- Welcome 2019 Players!
- Fields in Rehoboth, Johnston, Cranston, and Cumberland
- Two Divisions!
- 50+ and 58+
- Special 64+ Hall of Fame Games
2020 Partial RIMA Schedule Posted
Jimmy Clark (Photo courtesy of Jim Watkins)
The season is set to start on the week of June 29th for an 18-game schedule in the 50s Division. The 58s will start that same week and play a 16-game schedule. The 65+ Games start July 28th!
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Former RIMA Ballplayer Jimmy Rivers Passes
Long-time player, and all-around great guy, Jimmy Rivers passed away on May 26th at age 76. Several of the older players in our league will remember Jimmy as the type of player that RIMA Baseball was built upon. An excellent hitter, Jimmy could play any position. He was one of the original Silver Foxes and was recently remembered by John Kissik, brother of RIMA Baseball co-founder, Dick Kissik. John shared that "Jimmy was a heck of a guy that you'd want on your team. An all-around nice guy!
Navilliat's Complete Game Leads Tides to 3-2 Championship Win Over Marlins in 50 Division
2019 RIMA Baseball Champion Tides
The Tides have been invited to President Petrillo's House on October 31 at 6:00AM for a Presidential Breakfast of bagels, muffins, and coffee. A press "Questions and Answers" session to follow.
2019 Raynham Baseball Club 3-Peats in 58 Division
The Raynham Baseball Club swept through the playoffs and defeated the Raves 14-6 to win the 58+ championship for the third straight year. The RBC took a 1-0 lead in the first on a single by Mark Jaehnig and a double by Richie Figueroa. In the 3rd Richie Figueroa knocked home Franz Strassmann(single), Tony Catalano(double), and Mark Jaehnig(HBP) with a booming double. Richie Figueroa then scored on a single by Carmello Bastian. A walk to Joe Berolini and hits by Dan Doyle and Mike Roake produced a run in the 4th. Hits by Franz Strassmann, Richie Figueroa, and Mac Noblin resulted in 2 runs in the 5th. The RBC scored another run in the 7th on a single by Franz Strassmann, walks to Tony Catalano and Richie Figueroa and a RBI HBP by Carmello Bastian. With the Score 9-0 the Raves roared back in the top of the 8th. A potential inning ending error by the RBC opened the door for the Raves. Clutch hits by Mo Hevia, Tom Petrillo, Scott Owen, Ray Pensilfini and Jack Kaveny together with walks to Rob Corriea and John Smutnick produced 5 runs and brought the tying run to the plate. A grounder back to pitcher Richie Figueroa ended the furious rally. The RBC responded by scoring 5 times in the bottom of the 8th on singles by Dan Doyle and Bob Johnston, a sacrifice bunt by Mike Roake, and RBI hits by Randy Karson, Kevin Marden, Franz Strassmann (double), Tony Catalano (double) and Richie Figueroa. The Raves scored one run in the top of the 9th on a single by Peter Holmes and a double by Steve Ready to close out the scoring. Richie Figueroa had an outstanding starting pitching performance for the RBC as he gave up 5 runs (0 earned) and 7 hits over 8 innings while recording 8K’s. Franz Strassmann pitched the 9th inning and closed out the game to preserve the win. Solid defense was played by both teams. Tony Catalano, Dan Doyle, and Carmello Bastian made tremendous plays in the field for the RBC. Catchers Joe Berolini and Steve Keenan were outstanding. As one would expect, it was well played competitive game!
Marlins Repeat as RIMA 50's Division Champions!
Jimmy Clark went the distance on the mound and went 3-4 at the plate to lead the Marlins to a 10-9 come from behind victory over the strong hitting Tides. Behind 6-4 after 7 tides plated 5 runs on 3 walks and 3 hits to take the lead 9-6. The Marlins came back with 1 run to cut the lead to 2 going into the ninth . Clark pitched a scoreless top of the ninth. After a lead off batter fly out, Danny Mac to singled followed by a Steve Pex double, a single by Rod and a walk to Eddie Mederois to load the bases with the score tied at 9. The hard hitting Cubby Karbowski lumbered to the plate and proceeded to rip a 25 mile an hour exit-velocity roller to 3rd scoring Rod with the winning run. Danny Mac went 2-4 scoring 3 runs.
Raynham Sweeps Raves for 58 Division Championship!
The Raynham baseball Club survived a great comeback by the Raves to win 15-13 on Saturday and keep their championship hopes alive. Leading 15-8 going into the bottom of the 9th the Raves scored 5 runs and had runners on second and third with one out. Tony Catalano pitched his heart out in an outstanding performance and was relieved by Mark Jaehnig at this point. Mark induced a ground ball for the first out and struck out the next batter for the final out. This set the stage for the championship game. This game was marked by solid pitching by Jerry Lafond and Mark Jaehnig. The twists and turns of this game were unbelievable. The Raves score all their 4 runs in the bottom of the 4th to take a 4-0 lead. A crucial throw by Franz Strassmann to cut down the second run and end the inning hit the thrown bat in front of the plate and 3 runs scored as a result. In the top of the 5th The RBC had scored 2 runs and had bases loaded with 1 out. But alas manager Randy Karson had submitted Saturday's lineup card by mistake and this resulted in first and second with 2 out and the inning ended with no more scoring. Randy Karson takes full responsibility and offers no excuses for this mistake.In the top of the 7th Franz Strassmann hits a bomb to centerfield with a runner on third on which a truly spectacular play is made to end the inning. Trailing 4-2 in the top of the 8th the RBC scores 5 runs on a single by Mark Jaehnig, a walk to Tony Catalano, a single by Mac Noblin,a single by Rob Moschella,a double by Danny Doyle and a single by Bob Johnston. Leading 7-4 into the bottom of the 9th it was far from over. After giving up a walk and a single to start the inning, Mark Jaehnig was relieved by Franz Strassmann after an outstanding pitching performance. In his first pitching performance in 1 1/2 years following rotator cuff surgery Franz struck out the first batter after going 3-0. He walked the next batter to load the bases to put the tying run on first. Bobby Bates hit a shot up the middle which was fielded by Mark Jaehnig who stepped on second and threw to first for the game ending double play and enabled the Raynham Baseball Club to repeat as 58+ Champions. The Raves showed true class and displayed unbelievable grit and determination. Baseball At It's Best!
