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Year 1: Mojave Series, Game Six

 

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Thrilling 11th Inning Ties Series 3-3
 
For the first Mojave Series, this has been a "classic." 
 
Tied 3-3 heading into the 11th inning, Lucky 38 scored two runs in the top of the inning. However, the New California Republic had the answer, with Rich Hall hitting a two-RBI walkoff single to keep the Bears alive. 
 
The NCR had to come back two times in the game to prevent Lucky 38 from taking the series. That's where game MVP Mike Britton came into play. Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Britton hit a tying home run off Otis Pryor. But Britton was not done. He also hit a one-out solo home run in the 11th, leading the surge in the exciting come-from-behind victory. 
 
The rest of the 11th inning was a battle of survival for the Bears. Following Britton's homer, Emilio Rodriguez walked. With two outs, Stanford Gillespie singled and both runners advanced when Mike Duncan could not field the ball cleanly. Gerardo Makejoo then walked to load the bases before Hall's game-winning hit. 
 
The NCR was down because of allowing two runs in the top of the inning. Dennis Shaft singled to lead off the inning. After a sacrifice bunt to move Shaft to second, Perry Ferguson was intentionally walked. Vicente Palacios followed with an RBI double to give Lucky 38 a 4-3 lead. With two outs, NCR pitcher William Miller threw a wild pitch, allowing Ferguson to score. 
 
Neither team could pull away in the game. The NCR took an early lead when Emilio Rodriguez tripled to lead off the second inning, followed by an RBI single by Gillespie. 
 
Lucky 38 finally scored in the fifth inning. With two on and two outs, Duncan hit a two-RBI double for a 2-1 lead. 
 
The Bears were able to answer in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game. Jeremy Watson hit a one-out double, followed by an RBI single by Gillespie. 
 
In the eighth inning, Lucky 38 took the lead again on a solo home run by cleanup hitter John McDowell. 
 
Ken Watson, who pitched just 1/3 of an inning, was credited with the win for the NCR. Jim Crouch was the starting pitcher for the Bears, giving up two runs on four hits with six strikeouts and four walks in 6 2/3 innings. 
 
Wilfred Buckley was the starter for Lucky 38 in a short outing. He gave up one earned run on three hits with four strikeouts and a walk in six innings. Dave Witcher was the losing pitcher, three runs, two earned, on three hits with two walks in just 2/3 innings pitched. 
 
With the series tied at 3-3, the teams play the final game seven tomorrow. The winner will forever be remembered in the Mojave as champions. The loser will probably drink themselves into a coma.

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Year 1: Mojave Series, Game Seven

 

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CHAMPS!  NCR Cruises to 8-2 Game Seven Victory
 
Jim Ford did not need much run support to earn his second victory in the Mojave Series, but he certainly got a lot of it early. 
 
The New California Republic jumped out to a 3-0 lead, and Ford did the rest in earning the deciding game seven victory. Ford pitched six innings, giving up no runs on just two hits with five strikeouts and two walks. 
 
Earl Robinson was the starter for Lucky 38 and suffered the loss. He gave up three runs on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks in five innings pitched. 
 
The NCR took the lead in the bottom of the first. With one out, Gabriel Rodriguez walked followed by a Clyde Martin double to put runners at second and third. Mike Britton then singled in Rodriguez to make it 1-0. Emilio Rodriguez then singled in Martin to make it 2-0. Following an infield error that loaded the bases, Stanford Gillespie singled in a third run. Lucky 38’s Robinson was able to get the next two batters out, but the damage was already done.
 
Lucky 38 did not get on the scoreboard until Ford was out of the game. In the seventh inning, Duane Antqueen led off with a walk, followed by a Jimmy LaRue single. After a fielder’s choice and a LaRue steal, Dennis Shaft walked to load the bases with one out. Stu Vanstone then hit a deep fly ball to left just short of the fence, which resulted in an RBI sacrifice fly to make the score 3-1. Perry Ferguson then flew out to end the scoring threat. 
 
The Bears did not allow the Lucky 38 run to affect them. Instead, they blew the game open in the bottom of the seventh. Robert Cooper, who had relieved Robinson an inning earlier, could not escape trouble. Gabriel Rodriguez led off with a single. With one out, Cooper hit Britton with a pitch. Emilio Rodriguez then doubled in his brother for a 4-1 lead and moved Britton to third. After Jeremy Watson was intentionally walked and Gillespie struck out, Gerardo Makejoo hit an RBI single to score Britton. Emilio Rodriguez also scored on the play thanks to Jorge Garcia’s throwing error. Cooper was then pulled for Dave Witcher, who immediately gave up a two-RBI single to Rich Hall, making the score 8-1 heading into the eighth inning. 
 
Lucky 38 was able to add one more run in the ninth for the final 8-2 score. Shaft singled with two outs, followed by a walk for Vanstone. Ferguson then singled in Shaft. Jim Welch flew out to end the game, and the NCR started to celebrate.

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Year 1 Offseason: The Historian

 

Lee considered the first season to be a huge success, and that could be seen by the number of people flooding into the Mojave from places that people didn't even know were civilized. 
 
However, as much as Lee thought the league was a success, there were always forces operating against his efforts. Snakes hide in bushes. And there were snakes in the league. Some could be seen for what they were. Others, well, others wore puppy skin. 
 
But we are not ready to look at that just yet. All you need to know now is that once the season was over, Lee arranged a conference he called the Winter Meetings where there would be voting on new league proposals and open market trading opportunities thanks to all the executives being gathered in a room. Lee also made it known that players were free to roam and work at their companies during the offseason, meaning there would be no chem testing, but any players bringing negative karma on themselves could be penalized later. 
 
In the meantime, a special committee of representatives from each team as well as some independent voters gathered to vote for the players of the year. Since the league was in its opening year, one award had a special first year parameter. The Top Rookie Award would be awarded to the best player under 20 years old (maximum age 19 at the time of voting). That eliminated the majority of players from Top Rookie eligibility, and a few owners scoffed at the designation. It was obvious who the top rookie would be, and a few people were still angry that player went to Lee's team, even if he had officially removed himself from executive of the team. 
 
Like I said, Lee could do a lot right for the community. However, what is right for the community is often not ideal for the elite. It was the elite Lee had to watch out for in his dealings.

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Year 1 Offseason: Awards

 

Lefty Grove Trophy (Best Pitcher)
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1. SP - Earl Robinson, Lucky 38 - 14-3, 2.30 ERA, 145 IP, 29 BB, 112 K
2. SP - Donnell Dugood, NCR - 14-4, 3.03 ERA, 142.2 IP, 47 BB, 84 K
3. SP - Tom Nelson, Vault-Tec - 11-8, 2.33 ERA, 154.2 IP, 18 BB, 97 K
 
 
Babe Ruth Trophy (Best Hitter)
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1. 1B - Wayne Freeside, The Tops - .339, 29 2B, 27 HR, 76 RBI, 69 R, 53 BB
2. CF - Bob Franklin, Sunset Sarsaparilla - .294, 11 2B, 3 3B, 37 HR, 107 RBI, 73 R, 31 BB, 8 SB
3. CF - Jimmy LaRue, Lucky 38 - .379, 27 2B, 8 3B, 5 HR, 43 RBI, 57 R, 22 BB, 21 SB
 
Top Rookie (Best Player Under 20)
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1. CF - Jimmy LaRue, Lucky 38 - .379, 27 2B, 8 3B, 5 HR, 43 RBI, 57 R, 22 BB, 21 SB
2. CF - Gerardo Makejoo, NCR - .224, 22 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR, 41 RBI, 45 R, 57 BB, 9 SB
3. SP - Rich Richmond, H&H Tool Company - 3-7, 3.64 ERA, 111.1 IP, 60 BB, 51 K
 
Mojave Postseason Award (Best Playoffs Performer)
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1. SP - Jim Ford, NCR - 3 G, 3 GS, 2-0, 0.92 ERA, 19.2 IP, 2 ER, 7 BB, 17 K
2. RF - Emilio Rodriguez, NCR - 7 G, 24 AB, 9 H (.375 AVG), 3 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB
3. C - Dennis Shaft, Lucky 38 - 10 G, 32 AB, 14 H (.438 AVG), 2 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 10 BB
 
Honus Wagner Defense Trophy (Best Defensive Player per Position)
P - David Bennett, Lucky 38
C - Vincent Harvey, Atomic Wrangler
1B - Rob Carlson, Gomorrah
2B - Albert Molekiller, Gomorrah
3B - Ted Snyder, RobCo
SS - Freddy Rogers, Gomorrah
LF - Jason Williams, H&H Tool Company
CF - Jacob Bednar, Gomorrah
RF - Nelson Johnson, Vault-Tec

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Year 1 Offseason: Lee's Memo

 

The first offseason was really busy thanks to some major proposals by Lee. I will detail all of the changes that were made as well as a variety of offseason transactions, the first Mojave player draft, and the first winter meetings. 
 
Before I jump into the details, here was the memo Lee sent out to the 12 teams' owners: 
 
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Greetings, owners! 
 
Our first season was a huge success, beyond what I thought we could achieve in the first season. I only hope it can get better. Congratulations to the NCR on taking the first Mojave Series in thrilling fashion. 
 
I look forward to the player draft that we worked out. There are some definitive gems in the first class, and now that the boys are 16-year-old men, we’ll let them play ball with the big boys. See some of you on October 5 for the draft. 
 
We will conduct our official winter meetings from December 31 of this year until January 3. Please be aware that you need at least two representatives: one from ownership/management and one from coaching/player personnel. I recommend that the owners are present. Each team will be granted two votes, along with five independent representatives for a total of 29 votes on all league referendums. It may please some of you to know that I will not have a vote on any proposed referendums. 
 
