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Beer Brawl: Lavelle's Taphouse Fights Til End, HooDoo Lands Haymaker

June 17, 2018


Fairbanks, AK – Under cloudy skies and the pleasant aroma of BBQ in the air, Lavelle's Taphouse continued their rivalry on Father's Day, Sunday, June 17, 2018 at West Valley Field.


It was a close affair until the end when the Brewers rallied in the 6th inning – the final score settling at 14-9.


After pitching for the Alaska Goldpanners on Wednesday night, future FAABL hall-of-famer Christoph Falke (L, 3-1) took the hill for the Tappers. His opponent RHP Billy Cain started for the Crew.


Throughout the game, the Brewers found a way to consistently score off Falke, scoring at least one run in each inning. The Tappers opted to score in bunches.


HooDoo had the lead heading into the top of the 4th inning, 5-2. But Lavelle's Taphouse surged a rally and placed five runs on the board, earning the advantage at 7-5.


The Brew Crew continued to chip away and scored a run in each of the next two innings to tie the score at seven.


With victory within reach, Lavelle's Taphouse jumped on RHP Cain for two runs, forcing RHP Jerome Johnson to come in to relief.


Down by two, a rebuttal was needed. The Crew responded in the bottom of the 6th with a lead double by RF Mike Zuniga and the Brewers were off!


Eventually, seven runs would score, highlighted by a loud bases-loaded, 3-RBI double by SS Dustin Avara.


With the score at 14-9, Lavelle's Taphouse never recovered. Jerome Johnson shut the door with a scoreless 7th inning.






Brewers Dustin Avara went 3-for-3, 3 RBI's, 2B, 2 runs, and HBP. Tapper's Gordon Dufseth also 3-for-3, with 2 RBI's, 2B, and 3 runs.




Manny and the Pirates (who played the previous game) cooking up the good stuff... BBQ! Well known for his skills on the grill, Manny filled the air with the sweet smoke of brats and burgers.




HooDoo Brewers (9-1) vs Fairbanks Pirates (7-3) - 7 PM Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at West Valley Field

Eielson Icemen (0-10) vs Lavelle's Taphouse (4-6) - 7 PM Thursday, June 21, 2018 at West Valley Field


Written by Mike Zuniga

Photo by Mike Zuniga

Chapter Two, Part One of Beer Brawl: Bean Balls Flying

June 13, 2018



Fairbanks, AK – The Beer Brawl between Lavelle's Taphouse and the HooDoo Brewers entered chapter two on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 at West Valley Field.


Enveloped by the crisp air, covered by numerous clouds, and occasionally visited by the shy sun, RHP Will Alexander (L, 0-1) set the tone by pegging the first two batters, Steve Shaver and Dustin Avara.


Eventually, Alexander would go on to bean a total of five Brewers in under a three innings span and excite the Brew Crew to bark in disdain – of course, the assault was not intentional.


Quickly, the game looked too far out of range for the Tappers when the score reached 14-1 after four innings and Brewers starting RHP Nigel Morton (W, 1-0) was dealing. But keep this in mind, baseball is unpredictable.


Lavelle's Taphouse began to rally, drawing the score to 14-3 in the bottom of the 5th. With two outs, runner on second, and Trey Stephens up to bat, Morton was looking to shut the door.


Swing and miss, strike three! However the pitch gets away from catcher Vernon Sommer, Stephens takes off for first. Sommer quickly recovers the ball then gets distracted by the runner on second taking off for third.


Amongst the confusion, the Stephens reaches first base without a throw and inning continues. That is when lefty George Griffen roped a double to right, scoring both runners, avoiding the 10-run mercy.


Despite the fight, the Tapper's uphill battle proved to be too steep of a climb. Right-handers Blake Stokley and Steve Shaver eventually lead the way to victory by holding down Lavelle's offense enough to secure a 14-8 victory.





A total of 9 at-bats ended with someone getting plunked. Blake Stokely was nailed three times (and pegged two himself), Avara twice, Brock Jordan, Shaver, Telly Robideau, and Glen Gasaway each once.




HooDoo OF Chad Hooker goes 2-for-3 and should have had three hits if not for a great catch by Tappers OF Gasaway. Lavelle's Taphouse's first baseman Mike Cofey goes 1-for-2, that one hit being a three-run, bases-loaded single with an error on CF Shaver.




Eielson Icemen (0-8) vs Fairbanks Pirates (5-3) - 7 PM Thursday, June 14, 2018 at West Valley Field

HooDoo Brewers (8-1) vs Lavelle's Taphouse (4-5) - 4 PM Sunday, June 17, 2018 at West Valley Field


Written by and photo credit: Mike Zuniga

Fairbanks Pirates Sweep the Series Against Lavelle's Taphouse


Fairbanks, AK Sunday June 10th - Brent Culleton threw a complete seven inning game of six hits and seven strikeouts against The Lavelle's Taphouse to claim his first win of the season leading the Pirates to a 4-1 win over the Tappers. Culleton allowed only one run after a triple by Will Alexander who later scored on a base hit by George Griffin.

It was a game of immaculate defense from both teams but the Pirates managed to score three runs in the third inning after having scored one in the first via sacrifice fly by Stephen Wainwright. The Pirates' three runs came when Jared Jordan of the Pirates beat the throw from Lavelle's short stop Brandon Montemayor at first base. Jordan scored with a triple by Cody Stauble and the other two runs were produced with a sacrifice fly by Brent Culleton and a double by Stephen Wainwright.

On the Tappers' side, Billy Robideau continued his hot hitting streak by going 2-3 with the bat.


Eielson Icemen vs HooDoo Brewers - 7:00pm Monday June 11th at West Valley (rescheduled from Sunday due to rain)

HooDoo Brewers vs Lavelle's Taphouse - 7:00pm Wednesday June 13th at West Valley

Fairbanks Pirates vs Eielson Icemen - 7:00pm Thursday June 14th at West Valley

Written by: Manny Muñoz - Photo Credit: Mike Zuniga 

Pirates Defeat Lavelle's in Close Game

June 7, 2018

Fairbanks, AK - In a game filled with spectacular defensive plays and timely base hits, the Fairbanks Pirates beat Lavelle's Taphouse 8-7 on Thursday June 7th. 

The Pirates came out swinging in the first inning scoring three runs after a lead-off walk to Cody Stauble and a string of hits by Manny Muñoz, Makailon Braumberger, Joe Crowe and Steven Smith who hit a two RBI single to right field.

The Tappers quickly responded in the bottom of the first inning with one run, two in the second, and three in the third. Lavelle's Travis Clemens had an excellent night at the plate going 3-3 with a single, a double and a triple. Taphouse super star Billy Robideau also had a great night, hitting a triple and an RBI; but his defensive skills really shined when he made some of the most amazing diving plays at second base preventing potential rallies by the Pirates' offense.

The Pirates evened the score in the sixth inning when Steve Peek hit a screaming line drive over the Tappers' third baseman Telly Robideau, bringing two runs to the plate. With a tied score in the seventh, Alex Claypoole got on safely with a bang-bang play at first. Stephen Wainwright brought Claypoole all the way home with a hard hit double to the right-center gap, giving the Pirates a one run lead.

Pirates' right handed pitcher Joe Crowe was credited with the win after relieving starting pitcher Cody Stauble. Crowe struck out three and allowed two hits and one run in four innings of work.


Lavelle's Taphouse vs Fairbanks Pirates - 1 pm Sunday June 10th at West Valley

Eielson Icemen vs HooDoo Brewers - 4 pm Sunday June 10th at West Valley

Written by: Manny Muñoz - Photo Credit: Mike Zuniga

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