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Updated: Sept. 27, 2015

2015 MVABL Championship
Rangers Sweep Athletics for 3rd Title

    The Dayton Rangers defeated the Fairborn Athletics 9-8 and 13-5 on Saturday to win their 3rd championship in the last 7 seasons.
    In game one, the Rangers jumped on Cy Young candidate Andrew Madlinger for five runs in the first inning. But the A's chipped away and tied the game at 7-7 in the eighth. The A's took their first lead of the game in the top of the ninth on a bases-loaded walk. The Rangers rallied in the bottom of the ninth as Brennen Glass and Ben Schubert led off with singles. Robert Riley's sac fly tied it. And Steve Marshall, pinch-running for Schubert, scored the winning run after a wild pitch and an errant throw down to third base.
    The Rangers took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning of game 1 on Schubert's two-run homer. They added three more in the second and six in the fifth inning for an 11-2 advantage at that point. Brandon Riley added a two-run home run in the 8th to cap the Rangers' scoring. Todd Peck earned the win and Schubert picked up the 4-inning save.
    The Rangers were led offensively by Joe Staten's 3 doubles and Schubert's 5 hits and 3RBIs. Jared Whited led the A's with 5 hits and 4 RBIs and Shawn Haffner had 6 hits and 3 RBIs.

Final Week of Regular Season

    Congrats to the Athletics' Andrew Madlinger who set an MVABL record with his 11th win of the season, beating the Slammers 6-3 on Saturday. The A's recorded a split on the afternoon, however, falling to the Slammers 12-7 in game two. The Slammers now have a 0.5 game lead over the Rangers for the No. 1 playoff seed.
    Over at Franklin park, the Redlegs swept the Marlins 14-0 and 25-6. Eric Williams got the complete game win in game one. Super-sub Jonmarc Lippincott broke up Williams' no-hitter with s single in the fifth inning. Brandon Howard homered in the second game for the Redlegs, while Kevin Campbell earned his 10th win of the season. On Saturday, Campbell tied Madlinger's new record for wins in a 3-2 victory over the Knights.

Playoff picture getting more clear

    Athletics' right-hander Andrew Madlinger tied an MVABL record for wins, earning victories in both ends of a DH against the Thunder. Garret Copas sent Madlinger home with a win in game 1 with a walk-off RBI triple as the A's won 4-3. The Athletics wrapped up the day with an 11-5 win as Joey Watson went 4-or-4 with a HR. The Thunder got longballs from Braydon Gomes and Christian Evans.
    Redlegs' ace Kevin Campbell was denied his 10th win of the season after being pulled in the 9th inning of a tie ballgame with the Royals. Stuck at a 5-5 score in the bottom of the ninth, Redlegs' James Robinson plated the game-winner with a walk-off single.
     The Redlegs (13-10) and Athletics (13-9) are on course to possibly meet in the playoffs as No.4/No.5 seeds. Therefore, the late-game heroics will need to carry over into late-season heroics to see which team can grab home-team advantage. Both teams play DHs on Saturday and Sunday.
     The Slammers (19-4) stay 0.5 game ahead of the Rangers for the top seed in the playoffs as they defeated the Royals 17-3. Aaron Fannin and Connor Anderson homered, and Mark Hadaya earned the win. The Slammers have won 13 straight since getting swept by the Rangers on June 14. The Slammers can clinch the top seed if they win 3 of their final 4 games this weekend, or win 2 with a Rangers' loss.
     The Machine (17-7) moved atop the Buckeye Division standings with a 13-4 win over the Wild Boars on Sunday at Belmont high school. Nick Montoya was a homer short of the cycle. Montoya, Cam Calhoun, and Pat Beyerle each had three hits. Eric McCoy homered and drove in 5 runs. Collin Vinson moved to 5-0 with the win. Paul Wilson tossed 4 scoreless innings of relief for his second save, striking out 7. The Machine are guaranteed a No. 3 seed in the playoffs with 1 win this weekend or 1 loss from the A's.
     The Rangers swept a split DH with the Knights, 15-3, and with the Boars, 15-5. Robert Riley had 4 hits and 4 RBIs against the Knights. Todd Peck earned his first career victory and Ryan Meinert recorded the three-inning save. Michael Wait and Jeremy Bristol had RBI singles for the Knights. Rangers' first baseman Joe Staten nearly knocked down a tree with a towering home run against the Boars at Belmont high school. Nick Gilmore had 4 hits, including 3 doubles. Gilmore and Phil Dickerson each drove in 3 runs for the Rangers. Joe Becker moved to 7-1 with the victory. Matt Fondriest belted a 2-run home run for the Boars, and newcomer Meade Tabata was 3-for-3 with an RBI.
     The Rangers (19-5) will have the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, but could sneak into No. 1 with a win and 2 losses from the Slammers.
     The Knights (11-13) look to have the hold on the No. 6 seed and would play the Machine in the second round of the playoffs. The only way they could move up to No. 5 is if the win their DH on Sunday and the Redlegs lose all 4 of their remaining contests.
     The Royals (8-15), Thunder (8-17), Marlins (2-18), and Wild Boars (1-23) are already in the bottom four and will play in the first round of the playoffs. The Royals lock in the No. 7 seed with a win. However, a loss and 1 Thunder win will put the Thunder in 7th place because the Thunder will win the divisional record tie-breaker. The Marlins will get the No.9 seed with 1 win or 1 loss from the Boars. The Wild Boars will get the No.10 seed with 1 loss.

