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Over 65 Toys and Military Care Packages Donated by SJMSBL Members

Some of the SJMSBL players who participated in Winterball 2008 posing with a portion of the donated toys. 

12/21/08 - Various members of the South Jersey MSBL took to the frozen tundra of Cherry Hill Rotary Field this past Saturday to kick off the Inaugural South Jersey MSBL Winterball festivities. With temps that started out in the mid-to-upper 20s, league members and their families donated a total of 56 toys to benefit Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the South Jersey Toys for Tots program, as well as $250 in cash donations for the purchase of 10 USO Military Care Packages that are on their way to our servicemen abroad. 

Overall, several South Jersey MSBL players stopped by for a short while to drop off their donations, a couple of players made arrangements afterwards to get their donations in and about a dozen hearty souls stuck it out for the full two hours, as we played a little pick up ball that included some infield/outfield and a BP session.   Most importantly, everyone who took part was having a great time for some wonderful charitable causes, despite running around in the cold for two hours while stinging our hands on every swing of the bat. 

The best player on the diamond hands down was young Darren Aupperle, son of 25+ Rumors B&G Phillies' skipper Joe Aupperle, who managed to field everything hit at him flawlessly from his perch at second base.  The Iron-Mike Award goes to Marlton Braves' lefthander Lloyd Harrison, who threw to batters for what seemed like about an hour before grabbing some ABs for himself. 

The Best Toy Donated Award is a tie, going to whoever donated the old school "Battleship" game and the Mattel handheld 'Football II' electronic game.  Special consideration goes to a certain manager (who will remain nameless) who stopped by despite fighting a nasty cold to donate a pair of games, including one of the greatest board games of alltime, 'Shoots and Ladders'.  In fact, we actually got two of them donated during the day (one each to Toys for Tots and CHOP), as well as one of the other alltime favs among the preschool crowd, 'Candyland'.

Finally, we want to thank 25+ Phillies' infielder Chris Jones for coming by to drop off a donation and hang with the guys for a while, despite battling through some recent serious health issues of his own this off season.  We wish Chris all the best towards a speedy recovery.

The incredible Special Events staff at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia receiving our SJMSBL 2008 Winterball toy donation in the CHOP lobby.

UPDATE: South Jersey MSBL is happy to report that all Winterball 2008 donated toys have been delivered over the past couple of days.  The final batch went out on Tuesday - just in time for Santa to include them in his rounds for Wednesday night.  We have also completed the purchase of 10 USO Military Care Packages that are now on their way to our servicemen abroad. 

South Jersey MSBL would also like to extend big thank yous to: the ladies of the Special Events Department (above photo) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (and the Philly patrolman who thankfully decided NOT to issue a ticket while we were parked at the Visitors' entrance to unload our toys), Curtis Marshall (below photo) of the Camden County Toys for Tots, John Atkinson and everyone at the Marine Corps League #695 / South Jersey Toys for Tots and finally our own Mike Melissas, representing Cherry Hill East Babe Ruth - for securing the Cherry Hill Rotary Complex for us to hold our first Winterball event. 

Mr. Curtis Marshall of the Camden County Toys for Tots Program receiving our SJMSBL Winterball 2008 toy donation.

Please click on the headline at the top of this story to view our Winterball '08 photo album. 

One final most appreciated 'Thank You' and Happy Holidays goes out to all players and family members who came out to participate.   A job well done.









11:00 AM - 1:30 PM





Please join South Jersey MSBL on Sunday, December 20th in celebrating the holidays at our Inaugural "WINTERBALL 2008" celebration, to benefit Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Toys for Tots and the USO "Operation Care Package Program".

The object of this SJMSBL event is simple - show up to Rotary Field at 11am on Dec. 20th with an unwrapped toy or a nominal cash donation and you get to play in the first ever December ball game in league history, as the SJMSBL Grinches take on the SJMSBL Santas in an exhibition.

Yes, the weather may be cold and there may even be some snow between now and the game, but that only means you should be ready to bundle up because we'll be playing unless conditions are absolutely implorable.

After the event, all the toys will be divided up and donated to Childrens' Hospital of Philadelphia and the Toys for Tots of New Jersey.  Any cash donations received will be sent to the USO "Operation Care Package Program",  to purchase $25 holiday care packages - which are sent to our servicemen abroad who may otherwise go without this holiday season.  

If you are interested in joining us out on the diamond to help out three great charitable causes, please send your R.S.V.P. to today - and don't forget to bring your winter gloves and hat!


Two Friends of South Jersey MSBL Pass Away Unexpectedly

By Terry Annese (with thanks to Joe Aupperle)

In this time to be thankful for the many friendships we make on and off the field,  South Jersey MSBL extends our deepest sympathies to two members of our extended family who have passed away unexpectedly this offseason.

Laura (Bellew) Hamby, 41, of Sicklerville,  the owner and manager of The Sandlot Baseball and Softball Academy in Sicklerville,  passed away suddenly on October 23, 2008.  

The Sandlot has served in recent years as the practice home to several South Jersey MSBL ballclubs, as well as being the baseball instructional home of our own Rumors B&G Phillies' infielder Joe Cruz.  More often than not, whenever you walked in the door at The Sandlot, you were greeted by Laura's ever cheerful smile and her genuine Southern-style charming repore. 

A native of Alabama,  Laura is survived by her husband, Rob, four sons and one daughter, as well as various extended family in Alabama, North Carolina and Mississippi. 

South Jersey MSBL extends our condolences out to Laura's family.

