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Year 3: Uniforms

 

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Michael Angelo's businesses, especially with the opening of the Nuka Cola factory in New Vegas, were busy. But that didn't mean he couldn't design new uniforms and logos for the 2287 season. 
 
With the relocation of three franchises, Angelo had to change those uniforms. Vault-Tec was now South Vegas, and they changed their road uniforms to indicate their home. Sunset Sarsaparilla moved to Westside, and they added Westside to their road uniforms. Atomic Wrangler moved to Boulder City, adopting the city name on their road uniform. Both their road and home caps changed from the logo to the Atomic Wrangler initials. 
 
Tops made a change to their uniforms, dropping their orange that clashed with Camp McCarran, and going to gray for their home colors. The Freeside Kings chose a bolder crown logo and added that logo to their caps. Ultra Luxe changed their home jersey to show their team name, White Gloves, and added the White Glove Society logo of masks to their home uniform. New California Republic changed its road jersey from pink to a brown base with pink sleeves. 
 
In the PL, all teams added a second jersey, and some changed their jerseys. 
 
H&T Tool Company changed their hats to pinstripe models. The NCR Cubs adopted their parent team's jerseys with the NCR Cubs name added to the jerseys. The Cazadores moved to Bonnie Springs and added the town name to the bottom of their road jerseys.

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Year 3: Preseason Predictions

 

 

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Year 3: April 2287

 

Standings:

 
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Goodsprings was considered a preseason favorite to win the Mojave Series. But, just as Novac did exactly the opposite of what they were expected to do a season ago, the Lucky 38s have started as slowly as a team expected to be good can. Twenty-one games into the season and the Lucky 38s own the worst record (6-15) and sit 7 games behind division leader Tops (13-8). 
 
The Mutants have to be the early-season surprise. Only 2.5 months from losing their owner, Tops currently sits atop the West Division and only a game behind the league's best record. 
 
Westside (14-7) is the owner of the best record in the league. The Sunset Sarsaparillas have not taken advantage of their new home park (4-4) but owns a 10-3 record on the road. 
 
The New California Republic (13-8) looks similar to the team two years ago that won it all. Mostly for the Bears, they have been an offensive juggernaut, led by third baseman Mike Britton hitting a MBL record 12 home runs in April. 
 
April Awards:
 
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News and Notes:
 
4.5.87 – Year 3 Begins
 
The league got off to a thrilling start for the 2287 season with pitching ruling opening day. The most exciting game of the day was Gomorrah’s 1-0 ninth-inning victory over North Vegas. 
 
In other action, Boulder City and South Vegas drained their bullpens in the Atomic Wranglers’ 3-2, 15-inning victory. Westside stopped Tops with a 3-2 win, and the New California Republic edged out Camp McCarran 4-2. 
The only two blowouts on the day were Novac’s 9-2 beating of Freeside and Goodsprings’ 8-2 lashing of Ultra Luxe. 
 
4.6.87 – Player fight
 
Not everything was bright and fuzzy for the opening day of the Mojave Baseball League. Following Westside’s 3-2 win over Tops, two relief pitchers got into a post-game slap fight that resulted in a short suspension of each player. 
 
Tops’ Brad Moore was found to be the aggressor and got a five-game boot to start the second game of the series. Matt Jeffries of Westside, who struck out the only batter he faced, received a two-game ban. 
 
4.6.87 – Player suspension (Chem use)
 
Novac’s backup center fielder Robert House (we thought we might hear from this guy in a different way) will serve a four-game suspension after testing positive for Steady. 
 
House flew out in his only at bat in the season opener, so if he used Steady for the game, it didn’t work that well. 
 
4.7.87 – Player injury (Update)
 
Goodsprings’ Jimmy LaRue complained of tightness in his elbow. The star outfielder decided to let his injury heal naturally, and it will now cost him some time. 
 
The Lucky 38s decided to option LaRue to their Prospects League team Sloan for some light work before they will call him back up some time later this month to help Goodsprings compete for a title. 
 
4.11.87 – Player suspension (Chem use)
 
Boulder City’s shortstop George Benson has been hitting the ball well. It could be that his hitting was due to the Steady in his system, but now Benson has to sit four games after being caught. 
 
Boulder City has high hopes that the young Benson can help to keep the team out of the cellar. Perhaps the pressure was too heavy where he feels like he has to perform for the 2-3 Atomic Wranglers. 
 
4.12.87 – Player injury
 
Westside’s Lloyd Wolf decided to celebrate his off day by visiting his girlfriend in Cottonwood Cove. Instead, the Sarsaparillas pitcher almost lost his life when he was stunned and mutilated by a rogue lakelurk. 
 
Luckily for Wolf, his girlfriend’s ripper was handy and she cut the lakelurk in two before it could do the same to Wolf. Unluckily for Wolf, the 37-year-old’s 2287 season is over, and maybe his career, too. 
 
4.13.87 – Player injury
 
Camp McCarran’s relief pitcher Bobby Jenkins is a big guy, a really big guy. But as big as a Deathclaw?
 
That’s what a guard claimed when he took out Jenkins in a shooting. The guard mistook Jenkins for a Deathclaw and sounded the alarm, as well as opened fire on the Brahmin pitcher. 
 
Because of injuries suffered, Jenkins is expected to be out at least three months, or, for the rest of the season.

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Year 3: May 2287

 

Standings

 
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Near the halfway point of the season, all divisions are interesting. 
 
The team that looks to be the best in the Mojave at this point of the season is New California Republic. The Bears (29-16) have the largest division lead (5.5 games) and are three games better than the next best team in the league. 
 
That second best team is the Westside Sarsaparillas (26-19). The Sarsaparillas are still struggling in their new home (9-11), but they are by far the best away team (17-8). Just imagine if they had stayed at Nellis Air Force Base for one more season. 
 
The West Division has proven to be the most interesting and mediocre division so far. Tops (24-21) and South Vegas (22-23) have been going back and forth atop the division all season. Goodsprings (21-24) appeared to be left for dead after the first month, but they have bounced back to challenge for the division. If the Lucky 38s can stay healthy, they appear to have the best all-around talent to take the division. 
 
May Awards
 
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News and Notes
 
5.9.87 – Player fight
 
He didn’t get the start, but South Vegas ace Ricardo Rodriguez was still heated following the game against Tops. Rodriguez accused Mutants outfielder Dallas Fox of showboating while at the plate, so Rodriguez leveled Fox in the post-game hand shake. Fox retaliated by kicking Rodriguez, causing a small wound on his non-throwing hand. 
 
Due to the exchange, which was quickly broken up by both teams, Rodriguez will get a five-game suspension, while Fox will sit out two. 
 
