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FOUR LEAGUE TITLES UP FOR GRABS THIS WEEKEND
SUMMER LEAGUES WRAP AS FALL BEGINS


SEPTEMBER 7 - Five down and four to go.  As the South Jersey MSBL winds down from another great Labor Day Holiday with tonight's 8th Annual South Jersey MSBL Night at the Phillies, nearly half of the league's Sunday summer championships will be up for grabs this weekend. All totaled, eight ballclubs head off to battle all around the Delaware Valley and the Jersey Shore, each with one of the four remaining weekend divisional titles in their sights.   In addition, two Midweek titles are scheduled to be awarded within the next two weeks, all of which will eventually lead to South Jersey MSBL's final act of the 2010 campaign, our 10-week Fall Season.
 
First, a brief recap of what's been completed to date.
 
In the 18+ Division, the Pennsauken Punishers stormed back from the brink of first round defeat to knock off the regular-season undefeated Riverside Warriors, two games to none in the Finals - capturing the Punishers' second consecutive 18+ Championship in the process.  Ironically,  Pennsauken was nearly knocked out in the Wild Card Round, trailing an upstart Voorhees Diamond Dawgs ballclub by an 8-5 score in the bottom of the eighth inning, before Tim Atkinson's long two-run homer capped off a 4-run rally to deliver the first round victory.  The Punishers rolled from there, defeating National Division champ Lindenwold in the Semis and taking down the Warriors in a pair of sweeps to gain the crown.
 
Over in the 25+ Liberty/National Playoffs, the Woodbury Royals and South Jersey Cardinals played an absolute thrilling Finals series.  With the Cardinals down one game to none, ace Mo Garguile nearly carried the Redbirds from the brink and onward to a league championship all by himself.  The righthander first hurled a 9-inning, complete game 3-2 victory in Game 2 of the series, before coming back the same day and allowing just one run over 7-plus innings in Game 3.  With a tiring Garguile valiently tried to protect a 6-1 lead in the eighth,  the Royals pounced and mounted a furious comeback that produced a 7-run outburst and an 8-6 lead.  Amazingly, the gritty Cardinals got up off the deck one more time to push across a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game at eight.  However, the Royals would not be denied, as the Liberty Division regular season champs loaded the bases on the bottom of the frame and Brian Ahearn delivered his club the Championship walk-off style with a title-clinching RBI single and a 10-9, Game 3 win.
 
In the 35+ American Division, the J&D Trucking Blue Jays used gutsy pitching from Paul Julio and Bill Laminteer, as well as clutch hitting from Frank Chandler and Reggie Easley, to take the title from a veteran Medford Tigers ballclub in a two-game sweep, by identical scores of 10-4.
 
In the 45+ Championships, the Hot Stovers Baseball Club of South Jersey rebounded from a one-game deficit to take the 45+ American Conference Championship.  They extended, then defeated, the 2008 Champion Cinnaminson Reds, with a thrilling Game 2 victory, 3-2, in 13 innings and went on to clinch their second ever Championship title with a 6-2 win in the third and final game.  In the National Conference, the Ocean Pirates overcame their own first game of the series loss to come back and take the 45+ National Championship from the Hammonton Blacksox.  After having lost to the Blacksox 6-1 in game 1, the Bucs bats heated up with the weather, winning games 2 and 3, 13-2 and 13-3.
 
What's left for September?  Plenty to be sure.  Over in the 25+ American/Colonial Championship,  the Marlton Athletics currently lead the Tri-State Titans, one game to none, after the Green Elephants rebounded from an early 5-0 deficit to score seven unanswered runs behind the clutch hitting and relief pitching of Chris Murray in a 7-5, opening game win. The teams will head to Vineland on Saturday for Game 2 and back up North for Game 3, if necessary, on Sunday.  However, just as interesting as who will win this year's AMCO title is the end of a Championship Era as glorious as any seen at any time in South Jersey MSBL's 19-year history.  The 5-time Defending Champion South Jersey Rays were knocked out in the Semifinals by the gritty Athletics, whom the Rays defeated in the 2009 Championship Round, after Marlton rebounced back from a one-game deficit to win Games 2 and 3 behind the clutch hitting of Shawn Kulik and pitching of Chris Murray and Drew Perry.  Even in defeat, the Rays played to the end with the heart and class of a great champion. Not to be upstaged, the other end of the AMCO Semifinal bracket was just as thrilling, as the Titans' Magic Mears launched a two-out, walk-off two-run homer to grab Game 1 victory from the clutches of defeat at the hands of the Runnemede Phillies.  After the Phightens bounced back with a Game 2 win, 3-0,  the Titans took a tenuous 5-3 lead into the top of the ninth, only to see the Phils load the bases with one out before Joe Ruffino drilled a line drive to shortstop that in a flash of leather went from a game-tying hit to a series-ending double play to send the Titans on to the Finals. 
 
