Selects Clinch Playoff Spot
Selects vs. Classics
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
The Selects clinched the eighth and final KFL playoff berth on Wednesday night, winning a slugfest 11-6 over the Classics.
The Selects jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, as seven of the game's first eight batters reached base, courtesy of five singles, a hit-by-pitch, and a catcher's interference call. But the boys in green left the bases loaded and the Classics immediately roared back, thanks to three hits, three walks, and a hit-by-pitch - though they too left the bases loaded. After one complete inning, it was a 4-4 tie with a combined six runners left on base. A pitcher's duel was evidently not in the cards.
After the Selects went quietly in the second, Jodie Schnarr hit a solo blast to straightaway centre, giving the Classics the 5-4 edge. Selects' starter Scott Clark then settled down to escape the frame with no further damage. The Selects responded with a five-run third inning to a take a 9-5 lead they would not relinquish. Rick Hames allowed one run on just two hits with three strikeouts over three innings of relief, while the Selects tacked on two more in the fifth for the 11-6 final.
Hames had a good night at the plate as well, going 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Shayne Riepert (3-4, 4 RBI, run), Mike Brown (3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs), and Kevin Ryrie (0-1, 2 BB, RBI, 3 runs) also made major offensive contributions in the win.
MVP: Rick Hames, 1B/P
Athletics Snap Selects' Streak
Selects vs. Athletics
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
The Selects couldn't come up with a timely hit on Tuesday night, stranding six runners in scoring position in a 6-2 loss to the Athletics to end a three-game win streak.
Rookie lefty Ethan Cox got his first start of the season, recording a 1-2-3 first inning before surrendering three runs in a four-hit second, as the Athletics jumped to the early lead. He settled in for a scoreless third before giving way to veteran right-hander Scott Clark.
The Athletics made it 4-0 in the fourth, but third baseman Dan Clark made a nice play to start an inning-ending double play, escaping a bases-loaded jam and keeping the game within reach. The Selects cut the deficit in half in the top of the fifth, as RBI singles from Glen Hall and Brad Cleasby chased home Tom Allan and Mike Brown, respectively. After a quick 1-2-3 fifth for Clark, the Selects put runners at second and third with nobody out, but failed to score. The Athletics then tacked on two more in the sixth and A's pitcher Noah Weir tossed a tidy seventh for the complete game victory.
MVP: Tyler Sager, SS
37s Trounce Selects ... Again
Selects vs. 37s
Thursday, June 23, 2016
The 37s' offense was on full display Thursday night, as they notched their second eight-run victory over the Selects this season, this time by a 12-4 margin.
Veteran outfielder Tim Coverdale got the start for the Selects, looking to turn back the clock to his pitching days of yore, and escaped a one-out, bases loaded situation in the first with a strikeout and an inning-ending grounder. The Selects then took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Darren Strickland doubled home a Mike Brown walk and came in to score on a Coverdale single. Alas, it would be their only lead of the game.
The 37s put up a five-run second inning, punctuated by a three-run blast from Dan Martin. The Selects closed the gap to 5-3 in the bottom half when Scott Corbett - making his KFL debut - notched a two-out infield single and came in to count on a Brown triple. Martin tacked on a two-run bomb to highlight a five-run third for the 37s and they cruised to the 12-4 win from there.
Brown (3-3, 3B, BB, RBI, run) and Corbett (2-3, 2 runs) paced the Selects' offense in the loss. Thanks also to Jeremy Pullin, who made his Selects' debut behind the dish, lending a hand to a roster ravaged by injury.
MVP: Mike Brown, CF