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KA Softball Wins Worth/USSSA A/B NIT

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 of play.
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 tournament title.
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 tournament.
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 game.
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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