2005 DENVER OVER 60 BASEBALL

The above colors represent the 2004 league champion Fossils

"You're still never too old to play the real game"

Howard Rollin, Denver League Director over60baseball@yahoo.com

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September 8th - For the second year in a row, the Colorado Fossils won the Denver League Championship by playing their best game of the year.  The Fossils handily defeated the Rockies by the score of 11-1, behind the stellar pitching of Mike Carroll.

In November on a date to be announced, Denver Over 60 Baseball will join with Colorado Over 50 Baseball at the Annual Tournament Banquet.  Details will follow and be posted on this webpage.  In addition, a separate email will be sent to all players on the mailing list.

Colorado Fossils - Champions                                                      Colorado Rockies - Runner Up


September 1st - In the morning loser's bracket game, an almost fully-staffed Fossils team was able to score 5 runs in each of the first 3 innings, while the North Stars tried valiantly to catch up.  A grand slam home run by Fred Terranova (who now leads the league in home runs) provided an important 6-run half inning which helped to keep the game from being an early runaway.  However, the North Stars never got closer than 4 runs behind, and the Fossils blew it open late to win going away by the score of 30-14. 

In the first championship game that afternoon, the Fossils again scored 5 runs early, but the undermanned Rockies team (with only 8 players after 3 innings of play) kept it close to reduce a larger lead down to only 1 run entering the 7th inning.  The Fossils scored an insurance run in the top of the last inning, and closed out the game by the score of 12-10.

Both teams will go at it again on Thursday morning, Sept. 8th at 9:30 AM for "all of the marbles."  Will the Fossils be able to defend their 2004 championship?


August 25th - For the second week in a row, there are some unusual surprises in the playoffs.  The Rockies defeated the Fossils 13-9 and take the easy path to the championship.  The Rockies will have to win only one of their next two games to win it all.  In the loser's bracket game, the North Stars close out the Rangers by the score of 13-3 and end the Rangers division winning season.  The Fossils will now play the North Stars in the final game of the loser's bracket to determine who will challenge the Rockies for the League Championship.  However, the winner of the Fossils/North Stars game in the morning of September 1st will have to defeat the Rockies twice, and the first encounter will immediately follow the morning game.  Since the Rockies are undefeated, they have earned home-team advantage in the first championship game.  Only if the Rockies lose that first championship game, will an additional championship game be necessary, and that game will be scheduled at 9:30 AM on September 8th.  The home team in the second championship game will be the winner of the loser's bracket.

If you would like to participate as an emergency player in any game next week, you must email the league director <howard@over50baseball.com>.  If you just show up to play, you may be denied that opportunity.  This is especially true if you played for the Rangers and you were not a secondary player on any other team.  If any scheduled teams next week can field 10 players or more of their primary and secondary players, they will not be permitted to add emergency players.  However, since the winner of the loser's bracket (which has to play a double header next week) possibly will not have enough pitching for a double header, a special provision will have to be established to allow that team's official secondary players to pitch unlimited innings.  If that provision is not sufficient, a game start-time decision by the managers involved, along with the league director will be made to determine any special use of an emergency player as a pitcher.


August 18th - In two very surprising playoff games, both highest-seeded teams were upset.  After a slow start, the Fossils won a convincing 21-7 victory over the Rangers.  In the other game, the Rockies won a tightly-fought see-saw battle over the North Stars by the score of 5-4.

After next week's games, the losing team from the loser's bracket game will be eliminated from the playoffs.  Also next week, the winner of the winner's bracket game will have the inside track to the championship.  During the championship game on Sept. 1st, the only undefeated team will have earned home team advantage.  If the winner of the loser's bracket can defeat the lone undefeated team in the winner's bracket, a second championship game will be played the following week (Sept. 8th) at 9:30 AM.  Also, the winner of the loser's bracket will then have earned the home team advantage on Sept. 8th.  For specifics, please view the complete playoff schedule further below.


August 11th - The North Stars sewed up second place in the final regular season standings by defeating the Fossils 6-3 behind the stellar pitching of Rich Maes, who went the distance.  In the afternoon game, the Division-Winning Rangers (pictured further below with trophy) rolled over the Rockies 12-4 behind another stellar pitching performance by Paul Vargo (also going the distance) and an excellent defense.

Since the Fossils lost, even if they win next week against the Rockies in the last regular season game and match overall records for a tie in the standings with them, the Rockies have already won that specific season series and are guaranteed third place.  Therefore, the regular season standings are final, and the playoff pairings are now set (see schedule further below).  However, since the last games of the regular season schedule are now inconsequential and have no meaning other than as exhibition games, the playoffs will now begin on August 18th.  With the unanimous approval of the managers, the playoffs have now been converted to a double-elimination format.  Since the players in the league have paid a fee for a minimum of a 13 game season, the new playoff format will still guarantee 13 games played for each player.  Also, the league's new official umpire will officiate all playoff games.  Good luck to all teams in the playoffs!

