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Maine Men’s Baseball League 35+ Division
19, Nationals 2 (game two of series)
Season Total Team Effort’
by Steve Cascio, Diamondbacks Team Administrator
Diamondbacks beat their longtime rivals The Nationals to win the 35+ Southern
Maine Men’s Baseball League 2017 Championship. The Diamondbacks
leaned on exceptional pitching from the power arm of Bret Urban and the
Greg Maddux like pitching of Christian Smith coupled with an explosive
offense to outscore their opponents 29-4 in the playoffs.
D’Backs offense proved relentless all season led by longtime SMMBL RBI king Ed
Simmons and Kevin Cashman (who says lefty’s can’t play anything but
1B!) provided the D’Backs plenty of middle of the order pop driving in 21 and
20 runs respectively. Steve Cascio (.485), Mike Foshay (.458) and Bret Urban (.455) paced the offensive attack both at the
plate and on the base paths combining for 38 SB’s on the season. Simmons,
Cashman, Cascio, Foshay and Urban could be found amongst the league leaders in
almost all offensive categories.
to be outdone, the D’Backs defense played exceptional baseball all
season. Newcomer Jim Beers was stellar behind the dish as the everyday
catcher and his strong arm gave base runners something to think twice about on
the base paths. Veterans Doc Proctor and Micah Sawyer did what they always do contributing on the mound, in the field and at the
plate. Brian Bachman proved invaluable moving all over the infield
playing great defense and doing his best Don Baylor impersonation by leading
the league in HBP! Drew Niles continued to flash the leather in
the field showing why the Florida Marlins drafted him in 1998, there’s no
better shortstop in the SMMBL!
the mound the triple threat of Urban (0.61), Smith (1.00) and Proctor (1.08)
were the league leaders in ERA and split the load evenly shouldering 25+
innings on the season.
the course of a very strong 14 win, 3 loss season, The Diamondbacks proved that
position flexibility, depth and having a great group of guys battling for one
another can make all the difference – every player contributed! Last but
not least, the trio of Andy Bouchard, Mike MacDonald and Ronnie Bates battled through an assortment of injuries but did the little things to add to
the team’s great camaraderie.
D’Backs are looking forward to the opportunity of defending our championship in
2018 and want to thank the Nationals, Tigers, Astros, Mariners, Mets,
Braves for a great season!