Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports
Twenty Teams Particiate At USSSA/Worth
Class C N.I.T. In Joliet
JOLIET: The Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview
Sports Dome (5-0) from Bridgeview held on to defeat Players Inc./Easton
(6-2) 9-8 in the championship game of the Ninth Annual Illinois
USSSA/Worth Sports Men's Class C NIT held at the Inwood Sport Complex
in Joliet on June 4th & 5th with twenty teams participating
in this tournament. The champions earned a berth to play at the
2005 USSSA Men's Class C World Tournament to be held in September
at Macon, Georgia.
Hennessy's Softball (3-2) from Crystal Lake finished in third place
with DJ Dinosaurs (5-2) from Kenosha, WI took home fourth place.
A fifth place tie went to Fusion (2-2) from Elgin and the Rope Club
(2-2) from Arlington Heights with a seventh place tie going to Souse's
Lounge/Roger's Drywall (3-2) from Rockford and Commission Softball
(3-2) from Country Club Hills.
In their opening game, the Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports Dome dispatched
12 Deep in five innings by a 21-1 final score. Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview
Sports Dome were led by the hitting of Lenny Svoboda 4-4, Kevin
Crook 3-3, Jim Clanton 3-4, HR with 4 RBI, and Craig Askew 2-3,
HR with 3 RBI during this win. Both teams had received first round
byes in this twenty team event.
The next game pitted the Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports Dome against
Can-Do-Metals. The Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports Dome jumped out
to an early 10-0 lead before the rains came and ended the day's
tournament playing. When play resumed early Sunday morning, Hooded
Frogs/Bridgeview Sports Dome continued their hot hitting by beating
Can-Do-Metals 24-14. The top hitter for Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview
Sports Dome in this game were Larry Zimont 4-5, with HR, Jim Richardson
4-6 2 HR, Shawn Sujka 5-5, Crook 4-5 and Askew 3-4. Can-Do Metals
made it to this game by defeating Beam Softball from Chicago 20-4
in the first round of tournament play and than stopping the Shockers
from Beloit, WI 10-3 in the second round of tournament action.
Fusion was the Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports Dome next opponent
with the Bridgeview ball club coming out on top by a final score
of 13-8 to continue their advancement toward the tournament title.
The Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports Dome were led in hitting during
this win by Scott Heichert 3-4, Svoboda 3-4, Clanton 3-4, Zimont
4-4, 2 HR with RBI. Fusion made it to this game by opening play
with a 19-5 win over Souse's Lounge/Roger Drywall from Rockford
in their first contest of this tournament and than defeating Players
Inc./Easton 15-14 in their second contest.
In their semifinal game of the winner's bracket Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview
Sports Dome squared off with Hennessy's and found themselves down
facing an early 11-4 deficit. The Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports
Dome battled back to win 19-18 to advance to the championship game.
Matt Walus 3-4, Richardson 3-3 with HR, John Amers with HR, Heichert
3-4, Zimont 4-4 with HR and Sujka 3-4 led the offensive attack for
the Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports Dome in this win. Hennessy's
made it to the winner bracket finals by posting wins over D.J. Dinosaurs
18-12 in their opening game before receiving a 7-0 forfeit win over
Commission Softball who could not field a team at game time on Sunday
morning and than stopping Rope Club 10-7 to advance into the semi
finals of this tournament.
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