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2012 18+ Aluminum Bat Division

Yarddogs 5, Scrappers 1

Monterey MABL Yard Dogs — champions of the 18 Aluminum division at the 2012 Desert Classic

By David Krival, MSBL On-Line

January 14-16, 2012, Palm Springs, CA- Jesse Sweet pitched a complete game and stroked two solid singles and a double to lead the Monterey MABL Yarddogs over the previously unbeaten Southern California MABL/MSBL Scrappers, 5-1, in the 18+ Aluminum Division championship game of the MSBL/MABL Desert Classic.

Monterey turned three double plays, repeatedly stifling the Scrappers dogged attempts to reverse the game’s inexorable progress. Both teams played solid, errorless defense. Mixing a respectable fastball with confusing off-speed stuff and a hard slider, Sweet rang up six strikeouts and allowed six hits and one earned run while walking only two.Monterey opened the scoring in the top of the fourth with a run-scoring single from Brandon Mikkelson and a sacrifice fly by Troy Galena. The Scrappers halved the Yarddogs’ lead in the bottom of the fifth when Kris Hernandez singled and Jonathan Arana followed with a double off the fence.
Monterey Yard Dogs MVP JesseSweet
If it had travelled two feet further Arana’s hit would have tied the game.

Monterey gave themselves a bit of breathing room in the top of the sixth on a two-run single by Kevin Ybarra. Eric Martin accounted for the game’s final run impressively with a home run in the top of the eighth: Monterey 5, Southern California 1.

Starter Arthur Marmalejo took the loss for the Scrappers who never gave up. Monterey, who had nine hits and seven walks, never came close to walking away with the game. The Scrappers never stopped hustling and won four straight in a tough tournament. Aside from Sweet, Danny Godoy doubled for the Dogs. In a tournament characterized by their consistently good pitching, Monterey, managed by Jose Torres, got an outstanding job from Jose Esequera in its 3-1 semifinal victory over the SoCal Reds. Esequera worked an eleven-inning complete game, whiffing eleven and walking two while giving up one run, unearned.
That he did it in the aluminum bat division makes Esequera’s performance all the more impressive.
Yard Dogs Manager Jose Torres and  MSBL President Steve Sigler
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Monterey Yarddogs 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 5 9 0
So Cal Scrappers 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 0

WP- Sweet. LP- Marmalejo. Top Hitters: (YD) Sweet 3/5. 2B- Gadoy (YD), Sweet (YD), Arana (SC). HR- Martin (YD). SF- Galena (YD). DP- YD 3, SC 2.


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2012 55+ Division

Pawelek no-hits Dodgertown

LA Athletics 5, Dodgertown West 0

The LA Athletics, managed by Bob Sherwin, won the 55+ division at the 2012 Desert Classic

By Alejandro Rodriguez, MSBL On-Line

PALM SPRINGS – Fifty-nine year old Danny Pawelek spun a no-hitter and was a walk and an error from perfection as the L.A. Athletics defeated Dodgertown West 5-0 to win the 55-and-over crown at the Desert Classic.

The game finished in two-hours-and-15 minutes. It included two four-pitch innings, three three-ball counts, and only one ball that left the infield. Meanwhile, Mark Sain, Jack Charles and John Scheurman led the offense with two hits apiece. The Athletics outscored all tournament opponents 50-7.”This was one of the shortest championship games I’ve been involved in,” said A’s manager Bob Sherwin. “But yet this was also one of the most exciting because in all the years I’ve been involved in MSBL championship games, I’ve never been on the side of a no-hitter, so this was pretty special,” he said.

Danny Pawelek

Sherwin noticed the no-hitter in the sixth inning. “At that point we started to become aware of it, but we didn’t want to use the word around him” Sherwin said.

The Athletics got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the second inning with Pawelek notching an RBI fielder’s choice and a second run scoring on an errant pickoff from the catcher. They scored twice again in the bottom of the third on back-to-back RBI doubles by Kevin Bronson and Mike Thatcher. Mark Sain’s RBI single in the eighth scored Thatcher with the A’s final run.Armando Valle pitched a complete game for the Dodgers, striking out four batters and walking none.

