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The Corner Pub Wins USSSA Women's Class C State

Illinois/Wisconsin Combined State Tournament In Rockford On Aug. 27 & 28

The Corner Pub Champions Of Illinois/Wisconsin USSSA Women's Class C State

ROCKFORD: The Corner Pub (4-1) from Milwaukee won the 2005 Illinois/Wisconsin USSSA Women's Class C State title at the Forest Hills Diamonds in Rockford on August 27th & 28th by beating the Blackhawk Athletic Club (4-2) from Rockford 15-2 in the 'if necessary game' to claim the title Linda Gritzmacher from the Corner Pub was named as the 'Most Valuable Player' of this years state tournament. She was joined on the All-Tournament team by her Corner Tap teammates; Kristian Lovering, Priscilla Posick and Mandy Lindwall. The Worth/Northern Diamonds (4-2) from McHenry finished in third place with Add-A-Bath/Demarini (3-2) from Gurnee taking home fourth place from this tournament.
The Corner Pub opened play with an impressive 16-8 win over High Voltage from St Charles in the first round of this tournament.
In their second contest it was The Corner Pub defeating Add-A-Bath/Demarini in a close game 7-6 to put them into Sunday morning's semifinal round of the winner's bracket. Add-A-Bath/Demarini had received a first round bye before taking on The Corner Pub in their opening game of this tournament.
On Sunday morning it was The Corner Pub edging out Prime Time from Charleston in a close game 10-8 to put them into the winner's bracket finals. Prime Time made it to this semifinal game by opening with a first round 17-1 win over Vertex before stopping Ipsen International from Belvidere 17-7 in the second round to move into this Sunday morning game with The Corner Pub.
In the game between the last two remaining unbeaten teams it was The Corner Pub and Blackhawk Athletic Club squaring off for the first of three meetings on this Sunday with the Corner Pub recording the first win between these two ball club by a final score of 13-6 to give them the championship to the winner's bracket.
Now The Corner Pub had to sit and wait until the loser's bracket was completed before knowing who would be their opponent in the championship game and when the loser's bracket was finally completed it was a rematch with Blackhawk Athletic Club that was in store for The Corner Pub in the championship game.
Blackhawk Athletic Club gained some revenge by upending The Corner Pub 14-4 in the first game to even the series at one win each and this win also forced the need to play the 'if necessary game' in order to determine which of these two team would wear the crown as the 2005 Illinois/Wisconsin USSSA Women's Class C State Champions.
In that deciding game it was all The Corner Pub as they won big 15-2 over Blackhawk athletic Club to win this state tournament.
The corner Pub did not provide Illinois Softball Report with any team information, stats, highlights or quotes on how they were able to win this state tournament.
Blackhawk Athletic Club was led by the play of Jen Pozzani who was named as the 'Defensive M.V.P.' of this state tournament. Three other Blackhawk Athletic Club players were also named to the All-State Tournament team and they were, Miranda Fudge, Kara Kelly and Becky Hessenauer
Both Blackhawk Athletic Club and their first game opponent Rosati's Of Wheaton received first round byes before tangling with each other in the second round of play with Blackhawk Athletic Club posting an 5-4 win over Rosati's Of Wheaton to advance in the bracket.
On Sunday morning it was Blackhawk Athletic Club sending Cook's Grading from Janesville to the loser's bracket after beating them 18-5 to put the ladies from Rockford into the winner's bracket championship game.
Now with only two remaining unbeaten teams left in this tournament it was Blackhawk Athletic Club playing The Corner Pub with the winner being assured of their spot in the tournament's championship game and it was The Corner Pub defeating Blackhawk Athletic Club 13-6 to drop the Rockford squad into the loser's bracket.
IN a wild high scoring game Blackhawk Athletic Club defeated Worth/Northern Diamonds 20-12 to win the loser's bracket and earn a second shot at unbeaten The Corner Pub in the state championship game.
The Blackhawk Athletic Club took advantage of their second chance at The Corner Pub and handed the Milwaukee ladies a decisive 14-4 loss to force the playing of the 'if game' between these two teams in order to determine which of them would be the 2005 Illinois/Wisconsin USSSA Women's Class C State Champions.
In the extra Game The Corner Pub broke on top and never looked back as the won easily over the Blackhawk Athletic Club 15-2 to take the combined state title North with them to Wisconsin.
The Blackhawk Athletic Club did not supply Illinois Softball Report with any team information, stats, highlights or quotes on how they were able to finish in second place at this state tournament.

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