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Lightning Bolt...or A Shower of Gold

Lightning Bolt….or A Shower of Gold

 

Bay City vs. Saginaw

Walnut Grove #1, Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI

World’s Tournament Championship

August 10, 2014

 

 

Bay City 4, Saginaw 7

 

 

Having bested the Brooklyn Atlantics in their previous match, the Independents of Bay City now progressed to the Championship Match against a familiar opponent, the Old Golds of Saginaw.  The Old Golds had progressed to this point by making their way through the Chadwick division allowing an average of only 2 1/2 runs a contest, which was only slightly more than the previous year when they permitted only 2 runs per match on their way to the title match, which they would win besting Bay City 23-8.  Bay City was also playing fairly good defense on their side of the Championship bracket allowing only 6 runs per contest.  Offensively, Saginaw had averaged almost 14 runs per match, while Bay City was tallying nearly 19 per game.  It would appear that each club had an advantage over the other, either  defensively or offensively.  Thus, as it seemed, a good match might be made for the Championship on this day.

 

Bay City would win the coin toss, and elected to take the field.  This allowed Saginaw to strike whilst the sphere was hardest, and strike they did.  The lead batter, Whiskers Endert, would lose his hand on a daisy cutter to short stop to kill the Golds first hand.  The real fun began then, as Jason “Tree Trunk” Leckrone then drove a howitzer into the garden in center field that put him safely at third.  The next striker, John “Lumberjack” Piersall, then went against his natural grain, and placed the ball neatly in his pull field of left.  Piersall would make his first, and bring home Leckrone with the first run.  The Lumberjack would then lose his hand when Bolt Funcheon pulled a daisy cutter to the short stop, Tanner LeRoux, who then flipped to second to force the second hand.  An attempt was made at a twin-killing, but Bolt was too fast for the relay and made his first.  This brought Dennis “The Vanilla Gorilla” Konuszewski to the plate, and The Gorilla was out to prove that a two year absence hadn’t hurt his game, and by that we mean his powerful striking.  Well, strike he did depositing a howitzer into the left center garden that drove home Bolt, and put him at third with two hands dead.  The rally would end there as the next striker’s hand would be dead thanks to a sky ball bottled in left by Jeremy Schoolboy Stedry.

 

The Bay Citys were now down in the contest by two runs, but looked to try and match if not surpass, the Saginaws efforts.  Tanner LeRoux would take his first, and then move on to second thanks to back to back muckle shots from both he and Kid Garcia.  Then Jeff “Silverback” Rahl would drive a howitzer deep into the left center garden that put him squarely at first, and drove both LeRoux and Garcia home to tie the contest.  That brought Logger Leppek to the plate for the Independents, and Leppek looked to help Bay City take the lead in the contest by driving the onion deep into the trees into right center field.  Rahl, sensing the trajectory of the ball and it’s almost certain exit of the field of play, turned and began to leg his way home.  Unfortunately for the Bay Citys the ball struck high upon the tree and then shot back into the field of play very near to where the right fielder was standing.  This allowed the Saginaw gent to fire the ball toward home where it was intercepted by the pitcher, and then relayed to the Golds catcher, Adam “Squints” McCauly where he was able to put the tag on the hustling Rahl.  Logger would most adeptly make his second on the throw.  The next hand would be lost to a sky ball handled by John Smith in left field, and then Leppek would progress to third on a safety lined into the long field by Butterfly Becerril.  Becerril then stole his second, but both he and Leppek would be stranded when Buttons McInerney’s sky ball was bottled by the Saginaw right fielder.  The Saginaws would escape the innings with  Bay City leaving runners at second and third, and the match tied.