Before he helped the A’s win at the Desert Classic, Pawelek was helping them lose there. Pitching for the Salt Lake Dodgers at the 2010 Desert Classic, the tall right-hander with the Kareem goggles threw 11 and two-thirds innings of relief in a 9-6 win over the Athletics. More remarkably, Pawelek threw 39-and-a-third of his team’s total of 48 innings in that tournament prompting Sherwin to say at the time, “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Thankfully for Sherwin, the Salt Lake Dodgers were not in this year’s tournament, and when he learned that Pawelek was available, he picked up the phone. “Bob gave me a call and asked me if I wanted to play,” Pawelek said. I felt it’d be a great fit so I said yes and here we are,” he added.

Dodgertown West manager Rick Fahrney could only tip his hat to Pawelek after the game. “He pitched a heck of a game, but then again good pitching will always beat good hitting,” Fahrney said. “Hats off to them, they got great pitching, but also good timely hitting and they made the plays they had to defensively,” Fahrney said.

Fahrney looks forward to returning next year to try and reclaim the championship.

“This never gets old for us, it’s always a great time, great weather, ideal location,” Fahrney said.

55 National 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dodgertown West 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
LA Athletics 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 11 1

WP – Pawelek. LP – Valle. Top Hitters: (LA). Sain 2×4, Charles 2×3,

Jon Scheuerman 2×3. 2B – Scheuerman, Thatcher; 2B – Thatcher. SB – Thatcher.

LOB – LA Athletics 7, Dodgertown West 1

Dodgertown West — 55+ runners up at the 2012 Desert Classic in Palm Springs Ca.
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2012 45+ Division

Team Victory 9, Dodgertown West 2

By David Krival, MSBL On-Line

January 14-16, 2012, Palm Springs, CA – Team Victory’s tournament co-MVP Greg Bertrand followed his scoreless effort in the semifinal with a solid performance in his team’s 9-2 championship game win over Dodgertown West.

Bertrand, who was the winning pitcher for both games, worked 4.1 innings in relief of starter Rafael Fuentes in the Final, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits. After scoring once in the top of the first, TV pushed across four runs in the second and built a 9-0 lead before Dodgertown pushed across single runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Five hitters in TV’s batting order had two hits. John Love and co-MVP Derek Clair both stroked run-scoring doubles. Bob Pone stole two bases, seven for the tournament.
Over the weekend, Clair collected eight hits in thirteen at-bats (.615 BA). Clair walked four times and was plunked by two pitches for a .737 on-base average. Hitting in the number three slot, Frank Bons homered, doubled and drove in six runs. Co-MVP John Bertrand
Love went five-for-ten with three doubles and five RBI. Dale Eby and Ed Urbanik each won a game on the hill for Team Victory.

“Except for four errors in one inning in the game we tied with the Inland NW Padres we played pretty solid ball,” said skipper Fuentes. “Solid pitching, team speed and timely hitting were the determining factors for us in winning the tournament.”Dodgertown had its own fielding troubles in the championship. Five errors led to four unearned runs.

Co MVP Derek Clair
Stroking ten hits off Bertrand and Fuentes, the Boys in Blue might have made a much closer game of it if not for their fits and starts in the field.

Paul Galetti, Dodgertown’s leading hitter for the tournament, singled and doubled in the Final.

Reggie Smith, Jr. homered for Dodgertown in the first game of the round robin. Steve Moritz threw seven innings of shutout relief to win the semifinal with the Central Coast Hogs.

“Team Victory edged us, 2-0, in the Desert Classic championship game in 2010,” said manager Mark Schneiderman. “So, we knew they are good ball club.”










Team Victory













Dodgertown West













WP- Bertrand. LP- Littz. Top Hitters: (TV) Bell 2/5, 1 R, 1 RBI; Henry 2/4, 2 R, 1 RBI; Bons 2/4, 2 R; Sailer 2/4, 2 RBI; Pone 2/3, 2 R, 2 SB. (DW) Galetti 2/4, 1 RBI. 2B- Love (TV), Clair (TV); Galetti (DW).

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2012 35+ Wood Bat American

OC Sox 5, Las Vegas Bears 4

The OC Sox claimed 35 American Gold at the 2012 Desert Classic

By Britten Gerrard

Palm Desert, Calif. – The OC Sox squad sure was happy pitcher Eric Orue decided to fly across the country on Martin Luther King weekend to compete in the Desert Classic.

Orue came into the ballgame in the seventh inning and pitched three shutout innings to record the save, helping the OC Sox defeat the Las Vegas Bears 5-4 for the Men’s Senior Baseball League 35 American championship at the College of the Desert.

