**** AAABA National Champions 1947, 1956, 1960, 1962, 1986, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002 ****
NABF National Champions 1986, 1995 ****
National Baseball Congress World Series
2004, 2006

2007 SENATORS MAKE CLG, CLUB HISTORY

 

VIENNA, Va. July 31—The Vienna Senators (39-5) have sealed their second consecutive Clark Griffith League championship under the helm of manager Chris Burr, local standout from Madison High School and George Mason University.

Burr led Arlington Senators to league titles and All-American Amateur Baseball Association National Championships from 1998 to 2001. He also led the team to a Clark Griffith League title in 2003.

The Senators have clinched the Clark Griffith League pennant for the ninth time in club history this season. The Senators are the only club to have won nine league championships, so the 2007 Vienna Senators are truly making history.

The 39 wins this season is also more than the total wins the team collected in its 2005 and 2006 seasons. In 2005, the club went 31-13 and in 2006 the team was 30-10. In fact, PG Crosschecker announced on July 17, when the Senators were 27-4, the club had the best record in summer baseball. PG Crosschecker ranked the Senators sixth in the nation on July 30. The No. 6 in the nation ranking is the highest in team history.

The Senators clinched the Inaugural Jacobs Cup post-season tournament championship, coming back from 2-1 to win 6-2 with a five-run rally in the bottom of the eighth.

The Senators are now on their way to Wichita , Kansas , to compete in the National Baseball Congress World Series for the second consecutive year.

In other Senators news:

*** Vienna ends the season leading the Clark Griffith League in Hitting (Batting Avg.), Pitching (ERA) and Fielding Percentage. The Senators led the league in pitching and hitting in 2005 and 2006. The Senators batters had a team average of .313 and slugged 40 home runs and notched 452 hits. The Senators pitchers had a 2.22 ERA with six shutouts and 377 total strikeouts. Pitchers also only allowed 277 hits and 104 walks.

***Several Senators are leading in various individual batting categories. Sam Honeck is tied for the lead in home runs, and Nick Wheeler leads in RBI. Senators pitchers Aaron Loup and Nate Newman also top the league pitching categories in wins, strikeouts, opposing batting average and ERA.

***The Senators have made team league records for HR, with 40 total home runs. Ten of those belong to first baseman Sam Honeck of Tulane. The previous team record for the league was 33, set by the Reston Hawks in 2005.

***The Senators are also looking to set team league records for runs scored and batting average. In 1997, the Senators had a .307 team batting average. The 2007 Senators have a .313 team batting average.

***The Senators pitching staff is also on the hunt for records in both strikeouts and wins. The 2007 pitching staff has 377 total Ks and 37 total wins.

***Several individual players are on the quest to achieve All-Time League Individual Records. Sam Honeck has 10 home runs this season. He is two short of tying the record set by Mike Biannucci of the Reston Hawks.

***One Senator has already captured an individual batting record. The league RBI individual record is 42, which was set by Jared Dufault in 1999. Third baseman Nick Wheeler of West Alabama has made that record his own with 46 RBI this season.

***The Senators are looking forward to their third appearance in the National Baseball Congress World Series. This summer they will make their second consecutive trip to Witchita , Kansas for the competition. The dates are July 29 to August 12. The NBC World Series is the “real deal” among baseball tournaments. Participating teams represent some of the top leagues around the country, including the Alaska League, Jayhawk League, Great Lakes League, Southern California Collegiate Baseball League, Coastal California League, etc. The NBC World Series has an unrivaled tradition for producing and showcasing top baseball talent in the world.

NATIONAL BASEBALL CONGRESS WORLD SERIES GRADUATES OF THE YEAR

YEAR

GRADUATE

MAJOR LEAGUE

2006

B. J. Ryan

Toronto BlueJays

2005

Morgan Ensberg

Houston Astros

2004

Nate Robertson

Detroit Tigers

2003

Albert Pujols

St. Louis Cardinals

2002

Lance Berkman

Houston Astros

2001

Luis Gonzalez

Arizona Diamondbacks

2000

Eric Karros

Los Angeles Dodgers

1999

Trevor Hoffman

San Diego Padres

1998

Robin Ventura

Chicago White Sox

1997

Brett Butler

Los Angeles Dodgers

1996

Chuck Knoblauch

Minnesota Twins

1995

Mark Grace

Chicago Cubs

1994

Jimmy Key

New York Yankees

1993

Barry Bonds

San Francisco Giants

1992

Andy Benes

San Diego Padres

1991

Bob Welch

Oakland A's

1990

John Olerud

Toronto BlueJays

1989

Rafael Palmeiro

Texas Rangers

1988

Mark McGwire

Oakland A's

1987

Joe Carter

Cleveland Indians

1986

Roger Clemens

Boston Red Sox

1985

Tony Gwynn

San Diego Padres

1984

Ron Kittle

Chicago White Sox

1983

Dave Stieb

Toronto BlueJays

1982

Steve Rogers

Montreal Expos

1981

Steve Kemp

Pittsburgh Pirates

1980

Bruce Boche

Oakland A's

1979

Dave Winfield

San Diego Padres

1978

Ron Guidry

New York Yankees

1977

Chris Chambliss

Atlanta Braves

1976

Randy Jones

New York Mets

1975

Mike Hargrove

Cleveland Indians