Sunday, July 11, 2010

Dodgers beat Legends & Frozen Ropes in Connie Mack World Series double elimination round

The South Troy Dodgers won both games in the first day of the double elimination round of the Connie Mack World Series Qualifier played at Geer Field Sunday. Monday's schedule will be announced after the completion of Sunday's late game between the Richmond County Baseball Club and the Florida Legends.

J.P. Sportman receives a high-five from Steve Anderson after scoring the go-ahead run on a steal of home in the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the Frozen Ropes Titans. South Troy won, 6-5, concluding the first day in the double elimination round with a 2-0 record. (All video captures by Will Montgomery - The Record).

TROY - Twice Sunday, the South Troy Dodgers poured out of their dugout at Geer Field triumphant, but the celebrations weren’t without a sigh of relief.

The Dodgers worked out of bases-loaded jams in the sixth and seventh innings in the day’s first game against the Florida Legends, posting a 3-1 victory over the three-time defending champions of this Connie Mack World Series Qualifier Tournament.

In the afternoon’s winner’s bracket game against the Frozen Ropes Titans (McKinney, Texas), J.P. Sportman scored the go-ahead run by stealing home – a delayed double steal - in the bottom of the sixth. His former La Salle Institute teammate Dave Roseboom pitched a one-two-three top of the seventh to seal a 6-5 victory for the Dodgers.

"Playing in games like this, there is nothing bigger," South Troy catcher Will Remillard, a Cohoes native, said after the win over Frozen Ropes. "This is one of the biggest tournaments we play in. This is one of the biggest tournaments you can go to. If you’re going to win it, you have to do things like that. The little things. You have to come up clutch."

"We just knocked down two of the top organizations in the country, so we couldn’t be happier," said South Troy head coach Kevin Rogers. But we have a lot of work to do tomorrow and we’re going to get some sleep and try to win a couple of games tomorrow."

Dave Roseboom came in to close the door for the Dodgers, pitching a 1-2-3 seventh inning to preserve the 6-5 victory.

Monday's Double Elimination Round Schedule
Florida Legends vs. Frozen Ropes Titans (McKinney, Texas), 10 a.m. at Geer Field
South Troy Dodgers vs. Cincy Flames, 1 p.m. at Geer Field
Richmond County - second-round bye
The brackets will be redrawn following the South Troy game, with round three set to begin at 5 p.m.

Sunday's scoreboard
South Troy Dodgers 3, Florida Legends 1
Frozen Ropes Titans 6, Cincy Flames 1
Richmond County defeated Team N.Y. Scout (sorry, do not have a score for this one)
South Troy Dodgers 6, Frozen Ropes Titans 5
Florida Legends 4, Richmond County 0
Cincy Flames 6, Team N.Y. Scout 1*
* Team N.Y. Scout eliminated from tournament

South Troy catcher Will Remillard, pictured above, put the Dodgers ahead 4-3 with a two-run double in the third inning. Frozen Ropes reclaimed the lead in the top of the sixth, only to see it slip away in the bottom half of the frame.

Against Florida, Josh Ingham drove in two runs and Dan Priore added an RBI on a suicide squeeze – they accounted for all four Dodgers hits in the game. Priore has had a great tournament from the No. 9 hole, but Ingham was dropped to No. 8 in the order Saturday after hitting No. 5 Thursday and Friday. It didn't bother him one bit.

"You don’t really have a weak spot in this order," Ingham said. "Matt Zanotta, the MVP of Section II, is batting seventh. That’s kind of silly.

"One through nine I think is one of the best lineups in South Troy history, so we can’t complain wherever you are in the order. You just have to get the job done."

Still, South Troy’s star was lefthanded pitcher Evan MacIntosh.

A South Windsor, Conn. native, MacIntosh pitched into the seventh inning before the Dodgers turned to the bullpen. Brian Tatelman, from East Hartford, Conn., struck out Flordia’s David Vasquez for the second out and got cleanup hitter Ozney Guillen, son of Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, to fly out to left field for the final out.

