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Year 2: First Round, Game Two

 

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Stephens Keeps Dinos in Check, Vault-Tec with 2-0 Series Lead
 
Two games in, and the Vault-Tec pitching staff has gotten the best of the Novac batters. This time Orlando Stephens pitched seven solid innings, and the Vault Boys offense did their job in an 8-2 game two victory. 
 
The series now heads to Primm, where Vault-Tec can put the series out of reach. 
 
Stephens was the game’s MVP, giving up one run on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings. He also went 1 for 3 at the plate with an RBI. Brian Sykes came on in relief to pitch the final two innings, giving up one run on one hit with a walk and strikeout in two innings pitched. 
 
Bob Ward suffered the loss for the Dinosaurs. Despite leading the Mojave Baseball League in the regular season with a 1.60 ERA, Ward allowed five runs on 10 hits in 6.2 innings to suffer the loss. 
 
The Vault Boys jumped out to a quick lead in the game. With two outs in the first inning, James Sexton doubled, followed by an RBI single by Joseph Dillon. 
Vault-Tec again had a two-out rally in the second to take a 2-0 lead. Arlen Vaughn, Stephens, and Angel Serrano had consecutive singles for the lead. Serrano had the RBI, with Vaughn scoring. 
 
In the fourth inning, Vault-Tec was able to extend its lead further. Anthony Savage led off with a walk, followed by a one-out double by Vaughn to move him to third. Stephens then hit an RBI groundout to score Savage. 
 
Novac finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Noel Hanbridge and Cecil Houghton led off the inning with back-to-back singles, with Hanbridge advancing to third on Houghton’s single. Bob Seymour then hit into a 6-4-3 double play, allowing Hanbridge to score and cut the lead to 3-1. 
 
Vault-Tec extended its lead even more in the seventh inning with yet another two-out rally. Serrano hit a one-out single and advanced on a stolen base. With two outs, Sexton doubled for the second time to drive in Serrano. Dillon then hit an RBI single to score Sexton. Ward was then pulled at this point, trailing 5-1. 
 
In the ninth inning, the Vault Boys put the game out of reach. As you can probably guess, their runs came on a two-out rally. Bob Newsome started the ninth inning for Novac. Serrano led off with a single and was then out on a fielder’s choice by Tony Donnellson. After Donnellson advanced on a ground out, Dillon walked on four straight pitches. MC Mack Walt Williams then followed with a two-RBI double to make the game 7-1. After Claw Dog McKinney came in for the Dinosaurs, Savage hit an RBI single for an 8-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. 
 
Novac was able to scrap together a run in the ninth. Poseidon Last Name drew a two-out walk against Sykes. Ted Snyder then followed with an RBI double. Clyde Waller followed with a ground out to end the game.

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Year 2: First Round, Game Three

 

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Novac Jumps Out to Early Lead, Wins 10-3
 
Vault-Tec's pitching dominated the first two games of the First Round MBL Series against Novac, but not on Friday. Novac scored the game’s first nine runs, and cruised easily to a 10-3 victory. 
 
Bob Seymour was the game’s MVP, going 4 for 4 with a double, four RBI, and a run. 
 
Kenny Weathers earned the victory for the Dinosaurs, giving up one earned run in six innings, with seven hits allowed, five walks, and five strikeouts. The Vault Boys’ Willie Miller was the losing pitcher, giving up four earned runs on eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts in just three innings pitched. His immediate replacement, Ralph Beerguzzler fared worse, giving up four earned runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts in two innings. 
 
Novac took the lead in the top of the first inning. Noel Hanbridge led off with a single, followed by a Cecil Houghton single to move him to third. Houghton advanced to second on the throw to third.  Seymour then singled in Hanbridge and Houghton for the 2-0 lead. 
 
In the second inning, the Dinosaurs added two more. With two outs, Weathers tripled. That was followed by an RBI single for Hanbridge. Hanbridge then stole second and was knocked in on an RBI single by Houghton. 
 
Weathers again got on base in the fourth inning, leading off with a walk. With one out, Houghton was hit by a pitch, and Bob Seymour singled to load the bases. Francisco Riveria then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score the run and give Novac a 5-0 lead. 
 
The Dinosaurs then put the game away in the sixth inning. Hanbridge led off with a single, followed by a Houghton single. Again, Hanbridge beat the throw to third and Houghton advanced. Seymour then doubled in both runners for a 7-0 lead and still no outs in the inning. After Vault-Tec changed pitchers to Greg Thompson, Riveria followed by getting hit by a pitch. David Lopez then singled in Seymour, and Bobby McGuire followed with an RBI ground out for the 9-0 lead. 
 
Vault-Tec finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Anthony Savage and Raul Castro hit back-to-back singles, followed by an Arlen Vaughn walk. Alex Raines then hit a sacrifice fly to score Savage and make it 9-1. 
 
The Vault Boys added two more in the eighth to make the score 9-3. With one out, Castro walked, and then Nelson Johnson hit a two-out, two-run home run off Novac reliever Robert Cowan.
 
Bill Massey was brought on in the ninth to complete the game for Vault-Tec. Unfortunately for him, he could not find his control early, walking the first three batters to begin the inning. With one out, Hanbridge then hit a sacrifice fly to score McGuire, ending the game at 10-3. 
 
The two teams continue the series in Primm tomorrow for game four.

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Year 2: First Round, Game Four

 

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Vault-Tec Beats Dinos 6-5, Takes 3-1 Series Lead
 
Vault-Tec and Novac made it a back and forth affair in game four of the first round of the Mojave Baseball League playoffs. In the end, though, the Vault Boys’ bats had a little more pop in their 6-5 victory. 
 
The Vault Boys now lead the series three games to one and have a chance to clinch the series at home. 
 
Leadoff hitter Angel Serrano was the game’s MVP. He finished 3 for 5 with two RBI and a run. 
 
Wally Grant earned the win in 1.1 of relief pitching. He gave up only one hit and struck out two. Tom Nelson was the starter for the Vault Boys, but he lasted only 4.2 innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits with six walks and two strikeouts. 
 
Jimmy Ledet was the losing pitcher for the Dinosaurs. He gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits with three strikeouts in two relief innings. Fernando Ramirez was the starter for Novac. He gave up three earned runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 4.2 innings. 
 
Novac took the lead in the top of the second. Poseidon Last Name hit a one-out single. After Last Name moved to second on a ground out, Ramirez singled him in for a 1-0 lead. 
 
Vault-Tec answered in the bottom of the inning. Anthony Savage walked with one out and moved to second on a Raul Castro single. Arlen Vaughn then singled in Savage and both runners advanced on the throw to the plate. With two outs, Serrano singled in Castro to give the Vault Boys a 2-1 lead. 
 
In the third inning, Novac was able to tie the game thanks to the erratic pitching of Nelson. Bob Seymour led off with a walk. With one out, David Lopez walked, and Bobby McGuire singled to load the bases.  Last Name then drew an RBI walk for the 2-2 tie.
 
The Dinosaurs retook the lead in the fifth. Lopez hit a one-out single and McGuire walked. With two outs, Ted Snyder singled in Lopez to chase Nelson from the game and give Novac a 3-2 advantage.
 
Vault-Tec was able to answer in the bottom of the inning. Serrano led off with a single, stole second, and advanced on a ground out. James Sexton then singled him in to tie the game at three apiece. Ramirez was pulled with two outs, and Ledet escaped with no more damage done. 
 
Novac took the lead again in the sixth on a solo home run by Seymour for a 4-3 lead. 
 
In the seventh, the Vault Boys changed the momentum. Tony Donnellson reached with one out after being hit by a pitch. Sexton then reached on an error when Riveria could not handle McGuire’s throw, dropping the ball to put runners at first and second. Joseph Dillon then singled to load the bases. With MC Mack Walt Williams up, Ledet threw a wild pitch to score Donnellson and advance the runners. Williams then hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Sexton and give Vault-Tec a 5-4 lead. Ledet was then pulled for Steve MacIntyre. 
 
Vault-Tec added an insurance run in the eighth. Castro led off with a single, followed by a Vaughn walk. With one out and runners at second and third, Serrano singled to score Castro. Vaughn had to stay at third on the sharply hit ball. 
 
Novac tried to rally in the ninth, but, just like game one, the rally fell short. Riveria led off with a double and advanced on John Rock’s balk. Lopez then hit a sacrifice fly to score Riveria and cut the Vault-Tec lead to 6-5. However, Rock was able to get consecutive fly outs from McGuire and Clyde Waller to end the game and earn the save. 
 
 
 
News and Notes
 
8.14.86 – Player suspensions (chem use and major chem use)
 
The MBL performed a league-wide chem test today, catching four players with active chems in their system. 
 
