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Old 01-29-2008, 05:29 PM   #61
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Thursday, May 3, 2001

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TBU East Division

Ninjas in 4-Way Tie in TBU East
It's a logjam in the TBU East Division race with Ginza, Cape Coral, Hartsdale and Luxora all tied for the top spot. Ginza scored twice in the ninth to edge past the Ozarka Naturals 6-4 at Ellie Ewing Stadium. Three walks by loser Jackie Cunningham (0-1) forced across the winning run and an error allowed another score. Ken Watkins (1-0) got credit for the victory with 2 scoreless innings. 1B Kenshin Yamamoto went 2-for-5 with his 3rd homer of the year. He drove in 3 runs and scored twice to pace the Ninja offense.
All of the co-leaders have 7-6 records. Ozarka (6-7) is in second place, just one game behind. Last place belongs to the South Fork Stallions (5-8).

Z's Callahan Cages Hellcats, Luxora tied for First
The Zorros are now in a 4-way deadlock for the top spot in the TBU East. All because of a young righthander pitcher. He may only be 20-year-old, but Luxora's Keith Callahan pitched like a vet -- he authored a 9-2 win over the Hartsdale Hellcats and struck out 9 in the process. Callahan (1-1) stopped the Hellcats on 6 hits and issued only one walk. The Zorros gave him good run support, too. RF Claudio Ordonez, 1B Paul Hallenbeck and C Eric Richter all had 2 hits in the game. Ordonez and Hallenbeck both drove in a pair of runs. Hallenbeck did it with a double and a triple.
The loss went to starter Danny Griffin (2-2), who departed in the sixth after permitting 5 hits and 7 runs, only 2 of them earned. Hartdale committed 3 errors.
Both Luxora and Hartsdale are 7-6 this year and tied with the Ginza Ninjas and Cape Coral Hurricanes for first place in the division.

Stallions Slip by Hurricanes 5-3
South Fork put on a 3-run rally in the eighth inning to overtake Cape Coral 5-3 and create a four-way tie for first place in the super tight TBU East. And it was winning pitcher Jerry Harrison, who tied the game at 3-3 with an RBI single. 2B Bob Jones then won it by driving in the final two scores with a single. Harrison (1-1) pitched a solid game. He was touched for 7 hits, fanned 4 and walked only one batter. The Hurricanes got a good 6 innings from starter Kaz Hayagawa, who allowed only 2 runs on 7 hits. But Cody Burg (0-1) gave it away and blew the save in the fatal eighth. He was ripped for 3 runs on 4 hits in his two innings. LF Mac Stewart belted a home run for the Stallions, while 1B Roger Wooten got one for Cape Coral.

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TBU West Division

Zakharov's HR Topples Lynx
Smoke Zakharov clubbed a 3-run homer in the top of the sixth to lead Arlon over first place La Claire 4-3. That was all the runs Ray Hunt (2-1) needed to notch his second victory. He went the distance and held the Lynx to 6 hits, while fanning 3 and walking just one. Nick Pilsner (0-1) was pinned with the loss as he doled out 4 runs and 6 hits in 7 innings of work. Catcher Dennis Weiss had a solo homer for La Claire.

The Lynx are still the top team in the TBU West with a mark of 10-3, while Arlon (6-7) is now in third place along with the Bayview Vikings (6-7).

Frogs Flogs Bucs 7-2
The Fairfax Frogs got a little closer to first place in the TBU West with a 7-2 comeback win over last place Bay St. Clair. Three homers did the damage - 3B Stan Cobb (4th) hit a solo shot in the fourth, the IPA HR leader Gregg Vincent (9th) belted a 2-run blast in the seventh for a 3-2 lead and RF Gator Davis (4th) finished off the Buccaneers in the eighth with a grand slam. 1B Vincent also is the IPA leader with 21 RBIs. Bay St. Clair had a dozen hits, but couldn't cash in on Robby Meredith (1-0), who seemed to pitch better with men on base. Meredith walked two and had two strikeouts in the game. Ted Jorgerson (0-3) held the Frogs to one run in the first six frames, but then faltered in the seventh and eighth. He allowed 6 runs and 8 hits in defeat.

Fairfax (8-5) trails first place La Claire (10-3) by two games. Bay St. Clair (4-9) is wallowing in the basement 6 games off the pace.

Viks Shut Out Blue Sox 8-0
It was a rainy day at Harbor Stadium in Blue Lake and a blue, blue day for the Blue Sox, who were blanked 8-0 by Bayview. Adrian Strom (1-1) and Paul Hood combined for the 3-hit shutout. Strom went into the sixth, but his arm tightened up in the chilly rain and Paul Hood came in from the bullpen. Strom struck out 2, walked 4 and permitted only 2 hits. Hood came on with two outs in the sixth and gave up only one hit the rest of the way. It was his first save this year. LF Glenn Burns and SS Shorty Richards sparked the Vikings at bat with a pair of hits and 2 RBIs each.
Travis Gallagher (0-2) took the loss. He was rapped for 6 runs and 8 hits in 4+ innings.

Bayview (6-7) is tied with Arlon for the third spot in the TBU West Division and trail first place La Claire by four games. With the defeat Blue Lake (5-8) dropped back to fifth.
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RBU North Division

Beauvais' HR Wins in 10th
Big Ox Beauvais came through in the clutch for Glasco. He got the only hit off of Mike McCabe (0-1) in his 3-inning relief stint, but it was enough to for a 5-4 10-inning victory over the Far Mountain Redhawks. RF Beauvais crushed his 5th homer of the campaign. Winning pitcher Jeremiah McDonald (1-0) put down the Redhawks without a hit in his two-inning outing. Beauvais collected 3-for-5 and drove in two runs. CF Hawk Gallagher led Far Mountain with 2 hits and 2 RBIs.
Starters Ernie McCain, Glasco's big 6-6 righthander, and the Redhawks Sonny Elliott were effective. McCain tossed 8 innings, allowed 7 hits and 4 runs (3 earned) with 7 Ks and only one walk. Elliott went 7, surrendered 6 hits and 4 runs, but only 2 earned.

The first place Athletics are now 10-4 this season, while the Redhawks slip to 6-8 and a tie for fourth place with Elnora in the RBU North.

Zalewski Fires Second Straight Shutout
Valmara's 34-year-old Zarek Zalewski (3-0) is making life miserable for RBU batters. He blanked Colfax in his last outing, now he has beaten the Elnora All-Stars 5-0. Zalewski gave up 9 hits, but no runs. He fanned 4 and walked only one in another fine performance. The Vipers could only get 3 hits off Elnora pitching, but they got 9 walks. A walk and two errors brought in the first run in the sixth. All-Star starter Carl Costas (1-3) stopped Valmara on just one hit in his 6 innings, but was the losing pitcher. He totaled 5 strikeouts and 5 walks. Wildness by reliever Stevie Howard led to a 4-run outburst in the seventh by the Vipers to put away the victory.

Valmara (9-5) broke a three-game losing streak and are in second place, just a game behind the Glasco Athletics. Elnora (6-8) had won the last three. The All-Stars (6-8) are in a tie with Far Mountain for fourth place in the RBU North.

V's Win on Salazar's Homer
Colfax's Flash Guidry was well on his way to a 3-1 victory, when Volusia's Alejandro Salazar suddenly put a stop to it -- the V's third sacker walloped his 5th roundtripper, a 3-run game-winning shot in the ninth to take the game 4-3. Salazar drove in all 4 runs. Lefty Raul Sandoval (2-2) pitched well and picked up the win. He tossed 8 good innings, permitted 8 hits and 3 runs, only 1 earned with 4 strikeouts and no walks. Guidry (1-3) suffered another tough loss, yielded 10 hits, while fanning 8 and issuing 3 bases on balls. RF Pat Lott paced the Blasters with 2-for-4 and 2 RBIs.

The last place Vigilantes (4-10) broke a three-game losing streak against Colfax (7-7). The Blasters are in third place, 3 games behind the RBU North leader Glasco.

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Old 01-30-2008, 04:07 PM   #64
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RBU South Division

Rattlers Benson Throws 3-Hitter Against Diamonds
Ron Benson of the Sugar Valley Rattlers was in command in the 5-1 win over the Claxton Diamonds. Benson (3-1) registered his 3rd win this season with a strong 3-hitter. The Rattler righthander struck out 6 and walked nobody. Only 3B Keith Olsen got to him with a solo homer in the seventh. CF Freddie Vaux led the bats for Sugar Valley with 2 hits and 2 RBIs. 2B Timmy Bell chipped in a solo roundtripper. Claxton's Bill Wallace (0-1) pitched well and gave up 3 runs on 8 hits in 8 innings. Wallace was shackled with the loss.

Sugar Valley (9-5) retained the top spot in the RBU South Division, while Claxton (5-9) continued to be in the cellar, 4 games back.

FC Homers Subdue Marston 5-4
The Marston Nine jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 4 innings, but it all came to naught when Forest City littered Legends Field with home runs and the Lumberjacks came out winners 5-4. 1B Kurt Vecchio cut it to 4-1 with a solo job in the fifth. Then the firepower really began in the sixth, when SS Pops Keller and RF Benny Davis hit 2-run shots to put them ahead to stay. Forest City got 5 shutout innings in relief from Herm Bahr (2-3) and Glenn Moore. Bahr got the win, Moore got the save. Bob Lowe hurled a complete game and was the loser. He gave up 9 hits, walked none and struck out 6. Lowe was burned by the longball. The Nine's best hitter was 1B Johnny Berthold with 3 doubles and 2 RBIs.

The Lumberjacks (7-7) are now even at .500 and are in fourth place in the RBU South race, 2 games in back of first place Sugar Valley. Marston (8-7) is tied for second with Waleska (8-7), one and a half games out of first.

Sunbirds Finally Win, Sink Westerners 10-2
Belair Beach's six-game nightmare is over now. 7 hits and 9 walks were converted into an easy 10-2 triumph by the Sunbirds over Waleska. RF Nicky Swift spearheaded the 'Birds attack with his 6th home run, 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored. 1B Nickie Gulina and CF Matty McDermott also batted in 2 runs apiece. Dirk Garrett (1-3) pitched well for Belair Beach. Back spasms forced him out in the seventh with an 8-1 lead. Garrett permitted 5 hits and fanned two in a solid effort. Marv Chancellor was nailed with the defeat, allowing 5 runs, 4 hits and 4 walks in 2+ innings. LF Charley Williamson (4th) and 3B Yoshihide Nishida (3rd) slugged solo homers for the Westerners.

Waleska had won four in a row. The Westerners (7-7) are in fourth place in the RBU South standings. Belair Beach (6-8) is in fifth place.

