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For the week of  October 31 - November 6, 2001


Fall ball in Arizona

Suns in Valley of the Sun

The Boys of Summer morphed into the Boys of Fall, as Sun Valley Suns played some ball at the Men’s Senior Baseball League World Series in Phoenix, Arizona Oct. 22-27.

The tournament featured more nips and tucks than a Beverly Hills PTA meeting.

The Suns (4-3), playing in the 38-team Central Division, lost only three of their seven games—but they were killer—all three of the losses being decided by just one run.

"The hidden ball trick did it. We were rattled after that," outfielder Chris Zarkos said slightly tongue-in-cheek about the turning point of the week.

After winning their first two games, 28-8 over Bay Area Beavers and 18-6 against the Salt Lake City Reds, the Suns met the Connecticut Navigators.

The Suns trailed 8-7 in the home ninth and Sean Moran represented the tying run on third base. That’s when the crafty Navigator third baseman faked a throw and then tagged Moran out to win the game.

"It was a momentum buster," Zarkos said.

After losing to the division-leading Milwaukee Rangers 7-6, the Suns bounced back with big wins over Colorado (by a 13-5 score) and New Mexico (18-11) to qualify for Friday’s single-elimination playoffs.

The Rochester Mets put the Suns poolside with a 7-6 loss.

No one went home unhappy.

"We had a blast," team manager Curtis Bacca said.

The Suns batted .351 as a team, led by Dave Fox’s .613.

Dan Freeman hit .516, Craig Anderson .515, Curtis Bacca .417, Ric Slone .384, Lane Monroe .375, Rod Watson (GS/HR) .375, Chris Zarkos .368, Dave Hausmann .307, Pat Creighton .300, Sean Moran .285, Jimmy Hart .235, Danny Turner .240, Paul Creighton .200, Jimmy Jorgenson .142.

The team was sponsored by the Waxroom in Ketchum.

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