[Fantasy Baseball] Indian Trail
Ford Fricks Asterisk : April 22, 2008 04:31 PM

The latest tournament kicked off on Tuesday in Indian Trail, NC. It was a cloudy 70F day, with a 10-15 mph breeze blowing out to left. Tournament festivities were brief, because there's nothing of interest in Indian Trail. Charlotte native Spanky LaValliere made the trip into the suburbs to throw out the first pitch, and then play got underway with an opening game of Fish & Rips.

The Columbus Ripper stook an early lead on Topper Rigney's first inning 2-run homer, but the Mighty Minnows tied it with a bases loaded single in the sixth off the bat of Paul LoDuca, and it looked like it would be a pitchers' duel between the Minnows Earl Wilson and the Rippers George Bradley. However, both pitchers seemed to tire and the floodgates opened in the 8th, with the Minnows outscoring the Rippers 7-4 over the final two frames, for a 9-6 victory. Chris James and King Kelly did the most damage, each doubling in both the 8th and 9th innings.

Randy Jones and the Morris Townies then pulled off the upset of the day, knocking off the Whiskeytown Loserings, who were fresh off their tournament championship in Star City, and looking to pull ahead of the Killer Rabbits for the league's best tournament record. The Loserings managed just four hits off Jones, two coming off the bat of Billy Werber. The Townies, with the most improved lineup in baseball over the past week -- signing both Nap Lajoie and Ted Williams -- scored all the runs they'd need when Lajoie went deep off Black Jack McDowell in the first inning. Kenny Keltner added another solo blast in the seventh, for the only runs of the runs of the game, as the Townies move on after a 2-0 victory.

Heading into the tournament, many of the Grunge Rockers faithful questioned why the team chose not to return to their roots and enter the tournament in suburban Seattle. On Tuesday though, the Rockers appeased their fan base by thrashing the Kennard Killers to the tune of 15-1. Rockers starter Russ Ford scattered 10 hits, while Killers starter Jack Harshman had some harsh words after the game for the umpiring crew, after he walked a tournament record 16 batters. He was quoted as saying, "@#$&( @#(*@#%))#@ @#%**@#)", and may be looking at a fine from league commissioner Generalissimo Franco.

Phil Cavaretta drew five walks and scored three times, and Brian Giles drew two bases-loaded walks in addition to a 2-run homer. The Rockers brought out the lumber in the fifth and sixth innings (along with three consecutive bases-loaded walks at one point), and put back-to-back 5-spots on the board. The immortal Brook Jacoby hit a bases clearing triple and totalled 4 rbi for the afternoon.

Day one wrapped up with its second upset, as Just Win Baby did just that. I don't if the Streets of McLean BambiKiller Killers kill Bambi Killers or just kill Bambi twice. What I do know is that they couldn't kill any Babies today, as the 7-28 Just Win Babies won their first tournament game. A bases-loaded double from Socks Seibold highlighted a five run seventh inning that gave the Babies a 6-1 lead, and Schoolboy Rowe barely held on after a 3-run homer by Lance Parrish cut the lead to 6-5 in the bottom of the inning. That would be the final score as Blue Moon Odom and McLean fall to 0-3 in tournament play.

Second Round Matchups & Probables:
Mighty Minnows (Tommy John) at Morris Townies (Larry Dierker)
Grunge Rockers (Dooley Womack) at Just Win Baby (Red Oldham)

- Ovaltine Jenkins

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motown baseball assoc. : April 23, 2008 12:18 PM

The ownership group of the Morris Townies is very pleased that we have been able to reach agreements with Nap and Ted. We feel that the addition of these two players instantly makes the MoTownies contenders. We believe we have quality players like Nate Colbert, Chris Fulmer, and others to compliment Ted and Nap in the lineup and we believe we have a competitive pitching staff.

Unfortunately, we regret that we had to cut Rusty Peters.

Flem Snopes : April 23, 2008 02:01 PM

I was really disappointed that the Rusty Peters signing wasn't followed up with the addition of Rusty Kuntz.

(At least I'd have had a better chance of winning the game then)

*

...my multiple-personality disorder resurfaces again.

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