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TOUGH SEASON, MEMORABLE MOMENTS (2019)

Despite a disappointing 13-16 record, 2019 was filled with memorable moments and achievements. In honor of the league's 25 years of existence, Robert Riley and Jonmarc Lippincott were recognized on the 25th Anniversary Team. Lippincott recorded his 700th MVABL hit. Shawn Schmitt struck out his 800th batter. Joe Becker hit his first career HR, a walk-off blast that also gave him his 50th career win. The Rangers were no-hit by the Cardinals, but still won 1-0. The regular season wrapped up with a walk-off HBP for the franchise's 400th career win. We had an epic first round playoff series win over Redlegs highlighted by Ben Schooler's 11 innings on the mound. However, the season ended abruptly with losses to the Slammers in the semis.

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TRYING TO GET OVER THE HUMP (2018)

Winning 9 of its final 10 regular season games, the Rangers garnered the No. 3 seed for the playoffs. But the magical run came to a halt with a heartbreaking loss to the Royals in the first round of the playoffs. The Rangers finished the season at 16-12 again. Solid waiver wire acquisitions of Chris Ridl and Dominic Kuzujanakis proved extremely helpful to the offense and defense. Nick Gilmore was the team's Most Valuable Player in 2018, leading the team in hits, runs scored, triples, walks, and stolen bases.

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PROMISING OUTLOOK (2017)

The Rangers finished with a 16-12 record and recorded its 300th MVABL victory on Opening Day. Ben Schooler returned to the Rangers full-time after a 3-year hiatus to bat .400 at take home team MVP honors. Rookie Ryan Kemp was selected as the MVABL CY Young Award winner and finished with 70Ks and a 1.88 ERA. He also was the MVABL HR Derby champ. Joe Becker earned Co-Defensive Player of the Game honors in the All-Star Game.

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD (2016)

An up-and-down attendance rate and a number of rainouts, resulted in a sub-par 12-9 season. Kody Barth and Nick Gilmore took home All-MVABL 1st Team Honors and the Rangers sent 7 players to the All-Star Game.

3rd MVABL TITLE (2015)

The Rangers (26-5) finished the season with a record for wins, capped by sweeping the Athletics in the MVABL Finals. The Rangers had 19 games in which they scored in double-digits, and 4 of the 5 losses were by 1 run and in the final at-bat. The .383 team batting average topped last year's record-breaking season. Todd Peck was named Playoff MVP after batting .615 and earning 2 wins on the mound. Ben Schubert was the All-Star Game HR Derby champion.

SWEPT IN FINALS AGAIN (2014)

Despite advancing to the championship series for the third straight season, the Rangers were swept by the Athletics. The team registered its 300th victory in a May 18 win over the Mariners. Rookie Todd Peck singled for the team's 6000th hit. Phil Dickerson became just the 5th Ranger to record 50 hits in a season. Shawn Schmitt reached the 70 Wins, 700 Ks and 800 IP plateau. Matt Delbridge followed his rookie campaign, going 5-0 on the mound with a 2.86 ERA, 61 Ks in 50.33 IP. Kody Barth was the league's Rookie of the Year, and Jonmarc Lippincott was voted Coach of the Year.

20-PLUS WINS, LOSS IN FINALS (2013)

The Rangers reached the championship series for the 3rd time in the last five seasons, but were swept by the Royals in the finals. Despite sporting the lowest team batting average all-time (.276), the team was still able to get to 20 wins or more for the 7th time, and 4th time in the last five years. Shawn Schmitt had a career year on the mound with personal highs in wins (11), IP (100) and ERA (3.24) and surpassed 700 career innings of work. Schmitt also reached the 60-win plateau. Robert Riley snagged his first team MVP honor leading the team with a .357 batting average and recording back-to-back 41 runs scored seasons. Some milestones reached during 2013 included Jelani Arnold scoring the team's 4000th run. Jonmarc Lippincott's double against the Bats in May at AIA was the team's 1000th twin-bagger. Rookie Matt Delbridge recorded the team’s 3000th franchise strike out.

2nd MVABL CHAMPIONSHIP (2012)

With a strong core roster, the Rangers were able to win their second league championship, tying a team record with 24 wins on the season. The season started off with an Opening Day victory, accounting for the franchise's 250th win. Along the way, Ben Schooler registered the team's 5000th hit, and Shawn Schmitt punched out his 600th victim. Unbelievably, four times the Rangers scored 7 or more runs in their final AB to pull out a victory. Robert Riley's bounceback season earned him Most Improved Player honors from the league and became only the 2nd Ranger to have a 40 hit/40 run/40 RBI season. Jonmarc Lippincott set a team-record in runs scored, walks and finished the season on a 24-game hitting streak. Joe Staten earned his first team MVP honor, leading the team in HRs and setting a team record with 45 RBIs. Joe Becker was the team's Cy Young winner and was the Playoff MVP, going 3-0 with a 2.88 ERA in the postseason. Joe Staten was inducted into the MVABL Hall of Fame. Key contributions from college players Ben Schubert, Jonathan Rose, Ian Huss (College Player of the Year), and Brandon Riley shows that the future is still bright for this veteran ballclub.

