Butler Eagle County Baseball League: Welcome
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May 15, 2017
Mars II is looking to defend its championship after defeating Mars in the championship ending their six year championship reign last August. The season opens Friday May 19 with eight teams in the league. The 2017 season welcomes Middlesex (Butler Community College) and Slippery Rock (Highfield Baseball Complex).
The top six teams will make the playoffs with the one and two seed being rewarded a first round bye.
All 28 games must be played before the playoff meeting Sunday July 23.
THURSDAY AUGUST 11, 2016
CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH UP SET
Regular season champions Mars II will host Game of the Butler Eagle Championship August 11 6:00 PM at Highfield Baseball Complex. They will face the 6 time defending champions Mars who finished one game behind Mars II in the regular season.
Mars II defeated Zelienople in the semi final round in 4 games while Mars defeated Cranberry in 3 games. Mars II and Mars split the regular season series 3-3. The two power teams from Mars met in a 5 game back and forth championship series in 2014.
Monday August 1, 2016:
Butler Eagle Playoffs will start tonight with the first round series being best of 3 Mars Sliders @ Cranberry and Zelienople @ Pine-Richland. Mars 2 and Mars have first round byes and will start the semi final series on Friday August 5.
Saturday August 1, 2015:
Eagle County Championship Series is now set to start:
The Butler Eagle County Championship will begin the it's 83rd Championship Series Monday August 3rd with the two remaining teams playing a best of five series to determine the post season champion.
Mars I got to the championship round by defeating Pine Richland in a best of five series 3-0 this past week. While their playoff opponent Cranberry gained a seat in the championship round by defeating Zelienople in a best of three series, then moving on to play Mars II in a best of five series. The series went a full five games with Cranberry winning the series with a 10-8 game five victory.
Game # 1 Cranberry vs. Mars I @ Marburger Field Monday August 2nd. at 6PM
Game # 2 Mars I vs. Cranberry @ Cranberry Park ( Veterans Field) Tuesday August 3rd at 6PM
Game # 3 Cranberry vs. Mars I @ Marburger Field Wednesday Augsut 4th at 6PM
Game # 4 (If Necessary) at Cranberry Park - 6PM
Game # 5 (If Necessary) at Marburger Field - 6PM
Good Luck to both teams
The 2015 Butler Eagle County Playoffs have been set:
The Top Six Teams for 2015 were:
Mars I: Congratulations to Mars I - the Regular Sesaon Champs
Round One Best of Three Series: August 22nd thru August 25th:
Pine Richland vs. Saxonburg
Zelienople vs. Cranberry
Round Two: Best of Five Series: Two Round One Winners vs. Mars I and Mars II : July 27th thru July 30th
Mars I vs. Lowest Remaing Seeded Team
Mars II vs. Highest Reamining Seeded Team
Round Three: Best of Five Championship Series: August 3rd thru August August 7th
Two wiiners from Round Two
Godd Luck to all the teams
2015 Organizational Meeting:
The Butler Eagle County Baseball League will hold its organizational meeting on Saturday February 21st at Lucianno's Pizza on Rt. 228 between Mars and Cranberry.
New team entrants will be considered for the 2015 season.
A representative from each team is required to attend. For any additional information please contact:
Dan Cunningham (724) 321-8521 firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2015 Teams are as follows:
Cranberry: Home Field - Cranberry Community Park, Cranberry Twp. PA
Mars I: Home Field - Marburger Field, Mars, PA
Mars II: Home Field - Marburger Field, Mars PA
Mars Sliders: Home Field - Mars High School, Mars, PA
Pine Richland: Home Field - Pine Richland High School, Gibsonia, PA
Saxonburg: Home Field - Butler Co Community College, Butler, PA
The 2014 Eagle County playoff pairings are set to start Monday July 28th
Congratulations to Mars I as the regular season champs followed by:
Round One Best of Three Series: ( Mars I & Mars II get a bye in round one)
Monday July 28th - Zelienople vs. Saxonburg 6PM @ BCCC
Monday July 28th - Freeport II vs. Cranberry 6PM @ Cranberry Community Park
Tuesday July 29th - Saxonburg vs. Zelienople 6PM @ Zeleinople Communuity Park
Tuesday July 29th - Cranberry vs. Freeport II 6PM @ James Swartz Mem. Field
Wednesday July 30th - Zelienople vs. Saxonburg 6PM @ BCCC ( If Necessary)
Wednesday July 30th - Freeport II vs. Cranberry 6PM @ Cranberry Community Park (If Necessary)
Round two -best of five series starts Friday August 1st - pairings and sites TBD
4-30-14 The Butler Eagle County Baseball League has organized for 2014 with six teams in the league this season.
The teams are: Cranberry, Mars I, Mars II, Freeport II, Saxonburg, and Zelienople.
Opening Day will be Monday May 19th , with each team playing a 30 game schedule.
Good Luck To All The Teams....
Eagle Staff Writer
MARS — A late rally gave Saxonburg the lead, but Mars' bats still had something to say about the outcome of Game 3 in the Eagle County League Championship Series Tuesday evening at Marburger Field.
Tuesday, August 6
The first and second rounds of the 2013 Eagle County playoffs are complete.
Cranberry defeated Wexford 2 games to 0 and Mars II defeated Freeport 2 games to 1. Both teams moved on to play the two bye teams Mars I and Saxonburg.
Congratulations to both Cranberry and Mars II on their first round wins. Mars II took on Saxonburg and Cranberry faced Mars I.
Mars I defeated Cranberry and Saxonburg defeated Mars II in three straight games to put Mars I and Saxonburg in the Championship Finals for 2013. Congratulations to both the winners in round two.
The Championship series will be a best of five series starting at 6PM on Friday August 9th at Marburger Field. Game two will be played Saturday August 10th at 5PM. That game will be played at the Butler Co Community College. The best of five series will continue on Monday the 12th.
Except for the 2009 Championship Series between Mars II and Freeport Mars I and/or Saxonburg have been in the Championship Series since 2000.
Good Luck To Both Teams
Thursday, June 11
The Butler Eagle County League will consist of eight teams for the 2015 season with two new teams.
Cranberry: Home Field - Veterans Field, Cranberry Community Park
Freeport: Home Field - James Swartz Memorial Field , Freeport, Pa
Mars I: Home Field - Marburger Field , Mars, Pa
Mars II: Home Field - Marburger Field, Mars, Pa
Mars Sliders: Home Field Mars High School, Mars, Pa
Pine Richland: Home Field - Pine Richland HS , Gibsonia, Pa
Saxonburg: Home Field - Butler County Community College
*** The alternate home field for Mars I and Mars II is the Callery Boro Field- please check our schedule to verify home field location. Good Luck To All Teams This Season!
Friday, July 26
The 2013 Butler Eagle Co baseball league is complete with Mars I in first place followed by Saxonburg, Mars II, Cranberry, Wexford, and Freeport I.
The first round a best of three series will start Monday July 29th with Mars II hosting Freeport I and Cranberry will host Wexford in best of three series. The two winners of these best of three series will take on Mars I and Saxonburg, in round two of a best of five series. Those two winners of round two will play a best of five series for the championship of the Eagle County League. Each series will have a day off before the next series starts,
Good Luck To All The Teams.
Tuesday, May 14
The Butler Eagle County Baseball League begins its 81st season on Monday May 20th. The league will have nine teams again this season. The nine teams are Cranberry, Freeport I, Freeport II, Legacy Lions, Mars I, Mars II, Saxonburg, Wexford, and Zelienople.
The League will consist of 32 regular season games and three rounds of playoffs.
Good Luck To All The Teams
Monday, September 10
September will be a busy month for some current and former Butler Eagle County baseball players.
Mars honored Rob Fester with his induction into the Mars High School Hall of Fame on September 7th. Rob pitched for Mars High School, then went on to Butler Co Community College, and Point Park College and recently finished his 31st season in the Butler Eagle County baseball league. In 2007 he was inducted into the Point Park Hall of Fame. He won Eagle County Championsips with the Butler Yankees (2) and Mars (10).
Our second inductee this year is Mickey Uram. Mickey was a stellar gymnast at Butler High School, which earned him an athletic scholarship at Michigan State. After college Mickey took up baseball in the Eagle Couty League. He played for twelve years with Highfield as a shortsop and second baseman. While with Highfield he was part of three regualr season champiohsip teams in the mid 1970's.
Our third high school hall of fame inductee is current Saxonburg player Curt Schnur. A 1991 Butler High School graduate, where he lettered in baseball and basketball. He earned an athletic scholarship to play baseball at Deleware where he was second in the nation with an 11-3 record and a 1.29 ERA in 1995. After a great collegiate career he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves organization where he spent two years in the minor leagues. He then returned home and began a long career with Saxonburg in the Butler Eagle County baseball league. He was a key component of several league championships for the Saxonburg team.
Both Mickey Uram and Curt Schnur are former inductees into the Butler County Sports Hallof Fame, and both will be inducted into the Butler High School Sports Hall of Fame on Friday September 14th.
Congratulations to all three inductees.
Thursday, August 9
|On the mound for Mars No. 14 Phil Shallenberger against Saxonburg in game 3 of the Eagle County Championship game at Marburger Field in Mars.
STEVEN DIETZ/SPECIAL TO THE EAGLE
MARS — Paul Westwood has taken thousands of swings in his long baseball career.
Perhaps none was as sweet as his final one.
Westwood roped a double down the third-base line with Mars and Saxonburg tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 3 of the teams' best-of-five Eagle County League championship series at Marburger Field Wednesday evening.
The 48-year-old third baseman, playing with a pulled hamstring and a bad knee, yielded to pinch runner Brian Zima, who scored on a double by Bob Spithaler to end the game and give Mars its third consecutive championship.
“It's nice going out a winner,” Westwood said. “It's just fun playing.”
Westwood has played in either the Federation League or the Eagle County League in 29 of the last 31 years. But he heard his body telling him to walk away this season.
“My body is done,” Westwood said, smiling — or perhaps grimacing. “Everything hurts.”
Westwood was named the MVP of the playoffs.
He said his only goal leading off the bottom of the seventh inning was to get on base. Saxonburg had tied the game in the top of the inning on a solo home run by Ryan Fennell.
“In my younger days, I might have thought home run,” Westwood said. “But not now, especially with the (wooden bats). I was just thinking get on and (Mars manager) Robbie (Fester) would run for me.”
Fester said it was a fitting end to Westwood's career that he would be the spark that got the club its fourth title in the last five years and 18th overall.
“I wouldn't have wanted anyone else at bat other than Paul,” Fester said. “It's bittersweet for all of us. He's a big part of what we are. He's a great ballplayer, but as good of a ballplayer as he is, he's a better person. He definitely will be missed.”
Matt Colella staked Mars to an early 2-0 lead with a two-run home run to right field off Saxonburg pitcher Cullen Hinderliter.
Westwood followed with a single and that was the last hit against Hinderliter until the seventh.
“Cullen pitched another very good game,” said Saxonburg manager Dan Cunningham. “That's three in a row he's pitched like that.”
Hinderliter was used sparingly early in the season while he was recovering from an arm injury. The Knoch High graduate rounded into form down the stretch.
Hinderliter, though, was involved in a controversy that marred the game.
Saxonburg's lineup card had Hinderliter batting 10th — the Eagle County League allows an additional hitter — and Dustin Hilgar batting ninth.
Cunningham, though, intended on having those two flipped in the order and Hinderliter came up to bat in Hilgar's spot in the top of the third inning with Brandon Wissinger on first base.
Hinderliter put down a sacrifice bunt, but Fester noticed the error and after a discussion, Hinderliter was called out for batting out of order.
The strangeness in the inning continued. Hilgar followed and struck out swinging on a ball in the dirt. Wissinger took off for second as Mars catcher Joel Gatti picked up the baseball and twirled to throw to second base. Hilgar, though, was still standing on the plate, obstructed the throw and Wissinger was called out.
When the bottom of the order came up again for Saxonburg with two outs in the top of the fifth inning after Saxonburg had cut the lead to 2-1, Hinderliter again batted in the ninth spot and reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases.
Fester, though, came out of the dugout and conferred with the three umpires and Eagle County League commissioner Sonny Westerman. It was ruled that Saxonburg had batted out of order again and the inning was over.
Cunningham claimed Fester and the umpires had agreed to flip Hilgar and Hinderliter on the lineup card after the first snafu.
“I wrote it down wrong and I told everyone it was my fault,” Cunningham said. “I said, 'Look. We have to fix this. However we fix it we have to go forward from that point.' I told them how I wanted them to bat verbally and they said OK. They changed their book and we changed our book.”
Fester, though, had a different take on the conversation.
“You don't change the lineup once the lineup is put in,” Fester said. “I agreed that they screwed it up, but I didn't agree to change the lineup. You don't change the lineup in the middle of the game and that's their fault, not our fault. I don't know why they think it is our fault.”
The controversy raised the tension between the two teams. After Hinderliter got a strikeout to end the bottom of the fifth inning, he stared at Fester, who was in the third-base coaches' box, punched his chest and yelled “Come on!”
Saxonburg, though, was able to tie the game on a home run to center by Butler High graduate Fennell off Mars pitcher Phil Shallenberger.
However, Shallenberger settled down to strike out the next two batters and got the third out on a pop up to set the stage for the heroics in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“It's fun to win it again,” Fester said. “I don't know where we are going to go from here. I don't know what this team will look like next year. I'm just going to enjoy tonight.”
