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Updated: September 22, 2014


ATHLETICS CROWNED CHAMPS
A's sweep Rangers in championship series

    The Fairborn Post 526 Athletics earned their team's first MVABL championship on Saturday, Sept. 20 with a doubleheader sweep of the Dayton Rangers at AIA in Xenia.
    The A's overcame a 9-7 deficit by scoring six runs in the 8th inning to win game one 13-9. Matt Addis had 4 hits for the A's and Kyle Combs was a homer short of the cycle. Steve Marshall homered for the Rangers, and Robert Riley and Jonmarc Lippincott added 3 hits. Nolan O'Meara earned the win in relief.
    In game two, Rangers' pitcher Shawn Schmitt did his best Kirk Gibson impersonation, belting a 3-run HR to cut into the Athletics lead in the top of the fifth inning. The A's rallied with 8 unanswered runs to pull away with a 17-9 victory. Zach Schwartz doubled twice among his 3 hits and Combs added another double and a triple for the A's. Ben Schubert had 3 hits including a double for the Rangers. Eduardo Perez recorded the win in relief.
    Statistically for the A's, several players contributed to their postseason run. Matt Addis was 16-for-28 with 4 doubles and a triple, with 9 RBIs and 8 runs scored. Brandon Kunkle was a true lead off man and their captain with 10 hits, including 3 doubles, scored 8 times and drove in 5. Kyle Combs had a pair of doubles and triples to go along with his 10 hits, 9 RBIs and 6 runs. Joey Watson homered among his 7 hits and caught all 46 innings of the playoffs. Shawn Haffner had 8 hits with 2 doubles and a triple. Jared Whited also had 8 hits with 2 doubles and 7 RBIs. Andrew Madlinger went 2-0 on the mound and Jaycen Newsome struck out 20 over 17 innings of work and also came up big with the game-winning RBI in a 1-0 defeat against the Royals.


MVABL SEMIFINALS
Rangers, A's sweep, meet in finals

    The top-seeded Dayton Rangers advanced to the MVABL finals for the third straight season with a pair of hard-fought wins over teh Ohio Mariners. In game one, the Rangers blew a 7-2 lead as Toby Stewart and Gregg Foster each had 2-run doubles in the sixth and seventh inning to bring the Mariners within one run. A subsequent throwing error allowed the tying run to score to force extras. Robert Riley's sac fly in the bottom of the eighth scored the winning run for the Rangers. Joe Becker struck out 6 over 8 innings for the win.
    In game two, the Mariners batted around in the first inning, scoring 5 times, off starter Ben Schubert. Making his first start of the season, Schubert settled down and blanked the M's over the next 4 innings, before giving way to Todd Peck to close it out. Peck finished 7-for-8 with 6 RBIs on the day. Brandon Riley added 5 hits and 2 doubles. Schubert, Jonmarc Lippincott and Phil Dickerson had 3 hits apiece in game two.
    The Athletics swept the Redlegs, 8-4 and 12-3. Andrew Madlinger scattered 9 hits to get the A's first win and Eric Lamka got the save. Matt Addis had a triple and a single. Jaycen Newsome had 2 hits and a walk and Joey Watson had a three run homer and a double and scored 3 runs. Kyle Arend and Matt Mattice led the Redlegs with two hits each.
    In the 2nd game, Jaycen Newsome pitched a 4-hitter striking out 10 and gave up only 3 unearned runs in a 12 to 3 win. Brandon Kunkle had 2 doubles, 2 singles, and walked to have a perfect game at the plate. Matt Addis continued his hot hitting with a double and 3 hits total. Joey Watson had 2 hits and Eric Lamka had 2 hits in the Athletics 16-hit attack. Jack Millard, Matt Morrison, Brad Clark and Matt Mattice had hits for the Redlegs.
    The Athletics get into their 1st MVABL Championship series, and the Rangers seek out their 3rd overall title. Games 1 and 2 of the Finals will take place at Athletes in Action in Xenia on Saturday, September 20 at 1pm and 4pm. If a game 3 is needed to decide a champion, the game will be played at Howell Field on Sunday, September 21 at either 1pm or 4pm.


PLAYOFFS - ROUND 2
Mariners upset Machine; A's, Redlegs sweep; Rangers advance

    The Mariners and Machine split the first two games of their second round series on Saturday. The Mariners won game one 4-3 behind a solid pitching performance from Dan Comes. The Machine, however, battled back in game two to win 13-4.
    In a 4-hour, game 3 marathon, the Mariners overcame a 16-13 deficit to score 8 runs in the top of the 9th inning to win 21-16. The game started off with the Machine jumping on M's starter Zach Hembree for a 4-0 lead after one inning. The M's were able to tie the game momentarily 4-4 in the 3rd. But the Machine eventually jumped up on the M's 14-6 after 5 innings. After Hembree was pulled after the first inning---he returned to the mound getting the last two Machine outs in the 5th to stop the bleeding. Zach went the last 4 2/3 innings in relief of a game he started to get the win---giving up only 2 unearned runs the rest of the way. The Mariners' offensive support came in the 7th when Hembree hit a bases-clearing double. With the M's down one run in the ninth, Casey Waterhouse hit a bases-clearing triple to put the M's up 18-16, which proved to be the game winning hit---the M's added 3 more insurance runs in the 9th to put M's up 21-16. Chris Flaherty finished the contest going 5-6, and has 17 postseason hits including a HR, 5 doubles, and a triple.
    The Royals and Athletics hooked up at Fairborn High School and when the dust settled the A's won 1 to 0 and 11 to 2. In the first game Jaycen Newsome for A's and Bryan Murphy for the Royals hooked up in a true pitching duel with Newsome throwing a 2 hit shutout striking out 8 walking one and tossing a shutout. Murphy was the hard luck losing pitcher scattering 7 hits with 3 strikeouts. Shawn Haffner and Jaycen Newsome had 2 hits each and Newsome had the GWRBI after a double by Zach Swartz to lead the A's.
    In the second game Andrew Madlinger scattered 9 hits to earn the win for the A's. Shaun Delozier and Brad Koopman had 2 hits each for the Royals. Kyle Combs, Matt Addis, and Shawn Haffner had multiple hits to led the A's into the next round of the MVABL Playoffs.
    The first game of the Redlegs and Slammers series turned out to be a fantastic pitchers duel between Redlegs veteran Kevin Campbell and potential MVABL Cy Young Justin Wentworth. Campbell tossed a complete game and picked up the win for the Redlegs as he scattered 7 hits and allowed only 1 unearned run. The Redlegs scored 4 runs in the first 3 innings courtesy of an RBI single from Jacob Robinson and 2 run single by Brad Clark in the 1st inning. Wentworth settled in and held the Redlegs scoreless over the last 3 frames but ended up taking the hard luck loss.
    The Redlegs offense got off to a hot start in game 2 as well. They racked up 6 runs in the first two innings, 5 of those runs came in the 2nd. Jacob Robinson had an RBI single in the 1st and a 2 run double in the 2nd. Justin McCurdy also doubled in a run in the 2nd; Brandon Howard and Jared Bradley also each drove in a run in the frame. Redlegs starter Andy Evans took a no hitter into the 5th despite the Slammers scoring their first run in the 4th by walking a run in. Aaron Fannin and Darren Himsworth singled and doubled to start 5th inning breaking up the no hitter and scoring the Slammers 2nd and 3rd runs. Zach Carroll then came on in relief and got the Redlegs out of the jam by inducing a ground ball that resulted in a double play and another to end the inning. Brad Clark came on for a 2 inning save attempt in the 6th, but the Slammers greeted him with two runs to make it a 6-5 game. After the Redleg offense went down quietly in the top of the 7th, Clark settled in and record a 1-2-3 7th to end the game and pick up the save.
    The Rangers advanced to the semifinals after the Indians were unable to field enough players and were forced to forfeit.