Henry "Hank" Schiavone, 69, longtime member of the South Jersey Umpires Association (SJUA) and close friend to many coaches and players of the South Jersey MSBL, waged his gallant battle against a malignant brain tumor this past year with a dedication that mirrored his prior military life.  Hank's service in the U.S. Army included three tours in Vietnam as an Airborne Ranger and the receipt of numerous medals for his heroic actions, including three purple hearts and six bronze stars.

Following mid-summer brain surgery, Hank was welcomed home by many of his baseball colleagues who stopped by to lift his spirits, recalling old stories about past adventures on the diamond and off.  Unfortunately,  Hank has lost his cancer battle and left us on October 28, 2008, passing away at the Samaritan Hospice Inpatient Unit in Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, N.J.

A former correction officer with the N.J. State Dept. of Corrections, Hank is survived by his wife, Hannelore;  their four adult children, one grandson and various extended family.  SJMSBL players likely have crossed paths with one of Hank's sons at least once or twice in between the white lines - Mt. Laurel native Tony Schiavone,  who followed in his dad's footsteps and currently serves as a veteran SJUA umpire. 

A story involving Hank that will always stick in my memory dates back at least 6-7 years now, back to one of the first seasons we ever had the SJMSBL Fall League. 

We all had drudged all the way out past Rt. 206  to play out in Tabernacle and it just was an awful day to play ball.  Cold and wet, we got the field ready and only one umpire, Hank, shows up to do the game by himself.  In all honesty, my first thought was, "We'll have to make the best of it, but at least I can save a few bucks only having to pay the one man fee."

Well,  as both teams are sloshing through what was otherwise a forgettable fall game, I keep noticing that in between innings Hank was going over to the back of the cage towards the 3B side to talk to who I quickly realized was the only fan we had at the game for either side.

I eventually noticed that our solo fan was a older woman sitting content in her lawn chair,  otherwise enjoying what was pretty much a sloppy ballgame.   After about the third or fourth inning, I happen to make my way over in the same direction as I crossed over from the 1B dugout to go to coach third.   As I walk by, I decide to go extend a quick thanks to our ONE fan for coming and Hank turns and says, "Terry, I'd like you to meet my wife."   She then pleasantly says 'Hello' and I am just amusingly astonished that we couldn't get anyone to come watch us play out here in the middle of nowhere, but the umpire's wife is here!  I thank her again for her dedication and Hank, in a voice that can only come from one who loves their partner dearly, says to her, "Time for us to go back to work."  

The game ends unremarkably and we are walking back to the parking lot and there is Hank, umpire and dutiful husband, still in uniform and carrying his mask in one hand and his wife's lawn chair in the other.  He walks his wife to the car and juggles everything to open the door for her as I am looking from off in the distance and just smile from ear to ear.  I still had to pay Hank so I walked over to his car and suddenly didn't care one iota about the one-man fee.  I gave him both full fees, telling him instead, "Please take that bride of yours out for some hot chocolate or coffee or something!" 

A few of us here at South Jersey MSBL,  including myself and 35+ Moorestown Marlins' pitcher Gabe Mastrangelo had the opportunity a couple of years back to train as state-certified umpires under Hank's instruction.  I for one am proud to have known such an honest, caring man who clearly loved his family, baseball and all of us who play the game with passion - with all his heart and soul.   

Hank was a good guy who will be missed by many on this Earth.



UPDATED November 14, 2008:

The South Jersey MSBL is continuing its longtime November run of success in the 2008 Fall Classic down on the Florida Gulf Coast, as the the SJ Marlins rolled over their final two round robin division opponents to move into the playoff round in 52-and-Over play. Joe Basara of the Moorestown Marlins' reports that the ballclub built off their earlier three straight convincing victories over the Delco Bandits, Albany Hornets and the hometown Tampa Bay Rebels, with an 18-14 victory over the Western PA Bucs and a 27-2 rout of the Snowbirds to complete Round Robin play undefeated. 




The Real Reason Behind the Phightin' Phils Championship Run

The Fish continue their quest for a MSBL championship in the Playoff Round with a matchup against the Rhode Island Salty Dogs on Friday afternoon, November 14th.  The contest will be played at the longtime Spring Training home of the 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies, Jack Russell Stadium.

Below are on-site wrapups the Marlins' five preliminary round games down in sunny Florida: 

 Game #1
  South Jersey Marlins 16 - Delco Bandits 2

The South Jersey Marlins got the 2008 Florida Fall Classic off on the right foot by pummeling the Delco Bandits by a score of 16-2. This game was held on Field #3 of the American League Champion Tampa Bay Rays’ Complex in St. Petersburg with the first pitch at 2:45pm.  Robbie Potts led off for the visiting Marlins and worked a walk but was quickly erased when Bill Haines rocketed a tailor made 6-4-3 twin kill.  Steve Alemi had the honors for the Marlins and threw a seven pitch first inning.  In the top of the 2nd catcher Mike Maconi reached on an infield error by the first baseman and Dave Baril followed with a single down the left field line.  Maconi moved to third on Frank Rose’s double play grounder and it looked like the Bandits might escape this 2nd inning jam.  However Gabe Mastrangelo had other plans.  Gabe crushed the second offering into the gap in left center and he was able to chug into third with an RBI triple.  Gary Rodriguez was next and he smoked the first pitch to short that took a bad hop off the eye of the shortstop forcing him out of the game.  At this point the Marlins held a 2-0 lead and never looked back.