Saxonburg 000 010 1 — 2 5 0
Mars 200 000 1 — 3 4 2
No outs when winning run scored
W: Phil Shallenberger 7IP (4K, 0BB). L: Cullen Hinderliter 6IP (3K, 2BB).
Saxonburg: Evan Oswald 2B, Ryan Fennell HR RBI, Zane Voltz 1B, Brandon Wissinger 1B, Hinderliter 1B
Mars: Matt Colella HR 2-RBI, Paul Westwood 1B 2B, Bob Spithaler 2B GWRBI
Thursday, August 9
Mars takes command
BUTLER TWP — Just as Saxonburg was starting to make its move, Mars countered back.
In Game 2 of the Eagle County Baseball championship series, Saxonburg trimmed a 4-0 deficit to 4-3 and opened the sixth inning with a single, but Mars' Phil Shallenberger relieved Brian Zima and would clamp down any Saxonburg rallies in a 5-3 victory at BC3 Field.
The win gives Mars a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 series. Game 3 will be played at 6 p.m. today at Marburger Field.
“At some point, Saxonburg started hitting the ball,” Mars manager Rob Fester said. “I don't know if Brian was getting tired. He never said anything, but we just wanted to change things up. It just seemed like the right time.”
After Evan Oswald opened with a single off Zima, Shallenberger induced Ryan Fennell to ground into a fielder's choice, then hit Zane Voltz to put runners at first and second.
Josh Smith then hit a grounder back to Shallenberger, who picked up the ball off a deflection and threw to third to record the second out, then got Steve Hall to hit a soft liner to first to end the threat.
Mars added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning when Shallenberger opened with a single, moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and scored on pinch-hitter Dan Berty's single.
“That really hurt,” Saxonburg manager Dan Cunningham said. “That takes some of the strategy away.”
Saxonburg's Brandon Wissinger led off the seventh with a single, but Cullen Hinderliter's grounder was scooped up by Mars shortstop Nate Statzer, who stepped on second and threw to first to complete the double play.
Shallenberger then struck out Dustin Hilgar to end the game.
“(Shallenberger) changed speeds,” Cunningham said. “When you change speed, you change delivery, it can make a difference. Sometimes you need to see someone the second time around, like with Brian.”
Zima limited Saxonburg to one hit over the first three innings while Mars had built a 4-0 lead after its turn in the fourth inning.
In the second inning, a fielder's choice off the bat of Don Dell plated Matt Colella, who started the frame as the first of three consecutive walks by Saxonburg's Mick Fennell.
Mike Bruno's two-out RBI single in the third inning and Dell's two-run single in the fourth allowed Mars to open up the four-run advantage.
Fennell had five of his seven walks through the first four innings.
“Those walks were really tough and came back to hurt us,” Cunningham said. “Mick's probably never walked three batters in a row, ever.
“I give him credit because for him to do what he's able to do ... he just finished high school. He's going to be a great ballplayer. This was a big game for him. He did keep us in the game. We had our chances,” Cunningham added.
That started happening in the fourth inning when, after one out, Mick Fennell and Oswald hit consecutive triples, then Oswald scored on a groundout by Ryan Fennell.
Zane Voltz followed with a double before Mars right fielder Sam Sibeto made a diving catch off a Smith fly ball to close out the frame.
Mars put the first two runners on base to start the fifth inning, but could not get a run across. It marked the third time in the game that Mars stranded two baserunners.
Saxonburg pulled to within one in the fifth when Steve Hall hit a leadoff double, then following a pair of fly-outs, Hilgar singled and Dustin Lalle followed with a run-scoring single.
Still, Zima was able to keep Saxonburg from taking the lead.
“Brian pitches best in big games. He always has,” Fester said. “I have the utmost confidence in him. I'm always nervous when the game doesn't mean as much. Some guys have 'it'... that thing.”
Mars will try to wrap up its third consecutive title with a win Wednesday while Saxonburg will continue to battle, as expected.
“The third one is always the toughest,” Fester said. “We'll try to stay focused.”
Mars 011 200 1 — 5 7 0
Saxonburg 000 210 0 — 3 9 0
W: Brian Zima 5+ IP (1K, 0BB). L: Mick Fennell 7 IP (4K, 7BB).
Mars: Nate Statzer 1B; Mike Bruno 1B, RBI; Paul Westwood 1B; Don dell 1B, 3 RBI; Phil Shallenberger 1B; Joel Gatti 2B; Dan Berty 1B, RBI
Saxonburg: Dustin Lalle 1B, RBI; Mick Fennell 3B; Evan Oswald 1B, 3B, RBI; Ryan Fennell RBI; Zane Voltz 2B; Steve Hall 1B, 2B; Brandon Wissinger 1B; Dustin Hilgar 1B
Today: Saxonburg at Mars, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 9
Mars tops Saxonburg, eyes Eagle County title
MARS — Mars put a nice down payment on a third straight Eagle County League baseball title Monday evening.
Andrew DiNardo allowed just three hits while fanning 11 batters and teammates Brendan Malone and Bob Spithaler both hit home runs as Mars beat Saxonburg 7-4 in Game 1 of the best-of-five title series at Marburger Field.
DiNardo was dominant over the first five innings, surrendering just one run on one hit in that span.
He did encounter a bit of trouble starting in the sixth when a walk and a hit-batsman was followed by a two-run double off the bat of Mick Fennell, cutting Mars' lead to 7-3.
In the seventh, Ryan Fennell led off the frame with a solo home run, but DiNardo answered by striking out the next three batters.
“The fact that he threw a complete game, it was absolutely huge,” said Mars manager Rob Fester of DiNardo. “Things got a bit dicey late in the game there, but he got outs when he needed them.”
DiNardo's counterpart, Saxonburg's Nate Buttenfield, did not have as positive an outing.
After giving up a solo home run to Malone that put Mars up 7-1 at the start of the fifth inning, Buttenfield left the game in favor of reliever Jason Farren, who pitched the duration of the contest.
Buttenfield struck out four, walked two and allowed seven runs on seven hits in his four-plus innings of work.
“The last time we faced him, he dominated us,” Fester said. “He pitched a great game. Our guys like to be challenged and they were looking forward to seeing him again.”
Buttenfield compiled a minuscule 0.64 ERA in the regular season, but has allowed 14 runs in his last two starts.
Mars moved in front with Spithaler's two-run home run in the second inning.
Malone's sacrifice fly in the third put the hosts up 3-0, but it was the bottom of the fourth frame that hurt Saxonburg the most.
The first five batters of the inning reached base and Mars scored three runs in the frame with none being driven in by a hit.
A bases-loaded walk to Don Dell allowed one run to come in. Joel Gatti was then hit by a pitch, allowing another run to score. Phil Shallenberger later scored on a wild pitch.
“Nate's an outstanding pitcher,” said Saxonburg manager Dan Cunningham. “He had some trouble locating his fastball tonight and that proved to be a bit of a problem. Walks and hit-batsmen didn't help, but credit Mars. Those guys can hit the fastball.”
Saxonburg's first run was produced in the top of the fourth inning.
Mick Fennell reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second base on a wild pitch and came home on Evan Oswald's base hit.
Saxonburg is now focused on evening up the series in tonight's second game.
“Game 2 is a big game in a best-of-five series,” said Cunningham. “If we win, all of a sudden, it becomes a best-of-three series and you take a completely different approach the rest of the way.”
Saxonburg 000 102 1 — 4 3 2
Mars 021 310 x — 7 7 0
W: Andrew DiNardo 7IP (11K, 3BB). L: Nate Buttenfield 4+ IP (4K, 2BB).
Saxonburg (27-9): Dustin Lalle R, Mick Fennell 2B R 2RBI, Evan Oswald 1B RBI, Ryan Fennell HR, Zane Voltz R
Mars (31-7): Nate Statzer 1B R, Brendan Malone HR 2RBI, Matt Colella 2B, Paul Westwood 1B, Bob Spithaler HR 2R 2RBI, Phil Shallenberger 2-1B R, Don Dell RBI, Joel Gatti RBI, Brian Zima R, Mike Jeffreys R
Today: Mars vs. Saxonburg, Game 2 at Butler County Community College, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 7
Round Two is complete with Mars I and Saxonburg advancing to the championship series. Saxonburg eliminated Mars II in four games, while Cranberry extended their best of five to a fifth game before Mars I took the series.
Starting Monday August 6th Mars I will host Saxonburg in game one of the best of five series.
Good Luck To Both Team.
Thursday, July 26
Cranberry defeated Zelineople two straight to move to round two of the Eagle Co playoffs for 2012. As the lowest seed remaining they will face Mars I this Friday at Marburger Field for game one of the best of five series.
Mars II also advanced by defeating Freeport in game three at Callery Field to advance. They will face Saxonburg at 6PM on Friday at the Butler Co Community College Field again in a best of five series.
The two series winners will face each other in a best of five series for the championship for 2012.
Teams will rotate every other game at their home field during these best of five series.
Good Luck To Both Teams
Sunday, July 22
The 2012 Butler Eagle County Baseball palyoffs have been set, the playoffs are ready to start on Monday July 30th with two games.
Mars I and Saxonburg recveived a bye on the first round. Congratulations to Mars I as the reguloar season champs with a record of 27-5. Saxonburg finished second with a reord of 24-8. They will await the two winners of the first round best of three series. The other four teams in the playoffs will be as folows:
3rd place - Mars II
4th place - Cranberry
5th place - Zelienople
6th place - Freeport I
3rd seeded Mars II will host Freepoert I at Callery at 6PM Monday night.
4th seeded Cranberry will host Zelienople at Cranberry at 6PM Monday night also.
The two winners of these series will play Mars I and Saxonburg on round two set to start Friday August 3rd.
Good Luck To All The Teams
Saturday, July 14
The Butler Eagle County BasaeballLeague will hold it;s playoff meeting on Sunday July 22nd at the Mars VFW Hall at 5PM.
The top six teams for the regular season will earn a playoff postion. The top two teams in the regular season will get a bye in round one of the playoffs. Round one of the playoffs will have two best of three series between teams three, four, five, and six. The third place team will play the sixth place team and the fourth place team will play the fifth place team. The two winners of the round one best of three series will play the first and second place teams in best of five series. The winners of the round two best of five series will play a best of five series for the playoff championship. All playoff games will start at 6PM.
Tuesday, February 7
The Butler Eagle County baseball league will hold it's next meeting Wednesday March 17th at the Mars VFW Hall at 7PM.
If you have any questions concerning the league please feel free to contact us.
On Thursday, August 11, 2011 Mars defeated Cranberry by a score of 4-2 to sweep the 2011 Butler Eagle County baseball championship series. Mars won the series 3 games to 0. It is the second year in a row that Mars and Cranberry have met in the title series. Mars won the 2010 series 3 games to 1. Mars has now claimed 17 league titles dating back to the 1930's. That is the most titles for any team in the league. Mars has also won the title 3 out of the last 4 years, with 2009 being the exception. Mars II won the title that year. Mars was led by Brendan Malone and Paul Westwood this year. They were named co-MVP of the league for 2011. Brendan hit .443 with 38 RBI, 8 HRs, 14 2Bs and 46 runs scored. Paul hit .400 with 21 RBI, 1 HR, and 8 2Bs.
Congratulations to BRENDAN and PAUL!!!!
Please check "My Site News" for more details on the 2011 season.
Congratulations to all the 2011 Butler Eagle teams for another successful season. Your pride, dedication, and commitment keep our league running year after year.
A special "thank you" goes out to all the League Officials, Managers, and Umpires. What you do is appreciated. A special "thank you" goes out to Bill Clinefelter and Wayne Greiser for a job well done under some difficult circumstances. Dan Cunningham and Phil Nadiak, we hope to see you back in 2012!!!
Thursday, August 11
MARS — On a team filled with veterans, Mars' Mike Jeffreys has shown he's a pitcher beyond his years.
The soon-to-be sophomore at Geneva College limited Cranberry Township to three hits over five scoreless innings to lead Mars to a 4-2 victory in Game 3 of the Eagle County Championship Series Wednesday night at Marburger Field.
Mars swept the best-of-five series.
“Mike has pitched well all year,” said Mars manager Rob Fester. “For a young kid, he's lights out. He has a bright, bright future.”
Cranberry Township made a late surge, making it a one-run game with the bases loaded in the sixth inning, but couldn't tie the contest.
“We don't give up,” said Cranberry Township manager Bill Clinefelter. “We had a lot of games where we came back to win. I felt like today would be like that, but we just fell short.”
Mars had used a two-out RBI single by Paul Westwood in the first inning and a two-run home run by Matt Colella in the third inning to take an early 3-0 lead.
Cranberry Township almost broke through against Jeffreys in the fifth inning when Keith Kubit earned a one-out walk and Brad Johnson doubled to put runners on second and third.
Jeffreys, however, fanned Ed Jacquel and Jim Burry to end the threat.
Meanwhile, Kubit came in to relieve Ben Hamm with one out in the third inning and allowed Mars just two hits the rest of the way — which included a streak of eight consecutive outs.
“We kind of fell asleep,” said Fester. “We were up 3-0 and they crept back in it.”
Cranberry Township did break through in the sixth inning when — against reliever Andrew DiNardo — Justin Patsilevas had a one-out single, advanced to second on a fielder's choice, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on an infield chopper by Ben Follett.
Chris Larry singled, then DiNardo struck out Kubit, but the ball rolled to the backstop to load the bases.
DiNardo walked Johnson to plate another run, but with the bases loaded and Jacquel at bat, Mars catcher Adam Scheiderer fired a throw to first baseman Don Dell to pick off pinch-runner Brian Babusci.