In the 25+ Shore Championship, the Lower Township Marlins face off against four-time Shore Championship finalist Ventnor, as the Fish seek their first ever Shore 25+ title, while the Dodgers seek to win their third in four seasons.  They are each seeking to succeed the 2009 Champion Middle Twp. Yankees, who did not field a team this season.  Both clubs would swept through their respective Semifinals, as the Marlins upset the regular season Champion Northfield Cardinals by scores of  8-7 and 13-3 , while the Dodgers rolled over the Margate Hurricanes by scores of 11-1 and 14-0.
 
Meanwhile,  the Midweek-Wood Division is wrapping its short season play with one final regular season game this week before the Philadephia A's and Hammonton Blue Jays square off in the Championship Game on September 18th.  In the Shore Midweek 35+ Classic, the playoffs are well underway.  In the play-in round the the #4 seeded Yankees took out #5 Linwood in the single elimination game and are tied at one game apiece with top-seeded Margate Green in one Semifinal. Margate Green took Game 1 in a close decision, 4-3, as Fran Casey recorded the win with a gem.  The Yankees bounced back in Game 2, winning an exciting slug fest 12-11, with Jeff Martin getting the “survivor victory”.  Meanwhile, the #3 seeded Pigs Heaven swept #2 Margate White in the other Semifinal by scores of 14-3 and 8-3 - led by pitchers Tony Martinelli and Rodney Velarde.  The Pigs await the Game 3 winner between the Yankees and Margate Green.   Game 3 of this Semifinal should be a great battle with Pigs Heaven waiting anxiously to play again.  The Finals start September 14th with Game 1 in a Best of Three.
 
The 35+ National Championship also features a little taste of the Shore, as the Jersey Shore Yankees will meet the Williamstown Sharks in the Finals, starting this weekend at Somers Point with the final games at Wesley Bishop on the 19th.  The Bombers used three dates, thanks to a downpour, to finish two games taking out the second place Delco Diamondbacks, while the regular season division champion Sharks rolled over the Delco Dodgers.  This finale should have some fireworks!
 
Finally, in the 35+ Colonial Championship, the Marlton Reds took an exciting three game Semifinal series over the Gloucester Twp. Whitesox, while their opponent, the upstart Newtown Braves rolled over the Moorestown Devil Rays in a two game sweep to gain the finals.  The clubs face off this weekend in Game 1 of the Finals this Sunday at Marlton Memorial Field, with Games 2 (and 3 if necessary) taking place in Newtown next weekend.
 
South Jersey MSBL urges all players and fans alike to come out and support your fellow league teammates in the final four championship series which resume this weekend, and if you still want to play some ball, we are fielding more than twenty fall teams throughout the Delaware Valley and the Jersey Shore, all of whom kick off the two month fall season this Sunday, September 12th. 
 
Anyone interested in getting out to watch some playoff action or to join up with a fall team, please do not hesitate to contact the league at sjmsbl@gmail.com for more information.

 

2011 45+ Champions. The Washington Senators. Manager: Nick Frese

 
X= Won Division; Y=Made Playoffs; Z=Won Championship














18+ American
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Riverside Warriors -X 14 1 0 .933 -- 166 60
Pennsauken Punishers -Z 11 4 0 .733 3 105 66
Wenonah Woolies -Y 9 6 0 .600 5 97 65
New Egypt Mariners 2 11 0 .154 11 51 135
Haddon Twp. Phillies 0 13 0 .000 13 39 143







18+ National
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Marlton Athletics -Y 8 5 0 .615 -- 99 81
Lindenwold Phillies -X 8 7 0 .533 1 80 66
Voorhees Diamond Dawgs – Y 7 7 0 .500 2 104 75
Cherry Hill Yankees 6 7 0 .462 2 80 69
Hammonton Hitmen 4 9 0 .308 4 93 140








