OAPBA Standings, Second Half, October 25

Second half standings

Taz Devils19170.5281

Walt Taylor’s Whatevers (18-14) have moved into the second half lead following the stunning sweep of the Tsunamis (18-18) by Jonathan Stillwell’s red-hot Otters (17-15). With only a handful of games left in the pennant chase, only two games separate the top four teams.

The Otters are now the hottest team in the league, with six straight wins and an offense that has been overwhelming, outscoring their opponents 58-10 in their win streak. The Tsunamis, who resided atop the second half standings until this past Saturday, Oct. 24, have now dropped seven in a row.

The remaining schedule favors the Whatevers, who have three series remaining, all at home, against the Devils, Otters, and Tsunamis, all at Whoville Park in Longwood. The Otters have a pair of series left, one at the Whatevers and the other, at home against Dave Larson’s Taz Devils. The Devils, who also have roared to life as the half winds down, have one series left, at the Otters.

The Otters, who looked like they were totally out of the race, are now the dark horse in the race, featuring an offense that has the potential to carry them to the second half crown. The Whatevers, however, have home field advantage for the rest of the season. The Tsunamis, with a bullpen running on fumes, needs to sweep their final series while the Devils, like the Tsunamis, need to either sweep or win three of four against the Otters, to have an shot at the second half pennant.

Cumulative standings

Taz Devils45310.592


Otters sweep Tsunamis; put second half race into total chaos, Sat., Oct. 24

Jonathan Stillwell’s Otters (17-15), given up for dead as the second half neared its end, roared to life Sat., Oct. 24, sweeping Craig Dolan’s suddenly tottering Tsunamis (18-18), to thrust themselves into the thick of the second half pennant race. The Otters, who had fallen below .500, now find themselves contending, with two series remaining, one at the Whatevers and the other, at home, against the Taz Devils.

The Otters sweep completed what has been an unusual battle between the Furry Ones and the Asians. The Tsunamis have swept the Otters twice, while the Otters have taken seven of eight in the other two series – always with  the visiting team dominating.

Against the Tsunamis, the Otter offense was on the attack throughout the series. For the series, the Otters outscored the Tsunamis 39-16 and outhomered the Asians eight to four, led by Ronald Acuña, who homered in each of the four games, raising his season total to 21.

Game 1 Otters 8, Tsunamis 2

The Otters jumped on Tsu starter Yonny Chirinos in the top of the second inning – highlighted by a double by Acuña and a triple from Trea Turner. Otters starter Lynn settled down after giving up two runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Acuña the launched a three-run HR in the 6th to give the Otters an  insurmountable 8-2 lead.

Otters    8-11-0   W Lance Lynn. HR Ronald Acuńa (18).

Asians    2-12-1    L- Yonny Chirinos.

Game 2 Otters 11, Tsunamis 2

Gonzalez vs deGrom. The Otter offense put this one away early, scoring three in the first and four more in the third inning, and piling up ten runs through the fourth inning. The Asian attack was led by Max Muncy who homered twice off deGrom. Trevor Story and Mark Canha also added solo HRs. For the Otters Mike Trout had four hits including a HR, and Anthony Rendon doubled and homered.

Otters    11-16-0  W- Jacob deGrom. HR Mike Trout (12), Ronald Acuńa (19), Anthony Rendon (8). 

Asians    4-7-1       L- Marco Gonzales. HR Max Muncy 2 HR, Trevor Story, Mark Canha.

Game 3 Otters 12, Tsunamis 6

The Tsunamis scored four unearned runs in the first inning after a gaff by Otter 1b Freddie Freeman, but Ronald Acuña delivered a game-tying HR in the 2nd inning. After Tsunami starter Noah Syndergaard hit a third batter, he had to exit the game. The Otters then scored single runs in the 3rd, 5th and 6th inning before a triple from Hunter Dozier made it 7-6 Otters. But in the seventh, the flood gates opened for the visiting Otters,with three walks, and a single, followed by a home run from Yoan Moncada.