Paul Doucette Elected to the National Roy Hobbs Baseball Hall of Fame!!
Roy Hobbs Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Doucette
Paul singles to center while playing for the Silver Foxes at Roy Hobbs 2010
Paul at Roy Hobbs 2015
Paul manages his Hawks to the 2009 RIMA Championship
Paul lays off a high(?) pitch in Fort Myers
Co-founders of RIMA Baseball, now both Roy Hobbs Hall of Fame Inductees (Dick Kissik and Paul Doucette)
Paul catching May 25, 2010
Gary Dadekian, Paul Doucette, and the late Dick Kissik at the late Kevin McBurney's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. (Picture courtesy of Dave Abate)
An Invitation To RIMA 50s Players
If you are 58 or older now, or will be next year, and are thinking about moving up to the 58 Division, or want to consider it along with playing in the 50s, the Silver Foxes would like to talk to you. We want to be a competitive team, and we need new talent to do that. There is currently no system within RIMA to help teams build toward overall league parity. It is up to each manager to build his team. For the 58 Division to survive and prosper, and for the enjoyment of its players, all teams must be competitive. This is why RIMA was formed. The Silver Foxes have a history going back to the founding of RIMA with its manager, the late Dick Kissik, who wanted a better place to play ball. So, if you would like to help build a team that can beat any team on any given day, and have a shot to win a championship, give us a call, or send us an email. You can start and help us right now, or wait, and come aboard next year.
Silver Foxes 58s
Winn Willard: 617-877-2634 Bob Weishaar: 508-330-2068
Rhode Island Waves - 2017 Roy Hobbs World Series Legends Division "A Class" Champions
The Rhode Island Waves caught fire in the playoffs at the 29th annual Roy Hobbs World Series last November winning four games in two days to clinch the championship in the 53 Division. The team rode the hot pitching of a trio of lefties for the playoff sweep. Jim Navilliat and Rich Pacino of the Tides along with Will Bateson of Livermore, CA, did the bulk of the pitching in the playoffs. Nav pitched a complete game in the second round of the playoffs and followed up with a dominating 9-inning gem in the championship game a day later to beat the Lansing Blue Jays 6-3. Richie pitched a complete game in the semi-final game Saturday morning to get us to the championship game in the afternoon.
The weary Waves played 9 games during the week – including 5 games of pool play against the top teams in the division. Others with notable contributions on the mound where Gerry LaFond of the Rockies, Mike Brousseau of the Foxes, Arthur Keegan of the Waves, John LaRose of the Braves, Steve Laughrey of Benicia, CA, and Hector Cintron of Ellenton, Fla. Mikke B. had an all-around great week closing 2 key victories on the mound, shutting down the running game of the Midwest Pirates as a catcher during a dramatic 13-11 win during pool play and playing a flawless SS all week.
But the unanimous MVP of the week was Jim Navilliat. Jim did his own version of The Natural in the Roy Hobbs tournament. He pitched 3 complete games – winning all 3 – and hit .621 for the week with 6 double and 4 triples.
Other players swinging hot bats during the tournament were Ken Callan of Pleasant Hill, CA. (.500); Buster Andrews of the Hurricanes (.467); Mike Sullivan of the Waves (.467); Tony Mateus of the Tides (.393); Mikke B of the Foxes (.385); Dave DeCosta of the Waves (.375), and Mike Goduto of the Tides (.367). LaRose, Keegan and Bateson all hit .333, while Pacino hit .316. Mike Hayden of Walnut Creek, CA., was an on base machine – with a .589 OBP. Tony caught all 4 playoff games in two days AND tried to steal a base in the championship game!
The Waves became the first team from Rhode Island to win a division championship in the 29-year history of the tournament in Ft. Myers, Fla. It was a sweet celebration and the championship rings are on order!
Rob Corriea – Manager
Steve Souza 1963 - 2018
RIMA Baseball has learned of the sudden passing of Reds catcher/outfielder, Steve Souza. Steve was an immensely likable player during his baseball career, as well as being one of the best catchers in our league. Always smiling, Steve's personality put you in a good mood even if you were on the opposing team. He was humble about his great talent and that came through during a game against the Silver Foxes a few years ago. While warming up Mark Ramos at the beginning of an inning, he was conversing with the home plate umpire. Upon releasing the ball on his practice throw down to second, he immediately turned around to pick up his mask not watching the throw. The late Silver Foxes manager, Dick Kissik, a catcher himself, looked at one of his own players and said with a big smile, "He doesn't have to watch it. He knows where it's going." Steve will be missed in many ways, not just on the ball field.
PORTSMOUTH – Stephen Souza, age 54, of Portsmouth, RI, died Saturday, February 10, 2018 at home. Stephen was born February 14, 1963 in Newport, RI. He is the son of the late John Souza, and Dorothy (Birkett) Souza.
Stephen graduated from Northeastern University in 1986 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He began his career at Hughes Aircraft later followed by Raytheon. He was currently working for The Naval Undersea Warfare Center.
Stephen enjoyed sports, playing in the Rhode Island Senior Men’s Baseball League and coaching youth leagues for his children. He enjoyed playing golf as a member of Montaup Country Club and the Rhode Island Golf Association. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, including his four-legged friends. He was a loving and devoted son, husband, and father.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, creating a beautiful life with Karen (Sullivan) Souza, and their two children Stephen and Meghan. He also leaves behind his mother Dorothy and three siblings: his sister, Donna McCart and her husband Timothy of Hoosick Falls, NY and two brothers, John Souza of Honduras and Joseph Souza and his wife Mary of North Kingstown, RI.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 1 State Street, Suite 200, Providence, Rhode Island 02908.
Marlins Off the Hook, Newcomer Raynham Wins the 58s
After several years of being the runner up, the Marlins cash in on their first RIMA Baseball championship by defeating the Braves. After losing in the initial round, the second seeded Marlins won 6 straight.
