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Bronx win on Slywka’s walkoff homer

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

PAUL ROBB dellivered 2 2/3 innings of solid relief pitching for the ECL Bronx to pick up the 4-3 victory over the Northwest Braves, Thursday, at Northside Softball Complex. Photo By BOB OTTO / 2017 NAFA World Series

NORTHSIDE SOFTBALL COMPLEX – Brian Slywka wasn’t having the best of game’s. But come the seventh inning that all changed with one swing of the bat.

With the scored tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh between the Northwest Braves and ECL Bronx, Slywka came to the plate and belted a solo-shot over the left-centerfield fence for the game winner to give the Bronx a first-round victory in the A-Major World Series.

The pitch?

“I got an inside pitch down in the zone,” Slywka said, who bats in the two slot. “I had gone 0-for-3 and all I wanted to do was get on base. It felt great. This is my first World Series and something I’ll remember for a long time.”

Brian Robb pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief to pick up the win. He allowed one hit, struck two and walk two. Matt Chambers had a huge game for the Bronx going 2-for-3 with 3 RBI. Parker Lyga led the Braves with a 2-for-3 with a home run and 2 RBI.

Bronx bomb Santa Rosa for NAFA A-Major World Series Championship

Monday, August 12th, 2013

The Bronx include from front left, Shawn Schick, Ian Glasser, Reid Pillar, Braden Reiger, Craig Geisler, Nathan Bender, Tyler Tomlinson, Colby Davidson, and Curtis Huata. Back left, Ashley Morris, Paul Robb, Joey Burnett, Quinn Glasser, Jordan Waterhouse, Jeremy Kenny, Cole MacLean, Stephen Kwasinicki, and Royce Cote. Photo By BOB OTTO

URBANDALE, IOWA – They’re called the Bronx, but the way they swing the bats, Bronx Bombers seems more appropriate.

The Maple Farm Equipment Bronx, of Saskatchewan, Canada won the NAFA A-Major World Series Championship in a five-inning mercy ruling by bombing Santa Rosa California Fastpitch 9-2 on Sunday.

The Bronx went long ball to score seven of those nine runs with the bottom third of the batting order doing the damage. Ian Glasser, Reid Pillar and Craig Geisler each belted out the home runs.

But finding the lower end of the Bronx batting order providing this kind of run production isn’t that unusual, said Bronx manager Craig Geisler, adding that the Bronx hit seven homers in the tournament.

“We’re a pretty solid lineup one through nine,” he said. “Anyone can bat in any of the positions. When one guy’s not going, the next guy picks him up. Today the bottom of the order, the last three guys did it hitting home runs.”

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