By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications
The 2016 edition of the MSBL Fall Classic has crowned its first week champions and week two has just gotten underway. The first weeks winners were in the 18+, 45+ and 55+ divisions. Week two will see champs in the 25+, 35+ and 50+ divisions. Below is a brief summary of the championship games and a few team pictures. We are still waiting for a few team snapshots. Complete game stories, pictures and highlights will be posted soon on the official MSBL Fall Classic page on the website. Congratulations to the winners!
November 5, 2016 - 45 National Championship Game - Bright
House Networks Field
East Coast Cardinals 10, Rhode Island Salty Dogs 1
CLEARWATER, FL – Former four-time major league all-star Dante Bichette tossed a four hitter, while striking out four to lead the East
Coast Cardinals to their second championship in three years. The dominating
performance was punctuated by timely defense and a four-run fourth inning that
blew the game open.
November 6, 2016 - 18-Over Championship Game - Bright House
Atlanta Reds 4, Long Island Tides 1
CLEARWATER, FL – Andrew Parrish tossed a five-hitter and Atlanta scored four runs in the eighth inning to secure a come-from-behind
victory over the Long Island Tides. Trailing 1-0 and down to their final
six outs, the Reds scored four times off of three hits and a critical throwing
error that plated the eventual winning run.
November 5, 2016 - 55 ‘Ring’ Championship Game - Bright
House Networks Field
All-Star Baseball Academy 2, Southern Maryland Titans 0
CLEARWATER, FL – In one of the greatest pitching
performances in Fall Classic championship game history, Willy Boyd tossed a
one-hit shutout to shock the two-time defending champions. Boyd retired the
final 19 hitters, facing only three batters over the minimum, and Mike Homer hit a two-out, two-run single in the eighth to key the victory.
November 5, 2016 – 45 American Championship Game – Florida Exchange
Maryland Monarchs 5, Tampa Blue Jays 2
DUNEDIN, FL - In what started to look more and more like a
pitching duel, turned into a runaway contest for the 45-and-over American
division championship game at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.
The Tampa Blue Jays held onto a 2-1 lead after the bottom of
the fourth inning, but its pitching was not able to hold on. The Maryland Monarchs blew up in the top of the ninth inning for three
unanswered runs and went on to defeat the Blue Jays 5-2 Saturday morning.
November 5, 2016 – 55 ‘Wind Jacket division –
Florida Exchange Stadium
Team Puerto Rico 14, Philadelphia-Chicago 6
DUNEDIN, FL - The first inning was about the closest frame
of the entire contest in the 55-and-over ‘wind jacket’ championship game played
Saturday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. With both teams making far
trips to play in Florida, many on hand expected a tightly contested game.
Team Puerto Rico, after the opening frame, went on
to scatter 12 runs over the next seven innings to
easily get by Philadelphia-Chicago Coalition 14-6. Puerto Rico amassed 22 hits
and took advantage of three errors made by Philadelphia-Chicago. In a game
where Puerto Rico led by as many as 10 runs at one point, Philadelphia-Chicago
was never able to fully regain its footing after the initial 2-2 tie.
November 5, 2016 – 45 Central Division – Carpenter Complex
Southside Warriors 5, Connecticut Top Hats 4
CLEARWATER, FL - Southside scored two unearned runs in the
bottom of the eighth for the come from behind win. The deciding run
crossed the plate on a balk call. Frank Bungevino pitched seven shutout
innings in relief for the mound victory while Wally Hurd had three hits at the
plate for the Top Hats.