MAJOR DIVISION (UNLIMITED)

BATTLE CREEK, MI 
Winner: Buffalo Battistoni Diesel
Runner-Up: Buffalo Orvilles
Final Game Score: Buffalo Battistoni Diesel 8 vs. Buffalo Orvilles 5

MVP- Mike Wagner, Buffalo Battistoni Diesel                                                                                                                                                                                                           Batting Champion – Ray Renshaw, Hackensack Troasts, 11-15, .733

Laying down:  BJ Stack (All-Tourney)
Kneeling (L-R) Ryan Baroudi, Dave Brozyna, Andrew Russo (All-Tourney), Kevin Hughes (All-Tourney), Paul Wolf (Manager), Mike Wagner (Tourney MVP), Nick Galenti, Jacob Victor
Standing (L-R) Mark Manson (Sponsor), Joe Barberio, Rob Luehrsen, Zach Jordan (All-Tourney), Neal DeMartin (All-Tourney), Jimmy Spano, Nick Jasinski, Adam Curyto, Eric Moley (Sponsor), Chris Kwitzer (All-Tourney), Alex Seifert, Randy Moley

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DIESEL CAPTURES NABF TITLE IN THE BATTLE OF BUFFALO

BATTISTONI DIESEL DEFEATS BUFFALO ORVILLES FOR 104TH NABF MAJOR DIVISION TITLE

Under the bright sunshine, Buffalo Battistoni Diesel captured their second national championship in three years.  The “Battle of Buffalo” goes to the Diesel, as they defeated fellow league member Buffalo Orvilles 8-5 in the championship game on Sunday, August 13 at C.O. Brown Stadium.

Buffalo Orvilles, who were the only remaining undefeated team in the World Series, jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning before Paul Wolf’s veterans responded with a run in the third inning, and two runs in the fourth, to take the lead...a lead they would not relinquish.  The Diesel added a solo run in the sixth inning before striking for four runs in the ninth inning to lead 8-2, with three outs to play.  The youngsters from the Orvilles refused to give up, striking for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning.  The Orvilles put two runners aboard, bringing the tying run to the plate.  Zach Jordan produced a pop-up to the infield, and the Diesel (who finished as runner-up to Brooklyn Sports Fever in 2016) captured the Charles Blackburn trophy for the second time in three years. 

The Diesel’s road to the championship included defeating a pair of former champions, as they avenged their 2016 title loss, defeating Brooklyn Sports Fever in the quarterfinal, and outlasting the 2014 champion Pittsburgh St. John’s Leftys with a final score of 12-8 in the semi-final showdown on Saturday night.  They ended the journey against fellow league member Buffalo Orvilles, who dominated the season series between the two teams.

The 104th NABF Major Division World Series saw the largest total attendance figures since the World Series arrived in the Cereal City in 2013.  This was, in part, due to a record crowd on Friday night as the host team Battle Creek Merchants defeated a very good Portland Rockets team on “Pack the Park Night” to strike out ALS.  The 105th Charles Blackburn Major Division World Series will be held at the Bailey Park Complex in Battle Creek, August 8-12, 2018.

MAJOR DIVISION ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Position Team Name Player Name
Catcher Beecher Muskies Marty Cole
Catcher Buffalo Battistoni Diesel Andrew Russo
Utility Infielder Hackensack Troasts Rich Guillod
Utility Infielder Buffalo Orvilles Ben Serrano
1B Buffalo Orvilles Tyler Utz
1B Portland Rockets Mitch Waters
2B Troy Jet Box Frank Jenny
2B Buffalo Battistoni Diesel Neal Demartin
3B Pittsburgh St. John's Leftys Andrew Heck
3B Buffalo Battistoni Diesel Chris Kwitzer
SS Buffalo Battistoni Diesel Mike Wagner
SS Portland Rockets Zach Tanner
OF Hackensack Troasts Ray Renshaw
OF Pittsburgh St. John's Leftys Greg Stokes
OF Portland Rockets Brandon Reaman
OF Buffalo Battistoni Diesel Bart Stack
OF Troy Jet Box Tyler Bradneer
OF Beecher Muskies Jalen Cox
OF Beecher Muskies Corey Krupske
Pitcher Portland Rockets Max Habbeger
Pitcher Pittsburgh St. John's Leftys John Bachman
Pitcher Buffalo Orvilles Luke Kuczewski
Pitcher Buffalo Battistoni Diesel Kevin Hughes
Pitcher Buffalo Orvilles Kyle Bell
Pitcher Buffalo Battistoni Diesel Zach Jordan
Pitcher Buffalo Battistoni Diesel Tim Sell