ponterelli single followed and both runners were driven home by a Joey Kass triple which threatened the Tigers lead and the Series Championship. But Hoff was able to retire the next batter for the final out, a 4 to 2 win and the Championship for the Johnsburg Tigers.

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2014 Red River Champs Crowned In Shreveport, LA

Red River (LA) Adult Baseball League  21+ and 38+ divisions

Benton River Bandits 14, Monroe Mudbugs 10: 21+

Bossier City Rats 13, Shreveport Diablos 3: 38+

Submitted by David Pratt, Red River league president

21+ RRABL Series Summary

It was a battle until the end and it took all three games to decide, but when the dust settled and the offensive barrage finally stopped, the Benton River Bandits claimed their second consecutive 21+ RRABL Series title with a 14-10 win over the Monroe Mudbugs. The Bandits broke a 10-10 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning in game three to secure the crown. These two teams met in the best of three championship last year as well, and in repeat fashion, Monroe took game one followed by Benton winning games two and three, just the same as last year.

The River Bandits were led on offense by Bryan George (8-for-11), Justin Juneau (8-for-13), and Kyle Lawrence (5-for-12). George was tabbed as the MVP. Paul Baker, Brent Martwick, and Juneau all turned in outstanding pitching performances as well.

Championship Series (Best 2 of 3)

Game 1: Monroe Mudbugs 13, Benton River Bandits 6

Game 2: Benton River Bandits 16, Monroe Mudbugs 10

Game 3: Benton River Bandits 14, Monroe Mudbugs 10

MVP: Bryan George, Benton River Bandits

 

38+ Championship Summary

The 38+ playoffs highlighted the same dominance by the Bossier City Rats that they displayed throughout the season. The Rats defeated the Shreveport Tigers and the Shreveport Diablos to earn their first RRABL Tournament title since joining the league in 2013. The Rats repeated as regular season champs while boasting a final run differential of 171 – 15, a difference of 156 runs. They averaged 12.2 runs per game and only allowed 1.07 runs per contest.

In the playoffs, the Rats discarded the Tigers 12-0 and defeated the Diablos 13-3. Several players enjoyed a stellar two-game set. Here are some of the key contributors:Rob Kenney (4-for-7, run, 2 RBI, 2 SB), Chris Moore (5-for-7, 2 runs, 5 RBI),Paul Levesque (4-for-6, 2 runs, RBI, SB), Jarrod Nipper (HR, 3 RBI), Darien Dukes (W, 7 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 6 K), and Greg Garner (W, 7 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 6 K). Joe Lockhart was named the MVP after going 4-for-7 with two runs and three RBI with two doubles and a triple.

 

Championship Game

Bossier City Rats 13, Shreveport Diablos 3

MVP: Joe Lockhart, Bossier City Rats

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2014 Braves Outlast Rays in Florida to Take Title

Community Baseball League (Florida-Georgia)

Madison Braves 9, Tallahassee Rays 6

Submitted by Greg Vickers, Braves manager

In the 2014 best of three championship series of the Community Baseball League, located in the North Florida-South Georgia region, the Madison Braves squared off against the Tallahassee Rays and the Braves came out victorious.

In the first game, Braves starting pitcher Damon Brewer, former San Francisco Giants pitcher, went six innings and gained control of game with eight strikeouts while holding the Rays to only two runs. Patrick Jernigan came in for relief and only allowed one final third run from the Rays. The Braves offense started early, going up in the first inning by three runs. Final score was 5-3 BRAVES!

In the second game the Braves started Damon Brewer again and he delivered a total of nine strikeouts through seven innings. The Braves again brought in the game’s relief pitcher Patrick Jernigan and even though he shut the Rays down in the last remaining few innings, they had already scored two unearned runs that got the Rays the victory 2-0

In the third and final game of the Championship series, the Braves started Patrick Jernigan, who has been successful all season with wins for the Braves pitching while averaging 13 strikeouts per game!

The Braves delivered first with two runs in the first inning, immediately taking control of the game. The Rays would answer back in the second inning with two runs to tie the game. The Braves continued the lead in the bottom of the second on a RBI double from catcher Clay Tomlinson, scoring Patrick Jernigan. A hit-by-pitch allowed runner Austin Tryon from the Rays on base in the fourth inning and then a hit by Tyler Sellers scored the runner, bringing the game back to a tie ball game. The Braves went up again and continued to produce runs by hits and a knockout punch: a triple by Garrett Laseter. That delivered the heartbeat and temple of the game for the Braves and after battling runs through the game, the final score of 9-6 gave the Braves the Championship in Madison, Florida!

The games all season for the CBL were hard played baseball games- every team is really competitive and loaded with good talent. CBL is a compromised Georgia-Florida league with two divisions: One division being CBL West ( Tallahassee, FL, Marianna, FL. & Thomasville, GA area.) and CBL East(Madison, FL., Lake City, FL., & Valdosta, GA. area.)

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2014 White Sox Top Cardinals for Central Arkansas Crown

Central Arkansas MSBL

White Sox 9, Cardinals 1

Standing L-R: James Snyder, Josh Fisher, Brandon Mynhier, Zach Davis, Kent Gartin, Charlie Kreps and Justin VanLandingham  Kneeling L-R: Stephen Simon, Seth Hyder, Stephen King, Scott Bennett and Chris McNulty

Contributed by Stephen King, White Sox manager

The White Sox are in their fourth season here in the Central Arkansas MSBL and we’ve been fortunate to be playing in the final Championship game four years in a row. This was our third championship win in that span.

