Flint City Baseball League: Team Transition tops Mudville, Family Physical Therapy slips past Palacios

RHP Chris Andrina (left) and  LHP Timmy McGrath (right) are proving to be a reliable combination for Team Transition. Andrina has a fastball and curve, while McGrath adds a filthy southpaw knuckle, knuckle/curve. 

RHP Chris Andrina (left) and  LHP Timmy McGrath (right) are proving to be a reliable combination for Team Transition. Andrina has a fastball and curve, while McGrath adds a filthy southpaw knuckle, knuckle/curve. 

Solid pitching from starter Chris Andrina and reliever Timmy McGrath led Team Transition to a decisive 13-2, six-inning win Sunday over the Mudville 9 at Whaley Park in Flint. 

Andrina's four strikeouts and composure with runners on base set the tone. The righty was in control from the start and never really looked back. McGrath, a knuckling southpaw, finished the job with his off-speed bag of tricks. 

Greg Rinky flashed leather at short, making one of the better catches of the young Jack Wright Division season, and helped with his bat, knocking in a couple of security runs late in the game. Scott Bertloe, Chad Straw and Craig Keyhol also had great days at the plate. 

Mudville's Jamie Szatkowski had two hits and an RBI. 

Bill Sullivan's sac-fly RBI in the bottom of the fifth gave Family Physical Therapy a 4-2 lead over Palacios Tailors, which had a 5-4 lead in the seventh before losing 6-5. Brad Palacios' move from third to pitcher didn't go as planned, as the righty loaded the bases and plunked Jeremy Specht, allowing the winning run to cross the plate. 

As usual, shortstop Chris Hodges had an all-around good day with the bat and glove. However, he was one-upped in the defensive department by Phil Parker, who made the catch of the day: A twisting and turning effort near the first baseline.

Errors on my part: Last week, I wrote that Rick Vandensteen pitched during Transition's win. He didn't. That was Rinky. My fault, guys. 

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