Capital District MSBL, 45+ Division
Yankees 8, Cubs 2
‘Bombers Post Impressive 15-1 Season’
Submitted by Lex Herrlett, Yankees manager
The Cubs came to play in game one! The final was 12-8 but it was a competitive game throughout. The Cubs bats were alive and it was like a radio show titled ‘PUTTING ON THE HITS’ as the Cubs defeated the Yankees in game one in the best of three 45-over championship series of the Capital District MSBL.
In game two the Yankee ‘Bombers’ had Dave Smitherman on the bump against the Cubs starter Ron Masseroni. It was a pitcher’s duel throughout the game as runs were scarce as they were probably all used up in game one. The Bombers edged the Cubs 3-2 to take game two.
The championship game saw Dunn back on the hill for the Cubs and Smitherman giving it a go for the Yankees. The Cubs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning with one out and men on third and second. Smitherman thought he just didn’t have it this day so we used a quick hook. I couldn’t run, move or play the field with a torn hip flexor so I didn’t play in game two. I tried hitting but could barely make it to first even if I hit it off the wall! But my arm felt good so I gave it a go on the mound and we got out of the jamb without further damage!
The Bombers would tie it up at 2-2 until late inning heroics by Mick Novak took a Dunn pitch over the left field fence giving the Bombers a three-run lead. The Bombers added a few more, taking an 8-2 lead into the sixth. We got through the sixth without any threat from the Cubs.
Going into the seventh things got a little interesting. After two quick outs, the Cubs mounted a rally of their own with a runner on first when Chris Dunn drilled a line drive to put guys on first and second, bringing up Tim Brown. Though I handled Tim pretty well so far with two K’s, he drilled a line drive to right field to load the bases. Dan Hernandez came up and hit a ground ball to third, as Dan Tarullo stepped on the bag for the final out! BOMBER WIN THEEEEEEEEEE BOMBERS WIN!!!
This was a great all-around team effort to bring home this trophy. JJ Janetsky pulled his hamstring in game one and wasn’t able to play in games two or three while Jim Hicks had a torn meniscus in his knee. To go along with my hip flexor, Mick Novak pushed on with an extremely sore knee. We were the walking wounded but we pulled it off. Jan Friedman was a wall back there throwing out Cubs runners and Adam Ellenbogen had key hits while running the bases and stealing every opportunity he got on base. Basically, all Bombers, including DOOM, DAN, RYNO, HICKS, BOB, JAN, JJ, ADAM, MICK, SMITTY, stepped up. Our hearts also go out to REUTER, who missed the last game due to family obligation. BIG ROOT was a huge part of the Bomber success!