FAIRFIELD -- B&L Properties exploded for six runs in the first inning to defeat Doc Stewart's of Roseburg, Ore., 9-3, and win the Western Amateur Baseball Federation tournament title on Monday.
The Fairfield-based American Legion team improved to 32-11 overall. B&L has won 22 of its last 24 games, including 17 straight in tournament play.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Adrian Lacy started B&L's first with a walk. KJ Randhawa tried a sacrifice bunt, but wound up reaching safely with a single. Patrick LeMelle reached on an error. Eric Nyquist's single made it 2-0. Mike Engell's sacrifice fly scored LeMelle.
Craig Hurst received a base on balls as Doc's struggled in the title game. Babich Cowan got life on an error to make it 3-0. Andrew Smith hit a single to the gap in right-center field to score three runs and put B&L up 6-0.
"They made a couple of errors. It was a bad inning for them," said B&L manager Brad Hanson. "It was just a bad inning for them. What could go wrong, did go wrong. The pitcher fielded the bunt and threw to second and everybody was safe. Then, they bobble LeMelle's ground ball and he beats it out. (Roseburg) is such a fundamentally-sound team. It was uncharacteristic of them."
Lacy added a home run in the fourth inning, his third in three days in cavernous Laurel Creek Park.
"Adrian is an exceptional player when he focuses on the game and how it's supposed to be played," Hanson said. "When he comes to play, he does more than hit home runs. He can do many things."
Ty Rohrer started and pitched 3 1/3 innings for B&L. Cory Jackson came on to pick up the win with 3 2/3 innings that included three strikeouts.
"The umpire didn't give Ty the outside corner. He needs to throw his curveball out there," Hanson said. "He was living on borrowed time, because he was forced to bring the ball in. They were making loud outs against him. They had a runner on second base and a guy hit a shot for an out. His borrowed time seemed up. Cory is a fastball pitcher who works the inside part of the plate. He did a great job."
Marcus Simon and Ethan Robbins had two hits each for Doc's.
Petaluma grabbed third place with a 12-2 win over Albuquerque, N.M. Travis Glock was the winning pitcher. Chris Mayonchi, Dominic Gentile and John Silley were each 2-for-4. Nash Garcia had two hits for the losers.
Lacy was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Mike Engell, LeMelle and Hurst. Doc Stewart's placed Tony Belando, Ryan Robertson and Brandt Peterson in the team. The rest of the team included:
Petaluma - Alex Byrne, Travis Glock. Albuquerque, N.M. - Keith Lowe, Nash Garcia. Klamath Falls, Ore. - Mike Butcher, Kevin Hundley. Centralia, Wash. - Cameron Carter, Tyson Squires. Martinez - Ryan Ward, Vernon Bindle. West Sacramento - Kevin Dawidczik, Jason Harris.
B&L closes in on tournament title (July 5, 2004)
FAIRFIELD -- The B&L Properties American Legion baseball team eased into the championship game of the Western Amateur Baseball Federation Championship at Laurel Creek Park with an 11-1 win over Petaluma Sunday.
Adrian Lacy capped off B&L's scoring with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. He had two hits and two RBIs while Chris Engell and Eric Nyquist each added a hit and two RBIs.
Evan Massey tossed a complete game, three-hitter, striking out two. Petaluma was led by Alex Byrne who went 2-for-3.
B&L, which improved to 16-0 in tournament play this season, takes on Doc Stewart's today at 1 p.m.
Doc Stewart's 6, Albuquerque 3: Brandt Peterson pitched a complete game striking out seven to lead his team into the championship game. Tony Bellando went 3-for-4 with an RBI with Ethan Robbins picking up two hits and two RBIs. For Albuquerque, Cisco Hernandez went 2-for-3 with two runs while Keith Lowe added two hits and two RBIs.
Klamath Falls 3, Centralia (Wash.) 2: Kevin Huntley pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts to lead Klamath Falls, which got two hits from B.J. Holloway and Aaron Larsen and one hit and two RBIs from Sean Anderson.
Centralia was led by Luke Abbott, who went 2-for-3.
West Sacramento 16, Martinez 2: Kevin Dawdczik went 3-for-3 with three RBIs for West Sacramento, which won when the 10-run rule went into effect after five innings. Darwin Wiman went 2-for-2 with four RBIs while Jason Harris added a hit and three RBIs. Kevin Cheechove pitched five innings for the win.
B&L remains stellar in tournament play (July 4, 2004)
FAIRFIELD -- Drew Carpenter picked up the win as the B&L Properties American Legion baseball team improved to 15-0 in tournament play this season with a 10-6 win over West Sacramento Post 440 Saturday at Laurel Creek Park in the Western Amateur Baseball Federation Championship.
52/3 innings, striking out eight for B&L, while Adrian Lacy knocked a grand slam for one of his two hits in the victory. Craig Hurst went 2-for-4 while Eric Nyquist went 2-for-3 with two runs scores and Chris Engell added two RBIs.
In other tournament action, Petaluma beat Centralia (Wash.) 5-4; Albuquerque beat Martinez 9-4 and Doc Stewart's of Roseburg, Ore. edged Klamath Falls 1-0.
B&L cruises at Western tourney (July 3, 2004)
By Daily Republic staff
FAIRFIELD -- Patrick LeMelle pitched a five-hitter with nine strikeouts and the B&L Properties American Legion baseball team banged out 11 hits in topping Centralia, Wash., 5-1 in third-day action in the Western Amateur Baseball Federation Championship Tournament at Laurel Creek Park on Friday.