Otters     12-8-2    W-Luis Castillo. HR Ronald Acuña (20), Anthony Rendon (9), Yoan Moncada (7)

Asians     6-4-1      L- Noah Syndergaard.

Game 4 Otters 8, Tsunamis 4

The Tsunamis started strong, scoring three times in the first inning off Otter starter Stephen Strasburg.  They held the lead through the early innings until a HR by Acuña tied the game in the 5th inning. In the 6th, the Otters offense really roared to life with an attack that included three doubles, scoring five times. Juan Soto homered in the 7th, but the Asians were not able to respond, falling 8-4.

Otters    8-10-2  W – Stephen Strasburg. HR Ronald Acuña (21).

Asians    4-7-0    L- Hunter Wood. HR Juan Soto.

Tazzies put second half race into an uproar; win three from Tsunamis, Oct. 22

Dave Larson’s surging Taz Devils jolted the second half pennant chances for Craig Dolan’s Tsunamis, Thurs., Oct. 22, winning three of four to drop the Wave into a virtual deadlock with Walt Taylor’s Whatevers at 18-14. The Devils, meanwhile, with eight wins in their last 12 games have improved to 19-17 and give themselves an outside chance of tying or winning the second half title.

The Tsu struggled in the series, hitting .210 with nine doubles and eight homers. The Devils feasted on the Tsunamis starters, hitting .306 with seven doubles and ten homers. The Devils could have scored even more, but they ground into eight double plays. Thei Devils defense didn’t help either, making seven errors. Even though they outhit the visiting Tsunamis, the Tazzies left 20 men on base while the Tsu stranded 24.

Game 1  Tsunamis 6,  Devils 4  11 innings

The visiting Tsunamis took an early 1-0 lead on a Juan Soto fielders choice but the homies tied the game when a bases loaded error by Tom Murphy allowed a run to score. The Tsu got a two run homer from Aaron Judge in the 5th and a solo homer from Soto in the 6th. Cody Bellinger cut the lead in half with a solo homer in the bottom of the same inning. The Tsu held the game at 4-2 into the bottom of the 9th when Max Kepler tied the game with a two run blast. Neither team scored in the 10th but Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer in the top of the 11th. That proved to be the game winner. The Devil infield was a bit rough as all four starting infielders made an error.

Tsu    6-12-1  W- Hunter Wood  HR- Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, Nolan Arenado.

Devils 4-7-4  L- Rogers (1-3)  HR- Bellinger (14), Kepler (14)

Game 2  Taz Devils 4, Tsunamis 3

Xander Bogaerts started the scoring for the Devils with a sac fly in the bottom of the first. But the Asians’ Max Muncy hit a solo homer in the 3rd to tie things at 1-1. Kepler brought home another Devils run with an RBI double in the 6th, only to see Tsunami C Austin Romine single home the tying run in the top of the next frame. The Devils answered in the bottom of the 7th with a solo homer from Jose Altuve and a rbi single from Bellinger. Byron Buxton homered to get the Wave close at 4-3 but it was Devils closer Liam Hendricks who was called on to save the game.

Tsu        3-9-1     L- Yonny Chirinos  HR- Max Muncy, Byron Buxton.

Devils  4-11-1   W- Gerrit Cole (8-4)  SV- Liam Hendricks (19)  HR Jose  Altuve (10)

Game 3  Taz Devils 9, Tsunamis 3

The Tazzies went up 2-0 in the second on a Rafael Devers home run. He would hit a three run jack two innings later as part of a four run inning. The Tsu got a run in the 5th and 6th innings on RBI doubles from Austin Romine and Corey Dickerson. Kepler increase the Devils lead to 7-2 with an RBI double. Jeff McNeil followed the next inning with a two run homer. Anthony Rizzo hit a solo homer in the 8th for the Tsunamis but it wasn’t enough.

Tsu        3-6-0   L- Noah Syndergaard  HR Anthony Rizzo.

