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Wizards Win NSA Early Bird Class D

Fifteen Teams Participate at River Road park In Kankakee On May 14 & 15

Tournament Runner-up - Slick Rick's From Bloomington

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 tournament.
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 ran tournament."
No other information on this tournament has been received by Illinois Softball Report.



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