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2014 Yankees Overcome Mighty Orioles for First San Jose Title

2014 Ettare Champion Yankees Team Photo!

(Front Row) Jon Sibal, Sergio Zamoramo, Jeff Arroyo, Greg Cohen, Harlan McCaksey, Topher Chen, Dave Wark (Back Row) Lambert Calvert, Ron Smare, Ryan Erickson, Roy Williams, Joe Gurule, Eric Rynhard, Alex Niedzielski, Israel Rodriguez, Lonell Chattmon (Not Pictured) Jose Mendoza, Michael Chagoya, Ben Raney (Photo submitted by Tiffany Ross)

Regular Season Summary

After enduring 26 years of frustration the Yankees are finally champions of the San Jose MSBL Ettare division and they did it by pulling off one of the biggest shockers in league history by sweeping the four time consecutive champion and heavily favored Orioles!

Charter members of the San Jose MSBL founded in 1988 the Yankees have endured heartbreak for every one of the leagues 26 previous seasons. And last season the Yankees bottomed out with just 4 wins and missed the playoffs entirely which is hard to do when 8 out of 10 teams qualify for the post season.

With the bitter taste of 2013 in their mouths, the Yankees dedicated themselves to putting a winning team on the field with the goal of being the last team standing after the final out of the 2014 Ettare Division Champions Series.

Team Manager Jose Mendoza started his 2014 recruiting efforts early by adding standout pitcher and shortstop Ryan Erickson to the Yankees. Erickson would go on to finish his All-Star campaign with a 7-3 record, 99 strike outs and a 3.01 ERA. He also hit .430 with 35 runs and 27 stolen bases while flashing gold glove leather all season.

The next two important pieces of the team were added during the league’s open tryouts at Los Gatos High School. The Yankees drafted infielder/pitcher Topher Chen and catcher David Wark. Both of these players would play key roles in the Yankees’ championship season. Chen played 2B, 3B and SS, provided key innings on the mound, and finished the season hitting .352 with 6 doubles and 16 RBI. Wark provided exceptional defense behind the plate all year, often catching both ends of doubleheaders and despite the heavy workload behind the plate batted a solid .297 with 7 doubles and 12 RBI.

The Yankees took advantage of their pre-season schedule and practice time to integrate the new players with the existing core, and as the season progressed, they personified the definition of the word “team” with all of the members of the roster contributing throughout the season.

2nd year players Ben Raney and Joe Gurule provided timely contributions throughout the season. Raney played great defense at 2B and SS while hitting .354 with 15 stolen bases, and Gurule pitched, and hit his way to a .302 average.

The remainder of the team consisted of veterans, most of whom have endured 5 or more seasons of Yankee futility and frustration.

Jeff Arroyo battled his way to a .292 average with 17 runs while playing a great center field. Roy Williams continued his solid hitting contributing a .311 average with 6 doubles and 24 RBI. Greg Cohen bounced between the outfield and first base and hit .393 with 19 RBI and 15 steals. Harlan McCaskey came back from foot injuries to mount an All-Star season finishing the year at .424 with 24 RBI and 20 steals. Michael Chagoya provided stellar outfield defense and hit .333 with 16 runs and 9 steals. Lambert Calvert slugged his way to a .462 average with 2 HRs and 14 RBI. Eric Rynhard proved to be a valuable starting pitcher all season finishing the year with 4 wins. Rynhard also came up with numerous clutch hits throughout the season, and he hit .340 with 7 doubles and 15 RBI. Israel Rodriguez and Jonathan Sibal also provided timely hits when called upon. Rodriguez finished the season at .276 with 8 RBI and Sibal hit .316 with 7 RBI. Alex Niedzielski continued to lend support to the team and was extremely helpful to the Yankees’ success throughout the year.

The Yankees overcame a season ending injury to one of its all-star players when Lonell “LC” Chattmon injured his knee after only 9 games. However, LC continued to be a huge part of the team, lending his time and efforts to the management side of the game.

On the flip side, the Yankees got relief ace Sergio Zamoramo back from injury just in time for the start of the playoffs. Zamoramo played a key role during the Yankees’ championship run, winning 2 games and saving one during the playoffs.

