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MABL American Final White Sox 1 Brewers 4 1:00 White River 2
MABL National Final  Athletics 6 Cubs DQ 1:00 White River 1
MABL  Champ Game   Cubs DQ Brewers 1 4:00 White River 2
MSBL  Champ Game  Tigers 3 Dodgers 6 4:00 White River 1


In the 28+ Final:

So ends our 15th year of game-play for the NWAMSBL and what can be considered by many to be our most competitive season yet from top to bottom.  Despite the overall records in the MSBL 28+, there was a camaraderie built among players on each of the four squads that was key in the revitalization of that division.  The Bentonville Dodgers held true to their domination of that league leading the standings all the way to winning the title in a closely fought championship game.  The FPEC Tigers, who had given the Dodgers their only blemish all season, held a 3-1 lead through most of the game with the help of smart pitching by young Zeb Undernehr.  The Dodgers were confident in a comeback effort and placed some key hits off Tiger reliever and old-school stalwart, Bill Snowden to push the score to 6-3.  The Dodgers finished off almost a perfect season by defeating the Tigers 6-3. Rich Conner picked up the victory by pitching 8 innings of 5 hit ball, striking out 9 batters, while issuing no walks. Conner also helped his cause by adding a couple of singles at the plate to earn MVP of the 2006 Playoffs. Wayne Robinson had two hits, scoring twice, while Jim Enneking had 3 RBI's with a single and a fielders choice. The Dodgers managed 10 hits on the evening. The Dodgers final record was 16-1. Tony Bigelow led the Tigers offense with 2 hits.  Bill Snowden takes the loss for the Tigers.


2006 NWAMSBL Champions--Bentonville Dodgers

Back L to R: Rich Conner, Zac Arnold, Matt McBeth, Sam Chae, Jim Enneking, Ken Exner (team trainer) with Peanut, team mascot.
Kneeling L to R:  Mark Jackson, Gary Davis, Wayne Robinson, Scott Kring, Troy Steiner,  Eric Exner (Manager)
Not Pictured:  Matt Bottoms, Don Prim, Charles Fowler, Deron Gardner, Jon Brusherd, Jason Eads


2006 NWAMSBL Runner Up--FPEC Tigers

Kneeling L to R: Marvin Undernehr, Robert Coffin (Coach), Tony Bigalow, Alan Davison (League Founder)
Standing: L to R: Alan Snowden, Bill Snowden, Junior Zuniga, Zeb "Zebster" Undernehr, Don McFarland, Linden Lewis
Not Pictured: Billy Hopper, Jake Norton


In the 18+ semi-finals:

White Sox 1  Brewers 4...The White Sox were coming off a previous week's emotional win over the Tahlequah Thunder and had hopes of making a run to capture a second title in three years.  However, Rick Elliot stood firmly in their path by pitching a solid game striking out 10 White Sox batters surrendering only 3 hits and a walk.  Phillip May of the White Sox was pitching a dandy of his own striking out 7 through 4 1/3 giving up only 3 hits as well.  The two teams stayed knotted at a single run through 6 when White Sox reliever, Patrick Cawthon, surrendered three straight hits to load the bases.  White Sox short stop, Lyndall Bolinger, turned an unassisted double-play, but the next Brewer batter roped a double to leave the score 4-1, Brewers. 

Cubs 9  Athletics 6


In the 18+ Final:

Fayetteville Cubs 4  Fayetteville Brewers 1

The Cubs and Brewers faced off in a battle of ex-Razorbacks.  For the Brewers, Zac Clark, has been the most consistently solid pitcher all season long.  Excellent location, mechanics, and intelligence on the hill.  His battery mate, Matt Villines calls a great game as he seems to know the weak spot of every hitter in the league.  For the Cubs, pitcher Josh Smith brings power and intensity.  A stark contrast in style, but both were effective in their own right.  The game was tight from the get-go considering the stalwart efforts by both pitchers knotted at 1-1 going into the 5th inning when short-stop, Aaron Ledbetter, hit a long home run on the short field to break up the tie.  The score remained 2-1 through the seventh when the Cubs tacked on two more on some key-placed hits.  The Brewers could not muster the comeback in the bottom of the frame.  Final 4-1. 

Insert--However, in a twist of fate, it was discovered that the Cubs enlisted an ineligible player and were disqualified after further investigation.  With such a great battle on the field, it would have been preferable to let the on-field play dictate the outcome.  Since both the Brewers and Athletics faced the Cubs, it was determined by the board that an on-field attempt should be made to declare a champion rather than the logical automatic declaration of victory in the final game forfeit.  However, logistics and weather prevented such a meeting.  Co-Champions have been declared by a narrow board vote.  The Brewers claim the regular season championship with a 19-1 record.  White Sox place third and the Tahlequah Thunder end up in fourth place in the league final after the playoff games. 


photos forthcoming...



 Sept 24th Sunday Pirates (A # 4) 1 Brewers (A # 1) 2 1:00 White River 1
    Rangers (N # 4) 0 Cubs (N # 1) 4 4:00 White River 1
    White Sox (A # 3) 14 Thunder (A # 2) 8 1:00 White River 2
    Athletics (N # 3) 1 Orioles (N # 2) 0 4:00 White River 2
    Volcanoes (C # 4) 3 Dodgers (C # 1) 11 1:00 Phillips Park #3
    Old Style (C # 3) 8  Tigers (C # 2) 9 4:00 Phillips Park #3

Round 1 Results:

White Sox 14  Tahlequah Thunder 8

Admittedly, the White Sox were a little nervous going into this game.  The Thunder swept the regular season double-header from the Sox and Tahlequah pitcher, Mark Taylor had shut down the Sox and was taking the hill again today.  Taylor looked up to his form in the first inning striking out two and getting an easy ground ball.  White Sox starter, Andy Crowson mirrored Taylor's feat by striking out two of his own and getting a pick off from catcher Andy Miller to make the first go by quick.  To start the scoring, Andy Miller leads of the second inning with a home run over the center field fence.  The Sox added three more in the inning.  For the Thunder, Justin Ludwig started off the bottom of the second with a home run of his own.  Crowson shut down the rest of the batters, though including a diving catch of a blooper to his right (Crowson is a lefty).  The third inning became the undoing of the Thunder on this day.  The White Sox rattled off 9 runs against a pair of Thunder relievers.  Headed into the fifth, the Sox were up 14-4, but let the Thunder back into the game on a couple of errant throws by coach Boudreaux missing out on a key double play.  Boudreaux settled down to help the Sox defense in the six and seventh to preserve the win 14-8.  Andy Crowson earns the victory with 9Ks in 5 innings.  Patrick Cawthon earned the save pitching well in the final two frames.  Standouts at the plate were Miller (2-4 HR), John Michael Hairston (2-5 HR, 3RBI), Robert Foshe (2-3 2B).  For Tahlequah, Justin Ledbetter went 3-4 with a home run and Parker Whitley was 2-4 with a double.  Mark Taylor takes the loss despite only pitching two innings.--Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox

In the first round of the playoffs, we took on the White Sox. While we hadn't seen any action for 6 weeks, this proved to be our undoing. Mark Taylor started out great mowing through the first three hitters with 2 K's and 1 slow roller to short. Again, not having seen action for 6 weeks, Mark had already started to run out of gas. Starting the second, White Sox hitter hit a solo homer to a very short center field normally a routine fly ball. None-the-less, it is a homer in the books. This opened the gate, with Mark and our relievers not able to find the zone and a few uncharacteristic passed balls and errors, the sox were able to jump ahead and stay there. The layoff was also detrimental for our bats as well. In all, not a very good game for us. --Mark Dreadfulwater, Tahlequah Thunder

Brewers 2  Pirates 1

In anticipation of a full report, we could hear the excitement from the next field over... The Pirates gave the number one seed Brewers a scare nearly stealing a victory.  The Brewers move on 2-1.

