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2018 Spirits Haunt Reds in Walk-off Fashion to Capture 45+ Masters Title in North Texas

North Texas Amateur Baseball League, 45+ Masters Division

Dallas Spirits 2, Caddo Reds 1 (eight innings)

‘Leemaster’s Walk-Off Seals Dramatic Championship for Spirits’

Submitted by Shawn Lee, Dallas Spirits

August 27, 2018–Plano, TX…We see games played and even championships that come and go. Every sport, every season provides a new story and a new victor. On a Monday night in August one of those games revealed itself under the lights at Graham Field.

Based on season results one may believe that the Spirits squad held favor in the big game, but history between the two ball clubs tells a different story. The Reds pitcher, Dan Sosa, has seen success against the ‘ghosts’ on a number of occasions. However, Sosa’s opposing pitchers, Brant Finchum and Sean House had slightly better evenings, respectively.

Monday night’s 45+ Masters League Championship was no exception, as Sosa took on Finchum in what proved to be a pitcher’s duel from the get go. Finchum and Sosa both escaped the first inning without damage.

With two outs in the second, Stacy Scott drew a controversial walk for the Reds in what appeared to be a rather tight strike zone, but Finchum didn’t let it bother him. Scott swiped second to give the Reds a runner in scoring position, but Finchum promptly struck out Chris Duty to end the threat. Sosa responded by setting down the Spirits in order on only six pitches.

In the top half of the third, Finchum enticed three ground outs on seven pitches and another shutout inning. The Spirits offense returned in the bottom half of the third, while mustering a few base runners, but once again came up scoreless. With two outs Chris Lewis finally broke Sosa’s spell with a soft line drive for a single and Jack Nash made things interesting by wearing one of Sosa’s pitches on the foot. The rally died quickly, however, as Sosa got Mark Leemaster to ground out, leaving the game scoreless after three.

In the top of the fourth Finchum sent T.K. Hayes back to the dugout on called strikes then Rob Medel reached on a single. Marc Fagon flew out and then Medel stole second to give the Reds an ounce of hope. Finchum got Sosa to fly out to end the Reds half of the inning. Sipila reached on a one-out single in the bottom half of the fourth for the Spirits, but Sosa found the right combination of pitches to stall the Spirits offense.  Scoreless after four.

After getting Baker for the first out in the fifth, the Spirits defense was put on notice after the Reds’ Scott found a gap in left-center field to record a double. With a runner in scoring position and one out, Duty returned to the plate looking to add a big swing to make the game more interesting. What he found was a 12-6 curveball from Finchum for a called strike three. James Roberts grounded out and the pitcher’s duel remained intact.

Koenig returned to the plate for the Spirits in the bottom half of the fifth, belting a line drive over the head of the Reds left fielder to lead off the inning with a double. Lee returned to the plate and squared to bunt, but then appeared to change his mind on the next pitch and delivered a shot to the warning track but right to the Reds left fielder.

“I probably should have laid one down,” commented Lee after he was questioned on his decision. “I really felt it was a great opportunity to move Guy over. We’d have had a runner in a position to tag and in a close game like this, perhaps that’s the difference.”  The offense sputtered a bit after Koenig’s big hit and Sosa was able to get out of the inning once again without damage.

The game moved into the top half of the sixth in this seven inning contest as Sammy Vives battled Finchum and was able to reach safely on a single. Finchum was able to strike out Bobby Michaelides, but Hayes dropped a perfect bunt to sacrifice himself and push Vives to second. With a runner in scoring position and two down, the Spirits brought in Sean House in relief to put a stop to the inning. House appeared to have gotten the job done as Medel slapped a line drive toward right that Nash gave chase to. Nash looked in control, but the ball hit the heal of his glove and Medel reached safely and Vives made his way to third. The Reds’ Fagan became the hero after he singled to score Vives and the Reds had a 1 to 0 lead and the momentum. House got Sosa on a ground out to end the inning, but the momentum appeared to be with the Reds.

“We remained confident going up to bat down a run,” commented Spirits manager Sipila after the game. “We opened the season with a last inning comeback win against the Hurricanes and the very next week we did it against these same Reds. Playing under pressure is nothing new to these guys and I was confident in every one of them that we could still get it done.”

