South Florida Reds (28+ Division) vs Southern Yankees (28+ Division)
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South Florida Reds (28+ Division)
Southern Yankees (28+ Division)

Battle to the end
by Southern Yankees (28+ Division)

The Southern Yankees finally beat the always tough Reds in in a back and forth battle 10-9. The game started out very close with the Reds scoring a run in the second to lead 1-0. The Southern Yankees answered as they did all game by scoring two of their own in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead and after 3 the score remained that same way. But the Reds would score two runs to retake the lead in the top of the fourth on a defensive miscue. Player/Manager Ray Asmar would make an ESPN da da dat da da dat all out sliding grab on a long hit in the gap in the previous inning and was all smiles for a brief period. But the baseball Gods made sure he realized that this game is not as easy as it sometimes seems. In the very next inning he misplayed a routine fly ball that was lost in the tough overcast grey sky. That resulted in two unearned Reds scoring and the Reds took a brief 3-2 lead going into the fifth. The Yankees came right back with 3 runs and grabbed the lead back 5-3 going into the sixth. As was the case throughout; the visitors would add 3 runs of their own on a defensive miscue at shortstop and a booming double off the fence from Reds Player/Manager Donnie. That resulted in the Reds now leading 6-5 going into the bottom of the sixth. You can tell whats coming next in this see saw battle and yes the Yankees scored 3 right back. Chris Bartzokis stroked a leadoff double, Ken Silberling singled, a walk and a defensive miscue from the reds then loaded the bases. Sam MVP Bartoletta then continued the drama by clubbing a clutch single to drive in two runs and give the Southern Yankees another temporary lead 8-6 heading into the seventh. But the always tough Reds would not go away as they took advantage of some free passes and an infield error by the Yankees. They would score two big runs in the top of the eighth to once again tie the game 8-8 . There were double snowman everywhere on the scoreboard at that juncture as the Southerm yankees came to bat in the bottom of the eighth. Ken Silberling would leg out a hilarious double with a gold medal Olympic dive into second base. In a huge at bat and with two out pinch hitter Frank Crupi worked a clutch walk on a full count. That brought the lineup bacK up to the top and leadoff hitter Joe Darelli. He lined a two out single which loaded the bases . Sammie came thru again with a hit and the Southern Yankees took the lead back 9-8 going into the final 9th inning. What a game! But wait theres more! The resiliant Reds scored the tying run in their top half and it was all knotted at 9-9 going into the bottom of the ninth. Now nothing but crooked numbers were on the scoreboard as the Southern Yankees knew this was their season. It ended quickly as Reds nemesis Reidy Oliva led off with a single. wITH a teasing lead and several close pickoff attempts to get him picked off the game ended. An errant throw over the first basemans head landed off the fence in foul ground on the right field side. With Reidy scooting to third and rounding the base the Reds fielder airmailed an errant throw over his catchers head. And just like that Oliva scampered home with the winning Southern YANKEES run for the 10-9 win! A fabulous game as we head down the stretch looking for a playoff spot. Sam Baroletta led the Yankees 14 hit attack with 3 hits and Joe Darelli, Reidy Oliva and Ken Silberling clubbed two hits apiece. Franklin Brito fresh off his trip from Santa Domingo pitched briliantly. Dan Fimiani pitched great in the late innings to get the win and the victory for the Southern Yankees. We look to continue the hunt against the rival Deerfield White Sox at the newly acquired venue Sugar Sand Park field. STAY THIRSTY MY FRIENDS!

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