Orlando Baseball Announcements
May 24, 2017 - Week 14 Highlights
The Blazers took 2 from the A`s at Seminole HS. First game was the Lilio Alvarez show as he pitched 6
strong innings and had a 3 run double in the 6-3 victory. Joe Del Valle came in to close the game. In the
loss, Hall of Famer, Joe Greene smoked a 2B to deep right. Game 2 was a great Blazer team effort backing
Marty Jones on the mound in 15-2 win. Hitting was highlighted by 2 baggers by Manny Ortiz and Joe Del
Brunch highlights-Brunch 2 Rangers 12
Miloff 2-2 1 RBI,
Delozier 1-2 ,
Twins 4 Brunch 7
Delozier 9 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 14 Ks; 2-3 2 RBI ,
Cory Veres 4-4,
Mike Price 2-4,
Jon Marrero 2-3 1 RBI,
Joe Hellriegel 1-2 2 RBI
May 17, 2017 - All Cypress Creek games move to Bear Creek
For the rest of the spring season, all games scheduled for Cypress Creek High School move to Bear
Creek, right down the road. Same times, just different site. I apologize for the inconvenience.
May 01, 2017 - Week 12 Highlights
Dave Gushleff had 3 hits and scored and knocked in 4 runs as the as the bats were Blazing at
Celebration HS. Matt Conrad, Dennis Smith, and Carlos Ruperto also banged out 3 hits each. Scott
Donelick pitched 5 innings to earn the win.....The Royals won their first game of the year for manager
Joey Schiavo....Kevin Perry had 6 RBI for the Twins in their big win.....
April 24, 2017 - Week 11 Highlights
The Rangers nee Pirates found themselves in a familiar perch after Sunday`s play, back on top!
The Rangers nipped the Angels 4-3 on Will Schinagl`s 2-hitter in a battle for the division lead,
then completed the sweep in the 2nd game by beating the Rays......It was Oak Ridge Pioneer
Alumni Day in the Twins win, as manager Ricky Klotter had Taylor Maroney throw 8 innings with
8 K`s, and Wendell Perez drove in three runs...Manager Adam Bransfield had 4 hits, scored 4
runs, drove in a couple more, and caught 14 innings in the humidity to power the A`s sweep of
the Reds.... Score one for the old guys as the Blazers topped the OJays 13-7. Chasing 2 in the
bottom of the 5th the Blazers came alive and put up a 10 spot with a few timely hits and good
patience at the plate. Dave Gushleff and Marty Jones each had 2 hits. Jay Claudio had 2 RBI`s and
Joe Del Valle knocked in 3 runs with 2 hits. Marty Jones gutted it out on the mound for 7 innings
giving up 7 runs (but only 1 earned run) to earn the complete game win.....The Mets and Royals
waited all day to play, then got hit by a rogue rain cell right at game time. Everybody knows that`s
nobody`s idea of a good time, thanks for being kind to the field guys....Tristan Page threw a complete game shutout. Leonard had
a Triple, Skyles and Jason Page had Doubles. Little, Louderback, Rennolds and Santiago went 2-3 with two singles in the Cubs
split of their twin bill.
April 11, 2017 - Week 10 HIghlights
Expos beat the Mets after Brandon Wilds drove in Peter Amico in the bottom of the 10th to cap off the
extra innings come back win. Chris Stahl saved the day for the Expos in the bottom of the 9th with an
RBI double and later scored the tying run on a passed ball.
Brunch over the Blazers 7-5. Price 3-4 1
3B 3 RBIs,
Delozier 3-4 9 IP 5 Ks 11 H 1 ER,
Hellriegel 2-4 1 RBI,
LaBarge 2-3 1 RBI
Scott Budds and the Phillies continue their championship defending romp
through the Nat Haber Division with a 17-3 shellacking of the Reds at Celebration High School. Budds
topped off his dominating pitching with a 3-run blast to left center.
March 21, 2017 - Week 6 Highlights
Mike Grenci threw shut out baseball for 6 innings, with 10 K`s and Guy Robinson, Jason Bailey and
Jeff Shebovsky each had two hits as the Reds won their first of the year. Austin Benz hit a long home
run for the Rays....Five runs batted in from Marcus Smith helped lead the Orlando Rangers past the
Cubs 13-2 on Sunday. Smith drove in runs on a double in the first, a triple in the third, and a single in
the seventh. Orlando Rangers scored on a single by Julio Lara and a Smith double in the first inning.
Orlando Rangers scored four runs in the third inning. A single by Ernesto Sosa, a fielder`s choice by
Brian Rebando, and a triple by Marcus Smith.
Ray Sanabria earned the win for Rangers. He pitched four innings, giving up two runs, five hits,
striking out three, and walking zero. Dustin Williams threw two innings, as two relievers helped Orlando
Rangers finish off the victory. Smith, Sosa, and Joshua Frank each collected multiple hits .....
Expos beat the Blazers! Danny Petit went 9 innings in a complete game win. Joe Machovina went 4-4,
with a double, and scored 4 runs. Marilyn Brown got hot at the plate, going 2-2, with two singles, and a
run scored. A tired Expos team beat the Yankees in an error filled, 5 inning, 16-12 win for the
sweep......Brunch 16 Royals 3,
Kevin Boyce 3-5 with 3 RBIs,
Derek Miloff 3-4 with 2B and 3B 3 RBIs,
Shaun Delozier 4-4 with 2B and 3B 3 RBIs,
Scott Alfano 3-4 2 RBIs 5 IP 3 ER and 4 Ks......The Twins knocked the Angels from the ranks of the
March 13, 2017 - Week 5 Highlights!Cubs Win!
- Mike Arsenault threw a complete game shut out. Striking out 7 and only
giving up 3 hits. Zak Little when 3-4, Bradlee Cox 2-3 with 2 RBI, Patrick Smith 2-3 and Tristan
Expos Victorious!Expos win against a scrappy Rays team, 10-6. Peter Amico got the win,
while striking out 9 batters. Graham Frederick gets the save.
Twins Triumph in tight pitcher`s duel. Jay Zerquera drives in the lone run in a 1-0 Twin
Blazers Blast Reds Marty Jones celebrated a long-anticipated return to the diamond with
a three run bomb, Matty Conrad, another local legend, returned to the field with a couple of hits
and a beautifully caught game, and Scottie Donelick threw a great game for the Blazer victory.
March 08, 2017 - Week 4 HighlightsBrunch Sweep a Pair!