This recap would not be complete without recognizing the stellar 27 year San Jose MSBL career of Ron Smare who is the last remaining member of the original 1988 Yankees. Ron endured every frustrating season during the 27 year pilgrimage to the promised land. Smare was a key contributor to the Yankees’ success this season, hitting .400 and providing great coaching support.

The Yankees could not have won this year without contributions from every member of its roster, and behind the leadership of Jose Mendoza, Greg Cohen, Lonnel Chattmon, Lambert Calvert and Ron Smare, they were able to reach their goal that they set in February to win the Ettare Division Championship.

Finally, the Yankees’ winning of the Ettare Division Championship holds an extra special meaning as the division is named after one of the original Yankees, Bob Ettare, who managed the team for nearly 20 years. Although Bob is now retired from playing, this win is shared with him for all of his efforts in keeping the Yankees going year after year.

Playoff Summary

Semi-Final Series

2014 Ettare Division Champion Yankees - Erickson Wins Semi-Finals Game 3

Ryan Erickson struck out 8 in 7 innings for the win in Game 3 sending the Yankees to the Championship Series vs the Orioles (Photo Submitted by Hillary Cohen)

The Yankees finished the regular season with a 12-6-2 record – the best regular season in Yankee history – and good enough to earn the #2 seed in the playoffs and a date vs the #3 seed Red Sox in the semi-final round of the division playoffs. The Red Sox had swept the Yankees in their two regular season games.

Semi-Final Series – Game 1

The Yankees fell behind the Red Sox quickly, trailing 8-2 after 2 innings. Red Sox starter Chris Jensen cruised the rest of the game as the Red Sox easily won by a score of 15-2.

Semi-Final Series – Game 2

Facing season ending elimination the Yankees turned to their ace, Ryan Erickson, who came through with a monster complete game shutout as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 3-0 to force a deciding third game.

Semi-Final Series – Game 3

Game 3 pitted Red Sox ace Chris Jensen versus Ryan Erickson in a re-match of an early season meeting which saw the Sox beat the Yankees by a score of 3-0. In the top of the 1st, the Sox got to Erickson, scoring 3 runs. However, the Yankees were able to come back with 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st against Jensen. The Yankees then added 2 more runs in the 2nd, and took a 4-3 lead into the 6th inning. Not to be deterred, the Red Sox fought back, scoring 2 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th to take a 6-4 lead into the 9th inning. The Yankees, with their backs against the wall, were not ready to see their season end, and they came to the plate in their final at-bat determined to give themselves a chance to win the game.

Michael Chagoya led off the bottom of the 9th with a single. Greg Cohen then followed with a single to left, and Ryan Erickson singled off of Jensen’s glove to load the bases. With nobody out, the Sox pulled Jensen and brought in a new pitcher to face the heart of the Yankees’ order. Harlan McCaskey worked a four pitch walk to force in a run. Roy Williams then battled to a full count before drawing a walk which forced in the tying run and brought up Lambert Calvert with a chance to the win the game, and the series for the Yankees. Calvert worked the count full before smashing a single through the left side sending Erickson home with the winning run.

With their first walk-off win of the season, the Yankees punched their ticket to the Championship Series, and a showdown with the four-time defending champion Orioles.

Championship Series

2014 Ettare Division Champion Yankees Celebrating

The Yankees celebrate their 2014 Ettare Division Championship. (Photo Submitted by Caterina Rynhard)

The Championship Series of the Ettare Division matched the two highest scoring teams in the division with the Orioles scoring 244 runs and the Yankees 198. While both teams boasted capable pitching staffs it was the offense that would take center stage.

Championship Series – Game 1

Eric Rynhard got the Game 1 start for the Yankees and proved to be up to the task. Rynhard threw 4 scoreless innings before running into some trouble in the 5th inning. Luckily for the Yankees, they had built an 11-2 lead by the 6th inning, and although the Orioles scored 5 in the bottom of the 6th, Sergio Zamoramo came on to throw 3.2 innings of 2 run ball to earn the save and lock down the win for Rynhard and the Yanks.

