Bob Britz got things going for the River Valley team in the bottom
of the second with a double to left-center. Roger Kalina of the
New Prague Robins bounced one off the center-field fence to
drive in Britz and River Valley took a 1-0 lead. Waconia's
Collin Bender followed with a single scoring Kalina and RV went
League quickly answered in the top of the 3rd as Dassel-Cokato
third baseman, Mark Raisanen opened the inning with a double.
Rich "Doc" Ellis, of the Loretto Sox moved him to
third with a single and he later scored on a fielder's choice.
Valley manufactured a run in the bottom of the sixth as Carlos
Ubiera of the Eden Prairie Lion's Tap team reached on an error,
stole second, moved to third on a fielder's choice and scored on
Bobby Britz's single to give the RV team a brief 3-1 lead.
the Metro League was not to be denied as they came back in the
top of the seventh to score 2 runs for a 3-3 tie. The ageless
John Gilbert of the Shoreview Hawks, a veteran of 20 + seasons
in the senior league reached on an error, moved to second when
Tony Krick of the Eden Prairie Padres drew a walk and scored on
Loretto's Paul Lucktenbergs single. Loretto's Wayne Zarembinski
then drove home Krick with the tying run.
In the top
of the 10th, Lucktenberg reached on an error. Zarembinski's hit
was bobbled by the RV team and Kevin Ario of the Minneapolis
Adrians, running for Lucktenberg moved to third. He then scored
on New Hope's Ben Suapaia's single and the Metro took a 4-3
proved to be short-lived as Scott McNally of the Bloomington
Eagles reached on an error. Montgomery's Craig Schuster singled
him to third and Montgomery's Dan Deutsch drove him home to knot
the game at 4-4. after 10 innings.
In the bottom
of the 11th, Webster's Rob Krostue drew a walk, stole second and
was singled home by pinch hitter Dave "The Greek"
Wagner of the Belle Plaine Grey Tigers giving the RV nine a 5-4
lead. Fielding misplays led to another run for River Valley
giving them a 6-4 lead, the ultimate margin of victory.
Collin Bender came in to pitch the 12th for the RV team and
promptly "shut the door" by recording 2 quick