Category: Division Champions

Bears take 52+ Title

Congratulations to the 2019 Bears

The 52+ Bears finished in 1st place for the regular season, and beat the Bulldogs and Reds in the playoffs to take the championship crown.   The championship game against the Reds provided a dramatic finish with the Bears ahead the entire game when the Reds notched 7 runs in the seventh to take a 12-11 lead. Dan Hendrickson rallied his team as Dave Bayer led off the inning with an infield hit and eventually came around to score the tying run, setting the stage for Greg Gaber to crush the walk-off winning run. 

Earlier in the game, the Reds decided to load the bases with two outs with an intentional walk in the sixth, but Daryl Johnson thwarted that strategy with a 2-run hit. The top four in the lineup: Andy Hess, Todd Edwards, Greg Gaber and Mike Arnold, recorded 11 hits and 8 RBI’s.  Marty Wojcik recorded the win, pitching 2/3 of an inning.

Every Bear contributed to the team’s success, as the Bears’ “Never-Let-Up” attitude and fun positive energy made it a special year.

Angels Take 18+ Division

2019 Season ends with franchise’s first championship

The Angels capped off their impressive season in the Madison (Southern Wisconsin) 18+ MSBL with their first ever championship! It had been a long time coming for the Angels and some of their veteran players including Manager/Shortstop Douglas Wolf, 2nd basemen Brad Simon, catcher Gary Nevala, and infielder Jeremy Johanski, who remember the beginning years of the Angels when they were an expansion team in 2012, struggling to win any games early on. Recent years have seen the Angels climb the ranks and this year they took the #1 seed during the regular season.

The playoffs were highlighted with great defense and amazing pitching for the Angels, only allowing 1 run in their 3 playoff games. With their team ERA leader, Will Coleman, injured right before the championship game, it was on the shoulders of their other ace, Jake Shields, to provide a great outing against the very tough A’s. After struggling slightly early and falling behind 1-0, Shields did just that. He settled down and excelled to pitch a complete game allowing just that one run. The big hit of the day came from cleanup hitter Jimmy Carrington who broke open a 1-1 tie with a 3-run homer over the left field fence, taking the momentum of the game the Angels way. After that, it was shutdown pitching, solid defense, and a few more timely hits that ended in a 6-1 victory and a first championship celebration for the Angels!