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2018 Newtown Outlaws Make it ‘Back to Back’ Titles in Connecticut MSBL

Connecticut MSBL, 25+

Newtown Outlaws 5, Stamford Pirates 0

‘Arconti Complete Game Shutout Seals Deal’

Submitted by Patrick Egan, Outlaws manager

The Outlaws won their second straight Connecticut National MSBL championship by defeating the Stamford Pirates two games to one.  The series could have easily gone either way.  In game one the Outlaws jumped out to an early 5-0 lead.  Stamford rallied to tie it up and extra innings were needed.  In the ninth inning the Outlaws got out of a base loaded jam with an inning ending double-play and in the tenth Tony Patane hit a homerun to give the Outlaws a 6-5 win.  In the second game Stamford won 3-2.  The game ended in dramatic fashion when the Pirates threw out the tying run at home plate to force a deciding game three.

In game three veteran Outlaw pitcher Chris Arconti, who has won over 400 games since he left college many years ago, pitched a complete game shutout to give the Outlaws the Championship.  Arconti, who also won the clinching game in the divisional round, was brilliant and kept the Pirates off balance all game.

Throughout the series the seven, eight and nine hitters for the Outlaws kept the lineup going.  Jon Chik went 3-8 with a walk, Mike Henry was 5-9 with a couple of RBI and Patrick Egan was 4-8 with a walk and two RBI.  These three hitters kept extending the innings and helped turn the lineup over. This win was special for the Outlaws because they lost Dan Murdoch, Billy Armstrong, Adam Nancurtis and Matt Corcocan to season ending injuries during the year.

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You Can Take Part in a Goodwill Humanitarian Baseball Tour to Nicaragua in 2019

Submitted by Hal Young, Worldwide Child Relief Foundation

Hello Fellow MSBL Ballplayers!

We have a great opportunity to make a goodwill humanitarian baseball tour to Nicaragua in late January and early February, 2019.  The trip will be approximately 10 days. As many of you know, unlike the rest of Central America, baseball is the national pastime in Nicaragua. We are hoping to bring twelve ballplayers. Spouses and significant others are welcome.  You can contact me for a complete itinerary.  (contact information below)  If you can’t make the trip, we are also seeking monetary and equipment donations to assist in our efforts. We are happy to deliver any used baseball equipment to help the children.  Here are some of our goals and needs:

250 baseballs: Goal Complete

90 aluminum bats: Still need 45

75 gloves: Still need 65

75 BB cleats (rubber): Still need 68

25 Helmets: Still need 21

5 sets of catchers gear: Still need 3

Age group target is Ages 12-15

 

Our objectives are to do the following:

Hold baseball clinics for the youth and coaches 

-Provide used baseball equipment to kids

-Play a few exhibition games

-Create good will between the two countries

-Share our love of the game

-Enjoy some of the beautiful points of interest in Nicaragua

Our group will be representing the MSBL and the Worldwide Child Relief Foundation (WCRF). The WCRF was founded in 2005 by Hal and Denise Young. Over the last 12 years, our focus has been on helping the children in impoverished areas of Nicaragua. Our emphasis has been on Health, Educational, Business Development and other humanitarian aid to the children of the Country.

Nicaragua has a six team professional major baseball league.  Some major league baseball players are from Nicaragua. At the lower levels of baseball, many kids play with homemade balls and bats. Nearly every small town has a baseball field. When coming to these towns and sharing your baseball knowledge, and giving out baseball equipment, you become an instant hero in their eyes.

Granada is a picturesque European colonial-style town that is one of the oldest on the American continent. Founded by Captain Francisco de Cordoba in 1524, the town sits near the edge of Lake Nicaragua. Granada will include: Monbocho Volcano (Cloud Forest) National Park, a boat tour of the isletas of Lake Nicaragua. For those that are more bold, you can take a zip line canopy tour.

Leon is located north of Managua. This city boasts many architectural delights. It’s crown jewel is La Cathedral de Leon which is the largest cathedral in Central America. It was constructed in 1747. Leon has won more Nicaraguan major league baseball championships than any other city in Nicaragua. Only a 15 minute drive from rustic Las Penedas Beach.

