OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- Five teams left the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Saturday evening earning the title of "2008 National Champion".
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In Men’s play, Lighthouse kept the Class B title in the east on its perfect run since 2001 as they won the series 3 to 1 over Redwood/Sportsdiamond.com.
Finishing in the wee hours of the morning, the Men’s C title was gutted out by CA/JO and Suburban/SKS ending at 1:40 a.m. with Suburban/SKS on top 14 to 13 in eight innings. CA/JO made a valiant effort in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring seven runs to tie the game at 13 all before the winning run was walked in for Suburban/ SKS to take home the title trophy.
In Women’s play, Hawks/Miss Kitty captured the Women’s Open, Alex’s Yard Dawgs claimed the Women’s C Division, and Elliott Communication took home the hardware in the Class D Division.
In Men’s Class A, three teams remain as ABS Easton advanced from the winner’s bracket and is undefeated at 4-0 outscoring opponents 144 to 77. They will play the winner of the 8 a.m. Team Combat/Pytch Blakk vs. TCP Easton match-up.
The Men’s Class D final will take place on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. with Blue Water taking on Joe Corbis. The “if game” would take place immediately following the 9 a.m. game.
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ASA Men’s Class A National Championship down to three teams
Saturday was elimination day at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in the ASA Class A Men’s Slow Pitch National Championship as the original field of 15 was reduced to three teams leading into the championship final Sunday morning.
Still alive are ABS Easton of Hartly, Delaware, which is the only undefeated team left in the tournament at 4-0 after winning twice on Saturday, beating TCP Easton of Burlington, Iowa, 18-6, and run-ruling Team Combat, 26-8, in four innings in the winner’s bracket final.
Team Combat, (3-1), which earlier sent defending champion Long Haul/Phonemasters/Miken into the loser’s bracket by winning 31-28, will face TCP in the loser’s bracket final Sunday morning at 8. The loser will finish third with the winner advancing to meet ABS and must beat it twice to be crowned the 2008 Class A National Champions.
TCP, which won its first two games relatively easy, 16-0 and 32-8 before losing, then eliminated the Armed Forces, 21-16, in the loser’s bracket, and pulled off the biggest surprise of the tournament in its next game by upending Long Haul, 24-22, to improve its record to 4-1. Long Haul finished fourth in the double-elimination tournament with a 2-2 record.
Now 4-1 in the tournament, TCP kept pace with Long Haul, which had used its eight homer limit earlier in the game and didn’t score the last two innings. TCP had three homers left, and trailed only by three, 22-19, entering the bottom half of the sixth after Long Haul was blanked in the top half of the inning. TCP then scored five times on six hits to take the lead for good and held off Long Haul, ranked third in the United States, in the top of the seventh inning.
In addition to Long Haul and the Air Force, other teams eliminated included Tharaldson’s of Fargo, N.D, (3-2), which lost to the Armed Forces 20-18 on a two-run homer by Dex Diaz in the seventh inning; Jean Shoppe, (3-2), a 25-10 loser to Long Haul in four innings; Walker Plumbing (0-2), CSI (0-2), P-Town (1-2), Abby Printing (1-2), Community Access (0-2), Payne’s Sports Legends (0-2), All-Star Plumbing (2-2) and West Oak Production Services (1-2).
In earlier games, two of the seven Oklahoma teams in the championship, Walker Plumbing of El Reno and Payne’s Sports Legends of Hugo, were eliminated. Each finished 0-2 in the tourney.
After being run-ruled by Team Combat on Friday night, Walker lost to another Oklahoma team, Community Access of Ardmore on Saturday, 22-7, in five innings. Walker jumped out to an early 2-1 lead before Community used two big innings to put the game in the record books. Community scored 10 runs in the third inning and 11 runs in the fifth inning to decide the issue. Walker had moved to within four runs, 11-7, thanks to a four-run fourth before Community unloaded in the fifth inning.
Mike Daniel had a perfect day for the winners (4-for-4) including a solo homer in the third inning. It was one of five homers hit in the third inning by Community. Also hitting homers were R.J. Howerton (three-run blast), Dennis Schrum (two-run homer), Tim Bower (solo), and Mike Kenslow (solo).
Payne’s, which was shutout in its opening game, managed nine runs in a four-inning loss to the Armed Forces, 26-9, which scored its first win after losing in eight innings in Friday’s opening round to Tharaldson’s. Tharaldson’s joined them in the loser’s bracket by losing to Team Combat, 23-12, in five innings. Tharldson’s led 11-9 against Team Combat before Dan Yochum’s RBI single in a five-run third put Team Combat into the lead for good, 12-11. Brian Higginbotham’s grand slam in the fifth inning ended the game on the run rule (ten after five innings).
Catcher Chaun DeMars continued to pound the ball for Tharaldson’s, hitting a pair of two-run homers and a single in four trips to the plate.
Men’s Class B stays in the East as Lighthouse wins series 3-1 over Redwood
Lighthouse suffered its first loss of the Series today but came back with a win to take home the Hooters Championship Series Men’s B Crown with a 3-1 record. It was a neck and neck game as no team led by more than two runs throughout the whole game. The teams were tied going into the seventh inning, but Redwood outscored Lighthouse, 4-2 to take home a 13-11 victory and stay in the series. Lance Dalbey led the way for Redwood going 4-for-4 with three runs scored.
The win pushed a game four where Lighthouse secured their title with a 12-2 win. Lighthouse’s Jason Branch scored two runs while going 3-for-4 with three RBI. The series MVP was awarded to third baseman Donnie Burkhalter from Clermont, Fla. Who was 6-for-11 with three home runs and seven RBI.
