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Dragons Win Mid-Level 60+ Crown at San Diego Memorial Day Tournament


Submitted by Allan Green, Dragons manager

Three strong pitching performances and three memorable innings of offense were enough to carry the Dragons to the mid-level championship in the three-tiered 60+ Memorial Day Tournament in San Diego.

The Dragons’ first pool game turned into a well-played pitcher’s duel between Rick Morgan of the Norcal Antiques and Rich Epidendio of the Dragons, who was relieved by Pat Carroll after four innings with the score 1-1.  The Antiques took the lead 2-1 in the top of the sixth on singles by John Hughes, Morgan and Rob Segura.  Morgan proceeded to strike out the side in the bottom of the sixth and had limited the Dragons to four singles to that point.  

But the Dragons came alive in the seventh (and final) inning.  John Metras led off with a hit and stole second. Allan Green doubled him home and scored on a single by Tom Novy. An error, walk and wild pitch plated two insurance runs for the Dragons.  The Antiques brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh on a walk and a double by Panos Lagos, but Carroll shut the door to keep the final score at 5-2.

Carroll came back to pitch a gem in the semifinal, limiting the Seattle Silver Foxes to three hits and no earned runs.  This time the Dragons took an early lead and held on.  They took charge with a four-run first, on base hits by Epidendio and Carroll and 2-rbi singles by Jesse Bower and Craig Rickeman.  They added two more in the third on hits by Bower, Don Johannsen, and Ray Allen and held on to win 6-2.

The final game presented a rematch between the Dragons and Norcal Antiques.  The Antiques scored in each of the first three innings, building a five run lead as Lagos and Steve McNeely both had hits in their first two at bats.  But the Dragons capitalized on three walks and five singles to open the bottom of the third, scoring seven times with no one out.  Noah Clark scored an eighth run on a triple by Mark AdamsEpidendio then took charge on the mound, limiting the Antiques to one more run and preserving the 9-6 victory for the Dragons.

Outstanding hospitality is the hallmark of this tournament, now in its seventh year.  Combining that with perfect weather and gorgeous ball fields, the tournament organizers, led by Jim Teeter, have done a tremendous job creating an enjoyable event for the truly senior ballplayers.

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