2017 Desert Classic: 60+

So Cal Dodgers 10, Tri Valley Giants 1

‘Schneiderman Handcuffs Tri-Valley with Complete Game’

By Alejandro Rodriguez, special to MSBL National

January 16, 2017, Palm Springs – Led by a complete game effort from Mark Schneiderman and good timely hitting the So Cal Dodgers defeated the Tri Valley Giants 10-1 to win the 60 and over division championship at the MSBL Palm Springs Desert Classic for the third time in seven years.

The Dodgers scored first in the bottom of the second on an RBI-single from Marc Axelrod that scored Jack Sills for a 1-0 lead. The Dodgers then put together four consecutive singles in the bottom of the third inning for a 4-0 lead and then added six runs on four doubles in the bottom of the seventh for a 10-0 lead. Schneiderman didn’t allow the Giants to get a runner past second base until they finally scored their lone run in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI-single by Mark Weathers.

Dodgers manager Rick Fahrney was impressed with Schneiderman’s effort in the tournament. “He pitched great all weekend and gave us a chance to win. Our bats got the hits when we needed them. This was a great team victory. We always enjoy playing in this tournament and we look forward to coming back next year and competing again.”

Scheiderman pitched a complete game, giving up one run on six hits while striking out six. Lance Parker and Jesse Woods each had two doubles. Sills had four hits, two of which were doubles while scoring two runs, and Axelrod chipped in three RBI.