Bluebonnet wins World Series

Bluebonnet wins World Series

Bluebonnet defeated Linglestown in 6 games to win the 2017 TCBA World Series.
Congratulations to Dave on winning his 2nd crown in 3 years, and to all the playoff managers.
Thought I would include the summary of the series that Tom provided:

(BL won the TCBA Championship Series and fully deserved it by winning 3 games via shutout along with a 17-inning win where BL held LL scoreless for the last 11 innings to win the seeming endless game by 3-2 score. Linglestown went into the series with BL having hit 18 homers in the playoffs but only managed 1 against BL for the series. Dave’s club completely dominated. Let me be the first to formally congratulate Dave.)

The 43rd season of TCBA is in the books and. hopefully by the end of this week, we will have the new data disk and the initial c-file for the 2018 season.

Attached is a c-file with the World Series results and Champions/Hall of Fame files.



World Series Recap

Here is the results of the World Series! Red Hill wins in 4, …… 3 very exciting close games, one game, the series opener went 16 innings. The games are in script form so you can read every inning. Red Hill pitching was dominant allowing no runs in 2 games, and 1 run in each of the other 2 games. Zack Greinke the real Cy Young in 2016 was overpowering!. He allowed 2 runs, but only 1 earned, and the rest of the staff allowed no runs for the rest of the World Series. I thought about sending out a series recap, but I think the script will suffice, it gives you every inning.

Congrats to Allan Silverwood on a fabulous season and great playoff run!!

Bucs win a title after 40 years

Hi to All of my good lifetime friends. What a great time it has been
“battling” all of these 41 seasons. We have had much better teams that just
couldn’t get over the top. But Mark Buehrle who spent every year of his
career but one with the Buccos finally won one for us. Thank you all for
helping make the possible. Fun!!

The top winner in Bucco history surpassing the great Steve Carlton in
lifetime wins wasn’t as strong as he was in many years but by total
coincidence he faced one the great pitchers of our time Clayton Kershaw
TWICE. The first game he battled Mr K. to a 1-1 draw through 6 innings
allowing only 2 hits but the Bucs lost in 10 innings by the score of the
series 2-1. In game 6 with the Bucs up 3 games to two, Mark faced Clayton
once again. This time he outdueled Clayton allowing only ONE hit in almost 6
innings. Buehrle left after giving up his only walk in the 6th innings as
the Bucco pen took over to take a 2-0 lead to the bottom of the 9th. In this
classic series only one game was not decided by a single run. Victor
Martinez nailed a smash over the fence off of Jared Hughes to once again get
to a 2-1 score with two outs. Hughes got that final out by retiring
Donaldson to give the Bucs this victory that been sought so long.

Jason Parry deserves a Manager of the Year award for his fierce battles as a
wild card through the ayoffs beating mighty and heavily favored Susquehana
team in round one in 7 games, winning two in deep extra innings. Then
facing the nearly unbeatable Solana Beach and taken in 7 games again , the
Goiter won two more extra inning games and two more 2-1 victories including
5 more one run games. And then finally favored to win against the hapless
Bucco, they lost two at home by one run again 2-1, and 3-2. Going to Mike
Schmidt Stadium they seemed about to lose but once again won an extra inning
game 2-1 behind MrK. The were inspired by a 5-2 game to tie the series AT
Bluebonnet. Matt Shoemaker took an early 4-0 lead in game 5 but yet again
the Jason’s Goiter fought back to 4-3 only to stopped by Hughes and
Gorzelany. Game six was described above as MR B outpitched Mr K with Mr
Hughes closing the door a final time.

Every Bucco win was by one run! Jason came ever so close to his first World
series win but we would bet a bunch of dollars that he will not take him 41
years to win his first title.

The MVP was Jimmy Rollins , another, older veteran , who played his heart
out. He played all 17 games coming into the final game with a slash line of
.333, .540, .417. Three home runs, 9 RBI’s and 21 hits. Stole 6 bases.
True he was 0-5 with two whiffs in that final game but without him, the Bucs
wouldn’t have won a single series. Matt Shoemaker won 4 games in the series
starting fewer games than Johnny Cueto who won 3 . Matt’s ERA was 2.28 in
27+ innings.

Thanks to all of you but especially Bob Van Valkenburg for helping us have
so much fun for so many years. That 50anniversary is just a piece down the
road. Who would have imagined Jim Lafargue’s idea would have grown into
these two or more leagues that have endured for so long.

Thank you so much!!



