2013 World Series
Millers Take 14th
Twenty teams competed this year in the Beep Baseball World Series held in Columbus, Georgia. Our Minnesota Millers boarded a bus promptly at noon on Saturday, July 27, 2013 on their way to the annual competition. On the way, they picked up the Iowa Reapers, sharing stories and expenses.
The World series has two parts. The first part of the series is a round robin. The teams are divided into five brackets with four teams each. All the teams play the other teams in the bracket on the first day (Tuesday) The win loss records are compiled for the second part of the series.
The second part of the World Series consists of a standard double elimination tournament, with the strongest teams first playing the weakest teams in the hopes that the final championship round will be the two strongest teams in the world. This tournament took place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with the championship game or games (remember, it's a double elimination tournament) on Saturday.
The Minnesota team started out with a mixed first day. They began by beating the Iowa Reapers 13 to 3. but then went on to lose to both the Carolina Warriors 12 to 2 and then the Colorado Storm 11 to to 4. They will start out Wednesday playing Wichita (0-3) at 9 am (Eastern Time) This is a "must win" game, and if they do prevail, they will play undefeated Austin (the 2012 World Series Runner Up) in the 11:30 am game.
While Minnesota will certainly have its hands full should they play Austin in the second game, it should be noted that they played Austin in the first game last year and only lost 12 to 6.
Five teams went undefeated in the first day of play: Taiwan Homerun (2012 World Champions), Austin Blackhawks (2012 Runners up), Bayou City Heat, Chicago Comets, and the Colorado Storm.
Wednesday, the Double Elimination Began
Our Minnesota team got up early on Wednesday and won a close one beating Wichita 6-4. But then, of course, they had to play the hot Austin Blackhawks. Taking firm control, Austin defeated the Millers 14-3 in the 11:30 time slot. But this is a double elimination tournament, so they were still in the running.
At 2:30 am they repeated their winning streak over Iowa as they beat their friends and neighbors 7-2, to end the day with only one tournament loss.
Thursday: Do or Die
Bright and early Thursday, they played RHI X-Treme in a must win game for both teams. RHI lost their first game to Carolina on Wednesday, so both teams needed a win to stay in contention. Minnesota lost 14-4 sending RHI off to the races while the Millers went to the losers round.
Minnesota won it's first game in the new category by beating Athens 6-1. RHI went on to beat Boston and Colorado to stay alive.
In the end, it was Taiwan and Austin in the final game. And again, Taiwan was victorious, winning its second World Series in a row.
Wayne Sibsonand Mariano Reynoso
|Web site for the Austin Blackhawks|
|(Houston)Bayou City Heat||Michael Garrett and Shelley Rodriquez|
Bayou City Heat, Houston
|Boston Renegades||John Oliveira and Rob weissman|
|Web site for the Boston Renegades|
|Chicago Comets||John T. Herzog and David Smolka|
|Web site for the Chicago Comets|
|Cleveland Scrappers||Wilbert Turner and Jeff Dell|
|Colorado Storm||Jon Walker and Demetris Morrow|
Denver and Littleton, Colorado
|Indianapolis Thunder||Darnell Booker|
|Iowa Reapers||Mike Boone and Frank Guerra|
Ames/Des Moines, Iowa
|Iowa Reapers on the web|
|Long Island Bombers||Ted Fass and Jim Hughes|
Rockville Centre and Farmingdale, New York
Long Island Bombers
|The Long Island Bombers website|
|Lone Star Roadrunners||Sam Mckenzie|
Lone Star Roadrunners
|Minnesota Millers||Doug Van Dyne and Stephen Guerra|
St. Paul/Minneapolis and Rochester, Minnesota
|Follow the Minnesota Millers on Twitter|
|New Jersey Lightning||Omni Romero and Bob Ciecierski|
Homdel and Keyport, New Jersey
New Jersey Lightning
|RHI X-Treme||Adam Rodenbeck and James Michaels|
|Southwest Slammers||Daniel Greene and Dan Greene|
|Taiwan Homerun||James Gong|
|Tyler Tigers||Larry and Rosie Reed|
|Wichita Sonics||Kevin burtonand Debra Brummer||Wichita Sonics|
2012 World Series is Over!
Millers Take 10th Place!!!