Game 1 Rays 9 vs. Brunch 11
Kevin Boyce 1-3 HR 3 RBIs,Jon Marrero 2-3, Tony Addeo 2-3 1 RBI, Matt Bzura 1-3 2 RBIs 3B, Scott
Alfano 5 IP 2 Hits 0 ER 5 Ks W, Shaun Delozier 2/3 IP 1 K Save Team Had 10 Hits
Game 2 Cubs 1 vs. Brunch 3, Kevin Boyce 2-3 2 RBIs, Jon Marrero 1-3 1 RBI, Shaun Delozier CG 9 IP 1
ER 4 Hits 11 Ks, Team Had 10 Hits
Expos Win!Expos beat the Twins 7-6. Danny Petit got the win and the save. Started the game
and pitched the first 7 innings and came back in the bottom of the 9th to get the save. Danny was also
the MVP at the plate hitting a clutch, 2 out, 2 RBI double.
February 28, 2017 - Week 3 HighlightsBRUNCH WIN!
Scott Alfano threw 6 strong innings giving up 3 ER on 4 Hits and 3 Strikeouts he
also had a strong day at the plate going 2-2. Jon Marrero lead the offense going 2-2 with a double and 3
RBIs. Kevin Boyce chip in with a solo shot and threw 1 inning giving up 0 runs. The Brunch collected 13
hits on the day to get their first win of the year.
TWINS WIN!Kevin Kellerberg hit 2 homeruns including a grand slam, had 6 RBI, as the Twins came
back to defeat the Rangers.
February 13, 2017 - Week 1 Highlights
Be sure and have your manager send in the team highlights each week and look for your name here! Good, bad
or funny, it all works!
Mike Arsenault threw a complete game in the 7-5 victory Cubs over the Twins, striking out 11. Christian
Leonard lead the home side off with a triple and Javier Santiago hit a 3 run single in the first to put the
Cubs on top and they never lost the lead after that. Other notables were Zak Little and Mike Skyles who
both went 2-3 with 2 RBI`s.
Scott Budds spun up a 5-hit shutout as the Phillies blanked the Reds 8-0 in the opener for both teams.
Shawn Borschert hsd three hits and Corey Anderson returned to the league with a pair of doubles.
February 08, 2017 - Opening 2 weeks scheduleSunday, Feb. 12
South Orange 1 - 9 AM, Yankees @ Blazers; 12:30 Angels @ Brunch
Edgewater High School - 9 AM Phillies @ Reds; Noon Rays Practice
Cypress Creek HS - 10 AM Ojays @ Mets (DH); 1:30 Royals @ Mets (DH)
Clermont Bishop - 9 AM Twins @ Cubs; 12:30 Expos @ Rangers
A`s and Rays off
Sunday, Feb. 19
South Orange 1 - 9 AM Mets @ Brunch; 12:30 Phillies @ Rays
Edgewater HS 9 AM Rangers @ Reds
Cypress Creek HS 10 AM Ojays @ Expos; 1:30 Twins @ Royals
Clermont Bishop 9 AM Angels @ Cubs
Seminole HS - 10 AM Blazers @ A`s (DH); 1:30 Yankees @ A`s (DH)
January 10, 2017 - Spring Baseball 2017
We are ready to get going, hope you are ready to play some baseball! We will play 16 games this
spring, from the 2nd week in February through the beginning of June. Playoffs are concluded before
the end of June, except in the event of an extended bad weather season. All of our games are on
Sundays at various fields around metropolitan Orlando. We have a number of teams looking for
players, and we are usually able to accommodate all levels of skill. We keep our rosters small, which
ensures a lot of playing time. We also offer extended batting lineups and open defensive
substitutions, which allows us to include most everyone, without compromising the competitive
nature of the games.
The registration and draft will be spread out over two dates. Those interested and qualified to play age
18 and over will need to report to South Orange Youth Baseball Complex at 9 AM next Sunday the
15th. (Directions from your location available on the tab on the left.) For those interested in the age
25+ and 38+ divisions, the date will be the following Sunday, the 22nd. You will register, then stretch
and warm up for a light workout at 10 AM. We should be able to get you worked out and on a team
before noon, for those interested in being home in time for the football game. By "light workout", we
mean a quick IF/OF, pitchers and catchers throwing a bit, and a few cuts on the field. There are cages if
you want extra swings on your own. We are also aware that you may not have been playing for a while,
so nobody is looking for 100%, just dial it back, take it easy, the primary purpose is to make sure we
have relatively equal distribution of talent, positions, speed, etc. Nothing to pull a muscle about.
League dues are $180 this spring. This covers fields, 2 umpires per game (high school certified or
better), baseballs, liability insurance (not medical), playoffs, booking agent, website, awards, and
more, not to mention the camaraderie of playing this great game with a bunch of guys with similar
passion for baseball in the longest tenured league in Central Florida. You can pay by check or money
order sent to Central Fla. Men`s Senior Baseball League (CFL MSBL), PO Box 4025, Apopka, FL 32704,
or if you`re still strapped from the holidays, you can use a credit card with the PayPal button on the
left. Please include an extra $7. 50 if you choose that option. We even have the option of spreading
out payments over time without interest, through PayPal. (not the league! :) You don`t have to pay to
work out, (it would be nice and really helpful!), but you will greatly enhance your draft status if you do,
as everybody is looking for paid players. The league rule is "no pay, no play", and rosters will close by
the end of the month.
SO, pre-register by letting me know to expect you for the draft. (firstname.lastname@example.org) We look
forward to having you in the league, and please don`t hesitate to let me know if you have any
December 13, 2016 - Phillies and Pirates are Champs....Again!
Continuing a recent legacy of domination, our Pennsylvania contingent repeated as champs on Sunday,
though both went to the last inning to clinch victory. The Phillies edged the Reds 8-7 in the bottom of the 9th, and
the Pirates nipped the Angels 5-4 in the bottom of the 9th.
The Phillies scored a run in the bottom of the 9th to win their 3rd fall
championship in 4 years. Barrett Gugliotta was the hero, scoring Hall of Famer Vanessa West with a two-out base hit, after the venerable
George Kerst was walked intentionally to load the bases. West reached on a Hit By Pitch with one out, advanced on a walk to Comeback
Player of the Year Billy Kiernan, moved to third on a wild pitch and after the Kerst IBB, the stage was set for the Gugliotta heroics. The
had tied the game with two runs in the top of the 9th on a Jeremiah Jaspon double, a Hall of Famer Felix Soto Toro double, and an infield
hit by Eddie Rubiera. The Reds would have had a first and third to go ahead, but Adam Greschler was cut down at third by center fielder
Adam Cadiz after an Anthony Kazmerczyk single. A great game, as were so many this fall playoff season. Warren Hanson and Scott
Budds pitched admirably for the Phillies, as did Craig Feeney and Ricardo Rodriguez for the Reds.
The Orlando Pirates took the last of five lead changes in the back-and-forth affair against the Angels, securing a 5-4 victory on Sunday
at S Orange. The Angels were unable to overcome a two-run ninth inning deficit.