Selva Negra is a Coffee Plantation and Resort (Located in the cloud forest east of Maltigalpa, and founded by a family of Germans in the early 1900’s). High in the cloud forest, this 500 acre coffee plantation with its chalet type cottages will make you feel like you are in the mountains of German Bavaria.

San Juan del Sur is a quaint fishing village on the southern coast of Nicaragua known for its beautiful beach, stunning sunsets, and restaurants that enjoy a great view of the shoreline).

Ometepe Islands are two majestic volcanic islands are found in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. There are about nine towns located on the outer shores of the islands. They love baseball, and have they have their own Ometepe baseball association. When Mark Twain visited Ometepe over 150 years ago, this is what he had to say: “They look so isolated from the world………so tranquil, so dreamy, so steeped in slumber and eternal repose.”

 Barcelo Resort, on the beach at Montelimar, is a first class all inclusive resort that is situated on a    beautiful expanse of beach. Great food, swimming pools, casino, and plenty of sports and recreational activities if desired.

(Pictured below is Hal Young passing out donated baseball equipment to the local youth coach in Telica, Nicaragua)

The cost for the trip should be around $1600 per person (double occupancy) based on current airfares.  We will need to collect a $800 deposit by September 25th of this year. We will travel in 30 passenger air conditioned bus. Our accommodations will include breakfast and dinner daily, and clean lodging that has air conditioning and hot water. The cost of the trip includes all of the above plus airfare, all ground transportation, and excursions. All participants are asked to bring one personal suitcase, and one extra suitcase or duffel bag with baseball equipment. Assignments for what equipment to bring will be given out before the trip. Myself and my native Nicaraguan assistant, Alejandro Rocha will be your guides for the entire trip.

Approximately one half of the cost of your trip should be tax deductible, because part of the trip cost will be considered a donation to the Worldwide Child Relief Foundation.  Some of the funds from the cost of the trip will be used for programs to help the impoverished village of La Calle Real, where WCRF has built a community center. The Worldwide Child Relief Foundation (WCRF) is an IRS qualified 501(c) non-profit organization, so all donations are tax deductible.

If you’re interested in joining us, please contact me at 530.903.5153 or Dennis Smith at 916 712 5155 for more information. We’d love to have you join us on this charitable and fun trip. Your generous help is appreciated by the Worldwide Child Relief Foundation and the youth of Nicaragua.  I am also happy to send you a more detailed fund raising letter.  If you wish to send any equipment for the children please send it to me at:

Hal Young

521 Dizmar Ct, Cameron Park, CA 95682

Sincerely,

Hal Young

P.S. If your time is limited, the total time of the trip can be modified.

530 903 5153

wcrf@ymail.com

WWW.WWCRF.ORG

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2018 Pigs Heaven Makes it a Repeat in 35+ Division of Jersey Shore MSBL

Jersey Shore MSBL, 35+ Division

Pigs Heaven 3, Somer’s Point Devils 0‘Rivera Throws Shutout to Secure Title’

Submitted by Gregg Balin, Jersey Shore president

In game one Frank Levin of the Devils got caught up in a pitching duel with Steve Rivera of Pigs Heaven with neither one giving up any runs until the fourth inning, when each team plated a run.  In the fifth inning the Devil’s Dan Peters walked while Jeff Thomas doubled him home for the go ahead and eventual winning run.  Skipper Joe Liguori singled home Thomas for an insurance run while Levin struck out 12 for the complete game win.

In game two the Devil’s defense struggled while Devils pitcher Paul DeBlasio scattered just seven hits. Pig’s pitchers Gregorio Ortega and Angel Rivera held the Devil’s offense in check scattering just five hits. The Pigs led 4-2 after six innings and then blew it open, led by Steve Morris’ 3-run bomb. The game ended 12-3.

The final game in the best of three series became an epic pitching showdown once again between Levin and Rivera. Neither team had a hit until the fifth inning when Santo Pagan homered on a 3-2 pitch to right field.  In the sixth the Devil’s battled back reaching on an error and a walk and sacrifice bunt, moving runners to second and third with one out.  Steve Rivera struck out the next two hitters to end the threat.  The final score was 3-0 and the title went to the Pigs.