Buckeye Division 6, Miami Division 5

    Beavercreek Sox third baseman Ian Huss belted a two-run home run in the first inning to lead the Buckeye Division to a 6-5 win over the Miami Division on Saturday, August 8 at Howell Field. Mad River Machine outfielder Paul Wilson added a solo home run and earned the save. More details to come.

Slammers continue rolling

    What we found out on Sunday was that no one is hotter than the South Dayton Slammers, winners of 8 straight. The Slammers swept the Sox out at Bellbrook HS, winning 3-2 and 4-1. In game 1, the Slammers scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth. Dan Comes tossed five innings of 4-hit ball to earn the win. Jeff Beall finished up with the save. Beall went the distance in game 2, allowing 4 hits and struck out 4. Trailing 1-0 in the sixth, Aaron Fannin and Rick Anderson singled before Darren Himsworth launched his first career MVABL homer. Joey Everhart followed with a solo shot as the Slammers take over the best record in the MVABL.
    The Wild Boars played a wild DH with the Marlins at Belmont HS. The Boars dropped a 21-20 slugfest in game 1 before registering their first franchise win in game 2, winning 21-1. In the first game, Brandon Marshall and Paul Sains homered for the Marlins, while Matt Fondriest smacked a grand slam for the Wild Boars. Tyler Klepach struck out 7 but got a no-decision. In game 2, the Boars jumped out with 7 runs in the first inning capped by an Eric Nelson home run. Dexter Poole struck out 8 to get the win.
     The Rangers swept the Royals at Franklin Park 11-3 and 16-5. Kody Barth, Steve Marshall, Brennen Glass, and Joe Staten all homered for the Rangers. Joe Becker and Robert Riley earned the wins.
     The Thunder defeated the Redlegs for just the third time in 6 seasons, knocking off the Camden club 6-3. Evan Koogler got the complete game win, striking out 8. The Thunder fell in the second game of their split DH with the Knights, losing 17-2.
     The Redlegs rebounded from their loss to the Thunder to defeat the Athletics 3-1 behind Kevin Campbell's complete game victory. Campbell's 9th win moves him within one of the league's all-time single-season record (held by Redlegs coach Jacob Robinson).
     The A's defeated the Machine earlier in the day 11-3. Paul Wilson and Brennan Sokowoski had two hits and an RBI for the Machine.

