The Mid-Iowa Baseball League
Age Division Survey for our 50+ Members
Hall of Fame Nominations
The Hall of Fame Committee is currently ranking our nominations as step one of the 2018 process. These results will fuel our initial round-table discussion that will take place soon. Please continue to nominate anyone affiliated with the league that you feel is worthy of this honor. Even if you believe a contributor has already been nominated, feel free to provide your opinion why you believe the contributor is worthy. HOF NOMINATION FORM
Congratulations Brian Schueller MSBL HOF!
Prior to the 25+ Bruins game at Sloan Park, Spring home of the Chicago Cubs, Brian Schueller was inducted into the MSBL National Hall of Fame for his Support, Commitment and Development for MSBL and MIBL. He was inducted by Founder and President, Steve Sigler. Steve mentioned Brian was the youngest inductee into the Hall. Schu joins MIBL past President, Tim Kirgan (2001) and current MIBL President, John Linden (2012, 2016) and World Series HOF member Phil DeVan (2012) as Mid-Iowa Baseball representatives to the MSBL National Hall of Fames. Congratulations Brian on your accomplishment and National recognition!
2017 Standings & Statistics
All games for 2017 are now counting in the standings & statistics. Typically, we mark all pre-season and post-season games to omit from standings. However, the player statistics from these games are then not included in the overall look.
Player statistics are now all-inclusive of how individuals performed in the 2017 season (if statistics were entered by the manager).
To see the regular season standings for 2017 and previous years, these are saved under our League History link on the left.
Phoenix World Series - 2017
Two teams represented the Mid-Iowa Baseball League in October & early November of 2017 in the Phoenix area.
The 25+ Des Moines Bruins joined the 2007 Father/Son Iowa Cubs as the only teams returning from the desert with a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! The 25+ Cactus Division Bruins went a perfect 7-0, scoring the most runs in the tournament and allowing the fewest. A 2-1 semifinal battle was the closest an opponent would come (the go-ahead run scoring on a balk!), but that nerve-wracking challenge led to a determined team in the 11-2 championship victory over the Albuquerque Desert Trout.
Back Row (L-R): John Linden (MGR), Gary Frank, Aaron Quinn, David Case, Jason McPherson, Bud Smith, Matt Pennings, Steve Baldus, Zach Young
Front Row (L-R): Jo Fred, Tanner Linden, Charles Magedanz, Joe Smith, Jake Epsteen, Derek Huxford, Jeremy Green, Dee Ransom, Brian Schueller
Credit to our photographer, Michelle McPherson. Also not pictured is Bud's Dad, Gary Smith, who helped keep coolers stocked & foul balls chased down.
20 people under one roof & EVERYONE contributed to the success!
The 50+ Des Moines Bruins got off to a great start, going 5-0 while allowing 27 runs. Clearly in control of their destiny, a scheduling snafu arose & they were forced to take a forfeit in their final pool play game. The Bruins then fell 4-2 to the Austin Amigos in their quarterfinal playoff game.
Back Row (L-R): John Linden, Warren Anderson, Bryon Browder, Brian Olson (MGR), Jim Engle, Mike Pudans, Randy Johnson, Raun Taylor, Phil DeVan
Front Row (L-R): Jim Pizinger, Jim Sinclair, Bobby Williams, Steve Krider, Tim Kirgan, Rick Fleener, Bryan Flanigan, Rick DeMatto, Jerry Floyd
Tim Kirgan & Phil DeVan stuck around for week 2 and participated in the 55+ Cactus Division with the Quad City Blasters. The Blasters swept through pool play with a 6-0 record and advanced through two playoff games to match up with the also undefeated South Bay Zephyrs in the final. South Bay jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first and held on for a 8-4 victory.
Click below for links to results and standings for each:
45+ Champions Split
The Des Moines Reds won the 45+ Regular Season division title with a 12-2 record.
