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MSBL’s Best Kept Secret: Las Vegas Rattlers

By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications

There’s an MSBL powerhouse tournament team lurking in the desert in Las Vegas just waiting to assemble and make you wish you hadn’t seen them in your division.

The Las Vegas Rattlers, assembled and managed by veteran player/manager Manny Ocampo, will once again be competing in the upcoming MSBL Desert Classic in Palm Springs, January 19-21, a tournament they won last year while representing the 35+ American division.  Pitcher Dave Scanlon pitched seven and a half innings in the championship game to secure the win while Alfonso Gandara closed it out.

“The Rattlers is a team comprised of five of my nephews and two brothers in law,” said Ocampo. “Our Desert Classic team has become a yearly family event.  Any other players on the team quickly become part of our family, too.  We are a very closely knit team, on and off the field and wherever we are playing.”

The Rattlers are also champions of past MSBL Las Vegas Kickoff Classics and Las Vegas Opens, tourneys that take place every March and Memorial Day weekends in May.  They are also in the thick of things ever year at the MSBL World Series in Arizona and are continually seen in their division’s championship games and usually once again fighting for the trophy.

“The beauty of the Rattlers is that all of our players return so we have the continuity of the same players, every year. But most importantly, win or lose we have a great time!”

If you would like to become involved in this year’s Desert Classic in January there is still room.  You can call the MSBL offices at 631-753-6725 or email

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MSBL/MABL National League and Tournament Rule Guidelines

While a majority of the rules that follow directly come from the MSBL/MABL Rules and Regulations-January 2019, there are issues which are tournament-specific. With this thought in mind, the National Rules Committee has put together these rules, which will apply for this year’s tournaments. These rules, as they relate to the MSBL/MABL National Tournaments, are definitive and supersede any other sets of rules that the MSBL/MABL, or your local league, may have.  These rules are also the basis for our league associated rules and regulations and should be used as that guideline as well. They will also appear in your tournament scorebook.


1. Uniforms

2. Helmets

3. Alcoholic Beverages

4. Equipment

5. Number of Players

6. Courtesy Runners

7. Lineup

8. Age Requirement

9. Length of Games, Ties and Arbitrarily ‘Stopping Play’

10. Collisions, Decoys and Slide Rule

11. Intentional Walks and Hit Batsmen

12. Protests and Make Ups

13. Player and Team Participant Requirements

Rule 1 – Uniforms

There will be no requirement that all team members wear matching uniform tops and hats at our four January – May tournaments (Holiday Classic, Desert Classic, Kickoff Classic, Las Vegas Open).  We would encourage teams to try and match uniform tops as best as possible.  For the World Series and Fall Classic, the rule is mandatory for matching uniforms and hats!    In addition, uniform numbers are mandatory on the back of the uniform shirts and each player must have a differentiating number.  In the World Series and Fall Classic, a player may be denied participation without a matching uniform or “select” number.  All Base Coaches must be in full uniform as well.  In addition, rosters must be exchanged before each game detailing each player’s name an uniform number, not only for players attending that game, but the entire tournament approved roster.  If not presented, this is protestable and a forfeit can be given.

Rule 2 – Helmets

All batters and runners must wear a helmet with at least one earflap.  The MSBL/MABL strongly urges that all helmets are double ear flapped, but at a minimum, the batter’s ear that faces the pitcher must be covered by an earflap.

Catchers, while playing defense, must wear a protective helmet.

All base coaches are also required to wear protective head gear while on the field of play and be in full uniform.

There will be NO deviations/exemptions from this rule.

Rule 3 – Alcoholic Beverages

No alcoholic beverages of any kind are permitted on the field or in the dugout during any National Tournament game.  Please keep the consumption of these types of beverages limited to those areas away from the field or dugouts, and are also excluded from parking lots!  Any participant who is found to be drinking during a game will be ejected and is subject to expulsion from the tournament.

Alcohol is also not permitted in the parking lot of any fields used for our national tournaments.

Rule 4 – Equipment

All Divisions are Wood Bat Only.  Composite and metal-wood bats are permissible for Wood Bat only divisions.  Upon protest, the penalty for using an illegal bat will be an out for the violating player.

Rule 5 – Number of Players

Teams must have eight (8) players for an official game.  The team may borrow one player from the opposing team if the manager of this team consents.  The team with eight may also borrow a player from a team other than the one that they are playing if, and only if, the opposing manager consents.  Games will be forfeited if a team can not field at least eight players within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time, or officially adjusted starting time.  If a team has nine players only and therefore bats nine players only, the opposing team will have the option of batting nine players as well.

