Pirates Down Outsiders to Capture Utah 25+ Crown
Utah Adult Amateur Baseball League 25+ Spring Season
Salt Lake Pirates 16, Outsiders 11
|Standing L-R: Jeff Cole, Skylar Rigby, Justin "J.O" Oliver, Zeb Deede, Jason Gordon, Danny Terasevich and Danny Umphlett. Front L-R: Duane Privett, Tommy Morelli, Brad Thomas and Brandon Archuleta. Not pictured: Jesse McAlister, Mike Meitchen, Chad Bryce, Alec Rosales, Brett Shaw, Matt Privett, Todd Privett and Zak Privett
by Danny Umphlett, Pirates manager
This was our
second spring season and third season overall, as we are a tight group of
friends and coworkers. We carry a 19 man roster because most of us work
together and are shift workers but can usually get ten guys to show up. We
played 12 games in the regular season with a record of 10-2 and it was overall
a great season with guys stepping up and playing out of position due to injury.
Right off the bat we lost our numbers one and two starting pitchers due to
shoulder surgery and Jeff Cole came from behind the dish to be our main starter
throughout the spring.
Jeff Cole ended
up leading the league in home runs, innings pitched, strikeouts and wins. Because
of his stellar performance Jeff took home the league MVP award as voted by his
championship game summary:
We had just
played our championship game opponent, the Outsiders, three days prior in a double-header.
We split the games, winning the first and losing the second. The championship
game had to be rescheduled because of rain and it was a scramble but we were
able to get a team there. We were down 2-0 going into the third inning when ourDanny Terasevich stepped up to the plate with two on and hit a bomb to left. Going
into the fifth we were down 8-4 and the game was starting to get away from us.
But in the
bottom of the sixth our bats finally came alive. Jeff Cole hit a solo homer andDanny Terasevich hit a grand slam. We ended the sixth by putting 12 across and
had to hold the Outsiders in the top of the seventh. The game was eventually
called due to time and the rest is history, as we won the title with a 16-11
victory. Thanks to all our families for supporting us and letting us be kids
three hours a week!