PLAYOFFS - ROUND 1
Indians, Mariners advance

    The 9th-seeded Springfield Indians swept the No. 8 Wright Knights, 7-0 and 11-10 on Sunday at Franklin Park. Matt Spradlin struck out 11 in the game 1 shutout. The Indians advance to the second round for the first time since 2008. They will face the top-seeded Rangers on Saturday, September 6.
    The Mariners needed a third game to defeat the Thunder and advance in the playoffs. The M's blew a 4-run lead in game 1 and lost 9-8. In game 2, the Mariners blew a 12-1 lead only to prevail 16-14. But on Sunday, they were able to pull through with an 18-6 run-rule victory in 8 innings. The Mariners will face No.2 Mad River Machine in the second round.
    The other two pairings are already set in stone with the No. 3 Athletics facing the No. 6 Royals, and the No. 4 Redlegs squaring off with the No. 5 Slammers.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 HIGHLIGHTS
Playoff races becoming a little more clear

    The Fairborn 526 Athletics disposed of the Kettering Royals in a DH on Sunday at Kettering Fields. Jaycen Newsome scattered two hits to earn the 8-0 win and Joey Watson homered in game one. Eric Lamka hit three home runs in game two, including a grand slam for the A's. Andrew Madlinger went the distance on the mound in game two in an 8-4 victory.
    The Rangers swept the regular season Backyard Battle series, defeating the Redlegs 8-5. Matt Delbridge earned his 4th win and Todd Peck registered the team's 6000th franchise hit. Robert Riley went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles and 2 stolen bases.
    The Slammers' Jeff Beall tossed a 1-hit shutout in a 16-0 victory over the Thunder. Hank Beasore doubled and drove in 4 runs, and Jack Zaborowski had three hits, a double, and 4 RBIs. Aaron Fannin recorded his 50th hit on the season.
    Frank Burgos homered and led a 20-hit attack for the Machine in a 15-14 win over the Braves.


2014 ALL-STAR GAME
All-Star Rosters Announced

    The MVABL All-Star game will return to the friendly confines of Wright State University on Saturday, August 9. The Home Run Derby will kick off at 1 p.m. with the All-Star Game following at 3 p.m.
    Jeff Fruhwirth, coach of the Beavercreek Sox, will head up the Buckeye Division All-Stars; whereas Wolverines' coach John Young get his inauguration into the ASG by coaching the Miami Division.
    Check out a list of players selected to this year's All-Star Game.


SUNDAY, JULY 27 HIGHLIGHTS
Machine move into top playoff seed

    The Machine overtook the Rangers for the top playoff seed with a slugfest 28-22 victory over the Athletics on Sunday at Fairborn high school. Longballs came from Matt Sullivan, Eric McCoy, Nick Montoya and Jake Wilson(2, including a grand slam) for the Machine. Frank Burgos scored 5 times and had 2 doubles. Eric McCoy had 5 hits and 7 RBIs. For the A's, Matt Addis, Kyle Combs, Joey Watson and Eric Lamka each hit home runs.
    The Sox outlasted the Rangers 8-6 in 10 innings. The Rangers scored 3 times with two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the ninth to force extras. Jon Venters struck out 14 in 8 innings and hit a go-ahead home run in the 8th. Chet Powers' home run in the 10th was the game-winner.
    The Thunder and Knights split a DH at Action Sports Center. The Thunder won the first game 16-14 after both teams were tied at 12 through 6 innings. CJ Amlin homered for the Thunder and Ryan Callison got the win in relief. In game 2, the Knights rebounded with a 25-7 victory.
    The Redlegs swept the Mariners, 8-4 and 7-6, at Franklin Park behind home runs from Jack Millard and Matt Mattice. Matt Redman also moved to 5-1 with first game victory.
    The Royals swept the Wolverines 5-2 and 4-3 in 8 innings. Shaun Delozier and Bryan Murphy picked up complete game victories over the Wolverines to help the Royals get back on track. Brandon Reaman launched his 5th homer for the Royals.


THURSDAY, JULY 17 HIGHLIGHTS
A's inch closer to top All-Star seeding

    The Fairborn 526 Athletics overcame a late 2-1 deficit to defeat the Redlegs 7-2. Eduardo Perez scattered 7 hits and gave up 1 earned run to get the complete game win for the A's. Jack Millard and Matt Redman had 2 hits each for the Redlegs. Matt Addis scored twice for the A's. Kyle Combs, Joey Watson, Jared Whited and Clint Sparks had 2 hits each and Watson had 3 RBIs. Whited, Watson, and Chris Musick had doubles to lead the A's.
    The A's are now tied percentage-wise with the Wolverines for the top All-Star seed heading into Sunday's All-Star Standings Lock. However, the Wolverines currently hold the tiebreaker with a better divisional win-loss record. The A's will need to win on Sunday and seek help from the Rangers if they plan on overtaking the Wolverines for the top All-Star spot in the Miami Division.
    The Thunder jumped out with a 7-run cushion in the first inning and held on to defeat the Knights 11-6 at Action Sports Center. John Ramsey picked up the win.
    The Sox's undefeated season continues...barely...as the Sox squeaked past the Royals 6-5. The Sox broke through a tie game as a fly out to right scored the game-winner from second.


SUNDAY, JULY 13 HIGHLIGHTS
Weather plays part in division matchups

    With an incoming storm, the windy weather assisted in some gawdy scores on Sunday.
    In the Miami Division, the Mariners and Thunder would split a DH at Franklin Park. The Mariners took care of the Thunder in the first game, winning 20-6. But the Thunder returned the favor in game 2, winning 23-9, a game called in the sixth inning. Thunder highlights included home runs from Evan Koogler, Ryan Callison, Justin Hoover, John Ramsey, and a grand slam from Matt Ruhl. Ramsey finished with 5 hits and Koogler added 6.
    The Slammers swept the Braves at Bellbrook HS, 11-1 and 28-5. Justin Wentworth (7-2) held the Braves hitless through 5 2/3 in game 1. The Slammers broke open a 2-1 game in the sixth, scoring 9 runs highlighted by Deane Grandfield's first career MVABL homer and a three-run blast from Kevin Ashworth. The Slammers sent 19 batters to the plate to start game 2 as Rick Anderson and Curtis Carson hit home runs.
    The Athletics defeated the Wolverines 5-4 in game one of a DH at Fairborn HS. Pitcher Jaycen Newsome helped his own cause with the walk-off RBI knock. The Wolverines defeated the Athletics 11-7 in game two as the rain forced a shortened ending after 5 innings.
    Over in the Buckeye Division, the Rangers swept the Indians 15-10 and 10-3. Joe Becker (7-1) and Matt Delbridge (2-0) earned the wins. Robert Riley homered for the Rangers, while Matt Spradlin, Eric Becker, and Nate Anthony went deep for the Indians. Rangers' second baseman Jonmarc Lippincott became the first MVABL'er to score 400 career runs.
    The Machine played a split DH against the Knights and Sox at Rotary Park. The Machine knocked off the Knights 15-9 as Paul Wilson homered yet again and Kasey Rawlins added an inside-the-park HR. However, Mother Nature intervened in the nightcap as the rain forced a suspended game with the Machine leading 4-1 in the bottom of the third.


