2014 - 20th Anniversary for The Mid-Iowa Baseball League
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!! 35+ Des Moines Bruins
The Des Moines Bruins captured the MSBL Fall Classic 35+ Central Division championship on Saturday, November 8 with a 5-2 victory over the Delaware Destroyers in Clearwater, FL.
After finishing in 2nd place in 2003, 2007 & 2010 along with numerous semifinal appearances, the Bruins joined the 2007 Father/Son Iowa Cubs as the only National Tournament Champions from the Mid-Iowa Baseball League.
Read the write-up from MSBL National HERE.
Team members included:
Back row, L-R: Phil DeVan, Jeff Sanders, Ron Watson, Guy Koenig, David Case, Cris Anderson, Jason McPherson, Kent Klemme, Tim Kirgan.
Front row, L-R: John Linden, Darren Lewis, Rocky Reeves, Brian Schueller, Joe Smith, Jeff Lantz, Ron Greenwood, Jerry Wise
Not pictured: Gary Frank
Rings arrive in February!
Tribute to Adam Sigler, son of MSBL Founder & President, Steve Sigler
Adam Sigler, 41-year old son of Men's Senior Baseball League Founder & President, Steve Sigler, passed away recently due to complications of a brain aneurysm.
For those of us fortunate enough to work with Steve & his youngest son, Brian, we know how close the family is to each other and we offer our sympathy & condolences during this time. The Siglers are the number one reason why we are still able to play the game we love. Without their leadership at a national level, we wonder where our league would be today, if it would even exist. Please take a moment to read the attached tribute to Adam by clicking HERE.
50+ Des Moines Bruins run in Valley ends
The 50+ Des Moines Bruins completed Cactus Division pool-play on Wednesday, October 22 in Phoenix with a 4-2 record. With an abundance of teams finishing with 4-2 records, the runs allowed tie-breaker came into play for determining who would advance to the playoffs. The Bruins had to rely on the final game of pool play and needed to have the East Haven Jor Els defeat the Arizona Angels in a high scoring affair. East Haven won 12-11, which allowed the Bruins to advance by one run.
The Bruins advanced to semifinals with 7-6 win over Corona. Two of the final four teams were from Iowa as the Quad City Blasters also advanced. In the semifinal, the Bruins fell to the Diamond Dream Mustangs 9-2, while the Blasters defeated the South Bay Zephyrs.
Link to Schedule: CLICK HERE
Link to Standings: CLICK HERE
Link to Newsletter: CLICK HERE
45+ Tournament complete
Congratulations to the Wildcats for completing their season with a league title by going 14-2 and also winning the postseason tournament with two additional wins!
Click HERE to read our write-up on MSBL National.
35+ Tournament complete
Congratulations to the Yankees for winning the 35+ Regular Season league title with an outstanding 13-1 record!
Contgratulations to the Bulldogs for winning the 35+ Double-Elimination tournament by winning three consecutive games, each by one run. In the final, Lane Sires helped build the Bulldogs lead with a 3-run HR. Corey Cech held the Yankees in check while the Bulldogs got out in front 7-0. Sean Murphy started the Yankees rally with an opposite field, solo HR. Joe Smith got the final out stranding the tying run at 3rd and winning run at 2nd. Another classic Yankee-Bulldog battle.
Newton Reds capture 25+ Double-Elimination Tournament
Congratulations to the Newton Reds for winning the 2014 25+ Double Elimination Tournament with a perfect 4-0 run and an exciting 5-4, 12-inning win over the Iowa Oaks in the final. Final 25+ Bracket
CLICK HERE for the summary submitted to MSBL National.
Aces win 18+ MABL League Tournament
Congratulations to the Iowa Aces for winning their 2nd League Championship Tournament title in 3 seasons. The Aces won their Quarterfinal game against the Black Sox 4-1. Jeremy Green recorded the win (6IP, 1ER, 4K) and Joe Smith (1IP, 0ER, 2K) got the save. The Semi-final against the Bandits was a 10 inning pitchers duel 1-0. Joe Smith (10IP, 0ER, 11K) pitched a complete game Shutout for the win. Jakob Epsteen pitched a fantastic game for the Bandits and took the heartbreaking loss. In the Championship game, the Aces handed defeat to the Des Moines .45s 5-4. The .45s threw MCC 2014 All Conference pitcher Pat Winnike. Joe Smith was the winning pitcher (6IP, 4ER, 5K) Derek Huxford (3IP, 0ER, 4K) recorded the Save .
Aces Highlights for the tourney included Charles Magedanz (.400 OP% , R) Jeremy Green (.400 OB%, 2R, SB) and Derek Huxford (.300 Avg, 2RBI), Jo Fred recorded a stolen base in each game. Tournament MVP, Joe Smith recorded a save in the quarterfinals, the complete game win in the semifinals and the win in the Championship game. Joe also logged a 4-4 performance in the finals and finished the tourney with a .455 Avg.
Quarterfinal results: Bandits 7 Renegades 6; Mets 10 Astros 5; Aces 4 Black Sox 1; Des Moines .45s 12 Koras 2
Semi-Finals: .45s 2 Mets 1; Aces 1 Bandits 0
Championship: Aces 5 Des Moines.45s 4; WP: Joe Smith; LP: Pat Winnike
Mid-Iowa headlines MSBL National website
CLICK HERE for an article featuring our league's most experienced member, Doug Jones, that was recently featured on the front page of MSBL National.
CLICK HERE for our league's feature article that was also recently found on the front page of MSBL National.
Also, CLICK HERE for a recently produced video showing "why we do what we do".
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2014 - 20th Anniversary for The Mid-Iowa Baseball League
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