Rangers 0  Cubs 4

The cubs won 4-0 thanks to a complete game from Justin Ledbetter.  The cubs roped 4 doubles on their way to victory.--Jamie Thornton, Cubs

Athletics 1  Orioles 0 (Forfeit)


Volcanoes 3  Dodgers 11

 First game the Dodgers and Volcanoes met up. The Dodgers won the game. Last score I knew about was 11-3. Might not be the final score. Eric Exner hit a two run homer in the 1st inning to start the Dodgers scoring. --Jeff Kennett, Old Style

Olds Style 8  Tigers 9
This game turned out to be a fairly classic game. The Old Style started out with a couple of runs in the first inning and maintained a lead through 7.5 innings. In the bottom of the 8th the Tigers got two runs to the tie the game at 8 runs a peice. In the 9th the Old Style managed to get the bases loaded with one out. The 2 hole hitter was due up and had a first pitch foul pop fly that was caught by the Tigers catcher. The next batter worked the count and then popped up a pitch just behind the infield. Tigers skipper Robert Coffin made a dramatic catch with a little bobble to end the inning. In the Tigers half of the inning the Old Style were cruising with two outs and nobody on when the Tigers managed two hits. With runners on first and second Tigers 1st  bagger Junior hit a hard grounder through the Right side plating the winning run. Bill Snowden pitched a complete game for the win and Mark Davis pitched a complete game for the loss.--Jeff Kennett, Old Style


September 16-17, 2006

All Games Cancelled Due To Rain


September 9-10, 2006


Black Sox 0 White Sox 5
Braves 0 White Sox 17
Braves 1 Pirates 4
Pirates 21 Black Sox 0
Orioles 0 Athletics 1
Orioles 0 Brewers 1
Cubs 1 Brewers 4


Dodgers* W Old Style* L
Tigers* 8 Volcanoes* 9

Black Sox 0  White Sox 5

Braves 0  White Sox 17

The Fall weather is nearly upon us and things have cooled down enough to just about justify these black jerseys I have compelled my team to wear.  Today was a story of White Sox pitching.  Phillip May took the ball for the first game still nursing a pain in his elbow and a pulled groin.  May could only muster 4 innings, but save for one walk, was pitching a perfect game with 7 strike outs.  Veteran Andy Crowson came on to relieve and with 6 2/3 innings through gave up the only hit by a White Sox pitcher all day.  May and Crowson combined for 12 strikeouts, 1 hit, 1 walk. 

In game two, Patrick Cawthon took the mound all alone and pitched a no-hitter with 10 strike outs.  Cawthon would  have landed a perfect game had it not been for a misjudged grounder to Boudreaux at second for the error.  Matt Boudreaux was seeing the ball best on the day going 4-5 and had a web-gem catch in left field.  Andy Miller had a pair of doubles in the first game and roped a line drive home run in the second.  Mike Lopez was 3-5 to come out of his slumber.  --Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox



September 1-2, 2006

No games (Labor Day)


August 26-27, 2006

All MABL Games Moved to weekend of September 16-17 due to Rain



Dodgers* 6 Tigers* 7

It was another classic match up between two very mature MSBL teams that can still provide good competition and fellowship on the field of play.--Robert Coffin, Tigers


August 19-20, 2006


White Sox 2 Brewers 12
Brewers 4 White Sox 0
Pirates W Braves L
Braves L Pirates W
Athletics 11 Orioles 6
Orioles PP Athletics PP

White Sox 2  Brewers 12

Brewers 4  White Sox 0

On a day where the White Sox could only muster 8 players on the most critical weekend of the year, the results were predictable.  The White Sox, having beat the mighty Brewers earlier in the season, were hoping for at least a split in the series this weekend.  Minus 4 of 5 pitchers and three key position players, the Sox were doomed from the start.  In game one, Andy Crowson pitched as long as he could before having to give way to stiffness.  The Sox were having trouble hitting Rick Elliot anyway, but Crowson had given up seven and catcher/reliever Andy Miller, gave up another 5 before anyone knew what hit them.  The Brewers mounted what must have been a record number of extra-base hits with 5 doubles in the third alone.  In game two, first baseman, Dustin Wilson took the mound and pitched a real dandy only giving up a couple of hits.  Once again, the Sox had trouble hitting the ball anywhere the Brewers were not.  Pitcher Zac Clark was pitching well, but the Sox were serving up Sunday hops the whole game long to help him out.  The Sox hope to bring the rest of their squad come playoff time.--Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox.



Old Style* 11 Volcanoes* 6
Old Style* 11 Tigers* 12
Volcanoes* 0 Dodgers* 10
Dodgers* 12 Tigers* 9

Old Style 11  Volcanoes 6

The Old Style and the Volcanoes met at Veterens Park for the last game of their series tonight. The game was fairly close until the 5th inning. The 5th inning started with the score somewhere near even. In the bottom the 3rd the Old Style was able to put some runs on the board and hold off the Volcanoes for the rest of the game. The final score was 11-6 in favor of the Old Style. Player of the game for the Old Style has to be pitcher Mark Davis. Davis pitched a complete and recorded several K's with a very quality change up. He also went 2-3 at the plate with a triple. So, good job Mark. This Saturday the Old Style take on the Tigers in Fayetteville's White River Baseball Facility. We will be looking for our first win against the Tigers. --Jeff Kennett, Old Style


Dodgers beat the Volcanoes in the 5th inning.

Dodgers beat the Tigers in the 10th or 11th. Very good game. I believe the Tigers had an early lead for the first few innings. The Dodgers came back off an Exner home run. The Tigers then came back to tie it up. They went several innings tied up until the Dodgers were able to get a couple of runs. 

Tigers beat the Old Style in a very tight game. The Old Style got on the board in the 1st with a two run shot from Matt Watson. The Tigers came back and got two runs in the bottom of the first. The Old Style then hit a dead spell of offense while the Tigers hit every pitch in every location. With the score 10-2 Tigers the Old Style mounted a big come back in innings 4 through 6. Making the score 11-10 in the top of the 6th. Old Style pitcher Matt Watson was able to hold the Tigers offense in check between innings 3- . However in the bottom of the 6th the Tigers were able to get two runs across. The Old Style batters were not able to get any more runs in the top of the 7th so the final score was Tigers 12 Old Style 11. --Jeff Kennett, Old Style


The Dodgers won both games this past weekend, 10-0 vs. the Volcanoes, and 12-9 to the Tigers. While Charles Fowler, and Deron Gardner had big doubles for the Dodgers, Sam Chae had the big hit, with his 2nd home run of the season. Eric Exner pitched 5 innings of 1 hit ball for the victory.
The second game was different. The Tigers are much improved and were ready to play. After a 1st inning homerun by Scott Kring, the Dodgers had a 3 run lead. The Tigers kept coming back. They took a 4-3 lead before the end of the second inning. The Dodgers tied it in the third, and took the lead 9-6 by the bottom of the 4th. That's when the Tigers came back again with a 3 run 4th, capped by a 3 run double by Alan Davidson. Then the scoring stopped. The game remained tied until the 10th inning. The Tigers starter tired after nine amazing innings, and the Dodgers scored 3 in the 10th. The big hit was Mark Jackson's 2 run double down the right field line. Rich Connor picked up the win with 7 innings of relief. A quick note, things got a little emotional early in the game. A three run homerun by the Dodgers was followed immediately by a hit batsman on the next pitch. A Tigers' batter was hit later that inning as well. Cooler heads prevailed after that, the game was settled on the field, and everyone was fine. I wanted to thank the Tigers for a great game, and that was one of those games where you hate to have a loser, both teams deserved a win.--Eric Exner, Dodgers


August 11-13, 2006

Arklahoma Shootout Report Here

Congratulations to the OKC Ameristars.

2006 Arklahoma Shootout Champions


Tigers* W Volcanoes* L
Old Style* 17 Volcanoes* 2

Tigers W  Volcanoes L

Old Style 17  Volcanoes 2

The Tigers took the Volcanoes in game one. I do not know what the score was.  In Game two of the day the Volcanoes took on the Old Style in the 4th game of the season series of 5 games. The Old Style hold a 2-1 advantage as of this time. The Volcanoes seemed to be a little tired from the first game of the day. The Old Style started the scoring early and often with solid hits scattered all over the field. For the second game the Volcanoes hard a hard time getting good hits off of Old Style hurler Ron Keen. Keen's knuckle was again very good giving catcher Jeff Kennett a thorough workout behind the plate. Final score was 17-2 in favor of the Old Style.--Jeff Kennett, Old Style


August 5-6, 2006


Black Sox 2 Brewers 14
White Sox 5 Pirates 1
Cubs 2 Orioles 4
Orioles 0 Cubs 10
Athletics 0 Dawgs 9
Dawgs 5 Athletics 6
Orioles 7 FSC 0
FSC 0 Orioles 7
Braves 5 Thunder 15
Thunder 15 Braves 0


Tigers* 14 Volcanoes* 15
Old Style* 4 Dodgers* 19

A special note:

I would like to say a little bit about the Arkansas Braves.  After Sunday's game I started thinking about the game and the Braves.  I realized they do not have a winning record and struggled during our double- header on Sunday.  But through it all the players showed true sportsmanship.  Not one player yelled, argued with the umpire, or threw things.  I was very impressed with their attitudes and poise.  Even through the loss, the players were smiling and having a good time.  We played them earlier in the season and the result was the same.  I know we are in this league to compete and win. I know we get caught up in who has the best record, but the Braves appear to be playing not for the best record, but for the love of the game.  I don't know what the experience was like for anyone else who played the Braves, but I'm sure it was similar.  Even when down 12,13,14 runs, the continued to compete until the end.  If there was a team award for sportsmanship, the Braves would have my vote.  I hope all who play the Braves model themselves after them.  Anyway, just thought they deserve some credit.  --M. Taylor, Tahlequah Thunder    


