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Cleveland Steve's Sports 11, Boston
‘Jackman and Tillman Take Charge’
By Mike Camunas, Special to MSBL
January 15, 2018, Kissimmee, FL —
All Cleveland Steve's Sports needed was 12 players. The eight-time 30+ National
Champs added four more out of the player pool and that did the trick. So did
the five-run seventh inning to break a 6-6 tie and defeat the Boston Cardinals11-7 on Monday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.
"It's tough when you have
limited guys because then you have to pull your best outfielder to pitch, so
you want the most innings you can out of your starter," Cleveland manager and catcher John Ramsey said. "This year, (using the player pool) came
through. Anytime you play five games in four days, it’s tough. We're not 18
anymore — I'm 40 and I'm catching every game, but the guys have to, and did,
overcome a lot. It was a tough, physical week."
Rob Jackman was named the MVP after
going 2-for-4 with a sac fly, a strikeout and two stolen bases. Jackman also
pitched in the team's second game during its championship run. "Everyone plays a role, pitchers are
doing multiple things, but everyone is doing their part and more to help the
team win," Jackman said. "We're a scrappy team — it all falls behind
John Ramsey. That guy finds a way to motivate everyone whether in your regular
position or you're filling in a position, he just finds a way to get you ready
to play the game. Everyone follows the leader."
Cleveland starting pitcher Jeff
Tillman helped his own cause and drove in the two runs that tied the game in
the fifth. Boston jumped out to a 6-0
lead by the fourth that included a two-run homer in the first by third baseman Richie Burgos. Cleveland scored its five
runs in the seventh with one out, as Steve Ross drove in two RBI during the
However, Ramsey knows that it Jackman that was Cleveland's spark all week. "Rob started every big inning we had," Ramsey added. "He
sets the table as the leadoff guy and is always on base, so he's been the
engine that makes us go all week."