66'ers Baseball - 2008


September 18, 2006
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W: J. Lockwood (1-0, 0.00); L: R. De Los Santos (0-1, 1.59); SV: J. De La Cruz (1)
HR: INL: J. Womack (1).

2006 Championship

September 18,2006

Thank you all for praying all of your prayers were answered Yes..and God received the Glory.

Mumba Rivera pitched shutout baseball..

Josh Womack our Chapel Leader hit a home run

Young Dominican..That I told today 'Al otra vez por Jesus' won the game with a double..

I met with the evolutionist Jon Lockwood before the game and told him that God if he drew near would reveal his love for him in a new way tonight and he would experience his presence..threw the best he has ever pitched 2 Scoreless innings's.

In All these things seeds were planted and watered for the kingdom as faith builders for these young men for they knew you were praying for them...

The Christian pitching Coach Scott Under shed tears of joy of how God blessed them.

God is so God..Not unto us Oh Lord Not unto us but to thy name be the Glory..


Inland Empire strikes back for Cal title
Limonta plays hero again, smacking RBI double to best Visalia in Game 5
By Michael Echan / Special to

Johan Limonta's eighth-inning double scored the go-ahead run as Inland Empire beat visiting Visalia, 2-1, on Monday to win the California League championship.
With the score tied, 1-1, Limonta played hero for the 66ers for the second night in a row when his two-out double off Richard De Los Santos scored Reed Eastley from first base. The 23-year-old designated hitter also slugged a three-run homer in Game 4 on Sunday to force the decisive finale.

Inland Empire scored its first run in the fifth when Josh Womack ripped a line drive into right field that rattled around long enough for him to round the bases for an inside-the-park home run.

Four 66ers pitchers combined on a five-hitter, beginning with Mumba Rivera, who gave up two hits and a walk while striking out four over four scoreless frames.

After Ivan Blanco yielded a run on a hit and two walks over two innings, Jon Lockwood (2-0) tossed two perfect frames for the win. Jose De La Cruz allowed two hits in a scoreless ninth, striking out the last batter to nab his second postseason save and secure the championship.

Visalia starter Derek Feldkamp surrendered one run on six hits and a walk while striking out one in 5 1/3 innings. He left with runners on first and second in the sixth, but De Los Santos fanned two straight batters to end the threat.

The Oaks tied it in the sixth on John Jaso's sacrifice fly. With runners on second and third and one out, the Nuts had a chance to take the lead later in the inning, but Josh Arhart fouled out and center fielder Brent Johnson made a diving catch in shallow center to rob Josh Asanovich of a potential go-ahead hit.

De Los Santos (0-1) gave up a run on three hits while fanning two in 2 2/3 innings

SEPTEMBER 18, 2006

Sixers win against all odds
Pete Marshall, Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO - The season began with a lot of promise, with a roster filled with prospects.

It ended in the final game with a reliever (Mumba Rivera) making his first spot-start of the season and throwing four shutout innings, and a 2006 draft pick (Johan Limonta) driving in the go-ahead run.

It was quite a ride for the 2006 66ers, who won San Bernardino's fifth California League championship, joining the 1995, 1999, 2000 and 2003 teams.

"This team overcame the odds, but the thought was, maybe it spent all of its odds overcoming the odds," said Sixers broadcaster Mike Saeger, a witness to all five titles. "Of the five league champions, I think this team had a little bit more to overcome."

The Sixers won the first-half South Division title in dramatic fashion. The schedule didn't have every team ending the first half on the same day. When the Mavericks, after their 70th game, held a half-game lead over the Sixers, the Sixers thought they were out of the playoffs based on a tiebreaker.

But the league changed its ruling and determined that ties had to be broken on the field. The Sixers won one game against the Mavericks to force the tie-breaker game, then won another to win the first half. Both of those games were at Arrowhead Credit Union Park, where the 2006 team set record for home wins (46).

"Of course when we began the season, I said I couldn't have hand picked a better team for the first half," said manager Gary Thurman, who earned the league co-manager of the year honors. "Then we lost a lot of them, and it made it tough."

By the second week in July, the Sixers had lost four everyday position players: (outfielder Mike Wilson, first baseman Marshall Hubbard, second baseman Yung Chi Chen and shortstop Matt Tuiasosopo), plus standout starting pitchers Robert Rohrbaugh and Julio Santiago, and the backbone of the bullpen: Stephen Kahn, Mark Lowe and Eric O'Flaherty. Key veterans like Erick Monzon, Matt Rogelstad, and Luis Oliveros, who spent time in San Bernardino, also were gone.

All but Santiago (season-ending injury) were promoted to Double-A San Antonio, and Lowe and O'Flaherty have since pitched in the big leagues for the Mariners.