Roy Williams had 4 hits and drove in 5 runs in Game 1 leading the Yankees’ offense to a 16-9 victory.

Championship Series – Game 2

The Yankees gave the ball to their rookie ace, Ryan Erickson, and staked him to a 6-0 lead after one inning. However, the Orioles did not back down, and after the Yankees had pushed their lead to 9-2 after 2 innings, they roared back, putting up 6 runs in the third powered by a grand slam off the bat of Marco Del Real and 4 more runs in the fourth behind a home run from Pasqual Del Real.

Suddenly, the Yankees’ large lead was gone, and they entered the bottom of the 4th trailing 12-11.

The Yankees had overcome adversity all season long and did not yield being down a run after four innings.

Using timely hitting the Yankees pushed 3 runs across in the bottom of the 5th to take a 14-12 lead, then added another run in the 6th, four more in the 7th, and one more in the 8th to push the lead to 20-12.

In his second relief appearance of the day, Sergio Zamoramo was able to silence the Orioles’ big bats with 3 crucial scoreless innings in the Orioles half of the 5th, 6th and 7th innings.

The four time consecutive division champion Orioles would not go quietly and managed to rally in the 8th and 9th innings. With two outs in the top of the 9th the Orioles had cut the Yankee lead to 20-18, had a man on and sent the tying run to home plate in the form of Pascual Del Real who had already hit two homers on the day!

With the game on the line the Yankees went back to Ryan Erickson, who had started the game, to get the final out. Erickson got Del Real to pop up to Topher Chen at short for the final out giving the Yankees a 20-18 win, a two game sweep of the mighty Orioles and the first championship in team history.

The Yankees would like to send their congratulations to the Orioles on another great season, and wish them luck as they move to the Dunn Division next season.

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2014 Liners Tame Cubs for Championship in Tulsa MSBL

Tulsa Liners 12, Tulsa Cubs 7

Submitted by Joe Gho, Liners manager

Tulsa Liners win MTBA League Championship

The Tulsa Liners won the 2014 Metro Tulsa Baseball Association League Championship by defeating the defending league champions the Tulsa Cubs 2 games to 0 in the best-of-three series.

The Liners (#2 seed) defeated the Twins 12-5 in the first round and in the semi-finals beat the Hawks 6-4 to get to the League Championship Series. The Cubs (#1 seed) had a first round bye but won the semi-final game against the Diamondbacks 9-4 to make it into the League Championship Series.

In Game #1 of the League Championship Series, the Liners defeated the Cubs 8-5. The starting and winning pitcher for the Liners against the Cubs was Jeff Goodnight(5-1) with Justin Beal picking up a four inning save.

In Game #2 versus the Cubs, the Liners won 12-7. The starting and winning pitcher was Kyle Carpenter (5-0) with Justin Beal picking up his 2nd save. Blair Hamilton hit a 2-Run Home Run in Game #2.

The Liners finished the season with a 17-5 record while the Cubs ended at 15-6. The Liners, who are managed by Joe Gho, have been a member of the Tulsa league for 26 years and this is their 12th league title.

The Tulsa Liners Players league roster:

Josh Beal, Justin Beal, Bob Biskup, Russ Blaylock, Kyle Carpenter, Tom Dutton, Mike Eckert, Bo Ekiss, Joe Gho, Jeff Goodnight, Blair Hamilton, Glenn Haueter, Lynn Haueter, Bob Kolibas, Jeff Lamb, David Rampey, Mike Robinson, Mark Sherwood, Gary Simpson

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2014 Cobras Strangle Nationals for Puget Sound 19+ AA Title

Puget Sound Senior Baseball League Adams 19+ AA Division

Cobras 7, Nationals 3

Submitted by Lance Jones, Cobras manager

The 2014 season saw the Adams division Cobras of the Puget Sound Senior Baseball League become back to back champions. We once again had strong pitching throughout the year. In the playoffs we had great outings by Jeff Caley, James Renfroe, Robbie Philbrick, Craig Lockett, Aaron Russell, Ivan Moran and Elliott Russell. This success was accentuated by our standout catchers Nick Postorino and Lance Jones. Our bats remained hot going into the playoffs with clutch hitting from our entire team. We played a tough championship series against the Nationals, winning the series in two games. Both games were low scoring pitching duels with strong defense. Thank you to all of the Cobras for another fun season.

