Thursday Sep 15 2011
70s Coyotes find Renegades number in Turlock Tourney
By: Bob Hunter News Messenger Sports Contributor
60s Blacks squeeze out a third in Sparks, Reno
TURLOCK _ The Nor Cal Renegades once again stood in the way of the Lincoln Hills 70s Coyotes opportunity for a championship in the Turlock Tournament, but the local club didn’t flinch. Using perhaps their best defense of the season, the Coyotes turned double plays, great catches in the outfield, and throwing out runners diving for the dish to top the ‘Gades, 15-5. Once again Coyotes’ bats rang out with batting averages of .882 (John Wibble), .875 (Pete Savoia), .813 (Bob Napoli), and the author hit .750, plus 11 runs-batted in. Also hammering the ol’ horsehide were Gym Mikaelsen (.733, 1.133 slugging, 12 rbi, and a home run), Rich Huskey (.733, 11 rbi), George Bungarz (.733), and John Parks (1.333 slugging, and a home run). The club totaled 82 runs, hit for a team average .658, and compiled a 4-1 record. The Coyotes’ overall record is 44-18. The last tournament of the fading season is Sept. 26-28, Las Vegas, for the 2011 World Masters. Coyotes 60s Black _ Facing some terrific talent in the SPA Tournament in Sparks and Reno two weekends ago, the Lincoln Hills Coyotes 60s Black pulled out a third-place finish. John Griffin and Ed Lazarek put two each out of the park to help the locals win three out of three games. Also contributing at the plate were Steve Lambert, Bill Fagan, and J.R. Jackson, who all bettered the .700 mark in batting average. The Coyotes totaled 13 triples and 19 doubles before the weekend was done. On the defense, Bec Cannistraci, Lazarek, Griffin, John Moran, John Gho, Bob Fernandez, and Jackson all wore the golden glove. The 60s Black and Blue Coyotes head for Medford, Ore., for a tournament, Sept. 17-18.