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2002 NBC TOURNAMENT
LAWRENCE-DUMONT STADIUM - WICHITA, KS
Blake Gill, MVP
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PICS BY LARRY SMITH
Zak Basch (01-02)
NBC HARVEST OF TROPHIES:
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8/11: SCORECAST vs. Anchorage Glacier Pilots
8/10: SCORECAST vs. Nevada Griffons
8/9: SCORECAST vs. Anchorage Glacier Pilots
8/7: SCORECAST vs. Wichita Braves
8/5: SCORECAST vs. Prairie Gravel Illinois (NBC) (Scorecast flawed)
8/4: SCORECAST vs. San Luis Obisbo
8/3: SCORECAST vs. Dallas Phillies
|8/4/02||W||16-2||34-18||2-0||San Luis Obisbo||SC|
|8/5/02||W||14-6||35-18||3-0||Prairie Gravel Illinois||SC|
|8/9/02||W||7-6||36-19||4-1||Anchorage Glacier Pilots||SC|
|8/11/02||W||8-3||38-19||6-1||Anchorage Glacier Pilots||SC|
2002 NBC ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
|Catcher||Sam Hess, Portland Aloha Knights||Second Base||Ryan Haag, Fairbanks Goldpanners|
|Catcher||Judd Kindle, Beatrice Bruins||Third Base||Chad Corona, Fairbanks Goldpanners|
|Catcher||Tony Piazza, Nevada Griffons||Shortstop||Jose Ortega, Anchorage Glacier Pilots|
|Pitcher||John Brownwell, Beatrice Bruins||Outfield||Scott Dodge, San Luis Obispo Blues|
|Pitcher||Jaime Rodrigue, Nevada Griffons||Outfield||Steve Wells, Rock City Red Sox|
|Pitcher||Jaime Bluma, Wichita Braves||Outfield||Drew Anderson, Anchorage Glacier Pilots|
|Pitcher||Kyle Banick, Wichita Braves||DH||Corey Patton, Liberal BeeJays|
|Pitcher||Chris Knollin, Prairie Gravel||Utility||Dennis Bigley, Anchorage Glacier Pilots|
|First Base||Joe Gullion, Beatrice Bruins||Utility||Alex Chavez, San Luis Obispo Blues|
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
|Shortstop||Blake Gill, Fairbanks, Alaska|
8/12: Panners Strike Pure Gold - ADN "To be honest with you," Anchorage coach Bob Miller replied when asked what happened, "I'm at a loss for words right now." "From the day we got here, we thought we might be seeing (the Pilots) tonight," Cheff said. "That's a really good club we had to beat twice here. Doing it the way we did it certainly makes it more special."
8/12: Memories of mom flood back for MVP Gill "Gill went 4 for 4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Next thing he knew, he was holding the MVP trophy. "I never thought this would have happened, especially a few days ago," Gill said. "It's incredible. It's the best feeling I've ever had on a baseball field in my life."
8/12: Panners hit the Mother Lode - Bob Eley "The Panners have played in a record 12 championship games with four of those coming against the Glacier Pilots. The Panners now hold a 3-1 advantage in those games. The Pilots have played in 10 championship games."
8/12: Fairbanks Return Brightens NBC - Bob Lutz "Dennis, probably the most successful figure in NBC history, didn't join his team for a jubilant postgame celebration on the field. Instead, he remained stationed behind a camera above the bleachers behind third base, helping with the Fairbanks Web cast. Fairbanks has now played in 23 World Series, and won 26 percent of them. The Panners also have six second-place finishes, so they have played in the championship game in 52 percent of the tournaments they have entered."
8/12: Fairbanks wins record sixth title "The two teams had met three times before in the championship game, with Fairbanks now holding a 3-1 advantage."
8/12: NBC SPEAKCAST OF CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
8/11: Its Pilots vs. Panners for the Title "This afternoon, they will take the field against the Goldpanners, who shared the Alaska Baseball League title with them. One game will not only decide this year's national champion, but since the organizations are tied with a record five NBC titles each, it will decide who is the most successful team in NBC history.
8/11: Panners Advance to Championship "We were run-ruling everyone, and we had to be reminded what this tournament would be like. But the way we've done it, we know we deserve to be in the championship."
8/11: Gill Golden for Fairbanks "I wasn't contributing like I felt I should have. I was really kind of taking it hard on myself," said Gill, a sophomore at Louisiana State. "It feels good to know that they can count on me when I'm up at the plate now.
8/11: Corona, Haag Make All-American Team
8/10: Tooth & Nail " If the Panners had lost to the Pilots, they would have been eliminated from the tournament. Instead, both teams will now play in the semifinals tonight with the Panners taking on the Nevada, Mo., Griffons at (7:30) p.m. ADT and the Pilots going up against the San Luis Obispo, Calif., Blues at (10 p.m.)"
8/10: Pilots Stumble Against Panners "Too crushed to even come out of the dugout for a postgame handshake with the Goldpanners, the Anchorage players and coaches waited for about 15 minutes as the All-Americans and other awards were announced."
8/7: Goldpanners leading field with .404 average!
8/7: Panners Struggle But Win (Nice try, Anchorage)
8/6: Panners, pitcher still perfect
8/6: Tim Montgomery (02) Two Home Runs in Win Over Prairie
8/4: Panners sparkle like gold - Bob Eley "Mike Moat tossed a nifty four-hitter and his teammates pounded out 13 hits and took advantage of three Dallas Phillies errors en route to a resounding 10-0 victory in a game that was stopped in the bottom of the eighth inning on the tournament's travesty rule."