“Donny and Adam got together on that,” said Fester. “They executed that well. That was the biggest play of the game, definitely.”
Mars tacked on an insurance run in the sixth inning when Scheiderer lined an RBI single. On the previous play, Dell's popout plated Mike Bruno, but Bruno was called out when Cranberry appealed the play.
DiNardo retired Cranberry Township in order in the seventh inning to end the game.
“I think it says a lot about our team that we've gotten to the championship series two years in a row,” said Clinefelter. “We have good players, good depth. All you hope for is to get back again and win it.”
“They're a great team,” said Fester of Cranberry Township. “Billy does a great job. They'll be around for years to come. So will we.”
Mars' Brendan Malone and Paul Westwood were named co-MVPs of the league.
Cranberry Twp. 000 002 0 — 2 6 1
Mars 102 001 x — 4 6 0
W: Mike Jeffreys 5 IP (6K, 1BB). L: Ben Hamm 2.1 IP (1K, 2BB).
Cranberry Twp.: Justin Patsilevas 1B; Greg Miller 1B; Ben Follett 2-1B, RBI; Chris Larry 1B; Brad Johnson 2B, RBI
Mars: Brendan Malone 1B; Matt Colella HR, 2 RBI; Paul Westwood 1B, RBI; Mike Bruno 2-1B; Adam Scheiderer 1B, RBI
Wednesday, August 10
CRANBERRY TWP — Rob Fester emerged from the dugout at North Boundary Park and smiled.
“I'm not going to have to talk about myself, am I?” said the Mars manager, and on this day, pitcher.
Despite Fester's best effort at modesty, this game was all about him and his surgically repaired right shoulder.
Fester, the 46-year-old who had only pitched one game this season, scattered five singles over seven innings as Mars downed Cranberry Township 2-0 in Game 2 of the Eagle County League championship series Tuesday evening.
Mars now leads the best-of-five series 2-0 and can wrap up a title today when the two teams meet again at Marburger Field at 6 p.m.
Fester didn't plan on taking the hill in Game 2; it just worked out that way.
“Absolutely not,” Fester said. “I had a couple other pitchers in mind, but they weren't quite ready. So my plan was to start the game, go as far as I could and let the young guys finish if they had to.”
They didn't. Instead, Fester wasted few pitches in keeping Cranberry off balance.
“Well, I'm old,” Fester said, laughing. “I have to conserve energy.”
The right-hander changed speeds well. Of the five singles Fester surrendered, two were infield hits after fooling Cranberry batters.
Fester gave a lot of credit to catcher Adam Scheiderer, who called the pitches. Fester rarely shook him off.
“My catcher called a great game,” Fester said. “We were just in sync. I was able to hit spots and tie them up. That's my catcher. A lot of the credit goes to him.”
In January, Fester underwent surgery on his right shoulder to correct a torn biceps tendon.
Fester said he wasn't even supposed to begin throwing until September.
“I miss it,” Fester said. “I really wanted to do it again.”
Mars scored a run in the top of the first inning on an RBI single by Matt Colella that scored Brendan Malone.
But Cranberry starter Adam Martin was in command as well — and good at getting out of jams.
Mars had 11 hits and left eight runners on base in the game. It also had two runners picked off or caught stealing to end threats.
But Mars was able to get an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Mike Devine that plated Don Dell.
“That was huge, absolutely huge,” Fester said. “We left a lot of runs out there, and to finally pick up that second run ... made my job a little easier. Not much, but a little.”
Things are now very difficult for Cranberry, which is looking at the unenviable task of winning three straight games to capture a long elusive title.
“Adam pitched a great game. Rob pitched a better game,” said Cranberry manager Bill Clinefelter. “We just have to regroup, come back tomorrow and try again.”
Martin struck out six and walked two for Cranberry.
“There were a couple of times when we could have gotten more (runs), but (Martin) buckled down and pitched a pretty dang good game himself,” Fester said. “He gave them a chance. Hats off to him.
“Nothing's settled,” Fester added. “They're not going to lie down and roll over. They'll be back tomorrow.”
Mars 100 001 0 — 2 11 1
Cranberry 000 000 0 — 0 5 0
W: Rob Fester 7IP (6K, 0BB). L: Adam Martin 7IP (6K, 2BB).
Mars: Brendan Malone 1B R, Mike Devine 1B RBI, Matt Colella 2-1B 2B, Don Dell 2B 2-1B
Cranberry: Greg Miller 2-1B
Today: Game 3, Cranberry vs. Mars at Marbuger Field, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 9
Mars throttles Cranberry to claim Game 1
MARS — For starters, it was a dominating performance.
In the first game of the Eagle County League's best-of-five championship series, Mars' lineup totaled 14 hits in an 11-1 rout of Cranberry Township Monday night at Marburger Field.
It proved to be more than enough offense for Mars starting pitcher Mike Devine, who allowed just one run on four hits in a complete-game performance that included five strikeouts and no walks.
Cranberry briefly held a 1-0 edge, but Mars tallied five runs in the bottom of the third inning and six more in the fourth to break the game open.
All 11 runs were charged to Cranberry starter, Brian Warheit, who lasted 3X\c innings.
“We faced him earlier this year and that game ended in a 1-1 tie in nine innings,” said Mars manager Rob Fester. “That kid is tough, he just ran into a hot-hitting lineup today.”
Devine and Brendan Malone opened the bottom of the third frame with back-to-back doubles as courtesy runner Tim Geibel scored to tie the game.
Aaron Ordy's single was followed by Matt Colella's three-run home run over the right-field fence for a 4-1 lead.
Mike Bruno later singled and scored on a wild pitch.
“Brian was coming off two straight shutouts,” Cranberry manager Bill Clinefelter said of his pitcher. “We always seem to be in the game when he's on the mound and were expecting the same today.”
Things went from bad to worse for Cranberry in the bottom of the fourth. Colella, Phil Shallenberger, Don Dell and Devine each tallied run-scoring hits.
Clinefelter called on reliever T.J. Zarewicz to get the final out, but Mars held a commanding 10-run lead.
Devine allowed his only run in the top of the third frame when Johnny Hastings singled home Jim Burry.
“He had a rough stretch there, trying to overthrow a bit,” said Fester of Devine. “But he settled down and started to hit his spots.
“Cranberry's a good-hitting team, but Mike's a good pitcher,” added Fester.
Colella finished the game with three hits, two runs scored and four runs batted in.
Zarewicz retired seven of the eight batters he faced, including four strikeouts.
Game Two will be played at 6 p.m. today at North Boundary Park.
Clinefelter is not concerned about a carry-over effect from Monday's game.
“Our guys know that you need three wins for the title,” he said. “We're going to put this behind us and try to even things up.”
Note: Mars defeated Cranberry Township in last year's title series, three games to one.
Cranberry Twp. 001 000 0 — 1 4 2
Mars 005 600 x — 11 14 2
W: Mike Devine 7 IP (5K, 0BB). L: Brian Warheit 3 2/3 IP (3K, 2BB).
Cranberry Township: Jim Burry R, Johnny Hastings 1B RBI, Chris Larry 2B, Ed Jacquel 2-1B
Mars: Brendan Malone 1B 2B 2R RBI, Aaron Ordy 2-1B 2R, Matt Colella 2-1B HR 2R 4RBI, Paul Westwood RBI, Mike Bruno 1B 2R, Phil Shallenberger 2-1B RBI, Don Dell 2B R RBI, Mike Devine 2-2B RBI, Tim Geibel R, Mike Jeffreys 1B
Today: Mars vs. Cranberry Township at North Boundary Park, 6 PM
Sunday, August 15
Mars' pitching wins Eagle County
Mosley 6-hitter wins clincher, 5-0
Friday, August 6
Mars I completed their second round best of five series with a three game sweep over Mars II, while Cranberry and Saxonburg battled for five games to determine the second team that will move on to play for the league championship. Cranberry prevailed last night by defeating Saxonbury 8-4 to break the 2 all tie and earned the right to meet Mars I.
The first game will be played Saturday with Mars being the home team in the best of five finals.
Good Luck to Both Teams......
Friday, July 30
The 2010 playoffs are underway and Cranberry came out on top over Freeport by winning games one and two of the best of three series this week. Mars II won game one against Harmony. Game two went to Harmony to set up game three for the chance to move on to round two. Mars II came out on top in game three to set up the second round match ups.
Mars II will face Mars I tonight at Marburger Field in game one of the best of five series.
Cranberry will face Saxonburg in the other second round contest tonight with game one at the Butler County Community College Field.
Both games start at 6PM.
Good Luck to all the teams.
Sunday, July 25
The Butler Eagle County Baseball League playoffs series will begin Monday July 26th. Mars I was the Regular Season Champs and will receive a first round bye in the playoffs along with the second place team Saxonburg.
The # 3 team Cranberry will host Freeport and the # 4 team Mars II will host Harmony in the best of three first round games.
The first round winners will play Mars I and Saxonburg in the best of five round two with the lowest remaining seed from round one playing the top seed Mars I and Saxonburg will face the highest seed remaining from round one.
The second round will commence on Friday July 30th.
Good Luck to all the playoff teams.
Friday, April 23
The Butler Eagle County baseball league will open the 2010 season on Monday May 17th. The entire schedule will be posted the first week in May.
The league will have eleven teams this season with home fields as follows:
Callery - Callery Boro Field, Callery , Pa
Cranberry - Cranberry Community Park, Cranberry Twp. Pa
Freeport - James Swartz Memorial Field, Freeport, Pa
Harmony - Zelienople Community Park, Zelienople, Pa
Mars I - Marburger Field, Mars, Pa - (Alternate Field - Callery)
Mars II - Marburger Field, Mars, Pa - (Alternate Field - Callery)
Natrona Heights - Highland HS Field, Natrona Heights, Pa
Pine Richland - Pine Richland HS Field, Gibsonia, Pa
Saxonburg - Pullman Park, Butler, Pa
Wexford - Pie Traynor Field, North Park - (Alternate Field - Warrendale Comm Park)
Zelienople - Zelienople Community Park, Zelienople, Pa
Wednesday, March 24
The Butler County Sports Hall of Fame has announced their 2010 inductees. Ralph "Sonny" Westerman who has been a commissioner in the league for the past nine years has been named as one of the seven new inductees.
Sonny has been an active promoter of baseball in the area for forty plus years. His contributuions include High School, American Legion, the Eagle County League. Sonny is best known for his work in starting the Freeport International Tournament that has attracted teams worldwide to play in an annual youth baseball tournament.
The induction will take place on Saturday April 24th at the Days Inn in Butler.
For tickets or additional information please contact Dan Cunningham at (724) 352-5043
Thursday, March 18
The Butler Eagle County baseball league has special pricing with several vendors.
We have agreements in place with DeMans Sporting Goods, RLC Wood Bats and our newest vendor newest vendor is Rooly Eyewear. You are entitled to a 50% discount on any Rooly Eyewear by using our promo code. For more information go to our Links section and click on the vendor of your choice. Be sure to use the promo code BECB for your discount on their entire product line.
Thursday, March 18
The 2010 Butler Eagle County Baseball league will have eleven teams again this season.
Evans City and Butler have both decided not to field teams this year. They will be replaced with two new teams.
We want to welcome Callery as a returning team after being out of the league for several years. They will again play their home games at the Callery Community Park field in the boro of Callery.
Pine Richland has come into the league as a new entrant. They will play their home games at Pine Richland High School.
Schedules should be completed and ready for review at our next league meeting on Monday March 29th - 7PM at the Mars VFW.
Tuesday, January 26
The Butler Eagle County Baseball League will hold it's annual organizational meeting on Monday February 8th at 7PM. The meeting will be held at the Mars VFW Hall. A representative from each team will need to be present at this meeting.
If you have any questions please contact Dan Cunningham at email@example.com
It's not to early to plan for our second annual Butler Eagle Co Labor Day Classic Wood Bat Tournament.
With the success of our inagural tournament we have posted our tournament already for the 2010 labor day weekend.
Please let us know as soon as you can if you are interested in fielding a team in the tournament.
Contact Dan Cunningham for details at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great holiday season.
Thursday, October 1
The Freeport River Pirates have canceled their Halloween Dance due to lowticket sales. Sorry for anyone that was planning on attending.
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The 2009 Butler Eagle County Wood Bat Tournament was a great success for the league.
Eleven teams played in the tournament over the Labor Day weekend for the chamapionship trophy.
Pittsburgh won the tournament by going undefeated in the tourney with a 2-1 win over Portage South at historic Pullman Park.
The top four finalist in the tournament were Eagle County entrant Freeport, Clancy's Pub from Dravosburg, Portage South from the Akron area, and the traveling Pittsburgh team.
There was one no hitter, five extra inning games and eight of the games were decided by one run.
All finalist teams agreed the tournament had outstanding pitchers during the entire tournament. There was very few games that were lop sided victories.
The league has declared the tournament a great success and have decided to persue a larger tournament next year with more teams, prizes, and sponsors.
A special thank you goes out to Commissiners Walter Fitzpatrick, Sonny Westerman for their help and support. All the sports officials that donated their time to support the fund raising cause. Plus Freeport and Saxonburg for organizing two teams in the tournament. And to Cranberry, Freeport, Mars II, Saxonburg, Wexford and Zelienopole, for helping at the tournament sites.
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Tuesday, August 25
The Butler Eagle County League is going to host a fundraising a wood bat tournament over the Labor Day weekend. Eight teams will participate in the inagural tournament. Games will commence on Friday September 4th and will finish on Monday September 7th.
