OKLAHOMA CITY --- The 2010 Hooters Championship Series presented by Worth and the ASA Menís Class A National Championship kicked off on Friday with 26 games played at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex. The action continues on Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. as teams will continue to battle for National bragging rights in their respective divisions.
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NOTE: The Womenís Open teams competed in five exhibition games (scores available on website) and will begin bracket action at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
MENíS CLASS A RESULTS
Four teams including defending champion Long Haul Trucking advanced to the semifinals of the ASA Menís Class A Slow Pitch National Championship at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex after 11 games were played in Fridayís opening round involving the 15 team field.
Long Haul, which has compiled a 21-4 record since 2005 in the ASA Menís Class A National, winning three titles and finishing second and fourth, won twice to advance to one of the two semis on Saturday, defeating the Armed Forces 25-20 in the opening game of the tournament, before topping Mr. Dís, 31-26, in its second game.
Jeremy Isenhower had a pair of three-run homers in a four-for-five performance and Bryson Baker was four-for-four with three RBIs in the opener for Long Haul. Long Haul pounded out 31 hits against Mr. Dís with Chris Larson hitting three homers to account for seven runs and Jason Branch driving in five in a perfect performance (5-for-5).
Long Haul, which has won ASA Class A titles in 2005, 2007 and 2009, will oppose Combat Laser Vision in one semi while FBI and the Spurs will meet in the other semi-final.
FBI advanced by beating the P-Town Boys, 28-11, in five innings collecting 30 hits to only 13 for the losers with first baseman Tim Bowser hitting a pair of homers in a perfect day (5-for-5) to account for seven runs.
FBI also won its second game on a run rule, defeating NW Combat, 30-15, collecting 32 hits to 20 for Combat. FBI trailed 7-3 after two innings before blowing open the game with a 15 run third inning. John Glidewell, Tim Howard and Zach Keene had four hits apiece for FBI.
Combat Laser Vision gained the semis by nipping Famous Sports/Johnny Blaze 33-32 in eight innings Saturday night for its second win. Wade Caseyís two-out single up the middle scored Joey Formosa with the deciding run in the bottom of the eighth. Combat Laser Vision trailed 32-25 before scoring seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings.
Dan Smith, which figured to contend for top honors, got surprised by Spurs/Nichols Transportation 41-40 on Bradley Clayís single in the bottom of the seventh inning. Spurs trailed 21-3 after the first inning but kept battling back and held a one run lead (40-39) going into the top of the seventh inning.
Smith, however, scored only once on Brett Helmerís triple to tie the game going into the bottom half of the inning. Chris Potts singled and Stephen Smitherman doubled to start the bottom of the seventh before Clay singled to right field for his fifth hit and the win.
After its come-from-behind win, Spurs defeated Tings Moving/HR Sports, 31-16, highlighted by a 12-run third inning to pull away. Spurs collected 34 hits to 21 for Tingís with Clay Smitherman (five-for-five, seven RBIs) and Chris Potts (five-for-five, six RBIs) leading the offense. Todd Cadenhead drove in six runs with three hits in four at-bats for the losers.
In earlier games Friday, Famous Sports/Johnny Blaze run-ruled the SWOK Outlaws, 30-13, in five innings, Combat Laser Vision won in four innings against Rent King/Ambush 40-13 and NW Combat took eight innings to defeat Pipac/TCP Easton, 21-16.
Game in the loserís bracket will begin Saturday morning at 8 a.m. with the double elimination competition concluding Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
MENíS CLASS B
BSM Sports of Deerfield, Fla. Powered through day one action taking a 2-0 advantage over Sonnyís Softball of Casper, Wy. In the Menís Class B Best-of-Five HCS Series. BSM will look for the sweep and the National title as both teams return on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Game 1 Ė BSM SPORTS 26 SONNYíS SOFTBALL 25
In the lone battle of east versus west for the weekend, the Menís Class B Division kicked off Friday morning with a 26 to 25 bottom of the seventh comeback victory for BSM Sports over Sonnyís Softball.
Sonnyís jumped on top with an early 2-0 lead before BSM dropped five runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 6 to 4 advantage. BSM continued on a roll scoring 12 runs in the bottom of the third inning but Sonnyís chipped away grabbing ten more in the third and fourth. Locked at 25-all in the sixth inning, BSM Sports captured the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh to take home the game 1 victory.
