Cleveland Mosquitoes History 2000-08, UptoBat Titans 2009-12, T3 Rays 2013-17


10 Time Cleveland Baseball Federation Champions from 1991-2004.
Two Time Cleveland Baseball Federation Tournament Champion between 91-04.

Record starting from 2000...
2000 - 28-2 CABF City Champion
2001 - 28-2 CABF City Champion
2002 - 29-3 CABF City Champion
2003 - 23-5 CABF City Champion
2004 Cleveland Baseball Federation Champion (CABF)
2004 Cincinnati, Ohio 4th of July Champions
2004 Youngstown NABF Regional Runner-Up
2004 Nationally Ranked # 10 @ 35-4 by the National Semi-Pro Baseball
2005 Louisville, Kentucky 4th of July Champions
2005 Cuyahoga Class A Tournament Champions
2005 Youngstown NABF Regional Runner-Up
2005 Nationally Ranked # 20 @ 38-10 by the NSPBA
2006 Cleveland Baseball Federation 4th of July Champions
2006 Ohio Independent League Champions
2006 NABF Youngstown Regional Champion
2006 NABF World Series Champion in Louisville, Kentucky
2006 National Champions, Ranked # 1 by the NASPBA @ 43-9
2007 Preseason ranked # 1 Nationally by the NSPBA.
2007 NABF Regional Qualifier, 29-12
2007 Northern Ohio Baseball League Champion
2008 Pipe Yard's Gil Palacio 4th of July Tournament Champion
2008 Northern Ohio Baseball League Champion (Titans/Mosquitoes merger)
2008 NABF Youngstown Regional Champion
2008 NABF World Series (2-2) Nationally Ranked @ 52-6
2009 Diamond League Champions 14-U
2009 Kalihare Tournament Champion (Sandusky, Oh)14-u
2009 Youngstown, Oh Border Wars Tournament Champion 14-u
2009 Buckeye Elite Champions 14-U
2009 NABF Regional Champion, Toledo Oh
2009 NABF World Series Champion @ Lynchburg, Virginia
2009 UTB Titans 14-U, Overall Record 57-12
2010 UTB Titans 16-U, Overall Record 33-9
2010 Freedom Classic Runner-Up 16-U
2011 Diamond Stars Classic 18-U (Kent State-Akron U) Champion
2011 UTB Titans 18-U, Overall Record 28-14-2
2011 CABA (Euclid) World Series, 6-2
2012 UTB Titans 18-U, Overall Record 26-13
2012 Great Black Swamp, Bowling Green, Ohio Tournament 4-1
2012 Buckeye Elite, Columbus, Ohio Tournament 3-1
2012 Diamond League Champion 11-2
2012 NABF 18-U World Series (7th) @ Youngstown, Ohio
2013 T3 Rays 18-U Freedom Classic Runner-Up 5-1
2013 T3 Rays OPL 18U Champion
2013 Cincinnati Flames Wood Bat Tournament 5-1
2013 T3 Rays 18U Overall Record 24-11-1
2014 Cincinnati Flames Wood Bat Tournament 2-2
2014 Great Black Swamp Tournament, Bowling Green 4-1
2014 Freedom Classic Tournament 3-1
2014 Buckeye Elite Tournament, Columbus 3-2
2014 T3 Rays Diamond League Wood Bat League 9-5 (Tied for 1st in DL)
2014 T3 Rays 18u Overall Record 22-14
2015 T3 Rays Midwest Challenge Champion
2015 Palomino East Zone Super Region Champion
2015 Ohio Prospect League Champion 11-0 
2015 T3 Rays 18u Overall Record 31-8
2016 T3 Rays 14u Ohio Prospect League Champion 13-3
T3 Rays 14u Overall Record 35-11
2016 Won 4 Tournaments
2016 Finished in 3rd Place at Black Swamp Tournament in Bowling, Green, Oh
2016 Finished in 3rd Place at the NABF Regional in Youngstown, Ohio
2016 Advanced to the NABF World Series in Knoxville, Tennessee
2017 T3 Rays 15u Diamond League Champions
2017 Midwest Challenge Tournament Champions

Cleveland Mosquitoes History 2000-08, UptoBat Titans 2009-12, T3 Rays 2013-17


10 Time Cleveland Baseball Federation Champions from 1991-2004.
Two Time Cleveland Baseball Federation Tournament Champion between 91-04.

Record starting from 2000...
2000 - 28-2 CABF City Champion
2001 - 28-2 CABF City Champion
2002 - 29-3 CABF City Champion
2003 - 23-5 CABF City Champion
2004 Cleveland Baseball Federation Champion (CABF)
2004 Cincinnati, Ohio 4th of July Champions
2004 Youngstown NABF Regional Runner-Up
2004 Nationally Ranked # 10 @ 35-4 by the National Semi-Pro Baseball
2005 Louisville, Kentucky 4th of July Champions
2005 Cuyahoga Class A Tournament Champions
2005 Youngstown NABF Regional Runner-Up
2005 Nationally Ranked # 20 @ 38-10 by the NSPBA
2006 Cleveland Baseball Federation 4th of July Champions
2006 Ohio Independent League Champions
2006 NABF Youngstown Regional Champion
2006 NABF World Series Champion in Louisville, Kentucky
2006 National Champions, Ranked # 1 by the NASPBA @ 43-9
2007 Preseason ranked # 1 Nationally by the NSPBA.
2007 NABF Regional Qualifier, 29-12
2007 Northern Ohio Baseball League Champion
2008 Pipe Yard's Gil Palacio 4th of July Tournament Champion
2008 Northern Ohio Baseball League Champion (Titans/Mosquitoes merger)
2008 NABF Youngstown Regional Champion
2008 NABF World Series (2-2) Nationally Ranked @ 52-6
2009 Diamond League Champions 14-U
2009 Kalihare Tournament Champion (Sandusky, Oh)14-u
2009 Youngstown, Oh Border Wars Tournament Champion 14-u
2009 Buckeye Elite Champions 14-U
2009 NABF Regional Champion, Toledo Oh
2009 NABF World Series Champion @ Lynchburg, Virginia
2009 UTB Titans 14-U, Overall Record 57-12
2010 UTB Titans 16-U, Overall Record 33-9
2010 Freedom Classic Runner-Up 16-U
2011 Diamond Stars Classic 18-U (Kent State-Akron U) Champion
2011 UTB Titans 18-U, Overall Record 28-14-2
2011 CABA (Euclid) World Series, 6-2
2012 UTB Titans 18-U, Overall Record 26-13
2012 Great Black Swamp, Bowling Green, Ohio Tournament 4-1
2012 Buckeye Elite, Columbus, Ohio Tournament 3-1
2012 Diamond League Champion 11-2
2012 NABF 18-U World Series (7th) @ Youngstown, Ohio
2013 T3 Rays 18-U Freedom Classic Runner-Up 5-1
2013 T3 Rays OPL 18U Champion
2013 Cincinnati Flames Wood Bat Tournament 5-1
2013 T3 Rays 18U Overall Record 24-11-1
2014 Cincinnati Flames Wood Bat Tournament 2-2
2014 Great Black Swamp Tournament, Bowling Green 4-1
2014 Freedom Classic Tournament 3-1
2014 Buckeye Elite Tournament, Columbus 3-2
2014 T3 Rays Diamond League Wood Bat League 9-5 (Tied for 1st in DL)
2014 T3 Rays 18u Overall Record 22-14
2015 T3 Rays Midwest Challenge Champion
2015 Palomino East Zone Super Region Champion
2015 Ohio Prospect League Champion 11-0 
2015 T3 Rays 18u Overall Record 31-8
2016 T3 Rays 14u Ohio Prospect League Champion 13-3
T3 Rays 14u Overall Record 35-11
2016 Won 4 Tournaments
2016 Finished in 3rd Place at Black Swamp Tournament in Bowling, Green, Oh
2016 Finished in 3rd Place at the NABF Regional in Youngstown, Ohio
2016 NABF World Series in Knoxville, Tennessee
2017 T3 Rays 15u Diamond League Champions
2017 Midwest Challenge Tournament Champion

2004 Cincinnati, Ohio 4th of July Champions

The 2004 Mosquitoes started to make a mark on the national scene when they captured the Cincinnati, Ohio Tournament out scoring the opposition 42-6 with wood bats.

UTB 14-U Win 2009 NABF World Series 4-1

By Ted Allen (Virginia)

Published: July 26, 2009

Not too many 14-year-old players get to play two games at Lynchburg’s City Stadium on the same day.

For Forest’s sophomore entry in the NABF World Series, the experience was bittersweet, and the outcomes of the two games like night and day.

In the morning game against the Spring (N.Y.) Renegades, which had gone 4-0 and were seeded first after pool play, Forest scored 10 runs in the first inning and went on to cruise to an 11-3 victory.

“We hit the ball well and got a solid pitching performance from Michael Carter,” Forest coach Troy Doss said. “He went seven innings and gutted it out.”

That sent JF to the championship game against the Up To Bat Titans out of Cleveland, Ohio, which also came out of its pool seeded second, beating Nothing But Baseball out of Pittsburgh, Pa., 11-2 to advance to the final.

But it was the Titans, not the Cavaliers, doing the pile-on celebrating inside the diamond as the sun set on Calvin Falwell Field on Saturday night, following their 4-1 championship victory.

After a leadoff single in the top of the first by Reed Bryant, Forest went 0 for the next 16 batters against Titans pitcher Allan Medovic, who struck out six and allowed just one hit through the first five innings.

“That pitcher was mixing up his pitches and kept us off balance all night,” Doss said. “We couldn’t get the timely hits when we needed them.”

The Titans, who improved to 57-12 on the season, came through in the clutch at the plate and capitalized on a couple Forest errors in the field.

Leadoff batter Carl Lint scored two unearned runs — first in the third after drawing a leadoff walk, stealing second and advancing to third on an error by the center fielder, and coming home on a sacrifice fly to shallow right.

Then in the three-run fourth, after Adam Vasil led off with a single and scored on a triple down the first-base line by Justin Aviles, Lint reached by error to bring home Aviles. He scored the final run on a single by Ben Szymczak to right when the relay throw home from first was too late.

Szymczak later was named the offensive player of the tournament.

The Cavaliers broke up the shutout with two outs in the sixth when Cal Hodgert and Cameron Byrd delivered back-to-back singles, scoring starting pitcher Mark Heideman, who had reached on a fielder’s choice after Bryant drew a one-out walk.

Eighth batter Ben Stanley singled past second with two outs in the seventh before the Titans retired Zach Coleman for the third time on the night to end it.

“It was just a privilege to be in the championship game,” said Doss, whose team finishes 4-2 in the tournament.

For the Titans, this was their ninth tournament of the summer and they have now won five, but this was their first NABF World Series championship.

“We’re a first-year team,” assistant coach John Vasil said, noting Up To Bat only advanced to Lynchburg after winning a five-state NABF Regional qualifier in Toledo, Ohio, last Saturday, beating teams from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsyl-vania.

Forest Cavaliers 000 001 0 — 1 4 2
Up To Bat Titans 001 300 x — 4 7 1

W: Allan Medovic. L: Mark Heideman. Records: Up To Bat 5-1, Forest 4-2.

Highlights: F — Reed Bryant 1-2, walk; Cal Hodgert 1-3; Cameron Byrd 1-3; Ben Stanley 1-3. UTB — Ben Szymczak 2-3, 2 RBIs; Adam Vasil 2-3, run; Justin Aviles 2-3, 3B, run; Carl Lint 2 runs.

Cleveland Mosquitoes player Selected on Day 3 of MLB Draft
Left-hander Steven Junker Selected by Colorado Rockies

Former Mosquitoes Left-Hander taken by the Kansas City Royals.
Dennick taken 662nd Overall in 22nd Round

Left hander Ryan Dennick, out of Tennessee Tech has been chosen by the Kansas City Royals with the 662nd Overall pick in during the 22nd round of the MLB First-Year Draft. Ryan pitched for the 2006 Cleveland Mosquitoes at the NABF World Series helping capture a National Championship. Ryan is the 3rd Mosquito pitcher to be selected since 2006, joining fellow lefty Stephen Procner and right handers Dominique Rodgers.All three of these boys were part of the 2006 National Championship team.

Mosquitoes/Titans Combining in 2008

February 20, 2008
The Cleveland Mosquitoes have joined forces with the Ohio Titans for the upcoming 2008 season. Mosquitoes head coach Ed Konopka will be coaching the Uptobatwest 14-U travel team this summer so he couldn't devote all his time to the Mosquitoes. The team will be under the direction of the Titans Mike Janos while news can be found on the Titan web site. Ed will be helping with player acquisitions for this season and plans on coaching the Titans on his off days from his 14-U team. He plans to be back full-time in mid July for the playoff stretch and another shot at a National Championship. Anyone interested in joining the Mosquitoes/Titans team please call Ed Konopka (440) 503-0091 or Mike Janos at (440) 915-1300.

Cleveland, Ohio Mosquitoes Are National Champions In 2006 / Final 2006 Poll Released!

August 21, 2006 – 07:50 PM
The Cleveland, Ohio Mosquitoes take the NABF Major Division World Series Crown 8 to 3 over the Detroit, MI Jet Box team. The Mosquitoes will officially be the new #1 team in the Final NASPBA / USA Top 25 Poll to be released this Monday night August 21st. Congrats to Ed and Mark and the rest of the Mosquitoes on a job well done. Cleveland Amateur Baseball was put back on the map in 2006 by the Mosquitoes even if the city doesn't recognize us. The last time a Cleveland team won a NABF World Series was 1947 when Cleveland, Oh Bartunic Clothes won it. The last Major World Series was won by a Cleveland team in 1976 by Ferry Cap & Screw in the AABC W.S. Great Job Mosquitoes!

Final NASPBA / USA Top 25 Rankings as of 8-21-06
#1 Cleveland, Ohio Mosquitoes-----------43----------9 NABF World Series Champs
#2 Long Island, NY Storm----------------76---------12 AABC World Series Champs
#3 Crestwood, IL Panthers---------------43---------16 NBC World Series 3rd Place
#4 Brunswick, MD Orioles----------------36----------8 NABF World Series 3rd Place
#5 Tennessee Diamond Kats---------------31----------16 ASPBA World Series Champs
#6 Ohio Wood Peckers--------------------55-----------4 NABF World Series 4th Place
#7 Flint, MI Halo Foutch----------------47-----------7 AABC World Series 4th Place
#8 Indiana Yankees National Team--------31----------16 NSPBA World Series Champs
#9 Peschell's Bakers CT.----------------28----------10 NABF World Series 5th Place
#10 Memphis, TN Royals-------------------54-----------9 ASPBA World Series Runner-Up
#11 Hattiesburg, MS Black Sox------------52-----------7 ASPBA World Series 3rd Place
#12 Danbury,CT Barons--------------------35-----------7 WRWBL League Tourn. Champs
#13 Lombard, IL Orioles------------------50----------17 CSBL League Champs
#14 Chicago, IL Prairie Gravel-----------30-----------7 NBC World Series 7th Place
#15 Tradewater, KY Pirates---------------38-----------6 Double I League Champs (NBC)
#16 New City, NY Outlaws----------------26-----------8 WRWBA League Tournament 2nd
#17 Portland, IN Rockets----------------30-----------14 AABC East Central Reg. 2nd
#18 Jasper, IN Reds---------------------18-----------6 USBC World Series Champs
#19 Beecher, IL Muskies-----------------NA-----------NA NABF World Series 4th place
#20 Mid Missouri Crawdads---------------23-----------5 USBC World Series Runner-Up
#21 Peekskill, NY Tide------------------26-----------6 WRWBA League Champs
#22 Indiana Outlaws---------------------44-----------26 NSPBA (WS)2nd USBC (WS)3rd
#23 Mecanicsburg, PA Cardinals----------43-----------10
#24 Cincinnati, OH Chiefs---------------25----------12 CRC League Champs
#25 South Bend, IN Senators-------------37----------10 INDINA AABC State Champs

Final NOSPBL Standings

Northern Ohio Semi-Pro Baseball League

Team Won Lost Tied Pct. G.B. RF RA

Cleveland Mosquitoes (23-4) .852 -- 158 50
Ohio Fightin' Titans (21-6) .778 2.0 151 76
Cleveland Black Wolve (17-9) .654 5.5 129 86
Cleveland Bruins... (11-16) .407 12.0 96 121
Fairvie Park Marlins (9-16) .360 13.0 80 125
Olmsted Falls Bulldogs (7-19) .269 15.5 98 160
The Mayfield Nine (4-22) .154 18.5 80 174

Northern Ohio Semi-Pro All League Teams

September 22, 2007

1st Team
Catcher: E.J. Pokorny - Black Wolves
Infield: Jacob Petkac - Mosquitoes
Infield: Todd Moyer - Mayfield
Infield: Kevin Keogh - Black Wolves
Infield: Travis Lydon - Titans
Outfield: Jim Putko - Mosquitoes
Outfield: Joe Bailosky - Black Wolves
Outfield: Ryan Lewis - Titans
Pitcher: Dan Glozer - Mosquitoes
Pitcher: Todd Schlenkerman - Black Wolves
Pitcher: Ryan Dennick - Mosquitoes
Pitcher: Andrew Kenney - Marlins

2nd Team
Catcher: John Turk - Mosquitoes
Infield: Adam Erskine - Black Wolves
Infield: Bill Miller - Marlins
Infield Jeremy Coleman - Titans
Infield: Nate Campbell - Titans
Outfield: Mike Janos - Titans
Outfield: Anthony Grasso - Mayfield
Outfield: Christian Carney - Bulldogs
Pitcher: Kyle Stahlberg - Bulldogs
Pitcher: Andy Schon - Titans
Pitcher: Jake Bailosky - Black Wolves
Pitcher: Dan Fawcett - Mosquitoes

Player of the Year: Todd Moyer - Mayfield (runner up: Ryan Lewis)
Pitcher of the Year: Dan Glozer - Mosquitoes (Todd Schlenkerman)
Coach of the Year: Ed Konopka - Mosquitoes (Craig Siemen)

NABF Major Division World Series

August 28, 2007
Louisville, Kentucky NABF Major Division World Series Results

Detroit Jet Box who was runner-up to the Cleveland Mosquitoes in 2006 defeated Pittsburgh St.John Lambros to win the NABF 2007 World Series title.

Thursday - Aug 16th
Game #1 - Jet Box 3 - Hackensack, New Jersey Troast 1
Game #2 - Jet Box 4 - A-1, Connecticut Plumbers 1

Friday - Aug 17th
Game #3 - Atlantic Coast Drillers 9 - Jet Box 7

Saturday - Aug 18th
Game #4 - Jet Box 4 - Louisville River Rats 3
Semi Final - Jet Box 5 - Toledo All-American 4

Sunday - Aug 19th
Championship Game
Detroit Jet Box 5 - Pittsburgh St.John Lambros 1

MAJOR DIVISION (unlimited age) Louisville, Kentucky
CHAMPION: Jet Box Baseball Team, Detroit, MI

RUNNER-UP: St. Johns-Lambros, Pittsburgh, PA

FINAL GAME SCORE: Jet Box 5 vs. St. Johns-Lambros 1

BATTING CHAMPION: Jim Jaskowski, St. Johns-Lambros, Pittsburgh, PA
(.633 average)

M.V.P.: Adam Echlin, pitcher, Jet Box Team, Detroit, Michigan (2 wins, no losses)

RECAP: The NABF Major Division 2007 World Series took place August 16-19, 2007 at Derby City Field in Louisville, Ky. Derby City Baseball, Inc. once again served as the host of this prestigious event. In one of the most balanced tournaments in years every team felt the pain of defeat and every team enjoyed the joys of victory.

