Marlins Bring Pennant to Gravel Bay
[private]The Gravel Bay Marlins routed the Sandy Bay Pirates 16-1 to claim their first ever Roatan Insular baseball league pennant October 13 at Sandy Bay Field.
The Marlins scored seven runs in the fifth inning and seven more in the sixth to build an insurmountable lead in the seventh game of the best-of-seven series, aided by some fielding miscues and missed exchanges between pitcher and catcher on the part of the Pirates. Meanwhile, Pirates batters were unable to solve Curt Stewart, the league’s pitching champion and most valuable player, who went the distance for the Marlins, pitching seven innings to pick up the win by seventh-inning knockout rule. Stewart also scored in the fifth and sixth innings and knocked in runs with a double in the fourth and singles in the fifth and seventh.
The Pirates, making their fifth consecutive appearance in the league championship series, had fought back from a two-game deficit to even the series 3-3 and force a seventh game. Cuny Miller pitched seven innings to pick up the win in Game 5 October 6 as the Pirates rolled to a 23-6 rout in Coxen Hole. Johny James reached base on an infield hit in the top of the third, took second on an error, advanced to third on a blooper by Homer Brooks that fell for another error and scored on a passed ball to put the Pirates ahead for good 3-2. The Pirates then padded their lead by scoring four runs and chasing Marlins starter Grover Webster in the fifth. The Pirates added three more runs in the seventh to go up 11-4 and then broke the game open in the eighth.
Game 6 was suspended for darkness with the Pirates ahead 12-9 in the middle of the eighth inning. Johny James hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the sixth, and was also the winning pitcher for the Pirates. The Marlins rallied in the seventh on a two-run single by Leonard Lara and two-run double by JC Welcome to pull within two at 11-9. But Cuny Miller scored Johny James with an RBI single in the top of the eighth to extend the Pirates’ lead to three before the game was suspended. The lead held up when the game was concluded October 13 at Sandy Bay.
However, it was all Marlins in Game 7. With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the fifth, the Marlins loaded the bases on a walk, an infield hit by Edward Webster and a grounder to short by Mike Williams that was misplayed for an error. Pirates pitcher Cuny Miller then walked in a run before yielding a two-run single to Errenton Bodden. Stewart knocked in another run with a single, then Junior Johnson was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. JC Welcome then cleared the bases with a base hit to put the Pirates up 8-1.
The Marlins then chased Miller in the sixth on their way to scoring seven more runs on a two-run triple by Cody Mann, a two-run double by Edward Webster, a sacrifice fly by Junior Johnson and a fielding error that allowed two more runs to score.
It was Stewart’s second pitching win of the series. Grover Webster picked up the other two wins for the Marlins. Tony Brown, Johny James and Cuny Miller each knotched a win for the Pirates.
The Marlins will now travel to the mainland to compete in the Honduran national tournament, date of which is yet to be determined. Pirates manager Mark Flanagan said the Pirates may also qualify for the tournament, and he said each team may be allowed to pick up as many as two other players from other Roatan teams. [/private]
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