Rain spoils DHs

    Everyone at least got 1 game in before the storms rolled through and ruined some intradivisional doubleheaders on Sunday.
    Over at Kettering Fields, the Machine blanked the Marlins 17-0 behind a 1-hit shutout from Collin Vinson. Paul Wilson homered and drove in four, and Nick McGill added a pair of doubles and 3 RBIs for the Machine (14-5), who have won 9 of their last 10 games.
     At Howell Field, the Thunder stole one away from the Royals by the score of 3-2. Thunder pitcher Evan Koogler stole home for the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning. Koogler also got the complete game win, scattering 6 hits and striking out 8. Braydon Gomes was 2-for-3 with a double and 2 stolen bases.
     The Slammers defeated the Wild Boars 16-1 in 6 innings at Bellbrook high school. Dan Comes allowed five hits and struck out five to get the complete game win. Deane Grandfield had 3 hits and scored 4 times. Mark Lucas had 4 hits, including 2 doubles, driving in 5 runs. Rick Anderson singled to move into 5th all-time in the MVABL career hits list with 317. The Boars scored on an RBI single from Michael Pierce, plating Eric Nelson who hit a team-leading 6th double of the season. Brendon Johnson was 2-for-3 with a SB for the Boars.
     The Redlegs defeated the Sox 6-5 at Franklin Park. Kyle Arend homered twice for the Redlegs. And for the second straight game, a Redlegs opponent got his foot caught in the chain-link fence allowing an inside-the-park homer, this time to Brandon Howard. Kevin Campbell earned his 8th win of the season, putting him 2 wins shy of tying Jacob Robinson's league record of 10 wins in a season.
     The Rangers beat the Knights 11-2 at MUM-Monroe. The Rangers put up a 7-spot in the top of the seventh inning to pull away from a tightly contested game. Kody Barth, Brennen Glass and Joe Staten homered in the inning. Michael Wait drove in both runs for the Knights.

Machine, A's hand Sox first losses

    The Machine and Athletics handed the Sox its first losses of the season this past week.
    On Thursday night, The Machine rallied in the bottom of the sixth to win 6-3. Nick McGill homered and drove in two runs for the Machine. Jake Wilson had 2 RBIs and earned the win in relief. Jon Webb pitched a scoreless 7th for the save.
     On Saturday, the Athletics knocked off the Sox 6-5 at Rotary Park. Andrew Madlinger threw 5-2/3 innings to earn the victory. Danny Miller got the save getting out of a bases loaded jam in the 6th and two on in the 7th to get his second save in a row. Kyle Combs had 3 hits, Garrett Copas had 2 hits, and Jaycen Newsome had a double to lead the A's offense. The Sox were led by Ryan Colliver with 3 hits, Zach Robbins had a long home run, Micah Wilson had 2 hits including a triple, and Ryan Carter had 2 hits. Jon Venters took the loss working 1/3 of an inning with Ryan Carter pitching the rest of the way.

Effective July 22, 2015

    The league board has unanimously voted to implement an amendment to the league rules as it pertains to the run-rule. Effective Wednesday, July 22, 2015, Rule 3.2.1 was added to the league charter: If there is a 20-run discrepancy at the end of 3 innings or greater in a 7 or 9 inning game, and the losing team has had an opportunity to bat if they are the home team, the game will be ruled final.

Thunder coach dooms Royals in extras

    With a break in the rain, we actually got some games in tonight...and they were pretty good ones.
    At Kettering Field, the Thunder pulled out a 5-4 extra-inning victory over the Royals. With two outs, bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Thunder coach John Ramsey smacked an RBI walk-off single to snap a 4-game losing skid. Evan Koogler earned the win in relief.
     At Action Sports Center, the Slammers defeated the Machine 3-1 to split the season series. The Slammers got on the board in the first on a Clay Ragland RBI single. The Machine answer in the fourth on an RBI knock from Jake Wilson. The score remained 1-1 into the final inning. The Slammers get a bases-loaded walk and an RBI single from Nate Stevens to take the lead for good. Dan Comes struck out 5 in 4 innings for the Slammers, and Jeff Beall relieved him with 3 scoreless innings for the win. Paul Wilson struck out 9 for the Machine.
     At Rotary Park, the Sox (9-0) continue their pursuit of perfection with an 8-3 win over the Knights.

Slammers blank Marlins, Machine hogtie Boars

    With several locations getting too much rainfall overnight causing more rainouts, we did get games at Bellbrook and Belmont high schools on Sunday, July 12.
    The Slammers moved up to second place in the Miami Division with convincing shutouts over the Miami River Marlins. The Slammers won game one 16-0 and 21-0 in the second game. The Slammers had 29 hits on the day with home runs from Nate Stevens, Mark Lucas, Dan Barhorst, Curtis Carson, and Clay Ragland (grand slam). Stevens k'd 8 in four innings to pick up the win in game one. Dan Comes earned the victory in game two.
     The Machine kept the Wild Boars winless with a DH sweep at Belmont. The Machine won the first game 24-1. Nick McGill went 4-for-5 with a grand slam and Pat Beyerle was 3-for-3 with 5 RBIs. Collin Vinson allowed one hit to get the win. In a 14-5 game two victory, Paul and Jake Wilson belted longballs and Mike Taylor added a grand slam and 6 RBIs. Brennan Sokowoski had three hits, including a pair of doubles and got the win on the mound.