Pool play began on Thursday morning and continued until completion on Saturday morning. Seven of the ten teams were still eligible to qualify for single elimination as late at Saturday morning. At the end of pool play four teams stood ready to move to single elimination play.

Results of Pool Play
Pool A

Team Wins Losses
Addison Braves 1 3
Pittsburgh St Johns Lambros 4 0
Leib’s Buffalo N.Y. 2 2
Toledo All American Coach 2 2
Orlando Cardinals 1 3

Pool B

Team Wins Losses
Detroit Jet Box 3 1
Atlantic Coastal Drillers 1 3
A Plus Plumbing 3 1
Hackensack N.J. Troasts 1 3
Louisville Riverrats 2 2

With the completion of Pool Play the pairings were set for the semi-final round. In the first semi-final game Pittsburgh St. Johns took on A Plus Plumbing from West Haven, Ct. Led by Brandon Federicci’s pitching performance and the timely hitting of Rick Satcho, Pittsburgh St. Johns defeated A Plus Plumbing 5 to 0 in the opening game of single elimination. Federicci pitched eight scoreless innings giving up only two hits and striking out seven. Satcho went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI’s. This victory propelled Pittsburgh St. Johns into the championship on Sunday afternoon.

The nightcap easily could be called the most exciting game of the tournament. This game pitted Detroit Jet Box against Toledo All American Coach. Led by Mike Borkowski’s 5 1/3 innings of relief, where he gave up only one earned run and Travis Kochan’s two hits and two RBI’s, Detroit Jet Box came back from a 4 to 1 deficit with two runs in the eighth and two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win 5 to 4 and advanced to championship Sunday.

The championship game matched Detroit Jet Box (4-1) against Pittsburgh St. Johns (5-0) for the Major Division championship. Making his second appearance of the tournament, Adam Echlin pitched seven innings with no earned runs and six strikeouts. This performance led Detroit Jet Box to a 5 to 1 victory over Pittsburgh St. Johns. This outing coupled with Echlin’s first outing of 9 complete innings giving up 1 earned run with 6 strikeouts earned him MVP for the tournament. Echlin finished 2-0 pitching 16 total innings, giving up one earned run and striking out 12.

Jim Jaskowski of Pittsburgh St. Johns won the batting title with average of .633 going 12 for 19.

TOURNEY NOTES: For the first time in sixty-seven years, a team representing Greater Pittsburgh Baseball Federation reached the final game of an NABF National Championship Series. In 1940 Birmingham Acipos of Alabama defeated the Pittsburgh-Wilkinsburg team 10-2. This was the second championship by the Jet Box team of Michigan. Jet Box won the 1997 championship by defeating the Fairfield Connecticut Sounders 8-3.

A huge thanks goes out to the host organization for a well run tournament and the tremendous effort on Thursday evening getting the fields playable after a hard storm. This effort enabled the tourney to remain on schedule for the remainder of the tournament.


C- Cory Bronston Leib’s Buffalo, NY
C- Alberto Blasini Orlando Cardinals

1B- Rick Satcho Pittsburgh St. Johns
2B- Jon Zilles Pittsburgh St. Johns
3B- Jeff Martin Pittsburgh St. Johns
SS- Dan Watchowski Detroit Jet Box

P- Adam Echlin(MVP) Detroit Jet Box
P- Kyle Hill Detroit Jet Box
P- Brandon Federici Pittsburgh St. Johns
P- Mark Messina Leib’s Buffalo NY
P- Kevin Quick Louisville Riverrats
P- Scott Bailey Addison Braves

OF- Nate Thimens Pittsburgh St. Johns
OF- Todd Sedlar Toledo All American Coach
OF- Chris Flynn A Plus Plumbing
OF- Ryan Jablonski Leib’s Buffalo NY
OF- Mark Demena Hackensack NJ Troasts
OF- Brandon McCabe Atlantic Coastal Drillers

INF- Ricky Clinton Louisville Riverrats
INF- Butch Bellinger Hackensack NJ Troasts

DH- Jim Jaskowski (Batting Champion) Pittsburgh St. Johns

Game Time and Place for Saturday

August 9, 2007
The Mosquitoes will play at 10:00AM on Saturday against the North Canton Terriers at Koch Field. Players be at Koch field by 9:00am ready to go! Win the 10:00am game and the Mosquitoes will play at Pemberton Field at 3:00pm. Winner of the 3:00pm willplay Sunday at 10:00am at Koch Field.

Directions for Koch Field:

Directions coming from Cleveland:

80E (turnpike)
Exit 218 continue on 80E
Exit 224A/Canfield on OH-11S for 1.5 miles
Take the Austintown/Mahoning Ave Exit for .3 miles
Turn left on Mahoning Ave (CR-18) for 1.2 miles
Turn left on N Raccoon Rd

Koch Field will be on the left side

Directions coming from Akron/Canton:

Take 76E to 80E
Exit 224A/Canfield on OH-11S for 1.5 miles
Take the Austintown/Mahoning Ave Exit for .3 miles
Turn left on Mahoning Ave (CR-18) for 1.2 miles
Turn left on N Raccoon Rd

NABF Regional Play Begins In Youngstown

August 9, 2007
NABF Regional play begins on Thursday, 12:00pm at Pemberton Field in Youngstown against the Go Baseball Veterans of the Cuyahoga League. The Go Baseball Veterans (39-16) have defeated the Mosquitoes (29-10) twice this season by a run each time at Oberlin College.

Oakland And Pemberton Locations in Youngstown

August 7, 2007

Oakland Field
1801 McCartney Rd.
Youngstown, OH 44502
Phone: (330) 744-0343

Pemberton Donnell Park
3201 Shady Run Rd.
Youngstown, OH 44502
Phone: (330) 782-3797

Mandatory Meeting and Practice On Tuesday

August 5, 2007
A mandatory meeting and practice for the Regional team will be at UptobatWest in Brookpark on Tuesday, August 7th at 6:00pm. Players who fail to show risk the chance of being left off the tournament roster on Wednesday night when I make the trip to Youngstown for the team pairings. The Youngstown NABF Regional Tournament (double elimination) starts on Thursday and runs through Sunday.

Preparing For the NABF Regional In Youngstown

August 3, 2007
The first goal of the season was met by becoming the NOSPBL Champion with this young and inexperienced Cleveland Mosquitoes (29-8, 23-4 NOSPL) club. This was a huge challenge considering we lost a majority of our older and most experienced players from last years tournament team. It's tough to replace that experience, but these young kids have played hard and have the ability to play great baseball.

Now we start to get ready for the NABF Regional in Youngstown, Ohio from August 9-12. Play time over the last 10 weeks has ended and it is now time to get down to some serious work. To prepare this team the Mosquitoes will travel to Canton, Ohio to take on the Stallions that were the measuring stick for myself and Mark Mohnickey since the mid 90's.

The Mosquitoes arrived in 2004 and were Regional Runner-Ups that year and in also in 2005. In 2006 the Mosquitoes had an absolutely loaded team when they all got together and thats when the magic season of 2006 took off at the Regional and ended by winning the 2006 NABF Major Division World Series in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mark and I reached our goal of winning a World Series in 2006 and were going to hang it up after doing this since 1988. But a couple of the guys wanted a shot at repeating. Now... nobody believes we can repeat especially with all the guys that left after last season and the injuries that have hit us this season. What the heck, let's give it the old college try and shock all the non believers at the NABF in Youngstown. We have been the hunted all summer and until someone comes along and ends our season at the Regional we still hold the crown as the NABF Major Division Champion.

The guys that are able to make the trip to Canton on Saturday can meet me at UptobatWest in Brook Park just off of I-71 on Snow Rd. We can take some swings and leave around 9:45am as a group. For the guys who are traveling by themselves, Map Quest this address (1836 Mahoning Rd Ne
Canton, OH 44705) that I found for Cook Field. We will exit off of I-77 South in Canton by the Canton Pro Football Hall of Fame. The field is just off 12th street about 5-10 minutes from the highway.

Let's get some solid work in against a great Stallions team that will help prepare us for the NABF Regional. Our Championship road starts next Thursday and I believe in everyone of you when it counts the most just like I did in 2006 with that team.

Nine Is Enough For Mayfield

July 31, 2007
Not many if any at all would have given the Mayfield Nine a chance at all to beat the Mosquitoes on Tuesday night. The Mayfield Nine trailed for the entire game and was down 4-3 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th when the unthinkable happened. The Nines leadoff hitter singled up the middle followed by another opposite field single by the # 2 hitter to put runners on first and second. Up came the Nines best hitter who entered the game with the top batting average in the NOSPBL. Moyer with 2 strikes on him hit a deep drive to left center that was just out of the grasp of a diving Mosquitoes center fielder. Both runs came around to score and that was the ball game.

The Cleveland Mosquitoes (27-8, 21-4 NOSPBL) don't have time to look back as they take on the Cleveland Blackwolves (27-9, 16-6 NOSPBL) in a doubleheader Wednesday night starting at 6:00pm @ Pipe Yard.

Mosquitoes Sweep Season Series With Bulldogs

July 31, 2007
The Mosquitoes (27-7, 21-3 NOSPBL) swept the Bulldogs this summer by defeating them 11-3 Monday night at Baldwin-Wallace College. RF Jim Putko and SS Bobby Cash knocked in 4 runs a piece on the night while 1B Jacob Petkac had two RBI of his own.

Starting pitcher Jake Plata went 4 innings to pick up the win. Jesse Yano (2-IP) and Mark Thomas (1-IP) finished off the game.

The Cleveland Mosquitoes will be at Bohlken Park tonight to face off with the Mayfield Nine at 6:15pm.

Remaining Schedule Before August 9th NABF Regional

July 30, 2007
Monday, July 30th, 6:15pm @ B-W vs Olmsted Falls, Tuesday July 31, 6:15pm @ Bohlken Park vs Mayfield, Wednesday August 31, 6:00pm and 8:15pm @ Pipe Yard Field vs Cleveland Blackwolves and Saturday, August 4 @ 12:00pm and 2:00pm vs the Canton Stallions at Cook Field in Canton, Ohio.

The first 4 games finish off the NOSPBL season followed by a doubleheader with the Canton Stallions who have been one of the top summer teams in the country for the past 15 years. The Stallions were NABF WS Champions in 1994 and AABC World Series Champions in 1998. They also have been AABC WS Runner-up twice in the last couple of years. The last meeting between the Stallions and Mosquitoes took place at Munson Stadium in 2005 where the Stallions rallied from 3-1 in the bottom of the 6th to defeat the Mosquitoes 6-3 in 7 innings.

This is the week for the entire team to find its groove before the NABF Regional in Youngstown, August 9-12. The winner of the Regional will advance to Louisville, Kentucky for the NABF Major Division World Series August 16-19.

Players schedule your days off from work, etc. for the Regional dates and possibly the WS dates. The only way we win the Regional and World Series is to bring your entire team to each and every game and stick together no matter what the situation. This is what we have ultimately played for the past two and a half months to be in this position to repeat as World Series Champions. The time for all Mosquitoes to step up and sacrifice is now no matter what role each one of us plays.

Marlins Hooked In Two

July 29, 2007
The Cleveland Mosquitoes (26-7, 20-3 NOSPBL) shutout the Fairview Park Marlins 6-0 and 5-0 Saturday at Bohlken Park. Dan Glozer and Danny Fawcett recorded wins while aided by an inning of relief in game #1 by Steve Junker and two innings of relief in game #2 by Randy Munshower.

The Mosquitoes return to action on Monday against the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs. Game time is 6:15pm at Baldwin-Wallace College.

Friday's Game Postponed; Doubleheader Saturday

July 27, 2007
The Friday game at Pipe Yard was cancelled due to wet field conditions. The Mosquitoes will play a doubleheader (Fairview Marlins) at Bohlken Park Saturday starting at 10:00am. Players arrive at 9:00am so we have time to stretch, throw and take infield.

Mosquitoes Defeat Fightin Titans

July 27, 2007
With first place in the NOSPBL at stake the Cleveland Mosquitoes (24-7, NOSPBL 18-3) came out swarming against the states #4 ranked (26-11, NOSPBL 18-6) Ohio Fightin Titans.

The Mosquitoes got on the board early when Jim Putko singled home Mark Thomas and Randy Munshower. The Mosquitoes struck again in the bottom of the 2nd when Kevin May and Jake Plata both singled to start the inning and were moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Micah Finch. Mark Thomas walked to load the bases and Jim Putko delivered again with a two out bases clearing double to make it 5-0 Mosquitoes.

Titan pitcher and Akron University all-time appearance leader Pat Gliha entered in the 4th and was greeted by a Mark Thomas triple, an infield single by Randy Munshower, single by Putko, walk to Petkac and Cash followed up by a two run RBI double by Kevin May to make the score Mosquitoes 9-0.

Ryan Dennick who wasn't at his best went the first 6 innings to register his 6th win of the season. Dennick struck out 7, however walked 7 and gave up 2 runs in the 5th on a two run RBI double to right center by Billy Froelich.

Steve Junker finished off the 7th pitching a scoreless inning with the Mosquitoes taking 3 of 4 games from the Titans this summer. Mosquitoes win 9-2.

Top hitters tonight were Mark Thomas who doubled, tripled, walked twice and scored 3 runs, along with Jim Putko who went 3-3, double, walk and 5 RBI.

Next Up:Cleveland Blackwolves on Friday at 6:00pm, Pipe Yard Field in Lorain.

Ohio Amateur Baseball Top 20

July 24, 2007

1. Youngstown Roth/Bud (29-2), Youngstown "AA" Champion
2. Canton Stallions (24-6), Canton Class "A" Champion
3. Canton Pizza Oven (21-8) Canton Class "A" Runner-Up
4. Westlake, Ohio Titans (26-10)
5. Berea Blue Sox (26-8), Cuyahoga Class "A" Champion
6. Cleveland Mosquitoes (23-7)
7. Cincinnati Chiefs (21-6-1)
8. Lake County Knights (27-8)
9. Cin. Cheviot Patriots (25-7)
10.Sharon Cox Painting (21-4)
11.Go Baseball Veterans (26-12)
12.Youngstown Metros (22-9), Youngstown "AA" Runner-Up
13.Portage South (19-4)
14.Youngstown Tamburros (18-9)
15.Akron Firestone Rangers (19-2)
16.Cleveland Blackwolves (21-9)
17.Mahoning Valley Knights (18-9)
18.Warren Champion Marlins (19-8)
19.North Canton Terriers (18-12)
20.Cleveland Steve Sports (17-5)

Bulldogs Shut Out

July 22, 2007
On Saturday, July 21 the Cleveland Mosquitoes (23-7) took two games from the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs by the scores of 2-0 and 13-0.

In game #1 Bulldogs ace Kyle Stahlberg did his best to keep his team in the game, but Mosquitoes DH John Turk delivered twice in the 1st and 3rd with RBI singles which proved to be enough. Starting pitcher Randy Munshower pitched 5 innings while only allowing 2 hits. Ryan Dennick came on in the 7th to record the save.

In game #2 Ryan Dennick started and dominated for 4 innings by striking out 7. Jake Plata pitched the final inning by striking out 2. Randy Munshower, Mark Thomas, John Turk and Matt Madrid all had 2 RBI in this game.

Next up: Tuesday, July 24, 8:30pm @ Pipe Yard Field versus the Cleveland Blackwolves.

Saturday DH @ 5:00pm & 7:15pm @ Pipe Yard

July 20, 2007
Our next scheduled game will be a Saturday, July 21 (DH) against Olmsted Falls starting at 5:00pm. Be at Pipeyard by excuses showing up late. Let's get this train rolling the last couple weeks before the NABF Regional in Youngstown August 9-12.

Mosquitoes Sign Professional Contracts

July 16, 2007
It was reported early in June that two Mosquitoes from last seasons NABF World Series Championship team were drafted by Major League Baseball. LHP Steve Procner (Cleveland State) was drafted in the 28th round by the Baltimore Orioles. Procner signed and is doing very well after several starts in rookie ball. RHP Dominique Rodgers (Kent State) was drafted in the 36th Round by the Minnesota Twins and signed last week with the Twinkies.

Another huge contributor last season was former AAA Pro (INF) Alex Eckelman (Ohio State, St.Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros) who was hired by the Houston Astros as a coach in A ball in Lexington, Kentucky.

We wish all three of these guys the best of luck and thank them for the contributions they provided the Mosquitoes in 2006.

Ohio Amateur Baseball Top 20

July 16, 2007

1. Youngstown Roth/Bud (24-0) YRL
2. Canton Stallions (22-6) Canton Class A
3. Lake County Knights (27-6) Cuyahoga
4. Cincinnati Patriots (21-6) CRL
5. Canton Pizza Oven (20-8) Canton Class A
6. Portage South (19-4) Akron Class A
7. Firestone Rangers (18-1) Akron RH
8. Ohio Fightin Titans (21-10) NOSPBL
9. Champion Marlins (19-6) Warren League
10.Berea Blue Sox (24-7) Cuyahoga
11.Go Veterans (22-7) Cuyahoga
12.Cleveland Mosquitoes (21-7) NOSPBL
13.Sharon Center Cox Painting (18-3) Akron Class A
14.Cleveland Blackwolves (20-9) Cuyahoga
15.Cincinnati Chiefs (18-6-1) CRL
16.Youngstown Metros (18-6) YRL
17.Youngstown Tamburros (17-7) YRL
18.N.C.Terriers (17-14) Canton Class A
19.Cleveland Steve Sports (17-5) CABF
20.Canton Terriers (16-14) Canton Class A

Mosquito Baseball Alert

July 14, 2007
Have people seen the real 2007 Mosquitoes team? I hope's game against the Garfield Blue Streaks was cancelled because we did not have enough people.

After starting out the season at 13-2 the Cleveland Mosquitoes have teeter-tottered the last 10 games for an overall record of 18-7. Due to the lack of numbers it has taken a toll on the team record. This is not Mosquito baseball and this ship will either turn around together or sink because we are not together as one. Nobody can consistently win games with 10 guys each game against good competition when the opposition is bringing 15-20. Last night we brought 11 guy had to leave early, but came to help out anyway. Another was drastically sick, but played as long as he could before he was ready to pass out after throwing up all game. We finished the game losing 6-5 with a total of 9 guys compared to the 20 or more that the Go Baseball Veteran team had in Oberlin. Three of the nine guys finishing the game were pitchers who had to play the field for us to finish out the game. These guys are not hitters on this team.

It is hard to find an identity when the lineup has to constantly change due to a lack of numbers. In the next week look for a steady return of 1B-OF Mark Thomas, 1B-C-3B Kevin May and OF-INF Stipe Miocic who are major pieces to last seasons National Title run. Also coming aboard are INF Matt Madrid, SS Nandi Cruz and RHP Jesse Yano. The younger guys as well as some of the older need to step up and show they have what it takes.

This team come tournament time (Youngstown NABF Regional, August 9-12) will only be allowed to carry 21 players. Some guys are going to be left off like it or not and the decision will be made because people are showing up, playing well and who fits best to round out the best roster for a title run. Not everyone can play, but I expect the last couple of weeks and at tournament time everyone will be in attendance if they are playing or not. If you don't like to hear that then you are not supporting the team and what it is attempting to accomplish in August. Everyone said that the Mosquitoes cannot win back to back NABF World Series Titles, let alone reach it again after all the guys who left after last season. I disagree and truly believe that if people step up and give everything they have toward the team over the next month we can accomplish our goal. To do this people need to sacrifice and make baseball a higher priority now. If you know we have the Regional August 9-12 make plans to take some vacation time, etc. The World Series is in Louisville, Kentucky August 16-19. If you can't make these dates let me know and I will replace you with someone who can make it.