Devils  9-12-0  W- Charlie Morton (9-4)  HR- Rafael Devers 2 HR (10 & 11), Jeff McNeil (7).

Game 4  Taz Devils 8, Tsunamis 4

The Asians looked to even up the series and got three runs in the second, two unearned, on home runs from Trevor Story and Max Muncy. Altuve’s solo homer in the bottom of the 2nd, cut the Tsunamis lead to 3-1. The Tazzies played small ball in the bottom of the third to take a 4-3 lead using four hits, a walk, and a sac fly to account for the three runs. Mookie Betts hit a solo homer in the 7th which was followed in the 8th by a two run homer from Altuve and a solo shot from JT Realmuto. The visitors did get one run in the top of the 8th when Buxton singled home a run.

Tsu        4-5-1    L- MIchael Pineda  HR- Trevor Story, Max Muncy.

Devils  8-11-1   W- Kershaw (2-1)  SV- L. Hendricks 20  HR- Altuve 2 HR (11 & 12), Mookie Betts (15), J.T. Realmuto (8).

OAPBA seeking one manager for 2021 season

OAPBA has operated since 1988, making it one of the longest running leagues in APBA nation. The league has six teams for the 2021 season, with a vacancy for the Horde franchise, which entered the league in 2020.

Here are the basics:

Cost: About $20, the pro-rated cost of each season’s cards, which are distributed, by franchise and draft, to each league manager.

Roster: 35 players. 30 players are designated for the available roster, with 25 designated active for each four-game series. Five players are designated “developmental,” but can be called up at the halfway point (with an active player sent down). 

Season: 80 games consisting of two 40-game halves. Winners of each half meet in the OAPBA World Series. If a team wins both halves, the team wins the league championship with no season-ending series. 

Rules: Uses Master Game cards with minor modifications (e.g. error randomizer).

Draft: Held each January with last-place team drafting first and league champion drafting last. Each team must cut all but 17 players from its 35-player roster and replace in the 18-round draft. Each draft pool alternates between the NL and AL (NL in 2021). 

How long does a season last? 

Usually the season begins in February and completes in late October. At the end of each half, stats are compiled and leaders posted. At the completion of the season, a comprehensive Yearbook is compiled with a complete history of the season, including final stats. 

How long does four-game series require?

Normally a series requires about 2.5 hours, depending on how much scoring occurs in the series and how quickly managers make decisions during play. 

Contact either Rod Caborn, rcaborn@mac.com or Dave Larson, tazlarson@aol.com.

Horde continues to impact race; splits with Beef, Oct. 1

Marc Bostrom’s troublesome Horde (15-17) continued to play a key role in OAPBA’s second half pennant race Thursday evening (Oct. 1), powering their way to a split with Rod Caborn’s Beefers (16-16) and dimming the Beefs chances of catching Craig Dolan’s league-leading Tsunamis (17-11). The split enabled the Tsunamis to maintain a three-game margin over the Beefers and Walt Taylors Whatevers (10-10). 

Both teams blasted away at each other throughout the series. The Beefers hit .259 to the Horde’s .254, but the Horde  pounded out 13 homers, including four round-trippers by league-leader Pete Alonso, who totaled four homers and eight RBIs in the series. Both teams had 20 extra base hits and scored 23 runs. Horde RF Michael Conforto hit a pair of homers in Game Three and LF David Dahl went yard twice in Game Four. For the Beefs, Marcus Semien hit two home runs in Game Two and Brandon Lowe and Yasiel Puig both hit pinch-hit home runs in the series.

Game 1  Horde 9, Beefers 6

Both teams traded the lead twice in the early going, but Horde slugger Pete Alonso powered the Horde to a 9-6 victory with three home runs and five RBIs. Horde C Gary Sanchez also hit a two-run homer and Michael Conforto went 3-5 with a pair of doubles in the Horde win. The Beefers banged out seven doubles and had a pinch-hit HR by Brandon Lowe, but simply were not able to outslug the the Horde.

