2024 Season

Rockies, Clowns Stay Unbeaten

July 16, 2024

Grand Park, Westfield, IN

Rain washed out week 2 of the HABL schedule, with those games moved to August Thursday August 22nd. Teams returned to action Tuesday in season 7 of Hoosier Adult Baseball.

Clowns 9, Monarchs 5

On D5, the Clowns and Monarchs both came into an Eastern Division matchup with a 1 and 0 mark. The division lead was on the line, and the Clowns were able to better the defending champs, emerging with a 9-5 win. Craig Carns RBI triple opened the scoring in the first for the C’s. the Monarchs responded in the bottom of the frame, knotting the game at one on a Tony Chan RBI single. The Clowns got key hits in the 6th by Allen Tunstall and Jeff Pittard to take a 6-4 lead, and amassed 19 hits in the game on their way to the 4 run victory. Guy Vreeman was 3 for 4, and Tunstall, Pittard, an Scott Herron each drove in two runs in the win. Rick Smith and Andy Coxe also collected a pair of hits. Darren George went 4 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, striking out three and walking one. Chan was 3 for 4 for the Monarchs in the loss, with Rodney Wilson garnering a pair of hits in 4 at bats. Next week, the host the Rockies on D5, while the Monarchs visit the Fusion on D3.

Rockies 8, Reds 1

Over on D4, the Western Division Rockies played an interdivision contest with the East’s Reds . The two teams found themselves on opposite sides of 14-13 games in week one, with the Rockies escaping a match-up with the Black Sox, and the Reds coming up just short against the Monarchs in their season openers. The Rockies put together a well-played game in all-aspects, and that started on the mound. Jeff Kinder pitched 5 strong innings, followed by Jeff Schmitt’s 4 innings of work, as the lefty duo yielded just 7 hits and two bases on balls. The Rockies offense produced 16 hits, led by Schmitt with 4 hits and 3 RBI’s. Joe Kowalow tallied 4 hits and drove in two for the Rockies. Kinder contributed 2 hits and a pair of RBIs, and Mike Poore had 2 hits and an RBI as well. Donnie Noel drove in the reds only run with a single, and Jeff Johnson and Mike Elkin each had 2 hits for the Reds in the loss. The win sets the stage for a battle of unbeatens next week as they travel to D5 to face the 2 and 0 Clowns. The Reds will try to nab their first win of the season as they visit the Black Sox on D4.

Black Sox 7, Fusion 6

In a back and forth contest on D3, the Black Sox scored first and last, coming back from a 3 run deficit in the 9th, to edge the Fusion by a 7-6 final. Sox Rookies Kent Lindeman, Greg Scarpone and Jack Zaborowski were all big contributors in the opening frame and the final frame. Lindeman swatted the first pitch of the game into right field for a lead-off single. He came around to score on an RBI double, which staked the Sox to a 1-0 lead. Scarpone the tripled home the Sox second run, and Zaborowski followed with an RBI single to give the Sox a 3-0 lead. Fusion starter Marc Rueffer bent, but didn’t break. After allowing 3 in the first, he settled in and didn’t allow a run over his next 4 innings of work. The Fusion came up with 2 in the 4th, as Fusion newcomers James Harter and Chris Jensen each singled in the inning. They squared the game at 3 apiece in the in the 5th, as Ryan Schowe tripled home Corey Heniser who reached with one of his 3 hits in the contest. They took a 6-3 lead in the 6th, with hits by Jensen, Chris Kania and Rueffer. The game held there until the top of the 9th. With the bases loaded, Scarpone singled home 2, cutting the Fusion advantage to 6-5. Zaborowski then delivered the big blow, tripling home 2 to give the Sox a 7-6 lead. The Fusion managed a one out baserunner on Harter’s second hit of the game, but the Sox held on to even their record at 1 and 1 on the young season. Kania pitched extremely well, allowing just 3 hits in 4 innings of work. After the 4 hit, 3 run first, Rueffer allowed only 4 hits over his next 4 innings, inducing a pair of double plays in a solid mound effort. Todd Grote pitched 5 terrific innings for the Sox, allowing 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 of them earned. Scarpone and Zaborowski were both 3 for 4 with 2 singles and a triple, each driving in 3 runs. Lindeman had 2 hits in the lead-off spot, reaching base 3 times in 4 plate appearances, scoring twice. The Sox managed 4 double plays, including a rare 6-3-2 double play to stave off a run in the 4th. The Sox will play host to the Reds on D4 Tuesday, while the Fusion host the Monarchs on D3.

