Hot bats and solid pitching lead Boise RiverDogs to ASA national title

Written by Bob on September 3rd, 2013

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Shane Alder, seen here pitching in the 2010 NAFA World Series, pitched all four games in leading the Boise, Idaho RiverDogs to the 2013 ASA Class C West Men’s Fastpitch National Championship, Sept. 1, in Salem, Oregon. Photo By BOB OTTO

SALEM, Ore – Cody Brubaker homered, Shane Alder allowed just one run, and the RiverDogs of Boise, Idaho claimed the 2013 ASA Class C West Men’s Fastpitch National Championship by defeating the Roseville (Calif.) Eagles 8-1, Sept. 1 at Wallace Marine Park in Salem, Ore.

Brubaker blasted a three-run homer in the first inning that gave the RiverDogs a 4-0 advantage. And two runs each in the second and third proved too much for Roseville to overcome.

Boise collected 11 hits off two Roseville pitchers, led by Alder, who was 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs; Kip Davis 2-3, run; Jamie Kubena 1-3, 2 RBIs; Brubaker 1-3, run, 3 RBIs; and Jake Miller 3-3, 2 runs, RBI.

After Brubaker’s three-run homer in the first inning, Miller followed with a solo shot. Then in the second, Kubena doubled in two runs, and Alder helped himself with a two-run single in the third.

In the circle, Alder allowed a run in the third on Porter’s infield out that scored Muchado, who reached on a hit to center. Other than that, Alder gave up the one run on six hits, no walks, while striking out three.

    BOISE TAKES TWO FROM ROSEVILLE

The championship marked Boise’s second victory of the day over Roseville. The two teams met earlier in the winners bracket final with Boise coming out on top, 6-1. Alder went the distance, scattering nine hits with one walk and seven strikeouts, while the run was unearned.

The offense pounded out nine hits led by Dane McGrady’s 3 for 3, 2 RBIs and 2 runs. Brubaker again swung a solid bat, going 2-4 with an RBI, while Miller and Alder each drove in a run.

Boise (4-0) took the national title by outscoring its opposition 28-4. McGrady led the RiverDogs with a .600 batting average (6 for 10), two home runs and five RBIs. Brubaker had a .333 average (4-12) with two homers and six RBIs. Miller hit for a .385 average (5-13), with four RBIs and one homer, Kubena had a .333 average (4-12) with four RBIs, and Alder carried a .312 average (5-16) with three RBIs.

Alder was a workhorse in the circle, throwing all 24 innings, allowing 24 hits and two earned runs for a 0.58 ERA. He walked just two, while striking out 24.

    FOUR-PERFECT PERFORMANCE

Boise’s (4-0) championship march in the nine-team tournament included an 8-1 victory over Marks Service in the tournament opener; 6-1 over Interbay Door; 6-1 over Roseville, followed by the championship rematch with Roseville, which battled back to the title game by beating K-Club of Washington, 10-6.

Roseville (4-2) broke open a close losers bracket final with K-Club by plating five runs in the fifth to take a 7-2 lead that they wouldn’t surrender to a tough K-Club (3-2) that took third in the national tournament.

Keith Fry picked up the win in relief, going 4 2/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits with three strikeouts. Trough (2 for 5) and Porter (2 for 4) each drove in a pair of runs, while Fontana, Phillips and Moore drove in a run apiece. (The GameStream lineup did not include first names for Roseville.)

    ASA Class C WEST FINAL STANDINGS

1. Boise RiverDogs 4-0
2. Roseville Eagles 4-2
3. K-Club, Washington 3-2
4. Brotherton Pipeline 3-2
5. Marks Service Inc. 1-3
5. Interbay Door 1-2
6. Redhawks 2-2
6. JRW & Associates 1-3
7. NAFA Free Agents 0-3

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