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2014 Sidney Angels Take Southern Tier Crown

Southern Tier (NY) Adult Baseball League

Sidney Angels 4, Binghamton Buccaneers 3

Submitted by Andy Kozak, manager, Sidney Angels

The Sidney Angels won their second Southern Tier Adult Baseball League championship in three years, as they knocked off the defending champion Binghamton Buccaneers . This season, the New York based league went to a three-game series format in the playoffs. The number one seed Angels defeated the number five seed Binghamton Royals in two games, and then went three games against the Bucs, who had knocked off the number six seeded New Milford Braves and the number two seeded Devil Rays. The Buccaneers took the first game on Saturday by a score of 3-0, behind a shutout by pitcher Todd Cutting. The teams returned to River Park on Sunday, where the Angels won game two by a score of 4-0, as Angels manager Andy Kozak tossed a shutout to tie the series at one game apiece.

The deciding game couldn’t have been better. Trailing 3-2 with runners on second and third and one out in the top of the sixth, Bucs batter Anthony Campo crushed a line drive to left field, but Angels outfielder Chuck Parslow made an incredible diving play to save a run. However, the runner tagged up from third base to tie the score at three apiece.

In the bottom of the sixth, Parslow walked, stole a base, and scored the go-ahead run from third on a passed ball. Despite throwing a complete game just one day earlier, Parslow took the ball in the 7th inning and shut down the side to earn the save and preserve the win – and the championship – for the Angels. For his efforts, Parslow was named Championship Series MVP.

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