Orue, who also added two RBIs on the offensive end, played for the Sox before moving to North Carolina. Despite the distance, Orue was anxious for a Sox reunion in Palm Springs.

“The trip was totally worth it,” Orue said with a big smile. “It’s a great feeling being put in a situation with the game on the line and being able to help out your teammates.”

With the score tied 4-4 in the top of the seventh inning, Cobi Cradle walked, stole second and scored the winning run on an RBI single from Scott Bibee. The Las Vegas Bears were within striking distance with two runners on in the eighth inning, but manager Mauricio (Mo) Molina grounded out to end the rally. The Bears also had a runner on in the ninth but couldn’t capitalize.

The Sox finished 5-0 in the Desert Classic. They also won the tournament in 2008 and advanced to the finals in 2010 before rain cancelled the game. However, Sox manager David Rice said this year’s championship meant a lot more.

“The competition in this tournament keeps increasing as teams get better and better each year,” Rice said. “The Las Vegas Bears are a really solid team and we had to play our butts off to beat them.”

Cradle also had a big game for the Sox, finishing with a double, single, stolen base and a run scored. Scott Field, John Alloway, Adam Gonzalez and Tony Zavala also scored for the Orange County squad, which scored one run in the first inning and three in the third before the winning run in the seventh.

The Las Vegas Bears, who finished 4-1 in the Desert Classic, were led by Drew Vertes. He tallied three runs (one as a pinch runner) and added two hits, including a triple. Kory Sagers scored the other run. Steve Johnson finished with two hits and an RBI while Scott Hannish added an RBI.

Scott Bibee recorded the victory for the Sox, allowing two runs in five innings while striking out two.

Rice credited the tournament victory to exceptional play all-around.

“Our pitching and defense was phenomenal this weekend,” Rice said. “All of our pitchers did well, the defense kept us in games and our hitters were clutch. When that happens it’s a winning combination.”

35 American 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
OC Sox 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 5 10 2
L.V. Bears 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 16 5

WP – Scott Bibee. LP – Scott Hannish. Top Hitters (OC) Cradle 2×3, run; Rice 2 RBI; Buster Niezke 2×4; Bibee 2×4, RBI. (Las Vegas) Vertes 2×4, 3 runs; Steve Johnson 2×4, RBI; Hannish 2×4, RBI; Sagers 2×4, run. Molina 2×4. 3B – Vertes.

The Las Vegas Bears — runners up in the 35 American division at the 2012 Desert Classic


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2012 35+ Wood Bat National

Stanislaus Indians 10, Montebello Angels 2

The Stanislaus Indians — champions of the 2012 Desert Classic

By Alejandro Rodriguez, MSBL On-Line

PALM SPRINGS STADIUM, Jan. 16, 2012 – Kevin Brown threw a complete-game and Steve Fisher had four hits and three RBI as the Stanislaus Indians defeated the Montebello Angels 10-2 for the Desert Classic 35 National division crown.

The Indians scored three runs in the second, two in the third and two in the fourth to build a 7-0 lead after four innings. Brown gave up two runs on nine hits while striking out five on the day. “This was definitely a hard fought tournament, considering we almost didn’t make it to the playoffs,” said Indians’ Manager Clint Romero. “We had a couple games that got away, and then a third game that almost did.

 We had to get an extra inning victory to get here, so we were fortunate that we had a little bit of luck on our side. The bottom line is we took care of business when we needed to” Romero added.

Steve Fisher

Fisher led the Indians’ 16-hit parade with four hits, three RBIs and two runs scored. A last minute addition due to injury, Fisher hit .550 (11 for 20), with a double and seven RBIs — numbers that earned him co-MVP honors with Phil Torretto. Romero hit .368 (7 for 19), with two doubles, a triple and three RBI. For the Angels, Mario Chavarin was 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI-double in the ninth inning that scored Gabe Carmona. Armando Alcantar had an RBI-single in the eighth inning that scored Rudy Burrell with the Angels’ other run.

Angels Manager Robert Oskin felt his team got off to a bad start, but gave credit to the Indians. “We pretty much just came out flat,” he said. “It proved to be too much for us to overcome, but give them credit, their pitcher pitched a great game.” he said. Oskin also was impressed with this year’s tournament field .

Phill Torretto

“Best tournament we’ve been in in terms of competition — very well balanced,” Oskin said.

“It’s always great to face strong competition, it makes it fun” he said. “We’ll definitely be back. We won this tournament two years ago, so hopefully we get the opportunity to win it once again.” he said.