Freeport and Saxonbrug will represernt the Eagle Co league in the tournament. Other teams are, Allegheny Valley from the Pittsburgh Federation League,Butler City, Clancy's Grill of Dravosburg, Debo's Movers from Beaver County, Pittsburgh over 30 traveling team, and the Black Squirrels from Portage, Ohio.
Friday and Saturday games will be pool play games with each team playing three games. The top two teams from pools A & B will move on to a four team double elimination tournament.
RLC bats will be on-site at Pullman Park the entire tournament as one of our vendors we recommed and support as a league.
The entire schedule of games will be posted after the teams meeting and pairings are selected on August 29th.
Friday, August 14
Mars II reaches Eagle summit
Team shuts out Freeport for its first league championship
Thursday, August 13
Mars II's bats come alive in win
Wednesday, August 12
Mars II knots series
Starting pitcher goes distance, holds down Freeport, 4-3
Tuesday, August 11
Game two of the best of five series between Freeport and Mars II has been re-scheduled for today August 11th at 6PM. The game will be at the Callery Field.
Game two was cancelled last evening due to continous lightning and rain in the area.
Monday, August 10
Freeport grabs 1-0 lead in finals
Friday, August 7
Mars II pulls out victory, makes title series for 1st time
Thursday, August 6
In the nick of time
After suffering blowout, Mars II nets shutout
Wednesday, August 5
MARS — Rob Fester pitched a four-hit shutout and was backed by a 19-hit attack as Mars I routed Mars II 15-0 in Game 2 of the Eagle County League semifinals Tuesday at Marburger Field.
Fester struck out eight and didn't issue a walk as Mars I evened the best-of-5 series at one game apiece.
Dan DeMarco homered and drove in two runs and Paul Westwood had a double, two singles and two RBI.
Mike Bruno and Brian Slavicek had three singles each for Mars I, which broke the game open with eight runs in the fifth inning.
Matt Nowaczynski, Sam Sibeto and Matt Serakowski had two hits apiece for Mars I.
Mars II got a pair of singles from John Crummy.
Mars I 043 080 x — 15 19 1
Mars II 000 000 x — 0 4 3
W: Rob Fester (6 IP) 8 K, 0 BB. L: Brian Hart (5 IP) 2 K, 2 BB.
Mars I (26-6): Matt Nowaczynski 2-1B, R, RBI; Mike Bruno 3-1B, 2R, RBI; Dan DeMarco HR, 2R, 2 RBI; Matt Colella 2 RBI; Paul Westwood 2B, 2-1B, 2R, 2 RBI; Sam Sibeto 2-1B, R, 2 RBI; Brian Slavicek 3-1B, 2 R, 2 RBI; Matt Serakowski 2-1B, R, RBI; Don Dell 2B, R, RBI; Dan Berty 1B, R
Mars II (18-15-1): John Crummy 2-1B; Matt Rovnan 1B; Anthony Ciafre 1B
Today: Game 3, Mars I vs. Mars II at Callery, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 5
Freeport reliever gets better of Saxonburg slugger to help team make 1st final since '04
Tuesday, August 4
Mars II earns win in Game 1
Tuesday, August 4
EAGLE COUNTY LEAGUE
Aaron Brown's single in the bottom of the sixth inning drove in Cy Haponski with the eventual winning run as Freeport evened its Eagle County League semifinal series with Saxonburg at two games apiece with a 4-3 win Monday at Swartz Field.
Saxonburg entered the bottom of the sixth with a 3-1 lead, but Haponski drove in two runs with a single of his own before scoring the deciding run.
Kevin Rayburn earned the win after pitching a complete game, striking out five and walking two.
The fifth and decisive game will be played at 6 p.m. today at Pullman Park.
Saxonburg 030 000 0 — 3 6 1
Freeport 010 003 x — 4 7 0
W: Kevin Rayburn (7 IP) 5 K, 2 BB. L: Dan Pickard (5X\c IP) 4 K, 2 BB.
Saxonburg (24-9-1): Dan Pickard 2-1B 2 RBI, Dustin Lalle 1B RBI
Freeport (24-11-1): James Connelly 1B RBI, Cy Haponski 1B 2 RBI R, Aaron Brown 1B RBI
Today: Freeport vs. Saxonburg, Game 5 at Pullman Park, 6 p.m.
Monday, August 3
Defensive play gives Freeport survival win over Saxonburg
Sunday, August 2
Saxonburg (24-7-1) tallied all four of its runs with two outs in the bottom of the second inning in a 4-2 win over Freeport in the second game of their best-of-five Eagle County League semifinal series Friday night at Pullman Park.
Contributing to the big inning were Brendan Malone with a double and two RBI, Dustin Lalle with a double, an RBI and a run scored, Austin Leffler with a single, an RBI and a run scored, and Sandy Sanderson with a double and a run scored.
Nate Buttenfield pitched four innings in the win, while Curt Schnur entered the game with two runners on and no outs in the top of the seventh and shut down Freeport to earn a save.
Cy Haponski doubled for Freeport (22-11-1).
Saxonburg leads the series, 2-0 and will travel to Freeport's Swartz Field for Game Three at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Freeport 001 010 0 — 2 4 0
Saxonburg 040 000 0 — 4 6 1
W: Nate Buttenfield (4 IP) 1 K, 1 BB. L: John Bastian (6 IP) 2 K, 2 BB.
Freeport (22-11-1): Cy Haponski 2B
Saxonburg (24-7-1): Brendan Malone 2B 2 RBI, Dustin Lalle 2B RBI R, Austin Leffler 1B RBI R, Sandy Sanderson 2B R
Saturday: Saxonburg at Freeport, Game 3, at Swartz Field, 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 2
Mars II takes 1 more day to top Cranberry
Wednesday, July 29
Tonight's game three of round one at Cranberry Community Park has been cancelled, and will be played tomorrow night.
Saxonburg will welcome Freeport to Pullman Park also tomorrow night to start round two in a best of five series.
Saxonburg was the second place team in the regular season and earned a bye in round one of the playoffs.
Wednesday, July 29
When Moore is needed
Wednesday, July 29
EAGLE COUNTY LEAGUE - Tuesday 7-28-09 Marburger Field Mars PA
MARS — Keith Kubit and Justin Patsilevas each homered to power Cranberry Township to a 6-3, eight-inning victory over Mars II in Game 2 of the Eagle County League playoffs Tuesday at Marburger Field.
The third and deciding game of this first-round series will be played at 6 p.m. today at North Boundary Park in Cranberry Township.
Mars II plated three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-1 lead, but single runs by Cranberry Township in the fourth and fifth innings knotted the game until the extra frame.
Kubit and Ben Follett had a double and a single each, Patsilevas added a single and Mike Palano pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts for Cranberry Township (21-11)
Matt Rovnan led Mars II with a home run and two singles, while Brian Hart, John Crummy, Wes Hillegas and Chet Shaffer each contributed two singles.
Josh Rape was charged with the loss in a complete-game effort.
Tuesday, July 28
All under control
Mars II pitcher keeps lid on Cranberry Township
Sunday, July 26
The 2009 regular season has wound down with the top six teams moving on the league playoffs.
Congratulations to Mars I for winning the regular season title with a record of 25-5.
Mars I and second place runner up Saxonburg earned a first round bye.
The final six teams from first to sixth are:
1- Mars I
5- Mars 2
Beginning Monday July 26th the playoff schedule is as follows:
7-26-09: Mars 2 @ Cranberry and Harmony @ Freeport - 6PM
7-27-09: Cranberry @ Mars 2 and Freeport @ Harmony - 6PM
7-28-09: Mars 2 @ Cranberry and Harmony @ Freeport ( If necessary)
Round Two - Best of Five will begin Friday July 31st with the lowest seed remaining playing at Mars1 and the highest remaining seed will play at Saxonburg. (Saxonburg will either play home games at Highfield or PullmanPark)
Round Three scheduled to begin Friday August 7th with the two remaining a teams playing a best of five for the playoff championship.
Good Luck to all Teams
Tuesday, July 14
The Butler Eagle County baseball league is hosting a tournament over this coming Labor Day weekend.
We plan to limit the number of entrants to ten teams. The games will be played at Pullman Park, and Butler County Community College.
Teams inerested in participating in the tournament should contact any Eagle County manger or league president Dan Cunningham.
Tuesday, July 14
Team managers are reminded that all makeup games must be completed by Sunday July 26th at 3PM. The league will be holding their playoff meeting at 5PM. We will meet at the Mars VFW pavallion to determine playoff pairings. If you have any quesions please contact Dan Cunningham.
Friday, June 26
The Butler Eagle Co League will hold their mid season meeting Sunday June 28th at 5PM.
The meeting will be held at the Mars VFW pavillion.
The agenda will include team updates and discussions concerning a labor Day Tournament.
All teams are required to sent a representative to this meeting.
If you have any questions please contact:
Dan Cunningham - 724-321-8521
Thursday, May 14
The 2009 Butler Eagle Co League season opend on time Monday May 11th. As a reminder to all teams. You must have players contracts signed and sent to Secreatary Wayne Greiser. If a player is signed the day of a game, you must show the opposing manager the sigend contract.
Good luck to all teams.
The 2009 Butler County Sports Hall of Fame banquet held this past Saturday at the Days Inn, in Butler started with former outstanding Middle Lancaster player and current AD and head football coach at Pine Richland HS, Clair Altemus spoke for the Bauder family. A number of stories about the Middle Lancaster teams were told including Bill Bauder's relationship with the Boston Red Sox donating their used unforms to the team. Bill donated his own property in Lancaster Township to build a field for his team to play on.
Bill dedicated most of his adult life to the Butler Eagle County baseball league to keep the league running in the 50's through the 1970's
Conrgatulations to the Bauder family.
Tuesday, April 28
The 2009 Butler County Sports Hall of Fame added two more Butler Eagle County baseball players to their list of inductees this past Saturday night.
Curt Schnur, longtime player for Saxonburg in the Eagle County league was inducted from Era 3.
Curt's baseball resume goes back to East Butler baseball and American Legion in the 1980's then to Butler High School, and on to the University of Delaware, the Atlanta Braves, Chillocothe in the Frontier League, North Pittsburgh Federation baseball and Saxonburg in the Eagle County league for over ten years.
Plus Curt has been the head baseball coach at Knoch HS for the past ten years.
Congratulations to Curt for all his athletic accomplishents.
Friday, March 6
I am pleased to announce that two Butler Eagle County basebll members were inducted into the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame this week. Bill Bauder and Curt Schnur join other former Butler Eagle County baseball players such as Ken Lockey ( Harmony & Middle Lancaster), Mickey Uram ( Highfield), Bob Bishop ( Chicora), Rich Minto ( Highfield) Loyal Park ( Mars) Chester Marburger ( Mars Manager) Ronnie Kline ( Callery) Regis "Biz" Day ( Fairview) Earl Zinn (Petersville) John Prokopchak ( Highfield) Rich Snodgrass, Eric Werner, and Paul Lumley ( All three with the Butler Yankees.)
Bill Bauder was with the Portersville team from 1932 - 1945. He then moved to the Middle Lancaster team from 1946 - 1975. He also served as the Eagle County President for fifteen years. Bill's contribution kept the Eagle County league in good order with his continued committment to the league for over fifty years. Bill had a local park named after him in Lancaster Township. Bauder Park still exists today.
Curt Schnur joined the Saxonburg Eagle County entrant in 1996 after a great high school career, and then a collegiate career at Delaware. Curt was drafted by the Altanta Braves after graduating from college and spent some time with the Braves before he came back to Butler. He then went on to play in the in the Froniter League for Chillicothe. After the Froniter League Curt began a long career with Saxonburg in the Eagle League. He was named MVP of the league three times ( 1998, 2004, & 2007). His leadership on and off the field has helped Saxonburg become a dominent team in the league since 1996. With twelve championship series of which he helped win five of those series, we say congratulations Curt, good luck in the years to come.
Both Bill Bauder ( Now Deceased) and Curt Schnur will be honored at the annual Hall of Fame banquet on Saturday April 25th at the Days Inn in Butler, PA.
Please contact Dan Cunningham if you would like to purchase tickets for the event.
Monday, February 23
The legaue will hold it's March 2009 meeting on Monday March 2nd at the Mars VFW Hall at 7PM.
Regualar season dues, insurance, baseball, and bat orders will be taken care of at this meeting
Each team must send a representative to this meeting or contact the league ahead of time.
Thursday, January 15
The Butler Eagle County baseball league is going to hold their 2009 organizational meeting the first week in February. Time and date are to be determined by January 23rd, 2009.
Any member teams that would like to present any new business and be on the agenda for our first meeting may contact Dan Cunningham on or before January 23rd, 2009.
New members will be consdered for entry into the league at our organizational meeting.
All existing teams in the league must have represetation at our first meeting.
Monday, August 11
Mars sweeps Eagle County finals
MARS — Mars has a reputation of being a power hitting team, but to capture the Eagle County Baseball championship on Saturday, the team took what Saxonburg gave them.
Mars tallied three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, thanks in part to four walks, an error and just one hit en route to a 4-2 victory in Game 3, completing a three-game sweep in the best-of-five series at Marburger Field.
The title is Mars' first since 2003 and snapped Saxonburg's four-year championship run.
"These are two great teams,' said Mars manager Rob Fester. "It's as much a compliment to them as it is to us. It's a lot of hard work. Hats off to them."
