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Old 03-21-2008, 08:03 PM   #181
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Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Ruthlandian Union - South Division

Rattlers Edge Marston 2-1
Three Rattler twirlers shut down first place Marston 2-1 today at Farmers Memorial Park in Sugar Valley and put the Nine in a tie with Belair Beach. Center fielder Freddie Vaux (.321) doubled across the deciding run in the last of the eighth off reliever Ken Bagby (0-1 2.45), who gave up only one run and two hits in three innings of work. Rattler bullpen ace, Gregg Neal (3-2 1.82) closed it out and got the win. Neal retired all six batters he faced and struck two of them out. Tony Michelet started and went into the sixth. He allowed one run and seven hits before Jay Washington relieved him, gave up no hits and no runs and got all four batters in order. Nick Pace was strong for Marston. The Rattlers could only get one run and three hits off of him in five innings. The Nine had only seven hits in the ballgame, while Sugar Valley netted only five with Vaux having three of them.

Sugar Valley (18-15) is in third place in the RU South, just a half-game behind first place Marston (19-15). The loss dropped the Nine into a tie for first with the Belair Beach Sunbirds (19-15).

Sunbirds Sink Westerners on Zanelli HR
Closer Lou Zanelli of Belair Beach won the game in an unusual fashion -- he parked a ball into the stands in the bottom of the tenth to give the Sunbirds a 7-6 triumph over Waleska.The win gave Belair Beach a share of the top spot in the RU South with Marston. Zanelli (5-0 0.41) also got credit for the victory, his 5th of of the season. He has yet to lose one. Zanelli came in with one out in the eighth and held the Westerners without a run. He allowed one hit, walked two and fanned three. Both clubs racked up 14 hits each. Topping the Sunbird batters was left fielder Nicky Swift (.347) with his 14th and 15th home runs and four RBIs. Waleska was led by Yoshihide Nishida (.271) with 3-for-5 and three runs scored, left fielder Big Hoss Burkhalter (.298) with 2-for-5 and two RBIs and catcher Jody Hill (.190) with a homer and two RBIs. Nishida tied the IPA mark for doubles with three. He now holds the record with Jerry Keller of Arlon, Scooter Perez of Volusia and Chris Deangelo of Marston. Buddy Kennedy (1-3 4.96) continues to struggle in the closer role and caught the loss.

Belair Beach (19-15) is in a first place tie with Marston (19-15) in the RU South. Waleska (17-18) dipped below .500 and is in the fourth spot in the division standings and deadlocked with Forest City (17-18).

Claxton Wins Despite 5 HRs by 'Jacks
Claxton was outmuscled by Forest City, but not outscored. The Lumberjacks ripped 5 homers to 2 for the Diamonds, but to no avail. Claxton won the game 9-8 with a dramatic two-run homer by Arnie Kruger (.222) in the bottom of the ninth. In the top of the inning, the Lumberjacks has surged back from a 7-4 deficit with three home runs and taken the lead 8-7, but losing pitcher Jim DiGregorio (0-1 0.64) couldn't hold it. Alex Vanzetti (1-0 3.38) got the win, though he faced only two batters and retired one of them,

The two clubs tied the IPA record for most homers with 7. It was done previously by Cape Coral (4)-Hartsdale (3) on April 24th and by Far Mountain (3)-Valmara (4) on May 7th. The league mark for most by one team belongs to Claxton, who hit 6 against Sugar Valley on April 22.

Claxton (13-22) is in last place in the RU South, while Forest City (17-18) is tied for fourth with Waleska (17-18).
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Old 03-22-2008, 09:39 PM   #182
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Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Tycobbian Union - East Division

Z's Dump Ozarka for 4th Time, Takeover Top Spot
Luxora is looking like the best team in the TU East right now. The number one Zorros disposed of second place Ozarka for the fourth straight time, whipping them 7-3 behind Chris Pierce. They punched out 14 hits and were sparked by right fielder Pedro Vizquel (.257) who had two hits and tripled in three runs and first baseman Paul Hallenbeck (.306) with 4 hits and two RBIs. Pierce (4-1 2.30) spun a nice game, limiting the Nats to just four hits, but two of them were homers. He fanned nine and walked two for the win. Ozarka's Luther Hatch (5-3 2.90) had an off day and suffered the loss, yielding four runs and nine hits in five innings, but only two of them were earned. Left fielder Ronnie Patterson (.323) and first baseman Floyd Snow (.243) both clouted their 7th roundtrippers of the season for the Naturals.

Luxora (19-13) took possession of the top spot in the TU East Division and has a full game lead over Ozarka (19-15).

SF's Battle Stops CC 3-2
"Less is more" -- that certainly proved to be the case between Cape Coral and South Fork. The Stallions had only four hits to the Hurricanes eight, but they still took home the victory 3-2. Flint Battle (4-4 3.03) evened his record at 4-4. He struck out six and walked two in a good outing. Kaz Hayagawa (3-4 4.01) was dealt the loss. He surrendered only four hits in six innings but was tagged for three runs. Three of the hits came in the three-run fourth. Shortstop Bobby Riley (.280) singled in a run, first baseman Rod Reed (.136) doubled in a run and catcher Ronnie Blair (.091) had a sacrifice fly.

The Hurricanes (17-17) saw their record fall to .500 on the year, while last place South Fork (13-22) improved a little bit. Cape Coral and Ginza (17-17) are tied for the third spot in the TU East standing and are three games off the pace.

Ninjas Mann-Handled 1-0
The Ginza Ninjas were Mann-handled today at Pioneer Park in Hartsdale. Glenn Mann blanked them on seven hits 1-0. Hellcat second baseman Francisco Abreu (.265) drove in the game's only run with a first-inning single. Mann (3-5 3.01) only allowed three baserunners to get as far as second. He finished up with seven Ks and only one walk. Kazuhiro Nakayama (3-5 2.71) had the misfortune to face Mann today. He lost a tough decision, yielding only six hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and just one walk.

Ginza (17-17) is tied for the third spot in the TU East with the Cape Coral Hurricanes (17-17). They both trail first place Luxora (19-13) by three games. Hartsdale (16-18) is a game back of them in fifth place.
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Old 03-23-2008, 12:13 AM   #183
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Tycobbian Union - West Division

Frogs Win Third in a Row from Blue Lake
Jackie Leslie of first place Fairfax became a six-game winner by beating Blue Lake 5-3 at the Frog Pond. It was the Frogs third consecutive victory over the Blue Sox. Leslie (6-2 4.13) held Blue Lake to six hits, fanned seven and walked two. On the offensive side right fielder Gregg Vincent (.303) increased his IPA-leading RBI total to 42 with 2-for-4 and a pair of RBIs, while first baseman Ernie Hutchinson (.302) and third sacker Stan Cobb (.362) knocked in a run apiece. Getting the loss was Mickey Dwyer (0-1 5.56). It was his first start of the year and he lasted six innings, allowed four runs and seven hits.

Fairfax, the TU West leader, is 21-13 this season so far, while Blue Lake is in in fifth place with a 15-19 mark and six games behind in the standings.

Hunt Halts Lynx 5-1
Righthander Ray Hunt worked his magic on La Claire as the Arlon Champions toppled them 5-1. Hunt (4-4 2.41) throttled the Lynx on six hits to even his record at 4-4. Not a strikeout artist, this powder puffer fanned only two and walked three, but he kept La Claire hitters off-balance and guessing. They had trouble bunching up their hits against him. Leading the charge for the Champs was first baseman George Lyons (.260) with three hits and three RBIs, including his 5th home run of the year. Center fielder Jerry Keller (.373) added two doubles, scored two runs and batted in a pair for the winners. Jerry Smith (4-4 4.50) chalked up the loss, allowing four runs and five hits in six frames, while striking out seven and issuing three bases on balls.

Arlon (16-18) is fourth in the division and La Claire (19-16) is in second place and trails the top team, Fairfax, by 2.5 games.

BSC Edges Bayview 4-3
In the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Bubba Tate's (.342) pinch-hit double scored Stan Denton (.217) from first base to give Bay St. Clair a 4-3 triumph over the Bayview Vikings. Young Johnny Nikolsky (2-1 2.75) pitched a scoreless inning to gain the victory and Paul Hood (1-2 4.18) took the lost. Both starters went eight innings and acquitted themselves well. Both Frank Wells of Bayview and the Buccaneers Sean Lawrence allowed three runs and seven hits. Batting-wise first baseman Maury Smith (.377) tripled and singled and drove in two runs for Bay St. Clair. Viking left fielder Glenn Burns (.313) had a two-run rip, his 3rd this season. The Bucs had nine hits overall to Bayview's eight.