The following decrees are already set, and the meeting will be partially to iron out these details: 
 
Each team will now be a major league team and will be granted ONE minor league team. This is to give more playing time to the players who did not make the final roster, as well as spread the league to other parts of the Mojave where it is difficult to travel to see games. Our goal is to put more asses in the parks. I have pinpointed 12 proposed locations for the minor league teams. We will work out details for where each minor league location will be affiliated. 
 
Each team will now adopt a team name. In addition, I recommend that each team adopt its city name and then pick a nickname based on the company. That last part is not a requirement, and I will leave it up to each organization to decide what their name will be, but I think it would be a good community-building gesture to include the community name. 
 
Other than the above-mentioned objectives, we will discuss rule changes and league policies, as well as having an open trading forum. 
 
As with everything, stay safe out there and see you all at the end of the year. 
 
Comm. Lee

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Year 1 Offseason: September - December Transactions

 

8.29.2285 - Trade
 
Sunset Sarsaparilla traded 29-year-old catcher Bob Seymour to the RobCo Robots, getting 18-year-old second baseman Vincent Floyd and 17-year-old third baseman Eric Fuller in return.
 
 
9.14.2285 - Trade
 
Sunset Sarsaparilla traded 27-year-old reliever Ralph Hart to the New California Republic Bears, getting 18-year-old reliever Will Stewart and 17-year-old starting pitcher Russ Hansen in return.
 
 
9.27.2285 - Information leak
 
A few of the locations for minor league affiliates were leaked publicly: Aerotech Office Park, 188 Trading Post, Mojave Outpost, and the NCR Correctional Facility. In addition, the rebuilding towns of Boulder City and Nipton both had baseball facilities built. 
 
10.5.2285 - Player Draft
 
Round 1
Round 1, Pick 1 - Nuka Cola: SP Keith Heard
 
Round 1, Pick 2 - Sunset Sarsaparilla: SP Harry Adams
 
Round 1, Pick 3 - Atomic Wrangler Wranglers: SP Keith Oven Light
 
Round 1, Pick 4 - H&H Tool Company: SP Dave Davis
 
Round 1, Pick 5 - The Tops: CF Paul Strong
 
Round 1, Pick 6 - Ultra Luxe: CF Rob Brown
 
Round 1, Pick 7 - Vault-Tec Vault Boys: SP Dave Young
 
Round 1, Pick 8 - RobCo Robots: SP Oliver Hernández
 
Round 1, Pick 9 - Gomorrah: SP Matt Flamethrower
 
Round 1, Pick 10 - King's SoI Kings: SP Lester Watts
 
Round 1, Pick 11 - Lucky 38: SP Glenn Brady
 
Round 1, Pick 12 - New California Republic Bears: SP I Am God
 
Round 2
Round 2, Pick 1 - Nuka Cola: CF George Hood
 
Round 2, Pick 2 - Sunset Sarsaparilla: SP Michael Smith
 
Round 2, Pick 3 - Atomic Wrangler Wranglers: SP Tim Burton
 
Round 2, Pick 4 - H&H Tool Company: SP Lou Long
 
Round 2, Pick 5 - The Tops: RF Nick Little Pecker
 
Round 2, Pick 6 - Ultra Luxe: SP Broderick Thornton
 
Round 2, Pick 7 - Vault-Tec Vault Boys: SP Alex Martin
 
Round 2, Pick 8 - RobCo Robots: CF Willis O'Quinn
 
Round 2, Pick 9 - Gomorrah: CF Noel Pitts
 
Round 2, Pick 10 - King's SoI Kings: MR Paul Smiley
 
Round 2, Pick 11 - Lucky 38: 2B William Sparks
 
Round 2, Pick 12 - New California Republic Bears: SP Mike Flowers
 
Round 3
Round 3, Pick 1 - Nuka Cola: 1B Art Hyde
 
Round 3, Pick 2 - Sunset Sarsaparilla: SP Ron Darragh
 
Round 3, Pick 3 - Atomic Wrangler Wranglers: SP Anthony Hammond
 
Round 3, Pick 4 - H&H Tool Company: SS Mario Suárez
 
Round 3, Pick 5 - The Tops: SS António Rosado
 
Round 3, Pick 6 - Ultra Luxe: SP Takem Neverlife
 
Round 3, Pick 7 - Vault-Tec Vault Boys: 1B David Schoolskipper
 
Round 3, Pick 8 - RobCo Robots: CF Mojave Desert Blue
 
Round 3, Pick 9 - Gomorrah: SP Jorge Lugo
 
Round 3, Pick 10 - King's SoI Kings: CF Gunner Knife
 
Round 3, Pick 11 - Lucky 38: SS Ignacio Adame
 
Round 3, Pick 12 - New California Republic Bears: CF Big Scope Lionness
 
Round 4
Round 4, Pick 1 - Nuka Cola: SP Sherman Smith
 
Round 4, Pick 2 - Sunset Sarsaparilla: SP Darby Watson
 
Round 4, Pick 3 - Atomic Wrangler Wranglers: SP Logan Wagner
 
Round 4, Pick 4 - H&H Tool Company: SP Bill Lowery
 
Round 4, Pick 5 - The Tops: SP Kelly Novac
 
Round 4, Pick 6 - Ultra Luxe: SP Dewey Newton
 
Round 4, Pick 7 - Vault-Tec Vault Boys: SP Gregg Brown
 
Round 4, Pick 8 - RobCo Robots: SP Michael McCardle
 
Round 4, Pick 9 - Gomorrah: SP Rob Cunningham
 
Round 4, Pick 10 - King's SoI Kings: SP James Tee Alien
 
Round 4, Pick 11 - Lucky 38: SP Matt Green
 
Round 4, Pick 12 - New California Republic Bears: SP David Martin
 
Round 5
Round 5, Pick 1 - Nuka Cola: SP Kane Horton
 
Round 5, Pick 2 - Sunset Sarsaparilla: SP Nathaniel Murdoch
 
Round 5, Pick 3 - Atomic Wrangler Wranglers: SP Ira Lewis
 
Round 5, Pick 4 - H&H Tool Company: SS Been There Done That
 
Round 5, Pick 5 - The Tops: SS Charlie Mitchell
 
Round 5, Pick 6 - Ultra Luxe: CF Rick Mills
 
Round 5, Pick 7 - Vault-Tec Vault Boys: SS Héctor Herrera
 
Round 5, Pick 8 - RobCo Robots: SS Bernard O'Higgins
 
Round 5, Pick 9 - Gomorrah: 1B Brian Holland
 
Round 5, Pick 10 - King's SoI Kings: 3B Alf DeLayer
 
Round 5, Pick 11 - Lucky 38: CF Mark Henson
 
Round 5, Pick 12 - New California Republic Bears: SS Ben Adams
 
 
10.14.2285 - Player injury
 
William Sewell, Ultra Luxe
Sewell's wife accidentally shot him thinking he was an intruder. Thankfully she only got him in the upper arm and he is expected to recover in just over a month of natural healing time. 
 
 
11.12.2285 - Trade
 
The Tops traded 35-year-old catcher Oliver Quintero to the Atomic Wrangler Wranglers, getting 19-year-old catcher Jeff Embrey and 18-year-old center fielder Bob Anderson in return.
 
11.30.2285 - Player injury
 
Tim Bradley, Kings
Bradley had a run in with a nightkin, but was able to escape with just a nip to the hand before he and a few friends blasted the creature to oblivion. 
 
12.11.2285 - Player injury
 
Jerry McCarter, Tops
McCarter was the unfortunate victim of a giant radscorpion attack. He was saved by a hunter but suffered a debilitating injury to his left leg. He is not expected back until late April, but he may seek league-approved chems treatment to assure his recovery.

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Year 1 Offseason: Winter Meetings

 

I could tell you all about the events that went on during the winter meetings, but you probably only really care about the facts, right? There were lots of discussions, some beneficial and some outright outrageous. I'll give you the summary soon, but first, let me discuss something that outraged me. 
 
You see, as the Historian, my job is unique but special. Lee had given me access to just about everything, except a meeting between James Hsu and him. You may remember that I mentioned him before, but if you do not remember, let me refresh you. Hsu used to be a high-ranking member of the NCR, but he resigned following the Second Battle of Hoover Dam and went to work for Lee. 
 
Being so high in the NCR means that Hsu still had a lot of inside informants to keep Lee up to date on the political dealings. I was there when Hsu came with some information about a few incidents that occurred during the season, namely the player attacked by a Tops loan shark and the deathclaw incident. 
 
Hsu gave Lee some updated information on the investigations. Lee asked, "So they're targeting Swank, right?" When Hsu answered, "Not exactly. You're not going to like who the evidence is pointing at," Lee asked me to leave the room. 
 
I told him it was important for me to hear the information for future generations to know all about the events of the Mojave. Lee disagreed, and after I refused to budge, he forcefully removed me from the room. I have never been so offended in my life. Still, I had a job, so I had to swallow my own pride and after a night of indulgence returned to work. Still to this day I do not know who the person is because there were some other events I will eventually report on, but it was interesting that Swank was not the main villain. Maybe that is why Lee is gone today. Who knows? 
 
Now, on to the winter meetings. 
 
I. Team Name Changes 
 
Michael Angelo's 2286 was about to get really busy. Based on Lee's proclamation, every team had to adopt a team nickname. Some teams already had one, but they had the option to change. With all the changes, some teams were going to change their uniforms in only the second season. The uniforms were completed close to spring training. I will show them in my preseason preview.  
 