The game was heated because the two teams are battling for first place in the West Division, with red-hot Goodsprings with a six-game winning streak right on their tail. South Vegas won the game 5-2 to take a half game lead over the Mutants. 
 
5.10.87 – Player suspension (Chem use)
 
Boulder City ace Brady “Heavy” Childs has been a warrior for his team the last three seasons. This season, the pitcher, who has done everything he could to keep his team competitive, has complained of some chronic pain in his throwing shoulder. He said that his poor start to the season (1-5 with a 5.03 ERA) has been because of the pain, something league doctors have not been able to remedy. 
 
Childs then decided to take action on his own. Unfortunately for him, Med-X is a banned chem in the league, and Childs will now have to sit the next five games. Maybe then he can recover both his arm and his success. 
 
5.11.87 – Player trade
 
The North Vegas Radscorpions traded 27-year-old left fielder Jason Williams to the Camp McCarran Brahmin, getting 38-year-old reliever Michael Miles and 20-year-old reliever Armor Hammer in return.
 
5.14.87 – Player trade
 
The Goodsprings Lucky 38s traded 28-year-old catcher Barry Wilson to the New California Republic Bears, getting 19-year-old minor league starting pitcher Bill Adams and 20-year-old minor league center fielder Roger Barrett in return.
 
5.15.87 – Player suspension (Major chem use)
 
It took until the second month of the season, but the history books can show that Gomorrah closer Keith White was the first player to be caught with one of the newly-banned chems in his system. 
 
White, who has been struggling this season with a 4.38 ERA compared to a career 1.72 ERA, had been acting erratically. A chem test revealed that he had the major chem Slasher in his system. Slasher, a concoction of Psycho, Stimpaks, and banana yucca fruit, is considered a highly addictive chem. 
 
Because of his use, White will now sit the next 15 games, which could help the 13-19 Devils in last place in the competitive West Division. 
 
5.20.87 – Player injury
 
Tops outfielder Mike Shapland may not be playing as much for his team this season, but he has been valuable to the Mutants at the plate in his three seasons there. That value will be no more this season, as Shapland has suffered poisoning from a Giant Radscorpion sting, probably ending his 2287 season. 
 
The injury occurred on the team’s trip from Jacobstown to Goodsprings, where there are quite a few pockets of Radscorpions in the mountains and valleys. There is still no public transportation or sufficient roadways around Jacobstown, which brings up questions about the future of the league in Jacobstown. 
 
5.27.87 – Jimmy LaRue news
 
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5.30.87 – Player trade
 
The Goodsprings Lucky 38s traded 33-year-old left fielder Jim Welch to the Novac Dinosaurs, getting 39-year-old reliever Jimmy Ledet and 18-year-old minor league starting pitcher Oliver Hernández in return.

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Year 3: June 2287

 

Standings
 
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New California Republic (47-22) is running away with both their division (13 games up) and the league's best record (9 games up). With just 31 games to play, it would take a complete collapse for the Bears to either not clinch the best record or not make the playoffs. 
 
The West Division continues to be exciting and could go down to the final week if things continue the way they have been. Tops and South Vegas are both tied for first place at 36-33 with Goodsprings right behind them at 35-34. 
 
In the Central Division, Westside (38-31) leads by two games over North Vegas (36-33). The Sarsaparillas have been struggling of late. Luckily for them, the Radscorpions and Camp McCarran have been cold also, allowing Westside to maintain the division lead. Like the West Division, this division could stay interesting all season. 
 
June Awards
 
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News and Notes
 
6.6.87 – Player suspension (Chem use)
 
Westside ace pitcher Angel Polanco became yet another Mojave Baseball League star to test positive for chems. It is the second time in Polanco’s career that he has tested positive for chems, though neither has been a serious offense. 
 
Polanco was found to have RadAway in his system and will serve a five-game suspension. He is 7-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 13 starts for the first-place but struggling Sarsaparillas. 
 
6.8.87 – Player suspension (Chem use)
 
It may be a newly-banned chem, but that doesn’t prevent some players from needing their coyote tobacco chew. Jose Rey of Goodsprings was the culprit today, and the backup infielder will have to sit a game because of it. 
 
6.11.87 – Jimmy LaRue news
 
Just as Goodsprings is starting to make its move on overtaking Tops for the West Division lead, star player Jimmy LaRue has suffered another setback and will probably work his way through a rehab stint in Sloan for the second time this season. 
 
“I just can’t quite get into my groove,” LaRue said. “I think it’s best for the team’s chance of winning it all if I find my swing in Sloan. I know the fans and my team want to see me out there, but I have to do what I think is best.” 
 
If things go right, LaRue could be back in as little as a few days, unless Goodsprings decides to keep him in Sloan for a full two weeks.

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Year 3: Prospects League

 

Final Standings

 
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Playoffs
 
First Round
 
Game 1: NCR 2 at 188 4
Player of the Game: SP Matt Flamethrower, 188, 8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 K
 
Game 2: NCR 0 at 188 14
Player of the Game: SP Glenn Brady, 188, 9 IP, CG, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
 
Prospects League Championship
 
Game 1: 188 1 at Bonnie Springs 4
Player of the Game: SP Matt Wiley, Bonnie Springs, 8.1 IP, H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 12 K
 
Game 2: 188 1 at Bonnie Springs 4
Player of the Game: SP Casey Barraclough, Bonnie Springs, 8 IP, 2 H, ER, 10 K
 
Game 3: 188 5 at Bonnie Springs 0
Player of the Game: SP Glenn Brady, 188, 7.1 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, BB, 9 K
 
Game 4: 188 7 at Bonnie Springs 8, 11 innings
Player of the Game: LF Nelson Johnson, Bonnie Springs, 3 for 5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, BB
 
Statistical Leaders
 
Batting Leaders
 
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Pitching Leaders
 
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Season Awards
 
Hitter Award
 
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Bill Cross of the Nelson RobCo Robots had a fine season this year and today he accepted the Hitter of the Year for 2287.
 
The 37-year-old right fielder put up a .341 average and a .430 on-base percentage, piling up 109 hits, 15 doubles, no triples, 36 home runs, 88 RBIs and 74 runs scored.
 
Other votes: 2. Nelson Johnson, Bonnie Springs; 3. George Harris, NCR
 
Pitcher Award
 
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The Sloan clubhouse staff referred to him as "the kid" this season. Next year Pat Huber will have to have a new nickname. He earned it after winning the 2287 Prospects League Pitcher of the Year.
 
