Flash Wins 'No Glove Nationals'
Undefeated Champions At Forest
Park Invitational On July 28th - 31st
FOREST PARK: The 37th Annual
Forest Park No Glove Invitational Sixteen Inch Tournament hosted
by the Park District of Forest Park was held on July 28th though
31st with Flash (5-0) going undefeated to claim the top prize at
the Miller Beer sponsored event. Sage (5-2) was second, Binge (3-2)
took home third place, Stover Softball (5-2) from Iowa was fourth
with the Miller 45?s (3-2) and Traffic (3-2) tying for 5th place
with Steel Gold (4-2) and Impact ( 3-2) tying for 7th place at this
twenty-four team event. John Scimone from Flash was named as the
Most Valuable Player of this year's tournament for his outstanding
play both in the field and with the bat.
Flash received a first round bye before taking on and defeating
March manufacturing 13-4 in the second round of tournament play
on Friday night. March had advanced to this game by posting a narrow
9-8 win over Nemesis in the first round of play on Thursday night.
Flashes next two games were on Saturday evening with a much anticipated
match up with Stover Softball from Iowa in the third round as Flash
continued their climb towards the title by posting a 7-3 win up
onto the bracket board to move into the fourth round of the tournament
(semifinals of the winner's bracket). Stover Softball made it to
this third-round contest by opening play on Thursday night with
a 16-6 win over Menace in the first round of play before stopping
Punch in a defensive game 3-2 in the second round of tournament
action to move into Saturday evening's third round of play.
Flash won their semifinal over Sage 11-6 to move into the winner's
bracket finals where the last two remaining unbeaten teams would
be facing off with each other on Sunday afternoon.
On Sunday in the game between the last two remaining unbeaten teams
in this tournament it was Flash over Binge 14-2 giving Flash the
title to the winner's bracket and also a chance to sit back and
watch as the loser's bracket needed to be played out to it's conclusion
before they would know which of the remaining teams would emerge
as their opponent in the championship game. Binge made it to this
winner's bracket championship game by opening with a first round
bye on Thursday night before taking on and defeating Steel Gold
in an eight inning ball game by a final score of 9-8 on Friday night.
On Saturday evening Binge squared off with the Miller 45?s and shocked
the world of sixteen inch softball by battling their way to a 11-9
victory over the defending tournament champion the pre-tournament
favorite Miller 45?s. Binge had to come back down off of that emotional
high to play again on Saturday night when they squared off with
Traffic in a semifinal game of the winner's bracket of this tournament.
Binge did what they needed to get done as they continued their winning
ways sending Traffic into the loser's bracket by a final score of
5-2 and with this win earning their spot in the winner's bracket
game between the last two unbeaten teams on Sunday afternoon.
After the last out had been recorded by the official scorer of this
tournament in the loser's bracket championship game a rematch with
Sage was on tap for the Flash ball club in the title contest.
Flash wanting to make a statement to the world of sixteen inch softball
did just that by taking the title game in a route over Sage 12-1.
The team's celebration was followed by photos and the awarding of
the MVP trophy of the 37th Annual Forest Park Invitational to John
Scimone from Flash.
Flash did not provide Illinois Softball Report with any team information,
highlights, stats, or quotes on how they were able to win the 37th
Annual Forest Park Invitational Softball Tournament.
Sage took a longer path to the championship game but they got there
just the same as they opened play with a first round bye on Thursday
before taking on and defeating the Rebels on Friday night 15-3.
The Rebels had advanced into this game by defeating Jynx 7-4 on
Thursday night to move into this second round contest with Sage.
Sage next game was Saturday night against the Bucketheads with Sage
posting a 9-4 win up onto the bracket board to advance into the
semifinals that were to be played late on Saturday evening. The
Bucketheads made t to this game by opening play with a first round
bye on Thursday before stopping the Lemonheads 8-2 in the second
round of play on Friday evening.
Sage then was upended by the eventual champions to be Flash 11-6
in the semifinal contest of this tournament to send them into the
loser's bracket on Sunday morning.
Sage now faced the Miller 45's with elimination staring them squarely
in the face but it was the Miller 45?s who flinched as Sage stopped
the defending champions sending them to their cars with fifth place
after beating them 11-9.
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