Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Solar Sox finish 5-2 run in Arizona

MSBL World Series

It was a good week for fall baseball for the Sun Valley Solar Sox at the 2005 Men's Senior/Adult Baseball League (MSBL/MABL) World Series Oct. 24-28 in Arizona.

"We had a great run and a great time," player/coach Curtis Bacca said.

The Solar Sox, competing in the 28-and-over Central Division, went 5-0 in their preliminary games to clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs. Then they fell 5-4 to the San Diego Knights and 9-1 to eventual champion Westside Indians from the Los Angeles area.

"Our pitching was fantastic and we played great defense, too," said Bacca.

Leading hitters were team MVP and workhorse catcher Paul Creighton (11-for-20, .550), former Cobras local player Dave Fox (6-for-11, .545 with 5 RBI) and "Rookie of the Year," Anthony Anderson (11-for-21, .524, 5 RBI, .667 slugging).

In their final two wins the Sox beat the Long Island Angels 14-3 behind Fox's six-hit complete game and four hits each by Anderson and Creighton; and downed the Kansas City Monarchs 7-1 on Anderson's complete-game five-hitter and Creighton's three hits.

Brian Nelson threw an excellent seven innings in the 5-4 loss to San Diego. Pitching leaders were Scott Seaward 2-0 with 2.84 ERA and 7 K in 12 innings; Anderson 1-0 with 1.00 ERA; Fox 1-0 with 1.13 ERA; Nelson 3.86 ERA; and Pat Creighton 1-0 with 5.14 ERA.

The Solar Sox, sponsored by The Waxroom, were mainly comprised of players who compete in the summer Sun Valley Men's Adult Baseball League.

Other players and averages were Curtis Bacca .304 with 5 runs; Nelson Drewien .235 with 4 runs; Dan Freeman .294 with 5 RBI; Sean Moran .364 with 8 hits and 4 RBI; Brian Nelson .300; Robin Sarchett .250 with 6 runs; and Rod Watson .263.

See Friday's Mountain Express for a team photo.

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