Webb and Howard provide walk-off wins

    The Machine swept the Athletics at Centerville high school on Sunday. The Machine took game one 6-1 as Paul Wilson and Cam Calhoun combined to go 7-for-7 with 5 RBIs. Wilson struck out 9 for the complete game win. The Machine needed extras in game two as former A's player Jon Webb hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 9th to win 10-9. Webb finished the day with 4 hits, a double, and 3 RBIs. Wilson homered and drove in 3 more runs in game two.
    Rangers' Joe Becker picked up his 4th win in a 6-2 victory over the Redlegs in game 1 of their DH at MUM. Phil Dickerson had 3 hits and Brandon Riley added a 2-run double for the Rangers. Kyle Arend had an inside-the-park HR for the Redlegs. Brandon Howard's two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the 7th in game 2 gave the Redlegs a 4-3 victory. Mike Hartman homered for the Camden club and Kevin Campbell went the distance, tying his own franchise record with his 7th win. Riley homered to lead off the game for the Rangers, extending his hit streak to 33 straight games.
    The Slammers continue their dominance of the Thunder (19-1 all-time) winning 18-4 at Bellbrook high school. Dan Comes went 5 innings, allowing 1 run for the win. Joey Everhart returned to the MVABL and smacked a pair of doubles and drove in 4 runs. Aaron Fannin homered for the Slammers, while Todd Barhorst's string of reaching base safely ended at 12 plate appearances.
    The Royals finished up their April 19 contest with the Wild Boars, winning 14-2 and followed that up with a 16-9 win at Belmont high school. Travis Knight continued his hot hitting for the Boars extending his team-best hit streak. Boars coach Joe Cantrell went 2-for-4 with an RBI in game two.
    The Knights blanked the Marlins 15-0 at Kettering Field.

A's, Sox, Machine, Knights sweep DHs

    Doubleheader sweeps were the norm on Sunday as the A's, Sox, Machine, and Knights go home winners.
    The Machine leapfrogged the Redlegs in the Buckeye Division standings with 4-1 and 8-3 wins at Monroe high school. In game one, newly signed Andrew Burton earned the victory, striking out 5 over 5 innings of work. Paul Wilson pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief for the save. Jake Wilson was 4-for-4 and Nick Montoya and Jon Webb each had 2 hits and an RBI. Paul stayed on the mound for game 2, going the distance, striking out 7 for his 3rd win and also homered. Jake added 2 more hits and drove in three runs. Pat Beyerle tripled and had 3 RBIs as well.
    The Sox got a scare from the Thunder, trailing 8-5 before piling on 9 runs in the 7th to win game one 14-9. The Sox one-hit the Thunder in game two, winning 11-0.
    The Athletics took a pair of 1-run victories over the Rangers out at Fairborn Legion field. The A's won 8-7 in game one, scoring all eight runs in the first three innings. Rangers' first baseman Brennen Glass hit his league-leading 7th HR in the 6th to cut the lead to one. The game ended on an unconventional 5-3-2 double play that got the potential tying run out at the plate. Garrett Copas led the way for the A's with two doubles and 3 RBIs. Brandon Kunkle, Kyle Combs and Shawn Haffner had two hits apiece. Andrew Madlinger gets another victory on the mound with the save going to Austin Reedy in his first pitching appearance for the A's in the MVABL. In game 2, the Athletics won 10-9. A back and forth battle ended with the bases loaded for the Rangers in a one run game in the top of the seventh inning but the A's were able to get out of the jam and get the win. Nolan O'Meara got the win on the mound for the Athletics and at the plate, went 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Reedy went 2-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored and Zane Vogelsang went 2-3 with a double and 2 RBIs. Matt Addis also went 3-4 with two runs scored. Steve Marshall and Jonmarc Lippincott had 2 RBIs each for the Rangers.
    The Knights squeaked past the Wild Boars 5-4 in game one and 11-1 in game 2. Travis Knight had hits in both games for the Boars to extend his team-high hit streak. Jordan Watson struck out 5 for the Boars in his debut. The Knights were led by a pitching outing from Zack McKinzie who had 6 IP allowing only 1 ER with 11 K's. Grant Kincaid finished the game with the save. The Knights were led offensively by Matt Sobotka 3-3 with 3 singles. Glen Yawger with a HR. Grant Kincaid 2-3 with 2 base hits. Jake Postel had 3 stolen bases. The Knights won the second game 11-1. They were led by Jarrett Gray on the mound. Gray pitched a CG allowing no earned runs, with 10 K's. The Knights were led offensively by Jerel Bristol 2-4 with a double, 2 RBI's. Grant Kincaid 2-4 with a double, 2 runs scored. Glen Yawger 2-2 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI's. Jarrett Gray 2-3 with a double, Anthony Turner had a double, Michael Wait 2-3 with 2 runs scored. Marcus Green added a hit with an RBI and run scored.

