Story last updated at 3:34 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2002

Nads do it again
by Sepp Jannotta
Staff Writer

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  Photo by Sepp Jannotta, Homer News
The Homer Medical Clinic Nads pour out of the dugout at the Homer Middle School ballfield Sunday, August 4, after they successfully defended their titlle with a 31-1 win over the Duggan's Pub Fugitives.  
In recent years, the Homer Adult Softball Leaguepis City Tournament championship game has boiled down to who gets to play the Homer Medical Clinic Nads.

After the Killer Bpis knocked the Nads off their throne last summer, in 2002 the Nads cruised into Sundaypis title game and summarily dispatched the Dugganpis Pub Fugitives 13-1 to recapture the city crown.

While there is no denying the dominance of Bill Bellpis Nads, who have now claimed 11 of the last 13 city titles, the story of the tournament was the play of the Fugitives, who took a more dramatic road to the championship game.

The first-year team needed two last-at-bat come-from-behind wins to earn the right to play the Nads. In their second game of the tournament, the Fugitives knocked off the regular season-champion Homer Brewing Co. Growlers 8-7 as they rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Marie Alexson drove in the winning run of that contest with a sacrifice fly.

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  Photo by Sepp Jannotta, Homer News
Russ Walls gets a hand from Dawn Ravin, who proudly displayed her blackened eye, received courtesy of a pop fly during Sunday's title game.  
Two games later with a trip into the championship game on the line, the Fugitives did it again. This time they beat Point West Video 8-7 in their final at-bat as Jules Ravin drove in the winning run with a two-out double.

Members of the Fugitives gave kudos to the defensive prowess of leftfielder John McBride, who they called "the vacuum."

The Fugitivespi tournament run was the culmination of a turnaround that started after the team launched its inaugural season with an 0-6 start.

After his teammates celebrated the end of the softball season by dumping the icy contents of a water cooler over his head, manager Sean McGrorty said there was little doubt that the team would eventually gel.

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Members of the Duggan's Pub Fugitives cooling off after their loss in the title game.  
"Everybody had played ball before, but we just hadnpit played together," McGrorty said. "In the last part of the season we just clicked and ultimately ended the season on a high note." Including the tournament, the Fugitives won 10 of their final 14 games.

Despite the Fugitivespi heroic comebacks, the Nads proved too tough an opponent, knocking off the Dugganpis squad twice during the two-day tournament.

"Itpis awesome," said Britteny Geathle, who plays the hot corner for the Nads. "The key is everybody was just having fun."

While the Nads were putting up plenty of runs during the tournament, the word at the post-game celebration was defense, including the pitching of Pat Schneider and one particular diving back-handed stop from Kristen Brown at first base.

"That was the best defensive play I saw during the tournament," said league commissioner Steve Smith of Brownpis stop.

Brown and the Fugitivepis Jules Ravin were named city tournament MVPs.

The Homer Adult Softball League will send four of its teams to compete for state titles next weekend: Point West Video is headed for Fairbanks for the D league tournament, the Growlers and Fugitives will both see E league action in Anchorage, and the Nads will also be in Anchorage, playing in the C league tourney. In grabbing their 11th city tournament title, the Nads have put an impressive stamp on the leaguepis history, which stretches back at least 25 years.

As members of the Nads discussed the season and the teampis remarkable track record, Schneider uttered the words that give New York Yankeepis owner George Steinbrenner reason to spend so much cash on his team.

"You might call it a dynasty, modestly speaking," Schneider said.

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