On the same day, Randy Karson's Raynham Baseball Club captures the 58 Division title over the Raves in their first year with RIMA.
Angel Claudio scattered 10 hits and struck out 8 in an outstanding complete game pitching performance as the Raynham Baseball Club defeated the Raves 13-2.Raynham's offense collected 21 hits and was led by Mark Jaehnig with 4 hits, Tony Catalano and Bob Johnston with 3 hits apiece and Bill Powell, Angel Claudio, Tony LaGreca and Kevin Marden contributing 2 hits to the attack. Mark Jaehnig and Tony Catalano stole 3 bases each while catcher Joe Berolini threw out 2 Raves Runners. Janet Miller, Bill Powell and Michael Roake played solid defense in the outfield. Both teams played excellent defense. Jerry Lafond pitched well in defeat. Bob Trembly led the Raves attack with 2 hits including a booming 2 run double. This was a well played game which was much closer than the final score would indicate. This game was about competition and good sportsmanship. We tip our caps to the Raves for a job well done. - Randy Karson
2017 Champion Marlins
Message from Roy Hobbs World Series Headquarters
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Gary Pisa Shines in Annual Pirates vs 30+ MCOFU Charity Game at Spinners Stadium in Lowell MA
Starting pitcher, Gary Pisa, pitched a great game, and also contributed to a dramatic comeback, with a long 2-run blast to left field in the 8th to bring the Pirates within one run. MCOFU won 7-6 getting the final out on a play at the plate.
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A Few Vintage RIMA Baseball Photos
Artie Bedard FINALLY achieves perfect contact. Vows silence going forward.
Raves vs. Silver Foxes
Meet the New Champs...Same as the Old Champs!
Pirates and Raves Maintain Stronghold on RIMA Baseball Divisions
Pirates defeat Marlins 8-1
Raves beat Warriors 15-2
The Raves won their 4th consecutive 58 division championship by beating the Warriors 15 to 2. Gerry Lafond pitched 8 innings for Raves, scattering 5 hits, striking out 5, and giving up 2 unearned runs, both in the 5th inning. Jimmy Cottrell pitched a scoreless 9th. Offensively the Raves had 24 hits. Mike Robin led the way with a 4 for 4 day including a double, 5 RBI, and 2 runs scored. Rob Corriea, Peter Holmes, Jack Kaveny, and Gerry Lafond had 3 hits each and collectively scored 9 runs. Gerry chipped in 2 RBI. Tommy Parrillo, Marty Simas, and Tom Petrillo had two hits each.
Tommy Petrillo and Rob Corriea with the Dick Kissik Championship Trophy
One For The Thumb
2016 RIMA 50+ Division Champion Pirates
RIMA Baseball Co-Founder, Dick Kissik, Passes
It Only Takes One
“I love those guys!” That was a common phase heard around RIMA baseball fields when the names of Dick and John Kissik were heard since our league started in 2008. Unfortnately, Dick Kissik passed away on April 27, 2016 with family at his bedside. Both Dick and John played RIMSBL ball, along with many other current RIMA players, for several years before Dick and Tommy Petrillo discussed starting a 50 and over league to help accommodate the older players. Dick was the catalyst in encouraging Tommy to experiment with a new league that would initially be comprised of 5 teams where parity and fun would be its ultimate goal. Although age and talent differences affected a couple of the teams for a number of years, parity among the better teams started to take hold, with 4 different teams winning the title over the first 5 seasons. Now entering its 9th year, the league has 12 teams over two separate age divisions. Dick couldn’t be prouder of the swift evolution of RIMA Baseball. Dick was always looking to extend the number of games for all players. Early on, Dick connected with Tom Giffen, the founder of Roy Hobbs Baseball of Fort Myers, Florida, and soon RIMA baseball was sending sever teams to play the Roy Hobbs National World series in different age groups. This was Dick’s favorite tournament. Always loyal to his silver foxes players, he would relish the fact that his players would play against younger players in the RIMA regular season just to get them ready for senior divisions at Roy Hobbs.
Dick Kissik honed his keen hitting eye as a youth while batting rocks with his older brother John while growing up on a rural apple orchard in Cumberland Rhode Island. “We used to bat rocks on the dirt road and had the usual ground rules that most kids had.” He said. “Between the trees is a double, grounders were an out, etc.” He learned how to track pitches while playing Wiffle Ball with friends as he grew older. In his high school years, Dick blossomed into a great catcher. 1962 was the year when he was most recognized. As battery mate for one of the top pitchers in the state of Rhode Island, Dick led Cumberland High to its first state title in 30 years! Following that accomplishment, Dick was part of a baseball team made of Rhode Island teenagers to make an 18-game trip to Pan America. While there, Dick Kissik was voted MVP and returned home with a rather large trophy. After graduation, Dick spent one year at Providence College, hitting nearly 0.600 before being drafted by the Los Angeles Angels organization. Dick played baseball in 1964 & 1965 with the Thetford Mines Miners in Quebec, Canada, The extremely rural setting, and some bad breaks, made his situation difficult, so Dick made a tough decision that ended any dreams of him becoming a major leaguer. But the near 50 year marriage to his wife Linda was well worth it, as they raised 3 very creative and successful children. Dick continued to play amateur baseball and softball until he discovered that there were hardball leagues available to those of us who had thought those days were long over. Dick managed and played in the Rhode Island Men’s Senior Baseball League (RIMSBL) for several years before co-founding the Roy Hobbs Baseball affiliated Rhode Island Massachusetts Association (RIMA) in late 2007. As manager/player of the Silver Foxes, Dick led his 50+ team for 8 years and also played in the newly formed RIMA’s 58+ Division under Winn Willard. Again, Dick’s ultimate pride was leading the Silver Foxes Baseball Club of Rhode Island at the Roy Hobbs World Series over 7 seasons. One of Dick’s admirers was teammate Joe Castiglione, radio broadcaster of the Boston Red Sox. Dick displayed tremendous leadership and guidance for RIMA baseball. He is respected by ALL baseball players who know him and he always believes that his players have the ability to win every game in which they play, regardless of the opponent. “It only takes one, guys!” He would yell out to his players when a rally was in order. Dick served in the National Guard and was a Town of Cumberland policeman before driving 18-wheelers for a living. Now retired, Dick remains a true baseball man in every way, which is to say, you’ll never see him wearing batting gloves and never settling for excuses during a game. And when Dick took his turn at bat, even with very limited maneuverability in his later years, his teammates, especially the younger ones, would come to the top of the dugout to watch him hit. The silence of his teammates while watching him hit made the “crack” of bat-hitting-ball sound even more impressive.
