Tournament Winner!Toby Strite Wins in Phoenix!

April 5, 2021

The PHX tournament hosted two divisions, an in-person and virtual division, with two crossover series. In the semi-finals, both virtual teams advanced 4-1, with Lance Shull upsetting Danny Van Klaveren, and Toby Strite getting past Jason Johnson. In the finals, Lance Shull enjoyed dominant starting pitching, with Toby mustering just a single run in the 20 innings pitched by Lance’s Keuchel,Happ,Fried and May, positioning Lance perfectly to deploy his 8 man bullpen to maximum effect. In Game 1, trailing 2-0, Toby pulled off a miraculous 3 run walk-off rally against continuously unfavorable match-ups, starting with Bohm,Jimenez singles off Andriese, Turley retired Contreras, but Gardner singled off Oliver Perez to load the bases before Perez got Alex Dickerson for the 2nd out. Lance went to Curtiss who got Trea Turner to ground to Rojas, but a 15 on the error die extended the game allowing Ty France to walk-off on a 2-7 Omega. Lance’s bullpen strategy worked perfectly to secure wins in Games 2 and 3 on the back of the strong starts. In Game 4, Jeffress started the 6th vs Gardner, PH Eloy Jimenez singled, Trea Turner doubled, Alex Dickerson walked to chase Jeffress. A Bohm DP and Hernandez Si** gave Toby a 2-1 lead. Lance tied in the 7th on a Rojas SacFly, but Toby pulled ahead to stay in the t8th led by Jimenez and Bohm 2Bs to even the series. In G5, Keuchel again outpitched Maeda, positioning Lance with a 2-1 lead after five. Toby pulled ahead in the t6 with 4 singles off Lance’s bullpen, and a 2-run Trea Turner shot in the 8th provided the winning margin in a 6-3 final. In Game6, Lance finally suffered a poor start by Happ, putting Toby ahead 4-1 after three, Lance chipped away with a run in the 4th, but Toby scratched out a run in the 6th, bullpens holding from that point, leading to a 5-2 final score in the clinching 6th game. Had Toby not had the most unlikeliest of comebacks in G1, Lance would have been off to a 3-0 advantage in the series, and certainly the final result would have been different.

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