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Allentown, Pa – Two out of three ain’t bad.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
NOVA Yankees 11 - 4 Golden Islands
NOVA Yankees 3 - 6 Golden Islands
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
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
Delaware MSBL 30+
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
Comeback Comets Capture Commissioner’s Cup
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
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 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+
Cleveland (OH) MSBL
"Steve's Sports wins 2013 MSBL
Championship 2-1 over Cubs"
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.