Its Now Or Never defeat Caldwell Crypt Kickers 5-4


Its Now Or Never 5, Caldwell Crypt Kickers 4
Game 122

FINAL (11) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Never 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 ? 14 ? 3 ?
Crypt Kickers 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 ? 12 ? 1 ?
W: Mikkelsen, P. (4-2)
L: Wolfgang, M. (4-4)
S: Henke, T. (10)
HR: B.Grich(27th), F.Robinson(17th), L.Walker(22nd)


28,657 fans were treated to a fine game at Royals Stadium '78 as only one run separated the combatants at game's end. The Its Now Or Never won by the slimmest of margins, 5 to 4.

Both teams were tied at 4 runs apiece after nine innings. Its Now Or ended up winning it in the 11th inning. After two outs Bobby Grich smashed a bases-empty 'big-fly' (his 27th of the season). Its Now Or managed 14 hits in their victory.

Pete Mikkelsen(4-2) went 1 inning allowing no runs for the win. Tom Henke got the save, his 10th. The loss was charged to Mellie Wolfgang(4-4) in relief. He pitched 4 and 1/3 innings and surrendered just 2 hits and no walks.

The Its Now Or ballclub's record now stands at a division leading 68-54. With the loss, the Caldwell ballclub's record is 55-67.


at Royals Stadium '78


Its Now Or Never

Hitters AB R H RBI BA
W. Brown CF 5 0 3 0 .332
H. Rhyne SS 5 1 1 0 .194
G. Brown DH 5 0 3 0 .327
T. Kluszewski 1B 5 0 1 1 .282
J. Torre C 5 0 0 0 .275
B. Grich 2B 5 3 3 1 .256
F. Robinson RF 3 1 1 2 .254
B. Elliott 3B 5 0 0 0 .282
C. Reynolds LF 4 0 2 1 .247
Totals 42 5 14 5

Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR PC ERA
D. Leonard 9 10 4 4 3 9 1 173 4.26
P. Mikkelsen (W, 4-2) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 2.17
T. Henke (S, 10) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 2.31
Totals 11 12 4 4 3 9 1

Caldwell Crypt Kickers

Hitters AB R H RBI BA
W. McGee CF 6 1 3 0 .295
J. Kelley LF 4 0 2 0 .285
J. Beckwith 3B 5 0 1 1 .313
L. Walker RF 5 1 2 1 .274
E. Alfonzo 2B 5 1 1 1 .261
D. Mattingly 1B 5 0 0 0 .279
D. Groat SS 5 0 1 1 .294
B. Jacobson DH 5 1 1 0 .294
T. Lampkin C 5 0 1 0 .136
Totals 45 4 12 4

Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR PC ERA
R. Clemens 4.1 11 4 4 1 3 1 92 3.08
B. McClure 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 20 4.20
M. Wolfgang (L, 4-4) 4.1 2 1 1 0 3 1 50 3.63
G. Garber 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 8 3.84
Totals 11 14 5 5 2 6 2



ATTENDANCE- 28,657
T- 3:17
LEFT ON BASE- Never: 6 Crypt Kickers:13
DOUBLE PLAYS- Never: 0 Crypt Kickers: 4
ERRORS- W.Brown, H.Rhyne, J.Torre, E.Alfonzo
DOUBLES- H.Rhyne(1st), B.Grich(15th), E.Alfonzo(29th)
HOME RUNS- B.Grich(27th), F.Robinson(17th), L.Walker(22nd)
STOLEN BASES- B.Jacobson-2(11th)
CAUGHT STEALING- W.Brown
WALKS- F.Robinson-2, J.Kelley, J.Beckwith, E.Alfonzo
HIT BY PITCH- J.Kelley, L.Walker
STRIKE OUTS- W.Brown, T.Kluszewski, J.Torre-3, F.Robinson, W.McGee-2,
J.Kelley-2, J.Beckwith-2, L.Walker, D.Mattingly, B.Jacobson
GIDP- H.Rhyne, J.Torre-2, B.Elliott










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