Greater Philadelphia Men's Adult Baseball League 

2003 Playoffs 


Colt .45s W - Phillies L

Elimination Round

Phillies 3 - Red Sox 1

Comets 4 - Colt .45s 3


Comets 6 - Blue Rocks 1

Elimination Round

Blue Rocks 10 - Indians 5

2003 Standings 

Colt .45s* 14 5
Philadelphia Comets  11 8
Delco Indians 10 9 .526 4
Red Sox 9 10
Fishtown Phillies 8 11
Delco Blue Rocks 5 14
* = Clinched GPMABL Pennnant

2003 Game Results 

August 27, 2003

All-Star Game at Veterans Stadium
Comets/Red Sox/Phillies 4 
Colt .45s/Indians/Blue Rocks 0

For one glorious night, the men of the GPMABL got a taste of the show as Veterans Stadium hosted the GPMABL All-Star Game.  With hundreds of fans, including MSBL/MABL National President Steve Sigler, cheering them on, the stars of the GPMABL took to the field usually home to Jim Thome and Pat Burrell, fulfilling many a boyhood dream.  Because the Phillies will move to a new ballpark for the 2004 season, this was likely the last opportunity to play a game at the stadium where many GPMABL players first viewed major league baseball.

In recognition of the event, the GPMABL made a contribution to Phillies Charities, Inc. which supports over 150 deserving different charities and non-profit organizations.

Memorable moments included a nice catch in front of the plate by Phillies catcher Rich Callahan and an exciting dash for home by Red Sox first baseman Fred Schaefer.  A smash double by Blue Rocks outfielder Jason Leet and a line drive into the gap by Comets first baseman (and All-Star Game MVP) Joe Collins led the hit parade.  Indians pitcher Joe Hoffacker and Red Sox pitcher Stephen Ehrlich threw well from the hill.

2003 GPMABL All-Star Game Participants

Comets/Red Sox/Phillies Stars (Dave Steel -- Manager) 
Antonio Aspite - Comets, Shawn Barnes - Phillies, Anthony Bologna - Comets, Rich Callahan - Phillies, Matt Curry - Phillies, Fran Ciociola - Comets,  Joe Collins - Comets, John D'Alessandro - Phillies, Stephen Ehrlich - Red Sox, James Jackson - Comets, Thomas Jackson - Comets, Rico Lucero - Phillies, Gregory Mallo - Red Sox, Brett Mandel - Comets, Rene Marrero - Red Sox, Sean Morris - Phillies, Jason Muchler - Red Sox, Fred Schaefer - Red Sox, Dwight Steward - Comets, Martin Walsh - Red Sox 

Colt .45s/Indians/Blue Rocks Stars (Mike O'Meara -- Manager) 
Anthony Bueti - Colt .45s, Ian Downes - Colt .45s, Kevin Downes - Colt .45s, Jeff Farrell - Indians, Tom Haberbusch - Blue Rocks, Mark Hutchinson - Colt .45s, Joseph Hoffacker - Indians, Christopher Joswick - Blue Rocks, Jason Leet - Blue Rocks, Dan McMaster - Indians, Jason McDonald - Colt .45s, Brad Mowbray - Colt .45s, C.J. Rivera - Indians, Kevin Snow - Blue Rocks, Jim Ward - Blue Rocks, Mark Werner - Indians, Mike Yeager - Indians 

August 24, 2003

Championship Game
Comets 4 - Colt .45s 3

This one was a classic with great pitching, big hits, and solid defense.  Jimmy Jackson out-dueled Ian Downes as both pitchers made runs scarce.  The Comets jumped on the board first with a pair of single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, but the Colt .45s tied the game with two in the sixth.  Playing small ball, the Comets pushed runs across in the eighth and ninth and then held on to win despite a Colts rally in the ninth that put the tying run on second base.  For the Colts, Kevin Downes had two hits.  For the Comets, Dwight Steward had three hits and scored two runs; Nick Madden had two hits and a run; and Hector Santiago knocked in the run that put the Comets up to stay with a big single.  The Comets win the 2003 GPMABL Championship.
Anthony Bologna - Comets (Manager)

Anthony Bologna made all the right moves as a rookie skipper guiding the Philadelphia Comets to the 2003 GPMABL Championship.  Anthony played high school ball at St John Neumenn where he was an All-Catholic catcher.  He went on to play college ball at Philadelphia Textile and Science where he studied Accounting.  He is a five-year veteran of the MABL.  Anthony is currently employed at BISYS Retirement Services as a Sales and Marketing Manager.  He lives in Northeast Philadelphia with his wife, Lisa.