Fayetteville Cubs 2 Ft. Smith Orioles 4
Ft. Smith Orioles 0 Fayetteville Cubs 10

On a very warm day in Fayetteville the Cubs struggled to find their sticks in a heated game with the talented Ft. Smith Orioles. The Orioles threw their stud pitcher and he pitched a hell of a game, keeping the Cubs hitters off balence all day. In game 2 the Cubs brought their sticks onto the field. The Cubs run ruled the Orioles to take the season series. Blake Kastl pitched a gem to lead the Cubs to victory. Joe Castillo went deep for the second time this year. Justin Ledbetter scored every time he went to the plate.--Jamie Thornton, Fayetteville Cubs

White Sox 5  Pirates 1

no report

Black Sox 2  Brewers 14

On saturday, the Brewer's defeated the Black Sox 14 to 2 in a lopsided battle.  The shorted handed Brewers team bat's were slow to come until the 4th inning where the Brewer's came alive.  The inning was  highlighted by a John Davis three run home run.  Rick Elliott threw a  complete game.  Solid defense led by Christian Pummill at 2nd led to an easy win.  The Black Sox attempt at a rally was shut down by Braden Watson who threw out the Black Sox runner by 11.5 feet from right field.--Matt Villines, Brewers

Athletics 0  Diamond Dawgs 9

Diamond Dawgs 5  Athletics 6

FORT SMITH - On typical hot & humid summer day, the Arkansas Athletics traveled to Evans Boys & Girls Club  for a double-header versus the Alma Diamond Dawgs.  Willing to travel and play amongst competition around the area, the A's were excited at the prospects of extending their winning streak. GAME ONE - Diamond Dawgs 9, Athletics 0: The Dawgs' bats found every hole in the A's defense and four key fielding errors aided the Dawgs even further.  Collectively the A's struggled at the plate, producing just four base hits which was not enough to counter the Dawgs scoring.  The 7th, 8th, and 9th hitters led the way offensively for the Diamond Dawgs going 7-12, while the remainder of the team was only 7-26.  
GAME TWO - Athletics 6, Diamond Dawgs 5: The A's bounced back by scoring two runs to start the second game with RBI singles by Craig Marsh (2-4, 2R, RBI) and Dave Freshwater (2-3, 3B, R, 2RBI).  As a storm rolled in the temperature stabilized and the winds increased.    During the latter innings, with runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out, the Dawgs lined out to the A's left-handed pitcher Chris Davis (7IP, ER, 5H, 3BB, 8K).  In an attempt to double-up the runner, Davis threw wide to third allowing a run to score.  The A's asserted the runner at 2nd did not tag, and they appealed the call.  When all was said and done, the A's escaped with a win despite the Dawgs' comeback effort.  Other notable offensive contributions for the A's included M Pocius (2-3, R, RBI) and Stewart (2-3, R,  RBI).  Ricardo (2-4, 2R) and Keith (1-4, 2R) led the Alma squad. --Derick Akers, Athletics


July 29-30, 2006


White Sox 5 Pirates 8
Pirates 0 White Sox 11
Cubs 10 Athletics 11
Black Sox 14 Braves 8
Brewers 12 Thunder 2
Thunder 5 Brewers 10


Volcanoes* PP Tigers* PP
Dodgers* 12 Old Style* 1
Dodgers* 24 Tigers* 10
Volcanoes* 4 Old Style* 14

Dodgers 12  Old Style 1

Volcanoes 4  Old Style 14

Wednesday, the Old Style and Dodgers hooked up for a mid-week game under the lights of Veterans Park. Fairly close game for the first 5 innings as the score was 4-1 in favor of the Dodgers. Old Style pitcher Mark Davis used a solid change up to great effect keeping the Dodgers off balance. In the 6th innings Davis was pulled to save something for the weekend. Old Style manager Jeff Kennett came in and in two innings recorded 1K and only 1 BB. However, the Dodgers managed to put about 8 runs in the board in those two innings. Unfortunately both innings went a little longer than they needed to. These things happen. I believe the final score was somewhere in the neighborhood of 12-1. Once again the Old Style offense was in hiding. Only 4 hits were recorded off Dodger pitching. The Dodgers pitching staff also managed about 13 K's against the Old Style.  

The Old Style and the Volcanoes hooked up in a battle for third place in the 28+ Division. The season series between the two teams being knotted at 1-1. The visiting Volcanoes led off the game scoring 1 run in the top of the 1st. The Old Style answered with a 2 runs in the bottom half of the inning off a Mark Davis base clearing triple. In the second inning the Old Style continued pounding the ball. Matt Watson had a bases loaded ground rule double over the left field fence scoring two runs. In the 4th inning Old Style vet Kelly Abney had a lead off triple. Unleashing some fury sending the ball to right center. He scored later in the inning making it 5-1 Old Style. Old Style pitcher Ron Keen found his knuckle to be on today using it to near perfection in innings 5 and 6. Only 6 pitches were needed in each inning to retire the eager Volcanoes batters. Three more runs were scored for the Old Style in the 6th inning. The Volcanoes finally figured out Keen in the 7th getting 3 runs across. With the score at 8-4 in the bottom of the 7th the Old Style batted around scoring the necessary 6 runs to ensure a run rule victory. Don Arrick exacted his revenge on the Volcanoes with the game winning hit scoring two runs.  Arrick was 0-3 going into the 7th but but the ball  into right center for the game winner. The Old Style player of the game has to be Pitcher Ron Keen. Keen went 4-5 at the plate. Off the mound he pitched a complete game recording 8 strikeouts and only issuing 3 walks. Final score 14-4 Old Style.  -- Jeff Kennett, Old Style

Pirates 8  White Sox 5

White Sox 11  Pirates 0

The recently departed Troy Flood to the Pirates deal put a damper on the White Sox first game.  Tension was in the air as the thought of Flood quitting to join the Sox's next opponent had us riled a bit.  Pirate ace Eric Smith had a great game to boot keeping the White Sox bats off their mark only giving up 5 hits and striking out 9.  Sox pitcher, Tom Spaniol pitched a good game striking out 8, but walked 5 and gave up 8 clean hits.  The Pirate batters were finding holes everywhere in big Veterans Park.  Troy Flood was personally responsible for 3 of the Pirate runs with his sure bat.

Game two was clearly a tale of two different teams.  White Sox pitcher, Patrick Cawthon pitched a dandy complete game shutout.  Cawthon struck out 11 batters and gave up 3 meaningless hits and three walks issued by the umpire.  The White Sox also took advantage of the Pirates lack of pitching depth and tore into their staff for 18 hits (Lopez 3-4, Taliaferro 2-3, Miller 3-3 (HR), S. Boudreaux 2-3, R. Foshe 4-4 w/4 RBI).  The Pirate starter, Bruce might have been feeling the literal heat and was relieved after three innings by former White Sox, Troy Flood.  Flood felt a little heat of his own despite a valiant effort giving up 6 straight hits including a towering home run by Andy Miller (who smartly used a metal bat this time).  Flood started the 5th inning, but was relieved after a rope single by Robert Foshe and a hit batsman.   Despite the record heat of roughly 105 degrees Fahrenheit, the White Sox committed no recorded defensive errors on the day. --Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox

Brewers 12  Thunder 2

Thunder 5  Brewers 10

The Brewers defeated the Thunder in a lopsided battle. The first game ended in a 12-2 final with Rick Elliott pitching the complete game one  hitter. At the plate the Brew Crew brought the sticks throughout the  line-up racking up 17 hits. In game two of the double header Zak  Clark took the hill for the Brewers against the Thunder's ace. The  Thunder jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and lead 4-3 through four  innings. In the bottom of the fifth the Brewers bats came alive and  scored 7 runs. Matt Villines closed the game and battled on finding  the strike zone. Although struggling the Brewers won the game 10-5 behind a solid batting display.--Matt Villines, Brewers

Fayetteville Cubs 10  Arkansas Athletics 11

ROGERS - The Athletics extended their current winning streak to three games, after another come-from- behind victory Sunday afternoon at Veteran's Park (North).  A man short, the Cubs took to an early lead scoring eight runs through the first four innings. However, the A's managed to rally and scored 10 runs during the final three innings. In the A's half of the sixth, Justin McKisick (2-3, 2B, 3R, 2RBI) doubled, sending two runners across the plate. Then, down 8-10 going into the bottom of the 7th, the Athletics sent their sixth, seventh, and eighth batters to the plate. With one out, Jason Benson (1-2, 2B, 2R) doubled and Dave Freshwater (2-3, 2R, RBI) drove him in with a single.  The A's next two hitters reached, loading the bases.  Next, David Battaglia (4-4, 2B, 3B, 3R, RBI) drove in another run - tie game at 10 apiece. Greg Cuzick (2-3, 2B, 3RBI) delivered with the game winning RBI on a line drive over the third baseman's head and into left.  The Cub's pitching staff made a strong start (Ledbetter - 5IP, 4ER, 7H, 7BB, 3K), but slowly  faded during a relief appearance by Dusty Johnson (2IP, 3ER, 7H, 2BB, 3K). Offensive highlights for the Cubs included James (3-4, 2B, 3R), Brumley (2-4, R, 2RBI), and Beasley (2-3, 2B, R, 4RBI).
Next up for the A's is a trip to Fort Smith to play a double-header against the Diamond Dawgs on Sunday, August 6, 2006 @ 1 and 4 pm (Evans Boys Club). The Cubs remain at home in Fayetteville this coming weekend in a double-header of their own facing the Fort Smith Orioles at White River Baseball Complex on Saturday, August 5, 2006 @ 1 and 4pm. --Derick Akers, Arkansas Athletics

