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Scoreboards Donated to McAuliffe Field in Sacramento, Home of SMSBL


Submitted by Alan Van Ness, Sacramento MSBL League President

(Photos courtesy of Jane Burkitt)  Super-agent Scott Boras and his brother Gerry have been most generous in their donation of two scoreboards at McAuliffe Fields, home of the Sacramento Men’s Baseball League and the local Babe Ruth League. Their $50,000 worth of scoreboards solidified that these fields will continue to be the showcase complex of Northern California, if not the nicest in the country.

This complex is also the home of the Boras Classic, where 32 California high school teams compete in a prestigious week long tourney, 16 teams from northern California and 16 from the southern region. The tournament wound up this past week with the two winners squaring off May 6th in a championship game being played at UCLA.

Our Sacramento league also plays from February through October at the McAuliffe Complex and we can’t thank the Boras brothers enough for their wonderful generosity.

Regarding the actual playing of the Boras Classic this past week, Sacramento MSBL and MSBL World Series veteran Steve Welch and his grounds crew worked extensively and tirelessly to make sure the tournament went off without a hitch. Mother Nature, however, threw us a curve that created a real challenge for Steve and the guys.

The Northern championship afternoon saw a tremendous downpour as his crew was still able to get both fields dried up with Turface while only able to utilize a single tarp.  They were able to prep both fields and get the championship between Bellarmine and Davis and the winner of Oak Ridge versus Stockdale. Bellarmine wound up the North champion as the Southern California championships are being played this week for a ticket to the May 6th title match at UCLA. As a side note, an additional Boras Classic has become a prestigious tournament in Phoenix, our beloved MSBL World Series home.

The Boras Classic is a proud event that Sacramento MSBL supports every year, this being year five. I would like the MSBL National Community to know that it is the reputation and history of MSBL that baseball people like Scott and Gerry Boras trust to host their Baseball Classic and donate such expensive items to. Sacramento MSBL wishes to thank them and take great pride in the two new scoreboards and look forward to supporting this great event in the future. Not all of these high school players will fulfill their dream of playing in the Major Leagues. However, they will ALL know that quality baseball is out there to fulfill their passion for the game for as long as they wish to keep playing. MSBL baseball is there for all ages to still dream and play throughout their lives.

Just before this tournament started, one of the high school star players for Oak Ridge raninto a couple of our 50+ SMSBL players, Kenny Jungsten and Dave Everingham, while they were working out. As they chatted, the high school junior mentioned that he has been in a slump. He is committed to play at Cal University and wanted to snap out of it. Well, our two star SMSBL senior players threw him some live batting practice and convinced him to stop pressing and see the ball, hit the ball. It's that simple. The young man did indeed snap out of it and the next game was 2 for 3. You would think our SMSBL guys were his dad! Kenny was very happy and pleased that they were able to help. The kid told his parents that he ran into a couple old guys out at the ball field that threw live BP and talked with him.  SMSBL has made another great impression.

Hearing things like this is what keeps me driven to always find a way to improve SMSBL baseball. Even though my arthritis had drastically changed my playing days, it has not taken away my baseball passion.

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