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  • Mid-Atlantic Region Championship Update



    The Mid-Atlantic region comprises leagues from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky,
    West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and Washington D.C.


    25+ Division
    Thunder battle, reclaim lost crown

     Allentown, Pa – Two out of three ain’t bad. 

    The Lehigh Valley Thunder, who claimed the 2011 title in the 25-and-over division, and lost it the next year to the Reds, are kings of the hill once again thanks to a sweep of those very same Reds in a best-of-three championship series.

    The Thunder claimed a 16-15 win in a marathon, five-hour game that stretched out over two days. The Reds had the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning when game one was suspended because of darkness on Saturday (Aug. 24.) When play resumed on Sunday Thunder reliever Greg Hoyle issued a strikeout to end the threat.

    Hoyle’s brother, Rob Hoyle, then led off the inning for the Thunder and ripped the very first pitch he saw for a triple. A few moments later he scored on a hard-to-handle roller past the right side of the mound by Tom Lellig. "There was never a safe lead in that game,” said Thunder skipper Bob Turley.

    Rob Hoyle finished the game 4-for-5 while Turley was 4-for-4. Jamie Hoffman was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Jeffrey Gross added two RBI.

    The Thunder then beat the Reds 9-4 in game two – a game that Turley said was much closer than it looked. Turley’s diving catch near the fence in left-center in the eighth inning of that game saved at least two runs and watered down the Reds’ momentum.

    Hoyle, who was the winning pitcher in relief in game one, turned in a complete game for the victory in game two allowing five runs (three earned) with five strikeouts. Turley, who formerly played MSBL ball in Chicago,said his team’s strongest asset is great team chemistry., "My goal was getting guys I can get along with.” Some guys in the past don’t fit that mold, he said. "We don’t have any of those guys. Everyone pitches in.”


    Berks County MSBL 28+ Division
    Jays sweep Yanks for crown

    Reading, PA.
    –The Blue Jays did it the hard way.

    They emerged from the losers’ bracket by defeating the Reamstown Reds in a 16-inning marathon, and then rode that momentum to a sweep of the Yankees in the finals.

    Game 1: Jays 11, Yankees 1 -- Matt Sola doubled, homered, and had five RBI to lead the Jay attack. Dan Lavia, Jeff Soto, and Todd Williams each doubled and had two hits. Dan Jackson earned the win while Jose Rosa took the loss for the Yankees.
    Game 2: Blue Jays 7, Yankees 0
    -- Dan Zeigler allowed two hits over seven innings for the win. Matt Sola kept his hot bat alive with three hits and two RBI. Teammate Steve Murray doubled. David Seltzer took the loss for the Yankees


    Chesapeake Indians Come Up Short In 35+ Title Defense
















    The quest for the Chesapeake Indians to win back to back league titles fell short this year because of the improvement of many of the talented 35 and over teams. The Indians were ousted by the Mariners in the playoffs, as the Mariners avenged a first round loss to the Indians.The Indians posted a very respectable 18-3-1 regular season record heading to the playoffs. "As a member of our board, it has been an honor to see our president and comissioner develop this division,” said Indian manager Eric Tharrington. "The other managers worked hard to beat us, and they did. Because of the competition and camaraderie in the 35's, I am happy to share the wealth. I can only say great things about my team, as they've worked hard and committed to success year after year.” Lead by guys like Myron Fulton, Aaron Boston, Cardell Sample,Kevin Williams, Earl Gardner and Ed Nottingham, the Indians were able to blend speed, defense and timely hitting throughout their very successful regular season. The Indians were league champions in 2008, 2010 and 2012. "Despite not winning in back to back fashion, I am extremely pleased at our effort and look forward to competing for the top of the hill again next season,” added Tharrington. "We return many of our talented pieces, likeCraig Krause, Stan Tukes, Jermaine Johnson, Robert Duckett, Kurt Purnell , Hassan McMillan and Andre Johnson."

    Chesapeake Nationals Capture 35+ Post Season Title

    Chesapeake Nationals 9, Mariners 5















    Starting pitchers Charlie Buckheit, Jason Lohr and Bob Engelmeyer headed the mound duties in 2013 with a big boost from veteran lead-off man Darius Tandon, who showcased a remarkable average of .535 from the top spot.  The hitting was also led by power hitters Alex Burnett and Brian Schmit and clutch hitting all year by Len Dockins and Drey Famous.  All of the team chemistry was rounded off my 'Mr Energetic,' Scott Haney.

