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K.G.B./Paradise Bay Champions Of USSSA Class C In Joliet

Eight Teams, One Day Qualifier Played At Joliet's Inwood Complex On 6/25

JOLIET: K.G.B./Paradise Bay from Lockport won the USSSA Men's Class C National Qualifier played at the Inwood Sports Complex in Joliet on June 25th with a perfect 4-0 record over a field of eight teams. The champions who had previously won their 2005 USSSA state and national berths converted all berths into sponsor travel money and passed the berths down to the next team in line who needed the berth. Lumber Company (3-2) from Joliet took home second place, Fusion (3-2) from Elgin was third and the Slugs (2-2) from Aurora finished in fourth place.
K.G.B./Paradise Bay opened tournament play with a first round contest against WSAD-Chicago Mustangs winning 9-0 to advance into the second round of tournament play in the winner's bracket.
In their second game K.G.B./Paradise Bay squared off with Fusion and came away with a 7-4 win to move into the tournament last game between unbeaten teams. Fusion made it to this second round meeting by defeating Illinois State Police 7-1 in the first round of tournament action.
In the game between the tournaments last two remaining unbeaten teams K.G.B./Paradise Bay and Lumber Company squared off in this contest with K.G.B./Paradise Bay getting the better of it by winning 13-7. This win assured K.G.B./Paradise Bay of a place in the championship game against whichever team that would win the loser's bracket earning the right to oppose them.
When the loser's bracket as complete a rematch with Lumber Company awaited K.G.B./Paradise Bay in the championship game. Defense was the key to this game as K.G.B./Paradise Bay used theirs to shut down the Lumber Company holding them to a single run scored as they won 8-1 to wrap up the championship and to claim the top prize which they revert into cash.
K.G.B./Paradise Bay did not supply Illinois Softball Report with any team information, stats, highlights or quotes on how they were able to win this tournament.
The Lumber Company made it to the tournaments championship game by opening play with an 8-2 win over We're In, in the first round of tournament play.
In their second contest the Lumber Company handed the Slugs a 4-2 loss to put the Lumber Company into the winner's bracket finals. The Slugs had won their first round game by defeating the Squad 11-7.
In the battle between the last two unbeaten team left in this tournament it was K.G.B./Paradise Bay over the Lumber Company by a final score of 13-7 sending he Lumber Company into the loser's bracket where they need to win their next game in order to get a second shot at both K.G.B./Paradise Bay and the tournament title.
Lumber Company and Fusion locked up in a wild high scoring game with the Lumber Company coming out on top at the end of the contest by a final score of 21-13. This win earned the Lumber Company the right to play K.G.B./Paradise Bay in the championship game of this tournament.
The title game was dominated by the outstanding team defense played by K.G.B./Paradise Bay as they shut down the Lumber Company by a final score of 8-1 to send them home with the second place prize from this tournament.

Illinois USSSA Men's Class C National Qualifying Tournament
Inwood Sports complex, Joliet
June 25th, 2005
1
K.G.B./Paradise Bay
4-0
2
Lomber Company
3-2
3
Fusion
3-2
4
Slugs
2-2
5t
Squad
1-2
5t
Illinois State Police
1-2
7t
We're In
0-2
7t
WSAD - Chicago Mustangs
0-2




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