The only player currently playing was Jesus Mendez of Novac, who does not get much playing time. Still, a player with a chance to win a Mojave Series should say far away from chems, serious or not. 
 
Mendez was found with cateye in his system, sending him outright to the bench for the next game in the first round of the MBL playoffs. 
 
Goodsprings’ cleanup hitter John McDowell had Steady in his system, meaning he will sit the first four games of the 2287 season. Gerald Cummings of Freeside had RadAway in his system, sending him to the showers for the first five games of 2287. 
 
The most serious chem use was the NCR’s second-round pick from a year ago, Mike Flowers. Flowers was found with Fixer in his system, meaning he will forfeit the first 15 games of 2287. 
 
Though only three teams are still playing, all players are responsible for chems in their system until the day after the last playoff game.

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Year 2: First Round, Game Five

 

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Vault-Tec’s Dominates, Clinches Series
 
Angel Serrano’s two-game stretch as the dominant Vault-Tec leadoff hitter proved to be too much for Novac. A day after being named the game MVP, Serrano topped those numbers, going 5 for 6 with a triple, an RBI, and four runs in leading the Vault Boys to a 10-4 victory and a berth in the Mojave Series against North Vegas. 
 
The Vault Boys racked up 19 hits in the contest, leading the entire way and pulling away late in the victory. Serrano’s five hits and four runs scored are the best in three overall playoff series in the young Mojave Baseball League. 
 
Orlando Stephens pitched five innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and a walk, to earn the victory. Three relief pitchers pitched the final four innings, giving up no runs on five hits with two strikeouts. 
 
Bob Ward, who dominated in the regular season, had two poor outings. He earned the loss for the Dinosaurs, allowing five runs, four earned, on eleven hits with three strikeouts and a walk in five innings.  Three Novac relievers fared no better, giving up five earned runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and five walks in just three innings. 
 
Vault-Tec took the lead for good in the bottom of the first inning. Serrano led off with a single, followed by a Tony Donnellson single. After James Sexton grounded into a double play to move Serrano to third, Joseph Dillon hit an RBI single for a 1-0 lead. 
 
The Vault Boys added on to their lead in the third. Serrano again led off with a single. With one out, Sexton reached on a Noel Hanbridge error. Dillon then hit an RBI single to score Serrano and move Sexton to second. MC Mack Walt Williams drew a walk to load the bases, followed by a sacrifice fly by Anthony Savage to score Sexton and give the Vault Boys a 3-0 lead. 
 
In the fourth inning, the Dinosaurs answered. Francisco Riveria led off with a single. With one out, Bobby McGuire blasted a two-run homer to right center field to cut the Vault-Tec lead to 3-2. 
 
The Vault Boys had the answer in the bottom of the inning, though. Arlen Vaughn led off with a single and moved over on Stephens’ sacrifice bunt. Serrano then tripled in Vaughn for a 4-2 lead. Donnellson followed with an RBI groundout to make it 5-2 after four innings. 
 
Novac stayed in the game with a couple of runs in the fifth. With one out, Cecil Houghton walked, followed by a two-run home run by Bob Seymour to make the score 5-4. Unfortunately for the Dinosaurs, those were the last runs they would score on the season. 
 
Vault-Tec extended its lead in the sixth. Claw Dog McKinney came on in relief for Novac. He walked Donnellson with one out, gave up a single to Sexton, and then walked Dillon to load the bases. With Williams up, McKinney threw a wild pitch to score Donnellson and advance the runners. McKinney was able to escape the inning with no more damage done, but Vault-Tec had a 6-4 lead. 
 
That lead became a blowout in the seventh. Floyd Bryant led off the inning with a solo home run, sending McKinney to the springs. Steve MacIntyre came on in relief for Novac. He walked Vaughn, and then gave up a one-out single to Serrano. Donnellson then singled to load the bases, followed by a two-RBI double by Sexton to make the score 9-4. 
 
The Vault Boys added one more run in the eighth for the final 10-4 score. Phil Williams was the relief pitcher for Novac in the inning. He gave up a one-out single to Bryant and then walked Vaughn. Substitute second baseman Raul Castro then hit an RBI single to score Bryant. 
 
Angel Serrano was named the series MVP, especially for his efforts in games four and five where he went a combined 8 for 11 (.727) with a triple, three RBI, five runs scored, and a steal. For the series, he finished 13 for 24 (.524), with two triples, four RBI, seven runs, one walk, seven strikeouts, and three stolen bases.

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Year 2: August 2286 News and Notes

 

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8.16.86 – Player injury
 
Perhaps he thought ants were friendly since he now plays for an organization called the Fire Ants, but youngster Tony Hernandez of Sunset Sarsaparilla found himself in a one-on-four battle against Soldier Ants off the grounds of Nellis Air Force Base. 
 
Luckily for Hernandez, he had a weapon with him, firing his laser pistol into the guts of all four ants before they could do much damage. Still, Hernandez had an injury and will have to wait until the season is over to pump some ant-curing chems into his system. 
 
8.16.86 – Player injury
 
Wilson Halcomb has been playing in the Goodsprings Cemetery since he was a boy. The 18-year-old most certainly knows that bloatflies are attracted to the place. Still, Halcomb could not help himself to practice throwing baseballs at a couple in the cemetery, and then he got stung. 
 
One of the bloatflies’ projectiles lodged into Halcomb’s upper thigh, sending him directly to Doc Mitchell’s clinic for a quick tweezers treatment. Maybe that will teach Halcomb not to mess with those little bastards.

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Year 2: Mojave Series Preview

 

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Mojave Series Preview
 
North Vegas (61-39) earned the top record in the league by one game. Despite their success, though, the Radscorpions did not feel as formidable as last season’s New California Republic and Lucky 38 squads. Still, earning the top record in the league is a big accomplishment and earns a team an automatic berth in the Mojave Series. Most impressive for the Radscorpions was its pitching, where the team led the league in runs allowed with 387. 
 
Vault-Tec (60-40) got here by finishing with a tie for the league’s second best record and then dominating Novac in five games of a seven-game series. The Vault Boys finished with a good balance of offense (third in the league with 500 runs scored) and pitching/defense (second in the league with 402 runs allowed). 
 
Looking for stars in the series is not challenging. Pitching seemed to dominate in the eight-game season series, so let us look there first. Despite going 1-1 in the series, Vault-Tec’s Ricardo Rodriguez owned North Vegas hitters. In 17 innings pitched, he had a 1.59 ERA, making him the most successful Vault Boys pitcher in the season series. On the year, Rodriguez finished 10-3 with a 3.07 ERA in 158.1 innings pitched. In two starts, North Vegas’ Gary Clark was the leading pitcher in the season series. He was 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings pitched. On the season, he finished 6-5 with a 3.72 ERA in 142.2 innings pitched. 
 
Clark, however, will not be in the starting rotation in the Series. Staff ace Lee Burke gets the start in Game One. He was 11-6 on the season with a 2.75 ERA in 154 innings pitched. Nate Camp was even better, going 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 157.2 innings pitched. Camp is in contention for the Lefty Grove Trophy, given to the league’s top pitcher. 
 
Offensively, it was hard to find players who stood out in the season series. The Radscorpions’ George O’Kill, who is in contention for the Babe Ruth trophy given to the league’s best hitter, finished with a .500 batting average with a home run and three RBI. On the season, he batted .323 with 22 doubles, 29 home runs, 73 RBI, 63 runs, 59 walks, and just 41 strikeouts. For Vault-Tec, Angel Serrano was the best performer in the season series. He batted .421 with a home run and two RBI. On the season, Serrano batted .259 with 14 doubles, five triples, six home runs, 33 RBI, 56 runs, 35 walks, 73 strikeouts, and 19 stolen bases. Serrano was the MVP of the first round series against Novac. 
 
On the season, North Vegas won five games to three. The first series between the two teams was played April 26-27 at North Vegas. Vault-Tec beat North Vegas 5-3 in the first game. North Vegas led the game 3-0, but the Vault Boys stormed back with five runs to win it. Radscorpions’ pitcher Carl Morgan blew Jim Jones’ excellent game by giving up four earned runs on three hits with a walk in just 2/3 innings pitched. Game two was a 4-0 victory by the Vault Boys. Rodriguez  pitched the complete game shutout, giving up only four hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Joseph Dillon added some offensive pop by hitting a two-run home run in the seventh inning. 
 
The second series took place May 24-25 at Vault 3 Grounds in South Vegas. The series was played there while the Primm Community Field, Vault-Tec’s homefield, was being repaired after a Powder Ganger bombing. In the first game of the series, the Vault Boys won 3-1, taking a 3-0 season series lead. Tom Nelson pitched seven innings, giving up one earned run on four hits with two walks and nine strikeouts, to earn the victory. Raul Castro added a two-run home run and had all three RBIs in the game. The Radscorpions finally got a win in a thrilling 3-2, 15-inning affair. North Vegas had a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth before the Vault Boys scored a run. Each team scored a run in the 14th, and then the Radscorpions won it in the 15th. Despite not factoring into the decision, North Vegas’ Clark was the MVP by giving up only one hit with two walks and two strikeouts in seven innings. 
 
