Last Updated: August 28, 2016
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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!
Front Page - National Website!
Congratulations to Mike Eckhart of the 18+ Thunder for being featured on the front page of our national organization's website! CLICK HERE to view.
18+/25+ All-Star Game Recap
The 18+ & 25+ divisions held their All-Star Games, along with a HR Derby, on Saturday July 16 at North High School. CLICK HERE for a recap of the day's events...and to find that Zach Young (Hitmen/Heat) is a 3-time HR Derby champion!
2016 FALL LEAGUE REGISTRATION
Registration & Sign-Up is underway for the MIBL’s 2nd Fall League!!! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
· Five-Game Season + Tourney. 9/11-10/2, with the tourney being 10/9 & 10/16.
· Open League, minimum age 18. (We may explore a 50+ option, depending on interest.)
· Limited to the first 78 players signing up (goal: 6 teams of 13 players)
· Registration remains open!
· All Sunday games with majority, if not all, at North High.
· Cost of $85 includes hat, jersey & league fees. Get signed up NOW!
If you are interested in managing a team, please denote on the registration form.
Sign-ups thus far (8/22): CLICK HERE
SUMMER SEASON ONLINE REGISTRATION (18+/25+/35+/45+)
The online registration form is active. Please CLICK HERE or access it via the "Waivers/Forms" menu on the left or the "Register Online" menu in the upper right. Please be advised that EVERY PLAYER that intends to play in the Mid-Iowa Baseball League in 2016 MUST complete an online registration. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS. With your online registration, ALL PLAYERS must pay their $26 National Fee. This can be accomplished via credit/debit card or via PayPal and is part of the registration form. The National Fee is a one-time fee at $26, no matter how many teams you play on. All other team & league fees will be due to your manager(s).
REGISTERED PLAYERS AS OF 8/17/16: CLICK HERE
Cownie & Simpson Procedures
Managers/Players: Please remember that everyone is responsible for taking care of the fields we play on. Lights were left on overnight recently at Cownie costing the Little League additional funds that we may need to reimburse.
Questions...please ask your League President.
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.
"Players of the Week"
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.
“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
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