Philadelphia Comets
2003 GPMABL Champions

August 17, 2003

Comets 6 - Blue Rocks 1
Joe Collins' three-run home run put the Comets on top of the Blue Rocks and into the GPMABL Championship

Colt .45s W - Phillies L
An unfortunate injury to a Phillies player left the Phillies unable to complete the game and moved the Colts into the GPMABL Championship

Elimination Round
Phillies 3 - Red Sox 1
It took extra innings but a clutch single by Sean Morris pushed the Phillies past the Red Sox and into the semi-finals

Blue Rocks 10 - Indians 5
Kevin Snow pitched the Blue Rocks past the Indians and into the semi-finals

Sean Morris - Phillies (C)

Sean Morris knocked in two runs in the top of the eighth inning to lead the Phillies past the opposition and into the GPMABL Semi-Finals.  Sean played baseball and football and wrestled at Trinity High School.  He recieved a baseball scholarships to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Allegheny, and Ohio University, but chose to hang up the spikes and explore different pursuits.  Sean attended IUP and graduated with a degree in exercise physiology.  He now works in Medical Sales and lives in Conshohocken. 

August 10, 2003
Elimination Round/Semi-Finals

All GPMABL Playoff Games Were Rained Out Or Suspended 

No Player of the Week Selection
August 3, 2003

Comets 7 - Indians 1
Antonio Aspite had two hits and knocked in another as the Comets clinched 2nd Place
Comets 11 - Indians 4
Brett Mandel was four-for-four as the Comets notched the win

Phillies 14 - Blue Rocks 2
Rico Lucero, Matt Curry, Kurt Wohlschlagel, and Rich Callahan each had three hits in the win
Phillies 10 - Blue Rocks 4
Rich Callahan went four-for-four to power the offense

Red Sox 5 - Colt .45s 1
Fred Schaefer had two hits and drove in two to lead his team to victory
Colt .45s 7 - Red Sox 2
The GPMABL Pennant winners rolled to another win

Rich Callahan - Phillies (C)

Rich Callahan and his Phillies closed the regular season with a two-game sweep.  Rich contributed going seven-for-nine with a double, three RBI and three stolen bases.  Rich is in his second year in the GPMABL, having brought the Fishtown Phillies into the league and guided them through their first two seasons.  He is a graduate of Delran High School and is self-employed living in Prospect Park with his fiance.


July 27, 2003

Indians 11 - Phillies 4
 Bob Quercetti and his mates rolled for the sweep
Indians 6 - Phillies 4
Jeff Farrell went four-for-four as the tribe broke the curse of Chief Halftown with a nine-inning win

Comets 7 - Red Sox 3
Fran Ciociola knocked in three to help the Comets to a split
Red Sox 5 - Comets 3
Rene Marrero went three-for-three to help his team in the win

Colt .45s 7 - Blue Rocks 4
The Colts earned the sweep with Brad Mowbray on the hill
Colt .45s 3 - Blue Rocks 0
The Colts clinched the 2003 GPMABL Pennant with the shutout

Ian Downes - Colt .45s (P)

Ian Downes helped the Colt .45s wrap up the 2003 GPMABL pennant with a complete game shutout, allowing three hits while walking one and striking out eight.  Downes, 27, was a four-year starter at Amherst College in Amherst, MA, earning All-New England and Academic All-American honors in his senior season.  A native of Pound Ridge, NY, Ian lives in Center City with his brother Kevin, the Colts' shortstop, and is an attorney at Dechert in Philadelphia.

