Marietta explodes to win crown

MARIETTA, Ohio -- In the 1983 Championship, seven of the first ten games were decided by one run. Unexpected was the offensive explosion by Marietta in the championship game. Series records fell like rain as Marietta regained the Division III baseball title with a 36-8 victory over conference rival Otterbein.

"Everyone said that we didn't have any power and we did not have a chance," said Marietta second baseman Jim Pancher, who rapped out four hits and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

Otterbein starter Jeff Henderson ran into trouble in the third inning. Entering with a 2-1 lead, Henderson did not survive the inning allowing two runs without getting an out. Doug Gates came in relief allowing four more runs in the inning. In the bottom of the fourth, Marietta exploded for 12 runs chasing the best pitchers on the Cardinal staff (Gates, Kirk McDonald, and Robert Hartman).

Otterbein scored four runs in the fifth off starter Jim Katschke. Katschke was relieved by John Hamborski who closed the door earning his only win of the tournament.

The Pioneers added nine runs in the fifth and the rout was on. Marietta scored eight more runs in the game as the Pioneers celebrated a second championship. Marietta is the third team to win two championships in the short history of the tournament.

Jon Shuler led the Pioneer offense with a 5-6 performance, tying records for hits (5), runs scored (6) and RBI (8). Every starter for Marietta has at least two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. For Otterbein, Dave Whitehead, Jim Hoyle and Mike Goodwin had two hits apiece.

1983 All Tournament Team
MVP:
Jim Pancher, Marietta
Catcher - Mike Goodwin, Otterbein; First Base - John Hefner, Marietta; Second Base - Jim Pancher, Marietta; Third Base - Mike Blythe, Otterbein; Shortstop - Greg DiLeo, Montclair State; Outfield - Willie Arrington, N.C. Wesleyan; Jim Hoyle, Otterbein; Mark Talarico, Marietta; Designated Hitter - Steve Riley, Marietta; Pitcher - Kirk McDonald, Otterbein; Jim Kennedy, Marietta.

Otterbein 8

Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A
Dave Weaver cf............  5  1  0  0    0  1  2  0 
Bob Brownfield 2b.........  4  1  1  0    1  0  4  3 
Mike Blythe 3b............  4  2  1  2    1  0  3  1 
Dave Whitehead 1b.........  5  1  2  2    0  2  8  0 
Jim Hoyle lf..............  5  1  2  1    0  1  1  0 
Mike Goodwin c............  4  0  2  1    0  0  2  0 
 Mark Ogilbee c............ 1  1  1  0    0  0  0  0 
Tim Harris dh.............  2  0  1  1    2  1  0  0 
 Bruce Gifford ph.......... 1  0  1  1    0  0  0  0 
John Mastel ss............  4  1  1  0    0  1  2  3 
 Tim Bates ss.............. 1  0  0  0    0  0  0  1 
Keith Evans rf............  3  0  0  0    1  1  1  0 
 Rich Ciminello rf......... 1  0  0  0    0  1  1  0 
Jeff Henderson p..........  0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0 
 Doug Gates p.............. 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0 
 Rob Hartman p............. 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1 
 Kirk McDonald p........... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0 
 Glen Alexander p.......... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1 
 Ed Conrad p............... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0 
Totals.................... 40  8 12  8    5  8 24 10 