The Spirits offense did make things dramatic moving into the bottom of the sixth with Nash reaching on a one-out error to give the ghosts a base runner. Nash was later retired at second that allowed Leemaster to reach on a fielder’s choice. Finchum followed up with a single to give the Spirits a runner in scoring position, but the opportunity was slammed shut after Sosa made an incredible play to leap at a ground ball delivered from House up the middle, ending the threat.  Reds 1, Spirits 0 after six.

House struck out the first two Reds in the seventh (the final inning) and was able to get Duty to ground out to set them down, 1-2-3.  Next up was the fateful bottom of the seventh, the Spirits final shot.

Sipila led off but grounded out for out number one. Bilgere stepped in with a hot bat but flew out to give the Reds their second out. With one out remaining, Koenig took to the plate and watched a called strike followed by a ball. What happened next burned memories into Spirits heads that will likely last a lifetime. Koenig roped the next pitch to center field while the Reds center fielder Baker appeared to have a solid jump on the ball. As Koenig raced to first for a sure single, Baker lunged toward the ball in an effort to catch it and the ball blew past him and headed for the center field wall. From here, it was quite literally a foot race. As Baker gathered himself and turned, Koenig completed a race of his own making it all the way around for an inconceivable, two-out, bottom of the seventh inning inside-the-park home run to tie the game.

“I was just looking for a pitch to hit the other way since he (Sosa) throws me a lot of off speed pitches. I was hoping to find a gap,” he commented. “After he wasted a fastball, I was looking for a curve ball away and that’s what he threw me.  I saw that the center fielder (Baker) was running up to make a play, but I also realized the ball was tailing hard and away from him. After I saw him diving and missing, I knew I had to get to third. I was stunned to see Earl (German, who was coaching third base) waiving me home. I just kept my head down and kept going. I was exhausted, but I stumbled to the plate and dropped, out of gas.”

Koenig’s unbelievable trip around the bases was good enough to tie the game and at least possibly force extra innings. With the momentum now shifted toward the Spirits, Lee entered the box and was able to produce an infield single.  The Spirits were still in business. The count went 1-1 to McPherson when the Reds catcher mishandled a pitch and Lee was safe at second. McPherson battled Sosa to a full count but was erased on a delayed called third strike to end the inning.  With momentum on their side the Spirits took the field for extra frames.

With momentum on his side, House wasted no time in the top of the eighth with the Reds hitters as he struck out the side. The Spirits returned to bat while celebrating new life. German started things by driving the ball hard down the right field line for a lead-off double. The Reds then intentionally walked Nash to create a force. A few pitches into the battle with Leemaster, German took off for third. With a huge lead and an incredible jump, he stole it easily as the Reds’ Duty made an incredible diving play at third to catch the throw and to save a run. Nash was able to move to second on the play and Sosa went back to work on Leemaster. Leemaster, a former Naval Commander, calmly worked the count to 3-2. Sosa delivered the payoff and the switch-hitting utility player slapped a medium line drive into a drawn infield and outfield good for the walk-off single and the Spirits championship over the Reds, 2 to 1!

“What a great game!” stated (manager) Sipila after his team finished celebrating. “We came full circle tonight. We started the season with come-from-behind wins and tonight was that same feeling. First and foremost, I want to take my hat off to the Caddo Reds. What a great effort from them tonight. Bill Macey and his group of players should be proud of their effort. Sosa was a witch on the bump tonight for 6 and 2/3 innings.”

Sipila continued, “Watching House come in and strike out the side was huge for us in the eighth. Watching Earl hit that double and break the unwritten rule to never take a chance at stealing third with nobody out? That was crazy! The drama made this game a lot of fun. And finally, Leemaster’s hit. I think every player dreams of having that opportunity and it couldn’t have happened to a better guy. He’s such a patient player and hitter. It was an awesome moment to say the least.”

“And we have to give a shout out to Big John (Holmquist),” Spila pointed out. “He didn’t factor in tonight, but a 7-0 record and an ERA just over 2.00 helped pave the way to this opportunity. He had a heck of a season. Lastly, I’d like to thank God and also share a special thank you to all of our loyal fans and our ladies that all support us while we play the game we love. Michelle Sipila, Angie Biggs, Aimee Peketz, Cybil Taylor, Lily Nash and the gang from the Hackney family, we love and appreciate you guys so much. Thank you!