 

The next four innings would be filled with whitewash on both sides, but the striking was far from lacking, rather it was the fielding that was phenomenal.  A fine case in point happened in the Saginaws third innings when their lead striker Copper would make his first on a  safety into the garden.  He then progressed to second on an infield daisy cutter by Jon “Boozehound” Smith.  The next striker, Chuck “Ducky” Mahan hit a sky ball that was bottled on the run by Sean “Tanner” LeRoux, and the runners at first and second were forced to hold their positions.  That brought Toby “Scoops” Larkin to the plate for the first time in the match, and true to his form Larkin lashed a liner into the long field that nearly lacerated the larynx of the left fielder, Jeremy “Schoolboy” Stedry.  Stedry, showing the sand that he has played with all season, took the ball off his throat, bobbled it momentarily and then bottled it on the run killing Larkin’s hand.  Thinking quickly Stedry then launched the ball to the Bay City second sacker, and killed the Copper’s hand, as he had strayed too far from his base of origin.

 

In the fifth innings the Independents would turn away another threat thanks to more fine plays by the long fielders.  The innings would begin with Bull Diag losing his hand to a sky ball gathered by Jason McInerney in short center field.  Then Whiskers Endert would make his fist on a garden grabber, and then took his second on a muff.  That brought Tree Trunk Leckrone to the plate for the second time in the contest.  In his previous effort he was able to make his third on a howitzer to center, and he hoped to torch Buttons McInerney again, but the stout Bay City fielder was more than up to the task this time.  Leckrone lashed the onion into the garden, but not as deep as previously, and so McInerney came charging in and made a one handed grab to kill the striker, and send Endert back to second.  Now with two hands lost John “Lumberjack” Piersall would attempt to drive home Endert with one of his patented, opposite field strikes, but Alan “Kid” Garcia, who was manning the hill in right field, would have none of it.  Garcia charged down the hill, and made a sliding, one handed grab of his own to swallow the pill for the final out of the innings, and thus ended the next Saginaw threat.

 

Bay City wouldn’t be without their chances in the contest either.  In the fifth innings, Butterfly Becerril, the Independents pitcher on this day, made his first on a fine drive into left field, but he would proceed no further as Bryce “Bolt” Funcheon, the Saginaws center fielder, would make three acrobatic catches in a row of howitzers from the bats of the Bay Citys that most certainly would have made extra bases, and would have created quite a frenzy on the pillows for the Independents.

 

Following his fifth innings defensive display Bolt Funcheon would lead off the Golds innings with a deep drive into the garden that allowed him to make his third.  He was then driven home by Konuszweski , who also made his first.  The next striker, Adam “Squints” McCauly would then hit  daisy cutter that dribbled down the line, and was scooped up by the pitcher, Becerril, who then flipped to first to record the first hand lost.  The Gorilla was able to make his second, due to the slow rolling ball, and would then tally when Copper, the Golds third base tender, punished the pill and then made his third himself.  Jon Smith would drive home Copper with a sky ball placed into the left field that was captured by Schoolboy Stedry to record his hand as well.  Ducky Mahan would then end the innings with a ground ball handled by LeRoux who then threw to Leppek to shoot the duck.  Saginaw now held a three run lead.

 

Bay City would get back one of those runs in their sixth, when Jimmy Arnold, would scramble home after a series of safeties, and ground ball outs.  Saginaw would then add another run in their seventh, and one more in their eighth  to take a 7-3 lead.  Bay City would then mount their greatest threat since their first innings, when their first four strikers in the innings, Logger Leppek, Cat LeRoux, Butterfly Becerril, and Buttons McInerney, would all make base safely.  However, only Leppek would tally, as the next three strikers all lost their hands to sky balls bottled by either the short stop, or the second base man for Saginaw.

 