Marietta 36

Name (Pos)                 AB  R  H RBI  BB SO PO  A
Monte Duncan 3b...........  6  3  3  4    2  1  0  0 
 Marc Moavero c............ 1  0  1  1    0  0  4  0 
Jim Pancher 2b/3b.........  6  4  4  2    3  0  1  2 
Mark Talarico rf..........  6  3  3  3    3  1  5  0 
Steve Riley dh............  5  5  3  5    3  0  0  0 
Jeff Wiktorski lf.........  6  3  3  4    1  0  0  1 
 Dave Thomas 2b............ 0  1  0  0    1  0  1  1 
Marty Sberna cf...........  5  5  2  1    1  0  1  0 
John Hefner 1b............  5  4  4  4    2  0  7  1 
 Bill Varley lf............ 1  0  1  0    0  0  0  0 
Jon Shuler ss.............  6  6  5  8    2  0  1  3 
Jeff Chaney c.............  5  2  2  1    1  0  4  0 
 Gary Kohls ph/c........... 1  0  1  2    0  0  1  0 
 Jon Finke 1b.............. 1  0  1  1    0  0  0  0 
 Joe Lehman 1b............. 0  0  0  0    0  0  1  0 
Jim Katschke p............  0  0  0  0    0  0  1  1 
 John Hamborski p.......... 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  1 
 Roger Hart p.............. 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0 
 Bob Sekley p.............. 0  0  0  0    0  0  0  0 
Totals.................... 54 36 33 36   19  2 27 10 



Score by innings:                       R  H  E
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Otterbein             002 040 011    -  8 12  0
Marietta              016 (12)96 02  - 36 33  2
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E - Duncan; Shuler. 
DP - Otterbein 1. LOB - Otterbein 10; Marietta 15. 
2B - Blythe; Whitehead; Hoyle; Ogilbee; S Riley; Wiktorski; Shuler; Kohls. 
HR - Shuler. 
SB - Mastel; Sberna. 
SH - Sberna. SF - Sberna. 

Otterbein              IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF
Jeff Henderson......  2.0   3   3   3   3   0   9 12 
Doug Gates..........  1.0   5   6   6   3   1   8 11 
Rob Hartman.........  0.1   4   6   6   2   0   4  7 
Kirk McDonald.......  0.1   5   4   4   1   0   6  7 
Glen Alexander......  2.0  10  14  14   8   0  15 24 
Ed Conrad...........  2.1   6   3   3   2   1  12 14 


Marietta               IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  AB BF
Jim Katschke........  4.1   8   6   5   3   1  22 25 
John Hamborski......  2.2   1   0   0   0   3   9  9 
Roger Hart..........  1.0   1   1   1   2   2   4  6 
Bob Sekley..........  1.0   2   1   1   0   2   5  5 



Win - Hamborski 2-0.  Loss - J Henderson 2-2.  Save - None.
Umpires - Home:Fargo  1st:Aller  2nd:McBride  3rd:Rose  
Start:   Time: 3:50   Attendance: 3000
J Henderson faced 2 batters in the 3rd.
Gates faced 2 batters in the 4th.

Story | Boxscore | Play-by-Play

Play-by-Play - Otterbein vs Marietta

Score by innings:                       R  H  E
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Otterbein             002 040 011    -  8 12  0
Marietta              016 (12)96 02  - 36 33  2
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Otterbein inning 1

  Weaver grounded out to 1b unassisted.  Brownfield grounded out to 1b
  unassisted.  Blythe grounded out to p.  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Marietta inning 1

  Duncan grounded out to 1b unassisted.  Pancher lined out to ss.  Talarico
  walked.  S Riley lined out to cf.  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Otterbein inning 2

  Whitehead struck out swinging.  Hoyle grounded out to ss.  Goodwin reached
  on an error by 3b.  T Harris walked; Goodwin advanced to second.  Mastel
  reached on a fielder's choice; T Harris out at second ss to 2b.  0 runs, 0
  hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Marietta inning 2

  Wiktorski grounded out to ss.  Sberna singled to second base.  Sberna stole
  second.  Hefner walked.  Shuler doubled to left center, RBI; Hefner advanced
  to third; Sberna scored.  Chaney grounded out to 2b.  Duncan popped up to
  1b.  1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Otterbein inning 3

  K Evans out at first 1b to p.  Weaver flied out to cf.  Brownfield singled
  to center field.  Blythe doubled to right center, RBI; Brownfield scored. 
  Whitehead doubled to right center, RBI; Blythe scored.  Hoyle singled to
  left field; Whitehead advanced to third, out at home lf to c.  2 runs, 4
  hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Marietta inning 3