    Chesapeake White Sox 8, Cardinals 3...45+ Division


    Front row: Frank Carter, John Goode, Jeff Pate, Gerry Shay, Paul Whitlock, Jamey Lee and  Duane Cordrey. Back row: Wayne Vance, Glenn Murray, Ron Ebelein, Randy Mueller, Steve Hoffman, Jeff Wolf and Dave Marvel

    The 45+ Chesapeake White Sox are the regular and post season champs for the 4th year in a row, defeating the Cardinals 8-3 in the post-season title game. After the 1st inning it was tied 1-1. The Cards scored two additional runs and were in the lead 3-1 going into the bottom of the 7th. Cardinal pitcher Ken Ellis only gave up 1 run going into the bottom of the 7th. The White Sox bats came to life in the 7th and scored 5 runs with key hits from Jeff Pate, Ronnie Ebelein, Dave Marvel and Duane Cordrey. The Sox went on to score two more runs in the bottom of the 8th to close out the game. White Sox pitcher Steve Hoffmann pitched 9 complete innings with 9 strike-outs and only gave up 3 hits. From the 5th inning on he retired 15 out of 17 batters.

     

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    DCMSBL (Washington, D.C.) 35+

    Dulles Outlaws 6, Washington Rattlers 5


    Standing L-R: Tom Reed, Jason Golden, Scott Engle, Chris Kelly, Greg Schuler, Colin Meagher, Jake O'Neill, Mike Garrison (captain). Kneeling L-R: Pete Cressy, Dan Pepio, Patrick Ferry, Mark Krutchen, Eric Townsend, Dave Thune.  Not pictured: Brian Kelley, Steve Jaekle

    Contributed by Eric Townsend, DCMSBL

    The #2 seeded Dulles Outlaws swept the #1 seeded Washington Rattlers 14-3 and 6-5 to capture the DCMSBL 35+ A tournament title for 2013. This is their second championship in three years.

    The Outlaws advanced to the finals with hard-fought wins against the Washington Grays (11-7) and the Washington Nationals (9-7), plus a stunning walk-off victory against long-time rival the Prince Williams Reds (7-6).

    The Washington Rattlers spent the entire season in first place, including an Opening Day win against the Outlaws (12-2). Their battle-tested squad includes some of the classiest players in the league. The Rattlers advanced to the finals by easily dispatching the Olney Orioles (16-2), Falls Church Cardinals (19-4), and perennial finalist the LBC Dukes (19-4). When the 2011 champion Outlaws captured their first title, they advanced to the finals by overcoming the Rattlers late (4-2).

    The Dulles Outlaws struggled mightily out of the gate, dropping their first two contests in ugly fashion. The low point was the second of these defeats to the Cardinals (10-8). The Outlaws held an 8-0 lead in the bottom of the eighth frame before allowing an unprecedented 10 runs. Many teams would have been demoralized and allowed this unpleasant result to linger. The Outlaws responded by winning 12 of their remaining 14 games.

    A league-leading 174 runs scored and third-best 95 runs allowed through 16 games wasn't quite the show of their 2011 championship team (197 scored and 85 allowed, respectively). The team's depth was again tested by injury and player relocation. More than ever, the squad's D1 college baseball pedigree and accomplished tournament veterans came together to produce a winning recipe.

    The Outlaws formula goes beyond the talent they field. They know how to slow down the action. They compete mindfully, defend surely, and capitalize on opportunities at the plate and on the base paths. They're fierce but fair competitors who don't resort to gamesmanship, ringers, and the like. Above all, their greatest asset is selflessness. Many will attempt to load up a roster. Getting each player to respect the others and make the necessary sacrifices to gel and win games — that is what always propels the Dulles Outlaws forward.

    25+ Wood Division

    Potomac Hawks 6, Oakton Orioles 5



    Standing L-R: TJ Starkey, Galvin Dent, Cedric Richardson, Rick Domingo, Bryan Vickers, Rhett Teller, Greg King and Aaron Otto.  Kneeling L-R: Dave Beckner, Steven Rodriguez, Donte Montgomery, 'Stevo' Smith and Kyle 'Butters' Horvath

    Championship Series Summary

    Game 1- Oakton Orioles 7 Potomac Hawks 4

    Game 2- Potomac Hawks 14 Oakton Orioles 4

    Game 3- Potomac Hawks 6 Oakton Orioles 5

    The Potomac Hawks finished the season 15-1 in the 25+ wood division of the DCMSBL (Washington, D.C.) to earn the #1 overall seed in the championship series. This was the Hawk’s very first season in Larry Lombardi’s league. Manager Rick Domingo certainly completed a first year to remember.