Frustrated as they were at their failures to cut deeper into the Saginaws lead, the Bay Citys took to the field undaunted, and dispatched Tree Trunk Leckrone on a sky ball to second base, Lumberjack Piersall on a  sky ball handled by Garcia in right, and finally a line drive grab by Tanner LeRoux at short stop killed Bolt’s hand for the first time in the contest.  Recording three quick outs, the Bay Citys now came to bat in their ninth with the bottom of their order.  The first hand was recorded by Ryan Dost, the Saginaws first sacker as he bottled a sky ball, and the next was lost when the Golds captain, Adam McCauly captured a slow roller behind the plate and threw out Constable Gerken at first.  Matt “Barrel Roller” Barnard now strode to the stripe with a great determination not to be the final out, and his striking as well as his concentration was not faulty as he placed the ball beyond the grasp of the Copper at third, and made his first.  This brought the final striker in the lengthy Bay City order to the plate, and Adam “Ca-Ca-Nuts” Johnson would come through with a liner over Larkin at short stop that put Barnard at second, and Johnson at first.  The excitement, and anticipation on the benches, in the field, and in the crowd was now quite palpable, for the top of the Bay City order would now get their chance for glory yet again.  For those unaware, or those who may have forgotten, Bay City found themselves in just such a situation some eleven months previous in the State Championship match held in Bay City.  The Independents entered the ninth innings that day down to these same Old Golds by the same margin, only the tally that day was 5-2.  The Independents were able to rally, and win the day with 4 runs in their ninth.   The same hopes seem to be lining up today, as Sean “Tanner” LeRoux made his way to the stripe as the nerves on either side grew even more frayed. LeRoux waited out his at bat through several pitches, whilst the shadows of Kid Garcia, Silverback Rahl, and Logger Leppek loomed, waiting in the wings for their turn at whipping the willow. Pitch after pitch went by, until LeRoux saw one of his liking, and he drove it in through the center of the field, but the orb caught too much grass and therefore slowed enough to be snagged by the second sacker for Saginaw who then flipped to short stop to kill Johnson for the final out of the thrilling contest.

 

It was a remarkable match, truly befitting of the moniker of Championship, and the Golds, having dodged another bullet, had fairly won the day and showed that they had earned their title of Champion.  So would end another tournament run for Bay City, the accolades would not end there for them, as one of their own, Branden “The Rope” Revette would be honored by those in attendance as the finest catcher of the weekend.  It was an honor well won, and one long past due.

No! Sleep! Til Brooklyn!....or Log-Rolling

No! Sleep! Til Brooklyn!……or Log-Rolling!

 

Bay City vs. Brooklyn NY

Walnute Grove #1, Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI

World’s Tournament, Haney Region Championship Match

August 10, 2014

 

Bay City 13, Brooklyn 9

 

 

In 1867 the Detroit Base Ball Club, in an effort to lure the greatest base ball clubs from the East Coast out to the Midwest, held a tournament that they named, “The World’s Tournament of Base Ball.”  If the name wasn’t  enticing enough, they also offered a $300 prize, and a rosewood bat to the winning club.  Their hope was that the winning club would then play in a match against them, and the Detroit Club could prove their mettle against the very best.  Their hopes were dashed when no East Coast clubs arrived, until now.  The Brooklyn Atlantics Base Ball Club were Champions of America in 1865, and were also notorious for ending the Cincinatti Red Stockings 92 game winning streak in 1870, in what would be history’s first extra-innings game.  The modern day version of the Atlantics are more than on par with their historical counterparts, and are quite renown for their fine, heady play, and their scientific methods on the diamond, and so there was little surprise to find them in this Regional Championship Match.  

 

Nearly a year ago, the Bay Citys were fortunate enough to pit their skills agains the Atlantics in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and they found themselves on the losing end of the match.  That string continued this morning, as they also lost their first coin toss of the Tournament.  The Atlantics, having won the toss, allowed the Independents to strike first.  Sandwiched between two sky balls that were bottled in the long field, Kid Garcia made his first, then traversed to second when Jason “Logger” Leppek launched another ball over the train tracks in right field.  Cat Leroux, the fifth striker in the Bay City order, then drove the ball into the right field as well, and loaded the bases.  Brian “Butterfly” Becerril then picked up where he left off in the previous day’s matches, and drove a howitzer into the right center garden driving home Garcia and Leppek, moving LeRoux to third, and planting himself firmly at second sack.  The Butterfly would move to third on a muckle shot from the stick of Buttons McInerney, but the Irish would find his luck had run out when he his hand was killed during an attempted theft of second, which ended the innings for Bay City.