It was tough loss for Bayview (19-17), it cost them second place in the TU West. They are now third behind runner-up La Claire (19-16) and have fallen three games back of first place Fairfax (21-13). Bay St. Clair (14-21) still in last place in the division and 7.5 games out.

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Old 03-23-2008, 03:28 PM   #184
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Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Around the Towns in the IPA

Ginza Ninjas

Owner: OmniSea, Ltd.

GM/Manager: Huroko Uchiyama

Ginza began as a little fishing village in southeastern Tycobbia, settled by seafaring Japanese immigrants, who came in the 1860s during the Meiji Dynasty, a period of westernization. Today Ginza is a prosperous town of 88,000 with about half of its citizens being Japanese. Both Japanese and English are official languages here.

The name Ginza comes from “silver mint”, which Japanese authorities built in 1612. The modern day Ginza is a fabulous shopping area in Tokyo. The Tycobbian Ginza emulates it namesake, but on a much smaller scale. It is a free trade port and has many importers and exporters at the International Bazaar. Great bargains are in abundance in Ginza. The town also has a thriving fishing fleet and seafood processing industry.

Baseball got a late start in Ginza. The town inhabitants began playing amateur baseball in the 1930s, but soon began to challenge other towns in the sport. OmniSea Marine Processors, the largest employer in town, began sponsoring leagues and invested heavily in the game's development. OmniSea eventually expanded to industrial leagues and now to the Islandian Pro Alliance. They own the Ginza Ninjas of the Tycobbian Union West Division.

Ginza plays at Ninja Stadium, a modern ballpark built in 1998. A game at Ninja Stadium is really special. Most of the fans are quite reserve and quiet, typical Japanese social demeanor. However, in the left field bleachers it is another world...a wild and noisy place. There, the Ninjas have an official cheering section called “oendan” (pronounced “oh-en-dan”), that plays songs, beats drums and gongs, blows trumpets and waves flags. They stand up the entire time, when the Ninjas are at bat and sit down, when the opposition is batting. Fans clap plastic megaphones along with the oendan and sing chants to each Ginza player. Many fans carry umbrellas to the ballgame. Whenever the Ninjas score a run, they also open up all of the umbrellas, their way of telling the opposing pitcher, he is headed for the showers.

In the Lucky Seventh, the traditional seventh inning stretch, they sing the Ninja fight song and then release hundreds of rocket balloons (jetto fusen). Other unique things about Ninja baseball is the public address announcer is female, the only one in the Islands. You will also see the pitcher bow in reverence to fielders, who make good plays.

At the Ninja Stadium concessions you will find not only traditional baseball fare, but Japanese as well. Ginza fans can enjoy yakisoba (fried noodles), yaketori (BBQ chicken on skewers), takoyaki (fried octopus dumplings) and bento (cold lunch in a wooden box). For the sweet tooth, kakigori (snowballs with flavored syrup and condensed milk), green tea ice cream, sweet potato ice cream, anmitsu (cold fruit dessert) and anpan (sweet bun).

The GM and Manager of the Ginza Ninjas is one of the alltime great players and managers in the Tycobbian amateur and industrial leagues, Huroko Uchiyama. They call him “Mr. Baseball” in Ginza.

Ninja Stadium (1998)

Capacity: 10,667

Dimensions:

LF Line 330
LF 355
LCF 377
CF 400
RCF 372
RF 360
RF Line 335
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Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Around the Towns in the IPA

Hartsdale Hellcats

Owner: Pioneer Brewing Company

GM/Manager: Zim Donner

Hartsdale, with population of about 74,OOO, is situated on the slopes of the Appian Mountains of Northern Tycobbia. It is a blue-collar, working class town, functional and old-fashioned in architecture. Primary industries are coal and iron ore mining, timber, glassware and beer. The vital Appian River begins in the Appian Mountains near North Hills, travels most of the country from north to south, past Hartsdale to the capital city, La Claire, then finally culminates at Bay St. Clair, a seaport town on the west central coast. The river provides an inexpensive source of transportation and is crucial to Hartsdale’s and Tycobbia’s economies.

Hartsdale is also the home of the Hellcats baseball team of the Islandian Pro Alliance. They are in the Tycobbian Union West Division and play at Pioneer Park. The Pioneer Brewing Company owns the club and is the maker of Tycobbia’s favorite brew, Pioneer Premium Beer. The brewery can be seen just beyond the center and right field fences of Pioneer Park. In fact, the brick walls of the factory form part of the right field bleachers. Company bigwigs can watch the ballgame from their offices.

Hellcats fans take their baseball very seriously and are serious students of the game. It’s baseball, beer and hot dogs in the hearts of the fans -- and the last two are a very distant second. When they go to a game, their eyes stay glued to the action on the field. They are hardcore Hellcats fans, too, and give no breaks or quarter to the opposing team or their fans. Very few visiting fans have the courage to display their loyalties very much in front of the rough and rowdy Hellcats. They get some very hard stares if they do. The Hartsdalians are tough and demanding on the Hellcats players, too. At the traditional seventh inning stretch each adult is gifted with a small sample of Pioneer Beer and it is used to toast their cherished baseball team as they sing a few bars of “99 bottles of beer on the wall”, followed by “Take me out to the ballgame”. And you can get the best burgers and dogs in Tycobbia, grilled to perfection on the concessions concourse.

The Hellcats are corporately owned. Zim Donner, a 50-year veteran in amateur and professional baseball, is the GM and Manager. He was a fine up-and-coming shortstop until he suffered a couple of beanballs that turned him into just a journeyman infielder. But he is one fine manager and baseball teacher. He has been known to charge the mound occasionally. The fiery Hellcats fans love him.

Pioneer Park (1954)

Capacity: 10,000

Dimensions:
LF Line 322
LF 345
LCF 375
CF 415
RCT 375
RF 345
RF Line 322

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Friday, May 25, 2001

Ruthlandian Union - North Division

Vipers Batter Blasters
It was a great day for the hitters at War Memorial Stadium in Valmara where the Vipers and Colfax duked it out in the first game of a five-game series. The two ballclubs combined for 30 hits and 19 runs with Valmara winning the slugfest 12-7. Leading the Vipers 17-hit attack were left fielder Louis Sharp (.379) with 4-for-4 and two RBIs and second baseman Floyd Vinson (.357) with 4-for-5 and a pair of RBIs. Scotty Peterson (.290) at third base had two hits and the only homer in the game. Among Colfax's 13 hits was a new IPA record of 9 doubles. Both teams totaled 11 doubles, which also broke the old record. Hartsdale hit 7 on April 25th and Claxton and Forest City had 10 on May 21st.

Todd Turner (4-2 4.53) notched the win, but gave up seven runs and eleven hits in seven innings. Danny Blauser (3-0 1.17) picked up his 2nd save by retiring the last five batters in the eighth and ninth. Joe Andrews (1-2 4.82) caught the loss and was belted for six runs and eight hits in just four innings.

Third place Valmara (19-16) is now just 1.5 games behind the first place Blasters (20-14) in the RU North race. Far Mountain (20-16) on seven-game winning streak has climbed to within a game of the leader and is in second place.

Redhawks Win 7th Straight
The Far Mountain Redhawks chalked up their seventh straight win by nipping Volusia 3-2 at Sky High Stadium. John Luzzatti and Mike McCabe teamed up to stop the Vigilantes and give them their third loss in a row. They threw a lot of pitches and walked a lot of batters, but they were stingy with the hits. Luzzatti went six innings, allowed two runs and five hits, fanned five and walked four. McCabe (2-1) gave up no hits and carded the victory with three scoreless innings. He walked three and had two strikeouts. Volusia's fine southpaw, Raul Sandoval (4-4 2.67), tossed another good game, but suffered from lack of run support again. He struck out nine and walked only one in a solid performance. Sandoval surrendered eight hits. Center fielder Hawk Gallagher (.272) singled to lead-off the last of the eighth, moved to third on a single by Royce Benson (.313) and scored the winning run on a double play, when the V's infield apparently forgot he was on third.

The Redhawks (20-16) are in the runner-up slot in the RU North Division, just a game out first. Volusia (15-21) is far back in last place.