In addition to adopting a team name, five of the twelve teams elected to take on their community's name. H&H Tool Company, the King's School of Impersonation, Lucky 38, Nuka Cola, and RobCo were no longer used in the way they were in 2285. 
 
H&H Tool Company became North Vegas and adopted the name Radscorpions. The King's SOI became Freeside and kept the team name Kings. Lucky 38 became Goodsprings and made its team name the Lucky 38s. Nuka Cola became Camp McCarran and took the team name Brahmin. RobCo became the Novac Dinosaurs. 
 
Additionally, several teams adopted team names. Sunset Sarsaparilla became the Fire Ants. Ultra Luxe became the White Gloves. The Tops dropped "The" off its name and became the Mutants. Gomorrah added Devils to its name. 
 
 
II. Minor League Affiliates
 
Lee distributed the list of 12 locations that would make up the Prospects League (PL). Those locations were: 188 Trading Post, Aerotech Office Park, Bitter Springs, Boulder City, Cottonwood Cove, Hidden Valley, Mojave Outpost, New California Republic Correctional Facility, Nipton, Sloan, South Vegas, and the Whiskey Rose Caravan Company. 
 
Additionally, instead of having a west to east alignment, the teams would be distributed into a north to south alignment. 
 
North Division: 
Aerotech, Bitter Springs, South Vegas, Whiskey Rose Caravan Company
 
Central Division: 
188 Trading Post, Boulder City, Hidden Valley, Sloan
 
South Division: 
Cottonwood Cove, Mojave Outpost, NCR Correctional Facility, Nipton
 
Swank (Tops) had first rights to a minor league city, so he chose the Aerotech Office Park citing proximity. Cachino (Gomorrah) followed with the 188 Trading Post. The Garrets (Atomic Wrangler) selected Cottonwood Cove. The other selections will be listed below along with team names. 
 
Final Changes
 
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III. Rule Changes Proposals
 
The following rules changes were proposed: 
 
A. Expanding active roster because of unforeseen circumstances leaving teams understaffed. REJECTED 17-12.
 
B. Instituting the designated hitter rule for more offense. REJECTED 24-5. 
 
C. Instituting a suspension appeals process. REJECTED 19-10. 
 
D. Allowing teams to finance expanded scouting opportunities. Specific rules in place. 
D.1. Unlimited budget. REJECTED 23-6. 
D.2. League approved scouting caravans. ACCEPTED 28-1. 
D.3. Franchise independent baseball camps. ACCEPTED 23-6. 
D.4. California pipeline. REJECTED 15-14. Lee proposed exploring this more in the future. 
 
E. Adding roster exemptions. REJECTED 20-9. 
 
 
IV. Trades
 
1.1.2286
 
The Freeside Kings traded 30-year-old shortstop Zander Peterson to the Ultra Luxe White Gloves, getting 20-year-old outfielder Jerry Corbett and 18-year-old outfielder Brad Gecko in return.
 
 
1.2.2286
 
The Freeside Kings traded 16-year-old reliever Paul Smiley to the North Vegas Radscorpions, getting 21-year-old reliever Brad Wedderhede  in return.
 
The Atomic Wrangler Wranglers traded 21-year-old outfielder Jaime Rios to the North Vegas Radscorpions, getting 16-year-old starting pitcher Bill Lowery and 20-year-old outfielder Ben Sheffield in return.
 
The Ultra Luxe White Gloves traded 36-year-old reliever Brian Sykes to the Vault-Tec Vault Boys, getting 33-year-old starting pitcher Ethan Harris in return.
 
The Tops Mutants traded 19-year-old shortstop George Benson to the Atomic Wrangler Wranglers, getting 16-year-old starting pitcher Tim Burton and 16-year-old reliever Logan Wagner in return.
 
The North Vegas Radscorpions traded 20-year-old starting pitcher Lee Weathers to the Vault-Tec Vault Boys, getting 19-year-old reliever Jarred Jones and 34-year-old outfielder Mark Kirby in return.
 
 
1.3.2286
 
The New California Republic Bears traded 18-year-old starting pitcher Matt Hayes to the Novac Dinosaurs, getting 34-year-old reliever Leroy Hodges in return.
 
The Novac Dinosaurs traded 32-year-old starting pitcher Sixto Deleon to the Ultra Luxe White Gloves, getting 36-year-old reliever Robert Cowan and 27-year-old reliever Steve MacIntyre in return.
 
The Ultra Luxe White Gloves traded 19-year-old second baseman Zviad Taghiyeva to the Camp McCarran Brahmin, getting 17-year-old reliever Sherman Smith in return.
 
The Sunset Sarsaparilla Fire Ants traded 18-year-old shortstop Shawn Grant to the Freeside Kings, getting 29-year-old shortstop Tim Bradley and 19-year-old catcher Stephen Colorado in return.
 
The Goodsprings Lucky 38s traded 17-year-old starting pitcher Glenn Brady to the Gomorrah Devils, getting 26-year-old shortstop Jose Rey in return.

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The Historian: Segue 1

 

Year 2: 2286
 
Yeah, I know you're here for the baseball. I'll get back to that really soon. But first you need to understand what was happening in and around the Mojave in 2286 to understand where we stand today. 
 
There was a lot going on in the Mojave, but probably still not enough to satisfy Lee. I was there for meeting after boring meeting, very few having anything to do with baseball itself. Yet... everything was about baseball. I thought I was starting to understand Lee's master plan. The Mojave could become a utopia of epic pre-war proportions if everything Lee laid out worked to its full extent. 
 
Baseball was the root to which things could be accomplished. Lee told me all about baseball's history and how important it was to the American way before the collapse. I call myself the Historian, but Lee knows history with a certain amount of passion I may never have. There were others, too. And that's where I'm going to start 2286. Not with baseball, but with the things spinning around the baseball centrifuge. They are related, and in time you will see what I mean. Just keep reading. The pay off is grand. 
 
Lee’s community building went way beyond baseball. By 2286, each community had at least one operating school (those kids at Nellis AFB were already far ahead, but most of the community’s kids were very lowly educated). Lee had been working to improve literacy rates, using every able-bodied person, especially the elderly, to assist in teaching reading. Lee also distributed his wide book collection to different communities, with a division of the Whiskey Rose Caravan Company responsible for moving the books from one community to another. Other citizens of the Mojave also donated their books, and community book loaning systems were established with small but operating facilities. There was even a small violence outbreak in Nipton when all the books were rented out. Lee made sure that 100 more books arrived there in less than a week. All communities had fully operational, supplied, and guarded medical facilities. Also, every community had refrigeration thanks to H&H Tools technology, helping to supply fresher food and keep beneficial chems fresh. 
 
Yeah, the community building reminds me of another of Lee's little secrets I was never told about: his book publishing company. He had a team of his own inside RobCo that was responsible for typing out entire books, for what Lee later told me was for instant and complete access to all book knowledge.
 
Speaking of RobCo, Boone’s RNC system was gaining steam. The Mojave Baseball League screen was to be online soon with more access to stats and information for the casual fan. Though not connected to the RNC, computer stations were already available in re-established schools, local libraries, and medical facilities. There Mojave citizens could learn to operate computers and use simulated RNC programs. 
 
The robot army was sent on multiple scouting and recon missions. There were few reports of Legion activity in the area. Also, there was more information available to me about Pre-War America. The Mojave and New Vegas area was part of one of the major commonwealths, the Southwest Commonwealth. This was made up of the major cities of the former California (and now the Shady Sands megapolis). The Fort and areas east of there was part of the Four States Commonwealth in the former Arizona. Shady Sands defectors to New Vegas seemed to have a better grasp of pre-War U.S., though Lee admitted that he had knowledge of pre-War U.S. and hinted at having been to other places, including Washington D.C. 
 
Railroad infrastructure to the south was moving slowly thanks to limited supplies and labor and wild creature attacks. Where the hell do those deathclaws come from and why do they love the tracks so much? 
 
However, there were limited train operations near New Vegas, making daily commutes easier and safer. At the start of 2286, daily commuter trains traveled from the following locations: New Vegas, Camp McCarran, the New Vegas Medical Clinic, South Vegas, and Nellis AFB. Industrial train stations included Junction 15 Railway Station (Southernmost railway access in 2286 - expected to be a major thoroughfare throughout the Mojave in the future), RepCONN HQ to the east (with the railway stations open in July 2286 for 188 Trading Post access and Boulder City) , to the north Hunter’s Farm, Samson Rock Crushing Plant, and Sunset Sarsaparilla HQ. Future railways opened to Lake Mead in the east (though there have been many problems with Gypsum Train Yard and deathclaw attacks). In the south, railway depots were eventually to expand to Sloan, Goodsprings, the NCR Correctional Facility, Nipton, Novac, and Helios ONE, just as soon as enough labor could handle the load. 
 
One of the negative events was that Nuka Cola’s reemergence was moving slowly, and Lee had a conversation with the Nuka Cola operators, Sarah Weintraub and Michael Angelo. Lee was not happy that they were not working harder to get the factory opened, especially since Lee was financing both the factory opening and the majority of the Nuka Cola-sponsored baseball team's finances. The rest of the funds were coming from Vault 21's hotel and Michael Angelo's business. Weintraub left the meeting before it ended, but Angelo promised that things would move faster and that the factory could be up and running within the year. 
 
Loyal from Nellis AFB re-opened the Aerotech Office Park facility. People living there were trained on making airplanes, with operations under way in the Nellis AFB hangars. Among the company's divisions: metal collectors, metal recyclers, welders, engineering schematics, fuel collection, and production. The former Poseidon Energy became a fossil-fueled player in the Mojave at this time. Their secrets apparently were not buried. Also, the Nellis AFB had a large supply of hidden jet fuel reserves, giving Loyal the boost he needed to get his company off the ground.  
 