 

The Atlantics wouldn’t take long to make their presence felt, as their lead striker, and fine left fields man Dirty Pirate, went searching for booty in the long field and planted his Jolly Roger at second sack.  The Brooklyn third sacker, Shakespeare, showed that he had no trouble straightening out his Longfellow when he drove the soiled sailor home by planting the onion in the right garden.  Shakespeare would lose his hand, however when the Atlantic’s short stop Dream Bucket Emma hit a hot daisy cutter to short stop, which Tanner LeRoux flipped to second sack for the first hand lost.  The next two gents would lose their hands to sky balls handled in the long field, and so the Bay Citys would win the first innings with a tally of 3-1.

 

Branden “The Rope” Revette would begin the second innings for Bay City with a garden grabber that put him safely at first.  He would proceed no further, as Dream Bucket Emma proved worthy of his moniker by handling a daisy cutter from the willow of Schoolboy Stedry, sliding over to second sack to force Revette, and then rifling the ball to first to finish a twin-killing.  Emma would finish the innings for Bay City by snatching Jimmy “Two Quarts” Arnold’s hot line drive.

 

 

Brooklyn Takes Control

 

After laying on a fine coat of white wash on the Independents, the Brooklynites took to striking in their second innings with a fever pitch.  Three straight safeties loaded the bases for the Atlantics, and the fourth striker in the innings, Cuzzzz, nearly cleared the deck driving a howitzer through the leaping hands of Jason “Buttons” McInerny in center field.  Cuzzz was held up at third after driving home three runners, but would then tally on a sky ball to left field that was bottled by Jeremy “Schoolboy” Stedry.  The next two strikers would lose their hands on balls handled by Tom “Cat” LeRoux at second sack, but the damage was done as the Atlantics had now won the second innings, and taken the lead in the contest at 5-3.

 

The third innings would prove slightly more successful than the second for the Bay Citys.  Aaron “The Constable” Gerken laced a drive into the long field that had him make his second with one hand down.   Gerken would be frozen at second when Matt “Barrel Roller” Barnard would make his first with a ball struck in the hole betwixt short stop and third sack.  Adam “Ca-Ca-Nuts” Johnson then hit a ground ball handled by Emma for the Atlantics, and it seemed like it might be another double play, but Gerken played the points and forced Emma to chase him for the tag, which then allowed Barnard to make his second, as well as Johnson to reach his first.  This maneuver would prove quite important, as this brought the top of the order to the dish for Bay City, and Tanner LeRoux wasted little time mashing the apple into the long field, making his second and rolling the Barrel home.  The next hand would be killed on a ground ball handled by the short stop, and Bay City made the contest a tighter scratch at 5-4.

 

The Atlantics would lose their first hand in the third on a foul tick to Revette, which then brought up the top of the Brooklyn order, and the Dirty Pirate found his way to second sack again.  Shakespeare would then drive him home, and then move to second on a drive into the garden from Dream Bucket Emma.  Shakespeare and Emma would then move up one base each on a daisy cutter handled by Jimmy “Two Quarts” Arnold, who then tossed to Leppek at first to kill Toothpick, the fifth striker in the innings,  hand.  Flash, the Atlantics first base man, then pushed the pill into the long field to make his first and drive home Shakespeare and Dream Bucket.  He would progress no further, as the next batsman, Hawk, struck a ball that was again taken on the right side of the field by Arnold who then

flipped the ball to Tanner LeRoux who was covering second to kill Flash’s hand.  The Bay Citys were now trailing the Brooklyn nine 8-4.

 

Bay City makes their Move

 

