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Red’s winning pitcher Steve Robertson gets three hits and drives in three runs in the 22-16 semifinal victory over gray.

Spring season was like a rollercoaster ride for the red team.

The defending champions had their ups and downs – big wins and disappointing losses. But they wound up in a familiar place.

In the championship game.

Red advanced to the final by beating gray, 22-16 in Thursday’s second semifinal on field 2 at Brahan Spring Park. They were scheduled to play the royal blue team July 19 for the spring championship in the 55-and-over Rockets league in Huntsville Senior Softball.

Royal blue beat top-seeded navy blue, 17-16 in Thursday’s first semifinal. The league’s summer season is scheduled to start July 22.

“Back in the finals,” red player/coach Phil Haas said. “We had timely hits by the entire lineup. Everybody got two hits or more. We got some of our injured players back and that helped a lot, especially in the outfield which played solid.

“And Steve Robertson pitched a gem. He was our most valuable player of the game.”

Robertson pitched all seven innings for the win. At the plate, he went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in and scored a run.

Red (11-8) also got a big night from cleanup hitter Kirk Wickizer. The shortstop went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer, a double, four RBIs and two runs.

Yogi Guess and Pat Cross had three hits apiece. Kevin Barnhill, Mike Panko, David Hahnemann, Haas and Dale Guess added two hits apiece.

William Kelly slugged a pair of two-run homers for gray (11-7). Ron Baer went 5-for-5 with a double while leadoff hitter Sam Sepulveda had four hits. Kelly and David Key had three hits apiece. David Koch, Mike Hoy and player/coach Rick Anthis had two hits apiece. Ann Burgess pitched the first three innings and took the loss.

“They just got the better of us tonight,” Anthis said. “There was no doubt about it.”

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