In the meantime Steve Alemi continued with his masterful control on the mound inducing many groundballs to Robbie Potts at shortstop.  In the top of the third with one down Robbie Potts crushed a gapper just after legging out a foul ball down the left field line all the way to second.  Potts’ ball rolled to the fence and after strolling into third with a triple, Bill Haines picked him up for the third Marlin run of the afternoon with an infield groundout.  In the top of the 5th Joe Basara led off with a first pitch single to left and Steve Gaunay reached on an infield error.  Potts dropped down a nice sac bunt moving the runners to second and third as Bill Haines picked up one with a single to left.  That was enough for starting pitcher Steve “Noodle” Toler as he was lifted in favor of Surkin.  He immediately plunked Steve Alemi and Mike Maconi picked up two with a single to right.  With two down, Frank Rose plated the 4th run of the inning with a single through the left side raising the score to 8-0 in favor of the Marlins.

In the bottom of the 6th the Bandits finally got on the board with an unearned run.  They also picked up an earned run in the bottom of the 7th when the third hole hitter launched a shot to left center that landed on the edge of the warning track for a double.  That scored the new lead-off hitter who had reached on a bloop single to center.  The Marlins rudely greeted the 4th Bandit hurler in the top of the 8th with the score 8-2.  Dave Baril led off with a walk and advanced to third on two wild pitches.  Frank Rose picked up an RBI as Baril scored on a fly out to right.  Red hot Gabe Mastrangelo launched another gapper to left center and he dropped anchor at second with one down.  After taking third on a wild pitch Gary Rodriguez picked up Gabe with his third hit of the day.  Struggling with his control pitcher Heldring walked Ken Young and hit Dave Thornton to load the bases.  Chuggy Carter wasted no time in his first at bat sending a ball through the left side for the third run of the inning extending the Marlins’ lead to 11-2. 

In the bottom of the 8th, Steve Gaunay replaced Steve Alemi whose work was done.  Gaunay made quick work of the Bandits, the only glitch coming when the third batter hit a ball deep in the hole at short.  Potts got to the ball but with the sun low in the sky Grod was unable to see the toss and bailed on the throw before taking it on the chin.  In the top of the 9th with one down, Steve Alemi led off with a single up the middle.  Bill Haines ran for Alemi and scored when Maconi jacked one to deep right center for a double.  Baril followed with a walk as did Frank Rose to pack the sacks for hot hitting Gabe Mastrangelo.  Gabe got all over the offering and smoked a bases clearing second triple to deep center field.  Gary Rodriguez picked up his 4th RBI of the game with an infield grounder as Mastrangelo scored the Marlins’ 16th and final run of the day.  The Bandits went quietly in the bottom of the 9th as Gaunay closed out the game, a 16-2 Marlins win over the Delco Bandits.  

Steve Alemi pitched a masterpiece, helping his own cause with excellent fielding on the hill.  Alemi threw a mere 68 pitches over 7 innings, giving up only one earned run, four hits and striking out two while walking none.  Gabe Mastrangelo had a career day with two triples, a double and 4 RBIs.  Gary Rodriguez also had three hits and four RBIs and Mike Maconi had a double and three RBIs to lead the way.

 Game #2
 South Jersey Marlins 19 - Albany Hornets 6  

The South Jersey Marlins continued their torrid hitting as they stung the Albany Hornets 19-6.  This game was held in the Al Lang Stadium on the waterfront in the center of St. Petersburg under the lights, kicking off at 7:30pm.  Once again Robbie Potts led off for the visiting Marlins and he wasted no time in spanking a single to left.  Bill Haines was next and he jacked a double in the gap in left center moving courtesy runner Steve Lopes to third.  Steve Alemi chased Lopes home on a single to left and next hitter Mike Maconi drove in Haines with an infield groundout.  Dave Thornton kept things going with a hard grounder through the right side and then with two down Frank Rose crushed an RBI double into the same spot as Haines.  Steve Gaunay followed reaching on an error at third which allowed Rose to score the 5th first inning run for the Fish. 

In the bottom of the 1st Marlin hurler Joe Basara took to the hill with a five spot lead and proceeded to set down the Hornets 1-2-3.In the top of the second, singles by Steve Lopes, Robbie Potts, Mike Maconi and Dave Thornton wrapped around an error increased the Marlins’ lead by 4 to 9-0 against the starting Hornet hurler.  In the top of the third the Fish kept up their offensive attack as the new lefty pitcher had trouble finding the plate, walking the first three men on 12 pitches.  The top of the order then did their job as Potts hit a sac fly, Bill Haines singled and Steve Alemi grounded out to pick up three RBIs.  After Haines alertly scooted home on an overthrow back to the pitcher the score stood at 13–0. 

In the meantime, Joe Basara was exterminating the Hornets in a workman like manner.  In the top of the fifth, Ken Young got off the snide with an infield bloop that was followed by back-to-back doubles crushed by Robbie Potts and Bill Haines.  Maconi also got into the action with a sac fly and when the dust cleared the Fish were gobbling up the Hornets to a tune of 16-0!!

The Hornets finally broke through in the bottom of the 5th as they picked up an unearned run.  It could have been worse but slick fielding by shortstop Robbie Potts and a couple of double plays kept the Hornets under control through six innings.  In the top of the 7th Ken Young led off with a walk and Gary Rodriguez got his first plate appearance as his number one fan had just flown in during the game.  Grod singled and the runners moved up on an infield groundout by Potts.  Bill Haines plated one with a sac fly, Mike Maconi doubled home the second and the last run of the evening was plated on Dave Thornton’s 4th hit of the game. 

