Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Spring 2018 Season - Champions/MVPs Announced, Pictures Posted!

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"SAFE!  I saw it all!"

Undefeated 18+ Militia triumph over the Bulls!


By Jared Glass
I’ve always wanted to put together my own team of friends to play baseball with , maybe for the last time ever as life takes us in different directions daily. The Militia team started with a few guys I met from the initial team such as Sean Prince, Ben Simpson, John Hicks, Kevin Vaught, Chris Belanski, Tyler Neloms and myself. I then reached out to other players from my Stafford Militia Babe Ruth All Star teams from 2014-16. We finished as high as 3rd in the state of Virginia in 2015. The new players consisted of Brad Sullivan and his brother Zach, Gunnar Goodell, David Tignor, Connor English, Scott Doescher, Cody Harrell and my Dad to be our player/coach. 
We actually had a few practices before the season started and some important bonding sessions to just hang out and talk baseball. This season was very special to me and one I’ll never forget. Thanks to Ron and Legends Baseball for the opportunity to continue to play this great game we all love. 

Congratulations to Militia on winning the Spring 2018 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 18+ Division!


18+ MVP Brad Sullivan!




"Closer!"




"I got this, team!"




"Yup, I see incoming!"




"BANG!"


30+ Padres bring home the championship!


By Harold Goldzung
It’s always good to win the last game of the season. The Padres 2018 Finals victory was particularly satisfying for multiple reasons none more so than how it encapsulated our season. All season long the entire team stepped up at one point or another to get a clutch hit or make a great play in the field. And we never gave up. The Spring 2018 playoffs with our come from behind win in the semi finals and our dominant performance in the finals perfectly illustrate how we played all season. It was truly a team effort with everyone contributing to bring home the win.

The Padres roster is filled with guys who love to play ball, enjoy playing together, and like to win. This ‘Padres Spirit’ is particularly evident in our Spring 2018 MVP Blake Dunn. As our lead off hitter Blake is the spark plug to our offense; In the field Blake plays wherever we need. Over the course his tenure on the Padres he has played Center Field, Third Base, Shortstop, Second Base and Catcher and very rarely Pitcher. At every position he is aggressive and present. I believe every player on our team will agree that he is a great teammate.

Now it’s on to Fall.

Congratulations to the Padres on winning the Spring 2018 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 30+A Division!


30+ MVP Blake Dunn!


Starter...



...Closer!



40+/30+B Brewers win it all against the Expos!


By Wayne Stevens
Awaiting Manager Report!

 
Congratulations to the Brewers on winning the Spring 2018 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 40+/30+B Division!


40+/30+B MVP Dom DiFatta!





BANG #2!
RBI single!

 

SAFE!

MVP Manager (1st Championship at helm!)


Action!

 

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Fall 2017 Season - Champions/MVPs Announced, Pictures Posted!

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"COLD!"

"I thought the Dodgers were playing?"

19+ Outlaws triumph over the Dodgers!

Congratulations to the Outlaws on winning the Fall 2017 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 19+ Division.

MVP Kirik connects!





















By Steven Patrick
After an unexpected exit in the first round of the Spring playoffs, the Outlaws came into this Fall season hungrier than ever. A doubleheader on opening weekend was just what the team needed to put the Spring season in the rear view. Finishing the day with a 38-5 run differential, would set the tone for the upcoming season. A week 3 match-up with the Flying Squirrels would be their first test. Playing the Squirrels in game 2 of their second doubleheader in the first 3 weeks proved to be too much and the 4 game winning streak to start the season ended with the Outlaws suffering their first loss of the Fall season. The Outlaws would bounce back with a 3 game win streak against the Dodgers, Canes and Dodgers again to lock up the #1 seed and finish out the regular season with a 7-1 record. 