In all, 54 different players played for the Sixers at some point during the season, and the second half was spent trying to get a team to gel and get some momentum heading into the playoffs.

It looked like any chance for playoff momentum was gone when the Sixers were swept in a regular-season ending four-game series at home by Lake Elsinore,


which won the second-half title.

"We had a lot on the line," Thurman said of the Lake Elsinore series. "We wanted home-field advantage."

The Sixers didn't as Lake Elsinore eliminated the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs. The teams played three straight one-run games to start the series, then the Sixers rallied from a 5-0 deficit in Game 4 to win the series, 3-1.

"Once we got past Lake Elsinore and were going to play Visalia, I thought we were going to win," Thurman said. "We were very rested and they had tough travel. Visalia had only three lefties and one switch hitter, and they had no lefties on the bench. It was a better matchup against Visalia."

It didn't look like a forgone conclusion, however. Visalia led in the series 2-1 before the Sixers rallied from a 1-0 fifth-inning deficit in Game 4 and went on to win 8-2. Limonta's hit in the eighth inning of Game 5 scored Reed Eastley and snapped a 1-1 tie in an eventual 2-1 win.

Down the stretch of the regular season and in the playoffs, Thurman recognized two players in particular who improved: shortstop Jeff Dominguez and catcher Omar Falcon.

Dominguez had his 20th birthday during the season and looked overmatched in batting .245 and making 23 errors in 46 regular season Cal League games, but didn't make any errors and batted .290 in the playoffs. Falcon, a backup for most of the year, became a leader with the bat and glove late in the season.

One of the mainstays for the team was outfielder Brent Johnson, who was the Championship Series MVP. He led all league outfielders in fielding percentage and also filled in at third base and first base.

The pitching was solid all year. Starting pitchers Justin Thomas and late-season trade acquisition Andy Baldwin flourished down the stretch and in the playoffs, and the bullpen, anchored by closer Jose De La Cruz was dependable.

Of course, Sixers fans might not see any of these players in a home uniform next year as they might switch affiliations from the Mariners to the Dodgers.

"This was a great place to manage," Thurman said. "I'd really love to be back."

Hunter Brown 3B Key Player in Championship Run
2005 Now with AAA Tacoma Rainiers

God has blessed me with shepherding the Mariners Class A Farm team in San Bernadino. Being the chaplain for these young man has been such a blessing, conducting services at the ballpark for both the 66' and the visitng teams.
Gods word is preached and the seeds of salvation have born fruit in six ballplayers this year receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
On the field I have seen the team go through many adversities to rise up from a 3rd place finish in the first half to winning the Southern Division Championship in the second half..the theme for the year has been "Do you have everything you need to win...YES you do you have Christ and you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.


Sixers to play for Cal League title
Bott holds Quakes to six hits in eight innings to lead San Bernardino to 7-5 South Division-clinching win.
 All season, Glenn Bott has been Mr. Reliable for the Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino. He finished the regular season with a record of 7-7 but boasted an ERA of 3.16 that was third-lowest in the league.

So when the Sixers dropped Game 3 of the South Division championship series to Rancho Cucamonga on Monday, manager Steve Roadcap was not worried.

He had Bott on the mound as his team tried to close out the series for the second time Tuesday.

Bott delivered with a season-best eight innings in which he held the Quakes to six hits and three runs while striking out 10 as the Sixers disposed of Rancho Cucamonga 7-5 at Arrowhead Credit Union Park to win the best-of-five series three games to one.

"He's been a big game pitcher, no doubt,' Roadcap said. "He's been a guy that has always stepped up when we needed him. He gave another great effort tonight and we got some offense to back him up.'

The Sixers will open play in the California League championship series Thursday against either Visalia or Stockton. That series is tied 2-2 with the deciding game being played tonight. The first two games of the championship series Thursday and Friday will be played at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.

The Sixers will be going for their third championship in five years, having won consecutive titles in 1999 and 2000 under the Stampede moniker.

"This feels kind of weird right now,' Bott said as his teammates celebrated around him. "I'm excited and glad to be going to the championship series. Wow.'

Bott had allowed only two runs heading into the ninth, which started with the Sixers holding a 7-2 lead. But Roadcap pulled Bott after he walked the leadoff hitter on four pitches. The crowd of 1,033 stood and applauded his effort.

The finish proved eventful as the bullpen faltered again as Emiliano Fruto allowed Bott's walked runner to score, then gave up two more. The Quakes actually had the tying runs on base and a go-ahead run at the plate in Ryan Budde, but Jared Thomas put out the fire and got Budde to ground out to second.

"It was nice to win this so we have a day off,' Roadcap said. "We can sit back and regroup and get ready for the series because it is going to be another tough one.'