SUNDAY, JULY 6 HIGHLIGHTS
Buckeye Division goes 7-2 on the day

    The Buckeye Division pulled out three DH sweeps on Sunday.
    Nick Montoya's walk off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Machine to a 13-12 win over the Indians in game 1 at Northwestern HS. Game 2 saw a combined 5-inning no-hitter from Paul Wilson and Jordan King, as the Machine won 27-0. Jake Wilson, Nick McGill, Nick Montoya, Paul Wilson and Eric McCoy (2) homered for the Machine.
    The Rangers defeated the Thunder 19-0 and 11-1 at Springboro HS. Matt Delbridge scattered 2 hits and struck out 7 in the game 1 shutout. Joe Becker picked up his 6th win in game 2. Joe Staten hit his 5th home run, and Robert Riley and Ben Schubert also went deep. Riley and Staten combined for 11 RBIs.
    The Redlegs kept the Braves out of the win column with 15-10 and 9-6 victories at Howell Field.
    The Royals handed the Wolverines their first losing streak of the season with a 14-5 win at Fairborn HS. Bryan Murphy pitched a complete game, and Matt Koopman homered for the third time in his last 2 games.
    The lone Miami Division victory came from the Slammers in a 7-3 defeat of the Athletics. Workhorse Justin Wentworth went the distance, scattering 8 hits and striking out 5 in earning his 6th win. Aaron Fannin had a pair of doubles amongst his 4 hits.


WHO'S HOT? - WEEK 12
Weekend of surprises


#1 - Beavercreek Sox
Teams have yet to find the Beavercreek Sox's kryptonite. The Sox (9-0) pulled out a weeknight win over the Mariners and a DH sweep of the Braves, including a 5-inning no-hitter. The Sox are off for the holiday weekend as they compete in a collegiate tournament, but will return on Tuesday for a contest with the Mariners.
#2 - Miami Valley Wolverines
The Wolverines (9-2) had won 8 in a row before a slight setback on Sunday in a 6-0 loss to the Mariners. The Wolverines face the Royals on Sunday at Fairborn high school at 4pm.
#3 - Fairborn Post 526 Athletics
The Athletics (10-4) powered up against the Rangers on Tuesday in a DH sweep. Joey Watson belted two HRs, while Matt Addis and Brandon Kunkle add one each. Jaycen Newsome picked up a win in relief of game 1, while Branden Chistopherson earned the complete game win in game 2. The A's play the Slammers on Sunday at 1pm at Fairborn HS.
#4 - Dayton Rangers
The Rangers (10-4) lost a pair to the A's last Sunday and look to get back on track with a DH matchup with the Thunder at Springboro HS on Sunday.
#5 - Mad River Machine
The Machine (10-6) lost a one-run game with the Wolverines last Thursday, but rebounded with a 15-10 win over the Royals, a game that moved from rain-soaked Howell to Rotary Park. Frank Burgos hit a grand slam and Jake Wilson hit an inside-the-park HR. The Machine travel to Northwestern HS for a DH with the Indians on Sunday.

WHO'S HOT? - WEEK 11
Battle of divisional opponents


#1 - Beavercreek Sox
The Beavercreek Sox (6-0) took care of the Redlegs 19-2 early last week and had a bye this past Sunday. Barring any additional rain, the Sox are on tap to face the Indians Tuesday night, the Mariners on Thursday, and a DH versus the Braves on Sunday, June 29.
#2 - Dayton Rangers
The Rangers (10-2) leapfrogged the Machine after a 5-3 win in game 1 of a scheduled DH. Game 2 was suspended after a lengthy thunder delay with the Rangers leading 3-1 through 4 innings. Shawn Schmitt earned his 4th win and Joe Staten homered and doubled and drove in 3 runs. The Rangers play a DH with the Athletics on Sunday at Fairborn HS.
#3 - Miami Valley Wolverines
The Wolverines (8-1) won their 7th straight game with a 16-0 win on Sunday night. The Wolverines have their rain-makeup with the Machine on Thursday and take on the Mariners on Sunday.

#4 - Mad River Machine
The Machine (9-5) fell 5-3 to the Rangers on Sunday. Jake Wilson singled, doubled, and tripled and drove in two runs. The Machine play a rain-makeup with the Wolverines on Thursday night at Howell, followed by a contest with the Royals on Sunday.
#5 - South Dayton Slammers
The Slammers (8-6) are back on a winning streak after beating the Indians during the week and blanking the Thunder 9-0 on Sunday. Justin Wentworth tossed another complete game win and Aaron Fannin homered. The Slammers play a DH this Sunday at Bellbrook against the Redlegs.
WHO'S HOT? - WEEK 10
Top 5 all win, rankings unchanged


#1 - Beavercreek Sox
The Beavercreek Sox (5-0) keep their record unblemished with a 15-3 win over the Indians on Sunday. The Sox only have one MVABL game on tap this week and it's Tuesday night against the Redlegs.
#2 - Mad River Machine
The Machine (8-4) won their 4th straight game with an 8-5 victory over the Mariners. Nick McGill belted his second home run of the season and Paul Wilson improved to 4-1 on the mound. The Machine hook with the Rangers on Sunday in a DH in a key divisional matchup.
#3 - Dayton Rangers
The Rangers (9-2) scored 6 unanswered runs to defeat the Knights 9-8 in 10 innings on Sunday. Joe Becker moved to 5-0 with the win. Joe Staten homered for the third time this season. The Rangers look to rebound from a Memorial Day weekend loss to the Machine when they meet on Sunday in a twinbill at Springboro.
#4 - Fairborn Post 526 Athletics
The Athletics (8-3) got a strong pitching performance in defeating the Thunder 9-6 on Sunday. Jon Webb picked up the win and Eric Lampka earned the save. The A's will face the Mariners on Sunday at Fairborn Legion at 1pm.
#5 - Miami Valley Wolverines
The Wolverines (6-1) knocked off the Slammers 12-9 on Sunday at Fairborn high school. The rookie club will face the Braves at Howell Field on Tuesday night, before turning around and facing the Braves again on Sunday.

SUNDAY, JUNE 15 HIGHLIGHTS
Happy Father's Day!

