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"Was that awesome or what?" asked Mike Fricke of Bunny's. "Dick is one of the legends of Edina softball, and he's still a trooper. Giving him that at bat was a class act on Concord's part."
"I knew we would have a breakout inning," said Grant, who is the son of former Minnesota Vikings head coach Bud Grant. "Everyone had his game face on tonight. You can't make errors against a team as good as the Love Handles, and we played an errorless game."
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"I wish I could have found a hole or put one over the infield," said Higgins.
The championship game between Bunny's and the Boys of Summer was scheduled to begin Wednesday, Aug. 8, as this edition of the Sun Current arrived at local newsstands. See the Aug. 16 edition for complete playoff coverage.
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Higgins, who swings from the left side, grounded out to first base to end the game.
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The Boys of Summer had a tougher time in their semifinal, but that was understandable since they were playing the Love Handles, who had won the Edina 35 Over playoffs five years in a row.
led the Boys of Summer. In addition to pitching a 13 4 victory, he hit two doubles, one of which started a seven run surge in the top of the seventh inning.
Bunny's, the league's regular season champion, gave Concord a 5 0 head start in the top of the first inning, but fired back with 18 runs in the bottom of the first on the way to a 22 9 victory.
Grant retired the Love Handles without a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Higgins has played slowpitch softball for almost 60 years, but had not batted in four years after having an operation to remove a kidney.
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Faust, 69, had two key hits in the semifinal game.
old Dick Higgins of Concord.
Paul Faust, a former Minnesota Gopher and Minnesota Viking wide receiver, has been in the league for a long time and along with his Boys of Summer teammates has lost many times to the Love Handles.
The Love Handles were in a run scoring draught early in the season, and then picked it up at midseason. It was a frustrating night for the Love Handles. They hit a lot of balls in the air, giving the Boys of Summer some easy outs.
"Up until last year, they were unbeatable," he said. "Since I have played, this is only the second or third time we have beaten them."
also included a three run, inside the park homer by left fielder Kevin Howell, broke open a 6 4 game.
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