It looked like wasted opportunities were going to cost the Sixers in the early going. Roadcap's squad loaded the bases in the first two innings off Rancho Cucamonga starter Jesse Smith, but the Quakes failed to scored in either inning because of double plays.

Despite managing four hits, two walks and a hit batter, the Sixers found themselves trailing 2-0 entering the bottom of the third.

Meanwhile, the first-half champion Quakes capitalized on their only opportunity early.

Jason Aspito was hit with a pitch and he moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Brian Esposito. Nick Kimpton popped up a bunt attempt but Ransel Melgarejo walked and both runners scored when Tommy Murphy lined a double for Rancho Cucamonga's first hit of the game.

The Sixers retaliated right away with two runs in the third although the damage could have been greater. Shin-Soo Choo and John Castellano both singled. Brown then laid down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by Quakes third baseman Mike Eylward whose throw to first pulled Casey Kotchman off the bag.

Choo eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Rogelstad and Castellano raced home on a single by Cristian Guerrero, making it 2-2.

Melgarejo then made the first of two spectacular diving catches in center field. This one robbed Eddie Menchaca of a hit and the Sixers of two runs.

But the Sixers picked up where they left off in the fourth, aided by two errors on Rancho Cucamonga reliever David Wolensky, who entered to start the inning. Castellano drove home one run with a single, giving him eight RBI in the playoffs and Guerrero dove home two with a double that made it 6-2.

Menchaca rounded out the scoring for the Sixers with a run-scoring single in the seventh.

Guerrero went 3-for-3 and now is 12-for-26 (.462) and leading the league in hits in the playoffs. He had four hits in the first-round opener against Lake Elsinore.

"I am really trying to focus and concentrate more,' Guerrero said. "It is nice to be able to do it for my team and help my team.'

The Sixers front office offered to get the team champagne to celebrate its berth in the championship series but Roadcap said that was not necessary. He wants it to aspire to win a league title, not just merely make it to the championship series.

"I want to keep them hungry,' he said. "It's better that we wait and make that the ultimate goal. You shouldn't be happy getting there.'

66ers notes

With the Sixers having lost Game 3 on Monday, first base coach Henry Cotto returned his duties of taking the lineup card to home plate. John Castellano had the honors the last game of the regular season and the Sixers responded with a 16-0 victory. So he took it up every game until the Sixers lost, making it five consecutive before the loss, four of them coming to start the playoffs.

The Sixers played errorless defense behind Glenn Bott and now have committed just six miscues in the past 150 innings. They had stretches of 65 and 48 innings without an error.

The Spiritual Journey Journey of the 66' Season
So here was God' plan for the 66' Season..Certainly not the way we would have planned it.God used a lineup of 9 regulars only one of which was Drafted, A Deaf Pitcher..who becomes the Championship Series MVP,3 Players signed from independent leagues, 11 new players in the second half.No closer in the second half a 7 run inning in Elsinore as a Result of 5 Errors, A Brawl that Christians were involved they repented two came to Christ..One became the team leader...God used the weak to shame the strong......Isaiah 55:11.."My word will not return to me will accomplish what I set out to do.' Ordinary Players that trusted God to do extraordinary things as a TEAM by his power for his glory. If that were not enough he insured victory by having all Christian umpiring crew. Is Anything too hard for the Lord (Gen 18:14).
The greatest championship during this year was won by The Holy Spirit led 6 players to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, four from visiting Teams. It is my prayer that you acknowledge each step this year as from God' hand and allow it to shore up the foundation of your faith to start next season Committing the year and your skills to him. Make no mistake this is not about you nor about me it is ALL about God. I am a better man and a Christian because God brought each of player into my life and they have been a blessing to me as I continue that his hand of blessing be upon you and your careers.
66ers guys played with single goal (From the Sports Editor in SBDO)
                                           Galatians 6:9
Your 2003 California League champions.

That's three Cal League titles in five seasons for San Bernardino's team, even though this club is known across the country as "Inland Empire.'

In many ways, this is the most satisfying of the city's four Cal League titles

                                              Jeremiah 29:11.

The parent Seattle Mariners seemed almost to give up on the club, or ignore it, for long stretches. The 66ers opened the season with few top prospects, and finished it with even fewer.  Hebrews 13:5

What the 66ers were was that increasingly rare minor-league entity: A team.                                    Phillipians 2: 4-6

Manager Steve Roadcap & Co. were adept at blending a constantly shifting roster, and Roadcap was aided by the drive and determination of a clubhouse full of guys who know what it's like to be released or go undrafted.

