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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