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"LAPD Baseball Team wins 2014 L.A. City Baseball Summer League Championship!"
 
 


Our Centurions Baseball Team entered the L.A. City League play-offs as a 3rd seed wild card team in our division. Focused on victory, we defeated the White Sox 14 to 3 and advanced to the Division game against the Westchester Yankees. In the Division play-off game that would decide who goes on to the championship series, we shut out the Westchester Yankees 7 to 0, and now would face the Glendale Dodgers in a best of 3 championship series games. During the regular season we were 1 win and 1 loss vs. the Glendale Dodgers. In game #1 of the series we fell short and were defeated by the Dodgers 5-3. In a must win game #2 our bats came alive and our defense stayed strong as we defeated the Dodgers 10 to 9. Now it's was time for game #3 to decide the champions of the L.A. City Baseball League, and man what a battle it was! After 9 nail biting innings our Centurions played one of the best defensive games of the season, and defeated the Dodgers 1 to 0 to win the L.A. City Baseball Major League Championship! I like to recognize all of the Centurion Baseball players for their commitment to winning and for doing their part to make this Championship possible.


2014 LAPD Baseball Team Roster:

#42 Michael Scott-Manager
#11 Juan Soriano-Head Coach
# 14 Bryan Pagliassotto-OF/IF
#24 Cesar Corona-P
#20 Chad Reuser-OF/IF
#30 Christopher Santiago-P
#2 Cody Lewis-OF
#34 Daniel Rios-OF
#21 Ernesto Hernandez-IF/P
#27 Jacob Maynard-1B
#32 Jaime Chacon-1B
#35 James Jolicoeur-P
#33 Javier Salazar-C
#13 Jeffrey Poole-IF/OF
#12 Jeremy Hunt-OF
#8 Jimmy Tumbeiro-IF
#23 Luis Mota- IF/C/P
#31 Martin Mojarro-P
#17 Merrill Dunn-P/OF
#3 Noel Magpoc-IF
#22 Oscar Bocanegra-P/OF
#15 Oscar Gallo-OF
#29 Paul Corralejo-OF
#5 Rene Avila IF/C
#4 Steven Macias-OF
#43 Vincent Ortiz-IF/P/C
#38 William Martin-P



















LAPD Centurions Baseball Team was established in 1913, re-established in the 1970’s, and finally reestablished in 2000 when probationary Officers Michael Scott and Chad Reuser asked Lt. Tim Moss why the Department did not have a hardball baseball team.  

Lt. Moss, who at the time was managing the Department’s Championship West Valley Softball Team, explained that the Centurions use to play in the 70’s, but over time interest dwindled.  Lt. Moss proposed a challenge two the two baseball loving officers.  If they found the players, he would coach the team.  This was what Officer Scoot and Officer Reuser needed to hear.  Since then, the LAPD Centurions Baseball Team has gone on to win numerous championship tournaments and have hosted several charity events benefiting thousands of the most disadvantaged children of Los Angeles.
   
The LAPD Centurions Baseball Team has a rich history of helping the community.  While doing research it was discovered that Newton Division had an all black LAPD Baseball Team in the late 1920’s.  In 1929 during the great depression, the LAPD Team played a charity game against Dunbar Hospital staff and raised more than $10,000 for charity.  At that time Dunbar Hospital was the only hospital in Los Angeles that treated black patients.  (More stories about the Newton Division all black baseball will be posted soon!)

Today, the LAPD Centurions Baseball Team consists of 35 LAPD Officers who are dedicated to their job of protecting and serving the community in which they all work, and playing America’s favorite past time.

The Centurions have traveled throughout California and played in tournaments in San Jose, San Diego, Sacramento, and here in Los Angeles. They have also played on the road making stops in Arizona, Nevada, and on the East Coast in New York and Miami to play in tournaments hosted by those State’s Police and Fire teams.

One of the biggest highlights of the Centurions came in 2001 season when the Western State Police and Fire Games announced for the first time ever the addition of baseball to their program.  The games were hosted by the City of San Jose, who had put together a highly talented baseball team.  In the first game of the tournament the San Jose Baseball Team defeated the LAPD Centurions with the victory making big headlines in the sports section of the daily newspaper.  One key article stated, “San Jose Baseball Team beat up on LAPD’s Baseball Team.”  The quote from one of the San Jose players read, “LAPD has always been the team to beat, they just are!”

The San Jose Baseball Team went on to a winning streak for the rest of the tournament, but so did the LAPD Centurions.  With all the elements in place for an unavoidable showdown, the two teams faced off again in the Championship game held at Municipal Minor League Stadium.  And what a show!  The San Jose Baseball Team had the home field advantage as the stands were filled with San Jose fans.  The LAPD Centurions only had about 25 fans and one heckler.  Opening ceremonies included the City’s Mayor and Chief of Police landing on the baseball field in a helicopter and four mounted San Jose Police Officers as Color Guards for the National Anthem.  Under all that pressure the Centurions crushed the San Jose Team to win their first of many Western State Game titles.

 
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