Both North Vegas and Vault-Tec faced off in North Vegas for their third series June 15-16. The Radscorpions won the first game of the set 4-3, holding off a late rally by the Vault Boys. Anthony Savage led the charge for Vault-Tec by driving in all three runs, including a two-run shot in the ninth inning. North Vegas finally had a pull away win in the second game of the series, winning 6-1. Rich Richmond pitched eight innings, allowing one earned run on three hits with two walks and three strikeouts, to earn game MVP honors. 
 
The final series took place July 6-7 in Primm. In the first game, Camp outdueled Rodriguez by allowing just one earned run on six hits with eight strikeouts in eight innings for a 4-1 victory. The Radscorpions won the final game of the season series 5-4, again quelling a Vault-Tec rally in the ninth. Arthur Glass of North Vegas was the most outstanding player, going 3 for 4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs. 
 
Despite North Vegas winning the season series, Vault-Tec has the hot hand heading into the Mojave Series, and they are expected to top the Radscorpions in six games.

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Year 2: Mojave Series, Game One

 

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Vault-Tec Starts Strong, Wins 8-3
 
Vault-Tec had a certain feel to them when they spanked Novac four games to one in the first round of the 2286 playoffs. The Vault Boys continued that momentum, jumping out to an 8-0 lead in the first four innings and hanging on to win at North Vegas 8-3 in the Mojave Series opener. 
 
The Vault Boys’ James Sexton was the star of the game, finishing 4 for 4 with a double, home run, three RBI, two runs, and a walk. 
 
Willie Miller was the winning pitcher for Vault-Tec. In six innings, he allowed no runs on three hits with two strikeouts. Ralph Beerguzzler came on in relief, allowing three earned runs on three hits with three walks and a strikeout in 2.2 innings. Brian Sykes walked and hit the only two batters he faced, and John Rock got the game’s final out in just one pitch to earn the save. 
 
Lee Burke suffered the loss for the Radscorpions, giving up four earned runs on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts in three innings. Carlos Gonzalez came in to relieve Burke in the fourth, but he was quickly chased from the game in just 1/3 innings pitched. Gonzalez allowed four earned runs on three hits with a walk. Jarred Jones pitched 2.2 innings, giving up a hit and striking out two. Dan Trainyard added two innings, giving up one hit, walking one, and striking out one. Gary Clark finished the game, walking a batter and striking out two in an inning. 
 
Vault-Tec jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning. Angel Serrano led off with a walk. With one out, Sexton doubled to move Serrano to third. Joseph Dillon then hit an RBI groundout to score Serrano. MC Mack Walt Williams then followed with a two-run dinger to give the Vault Boys a 3-0 lead. 
 
The lead grew to 4-0 in the third. Serrano led off with a single and scored on Tony Donnellson’s double. The Vault Boys actually loaded the bases with no outs, but Williams, Anthony Savage, and Raul Castro could not come through to score more, leading North Vegas to think they were still in the game. 
 
That thinking all changed in the fourth inning, though, when Gonzalez came on in relief for the Radscorpions. Arlen Vaughn led off with a double. After Vaughn moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, Gonzalez’s wild pitch allowed Vaughn to score for a 5-0 lead. Serrano then walked, followed by a Donnellson double. Sexton then cleared the bases with a three-run home run to make the game 8-0. Gonzalez then moved aside for Jones. 
 
North Vegas did not score its first run until the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Duncan Whaley hit a triple to straightaway center field. Pinch hitter Jesus Martinez then hit a sacrifice fly to score Whaley. 
 
In the ninth inning, the Radscorpions added a couple more useless runs. Kirby Brown singled to lead off, followed by a Jason Williams walk. George O’Kill then grounded into a double play, which advanced Brown to third. Bill Cole then sent a pitch over left field to make the game 8-3. After Beerguzzler walked Arthur Glass, he was pulled for Sykes who walked and hit the next two batters to load the bases. However, Rock came in and got pinch hitter Weldon Brown to fly out on the first pitch to end the game.

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Year 2: Mojave Series, Game Two

 

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Nelson Holds Radscorpions Scoreless, Vault-Tec Wins 4-1
 
Vault-Tec has been perfect in the 2286 playoffs at the other team’s facility.
 
The Vault Boys are now 4-0, including winning the first two games of the Mojave Series. This time, behind the masterful pitching of Tom Nelson, the Vault Boys defeated North Vegas 4-1 on Wednesday. 
 
Nelson, the game’s MVP, pitched seven shutout innings, giving up three hits and striking out ten. He also drove in all four of the Vault Boys’ runs. 
 
The Vault-Tec bullpen then came on to allow one earned run on one hit with three walks and a strikeout in the final two innings. 
 
Nate Camp suffered the loss for the Radscorpions. He lasted just three innings, allowing four earned runs on two hits with three walks and four strikeouts. The North Vegas bullpen then held the Vault Boys in check, not allowing any runs on three hits with six walks and four strikeouts in the final six innings. 
 
Vault-Tec scored all of its runs in the top of the second inning. Joseph Dillon led off with a walk. With one out, Anthony Savage singled and Raul Castro walked to load the bases. After Arlen Vaughn was caught looking, Nelson took a 1-0 pitch over the fence for a grand slam. 
 
The Radscorpions scored their lone run in the eighth. Duncan Whaley walked to lead off, and Squirrel And walked with one out. After a pitching change to Greg Thompson, Kirby Brown singled to load the bases. Jason Williams then walked to earn an RBI and make the score the final of 4-1. 
 
North Vegas and Vault-Tec will now travel to Primm for the next three games, if all three are necessary. The Vault Boys only have to win two more games to clinch the series.

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Year 2: Mojave Series, Game Three

 

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Richmond Wins Pitcher’s Duel, North Vegas Wins 1-0
 
In what may go down as an epic game in the history of the Mojave Baseball League, whether it be a short-lived league or a long one, North Vegas pitcher Rich Richmond and Vault-Tec pitcher Ricardo Rodriguez put on a show. 
 
In the end, Richmond came out on top despite his team only getting one run on one hit in the game. Richmond was named the game’s MVP because of the victory. He allowed three hits with five walks and three strikeouts in seven shutout innings. Edward Meador pitched one scoreless inning, and Gary Clark pitched another to earn the save. 
 
Rodriguez did his part, but still earned the loss. He gave up only one unearned run on one hit with a walk and six strikeouts in eight innings pitched. John Rock pitched a scoreless ninth inning to complete the game. 
 
The lone run in the game in the third inning came in an unusual way where North Vegas scored despite not getting a hit in the inning. Duncan Whaley reached on an Anthony Savage error to lead off the inning. Richmond then bunted. Rodriguez tried to get Whaley out at second, but Whaley beat the throw to put runners at first and second with no outs. Squirrel And followed with a groundout to move the runners up a base. With two outs, Rodriguez threw a wild pitch to score Williams. 
 
Rodriguez was visibly upset after the game, saying that he blew it. We will see if the loss changes the momentum in the series. 
 
With the win, the series will now go at least five games. The next two games will also be played at the Primm Community Field. If the Radscorpions win at least one of those two games, the series will move back to North Vegas for a sixth and possibly seventh game.

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Year 2: Mojave Series, Game Four

 

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Kirby’s Two-RBI Single in Ninth Sinks Vault Boys
 
Nelson “Rat” Kirby is not what you would call a master batter. In fact, the 19-year-old had very few opportunities to bat with the Radscorpions in 2286 due to his offensive woes. 
 
Still, despite batting only .183 during the regular season, Kirby proved to be clutch in the top of the ninth, blooping a two-RBI single to score the winning runs in North Vegas’ 6-4 come-from-behind win at Vault-Tec in Primm. 
 
George O’Kill, the game’s most valuable player, drove in the tying run in the top of the ninth, following a Jason Williams double with an RBI double. O’Kill overcame a miserable three-game stretch to start the series by going 3 for 3 with a double, a home run, two RBI, three runs, and two walks in Game Four. Bill Cole followed with a walk, and Jesus Martinez singled to load the bases with nobody out. After two straight outs, Kirby came through. 
 
John Rock suffered the loss for the Vault Boys, allowing three earned runs on four hits with a walk and strikeout in just 2/3 of an inning. Orlando Stephens was the starting pitcher for Vault-Tec. In 6.2 innings, he allowed three earned runs on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts. 
 
