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2019 Holiday Classic: 30+ National

Coral Gables Athletics 4, Brandon Bombers 3

 ‘A’s Dedicate Victory to Fallen Team Captain’

Submitted by Miguel Garcia, Athletics manager

Our win was bitter sweet as the A’s lost their long-time team captain, Albert Jardines to cancer two weeks ago.  Although, he was still with us at the time of the tournament, the games were all played with his jersey hanging in our dugout.

For the fifth time in team history, the Coral Gables Athletics won the MSBL Holiday Classic.  Playing in its first 30+ age bracket in this tournament, the A’s swept the round robin defeating the Brandon Bombers 14-4, Cleveland Sports Fever 7-2 and Rhode Island Sea Dogs 10-7.  They then defeated the Chicago Woodpeckers 5-3 to advance to the championship game versus the Bombers, which would prove to be memorable.

The Bombers took an early 1-0 lead on the A’s in the first but the A’s responded with a run in the third when Jose Zababa drove in Juan Quesada for the A’s first run.  The teams swapped runs in the fourth as Luis Cabral drove in the A’s second run on a sacrifice fly.  The Bombers took the lead on a home run in the fifth, as the game would remain 3-2 until the dramatic bottom of the ninth.

Andres Vengoechea started the inning off hitting a shot up the middle on an 0-2 count.  After a walk to Peewee Rodriguez and failed sac bunt attempt from Cabral, Andres Gomez tied the game with a single to left.  Juan Quesada then came up with two outs and would leave the Bombers on the field with a single to left field scoring the walk off run. Here’s a link to the walk-off video:  19HC.Walk.Off.Hit.Championship.Game

This was the second championship the A’s have won in walk off fashion as they won the 2011 Fall Classic in 10 innings on a walk off.  Alex Arteaga started for the A’s and went seven innings, striking out five.  Jared Bahnsen earned the win in relief going the final two innings without surrendering a run. 

Tournament Highlights: Jose Zabala led the A’s with 10 hits and went 2-4 in the championship game.  Alvaro Gomez had eight hits.  Amed Martinez led the team with eight runs scored.  Andres Vengoechea had seven RBI on the weekend.

Jaime Cruz and Willy Mizrahi picked up wins in the round robin.  Justin Jordan pitched a complete game in the Semi-Final win over the Woodpeckers.

Special Note: This might have been the toughest tournament the A’s have ever and will ever play.  Their long time team captain, Albert Jardines could not join the team as he was battling his final days with cancer before passing away on January 30.  Albert has been playing with the A’s for the past 20 years, actually joining the team for the 2001 MSBL Holiday Classic being a critical part of this team’s success for all of these years.  He leaves behind a beautiful wife, Ileana and two young daughters Emily and Sofia.  He will be dearly missed by all but will always be present in our dugout!

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2019 Holiday Classic: 30+ American

Cleveland Steve’s Sports 9, Orlando Lugnuts 2

Submitted by: John Ramsey, manager

After winning the National Division Championship last year, we had hopes of trying to repeat, however after a 1-2 pool play record, we fell to the American Division and played a good Orlando team in the championship game.

“This was a difficult weekend, we were down a few big bats and arms from our normal tournament teams. We also lost our middle infield after injuries in game one. We still managed to pull it together for a great finish to the weekend.”

Jon Sprowls took the hill in the championship game going six strong innings giving up two runs while striking out four. Roberto Familia then got the final nine outs with three shut down innings.

Leading the offense for Steve’s Sports was Matt Altieri with three hits. Jake Plata, Luis Maldonado and John Ramsey had two hits apiece for the good guys. Brendan Krowka was awarded team MVP.

“Overall, this was a great tournament. Top to bottom in both Divisions, there were some outstanding teams. We always like to have a little fun outside of baseball in these tournaments. The Holiday Classic was no different as we pulled off an epic Magnum P.I. theme night. (I have no idea how Brendan squeezed into those shorts)”

“These games are fun but seeing the familiar faces year after year is really what keeps us coming back. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say not seeing big Rico Carty Jr. hanging around the ballpark these last few tournaments has made it a little awkward.”