DIVISION WINNING COLORADO RANGERS


August 3rd - Tomorrow's games (8/4/05) have been postponed.  As of 6 PM, the field is under water and cannot be repaired during the evening with more rain anticipated overnight.  The games that were scheduled tomorrow will now be rescheduled to August 18th as the last regular season games.  The playoffs will begin on August 25th, and the championship game will now be played on September 1st barring any other postponements.


July 28th - The Rangers defeated the Fossils 21-17 in a tightly-contested seesaw game that was the longest in Denver Over 60 Baseball history. As you can imagine, the "football score" indicates something less than a stellar defensive game was played.  However, by virtue of their 8 win, 2 loss record, the Rangers have "locked up" this year's division title.  With only 2 regular season games to go and a 3 game lead, no other team can catch them.  Now, the remaining league teams will jockey for position in the standings before the playoffs begin on August 18th.  In other action, the North Stars throttled the Rockies 11-1 to take present control of second place, but it's not over yet.  Second place is still up for grabs, and a second place finish does have its home team first round playoff benefits.


July 21st - The Rangers return to their winnings ways by cruising over the Rockies 16-8 and open up a three game league lead with only three games to go in the regular season.  The Fossils crush the North Stars 23-1 and move to just one game from second place.  In order to break ties in the standings, the NABA Manager's Rulebook and Guidelines will be consulted.  The first tie-breaker between any two teams is head-to-head play.  If the two teams are still tied, then fewest runs allowed in games between the two teams is then used.  Managers should check page 22 for further details if the above rules do not break the tie.


July 14th - The North Stars defeated the Rockies 12-3 and have climbed from last place just a month ago to second place.  Although the North Stars and the Rockies have the same record, the North Stars take possession of second place by virtue of having defeated the Rockies two out of three times.  The last place Fossils start to close the gap on the rest of the league by bumping off the Rangers 8-6.  With 4 regular season games to go, only 4 games separate first through last place.  However, the Rangers control their own destiny, and if they win 3 of their remaining 4 games, they'll win the division.


July 7th - Last week's North Stars runaway win was no fluke as they upset the no longer undefeated Rangers 10-7.  Fred Terranova (North Stars) belts his first home run, the third home run hit this year in the league.  The Rockies improve their record to 4-3, closing the gap on the league-leading Rangers by defeating the Fossils 13-11 in a tightly-fought seesaw game.

New Rule - The on-deck area for the next batter will not be any closer to home plate than the dugout door to the field.  This will help to prevent a possible serious injury from a foul ball.  The on-deck batter should take a minimum of one step to the outfield side of their dugout door to warm up.


June 30th - The North Stars run roughshod over the Fossils 27-5 and take sole possession of third place in the standings..  The Rangers extend their winning streak to 6 games, thus remain undefeated, by holding off a furious last inning rally by the Rockies 14-12.  After the Rangers had opened up a 10 run lead, the Rockies scored 8 runs in the last inning, most of them with 2 outs, and they had the tying runs on base.

Don't forget to check out the THE BRAND NEW DENVER OVER 60 BASEBALL HOME RUN CLUB webpage.  You can click on this link or on the link provided further above.


June 23rd - The Rockies start what they feel will be a new winning streak with a big 18-5 defeat of the Fossils.  Meanwhile, the Rangers come from behind and hold off the North Stars with a tight 9-8 win and remain undefeated.  Of special note, Marty Stenzel of the North Stars belts what is only the second home run hit by all players during this season. A new HOME RUN HITTERS WEBPAGE (with individual player pictures) will be created very soon. Watch for it!


June 16th - The North Stars get their first win of the season by holding off the Rockies in the last inning 7-6.  The Rangers continue their winning ways with a commanding 11-1 win over the Fossils and have now opened a 2 game league lead.


June 9th - Rangers squeak past the Rockies by the score of 8-7 on the strength of John Damsma's grand slam homerun and complete game pitching to take sole possession of first place with the completion of the first round-robin of this year's league.  Remember, there are 3 more round-robins to determine this years division winner before the start of the playoffs in mid-August.


June 2nd - After two weeks of play, a showdown between the 2 undefeated teams (Rockies @ Rangers) looms large next week as the first round- robin will be completed.  In addition, one of the 2 teams that hasn't won a game yet will "get off the shnide."

Please note that too many players are arriving late for their games (both primary and secondary players).  Therefore, the following modification has been added to the League Rule Addendums - item #7:  Starting on June 9th, if both teams are shorthanded (less than 8 players) at either game start time, the game clock will begin and the amount of playing time will therefore be reduced until at least one of the teams has enough players.  Then, if only one team is shorthanded, they will play with whatever number of players they have or can borrow from their opponent until their regular players show up to make their team full.  Any borrowed players will then revert back to their originally assigned team.


