The Big Island’s Local Boyz saw what happened in the first game, and were determined to try anything to slow down the Rebels march through the Division. Even if it involved trying to get the team disqualified before the game even started!
Prior the first pitch, the Boyz’ coach was seen having an animated discussion with the home plate umpire… as Coach Yates looked on in amazement, it became obvious to all that an argument was being presented that the Rebels’ uniforms were “not uniform” as per League regulations. The Boyz were arguing that some of the team’s gray pants had a tin red stripe down the side and some did not… a curious argument when presented by a coach wearing blue shorts while the rest of his team was sporting black shorts! The umpire dismissed the protest and the game started with the Boyz at bat first.
The Rebels were obviously wound up by all the shenanigans, and it temporarily affected their play in the field. Balls were bobbled, two grounders were deflected away from fielders and found their way into left field, and a line drive was dropped – all in the first inning. By the end of the top half of the first, the Rebels found themselves down 5-0 – the only time all day the team trailed.
But this Rebels team was not going to let some adversity keep them down for long. The team immediately answered by ripping off seven consecutive hits to score a game-tying five runs without recording a single out. The results of the first inning inspired the Rebels to make sure their opponents would never get close again, outscoring the Boyz 18-1 after the top of the first.
After a rocky start, Gary Yates pitched an almost flawless game, inducing weak ground balls and harmless fly balls. The only ball hilt hard was a home run that just cleared the outstretched arm of the left fielder. Yates had good movement on his pitches, aided by a strong wind blowing from right field to left. With the opposition in check, the Rebels offensive attack took care of business.
The team generated hits throughout the line-up, with the bottom of the order producing a number of key hits to support the mashing being displayed by their teammates. The Rebels continued their power display, crushing three homers to left field, one of which was a grand slam by Russell McCluskey – that only resulted in one official run since the Rebels had already scored four runs in that inning.
The Rebels built a 12-run lead by the fifth inning, putting the Boyz out of their misery via the 12-run mercy rule. This was the second consecutive such game for the Rebels – a first for the team in its short history.
Every starter except one had a hit in the contest. Gary Yates had a great game, leading the offense with a perfect 3-3 at the plate. Russell McCluskey, Jeff Farrington and Larry Rego contributed two hits each.
Yates notched his second win of the tournament, surrendering only eight hits in a complete-game effort.
Hitting – Gary Yates 3-3, Russell McCluskey 2-2, Jeff Farrington 2-3, Larry Rego 2-3, 1H: Tom Kuhlman, Mark Koeler, Tom Christy, Neil Zaslow, Myles Yoshida, Ray Gordon