Zachery Anderson took charge at the plate for the winning BSM team tallying a 5-for-6 outing with three RBI. Jerry Molloy registered a team-leading four RBI for BSM. Sonnyís was led by Matt Overman who was 5-for-5 with six RBI and a home run while Alexis Ramirez was close behind going 4-for-5 with six RBI and a home run.
Game 2 Ė BSM SPORTS 28 SONNYíS SOFTBALL 24
In another back and forth battle, BSM came out on top in game No. 2 with a 28-24 victory by scoring 12 runs in the final two innings to take home the win. Both teams tallied 29 hits apiece as BSM was led by Brian Millstead who went 4-for-6 with seven RBI. Randy Vollmer was 4-for-5 with five RBI while Steve Allen added four RBI as well for the eastern champions.
Sonnyís started strong with an 8 to 0 lead and even led 15 to 6 after three innings, but BSM rallied for the comeback win. Sonnyís effort was led by Alexis Ramirez once again who was 4-for-5 with four RBI. Nick Robertson contributed five RBI with a 3-for-5 outing for the western representatives.
MENíS CLASS C RESULTS
Gas House/US Lawns (Toms River, N.J.) claimed the No. 1 seed in the Menís Class C division of the 2010 Hooters Championship Series (HCS) National Championship. In the first two pool play games, Gas House came up big, defeating Softball Express 23-13 and then topping Pope Transport/M&L/Commission/Shockers 24-14 but the gas ran out in Game 3, despite a four RBI performance from Jason Lerman, who had a three RBI blast in the fourth and an RBI double in the top of the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, after Carlos Vasquez tied the game with a two RBI double down the right field line, Ronnie Vasquez hit a walk off RBI single to give West Coast Blaze/Swegs/Sanchos/Easton a 12-11 victory over Gas House. R. Vasquez went 2-for-3 with an RBI but the team was led by Raymond Alvarez, who was a perfect 3-for-3 with three RBI. Carlos Vasquez also went 3-for-4 with two RBI.
The win ensured a third place seeding for West Coast Blaze, which went 2-1 with a 19-8 loss to Pope and a 25-1 win over Softball Express. Pope is seeded No. 2 while Softball Express is No. 4. Softball Express was defeated 25-1 by West Coast.
The top performer for Gas House in their first game was Tom Paturzo, who went an impressive 4-for-4 with six RBI, three coming from a homer in the fourth. Frank Murano led the team in their second game, going for 4-for-4 with five RBI, three from a home run in the first, and Willard Crawford also went 4-for-4 with three RBI, two from a double to right field in the third.
The Menís C continues Saturday with Gas House taking on Softball Express at 2 p.m. and Pope challenging West Coast at 3:30. The winning teams will play each other at 9:30 p.m. Also at 9:30 p.m., the losing teams will meet with the loser of that game being eliminated. The Championship will be held Sunday.
MENíS CLASS D RESULTS
Team Dynasty, with three wins in opening day, earned the No. 1 seed in the Menís D division of the HCS and will take on No. 4 seed JMS to begin its hunt for a Championship title on Saturday.
Team Dynasty opened play with a narrow 10-9 defeat of No.3 Oregon Outlaws. Team Dynasty held the advantage going into the seventh, leading the Outlaws 9-6. The Outlaws pushed Team Dynasty into the bottom of the seventh scoring three runs to tie the game. A single by Mike Blakeman scored the winning run for Dynasty. Jason Mercer led the Dynasty in the opening game going 2-for-3 with four RBI. Team Dynasty then coasted to the No.1 seed with a 15-4 win over Vinntrans/HIG and a 27-9 victory over JMS. Matt Easterday finished the day with nine RBI going 6-for-9 with six runs scored.
JMS, who will take on Team Dynasty at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, will look for its first win in the 2010 HCS after suffering three losses in opening day. In its closest game of the day, a 15-12 loss to the Oregon Outlaws, JMS held the lead through five innings before giving up the lead and three runs. In that outing Ronald Green was a perfect 4-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Mark Garland of the Oregon Outlaws was the go-to-man, accounting for 8 RBI and going 5-for-10 with four runs scored.
In the 2/3 matchup, No.2 Vinntrans/HIG will take on No.3 Oregon Outlaws at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Vinntrans/HIG recorded a 2-1 record in day one with its sole loss coming against No.1 Team Dynasty, a 15-5 defeat. Vinntrans/HIG cut an 8-0 lead to 8-4 in the third but Dynasty scored six runs in the bottom to take a commanding lead ultimately for the victory.
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