Elnora Stops 6-Game Losing String
Elnora's crafty righthander Tyrone Gray put a stop to the All-Stars six-game losing string with an impressive four-hit shutout. He stopped Glasco 6-0 at Athletics Field. Gray (2-2 2.92) had eight strikeouts and issued three walks to get the win. Kenny Metcalf (3-2 5.12) was rapped for seven hits and five runs and was kayoed in the fourth inning. Three All-Stars bashed three hits apiece: center fielder Rusty Gilbert (.245), right fielder Art Atkins (.366) and left fielder Quincy Peterson (.277). Shortstop Johnny Zumwalt (.315) and Gilbert drove in two runs each.

"A complete game shutout. That's fun territory for me," Gray told reporters in the postgame interview. "I had good balance and mechanics and was able to keep the ball down. When I do that, good things happen."

This year Gray has worked 64 innings with 54 strikeouts en route to a 2-2 record and a 2.92 ERA.

Elnora (15-21) is tied for last place with Volusia (15-21), while Glasco (16-17) is in the fourth spot and 3.5 games behind first place Colfax (20-14).

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Friday, May 25, 2001

Ruthlandian Union - South Division

Sweet Win for Sugar Valley
Sugar Valley and Belair Beach opened up a five-game set at Bayside Park between two of the contenders in the RU South. In game one Sugar Valley got a sweet 4-1 win from Ron Benson, the 25-year-old righthander, and climbed up ahead of everybody into first place. Benson (6-2 1.99) limited the Sunbirds to just five hits with 9 strikeouts and no walks in a fine outing. The Rattlers got eight hits and were led by shortstop Flipper Bird (.264) with a two-run triple. Third baseman Jorge Vargas (.333) and left fielder Cy Bartz (.281) batted in the other two runs. Belair Beach's only score came off of third baseman Mike Janocko's (.300) eighth-inning roundtripper. Picking up the loss was starter Troy Wilson (2-4 3.86), who lasted until the three-run eighth. He walked two, fanned five, gave up five hits and three runs.

Sugar Valley (19-15) slipped past Belair Beach (19-16) by a half-game in the race for the top spot in the division. The Sunbirds are now tied with Marston (19-16) for the second spot.

Marston Falls from First 5-2
Last place Claxton knocked off the Marston Nine 5-2 and dropped them into a second place tie with Belair Beach. 19-year-old Dennis Scott (2-4 3.99) checked the Nine on eight hits and went the distance. Scott finished up the game with seven Ks and two walks. The Diamonds backed him up with a solid 11-hit attack, sparked by center fielder Wayne Wilson(.289), who went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBIs. First baseman Johnny Berthold (.244) did the most damage for Marston with a two-run homer, his 9th this year. Paul Azard (3-1 1.83) lost for the first time as he was tagged for ten hits in six innings and permitted four runs.

The Sugar Valley Rattlers (19-15) are now perched on top of the RU South Division, just a half-game ahead of Marston (19-16) and Belair Beach (19-16).

Waleska Cuts Down Lumberjacks 7-5
It looks like a rout halfway through the game at Westerner Stadium in Waleska. The hometown Westerners jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but then Forest City rebounded and made it close. Waleska hung on for a 7-5 victory, paced by first baseman Freddie Shelton's (.309) two homers and three RBIs and left fielder Big Hoss Burkhalter (.296), who drove in two with his 10th roundtripper. Second baseman Jesse Wolf (.309) and right fielder Benny Davis hit their 12th and 9th homers of the season for the Lumberjacks. The winning pitcher was Rusty Kraft (3-3 4.56), who muddled through seven innings and allowed five runs and eight hits. Buddy Kennedy (1-3 4.42) registered his 2nd save with a good relief job. He held Forest City without a hit or run in final two innings. Kennedy fanned four. Racking up the defeat was Glenn Moore (3-1 3.11), the 'Jacks starter. The Westerners assaulted him for seven hits and four runs in four innings.

Waleska (18-18) is fourth in the RU South Division and Forest City (17-19) is in the fifth spot.
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Friday, May 25, 2001

Tycobbian Union - East Division

Z's Blank Ninjas for 5th In a Row
Everything is coming up roses for manager Alejandro Rodrigo of the Luxora Zorros. His Z's are pitching well and hitting well and are atop the TU East Division. Not to mention they have now won their last five games. The latest victim was the Ginza Ninjas, who were shut out 10-0 at De la Vega Stadium. Luxora piled up 14 hits and Johnny Montel only gave up 6 in a convincing victory. Montel (4-3 2.77) pitched an outstanding game, striking out six and walking no one. At bat the Zorros were led by right fielder Pedro Vizquel (.281) with 4-for-5, three RBIs and two runs scored, first baseman Paul Hallenbeck (.318) with 3-for-5, two runs and two RBIs, including his 6th home run, and left fielder Tom Fortunato (.264) with 2-for-4, two runs and two RBIs. Second baseman Paco Benitez (.274) had two hits and scored three times. Ginza starter Vic Rousakis (3-5 3.90) took the brunt of the attack and gave up ten hits and seven runs. He was knocked out in the fifth inning.

In the postgame interview, both managers had glowing things to say about Montel.

His manager described him this way: "He's got a good selection of pitches he can throw at a guy. He changes speed, gives different looks to different hitters. When he's on his game, he's quite a handful."

The skipper said, "He doesn't give you anything twice. It's a guessing game with him and today my club was always guessing wrong."

In 9 starts this season Montel has registered a 4-3 record and a 2.77 ERA.

First place Luxora is 20-13 on the season, while fourth place Ginza is 17-18 and trails them by four games.

Hurricanes Blow by Nats 7-0
The Cape Coral Hurricanes won a 7-0 blowout over Ozarka and gave the Naturals their sixth successive defeat. Old Wally Robinson (7-2 2.44) became the IPA's first 7-game winner with an 8-hit shutout. The 37-year-old Robinson fanned nine and walked three in a complete-game performance. The 'Canes cracked 11 hits against three pitchers with three homers by first baseman Rodger Wooten (.281), catcher Fats Dalton (.138) and second baseman Roberto Betencourt (.240). Betencourt walloped a grand slammer. Losing pitcher Ted Didriksen (4-3 3.50) kept it close for seven innings, yielding seven hits and two runs and striking out five.

Cape Coral (18-17) is in third place in the division and Ozarka (19-16) is in the runner-up spot, now two games off the pace of the top club, Luxora.

Stallions Top Hellcats in 12
After blowing many chances to take the game, the South Fork Stallions finally edged Hartsdale 4-3 in twelve innings on left fielder Gene Woodruff's (.255) RBI single. Skipper Duroche "Lips" Leon got some fine work from his bullpen as South Fork gained their third win in a row. Billy Joe Gordon (2.78), Glenn Turnbull (3.10) and Ken Conner held the Hellcats scoreless over the last five innings. Conner (2-1 3.38) cashed in on the victory.

Leon told reporters in the clubhouse, "If my darn starters could pitch like my relievers, we wouldn't be dead last in the division."
Shortstop Bobby Riley (.273) paced the Stallions at bat with a two-run homer and center fielder Mike Yastrzemski (.276) and second baseman Bob Jones (.305) had three hits each. South Fork racked up 15 hits in all.
Closer Gene Young (1-1 2.36) sustained the loss. He gave up only one run in four innings and fanned four.

The Stallions (14-22) still have a long way to go to get out of the cellar. Fifth place Hartsdale (16-19) is 2.5 games in front of them.
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Friday, May 25, 2001

Tycobbian Union - West Division

Frogs Meredith Fans 11 in 5-1 Win
Fairfax righthander Robby Meredith captured his 5th consecutive win this season with a 5-1 verdict over the Arlon Champions. The first place Frogs have now taken four straight. Meredith (5-0 2.61) had a marvelous game, limiting Arlon to just five hits and striking out 11 batters. Supplying the offense were second baseman Greg Inman (.273) and catcher Joey Jarvis. Both drove in a pair of runs for the Frogs. Left fielder Gator Davis (.313) batted in the other run. Fairfax outhit the Champs nine to five. Getting the loss was Ace Howe (3-4 2.97). He departed in the four-run eighth after allowing eight hits and five runs. Howe walked three and whiffed eight.

The Frogs (22-13) are first in the TU West standings, while Arlon (16-19) is fourth, six games back.