With an embarrassing performance in the bye week game against the Squirrels fresh on their mind, the Outlaws dominated the Spring Champion Dodgers for the 4th time this season and cruised to a 9-1 opening round playoff win. As a result, for the 4th time in the past 7 seasons the Outlaws and Hurricanes would meet on Championship Sunday. In freezing cold, wet field conditions the two teams fumbled their way through a game of who could make the most errors, with the Outlaws winning 7-5 on an eighth inning, two run scoring, E4. Standouts from the game were Josh Bender with 2RBI, Bird Harmon 2-3 with a RBI and Legends Fall MVP Mike Kirik who went 2-3 with a triple and a 5 inning, 2 hit, 0 earned run, 9 strikeout gem on the mound. 

Kirik set the tone early by striking out the first five batters he faced and left the game after 5 innings with a 3-1 lead. Kirik dominated on the mound this season with 24 strikeouts in 13 innings while only giving up 5 hits and surrendering just 2 earned runs. He lead the team with a .471 Batting Average with 10 of his 16 hits going for extra bases. This season’s performance coupled with a legendary Spring season that featured a .615 Batting Average, 10 Home Runs and 23 RBI in only 6 games, made Mike Kirik the most deserving and overdue Legends MVP in recent memory.

With their 5th Championship win in their first 7 seasons, the Outlaws are back where they belong at the top of the 19+ division! 

30+ Nationals Bring Home the Championship! Again!

Congratulations to the Nationals on winning the Fall 2017 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 30+ Division.


MVP Rich Goad preps to fire heat!


By Andrew Goad
The Nationals upset the number one seed Lollygaggers 14-8 to win the 2017 Legends Fall 30+ baseball league championship! Don’t let the final score fool you. This was a close game between the league’s top two teams through the first half of the game. Like the Yankees trading for David Justice though, the Nationals combination of experience and some impressive newcomers proved to be too much for the Lollygaggers to handle.

Carrying the load as always, Chris Herald, Al Torres, and Rich Goad scored 9 of the 14 runs. The middle and lower parts of the lineup held their own and drove them in. Herald and Andrew Goad led the way with three hits, while Brandon Ward, Al Torres, Jason Raczkowski, and Mike “Domingo” Demarr had two apiece. Kevin Mallon and Mike Shifflett reached base twice. Huge moment late in the game as Mike Shifflett came to the plate, potentially for his last Legends AB, and lined a hit to the outfield to score a big insurance run and keep a rally going. What a moment, and just a total team effort at the plate.

Just as big as the run production, defense and pitching while dicey at times, proved to be the difference late in the game. Jason came in and put an end to the Lollygaggers hopes. Just 4 men reached base over 4 solid innings. Huge! is an understatement. Jason led the team this year in hits, and combined with Rich to pitch 63 of the teams 82 innings. Their combined season era of 4.14 with a 1.4 whip and 7.3 k/9 was more than enough to compliment a team batting .388/.470/.514 with 126 runs and 108 rbis in 461 PA’s!

Big shout out to the umpires for a game well called, and to the coaches and players for being gentlemen and playing an all-around enjoyable, friendly game of baseball. Lastly, the Nationals were proud to honor our team captain, coach, leader, a man who is always smiling and lifting everyone up with a well-deserved MVP. Congratulations to Rich Goad, and to his Father Robert Goad, the Nationals Fan of the Year. 

What a season, what a team, what a league! Thank you to the commissioner Ron Cortese for organizing these great moments playing a game that we love. Here’s to striving for another three peat next season! Natitude!

40+ Pirates

Congratulations to the Pirates on winning the Fall 2017 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 40+ Division.
MVP Carlos fields...

... and hits!


