Bowser topples Hot Shots Saloon
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Chad Jacob had a choice to make a few months back when he got a random phone call from Bowser assistant coach Jim Onder.
Jacob either could continue to play with his Palomino League friends with Daily News League expansion team Hot Shots Saloon or join sides with the most decorated team in the 85-year history of the DNL.
The decision was easy.
“I wanted to play with winners,” Jacob said.
Jacob had the chance to prove that Wednesday at Clairton Park, and he didn't disappoint.
Jacob picked up the win as he scattered six hits over 51⁄3 innings and allowing one run and solidified his selection of teams with a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning that sealed Bowser's seventh straight win with a 7-4 victory over Hot Shots Saloon.
“You can say that I knew their strengths and weaknesses,” Jacob said. “But you don't realize how tough it is. I am out their laughing on the mound and talking to them on first because I am facing all my friends.”
Jacob found his way onto Bowser's roster after Onder saw him play for CCAC-South, who shares the same field with the Twins. Onder cold called him and talked him into playing for the defending champs.
“Pretty much I listen to whatever Onder says about something like that,” Bowser player/manager Andy Brettschneider said. “We just thought the kid could hit but he said he could pitch, too, so we sent him out there.”
Jacob improved to a league-leading 4-0 on the year, but it wasn't without controversy.
Hot Shots Saloon (3-6) appeared to have cut its 2-0 deficit in half in the fifth inning when Anthony Monaco hit a sacrifice fly that scored Adam Dodson. However, the home plate umpire ruled that Dodson left third early and called him out to end the inning.
“I honestly wasn't looking,” Brettschneider said. “But one play like that sure changed the whole outlook of the game.”
Hot Shots Saloon manager Mike Monaco echoed the same thoughts.
“It's amazing how one bad call can change an entire game and I maintain it was a bad call,” Monaco said. “It is our first year in this league and we have been getting it everywhere we go. Whether anybody wants to admit it or not is another thing but we aren't getting any calls. The play deflated us.”
Bowser (9-1) took full advantage in the bottom of the inning when Brian Grise and Onder singled and Jack Shaffer was hit by an Anthony Monaco pitch to load the bases with two outs.
Jacob drove one to the gap in right center-field to clear the bases to give Bowser a 5-0 lead.
“Yeah, he's pretty good,” Brettschneider said. “We will keep him.”
Hot Shots answered back with three runs in the sixth, highlighted by Ryan Dodson's RBI double, but Bowser rallied in the bottom of the inning with a Grise two-run single. Grise went 3 for 3 and reached base four times.
“They are a good team,” Brettschneider said. “They are going to take a lot of teams by surprise. They never quit.”
Hot Shots brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh, but Mark Breisinger got Ben Nolan to pop up to end the game.
“Since I got my full team ever since the high school season ended, I think we proved we can play with anybody,” Mike Monaco said. “We expect to be there at the end.”
Carriage Inn edges Klingensmith Insurance
Carriage Inn scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to claim a 2-1 victory of Klingensmith insurance. Carriage Inn led, 1-0, going into the seventh when Klingesmith tied the game on a Matt Bradburn RBI single.
Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib
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