Lee used information he learned about Poseidon Energy and its grand experiment, HELIOS One, to make some huge strides. Lee struck a deal with the NCR for ultimate control of the HELIOS One plant, thanks to the increased power supplies afforded from full production of the Hoover Dam. In conjunction with the Brotherhood of Steel, Lee was able to tap the full power of HELIOS One for alternative energy and fuels (though I am getting a little ahead of myself--2286 was just the beginning). However, HELIOS One was still considered a sort of time bomb because of its weapons capabilities, and was under the utmost security.
 
Primm launched its theme park in early 2286, Vikki and Vance World. The roller coaster was fully functional with no more accidents. The casino was in full operation. Lee met with city officials, still run by Jesse Hayes, formerly of the NCR. The town liked his direction, and he resigned with the consent of the NCR to be the mayor. Primm wanted its own franchise, independent of Vault-Tec. Vault-Tec and Lee agreed to pursue potentially moving Vault-Tec to its HQ in South Vegas (HQ is Vault 3), but he said he would need time to convince the voting board. 
 
Water quality and energy supply were consistently improving. People accepted the annexation of the Mojave and New Vegas. New maps were being made, showing the infrastructure improvements. 
 
Sloan’s limestone quarry was in full operation, so concrete construction was in full effect for some time, allowing Boulder City to quickly rebuild and become an established society. 
 
Veronica’s organic farms to the north (Hunter’s Farm, Horowitz Farmstead, and the NCR Sharecropper Farms) were striving and domestic animal conditions were improving, allowing people to have cleaner, fresher vegetables and meats. The conditions of the inhabitants were improving and fewer people needed medical care and chems for daily survival. 
 
Jack’s automotives was moving along slowly, though he was able to get up a limited line of motorcycles. However, he had not been able to make an alternative fuel line yet. His resources and abilities were too limited. He needed a Lee intervention. 
 
The NCR sealed off Camp Searchlight, but they were working vigorously to de-radiate the area. It had been discussed that Cottonwood Cove which lies east of the Camp Searchlight area and Route 164 leading to the west for trips to the Mojave Outpost and Nipton, and vice versa, meant traveling directly through the irradiated zone. The NCR created a service road north of Camp Searchlight as a detour until Camp Searchlight could be reopened. Lee said that he would consider scheduling changes and division realignment for the Prospects League if traveling problems persisted. 
 
Yeah, all of these things happened because of baseball. You see, Lee needed baseball to be more accessible to the people. And that meant everything had to improve. People may not have worked hard for Lee or anyone else. But they would tear their faces off to make sure baseball was available. 
 
People have such strange gods.

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Year 2: Offseason News and Transactions - Jan-Apr

 

1.4.2286  - Injury (Creature attack)
 
What could turn a #1 overall pick into a nightmare in just under a month? Try the top overall pick being attacked by a nightkin amped up on a Stealth Boy hallucination. 
 
Camp McCarran’s (formerly Nuka Cola) Keith Heard, the #1 overall draft pick in the first Mojave draft, was mauled by the nightkin, which was summarily executed. Camp McCarran staff hurried Heard to an NCR medical facility. 
 
Heard will have to use chems to recover his arm. Otherwise, his career would be over. Still, with recovery, Heard may take three months or more to recover, definitely not enough time to participate in spring training nor be ready for the season. 
 
Heard is expected to get started with the newly formed Nuka Cola Westerners of the Prospects League. 
 
1.15.2286 - Trade
 
The Sunset Sarsaparilla Fire Ants traded 29-year-old shortstop Tim Bradley to the Freeside Kings, getting 18-year-old minor league left fielder Brad Gecko in return.
 
1.20.2286 - Trade
 
The Camp McCarran Brahmin traded 29-year-old starting pitcher Joe MacIntyre to the Atomic Wrangler Wranglers, getting 19-year-old reliever Armor Hammer in return.
 
2.5.86 – Injury (Creature attack)
 
Jason Wilson, Freeside Kings
 
You remember Wilson, right? He was attacked by a bark scorpion on the Nellis AFB last season and later was released by Sunset Sarsaparilla. Well, this offseason, after moving to the Freeside Kings, he has now suffered an animal attack, this time by a supposedly rabid dog. 
 
Unfortunately, there are no good chems for rabies, and we will have to see what happens to Wilson. It doesn’t look good, though, for the 39-year-old. The dog was put down. Maybe Wilson will have to be, too. 
 
3.1.86 - Player Suspension (Major chem use)
 
Novac catcher Eli Smith must have had a wild offseason. On the first day of league-mandated chem testing, Smith tested positive for Fixer. Fixer itself is not so bad; it’s what it hides that is probably bad. Because of testing positive for Fixer, Smith will have a 15-game break to start the season. 
 
3.5.86 - Player Suspension (Chem Use)
 
Sunset Sarsaparilla ace Angel Polanco will miss his first start of the season thanks to a positive chem test. Polanco was found to have Mentats in his system and his back pocket, meaning the pitcher will be out the first five games of the 2286 season. 
 
3.10.86 - Player Suspension (Chem Use)
 
Being a first round pick must be tough. First it was the number one overall player having a brush with danger, and now fifth overall pick Paul Strong of Tops has been found guilty of chem use. 
 
The star-capable rookie didn’t go with the hard stuff, but thanks to his Steady use, the babe is now in the league’s drug program and won’t see the first four games of his Mojave Baseball League career. 
 
3.18.86 - Player Suspension (Major Chem Use)
 
For the second time this season, a player was caught with Fixer in his system. This time its Freeside second baseman Jimmy Robinson. Robinson will now sit out 15 games to fix his chem problem. 
 
3.27.86 - Player Suspension (Chem Use)
 
It may have really been a lover’s quarrel that forced his hand, but Tops outfielder Bob Anderson has been suspended five games after using a Stimpak. Anderson claimed his girlfriend injured him, which would have cost him time when he is trying to make it big in baseball. We do not know if it was worth a first offense, but Anderson will not make a debut in the first five games. And he only has two more strikes with chems. 
 
4.1.86 - Player Suspension (2nd offense chem use)
 
Sunset Sarsaparilla is having bad luck with preseason chem testing. First they lost staff ace Angel Polanco to start the season. Now closer Carlos Colon has tested positive for using a Doctor’s Bag, despite no reported injury. 
 
Worse yet, Colon has suffered his second offense chem positive. Since he has tested positive for minor chems, he has one more “freebie” before he suffers a possible permanent ban. 
 
Colon will now sit out 10 games to start the 2286 season. 
 
4.1.86 - Player Suspension (Chem Use)
 
Someone needs to clue in the Tops franchise that chems are illegal in the league. Already Tops has lost its third player to a chem suspension this preseason. This time its minor league pitcher Billy Robertson, who tested positive for Rocket. 
 
Rocket is considered to be one of the major chems, so Robertson will sit for 15 games and be entered into the major chem users watch list. That means he has a short leash on future chem use and even minor offenses could lead to his permanent dismissal. 
 
4.2.86 - Player Suspension (Chem Use)
 
Vault Tec went through the first season of its existence without a single chem positive player. Now, right before the start of the second season, a 16-year-old ****ed it all up. 
 
Rookie Tyler White was found Turbo-positive, boosting his ass straight to a five game suspension to start the season. 
 
White was an undrafted free agent and may soon find himself back on the free agent market. 
 
4.4. 86 - Player Suspension (Chem Use)
 
It’s only two days before the start of the regular season, and another knucklehead has emerged. Jeremiah Morgan, a seldom-used player in the 2285 season, who is expected to emerge as a premier player in 2285 for the Freeside Kings, was suspended five games to start the season for using a Stimpak.

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Year 2: Michael Angelo's Work

 

As the 2286 season approached, Michael Angelo was able to reveal the newest uniforms, as well as updating some of the old uniforms. All uniforms would be worn for the first time starting on Opening Day. 

 
Every MBL team had both a home and away uniform. 
 
The PL teams had only one uniform, except for Nuka Cola and H&H Tool Company since they were using the 2285 major league team uniforms. The NCR Cubs were using the home uniform for the major league club. Aerotech Tops used the road Tops uniform. RobCo only had one uniform in 2285, so the RobCo PL team was using that uniform. 
 
Overall Michael Angelo and his crew did a great job of making each uniform look unique without huge color overlaps from team to team. 
 
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Year 2: Preseason Predictions Report

 

4.6.2286

 
At 6 AM on the first day of the season, there was a knock at my door. Outside it was Poseidon Last Name, the center fielder for Novac (RobCo). I asked him what he was doing at my place in New Vegas when he had a game in Novac later that day. 
 
"Don't worry about that," he said. "Lee told me to be here. Besides, I'm trying out one of those prototype motorcycles by that guy out in Nellis. I'll be there as soon as I leave here." 
 
The reason Lee told Last Name to be at my place was because of a disk. Last Name asked me to use my computer, so I powered it on. I was sleepy and cranky but curious. 
 
"It's something my team at RobCo was working on. We just finished it about three hours ago, so I rushed it here. It's the baseball screen." 
 
My eyes lit up with fascination as more behind-the-scenes information was unfolding before my eyes. With the use of a few computer programs, Last Name and his team input data and created a screen of that data with all of the possible outcomes of the league averaged into a final output. Last Name called it the Preseason Predictions Report, so that's what it is. 
 
I asked to get my camera to take a picture of my computer. 
 
"I have one even better for you," Last Name said. He pressed a button on my keyboard I had never used before, at least with any results. It was the "PrtSc" button. "Now, let me just open this up and... bam! Now you can load this straight to your PipBoy and save it to your fancy computer journal." 
 