(Roadcap to me at end of 1st Half." My pitching coach ragged on me that he has never coached a ballclub that did not make the playoffs...My response thats why they have two halves." Me to Roadcap on Aug 24 I will see you again September 7..He looked unbelievingly at me because that was the Beginning of the championship Series. The Chapel Message From God: What Is Faith..All that God has for me through obedience is better by far than anything the world or satan can offer me through sin or selfishness.

                                           Hebrews 11:1

Those are the kinds of guys you like to see win. Not the pampered high draft picks kicking back with their seven-figure signing bonuses.

                                           Phillipians 3:13-14

The Sixers went 8-1 in the playoffs. Not much doubt about the league's best team. Not surprisingly, it was the club with the best pitching and defense

An hour earlier, players were spraying each other with champagne after polishing off the Stockton Ports 1-0 for the California League championship.

The team that had not been expected to finish .500, won eight of nine postseason games.

Manager Steve Roadcap, who engineered arguably the most unexpected championship run of any Cal League team in the past decade, clutched the championship trophy and climbed aboard.

The core of the Sixers came up from Low-A affiliate Wisconsin, which finished 33 games below .500 a year ago. During the season, three key Sixers players were promoted, including Greg Jacobs, the first player from San Bernardino to lead the league in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.                      James 1:1-3

There were 418 regular-season man-games missed because of injury. The Sixers played the second half without a closer, when Mike Steele, one of four players who suffered season- ending injuries, sustained a shoulder injury that required surgery.                        Romans 8:28 All things work together for good........           

And on Aug.18, Sixers infielder Evel Bastida incited a 15th-inning brawl when he rushed the mound with a bat and struck Lake Elsinore pitcher Josh Kranawetter.                            1 John 1:9

The game was suspended, Bastida later was arrested after and the parent Seattle Mariners organization suspended him for the season. Eight other Sixers were suspended for three games apiece. Ten members of the JetHawks also missed three game. (The Chapel Message that week  August 24 was making Godly Choices and the Right View of Repentance; 2 66' received Christ as their Lord and Savior.) 1 Peter 5:7-9, Romans 12:21, Isaih 66: 1-3 and concluding with Acts 7:54 ..with Stephen seeing the Lord Jesus standing waving him on home to Victory)

But after the melee, the Sixers won six of their next seven games, including a series at Lake Elsinore that insured home-field advantage against the Storm in the South Division miniseries. The Sixers also swept an important three-games series against Lancaster.

``It seems like that after that, we just played like we were on a mission,'' outfielder Dustin Delucchi said. ``We played even harder.''

                                               Phillipians 2: 12-13

In the end, the Cal League title was championship No. 2 for a few players.

Catcher Luis Oliveros won a title at rookie level Peoria in 2000. John Castellano won one last year at Double-A San Antonio. He started there this season too but was not getting playing time and asked to come back to the Sixers because he wanted to play for Roadcap.

(At the half the CLubhouse Manager told me that Castellanos was worried about being released ...(He was there MVP in the 2nd Half)

                                                Isaiah 41:10

        " Do not fear for I am with you........" I will strengthen you I will help you

                    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Left-hander Ryan Ketchner, the only deaf player in professional baseball, capped a stellar season by earning the playoffs most valuable player honor. He ended the season with with a streak of 24 consecutive scoreless innings.

Ketchner had help. Castellano and right fielder Cristian Guerrero were important contributors. All Guerrero did was hit .357 in the playoffs, make five diving catches in the three-game championship series and throw out the tying run at the plate in the eighth inning Saturday.

The Sixers are proof titles are won with pitching and defense. They allowed Stockton, the defending league champion, only two runs in 31 innings with Temecula resident Troy Cate and Emilano Fruto combining for the championship game shutout. The Sixers manufactured only six runs, but that was enough, thanks to a record-setting defense led by shortstop Eddie Menchaca and third baseman Hunter Brown.

The bus was about to pull away Saturday when it stopped suddenly. The doors opened and out came pitching coach Scott Budner, who mistakenly had packed some celebratory beverages in the cargo compartment. When he climbed back in after retrieving what he wanted, he exclaimed, ``We won!''

At the end of the first half when they finished 3rd...the Chapel Message was "Overcoming Adversity from God's point of view"....the message concluded with what President Bush said to the Generals before Iraq War.."Do You Have everythig you need to Win? A resounding yes ..You have Christ. I left them with.                         Phillipians 4:19  " And My God shall supply all of my need according to his riches in Glory." From that point God brought in 11 Players to finish the year and win the Championship...thereby fullfilling Gods promise in                   

                                        Phillipians 4: 13

                "I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens Me."

           And then the bus pulled away for a long, happy ride home.

                                       2 Corinthians 3:5

" Not that I can do anything of myself for my success comes from God Alone."

Phillipians 3:13-14 "This one thing I do forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead I press on to the goal of winning the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

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