Bayview Belts LC 6-1, Takes 2nd Place
The Vikings and the Lynx began an important 5-game series today at Capitol Park Stadium in La Claire and it was Bayview that won the opener 6-1. It was the solid pitching of Adrian Strom that got manager Walter Johanssen's crew off on the right foot. Strom (4-3 4.39) stopped the Lynx hitters on five hits and went all the way, striking out five and walking only one. It was La Claire third straight defeat. The Viks only got eight hits, but they made the best of them. Left fielder Glenn Burns (.316) had two of them and drove in a pair of runs with his 4th home run this season. Third baseman Bob Klostermann (.272) also had two hits and two RBIs. The defeat went to Frank Lamoreaux (4-1 1.93), who suffered his first loss. Lamoreaux was knocked out in the three-run sixth. Overall Bayview got to him for five runs and six hits in his stint.

Bayview (20-17) snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory and nudged in front of La Claire (19-17) into second place in the TU West Division, three games in back of leading Fairfax.

Blue Sox Outlast Bucs in X-Innings
In a battle of also-rans, fifth place Blue Lake took the measure of last place Bay St. Clair 5-3 in 12 innings today at Shoreline Park. Backup catcher Seitaro Ohayashi (.250) slammed a two-run double off of Johnny Nikolsky for the game-winner. Nikolsky (2-2 3.48) got pinned with the loss for surrendering two runs, two hits and two walks in the only inning he worked. Credited with the victory was Russ Courtney (1-1 3.52), who tossed three innings and allowed no runs and fanned four. Courtney left for a pinchhitter. Derek Manetti (3-1 3.98) came in for him and pitched a scoreless twelfth for his second save. The Blue Sox had 14 hits in the contest, while the Buccaneers had 11. Right fielder Fred Collins (.259) and second baseman Dandy Wilson (.258) paced Blue Lake with three hits apiece, while four Bucs had a pair each -- left fielder Charley Moon (.306), catcher Jake Singleton (.362), center fielder Nickie Friedrich (.288) and right fielder Stan Denton (.236).

Blue Lake (16-19) ended a three-game losing string and moved into a tie for fourth with Arlon (16-19). Bay St. Clair (14-22) sunk deeper in the cellar. The Blue Sox and the Champs are six games behind the first place Fairfax Frogs (22-13).

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LUXORA ZORROS

Owner: De la Vega Foundation
GM/Manager: Rodrigo Alejandro

Luxora is a picturesque town of 65,000 people of Spanish and Andorran ancestry located in the Silver Mountains of northeastern Tycobbia. Both Spanish and English are spoken there.

Snowy winters and mild summers lure tourists from all over, who come in great numbers to enjoy the natural hot thermal springs and spas, snow skiing, snowboarding, whitewater rafting and the wonderful duty-free bazaar overflowing with electronics, luxury goods and fine handmade clothing made from the famous Luxoran wool in the town textile factory.

Everywhere in the area you will see a plethora of sheep ranches, along with timber, lumber and wood products which are processed and manufactured there.

Luxora benefits greatly from its proximity to the Rio Loco, a wild and raging river and a source of great hydroelectric power. By way of a series of dams and locks the river flows from high in the mountains, skirting the town on its western journey through the foothills before finally flowing into the sky blue waters of Blue Lake near Fairfax. As a result, it is the headquarters of the Tycobbia Electric Authority.

Luxora itself is a modest town steeped in traditional ways. It has narrow streets and plazas in which to get happily lost among the grand and ancient churches and mansions. Because of the cultural tradition of “siestas”, Spanish-owned companies give their employees time off each day so they can attend the local team’s games with their families, a practice and custom that soon spread to all of the townships in baseball-crazed Tycobbia and Ruthlandia.

It is also the home of the Luxora Zorros (“foxes” in Spanish) of the Islandian Pro Alliance. The Z's are a member of the Tycobbian Union East Division. Luxora plays at De la Vega Stadium (affectionately called “The Foxhole” by the locals), named for Don Diego de la Vega, aka Zorro, the legendary black clad hero who fought royal despotism during the 1800’s and eventually led the Tycobbian people to freedom. His descendants, wealthy landowners with a huge sheep and Arabian horse farms, are the owners of the team.

Of course you can see Zorro atop his wondrous black stallion, Toronado (Spanish for “tornado”), galloping around the stadium to the cheers of the crowd as they rally the home team to victory. A splendid mariachi band serenades and provides a festive atmosphere at all the games. You can also enjoy the Spanish delicacies at the concessions stands: cunillo (succulent rabbit cooked in tomato sauce), escudello (a fantastic chicken, sausage and meatball stew), and fried ice cream, too. Traditional ballpark food is provided as well.

Even the Manager and GM of the Zorros is of Spanish descent. Rodrigo Alejandro, an outstanding power hitter and shortstop as an amateur, was the highest paid “amateur” ever in company league circles. Many say Alejandro was the best home run hitter in the Islands history.

De la Vega Stadium (1967)

Capacity: 9,487

Dimensions:
LF Line 330
LF 345
LCF 371
CF 408
RCF 371
RF 345
RF Line 330
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OZARKA NATURALS

Owner: J. R. Ewing
GM/Manager: Joe Mac Carney

Ozarka, a Silver Mountains resort town of 73,000, is located in south central Tycobbia and near the Caledonia River, which flows southward through Hillsboro, then westward and comes to an end at Turon on the southwest coast. Nestled among scenic forests and outdoor hot springs, Ozarka is host to tourists who come for snow skiing during the winter and boating, swimming, fishing, camping, hiking and hunting the rest of the year. Big time developers have made this a mecca for the rich and famous with luxury hotels and nightclubs that attend to every possible need: hot spring spas and bathhouses, superstar entertainers, magnificent golf courses, gourmet food, art galleries and gift shops. Ozarka is a retirement center, too.

It is also home to the Ozarka Naturals. J. R. Ewing’s father, Jock Ewing, got tired of the incessant sibling quarrels over the operation of the family-owned Waleska Westerners in the Ruthlandian Amateur Association, so he bought the battling brothers and club vice-presidents, J. R. and Bobby, their own teams in the IPA. Bobby owns the South Fork Stallions and J. R. has Ozarka, where he is a prime real estate developer. Bobby named his brand new stadium after his dad. Not to be outdone, J. R. named his brand new stadium after his mom, Miss Ellie. So the sibling rivalry continues on and off the field. Ellie Ewing Stadium is one of the few parks in baseball that still has a live organ player at each game (Marston is the other), which adds a nice nostalgic touch, especially during the seventh inning stretch. And at the concessions stands is a succulent gourmet buffet fit for the rich and famous. You will also find all of the traditional baseball fare at a Naturals game.

J. R. Ewing spares no expense when it comes to impressing people and paying his ballplayers. He likes to get his way. He even got the all-time winningest manager in company league history to come out of retirement and take over his team. Joe Mac Carney is now the GM and Manager of the Naturals. And he is very well paid, too.

Ellie Ewing Stadium

Capacity: 11,750

Dimensions:
LF Line 350
LF 370
LCF 390
CF 375
RCF 390
RF 370
RF Line 350
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Ruthlandian Union - North Division

Blasters Win 3rd Straight
The first place Colfax Blasters have now won three in a row and for the second successive day they have defeated third place Valmara. This time Colfax squeezed by the Vipers 5-4 with some fine relief work by bullpen ace, Walt Sellers (1-0 1.03), who got his fourth save with no runs and two hits in three innings. The victory went to starter Flash Guidry (5-3 2.65), who worked the first six frames and yielded four runs and six hits. Guidry struck out five, but struggled with his control and walked four. Gerry Bart (1-3 4.71) lost it for Valmara, allowing nine hits and five runs and was relieved in the sixth. Second baseman Tucker Hill (.344) and shortstop Wayne O'Reilly (.212) both had two hits and two RBIs for the Blasters and third baseman Russ Farrell (.283) had a pair of hits and an RBI. Colfax laced 11 base hits, while Valmara got 8 in defeat.

The Blasters are now 21-14 this year and have the best record in the RU North. Valmara falls to 19-17 and trail them by 2.5 games. The Vipers are in the third spot in the division.

V's Stop FM Streak at 7
Volusia put a stop to its losing streak at three and also gave Far Mountain its first loss in seven games. The fifth place Vigilantes got a fine performance out of Kit Kivett, a 34-year-old righthander, who was just recently signed with manager Alfonso Feliz's club. He beat the second place Redhawks 4-2 in spite of giving up ten hits. Kivett (1-0 2.00) struck out four and walked only one. Volusia banged out eleven hits and were led by first baseman Alejandro Salazar (.252), catcher Jojo Nunez (.328) and third baseman Bennie Anderson (.284), all with two hits apiece. Center fielder Alex Luna (.281) added a homer for the V's. Newcomer Stan Lamoreaux (1-1 2.57) suffered his first loss since joining the team. He did a fine job and surrendered seven hits and two runs in seven innings, while fanning eight and walking just one.

