Bucks CHampions At ASA Class
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
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
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
Frogs / Bridgeview Sports Dome
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