With the Marlins leading by a score of 19-1, manager Mike Maconi decided to give starting pitcher Joe Basara the rest of the night off.  A call went out to the bullpen and it was answered by outfielder Dave Baril, pitching for the first time in many many years.  Of course it was at this time that the sure-gloved infielders decided to take some time off too.  After leading off the inning with an error and a walk, a ground out and a strike out – throw em out double play closed out the scoreless bottom of the 7th . 

In the bottom of the 8th that proved to be the last inning played due to the three hour time limit, Marlins’ pitcher Dave Baril started off on the wrong foot by walking the first batter and plunking the second.  After a groundout, another walk loaded the bases.  A single and a couple of infield blunders followed by another single and before you knew it five runs had scored.  The bleeding finally ended with a game ending strikeout. 

Final score: Marlins 19 – 6 over the Hornets.  Marlin starting pitcher Joe Basara received the game ball for his commanding performance on the mound, going 6 innings allowing six hits and one unearned run while striking out two and walking two.  Dave Thornton collected four hits and two RBIs while Bill Haines and Robbie Potts both had three safeties and three and two RBIs respectively.  Mike Maconi drove in four with two hits including a double and Haines had two doubles as the Marlins tallied 19 hits and 19 runs for the game.

 Game #3 
 South Jersey Marlins 12 - Tampa Bay Rebels 8

The South Jersey Marlins returned to the site of their first victory this afternoon as we had a 2:45pm engagement on Field #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays complex in St. Petersburg.  The weather was once again in the mid eighties with clear skies and the Marlins’ bats continued their hot pace.  Playing out of the third base visitor’s dugout for the third consecutive game the Marlins’ faced our old friend, Bob “Old Dog” Rathman who is approaching 70 years old if not already there!  A crafty southpaw he had specifically requested this game as he wanted to see how he’d fare against his old teammates.  I’m sorry to say from his standpoint it wasn’t a happy occasion. 

As always our red hot lead off hitter Robbie Potts got things going right away with a triple over the left fielder’s head and not to be outdone, Bill Haines followed with another triple in the left center gap plating Potts with the first run of the game.  Steve Alemi followed with a grounder to the third baseman who attempted to tag Haines off the base but was unsuccessful allowing Alemi to reach first.  Alemi proceeded to swipe second during Mike Maconi’s turn and then Maconi smacked a single through the left side scoring Haines.  Dave Baril got into the act with a shot up the middle scoring Alemi and the Marlins’ had a 3-0 lead with no outs in the top of the first.  Rathman finally got it under control and was able to retire the next three hitters without any further damage as Gabe Mastrangelo walked to the hill for the Marlins in the bottom half of the first frame with a three spot lead.Gabe was on as great control and defense set the Rebels down on eight first inning pitches. 

In the top of the second with two away left handed hitter Robbie Potts was at it again.  This time it was ONLY a double to the right center gap but Potts was quickly plated on a single to right by Bill Haines, 4-0 Marlins.  In the bottom of the 2nd a dink hit and a full swing bunt put two men on for the Rebels before Mastrangelo struck out one and Dave Baril caught the final out on a tailing hard line drive to left.  The Marlins continued putting up runs in each inning as Maconi led off the 3rd with a single to center and then stole second on “Old Dog”.  Dave Thornton picked up Maconi with a single to right field, 5-0 Marlins.  Gabe Mastrangelo “mastered” the Rebels in the third and last inning of his work this day throwing 36 pitches in his debut appearance.  Gary Rodriguez led off the top of the 4th with a single to left and consecutive perfect bunts by Chuggy Carter and Ken Young pushed GRod to third.  Once again Robbie Potts was up to the task bringing Rodriguez strolling in to score with a deep sac fly blast to right, Marlins 6-0. 

The next hurler for the Marlins was Steve Gaunay and he should have brought his GPS system with him as he walked the first three hitters on 15 pitches.  He was then able to wriggle free with a three pitch strike out and a sweet 6-4-3 twin killing to end the threat.  The top of the 5th began with a Steve Alemi single to left center.  Mike Maconi followed suit with a single of his own setting up a nice bunting opportunity.  Dave Baril laid down a nice bunt towards first base that he was able to just barely leg out for a hit loading the bases for Dave Thornton.  Davey singled in teammate Alemi and Gabe Mastrangelo picked up Maconi on an infield grounder.  Gary Rodriguez then singled home fellow condo resident Dave Baril with the 9th Marlin tally.  The bottom of the 5th wasn’t as kind to Marlin hurler Steve Gaunay as a walk, two singles and two wild pitches accounted for the first two Rebel runs, Marlins up 9-2 after 5 complete.  “Old Dog” finally silenced the Marlin bats in the top of the 6th as Robbie Potts was the only one aboard with his third hit of the game. 

