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Kona Coast at Long Island

The Kona Coast Coffee Growers defeat the Long Island Hounds 4 games to 1 game in a series where all the games, except one, went down to the wire.  Kona Coast won the last two games of the series in 12-inning, walk-off victories. The Coffee Growers now return to the GUSSOMO World Series to defend their crown vs. the Fenway Faithful.

The games were played via Net Play on Sunday, December 9th. Bob and I had a nice time chatting on the phone while virtually rolling the dice together. A special thanks to Chris Beddick who taught me a nice, straightforward way to Net Play during our pervious series. Bob and I had no system crashes during our series.

Game 1 @ LIH: Coffee Growers 3, Hounds 2. The home Hounds jumped off to a first inning lead on consecutive 2-out doubles by Jose Martinez and Paul Goldschmidt. Kona Coast came right back in the next half-inning on a single and two walks followed by a run scoring groundout by Jonathan Lucroy to tie it at 1.

Chris Sale and Alex Wood then settled into a rhythm until seventh inning. Todd Frazier blasted a solo HR to put the Coasters up 2-1. In the bottom of the 8th, Hound Logan Forsythe walked lead off the inning, stole second, and was promptly doubled in by Mike Trout to tie the game at 2 runs apiece. Trout then advanced to third via Jonathan Schoop’s error on Jose Martinez’ ground ball. With no outs, Craig Kimbrel was called upon in this very high leverage situation. He struck out the Goldschmidt, Judge, and Freese, with all rolls on Kimbrel’s card, to end a very dangerous threat.

In the ninth, Kona Coast broke through. With runners on first and second via singles and two outs, Jarrod Dyson singled in the eventual winning run when Aaron Judge couldn’t get to it on a FB(RF)-X chance. Kimbrel struck out 2 in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure the victory.


Game 2 @ LIH: Coffee Growers 9, Hounds 3.  In the only blowout of the series, the light hitting Coffee Growers blasted 4 homeruns off losing pitcher Luis Castillo. Marcell Ozuna and Francisco Lindor each hit 2-run HRs in the first inning. Hound Paul Goldschmidt answered with his own 2-run HR in the bottom of the first. In the third inning, Kona’s lead was cut to one run with Mike Trout’s walk and an RBI double by Jose Martinez. But in the fourth, Jarrod Dyson crashed a 2-run HR, and in the fifth, Jonathan Schoop blasted a 3-run HR.

While the Hounds did not score again, they loaded the bases three different times (5th, 7th, 9th innings) without pushing over any runs.

Game 3 @ KCC: Hounds 6, Coffee Growers 3. Both teams scored in the third inning and again in the sixth, with the Hounds clinging to 4-3 lead.

In the third inning Aaron Judge had a 2-run RBI single but Ryan Hanigan drew a “3” card on HR1-3 to tie it in the bottom of the frame.

In the sixth inning, Paul Goldschmidt blasted a 2-run HR but Kona Coast could only respond with a solo shot from Jonathan Schoop.

In the ninth, the Hounds got two insurance runs. The Coffee Growers made it interesting, getting the tying run to plate in the bottom of the ninth with no outs, but Roberto Osuna stuck out 2 and got a popout to end it.


Game 4 @ KCC: Coffee Growers 2, Hounds 1 (12 innings).  PH Alex Presley, in his only completed plate appearance of the series, knocked in Francisco Lindor in the bottom of the twelfth inning to secure the victory. Lindor rounded third for home a 1-13 chance and scored easily when a “2” split card was drawn.

Rewinding to the beginning of the 12th, the Lindor led off the inning with a single, stole second on 1-11 chance with an “11” split draw. After Jonathan Schoop grounded out without advancing the runner, PH Austin Barnes was intentionally walked. Ryan Madson then came in and gave up the game-ending single to Presley. But this was a Chris Sale gem for nine innings.

In the seventh inning with one out, Long Island’s only run came on a HBP, a stolen base, and a double by Salvador Perez. That was Long Island’s first hit of the game.