Back Row (L-R): Dan Polson, Warren Anderson (MGR), Dan Zahn, Ron Watson, Phil DeVan, Tim Kirgan
Front Row (L-R): Chad Reinke, Jon Resler, Gary Frank, John Evans, Don Caves
Not pictured: Keith DeWitt, Brian Schueller, Raun Taylor, Tony Toigo
The Des Moines Grays swept through the 45+ double-elimination tournament, winning all four of their games. They defeated the Reds in the final by a 7-4 score.
Back Row (L-R): John Linden (MGR), Aaron Quinn, Terry Followell, Bert Dalmer, Tom Geraty, Al Cole, Cris Anderson, Chris Donohoe
Front Row (L-R): Mike Glatt, Danny Eason, Marv Seiler, Clint Thompson, Jason Henry, Joe Smith, Curt Lyons
Not Pictured: David Case, Miles Nelson, Keith Springer
35+ Division Champions - Bulldogs sweep both titles
The Des Moines Bulldogs won the 35+ Division regular season title with a 13-1 record. The Bulldogs then swept through the tournament, winning three games and defeating the Indians 13-3 for the title. Over the course of the season, the Bulldogs had eight shutouts. The 1-2 punch of Aaron Quinn & Matt Langford led the charge all year.
Back Row (L-R): John Linden, Aaron Quinn, Al Cole, Dan Zahn, David Case, Matt Langford, Joey Keller
Front Row (L-R): Brian Schueller, Dee Ransom, Joe Smith (MGR), Curt Lyons, Mel Stocker, Charles Magedanz
Not pictured: Jason Bright, Phil DeVan, Gary Frank, Brad Hingtgen, Brian Olson, Todd Smith, Raun Taylor
25+ Champions split
After winning the pre-season tournament, the Newton Reds went on to finish the 25+ regular season with a perfect 8-0 record within the division while going 12-1 overall. Their only loss came to the 18+ Bandits in inter-league play.
Back Row (L-R): Brad Hingtgen, Cody Neef, Darin Tisdale, Trent Williams, Warren Anderson, Tyler Williams, Brett Jacobs, Randy Johnson
Front Row (L-R): Jon Williams, Bobby Williams (MGR), Shawn Palmer, Nate Cunningham, Chris Schakel
Other key members not pictured: Sean Murphy, Will Scholer, Jarek Sefrit
The Iowa Oaks won the 25+ post-season tournament by defeating the Red Sox in the semi-final, then defeating the Reds 9-0 in the title game behind a gem of a pitching performance by Eric Watson.
Back Row (L-R): John Linden, Brian Schueller, Zach Young, Derek Huxford, Eric Watson, Jason McPherson, Jason Bright, Dee Ransom, Jo Fred
Front Row (L-R): Aaron Jarosh, Jeremy Green, Charles Magedanz, Joe Smith (MGR), Tanner Linden, Erik Marten
18+ Champions Split Once Again
The Des Moines Thunder finished the regular season with a 9-4 record to take the MABL 18+ Division Title.
Back Row, L-R: Bob Thornton (MGR), Mike Eckhart, Sean Roberts, Ryan Kramer, Dalton Heick, Corey Maines, Chad Osler
Front Row, L-R: Trey Cook, David Thornton, Drew Otto, Troy Dubay, Joseph Monosmith
Not Pictured: Jay Mathes, Todd Smith, Brandon Storm, Gaige Thompson
The Mid-Iowa Bandits won the MABL 18+ Tournament by a 5-2 score over the Thunder. Matt Pennings threw a complete game, allowing one earned run, one walk and had 15 strikeouts.
Back Row, L-R: Brent Henderson (MGR), Steven Baldus, Steven Sattz, Jimmy Six, Erik Gibson, Aaron Haubrich, Matt Pennings, Bud Smith, Cole Hulett
Front Row, L-R: Jake Leonard, Josh VanMaanen, Brennan Roland, Eric White, Jake Epsteen
Not pictured: Stephen Murphy, Isaac Novak, Alex Schwing, VJay Stevens, Justin Wolber
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.
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MSBL Sports Store Specials
Click here for the current specials at MSBL Sports Store, available to all league members.
“Life will always throw curves; just keep fouling them off. The right pitch will come. And when it does, be prepared to run the bases." ~Unknown
"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up." ~Babe Ruth