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TBU East Division

'Cats Mann Masters Z's 4-1
Little Glenn Mann fired a 4-1 victory over Luxora at Pioneer Park in Hartsdale today to move to the top of the heap in the TBU East Division. Mann (2-1) only allowed 4 hits and fanned 5. The only run he gave up was a home run by 3B Rico Vina, who got his 4th of the year. Topping the Hellcats 9-hit attack were 2B Francisco Abreu, CF Greg Reynolds, LF Jesus Guzman and SS Terry Bellino, all of them racked up a pair of hits. Abreu had two RBIs. Southpaw Johnny Montel (1-3) took the loss. He was banged around for 8 hits and 4 runs in the first four innings.

The Hartsdale Hellcats (8-6) are now the TBU East Division co-leader and tied with the Cape Coral Hurricanes. The Luxora Zorros (7-7) fell back into a third place tie with the Ginza Ninjas and the Ozarka Naturals, trailing by one game in the standings.

CC Squeezes by Stallions 3-2
Cape Coral squeezed by South Fork 3-2 as their big lefty Wally Robinson (3-1) had a fine outing. He held the Stallions to just 5 hits and struck out 5 to net his 3rd victory of the season. With one out in the last of the ninth CF Antonio Guerrero doubled and then was driven home with the winning score on another double by pinchhitter Eric Smith. Jamie Kelly had just come on in relief and absorbed the loss. South Fork got good work from starter Ken Olson, who went the first 6 innings, gave up 6 hits and 2 runs, while fanning 5 and walking only one. Reliever Ken Conner also performed well with a scoreless seventh and eighth. Hurricane 3B Hoshi Sato delivered the game's only home run, his first this year.

Cape Coral (8-6) is the TBU East co-leader with Hartsdale (8-6). South Fork (5-9) is sixth and last in the division, 3 games out.

Nats Hatch Sets Strikeout Record
Luther Hatch was firing on all cylinders today at Ellie Ewing Stadium in Ozarka. The little righthander struck out 13 Ginza Ninjas in a 2-1 victory. That is a new IPA mark for the most strikeouts in a game. Hatch harnessed the Ninjas on 6 hits and issued only one walk in an outstanding performance. Back-to-back roundtrippers in the second inning by 1B Doug Cunningham and SS Gil Lantz provided the margin of victory. Vic Rousakis (1-2) tossed a good game, too, yielding only 2 runs and 5 hits in 6 innings, while striking out 4 and allowing 2 walks. Ozarka managed only 5 hits in all.

Carl Thompson of Belair Beach and Wally Robinson of Cape Coral shared the old mark of 12 strikeouts. Thompson did it in a 10-inning game against Forest City on April 25th, while Robinson accomplished it in a regulation 9 innings against Ozarka on April 29th.

Ozarka (7-7) is now in a three-way tie with Ginza (7-7) and Luxora (7-7) for third in the TBU East.

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Howe Too Tough for Lynx
Ace Howe of Arlon was razor-sharp today in the 3-1 victory at Capitol Park Stadium in La Claire. The Champs big righthander was stingy with the hits and runs, allowing only 5 hits and one run for his first win of the season. Howe whiffed 8 Lynx and walked only two in a route-going performance. He outpitched Nickie
Baumgartner (1-2), who also had a nice outing, permitting 8 hits and 3 runs in 8 innings with 4 Ks and only one base on balls. CF Jerry Keller swatted 3 hits for Arlon and 2B Karl Detwiler contributed a pair.

The La Claire Lynx (10-4) still are on top in the TBU West Division by two games over the Fairfax Frogs (8-6), while the Arlon Champions (7-7) are in a third-place tie with the Bayview Vikings (7-7).

Bucs Gross Out Frogs 5-2
Bay St. Clair southpaw Norm Gross (2-2) was in good form as whipped second place Fairfax 5-2. Gross sent 10 Frogs down via the strikeout, while allowing only 6 hits and 2 walks in an impressive effort. A 5-run fifth highlighted the game at Shoreline Park. 3B Bubba Tate and 1B Maury Smith had 2 RBIs each and CF Skeeter Hall got the other one. LF Gator Davis drove in both of the Frogs runs. The losing pitcher was starter Jimmy Dalton (1-1), who had a dismal day and was tagged for 5 runs and 7 hits in his 5+ innings,

In spite of the victory, Bay St. Clair (5-9) is still last in the TBU West, while Fairfax (8-6) is the number two club, two games behind first place La Claire.

Vikings Wells Tames Blue Lake
The Bayview Vikings got the best of the Blue Lake Blue Sox 4-1 today at Harbor Stadium and the primary reason was righthander Frank Wells. The crafty righthander picked up his 3rd successive win by holding the Blue Sox to 6 hits and one run over 8 innings. He ran out of gas and needed Fred Snow's help in the ninth to wrap up the contest. The Viks were paced by RF Gerry Mason, who went 3-for-3 and banged in a pair of runs. SS Shorty Richards also aided the cause with his first roundtripper of the season. Big 6-5 Bennie West (2-2) stood out for Blue Lake as he checked Bayview on 2 runs and 7 hits over seven frames with one walk and 5 Ks.

The Vikings have now taken three in a row in the series. Bayview (7-7) is tied for the third spot in the TBU West with the Arlon Champions. The Buccaneers (5-9) are last in the division.
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I will occasionally include a Town history of one of the teams in the IPA, detailing its geographical location, business and industry and also describe the ownership and stadium atmosphere to get you more immersed in the Islandian Pro Alliance.

I chose Marston first because it had the first organized game in the Islands.

MARSTON NINE

Owner: Abe Doubleday of Doubleday Sporting Goods

GM/Mgr: Johnny Walters

Marston has a population of 95,000 and is situated on the Central Plains in East Central Ruthlandia approximately 75 miles from the Valerian Ocean. Its main industry is sporting goods equipment, sportswear and fashions. The Doubleday Family has a monopoly on sporting goods equipment and a branch of the family resides in Marston. Grain processing plants are in abundance in the "Breadbasket of Ruthlandia".

Marston is famous as the site of the first organized baseball game in the Islands in the late 1890's. The first amateur club and the first industrial league team were formed here, both known as the Marston Nine. They played at Legends Field (circa 1903), which is the second oldest ballpark in Ruthlandia (Waleska is the oldest - 1902) and is built on the actual site of the first organized game. In fact, home plate is in the exact same spot as the original home plate for the first game. Every ninth seat in the stadium is painted red in honor of those two early Marston Nines. The other seats are painted black. Marston's colors are red and black.

The Marston Nine plays in the Ruthlandian Baseball Union's South Division and are owned and operated by the Doubleday family, headed by the board president, Abe Doubleday. They are distant relatives of the creator of American baseball, Abner Doubleday.

A special feature of Legends Field is the Ruthlandian Baseball Hall of Fame. It is located in the stadium and houses memorabilia from the country's amateur and industrial league past. The Marstonians sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at the traditional seventh-inning stretch, but they also have the ninth-inning stretch, when they give the home team a standing ovation, win or lose. If they win, the fans are treated to an exciting fireworks display, all accompanied by live organ music.

Live organ music is played throughout the game, a tradition still practiced in only one other town, Ozarka in Tycobbia. Marston fans are among the most knowledgeable and intense in the Islands. They watch every pitch and are mesmerized by the action on the field.It is a tradition at Legends Field to throw back any ball hit in the stands by the opposing teams. No self-respecting Niner fan would want to get a souvenir baseball that way. Every Sunday is Niner Day at Legends Field and every ninth fan through the turnstiles is given a free pass (or “Annie Oakley”) to a game in the next homestand.

At the concessions stand nothing special is served -- nothing but baseball basics like peanuts, crackerjacks, popcorn, soda pop, cotton candy, ice cream, hot dogs and hamburgers. It is a family town and a family-oriented ballpark -- no alcoholic beverages are served.

The great and legendary righthanded pitcher of company leagues, Johnny Walters is the manager of the Marston Nine.

LEGENDS FIELD (1903)

CAPACITY: 12,500

LF Line 320
LF 345
LCF 385
CF 375
RCF 405
RF 380
RF Line 345

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RBU North Division

Vipers Share RBU Lead with A's
The Vipers are back in first place. Valmara pitchers Todd Turner and Danny Blauser combined to stop Elnora 7-3 this afternoon at War Memorial Stadium. Turner (2-2) won by going 6 innings and checking the All-Stars on 5 hits and allowing 2 runs. He struck out 8 and issued only two walks. Reliever Danny Blauser notched his first save with 3 solid innings. He surrendered a pair of hits and one unearned run. The Viper batters were led by C Yoshi Motsuzuki and LF Louis Sharp. Both plated 2 runs apiece. Sean Sykes (2-1) took the loss and was tagged for 4 runs, only 2 earned, and 7 hits with 5 Ks. He exited in the seventh frame.

Valmara (10-5) climbed up into the top spot of the RBU North Division. The Vipers are tied with the Glasco Athletics (10-5). The All-Stars are fifth, four games off the pace of the co-leaders.

Strickland HR Beat A's in 10th
Redhawk third sacker Johnny Strickland is proving to be a clutch hitter this season. He clubbed a walk-off homer in the tenth off Glasco closer Ray Cook to claim the 2-1 victory for Far Mountain. It was his 6th roundtripper. Jesse Balfour and Denny Arthur locked up in a good pitcher's duel. The A's Balfour worked 7 innings, gave up 6 hits and only one run, while Arthur went 8 innings for the Redhawks and was even tougher. He restricted Glasco to just 3 hits and a single run. Vincent Moore (1-0) garnered the win with a scoreless tenth. Cook (0-2) got the loss for Glasco. The Athletics only run came from LF Ox Beauvais, who homered in the second frame.

The defeat dropped Glasco (10-5) into a first place tie with the Valmara Vipers (10-5) in the RBU North race. Far Mountain is fourth and trails by 3 games.

Colfax Hangs On to Win Opener 8-6
A 7-run second inning is all the Colfax Blasters needed to defeat Volusia 8-6 in the first game of two at Mountain View Stadium. The Blasters took an early 7-1 lead and then hung on for the victory. Southpaw Alex Castille (3-0) wasn't very effective, but still managed to get his 3rd win, despite being battered for 6 runs and 9 hits in 7 innings. Castille had 7 Ks and 3 BBs. Reliever Jim Dreyer nailed his second save for Colfax. Pee Wee Cruz (1-3) was dealt the defeat as he was the victim of the big inning. 1B Dennis Cole and Castille both drove in a pair of runs for the winners, while SS Warren O'Reilly and LF Blinky Brandon both had 2 hits. SS Scooter Perez smacked 3 hits in 4 tries and scored twice for the Vigilantes and RF Lonnie Howard had 2-for-3 with a home run and 3 RBIs.