The Pirates were led by a flawless day at the dish by Dustin Williams, who went 3-3 against Angels` pitching. He singled in the third, fifth,
and seventh innings. Ernesto Sosa got the win on the mound. He allowed four runs over nine innings, striking out three, walking none
and scattering 11 hits. After a scoreless stalemate, the Orlando Pirates finally got on the board with one run in the fourth on an RBI
single by Andrew Boutton. The Pirates brought home one run in the fifth inning, and matched that run total in the ninth. In the fifth, the
Michael Clemente scored on an error.
The Orlando Pirates walked off on a RBI single by Phil Scheuer in the ninth scoring Miguel Villalona for the Championship.
Congratulations to Dan Jarvis of
the Phils and Ernesto Sosa of the Pirates for another championship season!
December 07, 2016 - Championship Sunday Schedule
9 AM 38+ Reds @ Phillies South Orange 1
12:30 25+ Angels @ Pirates South Orange 1
December 06, 2016 - Ojays Are the Champs of the 18s; 25s and 38s Finals Set
The Ojays swept their best of three doubleheader to win their inaugural season in the 18 plus division
over the Mets, the spring champs.
Game 1: Peter Garcia pitched a complete game, striking out 11 batters and giving up 2 runs. Jim
Pinero went 2 for 3, hitting 2 homeruns, with 5 RBIs.
Game 2: Peter Ortiz pitched 7 1/3 innings, striking out 7. Jim Pinero went 3 for 3, including a homerun. In the top of the 8th the Ojays were
down 2-1, and Gabriel Rodriguez hit a 3 run homerun to put the Ojays up 4-2. Robert Daley closed out the game on the mound earning
the final out of the game with a strikeout.
The Phillies edged the A`s in what manager Adam Bransfield reported was the `best played old guy game`
he has ever been a part of, which is saying a lot, as he has been around a long time.
Scott Budds pitched a complete game shutout
with 9 K`s to edge Joe Hamilla in a classic pitcher`s duel. He also scored the only run of the game on a Darren Hanson single in the 3rd.
Barrett Gugliotta made a game saving catch
with 2 outs in the 9th to seal the victory.
The Reds scored three in the 9th to tip the regular season champion Blazers 8-7, in another tight game,
setting up a Phillies vs Reds championship next Sunday for the 38 plus crown.
The Reds pecked away at Hall of Famer Tony Caruso,
tied 5-5 going into the bottom of the 8th inning. A dropped fly ball with two outs scored two for the Blazers, who appeared to have
secured victory. But in the top of the 9th, they scored 3 times on consecutive base hits by Craig Feeney, Jeff Shebovsky, Felix Soto Toro
and Mark Pacich, a Sac Fly by Ricardo Rodriguez, and a two out RBI by Jason Bailey for the game winner.
Rodriguez retired the side in order in the bottom of the 9th, and the upset was complete.
In the 25`s, the Angels bounced the regular season champion Cubs, and the Pirates edged the Brunch 6-
5 in 12 innings, bringing up an Angels/Pirates championship on the 11th.
For the Angels, Rikki Kline pitched all 9 giving up only two runs. With the bases juiced in the 7th Leo Vazquez cleared the bases with an
opposite field triple to extend the Angels lead to 6-1.
Eric Roukey`s walk-off sacrifice fly off of Alfano boosted the Orlando Pirates to a 6-5 win over Brunch in 12 innings at S Orange on
Ray Sanabria got the win in relief for the Orlando Pirates. Sanabria pitched two innings and allowed no runs.
The Orlando Pirates were sparked by Will Schingl and Michael Clemente, who teamed up for six hits and two RBIs.
The Orlando Pirates pushed one run across in the fourth inning to start the scoring. The Orlando Pirates scored runs on an error.
Brunch brought home one run in the seventh inning, and matched that run total in the tenth. In the seventh, Brunch scored on an RBI
single by Kipp, bringing home Verea.
The Orlando Pirates survived Brunch`s surge and put up one run of their own in the tenth. The Orlando Pirates scored on an RBI double
by Will Schingl.
November 30, 2016 - Playoff Schedule, Sunday, December 418+ Division
- Bear Creek Complex - best of three
9 AM #2 Mets @ #1 Ojays, 12:30 PM Game 2, Ojays @ Mets, Game 3 (if necessary), Dec. 11
25+ Division - South Orange Complex - single elimination
9 AM #4 Angels @ #1 Cubs
12:30 #3 Brunch @ #2 Pirates
Championship Dec. 11
38+ Division - Edgewater High School - single elimination
9 AM #4 Reds @ #1 Blazers
12:30 #3 Athletics @ #2 Phillies
Championship Dec. 11
November 21, 2016 - Regular Season Closing Highlights
The Orlando Brunch jumped out to an early lead on and captured a 20-4 victory on Sunday at South
Jason Hellriegel (1), Dylan Kipp (1) and Kevin Boyce (3) each hit a home run in the win.
Dylan Kipp racked up four RBIs on a perfect 3 for 3 day.
Steve Merka, Jason Hellriegel, and Kevin Boyce collected 2 hits each, on the day
Cesar Colon had a very productive day, going 1 for 1 with 3 RBIs and drawing 2 walks in 3 plate
Shaun Delozier got the win, while scattering 7 hits over 5 innings, striking out 6 and allowing 2 runs (1
November 14, 2016 - Cubs Win!!
David Muniz hit his 1st HR of the season. Zax Little went 3-3 with 3 RBI. Christian Leonard went 3-4 with 2
singles and a double in the first-place Cubs win.
October 31, 2016 - Weekly highlights
Cubs Win 18-8. Jose Cerna went 3-3 with a triple an 2 RBI. Jeramy Louderback went 2-2,and Mike Redlin
went 2-3 with 2 doubles 3 RBI. Brian Rennolds had 5 stolen bases with 2 steals of home.
October 25, 2016 - Weekly highlights
Great Pitching Leads Orlando Brunch Win
Shaun Delozier struck out 19, while allowing 1 earned run
on 5 hits and 1 walk
Jon Marrero racked up two RBIs on three hits for Orlando Brunch.
Matt Sleik enjoyed a 2 for 4 day with one RBI
Charles Georges had a walkoff RBI double to lead the
Phillies to victory
October 11, 2016 - Brunch Edge Angels
The Brunch moved into sole possession of 1st place Sunday. After giving up 3 runs to the Angels in the
first two innings, Shaun Delozier made a long relief appearance and pitched 7 innings of shutout ball,
surrendering 3 H and 2 BB, while striking out 12 to record the win.
Jon Marrero enjoyed a 2 for 4 day with 2 RBIs, while Kevin Boyce went 1 for 2 and scored twice.
