Red Sox Optimist – 1994

1994 Season Record: 40-28-1

After coming so close to winning the league championship the year before and in spite of finishing twelve games above .500 overall, the Red Sox missed qualifying for the league play-offs for the second time in franchise history.

The Sox who were 13-13-1 with three league games remaining, needed to win only one of the three to qualify for the play-offs. After a road loss to Hamburg dropped them to 13-14-1, they still needed just a split in a rain make-up twi-night double-header at home versus Hamburg again and Pottstown in the nightcap. After gutty pitching performances by both Jeff Detwiler and Randy Strauser, the Sox bats never showed up that night and they lost both games by identical 2-1 scores and finished 13-16-1 in league play.

A few Sox did get the highlight of their amateur baseball careers when Kevin Kantner and Stephen Sauer were selected to represent the Red Sox and the Spring-Lawn Optimist League at Municipal Stadium in a game that pitted All-Stars from the Spring-Lawn Optimist League and West Chester Adult League against the Colorado Silver Bullets, an all womens professional baseball team that was coached by former big leaguers Phil & Joe Niekro and sponsored by Coors Brewing Company.

Berkshire’s Dan Clouser, who was president of the Spring-Lawn Optimist League at the time managed the team to a 4-0 victory in front of a crowd of 5,619. The game was also televised and broadcast on the radio. Media coverage spread from Harrisburg to Philadelphia and all points in between.

Kantner is also pictured in a nationally published book titled “For the Love of the Game, the Story of the Colorado Silver Bullets.”

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