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Happy Holidays from Louisville Slugger Warrior Carlo Adame and ‘Benny’

Submitted by Sally George, Louisville Slugger

Carlo Adame is a second baseman for the Louisville Slugger Warriors National Amputee Baseball Team and served four tours of duty in Iraq as a US Army Sergeant First Class (Ret.). As you can see in the attached photo, Carlo and his dog Benny are both right leg amputees.

Sergeant First Class Carlo Adame served in Iraq and is now defining his odds to pursue his love for baseball/softball. He now plays with a prosthetic leg alongside former major league players and fellow baseball enthusiasts.

The Louisville Slugger Warriors National Amputee Team means a lot more than just playing baseball for Carlo.

“I get a chance to defeat the odds, which are definitely against us, to adapt and overcome. I get to play a sport that I loved since I was a child, with brothers that have fought a lot of the same battles as me. We are not just a team, we are family.”

Adame currently plays for the Louisville Slugger Warriors – a competitive baseball team made up of highly decorated U.S. Military Veterans and Active Duty Personnel with physical and invisible wounds. He played for Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, when it was ranked the #1 high school baseball team in the country. He then went on to play college baseball at San Diego City College before enlisting in the U.S. Army.

“I love the game, so if I can continue to play and inspire others at the same time then it’s definitely a good day. Life throws us all curve balls, but if you can’t adjust, then what’s the point. My brothers on this team inspire me every time I see them on the field, they help me get better and maintain a positive attitude. The Army has been good to me and I have no regrets,” said SFC Adame.

For more information on the Louisville Slugger Warriors be sure to check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LSWarriorsTeam/

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2018 Rangers Ride 10th Inning Walk-off Win for Columbus MSBL 35+ National Title

Columbus MSBL, 35+ National Division

Rangers 7, Lugnuts 6 (10 innings)

Front Row L-R: Eric French, Joe Rosales, Kevin Paris, Shawn Frisky, Kevin Gesacion. Back Row L-R: Aaron Kanagy, JR Frye, Mike Hyde, James Seymour, Andy Crabtree, Russ Moseley. Not Pictured: Derrick Grays, Todd Abens, Ashley Ross, Mike Wert

‘Rangers Win First Championship with Eight Players’

Submitted by James Seymour, Ranger’s Trustee

The Columbus Rangers battled an up and down regular season to propel themselves to a 3-0 post season, including two consecutive wins against the rival Lugnuts, to claim the Columbus MSBL playoff crown. Playing with only eight men in the championship game, the Rangers battled to ground out a come from behind, walk off win in extra innings to put the exclamation point on the season.

The team rallied behind the right arm of Mike Wert, who pitched a complete, extra innings game like a man possessed. Down two runs in the bottom of the 10th the Rangers never gave up and rallied for three to cap the improbable 7-6 walk off win.

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2018 Airdrie Gamecocks Capture Chinook Twilight Baseball League Title in Calgary

Chinook Twilight Baseball League, 30+ Division

Airdrie Gamecocks 4, Balzac Usetas 0

Submitted by Cory Hall, League President

Though we have had to occasionally deal with up to two feet of snow we finally got a warm, sunny day and were able to finish our season.

The Airdrie Gamecocks beat the defending Champion Balzac Usetas 4-0 to go undefeated through the season and playoffs and take home the Chinook Twilight Baseball League Championship in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Marucci December 2018 Monthly Bat Special Exclusively for MSBL Players

By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications

Here is the Marucci December 2018 special bat of the month.  Part of that agreement is to provide special pricing monthly and promotions exclusively for MSBL players.  Just click on the image above, which will take you to the Marucci website.  To check out the special member only Marucci deals for December just click here and then type in the special MSBL code MSBLMABL.

This is a special opportunity to obtain arguably the most utilized bat in all of the major leagues.  Let us know what you think!