A's, Rangers, Thunder sweep DHs

    The Beavercreek Sox (5-0) made it 4-for-4 in divisional wins after a 5-2 defeat of the Machine on Sunday, June 14 at Rotary Park. Ryan Carter pitched the complete game win for the Sox, allowing 4 hits and striking out 11. Ian Huss belted a 2-run HR for the victors. Paul Wilson was 2-for-2 with a homer and 2 RBIs for the Machine (5-4).
    The Rangers swept the Slammers 12-7 and 10-8 in a tough, hitters' duel at MUM. Hitting machine Todd Barhorst was 8-for-8 with 2 homers and 2 doubles, 5 runs scored and 3 RBIs for the Slammers (6-4). Rick Anderson smacked a 3-run HR as well. The Rangers (9-1) got a pair of home runs from Brennen Glass and one from Ben Schubert and Rob Armour. Brandon Riley finished with 6 hits, including a pair of doubles.
    The Redlegs and Royals split a DH at Belmont high school. The Redlegs (8-3) won the first game 12-2 behind Kevin Campbell's sixth win of the season. James Robinson, Kyle Arend, and Jackson Millard all homered for the Camden club. The Royals (3-7) rebounded for the game 2 victory, winning 18-10.
    The Thunder (4-7) swept its first DH since May 2014, knocking off the Marlins 8-4 and 23-22 at Kettering Fields. In game 1, Evan Koogler struck out 10 for the complete game win. And we pick up Game 2's roller-coaster ride in the seventh inning where the Thunder led 18-12 going in to the top of the 7th. The Marlins put 10 runs up on the board to take a 22-18 lead. The Thunder would rally though on a walk-off 3-run double from Christian Evans. Koogler also earned the win in relief of game 2.
    The A's swept past the Knights 14-5 and 24-6 at Fairborn Legion field. The A's (5-2) rallied from a 5-4 deficit in game one by scoring 10 times in the bottom of the sixth. Brandon Kunkle and Kyle Combs homered for the A's. Andrew Madlinger struck out 7 for the CG win. In game 2, OJ McDuffy hit a grand slam in an 8-run fifth inning. Combs' offense continued in game two with a 5-for-5 performance, including 3 doubles, another HR, 5 runs scored and 6 RBIs.