The victory gives Sipila and the Spirits 45+ squad their first title as the team finishes the season with a record of 20-1, with the only blemish being to this very same Reds team.

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2019 MSBL League Profile: Mid Iowa Baseball League

By Steve LaMontia, Director of Communications

The Mid-Iowa Baseball League (MIBL) is located in and around the Des Moines, Iowa region and was founded in 1994.  Now approaching their 25 year anniversary in 2019, we had a moment to speak with current league president and 2016 MSBL Lifetime Achievement award recipient John Linden to discuss where they’ve been and what their vision is going forward.  This will also be John’s 10th anniversary at the helm.

“We have some exciting news regarding growth. For the past few years we have researched the ability to add a 48+ or 50+ division and now feel we have the numbers of full-time players to support a 48+ division. We will also closely look at the other age divisions as our demography evolves.” said Linden.  “We will be offering play in 18+, 30+, 45+(most likely will move to 40+ or 42+) and the new 48+. Splitting the 45+ up to 48+ and down to 42+ could result in the addition of 1 or 2 teams. We anticipate somewhere between 26 and 30 teams in 2019.”

The Mid-Iowa Baseball League is one of the foundations of MSBL and also an annual representative in Arizona for the MSBL World Series.  You will always find their teams in the playoffs and more often than not in the thick of things.  “This year we’ll be going down with the Bruins in the 25+ division, also possibly a 45+ team and hopefully we will field a Father/Son entry.  We also have players that have been free agents in the 40+, 55+ and 65+ divisions. Most players that go once are kind of hooked for life. We love it down there and not only have fun but enjoy the facilities and most teams are usually in the hunt.”

John’s 25+ Bruins World Series team is the current defending 2018 25+ champion in Arizona, which was a “Back-to-Back” year for them as they claimed the hardware in 2017.  MIBL’s Iowa Cubs also had a Father Son championship trophy from 2007.  A Mid-Iowa representative can occasionally be found in the Fall Classic in Florida, as well as various Las Vegas trips for the Kickoff Classic or Las Vegas Open.  “The Bruins won the 35+ championship at the Fall Classic in 2014 and have been the runner up in several World Series at 18+, 25+ and 35+,” said John.  “We’re very proud of our MIBL travel teams.”

The league has also tested the regional tournament waters as they hosted the first annual ‘Rally on the River’ this past July in Bettendorf, Iowa.  It was a great start on wonderfully turfed fields and they look to build on their success as they continue the event in 2019.  “We have contacted leagues in surrounding states and I am hopeful they can bring some teams.  Last year we offered 18+ and 50+ play but hope to expand divisions in the future.  Past president and 2017 MSBL Hall of Fame member Brian Schueller is in charge of that effort and does a great job as tournament director.”

John’s personal league participation as a player is for the Iowa Oaks (18+), DM Bulldogs (30+) and player/manager for the DM Grays (45+). “I had a major hip injury in 2017. Rehab has me feeling much better and I look forward to getting back out on the diamonds and contributing.”

During John’s tenure as commissioner of the Mid-Iowa league they have contributed to ALS, CapCure, Louisville Slugger Warriors, Breast Cancer, American Heart Association, the Miracle League and various High School and College fields in their region.  John is proud of MIBL’s philanthropy commitment of giving back to the community and to worthy organizations. “My wife, Nancy, is a Breast Cancer survivor (Save Second Base) and I am pleased the league stays involved in charitable work,” explained Linden.  “I also enjoy coaching for the Iowa Baseball Camp for the Deaf every summer.  I’ve been helping out for over a decade now and enjoy every minute.

“My son Tanner is also plays for the Oaks and for the 25+ Bruins and Father/Son teams in Arizona. And my daughter Kristina is an active fan of our Mid-Iowa Baseball teams.  I have been blessed with great teammates and some take charge Board members over the years. We look forward to our MIBL 25th anniversary and building for our future!”

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2018 Banana Sharks Sweep A’s for John A. DeBenedictis 55+ Anderson Division Title

John A. DeBenedictis Baseball League, 55+ Anderson Division 

Banana Sharks 8, Hatboro A’s 7

‘Creedon Shines on Bump in Sweep of A’s’

Submitted by Pat Fynes, League President

Semi-Finals…After losing just one game during the regular season and bringing a 10 game winning streak into the playoffs, the Banana Sharks found themselves down 1-0 in the semi-final round against the Kennett Cutters, losing the opener 5-2. But the Banana Sharks, led by manager Daryl Fein, showed why they had a great regular season record by winning both games two and three by scores of 14-0 to advance to the championship round.

