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70s 9, Sacramento Solons 3
'Combo of Lane and Alt Shut Down the Solons'
By Randy Vernon, special to MSBL
October 20, 2017, Riverview Complex, Mesa, AZ - The Saint
Paul 70s started the game with a hot first two innings and their solid pitching
and defense held the Sacramento Solons scoreless for six innings as Saint Paul
claimed the 2017 World Series title for the 70+ National Division.
Saint Paul’s starting pitcher Steve Lane held Sacramento
scoreless for the first six innings and finished with seven innings of work. He was
assisted by some solid defensive play from shortstop Art Collazo. Collazo had
two putouts and eight assists, including helping on two of Saint Paul’s three double
plays. Saint Paul manager Pat Thompson said of Collazo, "We wouldn’t be here
without his glove work”. Al Alt pitched two scoreless innings in relief to
finish the game.
Saint Paul put pressure on Sacramento right out of the gate
scoring four runs in the first and two in the second. In the first inning, four
of Saint Paul’s first five batters scored as they sent nine batters to the
plate. Art Benotti led the scoring with a run-scoring single. Paul Smith followed with single scoring two more. Dick Peters finished the scoring in the
first with a double scoring one more.
Saint Paul tacked on one insurance run in the seventh and
two more in the eighth inning.
Saint Paul’s offense was truly a team effort. Four players
had two RBI apiece (Alt, Benotti, Smith, Peters) and Mark Lilledahl stayed busy
on the base paths scoring three times. Alt and Peters also legged out a triple
After Sacramento fell behind 6-0 after two innings, relief
pitcher Hal Young came on to throw seven strong innings in relief. Sacramento finally
got on the board in the seventh inning when a double by Ron Williams scored
Young and Jim Hill. Manager Irv Scott then knocked Williams in with an RBI
single. Williams and Young paced the Sacramento team with two hits each. Starting
pitcher Dale St. John took the loss.
To cap off Saint Paul’s championship win, the team gathered
at home plate after the game to celebrate the marriage of teammate Clinton
"Tink” Larson to Judy Heckroth, with team mate Bob Sherwin serving as the