World Series Game 1
Detroit at Kalamazoo
Young vs White
The battle of Michigan began in Kalamazoo opted to bring out Doc White to go against Cy Young of Detroit. The Tigers offense struck first in the 2nd inning. Beaumont and Ritchey singled to put runners on the corners. Selbach grounded to third and Beaumont scored on the fielder’s choice. Detroit added another in the 3rd when Dahlen walked and then scored on a Chance triple. 2-0 Tigers.
Kalamazoo though is capable of putting crooked numbers on the board in a hurry, and they went to work in the bottom of the 3rd. Wagner tripled with one out, and came home on a sac fly by Daugherty. Seymour singled and Donlin doubled him home to knot things up at 2. Steinfeldt hit a 2-run homer to un-knot things and give Kalamazoo a 4-2 lead.
Detroit's bats had taken a sabbatical during the ALCS, but they welcomed the chance to flex some muscle at Huntington Ave Grounds. They loosened up in the 5th. With 2 outs, Roth sent the first pitch he saw sailing over the wall in left. Dahlen singled and Chance crushed a 2-run blast down the line in left field to reclaim the lead for Detroit 5-4. In the 7th, Detroit plated a couple more runs as Bay singled and stole second, and Roth doubled him home and scored on a single by Chance. After 6 ˝ innings it was 7-4 Tigers.
As they have done all season, Kalamazoo went to work scoring runs. In the bottom of the inning, Seymour singled and came home on a 2-run homer by Donlin, cutting Detroit’s lead to 7-6.
Kalamazoo tried to get a 9th inning rally going. Detroit brought in Bergen to play catcher even though Roth had gone 3-4 with 2 runs and 2 rbi’s. To lead off the inning, Seymour reached on an infield single and then immediately stole second. Donlin doubled him home to tie things up at 7. With first base open they opted to give Steinfeldt a free pass. Doyle then struck out before Howell pitch went off Bergen’s glove and all the way to the backstop. The runners advanced to 2nd and 3rd on the passed ball. Gleason was then intentionally walked to set up the force at any base, and Kalamazoo marched Bemis out to pinch hit for Dooin. Bemis lifted a long fly out to left, and Donlin tagged up and scampered home to give the home team a 8-7 win and an early 1 game to none lead in the series.
World Series Game 2
Detroit at Kalamazoo
Phillippe vs Mullin
This time the Kumquats drew first blood. In the first inning, Wagner led off with a double and scored on a Seymour double to put the home team up 1-0. Then, in the 3rd, Moren singled and scored on a Wagner triple who then scored as Daugherty reached on an error by Cross. After 3 innings it was 3-0 Kumquats.
Detroit came back in the 4th as singles by Dahlen, Beaumont, and Ritchey scored one rin and cut the Kumquat lead to 3-1. They added a couple more runs in the 7th as Ritchey walked and Hoffman launched a shot to right – the 2-run home run tied the game 3-3. The game remained tied til the Tigers came up in the 8th. Chance doubled and one batter later Beaumont hit a mammoth shot to right for a 5-3 Tigers lead.
In the bottom of the 8th, Lauder came in to pinch hit for Moran. He rapped a single through the infield. Wagner got plunked by Phillippe to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Phillippe then threw a wild pitch to put them on 2nd and 3rd, and Daugherty hit a sac fly to cut the Tigers lead to 5-4. After Detroit was unable to score in the 9th they decided to go with Bergen again behind the plate and Howell on the mound. Beckley led off the inning with a single, and Steinfeldt sacrificed him into scoring position. Doyle walked to put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. Kid Gleason stepped up and swung at the first pitch he saw – lifting a fly ball to right that barely cleared the wall. The Huntington Ave exploded as Gleason’s post-season heroics continued. His dramatic walk-off 3-run homer gives Kalamazoo a 7-5 win and more importantly, a 2-0 series lead heading to Detroit.