VETERANS NOT ENOUGH (2011)

With an average age of the team creeping into the 30's, veteran leadership was not enough to get past the Shockers in the playoff semifinals for the second straight season. An average 18-15 season saw Jonmarc Lippincott re-emerge as the team leader in hits, runs, and RBIs (first time since 1998) and Shawn Schmitt tallying 10 wins and close to 100IP. Josh Cawein came aboard and pelted 8 HRs. The team's .365 batting average was the highest since 2002. Shawn Schmitt was elected into the league's Hall of Fame. Shawn also became the league's all-time Wins leader, and surpassed 400IP and 400K in the league.

REPEAT DIVISIONAL CHAMPS (2010)

The Rangers attempt at a championship repeat fell one round shy as the team finished off a regular-season best 19-6 record with a semifinal loss to the Shockers. Finished with a 21-9 record (4th 20-win season and 4th regular season title). With the exception of Opening Day, the Rangers held a lead after the fifth inning in all of their losses. Clint Wolf picked up his 5th straight First Team All-MVABL selection. Robert Riley joined Wolf on the First Team. Jonathan Silverman earned team MVP honors finishing a two-year Ranger career with a 15-1 record. Individual highlights included Jonmarc Lippincott surpassing 300 runs and 300 RBIs and Joe Staten's inside-the-park HR. Riley and Staten's team high in HR (7) marked the first time in 10 years that someone other than Clint or Jake led the team in longballs. Jonmarc, Clint, and Jake Kingsolver were among the inaugural group of entries into the MVABL Hall of Fame.

MVABL POSTSEASON CHAMPS (2009)

Third time was the charm for the Rangers in 2009. After falling twice in the championship series before (2000, 2003), the Rangers were able to knock off the South Dayton Slammers in a best-of-three series for the franchise's first league title. An 18-5 regular season record also gave the team its 3rd regular season title. Offseason pickups of Robert Riley and Brandon Howard were instrumental in providing a boost to the offense. Midseason acquisitions of pitchers Jonathan Silverman and Matt Wenzler helped keep the pitching staff fresh, giving Brad Clark and veteran returnee Shawn Schmitt the opportunity to pitch well. Along with Schmitt, Steve Marshall and Jake Kingsolver returned after a brief hiatus to provide veteran leadership at the plate and on defense. Plenty of contributions across the board, stockpiled with a number of career years from some of the guys, allowed the pieces to finally fit into a championship season.

ON THE VERGE (2008)

Another missed opportunity in the playoffs saw the Rangers end their season in the semifinals of the postseason tournament to the Royals. The Rangers finished 19-13 with a fourth place finish in the regular season. The 19 wins were the most since 2003. The preseason started off with an exhibition against the Springfield Indians at Fifth Third Field. Got some great snapshots of Joe and Clint in the "Dot Race". Crammed into the season was the inaugural Rangers Alumni game held at AIA, bringing back former players for an evening of baseball and CityBBQ. Jacob Robinson posted a 12-2 record on his way to being named the league's Cy Young Award winner. Jacob's 10 wins during the regular season broke an MVABL single season record. James Robinson, Jacob Robinson, Clint Wolf, Jelani Arnold, Brad Clark,and Jonmarc Lippincott were named to the All-Star game. Jonmarc, Clint, and Jacob were named to the All-MVABL first team. Brad was named to the second team. Clint finished runner-up in MVP voting.

RISE FROM THE ASHES (2007)

Another sensational season from center fielder Clint Wolf earned him back-to-back league MVP honors. Draftees Shane Fallen and Reis Pearson were huge contributing factors to a much improved defense. Jake Robinson picked up the All-Star Game Defensive Player award for his diving prowess at shortstop. Jake's 0.43 ERA in July (1 ER in 21 IP) was a Rangers record for any given month. Rangers finished the regular season with a 12-8 record and a first round bye in the playoffs. Brad Clark's bases-loaded heroics in the first playoff game placed the team in the winners bracket final, before bowing out to the Royals and Astros, and a third place finish.

WOLF SNAGS MVP HONORS (2006)

Center fielder Clint Wolf was selected as the league's Most Valuable Player as he led the league in triples and RBIs. Clint was in the top 6 in the league in 8-of-9 offensive categories. Newcomer Brad Clark was a significant boost to the Rangers' starting rotation, compiling a 4-4 record with a team high four complete games. The Rangers were 1-2 during the Memorial Day Tournament, but finished strong with a combined no-hit shutout by Jeremy Lippincott and Ryan Benkert. A 12-13 regular season record was followed up by back-to-back losses in the playoffs.