Braves 8  Black Sox 14

The Black Sox and Braves both played a good game but the Sox got the better of us. The Sox's defense wasn't the greatest in the world but neither was the Braves. Both teams had their fair share of errors. The Braves were in control through the first four innings with superb pitching. Our bats finally started getting hot after half way through the season, which hopefully carries over to next week. We started off good with Ronnie Ragsdale (1-4)starting a two out rally with a single and Tony Foshe (2-4) following by hitting an in the park home run showing off his incredible speed. In the second the Braves extended their lead scoring two more runs from hits by Bryan Foshe (2-4) and Johnny Sabatini (1-3). The Sox scored 1 in the second and 4 in the fifth to give them the lead. T.Foshe lead off the inning by hitting the ball to shallow right but the right fielder mishandled the ball and with great hustle Foshe made it to second without a throw. Foshe was followed up by Larry Caudle (2-4) hitting a single to help his own cause. The next two batters Zbow Sanders (0-3) walked and brother Brady Sanders (1-2) single scoring Caudle. The inning continued with Robert Smith (2-4) hitting a single and B. Foshe hitting a double. The Braves were down by one going into the last inning of play and the Braves inexperience in the latter innings due to being run ruled every game couldn't come through with a rally after the Sox scored 5 in the top of the seventh. Overall the Braves and the Sox both played a great game and it stinks that somebody had to lose.--Tony Foshe Arkansas Braves

The Braves and Black Sox met for the first time this season in an inter-league match up at Veterans Park. The heat was nearly overbearing and claimed a victim from the Cubs squad who played the Athletics prior to our game. The individual collapsed from what appeared to be heat exhaustion and had to be toted off in an ambulance (hopefully all is well). This delayed the start of our game as several individuals and umps attended the player while awaiting emergency personnel. When the game finally got underway, the Black Sox came out of gate lethargic at best. The Braves, on the other hand, were primed and obviously hungry for a victory after starting the year 0 for 9. The Black Sox put on a clinic in how to make errors and allowed frustrations to interfere with a normally solid defense. The Braves took advantage of this situation and a few hits in the gaps and bloopers over the infield added to the errors put the Braves in the lead position. Pitcher Taos Jones threw a complete game and aside no defensive backing the first few innings, continued to get stronger as the game progressed, eventually silencing the Braves bats in the latter innings. On the offensive side, the Sox batters managed to either hit directly to defenders or high, lazy fly balls due mainly to having a lot of trouble adjusting to the very slow and unorthodox pitching from the Braves. In the final frame the Sox finally found their groove in the batters box and padded their lead ending in a final of 14 to 8.--Danny Dodge, Black Sox




July 22-23, 2006


White Sox 6 Brewers 5
White Sox 4 Black Sox 1
Rangers W Black Sox L
Athletics 7 Rangers 4
Athletics 21 Braves 1


Tigers* 7 Old Style* 2
Dodgers* W Volcanoes* L

White Sox 6  Brewers 5

White Sox 4  Black Sox 1

The weather, thankfully, took a turn towards the cool this weekend.  Down from 104 to about 90.  That was a dramatic difference.  The Brewers have been the powerhouse team for 2006 and by all accounts, that moniker will stick with them through the end of the season.  There was a little fate working against them, though, in the game with the White Sox.  Sox pitcher, Phillip May was working a strong game through 5 innings only giving up four runs on a HBP, a walk and two home runs.  The only two recorded hits given up by May were the home runs.  Thankfully, one was a solo shot by Zak Clark and the other was a two-run shot by Chad Lipsmeyer.  Holding the Brewers' powerful offense to five runs was a victory in itself.  Reliever, Andy Crowson came in at the bottom of the 6th inning with the game tied at 4 and picked up the win holding the Brewers to only one additional run in three innings.  Zak Clark for the Brewers had a no-hitter going into the 5th inning when Stephen Boudreaux roped a single to right field to break things up.  Prodigal player, Patrick Taliaferro, made an appearance for the White Sox relieving departed Troy Flood to go two for two at the plate.  Dustin Wilson went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI.  Tom Spaniol continued his walk streak and made a head's up play scoring from third to send the game into extra innings.  Wilson's double in the top of the 8th inning scored Taliaferro for the go ahead run.  Crowson closed the door by rolling a grounder to Boudreaux, a strike out and a final pop up to Boudreaux to finish things.  Special note on the defensive play of Brewer second baseman, Justin Seibenmorgan (?) who made 9 assists on the day with one spectacular play after another...a "web gem" diving catch and flip to short stop and throw to first for the out to end the second.  For the White Sox, third baseman, John Michael Hairston, made some gem plays of his own to keep the Brewers in check.

The Black Sox are really so close.  They have offense and some solid pitching.  Just a few minor adjustments and they could compete in this second half of the season.  The White Sox were coming off an emotional high after the victory over the previously undefeated Brewers.  Although the White Sox were hitting the ball, they were rolling right at the defense.  Patrick Taliaferro was making the most of his appearance by getting the first base hit for the White Sox in the 4th to unknot the scoreless game on Dustin Wilson's single.  Matt Boudreaux went 2 for 3 with an RBI to help insure a 3-run lead.  Eugene Burton also went 2 for 3 with a stolen base.  Pitcher, Patrick Cawthon, started off behind on nearly every batter through the first few innings, but eventually settled down.  Cawthon pitched a complete game victory only giving up 5 hits in 7 innings striking out 13 Black Sox batters including the side to end the game.--Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox


Athletics 7, Rangers 3
FAYETTEVILLE - On a typical summer day in NW Arkansas, as the temperature and humidity soared, the Arkansas Athletics and Fayetteville Rangers met for a divisional contest at White River Baseball Complex.  Smart defensive play by both clubs kept the game knotted at zero through the first 3 innings. The Rangers took command in the 4th scoring a run.  Ignited by the Rangers pitching change, the A's surged ahead in the next inning batting around and scoring 6 runs of their own. The Rangers managed to score 2 runs in the 6th, but it would not be enough to crack the Athletics' lead. With bases loaded in the final frame, the A's Craig Marsh closed the game out inducing a line-drive double play.  Misfortune was dealt to the A's late in the game when, in arguably his strongest outing of the year, Marty Harrison (6IP, 2ER, 4H, 2BB, 6K) was lost for 6 weeks as the result of taking a pitch on the hand in the seventh inning, breaking his thumb.
Offensively the Athletics were led by Battaglia (3-4, 2R), Marsh (2-4, R, 2RBI), and Harrison (1-4, R, 2RBI); while Antoon (1-2, 2R) and Nuckols (1-4, RBI) logged the only significant contributions for the Rangers at the plate.

Athletics 21, Braves 1
FAYETTEVILLE - After a victory versus the Rangers, the Athletics stayed to play another versus an American division opponent the Arkansas Braves. The Braves were undoubtedly hoping to avenge an earlier loss to the A's. However, that was not the case as the A's scored every inning making quick work of the Braves in a contest that lasted just 5 innings. --Derick Akers, Athletics


July 12, 15-16, 2006


Black Sox 2 Cubs 10
Brewers 6 Black Sox 0
Black Sox 4 Brewers 16
Athletics 0 Cubs 10
Cubs 9 Athletics 4
Dawgs 19 Braves 3
Dawgs 3 White Sox 8
White Sox 4 Orioles 8
Pirates 4 Thunder 5
Thunder 10 Pirates 2


Volcanoes* 4 Tigers* 7
Old Style* 5 Dodgers* 8

Brewers 6  Black Sox 0

Black Sox 4  Brewers 16

The Brewers swept the series against the Black Sox. In game 1 Zak Clark threw a complete game two hitter. The game did not involve a lot of offense and the final score was 6-0. In game two of the double header, The Brewers bats came alive when they tallied four home runs on the game. The Brewers used 3 different pitcher in the 5 inning game that ended with the score of 16-4.--Matt Villines, Brewers

White Sox 8  Diamond Dawgs 3

Orioles 8  White Sox 4

Man...it was hot.  We figured it was about 105 degrees on the field as the bank sign down the street showed 98 in the shade.  Last year's league champs, the Diamond Dawgs, have been struggling to get on track this season.  They have begun to find their niche now with some new leadership and are hitting stride.  White Sox pitcher Phillip May was on his game, though, through 5 innings throwing a 3-hit shutout with 9 K's before having to leave with muscle cramp in the groin.  Reliever Tom Spaniol gave up three runs in the 5th before settling down to earn the save.  The Sox have still yet to find their offense as they did their damage in the first inning and then went quiet for the balance of the game. 

