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55 Wood Bat Central

Milwaukee Brewers 10, Fort Worth Phillies 3

By Jeff McGaw, MSBLNational.com

Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Oct. 26, 2012 – Mark Sain had a two-run double and Dave Globig had a two-run single in a seven-run sixth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Fort Worth Phillies 10-3 for the 55 Wood Bat Central division crown.

John Arnold turned in a gutsy, complete-game performance for the win. The key to the game, according to Brewer manager Gary Gaszak, may well have been the runs the Phillies failed to score in the first and second inning – runs that could he said could have given the Phillies momentum.

Phillies leadoff man Bobby Graham was hit with a pitch to lead off the game. Second hitter Gabe Chavez followed with a fly to right that was misplayed putting runners on second and third with nobody out, but that's where the threat ended as Arnold induced a pop-up to second base, an easy come-backer, and an inning-ending fly ball to left field.The next inning was bad, but could have been much worse, Gaszak said.

Gabe Chavez lines a two-run single past pitcher John Arnold

A one-out single by Vernon Wells, and a walk to Frank Philips was followed by a double from Rich Hillebrand. Another walk to Rick Jacobson set the stage for a two-run single by Chavez, but that's where the rally ended. "If five or six runs score that inning it's a totally different story,” Gaszak said. "He (Arnold) held it to three and kept them there for the game,” Gaszak said.

In the sixth inning the Brewers struck for seven runs on just three hits, turning a 3-1 deficit into an 8-3 lead. They added insurance runs in the seventh on Globig's sacrifice fly, and in the eighth inning on pinch hitter Gary Schultz' RBI single.

Phillies starter Kevin Hagan threw well, but the seventh inning uprising, which included four errors, was too much to overcome. "That took the air out of the sails,” said Phillies' skipper Frank Philips. "It was just too much to overcome. Too many errors, and too many guys who were tired,” he said.

The Phillies were champions of the 50 Wood Bat Central division in 2011. They claimed that crown in a thrilling, 13-inning, 9-8 win over the Houston Baseball Club at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

The Phillies went 5-1 in pool play as well and defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 11-4 for the right to play in the title game. Tracy Nolan, Wayne Williams, and Billy von Behren all had strong tournaments for the Phillies. Competition in the 55 Central division was "surprisingly a lot stronger than I thought it would be,” said Philips. "We underestimated and kind of paid for it at the end,” he said.

The Brewers were 5-1 in round robin play including a 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals who won in the bottom of the ninth. They defeated the Arkansas Diamonds 7-6 in the quarterfinals. Mike Biagioli earned the win. Steve Barnhart had a game-winning, walk-off single with two out in the bottom of the 10th

The Brewers scored five runs in the first inning of the semifinal game versus the So Cal Dodgers and rolled to an 8-2 win. Mark Holzwart threw five scoreless innings for the win. Dave Globig was 3-for-4 with a double.

"I can't say enough about this team,” said Gaszak. "I couldn't be happier or more proud of them,” he said of his 21-man crew. "Early on Globig had some huge hits for us,” Gaszak said. Dan Pawelek also had some big hits and was a bull on the mound throwing in several games. "When you win something like this everybody pitches in,” Gaszak said.

 

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