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2019 Holiday Classic: 45+ American

Clearwater Ray 5, Natick Knights 4

‘Rays Start Fast, Hold on for Title’

After a very tough round robin, the Clearwater Rays were ready to square off against the Natick Knights in the 45+ American championship game.  Due to injury and players needing to leave the tournament on Sunday the Rays roster had dwindled to 14 players.  However, the desire to win was stronger than ever.  Rays starting pitcher and game MVP Craig Marsden pitched masterfully and also benefitted from some great defense.  “As far as I’m concerned Craig was the tournament MVP. His overall performance was nothing short of remarkable,” said manager Carlos Gonzalez afterwards.

The Rays jumped out in front in the first inning 1-0 when John Rueda, who went 10 for 17 with a .588 average, got on with a one-out single.  He advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on an error.  In the top of the third Greg Curtis, who went 10 for 16 with a .625 average, led off with a single.  Rueda followed with a single of his own.  Danny Mercado grounded into what appeared to be a force out at second but Rueda beat the throw and suddenly the bases were loaded.  Manager Gonzalez came up next representing the cleanup spot.  For the tournament he went 7 for 16 with two doubles, one triple and five RBI while managing the ball club.   “We had so many key hitters out of the lineup and I just found myself hitting in what would be one of the key moments in the game”

On this key at bat Gonzalez ripped a 1-0 pitched into the left centerfield gap for a bases clearing double and the Rays were up 4-0.  In the fourth the Rays tacked on another run on a fielder’s choice to make it 5-0.  The Natick Knights went to the bullpen and the one and only Doug Flutie took the ball and held the Rays offense in check the rest of the way.

The Rays played stellar defense for the majority of the game. Carlos Gonzalez made some sparkling plays at third, including on one occasion leaping as high as he could to snag a chopper and fired a strike to first to get the out.  Catcher Danny Mercado displayed his remarkable arm by picking off a runner on third with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.  “Every time the Knights had something going the Rays defense and Marsden’s tenacity prevailed,” said Gonzalez.

It stayed that way for 8 and 2/3 innings.  But with two outs in the ninth and nobody on things became sticky for the Rays. The quote “it ain’t over till it’s over” was quite evident in the bottom of the ninth when, due to some Clearwater Rays misplays on the field, the Natick Knights scored three runs to turn this game into a nail biter.  “It got a little scary” stated Gonzalez.  The third out was finally recorded on an infield fly to short stop Rafael Serrano and the Clearwater Rays had secured the 45+ American Championship!

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2019 Holiday Classic: 54+ Wood Bat

Boston Wolfpack 14, Maine Diamond Dogs 4 

‘Wolfpack Plays Two Divisions Simultaneously, Wins 54+ Division’

By Sterling Endicott

The Boston Wolfpack, playing in its 19th straight Holiday Classic, utilized 24 guys to play 12 games over four days, plus an extra inning that made 109 total innings.  With the debut of the 54+ age division at the Holiday Classic, the Boston Wolfpack took on the challenge of competing in both the 45+ and 54+ division at the same time.  This meant playing 18 innings on Friday, 27 innings on Saturday, 36 innings on Sunday and 27 (+1) innings on Monday.

Monday was the only scheduling overlap when the 45+ Championship game was at the same time as the 54+ Semi Final Game.  With half a squad, no manager, and five more prior games played, the Wolfpack took the final to extra innings before succumbing in the 45+ final 6-5 in 10 innings to the Vituro Cardinals.  They bounced back to win the 54+ Championship over the Maine Diamond Dogs in their twelfth game of the tournament.

“It was a lot of fun but I’m really sore,” said Eddie Fuller who along with David Oliver played over 90 innings in the field.  Chris Arconti pitched two complete games over the weekend giving up one run in the semifinal victory over the Diamond Dream Mustangs.

Russ Ward had four hits in the game as the Pack, with only 10 guys that weren’t playing in the 45+ championship game, won 10-1. In the final, Jim Kearschner in relief scattered six hits through the final seven innings to earn the win in the Championship.  The Wolfpack has now won the MSBL Holiday Classic 13 times in 19 tries reaching the final 17 times, twice in the same tournament.

