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Chicago North TSP Lookouts 12, Tri Valley Giants 11 (10
Torresso Drives in Game Clincher’
Johnson, special to MSBL National
November 5, 2016, Tempe Diablo
Stadium-It took nearly three and one-half hours and ten innings, but
after 23 runs and 39 hits, we have a 45+ Central Division champion. The Chicago
North TSP Lookouts outlasted the Tri-Valley (California) Giants 12-11 in the
2016 title game.
It wasn’t easy. Trailing 9-3 in the bottom of the
seventh, the Lookouts exploded for five runs to pull within one. The nail
biting continued into the ninth when Chicago, down to its last out, tied the
game on an RBI single by George Jimenez to send the game to extra innings.
In the top of the tenth with one out, Calvin Thomas knocked a long triple to center field. Jamie Jones walked sending James Bell to
the bench as George Jimenez came on to pitch to Clint Romero with runners at
the corners. With the infield in, Romero grounded a single to center to bring
home the go-ahead run. Demetrius Adams then lined a single to left field scoring
an insurance run and giving Tri Valley a two run lead. Ken Beecham grounded
into a double play to end the inning.
Things looked bleak for the Lookouts after Fernando
Naranjo struck out Tony Niezyniecki, hit Dennis Weiner with a pitch and then
struck out Steve Sandman. Once again down to their last out, Chicago came back.Greg Rieves reached on a throwing error with Weiner scoring on the play. Bob
Gilespie lined a single to leftfield scoring Sandman who had run for Rieves,
and the game was tied. Sandman then ran for Gilespie at first. With Don Bell at
the plate, another infield error set up the game winner. Mike Torresso lined a
single to right field scoring Sandman with the clincher.
Ironically it was two tenth inning errors that cost Tri
Valley the game. "Pool play was all pitching and defense for us,” lamented Giants manager Art Scears. "After our first game debacle of giving up 16 runs,
we gave up nine runs the rest of the way.” The Giants outscored their opponents
10-2 in their two playoff wins. Both games were five inning contests due to
rain. Naranjo pitched complete games in both contests. One of the unsung stars
for the Giants was Christine Camp, the wife of player Stephen Camp. "Christine
has been with us all tournament keeping the book and making sure I don’t screw
something up,” praised Scears.
Scoring late was nothing new for Chicago North. After
gong 5-1 in pool play, the top seeded Lookouts squeaked by in both of their
rain-shortened five-inning playoff wins. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth,
Chicago rallied to beat the eight-seeded Brew City Bat Panthers 3-2. In the
semi-final contest against another Chicago team, the Lookouts broke up a
scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the last inning to win 2-0 and advance to
the final. "David Joseph has been our horse,” praised Lookouts manager Tony
Niezyniecki. "He has pitched 40 innings this week (3.3 more in the championship
game) and our catcher Oscar Samano has caught every inning.” Mike Torresso, who
got the game winning hit, was named the tournament MVP for the Lookouts.
Line: Giants: C. Thomas, F. Naranjo (7). Lookouts: D. Joseph; T.
Niezyniecki(4); J. Bell (8); G. Jimenez (10)
WP:G. Jimenez LP: F. Naranjo
2B:Romero 2 (TV); A. Jones (TV); Sandman (CHI); Torresso 2 (CHI),
Hitters: Tri Valley: C. Romero 3x5, 2 2B, 2 RBI; D. Adams 3x6, 2 RBI; R.
Acciaioli 3x5; M. Lopez 3x5, 2B, RBI; S. Camp 3x5, 3 RBI. Lookouts- D. Bell
2x6, 2 R; M. Torresso 3x6, 2 2b, 2 R, 4 RBI; G. Jimenez 3x5, 2 RBI; B. Gilespie
3x5, 2 RBI.
SB:Rodriguez 2 (PA).
Team LOB:Giants 13; Lookouts 11