Charlie's Bar 11-Blue Rocks 8
GPMABL league MVP
Joe Beyer went the distance on guts and guile holding the opposition off
until the last out -- congratulations to Charlie's Bar, 2002 GPMABL Champs.
Blue Rocks 7-Charlie's Bar 6
Down to their last
out, the Blue Rocks rallied to tie the game and then win it with a bad-hop
grounder and sinking line drive in the ninth.
Fred Schaefer swings at the plate at Richie
Dave Steel -
Manager (Charlie's Bar)
Steel managed Charlie's Bar to the GPMABL Championship -- Dave's first
championship since he was a junior at Cheltenham HS in 1979 (he was All-Suburban-one
senior year). Dave Played two years at the University of Tampa and transfered
to Widener University. He played six years in the Pen-Del League 1980-86,
and one year in the Atlantic County League, NJ in 1990. He served as Assistant
Coach for the Abington Friends HS baseball team in 1985 and 1986. After
a 10-year hiatus, Rip Van Winkle came back to steward the expansion CB
to its first championship after a see-saw 2001 year, 8-9 record. Dave led
team this year in pinch hits, going 6-for-13 overall with one HR and four
RBI. In game two of the championship series, he lined a pinch-hit single
to key a 3-run rally to re-gain the lead before the Blue Rocks bounced
back for a thrilling comeback victory. Dave works for an 85-year-old
precision parts company in Philadelphia and is married with two kids.
Charlie's Bar 13-Blue Rocks 2
Mike Ganley held
the Blue Rocks potent offense quiet and hit a clutch two-RBI single to
break open the game. Fred Schaefer homered, Jason Hale had two hits,
and Jason Muchler was three-for-five in the win.
- C/P (Charlie's Bar)
Mike Ganley pitched
for only his second appearance this year and went nine strong innings for
the complete game victory over the powerful Blue Rocks in game one of the
championship series. Mike grew up in Hilton, NY, lived and played
seven years of MABL baseball in Boston, and moved to Philly in January
of this year. Mike is 30 and joined Charlie's Bar through the draft
as a catcher. He is an independent software engineering consultant.
Charlie's Bar 4-Comets 3
A Jason Muchler
sac-fly in the 10th inning plated the game winner and then Greg Thompson
held off a Comets Rally in the bottom of the 10th as Charlie's Bar advanced
to the GPMABL Finals.
Blue Rocks 9-Indians 5
went the distance and had five hits and put down an Indians bases-loaded
rally in the ninth as the Blue Rocks advanced to the GPMABL Finals.
- P/SS (Blue Rocks)
D'Alessandro had five big hits to help eliminate the Indians in the GPMABL
Semi-Finals. Joe, Hardball Magazine's Summer cover boy, grew up in
Drexel Hill and played for several teams in the Philadelphia area. He played
short stop for Bonner. Joe joined the Blue Rocks team in 1996. He now has
the longest tenure (seven years) of any Blue Rocks player. Joe, 28 was
married to his wife, Sandy, at the end of 2001. He is an "Outside
plant technichian" for Verizon and keeps in shape in the off-season by
playing ice hockey, a sport in which he has competed in several national
Charlie's Bar 9-Comets 3
John Schilling had
two hits and pitched well in relief to help Charlie's Bar take game one
of the GPMABL Semi-Finals.
Blue Rocks 9-Indians 4
Matt Tobkin came
off the bench for the injured Frank Kunze to triple in two runs and help
the Blue Rocks win game one of the GPMABL Semi-Finals.
Indians 10-Phillies 6
The Indians moved
on to the semi-finals.
Comets 8-Colt .45s 3
Jim Jackson and
Brett Mandel pitched a gem and Dave DeRuchie and Bob Koenig each had three
hits to lead the Comets past the Colt .45s.
- OF (Comets)
DeRuchie responded to a promotion to the second spot in the batting order
with his best day of the season, reaching base six times as the Comets
opened postseason play. In the day's first game, Dave had three hits and
a walk to lead the Comets past the Colt .45s and into the second round
of the playoffs. He added another hit and a walk in the opening game of
the semi-final series against Charlie's Bar. He also played his usual superb
defense in the outfield. Dave rejoined the Comets this year after having
previously played for the team in 1996. Dave works for Radian Guaranty,
in their Information Technology Department as a Senior Business liaison
and lives in Sewell, NJ with his wife Kris and daughter Megan. He is an
avid baseball fan an amateur guitar player, and an active golfer and swimmer.
