Sylvania 60’s team finishes 5-0 to win
Thee Buckeye Classic Tournament
Defense plays key roll in team victory!
The 60’s Allshred Services/Pacesetter Prop Mngt team traveled to Akron/Barberton Ohio to compete in SPA Thee Buckeye Classic tournament held June 12 & 13. Allshred/Pacesetter played with only eleven ball players for this tournament due to conflicts in guys schedules. First up was McMahon-Coyne Funeral Home out of the Great Lakes area. A/P cameout swinging and handed McMahon a 22 to 10 thumping. A/P belted out 32 hits between the eleven players and played smart defense. highlight play was a catch by Gary Beale in left who caught the ball on warning track and threw a strike to third baseman John Johnson who tagged the runner from second base. The opponents were left speechless after this play.
Next victim of the “Bastards of Bastogne” was “Silver Styx” out of Canada. This game was a hard fought battle in which A/P was behind 12 to 7 going into the top of the seventh when the bats erupted for eight runs. We held out for victory and won 15 to 12. This game was a hard fought “never give up” battle.
The third victim was another Silver Styx team out of Canada. 19 runs on 22 hits proved smart base running on A/P’s part. Jay Schramm and Bob Collins had turned three double plays alone in this game showing great defense.
The fourth game was against a tough Indy Fog ballclub out of, Indianapolis. More timely hits and superb catches by Gary Beale and Tom Duhart held off the Fog to a 12 to 6 win.
The last game was probably the toughest. A/P team was tired and suffered minor injuries but played like champions defeating the Bomb Squad. More good defense and tough pitching between Roger “Mank Hernandez” and Jay Schramm kept the bats off balance. We held out for a 16 to 14 win.
There was no individual standout performance because each player contributed immensely towards a team accomplishment. So proud of these guys and how hard they worked for this championship. Now we set our sights on bid to Dalton, Georgia.
Sylvania Senior League
STANDINGS and RESULTS
Another rain shortened evening:
State Farm (9) – Allshred (5)
Low scoring affair, Game started slow but in the 4 th inning State Farm broke it open to win 9-5. Leading the way for the Farm Boys was John JOHNSON going 3/3, Jim STEFFES was 2/3 and Roy KOSCHALK also 2/3.
Andy & Barney’s (5) – Freedom Machinery (3)
Two division leaders squared off with veteran aces Jerry KEEFE and Ron FOX locked in a pitcher’s duel. Defense was the key for A&B: the infield turned three double plays to kill potential rallies. Defensive gems: Glen KURTZ at third base for A&B made several great plays. Jim VAIL, middle-infielder, was the pivotman, turning the DP’s with sharp and accurate throws to first. SS Jon LaBEAU sparkled in the field, showing his range time-after-time. Tom DUHART in L/C field made several long running catches. Jim BURNOR had two hits and scored two runs. FM scored three unearned runs, all in the 4th. A&B’s record is now 8-2. Our thanks to Jim Dunlavy for umpiring.
In a great pitching duel and defensive game Freedom Machinery could not drive in enough runs to beat Andy and Barney’s last evening. Two stout defensive teams produced one of the lowest scoring contests this season. Disappoint ran through the bench post game as the Freedom team lost this tough one. Freedom ALLWAYS gives all they got,they all know what it takes to win Ball games and despite this loss I am sure proud of them