Huber made 16 starts this year, winning 9 and losing 3. He threw 108.2 innings, fanned 137, allowed 103 hits and 31 walks, while holding opposing teams to a .241 average as he logged an impressive 2.82 ERA.
 
Other votes: 2. Matt Flamethrower, 188; 3. Matt Wiley, Bonnie Springs
 
Best Rookie
 
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Last spring Jarred Oldviper was happy to just make the Traders roster. He was overjoyed to see the name "Oldviper" on the lineup card, too. Now the 16-year-old 188 first baseman has capped off his debut season by winning the coveted Prospects League Top Rookie.
 
Oldviper won the award by hitting .308 and collecting 103 hits, 15 home runs, 68 RBIs and 14 walks, along with 52 runs scored and a .339 on-base percentage.
 
Other votes: 2. Martin Valdes, Sloan; 3. Richard McCarthy, Aerotech
 
Postseason Award
 
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Though his team could not take the championship over Bonnie Springs, the Traders' Glenn Brady took home the 2287 Postseason Award. 
 
Brady finished the postseason with a 2-0 record with a 0.00 ERA in 16 1/3 innings pitched. He allowed nine hits and three walks, and he struck out 18 innings in helping 188 to two of its three postseason wins. 
 
Other votes: 2. Matt Wiley, Bonnie Springs; 3. Nelson Johnson, Bonnie Springs
 
Defense Awards
 
Who are the Defense Award winners? They are the guys that steal outs. They make spectacular plays, but they also consistently make the routine plays. This year in the Prospects League these defensive stalwarts made a name for themselves with their gloves:
 
Pitcher: Ken Mathis (Nipton Phoenix)
Catcher: Matt Massey (Boulder City Atomic Wranglers)
First Baseman: David Schoolskipper (Cottonwood Cove Lakelurks)
Second Baseman: Francisco Garza (Nipton Phoenix)
Third Baseman: Chris Andrews (Cottonwood Cove Lakelurks)
Shortstop: Héctor Ortíz (Bitter Springs Refugees)
Left Fielder: Gunner Knife (Nipton Phoenix)
Center Fielder: Bob Conant (Aerotech Tops)
Right Fielder: Dennis Edwards (Tops Mutants)

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Year 3: July 2287

 

Standings

 
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The division races are all but wrapped up. Of course, New California Republic is the representative from the East Division, as it's documented below. Goodsprings and Westside both have a magic number of 1, meaning only a complete collapse coupled with a division mate's surge can stop them from getting to the playoffs. 
 
July Awards
 
Top Batter
 
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Bob Franklin walked away with the Mojave Baseball League Batter of the Month award for his solid work with the stick in July.
 
The Westside center fielder hit .306 with 12 home runs, 30 RBIs and 27 runs scored.
 
This year Franklin has hit 32 home runs and posted a .302 batting average.
 
Top Pitcher
 
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Bob Jackson of Goodsprings had an excellent July with a 4-0 record and was selected the Pitcher of the Month in the Mojave Baseball League.
 
He finished the month with a 1.51 ERA while piling up 37 strikeouts in 35.2 innings and holding opposing hitters to a .205 batting average.
 
This season Jackson has registered 7 wins and 2 losses in 17 starts with a 3.22 ERA.
 
Top Rookie
 
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Goodsprings's Jesús Martínez collected 32 hits to snare the Mojave Baseball League Rookie of the Month for July.
 
He batted .333 with 6 home runs, 22 RBIs and 14 runs scored.
 
The 21-year-old is barely old enough to shave, but he could definitely contend for Rookie of the Year if he keeps up this pace.
 
So far this year Martínez is batting .253 with 11 home runs.
 
News and Notes
 
7.11.87 – Team achievement (First place battle)
 
Almost every casino on the New Vegas Strip has sketched 7/11 pictures and memorabilia inside as some sort of form of superstition of luck from days gone by. For the Lucky38s, that number represents a season-long battle towards first place. Goodsprings, which had an awful first month with a 6-15 record, has now used an eight-game win streak to propel them into first place at 43-35 in the West Division. South Vegas has been hot, too, meaning it took the eight-game streak and a home loss by the Vault Boys to allow Goodsprings to seize control. 
 
As a healthy team, the Lucky38s may be the most talented team in the league, despite trading away star pitcher Wilfred Buckley and third baseman Duane Antqueen in the offseason. 
 
7.17.87 – Player retirement
 
Tops’ young second baseman Mike Murphy received news of his parents’ demise at the hands of a roving Raider band. Their bodies were found, minus heads and limbs, hanging from the rafters of an abandoned farm house. 
Murphy asked for his retirement papers shortly after learning of his parents’ death, vowing to pursue revenge. 
 
Commissioner Lee promised he would be vigilant in aiding Murphy’s efforts and would try to commission some NCR robots to aid Murphy. 
 
“Death is bad enough in the Mojave, but those sick cannibals need to be wiped out,” Lee said. “I’m sorry we lose a young player in the league, but I’m rooting for him to get those ******* **** *** ******* bastards.” 
 
7.22.87 – Team achievement
 
It was a quick season for the East Division, but New California Republic clinched the division with its 9-4 victory over Tops. The Bears (58-29) clinched the division with 13 games to go. 
 
7.25.87 – Player trade
 
The Freeside Kings traded 29-year-old starting pitcher Ron Franklin to the Tops Mutants, getting 18-year-old minor league center fielder Paul Strong and 18-year-old minor league first baseman Lindy Ludlow in return.
 
7.28.87 – Player trade
 
The Camp McCarran Brahmin traded 36-year-old center fielder Joseph Parker and 18-year-old minor league first baseman Art Hyde to the Tops Mutants, getting 37-year-old starting pitcher John Parks in return.
 
7.30.87 – Team achievement
 
They already clinched their division just over a week ago. Now New California Republic (63-30) has clinched the league’s best record after the second best team, Westside (55-38) lost a game late to Freeside. 
 
The Bears, who won the inaugural Mojave Baseball League championship, looks to be even better than their championship form.

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Yikes. The site won't let me add anymore pictures. Is there anything I can do, or are my picture posting days over? 


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Year 3: August 2287

 

Final Standings

 
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Batting Leaders
 
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Pitching Leaders
 
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News and Notes
 
8.1.87 – Team achievements (Division crowns)
 
Goodsprings (54-41) used superb hitting in defeating South Vegas 7-3 and clinch the West Division crown. Four players—Mike Duncan, Jimmy LaRue, Dennis Shaft, and Tony Smith—had three hits apiece to lead the Goodsprings charge, including a three-run sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie. 
 
Former 38er Duane Antqueen led the Vault Boys’ attempt to deny Goodsprings the division crown by hitting two home runs in the game. 
 
