Inland Angels 4, South Bay Zephyrs 2
'Myer Complete Game on the Hill Secures Victory'
By Alejandro Rodriguez, Special to MSBLNational.comJanuary 18, 2016, Cathedral City, CA
– In a tightly contested game, the Inland Angels
defeated the South Bay Zephyrs
4-2 to win the 55 division championship of the MSBL Desert Classic Tournament
held at Cathedral
The Angels opened the scored with two runs in the top of the fifth as Tom Fisher led off with a walk, Larry Phipps then reached on a fielder’s choice, Fisher
then advanced to third on an error and Andy Vorhees then drove in Fisher with the first
run on an RBI single. Phipps then scored on a double-play ground out to give
the Angels a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Raul Piette singled with one
out and two batters later Joe Thrilkill drove in Piette with the Zephyrs first
run and cut the Angels’ lead to 2-1.
the top of the eighth Willie Jutze led off with a walk, Gary Phipps then
singled and Dave Schuler doubled to score Jutze to make it 3-1. Mike Kander then singled to bring in Phipps to extend the Angels lead to 4-1.
In the bottom of the eighth Dan Williams singled with one
out and Dave Mango followed it with and RBI double to get the Zephyrs to within
4-2. In the bottom of the ninth the Zephyrs tried to rally as
they put runners at second and third with one out but were unable to score any
further and came up two runs short.
Myer pitched a complete game for the Angels, giving up two runs on seven hits,
walking one and striking out three. Angels
Manager Ted Poleto was most pleased with his team’s defense and complete team
"We played great defense to back up Rick. We made
the routine plays and didn’t make any errors. We got great pitching throughout the
weekend and we got enough offense when we needed it.” Poleto credits his team’s closeness as a factor in their
success. "We’ve got great chemistry,
great camaraderie and it translates on the field. We enjoy playing this tournament. It's
always a great time coming out here."
the loss Zephyrs manager Antone Henley still felt his team put up a good effort. "We played well, a very good
game on both sides. Both pitchers pitched well. Defensively in particular we
played well and only gave up 10 runs total in five games but we made a couple
mistakes and the made us pay for it. Good teams always do.”
Henley looks forward to
returning with his team next year. "This was our first time coming here as a
team. We enjoyed it and we look forward to coming back here. Next time the goal
will be to win.”