Pacific Region Championship Update
Santa Barbara (CA) Men's Adult Baseball League 35+
Santa Ynez Sox 12, Santa Ynez Mudhounds 6
The 35+ division of the
Santa Barbara (CA) Men's Adult Baseball League is a real barn burner. The
recent championship game was between the Santa Ynez Sox and the Santa Ynez
Mudhounds, who were the defending champs from last year. "Our six team division is extremely
competitive,” explained Sox skipper Dwayne
Elder. "To be honest, it was so
close this year that 3 teams could have walked away with the championship.” In
the semi finals it took the Sox 12 innings to get past the Santa Barbara
Whalers just to get to the championship game.The championship was less
dramatic as the Sox jumped to a 9-0 lead and held on to win 12-6. "We turned 4
double plays, which stifled a lot of possible rallies by the Hounds,” added
Elder. "Offensively our top 5 hitters in
the order, Josh Roberts, Kirk Fredrich, Mike Young, David Sturgeonand John Nuzzolillo kept the
pressure on the Mudhounds. We rode the arm of our ace, Rick Fredrich, to our second championship in three years. Without
Fredrich there is simply no way we would have made it to the championship. He's the definition of a competitor and can
go 9 or more every time he takes the mound.”
"I want to convey a special
thanks to league president and Santa Barbara head man Blake Burgard, who does a fantastic job keeping our league
organized and competitive,” said Elder. "Also
a big thanks to league treasurer Sean Walwick who keeps our league "in the black.”
The Sox are also gearing up for their annual trek to the MSBL World Series in October in Arizona. "We will be back in the 50+ wood bat division where we won it all in 2010," added Elder. "We hope to be competitive once again."
The Los Angeles Baseball League has been in existence since 1989 and is a mainstay of MSBL. We want to take a moment to salute their 2013 division champions. Congratulations!
Saturday Wood National...Crystal Lighting Indians
Indians 9, Hurricanes 7
Saturday Wood American...Los Angeles Cubs
Cubs 11, Squires 5
Wood Open...LA Skunks
Skunks 8, Gaze 7
Sunday Metal National...Valley Mets
Valley Mets 5, Cubs 2
Sunday Metal American...Agua Dulce Reds
Agua Dulce Reds 19, Dodgers 14
Sunday Wood American...Valley Brewers
Valley Brewers 9, Tigers 5
Contributed by Doug MacKenzie,
manager, Verdugo Tigers
A hot summer afternoon
in Southern California greeted the Valley
Brewers, regular season runaway champs at 18-2 of the LABL 35+ American Division woodand the Verdugo Tigers, whose 9-2
finish propelled them to a 13-7 record and second seed in the playoffs. Greg Bertrand, 15-0 during the regular
season would get the mound against a Tiger club that had pulled out yet another
late inning comeback against the Pirates in the first round for a 7-6 win.
The Brewers potent
offense, as it had all year, jumped early, taking a 2-0 lead in the first
frame, a 3-0 after the second and continuing to threaten virtually every
inning. Yet the Tigers hung firm, with stellar defensive plays throughout the
game, including a couple of exceptional efforts by second baseman Stefan Marks.
The Tiger offense
chipped away at the Brewers' ace, scraping a few runs and trailed only 5-3
entering the bottom of the eighth. But that's when the Brewer's offense finally
broke through, piling on 4 more runs. The Tigers wouldn't quit, adding a couple
in the 9th before Bertrand closed the door for the complete game and a final
score of 9-5.
Augie Alonso, Eric Cain, Jim Fier, Mark Lenhoff, Samuel Kason and Jay
Gould all had multi-hit games for the Brewers who amassed a whopping 16
hits. For the Tigers, Stefan Marksand Randy Garza had two hits apiece
while Vic Acosta and Oz Guzman each had a double.
Sunday Wood Federal...Hollywood Stars
Hollywood Stars 5, Snug Dodgers 4
In their first year playing Wood Bat, the Burbank Snug Dodgers
went 16-5 with no
shortage of tight games and late comebacks. They finished in second place and
reached the championship at San Manuel Stadium in 107 degree San
Bernardino...where they lost 5-4 in an epic 11 inning battle against longtime
nemesis the Hollywood Stars
Snug Dodgers were led all season by the league's top hitter in Batting Avg.,
Hits and RBIs--the triple crown!--Marshall
. Benny Miranda
and Landon Gale
each had 30 hits. Snug
Dodgers Pitching stars for the year were Bob
with a 7-1 record, and Chris
, who went 8-1 with a 2.12 ERA. Great defense was turned in all
season by Craig Dubner
at third base
and Dave Gawkowski
at second. A full
team effort was given all year, with uncanny camaraderie, it was the kind of
season you play Sunday Ball for. Burbank Snug Dodgers are licking their chops
for next season.
Sunday South Bay Wood National...Griffith Park Pirates
Griffith Park Pirates 5, Braves 3
Sunday South Bay Wood American 25+
SoCal Suns 12, Blackjackets 4
Contributed by Ron Viola, manager
2014 opened with high expectations for the Suns and
we started strong out of the gate. With only 6 teams in the division we ran the
table and started the season 5 - 0. There was an inkling that we might go
undefeated having clearly beaten each of our opponents. We were so wrong! We
lost the next 3 in a row and 5 out of our next 10. We hovered in 3rd and 4th
place most of the year before closing strong to solidify 2nd place and the #2
seed. In the first round of playoffs we were lucky to get by and we knew if we
were going to win it all we had to be better.
