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'Martinez chucks and hits to lead the Fire'
So Cal Fire 17, Inland Empire 9
By Tom Taylor, for MSBLNational.com
The high powered Fire offense continued its domination of
the 55+ Wood Bat Division by scoring 17 Runs and defeating a pesky
Inland Empire Angels team that did not quit until the last out was made.
Center fielder and lead-off hitter Kevin Fidler had four hits,
two RBI and three steals, and Larry Phipps had two hits and scored twice for Ted
Poleto and Bill Hart’s Angels.
The Fire scored multiple runs in every other inning and
were led by their starting pitcher and lead-off hitter Al Martinez who reached
base four times in five tries, stole three bases and scored three times.
Outfielder/Pitcher Manny Ocampo reached base three times in
five tries, scored four times (once as a courtesy runner), and played great
defense in right field.
The big blows came with men on base. Outfielders Mike
Santonino and Jeryl Thompson, and infielder Peter Funt each had three
The rest was up to starting pitcher Al Martinez who cruised through
five innings, and fought through the final four. He scattered 14 Hits, four
earned runs, four strikeouts and a single walk.
So Cal’s Field General Ron Lovell proclaimed his
tournament MVP's would be his entire Pitching Staff -- Al Martinez,
Mike McCormick, Tom Worth, Manny Ocampo and Dave Rackliffe – as his tournament
MVP’s. Those hurlers tossed five complete games in three days. Duke Pullman,
the Fire's vocal leader, caught all five games for the champions.
It was a total team effort, Lovell said. "I couldn’t be prouder
of my guys, and always look forward to playing tournament baseball in Las
The two teams have met in both league play and
in several MSBL tournaments over the past years.