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San Antonio Bombers 13 Sacramento Royals 6
‘MVP Smith Goes 3 for 4, Throws Complete Game’
Rodney Johnson, special to MSBL
October 26, 2017, Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe, AZ - If you arrived late to the 55+
National Division championship game, you might as well have stayed home. San
Antonio had a 7-0 lead before fans could settle into their seats. The San Antonio Bombers went on to a convincing 13-6 win over the Sacramento Royals.
San Antonio got some help early as Bryan Wyatt led off by being hit by a pitch and Jack
Held reached on catcher interference. David Oliver was trying to lay down a
sacrifice but instead ended up with a bunt single to load the bases. Mike Smith followed with a two-run single. Sacramento starter Jerry Tuman gave himself a
chance to get out of the inning by retiring the next two batters, but then the
Bombers poured it on. Joe Kramer walked; Freddie Douglas rapped a RBI single
followed by Lester Bedford’s two-RBI single and it was 5-0. That was enough to
Barker came on to pitch but gave up a walk and another two-run single before
Wyatt came up for the second time in the inning and made the final out. "Their
pitcher (Tuman) struggled a bit with his control and we were able to come up
with a few hits and put something together,” said Bombers manager Jerry
Spencer. Sacramento fought back but the first inning was enough for San Antonio
to coast to the title.
Antonio native Mike Smith pitched a complete game and went 3-for-4 at the plate
with 3 RBIs to earn MVP honors. He also was the winner in the Bombers semi
final game. To cap off his season, Smith won the MVP award in the 50+ National
division earlier in the week. "He’s just a horse and we rode him,” praised
Spencer. Smith is a former major league who played two seasons with the
faced former major leaguers before and that’s just part of the game,” said Royals manager Gary Stonebrook. "We got six runs off of him which is enough to
win most of the time. We just got too far behind today. I like to see these
major leaguers come down here because they want to have fun just like everyone
else.” Stonebrook has plenty of experience with the MSBL World Series. In his
28th year coming to Arizona for the tournament, this one was special
for Stonebrook as he was inducted into the MSBL Hall of Fame.
addition to Smith, the Bombers had five other players with at least two hits;Bryan Wyatt, Jack Held, David Oliver, Joe Kramer and Freddie Douglas. In all,
San Antonio pounded out 19 hits. "My brothers are the Bombers,” said Spencer.
"We play together, live together and go home together. We’re not a group of
individuals, we are a team.”
Stonebrook was philosophical about the loss; "We all want to win but we made some mistakes
early. There’s no sour grapes. That’s just how it is. They are a good team and
deserved to win. We’ll be back next year and try it again.”
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Bombers 7 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 13 19 2
Royals 2 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 6 13 1
Line: (San Antonio Bombers) Mike Smith (Sacramento Royals) Jerry Tuman, Jim
Barker (1), Ken Jungsten (8), Ken Jungsten (8), Bob Booth (8).
Smith LP: Tuman
Oliver (SA):MK Smith (SA): Douglas (SA).
Hitters: San Antonio: Bryan Wyatt 2x4, 2 R; Jack Held 2x3, 2 R; David Oliver
2x5, 3 R; Mike Smith 3x4, 3 RBI; Jerry Spencer 1x5, 3 RBI; Joe Kramer 2x4, 2 R;
Freddie Douglas 2x4, R, 2 RBI. Sacramento: Bruce Anderson 4x5, 2 R; Dave
Everingham 2x4, RBI; Derek Bulock 2x3, RBI.
(SA); Welch (SAC).
San Antonio 14; Sacramento 10.