Press Release from the Scott Anacondas

Rosenberg, TX – The recently completed trade between Milwaukee and Scott saw A. J. Pierzynski change teams. This was a triumph of immediate need over long-term loyalty as A. J. Pierzynski was the last link to the expansion 2001 Scott Anacondas. Long gone are David Ortiz, Roy Halladay, Jimmy Rollins, Michael Young, Juan Pierre, Mark Kotsay, Pat Burrell, and a whole bunch of guys you would have a hard time recalling. Charlie Hudson (grade 9) was my only non-D pitcher and the Anacondas went 32-130. We did, however, win one game by scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the 9th to erase a 9-run deficit; I’m pretty sure that is never going to happen again. Anyway, A. J. Pierzynski was my 3rd round pick…a rookie catcher getting a cup of coffee with the San Francisco Giants. A. J. was never the best catcher around, but he put up consistently usable numbers every year as a member of the Scott 9. We’ll miss you Pierzynski! Winfield
Scott Anacondas

TCBA: Red Hill Rollers vs Scott Anacondas

#2 seed Winfield Scott’s Anacondas hosted #7 seed Bill Brunton’s Rollers in a set of playoffs where record does not seem to matter; I truly believe any team in these playoffs could win the World Series (well, except for Susquehanna who has already – barely – been eliminated). Red Hill and Scott sport 7 World Series championships between them, and experts expect this series to be extremely close. Play Ball!!
Game 1 – Scott sent Mike Fiers to the mound opposed by Red Hill’s Zack Greinke. Red Hill threatened in both the 1st and 2nd innings, but could not come through with a hit when runners were in scoring position. Scott had the same problem, going 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position in the first 2 innings. RH’s Jose Reyes led off the top of the 3rd with a single, then was put into motion as Adam Lind lined a shot into the RF corner and scored easily. In the top of the 4th RH’s Jason Castro singled with 1 out and then, after Greinke struck out, Andrew McCutchen cleared the LF fence with a long fly to push the Rollers out to a 3-0 lead. Scott finally got their offense going in the bottom of the 4th when Carlos Gomez led off with a single. After Edwin Encarnacion struck out David Peralta duplicated McCutchen’s trick by going opposite field over the LF fence and cutting the lead to 3-2. Scott’s bullpen went into lockdown mode, giving up only a lone single to the Rollers over the next 5 innings while walking none and striking out 6. Could the Anacondas bats break through? In the 6th Encarnacion walked but went nowhere. In the 8th Robinson Cano doubled, but Carlos Gomez flew out to LF to end the threat. In the bottom of the 9th, RH’s Zach Putnam got Encarnacion to ground out to Jose Reyes then blew a fastball past Steve Pearce for the second out. Melky Cabrera stepped up…drove it deep to CF…and Andrew McCutchen tracked it down to end the game. Neither team could get a hit with runners in scoring position…all 5 runs scored with a runner on 1st. Red Hill held on for the 3-2 victory and a 1-0 series lead.
Game 2 – Scott’s Tanner Roark faced Red Hill’s Yordano Ventura. Both teams wasted a 2-out double in the first 2 innings, but Scott broke through in the 3rd when Jose Reyes’ wild throw put Roark on first then Matt Carpenter doubled him to third. Robinson Cano hit a grounder to Ian Kinsler who fired home and nailed Roark at the plate. But Carlos Gomez legged out an infield hit and Carpenter crossed the plate to make the score 1-0 Scott. In the bottom of the 5th with 2 outs Robinson Cano and Carlos Gomez walked with 2 outs, then Steve Pearce dinked an rbi single to LF. Red Hill pulled Ventura and brought in Roman Mendez, but Edwin Encarnacion greeted with a one-hopper of the CF wall to plate 2 more…4-0 Scott. In the bottom of the 7th the Anaconda bats continued to ring out as Robinson Cano walked and scored on Eric Campbell’s 2-out pinch-hit double. David DeJesus walked then Melky Cabrera ended all doubt in the game by launching a 3-run blast as Scott built an 8-0
lead. Red Hill put 2 runners on in the 8th but couldn’t bring them home, and then went quietly in the 9th as Scott wrapped up the 8-0 victory. Off to Red Hill!
Scott Anacondas

Press Release from the Scott Anacondas

Rosenberg, TX – The recently completed trade between Milwaukee and Scott saw A. J. Pierzynski change teams. This was a triumph of immediate need over long-term loyalty as A. J. Pierzynski was the last link to the expansion 2001 Scott Anacondas. Long gone are David Ortiz, Roy Halladay, Jimmy Rollins, Michael Young, Juan Pierre, Mark Kotsay, Pat Burrell, and a whole bunch of guys you would have a hard time recalling. Charlie Hudson (grade 9) was my only non-D pitcher and the Anacondas went 32-130. We did, however, win one game by scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the 9th to erase a 9-run deficit; I’m pretty sure that is never going to happen again. Anyway, A. J. Pierzynski was my 3rd round pick…a rookie catcher getting a cup of coffee with the San Francisco Giants. A. J. was never the best catcher around, but he put up consistently usable numbers every year as a member of the Scott 9. We’ll miss you Pierzynski!

