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OC Sox 8, Team New Era 2
Continues Dominance for OC Sox'
Johnson, special to MSBL National
November 5, 2016, Tempe Diablo
big leaguer Vic Darensbourg limited Team New Era to two runs through eight
innings to lead the OC Sox to the 45+ WB American championship at Tempe Diablo
Stadium. The Sox opened the scoring with an unearned run in the second inning.
They added to the lead with a three-run third inning that was capped by a
two-run triple by Ted Billick. With a 4-0 lead, Darensbourg cruised the rest of
the way getting ninth inning relief help from Eric Orue. Team New Era managed
only single runs in the fifth and seventh innings.
was the third straight in the division for the Sox. Darensbourg pitched a
complete game in the playoffs the day before. He was also on the hill in OC’s
championship games the past two years. "He has definitely been our horse,”
beamed manager David Rice. Darensbourg pitched in more than 300 games for
six big league teams over eight seasons from 1998-2005.
Era (3-2 pool play) is made up of mostly players from western New York. Down by
four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, they came back to beat Winberg
Construction 5-4 in the semi-finals and advanced to the title game. As a group,
the team has been in the finals six times and won twice.
The Sox squad (3-1-1 pool play) is comprised of mostly players from the Sunday leagueteam that plays together in Orange County, CA. The large squad has a few
additional players from other local leagues. "A deep roster and experience has
helped us get to the title game,” said Rice. The Sox squeaked past US Baseball6-5 in its semifinal game. "Our pitching and defense has been our key,” said
Rice. "I think we only made four errors in the tournament.”
4-1, the Sox broke the game open in the fifth inning. Ted Billick’s two-run
double followed by an RBI single from Kenny Lampkin gave the Sox a 7-1 lead.
That proved to be too much for Team New Era. "They’re a good team and made some
good defensive plays, lamented New Era manager Ralph Proulx. "Our boys battled,
but what are you going to do. We’ll be back next year.”
manager believes that his team’s three straight titles are no fluke. "We have
had some personnel changes over the past few years and everybody here gets the
program we are running,” said Rice. "We
won the Palm Spring Tournament, we won the Labor Day Tournament, we won in
league play and now here. We are in a cycle that everyone buys into what we are
doing and it is no accident.”
Billick who went two-for three with a double, triple and four RBI was named the
tournament MVP for the Sox. Curt Hoffman drove in both New Era runs in a losing cause.
Line: Team New Era: D. Gawronski OC Sox: V. Darensbourg, E. Orue (9).
WP:J. V. Darensbourg LP: D. Gawronski
2B: T. Billick (OC)
3B: T. Billick (OD)
Hitters: Team New Era: S. Lauck, 2x3, R, HBP; S. Merrill, 1x3, R, BB; C.
Hoffman 2 RBI. OC Sox- T. Billick, 2x3, 2b 3b, 4 RBI; K Lumpkin, 2x4, R, RBI;
C. Cradle 1x2, 2R, RBI.
Woods (OC); A. Alonso (OC);
Team LOB: Team New Era 9; OC Sox 8