And perhaps it could be the same Indians’ team once again

“We beat these guys in November in Arizona, so maybe this is the start of a rivalry with these guys,” Oskin said.”I’m pretty sure we’ll see them again down the road”


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Montebello Angels 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 9 3
Stanislaus Indians 0 3 2 2 0 0 0 3 x 10 6 1

WP – Kevin Brown. LP – John Agundez, Top Hitters: (Stanislauss). Steve Fisher 4×4, 2 R, 3 RBI; Rick Russelle 3×4, RBI, Earl Smith 3×4, RBI, Brandon Hedding 2×4, 2 R, 2 RBI, Torretto 2×4, RBI. (Montebello)  Mario Chavarin 4×4, RBI. 2B – Rudy Burrell, Jeremy Advincula. LOB – Montebello 7, Stanislaus 6

The Montebello Angels ran a close second at the 2012 Desert Classic
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2012 18+ Wood Bat

So-Cal Buzz 7, East Bay Lumberjacks 4

So Cal Buzz — champions of the 2012 Desert Classic 18 Wood Bat Division

By Britten Gerrard

La Quinta, Calif. – For manager Anthony Bautista and the rest of the SoCal Buzz squad, playing baseball is an enjoyable outlet designed to get away from the everyday grind of work.

Winning isnt’ bad either.

The Buzz scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to beat the East Bay Lumberjacks 7-4 for the Desert Classic’s 18 Wood Bat title. “We’re out here to have a great time playing a game that means so much to us,” Baustisa said. “But pretty much all of us played college ball so we’re all competitive and it’s a great feeling winning the championship.”

With the scored tied 4-4 in the top of the eighth, Marcos Perez, Jose Casteneon and Ramiro Perez each singled to load the bases. All three would score as Oscar Barreras, Marcelino Escalante had sacrifice flies and Eric Martin added an RBI single.

“Those three runs were huge for us,” Bautista said. “Offensively we struggled in the middle innings and we needed a spark and the guys stepped up at the right time to give us a nice lead.”

The Lumberjacks had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but Sammy Bruno popped out to end the threat. Buzz MVP pitcher Mike Kesten picked up the complete game victory allowing 10 hits and four runs. “It was definitely a back-and-forth game,” Kesten said noting that the Lumberjacks scored three runs in the second. “They (Lumberjacks) had some really good hitters and had a strong third inning but our team did a great job of bouncing back and I was able to settle down the rest of the game to help us win.” The Buzz take pride in being a tight-knit group. The night before the championship game, the team sat around by a campfire and discussed both baseball strategies and everyday life situations.

Buzz MVP MIke Keston

“We feel gelling off the field is important for our success so we enjoy doing activities that help us grow as a team,” Bautista said.

“It really doesn’t get much better than hanging out in Palm Springs with your best buddies playing baseball. The Buzz finished the Desert Classic with a record of 2-1-1. The team credited their victory to pitching and defense.”At this level everyone can hit so pitching and defense is extremely important to be successful in these type of tournaments,” Bautista said. “We had a great weekend both on and off the field and we’re looking forward to coming back next year.”WP- Sweet. LP- Marmalejo. Top Hitters: (YD) Sweet 3/5. 2B- Gadoy (YD), Sweet (YD), Arana (SC). HR- Martin (YD). SF- Galena (YD). DP- YD 3, SC 2.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Monterey Yarddogs 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 5 9 0
So Cal Scrappers 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 0

WP- Sweet. LP- Marmalejo. Top Hitters: (YD) Sweet 3/5. 2B- Gadoy (YD), Sweet (YD), Arana (SC). HR- Martin (YD). SF- Galena (YD). DP- YD 3, SC 2.

The East Bay Lumberjacks were runners up at the 2012 Desert Classic in Palm Springs, CA.


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2012 35+ American Division

Darensbourg wears out Sox, Warriors win title


By Duke Cullinan, for

What’s the recipe for a championship in the Desert Classic Tournament? Get a few Big Boppers on your team and slug out five or six 14-9 wins?

Anthony Rodriguez, manager for the Las Vegas Warriors, who just won the 35+ American Division in the Desert Classic in Palm Springs, put his team together differently.

“We’re all friends. We see each other on the weekends. We’re like a family,” Rodriguez said, after beating the Sonoma Coast Black Sox 5-2 in the championship game. “We see ourselves as a working class team that always gets the job done. We don’t have a lot of deep hitters; we have guys who put the ball in play . . . and good things happen.”

