Austin Metro Baseball League
Austin Metro Baseball League (AMBL) will be celebrating it's 25th anniversary in 2014! Interested players wanting to join and/or complete teams wanting to join may contact Michael Lucas at 512-835-8989 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about Austin Metro Baseball League can be found on our "Info" links page. Come play in the best Wood Bat League in Texas!
2014 Texas Cup
The 2014 Texas Cup was one of the toughest and most competitive tournaments in recent years. The tournament had teams from 8 different cities making it a true Texas Cup and crowning the true Texas Champions in each division. All four divisions were extremely competitive with many games being decided in the ninth inning. There were over 300 players who participated in this years Texas Cup.
In the 18+ Division Championship, the Austin Thunder went against the Austin Drillers with the Austin Thunder pulling away late in the game 6-1. The Thunder was managed by Jon Cuip who was part of a Fall Classic Championship team a few years ago in Florida. MVP for the Thunder was pitcher Taylor Johnson who threw a gem after helping close out a tough Corpus Christie Calcutta team the day before to help get the Thunder to the Championship. The Austin Drillers were led by Manager Seth Garcia.
The 35+ Division Championship had the tough Houston Rockies managed by rookie Manager Ryan Martin going against a very talented Austin Blue Sox Team managed by Dereck Sayers. Both Managers had never managed a tournament team before but both did great jobs by getting their teams into the Championship game. MVP for the Houston Rockies was Steve Booker who had a unbelievable tournament at the plate. Houston led the entire game and hung on at the end to win 9-6.
Manager Hollis Bone led the 45+ Austin RedBirds to the Championship game against a very talented San Antonio Lone Stars Team managed by Jim Gonzales. The Austin RedBirds won 4-1 with the game being dominated by pitching. The Austin RedBirds MVP was pitcher Robert Calvert who threw a 9 inning gem. He had just thrown another 9 inning Championship game in the morning helping the 55+ Austin Express win that Championship. Robert "Superman" Calvert threw 18 innings, gave up only 4 runs and helped his respective teams win 2 Championships.
The 55+ Division Championship had the very experienced Austin Express beat the ageless San Antonio Broncos 8-3. Manager Jerry Davis of the Austin Express won his second consecutive 55+ Texas Cup title doing so with most of his pitching staff going down due to injury. Manager Davis was quoted as saying "It was a true total team effort". Tony Hernandez managed the tough San Antonio Bronco Team and did a great job throughout the tournament. The 55+ Austin Express had Steve Burgess and Gary Hackleman as Co-MVP's. Both contributed greatly defensively making great play after great play and both had very good tournaments at the plate getting timely hits when the team needed them.
18+ National Division - White Sox
Back Row Left to Right: Sean Busse, Ryan Persinger, Brendan Chauret, Raez Rosado, Jacob Spelbring, Kevin Felts, Lee Johnson, Alex Murphy, Brantley Jordan, Doug Saunders
Front Row Left to Right: Mike Hardge, Craig Lubin, Dexter Moreno, Billy Potts, Bradley Goldsmith, Taylor Parcus, Matt Seale, Jordan Pellien
Not Pictured: James Ellison, Kevin Seibert, Kevin Hinojosa, Dusty Taylor, Logan Wood, Bryce Morrison, Willie Lopez, Aaron Papermaster, Bryan Herrera, Scott Lacey, Travis Pendley, Emerson Trager
18+ American Division - Drillers
Back Row Left to Right: Justin Dudley, Russell Kelly, Chris Massoro, Ryne Goertz, Dustin Babola, Ben Scheinbaum, Chad Park, Dan Vogel
Front Row Left to Right: Joel Manzo, Doug Sheffield, Jason Lockhart, Richard Wahlberg, Jeremy Borst, Seth Garcia
Not Pictured: Jon Aguilar, Cray Betts, Jake Duffy, Brent Imani, Mark Mahany, Jack Maher, David McAdams, Jesse McCraw, Jason Postenrider, Max Smith
35+ Division - Angels
Back Row Left to Right: Erik Cary, Mike Kavcak, Jim Rockey, Steve Austin, Robert Calvert, RC Brown, Jose Fernandez
Front Row Left to Right: Phil Kuss, Trey Jones, Mike Sheppard, John Hinojosa, Kevin Craig, Jerry Burrola
Not pictured: Derek Deadmon, Doug Rogers, Steve Funk & Todd DeNeve
45+ Division - Curve
Back Row Left to Right: Bruce Burns, Jim Lacey, Dean Scovill, Jesse Wilson, Bryce Macki, Bob Bryant, Bret Simon, Chris Brooks, Danny Park, Paul Kallfelz
Front Row Left to Right: David Drawhorn, Rick Lindley, Ed Ferguson, Larry White, Curt Laush, Jeff Vaussar, Garry Hackleman, Mike Sheppard
Not pictured: Byron White, George Hull, John Heckeroth, Craig Lubin, Robert Gillette
55+ Division - Express
Back Row Left to Right: Bruce Moore, Alan Bambrick, Tracy Campbell, Jack Alberty, Dean Scovill, Marco Perella, John Heckeroth, Steve Hagey
Front Row Left to Right: Mark Strickland, Steve Burgess, Gilbert Cortez, Allan Fletcher, Jerry Davis, James Simonson, Rick Parker
Not pictured: Sam Park and Scott Shaw