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BIG OX Wins 'All-Nighter' At The Dragon Dome

Fifteen Teams Particiapte At Pekin On January 8th & 9th

PEKIN: Big Ox (5-0) from Chillicothe won the first ever, fifteen teams, one pitch, 'all nighter' softball tournament held at the Dragon Dome in Pekin on January 8th & 9th, 2005. The Dragon Dome had collapsed during a pre-Thanksgiving snow storm but the needed repairs have been made in the dome is now in full operation.
The tournament format was continuous play from 10 AM Saturday to its conclusion at noon on Sunday. Every batter entered the batters box with a full count so if the hitter did not swing at the offering by the pitcher it was either a walk of a strikeout. All teams enter were guaranteed three games with the walls and ceiling were in play.
Big Ox drew the second game played and their opponent was Miken/Dalton Trucking from Springfield. In a close game that saw the lead sea-saw back and forth Big Ox managed to pull in front by a single run in the top of the seventh inning before hanging a goose egg up on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh inning to escape with a narrow 13-12 victory in their opening game of this tournament.
Next up was a contest against Players Lounge from Canton at 4:30 on Saturday afternoon and Big Ox came out with their bats smoking as they piles up runs winning by the run rule 21-7 to advance into the third round of action.
Game time was 4 AM Sunday morning) for Big Ox as they took the field to play The Cast from Indiana. The Indiana ball club had built an early 14-7 lead entering the fifth inning before Big Ox exploded to push twelve runs across the pay-station to wrestle the lead away from their opponent as they went on to win by a final score of 26-18. Bib Ox was led in this win by the hitting of their first four hitters in the line-up who combined to go 14-18 in this contest to lad the way to victory for the Big Ox ball club.
At 7:30 Am (Sunday) Big Ox and Slick Ricks from Bloomington squared off in the game between the last two unbeaten teams with Big Ox jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead. Big Ox continued to stretch that lead out until Slick Rick's rallied late in the game to narrow the gap to 12-9 but they could get no closer as Big Ox record a win to advance into the championship game against whichever team would emerge from the loser's bracket to challenge them for the title.
When the last out in the loser's bracket was record a team called Yep from Naperville was the team still standing as they earned the right to play Big Ox for the championship at noon on Sunday.
Yep plated three runs in the top of the first inning as Big Ox started out slowly as they managed only one hit through four innings of play. In the fifth inning Big Oz scored four runs to tie the game at four apiece. In the sixth inning Big Ox pulled ahead by a run but Yep tied up as the game entered extra innings. Big Ox reach down and found the energy to score three huge runs to take a 8-5 lead into the bottom of the eight inning before Yep made some noise in the bottom of the eight inning by scoring one run and putting the tying runs on base before Big Ox could catch a ball off the ceiling to end the game and win the tournament championship by a final score of 8-6 over Yep.
Big Ox team spokesman Greg Wages said, "It was hard but a blast. I want to mention Jerry Jackson, he ran a great tournament."
The champions Big Ox took home a team trophy, t-shirts and six hundred dollars in cash for their efforts in winning this tournament.
Yep made it to the championship game by doing things the hard way, losing their first two games before making their way back to the finals with the gun against their head in every game they played. Yep dropped their opening game to Pottsies Place from Pekin by the final score of 2-1.
In their second game Yep was defeated by Slick Rick's 14-7. It was here that Yep started to get the hang of playing with the ceiling and walls in play. In their third game Yep hung a victory up on the bracket board when they defeated Z Force from Wisconsin 15-14.
Yep now was paired against Robinson Plumbing from Pekin with Yep posting a 12-5 win onto the bracket board as they continued to march towards the championship game. Yep got their offense in gear as they sent the Cast packing for their trip back to Indiana after a 22-11 victory.
With four teams left in the tournament Yep sent the Bombers from Mackinaw home with fourth place as they posted a 18-11 victory to advance them into the loser's bracket championship game.
Yep and Slick Rick's engaged in a slug fest with Yep coming out on top by a final score of 25-18 to earn them the right to challenge Big Ox in the tournament's championship game as Slick Rick's exited the tournament with third place. Big Ox prevailed over Yep in extra innings 8-6 to send Yep home to Naperville with second place.
Yep did not provide Illinois Softball Report with any details or highlights on how they were able to achieve their second place finish in this tournament.



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