Wednesday May 23 2012
Coyotes 70s capture CAN-Sirs for second tournament win
By: Bob Hunter Special to The Messenger
Rock ?n Reno up next
The Lincoln Hills 70s senior softball team made it two in a row by claiming the crown in the CAN-Sirs Benefit Tournament in Elk Grove over the weekend. The CAN-Sirs tournament raises awareness of cancer in men and stresses early detection as well as education and exercise. They 70s Coyotes exercised their softball prowess by posting a 4-1 record in the tournament and picking up the trophy in the championship game on Sunday. This comes on the heels of the Lodi Wine Classic where the Coyotes also claimed top prize with a 4-1 record. Big Gym Mikaelsen again led the hit parade with 21 runs batted in on five home runs and a .875 batting average. His slugging percentage was 2.000. Pete Savoia carved out a .875 batting average and slugged 1.250; John Wible topped the 800 mark at .818 and Jim Haworth had a perfect day at the plate in the championship. The author collected 16 hits on the way to a .889 tournament batting average. And what would a good offense be without the defense to match so the Coyotes provided it. Jim Sandin picked up three wins in the circle and Bill Stroh one. Backing them up were defensive gems from Mikaelsen, Forrest Burkett and John Wible. The Coyotes 70s join their brothers 65s and 60s and head to Nevada for the Rock ?n Reno Challenge Cup at the end of this month. This tournament is considered the strongest of the year with 199 (yes, 199) teams from west of the Mississippi descending on the Silver State.