    The Athletics knocked off the Thunder 9-6 on Sunday at Fairborn Legion field. Four A's pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts, the final two coming from Eric Lampka to earn the save. Jon Webb picked up the win in relief. The Thunder got home runs from Ryan Callison, Evan Koogler, John Ramsey, and Ryan Hoover.
    The Rangers overcame an 8-3 deficit to defeat the Knights 9-8 in 10 innings. Kody Barth singled home Joe Becker with two outs in the bottom of the 10th for the game-winner. Becker pitched a solid final frame for his 5th win of the season. Joe Staten homered for the Rangers. Casey Allen led the Knights with 3 hits.
    The Machine broke open a tie ballgame in the 8th inning to defeat the Mariners 8-5. Nick McGill homered for the Machine and Paul Wilson earned the win in relief. McGill and Nick Montoya led the team with 3 hits each. The Mariners got 3 doubles from Matt Piskor and 2 from Casey Waterhouse. Piskor and Chris Flaherty each drove in two runs.
    The Royals won a back-and-forth battle versus the Redlegs with a final score of 7-6. The Royals broke a 5-5 tie in the 8th on a passed ball and Chris Jergens' RBI single. The Redlegs' Matt Morrison singled in James Robinson in the top of the ninth to cut the deficit to one before Shaun Delozier settled down to finish off the complete game win.
    The Wolverines defeated the Slammers 12-9 at Fairborn high school, while the Sox took care of the Indians 15-3 at Rotary Park.


WHO'S HOT? - WEEK 9
Rain postpones weeknight games


#1 - Beavercreek Sox
The Beavercreek Sox (4-0) knocked off the Kettering Royals 8-4 last Sunday behind a victory from Jon Venters, who remains unbeaten in his MVABL career. The Sox had both of their weeknight affairs rained out and await their Father's Day matchup with the Indians at 6pm at Rotary Park.
#2 - Mad River Machine
The Machine (7-4) have now won 7-of-8 after a DH sweep of the Miami Valley Thunder last Sunday. Paul Wilson and Ben Harris homered and Collin Vinson and Eric McCoy earned wins. The Machine rematch with the Wolverines was rained out on Thursday. The Mariners are next in line to try and stop the Machine's progress up the Buckeye Division standings. Game time is 1 p.m. on Sunday at Howell Field.
#3 - Dayton Rangers
The Rangers (8-2) got back to their winning ways outscoring the Braves 35-6 in a DH sweep on Sunday. Joe Staten, Scott Dickerson, and Jim Brown combined for 15 RBIs on the day, while Phil Dickerson pounded out 6 hits, including his first career HR. The Rangers will face the Knights on Sunday at Xenia high school.
#4 - Fairborn Post 526 Athletics
The Athletics (7-3) had their Tuesday night contest with the Wolverines washed out and are coming off of their bye week. The A's will square off with the Thunder on Sunday at Fairborn Legion field.
#5 - Miami Valley Wolverines
The Wolverines (5-1) pulled off a rarity last weekend by shutting out the Indians in both games of a twinbill. Andy Escoffier's no-no bid was foiled in the seventh inning of a 2-0 game 1 victory. Both weeknight games were postponed, so the rookie club will look to keep its upward momentum on Sunday in a matchup with the Slammers.

SUNDAY, JUNE 8 HIGHLIGHTS
Rain holds off long enough for all to play

    The Rangers swept the Braves 17-3 and 18-3 at Springboro high school. Joe Staten, Phil Dickerson, Scott Dickerson, and Brandon Riley homered for the Rangers, while Josh Wright and Ryan Schlater went deep for the Braves. Staten, Scott Dickerson, and Jim Brown each drove in 5 runs. Joe Becker earned his 4th win and Ryan Meinert picked up his first.
    The Machine swept the Thunder at Howell Field 8-3 and 11-3. The Thunder held the league's leading hitter Paul Wilson to just one hit, but that hit was his league-leading 7th HR of the season. Ben Harris also homered for the Machine. Collin Vinson and Eric McCoy earned the wins on the mounds.
    The Wolverines blanked the Indians in a DH sweep, 2-0 and 9-0. Andy Escoffier took a no-hitter into the 7th before allowing a hit with one out in the final frame of game 1.
    The Slammers and Mariners split their twinbill at Franklin park, with the Mariners winning 12-8 in game one and the Slammers winning 16-13 in game two. Slammers highlights included: Aaron Fannin hit a two-run HR and had three doubles and drove in 6 runs. Matt Owens also hit three doubles while scoring 4 times. And Kevin Ashworth had five hits, including two doubles, and picked up the win in relief of game 2. The Mariners' Chris Flaherty hit a 2-run home run among his four hits. Casey Waterhouse and Mike Hartman each had 5 hits for the M's.
    The Knights defeated the Redlegs on Sunday 13-3. Dylan Smith pitched the first 4 innings striking out 4 allowing 1 earned run. Casey Allen came in to pitch the last 5 innings to earn the win, striking out 6 and allowing 1 earned run. Jerel Bristol went 3-5 with a double and scored 3 runs. Casey Allen hit his first homerun on the year to open up the close game in the 6th inning. Adam Skelley went 3-5 with a double for the Knights. Brandon Howard went 4-for-4 with 2 RBIs for the Redlegs.


WHO'S HOT? - WEEK 8
Sox begin season with 3 wins


#1 - Beavercreek Sox
The Beavercreek Sox (3-0) began their 2014 campaign with victories over teams who have finished atop the divisional standings in recent years. After defeating the Slammers in their opener, they took care of the Rangers and Athletics in a pair of 4-run wins. The Sox get the Royals again this coming Sunday at Rotary Park.
#2 - Fairborn Post 526 Athletics
The Athletics (7-3) swept a doubleheader from the Indians last Sunday, but had their 3-game win streak snapped after Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Sox. The A's have a bye on Sunday, June 8 and will pick things back up on Tuesday, June 10 against the Wolverines at Fairborn Legion field.
#3 - Mad River Machine
The Machine (5-4) came into last Sunday riding a 3-game win streak, and made it 4 in a row with a 7-0 game one victory over the Slammers. Paul Wilson's grand slam contributed to his season total of 19 RBIs. The Machine fell in the second game 7-6. The Machine will take on the Braves on Thursday night at Howell Field before getting the Thunder in a twinbill on Sunday at the same locale.
#4 - Dayton Rangers
The Rangers (6-2) allowed 7 runs in the first 3 innings against the Sox, but could not complete the comeback, falling 9-5. Brandon Riley tied a franchise record with 3 doubles and had a career-best 4 RBIs. The Rangers will face the Braves on Sunday in a DH at Springboro high school.
#5 - Kettering Royals
The Royals (5-3) avenged an early season loss to the Thunder by winning 7-4 in 10 innings last Sunday. The Royals were rained out in their earlier matchup with the Sox, so they will try and get this one in without any weather interference this Sunday at Rotary Park. The Royals haven't beat the Sox since August 3, 2010.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1 HIGHLIGHTS
Hot afternoon of baseball!

