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1996 Playoffs

Yellowknife, NWT - The Inwood Landfills came into Yellowknife looking to knock the league best record Moose off their block on the road to the NASA crown. The series promised to have lots of offense as both lineups are loaded from top to bottom with sluggers.

Game 1 - Mark Gubicza for the Moose took the mound against Tom Candiotti. The offenses started quickly. The 'Fills Rickey Henderson walked and scored on a sac fly from Reggie Sanders 2 batters later. But Gubicza got Ray lankford to tap a grounder in front of the plate and Mike Stanley swinging to keep the damage down. Mickey Tettleton tied it in the home half with a 2 out solo shot.

Rickey Henderson's 2 out double plated 2 more runs for the visitors in the 2nd to make it 3-1 and the Moose fans were getting worried about Gubicza. But Gubicza settled down and set down 8 in a row across the 3rd and 4th innings. Meanwhile, the Moose found thier bats in the 3rd. A leadoff single to Wade boggs was followed by a Barry Larkin triple and Mickey Tettleton's second homer of the game. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Jeff Conine laced a double scoring Ron Gant to make it 5-3, but Bernie Williams was tossed out at the plate trying to score.

Not to be outdone, with one out it the 5th, Rickey Henderson and Kevin Seitzer singled and scored on Rafael Palmiero's blast into the right field bleachers to make it 6-5 'Fills. But, the offenses weren't done yet. Todd Van Poppel came on to face Moises Alou in the 6th and left after giving up singles to Alou and Jeff Conine. Jesse Orosco got Jody Reed to fly out, but gave up an RBI single to Wade Boggs and hung around to give up a blast into the reindeer only grazing area in left by Barry Larkin to make it 9-6 Moose. The 'Fills made it 9-7 when a bases loaded DP scored Mark Petkovsek who had pinch ran for Rickey Henderson who will be back for game 3 in Inwood.

Moises Alou hit a 2 out homer off Jeff Parrett in the 8th to make it 10-7 Moose. Jose Valentin grounded out to Jody Reed in the 8th scoring Troy O'Leary to make it 10-8, but John Cummings, Julian Tavarez and Kirk Rueter shut the 'Fills down the rest of the way.

            1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  R  H E
Inwood      1 2 0 0 3 0 1 1 0  8 10 0
Yellowknife 1 0 4 0 0 4 1 0 x 10 14 0
W: Gubicza(1-0), L: Van Poppel(0-1), S: Rueter(1)
HR: Tettleton(2), Larkin(1), Alou(1), Palmeiro(1)
Game 2 - Chuck Finley took the mound for the Moose against the 'Fills hired gun Mark Petkovsek. Chuck Finley followed his usual pattern of scaring the Moose manager Kevin Romine as he walked 2 'Fills with 2 out in the first before getting Mike Stanley swinging. The Moose opened their scoring in the 1st as Wade Boggs tripled and scored on a passed ball. Mickey Tettleton homers for the 3rd time in the series one out later to make it 2-0. The 'Fills tied it up in the 2nd as Ray Lankford and Rafael Palmiero hit solo shots.

With one out in the 2nd, Bernie Williams singled and was thrown out trying to score on Delino DeShields double. But Benito Santiago hit a clutch single to score DeShields making it 3-2. The Moose added a run in the 3rd as Mickey Tettleton hit a 2 out solo shot for his 4th home run of the series('Fills owner was heard to be saying unkind things about former and once again owner of he KC Tornados who traded Tettleton to the Moose before the season). The Moose then opened up on Petkovsek in the 4th. With one out, Bernie Wiliams doubled and Delino DeShields walker. After Santiago lined out, barry Larkin loaded the bases with a single. Boggs then singled scoring Williams and DeShields to make it 6-2. Ron Gant then reached out and deposited a slider over the wall to make it 9-2. The Moose added a run in the 5th as Williams tripled and DeShields doubled with 2 out.

Meanwhile, Chuck Finley was getting the 'Fills to either walk or make outs. After palmiero's homer in the 2nd, Finley didn't allow another hit until Lankford's double in the 9th. Finley left after Wil Cordero walked in the 9th. Mike Morgan came on and got Palmiero but gave up a run scoring double to Jeff Reboulet it make it a 10-3 final.

            1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  R  H E
Inwood      0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1  3  4 0
Yellowknife 2 1 1 5 1 0 0 0 x 10 16 1
W: Finley(1-0), L: Petkovsek(0-1)
HR: Tettleton 2(4), Gant(1), Palmeiro(2), Lankford(1)
E: Conine(1)
Congratulations to the Yellowknife Moose, who defeated the Inwood Landfills 4 games to 1 to capture the 1996 NASA Championship. Congratulations to all of you for sticking with us through a tough and trying season.