KA Softball Wins Worth/USSSA A/B
Twelve Teams Participate At Inwood
Complex In Joliet On April 16th & 17th
KA Softball - Champions Of Worth
/USSSA Class A/B NIT In Joliet
JOLIET: KA Softball from Chicago
won the twelve team Worth/USSSA Men's Class A/B NIT played at the
Inwood Sports Complex in Joliet on April 16th & 17th with a
perfect 4-0 record. The champions have now earned a berth to play
at the 2005 USSSA Men's Class A World Tournament. Team Dragon Dome
(5-2) from Pekin finished in second place and earned a berth to
play at the 2005 USSSA Men's Class B World Tournament for their
efforts in this tournament. Bay Mountain Air (2-2) from Northern
California finished in third lace with Creative Design (3-2) from
Justice taking home fourth place. Players, Inc (3-2) came in tied
for fifth place with Midwest Easton Softball from Iowa but was the
highest finishing Class C team so they also earned a 2005 USSSA
Men's Class C World Tournament berth for their play in this event.
KA Softball received a first round bye before taking on the Hooded
Frogs from Orland Park in the second round of play. KA Softball
put on a hitting display as they won going away 26-7 to advance
into the semifinals of this tournament. The Hooded Frogs had advanced
by defeating Shockers from Janesville, WI 15-8 in the first round
KA Softball met The Dragon Dome ball club for the first time as
they continued their hitting display posting another lopsided win
onto the bracket board by the final score of 28-8 to move the into
the winner's bracket championship game on Sunday.
On Sunday morning KA Softball scored their third straight one sided
victory as they defeated Bay Mountain Air 28-13 to become the only
unbeaten team left in this tournament and assuring them, selves
a spot in the tournament's championship game against whichever team
would emerge from the loser's bracket to challenge them for the
Team Dragon Dome was the team that earned their way out of the loser's
bracket to play KA Softball for the title. In a close game that
neither team was able to take control of KA Softball wound up scoring
one more run to escape with a 28-17 win to win the title.
KA Softball did not supply Illinois Softball Reports with any information,
team stats, highlights or quotes on how they were able to win this
Team Dragon Dome came to Joliet to test the waters and show everyone
that they can play softball in Central Illinois too, and they did
just that. The Pekin based ball club opened play with a first round
game against Primetime Softball from Joliet as they pounded out
an impressive 25-3 win to advance into the second round of play.
Team Dragon Dome now squared off with Creative Design in a hotly
contested ball game and came away with a 20-19 win to move into
the semifinals of the winner's bracket. Creative Design had been
given a first round bye to advance to this game between them and
The Dragon Dome.
The Dragon Dome and KA Softball locked horns next with The Dragon
Dome squad coming out on the short end of a 28-8 score.
Team Dragon Dome now needed to win one more game to make it into
Sunday's final four playoffs as they took the field against Players,
Inc. Team Dragon Dome kept their eyes on the team goal as they won
impressively over Players, Inc 20-7.
On Sunday morning Team Dragon Dome and Creative Design had a rematch
with the winner earning the big bonus of the 2005 USSSA Men's Class
B World Tournament berth also riding on the outcome of this game.
Team Dragon Dome took that berth by defeating Creative Design 22-15.
This win put the Pekin ball club into the loser's bracket championship
In a close game were defense was the king of the field Team Dragon
Dome muster up enough offense to hang a 13-11 win up onto the bracket
board to win the loser's bracket over Bay Mountain Air.
The tournament's championship game looked like it belonged to Team
Dragon Dome as they held a one run lead with two out and the bases
loaded against KA Softball. The KA Softball batter grounded what
looked to be the game ending ground out to short but the last hop
bounced wildly over the shoulder of the Team Dragon Dome's shortstop
into the outfield as the tying and winning runs scored in a 28-17
loss to KA softball. Had Team Dragon Dome gotten that final out
the 'if necessary game' would have been played and who know who
would have won that game.
Team Dragon Dome did not supply Illinois Softball Report with any
information, team stats, or quotes on how they were able to finish
in second place at this tournament.
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