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01/27/2006 Archived Entry: "Mex Pac League News : Mazatlan Clinched their 7th Title"
By Bruce Baskin of Viva Beisbol.Net
MAZATLAN BEATS GUASAVE 6-2, WIN LMP PENNANT
Four-run eighth inning propels Venados victory
MAZATLAN – The Mazatlan Venados put together a four-run eighth inning against three Guasave pitchers to bust open a 2-2 game and went on to beat the Algodoneros 6-2 to clinch their second consecutive Mexican Pacific League championship after losing their first-round series both years. Pitcher Pablo Ortega took the win for the Deer, tossing eight strong innings and allowing two runs on five Cottoneers hits.
Guasave drew first blood in the top of the first when Osvaldo Morejon scored from third base on a throwing error by Mazatlan third sacker Edgar Gonzales on a grounder by Noe Munoz. The Venados came back with a single run of their own in the bottom of the frame when Pedro Castellano’s single to center field drove in a motivated Gonzalez from second base.
The Algodoneros struck for another score in the top of the second when Mario Valenzuela scored on Dave Doster’s single. Guasave was able to load the bases against Ortega with just one out, but Ortega got out of the jam by inducing a fly out by Morejon and a ground out by Amando Rios without any further damage. Mazatlan tied the game back up at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth on a unique play when Castellano scored on Roberto Saucedo’s fly out to center. Castellano drew a throw from centerfielder Demond Smith to catcher Munoz which arrived late, but the alert Munoz was able to nail fellow backstop Miguel Ojeda attempting to advance to third with a strong throw to Doster to complete the double play.
The score remained tied until the eighth when Mazatlan scored their four runs on three hits and a pair of Guasave errors. The key hits were an RBI single by Ray Sadler that scored Ojeda from third and a two-run single from Wednesday’s hero, Heber Gomez, that plated two more runs for the Venados. Closer Marty McLeary came in for Ortega in the top of the ninth and allowed two Algodoneros on base before striking out pinch-hitter Eduardo Arredondo swinging to end the game and the series for Mazatlan, who won the series 4 games to 1.
The next stop for the Venados will be Venezuela, where they will play in their seventh Caribbean Series next month.
NOTES by Carlos Fragoso
Venados had 5 more titles in the old Pacific Coast League, andgot their first in the MexPac back in 1974 seeping Obregon in 4 games under Ronnie Camacho direction, That team included among others to, Carlos Lopez who played in MLB few years with Seattle, Orioles, Joe Pactwa , Jack Pierce, Aurelio · Señor Smoke " Lopez and then an unknown reliever, Kent Tekulve.
Repeated in 1977 under Alfredo Ortiz, having players of the tale of Lyman Bostock , Ron Washington, Mike Dimmel , Rex Hudson , Steve Ontiveros, Aurelio Lopez,
They struck once again in 1987 under Carlos Paz, lining up players such as Willie Mays Aikens, Ron Jones,Eddie Miller, Wally Ritchie along with mexican talent like Herminio Dominguez , Luis Alfonso " Cochito Sr. " Cruz, Daniel Fernandez.
In 1993 under Ramon " Diablo " Montoya , with Chris Butterfield, Jim Wilson , Pete Coachman , JJ Pacho playing SS , Andres Cruz , Mike Garcia ,
1998 under Raul Cano with Alan Zinter , Wes Helms , Rod McCall , Pacho , Daniel Garibay , Javier Robles, Miguel del Toro
Then the highly publicized 2005 crown and also the Caribbeab series held hometown and finally this year one making a total 7 titles in 10 championships series played ,two in a row