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For the week of September 3 - 9, 2003


Lefty’s rallies,
wins World Series

11-7 River Dogs victory over Snappers

Sparked by the pitching of Dan Freeman and the hitting of Jeremy Lotz, Lefty’s River Dogs (10-5) captured the Blaine County Title Men’s Baseball League "World Series" title Monday at Founders Field.

Lefty’s first baseman Dave Hausmann tags out Curtis Bacca of Waxroom Snappers to complete a twin killing during Monday’s opening game won the Snappers 13-6. Bacca (3 hits) had just cracked a two-run single putting the Snappers ahead 12-6, but he strayed too far on a fly ball and was caught. Umpire Harold Nelson gets ready to make the out call. Express photo by David N. Seelig

Lefty’s defeated the Waxroom Snappers by an 11-7 score in the "if necessary" championship game of the best-of-three "World Series." The River Dogs had to rally from 5-0 and 7-3 deficits to nail down their first-ever "World Series" crown.

Indeed, Lefty’s carried away the title despite being outhit 26-14 in Monday’s doubleheader.

Outfielder Lotz (2 hits, 2 runs, 3 RBI) delivered a two-out, two-run double in the River Dogs’ four-run sixth that boosted Lefty’s into a 10-7 lead. Relief pitcher Erik Nilsen shut the door on the Snappers with four innings of scoreless work.

Leadoff batter Mark Ellsbree of Lefty’s River Dogs rips a hit during Monday’s Labor Day "World Series" doubleheader at Founders Field. Express photo by David N. Seelig

Although the Snappers (6-9) outhit the River Dogs 13-7 led by leadoff Matt Buxton (2 hits, triple, 3 runs), Patrick Mullen (3 hits, double) and Anthony Anderson (2 hits, 2 RBI), the River Dogs hung in there and capitalized on 11 free passes from three Snapper pitchers.

Freeman, a righthander who hurled the Alley Cats to the "World Series" championship in 1998, pitched nearly 12 innings as the River Dogs and Snappers played two Labor Day games to settle the Sun Valley Men’s Adult Baseball title.

In Monday’s first game, starting pitcher Freeman picked up the loss as the Snappers forced a deciding game with a 13-6 victory behind the seven-hit complete-game pitching effort of righthander Anthony Anderson (5 K).

The Snappers had eight unearned runs and rode the hitting of its 1-2-3-4 batters Buxton (3 hits, 3 runs), Curtis Bacca (3 hits, 3 RBI), Anderson (2 hits, 3 runs, 2 RBI) and Jimmy Jorgensen (2 hits, 2 runs). Jeff Sarchett added two RBI.

Lotz’s three-run, first-inning double did most of the River Dogs damage in the opener. Erik Nilsen added two hits.

The "World Series," opened Sunday afternoon on the Hailey diamond with a 6-5 River Dogs victory over the Snappers. Jeff "Little Unit" Poggi outdueled Jimmy Jorgensen in a duel of righthanded pitchers. The teams combined for 27 hits.

In all three of its games, shorthanded Lefty’s was helped by pick-up players in an arrangement that the Snappers approved. For instance, in the 6-5 game, Robin Sarchett of the Alley Cats led off with a double in the seventh that sparked the decisive Lefty’s two-run rally.

Top hitters for the Dogs in Sunday’s opening game were leadoff Mark Ellsbree (2 hits, 2 runs), Mike Abaid (2 hits), Dave Hausmann (2 hits), Freeman (2 hits), Poggi (2 hits) and Robin Sarchett.

For the Snappers leadoff Buxton (2 hits) scored four runs and Jorgensen went 4-for-4. Chris Zarkos added two hits.

Thursday night, the Coors Light Cyclones (6-4-2) and Twist ‘N Trout Alley Cats (3-7-2) clashed in a one-game playoff to see if the Cyclones would qualify for the "World Series." The teams tied 9-9 after nine innings, meaning the Snappers made it instead of the Cyclones.

Cyclones pitcher John Rathfon threw nine frames, scored three runs and added a two-run homer. Tim Mott chipped in three hits, Anthony Naghsh and Dennis McLean two each.

Top hitters for the Alley Cats were James Cordes (4 hits, 3 runs), Craig Anderson (2 hits, triple, 3 runs) and Danny Turner (2 hits, 3 RBI). Cats relievers Tim Carter and Brian Nelson kept the game close.

Next summer, the SVMABL is planning to have a new draft and once again play with wood bats. But the season is scheduled to end earlier with the "World Series" on Aug. 20-21.



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