"We had opportunities and so did they," said Saxonburg manager Dan Cunningham. "Give them credit. I don't feel bad losing the series. We played them three years in a row. Rob certainly was determined to come back this year and win it."
Like Game 2, Mars had left plenty of runners on base, including seven in the first five innings Saturday before finally breaking out against Saxonburg hurler Josh Marchinoski.
Paul Westwood opened the frame with a walk, then Brian Slavicek followed with a single. Don Dell's grounder was speared by second baseman Sandy Sanderson, but his throw from the ground rolled past first base and down toward the backstop, allowing runner Dan Berty to score to tie the game at 2.
After a fielder's choice put runners at second and third base, pinch hitter Mike Devine was intentionally walked after Marchinoski fell behind in the count 2-0. With the bases loaded, Sam Sibeto hit a sacrifice fly to center field to give Mars its first lead of the night.
"It was starting to get a little scary," said Fester. "We had opportunities and were not cashing in. Before Sam hit that sacrifice fly, I looked at him and said, 'Can you get this done?' I said jokingly - I'll pinch hit for him and he said, no way, he'd get it done."
Marchinoski walked Ryan Salazar to load the bases, then walked Matt Nowaczynski to plate another run.
Saxonburg received a one-out ground-rule double in the top of the seventh ¿ a controversial call that was originally ruled a home run from Adam Brydon, but Mars pitcher Tim Mosley struck out Dan Pickard and Rob Cochran to end the game.
Mosley finished the game with five strikeouts, one walk and scattered six hits.
"I'll take a bulldog like him any time," said Fester. "He's the kind of pitcher you expect to win the close game. He's been there before. That's why he was in there."
It was a rough start to the game as Brendan Malone homered on the first pitch of the game over the right field fence.
Mars knotted the game at one in the third inning when Mike Bruno lined a two-out RBI single following singles by Sibeto and Nowaczynski. Still, Mars couldn't capitalize more as it left the bases loaded.
Saxonburg countered with a run in the fourth inning. Steve Hall smacked an RBI double over left-fielder Nowaczynski's head.
Marchinoski, who lost to Mars 9-0 in Game 1 on Thursday, gave Saxonburg a strong game. He allowed just one walk until he gave up four in the sixth inning.
"He had more control and pitched about as well as he did (in a semifinal game) against Natrona Heights," said Cunningham. "He was determined when he got here to make up for that first outing."
The game was indicative of the way these teams perform year in and year out. Either Mars and/or Saxonburg has reached the league finals each year since 1995, winning 12 of the 14 titles (Mars seven; Saxonburg five).
"It's been good," said Cunningham. "They know as well as we do that Saxonburg and Mars are usually there at the end."
Another feather in Mars' cap was that pitcher Chris Kelly and outfielder Mike Bruno were named co-MVPs of the league.
"I couldn't single either one out," said Fester. "There were others that were deserving, too. It very easily could have been Matt Colella or Dan DeMarco or Paul Westwood..."
Notes: Bruno finished with three hits and an RBI while Brydon had a double and single for Saxonburg. Mars and Saxonburg have met in the finals six times since 2001 with Mars winning four.
Saxonburg 100 100 0—2 6 2
Mars 001 003 x—4 7 1
W: Tim Mosley 7 IP (5 K, 1 BB). L: Josh Marchinoski 6 IP (0 K, 5 BB).
Saxonburg (22-12-1): Brendan Malone HR; Chase Rowe 1B; Austin Leffler 1B; Steve Hall 2B, RBI; Adam Brydon 1B, 2B
Mars (31-3-1): Matt Nowaczynski 1B, RBI; Mike Bruno 3-1B, RBI; Brian Slavicek 1B; Don Dell 1B; Sam Sibeto 1B, RBI
Sunday, August 10
Mars I closing in on title
BUTLER TWP — Mars I was stranding plenty of baserunners in Game 2 of the Eagle County Baseball championship series against Saxonburg on Friday.
Eventually, Mars manager Rob Fester knew his team would break through.
After stranding nine runners in the first six innings, Mars erupted for four runs in the top of the seventh to come away with a 6-1 victory at Highfield Park.
With the win, Mars took a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-five series. Game 3 will be played at 6 p.m. Saturday at Marburger Field and, if necessary, Game 4 will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Highfield.
"With our lineup, eventually we will get hits," said Fester, whose team won 9-0 in Game 1 on Thursday and rapped out 14 hits Friday. "We have too many good hitters.
"When the hits come, the runs come. We take nothing for granted against (Saxonburg pitcher) Curt Schnur. Any chance to score runs against him, you take it," Fester added.
Schnur surrendered a pair of two-out, run-scoring singles by Dan Dell and Dan DeMarco as Mars took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Mars left runners at first and second base in the first and fifth innings as well as runners at second and third with two outs in the second and third innings, but couldn't tack on any additional runs.
"Curt kept us in the game," said Saxonburg manager Dan Cunningham. "We just didn't produce and we paid for it. You can't win when you can't score."
Matt Colella kept the Saxonburg hitters in check, allowing just five hits over seven innings.
Saxonburg did have a leadoff double by Brendan Malone to open the home half of the first inning, but Colella worked out of the jam.
Sandy Sanderson popped out, then Adam Brydon struck out, but Mars catcher Dan DeMarco dropped the ball. Instead of completing the strikeout to first base, DeMarco picked off Malone between second and third base. Austin Leffler then grounded out to end the frame.
Saxonburg also had runners at first and second with two outs in the third, but Sanderson struck out to end the threat.
Saxonburg finally scored for the first time in the series in the sixth inning when, with one out, Chase Rowe singled and Malone doubled to put two runners in scoring position.
Sanderson grounded into a fielder's choice, which allowed Rowe to score, but Colella escaped further damage when Brydon struck out.
"We couldn't get him in," said Cunningham. "Had we scored a couple of runs there, it might have changed the complexion of the game. I give Mars credit. In that last inning, they got a lot of hits."
Mars opened up the game with four runs in the seventh inning, including an RBI single by Bruno, a sacrifice fly by Colella and an RBI double by Paul Westwood.
Colella finished with seven strikeouts and one walk to key the victory.
"Matt is one of our best pitchers," said Fester. "He had electric stuff and kept their hitters off-balance.
"(Colella) doesn't overwhelm you, but he changes speeds ..." said Cunningham. "We had a lot of pop-ups. We were swinging out front and our timing was off. We only had back-to-back hits once. You can't win when you do that."
Saxonburg will try and stave off elimination on Saturday.
Mars 200 000 4— 6 14 0
Saxonburg 000 001 0—1 5 1
W: Matt Colella 7 IP (7 K, 1 BB). L: Curt Schnur 7 IP (4 K, 1 BB).
Mars I (30-3-1): Matt Nowaczynski 1B, 2-2B; Mike Bruno 2-1B, RBI; Matt Colella 1B, RBI; Paul Westwood 2B, RBI; Don Dell 2-1B, RBI; Dan DeMarco 1B, 2B, RBI; Sam Sibeto 1B; Brian Slavicek 1B; Dan Berty 1B
Saxonburg (22-11-1): Brendan Malone 1B, 2-2B
Saturday: Game 3: Saxonburg at Mars, Marburger Field, 6 p.m.
Mars I relies on pitch and run
Kelly stops Saxonburg, heads to Fla.
MARS — Chris Kelly works fast on the mound, but he had a little extra incentive to speed things up in Game 1 of the Eagle County League baseball championship series Thursday night.
The Mars I pitcher had to catch a flight back to Tampa, Fla. to teach physical education at Lake Magdalene Elementary School.
He stuck around long enough to scatter five hits, strike out eight and walk one in a 9-0 blanking of Saxonburg at Marburger Field in the best-of-five series.
"It happens every year," said Kelly, who spends his summer in Western Pennsylvania pitching for Mars I and his fall and winter in the Florida sun. "Last year, I didn't get to stay at all. Next year, (school) starts a little later, so I'll be able to stay the whole time."
Saxonburg is glad to see him hop a plane.
Kelly was masterful. The right-hander, who wastes little time after he gets the ball from the catcher, got into few jams during an efficient outing.
Saxonburg threatened in the second inning with consecutive singles by Steve Hall and Dan Pickard, butKelly struck out Matt Messer and Jeff Foster, then got Rob Cochran to ground out to end the threat.
Saxonburg didn't get two base runners on in the same inning the rest of the game.
Kelly put an emphatic end to the game by striking out the side in the seventh.
"I felt a lot better later in the game and got comfortable with the mound — it's different every game," Kelly said. "I didn't treat this game any differently. I just treated it like any of the other 11 or 12 games I pitched this season."
Kelly got plenty of run support from the big boppers in the Mars I lineup, many of whom remember the Big Bopper.
With Mars I clinging to a 1-0 lead, Ryan Salazar hit a towering home run to right center for a grand slam.
Salazar's home run was rare and spoke to the depth of the Mars I lineup. It may have been the first grand slam smacked by the No. 10 — yes, No. 10 — hitter in a lineup. The Eagle County League allows teams to bat 10 players if they choose.
"It's the championship series and I have 15 good ballplayers," said Mars player-manager Rob Fester. "It's hard getting everyone three at-bats a game.
"Ryan came through with the biggest hit of the night. It opened up the game for us."
Until the grand slam, Saxonburg pitcher Josh Marchinowski was adept at working out of problems — most of them self-inflicted.
The lanky lefty struggled with his control, walking six and hitting a batter in seven innings of work.
"He pitched such an outstanding game in the second round against Natrona Heights," said Saxonburg manager Dan Cunningham. "It looked like he was struggling getting control. Yeah, he struggled right out of the gate tonight. Maybe it was the adrenaline."
Falling into a 1-0 hole in the championship series won't affect Saxonburg, Cunningham said.
"It's just one game," Cunningham said.
Fester echoed that statement. The two teams have a lot of history, including meeting in this championship series five times in the last seven years.
"They aren't going to go away," Fester said."
Saxonburg 000 000 0—0 5 2
Mars I 001 404 x—9 8 0
W: Chris Kelly 7 IP (8 K, 1 BB). L: Josh Marchinowski 6 IP (4 K, 6 BB).
Saxonburg: Adam Brydon 2B, 1B; Steve Hall 2-1B; Dan Pickard 1B
Mars: Mike Bruno 2-2B, 2-RBI; Matt Colella 1B, RBI; RyanSalazar HR, 4-RBI; Matt Serakowski 1B, RBI
Today: Game 2, Mars I vs. Saxonburg at Highfield Park, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 5
Both Mars I and Saxonburg won their best of fives series in three game sweeps to advance to the championship best of five series which will get underway at 6PM on Thursday at Marburger Field.
Mars I advanced by defeating Mars II with scores of 6-5 ( 10 Innings), 13-2, and 1-0.
Saxonburg moves to the finals by defeating Natrona Heights 2-0, 6-1, and 1-0.
Mars I and Saxonburg will face each other for the third year straight in the championship series.
Saxonburg has won the last four championship series with wins over Freeport, Natrona Heights, and the last two years against Mars I.
Good Luck To Both Teams.
Monday, August 4
Bill Clinefelter has managed the Cranberry team in the Butler Eagle County League for eight seasons, having qualified for the playoffs in all but one of those years and advancing to the league tournament semifinals six times.
Yet of all those six semifinal berths in what was this season an 11-team league, Cranberry has yet to advance to the championship series.
After another promising season with a winning record and playoff berth ended prematurely in the playoffs -- by way of a two-game sweep by Mars II in the quarterfinals earlier this week, Clinefelter had a message for his players as they gathered for the season-ending postgame dugout meeting.
"Let's really try to win something," he said. "I'll be 43 this year. I don't know how many years I have left playing. I'd like to at least get to the championship -- let alone win one."
Clinefelter said his team is as close as ever to reaching the finals -- even if the results didn't show it this season. Cranberry was part of a tight race for third place in the league standings down the regular-season stretch. It ultimately ended up with the No. 5 seed in the playoffs
"You're happy to be in the mix and get into the playoffs and give yourself a chance," Clinefelter said. "I think we have a pretty strong team."
Clinefelter graduated from Seneca Valley a quarter-century ago and played at Duquesne University and for four seasons in the Baltimore Orioles minor-league system. He still mans first base for Cranberry, regularly batting sixth in the order.
The team was buoyed by a strong pitching staff this season, most notably former major leaguer Todd Erdos. A right-hander, he was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1992, and appeared in 63 games in the majors for the Padres, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
He was pitching professionally for the independent Long Island Ducks as recently as last season and had allowed only two earned runs in five starts this season.
"He's pretty dominant," Clinefelter said. "He can still throw about 93, 94 mph."
Veterans who are also part of the all-right-handed pitching staff are Adam Martin (Quaker Valley High School, Bethany College), Justin Papania (Butler Area High School, Marietta College) and Bill Stehle, a Mars graduate. Stehle is a regular part of the Cranberry lineup even when he is not pitching, as a designated hitter.
Clinefelter added Bryan Leones, a Pine-Richland graduate who plays at Waynesburg University, to the pitching staff this season. Josh Remerowski, who played at Division I Liberty University, also was on the roster and contributed when he was available to play.
Papania also helps form the heart of the Cranberry lineup, along with center fielder Greg Samson, who played at Penn State Behrend, and Seneca Valley and LaRoche College graduate Justin Patsilevas.
The only rookie on this season's team who was regularly in the lineup was Seneca Valley graduate Jim Burry, an outfielder who plays at John Carroll University and bats leadoff for Cranberry. Cranberry catcher Matt Johnson, who plays for Case Western Reserve in Ohio, was a senior on the 2007 Raiders' PIAA title team along with Burry.