TCBA World Series – Milwaukee Goiter vs Scott Anacondas

So in 2014 the TCBA saw an exciting regular season produce 8 100-win teams that would make the playoffs (Bill Brunton’s Red Hill Rollers –
118, Hal Berkstresser’s Harrisburg Heroes – 118, Winfield Scott’s Scott Anacondas – 111, Bill Stamper’s Windy City Slickers – 101, Jason Parry’s Milwaukee Goiter – 114, Dave Ahrens’ Appleton Legends – 109, Ben Zuhl’s Belgrade Zips – 104, and Jim Stamper’s Second City Spartans – 100). In the first round, Red Hill topped Second City in 6 games, Harrisburg edged out Belgrade in 6, Scott swept Appleton, and Milwaukee upended Windy City in 6. In the second round, Milwaukee came back from a 2-1
games deficit to end Red Hill’s season in 6 while Scott prevailed over Harrisburg in 6 hard-fought games. Thus the defending 2013 World Series champion Scott Anacondas hosted the Milwaukee Goiter to decide the 2014 season. The fans at the SnakeDome were pumped and ready to party. Play ball!
G1 – MG’s Clayton Kershaw at SA’s Jorge de la Rosa. Scott would draw first blood in the bottom of the 2nd when David Wright singled, stole second, and scored on a Jason Heyward single. The score would remain 1-0 until the bottom of the 5th when, with 2 outs, SA pinch-hitter Daric Barton ran into a Kershaw fastball and drilled it out in right center…2-0, Scott. With 2 on and 1 out in the top of the 6th, MG’s Josh Donaldson bounced into a double play, while in the bottom of the frame SA’s Matt Carpenter was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple. MG left 2 runners on base in the 7th and another runner on base in the 8th as Tanner Roark completed 3 far-too-exciting shutout innings of relief. SA’s Joe Nathan came on in the 9th and immediately struck out Victor Martinez and Coco Crisp, then induced pinch-hitter Tony Abreu to fly out to CF as Scott held on for the 2-0 win and 1-0 series lead.
G2 – MG’s Anibal Sanchez at SA’s Andy Pettitte. Milwaukee started more quickly this game as lead-off hitter Craig Gentry walked, stole second, went to third on a grounder, and scored on Hanley Ramirez’ sac fly. However, Scott answered immediately when George Kottaras led off the bottom of the 1st with a big fly…1-1. The Goiter defense then got very loose as errors by Hanley Ramirez and Josh Donaldson allowed another run to score and Scott led 2-1 after 1. In the top of the 3rd with two runners on MG’s Daniel Nava drove a liner that split the gap in right center and plated 2, then in the top of the 4th Josh Donaldson ruined a Pettitte curve for a solo shot and MG had a 4-2 lead. Donaldson struck out with the bases loaded to end a threat in the 5th, and Scott responded with a 2-out George Kottaras double that plated Jason Heyward to make the score 4-3 MG after 5. In the bottom of the 7th with 1 out Jason Heyward blasted a solo shot off Tyler Clippard to tie the game at 4. Then Elvis Andrus walked and stole second and third. A. J. Pierzynski followed with a drive to deep left…Andrus beat the throw home and Scott led 5-4. MG’s Super-hot Hanley Ramirez doubled to lead off the 8th and, after Chris Davis struck out, Josh Donaldson launched a bomb to left…second homer of the game…MG led 6-5. Could SA come from behind a third time in the game? Koji Uehara said no, setting down the Anacondas 1-2-3 in the 9th. Milwaukee celebrated the 6-5 win and tied the series at 1-1.
G3 – SA’s Chris Tillman at MG’s Kris Medlen. Shifting to Milwaukee, the Goiter struck first in the bottom of the 2nd when Victor Martinez ripped a hanging slider over the RF wall…1-0 MG. In the bottom of the 4th, Martinez led off with a single then Josh Donaldson doubled him to third. Norichika Aoki then flew out to center, and miraculously Martinez (4 sp) beat Carlos Gomez’ throw (37 arm) home. Howie Kendrick grounded out but Donaldson crossed the plate and MG led 3-0 after 4. SA pinch-hitter Daric Barton led off the 6th with a single and Shane Robinson pinch-ran. Pinch-hitter A. J. Pierzynski swung through a hit-and-run attempt, but Robinson beat Martinez’ throw into second. Pierzynski then made it academic by belting the ball over the fence and cutting the lead to 3-2. Medlen was shaken and sent four wide ones to Jonny Gomes; Alexi Casilla pinch-ran and stole second followed by Matt Carpenter drawing another walk. Joaquin Benoit relieved Medlen, but immediately walked Edwin Encarnacion to load the bases. David Wright struck out for the first out, but Carlos Gomez smashed a fastball deep to left center to clear the bases; he would end up taking third on the throw. Jason Heyward grounded back to the pitcher and Gomez was caught in a rundown; there were now 2 outs and Heyward was on second. Elvis Andrus kept the party going by drilling a single to left that plated another run; Scott sent 10 batters to the plate in the 6th and left it with a 6-3 lead. In the 7th Pierzynski singled, Todd Helton’s bunt was dropped by Howie Kendrick, and Matt Carpenter singled in a run. Edwin Encarnacion doubled and Scott pushed the lead to 8-3. That would prove to be the final score and Scott took a 2 games to 1 lead.
