The MABL of Southern Wisconsin welcomes players who are at least 18 years of age to join a team in the the new Open Age Division
Starting in 2014 the MABL of Southern Wisconsin will be changing the name of the 25+ Division to the Open Age Division to accommodate younger players.
If you are 18-24 and interested in playing real baseball, attend one of the Tryouts this spring. If you are unable to attend one of the tryouts, please add your name to the Player Pool by completing the form under the PLAYER POOL under the 25+
We are planning to start up a new team for this division.
All ages are welcome to put their names in the player pool and/or attend one of the tryouts.
What is the MSBL/MABL ??
Click on logo at left for the National Website
The The Men's Adult Baseball League and Men's Senior Baseball League (MABL/MSBL) is a national organization founded in 1988 that has grown to more than 350 local leagues, 4,000 teams and over 60,000 members. You can have the opportunity to play real baseball at a competitive level on a regular basis in a professionally run environment. The MABL of Southern Wisconsin has three age divisions, Open, 35+ and 45+. A total of 16 teams that play on weekends. Experience the camaraderie and great friendships with others that are passionate about this great game!
Doug Welch, a former MSBL player and coach, has new book published
February 5, 2014
Doug Welch — “The Ashippun Trap: A Novel of Baseball and the Milwaukee Braves Final Season”
Former MSBL of Southern Wisconsin player/manager Doug Welch has written an exciting new baseball novel that captures the essence of 1960s-era amateur baseball hustlers and the final season of the Braves in Milwaukee.
The Ashippun Trap: A Novel of Baseball and the Milwaukee Braves Final Season, set in Southern Wisconsin’s Rock River amateur baseball league in 1965, was released January 30, 2014 by Texas book publisher Black Rose Writing. The book blends baseball fiction with baseball fact to paint a portrait of life in the Rock River League when teams in small towns such as Ashippun, located near Oconomowoc, routinely drew several hundred fans each Sunday. The popularity of small-town baseball often blurred the lines between amateur and pro players and Rock River League players and team managers could hustle the game for their own financial gain.
The novel intertwines its fictional characters with the path of Gene Oliver, a catcher for the Braves in 1965, to retell the story of that star-crossed, lame duck season at County Stadium.
Welch, who manages the Milton Junction Pub Raptors in the Rock River League and recently ended a 30-year career in journalism, relied on first-hand and newspaper accounts of the Braves’ 1965 season at County Stadiumto recreatea unique story about the team’s one-of-a-kind final summer in Milwaukee.
“There were a couple of stories I wanted to tell with this book,” Welch said, “not the least of which is the tale of the Braves’ lame duck season in Milwaukee. In terms of fan-team relationships, it is truly one of the most unique circumstances ever seen in professional sports.”
Welch was a charter member of the MSBL of Southern Wisconsin and played in the league from 1993 to 2009. He also played in national MSBL tournaments in Arizona and Las Vegas from 2004 to 2011. A stroke suffered on Thanksgiving Day, 2011, ended Welch’s playing days.
Welch said the tale of the final year of the Braves in Milwaukee is a story that needs to be kept alive, revisited and retold in as many genres as possible.
“When you talk to young baseball fans in Wisconsin, so few have an appreciation for the importance of the Braves to Milwaukee and Wisconsin,” Welch said. “I’d yet to see that story retold in novel form. If readers can find a renewed appreciation or enthusiasm for that wonderful time in Wisconsin sports, then this book has fulfilled one of its goals.
“I set out to retell the sad story of Braves leaving town through the perspective of the hearts and minds of Wisconsin baseball fans at the time,” Welch said. “I tried to remain true to the era and show how much the Braves meant to the Wisconsin baseball community.”
The result is a humorous and touching nostalgia ride certain to entertain and enlighten any fan of baseball and the Milwaukee Braves.
A full synopsis of The Ashippun Trap can be found at the site.
Doug Welch lives in Milton and can be contacted for reduced-priced author copies or conversation at 608-359-6516 or email@example.com.
