Wizards Win NSA Early Bird Class
Fifteen Teams Participate at River
Road park In Kankakee On May 14 & 15
Tournament Runner-up - Slick Rick's
By Bryan Page
KANKAKEE: The Wizards from Schaumburg won
the NSA Men's Class D Early Bird Tournament at River Road Park in
Kankakee on May 14th & 15th.
The Illinois NSA did not provide Illinois Softball Report with any
information or a completed bracket on this tournament so all information
comes from only the teams.
The Wizards opened play against Orange Crush. The Wizards jumped
out to an early 12-1 lead and never looked back beating the Crush
in 5 innings 25-6.
This win setup a quarterfinal game against Squeeze Softball under
the lights. The Wizards were given first at bats and came out strong
by scoring 20 runs in the first inning. The Wizards never looked
back by defeating the Squeeze in a three innings by the run rule.
On Sunday morning the Wizards and Slick Rick's from Bloomington
squared off in the tournament undefeated game. The Wizards jumped
out to a 2-0 lead in the first innings. They slowly increased that
lead to 4-0 in the second inning and 5-0 in the third inning. Defense
was the key as they kept Slick Rick's in check the entire game as
they posted an 11-2 win to become the only unbeaten team left in
This allowed the Wizards to sit back and let the field play out
for the last team with only one loss to oppose them in the championship
game. That team turned out to be a rematch with Slick Rick's who
had beaten Squeeze in the loser's bracket finals to earn their way
back into the championship game against the Wizards.
The Wizards won the coin toss and elected to be the home team. Slick
Ricks came out hitting and they put ten runs on the board in the
top of the first inning. The Wizards answered with a ten spot of
their own in the bottom of the first inning to even the score. The
Wizards than held Slick Rick's scoreless in the top of the second
inning before hanging a seven up on the scoreboard in the bottom
of the second to take a 17-10 lead. Slick Ricks hung in there tough
and scored with the Wizard but just could not shave much off that
seven run lead. In the bottom of the sixth inning with the Wizards
leading by six runs they managed to core four more runs to end the
game by the ten run rule. This victory gave them the title undefeated,
to the 2005 NSA Men's Class D early Bird Tournament in Kankakee
The big hitters for the Wizards in this tournament were Banana,
Ruffles, Landing, and Hampton.
Team Spokesperson Bryan Page said, "Thanks to the Kankakee
Park District and to the NSA State Director Gerry Gund for a well
No other information on this tournament has been received by Illinois
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