25+ American
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Bordentown Mavericks - X 13 5 0 .722 -- 108 60
Marlton Athletics -Z 16 7 1 .687 -- 151 91
South Jersey Rays -Y 12 7 0 .632 1.5 132 78
Runnemede Phillies -Y 9 8 1 .528 3.5 100 68








25+ Colonial
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Tri-State Titans -X 15 8 0 .652 -- 172 92
Florence Bears -Y 5 13 0 .278 7.5 62 156
Barrington Brewers 3 14 0 .176 9 67 137
Hainesport Mariners 3 14 0 .176 9 55 165








25+ Liberty
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Woodbury Royals – XZ 19 4 0 .826 -- 286 159
SJ Cardinals -Y 15 9 1 .620 4.5 183 133
Woodbury Marlins -Y 10 7 0 .588 6 149 124
East Greenwich Cubs -Y 9 10 0 .474 8 115 116
Winslow Astros 6 12 0 .333 10.5 112 211







25+ National
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Barrington Braves -X 14 5 0 .737 -- 203 117
Pennsauken Indians -Y 12 8 1 .595 2.5 224 174
Williamstown Nationals 6 12 0 .333 7.5 128 146
Burlington County Red Sox 5 13 0 .278 8.5 112 164
Marlton Phillies 1 17 0 .056 12.5 69 237








25+ Shore Midweek
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Ventnor Dodgers -XZ 18 5 0 .783 -- 207 147
Northfield Cardinals -Y 16 6 0 .727 1.5 237 121
Lower Township Marlins -Y 15 9 0 .625 3.5 214 127
Margate Hurricanes -Y 14 9 0 .609 4 196 184
Pigs Heaven Herd -Y 11 9 0 .550 5.5 164 145
Egg Harbor Township Orioles -Y 9 12 0 .429 8 193 215
South Jersey Huskies -Y 8 12 0 .400 8.5 187 182
Lacey Township Royals -Y 5 15 0 .250 11.5 88 240
Manahawkin Riptides -Y 0 19 0 .000 16 90 229








35+ American
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
35 Medford Tigers -X 12 4 0 .750 -- 106 57
35 Washington Township Senators -Y 11 5 0 .687 1 103 50
35 J&D Trucking BlueJays -Z 10 6 0 .625 2 117 61
35 Bordentown Patriots -Y 9 6 1 .594 2.5 122 80
35 Vincentown Vipers -Y 8 8 0 .500 4 86 95
35 Medford Red Sox -Y 7 9 0 .437 5 67 95
35 Cherry Hill Reds 5 10 1 .344 6.5 65 92
35 Voorhees Angels 1 15 0 .062 11 47 183








35+ National
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
35 Williamstown Sharks -X 17 4 0 .810 -- 220 106
35 Jersey Shore Yankees -Z 15 6 0 .714 2 182 97
35 Delco Diamondbacks -Y 12 7 1 .625 4 141 127
35 Delco Dodgers -Y 8 12 0 .400 8.5 113 162








35+ Colonial
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
35 Newtown Braves -XZ 18 4 0 .818 -- 158 84
35 Marlton Reds -Y 16 9 1 .635 3.5 197 172
35 GT White Sox -Y 12 10 1 .543 6 205 197
35 Moorestown Rays -Y 11 10 1 .523 6.5 152 169
35 Pennsboro Phillies -Y 8 13 0 .381 9.5 138 174
35 SJ Cardinals -Y 5 14 1 .275 11.5 154 175
35 West Deptford Panthers -Y 2 18 0 .100 15 83 195
35 Rancocas Giants -Y 0 17 1 .028 15.5 71 184








35+ Shore Midweek
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Margate Green -ZX 8 2 0 .800 -- 73 41
Margate White 8 2 1 .773 -- 86 66
Pigs Heaven Herd 6 4 0 .600 2 68 45
Jersey Shore Yankees 3 7 0 .300 5 43 63
Linwood 0 10 1 .045 8 31 86