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2019 Holiday Classic: 45+ National

Vituro Health Cardinals 6, Boston Wolfpack 5 (10 innings)

By Scott McSparen, Cardinals manager

After a couple of years competing for the Championship, the Vituro Health Cardinals won the Championship game in 10 innings, with the winning run sliding across home plate after Cardinal shortstop Joe Williams drove a line single into right center field. It was a hard fought game, featuring a complete game effort by starting pitcher Steve Becker. The Cardinals in fact threw three complete games in the playoffs capped off by Becker’s gem. Shelton Stalls and Michael Player also threw complete games, beating two very worthy opponents.

The MVP trophy was awarded to Greg Hammond, our catcher and cleanup hitter. While providing some much needed clutch offensive, he also caught all but three innings of the tournament, some 40+ innings over a four day span!! Overall, it was a complete team effort, from a team of 16 players, the majority of which are from Birmingham, Alabama. We were also fortunate to have two players from Chicago North and an outstanding outfielder from Atlanta, Georgia.

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2018 30+ National

Cleveland Steve’s Sports 11, Boston Cardinals 7

‘Jackman and Tillman Take Charge’

By Mike Camunas, Special to MSBL

January 15, 2018, Kissimmee, FL — All Cleveland Steve’s Sports needed was 12 players. The eight-time 30+ National Champs added four more out of the player pool and that did the trick. So did the five-run seventh inning to break a 6-6 tie and defeat the Boston Cardinals11-7 on Monday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.

“It’s tough when you have limited guys because then you have to pull your best outfielder to pitch, so you want the most innings you can out of your starter,” Cleveland manager and catcher John Ramsey said. “This year, (using the player pool) came through. Anytime you play five games in four days, it’s tough. We’re not 18 anymore — I’m 40 and I’m catching every game, but the guys have to, and did, overcome a lot. It was a tough, physical week.”

Rob Jackman was named the MVP after going 2-for-4 with a sac fly, a strikeout and two stolen bases. Jackman also pitched in the team’s second game during its championship run.  “Everyone plays a role, pitchers are doing multiple things, but everyone is doing their part and more to help the team win,” Jackman said. “We’re a scrappy team — it all falls behind John Ramsey. That guy finds a way to motivate everyone whether in your regular position or you’re filling in a position, he just finds a way to get you ready to play the game. Everyone follows the leader.”

Cleveland starting pitcher Jeff Tillman helped his own cause and drove in the two runs that tied the game in the fifth.  Boston jumped out to a 6-0 lead by the fourth that included a two-run homer in the first by third baseman Richie Burgos.  Cleveland scored its five runs in the seventh with one out, as Steve Ross drove in two RBI during the inning.

However, Ramsey knows that it Jackman that was Cleveland’s spark all week. “Rob started every big inning we had,” Ramsey added. “He sets the table as the leadoff guy and is always on base, so he’s been the engine that makes us go all week.”

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2018 18+

Tampa Thunder 10, Coral Gables A’s 2

‘Rodriguez Holds A’s to Three Hits’

By Chris Errington, Special to MSBL

January 15, 2018, Kissimmee, FL – Not stolen equipment, an extra-inning semifinal or having to play a dominant opponent in the finals could keep the Tampa Thunder from fulfilling a promise a year in the making.  Geovanie Rodriguez, a late addition to the team, tossed a three-hitter and the Thunder parlayed a four-run first inning into an advantage they never relinquished in cruising to the 18+ championship.

The victory erased the bitter taste of losing in last year’s finals and gave the Thunder their first Holiday Classic title.

“[It was] very important to get back and win it this time,” said Tampa manager Pier Ballesteros. “We’ve been together a long time and talked about [winning a championship] right after we lost last year.”  Vic Pagan finished 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored, while Alex Novell added two hits, an RBI and run scored as Tampa finished with 13 hits. Those hits, plus uncharacteristic Coral Gables’ defensive miscues led to a trio of big innings that proved the difference. After the A’s trimmed a four-run deficit in half, Tampa broke the game open by scoring three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh.

Rodriguez, who pitches for an Independent League team in Puerto Rico, proved he was more than capable of holding the lead. Relying on off-speed pitches, mixed with occasional fastballs, the right hander’s only start of the tournament was a memorable one. He retired the first seven batters he faced, then 10 straight from the fourth through seventh innings.  It was during that second juncture when his dominance was most important.

“I only joined the team two weeks ago,” said Rodriguez,who hadn’t pitched in a game in four months. “When we started the tournament, I was told I was getting the ball in the final. I just wanted to hit my locations. Sometimes I felt like I was in command.  When I go on the mound, I’m in a completely different mindset. It’s my world and I get locked in. I wanted the ball all the way.”

