The Springfield Senators won their 2nd championship in 3 years by defeating the Brownstone Bullies on Sunday 7-0 to take the best 2 out of 3 series two games to one.
The Senators took the opening game of the series by breaking open a closely contested game with an 8 run 7th inning turning the game into a runaway win 15-0. Anthony Gorneault, Jack Ryan, Mike Chiarizio and Matt Sullivan led the 18 hit attack with three hits each and a pair of rbi's. Paul Texiera drove in 3 runs with a couple of hits. Pete Varley led the way on the mound going 7 shutout innings giving up 4 hits while walking 3 batters and striking out 5. Danny Dones was the Bullies hit leader going 2 for 3 with a single and a double.
In game two the Bullies smelled blood early and jumped on the Senators right away with three runs in the first inning. Tony Consiglio started the game with a line drive double into the left field gap which the Bullies followed up with three more hits by Andre Conde,Jon Jordan, and Timmy Trembley. Gunner Genovese would also add a sacrifice fly to give the Bullies a crooked number in the first inning. The Bullies would continue to hit the ball hard and take advantage of some Senator miscues in the outfield by adding a pair of runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings for a healthy 7-0 lead. Senator starting pitcher Paul Texiera would settle down to shut out the Bullies the rest of way. The deficit however would be way too much to overcome against Bullies starting pitcher Andre Conde. Conde had the Senators confused at the plate all night. The crafty lefty scattered 6 hits while walking 4 and striking out 11. The Senators did not present a serious scoring threat until the 8th inning when Pete Varley lined a two run single into right centerfield to ruin the shutout. Conde would however retire the next 4 batters for the complete game victory. Conde would also lead the hitting attack going 3 for 5. Jon Jordan and Gunner Genovese chipped in with a pair of rbi's.
Game 3 was expected to be a battle between two of the leagues premier pitchers. Jack Ryan would take the mound for the Senators and Andre Conde would toe the rubber once again for the Bullies. Both teams showed up with a boisterous group of fans and they would not be disappointed with the performance of either pitcher early in the game as both Ryan and Conde put up nothing but zeros for the first three innings. The Bullies managed to put single runners on base in innings two through four but any thoughts they had of scoring were wiped out by Ryan. Meanwhile other than a two out single by Ryan in the first inning the Senators went down quietly in the first three innings. That would all change in the 4th inning. After a lead off fly out to right field Jack Ryan would be the Senators catalyst for the inning. Ryan led off with a ringing single to get things going. Before Ryan could catch his breath Anthony Gorneault would drive a long triple to right center field scoring Ryan with the games first run. The Senators however were far from done. Pete Varley followed up Gorneaults triple with a scorching double to right center that would put the Senators up 2-0. After a Ben Burnett single and stolen base gave the Senators runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out, Mike Whatley would break the game open with the Senators fifth hit in a row, a two out line drive single to centerfield giving them a 4-0 lead. After a fielders choice gave the gave the Senators their 2nd out of the inning the hitting would continue when Brandon Seymour spanked a single to left field and Matt Sullivan followed that up with an rbi single of his own. The Senators owned a 5-0 lead after four innings. Conde would regain his composure and and hold the Senators to single runs in the 7th and 8th innings. The damage however was way too much for the Bullies to overcome as Ryan was in cruise control the rest of the way. The Bullies posed a minor threat in the 8th inning after a couple of walks put runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs but a ground ball to first base would end the threat. Ryan got the complete game shutout victory scattering 4 hits while walking 3 and striking out 4. Ryan, Anthony Gorneault, Pete Varley and Mike Whatley had two hits a piece for the Senators. Varley(double anda triple)and Gorneault(triple)had extra base hits. Varley and Whatley had two rbi's each. Gunner Genovese stroked a long double for the Bullies.
Congratulations are in order to the Bullies on an excellent season and to Bullies head coach Ted Davis for another outstanding job running the league.
2016 PLAYOFF RESULTS
PHILLIES vs BLIZZARD
Best 2 of 3
8/2 Phillies 3 @ Blizzard 6
8/4 Blizzard 3 @ Phillies 10
8/7 Phillies 5 @ Blizzard 6 Blizzard win series 2-1
SEMI-FINALS - Best 2 of 3
8/11 Blizzard 0 @. Senators 15
8/14 Bullies 10 @ Wild Cats 8
8/15 Senators 1 @ Blizzard 0(forfeit) Senators win series 2-0
8/16 Wildcats 4 @ Bullies 9 Bullies win series 2-0
FINALS Best of 3
8/21 Bullies 0 @ Senators 15
8/24 Senators 2 @ Bullies 7
8/28 Bullies 0. @ Senators 7 Senators win series 2-1
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"Opening Day" by Unknown Author
Let me show you a land the greatest of all with borders that stretch from the spring to the fall
Emerald fields plush with diamonds and pearls gleaming white with meatballs becoming taters soaring into the night
A land of hot corners where hoses throw heat into your kitchen where there's plenty to eat.
