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Eddie Ramirez's RBI triple in the opening frame set the tone as the Ventura Dodgers defeated the Arizona-Utah Rockies 7-2 in the 35-and-over wood bat tournament division championship at the MSBL's Las Vegas Open.
Julio Lopez threw a complete game for the Dodgers scattering 12 hits and just two runs while walking
three and striking out five.
Donnie Schuoler's RBI double in the fifth inning was the only other extra base hit in the Dodger's 16-hit attack. Eight Dodgers, including Schuoler and Ramirez, had two hits in the game. Three run rallies in the second and fifth innings sealed the win for Ventura.
Lopez earned tournament MVP honors by pitching 18 innings on the final day of the tournament. Lopez was also the winning pitcher in the Dodgers' 10-3 win over the Las Vegas Warriors.
The Rockies knocked off the Clearwater Tide 10-5 in the opening playoff round, then won a hard-fought battle against the Las Vegas Bears 1-0 in the semifinals behind the pitching of manager Gary Bowman. Bowman threw the first five innings of the championship game but left after the fifth due to an injury. He allowed six runs on eight hits. Mike Moore finished up and allowed just one run on eight hits and no walks.
"It was a hell of a game, but we lost it at bat,” Bowman said after the contest.
Milner was proud of his team's winning effort through the grinding tournament in which they played six games in a span of 48 hours. The Dodgers included players from all over California, but they seemed to gel quickly, according to Milner. The pitching staff allowed just 13 runs in six games.
The Arizona-Utah Rockies had a good run at the 2012 Vegas Open but finished second. They are managed by Gary Bowman.
35+ Quarterfinals AZ-UT Rockies 10, Clearwater Tides 5 / Las Vegas Bears 12, La Matanzas 9 Las Vegas Warriors 17, Santa Barbara Riptide 4 / Ventura Dodgers 10, Empire Renegades 2
Semifinals AZ-UT Rockies 1, Las Vegas Bears 0 / Ventura Dodgers 10, Las Vegas Warriors 3
Championship Ventura Dodgers 7, Az.-Ut. Rockies 2
35 Wood Division 1
Santa Barbara Riptides
35 Wood Divisision 2
Las Vegas Bears
San Antonio Reds