Eddie Rubiera kept alive his streak of consecutive hits at 5, to go along with extending his league
record number of getting Hit By a Pitch at Lord knows how many in the Reds win. Mark Pacich pitched
three perfect innings to go along with a couple of base hits .
October 03, 2016 - This weeks highlights!
Orlando Brunch`s Cory Veres, Dylan Kipp, Jason Hellriegel and Matt Bzura combined for 11 hits and five
Brunch won (6-5) in the bottom of the 8th when Matt Bzura hit a walk off single to score Dylan Kipp with
September 26, 2016 - Stars of the Week!! (9/25)
Dave Vendur and Eric Deener, held the Brunch to 2 runs, and Al Baum knocked in 2 runs in the Yankees
tie...Nate Hirsch and Mike Arsenault combined to shut out the defending champion Pirates in a 2-0 Cubs
victory...Joe Greene stifled the Reds in a complete game A`s win...Lilio Alvarez and Joey Del Valle
combined to hold the Phillies to 3 runs and a 7-3 Blazers win....The Expos posted their first win as Peter
Amico went the route on the hill and Chris Stahl was the hitting star, going 3-3, with 3 RBI, 2 SB, a BB and
a run scored...For the Brunch, Shaun Delozier - CG | 16K | 1BB | 3 H | 2 ER and 1 for 3 at the plate
Cory Veres - Reached base 3 times going 2 for 3 with a walk
September 15, 2016 - Players of the Week
Warren Hanson of the Phillies took a no-hitter into the 7th inning of his complete game 4 hitter, Steve
Merka put the Brunch ahead to stay in the 9th inning of their win against the Mets with an "impromptu
suicide squeeze", scoring Cory Veres with the game winner, and ageless veteran Dave Vendur, the recently
rediscovered Eric Deemer and Al Baum combined to lead the Yankees to the win over the Twins. Al also
stamped a 3 for 3 on his resume to win Player of the Week honors!
August 31, 2016 - Player of the Week - Rikki Kline
The Opening Day Player of the Week is the Angels` Rikki Kline.
Rikki threw 8 innings of shutout ball against the defending champion Pirates, giving up only 5 hits in his
MSBL and Angels debut. Congratulations Rikki!
August 14, 2016 - Still want to play?
Just send an email with age division desired (18+, 25+ or 38+) to email@example.com We still have teams looking for players!
July 28, 2016 - Fall Baseball! Registration and draft info for new players
The fall registration and draft will be held at Cypress Creek High School on Sunday, August 14th at 9
AM. Directions to Cypress Creek from your location are available on the left of this page. Please park in
the parking lot behind left field, do not drive around the cones to get closer, or you may be towed.
We`ll get paperwork filled out, organized and warmed up by 10 AM, have a light workout, and have you
on a team and on your way no later than noon. I emphasize the word "workout", because it`s not a
"Tryout", we`ve been able to find spots for everyone, no matter their ability or fitness level, within
reason, of course.
The season will start Aug. 31, (or the 24th for some teams), and after being off Labor Day weekend,
we`ll play a total of 12 regular season games, primarily on Sundays, until Thanksgiving, then have
playoffs the 4th and 11th of December. (we`re off for the holidays, then start the spring schedule up
again in late January!)
It will cost $135 per player. There may be cheaper options, but we offer smaller rosters and open
substitutions for more playing time, good fields with little or no maintenance responsibilities, HS
certified or betters umpires, double minimum liability insurance (not medical!), good baseballs, and the
peace of mind of knowing you`re a member of the oldest men`s baseball league in Central Florida,
entering our 50th (!) consecutive season.
Sound good? You can pay by check, made out to Cent. FL Men`s Sr. Baseball (or CFL MSBL), PO Box
4025, Apopka, FL 32704, or you can use a credit card on the PayPal button on the upper left side of
this page. Please include an extra $5 if you elect that option, for PayPal`s share. You can even spread
out your payments, if you wish, see the link for details. Or you can bring cash or a check to the the
field. Our rules are simple in this regard, no pay, no play.
But enough of the necessary evil of financing the fields, balls, umps, insurance, website, playoffs,
awards, etc. (Uniforms can be an additional charge, depending on the team.) Come on out Sunday,
August 14th at 9 AM at Cypress Creek High School, and let`s play ball. The camaraderie of hanging out
with like-minded ballplayers is the best part of it all.
Please let me know of your intent to attend at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know if you have
any questions. We look forward to having you in the league!
July 15, 2016 - Pirates are Champs Once Again!
The Pirates are the champions of the Central Florida MSBL once again, beating an amazing Mets team
who, in their first season in the league, beat the Expos to reach the finals of the Tim Marsh division. But
the Bucs were not to be denied, and on a sweltering July day at the Bishop Stadium in Clermont,
triumphed 5-2 in a well-played game. The Pirates somehow overcame the mid-season loss of their manager
and all-around great ballplayer Ernesto Sosa to a torn Achilles tendon.
Here is the game wrap, from the Pirates website.The Orlando
Pirates beat the Mets 5-2 on Sunday at Clermont behind Roberto Rivera, who collected three hits.
Will Schingl got the win for the Orlando Pirates thanks to eight strikeouts. Will Schingl allowed no earned runs, 12 hits and one walk over
Ben Link was charged with the loss. He lasted just four innings, walked two, struck out five, and allowed one run.
The Orlando Pirates never trailed after scoring one run in the second on.
The Orlando Pirates increased their lead with three runs in the seventh. A error scored Scott Mikrut and Michael Clemente to get the
Orlando Pirates on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Rivera`s single, bringing home Eric Roukey.
A two-run ninth inning helped bring the Mets within three. An RBI single by Link and an RBI single by Victor set off the Mets rally.
Finally, Will Schingl got Paul to to end the game. The Pirates had their fourth consecutive championship!
June 27, 2016 - Blazers are the Champs!
The Blazers upset the defending champion Phillies in the semi-finals, then trounced the Reds in the championship to become the
spring season kings. Congratulations to Carlos Ruperto and Tony Caruso and the rest of the Blazer boys!
The upstart Reds loaded the bases in the top of the first, but the inning was ended when a dribbler in front of home plate was turned
into a DP by Bill Musacchio. From there on, Lilio Alvarez shut the door while dealing nasty stuff for the next five innings. The Blazer bats
came alive in the second, third, and fourth innings as they put 14 runs on the board. The hit parade was led by Dennis Smith with 2
doubles and 4 RBIs. David Hage added 3 hits. Joe Del Valle, and Tony Caruso had 2 hits apiece.
