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2014 Nationals Sweep Braves for 25+ National Crown in Redwood Empire

Redwood Empire (CA) 25+ National Division

Nationals 6, Braves 3

Submitted by Nick Green, Nationals manager

The Nationals had a lot of regular season injuries resulting in the three-seed heading into the playoffs with a regular season 14-3 record.In the best-of-three championship series we played the top seeded Braves. We won game one 11-3. The game was close all the way and got out of hand late. Jerome Godsey got the win going 6 1/3 innings on the hill then Casey Hillman relieved in the seventh inning leading by three and slammed the door for a save. Dustin Emswiler hit a long home run off eventual loser Mike Miller to extend the lead.

Game two was a scrappy team effort at the dish with a gutsy complete game hurled by Roy Cook to complete the sweep by the score of 6-3. The series was protested by the Braves claiming our light weight button-less jersey were illegal. The Commissioner upheld the sweep, enabling the Nationals to claim their fourth title in five years!

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2014 Angels Make Great Playoff Run in Bux-Mont 45+

Bux-Mont (PA) 45+ Classic Division

Harleysville Angels

Submitted by Pat Lynch, Harleysville Angels manager

The team is disappointed in our championship series loss but pleased with our season.
This is only our second season in the 45+ Classic division of the Bux-Mont league in Pennsylvania. After finishing 6-12 in our inaugural season, we added four solid players to round out our team and improve our 2014 record to 12-6.

We went into the playoffs as the fifth seed and came out strong, sweeping the two-time defending champion Hatboro Rays in round one. We then swept the top-seeded Hatfield Orioles in round two.

We won the first game of the championship series against the Easton Brewers but ran out of gas and got beat up pretty good in the two remaining games. Hats off to the Brewers for a great season.

We look forward to the 2015 Season. We will be getting into our indoor facility for winter workouts in the next few weeks and feel we are a very competitive team to be reckoned with for a while!

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2014 Agoura Bandits Post Great Year in Los Angeles 35+ American

Los Angeles Baseball League 35+ American Federal

Submitted by Bob Sherwin, Bandits manager

The Agoura Bandits is a very successful team in the Los Angeles Baseball League 35+ American Federal Division. Our division was divided into two sub divisions with six teams each. We won the West Division with a 16 – 5 record. In our post season we won two playoff games before squaring off against the East winner, the Titans. They won the championship game 7 – 3 so while we were the Western Division champs, we were the overall runner ups.

Our team was led by pitchers Jeff Gould, Jeff Wells, Jerry Whitaker and Tom Kopp, who split the duties all year. Offensively we were led by Jerry Whitaker, who hit over .500, and infielder Mike Guise who had .450 on the year. Our team had four players over 60 years old and four over 55. Despite our age we had fun whipping all the younger players!

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2014 Braves Boast Great Season in Arizona 25+ Central

AZ MSBL 25+ Central Division

Submitted by Neil Rosekrans, Braves manager

The AZ Braves (15-9-1) finished the 2014 summer season as runner-up in the 10-team 25 Central Division.

The top four teams of each division advance to the playoffs and the Braves regular season record landed a #3 seeding in the double-elimination playoff tournament. The first round paired the Braves against the Mets, a rival that had defeated the Braves in eight consecutive match-ups dating back to June 2013.

The Braves, with several players out of town, once again fell victim to the Mets in a lopsided 12-5 loss. However, Jim Collentro pitched a gem in long relief, allowing just five hits and two earned runs over five innings. This allowed the Braves to preserve pitching for the round two elimination game against the Dukes, who had also lost their initial playoff game.

The Braves prevailed over the Dukes, 12-11, in a high-scoring nail biter. Lyman Hagan jump-started the Braves offense with a solo home run over the right field wall in the bottom of the second inning. Six Braves batters had a multi-hit game and the Braves were able to overcome a three-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning and edge the Dukes. Jim Collentro is credited with the game-winning RBI and Kolton Morrison pitched a clean ninth inning for the save.

With the win over the Dukes, the Braves advanced to the next round to face the Mets again in a critical elimination game. The winner would advance to play the Heat in the 25 Central finals. The Braves, with their entire lineup available as well as ace pitcher Chad Simendinger on the mound, defeated the Mets 6-0. Simendinger pitched a complete game shutout, only giving up one hit and striking out 15 Mets batters.

After defeating the Mets, the Braves advanced to the championship game versus the AZ Heat. The Braves, after playing a tough playoff schedule, were running on fumes and lost 15-6.

