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2014 Brookfield Stallions Have Great Playoff Run

LaGrange (IL) MABL

Cicero Pirates 10, Brookfield Stallions 1

Submitted by Keith Halverson, managerThe Brookfield Stallions lost game one to the Whooligans right out of the gate. Then, the pitching stepped up. The Stallions won four straight games (games 2 through 5) only allowing five runs in that span. Kyle Halverson led the staff in victories going 2-0, including a complete game one run performance in game five to go to the championship. Keith Halverson led the offense hitting .533 (8 for 15). Mike Eifel and Jon Kleinmeyer also earned huge victories that week on the mound with great performances. Game four had some big highlights in a 3-2 win over the Red Angels, in which Kleinmeyer pitched a complete game, but also included two huge stolen bases and an outfield assist at home plate by Alex Nenodivc. Lastly, Eric Shumacher delivered the game winning hit in that contest.

The championship game was not what we envisioned, but we simply ran out of pitching and out of hits on offense. We lost 10-1 to the Cicero Pirates with the top of the order carrying the only offense: Kyle Halverson had three hits, Keith Halverson had two hits, and Jon Kleinmeyer had two hits.

Overall leaders for the 2014 playoff run included Keith Halverson batting .619 (13 for 21), Kyle Halverson with two wins on the mound, and Jon Kleinmeyer pitching 19 innings on the mound and hit the only home run for the Stallions in the playoffs.

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2014 Sidney Angels Take Southern Tier Crown

Southern Tier (NY) Adult Baseball League

Sidney Angels 4, Binghamton Buccaneers 3

Submitted by Andy Kozak, manager, Sidney Angels

The Sidney Angels won their second Southern Tier Adult Baseball League championship in three years, as they knocked off the defending champion Binghamton Buccaneers . This season, the New York based league went to a three-game series format in the playoffs. The number one seed Angels defeated the number five seed Binghamton Royals in two games, and then went three games against the Bucs, who had knocked off the number six seeded New Milford Braves and the number two seeded Devil Rays. The Buccaneers took the first game on Saturday by a score of 3-0, behind a shutout by pitcher Todd Cutting. The teams returned to River Park on Sunday, where the Angels won game two by a score of 4-0, as Angels manager Andy Kozak tossed a shutout to tie the series at one game apiece.

The deciding game couldn’t have been better. Trailing 3-2 with runners on second and third and one out in the top of the sixth, Bucs batter Anthony Campo crushed a line drive to left field, but Angels outfielder Chuck Parslow made an incredible diving play to save a run. However, the runner tagged up from third base to tie the score at three apiece.

In the bottom of the sixth, Parslow walked, stole a base, and scored the go-ahead run from third on a passed ball. Despite throwing a complete game just one day earlier, Parslow took the ball in the 7th inning and shut down the side to earn the save and preserve the win – and the championship – for the Angels. For his efforts, Parslow was named Championship Series MVP.

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2014 Rockies Shoot Down Bombers in Utah 45+ Spring Championship

Utah Adult Amateur Baseball League 45+ Spring Division

Utah Rockies 12, Bronx Bombers 4

Submitted by Randy Miles, Rockies and Pirates manager

My 45 and over team, the Rockies, defeated the Bronx Bombers 12-4 in the championship game. The Utah MSBL 45+ division started a few years ago, so basically we took our Utah Pirate travel team and divided up the players between the Rockies and the Bombers so we would have decent competition to prepare us for MSBL national tourneys. Our Utah Pirates won the 50+ Central division at last year’s MSBL World Series in Arizona so we need to stay sharp to defend our title this year. This championship game is basically an inter-squad game between friends. It is usually a great, evenly matched game but in this one we jumped ahead 9-0 through two innings off their ace Duane Lee. But then our ace, Brady Field, lost his control and walked or hit 9 batters in 2 1/3 innings, so Chad Foster came in relief and pitched 5 2/3 innings of shut-out baseball for the win.

I also manage the 35+ Pirates, but we lost in the championship to the Rockies, 16-12. We were up 12-8 in the top of the sixth of the big game, led by two home runs and a double off the fence byFrancisco Mendoza, but then the Rockies scored eight unanswered runs in the last three innings to beat us. Brad Marsh from the Rockies pretty much shut us down in the final four innings while only allowing one run. He also hit a home run that gave the Rockies the lead for good.

 

Our leading Pirates hitters were Dave Carter, 4×5, and Francisco Mendoza, 3×3 with two home runs and a double. Dave Coleman pitched six innings and absorbed the loss.

