Crawfords at Sand Crabs


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Glenn Griffin4010000000101000
Shad Fanta 2000000000000000
Andy Winn3120000001000000
Paul Meyer3010000000000001
Robbie Grether2100000001000000
Mike Starshak2010001000001010
Keith Richley2010000001000000
Keith Murray3011001010000000
Eric Selje2010000001000000
Dave Cwik3000000000000000
Tom Littlefield2000000001000001
Bill Baldon3000000000200000
Sean Michael Dargan 2010000000000000
Jeff Adas0000000000000000
Pitching IP H R ER BB Ks HB HR Win Loss Save
Robbie Grether29940100010
Shad Fanta21100000000
Jeff Adas21000110000
Keith Murray26422200000

Sand Crabs

24Steve Hill5320000000000002
18Chris McGill4340000001000000
2Mike Schoonveld4210002001002000
32Tom Scalissi4130002001000000
27Brian Buol4010002000100010
34Troy Galston4110002000002000
6Mike Wallace4111001000000001
15Jason Himebauch4220001000000001
25Bernie Albright3010001000110000
19Duane Walz3110001000000011
9Rich Rydecki4021002000101000
Pitching IP H R ER BB Ks HB HR Win Loss Save
Mike Wallace77224400100
Troy Galston22000000000


It was an unseasonably warm day for the season opener of the 45+ division of the MSBL of Southern Wisconsin on Sunday, May 7 at East Madison LL Senior field. The reigning champion Sand Crabs were facing off against the reigning runners-up, the Crawfords, at noon on this lovely day.

On the bump for the Crabs was Mike Wallace, who had recently returned from an unscheduled plastic surgery at the Rawlings Institute in Oregon, Wisconsin. The surgeons did an excellent job, putting his lip back together again, his wife Michelle said his lips have never been fuller, and he kisses like an 18 year old again….anyhoo…..on the mound for the Crawfords today was Rob Grether, the crafty entrepreneurial righty.

Wallace would nearly put down the Crawford’s in order in the top of the first, except for a single by shortstop, retiree Andy Winn. In the bottom of the first the Sand Crabs imposed their will. They started with four consecutive singles, and then added a double and three more singles for good measure later in the frame to tally seven (7) runs.
In the top of the second, Grether took a free pass and was knocked in on a well-struck double the right center gap by Keith Murray. Murray was promptly picked off second base when Crabs shortstop Mike Schoonveld called and executed a nice play with Wallace. In the Crabs second, catcher Chris McGill singled, and was moved to second when Schoonveld reached on an error. Just off the bus from triple-A, newcomer Tom Scalissi walked, and Crabs corner infielder Brian Buol sacrificed him home with a prodigious fly to right. Schoonveld later scored when Troy Galston reached on an error.  9-1 Sand Crabs.   The Crabs grabbed another one in the bottom of three when left fielder and qualified bat-breaker Jason Himebauch singled and was sent home by a Dewey Walz sac fly to center, the deepest part of the ballpark.
The Crawford‘s got one back in the fourth when Winn walked. Then, Crawfords third baseman Mike Starshak had a little old hit that Steve Hill did not get to oooh.  Starshak ba-abeeee.  (Starshak baby!) On Starshak’s hit centerfielder Steve Hill appeared to be one of the “folks lining up outside just to get down”, and briefly forgot how to field. However, he made up for it by not lolligagging, and chased the terribly misplayed ball and threw it to someone who knew what they were doing. Galston then pivoted and fired to the plate to get Paul Meyer by 10 feet, and catcher McGill fired to first to get Starshak into a pickle-ickle-ickle as he had strolled off first a bit too far for his liking.  This ended up as one of the more unique double plays that went 8-4-2-3-4-3-B52’s.   The Crawfords would not score again for the rest of the game, but got a couple singles in the fifth, one in the seventh, and two more in the ninth. The Crabs went quietly in the fourth, fifth, and sixth, against relievers Fanta, Adas, and Murray, but were highlighted by rookie Bernie Albright getting hit by a pitch. It was the first time Bernie‘s been hit by a pitch in 27 years, which is probably some sort of record. Sand Crabs got two more in the bottom of the seventh on singles by Hill, Scalissi, and Galston. The Crabs ended by scraping up two runs in the bottom of the eighth on singles by McGill, Scalissi, and Dewey Walz, and rookie Rich Rydecki cracked a double to knock in one of those runs.
Wallace had an amazing day on the mound for the Crabs going seven strong innings, allowing 2 earned runs, seven hits,4 walks and four strikeouts for the W.  Relilever Troy pitched the last two, allowing no runs on two hits, no walks, and no strikeouts. At the dish, the Crabs were led by Chris “medium slugger“ McGill, who had a 4 for 4 performance, scoring three runs as well. Rookie Tom Scalisi played a strong first base in his Crabs debut, and went three for four with two RBIs, and last but not least, rookie Rich Rydecki had a two for four performance with one of our 2 doubles, the other was by Wally. The Crabs developmental pipeline has earned their keep with our Crabs additions this year.  Jason Himebauch had two hits and scored 2 runs as well, and Brian Buol played a tremendous first base, lots of people are talking about it, probably some of the best first base ever played.
Both teams are off next week.  Take care of your moms!


Date Time Division Season
May 7, 2023 12:00 pm 45+ Division 2023


East Madison Little League
East Madison Little League, Eken Park, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, United States


Plate UmpField Ump
Brent PerzentkaJay White