May 19th (Opening Day) - The May 12th schedule has been postponed because of unplayable conditions at Rebels Field. Until further notice, all postponed games will be rescheduled as tag-on games at the end of the regular season, since Rebels Field will not be available on Fridays. The complete regular season schedule is displayed further below. The original opening day scheduled games have been moved to August 11th.  If you find any mistakes or problems with the schedule or your team assignment(s), please contact Howard, the League Director immediately. During the season, weekly results and standings will be updated on this webpage. An easy-to-print complete single-page schedule is also available at the following link:

http://www.over50baseball.com/sched-05.htm

The following list of teams displays the primary and secondary draft of players (alphabetically listed after each manager and staff member's name):

COLORADO FOSSILS:

Primary Players - Mgr. Ken Ayers, Mike Carroll, Bill Fulkerson, Bob Heid, Jerry Malberg, Wayne Snow, George Southern, Jimmy Terman, Phil Towe

Secondary Players - Dennis Brown, Marty Hopkins, Barry Lersch, Fred Terranova, Doug Welborn

COLORADO RANGERS:

Primary Players - Mgr. Paul Vargo, Sid Biderman, Dennis Brown, John Damsma, Rick Jandegian, Barry Lersch, Wardell Mcgee, Steve McKenna, Pat Moriarity, Howard Rollin, Lynn Tomjack, Terry Yochum

Secondary Players - Steve Coble, Bill Fulkerson, Larry Grohn, Bob Storey, Jimmy Terman

COLORADO ROCKIES:

Primary Players - Mgr. Marty Hopkins, Frank Applegate, Dave Blakley, Steve Coble, Warren Coble, Fred Searle, Doug Welborn, Jack Wilhite, Ross Wilhite

Secondary Players - Alan Bucholz, Bob Heid, Rich Maes, George Southern

NORTH STARS:

Primary Players - Mgr. Mike Claps, Asst.-Mgr. Marty Stenzel, Coach Dave Bray, Alan Bucholtz, Larry Grohn, Rich Maes, Dale Reich, Bob Storey, Fred Terranova

Secondary Players - Sid Biderman, Jerry Malberg, Phil Towe, Paul Vargo


May 5th - All participants will be required to pay a $100 deposit for their individual league fee (by personal check) before our meeting & practice game begins. At the conclusion of the game, there will be the official league draft of primary and secondary team players. The league director will be present at Rebels Field starting at 9:00 AM. to assist with administrative details. If you haven't replied to the league director about your status concerning participation on May 5th, please do so immediately.


April 28th - League meeting and practice game has been cancelled due poor weather for the second week in a row.


April 21st - Although the second meeting and practice game was originally scheduled at 9:30 AM., it is now cancelled because of poor weather and the resulting field conditions at Rebels Field on Wednesday evening (4/20).


April 14th - First meeting and practice game of the season was held at 9:30 AM. All players present had the opportunity to provide input and voted on operational procedures for the 2005 spring/summer season. This year, the league will observe a wood bat only policy. Also, all league games will be played on Thursdays only at 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM.


November 6th - The Colorado Fossils defeated the South Dakota Pheasants 6-2 to win the first annual Over 60 Baseball National Fun Tournament in Las Vegas.  Ken Ayers put together a team made up of a small cluster of Denver league Fossils players, supplemented with other players from the Denver Over 60 Baseball League, the Colorado Over 50 Baseball League, and the team's MVP from Westcliff, Colorado (Tom Barrow).

Standing left to right: Steve Coble, Marty Hopkins, mgr. Ken Ayers, Tom Hall, Jimmy Terman

Kneeling left to right: Tom Barrow, Phil Towe, Howard Rollin, Bob Heid

Not shown: Warren Coble, Wayne Snow


 

2005 FINAL REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS

TEAMS

WINS

LOSSES

PERCENT

GAMES BEHIND

COLORADO RANGERS*

9

2

.818

-

NORTH STARS

6

5 .545 3
COLORADO ROCKIES

4

7 .364 5
COLORADO FOSSILS 3 8 .273 6

*COLORADO RANGERS - DIVISION WINNERS

2005 LEAGUE SCHEDULE

ALL GAMES START AT 9:30 AM & 12:30 PM AND ARE PLAYED AT REBELS FIELD - 126TH AND WASHINGTON ST. IN THORNTON, COLORADO.  UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALL POSTPONED GAMES WILL BE RESCHEDULED AS TAG-ON GAMES AT THE END OF THE REGULAR SEASON, JUST BEFORE THE PLAYOFFS BEGIN.