Just as in the previous days match against the Village LaDeDahs, when the Bay Citys found their grip on the contest slipping, the Silverback took the lead.  Jeff “Silverback” Rahl would lead off the innings for Bay City and gave them the lift they needed by driving a deep howitzer over the heads of the Atlantic long fielders, and making his second with ease.  Rahl’s apple mashing partner, Logger Leppek, then moved Rahl to third with daisy cutter past first sack.  Leppek then took his second by theft, and moved onto third when Cat LeRoux also found the long field, drove Rahl to tally, and made his first.  Becerril then came to the dish, and drove a liner over the short stop to make his first.  Now with another run home, men on first and second sack, Buttons McInerney  put the ball into the right field, made his first and drove home Cat LeRoux.  Becerril was now at third sack, and so McInerney like any good Irishman would, stole his second.  The next hand was recorded on a tip to the catcher, and then Schoolboy Stedry did some fine work striking a sky ball into the left field that was bottled by the Pirate.  The drive was deep enough to bring home Becerril, who was tagging at third, but Pirates throw came in to Shakespeare halting McInerney at second.  The Bay Citys now had two hands lost when Two Quarts found the garden just beyond the short stop and moved McInerney to third.  McInerney would tally the final run of the innings for Bay City after Cap Johnson brought him home with a garden grabber placed safely behind second sack.  The Bay Citys had now retaken the lead in the contest at 9-8.

 

The Independents would skunk the Atlantics in the fourth, and again in the fifth.  They however, would not stop striking adding three runs in their fifth thanks in part to a two hands down long howitzer from the bat of Logger Leppek.  Leppek’s blast allowed him to make his second, and drove home Barnard, Tanner LeRoux, and Kid Garcia.  Bay City would add the final tally of the contest for themselves in their sixth innings, and the Dirty Pirate would match it for the Atlantics in theirs.

 

Each club would swap whitewash in the final innings with Jeff “Silverback” Rahl displaying the type of honorable play for which Bay City has become known.  The Atlantics had no men on, down by four runs, and their striker Krawler hit a sky ball destined for foul territory down the left field line.  Rahl turned, gave chase and then dove to make the apparent, game ending, foul bound catch, which brought applause from the benches and the crowd.  The umpire was ready to give the out, and the contest to Bay City, when Rahl unasked, informed the umpire that the out should not be recorded as the ball had bounded twice.  Perhaps it was then Karma, which found the next pitch driven to Rahl, who handled it neatly on a hop, and promptly flung it to Leppek at first to record THE final hand.

 

 

It was a match that was remarkable in it’s defensive play, and scientific striking.  A match over a hundred years in the making at the World’s Tournament, and a victory that Bay City was proud to have.  The boys would now look forward to making a return trip to the Championship Match for the third time in four seasons, and they could take honor from knowing they could compete with the mighty Atlantics.

A Valant Effort....or Butterfly Kisses

A Valant Effort….or Butterfly Kisses

 

Bay City vs. GFV LaDeDahs

Walnut Grove #1, Greenfield Village, Dearborn, Michigan

World’s Tournament, Game #2

August 9, 2014

 

Bay City 14, LaDeDahs 5

 

 

It had been a rematch nearly a year in the making as the Bay Citys would take to the green of Walnut Grove #1 for their second match of the day, this time pitting themselves against the home club, The LaDeDah Base Ball Club of Greenfield Village.  Last year the Bay Citys were fortunate enough to couple some good fielding with excellent striking to defeat their friends the LaDeDahs, 29-8.  This year’s group of Greenfield Village gentlemen, captained by Jeff “Cougar” Koslowski, were out to avenge that loss today.

 

Dr. Marcus “Razorback” Dickson would be the umpire for this match, and oversaw the coin toss, which Bay City would win for a second time on this day, and again the Bay Citys elected to take the field.  The Dahs wouldn’t wait long to get started as “Mad Dog” Matt Valant, the fine short stop for the villagers, used his skill at striking the fair-foul to put himself on first.  Valant would move to second when the next striker Bobby Murkowski hit a daisy cutter to second that Bay City’s Tom “Cat” LeRoux deftly fielded, and then killed Murkowski’s hand with a throw to first.  The next striker, the LaDeDah captain, Cougar Koslowski, then put the onion into the garden to make his first, and tallied Valant from second for the game’s first run.  Adam “Stonewall” Goerring, the fourth village striker would match his captain’s clout, and put himself safely at first moving Koslowski to second.  The rally would end however, as the next striker would lose his hand on a sky ball bottled by Bay City’s, Kid Garcia in right field, and then Mr. Nick Wincent hit a grounder to short stop that the Independent’s, Tanner LeRoux fielded and then flipped to his elder sibling at second to kill Goerring for the innings final hand lost.

