Louisville Slugger Warrior/MSBL 2019 Contributions
To make a contribution:
MSBL National Office
One Huntington Quad, Suite 3NO7
Melville, NY 11747
Phone: 631-753-6725 Fax: 631-753-4031
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Syracuse: $150…Rob Allen
Hudson Valley MSBL: $500…Rick Stockfield
Central North Carolina: $315…Rob Isbell
Columbia (SC): $150…Trevor Woodlief
Pennsylvania Mid-State: $125…Harry Hitz
Jacksonville MABL: $200…Joe Hellett
Central Alabama: $150…Richard Merkel
Columbus: $500…Rick Fryman
Puget Sound: $250…Tom Krause
North Texas: $500…Kirk Pruitt
Bay Area: $100…Jim Frenn
Buxmont: $150…Nick Chichilitti
Westchester: $100…Jim Bianco
Buffalo MUNY: $360…Ralph Proulx
Savannah: $250…Drew Richardson
Central Ohio: $600…Charles McCroskey
Chicago Midwest: $500…Jin Kim
Northwest Arkansas: $300…Keith Wheeler
West Metro Atlanta: $250…Ron Huck
Austin: $200…Mike Lucas
Antelope Valley: $500…Bob Donaldson
Sacramento: $1,000…Alan Van Ness
Saint Clair Shores: $200…Matt Sherock
Twin City MSBL/MABL: $100…Ryan Lutzka
Redwood Empire: $200…Rick Cantor
Santa Barbara: $100…Blake Burgard
Rochester: $150…Vern Van Skiver
Long Island Midweek: $3,000…Tim Hott
Below are the 2018 Contributions per League
Columbus MSBL: $500…Rick Fryman
Detroit MSBL: $640…Mike Juliano
Greater Philadelphia: $150…Brett Mandel
NE Ohio MSBL: $300…Skip Riser/Joe Sidor
Savannah MSBL: $250…Drew Richardson/Kevin Fitzmaurice
Syracuse MSBL: $150…Robert Allen
John A. Debenedictis: $200…Pat Fynes
West Metro Atlanta: $250…Ron Huck
Long Island MSBL: $6,000…Steve Sigler
Southern Wisconsin MABL: $250…Dave Bayer/Dan Hendrickson
Antelope Valley: $1,000…Wayne Munney
Charlottesville: $100…David Hash
St. Clair Shores: $250…Matt Sherock
Fresno: $200…Bob Schiotis
Hudson Valley: $400…Rick Stockfield
Chicago North: $250…Max Reising
Pennsylvania Mid-State: $125…John Martz/Harry Hitz
Bux/Mont: $150…Nick Chichilitti
Arizona: $150…John Silingo
Jacksonville: $200…Joe Hellett/Norm D’Accardi
Puget Sound: $250…Tom Krause
Woodland/Davis: $100…Chad Carrington
Bay Area (CA): $100…Jim Frenn
Chicago LaGrange MABL: $100…Chuck Mally
MUNY Buffalo: $250…Ralph Proulx
Westchester/Putnam: $100…Jim Bianco
Indiana MSBL: $151…Todd Schrenk
Central Alabama: $150…Rich Merkel
Central North Carolina: $500…Rob Isbell
Central Ohio MABL: $500…Charles McCroskey
Santa Barbara MSBL: $100…Blake Burgard
Austin MSBL: $200…Mike Lucas
North Texas (Dallas): $500…Kirk Pruitt
San Diego North: $250…Doug Johnson
Kansas City: $200…Tom Prendergast
Central Arkansas: $100…James Snyder
Twin Cities: $100…Ryan Lutzka
Fort Worth: $200…Kevin Herd
Sacramento: $1,000…Alan Van Ness
Long Island Midweek: $3,500…Tim Hott
Mid-Iowa: $525…John Linden
Chesapeake: $513…Jason Torres
(Photo Credits: Robert Fredette, Fort Worth MSBL) Gerry Mecca has had a long romance with baseball getting his taste of it on a Little League Field in Haddonfield NJ in 1969. But it was his experience on a much larger field, fifty years later, that may be the icing on his baseball cake. Gerry, along with 40 or so other “treated like Major Leaguers” got to be the last to play the last homestand at Globe Life Park before the Rangers move to the new Air-conditioned, Roof-retracting stadium built on the old parking spaces just south of Globe Life Park which is now being modified to feature XFL Football. He and his “All-Star” teammates were followed in their play closely by the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees before Home Plate was unearthed and parade marched to the new Globe Life Field. Not bad company!
“My family moved to Texas from Jersey when I was 12 at the same time the Washington Senators moved here and became the Texas Rangers. I am a Phillies fan and saw my first game at the old Arlington Stadium in 1972 ‘cause Richie Allen, one of my Phillies favs, had been traded to the Chicago White Sox and they came to town” but Gerry’s love for the Rangers soon blossomed.