It was beautiful. I don't know how Boone and Last Name and the rest of the team at RobCo was doing it, but they may have created the single most important thing ever in the history of man: the RNC. 
 
Here's my PipBoy version of the first ever glimpse of the Mojave Baseball League RNC screen: 
 
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I was so happy with how much easier this creation was going to make my life that I could not help it but to throw my arms around Last Name. He was really uncomfortable and turned red and shook himself out of my grasp. I felt bad about that, but I was genuinely happy. 
 
We talked about what was on the page a little. It looked like there could be a Mojave Series rematch between the Lucky 38s and the Bears, though Sunset Sarsaparilla was geared to make a run. We also talked about the prediction that Novac would be the worst team in the league. 
 
"Don't you worry about that," Last Name said. "We'll surprise everybody, even our master computer." 
 
Thanks for the predictions, Mr. Last Name. Now it was time for baseball.

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Year 2: April 2286

 

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April Awards
 
Batter of the Month
 
The Mojave Baseball League Batter of the Month has been chosen for April and the trophy was presented to George O'Kill of the North Vegas Radscorpions.
 
He stood out this month with a .379 batting average, 22 hits and 10 home runs, along with 22 RBIs and 15 runs scored.
 
Pitcher of the Month
 
Tom Nelson hasn't been around the big leagues long enough to know that youngsters shouldn't be winning Mojave Baseball League Pitcher of the Month. But when you put up numbers like his, you're going to get some notice.
 
In April the Vault-Tec starter earned a 5-0 mark in 5 starts. He threw 36.1 innings, struck out 29 and compiled a solid 0.99 ERA.
 
Rookie of the Month - The rookie award will be based on any player under 23 years old who is a true first year player or deemed to be a small time player in the first year of the MBL. 
 
Sunset Sarsaparilla's Dave Griffin collected 22 hits to snare the Mojave Baseball League Rookie of the Month for April.
 
He batted .289 with 3 home runs, 12 RBIs and 7 runs scored.
 
The 21-year-old is barely old enough to shave, but he could definitely contend for Rookie of the Year if he keeps up this pace.
 
News and Notes
 
4.7.86 – Player Suspensions (Major Chem Use – 2nd Offense AND Major Chem Use – 1st Offense)
 
The Freeside Kings’ Jeremiah Morgan may want to get his act together if he ever wants to be the breakout star he predicts he will be. At this rate, Morgan may have to be the breakout king of the NCR Correctional Facility.
 
Morgan, who we may rename Moron, just three days removed from his Stimpak positive, went the serious route and tested positive for Psycho. Now the Freeside infielder will have to sit an additional 20 games. Not only that, but if he tests positive again for anything, Morgan will be out of the league. 
 
Apparently it was a team party since Tim Bradley also tested positive for Psycho. Bradley’s first test was mixed with some other unknown substance, so he was allowed to play. However, after the game a second test came up with a Psycho positive, meaning Bradley will serve a 20-game suspension just like Moron. 
 
4.8.86 – Player Suspension (Major Chem Use)
 
Minor leaguer Josh Carr got himself into trouble by testing positive for Rocket. The young second baseman can now sit for the next 15 games revving his engine but going nowhere to start the season. 
 
4.9.86 – Team Low
 
Atomic Wrangler may want to find its bats! Hell, its pitching, too! 
 
The Wranglers have not scored a run in its first three games, losing 3-0 and 13-0 to Vault-Tec, and now 6-0 to New Vegas. Atomic Wrangler has hit just .128 (9 for 70) with Scary Danny Parker getting the only extra base hit and leading the team with three hits. 
 
4.12.86 – Player personal leave
 
Novac minor leaguer Ken Clark has left the team for personal reasons. His return is unknown. 
 
Reports from an unnamed team source was that Clark, who was adopted by a family, had apparently found his birth parents, and they were set to reunite. He was reportedly born to Jor and Lara El. A series of letters came to him, and he thought he would meet them. Unfortunately, the reunion was all a ruse by a 13-year-old boy who read an old comic book in the Novac library. 
 
4.14.86 – Player suspension (chem use)
 
The NCR’s Troy Caldwell, a second-year minor leaguer, was found to have used Buffout. Because of the scrawny first baseman’s sudden need for power, he will sit out 10 games. Maybe during that time he can, you know, actually lift weights. 
 
4.19.86 – Player trade
 
The North Vegas Radscorpions traded 25-year-old right fielder Zack Cameron to the Tops Mutants, getting 33-year-old catcher L'il Tony T-Snizzle Hensley in return.
 
4.20.86 - Player suspension (chem use)
 
The NCR lost another player. This time minor leaguer Artie Dennis left the league for a three-game vacation for using Rebound. 
 
Dennis has been reportedly been dealing with an illness in his family. Team reports say it is his three-year-old daughter who is suffering from severe radiation poisoning. 
 
4.20.86 – Mojave incident
 
A small group of Powder Gangers blew up the press box of Primm Community Field in the middle of the night. They were caught and are being held in the Primm prison awaiting an NCR investigation. 
 
The sticks of dynamite completely destroyed the press box, meaning that the teams had to make an emergency trip to South Vegas to play in the Vault Boys’ minor league facility at the Vault 3 Grounds. Vault-Tec’s headquarters are located inside Vault 3. 
 
Lee announced that Vault-Tec would share the field with its minor league team while the Primm Community Field press box was rebuilt. Lee would also work on adding more seats to the Vault 3 Grounds facility to allow more fans into the games. 
 
While Vault-Tec and South Vegas are sharing the field, all Prospect League games that interfere will be played in the morning and all MBL games in the late afternoon.

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Year 2: May 2286

 

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May Awards
 
Batter of the Month
 
May's Hitter of the Month has been selected by the Mojave Baseball League. This month's trophy was presented to the Novac shortstop, Bobby McGuire.
 
He starred by hitting .320 with a .509 on-base percentage, totaled 24 hits in 75 at-bats, 2 home runs, 13 RBIs and scored 25 runs.
 
A look at his current stats shows McGuire with a .350 average, 4 home runs, 19 RBIs and 37 runs scored. He has played in 45 games.
 
Pitcher of the Month
 
Ron Heath was the anchor in the Ultra Luxe bullpen last month and snatched up the Mojave Baseball League Pitcher of the Month honors for May. The 28-year-old is in the prime of his career and pitching like he intends to stay around baseball for quite some time to come.
 
He threw 10.2 innings over 11 relief appearances and collected a 2-0 record with 10 strikeouts and 6 saves while etching his 0.84 ERA.
 
This season Heath has notched 7 saves with 16 strikeouts and 3 walks in 16.1 innings while registering a 4.41 ERA and a 3-0 won-lost record.
 
Rookie of the Month
 
A veritable toddler to the Mojave Baseball League, Tom Junktown Junkie just sewed up the Rookie of the Month trophy for May.
 
Over the past month the 19-year-old first baseman for Gomorrah hit .324 with 35 hits, no home runs and 8 runs batted in. He also logged 2 walks and compiled a .336 on-base percentage.
 
Currently Junktown Junkie is batting .311 with no home runs and 9 RBIs.
 
 
News and Notes
 
5.1.86  - Player personal leave
 
We reported at the time of his suspension that New California Republic minor leaguer Artie Dennis has a sick daughter. Now Dennis has a chance to take care of her.
 
Dennis is taking a personal leave from the NCR Cubs to see a radiation sickness expert visiting from Shady Sands. Reportedly Radaway has been ineffective in curing his daughter’s radiation poison and her voice is starting to take on a ghoul’s tone. 
 
The radiation expert is supposedly very good at preventing the onset of ghoulism in people in the early stages of transformation. 
 
5.1.86 – Players suspension (fighting)
 
A post-game bar fight turned nearly deadly and cost one player his eye. 
 
Following RobCo’s 11-4 victory at Cottonwood Cove, the teams went out together to at The Tit on the Lake. There Lakelurks third baseman Andrew Zimmerman and RobCo shortstop Chris Parker got into an argument that eventually became a fist fight. 
 
Zimmerman then picked up a whiskey bottle and hit Parker with it, severing Parker’s left eye from the socket. 
 
Both players are considered top prospects in the Mojave Baseball League and the incident may have been one of egos colliding. Parker is the 18th ranked prospect, while Zimmerman is the 13th ranked prospect. 
 
Parker will miss about a month to get eye reparation or replacement surgery in the New Vegas Medical Clinic. Zimmerman was automatically suspended 30 games for using a weapon in a fight with a league member. 
 
5.7.86  - Player return
 
Good news for New California Republic minor leaguer Artie Dennis. After taking a leave to see radiation sickness and ghoulism expert Dr. Salty Van Gina, Dennis is happy to report that his daughter is cured of all radiation sickness. 
 
“She’s laughing and playing and sounds like a three-year-old again, not a 98-year-old chain smoker,” Dennis said. 
 
Dennis returns to the lineup tonight for the NCR Cubs’ game at Bitter Springs. 
 
5.13.86 – Player suspension (chem use)
 
It took a while in May for there to be a positive chem test. And the sweepstakes winner is . . . a nobody. Shane Danior of the Tops organization and who is probably destined to spend the entirety of his career in the minors tested positive for Med-X. He will now sit five games. Yawn. Wake us up when a major player gets busted. 
 
5.15.86 – Player suspension (major chem use)
 
Tony Ocasio has only been with the Atomic Wrangler organization for two weeks after being picked up as a street free agent. Now the occasional minor league player will be suspended the next 15 games for testing positive for Fixer. He may also find himself back on the street. 
 
