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Old 08-06-2019, 04:45 AM   #21
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July 15th 2019

Jason Skinner took the mound for East Driftwood. He was 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA. He faced Eric Stull, who was 1-1 and had a reasonable 2.45 ERA. Stull was eager to bring the sides back to .500.

The teams went four scoreless innings before an error in the bottom of the fifth allowed East Driftwood to score. After pulling the infield in for Skinner, West Driftwood were made to pay as Skinner hit it past second base and into centre field to score two more runs. Though the three outs came quickly, East Driftwood were 3-0 up. They added to more in the seventh as West Driftwood faded. West Driftwood got a run back in the bottom of the seventh but the spark wasn’t present. They got a second run back in the bottom of the ninth but a comeback just wasn’t meant to be.

W: J. Skinner (2-0) L: E. Stull (1-2) SV: P. Greenwood (4)
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Old 08-07-2019, 04:35 AM   #22
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Chang-sik Na made his third start of the season. He was 0-0 through his first 9.2 innings but had a 9.31 ERA. He faced Scott Rogers, who was 0-1 despite his 2.43 ERA. Rogers had vastly improved in his second start and was hoping to build on the momentum from that start.

For seven innings, the game was a pitcher’s duel. Na and Rogers combined for eleven strikeouts and runners only reached third on two occasions. However, in the top of the eighth, West Driftwood took a 1-0 through a home run from Rick Welch hit off reliever Adam Johnson. Na’s luck finally ran out in the bottom of the inning as he loaded the bases before giving up a two run single to give East Driftwood a late lead. Paul Greenwood and Jason Canales then pitched a fierce ninth inning that closed out the game and gave East Driftwood the win.

W: A. Johnson (1-1) L: C. Na (0-1) SV: J. Canales (1)
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Old 08-07-2019, 04:35 AM   #23
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Tommy Crawford (1-1, 2.95 ERA) looked to end West Driftwood’s losing streak while Jorge Sanchez (0-1, 3.60 ERA) hoped to take East Driftwood one win closer to a series victory.

East Driftwood struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. West Driftwood responded in the bottom of the third as Rick Welch recorded a triple before being brought home by a Brian Swift blooping single. However, East Driftwood would reclaim the lead in the top of the fourth, beginning with Cristian Janicki scoring from second on a Josh Harris single. They added another run as Crawford tossed a putout past first base, allowing Tyler Rogers to score from second. That was followed by a passed ball that allowed Josh Harris to score. Jorge Sanchez then scored on a deep flyball before Chris Maddux relieved Crawford. However, Maddux picked up where Crawford left off as he gave up a single and a walk before. Devin Kaup hit a two-run double. Then runs didn’t stop as Cristian Janicki then delivered a two-run single. Chris Maddux finally forced a groundout to end the inning but it came at the cost of his well-being as he hobbled off the field in pain. It was the middle of the fourth and East Driftwood led 9-1. Nate Paige came in for Maddux, threw three pitches and strained his bicep, forcing him out of the game. His replacement, Riccardo Steenman, didn’t fare much better as he gave up a sacrifice bunt, a single, a walk and then a two-run single in less than twenty pitches. He managed to force a fielder’s choice before giving up another RBI single. He managed to earn a strikeout to end the inning with the score now at 12-1 East Driftwood. The score held until the top of the ninth, when East Driftwood added two more runs to their tally. West Driftwood got no runs back and suffered a humiliating defeat.

W: J. Sanchez (1-1) L: T. Crawford (1-2)
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Old 08-07-2019, 04:36 AM   #24
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Greg Vallee returned to the mound in the hopes of sparking a comeback for West Driftwood. He was 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA. On paper, things were made easier by his opponent, Ben Castle. Castle was 0-2 with a 4.72 ERA.

After striking out Rick Welch, Castle gave up a walk and two singles before James Jefferson hit a base clearing triple to give West Driftwood an early 3-0 lead. Despite Castle settling down and recording seven strikeouts through the first three innings, he did give up a fourth run in the top of the third. Castle was relieved at the start of the fourth inning but replacement Bill Guenther managed to give up a fifth run as West Driftwood started to run away with the game. Vallee’s shutout was ended in the bottom of the seventh as Ryan Parton hit a two-run home run as Vallee started to run out energy. After 7.1 innings, Vallee was relieved by Chris Wilson. Vallee had only allowed four hits while striking out eight. However, Wilson gave up a two out home run to Daniel Chiadez, allowing East Driftwood to come within two runs. However, Jorge Turcios pitched a strong bottom of the ninth and West Driftwood were able to hold on for their first win since July 12th. That meant that Greg Vallee had earned both of West Driftwood’s latest wins.