The wheels fell off Gaunay’s cart in the bottom of the 6th as the Marlins were down right sloppy.  A disastrous 6th included a walk, four singles and three errors by the porous infield allowing the Rebels to come up with 6 runs making it a game once again.  At this juncture our huge 9-2 lead had become 9-8 and the call went out far and wide for the next Marlin hurler.  But in the meantime, the Marlins showed everyone just what they were made of as Steve Alemi, using one of the team’s new powerful aluminum bats, singled once again to lead off the inning.  Mike Maconi then blasted a ball to the far reaches of the field rolling it to the fence for an RBI stand-up triple.  At that point an unhappy Bob Rathman exited the mound.  The Rebels’ new pitcher didn’t have time to catch his breath as Dave Baril yanked his first offering down the left field line scoring Maconi and Baril later scored on Gary Rodriguez’s infield groundout.  And Rodriguez was appreciative of these additional three runs as first baseman Rodriguez was our next hurler!!  The Marlin infield kept up the tradition of booting a couple of balls for the new rookie pitchers as they kicked two balls in GRod’s debut.  Fortunately he escaped unscathed and the Marlins held on for one more scoreless inning on both sides for a 12-8 victory.  Gabe Mastrangelo picked up the win and hitting stars Robbie Potts and Mike Maconi both had four hits in the game including triples.  Potts also had a double, Baril had three hits and Alemi and Maconi scored three times apiece.  After a 3-0 start, the Marlins’ batting average is a stellar .465 with 8 doubles and 6 triples for the tournament.

 Game #4
 South Jersey Marlins 18 - Western PA Bucs 14    

The South Jersey Marlins got a measure of revenge against one of the teams that eliminated us from the playoffs a few years ago when we defeated the Western PA Bucs by a score of 18-14. This was the first of two games the Marlins were to play this day at the old Phillies’ Jack Russell Memorial Stadium. A large part of the stadium has been removed from the first base bag all the way around to the third base bag, all that remains are the bleachers down both foul lines and the old dugouts. This allows the winds to rip right across the field as it was blowing straight out to left and center for the entire game. Also with the removal of the stadium directly behind home plate the background for the fielders is unfortunately a bunch of white and light colored warehouses that make it very difficult to pick up the batted ball. It was a blustery partially cloudy day as this game began at 9:00am. It was also the first time in 4 games that we sat in the home dugout along the first base side.

Joe Basara got the honors for the Marlins and he got through the first inning giving up only one hit and no runs. Then it was our turn and our usual lead-off hitter Robbie Potts was given the day off to rest his sore leg muscle. He had also been up late as his brother Dan Potts was taken to the hospital for kidney stones, what a way to spend a vacation! Anyway, Dave Thornton led off with a ball that was dropped by the center fielder. Bill Haines wasted no time in moving Thornton to third with a double to left field. Steve Alemi batted next and he singled home Thornton with a single to right. Clean-up hitter Mike Maconi followed with a full count walk and Dave Baril was awarded first base on a ball thrown behind him as the umpire thought it had struck him but it had not. That drove in Haines with the second run and there were still no outs. Frank Rose bounced into a 6-4-3 pushing across Alemi and Gabe Mastrangelo singled to center to plate Maconi for the 4th and last run of the bottom of the 1st inning. In the top of the 2nd the Bucs got back in the game scoring three on four hits and one error. However, not to be outdone, the Marlins came screaming back with 4 runs on three hits, two errors and a walk with Bill Haines smacking his second double in as many tries.

Meanwhile Joe Basara was mowing down the opposition throwing up zeroes in the 3rd & 4th innings. With the score standing at 8-3 in favor of the Fish we decided it was time to get down to business as usual. With one down Steve Lopes singled to left and Dave Thornton moved him to second on a groundout. Then with two down and high winds affecting the play Bill Haines muscled up and got one into the jet stream. It came down right on the top of the concrete block wall left field fence some 350 feet away and bounced into the palm trees for the team’s first dinger of the competition. And that seemed to open the floodgates as Alemi followed with a single to center, Mike Maconi reached on an error by the shortstop, Dave Baril launched one to left that was misplayed for an error and Frank Rose plated two with a double. Basara gave up one earned run in the top of the 5th to make it 14-4 and two infield errors accounted for three gift unearned runs in the top of the 6th to make it 14-7.

The top of the Marlins’ lineup got busy in the bottom of the 6th as consecutive singles by Potts, Haines, Alemi, Maconi and Baril followed by sac flies by Rose and Gary Rodriguez added four more to our tally making it 18-7 in favor of the Fish. A crucial infield error in the top of the 8th allowed the Bucs to get two more unearned runs that closed the gap to 18-9, still quite a comfortable lead with one inning to play. HOWEVER a 27 pitch inning that comprised of six hits including two doubles and a triple with a walk and an error got the score to an uneasy 18-14. The bases were full, two were down and the gale force winds were blowing when Gabe Mastrangelo was able to retire the final batter to end this wild and crazy contest.  

 Game #5 
 South Jersey Marlins 27 - Tampa Bay Rebels 2

The South Jersey Marlins had to play the second game of the double header this day against the always anemic Snowbirds at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium (Field). We got a glimpse of them in action the first day at the Rays’ complex so we knew what we were going to see, only worse. There’s just no way to sugar coat it, these guys are just here to get away from the cold weather and have fun, but I don’t know how much fun can be gotten when you get your asses handed to you each and every game. We went into the game 4-0 and they had the opposite record. At least we didn’t have to drive to another field to go through the motions. Ironically, other than our first game against the Delco Bandits, this was the only game where we didn’t come out firing on all cylinders and score a bunch in our half of the first inning, but it didn’t take long.

We scored twice in the bottom of the second and they came back to get one in the top of the third against our battery of Steve Lopes on the hill tossing to our utility man Gary Rodriguez. After Rodriguez’s nice work behind the plate he approached manager Mike Maconi to see if he could renegotiate for a new contract since now he has been on the hill, behind the plate and of course sharing duties at the first sack. We also threatened him with the outfield but he’s been able to avoid that to date! After the score by the Snowbirds in the top of the third, that roar that we all heard was not the near gale force winds but the floodgates that were opening. The Marlins put up a 5 spot in the bottom of the 3rd on four hits including doubles by Dave Baril and Billy Haines. We only got one in the 4th as Steve Alemi singled to lead off the inning for his 3rd at bat and ultimately came around to score for the second time in the game. The 5th saw more of the same with another four runs put up on our side of the ledger. The Fish first six hitters reached including Steve Alemi with his third hit and third score of the game. Oh, by the way, did I mention that while all this was going on that the Snowbirds were throwing up zeroes each inning, I thought not!