2013 In Review...
Diablos take the Championship for the 35+ Division
October 12, 2013
The Diablos won the 35+ Division with a 15 - 3 record. Their team batting average was .379 and their pitchers commanded an ERA of 3.01. The Diablos clinched the championship in late September thanks to a 16 to 0, 11k, near no-hit bid (one hit shutout) of the Rangers by Andrey Hansbro. Andrey put up league MVP numbers in part to his 9-0 record on the mound with a league leading ERA and WHIP. He also hit .473 batting average and led the league in runs scored (28).
Congratulations to Andrey and the Diablos!
45+ Division a Huge Success
October 5, 2013
The inaugural year for the 45+ Division proved to be a very successful start. The teams were very evenly matched. The Bears won the division with a 6 -4 record, the Crawfords finished even with a 5 - 5 record and the Grays were 4 - 6.
Monarchs win the 25+ Championship Playoffs over the energetic Angels
September 23, 2013
The Angels held the Monarchs scoreless for the first 5 innings Sunday while they amassed 5 runs offensively.But the Monarchs battled back with 9 runs in the last 5 innings. Tom Kersten went 5 for 5 with 3 RBIs and Tony Hansbro pitched a complete game.
2013 Midseason 35+ All Star Classic
July 13, 2013
Reds Beat Blues in Fun-Filled Afternoon
Red Team: Back row: Bob Bezzi, Jim Knutson, Keith Duerst, Dan Ketter (manager), Joe Punzel, Perci Smith, Chad Bieri, Randy Gaber. Front row: Andrey Hansbro, Tony Pucillo, Tom Kersten, Jeff Stone, Brian Klempke (Unable to attend: Jeff Janda, Brad Hueth. Pitched first two innings but not in picture: Tom Smythe)
Blue Team:Back row: Dan Hendrickson (manager), Gabriel Ayala, Paul Meyer, Patrick Delany,Ricky Tavarez, Joel Selddon, Jeff Matthews, Jim Hazeltine, Willie Wilde, Keith Richley, Shad Fanta. Front row: Eric Selje, Cristian Tavarez, Bill Jones, Paul Neumann, Jim Wichern, Rod Hutchins For more photographs from the Mid-Summer Classic, visit Pete Olsen Photography.
By Bob Bezzi, MSBL Reporter
The inaugural MSBL of Southern Wisconsin 35+ All Star Game played last Saturday at Ahuska Park in Monona was a rousing success. Clutch hitting, good pitching and stellar defense was all on display on a beautiful sunny afternoon.
The seven teams of the 35+ league divided into two teams. The Red Menace features players from the A’s, Diablos and White Sox. The Home Brewers, Cervaceros and Rangers comprised the Blue Bombers. The Pirates divided their All Star players between the Reds and Blues.
The Red Menace prevailed 9-5 in a well playedgame, keyed by an 8th inning two out, two run double by Tom Kersten that broke open a tight one run game.
The Reds had taken an early 4-0 lead, scoring a pair of runs each in the 2nd and 3rd innings, but the Blues stormed back within a run by plating 3 in the bottom of the 5th. The 4-3 score stood into the 8th inning when Kersten’s big hit widened it, and he scored on Brian Klempke’s single to make it 7-3.
The 9th saw both teams score twice. In the bottom of the inning, the Blues staged a strong comeback as their first three batters hit safely, scoring two runs and leaving a runner on 3rd with nobody out. The rally was slammed shut by by center fielder Joe Punzel who raced into the right center field gap, snared a fly ball and fired a rifle shot to double up the tagging runner at the plate.
The Reds’ Tony Pucillo led all hitters with 3 safeties. Klempke, Kersten, Chad Bieri and Jeff Stone each had two hits for the Reds. The Blues were led by Gabriel Ayala, Paul Meyer, Ricky Tavarez, and Patrick Delaney, all with two hits each.
In 2013 the MABL of Southern Wisconsin transitioned to wood bats only