Friday, October 19, 2007

Local teams head for Men?s Senior World Series

Express Staff Writer

Courtesy photo- The Hailey Hawks hope to dog the competition at the Men?s Senior World Series with players (back row, from left) Eli Lloyd, Brent Anderson, Gio Tognoni, Justin Herald, Bryan Burrell, Kenny Nelson, and (front row) Pat McGee, Cesar Espinoza, Ryan Stavros, player/coach Brian Nelson, and player/manager John Rathfon. Not pictured, Anthony Anderson, Robin Sarchett and Brad Flickers.

The Valley of the Sun is the setting for plenty of fun and games at the annual Men's Senior Baseball League World Series.

Staged at pristine baseball cathedrals throughout the greater Phoenix area, Oct. 21-26, the MSBL series attracts hundreds of teams from around the nation.

Two teams from the Wood River Valley, the Sun Valley Solar Sox and Hailey Hawks will compete for titles in two different divisions, although they share a couple of players on their respective rosters.

The Hawks, with player/manager John Rathfon, will compete in the 25+ Central Division. The conference features 15 teams and Hailey will play six in the round-robin format, including teams from New York, Illinois, California, Colorado and Utah. Players include Eli Lloyd, Brent Anderson, Gio Tognoni. Justin Herald, Bryan Burrell, Kenny Nelson, Pat McGee, Cesar Espinoza, Ryan Stavros, Brian Nelson, Anthony Anderson, Robin Sarchett, Brad Flickers and Rathfon.

The team is sponsored by Hailey Car Quest and Chapala Restaurant.

The quintessential baseball purist, Solar Sox player/manager Curtis Bacca has entered his team in the Wood Bat Division in the 35+ Central League. The Sox open the tournament against the Kansas City Royals this Sunday, and will also duel teams from California, Arizona, and New York in a guaranteed six-game schedule.

Sox team members are Anthony Anderson, Craig Anderson, Jimmy Bradley, Pat Creighton, Paul Creighton. Nelson Drewien, David Fox, Jimmy Jorgensen, Sean Moran, Bubba Nelson, Jeff Poggi, Rod Watson and Bacca.

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