In the game versus the Orioles, the one-hour layoff in the heat was probably worse than just starting after the conclusion of the first game.  The Sox were soaking in their own sweat.  Pitcher, Pat Cawthon threw a good game and was victimized by errors and suspicious officiating.  The Sox gave up a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the third on some questionable calls by the plate umpire and a few errors in judgment by Sox infielders.  Down 8-4, the Sox were looking to get back in the game, but darkness overcame the field and it was called after the top of the 4th inning when the lights failed to come on. --Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox


Photos by Stephen Boudreaux

On a tragedy stricken day the cubs sponsor and father to several players on the team Jim Smith passed away. The cubs decided to pull together as a team and honor him the best way they knew how, by playing ball. Lead by Dusty Johnson in his first trip to the mound this season, the cubs took control of the game early and never let up. Justin Ledbetter went 4-4 with 3 doubles at the plate and Jamie Thornton contributed with a couple of plays in the field worthy of being considered “Web Gems”.
The heat didn’t seem to affect the cubs much in game 1 as they handled the A’s in every way. Every cub batter had at least 1 hit while Blake Kastl and Joe Costello both had 3-run homeruns. Justin Ledbetter took the hill and threw his fifth complete game of the season in as many starts. This brings Ledbetter’s record to 5-0 with 1 save. Once again Jamie Thornton turned into a highlight reel but was robbed of the play of his life by a 1st baseman “who shall remain nameless” tried to pick a ball out of the dirt barehanded. Nice….
Austin Mitchell barely escaped with a win as the heat proved too much for the umpires to handle. One very questionable call after another slowly started taking its toll on the cubs, especially on manager Josh Brumley who was tossed after a brief meeting with the umps where no voices were raised. One bright spot was Chris Sprick finally got his bat going as he went 5-6 with a bomb on the day--Josh Brumley, Fayetteville Cubs

The Arkansas Athletics and Fayetteville Cubs played a double-header at White River Baseball Complex on what must have been the hottest day of the year, so far.  Although a moderate breeze kept those in the shade somewhat cooler, temperatures rose into the triple-digit range scorching the players on the field.
Game One (Athletics 0, Cubs 10) - The A's offensive struggles continued as they were blanked by the Cubs, 10-0 in five innings. David Battaglia (2-2) and Craig Marsh (1-2) were the only A's players to collect a hit during the first game. Most experts would agree that extreme heat generally causes expansion, however today's sweltering heat undoubtedly contracted the strike zone into an inconsistent shape-shifting, microscopic blob assuring the Cubs of hitter's counts throughout the contest. The prime "swing away" conditions helped the Cubs score 8 of their 10 runs with two outs.

Offensive highlights for the Cubs included Kastl (2-2, 2R, HR, 4RBI), Sprick (3-3, 2R), and Brumley (2-3, 2 2B, R, RBI).   Game Two (Cubs 9, Athletics 4) -

To the dismay of many, the second game went the full 7-innings. The A's held the lead briefly as they scored two runs in the bottom of the 1st, but the Cubs bounced back in the 2nd adding three to the run they scored in their first at-bat. The Athletics rallied in the bottom of the 5th on a one-out walk followed by Battaglia's (3-3, 2B, 2R) double. After another walk loaded the bases, an Adam Pocius (3-4, R, 2RBI) single drove in two runs. But it was far too little too late as the Cubs five run lead remained intact for the remainder of the game.

Offensive highlights for the Cubs included James (2-3, 2B, 2R), Sprick (2-3, R, HR, 3RBI), and Roberts (1-2, 2B, 2RBI). --Derick Akers, Arkansas Athletics



July 8-9, 2006


Brewers 8 Thunder 6
Thunder 13 Black Sox 5
Athletics 1 Orioles 5
Orioles 11 Athletics 1
Rangers 0 Cubs 10
Cubs PP Rangers PP
White Sox 16 Braves 0
Braves PP White Sox PP
Dawgs L FSC W
FSC L Dawgs W


Old Style* 22 Volcanoes* 9
Tigers* 1 Dodgers* 11

Brewers 8  Thunder 6

The game between the Brewers and Thunder was intense. The Thunder got an early lead and was in cruise control until the sixth inning when an unnecessary collision at first base got both teams riled up. The Brewers bats started rolling in the top of the seventh inning which led to 5 runs to take an 8-6 final. The game was intense and hard fought. The Thunder starting pitcher pitched a solid game through five inning. Brewers pitching staff could not find the zone.--Matt Villines, Brewers

White Sox 16  Braves 0

Braves PP  White Sox PP

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Old Style 22  Volcanoes 9

 The Old Style finally put a mark in the win column this weekend versus the Volcanoes. Hitting was our strong point as contact was made throughout the lineup. A solid pitching performance by Ron Keen was also key. --Jeff Kennett, Old Style

Fayetteville Cubs 10  Rangers 0

Rangers PP  Fayetteville Cubs PP

Yesterdays game was a wild one where all kinds of strange things happened. In five innings the Fayetteville Cubs had a player steal home and turned a triple play. The ball just bounced the Cubs way. Justin Ledbetter again led the Cubs to victory with his pitching and his bat. Ledbetter pitched 5 strong innings of one hit ball, while allowing three walks and striking out four. He also went 3-3 at the plate and drove in a run. Josh Brumley hit a wind blown three-run dinger that ended the game. Blake Kastl also went 3-3 and Jamie Thornton went 1-2 with a couple RBI's. The short handed Rangers put up a valiant effort behind their pitcher. Rain washed out the possibility for a second game between these two teams, hopefully a make up game will be re-scheduled soon.--Jamie Thornton, Fayetteville Cubs


June 28, 2006


Braves 0 Athletics 13
Cubs 7 White Sox 1

Braves 0  Athletics 13

BENTONVILLE - The Athletics and Braves faced off for a mid-week game on a gorgeous summer evening at Phillips Park. The A's scored runs early and often against a Braves squad suffering from cold bats and inferior pitching. The A's scored two in the 1st, three in the 2nd, and eight in the 4th - for a total of 13 runs on 12 hits - in the game called after the 5th inning, courtesy of the 10-run rule. During the contest, the Braves only managed to produce two hits off of the pitching tandem of Aaron Gisler (3IP, 2H, 2BB + HBP, 5K) and Derick Akers (2IP, BB, K).  Offensive highlights for the A's included: Chris Davis (2-3, HR, 4RBI), Craig Marsh (2-2, 2B, 2R, 4RBI), David Battaglia (1-2, 3B, 2R, 3RBI), and Adam Pocias (1-2, 2B, R, 2RBI).  Next up for the Athletics (2-2) is a trip to Sallisaw, Oklahoma to play a double-header against the Fort Smith Orioles in a divisional match-up, while the Braves (0-6) meet the Lowell White Sox @ White River Baseball Complex for a double-header in Fayetteville on July 9th beginning @ 1pm.--Derick Akers, Athletics

Fayetteville Cubs 7  White Sox 1

The White Sox are starting off slumping for certain.  Andy Crowson pitched a fine game only giving up 3 hits and 1 ER.  The problem came defensively with the White Sox committing 11 errors in the field.  The Cub defense was nothing short of flawless on the contrary which generally equates to a victory.  With the score at 3-1 going into the 6th inning, Crowson pulled himself due to back spasms to be relieved by veteran Troy Flood.  With the White Sox offense sputtering...what the heck.  Pitch an almost 50-year-old guy against the young Cubs.  Flood gave up four meaningless runs to sum up the score.  But it was the errors all around that did the Sox in buttressed by only 5 hits.  White Sox batters only struck out 3 times in the game, but it seemed like every ball hit found a Cub mitt.  That's baseball.--Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox



June 24-25, 2006


Athletics 11 Black Sox 8
Thunder 5 Cubs 6
Orioles L Thunder W
Pirates 10 Rangers 13
FSC 1 Brewers 9
Brewers 10 Dawgs 2


Volcanoes* L Dodgers* W
Old Style* 8 Tigers* 18

Athletics 11 Black Sox 8

FAYETTEVILLE - On a surprisingly pleasant June afternoon in northwest Arkansas, the A's and Black Sox squared off Saturday at Industrial Park. The Black Sox - in the first of eight lead changes - began the day with a run in the bottom of the first. The A's answered with a run of their own, knotting the game at 1- 1 through the end of three. That quickly changed though, when the A's scored two in the top of the fourth.  The two teams proceeded to play "hot potato" with the lead until the Black Sox finally surged ahead by scoring five unearned runs off of A's hurler Craig Marsh.  A lead-off walk followed by John Stewart's second double of the day, gave the A's runners at second and third with no one out in the top of the last (7th) inning. The next batter flied out to left-center field and should have produced a run, however Derick Akers (0-0 BB; IP, 0H, Sv) committed an untimely base running error and was tagged out at the plate on an outfield assisted double play. Trailing 8-6 and down to their final out, the A's rallied as three consecutive batters reached base. Then with the bases loaded, Adam Pocias drove in the three base runners with an opposite field double that ricocheted off the fence. Pitching in relief of a superb start by Marty Harrison, Marsh was credited with the win after working the fifth and sixth innings. The Black Sox reliever Goswick (3IP, 6ER, 8H, 4BB + HBP) collected the loss after surrendering five earned runs in the seventh inning. 