Blasters Take a Pair from V's
Colfax took both ends of a doubleheader from the Volusia Vigilantes. The Blasters laced 13 hits to win the nightcap 8-3. On the hill Greg Forrest (2-1) pitched well and allowed only one earned run and 6 hits with 5 strikeouts and 5 walks. Leo Flores (0-4) suffered the defeat and departed in the third inning after giving up 6 runs and 5 hits. CF Tatsuya Sasaki and 3B Russ Ferrell paced the Blasters with a pair of hits and 2 RBIs each. LF Blinky Brandon and 1B Dennis Cole also added 2 hits apiece.

Colfax (9-7) has moved up to the third spot in the RBU North standings and are now two games behind the co-leading Glasco Athletics (10-5) and Valmara Vipers (10-5). Volusia (4-12) is six and a half games out in last place.

RBU South Division

Marston Closes in On First Place in RBU South
6'5" Casey Ledbetter stood tall on the mound in more ways than one today at Legends Field in Marston. He hurled the Nine to a 4-2 triumph over Forest City. Ledbetter (3-1) captured his 3rd victory in this young season by holding the Lumberjacks to 7 hits, while fanning 5 and walking just 2 batters. CF Tommy Reinhold and LF Ronnie Horn slapped in 2 runs apiece to lead the way.

Marston (9-7) inched closer to the top spot in the RBU South. They are only a half game behind first place Sugar Valley (9-6).

Diamonds Nip Rattlers in 10
Last place Claxton came back twice to beat first place Sugar Valley 7-6 in ten innings at Avalon Stadium. Stacy Engel's crew trailed 5-0 after four innings and 6-5 going into the last of the tenth. A bases-loaded walk to PH Arnie Kruger tied it, then CF Juan Barajas drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly. The Diamonds sixth pitcher Zach Nuxhall (1-1) picked up the win, while the Rattlers third pitcher of the day Jay Washington was pinned with the loss.
Claxton outhit Sugar Valley 14 to 10 and were led by RF Vern Jennings with 4-5 and a 3-run homer. 3B Jorge Vargas collected 3 hits, scored twice and drove in 2 for the Rattlers.

Sugar Valley falls to 9-6 on the year and Claxton is 6-9.

Sunbirds Fly By Westerners 6-3
It was nothing fancy, but Troy Wilson got the job done. He sparked Belair Beach to a 6-3 victory over Waleska in the first game of a doubleheader. Wilson (2-1) allowed 9 hits, struck out 5 and walked 3. The Sunbirds pounded out 12 hits and were led by SS Danny Church and 1B Nickie Gulina, both with 2-for-5 and 2 RBIs. 3B Yoshihide Nishida was the Westerners best bat with 2-4 and 3 RBIs, including his 4th home run and a double. Rusty Kraft (1-2) permitted 4 runs and 6 hits in just 3 innings and caught the loss.

Sunbirds Sweep Two from Waleska
Manager Marty Pedrosa of the Belair Beach Sunbirds got some more good pitching in game two and whipped the Waleska Westerners 3-2 to sweep the twinbill. 6'10" Slim Mosley only allowed 2 hits and one run in 7 innings to improve his record to 2-1 on the season. Ken Frey came on in relief of Lou Zanelli, who walked two with one out in the ninth. Frey retired both batters he faced with no damage and captured his first save. RF Matty McDermott drove in all of the Sunbird scores with a double and a home run among his 3 hits. Smokey Joe Carter (2-3) lost it for Waleska as he was touched for 2 runs and 5 hits in seven solid innings of work.

The double wins moved Belair Beach (8-8) into the third spot in the RBU South, while Waleska (8-9) fell to fourth place. The Sunbirds have won the last three games from the Westerners and are just one and half games out of first. Waleska is two games behind.

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TBU East Division

'Canes Fountain Fires 2-Hitter
In the first game of a twinbill Cape Coral's Gary Fountain fired a brilliant 2-hitter to defeat South Fork and Flint Battle 2-1 at Seaside Stadium. Fountain (3-0) fanned 9 and walked only one in an outstanding performance. His only mistake was a home run ball to LF Paul Giles in the fourth. Battle only mistake was a 2-run shot by 1B Rodger Wooten in the bottom of the fourth. Battle allowed 8 hits and had 3 Ks and one walk.

The Hurricanes (9-6) are atop the TBU East, while the Stallions (5-10) are last.

Pruitt Stops SF in CC Sweep
Cape Coral also took the nightcap 2-1 to sweep the South Fork Stallions. The Hurricanes received a fine effort from Owen Pruitt (2-0). The 31-year-old portsider checked South Fork on 6 hits, struck out 4 and walked 2. Booger Burchfield (0-2) was impressive, too. Cape Coral only managed 4 hits and one earned run off him in 7 innings. The Hurricanes only collected 5 hits in all. Cape Coral won the game in the fifth on a hit and an error to put runners on second and third. Pruitt lofted a sac fly to left and tied it up at 1-1, then an RBI-grounder by Roberto Betancourt drove in the decisive run. Two singles and a passed ball got the Stallions only score in the opening inning.

The twin wins put Cape Coral into the top position in the TBU East Division. South Fork (5-11) sunk deeper into the division basement.

Z's and 'Cats in Longest Game
Hartsdale outlasted Luxora 7-6 in 15 innings in the longest game in IPA history. The triumph enabled the Hellcats to stay a close second in the TBU East with Cape Coral. Leading off in the 15th Todd Seals got new life on an error by third baseman Rico Vina. Pinchrunner Pat Turner then stole second base and came around to score the game-winner on Steve Ward's liner past the shortstop. Phil Reed (3-0) registered the win and Eddie Hoffman (0-1) suffered the loss.
The previous mark for the longest game was the Arlon-Fairfax battle on April 29. It went 14 innings and was won by the Frogs 8-7.

The Z's outhit Hartsdale 18 to 12 as Claudio Ordonez cracked 3 hits, including a homer and a double, and 3 RBIs. Paul Hallenbeck had a double and home run in his 3 hits and Shotgun Boggs got 3 hits as well. But the Hellcats made better use of their hits. They were paced by Terry Bellino with 3-6 and 2 RBIs and Seals, who went 3-for-7 and drove in a run. Hero Ward was 2-for-6 with 2 RBIs.

The Cape Coral Hurricanes (10-6) are leading the way so far in the TBU East with the Hellcats (9-6) second, a scant half game behind. Luxora (7-8) is tied for fourth place the Ginza Ninjas (7-8).

Naturals Slip by Ninjas 5-3
Ozarka righthander Ted Didriksen (2-1) hurled solid game in his 5-3 victory over Ginza at Ellie Ewing Stadium. He fanned 3 and walked none, while stopping the Ninjas on 7 hits. 2B Duane Starr delivered the winning blow, an eighth-inng double and 3B Doug Cunningham added in a RBI-single to give the Nats a little cushion. The loser was Ken Watkins (1-1), who was treated roughly. He gave us two hits and a walk in the decisive inning. Ginza's best batter was shortstop Shinjiro Aoki with a pair of hits in 4 tries, including a double and a triple. He scored once and drove in a run.

Ozarka (8-7) moved up to the third spot in the TBU East race and Ginza (7-8) dropped into a tie with the Luxora Zorros (7-8) for fourth.

TBU West Division

Marquez Homer Wins It for Lynx
In the opening game of a doubleheader, Luis Marquez of La Claire ruined a splendid effort by Arlon's Craig Smith with a game-winning 2-run smash in the last of the eighth to give the Lynx a 3-2 victory. La Claire was gifted with all three runs as all of them were unearned. A crucial error by shortstop Bama Hartley ended up costing the Champions the game. Smith was rolling along with a 2-0 lead until Marquez's mighty blast. Smith (2-1) allowed 7 hits in 8 innings, struck out 8 and walked just one batter. The winning pitcher was Pat Daniels (2-1), who went 8 innings before going out for a pinchhitter. He scattered 8 hits and fanned four. Lynx closer Monoto Kishata got his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Champs Get Split with Lynx 7-1
Arlon's power was just too much for first place La Claire in the second game of a twinbill played at Capitol Park Stadium. Three homers gave the Champions a 7-1 win and a split in the twinbill. LF Matt Merrill slugged a solo shot and CF Jerry Keller and RF Steve Barnett belted 2-run roundtrippers. Arlon Manager Gary Louis got a fine relief outing from Rod Kelley (1-1). He relieved starter Sean Dudek in the fourth with the score 2-1 and Kelley proceeded to blank the Lynx on one hit over the last 5 innings. Dudek strained a back muscle and had to be taken out. Val Krumholtz (2-1) picked up the loss as the Champs battered him for 8 hits and 5 runs in just four innings.

Arlon (8-8) is third in the RBU West, 3 games behind the Lynx (11-5).

Frogs Destroy Buccaneers 14-2
The Fairfax Frogs certainly made it easy for pitcher Mel Murray. They rattled the boards for 18 hits in the 14-2 rampage over the Bay St. Clair Buccaneers. And Murray (2-1) backed that up with a strong outing. He held the Bucs to 5 hits, walked two and fanned two, while going the distance. The Fairfax scoring machine was led by 2B Greg Inman with 3-5, a homer, double and 5 RBIs, SS Warren Lee with a 3-run roundtripper, 1B Ernie Hutchinson with 2-5, a double and 2 RBIs and RF Gregg Vincent, who was 3-5 and scored 3 times. Gary Robinson (1-2) had his worst outing of the year and sustained the loss, giving up 6 runs and 10 hits in 6+ innings.

The Frogs (9-6) are in second place in the TBU West and hapless Bay St. Clair (5-10) is in last place 5.5 games behind first place La Claire (11-5).

Bayview's Bennett Beats Blue Sox with HR
Blue Lake trailed just about the whole game, but got it together in the late innings and won the first game of a twinbill 8-7 in 11 innings from the Bayview Vikings. The Blue Sox trailed 4-1 after 4 innings and 7-4 going to their last at bat. A three-run ninth tied the score, highlighted by Donnie Frazier's 2-run homer. Ken Bennett ended it in the eleventh with a solo salvo off losing pitcher Manny Tettelbach (0-3). Derek Manetti (1-0) got Blue Lake out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the inning and was the winner.
The Blue Sox had a dozen hits in the game, led by Frazier's two home runs and 3 RBIs. Curly Harris also bashed a pair of solo roundtrippers. The Vikings feasted all day long off and peppered out 18 hits. Bob Klostermann was 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs, Alan Hansen 3-for-7 with two RBIs and Phil Kanaan 3-for-6 and two runs scored.

