Last Updated: October 27, 2016
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2016 World Series Participants - Phoenix
The Mid-Iowa Baseball League is sending two teams to the MSBL World Series in Phoenix in October/November.
The 25+ Des Moines Bruins will participate in the 25+ Central Division from November 2-6. This team is led by Joe Smith.
The 50+ Des Moines Bruins participated in the 50+ Cactus Division from October 16-21. The team was led by Brian Olson. The Bruins finished with a 2-3-1 record and missed out on the playoffs.
The following league members played with the Rochester Redwings in the 50+ Central Division, October 16-21: Phil DeVan, Tim Kirgan, Raun Taylor, Ron Watson The Redwings fell in the championship game to the Waikiki Beach Boys, 13-8.
League Commissioner, John Linden, participated with the All Star Baseball Academy (San Diego based) in the 55+ Central Division from October 22-26. John's team came up short in the first round of the playoffs.
Congratulations, 35+ Des Moines Cubs!
With a 12-2 victory, the 35+ Des Moines Cubs capped the first, complete perfect season in the MIBL since the 38+ Bulldogs accomplished the feat in 2007. The Cubs completed the regular season with a perfect 14-0 record, then went on to sweep through three games in the double-elimination tournament bracket to finish a perfect 17-0. Led by Josh Stewart and Ken "C-Bo" Rodine, the Cubs captured their first league and tournament titles.
Due to more rain, the 45+ championship game is being delayed until further notice. With many players from both teams leaving for Phoenix, it was agreed to reconvene after everyone returns. This game has the potential to be made up in early November. So, who wants them to play in snow?
Congratulations, Iowa Oaks!
The 25+ Iowa Oaks have swept the regular season and tournament titles for the second year in a row. Congratulations to manager, Joe Smith, and the rest of the Iowa Oaks! Derek Huxford pitched a 9-inning shutout in the championship game!
Back row (L-R): John Linden, Eric Watson, Erik Marten, Jason McPherson, Derek Huxford, Dillan Crawley, Jason Bright
Congratulations, Mid-Iowa Bandits!
The Mid-Iowa Bandits were crowned 2016 18+ Tournament Champions with a 9-5 victory over the Tropics on Sunday, August 21. The Bandits rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the 6th inning. This is the Bandits first championship since becoming a league member in 2009! Congratulations to manager Brent Henderson and the rest of the Bandits!
Medical Fund Help
Please access this link www.GoFundMe.com/chrisschakel and read the storyline and contribute if you are able.
If you have a Facebook account, please share it from the GoFundMe link.
This is to help Chris pay off some medical bills from the injury.
I know our Mid-Iowa Baseball Community will step up to the plate for Chris.
Blasts from the Past!
MSBL National has recently added nearly all of the Daily Newsletters from the World Series Tournaments in Phoenix, going back as far as 1998. This is quite a trip down memory lane for those in the league that have made the trip over the years. These also highlight how much fun this trip is and how successful our teams from Central Iowa have been.
Our league will be represented once again this fall in some of the "older" divisions. If you are interested in going, especially at the 18+ or 25+ levels, please reach out for more information from the League Commissioner. He can also direct you to who is leading the charge for the 35+ and above divisions as well.
Here are two early newsletters that stand out (13 & 14 years ago!):
2002 (click here): Two 28+ teams from Iowa (Iowa Oaks & Des Moines Bruins) were asked to form an All-Star team to take on various players from other leagues. The game was played in front of a rather large crowd at Tempe Diablo Stadium where the Iowa team's "fireman" came on to shut down a late rally. Contains a great photo of the team as well as a photo of "Baby Joe" Smith.
2003 (click here): The Oaks and Bruins from 2002 merged together to form one of the more successful teams (think Buffalo Bills) that has traveled to Phoenix from anywhere in the country. Our league's first appearance in a National Championship game is highlighted in this newsletter as an 11-run 7th inning wasn't quite enough to overcome a "brawling" team from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
League Page on Facebook & Twitter
Please like us on Facebook! We hope to utilize our League's Facebook page more often this year, especially to pass along information regarding rainouts and league activities. The Facebook button at the lower left of this homepage will take you to our League page on Facebook. The following link will take you to the Facebook page of our National organization, Men's Senior Baseball.
Follow us on Twitter too: @midiowabaseball
MSBL Sports Store Specials
Click here for the current specials at MSBL Sports Store, available to all league members.
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