5.19.86 – Team suspension (alcohol incident)
 
Young people can be pretty stupid when it comes to alcohol. Sunset Sarsaparilla’s Jeffery Thomason is an outright idiot. 
 
Just two days after winning the Prospect Leagues Player of the Week award with Bitter Springs and the same day that the Fire Ants awarded him by promoting him to the big league club, Thomason got drunk in celebration and destroyed the team’s batting cage. 
 
Sunset Sarsaparilla then suspended the youngster for the next nine games and will probably have to call Tom Somerset, whom they just demoted, back to the big league club. 
 
5.23.86 – Death
 
Sad news in the Mojave Baseball League today as minor leaguer Ben MacDougall, signed just two weeks ago by the Ultra Luxe organization, has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was found at the Cottonwood Cove Overlook. 
 
The youngster was not drafted in the 2285 draft. Reportedly he was working hard to make a team, but only recently was signed and then assigned to Hidden Valley. However, he could not earn his way onto the field and was close to being released. 
 
The team was considering canceling today’s game against the Lakelurks, but owner Marjorie Hand denied that request. She said that death is a part of the Mojave, so the games must go on even if a player dies. 
 
(Author’s note: Sorry if this part of the dynasty offends anyone. I am trying to stay true to the Mojave world, so death is a very real part of the game. However, suicide doesn’t have to be. I have a chart I am using. I rolled snake eyes, meaning player injury event; random numbered self injury, meaning something done to himself; and then another snake eyes equaled death, thus suicide. Again, if this is offensive, let me know—you can PM me—and I will make sure this type of random event never happens again. Likely it won't, but it could.) 
 
5.25.86 – Player suspension (major chem use)
 
Greg Greer probably thought he would be having a better year. But the youngster has been struggling from the Goodsprings pen with a 6.11 ERA. Now he has been suspended 15 games and entered into the league’s major chem use program after testing positive for Jet. 
 
5.31.86 – Player absence
 
The Goodsprings organization probably panicked when they were missing a key player for his start today: Earl Robinson, the staff ace. 
 
Instead, it was a case of bad timing and bad luck. Robinson made a quick trip to Goodsprings from the series against Atomic Wrangler in Westside to help his wife move to their new place. 
 
Unfortunately, help meant doing it alone, and Robinson found himself locked in a bathroom that locked from the outside only. Team officials were aware that Robinson was in Goodsprings, so a search for him discovered him in his unfortunate situation. As a third unfortunate event, Robinson missed the game against the Wranglers. 
 
Thankfully for Robinson, Buck Buckley stepped in and the Lucky 38s offense cruised to an 11-3 victory. Goodsprings has the day off today, but Robinson is expected to get the start tomorrow at Gomorrah. 
 
5.31.86 – Team suspension
 

 

Collin Kotb of Gomorrah has been suspended by the team for habitual alcohol abuse. The team will give him a two-week break to get his act together. With travel time to and from the rehabilitation facility, Kotb is expected to miss the next 12-14 games.

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Year 2: June 2286

 

Standings
 
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June Awards
 
Batter of the Month
 
The #1 hitter in the Mojave Baseball League in June was North Vegas first baseman George O'Kill. He was selected the Batter of the Month.
 
O'Kill starred with a .352 batting average, 8 home runs and 17 RBIs. 
 
This year O'Kill has socked 72 hits in 205 at-bats for a .351 average with 23 home runs. He is getting on base at a .466 pace and his totals also include 57 RBIs and 46 runs scored.
 
Pitcher of the Month
 
North Vegas' Nate Camp has made fans throughout Mojave Baseball League take notice over the past month with an exceptional 6-0 record. No pitcher in the Mojave Baseball League threw better in June, garnering him the Pitcher of the Month award today.
 
In 6 starts Camp compiled a 1.35 ERA, putting up a 6-0 record, striking out 31 and tossing 46.2 innings.
 
Currently Camp has a 11-2 won-lost record in 15 starts with a 2.42 ERA. He also has 71 strikeouts in 108 innings.
 
Rookie of the Month
 
Dave Griffin earned June's Rookie of the Month honors in the Mojave Baseball League for last month's performance. The boyish Sunset Sarsaparilla shortstop might be wet behind the ears, but he's proving that he has what it takes to play at this level.
 
Griffin hit .242 with 6 doubles, 4 home runs, 19 RBIs and 11 runs scored this past month on his way to winning the award.
 
Griffin currently has a .239 batting average with 65 hits, 8 homers, 45 RBIs, 22 runs scored and a .261 OBP.
 
 
News and Notes
 
6.4.86 – Player suspension (Major chem use)
 
North Vegas minor league outfielder Ben Bell has been having an excellent year with the H&H Tool Company Reds. He has batted .344 (21 for 61) with 6 doubles, 6 homers, 23 RBI, and 12 runs. 
 
However, now that he has tested positive for Rocket, the 30-year-old has to sit the next 15 games, maybe costing him any chance to move up to the big club for the second half of the season in their playoff run. 
 
6.7.86 – Player suspension (Major chem use)
 
Ultra Luxe was once known as a place of … unusual tastes. Now it is a Lee-forced classy joint with an owner who keeps her Hand in everything. 
 
Well, today, the club that keeps stockpiling players to sit the bench in the minors will have 20 games to give some players some work. 
 
Middle reliever Wilford NCR, a first-year player who earned his way onto the big league club, went cuckoo for Psycho chems and got caught. Now the White Gloves will be without one of their better young relievers and the team’s current best-performing reliever for a good chunk of the second half of the season. 
 
6.7.86 – Team suspension (Insubordination)
 
Vault-Tec starting pitcher Greg Thompson had a terrible performance in yesterday’s come-from-behind 8-6 victory over Goodsprings. 
 
Thompson left the game behind 4-2 after giving up four runs in five innings. After he was pulled, he reportedly told the manager and pitching coaches to “Go **** yourselves with centaur cocks.” 
 
Because of his insubordination, the team is giving him a five-game break to reconsider his attitude. 
 
6.8.86 – League change (Playoffs)
 
Commissioner Lee mentioned it a few days ago. Now the Mojave Baseball League has made it official. 
 
Beginning this postseason, the first round of the playoffs will be a seven-game series instead of the five-game series it was a year ago. 
 
According to Lee, the popularity of the league is increasing, and it’s time to award the best teams with an opportunity to play more games. 
 
Reacting to the possibility of adding a fourth team to the playoffs, Lee said, “Not yet, not this year anyway. But we are already talking expanding the league, so if we add two or more teams to the league, we will definitely have four teams in the playoffs.” 
 
6.8.86 – Player suspension (chem use)
 
Camp McCarran middle reliever Dan Barlow has had some considerable control issues in his time in the Mojave Baseball League. This year the Brahmin pitcher has walked 28 batters in 52.1 innings pitched. 
 
That may explain why Barlow took some Steady. Still, steady is an illegal chem and Barlow will now sit the next four games. 
 
6.14.86 – Player trade
 
The Camp McCarran Brahmin traded 25-year-old center fielder Ricardo García to the Atomic Wrangler Wranglers, getting 18-year-old minor league first baseman Don Weeks in return.
 
6.21.86 – Player suspension (chem use)
 
Sunset Sarsaparilla minor leaguer Eric Fuller was suspended five games for using a Stimpak. 
 
6.24.86 – Player trade
 
The North Vegas Radscorpions traded 25-year-old first baseman Kevin Murphy to the Camp McCarran Brahmin, getting 18-year-old minor league reliever Dan Huff and 18-year-old minor league left fielder Alvin Miller in return.
 
6.25.86 – Player suspension (chem use)
 
Catcher Weldon Brown was having such a great season at Prospects League H&H Tool Company that the North Vegas Scorpions recently brought him up to the bigs. 
 
Brown was batting an impressive .380 (70 for 184) with 11 doubles, a triple, 20 home runs, 53 RBI, and 61 runs, meaning he was already in minor league player of the year contention. 
 
But the Radscorpions could use him as a solid-hitting backup catcher for a team that has a real offensive weakness at the position. And that is just what he did. In four games, Brown was 4 for 6 with an RBI for the MBL club. 
However, Brown was caught today with Steady in his system, and he will miss the next four games of his MBL career. 
 
6.26.86 – Players suspended (fighting)
 
Gomorrah and Camp McCarran played a stellar game yesterday with two stellar performances for the Devils in the 6-4 10-inning win. 
 
In the game, Gomorrah pitcher John Harrison pitched the complete game victory, racking up 10 innings and giving up four runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts. Harrison also hit a two-run homer in the game. The game was won on a walk-off two-run homer by Frederick Sharpe, his second of the game. 
 
That is when the problem started. Camp McCarran left fielder Jason Hartman took exception to Sharpe’s homerun trot and charged the player as he crossed the plate. The two scuffled for a minute before being broken up. 
 
The league office was not happy with a great game ending on such a bitter note. Still, the fight was minor, and so were the penalties. Hartman will now be suspended 6 games for starting the fight, and Sharpe will sit 3 games. 
 
6.30.86 – Player injury
 
Goodsprings fans and Jimmy LaRue fans are in mourning today. Yesterday LaRue was injured in the Lucky 38s 3-1 loss at Novac. 
 
LaRue attempted to catch a deep home run drive to straight away center field by Dinosaurs third baseman Ted Snyder, but slammed into the outfield fence. He was replaced by Jim Welch after the play. 
 
It appears that LaRue’s injury may be serious, which could mean extensive time missed for the star player. League rules state that players injured playing baseball and without life-threatening injuries cannot use chems to return to action. That means LaRue will have to heal in his own time or sacrifice the season to be able to use chems. Updates coming soon. 
 
