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St. Paul Saints 9, San Antonio Broncos 3
‘Alt Complete Game Closes Door on Broncos Title Hopes’
By Cory Kamerschak, special to MSBL National
October 22, 2016, Tempe Auxiliary #1 - It was a championship
match-up between the Broncos and the Saints, but probably not the one you might
be thinking of. These Broncos aren’t from Denver and these Saints aren’t being
led by Drew Brees.
The St. Paul Saints defeated the San Antonio Broncos 9-3 to
win the championship of the Mens Senior Baseball League World Series 70+
American Division. They did so with generous run support and a masterful
pitching performance from their tournament MVP, Al Alt.
Alt, who recently turned 70, pitched in five out of the seven games
of the tournament and was called upon to start the championship game. He showed
no signs of fatigue, only allowing six hits on his way to pitching a complete
game for the Saints.
"I wanted it, I was feeling good, my arm was feeling good,”Alt said. "Today I was pumped up.”
Just a month prior to the tournament, Alt injured his
deltoid muscle and was unable to throw at all. He was happy to be able to come
through for his team but noted that he needed to give someone else some credit.
"Unbelievable what physical therapy can do for you,” Alt said. "I’m gonna go back and hug my physical therapist.”
The Saints gave Alt some run support early on with a first
inning RBI single by Dave Weber and then scored two more in the second with an RBI
single by Mike Rasmussen and a sacrifice fly by Gary Nielson.
Although the Saints would never trail in this game, they
broke the scoring open in the fourth inning scoring three more runs. Colin Quinngot a key hit and then was brought home by an RBI double from Rasmussen. Weber
added another RBI single and was eventually brought in by a sacrifice fly.
The Broncos would score three runs late in the game,
mounting a small comeback, but it would not be enough as the damage had already
The Saints manager, Pat Thompson, felt that it was special
they could win the whole thing with the group of guys that they had.
"It’s just thrilling, this is our first 70s tournament so we
didn’t know what we were gonna have,” Thompson said. "Everyone on the team
contributed, even if it was in a small way.”
Thrilling indeed as the St. Paul Saints came marching into
Tempe and left as champions.