Rule 6 – Courtesy Runners

Players that will need courtesy runners must have their manager notify the opposing manager and home plate umpire at the home plate meeting.  Otherwise, the opposing manager has the right to refuse the courtesy runner.  Each team will be allowed a maximum of two players per game who can be classified as needing a courtesy runner.  Each time a designated player reaches base, he will call time out and at that point will be replaced by the last batted out.  If the last batted out also is listed as needing a courtesy runner, the second to last batted out will run.  In the case that no outs have been recorded when the designated player reaches base, the last batter in the lineup will act as the last batted out.

In the event that a player becomes injured during a game, and the maximum number of courtesy runners (2) have been designated, a pinch runner must be used and no courtesy runner will be allowed.

If the offensive team replaces the runner with the wrong courtesy runner (a player that was not the last batted out) and the opposing team protests before the next pitch, then the original runner must run and the right to use the courtesy runner for this particular batter will be forfeited for the balance of the game.

If the original runner inadvertently runs for himself and the opposing team protests after the first pitch, the right to use the courtesy runner for this particular batter will be forfeited for the balance of the game.

If the right to use a courtesy runner is forfeited by violating any of the three rules above, the offending team will not have the right to use another courtesy runner for an injured player.

(For example: A team designates 2 courtesy runners prior to the game and in the 4th inning, one of the designated runners inadvertently runs for himself.  That player then forfeits his right to a courtesy runner for the remainder of the game and the team may only use the one other courtesy runner originally designated.  Should a player get injured after this, that player must be pinch run for.)

In the event of an A/B batting position batter needing a courtesy runner, the other batting position would be the courtesy runner.  (For example:  If the position B batter needs a courtesy runner, the A batter will be the courtesy runner for B instead of the last batted out.)

All 55+/60+/65+/70+/73+ Divisions must the Shared Batting Position Rule only.  The manager uses two players to share one batting position in the offensive lineup and during the game the manager decides who bats each time the batting position comes up.  This can be implemented at the start of a game or can be added anytime during the game.  He can then use the other player to run if he chooses to do so.  When a player is used as a base runner in the Shared Position, he MUST bat the next time his position in the order comes to the plate.  After that point, either of the Shared Runners may bat in this position.  There is no limit to the number of shared line-up positions.  Any player sharing a batting position is locked in that position for the duration of the game and cannot be used in any other batting order position.  This rule replaces both A/B and courtesy runners.  If teams choose to use the A/B and Courtesy Runner instead of the Shared Runner, they are entitled.

Rule 7 – Lineup

For the sake of fairness and accuracy, the entire team’s roster, including last names and uniform numbers and not just the starting lineups, must be exchanged by teams before the start of each game.

The Rules Committee suggests that teams come to the event with a complete prepared roster form with all of the above stated information.


Each manager has the prerogative to bat as many players in his initial lineup as long as there are at least ten (10) hitters.  If the manager wishes to add players to the bottom of the lineup (i.e. hitting positions 11, 12, 13, 14, etc.), he may do so at any time.  Added players to the bottom of the line-up may be added as individual hitters or as A/B.  Any added player to the bottom of the lineup or pinch hitter must notify the opposing team manager of the batting order change.  If no notification is made, and proper protest is made, an automatic out will be assessed to that batter.  If a player is pinch hit for, he may not re-enter the game as a hitter, but may stay in the game defensively.  Batters may not be deleted or skipped over, regardless of their batting position or when they were added to the game.  If a team increases the size of their lineup to 15 hitters, they must always have 15 hitters in their lineup.  If a team has more than 9 players and still only bats 9, they will be assessed an out each time the 10th batting position is skipped.  Batting only 9 players is NOT a protestable offense.

An exception exists to this aspect of the rule.  If a player is forced to leave a game due to injury or ejection, a reserve player, not previously entered into the game as a hitter, must hit in the replaced batter’s place.  If there are no reserves who can replace the individual, the spot is skipped and all hitters below that position move up. The first time this vacated spot comes up in the batting order, an out will be assessed.  After that one time, no out will be recorded for skipping the spot vacated by the displaced player.