Blue Sox Sweep Bayview Vikings
What a day for Blue Lake second baseman Ken Bennett. He got the winning hit in both games as the Blue Sox took two from Bayview. This time it was a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth that gave Blue Lake a 6-5 victory. Bennett drove in 3 runs in all with a 2-for-5 day. RF Gerry Mason and 1B Dwayne Coleman kept it close with two-run homers for Bayview. It was number 7 for Coleman. Derek Manetti (2-0) won both games in relief, while Buzzy Lewis (0-1) took the loss.

Blue Lake (7-9) snapped a three-game losing streak and are now tied for fourth place with Bayview (7-9) in the TBU East standings.
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I think the Blue Sox should just play on Sundays. It looks like they are 4 and 1 on that day. Either that they just need to play more doubleheaders during the week. I love this league.

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I think the Blue Sox should just play on Sundays. It looks like they are 4 and 1 on that day. Either that they just need to play more doubleheaders during the week. I love this league.

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Thanks for following along with me.

I am now going to summarize the first weeks of the season. The teams have now played three series.
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Islandian Times

Sunday, May 6, 2001

The Islands have always been enamoured with the game of baseball for the past 100 years. And now the obsession is even worse -- we have our own professional baseball league -- the Islandian Pro Alliance.

We are now just in the third week of play and the Islands are abuzz with baseball more than ever. All the clubs are playing to full ballparks and the caliber of play is mesmerizing. The new pro teams are quickly replacing the industrial teams as fan favorites.

And who is the best team in the IPA? We at the Islandian Times will try to access that. We are now beginning a series where we will analyze each of the four divisions.

The Ruthlandian Baseball Union has two divisions, the RBU North and the RBU South. Here are the standings:

Ruthlandian Baseball Union
North Division

Team Won-Lost GB
Glasco Athletics 10-5 --
Valmara Vipers 10-5 --
Colfax Blasters 9-7 1.5
Far Mountain Redhawks 7-8 3
Elnora All-Stars 6-9 4
Volusia Vigilantes 4-12 6.5

The Glasco Athletics (10-5) so far are the class of the North Division on paper. The A's are tied with Valmara for the top spot and are managed by McDuffie Hughes and he has put together quite a pitching staff. You name the category and they are first. His pitching corps is far and away the best in the division with a brilliant 2.13 ERA. Colfax is the closest at 3.28 with Valmara at 3.73. The Athletic relievers are even better than the starters and have put a superb 0.96 ERA.

Top pitchers:
Starters Charles Darby (2-0 1.44) and Jesse Balfour (2-1 1.21), both lefthanders. Righthanded reliever Jeremiah McDonald (1-0 0.00) has not allowed a run in 13 innings and 6 relief appearances.

Glasco is only average when it comes to hitting with a .269 batting average, ranking third behind Elnora .291 and Colfax .270. But they do have power with 19 homers, number one in the division.

Top hitters:
LF Ox Beauvais (.429/6 HR/14 RBI)
RF Jose Valenzuela (.408/1 HR/6 RBI)
C Scotty McPherson (.325/0 HR/8 RBI)
2B Barry McCord (.298/2 HR/8 RBI)

Glasco is third in fielding with a .980 average. Valmara is tops with a .989 FA and Volusia is second with a .980 FA.

Defense:
Only 2B Barry McCord is an excellent gloveman, the rest of the lineup is only average. In the outfield, less than average with Beauvais and Valenzuela in the lineup only because of their hitting prowess.

Hughes told the Times that top to bottom his has the best pitching in the North Division and said his hitting has been sufficient. Given a choice Hughes said pitching is the key to having a good season.

But the A's might have some good competition in the RBU North co-leader, the Valmara Vipers (10-5). Everyone is looking forward to their first series in about two weeks.

The Vipers are skippered by J. Jackson Samuel and they top the league in scoring, despite hitting only .256 with 9 home runs, rated next to last in those categories.

Top hitters:
LF Louis Sharp (.352/0 HR/6 RBI)
C Yoshi Motsuzuki (.277/1 HR/6 RBI)
CF Jan Szymanski (.245/3 HR/13 RBI)

Top pitchers:
Valmara is a distance third with a 3.73 ERA. Samuel has only one, maybe two reliable starters and two fine relievers. Pitching may be the Vipers Achilles' heel. Righthander Zarek Zalewski (3-0 0.49) may be one of the best pitchers in the Islands. Southpaw starter Gerry Bart (1-0 1.00) shows promise. LHP Danny Blauser (2-0 0.50) has stood out in middle relief and closer Andre Trepagnier (1-0 2.61) has done his job well, too.

Defense:
Thus far Valmara is leading the RBU North with a great .989 FA, but looking at their lineup, they seem to be playing over their heads. Only shortstop Matt Mazurek is a strong defensive player. The rest are at best average.

Solid pitching and good hitting are the strong points of the third place Colfax Blasters (9-7), who are managed by one of Islandia's all-time great pitchers, Clem Rogers.

Top pitchers:
Rogers has two fine starters in righthander Flash Guidry (1-3 2.06) and portsider Harry Manning (2-0 1.59). In the bullpen righthanders Jim Dreyer (0-0 1.42) and Walt Sellers (0-0 1.80) and lefthander Robbie Smith (0-1 3.18) have pitched well. Rogers says he needs a closer. Pat Langlais (0-1 7.20) has struggled so far.

The Blasters are second in hitting to Elnora (.291) with a .270 mark and a close second in runs scored to Valmara. Colfax is severely lacking in home run power and ranks last with only 6 this season.

Top hitters:
2B Tucker Hill (.353/0 HR/6 RBI)
C Howie Peterson (.350/0 HR/9 RBI)
3B Russ Ferrell (.348/0 HR/5 RBI)
CF Blinky Brandon (.290/0 HR/5 RBI)
RF Pat Lott (.275/0 HR/13 RBI)
1B Dennis Cole (.264/4 HR/12 RBI)

Defense:
Colfax is fourth in fielding with a .978 average. But there are no Golden Glovers on the squad. Outfielders Pat Lott and Tatsuya Suzaki are above average in range, arm and defensive skill. The Blasters defense could use some improvement.

The fourth place Far Mountain Redhawks (7-8) have had only mediocre success this season. Skipper Alex Groveland is an all-time great pitcher and has always had much success in company and industrial league play, both as a player and a manager. He is well-known for molding a mound staff and developing pitchers. Groveland told the Times that this staff has good possibilities, but he needs a couple more good pitchers to round out the staff. He said good pitchers are hard to find these days because of the new pro league. There isn't enough to go around. The teams that can develop their own will be the ones to prosper.

The Redhawks are in the middle of the pack in pitching (4.10 ERA) and hitting (.253/12 HR) and dead last in defense (.962). It is a wonder they have won as many games as they have with such poor defense.

Top hitters:
1B Royce Benson (.371/0 HR/3 RBI)
CF Hawk Gallagher (.311/0 HJR/6 RBI)
SS Al Nixon (.283/0 HR/8 RBI)
3B Johnny Strickland (.262/6 HR/12 RBI)

Top pitchers:
Groveland only has righthanders on the roster, headed by starters Sonny Elliott (2-1 1.91), John Luzzatti (0-1 3.27) and Denny Arthur (1-2 4.18). In the bullpen middle reliever Mike McCabe (0-1 1.29) and closer Doc Rutledge (1-0 1.42) have been superb. Rutledge has logged 3 saves on the year. Groveland forecast good things from Vic Vaux (2-0 4.64), who has shown good promise in several outings this year.

Defense:
The pitiful .962 fielding average speaks for itself. Far Mountain has much to do in this important area of the game. Shortstop and catcher have been a big problem. Shoring up those two positions would go along way to making them a much better defensive club. Groveland's best glove is CF Hawk Gallagher, who is Gold Glove material. Shortstop Artie Montgomery may be in the lineup soon, just to get his good glove in the game. Groveland told Times reporters that good defense can do wonder for a mound staff.

The Elnora All-Stars (6-9) are piloted by manager Zoggy White and he told reporters, if his pitching was half as good as his hitting, his fifth place club would be in first place. Elnora is batting a lofty .291, 21 points better than the second place team. But those great numbers are counter-balanced by a sky-high 5.18 ERA, next to last in the RBU North. The All-Stars can score, but so can the opposition.

Top Hitters:
2B Gil Foster (.491/4 HR/12 RBI)
RF Art Atkins (.458/1 HR/6 RBI)
C Todd Simons (.300/0 HR/8 RBI)
LF Quincey Peterson (.270/3 HR/12 RBI)
SS Richie Franklin (.283/1 HR/7 RBI)

Top Pitchers:
White only has three dependable pitchers, all starters. Two of them are lefties, Carl Costas (1-3 3.81) and Sean Sykes (2-1 4.13). Tyrone Gray (1-2 4.08) is a righthander. Once he goes to the bullpen, it is all over. There is no way a 7.68 ERA can hold on to many leads.

Defense:
Only Far Mountain (.962) is worst in this category than Elnora (.975). The Redhawks have out-errored the All-Stars 23 to 15. 2B Gil Foster (.969 FA) and RF Art Atkins (.967 FA) can hit, but they might give up more runs than they produce. Shortstop Richie Franklin has a poor .929 fielding average. There doesn't seem to be many Gold Gloves for Elnora this year.

The worst ballclub in the IPA might just be the Volusia Vigilantes (4-12). They have the worst ERA (5.73) in the RBU North, also in the entire IPA. Their .246 batting average is last in the division and the third worst in the IPA. The only place where the V's excel is defense with a fine .983 fielding average, second best behind Valmara's outstanding .989.

Top pitchers:
Manager Alfonso Feliz has only two decent pitchers, both starters. Righthander Hank Massey (1-2 3.91) and southpaw Raul Sandoval (2-2 3.62).

Top hitters:
SS Scooter Perez (.338/0 HR/3 RBI)
C Jojo Nunez (.302/2 HR/5 RBI)
CF Alex Luna (.297/0 HR/3 RBI)
3B Alejandro Salazar (.273/5 HR/14 RBI)

Defense:
Shortstop Scooter Perez looks like a Gold Glover with his .987 fielding average.
3B Alejandro Salazar had played very well and is fielding .983. Outfielders Domingo DeLeon and Alex Luna have played errorless ball this season and could be in the running for postseason defensive awards,

But the overall outlook for the Volusia Vigilantes is not very good. They look very comfortable in last place in the RBU North Division.