June 22, 2016 - Playoffs
Sunday, June 26th - Tim Marsh Division
Game 1 - 9 AM South Orange Angels @ Expos
Game 2 - 9 AM Cypress Creek HS - Royals @ Mets
Game 3_12:30 Cypress Creek HS - low seed winner Game 1 and 2 @ high seed winner Game 1 and 2
Game 4 - 12:30 South Orange - Cubs @ Pirates
Game 5 - Championship - Tuesday, June 28 - 7 PM - low see winner Game 3 and 4 @ high remaining
Sunday, June 26th - Nat Haber Division
Game 1 - 9 Am Clermont Bishop - Winner Yanks/Reds @ A`s
Game 2 9 AM PAL Park Clermont (1250 12th St.) Blazers @ Phillies
Game 3 - 12:30 Clermont Bishop Low remaining seed @ high remaining for championship
June 06, 2016 - Ballgame over, Yankees Win, Thaaaaaaaaa Yankees Win!!
The Yankees got their first win of the year in Clermont, and in the most improbable way possible. Down 9-3 in the bottom of the last inning,
they banged out a 7 spot for the victory over the hapless Reds. With 2 outs, still down 9-6, they loaded the bases, and Al Baum cleared them
off with a double to deep left to tie the game, then Steve Van Pelt singled in Al for the game winner. Congratulations to the Yanks, manager
Eric Echevarria and acting manager Vern Ramassar, who held together through a tough stretch.
April 05, 2016 - Players of the Week!
Marty Jones hit a walk off grand slam as the Blazers split with the As. Steve Haugh allowed only 3 hits
over 7 innings for the Expos. Mike Grenci and Mark Pacich threw complete games for the Reds in a
doubleheader sweep. Tell your manager to send in your game stars each week if you don`t see your team
March 15, 2016 - Players of the Week!!
Twins Cory Veres
went 3 for 3 with a HR, 3 RBI and a SB in a Twins win over the champion Pirates!
Errick Heberling went the distance on the hill for the Angels in their victory over the Reds.
December 14, 2015 - Pirates and Phillies Repeat Championships!
Capping a memorable 2015 for the Pirates and Phillies as they repeated their age division championships
from this spring. Ernesto Sosa`s Bucs triumphed over the Angels and Dan Jarvis and his Phillies brought
the A`s down in the championship game. Team pics and game stories to follow.
July 19, 2015 - Hall of Fame classJoe Greene
-Joe has been a mainstay of the A’s for many years. He’s always a true sportsman, a great pitcher and a tough out at the plate. Joe can play any position on the field and nobody has a bad word to say about him, which is a rarity. He’s one of those guys who exemplifies good sportsmanship and consistency, so much so that I knew him by the wrong name for years, (Joe North?), until fellow Hall of Famer Adam Bransfield finally corrected me. He continues to be a front line ballplayer for the A’s today and we’re proud to welcome Joe Greene to the Hall of Fame.
Frank Ricci-Frank was selected by the Veteran’s Committee. Some may not have had the distinct displeasure of getting in the batter’s box against Frank, but long-timers can tell you that during the late 90’s and early 2000’s, there was simply no better amateur pitcher in Central Florida. The powerhouse Cardinals, then Juice teams of that era were anchored by Frank on the mound. Fellow Hall of Famer and long-time teammate Rick Scheetz called him “Big Game Frank”, and for great reason. He threw hard, no doubt, but he could pitch. He had a hard slider and a 12/6 yacker that left more than a few hitters shaking their heads on the way back to the dugout. Facing Frank on a relatively poorly lit field at night in the 90’s was a gut check. Too many league and tournament championships to count, Frank continues to dazzle on fields around the area. Welcome to the Hall Frank.
Felix Soto Toro- Felix is officially the smartest guy to ever play in the league. You say to yourself, what is he a rocket scientist? As a matter of fact, he is. Our first and likely only astronaut to play in the league, Felix is amazing on a number of fronts. He rose from a tough childhood in Puerto Rico to achieve all of his professional success. We all have busy schedules but I can’t imagine anyone having a busier one, yet he always made time to play baseball, and he was and is a good ballplayer. A prototypical leadoff type guy, he could work a count for a walk, was one of the best bunt for a hit guys we’ve seen, and could lash one in the gap for extra bases, and when he was going well, more times than not. When I think back on guys who would get 3 or more hits in games, Felix is at or near the top of that list. He was also known for bringing fresh fruit and a machete to games, the better to share a healthy mid-game snack. I guess as an opponent, I found it rather intimidating. As a teammate on a number of tournament teams, there isn’t a better one. Welcome Felix to Hall of Fame.
July 02, 2015 - Spring 2015 Champs: Pirates and Phillies
It was a great day for the state of Pennsylvania, as the Pirates
won the 25+ crown with a win over the
Angels and the Phillies
came back to nip the Athletics late 4-2 to take the 38+ crown.
Both winners were the underdogs. Scottie Mikrut and manager Ernesto Sosa combined to hold a hard-hitting Angel
lineup to only 4 runs, and got more than enough offense to coast to the win. (details to follow)
The Phillies trailed 2-0 late to Hall of Famer Joe Greene, pitcher for the Athletics, but a couple of errors by the normally slick fielding
Athletics opened the door for 3 runs, and the Phillies, with rookie manager Dan Jarvis driving in what would turn out to be the winning
run, held on for the crown. Warren Hanson went the route, allowing only 2 runs to the regular season champs.
2 great games, 4 great teams, 2 new champions!
January 24, 2015 - Spring baseball! Registration 10 AM!!!!
Here's hoping the New Year finds you well, are you ready for some spring baseball??
The registration and draft is Super Bowl Sunday morning,February 1st, at 10 AM for new players or those who
want to try a different team, at the South Orange Baseball Complex, (directions from your location on the tab to the left), with Opening Day Sunday, February the 8th.
The cost is $185 for 16 games, plus playoffs. You can mail a check or Money Order to CFL MSBL, PO
Box 4025, Apopka, FL 32704, or use credit cards on the PayPal button on the upper left of this page.
Please include an extra $7.50 for Pay Pal's share if you elect that option.
Let me know if you plan on attending, send a note with age, position(s) and contact info to
We look forward to having you in the league!
December 16, 2014 - Pirates and Padres are Fall Champions!!! Soto in Hall
Rookie manager and mound ace Ernesto Sosa brought his Pirates back from a 5 run deficit to beat the
regular season champion Reds and regain their crown as league champions.
Danny Alejandro and the Padres completed the 2014 season sweep, winning both the spring and fall
seasons, in a tough victory over the upstart Mets. League historians are poring over the archives, but
suffice it to say that it has been a long while since a team won it all in both the spring and the fall.
Congratulations to both of these fine clubs, to all of their players and fans! Hopefully more details and
pictures to follow soon!