2024 Season

Offensive Fireworks on Display in Season Openers

July 2, 2024

Grand Park, Westfield, IN

The 7th season for Hoosier Adult Baseball began Tuesday at Grand Park. Offense was on display in all three games, as the hitting seemed to be a little ahead of the pitching and defense in the three season opening games. A combined 79 runs were scored in the three games, each very competitive.

Monarchs 14, Reds 13

On D3, a rematch of the 2023 HABL championship game pitted the 4-time champion Monarchs against the returning runner-up Reds. Both in the Eastern division this season, it was the first of three regular season match-ups between the two teams. The defending champion Monarchs outlasted the Reds 14-13, with a late inning surge.

Tuesday the Monarchs will visit the Black Sox on D5, while the Reds visit the Clowns on D3.

Rockies 14, Back Sox 13

Over on D5, the defending Western Division champion Black Sox visited their division foe, in a back and forth contest that came down to the final batter of the game. The Sox opened with three in the first, highlighted by a 2-out double by Brian Kelley, followed by singles from Jack Zaborowski, Greg Scarpone and Brent Steele. Jeff Kinder made a return to the HABL, rejoining the Rockies after a 4-year hiatus, excelling at the plate and on the mound. His 2-run double in the bottom of the inning to cut the Sox lead to 3-2. The Sox put up five in the second to go up 8-2, but the Rockies responded with four in the 2nd and one in the 3rd to make it 8-7. The lead grew to 10-7 before the Rockies finally wrestled the lead away with two in the 6th and two in the 7th to go up 11-10. A 3-run 8th by the Sox was sparked by a Kelley double, and RBI singles by Scarpone and Steele, and the Sox were back on top 13-11. The Rockies got hits from Dave Koone and Randy Kinnett in the home half of the 8th to tie it at 13, then won it in the bottom of the 9th on a bases loaded walk to Henry Bryant.

Kinder threw five innings striking out eight for the win, allowing 5 runs, three of them earned. Kelley went 4 for 4 for the Sox, with two doubles and three runs scored. He also threw three innings allowing two runs, both unearned, allowing just two hits and walking one batter. Tim Berry added two hits and two runs for the Sox, and Bill Karwoski notched two singles in the loss.

The Sox will host the Monarchs Tuesday on D5, while the Rockies host the Fusion on D4.

Clowns 15, Fusion 10

On D4, the only interdivision game this week was between the Eastern Division Clowns, and the Fusion from the Western Division.

Despite trailing by as many as four runs, Indy Clowns rallied to defeat Fusion 15-10 on Tuesday. The Fusion got on the board in the first inning after a Chris Kania RBI single, which is where the game stayed until the top of the 4th inning, when a Jeff Pittard single tied the game at one. Kania tripled in the 5th to plate three runs taking the Fusion to a 5-1 advantage. Darren George highlighted a Clowns rally in the 5th with a solo home run, along with key hits by Scott Mullis, Randy Schuller, and Andy Coxe. After the Fusion reclaimed the lead 6-5, the Clowns regained the advantage after a Tom Nickol double scored two. The biggest inning came in the seventh when the C’s scored seven runs on five hits taking the lead to 13-5. Darren George started on the mound for Indy Clowns. The starting pitcher allowed two hits and one run (zero earned) over three innings, striking out two and walking none. The Clowns accumulated 18 hits in the game, with Coxe and Schuller each collecting three hits. Fusion accumulated 13 hits in the game. John Wetter had three hits for the Fusion.

Tuesday, the Fusion will visit the Rockies on D4, while the Clowns will host the Reds on D3.