Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Denver at Utah, game 6

Derek Howe took the mound for Denver, looking to wrap up the series and give Big Cheese a long awaited championship. Utah's Duane Garcia hoped to force a game 7. Utah scored twice in the first as Ryan Ballard had an RBI single and Frank Lewis scored on a Charlie Howard sac fly. Denver got one in the second as Eddie Gaedel doubled home Alex Hamilton. They took the lead in the third when Mark Crawford tripled home a run and scored on a groundout.

Both teams scored a run in the 5th, making the score 4-3 Denver. In desperation, Battletap went to his ace relievers in the 5th, asking them to give everything they had left. Scott Kippenstein pitched an inning and 2/3 of scoreless ball. In the 7th, Battletrap went to Chris Grimes after a leadoff single. Grimes held Denver scoreless that inning, and again in the 8th.

Heading to the top of the 9th Denver still held a 4-3 lead. Battletrap stuck with Grimes, who ran out of gas. Denver batted around, scoring 5 runs off Grimes before he was removed. A tight ballgame turned into a party for the Rabbits.Paul Williamson, Denver's 40 year old closer who struggled through a tough 2012, took the ball in the bottom of the 9th. Kermit Crawford managed a single to get the bat in the hands of Frank Lewis, but APBA's best hitter hit a routine grounder to Ozzie Gaedel, who made the throw to first.

Big Cheese took his first trophy after 27 years of managing, as even the Utah fans cheered "CHEEEEEESE" in appreciation of one of the game's legends.


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