The championship game statistics are listed below:

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2014 Pirates Re-claim Title in Southern Colorado MSBL

Southern Colorado MSBL Central Division

Pirates 6, Angels 3

Submitted by Bud Maison, Pirates manager

The SOCO MSBL (Colorado Springs, Colorado) post season tournament was a best of three series between the Champions for the past three seasons. (Angels 2013, Pirates 2012, Angels 2011).

In game one, the Pirates fought back from a 6-0 Angels lead in the final innings and forced extra innings where the Angels won on a walk-of double by John Vaughn in the bottom of the 10th inning and winning 7-6.

In game two, the Pirates and Angels exchanged the lead three times by the end of the game with the Pirates winning 7-6. The game winning difference was LeSean Thomas stealing home in the seventh inning.

In the finals, Pirates pitcher Sloan Soulia took charge and allowed only three runs in the first three innings. He then shut down the Angels offense through the remainder of the game and earned the MVP award. The Pirates finish the season with a 19-3 record with their only losses coming at the hands of the Angels. The Angels finished at 18-4.

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Pirates-S

0

0

0

0

1

5

0

0

0

6

14

0

Angels

1

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

8

0

Batting Stats

Pirates-S

 

#

Batter

P

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

 

3

Mannix, R

P

4

1

1

0

0

1

.326

 

12

Skaggs, B

EH

1

0

1

0

0

0

.333

 

8

Carr, D

P

4

0

2

0

0

1

.519

 

9

Davenport, D

C

3

1

1

1

0

0

.350

 

5

Goddish, A

3B

5

0

2

0

0

2

.556

 

38

Matson, N

OF

4

1

1

0

0

1

.313

 

13

Cordova, S

OF

1

0

0

0

0

0

.522

 

7

Wood, J

OF

1

0

0

0

0

0

.400

 

17

Thomas, L

OF

3

0

0

0

0

0

.280

 

21

Capper, K

1B

2

2

2

2

0

0

.343

 

25

Soulia, S

P

3

1

1

0

0

0

.474

 

22

Norman, E

P

4

0

2

1

0

0

.382

 

4

Clavelli, R

P

3

0

0

0

0

1

.161

 

38

6

13

4

0

6

 

Angels

#

Batter

P

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

1

Vaughn, J

C

3

0

1

0

0

0

.348

7

Milo, C

SS

2

0

0

0

2

0

.400

4

Sierra, A

IF

3

0

0

0

0

1

.440

5

Vaughn, F

CF

4

1

0

1

0

0

.542

2

Gaffney, T

2B

4

0

3

1

0

0

.536

42

Brown, M

P

0

0

0

0

1

0

.000

19

Rucker, J

P

1

0

0

0

0

0

.250

8

Behan, A

SS

5

2

1

0

0

1

.458

29

Wirt, B

P

4

0

0

0

0

0

.000

9

Hicks, L

1B

4

0

2

1

0

1

.600

22

Wendt, T

P

4

0

0

0

0

3

.516

12

Preston, G

3B

3

0

0

0

0

3

.517

37

3

7

3

3

9

Pitching Stats

Pirates-S

#

Pitcher

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

25

Soulia, S

8.3

7

3

2

3

9

3.38

9

7

3

2

3

9

Angels

#

Pitcher

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

29

Wirt, B

9.0

14

6

6

2

6

2.03

9

14

6

6

2

6

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2014 Arizona Reds Celebrate Successful Season in 45+ Division

Arizona MSBL 45+ Division

Submitted by Chris Means, Arizona 45+ Reds

The Five Pillars of Arizona Reds 45+ Baseball:

HUMILITY: Don’t think too highly or to lowly of yourself. Look at yourself soberly. You can’t be all things. Be able to say, “This is who I am” and “This is who I’m not.”

PASSION:Don’t be lukewarm! Everyone is passionate when they’re winning, but the successful are passionate when it’s hard. Get better every day.