There's pickles, there's pepper there's peas, and there's cheese And shoestrings making catches with the greatest of ease
Many eye-pleasing sights also found on display An ace that throws dueces, a tailor-made double play
Ducks on a pond wait for springing line drives to hitch a ride home on pop-ups and slides
This land welcomes all to dream and to play This land is Baseball, It's Opening Day.
US Presidents & the First Pitch of Baseball Season By David Murphy
President Taft doesn’t show up too often on the list of presidential firsts, but he brought one tradition to the office that exists to this day: The ceremonial first pitch on Major League baseball’s opening day.
In April 1910, President Taft tossed a ball from the stands to Washington Senators ace Walter Johnson at the request of Senators owner Clark Griffith, who wanted the presidential seal of approval on baseball to cement its position as the national pastime. Not only did Taft toss out the first pitch, he stayed for the whole game—which the Senators won.
Taft showed up again in 1911 to throw out the first pitch and had his vice president do it in 1912. The Senators won all three games.
Woodrow Wilson carried on the tradition the following year, as did the next 10 presidents in a row.
A highlight? Truman throwing out two balls in 1950—one right-handed, one left-handed. A lowlight? FDR hitting a Washington Post camera with his pitch in 1940.
The tradition stayed in Washington, D.C. for more than 60 years, until President Nixon threw out the first pitch at California’s Anaheim Stadium in 1973. President Carter was the first to skip the tradition on Opening Day, although he did toss out the first pitch of Game Seven in the 1979 World Series, just before the Pirates knocked off the Baltimore Orioles.
President George W. Bush brought the tradition back to Washington when the Nationals returned to D.C. in 2005, then did it again at the opening of Nationals Park in 2008.
President Obama threw out the first pitch in 2010—the 100th anniversary of Taft’s toss. It was, in the words of Bob Uecker, just a bit outside. President Obama hasn’t thrown out a first pitch since.
Miss Brittany Decker sings The National Anthem at the WMWBL 2016 Opening Day Festivities.
2001 WS Gm4: Lee Greenwood sings "God Bless the USA"
Chicopee Tigers Win 2015 WMWBL Championship
The Chicopee Falls Tigers stormed into their 2015 WMWBL inaugural season completing the regular season 20-0 before moving into the playoffs. Andre Conde started the season opener way back on April 12th vs the visiting Agawam Brown Sox. In that tone-setting game, Conde threw the league's first ever perfect game, defeating Agawam 10-0. The Tigers continued to execute their formula of excellent starting pitching, solid defense, and timely hitting throughout the season before getting past the Senators in the final game of the regular season, 1-0. Close, well played games all season long between the Tigers and the defending Champion Springfield Senators were a prelude to the eventual finals matchup.
Springfield skipper Mike Whatley guided his club past the Phillies in the first round, then the Bullies in the second round to move on to defend their title against the newcomers from Chicopee. The Tigers, fresh off their sweep of the Blizzard following a first round bye, would face the Senators in Game One of the 2015 Finals in a morning matchup at St. Joe's Ballpark in Palmer. The Tigers would send starting pitcher and holder of a 10-0 regular season record Andre Conde to the mound to face off against starter Jack Ryan and a tough Senators lineup. Both starters pitched well and the defense backed up both pitchers throughout the game. Matt Sullivan got the scoring going early leading off the game with a base hit and eventually scored on a Brandon Seymour single giving the defending champs an early lead. However, like they have all season, the Tigers came back with two more in the second. Paul Winiarski walked and Karl Oliveira singled setting up first and second with one out. Ralph Edwards singled home Winiarski and Tigers skipper Jeff Couture doubled in another run giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead. Both pitchers held the opposition scoreless in the middle innings including a stretch in the sixth and seventh when Conde struck out four Senators in a row. It wasn't until the bottom of the eighth when season long contributors John Boozang and Adam Zebian stroked back to back doubles to push the lead to 4-1. Springfield put two on in the top of the ninth, but Conde and the Tigers held them off for a 4-1 victory.
Game Two shifted to McKenzie Stadium in Holyoke under the lights with a confident Senators team ready to stave off elimination. Pete Varley faced off against Tigers' starter Steve Lagasse. This time it was the Tigers who got off to an early lead when Paul Winiarski drove in Brad Brothers for an early 2-0 lead. The Senators came with three in the third thanks to a long double by Matt Sullivan. The score would hold up until the sixth when the Senators tacked on two more for the 5-2 lead. Karl Oliveira lined his second hit of the game to drive in a run and would later score on a passed ball to make it 5-4, but the Senators would close it out for the victory and knocked the Tigers out of the undefeated ranks and forcing a deciding Game Three.