A team MAY declare at the time that lineups are exchanged prior to the start of play that any batting order position will be occupied by two (2) players in each such batting position.  That is, 3A/3B, 10A/10B, etc.  The first time that position 3 gets an at bat, 3A would hit and the next time this slot hits, 3B would be up.  Then 3A hits the third time this spot in the order comes up, and so on, alternating between these two players throughout the game.  Once a team declares the use of this A/B system, it must continue using it for the remainder of the game. Hitters in the A/B position from the batting order may be pinch hit for, just as any other player.  An A/B position may be added to the bottom of the lineup at any time during the game.  Teams can not add a “B” batter to an existing lineup spot once the game begins.

In the case that a team bats a player not designated on the roster given to the home plate umpire and the opposing team, that player, upon proper protest, will be found illegal and declared out after one pitch is thrown.  The opposing team must protest this illegal player at the time of the offense.  Penalties will not be retroactive and teams may not protest the use of this illegal player once the game is completed.  If the team feels the player is not on the team’s tournament roster, then the protest needs to be lodged.

In the case that a team has mistakenly put the wrong numbers for their players on the lineup given to the home plate umpire and the opposing team, the team will correct the error(s) with no penalty.

The penalty for a team having a player bat out of turn is an out, if protested before the first pitch.


All players may be substituted for, at any time, except the pitcher.  Defensive players need not be in your batting order.  In regards to substituting for the pitcher, if he is removed from the mound, he may only re-enter as a pitcher once in a game and must wait until the start of the next inning before he can resume pitching regardless of whether he stays in the game (i.e. as the right fielder).  This can only be done once per game, irrespective of the number of pitchers.

Rule 8 – Age Requirement

Needless to say, this is a critical issue surrounding the integrity of our league and the individual team.  A manager has the right to question the age of opposing team members and we therefore require that all players/managers carry some form of photo identification (government or state issued) that indicates their date of birth.  All participants should keep this identification with them during all games and if a manager believes that a player is underage, he should play the game under protest by notifying the home plate umpire and the opposing team manager.  This protest must then be filed in person at the National Tournament Headquarters and the Rules Committee will hear the case promptly.  If it is found that a player or players should not be participating in the tournament, then the offending team will forfeit that game on which the protest was filed, and any other games the offending individual participated in.

Players must be 18 years of age by the first game of their respective divisions to participate.  There is no upward age limit for the MABL Division, therefore anyone over the age of 18 can be a part of the MABL event.  In order to participate in the Father/Son division, sons must be at least 16 years of age.

The National Tournament Rules Committee will continue its position regarding the ruling that all individuals that play in the 25+, 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+ and 73+ Divisions must turn 25, 30+, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 or 73 during the calendar year.  Therefore, if a player turns 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 or 73 by December 31, 2018, he is eligible to participate in his respective division without an age exemption.

The MSBL Tournament Staff reserves the right to grant an age exemption when proper reasons allow.  All age exemption requests MUST be submitted IN WRITING to the national office.  The Tournament Staff will have copies of all accepted waivers at the tournament and it is strongly suggested the team that requested the exemption carry a copy of the approved exemption with them. (See exemption information in prior file)

Rule 9 – Length of Games, Ties and Arbitrarily “Stopping Play”

All National Tournament games, with the potential exception of some playoff situations and/or weather related, are scheduled to be 9 innings in length.  However, due to the large load of games to be played and our schedule constraints, no inning may start after 3:00 of the actual start time, not the scheduled start time.  (For January – May National tournaments, this may be changed to 2:30 or 2:45.)  The official start of the clock is with the first pitch.  Please keep in mind that all innings that start before you reach the 3:00 point must be played to completion.  There is no reverting back to the last inning or starting a new inning if the score is tied and you have played 3:02, etc.  If, during the home team’s at bat, time expires with the home team leading, the game will stop at the point the 3 hour time limit has been reached.  Once the 3rd out is recorded in the bottom of an inning, the new inning immediately begins.  For example, if the third out is recorded in the bottom of the 8th inning and 2 hours and 58 minutes have elapsed in the game clock, the 9th inning immediately begins and may be started.

Teams cannot arbitrarily stop a game (quit) if the score is lopsided and the team that is losing decides it does not want anymore runs scored against them.  If a team “quits” before the time limit or 9 innings, the final score will be changed to reflect 10 additional runs times the # of unplayed innings.  The game must be played a minimum of 5 innings/2 hours for this rule to be in effect.  In addition, no team can arbitrarily forfeit a game because they will “benefit” by not playing.  Any team that purposefully forfeits a game will be ineligible for the playoffs.

