- Congratulations 25+ Monarchs & 45+ Grays, Regular Season & Tourney Champions
- Congratulations 35+ Yankees, Regular Season Champions
- Congratulations 35+ Bulldogs, Tournament Champions
- Congratulations 18+ Aces, Regular Season Champions
- Congratulations 18+ .45s, Tournament Champions
2013 - 20th Year of The Mid-Iowa Baseball League
2013 World Series & Fall Classic Teams
This fall, three teams represented the Mid-Iowa Baseball League in MSBL National Tournaments.
For the first time in league history, a team entered the MSBL Fall Classic in Florida. The 25+ Des Moines Bruins took to the fields near the beaches of the Atlantic. This wood bat tournament took place from Monday, November 11 through Saturday, November 16. After opening with a 13-0 shutout and then a 7-4 victory over the eventual champions (Athens, GA), the bats went silent. Pitching was stellar throughout. After three consecutive pool-play losses, the Bruins snuck into the playoffs only to lose another pitching duel, 5-3.
Team members included: Richie Bennett (Cubs), Brent Hulbert (Monarchs), Jeff Lantz (Baltimore), Bryan Leitzinger (Cardinals), Bob Mack (Cardinals), Burton Parker (Georgia), Ken Roberts (Cardinals), Brian Schueller (Bulldogs), Joe Smith (Aces/Oaks/Bulldogs), Maloch Spivey - Manager (Monarchs/Demons), Chris Standley (Monarchs), Josh Stewart (Cubs/Demons), Jeremy Turgasen (Demons/Monarchs)
The 45+ Des Moines Bruins participated in the 45+ Wood Cactus Divison of the MSBL World Series in Phoenix, Arizona from Monday, October 28 through Thursday, October 31. The Bruins finished 2-3-1 in pool play, missing out on the playoffs.
Team members included: Warren Anderson (35 Yankees), Marvin Cason (Grays), Phil DeVan (Grays), Dick Elder (Colorado), Bryan Flanigan (Yankees), Rick Fleener (Yankees), Gary Frank (Grays), Lynn Henry (Twins), Rob Hochstetler (Grays), Randy Johnson (Yankees), Tim Kirgan (Grays), Kent Klemme (Mudhens), Steve Krider (Yankees), Doug Larsen (Grays), Brian Olson - Manager (Yankees), Dennis Parker (Twins), Joe Reser (Yankees), Pat Scholer (Yankees), Raun Taylor (Grays), Ron Watson (Grays), Bobby Williams (Yankees)
Nick Otto with the boys in spirit! Thanks for the pic, Teresa Nichols!
The 25+ Des Moines Astros participated in the 25+ Wood Central Division of the MSBL World Series in Phoenix, Arizona from Wednesday, October 16 through Friday, October 18. The Astros finished 2-2-1 in pool play and narrowly missed qualifying for the Playoffs of the 25+ Wood Central Division.
Team members included: Dallas Eddie (Reds), Jakob Epsteen (Bandits), Joe Fields (Tigers), Curt Gomes - Manager (Astros/Yankees), Rick Kavan (Heat), Kevin Mann (Twins), Jason McPherson (Oaks), Clay Rickert (Yankees/Astros), Will Scholer (Reds), Tyler Williams (Reds) and six players from a Chicago team that merged.
Congratulations 2013 Division & Tournament Winners
Congratulations to our 2013 Division & Tournament Winners:
Regular Season: Iowa Aces (11-1, 12-2 overall)
Tournament: Des Moines .45s (8-3, 11-3 overall)
Regular Season & Tournament Sweep: Des Moines Monarchs (13-3, 16-3 overall)
Regular Season: Des Moines Yankees (14-1, 16-3 overall)
Tournament: Des Moines Bulldogs (13-3, 17-3 overall)
Regular Season & Tournament Sweep: Des Moines Grays (12-2, 15-2 overall)
The 35+ Tournament began Wednesday, September 25 and is a double-elimination format.
Wednesday, September 25
Game 1: #5 Twins @ #4 Woodpeckers Urbandale 1 Woodpeckers def Twins 5-1
Game 2: #6 Hawks @ #3 Heat Cownie Heat def Hawks 5-4
Game 3: #7 Demons @ #2 Bulldogs Urbandale 2 Bulldogs def Demons 6-1
Thursday, September 26
Game 4: #4 Woodpeckers @ #1 Yankees Cownie Yankees def Woodpeckers 12-1
Game 5: #3 Heat @ #2 Bulldogs Urbandale 1 Bulldogs def Heat 12-3
Game 6: #7 Demons @ #6 Hawks Urbandale 2 Demons def Hawks 7-6, Hawks Eliminated
Wednesday, October 2
Game 7: #5 Twins @ #3 Heat Cownie Twins def Heat 18-4, Heat Eliminated
Game 8: #7 Demons @ #4 Woodpeckers Urbandale 1 Woodpeckers def Demons 12-11, Demons Eliminated
Game 9: #2 Bulldogs @ #1 Yankees Urbandale 2 Bulldogs def Yankees 8-2
Thursday, October 3
Game 10 #5 Twins @ #4 Woodpeckers Cownie Twins def Woodpeckers 10-7, Woodpeckers Eliminated
TUESDAY, October 8
Game 11 #5 Twins @ #1 Yankees Cownie Yankees def Twins 8-1, Twins Eliminated
Wednesday, October 9
Game 12 #2 Bulldogs @ #1 Yankees Urbandale 2 Bulldogs def Yankees, 7-2
Back Row (L-R): John Linden, Tim Kirgan, Ron Watson, Dan Zahn, Tom Geraty, Al Cole, Phl DeVan, Aaron Quinn, Tim Harvey
Front Row (L-R): Joe Smith, Curt Lyons, Jason McNertney, Dee Ransom, Gary Frank, Brian Schueller
Not Pictured: Matt Barron, Randy Brady, Dave Crandall, Justin Knight, John Plaisance, Raun Taylor
The 45+ Tournament began on Monday, September 23 and is a double-elimination format.
Monday, September 23
Game 1: #3 Twins @ #2 Yankees Urbandale 1 Yankees def Twins 5-4
Game 2: #4 Mudhens @ #1 Grays Urbandale 2 Grays def Mudhens 25-4
Tuesday, September 24
Game 3: #4 Mudhens @ #3 Twins Urbandale 1 Mudhens def Twins 7-5, Twins eliminated
Game 4: #2 Yankees @ #1 Grays Urbandale 2 Grays def Yankees 10-1
Monday, September 30
Game 5: #4 Mudhens @ #2 Yankees Urbandale 2 Yankees def Mudhens 2-1, Mudhens eliminated
Tuesday, October 1
Game 6: #2 Yankees @ #1 Grays Urbandale 2 Grays def Yankees 4-2
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2013 - 20th Year of The Mid-Iowa Baseball League