“This really means a lot to us to win,” said Burkhalter. “We worked really hard this year and traveled a long way to get here. It’s a nice way to end a good tournament and also thank our sponsor.”
Suburban/SKS wins Men’s Class C title in 14-13 extra inning decision
Finishing in the wee hours of the morning, the Men’s C title was gutted out by CA/JO and Suburban/SKS ending at 1:40 a.m. with Suburban/SKS on top 14 to 13 in eight innings. CA/JO made a valiant effort in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring eight runs to tie the game at 13 all before the winning run was walked in for Suburban/ SKS to take home the title trophy.
Representing the North in the first year of the four corners concept for Men’s Class C, Suburban/SKS finished their pool play at 1-2 and came into today as the No. 2 seed. They 2-0 in the bracket coming into the first match-up with CA-JO today, but their bats fell short in a 20-8 defeat forcing the “if game.” But with their spirits high and energy shaking after midnight, they battled through earning the title of ASA Men’s Class C National Champions.
The MVP award was given to Todd Fairbanks from Jackson, Miss. Who led all batters for Suburban/SKS.
Yard Dawgs claim Women’s Class C title
The Yard Dawgs needed only one win on the day to take home a Series Championship but it would take two as they were set back in game three with a 9-4 loss to the Lookouts. The Lookouts had three players go for 3-for-4 while Racheal Jackson going 4-for-4 with three RBI. The 9-4 win would be the only one for the Lookouts as
Neither team was ready to give up in game four as the teams battled 10 innings with the Yard Dawgs emerging with a 7-6 victory. The Yard Dawgs took an early 3-0 third inning lead but would trail by one as the Lookouts took the 4-3 lead in the fourth inning. Alison Cook and Beth Kimsey combined for four runs while Angie Huff and Stacie Wheeler both contributed two RBI a piece.
The Lookouts’ Dena Stack was crowned the MVP of the Tournament for her outstanding play. Stacks hit .462 (6-for-13) with two RBI while scoring two runs.
Elliott Communications wins Women’s Class D
Elliott Communications swept the Women’s Class D division on Saturday morning with a come from behind 19 to 16 victory over eastern opponent Dynamic Duels. For the series, Elliott Communications took three consecutive victories outscoring the Dynamic Duels 46-19 over the two days of competition.
The West continues to dominate the Women’s Class D now winning the title for the past three consecutive years.
Elliott Communications’ Katie Schmidt of Topeka, Kansas was named the MVP for the series after leading the team hitting 6-for-9 on the weekend. She also contributed eight RBI leading her team to the National Championship title.
“It’s great to walk away from this with a National Championship title,” said Schmidt. “This is my third Hooters Championship Series and it feels good to come here with such a great team. This was the first HCS appearance for many players on our team so I am happy that we were able to make it a winning one.”
In the final game, it was a close one as the Dynamic Duels looked to pushed Elliott leading 8 to 7 after three innings. However, the strength of Elliott persevered as they produced three consecutive four-run inning performances to take game No. 3. Six Elliott players contributed three hits in the contest while three of those four each added four RBI.
Hawks/ Miss Kitty’s comes from behind to win Women’s Open National Championship
Coming from the loser’s bracket, Hawks/Miss Kitty’s captured the 2008 Women’s Open
National Championship in a 6 -5 walk-off decision over the Armed Forces. It was a long day for the winning team as they played five games tallying a 4-1 record. The Hawks forced the “if” game five when they skunked Armed Forces 10-0 in game four. In the final championship win, the Hawks were led by catcher and tournament MVP Sirene Johnson who led the way going 2-for-4 in the final game with three RBI. Armed Forces put up a great fight with four batters each contributing two hits. But they couldn’t hold the lead as Hawks/Miss Kitty’s scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the eventual walk-off win.
“This team has a great group of talent, but we just needed to pull together our mental game today,” said tournament MVP Sirene Johnson. “And that we did. We lost to Armed Forces twice and we really needed to combine our mental focus with our physical talent to win this. We changed our defense due to their base hits in the game before and we finally started hitting the ball. Our team never gave up! And we love Oklahoma City!”
The home run champion went to Hawks/Miss Kitty’s Ruby Nugent while the batting champion went to extra hitter and head coach of the Hawks/Miss Kitty Christan Dowling.
The following is the 2008 ASA Women’s Open Championship All American Team.
Infield: Christan Dowling, Hawks/Miss Kitty
Infield: Leticia Pacheco, Armed Forces
Infield: Cara Coughenour, Hawks/Miss Kitty
Infield: Brandi Jackson, Armed Forces
Outfield: Ruby Nugent, Hawks/Miss Kitty
Outfield: Brittany Shannon, Armed Forces
Outfield: Tracy Dougere, Hawks/Miss Kitty
Outfield: Karrie Warren, Armed Forces
Utility: Stacie Symonds, Hawks/Miss Kitty
Utility: Buffy Arms, Hawks/Miss Kitty
Utility: Laurie Doughty, Armed Forces
Utility: Amy Schweinfus, Hawks/Miss Kitty
Utility: Rena Engelhardt, Armed Forces
Pitcher: Mary Hoff, Hawks/Miss Kitty
Catcher: Sirene Johnson, Hawks/Miss Kitty
Batting Champion: Christan Dowling, Hawks/Miss Kitty
HR Champion: Ruby Nugent, Hawks/Miss Kitty
MVP: Sierene Johnson, Hawks/Miss Kitty
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