Congratulations to the Minnesota Millers for their 10th Place showing (out of 17) at the 2012 Beep Baseball World Series! Although their record (2-5) is the same as last year, they beat better teams this time. Last year they (called the Minnesota Fighting Lions) ended up in 14th place (out of 17). And in 2010, they finished 14 out of 15 teams.
Great credit has to be given to the team for their "never-give-up" attitude. Although they didn't know it at the time, they started out in the best bracket. Bracket B teams averaged 5th place. The next closest was Bracket A (with Taiwan) averaging 8th place. The two other teams in Bracket B finished in 2nd and 4th place.
The and losing to all three.(Clickhere)
ROUND ROBIN GAMES
Austin 12 - Minnesota 6 (Austin will finish 1st or 2nd)
Chicago 12 - Minnesota 4 (Chicago finnished 4th)
DOUBLE ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT
Colorado 21 - Minnesota 1 (1st loss)(Colorado finished 5th)
Minnesota 11 - Wichita 6 (Wichita finished 15th)
Chicago 15 - Minnesota 5 (2nd loss)
Minnesota 6 - Long Island 5 (Long Island finished 12th)
Boston 18 - Minnesota 8 (for 10th place) (Boston, 9th place)
But then, the Millers came alive and won the second round of the double elimination tournament with a 11-6 victory over the Wichita Slammers.
Minnesota met Chicago again, and lost 15 to 5. But, they didn't give up and defeated Long Island 6-5 to keep their placement alive. Their last game was with Boston, who racked up 18 runs to Minnesota's 8. But, their 2-5 record still earned them a 10th place position.
|GAMES||GRAND TOTAL||BATTING AVG|
|Evan Van Duyne||27||16||5||24||0.593|
World Series 2011
(Indianapolis, IN) Congratulations to the Minnesota Fighting Lions for their outstanding showing in the 2011 World Series of Beep Baseball. The Lions doubled their number of wins from last year, and proved that hard work and teamplay could make a difference.
Except for the Taiwan Homerun matchup, the Lions were never out of the game. It should be noted that Taiwan was the runner-up champion both this year and last year.
The Lions finished off the World Series with two wins and five losses. They finished in 14th place (out of 17 teams), and have plenty to be proud of! Last year they were 14th out of 15 teams.
Ben Goodrich and Matt McCoy led the team in runs with six each. They both ended with a .240 batting average. Evan Van Duyne led the team in put-outs with 24, and Ben was close behind with 21, and Steve Guerra with 11.
The Lions had a chance in the last game to finish higher, but they couldn't quite connect. They Lost to New Jersey 5-1, a team they had beaten earlier 4-1. In the win, Matt scored two runs and Ben and Steve both had one. But in the loss, New Jersey figured out the hitting and only Ben was able to score.
The weather for the tournament was hot and muggy, but the seven players never gave up to either fatigue or injury. New friendships were made and old ones reinforced All-in-all, the team reported having a great time.
Kathy Quinn was inducted into the Hall of Fame (again). But this time, she had her team to cheer her on; The NBBA website does not list all the Hall of Fame members, but we will hopefully post them soon.
West Coast Dawgs Win it All (again)
The West Coast Dawgs, an "all star" team from across the country defeated Taiwan Homerun for their 4th World Series Championship in a row. Scoring 5 runs at the bottom of the 6th (last) inning, the Dawgs came from behind to beat Taiwan 11-10. Had taiwan won, they still would have had to win a second game with the Dawgs to win the series. The Dawgs have only lost one game in the past two World Series.
Although the four championship wins by the Dawgs is impressive, there have been many famous runs in World Series play. Starting back in 1976, Minnesota teams took four trophies away. The Saint Paul Gorillas won in 1976 and the Minneapolis BSF won the next three. Next, the Albuquerque Tru-Sight won six championships in a row (1984-9) But from 1992-8 the Austin Blackhawks took seven championships home. But in 1999 the West Coast Dawgs started their rise and won the next three Series (1999-2001). The middle of that decade saw the rise of a new, and popular, dynasty, the Taiwan Homrun winning three championships (2004-6) .
