[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Softball News
Feature Writer
Tournament Results
Illinois Leagues
State and National Websites
I.S.R. Information
I.S.R. Advertisers
Illinois Softball Teams
 
 
[an error occurred while processing this directive]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Want to Advertise?

 

Dirtbags Champions Of USSSA Worth NIT

Twenty-six Teams Participate At Inwood Complex In Joliet On April 16th & 17th

Dirtbags Worth/USSSA Men's Class D N.I.T. Champions

JOLIET: The 'if necessary game' with a world berth on the line to the winner was how the USSSA Men's Class D Worth World Qualifying N.I.T. played out as the Dirtbags (5-1) from Aurora and Wheels By RT/Shoe Carnival (5-2) from Rockford took the field to play one another for the title and the bid that goes to the champion. The Dirtbags broke on top 3-0 in the first inning and had built that lead up to 7-1 with two outs in the fifth inning when they explode for eleven runs to put the game away by the run rule and claim their title. Serous Softball (7-2) from Rockford took home third place with Team Complete (6-2) from Ottawa finishing in fourth place. A fifth place tie went to Blue Collar Softball (3-2) from Morning View Kentucky and Blackhawk Athletic Club/ Mizuno (2-2) from Rockford with Lynch Mob (3-2) from Crest Hill and Yellow Jackets/Katnip's (3-2) from Peru finishing in a tie for seventh place.
The Dirtbags received a first round bye before opening play with a 10-4 win over Saturday Night Beavers from Downers Grove by scoring five runs in both the third and fifth inning as Keith Henrichs (SS) and Ron Vlach (2B) led the attack with three hits each during this win. Saturday Night Beavers had advanced to the second round of the winner's bracket by defeating Caps/Fury from Lombard 12-8 in their opening game of the tournament.
Game two on Saturday the Dirtbags pounded out an impressive 19-4 win over Players Only from Rockford in six Innings. The Dirtbags jump out to an early lead as the plated seven runs in both the first and second innings to build a fourteen run lead as they never looked back from that [point on. Tom Garvey (RC) 3-4, Chris Thedorf (LC) 3-4 with an inside the park HR, Ryan Bonnamy (RF) 3-4, Chris Glanz (1B) 3-4, and Adam Clemens (LF) 3-4 were the hitting stars for the Dirtbags in this win. Players only made it into the third round of the winners bracket by opening play against the Peckers from Kenosha, WI and posting an 11-3 win up on the bracket broad in the first round and than defeating Stallions/Furious Lunchmeat 8-4 in the second round of play.
On Sunday morning the Dirtbags continued their hot hitting as they jumped all over Blackhawk Athletic Club Mizuno with a seven run first inning followed by an eight run second inning on their way to a 16-3 win at advance into the winners bracket finals. Leading the way with their bats for the Dirtbags in this win were Jim Steben (C) 3-4, Bonnamy 3-4, and Brian Kane (2B) 2-3. Blackhawk Athletic Club made it to the semifinal of the winner's bracket by receiving a first round bye before taking on and defeating Team Complete 14-6 in the second round and than stopping Kline Construction 14-8 in the third round of tournament action.
In the game between the last two remaining unbeaten team left in this twenty-six team event the Dirtbags and Wheels By RT/Shoe Carnival square off with a spot in the tournament championship game on the line for the winning team. The Aurora based Dirtbags jumped out to the early lead of 5-0 after three innings. They stretched that lead out to 9-3 entering the bottom of the seventh inning. Wheels By RT / Shoe Carnival was not done as they came back to narrow the lead down to 9-7 with the bases loaded and two outs. It was here that tournament MVP (Dirtbags pitcher) Guy Altier induced the Rockford hitter to hit a game ending fly ball as the Dirtbags held on to win 9-7. The Dirtbags leading hitters during this win were Steben 3-4, Dave Lindstrom (1B) 3-3, and
Thedorf 3-4 to lead the offensive attack for the Dirtbags in this win.
Now the Dirtbags need to sit back and wait as the loser's bracket was played out to it's conclusion in order to determine which of the remaining team would be their challenger in the championship contest. And after the dust had settled back down on the field of play at the end of the last loser's bracket game a rematch with Wheels By RT / Shoe carnival was on tap for the Dirtbags in the title game.
The Rockford based ball club came out with one thought in mind. Win that first game and force the playing of the second game and if they can do this let the chips fall where they may. Defense was the name of this game as both teams shut down each other. The score stood tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Wheels By RT/Shoe Carnival was batting and they had the bases

Continue

[an error occurred while processing this directive]



Copyright © 2001 Illinois Softball Report. All Rights Reserved.