Curt Petty was the winning pitcher for North Vegas, allowing no runs on a hit with two walks and a strikeout in 1.1 innings. Gary Clark got the save, pitching a perfect ninth inning. Lee Burke was the starting pitcher. He finished with four earned runs allowed on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 6.2 innings. 
 
The Radscorpions took the first lead of the game in the second. O’Kill and Cole led off with back-to-back singles. With two outs, Duncan Whaley was intentionally walked to load the bases for Burke. Burke then answered by hitting a two-RBI single for a 2-0 lead. 
 
Vault-Tec scored its first runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. With one out, James Sexton singled. Joseph Dillon then hit a two-run home run to deep left center field. 
 
North Vegas retook the lead in the seventh when O’Kill hit a solo home run. However, the lead was short-lived. 
 
The Vault Boys answered in the bottom of the inning. MC Mack Walt Williams led off with a walk. With one out, Raul Castro singled to move Williams to third. With two outs, pinch hitter Nelson Johnson hit a two-RBI triple to give Vault-Tec its first lead, 4-3. 
 
That led to the three-run rally by North Vegas in the ninth. 
 
North Vegas had 14 hits in the game, mostly led from its charge at the 4-5-6 spots in the order. O’Kill, Cole, and Arthur Glass/Martinez combined to go 9 for 11 with two doubles, a home run, two RBI, five runs, and three walks. 
 
The series is now tied 2-2. Pressure may be on Vault-Tec to win the next game. Then again, there has been no home field advantage in the 2286 playoffs. In nine games, the home team is just 2-7, including 0-4 so far this series.

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Year 2: Mojave Series, Game Five

 

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Vault-Tec Rallies Late, Takes 3-2 Lead
 
Vault-Tec was just seven outs away from being swept at home and falling behind three games to two. And then, something clicked. A two-out rally led the Vault Boys to an 11-7 game five victory over North Vegas in the Mojave Series. 
 
With two outs and a runner on second in the bottom of the seventh, game MVP Tony Donnellson got a clutch RBI single to cut the Radscorpions lead to 7-4. After a wild pitch moved Donnellson to second, James Sexton singled him home. North Vegas then pulled starter Nate Camp for Curt Petty. Joseph Dillon answered the pitching change by hitting a single, followed by a MC Mack Walt Williams walk. Anthony Savage then singled in Sexton to cut the lead to 7-6. Raul Castro followed up with a two-RBI single to give the Vault Boys their first lead, 8-7. 
 
Vault-Tec then pulled away in the eighth. Alex Raines singled to lead off, and Donellson hit a two-run homer, his second of the game, for the 10-7 lead. After a pitching change, Sexton made it back-to-back homers for the Vault Boys for the 11-7 final. 
 
Each team went back and forth in the early game. With one out in the top of the first, North Vegas’ Kirby Brown reached on an error. With two outs, George O’Kill singled. Bill Cole then singled in Brown and both runners advanced on the throw to the plate. Vault-Tec starter Tom Nelson then threw a wild pitch to score O’Kill and give the Radscorpions a 2-0 lead. 
 
The Vault Boys answered in the bottom of the inning. Angel Serrano led off with a single, followed by Donnellson hitting a first-pitch homer off starter Nate Camp. That homer tied the game 2-2. 
 
In the second, North Vegas’ L’il Tony T-Snizzle Hensley led off with a walk. Duncan Whaley then reached on an error by Arlen Vaughn. Camp followed with a sacrifice runner to move up the runners. Squirrel And then hit an RBI ground out to give the Radscorpions a 3-2 lead. 
 
Vault-Tec again tied the game in the third. With two outs, Joseph Dillon hit a solo home run to straightaway left field to knot the game 3-3. 
 
The Radscorpions looked to take the momentum for the series in the fifth. And led off with a Walk. With two outs and And at second, O’Kill hit a two-run home run for a 5-3 lead. Bill Cole then singled, followed by an RBI double by Arthur Glass for a 6-3 advantage. After Nelson was pulled for Greg Thompson, Hensley singled in Glass for a four-run lead. 
 
Thompson was credited for the win. He gave up no runs on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings. The starter Nelson allowed seven runs, four earned, on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 4.2 innings in the no decision. Wally Grant earned the save by not allowing a run or a hit in 1.1 innings. 
 
Petty was the losing pitcher. He gave up two earned runs on three hits with a walk without getting an out. Camp, the starter, allowed six earned runs on 10 hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 6.2 innings in the no decision. All four North Vegas pitchers gave up at least one run. 
 
Just like North Vegas’ offensive outburst in game four, the Vault Boys’ bats were in sync for game five with 16 total hits. Donnellson was by far the best bat, going 3 for 4 with two home runs, five RBI, three runs scored, and a walk. 
 
The teams now travel back to North Vegas for game six. Vault-Tec will clinch the series by winning one of the two possible games scheduled.

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Year 2: Mojave Series, Game Six

 

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Rodriguez Dominates Again, Vault-Tec Wins Mojave Series
 
Game three may have been an epic battle with one unearned run doing Ricardo Rodriguez in. But that had nothing to do with game six, where Rodriguez pitched 8.2 innings of dominant baseball in helping the Vault Boys win the Mojave Series. 
 
Vault-Tec won 6-1 over North Vegas.
 
Rodriguez finished the game giving up one earned run on seven hits with five strikeouts. He threw 124 pitches before being pulled with two outs in the ninth after giving up a double and single. Wally Grant finished the game. 
 
Rich Richmond was the losing pitcher, allowing four earned runs on four hits with two walks in only two innings. 
 
The Vault Boys jumped out to an early lead on Richmond and the Radscorpions in the top of the first. Angel Serrano led off with a walk, followed by a Tony Donnellson double to move Serrano to third. James Sexton then hit an RBI ground out for a 1-0 lead. Joseph Dillon followed with an RBI single for a 2-0 lead. 
 
North Vegas also scored in the first. With one out, Kirby Brown hit a solo home run. That would be all the scoring the Radscorpions would have off Rodriguez. 
 
In the second, the Vault Boys extended their lead. Vaughn was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Rodriguez then bunted him over to second. Serrano then doubled in Vaughn for a 3-1 lead. With two outs, Sexton singled in Serrano for a 4-1 lead. 
 
Carlos Gonzalez replaced Richmond in the third. MC Mack Walt Williams led off with a single for the Vault Boys. Anthony Savage and Raul Castro then walked to load the bases. Vaughn followed that up by knocking in Williams on a sacrifice fly for a 5-1 advantage. 
 
The series’ final run came in the ninth. John Mulvaney saw his first action of the postseason in relief for North Vegas. With one out, Sexton and Dillon walked. With two outs, Savage hit an RBI single for the 6-1 final. 
 
Based on his two-game performance, Rodriguez was named the Mojave Series MVP. In two games, Rodriguez finished 1-1 with a 0.54 ERA. He allowed two runs, one earned, on eight hits with a walk and 11 strikeouts in 16.2 IP. Rodriguez did not play in the first round series due to injury.

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Year 2: Top Individual Performances

 

Top Offensive Performance – Ken Turner, Ultra Luxe

 
Also, top team performance (+22) and the Freeside Kings' new logo :D
 
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Top Pitching Performance – Jose Rosales, Camp McCarran
 
 
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Year 2: Offseason - Awards

 

Lefty Grove Trophy (Best Pitcher)

 
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1. SP – Bob Ward, Novac – 10-3, 1.60 ERA, 162.2 IP, 51 BB, 147 K
2. SP – Nate Camp, North Vegas – 15-3, 2.34 ERA, 157.2 IP, 47 BB, 118 K
3. SP – Wilfred Buckley, Goodsprings – 12-5, 2.54 ERA, 145.1 IP, 30 BB, 156 K
 
Babe Ruth Trophy (Best Hitter)
 
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1. 1B - George O’Kill, North Vegas – .323, 22 2B, 29 HR, 73 RBI, 63 R, 59 BB
2. 1B – Edward Simpson, Sunset Sarsaparilla – .333, 31 2B, 3 3B, 21 HR, 74 RBI, 72 R, 34 BB
3. CF - Bob Franklin, Sunset Sarsaparilla – .280, 16 2B, 1 3B, 29 HR, 90 RBI, 69 R, 28 BB, 16 SB
 
Top Rookie (Best Player Under 23)
 
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1. 1B – Francisco Riveria, Novac – .304, 17 2B, 15 HR, 50 RBI, 45 R, 21 BB
2. RF - Angel Serrano, Vault-Tec – .259, 14 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 56 R, 35 BB, 19 SB
3. 1B - Tom Junktown Junkie, Gomorrah – .291, 19 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 42 RBI, 46 R, 9 BB, 22 SB
 
Mojave Postseason Award (Best Playoffs Performance)
 
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1. LF - James Sexton, Vault-Tec – 11 G, 46 AB, 17 H (.370 AVG), 4 2B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, 10 R, 5 BB
2. SP - Tom Nelson, Vault-Tec – 4 G, 4 GS, 2-0, 2.88 ERA, 25 IP, 11 R, 8 ER, 8 BB, 25 K
3. SS - Joseph Dillon, Vault-Tec – 11 G, 42 AB, 17 H (.405 AVG), 2 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 5 R, 7 BB, 1 SB
 
Honus Wagner Defense Trophy (Best Defensive Player per Position)
 
P – Jim Ford, New California Republic
C – Robert Glass, Sunset Sarsaparilla
1B – Scary Danny Parker, Atomic Wrangler
2B – Stu Vanstone, Goodsprings
3B – Ted Snyder, Novac
SS – George Gray, Atomic Wrangler
LF – Mike Duncan, Goodsprings
CF – Gerardo Makejoo, New California Republic
RF – Josh Spread, Tops

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Year 2 Offseason: Lee’s Memo

 

The second offseason was just as busy as the first. There were lots of changes to come in the Winter Meetings. Again Lee addressed the league in a memo with announcements of exciting new and future changes. 

