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SoftballSeason.com Wins ASA Chicago Metro Class D

Nine Teams, One Day Event At McCollum Park In Downers Grove

SoftballSeason.com 2005 ASA Chicago Metro Class D Champions

DOWNERS GROVE: Nine teams enter the 2005 Chicago ASA Men's Class D Metro championship tournament and SoftballSeason.com (4-1) left with the top prize of a berth to play at to 2005 ASA Men's Class D Eastern national Tournament to be held in Salem, Virginia over Labor Day Weekend. The champions also pocketed two hundred and fifty dollars for expenses with their efforts in this tournament. Billy Martin Softball/Hennessey (3-2) from Crystal Lake finished in second place, J Denny Masonry (4-2) from Kankakee was third with Caps/Fury (2-2) from Lombard taking home fourth place from this tournament.
SoftballSeason.com opened tournament play with a first round contest against Rounding Third from Elk Grove and posted an 11-4 as Andy Smith, Dave Sobieski, and Del Hollingsworth had three hits apiece, and Dave Sobieski drove in 4 runs in this victory to advance.
In the second round SoftballSeason.com met and defeated J Denny masonry 13-10 to move into the winner's bracket championship game as Torry Caniglia, Dave Smith, and Jason Amptmann all had three hits. Shortstop Matt Liaromatis made a game saving play on the final play of the game. J. Denny Masonry made it to this semifinal game of the winner's bracket by opening with a pigtail or play in game against Chasing Eleven and beating the, 11-4 to advance into the first round where they met and defeated Buzz in a close game 18-17 to move into the semifinals and the match up with SoftballSeason.com.
In the game between the tournaments last two remaining unbeaten teams it was SoftballSeason.com verses Billy Martin/Hennessey with SoftballSeason.com edging out the Crystal Lake ball club by a final score of 8-7 to win the winner's bracket behind the hitting of Caniglia and D. Smith led the way with three hits each.
SoftballSeason.com now had to sit and wait as the loser's bracket needed to be played out to its conclusion before they would know which of the remaining teams would win the loser's bracket to earn the right to play them in the finals. After the loser's bracket was concluded it was a rematch with Billy Martin/Hennessey that awaited SoftballSeason.com in the championship game. Billy Martin/ Hennessey won this game 10-4 to force the need to have the 'if necessary gem' played between these two teams in order to determine which of them would be the 2005 Chicago ASA Metro Class D Champions.
In the deciding game, SoftballSeason.com was losing 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning when they exploded for ten runs in the 5th to take a 12-5 lead. Dave Sobieski, Brian Smith, and Del Hollingsworth each drove in two runs in the pivotal ten run fifth inning. However Billy Martin refused to quit, scoring five runs in the sixth inning before adding one more in the seventh inning to narrow the lead to 12-11. Billy Martin/Hennessey had the tying run on third base when SoftballSeason.com managed to finally collect the third out to end the game with a one run victory.
For the 2005 ASA Men's Class D Chicago Metro Tournament the SoftballSeason.com ball club was led by the hitting of Torry Caniglia was .667, Dave Smith .611, and Del Hollingsworth. 643. Team Co-captain Jeff Sheehan said, "Defense and timely hitting were the keys to our winning the 2005 ASA Men's Class D Chicago Metro Tournament."
Billy Martin/Hennessey made it to the championship game by opening the tournament with a first round contest against with Pla-Ball who failed to show up at game time so the Crystal Lake ball club received a 7-0 forfeit win to advance into the second round of play.
In that second round contest Billy Martin/Hennessey locked horns with Caps/Fury and in a close high scoring affair emerged as the victory by the final score of 17-15 to move into the winner's bracket championship game against SoftballSeason.com. Caps/Fury made it to this semifinal game by opening tournament play with a narrow 6-4 win over Joltin' Joes from Hainesville in the first round of tournament play.
Billy Martin/Hennessey dropped the game between the tournaments last two remaining unbeaten teams to SoftballSeason.com by the final count of 8-7 sending them into the loser's bracket where they would met J Denny Masonry in the loser's bracket championship game.
Billy Martin/Hennessey stopped J. Denny Masonry 12-9 to earn the right to play SoftballSeason.com for the 2005 Chicago Metro Class D championship.
In the championship game Billy Martin/Hennessey evened the series at one win and one loss each after stopping SoftballSeason.com 10-4 to force the need to have the 'if necessary game' played between these two ball clubs.
The tournament's championship game went right down to the wire as the tying run died at third base in a 12-11 loss to SoftballSeason.com as Billy Martin/Hennessy had to accept second place from this tournament.
Billy Martin/Hennessey did not supply Illinois Softball Report with any team information, stats, highlights, or quote son how they were able to finish in second place at this tournament.

2005 Chicago ASA Class D Metro
McCollum Park, Downers Grove
August 6th, 2005
1
SoftballSeason.com
4-1
2
Billy Martin / Hennessey
4-2
3
J. Denny Masonry
4-2
4
Caps / Fury
2-2
5t
Joltin' Joes
1-2
5t
Buzz
1-2
7t
Chasing Eleven
1-2
7t
Roundin Third
0-2
9
Pla-Ball
No Show




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