    The Athletics swept a pair from the Indians at Northwestern high school, winning 11-6 and 16-3. Andrew Madlinger and Nolan O'Meara earned the wins. Jake Underwood homered twice for the Tribe, and Brennen Glass also went deep.
    Paul Wilson homered twice and drove in 7 as the Machine split a DH with the Slammers. Wilson tossed the shutout in a 7-0 game one victory. Eric McCoy went 3-for-3 with a homer to lead the Machine. The Slammers rallied to win game two 7-6 behind Justin Wentworth's 4th win of the season. Wentworth finished with 13 Ks. Matt Owens doubled twice and drove in 3 for the Slammers.
    Matt Redman tossed the complete game victory as the Redlegs beat the Wolverines 6-2 in Monroe. The Wolverines managed a split of the DH with a 10-2 win in the nightcap.
    The Knights split a DH out at Franklin Park, beating the Braves 8-3 before falling 21-3 to the Mariners. The Braves held a 3-1 lead through 7 innings before the Knights put up 7 runs in the bottom of the 8th. The Mariners got a strong pitching performance from Dan Comes in game 2, while Casey Fannin and Chris Flaherty played longball for the M's. Casey Waterhouse added 5 RBIs.
    The pitching duo of Ryan Carter and Jon Venters helped the Sox knock off the Rangers 9-5. Caleb Elkins had two singles and two RBIs to lead the Sox. Brandon Riley went 4-for-4 with 3 doubles and 4 RBIs for the Rangers, while brother Robert added a solo HR.
    The Thunder forced extra innings against the Royals, but the Boys in Blue prevailed in 10 innings with a 7-4 win.


WHO'S HOT? - WEEK 7
Weekend tourney shakes up rankings


#1 - Dayton Rangers
The Rangers (6-1) let one slip away in Saturday's 10-9 opening round loss to the Machine. Matt Delbridge struck out 12 and left with the lead after 7 innings before the Machine tacked on a few runs to complete the comeback. The road doesn't get any easier for the Rangers as they are set to take on the Beavercreek Sox on Sunday at Springboro high school.
#2 - Mad River Machine
The expansion Machine (4-3) continue to climb up the rankings with a come-from-behind victory over the Rangers on Saturday. Despite an 8-6 deficit after 7 innings, the Machine were able to win without the benefit of a hit in the final two innings. The Machine advanced to the championship game of the tournament before falling 6-3 to the Wolverines. The Machine have a DH with the Slammers this Sunday at Bellbrook high school.
#3 - Fairborn Post 526 Athletics
The Athletics (5-2) knocked off the Thunder 10-7 in the first round of the tournament. Andrew Madlinger picked up the win with relief help from Nolan O'Meara. Matt Addis, Joey Watson, Kyle Combs, and Clint Sparks led the A's offensively. The Athletics travel up to Springfield with a DH at Northwestern H.S. on Sunday.
#4 - Camden Redlegs
The Redlegs, along with the Machine, have the longest winning streak in league play at 3 games. The Redlegs defeated the Mariners 11-7 on Saturday to advance to Sunday's tourney semifinals, where they fell to the Machine. The Redlegs play a DH against the Wolverines this Sunday.
#5 - Miami Valley Wolverines
The Wolverines (1-0) began MVABL play with a 14-2 victory over the Indians in the first round of the Memorial Day tournament. The Wolverines bested the Athletics and Machine to win the weekend tourney. Austin Istvan picked up the win over the Tribe before breaking a 3-3 tie in the championship game with a 2-run HR. The Wolverines continue league play with a twinbill versus the Redlegs at Monroe on Sunday.

WHO'S HOT? - WEEK 6
Top 5 rankings take a hit


#1 - Dayton Rangers
The Rangers (6-0) were the lone victor among the previous week's Top 5 honorees. The Rangers picked up franchise win No. 300 with a 12-1 defeat of the Mariners on Sunday, followed by a 9-1 score in game two. Rookie Kody Barth increased his season average to .600 with a 5-hit, 4 extra-base hit performance. The Rangers will face the Machine on Saturday in the first round of the Memorial Day weekend tournament.
#2 - South Dayton Slammers
It's hard to penalize the Slammers (4-2) in the rankings for two straight one-run defeats. The defending divisional champs fell to the Rangers 2-1 on May 4 and falted 7-6 after a late rally against the Royals, but still have the firepower to be a contender this season. The Slammers decided to take Memorial Day weekend off, but will be the first big test for the Beavercreek Sox on Tuesday, May 27 at Rotary Park.
#3 - Mad River Machine
The expansion Machine (3-3) have been on a tear in the past few weeks knocking off the likes of the Royals, Mariners, and A's. Co-captain Paul Wilson has been a big reason why this freshman squad is gelling at the right time, providing big innings on the mound and timely hits at the plate. Wilson knocked out 2 two-run home runs in an 11-10 defeat of the Athletics last Sunday. The Machine look to knock off another tough opponent on Saturday, when they face the Rangers at Kettering Fields.
#4 - Fairborn Post 526 Athletics
The Athletics (4-2) saw their 4-game win streak come to a halt with a one-run loss to the Machine on Sunday. The A's will face the Thunder on Saturday in a first round tourney matchup at Kettering Fields at 1 p.m.
#5 - Springfield Indians
The Indians (4-3) have now won three of their last 4 games. With early season pickups of pitcher Evan Jelley and slugger Brennen Glass, the Tribe certainly have the potential to surpass their franchise record in regular season wins (13). The Indians will get first crack at the expansion Wolverines on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Howell Field in the Memorial Day tournament.

SUNDAY, MAY 18 HIGHLIGHTS
Rangers remain undefeated

    The Rangers got 5 shutout innings each from starters Joe Becker and Shawn Schmitt in a 12-1 and 9-1 doubleheader sweep of the Mariners on Sunday. Kody Barth had 5 hits, including a three doubles and a triple, and Joe Staten homered for the Rangers. Casey Waterhouse went for 4-for-6 with a double for the M's.
    The Royals knocked off the Slammers in the regular season for the first time since 2011. Brandon Reaman belted a grand slam and Eric Jameson hit a two-out, 2-run single that helped the Royals defeat the Slammers 7-6 at Bellbrook. Rick Anderson hit a 3-run HR in the 8th to bring the Slammers within a run, but Matt Koopman closed the door in the 9th for the Royals' save.
    The Machine's Paul Wilson smacked a two-run homerun in the bottom of the eighth to break a tie as the expansion team knocked off the Athletics 11-10 at Fairborn high school. Wilson homered earlier in the game as well and finished with 4 RBIs. Collin Vinson earned the win in relief.
    The Indians swept a split-DH at Howell field, beating the Thunder 8-2 and the Braves 14-4.
    The Redlegs needed over 4 hours to complete their game with the Knights, pulling out a 17-13 win.


MEMORIAL DAY TOURNAMENT
Bracket has been completed

    The Memorial Day tournament bracket is NOW AVAILABLE.
    The first round of the tournament will take place on Saturday, May 24. All first round games will count towards the MVABL standings. Sunday's semifinal games and championship game will not count as league games. Here is how the bracket looks:

Saturday, May 24
Howell Field

    Game 1: Wolverines at Indians, 1 p.m.
    Game 3: Redlegs at Mariners, 4 p.m.
Kettering Fields
    Game 2: Athletics at Thunder, 1 p.m.
    Game 4: Machine at Rangers, 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 25
Howell Field
    Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, Noon
Xenia HS
    Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, Noon
    Championship: 4 p.m.