Here’s what happened on a perfect day for baseball in Palm Springs. The Warriors banged out 14 hits – three from right fielder Kevin Bass. Bismar Alvarez, Jeff Traylor, and Jonah Ferren each added two hits. Nearly everyone contributed to the statistical bonfire including 58-year-old veteran Jimmy King whose bunt single late in the game gave the Warriors added insurance.

But this win was more than numbers. Teamwork and what could only be described as grind-itude – the steady pressure of small ball, and good team attitude — produced the win. “It was a tight game until the sixth or seventh inning, and then we got a few runs and pulled away,” said Rodriguez.

And then there was starting pitcher Vic Darensbourg. The ex-pro began the day with a complete game in the Warriors’ 6-1 semifinal win over the OC Sox. Darensbourg, who spent five seasons with the Florida Marlins, and one season each with the Rockies, Expos, White Sox, Mets and Tigers, then turned around and threw a complete-game five hitter against a powerful Black Sox squad that had risen to the top of the Desert Classic’s largest division.

The 42-year-old lefty’s fastball was still cracking bats, if contact was made at all, on into the final inning.

Said Rodriguez, “I told Vic, ‘I’m gonna start you in the semifinal game today, and you might throw eighteen today.’ And he said, ‘Let’s go.’ He’s the man.”

It wasn’t an easy road for the Warriors, who played six games inthree days. Attrition forced Rodriguez, who plays sparingly in most cases, into the lineup full time.

“We started off with six outfielders and ended up with three,” Rodriguez said. He then rattled off six or seven more injuries that limited or sidelined players over the last few games. The team toughed it out — more so than one would expect considering the pay.

Actually, Rodriguez said, “We pay to be there. We’re on the field because we love the game.”

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2013 18+ Division


Lumberjacks deny Brew Crew at Desert Classic

By Britten Gerrard,

The East Bay Lumberjacks were able to get some revenge against their friends in the Desert Classic in Palm Springs, California on Martin Luther King Day.

After falling 15-2 to the San Jose Brew Crew earlier in round robin play, the Lumberjacks responded by beating their Northern California counterparts 9-5 for the 18 Wooden Bat title.

“It felt fantastic beating them in the finals especially after the way they destroyed us earlier,” Lumberjacks manager Tom Macari said. “We know a lot of the guys on their team since we all play in the same area, so it gives us a little extra bragging rights.”

The East Bay squad opened the game early with two runs in the first inning. After a Mike Taylor solo blast in the third inning, the Lumberjacks came out firing by adding five more runs in the top of the sixth to go up 8-0.

Macari felt it took the team a few innings to figure out San Jose Brew Crew pitcher Casey Ramback, who was semi effective with his changeup.

“Mike’s homer in the third brought us back to life and in the sixth inning we were able to jump on their pitcher by hitting a bunch of singles to blow the game open,” Macari said.

David Whiteside (three RBIs) and Chaz Davis (two runs) were key contributors offensively for East Bay. Melvin Purdue (run, RBI), Henry Robinson (run, RBI), Jake Holt (run, RBI), Jay Almendral (run), Taylor Richardson (run) and Macari (RBI) also stood out in the final.

After falling behind 8-0, the Brew Crew responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning and another run in the eighth but the margin proved to be too difficult to overcome.

Pitcher Rob Ellis was a big reason for the Lumberjacks’ success in the tournament. The southpaw threw 16 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run and picked up the victory in the championship game. Javier Gonzalez earned the save.

“Rob had some filthy breaking stuff, a slider, a decent fast ball and was never phased by pitching in a big game,” Macari said.

Melvin Perdue, Mike Taylor, Javier Gonzalez, Henry Robinson, David Whiteside, and Chasz Davis all hit extremely well, helping the Jacks to an exciting first place finish. After falling in the finals last year, the Lumberjacks finished 4-1 in the Desert Classic.

“We scored a lot of runs in four of our games,” Macari said. “We did a good job of getting early leads and putting pressure on the other teams.”

Despite coming up short in the final, San Jose manager Brian Feduk was proud of his squad.

“Locally we have quite a good rivalry with the Lumberjacks and they played very well,” Feduk said. “We had a blast with all our good friends and enjoyed the competition in a great tournament.”