Not to be outdone, Westside (56-39) clinched the Central Division with an 8-5 win over North Vegas. The Sarsaparillas were led by Robert Glass’ 3 for 5 performance with a home run and four RBI. 
 
Both Goodsprings and Westside will now battle it out for the second seed in the playoffs. The Sarsaparillas have a two-game lead with just five games to play. Westside holds the tie breaker, also, with a 6-2 season series advantage. 
 
8.7.87 – Team achievement
 
Westside has been trying desperately to hold off the red-hot Goodsprings Lucky 38s for the second seed in the Mojave Baseball League. Now, with just one game to play in the season, the Sarsaparillas (59-40) have clinched the second seed thanks to a tie breaker in head-to-head competition. Goodprings (58-41) could still tie the Sarsaparillas for the second-best record, but Westside will have the home-field advantage in the playoff series.

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Year 3: Playoffs First Round Preview

 

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Series Preview
 
Despite being the consensus preseason favorite to win the Mojave Baseball Legaue, Goodsprings got out to a horrid start, due in part to the health struggles of star outfielder Jimmy LaRue. Couple that with struggles from other players on the team while trying to cope without traded stars Wilfred Buckley and Duane Antqueen, and the Lucky 38s were an unlucky 6-15 to start the season. 
 
And then LaRue got healthy and some of the Lucky 38ers ended their cold streaks. By the end of the season, Goodsprings surged past the rest of the West Division to easily win the division and clinch the third best record (58-42) in the MBL. 
 
Westside had a different path to success. After relocating to Westside (former home of the Atomic Wranglers) from Nellis Air Force Base, the Sarsaparillas stayed steady throughout the season, jumping out to an early division lead and never trailing. Westside has been in sole possession of first place the ENTIRE season, starting out 1-0 while the rest of its division was 0-1. 
 
The strangest part for the Sarsaparillas is that they were not very successful in their new home. Despite finishing with the league’s second-best record (59-41), Westside was only 23-27 at home, while going a league-best 36-14 away from home. Assuming a seven-game series is played, four games in Westside could be interesting. 
 
The Sarsaparillas won the season series over Goodsprings six games to two. Most of that success came with Westside winning all four games in Goodsprings. 
 
In the first series, the teams met in Goodsprings on April 19 and 20. The first game was the wildest of the series, as Westside won it 18-15. In the game, Goodsprings’ Dennis Shaft was the star player, going 2 for 4 with a two-RBI triple, three-run home run, five RBI, and two walks. The teams combined for 37 hits in the game. The Sarsaparillas also took game two, winning it 5-3. Angel Polanco pitched six shutout innings to earn the win. Dave Griffin’s two-run, first-inning home run set the pace for the offensive output. 
 
The teams met again May 10-11 in Westside. The Lucky 38s won their first of the series 2-0 behind Willie Miller’s seven shutout innings and two RBI. Westside won the second game 8-7 in a wild finish. Trailing 6-3 entering the final inning, Goodsprings rolled off four runs to take a 7-6 lead. However, Westside answered with two in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Edwards Simpson, followed by a walkoff single by Augusto Rivera. The Sarsaparillas’ Griffin was the game’s MVP, going 2 for 3 with two homers, a walk, three RBI, and three runs scored. 
 
The teams returned to Westside June 28-29. Westside jumped out to a 4-1 season series lead with a 9-2 win in the first game. The Sarsaparillas scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning to take charge and pound Goodsprings’ pitcher Earl Robinson for the second time on the season. Griffin was once again the star player in the game, going 3 for 5 with a home run, four RBI, and three runs scored. The Lucky 38s rebounded the next day, winning 15-6 in their own offensive explosion. Rookie first baseman Jesus Martinez earned game MVP honors by going 4 for 5 with a double, five RBI, and two runs. 
 
The season series concluded July 18-19 in Goodsprings. Westside won the first game 10-5, scoring six runs in the final two innings, including scoring four insurance runs in the ninth. The Sarsaparillas’ Bob Franklin was 4 for 5 with two doubles, a home run, a walk, five RBI, and three runs scored. In the final game of the season series, Westside took the game 6-2 in 13 innings. Simpson and Franklin each hit two-run home runs in the deciding inning. 
 
This is a tough series to call. Westside has dominated Goodsprings on the season. However, the Lucky 38s are the hottest team in the league, and it's hard to pick against LaRue and company. We'll take Goodsprings to win it in seven.

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Year 3: First Round, Game One

 

Goodsprings Blows Ninth-Inning Lead, Loses in 14

 
Goodsprings closer Bobby Lorn led the Mojave Baseball League in saves with 29, but he also had seven blown saves during the season and a rather high 4.48 ERA. However, none of his in-season struggles compared to his ninth inning in Game One of the 2287 MBL playoffs. 
 
Leading 6-3 going into the ninth, Lorn only needed three outs to send the Lucky 38s to an early advantage over Westside. Instead, the Sarsaparillas scored three to tie the game and went on to win 8-7 in 14 innings. 
 
The loss could prove to be the defining point of the series. 
 
“Nobody is more disappointed in me than me,” Lorn said. “I just ain’t got it today and we lost. I’ll have to do better next time if coach gives me another chance.” 
 
Westside won the game in the bottom of the 14th after falling behind by one in the top of the inning. With one out, Augusto Rivera hit his third double of the game off reliever Dave Witcher. Edward Simpson and Robert Glass then drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Dave Griffin then hit into a 3-2 fielder’s choice to leave the bases loaded with two outs. That’s when one of the two Goodsprings killers, Bob Franklin, stepped up to the plate and delivered a two-RBI, walkoff single to win it 8-7 for the Sarsaparillas. 
 
Goodsprings thus had two chances to win the game, making the loss even more devastating. In the ninth inning, Westside made its first move. Lorn walked Mike Plasmagun to lead off the inning. With one out, Mike White singled to send Plasmagun to third. Hector Ruiz then off loaded a three-run jack to tie the game at six apiece, chasing Lorn and bringing in starter Earl Robinson in relief. Ruiz’s clutch home run was enough to earn him Game MVP honors despite only getting one at bat in the game. 
 
In the top of the 14th, the Lucky 38s retook the lead. Dennis Shaft led off with a single, followed by three straight walks to score Shaft. Goodsprings could have blown it open, but Witcher hit into a 3-2 fielder’s choice, followed by a strike out and ground out by Mike Duncan and Stu Vanstone. 
 
