70s Coyotes are World Masters Softball Champions

Nevada heat not enough to slow Lincoln Hills club
By: Bob Hunter Courtesy to News Messenger Sports
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LAS VEGAS _ It was hot in Nevada this past week, but not as hot as the Lincoln Hills 70s Coyotes softball club as they slugged their way to No. 1 in the 2011 World Masters. On the final day the Coyotes found themselves needing to win two games just to reach the championship game. They would then have to follow that up by winning two games against the undefeated Minnesota Masters – they did both. With temperatures in triple digits, the Lincoln Hills nine took on the four-game challenge with bats reading hotter than a Vegas thermometer. Big Gym Mikaelsen closed out his successful season by averaging .815 at the plate, and slugging 1.593 with three home runs, and two triples. He also drove in 18 runs and scored 15 of his own. Hot on his heals were Forrest Burkett (.739, home run), John Parks (.714, 1.214, two home runs, two triples, and four doubles), George Bungarz (.708), Jim Haworth (.706), and Ed Sorensen (18 runs-batted-in, home run). Jim Sandin ignored the scorching Nevada sun to pitch all eight games for a 6-2 record. Supporting him on defense were Parks, Burkett, Mikaelsen, Sorensen, Bungarz, and John Wible. The 70s Coyotes season brought home six championship trophies and four runners-up cups in 13 tournaments this season. They won 55 of 72 games for a winning percentage of .604. 60s Black _ The “rookie” club went undefeated in six games and scored 126 runs in their tournament to claim top prize. The Black Coyotes will finish their season in Pleasanton at month’s end. The offensive juggernaut was led by Ed Lazarek, Carlos Zavala, and John Gho. Mike Hilton and Bec Cannistraci both had home runs. In the field a tip of the cap went to D.J. Cox, Bob Fernandez, Hilton, Cannistraci, Lambert, Gho, and Zavala. Tom Westlake pitched all six games. E-mail your Lincoln sports stories to