By Tom Evans Krause, League President
By Tom Evans Krause, League President
Dummerston, Vt. — In Connecticut River Valley Baseball League action, the Putney Fossils defeated the Connecticut River Iron Men, 9-8. Starting pitcher and league founder Richard Bissell notched the 200th win of his career, dating back to 1999 and spanning multiple teams and leagues.
At 59 years old, Bissell no longer brings the heat he once did. Instead, he relies on craft, guile, and an assortment of off-speed pitches to keep his 20-, 30-, and 40-something opponents from getting the barrel on the ball.
“Richard is a fierce competitor,” said Putney manager Danny Lichtenfeld. “He’s a very smart pitcher. He’s great at spotting a batter’s weakness and then exploiting it.”
Over five innings of work, Bissell scattered four singles and allowed only one earned run, leaving the game with a seemingly comfortable 7-2 lead. The Iron Men battled back, however, putting up a four-spot in the sixth inning, thanks in part to three Putney miscues in the field.
Asked how he would celebrate his milestone victory, Bissell said, “I’ll probably take some batting practice. Gotta keep my batting average above Lawley’s (teammate Ryan). Then maybe an ice bath.”
Standout performers at the plate for Putney in Bissell’s milestone game included Kyle Whitworth (3-for-5, with a double, 2 RBIs, and 1 run scored), Brandon M. Reilly (2-for-3, with a double, 1 RBI, and 1 run scored), Ryan Smith (1-for-3, with a double, 1 RBI, and 1 run scored), Lawley (2-for-4, with a double and 1 run scored) and Steve Kapral (2-for-4, with a double and 2 runs scored).
Submitted by Don Pike, Tournament Director
In the 25th Annual Atlanta Memorial Day Tournament, and the 22nd named in honor of Billy Townsend, the Atlanta Reds captured their fourth championship in 17 appearances by winning the 25-over division. In those 17 appearances the Reds have a record of 56-15-1.
The Reds defeated a very tough Orlando Madness team 8-4 for the title, after tying the Madness the night before 5-5. Tourney MVP Jamie Sexton threw 16.2 innings, winning both games he started, while striking out 11 and compiling an 0.33 ERA. The Reds Zach Moon, J.D. Shields, Justin Johnson, Tyler Massey and Rocco Callaway all homered during tourney.
Submitted by Don Pike, Tournament Director
The Carolina Pirates and the Tainos got to the 40+ division Championship game of the annual Billy Townsend Memorial Day Tournament in Atlanta by knocking off the Decatur Braves and Atlanta Braves respectively.
The Pirates won 5-2 over the Tainos in the championship game at the end of a long hot weekend. In a well fought game with both starting pitchers throwing complete games, the Pirates struck early and never relinquished the lead while holding the Tainos bats down with great pitching and fielding through nine innings. The Tainos lead-off batter reached second base in the top of the ninth inning but was stranded after the Pirates, with Jason Flach on the mound, recorded the final three outs.
Submitted by Chris Schilling, Delco MSBL
The Delco MSBL lost one of its own recently when Sean Walker of the Media Mustangs was recently killed in a motorcycle accident.
I ask that you say a prayer for Sean and his family during this time. I also remind you to make sure that you take the time to ensure you are always on good terms with your family as life is precious and you never know when it can be taken away in the blink of an eye. Sean was only 27 years old. Sean’s obituary is displayed below.
Rest in Peace Sean. May you forever be safe at “home”
Sean Michael Walker, age 27, of Aston, PA, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019. Sean was born in Bridgeton, NJ, and raised in Aston, PA where he graduated from Sun Valley High School. Sean was a salesman at Reedman Toll Subaru. As a child, he played for the Aston-Middletown Little League with the honor of throwing the winning pitch for the Giants, leading the team to the series title. He also played for Sun Valley High baseball. He was a member of Liberty Bell Men’s Baseball league, playing first base with the Media Monarch’s and Oriole’s as #13.
He was an avid Eagles and Phillies fan and enjoyed going to country concerts. Sean enjoyed fishing and hunting with family and friends. He had a wide circle of friends and was always there for anyone when they needed a hug or a shoulder to lean on. Sean had a favorite girl in his life and her name is Carrie. Sean always had a soft spot for pit bulls and rescued Carrie a little over a year ago. She was his constant companion and often accompanied him to work, where she made lots of friends.
