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Posse Softball Club/Sage Champions At Miller Lite Tournament

Twelve Teams Particiapate at Lippold Park In Crystal Lake On 6/11 & 12

CRYSTAL LAKE: Posse Softball Club/Sage from Crystal Lake went a perfect 4-0 to win the Miller Lite USSSA Men's Class D National Qualifier played at Lippold Park in Crystal Lake on June 11th & 12th. The champions earned a berth to plat at the USSSA Men's Class D Great lakes National Tournament to be held over Labor Day Weekend in Blaine, Minnesota. Plano Legion/Vineyard Liquors (3-2) from Plano took home second place, Stallions/Furious Lunchmeat (3-2) from Lombard took home third place and Locos (4-2) from Chicago finished in fourth place at this twelve team tournament.
The Posse Softball Club/Sage opened tournament play with a first round bye before taking on Loco's from Waukegan. With the Posse Softball Club/Sage trailing 10-7 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, Mike Noble (C) led off the inning with an infield single followed by a Mark Wisner (P) frozen rope to key a five run rally and taking a 2 run lead into the top of the seventh inning. Wisner's solid pitching in the seventh inning sealed the victory for the Posse Softball Club/Sage. The Posse Softball Club/Sage was led at the plate in this win by the hitting of Scott Crowley (1B) 4-4, Kris Van Horn (OF) 3-4, Dave Lisi (2B) 3-4 and Wisner 2-3.
The Posse Softball Club/Sage then faced the Stallion's/Furious Lunchmeat from Bloomingdale. The Posse Softball Club/Sage exploded for their most productive inning of the season by scoring twelve runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Stallions clawed their way back into this game by making the score 13-8 but the Posse Softball Club/Sage was able to hold onto the victory by a final score of 17-8. Posse Softball Club/Sage offensive attack in this win was led by Chris DeCicco (SS), Dave Powell (OF), Adam Dolce (OF), Van Horn, Ace Fraley (AH) and Crowley.
Posse Softball Club/Sage now faced Plano Legion/Vineyard Liquors from Plano in the winner's bracket final. The Posse Softball Club/Sage scored five runs in the top of the first, highlighted by a three run home rub by Van Horn to put the pressure on the Plano ball club early in this game. Plano Legion/Vineyard Liquors was never able to respond thanks to Wisner's pitching and some solid defense. The Posse Softball Club/Sage put up another four runs in the second inning in route to a 12-1 slaughter rule in five innings. Posse Softball Club/Sage top hitters in this win were; DeCicco, Crowley and Powell who all went a perfect 3-3 at the plate during this game.
Now Posse Softball Club/Sage had to sit and watch as the loser's bracket was played out to it conclusion before knowing who they would be playing in the championship contest. When the loser's bracket games were over it was a rematch with Plano Legion/Vineyard Liquors that awaited Posse Softball Club/Sage in the finals.
The game started out as a defensive struggle between these two teams as neither team could cross the pay-station in the first three inning. However in the fourth inning Posse Softball Club/Sage struck first with a four run outburst. The Posse Softball Club/Sage was able to add a single run in the fifth inning before pushing four more runs across the plate in the sixth inning en route to a 10-0 win. The Posse Softball Club/Sage was led at the plate by Ace 3-3, Eddie Torres (1B) 2-3 and Jon Kalal (OF) 2-3.
Coach Lisi had this to say after his team's victory: "This was the first time all year that we played smart softball for the whole weekend. We only hit into one double play and played very solid defense, both of which have been issues for us this season. Mark Wisner pitched great as I think he only walked four or five batters all weekend. Hopefully we can carry this success into the D NIT in Rockford next weekend. We would really like to send a special thanks to our sponsor, Sage Products, Inc who has given us some great support and really helped make this team possible."
Offensive leaders for the Posse Softball Club/Sage this weekend were Crowley .857, Fraley .750, DeCicco .667 and Powell .643 while Eddie Torres made some great defensive plays at first base.

(L) 2nd Place Plano Legion/Vineyard Liquors & (R) 3rd Place Stallions/Furious Lunchmeat

Miller Lite / USSSA Men's Class D National Qualifying Tournament
Lippold Park, Crystal Lake
June 11th & 12th, 2005
1
Posse Softball Club / Sage
4-0
2
Plano Legion / Vineyard Liquors
3-2
3
Stallions / Furious Lunchmeat
3-2
4
Locos
4-2
5t
Peckers
2-2
5t
Rob Dal Santo Painting
2-2
7t
Roadrunners
2-2
7t
Road Dawgs
1-2
9t
Erickson's Kennel / Wreck'n Crew
1-2
9t
Corner Stone
0-2
9t
After Hour's
0-2
9t
Caps/Fury
0-2



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