The impression that Dick made on the men who become boys for a few hours a week will last much, much, longer.
Dick and John Kissik
Dick and Joe Castiglione
Raves Edge Hawks 3-2 For 58 Division Title
Artie Bedard Finally Gets His Chance to Represent the Champions
The Raves repeated as champs of the 58 division by beating the Hawks 3 to 2 Sunday in a hard fought, well played, game. The Raves had to play from behind all game. The Hawks scored in top of the first inning when Paul Doucette stole home as Steve Keenan gunned down the runner at second trying to steal in a 1st and 3rd situation. The Raves finally got on the board in the 5th when Peter Holmes had a 1-out single; he then stole second and scored on Jack Kaveny's single to right center. The Hawks regained the lead with a run in the 6th. Tim Bennett lined a double to left to drive in the run. The Hawks nearly scored another run, but Holmes gunned down Bennett at the plate on a hard ground ball to second. The Raves tied it again in the 8th when Rob Corriea lead off with a single and immediately stole second base. Raves team photo representative, Artie Bedard, walked after connecting for several foul balls. Corriea was forced at 3rd on a grounder to short with Bedard taking 2nd. A wild pitch got Artie to 3rd where he scored on Tommy's Petrillo's sacrifice fly to LF. Gerry Lafond retired the Hawks in order in the top of the 9th. It looked like the game would go into extra innings, but with 2 outs, Marty Simas singled off the fence in right center (that’s right, “singled”). Steve Keenan hit a Texas leaguer to left field with Jack Kaveny (running for Marty) taking second. Then, Mike Robin singled hard through the middle scoring Kaveny from second base to win the game, and the RIMA Baseball 58 Division Championship, for the Raves.
Robin pitched the first four innings and Lafond the last 5 to get the win. They scattered 7 hits and struck out 3.
The Raves mustered only a nine hits. Billy Harkins continued his playoff mastery on the mound for the Hawks pitching the game’s first 7 innings. Ron Zack was the hard luck losing pitcher throwing the last 2 innings. Holmes and Robin led the way for the Raves with 2 hits each.
Congratulations to ALL players in the 58 Division! 2015 was the best year for this competitive group of players, many of whom do not participate in the RIMA 50 Division.
Best of luck to all of our players that will be participating in the Roy Hobbs World Series in the coming weeks!
PIRATES OVERTAKE MARLINS THEN CRUISE TO 2015 RIMA CHAMPIONSHIP
SCOTT MASON AND MIKE SUTHERLAND HOLD THE HOT HITTING MARLINS TO 4 RUNS
WIN CHAMPIONSHIP 12-4
MIKE AUCOIN'S LINER TO LEFT SPARKS PIRATES RALLY
David Levine makes the play to Mike Luce for the final out of the season!
Another great season thanks to these gentlemen! (Billy, Benny, and Steve. Not shown: Ray and Ralph)
Billy Desa, A True RIMA Original, Passes Away
Billy pitching in the semifinals at the 2010 Roy Hobbs World series
Billy Desa, one of the original ball players in the RIMA Baseball organization passed away Monday night (Dec 21). Bill is being memorialized by his teammates as a real gentleman and competitive baseball player. The big lefty had a heart of gold with his generosity on and off the field. Bill played with the Silver Foxes before joining the Hawks, playing in both the 50 and 58 Divisions. Billy was a first-teir pitcher at The Roy Hobbs World Series playing for Dick Kissik's Silver Foxes. Those who saw Bill play in his mid 70's admired his abilities as a pitcher, fielder, and hitter. When not playing baseball, the retired Fall River police officer, could be found at his bar or playing in a Rock 'n Roll band. Bill loved to talk to people. As a matter of fact, there is a legendary story that was witnessed by the Silver Foxes and the Hawks a few years back in Rehoboth on Father's Day. Bill was pitching and the Hawks had T J Pugliese on second base. While looking in for a sign, many of us heard a cell phone ringing. Bill, who's hearing was diminishing, suddenly stepped of the rubber and reached into his back pocket. He pulled out a phone, looked at who was calling, and answered the call. All the while, Dick Kissik was yelling at him to pay attention to the runner on second. Bill couldn't hear him, or anybody else. TJ ran to third without a throw. When Bill had realized what had happened, he exclaimed "It was my son calling to wish me Happy Father's day!" You had to love it...and Billy.
Calling hours are December 29 from 4:00 to 7:00. There will be no church service.
Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home
350 Somerset Avenue
Taunton, MA 02780
Phone: (508) 822-3318
MCOFU ALL-STARS SLASH THE WRENTHAM PIRATES 6-2 IN CHARITY BASEBALL GAME AT WORCESTER STATE U
ON A WARM AUGUST DAY THE MCOFU ALL-STAR BASEBALL TEAM SEEKED ITS REVENGE AND BEAT A VERY COMPETITIVE WRENTHAM PIRATES TEAM OUT OF THE RIMA BASEBALL LEAGUE 6-2. THE WRENTHAM PIRATES ENTERED THE GAME 22-1 ON THE SEASON AND WERE LOOKING TO EXTEND THEIR WINNING WAYS. VINNY RUZIAK AND DEREK O’CONNOR HAD A LITTLE SURPRISE FOR THE PIRATES THIS YEAR. CORY SHEPPARD OUT OF MCI-CJ TOOK THE MOUND FOR THE ALL-STARS AND DOMINATED FOR SIX INNINGS. SHEPPARD PITCHED SIX INNINGS, AND HAD 12 STRIKEOUTS AND SCATTERED 4 HITS IN HIS DEBUT. “HE HELD US HITLESS FOR THE FIRST 4 INNINGS AND DIDN’T ALLOW A HIT UNTIL THE TOP OF THE 5TH INNING,” STATED COACH MIKE LUCE.