Brothers go back-to-back in Slammers sweep

    The Machine and Royals split a DH at Howell Field on Sunday, June 7. The Royals pulled out the secret weapon to snap a 5-game losing streak, bringing out former UNC pitcher Taylore Cherry, a potential 2015 MLB draft pick, to blank the Machine 1-0 in game one. Cherry allowed 4 hits and struck out 13. The Machine rebounded in the nightcap, winning 12-2. Pat Beyerle smashed a three-run HR and Collin Vinson added a 2-run triple to go along with his complete game win.
    The Rangers defeated the Marlins 20-1 at MUM. Ben Schubert homered and doubled for the Rangers and Schubert, Robert Riley and Joe Staten drove in 3 runs each. Staten's 2-run double in the sixth was his 200th RBI, becoming just the 7th player in MVABL history to reach that milestone.
    The A's swept the Wild Boars 20-4 and 17-2 at Belmont high school. Fairborn HS grad Kyle Keeton got his 1st MVABL win striking out 8 in game one. Shawn Haffner smacked two HRs and Joey Watson launched another to highlight a 16-hit attack for the A's. In game 2, Garrett Copas had a grand slam and 5 RBIs and Chris Musick added a home run, while PJ Dobbins tallied 3 hits and Matt Addis had 2 doubles. Andrew Madlinger scattered 7 hits to get the win. The Wild Boars' Eric Nelson doubled in both games to add to his 5-game hit streak.
    The Redlegs swept the Thunder 11-1 and 14-12 at Franklin Park. Redlegs second baseman Brandon Howard drilled his 4th HR of the season.
    The Slammers rebounded from a loss to the Knights on Thursday night by manufacturing a sweep of the Knights, 9-0 and 10-1, at Bellbrook high school. Brothers Dan and Todd Barhorst belted back-to-back HRs for the Slammers. Todd finished with 2 longballs on the day, scored 6 runs, and drove in 4. Deane Grandfield and Matt Owens had 4 hits each. Nate Stevens struck out 12 in a game 1 victory. Mark Hadaya got the win in game 2 with Jake Dodson earning the save.

Howard homers twice, Glass hits 4th HR

    The Machine and Rangers split a DH at Kettering Fields on Sunday, May 31. Jon Webb's checkswing blooper with two outs plated the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh as the Machine won game one 9-8. Rangers' lefty Shawn Schmitt fired a 5-hitter and Brennen Glass hit his fourth HR as the Rangers take the nightcap 3-1.
    The Redlegs swept a split DH at Belmont high school, knocking off the Wild Boars 15-4 before rallying to defeat the Marlins 18-11. Jack Millard smacked a two-run homer to back up Kevin Campbell's complete game victory in game one. Brandon Howard played longball in both contests. Howard and Millard finished with 6 RBIs on the day. Campbell got the win in both games, tossing all 9 innings in game one, and following that up with 6 innings of relief in game two.
    The Slammers defeated the Thunder 13-5 at Howell Field. Slammers' Jack Zaborowski broke open an 8-5 lead in the eighth with a pinch-hit three-run double.
    The Knights swept the Royals 5-2 and 4-2. And the A's and Sox were washed out at Rotary park.

Machine outslug Redlegs 17-8

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Rangers last remaining undefeated team

    The Rangers moved to 4-0 with an 11-4 victory over the Marlins on Sunday, May 17 at Kettering Fields. Shawn Schmitt scattered six hits over 7 innings, striking out 9 for his first win of the year. Robert Riley doubled and homered for the Rangers, and brother Brandon extended his hit streak to 24 consecutive games. Dain Peters and Matt Sabol had two hits a piece for the Marlins (1-4).
    The Slammers spoiled the Redlegs' unblemished record with an 8-6 victory in the nightcap at Kettering Fields. Todd Barhorst had 4 hits, including a double and a triple. Rick Anderson had 2 hits and 3 RBIs, and Curtis Carson had 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. Alek Hartell made his Slammers' debut going 4 innings, allowing 2 earned runs. Nate Stevens slammed the door shut striking out 9 in three innings of relief. Kyle Arend (pictured above) launched a 3-run HR for the Redlegs.
    Over at Howell Field, the Machine swept the season series from the Knights, winning 20-8. Paul Wilson struck out 9 to earn the win. Jake Wilson drove in four runs and Pat Beyerle added 3 RBIs. Jake, Pat, Nick McGill and Collin Vinson had two hits each.
    In the Howell nightcap, the Thunder earned their first win with a 16-8 decision over the Wild Boars. Evan Koogler struck out 8 over 6 innings on the mound, and offensively was 4-for-5 with a double and 5 RBIs. Braydon Gomes went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles and 4 RBIs in his season debut. Jacob Underwood added a double and an RBI for the Thunder. The Boars rallied from 10 runs down to put together a 6-run rally late in the game. The Boars managed a season-high 11 hits and are still looking for that elusive first franchise 'W'.