UNITY: Integrate individual talents for the good of the team. Don’t become fragmented no matter the circumstances. Unity in a losing effort can be molded into a winning team.

SERVANTHOOD: Regardless of your role, be a servant to the team and make your teammates better.

THANKFULNESS: Be thankful for success, but also for what you learn through adversity – that’s where great wisdom can be gained.

I reached out to all of our players and asked for their thoughts about playing on our team this past season. Below are a couple of the responses…

From catcher Mike Sinykin:

The main thing I enjoyed about playing with this team this year was team chemistry and the “never give up attitude”.

From first baseman Terry VanGundy:

This team believed in the following statement: 

*WIN TOGETHER

*LOSE TOGETHER

*PLAY TOGETHER

*STAY TOGETHER

The Reds 2014 season recap: We started our season with a few new players. We managed to upgrade the few positions that were open due to guys dropping off, switching teams, etc. Half way through the season we were in third place in the division (top four teams make the playoffs). We then had a series of injuries, guys on vacation, unpacked bats, etc., that caused us to drop to fifth place in our division – with only five games left in the season! We righted the ship and managed to beat the teams we needed to beat in order to qualify for the #4 seed. We finished the regular season with a record of 12-8-1. We only allowed 142 runs in 21 games (less than seven per game), which was good enough for third lowest in the 45+ division.

Our first playoff game was against the #1 seed Angels (20-1). The Angels averaged almost 18 runs scored per game all season. They handled us pretty well and we lost the first playoff game 13-8. We were now in a “lose-and-go-home” mode. Our next opponent was the White Sox (the other team that had lost their first game). Behind some great pitching by our guy, Rick Urias, who later that month would be voted by his peers as the 45+ Division All-Star MVP, we beat the White Sox by a score of 14-11. One of the players on the White Sox is Brian Kingman. As some may know, Brian pitched for the “real” Oakland A’s back in the day – he was a major leaguer for over four years, played under Billy Martin, and played with a lot of those really good A’s teams from the early 80’s. Our manager, Tony Quilici, wanted to relay to each player on the Reds that Kingman called to congratulate him (and our team) on the victory we had over his White Sox. Tony told me that Brian stated:“You guys wanted it more than us, and you deserved the win. Good luck against the Dbacks.”

This was a classy thing for Kingman to do and Tony and I passed his comments on to everyone on the Reds. Coming from a person with the professional baseball pedigree that Brian has, this meant a lot.

Now we had to face the D’backs in ANOTHER lose-and-go-home game. The D’backs were the defending league champs from the previous year. With a very short roster on our part, Rick Urias AGAIN pitched a great game and we managed to beat the D’backs by a score of 6-1. They threw BOTH of their “aces” at us, but we just were “feeling it” (as they say).

Unfortunately, we did not “feel it” all the way through to the championship game against the Angels. We were in a close game (trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning). But defensive lapses on our part allowed them to score four unearned runs that inning. They had superior pitching going for them that night and we ran out of gas this game. We lost by a score of 7-2. It was small consolation to us that we held the league’s highest-powered offense to just seven runs (again with Rick on the mound). As I wrote to the team afterwards: “We played the Angels three times this season and they beat us all three games. All we can do is tip our caps and get ‘em next year”.

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2014 A’z Capture 45+ Fall Crown in Houston

Houston Hardball League 45+ Fall League Division

A’z 5, Angels 1

Submitted by Ward Brigham, Houston A’z

The Houston A’z won the Championship Game of the 45+ Division of the Houston Hardball League for the Fall Season. This marks their second consecutive championship, having also won the championship from the Spring Season. The A’z defeated the Angels 5-1 in the final, winner-take-all game.

The A’z were led by strong starting pitching of Marvin Keller, who allowed one run in the first inning but then settled down to throw goose eggs for the remaining eight innings. Marvin scattered seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

The A’z captured the lead in the fourth inning, scoring four runs highlighted by Jay Henderson’s RBI single and Ward Brigham’s two out, two-RBI single. Marvin capped off the inning in helping his own cause by getting the final RBI single, the first of two he had on the day.