THE MCOFU ALL-STARS BROKE THE GAME OPEN OFF PIRATE STARTER JIMMY CONNOLLY IN THE 2ND INNING WHEN THEY HAD BASES LOADED AND 2 OUTS. VINNY RUZIAK CAME TO THE PLATE AND DROVE A PITCH DEEP IN THE RIGHT CENTERFIELD GAP BETWEEN TWO PIRATE DEFENDERS AND ALL THREE RUNS SCORED. THE MCOFU ALL-STARS WERE AHEAD 3-0 UNTIL THE TOP OF THE 5TH INNING WHEN THE PIRATES FINALLY PUSHED A RUN ACROSS THE PLATE. BRIAN GIBBONS SINGLED, STOLE SECOND, AND WENT TO THIRD BASE ON A FIELDERS CHOICE, BY MIKE AUCOIN. MIKE TRUDEAU HIT A SACRIFICE FLY TO SCORE THE FIRST RUN FOR THE PIRATES.
THE MCOFU ALL-STARS ANSWERED IN THE TOP OF THE 5TH INNING WITH A SOLO RUN TO MAKE THE SCORE 4-2. JASON CARROLL OUT OF MCIS DOUBLED DOWN THE LEFT FIELD LINE AND SCORED LATER IN THE INNING. IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 6TH THE WRENTHAM PIRATES SCORED A SINGLE RUN AND HAD THE BASES LOADED WITH NO OUTS. CORY SHEPPARD PROCEEDED TO STRIKE THE NEXT THREE PIRATE HITTERS OUT TO RETIRE THE SIDE. "WE HAD OUR CHANCES TO SCORE AND THEIR PITCHER SHUT US DOWN,” STATED PIRATE CATCHER GEORGE MCNELLEGE.
IN THE 7TH INNING FOR MCOFU, CORY SHEPPARD LED OFF WITH A SINGLE AND LATER SCORED ON A WILD PITCH TO MAKE THE SCORE 5-2. THERE WAS NO MORE SCORING UNTIL THE TOP OF THE NINTH, WHEN BRIAN THIBAUDEAU SINGLED AND SCORED ON A ONE OUT TRIPLE BY CAM RUZIAK. BRIAN THIBAUDEAU PITCHED THE LAST THREE INNINGS FOR THE MCOFU ALL-STARS AND ALLOWED JUST ONE HIT. “TODAY WE FACED THE TWO BEST PITCHERS WE’VE SEEN THE WHOLE YEAR,” DECLARED PIRATE OUTFIELDER KURT JACKSON.
SPECIAL THANKS GOES OUT TO KEITH BIACHINI AND THE PUBLICITY AND ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE OFFICERS PAUL LETENDRE, DEREK O’CONNOR, VINNY RUZIAK AND PHIL MATTHEWS. SPECIAL THANKS GOES OUT TO MCI-CONCORD FOR SELLING THE MOST CHANCES FOR THE 60” FLAT SCREEN TV. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK OUR MCOFU STAFF REBECCA SALVAS AND DANIELLE HUNT FOR ANNOUNCING THE GAME ON LOUD SPEAKER. CORY SHEPPARD (MCOFU ALL-STARS) AND MIKE TRUDEAU (WRENTHAM PIRATES)RECEIVED THE MVP AWARDS RESPECTIVELY. THE WINNER FOR THE 60” FLAT SCREEN TV WAS DAVID ALTIERI OUT OF NCCI-GARDNER.
ON BEHALF OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD,
58+ Division Action Resumes
The 2015 version of Mark Ramos singles to right. He also pitched the Reds to a 16-6 victory.
Jerry Robertson turns a difficult 6-4-3 double play.
Warriors Finally Catch Unbeaten Raves
Raves Suffer First Loss in 2 1/2 Seasons
New "RIMA Throw Back" Feature For All Players
RIMA THROW BACK
From Steve Whitten (back row center) The first year of the Orioles (RIMSBL), circa 1988 Brown Stadium
Back row L to R
Ed Mancini, Mike Farrell, Danny Najarian, Steve Whitten, John Sepe, Bobby Cecherica, Johnny Gomes
Unknown, Ray Nicini, Harry Najarian, Rip Lynch, Rich Backer, Jay Trefethen
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PIRATES NET MARLINS IN FINALS 4-1
The Pirates/Warriors franchise collected its third straight RIMA Championship with 4-1 win over the Marlins. Details to come.
Mike McDermott's bases loaded double to deep left provided the Pirates with a much needed cushion late in the game.
The Wrentham Pirates and RI Marlins played a baseball game that left everyone wondering who would be the last team standing. The Pirates came into the game with their ace pitcher Scott Mason ready and well rested. The Marlins answered with crafty left handed pitcher Rich Bowen who also is experienced pitching big games.
The Pirates scored first when right fielder Bob Pappetti singled and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. That brought Mike Trudeau to the plate who promptly singled scoring Pappetti for the game’s first run. The Marlins threatened with runners on base in the first three innings but could not score. “The strength of the Pirates has been always their defense. They’re solid in every position on the field,” Stated Brian Gibbons.
The Pirates increased their lead in the fourth inning when Mike McDermott belted a one out double to the left center field fence scoring Mike Trudeau, who earlier singled, and scored Pappetti for the second straight time. “You would think with a 4-run lead that should be enough to win the game, but that’s not the case when you’re playing the Marlins. The Marlins are loaded and have a high powered offensive lineup from top to bottom,” declared Pirate center fielder Mike Aucoin.
The game remained 4-0 until the top of the eighth inning when Jimmy Watkins of the Marlins hit a line drive homerun over the fence in right field. Prior to that homerun, the Pirate defense held their own with great defensive plays by Mike Trudeau and Mike Sutherland in the infield and Kurt Jackson in the outfield. Right fielder Mike Rodgers also had one of the best catches in the outfield when he ran into the fence and caught the ball with total disregard for his safety, or the condition of the fence!