Colt .45s
2003 GPMABL Pennant Winners

July 20, 2003

Blue Rocks 13 - Indians 7
Blue Rocks 12 - Indians 3

Colt .45s 6 - Comets 3
Ken Racowski scored and knocked in a big run as the Colts came back to earn the split
Comets 2 - Colt .45s 1
Joe Collins knocked in Brett Mandel two times as Fran Ciociola won a pitchers' duel

Red Sox 3 - Phillies 2
The Red Sox came back to win a tight one as Greg Mallo got his first GPMABL victory in relief.
Phillies 7- Red Sox 0
Matt Curry was a home run short of the cycle as John D'Allessandro hurled the shutout

Kevin Snow - Blue Rocks (P)

Kevin Snow pitched five shutout innings and went six-for-eight at the plate for the day.  Kevin has come in to fill a big hole for the Blue Rocks with his arm and bat.  He was a member of the Rocks back in 1994/1995 and has returned to help in a big way.  Kevin played for several teams in MABL leagues over the past nine years before coming to the Blue Rocks in 2003.  A Penn State graduate, Kevin is 27 years old and lives in Aston, PA.  He works as a National Account Representative at First American Financial in Exton, PA.

July 13, 2003

Colt .45s 17  - Phillies 6
The Colts came roaring back with two touchdowns and a field goal to salvage the split
Phillies 2 - Colt .45s 1
John D'Alessandro pitched all nine as the Phillies won in extra innings

Blue Rocks 9  - Comets 6
Jim Ward knocked in three to power the offense
Comets 9 - Blue Rocks 4
It took eight innings, but the Comets rallied for the win

Red Sox 6 - Indians 0
Steve Ehrlich tossed the shutout to complete the sweep
Red Sox 5 - Indians 4

Marty Walsh went the distance allowing four unearned runs in the eight-inning win
Marty Walsh - Red Sox (P)

Marty Walsh earned another win for the Red Sox, pitching eight innings and allowing no earned runs to help his team gain the extra-inning win.  Marty is getting back into playing ball after a nine-year absense.  As an undergrad, Marty played at Penn State from 1991-1994.  Off the field, Marty works at Regional Housing Legal Services, an organization that provides free legal assistance to nonprofits doing affordable housing and community development work.


June 29, 2003

Colt .45s 14 - Indians 9
The Colts stormed back from a 9-0 deficit to earn the split
Indians 3  - Colt .45s 1
Joe Hoffacker went the distance for his fourth win

Comets 6 - Phillies 3
Antonio Aspite's bases-clearing, four-run-scoring single stole the win for the Comets
Phillies 7 - Comets 4
 Shawn Barnes' monster home run powered the Phillies to victory

Red Sox 2 - Blue Rocks 1
Stever Ehrlich gave up a single unearned run in the win
Blue Rocks 2 - Red Sox 0
John Galle earned the shutout win

Shawn Barnes - Phillies (1B)

Shawn Barnes hit a tape-measure home run and added a ground-rule double and a few singles in the Phillies' doubleheader to help his team earn a hard-fought split.  This is his second year with the Fishtown Phillies.  Before playing GPMABL ball, Shawn played college baseball with Phillies teammates John D'Alessandro and Eric Anderson at Division I Siena College in Loudonville, NY where he received his Bachelors Degree in Finance.  He is 27 years old and currently living in Levittown, PA.  He works as an accountant for State Street in Princeton, NJ.

June 22, 2003

Indians 7 - Comets 2
 Bob Quercetti and Jeff Farrell held the oppostion to a pair of unearned runs in the win
Comets 7 - Indians 1
Joe Collins knocked in three as the Comets coasted to a win

Phillies W - Blue Rocks L
The Phillies earn the W
Blue Rocks W - Phillies L
Dave Wallace struck out eight on the hill for the Rocks first win

Colt .45s 2 - Red Sox 1
Brad Mowbry held the oppostion to a single run in the win
Colt .45s 5 - Red Sox 1
Ian Downes earned another win for the Colts

John Galle - Blue Rocks (P)

John Galle has been given the opportunity to start for the Blue Rocks and he has made the most of it. and proved he should be a starter for the Rocks.  After spending the last two and a half seasons with the Blue Rocks, mostly in a relief role, John, now leads the team with a 1.84 ERA.  John played at Ridley High School and is currently employed by Western Pest Service where he has been for the past three years.