The Brew Crew was led in the tournament by MVP Hector Esparza, who batted .471 with two home runs, nine RBIs, eight hits and five runs. Jose “Choco” Rodriguez hit .467 with a homer and eight RBIs, while Michael Barnes and Kyle Hartz each batted .500. Eric Anderson, Steve Connolly and Steve McLean had one win apiece on the mound.

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2013 50+ Division


Inland Angels 11, Santa Ynez Sox 8

By Alejandro Rodriguez, for

INDIO – The Inland Angel scored three runs in the top of the 10th inning, and then held on to defeat the Santa Ynez Sox 11-8 to claim the 50-and-over division crown at the MSBL Desert Classic held in Palm Springs, California.

For the Angels it was very nearly the one that got away. They went into the bottom of the ninth with a comfortable, five-run lead, but the Sox erased the deficit and left the winning run in scoring position to push the game into overtime.

What ended up as a high scoring game didn’t start that way. In fact, the game was scoreless until the top of the fifth inning when the Angels’ Kevin Fidler doubled to score Mike Kyander with the game’s first run.

The Sox answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth including two runs on Dan Murray’s single. An RBI single by the Angels’ Dave Kubicek in the sixth cut the deficit, and a sacrifice fly from Fidler in the seventh tied the game at 3-3.

The Angels took a 5-3 lead in the eighth inning on RBI singles by Gary Phipps and Beau Wesson, then padded that lead in the ninth on an RBI single by Dave Statter and a two-run double by Marc Emery – who caught every inning of all five tournament games for the Angels.

Down by five heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Sox knew they had their work cut out for them, and manager Buck Sharp felt his team was up to the challenge.

“We were thinking that we had to scratch and claw and make a comeback and fortunately we had the right guys up at the right time, and we did all the right things,” he said. RBI singles by Steve Tolley, Al Hire and Jimmy DeWitt highlighted the inning and left the score tied going into extra innings.

Phipps’, Wesson and Rob Munson had RBI singles in the10th to put the Angels up for good. Munson – who threw all 10 innings — then retired the Sox in order to give the Angels the championship.

“This was a team effort. Everybody contributed,” said Poleto. “Without any of those contributions we probably don’t win this tournament so it’s really hard to single out any one guy”


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2013 35+ National Division


Oskin, Angels grab second title in three yearsBy Alejandro Rodriguez,

LA QUINTA – Despite losing their starting pitcher after one inning, the Montebello Angels pulled out an 8-5 win over the Desert Pirates to claim the 35 National Division crown at the MSBL’s 2013 Desert Classic in Palm Springs.

The win avenged a 4-2 loss to the Pirates in round robin play.

Starting pitcher Eric Orue yielded two runs in the first inning before being pulled with a sore elbow. He remained in the game as a designated hitter and finished the game 2-for-2.

Trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, the Angels finally got on the board thanks to a great display of small ball. Ricardo Valencia walked to lead off the inning, and then Armando Alvantar executed a perfect hit and run to move Valencia to third. Carlos Gonzalez then singled him home.

The Angels took the lead in the sixth on Lance Rubio’s sacrifice fly and an RBI triple by Rudy Burruel. They then padded the lead with a five run seventh inning. Manny Garcia stroked a two-run double and Rubio added his second sacrifice fly of the game to highlight the rally.

The Pirates weren’t finished just yet. They scored thre runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and had the bases loaded before the final out of the game was made.

Pitching in relief of Orue, Chavarin pitched the final eight innings, giving up three runs on eight hits while striking out six. Manager Robert Oskin was impressed with his team’s victory, considering the amount of competition.

“The teams in this division were very tough, very competitive, we played against a couple of former minor leaguers, but overall this was a great team effort, everybody contributed.” He said.

Despite arm trouble, Orue was able to contribute offensively going 2-for-2 with an RBI. Cisco Vega notched three hits while Rubio had two RBI. Manny Garcia was 1-for-with 2 RBI.

The Angels lost 8-2 to the Stanislaus Indians in the 2012 finals, won the title in 2011 with a 16-11 w2in over the Las Vegas Senators, and tied 1-1 with the San Diego Knights in the 2010 finals of the Desert Classic.

Bottom row L-R: Rene Leon, Matt Olson, John Urrutia, Jason Kasten, Dean Childres, Dylan Goldstein and Paul Urrutia.  Top row L-R: Frank Perez, Jack Jordan, Andres Beruman, Dave Paveloff, Jim Gibbs, Jason Farmer and Rock Nava.