It's Game Time...July 24, 2014
Rich Merkel, president of the 35 and over Central Alabama MSBL,
threw a four-hitter on July 2nd on his way to a 14-0 victory, as hisCardinal team blanked the Vipers.Central Alabama was formulated in 2009 and currently boasts nine teams, primarily
from Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.
Merkel logged five strikeouts, two walks and even went 2-3
at the plate with a couple of RBI’s. Merkel was asked what he was thinking about during his big day on the
I’m on the mound I am very focused and don’t let anything bother me. I am
confident I can throw any pitch for a strike so I never give into a hitter no
matter what the count is. Some nights you feel good, all the pitches are
working well and you’re locating them where you want while your team is playing
solid defense behind you. I also always take time to think about my Dad who
passed away back in 1985. He was my all-time favorite catcher and always made
time for me to pitch to him – I never go out on the hill without thinking about
him,” explained Merkel
added, "We have added some new players to our team this year and we are moving
up in the standings, and we are the only team to give our league leading
Yankees a loss. One great thing about our team is that
we all have a great time on and off the field. We are always giving each other
a hard time, but we also coach up our players when needed and try to help
everyone get better.
Chicago Royals Win 35+ Division at Billy Townsend Tourney
The Chicago Royals defeated the Atlanta Stars13-9 in the semi-final game of the 35 and over
division of the Billy Townsend Memorial Day Tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. Mike Trimarco started the game on the hill
while Chris Yates came in and pitched 2 innings of relief to win the game.
Yates was also 2 for 3 at the plate with two runs scored. Maurice Dorsey was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
In the championship
game, the Chicago Royals defeated Pensacola 4-1. Chris Yates was the winning
pitcher with 11 strikeouts. He also went 3-4 while scoring one run.Ira Haber had two RBIs. Chris Yates was voted the
team's MVP. ______________________________________________________________________________Sacramento
MSBL Inducts Five Into the Hall of Fame Class of 2014
were inducted into the Sacramento MSBL Hall of Fame on June 26, 2014 at a
ceremony held at the Old Spaghetti Factory. They arrived in style by limo. Family, friends and current Hall of Fame members were all in
attendance. Their profiles are listed