During the season the Blackjackets took 3 of 4 from
us, and beat us in all 4 meetings a year ago. The Blackjackets looked every bit
the part of a championship team: good athletes, good pitching, matching
uniforms and a pre-game routine that rivals some college programs. The Suns on
other hand have a little of that "bad news bears" feel to
them....always a little groggy, uniforms slightly mis-matched, skipped infield
and outfield practice and who typically play to the level of their opponent.
But they hustle and play the game the right way.
The day of the championship game had an air about
it. We felt good. We knew we belonged and we were about to prove it. We got off
to a quick lead with a bunt base hit in the first followed by an error and a
double in the gap. The Blackjackets countered in the bottom frame with a
leadoff triple and a sac fly. 1 - 1.
For the next four innings it was anyone's game, and
like most games, it would come down to pitching and defense. The Suns defense
was stout, making plays on balls that usually turn into hits. The pitching was
on point. We were making a stand that this game had to be earned. We weren't
going to give it to them. Not today.
Rather uncharacteristically the Blackjackets
floundered on a few balls, and little by little began to unravel. The Suns
capitalized on every opportunity and in the seventh inning a three run homer
turned into a six run inning and the game was well in hand.
The Suns closed out the day with contributions from
everyone. The best part was looking across the field and seeing a team that
knew they picked the wrong day to play the Suns. Their faces said it all. There
was no anger or resentment. It was more disbelief than anything. They couldn't
believe how helpless they were against a team they had owned many times before,
but on this day couldn't be beat.
After 13 seasons playing in the MSBL this is my
first championship. I echoed that sentiment to my guys before the game. These
opportunities don't come along every year and it's an honor to play and win the
last game of the season. And finally, for one game, we were that team.
Fresno Men's Baseball League...45+ National
Fresno Cubs 6, Hardcore 2
The 45 and over National division title game
for the Fresno Men’s Baseball Leaguewas a real nail biter. The Fresno Cubswere trailing Hardcore 3-1 in the
top of the 4th. Hardcore had 1 out and runners on 2nd and 3rd and threatened to
break the game wide open. Hardcore hit an apparent Texas Leaguer to left
center, which was too far for short, not far enough for center and what both
sides thought, not far enough for left. However, Cubs left fielder Augie Santellano came sliding in with a HUGE catch, then threw from his knees
to 2nd base and turned a game-changing double play. It not only got the Cubs
out of the inning without further damage but also changed the momentum of the
game! The Cubs rode the big play and went on to top Hardcore 6-2 to claim the
The Fresno Dodgers 25+completed a two game sweep of the Fresno Reds 25+ to win their third
championship in four years. As a team the Dodgers batted .350 for the series
led by Chris Miller (4-7, 2 triples,
home run, single, 8 RBI and a Save), Joey
Garza (3-6, 2 singles, double, 4 stolen bases and 3 RBI), Jose Reyes (4-7, 4 singles, 6 runs
scored, and 4 walks) and Chad Soares(4-8, 3 singles, double, 3 runs score and a Win).
In the first game Eloy
Santos pitched a complete game for the win. Backed by solid defense Santos
gave three runs (two earned), 8 hits, 6 strikeouts and 2 walks. The second game
was won by Chad Soares, who pitched
8 2/3 innings (9 runs/5 earned, 13 hits, 4 strike outs and 3 walks). Closing
out the game was Chris Miller (0
runs, 1 hit and 1 strike out) with a strike out.
Fresno Expos 15, White Sox 3...18+
The 2013 18+ Division Expos went into the playoffs as the 4 seed and came out defending their title as
back to back champions. As a team they hit .344, lead by Daniel Bifano hitting .667, Eddie
Romero hitting (9-16, w/ 2 HR’s and 11 rbi’s), Richie Mirelez hitting (6-13) .462, and Garret Fulbright hitting (7-16) .438. The Expo’s hit 6 home runs
and scored 41 runs in 4 games. In 36 innings the staff only gave up 7 earned
runs, led by Chad Rothford throwing
17 innings including a complete game in the deciding game two of the
In the first round of the playoffs, the 4th seeded
Expos out-dueled the 5th seeded Hardcor in 10 innings. With the Expos trailing 3-1 going into the top of the 7ththey scored 2 to tie it and scored 1 in the top of the 9th to win it
4-3. Paul Van Anne and Garret Fulbright each went 3-5. On the
mound Mike Romero went 3, Richie Mirelez went 4, and Eddie Romero got the win and closed it
out for 3 innings.