Games can still end in a tie and standings are determined by points.  For example, your team will receive two points for every win you post, one point for a tie and zero points for a loss.  Obviously, the team with the most points will win their respective division and advance to the playoffs.

Rule 10 – Collisions, Decoys and Slide Rule

Collision Rule

The rules committee is concerned about possible unnecessary and violent collisions that may occur with the catcher at home plate, and with infielders at all bases. The intent of this rule is to encourage base runners and defensive players to avoid such collisions whenever possible.

  1. When there is a collision between a runner and a fielder who clearly is in possession of the ball, the umpire shall judge:

(1) Whether the collision by the runner was avoidable (could the runner have reached the base without colliding) or unavoidable (the runner’s path to the base was blocked) or

(2) Whether the runner actually was attempting to reach the base (plate) or attempting to dislodge the ball from the fielder.

PENALTY—If the runner, a) could have avoided the collision and reached the base, or b) attempted to dislodge the ball, the runner shall be declared out even if the fielder loses possession of the ball. The ball is dead and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the interference.

(3) If the fielder blocks the path of the base runner to the base (plate), the runner may make contact or slide into, a fielder as long as the runner is making a legitimate attempt to reach the base or plate.

(4) If the collision by the runner was flagrant, the runner shall be declared out and also ejected from the contest. The ball shall be declared dead

  1. If the defensive player blocks the base (plate) or base line clearly without possession of the ball, obstruction shall be called. The runner is safe and an immediate dead ball shall be called.

(1) If the base runner collides flagrantly, the runner shall be declared safe on the

obstruction, but will be ejected from the contest. The ball is dead.

Decoy Rule

Any fielder may use a decoy only if it serves a strategic purpose.  For example, if a fielder, who sees a man attempting to steal second base during a hit and run, looks upward into the sky and says that he’s got the pop-up when in fact the ball has been hit on ground is a legal decoy as it may cause the runner to retreat to first base and prevent him from advancing.

However, if a fielder fakes a tag, forcing a player to slide, when there is no strategic purpose or apparent play, the runner will be ruled safe and all runners will advance one base.

This is entirely an umpire judgment decision and not a rule that may be protested. 

Force Play Slide Rule

The intent of the force-play-slide rule is to ensure the safety of the defensive player. This is a safety as well as an interference rule. Whether the defense could have completed the double play has no bearing on the applicability of this rule. This rule pertains to a force-play situation at any base, regardless of the number of outs.

  1. On any force play, the runner must slide on the ground and in a direct line between the two bases.

Exception—A runner need not slide directly into a base as long as the runner slides or runs in a direction away from the fielder to avoid making contact or altering the play of the fielder.

(1) “On the ground” means either a head-first slide or a slide with one leg and buttock on the ground.

(2) “Directly into a base” means the runner’s entire body (feet, legs, trunk and arms) must stay in a straight line between the bases.

(3) If a runner goes into a base standing up and does not make contact or alter the play of the defensive player, interference shall not be called.

  1. Contact with a fielder is legal and interference shall not be called if the runner:

(1) Makes a legal slide directly to the base, or

(2) Is on the ground at the time of contact and the fielder moves directly down the line between the two bases to attempt a play.

(3) Makes a legal slide and makes contact with a defensive player who is on or over, but not beyond, the base.

(4) When the base runner slides beyond the base, but does not (a) make contact with, or (b) alter the play of the defensive player, interference shall not be called.

  1. Actions by a runner are illegal and interference shall be called if:

(1) The runner slides or runs out of the base line in the direction of the fielder;

(2) The runner uses a rolling, cross-body or pop-up slide and either makes contact with or alters the play of a fielder;

(3) The runner’s raised leg makes contact higher than the fielder’s knee when in a standing position;

(4) The runner goes beyond the base and either makes contact with or alters the play of the fielder;

(a) Beyond the base” means any part of the offensive player’s body makes contact with or alters the play of the fielder beyond the base.

(5) The runner slashes or kicks the fielder with either leg;

(6) The runner illegally slides toward or contacts the fielder even if the fielder makes no attempt to throw to complete a play.

PENALTY:(1) With less than two outs, the batter-runner, as well as the interfering runner, shall be declared out and no other runner(s) shall advance.

(2) With two outs, the interfering runner shall be declared out and no other runner(s) shall advance.

