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  • LA Athletics Win 60+ National Title at San Diego Memorial Day Tourney

     

    Submitted by Bob Sherwin, LA Athletics manager

    The LA Athletics won the 60+ National Division championship of the MSBL Memorial Day tournament in San Diego.  The Athletics went 4-0 in pool play and then defeated the San Diego Heat 5-1 in the semi-finals.  The championship game saw the Athletics defeat the Sacramento Tribe 3-2 in a close game with Mike Denevi throwing a complete game to get the win.  Denevi was voted co MVP along with Bob Quick, who was 11-15 in the tournament.

    This was a group that consisted of the some of the usual Athletics and lots of new players. Some of my players were on other teams so it was gratifying to see how well we gelled as a team.  I think our pitching was key to our success. In our four pool play games, all but one were complete games by our pitchers. The other game saw starter Don Bixby go six innings to get the win. 

    In our semi-final, Jeff Gould from the LABL was spectacular in throwing a complete game and striking out eight.  Big Mike Denevi threw the championship and had the Tribe down 3-0 going into the final inning before surrendering two unearned runs.  This was also the first tournament I've personally been able to play in since having a rare hamstring surgery last December. I am aware that only a handful of doctors in LA even do it.  I'm thankfully back to running full speed, whatever that means for a 68 year old veteran. But it sure feels great!

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