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     The stage was set. The sun was out. Players from the Athletics and REDS started to trickle in about a hour before the 9:00 a.m. first pitch.

    Thanks to the Dundalk Eagle coverage Sports Editor Bill Gates has given this league, a record turnout of fans showed up for the BIG GAME. The college was nice enough to drag the field and line the batter's box at about 7:45 a.m. and on one of the nicest days weather wise this summer,  the Championship game went off with without a hitch.
    In the top of the first the REDS scored 4 runs as the A's committed four unusual errors. Jim Hairfield, Chuck Collison, Kevin Fosnaught( nice chopper K.), and Jeff Magee all scored with the only hits coming from Fosnaught and Pat Heinicke. A's starting pitcher and ACE Wayne Collins shook it off and retired the next 2 REDS with the bases loaded to minimize the damage. In the bottom half of the inning Rob Lee lead off with a walk, stole 2nd and scored on a double by Pat Fox to the gap in left center. Fox went to 3rd on a Paul Tickle sacrifice fly to center and scored on Manager SHTTY SMTTY 's single up the middle. Jim Feiler ( league leader in doubles with 8) knocked in Smith with of course, another DOUBLE  a smash to left center.  REDS starter Jeff Magee left Feiler on 2nd as he got the next batter to pop to first. Score after 1 inning, REDS 4 - A's 3. 
  Collins got in a groove in the 2nd allowing only a base on balls to LEAGUE Senior Statesman, Tony Smelgus. The A's evened the score 4-4 with a lead off single by Shane Zuromski and a clutch double by Tony Nicolarakis but Magee settled down striking out 2 , walking one and inducing a unassisted ground ball to first baseman Heinicke.  The REDS got back to business in the 3rd after Collins struck out Collison, Paul Henning singled, stole 2nd and 3rd, and scored as the throw to 3rd sailed high.  K. Fosnaught walked and scored on a Jeff Magee double.  After a pop up to short for the 2nd out of the inning, Pat Heinicke singled again to score Magee but proceeded to get picked off first.  But three runs were in for a 7-4 lead, REDS. The A's got back to back hits from Steve Kline and Rick Ellis after Jai Hammond popped out to first,  but on a double steal Chuck Collison alertly took the throw at third and gunned Hammond( pinch running for Ellis) down at 2nd and Magee struck out the next A's batter to leave Kline stranded at third.
    Bob Corbett singled with one out in the top of the 4th went to 2nd on Chuck Beggarly's 1st hit of the day. Corbet scored on a error by the A's shortstop with 2 out making the score now 8-4 REDS. Collins then finished his 4 inning of work on the mound getting the next batter to ground out to third base. The A's got right to it in the bottom of the frame as Fox lead off with a base hit and stole 2nd. Paul Tickle followed with a single to center but Fox had to hold up as REDS center fielder Henning sent a laser throw to home . Frank Roberts grounded out  5-3 scoring Fox but Tickle too tried to score and was gunned down at home. Smith got to first on slow roller to short that was bobbled, and scored on Fieler's 2nd hit in as many at bats.  Davey Jones singled but was stranded as Zuromski flied out to deep center. Score at half time REDS 8   A's 6.  
    With Jim Feiler now on the mound for the Athletics, the REDS went right to work . Hairfield singled and tried to score on a Chuck Collison opposite field smash to right field. Second baseman Zuromski ran out to help the fallen A's right fielder, grabbed the ball, fired it to cutoff man , shortstop Smith, who threw a strike to home nailing the speedy but not speedy enough this one time, Hairfield.  With Collison on 2nd manager Smith intentionally walked Henning but that back fired as Collison  scored on Kevin Fosnaught's 2nd hit of the day.  Jeff Magee then  walked to load the bases and Manager Junior Childers singled to score Henning. Fieler put out the fire getting Heinicke to hit a grounder to 2nd which Zuromski fielded cleanly, step on 2nd and ended the inning and killing the rally with a perfect throw to first to finish the double play. Now it's REDS up by 4 , 10-6.
  Tony Nico walked to lead things off in the A's half of the 5th. Pinch runner Zuromski went to 2nd on a walk to Joey "YEA BABY YEA!!!" Panuska, and stole 3rd and scored on a passed ball. Panuska scored on a fielders choice RBI grounder to third by Richard Germetten  to make it  10-8 REDS.  With 2 outs the A's tried to pour it on as Jack Dott singled and Hammond and Kline both walked to load the bases but Collison struck out the next batter to get out of the inning ending the threat. 
  John Gentile walked to start out the top of the 6th for the REDS . After  a fly out to center and a strike out  Chuck Beggardly hit a smash to right center just out of the reach of a diving Smith  to score Gentile's pinch runner Heinicke. Feiler flelded a grounder back to mound for the final out but the REDS padded their lead 11-8.  The A's had their top of the batting order lined up to finish the 6th inning.  Speedster Rob Lee was out at first by a half a step as shortstop Jim Hairfield fielded a grounder and made a perfect throw but Pat Fox singled for his 3rd consecutive hit, stole 2nd and went to third on a Paul Tickle base hit to center. Again, Henning's cannon like arm kept Fox at third.  Frank Roberts followed with the longest fly ball to left field of the season at the stadium, a moonshot SMASH off the warning track and over da fence!!! ( did anyone ever retrieve that one?). The ground rule double kept Tickle at third but scored Fox.  SHTTY SMTTY followed with a ridiculously high fly ball to center that got lost in the sun as Henning for once this season couldn't make the catch.  Tickle scored and Roberts went to 3rd. A balk by Collison scored Roberts to tie it up at 11 ALL,  but Collison got a fly ball out to center and  the third out on a strike out to strand the potential go ahead run, pinch runner Rob Lee , at third base.
  Top of the seventh, all tied up, and up to plate steps youngster Tony Smelgus who beats out a slow grounder to second that Feiler just couldn't get a handle on. 77 year old wheels can really surprise you and a little hustle never hurts. Feiler had to bear down with the top of the order coming up, no outs, man on first.  Fly ball to right, strike out, and fly ball to center, mission accomplished .  Shane Zuromski lead off the bottom of the seventh with a base hit, his second of the day, Nicolarakis popped out to third, and Panuska forced Zuromski at second on a ground ball to third, now it's 2 outs . Here's where it gets real interesting. Panuska, on 1st after the fielders choice, steals second, then proceeds to almost get picked off by Collison . But as unlikely as other games have gone all season for the A's, the REDS botched the rundown and Panuska scores the go ahead run instead of being the 3rd out. Collins gets hurt during the rundown, so Manager Childers undresses and takes the mound. HE WAS CATCHING FOLKS.   Junior quickly strikes out the only hitter he would face but the damage was done A's take their first lead of the day 12-11. 
    Jeff Magee got his second hit of the day to lead off the top of the 8th for the REDS but 2 fly balls tracked down by Jack Dott in right field , a 3rd out strike out by winning pitcher Jim Feiler, and the Athletics win the CHAMPIONSHIP.
    It has been my pleasure to write these inaccurate every once in awhile ( though this one is pretty close to what happened ) Recaps and hope you have enjoyed them. Next year I'm going  to need some help as we will have 3-4 games going each Sunday.  ANY VOLUNTEERS??????     SHTTYSMTTY
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