(3) If the runner’s slide or collision is flagrant, the runner shall be ejected from the contest.

(4) If the bases are loaded with no outs, a double-play attempt is made, and interference is called, all other runners must return to their original bases.

Rule 11 – Intentional Walks and Hit Batsmen

Each team is allowed to intentionally walk an opposing team player once in a game.  Therefore, the total number of intentional walks each team is allowed each game is one.  The team in the field will notify the home plate umpire of the intended intentional walk and the batter will automatically be awarded first base.  No pitches are thrown.

If a pitcher hits four (4) batters in one game, the pitcher must be removed.

Rule 12 – Protests and Makeups

All protests must be lodged with the Tournament Director within a reasonable time frame after the completion of the game in question.  All protests will be decided by the Rules Committee.

Protests regarding a player’s eligibility must be made before the game or as soon as the player in question enters the game, offensively or defensively or directly right after the game.

In the event of a rained out game or games, every effort will be made to make up the contest(s), but this is not guaranteed.

Rule 13 – Player and Team Participation Requirements

Determination of eligibility to participate in the MSBL/MABL National Tournaments will be based solely on the decision of the National Tournaments Rules Committee.

To be eligible to play in the playoffs and championship game, a player must have had at least one plate appearance in 2 round robin games or have pitched 3 outs in each of 2 round robin games or a combination of the two (ie: Pitch 3 outs in one game and 1 plate appearance in another) within the preliminary round robin.  This must be documented in your scorebook and the scorebook of your opponent or the player(s) would be deemed ineligible.

General Participation Requirements

In order for a player to participate in the 2019 National Tournaments, he must be a member of a team from that MSBL/MABL league’s regular season roster that was submitted to MSBL/MABL National.  Further, he must have fulfilled all financial responsibilities to the local MSBL/MABL league, as well as MSBL/MABL National, or be an approved pool player.

  1. The National Tournament Committee retains its right to issue exemptions where the best interests of the tournament and organization are served.

In regard to players wanting to switch teams once they are at a National Tournament, no player may play for any team in the World Series or Fall Classic other than the team that he has been registered as a member of on the rosters that are submitted to MSBL/MABL National.  If a player attempts to switch teams once a National Tournament begins, the player will be removed from the tournament and the team who utilized this switching team member will be forced to forfeit all wins that they have accumulated in the tournament, even those acquired before the player in question joined them.  Furthermore, no player can play on two different teams within the same week of play (i.e. playing in the 35+ Central division and the 35+ Cactus division in the same week of tournament play) unless permission is granted.

Very select exceptions will be made for 25+/30+/35+/40+/45+/50+/55+/60+/65+/70+/73+ week only with those players paying two full fees.

Pool Players

In order to encourage the widest possible participation in National Tournaments, players who wish to enter National Tournaments and who are members of a local league not entered in the tournament may become “free agents” and join and/or be assigned to a team from another league entering the tournament.  This program is not intended to encourage the assembly of “national all-star teams”, but it’s primary purpose is to foster participation for all leagues and their members.

Ex Professional Ballplayers Requirements

A player must be out of professional baseball (A, AA, AAA, or Major League) for three complete seasons before becoming eligible to participate in MSBL/MABL National Tournaments.  Therefore, for the 2019 World Series and Fall Classic, any player who received compensation AND participated with a professional baseball team (A, AA, AAA or Major League) during 2017 or more recently is ineligible unless given special permission to participate by the National Tournament Rules Committee.

A player who played in a Rookie League, Independent League or who was invited to a Major League Spring Training and then released without playing for a minor league affiliate will not be held to the requirements listed above, except for Central Division and Cactus Division.  See specific Ex-Pro rules by Division

For all Central Divisions – If a player has played pro ball (with the exception of Major Leagues) and has been out of pro ball for 20 years, this player is eligible to play in the Central Division.  Ex-Pros are limited to 2 per team with no restrictions to position or limitation to round robin, playoff or Championship appearance..  In reference to players who played Rookie or Independent League baseball only, these players are ineligible unless they are out 10 years for Central.  No allowed Independent/Rookie League players would be eligible to pitch, even if they did not pitch in their pro careers except for the 45+/50+/55+/60+/65+ Central Divisions.

For all Cactus Divisions – For Cactus Division, Ex-Pro (AAA, AA, A) players are not allowed no matter the length of time out unless out of Pro Ball 30 years and played no higher than A ball.  In reference to players who played Rookie or Independent League baseball only, these players are ineligible unless they are out 15 years for Cactus. 

