Peter Meredith was blunt Sunday afternoon.
When talking to his Larry H. Miller Toyota teammates, after they disposed of the Bloomington, Ill., Hearts, 4-0, Sunday afternoon at Currie Stadium in the ASA National Men's Major Fastpitch Tournament, Meredith warned them: "Whomever we get Tuesday night (5:45 p.m. MDT), we owe them one."Meredith, who hurled a two-hitter against the Hearts, striking out 12, while allowing only one free ticket, was looking ahead to getting the winner of the Tampa Bay-Midland matchup played late Sunday night.
"Tampa Bay beat us in our home park (Cottonwood Complex) to win our tournament (Pioneer Days), and Midland has (Darren) Zack," explained Meredith. "You can get the drift was I'm talking about when I mention Zack, can't you?"
That one is easy.
Zack, of course, was the Toronto Gators' pitcher, who beat Miller Toyota twice to win the ISC World Championship.
In his two ASA pitching performances, Meredith, who improved his seasonal record to 35-6, has recorded 34 strikeouts, walked only four, and gave up only five hits in 20 innings.
Miller Toyota (76-10), the world's No. 2-rated team, scored twice in the first inning giving Meredith a cushion to establish his pitching dominance.
Kyle Magnusson slapped a single through the leftside, and Tom Montgomery followed with another single. Brett Alvey continued his hot hitting, with an RBI double, scoring Magnusson.
Brian Lehrman's single scored Montgromery.
Miller Toyota added two more runs the sixth frame. Alvey tripled, and came home on Brandon Burt's RBI double. Keith Jensen ran for Burt, and scored on Kenny Garinger's RBI single.