Milwaukee-Rock 45+ Division
Rangers 4, Muskies 3
The second-seeded 45-over Rangers from the Milwaukee Rock MSBL needed all three games in the best of three championship series to defeat the top-seeded Muskies and claim the 2014 title.
An ace performance by Jerry Gambatese spurred the 45+ Rangers to a 5-1 win over the Muskies in game one. Gambatese pitched nine innings and allowed one earned run, four hits and two walks while striking out four.
Dave Crawford was a workhorse on the rubber for the Muskies. He allowed three earned runs, four hits and four walks and struck out two while taking the loss. The Muskies managed to score one run in the second inning on an RBI triple by Dennis Panfil.
The Rangers never surrendered the lead after the third inning, scoring four runs on a three-run single by Mickey Pruefer.
In game two it took the Muskies ten innings to defeat the Rangers 6-5. With the score tied at three in the tenth inning, Mark Van Ells came to the plate for the Muskies, singled and scored Richard Raiche. Raiche reached on an error to get on base in the tenth and then went from first to second on a single by Michael Drilling. The Muskies would not relinquish the lead as the Rangers were unable to weather a three-run tenth inning deficit. The Rangers scored two runs in the tenth on two singles but couldn’t draw even.
Paul Quesnell was solid at the plate for the Muskies. He went 3-5, drove in one run and scored two. He doubled in the eighth inning and singled in the first and tenth innings.Dave Crawford got the win in relief for the Muskies. He pitched three innings and allowed two runs.
Jerry Gambatese was charged with the loss. He lasted just three innings, walked none, struck out two and allowed five runs.
The Rangers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Terry Teske singled then Peter Jaske singled, bringing home Teske.
Game three saw the Rangers and Muskies passing the lead back and forth but in the end the Rangers held on for the championship victory.
The Rangers took the lead in the first inning, 1-0, and also plated runs in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings. In the sixth the Rangers scored on an RBI double by Matt Sanfelippo, scoring John Arnold.John Barron got on base three times for the Rangers while singling in the sixth. In the ninth inning Barron scored on an RBI single by Mickey Pruefer, which turned out to be the winning run.
Tom Klawiter worked out of multiple jams on the hill for the Rangers but he held on for the victory while allowing three earned runs on nine hits.