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MSBL Las Vegas Kickoff Classic

2019 50+ American

Texas Redbirds 9, Diamond Dream Mustangs 8 ‘Redbirds Go 5-0 to Win 50+ American; Cite Complete Team Effort’ Submitted by Brian McGilvary, Redbirds manager The Redbirds played from a deficit all tournament, falling behind in four of the five games but battled back and found ways to win. Ralph Rodriguez was an offensive force going…

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2019 70+ Wood

San Diego Mudcats 14, Philadelphia Phillies 2 ‘Mudcats Win 65+ and 70+ Kickoff Classic Titles’ The San Diego Mudcats earned their second Las Vegas title in as many weeks with a 14-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies to capture the 70+ title in week two of the MSBL Las Vegas Kickoff Classic. The championship game…

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2019 60+ Wood

Sacramento Tribe 7, San Antonio Lonestars 5 ‘Weathers and Jungston Share MVP Honors’ Submitted by Joe Soto, Tribe manager In a very exciting game, the national tournament powerhouse Sacramento Tribe defeated the San Antonio Lonestars 7 to 5 to capture the 60-over division title of the 2019 MSBL Las Vegas Kickoff Classic. The Tribe was…

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2019 45+ American

Chicago Royals 6, Colorado Bandits 5 ‘Iron Man Trimarco Steps Up on the Bump’ The Chicago Royals overcame two severe injuries on their way to the MSBL Kickoff Classic 45+ American Division title. Shortstop Mark Cibrario was hit with a ball in game one and suffered a broken nose but returned for Monday’s semi-final and…

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2019 50+ National

Boston Wolfpack 5, 3n2 Rangers 4 ‘MVP Delgado Drives in Winning Runs in Walk-off Fashion’  Submitted by Sterling Endicott  Things played out as the bookmakers expected with the MSBL Desert Classic Champions meeting up with the MSBL Holiday Classic Champions in the 50+ National Las Vegas Kickoff Classic finals. And the game was an instant…

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2019 45+ National

Las Vegas Rattlers 5, Willamette Valley Hops 1 ‘Dan Clemens Throws Complete Game Championship Victory’ Submitted by Manny Ocampo, Rattlers manager The normal, very short, Las Vegas Rattlers pre-game meeting consisted of a very short manager speech…”You know you all love each other, so go out and show it by having fun!” That’s what was…

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2019 65+ Wood

San Diego Mudcats 8, Paladin 4 ‘Teeter Goes 17-22 for Tourney; Schmidt Earns MVP’ The San Diego Mudcats prevailed against two formidable opponents Monday, March 7, in the 2019 Las Vegas Classic playoffs. The Mudcats brought only 13 team members and two of them got injured. To win, the old team (five players over 70),…

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2019 35+ National

Michigan Bandits 13, Montebello Angels 11 ‘Thorn, Bevis and Perez Lead Way on the Bump’ Submitted by Jeff Krejcik, Bandits manager The Michigan Bandits compiled a 5-0 record on their way to winning the 35+ National Division of the 2019 Kickoff Classic in Las Vegas. Led by strong pitching and timely hitting the Bandits won…

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2019 55+ Wood

Dallas Rangers 7, San Diego North 6 ‘MVP Pena Leads the Way with .500 Average’ Submitted by Gerry Mecca Despite seeing its four-run lead whittled down by game’s end, the Dallas Rangers, managed by Jerry Castaneda, still held off San Diego North for a 7-6 victory in the MSBL Las Vegas Kickoff Championship 55-over game at Heritage Yards in Henderson, Nevada on…

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2019 18+ National

Denver Royals 2, Atlanta Pirates 1 (10 innings) ‘Royals Trio Limit Pirates to Four Hits’ Submitted by Brian Underhill, Royals manager Coming into the game, the Royals had scored 69 runs in four games. The starting pitcher was Zeke DeLeon who had faced many of the Pirates players in Arizona (World Series) and Florida (Fall…

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