The championship game box score for the 45 and over champion Rockies is shown below:

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2014 Pirates Down Outsiders to Capture Utah 25+ Crown

Utah Adult Amateur Baseball League 25+ Spring Season

Salt Lake Pirates 16, Outsiders 11

Standing L-R: Jeff Cole, Skylar Rigby, Justin “J.O” Oliver, Zeb Deede, Jason Gordon, Danny Terasevich and Danny Umphlett.  Front L-R: Duane Privett, Tommy Morelli, Brad Thomas and Brandon Archuleta.  Not pictured: Jesse McAlister, Mike Meitchen, Chad Bryce, Alec Rosales, Brett Shaw, Matt Privett, Todd Privett and Zak Privett

Contributed by Danny Umphlett, Pirates manager

This was our second spring season and third season overall, as we are a tight group of friends and coworkers. We carry a 19 man roster because most of us work together and are shift workers but can usually get ten guys to show up. We played 12 games in the regular season with a record of 10-2 and it was overall a great season with guys stepping up and playing out of position due to injury. Right off the bat we lost our numbers one and two starting pitchers due to shoulder surgery and Jeff Cole came from behind the dish to be our main starter throughout the spring.

Jeff Cole ended up leading the league in home runs, innings pitched, strikeouts and wins. Because of his stellar performance Jeff took home the league MVP award as voted by his peers.

The championship game summary:

We had just played our championship game opponent, the Outsiders, three days prior in a double-header. We split the games, winning the first and losing the second. The championship game had to be rescheduled because of rain and it was a scramble but we were able to get a team there. We were down 2-0 going into the third inning when ourDanny Terasevich stepped up to the plate with two on and hit a bomb to left. Going into the fifth we were down 8-4 and the game was starting to get away from us.

But in the bottom of the sixth our bats finally came alive. Jeff Cole hit a solo homer andDanny Terasevich hit a grand slam. We ended the sixth by putting 12 across and had to hold the Outsiders in the top of the seventh. The game was eventually called due to time and the rest is history, as we won the title with a 16-11 victory. Thanks to all our families for supporting us and letting us be kids three hours a week!

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2014 Rockies Prevail in 35+ Utah Spring League

Utah Adult Amateur Baseball League 35+ Spring Season

Utah Rockies 16, Pirates 12

Standing L-R: Jason Montoya, Chris Robert, Tony Peterson, Christian Mickelsen, Jon Eaton, Joe Escudero and Brad Marsh.  Kneeling L-R: Mgr. Mike Moore, Asst. coaches Lance Lee and Tony Ortiz, Alex Cabrero, Andrew Ortiz.  Not pictured: Dustin Dinkel, Aaron Dinkel, Mike Herrera, JB Walsh and Gary Bowman

Contributed by Mike Moore, Rockies manager

It was a typical Rockies versus Pirates battle. We have seen each other in five of the last nine championship games. We always say you’ve gotta score double digits to beat the Pirates and this was definitely one of those games. We took an early7-3 lead into the third inning but the Pirates battled back, led by two home runs by Francisco Mendoza, to take an 11-8 lead into the sixth. Brad Marsh then hit a two run bomb for us to start a five-run inning and Chris Robert added a solo moon shot in the seventh. We didn’t look back from that point.

Brad Marsh was definitely the MVP of the game, as he went 2-3 and pitched four innings of one-run ball in relief for the win.

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2014 Capital District Giants Cap Undefeated Season

Capital District (NY) 55 + Division

Capital District Giants 12, Cardinals 2

By Jim Konstantakis, manager, Capital District 55 Giants

2014 was the Giants inaugural year in the 55 and over division of the Capital District MSBL, located in and around Albany, New York. The 55 Giants wasted no time making an impact on the league in their new bracket. They opened their 15-game regular season schedule with an exciting 4-3 victory over the Cardinals, who had won the title in both 2011 and 2012. The game ended when a Cardinals runner was thrown out at the plate. From there the Giants rolled through the regular season at 15-0 with exciting victories over the powerhouses Americans (3-2) and Yankees (5-4).  Al Wolfer went the distance against the Americans in notching his first-ever pitching victory while Mike Lannon’s walk-off RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh won the game.

In the playoffs the Giants went right to the semi-finals where they defeated the defending champion Yankees, 5-4, and then capped their unbelievable perfect 20-0 season with 4-2 and 12-2 victories over the Cardinals in the finals to take their first 55 and over crown.

With the championship, the Giants became just the second team in all of CDMSBL’s 25 year history to go unbeaten. The Yanks went 12-0 in 2009, the first year of the 55 division.