Comets/Charlie's Bar/Phillies - 3
Blue Rocks/Indians/Colt .45s - 0
Matt Curry starred
in the field and at the plate to lead Mike Plank's bunch of mixed nuts
to a rain-shortened win.
GPMABL Stars under
the lights at the Wilmington Blue Rocks' Frawley Stadium
Greg Bashaw (Comets) -- Joe
Beyer (Charlie's Bar)
Ed Bobb (Phillies)@ -- Rich
Callahan (Phillies) COACH
Matt Curry (Phillies) --
Mike Ganley (Charlie's Bar)*
Tommy Jackson (Comets) --
Tom King (Phillies)
Mike Littman (Charlie's
Bar)* -- Ben Ludwig (Phillies)#
Brett Mandel (Comets)* --
Jason Muchler (Charlie's Bar)
Mike Plank (Comets) MANAGER
-- Fred Schaefer (Charlie's Bar)
Dave Steel (Charlie's Bar)
COACH -- Dwight Steward (Comets)
Greg Thompson (Charlie's
Rocks/Indians/Colt .45s All-Stars
Anthony Bueti (Colt .45s) --
Bob Bullen (Indians)
Pete Cooper (Blue Rocks)*
-- Joe D'Alessandro (Blue Rocks)
Mike Hall (Colt .45s) COACH
-- Mike O'Meara (Blue Rocks) MANAGER
James Nix (Colt .45s) --
Brian Poniatowski (Colt .45s)
Bob Quercetti (Indians)*
-- CJ Rivera (Indians)
Kevin Scott (Blue Rocks)*
-- Ryan Spang (Blue Rocks)*
Marcus Spero (Blue Rocks)
-- Jeff Thurston (Indians)
Jim Ward (Blue Rocks) --
Mike Yeager (Indians) COACH
@Starting in place of injured
The Phillies took
Colt .45s -Phillies
The Colts took game
Blue Rocks-Charlie's Bar
Ed Bobb - OF
Bobb proved he belonged at the GPMABL All Star Game, drawing walks in both
of his plate appearances and making a nice sliding catch in rightfield.
Eddie stepped in to replace injured teammate Ben Ludwig on the All Star
roster and fit right in as Phillies players starred in the rain-shortened
game. Phils shortstop Matt Curry ripped a pair of doubles and made two
nifty defensive plays, pitcher Tom King tossed a scoreless inning, the
injured Ludwig led cheers in the dugout with his good arm, and manager
Rich Callahan kept the pitchers warm and the baserunners headed for home
as an All Star coach. Eddie joined the Phils just in time for the start
of the season and quickly took over centerfield and found a home in the
middle of the lineup. Ed is a bagel man for the Philadelphia Bagel Company
and lives in Cinnaminson, NJ.
Phillies 3-Colt .45s 2
pitched eight innings and Rich Callahan's base knocks helped the offense
in the win.
Phillies 8-Colt .45s 1
Tom King hurled
a one-hit shut-out to get the Phillies back on winning ways.
Charlie's Bar 16-Blue Rocks 6
Joe Beyer held the
opposition at bay as the CB offense got back on track in the win.
Blue Rocks 3-Charlie's Bar 0
Kevin Scott threw
the shut-out and Pete Cooper scored the game-winner on a Marcus Spero sac-fly
in the first.
Indians 7-Comets 6
Joe Hoffacker knocked
in the game winner in the bottom of the 7th, earning himself the win in
Comets 4-Indians 3
Dave DeRuchie scampered
home on a wild pitch in the 11th to win it and Jimmy Jackson went the distance
to earn his first GPMABL win.
- P/SS (Comets)
Jackson worked overtime to earn his first career win, pitching 11 outstanding
innings in the Comets' 4-3 thriller over the Indians. He also made a key
defensive play, nailing a runner at the plate after covering firstbase
on an infield grounder. In the nightcap, he ripped a big single and stole
two bases. Jimmy began tagging along to games with big brother Tommy seven
years ago, serving as the team's unofficial batboy and foul ball chaser.
He joined the Comets as an 18-year-old rookie infielder this spring, but
has quickly established himself as the team's most consistent pitcher.
Meanwhile, little brother Robert has taken over Jimmy's former role as
batboy, and has his eye on becoming the third Jackson on the team a few
years from now. Jimmy lives in Warrington, PA.
Blue Rocks 11-Phillies 10
Jeff Stone went
four-for-five and Greg Baron knocked in the game winner in extra innings
with a loooong single.