By John Cambell
The Pirates march to their second championship in the fall of 2017 was due to an overall team performance with great depth all around.
The lineup was anchored by the 3-4-5 hitters of Akil Barlow, Carlos Carvallo, and Jon Champ.  The OPS for these three were 1.222, .989, and 1.433. Barlow had the most home runs, Carvallo the most consistent and least strikeouts, and Champ the most games missed due to a new child (two games).  Overall the team batted .361, including 7 additional players at .300 or better including.  Pat McCane hit .367, Jeff Alexander came in at .333, John Campbell .300 (plus a team leading 10 walks), Demian Dominguez hit .429, Matt Edwards .458, Fred Lewis .421, and Moises Perez .429.  Cody Lewis led the team in steals.  Luis Feliciano led the team in foul balls down the 3rd base line.
While the offense was potent at times, including 4 games in of 16 or more runs (including the finals vs the Expos), the pitching was the real difference maker.  The pitching staff consisted of Carlos Carvallo, Pat McCane, Kevin Jillions and Luis Feliciano.  Carvallo was a new spring addition and turned in one great performance after another no matter what role he was thrust into (Starter, middle reliever or closer).  McCane provided his usual offering of off-speed junk and kept hitters guessing.  Feliciano provided valuable innings and helped keep teams off kilter. Jillions, the lone lefty on the staff was pure nasty.  When he was on the mound (usually closing) the defense usually rested as Jillions blew away even the best of hitters.
Between the pitching and hitting the Team MVP was Carlos Carvallo.

Action! 

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Summer Action!

Check out Summer Season Action - then sign up for the Awesome Fall Season Before Late Fees start (Aug. 11 last day!)

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RedShirts Upend Heavily Favored Cannons, in Thriller, 5-4!

by RedShirts Manager Chris French

An outstanding upset final for the Summer Session this past Sunday!  The Redshirts scored first when Matthew Bubnis scored after getting a hit off of the Cannon's starter Dillon Cooperrider.  Matthew Bubnis scored when Matt Rosenberg, who went 4 for 4, brought him in with another single.  The Cannons struck back with their own run against the Redshirt's starter Kelly Layton when Dillon scored by stealing 2nd and 3rd and getting home after a wild pitch.  The Redshirts scored again in the 4th inning after season MVP Jarel Cohen hit a triple that brought in Matt Rosenberg.  

The Cannons then proceeded to score 3 runs in the bottom of the 4th after a couple of errors let in Cannons Harrison Hale, Austin Hale, and Brian Blanton.  The Redshirts got the game to within one run when Steven Adamson led off the 6th inning with a single against the Cannon's closer Carson Hale.  Matthew Bubnis brought him in with a well-hit single after Steven stole 2nd base.  The Redshirts went ahead permanently in the 7th inning when Chris French and Kelly Layton both walked and then Chris French forced a bad throw to 3rd after a popup was caught in 1st base foul territory.  

Kelly then scored on a wild pitch a few minutes later.  Redshirts middle reliever Sean Prince pitched 4 strong innings, and Steven Adamson came in to pitch two shutout innings in the 6th and 7th innings.  Matt Rosenberg entered in the 8th inning to earn the save.  He faced the heart of the Cannon's order in the bottom of the 9th and outstanding fielding by the Redshirts guaranteed a 5-4 win!


RedShirts!

MVP - Jarel Cohen!

Other Action!


Out at Home!

Great Catch in CF!

Tommy, you are OUT!

Willie Mays Style!

Enter Sandman!

Final out of the Game!


Sunday, July 16, 2017

Spring 2017 Season - Champions/MVPs Announced, Pictures Posted!

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19+ Dodgers triumph over the Hurricanes!