Goodsprings jumped out to an early lead in the game that it held onto until the ninth inning meltdown. In the top of the first, the Lucky 38s got one. Duncan got on base to start the game after being hit by an Angel Polanco pitch. Vanstone and Jimmy LaRue then drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Rookie Jesus Martinez followed by hitting into a double play that allowed Duncan to score. 
 
In the top of the second, the Lucky 38s extended their lead. Perry Ferguson led off with a walk, followed by a Java Stirfry single. With one out, Willie Miller tripled in Ferguson and Stirfry for a 3-0 lead. 
 
Westside got its first run in the bottom of the second. Plasmagun drew a one-out walk on Goodsprings starter Miller. Stan Clark then doubled to send Plasmagun to third. Mike White then hit a sacrifice fly to score Plasmagun. 
 
The Sarsaparillas pulled closer in the fifth. With two outs, Rivera doubled. Simpson followed with a two-out single to cut the Goodsprings lead to 3-2.
 
However, the Lucky 38s had an answer to the Westside score, scoring three in the sixth for a 6-2 lead. Martinez singled to lead off the inning, chasing Polanco from the game. With one out, Ferguson doubled in Martinez. With two outs, and after Jorge Garcia was intentionally walked, pinch hitter Tony Smith hit an RBI single to make the score 5-2. Duncan then hit an RBI single for the final run of the inning. 
 
In the bottom of the sixth, Griffin hit a solo home run to cut the Goodsprings lead to 6-3 before the ninth-inning rally. 
 
LaRue and Garcia led the Lucky 38s with three hits apiece. Rivera’s three doubles led the Sarsaparillas in hits and set an MBL record for doubles in an extra-inning postseason game. 
 
Polanco finished the game with a no decision in the start. He pitched five innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Matt Jeffries was the winning pitcher, giving up an earned run on one hit in 1.1 innings with three walks and a strikeout. 
 
Goodsprings’ Miller also had a no decision. He gave up two earned runs on six hits in five innings with a walk and five strikeouts. Witcher was the losing pitchers, allowing two earned runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout in three innings.
 
 

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Year 3: First Round, Game Two

 

Westside Returns Favor, Loses in Ninth Inning

 
The way to define the first two games of the first round of the 2287 Mojave Baseball League playoffs is “shaky bullpens.” 
 
That’s just what the ninth inning provided in Goodsprings’ 7-5 come from behind victory in Game 2 over host Westside. The series is now even 1-1. 
 
Trailing 5-4 entering the final frame, the Lucky 38s took on Westside reliever Dean Brown, who was tasked with closing out the game. Goodsprings’ John McDowell led off with a pinch-hit double. With one out, Mike Duncan singled to move McDowell to third. Stu Vanstone then doubled in McDowell to tie the game 5-5. After Jimmy LaRue was intentionally walked and Jesus Martinez struck out, Dennis Shaft hit a two-RBI single for the game’s winning hit. 
 
Lucky 38 closer Bobby Lorn then came in to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth, but his appearance was almost as disastrous as in Game One. Lorn walked Edward Simpson to lead off the inning. With one out, Dave Griffin singled. After Bob Franklin struck out, Lorn walked Mike Plasmagun to load the bases. William Harris then grounded out to third to end the game. 
 
The Goodsprings win came on the heels of the bullpen blowing a big lead. The Lucky38s took their first lead in the top of the third. With two outs, Stu Vanstone walked, followed by an RBI triple by LaRue. LaRue then score on a wild pitch by Sarsaparillas starter Will Stewart. 
 
In the fifth, the Lucky 38s extended their lead. Jim Jones hit a one-out double, followed by a Mike Duncan triple to make it 3-0. Vanstone then hit an RBI sacrifice fly to give Goodsprings a commanding 4-0 lead. 
 
It was not until the sixth inning that the Sarsaparillas could touch Goodsprings starter Jim Jones. With one out in the inning, Franklin homered to left center field to cut the lead to 4-1. 
 
Starter Earl Robinson, designated to bullpen duty for the playoffs, then took over in the seventh for the Lucky 38s. Jeffery Thomason hit a one-out double, followed by a single by game MVP Augusto Rivera. Simpson then hit a sacrifice fly t score Thomason, followed by an RBI double by Robert Glass to cut the Goodsprings lead to 4-3. Donald Bush then came in to replace Robinson. 
 
Greg Greer came on to pitch the eighth, and he too could not find success. With one out, Greer walked Plasmagun, followed by plunking Stan Clark. Mike White then hit a game-tying single. With two outs, Rivera hit an RBI single to give Westside a 5-4 lead heading into the ninth. 
 
Despite his poor showing, Greer earned the win for Goodsprings. He gave up two earned runs on two hits with a walk in one inning. Lorn earned the save, allowing no runs on one hit with two walks in his lone inning of work. Jones, the starter, gave up one earned run on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in six innings for the no decision. 
 
Brown was the losing pitcher for Westside, to go along with his blown save. He gave up three earned runs on four hits with a walk and strikeout in just 2/3 innings of work. Stewart started the game and finished with four earned runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings. 
 
Though each team had twelve hits in the game, no offensive player had amazing numbers. Rivera followed up his record-breaking game with a four-hit performance, probably nudging him towards game MVP honors in voters’ eyes. He finished 4 for 5 with an RBI and run scored. 
 
Duncan was Goodsprings’ best hitter, going 3 for 5 with a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored.
 
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Year 3: First Round, Game Three

 

Goodsprings Rallies in Ninth, Wins in 10

 
Commissioner Lee sometimes uses the phrase “Deja vu, all over again.” That phrase could not be more correct for what has happened in the first three games of the 2287 playoffs. 
 
In what could be the same story as Game One, Goodsprings rallied from a three-run ninth-inning deficit to tie the game and then win it in the tenth, 6-5, over Westside. The Lucky 38s now have a 2-1 series advantage. 
 
Trailing 5-2 entering the bottom of the ninth, Goodsprings faced off with reliever Andrew Dwyer. Perry Ferguson led off with a single. With one out, Jorge Garcia and Tony Smith walked. Mike Duncan then hit an RBI single to make it 5-3. After a wild pitch scored Jorge Garcia and moved Smith and Duncan up a base, Vanstone hit an RBI sacrifice fly to tie the game 5-5. Colm Harrison then came on to relieve Dwyer and got Jimmy LaRue to fly out to end the rally. 
 
In the tenth, Harrison stayed on to pitch. Dennis Shaft led off with a single, followed by a four-pitch walk by Eddie Pegasus. With one out, Matt England came on as a pinch runner for the slow-running Shaft. Java Stirfry then delivered a walkoff single to score England and give the Lucky 38s the win at home, their first home win over Westside this season. 
 