|Minnesota Fighting Lions (0-1)||5||L|
|Taiwan Homerun (1-0)||10||W|
|Minnesota Fighting Lions (0-2)||1||L|
|Chicago Comets (3-1)||7||W|
|Minnesota Fighting Lions (0-3)||3||L|
|Championship Round Game 2|
|Cleveland Scrappers (2-2)||4||W|
|Minnesota Fighting Lions (0-4)||3||L|
|Consolation Round Game 1|
|Minnesota Fighting Lions (1-4)||4||W|
|New Jersey Lightning (2-3)||1||L|
|Consolation Round Game 2|
|Minnesota Fighting Lions (2-4)||1||W|
|Wichita Sonics (1-4)||0||L|
|Consolation Round Game 3|
|Minnesota Fighting Lions (2-5)||1||L|
|New Jersey Lighting (3-4)||5||W|
|Evan Van Duyne||23||2||13||24||.087|
1. West Coast Dawgs (7-0)
2. Taiwan Homerun (6-2)
3. Chicago Comets (5-3)
4. Bayou City Heat -Houston (7-0)
5. RHI X-Treme (6-2)
6. Colorado Storm ()
7. Boston Renegades(5-2)
8. Austin Blackhawks (3-3)
9. Southwest Slammers ()
10. Carolina Warriors ()
11. Cleveland Scrappers ()
12. Indy Thunder ()
13. New Jersey Lightning (2-4)
14. Minnesota Fighting Lions (2-5)
15.Wichita Sonics ()
16. Stockton Stingrays ()
17. Tyler Tigers ()
1. West Coast Dawgs (7-1)
2. Taiwan Homerun (8-2)
3. Kansas All-Stars (5-2)
4. Austin Blackhawks (5-2)
5. Bayou City Heat (7-2)
6. Indy Thunder (5-4)
7. Chicago Comets (5-3)
8. Carolina Pride (2-6)
9. Boston Renegades (3-4)
10. Colorado Storm (3-4)
11. Lonestar Roadrunners (3-5)
12. Tyler Tigers (1-6)
13. Southwest Slammers (3-4)
14. Minnesota Fighting Lions (1-6)
15. Wichita Sonics (0-7)
May 29th (Omaha, Nebraska) The competitive team won 2 of 3 games against the Wichita Sonics. According to coach Doug Van Duyne, the overall experience for the club was very good. He described the new pitching team of Dan and Kathy as "a great pair. "All batters agree they enable them to "Hit" the ball better. " The entire team hit the ball and hit it hard. They scored 6-9 runs per game and played all 3 games in a dome with artificial turf. According to Kevin Burton, this was the first "official" game indoors. The acoustics made it challenging. Both teams had some difficulty in locating the bases (between 1st & 3rd) as well as the actual ball because the sound bounced all over the place, according to Van Duyne. The fast play of the turf also presented some challenges as all hits came into the field fast. While they presented some challenges, both teams responded to this, as in real life, and made adaptations.
Nice Work for the Competitive Team on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 10-12th
|Minnesota Fighting Lions (L)||2|
|Austin Blackhawks (Top ranked)||5|
|Minnesota Fighting Lions (L)||2|
|RHI X-Treme||6 (OT)|
|Minnesota Fighting Lions (L)||5|
|Minnesota Fighting Lions (L) 11th Inning Overtime||2|
Saturday, June 11, 2011 The Minnesota Fighting Lions started the day by playing one of the hottest teams in Beep Baseball this season, the Chicago Comets. Last week the Comets won the Indy Tournament by going undefeated. "We played very well" remarked Lion coach Zachariah Hahnen via telephone. "RHI X-Treme is a new team, so we have no idea how good they will be," he went on to say. "We really picked up some confidence against Austin, so anything is possible."
The Lions lost a heartbreaker, in overtime, to the RHI X-Treme. "They were really good", Zach went on to say, "but we put up our best game so far and almost did it." Bollingbrook will feed all the teams in grand fashion, as the first day comes to a close.
The Minnesota Fighting Lions won their first game 6-5 and lost the second 6-7 and won the final game on Sunday 9-7.
The Tenth Annual Bollingbrook Beepball Bash
Dates: June 10, 11, and 12, 2011
Our team will leave Saint Paul at 12 Noon on Friday to hopefully arrive in time for the Tournament Pizza Party where all the teams get to know each other before the competition begins. Stay tuned!
The way the teams are listed in each of the brackets are their numerical value and how the games on Saturday are determined.
Game times are at 8:30, 11:00 and 2:30 PM on Saturday and 8:00 AM on Sunday for placement. The Austin Blackhawks are the favorite to win the title, with the highest ranking from the 2011 World Series, but the Minnesota Fighting Lions come into the tournament as underdogs, with great heart and new blood. This is always a fun tournament to watch.