No allowed Independent/Rookie League players would be eligible to pitch, even if they did not pitch in their pro careers, except for Divisions 45+ and higher.

Ex-Pro Guidelines

•    A Level – Any Player who appeared on a AAA or Major League Roster

•    B Level – Any Player who appeared on a A or AA Roster

Division Allowances of Ex-Pros
National No limit on number of Ex-Pros, as long as out 3 years
American Two A Level & Two B Level Ex-Pros, as long as out 3 years
Federal/Mountain 2 B Level Ex-Pros as long as out 3 years
Central See Above
Cactus See Above

The fact that a player has played professional baseball at any level for any length of time must be disclosed on the roster submitted to MSBL tournament organizers.  Failure to disclose a player’s ex-professional status may result in disqualification of the player and forfeiture of any games in which the player participated.

Central & Cactus Division Requirements

In these divisions, for MABL, 25+, 30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+ and 60+, 65+, where equality is the key word, there are several specific requirements which apply to the Central and Cactus Divisions only.  They are as follows:

  1. At least 14 uniformed players must have at least one plate appearance during the game. (only applies in scheduled 9 inning games).
  2. Only in the case of the 14th batter will a plate appearance satisfy the required 14 rule. So long as the 14th batter is announced (steps into the batter’s box), and the 3rd out occurs before he completes his at bat then that will satisfy the 14 batters rule.  There will be NO other exceptions to this rule.
  3. The rule of batting 14 players is in effect regardless if It is a completed 9 inning game or shortened by time!
  4. If a team has 15 or more uniformed players, they may elect to bat 14 players only (at least one plate appearance for 14 players).
  5. If a team has 13 or fewer uniformed players, the opposing team will have the option to bat the same number of uniformed players despite the number of uniformed players they have.
    1. Example: Team A has 13 uniformed players and Team B has 21 uniformed players. Team A must get all 13 players at least one plate appearance.  Team B has the option of only getting 13 players one plate appearance as well, despite the fact they would normally have to get 14 players one plate appearance.
  6. In the event that the game ends with unbatted players, the violating team, under proper protest, will forfeit any win garnered.
  7. The rule of batting 14 players is in effect regardless if it is a completed 9 inning game or shortened by time.
  8. The 14 man batting rule is suspended for all playoff and Championship Games.

Division Selection – Deciding Where to Play

While most teams have the ability to determine which division they will play in, that decision is not their own if the MSBL/MABL National Tournament Rules Committee feels, in their final judgment, that the division a team has chosen conflicts with their past records and talent level in their chosen division.

In the event of any confusion, conflict or disagreement of any of the rules and regulations included herein, the decision of the National Tournament Rules Committee is final and binding.

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Diamond Dream Mustangs Capture 45+ Labor Day Title in Richmond, Virginia

Submitted by Michael LaComb, Mustangs manager

The Diamond Dream Mustangs won the 2018 45+ division of the Mid Atlantic Regional Labor Day Classic in Richmond, Virginia with a thrilling, extra inning 9-8 victory over the New Jersey Railriders. We were not only proud to win the tournament, but even more proud to support its cause.

The tournament was a benefit tournament for the Mitchell Hash Foundation, which is a 503c charity to help raise awareness and prevention of suicide, especially among military veterans. The tournament was organized and directed by Dave Hash, President of the Charlottesville MSBL League.

Besides the tournament fees as donations to the foundation, the umpires donated some of their services, as well as the local municipal governments waiving field fees. And, the impressive color guard of the Richmond American Legion parading out the colors at the championship game in support of the foundation’s causes, made this tournament more special than just winning ball games. There was not a dry eye in the stadium as we saluted our country’s flag in honor of all who have served.

As for the games, they could not have been any more exciting and competitive. In the round robin, we had to play a shortened schedule and time constraints due to a deluge of rain that fell on us the first day of the weekend. The Mustangs tied the first game then had to suspend the second game when the rain came. That caused us to have to play back to back to back on Sunday, as we won our morning game. Then we had to complete our suspended game, which we again tied. “Iron Man” Mark Gleason pitched both of those games for us.

We ended up being the second seed in our bracket, and had to face the first seed from the other bracket in the semi-finals, the multi time MSBL National Division Fall Classic champions, the East Coast Cardinals. What a slugfest it turned out to be as Steve Nix pitched a complete game win for the Mustangs as we defeated the EC Cardinals 12-8. But not without drama, as the lead changed hands several times in the game.

