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35 Cactus champion Team Las Vegas
Team LasVegas 9, San Antonio Reds 7
By Jeff McGaw
and Les Zoltowski, MSBLNational.com
Stadium, Oct. 20, 2012 – San Antonio
Reds’ slugger Brent Murphy’s fourth inning grand slam home run was good, but
not quite good enough as Team Las Vegas defeated the Reds 9-7 to capture the 35
Cactus division crown at Goodyear Stadium.
Murphy slammed a 2-0 pitch deep to left field and turned a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 lead, but a gritty Las Vegas squad led
by tournament MVP Paul Haack wasn’t quite willing to yield momentum.
starter Eric Hauge pitched a
complete game to earn the championship win. Santino
DeWreede, James Godman, Johnston and Bergset all had two hits apiece.
Tourney MVP Paul Haack and LV manager Mauricio Molina
Reds’ starter Mark Murphy pitched into the seventh inning
and as relieved by Brent Murphy who finished the game. Mark Murphy supplied
plenty of firepower offensively too with three singles. Brent added a fifth RBI
in the ninth inning. Eddie Calzoncit, and Ryan Martin had two hits apiece.
A disappointed Reds’ manager Phil Galloway called it "a
It was the ninth game of the tournament for both teams.
The Reds were 6-0 in round robin play. They outscored
opponents 74-40. They dispatched the Murietta Mutiny 9-3 in the
quarterfinals, and the OC Sox 5-3 in the semifinals at Salt River on Friday
Team Vegas steamrolled the competition in its undefeated run. It outscored
round robin opponents 105 to 41. It beat the NCBL Canadians 14-6 in the
quarterfinals and the Denver Royals 11-1 in the semifinal at Salt River.
The two-run differential was by far the team’s closest call
of the tournament. "It was a hard fought game by both teams,” said Vegas
manager Mauricio Molina . "San Antonio's pitchers were tough…the best we have seen in
the tournament and their line-up was deep. We matched up well with them. In a
three game series, the results might have been different, but our pitchers
showed a ton of heart.”