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
Sundown Cantina #2 (18) – State Farm (6)
Sundown Cantina #2 faced a showdown with State Farm and the fireworks started in the 1st inning when both teams exploded for 5 runs each. Ace Don DHEEL, with the help of the defense, only allowed 1 more run for the rest of the game. Some great running catches on the infield by Mark VONDEREMBSE and Jim NICKELSEN squelched some extra base hits. Bobby COLLINS caught a blistering line drive off Johnny JOHNSONS’ bat and an ESPN worthy running catch by Marty CZERNIAKOWSKI prevented a rally by State Farm. Hitting highlights goes to the whole team that got on base tonight. The following got 2 base hits, Doug QUINT, Bobby COLLINS, Tom MACNAUGHTON, Jim NICKELSEN, Marty CZERNIAKOWSKI, Darrell SMOCK and John KUTCHELL. Great game guys! I do have to mention a great diving catch by State Farm’s Joel HANSEN who robbed Neil KLOPPING of a hit. Nice catch Joel.
State Farm, started out good scoring 5 in first, but it was all downhill from there. We allowed too many runs, committed too many errors, gave up too many walks and Cantina #2 saw to it that we did not hit enough to overcome that. Leading the way was Jim STEFFIS 2-2, Granville SMITH 2-3 and Rich KNAPPKE 2-3
Roosters (14) – Barrow Jewelers (10)
Barrow’s had the opportunity to tighten up Division West. What started out as a one sided slamming by Roosters Hair Groomers turned into a tough battle till the rain intervened. Rooster’s lineup hit the ball very well but Barrows came back and closed the gap to 14 to 10 when the rain started. Jay SCHRAMM had a hot night with two home run blasts to drive in four runs. Gabe BARROW and Ed BLANKENSHIP aided the attack also as did Matt DILLON. Slick fielding by Robert ROBINSON and pool pickups Roy WOODWORTH and Bud BLANKE helped out.
Guardian Angels (15) – Frickers #10 (7)
After 5 complete innings Guardian Angels 15 –Frickers #10 7. Frickers led by Rick DORAN 2 OTFHR, Mike SANDERS 3/3 with an OTFHR. Nate FREEMAN, Joe BONDY each had 2 hits. Frickers bats have been cold the last couple of weeks. Hope warmer weather will warm the bats.
Fricker’s #2 (22) – Fricker’s #3 (10)
On a rain shortened night the Fricker’s #2 Team used their formula of solid defense and steady hitting to a win over the Fricker’s #3 squad in a 5 inning game. Fricker’s 2 was led by Bob COLLINS and Jeff WAGENHAUSER both went 4/4, Guy STAGER and sub Jim JOHNSON 3/3 and Steve HOSLER 3/4 3b, Dan KORSOG 3/4 grand slam OTF and Phil RICHARD 3/4 3b.