As for our play we need to cut down on some of our physical and mental mistakes while the pitching needs to walk less to be successful. Hitters need to work the counts better and set themselves up to see better pitches, especially when we have runners already on base.

Get into a proper frame of mind when you step on the field starting with getting to the games on time to properly prepare yourself physically and mentally. Nothing upsets a coach more then to have guys show up late, not come at all or not even call to say one way or another if they will be making it or not before game time.

Sunday, July 15 (Doubleheader) game is against the Cleveland Bruins who have already beat the Mosquitoes twice. If you can't get up for that then you don't care and you don't belong with this one particular team. First game starts at 1:30pm so you know what time you need to be at the field (Hint:12:30pm) stretching and throwing.

Time to turn this thing around. Do you have the hunger and desire to be World Series Champions in 2007?

July 6-8 Pipe Yard Tournament

July 5, 2007
4th of July Tournament Schedule

July 6, 2007 - -- Friday:
Cleveland Mosquitoes vs Cleveland Black Wolves (G1) 6:00p
Cincinnati CoBalts vs Ohio Fightin’ Titans (G2) 8:15p

Pittsburgh St. Johns-Lambros Saints vs Winner G1 (G3) 11:00a
Loser G1 vs Loser G2 (G4) 1:45p
Winner G4 vs Loser G3 (G6) 4:00p
Winner G2 vs Winner G3 (G5) 6:15p

Loser G4 vs Loser G6 (G9) 11:00a – Consolation Game
Loser G5 vs Winner G6 (G7) 1:30p
Winner G5 vs Winner G7 (G7) 4:15p – Championship Game {9 innings}

Mosquitoes Battle Roster Drought

June 2, 2007
Getting to see Mosquitoes around the diamond is becoming almost as tough as getting rain to fall in Northeastern Ohio. The numbers were low again on Sunday and Monday as the Mosquitoes split.

Sunday the Mosquitoes squeeked out a game with the Cleveland Spiders 4-3 of the Cleveland Baseball Federation. The Mosquitoes out hit the Spider 11-3 but stranded numerous runners in scoring position. LHP Ryan Dennick was fantastic as he struck out 13 batters in 9 innings to gain the win.

Monday night 10 Mosquitoes made the trip to Oberlin College to take on the Go Baseball Veterans of the Cuyahoga League. This Veterans team was in the 22 and under NABF World Series last summer in Louisville, Kentucky and lost to the eventual World Series Champion in the semi finals 5-4. With basically the same team back this Veterans team is one of the better teams in Ohio this summer which plays solid fundamental baseball along with some nice hitting.

The Mosquitoes trailed the Veterans 2-0 going into the top of the 6th and the Mosquitoes responded by scoring 4 runs. C John Turk started the inning with a single followed by another single by Chris Check. With one out SS Bobby Cash singled home Turk. Jacob Petkac followed with a double deep to left center scoring both Check and Cash to make it 3-2 Mosquitoes. With 2 outs 3B Dan Glozer followed with an RBI single of his own scoring Petkac to make it 4-2 Mosquitoes going into the bottom of the 6th.

Unfortunately the Mosquitoes couldn't hold the lead as the Veterans tied the game at 4 in the bottom half of the 6th as they came up big with a 2 out single that scored 2. The Veterans would score the winning run in the bottom of the 7th with 2 outs.

Thus the Cleveland Mosquitoes (16-4, 12-3 NOSPBL) will get ready to take on some National and Ohio competition this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Pipe Yard Midwest Holiday Tournament.

Not Many Mosquitoes Tonight In Split

June 28, 2007
It would seem that Pipe Yard sprayed for Mosquitoes this summer as it has been a constant battle to see them at the park in Lorain.

The few Mosquitoes that showed battled for the 3rd time with the Cleveland Bruins who have turned out to be the 2006 version of the Berea Blue Sox.

The Mosquitoes jumped out on top in the 4th on a 2 out RBI double by Ed Konopka that scored runners from 2nd and 3rd. The Bruins tied the game in the bottom of the 6th on 3 hits, 2 errors and a passed ball. The Bruins won the game on a controversial call in the 7th after a failed squeeze play to win the game. The umpire called dead ball after 2 Bruins stood on 3rd base awarding the Bruins the winning run.

The Mosquitoes came out in game #2 upset and took it out early on the Mayfield Nine with 10 runners crossing the plate in the top of the 1st.
RF Jim Putko was perfect by going 4-4, double, 4 runs scored and 4 RBI. Jake Plata went 4 innings and only allowed 2 hits while Kevin Kumazec came on to finish the game by striking out 2.

The Mosquitoes will be back in action Sunday at 6:15pm at Lakewood High School followed by a game Monday at Oberlin College against Go Veterans Baseball at 6:30pm.

Game Cancelled For Saturday

June 28, 2007
The Garfield Blue Streaks of the Cleveland Baseball Federation have cancelled our game with them for this Saturday at 1:00pm at Gordon Park. At the moment our only weekend game is this Sunday at 6:15pm at Lakewood High (Turf Field) and we will play the following day (Monday) out at Oberlin College (6:30pm) against Go Veterans Baseball.

See everyone tonight (Thursday)at Pipe Yard by 5:15pm for our DH with the Bruins and Mayfield Nine.

Ohio Amateur Baseball Top 20

June 27, 2007

1. Cleveland Mosquitoes (14-2) NOSPBL
2. Youngstown Roth/Bud (16-0) YRL
3. Canton Stallions (14-4) Canton Class A
4. Canton Pizza Oven (11-3) Canton Class A
5. Lake County Knights (15-3) Cuyahoga
6. Cincinnati Chiefs (13-4-1) CRL
7. Portage South (14-1) Akron
8. Cincinnati Patriots (14-3) CRL
9. Veterans Go Baseball (14-4) Cuyahoga
10.Ohio Fightin Titans (13-5) NOSPBL
11.Cleveland Blackwolves (13-5) NOSPBL
12.Canton Terriers (10-7) Canton Class A
13.Champion Marlins (12-3) Warren
14.Cincinnati Cobalts (8-3-1) CRL
15.Sharon Cox Painting (10-3) Akron
16.NC Terriers (10-7) Canton Class A
17.Youngstown Metros (12-4) YRL
18.Mahoning Valley (12-3) Warren
19.Berea Blue Sox (16-6) Cuyahoga
20.Cleveland Steve Sports (12-4) CBF

Bulldogs Bark; Mosquitoes Bite Back

June 23, 2007
The Cleveland Mosquitoes (14-2, 11-2 NOSPBL) with a major bulls-eye placed on the back this season have faced just about every teams #1 pitcher and yesterday's first of two games against the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs was no exception.

RHP Kyle Stahlberg, the ace of the Bulldogs staff is the leading strikout leader in the NOSPBL. Stahlberg was effective in holding the Mosquitoes hitless until the 6th when 2B Bobby Cash singled and tried to to stretch it into a double, but was called out at 2nd. Catcher John Turk singled in the next at bat, but the inning would stall going into the 7th with the Mosquitoes trailing 1-0.

Mosquitoes starter Dan Glozer went the first 6 innings striking out 10 hitters while giving up 1 run on 5 hits. Fortunately for the Mosquitoes RF Jake Plata hit a solo homer to lead off the top of the 7th off Stahlberg to tie the game and send it into extra innings.

The Mosquitoes would tack on 4 runs in the top of the 8th when CF Mark Dvoroznak lead off with a single and stoled 2nd. Cash would single Dvoroznak in to make it 2-1. After John Turk reached on an error, 1B Marty Healy doubled home 2 runs to make it 4-1. Player/Coach Ed Konopka would then come on to hit in the 8th and singled to center driving in the 5th and final run of the game.

LHP Ryan Dennick came on to pitch the 7th and 8th to get the win. Dennick struckout 4.

Game #2 the Mosquitoes started out like they finished off Game #1 by scoring 6 runs in the bottom of the first. Dvoroznak lead off the inning with a double and scored on a Bobby Cash double. Cash then scored on a RBI single by OF Jim Putko. John Turk would later knock in Putko with a single while Jake Plata who walked would score on an error to make it 5-1. SS Randy Munshower who reached on the error would later score the 6th run of the inning on an RBI single to left by Ed Konopka.

The Mosquitoes would put up 4 more runs in the 4th to make the final score 10-1. Top hitters for game #2 were Jim Putko 2-4, Marty Healy 2-4 and Randy Munshower 2-3.

RHP Danny Fawcett picked up his league leading 4th victory of the season. LHP Micah Finch came on to throw 2 scoreless innings striking out 3 while LHP Jake Plata closed out a scoreless 7th.

The Mosquitoes will be back in action on Thursday, June 28th in a doubleheader starting at 6:15pm at Pipe Yard against the Cleveland Bruins.
That game will be followed by a game against the Mayfield 9 around 8:30pm.

The Mosquitoes head into a weekend of non league action against two teams from the Cleveland Baseball Federation and one from the Cuyahoga Class A League.

Saturday, June 30, 1:00pm against Garfield Blue Streaks @ Gordon Park #1.
Sunday July 1, 6:15pm against the Spiders @ Lakewood (Turf) High.
Monday July 2, 6:30pm against Go Baseball Veterans @ Oberlin College.

Mosquitoes Edge Wolves

June 21, 2007
Many could say this was the best pitchers dual of the season as Steve Junker of the Mosquitoes out lasted Wolves flame thrower Todd Schlenkerman. Schlenkerman was fantastic as he struck out 12 Mosquitoes in 6 innings of work, but was touched up just enough in the 5th that would do him in.

LF Mike Schade got on by walk and advanced to 2nd on a two out single by RF Jim Putko. 1B Jacob Petkac delivered with an RBI single to right center scoring Schade. The Mosquitoes would get that all important second run on an RBI single to right off the bat of C John Turk.

With a 2-0 lead going into the 7th the Blackwolves would finally get a run of Junker as he gave up a walk and only his 2nd hit of the entire game which knocked in a run to make it 2-1. Junker would hold on to record his 2nd win of the season in what was arguably the best pitchers match up of the season.

The Mosquitoes (12-2) will be back in action on Saturday, June 23 at 5:30pm in the first game of a doubleheader (Bohlken Park) against the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs. Everyone please be at the game by 4:30pm. If anyone is interested we can get some hitting in at Uptobatwest around 3:30pm which is only about 15 minutes from Bohlken Park in Fairview. If people are interested contact me so I can set it up.

Games, Time Changes, etc.

June 19, 2007
The Blackwolves game is set for Thursday, 8:30pm @ Pipe Yard. Be at the field by 7:30pm.

The Around the Corner Spiders (Cleveland Baseball Federation) game for this Friday has been CANCELLED. Due to rainouts on Tuesday in the Cleveland League, Talty will now be used by the CBF for make-up games bumping the Spiders-Mosquitoes non-league game. The Mosquitoes and Spiders are still scheduled to play at Lakewood High on July 1st.

Mosquitoes Fall from # 1 in Ohio

June 19, 2007

Ohio Amateur Baseball Top 20

1. Canton Stallions (10-2) Canton Class A
2. Cleveland Mosquitoes (11-2) Northern Ohio League
3. Cincinnati Patriots (13-1) Cincinnati Rec
4. Youngstown Roth/Bud (11-0) Youngstown Class A
5. Canton Pizza Oven (8-3) Canton Class A
6. Cincinnati Chiefs (11-2-1) Cincinnati Rec
7. Go Veterans Baseball (14-3) Cuyahoga Class A
8. Cleveland Blackwolves (10-3) Northern Ohio League
9. Ohio Fightin Titans (11-5) Northern Ohio League
10.Lake County Knights (12-3) Cuyahoga Class A
11.Mahoning Valley Knights (10-1) Warren League
12.Portage South (9-1) Akron League
13.Canton Terriers (7-5) Canton Class A
14.North Canton Terriers (7-5) Canton Class A
15.Champion Marlins (9-3) Warren League
16.Cincinnati Cobalts (6-3-1) Cincinnati Rec
17.Sharon Cox Painting (7-3) Akron League
18.Berea Blue Sox (12-5) Cuyahoga Class A League
19.Cleveland Bruins (3-3) Northern Ohio League
20.Cleveland Steve Sports (8-1) Cleveland Baseball Federation

Mosquitoes Split With Titans

June 17, 2007
It has been a tough week for the Mosquitoes and I am sure nobody will feel sorry that they have been playing very short handed of late.

In game #1 the Mosquitoes scored two runs in the bottom of the 3rd. Player/coach Ed Konopka started it with a single to center. Konopka later scored from 2nd on an RBI single by shortstop Bobby Cash. Cash would later come around to score. The Mosquitoes scored three more times in the 5th. Konopka again started the inning with a walk. CF Mark Dvoroznak hit a ball to center that was misplayed. Cash knocked in Konopka, while Dvoroznak and Cash scored on an RBI double into the rightfield gap. Starting pitcher Danny Fawcett was exceptional again as he went the distance to record the win. Fawcett struck out 5 and gave up 5 hits while allowing a late 7th inning run to break up his shutout. Konopka went 2-2, 2 runs and a walk while Bobby Cash went 2-3, 2 runs, SB and 2 RBI. Mosquitoes defeat Titans 5-1.

Game # 2 started out well as the Mosquitoes scored in the 1st as Dvoroznak reached on an error, stoled 2nd and later scored on a Cash single. The Mosquitoes left many runners in scoring position throughout the game, but give credit to Titan pitcher Andy Shon who kept shutting the door with big strikeouts as he set down a total of 10 Mosquitoes on the day by way of the K. The Titans scored 2 unearned runs off starter Dan Glozer in the bottom of the 4th to take a 2-1 lead. The Titans got some insurance as they scored another run in the bottom of the 6th on a wild pitch. Thus the Titans went on to defeat the Mosquitoes 3-1.

After yesterday's split the Mosquitoes still lead the Titans by a half game for 1st place in the Northern Ohio League. The Mosquitoes are now 8-2 on the NOBL, while the Titans are 8-3.

The Cleveland Mosquitoes (11-2, 8-2 NOBL) will be back in action on Thursday, 8:30PM at the Pipe yard as they again get to take on a very tough Cleveland Blackwolves team who is currently tied for 3rd with the Cleveland Bruins.

Bruins Halt Streak At 10 With 5 In The 7th

June 14, 2007
The short handed Mosquitoes lost its first game of the season to the Cleveland Bruins after being up 3-1 in the 7th. In the top of the 7th the Mosquitoes recorded the 1st out of the inning, but after giving up a couple hits, an error, hit batter, bases loaded clearing double and another rbi single the Mosquitoes trailed for the first time all game 6-3. The Mosquitoes had runners on 2nd and 3rd in the bottom of the 7th, but left them stranded, thus losing for the first time this season.

The Mosquitoes will be back in action in a doubleheader on Sunday starting at 12:30pm against the Westlake Titans at Pipe Yard.
Hopefully the Mosquitoes will have a greater number of players in attendance or it could be a long day against the Fightin Titans.

Mosquitoes Hold Off Late Wolves Rally

June 12, 2007
The Mosquitoes held off a late Blackwolves rally in the 7th to win 8-6 and improve to 10-0 on the season. LHP Ryan Dennick pitched 6.1 IP to record the win and RHP Danny Fawcett came on to record the save.

The Mosquitoes trailed 2-0 in the bottom of the 3rd, but rallied with a big 5 run 3rd. The big blow being a double by LF Kevin Kumazec which drove in two runs. RF Marty Healy also drove in 2 runs on the night.

Next up: The Mosquitoes will take on the Cleveland Bruins on Thursday, June 14 in a 6:15pm contest at Pipe Yard.

Ohio Amateur Baseball Top 15 (Wood Bat)

June 12, 2007

1. Cleveland Mosquitoes 9-0 NOSPL
2. Canton Stallions (7-1) Canton A
3. Cincinnati Chiefs (10-1) CRL
4. Youngstown Roth/Bud (7-0) YRL
5. Canton Pizza Oven (4-2) Canton A
6. Cleveland Blackwolves (8-2) NOSPL
7. N.C Terriers (5-1) Canton A
8. Go Veterans Baseball (10-2) Cuyahoga
9. Lake County Knights (10-1) Cuyahoga
10.Ohio Fightin Titans (9-2) NOSPL
11.Cincinnati Cobalts (6-1) CRL
12.Akron Portage South (6-1) Akron A
13.Mahoning Valley Knights (6-1) Warren A
14.Warren Champion Marlins (5-1) Warren A
15.Akron Sharon Cox (5-1) Akron A

Mosquitoes Holding at #1

June 11, 2007
2007 N.S.P.B.A. Top 25 (Wood Bat Teams) as of 6-11-07

#1 Cleveland, OH Mosquitoes----------9---------------0
#2 West Haven, CT (A-Plus Plumbers)--6---------------0
#3 Lombard, IL Orioles---------------5---------------0
#4 Albany, NY Athletics-------------10---------------0
#5 St. John's, PA Lambros------------7---------------0
#6 Flint, MI Halo / Foutch-----------1---------------0
#7 Trumbull, CT Bellows BB-Club------9---------------0
#8 Long Island, NY Storm-------------4---------------1
#9 Brunswick, MD Orioles-------------9---------------1
#10 Hackensack, NJ Troast-----------14---------------1
#11 South Bend, IN Senators----------5---------------0
#12 Mechanicsburg, PA. Cards--------13---------------2
#13 Nashville, TN Blazers-----------11---------------1
#14 Rockland, NY Cavaliers----------12---------------2
#15 Chicago, IL Intercom A's---------9---------------1
#16 Danbury, CT Barons--------------10---------------2
#17 Mid Missouri Crawdads------------6---------------1
#18 Cincinnati, OH Chiefs-----------10---------------1
#19 Melrose, IL Indians--------------5---------------2
#20 Cleveland,OH Black Wolves--------8---------------2
#21 Beecher, IL Muskies--------------4---------------1
#22 Chicago, IL Sea Dogs-------------9---------------1
#23 Tennessee Travelers--------------4---------------1
#24 New City, NY Outlaws------------11---------------4
#25 Louisville, KY Stallions--------11---------------5

Marlins Hooked

June 10, 2007
The Cleveland Mosquitoes (9-0) rolled to a 15-1 victory over the Marlins on Sunday. Mosquitoes Left-handers Steve Junker and Micah Finch held the Marlins at Bay while the hitters feasted on Marlin pitching. A few of the hitters who excelled today for the Mosquitoes were Kevin Kumazec who went 4-4, John Turk 3-5, Jacob Petcak 3-5 and Blake Busson 3-4.

The Mosquitoes will be back in action on Tuesday, June 12 at 8:30pm against the Cleveland Blackwolves at Pipe Yard Field.

Mosquitoes Take Two From Nine

June 9, 2007
The Mosquitoes had the first ever meeting with the Mayfield Nine in a doubleheader on Saturday evening.

In game #1 the Mosquitoes broke open a close ball game to win 6-1. The Mosquitoes were lead by CF Mark Dvoroznak who went 2-3, rbi, sb and a run scored. On the mound RHP Danny Fawcett came on with 2 outs in the 3rd and went the distance to record the win. Fawcett struck out 5, walked 1 and didn't allow a run.

Game #2 the team jumped out early in the first to a 2-0 lead. RHP Dan Glozer went 5 innings to record the win while RHP Kevin Kaumazec came on to record the save in a 5-2 win.

At the plate Dvoroznak went 2-2, double, sb and 2 walks. 1B Mark Thomas who was a welcome sight went 1-2, 2 rbi and a run scored. Also returning was outfielder Blake Busson who just returned last week from the NAIA World Series for Bellvue. Busson went 1-2, stoled a base and scored a run.