Pirates’ catcher George McNellege sealed the game in the top of the ninth with two fowl ball catches from Marlins hitters. Bob Pappetti, Mike Trudeau and Mike McDermott lead the way for the Pirates with two hits apiece. The Marlins hit the ball hard and kept the Pirate players busy through all nine innings of play. “My hat goes off to the Marlins who hit the ball hard each time up. They battle us every game,” acknowledged Manager Mike Luce.
Scott Mason pitched a brilliant complete game.
Jimmy Watkins' line drive homer over the right field fence was the only run allowed by Mason.
The 9th inning belonged to George McNellage, as he had 2 putouts, including the clincher (right), with the tying run at the plate.
2014 Champion Pirates
REDS HOT!!! Reds Duck Elimination Once More With Late Inning Run Barage
And now there are 3. The Reds, who always seem to be one of the last teams standing come tournament time, came from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game at 5 all....and then kept the offense rolling. With 10 unanswered runs, the 8th seeded Reds eliminated the 7th seeded Braves 11-5 Saturday at Diamond Hill. The Reds used a combination of long blasts from Mark Ramos, Greg Andrade, and Steve Matte, sterling defense from Mike Desnoyers, Jerry Robertson, and Matte, along with excellent relief pitching from Bob Henault to advance and take on the Marlins in the Losers Bracket.
58 Division Playoffs Continues This Weekend
Check the schedule for the winners bracket and consolation game.
PIRATES CATCH MARLINS IN BOTTOM OF TENTH TO ADVANCE TO FINALS
Pirates Kurt Jackson
On a beautiful, sunny October day in Cumberland, two teams set out to win a hard fought battle that would give a huge advantage in winning the Championship of the RIMA Baseball League. Each team knew that staying out of the loser’s bracket is a must and each would do anything to make that happen. Both the Marlins and Pirates know each other very well and the game would probably come down to a key hit, or a great defensive play. You can ask every spectator there, the game didn’t disappoint anyone.
The Marlins struck first with three runs in the first on three walks and some timely placed hits out of the reach of Pirate defenders. The Pirates bounced right back with three runs of their own on hits from five of the first seven batters. The game remained tied until the bottom of the third when Mike Trudeau singled in Mark McBurney and the Pirates took a 4-3 lead.
The score remained 4-3 until the bottom of the sixth when the Pirates exploded with 4 runs on hits by Trudeau, Sutherland, McNellage, Jackson, McDermott, and Mark Mercurio to make the score 8-3. The Pirates starting pitcher Scott Mason was pulled from the mound and Mark Mercurio was now pitching. The Marlins, being the strong team that they are, didn’t fold and came back with six runs in the top of the seventh to take a 9-8 lead. A seven hit attack by the Marlins with a key hit by catcher Mike Fortin lead the way for the Marlins comeback. The Pirates tied the game with a double by left fielder Kurt Jackson who scored on two infield outs. Mark McBurney said “Kurt’s speed on the base path has helped the Pirates in games all year.”
Both teams failed to score in the ninth inning, which led to one of the best endings of a playoff game. Al Vicki the closer for the Pirates knew he had to shut the door, and pitch another scoreless inning. In the top of the tenth the Marlins had a man on second with two outs and catcher Mike Fortin up. Fortin drove the ball in the gap to right center which was run down and snagged by centerfielder Mike Aucoin to keep the Marlins scoreless in the tenth. Mike Aucoin led off the bottom of the tenth with a double to the warning track of center field. Mike Trudeau was intentionally walked, which set the stage for Mike Sutherland. Aucoin stole third and now the Pirates had 2nd and third with no outs. Sutherland drilled a ground ball to the Marlins shortstop, who then threw home to get the out on a very close play. George McNellage is now batting with one out and runners on first and third. Mike Sutherland who is on first stole second to take the double play option away for the Marlins. With one strike McNellage laced a single to left to score Trudeau and secure the victory for the Pirates 10-9. “George has been one of several leaders on this Pirate team that gives his all every game.” said Aucoin. “His leadership is something that you can’t teach, you either have it or you don’t.”
With a total of 26 hits, 16 by the Pirates and 10 by the Marlins, the game was filled with offense 26. Kurt Jackson contributed with three hits for the Pirates, and hard-hitting Bobby Trembly had three hits for the Marlins. Clutch defensive plays were made by both teams, especially when the game was on the line. Pirates coach Mike Luce summed it up. “This was a hard fought game against another formidable RIMA team. The competition makes everybody have to bring their A game and the Marlins did just that.”
Braves Streak Continues Into The Semifinals
The Braves drew first blood in the top of the third scoring Danny Mello and Frank Deluca to take the lead. The Waves offense battled back and pulled within 1 run in the bottom of the 5th making the score 4-3 Braves. The Braves lead off the 6th with 4 straight singles leading to 2 additional runs and chasing big Mike Saffelle off the mound. The Waves brought in their stopper, Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd to stop the Braves onslaught with the Braves up 6-4. The Can shuts down the Braves again in the 8th. Neal Dorval, who has pitched a great game through 7, had some control problems in the bottom half of the 8th and was removed for Mark Dobson. Dobson entered the game with the bases loaded, nobody out situation. Mark got 2 outs but the Waves reach him for 2 runs to tie the game at 6-6. The Braves then take a page out of the Silver Foxes playbook and ask their catcher, John O’Neil to close the game. O'Neil gets that third out in the 8th. The Braves go back to work in the top of the ninth scoring 2 runs off Tony Stall. In the bottom of the ninth, O’Neil gets a fly out, but then walks the next batter bringing the tying run to the plate bringing the tying run to the plate in Marty Simas. A cool customer at the plate, even under season ending pressure, Marty hits a line drive toward the left side. A big reason that the Braves are in this position is their shortstop, Chris Librizzi. An excellent hitter, it’s Chris’ defense that makes opponents take notice. Chris grabs Mary’s line drive and uses the Howitzer hanging from his right shoulder to get the force –out double play hat seals the victory for the Braves. Defensive stalwarts for the Braves included the aforementioned Chris Librizzi, along with Buckley Cooney, Kevin Rabbit, Chris Ellis, and Frank Deluca. The Braves will play the winner of the Reds/Rockies game which was postponed.