“It wasn’t a pretty game,” Goodsprings starting pitcher Bob Jackson said, “but we found a way to win when we needed it most.” Jackson finished the game giving up five runs, three earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts in seven innings pitched. 
 
Jackson fell behind early in the game. In the top of the first, the Sarsaparillas’ Jeffery Thomason led off with a single. Edward Simpson then followed with a two-run home run to give Westside a 2-0 lead. 
 
Goodsprings was able to answer in the second. Jesus Martinez led off with a single, followed by a two-run home run by Pegasus, who got the start at catcher over Shaft. Pegasus’ home run was the only extra base hit for the Lucky 38s in the game. 
 
Pegasus’ start at catcher almost cost Goodsprings dearly because of the fifth inning. Will Robertson led off with a single, followed by a double by Hector Ruiz. Clarence Woods was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. With one out, Simpson hit a simple bloop foul ball behind the plate that Pegasus dropped. Simpson then hit into a 1-2 fielder’s choice. Augusto Rivera then hit an RBI single to give the Sarsaparillas a 3-2 advantage. Bob Franklin then hit a dribbler that Pegasus could not handle, allowing Woods to score. It was the second error on Pegasus in the inning. 
 
Westside extended its lead to 5-2 in the sixth on Ruiz’s solo home run with two outs. Ruiz finished with the best offensive performance for the Sarsaparillas, going 2 for 4 with a double, home run, RBI, and two runs scored. 
Clarence Woods, the starting pitcher for the Sarsaparillas, was named the Game’s MVP despite his no decision. He gave up two earned runs on five hits with five walks and five strikeouts in eight innings pitched. 
 
Bobby Lorn was the winning pitcher for Goodsprings. He finished with no runs on no hits with two walks and a strikeout in his lone inning of work. 
 
Duncan and Martinez led the Lucky 38s with two hits apiece. 
 
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8.12.87 – Player suspension (Major chem use)
 
Novac outfielder Jim Welch has been suspended 15 games to start the 2288 season due to Fixer being in his system. 
 
The third-year player, who played his first two season with the Goodsprings Lucky 38s may have been feeling down about watching the playoffs from the stands. We don’t know what he may have used to need Fixer, but he is now registered in the Major Chems Program to start his offseason.

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Year 3: First Round, Game Four

 

Four Goodsprings Pitchers Combine for Shutout

 
For the first time this series, the bullpen had nothing to do with the final result. 
 
Willie Miller and three relievers combined to pitch a five-hit shutout in Goodsprings’ 7-0 domination of Westside. The Lucky 38s now have a 3-1 series advantage. 
 
Miller pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and striking out seven. He was relieved by Donald Bush, who struck out all four batters he faced. Earl Robinson and Greg Greer each pitched an inning to finish the game, allowing no hits and striking out one batter apiece. 
 
Westside only managed to get two players into scoring position all game, but both runners were stranded at second. 
 
The Lucky 38s scored all the runs they needed in the bottom of the first. Mike Duncan and Stu Vanstone had back-to-back singles to start the game. With one out, Jesus Martinez reached on an error to score Duncan and Vanstone. 
 
Goodsprings extended its lead in the sixth with a two-out rally. Martinez started the rally with a double, followed by a Dennis Shaft walk. Westside then put Kevin Blake in to pitch, and he immediately walked Perry Ferguson to load the bases. Java Stirfry then reached on an error to score Martinez. Jorge Garcia followed with a two-RBI double. Stirfry tried to score on the play, but he was thrown out at home to end the inning 5-0 in favor of Goodsprings. 
 
In the seventh, the Lucky 38s extended their lead more. Tony Smith reached on an error to lead off the inning. After a Duncan single, Vanstone walked to load the bases. Jimmy LaRue then singled in Smith and Duncan to make it 7-0.
After a pitching change, Goodsprings was unable to manufacture another run. 
 
Angel Polanco was the losing pitcher. He gave up four runs, two earned, on six hits with two walks and a strikeout in 5 2/3 innings. 
 
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8.13.87 – Player suspension (Major chem use)
 
South Vegas reliever Ray “Sledgehammer” Strachan may have ended his career on a low note. The 41-year-old middle reliever was found to have Fixer in his system and will now be forced out of the first 15 games of the 2288 season. Strachan has contemplated retirement, and now that may be a reality for him.

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Year 3: First Round, Game Five

 

Goodsprings Slaughters Westside, Wins Series

 
Jim Jones pitched eight shutout innings, and the Lucky 38s bats were wide awake as Goodsprings whipped Westside 12-0 and clinched the series in five games. 
 
Jones gave up only six hits and struck out four batters in eight innings. Greg Greer pitched a perfect ninth inning to complete the second straight shutout for Goodsprings. 
 
Like the day before, the Lucky 38s got what they needed offensively in the first to clinch victory. With one out, Stu Vanstone was hit by a Will Stewart pitch. After LaRue reached on a fielder’s choice, Jesus Martinez hit an RBI double to score LaRue. 
 
The Lucky 38s added another run in the second. Perry Ferguson and Java Stirfry led off with back-to-back singles. Jorge Garcia was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. With one out, Mike Duncan hit a sacrifice fly to score Garcia and make it 2-0. 
 
Goodsprings blew the game open in the third. LaRue reached on a dropped fly ball in right field to lead off the inning. With one out, Dennis Shaft hit a two-run blast to make it 4-0. With two outs, Stirfry walked. Garcia singled, followed by a Jim Jones walk to load the bases. Duncan then singled in Stirfry and Garcia to give the Lucky 38s a 6-0 lead. After Dean Brown came in to replace starter Will Stewart, Vanstone hit a three-run home run over the left field fence for a 9-0 advantage. 
 
In the fifth inning, Goodsprings added three more. Duncan singled to lead off, followed by a Vanstone double. LaRue then singled in Duncan to make it 10-0. Martinez followed with an RBI single for an 11-0 advantage. With one out, Stirfry hit a sacrifice fly for the final 12-0 score. 
 
The Lucky 38s finished with 16 hits in the game. LaRue and Garcia finished with three hits apiece. Duncan and Vanstone each drove in three runs. 
Stewart was the losing pitcher for Westside. He pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up eight runs, three earned, on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Stewart also had the Sarsaparillas’ only extra base hit. 
 
Jones, the game’s MVP, was also named the series MVP. In two games, Jones finished 1-0 with a 0.64 ERA in 14 innings pitched. He allowed only one earned run and 12 hits, walked two, and struck out 12. 
 
Goodsprings will now face off  against New California Republic in a rematch of the 2285 season. The Bears won the series in seven games.
 
