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Gimmie Dat Wins ASA Men's Class D State

Seventy Teams Participate At Doods Fields In Champaign On July 29 - 31

CHAMPAIGN: Gimmie Dat (9-1) from Kankakee came charging out of the loser's bracket to double dipped Big Stix (6-2) from Gillespie 11-7 and 19-7 to win the 2005 ASA Men's Class D State title at the Dodds Field Complex in Champaign on July 29 - 31st. Gimme Dat will now be playing at the 2005 ASA Men's Class D Eastern National Tournament to be held In Salem, Virginia over Labor Day Weekend. Larry's A's (5-2) from Macolm was third, with Rakers Appraisal (7-2) from Carlisle finishing in fourth place. A fifth place tie went to Wright's Motor Company (5-2) from Danville and Middle's Open (6-2) from Mahomet, tying for seven place at this seventy team event were State Farm (5-2) from Champaign and Dairy Queen (5-2) from Jacksonville. In a tie for ninth place were Litchfield Moose (5-2) from Litchfield, Benchwarmers (5-2) from Watseka, 0 2 Precision Maintenance (3-2) from Champaign and Ball Busters (3-2) from Roberts.
Gimmie Dat opened play on Friday night with a 12-2 win over Gem City Pizzeria from Quincy in the first round of tournament action.
On Saturday Gimmie Dat tangles with Miller Lite/Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill from Effingham and posted a 9-6 win onto the bracket board to advance. Miller Lite/Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill had beaten East End from Monticello 11-2 in the first round to move into this game with Gimmie Dat.
Gimmie Dat than defeated Pinch Penny Pub from Carbondale 14-2 to move into the semifinals of the winner's bracket in this tournament. Penny Pinch Pub had beaten QMF from Quincy 11-4 in the first round and Auto Center 501 from Wood River 7-2 in the second round to move into their third round contest with Gimmie Dat.
Gimmie Dat and State Farm now went toe to toe on Saturday night with the winner advancing into the semifinals on Sunday as Gimmie Dat rose to the occasion winning 19-0 in three innings. State Farm made it to the quarterfinal game by opening play with a 12-11 win over Phils from Wood River on Friday night before defeating both Dan Heche/El Ranchertio/Bud Light/Del Hatters from Effingham 13-9 and Krieger's/Illinois Signal from Quincy 9-3 on Saturday before losing to Gimmie Dat.
On Sunday morning Gimmie Dat stubbed their toe losing to Larry's A's 1-0 to drop them into the loser's bracket.
Now playing in the loser's bracket Gimmie Dat needed to run off a number of consecutive win on Sunday in order to win this tournament and they started out to do just that as they sent the Middle's Open to the parking lot first to packing their cars for the trip back home after beating them 7-6.
Raker's Appraisal was excused from this tournament next as Gimmie Dat posted a 12-5 win over them to continue their march towards the title.
Now playing in the loser's bracket championship game against the team that had out them into the loser's bracket earlier in the day Gimmie Dat took aim at Larry's A's with the possible state title still in front of them but with revenge in their eyes. Gimmie Dat jumped out to a quick lead and kept pouring it on winning 17-5 to get their revenge but more importantly earning the right to challenge unbeaten Big Stix for the 2005 ASA Men's Class D State Championship.
Gimmie Dat still needed to win two straight games to accomplish their goal as they took the field of play with Big Stix. In the first contest it was Gimmie Dat won 11-7 to force the need to have the 'if necessary game' played between these two ball clubs in order to determine which of them would be the 2005 ASA Men's Class D Illinois State champion.
Gimmie Dat came out hitting the ball in the extra game scoring nineteen runs and winning 19-7 to claim the title as the 2005 Illinois ASA Men's Class D State Champions.
Gimmie Dat softball team was led by 2005 ASA Men's Class D All-Tournament team selections Brian Zirkle, Josh Trammel, Adrian Maiden, and A.J. Johnson. Gimmie Dat spokesman said, "We had timely hitting and sparkling defense that was led by our pitcher Shannon May." Gimmie Dat softball is now planning to do to Salem, Virginia over Labor Day Weekend to play in the 2005 ASA Eastern Men's Class D National Tournament.

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