Posted on Mon, Aug. 06, 2007
Dan Terpak wears uniform No. 12 on occasion, but his preference is the 13 Maxim (Calif.) jersey.
When Terpak gets his number of choice, as he did in the Yankees' 11-1 win over defending NBC champion Santa Barbara (Calif.) on Sunday night, from a distance he looks a lot like New York Yankees No. 13, Alex Rodriguez, at the plate.
Maxim's road uniforms are nearly identical to the real Yankees' gear, and Terpak's stance is strikingly similar to A-Rod's.
"He's one of my favorite players," Terpak said. "I'm a big fan. He just hit 500 home runs. He's one of the best."
Terpak's numbers against Santa Barbara were even reminiscent of a Rodriguez day.
Terpak reached base all four plate appearances. He had three hits, two runs scored and an RBI.
"It feels great," Terpak said. "I'm kind of the new guy on the team, but I know there's a rivalry with them (the Foresters), so we were hungry."
Maxim, the first team in the tournament with three wins, jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the third inning. Terpak was the first Yankee across in the inning, reaching on a fielder's choice and scoring on Kurt Wideman's bases loaded double.
Wideman's line drive to left-center was cut off by center fielder Kyle Russell before it got to the wall, but it was plenty deep enough to clear the bases.
Pitcher Austin Wood "got me on a change up my first time up," Wideman said. "So I was waiting on it that time."
The Foresters got a run back in the fourth, but the Yankees piled on three in the fifth, one in the sixth and the final run in the seventh.
It was a bad night on the scoreboard for Santa Barbara, but a scary moment on the field in the fifth put things in perspective.
Foresters' second baseman Michael Torres was hit in the head on a throw from Maxim shortstop Nathan Young.
Torres was sliding into second when Young's side-armed relay throw on a double-play attempt hit Torres flush on the front helmet.
The ball ricocheted into left field and Torres was left in the fetal position over the second base bag holding his head in pain.
After being tended to by coaches and a trainer, Torres left the field and returned to play defense in the top of the inning.
Yankees starter Chris Sherman got the win, going four innings, and Drew Clothier finished out the game.
But it was Maxim's big night at the plate --14 hits -- that had manager Jeff Thomas looking forward to Tuesday's game against El Dorado and, maybe, beyond.
"We've been batting really well," Thomas said. "We've been working on driving pitches, and right now we're just executing when it counts."
Vienna (Va.) 2, Kenai Peninsula (Alaska) 0 -- If it weren't for the slim lead and the left-handed batter coming to the plate, Zac Blakney probably could have finished off Kenai by himself.
Blakney was brilliant in the heat of the late afternoon, striking out five and facing four over the minimum.
But with a runner on first and one out in the ninth, Senatorsmanager Chris Burr played it safe, handing the game over to reliever John Zorich for the lefty-lefty matchup, ending Blakney's shutout bid.
"I had a hard time getting used to the heat," Blakney said. "I wanted to go nine, but in a situation like that in baseball, you want to get a left-hander against a left-hander."
Zorich and Mason Griffin retired the Oilers' final two batters.
Vienna broke the scoreless tie in the fourth on an RBI double by Wichita State's Cody Lassley.
In the seventh, designated hitter Ryan Heroy belted the second pitch he saw over the wall in left.
"He started me off with a curveball, so I knew he would go fastball next," Heroy said.
Moreno Valley (Calif.) 8, Arizona 3 -- The Rockets scored seven runs in the first three innings and eliminated Arizona. Jason Klug and three hits and two RBIs.
Oklahoma 12, Madison (Wis.) 1(eight innings) -- Oklahoma starter Brett Case gave up one run in seven innings, and the A's scored seven runs in the eighth inning. The A's Breck Draper went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and three runs scored, including a homer.
Nevada (Mo.) 10, Colorado 2-- The Griffons eased out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and scored in five of the next eight innings after that. Greg Lagreid and Anthony Ottrando combined for five hits and five RBIs, leading the Griffons slugfest.
Derby Twins 7, Clarinda (Iowa) A's 6 -- Brandon Douglas went 3 for 4 to help Derby edge Clarinda.
Jayson Kramer got the win in relief, going 3 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and an unearned run.
Salina Blue Jays 6, Community Bank Cowboys 2 -- Danny Sawyer and Bryce Miller homered to help Salina eliminated Community Bank.
J.P. Roberge, who went 4 for 5, homered for the Cowboys.
Beatrice (Neb.) Bruins 7, San Diego Stars 6 (11) -- Tyson Parks singled in Luke Anders, who had walked, with the winning run in the 11th.
Nick Love picked up the victory, going 2 scoreless innings and yielding one hit.
Vienna (Va.) Senators 3, San Antonio Titans 2 -- Aaron Loup went eight innings, allowing five hits, a run, and struck out 11 as Vienna eliminated San Antonio.
Havasu (Ariz.) Heat 15, Plaza Tire (Mo.) Capahas 1 -- Former Wichita State star Drew Moffitt homered, going 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs to help Havasu stay unbeaten at 2-0 with a five-inning run-rule victory.
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