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Shutout Leads Sox to Title’
Rodney Johnson, special to MSBL
November 4, 2017, Tempe Diablo
Stadium, Tempe, AZ-Vic Darensbourg spent eight years in the Major Leagues and never earned a World
Series ring. Now through the magic of the MSBL, he has several. The lefty out
of Lewis and Clark State, twirled a six-hit shutout for the OC (Orange County,
CA) Sox in the 45+ American Division Championship game at Diablo Stadium. The Sox scored an unearned run in the
first inning against Team Victory (Southern California) and coasted to a 6-0
win. Darensbourg’s line was impressive as he allowed only six singles, walked
two and struck out six on his way to tournament MVP honors. As if that wasn’t
enough, the big lefty also went 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.
most years, we were able to send a rested Vic (Darensbourg) to the mound,”
explained Sox manger David Rice. "In the past Vic would pitch the semifinal
game and come back the next day in the finals. This year he was fresh and once
we scored three runs in the fifth, we felt pretty confident.” For the Sox, it
was their fourth straight division title.
decisive fifth inning, already leading 2-0, Ted Billick and Scott Bibee singled. Rice then attempted a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by pitcher Will Flynt who gambled on getting the lead runner. Flynt’s throw to third was late and
everyone was safe. A bases loaded wild pitch scored Billick and then Alonzo
Mendoza doubled to empty the bases and give the Sox a commanding 5-0 lead. They
added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI double by Kenny Woods to
account for the final margin.
Victory came into the finals with an undefeated record having finished pool
play with a 6-0 mark. The OC Sox went 4-2 in pool play and crushed Team New Era18-3 in their semifinal game to earn a berth in the championship game.
Victory manager Frank Bons cited his teams pitching and defense as the keys to
its undefeated run through pool play. "Anytime you play this many games with a
group of guys, you become a brotherhood,” explained Bons. "There’s probably a
lot of teams that have more talent than we do, but we are respectful of each
other and play together as a team. That’s the reason we are where we are.”
title game was redemption of sorts for the OC after losing to Team Victory 6-3
in a pool play matchup. "We’re on a serious roll right now—a four-peat here and
a lot of success in Palm Springs as well,” said Rice. "We have a Facebook page
and all stay in touch throughout the year. We are already looking forward to
coming back here next year for a five-peat.”
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Sox 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 6 10 0
Victory 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Line: (OC Sox) Vic Darensbourg. (Team Victory) Will Flynt; David Morrow (5);
Flavio Torres (9).
Darensbourg LP: Flynt.
Mendoza (OC); Woods (OC),
Hitters: OC: Darensbourg 3x4, RBI; Bibee 2x4, R; Mendoza 1x3, 2 RBI; Woods 1x4,
R, RBI. Team Victory: Knoblauh 2x4; Canales 2x3.
(OC); Rice (OC).
OC Sox 7; Team Victory 5