Last Updated: October 24, 2017
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The Mid-Iowa Baseball League
Phoenix World Series - 2017
Two teams will represent the Mid-Iowa Baseball League this October & early November in the Phoenix area. 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 mysteriously 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.
Hall of Fame Nominations
The Hall of Fame Committee will likely hold their first meeting in November or early December after all of our teams return from the World Series in Phoenix. This meeting will be the initial discussion for the class of 2018. Please 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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