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Round One and Two of the 2013 are complete Mars I and Saxonburg will play for the Championship
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 Eagle County 2015 Teams Information
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
2013 Season ends and playoffs begin
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
2013 Eagle County League Starts May 20th
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
Three Eagle County Players Enter Local Halls of Fame
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
Mars I and Saxonburg Advance
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 and Mars II Advance From Round One
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
2012 Playoffs Are Set To Go
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
Playoff Meeting Set
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
2012 Eagle County League
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.
Sunday, August 15
Mars Wins the 2010 Playoff Championship Series over Cranberry
Mars' pitching wins Eagle County
Mosley 6-hitter wins clincher, 5-0
Friday, August 6
2010 Second Round Is Complete - Cranberry and Mars Are Still Standing
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
Cranberry and Mars II Win First Round Playoffs
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
2010 Eagle County Playoffs Are Set
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 2010 Season Opens May 17th
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
Eagle County Commissioner Named to the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame
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
Special Vendor Discounts for Eagle County Teams
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
2010 Teams are Set
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.
2010 Wood Bat Tournament
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
Freeport River Pirates Halloween Dance
The Freeport River Pirates have canceled their Halloween Dance due to lowticket sales. Sorry for anyone that was planning on attending.
Monday, August 10
Freeport Takes Game One
Freeport grabs 1-0 lead in finals
Sunday, August 2
Saxonburg Goes Up Two Games on Freeport in the Second Round
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.
Wednesday, July 29
Mars 2 vs. Cranberry Game Rained Out
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
Freeport Sweeps Harmony with a 4-3 Road Win
When Moore is needed
Wednesday, July 29
Cranberry Wins on the Road to Force a Game Three
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.
Sunday, July 26
2009 Playoffs Are Set
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
Monday, February 23
March 2009 Meetng
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
2009 Organizational Meeting
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.
Tuesday, August 5
Mars I and Saxonburg Advance To The Championship Series
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
Post Gazette Reviews Cranberry's Season for 2008
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
Natrona Heights Advances - Second Round Playoffs Are Set
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 - Natrona Heights Ties The Series With Wexford
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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Mars II and Wexford Win Games One
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
Mars wins regualar season title - playoffs are set for today
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
Eagle CO League - Saxonburg Team Review by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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
Camden Signs Nate Buttenfield
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
Eagle County League Adopts Wood Bats
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.
Tuesday, July 31
Mars and Saxonburg Make The Finals For The 2007 Season
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.
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Saxonburg Pitcher Nate Buttenfield is Still Persuing the Dream.
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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Friday, August 18
Saxonburg Defeats Allegheny Valley in Post Season Game
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
Game Two Stopped Due to Darkenss - Saxonburg Wins Delayed Game
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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Saxonburg Defeats Mars - Three Straight to Win the League Championship
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
Saxonburg Wins Game One of the League Championship
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Sunday, July 23
Regular Season is Complete -Playoffs Start Monday July 24th
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
Round One of the Playoffs is Completed
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
Thursday, March 9
2006 Season Will Have Ten Teams
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 Sweeps Natrona Heights Three Straight
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
Saxonburg Takes Game One
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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
Saxoburg Wins Game 2
|Nate Buttenfield Wins Game Two|
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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
Round Two Of The 2005 Playoffs Are Competed - It Will Be Natrona Heights vs. Saxonburg In The Finals
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
2005 Round One Completed
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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
The 2005 Playoffs Are Set
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
Saxonburg Captures the Regular Season Championship
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Monday, June 27
Butler Eagle Co All Star Team is Edged Out By The Federation League
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
2005 Team Stats
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
Butler Eagle County All Star Game Is Set for 2005
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.
Saxonburg Sweeps Freeport For The League Championship
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
Butler Eagle Selects Eagle County for Notable Achievements
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.
Playoffs - Round One - Completed
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
The finals are set for 2004 - Saxonburg vs. Freeport
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.
National Team Wins The All Star Game
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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.
League Selects All Stars for 2004
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
Eagle League Holds First 2004 Meeting
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.
All Star Meetng 2PM June 27th
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.
Saxonburg 2005 Champs - Record 29-6
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Wednesday, July 29
2015 Playoffs Are Set
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: