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Monterey Seals claim title in first kickoff try
25 National: Monterey Seals 5, So Cal Snappers 3
By Jeff McGaw, MSBLNational.com
Las Vegas Nv., March 10, 2014 – Nate Sevier threw a five
hitter and notched three hits and an RBI as the Monterey Seals defeated the So
Cal Snappers 5-3 to claim the 25 National Kickoff Title.
It was the Seals first trip to the Kickoff.
Eddie Abila’s sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth
inning scored Maurice Lesley with what
proved to be the winning run of the ballgame. Michael Corn, who boarded on an
infield error with one out, scored the tying run of the game on a passed ball. JoJo
Grewell stroked an RBI single to provide some insurance in the decisive three-run
Sevier set down the Snappers in order in the bottom of
the ninth recording his eighth and ninth strikeouts of the game for the final
"We blew it,” said Snapper skipper Frank Sansone, in a
frank assessment of the fateful ninth inning. He also tipped his hat to the
Seals. "(Sevier) was quality. Hard throwing and hit his spots,” said Sansone.
The win by the Seals soothed the chafing of a tournament
opening 13-1 beat down by the Snappers in which the Seals committed several
Though the Seals appeared to cure their defensive woes
after that opener, winning the next three games and playing more cohesive
defense, it seemed they were in danger of suffering a fatal relapse as they
yielded two unearned runs in the opening frame of the finals.
While the hard-throwing Sevier got things under control,
the Seals fought back against Snapper starter Reggie Rivard. Rick Miramontes singled, stole, and scored on
the first of two singles by Eddie Abila to make it 2-1 Snappers after three
innings. The Seals tied the game in the sixth inning when Sevier singled in
Snapper slugger Mark Flatton boarded on a leadoff error
in the eighth inning and later scored the go-ahead run on Manny Pimentel’s RBI
single to set the stage for the thrilling ninth.
It was a good day’s work for Sevier who in addition to
getting the complete-game win in the finals, had a two-thirds inning save
against the So Cal Titans in the semifinals. Zach Boyce earned the win in that
Adam Perez, Arnoldo Gonzalez, Abila, and Miramontes all
had two hits in the championship game win for the Seals. Aaron Love, Cris
Trout, Jeremy VanderKaats, and Miramontes all pitched well for the Seals during
the tournament, manager Jesse Moger said.
Pimentel, batting in the three-hole, had two of the Snappers’
five hits and was the only snapper with multiple hits.
The Snappers Andrew Alvarado struck out 14 in our pool
game against the Palo Verde Reds in a 4-3 walk off win in the tournament’s