Over-40 Base­ball play­offs: Roy­als down Rays to ad­vance

Dodgers, Cardinals also move on

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

The Roy­als and Rays have played games close all year in the Eastern Bal­ti­more County Over-40 Base­ball League. So it fig­ured their matchup in the first round of the post­sea­son tour­na­ment would be no dif­fer­ent.

The game didn’t dis­ap­point, as the fourth-seeded Roy­als (4-2) ral­lied past the fifth-seeded Rays (3-3) for an 8-5 vic­tory on Sun­day at Pat­ap­sco High.

The Roy­als ad­vance to play the top-seeded Astros (5-1), which had a first-round bye.

The other two first-round games were lack­ing in ten­sion, with the sec­ond-seeded Dodgers (4-2) de­feat­ing the sev­enth-seeded Di­a­mond­backs (0-5-1) 19-4 and the third-seeded Cardinals (4-2) de­feat­ing the sixth-seeded Ori­oles (0-5-1) 10-1.

The Dodgers and Cardinals will meet Sun­day at St. He­lena Park, while the Roy­als and Astros play at the Le­gion Post 38 field.

Dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, the Roy­als outscored op­po­nents by only eight runs, 5445, while the Rays outscored op­po­nents by seven runs, 45-38.

“We’re not a team that re­ally crushes other teams,” Roy­als man­ager Jeff Patti said.

Trail­ing 5-3 go­ing into the bot­tom of the sev­enth, the Roy­als scored three runs to take a 6-5 lead.

They then shut out the Rays over the last two in­nings while pad­ding their lead with a pair of runs in the bot­tom of the eighth.

The Roy­als turned dou­ble plays in both the eighth and ninth in­nings; the one in the ninth ended the game.

In the eighth, with a run­ner on first and no outs, the Roy­als turned a 6-4-3 dou­ble play; in the ninth, it was a 4-63 dou­ble play.

Bill Dragovich was the Roy­als’ sec­ond base­man, while Lloyd Fox played short­stop and Jeff Wil­helm played first.

The Roy­als rally in the sev­enth started with a walk to Bryan Wil­helm, who went to sec­ond on a balk and scored on a sin­gle by Dan Crow­ley.

With two outs and run­ners on first and sec­ond, Fox tied the game on a sin­gle cen­ter field. Mitch Stringer then sin­gled in the go-ahead run.

In the eighth, Paul Cere­belli walked with one out, went to sec­ond on a balk, to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sin­gle by C.J. Rock­hill.

A two-out throw­ing er­ror by the Rays ex­tended the in­ning, and Jeff Jagosin­ski took ad­van­tage with an RBI sin­gle to send the game into the ninth with the Roy­als hold­ing a three-run lead.

The Rays had led 3-1 in the sixth in­ning, break­ing a 1-1 tie in the third as Corey Good­win and Rob Dolly led off with sin­gles, ad­vanced on a ground­out, and scored on a dou­ble by Sonny Weaver.

Af­ter the Roy­als tied the game with two un­earned runs in the bot­tom of the sixth, the Rays took a 5-3 lead in the top of the sev­enth as Dolly led off with a dou­ble and scored on Ray King’s two-out sin­gle.

Af­ter a walk to Erin Hick­man, King scored on a sin­gle by Steve Kessler.

Ag­gres­sive baserun­ning by the Roy­als helped them tie the game in the bot­tom of the sixth. Stringer was hit by a pitch and moved into scor­ing po­si­tion with two stolen bases and scored on a sac­ri­fice fly.

Cere­belli reached on an in­field sin­gle, stole sec­ond, went to third on a throw­ing er­ror and scored on a twoout sin­gle by Rock­hill.

The Roy­als lost to the Astros 15-7 dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, while the Dodgers beat the Cardinals 7-3.

PHO­TOS BY BILL GATES

C.J. Rock­hill of the Roy­als slips un­der the tag of Rays short­stop Josh La­mont.

Roy­als short­stop Lloyd Fox at­tempts to ap­ply a tag to Adam of the Rays.

Roy­als sec­ond base­man Bill Dragovich throws over Rays baserun­ner Corey Good­win to com­plete a dou­ble play.

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