In the second round against the 3rd seeded Tribe, again
trailing late in the game, Nick Durbanohit a 2 HR in the 7th to take the lead 3-1. Then the Expos scored 6
in the top of the 9th to run away with it winning 9-5. Daniel Bifano went 4-5 scoring 3 runs. Richie Mirelez added 3 hits, Eddie Romero and Nick Durbano each had 2 hits. Chad
Rothford got the win throwing 8 innings and Eddie came in for a 1 pitch
In game 1 of the double header of the Championship Round against
the #1 seeded White Sox, the Expos once again trailing late in the game, found
themselves down 3-2 going into the top of the 9th. Paul Van Anne started the rally with a
lead off hit and the Expos didn’t make an out till 7 batters later, scoring a
total of 10 runs in the 9th inning. Expo’s win in dramatic form
winning 12-4. Eddie Romero led the
way going 4-5 with a HR and 4 rbi’s. Trevor
Crough and Nick Durbano each had
2 hits. Richie Mirelez and Chad Rothford each had 2 rbi’s.
In game 2 of the best of 3 Championship Series, Expos ran away
with it winning 15-3. The White Sox scored one unearned in the top of the 1stand the Expos came back and scored two runs in the bottom of the 1ston a double by Chad Rothford and
single by Garret Fullbright. The
rest is history, no need for a game 3. Eddie
Romero hit his second HR of the playoffs and had 6 rbi’s, Garret Fulbright went 3-4 with 2 rbis’,Brandon Hendricks hit 2 moon shot
HR’s, and Nick Durbano kept hit hot
streak going with another HR. Chad
Rothford on the mound threw a complete game.
Fresno Brewers 2, Colt 45's 1...45+ American
In the semifinal game
the Brewers, who were the number 1
seed drew the 4 seed Fresno Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies struck first in the top of the first with a run to go up 1 – 0.
But the Brewers struck right back in the bottom of the first in a big way with
clean-up hitter Jack Freelandhitting a grand slam to put the Brewers up 4 – 1 and they never looked back
ultimately winning 15 – 6.
The championship game
pitted the number 1 seed Brewers and the number 2 seed Fresno Colt 45’s. The
game was expected to be a real pitcher’s duel between the Brewers Nick Papagni and the 45’s John Baker. They didn’t disappoint and
proved why they are the top pitchers in a very tough league. The Colt 45’s
scored a run in the top of the second only to have the Brewers bounce right
back scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the second. As it turned out, those would
be the only runs scored the whole game as both pitchers kicked it up a notch to
toss scoreless innings the rest of the way. Both teams played well and had chances
to score, but the savvy pitchers continued to pitch smartly to get out of jams.
The difference in the game was probably the defense of the Brewers who turned 3
double plays in critical situations to preserve the win.
The Brewers were led all
season by the pitching of Nick Papagniand Frank Carrillo with help from Tom Sharpe, Jack Freeland and Harlan
Rincon. The offense was a true team effort as every team member contributed
big all season long. The Brewers were led all season by Paul Kapigian (.467), Don
Mayhew (.436), Nick Papagni(.431), Rich Metzger (.417) and Harlan Rincon (.405). The Brewers were
managed by Bill Van Duzer who did a
masterful job all year long getting the best out of his players with a limited
roster at times. The Brewers finished the season at 16-3-1 in a very tough 45
TO THE MONTEREY BAY SEALS!!!
SUMMER 2013 CHAMPIONS!!!
Eugene (OR) MSBL
Eugene Mariners 7, Giants 2
Submitted my Tom
Hubbard, Manager, Eugene (OR) Mariners
We had a great season.
We went 22-0 although 8 of our wins were by 2 runs or less so many of the games
were competitive. We had a young man, Brandon
Tucker, who hadn't played ball in 10 years (and never above the high school
level) hit safely in all 20 of our games, win all 8 of his starts and had 5
outfield assists. He actually hit his lone hr of the year as the 7th batter in
our lineup in his first AB of the season. (He moved up for game two and hit there
the rest of the season). In my opinion this guy will be our league's MVP and
Rookie of the Year.
Our playoffs were great.
In our semifinal game we had a great pitchers' duel. Both teams went scoreless
for the first 3 innings. The bottom of the 4th my son hit a two run double for
what would be the only runs of the game as we would win 2-0. Great pitching and
defense that game.
In the championship game
it took us a few innings to get rolling but again my son had a bases clearing
double that got our offense on the board and we won rather easily 7-2. Our ace
and captain of our team is as dominant of a pitcher as this league has seen
when healthy. This season he battled with his health but still managed to go
9-0 and battle in our championship game going 5 innings when he didn't know if
he'd even be able to start. He could barely throw the ball to the catcher in
My son Brandon Hubbard was voted as the
Playoff MVP for this year’s playoff games. He played amazing defense in center
as he has all season, especially against the Giants (robbed lots of hits) and
had the game winning RBI's in both games.
I have two sons that
play on the team with me (my other son plays SS and C and was as important
defensively as any other player on our team).
This past season was one
of the most enjoyable summers with my boys. I am very thankful for the
opportunity to get to play ball with them. Thank you to MSBL and EMSBL here in
Twins 6, White Sox 4...21+ Division
It took clutch pitching and timely hitting to get the job
done, but when it was all said and done the Tri-Valley Twins achieved their
2013 goals by sweeping the White Sox 2-1 and 6-4 to win the Tri-Valley (CA) 21+
division for the sixth time in the last 15 years. The Twins rode the arms of Bryce Miller
and Adam Knobel
the title. "We played like a team that
has been together for eight years and the scary thing is that we have been
together for only eight months,” explained Twins manager Carlo Panetta
. Added catcherDerek Hallet
, who logged 36 post-season
innings behind the dish, "Those games were intense. It reminded me of college ball. I really don’t want it to end.”
