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Miller 45's Champions At Elk Grove Open

Thirty-two Teams Participate At Season Opening Tournament

Photo by Jack Stout

ELK GROVE VILLAGE: The Miller 45's picked up where they left off last season winning the championship at the first Chicagoland Sixteen Inch Tournament of the 2005 season. The champions showed that they can still win the close games when they were challenged by their opponents as they pocketed the first place cash prize of eleven hundred dollars. Traffic took home second place and picked up five hundred fifty dollars for their efforts in this tournament with two hundred thirty dollars third place money going both the Rebels and Flash.
The Miller 45's opened [play with a close game but they came out on top 8-5 over Sage in the first round of play.
In their second game the Miller 45's got their bats heated up a bit scoring eighteen runs to defeat Red Star 18-11. Red Star had advanced by defeating Out There 16-8 in the first round of tournament play.
The third round game was a 14-3 win over the Snappers being posted onto the bracket board as the Miller 45's continued towards the championship. The Snappers made it to this game by defeating the Lemons 12-1 in the opening round and than beating Lugnuts 9-7 in the second round of play.
In their semifinal game of the winners bracket the Miller 45's again were tested by Flash this time but again they found what they needed to do in order to win as they slipped past a good Flash ball club 8-6 to move into the tournament's championship game. Flash made it to the semifinals by opening with an 11-1 win over the Kings. Flash than slipped past Rip 15-143 in a high scoring game in the second round and Flash than defeated the Lemonheads 15-4 to move into the semifinals.
In the game for the first place money the Miller 45's squared off with Traffic and won going away 11-1 to clam the top prize.
Ron Kubicki from the Miller 45's said, "I can not name just one or two individuals from our team as the ones who led our team to the title, all our players played well."
Traffic made it to the tournament title game by opening with a 9-4 win over the Young guns in the first round of tournament play.
Traffic stopped Impact 10-7 in the second round to continue their advancement through the tournament. Impact made it to the second round by defeating the Bucketheads 10-7 in the opening round of tournament play.
Traffic than defeated Menace 4-1 in their third round game to advance into the semifinal round of this tournament Menace had advanced by beating the Registers 11-4 in the first round of tournament action before stopping Twist 4-1 in the second round of play.
In the semifinal of the undefeated bracket Traffic was paired against the Rebels and they pulled out a close win edging the Rebels 6-5 to move into the tournament's championship game against the Miller 45's. The Rebels made it to the semifinals by opening play with 11-5 win over Hype in the first round. The Rebels than beat the Dragons 8-1 in the second round before stopping Binge 9-4 in the third round of tournament play to advance into the semifinals.
The Bucketheads & Sage both moved through the consolation bracket to the championship game were they agreed to slit the money. The Bucketheads got their by dropping their first round game to Impact 10-7. Once in the consolation bracket the Bucketheads first defeated the Young Guns 6-1 before sending the Registers home after defeating them 12-1. Hype was eliminated next as the Bucketheads continued to roll posting an impressive 14-2 win up onto the bracket board to put them into the consolation bracket's championship game.
Sage made it to the consolation championship game by losing their opener to the Miller 45's 8-5. Once in the consolation bracket Sage went to work as they sent home Out There first by a final score of 13-3. The next team to exit the consolation tournament at the hands of Sage was Wallace after Sage posted a 10-6 win over them on to the bracket board. The Spyders were eliminated next by Sage by the final soccer of 10-8. This win put Sage into the consolation bracket championship game were they and the Bucketheads both mutually agreed to not play that game and split the pot between these last two teams.

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