Pirates Ride The Waves To Victory
For 5 and ½ innings the Pirates and Waves played a very intense game that included solid defense all around. Both pitcher, Mike Saffelle and Mike Sutherland pitched great and held opposing hitters to only a few hits on each side. In the bottom of the sixth, the Pirates came up with 10 runs to blow the game wide open. Key hits with one out by Mike Aucoin and George McNellage opened the door to a very explosive inning. Kurt Jackson and Bob Papetti had big hits in that inning as well. The Waves mounted a comeback, but the sharp Pirate defense was too difficult to penetrate. John Smutnick had 3 hits for the Waves and Ed Medeiros had two. Arthur Keegan played tremendous behind the plate for the Waves. Dave DeCosta, Jack Kaveny and Tony Stall hit the ball hard all day and keeping the Pirate outfield busy. Mike Aucoin and Kurt Jackson combined for 7 hits for the top seeded Pirates. Mike Trudeau, George McNellage each had 2 hits. “We were lucky to get to Mike Saffelle in the sixth inning” said Coach Mike Luce. “He is one of the best pitchers in our league!” Mark Mercurio and Al Vicki combined to close out the last 4 innings of the game. The Pirates will now take on the Marlins who are riding a 10-game winning streak.
Marlins Jump Out At The Rockies
The Marlins produced 5 runs in the first two innings and held the Rockies to only one run the entire game to extend their winning streak to 10 games. That sets up a winner's bracket battle with the Pirates this weekend.
RIMA 50+ Playoff Schedules for Round 2 Posted
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Round 1 Results
Marlins win 9th in a row with rallies in the 6th and 7th innings over Foxes.
The Waves beat the Hawks Saturday 10-2 in the first round of the RIMA playoffs. The Waves jumped off to a fast start scoring 5 runs in the first inning of Jerry Kirk, who stymied them twice in recent games. The big hit was a two-run double by John Smutnick. Marty SImas and Rob Corriea both had RBI singles in the frame. The Waves scored single runs in the 3rd and 5th and 3 runs in the top of the 7th to put the game away. For the game Smutnick wielded the big bat, going 4 for 4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. Arthur Keegan had 3 hits and Simas, Corriea and Ed Medeiros had two hits each. Mike Saffelle pitched the first six innings for the Waves giving up only an unearned run in the 6th. Dennis ``Oil Can" Boyd pitched the last three innings giving up only an unearned run in the 9th on 2 Waves errors. Together Saffelle and Boyd scattered 7 hits and struck out nine Hawks.
The Hawks were paced by Mike Schlott who had 2 hits and scored a run and Mike Tracey who singled in a run in the 9th, the only hit Boyd gave up in his 3 innings of work.
The Pirates jumped out to a 9-run lead and never looked back. Scott mason pitched well for the Pirates and Al Vicki closed the last three innings in the field. Mike Trudeau played flawlessly in the infield for the Pirates. Mark Ramos pitched six innings of one run baseball for the Reds.
The Braves rallied for 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to tie the Rockies 6-6, but the #2 seeded Rockies responded with a run in the bottom of the frame to win the game.
Roy Hobbs World Series 2014
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CHARITY BASEBALL GAME IN WORCESTER ON A SUNDAY IN LATE AUGUST RAISES OVER $3000!
The MCOFU All-Star baseball team battled the Wrentham Pirates of the RIMA Baseball league in Worcester on August 24th at Rockwood Field. Both teams played nine innings of the most exciting baseball, which included masterful pitching and fielding on both sides. The final score of this very exciting game was Wrentham Pirates 2 MCOFU All-Stars 1. Matt Trahan took the mound and held the Wrentham Pirates scoreless for the first 4 plus innings. Mike Sutherland of the Wrentham Pirates, not to BE out done, did the same for the first 3 innings as well.
The game became very interesting in the bottom of the fifth. Catcher George McNellege singled and had a pinch runner run for him. Kurt Jackson was on first when Mike McDermott hit a single in the gap of the outfield only to have Cam Ruziak chase the ball down and threw a perfect strike to third base to get the Wrentham Pirate runner out at third to end the inning. “That was one of the best throws I have ever seen in my entire baseball career” states Coach Mike Luce of the Wrentham Pirates.
MVP Mike Skidmore of the Wrentham Pirates came into pitch innings 4, 5, and 6 for the Pirates. He shut down a very good hitting team and made one of the best catches of the game. Bennie Sasso of the MCOFU All-Stars hit a line drive shot up the middle and Skidmore reached out his glove and somehow caught it.
With the game scoreless for 7 innings, both teams met at home plate so that the drawing for the 60” flat screen TV could be held. This TV was donated by one of MCOFU’S vendors Chuck Tashjian out of Medway. Vice President Ted Slattery of MCOFU came out of the stands and onto the field with Officer Phil Matthews to draw the winning ticket. With everybody waiting with excitement the name announced was Dave Christian out of NCCI Gardner.
Bennie Sasso led off the top of the eighth inning with a single. With one out he stole second and scored on a hard infield hit by Jay Grasso out of SBCC that knocked infielder Dave Abate of the Pirates down to the ground. Sasso took advantage of the ball being on the ground and scored the first run of the game. Brian Tibbedeau is now pitching the eighth inning for the MCOFU All-Stars. George McNellege leads off the inning with a single. With one out and a man on second base, Bobby Papetti singled in the tying run to make it a 1-1 game. Papetti gets to third base on a wild pitch and scores the potential winning run on a passed ball to put the Wrentam Pirates in the lead 2-1.