    In the third and deciding game, the Potomac Hawks and Oakton Orioles went back and forth like two heavyweight fighters. The Hawks went on top 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning off of a deep run scoring double by Rhett Teller. The score stood at 2-2 after three innings and then 3-3 after five innings. The Orioles scored 2 runs in the top half of the seventh inning to go up 5-3 but the Potomac Hawks answered in their half with two runs of their own to tie the score once again, 5-5. After holding the Orioles scoreless for the last two innings, the Hawks came into the ninth inning very confident that they could score one run for the victory. ‘Stevo’ Smith led off the bottom of the ninth for the Hawks by drawing a walk. After a failed bunt attempt, the speedy Smith was moved into scoring position on a ground out to first base but there were now two outs. The Hawk’s number three batter, Brian Vickers, worked the count full and then hit a deep ball to center field to score the runner from second for the walk off championship hit and the Gatorade moment. Pitcher TJ Starkey earned the win in relief.

    The Potomac Hawks championship season was a complete team effort with the following players Steven Rodriguez, TJ Starkey, Bryan Vickers, Rhett Teller, Greg King, Donte Montgomery, Cedric Richardson, Aaron Otto, Galvin Dent, Steve Smith, Scott Carrico, Kyle Horvath, Dave Beckner, Mike Newell, Al Yapp and manager Rick Domingo all contributing in their own way.

    25+ 'A' Division

    DCMSBL Rifles 2, Arlington Arsenal 1


    Kneeling L-R: Tim Brown, Jason Treon, Kyle Slusher. Standing L-R: Coach Craig Burlingame, Rob Bouman, Mark Deans, Danny Watkins, Ryan Price, Scott Van Dusseldorp, Luis Andrade, Nick Price, Brad Bauder and Brian Slusher.  Not pictured: Casey Hartman and Scott Nelson

    Contributed by Craig Burlingame, manager

    At the beginning of the 2013 MSBL Season, the Rifles received bad news that their "workhorse” pitcher Sean Griffin would be out for the year due to a back injury. But, with Jason Treon being healthy and mixing in additional pitchers, the Rifles would still be a force to contend with during the 2013 campaign.

    Jason Treon was a bulldog on the mound giving the Rifles quality innings pitched every weekend during the regular season. That continued into the post season tournament as well.

    The Rifles had a first round bye, and Treon was on the bump on Thursday night for the Rifles first playoff game. He pitched 5 innings and came off the bump with an 8–1 lead which the Rifles maintained for an 18-3 victory.

    Championship Sunday would be a great test when the Rifles would face the number 2 seed Arlington Arsenal who have a powerful offense. Jason Treon again started with just 2 days rest and after a shaky first inning, settled down to pitch a complete game 3 hitter and get a 2-1 victory. Catcher Brad Bauder led the offense with a huge double off the right field fence to knock in Rifles first run. Then in the 6th inning, Mark Deans hit a single to knock in the go ahead run for the 2-1 victory.

    In the second and game of the best of three series, the Rifles had to piece together pitching and got two quality innings each from Tim Brown and Scott Van Dusseldorp. Then Rob Bouman came in and pitched the final four innings to seal the victory 6-5. The offense was led by Scott Van Dusseldorp and Rob Bouman who both had doubles. Luis Andrade played stellar defense at 2nd base and 3rd base and also had 3 hits. Tim Brown, Brad Bauder, Mark Deans, Nick Price, Ryan Price, Jason Treon and Danny Watkins also had multiple hits in the victory.

    It was a great season for the Rifles who compiled a regular season record of 14-2 and a post season record of 3-0 for an overall record of 17-2 for the 2013 season who claimed their 2nd League Championship in the last 4 seasons. With a current roster that includes 14 Rifles with College experience and three Rifles with Professional experience, the Rifles should do well in the 2014 season with high hopes of a Division Championship and another League Championship. The Rifle tradition should stay alive for a few more years in the Larry Lombardi led DCMSBL.

    25+ 'C' Division

    Golden Islands 11, Nova Yankees 4


    Front row L-R: Armando Machuca, Josh Champney, Dan Hantz, Koji Nishimoto and Kei Ishi.  Back row L-R: Erik Cecere, Jeremy Klemm, Trey Smith, Cliff Mayo, Kota Watanabe and Trevor Pound.  Not Pictured: Fumiya Togashi, Mike Heath and Mike Tamburri

    The Golden Islands claimed their 1st championship in DCMSBL 25+ C tournament in their history since they were founded by Atsushi Higashie in 2005. The Golden Islands advanced to the finals with a win against the Glover Park Fighting Lloyds (15–11) and this was a second attempt to capture the tournament championship after two losses in the finals of 2009.