Also congratulations to the Reds and Mets, both playing in the rarefied air of the finals in the Mets
case for the first time, and in the Reds case in a long time. Tips of the cap to Joe Machovina and Pete
Parilla and their squads for great seasons, you know they'll both be back.
Finally, the first member of the Class of '14 was honored at the end of the game, Felix Soto Toro of the
Mets. Congratulations Felix, full writeups and acknowledgement will be forthcoming.
Thanks for another great season everybody, 2015 is right around the corner so rest up!!
December 10, 2014 - Semi-final results, Champiosnhip games set!
In the 25+ series, the Pirates mowed down the Angels in the first game, and the Reds in the second game, putting them on the brink of regaining the crown they gave up last spring. In the 38's, two great games, the Padres edged the Criollos 10-8 and the Mets entered the championship game for the first time by tipping the DC's 1-0.
Here are some highlights from our correspondent on the ground:
The Lake County Mets will make their first ever appearance in the MSBL Championship series.
The Mets propelled themselves into the championship showdown Vs the 2X Champ powerhouse Orlando Padres this coming Sunday, December 14th, 2014.
In a pitching duel, the Mets defeated the DCs by a final score of 1-0 on a 9 inning gem from Mets ace and fall 2014 team Cy Young Award winner Luis Rodriguez.
Luis was spectacular on the mound tossing 9 complete frames of 4 hit baseball to go along with 5 punch outs. The Mets defense was superb and committed no errors in this game.
Credit to the DCs for a great battle as the Mets did not hit well and were only able to push the game's lone run across the plate on an errant throw in the bottom of the first inning.
DCs pitcher Joey Neira was awesome on the mound for the DCs only giving up 2 hits in 9 innings of work.
SO Championship Sunday looks like this: Reds@ Pirates at 9 AM, Mets @ Padres at 12:30, both game at South Orange. Come on out for some season-ending championship baseball between 4 great teams!!
December 05, 2014 - Playoff schedule, Sunday Dec. 7
10 AM Colonial High School 10 AM DC's @ Mets winner advances to championship.
9 AM South Orange 9 AM Criollos @ Padres -winner advances to championship game vs. winner of
Noon or as soon as possible: Angels @ Pirates winner advances to meet Reds for championship of 25+
3 PM or as soon as possible Winner of Noon game @ Reds
All South Orange games are normal game length rules, no new inning after 2:40, for today only.
Trotters 9 AM A's @ Old Reds makeup game.
December 01, 2014 - Criollos Edge Phillies for Last Playoff Spot
November 12, 2014 - Holiday Toy Drive for those less fortunate
From Pete Parilla of the Mets:
Hello MSBL family and friends. I have recently become aware of a very special act of kindness on behalf one of the Lake County Mets most prolific players.
He is not only an excellent player, teammate and friend but "unbeknownst" to us, he is also a hero to many of his countrymen's underprivileged children in the Dominican Republic. Our very own Francis Vasquez through his church's and personal networks has been delivering toys to underprivileged children in the
Dominican Republic for quite some time now during the holiday seasons.
This is truly a commendable action; and I would like to invite you all to take part in bringing joy to an underprivileged child this holiday season.
The Lake County Mets will be collecting new unwrapped toys on Sunday, November 16th and November 23rd at Colonial High School from 9am until 2pm.
If you'd like to stop by and share a little bit of your good fortune it will be very much appreciated.
Hope to see all of you at the ballpark and thank you in advance for your generosity!
You may also contact Francis directly at FrancisVasquez@aol.com
October 07, 2014 - Mets Upend Padres Oct. 7th!!
The Lake County Mets played excellent defense to go along with some key knocks to defeat the Padres by a
final score of 5-3 at Colonial HS yesterday, but the stars of the day were Mark Clark who started the game and
only gave up 3 runs. (2 inherited runners scored on a hit after he was removed due to tightness in his leg) and
a superb relief pitching performance by Luis Rodriguez who shut the door on the Padres tossing
5 1/3 scoreless innings to go along with 7 Ks, scattering 5 hits and 3 BBs for the win.
September 21, 2014 - Game recap - Reds/Angels Thanks Joe!
On a warm September day, both the Angels and Reds battled hard and the Reds squeeked by in a closely contested game. Matt Clayton got the win in an impressive seven inning complete game. The Reds took an early three run lead in top of the 1st. However, the Angels quickly responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. The Reds managed to get runs across the board in the top of the 2nd and 3rd, increasing their lead to four.
It looked like the Reds might get out of there comfortably, going in to the bottom of the seventh with a 9-5 lead. Things got interesting when the Angels managed to put one across home and load up the bases with two outs. In the end Matt came through in the clutch, forcing a ground ball out to end the game 9-6.
Thank you to all the players on both teams for coming out and fighting hard.
July 02, 2014 - Angels and Padres Are Champions!
In a triumph of teams with religious names, the 25+ Angels swept the Pirates, and the 38+ Padres swept the
Criollos to win their respective championships Sunday. The rain came late, and put a damper on the
celebrations, but the results were the first championship for the Angels in over a decade, and the Padres
regaining their crown most recently held by the DC's. Congratulations to Adam Bocken and his Halos, and to
Danny Alejandro and the Pads.
Game 1 On a muggy June Sunday afternoon June 22, the Angels and Pirates squared off in the
championship opener and in the early going, runs seemed at a premium as both pitching staffs were
dueling. It wasn't until the bottom of the sixth that the Pirates chased the Angels starter and broke open a 3-
0 lead. The next few innings had the making of a defensive clinic until suddenly the Angels bats decided it
was early for a hibernation and the score went into the latter innings knotted at three a piece. The Pirates
tacked one on in their half of the eighth and seemed to be well on their way to putting the Angels in a hole
for the series. The top of the 9th set the landscape for a theatrical closing as Jared Hess came to the plate
with two out and a runner on, to send the 2-2 offering over the left field wall where some proud youngster
scurried for the souvenir moon shot. The Pirates rallied in the 9th putting two runners in scoring position
with two outs and their heart of their potent order dwelling. The game ended on a high bounding grounder
in the 3rd and Short hole, which seemed to have eyes initially and on a photo finish type play at 1st the side
was retired and the Angels had held on in a tight one to win 5-4.