 
9.21.2286
 
Greetings, owners! 
 
Congratulations to Vault-Tec and Leonard Strausser for your masterful postseason run. Also, congratulations to North Vegas and Novac for their postseason appearances. Finally, congratulations to Camp McCarran's PL team Nuka Cola winning the championship. 
 
This offseason we have some exciting changes to the league. One thing that we have discussed before is that we are going to try to expand our baseball influence to areas outside of the Mojave. Though I have no immediate intention to expanding the league franchises outside of the Mojave, we can find talent elsewhere. Therefore, starting today, I have sent scouts to different secured locations (thanks again, Mr. House, for your spectacular robot army!) in surrounding areas west, north, and east of here. By next year, I hope to have an eligible array of players from California, Arizona, and beyond. 
 
This offseason, Winter Meetings will begin on January 1 and conclude on January 4. I have a few things I would like to put on the ballot, including some proposed rule changes and discussing the relocation proposals of multiple teams in both the MBL and PL. Also, at the meeting we will officially unveil our brand new Mojave Baseball League screen as part of the official launch in the Mojave to the RobCo Network Center. 
 
As with everything, stay safe out there and see you all at the end of the year. 
 
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Year 2 Offseason: late August - December News and Notes

 

8.20.86 – Player suspension (chem use)

 
Freeside’s Cristian Fernandez was found to have Rebound in his system, meaning the minor league pitcher will begin his first three games of 2287 on the sidelines. 
 
Fernandez was 9-2 with a 5.48 ERA in 111.2 innings pitched for the Nipton Phoenix this past season. 
 
8.25.86 - League Champions
 
Vault-Tec is now the champions of the Mojave Baseball League. The Vault Boys defeated the Novac Dinosaurs 4 games to 1 in the First Round and then beat the North Vegas Radscorpions 4 games to 2 in the Mojave Series to become this year's winner. 
 
Now that the season is over, the league will not test for chems until players report back for spring training. 
 
9.13.86 – Player news
 
Sunset Sarsaparilla received bad news from its great but troubled close Carlos Colon. The twice-suspended player, who had a 0.67 ERA and 22 saves, decided to sit out the 2287 season to get himself in order. 
 
According to a team press release: “Carlos decided that he was having a hard time staying focused. He decided it was best for him to sit out the 2287 season to wander the Mojave and get his life in order. We don’t like it, but we have to accept it. We just hope he stays safe out there.” 
 
9.21.86 - Player injury
 
Just a week after losing its closer, Sunset Sarsaparilla had more bad news when shortstop Joe Chase ran into a randy Nightkin. Chase received multiple injuries to his ah um guh ytrzdryts and will be out for at least the offseason and possibly part of the season if he has any complications from his surgery. 
 
10.5.86 - Player injury
 
Cliff Worley of Ultra Luxe wanted to visit the site where he had word of an old family honor: the Yangtze Memorial near Goodsprings. Unfortunately for him, a small group of Golden Geckos were nearby, making Worley's memorial trip also life-threatening. 
 
Luckily for Worley, a young woman, whom he said had a "beautiful smirk," was nearby and Varmint Rifled the geckos to death. 
 
10.5.2286 - Mojave Draft
 
Round 1
Round 1, Pick 1 - Ultra Luxe White Gloves: SP Tower Carlson
 
Round 1, Pick 2 - Freeside Kings: SP Christian Coleman
 
Round 1, Pick 3 - Gomorrah Devils: SP Josh Horn
 
Round 1, Pick 4 - Tops Mutants: SP Andy Montgomery
 
Round 1, Pick 5 - Goodsprings Lucky 38s: RF Toy Moriarty
 
Round 1, Pick 6 - Atomic Wrangler Wranglers: CF Z35 Khan
 
Round 1, Pick 7 - Camp McCarran Brahmin: RF Dave Green
 
Round 1, Pick 8 - New California Republic Bears: SP Clark Griffith
 
Round 1, Pick 9 - Sunset Sarsaparilla Fire Ants: 2B Buster Cherry
 
Round 1, Pick 10 - Novac Dinosaurs: CF Jim Samuels
 
Round 1, Pick 11 - Vault-Tec Vault Boys: SS John Sheffield
 
Round 1, Pick 12 - North Vegas Radscorpions: C Chris Forceps
 
Round 2
Round 2, Pick 1 - Ultra Luxe White Gloves: CF Lonnie Doerr
 
Round 2, Pick 2 - Freeside Kings: SP Eric Holmes
 
Round 2, Pick 3 - Gomorrah Devils: 1B Jarred Oldviper
 
Round 2, Pick 4 - Tops Mutants: SP Grognak King
 
Round 2, Pick 5 - Goodsprings Lucky 38s: CF Martín Valdés
 
Round 2, Pick 6 - Atomic Wrangler Wranglers: CF Clyde Wallace
 
Round 2, Pick 7 - Camp McCarran Brahmin: CF Jake Cole
 
Round 2, Pick 8 - New California Republic Bears: C Clark MacDonald
 
Round 2, Pick 9 - Sunset Sarsaparilla Fire Ants: CF Dan Green
 
Round 2, Pick 10 - Novac Dinosaurs: SP Leo Walker
 
Round 2, Pick 11 - Vault-Tec Vault Boys: SS Walter Hamilton
 
Round 2, Pick 12 - North Vegas Radscorpions: 3B Jeff Morrison
 
Round 3
Round 3, Pick 1 - Ultra Luxe White Gloves: SS Fred Hodge
 
Round 3, Pick 2 - Freeside Kings: RF Mercury Rising
 
Round 3, Pick 3 - Gomorrah Devils: 3B Joe Davies
 
Round 3, Pick 4 - Tops Mutants: 3B Richard McCarthy
 
Round 3, Pick 5 - Goodsprings Lucky 38s: SP Dave Schroeder
 
Round 3, Pick 6 - Atomic Wrangler Wranglers: CL Bill Alexander
 
Round 3, Pick 7 - Camp McCarran Brahmin: CF Bud Bowen
 
Round 3, Pick 8 - New California Republic Bears: SP Steven Foster
 
Round 3, Pick 9 - Sunset Sarsaparilla Fire Ants: 3B Pewter Agave
 
Round 3, Pick 10 - Novac Dinosaurs: SP Vince Wagner
 
Round 3, Pick 11 - Vault-Tec Vault Boys: SP Byron Low Ton
 
Round 3, Pick 12 - North Vegas Radscorpions: SP Bobby Hutchins
 
Round 4
Round 4, Pick 1 - Ultra Luxe White Gloves: C Chris Oglethorpe
 
Round 4, Pick 2 - Freeside Kings: SP Ken Mathis
 
Round 4, Pick 3 - Gomorrah Devils: C Jeff Walker
 
Round 4, Pick 4 - Tops Mutants: SP Junior Meyer
 
Round 4, Pick 5 - Goodsprings Lucky 38s: SS Luis Mercado
 
Round 4, Pick 6 - Atomic Wrangler Wranglers: SP Justin Ingram
 
Round 4, Pick 7 - Camp McCarran Brahmin: SP Jason Rainey
 
Round 4, Pick 8 - New California Republic Bears: SP Arthur James
 
Round 4, Pick 9 - Sunset Sarsaparilla Fire Ants: CF Luis Cerda
 
Round 4, Pick 10 - Novac Dinosaurs: 3B G10 Khan
 
Round 4, Pick 11 - Vault-Tec Vault Boys: SS George Everett
 
Round 4, Pick 12 - North Vegas Radscorpions: SS Pete Moore
 
Round 5
Round 5, Pick 1 - Ultra Luxe White Gloves: 3B Chris Cactus Juice
 
Round 5, Pick 2 - Freeside Kings: SS António Serrano
 
Round 5, Pick 3 - Gomorrah Devils: C K95 Khan
 
Round 5, Pick 4 - Tops Mutants: 2B Chuck Wilkerson
 
Round 5, Pick 5 - Goodsprings Lucky 38s: SP Bullets Bush
 
Round 5, Pick 6 - Atomic Wrangler Wranglers: SS Mark Banks
 
Round 5, Pick 7 - Camp McCarran Brahmin: C Johnny Teague
 
Round 5, Pick 8 - New California Republic Bears: SS Chris Montgomery
 
Round 5, Pick 9 - Sunset Sarsaparilla Fire Ants: SP Sami Ekman
 
Round 5, Pick 10 - Novac Dinosaurs: 1B Jesse Blood Pack
 
Round 5, Pick 11 - Vault-Tec Vault Boys: SP Lawrence Boucher
 
Round 5, Pick 12 - North Vegas Radscorpions: SP R.J. Brown
 
10.22.86 - Player injury
 
The Mojave Desert is not a place to be trifled with, but what do you do when you have a backed up sewer line in your house and have to delve down into the sewers yourself to fix the problem? 
 
