Dirtbags Champions At USSSA Class
C In Joliet
Eleven Teams, One Day Tournament
At Inwood Sports Complex On May 14th
Dirtbags Champions At USSSA Men's Class C In Joliet
JOLIET: The Dirtbags from Aurora
went a perfect 4-0 to capture the USSSA Men's Class C National Qualifier
played at the Inwood Sports Complex in Joliet on May 14th over a
field of eleven teams. The Elite Class D Team tournament turned
the paid National Berth and the paid state berth into sponsor travel
cash that was added to the three hundred dollar cash first prize
they won for winning this tournament. K.G.B./Paradise Bay (4-2)
received a paid state berth plus one hundred dollars cash for finishing
in second place with Fusion (3-2) from Elgin receiving a paid state
berth for their third place finish and Road Dawgs/Heroes & Legends
(3-2) from Joliet taking home fourth place.
The Dirtbags opened tournament play with a 13-1 five inning victory
over Stone City VFW/Marino Construction from Joliet in their opening
game as Curt Bradford (EH) 3-3, and Chris Thedorf (LC) 2-3 led the
offensive attack for the Dirtbags in this win. Manager Brain Kane
said, "We took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning
and then increased that lead to 8-0 after two innings of play as
we never looked back from there".
Game number two was a high scoring game that saw the Dirtbags defeat
Kunkels from Iowa 18-14. The Dirtbags jump out to a quick 3-1 lead
after one inning of play before starching it out to a 10-6 lead
entering the top of the fifth inning when they exploded for five
huge runs to lead 15-6 before hanging on to win. The top hitters
for the Dirtbags in this win were Tom Garvey (RC) 3-5, Chris Glanz
(1B) 3-5 with a HR, Ron Vlach (2B) 3-4, and Adam Clemens (LF) 2-3
with a HR.
Kane said, "This was our worst defensive game of the tournament.
We gave the opponent opportunities we should not have, however we
were able to come out on top and move on."
Kunkels had advanced into this game by defeating Money 8-4 in their
opening contest of this tournament.
In the winner's bracket finals the Dirtbags squared off with K.G.B./Paradise
bay for the first time with the wind howling straight in at over
fifteen miles per hour. The Dirtbags opened a quick 5-0 lead after
two inning s of play and held serve from that point on winning 10-4
to become the only unbeaten team left in this tournament and assuring
themselves a spot in the championship game against whichever team
would win the loser's bracket to oppose them in the finals. The
Dirtbags were led in hitting during this win by Garvey 3-4, Bradford
3-4, Ryan Bonnamy (RF) 2-3 and Guy Altier (P) 3-3.
The championship game was a rematch with K.G.B./Paradise bay but
this game was all Dirtbags as they won by the run rule after four
inning of play 20-0. The Dirtbags scored three first innings runs
before adding five more runs in the second inning and three more
runs in the third inning. But it was the fourth inning that put
the game away as the Dirtbags scored nine times to reach a twenty
run lead. The top hitters in this win for the Dirtbags were Garvey
3-4, Bradford 3-4, Keith
Henrichs (3B) 3-4, Glanz 4-4, Thedorf 3-4, and Bonnamy 3-4.
For the tournament the top hitters for the Dirtbags ball club were
Curt Bradford .750, Chris Glanz .688, Tom Garvey .688 and Ryan Bonnamy
Kane said, "We really played well today. We were able to score
first in every game and put pressure on our opponents. Our defense
played well, but our pitching and hitting is what I thought was
the difference. With the conditions the way they were it was difficult
for the hitters, but we found a way to overcome it." Kane concluded
by saying, "Jerry Henry and his staff did a great job of running
the tournament. We will definitely come back later on in the season."
Tournament Runner up K.G.B./Paradise Bay opened play with a 13-3
win over Posse Softball Club/Sage from Crystal Lake in their first
game of the tournament.
Next up was a narrow 10-9 win over the Slugs from Aurora in the
second round of play. The Slugs had advanced by receiving a first
round bye in this tournament.
Victory number three was a 13-6 win over Road Dawgs/Heroes &
Legends as K.G.B./Paradise Bay earned their way into the game between
the tournament's last two remaining undefeated teams. Road Dawgs/Heroes
& Legends had advanced into this game by opening play with a
7-5 win over Kline Construction from Elgin in the first round of
tournament play. In the second round the Road Dawgs/Heroes &
Legends stopped Fusion from Elgin 7-5 to advance into the winner's
K.G.B./Paradise Bay bounced back from their loss to the Dirtbags
to defeat Fusion in the loser's bracket championship game 12-5 to
earn the right to challenge the Dirtbags in the championship contest.
The title game was only a nightmare for K.G.B./Paradise bay as they
could not seem to do anything right during this game losing by the
run rule to the Dirtbags and having to accept second place as a
result from this tournament.
K.G.B./Paradise Bay did not provide Illinois Softball Report with
any team information, stats, highlights or quotes on how they were
able to achieve their second place finish at this tournament.
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