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Bucks CHampions At ASA Class C

Four Team One Day Tournament At Joliet On May 21st

JOLIET: In that 'if necessary game' where the winner claims the top prize offered it was the Bucks (3-1) stopping the Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Dome (3-2) 24-10 to win the Chicago Metro ASA Men's Class C National qualifier played at the Inwood Sports Complex in Joliet on May 21st. The champions earned two hundred dollars and also took home an unpaid berth to play at the ASA Men's Class C Nationals over Labor Day Weekend. Chicago Steele (1-2) finished in third place with Joltin' Joe (0-2) taking home fourth place.
Bucks got of to a great start against Joltin Joes with a twelve runs in the first inning. Greg Henrichs, Jim Walsh, and Ryan Thiede each had two hits in the inning, with Thiede's grand slam and Chris Garza's 3 run HR being the big hits. Joltin Joes came back to tie the game at thirteen runs each in the fourth inning. The Bucks than responded with eleven more runs over the final three innings while using their defense held Joltin' Joe to one run as they posted a 24-14 victory up on the bracket board to start this tournament off. Leading the offense for Bucks were Thiede 3-3, HR with 6 RBI, John Ergo 4-5 HR with 4 RBI and Tom Birks 4-5.
Bucks next game was with Chicago Steele with the Bucks jumping out to an early 10-5 lead after two inning of play thanks to Rick Geils 3 run home run plus a grand slam from Walsh. Bucks extended the lead to 15-5 over the next 3 innings and withstood a 5 run 7th from Chicago Steele to hold on for a 15-10 victory. Offensive key players for the game were Walsh HR with 5 RBI, Thiede 3-4, Geils 4-4, HR with 3 RBI and Jimmy Taft 3-4.
The championship game the Bucks squared off with The Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports Dome. The Bucks took an early 10-5 lead due to an eight run third inning, highlighted by Taft's 3 run HR. The Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports Dome came right back to take a 15-11 lead after five innings. The Hodgkins based Bucks ball club cut the lead to 15-14 after six, but could not score resulting in a 15-14 loss and setting up a decisive "if" game. Leading the offense for Bucks this game were, Thiede 3-4, 2 HR w 7 RBI, Bob Vaughn 3-4, Taft 3-4 HR, Garza 3-4, and Jim Lynch 3-4.
In the 'if game' the Bucks blew open a tight game with an eleven run third inning to take the lead. The Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports Dome battled back to make the score 16-10 heading into the sixth inning. It was here that the Bucks added their second big inning of the game, with an eight run frame highlighted by Lynch's inside the park grand slam with 2 outs to open a 24-10 lead. Buck's held the Frogs scoreless in the bottom of the inning to clinch the championship. Leading hitters for the game, Lynch 5-5 with 6 RBI, Thiede 4-4, HR Geils 4-4, HR with 3 RBI, Jared Garza 4-4, Taft with 4 RBI, and Birks 3-4.
Buck's offensive stars of the tourney were, Thiede .882, 5 HR, with 15 RBI, Lynch .889 with 7 RBI, Taft .687 with 11 RBI, Geils .647 2 HR, and Ergo .625 with 8 RBI.
Bucks manager Birks said, "It is always good to get your bids as early as possible and to beat the quality teams we faced. We have hard time getting guys out early in the year due to kid and high school coaching commitments. We were still missing Brad Reynard our shortstop and that makes it tough, but Greg Henrichs was really solid for us all day. Defensively I also have to praise Jimmy Walsh, who just seems to get better with age, and Ryan Thiede, this kid is not just a great hitter, he catches everything at first base. He makes life a lot easier for the infield because guys know if they get it close he will pick it. Today was definitely a great Team win."
The Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports Dome took a longer path to get to the championship game but they got there just the same as the dropped their opening game Chicago Steele 13-12 sending them into the loser's bracket. In their first loser's bracket game it was the Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports Dome posting an impressive 21-6 win over Joltin' Joe to advance in the bracket. Game number two was sweet revenge for the Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports Dome ball club as they eliminated the team that had put them into the loser's bracket earlier in the day, Chicago Steele by a final score of 23-15. The Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports dome than push the issue with the undefeated Bucks by handing them a loss by the final score of 15-14. In the extra game it was all Buck as the Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports Dome was beaten 24-10 and had to settle for second place money from this tournament.

Chicago Metro ASA Men's Class C National Tournament Qualifier
Inwood Sports Complex, Joliet
May 21st, 2005
1
Bucks
3-1
2
Hooded Frogs / Bridgeview Sports Dome
3-2
3
Chicago Steele
1-2
4
Joltin' Joe
0-2




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