G4 – SA’s Jorge de la Rosa at MG’s Clayton Kershaw. With 2 outs in the bottom of the first, Hanley Ramirez launched a big fly and MG led 1-0. SA’s David Wright immediately responded in the top of the second with his own solo shot with one out. Carlos Gomez followed with a single then stole second and third, but Kershaw struck out Jason Heyward for the second out. Elvis Andrus stepped in…Kershaw wound…and Gomez broke for the plate, beating Martinez’ desperation tag! Scott led 2-1 after 2. In the bottom of the 4th Hanley Ramirez came up again…and launched another blast to tie the game at 2-2. In the bottom of the 6th with 2 outs Ramirez…wrecked his 3rd homer of the game. Chris Davis then reached on an error and Victor Martinez doubled him home as the 6th inning ended with a 4-2 MG lead. In the bottom of the 8th Ramirez came up with 1 out and Daniel Nava on first…and Brandon Kintzler drilled him! Both teams rushed the mound, but there was just a lot of milling. Kintzler was invited to take an early shower and both benches were warned. Alex Torres got out of the jam and the game moved to the 9th. With one out Koji Uehara walked Matt Carpenter, then Edwin Encarnacion singled to LF…Nava booted the ball and runners ended up on 2nd and 3rd. David Wright then dropped a single into right…Carpenter scored…Encarnacion headed for home…Craig Gentry’s throw came in…out at the plate! MG cuts down the tying run!! Wright had taken second on the throw but Uehara struck out Carlos Gomez to end the game; MG won 4-3 and tied the series at 2 games to 2.
G5 – SA’s Andy Pettitte at MG’s Anibal Sanchez. Moment of silence for what will likely be the last appearance of a fine 18-year career from Andy Pettitte in which all 18 years produced a usable or better APBA card. Led MLB in games started 3 times and won double-digit victories 16 times. Went 15-10, 3.27 era for the Scott Anacondas in his final season. Got off to a fine start this game by matching zeroes with Sanchez for the first 3 innings. In the top of the 4th Jason Heyward got hold of a Sanchez slider and deposited it over the outfield wall…1-0 Scott. In the 5th a pair of 2-out doubles by Matt Carpenter and Edwin Encarnacion made it 2-0 Scott. In the 6th Scott seemed to put the game out of reach as Heyward ripped a 2-run homer and Encarnacion added a bases loaded 2-out single to make it 6-0 Scott. In the bottom of the 8th MG’s Chris Davis mashed a 2-out 2-run homer to cut it to 6-2. Coco Crisp led off the bottom of the 9th with a walk and on came Joe Nathan. Crisp stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Pinch-hitter Tony Abreu singled to cut the lead to 6-3. With 2 outs Norichika Aoki walked to bring the tying run to the plate, but Nathan got Daniel Nava to go fishing for strike three as Scott held on for the 6-3 victory and a 3 games to 2 series lead.
G6 – MG’s Kris Medlen at SA’s Chris Tillman. MG’s Norichika Aoki singled to lead off the game and took off, but Gerald Laird cut him down with a strike to second. In the bottom of the second SA’s David Wright walked and stole second…Carlos Gomez followed with a single to left to score Wright although Gomez was thrown out at second trying to advance on the play at the plate…1-0 Scott. The Anacondas loaded the bases in the bottom of the 3rd but David Wright struck out to end the rally. In the bottom of the 4th Carlos Gomez walked and stole second, then Jason Heyward ripped a hot grounder down the 3rd base line for a double; 2-0
Scott. Elvis Andrus grounded out but moved Heyward to 3rd, then Chris Tillman flew out to short RF…Heyward headed home and barely beat the throw! 3-0 SA. Tillman threw 5 shutout innings but when Howie Kendrick led off the 6th with a single Scott manager Dick Williams went straight to the bullpen and brought in Alex Torres who got out of the inning with no further difficulty. In the top of the 7th Williams brought in Joe Nathan to try to stop any rally before it started. The strategy would work to perfection as Nathan proceeded to set down the final 9 Goiter hitters in order; Scott won the game 3-0 and the series 4 games to 2.
A heartfelt congratulations to Jason Parry and the Milwaukee Goiter on a very fine season, and to all of my fellow TCBA owners who make this hobby so enjoyable. Great job in 2014…on to 2015! Winfield
Scott Anacondas
TCBA Champions 2006, 2013, 2014