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Sunday, May 6, 2001

Ruthlandian Baseball Union
South Division

Team Won-Lost GB
Sugar Valley Rattlers 9-6 --
Marston Nine 9-7 .5
Belair Beach 8-8 1.5
Waleska Westerners 8-9 2
Forest City Lumberjacks 7-8 2
Claxton Diamonds 6-9 3

The Sugar Valley Rattlers (9-6) are the highest-scoring team in the hit-happy RBU South and also in the IPA with a .296 team batting average. Manager Gibson Bobkins has quite a potent lineup. He has seven hitters batting over .300. Rated second in batting are the last place Claxton Diamonds at .295 and the second place Marston Nine is third with a .293 mark. His pitching staff is rated fourth in the division with 4.65 ERA. Forest City is the best with a 3.54 ERA, followed by Belair Beach with a 4.05 ERA and Marston is third with a 4.51 ERA.

Top pitchers:
Bobkins, one of the greatest righthanders of all-time in the industrial leagues, has two capable starters in Harvey Hines (1-1 2.14) and Ron Benson (3-1 2.33) with Gregg Neal (1-1 1.54) in the bullpen. All are righthanders.

Top hitters:
C Slingshot McFall (.435/1 HR/5 RBI)
2B Rudi Oliver (.375/2 HR/10 RBI)
2B Timmy Bell (.357/1 HR/9 RBI)
3B Jorge Vargas (.339/3 HR/11 RBI)
CF Freddie Vaux (.323/3 HR/11 RBI)
1B Ken Arnold (.308/2 HR/9 RBI)
RF Karl Dietz (.303/2 HR/7 RBI)
SS Flipper Bird (.291/1 HR/5 RBI)

Defense:
The Rattlers are number two in defense with a .980 fielding average. Marston is first at .983 with Belair Beach and Forest City tied for third place with a .977 fielding average. Shortstop Flipper Bird is one of the best in the IPA on the defensive side of the ball. Sugar Valley has one of the top receiving corps, too. Slingshot McFall and Hal Stevenson are both outstanding. All of them could contend for the Golden Glove Awards.

The Marston Nine (9-7) are right on Sugar Valley's heels in second place. Both the Nine and the Rattlers fit the same mold -- great hitting and spotty pitching. Johnny Walters, a legendary pitcher and skipper in amateur baseball is Marston's head man. His club is batting .293 (3rd), but is having a tough time on the mound with a 4.51 ERA (3rd). The Nine is leading the RBU South in defense with a .983 fielding average.

Top hitters:
2B Ken Green (.460/2 HR/10 RBI)
RF Chris Deangelo (/3452 HR/4 RBI)
SS Lennie Torricelli (.323/1 HR/5 RBI)
C Eddie Allen (.308/2 HR/3 RBI)
C Mo Chappell (.300/0 HR/9 RBI)
CF Tommy Reinhold (.290/2 HR/14 RBI)
1B Johnny Berthold (.259/2 HR/9 RBI)

Top pitchers:
Walters has two fine relievers in Milt Wilson (0-0 1.23) and Phil Azard (0-0 1.29). Both throw from the leftside. Righthanders Bob Lowe (1-2 3.81) and Nick Pace (2-2 3.51) are his best starters. One major problem is the home run ball. Marston is rated last in this category with 25 given up so far.

Defense:
Marston is strong up the middle with good catching, middle infielders and center field. Allen, Chappell, Torricelli, Gibson and Reinhold have all performed very well. They are a big part of the .983 fielding average.

The third place Belair Beach Sunbirds (8-8) are in the middle of the standings and middle of the pack in most categories. They are hitting only .256, but are second in homers with 20. Forest City is on top with 25. Manager Marty Pedrosa's mound corps is rated number two after Forest City. The Lumberjacks have a 3.54 ERA,while the Sunbirds come in with a 4.01 ERA. Over the long haul Pedrosa thinks pitching will be the crucial element in how his team does.

Top pitchers:
Belair Beach may have one of the best hurlers in the IPA in lefty Carl Thompson (2-2 1.97). He has 31 strikeouts in 32 innings and has struck out 10 or more twice this season. Another southpaw Troy Wilson (2-1 3.86) has pitched well, too. Pedrosa's outstanding finisher is Lou Zanelli (1-0 0.82), a righthander, who has a pair of saves.

Top hitters:
CF Matty McDermott (.369/4 HR/12 RBI)
C Denny Everhart (.362/4 HR/13 RBI)
SS Danny Church (.351/3 HR/12 RBI)
RF Nicky Swift (.293/6 HR/10 RBI)

If the Sunbirds get some offensive help from the rest of the lineup, they could be serious contenders for the RBU
North crown.

Defense:
Belair Beach is only an average team defensively with a .977 team fielding percentage, good enough for the fourth spot in that category. Center fielder Matty McDermott may be the best defender the Sunbirds have and he is only average when compared to his peers.

The Waleska Westerners (8-9) are in fourth place in the RBU North standings. Skipper McGraw Johnson is one of the best, but so far his team has just not been consistent. They are batting only .256 (5th) and have a 5.05 ERA, which is last in the division. The Westerners are also fifth in fielding with a .976 percentage.

Top pitchers:
Johnson has a pair of good starters and two good relievers. All are righthanders. Smokey Joe Carter (2-3 3.32) and Gary Hill (1-0 3.45) have been solid in the starting rotation, while Buddy Kennedy (0-0 0.00) and Andrei Marsiske (1-0 3.86) have looked good in relief roles.

Top hitters:
RF Big Hoss Burkhalter (.300/3 HR/13 RBI)
3B Yoshihide Nishida (.281/4 HR/10 RBI)
LF Charley Williamson (.269/4 HR/6 RBI)

Defense:
Waleska is an average defensive ballclub, rated fifth in the division with a .976 fielding average. Marston at .983 is ranked first with Sugar Valley second at .980. 2B Wiz Taylor could be a Golden Glover at season's end.

Manager Robbie Jackson's Forest City Lumberjacks (7-8) have the power and the pitching to do well in the RBU South, but as of yet, they can't come together on the same day. It is hard to understand why the 'Jacks are fifth, when you look at their stats. They are the best on the hill with a 3.54 ERA. Belair Beach is a distant second with a 4.05 ERA. Forest City is the best in home runs with 25. Belair Beach is number two with a total of 20. Jackson's team is tied with Marston for second in runs scored with 83. Sugar Valley is the leader with 93.

Top pitchers:
Forest City has several good starters in RHP Buddy Hutchinson (1-2 2.73) and LHP Brian Charles (2-1 4.03). In the bullpen corps Glenn Moore (0-0 1.23), Herm Bahr (2-3 3.27) and Nick Marceau (0-0 3.38) have been effective, while closer Timmy Brooks (0-0 3.00) has been adequate.

Top hitters:
LF Chuck Hill (.368/7 HR/17 RBI)
CF Ryan Morse (.361/3 HR/9 RBI)
RF Benny Davis (.274/4 HR/9 RBI)
SS Pops Keller (.259/2 HR/10 RBI)

Defense:
The Lumberjacks are only average when it comes to defense. They are tied for third with Belair Beach with a .977 fielding percentage. Marston is the leader at .983 and Sugar Valley is second with a .980 mark. Forest City had no candidates for Golden Glove honors this year. When you closely examine them, defense may be the reason they are not higher in the standings.

The last place Claxton Diamonds (6-9) are under the tutelage of the wise old manager, Stacy Engel. In the offense-oriented RBU South, his squad is ranked second with a sizzling .295 batting average, outdistanced only by the Sugar Valley Rattlers with a .296 team batting average. However they are next to last with a mediocre 4.79 ERA and an even worse .963 fielding average.

Top hitters:
2B Donny McCoy (.410/2 HR/10 RBI)
SS Bobby Ritter (.369/1 HR/8 RBI)
LF Winky Rush (.356/1 HR/9 RBI)
CF Vern Jennings (.355/3 HR/7 RBI)
RF Dixie Baker (.321/5 HR/11 RBI)

Top pitchers:
Engel has only one decent starter and that is Tetsunori Nakashima (3-1 4.15). But he does have some good middle relievers in lefthander Chris Gallagher (0-1 1.93) and righthanders Alex Vanzetti (0-0 2.08) and Earl Weber (0-1 2.84).

Defense:
Claxton is a disaster on defense with a terrible .963 fielding average. Shortstop Bobby Ritter is the only good man with a glove, ranking high with a .988 fielding percentage and in assists, too. If the Diamonds could defend as well as they hit, they would be a much better club.

It looks like it will be a very long first season for the Claxton Diamonds and their skipper, the Old Perfesser.

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Branch two of the Islandian Pro Alliance is in Tycobbia and consists one league, the Tycobbian Baseball Union, with two divisions, the TBU East and the TBU West. There is no inter-divisional play.

Tycobbian Baseball Union
East Division

Team Won-Lost GB
Cape Coral Hurricanes 10-6 --
Hartsdale Hellcats 9-6 .5
Ozarka Naturals 8-7 1.5
Ginza Ninjas 7-8 2.5
Luxora Zorros 7-8 2.5
South Fork Stallions 5-11 5

The Cape Coral Hurricanes (10-6) are piloted by Huggy Miller, one of the best manager in Islandian baseball annals. Miller has got them off and running and ahead of the pack in the early season. The Hurricanes are in first place in the TBU East race. Miller's ballclub seems to be doing most things well. They have the best pitching staff, the best hitting and hit with power. Cape Coral tops the division with a 3.30 ERA, while last place South Fork is second with a 3.34 ERA and fourth place Luxora comes in third with a 3.65 ERA. In the batting average department, the 'Canes are on top with a .267 average, followed by Hartsdale at .266 and Ginza with .258. Pitching seems to dominate in the TBU East. Cape Coral's one weakness is fielding as they have a .968 fielding average and are fifth in the division. Ozarka is the best in this category with a .984 fielding percentage and South Fork is second at .978.

Top pitchers:
Miller's starting rotation is strong with Gary Fountain (3-1 2.51), Owen Pruitt (2-0 1.71), Kaz Hayakawa (2-0 3.00) and Wally Robinson (3-1 3.56). His bullpen is doing their job well, too. Southpaw closer Katsuyuki Nagashima (0-1 2.57) has two saves and middle relievers Scotty Lohmeyer (0-1 3.18) and Cody Burg (0-1 3.86) have been dependable in their roles.

Top hitters:
CF James Middleton (.435/1 HR/7 RBI)
LF Rod Kelly (.352/3 HR/13 RBI)
2B Roberto Betancourt (.341/5 HR/14 RBI)
SS Bobo Hatfield (.324/0 HR/1 RBI)
CF Eric Smith (.324/2 HR/7 RBI)
1B Rodger Wooten (.254/4 HR/13 RBI)

Defense:
Cape Coral had no outstanding defenders. Most of the players are average and below. They have earned their .968 fielding average.

Feisty Zim Donner is the manager of the second place Hartsdale Hellcats (9-6) and pitching seems to be their forte with a 3.96 team ERA. The Hellcats are only an average club when it comes to hitting. They are batting .266, but are lacking power and run-scoring ability. They are only a little better than Cape Coral with a .970 fielding average.