Winning pitcher Darren O’Day pitched 3 innings in near perfect relief, allowing only one hit, which was promptly erased by a double play.

Game 5 @ KCC: Coffee Growers 4, Hounds 3 (12 innings). Jarrod Dyson strolled home via Miguel Sano’s series ending single after Dyson tripled to lead off the twelfth inning, and Coaster home crowd went into delirium.

The Coffee Growers struck early in this game, as SS-1 Alcides Escobar booted the first hit ball in the bottom of the first. Two doubles later, Kona Coast was up 2-0. Jonathan Lucroy homered in the second, and it was 3-0. Robbie Ray was pitching well but it wasn’t over.

The Hounds clawed back, with a Paul Goldschmidt solo HR in the sixth inning, and a Salvador Perez 2-run HR in the seventh inning to tie it 3-3. It was all relievers thereafter until Jarrod Dyson’s triple in the twelve inning.

Again, it was Kona Coast pitching that made the difference in the series. Long Island hit only .188 with an OPS of .591. The Hounds struck out 59 times in 203 plate appearances (29.1%) while hitting 5 HRs. In its four losses, the Hounds were only 4-for-32 with RISP.

Kona Coast’s offense wasn’t much better with a .207/.277/.380 slash line but the Coffee Growers smashed 8 homeruns and did enough to take the series.


According the game, Jonathan Schoop was the Series MVP, batting .381 while hitting two homeruns and leading the Coffee Growers with 4 RBIs.


AWARDS VOTING FOR 2018 GUSSOMO Playoff   Date: 10/24/2018


MVP AWARD                               CY YOUNG AWARD

J.Schoop(KCC) 438                       C.Kimbrel(KCC) 120

P.Goldschmidt(LIH) 371                  R.Buchter(KCC) 96

C.Kimbrel(KCC) 195                      D.O'Day(KCC) 47

F.Lindor(KCC) 119                       R.Ray(KCC) 18

M.Ozuna(KCC) 73                         D.Keuchel(LIH) 8



10/18 FEF 0 5 0 WAS 10 10 0 T.Bauer (1-0) G.Gonzalez (0-1)
10/19 FEF 3 9 0 WAS 5 8 0 A.Busenitz (1-0) M.Fulmer (0-1)


Washington at Fenway

Game 1 - What an incredibel game. Washington got out to a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the 6th. Fenway then put a 5 spot up in the bottom of the 6th. Washinton took the lead it in the top of the 9th, only to have Fenway tie it in the bottom of the 9th. The score was knotted at 6 after nine innings. Finally, Fenway pulled the
game out in the 10th inning. After two were out Charlie Blackmon drew a
walk. Correa came next and he doubled making Fenway the victor and beginning a joyous home town celebration. Fenway finished with 14 hits while Washington ended up with 8. 

Shortstop Carlos Correa had 4 hits and Eduardo Rodriguez mowed down 11
Washington batters at Dube Dojo as the Fenway Faithful beat the Washington Senators in 10 innings by the count of 7 to 6.

Jared Hughes (1-0) got credit for the victory, pitching 2/3 of an inning and
allowing no runs. The losing pitcher was Brad Hand (0-1) in relief. 

Game 2 - Fenway falls behind 4-0 going into the bottom of the 4th. Fenway plates a run in the bottom of the 4th. In what ended up being a tight game, Fenway scored 5 runs in the 5th inning when they came up with 4 base hits to win the game 6-4.

The crucial at-bat was provided by Starlin Castro who made the Fenway fans a happy lot when he laced a one-base hit plating two runs. For the game Fenway out-hit Washington 10 to 7. 

The victory went to Cory Gearrin (1-0) who went 1 and 2/3 innings, allowing no runs. Gearrin got help from Brett Cecil who was credited with his 1st save. Trevor Bauer (1-1) was the losing pitcher. He was hit hard and gave up 7 hits and 3 walks in 4 innings. 