Next Up the Mosquitoes (8-0) take on the Marlins at 4pm Sunday at the Pipe Yard.

Mosquitoes Players Taken in MLB Draft

June 9, 2007
Congratulations to three of the Mosquitoes family who were taken in the 2nd day of the Major League Baseball Draft.

2006 players taken were LHP Stephen Procner (Cleveland State), RHP Dominque Rodgers (Kent State) and 2007 Mosquito 1B-LHP Robert Maddox (Villa-Angela St.Joseph High) also went yesterday.

Procner was was drafted in the 28th Round, 849th overall. Maddox was taken in the 34th Round, 1,035th and Rodgers in the 36th Round, 1,105th overall.

Practice; Weekend Games

June 5, 2007
The Mosquitoes will have a mandatory practice Wednesday, June 6 at Uptobatwest in Brookpark. Pitchers will go live against the hitters.

This Saturday, June 9 we will have a doubleheader against the Mayfield Nine. Game #1 will start at 5:30pm and the game # 2 will start around 7:45pm. Be at the field to stretch, run and throw by 4:15pm - Pipe Yard.

Today's postponed game between the Mosquitoes & Marlins will be made up this Sunday, June 10th at 4:00pm - Pipe Yard Stadium. Be at the field by 2:45pm.

Today's Game is Cancelled

June 5, 2007
Due to field conditions and possibly more rain tonight the game against the Marlins is rained out.

Wednesday is out too after talking to the commissioner. If we do not make this game up during the week our next game is a doubleheader Saturday.

Mosquitoes Holding at Number One

June 1, 2007
The Mosquitoes hold the #1 spot in the NSPBA National Rankings after defeating the #25 Ohio Fightin Titans and the #15 Cleveland Blackwolves.

2007 N.S.P.B.A. Top 25 (Wood Bat Teams) as of 5-31-07

#1 Cleveland, OH Mosquitoes---------6---------------0
#2 Long Island, NY Storm------------3---------------0
#3 Crestwood, IL Panthers-----------0---------------0
#4 Brunswick, MD Orioles------------4---------------0
#5 Flint, MI Halo / Foutch----------1---------------0
#6 West Haven, CT (APLUS Plumbing)--3---------------0
#7 Hackensack, NJ Troast------------10--------------0
#8 Albany, NY Athletics-------------6---------------0
#9 St. John's Lambros, PA-----------4---------------0
#10 Lombard, IL Orioles--------------0---------------0
#11 Trumball, CT. Bellows B-Ball Clb-4---------------0
#12 Chicago, IL Intercom A's---------8---------------0
#13 Cincinnati, OH Chiefs------------3---------------0
#14 Rockland, NY Cavaliers----------10---------------2
#15 Cleveland, OH Black Wolves-------5---------------1
#16 Nashville, TN Blazers------------5---------------1
#17 Detroit, MI Metro Tigers---------8---------------5 (won NSPBA Regional 5-27)
#18 Mecanicsburg, PA Cardinals-------6---------------1
#19 Louisville, KY Stallions---------6---------------2
#20 New City, NY Outlaws-------------8---------------2
#21 Mid Missouri Crawdads------------3---------------1
#22 Danbury, CT Barons---------------8---------------2
#23 Tennessee Travelers--------------2---------------0
#24 Vittum Park, IL Flyers-----------6---------------1
#25 Ohio Fightin Titans--------------6---------------1

Battle of Nationally Ranked

May 31, 2007
The #1 ranked NASPBA Cleveland Mosquitoes defeated the #15 ranked Cleveland Blackwolves 5-2 as both teams came into the game at 5-0.

The Wolves jumped out early in the first scoring a run while the Mosquitoes came back in the bottom of the 2nd with 4 runs of their own. The big blow was an RBI triple with the bases loaded by 3B Kevin Kumazec from the University of Akron. Kums would score the 4th run of the inning on a passed ball.

The Wolves inched closer scoring a run in the top of the 5th and the Mosquitoes came back with a run of their own in the bottom of the 6th. John Turk (University of Akron) reached first on a one out infield single and advanced to 2nd an error by the pitcher. Turk would later score on an RBI single by 2B Jeff Thamann. Turk finished the night going 2-2, double, walk and 2 runs scored.

Mosquitoes starter Randy Munshower went 4.1 IP while giving up 2 runs, 1 earned and striking out 4. Dan Glozer (Eastern Michigan) came on to shut the door going the last 2.2 IP and striking out 4 to notch his 2nd save of the young season.

The Mosquitoes (6-0) will be back in action Tuesday, June 5 for a 8:30pm contest at the Pipe Yard in Lorain.


2007 N.S.P.B.A. Top 25 (Wood Bat Teams) as of 5-21-07

#1 Cleveland, OH Mosquitoes---------5---------------0
#2 Long Island, NY Storm------------0---------------0
#3 Crestwood, IL Panthers-----------0---------------0
#4 Detroit, MI Jet Box--------------1---------------0
#5 Brunswick, MD Orioles------------2---------------0
#6 Flint, MI Halo / Foutch----------0---------------0
#7 West Haven, CT (APLUS Plumbing)--2---------------0
#8 Lombard, IL Orioles--------------0---------------0
#9 Mecanicsburg, PA Cards-----------6---------------0
#10 Tennessee Tribe------------------7---------------0
#11 Mid Missouri Crawdads------------1---------------0
#12 St. John's Lambros---------------1---------------0
#13 Danbury, CT Barons---------------6---------------1
#14 Chiacgo, IL Intercom A's---------6---------------0
#15 Fordham, NY Paw Sox--------------6---------------1
#16 Portland, IN Rockets-------------0---------------0
#17 New City, NY Outlaws-------------8---------------2
#18 Milford,CT Hunters------- -------3---------------0
#19 South Bend, IN Senators----------0---------------0
#20 Louisville, KY Stallions---------4---------------1
#21 Albany, NY Athletics-------------0---------------0
#22 Tennessee Travelers--------------2---------------0
#23 Vittum Park, IL Flyers-----------4---------------1
#25 Cincinnati, OH Chiefs------------0---------------0

Honorable Mention

#26 Collingdale, PA Colts------------4---------------2
#27 Ohio Titans----------------------4---------------1
#28 Superior, WI Lakers--------------2---------------1
#30 Rockland, NY Cavaliers-----------4---------------2
#31 Manistee, MI Saints--------------1---------------1
#32 Nashville, TN Brewers------------1---------------0

Spartans Fall 3-1

May 25, 2007
The Cleveland Spartans (3-1) of the Cleveland Baseball Federation fell to the Mosquitoes (5-0) in a hard fought loss at a soaked Baldwin-Wallace College.

The Mosquitoes did all the damage they needed in the 1st inning scoring all three runs by stringing together four hits by Jeff Thamman, John Turk, Marty Healy and Jacob Petcak. Healy knocked in the first run, Petcak followed with another of his own and D.J. Santiago followed with a sacrifice to drive in the 3rd run.

Mosquitoes pitching shined through the rain and clouds as first year player Kevin Kumazec got his first start of the season. Kums threw 5 innings and allowed one run on three hits while striking out 7 Spartans. Ryan Dennick came on in the 6th and struck out three followed by Dan Glozer in the 7th who recorded his first save of the season.

The Mosquitoes return to league action on Thursday, May 31st against the undefeated nationally ranked Cleveland Blackwolves. The contest will be a 8:30pm start time at Pipe Yard Field in Lorain, Ohio.

Mosquitoes Edge Bruins

May 23, 2007
Pitching did the job once again along with some timely hitting in the top of the 5th that propelled the Mosquitoes to a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Bruins. Starting RHP Danny Fawcett went 5 strong innings in his first appearance of the season and held the Bruins scoreless on 4 hits with 4 strikeouts. LHP Jake Plata came on in the 6th and was hit with 3 unearned runs. Plata shut the door in the bottom of the 7th and finished with 4 strikeouts on the night. 1B Jacob Petcak doubled in the 5th knocking in a run and was followed by 2B Jeff Thamann who doubled driving in another two runs.

The Cleveland Mosquitoes (4-0) will be back in action on Friday, May 25th at Baldwin-Wallace College in non league action against the Cleveland Spartans. Game time is at 6:15pm.

Mosquitoes Win League Opener at Pipe Yard

May 22, 2007
The #1 nationally ranked Cleveland Mosquitoes (3-0) knocked off the #27 nationally ranked Ohio Titans 5-1 in the Northern Ohio League opener at Pipe Yard Field in Lorain, Ohio. The Mosquitoes jumped out first in the top of the 1st with an RBI single by CF Marty Healy. The Mosquitoes missed on a much bigger inning by leaving the bases loaded. The Ohio Titans struck right back with one of their own when Titan Mike Janos scored on a close play at the plate.

The Mosquitoes looked to have a huge inning in the 2nd by loading the bases with no outs, but the Ohio Titans (2-1) got out of the jam with two strikeouts and a pop up to the second baseman.

The Mosquitoes broke open the 1-1 game in the top of the 5th with a single by RF Jake Plata, an RBI double to left center by DH Jim Putko. The next two batters (CF-Marty Healy, 3B-Jacob Petcak) walked to load the bases which was followed by an infield RBI single by LF Mike Schade. The Mosquitoes scored 4 runs overall in the 5th.

Starter RHP Dan Glozer went 4 strong innings allowing one run on 4 hits while striking out 4. LHP Ryan Dennick came out strong in the 5th, 6th and 7th to post his first win of the young season. Dennick gave up 1 hit and recorded 6 strikeouts.

The Mosquitoes will be back in action in a Northern Ohio game against the Cleveland Bruins on Wednesday, May 23rd at Baldwin-Wallace College. Game time is 6:15pm.

Article from Lorain Morning Journal

May 22, 2007
Semi-Pro Teams to Debut at Pipe Yard
Morning Journal Sports Editor

LORAIN -- With Cleveland State playing in the Horizon League tournament this week in Chicago, The Pipe Yard will welcome a new tenant. The Northern Ohio Semi-Pro Baseball League will play its first games at the facility tonight with a doubleheader beginning at 6:15.

The league was the brainchild of 2002 Westlake graduate Mike Janos. It began last year and has seven Cleveland-based teams that are made of college, amateur and former pro players.

This is going to afford the people of Lorain the chance to see top quality baseball on a regular basis this spring and summer,'' Lorain Parks and Recreation Director Bob Renney said. ''It will continue to be a showcase field for professional scouts, college recruiters and baseball fans in general.''

Tonight's first game features the Cleveland Black Wolves vs. the Fairview Marlins, followed by the Cleveland Mosquitoes vs. the Ohio Fightin' Titans at 8:30. The Mosquitoes are the defending national champions and the current No. 1 team in the country. The Titans, Janos' team, are ranked in the top 20. Janos is the team's general manager, a player and the league founder, commissioner and president.

Janos estimates that about 90 percent of the league is made of current college players with the rest being amateurs and former pro players.

The league is non-profit and players aren't paid. Teams are funded by sponsors, fundraisers and player fees. The game is played with wood bats and Janos said pro scouts will often attend the games, which are also played at area high schools like Westlake and Fairview when not in Lorain. Fifty-nine games are scheduled for The Pipe Yard this spring and summer.

''For me it's a true fantasy to manage this type of thing,'' said Janos, who recently played for the Surprise (Ariz.) Fighting Falcons, an independent pro team. ''I wanted the best competition and best things for the players. It's a shame for guys to go play softball after playing college baseball. They can play semipro baseball and spend nights with their families or it's there so guys can get seen by scouts.''

Janos said, for example, his team features former Westlake standout Billy Froehlich, the 2005 Big South freshman of the year from Division I Winthrop. Several other area and Lorain County players are playing for the seven teams.

Admission is $3 for the games in Lorain and children under 12 are only $1. Season tickets are available for $50 and Renney said pre-paid passes good for any 12 games or seats are $25.

''The Pipe Yard made the right choice to allow us to play there,'' Janos said. ''Hopefully everyone will come out to see some great competition.''

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Old & Wise Mosquitoes Lead Way Again!

May 19, 2007
The oldies but goodies just keep coming up with new hits. The Mosquitoes moved to 2-0 on the young season after defeating Bubba Q's 8-1. LF Jim Putko and CF Marty Healy both singled and doubled on the day driving in runs. Starting pitcher Randy Munshower went 5 innings to pick up his first win of the season allowing one run on two hits and striking out five.

The kiddie corps also did well as 3B/C Josh Beineman went 3-4, Ryan Dennick pitched the 6th inning striking out three and Robert Maddox came on and closed out a scoreless 7th with two strikeouts.

The Mosquitoes return to action Tuesday, May 22 for the Northern Ohio League opener at Pipe Yard Field in Lorain, Ohio. Game time is 8:30pm against the Westlake, Ohio Titans who also are currently 2-0.

Click on Directions to the left for more details to find Camapana Park/Pipe Yard Field in Lorain.

Return of the Mosquitoes

May 15, 2007 – 11:55 PM
The Mosquitoes return one more season in a quest to become the NASPBA National Champion once again and to defend the 2006 NABF Major Division (Wood Bat) World Series Championship in Louisville, Kentucky in mid August.

With only half a squad before a majority the college players return the Mosquitoes relied on the veterans who are not about to go quietly into the night without a fight. The 30 and over bunch consisting of Jim Putko, Marty Healy and Randy Munshower set the tone early in a 15-0 win over Bubba Q's of the Cuyahoga League. Jim Putko was perfect walking twice and going 3-3. Randy Munshower went 3-5, 3 RBI and was his usual Jeter like self at shortstop. Randy also came on to close the 7th inning with a 3 strikeout performance. CF Marty Healy who looks to be on a mission to return to his old form that made him one of the best in Ohio in 2005 went 3-3 with a double and towering 2-run homer to left center high off the light pole in left. Also returning this season is outfielder Mike Schade who went 2-5, 3 RBI and a solo home run to right. 1B Kevin May who has been the leader of the Mosquitoes since 2002 went 2-5 with a double.

Some of the Mosquitoes new additions that were on hand were catcher Josh Beineman from Maryland and our new right handed ace Dan Glozer from North Royalton, Ohio. Beineman went 3-4 with 2 RBI while Dan Glozer got the start and went 3 innings while only allowing one hit. Second year player LHP Ryan Dennick came in to relieve Glozer and also went 3 innings allowing only one hit while striking out 5.

The Mosquitoes (1-0) will be back in action on Saturday, May 19 at Bohlken Park for a 3:30 PM contest.

May Signing

May 14, 2007
Robert Maddox from Villa Angela St.Joseph will be joining the Mosquitoes this coming Saturday. Robert who will be attending Ohio University on a scholarship is ranked #5 overall in the state of Ohio by the Buckeye Scout top 100. Welcome aboard Robert!

2007 Season Opener

The Cleveland Mosquitoes will open the 2007 season in a non league contest against a former Cuyahoga Class A League opponent. The team will square off with Bubba Q's on Tuesday, May 15 @ 6:15pm at Bohlken Park in Fairview next to the Westgate Mall. On Saturday, May 19, 3:30pm at Bohlken Park the Mosquitoes will play Bubba Q's for a second time. The Mosquitoes open league play on Tuesday, May 22 @ 8:30pm at Pipe Yard Field in Lorain against the Westlake, Ohio Titans.

The Mosquitoes Invading Lorain, Ohio This Summer.

April 4, 2007
The Cleveland Mosquitoes who have recently moved to the Northern Ohio League will be playing league games at Pipe Yard Field in Lorain, Ohio. Pipe Yard is located in the Campana Park Complex and is currently the Home Field for the Cleveland State Vikings. Pipe Yard is easily one of the sharpest fields in Northern Ohio. For daily updated pictures, directions, etc of Pipe Yard Field view the Mosquitoes Links page or just click on this web( address.

2007 N.S.P.B.A. Pre-Season Top 25 (Wood Bat Teams)

April 1, 2007
The 2006 National Champion Mosquitoes were officially placed with the bulls-eye on the back as they were pre-season ranked #1 in the country for wood bat. The Northern Ohio League which the Mosquitoes are now a part of were joined by the Westlake Titans at #28 and the Cleveland Blackwolves at #34.

#1 Cleveland, OH Mosquitoes
#2 Long Island, NY Storm
#3 Crestwood, IL Panthers
#4 Detroit, MI Jet Box
#5 Brunswick, MD Orioles
#6 Flint, MI Halo / Foutch
#7 Hamden, CT (A-1 Plumbing)
#8 Lombard, IL Orioles
#9 Danbury, CT Barons
#10 Indiana Outlaws
#11 Beecher, IL Muskies
#12 Mid Missouri Crawdads
#13 New City, NY Outlaws
#14 Mecanicsburg, PA Cardinals
#15 Portland, IN Rockets
#16 Pittsburg, PA St. John's Lambros
#17 Navato, CA Knicks
#18 South Bend, IN Senators
#19 Collingdale, PA. Colts
#20 Peeksville, NY Tide
#21 Tennessee Tribe
#22 Bellows CT, Baseball Club
#23 Louisville, KY Stallions
#24 Nashville, TN Angels
#25 Cincinatti, OH Chiefs

Honorable Mention

#26 Vittum Park, IL Flyers
#27 Milford, CT FPA
#28 Westlake, OH Titans
#29 Superior, WI Lakers
#30 Rockland, NY Cavaliers
#31 Manistee, MI Saints
#32 Fordham, NY Paw Sox
#33 Chicago, IL Wildcats
#34 Cleveland, OH Black Wolves
#35 Evergreen Park, IL Diamond Backs

April Signings

The Cleveland Mosquitoes are happy to announce the signing of left-hander Steve Zemanek II of Akron University. Steve is a redshirt freshman who sat out last season due to injury. Steve is now 100% and in the current rotation for Akron.

At Villa Angela-St. Joseph High High in Cleveland Steve was a first-team North Coast League and Offensive Player of the Year as a senior. He was also voted the Vikings Most Valuable Player as a junior. Steve was the 6th ranked player overall in Ohio by the Buckeye Top 100 in 2005.

The Mosquitoes Acquisitions of 2007

April 2, 2007
Current additions at this time from the college ranks are...
1. Fr. Steve Zemanek II (LHP) Akron - #6 Buckeye Scout Top 100 (2005)(RS) (Villa-Angela St. Joe)
2. Fr. Dan Glozer (RHP) Eastern Michigan - #16 Buckeye Scout Top 100 (North Royalton High)
3. Fr. Jake Plata (LHP-OF) Akron - #23 Buckeye Scout Top 100 (Padua Franciscan High)
4. Fr. Dan Fawcett (RHP) Akron - #34 Buckeye Scout Top 100 (Hilliard Davidson High)
5. Fr. Kevin Kumazec (RHP-OF) Akron - #43 Buckeye Scout Top 100 (St. Ignatius High)
6. Fr. Mark Dvoroznak (OF) West Virginia - #47 Buckeye Scout Top 100 (St. Edward High)
7. Fr. John Turk (C-DH) Akron - #48 Buckeye Scout Top 100 (Kirtland High)
8. Fr. Kevin Haas (INF) Akron - #49 Buckeye Scout Top 100 (St. Ignatius High)
9. Fr. Kevin Sikora (LHP) Eastern Michigan - #61 Buckeye Scout Top 100 (Boardman High)
10. Fr. Jacob Petkac (1B-3B-C) Ashland - #81 Buckeye Scout Top 100 (Midpark High)
11. Jr. Bobby Cash (INF) Cleveland State - Three year starter (Hudson High)
12. Jr. Josh Bieneman (C) Notre Dame College - 2nd-team all-region at Baltimore City Community College

New Year...New League...New Challenges

March 6, 2007
After two seasons of play in the Strongsville-Cuyahoga Class A wood bat league the Mosquitoes are moving on to bigger and better things. The Cuyahoga League has lost three of its best teams in the Twinsburg Thrusters, Crestwood Steamers and now the Cleveland Mosquitoes. Along with two of the better teams leaving the commissioner of the Strongsville Class A League was running the league along the lines of a dictatorship which had become difficult to deal with each season. Other reasons with this being the final straw was common courtesy was not one of his stronger points especially when intentions were clear to him about our position in the league. Attention to detail was also a major disappointment if you bring up the 2005 NABF Regional roster fiasco which he felt no remorse in messing up and felt no need to apologize.

Now the Cleveland Mosquitoes move on to one of Ohio best upcoming leagues. The Northern Ohio Semi Pro Baseball League (NOSPBL) in the 4th season of existence will feature the young and very talented teams of the Westlake Titans, Cleveland Blackwolves, Cleveland Bruins along with several others.
The league will feature a 28 game regular season with the flexibility to play out of league games. The league will also feature an all-star game against the Akron AA League in Akron sometime in July. Better overall playing fields and a board of representatives from each team will give direction to where this league goes which will be a far cry from what we were used too.

The NOSPBL will be one of the best leagues in Ohio top to bottom featuring four of the top twenty-five teams from the Ohio Buckeye Top 25 in 2006.

The Westlake Titans were Ohio's Runner-Ups in the Buckeye Tournament last August in Cincinnati. The Cleveland Bruins were near flawless in winning the Northern Ohio (WOOD BAT) League last season. The Blackwolves were close to 30 wins last season as they played many out of league opponents. The Fairview Park Marlins and Mayfield Nine will also be major players in the league along with a couple others.

This season will be a huge challenge to the Mosquitoes as the bulls-eye is clearly on our backs against the league, state and rest of the country in being the 2006 National Champion, NABF Major Division World Series Champion, NABF Youngstown Regional Champion and Cleveland 4th of July Champions with a 43-9 record.

Two Thousand-Seven will be a new year of challenges which we are ready to take on anyone with one goal and that is to repeat as the NABF World Series Champion in mid August down in Louisville, Kentucky to defend our title as the National Champions.


February 23, 2007
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January 4, 2007 – 02:15 PM
The Cleveland Mosquitoes would like to welcome new sponsors for the 2007 season.

Owner Steve Ali of Lorain-Clague Sunoco (Complete Auto Care, Towing & Road Service) who I have known for nearly 20 years has a top rate group of certified auto technicians trained in fixing and maintaining your car. The station is located (23370 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted a mile north of the 480 Clague Rd Exit) on the Northeast corner of Clague and Lorain Rd. Please contact Steve Ali at 440-779-8733 to set up an appointment for any maintanence work needed. To view the Lorain-Clague Sunoco website please click on Team Sponsors.

Direct Detail is located at 5277 West 137th in Brookpark about 5 minutes from Hopkins Airport just off of Brookpark Rd. Direct Detail guarantees to outshine the competition when it comes to exterior, interior or complete detailing on Cars, Motorcycles, RV's, Trailers and Jet Ski's. Free Pick-up and Delivery for Cars, Trucks and Motorcycles servicing 7 day's a week. For Appointments or Questions please call 216-898-5674 or 216-254-4305.

The Sly Fox Lounge is located at 4755 Great Northern Blvd in North Olmsted about a quarter mile from Great Northern Mall. Join us at the Sly Fox for great food, beverage, dancing and live entertainment.

March Signings

March 16, 2007 – 11:45 AM
Jake Plata who attended Padua Franciscan High School set school records for career home runs (16), strikeouts and wins ... named the Plain Dealer Best of the best in 2005 and in 2006 ... the Sun News MVP in 2005 and All-Star in 2006 ... all-state selection as a junior and senior ... named league MVP as a junior. This Univeristy of Akron OF/LHP was a career .414 hitter who produced 6 home runs, 26 RBI and 26 walks in the spring of 2006. On the mound Plata was 7-3 with a 1.91 ERA and 101 strikouts in 66 IP. Jake was ranked (#23 overall) by the Buckeye Scout Top 100.

RHP Danny Fawcett of Hilliard Davidson High in Columbus was a Three-year varsity letter winner ... member of district-champion team in 2003 ... second-team all-conference and honorable mention all-district as a junior. Danny is a freshman currently at the University of Akron and is ranked (#34 overall) by the Buckeye Scout Top 100. Danny is a welcome addition to the Mosquitoes pitching staff.

February Signings

February 26, 2007 – 03:00 PM
Today the Mosquitoes would like to welcome John Turk from Akron University. John is from Kirtland High School where he was a four-time all-county and three-time first-team all-conference selection ... first-team All-Ohio in 2006 after batting .534 (39x73) with nine home runs (school record), 43 RBI and a 1.137 slugging percentage ... named to Plain Dealer Lake/Geauga First Team and Lake County News Herald First Team ... participant in Mizuno All-Ohio game ... batted .488 (144x295) with 17 home runs and 117 RBI for four-year career ... academic All-Ohio in 2006 ... four-year honor roll member. John was ranked (#48 overall) by the Buckeye Scout Top 100 in 2006.

Also signing with the Mosquitoes is 6'0 180 OF/P Kevin Kumazec from the University of Akron. At St.Ignatius High Kevin hit .390 as a senior and .320 as a junior ... named team Rookie of the Year as a junior ... teammate of UA freshman Kevin Haas ... honor role and named most improved student as a senior. Kumazec also was ranked (#43 overall) by the Buckeye Scout Top 100 in 2006 as one of Ohio's best.

Another St.Ignatius-Akron University star joins the Mosquitoes. Infielder Kevin Haas helped lead St.Ignatius to a 20-7 record while batting .370 as a senior ... named team Defensive MVP ... hit .340 as a junior on a team that went 22-5 ... member of the national honor society. Haas was ranked (#49 overall) by the Buckeye Scout Top 100 in 2006.

The Mosquitoes pick up a defensive gem from Notre Dame College. Bieneman came highly recommended by Indians scout D.J. Santiago.

The Notre Dame Falcons Baseball program announced the signing of an NAIA Letter of Intent, bringing catcher Josh Bieneman to College Road in South Euclid.

Bieneman hails from Baltimore, Maryland and spent two years as the starting catcher for Baltimore City Community College. While at BCCC in the 2004 and 2005 seasons, Bieneman batted a combined .400 with eight home runs and 72 runs batted in playing in 82 games. Bieneman was 2nd-team all-region at Baltimore City.

At Baltimore's Kenwood High School, Bieneman was his team's MVP three times.

NDC Head Coach Craig Moro noted Bieneman's prowess behind the plate as a potential difference-maker for the Falcons: "Josh is a complete catcher with solid receiving skills. We're happy to have a quality defensive catcher behind the dish."

The numbers bear out Moro's assessment. At the junior college level, Bienemen threw out over 60% of would-be base stealers. Bienemen has also played his summer ball in the Valley League that is for top college talent.

January Acquisitions for 2007

January 25, 2007 – 10:15 PM
The Mosquitoes have acquired 6'3 215 1B/C Jacob Petkac who is currently playing for Division II Ashland. Jacob helped lead Midpark to a District Championship in 2006. Jacob was ranked (# 81 overall) in the Buckeye Top 100 in 2006 as one of Ohio's best.

Also joining the Mosquitoes as a shortstop-second baseman will be Cleveland State Junior Bobby Cash of Hudson, Ohio. Cash has been the starting shortstop at Cleveland State since day one as a freshman. Bobby has been called a true team leader by 1st year Viking Head Coach Kevin Kocks.

2005 - Freshman Season
Horizon League All-Newcomer Team member...named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team after going 7-for-12 (.583) in three games...Third on the team with a .310 average, 54 hits and nine doubles...started in 48 of his 49 games played...15 multi-hit games...nine-game hitting streak from 4/27 to 5/8...went 4-for-5 with a double and four RBI against Duquesne (4/27)...drove in two and scored two on four hits against UIC (5/8)...plated three on two hits in the second game of a doubleheader against Butler (5/20)...went 3-for-5 with three runs scored against Wright State in the Horizon League tournament (5/27)...Luke Easter-Wahoo Club Memorial Baseball Scholarship recipient.

High School
First-team all conference as a junior and senior and second-team all conference as a sophomore...All-Ohio Mizzuno Game selection his senior year...batted .320 during his three seasons as a shortstop...helped team to the conference championship his senior year and a second-place finish in district his sophomore and junior years.

Mosquitoes November Acquisitions for 2007

On November 21 outfielder Mark Dvoroznak (Westlake-St.Edward) of West Virginia committed to the Mosquitoes for 2007.

West Virginia Head Coach Greg Van Zant said he was able to land one of Ohio’s top outfielders by signing the speedy Dvoroznak (6-2, 187) of St. Edward High. Dvoroznak hit .460 with six doubles, three home runs, and 26 RBI as a captain for St. Edward this past season. He also used his speed to steal 24 bases in 2006 and over 50 bases in his high school career. Dvoroznak is a two-time team MVP, while being named to the 2005 Plain Dealer “Best of the Best” and Mizuno all-state in 2006. Mark was ranked (# 47 overall) in the Buckeye top 100 for 2006.

“Mark is a big, strong athlete who can run a 6.6 in the 60-yard dash so he can play any position in the outfield,” Van Zant says. “We feel he can be an exceptional hitter because of his short, quick swing and he can develop into a power threat because of his size."

Also received committments from two Eastern Michigan player's that were both in the Buckeye Top 100 in 2006.

Dan Glozer (North Royalton, Ohio-North Royalton), a right-handed pitcher/infielder and four-year varsity letterwinner, was selected to the First Team All Ohio team as a utility player and designated hitter. He was also named The Plain Dealer Player of the Year (2005) and the Buckeye Scout All-Scout Team and top (# 16 overall) 100. Glozer led North Royalton to their best record in school history, 28-2, while going 11-0 with four saves and a 1.20 ERA. As a shortstop, Glozer batted .394 while only striking out four times in 94 at bats. Dan Glozer tops out in the low 90's.

Kevin Sikora (Boardman, Ohio-Boardman), a left-handed pitcher, is a Puma Preseason All-American and has led Boardman in strikeouts and ERA the past two seasons. Sikora was also selected as a 2005 Team One top 30 Midwest Player and Buckeye Scout top (# 61) 100. During his junior campaign, Sikora struckout 63 batters in 54 innings and was voted First-Team All-Federal League. As a sophomore, he tallied 48 strikeouts with a 2.24 ERA earning an All-Federal League mention. Sikora tops out around 90 mph.

National Championship Rings

After an amazing 2006 season that saw the Cleveland Mosquitoes (43-9) win the Cleveland 4th of July Tournament, Youngstown Regional Tournament, Louisville, Kentucky NABF Major Division World Series and voted # 1 in the country by the NASPBA National Rankings...the prize finally arrived.

A good portion of the team along with friends and family showed up at Mary Arts in Lakewood, Ohio Sunday night. The people in attendance enjoyed good food, beverage and conversation and at the end were awarded National Championship rings that will always symbolize what hard work, perseverance and team work can accomplish in the face of great adversity.

Congratulations to the 2006 Cleveland Mosquitoes! Now we set out on a journey which almost everyone believes is the impossible task and that is REPEATING. So prepare to be the hunted in 2007.

Mosquitoes Honored @ Jacobs Field

October 1, 2006 – 11:30 AM
The Cleveland Indians did a special tribute to the Cleveland Mosquitoes for their on the field accomplishments, but the night started out slow as the Indians 7:05pm game was in a rain delay.

The Mosquitoes were sent to the press room around 7:15pm after meeting with Slider for promotional pictures. The Press Conference at Jacobs Field was to announce the resigning of RF-DH Jim Putko for the 2007 season. Jim who was a 2006 NASPBA All-American and made the NABF Major Division World Series First Team signed for a hometown discount, which many Cleveland teams can say they never would get. Jim, his beautiful wife Cassie and child Jack believe the Mosquitoes are the team that has what it takes to win back to back national titles.

Around 8:05pm a large roar came from the 17,562 in attendance as the Indians grounds crew started taking the tarp off the field. The Mosquitoes team made its way to home plate around 8:15pm as the Indians had a 10 minute tribute set up with video crew, camera men and the Mosquitoes team on the Jumbo Tron. The Indians public address announcer honored the Mosquitoes by telling the crowd about the numerous accomplishments of the team over the years and the major accomplishments of being crowned 2006 National Champion and NABF Major Division World Series Champion. The Indians announcer highlighted each World Series game with Mark Thomas looking like the big winner as Thomas was mentioned a couple times as Mark was caught flashing his UptobatWest hat to the video crew. During the ceremony the Tampa Bay Devil Rays taunted the Mosquitoes record of 43-9, but obviously that was out of jelousy as the Devil Rays lost to the Indians 6-1 Saturday night marking Tampa Bay's 100th loss of the season. The ceremony was topped off as Mosquitoes Ed Konopka, Mark Mohnickey and Andy Mohnickey threw out first pitches of the game to Kevin Kouzmanoff, Jeremy Sowers and Kelly Shoppach of the Indians. As the team left the field the Mosquitoes were givin a standing ovation as the city of Cleveland finally had a winner to be truly proud of. All in all a great evening for the players, family and friends that were in attendance and we look for even bigger and better things to come in 2007.

Cleveland Indians Recognize the Mosquitoes

September 25, 2006 – 02:00 PM
The Cleveland Indians will honor the Mosquitoes this (Fan Appreciation Weekend) Saturday, September 30 at 7:05pm against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The players will be honored on the field at 6:30pm before the game. All family, friends and fans of the Cleveland Mosquitoes are encouraged to come and join in honoring the Mosquitoes as the 2006 NASPBA National Champion and 2006 NABF Major Division World Series Champion. The Mosquitoes were proud to bring the National Title home as a representative of the city of Cleveland, the Strongsville-Cuyahoga Class A League and the Ohio Independent League.


September 21, 2006
2006 NASPBA All American Team
Position Players

Jim Putko...................Cleveland Mosquitos
Steve Eagle................Cincinnati Chiefs
Mike Janos.................Westlake, Oh Titans
Mike Schade...............Clevelend Mosquitos
Wes Cogdell...............Evansville, In Outlaws
Kevin May....................Cleveland Mosquitos
Nick Evilsizer...............Westlake, Oh Titans
Darren Lynam.............Evansville, In Outlaws
Josh Maurizi.................Memphis, Tenn Royals
Stipe Miocic..................Cleveland Mosquitos
Michael Ferguson........Memphis, Tenn Royals
Marvin Johnson............Columbia Tenn Curve
Tyler Newman........Chester County, Tenn Diamond Cats


Stephen Procner.............Westlake, Oh Titans
Jim Rieke..........................Cleveland Mosquitos
Dominique Rodgers.......Cleveland Mosquitos
Randy Munshower..........Cleveland Mosquitos
Tim Watson................Columbia, Tenn Curve
Marbry................................Memphis, Tenn Royals

Eckelman Inducted Today at Halftime of Ohio St.-Cincinnati Game

September 16, 2006 – 10:00 AM
Congratulations to Cleveland Mosquito infielder Alex Eckelman who will be inducted today into Ohio State Hall of Fame. Alex joined the Mosquitoes after playing nearly 10 years in professional baseball with the St.Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros organizations. Alex was instrumental in helping the Mosquitoes advance to the NABF World Series with his stellar play in the Youngstown NABF Major Division Regional Tournament.

Former Ohio State baseball player Alex Eckelman is among a group of 12 former Buckeye student-athletes who will be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame today. The class will be officially inducted in two separate ceremonies Sept. 15 and introduced to the public at half-time of the Cincinnati-Ohio State football in Ohio Stadium Sept. 16.

Eckelman was a four-time letterwinner who was a two-time first team All-Big Ten selection (1996, '97). He was member of two Big Ten regular-season championship teams (1994, '95) and three Big Ten tournament career in the Top 10 in program history in career batting average (.367), runs batted in (156), at-bats (657), hits (241), doubles (43), home runs (34) and runs scored (172). He led the Buckeyes in batting average, hits, at-bats and runs scored in 1996. His .439 batting average that season was the highest OSU batting average in 36 years and ranks second in program history.

Go Buckeyes!

Sun Herald Newspaper Article

September 9, 2006 – 09:15 PM
Champions Come Home: NABF Baseball Crown Brought Back From Tournament In Louisville, Kentucky at Derby City Field.

Thursday, September 07, 2006
By Dale Meggas
Lakewood Sun Post

The mission has been accomplished. The Cleveland Mosquitoes have won the National Amateur Baseball Federation Major Division National Title.

The Mosquitoes secured that honor with an 8-3 win over Detroit Jet Box in the NABF age 18 and over wooden bat World Series in Louisville, Kentucky.

All along, our goal was to win the NABF World Series, said Mark Mohnickey, who along with former St. Edward classmate, Ed Konopka, have chased that dream for nearly 20 years.

And when we won it, we figured that was going to be it. But about two days later, we all thought, why not try to repeat. We have a wonderful group of outstanding players and we were treated great by the NABF folks in Louisville including Charlie Blackburn, who asked if we were coming back. So, it looks like we will give it another try. And while the goal was to go all the way and win a national title, Mohnickey also see's another of his goals still not met.

When we started, we wanted to put amateur baseball back on the map in the Cleveland area. It used to be a very visible product, but in recent times, it has slipped.

Those old enough can recall when places like Edgewater Park, Brookside Park and Gordon Park had their lights shine down on teams that had players earn their way to professional contracts. Some were lucky enough to climb the ladder all the way to Major League Baseball.

Mohnickey, who lives in North Ridgeville, sees keeping the success of the Mosquitoes alive a way of helping rekindle the flames for amateur baseball in the area.

It's been about 30 years since a Cleveland team won a major amateur baseball title, said Konopka, a Bay Village resident.

I think it was back in 1976 when Ferry Cap won the AABC title. Our winning the Major Division NABF tournament is a first for a Cleveland team since 1947, Konopka recalled.

While Mohnickey and Konopka have gathered a group of some of the best amateur baseball talent in the area, they want that talent pool to grow and extend. They want those who want to play at a high level have that chance to fulfill that dream of baseball success near their homes.

We played in two leagues to play enough games against tough competition, said Mohnickey, who has stepped back a bit in his role with the team in the last three years.

I didn't have the time for the day-to-day operations due to family obligations, but Ed agreed to step up and be the one responsible for managing the team from lineups to game strategy, he added.

I still was able to make about 80 percent of the games, but Ed was able to give more of his time. He works with a baseball facility and isn't married with kids, so it was a good move for the team to have Ed become the manager.

For Konopka, the goals are being met.

The major achievement is that amateur baseball is alive and well again in Cleveland, said the NABF coach of the year.

The list of players is 25 deep with some playing for the Mosquitoes in both regular season leagues and some playing with one or the other.

We had 25 great guys, said Mohnickey. But we could only roster 21 for each league. We were able to give everybody the opportunity to play, especially pitchers with the 25 players we had.

That list includes more than a half-dozen who have had professional experience. The former pros who turned Mosquitoes are Alex Eckelman, a former Ohio State baseball player and St. Louis Cardinal farm hand, who will enter Ohio State's Hall of Fame this fall along with Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George; Mark Thomas, who played with the Montreal Expos organization and now operates Up To Bat West in Brook Park; D.J. Santiago, a former John Marshall standout, who played in the Indians and Reds organizations and now directs Aspiring Athletes in Rocky River, which helps place high school players in college; Chuck Smith of John Adams High, who played pro ball for 15 years and left the Mosquitoes for another shot at playing for pay in Taiwan during the season; Jim Rieke and Jeff Forbes, who played in the Independent League with the Canton Crocodiles along with Jim Putko, who played in the Chicago Cubs system.