Far Mountain (20-17) is in second place in the RU North, two games off the pace of first place Colfax (21-14). The Vigilantes improved to 16-21 on the season and climbed out of the basement, a half-game better than sixth place Elnora (15-21).

A's Win Close One from Elnora 4-3
McDuffie Hughes' youthful righty, Charles Darby, notched his 6th triumph of the season with a 4-3 decision over last place Elnora. Darby (6-2) hurled a fine game with four strikeouts and two walks, while permitting three runs and nine hits in a route-going performance. He went as far as the ninth and was relieved by closer Ray Cook after giving up a lead-off triple to catcher Todd Simons (.278) with the score 4-2. Cook proceeded to retire the last three batters for his 3rd save, but allowed Simons to score on a ground out. The Athletics numbered 12 hits in the game and were sparked by a two-run homer by shortstop Kyle Ballentine (.242) and a solo salvo by catcher Nick O'Neill (.333). Glasco second baseman Barry McCord (.280) went 4-4 and bashed 3 doubles, which tied the IPA mark. McCord is the fourth player to accomplish that feat, along with Jerry Keller of Arlon, Scooter Perez of Volusia and Chris Deagelo of Marston. The defeat was doled out to Carl Costas (1-6 3.29), who gave up three runs and nine hits in six innings. First baseman Rick Tsoukalis (.269), second baseman Gil Foster (.358) and pinchhitter Will Jackson (.227) each drove across a run for the All-Stars.

Glasco (17-17) lifted their record to the .500 mark. The Athletics are fourth in the RU North Division and 3.5 games off the pace. Elnora (15-22) fell to last in the division and trail the Colfax Blasters (21-14) by seven games.
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Ruthlandian Union - South Division

Rattlers Hold Off Sunbirds 4-3
Sugar Valley's Jorge Vargas and Freddie Vaux came through with clutch hits as the Rattlers slipped by Belair Beach 4-3 on the road. Third baseman Vargas (.331) busted up a 2-2 tie with a solo home run in the top of the eighth. Second baseman Rudi Oliver (.343) singled and scored on center fielder Vaux's (.321) triple for the eventual winning score. It was Sugar Valley's third consecutive win and kept them in first place in the RU South. Shortstop Flipper Bird (.272) provided the Rattlers first run with a fourth-inning roundtripper to cut the Sunbird lead to 2-1. Ken Frey (1-2 3.22) was nailed with the loss. He pitched into the eighth, allowed four runs on nine hits, struck out eight and walked two. Closer Gregg Neal (4-2 1.63) gave up one run in three innings for the victory. Paul Haines (0-1 3.21) started for Sugar Valley and gave a good account of himself. In a solid outing the 34-year-old righthander permitted only two runs and six hits in six innings, fanned five and issued no walks.

Sugar Valley (20-15) is 1.5 games in front of third place Belair Beach (19-17) and a half-game ahead of second place Marston (20-16).

Ledbetter Shines Against Diamonds
The IPA has another 7-game winner -- it's Casey Ledbetter of the second place Marston Nine. He's a 6'5" righthander and he really was the King of the Hill today in the RU South Division. Ledbetter (7-1 2.89) tossed his sixth complete game and blanked the last place Claxton Diamonds 6-0 on 6 hits. He walked only two and fanned seven. Marston only managed 8 hits, but they were productive. Left fielder Ronnie Horn (.306) had two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice. Third baseman Roland Thomas (.306) chipped in two more RBIs and right fielder Chris Deangelo (.284) smacked his 4th homer. Most of them came off losing pitcher Tetsunori Nakashima (6-3 4.19), who failed to get his 7th win of the season. He was tagged for six hits and five runs and departed in the fifth frame.

To date in 2001, has registered 9 starts, 7-1 won-lost mark, 2.89 ERA, 71.2 IP, 50 strikeouts and 16 walks. Opposing teams have hit .242 against him.

The Marston Nine (20-16) kept pace with the top club in the RU South, the Sugar Valley Rattlers (20-15) and trail them by only a half-game.

Waleska Dumps Lumberjacks 6-3
Waleska sent Forest City to its third loss in a row, whipping them 6-3 behind Smokey Joe Carter (6-4 2.70), who gave up 10 hits, but only three runs. Carter chalked up four Ks and issued just one walk. The Westerners were outhit by the Lumberjacks, but Waleska got the clutch hits with men on base. First baseman Freddie Shelton (.315) led them with two hits including a two-run two-bagger. Catching the loss was Gene Stuart (3-2 4.28), who was treated roughly by the Westerners. He surrendered eight hits, four walks and six runs in seven innings.

Waleska (19-18) is in the fourth spot in the RU South standings, but only two games behind the division leader. Forest City (17-20) is fifth and is four games out.
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Tycobbian Union - East Division

Luxora Crushes Ninjas 9-1, 6th Win in a Row
It was no contest at De la Vega Stadium in Luxora. The hometown Zorros strolled to their 6th straight triumph, excelled in every facet of the game and annihilated Ginza 9-1 with a 16-hit rampage. And on the hill Francisco Fernandes (4-2 2.50) sparkled, too. He surrendered a bunch of hits, 10 in all, but bore down when runners got in scoring position and managed to get out of harm's way. Fernandes notched seven strikeouts and allowed only one base on balls. Hitting-wise it was third baseman Rico Vina (.289) with a perfect 4-for-4 day and two RBIs, catcher Eric Richter (.382) with 3-for-5 and three RBIs, including a homer and right fielder Pedro Vizquel (.294) with three hits. It was the Ninjas third loss in succession. Toshira Tamura (1-2 5.28) was torched for five runs and eight hits in less than three innings. He was the loser.

Ginza manager Huroko Uchiyama spoke to reporters after the game and said, "We still have three more games left in the series. I hope we can get out town alive. The Z's are really sizzling."

Luxora (21-13) is the number one team in the TU East race, while the Ninjas (17-19) are in the fourth position.

Humdinger Between CC and Nats
Cape Coral overcame a 5-0 Ozarka lead after five innings to come back and nip the Nats 10-9 at Jock Ewing Stadium and deal them their 7th loss in a row. The Hurricanes surged back and led 10-6 going into the last inning and narrrowly escaped with a victory. Spearheading the 'Canes attack were shortstop Bobo Hatfield (.255) with a three-run double, left fielder Danny Mullins (.300) with two hits and two RBIs and center fielder James Middleton (.358) with two hits and a couple of RBIs. Ozarka splurged with 18 hits, but still couldn't bring home the win. Shortstop Gil Lantz (.261) cracked three hits and drove in four scores and first baseman Floyd Snow (.268) was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and one batted in, As far as pitching, it is enough to say that Katsuyuki Nagashima (1-3 3.71) got his 4th save, but took it on the chin until he finally got the final out. The win went to Cody Burg (1-1 4.79), who tossed a runless sixth with two strikeouts. Ozarka's closer Alec DiMaggio (3-2 2.53) had a dismal day on the mound and lost it by giving up three runs, two hits and three walks in only 1+ innings. The Hurricanes took an 8-5 lead against him and never relinguished it.

Cape Coral (19-16) and Ozarka (19-17) are running second and third to Luxora (21-13) in the TU East Division. The Hurricanes are 2.5 games behind and the Naturals are three games off the pace of the Zorros.

Stallions Race by Hellcats
Jerry Harrison is 21-year-old, stands 6'7" and throws the heck out of a baseball. The big South Fork southpaw struck out 10 Hartsdale Hellcats en route to an easy 9-1 victory at Pioneer Park. The Stallions chalked up their fourth triumph in a row. Harrison (2-3 3.60) limited them to just five hits and walked four in a strong performance. In a well-balanced offense the Stallions numbered 11 hits with everybody in the lineup except Harrison getting a base hit. Center fielder Mike Yatstrzemski (.272) walloped a two-run double and third baseman Glenn Holliday (.237) and Mac Stewart (.253) unloaded solo homers to pace South Fork. Hellcat starter Jim Sears (2-4 3.73) had a rocky start and exited in the six-run third after permitting eight runs, five hits and four free passes.

Stallions skipper Deroche "LIps" Leon was all smiles in the clubhouse after the game. He told his club, "Now you're playing my kind of baseball. Like the old Gashouse Gang that would do anything short of killing to win a game...and I love it. I know they hate us in Hartsdale. They will soon be in last place and rightly so. They're playing like a bunch of big pansies. No guts."