Championship Round Game One Versus Hatboro A’s…The Banana Sharks scored four runs in the third and nine in the fourth to cruise to a 13-6 victory over the A’s in game one. The Sharks took advantage of A’s errors and pounded out 12 hits. Tony D’Aulerio, Ray Schmoltze and Bob Rutter had two hits each. Bobby Creedon went the distance for the win.

Championship Round Game Two…The Banana Sharks held off an A’s rally in the last inning and brought home their third championship in the JADBL.

With the Sharks leading 8-4 after six, the A’s rallied to pull within one in the ninth inning and loaded the bases with one out. The A’s were a hit away from a tie or a win. In came Bobby Creedon for the Sharks, who had already won three playoff games. Bob relieved Jim Toth, who had replaced Frank Rose. Catcher Hector Torres caught a foul pop behind the plate, crashing into the fence for the second out. The A’s Dave Viviani then hit a line drive shot between third and short, but Jeff Vitale laid out to make a great catch and end the game. The Sharks sweep the A’s with an 8-7 victory.

Frank Rose went 6 1/3 innings for the win, while Bobby Creedon earned the save. The Banana Sharks had 14 hits, led by Creedon and Daryl Fein, who had three hits apiece.

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2018 Rochester Mets Post Successful Season in Rochester MSBL

Rochester MSBL

 ‘Combination of Veterans and Youngsters Paint Bright Future’

 Submitted by James Germano, Mets manager

The Rochester MSBL Mets got off to a slow start, but improved during the season to end up 9-9-1. We won the playoff semi-finals by beating the Royals 6-5 in a very well-played game. However, in the finals we came up a little short against the rival A’s, 9-5.

Our team was a combination of seasoned vets, including Ralph Koons, Dave Prong and Al Emerson, plus our core group of Sandor Bors, Rich Kolmetz, Mark Faulkner, Bob Shaffer, Joe Germano, Erick Mundorff and Vern Van Skiver.

Our youth movement of Tom Street, Julian Cotto and Eric Maldonado really complemented our vets and core players, plus they made the season a fun experience. We’re looking forward to being in the thick of the race once again in 2019!

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2018 Hudson Valley MSBL Year End Report, Division Champions Crowned

Submitted by Rick Stockfield, Hudson Valley League President

‘Hudson Valley Exceeds $16,000 in Charitable Contributions in 2018’

Congratulations go out to the Wappingers Brewers (Coach Alex Peluso) who defeated the Expedient Mets in the midweek 18+ Championship.  MVP was Matt Lynch (Brewers) and Cy Young winner was Rich Cavazza (Phillies).

The 18+ Sunday Division Champion were The New York Mariners (David Prince) winning their third consecutive HVMSBL title defeating the Kent Cubs for the second time in three years.  The M’s finished the season an impressive 22-1 with their only blemish by Cy Young Award Winner Nick DiNapoli (Cubs) who was 12-1 with a 2.00 ERA.  Co-MVP’s were Steve Aurigemma and Clint Boettcher (both Mariners).

The 35+National Division found another three-peat Champion Bridge City Athletics (Sven Jenkins) defeating the 6-seeded Kent Pirates in the winner’s bracket finals on a walk off by Dan Slate in the bottom of the 10th inning propelling the A’s to their back-to-back-to-back championship.

In the American 35+, the Hudson Valley Rays (Greg Locke) took home their first American Division Championship.  MVP was Nick DeMarco (A’s, .659AVG) and Cy Young also from the A’s was Jim Petrosino (8-0, 2.20ERA)

The 45+ Division Championship went to the New York Isotopes (Lee Carilli) defeating the Hopewell Tigers in a great championship game 11-8.  MVP was Isotopes’ Mark Milroy, while Cy Young was the Tigers’ skipper Phil Geary (7-0, 2.77 ERA).

Other award winners were Managers of the Year Sven Jenkins and Drew Kessler (Pirates), Sportsman of the Year Ricky Garcia, Community Award Winner David Prince, and comeback player of the Year Rick Zolzer (Renegades).

