Steel Gold Win ASA Men's Sixteen
Inch Class A Nationals
Nineteen Teams Participate At
Aberdeen South Dakota
2005 ASA Men's Class A 16"
Nationals Champions - Steel Gold From Chicago
ABERDEEN SD: Steel Gold from
Chicago went a perfect 6-0 to win the ASA Men's Class A Sixteen
Inch National title at Aberdeen South Dakota by shutting out the
Lugnuts (6-2) from Indiana 5-0 in the championship game. The Newcomers
(3-2) from Chicago took home third place with Menace (3-2) from
Chicago finishing in fourth place. Tying for fifth place were Nemesis
(2-2) from Cicero and the Dogg Pound (3-2) from Chicago with a seventh
places tie going to the Fighting 5th (2-2) from Chicago and Out
There (2-2) from Berwyn.
Steel gold was led by the play of Gary Johns who was named as the
MVP of the 2005 ASA Men's Sixteen Inch Class A National Tournament
for his efforts during this event. Joining Johns on the 'First Team
All-Americans' were his teammates Teddy Lowery (LF), Jermaine Butler
(RF), Johnny Collier (3B), Renard Johnson (2B), and Donald Toney
(P) and manager.
Steel Gold opened play in this nineteen team tournament with a pig
tail game from the blind draw against Huff Construction from South
Dakota and beat them 6-0 to advance into the normal bracket.
In the first round of tournament action it was Steel Gold slipping
past the Grasshoppers from Chicago 9-7 to move into the second round
with a perfect 3-0 record.
In the third round of play in the winner's bracket it was league
rivals Steel Gold and the Dogg Pound tangling with each other with
Steel Gold coming out on top in this one by a final score of 6-4.
This win moved Steel Gold into the semifinal of the winner's bracket.
Nemesis and Steel Gold lock horn with one another in a semifinal
contest of this tournament with Steel Gold getting the better of
it as they won 4-1 to put them into the undefeated game of the winner's
Steel Gold at 4 win and the Newcomers with a perfect 3-0 record
were the last two remaining unbeaten teams at the 2005 ASA A Men's
Class A Sixteen Inch National Tournament and these two teams were
familiar with one another as they took the field to play a game
that would determine which of them would advance into the tournament's
championship game and which of them would be dropped into the loser's
bracket needing to win their way back into the championship game.
The winning team between these two ball clubs on this day was Steel
Gold as they posted a 2-0 win onto the bracket board to win the
winner's bracket and assure the of a spot in the 2005 ASA Men's
Class A Sixteen Inch National Championship game.
Now Steel Gold had to sit and wait before they would find out which
of the remaining team would emerge from the loser's bracket to challenge
them in the title contest. When the last out had been recorded into
the official scorekeeper's book the Lugnuts became the team that
was still standing.
Steel Gold and the Lugnuts took the field to play one another for
the 2005 ASA Class A National Title with Steel Gold doing what they
did best all weekend long, play defense as they shut out the Lugnuts
5-0 to win the title.
Steel Gold did not supply Illinois Softball Report with any team
information, stats, highlights or quotes as to how they were able
to win this 2005 ASA Men's Class A National Tournament.
Tournament runner-up the Lugnuts did thing the hard way by losing
their second game before running off five straight wins with their
back against the wall to earn their way into the 2005 ASA Men's
Class A National Championship Game. The Lugnuts were led by the
play of Roach Asaves (SS), Tim Lindeman (3B) and Paul Martins (RF)
who were all named as First Team All-Americans for their outstanding
play during this national tournament.
The Lugnuts opened play with a first round contest against Jigga
Bombers from South Dakota and came away with an easy 13-0 win to
move into the second round of play.
It was here that the Lugnuts stubbed their toe as they dropped a
5-3 decision to the Newcomers to fall into the loser's bracket where
they needed to regroup quickly and ball some good softball in order
to make it back into the trophy round of this national tournament.
The Lugnuts went to work in the loser's bracket as they started
to send team home starting with the Grasshoppers from Blue Island
who were excused from this tournament after being beaten by the
The Fighting 5th was show the door next by the Lugnuts as they sent
home the Chicago based ball club after beating them 6-1 to continue
their advancement in the loser's bracket.
In a close game the Lugnuts found a way to win as they eliminated
Nemesis from further tournament play with a 3-2 win as they kept
moving forward towards the championship game.
Menace was the next victim as they were sent home with fourth place
from this tournament after losing to the Lugnuts 6-3.
Sweet revenge was next as the Lugnuts were able to eliminated the
team that had put them into the loser's bracket earlier in the tournament
as the beat the Newcomers 7-5 to win the loser's bracket and earn
them the right to play unbeaten Steel Gold for the national title.
This was as close as the Lugnuts would come as they were beaten
by Steel Gold 5-0 the championship game and were forced to accept
second place from the 2005 ASA Men's Class A Sixteen Inch National
The Lugnuts did not provide Illinois Softball Report with any team
information, highlights, stats, or quote's on how they were able
to achieve their second place finish a this national tournament.
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