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Congratulations to the 2015 World Series Runner Up THE ALTANTA SIDEWINDERS!!! 


*2015 World Series Stats*



    • October 25, 2015,Tempe Diablo Stadium- The 18+ WB National Championship game was a matchup of East vs. West. This year, the west came out on top. Juan Carlos Garcia’s three-run triple in the 12h inning broke a tie score and led the Punishers to a 11-4 victory. 

      Paso Robles, California is almost 2,300 miles from Atlanta, Georgia. If you got in your car in Atlanta and headed due west at an average 70 MPH, you would reach Paso Robles, California is almost 2,300 miles from Atlanta, Georgia. If you got in your car in Atlanta and headed due west at an average 70 MPH, you would reach Paso Robles in about 33 hours. The Sidewinders shortened the trip to just over 1,800 miles and 26 hours by meeting the Punishers in Tempe, Arizona for the 2015 MABL World Series. 


      • Sidewinders manager John Wolosick thinks the travel was worth the experience. "A lot of our team has played in the Fall Classic in Florida, but it is so far and expensive to come out here (Arizona), that this is our first time to the World Series,” explained Wolosick. The Sidewinders made the most of their trip to Arizona by earning a first round bye with a 4-1 record in pool play. They advanced to the title game by edging the Orange County Rays 8-7 in the playoffs. "We really didn’t know what to expect going against west coast teams,” said Wolosick. "We feel like the baseball in Georgia is as good as it is anywhere. The past few years Georgia teams have won in the Florida tournaments and we were playing the same teams we played all the time at home. We wanted to come out here (Arizona) and see how we compared to teams nationally.” 

    For the Sidewinders and the Punishers the championship game was a rematch of their contest two days earlier on the same field. Atlanta came from behind to top Paso Robles 9-6 and set expectations for the title tilt. 

    Things looked like they were headed in the same direction when the Sidewinders took a 3-0 lead in the second inning of the title game. Rocco Calloway’s two-run double keyed the rally. The Punishers struck back with four runs in the fourth to grab the lead. A Sidewinders error proved costly in leading to two unearned runs. After giving up three runs in the second, Paso Robles starter Erik Draxton retired 18 batters in a row before allowing a harmless single in the eighth. 

    With the game in the balance, the Sidewinders loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth. "We sure felt like we could get two runs there,” lamented Wolosick.Garcia came on to pitch and stage was set for a dramatic finish. Ted Pratt flied out to center and Steve Barnett tagged at third and came in to score the tying run. Meanwhile, Willie Gaston tagged at second but was thrown out trying to advance to third. The double play snuffed out the rally and after Jason Creelstruck out, the game headed to extra innings. 

    Sidewinder starter Zach Smith gave way to losing pitcher Brandon Thielk in the 11thinning. Paso Robles erupted for seven runs in the 12th with Garcia’s triple and Juan Senrieso’s towering home run providing the key blows. 

    "This team has been nothing if not resilient,” beamed Punisher manager Marc Smith. "Twice during the tournament we came from eight runs down to win games.” The Punishers didn’t have nearly as far to travel as their opponents. "The core of our team started in Paso Robles, but most of our players are from Phoenix,” explained Smith.  

    Perhaps the key performance that made it all possible for San Robles came a day earlier when starter Jesse Smithshowed up late and missed the first inning of the playoffs but then went the next eight innings to win the first game against San Jose, 2-0. Smith then went nine innings in the semifinal game to top Long Island, 5-2. "He was our MVP,” glowed Marc Smith. "He just willed his way through those 17 innings.”



     Championship Game   1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9   10  11  12   R
    Paso Robles  0  0  0   4  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  7   11
    Atlanta Sidewinders  0  3  0   0  0  0   0  0  1   0  0  0    4


    WP:Garcia   LP: Thielk   

    HR:Senrieso (PR)

    3B:Garcia (PR)

    2B:Calloway (ATL)

    Leading Hitters: Punishers: Garcia 4x6, 3 RBI; Senrieso 3x6, 2 RBI. Sidewinders: Calloway 2x4, 2 RBI.

    SAC: none

    SF:Medina (SR); Pratt (ATL)

    SB: Senrieso 3 (SR); Wilson (ATL)

    LOB: Punishers 10; Sidewinders 3

    Time of Game: 3:41 

2015 World Series Website






The Sidewinders went 2-0 on day 3 of the World Series, to finish pool play at 4-1.  We cruised over the Orange County CA Rays 10-4.  Scoring started out fast with the Rays scoring 1 in the first.  The Sidewinders came back and also scored 1.  But the SW put up a 4 spot in the second inning to take a 5-1 lead.  SW starter Zach Smith was dealing 90 mph fastballs and held the Rays in check.  The SW also put up runs in the 5, 6 and 8 innings.  OC scored a couple more and we cruised 10-4.  Smith pitched a complete game, to save our other pitchers.

The night game was at big Tempe Diablo stadium at 7:30 pm against a HUGE team from Paso Robles, CA.  These guys were jacked up with arms as big as most peoples legs.  Lots of beards and tatoos to go along with a rainbow colored uniform that said 'PUNISHER' on the front!  It was a crazy scene and quite a game.  SW ringer Left Handed Pitcher Dan Dale flew in from Atlanta just for this game.  Dan is a Phyical Therapist at the Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta, and one of the best true pitchers that I know.  He normally throws for mighty Team Mizuno.  Dan struck out the side in the top of the first inning.  Each team scored 1 in the second, with Jason Creel tripling to the left center gap and scoring on a well executed ground out to second by Vince Palmer.