Top pitchers:
The Hellcats starters have done well. Gary Mann (2-1 3.03), Danny Griffin (2-2 3.04) and Jim Sears (1-1 3.30) are all righthanders. Closer Gene Young (0-0 0.77) has two saves and middle reliever Phil Reed (3-0 1.86) has been impressive, too.

Top hitters:
RF Jay Luna (.383/0 HR/5 RBI)
CF Greg Reynolds (.297/0 HR/6 RBI)
3B Whiz Weaver (.264/2 HR/10 RBI)
2B Francisco Abreu (.250/6 HR/17 RBI)

Defense:
Hartsdale has only average defenders. None are truly outstanding. Team fielding average is .970. Ginza is number one at .984 and South Fork is second at .978.

The Ozarka Naturals (8-7) don't stand out much in stats, but they are in third place and skippered by Joe Mack Carney, one of the legendary managers in the industrial leagues. They are third with a .253 batting average, but they can hit the longball and are tied for first with Cape Coral with 20 each. The Nats pitching is horrible with a 5.02 ERA, by far the worst in the East Division. And the fielding is not much better at a .968 fielding percentage.

Top hitters:
CF Teddy Braun (.340/1 HR/5 RBI)
3B Duane Starr (.328/3 HR/8 RBI)
1B Fred Snow (.300/1 HR/9 RBI)
3B Doug Cunningham (.255/4 HR/11 RBI)

Top pitchers:
In spite of their horrid team ERA, Ozarka does have some talented pitchers. Carney's relievers have pitched very well and are headed by closer Yasuyuki Nakagawa (2-0 1.80), Jackie Cunningham (0-1 1.93) and Alex DiMaggio (0-0 1.13). Two of his starters, Luther Hatch (3-1 3.56) and Ted Didriksen (2-1 3.60), have pitched creditably.

Defense:
Shortstop Gil Lantz and center fielder Teddy Braun have been outstanding this year and may be in the running for the Gold Glove Awards.

The Ginza Ninjas (7-8) are tied for the fourth spot in the TBU East with Luxora. The Ninja mound corps has a better than average 3.85 ERA. But Ginza has problems putting runs on the scoreboard with a .258 batting average and not a whole of power. However, manager Huroko Uchiyama had a fine defensive club. The Ninjas top the division with a .983 fielding average.

Top pitchers:
All of Uchiyama's starters are righthanders. His best hurlers are Vic Rousakis (1-2 3.68), Buddy Hart (1-1 3.71) and Toshiya Tamura (1-0 3.75).

Top hitters:
RF Charlie Campbell (.340/3 HR/11 RBI)
SS Shinjiro Aoki (.328/0 HR/6 RBI)
CF Takashi Fujimoto (.327/4 HR/10)
1B Kenshin Yamamoto (.250/3 HR/10 RBI)

Defense:
CF Takashi Fujimoto and SS Shinjiro Aoki have anchored a fine defense for Ginza this season and they could compete for postseason defensive honors.

The fourth place Luxora Zorros (7-8) have struggled with the bats this season (.240 BA) and shined on the mound (3.65 ERA). The Zorros are managed by Rodrigo Alejandro, arguably the greatest home run hitter in industrial league play. He told the press he has been pleased with his starting rotation, but much troubled by his lack of hitting. Luxora has been lousy on defense, too. The Z's are last in the division with a very poor .963 fielding average.

Top pitchers:
Luxora has three righthanders and one lefthander in its pitching rotation. Alejandro's best twirlers are Chris Pierce (1-0 1.50), Keith Callahan (1-1 2.61), Eddie Castillo (0-2 3.75) and his lone portsider, Francisco Fernandes (1-1 3.30). His bullpen specialist is Roberto Martinez (1-0 2.87).

Top hitters:
C Eric Richter (.365/1 HR/8 RBI)
RF Pedro Vizquel (.309/1 HR/8 RBI)
CF Tom Fortunato (.286/1 HR/9 RBI)
1B Paul Hallenbeck (.267/3 HR/9 RBI)
3B Rico Vina (.254/4 HR/7 RBI)

Defense:
The Zorros have some excellent defenders, but none of them can hit. Alejandro has said he may go with defense, if things don't improve in the next few weeks. He told the press to look for changes soon. Rafael Lemos could be the new shortstop and Shotgun Boggs might be in center field. Both are truly fine with the glove.

Duroche "Lips" Leon is the skipper of the last place South Fork Stallions (5-11) and it is rumored around the league that he has suddenly turned into a nice guy this season. He is rarely at a loss for words. Lips is famous for saying, "Nice guys finish last". But this year he has not had much to say -- except -- How can you win when your team is hitting a pathetic .219? But the Stallions have a good mound staff. They have the second best ERA at 3.34, just behind Cape Coral with a 3.30 ERA. South Fork also comes in second in fielding with a .978 percentage. The Ginza Ninjas are the best in the TBU East Division with a .984 fielding average.

Top pitchers:
All of the five Stallion starters have ERAs under 4.00, headed by Booger Burchfield (0-2 3.28), Flint Battle (2-2 3.30), Ken Olson (0-2 3.49) and the only lefty on the squad, Jerry Harrison (1-0 3.50). Leon's relief corps has been truly special. Closer Glenn Turnbull (2-0 1.00) and long man Ken Conner have both been remarkable.

Top hitters:
2B Bob Jones (.349/0 HR/4 RBI)
LF Mac Stewart (.294/3 HR/7 RBI)
RF Paul Giles (.246/4 HR/11 RBI)

Defense:
South Fork has two stalwarts at catcher and shortstop, Darryl Burnett and Bobby Riley. Most of the other spots are manned by quality defenders, too.

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Sunday, May 6, 2001

Tycobbian Baseball Union
West Division

Team Won-Lost GB
La Claire Lynx 11-5 --
Fairfax Frogs 9-6 1.5
Arlon Champions 8-8 3
Bayview Vikings 7-9 4
Blue Lake Blue Sox 7-9 4
Bay St. Clair Buccaneers 5-10 5.5

Former shortstop great, Rip Calkin, is proud of his La Claire Lynx (11-5). Calkin is the manager of the top team in the Tycobbian Baseball Alliance West Division. La Claire is doing it with hitting, pitching and defense. They are batting .266 as a team, but trail Bay St. Clair (.287), Fairfax (.283) and Bayview (.275) in that category. Yet they have outscored them all. The Lynx (3.56) are a close second to Arlon (3.51) in team ERA. And they have the best defensive club in the division with an eye-opening .989 fielding percentage.

Top pitchers:
On the hill Calkin's crew has sparkled as well, but mainly in the bullpen. Jerry Smith (3-0 2.63) has been the best starter and Nick Baumgartner (1-2 3.95) has been acceptable. But it is in the relief corps where the Lynx have really prospered. Closer Monoto Kishata (0-0 0.00) has three saves, while middle relievers Frank Lamoreaux (2-0 0.87), Tony Nygaard (0-0 3.00), Andy Murray (1-0 3.12) and Nick Pilsner (0-1 3.86) have also gotten the job done.

Top hitters
3B Luis Marquez (.368/3 HR/13 RBI)
2B Darrell Boyce (.333/2 HR/13 RBI)
LF Rich Hart (.305/6 HR/18 RBI)

Defense:
C Dennis Weiss, 2B Darrell Boyce, 3B Luis Marquez and CF Lucky Collins have played like Gold Glovers so far this season. SS Dirk Lindahl and LF Rich Hart have also played very well.

The strong point of the second place Fairfax Frogs (9-6) is their offense with a .283 batting average and 20 roundtrippers. Only lowly Bay St. Clair (.287) is outhitting them and Arlon is tied for the most homers. Manager Harry Buckley is hoping the mound staff can get it together and start carrying their load. The Frogs are a distant third with a 4.28 ERA. Arlon (3.51) and La Claire (.356) both have better team ERAs. Fairfax is also third in fielding with a .979 percentage and trail La Claire (.989) and Bayview (.980).

Top pitchers:
Fairfax's pitching rotation consists of southpaws Jimmy Dalton (1-1 3.32) and Jack Leslie (2-1 4.66) and righties Robbie Meredith (1-0 3.86) and Mel Murray (2-1 4.43). Buckley has two fine relievers in closer Takehide Takahashi (1-0 1.93), who has saved two games, and middle reliever Gerry Fisher (2-0 1.00).

Top hitters:
3B Stan Cobb (.403/4 HR/14 RBI)
LF Gator Davis (.302/4 HR/10 RBI)
SS Warren Lee (.297/2 HR/7 RBI)
RF Gregg Vincent (.297/9 HR/21 RBI)

Defense:
The Frogs have quite a few average gloves, but no one who is truly outstanding.

Gary Louis is managing the third place Arlon Champions (8-8) in their inaugural season in the IPA. The Champs have the worst batting average (.252), but are doing quite well on the mound (3.51) with the best ERA in the TBU West. Arlon is doing quite well in the power department, too. They are tied with Fairfax with 20 homers each. Arlon is an average team fielding-wise with a .979 fielding average.

Top pitchers:
The Champs boast a quality mound corps with starters Craig Smith (2-1 3.09), Ray Hunt (2-1 2.49), Ace Howe (1-1 3.21) and closer Jeff Nieman (2-0 0.00). Louis also has good middle relief from Sean Dudek (0-0 1.38), lefthander Rod Kelley (1-1 3.60) and Jim Davis (0-0 3.00).

Top hitters:
CF Jerry Keller (.383/6 HR/18 RBI)
2B Karl Detwiler (.319/1 HR/4 RBI)
LF Matt Merrill (.288/3 HR/7 RBI)

Defense:
C Smoke Zakharov is the only player on the Arlon roster with Gold Glove potential. But the Champions do have some a little better than average.

The Bayview Vikings (7-9) are in a fourth-place tie with the Blue Lake Blue Sox and they are a very good offensive ballclub. The Viks are batting .275 and are a close third to La Claire (92) and Fairfax (86) in the race for the most runs scored. Bayview has put 85 runs on the scoreboard so far this season. The Vikings play good defense and have posted a .980 fielding average in the division and are ranked second to La Claire (.989).

Top pitchers:
Skipper Walter Johanssen's most effective hurlers have been closer Buzzy Lewis (0-1 2.38) and starters Frank Wells (3-0 2.62) and Adrian Strom (1-1 3.45). Johanssen was one of the best righthanded pitchers ever in Islandian amateur circles. He is making personal projects of Fred Snow (1-0 4.38) and Charley Andrews (1-1 4.43). Johanssen told The Times he sees better days ahead for Bayview.