  Pancher singled to right field.  Talarico walked; Pancher advanced to
  second.  Gates to p for J Henderson.  S Riley doubled to right center, 2
  RBI; Talarico scored; Pancher scored.  Wiktorski walked.  Sberna reached on
  a fielder's choice; Wiktorski out at second 2b unassisted; S Riley advanced
  to third.  Hefner singled to center field, RBI; Sberna advanced to second; S
  Riley scored.  Shuler singled to left field, RBI; Hefner advanced to third;
  Sberna scored.  Chaney popped up to 3b.  Duncan walked; Shuler advanced to
  second.  Pancher singled to right field, 2 RBI; Duncan advanced to second;
  Shuler scored; Hefner scored.  Talarico struck out swinging.  6 runs, 5
  hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Otterbein inning 4

  Goodwin grounded out to 2b.  T Harris walked.  Mastel reached on a fielder's
  choice; T Harris out at second 2b to ss.  Mastel stole second.  K Evans
  grounded out to 1b unassisted.  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Marietta inning 4

  S Riley walked.  Wiktorski singled to center field; S Riley advanced to
  second.  Hartman to p for Gates.  Sberna grounded out to p, SAC; Wiktorski
  advanced to second; S Riley advanced to third.  Hefner singled to left
  field, RBI; Wiktorski advanced to third; S Riley scored.  Shuler walked;
  Hefner advanced to second.  Chaney singled to left field, RBI; Shuler
  advanced to second; Hefner advanced to third; Wiktorski scored.  Duncan
  singled to center field, advanced to second on the throw, 2 RBI; Chaney
  advanced to third; Shuler scored; Hefner scored.  Pancher intentionally
  walked.  Talarico singled to left field, RBI; Pancher advanced to second;
  Duncan advanced to third; Chaney scored.  K McDonald to p for Hartman.  S
  Riley singled to shortstop, RBI; Talarico advanced to second; Pancher
  advanced to third; Duncan scored.  Wiktorski singled to left field, 2 RBI; S
  Riley advanced to third; Talarico scored; Pancher scored.  Sberna reached on
  a fielder's choice; Wiktorski out at second ss to 2b.  Hefner singled, RBI;
  Sberna advanced to second; S Riley scored.  Shuler singled to left field,
  RBI; Hefner advanced to second; Sberna scored.  Chaney walked; Shuler
  advanced to second; Hefner advanced to third.  Duncan singled to center
  field, 2 RBI; Chaney advanced to second; Shuler scored; Hefner scored. 
  Alexander to p for K McDonald.  Pancher walked; Duncan advanced to second;
  Chaney advanced to third.  Talarico flied out to rf.  12 runs, 10 hits, 0
  errors, 3 LOB.

Otterbein inning 5

  Weaver reached on an error by ss.  Brownfield flied out to rf.  Blythe
  walked; Weaver advanced to second.  Whitehead singled to center field, RBI;
  Blythe advanced to third; Weaver scored, unearned.  Hoyle doubled to left
  field, RBI; Whitehead advanced to third; Blythe scored.  Goodwin singled to
  left field, RBI; Hoyle advanced to third; Whitehead scored.  T Harris
  singled to right field, RBI; Goodwin advanced to third; Hoyle scored. 
  Hamborski to p for Katschke.  Mastel struck out swinging.  K Evans struck
  out swinging.  4 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Marietta inning 5

