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(Submitted by Joe DeMarco):

SLINGERLANDS -- On a crisp Saturday Morning/Afternoon the Giants left no doubt who is the best
team in the CDMSBL 45+ division. On the way to their third consecutive championship the
Giants beat All-Stars 13-0 in game 1 and 8-2 in game 2! The Giants finished the season 20-2-1
and had a dominant playoff run going 6-0 and running their three year record in the postseason
to 18-0!!!
The Giants came out HOT........however the tone was set early in the bottom of the first when All-
Star leadoff hitter Frank Owens lined a single to center and was promptly thrown out attempting
to steal second base which effectively halted the All Star running game! Then the Giants bats
got to work......leadoff man Will Brouwer drew a walk, stole second base, advanced to third on
one of Mick Novak's five hits on the day and was driven in when Joe DeMarco dumped an RBI
single to right....DeMarco stole second and scored when Doug Reisinger lined a triple over the
centerfielder's head! Mike Harbour who was a tremendous addition to the Giants squad then
singled in Reisinger. The Giants first five hitters all scored in the first and the Giants were up 5-
0 and turned things over to Paul Moore who threw an absolute gem! The Giants were not done!
Brouwer again led things off with a single and stole second base, Novak lined another single
and DeMarco drove both of them in with a 2 run double, Reisinger walked, Jim Hicks singled
and then Jim Shook crushed a 2 run double, the Giants finished the scoring when another
rookie and tremendous addition Jay Mavrides laced a 2-run double and that about sealed game
1. Moore went on to throw a complete game shut out and the Giants used the mercy rule to win
13-0! Novak led the way going three for three while DeMarco, Reisinger, Hicks, Shook and
Mavrides all had 2 hits apiece!!
On to game 2 where the Giants rolled Paul Moore out to continue his dominance and All Stars
called on Travis Rosencranse to pitch. Rosencranse was battling all day and was exceptional,
however the Giants used the same play book that worked in game one! This time DeMarco
singled, stole second base and was driven in Reisinger to jump out to a 1-0 lead!!! Big Game
James Shook got the second going with a walk, stole second base and later came around to
score on a 2 run single by Mick Novak who was battling his own health issues! Shook was on
fire all weekend totaling 5 hits stealing 4 bases and coming up big in every spot as the Giants
cruised to a 8-2 victory behind another fine start from Paul Moore, Moore went 4 and a third
innings in game 2 allowing two runs on the entire day which encompassed a game 1 shutout
win and the victory in game 2......Jimmy Johnson came in to quiet a potential rally in the fifth and
threw a solid two and two thirds innings allowing no runs on two hits and the Giants finished off
a dominant season!!
CONGRATS to Gene Hallenbeck and Hall of Famer Joe Burns for pulling off a double
championship as earlier in the week their Whiz won the 55+ title!

On a sad note early last week the Giants found out that a genuinely wonderful man Lalo Reyes
passed away suddenly! Lalo was a dear friend, teammate and one of the sweetest guys you
will ever encounter....and man could he play the game...a number of Giants had the good
fortune to call Lalo a teammate (in other age divisions) and some of us were fortunate to call
him a friend also! We will all miss him and we send our thoughts and prayers to his wife and


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Outstanding write up, Tim!
Rest in Peace, Lalo! Godspeed!

Michael J. Girard

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Thanks Mike, but Joe DeMarco is the scribe, I just helped post it on the board (not realizing Harold posted it as well). But the Giants accomplishment deserves a double take.

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