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Hit Or Be Hit: 4-2

Chape and Gus won the trophy game, 4-2, against Joe and Mark at the opening of New Fenway Park in New Boston.
Stretch Run 2007 (18 photos in album)

Although Putney Park had an early lead for the Best New Park of 2007 award, New Fenway Park is now a contender. The grounds crew clearly put in overtime in all stages of the park's development. The dimensions were golden, the masonry in center field was impressive, and the use of spray paint to mark the foul, double and home run lines was a first for the Championship League.

New Fenway will challenge even the most agile of fielders. There is no routine ground ball in the infield maze of bumps and hollows. Pitchers need to take advantage of the high strike zone and get the ball in the air.

Chape and Gus took an early lead in the trophy game, with Gus getting men on with walks and moving them around with some hard singles and doubles. Chape added another to make it 4-0 after two.

Joe brought his team back within striking distance in the fourth, hitting a homer to deep left with a man on. Although Joe and Mark would threaten later in the game Chape and Gus were solid in the last two innings, with Chape striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh. Final: 4-2, with Gus taking home the MVP trophy.

In the early game, Gus took advantage of Mark's control problems to build an early 13-0 lead on the way to a 14-4 win (called after 5). Gus hit one crushing blow that was still going up as it sailed into the upper deck (pitch was shoulder-high on the outside part of the plate; the kind of pitch you dream about). Mark adopted Joe's Nomolivery pitching style in the trophy game and was effective from then on. Chape hit a solo homer to left in the early game. A big thanks to Jess, Lily and Maddy for helping entertain Thia and Will during the game.

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Last modified 2007-08-20 03:32 PM
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