WHO'S HOT? - WEEK 5
Power and pitching prevalent in divisional games


#1 - Dayton Rangers
The Rangers (4-0) did just enough to beat the Knights 7-6 last Sunday. Joe Becker earned his second win and Ryan Meinert picked up the save. Steve Marshall and Phil Dickerson each had three hits, including a double. The Rangers are off until May 18 when they take on the Mariners in a DH at Xenia high school.
#2 - South Dayton Slammers
The Slammers (4-1) were off last week and will take on the up-and-coming Indians on May 11 at Howell Field.
#3 - Fairborn Post 526 Athletics
The Athletics (4-1) recorded 16 hits in an 8-7 victory over the Mariners last Sunday. Joey Watson picked up his third win in relief of Shawn Haffner. Tadd Woodie and Matt Addis had 3 hits a piece. The A's take their 4-game win streak into a Mother's Day contest with the Redlegs at Fairborn high school. The A's beat the Redlegs 22-7 earlier in April.
#4 - Miami Valley Thunder
Ryan Callison launched three longballs as the Thunder (3-1) swept a doubleheader from the Braves. Pitchers AJ Boshinski and Evan Koogler each struck out 14 on the day. The Thunder will get a rematch with the Indians in their next contest on May 18. The Indians beat the Thunder 8-7 on April 6.
#5 - Ohio Mariners
The Mariners (2-3) fell apart late in a one-run loss to the A's on Sunday. In the last 4 games, the M's won two, but suffered two one-run losses. Their next two games anticipate to be close ones as well, taking on the Rangers in a DH on May 18.

SUNDAY, MAY 4
Divisional contests kick off May

    This weekend marked the first full schedule of divisional matchups in 2014.
    Two Buckeye Division contests took place at Howell Field. The Rangers defeated the Knights 7-6 in a back-and-forth battle. Joe Becker earned his second win and Ryan Meinert recorded the save. Knights' hurlers Zack McKinzie and Austin Elder combined to strike out 10 Rangers. Phil Dickerson and Steve Marshall had 3 hits and 2 RBIs for the Rangers, while Patrick Allen went 4-for-5 with 2 RBIs for the Knights.
    John Griffith doubled, homered, and drove in 3 for the Machine in an 11-7 victory over the Royals. Kasey Rawlins picked up the win, scattering 6 hits and striking out 4 in 7 innings. Nick McGill also added 3 RBIs for the Machine.
    Brennan Glass welcomed his return to the MVABL with 3 home runs for the Indians, as the Tribe split a DH with the Redlegs. The Indians won game one 8-2, and the Redlegs battled back for a 15-13 win in the nightcap.
    Over in the Miami Division, A's reliever Jon Webb worked out of a bases-loaded no-out situation in the bottom of the ninth to preserve an 8-7 win over the Mariners at Fairborn high school. Matt Addis had 3 hits and 5 RBIs and belted another home run for the Athletics. Adam Rudy hit a three-run home run for the Mariners.
    The Thunder swept a doubleheader from the Braves at Greenon high school, winning 14-1 and 19-1. AJ Boshinski struck out 14 in a game one victory, and Evan Koogler struck out 14 in game 2. Thunder slugger Ryan Callison showed up in time for game two and went 4-for-5 with 3 home runs, including a grand slam, finishing with 7 RBIs.


WHO'S HOT? - WEEK 4
Rangers swipe top spot with win over Slammers


#1 - Dayton Rangers
The Rangers (3-0) won a hard-fought battle over the former top-ranked Slammers 2-1 on Sunday, April 27 at Monroe. Joe Becker stole home and JT Bukiewicz scored on a fielding error to account for the Rangers' only runs. Shawn Schmitt (2-0) struck out 9 in a complete game win. The Rangers look to continue their hot start against the Wright Knights on Sunday, May 4 at Howell Field at 1 p.m.
#2 - South Dayton Slammers
The Slammers (4-1) fall slightly in the rankings with a tough 2-1 defeat to the Rangers. Curtis Carson plated the lone run with a bases loaded walk. Justin Wentworth (3-1) struck out 10, upping his season total to 39. The Slammers have a bye week before returning to face the Indians on May 11.
#3 - Fairborn Post 526 Athletics
The Athletics' defense held the Knights to just two runs in a doubleheader sweep at Fairborn last Sunday. Shawn Haffner and Joey Watson picked up wins, while Matt Addis contributed four hits and Kyle Combs went deep for the second time this season. The A's (3-1) face the Mariners this Sunday at Fairborn high school at 1 p.m.
#4 - Kettering Royals
The Kettering Royals (3-2) split a doubleheader last week, falling 10-6 to the Thunder and knocking off the Indians 9-4. The Royals take on the Machine this Sunday at Howell Field at 4 p.m.
#5 - Ohio Mariners
The Mariners (2-2) have won back-to-back games since opening the season with two losses. The Mariners used an 11-run inning to put away the Braves last Sunday. Toby Stewart had four hits and Casey Waterhouse homered for the M's, who face the Athletics this coming weekend.

SUNDAY, APRIL 27 HIGHLIGHTS
Rangers steal one away from Slammers

    Joe Becker's straight steal of home keyed a two-run inning as the Rangers squeaked past the Slammers 2-1 at Monroe. Shawn Schmitt moved to 2-0 with the complete game win, striking out 9. Justin Wentworth suffered the hard-luck loss for the Slammers, striking out 10.
    John Ramsey and Ryan Hoover each homered for the Thunder as they defeated the Royals 10-6 at Howell Field. John Connell picked up the win. The Royals won the second game of their split DH, winning 9-4 over the Indians.
    The Athletics swept a pair from the Knights 6-1 and 5-1 at Fairborn high school. Shawn Haffner and Joey Watson picked up wins, and Kyle Combs homered for the second straight week.
    The Mariners used an 11-run sixth inning to pull away from the Braves in a 15-2 victory. Toby Stewart went 4-for-4 and Casey Waterhouse belted a home run.
    The Redlegs defeated the Machine 14-9 at AIA. Colby Clark struck out 12 in relief for his first MVABL win. Brandon Howard doubled and tripled for the Redlegs.


WHO'S HOT? - WEEK 3
After week off, teams look to get back on track


#1 - South Dayton Slammers
The Slammers won a brutal early-season split doubleheader on April 13, knocking off a pair of Top 5 opponents: defeating the Indians 9-8 in extra innings and the Knights 11-9. Justin Wentworth had the walk-off winner in game one and tossed the complete game win in game 2. The Slammers (4-0) host this week's top matchup with the No. 2 Rangers at MUM-Monroe on Sunday at 1pm.
#2 - Dayton Rangers
The Rangers became the first franchise in league history to win 250 MVABL games when they defeated the Miami Valley Thunder 16-3 in 7 innings on Sunday, April 13 at MUM-Monroe. Scott Dickerson homered twice and drove in six. Brother Phil added four hits, and Kody Barth homered and doubled in the 22-hit attack. The Rangers (2-0) take on the Slammers this Sunday in a battle of the league's only unbeatens.
#3 - Kettering Royals
The Kettering Royals took care of the Braves 23-5 in 5 innings in their previous game. Jason Holmberg earned the win, homered and tripled and drove in six for the Boys in Blue (2-1). The Royals take their crack at an early season split DH, taking on the Thunder and Indians at Howell Field on Sunday.
#4 - Fairborn Post 526 Athletics
The A's recovered from an Opening Day loss to the Slammers by knocking around the Redlegs 22-7 at AIA on Sunday, April 13. Reigning league MVP Kyle Combs blasted a grand slam, and Matt Addis also went deep for the Athletics. The A's take on the Knights this Sunday in a doubleheader at Fairborn high school.
#5 - Springfield Indians
The Indians (1-1) lost a heartbreaker to the Slammers their last time out, falling 9-8 in 10 innings. The Indians get no break this weekend, taking on the defending champion Royals on the back end of a split DH at 4pm at Howell Field.

