Date:  Source: Rochester Baseball League

On a beautiful day for baseball, the Padres won their second consecutive and 7th overall championship with an exciting 3-2 victory over the Rockies at Bachman Park in Penfield. The intense battle was well played by both sides, as the Rockies and Padres saw the score tied through each of the first 8 innings. It wasn’t until the bottom of the 9th inning that the Padres pushed across the winning run to end the quickly played game.


The Rockies took the early lead in the top of the second inning when they scored the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly. The lead was short lived however, with the Padres responding in the bottom half of the inning. After a one out double by Dominick Tubolino, Jr., he scored one out later a single by Jim Varney.


The score remained 1-1 until the top of the 8th inning when the Rockies used two Padre infield errors to score the go ahead run. With the pitching duel that was on display for the entire game, it appeared as though that run might be enough to win the game. However, history repeated itself in the bottom half of the 8th inning when the Padres again tied the score. This time Varney started the rally. His one out single was followed by a single by Mike Yazback. After a strikeout, Ray Manioci delivered a two out single to score Varney and once again the game was tied.


The Rockies went in order in the top of the 9tt, setting up the exciting finish in the bottom half. Matt Delly reached first on an infield throwing error. Jay Thomas then singled to right field moving Delly to second base. Dennis Tubolino hit a dribbler in front of the plate which served the same purpose as a bunt, moving both runners to second and third. Tubolino, Jr. was intentionally walked to load the bases, setting up the last remaining charter member of the NABA, Mike Murphy. The Rockies brought the infield in to try to cut down the winning run at the plate. Murphy did hit the infield grounder that the Rockies were looking for, but the throw home was wide to the 1 st base side of the plate as Delly slid home with the winning run.