Monroe Senior League results

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:58

    Fat Boys, T.I.S. tied at a game apiece in best-of-three series Monroe - The Fat Boys took the first game of the B Division finals with a thrilling 7-6 victory over T.I.S. Bob Klopchin pitched the win, holding the powerful T.I.S. squad to two earned runs, both of them coming on the first two batters of the game. T.I.S. leadoff man Dave Drucker and then second baseman Kevin McGee took Klopchin fastballs deep over the center field fence for a 2-0 lead before an out was made. But Klopchin settled down, using his breaking ball and off-speed pitches to set up the heater, thus keeping the potent T.I.S. lineup off stride. With Klopchin and his solid, sometimes spectacular, infield defense keeping the Fat Boys in the game, the Fat Boy offense proceeded to peck away at T.I.S. and their determined pitcher Steve Berry. Berry artfully escaped a number of jams, leaving the Fat Boys stranded with bases loaded three times in the six innings they batted. The Fat Boys did break through for one big four-run third that was propelled by RBI hits from Ron Schnell, Jeff Swedelson and Sean Donnellan. This gave the Fat Boys the lead they were never to relinquish, despite some uncharacteristically shaky play from their outfield that let T.I.S. put the tying run on second with two outs in the seventh. Klopchin, however, induced a weak grounder to second, thus ensuring a Game 1 victory for the Fat Boys. For the Fat Boys, Schnell finished the night a perfect 3-3, driving in two. Swedelson, Bob Casilli, and Tom Partridge also contributed two hits apiece. T.I.S tied the best-of -three series against Fatboys with a big 10-5 win. It was a total team effort with big hits from Humburto Gueirro, McGee, Neil Riordan, Lloyd Kurth, Dale Miller, Pat Ryan, Mike Mullahy, Billy “Black Shoes” Spina, Greg Helbeck, John Thuman and Steve Berry. T.I.S also played great defense, turning four double plays led by McGee, Gueirro and Riordan. Berry pitched and fielded a great game after coming in down 3-0 in the top of the first.