We tried to drag the game to the time limit in the bottom of the 6th but we couldn’t quite make it. However we did send 21 batters to the plate, scoring 15 runs on 12 hits and two errors. Alemi singled twice and score two more runs and my only fear was that my mechanical pencil was going to run out of lead! (graphite) The Snowbirds managed to plate one more in the top half of the 7th to make the score of this fiasco 27-2.

I think you got the picture but I’ll review just the same. Winning pitcher was Steve Lopes, throwing all seven innings, giving up two unearned runs while striking out 4 and walking 3. Hitting stars of the day were, well, where do I start? Steve Alemi was 5 for 5 with a walk and 5 runs scored and 4 RBIs, Dave Baril and Bill Haines were both 4 for 6 and one double by Baril and three RBIs while Haines had two doubles and six RBIs. Joe Basara, Gabe Mastrangelo and Gary Rodriguez all had three safeties. At least no one got injured as we begin our playoff run tomorrow!




The South Jersey MSBL is proud to announce that we will be continuing our long phundraising relationship with the 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies once again in 2009.  SJMSBL and the Phils have provided a phundraising option to our ballclubs to assist in paying league fees dating back to 2003 and we expect to schedule a possible 2-3 phundraising events to root on the Phighten' Phils in defending their crown this upcoming season.


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Thursday, December 6

From: Terry Annese, SJMSBL 28+ President (With thanks to John Kovach and Gary Shears)

I spoke with Joe Aupperle this afternoon, who unfortunately was calling with some extremely sad news - the unexpected passing of close friend and longtime Voorhees Phillies' outfielder,  Sal Intelisano - who died yesterday from a sudden heart attack at age 44.

Some of us knew Sal a bit longer than others.  On top of competing against him over the past 7 years,  I had the pleasure of managing Sal at this year's All-Star Game,  after which he quietly announced that 2007 was to be his final season playing in the league.   Sal was so happy just to be there and most definitely quantified that certain something that brings all of us back out to the ball field every weekend.  Despite at times playing alongside guys nearly 15 years his junior, Sal not only competed on every pitch,  but he always made sure to enjoy every game with the same verve as a little leaguer.  

I think I can attest for everyone who played with or against Sal over the years to state that he was one of the good guys who will definitely be missed.   Our hearts go out to Sal's family.    

From the BCT:

Burlington County Times

Salvatore R. Intelisano, Jr. passed away December 5, 2007.  Beloved husband of Michelle (nee Bernstein).  Devoted father of Timothy and dear son of Sal and Catherine. Also survived by his sister, Patricia.

Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing Monday, 10 to 11 AM and funeral service at 11 AM at WEBER FUNERAL HOME, 112 Broad St., Riverton, NJ, 856-829-2700. Interment: Locustwood Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Sal's name to the Special Olympics New Jersey, Inc., 3 Princess Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. 

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Ellie Koerner
She's tuff just like daddy!
Friday, January 11
Ellie Koerner Is One Tuff Little Girl

Former Washington Township Senator great Dr. Dave Koerner and his wife, Nicole, are facing one of the most devastating situations any parent can imagine -- their beautiful, 4-year-old daughter, Ellie, has been diagnosed with Leukemia. The Koerner's are spending all their time at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as the wonderful doctors and nurses at that facility do everything in their power to fight this thing.

Dave and Nicole's friends and family are holding a benefit dinner to help support them on March 2, 2008 at Dave and Buster's in Philadelphia, and the Senators would like to invite all of you. Please click here if you'd like to attend, or to make a donation to help.

Thanks in advance to everyone in SJMSBL for your support.

Let the Debate Begin........

Chopping down metal the right thing to do
By Eric Adelson
Special to Page 2

How often are we given the chance to save a life? Some of us live for decades without getting that chance. And some of us don't even see the chance when it's right in front of us.

Do we really need aluminum bats anyway?The New York City Council might have saved a life -- or several -- on Tuesday when it overrode a veto by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on a bill that would ban metal bats in the nation's largest school system. The ban is scheduled to go into effect in September.

So will the law save a life? Ask Debbie Patch, who watched her son get hit with a line drive off a metal bat in an American Legion game in Montana in 2003. She heard the "Ping!" of the metal bat, then the thud of rawhide against flesh and bone. Brandon did not make it through the night. He was 18 years old.

Maybe Brandon would have died anyway? Maybe a wood bat would have hit his pitch just as hard? Maybe.

But is "maybe" enough? "Maybe" doesn't help Debbie Patch sleep at night. Maybe her son would be alive if there were no metal bats. Maybe he wouldn't. Maybe metal bats are more dangerous than wood bats. Maybe not. But why do we have "maybe" when we could have "definitely?" Is "maybe" enough for our nation's children?

Here are what metal-bat supporters will argue:

They will argue that there is no specific evidence that wooden bats are safer than metal bats. This argument fails on two fronts. First, how many home runs would Barry Bonds have if he was allowed to use a metal bat? Raise your hand if you think he'd have the same, or fewer. Now go see your therapist, because you're crazy.

