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Tribe Madness: Jacobs Field Region semi-final results

Tribe Madness: Jacobs Field Region semi-final results
December 22, 2013
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Our IBI Tribe Madness tournament moves into the semi-finals round of the Jacobs Field Region where two players move on and two are eliminated.

For an overview of how the tournament works, go here. For a profile of each player in this region, go here.

#6 3B Ken Keltner (1948) vs. #2 SP George Uhle (1926)

April: Keltner 18, Uhle 18

Ken “Butch” Keltner sprinted out to a .450 average with 2 homers and 7 RBI after the first four games.   He followed that up with an 8-game hitting streak and finished April on an 8-for-18 run.   In total, Butch's first month numbers were a .305 average, .876 OPS, 4 homers and 13 RBI.  George “The Bull” Uhle fell 4-5 on opening day.   He evened his record in his second start winning 4-1 but dropped his final two starts for a 1-3 mark with a 4.78 ERA the first month.

May: Keltner 66, Uhle 54

Butch Keltner hit in his first 13 May affairs to cap an 18-game hitting streak but struggled through a 3-for-15 slump to end the month.  His month end struggles dropped his May average to .281 with 4 bombs and 22 RBI.  Ken's month was enough to open up a slight lead over The Bull who went 3-3 in May with a 3.21 ERA.

June: Keltner 87, Uhle 81

Butch Keltner collected 9 hits in his first five June games but then fell into a  4-for-35 run.  After the slump, Keltner recovered enough to hit .257 with 3 homers in June.   His June numbers represent Butch's poorest performance on the season as does his 12 RBI.  After losing his first June start, Uhle the Bull gave up one run in 8.1 innings while striking out 10.   Then he lost his final four decisions and his 1-5 June was accompanied by a 4.02 ERA.

July: Keltner 126, Uhle 111

Butch Keltner used a 16-for-33 run where the third sacker hit 2 homers to finish July with a .311 average, 3 homers and 4 doubles.   Keltner used the hot month to build on his lead over Uhle.  Uhle the Bull won his first two starts.  His second start was a 4-hitter and he needed the gem to take the 2-1 decision.   He then went loss-win-loss-win-loss-win to finish out the month.  In his 5 wins, Uhle gave up only 6 runs but in his 3 losses he surrendered 12 runs.

August: Keltner 159, Uhle 156

Butch Keltner hit a season high 6 homers and drove in 21 runs in August.   Butch's .284 average was only slightly below his season average (.289).  In his first six August starts, Uhle the Bull gave up only 10 earned runs as he put together a 4-2 mark.   Included in that run was a 3-hit shutout in which he baffled Keltner in tree at bats.   With the opportunity to take the lead over Keltner, the Bull got pummeled giving up 6 runs in 5.1 innings as this race shapes up to be a sprint to the finish.

September: Uhle 186, Keltner 183

George Uhle went 7 innings giving up 3 earned runs while Butch Keltner was mired in a 1-for-11 slump.  As a result, Uhle nosed ahead in early September (Uhle 162, Keltner 159).  Uhle dropped his second September start because of 4 runs (3 unearned) as Keltner's struggles continued (5-for-20) and Uhle built on his lead, 168-159.  Uhle kept the pressure on Butch with a 6.2 inning 2-run performance as Butch continued to fade (Uhle 171, Keltner 159).  In September start number four, Butch Keltner hit a solo blast off the Bull (no decision).  The homer was Butch's fourth in a 3-game period in which he went 7-for-14 to get back into the contest (Uhle 177, Keltner 174.  Start number five, saw Uhle give up 4 runs in 7 innings as the Kelts prevailed 4-3 but Butch couldn't cut into the Bull's lead (Uhle 183, Keltner 174).  The Bull bounced back in start number six with a 4-3 win and Keltner added an RBI double.  The Indians third baseman used the week to rally his troops, but it was not enough as Uhle squeaked by with the win.

Final Stats:

Ken Keltner: .283/.343/.471/.814, 27 2B, 5 3B, 27 HR, 83 R, 101 RBI, 0 SB, 6.1 WAR
George Uhle: 16-20, 3.46 ERA, 294 IP, 113 ER, 115 BB, 187 K, 6.2 WAR

#5 OF Earl Averill (1934) vs.  #1 SS Lou Boudreau (1948)

April: Boudreau 57, Averill 42

The Earl of Snohomish (Averill) was sluggish out of the blocks hitting only .207 after his first 9 games but a 9-game hitting streak to end the month put him at .329 at months end.  He added 4 homers and 19 RBI.  Lou “Old Shufflefoot” Boudreau homered on opening day as he jumped out to a 57-42 lead in Madness Points.   Boudreau had runs of 12-for-24 and 7-for-17 before finishing the month with a 4-for-8 run.  The World Series winning player-manager homered twice and finished with a .998 OPS.

May: Boudreau 108, Averill 69

Earl turned his 9-game April streak into a 15-game hitting streak in early May and he collected hits in 21 of his 25 May games.  His average dipped to .310 but he hit 5 homers in May while matching his April 21 RBIs.  Lou Boudreau hit in 23 of the 26 May games and added an 11-game hitting streak.   Lou burst ahead with a .343 May average with a homer and 21 RBI.

June: Boudreau 174, Averill 96

Earl Averill hit in 11-straight games in early June but slumped the rest of the way putting up his lowest monthly totals of the season in average (.307), homers (3), runs (11) and RBI (12).  Lou Boudreau enjoyed his best month in June to take a huge lead at the season's half way mark.  Lou started the month by putting together a season best 12-game hitting streak then finished his month on a 7-for-14 run.  For the month, Old Shufflefoot put up his best numbers in homers (4), RBI (23), and OPS (.996) along with a .362 average.

July: Boudreau 234, Averill 147

The thunder arrived in the Earl of Snohomish's bat as he launched 10 balls out of the park in July and he did it by putting an exclamation point to the month.   On the month's final day, Averill went 3-for-5 with 2 bombs and 5 RBI.   It capped a two day homer-fest which saw Earl hit three out.  Lou Boudreau went 7-for-13 to end a successful July.   For the month, Lou hit .345 with seven homers and 25 runs scored to grow his lead.

August: Boudreau 291, Averill 216

Earl Averill started slowly in August as he collected only 2 hits in his first 15 August at bats.  Then a 4-for-5 day gave him the spark to put together his most impressive month of the season.  Averill put up season highs in hits (38), doubles (7), average (.369), OBP (.455), slugging (.699) and OPS (1.154).   He also added 9 blasts, 23 runs, and 23 RBI (all one short of season highs).   Like Averill, Lou Boudreau struggled at the beginning of August putting up an 0-fer in his first 15 at bats.   Old Shufflefoot also recovered going on a 6-game hitting streak including 4 multi-hit games.   Later in the month Lou got real hot with an 8-for-12 run and the 31-year old shortstop finished the month with a .311 average.

September: Boudreau 387, Averill 297

Earl made one last push hitting .417 with 8 homers in September.  He did it by finishing the season on a 13-game hitting streak.  With those numbers Earl gave himself a chance, albeit slim.  Well slim went out the door as Lou Boudreau put up a .436 average and a 1.195 OPS in September to punch his ticket to the region championship game.

Final Stats:

Earl Averill: .343/.439/.613/1.052, 29 2B, 6 3B, 39 HR, 111 R, 123 RBI, 9 SB, 9.9 WAR
Lou Boudreau: .361/.453/.541/.994, 34 2B, 2 3B, 24 HR, 117 R, 111 RBI, 1 SB, 12.9 WAR

Next Up: #2 SP George Uhle (1926) vs. #1 Lou Boudreau (1948)

Here is the updated west and east bracket:

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