By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications
First of all, I want to thank our team of MSBL game reporters in Clearwater, Florida who did a tremendous job covering our championship games for two weeks and writing the game stories for the website and taking tons of professional pictures. They also supplied the short game summary 'blurbs' you are reading here. When posted, their complete game stories and pictures will become a permanent display on the Fall Classic page of the national website. A special 'long distance' thank you goes out to Chris Errington, Andy Villamarzo, Steve Potter and Jim Peyton. Great job!
25+ Division, Carpenter Complex – Brandon Bombers 11, Towson
On Saturday afternoon at the Carpenter Complex near Bright House Field, the Bombers completed a goal they set out a year ago since
losing to the Towson Titans in a semifinal contest: Win a national
championship. That milestone mark was reached by Damian Fedele's squad against
a very talented Towson team from Maryland, as the Bombers put together a
masterful 9-inning performance, scoring 11 runs and keeping the Titans' bats at
bay en route to a dominant 11-1 victory and the 25-and-over national
championship now resides in the Tampa Bay area.
35+ National, Bright House Field – East Coast Cardinals 3,
Raleigh Red Sox 2
Jeff Leviere tossed three innings of shutout relief and Cory
Huston and Chris Torres had back-to-back, two-out RBI singles in the
seventh as the East Coast Cardinals earned a come-from-behind victory. The title was the second in two weeks at the
Fall Classic for manager David Hash, who also led the Cardinals’ 45-Over team
to the title.
50+ National, Bright House Field - Puerto Rico Orioles 17,
Chi.-Brooklyn Royals 0
The Puerto Rico Orioles scored seven runs on eight hits
in the first inning and was never threatened in a 17-0 victory over the Chicago-Brooklyn Royals to capture the 50 National championship. Israel
Gonzalez tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, to get the
35+ Mountain ‘Jackets’ – Central Ohio Reds 1, P.R.
Diamondbacks 0 (11 innings)
Central Ohio won a great pitcher’s duel scoring the game’s
lone run in the bottom of the 11th with one out as Adria Riley singled to plate Wyatt Culbertson. Playoff MVP Dan Zelinski pitched a complete game five
hit shutout for the Reds. Pedro Feliciano pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings
for Puerto Rico.
35+ Mountain ‘Ring’ - Phillies' Carpenter Complex – Long Island
Sun Devils 8, Mifflinburg Phillies 4
The top-seeded Sundevils and the fifth-seeded Phillies engaged in a pitchers' duel through most of the game. The Sundevils finally broke open a tie game
with five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Phillies mounted a rally in the ninth,
but after loading the bases with nobody out, the Sundevils closed out the game,
50+ American - Carpenter Complex - New Jersey Reds 4, Long Island 1
championships is no strange feeling for New Jersey Reds manager Andy
Vazquez. So much so that the longtime MSBL manager has done it more than
once. They have made the trip seven previous times and have come away with four rings. Saturday afternoon they added another feather to the cap, as the Reds
used a big first inning to propel them to a 4-1 pitcher's duel win over Long Island at the Carpenter Complex.