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Alan Van Ness, Sacramento MSBL League President
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
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.
Sacramento league also plays from February through October at the McAuliffe
Complex and we can’t thank the Boras brothers enough for their wonderful
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.
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.
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