Catcher Hugh Mulvey, who went to North Catholic and currently plays at Wheeling Jesuit, third baseman Keith Kubit, shortstop Ben Follett and second baseman Chris Dubensky rounded out the regular lineup.
Follett and Dubensky are Seneca Valley graduates, with Dubensky having played at Pitt-Bradford.
Seneca Valley graduate and Butler Eagle County League veteran Paul Shever also fills a role on the team, pitching as needed and coaching third base.
Despite being longtime friends with Mars I manager Rob Fester and respecting Saxonburg manager -- and league president -- Dan Cunningham, Clinefelter is hoping his team can be the one to break through the grip those two teams have held on the league for the past several years.
Mars I and Saxonburg finished well atop the league standings this season, have met in the past two league championship series and have combined to win the past seven league titles.
"You don't root against anybody," Clinefelter said, "but you'd just like to see somebody different in [the championship series]."
Thursday, July 31
Congratulations to Natrona Heights.
Natrona Heights defeated Wexford last night and will advance to the second round of the Eagle County playoffs. The final score was 9-4. Sean O'Donnell was the winning pitcher.
With that win Natrona Heights will travel to Highfield Friday night to face Saxonburg in round two, which will be a best of five series.
Mars II advanced earlier this week with a two game sweep of Cranberry. They will face regular season champs Mars I in another best of five series. The entire series will be played at Marburger Field, the home field for both teams.
Good Luck To All The Teams.
Mars II advances to round two with a 5-2 win over Cranberry. Mars II will now wait to see who they will play in a best of five round two.
Natrona Heights defeated Wexford 4-0 at Pie Traynor Field. With the win Natrona Heights has tied the series at 1-1 with a deciding game to be played tonight at Highlands High School. Christian Necheff pitched the shutout win for Natrona Heights.
A win by Wexford toninght will advance them to round two against Mars I and Mars II would face Saxonburg. A win by Natrona Heights tonight would advance them against Saxonburg with Mars II facing Mars I.
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Round one started Monday night with two totally different games. Mars II and Cranberry exchanged big innings throughout their game. In the end Mars II won on a called ball four to walk home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Mars II will visit Cranberry tonight at 6PM.
In the other game one Wexford bested Natrona Heights by a score of 14-2. Wexford will host Natrona Heights tonight at Pie Traynor field.
Monday, July 28
Congratulations to the Mars I team for winning the regular season championship. Mars I and second place Saxonburg will get a bye in the first round of the playoffs which start today with two best for three series.
The top six teams for 2008 are:
1- Mars I
3- Natrona Heights
4- Mars II
Today's schedule with all games starting at 6PM:
Wexford vs. Natrona Heights @ Highlands High School
Cranberry vs. Mars II @ Marburger Field
The series will switch to Wexford and Cranberry Tuesday with a third game if necessary back at Natrona Heights and Mars II home fields.
The winners of these two best of three series will play the two top seeded teams Mars I and Saxonburg starting on Friday August 1st.
Good Luck to all teams.
Sunday, July 6
The semipro Butler Eagle County Baseball League is in its eighth decade of existence, so it's not easy to set a precedent.
The Saxonburg franchise has already done that, however, and hopes it isn't done yet.
Saxonburg became the first team to win four consecutive league championships after defeating Mars in the championship series last summer.
"It's quite a feat to win any league four years in a row," said longtime manager and acting league president Dan Cunningham. "To win the Eagle County League four years in a row is quite an achievement."
Cunningham said five other franchises had won three titles in a row since the league was established in the early 1930s but no one pulled off the "four-peat" until last year. Saxonburg defeated Mars in the championship series the past two years, Natrona Heights in 2005 and Freeport the year before that.
Saxonburg went a combined 110-27-2 over that time span, winning the 2005 regular-season crown. The team was 320-106-5 from 1995 (Cunningham's first as manager) through the end of last season and has played in the past eight league finals.
"There's a great group of core players who have remained with the team, and we always had two or three new players every year," said Cunningham, a longtime player whose playing days are essentially over. "We're always looking for good young college players, and we always add a couple every year. This year is no exception."
Saxonburg entered the week at 13-3-1 and in second place in the 11-team league (a Freeport franchise rejoined this season), four points behind Mars, a franchise that also has been successful. Mars has won five of the past eight regular-season titles, winning the three championships prior to Saxonburg's run.
Some of the new college players this season include outfielders Adam Brydon (Thiel) and Matt Messer (Slippery Rock). Brydon led the team in stolen bases heading into the week.
The top three pitchers are Josh Marchinowski, Shawn Butler and Curt Schnur. Each had an ERA of less than 2.00 and they had combined to strike out an average of better than a batter per inning.
Schnur, who is the head coach at Knoch High School, was also batting .321 as the team's No. 5 hitter and part-time first baseman.
Marchinowski, from Butler Area High School and Butler County Community College, led the team in wins (5-0), innings (35) and strikeouts (37).
Butler, who formerly pitched at Pitt, was 3-0 with 23 strikeouts in 18 innings.
North Hills High School graduate and current head coach Nate Buttenfield was pitching for the team this season but ended up signing with the Camden Riversharks of the independent professional Atlantic League.
Some of the more veteran players in the lineup are outfielders Brendan Malone and Mike Sikorski and infielders Sandy Sanderson, Chase Rowe, the head coach at La Roche College, and Steve Hall.
Tuesday, June 17
Saxonburg pitcher Nate Buttenfield has signed a contract to pitch for the Camden Riversharks in the Independent Atlantic League.
Nate reported this past Friday and has made two appearences for the Sharks. His current ERA is 1.29.
Good luck Nate.
Tuesday, March 11
Starting with the 2008 season the Butler Eagle County baseball league has approved wood bats only for their league games. By an overwhelming vote the league has agreed to go back to strictly wood bats. The use of wood bats will hopefully attract local college age players to reamin in the area in the summer and join one of our twelve teams.
For more information about the league please contact Dan Cunningham at 724-352-5043. E-mail: email@example.com
Our next regularly scheduled meeting will be at 7PM on Wednesday April 2nd 2008.
Monday, September 10
Since leaving the Saxonburg team to persue the dream of playing professional baseball Nate Buttenfield has done pretty well.
Nate is currently 3-0 as a starter for the Camden Riversharks in the Atlantic League. He has had a total of 16 apperarences with and ERA of 3.62. He has pitched a total of 42 innings with 26 strikeouts. That's not to bad.
Nate started out as a releif pitcher before being given the nod to start. He has not dissappointed the Riversharks management.
The Rivesharks have made it to the playoffs and will battle Somerset for a shot at the championship series.
We wish Nate the best:
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Saxonburg won the 2007 Championship series by defeating Mars I 3 games to 2 in the best of five series in route to their fourth straight league championship.
Game one went to Mars with an 8-1 victory at Callery field to open the series as Rob Fester outdualed Shaun Butler for the win.
Game two moved the series to Highfield where Saxonburg defeated Mars by a score of 5-4. Curt Schnur defeated Chris Kelly for the game two win.
Game three moved back to Callery. Outstanding pitching performances by Derek Bkyzwick for Saxonburg and Matt Collella for Mars I,ended in a 3-3 tie at the end of seven innings. Mars jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning and the score remained the same until Saxonburg scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning on a three run home run by Curt Schnur. Both Blyzwick and Collella battled each other, and were backed by great defense until Mars scored the winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning with two outs to give Mars a 2-1 series lead.
Game four again moved back to Highfield where Curt Schnur and Rob Fester battled each other with Saxonburg coming out on top by a score of 4-2. The game had only two extra base hits. Dan Demarco doubled for Mars I, and Matt McCune had a triple for Saxonburg. Again the game was very well played by both teams. With the series now tied at two wins each the final game was to be played on Monday August 6th.
Game five never got underway until Wednesday Auguast 8th with two rain days preventing the start of the final game. In the first inning Paul Westwood hit a two run homer that gave Mars a 2-0 lead that held up until the sixth inning when consecutive hits by SandySanderson, Aaron Ordy, Curt Schnur, and Justin Demek allowed Saxonburg to score two runs. Then with two outs Steve Hall gave Saxonburg a 4-2 lead with a single to center field. Schnur retired Mars in the sixth and seventh innings to preserve the victory for Saxonburg and crowning the 2007 champs.
With the fourth straight championship series win for Saxonburg, they move into an elite catagory, being the only team to win four straight championship series. Evans City, Mars, Saxonburg, Slippery Rock, and Warrendale are the only teams in the league to have three consecutive championships wins in the Butler Eagle County baseball league which was founded back in 1932.
Curt Schnur was named the 2007 league MVP for his perforamce in the playoffs. Curt pitched three complete games and won all three for Saxonburg, and at the same time gave up only eight runs to the potent Mars batters.
Thursday, July 26
Congratulations to Cranberry and Wexford:
The round one winners will advance to play the number one and two seeds from the regular season starting Friday July 27th.
After losing game one, number six seed Wexford took the next two games to defeat number three seed Natrona Heights.
At the same time, number five seed Cranberry defeated number four seed Mars II by taking two out of three to move on to round two.
Round two best of five series will start this Friday as follows:
Mars I vs. Wexford - game one at Callery Field.
Saxonburg vs. Cranberry - game one at Highfield Park
Game two will move the Mars I vs. Wexford game to Pie Traynor Field in North Park, and Cranberry will host Saxonburg at Cranberry Park.
Tuesday, July 31
The Championship finals are set for the 2007 season with last years finalist challenging for the 2007 post season championship.
Mars got to the finals by defeating Wexford with three straight wins by a wide margin of victory in all three games.
At the same time Saxonburg defeated Cranberry in three straight games by yielding only two runs in the three victories.
It appears the two teams are going to challenge each other with pitching vs. hitting to determine a winner this season.
In the playoffs thus far, Mars outscored their opponent 54-12 in three games, while Saxonburg yielded only two runs to Cranberry in three games.
Cranberry played a very good three games series against Saxonburg allowing a total of fifteen total runs for the winners.
Game one of the best of five series will be at the Callery field on Wednesday August 1st at 6PM. The best of five series will then move to Highfield on Thursday. The games will continue to rotate home fields until one team wins the best of five series.
Tuesday, July 24
Dom Duggan - Senior centerfielder for Costal Carolina a Division I team in the Big South Conference was drafted in the 32nd round of the major league amateur baseball draft last month and has been playing for the Arizona Giants in the Arizona Rookie League.
Dom was an outstanding athlete at Seneca Valley High School in baseball, basketball, and football. Dom played one summer for Zelienople in the Butler Eagle County basebal league under coach Clayton Pegher. After high school Dom settled on baseball and went to John Carroll University for one year before transferring to Coastal Carolina.
Good luck to Dom with his new team.
Monday, July 23
The six teams for the 2007 championship series are ready to start their playoff run.
The final six teams in their final order in the standings are Mars I, Saxonburg, Natrona Heights, Mars II, Cranberry, and Wexford.
Mars I and Saxonburg will receive a bye in round one.
Natrona Heights will play Wexford and Mars II will play Cranberry in the round one best of three series.
Round one will start on Monday July 23rd. with Natrona hosting Wexford, and Mars II hosting Cranberry.
Game start times will be 6PM.
Good Luck to all the teams.
Wednesday, July 18
The Mars I baseball team has clinched the regualar season championship for 2007. By clinching first place Mars I will receive an automatic bye in the first round of the championship playoff series, which is scheduled to start on Monday January 23rd.
The official announcement of the final standings for 2007 will be posted no later than Sunday July 22nd.
|Nate Buttenfield - Saxonburg|
Saxonburg pitcher and North Hills High School coach Nate Buttenfield has been working hard to get another shot at playing professional baseball. Recently Nate worked out for scouts from seveal major league teams and the national scouting bureau.
We all support Nate and wish him the best in his quest to play professional baseball.
Nate has pitched for Saxonburg in the Eagle County League for three years. He also has pitched in the Pgh Federation League for several years with different teams. Last year Nate started a regimented conditioning program for his N.Hills High School Baseball program, and dedicated himself to the same conditioning he asked his players to follow, which has helped Nate tremedously with his physical condition.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
"The Rookie" visits "Field of Dreams"
Nate Buttenfield visited Limeport Stadium and went 5 strong
as the Bulls got a big 3-2 win.
By Steve Smull
LIMEPORT -- There aren't going to be many arguments
about the fact that Limeport Stadium is the Lehigh Valley's
version of the 1989 movie, "Field of Dreams".
Yes, there was a Tri-County baseball game played Sunday
night at the fabled stadium, and the Limeport Bulls held on
to defeat the Gabelsville Owls 3-2. But the buzz around the
stadium focused on Limeport's starting pitcher, Nate Buttenfield,
a 6-foot-7-inch right-handed pitcher who was throwing 94 mph
fastballs in the top of the first inning and continued throwing
90+ mph fastballs for five innings.
However, this budding story actually began earlier in the
week. And "The Buttenfield Story" sounds like a script much
closer to the 2002 movie "The Rookie", the story about Jim Wilson,
a teacher and high school baseball coach who made his major-league
debut for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on September 18, 1999 at age 35
as a left-handed pitcher.
