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Las Vegas Rattlers 16, So Cal Fire 8
'Offensive Explosion in Seventh and Eighth Seals the Deal'
Submitted by Manny Ocampo, Las Vegas Rattlers manager
In the bottom of the first inning the Rattlers struck first with two
doubles and three singles to score four runs. Our complete line-up was offensively
effective in the championship game and throughout tournament, as we went
undefeated. So Cal Fire chipped away and tied the game in the third, then went
ahead by three runs with the score now 7-4 in the fifth. We rallied up and
answered back with three runs and tied the game at seven apiece after five
innings. In the seventh we scored four more and then added an extra five in the
eighth, not looking back! We then held them down to win 16-8.
""I will never take So CaL Fire lightly. They always
battle and will come back and fight to win," stated manager Ocampo.
Significant contributors throughout the tournament were Steve
Archambo, Paul Joncich and Joe Gho. Steve, our lead-off batter, (DH, only due to right shoulder injury) led
the team in RBI's, hitting two doubles and three triples for the tournament. Paul was solid at shortstop for all of the games, including a fantastic
unassisted triple play. Paul snagged a
line drive line drive at short then stepped on second and threw to first to
complete it. Joe complimented Paul at second base, turning double plays
smoothly as he and Paul worked well together. Joe batted at the bottom,
carrying hits and speed as an extra lead-off hitter. All other Rattlers had either power and/or
speed on offense and even the subs off the bench contributed to all wins.
Dave Nutter was our Championship pitcher, who sat patiently
while only pitching one full inning in pool play and not batting at all for
tournament. He waited patiently and had no complaints. When he was ready, he
came in and did his job. I awarded the championship trophy to him so he can
give to his new born Grand Daughter, who was born a day before our first double
header in pool play!