The League also continued its community service while giving back to four charities and nine youth baseball leagues and other charities, including LS Warriors, in the amounts totaling more than $16,000 through the ‘3 Up 3 Down’ Organization, Inc.

Congratulations go out to HVMSBL Hall of Fame inductees Matt Veronesi and Roland Norris (Wappingers Yankees) and to Dutchess County Baseball Hall of Fame inductees Matt Veronesi, Mike Veronesi, Rick Stockfield, Roberto Valdes, Ed Lamondo and Al Hammell.

2018 was a stellar year for the league growing to 32 teams and a record number of players.  Four All-Star Games hosting more than 1,000 fans total, a Future’s Game, our annual home run derby (Matt Peters, Cubs Champion), a second derby free to all players at Dutchess Stadium and the HVMSBL picnic highlighted the year! 2019 will the HVMSBL’s 30-year Anniversary with its focus being more on community (including an Exceptional Senior’s Game for High School Seniors), more funds donated to little leagues, all the while increasing the quality of the league rather than any type of quantity.

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2018 ThunderCanes Win ‘Chilly’ 45+ Fall Title in North Texas Amateur Baseball League

North Texas Amateur Baseball League, 45+ Fall Pecos Division

ThunderCanes 10, Caddo Reds 9

 ‘Canes Get Hot and Stay Warm in Title Game’ 

Submitted by Kirk Pruitt, ThunderCanes manager

North Texas recorded a record (you can look it up!) twenty-nine inches of rain in September and October, pushing the North Texas Amateur Baseball League Fall Ball Season well into November.  Generally speaking, Texans do not like cold weather, and especially don’t like playing baseball in cold weather, however there were Champions to crown in the rain-abbreviated season.  With playoff and championship games played in temps hovering just above freezing, uniform requirements took a back seat to protecting oneself from hypothermia.

Friendly rivals Caddo Reds and ThunderCanes took the field with a game time temp of 35 degrees.  The Reds took a 1-0 lead until a wild and woolly fourth inning, where both teams combined to send 23 batters to the plate, scoring a combined 15 runs.  The ‘Canes won the inning, plating nine.  Most of the damage was done on RBI hits by Nate Larmon (2B), Chris McCann (3B), and Michael Madsen’s bases loaded single.  All had multi-RBIs in the inning that saw every ThnderCane hitter reach base safely.

The Reds countered in the bottom half of the frame, scoring six of their own, taking advantage of two walks and two errors.  ‘Canes starting pitcher Eric Reifschneider was relieved by Bob Delahunt to begin the fifth with the score 10-7.  The Reds pushed across two runs with two outs before Delahunt coaxed a ground out to close the frame.

Going into the final inning the ‘Canes missed a golden opportunity to get some insurance, but left the bases loaded.  Delahunt returned to the hill for the home half of the inning and promptly shut the door, sealing the win for the ThunderCanes and starting the mass exodus from the field to Buffalo Wild Wings to get warm.

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2018 Northern Virginia Warriors Rally to 18+ ‘C’ Division Crown in DCMSBL

DCMSBL, 18+ ‘C’ Division

Northern Virginia Warriors 10, Loudoun Beavers 8

‘Warriors ‘Find the Beat’ on Way to 2018 Title’

Submitted by Matt Dolan, Warriors manager

The Northern Virginia Warriors have won four DCMSBL championships in the last eight years, with a few runner up performances mixed in as well.  We suffered a heart breaking loss in the last inning in the third game of the 2017 championship and made it our mission to come back even stronger in 2018 and win it all.

This was no small feat given 80% of our team was brand new to the squad in 2017.  It took half the season in 2018 to build up the team chemistry and find our Warrior drum beat, but once it was found we didn’t look back.  Win or lose we have a group of warriors that give it all on the diamond and enjoy a few cold PBR’s postgame!

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2018 Rough Riders Avenge 2017 Defeat, Top Pirates for Fox Valley MABL Crown

Fox Valley MABL

McHenry Rough Riders 12, Round Lake Pirates 8

‘Rough Riders Sweep Pirates for 2018 Title’

Submitted by Evan Scully, Rough Riders manager

What a year! The Fox Valley MABL, located throughout Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin, remained super competitive as well as great group of teams which feature stellar ballplayers. There were lots of close games coming down to the wire, which always makes it fun.