Darrell Duncan pitched the Giants into the finals with a brilliant 4-3 performance over the Yankees in the semis. For good measure, he blasted a two-run homer. He then pitched five innings in game one against the Cardinals with team manager Jim Konstantakis closing it out the finals two innings. Konstantakis, also known as‘Jimmy K,’ tossed a complete-game three-hitter in game two to clinch the title and put an exclamation point on his 0.82 season ERA.

“I’ve not seen an amateur team at this level so mentally and physically prepared to play on every pitch for a complete game,” Jimmy K said of his Giants teammates.

The defense was outstanding, led by shortstop Ralph Caputo and second baseman Tony Nardacci. With Bill Smith catching and Duncan patrolling center field, the Giants were as strong up the middle as any team in any division.

Tom Maney in left field and Mike Lannon in right gave the Giants the speed and agility to cover the corners in the outfield. With Jim Whitford snaring hard-hit balls at third base and Pete Geannelis scooping throws and going back and coming in on pop-ups at first base, the Giants had great infield corner strength as well. The Giants committed just one error in the playoffs.

Offensively, top to bottom, the Giants bring the lumber. They led the division in runs scored (163) and home runs (5) with Fred Pidgeon blasting two of them. However, Pete Geannelis hit three homers to lead the team while adding a team-leading two triples. The Giants hit an unbelievable .501 as a team for the regular season.

Ron Smaka led the entire division in hitting with a robust .609 average, yet the Giants had to make do without him in the finals. Ron tore a planter’s tendon running out a base hit in the semis.

“The thing that makes us what we are is the camaraderie,” Lannon said. “It’s the best group of guys I think I have ever been around.”

Concluded coach Jimmy K, “We stick around after games and just laugh till it hurts. Maney, Duncan, Lannon, Fred Pidgeon, Bill Smith and Al Wolfer should have their own comedy routine. This is the kind of season you hate to see end.”

55 Giants team members and their regular-season stats:

Mike Lannon(CF/LF/RF .279)

Tom Maney(LF/1B leadoff hitter; .378; 17 stolen bases)

Darrell Duncan (.550; 3-0 pitching 0.58 ERA; plays anywhere he’s asked to play)

Peter Geannelis (RF/1B/C/P .525, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 3 HRs, 20 RBIs;3-0 pitching)

Bill Smith(C/3B/RF 4-5 hitter; .390; 11very clutch RBIs; 1-0 pitching)

Ron Smaka(1B/2B/3B/SS/C; 4-5 hitter,.609 led the league; 16 RBIs)

Jim Whitford(3B/P/LF .545, 5 doubles in just 8 games)

Ralph Caputo(SS .396 with 12 RBIs; 3-0 pitching)

Tony Nardacci (2B, .486, 13 RBIs)

Fred Pidgeon(DH/1B/RF .462, 2 HRs, 18 hits, 20 RBIs)

Al Wolfer(3B/LF/P .381; 1-0 pitching)

Jeff Teats(C/3B/LF .343; clutch hitter)

Jim Konstantakis (P/RF/2B .325, 9 RBIs, .514 OBP; 4-0 pitching 0.82 ERA)

Jerry Solomon (3 games hit .667, 1-0 pitching)

Doug Zmyewski (out injured this season)

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2014 Baton Rouge Indians Take Red Stick 35+ Title in Louisiana

Red Stick (LA) Adult Baseball League 35+ Division

Baton Rouge Indians 13, Baton Rouge Reds 5

Submitted by Jeff Nice, Indians manager

The Baton Rouge Indians defended their 2013 championship, after suffered through a 90 minute first inning rain delay, to rally for 15 hits and 13 runs in support of winning pitcher Kurt Faul, as the Indians beat the Baton Rouge Reds 13-5 in the Red Stick Adult Baseball League 35 and over championship. Faul went six innings giving up eight hits and three runs. Jeff Webb pitched the final three innings for the “Tribe” while picking up the save. The Indians were led at the plate by center fielder Reggie Hilliard, shortstop Khiry Allen and right fielder Don Hall, who all collected multiple hits in the contest.