Blue Rocks 21-Phillies 3
Pete Cooper had
a day, going three-for-four with three runs scored and three RBI to spark
Charlie's Bar 3-Comets 1
double put the CB crew ahead to stay and defense did the rest for the victory.
Charlie's Bar 7-Comets 6
Mike Littman sparked
a two-run rally to earn CB the come-from-behind win.
Indians 18-Colt .45s 8
Bob Quercetti held
off the opposition and the Indians turned four double plays to earn the
Indians 6-Colt .45s 5
Joe Hoffacker went
the distance on the hill as the Indians held off a late charge for the
CJ Rivera -
came to the Indians from Puerto Rico where he was a champion pro wrestler.
He now body slams GPMABL pitching and uses his glove to place the opposition
in a sleeper hold.
Charlie's Bar 9-Indians 1
Joe Beyer tossed
a no-hitter to keep the opposition quiet and led the way to victory.
Indians 6-Charlie's Bar 4
Jeff Thurston thew
a solid complete game and doubled in two runs and CJ Rivera knocked in
two to take game one.
Blue Rocks 11- Colt .45s 4
John Galle allowed
one earned run and earned the win and Dave Wallace closed the game for
Blue Rocks 12-Colt .45s 2
Greg Baron went
three-for-four and Marcus Spero went three-for-five to help make a winner
of Kevin Scott.
Comets 11-Phillies 10
Billy Aichroth homered
and doubled and called for a crucial appeal play that took a run off the
board and helped the Comets to victory.
Comets 4-Phillies 3
Mike Plank scampered
home on a throwing error to take a late lead and help end the Comets' six-game
- C/1B (Comets)
hitting, and alert play, helped the Comets squeeze past the Phillies in
a double-header sweep. In game one, he singled in the top of the
7th to move the winning run into scoring position. In game two, he drove
in four runs and saved at least one more. First, he gave the Comets the
lead with a three-run homer in the 1st inning. In the top of the 5th, with
the Phillies up three runs and threatening to score more, he alertly pointed
out that the baserunner tagging from third base had left the bag early
on an apparent sacrifice fly, taking a run off the board and preventing
any further damage as the umpires upheld the controversial appeal play.
In the bottom of the same inning, he capped off the game-winning rally
by doubling in the tying run and then scoring the winning run. Bill rejoined
the Comets this year after having played for the team in 1998 and 1999.
Prior to that, he played at Philadelphia Community College and Father Judge
High School. Bill is a Philadelphia Police Officer. He is 23 and lives
in Northeast Philadelphia with his wife Danielle and children Chelsea and
Charlie's Bar 5-Comets 1
long triple opened the scoring for the league leaders and then pitching
and defense made it stand up.
Colt .45s 14-Phillies 12
went three-for-four and Antony Bueti went two-for-three as the Colts survived
Blue Rocks -Indians
Matt Curry -
had a hit and knocked in a run while playing his usual solid defensive
game at shortstop as the Phillies battled the Colt .45s to the wire, eventually
coming up short in a 14-12 loss. Matt has been a threat in the middle of
the Phillies lineup all year and leads the Phillies in most offensive categories.
He is currently the GPMABL's home-run leader. In addition to playing
a smooth shortstop, he has also filled in as a pitcher. Matt played on
the South Carolina University practice baseball squad while getting his
bachelor's degree in sports management. He will attend graduate school
this fall at Temple University. Matt is 25 and lives in Sea Isle
Many proud GPMABL dads had little ones
-- showing off their "My Dad Plays GPMABL Baseball" balloons -- on hand
for the big Fathers' Day celebration.
June 9, 2002
Charlie's Bar 7-Colt .45s 1
Joe Beyer tripled
and homered at the plate and struck out 11 from the mound to lead CB to
Charlie's Bar 6-Colt .45s 1
Jason Muchler went
three-for-four with a double and a triple to help earn Mike Ganley his
first GPMABL win.
Blue Rocks 19-Comets 5
Greg Baron's three
hits helped the Blue Rocks' hit parade coast to another win.
Blue Rocks 7-Comets 4
Pete Cooper's three
hits and two runs sparked the rallies that won the game.
Indians 5-Phillies 3
Joe Hoffacker struck
out eight and picked off a runner to end the game to give the Indians the
Indians 10-Phillies 4
Bob Quercetti gave
the opposition a grilling and Bob Bullen went three-for-three in the win.
Joe Beyer -
P (Charlie's Bar)
Beyer led a double-header sweep as Charlie's Bar ran its record to 11-1.