W: G. Vallee (3-0) L: B. Castle (0-3) SV: J. Turcios (2)
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Old 08-07-2019, 04:37 AM   #25
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The West Driftwood comeback rested on the shoulders of Ricky Cavazos, whose ERA was still well over 6 after two starts, both of them losses for the twenty five year old. The East passed the ball to Alberto Sanchez, who was on a two-game winning streak after a disastrous first outing.
East Driftwood loaded the bases in the top of the fourth and Jared Crudup hit a two-out double, which he stretched into a finish at third base to take the lead. West Driftwood pulled a run back in the bottom of the second to bring the score to 3-1. The score remained at this until West Driftwood tied the game on the back of two doubles and a single in the bottom of the sixth. With 3-up, 3-down ninths for both sides, the game went to extras. East Driftwood squandered a loaded bases opportunity in the top of the tenth and inexplicably, Paul Greenwood loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth after intentionally walking James Jefferson with no outs. All it took for West Driftwood to win was a single from Austin Schlegel.

W: C. Wilson (1-1) L: P. Greenwood (1-1)
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Now only protecting a two-game lead, East Driftwood turned to the 2-0 Jason Skinner and his 1.20 ERA. Hoping to keep West Driftwood’s winning ways alive was Eric Stull, who despite a 1.69 ERA was 1-2.

The game remained a 0-0 tie until the top of the eighth. Jane Martin and Jody Kolb combined for a ten-batter, four-run inning from West Driftwood, including a two-run home run from Brian Swift. Between them, the two starters had a combined seven hits over the first seven innings. Martin and Kolb had given up five and walked two. West Driftwood added three more runs to their total in the top of the ninth before Stull returned to the mound to pitch the final three outs of a complete game, 109-pitch shutout.

W: E. Stull (2-2) L: J. Martin (0-1)
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Scott Rogers and Chang-sik Na once again head to head. Rogers was still 0-1 despite a 1.71 ERA. Na had the same record but a 6.11 ERA.

A fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fourth gave West Driftwood a one-run lead. Na pitched a fantastic game, going all nine innings and only giving up three hits. Rogers only give up one more hit than Na but one of those four hits led to the game-deciding run. This tied the standings at 10-10, marking an amazing run for West Driftwood.

W: C. Na (1-1) L: S. Rogers (0-2)
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With the standings tied, East Driftwood looked to Jorge Sanchez (1-1, 2.82 ERA) to end their recent slump. Tommy Crawford (1-2, 3.68 ERA), who was struggling through his first few starts, was given the assignment to continue the winning streak.

A James Jefferson triple in the top of the first gave West Driftwood an early 3-0 lead. Their lead lasted until the bottom of the third, which saw East Driftwood score four. They would add two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to make it 6-3 in favour of East Driftwood. They continued to score, pushing their lead to 7-3 by the bottom of the fifth. West Driftwood’s next run came in the top of sixth, cutting East Driftwood’s lead to three. They would add a fifth run following a Brian Swift triple in the top of the eighth but East Driftwood would hold the lead to end a four-game losing streak.

W: J. Sanchez (2-1) L: T. Crawford (1-3) SV: P. Greenwood (5)
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July 23rd 2019

July 23rd saw an interesting pitching matchup. Rookie Bill Guenther (2-0, 4.80 ERA), who had been pitching well out of the bullpen, was given his first start in the Summer Series. His opposing pitcher was Greg Vallee (3-0, 1.71 ERA), who was putting together a Pitcher of the Series calibre season.

Guenther and Vallee traded scoreless frames for five and a half innings until East Driftwood’s weakness in the middle infield let down Guenther. Sitting on one out with a runner at third, Guenther gave up a single to Austin Schlegl. The ball fell to Josh Harris, who was able to get to the first out at second. However, Tyler Rogers was slow with the throw to first and that gave West Driftwood the lead. The lead carried into the top of the ninth as Chris Wilson took over from Vallee. However, he gave up a walk and two singles to allow East Driftwood to tie up the game. Ben Castle was brought in for the bottom of the ninth, which was an odd choice given that Castle has had an abysmal season. He gave up a single before earning a fielder’s choice and flyout to put him at two outs. This was followed by a single to put runners at first and second before a deep single to right-center from Matt St. Sauver allowed Joe Chavez to score from second for the win.

W: C. Wilson (2-1) L: B. Castle (0-4)
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With things tied a 11, West Driftwood turned to Rick Cavazos (0-2, 4.60 ERA) in the hopes of taking a lead in the final stretch of the series. The consistent Alberto Sanchez (2-0, 3.48 ERA) was set to pitch for East Driftwood as they tried to bounce back from the late-game loss the day before.

James Jefferson put West Driftwood on the board early with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning and added a third run before the inning was over. Cavazos gave up two runs in the bottom of the third but East Driftwood were unable to find the tying run. An inning later, they found the lead as they scored twice. West Driftwood were unable to stem the tide of runs as East Driftwood added two more in the bottom of the eighth. It was a bad day for West Driftwood as East Driftwood pulled ahead in the standings.

W: A. Sanchez (3-0) L: R. Cavazos (0-3)
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Jason Skinner (2-0, 0.80 ERA) got the start for East Driftwood as they looked to pull within two wins of the title. West Driftwood sent out Eric Stull (2-2, 1.08 ERA) in the hopes that he could pull out a strong performance.

A triple and a passed ball gave East Driftwood a lead after only four pitches. East Driftwood added a second run before Stull had reached twenty pitches. West Driftwood managed to pull back a run during a strong bottom of the second. The 2-1 score line remained until the top of the sixth when East Driftwood added a third run. An inning later, they added a fourth run as they started to pull ahead. The East Driftwood bullpen, including Ben Castle, held strong to earn the win.