A's Highlights: CMarsh (3-3, 3B, 2R, SAC, 1RBI; 2IP, 5R, 0ER, 4H, 2BB, 3K), APocias (2-3, 2B, 2R, 4RBI), JStewart (2-2, 2 2B, 3R), MHarrison (2-3, R, 2RBI; 4IP, 3R, 0ER, 3H, 3BB, 7K).

Black Sox Highlights:  SDawson (2-4, 2R), JDupry (1-4, 2B, 2RBI), TJones (0-1, K; 4IP, 2ER, 6H, 2BB, 4K).
Next up for the A's is a rare mid-week match-up this Wednesday evening (06/28/06) versus the Arkansas Braves @ Phillips Park #3 in Bentonville, 6:30pm. The Black Sox face the Tahlequah Thunder at Veteran's Park (South) in Rogers on July 8th @ 4pm --Derick Akers, Athletics

Black Sox Dugout


Shawn Dawson


Paul Hough and Trea Taylor


Josh Norris and Dallas Goswick


Josh Dupuy


Heath Robinson, Jeff Trammell and Dallas Goswick


Darrel Lamp and Taos Jones


Danny Dodge


Danny Dodge


Trea Taylor




photos submitted by Danny Dodge

Old Style 8  Tigers 18

Lost another ball game today.  18-8.  Still had a good time.   3-4 and no errors... couple RBI's.  Errors are still killing our team though.  We held it close for 6 innings and then *bam*... --Mike Blakeman, Old Style (excerpt from Hogville.net)

Pirates 10  Rangers 13

On a windy Sunday in Siloam Springs, the Rangers played host to the Pirates.  A late arrival by Rangers starter Thomas Cole started the Rangers off on the wrong foot. Getting only a few minutes to warm up he had some troubles the first few innings and the Pirates took advantage going up 6-0. The Rangers bats didn't get started until the 4th inning when Rangers Short Stop Brian Frazier hit a two run shot to left center over the double wall. That same inning the Rangers batted around and took the lead going up by one.  The fifth inning was a flip flop, when the Rangers again had to come back in the bottom half. Relief pitcher Daniel Minton came in and did a great job finishing the game with his first appearance of the year. The Pirates just couldn't catch back up in the late innings and lost 13-10. The game was played with great intensity by both sides partly due to some questionable calls by.  Patrick Harris of the Rangers said "Man, this team has a lot of heart. I thought we weren't going to come back. Holy cow, if we keep this up I'm going to have heart problems."--Brian Frazier, Rangers

FSC 1  Brewers 9

Brewers 10  Diamond Dawgs 2

In game one against Fort Smith Christian the Brewers got up early scoring four in the first inning. Rick Elliott pitched the complete game on giving up 1 run on the day. Fort Smith did not help themselves out by booting a few balls early that led to a pair of runs for the Brewers. Offensively Kyle Jones and Wayne Hrozek were stroking the ball. The game ended in a 9-1 final.  In game two against the Diamond Dawgs the Brewers starter Zak Clark took the mound and pitched 5 innings only giving up 2 runs. Although the Dawgs grabbed an early 1-0 lead, the Brewers found the sticks and won the game with the final score of 10-2. John Davis had some good plays defensively to keep the ball game out of reach--Matt Villines, Brewers

Fayetteville Cubs 6   Tahlequah Thunder 5
On a steamy Saturday afternoon the Thunder battled the Cubs at Franklin Field in Siloam Springs. The Thunder started the scoring in the first inning by pushing a run across, then the Cubs answered in the bottom half of the first inning with a Justin Ledbetter home run.  This game continued to be a back and forth battle between these two teams. In the 6th inning the Cubs were trailing 4-2 when Brian Roberts started a one out rally. Roberts came around to score on a pass ball.  Then Dusty Johnson hit a two-run bomb that made the score 5-4. The Cubs squeaked out another run before the Thunder escaped. The final score ended up being 6-5 in favor of the Cubs. Tahlequah's Thunder was provided by Jason Girdner, he went 3-3 with two bombs. The pitching for both teams was great. Austin Mitchell pitched a fabulous game for the Cubs, keeping Tahlequah's Thunderous bats at bay.--Jamie Thornton, Fayetteville Cubs



June 17-18, 2006


Pirates 12 Black Sox 10
Black Sox 10 Pirates 20
Brewers 16 Braves 0
Braves 1 Brewers 19
Cubs 4 Orioles 1
FSC 5 Cubs 4
White Sox 4 Thunder 5
Thunder 4 White Sox 1


Dodgers* 15 Old Style* 5
Tigers* 13 Volcanoes* 5

Fayetteville Cubs 4 Ft. Smith Orioles 1

Ft. Smith Christian 5 Fayetteville Cubs 4
The Cubs were led to victory again by Justin Leddbetter's pitching.  Leddbetter pitched a complete game for the Cubs again which improved his record to (2-0). Brandon James knocked in three RBI's to help out Leddbetter's performance on the bump. The Orioles started a rally in the 7th inning by scoring a run but that's all the damage they created. The Orioles proved to be a very scrappy team. I'd also like to pass along thanks to the Orioles ground crew for making immaculate Sallisaw High Schools field playable and available.

Game 2 This game was a heated battle in which FSC barley escaped with a victory over the Cubs. FSC was lead by their awesome pitching between Jarred Souza and Jeremy Mason. Mason and Aaron Jones led FSC with the bats, the Cubs were unable to retire Mason all day even though he didn't get a hit. Jones proved to be the difference with his double in the 4th inning that knocking in the eventual game tying run then coming around to score the game winning run.  Austin Mitchell pitched in relief for the Cubs, and threw 3 scoreless innings. Mason came in and shut the Cubs down to finish the game.--Jamie Thornton, Fayetteville Cubs
Pirates 12  Black Sox 10

Black Sox 10  Pirates 20

Recap of Saturday's games: first game, The Pirates played with vigor and conviction along with the never say die attitude they have come to be known for. With a last minute addition the Pirates were able to field eight players players the first game. Fortune smiled on the Pirates because, eight players is all that it would take to beat down the mighty Black Sox. Pirates 12 Black Sox 10
Recap of Saturday's second game: Pirates who fielded 9 players this game took advantage of errors, walks, and hit bats man and a whole lot of timely hitting to earn there first 10 run ruling of the year. Special play of the game goes to Dennis Marshall for stealing home to spark the rally in the sixth inning. Pirates 20
Black Sox 10--Don Longley, Pirates

White Sox 4  Tahlequah Thunder 5

Tahlequah Thunder 4  White Sox 1

It what could have been a rain-soaked Father's Day, the White Sox traveled to Tahlequah to face the formidable Thunder on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.  Crafty lefty, Andy Crowson, took the hill for the Sox in game one and found himself getting squeezed out by the home plate umpire's microscopic strike zone.  Andy pitched a great game giving up 5 runs on 9 hits scattered throughout seven.  The Thunder have a great hitting squad and managed to take advantage of second chances by either White Sox errors or the umpire's failure to call strikes when evident.  Not much has been seen of the White Sox normally hot bats thus far this season, but Andy Miller hit a towering home run in the 4th.  It was not much to bear as the Sox left runners on base most of the day.

In game two, the strike zone managed to shrink even more for White Sox hurler, Tom Spaniol.  The game was decided in inning one, however, when a non-called strike three led to another pitch and base hit by the Thunder lead-off hitter.  Normally sure-handed shortstop, Lyndall Bolinger had one squibble through the wickets to put two on.  Then Thunder hitter Parker cranks a home run to start the game 3-0 in favor of the Thunder.  They tacked on one more run and the Sox were left apathetic at the plate.  Robert Foshe went 2-3 in the game with a double, but never had a man on to advance.  Tom Spaniol pitched a great game as well, but had no offensive support.  Aside from the aforementioned, Tom only surrendered four scattered hits.--Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox

Photos by Stephen Boudreaux

Brewers 16  Braves 0

Braves 1  Brewers 19

The Brewers took control of both games in the double header early and had no problem keeping it. The Brewers hit three home runs to make the final score in the first game 16-0 and 19-1 in the second game. Micheal Adkins led the Brewers going 6-6 on the day.--Matt Villines, Brewers

Bad week-end for the Braves. Played double header in 3 hours against the Brewers, with scores of 16-0 and 19-1 consecutively. Braves couldn't get their bats going against the superb pitching from the Brewers. --Tony Foshe, Braves