Wilson did play some minor-league baseball as he was selected
fourth overall in the January portion of baseball's amateur draft
in 1983. He suffered several arm injuries in the minor leagues,
and was released during the 1987 season. For anyone who has seen
the movie, the short story is Wilson made a promise to his high
school team that if his team made the district playoffs, he would
try out for a major league baseball team, which he did and as it
turned out, he threw 98 mph at a tryout and the rest as they say,
Flash ahead to June of 2007, and Buttenfield, a 30-year old
teacher and first-year head baseball coach at North Hills High
School in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Buttenfield got his high school baseball team to the district
playoffs on the final game of the 2007 regular season as his Indians'
squad qualified for the playoffs for the first time in five years.
Hmmm. Sounding familiar?
But how in the heck did Buttenfield end up at Limeport Stadium
Sunday night, pitching a Tri-County League baseball game for the
Hollywood script writers, start typing. You may have a
"The Rookie, Part 2".
What we know is that Buttenfield is a 1999 IUP grad who pitched
briefly in the Frontier League for the Canton Crocodiles, where he
posted an 0-3 record with a 7.07 ERA. Then he seemingly dropped off
the baseball map, never to be seen again.
Until this week.
Word has it that Buttenfield pitched in a MSBL (Men's Senior
Baseball league) game last week and struck out every batter he faced.
Yes, that is not a typo. Every batter he faced. Nobody put the ball in play against him. After the game, the players told him that he needs to go
to a major league tryout. So Buttenfield went home, got on his computer,
went to mlb.com, and did a search on major league tryouts and the first
one he found was an open tryout this past Thursday near Philadelphia.
So Buttenfield drives across the state to the tryout, pitches to
six batters, and nobody could hit him. But more importantly, the radar
guns were displaying numbers rarely seen at an open tryout. In fact,
the scouts thought their radar guns may have been malfunctioning.
Every pitch was at 94 or 95 mph and on the juggs gun, he was hitting
97 and 98 mph. In fact, the scouts thought something was wrong, that
perhaps too many guns too close to one another was causing a problem
reading the pitches, so they put all the radar guns down but one,
and the scouts all stood around the one radar gun pointed at Buttenfield.
Zoom. 95 mph. Zoom. 94 mph. Zoom. 95 mph.
Who was this guy and where did he come from? Was there a cornfield nearby?
So Brad Fidler, a full-time professional scout for the Major
League Scouting Bureau (who doubles as Assistant Coach for the Limeport
Bulls of the Tri-County League) decided to have Buttenfield throw for
the Bulls against the Gabelsville Owls on Sunday night as a live audition
for other professional scouts.
A professional baseball contract.
A few scouts wanted to sign Buttenfield immediately after
Thursday's open tryout, but Fidler, a seasoned and respected scout,
not knowing anything about the righty's background and finding out that
Buttenfield was 30 years old after talking to him Thursday, recommended
a second "tryout", and this one wouldn't be a 20-pitch outing with no
umpires (like his open tryout), but a "live game" situation where
scouts could see first-hand what Buttenfield could do for more than
20 pitches under game conditions.
And with the Gabelsville Owls on Limeport's schedule for Sunday
night and the Bulls being in the midst of a tough four-game stretch
coming off two straight losses, Limeport manager Dylan Dando welcomed
the opportunity with open arms.
Buttenfield drove in from Pittsburgh Saturday night and stayed at
a local hotel in preparation for his "audition". And sure enough,
Buttenfield was hitting 94 mph in the first inning, getting two
ground-outs to second and a strikeout for a 1-2-3 inning.
Buttenfield went on to throw close to 70 pitches in five innings,
consistently throwing 92 mph fastballs, and he still hit 94 once in
the fifth inning. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter, allowing
just three singles in his five-inning stint.
One scout was overheard saying "Barry Bonds would not bat an eye
if this guy was on a major-league mound throwing against him a month
from now. He has major-league stuff".
In the sixth inning, Buttenfield was meeting with every scout
in attendance one-on-one in an office underneath Limeport Stadium.
Rumor is that he will be somewhere in the Los Angeles Dodgers'
organization by the end of the week, although the Reds and Indians
showed lots of interest, too.
Can Nate Buttenfield follow in the steps of Jim Wilson, the
pitcher portrayed in the movie "The Rookie"?
Time will tell. But if Buttenfield does make it to the big-show,
then what could possibly be a better place to launch that dream
than beautiful Limeport Stadium?
Hollywood, stay tuned.
And for those folks who happen to care about the game result,
here is that part of the story. Gabelsville did not hit a ball
hard off Buttenfield, but managed three singles (Brett Umstead
in the second and Jon Kalejta and A.J. Bohn in the third).
Limeport managed three unearned tallies in the second inning
off hard-luck losing pitcher Shawn Betz.
The a-typical bad defensive Gabelsville inning started when
Brendan O'Connor hit a blooper to shallow right where both the
second baseman and right-fielder seemed to be calling for it and
when a collision appeared imminent, the second baseman shied away
at the last second and the ball went off the end of his glove for
a bloop hit. After a strikeout, Pat Lane singled to put runners
on first and second. Kevin Kershner grounded somewhat softly to
second, but the Owls attempted to turn a quick double-play, but a
good take-out slide by Lane forced a low relay throw that skipped
away from the first baseman just far enough to allow O'Connor to
score from second and it was 1-0 Limeport.
Jeff Kroboth got hit by a pitch on the sixth pitch of the
at-bat on a 1-2 count to put two on with two outs, and a wild pitch
advanced both runners to scoring position. Luke Pile worked the
count full and then delivered a one-hop sinking liner with tons of
english on it to the shortstop, and the in-between hop skipped off
his upper-thigh into center-field for a tough-chance error, scoring
both Kershner and Kroboth as the Bulls took a 3-0 lead without benefit
of a RBI in the inning.
Things stayed that way until the top of the sixth, when Buttenfield
exited to talk about his future underneath Limeport Stadium and Jeff Krauss
had the unenviable task of taking the mound after Buttenfield just finished throwing missiles for five innings.
Krauss, who throws fairly hard himself (probably around 84 or 85)
looked as if he was throwing batting practice following Buttenfield.
Kalejta led off the sixth with a single, went to second on a wild
pitch, but had to hold there as Bohn blooped a single to center-field
that Pile dove for and trapped. Betz sacrificed them both up 90 feet
and then Mike Ziemak reached on an error, getting a RBI and putting
runners on the corners with one out and the Owls trailing 3-1. But
catcher O'Connor erased that error immediately as he threw a missile
of his own from the plate to second base, throwing out Ziemak
(who had a good jump) attempting to steal.
That would be huge, because two pitches later, Umstead laced
a RBI double down the left-field line to cut the Owls' deficit to
3-2. But Krauss would induce a flyout to left to end the inning,
and after a 1-2-3 seventh, he earned a save on "Nate Buttenfield
night" at Limeport Stadium.
Bohn and Umstead both finished 2-for-3 for Gabelsville, while
Luke Pile and Pat Lane both went 2-for-3 for Limeport.
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Wednesday, March 14
At the March 2007 meeting the Butler Eagle County baseball league has re-orgainzed with two new teams and the loss of one team from the 2006 season.
The league welcomes back the Harmony entrant. As an original founder of the league Harmony is back after a one year absence.
The other new team for 2007 will be the Wexford II entrant.
With the addition of the two teams, the league will play a thirty game schedule this season, opening up on Saturday May 12th.
The league approved the officers and commissioners for 2007.
Bob Steiner - President
Dan Cunningham - Secretary Treasurer
Denny DeSantis - Commissioner
Walter Fitzpatrick - Commissioner
Jim Lokhaiser - Commissioner
Ralph " Sonny" Westerman - Commissioner
Good Luck to all teams and have a great season.
Friday, August 18
Saxonburg agreed to play Allegheny Valley from the Pittsburgh Federation League in a post season wood bat game at Highfield last night. The purpose of the game was to showcase the talent on both teams for major league scouts.
Saxonburg won the game 8-2. Winning pitcher Nate Buttenfield pitched the first four innings. Scott Rice pitched the next two and Curt Schnur pitched the final inning to close the game.
Allegheny Valley scored their first run in the top of the first inning. Saxonburg struck back in the bottom of the second when Chase Rowe led off with a single, Austin Leffler drew a walk, Steve Hall singled, and Nick Wendell doubled to drive in the first two runs. With two outs Brendan Malone singled driving in three more runs. The third run scored on an errant throw. The score remained the same until the bottom of the fifth inning when Phil Butch walked, Brendan Malone doubled, Jason Curry drew a walk and then Chase Rowe doubled driving in three more runs. Allegheny Valley scored once more in the sixth to end the scoring.
Saxonburg pitchers gave up six hits, struck out seven, and yielded one walk with one earned run.
Allegheny Valley struck out five, walked three batters, and gave up eight hits, four of which were doubles. Seven of the eight runs were earned.
This was the first time this year Saxonburg used wood bats in a game.
Allegheny Valley and Saxonburg agreed to try and continue the post season game again next year.
Monday, August 7
In game two Saxonburg opened the scoring with a three run first inning on the strength of a three run homer by Jason Curry. Phil Butch and Sandy Sanderson opened the game with back to back walks given up by the Mars starting pitcher Brian Zima. The score remained 3-0 until the bottom of the second inning when Saxonburg catcher ( Knoch HS) homered making the score 4-0. In the third Mars left fielder Matt Nowaczynski singled. The next two Mars batters reached base on fielding errors that plated Nowaczynski making the score 4-1.
In the bottom of the fifth inning Sandy Sanderson reached base when he was hit by a pitch from Brain Zima. Sanderson reached third base on a single by Jason Curry and a walk to Curt Schnur plated Sanderson making the score 5-1.
In the top of the sixth Greg Reinhart scored for Mars when he singled. Rob Arata and Dan DeMarco followed with consecutive singles to plate Reinhart.
In the top of the seventh inning starting pitcher Scott Rice ( SR HS and SRU pitcher) got two quick outs before Rob Arata singled and went to second on an error that put Mike Sheehy on first. Paul Westwood then homered to deep center field to tie the game at 5 all.
Due to darkness the league commissioners decided to have the game completed tomorrow evening at Highfield. In doing so it was agreed that once the delayed game was completed the next game would not be played until the following night.
When the game resumed Tuesday evening at Highfield Curt Schnur replaced Scott Rice as pitcher for Saxonburg. Matt Colletta doubled for Mars and after Schnur retired Dan DeMarco, Chip Galaska then doubled to left center field allowing Colletta to score to put Mars up 6-5. Schnur then retired Steve Cunningham for the third out in the top of the eighth inning.
Saxonburg came to bat in the bottom of the eighth down 6-5. Mars replaced Zima with new pitcher Rob Arata who retired the first batter, then gave up three straight walks before being replaced by Rob Fester. Fester struck out Justin Demek for the second out. Brendan Malone who missed last nights game stepped to plate and singled up the middle plating Austin Leffler to tie the score at 6 all. With a tie score and the bases loaded leadoff batter Phil Butch came to the plate and hit another single up the middle to score Steve Hall, giving Saxonburg the win putting Saxonburg up two games to none in the series.
Saxonburg starting pitcher Scott Rice gave up just six hits two walks in seven innings.
Saxonburg will now travel to Marburger Field in Mars for game three Wednesday evening up two games to none.
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For the third straight year Saxonburg has won the Butler Eagle County League Championship by defeating Mars at Marburger Field 8-2.
Winning pitcher Nate Buttenfield gave up three hits, struck out nine and walked none with an outstanding seven inning performance.
Nate pitched two complete games in the series giving up just two runs, walking none, striking out seventeen batters. Mars has traditionally been known for their strong hitting lineups all season. Congratulations to Nate on two outstanding performances for Saxonburg.
In game three Mars opened the scoring with a home run in the bottom of the second inning by Ron Talik. Saxonburg answered back in the top of the fourth with a double by Curt Schnur followed with a two run homer by Austin Leffler.
Mars answered back with another home run in the bottom of the fourth by Rob Fester.
Saxonburg broke the deadlock in the top of the fifth inning with a three spot. Justin Demek walked to open the inning followed with a single by lead off batter Phil Butch. Brendan Malone then followed with a double to left center field plating Demek and Butch. One out later Curt Schnur singled scoring Malone to put Saxonburg up 5-2.
In the top of the sixth Saxonburg again scored three more runs with singles by Phil Butch, Brendan Malone and Curt Schnur. Between those three singles an error that allowed Dan Pickerd to reach base, and Jason Curry being hit by a pitch making the score 8-2.
Buttenfield retired the Mars in the 6th and 7th innings to preserve the win for Saxonburg.
Steve Cunningham ( Shaler & IUP grad) started the game for Mars and took the loss.
With the series win Saxonburg tied a Butler Eagle County record with Mars by winning three straight championship series. Several teams have won two straight championships over the years including the Butler Yankees, Evans City, Slippery Rock and Warrendale.
Brendan Malone and Nate Buttenfield were named co MVP's for the 2006 series. Congratulations to both players on a great season.
Sunday, August 6
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Sunday, July 23
The Butler Eagle County regular season was completed today.
Congratulations to Mars I as the Regular Season Champs.
Mars I and Saxonburg will receive a bye in the first round,which will be a best of three series.
In round one starting Monday night at 6PM:
Monday July 24th:
Cranberry vs. Natrona Heights - at Highlands High School
Mars II vs. Zelienople - at Seneca Valley High School
Tuesday July 25th:
Natrona Heights vs. Cranberry - at Cranberry Community Park
Zelienople vs. Mars II - at Marburger Field
Wednesday July 26th:
Cranberry vs. Natrona Heights - at Highlands High School ( If Necessary)
Mars II vs. Zelienople - at Seneca valley High School (If Necessary)
Round Two a best of five series will start on Friday July 27th.