Horde    9-13-3  W- Hyun Ju Ryd 5-4. Sv Shane Greene 12  HR Alonso 3 HR (#s 27, 28, 29), Gary Sanchez #8.

Beefers   6-11-0  L- Kyle Hendricks 4-6. HR Brandon Lowe HR #3 (pinch hit HR).

Game 2  Beefers 7, Horde 2

The Beefs came out swinging with D.J. LeMahieu hitting a leadoff HR, followed by a Kris Bryant single and a two-run HR by Marcus Semien, who also homered again later in the game. The Horde’s Max Fried, after the initial shock of giving up three, retired 14 of 15 batters in the early innings, 12 in a row, but the damage had already been done.

The Horde’s Corey Seager and Eugenio Suarez hit solo HRs to pull the Horde to within a run at 3-2 in the fourth, but Beefer 1b Matt Olson hit a three-run blast off Horde reliever Ryne Harper in the sixth to pub the game away.

Horde    2-5-0   L- Max Fried 1-3. HR Corey Seager #13, Eug. Suarez #19.

Beefers  7-9-1  W- Max Scherzer 2-5. HR D.J. LeMahieu #11, Marcus Semien 2HR (#11-12), Matt Olson #12.

Game 3  Horde 9, Beefers 6

Once again, both teams traded the lead back-and-forth in the early going, but the Horde’s power hitters once again prevailed. Michael Conforto hit a pair of HRs while Pete Alonso hit a three-run blast, his fourth HR of the series, and Gleyber Torres and Eugenio Suarez chipped in with home runs as the Horde built up a 9-4 lead that the Beefs simply could not overcome. Beefer starter Mike Clevinger walked seven batters in the first  five innings and the Horde wound up generating a total of nine walks in the 9-6 win.

Horde    9-8-2  W- Marcus Stroman 2-8.. Sv Alex Colome #3.  HR Alonso #30. Conforto 2 HR, #11-12, Gleyber Torres #13, Eugenio Suarez #20.

Beefers  6-8-1  L- Mike Clevinger 1-4. HR Ramon Laureano #14, Christian Vazquez #11, Semien #13.

Game 4  Beefers 4, Horde 3

The Beefs Yasiel Puig hit a pinch-hit HR in the eighth  off Horde reliever Justin Wilson to break up a 2-2 deadlock after the Horde’s Eddie Rodriquez and the Beefs Frankie Montas had both pitched well over the first six innings. Puig’s pinch-hit blast was followed two batters later by a solo HR by Bryce Harper that turned out to be the winning run. With two out in the ninth, the Horde’s David Dahl hit the second of two homers in the game to make it 4-3, but Emilio Pagan fanned Will Smith for the final out as the Beefs held on for a tight win. 

Horde     3-7-2  L-Justin Wilson 2-3. HR David Dahl 2 HR (#s 4-5).

Devils throttle Beefs pennant hopes; take three in Fri., Sept. 25 series

Dave Larson’s Taz Devils (11-13) effectively put an end to the Beefers (14-14) second half apriations Friday morning, Sept. 25, winning three in a row before succumbing in the finale in a series at the Devils Yosemite Park in Apopka. The Devils won two close games to start the series then outslugged the Beefers 10-8 in Game Three. The Beefers salvaged the finale behind Frankie Montas (3-0) to avoid a sweep.

The Tazzies outscored the Beefers 23-20 in the series, hitting a robust .259 for the four games, hitting six HRs and totaling 13 extra base hits. The Beefers belted nine homers and had 16 extra base hits, but left 14 men on base in the first two games, bot losses. 

For the Devils, Mookie Betts was 8-14, .571 with four runs and a home run and Rafael Devers was 5-11. .455, with a double, triple, and a three run HR. Beefer Christian Vazquez remained hot, hitting a pair of home runs in Game Three, giving him five home runs in the Beefers last eight games.