Game 3 - Washington again gets an early lead with a 5-1 edge going into the bottom of the 3rd, when Fenway plates a run to cut it to a 3 run lead. Fenway claws again in the bottom of the 4th with 4 runs to take a 6-5 lead. Washington wasn't phased as they respond with a 4 spot of they're own in the top of the 5th to make it 9-6 and have a 3 run lead again. Fenway promptly responds with 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th to make a one run game going into the 6th. After Washington goes down quietly in the 6th Fenway offense then responds like it has most of the season, with 5 runs in the inning to go up 13-9. Winning the game 13-10 in a high scoring affair.

Avisail Garcia blasted a grand slam as the Fenway Faithful bested the
Washington Senators 13 to 10 at Dube Dojo.

Garcia made sure the Fenway fans enjoyed themselves. He doubled in the 4th inning, doubled scoring a run in the 5th inning and emptied the bases with a Grand Slam homerun in the 6th inning. Fenway managed 13 hits in their victory. 

Danny Salazar (1-0) went 2 and 2/3 innings allowing 1 run for the victory. Matt Belisle preserved the game for Salazar, recording his his 1st save. Luis
Avilan (0-1) suffered the loss in relief. He was knocked around pretty good,
giving up 4 runs in 2 innings. 

'The ball was jumping off my bat' Garcia said. 'I didn't do anything
differently, it's the same way I always approach the game.'


 Faithful........ 0 0 2  1 1 0  0 0 0  -  4  7  1

Senators........ 1 0 4  0 0 0  5 2    - 12 13  0




Wrigley at Fenway


Game # 1 - Carlos Correa connected with a 'big fly' and had 4 RBI as the Fenway Faithful destroyed the Wrigley Raiders by a score of 13 to 1 at Dube Dojo.

Correa made sure the Fenway fans enjoyed themselves. He doubled in the 2nd inning and smacked a three-run homer in the 5th inning. Fenway out-hit
Wrigley for the game, 19 hits to 2. 

The win was credited to Gio Gonzalez (1-0) who went 7 and 2/3 innings allowing 1 run. Kyle Hendricks (0-1) was charged with the loss. He was knocked around, surrendering 7 runs in 4 and 1/3 innings. 

Raiders......... 0 0 1  0 0 0  0 0 0  -  1  2  0

Faithful........ 0 3 0  1 3 0  2 4    - 13 19  0

Game # 2 -
Nelson Cruz rocketed 2 homeruns and Michael Fulmer had an impressive outing as the Fenway Faithful defeated the Wrigley Raiders 5 to 2 at Dube

Fulmer (1-0) put on a good performance. He was stingy on the mound, allowing just 4 hits and no walks in 9 innings. The Wrigley batters went down meekly in the 9th. 

Jose Urena (0-1) was the losing pitcher. He was touched for 4 homeruns in his 4 and 2/3 innings of work.

Raiders......... 1 1 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  -  2  4  0

Faithful........ 1 2 1  0 1 0  0 0    -  5 11  0


Game # 3 -- 10-13-18

The Wrigley Raiders edged the Fenway Faithful in 11 innings at Wrigley Field by the score of 8 to 7.

Both teams were tied at 7 runs apiece after nine innings.  Finally, Wrigley pulled the game out in the 11th inning.  Jon Jay laced a one-base hit.  Jay took second on a stolen base.  After an out was recorded, Eddie Rosario then banged out a single giving Wrigley the win as 44,672 happy fans joyfully celebrated.  Both teams ended up with 13 hits on the night. 

Fernando Rodney (1-0) went 1 inning allowing no runs for the victory. Cory Gearrin (0-1) was tagged with the loss in relief.  He gave up 2 hits and no walks in 1 and 1/3 innings

Faithful........ 0 1 0  1 1 1  0 1 2  0 0 -  7 13  1

Raiders......... 0 1 2  1 0 3  0 0 0  0 1 -  8 13  0


Game # 4 -- 10-14-18

In a good matchup it was the Fenway Faithful 5, the Wrigley Raiders 3 at Wrigley Field.