Game 2 Sundays game 2 of the 25+ championship series saw the Angels unseat the defending
champion Pirates. The Angels rallied for a 7-0 lead in the 2nd inning, one of two innings in which the Angels
batted through their lineup. The solid hitting and persistence of the Pirates helped them to narrow the gap
to an 8-7 Angels lead in the 6th, where the Angels defense held serve. In the bottom of the 7th, the Angels
bats erupted once again to post 8 more runs, closing the door in a rain shortened game that sealed a 16-7
victory against a solid defending champion in the Pirates. The Angels got production from top to bottom in
their lineup in this series and committed only a single error in the duel, solidifying their most impressive
stretch of baseball all season against the strongest opponent in the league. Congratulations to both teams
for representing the league in this series, which closes out yet another season in the 25+. (Eric Heberling
Game 1 Angel Miranda pitched 5 innings for the win with Pete Correa coming in to relieve and shut
down a bases loaded Criollos rally in the 6th. A balanced Padres hitting attack with Jose Birriel going 3 for 3
with a double and rbi, Luis Melendez went 2 for 4 with 3 rbi's, Jose Lind went 3 for 4 with a double and rbi,
Pete Correa went 2 for 3 with 2 rbi's and Jose Granado going 2 for 4 with a double and rbi.
Game 2 Papa Ortiz pitched 5 1/3 innings for the clinching win. The Padres lineup was led by Jose
Lind who homered in going 2 for 4 with 3 rbi's and Danny Alejandro who went 3 for 4 with a double and 2
rbi's. It was a complete and total team effort. (Danny Alejandro reporting)
June 28, 2014 - Sad News - We'll miss you Rich!
Richard Finelli 9:13am Jun 28
Hello Brian. Wanted to take this opportunity to inform you that as of June 22, 2014, I am officially retired from baseball umpiring. I've been diagnosed with an incurable digestive disease. It is treatable under care of a doctor & with proper diet & medication. How ever 2 to 3 hours at a time on a baseball field is no longer possible. Please pass the word to all your teams & let them know how much I appreciated the mutual respect they afforded me on the diamond. My 35 year career has ended along with my 60 year over all participation in the greatest game ever created. Thanks for letting me be a part of your organization.
April 05, 2014 - Rule of the week - Injured players
3I. If a player is forced to leave a game due to injury or ejection or a previous
commitment elsewhere, a reserve
player, not previously entered into the game as a hitter, must hit in the replaced
player’s place. If there are no
reserves who can replace the individual, the spot is skipped and all hitters below
that position move up. The first
time this vacated spot comes up in the batting order, an out will be assessed,
after that one time, no out will be
recorded for skipping the spot vacated by the displaced player.
March 26, 2014 - Sad news
Mike Sanford. long-time umpire, good friend of the league and many of the players, passed away last night of cancer, with friends and families at his side in Cleveland, Ohio. Mike was always rated as one of the best umps this league had ever had, both with his calls and with his demeanor. He will always have a special place in the hearts of the many of us who had the honor and privilege of knowing him. He worked almost exclusively over the years with his umpiring partner Ferdie Medina, who has been a great umpire and player in the league for many years. We can only express our deepest sympathies to all who knew him, however briefly. Keep the game moving up in heaven Mikey, we will miss you!
February 22, 2014 - Rule of the Week!! Courtesy Runners
5A. Players that will need courtesy runners must have their manager notify the opposing manager prior to the start
of the game. If not so notified, the opposing manager may deny the request. Each team will be allowed a maximum
of 2 players per game who can be run for each team that they reach base. The individual who runs for these
player(s) needing a courtesy runner is not determined ahead to time. It is always the last batted out who must run for
the person needing the courtesy runner. Once the game begins and the full complement of 2 courtesy runners (2)
have already been designated, a pinch runner must be used and no courtesy runner will be allowed. If a batter
(designated a needing a courtesy runner) opts to run, or forgets to get a courtesy runner and subsequently runs, he
will lose his courtesy runner for the remaining portion of the game. The offensive team that is replacing the
courtesy runner has 30 seconds to make the runner change. If the runner is not replaced within its time period, the
original runner must run and the right to use the courtesy runner for this particular batter will be forfeited for the
balance of the game. The 30 second time limit will begin at the time the umpire calls for time to allow replacement
for the runner.
December 10, 2013 - DC
The DC's edged the Padres 3-2 in 11 innings Sunday for the 38+ championship in
Ocoee. It was a phenomenal season-ending victory, their 2nd consecutive crown
after they upset the top-seeded Padres for the spring championship. This fall the
DC's led wire to wire, winning all 14 of their contests.
The game was a heart-
stopper for the DC's and their fans, and a heart-breaker for the Padres. Cesar
Cedeno and Carmelo Morges started for their respective teams and threw up
goose eggs until the 4th, when the Padres broke through. Pete Correa had a 2-
run single with 2 out after an error and a walk for 2 unearned runs, but they
looked to be enough, as Morges continued to mow down DC hitters.
In the 8th,
the DC's finally broke through when Angel Davila led off the bottom of the frame
with a long HR to left. But Morges settled down to clear the inning without further
damage. Not scoring in the top half of the 9th meant they had 3 outs to get to
reclaim the crown they won last fall. But Jorge Rosado led off the DC half of the
9th with a single, and in a somewhat controversial call, manager John Rios had
Felix Lopez sacrifice Rosado into scoring position, which he did perfectly. After a
ground out to 2nd, the DC's were down to their last out. But Robert Michel came
up huge, ripping a clutch single to score Rosado with the tying run.
extra innings, where Ferdie Medina continued a streak of 7 consecutive
scoreless innings in relief before the DC's came to bat in the bottom of the 11th.
Angel Davila led off with a walk, and promptly stole second. This took the bat out
of the hands of offensive juggernaut German "Deportivo" Rivera, as he was
passed intentionally by Pads manager Danny Alejandro. Victor Vidal attempted to
bunt the runners along, and pitcher Manny Rentana, who earlier had thrown out
not one but 2 DC runners attempting to stretch singles into doubles from left,
made a strong throw to third to get the lead runner, but Davila was faster and all
hands were safe. Bases loaded, nobody out, the Padres had to pull everybody in
to Little League depth. But Jorge Ravelo found some space with a line drive to
left, and this epic battle was over, and the DC's reigned.
A true classic on an
unseasonably warm December day. Fantastic competition, great sportsmanship,
baseball at it's finest. Congratulations to the DC's on another crown and a magical
season, and to the Padres, this was a game it was truly a shame that anyone had
November 18, 2013 - PIRATES ARE THE CHAMPS!!!
A 6 run first held up for the Bucs as they beat the resurgent Yankees 7-0 behind the pitching of Ernesto Sosa
and WIll Schnagl. Congratulations to Eric Rung and the boys for a great fall, flirting with an undefeated season,
and ultimately the championship!
July 18, 2013 - DC's Hang On to Win 38+ Championship!!
Going in to Sunday morning's championship series up 1-0 and needing only one more win, John Rios and the DC's had to be feeling confident. Little did they know they would have their championship alright, but it wouldn't be for another 9 hours, when they scraped across a run in the 11th inning, and held on for a classic, epic 12-11 win, and their first championship. The regular season champs had staved off elimination in the first game of the doubleheader to even the series, and oddsmakers had to like the Padres chances going in to a third and final game.