MacIntosh, who had loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, hitting Guillen and walking the next two batters, struck out Aramis Garcia to escape unscathed.

"I just trusted my pitches," MacIntosh said. "In order to pitch well, you have to throw any pitch you can for a strike at any moment in any count and we came out victorious. Well, I think this guy over here (nods to Tatelman) finished it out for me. I wish I could have finished."

South Troy shortstop Branden Cogswell takes ball four of his walk in the sixth inning. He took off for second base on a ball bobbled by the Frozen Ropes catcher, drawing a throw that allowed Sportman to scamper home with the go-ahead run.

In the game against the Titans, the Dodgers came-from-behind to take a 4-3 lead after three innings. Frozen Ropes used two hit batsmen, a single, a walk and an error to retake the lead in the sixth, but the Dodgers charged back.

Nick Bernardo’s pinch-hit sacrifice fly tied the game and when Braden Cogswell took off for second base when a pitch to Steve Anderson hit the dirt, Sportman took off for home and scored the thrilling go-ahead run.

"I was talking with Kevin at third base and he said if they throw the ball down, I’m going," Sportman said. "I just read what I saw and as he threw it, I went."

South Troy won the North Atlantic regional tournament in 2009 to advance to the Connie Mack World Series. About half of the team has returned, but they feel that winning close games and doing so in come-from-behind fashion is something this year’s vintage can do particularly well.

"Last year’s team, we had a lot of good ballplayers, but this year’s team, I feel we’re a lot more scrappy," Roseboom said. "We don’t have a lot of guys that hit the long ball – every once in a while we’ll have Steve Anderson hit a moonshot – but most of the time, we’re scoring runs by stealing bases, bunting guys over and getting the base hit we need.

"Compared to last year’s team, we’re a lot scrappier. We keep coming at people."

Click on the box score for a full-size image.

Florida Legends first baseman Ozney Guillen, son of Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, is about to loft a fly ball to left field for the final out in the South Troy Dodgers' 3-1 victory over the Legends Sunday morning at Geer Field. (All video captures by Will Montgomery).

Frozen Ropes defeated the Cincy Flames, 6-1. For a boxscore from that game, click here.

South Troy starting pitcher Evan MacIntosh, pictured above, pitched a gem for the Dodgers, working into the seventh inning.

MacIntosh worked into trouble in the sixth, loading the bases with two out on a hit batsmen and a pair of walks. He battled back and struck out Florida's Aramis Garcia to end the inning.

In the seventh, MacIntosh again loaded the bases (single, double, intentional walk) before turning things over to closer Brian Tatelman.

Tatelman struck out Florida's David Vasquez for the second out and got Ozney Guillen to fly out to left field to end the game, a 3-1 victory for the Dodgers.

South Troy closer Brian Tatelman, like MacIntosh, a Connecticut native, recorded the final two outs with the bases loaded in the seventh to preserve the win.

Josh Ingham, South Troy's third baseman, slid down to the No. 8 hole in the lineup (he had been hitting No. 5 earlier in the tournament), but provided most of the offense with an RBI double and an RBI single. Here, he drives in Will Remillard on a single in the fourth inning. Ingham was also tagged out at the plate on a close call to end the second inning.

Dodgers players and members of the Legends shake hands after Sunday's game.

Click on the image for a full-sized box score.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The South Troy Dodgers, The City of Troy, and AABC Baseball were embarrassed by the umpiring today at Greer Field. The gentleman behind the plate was an absolute embarrassment. South Troy knows it, all in attendaence know it, yet it is condoned; why? These boys have worked too hard and this tourney means too much to allow this level of incompetence. It is an embarrassing disgrace to the City of Troy and if the South Troy organization or AABC do not do anything about it, they too join in the embarrassment of condoning such incompetence

July 11, 2010 at 6:57 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, you must be one of the incompetent Troy Capital District Umpires under Dictator Brendan Ryan’s watch, who have no business being on a baseball diamond. Because of the 8 games I watched, the officiating has been tremendous.

July 12, 2010 at 8:33 AM 
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