Fenway tallied 4 runs in the top of the 7th inning when they came up with 3 base hits.  The crucial at-bat was provided by Andrew Knapp who silenced the stadium when he cleared the fences for a two-run home run.  Fenway and Wrigley each finished the night with 7 hits. 

Michael Fulmer (2-0) got the win allowing 3 runs in 6 and 1/3 innings. Matt Belisle recorded his 1st save.  Andrew Cashner(0-1) was the loser.  He pitched 6 innings giving up 3 hits and 3 walks.

Faithful........ 0 0 0  0 0 1  4 0 0  -  5  7  4

Raiders......... 1 0 0  0 1 0  1 0 0  -  3  7  1


Game # 5  -- 10-15-18 

The hometown crowd was rewarded with a dramatic ending, as the Wrigley Raiders staged a comeback win over the Fenway Faithful by the count of 4 to 3.

Wrigley scored the decisive runs in a big 9th inning scoring 3 runs on 3 base hits.  Dee Gordon led off and he ripped a one-base hit.  Gordon got a good lead and stole second.  Elvis Andrus then doubled driving in a run.  After an out was recorded, Edwin Encarnacion came to bat and bombed a two-run dinger making Wrigley the winners and sending the 45,674 fans home happy. 

Although they lost, Fenway did out-hit Wrigley 10 to 6. The winning pitcher was Fernando Rodney (2-0) who allowed no runs in 2/3 of an inning. Matt Belisle (0-1) took the loss in relief. 

Rodney and Gordon were really whooping it up in the clubhouse after the great come from behind victory.  As Don Sprague noted, 'A win like this one can do wonders for a team's attitude.' Everyone shares in the joy - the fans, the players - even you guys - it's better than winning by a dozen runs!'

 Faithful........ 1 0 1  1 0 0  0 0 0  -  3 10  0

Raiders......... 0 0 1  0 0 0  0 0 3  -  4  6  0

Game # 6 -  Fenway wins game 6 and the series after falling behind 3-0 going into the 6th inning. The final ended up being a blowout 13-4. Jay Bruce hit 2 homeruns and a double to go along with 5 RBI. He was an easy selection for the series MVP batting .444 with 5 HR's and 12 RBI's in the 6 game series. Game files and box score attached. Great series Don, good luck to you next season.

Raiders......... 0 0 0  1 2 0  0 0 1  -  4 11  0

Faithful........ 0 0 0  0 1 4  8 0    - 13  11  1


Kona Coast vs. Latrobe


Game # 1 - Clayton Kershaw mowed down 10 Kona Coast batters as the Latrobe Dawgs topped the Kona Coast Coffee Growers by a score of 6 to 2 at PNC Park.

Kershaw (1-0) pitched a solid game.  He went 7 innings surrendering 5 hits and no walks.  Kona Coast was out-hit by Latrobe, 9 hits to 5. 

Chris Sale (0-1) took the loss.  He gave up 6 runs and 9 hits in 8 innings.  Mike Volberding was upset after the game.  “I don't like to complain but did you see that umpires strike zone?”, he said.  “Maybe they ought to start calling the strike zone the way it's printed in the rule book.”


Coffee Growers.. 0 1 0  0 1 0  0 0 0  -  2  5  1

Dawgs................. 0 0 0  0 3 0  0 3    -  6  9  0


Game # 2 - Robbie Ray held Latrobe to 3 hits at PNC Park where the Kona Coast Coffee Growers beat the Latrobe Dawgs 6 to 2.

Ray (1-0) was solid in the win.  He gave up just 3 hits and 4 walks in 9 innings.  Kona Coast finished with 11 hits in the victory. 

Cole Hamels (0-1) took the loss.  He pitched 6 innings and surrendered 9 hits and 1 walk.