Well, if you're lucky, you only run into some mole rats, which can easily be killed with a couple of swift thrusts to the head with a lead pipe or baseball bat. 
 
If you're Vault-Tec's Jack Jackson, you may start to understand why your 35-year-old self is milling about in the minors and not with the championship club. 
 
According to Jackson, two mole rats in the sewers approached him. He swung his baseball bat at the slow-moving fellows, but . . . whiffed. That gave one of the mole rats enough time to take a chunk of meat out of Jackson's leg before he found his mark and clubbed the critter to death. 
 
Perhaps someone should work on his swing after he recovers from his leg wound. 
 
11.9.86 - Player leave
 
Novac's Mojave Desert Blue has been feeling a bit, wait for it, blue. 
 
The young closer, who looks like he can play in the Mojave Baseball League at a full-time clip soon, stated that he missed his family and needed to take a trip north to their place. 
 
There have been rumors of wandering Deathclaw packs near the Northern Passage, so we hope Blue is traveling with a well-armed entourage.

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Year 2 Offseason: Winter Meetings

 

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The second offseason in the Mojave saw more changes and more moves. Lee's idea was to convert all teams to the location model over the sponsor model, but he understood why things might remain for some of the teams. Still, with franchise relocation and renaming, the Mojave Baseball League showed that it was not yet carved into a mountain. 
 
Winter Meetings: 
 
I. Team Name Changes/Relocations
 
Three franchises relocated, sending the name changing and need for Michael Angelo brand jerseys yet again. Angelo had already been working on adding a second jersey to each Prospects League team. Now he had to change up a few of the Mojave Baseball League teams, too. 
 
Vault-Tec relocated from Primm to South Vegas and became the South Vegas Vault Boys. Atomic Wrangler moved from Westside to Boulder City and became the Boulder City Atomic Wranglers. The Sunset Sarsaparilla Fire Ants left Nellis Air Force Base to take the Atomic Wranglers' place in Westside and became the Westside Sarsaparillas. The South Vegas Cazadores had to leave because their parent team took over their stadium, so they moved to Bonnie Springs. Finally, the RobCo Robots were forced to leave Boulder City, so they moved to Nelson and became the Nelson RobCo Robots. 
 
Primm and the Nellis Air Force Base allowed their franchises to leave with Lee's promise that they would receive a new franchise to begin play in 2288. Locations of their affiliated PL team were not yet determined, though there was talk of adding a second stadium in Freeside, along with possible locations in the secured Fort, a second, smaller stadium built at the Nellis AFB, and Boulder Beach. 
 
A map of all franchise locations in 2287 has been attached. 
 
II. Realignment
 
Along with franchises relocating, it was necessary to realign divisions to maintain geographical integrity. 
 
In the MBL, there was only one change. The Westside Sarsaparillas moved from the East to the Central Division, and the Boulder City Atomic Wranglers went from the Central to the East. 
 
In the PL, division alignments changed to the North, West, and East divisions. 
 
The North Division was made up of: Aerotech Tops, Bonnie Springs Cazadores, H&H Tool Company Reds (play at the Whiskey Rose Caravans Park - note that this is an old map, so it still shows the old name, Crimson Caravans, on the map), and Sloan Quarriers. 
 
The West Division was made up of: Hidden Valley Ranchers, NCR Cubs (play in NCR Correctional Facility), Nipton Phoenix, and Nuka Cola Westerners (play in Mojave Outpost). 
 
The East Division was made up of: 188 Traders, Bitter Springs Refugees, Cottonwood Lakelurks, and Nelson Robco Robots. 
 
III. Rule Changes
 
The following rules changes were proposed: 
 
A. Expanding active roster to 26 players. ACCEPTED 27-2.
 
B. Limiting PL rosters to 35 players. ACCEPTED 19-10.
 
C. Changing names of league awards. ACCEPTED 26-3. 
Owners felt these awards were not representative of the feel of the Mojave since they were all named after baseball players only Lee had ever heard of. Therefore the new award names were: Lead Dealer Pitcher Award, New Vegas Samurai Hitter Award, New Kid Award, Return to Sender Defense Award, and Mojave Hardcore Mode Postseason Award. (Author's Note: Minus the "pitcher," "hitter," and "defense" words, these are all real accomplishments in the Fallout: New Vegas game!)
 
C. Adding more chems to the banned chems list. 
Some of the chems are hybrid forms. Slasher was added as a major chem. Other chems that have ability-enhancing properties that are now banned include: ant nectar, ant queen pheromones (stronger version of ant nectar), coyote tobacco chew, healing powder, and mushroom cloud. 
 
Suspension times were not yet determined at the time of the meetings, but slasher was expected to carry a 15-game suspension for first-time use, and all others around 5 games. 
 
D. The RobCo Network Center would officially sponsor the Mojave Baseball League screen. RobCo would create a division of its RNC to be called the Baseball News Network, or BNN. ACCEPTED 28-1. 
 
IV. Scouting Caravans
 
Last year, the league approved scouting caravans to expand beyond the Mojave, as well as holding independent talent camps. Lee gave updates on the scouts sent out in September. 
 
Baseball camps had been established in and around Shady Springs in California and parts of Texas. Though population was sparse in a lot of the desert areas, preventing full baseball camps, Lee said that scouts were recruiting some players to join the league. 
 
Since none of the players recruited for the 2287 season were in the Mojave in time for the draft, all players with a signed certificate by a league-approved scout could join the league as a free agent for the 2287 season. Individual scouting reports would be prepared on the players' ability and secret personality reports would be available based on the scouts' investigations and observations. Also, scouts out east were trained to look for signs of Legionaires in disguise.  
 
Though the California Pipeline was rejected in voting, Lee convinced the owners that it would be a good idea to form a definitive pipeline in California to absorb talent and keep profits higher, lest the more highly-populated California areas form their own baseball league and poach talent from the Mojave. (Author's poll for anyone reading this and willing to respond: If I can get this league to last for, let's say more than six years, do you think it's a good idea to add a competing league in the Fallout 1 and Fallout 2 environments? Or, would you prefer the Mojave to remain the central location of the league? Or, would a spin-off be more suitable? Let me know what you think!) 
 
V. Winter Meetings Trades
* = blockbuster trade - highly-rated player traded 
 
1.1.87
 
* Boulder City traded 20-year-old SP Julio Cortes to Ultra Luxe for 33-year-old SP Sixto Deleon and 18-year-old MR Pat Jones. 
 
1.2.87
 
* Boulder City traded 28-year-old SS George Gray and 29-year-old LF William Harris to Westside for 19-year-old 3B Chris Andrews, 18-year-old MR Eric Gregory, and 18-year-old SP Harry Adams.
 
Boulder City traded 33-year-old LF John Butler and 19-year-old C Zach Williams to South Vegas for 28-year-old MR Wally Grant.
 
Camp McCarran traded 16-year-old rookie C Johnny Teague to North Vegas for 39-year-old 3B Francisco Sandeater and 30-year-old RF Ben Bell.
 
Boulder City traded 19-year-old CF Nate Goff to Freeside for 33-year-old SS Max Rutledge and 29-year-old SP Ronnie Walker.
 
* Goodsprings traded 35-year-old SP Wilfred Buckley to North Vegas for 20-year-old 1B Jesus Martinez and 21-year-old SP Jim Jones.
 
Goodsprings traded 26-year-old MR Ronald Cobb for 17-year-old 3B Ben Adams.
 
The Tops Mutants traded 26-year-old center fielder Zack Cameron to the Gomorrah Devils, getting 17-year-old minor league starting pitcher Rob Cunningham and 20-year-old minor league catcher Santiago Yucca in return.
 