45+ American
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Washington Township Senators -X 12 3 0 .800 -- 151 89
Cinnaminson Reds -Y 10 8 0 .556 3.5 139 133
Maple Shade Mariners -Y 8 8 0 .500 4.5 119 133
Moorestown Marlins -Y 7 8 0 .467 5 127 117
Hot Stovers -Y 8 11 0 .421 6 114 124
South Jersey Phillies -Y 6 9 0 .400 6 85 91








45+ National
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Ocean Pirates -XZ 15 3 0 .833 -- 192 65
Hammonton Black Sox -Y 12 6 0 .667 3 173 103
Edgewater Park Indians -Y 8 7 1 .531 5.5 116 115
Delco Dodgers -Y 5 8 3 .406 7.5 133 122
Marlton Braves -Y 3 11 1 .233 10 94 163
Gloucester County Orioles -Y 1 13 1 .100 12 46 234








Fall - American East (18+/25+)
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Jersey Shore Yankees -X 8 3 0 .727 -- 65 34
Hammonton Hitmen 5 5 0 .500 2.5 53 47
SJ Athletics 1 6 0 .143 5 24 52
Burlington County Reds 1 6 0 .143 5 19 54







Fall - American West (18+/25+)
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Cherry Hill Yankees -X 8 4 0 .667 -- 57 43
Glendora Wolfpack 2 5 0 .286 3.5 15 25
Audubon Expos 2 7 0 .222 4.5 38 54
South Jersey Phillies 0 8 0 .000 6 15 92








Fall - American Central (18+/25+)
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Camden Punishers -XZ 10 2 0 .833 -- 78 33
Hammonton ACBL -Y 8 3 0 .727 1.5 77 42
Burlco Misfits 7 3 0 .700 2 56 23
First Choice Collision 5 5 0 .500 4 38 36








Fall - National North (18+/25+)
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Burlco Redsox -X 9 2 0 .818 -- 91 54
Pennsauken Indians -YZ 6 6 0 .500 3.5 60 59
Captain Morgan's Rum Runners 2 6 0 .250 5.5 47 57
The 35ers 1 7 0 .125 6.5 15 59








Fall - National Central (18+/25+)
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
Woodbury Marlins -X 8 2 1 .773 -- 77 30
SJ Wildcats -Y 8 3 1 .708 0.5 118 65
Winslow Astros 5 5 0 .500 3 58 65
Florence Bears 1 9 0 .100 7 16 93







Fall - American (35+/45+)
Team Won Lost Tied Pct. GB RF RA
South Jersey Panthers 3 1 0 .750 -- 26 17
Voorhees RedAngels 6 3 0 .667 -- 67 51
Moorestown Devil Rays 2 1 0 .667 0.5 18 23
Bensalem Royals 2 4 0 .333 2 46 50
Delco Dodgers 1 4 0 .200 2.5 37 46
The 25ers 0 1 0 .000 1.5 0 7

2013 35 American Champions BORDENTOWN PATRIOTS. Managed by Kurt Appleby

 

2013 35+ National All Star Team 

2013 Vincentown Vipers 35+ Champions. Manager Tom Hoskin

 

 

2013 45+ Champions The BlackSOX Manager; Mike Dunleavy

2013 18+ Champions. The Cherry Hill Yankees. Manager: Frank Gamdino

 

25+ Champions. The Rangers Manager Tom Hewitt

 

2013 Cherry Hill Chiefs 35 National Champions. Manager Jose Hernandez

2014 18+ Champion The Hungry Hippos Manged by Drew Grinovics

2015 SJMSBL MVP & Cy Young Results

Results posted in “SJMSBL Champions 1992 – present”

 

18 + MVP Results

Points           2015 SJMSBL 18+ MVP      Rob Cox

Awarded1

1       Luis Vargas(Royals)

14      Rob Cox (BR Machine)

7        Nigel Shockley (H. Hippos)

9        Luis Vargas(Royals)

 

18+ CY YOUNG Results

Points           2015 CY Young 18+      Paul Haynes

Awarded

3     Jeremy Lopez (Royals)

22   Paul Haynes (H. Hippos)

2    Joe Antonelli (W. Whalers)

 

25+ MVP Results

Points          2015 SJMSBL 25+ MVP      Anthony Vellutato

Awarded

5       Mike Appalucci (W. O's)

12       Tim Debold (W. O's)

14     Andrew Kulp (C. Pirates)

9      Ryan Wooden (CH Longwoods)

18    Anthony Vellutato (C. 45's)

 