In the first game, he went three-for-four and scored two runs. In the second
game, he hit a triple and a home run and earned the victory with a four-hitter,
notching eleven strikeouts. Joe is the captain of the team and is setting
the pace in several pitching and hitting categories while still recovering
from a shoulder injury that sidelined him two years ago. Prior to that,
he played NCAA Division I baseball at Ohio University, and was a first-team,
all-state selection at Boyd High School in Texas. Joe recently moved to
the area to work as a Hydraulic Territory Manager for Parker Hannifin Corporation.
He is 25 and lives in New Jersey.
June 2, 2002
Colt .45s 9-Comets 4
James Nix had three
hits and earned the win on the hill to complete the double-header sweep.
Colt .45s 4-Comets 3
Mike Hall got the
win and singled during a key rally to edge the Comets -- Eric Johnson got
Blue Rocks 21-Indians 10
The Rocks took a
slugfest to complete the sweep as Jim Ward was three-for-three and Mike
O'Meara added a late touchdown to cover the point spread.
Blue Rocks 3-Indians 0
Kevin Scott went
the distance for a two-hit shutout and Hardball Magazine coverboy Joe D'Alessandro
was two-for-two with a triple and a run scored.
Charlie's Bar 18 -Phillies 0
four-for-four game kept the Charle's Bar express on the right track as
Joe Beyer pitched a two-hit shutout.
Charlie's Bar 12-Phillies 5
Joe Beyer and John
Schilling each went three-for-four as CB slapped out 15 hits in the win.
Nix - P (Colt .45s)
Buddy Nix was the winning pitcher in game two of the Colt .45s' double-header,
pitching out of several jams including a bases-loaded-no-outs pickle.
At the plate he went three-for-three with a run and an RBI to help his
own cause. James grew up in Florida and played MABL baseball locally
before joining the GPMABL through the league draft in 2002. A network
engineer, James lives in Collingdale, PA with his wife, six-year-old daughter,
and nine-month-old son.
May 19, 2002
Phillies 4-Comets 1
Ben Ludwig held
the Comets at bay until a painful arm injury forced him from the game --
Tom King, aided by a key triple play, picked up the save.
Comets 10-Phillies 5
Big triples from
Greg Bashaw and Dwight Steward sparked Comets' rallies making a winner
of Fran Ciociola.
Blue Rocks 9-Colt .45s 2
The Rocks clicked
on offense and defense to earn the double-header split.
Colt .45s 8-Blue Rocks 7
The Colts held on
to victory as Matt Hall had two hits and two RBI in the winning effort.
Charlie's Bar 9-Indians 0
Joe Beyer threw
the shutout, notching 15 Ks on the way to Charlie's Bar's seventh victory.
Charlie's Bar 12-Indians 3
Fred Schaefer went
three-for-four and Joe Beyer went four-for-four to fuel the offense as
Charlie's Bar stayed hot.
Tom King - P
King bounced back from a rough start in the first game of the Phillies'
double-header - to earn a save in the nightcap. After starter Ben Ludwig
suffered an injury, King came on to toss three scoreless innings as the
Phillies hung on for a 4-1 win. He also helped out on offense with a key
two-out RBI double and a stolen base. But the biggest play he made may
have been in the 6th inning, when he snagged a hard liner back to the box
and started a triple play to end a comeback threat. Tom was the second
overall pick in the league draft this year and has had an eventful debut
season so far. Despite having dislocated his shoulder in the first scrimmage
of the year, he fanned eight on Opening Day to lead the Phillies to their
first GPMABL win. The following week, he held the Tigers hitless but lost
2-0 on a pair of unearned runs. Tom graduated Washington College in 2000
and played MABL baseball in Baltimore, Maryland for the last two years.
He works for Cendant Mortgage in Mount Laurel, New Jersey and lives in
Center City Philadelphia.
May 5, 2002
Charlie's Bar 12-Comets 2
Fred Schaefer hit
three home runs and Joe Beyer hit two home runs as Charlie's Bar rolled
to a double-header sweep.
Charlie's Bar 9-Comets 4
Jason Muchler, Fred
Schaefer, and Greg Thompson each had three hits to lead a Charlie's Bar
hit parade to a victory.
Indians 7-Colt .45s 6
Bob Quercetti threw
six innings to notch the win and Frank Buonocore's diving catch helped
save the game for the Indians.