REBUILDING NOT COMPLETE (2005)

The Rangers could not compensate for the lost of offense provided by Ethan Goetz and Jake Kingsolver. Ethan transferred to New Mexico and Jake retired into the world of softball and fatherhood. The Rangers finished the lowest in the standings in over 5 years despite losing a number of games by 3 runs or fewer. Jake Robinson improved on his rookie campaign by putting together a winning season on the mound. Joe Staten, Clint Wolf, and Robinson were all named to the 2005 MVABL All-Star team.

REBUILDING (2004)

The Rangers' dominance dwindled in 2004 as the team lost its top 2 hitters. For the first time in franchise history, the Rangers ventured outside of the area to take on some new teams, including the Columbus Sharks, Cincinnati Suds, and Dayton Braves. The Rangers looked solid in the Memorial Day tournament, posting a 2-1 record, but fell short of making the playoffs due to the run differential rule. Key offseason pickups in Brian Robinson and Ethan Goetz helped tremendously with the offense.

BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPS (2003)

The Rangers continued their dominant play in 2003, only losing 3 times during the regular season while accumulating 18 wins. The Rangers looked solid in the postseason tournament as well, but fell in the Championship game to the Ohio Woodpeckers. The Rangers continued their season with a trip to Indianapolis for the 2004 MABL Labor Day tournament. With an undermanned staff and depleted lineup, the Rangers played exceptionally well winning both games on Saturday and tying the Hilliard Indians in the 3rd game before rain cancelled the remainder of the tournament. Scott Pollak and Shawn Schmitt pitched lights-out ball for the Rangers and the defense was superb.

REGULAR SEASON CHAMPS (2002)

With a few key additions to the roster, the Rangers put together their best season to date finishing atop the league with an 18-4 regular season record. However, the Rangers lost in the semifinals of the postseason tournament to the eventual champions, the Black Sox. The 2002 season also marked the first time that the Rangers competed in a non-league tournament. The Rangers competed in the MABL Labor Day tournament in Columbus, Ohio and finished 2-2 to claim third place.

The AVERAGE SEASON PART II (2001)

The Rangers must not have recovered from the loss in the 2000 Championship game as the Rangers finished right around .500 again with a 12-13 record. Rob Hoover continued to pitch well going 8-2 on the season and rookie pitcher Joe Staten pitched extremely well (1.13 ERA) despite getting no run support in the games he pitched.

The COMEBACK SEASON (2000)

The Rangers finished a great season only to have an unimpressive record to show for it at 11-16. But with the help of Shawn Schmitt's 4 postseason homeruns (he had 0 career homeruns going in the playoffs), the Rangers fought their way through the playoff's losers bracket to face the Reds in the Championship. The Rangers had to beat the Reds twice to obtain the title, and looked good as they won the first game and forced a deciding game. But, through the light snow and frigid temperatures, the Rangers fell just short of the Championship crown.

The AVERAGE SEASON (1999)

The Rangers finished 12-12 on the season including a 1-1 record against a pair of Columbus MABL teams.

The ASTERISK SEASON (1998)

The 1998 season saw the Rangers playing most of their games at Arthur Fisher Park. The Rangers finished 9 games over .500 with a 22-13 record. Offensive stats flourished with the 300-ft fences as the team combined to hit 43 homeruns that year, including one game when the top four hitters in the lineup hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back homeruns en route to a 16 run inning - a Rangers record.

The EXPANSION SEASON (1997)

The Dayton Rangers Baseball Club was created as an expansion team in the MABL (Men's Adult Baseball League) in the summer of 1997 by current player/manager Jonmarc Lippincott. The team originally consisted of 15 players and has had 128 different players play for the Rangers over its 19 years of existence. Players have come from all over southwestern Ohio. The Rangers finished their inaugural season with a respectable 10-14 record. Rob Hoover anchored the pitching staff as he pitched an astounding 103 innings while striking out a Rangers record 114 batters along the way.

