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Souse's Lounge/Rogers Drywall 3rd At Nationals

Twenty-five Teams Participate At Inwood Complex On Sept 3rd & 4th

3rd Place 2005 USSSA Nationals Souse's Lounge/Rogers Drywall From Rockford

JOLIET: Expert Carpet Cleaning from Michigan went a perfect 5-0 to win the 2005 USSSA Men's Class C Great Lakes National Tournament held at the Inwood Sports Complex in Joliet over Labor Day Weekend. Journeyman Prof's Monster Energy (5-2) from Ohio finished in second place, Souse's Lounge/Rogers Drywall (6-2) from Rockford was third, Marathon (5-2) from Minnesota took home fourth place , tying for fifth place were both Kevitt/Fieldhouse/Easton (3-2) from Minnesota and DJ's Dinosaurs (3-2) from Wisconsin with both Players, Inc (3-2) from Chicago and Seville/Provs (3-2) from Minnesota finishing in a tie for seventh place at this tournament. Other Illinois teams participating were Primetime (3-2 tied of ninth place) from Joliet, Rope Club (1-2 tied for 13th place) from Arlington Heights, Fusion (1-2 tied for 13th place) from Elgin and Coors Light (1-2 tied for 13th place) from Dixon, tying for 17th place from Illin9ios were the Hooded Frogs/Bridgeview Sports Dome (1-2) from Bridgeview, Paul Davis Restoration (1-2) from Rockford, Yep! (0-2) from Lockport, Hennessy Softball (0-2) from Crystal Lake, and Players (0-2) from Canton.
Souse's Lounge/Roger Drywall (6-2) from Rockford carried the Illinois banner in the 2005 USSSA Men's Class C Great Lakes National Tournament with a third place finish. The Rockford based ball club was led by the play of Dan Hancock, Glen Adams and Ron Nunez who were all named to the All-National Tournament team for their play in this tournament. Dan Hancock for his stellar pitching, and Glen Adam and Ron Nunez led the Souses team in total hits at 24 and 22 respectively over the 8 games played.
Souse's Lounge/Rogers Drywall started the weekend out on a sour note as they dropped their very first game to the Boys of Summer from Iowa 26-18. Craig Phillip was perfect 5-5 (5 singles), Adams and Dave Phillip had 4 hits each in the opening loss. Kurt Head, who pitched so well in the Elite C state went out for the weekend with what may be a broken hand after taking a hard ground ball of the hand.
This loss dropped them into the loser's bracket where they played as a team running of six consecutive wins starting with a 27-8 victory of Players from Canton to complete play on Saturday for Souse's Lounge/Roger Drywall. Adams and R. Nunez had five hits each while Dave Phillip (HR) Bill Messenger (HR) and Brad Ferger all had four hits each.
On Sunday morning Souse's Lounge/Roger Drywall picked up right where they left off the day before as they excused Mortgages Unlimited from Minnesota by a final score of 9-8. R. Nunez, Rob Nunez, Jamie Watkins and Jeff Meyers all had two hits each. Jamie Watkins pitched an excellent game allowing the Minnesota ball club to six first inning runs and than only allowing two more runs over the rest of the game.
CR's/J & H Wall from Minnesota was the next team in line as Souse's Lounge/Roger Drywall continued their winning ways posting an 16-14 victory up onto the bracket board to continue their advancement through the loser's bracket. Hancock was on the mound for this win and contributed two hits (HR). Messenger (HR) Adams, Ferger, Rob Nunez all had three hits each for the Rockford ball club during this win.
Seville/Povs from Minnesota was Souse's Lounge/Roger Drywall next victim as they posted another win up on the bracket board by a final score of 12-9. Hancock stayed hot on the mound as Adams (HR), Ron Nunez (HR), Rob Nunez, and Messenger all had three hits each. Manager Steve Hardy said "We had just enough hitting to move on."
Next Souse's Lounge/Roger Drywall and Kevitt/Fieldhouse/Easton tangled and again it was the Rockford based ball club that came out on top in this game winning 27-14 to send this Minnesota team to the parking lot to pack their cars for the trip back home after being beaten.

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