Marlins ride cycle to 1st franchise win

    The Marlins knocked off the Wild Boars 7-3 on Sunday, May 3 at MUM to record their first franchise victory. Marlins' No. 1 draft pick Brandon Marshall hit for the cycle (double in 1st, HR in third, triple in 6th, single in 8th). Eli Cook pitched all 9 innings for the Marlins, picking up 14 strikeouts.
    The Redlegs won the second game of the day at MUM, beating the Athletics 10-3 and moving their record to 3-0. Kevin Campbell tossed 7 innings and struck out 4 to earn his second win of the season. Brandon Howard let the 20-hit attack, hitting a home run and a double, and driving in 3 runs. Matt Mattice went 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles and 4 runs scored.
    The Rangers held on to defeat the Royals 13-9 at Centerville HS. Ben Schubert homered for the Rangers, while Brennen Glass smacked his third homer in as many games. Brandon Riley, Schubert, and Steve Marshall each drove in 3 runs for the Rangers. Shane Page homered for the Royals. Page and Chris Flaherty each drove in 4 runs.
    Over at Howell Field, the Slammers suffered their first loss, falling to the Machine 11-7. Todd Barhorst launched a solo HR for the Slammers and Mark Lucas went 3-for-4, three RBIs and a 2-run HR. Steve Holland earned his second straight win for the Machine. Cam Calhoun and Nick Montoya doubled and scored two runs, while Eric McCoy drove in 3 RBIs to lead the Machine's offensive attack. Nick McGill, Jake Wilson, and Pat Beyerle each had 2 RBIs.
    The Knights moved to 3-1 with a 13-7 victory over the Thunder.

Slammers, Rangers, Redlegs move to 2-0

    Even after a day-long deluge of rain on Saturday, an extra 3-hour wait on Sunday proved beneficial as the full slate of MVABL games were played.
    The Machine handed the Knights their first loss of the season in an 11-4 victory at Howell Field on Sunday. Paul Wilson had a pair of doubles and drove in 5 runs, while brother Jake blasted a home run to lead the Machine.
    The Slammers knocked off the Royals 8-3 in the nightcap at Howell. Nate Stevens tossed five scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win. Mark Lucas went 4-for-5 with a 2-run HR, finishing with 4 RBIs on the night. Chad Adams added three hits and scored twice for the Slammers.
    The Athletics rebounded from a tough Opening Day loss to dispel the expansion Marlins 22-12 at Fairborn Legion field. Chris Musick had 7 RBIs for the A's and Andrew Madlinger threw 7 innings to earn the 'W'.
    The Redlegs eased past the Wild Boars 11-4 at Kettering Field as Camden pitchers combined to strike out 18 batters. Kyle Arend doubled and tripled and drove in 5 runs for the Redlegs, who start the season 2-0 for the first time in franchise history.
    The Rangers rolled to a 16-2 win over the Thunder in the nightcap at Kettering Field. The Rangers took advantage of free passes and tallied 6 runs before they recorded a hit. Brennen Glass homered for the second straight game for the Rangers, and Todd Peck, Steve Marshall, and Nick Gilmore added run-scoring triples. Joe Becker went the distance for the win.

Second expansion team to join MVABL

    The MVABL welcomes the Miami River Marlins to the league as the second expansion team to come aboard to start the 2015 season! Newcomer Justin Wilson brings a great group of ballplayers to the area for what is sure to be many years of friendly competition!

Cantrell returns to league as new coach

    Former league commissioner and coach Joe Cantrell returns to the MVABL with a new team, the Wild Boars Baseball Club. The MVABL welcomes the new team and looks forward to some great competition this season!

Sun. Sep. 27 - End of season



Machine 10 4 19 7 0.731
Sox 10 2 16 7 0.696
Redlegs 9 6 16 11 0.593
Royals 5 7 8 16 0.333
Thunder 6 9 8 19 0.296
Marlins 0 12 2 22 0.083


Slammers 9 4 22 5 0.815
Rangers 8 3 20 5 0.800
Athletics 8 3 16 10 0.615
Knights 4 7 12 14 0.462
Wild Boars 0 12 1 25 0.038


Seeds 1-6 will have first round bye. Saturday, Aug. 29-30 matchups:
7 vs. 10; 8 vs. 9.
1. Slammers
2. Rangers
3. Machine
4. Athletics
5. Redlegs
6. Knights
7. Royals
8. Thunder
9. Wild Boars

Saturday, Sept. 26

Athletics 8 F
Rangers 9
Rangers 13 F
Athletics 5
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