Top hitters:
2B Alan Hansen (371/0 HR/8 RbI)
1B Dennis Cole (.349/7 HR/16 RBI)
CF Phil Kanaan (.297/1 HR/3 RBI)
SS Shorty Richards (.290/1 HR/9 RBI)
LF Glenn Burns (.274/0 HR/12 RBI)

Defense:
SS Shorty Richards and LF Glenn Burns have shots at the Golden Glove Award because of their impressive defensive work this season.

The Blue Lake Blue Sox (7-9) have had a mediocre season so far under the leadership of manager Cobb Tyson. They are tied for fourth with Bayview. Tyson is an intense competitor, who hates to lose. He told the press he has never been a loser and he doesn't intend to start here. Tyson was the best contact hitter in Islandian history. No one had a higher career batting average in the amateur leagues. The Blue Sox are batting only .259 and are ranked next-to-last in the division, but are among the leaders in home runs with 18 and are third behind the Fairfax Frogs and the Arlon Champions, who have hit 20 roundtrippers. Tyson's pitching is pretty atrocious, too. Blue Lake has a 5.08 ERA. Only last place Bay St. Clair is worse. The Blue Sox are just average on defense with a .975 fielding percentage.

Top pitchers:
Bennie West (2-2 1.95) is a fine hurler, but that is all Blue Lake has. Everyone else has a 4.50 or higher ERA.

Top hitters:
CF Donnie Frazier (.396/3 HR/11 RBI)
1B Fred Taranto (.390/3 HR/9 RBI)
SS Cy Orgeron (.306/2 HR/4 RBI)

Defense:
1B Fred Taranto, SS Cy Orgeron and CF Donnie Frazier are all having Golden Glove years and could be in the running for the award.

It looks like a long season for manager Guy Rondre and the cellar-dwelling Bay St. Clair Buccaneers (5-10) in the TBU West. The Bucs are hitting the ball at a .287 clip, but have connected for just 5 home runs. They get a lot of hits, but not many runs. And it gets worse when you look at the Bay St. Clair team ERA. It is an astronomical 5.10. And when it comes to fielding, the Bucs are not very good at defense either with an anemic .966 fielding average.

Top pitchers:
Rondre doesn't have much in the way of effective pitchers. Starter Gary Robinson (1-2 3.68) and long relief Adam Lundgren (0-0 2.79) are his only dependable ones.

Top hitters:
2B Tony Mann (.410/1 HR/6 RBI)
C Jake Singleton (.340/1 HR/9 RBI)
3B Bubba Tate (.333/1 HR/9 RBI)
LF Charley Moon (.326/1 HR/8 RBI)

Defense:
The Bucs have no potential Gold Glove Award winner as their dismal .966 fielding percentage indicates.

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League Leaders
Ruthlandian Baseball Union
North-South Divisions

Batting Average:
Gil Foster (Elnora) .491
Ken Green (Marston) .460
Art Atkins (Elnora) .458
Slingshot McFall (Sugar Valley) .435
Ox Beauvais (Glasco) .429

Hits:
Ken Green (Marston) 29
Gil Foster (Elnora) 27
Donnie McCoy (Claxton) 25
Ox Beauvais (Glasco) 24
Tucker Hill (Colfax) 24
Matty McDermott (Belair Beach) 24
Bobby Ritter (Claxton) 24

Doubles:
Denny Everhart (Belair Beach) 9
Scotty McPherson (Marston) 9
Ken Green (Marston) 8
Matt Mazurek (Valmara) 8

Triples:
Pat Lott (Colfax) 3

Home Runs:
Chuck Hill (Forest City) 7
Ox Beauvais (Glasco) 6
Johnny Strickland (Far Mountain) 6
Nicky Swift (Belair Beach) 6

RBIs:
Chuck Hill (Forest City) 17
Ox Beauvais (Glasco) 14
Tommy Reinhold (Marston) 14
Alejandro Salazar (Volusia) 14

Runs:
Dennis Cole (Colfax) 17
Chuck Hill (Forest City) 16
Ryan Morse (Forest City) 16

Stolen Bases:
Jan Kazmarek (Valmara) 7
Lonnie Howard (Volusia) 6
Scooter Perez (Volusia) 6
Tommy Reinhold (Marston) 6
Gerald Davis (Far Mountain) 5

Bases on Balls:
Dennis Cole (Colfax) 15
Gil Foster (Elnora) 14
Louis Sharp (Valmara) 14
Floyd Vinson (Valmara) 14

Wins:
Ron Benson (Sugar Valley) 3-1
Alex Castille (Colfax) 3-0
Ronnie Lee (Marston) 3-1
Tetsunori Nakashima (Claxton) 3-1
Zarek Zalewski (Valmara) 3-0

Saves:
Doc Rutledge (Far Mountain) 3
Jim Dreyer (Colfax) 2
Stevie Howard (Elnora) 2
Andrei Marsiske (Waleska) 2
Gregg Neal (Sugar Valley) 2
Lou Zanelli (Belair Beach) 2

Shutouts:
Charles Darby (Glasco) 2
Zarek Zalewski (Valmara) 2

ERA:
Zarek Zalewski (Valmara) 0.49
Danny Blauser (Valmara) 0.50
Jesse Balfour (Glasco) 1.21
Charles Darby (Glasco) 1.44
Harry Manning (Colfax) 1.59

Strikeouts:
Flash Guidry (Colfax) 32
Carl Thompson (Belair Beach) 31
Raul Sandoval (Volusia) 24
Ron Benson (Sugar Valley) 22
Zarek Zalewski (Valmara) 21

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Sunday, May 6, 2001

League Leaders
Tycobbian Baseball Union
East-West Divisions

League Leaders

Batting Average:
Tony Mann (Bay St. Clair) .410
Stan Cobb (Fairfax) .403
Donnie Frazier (Blue Lake) .396
Fred Taranto (Blue Lake) .390
Jerry Keller (Arlon) .383

Hits:
Stan Cobb (Fairfax) 25
Tony Mann (Bay St. Clair) 25
Karl Detwiler (Arlon) 23
Jerry Keller (Arlon) 23
Alan Hansen (Bayview) 23
Fred Taranto (Blue Lake) 23

Doubles:
Phil Kanaan (Bayview) 7
Jay Luna (Hartsdale) 7
Fred Taranto (Blue Lake) 7
Earl Conley (Ginza) 6
Paul Hallenbeck (Luxora) 6
Alan Hansen (Bayview) 6
Shorty Richards (Bayview) 6
Pedro Vizquel (Luxora) 6

Triples:
Rich Hart (La Claire) 3
Shinjiro Aoki (Ginza) 2
Paul Hallenbeck (Luxora) 2
Hot Rod Patrick (Bay St. Clair) 2
Gregg Vincent (Fairfax) 2

Home Runs:
Gregg Vincent (Fairfax) 9
Dwayne Coleman (Bayview) 7
Francisco Abreu (Hartsdale) 6
Rich Hart (La Claire) 6
Jerry Keller (Arlon) 6

RBIs:
Gregg Vincent (Fairfax) 21
Rod Hart (La Claire) 18
Jerry Keller (Arlon) 18
Francisco Abreu (Hartsdale) 17
Dwayne Coleman (Bayview) 16

Runs:
Rod Hart (La Claire) 16
Jerry Keller (Arlon) 16
Dwayne Coleman (Bayview) 15
Francisco Abreu (Hartsdale) 14
Teddy Braun (Ozarka) 14
Alan Hansen (Bayview) 14
George Lyons (Arlon) 14
Gregg Vincent (Fairfax) 14

Stolen Bases:
Greg Reynolds (Hartsdale) 7
Shinjiro Aoki (Ginza) 6
Tom Fortunato (Luxora) 6
Paco Benitez (Luxora) 5
Shotgun Boggs (Luxora) 5
Fred Collins (Blue Lake) 5
Ronnie Patterson (Ozarka) 5

Bases on Balls:
Pedro Vizquel (Luxora) 18
Billy Abbott (Cape Coral) 14
Donnie Frazier (Blue Lake) 14

Wins:
Gary Fountain (Cape Coral) 3-0
Luther Hatch (Ozarka) 3-1
Phil Reed (Hartsdale) 3-0
Wally Robinson (Cape Coral) 3-1
Jerry Smith (La Claire) 3-0
Frank Wells (Bayview) 3-0

Saves:
Monoto Kishata (La Claire) 3
Buzzy Lewis (Bayview) 2
Katsuyuki Nagashima (Cape Coral) 2
Takehide Takahashi (Fairfax) 2
Gene Young (Hartsdale) 2

Shutouts:
Ted Didriksen (Ozarka) 1
Francisco Fernandes (Luxora) 1
Vic Rousakis (Ginza) 1
Ray Hart (Arlon) 1

ERA:
Owen Pruitt (Cape Coral) 1.71
Bennie West (Blue Lake) 1.95
Kojiro Matsumoto (Ginza) 2.05
Ray Hart (Arlon) 2.49
Gary Fountain (Cape Coral) 2.51

Strikeouts:
Craig Smith (Arlon) 27
Gary Fountain (Cape Coral) 26
Wally Robinson (Cape Coral) 26
Vic Rousakis (Ginza) 25
Kazuhiro Nakayama (Ginza) 23

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Tycobbian Baseball Union

West Division

Owner/GM/Manager: Rip Calkin

La Claire is the capital of Tycobbia and its largest town with a population of 120,000, second largest in the Islands. It is located in the central section of the country on the meandering Appian River, which cuts through two thirds of the country, flowing from the Appian Mountains in the north near North Hills, southward to Hartsdale, through the capital, then down to Bay St. Clair and empties into the bay there.

The town was established in the 1850s by a group of American abolitionists from the North and the South, who saw the coming Civil War. They wanted to set up a country free from slavery and religious intolerance.

La Claire is an enchanting town of the old, mixed with the new. The State Capitol and governmental offices are in the center of Capitol Park, which is the center of the town. Lush greenery is everywhere, with the new modern section at the edge of town, which houses the movers and shakers of Tycobbia's business, financial, banking and automotive worlds.

La Claire is also home to the La Claire Lynx of the Islandian Pro Alliance. The Lynx play in the Tycobbian Baseball Union West Division. The club plays at Capitol Park Stadium, a charming old ballpark constructed in 1923. Spectators get a spectacular view of the State Capitol over the right field fence and can see the new developing part of town in the distance beyond the left field fence. Most of the food and drink at the ballpark are typical, except for the “Dippy Dogs”, a gourmet wiener, dipped in a maize/corn batter and fried. It is unique to State Capitol Park and is especially tasty, when the meal includes a refreshing cup of freshly-squeezed pink lemonade.