The Braves entered the men’s league in 2013 and have advanced to the playoffs in both years. The team looks forward to returning to the finals in 2015 and ultimately holding the trophy at the end of the season. The Braves 2014 summer roster: Jeremy Bourque, Jim Collentro, Eric Collentro, Lyman Hagan, Mike Harney, Antonio Huez (2014 All Star), Mark Kaegi, Ari Kalantarzadeth, Mark Lamirande, Dave Lovett, Will McCord, Kolton Morrison, Nathan Niemira, Chad Simendinger (2014 All Star), Dave Tendering, Travis Wilbeck and manager Neil Rosekrans.

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2014 Mets Score Early, Hold off Giants in Detroit 18+

Detroit MSBL 18+ Division

Mets 12, Giants 8

Submitted by Brian Robert, co-manager

The Mets blow it open in 3rd, beat Giants 12-8 for first MSBL Championship!!!

After the first game exhilaration, the Mets were handed the task of getting their heart rates back in check and winning it all with what ended up as the season finale against the Giants. As visiting squad, and after a little “between game” BP, the Mets got started early and often and came out bats a ‘crackin’ for the second of this two headed monster.

The Mets put the pressure on early with some good situational hitting in the first inning.Alex started things off with an infield single, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a Weinberger groundout to the right side and was plated on a sacrifice fly by Poll. The lead was extended to 3-0 in the third after a walk to Dickenson and a single by Robey put two runners on before Bill Kandilian connected with a huge two-out, two-run double to the left-center field gap.

The early lead proved to continue the momentum achieved after the storybook finish to game one and kept the hopes of the Giants low. The Mets then did the unthinkable to take the game out reach by scoring the first seven batters that stepped to the plate in the third inning to take a massive 10-0 lead. The “big inning” has been a calling card of the Mets attack all year with this outburst being the seventh time this season the Mets put up an inning with seven or more runs. The inning was once again started by an Alex single, which was then proceeded by a Weinberger walk, a Poll walk, a Greene bloop RBI single down the right field line, a Hall scud single up the middle, a Dickenson rocket shot single that scooted under the right fielders glove to clear the bases, a Robey rip RBI double to deep center field, and finally an RBI single from Bill Kandilian.

The Mets were able to add a couple more runs in the fifth to work the Giants for a total of 12 runs – a feat that no other team was able to accomplish all season. Featured offensive performances came from Alex 2-2, including another broken bat depleting his bat inventory to ‘zero’, Robey 3-4 with his seventh double of the season, followed by an attempted hidden ball trick move by the Giant’s middle infield, Dickenson 1-2 with two walks and three runs scored and Kandilian 3-3 with 4 RBI.

On the defensive side of the pill, the Mets sent Rob Poll to the hill to bring home the title, which he eventually did even though he, along with all other Mets on the field, was unquestionably running out of gas by the fourth inning. Although the Mets have managed a number of large early leads this season, this game was a whole new beast given the gravity of this one. The strong Giants offense did their best to keep it interesting, as there were a few misplayed balls connected to a couple solid rips late in the game. Things started on a downward trajectory in the fourth after Poll had to deal with the impact of a sky high pop-up taken off his collarbone following a dual with the elevated lip near the fence in foul territory. The large lead, injury, and fatigue put Poll in a position the Mets are unaccustomed to seeing, but Poll and the Mets were able to persevere ending the game with the tying run at the plate and the bases juiced with a ground ball to shut the threat down.

After the closure of the game, the Mets celebrated – as there were a couple comments of“…it’s about damn time…” and snapped a couple pictures of the championship crew (eat your heart out, Deep Deep!!). All of that hard work finally paid off, hours of BP and practice, time at the cages, dealing with the fury of wives, jockeying work schedules to make it to games, and such made it possible to reap the spoils of victory in solid form post game.

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Mets 1 2 7 0 2 0 0 12 13 4
Giants 0 0 0 2 2 1 3 8 9 2
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2014 Lincoln Abrahams Win Title in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Baseball League, South Bay American

Lincoln Abrahams 3, Crown City Cubs 0

Submitted by Paul Cosaro, Abraham’s manager

This was the Lincoln Abrahams’ inaugural season in the MSBL. The team is made up of a collection of friends and old teammates, so a sense of camaraderie and unselfishness was felt right off the bat. The team won their division with a 16-4 record.

Back (left to right): Jim Sajewich, Bob Sagen, Raj Sareen, Paul Cosaro, Joe Karver, Rory Meister.  Front (left to right): Terrence Bowman, Duke Cooke, Robert Sur, Sean Koyano, John Choi

Pitching was a major factor in their success, with the team leading the league in ERA and strikeouts. The team then took their league leading record into the playoffs, where they fought hard to win the championship. The 3-0 Championship game victory over the Crown City Cubs was highlighted by a 3-hit, 12-strikeout complete game shutout by league Cy Young winner Rory Meister…in 102 degree heat!