The A’z also beat the Angels 4-1 in the winner’s bracket during a chilly, 45 degree evening. They fell to the Angels 13-6 in the first game of the championship, setting up the final, winner-take-all game of the double elimination tournament.

Congratulations to manager Gordon “Boz” Boswell, GM Shaun Coleman, and the rest of the Houston A’z for their second championship of the year!

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2014 Rams Edge Cardinals in Twin Cities 18+

Twin Cities MABL 18+ Division

Rams 8, Eden Prarie Cardinals 5

Submitted by Joe Collier, Twin Cities Rams

“Weber strong on the mound, Vikstrom clutch bomb late give the Rams their first ever TCMABL 18+ Championship win taking home the Jon Garbacz Cup”

The Rams and the Cardinals passed the lead back and forth seven times in the big game, but in the end the Rams pulled out an 8-5 win over the Cardinals.

Nick Vikstrom racked up four RBIs on three hits for the Rams. He singled in the first inning, doubled in the fifth inning, and his biggest hit came in the eighth inning as Vikstrom hit a baseball that almost broke the sound barrier as it left the park.

Sam Weber picked up the win for the Rams. Weber pitched nine strong innings and allowed three earned runs, eight hits and two walks while striking out eight.

The top of the first saw the Cardinals take an early lead, 2-0. The Cardinals’ offense woke up as Matt Stengel singled before Michael Lewis homered.

The Rams brought home one run in the fourth inning, and matched that run total in the Fifth. In the fourth, the Rams scored on a fielder’s choice, scoring Steve Kleppen.

The Rams scored three runs in the seventh inning, and then followed it up with three more in the eighth. In the seventh, the Rams scored on a passed ball, scoring Kenny Flermoen.

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2014 Dodgers Sweep Hawks in 18+ DC MSBL Open Division

DC MSBL 18+ Wood Open

Silver Spring Dodgers 5, Potomac Hawks 2


Submitted by Patrick Conley, Silver Spring DodgersThe Silver Spring Dodgers needed only two games to defeat the Potomac Hawks in a best-of-three series to earn their 8th DC MSBL Championship. During the regular season the Dodgers and Hawks faced off four times with a dead even record of one win, one loss, and two ties. The best-of-three Championship series was up for grabs between the two evenly matched teams.

The Dodgers got off to an early lead in game one scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. Jeremy Schutt and Daniel Washington had back to back singles, followed by an error and a hit batter. Jeremiah Gorospe delivered a two out single driving in the third and fourth run of the inning. In the top of the second inning, the Dodgers scored the game’s fifth run. Billy Duvall doubled and Schutt singled scoring Duvall. The Dodgers added two more runs in the fourth inning on a pair of doubles by Brian Herbek and Schutt, and a single from Washington. The Hawks answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to put the score at 7 – 2.

The Dodgers added three more runs in the seventh inning. Washington led off with a single, followed by a double from Patrick Conley and singles from Doug Remer, Matt Herbek, and Richie McMahon. That proved to be enough runs for Dodgers starting pitcher J. T. Williamson. Williamson pitched all seven innings, allowing two runs while striking out four. Game one final score was Dodgers 10, Hawks 2.

In game two, the Dodgers scored first with three runs in the third inning. Duvall singled and Schutt reached base on a fielder’s choice. Washington tripled scoring Duvall and Schutt, followed by a single from Dave Herbek to plate Washington. The Hawks answered with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Dodgers responded with two more runs in the 5th inning. Matt Kianka started the inning with a single, followed by two consecutive outs. Dave Herbek doubled off the left field fence scoring Kianka, and Conley singled scoring Herbek. Five runs was all Dodgers starting pitcher Matt Herbek needed, throwing a complete game allowing only two runs. Game two final score was Dodgers 5, Hawks 2.

In the two games, the Dodgers offense pounded out 28 hits. Leading the way for the Dodgers was Richie McMahon with five hits, followed by Daniel Washington with four hits, Matt Kianka, Jeremy Schutt, Patrick Conley added three hits a peace, and Billy Duvall, Brian Herbek, Dave Herbek, and Doug Remer each had two hits. Daniel Washington led the Dodgers with three RBI’s, followed by Jeremy Schutt, Dave Herbek, Patrick Conley, and Jeremiah Gorospe with two RBI’s each.