W: J. Martin (1-1) L: E. Stull (2-3) SV: P. Greenwood (6)
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July 26th was another rest day. The only formal event was a bring-and-share picnic and an open-air movie night for the two towns.
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After the rest day, it was back to Rogers v. Na. East Driftwood were two wins away from clinching the title and they were hoping that Rogers would be able to bring them within one.

Two stolen bases by Rich Welch allowed him to score from third on a deep flyout to give West Driftwood the lead in the top of the first. However, East Driftwood would tie the game in the bottom of the inning. Then began West Driftwood’s domination of the game. They scored five runs in the fourth as Na and rookie Antonio Ozuna kept a firm lid on East Driftwood. It was a bad day for Rogers, who gave up seven runs on seven hits as wind completely left East Driftwood’s sails and left them drifting in the doldrums.

W: C. Na (2-1) L: S. Rogers (0-3)
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West Driftwood looked to Greg Vallee to bring them back to .500 while Jorge Sanchez bore the responsibility of bringing East Driftwood within one win of the title.

Things stayed at 0-0 for the first three innings before East Driftwood took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth through a Jared Crudup single. The lead lasted until the bottom of the eighth, when the usually reliable closer Paul Greenwood gave up two runs to allow West Driftwood to take the lead. However, a deep flyout in the top of the ninth allowed East Driftwood to tie the game. As the game went to extras, East Driftwood managed to take a 3-2 lead in the top of the tenth. Jody Kolb pitched a clean bottom of the tenth to give East Driftwood win number fourteen.

W: J. Kolb (1-0) L: C. Ling (1-1)
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The season on the line, East Driftwood gave the ball to Alberto Sanchez (3-0, 3.67 ERA) with the hopes that he would clinch the season for them. To keep them in the running, West Driftwood turned to Tommy Crawford (1-3, 4.62 ERA). Crawford had not had the best season but if there was a time for a season-defining game, it was July 29th.

An Aaron Reisinger home run put East Driftwood up 1-0 in the bottom of the first. They added another two runs in the bottom of the second. Another home run in the bottom of the fourth, this time from Tye Shenton, put East Driftwood up by four. West Driftwood, desperately fighting to stay in the game, and the season, cut the lead in half in the top of the sixth. This was in vain as East Driftwood added runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh to go up 6-2. Protecting a four-run lead, Jody Kolb took the mound in the top of the ninth. James Jefferson popped out to the mound. Austin Schlegl struck out (for the third time that match). And with Joe Chavez’s groundout to shortstop, East Driftwood had won the title with two games to spare.

W: A. Sanchez (4-0) L: T. Crawford (1-4)
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Bill Guenther made his second start in a 2-1 extra innings win for East Driftwood.

W: V. Arce (1-0) L: A. Ozuna (0-1)
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July 31st 2019

The final game of the year was a 4-3 win for East Driftwood as they scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to win their seventeenth game of the series.

W: O. Estrada (1-0) L: J. Simpson (0-1)
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This was how the season broke down in terms of cumulative wins. West Driftwood lost the series during their extended plateau in the middle of the month. From there, it was all about playing catch-up as East Driftwood pulled further and further ahead.
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League leaders and award winners

Austin Schlegl (West Driftwood) led the league in batting average (.325), RBIs (21), slugging (.552) and OPS (.959). He was also part of a four-way tie for league leaders in home runs (2). The 16th season for the 32-year-old, it was his best season since 2014, when he also led the league in a number of categories. In both years, he earned a Triple Crown. On the mound, Greg Vallee (West Driftwood) had the lowest ERA (1.31), had the most wins above replacement (1.1), the most strikeouts (47), and the lowest opponent’s average (.189). However, he was denied a Triple Crown season by Alberto Sanchez, who earned four wins to Vallee’s three.

Rookie of the Series went to East Driftwood’s Josh Harris. The 17-year-old second baseman played well over his 25 games. He finished the season with a .286 batting average and 4 RBI. His teammate, Bill Guenther, finished third in voting. Greg Vallee retained his Pitcher of the Series title after his excellent season. To the surprise of many, Vallee also won Series MVP. He finished three votes ahead of Austin Schlegel, who many assumed who take the MVP, as he did in 2014.

Greg Vallee also set a new series record for innings pitched with 41. The record had stood since 1963 when West Driftwood pitcher Tyler Harper pitched 40 innings. East Driftwood also set a new record for lowest amount of team strikeouts. West Driftwood only earned 211 Ks against the series winners.
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2019 would be the final series for Chang-sik Na. Na made his debut in 1998, pitching in 11 games and finishing with a 1-1 record and a 2.36 ERA. He finished his career having pitched in 136 games and finishing with a 34-22 record. In over 550 innings, he maintained a 2.48 ERA. Na also held a .221 batting average across his career, along with 165 RBIs.

In terms of awards, Na began by winning Rookie of the Series in 1998. He won Pitcher of the Series in 2004, 2009 and 2015. While never an MVP, he was a hugely popular player amongst the fanbase.
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