Thursday, July 27
The first round best of three series are now complete. Number three seed Natrona Heights was defeated by number six seed Cranberry, and number four seed defeated number five seed Mars II. Both series went three games to decide which teams would move on to face number one seed Mars I and number two seed Saxonburg. The number one and two teams had a bye in round one.
The schedule for second round which will start this Friday July 28th is as follows.
Cranberry vs. Mars 6PM at Marburger Field
Zelienople vs. Saxonburg 6PM at Highfield
The best of five series will continue on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday (If necessary) and Wednesday (If necessary) The visiting teams on Friday will be the visitors on Saturday etc.
Good Luck To All
Wednesday, May 3
The 2006 Schedule has been completed. The league will open their season on Friday May 19th. There will be a twenty-seven game schedule for each entrant this year.
New teams this year ( Butler City, Evans City, and Saxonburg II) will replace Freeport, Harmony, and Slippery Rock.
Managers and field locations this year will be:
Butler City - Steve Boyd - Butler Co Community College
Cranberry - Bill Clinefelter - Cranberry Community Park
Evans City - Mark Cukovich - Evans City Colt/Legion Field
Mars I - Rob Fester - Marburger Field and Callery Boro Filed
Mars II - Scott Shankel - Marburger Field and Callery Boro Field
Natrona Heights - Chad Gourley - Highlands High School
Saxonburg I - Dan Cunningham - Highfield Baseball Complex
Saxonburg II - Chad Lowe - Butler Co Community College
Wexford -Dante Calderone - Pine Richland High School and Pie Traynor Filed
Zelienople - Clayton Pegher - Zelienople Community Park
2006 will be the first time Harmony has not had an Eagle County Team in the league since 1932. In 1943 Harmony was one of the four Eagle County teams that had a team even though the league shut down because of World War II gas rationing. Congratulations are in order for Harmony and Mark Bauman for playing and managing in the Eagle County league for over thirty years. The league will miss Mark.
Thursday, March 9
The organizational mettings for the 2006 season are complete. Freeport, Harmony and Freeport have dropped their teams from the league and at the same time we have added three new teams.
The new entrants for 2006 will be Evans City. They are one of the original teams that stated the Eagle County league back in 1932. The second new entrant will be the Butler Prep League team. The Prep league fielded a team back in the early 60's and were only in the league for one year.
The third team will be Saxonburg II. This will be the first time this team has been in the league.
The Evans City entrant will consist of players mostly from the Evans City - Meridian area, and will play their home games at the ball field just off Rt 68 between Evans CIty and Butler on Ash Top Road.
Butler Prep ( Pioneers) will play at the Butler County Community College Field on the campus of BC3. The team will consist of players who previously played in the Butler Prep League.
And the Saxonburg II team will also play at the Butler County Community College field. The majority of the Saxonburg II team will consist of college baseball players from the Western PA area who play in the National Club Baseball Association.
There will be a 27 game schedule for the teams this year with a playoff at the end of the season to be determined at the April meeting.
There will be one new rule for the 2006 season. Teams can now use a DH in their line up and may choose to not use the DH for any game. The DH will be eliminated from the lineup based on NFHS or Sporting News Baseball Rules.
The league approved the Diamond Baseball again for 2006.The baseballs will have the Butler Eagle County logo and will be the only baseballs allowed to be used this year, unless you deplete your stock. Those teams will be able to purchase the same model without the Eagle County logo.
The next meeting is set for Tuesday April 11th at 7PM.
Wednesday, August 10
Saxonburg finished the best of five series last night by taking game three 16-6 to end the series with a three game sweep.
Saxonburg finished the season with a 29-6 record, and set a new Eagle County record by winning two years in a row, without losing a playoff game.
Steve Hall, Brendan Malone, and Chase Rowe contributed with multiple extra base hits and drove in a total of twenty-four runs in the finals.
Winning pitcher Kevin Orga struck out eight and didn't walk a batter to earn the win.
Monday, August 8
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Natrona Heights jumped on starting pitcher Curt Schnur with three runs in the top of the first inning. This would be the last time they would score a run in the game. In the bottom of the third Saxonburg put eight runs on the board. Saxonburg continued to score in the next three inning causing the game to stopped early with the twelve run mercy rule.
Chase Rowe led the RBI attack by driving in seven runs in the game. Multiple base hits from Brendan Malone, and Steve Hall helped stretch the lead out for wining pitcher Curt Schnur, who gave up a total of nine hits and one walk in the contest.
Saxonburg will visit Natrona Heights Monday night at 6PM for game two.
Tuesday, August 9
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The two teams will face off at Highfield Park tonight at 6PM for game three of the best of five series.
Friday, August 5
Saxonburg completed a three game sweep of Mars II to advance to the Championship Series, and awaited the winner of the Natrona Heights vs. Cranberry series.
Cranberry won the first two games of the series. Then Natrona Heights came back by winning three games straight to move on to the finals.
Saxonburg is not stranger to the finals having been there the past seven years, while Natrona is in the finals for the first time.
The first game is set for 6PM Saturday August 6th at Highfield Park. Game two will be Monday at Natrona Heights also at 6PM.
Friday, July 29
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Top seeded Saxonburg defeated Wexford in two straight games to advance. Second seeded Mars I lost to Mars II by losing games two and three. Third seeded Zelienople also lost two out of three to sixth ranked Natrona Heights, and number four ranked Freeport lost in two straight to Cranberry. The pairings for round two for the best of five series are set as follows
Mars II vs. Saxonburg @ Highfield 6 PM Saturday July 30th.
Natrona Heights vs. Cranberry @ Cranberry Park 6PM July 30th.
Monday, July 25
There are eight teams in the playoffs this year. The first round will be a best of three series followed by a best of five, and then another best of five for the championship.
Round One Seeding: Monday July 25th.
Wexford vs. Saxonburg @ Highfield
Mars II vs. Mars I @ Marburger Field
Cranberry vs. Freeport @ Freeport
Natrona Heights vs. Zelienople @ Zelienople Community Park
The four winners will move on to play a best of five in round two. The highest seeds will be the home team.
Wednesday, July 20
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Monday, June 27
Sunday June 26th - 2004
Despite jumping out to an early 2-0 lead and only giving up five hits the Butler Eagle All Stars lost to the Federation League 4-3 at Jack Critchfield Park on the campus of Slippery Rock University.
With the bases loaded in the fifth inning a ground ball hit to second baseman Chase Rowe was handed off to Steve Hall who in turn threw to first for the double play which would have ended the inning and kept the score 3-0 in favor of the Eagle County All Stars. An apparent second out at first was called safe by the base umpire which allowed the Federation League to score. From there the game remained tied until the seventh inning when the Federation League scored again with what was to be the winning run with a final score of 4-3.
Brendan Malone (Saxonburg) led the hit attack for the Eagle County All Stars with three hits. Chad Gourley (Natrona Heights) also had on outstanding game by pitching two scoreless innnigs and driving in a run for the home team.
The Eagle County league did agree to play the Federation league again next, perhaps at a new field being built in Brookville.
The Eagle County league would like to thank the following managers and players for participating in the All Star Game.
Several key players for the Eagle County All Star team did not appear for the game which caused some players to play out of position for the game.
Dan Cunningham - Saxonburg
Wayne Greiser - Freeport
Chad Gourley - Natrona Heights
Bill Clinefelter - Cranberry
Friday, May 27
You can now add player stats to your team information. Simply click on stats after you have recorded the score for your game.
Monday, May 9
The Butler Eagle County League will play and All Star game at 2PM on Sunday June 26th at Jack Critchfield Park on the campus of Slippery Rock University.
This year the Eagle League will play the Federation League from Clarion / Clearfield / Jefferson County.
The league will hold it's ALL Star selction on Sunday June 19th at 1PM at the Mars VFW.
Immediately following the Eagle County All Star game the Butler County American Legion will hold it's annual star game.
Curt Schnur was named the League MVP (traditionally awarded to a player on the winning team) He pitched game one ,closed game two and drove in the only run in game two, and then saved game three for Saxonburg.
Game one winning pitcher was Curt Schnur. Game two saw an outstanding perforamce by Neal Hoagland for Saxonburg, and game three winner was Jason Dohlmeyer.
In a league that is known as a hitters league, this series certainly put those rumors to rest.
Outstanding players in the series for Freeport were Greg Samson, Greg Fryman, Josh Harbison, and Tim Buzzard.
For Saxonburg they were Mike Sikorski, Chase Rowe, Brendan Malone, Neal Hoagland, Jason Dohlmeyer, and Curt Schnur.
Again the Butler Eagle County Baseball League congratulates both teams for a great and entertaining series.
Friday, January 7
The Sports Department of the Butler Eagle chose two events from the Butler Eagle County Baseball League as notable achievements in 2004.
The newspaper had selected nineteen sporting events in 2004 from sporting events they reported on during the year.
1- Statistic of the Year: Curt Schnur, Saxonburg Eagle County League pitcher walked one batter in 160 innings pitched.
2- Tight-Rope Walk of the Year: Saxonburg's Eagle County baseball team, which won three consecutive one-run games in the league championship series to defeat Freeport.
The last time the Butler Eagle recognized the Eagle County League for notable achievements was the 1998 Callery - Saxonburg best of five game championship series that went all five games.
Round one of the 2004 playoffs are completed. Mars won the best of three series due a 4th forfeit by the Butler team for 2004. Zelienople won round one by taking two out three games from Natrona Heights.
With the wins Mars will play Freeport and Zelienople will play Saxonburg beginning Monday July 26th. Both series will be a best of five with the top seeds being the home teams in games 1, 3, & 5 if necessary.
Round three will follow once we have two finalist in another best of five series.
Wednesday, August 4
Saxonburg swept Zelienople last week in their best of five series and awaited the Freeport vs. Mars winner to set up the best of five finals.
Freeport will host game one Thursday at 6PM. The site for the first game is still not set.
Game two will be played at Highfield on Friday evening at 6PM.
This is the first time Freeport has earned a spot in the Championship series. This will be the seventh time Saxonburg has made the finals in the past ten years.
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The National team had seven pitchers throw one inning each. The National pitchers were 1- Chris Kelly ( Natrona Heights) 2- Jason Dohlmeyer (Saxonburg) 3- Chad Gourley ( Natrona Heights) 4- Josh Rape (Mars II) 5- Bill York (Natrona Heights) 6- Kyle Blinks (Natrona Heights) 7- Brendan Malone (Saxonburg). The American team tossed six pitchers including Greg Fryman,Ken Bissel, and Greg Samson from Freeport. Also pitching were Regis Burris (Butler) Bill Stehle (Cranberry) and Adam Martin (Cranberry).
The game was a success and both American Legion and Eagle County Officers agreed to try and continue this event annually.
The Butler Eagle County League made their All Star selections this past Sunday for the 2004 All Star game which will be played at Pullman Park on Saturday July 3rd at 5PM.
The teams will be managed by the first and second place managers. The American team will be managed by Wayne Greiser and the National Team will by run by Dan Cunningham from the Saxonburg team.
Bill Daugherty Freeport Brendan Malone Saxonburg
Keith Kubit Freeport Mike Sikorski Saxonburg
Don Dell Freeport Steve Hall Saxonburg
Josh Harbison Freeport Chase Rowe Saxonburg
Greg Fryman Freeport Matt DeSantis Saxonburg
Tim Buzzard Freeport Jason Dohlmeyer Saxonburg
Ken Bissel Freeport Curt Schnur Saxonburg
Greg Samson Freeport Jeremey Virag Natrona Hts
Dave Wald Wexford Chad Gourley Natrona Hts
Regis Burris Butler Kris Kemp Natrona Hts
Dan DeMarco Butler Chris Kelly Natrona Hts
Brendan Steiner Cranberry Bill York Natrona Hts
Garrett Steiner Cranberry Josh Rape Mard II
Mark Mabie Cranberry Brain Hart Mars II
Justin Wychoff Cranberry Marty Pegher Zelienople
Bill Clinefelter Cranberry Dom Duggan Zelienople
Adam Martin Cranberry Travis Gross Zelienople
Jason Kneidenger Harmony
The Butler Eagle County Baseball League held their first meeting for the 2004 season. President Bob Steiner chaired the meeting with Secretary Treasurer Dan Cunningham.
Two new entrants were voted into the league for the upcoming season. The new teams are Natrona Heights, and Mars II.
Attending the meeting were team representatives from Butler, Cranberry, Freeport, Wexford, Zelienople, and new teams Mars II and Natrona Heights.
THe next scheduled meting is set for 7:30PM on Wednesday February 26th at the Mars VFW.
The Butler Eagle County Baseball League will hold it's 2004 All Star selection meeting on Sunday June 27th at 2PM at the Mars VFW.
Each team must have a representative at the meeting.
The All Star game will be held at Pullman Park on Saturday July 3rd at 5PM.
Wednesday, July 29
The 2015 Butler Eagle County playoff pairigs have been set.
The top six teams make up the playoff pairings for the League Championship. Congratulations to Mars I the Regular Season Champions, followed by Mars II, Cranberry, Saconburg, Pine Richalnd, and Zelienople.
Round One: Best of Three Series: July 22nd thru July 24th
Pine Richalnd vs. Saxonburg - Pine Richland Won the Series
Zelienople vs. Cranberry - Cranberry Won the Series
Round Two: Best of Five Series: July 27th thru July 31st
Pine Richalnd vs. Mars I and Mars II vs. Cranberry
Round Three Championship Series: Best of Five Series: August 2nd thru August 7th
Good Luck to all the teams: