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A's Win 18+ Division Tournament
The A's won the 18+ Division after ultimately taking two of three postseason games from the runner-up Angels in the postseason tournament. The A's beat the Angels 7-1 and 11-1 in the championship round to capture the title.
The A's had coasted into the postseason as the #1 seed after finishing the regular season with a 14-2 record. In the second round of the tournament, the A's faced off with the 4th seeded Angels. The Angels came in hot after knocking off the #2 seed Banditos the previous week, and beat the A’s 2-1 in an epic 12-inning battle.
This sent the A's to an elimination game against #2 seed Los Banditos the next day. This game featured several lead changes but the A's eventually pulled ahead and won 8-6, setting the stage for an A’s-Angels rematch in the championship.
The A’s had won games in 2018 using a formula of teamwork and contributions from every player on the roster, and something felt missing down the stretch after leadoff man Yuki Kawahara moved to New York. The A's were able to convince Kawahara to return for the final championship showdown, and he made his presence known often throughout the day. With the A's down 1-0 in the 7th inning of Championship Game 1, Kawahara singled, proceeded to steal 2nd and 3rd base, and scored on a sac fly to tie the game. This provided the spark the A's needed, as their bats awoke in the 8th and 9th innings resulting in a 7-1 win. A's starter Max Sellman pitched a complete game, allowing 1 earned run on 5 hits, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts.
This forced Championship Game 2 due to the double elimination format. Kawahara stayed hot, going 3-4, 2B, 3B, R, with 4 RBI, SB, and SF. Sellman continued his effort on the mound from the morning by starting and throwing three shutout innings to open the game. Andrew Wolfe relieved Sellman and finished the combined 2-hitter en route to the A's 11-1 win.
Front row (l-r): Jarrett Benson, Brent Perzentka, Yuki Kawahara, Josh Glascock, Kai Westring
Back row (l-r): Austin Grimm, Max Sellman, Danny Kennedy, Dan Haueter, Andrew Wolfe, Andy DeRocher, Rich Rydecki
Missing: Dylan Lawrence, Tyler Dierke
A’s Postseason Game Box Scores and Stories:
Karben4 Athletics Claim 35+ Tourney Championship
The 2018 Karben4 Athletics culminated a successful season with a 9-1 victory in the MABL Southern
Wisconsin 35+ championship over perennial rival Monarchs. The Athletics scraped and clawed their way
to a 9-5 regular season record in a much improved and more competitive Friday Night League, good
enough for a 4 seed in the playoff pool. Only 2 games separated the top five teams in the league, so the
playoffs appeared to be set for some very competitive matchups. The A’s got off to a good start by
defeating the red hot Pirates in round 1, thanks to a balanced offensive attack, and solid pitching by
Andy DeRocher, Bill Coker and Jeff Jenkins. Josh Glascock’s 2 run double in the 6 th broke open an
otherwise tight game, allowing the A’s to coast to a 9-2 victory.
Round 2 matched the A’s against the Mules. A steady stream of runs from the start of the game,
allowed the A’s to roll to an 11-5 victory setting up a classic semi-final in Week 3 against the Number
One Seeded Mariners.
The Mariners and A’s split during the regular season, each winning in lopsided fashion, which meant
only one thing for this Round 3 playoff matchup. This game would have to be a barn burner. Both
teams brought their A-games with solid pitching, timely hitting and great defense. The A’s jumped out
to an early 2-0 lead and added a third run in the top of the 6 th . Jeff Jenkins stymied the potent Mariners
offense for 5 2/3 innings, but after 2 runners reached with two outs, the Mariners tied the game with a
3-run dramatic homerun. Jenkins struck out the last batter in the 6 th , sending this semifinal to the 7 th , all
tied. The determined A’s offense scratched together a couple of hits and a walk to load the bases with
one out in the top of the seventh. A rocket shot off the bat of Brent Perzentka was snagged by the
Mariners 2 nd basemen and the go ahead run was cut down at the plate. One batter later, Dan Haueter’s
ground ball found its way through the infield and gave the A’s the ultimate winning run.
The championship game was set, and like four of the previous five years, the Monarchs would play the
A’s for all the marbles. The Monarchs had a five-year reign on the league crown after knocking off the
A’s each time they met in the regular season finale. This year, however would provide the outcome the
Athletics desired. The A’s bats were smoking from the start as they plated four runs in the first thanks in
part to Dan Haueter’s 2 run homer. A single run in the third, and two run innings in the 5 th and 7 th gave
the A’s a commanding 9-0 lead. 2 run homers off the bats of Mike Schoonveld and once again, Dan
Haueter, were the sources of the insurance runs as the game went on. Jeff Jenkins was masterful on the
mound, going the distance with 9 strikeouts and allowing only one unearned run in the bottom of the
ninth to give the A’s the championship.
2018 proved to be a great season for MABL Southern Wisconsin, which lived up to its National League of
the Month award in early 2018. Each team improved as the league became more competitive top to
bottom, and most importantly gave over 150 middle aged men a place to play baseball every Friday
night from April through October in Wisconsin. Thanks to the umpires, MABL National, and all the
players for making 2018 a great season!
Epic Bombers Take 17+ League Championship
The Southern Wisconsin MABL Epic Bombers repeated as 17+ division champions, capping a one-loss season with a 2-0 championship against Los Banditos. Avenging their only loss of the season to Los Banditos, the Bombers were led by staff ace Kon Kalnajs who went 5.2 innings, allowing only 1 hit and walking nobody. He struck out 9. Kalnajs’ remarkable season wrapped up with a 0.00 ERA, 0.23 WHIP, and 46 strikeouts on the season. Kalnajs allowed only 6 total baserunners across 25.2 innings of work.
In the championship, the Bombers scratched across single runs in 1st on German Lopez’s RBI double to left and 3rd on a groundout by Chris Jackson which allowed Bomber speedster Yuki Kawahara to score from second. Despite being held in check by Los Banditos ace Matt Fettes and having two runs cut down at the plate by a fundamentally-sound Banditos defense, the Bombers held on for a hard-fought victory. Austin Nordby earned the save in relief of Kalnajs, striking out 4 of the 5 batters he faced.
The Bombers finished the season with a staff ERA of 0.93 and a WHIP of 0.93 and a run differential of +83. The offense was led by manager Aaron Heerhold who finished with a league-leading .565 average and 15 RBI. 3 Bombers tied for second in the league with 11 RBI.
2018 Season Concludes
What is the MABL/MSBL?
The Men's Senior Baseball League and Men's Adult Baseball League (MSBL/MABL) is a national organization founded in 1988 that has grown to more than 325 local leagues, 3,200 teams, and over 45,000 members. It is real baseball at a competitive level on a regular basis in a professionally run environment.
18+ Weekends at 10am and 1pm
17+ Tuesday / Thursday evenings
35+ Friday nights at 6:15 and 8:30
45+ Sunday afternoons
55+ Wednesday evenings
The MABL of Southern Wisconsin teams play in full uniforms on groomed fields in the Madison area with experienced and qualified umpires.