 

The slim lead for the Dahs would not be held long, as Tanner LeRoux would put himself safely at first to begin the striking for the Bay Citys, and Kid Garcia would swiftly follow suit.  Garcia’s hand would be killed at second sack, on a hot daisy cutter that placed Jeff “Silverback” Rahl at first.  Rahl played the points and took his third by theft, putting runners at second and third for Jason “Logger” Leppek.  Leppek played his part, striking a grounder behind the runners that killed his hand at first, but moved the aforementioned runners up one base each tallying Tanner with Bay Citys first run.  Tom “Cat” LeRoux then drove home Rahl from third with a neatly placed ball into his opposite field, that being right, and he made his first.  That brought Brian “Butterfly” Becerril to the dish with two hands down, and the Cat on first.  The Butterfly launched a howitzer into the right center garden that sent Cougar Koslowski, the villagers center fields man and previously mentioned captain, scrambling to retrieve the rocketed orb.  By the time the onion returned to the infield Cat had tallied and Becerril stood safely at second.  The Butterfly would not remain stationary long however, as he put some serious steam on his engine and scored from second sack on a strike into the right field by Jason “Buttons” McInerney.  McInerney would make his second on the throw to home plate that attempted to net the Butterfly, but he would progress no further as Branden “The Rope” Revette’s hand was killed on a brilliant line drive catch by Mr. Lawson of the LaDeDahs at third.  Bay City now held the lead in the match at 4-1 after one full innings of play.

 

 

The LaDeDah Uprising!

 

The village gents would begin their next inning by losing their first two hands on sky balls to second, and short respectively, but then rebounded nicely with three straight garden grabbers that allowed Mr. Thomas “Olaf” Lawson to make his ace.  The match would go unchanged as the Independents would be whitewashed in their second.

 

Valant would lead the third innings off for the villagers, and would again employ the fair-foul to make his first.  Valant would then make his second on a drive into the garden by Bobby Murkowski.  The LaDeDah captain, Koslowski then mashed the apple into the left field where it was retrieved by Jeremy “Schoolboy” Stedry.  Stedry took note that the mercurial Valant was attempting to tally on the play, and so he launched a throw in from the long field that was handled by Jeff “Silverback” Rahl at third, Rahl then rifled a throw to Branden “The Rope” Revette at home that nearly nipped Valant to kill his hand.  The quick thinking Revette noticed Murkowski hoping to make his third after the confusion at the dish, and relayed the apple back to the waiting hands of Rahl who put the tag on to kill Murkowski.  Koslowski at first and one hand down, Adam “Stonewall”Goerring would bring the home crowd to it’s collective feet with howitzer deep into the long field that sent Stedry and McInerney of the Bay Citys racing.  The ball made it’s arrival back into the infield just in time to see Stonewall stationed at third sack, and Koslowski safe at home.  Goerring would be stranded at third however, as William Dean’s hand was killed on a fine running catch by Sean Tanner LeRoux at short stop, and then Wincent’s hand was lost to a line drive captured by Butterfly Becerril on a shot back through the box.  The match however, was now tied at 4.

 

In their third, the Bay Citys desperately needed an answer to the previous LaDeDah efforts.  Matt “Mad Dog” Valant, the village short stop, had other plans.  Adam “Ca-Ca-Nuts” Johnson led off the innings for the Independents and struck a ball that seemed destined for the long field that Valant retreated on and bottled for the first hand lost.  Tanner LeRoux then made his first on a daisy cutter to the third sack, that was not retrieved in time.  It was then that Valant stepped to the fore again ranging to his right, and making a sliding stop of a ball from the bat of Kid Garcia, Mad Dog then flipped to second to kill LeRoux, and then the ball was quickly relayed to first for a twin killing to end the innings for Bay City.