Some of the high-profile amateur resumes include Kevin May of Avon Lake, who played at Marietta College; Ryan Dennick of North Olmsted, who this spring helped Marietta to the NCAA Division III title; Stipe Miocic, who is training in Akron to be a cage fighter when not playing baseball; Jeff Deighton, a second baseman at Miami who prepped at St. Ignatius; Ryan Davis, the closer for Kent State; and Dominique Rodgers who looks to get drafted out of Kent State next year.

The Mosquitoes roster also includes Blake Busson, Bryan Costin, Dan Dietrich, Marty Healy, Eric Hoffman, Randy Munshower, E.J. Pokorney, Stephen Procner, Mike Schade, Kevin Schwamel. Nick Sweetnich, Jeff Thamann, Mike Turchan, Joe Waldecker and Bill Welsh.

Cleveland Plain Dealer News Report

September 1, 2006 – 08:15 PM
World Series title goes to Mosquitoes
Friday, September 01, 2006
Mike Peticca
Plain Dealer Reporter

Cleveland fielded a baseball team this summer worthy of the title, "Champion."

"With our name being the Cleveland Mosquitoes, we represent the city of Cleveland," first baseman/outfielder Mark Thomas said of the squad, recent World Series champions of the National Amateur Baseball Federation Major Division.

"A lot of the guys grew up around here. It's always nice to represent your city, and it's nice to win a championship. We deserved it."

Thomas, a Warren John F. Kennedy graduate and former Montreal Expos farmhand, slugged a three-run home run in the championship game, an 8-3 Mosquitoes' victory on Aug. 20 over former champion Detroit Jet Box. Cleveland State pitcher and Girard High graduate Stephen Procner tossed his second nine-inning complete game of the tournament to earn the victory and World Series MVP honors.

The Mosquitoes went 10-2 in regional and World Series play, finishing the season 43-9 and ranked first in the nation.

"You're playing against current and ex-Division I college players and ex-pros," said Mosquitoes coach/utility infielder Ed Konopka, the NASPBA's Coach of the Year.

"Especially for [assistant coach/general manager] Mark Mohnickey and myself, winning the championship was unbelievable. It's about all we've talked about the last 18 years."

Konopka and Mohnickey are 1987 graduates of St. Edward, where they were baseball teammates. Konopka and Mohnickey, who played college baseball at Muskingum and Wright State, respectively, founded the Mosquitoes in 1988. The team has won 10 Cleveland Baseball Federation titles.

John Adams graduate Chuck Smith, who went 11-11 for the Florida Marlins in 2000-01, pitched for the Mosquitoes earlier this season.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:, 216-999-6177

Three Mosquitoes Make World Series All-Tournament Team

August 30, 2006 – 12:00 PM
MAJOR DIVISION (unlimited age) Louisville, Kentucky

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Stephen Procner, Cleveland Mosquitoes

BATTING CHAMPION: Mark Abro, Detroit Jet Box

The 93rd Annual NABF National Championship Series was played at Derby City Field, Louisville, Kentucky.

The Cleveland Mosquitoes defeated Detroit Jet Box 8 to 3 behind left handed pitcher Stephen Procner. This was Procner’s second nine inning win in the series, earning him the 2006 MVP award.

The Cleveland Mosquitoes jumped out in the first inning 1 to 0 on a passed ball. Scored another on a single by Mike Schade scoring Jeff Thamann. Cleveland scored three more runs in the sixth with Marty Healy driving in one with a double to right center making the score 5 to 1 and 3 more runs were tacked on in the eighth with a Mark Thomas 3 run home run to seal the championship. Batting Champion was first baseman Mark Abro of Detroit Jet Box. Abro had 10 hits in 21 at bats for a batting average of .476. Jim Putko of the Mosquitoes went 10-24 in the tournament for a average of .404. Stipe Miocic hit over .333 with (4) doubles, a three run home run and 5 rbi for the tournament. Besides Miocic's hot bat he stabilized the middle of the infield in game two and throughout the rest of the tournament with his glove at shortstop. The Mosquitoes were without all three shortstops from the Mosquito season roster and the 6'3 220 Miocic who played 1b, 3b and outfield all season did a tremendous job. Mark Thomas hit .269 for the tournament, but he worked many counts full each game and came up with the walk off double to defeat the Brunswick Orioles and the three run homer to help seal the victory over Jet Box. Steve Procner, the MVP of the NABF World Series threw 18 innings, recording 2 wins while giving up 6 runs, 6 earned on 2 walks, 12 K's with a ERA of 3.00. Every single Mosquito player who was in the World Series did something special at one time to contribute to what was truly a total team effort to defeat some outstanding teams. Many thanks to all the Mosquitoes from the first day of the regular season until the last game at Derby City Field.


Matt Vigiano-Detroit Jet Box
Rob Wicks-Beecher Muskies

1st Baseman
Mark Abro-Detroit Jet Box

2nd Baseman
Paul Day-Trophy Sports Woodpeckers

3rd Baseman
Ben Ramsey-Trophy Sports Woodpeckers

Don Watchowski-Detroit Jet Box

Stephen Procner-Cleveland Mosquitoes
Mark Dewey-Detroit Jet Box
Adam Echlin-Detroit Jet Box
Scott Frye-Brunswick Orioles
Ricardo Rodriquez-Orlando Cardindals

Ted Dahlman-Louisville Riverrats
Stipe Miocic-Cleveland Mosquitoes
Kevin Goode-Brunswick Orioles
Justin Wilson-Trophy Sports Woodpeckers
Ritchie Dahlman-Louisville Riverrats
Jim Putko-Cleveland Mosquitoes

Utility Inf
Rusty Farris-Louisville Riverrats
Andy Maught-Brunswick Orioles

Todd Sippel-Beecher Muskies

Scores and Highlights from the NABF World Series

August 25, 2006 – 04:00 PM
For scores and highlights of the tournament click on

Also the last three games of the World Series have been completed, so statistics are now updated for the entire season.

National Coach of the Year Award

August 22, 2006 – 12:45 PM
Congratulations go out to Manager Eddie Konopka on being named the NASPBA 2006 UnderArmour Coach of the Year.

NABF W.S. Day # 3 & # 4 (43-9)

August 21, 2006 – 08:45 AM
Saturday, August 19

11 Cleveland Mosquitoes
1 Peschell's Bakery, Conn.
(5 innings-rain)

2 Beecher Muskies, Ill.
3 Ohio Woodpeckers

Sunday, August 20...Semi-Finals Single Elimination

2 Brunswick, Maryland Orioles
5 Detroit Jet Box. MI

4 Cleveland Mosquitoes
3 Louisville River Rats

NABF World Series Championship

8 Cleveland Mosquitoes
3 Detroit Jet Box, MI

Beecher Muskies Blank Mosquitoes On Day # 2

August 18, 2006 – 11:40 PM
The Mosquitoes had the chance to control its own destiny Saturday evening and secure first place in Pool A with a victory over Beecher, Illinios. Unfortunately for the Mosquitoes things didn't work out as the Mosquitoes just couldn't get any timely hitting when it counted and fell to the Muskies 3-0. The Mosquitoes have their backs against the wall as they must defeat Peschel's Bakery, Conneticut at 9:30am, Saturday for a chance to advance to the semi-finals later Saturday afternoon.

Scores from Friday in Pool "A" Play

3 Beecher Muskies, Ill
0 Cleveland Mosquitoes

3 Brunswick, Maryland Orioles
2 Peschel's Bakery

10 Beecher Muskies, Ill
1 Peschel's Bakery, Conn

5 Ohio Woodpeckers
10 Brunswick, Maryland Orioles

Cleveland Mosquitoes (40-8) Rally In Day # 1 @ NABF World Series

August 17, 2006 – 11:45 PM
Pool Play with 5 teams in two pools. 4 games with the top two teams in each pool advancing to the semi finals in single elimination action.

POOL "A" Play on Thursday

6 Cleveland, Ohio Mosquitoes (12 innings)
5 Xenia, Ohio Woodpeckers

3 Brunswick, Maryland Orioles
4 Cleveland, Ohio Mosquitoes

1 Beecher Muskies, Illinios
7 Brunswick, Maryland Orioles

2 Peschel's Bakery, Conneticut
3 Xenia, Ohio Woodpeckers

NABF Regional Finals Around the Country

August 14, 2006 – 07:00 PM

MAJOR DIVISION (unlimited age)

Struthers, Ohio – Regional
CHAMPION: Cleveland Mosquitos
Final Game Score: Mosquitos 5 vs Buffalo West Herr 3

Fort Wayne, Indiana - Regional
CHAMPION: Shady Nook
Final Game Score: Shady Nook 10 vs Crumback/Symons 5

Buffalo, New York - Regional
CHAMPION: Detroit Jet Box
Final Game Score: Jet Box 7 vs New Jersey Troasts 6

Springfield, Ohio - Regional
CHAMPION: Zenia Ohio Trophy Sports Woodpeckers
Final Game Score: Woodpeckers 7 vs Star Drywall 4

Cincinnati, Ohio - Regional
CHAMPION: Cincinnati Cobalts
Final Game Score: Cobalts 3 vs Cincinnati Blue Notes Stogies 1

Kankakee, Illinois - Regional
CHAMPION: Beecher Muskies
Final Game Score: Muskies 11 vs South Bend Senators 1

West Haven, Connecticut - Regional
CHAMPION: Paschell’s Bakery
Final Game Score: Paschell’s Bakery 4 vs Long Island Black Sox 1

Salisbury, Maryland - Regional
CHAMPION: New Brunswick Orioles
Final Game Score: Orioles 15 vs Staten Island Jeweler 5

Orlando, Florida - Regional
CHAMPION: Florida Cardinals
Final Game Score: Cardinals 7 vs Federal Lock 0


August 15, 2006 – 12:00 PM
Tuesday, August 15
6 NSPBA Teams make it to the AABC Stan Musial World Series & NABF Major Division World Series / New top 25 released today.

The # 5 Nationally Ranked Cleveland Mosquitoes will be put to the test as they are in one 4 team pool with # 2 Ranked Ohio Woodpeckers, # 3 Pechell's Bakery, Conn, # 4 Brunswick, Maryland Orioles and will also play the # 16 Beecher Muskies, Illinois.


#1 Flint, MI Halo Foutch----------------46-----------5
#2 Ohio Wood Peckers--------------------50-----------2
#3 Peschell's Bakers CT.----------------28-----------6
#4 Brunswick, MD Orioles----------------33-----------6
#5 Cleveland, OH Mosquitoes-------------38-----------8
#6 Crestwood, IL Panthers---------------40-----------14
#7 Tennessee Diamond Kats---------------31-----------16
#8 Chicago, IL Prairie Gravel-----------30-----------7
#9 Memphis, TN Royals-------------------45-----------7
#10 Lombard, IL Orioles-----------------28-----------8
#11 Hattiesburg, MS Black Sox-----------52-----------7
#12 Tradewater, KY Pirates--------------38-----------6
#13 New City, NY Outlaws----------------26-----------8
#14 Portland, IN Rockets----------------30-----------14
#15 Jasper, IN Reds---------------------18-----------6
#16 Beecher, IL Muskies-----------------NA-----------NA
#17 Mid Missouri Crawdads---------------23-----------5
#18 Peekskill, NY Tide------------------26-----------6
#19 Indiana Outlaws---------------------44-----------26
#20 Mecanicsburg, PA Cardinals----------31-----------7
#21 Bellows Baseball Club Trumbell, CT--22-----------6
#22 St. Louis, MO Golden Spikes---------48-----------16
#23 Charlotte, North Carolina Astros----12-----------2
#24 South Bend, IN Senators-------------37-----------10
#25 Rockland, NY Cavaliers--------------21-----------8
#25 Chicago, IL Wildcats----------------34-----------18
#25 Columbia, TN Curve------------------44-----------22
#25 Cincinnat, Ohio Chiefs -------------20-----------10

Final NSPBA / USA Top 50 poll to be released August 21st after the AABC & NABF World Series, Please email all current Win / Loss records and big wins to The current Poll will be modified and expanded as we recieve 2006 NSPBA Affiation fees. Remember this will be the final poll of the season will reflect on how well ones team does at the National World Series.

2006 NABF Regional Results

August 14, 2006 – 01:45 AM
1 Buffalo, NY West Herr
0 Cleveland Mosquitoes

3 Cleveland Mosquitoes
0 Garfield Blue Streaks

5 Cleveland Mosquitoes
0 Steve Sport's

8 Cleveland Mosquitoes
3 Canton Pizza Oven

7 Cleveland Mosquitoes
4 Pittsburgh St.John's

2006 Youngstown NABF Regional Championship
5 Cleveland Mosquitoes
2 Buffalo West Herr, New York

Mosquitoes v.s. Buffalo, New York

August 10, 2006 – 01:40 AM
All players will meet Thursday, August 10 at Howard Johnson's on Snow Road off of I-71 and will leave at 1:30pm for Youngstown. Player's wishing to hit can go to UptobatWest at 14664 Snow Rd at 12:30pm which is a quarter mile past Smith Rd on your (between Giant Eagle and Patio Enclosure) left. Taco Bell is across the street from the baseball complex. The Mosquitoes will be playing at Oakland Field at 4:30pm v.s. Buffalo, New York. Player's check your e-mails for other info, map and directions.

Youngstown NABF Regional Practice

August 7, 2006 – 10:15 AM
Practice will be tonight at Baldwin-Wallace College at 6pm. Be at the field before six o'clock so everyone is warmed up and ready to go by 6:00pm. If it rains hard we will still meet at 6pm and everyone will go as a group over to UptobatWest (North of Bagley Rd off of 1-71) on Snow Rd in Brookpark to throw and hit.

Eckelman Inducted into OSU Hall of Fame

August 7, 2006 – 09:00 AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Former Ohio State baseball players Ron Nischwitz and Alex Eckelman are among a group of 12 former Buckeye student-athletes who will be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame the weekend of Sept. 15-16. The class will be officially inducted in two separate ceremonies Sept. 15 and introduced to the public at halftime of the Cincinnati-Ohio State football in Ohio Stadium the following day.

Nischwitz was a second team All-American as a pitcher, the same year he earned All-Big Ten accolades ... He was a two-time letterwinner (1957-58) and led Ohio State in strikeouts in both 1957 (57) and 1958 (82). Nischwitz also had a team-high innings pitched in 1957 (47.0) and 1958 (81.1). He ranks in the Top 15 for wins in a season and season earned-run average.

Eckelman was a four-time letterwinner who was a two-time first team All-Big Ten selection (1996, '97). He was member of two Big Ten regular-season championship teams (1994, '95) and three Big Ten tournament career in the Top 10 in program history in career batting average (.367), runs batted in (156), at-bats (657), hits (241), doubles (43), home runs (34) and runs scored (172). He led the Buckeyes in batting average, hits, at-bats and runs scored in 1996. His .439 batting average that season was the highest OSU batting average in 36 years and ranks second in program history.

Joining Nitschwitz and Eckelman in the 2006 class are Kevin Akins (track and field), Adam DiSabato (wrestling), Eddie George (football), Kate Hedman (swimming), Annette Kraml (rifle), Donica Merriman (track), Ted Provost (football), Kip Simons (gymnastics), Patricia Szelle (fencing) and Lindsey Vagades (gymnastics).

August 3, 2006 – 10:45 PM
6th Rankings are out....
2006 NSPBA / USA Top 25 as of August 2nd
Rankings will be updated as soon as we get updated records from affiliated members.

Defending AABC Stan Musial World Series Champions Flint , MI Halo Burger /Foutch Auto has climbed to the #1 Spot this week. The Ohio Wood Peckers are a close #2. More rankings to come after the AABC / NABF Regionals and the NBC World Series are done. Next rankings out Aug 14th.

#1 Flint, MI Halo Foutch----------------40-----------4
#2 Dayton, Ohio Wood Peckers------------40-----------1
#3 Chicago, IL Prairie Gravel-----------28-----------5
#4 Lombard, IL Orioles------------------22-----------5
#5 Peschell's Bakers CT.----------------22-----------6
#6 Memphis, TN Royals-------------------45-----------6
#7 Brunswick, MD. Orioles---------------28-----------6
#8 Cleveland, OH Mosquitoes-------------33-----------7
#9 Tennesse Diamond Kats----------------30-----------16
#10 Hattiesburg, MS Black Sox-----------52-----------7
#11 Tradewater, KY Pirates--------------38-----------6
#12 New City, NY Outlaws----------------26-----------8
#13 Jasper, IN Reds---------------------18-----------6
#14 Mid Missouri Crawdads---------------23-----------5
#15 Peekskill, NY Tide------------------26-----------6
#16 Indiana Outlaws---------------------39-----------24
#17 Mecanicsburg, PA Cardinals----------31-----------7
#18 Bellows Baseball Club Trumbell, CT--18-----------5
#19 St. Louis, MO Golden Spikes---------48-----------16
#20 Crestwood, Ill. Panthers------------26-----------11
#21 Charlotte, North Carolina Astros----11-----------2
#22 South Bend, IN Senators-------------29-----------7
#23 Rockland, NY Cavaliers--------------21-----------8
#24 Portland, IN Rockets----------------24-----------11
#25 Chicago, IL Wildcats----------------34-----------18
#25 Columbia, TN Curve------------------42-----------18
#25 Cincinnat, Ohio Chiefs -------------19-----------7

One Team Steaming Away

July 30, 2006 – 09:50 PM
The Crestwood Steamers defeated the Mosquitoes 4-2 Sunday and will represent the Cuyahoga League at the NABF Tournament in Youngstown, Ohio. The Cleveland Mosquitoes players who have been missing for the last two weeks like they were sprayed with OFF will represent the Ohio Independent League in Youngstown August 10-13.

Congratulations to manager Mike Massetta and his Steamers on getting the NABF bid.

Knights Swat Mosquitoes for Title

July 28, 2006 – 11:50 PM
After being three outs from winning the Strongsville-Cuyahoga Title Thursday night it was all washed away Friday as the Knights gave the Mosquitoes its worst loss of the season by the score of 7-0. The Knights young 18 year old pitcher Mike Herringshaw fresh out of high school at NDCL held the Mosquitoes at bay by using an assortment pitches to keep the team off balance. When the Mosquitoes were hitting the ball hard it was right at people. Hopefully the Mosquitoes with a week of rest will feel re-energized to get back after our goal of a NABF Regional Championship at Youngstown August 10-13.

Also congratulations to Manager Bill Yazbec and his Lake County Knights on winning the League Championship and best of luck to them in representing the league at the Warren Stan Musial Ohio State Tournament August 3-6.

Games Washed Out After 4 Innings

July 28, 2006 – 02:50 PM
The Cleveland Mosquitoes and Lake County Knights will face off once again at 7:30pm tonight at Foltz Field. Thursday nights game had the Mosquitoes up 3-0 going into the 5th when the heavens opened up washing out the game thus making the two teams travel back to Foltz to start from the beginning to complete the Cuyahoga League Championship Series. Mosquitoes pitcher Dominique Rodgers went four strong innings striking out 5 while only giving up 2 hits. Other highlights were DJ Santiago making a nice play down the third base line to throw a runner out at 1st and Jeff Thamann going 2-2 on the night.

No Shows, Late Shows & Errors Lead to Mosquito Loss

July 24, 2006
If we want to throw away a championship series or the post season regional the blue print was laid out tonight (7-3 loss to Lake County) as the Mosquitoes had only 7 position players and nearly forfeited due to a lack of people who either didn't show up or came late. With the whole infield out of position and 2 pitchers hitting in the lineup the team was in disarray from the start and made mistake after mistake basically wasting a pretty good pitching effort by Joe Waldecker who deserved much better support from this team.