1.3.87
 
Boulder City traded 31-year-old MR Lake Water to Tops for 17-year-old MR Tim Burton.
 
Novac traded 21-year-old RF John Fisher to North Vegas for 19-year-old SP Bill Peterson.
 
Tops traded 19-year-old SP Billy Robertson to Freeside for 19-year-old CF Bob Conant.
 
* Goodsprings traded 28-year-old 3B Duane Antqueen to South Vegas for 29-year-old SP Willie Miller.
 
New California Republic traded 18-year-old 2B Brandon Skinner to Camp McCarran for 17-year-old MR Kane Horton.
 
1.4.87
 
Goodsprings traded 17-year-old RF William Sparks to Tops for rookie 16-year-old SP Grognak King and rookie 16-year-old 2B Chuck Wilkerson.
 
New California Republic traded 38-year-old MR Billy Ross to South Vegas for 37-year-old LF John Stanley.
 
* New California Republic traded 22-year-old RF Steve Davis to Gomorrah for 27-year-old CL Basket Zapp.
 
South Vegas traded 20-year-old CF John Wagner to Freeside for 18-year-old 3B Alf DeLayer.

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The Historian: Segue 2

 

Year 3: 2287

 
The Mojave was changing and progressing so much that the war between the NCR and the Legion seemed like hundreds of years ago. The theme of this time has been simple: progress. People were flooding in from lots of different places just for the chance to live in probably the only really thriving place on the known earth. 
 
In 2287, more company progress meant more jobs for the people coming into the Mojave. More jobs meant less crime. Less crime meant less depression, chem use, and death. Healthier, safer environments meant more productivity and cooperation. 
 
Without further ado, here are some companies that started to make traction in the Mojave: 
 
The New Vegas Steel plant was up and running. Instead of concentrating on things like robots and weapons, the steel company was providing structures for rebuilding damaged and destroyed buildings and supplying Loyal and Jack in their transportation ventures. 
 
Loyal had four operating small planes in his warehouse and had found enough trainable people to start building passenger planes. He said he did not know if he could live long enough to witness it, but he estimated that passenger planes would be flying the skies by as early as 2290. 
 
The Samson Rock Crushing Plant, along with the Quarry Junction, was supplying the New California Republic with enough concrete and rubble to improve the integrity of the rails and rebuild sections of roads to make travel much easier. Concrete was also widely available to work on repairing and rebuilding damaged and destroyed buildings, helping communities like Boulder City and South Vegas to thrive. 
 
People with farming skills were moving into the area, allowing brahmin and bighorn ranches to grow, giving even more food supply to the Mojave. Some farmers even worked on cultivation of crops native to the Mojave, like broc flowers, agave fruit, maize, and jalapeno peppers. 
 
The railway stations, still exclusively under the control of the New California Republic, were available in more locations for both passenger transport and business transport. The business side was the biggest because steel and concrete, as well as fresh crops, could easily be distributed to the places they were needed. Also, the NCR set up a special commuter baseball train to allow players and fans to travel to available locations. 
 
The NCR continued its push outside the Mojave. Reports were that there were some places that needed heavy military presence, like Denver. That could mean bad news for the Mojave Baseball League if the NCR took its trooper/baseball players out of the area. Lee considered making a rule that no other soldiers could join the MBL while active. He said he would put the rule into effect if the NCR did move players out of the area. In that case, it was definitely a good thing the president’s brother owned one of the franchises in the MBL. 
 
RobCo’s online network was fully operational and launched on the first of the year, available to everyone who could access it. For people who could not afford the service or had problems connecting in home from infrastructure damage, they could access the RNC at available network stations in schools, libraries, and community centers. The Baseball News Network division of the RNC was the first to launch with its Mojave Baseball League screen. 
 
Nuka Cola was now an operating facility. Their concentration was on distribution of existing products and R&D for producing rad-free products, planned to launch in 2289. 
 
Another California company, Radiation King, moved into the area. They set up their initial HQ in the Nevada Highway Patrol Station just south of Primm. Originally, they explained, the company produced nuclear-age products, like home televisions. The company restructured in California following the fallout by focusing on decontamination ventures. Radiation King said that it would work to decontaminate any irradiated zones in the area to make those places safe to travel through and eventually safe to live. They said that Jack Rabbit Springs could be rad free by 2291 and Camp Searchlight by 2295. 
 
The Toxic Dump Site between Novac and Nelson had been filled in before, but it still was heavily irradiated, so Radiation King said it would fix that area, too, along with the Old Nuclear Test Site, Vault 34, and an area of Black Mountain that required a radiation suit to travel through. 
 
All of those things mentioned above affected the MBL in a positive way of some sort, except for the potential loss of active-duty NCR troops. But there was one event that happened in early 2287 that turned the MBL on its head. I will give you an account based on the eye witness reports of the people on duty. 
 
2.13.87 – Unlucky 13
 
There was nothing atypical about the day. The Strip carried on as it always did, quiet and recovering at 7:30 AM on a Sunday morning. Ebenezer Swank was milling about smoking a cigarette in the hallway of the 13th floor suites of the Tops Casino. 
 
A young woman, a bit short and a lot country, walked past Swank in the hallway. She smirked as she passed him. Swank noticed the tight pants and couldn’t resist. 
 
“Damn, baby,” Swank called out. “I never saw anything like you up here before. What’s your name?”
 
The young woman turned around. Swank’s two bodyguards were checking her out, too. “You can call me Cheyenne,” she said. 
 
“Cheyenne. I like that. Want to come in old Swank’s room and have a cup of coffee and shoot the old two-headed bull to start the day?” 
 
“Definitely,” she said. 
 
“Ring-a-ding!” 
 
Swank opened the door to his suite. “Sorry, doll, but company policy. My boys here have to pat you.” 
 
“Pat away,” she said. The smirk remained on her face as the well-armed boys ran their hands over every millimeter of her body. After they were finished, and she was found to be sans weapons, she and Swank walked into the suite. The door shut and locked out the panting bodyguards in the hallway. 
 
They stood guard. Ten minutes, twenty, thirty. It was almost an hour before the young woman walked out of the room. “I think I wore him out. He’s asleep now and told me to give you this.” 
 
She handed the bodyguards a note in Swank’s handwriting: “Boys, I’m taking a rest for awhile to rebuild my energy. Wake me up by noon.” 
 
The young woman smirked at the body guards. “Thanks for the good time.” She strolled towards the elevator, and she was gone. 
 
At noon Swank still had not emerged from his room. By that time the early gamblers had started making the Tops tons of caps and it was usually Swank’s job to keep them happy and spending. The bodyguards knocked, and, after a time of no response, one of the guards used his key to enter the room. 
 
When they found Swank, he was naked and covered in blood. He had been stabbed multiple times with what appeared to be a thin, sharp object, almost like the hairpin that held up the young lady’s hair. A police investigation confirmed that it was indeed a hairpin that did Swank in. They were now on the lookout for a woman who went by the name Cheyenne.
 
On February 13, 2287, Ebenezer Swank was no more. Lee had to act fast to get things back in order.

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Year 3: Offseason News and Transactions

 

I already detailed the Swank Event. The big question was "Why?" The NCR had its team on the move trying to figure out who the culprit was and what it meant for the bigger picture, because, let's face it, the last time any big-time players in the Mojave died it was all Lee's doing. A petite female couldn't be Lee, so who was it it? And why? 

 
For the time being, there was a replacement owner within the Tops organization, and I will introduce him in my next update. 
 
Here are news and notes associated with the MBL from January through the beginning of April: 
 
1.11.87 – Player trade
 
The Westside Sarsaparillas traded 28-year-old shortstop George Gray and 19-year-old minor league center fielder Brad Gecko to the New California Republic Bears, getting 33-year-old starting pitcher Miguel Rosa in return.
 
1.16.87 – Player trade
 
The Tops Mutants traded 29-year-old starting pitcher Miguel Santos to the South Vegas Vault Boys, getting 17-year-old minor league closer Dave Young in return.
 
2.7.87 – Player personal leave
 
Gomorrah reliever Doug Campbell and his wife’s joy turned into sadness yesterday, as their young child passed away from unknown reasons. Campbell stated today that he would take some time away from baseball to get his mind right, and would return at some unknown date in the future. 
 
2.16.87 – Player trade
 
The Camp McCarran Brahmin traded 33-year-old third baseman Java Stirfry and 19-year-old minor league shortstop Tony Smith to the Goodsprings Lucky 38s, getting 32-year-old starting pitcher David Bennett in return.
 
2.23.87 – Player injury
 
Westside received bad news today when reliever Henry Lowe was crushed beneath crates of Sunset Sarsaparilla bottles at the factory near Westside. 
Lowe, who was 6-5 with three saves and a 3.76 ERA in 2286 for the Sarsaparillas, will now have to have his legs reconstructed. The 33-year-old will be out for the 2287 season and may be done with his baseball career. 
 