We had a really wet summer here in Arkansas which basically rained out a third of our regular season games. However, once we were able to develop our rhythm, we played good White Sox baseball. As with each championship team, this year was no different in our approach to each game. We pride ourselves on deep pitching, aggressive hitting, and fundamental defense. Our starter, Stephen Simon, had great command of his pitches all night and kept theCardinals’ timing off, only rendering one run in the final inning. He mixed his fastball and off-speed pitches effectively for a complete game victory. Our hitters, led by the talented Zach Davis, were merciless on their pitching. Hard hitting and timely hitting throughout our entire lineup helped us a 9-1 victory in game three of the best two of three series.
This not only was our most talented team in my four years of managing but we had better chemistry, therefore making my job far too easy.

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2014 Dallas Orioles Win North Texas Open American Division Crown

North Texas Amateur Baseball League: Open American Division

Dallas Orioles 10, Black Sox 2

Back Row L-R: Anthony Cass, Trevor Harryman, Blake Daugherty, Cody Gladney, Matt Garrabrants, Austin Quad, Steve Garrabrants.  Front Row L-R: Carlos Calon, Dylan Schuch, Boston Coppedge, Tim Hanan, Preston Cole and Luc de la Soujeole

Submitted by Kirk Pruitt, president, North Texas Amateur Baseball League

The Dallas Orioles, managed by Anthony Cass, finally made it to the top of the American Division a year after losing in the finals in the North Texas Amateur Baseball League. Tim Hanan (right) started the game, the undisputed ace of the Orioles staff and winner of 12 games on the season, and threw six strong innings giving up one run. The Orioles defense was on point for Hanan, turning three double plays behind him.

The game was tight until about the fifth inning when a bases loaded triple from second baseman Luc de la Soujeole broke the game open and the Orioles took an 8-1 lead. Little was in doubt after that as the Orioles cruised home to a 10-2 victory over the BlackSox and claimed their first NTABL American League Spring Championship. The Dallas Orioles look forward to defending their title in 2015 and beyond.

You can find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dallasorioles.

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2014 Christmas Bail Bonds Red Sox Win First Title in LA

LA MSBL Saturday Wood American

Christmas Bail Bonds Red Sox 9, Squires 6

Contributed by Charlie Hollom, Red Sox manager

Missing our two main pitchers, our third string guy, Eddie Urquiza, came in and manhandled one of the best hitting teams we have ever faced, the Squires. Jerry Whitaker, who waited all season to get the game ball, came in to shut the door. Mike Velez showed why he is who he is and dominated at the plate leading the way. Although a valiant effort on a comeback, the Christmas Bail Bonds Red Sox and manager Charlie Hollom come away champs with a 9-6 victory over the Squires.

We lost our mascot of seven years, ‘Boss Hollom’ (white English bull dog), three weeks before the championship game so his ashes were spread before the game at every base and then after the game was over he was buried at the score board and got to be a part of the championship. We all played for him. It was a very emotional win for this team that fought so hard for me all year through torn biceps and missing players, due to work and injuries, but it just seemed like we were destined to win.

Our slogan after game six was do more with less and we did!!!…Hollom

Added Squires manager Robert Simon, “The LA Squires decided to go by an alter ego this season ‘Los Guapos de Los Estados Unitos.’ The hope was that the name change would allow them to avenge our championship loss in 2013. It did not, as the team fell in the Championship once again. However, it was one hell of a season.” Los Guapos are led by their manager/player Robert Simon, who, these days, admittedly spends more time in the dugout making jokes than actually on the base pads. “The team was fortunate enough to have three of the top five batters in the league,” continued Simon, “including Eric Anderson, who, once again, led the league in batting average. He is a likely candidate for MVP as he was also the team’s catcher and pitched. Newcomers Justin McKeeney and Drew Rogers absolutely mashed this season and almost dethroned Anderson for the batting crown. We fell short and had to settle for the home run king (McKeeney) and slugging percentage king (Rogers). Los Guapos vow to return next year: bigger, stronger, faster, and … funnier!” Here is a speech given by Red Sox manager Hollom the day before the championship:

“Men, tomorrow at this time hold me back. I will be breathing fire to get at them. That’s the first thing I need from you guys tomorrow. Second thing is to remain patient. This is a thinking man’s game and don’t make too much out of one play or one at bat. If we play loose, we win. Make jokes and have a blast. We will not lose focus because that’s what Mike V. and Charlie are there for. Play your position better and harder than you ever have. Shine tomorrow. Be a beast, but one that’s calm. One that’s been there before. One that is…. a champion!!!

And that’s what this year has been all about.It’s not about how we started. It’s not about our playoff game that was a close win.It’s not about any of our stats tomorrow. It’s not about just winning……It’s really about winning together.

Think about that and what that means. Imagine what it’s like when you get to look in your brother’s eye and say ‘long mission accomplished’. I have a few of you to hug afterwards and that’s gonna be a great moment. I can’t wait.

Nothing will divide us. Nothing will come between us. They will try and we will roll threw them to get to each other.I love you guys for putting up with my sick passion for this game. I appreciate the momentum we have together and respect the fact that nothing is guaranteed except we will be as one tomorrow and win. So know that I’m here and have your back. Look to me if things don’t go 100%. I will find a way to make us get there. We are a team.

And there is a saying that you never go to war with hired help. We bring our friends. And when the going gets tough who do you want around you? Your friends….. and I have that with you guys. We couldn’t have a better group of men. Go get ‘em tomorrow for each other and ‘Boss’….”