Author: Scott Ludwig

League Names 2016 All Stars

2016 Desert League All-League Team

P     Marty Anderson (Ghost Riders)

P     Tanner Kiest (Caneros)

C     Jordyn Van Atta  (Maple Leafs)

1B   Joe Duffin  (Hammers)

2B   Elijah Briseno  (Maple Leafs)

3B   Kori Melo  (Maple Leafs)

SS   Austin Hoffman  (Ghost Riders)

OF   Jacob Fabry  (Maple Leafs)

OF   Trent Zaks  (Ghost Riders)

OF   Trey Hunt (Caneros)

DLPB Award Winners

2016 Award Winners

Desert League MVP

Elijah Briseno, Yuma Maple Leafs – hit .383 as a leadoff hitter and helped lead the Leafs to the championship

Rookie of the Year

Abraham Arias, Imperial County Ghost Riders – first baseman was chosen by the league managers as the best first-year pro

Most Outstanding Pitcher

Marty Anderson, Imperial Ghost Riders – 39 IP: 1.55 ERA, 52 K’s

Manager of the Year

Scott Nathanson, Yuma Maple Leafs

Stolen Bases Winner

Demetrius Moorer, Somerton Caneros – Point Park University standout led the league with 19, one more than teammate James Wong

Desert League Slugger

Joe Duffin, Imperial County Ghost Riders


Maple Leafs Win Game 1

The Yuma Maple Leafs defeated the Imperial County Ghost Riders in game 1 of their Championship Series in walk-off fashion, with a final score of 4-3.

The Maple Leafs took a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning. Catcher Jordyn Van Atta knocked an RBI double, eventually scoring on an error by the Ghost Riders’ third baseman.

The Ghost Riders added 1-run in the 2nd inning. Third baseman Slater Putland reached base on a double, scoring on an RBI double from outfielder Demetrius Moorer.

The game remained 2-1 in favor of the Maple Leafs until the 6th inning, when the Leafs took a 3-1 lead. Yuma second baseman Elijah Briseno reached on a leadoff walk, scoring on another RBI double from Van Atta.

The Ghost Riders tied it up in the 9th. Putland and Moorer each reached base with hits, scoring on a 2-run single from second baseman Joshua Martinez.

The game looked to be going to extra innings, with Ghost Rider closer Luciano Reynoso striking out the first two batters of the inning. Leaf shortstop Eduardo Moredo reached base on a walk, stealing 2nd, setting himself up in scoring position. Third baseman Kori Melo would come in clutch with his first hit of the game, knocking an RBI single to win the game.

The Leafs had 7 hits, being led by catcher Jordyn Van Atta who went 2-4 with 2 RBIs and 1 run.

The Ghost Riders had 10 hits and were led by outfielder Demetrius Moorer, who went 3-4 with 2 doubles, and RBI and a run.

Maple Leafs starter Aaron Hatch tossed for 8 and 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits, while walking 2 and striking out 4. Reliever Bobby Orozco tossed for 1/3 inning, walking 1 and striking out 1.

Ghost Riders starter Danny Alvarez tossed for 6 complete innings, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits, while walking 3. Closer Luciano Reynoso tossed for 3 complete innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 4.

Game 2 is Friday night at 7pm at the Ray Kroc Baseball Complex in Yuma. The Ghost Riders need to win to continue their quest for the inaugural Desert League Championship.

Cañeros In Yuma Recap

The Yuma Maple Leafs and Imperial County Ghost Riders All-Stars took on the visiting Cañeros de Los Mochis in an exhibition on Wednesday night at Ray Kroc Sports Complex in Yuma. The game ended in a 3-3 tie.

The Cañeros took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Desert League All-Stars battled back to tie it 2-2 in the 2nd.

Second baseman Elijah Briseno knocked a double, scoring on an RBI single from designated hitter Austin Hoffman. Hoffman would steal seconnd before reaching third on a single from first baseman Abe Arias. Third baseman Kori Melo would pick up an RBI to tie the game.

Rich Ruff would take over the mound in the 3rd inning for starter Evander Ledward. Ledward would toss for two complete innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits while striking out 2 and walking 1. Ruff would also toss two complete innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits, while striking out 3 and walking 1.

The Cañeros would take a 3-2 lead in the third inning, holding it until the bottom of the seventh, when designated hitter Jordyn Van Atta knocked an RBI single to tie the game.

The Desert League squad looked solid, with relief pitchers Kyle Bugese, Jose Bautista, Aaron Hatch, Marty Anderson and Luciano Reynoso combining for 5 complete innings with 3 strikeouts, 4 hits, 2 walks and 0 runs.

The offense added eight hits, with third baseman Kori Melo leading the team with two.

The Somerton Caneros and Yuma Hammers All-Stars take on the Cañeros de Los Mochis tonight at 7pm for another exhibition game at Joe Munoz field in Somerton.