On Sunday, July 17 the Red Sox played the Dragons of Keith Dlott for the 2022 title on another roasting warm day. After all the ceremonies the series began around 8 am. The attendance at the games was amazing!
The Red Sox scored 2 in the home 1st on solo HRs by Justin Reed and Joey Welter, who would both be named CO Playoff MVPs appropriately. The score stayed at 2-0 through 2 innings but the Dragons put up a 6 spot for a 6-2 lead after 2 1/2 innings. The Sox would answer with 9 in the home half (watch the series on U tube) for an 11-6 lead. Everyone contributed, initiated by Carlos Lopez leadoff triple off the fence. The Sox would score 1 more for the 12-6 game 1 win.
Game 2 had no score after 1 inning, but the Sox, now visitors, plated 7 in the top of the 2nd. Justin Reed capped the uprising with a 3 run HR. The Sox added solo runs in the 3rd and 4th but the Dragons found footing with 4 in the home 4th cutting the lead to 9-4 (and ending a string of 7 consecutive scoreless innings from the Dragons). The Sox score 1 in the 5th on Joey Welter's solo blast but the Dragons made a valiant stand in the home 6th and 7th. Down 10-4, the Dragons scored 3 in the 6th to send the game to the last inning at 10-7 in favor of the Red Sox. The Sox added 3 in the top of the 7th, but the Dragons would have their 1st 6 batters reach safely in the home 7th and have the winning run come to bat twice. The Sox finally grabbed the 1st out on a force play and Greg Ritter sealed the game, series, and championship with a 6-3 DP on a chopper to win 13-12. Again, watch the video for the efforts of both teams, and see the many valiant plays by all players. Full respect to captain Dlott and all the Dragons for a great season and a full onslaught at the end of game 2. All the love, appreciation and accolades to the Red Sox who earned a most challenging title having to go through the talented Rangers of Larry Silverman, the exceptional Storm of Kyle Casper and the Dragons of Keith Dlott. Every series, and almost every game was a grind, and the Red Sox have now taken residence on Cloud 9!
Tag(s): Captain's Corner