After run-scoring doubles from Pagan and Novell helped stake the Thunder to a 4-0 first-inning lead, Coral Gables mounted its only threat of the game. The A’s, who rolled to a 3-0 round robin record by outscoring their opponents 16-3, used a one-out walk and Nick Silva’s booming double to right-center to cut the deficit to 4-1. When Silva scored on an error one out later, the lead was cut in half and Coral Gables appeared to seize the momentum. But when a running miscue ended the threat, the Tampa lead remained and Rodriguez went to work.  The right hander didn’t allow another hit until Albert Santiago’s one-out double in the seventh. By then, the advantage had swelled to 10-2 and Tampa was nearly home free.

A ground out, Nolan Haymessingle and an infield error plated three Tampa runs in the sixth, before a Chris Gormley sacrifice fly and Martin’s double to left scored three more an inning later to put the game out of reach. “To get down 4-0 early was tough,” Coral Gables manager Miguel Garcia said, “but then we got two and were back in the game. Then, when they had those two big innings, it was over.  Our team is built on solid pitching and defense and today we had a few bad innings. Our pitching and defense let up a little and you can’t do that against a good team. This wasn’t the team we were all week.”

The loss kept Coral Gables from earning a third tournament championship in four years and fifth overall. The A’s captured titles in 2015 and 2016, before missing the playoffs last year.  For the Thunder, a week that began with anger, disorder and a whole lot of missing equipment and uniforms, ended in the sun. Even if it came following a marathon 10-inning, 9-4 semifinal victory over the same Dade City Brewers which defeated them in last year’s tournament championship game. The extended game pushed the start time for the championship back nearly two hours, but following what had occurred, the delay was negligible.

At the beginning of the week, Thunder players, all staying in the same hotel, were holding running races in the parking lot to determine the group’s fastest individual. They were approached by a few strangers who asked to participate in the races and, when the players agreed and were distracted with the proceedings, some of their equipment and uniforms were stolen out of the back of a player’s truck.  Fortunately, Ballesteros had brought additional uniforms and catcher’s equipment to the tournament, so, while sporting different numbers than usual, Tampa players at least were still able to play.  “Guys weren’t happy about it, but we didn’t let it bother us too much,” the manager said. “The funny thing is, our guys won the race.”

And in the end, they won a Holiday Classic tournament championship as well.

Thunder   4 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 – 10 13 2

A’s             0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 –  2   3  2

WP: Rodriguez. LP: Roque. 2B: Pagan, Novell, Cappuyo, Martin (T). Silva, Santiago (CG). Pitching: Roque, Jordon (7) and Pagan (T). Cappuyo and Mojica (CG).

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2018 45+ National

Boston Wolfpack 8, Vituro Health Cardinals 1

‘MVP Benedict Shuts Down Potent Cards’

By Chris Errington, special to MSBL

January 15, 2018, Kissimmee, FL – Dave Benedict knew. So too did the Vituro Health Cardinals. In fact, anyone who’s followed the Holiday Classic during the past decade is more than familiar with the script: Give the Boston Wolfpack any advantage and their virtually assured of winning the title.

Such was the scene again, as Boston parlayed three hits and a pair of first-inning errors into two runs. It was a lead the Wolfpack would never relinquish in continuing an unprecedented run of success at the annual tournament.  This marked Boston’s 10th Holiday Classic championship in the past 11 years. In fact, the Wolfpack have been so dominant, that they’ve lost just two games during that stretch.  “It’s great,” Benedict said of his team’s prowess. “Our defense is so good and I know that no matter who we face, our offense will put up runs.  It’s my job to not screw it up.”

While the right hander went about holding the Cardinals to seven hits and a single fourth-inning run over eight-innings of work, Boston did what it had throughout the tournament. Entering the final, the Wolfpack had outscored five opponents by an incredible 72-5 margin, including dominating playoff victories over the eighth-seeded Clearwater Rays (16-2) and third-seeded Jacksonville Hops (15-0).