Before and after a Lynx game, fans can enjoy the fine restaurants, diners and shops on the shore of the Appian River. Movie theaters, old-fashioned soda fountains, concert halls and fashionable night clubs are in abundance, too. All within easy walking distance.

Rip Calkin, famed shortstop in his industrial league career, noted for rarely missing a game, owns and manages the Lynx.

Capitol Park Stadium (1923)

Capacity: 13,557

Dimensions:

LF Line 330
LF 350
LCF 374
CF 400
RCF 374
RF 350
RF Line 334
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Sunday, May 6, 2001

Ruthlandian Baseball Union

RBU North Division

A's Whip Blasters 6-4
Bill Darby gave Glasco just what the doctor ordered -- some good relief pitching. He blanked Colfax from the fifth inning on to lead the Athletics to a 6-4 win. Darby (1-0) came on for struggling starter Arnie McFalls, who gave up 4 runs and 6 hits in the first four frames. Darby allowed only one hit the rest of the way, fanned four and walked just one. Harry Manning (2-1) took the loss, permitting 5 runs and 7 hits in only four innings.
CF Chet Reynolds and 3B Rick Atkins had two hits and an RBI each to pace the A's. LF Ox Beauvais jolted his 7th homer of the year for Glasco.

Glasco (11-5) claimed first place in the RBU North, while Colfax is in the third spot, 2.5 games out. Valmara (10-6) dropped out a first place tie with a loss to Far Mountain (8-8).

Redhawks Crush Vipers
Dave Davis and his Far Mountain teammates had a field day as they bashed Valmara for 16 hits in an easy 9-3 triumph. Davis had a perfect day at the plate with 5 hits in 5 tries. He hammered two home runs and a double to drive in 5 runs. He is the fourth player to get 5 hits in a game. 35-year-old John Luzzatti (1-1) collected the win with some help from closer Doc Rutledge. Luzzatti was relieved in the eighth after giving up 3 runs and 5 hits. Paul Schoenfeld (0-2) absorbed the loss and was whacked for 4 runs and 7 hits in just 5 innings.

The Vipers (10-6) are now in second place in the RBU North, a game behind first place Glasco (11-5). Far Mountain (8-8) moved up to .500 and is in fourth place.

V's Knock Off All-Stars
The last place Vigilantes got a complete game from Hank Massey and defeated Elnora 5-1 at Silver River Stadium in Volusia. Massey (2-2) throttled the All-Stars on 6 hits, while fanning 7 and walking 5. Loser John Tinker (1-2) gave up 4 runs and 9 hits in 7 innings with only 2 of them earned. The V's rapped out 11 hits overall with Scooter Perez, Jesus Arroyo and Chaco Rivera each getting 2 hits.

Volusia (5-12) is still in the RBU North basement, while Elnora (6-10) is in fifth place. It was the All-Stars third consecutive defeat.

RBU South Division

SV's Hines Stops Lumberjacks 9-2
Harvey Hines (2-1) doesn't walk many, doesn't strike out many and doesn't allow many runs, either. But he wins games. Today the Sugar Valley hurler dumped Forest City 9-2 as he scattered 10 hits and finished the game with 2 strikeouts and 2 walks. The Rattlers backed him up a double, three triples and two homers. LF Karl Dietz and C Paul Bailey each slammed 2-run homers and CF Freddie Vaux added in 2 more RBIs with a triple and a sac fly. Hines yielded roundtrippers to 2B Jesse Wolf and LF Chuck Hill. It was Hill's 8th this season. Vinny Edelman (0-1) netted the defeat as Sugar Valley KO'ed him after three innings, ripping him for 5 hits and 6 runs.

The Rattlers (10-6) are on top of the RBU South. The fifth place Lumberjacks (7-9) trail them by 3 games.

Sunbirds Squeak by Marston
Erik Kesler was the whole show for Belair Beach. The Sunbird left fielder drove in all of the runs in a 5-3 victory over the Marston Nine for their fourth straight win. He had a 3-run homer and two doubles in the game. Lefty Carl Thompson (3-2) notched the win by holding Marston to 3 runs in 8 innings. Lou Zanelli came on in the ninth to finish it out and garnered his 3rd save of the year. Closer Milt Wilson (0-1) entered the game with the score tied at 3-all in the eighth and chalked up the loss, when Kesler belted a game-winning 2-run double off of him. Marston 1B Johnny Berthold got his 3rd homer of the season off Thompson in the sixth.

Belair Beach (9-8) is now in second place in the RBU South, tied with Marston (9-8). Both are 1.5 games in back of division leader Sugar Valley.

Waleska Edges Claxton 5-4
It wasn't pretty, but Gary Hill of Waleska persevered and beat Claxton 5-4, holding them scoreless the last four innings. Hill checked the Diamonds on 5 hits, fanned 4 and walked 3, while tossing a complete game. Wildness had a lot to do with Dennis Scott's (0-2) downfall. The Claxton starter walked 7 and had to be taken out in the fifth, trailing 5-2. Homers played a big part in the game. Each club unloaded two solo shots each. 1B Freddie Shelton and C Mac Wilkins hit them for the Westerners and 1B Matty McCluskey and RF Arnie Kruger connected for the Diamonds.

Waleska (9-9) snapped a three-game losing skein and is in the fourth spot in the RBU South Division, two games out of first. Claxton (6-10) is in last place and trails by four games.

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Hurricanes Zip by Z's 6-4
First place Cape Coral got a good performance from Kaz Hayagawa in the 6-4 win at De la Vega Stadium in Luxora. It was the Hurricanes fourth victory in a row. Hayagawa (3-0) tossed 8 innings, surrendered 7 hits and 4 runs, only 2 earned. Losing pitcher Eddie Castillo (0-3) exited in the seventh after permitting 6 runs and 7 hits. He was plagued by wildness. Castillo walked 8 batters. 1B Rodger Wooten put the Hurricanes ahead to stay with a 2-run homer in the seventh. CF Antonio Guerrero laced 3 hits in 4 at-bats and had 2 RBIs. Tom Fortunato did the most damage for the Zorros with a solo home run. Katsuyuki Nagashima had a rocky ninth -- he loaded the bases -- but got out of it with no harm done. It was his 3rd save this season.

The win gave first place Cape Coral an 11-6 mark on the year, while the Z's (7-9) suffered their third successive setback to fall 3.5 games off the pace.

Ray Hurls Nats Past 'Cats
Ozarka wrapped up their third consecutive victory by whipping Hartsdale 5-3 and moving into a tie for the second spot in the division. Righthander Louie Ray (2-1) went the distance, struck out 7, walked no one, while permitting 9 hits. 3B Doug Cunningham socked two homers and drove in 3 runs and 1B Fred Snow doubled in the other two. Roger Graves (1-3) took the loss for the Hellcats and was knocked out in the sixth after yielding 5 runs. The Naturals were up 5-1, when in the ninth 1B Todd Seals made it close with a two-run shot.

The triumph put Ozarka (9-7) in a second-place tie with Hartsdale (9-7) in the TBU East. The two clubs trail division-leading Cape Coral by 1.5 games.

Ninjas Nip Stallions
The Ginza Ninjas got a comeback 5-4 win over the South Fork Stallions by scoring 2 in the eighth and dealt them a fourth straight loss. 3B Kaz Ojima tied it with a double, then 2B Scoop McDonald punched in the game-winner with a single. Reliever Alex Sasek (1-0) got credit for the victory by holding the Stallions runless in his 2+ innings. He came in for the laboring Kojiro Matsumoto in the seventh. Matsumoto was tagged for 4 runs and 6 hits before his departure. Control was the culprit. He walked 7 batters. Sloppy defense hurt him as the Ninjas gave the Stallions 3 unearned runs. Jamie Kelly (0-2) suffered the loss for South Fork. He allowed 5 runs and 9 hits in his 7 innings.

RF Charlie Campbell had a base-clearing bases-loaded double in the third for Ginza. CF Gene Woodruff drilled two hits for the Stallions and had 2 RBIs.

Ginza (8-8) is 2.5 games behind the TBU East's top team, the Cape Coral Hurricanes (11-6). The Ninjas are in fourth place in the standings. South Fork (5-12) is in last place.

TBU West Division

Lynx Top Bucs 6-3
Bay St. Clair jumped out early 3-1, but couldn't hold on. The Bucs faded in the late innings and first place La Claire took command and the game 6-3. The Lynx tallied two in the eighth and two more in the ninth to nail it down. Frank Lamoreaux (3-0) got his third victory of the season with three scoreless innings. He relieved starter Nick Pilsner, who left in the sixth trailing 3-2. Lefthander Sean Lawrence (0-1) lost it. He went 8 innings, allowed 7 hits and 4 runs, fanned 6 and walked 3. Lawrence only surrendered two earned runs.
Darrell Boyce plated the winning runs with a 2-run single in the seventh. Rich Hart also have a pair of RBIs for La Claire. Maury Smith had 2 hits and 2 RBIs for the Buccaneers.

The Lynx improved to 12-5 and are on top of the TBU West race. Bay St. Clair is still stuck in the cellar with a 5-11 mark.

Bayview Bombs Fairfax
Dwayne Coleman is a giant of a man -- he stands 6'8" tall -- and he swings a mean bat. Just ask the Fairfax Frogs. Coleman smashed two homers and drove in 5 runs to pace Bayview to an easy romp over the second place Frogs 15-7. The huge Viking first baseman now is tied with Fairfax's right fielder Gregg Vincent for the home run lead in the TBU with 9. His last one was a grand slammer in the 9-run seventh inning. The win went to starter Jesus Carvajal (1-1), who departed in the seventh leading 7-4. Buzzy Lewis got his third save, but he gave up 3 runs in 2 innings. Jack Leslie (2-2) lost it for Fairfax.

LF Glenn Burns chipped in 3 RBIs for Bayview and 2B Alan Hansen went 3-for-4 and scored twice.

The Vikings (8-9) have won three in a row and are now in fourth place, 4 games in back of first place La Claire (12-5). Fairfax (9-7) is in second place, 2.5 game behind the leader.

Champs Stomp Sox
Wow! What a day for the Arlon Champions and Jerry Keller. The Champs stomped Blue Lake 16-3 as Keller led the hit parade by going 6-for-6, including 2 roundtrippers and three doubles. Keller drove in 7 runs and scored 4 times in the best batting performance in IPA history. Arlon piled up 20 hits in the thrashing. Manager Cobb Tyson of the Blue Sox did not speak to reporters after the game, but it is rumored he had a few choice words for his ballclub. Cobb closed the clubhouse to the reporters.

Third place Arlon (9-8) remained three games behind first place La Claire (12-5), while the fifth place Blue Sox (7-10) trail by 5 games.

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