Gerry Lafond pitched the 7th and 8th innings and pitched well for the Pirates against a very tough hitting MCOFU line up. The Pirates sent out their closer Al Vicki to pitch the top of the 9th inning. Vicki relies on his change of speeds and curve balls to get people out. “With the Wrentham Pirates pitchers who throw fast, Al is the perfect guy to close the game” stated catcher George McNellege. MCOFU All-stars got their first batter on base when Matt Trahan was hit by a pitch. The game then proceeded to get very interesting and intense. MCOFU had 2 outs and a man on first and second, when Jay Carroll smashed a hard line drive to third and Mark Mercio caught the ball to end the game.
Brian Tibbedeau had two hits out of the seven hits total for the MCOFU All-stars. Mike Aucoin led the Wrentham Pirates with three hits and catcher George McNellege had two out of the ten hits for the winning team.
Special thanks goes out to Keith Bianchini who help organize this Charity Baseball game for MCOFU and the P&E Committee members Derek O’Connor, Vinny Ruziak, Steve King and Phil Matthews. Derek and Vinny were instrumental in keeping these games going. Both teams agree to play this game again next year. This year’s baseball game made over $3200 for the MCOFU CARING FUND.
On behalf of the Executive Board,
The 7 Mikes of the Pirates
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Marlins and Rockies Have Each Won Their Last 5 of 6
Power and pitching lead the way for the Marlins
58+ Division Defense Shines!
Shortstop Jack Kaveny of the Raves
Raves Pitcher John Smutnick
Things are turning upside down in RIMA Baseball
The hot Hawks have won 4 of their last 5!
Gerry Kirk comes in to close the game for the Hawks
58 Division Has Enthusiastic Fan Base
"Silva" Foxes' Gerry Mesolella's grandchildren, along with Bob Weishaar's granddaughter (second from left) break out the art supplies in an attempt to rally their team at Diamond Hill. I doesn't get much better than that! (Artie Bedard is seen walking away in the background as the sign does not pertain to him.)
Photo courtesy of Gerry Mesolella
2014 RIMA Baseball Rules and Regulations added to the website under "Handouts"
All players and managers MUST read and adhere to the league rules!
As a reminder, SMOKING and DRINKING of alcoholic beverages at each venue is strickly prohibited!
Winning Manager is reasonsible for calling for "lights out" at Coventry Rice field after each game. The Home team manager is responsile for calling in rainouts by 4:30 PM to prevent Coventry lights from being turned on.
Winning team is responsible for putting the bases away at Diamond Hill
Playoffs are double eliminination using Winners/Losers bracket format with #1 seed vs #8 seed, etc. Winners bracket finalist must be beaten twice.
Each player must appear in 10 games to qualify for the playoffs.
Send game results to firstname.lastname@example.org
Have fun and have a safe and healthy season!
Spring Training at Adam's Farm Greenhouse (Thank you, Jim Marzalkowski!)
Kevin McBurney Inducted into the Roy Hobbs Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Roy Hobbs Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque
From the Roy Hobbs Hall of Fame Programwritten by Glenn Miller
Kevin McBurney was several weeks shy of turning 57 when he died on June 4 of this year. His impact on baseball and his Rhode Island community can be gauged by what folks said when nominating him for the Roy Hobbs Hall of Fame, and also on his memorial page. Kevin was a powerhouse organizer of Roy Hobbs Baseball in his home state and a supportive teammate and manager.
Joe Pavao wrote this on the Manning-Heffern Funeral Home tribute page: "What a great spirit he had. I played baseball with him and as a teammate he was the greatest."
Paul Lonardo wrote this: "Wherever you are, I hope there's baseball, and if there isn't, I know you will start your own league. I hope you find peace playing on a field of your dreams."
The phrase from the men who nominated Kevin was crucial in his election to the Hall of fame...for his inspirational leadership, passion for the game, organizational skills, and playing ability.
Kevin, an attorney, was a Roy Hobbs pioneer in Rhode Island, working to start leagues there many years ago. He was also an outstanding player, one who played in an elite collegiate program at the University of Miami. Yet, the nominators said he never bragged about his own accomplishments and was always willing to help less talented players.
Dick Kissik in his nominating comments wrote, "As a coach, he would build the confidence of the average players and would work with them to improve their baseball skills."
Dave Abate wrote that he played with Kevin for 13 years and that Kevin had been a star high school player who was there for all of his teammates.
"Besides being a very good player, he was also a good person," Abate wrote. "He would always help players improve thier baseball playing abilities and for those who couldn't afford all the costs of playing baseball in their league, or go to the World Series, he was there to help them."
Kevin was involved in adult baseball in Rhode Isaland for more than 25 years, starting when many teams were involved in MSBL.
Now, at a too-young age, Kevin McBurney is gone from the world of baseball and Roy Hobbs in Rhode Island, but his legacy and memory live on in the hearts of his teammates and friends...and in the Roy Hobbs Hall of Fame.
Gary Dadekian, Alex, Dave Abate, Dick Kissik, Ashley
Tom Giffen reading Hall of Fame plaque to Kevin's children Ashley and Alex,
with Dave Abate and Jack DeHeer
Dave Abate's acceptance speech for Kevin's induction:
"Thank you to Tom Giffen and the Roy Hobbs Hall of Fame committee. On behalf of the RI/MA Baseball League, and Kevin's baseball family, I graciuosly accept this award for our, and my, friend Kevin Barry McBurney. Kevin would be humbled by the award that you have bestowed upon him. His love for the game and for his baseball friends was paramount to him. The way Kevin celebtrated his baseball was being on a field the whole year and Kevin got to live that, and that meant more to him than any trophy or plaque. May Kevin's perpetual smile shine down on us in the months and years to come as a reminder that you, our teammate, is still with us. Congratulations, Kenin Barry McBurney."
Gary Dadekian, Paul Doucette, and Dick Kissik
Jack DeHeer, Dick Kissik, and Dave Abate
RI Rockies at the 2013 Roy Hobbs World Series
58+ Division Action
Warriors Repeat as Champs for 2013 - Maintain RIMA Website Colors at Green and Gold
2012 Champion Warriors
2011 Champion Cranston Rockies
Playing in Rehoboth, MA and Cumberland & Cranston, RI with mixed teams going to Ft. Myers, FL to play in the Roy Hobbs World Series yearly!