Submitted by Jim Teeter, Tournament Director
The 9th annual MSBL San Diego Memorial Day Weekend Fun Tournament was held May 25-27, 2019 in San Diego’s North County. It’s a wood bat tournament, playing doubleheaders over the 3-day weekend with pool play Saturday-Sunday and single elimination playoffs on Monday. The 2019 tournament was played on five of San Diego’s finest fields: Carlsbad High School’s Ralph Cripe Field, Escondido High School, spectacular Palomar College, Rancho Buena Vista High School and UCSD’s Triton Field.
This year’s tournament winners were:
Ron Lovell’s SoCal Angels (60+ National), John Enright’s Berrys Athletic Supply (60+ American), Vince Overfelt’s Paladin USA (60+ Central), Denny Brown’s Tri Valley Antiques (65+ National) and Bob Wengert’s North County Mudcats (65+ American).
In the 60+ National championship game the So Cal Angels beat the defending champion LA Athletics 3-1. The Angels were led by pitcher Marty Sturgeon who pitched a complete game in the final after pitching four innings of no-hit ball in the semi-final against the Aztecs in the morning. The Athletics scored their only run with two outs in the seventh inning. The Angels scored all three of their runs in the fifth inning, the first coming on an RBI single by Rodney Vestal driving in tournament MVP Ernie Ybarra (12 for 15 on the weekend). The second run scored by Herb McKee on a wild pitch. The final run was scored by Blair Gifford (2 hit game) on a squeeze bunt by Al Martinez. The Angels played stellar defense the entire weekend.
Each team awards a Crystal Baseball Tournament MVP award, and this year’s winners were:
Frank Milian — Dragons
Tom DeFazio — Tri Valley Antiques 65+
Randall Kosecki — San Diego Mudcats
Jerry Glass – Seattle Silver Foxes
Al Estrada — San Diego Shaggers
Henry Clapper — Vets
Loretto Hernandez – Aztecs
Michael “Skip” Donnelly – Berrys Athletic Supply
Chris Swanner – Bombers
Don Peterson – Giltner Padres
Dan Little and Mike Denevi — LA Athletics
Lance Parker – LA Dodgers
John Davis — Paladin USA
Steve Welch — Sacramento Tribe
Ernie Ybarra — So Cal Angels
Rick Hansen — Tri Valley 60s
A number of players say they really love this tournament. At UCSD, one player struck a chord with his comment “what I like about this tournament the most is how much they take care of us with the drinks, food and personal care. We really feel appreciated.”
Players, spectators and families once again enjoyed famous Rockin’ Jenny’s sandwiches, barbecued Costco dogs, Zappy’s Pizza on Monday and another 1,000 or so homemade brownies by the San Diego bakers’ contingent of Ann McMillan, Bonnie Miller, Missy Knudsen and Ms. Ray Andre. We look forward to our 10th annual tournament May 23-25, 2020.
To read more about the Louisville Slugger Warriors Amputee Baseball Team click HERE
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
By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications
Here is the Marucci June 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 June 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!
By Steve LaMontia, MSBL Director of Communications
The Cleveland Mets threw a combined no hitter on opening day, May 5th, for a 12-0 opening day victory over the Brewers in the Gold division of the 25+ Cleveland MSBL.
Joe Werner, Mike Perry and Ian Wayton combined for 16 strikeouts and no hits allowed and the team’s second no-hitter in as many years. The Mets currently stand at 2-2 in the top division. Below is a screen shot of their pitching staff stats thus far this year. Congratulations!
We’re glad you’re going to be at the MSBL World Series this Fall, and want you to be among the first to grab the absolute best rates at our #1 hotel choices for you and/or your team. The smart choice is to book early since there’s NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED AT ANY MSBL HOTEL – just a credit card to guarantee your reservation – and the best hotels are the first to sell out!
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Want the lowest room rate on the list? Days Hotel Mesa @ $39 nightly per person
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* the number of teams staying here has tripled in the past 2 years!
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