Asked to comment, the Hellcat manager, feisty Zim Donner, retorted, "That's just Lips being Lips. He's all talk and a gutless wonder. Everybody in the Islands knows it. He better stay away from me. I'll kick his butt in a minute and he knows it."

South Fork (15-22) is now only 1.5 games behind Hartsdale (16-20) in the battle for last place. Tomorrow's twinbill should be quite a battle in more ways than one.

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Tycobbian Union - West Division

Frogs Crush Champs 11-3
The Fairfax Frogs are the class of the TU West so far this season. Harry Buckley's first place ballclub just won its fifth straight by crushing Arlon 11-3 today at Derby Downs with a 13-hit attack and an impressive pitching performance by Jimmy Dalton. Topping the batters were left fielder Gator Davis (.325) with three hits, three RBIs and three runs scored, center fielder Billy Echevarria (.260) with two hits and two RBIs, right fielder Gregg Vincent (.313) two hits and two RBIs and catcher Marv McCoy (.338) with three hits, two runs and an RBI. Davis hit his 7th roundtripper and Vincent added to his IPA lead with 19 homers and 44 RBIs . Even Dalton got into the act with two RBIs. On the mound Dalton (3-3 3.55) struck out eight, walked two and scattered nine hits. Right fielder Kris Gervais (.244) and first baseman George Lyons (.269) did the most damage for the Champions with home runs. Sean Dudek (0-4 4.94) had another tough outing and suffered the setback, yielding four hits and five runs and was knocked out in the third inning.

The Frogs are 23-13 for the year and Arlon is 16-20 and 8.5 games behind them. The Champions are in fourth place in the division, tied with the Blue Lake Blue Sox (16-20).

Bayview Wins in 10 Over Lynx
It was a seesaw battle between Bayview and La Claire today. The Viks took a 3-0 lead after six innings, the Lynx forged ahead 4-3 in the seventh, Bayview tied it in the ninth and won it 7-4 with a three-run tenth to send La Claire to their fourth loss in succession. Third baseman Bob Klostermann (.277) won it with a bases-loaded double off losing pitcher Monoto Kishata (1-2 3.38). Paul Hood (2-2 4.01) garnered the win with a scoreless ninth. Bayview manager Walter Johanssen called one of his starters, Frank Wells, to close it out. Wells (4-1 3.44) retired La Claire in order in the last of the tenth for his first save.

The victory enabled Bayview (21-17) to hang close to first place Fairfax (23-13). The Vikings are three games out and in second place.

Robinson Beats Blue Sox 2-1
The pilot of the Bay St. Clair Buccaneers, Guy Rondre, praised his pitcher Gary Robinson, who spun a masterful game. Robinson fashioned a four-hitter in the 2-1 game against the Blue Lake Blue Sox. Robinson was rarely in difficulty, struck out four and walked nobody. All the scoring was done in the sixth inning. The Blue Sox took a 1-0 lead, when with the bases loaded, the Bucs failed to complete a double play. Right fielder Skeeter Hall (.179) won it with a two-run single in the bottom half of the inning. Bay St. Clair got the best of it in the hitting department with nine hits to four for the Sox. Buccaneer third baseman Bubba Tate (.372) was a perfect 4-for-4. Donnie Bullock (3-5 5.50) tossed a good game for Blue Lake, too. He allowed only two runs in seven innings, fanned six and walked two.

Rondre, a former southpaw pitching great in the industrial leagues, told the press after the game, "I wish I had three more like Robinson. We could make a lot of noise in the division with that kind of pitching staff. Gary was in total command today with good stuff and he was moving the ball in and out real well."

Blue Lake (16-20) is now tied with Arlon (16-20) for the fourth spot in the divisional standings, while Bay St. Clair (15-22) is in last, but only 1.5 games behind them.
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SOUTH FORK STALLIONS

Owner: Bobby Ewing
GM: Finley Charles
Manager: DeRoche “Lips” Leon

South Fork is a rural and provincial town with a population of 58,000. The main industries are cattle and ranching mixed with agriculture. South Fork is situated in the fertile Caledonian River basin in southern Tycobbia. Rich and black alluvial soils produce a plethora of crops on the farms in the area.

This is cowboy country and home of the South Fork Stallions of the Islandian Pro Alliance, owned by Bobby Ewing of the wealthy, influential and powerful Ewing family headed by Jock Ewing. The Stallions play in the Tycobbian Union East Division.

Bobby and brother J. R. were squabbling vice-presidents of the Waleska Westerners of the Tycobbian Industrial League. To separate the two siblings, the family patriarch bought each one of them a baseball team. Bobby got South Fork and J. R. got the Ozarka Naturals. Bobby built a beautiful new stadium and named it after his daddy, Jock Ewing Stadium. It is located at the edge of town and has a wonderful panoramic view of the town rising up behind the gigantic electronic scoreboard. J. R. built a new state-of-the-art stadium with a monstrous scoreboard, too, and named it Ellie Ewing Stadium after his mom, Miss Ellis.

Stallions fans are a rowdy bunch who love their team. They never let up on the opposing teams, giving them a lot of discouraging words and a lot of harassing at every opportunity. They even throw home run balls hit by the opposition back onto the playing field. No self-respecting Stallions fan would want possession of a ball that harmed the best interests of their favorite team.

For entertainment the Stallions have a Texas swing band at every game. You ain’t never heard a better version of “Take me out to the ballgame”. There is a whole lot of two-steppin’ during the seventh inning stretch at Jock Ewing Stadium. And when the buckaroos and buckarettes mosey on over to the concessions stands hot and juicy charcoal-broiled steak sandwiches await them there along with imported Lone Star Beer (“Brewed deep in the heart of Texas”).

Life at Jock Ewing Stadium is like “Waltzing across Heaven”, except for the fact that Finley Charles is the Stallions’ GM and promotions director. Charles is famous for his creative promotions and innovations in baseball. His teams were the first to wear loud-colored uniforms, like solid orange road uniforms. One of his amateur teams even dressed in a soft pink and wore Bermuda shorts. He also experimented with an orange baseball and having only 3 balls and 2 strikes in the game. He said it would speed up the game and create more action. None of his leagues instituted his ideas, but he keeps trying.

His manager is that noted umpire baiter and debater, DeRoche “Lips” Leon, a very successful, but hot-headed and controversial skipper. “Lips” is rated a fine tactician and a very good motivator. As a player he was a “good field, no hit” rabble-rousing shortstop. His favorite saying is “nice guys finish last”. There is never a boring minute at Jock Ewing Stadium; Finley and “Lips” see to that.

Jock Ewing Stadium (2000)

Capacity: 11,750

Dimensions:
LF Line 347
LF 360
LCF 383
CF 400
RCF 383
RF 360
RF Line 347
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Arlon Champions

Owner: Kobber Sport and Athletic Apparel
GM/Manager: Gary Louis

Arlon, a town of 87,000 in the Caledonia River delta in southwestern Tycobbia, is located 50 miles north of Turon, a seaport on the Kelnyck Ocean. Arlon’s basic economy is cotton and textile manufacturing, but it is also noted for thoroughbred horse racing at Derby Downs, a magnificent racetrack that features the million-dollar derby each April and the Kobeer Marathon each July, both sponsored by Kobeer Sport and Athletic Apparel Company. Rich alluvial cotton fields stretch for miles outside the town and are the source of its prosperity.

Kobeer is also the proud owner of the Arlon Champions of the Islandian Pro Alliance and play in the Tycobbian Union West Division. The Champions were named after the tennis shoe, “The Champion”, that started the company on the way to being one of the premier sporting and athletic apparel corporations in the country. The Champs play at Derby Downs, one of the most splendid settings in all of baseball. Derby Downs ballpark dates from 1915 and is adjacent to Arlon Derby Downs, the beautiful racetrack, whose twin green towers can be seen out over the centerfield fence. Kobeer regularly has fan appreciation days with free jerseys, caps, sweat suits and shoes just for coming to a Champions game. And in keeping with that old south Tycobbian tradition, delicious mint juleps are served at the concession stands along with other southern delicacies like fried chicken, watermelon and sweet potato pie. Tycobbians of all types love to eat and imbibe almost as much as they love Champs baseball.

Arlon is managed by Gary Louis, one of the finest gentlemen and most durable players to ever step on a baseball diamond. He was a first baseman for the Marston Nine during their glory years in company leagues and rarely missed a game in his playing career.

