Mavericks Go Undefeated and Capture the 22nd Annual Doug Conn

There was no shortage of sun this May Long weekend at Lambrick Park and definitely no shortage of wins for the Victoria Mavericks men’s all-star team. Behind solid pitching, stingy defense and timely hitting, the Mavs had a sparkling record of 5 wins and 0 losses en route to capturing the 22nd installment of their annual Doug Conn Tournament. Newly appointed head coach, Gautam Srivastava, pulled all the right strings and couldn’t be happier with the start to the Mavs’ all-star season. “We hit the ball consistently well and pitchers forced the opposition to earn their way on base. When we can put pressure like that on opposing teams we are very tough to beat, explains Srivastava. We have a long ways to go before the BCs but it was great to see us compete the way we did and it gives me an idea of what we need to work on moving forward,” added the first year Mavs skipper.

Mavericks President, General Manager and starting second baseman, Lanny Burrows, shared in Srivastava’s sentiments, “It was a total team effort from top to bottom. Everyone came into this weekend knowing they had a role, and if we were to be successful as a team, to not come outside of what they were asked. Our pitching and defense were outstanding all weekend and that’s what wins tournaments,” Burrows added. “And scoring 45 runs in 5 games didn’t hurt either.” Burrows went on to commend the outstanding support from his tournament committee and umpires, “Without all the help from my the tournament director, Pat Nahirney, there would be no Doug Conn and certainly no tournament if umpires Ralph Belvedere and Curt Hathaway didn’t step up to officiate the entire tourney despite the hot weather.” Hats off to all that helped out and I can’t say thanks enough to our concession guru, Denise Hall, her mom Patty Hall, who scored every game over the weekend, and all the Mavs players who stepped up helping prep the fields and filling in as umpires as needed. It was a total organizational effort and I’m gracious to be surrounded by individuals that truly care about the Mavericks brand. We are a family here and the win is just the icing on the cake. It’s for everyone to feel proud of and to savour,” Burrows exclaimed.

The Mavs came out like gang busters in Game 1 with a 10-1, 5 inning mercy win versus the VIBI Muckers in opening night action Friday night. Freshly back from college ball, Brett Hull went 5 solid innings and John Margaritas’ 2 run homerun and 3 runs scored highlighted to Mavs’ offense.

Game 2 saw the Mavs win their second straight game 11-3 in 6 over the Puget Sound White Sox. Brad Franklyn hurls 4 gritty innings giving up only 1 run on 4 hits. The offensive charge was led by Justin Gibson who sliced a 3-4, while Duncan Blades went oppo gap with a 3 run bases clearing double.

Sunday morning’s last round robin game had the Mavs pitted against the highly touted Washington Miners, who boasted 8 college players currently waiting to start play in the PIL as part of the Highline Bears. But a charged up 6 inning, 1 run, 3 hit masterpiece by Daniel Bednarski stifled the Miners bats and sent the Mavs into the playoff round as the #1 seed with a 7-2 victory. Lanny Burrows led the Mavericks offence with a 3-4 2 RBI performance at the dish and the Mavs’ defense was better than most holding a great offense to a mere 2 runs scored.

In the semi finals the Mavs squared off against the Puget Sound White Sox and took care of business with an 12-5 win behind starting pitcher Drew Davidoff who kept the Mavs in the game going a strong 4 innings only giving up 4 runs. Relief pitcher, Scott May, who came into the game in the 5th inning, eventually earned the win. The offense was a two-headed monster led by Sean Murphy’s sizzling 4-4 including an HR, 2B and 3 RBI complemented by Jerry Kadoski’s 2-2 with a clutch HR late.

Their third game of the day for the Mavs saw an all-island final with the Mavs facing the Muckers in Sunday night’s title bout. It was a pitcher’s duel from the get go with both starters going the distance. Both were almost unhittable but Matty Campbell outlasted Muckers starter Nick Salahub securing a 3-2 victory for the host squad. Jerry Kadoski had a clutch late inning RBI that sparked the offense and a critical error by Salahub in the bottom of the 6th handed the title to the Mavericks all-stars.

All in all it was a great tournament and the committee is already planning a bigger and better 23rd Annual Doug Conn in 2016.

- Mavs Nation