In 1994 he attended the very first game at what was briefly called The Ballpark in Arlington and that same year, a prized attendance at the first and only All-Star Game ever to be played there. A few years later, the ballpark became Ameriquest Field in Arlington. Gerry organized a partnership with the Rangers to get to play two games for some willing philanthropists. “All we had to do was join up with the Rangers and help them fund and build a Habit for Humanity house.” Mecca was all in.Gerry then witnessed several pennants, two disappointing World Series’ and even got to hit a ball out of the park during a vendor sponsored event. So, when Scott Green of Play at the Plate reached out and said he was putting games at the Globe Life Park to “close it down right,” Gerry, now 60, and a host of ballplayers from all over the US and Canada jumped at the chance.
“The Rangers staff treated us like I think real Major Leaguers are treated. Like I’d know” complete with two-day contract, numbered lockers with player names, great meals, access to every amenity and most importantly, playing four games on arguably the best manicured facility anyone not playing pro ball could imagine.
Gerry is a member of the Dallas Orioles of the MSBL DFW area local league the North Texas Amateur Baseball League. He is in IT practitioner and is actively involved in his leagues Foundation (NTABF) which has raised nearly $200,000 for Scottish Rite Hospital. He is supported in his baseball life by his wife Michele and two kids, daughter Ryan and son Vincent.
Something tells me he just might get a crack at the new Globe Life Field…anyone betting against him?
By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications
Here is the Marucci October 2019 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 October 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. Be sure to visit the Marucci tent on the Tempe Diablo Stadium concourse at this year’s MSBL World Series in Arizona this October!
In the first year of the 53+ age division, the Diamond Dream Mustangs, out of the DCMSBL, went 5-0 to win the Charlottesville MSBL Labor Day Classic in Richmond. With a roster of only 13 players, the win was a total team effort behind strong pitching from Kai Schlang, Alex Krupenchenkov and Mike April, plus superb hitting from Jimmy O’Connor, Willie Jutze and Robert Doggett, who all had .500+ on-base percentages. Mike McConnell, Steve Hutchinson and Dan Cassidy were also strong at the plate.
On the field, Ron Lochner, Tim Lysik, Don Dawson and Ron Bittner were resilient defensive contributors. Player-Manager Ray Moon pitched eight solid innings in the championship game to capture the title, on the hottest afternoon of the tournament. The win marks two years in a row the Mustangs took home the Classic trophy after winning the 45-age division last year.
Diamond Dream Mustangs General Manager Mike LaComb stated, “The Labor Day Classic is a very well-run tournament and the Mustangs look forward to coming back next year and competing for another title. We have an extra level of support for this charity tournament, as it benefits the Mitchell Hash Foundation, which helps to prevent suicide among returning veterans and first responders.”
Submitted by Ron Huck, West Metro Atlanta League President
Supplied by Gregg Balin, Team Balin manager and Jersey Shore MSBL President
The annual JA DeBenedictis League Father/Son Tournament was recently held in Chester, PA and was won by our Team Balin, 4 games to 0. This is Team Balin’s second time in the tournament. We also won in 2018, winning four games and losing none. I was thrilled to play alongside my grandson, 14 year-old Kyle Leiser, who led the team in batting average. Here is a brief recap of the games:
Game One versus Pisanti
Winning pitcher Tim Marker, Sr. started the game and threw five great innings. In the first inning Alexi Colon scorched a triple off the right field wall to score his father Willie, who reached on an error. In the fourth inning Tim Marker, Jr. singled and was moved to second on my ground out and then my grandson Kyle doubled down the left field line for an RBI. He would also score on an error.
In the sixth inning I led off with a base hit and moved to second on another base hit by Kyle but a throw to the cutoff man skipped away allowing me to move to third base. Mike Spatola then slapped an RBI single to plate me for the go ahead run. In the last inning Kyle doubled in Tim Marker, Jr., who singled, for an insurance run. Tim closed the game with a save in the last inning for a 6-4 win. Kyle Leiser was 3 – 4, (triple, double & single) with 2 RBI while Tim Marker, Sr. and Mike Spatola tallied two hits each.
Game Two versus Casey
After a quick scoreless first inning Team Balin sent nine hitters to the plate in the second, scoring four runs, with Mike Spatola plating a pair on a single as Andrew Spatola and Tim Marker, Sr., each singled in a run. In the third inning Kyle Leiser and I both walked with the bases loaded while Mike Spatola added another RBI single for three runs scored. The final score was 7-6.
Game Three versus Galante
The two unbeaten teams matched up in game three and it was a great battle. Team Galante held down the best hitter’s on Team Balin, scattering three runs over five innings. Kyle Leiser singled in the second inning, stole second base and scored on Andrew Spatola’s single. In the fourth inning Mike and Andrew Spatola, along with Tim Marker, Sr., singled and an error led to another run.