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Year 3: Mojave Series Preview

 

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The 2287 Mojave Series is a rematch of the 2285 Mojave Series when the New California Republic Bears take on the Goodsprings Lucky 38s. 

 
This year’s battle sees the team predicted to be the best versus the team that proved to be the best in the regular season. 
 
During the regular season, the teams met for two four-game series. The first series was held April 28 through May 1 at Goodsprings. In the first game, the Bears shut out the Lucky 38s 5-0 behind the solid pitching of ace Jim Ford and Mike Britton’s two home runs, one a solo shot and the second a grand slam. The next day, the NCR was again victorious via shut out, this time winning 6-0. Jim Crouch pitched six shutout innings for the Bears to earn game MVP honors. Goodsprings completed its miserable April with another loss, this time a 10-6 loss in 10 innings following a blown save by Bobby Lorn in the ninth. The NCR’s Clyde Martin led all batters in the game, going 4 for 5 with two doubles, a triple, two RBI, three runs, and a walk. In the fourth game, the Lucky 38s finally took one, winning 3-2 on Dennis Shaft’s walkoff two-run homer in the ninth. Goodsprings was held to just one hit through eight innings by NCR starter Leroy Hodges. However, the Lucky 38s knocked Basket Zapp around in the ninth with two doubles and a home run to overcome the 2-0 deficit. 
 
The teams met again June 9-12 at the Hoover Dam. The NCR won the first game 8-1 behind the dominating pitching of Mark White, giving up just one run in 7 1/3 innings. Emilio Rodriguez added a three-run homer in the game. In game two, Goodsprings won it 5-3. First baseman John McDowell hit a three-run home run to earn game MVP honors. The Bears won the third game 5-4 with a three-run rally in the eighth. Britton was the game’s MVP, going 2 for 4 with a home run, two RBI, and a run. The final regular season game saw the New California Republic win once again, 6-3. Britton was again the game’s MVP, going 3 for 3 with a home run, a walk, three RBI, and a run. 
 
Britton was by far the best hitter in the season series. He batted 12 for 31 (.387) against the Lucky 38s with six home runs, three walks, 15 RBI, and eight runs. 
 
Mark White was the best pitcher in the series. He had a 1-0 record in 14 1/3 innings pitched with a 3.14 ERA. He allowed 14 hits, walked five, and struck out 11 batters. 
 
Goodsprings is making one change for the Mojave Series, switching Greg Greer to closer, while Bobby Lorn moves to middle relief. 
 
Based on how much the NCR dominated this series in the regular season, we’re going to go with the Bears in five.

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Year 3: Mojave Series, Game One

 

Goodsprings Rallies Behind Stirfry’s 5 RBI

 
Java Strifry had the game of his career, driving in five RBI and helping Goodsprings jump out to a 1-0 Mojave Series lead over New California Republic with a 7-5 win. 
 
Stirfry finished 2 for 4 with a three-run home run in the deciding eighth inning to earn Game MVP honors. 
 
The Bears had the jump on the Lucky 38s in the game. In the bottom of the first, Joel Bowles reached after being hit by a Bob Jackson pitch. With one out, Gerardo Makejoo singled, followed by a Clyde Martin RBI single for a 1-0 lead. 
 
Goodsprings tied the game in the third. Jorge Garcia led off with a double off Jim Ford. After Jackson moved Garcia to third on a sacrifice bunt, Mike Duncan hit a sacrifice fly to score Garcia. 
 
The Lucky 38s took their first lead in the fourth. Jimmy LaRue had a thirteen-pitch at bat, which may be a Mojave League record, and finished off with a triple after fouling off nine pitches. With one out, Dennis Shaft hit a sacrifice fly to score LaRue and a 2-1 Goodsprings advantage. 
 
The lead was short-lived, though, after the NCR scored in the bottom of the inning. Barry Wilson walked with one out, and Ford moved him over on a sacrifice bunt. Bowled then hit an RBI single to tie the game 2-2. 
 
In the fifth inning, Martin hit a one-out double for the Bears. After Mike Britton was hit by a pitch, Stanford Gillespie hit a two-run double for a 4-2 lead.
 
Goodsprings answered in the sixth. With two outs, Shaft walked to chase Ford from the game. Ken Watson came on in relief for the NCR and immediately gave up a single to Perry Ferguson, who advanced to second on the throw to third. Stirfry then hit a two-RBI single to tie the game 4-4. 
 
The game remained tied until the eighth inning. With one out, Jesus Martinez singled and advanced to second when Makejoo bobbled the ball. Martinez advanced to third on a Shaft ground out. With two outs, John McDowell came on to pinch hit and walked. Stirfry then hit his three-run blast on the first pitch of his at bat for a 7-4 Goodsprings lead. 
 
In the bottom of the inning, Bobby Lorn came on in relief for the Lucky 38s. The first batter he faced, George Gray, reached on a Stirfry error to lead off the inning. Earl Robinson then came on in relief to prevent a big inning. Two straight ground outs allowed Gray to score, with Gabriel Rodriguez earning the RBI. The NCR scored only one run for the 7-5 final. 
 
Greg Greer pitched the ninth inning for Goodsprings. He allowed a single to Mark Smith, got Makejoo to fly out, and had Martin hit into a game-ending double play to earn the save. 
 
Donald Bush was the winning pitcher for the Lucky 38s. He didn’t give up any runs or hits and struck out two in 1 1/3 innings. Jackson, the starting pitcher, had no decision. In 5 2/3 innings, he allowed four earned runs on nine hits with two walks and six strikeouts. 
 
Ken Watson was the losing pitcher for New California Republic. He allowed four earned runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout in two innings. Ford was the starting pitcher and left the game with a lead. He allowed three earned runs on four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. 
 
The Bears’ Makejoo led all hitters in the game with three hits. Gillespie and Martin had the only two extra-base hits for the NCR.
 
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Year 3: Mojave Series, Game Two

 

NCR Wins in 12, Evens Series 1-1

 
The long, winding road towards a championship requires lots of endurance and perception. It takes a lot of S.P.E.C.I.A.L. talent to make it in this world, and these two teams are indeed…special. 
 
What was a thrilling game without a lot of offense ended thanks to a 12th-inning triple and sacrifice fly to give New California Republic a 4-3 win over Goodsprings in Game Two of the 2287 Mojave Series. 
 
Gerardo Makejoo led off the inning with a triple off Earl Robinson. After game MVP Alex Carney was intentionally walked, Barry Wilson hit a deep fly to right field to drive in Makejoo for the victory. 
 
The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Joel Bowles walked off starter Willie Miller with one out. George Gray and Jeremy Watson then hit back-to-back singles to score Bowles. 
 