Hallet isn’t going to have to wait long. Their appeal has spread across the bay area
and league commissioner Mike Protheroe
has tabbed the team a trip to Arizona for this month’s MSBL World Series. The 13 player nucleus is 100% committed to testing
the waters in Arizona and with what they accomplished this year, the opposition
better be watching the standings. The Twins
shattered several league records this year, including: Team wins (20), Runs Scored (187), Team Batting (.388), RBI’s (165),
Stolen Bases (53), ERA (1.02), and Fielding Percentage (.989
"After every season a coach is thinking of what changes need
to be made,” said Panetta. "You have to
have incredible chemistry and out of this world talent to consider doing what I
am going to do, and that is absolutely nothing.”
________________________________________________________________________________Antelope Valley (CA) MABL
Tigers 11, Orioles 5
|Standing L-R: Dylan Lightell, Bryan Richardson, Neil Brzuskiewicz, Joe Velasquez, Sean Douglass, Randy Juni, Troy Momjian, Shane Whitaker and manager Dustin Dies. Kneeling L-R: Shawn Roquemore, Curtis Momjian and Steve Telles. Not pictured: Matthew Casey and Kenny Lequin
Joe Velasquez homered in the championship game to propel the Tigers past the
Orioles 11-5 en-route to the Antelope Valley MABL (CA) league title. This is the Tiger’s first league AVMABL championship. Game one was won by the Orioles 12-10 in the best of three series while game two belonged to the Tigers, 10-8, setting up the showdown.
Velasquez’s father, who died in 2003, was a coach in the MABL league for many
years, as well as little league, pony league and was always coaching his sons
and many others in Lancaster, California. Antelope Valley MABL named their
league championship trophy in his honor after his death.
|Runners-up Antelope Valley Orioles
"We are a second year team consisting of a bunch of friends who, for
the most part, grew up playing ball together. We went out there and played hard
every game, and had a bunch of fun," said Oriole manager Trever Klein. "We were runner-up in the championship, but
we look forward to improving for next season. In our inaugural year we finished
in fourth place and lost in the second round of playoffs to the Yankees who
ended up winning the Championship. This year we placed fourth again, but put
some wins together to make the championship, and won game 1 of the best of 3
series. It was a fun year, fought hard until the end. Looking forward to the
Stanislaus (CA) MSBL
Ceres Coyotes 5, Stanislaus Sox 2
The Ceres Coyotes, who were a newcomer to the league, defeated the Stanislaus Sox 5-2 in the Stanislaus MSBL championship game. The best of three series for the title featured an 11-0 Sox win in game one while the Coyotes evened the series with a 3-2 squeaker in game two. The Coyotes were 16-1-1 in 2013 and the Sox finished at 15-3-1 and were the clear favorites to meet in the finals.
The Coyotes were managed by Richard Ramos and the Sox skipper was Aaron Fernandes.
Puget Sound (WA) Senior Baseball League
Puget Sound Bears 10, Silver Foxes 1...55+
The Puget Sound Senior
Baseball League Bears finished
first in the 55+ Everest Division regular
season with a record of 13-4. They won their first playoff game but lost the
next, placing them in the loser’s bracket for the tournament. There were five teams
in the double elimination tourney. They then won their next 3 in a row to be
the champions. They had to defeat the Silver
Foxes, to whom they lost twice to in the same day, to win. They responded
with a resounding 10-1 victory to take the title. The Bear’s overall record for
the season was 17-5 in the competitive Everest division for 55+ in the PSSBL.
Pittsburgh Crawfords 14, Barons 2...35+ Teton
CRAWFORDS 2013 PSSBL TETON DIVISION
Submitted by Bruce
Morrison, General Manager
On September 15, 2013, the Teton division Barons played the Crawfords for the 2013 35+ Championship at Lower Woodland in
Seattle. The Crawfords dominated the
Barons on their way to a 14-2 championship game and the league title in the Puget Sound Senior Baseball league. This represents the third championship in a
row for the Crawfords.
Highlights of the game include four Crawford’s pitchers
combining for no earned runs, including six strong innings by starter Bruce Lennon-Jones and closer, Bill Mayovsky, who shut the door with
the bases loaded and no outs.
The Crawfords turned three double plays, had six stolen
bases, and had a team batting average of .526 for the game, including five
Stellar individual play also includes catcher Scott Seibert, who threw out two
runners attempting to steal, with strong tags by second baseman Steve Rader, and a pick-off that
stopped an 8th inning rally after a double to centerthat highlighted a huge throw from centerfielder Rocky Nordness to third baseman Brett Morrison for the tag. The final out of the game was made made
on a line-drive diving catch by Morrison at third.