I for one was completely embarrassed by our play tonight and anyone who wasn't doesn't belong out on the field with this team. I also was disappointed by players complaining and a lack of commitment to know when one should be at the field. The last thing I want to do is be worrying if we have enough guys with 5 minutes to go before game time making it impossible for me to even write out a lineup or take infield. This is completely unacceptable and people better wake up because I am tired of this and changes will be made whether you care or not. At this point I don't care who gets upset because I want people who are committed when they say they are coming and give 100 effort without complaining.

(Series Tied 1-1) Cuyahoga Championship Final will be Thursday, 8:30pm @ Foltz Field.

Mosquitoes Defeat Lake County 6-0

July 23, 2006 – 11:40 PM
The Mosquitoes (33-4) defeated the Lake County Knights 6-0 in game # 1 of the Cuyahoga Class A Championship. Jim Rieke went the distance while only giving up 2 hits which were both in the first inning. Rieke notched his 7th win of the season. DJ Santiago got things going for the Mosquitoes in the bottom of the 4th when he tripled deep to right driving in 2 runs. RF Mike Schade contributed going 3 for 3 while CF Marty Healy went 2 for 2. The Mosquitoes will be back in action in game # 2 with the Knights on Monday, July 24 @ 7:30pm, Foltz Field.

Cuyahoga League Championship (Best of Three)

July 21, 2006 – 10:50 AM
The Cleveland Mosquitoes (32-4) will take on the Lake County Knights (21-10) for the Strongsville-Cuyahoga Class AAA Championship in a Best of 3 Series.

Game # 1 was rained out both Thursday and Saturday so the teams will attempt to start the Championship at B-W Sunday afternoon at 5pm.

Game # 1: Sunday, July 23, 5:00pm @ Baldwin-Wallace College .
Game # 2: Monday, July 24, 7:30pm @ Foltz Field.
Game # 3: Thursday, July 27, 8:30pm @ Foltz Field.


July 22, 2006 – 07:00 AM
6th Rankings Are Out!
2006 NSPBA / USA Top 25 as of July 21st
rankings will be updated as soon as we get updated records from affiliated members.

The Tradewater, Ky Pirates take over the # 1 Spot as they have won 22 straight and currently stand at 37 & 1 on the year. NSPBA World Series get under way next week with the "War with the Sticks" in Evansville, In and the War with the Pipes in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The NBC World Series in Wichita, Kansas Begins on July 28th. An updated poll with records will be out August the 1st before the AABC State Tournaments Begin.

#1 Tradewater, Ky Pirates---------------38-----------3
#2 Flint, Mich. Halo Foutch-------------30-----------3
#3 Hattiesburg, Miss. Black Sox---------49-----------5
#4 Lombard, Ill. Orioles----------------20-----------3
#5 Cleveland, Ohio Mosquitoes-----------33-----------5
#6 Brunswick, Md. Orioles---------------24-----------5
#7 Peekskill, NY Tide-------------------22-----------4
#8 Peschell's Bakers CT.----------------20-----------6
#9 Bellows Baseball Club Trumbell, Ct.--12-----------1
#10 Chicago, Ill. Prairie Gravel---------21-----------5
#11 South Bend, In. Senators-------------22-----------4
#12 Mecanicsburg, Pa Cardinals-----------24-----------8
#13 Crestwood, Ill. Panthers-------------24-----------7
#14 Jasper, Indiana Reds-----------------12-----------4
#15 Mid Missouri Crawdads----------------16-----------5
#16 Indiana Outlaws----------------------30-----------22
#17 Memphis, Tn. Royals------------------32-----------4
#18 Charlotte, North Carolina Astros-----10-----------2
#19 New City , NY Outlaws----------------20-----------7
#20 Portland, In Rockets-----------------21-----------8
#21 Rockland, NY Cavaliers---------------18-----------8
#22 Danbury, Ct. Barons------------------17-----------8
#23 Columbia, Tn. Curve------------------33-----------14
#24 Cincinnati, Ohio Chiefs--------------14-----------6
#25 Western Kentcky Rattlers-------------20-----------14

Buckeye Baseball of Ohio 18+ Top 25

July 21, 2006 – 12:30 PM
2006 Ohio State Rankings
July 23, 2006 Ohio State Rankings

1. Cleveland Mosquitoes (33-5) Cuyahoga Class A
2. Canton Stallions (28-11) Canton Class A
3. Ohio Woodpeckers (35-1) Miami Valley League
4. Canton Pizza Oven (26-9) Canton Class A League
5. Cincinnati Cobalts (24-5) Cincinnati Rec.
6. Youngstown Bud/DiCioccio (25-3) Youngstown League
7. Sharon Cox Painting (21-6) Akron AA
8. Mahoning Valley Knights (20-5) Warren League
9. Crestwood Steamers (23-10) Cuyahoga League
10. Lake County Knights (22-11) Cuyahoga League
11. Steve Sports (22-5) Cleveland Adult Baseball Federation
12. Cheviot Patriots (24-17) Cincinnati Rec League
13. Canton Terriers (18-11) Canton Class A
14. Stark Terriers (17-12) Canton Class A
15. Cleveland Blackwolves (25-10) Northern Ohio Baseball League
16. Cleveland Bruins (15-2) Northern Ohio Baseball League
17. Ultimate Building Maintainance (19-5) Warren League
18. Roth Brothers (20-8) Youngstown League
19. Portage South (20-6) Akron AA
20. Barton Braves (17-4) Ohio Valley Baseball League
21. Westlake Titans (17-12) Northen Ohio Baseball League
22. Columbus Bison All-Stars (17-2) COMABL
23. Garfield Blue Steaks (17-8) Cleveland Adult Baseball League
24. Canton-Akron Legend (17-10) Akron AA
25. Berea Blue Sox (14-12) Cuyahoga Class A

Honorable Mention: Springfield Giants, Ellet Shockers, Cincinnati Chiefs, Toledo All-Americans, Fairview Bubba Q's, West Liberty, Fairview Marlins, Columbus HammerHead Sharks.

Dennick Dominates Steamers on 17 K's

July 17, 2006 – 11:30 PM
Ryan Dennick dominated the Cleveland Steamers all night by pounding the strikezone and keeping hitters off balance. Dennick struckout 17 of the 29 hitters he faced on the night helping propel the Mosquitoes (32-4) to the finals of the Cuyahoga Class A Championship in a best of 3 series with the Lake County Knights. Also coming up big was 3B Jeff Deighton who had 2 of the 4 Mosquito hits with one that broke a 0-0 deadlock in the top of the 6th.

Houston...We Have A Problem

July 16, 2006 – 11:45 PM
Another crazy night (doubleheader)as the Mosquitoes dropped it's 3rd game of the season to the Berea Blue Sox even though the Sox could only muster 3 hits, but were helped by 9 walks and 4 errors. The last error happened with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th, bases loaded and the Mosquitoes clinging to a 5-3 lead. A mighty blast came off the bat of the Berea player and went about 15 feet down the thirdbase line where the pitcher attempted to field and throw the runner out. The ball was tossed into right field scoring all three runners on base for a 6-5 Sox win. Congratulations on being a black cat for the Mosquitoes this season.

Game # 2 on the hot, muggy, mosquito evening had the team facing off against the young upcoming Twinsburg team for the 2nd time in 4 days. The Mosquitoes bounced back in this game and won 6-1. Dominique Rodgers went 6 innigs for the win with Eric Hoffman closing out another 1-2-3 inning in the 7th.

Next Up: Mosquitoes (31-4) v.s. the Cleveland Steamers (23-9) @ 8:30pm, Foltz Field for a tie-breaker game for the first-half champion in the division and the right to face the Lake County Knights in the Strongsville-Cuyahoga Class A Champions Best of 3.

Tale of Two Games

July 15, 2006 – 11:55 PM
Two games in one day couldn't have been more different as the Cleveland Mosquitoes (30-3) cruised to a 16-1 victory in game # 1 against the Northern Ohio Owls and fought to a 1-0 victory against the Cleveland Steamers in the night game.

Game # 1 had pitcher Randy Munshower dominate for 6 innings as he held the Owls to no runs on 2 hits while striking out 6. The Mosquitoes hitters came out swinging as they connected with three homer runs in the game. Two were off the bat of 1B Nick Sweetnich who hit a grand slam in the 2nd inning and a two-run homer in the 7th. Leftfielder Mike Schade also hit a two-run home run in the 4th.
Other hitter's who were hot were RF Jim Putko who went 3-5, CF Marty Healy 3-5, Jeff Deighton 2-3, Randy Munshower 2-4, Kevin May 2-5 and Mike Turchan 2-3 who played his last game of the season with the Mosquitoes as he moves to Atlanta, Georgia to start a new job teaching and coaching baseball.

Game # 2 both teams found themselves in a pitchers duel as Mosquitoes starter Joe Waldecker fought his way to a 1-0 win over a very tough Steamers team. Waldecker went the distance striking out 6, walking only 1 and giving up 2 hits on the game. The lone run of the game was scored in the 2nd inning with one out. DH Nick Sweetnich doubled and later scored on a single by 3B Jeff Deighton.

Next Up: Doubleheader Sunday, July 16, 6:00pm @ Foltz Field. Game # 1 is against Berea who has been a thorn in the side as they have defeated the Mosquitoes 2 of 3 this season both by the score of 2-1.
Game # 2 will start shortly after against Twinsburg.

Rally Time Again

July 13, 2006 – 11:25 PM
For the third time in as many games the Mosquitoes came back after being down early to win a ballgame. The young, talented Twinsburg team took a 3-1 lead after capitalizing on two Mosquito errors, a walk and three hits which scored three Twinsburg runners in the bottom of the 2nd. The Mosquitoes chipped away against Twinsburg's (Kent State closer) lefty pitcher Ryan Davis with 1 in the 3rd, 3 in the 4th and a Kevin May solo homerun in the 5th for a 6-3 victory.
Young lefty Ryan Dennick went the distance to record his 4th win of the season. Dennick struckout 7 Twinsburg hitters and the Mosquitoes run their overall record to 28-3.

Next Up: Doubleheader, Saturday, July 15 @ 6:00pm v.s. Northern Ohio Owls and at 8:30pm v.s. the Cleveland Steamers. Both games are @ Foltz Field.

Mosquitoes Rally to Defeat Steamers

July 11, 2006 – 11:50 PM
In a game with first place on the line the Mosquitoes responded in the top of the 3rd trailing 4-1 to the 2nd place Cleveland Steamers. The Mosquitoes got a run in the 1st on a solo homer-run by RF Mark Thomas. However that 1 run lead disappeared after the Steamers scored one in the bottom of the 1st and three in the bottom of the 2nd. The Mosquitoes went to work in the top of the 3rd scoring 6 runs, scoring another 6 runs in the 4th and 4 runs in the 5th. All in all the Mosquitoes pounded out 17 hits that included 3 doubles and a HR.
Pitcher Dominique Rodgers went the distance recording his 5th win of the season. Ther Mosquitoes up their overall record to 27-3 on the season.

Next Up: Twinsburg on Thursday at 6:15pm @ Foltz Field.

Mosquitoes Sweep Series

July 9, 2006 – 07:20 PM
The Cleveland Mosquitoes (26-3) swept the four game regular season series over a always tough Lake County Knights team with a 9-4 victory Sunday at Baldwin Wallace College. Jim Rieke picked up his 6th win of the season going 6 innings while Dan Dietrich closed out the 7th. The Mosquitoes hot hitters were Randy Munshower 3-4, Alex Eckelman 2-4, Stipe Miocic 2-4 and Mike Turchan 2-4.

The Mosquitoes will be back in action on Tuesday, July 11 vs. the Cleveland Steamers at 6:15pm @ Foltz Field.

Another 2-1 loss to the Berea Blue Sox

July 8, 2006 – 11:25 PM
The pitching of Eric Hoffman and Dan Dietrich deserved much better, but the Mosquitoes could only muster one run on four hits. The lone run being a rbi single by 2B Jeff Thamann scoring SS Jeff Deighton on a nice head first slide into home. After that the offense went completely south and Berea came from behind again to defeat the Mosquitoes 2-1 just like they had done on June 12.

Just Enough

July 6, 2006 – 11:20 PM
With the minimum of 9 guys the Mosquitoes were able to comeback after being down 2-0 after an error plagued first inning to win 6-2 over the Strongsville Americans. Starting pitcher Joe Waldecker settled down after the first inning and cruised the rest of the way as he struck out 11 batters while only giving up 2 runs, 0 earned on only 1 hit. CF - Stipe Miocic had 2 hits on the day while 1B - Mike Turchan, 2B - Jeff Thamann and C - Kevin May contributed with doubles.

Next Up: Saturday, 6:15pm @ Foltz v.s. Berea Blue Sox.


July 6, 2006 – 12:50 PM
5th Rankings are out
2006 NSPBA / USA Top 25 as of July 5th
rankings will be updated as soon as we get updated records from affiliated members

Brunswick takes over the #1 Spot after an impressive display of Baseball at the Harrisburg, PA Fire Cracker Classic, Tradewater, Ky Pirates are a team on the move with Lefty Ace Brian Wilburn throwing 4 straight No-Hitters, Hattiesburg, Miss continues to dominate in the South and look for Peschell's to make a run in the NABF, The CSBL is starting to heat up and cudos to the Jasper, In Reds who break into the Top 10 as one of your 2006 National Champins by winning the USBC in 4 games.
The Mosquitoes are out in Cleveland fresh off another July 4th title, Also Flint Halo Burger is racking up alot of wins as well as the South Bend Senators. Stay tuned for more Results and updated records.

#1 Brunswick, Md. Oriloles--------------17-----------1
#2 Tradewater, Ky Pirates---------------26-----------1
#3 Hattiesburg, Miss. Black Sox---------45-----------3
#4 Peschell's Bakers West Haven, CT.----17-----------2
#5 Lombard, Ill. Orioles----------------15-----------2
#6 Cleveland, Ohio Mosquitoes-----------25-----------2
#7 Flint, Mich. Halo Burger/Foutch Auto-24-----------3
#8 South Bend, Indiana Senators---------14-----------2
#9 Bellows Baseball Club Trumbell, Ct. -9------------1
#10 Jasper, Indiana Reds----------------12------------3
#11 Mid Missouri Crawdads---------------16------------5
#12 Crestwood, Ill. Panthers------------19------------4
#13 Charlotte, North Carolina Astros-----7------------1
#14 Chicago, Ill. Prairie Gravel---------9------------4
#15 New City , NY Outlaws---------------14------------5
#16 Mecanicsburg, Pa. Cardinals--------21------------6
#17 Cincinnati, Ohio Chiefs------------10------------4
#18 Memphis, Tn. Royals----------------22------------2
#19 Danbury, Ct. Barons----------------12------------5
#20 Portland, Indiana Rockets----------14------------5
#21 Peekskill, NY Tides----------------11------------3
#22 Milford, Ct FPA--------------------16------------8
#23 Indiana Outlaws--------------------22-----------16
#24 Rockland, NY Cavaliers-------------12------------5
#25 Westlake, Oh Titans-----------------13------------8

Next poll to be released August 1st after the 2006 National Semi-Pro Baseball Associaiton World Series in Evansville (Wood) & Hattiesburg (Metal), Please email all current Win / Loss records and big wins to The current Poll will be modified and expanded as we recieve 2006 NSPBA Affiation fees. Remember this is only a regular season poll the final poll of the season will reflect on how well ones team does at the National World Series. If you are not a current
affilaited member of the National Semi-Pro Baseball Association you will not be considered in our NSPBA / USA Rankings.

Mosquitoes Start Out Fast To Defeat Westlake Titans

July 5, 2006 – 11:50 PM
With over half the team missing the Mosquitoes jumped out fast and cruised to a 16-4 victory over the Westlake Titans. Players who excelled tonight were 2B - Alex Eckelman 5-5, 3 runs, 4 RBI and SB, C - Kevin May 3-4, Double, 2 runs, 3 RBI, 1B - Mike Turchan 2-3, 2 runs, 4 RBI, CF - Blake Busson 2-4, 2 runs and DH/Manager Ed Konopka who made his first appearance of the season going 2-3, double, run and 2 RBI. Dominque Rodgers went 6 innings to pick up his 4th win of the season.

Next Up: Thursday, July 6, 6:00pm at Baldwin-Wallace College v.s. the Strongsville Americans in Cuyahoga League action.

Mosquitoes Win Cleveland 4th of July Wood Bat Tournament

July 4, 2006 – 08:20 AM
For the 3rd straight year the Cleveland Mosquitoes have gone undefeated in a 4th of July Tournament. In 2004 it was defeating teams in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2005 it was defeating the best from Louisville, Kentucky and the 3rd time was a charm doing it on the old stomping grounds of the Mosquitoes in Cleveland at Gordon Park.

In the bottom of the 1st the Mosquitoes jumped out on top when clean-up hitter Mike Schade singled to score Blake Busson and Alex Eckelman. The Mosquitoes tacked on 3 more in the 5th with two out clutch hits coming from a Busson triple, a Stipe Miocic double and a Kevin May single that all contributed to the 5-1 victory over the Blackwolves.

Randy Munshower held the Blackwolves in check for 6 innings only giving up 1 run on 4 hits. Dan Dietrich closed out the game by striking out the side.

Next Up: Westlake Titans, 6:15pm Wednesday July 5 @ Baldwin Wallace College in a Ohio Independent League contest.

Mosquitoes Advance to Cleveland Tournament Finals

July 2, 2006 – 08:00 PM
The Cleveland Mosquitoes defeated the Fairview Park Marlins 5-4 Sunday afternoon to advance to the finals of the Cleveland 4th of July Tournament on Monday night, 8:30pm at Gordon Park.

The Mosquitoes jumped out early with three runs in the 1st, one in the 2nd and another in the 3rd which was just enough to hold off a scrappy Marlins team which fought back with three of their own in the 3rd and another in the 7th. The Marlins were threatening to take the lead in the top of the 7th after they scored one and had runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. Dominique Rodgers came in to relieve starter Joe Waldecker who notched the win and got the Mosquitoes out of a jam by getting a nifty double play (Eckleman to Munshower to Miocic) ball to end the game. Dominque Rodgers recorded his first save of the season, while Mosquitoes hitters Schade and Miocic stayed hot with 2 RBI a piece. Miocic also hit his 5th home run of the season.

Mosquitoes Looking For It's 3rd 4th of July Title In A Row

July 1, 2006 – 09:10 PM
The Cleveland Mosquitoes (21-2) are looking to capture it's third 4th of July tournament in a row. In 2004 the Mosquitoes traveled South and went 5-0 to capture the Cincinnati, Ohio Championship. In 2005 the Mosquitoes went out of state and swept the competition in Louisville, Kentucky against the best in Kentucky. Now the Mosquitoes are setting out to capture a title on it's old stomping grounds where they captured 10 Cleveland city titles in 11 years before moving to the Strongsville-Cuyahoga League in 2005.

In game # 1 v.s. Cleveland Blackwolves the Mosquitoes Jim Rieke took the mound fresh off a perfect game thrown against the Lake County Knights last weekend and didn't disappoint as he threw a complete game one hitter. The Mosquitoes hit the ball hard and stranded a host of runners, but finally got the one run that Rieke needed when Rob Vernon singled to start the 6th, stole 2nd and came home on a Jim Putko single that was enough for a 1-0 Mosquito victory over a tough Blackwolves team

Game # 2 the Mosquitoes had Marietta College lefty standout Ryan Dennick on the mound. Ryan went 6 innings while only giving up 4 hits with 7 K's. Eric "Hoff Daddy" Hoffman closed out another game with a perfect 7th. The Mosquitoes big blows of the game were a 2-run homer by Mike Schade and a grand slam by Stipe Miocic to cap off a 9-0 victory.