Milwaukee vs. Red Hill

A battle of divisional foes. Went something like this …

Game 1 – Kershaw vs. Buchholz – Red Hill jumped out ahead early and did not look back. The first of two Nelson Cruz home runs landed in the bleachers in the first putting the Rollers up 3-0. Red Hill chased Clayton Kershaw after 2.1 innings and five earned runs. Clay Buchholz (6 ip) and J.P. Howell (3 ip) gave up just one hit (a Peter Kozma single) over nine scoreless frames en route to a 6-0 Rollers victory. WP – Buchholz (1-0); LP – Kershaw (1-2); Save – Howell (2)

Game 2 – Sanchez vs. Greinke – Milwaukee got on the board early when Chris Davis knocked in Hanley Ramirez for the game’s first run. Red Hill answered with a run-scoring single from Adam Lind in the fourth. A two-run blast by Chris Davis in the sixth put the Goiter ahead to stay. Milwaukee added an insurance run in the seventh to win 4-1. Anibal Sanchez fanned 12 allowing just one run over 6.2 frames. Four Milwaukee relievers closed out the Goiter victory. WP – Sanchez (2-0); LP – Greinke (1-2); Save – Uehara (3)

Game 3 – Miller vs. Medlen – Similar to the opening game of this series, Red Hill jumped on Milwaukee’s starter early. A four-run first and another run in the third sent Kris Medlen to the showers after just 2.1 frames. Nelson Cruz was at it again belting his third home run of the series. Stephen Drew (3-4) doubled three times and drove in a pair. Adam Lind (2-3) added a pair of hits and drove in a run in the 7-3 Rollers win. Both teams caught the injury bug with Red Hill losing Tyler Thornburg and Milwaukee Daniel Nava for the duration of the series. WP – Miller (3-0); LP – Medlen (1-1)

Game 4 – Kershaw vs. Buchholz – A combined six pitches left the yard between these two teams in what – on paper – appeared to be another marque pitching match-up. Milwaukee scored in five of the first six frames getting a pair of solo shots from Chris Davis (3) along with solo homers from Hanley Ramirez (2) and Victor Martinez (1). Red Hill got on the board in the sixth with an Ian Kinsler two-run tater. The Rollers chased Kershaw after 6+ frames following Nelson Cruz’ fourth homer of the series. Luke Hochevar, Mark Reynolds and Joaquin Benoit (2ip) closed out the 5-3 Goiter victory knotting the series at 2-2. WP – Kershaw (2-2); LP – Buchholz (1-1); Save – Benoit (1)

Game 5 – Sanchez vs. Greinke – Scoreless through 3 1/2 before Milwaukee rolled the dice with a Tony Abreu suicide squeeze to plate Hanley Ramirez and the game’s first run. Red Hill responded in the sixth with an RBI single off the bat off the game’s lead-off hitter – and Red Hill starting pitcher – Zack Greinke. Milwaukee answered in the bottom half of the frame when Coco Crisp knocked in Victor Martinez with the game’s final run. Anibal Sanchez fanned 12 for the second straight game allowing just five hits and a single run in the complete game 2-1 Goiter victory. WP – Sanchez (3-0); LP – Greinke (1-3)

Game 6 – Medlen vs. Miller – Milwaukee jumped on the board early thanks to a two-run shot by Josh Donaldson in the first. Red Hill answered with three in the third highlighted by an Andrew McCutchen homer and Nelson Cruz’ fifth blast of the series. The Goiter added three more in the sixth, two in the seventh and one more in the eighth. The Rollers made things interesting in the ninth, but Milwaukee held on to an 8-4 win advancing to its second World Series in franchise history. WP – Medlen (2-1); LP – Parnell (0-1)

Tough series. Congrats to Bill and the Rollers on another great season.