Ravens 16, Tigers 0...19+ Olympic
Back row L-R: Scott Holstad, Chris George, Matt Kruse, Deryck Christensen, Austin Kuehn, Adam Seumae, Scott Rosenburg and Josh Bryant. Front row L-R: Dan Cuenca, Jeremy Thornton, Patrick Terry, Paul Fisher, Paul Davison (mgr.), Steve Smith and Blake Fisher
Submitted by Paul Davison, Ravens manager
"Back to Back Champs"
The Ravens defeated the Tigers two games to none in a best of three championship series in the 19+ Olympic
division of the Puget Sound Senior
Game 1 was an intense
back and forth contest. The Tigers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top
of the 1st inning. However, the Ravens offense quickly countered and
took a 7-2 lead with a string of hits capped by a three run HR from Ravens SS Paul Fisher in the bottom of the 3rd.
The Tigers then battled back to tie the game 10-10 in the 9th inning
and send the game to extras. Then, in the bottom of the 12th, Paul Fisher struck again … this time
with a walk off single to center field to give the Ravens an 11-10 victory.
Fisher also pitched all three extra innings to earn the win, giving up no runs,
two hits, and striking out seven. Jeremy
Thornton, who scored the winning run on a close play at the plate, was 5-5
in the game.
The Ravens took the momentum
from Game one into game two and rolled to a 16-0 victory. Josh Bryant threw a complete game shutout and struck out 13
batters and gave up only two hits. On offense for the Ravens, Patrick Terry was four for four with a
home run, a double, and 5 RBI. Scott
Holstad was four for five, with two RBI.
The Ravens have now won
back to back regular season and post season Olympic championships. Three main
things were remarkable about 2013 for the Ravens. First, after a 2-2 PSSBL
start, the Ravens played in the Las Vegas Open and won the championship. After returning home, the team never lost
another game and ended the year with an overall record, including tournaments, of
29-3-2. Secondly, the Ravens ended the regular season with a team ERA of 1.23
and a team WHIP of 0.91. Jeremy
Thornton, Paul Fisher, Josh Bryant, and John Trupin formed the four- headed-monster that threw every inning
in PSSBL play. Third, and probably the most remarkable, is that between June 2ndand July 8th the Ravens put together a streak of 51 consecutive
innings without allowing a run.
Cobras 2, Ravens 0...19+ Adams Division
Back row L-R: Jeff Caley, Dustin Greer, Dan Lockett, Guadalupe Campos, Lance Jones, Jason Wenzek, Nick Postorino, Robbie Phillbrick and Nick Foti. Front row L-R: Ivan Moran, Mike Popelka, James Renfroe, Stephen King, Gabe Graumann and Mario Slaughter
Contributed by Lance Jones, Cobras manager
The success of the Cobras
championship run was a
direct result of solid pitching and defense throughout the playoffs. The
playoffs began with a challenging 14 inning game in the first round and was
followed by two tough series against the second and first place seeds to win the
While all of our pitchers were outstanding we had three standout
pitchers: Jeff Caley
pitched 18 innings in 2 games with 30 strikeouts (15 K’s in
game 1 of final series) and 4 earned runs; James Renfroe
pitched 14 innings in 2
games with 19 strikeouts (10 K’s in Game 2 of final series) and 1 earned run;
and Robbie Phillbrick
pitched 11 innings in 2 games with 5 strikeouts and 1
earned run. Throughout the playoffs we continued our tradition of allowing
every member of our team to be in the batting line-up, including a 15 batter
line-up in the final championship game. Our hitters were clutch when we needed
them; standouts include Gabe Graumann’s
game winning sacrifice fly in round 1
and Stephen King
who was our championship series offensive MVP hitting double’s
in each game and scoring the winning run of the final game. We dedicated this
season to our teammate Colton Wilson
, who passed away last season. He exemplified
the characteristics of what it means to be a Cobra with his passion for life and
Black Sox 13, Volcanoes 0...Sierra Division
The 2013 Sierra championship series came down to a rematch of
the two teams who battled in 2012. Last year the Volcanoes beat the Black Sox by
winning the final two of the three game series, after having lost the first game
of the series. This year’s rematch featured the regular season champs
(2nd year consecutive) Black Sox versus the 5th-place
Volcanoes, who heated up in the playoffs to go to the finals
The Volcanoes won in comeback fashion on Thursday night,
10-9, with numerous timely hits. Saturday morning, behind the 5-hit pitching of John Brandhagen, the Black Sox evened it at a game apiece, winning 6-5. John
also had four hits and scored three of the Sox runs. In the final afternoon
game, the Sox were victorious 13-0. Stu Johnson had a masterful performance on
the hill, allowing but one hit. As well, the Sox made no errors (quite unusual
in Sierra games). The 16 hits by the Sox were spread throughout the
This championship meant a lot for several reasons. Foremost,
the Sox players, to a man, felt that they should have won the prior year, and
were seeking a chance for redemption. As well, the Sox were hobbled without many
key players in this run to the title.