In the championship game, Boston grabbed an early lead, doubled it in the third, countered the Cardinals’ lone run with another in the fourth and then put the game away in the fifth. Even that outburst was remarkable in its execution.  Despite beginning the inning with a pair of outs, the Wolfpack utilized a Sean Miller double and two walks to load the bases. Then, German Rivera drove a ball into the left-centerfield gap to clear the bases and firmly stamp Boston’s claim to yet another title.

“That two-out rally was huge,” Boston manager Steve Wolf said. “We know we’ve got a strong lineup and were fortunate to have good at-bats like German’s.  The key is always to get runs early and we were able to do that. The team’s getting older and the opponents are always great, but it never gets old [winning a championship].”

Despite the lopsided score, the Cardinals actually were Boston’s toughest opponent all week. Vituro Health’s only loss during round-robin play was a 7-1 setback to Boston in the tournament’s opening game. The Cardinals then grabbed a pair of victories to earn the playoff’s No. 5 seed where they upset the fourth-seeded Redwings(13-2) and second-seeded and perennial power EC Cardinals (7-3) to reach Championship Monday.  “We had a good run, but you can’t make errors against a team as good as [the Wolfpack] are,”Cardinals manager Scott McSparen said. “They’re just too good and will take advantage of anything you give them. Every time you look up, it’s 2-0, 3-0…If we’d played like we did against [the EC Cardinals], we would have stayed in the game. But, we’ll be back and give it our best shot to dethrone them next year.”

On this day, Benedict never allowed the Cardinals a hint at dethroning his team. The righty, who earned a title game victory last season and learned he’d get his only start on the mound the night before, utilized a heavy mix of tailing fastballs with a sharp-breaking curves to keep Cardinals hitters off balance. Surprisingly, the number of off-speed pitches he threw wasn’t by original design.  “The game plan was to command the fastball to keep it down in the zone and make them hit ground balls,” Benedict said, “but I couldn’t always locate the fastball. We knew from the first game we played them that they swung at a lot of first pitches. That’s why I went to the curve ball early in the count so often.”

Except for a quick fourth-inning outburst that plated Vituro Health’s only run, Benedict was nearly flawless. Leading 4-0, the righty allowed Bubba Wagnon’s one-out double to center, Joe Williams’ single to second and Jeff Fortune’s RBI single to left that cut the deficit to 4-1. That’s as close as the Cardinals got. The team tournament MVP got a called third strike for the inning’s second out, before inducing a ground out to third to end the threat.

Just as important as limiting the damage in the fourth was Boston’s ability to make the difficult defensive play look routine. The Wolfpack converted three ground ball double plays and made several other outstanding efforts to rob the Cardinals of hits.  In the end, it was all just status quo for a team that’s made winning Holiday Classic championships as natural as throwing, hitting and catching.

“We’ve got guys that make so many plays defensively that it makes my job easier,” Benedict, who spent the first part of the week playing shortstop, said. “I know that if I make a bad pitch and give up a hit, I’m only one good pitch away from a ground ball and having the bases empty.  That’s just one of the reasons we’ve been so successful here.”

Cardinals   0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 – 1  7  3

Wolfpack   2 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 x –  8 11 0

WP: Benedict. LP: McSparen. 2B: Wagnon (VH). Benedict, Smith and Miller (B).

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2017 30+ American

Rhode Island Sea Dogs 16, Tainos 5

‘Sea Dogs Capture First Title’

Submitted by Kevin Curt, Sea Dogs manager

The Rhode Island Sea Dogs rode the outstanding performance of Brian Baker in their semi-final contest into the 2017 Holiday Classic 30+ American Division finals against the Tainos.

Andrew Smiley started the championship game on the bump and pitched a solid three innings before being relieved by Mike Squatrito.  Squatrito held the Tainos to one run over the next four innings and was then relieved by Jared Tinkham, who closed out the Sea Dogs victory.

Offensively Smiley and Josh Ferreira supplied the power, each hitting a home run in the contest. Ferreira led the Sea Dogs with two home runs in the playoffs. The win marked the Sea Dogs first championship in tournament play. Congratulations to player/manager Kevin Curt and the entire Sea Dogs team!

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2017 30+ National

Boston Cardinals 20, East Coast Cardinals 11

‘Offense Takes Center Stage in Slugfest’

By: Chris Errington, special to MSBL National

January 16, 2017, Kissimmee, FL – Watching his team score 10 runs while sending 14 batters to the plate in the sixth inning, it would have been understandable if Boston Cardinals manager Rich Slamin relaxed, knowing his teams’ second Holiday Classic championship in three years was all but assured.  But not Slamin, not against the East Coast Cardinals, and not when you’re playing for the memory of a loved one.