Coffee Growers.. 0 2 3  0 0 0  0 0 1  -  6 11  1

Dawgs................. 0 0 0  0 2 0  0 0 0  -  2  3  1

Game # 3 - Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hit one over the fence as the Latrobe Dawgs outscored the Kona Coast Coffee Growers 4 to 3.

In the top of the 2nd inning Latrobe scored 3 runs when they had 3 base hits. That was all the runs Charlie Morton (1-0) needed.  Morton got relief help from Wade Davis who was excellent in relief and gained credit for his 1st save. 

Madison Bumgarner (0-1) ended up with the loss.  He pitched 7 and 2/3 innings allowing 8 hits and 1 walk.

Dawgs................. 1 3 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  -  4  8  1

Coffee Growers.. 1 0 1  0 1 0  0 0 0  -   3  3  0


Game # 4 - The Kona Coast Coffee Growers got by the Latrobe Dawgs at Coffee Grounds.  The final score was 4 to 2.

Chris Sale (1-1) was solid in the win.  He allowed only 2 hits and 6 walks in 7 and 2/3 innings.  Sale chalked up 8 strikeouts lowering his ERA from 6.75 to 4.60.  The pitchers took over after the 4th inning as neither team was able to score again. 

Craig Kimbrel preserved the game for Sale, recording his his 1st save.  J.A.Happ (0-1) was the losing pitcher.  He pitched 5 and 1/3 innings giving up 5 hits and 3 walks.

Dawgs................. 0 0 1  1 0 0  0 0 0  -  2  2  0

Coffee Growers.. 1 2 1   0 0 0  0 0    -  4  7  0


Game # 5 - Robbie Ray struck out 10 batters at Coffee Grounds as the Latrobe Dawgs lost a heartbreaker to Kona Coast Coffee Growers by the score of 4 to 3.

Kona Coast scored the deciding run in the 9th inning.  After two were out Miguel Sano banged out a single.  Francisco Lindor stepped up next and he drew a walk.  Todd Frazier then reached on an error giving Kona Coast the victory and sending the 47,493 home-town fans home happy.  Kona Coast banged out 8 hits on the night. 

The winning pitcher was Matt Bowman (1-0) who allowed no runs in 1 and 2/3 innings. The losing pitcher was Archie Bradley (0-1) in relief.  He surrendered 1 hit and 1 walk in 2/3 of an inning.

Dawgs................. 0 2 0  0 0 0  1 0 0  -  3  6  1

Coffee Growers.. 0 0 0  1 0 0  0 2 1  -  4  8  0


Game # 6 - Darren O'Day (1-0) was the winner as Kona Coast Coffee Growers shutout the Latrobe Dawgs by a 2 to 0 score at PNC Park and moved into the Semi-Final round of the Playoffs versus the Long Island Hounds.

O'Day earned the victory with a fine relief performance.  He did not allow a hit or a walk in his 1 inning.  Kona Coast finished with 8 hits while Latrobeended up with 4. 

Craig Kimbrel got the save, his 2nd.  Cole Hamels (0-2) took the loss.  He gave up 1 run and 5 hits in 7 and 2/3 innings.

Coffee Growers.. 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 1 1  -  2  8  0

Dawgs................. 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  -  0  4  0



Northwest Ohio va Long Island

Game # 3 - Zack Godley(1-0) and Dallas Keuchel(0-1) treated the NW Ohio fans to a fine pitching duel at Progressive Field.  The NW Ohio Franconians eventually emerged as victors over the Long Island Hounds by the score of 2 to 1.

NW Ohio brought 2 runs across the plate in the bottom of the 2nd inning when they came up with 4 base hits.  That early run support was all that Godley required.  Both teams' bats went to sleep after the 2nd inning with no runs scored after that point. 

Matt Albers earned the save, his 1st.

Hounds..........   0 1 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  -  1  3  0

Franconians..... 0 2 0  0 0 0  0 0     -  2  9  0


Game # 4 - Right fielder Aaron Judge had 3 base hits and 2 RBI and Mike Montgomery had a strong outing at Progressive Field as the Long Island Hounds beat the NW Ohio Franconians by the count of 7 to 1.

