SENIOR SOFTBALL: Doc Miner Chiropractic rallies to win championship
In a see-saw affair at Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley, it was Doc Miner Chiropractic rallying in the bottom of the seventh and final inning to beat TuffGrass, 13-12, and claim the 2016 Gold Country Senior Softball League (Weekday) Championship Thursday.
“The character of this team is the whole reason we got to this point,” Doc Miner player Rick Miner said after the game. “We really believe in each other, and we never get down on each other. It’s just a great bunch of guys and we love playing together. These guys are awesome. It’s not just the talent. It’s the quality of people.”
With Doc Miner clinging to a 9-7 lead in the top of the seventh, TuffGrass went to work. Bob Hare ripped a two-RBI double for his third hit of the day. Allen Bolen followed with a two-RBI triple. Tom Paone then hit a sacrifice fly that scored Bolen and put TuffGrass up 12-9. But it wouldn’t be enough.
Doc Miner’s George Brindley opened the bottom of the seventh inning with a double. After a line out, Rick Miner hammered a base knock that scored Brindley. Chuck Davidson and Mike Tipton then drew walks to load the bases for Mike Ramirez who hit a two-RBI single to tie the game. After a fly out, Greg Peterson came to the plate with a man on third and two outs. Peterson brought the game-winning run home with a hard hit grounder to the left side that was too tough to handle. It was Peterson’s third hit of the day and third RBI.
Despite the three-run deficit, there was never any doubt the Doc Miner team would come back, said Brindley.
“We’ve done it before,” he said. “All season long, we’ve always finished strong. I had no doubt.”
In addition to Peterson, other Doc Miner players that came up big at the plate were Davidson (2-for-3, home run, double, four RBIs), Brindley (2-for-3, double), Miner (3-for-4, two RBIs), Tipton (2-for-3), Ramirez (2-for-4, two RBIs), Terry Wearne (2-for-3) and Bob Olsen (1-for-3, RBI).
Leading the way for TuffGrass was Bob Murley (3-for-4, double, RBI), Steve Burnett (2-for-4, RBI), Hare (3-for-4, double, four RBIs), Bolen (2-for-3, double, triple, two RBIs), Paone (1-for-3, three RBIs), Robin Buckman (3-for-4, double), and Benny Garcia (2-for-4, double).
In addition to winning the season-ending tournament, Doc Miner Chiropractic also claimed the regular season title with a 25-11 record.
When asked if Doc Miner Chiropractic is the best team the Gold Country Senior Softball League has to offer, Miner only smiled and said, “We’re the most fun team for sure.”
For more information about the Gold Country Senior Softball League visit http://www.gcssasoftball.org.
To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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