FRANCHISE HISTORY

Rangers' Firsts
  • Game - Loss to Mariners 4-3, 5 inn.
    (5/4/97)

  • At-Bat - Mike Steiger, struck out vs.
    Mariners (5/4/97)

  • Hit - Scott Sundermeyer, double vs.
    Mariners (5/4/97)

  • Run - Danny Rosales (5/4/97)

  • RBI - Jeremy Lippincott, RBI
    groundout (5/4/97)

  • Double - Scott Sundermeyer
    (5/4/97)

  • Triple - Danny Rosales, vs. Yankees
    (6/22/97)

  • HR - Jonmarc Lippincott, vs. Astros
    (6/8/97)

  • SB - Jeremy Lippincott, vs. Mets
    (5/11/97)

  • Pitching K - Jeremy Lippincott,
    struck out Jeff Walker (Mariners)
    (5/4/97)

  • Win - TJ, two-hit Mets 9-1 (5/11/97)

  • Save - Rob Vigh, vs. Rockies
    (7/19/98)

  • 4-hit game - Jonmarc Lippincott,
    vs. Astros (6/8/97)

  • 5-hit game - Jon Wolf/Chris Snyder,
    vs. Rockies (7/19/98)

  • 6-hit game - Jonmarc Lippincott

Milestones
  • 100th Hit - Jeff Fleming, RBI single vs. Yankees (6/20/97)

  • 500th Hit - Rob Vigh, RBI single vs. Indians (1998)

  • 1000th Hit - James Robinson, single vs. Rockies (2000)

  • 2000th Hit - Clint Wolf, single vs. Sharks in '04 Memorial Day Tourney

  • 3000th Hit - Jelani Arnold, single vs. Royals (2007)

  • 4000th Hit - Jelani Arnold, bases-clearing double vs. Royals (6/28/09)

  • 5000th Hit - Ben Schooler, RBI single vs. Fury (2012)

  • 6000th Hit - Todd Peck, single vs. Redlegs (2014)

  • 7000th Hit - Eric Becker, RBI single vs. Royals (2017 playoffs)

  • 1000th Playoff Hit - Brandon Marshall, 2-run single vs. Redlegs (2017 playoffs)

  • 400th HR - Kody Barth (GS) vs. Wild Boars (7/10/16)

  • 1000th SB - Chris Pluta (4/2/17)

  • 1000th league SB - Chris Ridl (8/11/19)

  • 100th Run - Dwain (8/3/97)

  • 500th Run - Rob Hoover vs. Cardinals (1999)

  • 1000th Run - Aaron Armstrong vs. Royals (2001)

  • 2000th Run - Jonmarc Lippincott, vs. Astros (2005)

  • 3000th Run - Jake Kingsolver, HR vs. Slammers (8/16/09)

  • 4000th Run - Jelani Arnold vs. Braves (4/21/13)

  • 5000th Run - Steve Marshall vs. Redlegs (7/31/16)

  • 5000th MVABL Run - Jonmarc Lippincott vs. Royals (8/23/20)

  • 100th RBI - Danny Rosales, 3-run HR vs. Mets (9/7/97)

  • 500th RBI - Matt Caraway, RBI triple vs. Marlins (1999)

  • 1000th RBI - Tom Pennington, RBI fielder's choice vs. Reds (2002)

  • 2000th RBI - Jonmarc Lippincott, RBI single vs. Sox (2007)

  • 3000th RBI - Zach Carroll, 2-run double vs. Thunder in playoffs (2011)

  • 4000th RBI - Brandon Riley, RBI single vs. Thunder (8/15/15)

  • 5000th RBI - Eric Becker, RBI single vs. Redlegs in playoffs (9/12/20)

  • 100th pitching K - Rob Hoover, vs. Yankees (6/20/97)

  • 500th pitching K - Rob Hoover, vs. Mariners (7/2000)

  • 1000th pitching K - Rob Hoover, struck out Matt Klaus (Expos) (2002)

  • 2000th pitching K - Shane Fallen, struck out Marcus Douthy (Sox) (7/29/08)

  • 2500th pitching K - Phil Donovan, struck out Brandon Kunkle (Athletics) (5/15/11)

  • 3000th pitching K - Matt Delbridge, struck out Casey Fannin (Bats) (7/28/13)

  • 4000th pitching K - Joe Becker, struck out Jacob Causey (Royals) (6/21/20)

  • 100th win - Shawn Schmitt, beat Astros 9-2 (2003)

  • 200th win - Jonathan Silverman, beat Slammers 12-6, 8 inn. (7/26/09)

  • 250th win - Shawn Schmitt, beat Redlegs 19-11 (4/15/12)

  • 300th overall win - Joe Becker, beat Mariners 12-1 (5/18/14)

  • 300th league win - Robert Riley, beat Royals 10-4 (4/2/17)

  • 400th overall win - Brandon Saylor, beat Knights 6-5 in 10 inn. (8/18/19)

  • 50th playoff win - Joe Becker, beat Royals 7-5 (8/19/17)

  • 50th save - Joe Becker, vs. Cardinals (6/15/19)

  • 10,000th official AB - Jelani Arnold, RBI single vs. Sox (2007)

  • 10,000th league AB - Shawn Schmitt, single vs. Royals (2009)

  • 20,000th official AB - Ryan Kemp, RBI double vs. Boars (2017)