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SCRAPPERS NOTEBOOK From Cafaro Field



Published: Thu, September 5, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Finding their focus: The Scrappers didn't allow their 10-8 loss in 10 innings late Tuesday night prevent them from focusing Wednesday. "They were ready to go," manager Chris Bando said. "They've been ready to go all year, regardless of what happened. They came back positive, anticipating to win and hoping Batavia would do something."

Staying aggressive: The Scrappers seemed to play aggressively in all phases. They stole six bases, with Ricardo Rojas getting three and Ben Francisco two. Rojas and Francisco also came up with diving catches in the outfield to back Scrappers pitching.

Warning: With the Scrappers leading 14-2 in the eighth inning, leadoff batter Shaun Larkin was drilled by Jamestown reliever Kody Naylor's first pitch. In the previous inning, Brian Wright had hit a three-run home run to give the Scrappers their lead, and Naylor's pitch seemed to be out of the team's frustration. Home plate umpire Jason Bradley thought so; he gave Naylor a warning. Meanwhile, Larkin and Naylor stared each other down before Bradley intervened.

Atmosphere: The Scrappers' clubhouse was relatively upbeat following their final game of the 2002 season. Some players exchanged telephone numbers, while others planned trips back home. Other players, chosen by the Cleveland Indians organization, will return to Winter Haven, Fla., for instructional league, which aims to continue their development.

Former Penguin: Staten Island closer Matt Brumit, who pitched at Youngstown State, will continue his season as the Yankees (48-26) qualified for the playoffs by winning the Stedler Division. They will oppose Williamsport in the first round. Brumit led the league with 22 saves.

-- Brian Richesson




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