Second, let's see the scientific evidence that metal bats are safer than wood bats. The NCAA has legislated that metal bats are supposed to adhere to "wood-like" performance. Well, what's more wood-like than wood itself? Can metal bats perform like wood? Maybe. Can wood bats perform like wood? Definitely.

Metal bat proponents will argue that baseball is already a very safe sport. True. Does that mean it's as safe as it can be? We've all heard that flying is safer than driving. So should we stop trying to make flying safer?

Then there are the legions of coaches and baseball lovers who support the use of metal bats. Each and every one of these people need to be asked if they are being paid by the metal bat industry. Easton spent $134,000 lobbying the New York City Council, according to the New York Sun. With metal bat prices at more than $300 per, Easton and Louisville Slugger have plenty more money to line the pockets of college coaches and other ostensibly objective parties. Are coaches under the influence of money? Maybe. Would their opinions more likely be taken seriously if we all knew money wasn't involved? Definitely.

Let's now move on to those who say we are hurting our children's chances of scholarships, because stats will be lower with wood bats than with metal bats. First of all, doesn't this argument prove that metal bats hit the ball harder and farther? How can metal bats create better stats without being more dangerous? Second, recruiters follow youth baseball very closely. Surely they will know that a player from New York is using wood bats, and might not have the same stats as a player who uses a metal bat. Coaches are not stupid. They can see the wood bat on film. They are not blind. They can hear a crack instead of a ping. They are not deaf. And, by the way, wouldn't a major-league scout rather see a hitter using the same instrument he would use in the big leagues? Anyone can drop a bloop single with a metal bat, but how many can bang out a base hit with a wood bat?

And finally, there is the cost argument. Metal bat backers say some teams will not be able to afford all the wood bats necessary for season after season. Nice try, but a wood bat is up to seven times cheaper than a metal bat -- which is why there is so much money behind the fight against the ban -- and a team would have to break a lot of bats to go bankrupt. Also, many of the best major leaguers in history grew up playing stickball, either in the streets of New York City or on the sandlots of the Dominican Republic or in other poor areas. Baseball is the national pastime; if kids have found a way to buy cleats and batting gloves and hats and mitts for the last century -- even through the Great Depression -- they will find a way to afford bats.

And what is money for, if not to ensure the safety of our children? We buy alarm systems even though our homes are probably safe. We take self-defense courses even though most of our streets our safe. We fasten our seatbelts even though most of us will never get in a car accident. We do a lot of things in life even though we are generally safe. Perhaps our youth leagues will go on using metal bats forever, and not a single child will die from a batted ball. But if even one does die, why make his/her parents ask themselves if a wood bat would have made a difference? Why put a family through that torture just to save money?

We pay a lot to change "maybe" into "definitely." So why wouldn't communities around the nation pay to follow New York City's lead and maybe save a life? Isn't a little bit of cash worth a lot of peace of mind?


Eric Adelson is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.

Wednesday, April 5
A Baseball Prayer for all on Opening Day

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Ballplayers!!!.....if you are an experienced baseball player and are looking to play some weekend hardball, email us today with your information! Please visit the websites for all existing and new teams in our Over 28+, Over 38+, Over 47+ and NEW Over 18+ divisions are playing in your area during the current Spring/Summer 2007 season!!

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Wednesday, November 26
The Real Reason Behind the Phighten' Phils Championship Run 

Tuesday, December 2
 Game #6  - Quarterfinals 
  South Jersey Marlins 15 - Rhode Island Salty Dogs 6 

The South Jersey Marlins were back at Jack Russell Memorial Field to kick off our 2008 Playoff Run against the Salty Dogs from Rhode Island. A few years ago this team eliminated us from the playoffs in Phoenix so we were determined not to let that happen again in Florida. We arrived early to catch a glimpse of the Delco Bandits as they squeaked by their opponent from New Orleans keeping their playoff hopes alive. The weather continued to be mild and blustery as the wind was blowing out to left. The start time for this playoff game was 12:45pm and Gabe Mastrangelo was Jonesing for the ball. Because of our 5-0 record in the five seeding games we will the home team throughout the playoffs.

In the top of the first Mastrangelo faced only four hitters giving up one hit and no runs. In the bottom half of that frame the Marlins continued doing what we had been doing in the previous five games. With one down Bill Haines stroked a double to left and was pushed across on Steve Alemi’s single. After Alemi swiped second he moved to third on a fielder’s choice and Dave Baril followed with a first pitch RBI single to center plating Alemi. Baril then pilfered second and the 6th batter of the inning, Dave Thornton singled scoring Baril from second. Gabe Mastrangelo was next and he helped his cause by crushing a 0-2 count to left for an RBI triple pushing Thornton across with the 4th first inning run. It appeared that Gabe was still recovering from that long sprint as he struggled in the second giving up two runs on two hits, two walks and a sac fly. In the bottom of the second the Salty Dogs (Perros Salados) gave up a single to Joe Basara (aka Joe Bah-sarah) and a double to Robbie Potts with one down and then walked Bill Haines to load the bases with one down. Unfortunately the Marlins weren’t able to cash in as the Dogs retired the next two batters on a line-out and foul out.

In the top of the third the Salty Dogs scored once on three singles against Gabe Mastrangelo as our original four run lead had now dwindled to one. Gabe Mastrangelo got things going once again for the Marlins in the bottom of the third with two down as he singled. Dave Thornton took over the running duties for Mastrangelo as Gary Rodriguez followed with a double to center scoring Thornton from first, 5-3 in favor of the Fish. Things remained quiet on both sides of the field for the next four innings as few batters reached from the 4th through the 7th. Mastrangelo continued his “mastery” of the Dogs escaping damage in these middle innings even though the Fish defense was suspect with three miscues.

