Total Team Effort as Pirates Advance to Championship
Written by: Steve Fallon
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
The Paramount Pirates played a near-perfect game Monday as they dominated the Brewers 9-4 to gain a berth in Thursday's MYAA Minor American Championship.
The Pirates received meaningful contributions from all 9 players, from Chris's perfectly executed bunt to Josh's unassisted doubleplay. The Pirates had the calm, cool look of champions as they methodically went about their business of advancing to the final game.
Showing no signs of the sloppy play from Friday, the Pirates jumped to a 3-0 lead (just as the coaching staff drew up the gameplan) when Alex (1/1 3R) walked to start the game and scored as Jarret (2/3 2R,4RBI), Sean L (2/3 2R 1RBI) and Conor(2/3 1R 2RBI) combined for back to back RBI hits.
The Brewers scored once in the second but Alex acored in the Pirate second to preserve the 3 run lead.
Jarret pitched a scoreless 3rd and the Pirates added 2 more as Sean tripled and Conor singled, Josh walked and Philip singled.
Sean L cam on to pitch and after surrendering a run in the 4th, closed the inning with 3 straight strikeouts, he had 7 in three innings of work.
With the score 6-2 the Pirates put the game out of reach in the home fourth as Alex singled after a lengthy duel which saw him foul off several would-be third strikes. Steve singled and Jarret launched a booming triple on which he scored on ovethrow at third base.
Leading 9-2, there was no looking back as the Pirates remained focused on their season-long goal of competing in the championship game.
Strong defensive plays were turned in by Steve at first base, Conor at second, Alex behind the plate and Jacob in right twice preventing extra base hits with strong plays in the outfield.
The victory, the Pirates 8th in a row, sets up a showdown of epic proportion. A rematch with the Braves in a winner-take-all one game championship. Not since Athens went on the road to battle Troy has so much been at stake for two rivals.
Gameballs were awarded to Sean L (strong pitching and hitting) and Conor (strong hitting and a nice play defenisvely while playing hurt).
"I am happy for the boys. They are quiet but determined and it is nice to see them have fun.: said the Coach.
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