2005 Season


The league continued with 12 teams in a head-to-head in a 144-game schedule for the 13th year of the LFBL. All teams stayed the same from 2004. The four divisions were set-up according to regions. The South Sound Sluggers (Alan) and Elk Grove Earthquakes (Ethan) each won division titles and tied for the best record in the league. Harbor Park and Pocatello also won division titles – the 10th for Harbor Park and Pocatello won their division despite ending 6 games under .500. In the playoffs, Elk Grove ousted Santaquin and Fern Hill on the way to a league Final matchup with South Sound, who ousted Dodgeville and Salem. South Sound, the 8th #1 seed to make it to the finals in 13 seasons lost a thrilling 7-game series to #2 seed Elk Grove (the 7th #2 seed to make it to the Finals). The playoffs were dominated by one player, Elk Grove pitcher William Bell. He won 2 games in the quarter Finals, 3 in the semi-finals and 2 in the finals – including clinching 7th games in the semi-finals and finals. He now stands at 14-2 lifetime in the playoffs, 14 straight wins and 12 in the last two seasons. So with the win, Elk Grove, managed by Ethan Thompson, became the first team with 4 league titles (in 5 appearances) and the first with 2 consecutive titles. South Sound has been to the finals 4 times and Salem 3 times.

In the All-star game Rogers Hornsby was named MVP after going 3-4, scoring two runs with a double and HR to lead the Mr. Rainier / Snake River All-Stars to a 9-6 win over the Pioneer Trail / Rocky Mountain All-Stars. Regular season awards: MVP – Jeff Bagwell (Salem) – 2nd time winner, Cy Young – Bill Foster (South Sound) – 3rd time winner and MV Relief Pitcher – Robb Nen (Fern Hill) for the second straight year.

Elk Grove Championship team:

Catcher – Gabby Hartnett

1st base – Bill Terry

2nd base – Jeff Kent

3rd base – Pie Traynor

Shortstop – Ernie Banks

Leftfield – Joe Medwick

Centerfield – Billy Hamilton

Rightfield – Hugh Duffy

Designated Hitter – Al Simmons

Starting Pitchers – William Bell, Greg Maddux, Claude Hendrix, Mort Cooper, Tim Keefe

Relief Pitchers – Dennis Eckersley, Greg Olson, Tim Burke, Ugueth Urbina, Harry Krause