ALDS Recap. PFF vs. FRI Print
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Wednesday, 03 August 2011 17:45



ALDS Recap. PFF vs. FRI

With the sun baring down on Flesher East, the PF Flyers would get the first chance to take out the Defending Champion Friars in a best of 3 series.

Game 1:
PF Flyers 7 , Friars 2 F/6 Box
W: Justin James
L: Andy Ross
HR: John Liberty 3, Kevin Marszalek 2

In Game 1, Justin James, who again went toe-to-toe with an ace, managed to keep the defending champion Friars from getting runs in bunches. While James gave up two home runs to Kevin Marszalek, both were solo shots. The pitch of the year to this point for the Flyers came in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Friars had runners on first and third with Andy Ross up to bat and two outs. Ross worked the count full as Marszalek lurked in the on-deck circle. James hurled a nasty third strike to get out of the jam and maintain a 4-1 lead. Marszalek came up in the bottom of the fifth and hit his second home run, but the bases were empty. A locked in Liberty was all over Ross's best stuff, going 3-7 with three home runs and seven RBI. Ross, who led the AL in ERA, wins and strike outs during the regular season, had only given up seven runs all season.

Lib pencils in his 2nd homerun of the game.

Game 2:
Friars 0 , PF Flyers 7 F/6 Box
W: Ira Cohen
L: Paul Wolf
HR: Justin James 2, John Liberty 2

Ira Cohen thrived in the heat, hurling six shutout innings by mixing his speeds and locations. Justin James provided some pop at the top of the lineup for the Flyers with a solo shot in the second and a two-run homer in the fourth. Paul Wolf looked sharp early, holding the Flyers to one hit (James' solo home run) through the first three innings. The Flyers started to get on pace in the fourth with James' second shot of the game. Liberty also added a solo shot in the inning. Cohen helped his own cause by driving in Liberty later in the inning. Liberty added a two-run dinger in the fifth. The top defensive play of the series came in the bottom of the fifth when the banged-up captain of the Friars robbed James of what would have been his third home run. Marszalek - taking a page out of Steve Everett's book - went up in the air to snag the homer, tumbled over the fence and onto his back. He held onto the ball to end the inning and keep two runs off the board. The champs may have bowed out, but they did so fighting.

Marsz robs James in the 5th, before falling over the fence and maintaining control.

The PF Flyers will now face their division rival Industrials on Aug. 11 in the AL Championship. Games will be played at Flesher Field, starting at 6pm.

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