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'News from Around the MSBL Nation'...July 6, 2016

By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications

Submitted by Chris Schilling, Media Mustangs manager

Sunday our Delco MSBL Media Mustangs (Delaware/Chester County) swept a doubleheader against the Morton Red Sox and also defeated the Top Lumber Expos 8-0 putting us in sole possession of first place with a 10-4 record (six games to go) and we are 9-1 in our last 10.   Gary Prugh (our 59 year young ace) was brilliant scattering five hits, walking none and pitching the complete game victory against the Expos.  I chipped in with a pair of RBI’s as well along with Greg Baron, Greg Bashaw and Shea Kelly each drove in runs.  We are hoping that OUR finish will mirror that of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers with bringing home our league championship this season, but we face stiff competition as there are four teams within three games of the top spot with six games remaining.  Just your "run of the mill” stuff for the Delco MSBL.

It’s been a great week for the Delco MSBL Media Mustangs as well as for my younger brother Matt and his team.  Matt is an assistant coach for Gary Gilmore at Coastal Carolina and I’m just so proud of the team and their accomplishments in winning the College World Series while doing it with hard work, grit, heart and humility.  Matt coaches the infielders and runs the Coastal baseball camps and also works with their hitters.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to be in Omaha in person, as I stayed busy helping take care of the Delco MSBL.

How about a WHIP of .68 with more than 100 innings pitched, including a nine inning game last year where Alex Gordon (no, not that one) walked none and struck out 23 while pitching in one of out competitive divisions? Alex plays for the Stingrays in the competitive Sierra division of the Puget Sound Senior Baseball League, located in and around Seattle.  This may be one of the top 10 pitched games in MSBL history!  Alex is also currently hitting .419 with a slugging percentage of .871 (Alex's pitching stats for the last two years are listed below.) 

Lanny Ropke is a long standing leader of the Woodland-Davis and Sacramento MSBL leagues, as well as our MSBL World Series for many years. Well, there’s a new Ropke lurking and willing to take over the Ropke legacy for the decades ahead.  Lanny’s son Skye is leading all divisions of the Sacramento MSBL with a sizzling .724 batting average while playing for the Free Agents in the Sunday 40-over American division.  The Free Agents currently stand at 7-3 and only one game out of first place.  Proud papa Lanny also plays on the team.  Congratulations, Skye! (Sacramento batting leaders listed below)


We posted a story a couple of months back about the great start the So Co Pirates were experiencing in the MSBL-A division of the Southern Colorado MSBL located in Colorado Springs.  Their updated stats are even more impressive!  The Pirates now sit at 9-0 with a staggering 123-13 run differential. For those keeping score at home, that equates to an average game score of 13.66 to 1.44.  The team is managed by league president Bud Maison, who also is a contributing player and 2016 MSBL Honor Roll award recipient.  Below is a snapshot of the leaders on the team.


The Chesapeake Braves play in the 35-over National division of the Chesapeake MSBL.  They are managed by Jeff Wolf and are forging ahead toward an undefeated season.  They currently sit atop the division with a perfect 13-0 record and an astonishing run differential of 154-24!  Congratulations to the Braves!  Below are the division standings in the 35-over National of the Chesapeake MSBL.

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