Congratulations to the Dodgers on winning the Spring 2017 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 19+ Division.
By Harrison Hale
      The 19+ championship was bound to be a close pitcher’s duel. The Hurricanes were coming off of a 3-1 victory over the outstanding Outlaws, who had previously put up 20 or more runs multiple times this season. The Dodgers took a 3-2 nail biter from the consistent Flying Squirrels. The Dodgers struck first in the bottom of the first inning. A leadoff base hit from Andrew Reighard, the team’s batting average and on base leader, turned into a pickoff. But the Dodgers would answer back with a walk from Peyton Hale III, a base hit from Harrison Hale, then a clutch RBI single through the right side from another Hale bro, Austin Hale. A throwing miscue from the catcher allowed Harrison Hale to score on the play as well. Austin Hale would steal second while the Hurricanes responded with a strikeout of one of the Dodgers big hitters, Carson Hale. A Clutch two out double from Trevor Roskind plated Austin, giving the Dodgers an early 3-0 lead. Hurricanes would answer back in the top of the second with a leadoff homerun for their cleanup hitter off of Dodgers starting pitcher, Harrison Hale. Hurricanes would strike again in the top of the third, smacking three hits in a row to tie the game at 3. Dodgers would respond by plating another run in the 4th with another two out RBI from Roskind to take back the lead at 4-3. Clutch defense from Cody Jones at short, Christian Havecker in center, and Tyler Ridings in right helped Harrison keep the Canes at bay in the 4th. A leadoff walk by Peyton Hale Jr in the bottom of the fourth could not lead to the Dodgers taking advantage, as Canes pitcher Alan Oberheim was able to keep the Dodgers at bay with a clutch bases loaded pickoff to end the 4th, his second pickoff of the day.
Austin Hale switched from catcher to pitcher in the top of the 5th , with a 4-3 lead. A leadoff base hit followed by a hit by pitch and a walk would load the bases for the hurricanes with no outs. Austin would pitch out of the jam allowing no runs, striking out two in the process. He would then reply by crushing a mammoth solo homerun in the bottom of the 5th, giving the Dodgers a 5-3 lead. Relief pitching was sold for the Canes, not allowing another run the rest of the game. The Hurricanes would answer right back with opposite field line drive homerun to pull within one run in the top of the 8th. Austin Hale would shut the door, striking out 5 of the 6 outs in the last two innings. He would finish the game with 11 strikeouts, bringing his season total to 61 in 34 innings, with a season ERA of 0.79, solidifying his MVP season. Dodgers would take the game with a score of 5-4. Pitching was most important to the Dodgers this season, with Austin Hale and Harrison Hale throwing 66 of the 87 and 2/3 innings for the squad, with a combined ERA of 1.64.

  

30+ Nationals Bring Home the Championship!

Congratulations to the Nationals on winning the Spring 2017 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 30+ Division.
By Rich Goad
What a sweet day for baseball, the weather was perfect, maybe a little warm, but beautiful for America’s pastime. The 30+ Baseball Championship, once again faced off with two longtime rivals in Legends, Nationals vs. Padres! Both teams have always played really close games over the many years, with the exception of two games. Both of those games were in the Championships, with the Padres crushing the Nationals 27-8 in the Fall of 2010 and the second game where the Nationals returned the favor and beat the Padres 23-8 in the Fall of 2015. I mentioned these two teams have history of close games every season to include two other meetings in the big game. Last Spring 2016, the Padres beat the Nationals with a walk off homerun in the bottom of the 10th inning to win the championship. This season matched up the rivals again, to which a big crowd came out to see the big game, who would win, would it be another close game or blowout. The crowd was not disappointed, because whether your team won or lost, this was another game for the history books.
Throughout the game, the score went back and forth with each team trying to put the other away, however pitching and great defensive plays kept the score close and everyone wondering if we would be going to extra innings like the first championship game of the day.
Sorry no inning by inning drama this year in this write up, but will mention a few plays, players, and final inning. Pitching on both teams were amazing, keeping the ball in the yard most of the day, until Chris Herald belted a 3 run shot heading towards the girls softball field. The Nationals also capitalized with speed on the bases, swiping several stolen bases, whereas the Padres were kept in check on the bases with Brandon “the Wall” Ward behind the plate.
Now for the final inning. The Padres took a one run lead into the bottom of the 9th inning, 5-4. First batter Chris Farrer began the inning with a hit batter, followed by a walk of Al Torres, and an infield hit by Rich Goad, loading the bases for Chris Herald. Chris hit a solid line drive which bent back the second baseman’s glove backwards, moving up the runners and evening the score. Now the Mighty Casey story with big Kevin Mallon coming to the plate with nobody out, tied game, and bases loaded. However, Kevin followed suit and struck-out on a nasty curve ball. So with one out Rob Howell walked to the plate. Would he be able to knock in the winning run? Rob worked the pitcher, who was throwing some really good pitches, with foul ball after foul ball. Finally, Rob connected with the ball and sent it screaming into left field, however it was not a deep fly ball, but would it be enough? Al “Speedy” Torres was ready to give it a try, tagging from third. The outfielder caught the ball and threw a strike to home, however Speedy dove headfirst into the plate and beat the tag, giving the Nationals the Championship!
The Nationals celebrated and Brandon Ward was given the title of Legends MVP for the 30+ Division. Great season Brandon!
Overall, the Nationals played team (family) baseball throughout the season, with everyone stepping up to keep winning games. Just about every game, there was a new National of the week. It never failed, when one person would be down, another would step up and take over. This was another amazing season and look forward to many more great seasons of Legends (Nationals) Baseball.
So where does that leave us with the Rival Story? The Nationals have won 7 Championships, 2 against the Padres and the Padres have won 7 Championships, 2 against the Nationals. Tune in for next year to see if they will once again do battle on the diamond!

