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DFW Phillies 7, Sacramento Tribe 6
'Williams and Olmo Share Co-MVP Honors in Rivalry'
By Jason Johnson, special to MSBL National
November 5, 2016, Hohokam Stadium, Mesa, Ariz. – In a rubber
match for the ages, two evenly matched teams went head-to-head after splitting
their first two championship contests in previous years. The last time these
two teams met in a championship game the Tribe walked away with the trophy
after dealing the Phillies the worst loss they’ve ever had. This game was a
tight rope act and in the end the Phillies hung on 7-6 to take home the 60
Mountain Division title.
"This is a little bit of a grudge match and it’s going to be
a good game for sure,” said Phillies manager Frank Philips before the game.
"The way our teams our going there is no way we are going to shut each other
out this year.”
Philips was right as this game came down to the final out.
The Phillies led most of the way through the first five and a
half innings behind the arm of starting pitcher Richie Figueroa. Figueroa
allowed just two runs through the first five innings and looked to be in total
control of the game.
Ahead 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning Figueroa ran
into trouble allowing the first four batters to reach safely. With one run
already in Wayne Grapes hit a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to one run and Philips turned to his bullpen. With two wins and a save to his record in pool
play, co-MVP Wayne Williams took the ball. With Lanny Ropke at the plate a
pitch from Williams got past the catcher to score Phil Gelhaus and tie the
The Tribe continued to put pressure on the Phillies in the
seventh inning when Dave Deitrich hit a one out triple and Tom Arguijo followed
with a sacrifice fly to give the them 6-5 lead heading into the eighth inning.
"It was an absolutely exciting game,” said Phillies manager Philips. "These were the two best teams and showed they deserved to be there.”
In the top of the eighth inning the Phillies were running
out of time when Gary Firestone proved he’s got some tread left on the tires as
he lined a double to right field to drive in two runs and put the Phillies
"Gary without a doubt was the game MVP,” said Philips. "He’s
been doing it all week. He finally solved his nemesis which was slow curve
balls. They started him off with a couple of slow curve balls and they came
back with a fastball on the outside corner and he came through. We had to have
The Tribe wasn’t done. In the ninth inning with runners on
the corners and one out Dietrich grounded the ball to the third baseman who
promptly threw out the Tribe runner at the plate trying to score the tying run.Williams would get Arguijo to fly out to end the game stranding the tying run on
third and the winning run on second.
"It was definitely a championship game,” said Tribe manager Joe
Soto. "It was back and forth but we just came up a little short.”
Co-MVP Angel Olmo was the offensive star for the Phillies
going three for four on the day.
The Tribe went 5-1 in pool play earning them the top seed
and home field advantage in the championship game. Throughout pool play the
Tribe’s team strengths were their pitching and defense.
During pool play the Phillies went 4-2. Wayne Williams was
the star for the Phillies throughout pool play pitching in three games and
earning a win in two of them and a save in another.
The Tribe defeated the Chicago Fire 6-0 in the semifinal
game behind a complete game (they played five innings) from Gary Stonebrook.
In the semifinal game the Phillies defeated the St. Paul
Saints 4-1. In the first inning of that game Williams had a big hit to drive in
two runs and the Phillies never looked back.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Phillies 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 2 0 7 13 4
Tribe 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 6 14
WP:Williams LP: Stonebrook
2B:Arnold (DFW), Olmo (DFW), Firestone (DFW), Arguijo (ST)
3B:Henley (DFW), Arguijo (ST), Dietrich (ST)
Hitters: Phillies – Olmo 3x4; Henley 2x3, 3 R; Firestone 2x4, 3 RBI. Tribe –
Arguijo 2x4; Gelhaus 2x3; Lane 2x4.
SAC:Cesario (DFW), Kelly (ST)
SF: Weathers (ST), Grapes (ST), Arguijo (ST)
SB: Graham (DFW), Olmo (DFW), Williams (DFW), Wooden (ST)
Team LOB: Phillies 10, Tribe 14
Time of Game: 3:29