Colt .45s 6-Indians 5
It took nine innings,
but Matt Vilary knocked in the game winner to give the Colts their first
Blue Rocks 17-Phillies 6
Jim Ward's four-for-four
day helped pace the offense and the Rocks rolled on to a sweep.
Blue Rocks 5-Phillies 4
went three-for-three and scored the winning run in the bottom of the 7th
to give the Rocks the win.
- 1B/OF/P (Charlie's Bar)
Shaefer had a day for Charlie's Bar -- going seven-for-nine with three
home runs and four RBI in CB's double-header sweep. Shaefer hails
from Castro Valley, California and attended college in Claremont, California
where he played baseball for Harvey-Mudd College (NCAA Div. III).
This is his first year with Charlie's Bar and the GPMABL. He is not
only making his mark on the field with impressive statistics, Fred is earning
praise as a good-natured teammate. Fred is a 23-year-old data analyst
living in Plainsboro, NJ.
All Games Rained Out
No Player of the Week Selection
Charlie's Bar 9-Colt .45s 0
Jason Muchler lost
a no-hitter in the 7th, but his three hits and home run helped him earn
Charlie's Bar 17-Colt .45s 4
Mike Ganley's four-for-four,
two-home-run game helped lead Charlie's Bar's offensive assault.
Indians 3-Phillies 1
After Mike Yeager
made a game-saving play at the plate to preserve a tie in the seventh inning,
John Cippolone singled in two in the tenth to ice the win.
Indians 2-Phillies 0
The Phillies' Tom
King had his no-hitter spoiled as the Indians pushed two runs across the
plate without a single base knock.
Blue Rocks 4-Comets 3
Dave Wallace kept
the opposition in check and Marcus Spero scampered home on a wild pitch
to give the Blue Rocks the win.
Comets 8-Blue Rocks 7
Brett Mandel knocked
in the winning run with an extra-inning sacrifice fly. Tommy Jackson
pitched well to earn the win.
- SS (Indians)
Turner is one the three remaining Indians from the team's first season
in 1994. He pitches and plays short, third, and outfield. This
season he has taken over full time at shortstop and has made some outstanding
defensive plays. His best play came this past Sunday in game two
against the Phillies. In the bottom of the seventh with the score
tied 1-1 and runners on second and third, he made a diving stop of a grounder
in the hole and from his knees threw out the winning run out at the plate.
Rick also had a hit and run scored in the game 2 as the Tribe went on to
win in 10 innings. Rick is 28 years old and lives with his wife,
Debbie, in Drexel Hill. Rick played baseball at Cardinal O'Hara high
school and graduated from Saint Joseph's University. He currently
works for the Lincoln financial group in Philadelphia.
Phillies 5-Charlie's Bar 4
Tom King struck
out eight and Matt Curry knocked in three to earn the Phillies their first
Charlie's Bar 17-Phillies 3
Home runs from Greg
Thompson, Michael Ganley, and Dave Steel gave John Shilling all the runs
he needed for the win.
Blue Rocks 26-Indians 7
Marcus Spero went
four-for-five and Joe D'Alessandro was three-for-four as the Blue Rocks'
bats came alive.
Indians 4-Blue Rocks 1
threw a complete game and Rick Turner scored two runs to notch the win.
Comets 3-Colt .45s 2
two hits and Antonio Aspite's sac fly gave Steve Ehrlich his first GPMABL
Comets 10-Colt .45s 5
two hits helped make a winner of Fran Ciociola as the 2001 champs took
- OF (Blue Rocks)
Spero had a six-for-seven day, scoring three runs, and knocking in five
-- quite a way to make his GPMABL debut. This is his first year with
the Blue Rocks. He previously played Jersey Shore Baseball and MABL
Baseball in Charlotte, NC. As an undergrad, Marcus played for Rutgers
University. Of the field, Marcus is an Institutional Trade Operations
Manager for Wachovia/Evergreen Asset Management Company. Marcus is
29 and lives in Manayunk.
Charlie's Bar 12 - Indians 2
Colt .45s 14 - Blue Rocks 12
Comets 9 - Phillies 6
Philadelphia Fire Commissioner
Harold Hairston with GPMABL Commissioner Brett Mandel before kicking off
the GPMABL season. In recognition of the event, the GPMABL made a
donation to the "Second Alarmers," a group that supports Philadelphia's
Commissioner Hairston's toss kicks off the
GPMABL season with a touch of class.
Commissioner Hairston escorted by Philadelphia
Police Officer Bill Aichroth (Left) and Bensalem Police Officer Tommy Jackson