THURSDAY, APRIL 14

MEETING & SPRING TRAINING GAME

 

APRIL 21

MEETING & SPRING TRAINING GAME - CANCELLED DUE TO FIELD CONDITIONS

 

APRIL 28

MEETING & SPRING TRAINING GAME - CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER & FIELD CONDITIONS

 

MAY 5

 MEETING & SPRING TRAINING GAME

LEAGUE DRAFT WILL BE HELD AT THE COMPLETION OF THE GAME

 


For an easy-to-print complete regular season schedule, click on:

http://www.over50baseball.com/sched-05.htm

 

THURSDAY, MAY 12 (Postponed to August 11)

9:30 AM

NORTH STARS @ COLORADO FOSSILS

12:30 PM

COLORADO RANGERS @ COLORADO ROCKIES

 

MAY 19 - OPENING DAY

9:30 AM

COLORADO FOSSILS - 8 @ COLORADO ROCKIES - 9

12:30 PM

COLORADO RANGERS - 10 @ NORTH STARS - 3

 

MAY 26

NO GAMES SCHEDULED

NABA MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TOURNAMENT IN LAS VEGAS

 

JUNE 2

9:30 AM

COLORADO ROCKIES - 15 @ NORTH STARS - 6

12:30 PM

COLORADO FOSSILS - 6 @ COLORADO RANGERS - 19

 

JUNE 9

9:30 AM

COLORADO ROCKIES - 7 @ COLORADO RANGERS - 8

12:30 PM

COLORADO FOSSILS - 12 @ NORTH STARS - 5

 

JUNE 16

9:30 AM

COLORADO RANGERS - 11 @ COLORADO FOSSILS - 1

12:30 PM

NORTH STARS - 7 @ COLORADO ROCKIES - 6

 

JUNE 23

9:30 AM

NORTH STARS - 8 @ COLORADO RANGERS - 9

12:30 PM

COLORADO ROCKIES - 18 @ COLORADO FOSSILS - 5

 

JUNE 30

9:30 AM

NORTH STARS - 27 @ COLORADO FOSSILS - 5

12:30 PM

COLORADO RANGERS - 14 @ COLORADO ROCKIES - 12

 

JULY 7

9:30 AM

COLORADO FOSSILS - 11 @ COLORADO ROCKIES - 13

12:30 PM

COLORADO RANGERS - 7 @ NORTH STARS - 10

 

JULY 14

9:30 AM

COLORADO ROCKIES - 3 @ NORTH STARS- 12

12:30 PM

COLORADO FOSSILS - 8 @ COLORADO RANGERS - 6

 

JULY 21

9:30 AM

COLORADO ROCKIES - 8 @ COLORADO RANGERS - 16

12:30 PM

COLORADO FOSSILS - 23 @ NORTH STARS - 1

 

JULY 28

9:30 AM

COLORADO RANGERS - 21 @ COLORADO FOSSILS - 17

12:30 PM

NORTH STARS - 11 @ COLORADO ROCKIES - 1

 

AUGUST 4 (Postponed to August 18)

9:30 AM

NORTH STARS @ COLORADO RANGERS

12:30 PM

COLORADO ROCKIES @ COLORADO FOSSILS

 

AUGUST 11 (Rescheduled from May 12)

9:30 AM

NORTH STARS - 6 @ COLORADO FOSSILS - 3

12:30 PM

COLORADO RANGERS - 12 @ COLORADO ROCKIES - 4

 

AUGUST 18 (Rescheduled from August 4 and now cancelled)

9:30 AM

NORTH STARS @ COLORADO RANGERS

12:30 PM

COLORADO ROCKIES @ COLORADO FOSSILS

 


DOUBLE-ELIMINATION PLAYOFFS

(highest seeded team is always home team except in last championship game)

AUGUST 18

9:30 AM

#4 COLORADO FOSSILS - 21 @ #1 COLORADO RANGERS - 7

12:30 PM

#3 COLORADO ROCKIES - 5 @ #2 NORTH STARS - 4

 

AUGUST 25

9:30 AM

#4 COLORADO FOSSILS - 9 @  #3 COLORADO ROCKIES - 13

12:30 PM (loser's bracket)

#2 NORTH STARS - 13 @ #1 COLORADO RANGERS - 3

(loser of this game is eliminated)

 

SEPTEMBER 1

9:30 AM (loser's bracket)

#4 COLORADO FOSSILS - 27 @ #2 NORTH STARS - 14

(loser of this game is eliminated)

12:30 PM

FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

COLORADO FOSSILS - 12 @ COLORADO ROCKIES - 10

 

SEPTEMBER 8

9:30 AM

SECOND AND FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

COLORADO ROCKIES - 1 @ COLORADO FOSSILS - 11

(loser's bracket winner will be home team)


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