25+ CY YOUNG Results

Points     2015 CY Young 25+      John Fox

Awarded

11       John Kennedy (W.O's)

8         Francis Fortino (B. Braves)

3         Sammy Berroa (C. Pirates)

19      John Fox (CH Longwoods)

18     Ryan Slevenski (C. 45's)

 

35 National MVP Results

Points     2015 SJMSBL 35+National MVP      Dan Ciecka

Awarded

16     Dan Ciecka (CH Rangers)

12     Frank Lojewski (SJ Cards)

10      Shaine Sigston (C. Cruisers)

3       Mike Amoriello (Sharks)

6       Lou Spassatempo (H Assault)

5       Mike Somers (H. Assault)

4       Bill Connell (V. Rangers)

8       Dave Didinger (M. Reds)

5       Bill McHugh (M. Reds)

4       Rick Lambert (CH Chiefs

 

35 + National CY YOUNG Results

Points     2015 SJMSBL 35+CY Young MVP      Eric Woods

Awarded

4      Dennis Van Etten (CH Rangers)

10    Jason D'ENTRMONT (SJ Cards)

7      Dan Murphy (C. Cruisers)

10    Leo Gerst (Sharks)

6      Jeff Karch (Sharks)

13    Eric Woods (H. Assault)

2      Ronnie Stiles (H. Assault)

9      Rocky Capristo (V. Rangers)

10    Chuck Homan (V. Rangers)

6      Aaron Odud (M. Reds)

11    Jimmy Antes (M. Reds)

 

35+ American MVP Results

Points     2015 SJMSBL 35+ Amrican  MVP      Kurt Appleby

Awarded

14    Jeff Pilling (R. Rangers)

9       Rob Kuestner (SJ Tigers)

19     Kurt Appleby (B. Patriots)

18     Ray Vetter (B. Patriots)

4       Jim Fish (A. Cruisers)

3      Wade Hulmes (A. Cruisers)

3      Louis Rios (H. BlackSox)

 

35+ American CY YOUNG Candidates

Points     2015 SJMSBL 35+ American CY Young    Dave Krol

Awarded

11    Tom Hewitt (R. Rangers)

9      Rob Kuestner (SJ Tigers)

15     Dave Krol (B. Patriots)

7       Keith Trout (B. Patriots)

4      Jim Fish (A. Cruisers)

7      Gary Fisher (H. BlackSox)

6      Luis Muniz (P. OldTimers)

 

45+ MVP Results

Points     2015 SJMSBL 45+  MVP      Miles Reader

Awarded

13     Gabe Mastrangelo (GT Mariners)

7            Dan Laudisio (GT Mariners)

7      Mike Mars (W. Senators)

16    Miles Reader (W. Senators)

8           Tom Donahue (B. Marlins)

2      Randy Lewbart (A's)

4            Tony Dejoseph (A's)

3     Dan Mcgann (R. Marlins)

1     Jeff Snyder (R. Marlins)

10     Geoff Rabinowicz (OC Pirates)

11     Dan Battista (D. Dodgers)

3      Eric Mehler (Rangers)

3        Larry Boreali (C. Reds)

7        Scott Warfel ( S.J. Phillies)

 

45+ CY YOUNG Results

Points     2015 SJMSBL 45+ CY Young    Gabe Mastrangelo

Awarded

26     Gabe Mastrangelo (GT Mariners)

1       Mike Pente (GT Mariners)

14      Mike Mars (W. Senators)

12      Steve Gaunay (B. Marlins)

12      Joe Scardino (A's)

13      Andy Sailor (R. Marlins)

3       Louis Buckley (OC Pirates)

3       Mike Jones (OC Pirates)

3        Bud Picconi ( S.J. Phillies )

 

52+ MVP Candidates

Points     2015 SJMSBL 52+  MVP      roy neuman

Awarded

11     Luis Alverado (O's)

16     Roy Neuman (O's)

12     Flaco Santiago (C. Reds)

1      Greg Kalascky (C. Reds)

8      Mike Weichman (Indians)

10    Anthony Loterizo (Indians)

9      Jason Lerner (P. Panthers)

9      Spencer Jean (M. Braves)

 