It was back to St. Joe's for the winner take all third and final game which saw Conde and Ryan returning to the mound to represent their clubs on the mound. Both teams arrived for the 7:15pm start ready to play with the visiting Senators racing out to an early 2-0 lead with a single by Matt Sullivan and Mike Charizio, followed by a deep gapper by Pete Varley scoring both base runners. Varley would be stranded at second and the Tigers came to the plate in the bottom half of the inning. Adam Zebian was hit by a pitch, then Tim Sigda smashed a deep double to left center to score him. Brad Brothers then hit one high and deep to left center tripling in another run. Karl Oliveira then laced a single to give the Tigers the lead. After an exciting first inning, Conde and the Tigers took the field and sent the Senators down 1-2-3. The eventual Champs came back strong in the bottom of the second scoring four more runs thanks in part to a clutch RBI single by John Boozang and an RBI double by catcher Adam Zebian. The Senators were only able to scratch across one more run thanks to a solid Tigers defense and 10 strike outs by Conde, who finished the season 12-0 with two saves. The Tigers tacked on three more throughout the game finishing with a 10-3 victory. The teams shook hands at home plate as the fireworks flew over head and the champagne popped in typical Tigers fashion.
The Tigers recently left the Full Count League, another local hard ball league in which they won the Championship six out of eight years. "We were really looking forward to joining a solid, well-run league filled with good players. The WMWBL has established itself and we're happy to be a part of it" Tigers coach Jeff Couture said. "The Senators have a great team, I can see why they won it last year. I'm proud of our team and the way we played all season."
The WMWBL Participates in The Wounded Warrior Project
May 4, 2015
The WMWBL recently made a contribution towards the MSBL National's fundraising campaign for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team.
We are deeply humbled to participate towards this elite group of Americans, who have fought for the freedoms which allows us to play this game of baseball.
An excerpt regarding the WWAST, and its mission, is provided here:
THE WWAST MISSION
The WWAST is a 501(c)(3) public charity whose mission is to raise awareness, educate and inspire the public about the strength and resiliency of our wounded warriors, showing how a positive attitude, commitment, dedication and perseverance allow them to overcome any obstacles. The Team is comprised of veterans and active duty servicemen who have served our country in the Global War on Terrorism, in Iraq and in Afghanistan. They now travel the country playing able-bodied teams in competitive, celebrity and exhibition softball games, bringing their special brand of softball, courage and inspiration.
The WWAST is comprised of young, competitive, athletic veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs, while serving their country in the military/war. The team includes individuals with a variety of amputations of the arm, above knee, below knee, bilateral below knee, and foot. Some are still in the service, others are attending college thanks to the Post-9/11 GI Bill while others have moved on to new careers.
WWAST athletes are examples of amputees who continue to push the limits of modern prosthetic technology with more and more applications. Of course, their dream would be the return of our soldiers from harm’s way without the resulting loss of life and limb. Until such a time, the vision is to support and honor our soldiers and veterans sacrifices, and to show other amputees and everyone who sees or hears about them that life without a limb is limitless.
To learn more about this worthy cause, and to make a donation directly, please refer to these sites.
Congratulations to Chris Bernacki, for being randomly chosen as winner of the WMWBL's 2015 Charity Raffle.
Chris receives the 2 Red Sox vs. Yankees tickets for the game to be played at Fenway Park, on May 1st.
Thank you all for your participation, as these fundraisers help Our League continue the means to award scholarships to local students.
2015 SEASON IS UNDERWAY
The 2015 Western Mass.Wood Bat League season began on Sunday April,12th. Ludlow, Holyoke and Chicopee were all victorious in their WMWBL debut.
The big story on opening day was the leagues first ever no-hitter and perfect game thrown by the Chicopee Tigers Andre Conde. The Tigers bats backed up Conde's brilliant performance in a 10-0 victory over the Agawam Brown Sox.
The Ludlow Wildcats outslugged the Brownstone Bullies 12-7 and the Paper City Bombers rallied for 4 runs in the top of the 9th to take down the Palmer Phillies.
Four more games are on tap for Sunday 4/19.
Ludlow Wildcats @ Palmer Phillies 12:00 noon
Paper City Bombers @ Western Mass. Blizzard 12:00 noon
Chicopee Tigers @ Brownstone Bullies 12:00 noon
Springfield Senators @ Agawam Brown Sox 4:00pm
Field Locations can be found on the "schedule" page
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The WMWBL was recently featured on CBS3 Springfield by Tony Consiglio
August 28, 2014
Congratulations to the 2014 WMWBL College Scholarship Recipient, Aaron Cyr
Congratulations to Minnechaug Regional High School senior, Aaron Cyr.
In the Fall, Aaron will continue his studies at The University of North Dakota, as he pursues his degree in Commercial Aviation.
Best of Luck to you, Aaron, from your friends at The WMWBL.