    Game 1: The Golden Islands scored only 4 with 6 hits. Kei Ishii and Trey Smith (including a double) had two hits in the game. Armando Machucaand Kota Watanabe also hit a double contributing a few runs but the team gave up 11 runs against The NOVA Yankees.

    Game 2: The Golden Islands win with 6-3 by a great pitching effort from Erik Cecere allowed only 2 ER, 7 hits, and 2 walks in the 7 inning game. Trevor Pound and Koji Nishimoto had two hits, and Cliff Mayo had 1.000 OBP with a sac fly.

    Game 3: The Golden Islands win with 11-4 by a great pitching relay of Josh Champney (allowed only 1 ER in the first 4 inning) and Fumiya Togashi (allowed only 2 ERs in the last 4 innings). Both Dan Hantz (had 2 hits) and Jeremy Klemm (had 3 hits including a double) had 2 RBIs each in 1st and 3rdinning. Fumiya Togashi had 3 hits including a double and Erik Cecerestole home base independently. 

    The Golden Islands was led through the regular season and playoffs by two main starters, Josh Champney and Fumiya Togashi. The team had great offensive and defensive efforts from all the players throughout the season.

    Finals:

    Game 1: NOVA Yankees 11 - 4 Golden Islands

    Game 2: NOVA Yankees 3 - 6 Golden Islands

    Game 3: NOVA Yankees 4 - 11 Golden Islands

    Potomac River Bandits 3, DC Rangers 2...45+

    (awaiting pictures) The DC Rangers took home the regular season title with a 9-2-1 record. After a slow 1-2-1 start, the Rangers ran off 8 consecutive victories to move from 6th to 1st in a five week span. The Rangers were led by the solid pitching of Barney Owens and Dave Treherne, who garnered 7 of the victories combined. Robbie Guenther, Fernando Villegas and Mario Silva provided much of the offensive spark each game.

    The Rangers met the Potomac River Bandits in the 45+ championship.The Bandits reached the finals with hard fought victories over Aparicio 9 White Sox and Maryland Angels, while the Rangers beat the Indians and Maryland Mudhens.

    Game one of the best two of three was a thriller. The Rangers Owens and Bandits Mike McGlaughlin locked horns for 8 innings, each giving up 5 runs with only 2 earned. Both teams had several opportunities to score but the game continued until the 13th. In the top of the 13th, Dwayne "Pickle” Contee lead off with a hit, then stole second. He was sacrificed to third and later scored the go ahead run on a catcher’s balk. Two outs later, Rey Andrade drove home two insurance runs to seal the victory for the Bandits.

    Game two saw the Bandits jump out to an early 3-0 lead in the first off Rangers Starter Pete Jones. Pete then settled in and held the Bandits scoreless, matching Contee’s scoreless effort through the next 5 innings. Tim Sullivan led off the Rangers 6th with a double to center. After an out, consecutive hits by Dave Feinstein and Villegas made the score 3-2, but Contee shut down the Rangers after that securing the playoff championship.

    Bandit coach Bill Chew said he saw some of the best baseball in DCMSBL this year, and this tournament double header was the best he’d been associated with. "Pickle” Contee was amazing, throwing 13 innings over two games and getting both victories. Both teams played championship level baseball today.”

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    Delaware MSBL 30+


    Brick Bat Brewers 5, Walton Drillers 4




    Contributed by Ken Lagowski, President, Delaware MSBL


    Wilmington, DE--
    The Brewers rolled through the playoffs undefeated winning the best-of-three championship series at Delcastle Recreation Area in Wilmington, Delaware, by taking a double-header from the Walton Drillers (winners of the past 4 championships) by 3-2 and 5-4 scores. It is the 11th championship for the Brewers franchise in the 21 year history of the Delaware Men's Senior Baseball League. The Brewers won the previous four championships before the Drillers current streak of four was ended yesterday. Front and center in the picture is the Brewer long-time coach and this year's co-sponsor Orval Foraker.

    The championship series showcased two excellent games. The Drillers took 2-0 first-inning leads in both games scoring all those runs with two outs. The Brewers chipped away in the first game until Kenny Bilicke's walk off single in the bottom of the seventh plated Scotty West with the winner making a winner out of Jason Yates who went the route.