Next Up: Sunday 1:00pm @ Talty Field (Brookside Park off of Ridge Rd.) # 3 v.s. the winner of the Fairview Park Marlins-Olmsted Falls Bulldogs game.

Mosquitoes Win 3 More

June 25, 2006 – 11:50 PM
Legendary coach Andy Mohnickey returned to the diamond after manager Ed Konopka took a break this past week from his Mosquitoes to relax in Hilton Head, South Carolina thus re-energizing himself for the 2nd half and a run at a national title.

On Tuesday, June 20 the Mosquitoes defeated Strongsville 7-1 behind the pitching of lefty Ryan Dennick who chalked up his 2nd win of the season. Kevin Schwamel, Nick Sweetnich, Mike Schade, Randy Munshower and Stipe Miocic lead the way with 2 hits a piece. Munshower and Miocic contributed with home runs.

Saturday, June 24 had the Mosquitoes facing the very tough Lake County Knights team at Eastlake North High. Jim Rieke who has found the fountain of youth in 2006 pitched the gem of gems with a perfect game facing the minimum of 21 hitters. Rieke won his 4th game of the season and lowered his ERA to 0.66 on the season. Rightfielder Jim Putko went 3-3 at the plate and scored one of the 2 runs that helped the Mosquitoes defeat Lake County 2-0.

Sunday, June 25 the Mosquitoes once again faced Fairview Bubba Q's and defeated them 6-1. Pitcher Dan Dietrich went 6 strong innings allowing only 1 run on 2 hits. He gave way in the 7th to Stipe Miocic who made his first appearance on the hill this season and had a 1,2,3 inning to close out the game. Hitters who lead the way were Mike Schade, 4-4, 2 runs, 2 rbi, 2B, 2 runs, Stipe Miocic 2-4 with 2 doubles, run and rbi, Kevin May 2-3 with 2 rbi and Kevin Schwamel who went 2-3, 2 doubles, 3 runs and a HBP.

Next Up: Doubleheader Monday starting at 6:00pm.
Game # 1 v.s. Northern Ohio Owls - Rainout
Game # 2 v.s. Berea Blue Sox - Rainout

Cleveland 4th of July Tournament Update

June 23, 2006 – 07:00 PM
On Saturday July 1 the Cleveland Mosquitoes will open up the Cleveland 4th of July Wood Bat Tournament v.s. the Cleveland Blackwolves at 10:30am and follow up that with a game against the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs at 1:00pm. Both games will be played at Gordon Park #1. Sunday July 2nd games will be determined after pool play.

Waldecker Strikes out Bubba Q's

June 18, 2006 – 11:15 PM
Joe Waldecker lead the Cleveland Mosquitoes to victory over Fairview Bubba Q's. Waldecker went the distance pitching all seven innings while striking out 12. The Mosquitoes won by the score of 4-1.

Bottom Half Leads The Way

June 16, 2006 – 10:00 AM
After giving up a four spot in the 1st inning to the Northern Ohio Owls the Mosquitoes (15-2) came back with a big 5 run 4th inning and scored all the runs with 2 outs. Leading the hitting on the night were 1B Kevin May (3-4), DH Mike Turchan (3-4) and RF Mike Schade (3-3) who all scored and drove in runs on the night.

Dominique Rodgers (3-0) gutted out 5 innings after a bumpy 1st that seemed to find some typical Foltz bad bounces, but weathered the storm and struckout 11 Owls before departing and giving way to closer Eric Hoffman who shut down the Owls the last 2 innings on 3 strikeouts without giving up a hit. Hoffman recoreded his 2nd save of the season as the Mosquitoes won 6-4.

Next Up: Bubba Q's, Sunday, 3:45pm @ Foltz Field.

No Shows Make Winning Tough

June 12, 2006 – 11:40 PM
In what has been a constant habit over the last three weeks is starting to take a toll on the team. A vast majority of top players were again missing tonight (batting were 2 pitchers in the lineup) as the Mosquitoes fell to Berea 2-1 on another 2 out single to score a Berea runner from 3rd, just like Sundays 2-1 loss to the Steamers. The Mosquitoes actually jumped on top in the top of the 7th when Mike Schade doubled to left. Later advanced to third and scored on a Kevin Schwamel single. The Mosquitoes had a chance to tack on more with runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out, but failed to do so. Berea came up with a walk and three hits to shock the Mosquitoes. The loss could put the team in a tie with the Steamers for the first half champs if the Steamers win its last few first half games which would force a deciding game to break a tie.

Mosquitoes and Steamers Split Doubleheader

June 11, 2006 – 11:55 PM
In a battle for first place on the line for the first half champion the Mosquitoes and Steamers did battle in a doubleheader Sunday at Foltz.

In game # 1 with the Cleveland Steamers led by former Cleveland Nature Stone Bull skipper Mike Massetta (trailing the Mosquitoes by one game in the standings) started out early with a first inning, one out double by CF #13 (ex-Bull) Tim Stacey. Stacy proceded to steal 3rd base and score on the throw. In the 5th the Mosquitoes 2B Jeff Deighton singled and later scored on a one out RBI single by SS Alex Eckelman. The Mosquitoes stranded two more runners after the Eckleman RBI with less than 2 outs and proceeded to strand 2 more runners in both the 6th and 7th innings. The Steamers SS Roborecki started the 7th with a double to right center and eventually moved over to 3rd on a ground ball to first base for the second out. Number 9 hitter LF Williamson came up big with his only hit of the game that knocked in Roborecki for a Steamers 2-1 win to tie the Mosquitoes for 1st place. Hard luck loser was Randy Munshower who pitched a great game allowing 2 runs, 1 earned on 5 hits while striking out 4.

In game # 2 the Mosquitoes got back on track with a 6-2 win putting the Mosquitoes ahead of the Steamers by one game.
Jim Rieke also pitched a great game in # 2 as Rieke went 6 innings while alowing 2 runs, 1 earned and striking out 8. Eric Hoffman closed out the 7th striking out 3 Cleveland Steamers. Hitters of the night in game # 2 were CF Marty Healy who went 2-3, 2 runs, rbi and 2 stolen bases while RF Kevin Schwammel went 2-3, 1 run and 2 rbi. Stipe Miocic also contributed with a 6th inning RBI double and 2 walks.

With the split of the doubleheader the Mosquitoes stay 1 game ahead of the Cleveland Steamers for first half champion. The Mosquitoes need to win Monday night v.s. Berea @ Berea High to clinch the first half.

Mosquitoes Defeat Lake County 7-3

June 10, 2006 – 11:30 PM
Dominique Rodgers pitched 5 innings to earn his 2nd win of the season while Jim Rieke came in relief to pick up his first save. The offense was lead by CF Randy Munshower who went 1-3, 2 runs, 2 rbi, walk and a stolen base.

Next Up: Cleveland Mosquitoes v.s. Crestwood Steamers in a doubleheader Sunday starting at 6:00pm @ Foltz Field.

Dennick Strikes Out 12

June 9, 2006 – 11:45 PM
Marietta College pitcher Ryan Dennick fresh off his Division III World Series win took the mound for the first time as a Mosquito. Ryan didn't disappoint as he pitched the Mosquitoes to a complete game 3-2 victory over the Fairview Park Marlins allowing 2 runs while striking out 12. The win moves the Mosquitoes to 2-0 (OIL) in the Ohio Independent League.

Next Up: Lake County Knights, 8:30pm at Foltz Field.

Mosquitoes Edge Americans

June 7, 2006 – 12:30 PM
The Cleveland Mosquitoes (10-0, 9-0 CSL) defeated the Strongsville Americans 3-2 Tuesday night at Foltz. Shortstop Stipe Miocic drove in two runs tonight, but the big blow came in the bottom of the 6th with the game tied at 2. Miocic lead off the bottom of the 6th with a no doubter as he launched his 2nd home-run of the season deep over the centerfield fence to give the Mosquitoes a 3-2 lead. Starting pitcher Jim Rieke went the distance completing his 2nd game of the season and notching his 2nd win. Rieke totaled 8 strikeouts to up his strikout total to 28 on the season in 17 innings of play.

Haggerty, Harvey, Munshower Keep Streak Going.

June 5, 2005 – 08:55 AM
The Cleveland Mosquitoes (9-0) had to scrape together 9 players to pull out an extra inning 4-3 win (8th) over Fairview Bubba Q's Sunday evening at Foltz. The lineup was missing 6 starters and had three pitchers hitting in the lineup. Luckily the pitchers who were thrown into the field were guys who came up big. The Mosquitoes struck first in the top of the 5th on a sacrifice fly by CF Marty Healy scoring 3B Shawn Haggerty. The Mosquitoes plated 2 more runs in the 6th when Shawn Haggerty singled with two outs scoring Mike Schade and Nick Sweetnich. Bubba Q's struck back in the bottom of the 6th with three runs to tie the game lead by the hot hitting of Bubba Q's player/manager Mike Faile who went 3-4. Shawn Haggerty struck again with 2 outs in the 8th and LF Jake Harvey standing on first. Haggerty sent a towering drive to left field that scored Harvey from first to put the Mosquitoes up 4-3. Pitcher Randy Munshower composed himself over the last 2 innings to secure a complete game win. Munshower finished with 8 strikeouts on the day.

Next Up: Monday, 6:15pm at Foltz Field v.s. Twinsburg.

Clash of the Titans

June 2, 2006 – 11:50 PM
The Westlake Titans are in their 3rd season and have come along way since 2004. The Titans have many young Division I college players who are hungry to make it to the top in Ohio behind the leadership of player/manager Mike Janos and they certainly proved they have the talent to be called one of Ohio's best after tonight.

A pitching dual between Titans LHP Steve Procner (Cleveland St.-Soph.) and Mosquitoes RHP Dominique Rodgers (Kent St.- Soph.) became the focus of this game as Procner struck out 7 and allowed only 2 hits and 1 earned run. The earned run proved to be the difference as Mosquitoes catcher Kevin May (Marietta College) drove a fastball over the leftfield fence for his first home-run of the season. Rodgers worked out of several jams by striking out 5 Titans and allowing only 2 hits. Rodgers went the distance recording his 1st win as a Mosquito and helping raise the Mosquitoes record to 8-0 on the season.

The Mosquitoes will be back in action on Sunday, 6:00pm at Foltz Field v.s. Bubba Q's.

Five-Run 6th Fuels Extra Inning Comeback

June 1, 2006 – 11:55 PM
The Cleveland Mosquitoes (7-0) had to rally from a 6-1 deficit in the bottom of the 6th to tie and win with a sacrifice fly in the 9th by RF Stipe Miocic scoring 2B Jeff Deighton for a 7-6 win over the Owls. Chuck Smith went 5 innings and was relieved by Jake Harvey in the 6th. Joe Waldecker came on in the 7th to close the show and pick up his first win of the season.

Next Up: Westlake Titans at Westlake High at 6:15pm Friday.

Mosquitoes Leap Frog to # 3 Nationally

May 31, 2006 – 11:20 AM
The Cleveland Mosquitoes (6-0) following the Thursday game against the Northern Ohio Owls will face off Friday against the # 23 nationally ranked Westlake Titans at 6:15pm at Westlake High off of Hillard Rd.

2006 NSPBA / USA Top 25 as of May 30th

#1 Chicago, Ill. Prairie Gravel----------0-----------0
#2 Hattiesburg, Miss. Black Sox---------28-----------1
#3 Cleveland, Ohio Mosquitoes------------6-----------0
#4 Paschells Bakery, CT.-----------------1-----------0
#5 Brunswick, MD. Orioles----------------3-----------0
#6 Memphis, Tn. Royals-------------------8-----------0
#7 Danbury, Ct. Barons-------------------7-----------1
#8 Mecanicsburg, Pa. Cardinals-----------3-----------1
#9 Mid Missouri Crawdads-----------------5-----------2
#10 Lombard, Ill. Orioles-----------------0-----------0
#11 Chester County, Pa. Crawdads-------- 3-----------0
#12 Brooklyn, NY. Falcons-----------------7-----------1
#13 Indiana Outlaws-----------------------6-----------3
#14 Beecher, Ill. Muskies
#15 North Castle, NY Lookouts-------------8-----------2
#16 Milford, Ct FPA-----------------------5-----------1
#17 Trumbell Ct. Bellows Baseball Club----1-----------1
#18 Chicago, Ill. Wildcats
#19 Columbia, Tn. Curve------------------15------------6
#20 Manistee, Mich. Saints
#21 Cincinnati, Ohio Chiefs---------------2------------2
#22 CT. Storm-----------------------------1------------0
#23 Westlake, Ohio Titans-----------------2------------0
#24 Crestwood, Ill. Panthers
#25 Peeksville, NY Tide-------------------7------------2
#25 Charlotte, N.C. Astros----------------2------------1

Thomas Throws No Hitter

May 30, 2006 – 11:55 PM
Mark Thomas got called into duty tonight and was throwing his three favorite pitches to perfection, slow, slower and slowest. The lefty Thomas kept the Northern Ohio Owls off balance all night recording 11 strikouts while walking 3 hitters without giving up a hit. The Mosquitoes scored runs in the 1st and the 2nd which was all Thomas needed as the only offense the Owls could muster all night was in the 4th on a walk and error that moved runners to 2nd and 3rd with one out. The Owls scored its only run on a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Thomas struck out the next hitter to end the threat and shut down the Owls the rest of the way while leading the Cleveland Mosquitoes (6-0) to a 2-1 victory.

The Owls will have another shot at the Mosquitoes Thursday night, 6:15pm at Foltz Field.

Sox Feeling Blue

May 29, 2006 – 11:20 PM
The Cleveland Mosquitoes (5-0) defeated the Berea Blue Sox 10-2 behind a 2 hitter by starter Eric Hoffman who went 6 innings for the win and reliever Jake Harvey who closed out the 7th. This happened despite missing over half the team due to Memorial Day barbecues.

Mosquitoes hitters Stipe Miocic, Jim Putko, Jeff Thamman and Jeff Deighton all had two hits a piece. The Mosquitoes will be back in action Tuesday night at 8:30pm against the Northern Ohio Owls at Foltz Field.

Rieke Dominates Americans

May 28, 2006
Jim Rieke dominated the Strongsville Americans today pitching a complete game and striking out 12 Americans in a 3-1 victory. The Mosquitoes offense jumped out in the top of the first when Marty Healy singled with 2 outs to left driving in Randy Munshower who had earlier lead of the top of the inning with a single and stolen base. Strongsville struck back in the bottom of the 3rd scoring its only run after a hit batter scored all the way from first on a double in the gap from the Americans four hitter. In the top of the 5th the Mosquitoes had back to back singles from Mike Schade and Jeff Deighton who moved to 2nd and 3rd on a wild pitch. Randy Munshower singled home Schade with the 2nd run of the game and Mike Turchan's sacrifice fly scored Deighton with the final run of the game. The Mosquitoes record improves to 4-0 and will face the Berea Blue Sox tomorrow at (Baldwin-Wallace College) 6:00pm.

Lake County Knights & Mosquitoes First Battle of the Season

May 27, 2006 – 06:50 PM
This was the first of many battles between the Cleveland Mosquitoes (3-0) and the Lake County Knights (2-1) as the Mosquitoes defeated Lake County 6-4 at Eastlake North High.

D.J. Santiago and Jim Putko lead the hitting attack as Santiago went 2-3 with a double, home run and 3 rbi. Putko went 2-4 with a key two out rbi in the 3rd.

Starting on the mound and getting his 2nd win of the season was Chuck Smith who went 6 innings striking out 8. Eric Hoffman started the 7th and went 2/3 of an inning recording 2 strikeouts while Randy Munshower was called in to slam the door on the final out with a K of his own stranding two Knights on base. Munshower also contributed 2 stolen bases and 2 runs to his all around game.

Next Up: The Strongsville Americans on Sunday at 12 noon at Baldwin-Wallace College.

National Rankings

May 24, 2006
2006 NSPBA / USA Top 25 as of May 22nd

#1 Hattiesburg, Miss. Black Sox---------22-----------0
#1 Chicago, Ill. Prairie Gravel
#2 Paschells Bakery, CT.-----------------1-----------0
#3 Brunswick, MD. Orioles----------------2-----------0
#4 Indiana Outlaws-----------------------5-----------1
#5 Danbury, Ct. Barons-------------------6-----------0
#6 South Bend, IN. Senators
#7 Mecanicsburg, Pa. Cardinals
#8 Cleveland, Ohio Mosquitoes------------2-----------0
#9 New City, NY. Outlaws---------------- 5-----------4
#9 Lombard, Ill. Orioles
#10 Chester County, Pa. Crawdads-------- 3-----------0
#11 Brooklyn, NY. Falcons-----------------6-----------1
#12 Rockland, NY. Cavaliers---------------4-----------3
#12 Beecher, Ill. Muskies
#13 Charlotte, N.C. Cardinals-------------1------------1
#14 Milford, Ct FPA-----------------------5------------0
#15 Trumbell Ct. Bellows Baseball Club----1------------0
#16 North Castle, NY. Lookouts------------8------------0
#16 Chicago, Ill. Wildcats
#17 Columbia, Tn. Curve------------------12------------4
#18 Manistee, Mich. Saints
#19 Cincinnati, Ohio Chiefs
#20 West Allis, Wisconsin Nationals
#21 New York Riptide
#21 Crestwood, Ill. Panthers
#22 CT. Storm (Strattford, Ct.)
#22 Milwaukee, Wi. Angels
#23 Fordham, NY Paw Sox-------------------3------------3
#24 Westlake, Ohio Titans
#25 Racine, Wisconsin Kiwanis
#25 Charlotte, N.C. Astros------------------2------------1
#25 Myrtle Beach, S.C. White Sox------------0------------1

Pitching Dominates Bubba'Q's

May 24, 2006 – 11:45 AM
The Cleveland Mosquitoes (2-0) defeated Fairview Bubba'Q's by the score of 6-1 Tuesday night at Foltz. Highlighting the night was the pitching performances of starter Randy Munshower and Jim Rieke. Munshower went four innings while striking out 6 on one hit and one unearned run. Rieke went the last three innings striking out 8 while giving up only one hit. The pitching over the first two games has been outstanding by only giving up one unearned run, 4 hits, while striking out 25 batter's and only allowing one walk.

Next up: The Cleveland Bruins (Northern Ohio League) Thursday, May 25th at Baldwin-Wallace College. Game time is 6:15pm.

Mosquitoes Flex Muscles On Opening Day

May 22, 2006 – 09:10 AM
The Cleveland Mosquitoes (1-0) have added some special or should I say unique individuals to this years 2006 team in hopes of winning a World Series and National Title.

After five rainouts the season finally got underway on Sunday evening as the Mosquitoes took on Twinsburg in league action at beautiful Foltz Field.

The Mosquitoes jumped out early with 2 runs in the 1st and never looked back as they cruised to a 17-0 win while pounding out 24 hits. Highlighting the hitting Mark Thomas (2-3, RBI), D.J. Santiago (1-2, RBI), Marty Healy (2-3, 3RBI), Jim Putko (3-4, 2B, 3RBI), Kevin May (3-5, 2B, 3RBI), Jeff Thamman (3-5), Stipe Miocic (3-5, HR) and Jeff Deighton (3-5, 2B, 3RBI).

Pitching was just as impressive as starter Chuck Smith (3 IP, 8 K's) notched his first win of the season. Also throwing scoreless innings were pitchers Dan Dietrich, Eric Hoffman, Sean Haggerty and Jake Harvey.

Next up: Tuesday, May 23 v.s. Bubba Q's at Foltz Field 8:30pm.