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Indiana Baseball League,
Braves 8, Indians 0
Front row L-R: Steve Sandman, Scott Golden, Todd Fuller, Matt Brown, manager Mike Fisher, John
Smith, Greg Rubeo. Back row L-R: John Gordon, Ray Starnes, Brett Behler,
Kevin Kluemper, Keith Oehlman, Kevin Dotson. Not in photo: Brian Wolff and
'Braves Make it Five Titles in a Row'
Submitted by Mike
Fisher, Braves manager
The 45-plus Braves of
the Indianapolis area of the Indiana Baseball League won their fifth championship in a row. We finished
first in our division with a 12-2 record for the season. We defeated the Indians in the championship game 8-0 on a beautiful fall night for baseball on
October 2, 2017.
We got outstanding
shutout pitching by our starter Kevin Kluemper for the first five innings and
the last four innings by Keith Oehlman. Keith also got us started in
scoring with getting a 2-out, 2-strike hit to score two in the bottom of the
fourth inning. Matt Brown had a great hit to score Ray Starnes, who got
on with a great bunt and was advanced to second by Mike Fisher.
Kluemper also had
a double with the bases loaded to score three to cap off his 3-hit, 4-RBI
night. Scott Golden had great base running to score three runs. John Smith was walked three times intentionally and ended up scoring two times
after the walks. Steve Sandman provided his usual great plays in
center field and contributed with an RBI in the eighth. We also had good
catching by Todd Fuller and good play at second by Kevin Dotson, as well as at
first by Brett Behler, with John Gordon contributing another solid
performance at the plate. This was our fifth championship in a row and
capped of another great season by the Braves.