Selects Tie Series In Thriller
Selects vs. Kings
Monday, August 29, 2016
The Selects were down to their final out Monday night, but they weren't ready for their season to end, riding a three-run seventh inning to a come-from-behind 6-5 win over the Kings, knotting the best-of-three quarterfinal tilt at one game apiece.
The Kings struck first, sending 10 batters to the plate in a four-run first, putting the Selects behind the eight-ball before their first at-bat. But they quickly cut the deficit in half, as Brett Pfeifer ripped a two-run triple to cash a Brad Cleasby single and Darren Strickland walk. Kings pitcher Nick Laurette would follow with a series of zeros, as the Selects stranded 11 runners through the first six frames.
The Kings extended their advantage to 5-2 in the third, as Anthony Medley singled and scored when Aaron Correia notched a single of his own. Selects' hurler Scott Clark took it from there, retiring 13 of the last 16 batters he faced, while stranding three singles. It would prove to be enough.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Clark drew a walk, followed by a single from Kevin Ryrie and a pinch-hit, RBI single by Shayne Riepert, cutting the lead to 5-3. After Strickland grounded out to put the tying run in scoring position, the Kings walked Pfeifer to load the bases and Laurette struck out Mike Brown to end the threat.
The Selects, however, were not done. After Clark put up a scoreless seventh, Tyler Sager and Glen Hall drew back-to-back walks to start the bottom half and chase Laurette from the game. Dan Clark then welcomed Fred Follings with a rip that the right fielder just managed to corral, but the speedy Sager scored from second to make it 5-4. Next, Scott Clark drew a walk to put the tying run at second in the form of pinch-runner Tom Allan. After an infield single by Ryrie loaded the bases, Follings notched a strikeout for the second out, but Strickland worked a walk to tie the game and Pfeifer walked it off with a single, capping a tremendous 4-4, 3 RBI night.
The deciding game of the series goes Thursday night at 8 p.m.
MVP: Brett Pfeifer, DP
Selects shut out in game one
Selects vs. Kings
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Kings' pitcher Greg Hammell utterly dominated the Selects in game one of their quarterfinal series Tuesday night, notching 17 strikeouts and allowing just one hit, as the Kings prevailed 5-0. Despite the lone hit - a single from Kevin Ryrie in the third - the Selects used walks, Kings' errors, and a hit-by-pitch to put runners in scoring position in five of the seven frames, but simply could not cash.
The Kings led basically throughout, thanks to a four-run second frame made possible by Selects' defensive miscues. They added the fifth and final run in the fourth, when Dave Barraclough cashed Nick Laurette. Scott Clark was the hard-luck loser, allowing five runs (one earned) on eight hits over six innings, while striking out six.
The Selects now face a do-or-die game two on Thursday at 7 p.m.
MVP: Kevin Ryrie, C
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