Fall ball in
Suns in Valley of
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
tournament featured more nips and tucks than a Beverly Hills PTA meeting.
(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.
hidden ball trick did it. We were rattled after that," outfielder
Chris Zarkos said slightly tongue-in-cheek about the turning point of the
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.
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.
was a momentum buster," Zarkos said.
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.
Rochester Mets put the Suns poolside with a 7-6 loss.
No one went
had a blast," team manager Curtis Bacca said.
batted .351 as a team, led by Dave Fox’s .613.
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.
was sponsored by the Waxroom in Ketchum.