In the fifth inning, Makejoo hit a two-out single, followed by a two-run blast by Carney. That gave the NCR a 3-0 lead. 
 
However, the Lucky 38s fought their way back in the sixth. Jorge Garcia led off with a single off starter Jim Crouch. After Tony Smith reached on a fielder’s choice where he beat out the double play attempt, Mike Duncan singled him to second. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch, followed by a Stu Vanstone walk to load the bases. Jimmy LaRue then hit a slow-rolling ground out to first base to score Smith and advance the other two runners. Jesus Martinez then hit a two-RBI double to tie the game 3-3. 
 
Bill Shelton earned the win for the Bears, pitching the 12th inning. He walked one batter and struck out the side. Crouch gave up three earned runs on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings. Leroy Hodges and Basket Zapp pitched the other five innings, combining to give up just two hits, walk one batter, and strike out seven. 
 
Robinson was the loser for Goodsprings. He gave up one earned run on one hit in 1.1 innings. Miller gave up three earned runs on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Three other pitchers pitched for Goodsprings, giving up one hit with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings. 
 
Game MVP Carney was 2 for 5 with a home run, two RBI, a run, and a walk. His homer and Makejoo’s 12th inning triple were the only two extra base hits for the NCR on the day. 
 
The Lucky 38s only had five hits on the day. Duncan led the team by going 2 for 5 with a run scored. Martinez’s sixth-inning double was the only extra base hit. 
 
The two teams now move the series to Goodsprings for the next three games.
 
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Year 3: Mojave Series, Game Three

 

NCR Scores 4 in First, Wins 7-3

 
New California Republic used a strong first inning off Goodsprings starter Jim Jones to propel itself to a 7-3 victory in Game Three of the Mojave Series. The Bears have now won two straight to take a one-game advantage in the series. 
 
Emilio Rodriguez was the game’s MVP in yet another game where the Bears had to rely on singles to score. Rodriguez finished 3 of 4 with a double (the only extra base hit for the NCR), three RBI, and a run. 
 
With one out in the first, Jones hit Alex Carney with a pitch, forcing the MVP of Game Two to leave with an injury to his wrist. Stanford Gillespie came on as a pinch runner for Carney and advanced when Clyde Martin walked on four pitches. After Mike Britton struck out, Rodriguez knocked in the game’s first run with an RBI single. Joel Bowles then singled in Martin for a 2-0 lead, followed by George Gray knocking in Rodriguez and Bowles for a 4-0 lead.  
 
Goodsprings was able to answer in the bottom of the inning. Stu Vanstone hit a one-out double and scored on Jesus Martinez’s RBI double. The Lucky 38s threatened to score more by loading the bases, but Java Stirfry grounded out to end the inning 4-1 in favor of the NCR. 
 
Martinez led off the third with a double. Eddie Pegasus then hit a two-run home run on the first pitch he saw from Donnell Dugood to make the score 4-3. Again, Goodsprings threatened to score more in the inning but came up short. 
 
The NCR finally scored again in the sixth off reliever Will Hughes. Mike Britton, who has yet to get a hit in three Mojave Series games despite being a hitter of the year candidate, was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Rodriguez followed with a single to move Britton to second. With two outs, Jeremy Watson singled in Britton for a 5-3 Bears lead. 
 
In the seventh, New California Republic scored its final runs. Makejoo led off with a single and then stole second. With one out, Martin was intentionally walked. Mike Britton then grounded out on a hit and run to move the runners up a base. Rodriguez followed with a two-RBI double for the 7-3 final. 
 
The Lucky 38s outhit the NCR 11-9 but left nine runners in scoring position. Jimmy LaRue, who went 0 for 5, and Stirfry left a total of nine runners on base, six in scoring position, in their at bats. 
 
Dugood was the winning pitcher for the Bears. He gave up three earned runs on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts in seven innings. Basket Zapp retired the last two batters of the game to earn the save. 
 
Jones was the loser, giving up four earned runs on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts in just two inning. Five Lucky 38ers combined to finish the game after Jones’ early exit.
 
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Year 3: Mojave Series, Game Four

 

Lucky 38s Rally Late, Even Series

 
There’s no doubt that Jim Ford, the 2285 Mojave postseason award winner, is a quality pitcher who helps the New California Republic to win games. 
 
Unfortunately, his arm is not as strong as most, and that means he seldom lasts more than six innings, even when he is dominating. 
 
Ford pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings, but he tired and had to leave in the sixth. Two innings later, his shutout turned into an NCR loss, 4-3, to Goodsprings to even the series, 2-2. 
 
The Lucky 38s trailed 2-0 entering the bottom of the seventh with reliever Ken Watson in for Ford. With one out, Perry Ferguson doubled on the first pitch. With two outs, Jorge Garcia doubled in Ferguson to cut the NCR lead to 2-1. John McDowell then came on as a pinch hitter and drove in Garcia to tie the game 2-2. 
 
The Bears retook the lead in the eighth. Bobby Lorn came on in relief of starter Bob Jackson. His third pitch to leadoff batter Joel Bowles was then sent over the left field fence for a 3-2 Bears lead. 
 
In the bottom of the eighth, the Lucky 38s finally went ahead. The NCR used situational pitching, substituting Bill Shelton to retire Stu Vanstone and William Miller to retire Jimmy LaRue. Dave Morris then came on for the Bears with two outs. Jesus Martinez singled off Morris, followed by Dennis Shaft’s go-ahead home run to right center field for a 4-3 Goodsprings advantage. 
 
Greg Greer came on in the ninth to save the game for Goodsprings. He gave up a leadoff single to Stanford Gillespie, but Rich Hall followed by hitting into a double play. After Greer plunked Emilio Rodriguez, he struck out Gabriel Rodriguez to end the game. 
 
Ford was named the game MVP despite the no decision. He gave up no runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Ford also hit a solo home run. Morris was the losing pitcher after giving up two runs on two hits with a walk with no official outs. 
 
Jackson, the starter for Goodsprings, also had a no decision. He gave up two earned runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings. Lorn was the winning pitcher, allowing an earned run on a hit with a walk and strikeout in one inning. 
 
New California Republic took an early lead in the game. With one out, Stu Wilkins singled. He scored on Clyde Martin’s two-out double for a 1-0 lead. 
The Bears extended that lead in the third. Pitcher Ford led off the inning with a home run for the 2-0 advantage. 
 
Martinez and Ferguson led the offensive charge for the Lucky 38s with two hits apiece. 
 
Bowles was the only player for the NCR with multiple hits. He finished 2 for 4 with a double, home run, run, and RBI.
 
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