Derby Downs Park (1915)

Capacity: 10,983

Dimensions:
LF Line 330
LF 350
LCF 375
CF 402
RCF 375
RF 350
RF Line 330
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Ruthlandian Union - North Division

Colfax Blanks Vipers, Castille Winner
The top team in the RU North, the Colfax Blasters, won the first of two against the third place Valmara Vipers. A 37-year-old portsider, Alex Castille did a number on them and shut them out 3-0 at War Memorial Stadium. Castille (5-3 3.26) humbled them on six hits for his second shutout of the season. He fanned four and walked just two in a standout performance. Paul Schoenfeld (3-4 3.95) was almost as good, allowing just three hits and one run in seven innings before going out for a pinchhitter. Schoenfeld had seven Ks and one base on balls. Center fielder Tatsuya Sasaki (.245), right fielder Pat Lott (.258) and shortstop Tommy Stanley (.083) drove in the runs for the Blasters.

The Colfax manager, Clem Rogers, told reporters after the game, "When Castille started out, his command wasn't that good, but he's a tough guy. The more pitches he throws, the better his command is."

"An outstanding job," said the Valmara skipper, J. Jackson Samuel. "We couldn't get anything going. Every time we got a hit, he got out of the jam. He pitched a terrific game."

In 2001 Castille has compiled a 5-3 mark with a 3.26 ERA.

Vipers Split with Blasters on Dubrowski's HR
Little-used catcher Mark Dubrowski (.143) jacked a solo homer into the stands in the seventh inning and gained a split for Valmara against first place Colfax. The Vipers won it 3-2 and got good efforts from starter Zarek Zalewski and reliever Andre Trepanier. Zalewski (6-2 1.82) was looking for his 7th victory, but didn't get it. Wildness got to him and he had to be taken out in the sixth after permitting five hits, two runs, walking four and striking out eight. Trepanier (2-2 4.57) went the rest of the way and got the decision. He surrendered three hits and no runs. Southpaw Harry Manning (5-3 3.40) was the losing pitcher, allowing only five hits in all and striking out four. He went the distance.

Colfax (22-15) is still on top of the heap in the RU North Division and Valmara (20-18) is third and trails them by 2.5 games.

FM's Vaux & Mitchell Shut Out V's 7-0
In Far Mountain, the Redhawks made quick work of Volusia in the opening game of a doubleheader, whacking them 7-0. Vic Vaux and Vance Mitchell teamed up to shutout the Vigilantes on six hits. Vaux (3-1 3.09) worked the first four frames, allowed four hits, but had to leave due to a long rain delay. When play continued, Mitchell (1-0 0.00) picked up where Vaux left off and blanked Volusia the rest of the way on just two hits. Mitchell got credit for the win. The Redhawks ripped 13 hits and were paced by catcher Dave Davis (.336), third baseman Johnny Strickland (.246) and center fielder Hank Gallagher (.282). They each rapped out two hits and drove in two runs. Davis hammered his 4th home run. The losing pitcher was Johnny Szwak (1-1 4.63), who was knocked out in the third after giving up five runs and nine hits.

Redhawks Sweep V's, Take Nightcap 11-5
Second place Far Mountain moved closer to Colfax in the RU North with a double win over the Volusia Vigilantes. The Redhawks roared past the V's in the nightcap 11-5 on the strength of 14 hits, sparked by left fielder Gerald Davis, who homered with the bases loaded in the 7-run fifth inning. Going into the inning, Hank Massey had blanked them 2-0 on just one hit. Shortstop Joey Cannizzaro (.326) and right fielder Tommy Sonnier (.299) chipped in two hits and two RBIs apiece and first baseman Royce Benson (.319) cracked three hits and scored twice. Sonny Elliott (6-3 2.51) worked hard for the victory, surrendering ten hits and five runs prior to running out of gas in the ninth. Massey (2-6 4.25) suffered the defeat. Leading the Vigilantes at bat were shortstop Scooter Perez (.363) with 3-for-5 and two runs scored and left fielder Jesus Arroyo (.269) with two hits and two RBIs.

Far Mountain (22-17) gained a game on first place Colfax (22-15) and is now within a game of the top spot in the division. Volusia (16-23) is in a last place tie with Elnora (16-23).

All-Stars Barely Beat A's 4-3
In Glasco the visiting Elnora All-Stars edged the hometown Athletics 4-3 in the first game of a twinbill. Young Sean Sykes (6-2 4.15) hurled a complete game, stopping them on six hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Only left fielder Ox Beauvais (.381) made it close with a two-run swat in the last of the ninth. Elnora's top batters were left fielder Quincy Peterson, also with a two-run salvo, and third baseman Richie Franklin with three hits and an RBI. Sykes (.167) added an RBI into the mix. Ernie McCain (2-3 3.26) was pinned with the loss. He worked into the eighth and permitted only four hits and two runs, just one of them earned. But he had control problems and walked five. McCain fanned eight.

Glasco and Elnora Split Pair
The Glasco A's pulled off a great rally to knock off Elnora in the nightcap 3-2 and split the twinbill. The Athletics tied it 2-2 in the last of the ninth and then won it in the tenth on Nick O'Neill's (.333) bases-loaded single with two away. Glasco had a wide edge in hits with 13 to the All-Stars 6, but had trouble getting runs. Closer Ray Cook (1-2 1.40) came on in the tenth and collared the win with a scoreless inning, while his counterpart, Wally Tidwell (0-3 3.04), walked his way to defeat by giving up three bases on balls, plus O'Neill's game-winning hit.

Elnora (16-23) is now tied for last place with Volusia (16-23). The Glasco Athletics (18-18) are fourth in the RU South standings.
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Ruthlandian Union - South Division

SV Rallies, Tops Sunbirds 6-3 in First Game
It was looking bad for Sugar Valley. The Rattlers were losing 3-2 to Belair Beach going into their last bat and they would have to face Lou Zanelli, one of the best closers in the IPA. Four runs and six hits later, Sugar Valley had its fourth consecutive triumph, a 6-3 victory in the first game of the doubleheader at Bayside Park. The Sunbirds bit the dust for the third straight time. Zanelli (5-1 1.96) was nailed with his first loss of the season, while reliever Jay Washington (1-0 3.71) got his first win with two scoreless innings. He retired all six batters he faced. Leading the charge for the Rattlers were third baseman Jorge Vargas (.343) with 3-for-4 and two RBIs, first baseman Ken Arnold (.278) with 3-for-4 and an RBI and right fielder Karl Dietz (.257), who got his 5th homer. Sugar Valley outhit Belair Beach 11-5.

Sunbirds, Rattlers Divide Twinbill
In the second game of the twinbill, Belair Beach snapped Sugar Valley winning string at four with a 5-3 victory. Lefty Dirk Garrett (4-5 4.57) went the distance, gave up eight hits to the Rattlers, walked three and fanned just one batter. Taking the loss was Tony Michelet (3-4 4.13), who worked six innings, allowed five hits and four runs with only two earned. He whiffed six and walked none. Third baseman Mike Janocko (.286) slugged the game-winner, a two-run roundtripper in the sixth to put the Sunbirds up 4-2.

The Rattlers (21-16) are on top of the RU South, while Belair Beach (20-18) is in the third spot, but just 1.5 games off the pace.

Diamonds Win Opener from Nine 6-5
Manager Stacy Engel made the right call in game one of a doubleheader, when he summonded Alex Vanzetti in from the bullpen today at Avalon Stadium in Claxton. Vanzetti (2-0 2.55) came in trailing 5-2 in the fifth and held Marston without a run the rest of the game, winning it 6-5. A big four-run sixth sealed the victory for the Diamonds, highlighted by second baseman Donnie McCoy's (.362) two-run double to make it 5-4, third baseman Keith Olsen's (.312) RBI-single to tie it and first Marty McCluskey's (.268) run-scoring groundout to go ahead 6-5. Nick Pace (5-5 4.28) had a tough outing, but went all the way, surrendering all six runs on eight hits. Pace struck out four and walked just one. Marston was led offensively by shortstop Lenny Torricelli (.273) and left fielder Ronnie Horn (.302) with three hits each. Horn rapped his 4th home run of the year.

Marston Wins Nightcap 6-2 over Claxton
Skipper Johnny Walters of the Marston Nine almost didn't give the start to Cody Hill in game two of the twinbill with Claxton. Now he is glad he did -- Hill (3-2 4.68) restricted the Diamonds to seven hits in the 6-2 win in the nightcap. Hill also had eight strikeouts and issued only one base on balls. Right fielder Chris Deangelo (.282) and first baseman Johnny Berthold (.246) paced the Nine with two RBIs apiece. Second baseman Ken Green (.365) and catcher Mo Chappell (.293) had the other two. Getting the loss was Zach Nuxhall (1-4 4.62), who hurled seven innings, yielded three runs and seven hits.

