Puget Sound Senior Baseball League Olympic (19+) Division
Ravens 4, White Sox 2
‘Shively and Linn Get it Done on the Bump’
Submitted by Paul Davison, Ravens manager
The Olympic Division Ravens clinched their fourth division championship in seven years with a two game sweep of the White Sox in a three best of three series.
In Game one, the Ravens won 5-3 behind an outstanding performance from starting pitcher Ben Shively. Shively threw a complete game, gave up two hits, no earned runs, and struck out 11. However, after the top of the sixth, the White Sox held a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Shively hit a two-out double down the left field line and was driven home on a clutch single from Adrian Brockway that cut the lead to 3-2. In the bottom of the seventh, Paul Fisher drew a leadoff walk and then combined with Austin Kuehn to execute a perfect hit and run to ignite the offense. Deryck Christensen and Scott Holstad followed with back to singles and Blake Fisher chipped in a two out double. The Ravens scored three runs in the inning and held on to take game one.
In Game two, the Ravens won 4-2 behind another stellar pitching performance. This time starter Jason Linn got the championship clinching victory throwing a complete game and giving up only one earned run on eight hits and no walks. The Ravens scored two in the second and two in the seventh behind three-hit days from Paul Fisher, Emmet Woods and Adrian Brockway. The entire series was well played by both teams and the White Sox did not go down quietly. In the bottom of the ninth the White Sox scored a run to make it a two run game and loaded the bases with two outs… Linn worked out of the jam, getting a ground ball to second baseman Blake Fisher to end it.
The Ravens finished the season with an overall record of 25-3. Standout performances include: Ravens long time staff ace Jeremy Thornton finished the season with an overall record of 8-0 and a 1.43 ERA. Third baseman Chris George lead the division in batting average (.460), OBP (.570), OPS (1.220), runs scored (29), and stolen bases (11). Scott Holstad hit .384 on the season on led the team in RBI (28). Deryck Christensen and Blake Fisher both hit over .350 for the season.