Sure enough, the offensive explosion was matched in the bottom half of the inning when EC scored nine runs of its own. In the end, it was Slamin’s lack of complacency that kept Boston from relaxing and, as a result, helped finally put the game away over the final three innings.  When it was finished, Boston had earned an offensive-dominated 20-11 victory over the defending champions that spoke as much about resiliency as it did for love and comradery.

“Against a team like [East Coast] who has so much talent, we knew even 10 runs wasn’t going to be enough,” Slamin said. “We knew we’d need to keep scoring, so when they made it a game again, it wasn’t a big shock. I’m glad the guys responded.  We all knew, this one was for Ellis.”

In a tribute to Ellis Robles, the mother of a Boston player who died of cancer, and as a signal of the family bond this Cardinals team possessed above all others, each cap was initialed with the letters “ER.” Slamin said it was her memory that helped make this team – and this championship – so special.  “Two years ago, we had a great team and won it all, but the chemistry wasn’t good,” the manager said. “Last year, we went with a group of very talented players and couldn’t do anything. This time, we just wanted to come here with guys who respected each other and treated each other like family.  It really paid off in the end.”  Even if it wasn’t always pretty.

With a game time of three hours and 54 minutes, the teams combined for 31 hits, five errors, nine base on balls and six wild pitches. Still, when it was over, Boston players agreed that the championship victory – despite the flawed execution – was even better than the title won just two years ago.  “This one is special, because we all did it together,” Slamin said.

With Boston leading 2-1 following Luis Valdez’s first-inning RBI single and a third-inning Darwin Hernandez sacrifice fly, the game’s dynamic irrevocably changed in the sixth.  An infield error was the prelude to 11 Boston batters reaching base and a close game becoming a rout – even if for only a half inning. Tournament MVP Steven Rodriguez, who finished the week with 18 hits, had a run-scoring double down the left field line for a 3-1 lead, before Hernandez blasted a two-run homer to left to make it 5-1.  And Boston was just getting started.

A pair of bases on balls sandwiched a Victor Arroyo single. One run scored on a Ruben Rodriguez sac fly, another on a wild pitch and a third on Joel Torres’ single to left to push the lead to 8-1. After a Johan Hernandez single made it 9-1, Darwin Hernandez hit a bases-clearing double to left for a commanding 12-1 lead.  Still, if anyone was celebrating, it wasn’t Slamin. “I’d told them it wasn’t over,” he said “and I was right.”

Back came East Coast. Despite being held to just one hit and a single run through the first five innings, the Cardinals sent 13 men to the plate and scored nine times. Mick Myers led off with a walk and later added an RBI single. In between, eight consecutive East Coast batters reached and scored, four coming on Larry Hingle’s two-run single and Johnny Greer’s two-run triple to center.  When it was finally finished, the sixth inning had lasted more than an hour and produced 19 runs on 13 hits, while sending 27 batters to the plate. “I’ve been in games like this before,” veteran East Coast manager David Hash said. “We were pretty much out of pitching and sometimes that happens. [After trailing 12-1], the guys came back to the dugout and were quiet. They just kept digging in and knew they had a job to do. We almost got it done.”

While winning pitcher Alexis Fumero went about shutting down East Coast hitters the rest of the way, Boston immediately pushed the lead back to 15-10 in the top of the seventh. It then put the game away with five more in the ninth. Not surprisingly, Steven Rodriguez played a role in both, singling twice and driving in two.

“This was just a great week,” Rodriguez said. “I really felt good up there and kept fighting and battling. I just wanted to put pitches in play and luckily they turned into hits.”

Boston             101      00(10)  305 – 20 21 2

East Coast       000      109      010 – 11 10 3

WP: Delgado. LP: Molnar. 2B: S. Rodriguez (2), D. Hernandez (B). K. Blackwell (EC). 3B: Greer (EC). HR: D. Hernandez (B). Pitching: Delgado, Fumero (6) and D. Hernandez (B). Smith, Budds (6), Molnar (6), Hinkle (7) and Myers (EC)