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Larry Miller Toyota and the Farm Tavern: none better in men’s fast pitch

Sunday, January 4th, 2015
The Farm Tavern scores its only run in the second inning of a 3-1 loss to Larry Miller Toyota of Salt Lake City. Photo By BOB OTTO

The Farm Tavern scores its only run in the second inning of a 3-1 loss to Larry Miller Toyota of Salt Lake City. Photo By BOB OTTO

SIOUX CITY, IOWA – In the 1995 ISC World Tournament at Diamonds of Champions in Sioux City, Iowa, Larry Miller Toyota of Salt Lake City and the Farm Tavern of Madison, Wisc. met in the semi-finals with Larry Miller besting Rod Peterson’s club, 3-1, to advance to the winner’s bracket final of the 48-team double elimination tournament.

Larry Miller then beat the hometown Gateway 2000 Soos, 5-2, to move into the championship game undefeated at 5-0.

But as many of you know, Darren Zack and the Toronto Gators came charging back through the losers bracket to defeat Larry Miller twice, 8-0, and 3-0, with Zack getting both wins, pushing his record-setting pitching totals to 10-0 (along with setting several other pitching records).

A Step Back In Time: Fargo DMS Knights pitcher Jim Speral

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

99.ISC.WT.Speral.DMS.1B.web Fargo, ND, pitcher Jim Speral pitching in the 1999 ISC World Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. Photo By BOB OTTO

SIOUX CITY, IOWA – He didn’t throw the hardest, didn’t have the world’s sharpest spin on the ball, but Jim Speral was one tough, dependable and talented pitcher.

Speral could be counted on to keep his team in the ball game at ISC World Tournaments.

In 1999, he pitched the the Fargo DMS Knights (3-2) to 12th place in the 48-team world tournament and finished with a 3-1 record that tied him at No. 6 among the tournament’s top pitchers.

Speral helped the Knights reach the quarterfinals of the winners bracket by beating Dolan & Murphy 2-0; Philadelphia DC Tire 4-3, and Salt Lake City Page Brake 6-3.

DMS bowed out of the tournament with losses to the runner-up Broken Bow Travelers (5-2) and Mierhoffer/Fleeman of Savannah, MO, (4-2) and finished eighth.

The Knights, primarily with a roster of North Dakota and Midwest players, represented themselves well at world tournaments.

    The 1999 DMS Knights

Bob Fleming, Tim Tweiten, Joe Peryl, Paul Lybeck (manager), Richard Carney, Steve Baumgartner, Doug Holloway, Scott Deutsch, Guy Carlson, John Tschida, Jim Speral, Dan Brekke, Pat Johnson, Mike Geist, and Lamar Noriega.