    In the nightcap Chris Trate's two-out, pinch-hit, two-run single erased a 2-1 deficit and Mike Daniels followed with a two-run double to take a 5-2 lead while Rick Hein held off a late rally with a complete game effort as the Brewers held on for a 5-4 win.

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    Greater Philadelphia MABL

    Philadelphia Comets 3, Philadelphia Muckdogs 0


     

    Comeback Comets Capture Commissioner’s Cup

    The Philadelphia Comets rallied from a late deficit in Game 2 and grinded out a 3-0 win in Game 3 to capture their second consecutive GPMABL (Greater Philadelphia) Championship.

    Down to their last two outs and trailing 2-0, the Philadelphia Comets rallied to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings in Game 2 of the Championship Series against the Philadelphia Muckdogs. Matt Allen’s one-out single got the rally started, followed by sharply hit ball that allowed Mark Duffy to reach base safely. Preston Bannard singled home the first run of the game for the Comets and Nick Weisheipl followed with a fielder’s choice to tie the game at 2-2.

    Comets starter Phil Motley sparkled in 7.1 innings of work, allowing two runs (one earned) and striking out three. Motley gave way toJason Rompola with one out in the eighth inning, and the Comets MVP quickly ended the inning by picking off the base runner at first and striking out the only batter he faced.

    Rompola continued his heroics with a one-out single in the eighth. Jason advanced to second on a ground-out by Gavin White and scored on a Matt Allen single to give the Comets the narrow 3-2 win.

    In a game filled with tremendous defensive plays, the game’s signature play helped the Comets escape a bases-loaded, no-out situation with only one run allowed in the top of the seventh. A Muckdogs single to center made the score 2-0, but Baker DeCamp’s strong throw cut down the second runner at the plate. Catcher Matt Gionta applied the tag and Phil Motley retired the next two hitters to keep the game at 2-0 entering the final half-inning.

    Jason Rompola stayed on the mound for the second game, and stayed in control the entire way. Rompola allowed a leadoff single and another in the second inning, but did not allow a hit after that. Striking out four and walking two, Rompola kept the Muckdogs bat quiet, as the Comets offense chipped away for the 3-0 win.

    The Comets started the scoring in the top of the first. Nick Weisheipl reached on an error, advanced to second on a Sean Dowling sacrifice and moved to third on a Baker DeCamp single. Rich Prall, the GPMABL’s regular season RBI leader, picked up another RBI with a ground-out to second.

    The teams traded goose eggs until the sixth, when the Comets plated two to push the score to 3-0. Baker DeCamp singled and scored on a Rich Prall double. Jason Rompola helped his own cause by following with a run-scoring single to close the scoring on the afternoon.

    The Muckdogs attempted to rally in the bottom of the sixth, when Rompola allowed a one-out walk. The runner was quickly erased when Kyle Riley snagged a sinking line drive in right field and doubled-up the base runner retreating to first to end the inning and squash the rally.

    All five of the Comets postseason victories came in elimination games, running the club’s record to 8-0 in "do-or-die” situations over the past two years. The franchise moved its all-time record to 8-3 in Championship Series games, winning the title in all four appearances (2001, 2003, 2012, 2013).

    _________________________________________________________________________________Ohio OHIO MSBL...25+, 45+, 55+                                  

    Ohio MSBL boasts three newly crowned champions. 
    Their pictures are proudly displayed below. 
    Congratulations to you all!





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    Cleveland (OH) MSBL

    "Steve's Sports wins 2013 MSBL Championship 2-1 over Cubs"



    This was game number three in a virtual "best of three" series. The Cubs took game one by
    a score of 6-4 and Steve's won game two 9-1.

    The deciding game was a pitcher's dual from the start, as the Cubs' Joe Werner and Steve's Sports' Jeff Salay faced off for the third straight game. Both pitchers fended off threats from the other team throughout the game as there was no score going into the bottom of the 7th inning. Steve's pushed a run across in that frame on a balk by Werner, and the Cubs answered with a tally in the top of the 8th inning as Kyle McGuire hit a sacrifice fly after a leadoff double by Eric Schmitz. In the bottom of the 8th, after two walks with two outs, Vinny Dimarco came through with a clutch RBI single that would stand as the game winner for Steve's Sports. The Cubs would load the bases for the third time in the 9th inning, but could not push across the tying run. Final score was 2-1 as Steve's Sports wins the 2013 MSBL Championship in a classic battle.