Dodgers 15  Old Style 5

The Dodgers pulled off a 15-5 victory this weekend over the Old Style team. Rich Conner pitched the first four innings, striking out 7, and hit his second home run in as many games to help his cause. Gary Davis came in relief, pitching the last 4 innings of this run rule shortened game, and helped himself by hitting a home run as well. Davis earned the win in relief. Don Prim stepped up and stretched a triple into to a double, knocking a one hopper off the fence in the second inning with the bases loaded.
The Dodgers have hit four home runs this season, and all of them have been hit by pitchers so far...players are now lining up to pitch future games.--Eric Exner, Dodgers


June 10-11, 2006



Braves 0 Thunder 6
Thunder 5 FSC 4
Athletics 1 FSC 2
Brewers 15 Pirates 5
Pirates 0 Brewers 15
Black Sox 2 White Sox 6
Orioles 6 Rangers 4
Rangers 5 Orioles 6
Dawgs 8 Cubs 12
Cubs 6 Dawgs 3



Volcanoes* 21 Old Style* 10
Dodgers* 13 Tigers* 5

Dodgers 13  Tigers 5

The Dodgers used 5 different pitchers and collected 15 hits in route to a 13 - 5 victory over the Tigers in Siloam Springs on Sunday. Rich Conner hit his first home run of the season, and Charles Fowler doubled for the Dodgers. Mark Jackson also hit into his first two double plays of the season for the Dodgers to keep the game close and give Conner a chance to pitch the 8th and 9th innings. Good news is, he hit the ball hard...bad news, he hit it at someone...Everyone in the Dodger lineup had a hit, including Jackson who singled his first time up.--Eric Exner, Dodgers

Fayetteville Cubs 12   Alma Diamond Dawgs 8

Fayetteville Cubs 6   Alma Diamond Dawgs 3
The Fayetteville Cubs played the Alma Diamond Dawgs in Ft. Smith. Just like the temperature the bats for both teams were on fire. The Cubs jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second inning. The Cubs bats were led by Justin Ledbetter and Brandon James. The Dawgs started had there best offensive outburst in the 6th inning when they scored six runs making the score cubs 9 dawgs 7. Then in the 7th the cubs added some insurance runs leading to the final score of 12-8 cubs.  In Game 2, Justin Ledbetter led the Cubs by throwing a no hitter through 6 innings. Ledbetter finished the game and earned a complete game  victory over the Alma Diamond Dawgs. The Cubs scored four runs off of  last years MVP Shane Hubbard who had a valiant game from the mound.  The Diamond Dawgs scored all three of their runs in the 7th inning off  a very tired Justin Ledbetter. Ledbetter only gave up three hits the  entire game. Clint Anglin led the Cubs bats by going 2-3 with a bomb in the 4th.  --Jamie Thornton, Cubs
Volcanoes 21  Old Style 10

The Volcanoes met up with the Old Style this Saturday at Veterens Park in Rogers for hot day of baseball.  The first 6 innings were neck and neck as both teams were able to put the bat on the ball fairly well.  Around the seventh inning the Old Style's age and short roster of 10 began to catch up with them. The Volcanoes wer eputting the ball in play and the Old Style couldn't find the outs. The Volcanoes out 11 or so runs on the board in the last two innings to provide the ending margin of 21-10. Player of the game for the Old Style would have to be Mike Surane. Surane led off and went 5-5 at the plate. He also pitched a few innings and while he did give up a few walks and runs he also recorded a few K's. Overall a good day for Mike Surane. --Jeff Kennett, Old Style

Black Sox 2  White Sox 6

The White Sox had the first weekend bye and I thought things might be a little rusty.  A little rusty at the plate and a little rusty defensively to start.  If not for the superb pitching by White Sox rookie, Phillip May, things might have been awkward.  May pitched four innings of 2-hit shutout ball with 7 strikeouts against what appears to be a strong-hitting Black Sox team.  May bowed out before the 5th to nurse a sore toe and gave way for league veteran and perennial journeyman, Andy Crowson, to come in for relief.  Crowson allowed 2 runs but struck out three including the side to finish the game off in the sixth.  The game was overcome by darkness as the White River Park lights failed to ignite.  Offensively for the White Sox...Troy Flood got things started by hitting the first pitch of the White Sox season out of the park.  Old returning vet, Issac Harderson had a hit as did Eugene Burton who also kept the Black Sox off the base paths with three range-covering catches in center.  Newcomer, Patrick Cawthon, went 1-2 with an RBI.  Despite some mental lapses, it looks as if the White Sox will continue their scrappy ways in 2006.--Stephen Boudreaux, White Sox

Fayetteville Brewers 14  Pirates  2

Pirates 0  Fayetteville Brewers 16

The Brewers made easy and quick work of the Pirates Sunday in Fayetteville. Although the talking between the two teams was even, the game was not.  The Brewers won the first game 14-2 with Chad Coldiron as the started and Rick Elliott closing the game.  Coldiron put a few on base by walks that turned into runs for the Pirates.  However, that was the only runs scored by the Pirates and it clearly wasn't enough.   In game two of the double header Matt Villines took the hill and  pitched the complete game giving up no runs.  The bats for the Brewers were too much for the pirates on Sunday as they scored 16 runs to take the game 16-0.--Matt Villines, Brewers

Orioles 6  Rangers 4

Rangers 5  Orioles 6

It was a hot Sunday in the River Valley, where the Rangers took on the Orioles.  Strong pitching by both sides was overlooked by timely hits by  both sides.  The Orioles went into the bottom of the 7th of the first game down 4-3 and rallied back with one run to tie then a two run walk off shot.  In the second game it was the Rangers turn for a comeback but it didnt last long, the Orioles bats were too much down the stretch.  First game results 6-4 Orioles, Second game 6-5 Orioles.--Brian Frazier, Rangers
Braves 0  Tahlequah Thunder 6
Tahlequah Thunder 5   FSC 4 (8 innings)

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Athletics 1  FSC 2 (8 innings)

SILOAM SPRINGS - In a game that lasted a mere two hours, the A's suffered a disappointing loss Saturday night at Butt's Field. The Fort Smith Christian Cardinals, which relied primarily on the contributions of only two players, won the contest 2-1 in extra innings.  Tensions ran high in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Ryan King (1B) of FSC charged the mound after being plunked in the shoulder. The at-bat, immediately following a HR, included two inside-fastballs of which the latter briefly cleared the benches until the umpires could regain control of the ballgame.  Warnings were issued to both teams and play promptly resumed. The A's responded the next inning with a lead-off walk followed by a Craig Marsh double, placing runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. However, the rally was short lived as the runner at 3rd was retired by a fielder's choice and Marsh was picked off 2nd courtesy of a highly questionable call. Despite their base running woes, the A's stranded two additional runners in the inning  and missed what turned out to be a crucial scoring opportunity. The A's did manage to score a run the next inning (top 5th), on a Kevin Kirby RBI, to tie the game at 1-1. The teams remained tied at 1-1, as the game moved into extra innings. In the top of the 8th inning, the A's were able to get one man aboard on a throwing error by the FSC shortstop, Jeremy Mason. Unfortunately, the runner was stranded at first as the next batter's line drive was quickly snared by the FSC pitcher, Jared Souza. FSC answered in the bottom of the inning with a base hit that squeaked into right field, with one man out. The runner stole second and advanced to third base on a throwing error by the A's third baseman. The game winning RBI for FSC was driven in by another base hit to right field.
The A's highlights included - Batting: Marsh 1-3, 2B; Kirby 0-3, 1RBI. Pitching: Akers 8.0IP, ER, 5H, 1BB, 7K.

FSC highlights included - Batting: Mason 2-4, 2R, 1HR, 1RBI; Jared Souza (P) 1-4, 1RBI, 2K. Pitching: Jared Souza 8.0IP, 0ER, 4H, 5BB, 9K.
--Derick Akers, Athletics


June 3-4, 2006



Pirates 0 Orioles 11
Pirates 7 Braves 2
Brewers 9 Athletics 6
Rangers 6 Cubs 4
FSC 15 Braves 0
Dawgs 2 FSC 6
Black Sox 3 Thunder 5
Thunder 6 Black Sox 7



Tigers* 11 Old Style* 5
Dodgers* 18 Volcanoes* 4

Brewers 9  Athletics 6

FAYETTEVILLE - The first game of the season for both squads started slowly, under cloudy skies and breezy conditions on a rain dampened field in Fayetteville.  The Fayetteville Brewers quickly took the lead though, and did not relinquished it for their first win of the season beating the A's 9-6.  The Brewers scoring outburst began when Adkins hit a lead-off HR in the top of the 3rd inning. The outburst continued as the next 5 batters came across to score - thanks in part to multiple fielding errors committed by the A's defense. The Brewers added two more runs the next inning when Adkins and J.D. each lofted solo HRs into the gusting winds on a pleasant afternoon at the White River Baseball Complex. The A's pitching staff struggled over the course of the 7 inning contest allowing 9 runs (6ER) on 10 hits with 4 walks plus 3 hit batsmen, while striking out 11 batters.  The A's rallied in the bottom of the 5th inning by scoring two runs on a Craig Marsh single, and added an additional run on a fielding error made by the Brewers right fielder. The A's tried to close the gap with another surge of three runs in the bottom of the 7th, but the effort proved to be too little, too late as the Brewers closed out the game for the victory. The Brewers pitching staff collectively allowed 6 runs (2ER) on 3 hits, 5 walks, and 15 strikeouts. 

