Premier Division

Coral Gables A’s – 5
Miami Dbacks – 2

This game marked the triumphant return of  the former champs Coral Gables A’s. This week’s game vs The Dbacks was hotly contested through the entire game. The game was tied 2-2 in the 9th inning, when The Dbacks closer attempted a pick-off and threw the ball away for a costly error. The A’s would capitalize for 3 runs in the 9th for a 5-2 final score. “It was great to be back” said A’s manager Miguel Garcia “The SFBL has top level competition, fields and umpires. It was great to start off with a win”.

Next week’s games

Coral Gables A’s – bye week
Miami Dbacks face the always dangerous Miami Red Sox and starting pitcher Cory Casuso at South Miami High at 12:30 pm

Miami Hurricanes – 9
Miami Marlins – 3

The Marlins are the current reigning back-to-back champions of the Premier Division. The Hurricanes were coming off a good Fall 2012 season, making the playoffs. Hurricanes manager Javier Perez was able to sign several key players in the off season, making this a very intriguing match up. Adam Mostasa threw a complete game for The Canes and quieted the dangerous Marlins lineup. New acquisitions  Huston Lorenzo (2-4, 2-2B, 2RS) and Nick Silva (2-3, 3RBI, 2B, BB, 2RS) paced the offense for The Hurricanes. “It was a great team effort today” said Canes coach Perez “We withstood a good effort from The Marlins” Marlins coach Paul Guelmes said “After a fairly long layoff, the rust showed on game day” He went on to say “We look forward to fielding our full squad next game and getting on the right track”.

Next week’s games

Miami Hurricanes take on a talented Miami Dodgers team at Coral Gables High School at 12:15 pm
Miami Marlins – bye


Senior Division

Miami Brewers – 3
Perrine Monarchs – 6

The SFBL welcomed back The Monarchs with a tough game vs The Miami Brewers. This game would end up as a close one. The Brewers offense could not get started early, as The Monarchs took the lead on homeruns by Erick Enriquez and Jacob C. It wasn’t until the 9th inning that The Brewers’ bats would come alive, as they would score 3 runs and have the tying run at the plate. However, overly aggressive base running would end the inning and the game for The Brewers. Brewers young ace Sean would throw a complete game in the loss. Pee Wee Johsnon pitched well to record the win for The Monarchs.

Next week’s games

Miami Brewers vs Davie Tigers at Flamingo Park at 9:00 am. This should be a great game to watch between 2 solid all-around teams with playoff aspirations
Perrine Monarchs go against the upstart Miami Cardinals at West Perrine Park at 10:00 am. The Cardinals are new to The SFBL and looking to prove themselves against a stacked Monarchs squad.

Dade Diamondbacks – 18
Southern Yankees – 16

This game had all of the excitement and drama you would expect when these teams meet. The Yankees got out to a 6-1 lead on Saul Pena’s GRAND SLAM to dead center in the 3rd inning. The Diamondbacks would chip away at the lead on Xavier Ubiera and Eddie Montalvo’s RBI hits to close the gap to 6-4 after 5 innings. The Diamondbacks took their 1st lead of the game with an offensive outburst of 7 runs in the 6th inning for an 11-5 score. The Yankees answered with 6 runs of their own for an 11-11 tie game! After The Diamondbacks put up another 7 runs in the next 2 innings, the score was 18-11 going into the 8th inning. With time running out, The Yankees came storming back again and would plate 6 runs and have 2 runners on base, when Xavier Ubiera struck out the final batter to end this heart-stopping contest. Newcomer Wilmer Flores was a perfect 5-5 for The Yanks, while Alvaro Hernandez for The D-Backs was 4-5 and hit a homer in the 7th. Yankees manager Ray Asmar said “We show lots of promise for this season & REMEMBER its not about getting knocked down. Its how high you BOUNCE after that”. Diamondbacks manager Jay Habacht was quoted “Great game to the classy Yankees. Coach Ray Asmar and The Yanks look to be a very tough team this season!”

Next week’s games

Dade Diamondbacks play The Miami Black Bats at Flamingo Park at 12:15 pm. This should be a good game, as both teams are coming off wins. Last season, The D-Backs beat The Black Bats in their only meeting 12-2. Both teams made the playoffs last season.
Southern Yankees take on the expansion South Florida Reds at Northeast High School at 9:30 am.

Deerfield Whitesox – 14
Davie Tigers – 11

The White Sox were coming off a down season, going 0-12. Steve Wulf replaced Nelson Ortiz as manager and immediately began to rebuild what was once a very proud franchise. In contrast, The Davie Tigers went 9-2-1 last season and made the playoffs. The Tigers would jump out to an early 4-0 lead in the 1st inning on Adam Stramwasser’s RBI double. The White Sox put up 3 runs in the 2nd and would then go ahead in the 3rd 6-5 on Nick Vitty’s homerun. After 2 more White Sox runs made it 8-5 in the 5th, The Tigers would answer with 3 runs in the 6th to tie the game at 8-8. The Tigers defense would surrender an unearned run in the 7th and the White Sox would remain ahead for a final score of 14-11. White Sox manager Steve Wulf was happy with the win, saying “The win today was great. After a dismal last season, it’s nice to see the team return to the competent form they have been known for over our seven consecutive years in the SFBL. Tigers manager Dave Carnevale said “Hats off to White Sox and we look forward to facing them again…”

Next week’s games

Deerfield White Sox play a revamped South Florida Rays team at Sunset Park at 9:30 am.
Davie Tigers go against the always tough Miami Brewers at Flamingo Park at 9:00 am. This game promises to have a playoff atmosphere.

Miami Cardinals – 5
Miami Black Bats – 14

The Miami Black Bats were coming off a good season where they went 7-4-1 and made the playoffs. The Cardinals are an SFBL expansion team, playing their inaugural game. The Black Bats controlled the action for most of the game with good pitching from Donato Calandrielo, who went 7 innings and had 7 K, giving up only 1 earned run. Donato also chipped in on offense, going 2-3, RBI. Manager Leandro Leon added 2 hits with a double, run scored and a stolen base. Manager Leon was quoted “It was a fun game to start the season with our Cardinals friends.” He also added “Tight pitching controlled any offense with regular defense not giving any chances. The Bats were Black with all team contributing.”

Next week’s games

Miami Cardinals play The Perrine Monarchs at West Perrine Park at 10:00 am. Look for The Cards to rebound against perennial favorite Monarchs.
Miami Black Bats take on The Dade Diamondbacks at Flamingo Park at 12:15 pm. Both teams will be looking to go 2-0 in a game that is sure to be exciting.

Masters Division

Broward Black Sox – 13
South Florida Dodgers – 13

The South Florida Dodgers were coming off a dismal 1-11 record last season. The Black Sox were a respectable 6-6 last season. However, those records meant very little in this great matchup. Leo Artigas went 4 innings for The Black Sox. Carlos Pandolfo and Mark Encin both pitched well for The Dodgers. This game went back and forth to the very end. Eventually, time ran out and the game would finish tied at 13. Dodgers manager Carlos Delgado said “Both teams had opportunities to win this game but in the bottom of the eighth, the Dodgers left a man stranded on 3rd ending the inning.” Vincent Bell had 3 hits for The Black Sox. David Gonzalez had 3 hits and 2RBI’s for The Dodgers.

Next week’s games

Broward Black Sox play The Dade Nationals at Cypress Bay High School at 12:15 pm. The Nationals were 7-5 and finished 2nd in the division last season.
South Florida Dodgers take on The Miramar Rangers at Coral Gables High School at 9:00 am. The Rangers are back-to-back returning Masters Division champions