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    Tri-State (DE, PA, NJ) Men's Senior Baseball League

    Kennett Blue Rocks 6, All-Star Academy Blue 5...48+






    Game one of the Tri-State championship series saw a match-up of two of the league's premier pitchers, Kennett's Tim Barnes and ASBA's Steve Toler. Barnes got the better of the match-up on this day, going the distance on the hill for the victory - carrying a no-hitter into the fourth inning. Herb Orensky tallied that first hit for ASBA, and he would also later double in the 6th. Orensky collected two of the four hits Barnes would allow in the game. The contest was scoreless through 5 complete, with Toler of ASBA matching Barnes pitch for pitch. Toler surrendered only 4 hits through 5 innings. But in the 6th, the Rocks got to the left-hander, who had begun showing signs of fatigue. Ron Hineman led off with a single, followed one out later by a Gerry Greenbase hit. Jon Morton then drove a double to the base of the left-center field fence plating Hineman and sending Green to third. Mark Grandiziofollowed with a two-run single to right to give the Rocks a 3-0 lead. Paddy Miller followed up with a two-run homerun that put Kennett up 5-0. That would prove more than enough for Barnes. ASBA would plate one run in the top of the seventh on a Chris Conner double, to make the final 5-1, spoiling Barnes' shut-out bid.


    In game two, Kennett drew first blood with two runs in the top of the first off of ASBA starter Bill DeBoer. Joe Renner led off with a walk, followed by a Ron Hineman single. Jack Bradley doubled to the left-center gap to drive in both runs. The Rocks would then add three more in the top of the second to build a 5-0 lead once again. Larry Lark led off the frame with a single, and scored when Dave Levan launched a 2-run homerun to right. Four more singles in the inning byTroy Brown, Dan Ward, Renner and Bradley pushed across one more run. ASBA showed their resolve, by answering with three of their own in the bottom of the second. After Kennett starter Jim DeCorso hit consecutive batters to open that inning, Rich Tomosky crushed a 3-run home run to chase DeCorso from the game. The score remained 5-3 until the fifth inning, when Kennett got what proved to be a crucial insurance run. Hineman led the inning off with a walk, moved to third on a Bradley single and scored on Jon Morton's sacrifice fly to make it 6-3.

    In the bottom of the 5th, ASBA closed the gap to one run. Three consecutive walks to open the frame by Kennett reliever Dave Levan caused the Rocks to go to their bullpen once again.Glenn Davis entered the game for Kennett, and surrendered a single to Mick DeMatteis to drive in a run. A sacrifice fly by Chris Conner pushed another run across. That would be all the offense ASBA could muster off of Davis. The quick-working right-hander threw two more innings of shut-out ball to close out the game and the series for Kennett, compiling a lofty 34-4-1 record along the way.

    South Jersey Phillies 8, All-Star Red Academy 6...50+




     The South Jersey Phillies wound up the second to last seed during the regular season in the 50+ division of the Tri-State MSBL. Because of an odd number of teams, they were required to play a one game play in game to get into the playoffs. They won that game 7-1 against the Dodgers, then played another game the same day against the #1 seeded team Langhorne Phillies. They lost that game in extra innings 10-9 on a very controversial call by an ump. The opposing manager even stated after the game, "that was the worst game I have ever won. The only thing worse would have been if we lost". However, the Phillies can back the following week and beat them twice to move on. They then beat the All Star Red Academy 2 in a row to take the crown. This the second championship the South Jersey Phillies have won in the last 3 years in the Tri State league.

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    Southern Maryland MSBL


    Athletics 13, Nationals 9...30+

    Submitted by Curt Sloan, Athletics manager


    On September 29, 2013, the Nationals played the Athletics in the final game of the playoffs for the American Division in the Southern Maryland MSBL. The final score was the A’s 13 and the Nationals 9.

    Scott Urlacher
    pitched a tireless complete game for the A’s. He also paced the A’s with two timely hits and an RBI. The game was tied after 6 innings at 6 runs apiece. In the 7th inning, the A’s broke the game open with four (4) singles, two walks, a hit batter and a RBI double by Bob Chagnon. This resulted in a 7 run 7th inning. The A’s were anchored by the solid infield defense of Jose Agosto at 2nd base and Jason Medina at shortstop. The Nationals never quit. They came back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the 7th and demonstrated powerful hitting throughout the game. Both teams gave 100% and conducted themselves with excellent sportsmanship.
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