In the bottom of the 8th the Marlins held on to a tenuous 5-3 lead as Bill Haines led off the inning with a fly to left that was misplayed. Haines used his speed to steal second and he moved to third on a single by Steve Alemi. An infield bloop by Mike Maconi that no one wanted to field loaded the bases for Dave Baril. With the infield up and the outfield back as the wind was blowing straight to left, Baril took a big cut and floated a “Becho Harvey” quail to left scoring two. Dave Thornton was next and he was plunked on the first pitch reloading the bases for Gabe Mastrangelo. Gabe bounced one to first and the fielder tried to get Maconi at the plate but threw the ball away allowing Baril to score from second. A walk to Gary Rodriguez reloaded the bases with no outs before the Dogs retired the first man of the inning. Ken Young followed with a two run single to left and Rob Potts flew out to center for the second out of the inning. Bill Haines was next and he reached once again on an error for his second at bat of the 8th inning. Steve Alemi doubled in two runs with his second hit of the inning and after Maconi took one for the team, Dave Baril picked up his second hit and third RBI of the inning as the rout was on. Ultimately, the Marlins sent 15 batters to the plate, scoring 10 runs on six hits and three errors to put this game out of reach to send the Fish to the Semifinals.

 Game #7 - Semifinals 
 South Jersey Marlins 27 - Det-Knox Royals 10

The Looking out across the Gulf of Mexico before leaving for our game across the peninsula, it didn’t look too promising as the early morning rains were battering the Clearwater Beach area and were threatening us in Madiera Beach. However the game was being held in Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg and the weather reports said it would blow over. We had to contend with virtually no parking at the stadium and since it was Rib Fest Day we had to pay $5 to park for our game. Once inside the stadium it began to rain sporadically and the mound and the plate remained covered. Finally it let up enough to get started as the Rays’ ground crew initiated some banter about the rain and playing a team from the Philadelphia area, imagine that! Frank Rose got the rock for the South Jersey Marlins and he was able to dodge a bullet in the top of the 1st. We escaped a first and third with one down as the runner on third was cut down on a double steal attempt. Then it was back to business with the ever productive top of the Marlins order. Gimpy Robbie Potts led off once again with a single to right and Bill Haines followed with a single through the left side. After a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position Steve Alemi loaded the bases with a full count walk. Then with one down Dave Baril stroked an RBI single to left plating the first run for the Fish. Dave Thornton was next and he roped a two run single to left as the Marlins took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first frame.

In the top of the second, Rose was aided by a nice 6-4-3 twin killing after the lead off batter singled to stifle the Royals. Ken Young was first for the Marlins in the bottom of the 2nd and singled with a full count through the left side and Joe Basara got plunked on the next pitch putting two runners on with no outs. Robbie Potts jumped all over the first offering sending it to left scoring Young and moving Gary Rodriguez, who was running for Basara to third. Bill Haines picked up Rodriguez with a single moving Gabe Mastrangelo, who was running for Potts to third. Haines got hung up on a double steal attempt but Mastrangelo was able to score the 6th Marlin run to close out the scoring in the 2nd. In the top of the 3rd the Royals picked up an unearned run as they finally got on the board 6-1 in favor of the Marlins. Dave Baril led off the bottom of the 3rd with a single to left-center and then the next three hitters struck out. However, chaos ensued when a dropped third strike on the third batter was originally called out even though the runner safely reached first. After a conference between the three umpires (umpiring class 101) they allowed the runner to reach first and the inning continued. In the top of the 4th with one down and a runner on first, the Royals’ 7th hitter jacked a ball over Gabe’s head in deep center for a run scoring triple. He was quickly plated on a sac fly to Ken Young in right tightening the score to 6-3 Marlins. As usual, the Fish didn’t take this sitting down as Joe Basara led off the bottom of the 4th with a single. Robbie Potts, with his injured quad, laid down a perfect sac bunt that he turned into a single moving Ken Young, running for Basara, all the way around to third as the third baseman did not get back in time to cover. Bill Haines followed with a walk to load the bases for Steve Alemi who sent a sac fly to center scoring Young. A walk to Mike Maconi reloaded the bases after a balk had moved both runners up a base. A subsequent wild pitch scored Mastrangelo running for Potts just before Dave Baril drove a ball to center scoring Haines. Soon thereafter, Gabe got to bat for himself driving a single to right scoring Baril from second with the Marlins’ 10th run of the game.

The Royals did not lay down as they came roaring back in the top of the 5th against Rose. Three singles, a walk and an error scored three runs as the Royals were back in this game 10-6 Marlins.



The Marlins are not South Jersey MSBL's only team involved in Fall Classic play down in Florida this week.  The SJMSBL 2007 35+ American Champion Delco Astros currently sit in fourth place in the 35-and-Over National/American Division with a record of 1-2, while the New Jersey 40's also sit at 1-2 in the National/American the 45-and-over Division.

The Annual MSBL Fall Classic features hundreds of MSBL teams literally from all over the Western Hemisphere (with teams coming up from as far away as Venezuela!), ranging in age from 18-to-75,  competing against one another at numerous MLB Spring Training and minor league baseball facilities around Florida's Gulf Coach Region. The MSBL Fall Classic is the sister tournament to the MSBL World Series, which is played at various MLB Spring Training ball parks and facilities throughout Arizona. 







Monday, December 29

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