Brad Cline (broken jaw from Salem), Bryan Satero (broken arm
from late July), Ken Day (leg injury), and Mike Moedritzer (ineligibility) were
all unavailable for the entire playoff run. Thus, the Sox played through the
playoffs with 13 players. As well, on Saturday, there were only 12 available,
with two nursing hamstring injuries and, by the final game, were unable to play
the field. Nevertheless, numerous players stepped up and took up the slack. Brad
even disobeyed the doctor and played a few innings in the field, serving as an
Finally, the title means a lot to the long-time Sox players
Mike Moedritzer, Jack Hagel, Eric Clarke, Joe Jaech, and Stu Johnson, among
others. Mike and Jack have been with the Sox since 1999, and experienced many
good seasons and playoff runs, but this title is their first.
Sugar Kings 11, Rangers 10...Smokey Division
2013 PSSBL Smokey
Division Champion Sugar Kings
The 2013 PSSBL Smokey Division Sugar Kings looked to improve on their third place showing during
the 2012 campaign and came ready to succeed. They began the year going 11-0
before the first loss, and continued to roll to finish the regular season with
a 22-2 record. This was accomplished by outstanding pitching, defense, and an
overall ‘Team’ atmosphere created
from the first game played. They stayed together, never wavering during the
occasional errors, sloppy play, or mental mistakes. It was not just a desire to
win, but a desire for each to be the best teammate on the field.
entered the playoffs as the number 1 seed and rolled through undefeated to the
Championship game where they came back from a 6 run deficit with two innings to
play by scoring 3 in the sixth and 4 in the seventh, with the winning run
coming on a Rich Seiler sacrifice
fly to center. Steve Myers went 4
for 5 with 4 RBI’s in the championship game to lead the Kings rally. Leadoff
man Mike Fitzgerald scored four
runs, Kelly Morton 3, and Tim Johnson 2, who also contributed a
clutch RBI triple in the 7th. Brian
Pattillo worked out of several jams from the hard hitting Rangers team withScott Sadler shutting them out on 1
hit in the final inning and a third to complete the W. For the tournament, Mike Fitzgerald led the team with a
.727 batting average, with Steve Myerscontributing to a .643 clip. Rich Seilerhad 8 RBI’s and a long home run, Mike
Fitzgerald swiped 10 bags and Jeff
Austin took 7 more. The team finished the tournament with a .491 OBP and an
OPS of .957. Greg Badley threw 12
innings of 2.34 era ball to lead the pitching staff. It was a great year for a
bunch of guys that became a Team from the opening day
Sacramento Floods 16, Blue Hawks 0...Sunday 25+
contributed by Dave Caffrey, manager, Sacramento Floods
The Sacramento Floods beat the Blue
Hawks 16 - 0 on September 29th to win the 2013 Sacramento MSBL Sunday 25+ Division championship. Rob Dyer took the mound for the Floods
for the 16th time this season. Dyer allowed only 3 hits and 1 walk - facing
just 4 over the minimum number of Hawks batters - while striking out 8 in the
complete-game shutout win. Dyer was also this year's recipient of the Dale Hall Memorial Award, which is the league's equivalent of the MLB Cy Young Award for the best pitcher.
Two of the Hawks base
hits came in the first 2 innings, and the Floods defense sparkled from the
outset. With a man on 2nd and 2 down in the 1st, shortstop Ryan Ceriani cut off a ground ball up the middle and fired to 1st
where Terrance Ballard's long
stretch just nipped the runner by a half step to retire the side. After a
leadoff single in the 2nd, Ceriani turned another nice play to start
a 6-4-3 double play (Ceriani to Joe Caffrey to Ballard) and shut down any threat. After that leadoff 2nd inning
single, Dyer would not allow the Hawks another base hit until the 8th inning.
The Floods pounded out
19 hits in the game. Ceriani doubled with 1 down in the 1st, and Dyer followed
with an RBI single for the early 1-0 lead. The Floods sent 9 men to the plate
in the 2nd. Leading off, Ballard hit a shot down the line that went for a
double. Adam Moshofsky followed with
a shot deep to left center to drive in Ballard, Tim Hodson singled, and Anthony
Ravarra walked to load the bases. With 1 down Ceriani walked to drive in a
run, and then Dyer singled to drive in 2 more. Another run scored on Caffrey's
groundout and the Floods upped the lead to 6 - 0 after 2 innings.
But the Floods were just
getting started as Dyer was setting down 10 in a row between the 2nd and 5th
innings, highlighted by 3rd baseman Anthony
Ravarra's nice 3rd inning play on a slow roller, and a nice running catch
of a shallow fly ball by centerfielder Alec
Moorhouse. Hodson singled leading
off the bottom of the 4th, Anthony Ravarra reached on an error and Moorhouse
singled to load the bases. Ceriani singled to drive in a run, a run scored on
Dyer's groundout, and Caffrey's base hit drove in another run as the lead grew
to 9 - 0 going to the 5th.
The Hawks were retired
quickly in the top of the 6th inning, while the Floods sent 10 men to the plate in
the bottom of the 6th. Anthony Ravarra walked leading off, Moorhouse singled
and Ceriani reached on an error to load the bases. After 1 was out the next 5
Floods hitters - Dyer, Caffrey, Geordie Osborn, Val Ravarra and Ballard - all
had run-scoring base hits and the lead ballooned to 14-0.
The Floods displayed solid
defense in the 7th and 8th. After a 7th inning leadoff walk - the only one he
would issue - Dyer made a nice play on a slow roller right of the mound and
fired to Ballard for the 1-3 putout. Later in the inning 2nd baseman Caffrey
made a good running catch of a popup in shallow center to retire the side. With
a man on 2nd and 1 down in the 8th, catcher Osborn fielded a swinging bunt out
in front of the plate and fired to Ballard for the out.
The Floods scored their
final 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th. Ceriani singled, Dyer reached on an
error, and Caffrey singled to drive in Ceriani. The final run scored on
Ballard's groundout to make the score Floods 16 - Hawks 0 going to the 9th.
Dyer posted a 3-up-3
down, 7-pitch top of the 9th while putting the finishing touches on this
championship season by striking out the final batter on 3 pitches to end the
game with the Floods winning 16 - 0.
In addition to the
complete-game shutout, Dyer had 3 hits in the game and drove in 5 runs. Caffrey
also had 3 hits, while driving in 4 and scoring twice. Ceriani was up 5 times,
reached base all 5 times including 3 hits, and scored all 5 times. Ballard had
2 hits, 2 RBIs and scored a run. Hodson had a pair of hits and scored 3 runs.
Anthony Ravarra reached base 3 times and scored all 3 times. Osborn, Val
Ravarra and Moshofsky all had RBI base hits, and Moorhouse had a pair of hits
and scored a run.
The defense up the
middle was particularly strong in this game, as it has been all season. Osborn
anchored the defensive effort from behind the plate, with Ceriani at short,
Caffrey at 2nd and Moorhouse in center all having solid games. Anthony Ravarra
at 3rd, Ballard at 1st, Val Ravarra in left and Hodson in right all contributed
to the solid defense. The Floods
completed their 2013 championship season with this dominant win, giving them a
season record of 19 and 5.
Rob Dyer led the 2013 Floods pitching staff, dominating the SMSBL as the
Floods won the league's Sunday 25+ Division championship with a record of 19
and 5. Dyer was awarded the 2013 SMSBL CY Young award for his exceptional,
season-long pitching performance.
Alec Moorhouse, Ryan Ceriani, Rob Dyer, Daryl Grant and Joe Caffrey - they
were the first 5 in the Floods batting order for most of the season, and they
led the potent Floods offense that posted a team batting average of .331 while
pounding out 286 hits and scoring 211 runs in 24 games on its way to the 2013
championship of the SMSBL Sunday 25+ Division.
Sacramento White Sox 10, Athletics 2...50+ Nat'l. Night
Pitcher Dave Absher only gave up one earned run in seven innings on his way to the victory in the championship game against the Athletics. The leading hitters were Ken Beecham and Scott Babcock who had three hits apiece and Terry Blackford who drive in three including a double. Brian Freeman chipped in with a double of his own and drove in a pair. Gary Kleinfeldt threw a shutout in the semi-final game and was also named the league's 50+ MVP. Congratulations!
Valley Cats 15, Cryo 6...Sunday 40+
by Tony Jackson, Sacramento Valley Cats manager
This culminated a very special year for the Sacramento ValleyCat's as we accomplished a "different &
distinct" special Championship "3 Peat". After winning the NABA
45 Wood championships in 2011 and 2012, the ValleyCat's were the pivotal team
in transitioning nearly a whole NABA division to the new, inaugural Sacramento MSBL Sunday League 40 Division.
With many of the same teams on board in this new venture, we proceeded to fight
through a very challenging, tough season with one special goal in mind...a
third consecutive championship or bust!
We navigated through a 20 game regular season by producing a 14 - 6 record,
then onto the playoffs as the #2 seed, we beat the Runnin' Rebels. The stage was then set for our deciding series
versus the #1 seed Vacaville Cryo.
The first game was a very spirited and intense encounter in which we prevailed
behind the pitching of Kirk Fallonand some incredible timely hitting. How's this for some kind of weird omen,
when trailing in game one 4 - 0 going into the 8th inning, the 'Cats woke up by
putting 7 runs on the board capped off by left fielder (7 position on the
diamond) Mike Ryan who wears #7 and
batted 7th in the lineup hit a booming, game-breaking 2 run home run that accounted
for the 6th & 7th runs...incredible!
Game 2 featured the stalwart pitching of All Star ace, Dave Nutter as he stymied the the hard-hitting Cryo lineup with
grit, control and determination. His effort coupled with the powerful offensive
talents of this Cats roster was a site to behold. Everyone clicked, as we have
come accustomed to in championship games, to produce 15 runs as we won going
away. There are too many players to mention as it was truly a team effort in
this one, where EVERYONE contributed. However, there were some special
Leadoff man and right fielder, Jason
, set the tone by going 4 for 5 with a double, 2 rbi, swiped a sack
and scored 4 times. Steady veteran, Billy
, had a key 2 for 4 day with an rbi, run scored and stolen base. Eric Gums
chipped in at 2 for 3, an
rbi, 2 runs scored and a steal. Then
there was MVP center fielder Vance
who went bananas producing one of the best clutch performances I've
seen in my 48 years in this game! Vance went 4 for 5 which included two 2 run
home runs, a 2 run double, an rbi single, scored 3 runs and had 7 rbi !!! It
was an explosive, impressive display of hitting!
It was a special season indeed for the grizzled, expressive ValleyCat club that
accomplished their pre-season goal of doing something that I'm not sure has
ever been done before...two 45 wood and a 40 wood championship across 2
different leagues. I want to thank the National MSBL and especially the
Sacramento MSBL, behind the structure and leadership of league president, Jim Tygrett
, commissioner, Alan Van Ness
and the hard-working Rusty McClain
for the opportunity.
Personally, this was sort of a homecoming for me as I was at the forefront of
the beginning of the MSBL back in 1989 in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area. I
played several years for the Bay Area All Stars and was in one of the first
championship games which was an all Bay Area affair, us against the San Jose
All Stars in the Milwaukee Brewers old spot in Chandler! Ha, it was so long
ago, it's hard to remember! So after a little over a decade in the other
league, this was a triumphant return for me to the roots!
Nor Cal Giants 11, Riverdogs 0...50+ American
by Bud Sanchez, manager, Nor Cal Giants
most everyone knows "PITCHING IS EVERYTHING IN BASEBALL"!! The Nor
Cal Giants ended up 14-2-2 in league play in the 50+ division of the Sacramento MSBL and won both playoff
games. Kevin Nichols and Eddie
Delzer were the ‘shots in the arms’ that we needed for this year.
the first game versus the Tigers,
the scored ended up 8-3 in our favor with Nichols on the mound. In the finals against the Riverdogs, we beat them 11-0 with
Delzer pitching. The championship game
was 2-0 until we scored 5 in the 4th inning.
River City Reds 7, Twins 5...18+ American
by Dave Moore, manager, River City Reds
The Inaugural season of the River City Reds shows the highs and
lows of baseball. The Reds began the Spring Season in the Sacramento MSBL with
a new roster, but with injuries and inexperience they struggled through a rough
2-12 season while scoring only 58 runs and giving up 122. Manager Dave Moore sat with his coaches and
they decided that the strategy would be to shore up the defensive side of the
ball and look to add some power in the line-up in order to score more runs. The
tough part of this would be to accomplish both goals in the short month between
the spring and summer season. With the addition of Paul Cardelli, Eric Fugett, Adrian Kennedy and Joe Brothertonthe team exploded onto the scene in the summer by defeating the 2013 National League
Champion Cardinals and challenged
each National League team in tough fought games. However, the Reds would be hit
with the injury bug and struggled through the middle of the season. After a
tough loss to the 18 Brewers in September, the team picked up another powerful
arm in Tim Catalano to regain
dominance. The team finished the season on a 6 game winning streak increasing
the overall record to 11-7 while scoring a league high 131 runs and giving up
only 81. The team continued its torrent pace through the playoffs and
championship game winning the American League Championship Game 7-5 against the Twins. A season filled with highs
and lows, the team went from chumps to champs in their first season.
So Cal MSBL
Team USA 13, Wolves 1...25+ Wood Bat
|Back row L-R: Greg Pewthers, Chris Morinello, Blake Luitwierler, Kenny Ladd, Bill Reimbold (mgr.), Nick Casanova and Brandon 'Bubba' Ruddy. Front row L-R: Ryan Thompson, Ash Correa, Kenny Lusk, Garret Green and Nate Cole. Not pictured: Jesse Elizalde and Brad Lusk
2013 was the first year in the So Cal MSBL
for Team USA Baseball
and being the new
guys they had a target on their backs from start to finish.
Team USA finished the regular season
with a 14 and 4 record in the 25+ division of the So Cal MSBL and topped it off
with two resounding victories over the returning champs in the playoffs to
capture the title. They defeated the
Wolves 11-0 and 13-1 in the best of three series for a convincing sweep and an exclamation
mark on the season. Their season was
highlighted by great pitching from Brad
Lusk and the team ace and MVP Blake
Luitwierler, who posted a solid 9-0 season and a stingy 2.17 ERA. Solid team defense was played by all and
their offense had three men hitting above .350 all year, led by Nick Casanova at .388, Greg Pewthers and Chris Morinello. Every man on the team made contributions as well. Nate
Cole made his mark with his versatility, Garret Green displayed solid defense while also hitting bombs and
Ryan Thompson had an on-base percentage of over .400. Bubba
Ruddy was a great catcher all year specializing in throwing out runners , Kenny Lusk made unbelievable catches in
center field and Jesse Elizalde was
the king of clutch hits. Solid bench players are huge to any team and Ash Correa, Kenny Ladd and Bill Reimbold were tough all year long. They played as a unit and played solid baseball all
summer. When the play-offs started, Team USA really caught fire, scoring 30
plus runs in three games, while Luitwierler pitched like a champion allowing only 3 runs in 24 innings.
"We had heard a lot of good things about the SO Cal MSBL with great fields, competitive teams and a well
organized league,” said the Team USA manager Bill Reimbold. "We were not let
down. Dennis Swartout runs a great league.” Added Reimbold, "Team USA is a great group of men
and I couldn't be prouder of them.”
______________________________________________________________________________________Bay Area (BAMSBL)
Giants 6, Monarchs 1...45+