Big Foot Baseball 3, Las Vegas Dirtbags 2
|Big Foot Baseball, formed in 2008, claimed its first MSBL tournament win at the 2012 Kickoff|
By Tom Taylor and Jeff McGaw, MSBL On-Line
Las Vegas — Peccole Park, March 12, 2012 – Co-MVP Jonny Arna stroked a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to score Doug Wright as Joe Brotherton’s Big Foot Baseball team defeated the Las Vegas Dirtbags 3-2.
It was the first MSBL tournament win for Big Foot. “This is an awesome tournament,” said Brotherton. “It was nice to win the first one.” The team, comprising players primarily from Southern California and Colorado, formed in 2008.
|Wright, who played center field in the finals, and who scored the game-winning run, was also the starting pitcher in game three. Arna’s walk-off hit was his second of the tournament. Phil Gutierrez was the winning pitcher in Big Foot’s 6-1, semifinal win over the Chicago Seminoles.Ryan Hanna was co-MVP along with Arna. In addition to a dominating in the finals, he also tossed a no-hitter in Big Foot’s second game — an 11-0 win over the Portland Tigers. A four-year pitcher at Lafayette College, played a season with the Rosmalen Gryphons of the Royal Netherlands Baseball Federation in 2010.|
|He threw all 10 innings for Big Foot in the Kickoff||Bigfoot Manager Joe Brotherton|
finals, scattering nine hits, walking one, and striking out 12 hitters. Hanna is set to sign a contract in May with an independent league team in Texas.
Justin Spurrier, who pitched the Las Vegas Dirtbags past the Nassau Pirates in the 18-and-over division finals a week earlier, pitched the entire game (9-2/3) in the Dirtbags loss. Spurrier worked out of jams in the first, third and sixth innings, and faced the minimum of six hitters in the eighth and ninth inning, but couldn’t escape the 10th.
Hanna was an All-Patriot League Tournament player in his senior year at Lafayette in 2009. He led Lafayette with six wins and finished the season with a 5.68 ERA. He logged a team-high 71.1 innings of work in 13 starts and 19 appearances. He threw seven innings of one-run relief in Lafayette’s decisive game three victory against Bucknell that sent Lafayette to the championship series for the second time in three years.
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WP — Ryan Hanna (10 inn, 9h, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 12K)
LP – Justin Spurrier( 9.2 inn., 10h, 3R, 3ER, 3bb, 5K)
Leading hitters – (LV) Chris Bannister 2×5, 1R; Lane Kirby, 3×5, RBI. (Big Foot) — Arna, 2×5, RBI; Wright 2×4; Ryan Marcoux, 2×4. 2B—Kirby (LV). 3B – Marcoux (BF)