SUNDAY, APRIL 13
Warm, windy day awakes offenses

    The Slammers took a big jump in the Miami Division standings with a split doubleheader sweep of the Indians and Knights. Justin Wentworth, already with a solid start on the mound this season, provided the walk-off winner in a 9-8 10-inning win over the Indians. The Slammers then eked out an 11-9 victory over the Knights in the nightcap at Bellbrook H.S.
    Rangers' catcher Scott Dickerson blasted two home runs and drove in six in a 16-3 win over the Thunder at Monroe. Phil Dickerson added 4 hits, 2 doubles, and 3RBIs, and Kody Barth homered, doubled and scored 4 times. Evan Koogler and Ryan Callison homered for the Thunder.
    The Royals got back-to-back longballs from Jason Holmberg and Brad Koopman in the first inning and soared to a 23-5 win at AIA. Holmberg added a 3-run triple and a total of 6RBIs, as well as the win on the mound. Braves' top draft pick Ryan Schlater launched a three-run HR, his first of the season.
    The Athletics knocked out 23 hits in a 22-7 win over the Redlegs at AIA. Joey Watson, Shawn Haffner, and Jared Whited each had 3 hits and 4RBIs. Matt Addis doubled and homered for the A's, and Kyle Combs added a grand slam. Watson picked up his first win of the year.
    The Machine picked up their first win in a doubleheader split with the Mariners. The Mariners took game one 9-5, and the Machine battled back in game two to win 13-12. Paul Wilson, Jake Wilson, and Nick Montoya each had 3 hits on the day. Paul Wilson also homered and earned the win in relief of game two.


WHO'S HOT? - WEEK 2
Slammers off to 2-0 start


#1 - South Dayton Slammers
The Slammers take advantage of a Rangers' rainout to move up to the #1 slot. Justin Wentworth won his second game as the Slammers defeated the Athletics 9-4 on Sunday, April 6. Aaron Fannin went 5-for-5 and rookie Jack Zaborowski picked up his first MVABL RBI. The Slammers play a split DH this Sunday at Bellbrook high school against the Indians and Knights, both of which won last weekend.
#2 - Dayton Rangers
The Rangers had their game with the Redlegs washed out last weekend. Their next game is this Sunday against the Miami Valley Thunder, who suffered an 8-7 defeat to the Indians in their last game.
#3 - Kettering Royals
The Kettering Royals rebounded from an Opening Day loss to blank the Ohio Mariners 15-0 behind a complete game effort from Shaun Delozier. Delozier, Shane Page, and Brandon Reaman each had 3 hits. The Royals will battle the Braves on Sunday at AIA at 4 p.m.
#4 - Springfield Indians
The Indians kicked off their 2014 season with an 8-7 win over the Thunder at AIA. Matt Spradlin and Rusty Cole combined for 19 strikeouts. The Indians look to carry their momentum over into Sunday's contest with the top-ranked Slammers at Bellbrook high school at 1 p.m.
#5 - Wright Knights
The Wright Knights won their first Opening Day game in a 12-3 win over the Gem City Braves. Austin Elder tossed 5 innings of relief for his first win of the year. The Knights recorded five triples in the game. The Knights also travel to Bellbrook on Sunday to take on the Slammers at 4 p.m.

SUNDAY, APRIL 6
Slammers first to 2 wins

    Justin Wentworth and Shaun Delozier, two 2013 late-season waiver-wire pickups, are already making big impacts on their 2014 clubs. And a player one day removed from the waiver wire helps secure an Indians win.
    Wentworth won his second game of the season for the Slammers, striking out 9 in a 9-4 victory over the Athletics on Sunday. Aaron Fannin continued his hot start, going 5-for-5 with two runs scored. Micah Wilson had two hits, including a double and an RBI. The Slammers moved to 12-3 all-time in games in April.
    Delozier tossed a complete game shutout, blanking the Ohio Mariners 15-0 in 5 innings on Sunday at Howell Field. Delozier added 3 hits at the plate and drove in 4 runs. Shane Page also had three hits, scored twice and had 2 RBIs. Royals newcomer Brandon Reaman added three hits as well in his first start of the season.
    The Indians squeaked past the Thunder at AIA winning 8-7. The Tribe held an 8-1 lead after three before thwarting a late Thunder comeback. Matt Spradlin got the Opening Day win going 6.2 innings, before leaving with a dislocated pinkie. Spradlin allowed 2 hits and finished with 9 Ks. Rusty Cole, one day removed from the league waiver wire, earned the save, tossing the final 3.1 innings, allowing no hits and striking out 10. Gamed ended in bottom of the ninth with the Thunder having bases loaded, tying run on 3rd, 3-2 count, 2 out, and the last pitch was a strikeout.
    The Wright Knights was able to capture their first opening season game in franchise history against the Gem City Braves at Howell Field. The Knights won 12-3, and got solid pitching performances from Jeff Tetrault and Austin Elder. Jeff had 4 IP allowing only 1 earned run, and 5 K's. Austin Elder had 5 IP with 0 earned runs and 7 K's. The offensive leaders for the Knights were Jeff Tetrault with a triple, Jeremy Bristol with a triple, Jerel Bristol with a triple and RBI, Casey Allen with a triple and 3 RBIs, and Jake Postel with a triple and 2 RBIs.