  S Riley walked.  Wiktorski reached on a fielder's choice; S Riley out at
  second 3b to 2b.  Sberna walked; Wiktorski advanced to second.  Hefner
  singled to right field; Sberna advanced to second; Wiktorski advanced to
  third.  Shuler homered to left field, 4 RBI; Hefner scored; Sberna scored;
  Wiktorski scored.  Chaney singled to center field.  Duncan walked; Chaney
  advanced to second.  Pancher walked; Duncan advanced to second; Chaney
  advanced to third.  Talarico singled to right field, 2 RBI; Pancher advanced
  to second; Duncan scored; Chaney scored.  S Riley singled to center field,
  advanced to second on the throw, RBI; Talarico advanced to third; Pancher
  scored.  Wiktorski doubled to center field, RBI; S Riley advanced to third;
  Talarico scored.  Sberna flied out to cf, SF, RBI; S Riley scored.  Hefner
  walked.  Shuler walked; Hefner advanced to second; Wiktorski advanced to
  third.  Chaney flied out to lf.  9 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Otterbein inning 6

  Weaver flied out to rf.  Brownfield grounded out to p.  Blythe flied out to
  rf.  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Marietta inning 6

  Duncan singled to pitcher.  Pancher singled to center field; Duncan advanced
  to second.  Talarico singled to right field; Pancher advanced to second;
  Duncan advanced to third.  S Riley walked, RBI; Talarico advanced to second;
  Pancher advanced to third; Duncan scored.  Wiktorski reached on a fielder's
  choice, RBI; S Riley advanced to second; Talarico out at third 3b
  unassisted; Pancher scored.  Sberna singled to left field; Wiktorski
  advanced to second; S Riley advanced to third.  Hefner grounded out to p,
  RBI; Sberna advanced to second; Wiktorski advanced to third; S Riley scored.
  Conrad to p for Alexander.  Shuler singled to third base, RBI; Sberna
  advanced to third; Wiktorski scored.  Kohls pinch hit for Chaney.  Kohls
  doubled to right center, 2 RBI; Shuler scored; Sberna scored.  Duncan struck
  out swinging.  6 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Otterbein inning 7

  Kohls to c.  Whitehead flied out to rf.  Hoyle flied out to rf.  Goodwin
  singled.  T Harris struck out swinging.  0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Marietta inning 7

  Pancher grounded out to 2b.  Talarico walked.  S Riley grounded into double
  play 2b to ss to 1b; Talarico out on the play.  0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0
  LOB.

Otterbein inning 8

  Moavero to c for Duncan.  Pancher to 3b.  D Thomas to 2b for Wiktorski. 
  Finke to 1b for Kohls.  Varley to lf for Hefner.  Finke to 1b for Kohls. 
  Hart to p for Hamborski.  Mastel singled to left field.  K Evans walked;
  Mastel advanced to second.  Weaver struck out swinging.  Brownfield walked;
  K Evans advanced to second; Mastel advanced to third.  Blythe reached on a
  fielder's choice, RBI; Brownfield out at second ss to 2b; K Evans advanced
  to third; Mastel scored.  Whitehead struck out looking.  1 run, 1 hit, 0
  errors, 2 LOB.

Marietta inning 8

  Ogilbee to c for Goodwin.  Bates to ss for Mastel.  Ciminello to rf for K
  Evans.  D Thomas walked.  Sberna flied out to rf.  Varley singled to center
  field; D Thomas advanced to second.  Shuler reached on a fielder's choice;
  Varley out at second ss to 2b; D Thomas advanced to third.  Finke singled,
  RBI; Shuler advanced to second; D Thomas scored.  Moavero singled to left
  center, RBI; Finke advanced to second; Shuler scored.  Pancher singled to
  right center; Moavero advanced to second; Finke advanced to third.  Talarico
  reached on a fielder's choice; Pancher advanced to second; Moavero out at
  third 3b unassisted.  2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Otterbein inning 9

  Lehman to 1b for Finke.  Sekley to p for Hart.  Hoyle struck out swinging. 
  Ogilbee doubled to right center.  Gifford pinch hit for T Harris.  Gifford
  singled to center field, RBI; Ogilbee scored.  Bates grounded out to 2b;
  Gifford advanced to second.  Ciminello struck out looking.  1 run, 2 hits, 0
  errors, 1 LOB.