NW Ohio never recovered after Long Island took the lead in the 2nd inning when they came up with 2 runs on 2 hits.  That was all Montgomery (1-0) needed. Long Island out-hit NW Ohio for the game, 8 hits to 4. 

Zach Davies (0-2) took the loss.  He surrendered 2 runs and 2 hits in 3 and 1/3 innings.

Hounds..........   0 2 0  0 2 2  1 0 0  -  7  8  0

Franconians..... 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 1  -  1  4  1


Game # 5 - Alex Wood went 7 strong innings and designated hitter Michael Conforto had 4 hits and 3 RBI as the Long Island Hounds outscored the NW Ohio Franconians 7 to 1.

The NW Ohio fans didn't appreciate the big day Conforto had.  He delivered a one-base hit in the 1st inning, laced a base-hit scoring a run in the 4th inning, ripped a single in the 7th inning and clubbed a two-run home run in the 9th inning.  Long Island finished with 9 hits while NW Ohio ended up with 5. 

The victory went to Wood (2-0) who went 7 innings, allowing 1 run. Alex Meyer (0-1) took the loss.  Long Island scored big getting 5 runs off him in 3 innings and now moves on to the Semi-Finals.


Hounds..........   3 0 0  2 0 0  0 0 2  -  7  9  2

Franconians..... 0 0 1  0 0 0  0 0 0  -  1  5  0




Airway Heights vs. Richmond

Game 1: Alex Cobb vs. Carlos Carrasco.  Cobb bests (outlasts) Carrasco, as neither starter was all that sharp.  Ozzie Albies was the Height's hitting star with three hits, three runs and four rbi, including two run homerun in the 5th inning that put Airway in the lead for good.  Airway tacked on another five runs in the ninth inning to put it completely out of reach.  Julio Teheran was the goat (not Michael Jordan GOAT) and blew up in his first relief appearance of the year allowing the five runs in his single inning of work.  Cobb struck out nine hapless Banshees including Lorenzo Cain and Russell Martin three times each.  The Spartan defense was not so Spartan although none of their three errors came back to bite in the 11-4 pounding.

Game2:  Jason Vargas vs. Yu Darvish.  Darvish was strong like bull in this one coming an out away from a complete game.  Darvish's pitching led the way in the 9-1 rout in Richmond allowing one unearned run while striking out ten.  Julio Teheran was allowed back in the clubhouse after the previous nights lashing and got the last out without providing any theatrics in the game.  Richmond's offense got it going in the middle innings as Asdrubel Cabrera (three hits), Justin Turner, Lorenzo Cain and Yan Gomes all went yard to even the series at one game apiece.  Airway will have to take the cautious approach with Vargas as he was diagnosed with whiplash after the game as he served up all four homeruns and a total of seven runs on the night,.

Game 3:  Kenta Maeda vs. Doug Fister.  As the series moves to the westside, Kenta Maeda felt in his element and was spot on for the evening in a big Richmond 5-2 win.  Maeda struck out ten Spartans and allowed two runs in his seven innings of work.  Raisel Iglesias and Deilin Betances each struck out two in their solo inning of work to close the door.  Richmond jumped on Airway Heights early, as the second inning score three runs on four walks and an Adam Eaton two run single.  The Banshees eventually pecked out two more runs on solo homeruns by Yonder Alonso and Matt Adams as insurance.  Richmond leads the series two games to one.

Game 4:  Carlos Carrasco vs. Felix Hernandez.  Carrasco was determined to atone for his game one flop.  While Carrasco wasn't great, he was good enough to get the job done with a quality start going six innings giving up three runs and striking out eight.  Carrasco was supported by a trio of Anthony Banda, Garrett Richards and Raisel Iglesias combining for three shutout inning pitched to nail down the 5-3 close win.  Dustin Pedroia's solo shot in the fifth inning provided the winning run, Matt Adams (second of the series) and Dustin Fowler added homeruns in the contest as well. Justin Smoak added a solo shot for the Spartans.  The win puts Richmond up three games to one in the series.    

