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MSBL World Series Week One in the Books...12 Champions Crowned!


By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications

Week one of the MSBL World Series in Arizona is in the books with twelve champions being crowned.  Week two is underway and the third week of the tournament will conclude Sunday, November 6th.  Complete championship game stories will be posted on our MSBL World Series page as they are compiled.  Summaries of all twelve championship games are below.

50 Cactus Upper ‘Ring’ Division, Tempe Diablo Stadium -- Auburn Braves 17, Long Island Yankees 0

The Braves looked strong in all facets of the game by swinging the bats well, playing excellent defense and getting a great pitching performance from Terry Callahan who went the distance earning a shutout and clinching the Cactus Upper ‘Ring’ Division championship. Greg Yardleywas the star on offense for the Braves batting four for four with three doubles, four runs and two RBI.

50 Cactus ‘Wind Shirt’ Division, Maryvale Stadium - Long Island Panthers 9, Red Deer Legends 5

Good things happen to those who wait.  The Long Island Panthers, no hit after five, rallied to beat the Red Deer Legends 9-5 in a 50 Cactus ‘Wind Shirt’ DivisionMSBL World Series Championship game.  Greg Goodman managed the Panthers, 5-3, a team with players from nine states.  Southpaw Rob Heinemann, a retired police officer, started and earned the win for Long Island, leaving the game in the seventh with a 6-3 lead.

Lefty Harold Northcott started for Red Deer, a team managed by Blair Hanna. The team is located between Calgary and Edmonton.  Northcott dominated until the sixth when the Panther's finally broke through. Trailing 3-0 with one out, the Panther's Mike Gonzalez ended Northcott's no-hitter with a line drive to right center. It was just the beginning.  After Bruce Grossman and Heinemann singled,Ron Daniel reached on an error. Randy Kleiman got hit by a pitch to make the score 3-2.  Northcott left the game after six and the game got worse for Red Deer.

The Panthers rallied again in the seventh, this time scoring four runs off reliever Keith Szautner, who suffered the loss.  Mike Baltieriknocked Szautner out of the game with a two-run, line drive single to right field to put Long Island ahead 5-3. Goodman singled to start the rally, Alden Steifel executed a SAC bunt and Gary Dover reached on a single. Angelo Lees tied the score at three, scoring Goodman with another hit. Billy Dew singled as well. But Baltieri's rope to right put the Panther's ahead for good.

50 National, Tempe Diablo Stadium - Team Victory 5, Boston Wolfpack 3

Will Flynt threw a complete game and Oscar Duran had two hits and two RBI to lead Team Victory to a 5-3 win Friday over Boston WolfPack at Tempe Diablo Stadium for the 50 National title at the MSBL World Series.  Victory, which also had a two-hit game from Manny Salinas, scored single runs in the second and third and plated two runs in the sixth to take 4-0 lead after losing twice to the WolfPack during the week.

Flynt allowed one hit through six innings before the WolfPlack scored three runs in the eight. The left-hander allowed eight hits, struck out five and walked one for the win.

50 Central, Maryvale Stadium – Waikiki Beach Boys 13, Rochester Red Wings 8

MVP Jorge Flores went 4-4, stole four bases and scored three times to lead the Waikiki Beach Boys to a 13-8 win over the Rochester Red Wings in the 50 Central Division MSBL World   Series Championship at Maryvale Park in Phoenix.  It was the third consecutive championship game for the Beach Boys, a Los Angeles-based team that lost in 2014 and 2015.

Waikiki led 8-1 after four innings, but the Red Wings scored twice in the seventh and added four in the eighth to narrow the gap.  Tony Covarrubias pitched a complete game to earn the win, while Ron Watson suffered the loss, allowing seven runs in four innings. 

Maurico Carrillo went 3-4 for the Beach Boys, while teammates Jose Ibarra and Bobby Dominguez had two hits.  Waikiki, 7-2 on the week, is managed by Gary Firestone. The Red Wings manager, Vern VanSkiver, ended the week with a 5-4 record.

35+ National - Tempe Diablo Stadium - The AJW White Soxjumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and held on to beat the Montebello Angels 7-5 in the a 35 plus National Division championship at Tempe Diablo Stadium in the MSBL World Series.