6.30.86 – Player suspension (chem use)
 

 

New California Republic second baseman Rich Hall was suspended five games for using Mentats. In 16 games for the Bears, he is hitting .053 (1 for 19) after being called up from the NCR Cubs.

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Year 2: Midseason Stats Leaders

 

These stats were compiled at the exact midway point of the season. All teams had played exactly 50 games at this point. 

 
Batting Leaders
 
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Pitching Leaders
 
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Year 2: Prospects League

 

Final Standings

 
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Playoffs
 
First Round
 
Game 1: Sloan 8 at South Vegas 4
Player of the Game: Mark Henson, CF, Sloan - 2 for 5, 3B, 3 RBI, R
 
Game 2: Sloan 7 at South Vegas 3
Player of the Game: Mark Henson, CF, Sloan - 3 for 4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, R
 
Prospects League Championship
 
Game 1: Sloan 9 at Nuka Cola 6
Player of the Game: Barry Wilson, C, Sloan - 2 for 4, HR, 4 RBI, R
 
Game 2: Sloan 2 at Nuka Cola 10
Player of the Game: Julio Soto, SP, Nuka Cola - 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 7 K
 
Game 3: Sloan 9 at Nuka Cola 14
Player of the Game: Zviad Taghiyeva, 2B, Nuka Cola - 3 for 4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
 
Game 4: Sloan 1 at Nuka Cola 4
Player of the Game: Gary Last Laugh, SP, Nuka Cola - 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
 
Statistical Leaders
 
Batting Leaders
 
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Pitching Leaders
 
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Season Awards
 
Hitter Award
 
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Jesús Martínez of H&H Tool Company had the sweet swing of success this year in the Prospects League and captured the Hitter of the Year.
 
The Reds first baseman stung opposing pitchers with a .423 batting average, collecting 40 home runs, 9 doubles, no triples, 120 hits, 98 RBIs and scored 81 runs.
 
Other votes: 2. George Benson, Cottonwood Cove; Barry Wilson, Sloan 
 
Pitcher Award
 
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He's in the early phase of his career, but this past season Lee Weathers performed like a veteran on the hill for the South Vegas Cazadores and walked away with the Prospects League Pitcher of the Year in the process.
 
The 20-year-old Cazadores star fashioned a 12-3 won-loss record in 2286 with a 2.55 ERA. In 127 innings of work and 19 starts, Weathers struck out 121 while giving up 120 hits and 33 walks. He held opposing batters to a .240 average.
 
Other votes: 2. Pat Huber, Sloan; 3. Wilton Woods, Sloan
 
Best Rookie (Drafted player or unsigned free agent in first eligible year)
 
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The top rookie in the Prospects League was Aerotech center fielder Paul Strong. He impressed voters so much that they named him the 2286 Top Rookie recipient.
 
Strong put up some pretty fair numbers, including a .288 batting average and .326 on-base percentage, while racking up 12 home runs, 56 RBIs and 45 runs scored.
 
Other votes: 2. Nick Little Pecker, Aerotech; 3. Henry Jones, Hidden Valley
 
Postseason Award
 
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Nuka Cola slammed its way to the first ever Prospects League championship thanks in large part to its leadoff hitter, Zviad Taghiyeva.
 
Now the 20-year-old can claim to be the most valuable player in his team's 3-1 Prospects League Championship win over Sloan. Taghiyeva went 10 for 17 (.588) with two doubles, a triple, a home run, seven RBI, seven runs, a walk, two strikeouts, and a stolen base. He led the team in hits, batting average, extra base hits, RBI, and runs in the series. 
 
Defense Awards
 
It's been said that the best offense is a good defense. That's why contending teams are always looking to improve on the defensive side of the game. Keeping runs from scoring is just as good as driving them in. The top fielders have been chosen in the Prospects League for 2286. Here are the Defense Award winners:
 
Pitcher: Darby Watson (Bitter Springs Refugees)
Catcher: Dustin Durward (NCR Cubs)
First Baseman: Pedro Pérez (Nipton Phoenix)
Second Baseman: Bob Morris (South Vegas Cazadores)
Third Baseman: Chris Andrews (Bitter Springs Refugees)
Shortstop: Héctor Ortíz (Bitter Springs Refugees)
Left Fielder: Matt Franklin (NCR Cubs)
Center Fielder: Steve Mann (Sloan Quarriers)
Right Fielder: Dennis Edwards (Aerotech Tops)

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Year 2: July 2286

 

Standings

 
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July Awards
 
Batter of the Month
 
Hot-hitting catcher Frederick Sharpe of the Gomorrah Devils really pounded Mojave Baseball League pitchers in July, winning the Batter of the Month award.
 
He hit .337 with 7 home runs, 23 RBIs, 15 runs scored and 10 walks to finish with a .393 on-base percentage.
 
This year Sharpe has socked 107 hits in 356 at-bats for a .301 average with 25 home runs. He is getting on base at a .358 pace and his totals also include 74 RBIs and 52 runs scored.
 
Pitcher of the Month
 
"The kid had it all working last month," a veteran Sunset Sarsaparilla teammate told reporters. "He keeps up those kind of numbers, we might have to start inviting him out with us after the games."
 
Carlos Colón put together a very solid month to take home the Mojave Baseball League's top pitching honor in July.
 
The 25-year-old reliever threw like a veteran. In 14 relief appearances he raked in 10 saves and 22 strikeouts in 14.2 innings as he put together his 3-0 record and 1.23 ERA.
 
His season stats show Colón has 21 saves in 36 relief appearances with a 6-0 mark and 0.72 ERA.
 
On the downside, Colon has two offenses against him in the league chem program. One more, and he will not be winning anymore awards. 
 
Rookie of the Month (Author's note: ootp put a 30-year-old second year player here. GRRRRRR!!!!!! I keep having to change the rookie award. I wish I would have implemented it later in the dynasty or that it could be turned off or have a list of rookie eligible players... off to the ootp 15 suggestion boards I go!!!)
 
Novac's Francisco Riveria got hot in July in his first Mojave Baseball League season. Today he was hailed as the Mojave Baseball League Rookie of the Month.
 
He put up a .333 average with 3 doubles, 5 home runs, 17 RBIs and 15 runs scored.
 
Riveria is hitting .311 this year with 16 doubles, 25 home runs, 79 RBIs and 66 runs scored. He has 102 hits in 328 at-bats, 27 walks and a .376 on-base percentage. Riveria has played in 89 games.
 
 
News and Notes
 
7.2.86 – Player injury (Update)
 
Jimmy LaRue was placed on the 60-day disabled list. The Goodsprings center fielder told reporters that he expects to be "out of commission" for 7-8 months because of a broken bone in the elbow. He hasn't played since 06/29/2286 and, he said, he's "itchin' to get back out there” but he’ll “let it heal naturally.”
 
In 2286 LaRue has hit at a .373 clip with 103 hits, 5 home runs, 34 RBIs and has scored 45 times.
 
7.11.86 – Player fight
 
We are not sure what they’re past relationship is or what caused it exactly, but Cottonwood Cove and RobCo had to make last-minute scratches to their starting lineups due to a pre-game scuffle. 
 
Cottonwood Cove’s Malcolm Jenkins, who has really turned it on this season despite not considering to be very talented, approached Willis O’Quinn during team warm-ups. The two exchanged words and eventually started fighting. They were then both asked to leave the field and could not play in the game.
 
Jenkins was with the Lucky 38 (now Goodsprings) reserve squad last season but was released after the season. He was then picked up by Atomic Wrangler on April 8, having missed all spring training practices with an organized team. He is batting .326 (110 for 337) with 25 doubles, two triples, 20 home runs, 79 RBI, and 62 runs. He was the Prospect League Player of the Week on April 26 and is considered in the running for PL Player of the Year. 
 
O’Quinn was drafted in the second round, 20th overall, by RobCo. The young outfielder has batted .306 (108 for 353) with 13 doubles, a triple, four home runs, 61 RBI, and 48 runs. 
 
7.19.86 – Player suspension (chem use)
 
Perhaps it should not be a chem offense, or maybe it should be a more serious one. Whatever the case, using Cateye garners a one-game suspension. The person caught with it was New California Republic first baseman Clyde Martin. 
 
Martin claimed the Cateye use was not for baseball at all, which would make sense since the Bears had the day off. Instead, he claimed he volunteered for one of his mandatory NCR duty days on his off day and had night patrol at Camp McCarran. Because of not being out in the dark in a while, he wanted to ensure he could see well. Unfortunately, a league test found the chem, and he must now sit out the NCR’s next game. 
 
Maybe the NCR could assign more favorable environments to its MBL soldiers? 
 
7.24.86 – Team achievement
 
Last season, the New California Republic was the first team to clinch its division. The Bears went on to clinch the best regular season record and win the first Mojave League Series in seven games. 
 
This season North Vegas (formerly H&H Tool Company) is the first team to clinch its division. The Radscorpions accomplished it by beating Ultra Luxe 12-4 coupled with Camp McCarran’s 8-5 loss to the NCR. 
 
North Vegas (56-32) currently has a two-game lead on Vault-Tec (54-34) for the best record in the Mojave. The Vault Boys look to be close to clinching their division with 2 being the magic number. Vault Tec leads Gomorrah (43-45) by 11 games with just 12 games to play. 
 
7.27.86 – Team achievement
 
Vault-Tec (54-36) can celebrate being division champions now, though the Vault Boys backed into the West Division title after losing 10-4 to New California Republic. Thanks to Gomorrah’s (43-47) 6-2 loss to North Vegas, Vault-Tec is now champions. 
 