Then the game got crazy.  We scored two more in the 4th inning when, with two on base, lead-off speedster Eric Esquilin hit a long one to the right center gap.  Eric rounded the bases for an inside the park home run, but wait....he missed 3rd base and, on appeal, was called out!!  But at least we took a 3-1 lead.  But the big bats got hot for the PUNISHERS in the 5th, with a hit and a massive home run to left by there clean up hitter to tie the game 3-3.  In the 6th inning, the Californians connected for a barrage of 5 hits back to back, and I considered pulling Dale.  They scored 3 but a double play shut down the attack.  CA 6, SW 3.

Dale then settled down and mowed down the big dudes.  SW scored 3 in the 6th and 3 in the 7th to take a 9-6 lead.  Dale mowed them down for a complete game win.

SW are #2 seed after the 5-0 Long Island Cardinals (our only loss).  We have an AM bye while #6 plays #3 and #4 plays #5.  So, we have made the semi finals.  It's win or go home!  If we win today, we are in the finals tomorrow at Tempe Diablo stadium.  If we win, we are WS champions and get a ring!

But, some tough games ahead, so wish us luck!  But......we still have tons of pitching left :).

Well, the Sidewinders played the semi-final on Saturday after our early morning bye awarded by being the #2 seed (4-1) with #1 seed going to the Long Island Cardinals who went 5-0 in pool play.  The other 8 teams were 3-2 or worse.

The game was at the very beautiful Milwaukee Brewers Spring training facility at Maryvale, AZ.  The game started 15 mins late waiting for the previous games to conclude to determine who we played.  We ended up with the Orange Co California Rays, who we beat Friday 10-4.  The Rays had already determined that they were in the playoff round, so they saved pitching in that game, which we won handily.

In another game, the Steroid Paso Robles beat undefeated Long Island Cardinals 5-2 to send Long Island packing.

Well, the Rays were a lot tougher this time around!  Very good pitching and solid hitting.  The game went back and forth, with the Rays taking the lead and the Sidwinders tying it up in the bottom of the inning.  The Rays were up by one run at 7-6 in the bottom of the 9th with two outs and two strikes.  SW had a man on first.  We were down to our last pitch.  Catcher Willie Gaston then doubled down the first base line, scoring our man from first and tying the game!!  But then we went into extra innings......and played and played until it got dark, and there were no lights where we were!  We had to move to Tempe stadium which was 45 minutes away!  We used a lot of pitching to get to the 11th inning.  We used Andrew Parrish, Ted Pratt and Brandon Thielk.  When we moved, it took almost 1 1/2 hours to get going again.  Christian Tomsich pitched on short rest.  The Rays leadoff man in the 12th singled and stole second.  After a strike out, an infield single, they had runners on first and third with one out.  A very nicely turned double play ended the threat!

The Rays had one out but got runners to first and third again in the 13th on a walk, a hit and an error.  But Tomsich rallied and struck out the last two of the inning.

Jason Creel led off the SW bottom of the 13th with a solid single to left, but was out on a fielders choice by Ben Blumenthal.  After Vince Palmer was called out on strike 3 on a very questionable 12 inch outside pitch, Rocco Callaway hit a clutch single to left center.  Matt Kennison, pinch running for Blumenthal, aggressively took third base.  Then Joe Wilson hit a rope ot left center, scorring Kennison for the walk-off victory!

The Championship game was early (9am) at big Tempe Diablo Stadium Sunday.  The game the night before had started at 1:45 and lasted until 7:40!  We played the huge Paso Robles Steroid dudes for the championship, who had sent Long Island packing the day before 5-2.  We beat them Friday night 9-6 in a great game.

The Sidewinders pitched Zach Smith (again) as our planned pitcher, Aaron Wick, from Michigan was a no-go due to cramping in his legs, which was a very big disappointment.  However, Zach was up to the task and pitched magnificently.

The Sidewinders started off fast, with 4 hits in the 2nd inning, scoring 3 but left a runner at 3rd with only one out.

SW 3, PR 0.

However, in the 4th inning, PR, on 3 hits, a walk, a hit batter and a sacrifice, scored 2 and then on an error by our second baseman when an easy grounder for the third out glanced off of his glove, allowed another two runners to score.  SW 3, PR 4.

It was a great pitching duel after that with no one scoring.  SW 3, PR 4.  In the bottom of the 9th (sound familiar?), the SW started with a walk and a base hit by Willie Gaston to put runners on first and third.  A wild pitch put runners on 2nd and 3rd!  PR intentionally walked lead-off man Eric Esquilin, loading the bases with no outs.  Ted Pratt hit a long fly ball to center field after fouling off 3-two strike pitches.  Barnett scored, tying the game 4-4, but Willie was thrown out trying to tag up and advance to 3rd on a 300 foot strike thrown by the PR center fielder!  Ouch.  Two outs.  After Blumenthal was hit by pitch, Creel struck out, ending the threat.

Zach Smith continued to pitch the 10th inning, but was gassed.  Brandon Thielk, who had pitched the day before and the day before came in as our last resort.  He shut them down in the 11th inning, but the SW did nothing.

Armageddon struck in the 12th inning.  After a hit batsman, two taps to the pitcher were mis-handled, loading the bases.  A bases loaded triple scored 3.  Then a double and a home run.  And another hit.

They scored 7.  So we go home.  Close, but no cigar.  Each of the guys recieves a new baseball glove from the league as a prize, and I got a wall plaque!