The McHenry Rough Riders were seeking a revenge year after falling short to the Round Lake Pirates in 2017’s World Series. After having a bad taste, the Rough Riders came out strong with a nine game winning streak although every game was a hard fought battle. We finishing the year with a 15-3 record as the #1 seed heading into the playoffs.

Great pitching and defense was our story. Every player played an intricate role by putting winning first and playing small ball to find a way to win. Every team gave us a run including the Spring Grove Orioles, Northern Illinois Coyotes, Johnsburg Tigers, Kenosha Javelins, Kenosha Chiefs and last but not least the Round Lake Pirates, who are the 2017 defending champions.

The World Series between the McHenry Rough Riders and the Round Lake Pirates featured a couple of one run games and some extra innings, really showcasing good defense and timely hitting. When the final out was made the McHenry Rough Riders were crowned CHAMPS! Every team in our league has great guys and good sportsmanship, especially the Round Lake Pirates. Afterwards both teams went to the local tavern sending pitchers of beer to one another saying they can’t wait to faceoff next year in the World Series. On behalf of the McHenry Rough Riders and the Fox Valley MABL ‘thank you’ for making it possible for us guys to play the game we all love!

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2018 North County Cardinals Win 55+ Title in First Year in North County (San Diego) MSBL

North County (San Diego) MSBL, 55+ Division

North County Cardinals 8, Yankees 5

‘Cardinals Fly to Championship in Inaugural Year’ 

Submitted by Stan Stewart, Cardinals manager

Before the 2018 season began, North County league president Doug Johnson approached Jim Tapper and asked if he would put together a 55+ team together for that division.  Tapper called around and I was fortunate enough to be one of his calls.  Organizing a team is hard enough while maintaining a healthy team at our age is even harder.  We have a great nucleus of guys who love the game.

We started the season slowly with a loss but with ten guys batting over .350 and a strong pitching core we quickly picked up steam, winning out the rest of the season.  Fortunately our success continued into the rest of the season.  Tapper earned the championship game MVP with hits in crucial situations that generated RBI’s and eventually an 8-5 win.

Joe Flores and Paul Storck both pitched well striking out a combined eight batters while holding the Yankees to five runs.  Thanks go out to the Yankees for their great sportsmanship, competition and fun.  Finally, thanks to Doug Johnson for continually putting together a great league for all ages.

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2018 Mariners Claim Newly Formed 60+ Rainier Division Title of Puget Sound Senior Baseball League

Puget Sound Senior Baseball League, 60+ Rainier Division 

Mariners 12, Tugs 5

 ‘Offensive Explosion Leads ‘M’s to 60+ Crown’

Submitted by Tom Evans Krause, Mariners manager

The 2018 season marked the debut of a new 60 and over Rainier Division in the Puget Sound Senior Baseball League.  The league, which celebrated its 30th year, serves the greater Seattle-Tacoma region.

The Rainier Division championship game featured the teams who finished one-two during the regular season, the Mariners and Tugs.  Earlier in the double elimination bracket, the Mariners eked out a 2-0 victory over the Tugs – a game in which pitching and defense was highlighted. However, the bats took over in the deciding contest with the two teams knocking out a combined 29 hits.

The Mariners took an early 6-1 lead, but the Tugs battled back to narrow the margin to a single run at 6-5 in the top of the sixth inning.  The M’s pulled away with 3-run innings in the sixth and seventh frames while holding the Tugs scoreless for the remainder of the game.

The Mariners claimed the first-ever PSSBL Rainier Division title with a 12-5 victory.

Rocky Nordness, who had thrown a 4-hit, 2-0 shutout against the Tugs earlier in the playoffs, was the winning pitcher in the championship game.  He scattered 12 hits while giving up five runs.  Nordness finished the season 8-0 with a division-leading 1.08 ERA.

All but one of the Mariners in the starting lineup had a base hit as the team pounded out 17 safeties.  Rich Bonny went 3-4 while Nordness, David Caffey, Wayne Ottum, Jay Hyma and Steve Packer had two hits apiece.  Caffey hit .556 and Bonny batted .500 during the M’s playoff run.

The Tugs were led by Greg Thompson, who went a perfect 3-3 at the plate.  David Mathews, Bill Williams and Dave Reynolds contributed two hits each.  Reynolds, who was inducted into the PSSBL Hall of Fame earlier in the season, took the loss on the mound for the Tugs.