 

40+ Redlegs Defend Their Title!

Congratulations to the Redlegs on winning the Spring 2017 Playoff Tournament in the Legends 40+ Division.
By Ron Cortese
The Redlegs ended another magical season in dramatic style – this time coming back in the top of the 9th inning to tie an action-packed game against the venerable Gashouse Gang, then winning it in the 11th inning with a monstrous 3-run homerun to take an insurmountable lead!
The Redlegs trailed 4-0 going into the 4th inning, before slowly chipping away until being just 1 run down in the 9th.  The lower part of the order was up, and the plan was simple – get the leadoff hitter Tony Combs on base, then bring him around to score.  And that’s exactly what happened!  However, the Gashouse stopped further damage in the 9th, but could not get another run in their portion of the 9th.  So into the 10th they went!  The Redlegs got across 2 runs, hoping it would be enough for the win.  However, the Gashouse also rallied in the bottom of the 10th inning to tie it at 6-6!
So into the 11th the game went.  Manager “Cap’n Ron” Cortese told his squad – “We scored 2 last inning but it wasn’t enough – so let’s get 3 this time!”  Well, long-time Redleg and Hall of Famer Nelly Taveras heard that order loud and clear, as he always listens to his manager!  He stepped to the plate with 2 on, and proceeded to blast a 3-run shot well over the right-center fence!  The Gashouse this time were only able to get one run across in the bottom of the inning…not enough tie it again!
This incredible win capped a season in which the Redlegs started 0-2, with a combined run deficit of 33-13 only to then reel off 7 straight wins!
Redleg pitching was superlative, as Matt “The Starter” Gaugler continued his dominant pitching, going 5 solid innings, followed by Billy “Your Highness” Pope, who pitched another 5 strong innings.  Keith “The Closer” Beale then stepped in to shut the door on the Gashouse Gang in the 11th!
For hitting, Lonny “The Lonster” Schwartz and Nelly “Mr. MVP” Taveras (named league MVP) each had 3 hits.  Keith “Crusher“ Beale and Tony “No Combover” Combs each had 2 hits.  Other Redleg studs include Josh “Homerun” Glassman, Kirk “Killer” Cooper, Syed “Doc” Ali, Matt “Bubba” Bubnis, Robert “BobbyB” Bumiller, Jon “The Man” May, and Ryan “I need a nickname” Young.
“It was such a total team effort, where we picked each other up – well, not literally, but you know what I mean - when needed”, stated co-manager Chris “The Frenchman” French, who could not play in the finals due to sickness, but did come for the celebration!
A special thanks goes out to our awesome batboy, Tyler Pope, who really helped the Redlegs play their best every game!
Hats off to a great Gashouse team that took us to the limit – it is too bad only one team could be crowned on this day!

 
 

Home Run Derby!

In an exciting HR Derby contest that went down to the wire, Benchwarmer blaster TJ Phillips outdueled his teammate Brian Blanton in the final round, blasting 1 more homerun than needed (7 we believe!) to take the title!
Go TJ!