3.2.87 – Player death
 
Kevin Murphy looked to have a promising young career in the Mojave Baseball League. After being traded midseason from North Vegas to Camp McCarran, Murphy went from being a seldom-used backup to a starter. 
 
In 97 games in 2286, Murphy finished with a .266 batting average with 16 doubles, 13 home runs, 39 RBI, 39 runs, 28 walks, and 57 strikeouts. And he was getting better by the day. 
 
Unfortunately, a run in with the Scorpions gang outside Camp McCarran led to Murphy’s demise.
 
3.10.87 through 3.21.87 – Exhibition schedule
 
3.10.87 – Exhibition: WestsideSarsaparillas 5 at Ultra Luxe White Gloves 3. Notable: 2B Augusto Rivera, Westside, 2 for 6, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R 
 
3.11.87– Free Agent Spike - The Scouting Caravans 
 
We don’t yet know how good they will be, but Commissioner Lee announced today that there are around 50 newly available players in free agency as of today. 
 
Commissioner Lee said he found players through scouts heading out to areas of California, Arizona, Utah,  New Mexico, and Texas, as well as parts of Nevada outside the Mojave. 
 
Scouts also reported that Colorado was a tough place to recruit, including the ancient city of Denver where there was nothing there but “man-hungry dogs.”
 
All 12 franchises will have an opportunity today to watch the new talent play, and then they will draw lots for the rights to pick up any of the players available. Tomorrow we will let you know if any of those players were picked up and where they came from to end up in the Mojave Baseball League. 
 
3.11.87 – Exhibition: Tops Mutants 0 at South Vegas Vault Boys 3. Notable: SP Tom Nelson, 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 K
 
3.12.87 – Free Agent Signing
 
There was only one winner after the new free agents’ exhibition game, though that could change in time. Westside signed starting pitcher Luis Alomar who hails from the former state of Oklahoma. Though Alomar is from Oklahoma, he was living in California at the time. He said his family fled Oklahoma and worked their way west, eventually moving to a New California Republic safe zone. 
 
3.12.87 – Exhibition: Novac Dinosaurs 1 at North Vegas Radscorpions 6. Notable: SP Wilfred Buckley, North Vegas, 7.1 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 12 K
 
3.13.87 – Exhibition: New California Republic Bears 4 at Goodsprings Lucky 38s 5.Notable: CJeremy Watson, NCR, 2 for 3, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R; CF Jimmy LaRue, Goodsprings, 2 for 4, 3 RBI
 
3.14.87 – Exhibition: Gomorrah Devils 0 at Freeside Kings 6. Notable: Jeff MacTause, Freeside, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, BB, 9 K
 
3.15.87 – Exhibition: Camp McCarran Brahmin 6 at Boulder City Atomic Wranglers 3. Notable: C Giant Bear, Camp McCarran, 2 for 3, HR, 3 RBI, R, BB
 
3.16.87 – Exhibition: South Vegas Vault Boys 4, Westside Sarsaparilla 0. Notable: Angel Polanco, Westside, 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; Ricardo Rodriguez, South Vegas, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K
 
3.17.87 – Exhibition: Ultra Luxe White Gloves 5 at Tops Mutants 4. Notable: SP Callum Bain, Tops, 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 10 K
 
3.18.87 – Exhibition: Goodsprings Lucky 38s 3 at Novac Dinosaurs 10. Notable: CF Poseidon LastName, Novac, 2 for 5, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
 
3.19.87 – Exhibition: North Vegas Radscorpions 0 at New California Republic Bears 6. Notable: SP Jim Ford, NCR, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
 
3.20.87 – Exhibition: Boulder City Atomic Wranglers 2 at Gomorrah Devils 1. Notable: SP Sixto Deleon, Boulder City, 8 IP, 8 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K
 
3.21.87 – Exhibition: Freeside Kings 2 at Camp McCarran Brahmin 13. Notable: 3B Mitch Carter, Camp McCarran, 2 for 3, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
 
3.24.87 – Player Trade
 
The South Vegas Vault Boys traded 28-year-old center fielder Floyd Bryant and 18-year-old minor league first baseman David Schoolskipper to the Boulder City Atomic Wranglers, getting 39-year-old starting pitcher José Estrada in return.
 
3.24.87 – Player Injury
 
Gomorrah minor leaguer catcher Jamie Reed got into a scrap with a Centaur, resulting in some open wounds and a bad case of radiation poisoning. Reed could miss up to three months recovering.

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Year 3 Offseason: The Bartender Earns a Name

 

He was once insignificant, nameless, and just a small cog in the Tops wheel. He was the Bartender when Lee was taking over the Mojave. Little did Lee know was that behind the ruthless conniving that was the Chairmen, one “little” man within the organization saved his caps and finagled his way into the inner circle. 

 
And, just days after Ebeneezer Swank saw his demise, the Bartender sat in a room of the top remaining members of the Chairmen and made his play into the baseball world. 
 
Now, don’t misunderstand this story. The rightful next man in line became the owner of the Tops. That man was Tommy Torini. Lee liked Tommy, and Tommy liked Lee, or at least he seemed to, unlike Benny and Swank before him. 
 
“As we all know, I’m the big boss man now,” Tommy told the motley crew of Chairmen in the room. “The reason we’re here and the reason I brought in Big Bad to the Knee Lee and…what’s your story, Glory?”
 
“Just call me the Historian,” I said.
 
“Everybody's got to have some claim to fame,” Tommy replied while scratching at his eye patch. “You can call me the Dancing and Singing Stud Bull then.” He laughed and so did the bedraggled Chairmen. 
 
“On to the show,” Tommy continued. “You know, the biggest show the Mojave ever did see. I’m talking about Lee and baseball, you see. Now, I ain’t running this place into my own prideful ground like Swankie did. Not me. I’m looking to multiply our caps and make the Tops something it ain’t ever seen: being the tops!
 
“That’s why some things are going to change, you dig? First, we’re going to work hand in hand with Lee to make this baseball thing work. Second, we’re going to make decisions not based on who’s at the top of the pyramid, but who’s going to make us all more of those little metal caps that makes the world spin round faster than my tap shoes. 
 
“I have a vision for this casino. We aren’t the everyman’s place like the 38. We aren’t the sex paradise that Gomorrah is. And we most certainly don’t have the class the Luxe has. What we do have is the best entertainers on the strip. 
 
“But the real reason we’re here, right here, right now, is because I need to give some juice to our baseball side of business. Let me shake out how this boogie’s going to jive. To make the most of our time, we need two things: fans and success. Now I know what the deal with the fans is, but success comes from wins. Wins brings what Lee called the bandwagoners in, and the bandwagoners bring in the caps. We win, we’re in. That’s why I got us a baseball man who has been right under our eyes all this time. Well, right under my one good eye. 
 
“Everybody, please give it up for the man with the plan, the guy who kept the Aces running smoother than a child bride’s behind, the one, the only Richard Wang.” 
 
Wang stood up to address the room. He was short and thin with a small voice. But each word rang like a chime in the forest. The men sitting at the table listened and quietly agreed. “Thank you, Tommy. If it weren’t for the Aces, we would already be building the railroads or rebuilding those measly little cities that may not need us anymore in the future. But we still need more to maintain the lifestyle for the new Mojave. 
 
“I saw something in the baseball league a lot of others didn’t, and it started at the Aces bar. You see, the players want to come in and unwind after a hard day’s work or play. They sit at the bar and talk or drink or try to pick up a jazzy guy or gal in the crowd. And you know for the most part who did what in their day. But not always, not for the right kind of players. 
 
“I served these men drink after drink, and I noticed what made the difference between the players who were winners and the ones who were losers. There’s that guy Spread in the outfield. It doesn’t matter if he hit a game-winning homer or struck out four times. He held his head high and was ready to move on and win the next day. Then there’s that Wesley guy. Same position, same situation. But if he ****s up one play, he’s in the corner with his head hanging. 
 
“The way I see it, we need more Spreads and less Wesleys. We need guys who don’t give a **** but still want to go out the next day, whip out their meat, and piss all over the other team. I know I don’t have a lot of time to build up for this year with Swank getting whacked the other day. But I’m going to start making some moves and move this team like a ballet dancer in a bullet fight. Ain’t nobody watching the Tops at the bottoms. We’re going to the tops and I’m getting us the players that we need.”
 
After the meeting, Lee welcomed the new owner and manager of the Tops Mutants. Lee was positive that the change was positive. He also used his Speech skill to convince the room he had nothing to do with Swank’s death and was just surprised as they were with his assassination.
 
Below: Tommy Torini, owner, and Richard Wang, general manager
 
 

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