Explorers at Boys of Summer

July 9, 2007

Midland, MI

Denmark, WI
The Explorers made their first trip to the annual Boys of Summer tournament and came away with a 2-2 record in the 16 team event.  By finishing 2nd in their pool, the team went into the playoff round against Aspen (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), but fell 7-5 on a walk-off HR by Chad Hansen in the bottom of the 7th.
Game 1
Explorers 6, Quad Cities (Davenport, IA) 1
WP - Grant Patterson 8-2 (3H, 13K, 3BB), LP - Jeff Farion
Steve Horning RBI single in the 1st gave Midland the lead, but Quad Cities came back in the bottom of the first to tie it.  RBI's by Craig Crawford, Todd Schultz and another by Horning in the 5th.  Schultz 3x4.  Crawford 2x3, 2 RBI.  Horning 2x4, 2RBI.  Dave Frick 2x4.  Keith Peterson was 3x3 for Quad Cities.
Game 2
Circle Tap 7, Explorers 2
WP - Matt Bramwell.  Colin Mackenzie in relief in the 7th.  LP - Doug Sleep 0-1.  Mike Joseph in relief in the 3rd.
This one was all CT except for 2 Midland runs in the 4th.  Tim Jorgenson HR for CT, Perez and Reichardt each with 2 hits.  Crawford and Horning each with 2 hits and an RBI for Midland.
Game 3
Explorers 5, Dolan and Murphy 2
WP - Doug Gillis 1-0 (2H, 6K).  Brent Lynch and Grant Patterson in relief in the 7th.  LP - Juan Potilicchio
Benson, Schultz, Crawford with RBI's for Midland.  Crawford and Eddy Ketelhut each with 2 hits for Midland.  Saldana, Sudges, and Decker with hits for DM.
Game 4 - Playoff Round
Aspen 7, Explorers 5
WP - Andy Jackson (1IP) in relief of Dean Holein) (6IP), LP - Mike Joseph 9-2 (3IP, 3H, 3R, 1K) in relief of Grant Patterson (4IP, 5H, 4K)
2-run HR by Lawton in the 2nd and 2-run single by Jackson gave Aspen a 4-0 lead going into the 6th.  RBI single by Kyle Beane (3x3) in the 6th started Midland's scoring.  Todd Moore with a 2-run HR, and a 2-run, 2-out HR by Crawford in the top of the 7th gave Midland a brief lead.  After 2 Aspen singles, Hansen hit a 3-run walk-off HR for the win.
Up next for Midland is the Orillia (ON) World Series of Fastball with round-robin games against Patsy's (NY), Gremlins (NY), Farm (WI), and Pueblo (CO).  Team record through the Boys of Summer tournament is 19-6.
Kyle Beane

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