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2018 Dragons Play Possum for Crown in 50+ Sunday National Division in Sacramento

Sacramento Men’s Baseball League, 50+ Sunday National

Dragons 7, Valleycats 6

‘Dragons Play Possum to Perfection’ 

Submitted by Larry Whitmer, Dragons manager

In the 50+ Sunday National Division of the Sacramento Men’s Baseball League the #3 seed Dragons squared off against the #1 seed Valleycats on 9/9 and 9/16 in a best of three championship series. The series went all three games to get things settled. The Valleycats have been a long time arch rival of the Dragons and a very formidable team managed by Tony Jackson. Every time we square off the games are very intense for three hours but both sides will get together afterwards (win or lose) and have a few beers with each other and pat each other on our backs. There is much respect between both teams.

Game one went to the Valleycats 3-2. The game was 0-0 after nine innings. The Dragons scored two in the top of the tenth but the Valleycats scored three in the bottom of the tenth to get the victory.

Game two went to the Dragons 7-4 in yet another close game from start to finish.

So after a 45 minute break the two teams had to square off one more time to get things finalized. Game three went to the Dragons 7-6 for the title.

The ironic part of the entire season was during the regular season the Dragons didn’t get a single win vs the National Division playoff teams, the Valleycats and the Buzzards. We lost all six of those games. I guess we played the possum game to perfection, while starting to fire on all eight cylinders when the playoff games started in September!

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2018 Sea Dogs Make it a ‘Four-Peat’ in 30+ Division of Rhode Island MSBL

Rhode Island MSBL, 30+ Division

Sea Dogs 10, Somerset Braves 3‘Sea Dogs Make it Four Straight Titles’

Submitted by Kevin Curt, Sea Dogs manager

The Rhode Island Sea Dogs capped a season that saw them win 20 games by defeating the Somerset Braves in a best of five series, three games to one. The Sea Dogs were led the entire post season by their ace, Bob Barton. Barton pitched 17 innings in the championship series, giving up three earned runs and winning two games.

The game three showdown between the teams proved to be the turning point of the series. Josh Ferreira’s nine inning, 164 pitch performance, in which he gave up only one earned run, was enough to lift the Sea Dogs into extra innings. In the bottom of the 10th, Tom Koch launched a 2-out, 2-strike pitch 350 feet for a walk off home run. Jared Tinkham pitched a flawless top of the 10th inning to keep the game tied before Koch’s blast won it in the bottom of the 10th.

Congratulations to the entire Sea Dogs team. The win marked the fourth consecutive championship by the Sea Dogs and sixth Rhode Island MSBL league championship overall.

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2018 Yankees Claim 35+ Division Title in Terre Haute (IN) MSBL

Terre Haute (IN) MSBL, 35+ Division

Yankees 17, White Sox 5

 Front Row L-R: John Lee, Jared Clark, Brian Chesshir, Andy Jackson and James “Doc” Stephens. Back Row L-R: Tim Bloodworth, Brian Schulze, Dale Mahurin, Dan Cuffle, Kyle Volkers, Frank Volkers and Joe Bush

‘Clark ‘Slams’ and Pitches the Yankees to the Title’

Submitted by Kyle Volkers, Yankees manager

The Terre Haute MSBL 35+ championship game came down to the undefeated Yankees versus the White Sox.  The Yankees were overcoming some key injured personnel while the White Sox were recovering from a hard fought 9-8 win over the 2017 champion Cubs played just the day prior.

The Yankees quickly took advantage of a tired White Sox pitching staff with a 5-run lead in the first inning.  Pat Tingley came in for the White Sox in relief and pitched two scoreless innings.  The Yankees eventually found their groove again and scored another 11 runs in the fourth inning including a grand slam by Yankees starting pitcher Jared Clark.  Clark held the White Sox scoreless until the sixth inning and Kyle Volkers came in to close out the game with a final score of Yankees 17 White Sox 5.

Dale Mahurin, Andy Jackson, Brian Schulze and Clark all had multiple hits in the championship game for

the Yankees’ second undefeated season in the past three years.  Jeff Hardin had two hits in the game for a White Sox team that continues to improve season after season.

Thanks to all the players, umpires and fans for another successful 35+ season full of good times and comradery. The league continues to provide elite competition for players of all ages and never ceases to fill teams that contend at the national level.  Several players from the league played for the runner-up Volkers Group 70+ team and the reigning champion Volkers Group Father-Son team that competed in the MSBL World Series in Phoenix this past fall.