But the DC's were able to defy the odds and hung on for an amazing win, 12-11, in the July heat,after a long season, with their pitching running thin,
Congratulations to both teams on a truly classic championship series! More details and pictures are forthcoming.
January 26, 2013 - 3H Sports a Good Spot for BP!
2750 Taylor Ave Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 228-1234 near the corner of Orange and Michigan, has several tunnels for BP, and is centrally located for all of our members. Great spot! Open six nights!
November 30, 2012 - Sad News
I'm sorry to pass along the news that former Marlin and Indian Colin Brady passed away unexpectedly Wednesday. Details are still sketchy, but Colin was a great friend and teammate, and huge advocate for the league and adult baseball. He promoted the league several times on his many radio shows, and leaves behind many friends in the league who respected him as a ballplayer, but even more as a friend and teammate. He served as the announcer for several All Star games and did an awesome job, and his boys were always present for games and announcing gigs. Gone way too soon, we'll miss you Colin, from all of your Brothers in Baseball.
March 11, 2012 - Hall of Famer Frank Shaw announces retirement
In a week of sad news, here's more, one of the all-timers, Hall of Famer Frank Shaw, announced his retirement effective immediately. Frank has been a stalwart in this league for many, many years, and one of it's great ambassadors. A friendly rival, a great teammate, and that hard slider that just seemed to keep breaking, a really tough AB. Lots of good Frank Shaw stories, members are encouraged to share their favorites, we'll try to compile them and share them with everyone. Good luck, Frankie, don't be a stranger! Here's his note letting me know,
"Hey B Wow I was surprised to learn of one of our umpires passing,..sad.. Dave was a nice down to earth type of guy..he called many of my games..and although he may have missed a few calls (or strikes) i never gave him a hard time thoughts go out to his family.............that being said,....I , with heavy heart, and reluctantly, formally announce my retirement from the Orlando Msbl, "that was a tough sentence to type",...Health issues and an impending heart transplant have relagated me to the sidelines and no longer have the energy to be productive in our league,.. I will miss all the friends I have made,.and maybe a few enemies along the way,lol. but I will forever cherish the many years spent at the fields.. I thank you for all you have done for me,. and will never forget it,... I had a blast....you have my permission to post my email addr.(email@example.com) if any of the guys would like to drop me a note or get together that would be great Thanks again Brian for your tireless commitment to our league, I couldnt have played under a better president...humbly yours, Frank Shaw 99"
March 10, 2012 - The loss of a friend
Sad news, we lost a long-time umpire and a great guy, David Mellott last week, David worked our games for many years, and is most famous for being one of the last umps around to work the plate with the outside "balloon" type chest protector. But those who took the time to speak with him knew him to be a steady, friendly, no-nonsense type of guy. We will miss him, and extend sincere condolences to his family.
November 23, 2011 - Tribute to Jeff Lumbert
I received this eloquent tribute to Jeff, and thought I'd share it with everyone.
There aren't many men I've known in my life for whom I can use the word 'admiration'. I've respected many, admired very few. Jeff was one. Coaching our sons (his Mikey and my Cameron) together at Delaney Park LL will be the image of Jeff and his wonderful family I will retain until that day when I can shake his hand again. There is not a single person in my life that bore a greater personal burden more gracefully than Jeff Lumbert. His eulogy for his son Mikey was an act of fatherly love and Christian testimony that astounded me. I have preached at my own family's funerals, and probably will again, but I can tell you with certainty that I have never been more in awe of a man's faith and composure than on that morning at First Baptist when Jeff stood in the pulpit for the second time in 6 months to speak of a departed son and to call upon his listeners to seek the Lord while he may be found. You have a son. I have a son. I cannot humanly fathom what kind of strength that must have required. Jeff would be quick to remind this Christian brother that it wasn't in his own strength that he was able to do such a thing. That is a truth I fully believe, yet it was beyond amazing to see it demonstrated before my very eyes that day. And it gave me great hope that when the need is there for us the Lord will keep his promise to "give us a mouth and wisdom which none shall be able to gainsay nor resist."
I am also grateful that the final time I spoke to Jeff was last fall on a baseball field, Jones 1 to be precise. I think a few people were startled to see the shortstop turn a double play and then hug the guy coming to second. The SS was me and without my glasses I hadn't recognized Jeff playing until he got that close to me. There is something intensely moving for me in that memory. The last time I saw him I hugged him, and the next time I see him I'll hug him.
Our friendship was not as close in the world as I would have liked, we traveled in slightly different circles, but it will be eternal. It may seem a bit silly to a disinterested bystander that a boy's game keeps being mentioned as a central fact of a grown man's life, but you and I know differently, don't we? The game is the tableau, the canvas, the stage, whatever metaphor a better poet than I can summon. Like battle it enables the emotional connections that define friendship, commitment, honor, brotherhood, and the intensity of life. I am indebted to Jeff Lumbert for eternity for his part in all that. And I am indebted to you for the part you play in these things as a builder and keeper of that metaphor.
November 14, 2011 - In memorium....we lost a great one...
Sunday morning we lost Jeff Lumbert, played on the great Juice teams of the late 90's, more recently a Blazer, a great ballplayer even better person and father. Jeff was a true believer, and nobody, and I mean nobody had more of a burden to bear, yet he never lost faith in the Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. You can read more at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jefflumbert/journal
August 25, 2010 - Tony and his Pool Fanatics!!!
Blazer manager Tony Caruso hosts a live call in show on WDBO AM-580, 96.5 WHTQ - FM every Saturday at 5 PM. With 1.2 million pools in Florida, who couldn't use a little expertise?! Follow them on FaceBook and Twitter!! Please support your fellow ballplayers whenever you can!!
June 29, 2010 - SHAW IN THE HALL!!
Veteran pitcher Frank Shaw of the Titans was the sole inductee to the Central Florida Men's Senior Baseball League Hall of Fame Sunday. Frank has been an outstanding pitcher in the league for many years. He has managed, pitched and won in tournaments, and has a 2009 Championship with the Titans to his credit. He has battled a heart condition that would have sidelined lesser men. He continues to be effective as an older pitcher in the 28+ division. But most importantly, Frank is a friend to every player in the league, and if you don't know Frank, stick around, you will soon. He is a tireless advocate for our league and for amateur baseball. He engages in good-natured banter with teammates and opponents alike, in person and on GuestBooks league-wide. Many of us saw Frank Jr. grow up at the ballfield, now a college pitcher. If Frank stays healthy, maybe the Shaw boys can join the Medinas as fathers and sons sharing the field. In summation, Frank is everything the league is about, a great sport, a great pitcher and a great teammate. Congratulations Frank, we're proud to welcome you to the Hall of Fame, Class of 2010.