The Vault Boys have some work to do with just 10 games left. They have now fallen behind Novac (55-38) for the second best record in the MBL and trail North Vegas (58-32) four games for the best record. 
 
7.29.86 – Player suspension (chem use)
 
Fresh off winning the Prospects League championship, Tony Smith is still on call for the Mojave League club, Camp McCarran. However, after testing positive for Med-X, any chance for Smith to see the majors this year is over. He will now be suspended for his next five eligible games. 
 
Smith claims that he was trying to recover from a nagging injury. However, all players in the Mojave Baseball League circuit are under the chem program rules until the last game of the Mojave Series is played. 
 
7.29.86 – Team suspension
 
Perhaps it is the frustration for Goodsprings setting in. One year after being a won away from a championship, the Lucky 38s sit at 42-49 and are fighting just to get to .500 on the season. 
 
Things did not help when newly promoted reliever Wilton Woods opened his mouth at the wrong time. Woods, who finished the Prospects League season at Sloan with a 4-2 record with 24 saves and a 3.38 ERA in 53.1 innings pitched, was called up yesterday when starting pitcher Bob Jackson was placed on the disabled list. 
 
Today, while in team practice on an off day, Woods reportedly mentioned that he was going to help “knock the suck out of the 38s.” Backup outfielder Lee Peterson took exception to Woods’ words and started arguing. Soon, the two players started fighting. 
 
Goodsprings responded by sitting Peterson for tomorrow’s game at Tops in Jacobstown and Woods for the next two. 
 
7.31.86 – Trade deadline
 
The trade deadline came and went and not one trade occurred. 
 
According to Commissioner Lee, the trade deadline is supposed to be a resource to help spark teams towards battling for those final playoff spots, if they’re still available at that time. 
 
Only the East Division currently has a race going on with seven games to play. Novac at 57-36 leads Sunset Sarsaparilla (54-36) by three games and the New California Republic (52-38) by five games. Both the West and Central divisions have already been clinched.

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Year 2: August 2286

 

Final Standings

 
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Batting Leaders
 
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Pitching Leaders
 
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News and Notes
 
8.8.86 – Team achievements (Novac and North Vegas)
 
It was an exciting race to the finish, but Novac did what no one expected of them this season: win their division. 
 
The Dinosaurs won in thrilling fashion yesterday, beating the New California Republic 10-9 in 11 innings to clinch the East Division over second place Sunset Sarsaparilla. Novac trailed 9-2 entering the bottom of the eighth, but a seven-run inning tied the game before winning on an error in the 11th. 
North Vegas (61-38) leads both the Dinosaurs and Vault-Tec by one game going into the season finale. Because the Radscorpions won the season series against both Novac and the Vault Boys, they have clinched the league’s best record. 
 
Novac (60-39) is now in a battle for the league’s second-best record entering the final game. Novac won the season series against Vault-Tec 5-3, so the Dinosaurs need any combination of a win or a Vault-Tec loss to clinch home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. 
 
8.8.86 – Player injury (Animal attack)
 
Vincent Aerotech found himself on the wrong side of a battle with a coyote. Aerotech reportedly had to fight off the hungry beast, suffering a refracture to his previously injured hand. 
 
Aerotech will now miss the final game of the season and will have to spend part of the season recovering on his own until the playoffs end based on league chem rules. 
 
8.9.86 – Team (un)achievements
 
What looked to be a thrilling final game by way of earning playoff placements turned into a lose-lose-lose affair. 
 
North Vegas (61-39), which was the #1 seed regardless of Sunday’s results, lost its season finale 7-4 to Freeside. 
 
The real race was for second place. Novac (60-40) won that distinction by default. The Dinosaurs lost 4-2 to the NCR, but Vault-Tec’s (60-40) 2-1 10-inning loss to Tops clinched second place for Novac. 
 
Vault-Tec will now travel to Novac for the first two games of a seven-game series. The winner of that series faces North Vegas in the Mojave Series.

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Year 2: Playoffs First Round Preview

 

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Series Preview
 
Before the season started, Vault-Tec was expected to be good and Novac was expected to be at the back of the Brahmin pack. That is not the case anymore. 
 
The Dinosaurs took the league by storm, finishing only one game back of the best record in the league, and they will now host the Vault Boys in the first round of the 2286 Mojave Baseball League playoffs. 
 
Vault-Tec, on the other hand, was good like expected, but they also got a boost from a heavily injured Goodsprings team, which loss team stars Earl Robinson and Jimmy LaRue for extended periods. Still, the Vault Boys took care of business and pulled away from the rest of the West to win the division. 
 
When the playoffs begin, both teams will have to look forward, not back like we are doing in this preview. First, how did the teams do against each other? 
Despite finishing with the same 60-40 record, Novac gets home field advantage thanks to a 5-3 season series advantage over the Vault Boys. 
 
The teams’ first series was in Primm for a four-game set from May 13-16. Vault-Tec took the first two games 2-0, 2-0, but Novac won the next two 4-3, 9-3. In the first game, Willie Miller pitched 6.2 shutout innings before giving the ball up to his bullpen. They delivered by not allowing a base runner in the final 2.1 innings for the shutout. In the second game, Orlando Stephens pitched 6 shutout innings, and three relievers combined to complete the final three innings for the second-straight shutout victory. The Dinosaurs then swung momentum their way in the third game. Novac scored three runs in the first innings and held on to win the game. In the fourth game, Novac found its offense, exploding for nine runs, including a bases clearing double by pinch hitter Jeremy Stover that turned a close game into a blowout. 
 
The second series took place July 22-25 in Novac. In the first game, the Dinosaurs won 8-7 on a game-winning RBI sacrifice fly by Bobby McGuire in the bottom of the ninth. McGuire finished with three RBI in the game to lead the Dinosaurs. Vault-Tec won the second game 4-3 thanks to Tony Donnellson’s MVP performance. Donnellson was 3 for 3 with a double, two RBI, a run, and two walks in the game. Game three was all Novac, winning 12-2. Rookie Francisco Riveria led the Dinosaurs’ charge by going 2 for 5 with a home run, three RBI, and two runs scored. Bruce Wilson pitched eight innings, allowing two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and two walks. The final game was a 3-2 win for Bob Ward and Novac. Ward pitched 7.2 innings, giving up two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and three walks. 
 
For the season series, Novac’s Bob Seymour was the most outstanding hitter, batting .382 with three home runs and 4 RBI. Seymour batted .331 on the season with 30 doubles, a triple, 16 homers, 60 RBI, 63 runs, 38 walks, and 40 strikeouts. 
 
Vault-Tec’s best offensive performer against the Dinosaurs was Donnellson. He batted .280 in the eight-game series with two home runs and eight RBI. For the season Donnellson was a .318 hitter with 22 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 53 RBI, 54 runs, 34 walks, 43 strikeouts, and 11 stolen bases. 
 
Wilson was the most impressive pitcher in the series, going 2-0 in 15.2 innings pitched with a 2.30 ERA in two starts versus the Vault Boys. Wilson was not as impressive against the rest of the league, though, going 7-7 with a 4.76 ERA in 104 innings pitched on the season. 
 
No pitcher was particularly great for Vault-Tec in the season series, but Willie Miller was 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA in 12.2. innings pitched. He also added 11 strikeouts, which finished second in the series only to Novac’s Ward. 
It’s time for the playoffs to begin. Before that, a prediction: Novac 4, Vault-Tec 2.

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Year 2: First Round, Game One

 

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Nelson Pitches Eight Scoreless Innings, Vault-Tec Wins 4-3
 
Tom Nelson has been a steady performer all season for Vault-Tec, finishing the regular season with a 13-7 record (tied for second in wins) and 3.42 ERA in 139.1 innings pitched this season. 
 
What he had not done all season was to finish a game with only two outings of eight innings pitched. However, Nelson pitched eight shutout innings, allowing only two hits, in Game One of the first round series at Novac. 
 
In the ninth, he finally looked vulnerable, giving up one run on one hit with two outs in the ninth. After Nelson allowed a two-out single to the Dinosaurs’ Cecil Houghton, he was replaced by Brian Sykes. Sykes only faced one batter, but allowed a double to Bob Seymour. John Rock then came in to try to finish the game. However, Novac’s Francisco Riveria tripled to cut the lead to 4-2 and David Lopez singled in Riveria to cut the score to 4-3 with the winning run at the plate. After a Bobby McGuire single put the tying run in scoring position, Posedion Last Name grounded out to finish the game. 
 
The game was scoreless through five innings before a big inning swung the momentum the Vault Boys’ way. With Novac starting pitcher Fernando Ramirez pitching a great game with only one hit allowed, it looked like the Vault Boys would have a tough game, but Ramirez started to waver in the sixth. Raul Castro led off the inning with a double, followed by Arlen Vaughn walking on a full count. Nelson then moved the players over with a sacrifice bunt. After Angel Serrano was intentionally walked, Ramirez walked in a run to make it 1-0. James Sexton then hit a sacrifice fly to deep left field to score Vaughn. Joseph Dillon followed with a two-RBI single to score Serrano and give Vault-Tec a 3-0 lead. MC Mack Walt Williams then singled to score Tony Donnellson, and the Vault Boys took that 4-0 lead into the ninth. 
 
Nelson (1-0) was the game MVP. His final stat lines read 8.2 innings pitched with one run allowed on three hits and nine strikeouts. John Rock earned the save despite allowing a run on three hits in the bottom of the ninth. 
 
Ramirez (0-1) suffered the loss for Novac. He gave up four runs on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts in six innings pitched. Dennis Wallace finished the game for the Dinosaurs, pitching three innings and allowing no runs on three hits with three strikeouts.

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