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2014 Newton Red Sox Repeat in Boston MSBL American Division

Boston MSBL American Division

Newton Red Sox 2, Winchester Chiefs 1

The Newton Red Sox are the back-to-back champions in the American division of the Boston MSBL. The Red Sox defeated the Winchester Chiefs 2-1 to top off their championship after an impressive 18-6 regular season mark. The usually high powered Red Sox offense was not the case this year as pitching, defense and timely hitting led the way. All three championship games included complete pitched games and were won on clutch hits late in the games. It took great defense to beat a very well put together Middlesex Brewers team and a high powered offense team in the Winchester Chiefs in the semi and finals series.

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2014 Dodgers Win Division in 45+ Arizona MSBL

Arizona MSBL 45+ Central Division

Provided by Richard Simeonoff, Dodger Skipper

This was a great season as we had some veteran players on the team and we were successful because we had good pitching. We had ex- Major leaguer Chuck Hensley Jr, Rory Conway and Tim Ramsey and were able to keep the other teams’ pitcher’s heads spinning with our speedsters on the bases, especially Dave Krug, Ariel Perez and John Adam. We also had some big bats in the lineup with Les Body, Dave Dowel and Tim White. These were just a few of our stars but the whole team contributed to this season.

Our biggest game was a comeback win against the National Teams Division Winning teamthe 45 Angels, who would not lose again. My best part of the season was being told by almost every player on the team that this was their best season since playing adult recreation baseball. Previous to this season we had some very tough seasons. Our first season we went winless and gave up over 500 runs. The year before this season I was diagnosed with stage four throat cancer, my father was diagnosed with dementia and later passed and my brother fell off a ladder and sustained life changing brain injuries. Through all of this my baseball friends and family supported me and kept my mind off the unfortunate realities of life. I can’t say enough about our league presidents Lou McAnanyand John Silingo for keeping our league the best it can be.

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2014 Royals Sweep Astros to Claim 25+ Title in Redwood Empire (CA)

Redwood Empire MSBL 25+ Division

Royals 22, Astros 3

Submitted by Stephen Rhinehart, Royals manager

The Napa Valley Royals of the 25-over division of the Redwood Empire (CA) MSBL went 15-3-1 (one loss was due to the Napa earthquake which had to be forfeited) during the regular season and 4-0 in the playoffs, capped by a sweep of the Astros 8-2 and 22-3. The Royals rode the arms of CY Young winner Brandon Alves and Chad Albrecht, who both dominated in playoffs by allowing a combined eight total runs during the playoffs. There was also no shortage of offense as the Royals had a 42 run differential during the playoffs. Fueled by the hot bats of MVP Nick Pike and clubhouse favorite Ross Golding, the Napa Royals scored a total of 50 runs during their playoff run.

The Royals’ only struggle was fielding a complete team of nine guys every week but managed to only be left shorthanded one game this year with eight players. The Royals proved this year that quality trumps quantity any day. The Royals were true road warriors this season only playing six games on their home field in Napa and traveling for the other 13 games. Other notable contributors for the Napa Valley Royals were Tom Long, Phil Freitas, Alex Hanson, Chris Mullins, Dan Poli, Jordan Long, Athan Putnam, and manager Stephen Rhinehart.

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2014 Nuts Rattle Blacksox in Final of Central Coast MABL

Central Coast (CA) MABL

San Luis Obispo Nuts 11, Blacksox 8

Submitted by Robert Bonds, manager

The Nuts went 12-0 in spring 2014. We have also won the San Luis Obispo, CA Men’s Adult Baseball League in the Central Coast (CA) MSBL for summer 2014. This makes back-to-back summer champions for our club. Last year we knocked off the powerhouse Bulls, a team that had won the league five out of six years prior. This summer we beat another great team in the Blacksox 11-8 in the title game. The Blacksox were led by manager Tony Camacho.

The SLO Nuts were led by pitchers Mark Farrar and Lee Collins who both went on the win games in the 27th World Series in Phoenix last month. The Nuts were powered offensively by league MVP John Korsgaden. Korsgaden lead in nearly every offensive category. Catcher Ian Parker was a force behind the plate as well. First baseman Charles Lilly was also a cornerstone both offensively and defensively while shortstop Erik Wanner and Jason Coy had fantastic years. With the players we have returning, plus new additions, the Nuts will look to repeat as summer champions in 2015.