June 15, 2003
Fathers' Day/Wood-Bat Weekend

Indians 7 - Blue Rocks 2
 Bob Quercetti came off the DL for the Indians to earn his first win of the 2003 season

Comets 11 - Red Sox 1
Brett Mandel had three hits and Tommy and Jimmy Jackson held the opposition to one unearned run

Colt .45s 2 - Phillies 1
Anthony Bueti drove in the Kevin Downes for the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning

Look Who Came Out To Celebrate Fathers' Day With Their Dads

Tom Jackson - Comets (P/OF)

With his daughter and wife looking on to help celebrate Fathers' Day, Tommy pitched extremely well, teaming up with his brother to hold the opposition to a single unearned run over nine innings of work.  Tommy has been with the Comets since 1995 and has been a standout player each year.  He graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, but did not play high school or college baseball.  A huge fan of the Phillies and Eagles, Tommy is 29 years old and a Police Officer in Bensalem Township, where he lives with his wife Maureen and 14-month-old daughter, Kaylee Rose. 


June 8, 2003

All GPMABL Games
Were Rained Out

No Player of the Week Selection
June 1, 2003

All GPMABL Games
Were Rained Out

No Player of the Week Selection
May 18, 2003

Indians 5 - Phillies 4
 Dan McMaster and Joe Hoffacker had key hits in the win
Indians 3 - Phillies 1
Joe Hoffacker notched win number three for the tribe

Comets 6 - Red Sox 5
Hector Santiago's sac-fly capped a five-run seventh-inning rally
Red Sox 5 - Comets 1
Marty Walsh shut down the opposition from the hill and had two hits at the plate

Colt .45s 8 - Blue Rocks 7
Mike Carfagno singled in two with the bases loaded to win it in the seventh
Colt .45s 5 - Blue Rocks 4

Kevin Downes homered and knocked in two in the win
Mark Hutchinson - Colt .45s (OF)

In his second GPMABL season, Mark has enjoyed the transition from the infield to the outfield.  At the plate, he has been on fire, setting the table for the Colts' offense.  He credits much of his success to the solid line-up the Colts have this year.   A Deptford High School graduate, Mark is 28 years old and works for Commerce Capital Markets in Cherry Hill and lives with his wife Mindi in Deptford, New Jersey.  They are expecting their first child, a girl, in July.

May 4, 2003

Indians 6 - Blue Rocks 4
 Jeff Farrell went the distance on the hill to lead the tribe to victory
Indians 7 - Blue Rocks 6
Dan McMaster's three hits and two RBI paced the Indians' attack

Colt .45s 5 - Comets 3
Brad Mowbray pitched well to earn his first GPMABL win
Colt .45s 5 - Comets 3
Kevin Downes had two hits to help lead the Colts to victory

Phillies 9 - Red Sox 8
Vince Meyers singled home the winning run in the seventh
Red Sox 5 - Phillies 1
Jason Muchler one-hit the opposition and struck out seven

Dan McMaster - Indians (OF)

In his first GPMABL season, Dan has helped lead the Indians to a great start.  He went four-for-five with two walks and two RBI and two runs scored in the Indians week-two sweep.  While crediting the team for putting him in a place to succeed, Dan has capitalized on every opportunity.  He was an All-State selection in baseball and MVP of the New Jersey State Championship Basketball Game while in high school.  He played Division I baseball at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, but a knee injury cut short his college baseball career.  Two years later, this is his first season back in competitive baseball.  Dan is 23 years old and lives in South Jersey where he teaches in the Cherry Hill school district.  He recently got engaged.

April 27, 2003

Comets 10 - Blue Rocks 5
 Bryan Bezdikian went the distance for his first GPMABL win
Comets 2 - Blue Rocks 1
Tommy Jackson, Jimmy Jackson, and Fran Ciociola pitched a gem

Phillies 1 - Colt .45s 0
John D'Alessandro struck out 11 in the shutout victory
Colt .45s 9 - Phillies 0
Ian Downes shut out the opposition to earn his first GPMABL win

Red Sox 4 - Indians 1
Steve Ehrlich struck out 11 to earn the win
Indians 4 - Red Sox 2
The tribe start the season with a win

John D'Alessandro - Phillies (P/OF)

After playing only half of the 2002 GPMABL season for the Fishtown Phillies, John D'Alessandro started the 2003 campaign with a win in a 1-0 pitchers duel. John pitched a complete game shutout, striking out 11 and scattering five hits and no walks. John attributed a lot of his success to the pitch calling of catcher Rich Callahan. John and Rich are co-managers of the Fishtown Phillies. John played baseball for four years at Division I Siena College in Loudonville, NY. John lives in Center City with his wife Christine and is a Financial Consultant for Morgan Stanley.

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