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2012 18+

The Azusa, Cal.-based Yarddogs defeated the So Cal Buzz to win the 18+ title at the 2012 Las Vegas Open. The Vegas Open is one of the MSBL’s two adult baseball tournaments in Nevada.

Yarddogs 14, So Cal Buzz 10

By Tom Taylor for MSBL On-Line

Sierra Vista HS, Las Vegas, Nv., May 28, 2012 – Edgard Rodriquez was a Buzzkill.

Entering in the seventh in relief of starter Jesse Sweet, Rodriguez allowed just one hit in two plus innings of scoreless relief to kill the So Cal Buzz rally and preserve a 14-10 championship game win for his Azusa-based Yarddogs at the MSBL’s Las Vegas Open.

The popular adult baseball tournament drew 41 teams in five age divisions. Several local baseball teams participated, but most of the participants came from adult baseball leagues all over California, Arizona, and as far away as Detroit, Mich, Clearwater Fla., and Venezuela.

The Buzz scored twice in the first inning, but the Dogs answered with six runs of their own including a pair of two-run doubles by Kevin Ibarra and Grant Wheatley.

Ibarra singled in Estrella with what proved to be the game-winning run in the sixth inning.

Yarddogs’ skipper Joe Torres could not have been prouder of his Azusa-based team went undefeated(5-0) earned a top seed while its pitchers allowed just four runs. “It has been a total team effort, different guys stepping up and performing at their best in every game,” he said.

Pitcher George Osegura set the tempo with a complete-game shutout in a 2-0 tournament opener over the Chicano Cubs of Chandler (AZ) on Saturday at El Dorado High School. Rodriquez threw a complete game in the night cap at the Yarddogs beat a formidable San Diego Knights squad 9-3.

A 3-1 in over Antelope Valley completed the team’s undefeated round robin run and set the state for Grant Wheatley’s complete-game, 3-1 win over the California Lookouts that launched the Dogs into the finals.

The Buzz entered the finals undefeated (3-0) with convincing, 11-0, 11-2, and 14-4 wins in round robin play. They slipped past a tough Chicanos Cubs team in the semifinals 4-3 to punch their ticket to the finals.

FINAL STANDINGS

18 & Over Wood – 1Division W L T
Yarddogs 3 0 0
Chicano Cubs of Chandler 1 1 1
San Diego Knights 1 1 1
Antelope Valley Reds 0 3 0
18 & Over Wood – 2Division W L T
So Cal Buzz 3 0 0
California Lookouts 2 1 0
Las Vegas Stars 1 2 0
Orange County Orioles 0 3 0

18+ Semifinals:

Yarddogs 3, California Lookouts 1

So Cal Buzz 4, Chicano Cubs/Chandler 3

18+ Finals

Yarddogs 14, So Cal Buzz 10

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