52+ CY YOUNG Results

Points     2015 SJMSBL 52+ CY Young     Flaco Santiago

Awarded

16     Rob Harden (O's)

12     Joe Simirglio (O's)

19     Flaco Santiago (C. Reds)

4      Philip Dunbar (Indians)

7      Lou Johnston (Indians)

7      Jason Lerner (P. Panthers)

3     Jim Evans (G. Phils)

 

7      Paul Heiser (M. Braves)

Playing to stave off elimination from the finals and with John Kosmowsky (Kos) on the mound, the Marlins fell behind by three runs in the bottom of the first against the Mariners due to some poor fielding as all three runs were unearned.  With two outs in the top of the 3rd, the Marlins returned the favor and took advantage of an error, two walks and five hits to push across six unearned runs against Gabe Mastrangelo and crew.  The big blow came when Drew White drove in two runs and that was followed with RBI singles by Steve Degnan and Donnie Davis. 

     In the top of the 5th a single by Dave Baril got it started and he was sacrificed to second by Joe Basara.  A balk and a wild pitch later the Marlins picked up what turned into the winning run.  The Marlins tacked on another run in the 6th with a single by Drew White and after Tommy Donahue ran for Drew he was able to steal third base and score on Rich Swan's RBI single.  Meanwhile, in the bottom of the 8th the Mariners made it interesting when they tallied three runs on four hits, a walk and a HBP.  Don Sachau crushed a run scoring double to left in that frame but it was too little too late.  Neither team scored in the 9th and the game was won by the Marlins 8-6.  John Kosmowsky was the winning pitcher and he allowed 10 hits and six runs while walking three and fanning 4.  Drew White, Steve Degnan and Dave Baril all had two hits for the Marlins while Dan Laudisio and Don Sachau had two hits while scoring two runs each.


     After a 30 minute break, the Marlins took the field as the home team with Gary Lebo on the hill.  The Mariners got off to a quick start with both Joe Santone and Gabe Mastrangelo scoring on a booming two run double to deep left field by hurler Mike Pente.  Who knew at that time that that would be the end of the scoring on this day for the Mariners.  The Marlins returned to the dugout optimistic as we have given up ONLY two runs since in the previous two games, we had allowed the Mariners to score three times in the first innings!

We immediately scored two runs as Dave Harris led off with a hard hit ball to third that ate up Mike Fanelli and that was followed by a blast by Tommy Donahue that put runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs.  Drew White immediately drove in one with a deep sacrifice fly to center and Donnie Davis picked up Donahue with a run scoring single.  Now it became essentially a six inning game.  After Lebo set the Mariners down 1-2-3 in the top of the 2nd, Dave Baril led off with a single to center.  Gary Rodriguez followed and he blasted a shot deep over the center fielder's head for a double.  Pente retired the next two batters and it looked like he might escape a second and third with no outs.  However, Steve Gaunay wasn't to be denied as he slapped a two run single to right to raise the score to 4-2 in favor of the Marlins.  In the bottom of the 5th Tommy Donahue led off the inning with a single and after moving to second on a fielder's choice he scored when Steve Degnan took an outside pitch and sent it to right field for the final score of the season. 

In the top of the 7th Joe Santone crushed another double but that was their last hurrah as he was left stranded on second when the game ended 5-2 in favor of the Marlins.  Gary Lebo was the winning pitcher and he gave up only 4 hits while striking out three and walking three.  Both Tom Donahue and Steve Degnan had two hits and Donahue scored twice for the Marlins.  Donahue, Degnan and GRod had doubles to help the cause.  Joe Santone had two hits including a double while Mike Pente and Steve Palumbo doubled in the loss.  Outstanding defensive plays were made in the outfield of both teams as Donnie Davis and Steve Degnan tracked down some well hit balls as did Steve Palumbo of the Mariners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kneeling L-R: Mark Greenspan, Bob Creedon, Bob Morrell, Mark Goodman, Frank O’Brien, Jeff Budin. Standing L-R: Jack Kapenstein, Tony D’Aulerio, Hal Bluestein, Joe Lynn, Dan Maggiani, Tom Gallagher, Jeff Lichter, Jamie Heldring, Tom Koelzer, Steve Farina, Marc Gold, Craig Underwood, Craig Stein.