Game 1  Taz Devils 3, Beefers 2

Tazzie 3b Rafael Devers hit a game-winning RBI single in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie. Beefer manager Rod Caborn decided to leave Yusmeiro Petit in the game to face Devils with Xavier Bogaerts on second and two out, a managerial choice that backfired when Devers singled Bogaert to give the Devils a 3-2 victory. 

The Beefs got off to a rough start when starter Shane Beiber wild-pitched runs home in each of the first two innings.  The Beefs left 10 men on base in the loss while Devils starter Gerritt Cole pitched into the seventh, allowing only a two-run homer by Brett Gardner, who was 4-4 in the game.

Beef   2-7-1    L- Shane Bieber 5-6.  HR- Brett Gardener #2.

Devils 3-8-0  W- Steve Cishek 2-3. Sv Liam Hendricks #14. 

Game 2  Taz Devils 6, Beefers 3

Devils pinch-hitter Matt Chapman hit a three-run homer in a five-run Tazzie rally in the sixth inning to lift the Devils to a 6-3 win in Game Two. The Beefers took a 3-1 lead in the fourth, including a two-run HR by Ramon Laureano, but that was all the Bovines could manage. The Devils five-run rally included singles by Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and an RBI single by Jose Altuve before Chapman greeted lefty Tim Hill with his three-run shot, the time in two series Hill surrendered a home run to the first batter he faced.  Devils relievers Taylor Rogers and Liam Hendricks shut down the Beefs on only one hit over the final two innings to preserve the win for starter Charlie Morton, who sent seven innings, giving up only four hits and three unearned runs.

Beef   3-5-1   L- Max Scherzer 1-6.  HR- Ramon Laureano #14. 

Devils 6-6-1  W- Steve Cishek 2-3. Sv Liam Hendricks #15. HR Matt Chapman #2.

Game 3  Taz Devils 10, Beefers 8

In a wild back-and-forth battle, the Devils prevailed 10-8 in a game where the lead changed seven times. 

Down 8-7 in the seventh inning, Devils CF Max Kepler doubled home two runs off Seth Lugo and, two batters later, Mookie Betts singled Kepler home for another run to put the Devils ahead 10-8. Reliever Taylor Rogers retired the final six batters for the Devils to earn his first save of 2020.

Earlier, Beefer leadoff hitter Marcus Semien opened the game with a HR off Devils starter Clayton Kershaw. The Devils answered back with a two-run HR by Cody Bellinger in the bottom of the first and then took a 5-2 in the third on a two-run HR by Rafael Devils. The Beefs rebounded with three in the fourth on back-to-back HRs by Matt Olson and Christian Vazquez, tying the game at 5-5. Both teams continued swapping leads until the seventh, when Kepler’s two-run double game the Devils the lead for good.

Beef   8-10-1     L- Diego Castillo 0-1.  HR- M. Semien #11, Matt Olson #12, Chrisitan Vazquez #12.

Devils 10-14-1  W- Ryan Buchter 1-0. Sv Taylor Rogers #1. HR C.Bellinger #11, J. Altuve #5, Rafael Devers #11. 

Game 4  Beefers 7, Taz Devils 4

Both teams continued the hard hitting, each scoring three runs in the first. Kris Bryant hitting a two-run HR for the Beefs and Mookie Betts hitting a leadoff HR off Beef starter Frankie Montas in the bottom of the first. The Beefs kept pecking away at Devils starter Jack Flaherty, building up a 7-3 lead, with Luke Voit and Brandon Lowe both homering. The Devils Max Kepler homered in the 6th to make it 7-4, but the Devils ran out of gas, with three Beefer relievers keeping the Tazzies off the scoreboard over the final three innings.

Beefer Bryce Harper hit three doubles for the Beefs, going 3-5

Beef     7-11-1  W- Frankie Montas 3-0. Sv Emilio Pagan #12. HR K. Bryant #12, Brandon Lowe #2, Luke Voit #3.

Devils  4-8-0    L- Jack Flaherty 4-5. HR Max Kepler #10.