 

The match now tied, and Bay City rebuffed in two successive attempts at striking, Olaf Lawson stepped to the plate and struck a howitzer over the head of Buttons McInerney in the center field.  Lawson would amble his way to third sack before the ball was returned to the pitcher, Butterfly Becerril.  It was now, with the LaDeDah crowd on it’s feet, the leading run on third, and no hands recorded, that the proverbial worm turned.  The next striker in the village order was Mr. Spiteman, who had made his first in his previous at bat, but this time the tandem of Becerril at the pitcher, and Revette behind the bat were able to coax Spiteman into a foul tip out handled by the Rope.  The next striker then hit a sky ball that was bottled by Rahl at third, and the final out was recorded on another infield sky ball, this time bottled by LeRoux at short.  This would leave Lawson at third, and essentially slammed the door on the LaDeDahs chances.

 

 

The Bay Citys Pull Away!

 

Jeff “Silverback” Rahl, the ideal lead off hitter, would lead the charge for the Independents, and hit a liner into the hole between third and short stop to begin the innings.  Jason “Logger” Leppek would then wow the crowd by punishing the pill sending it over the trees in right field and out of play.  Due to the ground rules Leppek’s colossal clout would only allow he and Rahl to progress only one base forward, so now the Bay Citys had runners on first and second.  Cat LeRoux would lose his hand to fine catch of his sky ball by Goerring in left field.  Butterfly Becerril would then come to the plate and found the long field again with a strike that brought the deceptively speedy Silverback to tally, moved Leppek to third, and put the Butterfly at first.  Becerril would then take his second through theft, and both he and Leppek would score on a howitzer placed in the right center field by Buttons McInerney.  Rope Revette would then move McInerney to second with a safety of his own.  Then Valant pulled another trick out of his bag and made a fine catch of Schoolboy Stedry’s liner which killed the second hand of the innings, and froze the runners in their place.  Jimmy Two Quarts Arnold would find his form however, make his first and tally McInerney from second.  The next hand would be killed on a sky ball into the center garden to end the innings.  Bay City now held the lead at 8-4.

 

The LaDeDahs would put up their final tally in the fifth innings thanks to a howitzer into the long field from the bat of Cougar Koslowski, but they would then be whitewashed for the entirety of the contest.  Bay City however, would add another run in their sixth, and then five more in the seventh innings thanks to some long striking by Jeff “Silverback” Rahl, Jason Logger Leppek, and Brian Butterfly Becerril.

 

 

The final tally would read Bay City 14, and the LaDeDahs 5, but the ending line would give little indication of the fine, and exciting play that was sandwiched in betwixt.  The Independents would now move on to play on the morrow in the championship match for the Haney Region.

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2014 
Leaders

As of July 23, 2014

 

Hits


    1. Sean “Tanner” LeRoux 39

    2. Alan “Kid” Garcia 36

    3. Jeff “Silverback” Rahl 30

    4. Tom “Cat” LeRoux 25

    5. Jeremy “Schoolboy” Stedry 25

Runs Scored


    1. Sean "Tanner" LeRoux 29

    2. Alan "Kid" Garcia 27

    3. Jeff “Silverback” Rahl 21

    4. Jeremy “Schoolboy” Stedry 14

    5. Tom “Cat” LeRoux 11

Runs/Game


    1. Sean "Tanner" LeRoux 3.22

    2. Alan "Kid" Garcia 3.00

    3. Jeff “Silverback” Rahl 2.33

    4. Jeremy “Schoolboy” Stedry 1.75

    5. Tom “Cat” LeRoux 1.38

     

Extra Base Hits


    1. Jeff “Silverback” Rahl 13

    2. Tom “Cat” LeRoux 9

    3. Alan "Kid" Garcia 7

    3. Sean “Tanner” LeRoux 7

    4. Aaron “The Constable” Gerken 3

Home Runs


    1. Alan “Kid” Garcia 1

     

 

Hands Lost/Game


    1. Alan “Kid” Garcia 1.11

    2. Sean “Tanner” LeRoux 1.44

    3. Jeremy “Schoolboy” Stedry 1.63

    4. Jeff “Silverback” Rahl 1.78

    5. Jimmy “Two Quarts” Arnold 1.88