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2014 Who Let the Dogs Out!? Muckdogs Cop First Title

Greater Philadelphia MABL 25+

Muckdogs 6, Comets 0

Contributed by Brian Smith, Muckdogs manager

The Muckdogs entered the season with a roster almost completely intact from the one that went to, but lost, the previous two Greater Philadelphia MABL championships. With Brian Smith back at the helm for his fourth season, the Muckdogs returned GPMABL Cy Young winners Dan Schiffner and Nick Long along with MVP candidates Scott Stanton and Mike Balash, defensive stalwart Kyle Landreth and speedster Shane Freer. The Muckdogs added Junior Lewis, a hard hitting shortstop who played the last few seasons in the Trenton area, and Ryan Pavone, who brought some stability to the bullpen and solid defense at third base. Mark Duffy, a GPMABL all-star and winner of two championships,switched teams to give the Muckdogs the best one-two catching combo in the league. The Muckdogs jumped out early in the standings before falling into a mid season funk in which the bats went quiet in a 3-4 stretch from May 18th to June 15th.

The June 15th Father’s day loss to the defending champion Comets dropped the Muckdogs out of the top spot for the first time all season. The Muckdogs returned the following week against a tough opponent in Penn division rival Colt 45’s. The Muckdogs won the double-header and positioned themselves in full control of the division. From June 22nd to season’s end on July 27th the Muckdogs outscored their opponents 93-14, including 13-2 and 18-1 wins over the Brawlers, along with 11-0 and 17-3 wins over the rival Comets, which would put the Muckdogs back in first place overall. The Muckdogs would end the regular season on a ten game winning streak and claim their second consecutive Penn Division Pennant and the top seed entering the playoffs.

For the season the Muckdogs would finish with the lowest team ERA in GPMABL history at 1.11. Nick Long would finish with the third lowest single season ERA at 0.32 while Dan Schiffner would add another ten win season to his ever growing resume’. Ryan Pavone picked up six saves on the year. The Muckdogs finished the season with the #1 pitching (1.11 ERA), #1 defense (.958 FPC) and #2 offense (.301 AVG).

The Muckdogs opened the playoffs against the #8 seed Brawlers and made quick work of them winning 14-2. In the best of three semifinals, the Muckdogs would square off against the much improved Fighting Irish who entered the playoffs as the #5 seed. Game one was a pitcher’s duel that would have the Muckdogs tied at one in the 6th before Shane Freer would get things rolling with a triple. Ryan Pavone would then knock Freer in with a poke out to right field to make the Muckdogs 2-1 winners in game one. The Muckdogs would then close out the Irish in game two by a 5-0 score to advance to their third straight championship series and third against the Comets. The Muckdogs opened the scoring getting out to a 1-0 lead before the Comets would work their way back and take a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh. With the Muckdogs down to their final three outs, Mark Duffy laced a single. The Muckdogs manager would then turn to speedster Shane Freer as a pinch runner. Freer was advanced to second on a Jack Lenoir sacrifice bunt which set the stage for Scott Stanton. Stanton delivered with a double to the gap which scored Freer and tied the game at two. Mike Balash, who came on in relief in the seventh inning, would retire the Comets in the eighth. Kyle Landreth started the bottom of the eighth with a hard fought walk. Landreth moved into scoring position after Brad Livingston walked. Shane Freer would step to the plate for the first time after coming in to pinch run and scoring the tying run. Freer would make the Muckdogs walk-off winners with a deep double to right center that allowed Landreth to easily score. In the potential clinch game for the Muckdogs in the best of three series, they would turn to Dan Schiffner. The offense gave Schiffner all the support he would need on the day providing him with 6 runs, including three-hit games from Mike Balash, Junior Lewis and Rob Worrell. Schiffner threw a complete game, 82 pitch shutout while recording the game ending unassisted double-play on a liner back to the mound. The Muckdogs would win the game 6-0 and hoist the GPMABL commissioner’s cup for the first time in franchise history and first time in three tries. Dan Schiffner would finish the playoffs 3-0 with two complete game shutouts allowing only two runs over 21 innings. The Muckdogs became the first team in GPMABL history to go 5-0 in the playoffs. The championship was extra special for Brian Smith, Jack Lenoir, Nick Long and Josh Gansky as they are the only four remaining from opening day of the Muckdogs franchise.

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2014 Outlaws 18+ Champions in Portland

Portland MSBL 18+ Division

Outlaws 8, Indians 7 (14 innings)

 

Submitted by Randy Clemo, president, MSBL Portland (OR)

In one of the most epic and greatest game ever in a MSBL championship game, these two teams had a classic battle. The Indians jumped out to a 6-1 lead after four and a half innings. The Outlaws scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to trail 6-5. The Outlaws scored a run in the eighth inning to tie the score. It was tied until the 12th inning when the Indians scored to take a 7-6 lead. The Outlaws countered with a run to tie it up at 7-7.