In the championship game we faced the NJ Railriders, whom we had tied in the round robin, as they had beaten the Raleigh Braves to win their spot in the final. Our two teams have squared off in many tournaments and our rivalry is well acknowledged between us, as we have evenly split our previous games against each other. Both teams continue to be very sportsmanlike and respectful of each other

Terry Lonjin started the championship game for us, with Joe Walsh behind the plate, as the on field heat index hit 113 degrees.  Finally, after a see saw battle that went into extra innings and lasted almost five hours, the Mustangs won 9-8, with Christian Gardiner getting the save in the 11th inning.

It would take another whole article to list all of the teammates and their accomplishments in the tournament. But, it is an honor to share that Terry Lonjin was the tournament MVP, as he both pitched and caught in all five games! I also need to mention that Danny Craig was named our team MVP, as he hit four clutch doubles over the weekend to lead the offense.

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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


Hal Young

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

530 903 5153


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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:

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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 Fall Classic Week Two Champions Crowned

The 2018 edition of the MSBL Fall Classic has come to a close and Saturday’s week two champions were crowned on Saturday, November 17th.  Four of the six hailed from Puerto RicoCongratulations and thank you for your participation!  Here are the pictures of the winners.  See you next year once again in West Palm Beach, Florida!

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Redwood Empire Players Travel to San Quentin for Exhibition Game

Submitted by Steve Solis, Redwood Empire Baseball League

This past summer we all had one of the best times of our baseball lives.  I led a group of Redwood Empire Baseball League players into San Quentin State Prison to play the San Quentin Athletics.  San Quentin is the only prison in the country that allows teams from outside to play inside prison walls.  We lost 13-11 with the tying run on base.

The often used term “baseball is life” brought on a whole new meaning for us. The inmates had names not numbers.  They went out of their way to thank us for coming in to play them.  They were friendly and respectful.  Even the heckling from the spectators that went on throughout the game was good natured.

I have no point of reference about what life inside this penitentiary is like but for three hours we were a bunch of grown men playing a little boys game….yes indeed….baseball is life.

Thank you San Quentin Athletics for a memorable night!

Editor’s note: If you would like to schedule a game against the San Quentin Athletics you can contact Michael Kremer at

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South Jersey MSBL Hosts Fifth Annual Toys for Tots/Holiday Food Drive

Submitted by Lou Marshall, President, South Jersey MSBL

Despite some rainy weather all day Friday, Tom Hewitt, one of my league managers, and I got to the field early Saturday morning this past weekend and worked hard to get the field ready, accompanied by players from my high school team at Camden Catholic High School. We were able to get it in playing condition so that the Little League from North Camden that we support as part of our summer equipment drive could play the game.  Despite some cold and windy conditions everybody had a great time!

The toy and food drive was a huge success. It continues to grows by leaps and bounds every year. We serve all kinds of ball park fare, some donated and some purchased, and we have giveaways at the end for the kids to take home. We receive more and more corporate participation every year. The players and students from Camden Catholic volunteer to work the day during the drive and at the end of the day I take all of the food donations to a local food bank in Camden called the Cathedral Kitchen. I take the players from my high school team with me to unload the truck.

I feel it is important for them to see the inner city and to be quite frank, a not so nice part of it. I tell them when they get home to hug their Mother and Father and thank them for all they do for them. They really get to experience the importance of helping others.

The US Marines come right to the Little League complex and pick up all of the toys. It does not stop there, as on December the 8th we have a party at one of our team’s sponsors called Bobby Rays Tavern and a donation of a toy is required for entrance. The Marines come as well to that party and pick up all of those toys. This party is open to the league and the public.

This was our fifth annual drive and plans are already underway for next year. This has become an important part of the fabric of the South Jersey MSBL and our surrounding communities.

On a final note, the Umpire Association we use for the SJMSBL volunteers to umpire this game. We have four umpires who work the game while 53 umpires volunteered their time! On this day one of the kids showed up and did not have a glove, as he was a lefty and there were not others that he could share a glove with. Home plate umpire Don Crowe went to his vehicle and presented the young man with a left handed glove and told him to keep it and have fun playing ball. I was floored by this, so this spring at the umpire’s annual meeting I am going to present the umpire with a brand new glove on behalf of the SJMSBL. As you can see, there were a lot of great stories on a great day!