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Miller 45's Earn Top Cash Prize

Champions At Westchester's 16" Cash Tounament On 5/21 & 22

Photo by Jack Stout


WESTCHESTER: The 2005 Westchester's Tournament of Champions was won by the Miller 45's (6-0) with a 7-2 win over Binge (6-2) in the championship game of the no glove sixteen inch event. The Champions were led by the play of the tournament Most Valuable Player Dan Jalowliec pocketed the one thousand dollar first prize plus, a paid enter fee into the Forest Park, 'No Glove Nationals' and a paid berth to play at the 2005 ASA Major Sixteen Inch National in Mt Prospect. In Total the Miller 45's earned about $1550.00 for their play in this tournament. Binge earned five hundred dollars for finishing in second place. Flash (3-2) took home third place with four hundred fifty dollars going to them. The Lemonheads (5-2) finished in fourth place earning four hundred dollars. A fifth place tie went to the Kings (4-2) and Sage (2-2) with both teams earning three hundred dollars plus the Kings also earned a national berth for being the highest finishing Class A team in this tournament. The Rebels (3-2) and Red Star (3-2) finishing in a tie for 7th place tie earning both teams two hundred dollars.
The Miller 45's opened play on Saturday morning in the blind draw tournament on Saturday afternoon with a 9-2 win over the Mongos' in the first round of play. In their second contest on Saturday afternoon the Miller 45's pounded out an impressive 19-2 win over the Spiders to move into Sunday as one of the last eight unbeaten teams left in this tournament. The Spider had received a first round bye in this blind draw tournament to get to this game.
ON Sunday morning the Miller 45's squared off with Red Star and they managed to pull out a 7-5 win to move them into the tournament's semifinal round of the winner's bracket. Red Star had advanced into this game by stopping the Kings 7-6 in the first round and then defeating the Lemonheads 12-9 in the second round of play.
On Sunday afternoon with the wind blowing in the Miller 45'w & Sage locked horns in a close game the saw the Miller 45's eke out the win by a single run 5-4 to move them into the tournament game between the last two unbeaten team left in this event. Sage made it to this game by receiving a first round bye before stopping Nemesis 14-13 in an exciting game on Saturday afternoon.
Miller 45's now faced the Flash and it looked like it was going to be Flash's day as they built a 5-2 lead over the Miller 45's entering the seventh inning. It was here that the Miller 45's ball club showed everyone who was watching why they are the defending ASA National Champions. Down to their last at bat trailing by three runs they came to life behind the bases load triple to left over the out stretched arms of the left fielder to break the game open for them. They did not stop until they had plated seven runs to take a 9-5 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. Flash was held scoreless in the bottom f the seventh inning as the Miller 45's won the winners bracket by a final score of 9-5 over the Flash. Flash made it to the winner's bracket championship game by opening play on Saturday with a first round bye before taking on and defeating the Steel Gold 18-9 in the second round of action. On Sunday Flash tangled with the Bucketheads and came away with a 15-9 win to advance. In their semifinal game of the winner's bracket it was Flash defeating Binge 14-11 to move into the battle between the tournament's last two remaining unbeaten teams against the Miller 45's.
The championship game belonged to the Miller 45's lead from wire to wire as they used their team defense to keep the binge from ever mounting a serious threat to their lead. The binge only managed to score two runs on the defending national champions Miller 45's who took home the top prize with a 7-2 win.
The Miller 45's did not provide Illinois Softball Report with any tem information, stats, highlights or quotes on how they were able to win this cash tournament.

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