The Outlaws won in the bottom of the 14th inning on a bases loaded walk on a 3-2 pitch. The winning pitcher Wes Warfield, who pitched all 14 innings, to earn game MVP. This outstanding game featured two great teams today. Congratulations to Outlaws coach Brian Krupp and Indians coach Sean Fennell. Both of them are class men and have classy teams! This was a great way to end the 2014 Portland MSBL baseball season.

Added Outlaws manager Brian Krupp, “We had another great year and won despite not having the most talented team. I am sure you are aware of the effort put into making the Portland league function from Randy Clemo and Scott Thorne. These two men have been instrumental to allowing us players the opportunity to bring our families out to watch us play this game we all love. I can’t say enough about their passion and time they put in.”

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2014 Milwaukee Beavers Capture First 18+ Rock Title

Milwaukee Rock MSBL 18+

Milwaukee Beavers 14, Milwaukee Builders 6

Top Row L-R: Tyler Schoen, Alex Raver, Alex Rejniak, Mike Schroeder, Jarrett Gates, Doug Martin and Alex Nikolai  Bottom Row L-R: Tim Garceau, John Kuhn, Justin Reminger, Garrick Day, Justin Barkhurst, Matt Burke, Rob Tschimperle, Joe Cefalu and Brett Youngbeck

‘Offense Leads Milwaukee Beavers to First Rock League 18+ Title’

Contributed by Justin Barkhurst, Milwaukee Beavers

MILWAUKEE, WI – Two runs were all that separated the Beavers and Builders in the first two games of the best of three Rock League 18 and over Championship Series.After losing 4-3 in game one, the Beavers came back and held on to win 9-8 in game two and now had to beat the Builders twice in two nights to claim their first league title in franchise history.

For the first time in the series, the Beavers scored first to grab a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning. Tim Garceau led off the game with his seventh consecutive walk and scored on a two-out RBI single to left by Doug Martin. Garceau had a chance to extend the lead in the second inning as he came up with one out and runners on the corners, but his line shot up the middle was snagged by the pitcher who doubled off the runner at first.

Despite crafty pitching from Beaver starting pitcher,Garrick Day, the Builders tied the game in the second inning on an error with two outs. Then they used three two-out singles to score two runs in the third inning to take a 3-1 lead.

Then it was the Beavers, playing in their fifth elimination game in these playoffs, that went off in the fourth inning. Martin singled to center, Rob Tschimperlewalked and Tyler Schoen laid down a perfect bunt single to load the bases with nobody out. Jarrett Gates was hit to score one while RBI singles fromJustin Reminger and Tim Garceau put the Beavs in front, 4-3. Justin Barkhurst knocked in two more with a single down the third base line and Mike Schroeder scored another with a single down the left field line. Martin launched an RBI double to the center field wall to make it 8-3 and then a fielder’s choice from Tschimperle scored Schroeder. Schoen lined his second hit of the inning to right field to extend the lead to 10-3. Milwaukee used eight hits to score nine runs in one inning against a team that had not allowed more than nine runs in a game all season.

Beaver starter Garrick Day kept the Builders at bay until a walk and a single in the bottom half of the fourth brought up their number three hitter, who hit a three-run home run to cut the lead to 10-6. The Beaver manager turned to his game one starter, Alex Rejniak, who ended the inning with two fly outs.

Rejniak faced the minimum in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. He induced two tailor-made double play balls to shortstop Justin Barkhurst to end both the fifth and sixth innings. The Builders went 1-2-3 in the seventh.

Milwaukee scored two more in the seventh to extend their lead to 12-6. The first two men reached base for the Builders in the eighth, but Rejniak escaped easily with three quick outs. Brett Youngbeck led off the ninth with a triple to the right-center gap and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Joe Cefalu. Beaver closer Alex Raver came in for the ninth and with two outs, he induced a ground ball to short and in a flash, the weight of three straight championship losses was finally lifted from the Beavers’ shoulders. A pile-up on the mound confirmed the 14-6 victory and their first championship in franchise history.

Alex Rejniak was brilliant in relief, allowing just two hits, one walk and had four strikeouts in 4.2 innings. He did not allow an earned run in 19 2/3 innings in the playoffs. Tyler Schoen was a perfect 5-5 with two runs scored and played great behind the plate all series. Doug Martin was 3-4 with a walk, two RBIs and three runs scored. Justin Barkhurst went 2-4 with two RBIs, a run and was hit twice. Tim Garceau reached base three times and scored twice.  If you wish to know more about the astonishing Beavers from Milwaukee, just dial up their website at beaversbaseballclub.com.