Manteca tough tourney for Lincoln Hills Coyotes

Big League Dream Fields still a fun place to play
By: Bob Hunter News Messenger Contributor
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MANTECA _ Playing on the Big League Dream Fields was great fun, but three Lincoln Hills Coyotes clubs found the going a bit rough in the Hall of Fame Tournament held Aug. 17-21. Built to resemble Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium, Tiger Stadium, the Polo Grounds, Fenway Park, and Angel Stadium, the dream fields provide an outstanding setting, but the 60s Blues and Blacks found themselves on the outside of the championship games looking in. The Blues finished with a 1-4 record, and the Blacks 2-3. The Blacks placed fourth. Mike Hilton had a game-winning hit in the tournament, and D.J. Cox, Bob Fernandez, and Bill Fagan teamed up with a terrific defensive relay to get a runner trying to score. Fernandez also was tops at the plate batting .923. The club had nine home runs, including a grand slam and a solo shot by Carlos Zavala. John Griffin and Ed Lazarek each sent two into the bleachers and one each was hit by Terry Padovan, John Gho, and Cox. The 70s Coyotes came within one game of the championship, but fell to their usual foe the Nor Cal Renegades. They lost by two runs and tumbled to fourth place as three teams with identical tournament records vaulted past them. Gym Mikaelsen averaged .900 with the bat, including two home runs and 11 runs batted in. Tuck Halsey hit .882, Rich Huskey .833 (a home run and 12 RBI), and Bob Napoli .800. The club had 102 runs. Just four runs separated the Coyotes 70s from a perfect record; they finished 3-2. The Coyotes reload this weekend for the Sun Eagle Tournament at Del Webb Field.