The Marston Nine (21-17) are in the runner-up spot to the RU South-leader, the Sugar Valley Rattlers (21-16). Marston trails by a only a half-game. Claxton (14-24) is still pulling up the rear and is in the division basement.

Westerners Win Opener from Lumberjacks
In the first game of the doubleheader in Waleska, the Westerners edged Forest City 6-5 for their third win in succession, sending the 'Jacks to their fourth straight defeat. Starting pitcher Gary Hill (4-1 4.02) survived a four-run fourth inning and nabbed the victory. Hill fanned nine, walked one and allowed seven hits in his eight innings of work. Closer Buddy Kennedy (1-3 4.19) picked up his third save with a perfect ninth. Waleska collected 11 hits off of 'Jacks pitching and were led by shortstop Errol Eichhorn (.243) with two hits, including a home run, second baseman Wiz Taylor (.256) with two hits and two runs, third baseman Yoshihide Nishida (.275) with two hits and a run and left fielder Big Hoss Burkhalter (.303) with two hits and an RBI. Forest City third baseman Johnny Mack Butler (.268) had a two-run smash and shortstop Pops Keller (.281), left fielder Chuck Hill (.367) and right fielder Benny Davis (.242) had the other three RBIs. Lefthander Buddy Hutchinson (2-6 4.15) lost it as the Westerners banged out 11 hits in six innings and scored all six runs on him.

FC-Waleska Split, 'Jacks Win Nightcap 1-0
In the nightcap of the twinbill, it was all Vinny Edelman. He hurled a standout game and blanked the Waleska Westerners 1-0 on seven hits to gain a share of the doubleheader. The Lumberjacks had lost the last four games. Edelman (2-2 2.40) fanned four and walked one in evening his record to 2-2. Marv Chancellor (1-7 6.26) almost matched him, allowing only one run and seven hits in seven innings with four strikeouts and one walk. The only run of the game came in the third, when shortstop Jesse Pearson (.300) walked and moved to third on catcher Gerry Tucker's (.248) double and scored on Ryan Morse's (.370) sac fly to right.

Waleska (20-19) is fourth in the RU South standings, two games behind first place Sugar Valley (21-16), while Forest City (18-21) is four games off the pace in fifth place.
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Tycobbian Union - East Division

Ninjas End Z's Steak at 6
It took them 14 innings to do it, but Ginza ended Luxora's 6-game winning with an exciting 7-5 victory in the first game of the doubleheader at De la Vega Stadium. Catcher Howard Mitchell (.261) stroked a two-run homer off losing pitcher Andy Stevens (2-1 4.26) for the win. The two clubs set several IPA records for an extra-inning contest. The Ninjas totaled 22 hits for a new mark. Luxora added 16 hits, giving them a new record of 38 for the game. For Ginza Mitchell and first baseman Kenshin Yamamoto both went 5-for-7 with Yamamoto tying the game with a dramatic 3-run ninth-inning home run. Shortstop Kaz Ojima (.310) chipped in 4-for-8 for the winners. Topping the Zorros were first baseman Paul Hallenbeck (.326) with four hits and two RBIs and left fielder Tom Fortunato (.273) with two hits and two RBIs. Closer Ken Watkins (3-1 2.25) captured the win. He allowed only one run in five innings and fanned three.

Ginza Wins Nightcap 5-3, Takes Pair from Zorros
The Ginza Ninjas won the nightcap 5-3 and swept a pair from the first place Luxora Zorros. 34-year-old righty, Kazuhiro Nakayama (4-5 2.75) pitched the entire game and scattered nine hits with six strikeouts and zero walks. Keith Callahan (4-3 2.25) absorbed the defeat by being touched for three runs, eight hits and four walks in six innings. Sparking the Ninjas 12-hit attack, right fielder Charlie Campbell (.298) ripped four base hits, with a double and homer included, and had a pair of RBIs.

Ginza (19-19) got back to the .500 mark with the two triumphs. The Ninjas are now in the fourth spot in the TU East Division. Luxora's record dipped to 21-15 on the year.

Nats Nip CC 5-4 in Opener
The Ozarka Naturals were outhit 10-6 by Cape Coral, but three homers made the difference. The Nats won the first game of the twinbill 5-4 with solo homers from first baseman Poochie Kramer (.286), center fielder Teddy Braun (.319) and shortstop Gil Lantz (.265). Third baseman Doug Cunningham (.243) added a two-run double to the attack. Heading the Hurricanes was left fielder Rod Kelly (.333) with his 8th home run of the year. Little righthander Luther Hatch (6-3 3.03) went the distance and held off Cape Coral in a gutty performance. He fanned four, walked only one and allowed 10 hits. Starter Owen Pruitt (2-3 3.46) gave up five runs and four hits in three innings and suffered the defeat.

Nats Sweep Hurricanes
Ozarka took both ends of the doubleheader with Cape Coral, taking the nightcap in a 12-1 rout. The sweep enabled the Naturals to move ahead of the Hurricanes into sole possession of second place in the RU South Division. Ozarka had the firepower and the pitching. They slammed 14 hits and were paced by first baseman Floyd Snow (.276) with four RBIs, third baseman Doug Cunningham (.255) with three and center fielder Teddy Braun (.322) with a pair of RBIs. Left fielder Ronnie Patterson (.248) whacked his 8th roundtripper and scored three times. Yasuyuki Nakagawa (5-2 2.20) limited Cape Coral to six hits, struck out six and walked four for the victory. Kaz Hayagawa (3-5 4.23) caught the loss, allowing four runs and six hits in six innings.

The Nats (21-17) now trail first place Luxora (21-15) by just one game. The Hurricanes (19-18) are third, 2.5 games off the pace.

Hellcats Captured First Game 5-0 from Stallions
The Hartsdale fans got more than they bargained for -- a good baseball game and an old old-fashioned donnybrook. A fight broke out between the two managers when they were turning in the starting lineups. Hellcat manager, Zim Donner, and South Fork manager, Lips Leon, started swinging at one another and had to be restrained by the umpires. Both skippers were ejected. Donner seemed to get the best of the altercation. There was already bad blood brewing between the two clubs. Donner was quoted as saying he would kick Leon's behind, if he didn't keep his mouth shut. Apparently Lips couldn't curb his tongue.

As far as the baseball game was concerned, the Hellcats won that contest, too. They blanked the Stallions 5-0 in the first game of the twinbill behind the combined efforts of Phil Reed and Roger Graves. Reed's arm tightened up in the fifth and he had to be taken out. He allowed six hits, but no runs. Graves (2-3 7.09) notched the win with five strikeouts and no walks. He gave up four hits the rest of the way. Keith Olson (2-4 3.11) was the loser, allowing four runs and seven hits in the first three frames. Leading the Hartsdale 12-hit offense was shortstop Mike Burke (.352) with two hits and three RBIs. Left fielder Jay Luna (.299) smacked three hits and scored twice. Center fielder Greg Reynolds (.233) homered and scored twice for the Hellcats.

SF Gets Split Decision, Top Hellcats in Game Two
All was quiet on the eastern front for game two -- neither manager put up his dukes this time -- and South Fork got a split decision with a win in the nightcap 4-2. First baseman Rod Reed (.208) delivered the key hit -- a three-run homer in the sixth off Danny Griffin to put the Stallions in the lead 3-2. Center fielder Mike Yastrzemski (.264) chipped in another home run in the top of the ninth. Flint Battle (5-4 2.99) claimed the victory, but needed help from Billy Joe Gordon. Battle yielded two runs and six hits over seven innings. Manager Lips Leon said he had thrown too many pitches and was tiring. Gordon came in and got his third save, striking out three in two innings and permitting a pair of hits. Hellcat starter Danny Griffin (4-6 3.23) took the loss, giving up four hits and three runs in six innings. Hartsdale had an 8-6 edge in base hits. Shortstop Mike Burke (.365) had three hits, including a roundtripper, to lead the Hartsdale batters.

Hartsdale (17-21) hung on to fifth place in the TU East standings with the split of the doubleheader, while South Fork (16-23) is last in the division.

Duroche "Lips" Leon, never at a loss for words, told reporters that he will demand a rematch with Donner. "Next time I will floor him. He is as puny as his ballclub. Donner would have gotten the worst of it, I guarantee. He's lucky the umps kept me off of him."
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