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San Antonio Lonestars 8, Portland Volcanoes 3
‘Lonestars ‘Hit Parade’ Too Much for Volcanoes’
By Jason Johnson, special to MSBL National
November 5, 2016, Hohokam Stadium, Mesa, Ariz. – Ken Herman of the Portland Volcanoes and Wayne Hand of the San Antonio Lonestars may have
been wearing different uniforms but they are fighting similar battles off the
field. Last year Herman was diagnosed with prostate cancer – one of the worst
that the doctor said he had ever seen. On Thursday, before traveling to
Arizona, Hand had a chemotherapy treatment. A little over a week later they
were both suited up for their respective teams and ready to contribute in the
most important game of the 60 Central World Series.
Hand entered the game to pitch with the Lonestars leading
1-0 in the second inning. He got off to a rocky start when Allen Butler hit an
RBI single to tie the game. Courtesy runner Charlie Zunda also came across the
plate later in the inning on an error by the shortstop to give the Volcanoes an
early 2-1 lead.
The Volcanoes extended their lead in the third inning when Chuck Saul drove in Dave Kenney on a fielder’s choice. After that, Hand took
over allowing no runs over the next two and a third innings.
"Wayne came in and shut them down for four innings,” said Lonestars manager Joel Morley. "He did his job.”
In the eighth inning with the game tied Barney Owens hit a
fly ball double to center field to drive in Dan Coleman giving the Lonestars a
one run lead. They would tack on an insurance run a few batters later when Bill
Rector lined a two out single to center field to drive in Owens.
"The errors stopped, the bats started and the pitching
started,” said Morley. "We just got back to our game.”
The Lonestars threatened again in the ninth inning when
their first two batters reached safely. The Volcanoes turned to relief pitcher Herman. San Antonio would tack on a couple more runs and when the dust settled
San Antonio was walking off the field as champions.
"We had 17 hits but only eight runs so they held us down,”
said Morley. "We left a lot of people on base and finally got the hitting when
we needed it.”
The Lonestars had many standout players throughout the
tournament and decided to name four co-MVPs – Dan Coleman, Barney Owens, Ron
Piacenti and Wayne Hand.
The Portland Volcanoes has had it’s share of adversity over
the years. Two years ago Steve Weckert of the Volcanoes passed away and they’ve
dedicated their last two tournaments to him. This was the team’s third straight
championship appearance and they were looking for their first win.
Additionally, another player had to leave early this year to take care of his
wife who was ill.
"We are trying to dedicate today to all of those people,”
said Volcanoes general manager Jack Smith. "We hadn’t decided until June that we
were coming back. We decided that since Ken (Herman) was getting better we
would come back and try one more time to do it.”
During pool play the Volcanoes and Lonestars each went 5-1. Herman pitched a complete game for the Volcanoes on Tuesday during pool play
while Hand won games on Monday and Tuesday for the Lonestars.
The Lonestars defeated the SoCal Dodgers in the semifinals
10-2 to advance to the championship game behind the arm of the winning pitcher Barney Owens.
In their semifinal matchup against the Red Deer Legends the Volcanoes won 2-0 in a five inning game that was shortened due to scheduling
challenges from the rain earlier in the week. Dave Kenney earned the win
throwing just 51 pitches in the five innings and allowing only two hits.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Antonio Lonestars 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 3 8 17 1
Volcanoes 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 1
WP:Owens LP: Kenney
2B:Thomas (SAL), Owens (SAL), Anderson (SAL), Kenney 2 (PV), Saul (PV)
Hitters: Lonestars – Owens 3x5, 2 R, 2 RBI; Thomas 3x5; Rector 2x3, RBI;
Ahmunado 2x4, R, RBI; Volcanoes – Kenney 2x4, 2 2B; Saul 2x4, R, RBI
SB: Piacenti (SAL), Chichester
Team LOB:Lonestars 11, Volcanoes 9
Time of Game: 2:56