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Levy’s triple lifts Midland Explorers over Denmark Circle Tap Dukes

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Midland, MI – Explorers’ Dale Levy admits he had a nightmare game against Dean Holoien of the Saskatoon Diamondbacks on Monday, striking out three times.

But what a difference a day makes.

Levy drove in the only run Midland pitcher Don Scott would need as the Explorers defeated the Circle Tap Dukes 2-0 Tuesday afternoon to stay alive in the losers bracket in ISC World Tournament play.

All the scoring was done in the top-half of the first inning.

Lead off batter Dan Loney worked Diamondbacks’ Jeremy Manley for a walk. And Levy followed by drilling a triple, driving in Loney. Eddy Ketlehut followed with an RBI hit, and Scott had all the runs he would need.

“We had a big lump to swallow after last night,” Levy said, referring to Midland’s 4-2 loss to the Diamondbacks on a game-ending walk off homer. “We came back today and refocused.”

Scott (2-1) got a bit of redemption after taking the loss against the Diamondbacks on Colby Beierle’s walk off homer last night.

But today Scott – known as primarily a rise ball pitcher – changed his pitching tactics, relying more on his change-up to keep a solid-hitting Circle Tap off their stride.

Levy complimented Scott’s (three-hit) pitching, and said that with Scott and Grant Patterson, Midland has two of the better pitchers in the world tournament. But pitching alone won’t get it done, he said.

“We have to stay focused and get good quality at bats.”

The win moves Midland (2-1) on in the losers bracket where they will take on the winner of the Snappers / A1 Brewers game.

Scott sharp, hurls Midland Explorers over New York Bombers

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

MIDLAND, MI – Don Scott picked up right where he ended the 2011 ISC World Tournament: winning.

The right-handed Scott, who was the Most Outstanding Pitcher of last year’s world tournament after pitching the Jarvis Travelers to the title, hurled a brilliant game in leading the Midland Explorers to a 5-0 victory over the New York Bombers, Sunday night.

As the host team, Midland (1-0) picked up its first win of the World Tournament, while New York pulls even at 1-1.

Scott was in top form, showing his signature explosive rise ball, along with mixing in an effective drop and change-up. Through six innings he was nearly unhittable and carried a perfect game into the seventh inning.

But with one out, Jeff Carr doubled into left field and Bruce Hackett followed with a single. But Scott struck out the next two batters to end the game, finishing with a two-hitter and 16 strikeouts.

He said he wasn’t too concerned about losing the perfect game.

“You always try and get it, but in the long run you want the win,” he said.

The Explorers took advantage of three walks off Bombers’ starter Doug Hoffman, cashing in on all three to take a 3-0 lead through four innings. Back-to-back walks to Steve Horning (2-for-3, 2 runs) and Adam Lalonde (1-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs), followed by a passed ball that allowed Horning to score, and Ed Ketelhut’s (1-3) RBI single to left field gave Midland a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Then in the third inning, Hoffman’s two-out walk to Lalonde set the table for Dale Levy, who drove a triple down the right field line scoring Lalonde; and essentially that was all the runs Scott would need.

But the Explorers put the game out of reach in the fifth when Lalonde drilled a two-run homer over the right centerfield fence for Midland’s final tally. Kyle Beane, Justin Krenzke and Shea Bryant also had one hit apiece to help Midland’s cause.

Scott finished the 2011 ISC World Tournament with a 6-0 record. He said he likes the Explorers championship chances if the offense can keep plating runs.

“We’ve got to keep hitting, and then we’ve got a shot,” he said of Midland which collected nine hits off Hoffman and Shawn Samson, who came on in the fifth.

The Explorers move on to face the Saskatoon Diamondbacks Monday at 6 p.m. Saskatoon defeated the Elmira Expos 2-0 on Trevor Ethier’s three-hit, 10 strikeout effort, Sunday afternoon.

The Bombers came into the game by defeating the Sweaburg Crush on Saturday. Sweaburg jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning, but that was all the runs they could manage. Meanwhile, the Bombers chipped away with single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to pull within 4-3 heading into the seventh.

And then Carr shocked the Crush by drilling a three-run, walk off home run – his only hit of the game – to steal the win.