Aero Softball Mixed Wins USSSA
Mixed D State
Six Teams Participate At Klatt
Field In Plano On Sept. 10 & 11
PLANO: Aero Softball Mixed (5-1)
won the six team USSSA Northern Illinois Mixed Class D at Klatt
Field in Plano on September 10th by double dipping Crossroads (3-2)
from Deerfield 19-18 and 10-8. Crossroads had stopped Aero Softball
Mixed 13-12 earlier in the day when the last two unbeaten teams
left went head to head in this tournament. Izzy's 2 (2-2) from Joliet
took home third place with Kraft Foods (1-2) finishing in fourth
Aero Softball Mixed was led to their state championship by the play
of Brenda Morris (Female MVP) and Dan Arendt (Male MVP). Other Aero
Mixed Softball team members that were named to the All-State Tournament
team were Tracey Stoneberg, Dean Foster, Jodi Gehrke, Kelly Kramer,
Jeff Demoss and manager Dave Harmes.
Aero Softball Mixedl opened tournament play with a big 15-3 win
over Flemings Tap from DeKalb as Morris (LCF) 2-4, Arendt (LF) 3-4,
Gehrke (1B) 3-4, Dave Harmes (EH) 2-4, Stoneberg (3B) 3-4, Mark
Johnson (RCF) 3-4, Foster (SS) 3-4, and Demoss (P) 2-3 led the attack
for the victorious Aero Mixed Softball in this game.
In their second contest of the this state tournament it was Aero
Softball Mixed and the Sluggers tangling with one another as Aero
Softball Mixed put on a clinic winning 17-1. The offensive leaders
for Aero Aero Softball Mixed in this win were Morris 2-3, Arendt
3-3, Gehrke 2-3, Harmes 2-3, Johnson 3-3, Kramer (RF) 2-3, Foster
3-3, Cindy Cunz (C) 2-3 and Demoss P 2-2.
On Sunday morning Aero Softball Mixed played Crossroads from Deerfield
in the battle between the tournament's last two remaining unbeaten
teams with Aero Softball Mixed coming up one run short as they lost
to their Deerfield opponent by a single run losing 13-12. Aero Softball
Mixed was led in this game by the hitting of Arendt 3-4, and Kim
Groom (EH) 2-2.
Now Aero Softball Mixed found itself with its back against they
wall facing elimination in every game as the needed to Post a victory
over Izzy's 2 from Joliet in order to earn a second chance at the
unbeaten Cross ball club in the tournament's championship game.
Aero Softball Mixed got it done as they sent Izzy's home with third
place after beating them 11-1 in five innings to earn a second shot
at the unbeaten Crossroads ball club in the finals. Aero Softball
Mixed was led at the plate during this win by the hitting of Arendt
2-2, Harmes 2-3, Foster 2-2, Scott Anderson (RCF) 2-2, Demoss 2-2,
Kramer 1-2 and Stoneberg 1-2.
Aero Softball Mixed and Crossroads took the field to play one another
in the finals and they gave it everything that they had as the game
went eight innings before Aero Softball Mixed found a way to come
back as they were down 15-4 going into the bottom of the fifth inning
before rallying sneak past Crossroads by a single run winning 19-18
in eight innings. The leading offensive players for the Aero Softball
Mixed ball club in this game were Morris 2-3, Arendt 5-5, Gehrke
2-3, Harmes 3-4, Stoneberg 3-5, Groom 2-4, and Eric Petre (2B) 2-3.
Crossroads and Aero Softball Mixed had now played two games against
each other and they each owned one win with both teams winning by
a single run as they took the field to play the 'if necessary '
ballgame to determine which of these two team would be the 2005
Illinois USSSA Mixed State Champion. Aero set the tome early using
the momentum that they had going with their come from behind win
in the first championship game to jump out in front early by a score
of 7-0. Cross Roads would not lie down as they battled back but
in the end they ran out of innings to play with the scoreboard reading
Aero Softball Mixed 10 and Crossroads 8. Aero Softball Mixed top
hitters in this win were Morris 2-4, Arendt 2-2, Harmes 2-3, Foster
2-3, Groom 2-3, Kramer 2-3, Tammi Latham (EH) 2-3 and Petre 2-3.
Aero Softball Mixed manager Dave Harmes said, "This was a great
State Championship run for a 2nd year team, everyone played there
hearts out to come back in the losers bracket & double dip Crossroads
which was a very good team. The tournament director Greg Gould &
Dee Dee did a great job running their first state tournament in
Plano & they should get future opportunities to do it again,
they deserve it." Harmes closed by saying, "Winning the
state title fells great and we look forward to playing at the Great
Lakes Mixed N.I.T. in Rockford on October 8th & 9th."
Crossroads were led to the state championship game by the play of
Barry Bravo, Debbie Robbins, Alyceson Kudla and Lance Browne who
were all named to the 2005 Illinois USSSA All- Mixed State Tournament
Team for their play during this event.
Cross Roads opened play with a first round game against Kraft Foods
from De Kalb and they posted an 18-6 win up onto the bracket board
to advance into the second rounds of play.
Crossroads and Izzy's played a wild high scoring game with big innings
being put up by both ball clubs but when it was over the scoreboard
read Crossroads 25 and Izzy's 2 23 to advance Crossroads into the
winner's bracket championship game to be played on Sunday morning.
In the battle between the last two remaining unbeaten teams it was
Crossroad defeating Aero Softball Mixed in a close game 13-12. This
win assured Crossroad of a spot in the state championship game against
whichever team that wins the loser's bracket to earn the right to
play them in the championship game. That team turned out to be Aero
Softball Mixed as those two teams took the field for a second time
to play one another.
In another close game that was decided (like the first game also
was) by one run Aero Softball Mixed handed Crossroads a 19-18 loss
to force the need to have the 'if necessary game' played between
these two ball clubs so that a champion could to determined.
The extra game looked to be a blowout as Aero Softball Mixed broke
on top with a huge seven run first inning but the Crossroads ball
club showed everyone why they were in the title game as they reached
down and kept chipping away at that big lead as they whittled it
down to just two runs when they ran out of innings to play losing
to Aero Softball Mixed 10-8 in the state championship game.
Crossroad softball club did not provide Illinois Softball Report
with any team information, stats, highlights or quotes on how they
were able to achieve their second place finish at this state tournament.
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