WHO'S HOT? - WEEK 1
Staggered Opening Day brings about chilly challenges


#1 - Dayton Rangers
The Rangers knocked off the defending champion Kettering Royals, 6-4, in the first game of the 2014 MVABL season. Shawn Schmitt tossed six innings for the win. Wyatt Parker scattered 3 hits over two scoreless innings of relief for the hold. And Todd Peck worked around a ninth inning walk for a save in his first MVABL appearance. Free agent signee Phil Dickerson was on base four times, including a pair of walks and a 2-run single. The Rangers' week 2 contest with the Redlegs has been threatened with questionable playing conditions already and may end up with a bye this week if an alternate location is not found by Sunday.
#2 - South Dayton Slammers
The Slammers' pitching duo of Clinton Krakowiak and Justin Wentworth combined for 16 punchouts last Sunday in a 6-1 victory over the Mad River Machine. Aaron Fannin led the Slammers with a pair of hits and 2 RBIs. The Slammers take on the Fairborn Athletics on Sunday, April 6 at Fairborn high school at 1 p.m. The Slammers' squad hold a 5-2 all-time advantage over the A's. Definitely a game to come and watch on Sunday!
#3 - Kettering Royals
The Kettering Royals were done in by some great defense in a 6-4 defeat to the Dayton Rangers last Sunday. Kevin Reynolds was thrown in to the emergency start minutes before the game and allowed 3 earned runs over 4 innings before giving way to Matt Koopman. Koopman surrendered two runs in the fifth but sailed through the final four innings unscathed, striking out 8. Shaun Delozier and Chris Jergens each had 3 hits, and Jason Holmberg drove in 3 with two singles and a sac fly. The Royals are scheduled to play the Ohio Mariners on Sunday, April 6 at Howell Field assuming a miracle arrives to dry out the field.
#4 - Fairborn Post 526 A's
The A's start the 2014 with a boatload of optimism and a solid roster that should keep the near the top of the division standings once again. Returning for the Athletics include the league's MVPs from the last two seasons, Kyle Combs and Shawn Haffner. Don't overlook the pitching staff as coach Jeff Whited has brought back Matt Addis and Jared Ramsey, and added former Univ. of West Virginia starter Austin Pressly to help returnees Haffner and Joey Watson on the mound. The A's match up with the Slammers at Fairborn high school on Sunday afternoon.
#5 - Camden Redlegs
The Camden Redlegs round out the Top 5 looking to improve upon their semifinal loss to the Rangers in 2013. They will get their chance for a little revenge in the annual Backyard Battle against the Rangers this Sunday, April 6. The Rangers hold a 9-6 advantage in the friendly rivalry, but this round is in jeopardy of being played unless Mother Nature cooperates. The Redlegs bring back a bevy of offensive support, including coach Jacob Robinson, James Robinson, Kyle Arend, and Brandon Howard. Newcomers Zach Carroll and Colby Clark should help out on both sides of the field.

OPENING DAY 2014
Rangers, Slammers win openers

    The Rangers avenged a 2013 championship defeat to the Royals by knocking off the Boys in Blue 6-4 in the MVABL opener at AIA in Xenia on Sunday, March 30. The Rangers played error-free baseball and got a SportsCenter Top 10 highlight when left fielder Chris Snyder robbed Kevin Reynolds of a bases-clearing extra-base hit with an unbelievable diving catch in the sixth inning. Shawn Schmitt picked up the win, his fourth straight Opening Day victory. Newcomer Todd Peck picked up the save.
    Kevin Reynolds took the loss for the Royals. Matt Koopman struck out 8 in 5 innings of relief. Jason Holmberg had 3RBIs and Shaun Delozier and three hits, including two doubles.
    The Slammers spoiled the Machine's franchise opener with a 6-1 victory at AIA. Clinton Krakowiak and Justin Wentworth combined for 16 strikeouts for the Slammers. Aaron Fannin added a pair of hits, a stolen base, and 2RBIs. Paul Wilson and Jake Wilson each had 3 hits for the Machine.


2014 DRAFT A SUCCESS
Braves take Bowling Green alum Ryan Schlater #1
The Gem City Braves take their first step in building up their franchise utilizing the No. 1 draft pick opportunity to snag former Graham star and Bowling Green catcher Ryan Schlater.
     Schlater, currently the varsity head coach at Versailles high school, had a successful high school career at Graham where he was named 1st Team All-CBC and an All-Area selection. Ryan played four years at Bowling Green, batting .290 with 11 home runs and 99 RBIs.
    Schlater should give the Braves a potential franchise player to build a team around for years to come. His knowledge of the game and experience should prove beneficial for pointing this young team in the right direction.

BRIEF LOOK AT PREVIOUS NO. 1 PICKS

  • 2013: Thunder - Jacob Hedrick. Hedrick saw his MVABL season cut short due to family concerns. Only saw 21 plate appearances, batting .200 with 1 home run. Saw 4 innings of work on the mound, allowing 3 earned runs, striking out 5.
  • 2012: Bats - Kris Brown. The Piqua grad looked sharp for more than half of the season before arm problems shortened his MVABL career. In 16 games, Brown batted .420 with a team-best 4 home runs and 23 RBIs. Brown was drafted for his arm and the hard-throwing lefty mustered just 26 innings on the mound over 6 games, finishing with a 1-2 record and 1 save. Brown ended up with 18 strikeouts and a 5.54 ERA.
  • 2011: Tigers - Ajay Houston. The former Clark State pitcher struck out 7 Slammers in an Opening Day defeat. Houston's stay in the league last only a few short months.
  • 2010: Cardinals - Aaron Thacker. Thacker lasted two seasons, playing for both the Cardinals and Blue Jays. He batted .216 in his rookie campaign and went 0-7 on the mound.
  • 2009: Dragons - Chris Flaherty. Flaherty has made his rounds across the MVABL, playing for the Dragons, Shockers, and Mariners. The 2009 and 2013 All-Star is a career .401 hitter with 7 HRs, 100 runs scored and 60 RBIs. He was named Second Team All-MVABL in 2011 and 2009.
  • 2008: Panthers - Thomas Fluty. Fluty hit the league by storm in 2008, batting .405. With 6 years under his belt with the Panthers, Shockers, and Mariners, Fluty has not once batted below .400 and owns a career .446 average. Thomas also has hit 13 Hrs, drove in 166 and scored 109 runs. The 4-time All-Star was named Second Team All-MVABL in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Fluty coached the Shockers to an MVABL championship in 2011.
  • 2007: Astros - Taylor Nakamura. Nakamura was the only No. 1 draft pick to win Rookie of the Year honors. Taylor came to the league with collegiate experience at Everett Community College in Washington and at Dakota State University. The 2007 All-Star batted .472 in his only year in the MVABL, swiping 17 bags in 16 games.
  • 2006: Outlaws - Ryan Benkert. Benkert played 3 seasons with the Outlaws, making a trip to the All-Star Game in his rookie season. Benkert batted .379 with 3 HRs. On the mound, he struck out 131 over 164+ innings and finished with an 8-15 career record.

WOLVERINES JOIN MVABL
Miami Valley Wolverines produce college-age program

    The Miami Valley Wolverines program has been involved in the Dayton area in 16U and 18U teams for the past few years. In 2014, they will be bringing a college-age level team into the MVABL. Steve Escoffier, director of operations for the Wolverines, has tabbed John Young has the team's head coach. Please welcome the Wolverines to our league!


NEW TEAM JOINS MVABL
Mad River Machine joins for 2014 season

    Former Royals players Jake and Paul Wilson will bring in some fresh new faces into the league starting in 2014. The Wilsons have christened the new ballclub as the Mad River Machine. The MVABL welcomes the new team and looks forward to some great competition this season!


 
Dates
End of Regular Season
Standings

2014 FINAL STANDINGS

BUCKEYE DIVISION

DIV. OVER.
TEAM W L W L %
Sox 10 2 23 3 0.885
Rangers 10 2 19 8 0.704
Machine 7 5 17 9 0.648
Redlegs 5 7 17 10 0.630
Royals 4 8 13 14 0.481
Knights 4 8 9 18 0.333
Indians 2 10 8 19 0.296

MIAMI DIVISION

DIV. OVER.
TEAM W L W L %
Wolverines 8 2 18 7 0.712
Athletics 6 4 17 10 0.630
Slammers 7 3 16 11 0.593
Mariners 6 4 11 16 0.407
Thunder 3 7 6 21 0.222
Braves 0 10 0 27 0.000
Scoreboard

Saturday, Sep. 20

Athletics 13 F
Rangers 9
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Athletics 17
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