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Dodgers "Pick Off" a win.

The Dodgers and Giants squared off at a make-shift Kuhn Field to start their semi-final series. The game was moved from a waterlogged B Diamond. Unfortunately, the equipment building was rusted shut which prevented the players from prepping the field or putting down baselines or mowing the infield. Oh well, we borrowed three bases from the Rogowicz shed and played ball.

Jimmy T took the mound for the Dodgers and with three solid defensive plays sailed through a scoreless first inning. The Dodgers sprinkled four singles in between two errors a HBP and walk to score 5 in the bottom of the inning. Another walk and two singles made it 6 - 0 early in the bottom of the 2nd and it looked like the Dodgers would cruise to an easy victory. But Mike Clary strutted in from center field with other ideas and the Giants were energized.

Mike squelched the rally and pitched a scoreless 3rd. The Giants then mounted a 4th inning comeback. Lounello walked and Scuteieri and Guido singled plating two Giants. The Dodgers brought in Old-Man Weber to quiet the crowd. Unfortunately, the Gants didn't get the sign and a Nardacci single and a well-placed squeeze bunt by Maguire cut the lead to 6 - 4. The Dodgers manager was squirming!

Did I mention that Mr. Clary picked off two Dodger base runners? Again! In a regular season game, Mike picked off two Dodgers. We know he has a wicked move to first. He still got us twice. Both times with runners on 1st and 2nd. With the first base coach and everyone in the dugout saying "Be careful, be careful" and screaming "Back, back, back, back". And f#@k. Unbelievable move to first base.

Maybe the embarassment provided some motivation as the Dodgers came out swinging in the bottom of the 6th. Steve Jiampeti walked, was wild pitched to 2nd and sacrificed to 3B on a nice bunt by John Weber.. Staulters reached on an error scoring Giampeti. Lane walked then Ray Coletta absolutely scorched a line drive to the fence scoring Staulters from 3rd and Lane all the way from 1st.

Dennis caught his breath then came out to pitch a scoreless 7th and the Dodgers had earned their first ever final four victory. Final score was 9 - 4.

Game two will be Monday at Watervliet.

Donald J. Ball Jr
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