Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Washington 3, Windy City 10

Wow. That’s really all you can say after watching this whole series play out. It was back and forth, and one team emerged triumphant.

The Windy City Thunderbolts are that one team. They are the 2007 Frontier League champions.

In the deciding fifth game of the series, the T-Bolts just poured it on in their return to Crestwood. A total of 10 runs were scored. It started on the very first pitch of the game. Washington starter Tom Cochran served it up to Rob Marconi who took it deep for a solo home run. Marconi had a huge game. He had 4 hits. He added two more RBI’s, two more doubles, a single, and a stolen base.

Mike Coles added an RBI on a grounder. Phillip Hawke had two base hits and an RBI. Josh Horn had a base hit. Scott Billak also had a huge game. He had a double, a two run double, and went deep for a solo home run in the eighth inning. John McCarthy had three base hits. He had an RBI and a stolen base. Gavin Concepcion had an RBI on a sacrifice.

Tom Cochran got hit by the Windy City offense so much that he got taken out after 1+ innings of work. The Wild Things would use seven pitchers in this game. Meanwhile, T-Bolts starter Shawn Phillips, who previously had never had a good game against the Wild Things, had a great game. Shawn went 6 and 2/3 innings and struck out six batters and gave up just two walks a few hits. That was more than enough for Windy City’s bullpen to close it out.

For Washington, Jarod Rine had two base hits. Matt Sutton had a double and an RBI. Robbie Knapp had an RBI. Rene Quintana had two base hits. Pat O’Brien had a double. Ryan Bethel had a base hit. The Wild Things could not get it together with a string of hits.

Here are some notes and details:

The Thunderbolts become the first #1 seed in the FL postseason to win the championship in all 5 games of the finals. This is also the sixth time the Washington Wild Things have come up short of their goal, making the playoffs in each of their six years, and second time in the finals, but they didn’t win it all. The sprinklers came on late in the game. There was a small delay. It was pretty funny, to be honest.

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