Team Galante was holding a 4 – 3 lead and exploded to plate four more runs and to seemingly have shut the door on the game with an 8-3 lead. In the final inning I led off with a single, then a fly ball was caught for the first out seemingly to put Galante in control. However, Andrew Spatola and Tim Marker, Sr. followed with singles, loading the bases. Henry Colon, who had been hitless in two games, battled and fought off several pitches then doubled down the left field line for two RBI. Austin Spassatempo walked to load the bases while Lou Spassatempo’s RBI groundout plated a run. With Galante only needing an out to secure the win Willie Colon had an RBI single to plate his son, Henry. Alexi Colon then tripled in two runs, the go ahead run and the eventual game winner. Tim Marker, Jr. closed the game with a K and two ground outs to get the save.
Game Four versus Hefton
In the first inning leadoff hitter Lou Spassatempo singled then stole second. After two outs were recorded Alexi Colon smashed an RBI double to right. I was pitching while Team Hefton battled back to plate a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Team Balin scored six runs in the second on base hits by Mike Spatola, Tim Marker Sr., and an RBI single by Austin Spassatempo. Lou Spassatempo reached on an error, Tim Marker Jr. doubled in a pair of runs, and Alexi Colon singled in another run, putting Team Balin in control at 7-2.
The game quieted down in the second, third and fourth with each team plating two runs. Hefton scored a pair in the fifth, making the score 10-4. I was relieved on the mound by Willie Colon and then Kyle Leiser recorded the final outs to an ending score of 10-6. I picked up the win as Kyle Leiser, Alexi Colon, Mike Spatola and Tim Marker, Jr. all had two hits.
Great speed on the bases with timely hitting and great fielding, coupled with great pitching by the Father’s and games closed by Tim Marker, Jr., made us the winners. It was tough competition in every game.
Here are some stats from the tourney:
Kyle Leiser, .545 BA, triple, double, Mike Spatola, .538 BA, Tim Marker Sr., .454 BA, Gregg Balin, .454 BA, Andrew Spatola, .416 BA and Alexi Colon, two triples and two doubles.
Chesapeake MSBL, 35+ Division
Braves 12, Tigers 3
(Editor’s note: I began covering this story five years ago when first informed of an undefeated team in the Chesapeake MSBL, which is always special. The story continued and grew legs every year and has gained momentum of a surreal proportion. Every year I promise Jeff (manager Wolf) that I will not talk about it because I may jinx the streak. Well, the gorilla in the room must be fed! The Braves did it again in 2019 and now stand at a truly unbelievable 130-0-1 record, which is a story of national proportions that eclipses our MSBL platform. It is only fitting that I asked Jeff to put this season into his own words, as only the manager could. Enjoy this amazing journey!
By Jeff Wolf, Chesapeake Braves manager
Our Chesapeake Braves completed our fifth straight undefeated season in the 35+ age division of the Chesapeake MSBL. We ended this season with an overall record of 26-0, which included four playoff wins in the 8-team double-elimination tournament. Our five-year overall record now stands at 130-0-1.
There are many that think we play an easy schedule or load our team up with superstars but this is simply not the case. The league is highly competitive and we have many close games every year. Our pitching and defense are very good, which helps in the games when the bats are silent. We were led again this year on the hill by Dave “Grease” Greeley, Josh Molnar, Steve Hoffmann and the return of Danny Miller. The Braves have stayed mainly intact for the last 14 years with a few additions. Grease’s no-hitter on May 21st was one of the highlights of the season.
There were many close calls this year. We ‘eked’ out a 7-6 win over the Mariners on the last day of the regular season by throwing the tying runner out at the plate in the bottom of the last inning with nobody out and held on for the victory. In the semifinals of the playoffs we won a tense, rain suspended game, against a very good Hooks team by scoring two late runs to secure a 9-6 win. The championship against the Tigers was highly competitive into the seventh inning where some late Braves heroics secured the Championship!
We had a very injury filled year as 12 players missed games due to injury. Without a deep roster of players this could have derailed our season but “next man up” mentality has always been the way the Braves think. Our players willingness to sacrifice for the good of the team is the only reason we are able to be successful consistently. We know the streak will end sometime but we continue to go out and have fun every game and play hard. We continue to enjoy everything about the great game of baseball from off season preparation, to pregame warm-ups, to post game camaraderie! There is no greater game!
We have good relationships with the other teams and players in our league and many play together in post season tournaments and all-star games, which helps tighten the bond. There are those from outside the league that think this streak is a joke, not good for the league, or a team of all-stars, but most from our league would disagree. The gap is certainly not large between the teams in our league that are filled with very good players. Teams continue to get better and next year will be more difficult than ever but we will continue to play one game at a time and have FUN!
AGUASCALIENTES, Mex – The USA Baseball Women’s National Team won gold at the 2019 COPABE Women’s Pan-American Championships with an 8-5 victory over Venezuela at Estadio de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Alex Hugo (Olathe, Kan.) was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
The U.S. went undefeated in the tournament, finishing with a 7-0 record and outscoring its opponents 124-20. Brittany Womack, who plays for the North County MSBL in San Diego, is a team member. Congratulations, Brittany!