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2014 White Sox Claim ‘Five-Peat’ Title Run in Chesapeake 45+

Chesapeake MSBL 45+ Division

White Sox 4, Tigers 3

Left to Right: Pat Overton, Jeff Wolf, John Goode, Frank Raska, Frank Carter, Paul Whitlock, Ron Ebelein, Jeff Pate, Steve Crawford, Duane Cordrey, Wayne Vance, Gerry Shay, Kevin Williams, Rich Mannion, Steve Hoffmann, Jason Cooper, Jamey Lee, Dub Daniels, Clayton Belcher, Shannon O’Brien (Team Scorekeeper)

Submitted by Duane Cordrey, League President

The Chesapeake White Sox wrapped up the 2014 Chesapeake MSBL season by claiming the team’s fifth consecutive regular season and post season championship. The Chesapeake White Sox compiled a regular season record of 20 – 3 under the leadership of first year team manager, Ron Ebelein. The team’s three losses came against younger players in crossover games against 35+ teams in which the team went 5-3 in cross divisional play.

The team’s pitching staff was led by the Chesapeake MSBL 45+ Division Pitcher of the Year, Steve Hoffmann. The pitching staff of Hoffmann, Wayne Vance, Ron Ebelein, Jeff Wolf, and Jeff Pate was supported by a solid team defense which limited opponents to a total of 101 runs during the regular season. The offense was led by the Chesapeake MSBL 45+ Division Most Valuable Player, Frank Raska. Outstanding offensive numbers were put up by Raska, Vance, Ebelein, Wolf, Pate, Steve Crawford, Gerry Shay, and Duane Cordrey leading to a total of 263 runs produced during the regular season.The team’s offense had 12 of their 20 players hit over .400 for the season.

The White Sox swept through the post-season playoffs by defeating the Chesapeake Cardinals 12 -10 in the quarter final game and pulling out a close 2 -1 victory against the Chesapeake Blue Claws in the semi-final game. The Chesapeake White Sox clinched their 5thconsecutive 45+ Division Championship with a walk off base hit by Gerry Shay in the bottom of the 9th with two outs of the championship game to defeat the Chesapeake Tigers, 4 – 3.

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2014 Indians Sneak Past Mariners to Capture Chesapeake 35+ Crown

Chesapeake MSBL 35+ Division

Indians 8, Mariners 7

Front Row Kneeling (l-r): Jose Molina, Myron Fuller, Cardell Sample, Derric Johnson, Aaron Boston, Hasan McMillan.  Standing (l-r): Wally Emerich, Enoch Wen, Ed Nottingham, Dackren Coleman, Eric Tharrington, Earl Gardner, William “Chili” Mobley, Craig Krause, Andy Hudak. Absent from photo: Donald Goodman, Stan Tukes, Shawn Tipton, Robert Duckett, Craig Krause, Dackren Coleman, Derric Johnson Jermaine Johnson, and Jon Santos.

Submitted by Duane Cordrey, Chesapeake President

The 2014 Chesapeake MSBL 35+ Division was very competitive throughout the season and completed the regular season with a three-way tie for first place and fourth place determined by 0.008 percentage points with final standings determined in the last week of the season with tie-breaker criteria used to determine the final regular season standings.The Chesapeake Nationals took the regular season title, followed by the Chesapeake Tigers, Chesapeake Indians and Chesapeake Mariners.

Special recognition is given to Chesapeake Mariners team manager Lee Nelson, who led his team to its 400th win in league play. This milestone is a significant accomplishment for a team that has been managed by Lee for more than 20 years.

The Chesapeake Indians got back to their winning ways by claiming another Chesapeake MSBL 35+ Division Championship under the leadership of first year manager, Aaron Boston, along with his assistant manager Eric Tharrington. The Indians started the season with a dismal 0 – 3 start to the season but mustered together to finish the regular season as a third place team with an overall regular season record of 17 – 7. The Indians went 3 – 1 in post-season playoffs by defeating Lee Nelson’s Chesapeake Mariners in the title game with an exciting finish to the season by a final score of 8-7.