Eddie Russell earned the win for the White Sox, allowing six hits and striking out seven before leaving in the top of the ninth with two outs. Lou Evans got the save for the White Sox, who finished 5-2.  Russell worked seven perfect innings in all, allowing three unearned runs in the second when the Angels made in 5-3. Shortstop Kevin Howard, who doubled in a run in the first, was named MVP. He also made several spectacular plays in the field to help Russell. The Angels, who scored twice in the ninth, were led by Javier Gamboa, who went 3-4 with a double and RBI.

35+ Central - Maryvale Stadium -- Salt Lake Lugnuts 10, So Cal Titans 2. The Lugnuts' starting pitcher Ray Clinton pitched a complete game, allowing 11 hits, but only two runs. He hit two batters and walked another, but had three strikeouts. Dave Eaton went 1-for-3 with three RBI for the Lugnuts and Jon Eaton went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored. The Lugnuts had 12 hits to the Titans' 11, but outscored them 10-2.

70+ American – Tempe #1 - The St. Paul Saints got out to an early lead in their MSBL World Series Championship game over the San Antonio Broncos and didn’t look back. The teams squared off in the 70+ National Division and the Saint’s starting pitcher, Al Alt, threw a complete game gem in his team’s 9-3 victory. This is the team’s first year of playing at the 70+ level after moving up from 65+.

35 + Cactus ‘Ring’ Division - Hohokam Stadium -- Puget Sound Twins 14, Murietta Mutiny 3: The Twins' offensive exploded for 14 runs on 13 hits en route to winning the 35 Cactus Upper Division championship. Nate Binz led the charge batting three for three with three with two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored. Joe Townsend had a strong day at the plate driving in four runs as well for the Twins. Andrew Holes was the winning pitcher going 5.2 innings. 

70+ National – Tempe #2 -Sacramento 8, Detroit 7:  Sacramento scored all of its runs in the final four innings, including a five-run seventh, to erase a seven-run deficit to top Detroit 8-7 for the 70 National MSBL World Series title at the Tempe Diablo Sports Complex. The win capped off a 7-0 week for Sacramento to win its second title in three years at in 70 National division.

The winning rally began and ended with throwing errors by the Detroit second baseman as Irv Scott, who had three hits including a two-run single in the seventh, came around to score the winning run with two outs when the throw to first base was low and was not fielded by the first baseman.  Scott was also the winning pitcher as he threw four scoreless innings in relief.

35+ Cactus ‘Wind Shirts’ Division - Hohokam Stadium -- Minnesota Lumberjacks 11, Sacramento White Sox 6 After falling to an early 5-0 deficit the Minnesota Lumberjacks rebounded to score nine unanswered runs and hung on to win the Cactus ‘Wind Shirts’ Division championship. Lumberjacks leadoff hitter Kris Gigstad set the table all afternoon going three for four and driving in three runs while scoring another two. Starting pitcher Ken Wangler pitched a complete game for the Lumberjacks to earn the victory.


18+ Central - DTB Yarddogs 6, Santa Rosa Rose Buds 3 - The San Gabriel Valley, Calif.,-based DTB Yarddogs scored six runs in the sixth and rode of the arm of right-hander Mario Rodarte to beat the Santa Rosa Rose Buds at Tempe Diablo Stadium in the 18+ Central Division Championship of the 29th MSBL World Series. 

Rodarte, named the MVP, pitched a complete game, scattered 15 hits, struck out two and walked one. Ramiro Perez and Jose Caudillo both had two RBI for DTB. Mike Miller, who struck out 12, pitched all nine innings for the Rose Buds.

18+ National - Paso Robles 5, Santa Clara Twins 3 - Paso Robles (6-2) got a complete game from hard-throwing right-hander Erik Draxton to beat the Santa Clara Twins 5-3 in the 18U+ National Division Championship of the 2016 MSBL World Series at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Draxton allowed eight hits, struck out eight and walked four, while Brandon Williams went 3-4 and Javier Gamboa added two RBI for the Central California-based champions. After allowing two runs in the sixth, Draxton struck out the side in the seventh and pitched a perfect ninth to cement the win. Derek Eaton, who allowed four runs in five innings, suffered the loss for the Twins, who also finished the week 6-2.


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