 

Montgomery County Yankees Capture SJMSBL 52+ Title

 

The Montgomery County Yankees, managed by Mark Greenspan, claimed the 2016 South Jersey MSBL 52+ Division Championship by sweeping the top-seeded South Jersey/Lenape Phillies (16-3-1) in the finals, 14-9 and 6-2. The Yankees (15-3-1) entered the playoffs as the #2-seed after closing out the regular season with 6 wins and a tie in their final 7 games, edging out the South Jersey/Camden County Phillies (13-3-0) for a first-round playoff bye by three percentage points. The Yankees then advanced to the finals by eliminating the defending-champion Gloucester Township Orioles, 8-4, in the semifinals.

 

Game of one of the finals saw the Yankees jump out to a 6-1 lead in the top of the third inning, with Marc Gold and Tony D'Aulerio each smacking 2-run doubles, before the Phillies rallied with 4 runs in the bottom of the third, another run in the fifth and 3 more in the sixth to take a 9-7 lead. David Viviani's 2-run single in the third started the Phillies' rally, while Jack Beck contributed RBI singles in both the third and sixth innings. But the Yankees responded with 4 runs in the seventh - the key hit being a Tom Koelzer bases-loaded, 2-run double - to retake the lead, and added 3 more in the ninth - the big hit being a Tom Gallagher bases-loaded, 2-run single - to ice the win. Jeff Budin (8-1) picked up the win on the mound, while Jamie Heldring pitched a stellar final 3 innings to earn the save.

 

Game two of the finals started out similar to the opener with the Phillies scoring in the top of the first on an RBI single by Miguel Cartagena, and the Yankees responding with 2 in the home half of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. But pitching would dominate the next 5 1/2 innings as the Yankees' Gallagher and the Phillies' Luis Rodriguez would allow only one run apiece over that span. A Joe Lynn RBI double in the bottom of the fourth pushed the Yankees' lead to 3-1, before Julio Vigo tripled to lead off the top of the fifth and scored on Mike Chmielewski's RBI single, closing the gap to a single run again at 3-2. But Gallagher (9-1), the league's Cy Young award winner, would allow only one more base runner to reach second base the rest of the way, in going the distance on the mound, while the Yankees added an insurance run in the seventh when Greenspan singled with two outs, stole second and scored on D'Aulerio's RBI single. The Yankees closed out the scoring with 2 more in the eighth. The first coming when Koelzer, the league's MVP award winner, singled, stole second, moved to third on an infield groundout and scored on a fielder's choice, and the final run on an RBI single by Budin.

 

During the playoffs, the Yankees' offense was paced by D'Aulerio, who went 9-for-11 with 6 RBI and 6 runs scored, including 6-for-7 in the finals with 4 RBI and 5 runs scored. Craig Stein was 5-for-11 in the playoffs with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored, while Koelzer was 4-for-9 with 5 RBI and 4 runs scored.

 

The league championship was the Yankees' first since 2012, when they were part of the Tri-State MSBL (now the John A. DeBenedictis League), but the 12th league championship in their 26-year history, as they won 6 Montgomery County MSBL championships (1994-1999) and 4 Bux-Mont MSBL championships (2005, 2006, 2007 & 2010).

 Awards will be presented @ the Annual Hot Stover Banquet. Saturday November 26 @ 2:00 @ The Estate at Monroe  Expected Attendance @ Banquet is in excess of 300. 

 

The Hot Stovers of South Jersey is a non-profit organization that promotes and honors South Jersey Baseball of all levels

 

2016 Cy Young & MVP Winners

18+

Matt Riegler (CY Young) SJ Tribe

Justin Munyon(MVP) Deptford Tigers

 

 25+

Tim Taggart (MVP) Pirates

John Kennedy (CY Young) Orioles

 

35 American

Jeff Pilling (MVP) R. Rangers

John Capone (CY Young) R. Rangers

  

35 National

Luis Azcona (MVP) Pittman Sharks

Bob Shaw (CY Young) D. Warriors

 

45 American 

Eric Mehler (CY Young) Cinn. Rangers

Frank Chandler (MVP) Mariners

 

 45 National 

Joey Torres (MVP) Chelt. Reds

Wil Denning (CY Young) Royals

  

52+

Tom Koelzer (MVP) MC Yankees

Tom Gallagher (CY Young) MC Yankees

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