After driving in the second run of the game, Kit “Mint on the” Pellow drove in three more for good measure. He raised his playoff batting average by almost 40 points in the championship game. He also looks like my uncle-in-law (who was in attendance, and agreed).
PC Evan Greusel adds to his legend. The winning pitcher of record during the clinching game got a standing ovation after 5.1 innings of solid work. Greusel took a come-backer off the hand in the third, but he powered through.
The hallowed grounds of Foothills Stadium goes under the lights with the Vipers comfortably in the lead. The bats were dialed in. The Vipers bats chased Tucson Toros’ ace RHP Lorenzo Barcelo after only 3.1 innings, and the Toros had to use six pitchers in total.
The scouting report on Rick “Big Hit” Guarno out of AA was that he was a defensive specialist that couldn’t hit. The scouts were half-right. Guarno lead the high-powered Vipers offense with a .483 batting average in the playoffs, hitting in all eight playoff games.
Colin Moro comes in to score (again) in the bottom of seventh on a hit by “The Real #14” Jorge Mejia as Fehlandt Lentini looks on. This was the 18th of 18 runs for the Vipers last night. Not bad for a big game, eh? Oh yeah, Feh went 4 for 5 and scored 4 runs in the big game, too. Yeah, that’s right. Where’s that loser hometown heckler now? “Hey Fehlandt, remember me?”
Presented by commish Kevin Outcalt (not in picture), the Vipers get the championship banner. Owner Jeff Gidney can be seen in the white sweater with the Canada flag. Team booster Billy looks on proudly. Manager Morgan Burkhart just got his Gatorade shower from Joe “The Cobra Clutch” Sergent.