Over-40 Base­ball: Dodgers hand Astros first loss

Astros still clinch top seed in post­sea­son tour­ney

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com

Sun­day’s game be­tween the Astros and the Dodgers had the po­ten­tial to be a duel for the reg­u­lar-sea­son ti­tle and the top seed in the post­sea­son tour­na­ment.

It was, un­til the Roy­als knocked off the Dodgers on

Wed­nes­day 7-4 in a makeup game from ear­lier in the sea­son.

With that, the Astros clinched the reg­u­lar-sea­son ti­tle and their only mo­ti­va­tion in Sun­day’s game was to con­tinue an un­beaten sea­son.

The Dodgers, how­ever, were still play­ing to earn the sec­ond seed in the tour­na­ment, and clinched it with a 13-5 vic­tory over the Astros at the Le­gion Post 38 field.

The Astros (5-1) get a firstround bye in the tour­na­ment. The Dodgers (4-2) get to play the sev­enth-seeded Di­a­mond­backs (0-5-1) in the first round and won’t have to face the Astros again un­til the cham­pi­onship game.

The Dodgers, Car­di­nals and Roy­als all fin­ished 4-2. Since they all went 1-1 against the other two teams, the tie-breaker was run dif­fer­en­tial.

The third-seeded Car­di­nals will play the sixth­seeded Ori­oles (0-5-1) in the first round at St. He­lena Park, while the Roy­als face the fifth-seeded Rays (3-3) at Pat­ap­sco High.

The Roy­als-Rays win­ner gets the Astros in the sec­ond round.

The Astros and the Dodgers fea­tured the Eastern Bal­ti­more County Over-40 League’s best of­fen­sive teams and the best de­fen­sive team.

The Dodgers fin­ish the reg­u­lar sea­son hav­ing al­lowed a league-low 26 runs in six games, while the Astros scored a league-high 78 runs.

The Astros also gave up 46 runs, more than any other teams ex­cept the win­less Di­a­mond­backs and Ori­oles.

Nark Miller held the Astros to three runs through the first five in­nings. Chuck Col­li­son took over with no outs and two run­ners on base; he blanked the Astros the rest of the way.

Col­li­son got out of the six­thin­ning jam with a strike­out and a 6-4-3 dou­ble play.

He gave up a lead­off sin­gle in the sev­enth and faced a bases-loaded, one-out sit­u­a­tion in the eighth. A grounder back to the mound re­sulted in a force at the plate, and a grounder to first ended the game.

(It was al­ready past noon, and Over-40 league rules state a new in­ning may not start past noon.)

Col­li­son did have quite a cush­ion, en­ter­ing the game with a 12-4 lead.

The Dodgers scored six runs in both the fourth and fifth in­nings to build their lead.

Trail­ing 1-0 en­ter­ing the bot­tom of the fourth, the Dodgers sent eight bat­ters to the plate and the in­ning ended when they scored the max­i­mum six runs al­lowed by league rules prior to the sev­enth in­ning.

Mike Miller led off the in­ning with a dou­ble. Stu An­thony had an RBI sin­gle, while Steinart and Mark Killingsta­d each had tworun sin­gles.

In the fifth, 10 bat­ters pro­duced six runs for the Dodgers.

The Astros were miss­ing four play­ers and only had nine at the game. An in­jury had them play­ing the last in­ning with eight play­ers.

In Sun­day’s other reg­u­larsea­son fi­nales, the Roy­als beat the Ori­oles 11-6 at Pat­ap­sco High, and the Car­di­nals beat the Di­a­mond­backs 25-2 at St. He­lena Park.

Chuck ol­li­son shut down the Astros over the last three in­nings to pre­serve the Dodgers’ vic­tory.

PHOTOS BY BILL GATES

Astros sec­ond base­man Herb Ran­dolph makes an off-bal­ance throw to first for an out.

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