Brewers offensive highlights included - Matt Villines 2-4, R, 2RBI; Michael Adkins 2-3, 2HR, 2RBI; J.D. 1-3, 2R, HR, 1RBI.

The A's offensive highlights included - Craig Marsh 1-3, 2R, 2RBI; Greg Cuzick 0-2, 2R, BB, K; Marty Harrison 0-2, 2R, BB, K. 

The A's (0-1) next game will be played Saturday, June 10th @ 7:00pm versus the Fort Smith Christian Cardinals at Butt's Field in Siloam Springs, while the Fayetteville Brewers (1-0) square off with the Pirates in a double-header at the White River Baseball Complex in Fayetteville on June 11th @ 1:00pm--Derick Akers, Athletics

Rangers 6  Cubs 4

In the season opener the visiting Rangers took on the Cubs. The injury plagued rangers struggled against the strong arm of Kastl who shut out the Rangers out for 3 innings.  Rangers Pitcher Thomas Cole was familiar with most of the Cubs line up being from FHS himself and was able to put on a  clinic throwing a complete game and shutting out the cubs the last 4 innings. The Rangers were down 4-3 going into the 7th when Cole helped himself out by starting a two out rally in the top of the 7th followed by a Joseph Nuckols single down the line. Jordon Ligon and Mitch McCoy followed up with a single and a double knocking in the go ahead runs and giving the rangers a cushion going into the bottom of the 7th where the
Cubs couldn't quite claw back.  A home run in the top of the 4th by Rangers catcher Carey Antoon started the comeback. The final was 6-4 in favor of the Rangers. Patrick Harris of the rangers said "we showed a lot of heart out there today.  When I saw them stretching and running together I thought WOW
these guys are really organized, were in trouble."  All and all it was a great facility with good umpires and good baseball.  --Brian Frazier, Rangers

Tigers 11  Old Style 5

The Tigers got us 11 to 5. The Tigers scored the majority of their runs in the 3rd and 4th innings. The
Old Style was shutout until the 4th. In the 4th Tom Lane had a solo shot to right center. The next batter
Jeff Kennett just missed going back to back to back sending a towering shot down the right field line but
foul. Kennet ended his AB with a hit and Mike Surane followed. Both runners eventually scored for a total of three runs in he inning. The Old Style plated two more runs, one in the 5th and one in the seventh. By the top of the 8th the good pitching ran out and I had to throw. The Tigers capitalized on that and scored three runs in the inning. In the bottom half of the 8th the Old Style were making a bid to put some more runs on the board. Two hits in the inning were negated by a force out at second, a strikeout, and a runner moving from 2nd to 3rd was hit by the baseball before it could pass an infielder. This of course is an out and in this case the third and final out of the game.  The game went the full 3 hours.--Jeff Kennett, Old Style

Pirates 7  Braves 2

The Braves didn't start the season too great. The Braves pitching didn't do very well giving up 7 runs and 7 hits. The Pirates had a great pitcher Eric (16 K's) that made us look like fools. The Braves finally got a run when Tony Foshe (3-3) scored on an error while trying to steal third. The Pirates never didn't hit the ball because the Braves allowed 8 walks. The Braves and Pirates both played good defense. Braves Clay Garrison (1-3) threw two players out at home--Tony Foshe, Braves

            1 2 3 4 5 6 7   R H E
Pirates  1 0 2 2 0 2 0   7 7 0
Braves  0 0 0 1 0 0 1   2 5 2
W-Eric (1-0) 16 k 1 ER 1HP 3BB
L-Lott  (0-1)  9 K  6 ER 2HP 8BB

Pirates 0  Orioles 11

Dodgers 18 Volcanoes 4

The Dodgers scored 18 runs on 20 hits to beat the Volcanoes 18-4 Saturday night.  Matt McBeth went 4-4, and scored 3 runs, while Troy Steiner, and Zacc Arnold each went 3-3 with a walk apiece.  Sam Chae pitched one inning, allowing one run, getting the win. He atoned for allowing the run by hitting a monster two run home run in the Dodgers 8 run 4th inning.  Rich Connor closed out the game for the Dodgers, striking out all three batters he faced in the seventh inning of this run rule shortened game.--Eric Exner, Dodgers

FSC 15  Braves 0

The Braves lost to Ft. Smith Christian 15-0.  The Braves never got anything going. FSC got started right out of the gate and blew us away. The Braves fielders could not hit the cutoff and couldn't throw the ball anywhere close to another player. FSC was hitting the ball great and they stole quite a few bases because of our inexperience in the field. Many of our players complained about the umpires but it wasn't the umps fault. There was only one play the ump got wrong. Overall the field was great, the umps were good.--Tony Foshe, Braves

Jeremy Mason pitched a complete-game 1-hitter to lead the FSC Eagles to a shutout in the season opener on Sunday in Alma.  Mason, a former UA-Fort Smith and University of Central Arkansas pitcher, dominated the Braves, allowing only a fifth inning single.  The Eagles, comprised mostly of former Fort Smith Christian High players, pounded 16 hits, led by Jake Souza, Josh Souza, Ryan King and Mason. Hunter Park also had a hit and scored three runs for the Eagles, who ended the game via the mercy rule in the fifth inning. --Chip Souza, FSC Eagles (Beat Writer)
Diamond Dawgs 2  FSC 6

Jared Souza admittedly didn't have his best stuff, but it was enough to lead the FSC Eagles to a win over the defending league champion Alma Diamond Dogs.  Souza, a left-hander and a June 2005 30th round draft selection of the New York Yankees, gave up two runs in the first inning on a passed ball and an error, but didn't allow another run until the fifth to pick up the win.  Jeremy Mason and Bryan Wheeler led the Eagles at the plate along with Jake Souza and Matt Przybysz. Jared Souza helped his cause with an RBI single in the sixth. --Chip Souza, FSC Eagles (Beat Writer)

Black Sox 3  Thunder 5

Thunder 6  Black Sox 7

The Arkansas Black Sox traveled to Tahlequah on Sunday to take on the Thunder in a late afternoon double header. Both games took place at the Sequoyah High School field which is definitely a hitters park at 320 down the lines and 350 in straight away centerfield. In the first game, the Thunder stayed focused through 5 innings behind solid pitching while hanging an insurmountable 5 runs on the Sox. The Black Sox struggled to mount any offense until the top of the 6th when we started a two-out rally scoring 3 runs with aggressive base running which rattled Tahlequah before changing sides. The Sox attempted to continue the comeback in the 7th but the Thunder composed themselves enough to hold onto the lead. The Black Sox solid and sly defense, led by Dallas Goswick (7 IP) on the hill, kept the Thunder from running up the score using a little old school trickery and single-handed double plays from Josh Dupuy (2B), Danny Dodge (CF), and Goswick (P).
The second game began much like the first. Again, Tahlequah got off to an early start with a strong batting performance that was followed up by yet another solid pitching display. Tahlequah began their scoring run with a two-run homerun in the 1st against Sox pitcher Nick Skipper. The Sox looked for a way to quiet the bats of the Thunder and keep them on their heels by using 4 different pitchers, Skipper, Oliver Richards, Josh Morris, and Jacob Koch, but the pesky Thunder seemed ready for the test by tacking on another 4 runs during the course of the game. The Black Sox defense again was the highlight for our side keeping the score manageable while the offense quietly crept back into the game. In the bottom of the 7th, Tahlequah leading 6-4, the Sox, unwilling to back down, mounted another 3 run rally capped by Heath Robinson driving in Josh Dupuy for the winning run.--Danny Dodge, Black Sox



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2006 Standings

as of October 25, 2006

NWAMABL Co-Champions

Fayetteville Brewers

Arkansas Athletics


18+ Open Divison MABL

Team Wins Losses %
Fayetteville Brewers 19 1 .950
Fayetteville Cubs 11 5 .688
Tahlequah Thunder 11 6 .647
Lowell White Sox  10 7 .588
Arkansas Athletics 9 7 .562
Fort Smith Orioles 9 7 .562
Fort Smith Christian 5 5 .500
Pirates of NWA 8 9 .471
Fayetteville Rangers 3 5 .375
Alma Diamond Dawgs 3 7 .300
Arkansas Black Sox 2 13 .133
Arkansas Braves 0 16 .000

NWAMSBL Champions

Bentonville Dodgers


FPEC Tigers


Richie Conner


28+ Division MSBL

Team Wins Losses %
Bentonville Dodgers 14 1 .933
FPEC Tigers 9 6 .600
Siloam Old Style 4 11 .266
Volcanoes 3 12 .200


38+ Mid-Week Division MSBL

Team Wins Losses %
Knuckleballers 0 0 .000
Geezers 0 0 .000

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