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Game 5:  Yu Darvish vs. Alex Cobb.  Alex Cobb once again shines for Airway as he pitches great while watching Darvish get slapped around like a rag doll in the 8-2 spanking.  Cobb goes eight strong allowing only the two runs.  The Spartans scored all the runs they needed in the second inning after two quick outs, Steve Souza led off the inning with a solo shot, followed by a walk and another home run by Martin Maldonado.  Darvish was toast, and kept allowing runs until he was pulled in the seventh inning already giving up eight runs.  Maldonado was large Marge in this game with three hits and three rbi, while Souza scored three runs.  Cobb was caddied by Doug Fister who pitched a clean final inning.  The series is three games to two in Richmond's favor as they head back east.

Game 6:  Jason Vargas vs. Kenta Maeda.  Niether starter was all that effective and didn't factor into the win.  The only game that really came down to the end in the series was resolved in the bottom of the 9th when Matt Adams stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out and his team down by a run.  Cody Allen had been called upon to save the day as Airway Heights took a 5-4 lead into the ninth inning.  Cody quickly dispatched Lorenzo Cain on a strikeout, but then could not find the strike zone as he walked the next three batters.  After a brief mound visit, Matt Adams (who had grounded into a doubleplay in the 7th when brought into the game as a pinch hitter) was sitting dead red fastball and stroked a single to RF scoring both Adam Eaton and Yan Gomes (why the hell was Gomes in the game on secondbase as the winning run).  Souza had the ball stick in his glove and his relay home was just enough for Gomes to slide under the tag which sent the home crowd into a frenzy.  Raisel Iglesias was the benefactor and received the win for the Banshees who move on into the next round of the Gussomo Playoffs.  Ozzie Albies and Ryan Zimmerman homered for Airway while Asdrubel Cabrerra (2nd of the series) and Justin Turner (3rd of the series) went yard for Richmond.

Raisel Iglesias was named MVP of the series as he pitched in three games picking up a win and a save.


Albany vs. Northwest Ohio


Game # 6 - Zack Godley racked up an impressive total of 10 strikeouts as the NW Ohio Franconians came back to win one over Albany Internationals, 4 to 3.

NW Ohio scored the winning runs in the bottom of the 9th inning scoring 2 runs.  Carlos Santana led off and he drew a walk.  Joe Musgrove then was wild with a pitch.  Khris Davis got his turn next, but he was a strikeout victim. After another out, Chris Taylor stepped in and he clubbed a two-run home run giving NW Ohio the win and sending the home town fans into a frenzy.  Albany had 8 hits in the game while NW Ohio had 5, but NW Ohio had the more timely hits. 

Samuel Tuivailala (1-0) was the winner allowing no runs in 2/3 of an inning. Musgrove ( 0-1) was the loser in relief.  Bob Galvin was ebullient after the game, "It's great to win a hard fought game like that.  Our guys just weren't going to be denied.  And did you see the fans - they were going wild! Yes sir, a very enjoyable win tonight!"

Internationals..  0 0 1  0 0 2  0 0 0  -  3  8  0

Franconians..... 0 0 0  1 0 0  1 0 2  -  4  5  0


Game # 7 - Zack Godley (1-1), with relief help from Alex Claudio, mystified Albany in an evening game.  The NW Ohio Franconians scored 6 runs in a winning effort at Progressive Field.

Godley gave NW Ohio a solid outing.  He didn't give up much, just 4 hits and 2 walks in 7 and 2/3 innings lowering his ERA to 4.24.  NW Ohio out-hit Albany for the game, 10 hits to 4. 

Carlos Martinez (1-1) ended up with the loss. NW Ohio knocked him around a bit, as he gave up 5 runs in 4 and 2/3 innings.

Internationals.. 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 0 0  -  0  4  1

Franconians..... 0 0 2  0 3 0  1 0    -  6 10  0