The championship round begins today with Centralia (1-2) and Petaluma (2-1) at 10 a.m., Albuquerque (1-2) and Martinez (2-1) at 1 p.m., Klamath Falls, Ore. (0-3) and Roseburg, Ore. (2-1) at 4 p.m. and B&L (3-0) and West Sacramento (1-2) at 7 p.m.
The winner's bracket and loser's bracket semifinals are on Sunday and championship game on Monday at 1 p.m.
B&L, which has won nine straight and 19 of its last 21, did all its scoring in the first three innings. Erik Nyquist's bases-loaded walk in the first inning plated Chris Engell to put B&L, 14-0 in tournament play this year and 29-11 overall, ahead to stay.
In a three-run second inning, Jordan McCullough and Mike Engell each had RBI singles, while Drew Carpenter lofted a sacrifice fly.
Evan Massey came home on a Jordan McCullough ground out in the third to round out the B&L scoring. Centralia's lone run came home on a third-inning wild pitch.
Chris Engell, Mike Engell, McCullough and Babich Cowan each had two hits, as did Tyler McCallum for Centralia.
In Friday's other games:
Klamath Falls forfeited to Martinez: Klamath Falls was leading 3-2 heading into the sixth inning, but forfeited when relief pitcher Kevin Huntley entered the game, a violation of a tournament rule 9a which states that "no pitcher can appear in two consecutive games." Huntley faced Centralia on Thursday.
Roseburg 7, Albuquerque 2: Brandt Pederson was 3-for-3 and Josh Mandin ripped a two-run triple to key Doc Stewart's five-run fifth inning. Mandin finished with three RBIs, while Kenny McCullers added two hits.
Damien Dantibo went the first four innings to get the win, striking out six.
Keith Lowe had two hits and an RBI for Albuquerque.
Petaluma 8, Albuquerque 2: John Cilley went the distance for the Leghorns, scattering seven hits and fanning four. Alex Byrne was a sizzling 4-for-5 with three RBIs, while Devon Coldiron had two hits and Josh Krist two RBIs.
Jade Garcia had two hits, including a fifth-inning solo homer, while Nash Garcia also had two hits and drove in Albuquerque's other run.
B&L is right in the swing of things (July 1, 2004)
By Paul Farmer
FAIRFIELD -- One swing, one pitch. That's all it took for pinch hitter Mike Engell and relief pitcher Drew Carpenter to make their mark.
Engell's two-run single in the fifth inning put the B&L Properties American Legion baseball team ahead to stay and Carpenter's only pitch sealed a 6-5 victory over the Martinez Cubs in the Western Amateur Baseball Federation Championships at Laurel Creek Park on Wednesday.
B&L Properties (28-11) followed that by edging Klamath Falls, Ore.,
3-2, as Engell made up for two errors by driving in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
In other games, Martinez topped Centralia, Wash., 7-4, and Petaluma pounded West Sacramento, 10-2.
The tournament continues today with Albuquerque and West Sacramento at 10 a.m., West Sacramento and Roseburg, Ore., at 1 p.m., Centralia and Klamath Falls at 4 p.m., and Petaluma and Roseburg at 7 p.m.
B&L is off until Friday when it plays Centralia at 7 p.m. The championship rounds of the tournament are Saturday through Monday.
Engell's hit came with one out in the fifth and B&L down 4-3 following a walk by Pat LeMelle and singles by cousin Chris Engell and Jordan McCullough that loaded the bases. After working the count to 2-1, Mike Engell fisted a soft line drive over the head of first baseman Ryan Ward scoring pinch runner Ty Rohrer and Chris Engell.
"He definitely got the job done, no doubt about it," B&L manager Brad Hanson said. "He did what you wanted him to do, place one through the infield to score two runs. You couldn't have choreographed it better."
"I was trying to hit a fly ball to right field," Mike Engell said. "It kind of got in on my hands. I got it over (Ward's) head anyway and got the runs in."
McCullough later scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-4, a run that proved crucial as the Cubs got a run off reliever and eventual winning pitcher Mike Douglass in the top of the seventh.
Douglass was solid in his first two innings, getting out of two-out, two-on jam in the fifth inning with a strikeout and fanning two batters in the sixth.
Morgan McCombe led off the Martinez seventh with a single and eventually scored on a Vernon Beadle ground out.
After Mark Donian reached on a two-out error and Douglass went to
2-0 on Ward, Hanson brought in Carpenter for his first relief appearance - ever. Ward skied the first and only delivery he saw from the new pitcher to Andrew Smith in right.
"I was just trying to throw a first-pitch strike," Carpenter said. "I was hoping he'd swing at it so I'd only have to throw one pitch - and he did."
B&L got two runs in the first inning as Adrian Lacy scored on Erik Nyquist fielder's choice and a LeMelle single plated K.J. Randhawa. Carpenter made it 3-0 in the second by singling in Lacy.
B&L starter Corey Jackson sizzled through the first three frames, allowing only a second-inning walk. The fourth inning was a disaster, however, as four hits, a walk and two errors, both on Jackson, gave Martinez a 4-3 lead.
Bill Moresi pitched a complete game to beat Klamath Falls, striking out seven while scattering seven hits. Both runs off him were unearned.
Engell's game-winning hit, with no out and the bases loaded, scored Babich Cowan.