OKLAHOMA CITY - The ASA Womenís Open and Hooters Championship Series (HCS) Menís B National Championships were decided in a commanding fashion Saturday while three National Champions will be decided Sunday at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City, Okla. Two teams from Florida were victorious with Enough Said capturing the Womenís Open and BSM taking the Menís Class B title.
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BSM Sports of Deerfield Beach, Fla. Claims ASA Menís Class B title
Eastern Champions BSM Sports of Deerfield, Fla., completed a three-game sweep of Sonnyís Softball (Casper, Wy.) Saturday, claiming the Menís Class B title with a decisive 21 to 11 run-rule victory. A best-of-five series, BSM was led by Most Valuable Player pitcher Jerry Molloy (Orlando, Fla.) who tossed all three victories for the National Champions. Shortstop Randy Vollmer (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) tallied a strong weekend offensive performance for BSM batting .733 (11-for-15) with 10 RBI and 11 runs scored.
ďIt feels great to be the MVP of this tournament but I couldnít do it without all of the guys behind me. I wouldnít be possible without them. Iím very proud of our team for the great effort that we all put into becoming National Champions,Ē Molloy said. ďI think this is the best softball tournament in the country. I will 100-percent be back here going for another National Championship next year. I wouldnít miss it.Ē
With a 2-0 series lead after Fridayís play, BSM opened the Championship Game with a combined 18 runs in the first two innings and never looked back. Sonnyís tried to chip away at the BSM lead but failed as the defense of the eventual champions prevailed for the title.
BSMís Chad Durick (Fort Pierce, Fla.) and Steve Allen each tallied two home runs apiece and five RBI while extra hitter Randy Burnett led the way with a 4-for-4 performance. Four BSM players saw double-digit RBI totals for the weekend with Brian Millstead (Jacksonville, Fla.) leading the group with 12.
For Sonnyís, every player contributed a hit in the loss and Manny Liriano (Casper, Wy.) finished 3-for-3 with two RBI.
With the sweep, the East reclaimed the bragging rights in the Menís Class B after Western Champs Tharaldson Enterprises (Fargo, ND) won the 2009 title.
Enough Said Wins Womenís Open For Second Consecutive Year
Enough Said went undefeated with a 3-0 record to claim the ASA Womenís Open National Championship title defeating Derby Girls/Combat (3-2), 12-4, in the title game. Enough Said worked its way through the winnerís bracket with two wins against Derby Girls, the Championship victory and 18-7 victory, and a 7-5 win over Armed Forces.
Enough Said earned its spot in the Championship Game after defeating Armed Forces 7-5. Armed Forces and Derby Girls/Combat then met up to avoid elimination and earn a spot in the title game.
Derby Girls staved off elimination defeating the Armed Forces 18-15. The Derby Girls took an early 11-2 lead in the first and would hold the lead the entire game. The Armed Forces wouldnít go down without a fight scoring four runs in the top of the seventh to threaten but the Derby Girls held their lead for the win. Misty Smith of the Derby Girls was 2-for-3 with four RBI to lead the team. With a victory, the Derby Girls moved on to face Enough Said for the Championship game.
Enough Said and Derby Girls both put a run up in the first with Enough Said scoring three more in the third to take the lead of which they would never give up. It looked like the Derby Girls would cut the lead in the sixth when they loaded up the bases. However a fly out left runners stranded.
Enough Said scored three unanswered runs in the top of the seventh to take away a 12-4 victory and National Championship performance for the second consecutive year. Nikki Hall, who was later named the Batting Champion, was ecstatic about the weekend and very thankful to her teammate, coach and the ASA. Hall finished the tournament 9-for-11 with six runs scored and five RBI, hitting .818.
ďThe chemistry of our team is the key to our success,Ē Hall said. ďWeíve never let each other down and we always pick each other up. Thatís the key to our success. I am just so surprised by my success this weekend. I have been in slump the past three tournaments and what better time to perform than the ASA nationals. Everything worked out so well and I am just so appreciative. I cannot even express how great it is. I want ot give out hugs to the organization, my coaches and teammates. Mostly my teammates who I owe it all to. They have picked me up my entire season and I have to thank them for everything. It was a great and one-of-a-kind experience. I canít thank everyone enough.Ē
After the Championship Game, All-Americans and individual honors were announced. Four teams placed athletes on the All-American team with Enough Said leading the way with six All-Americans.
2010 Womenís Open First Team All-American
IF Christian Camp, Armed Forces
IF Nikki Hall, Enough Said
IF Christian Dowling, Derby Girls
IF Stacie Symonds, Enough Said
OF Shannika Taylor, Armed Forces
OF Tracy Bougere, Enough Said
OF Aree Jenkins, Enough Said
OF Jessie Griffin, Enough Said
UT Jamie McCoy, LOA
UT Misty Smith, Derby Girls
UT Diana Williams, Enough Said
C Erin Brown, Derby Girls
P Deb Tix, Derby Girls
HR Champion Christan Dowling, Derby Girls (5 HR)
Batting Champion Nikki Hall, Enough Said (.818)
MVP Nikki Hall, Enough Said
For all box scores of the Womenís Open and some archived video of the game, log on to www.asasoftball.com/tournaments/womensOpenSP.asp
ASA Menís A Field Narrowed to Three For Final Day of Competition
Three teams out of an original field of 15 remain in contention for the ASA Menís Class A Slow Pitch National Championship after 15 games were played Saturday at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
Still alive and undefeated in the winnerís bracket is defending champ Long Haul (4-0), which dropped FBI/Gametime Supply into the loserís bracket 34-12 in five innings Saturday night for its first loss in four games. FBI will play Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. against Dan/Smith/Menosse/Shirts & Logos who defeated NW Combat, 47-33, in the final game of the day that went into early Sunday. The winner will need to defeat Long Haul twice for the championship. The Championship Game will follow the loserís bracket final at about 9:30 a.m.
Tied twice at 5-5 and then again at 6-6, Long Haul pulled away from FBI scoring 11 runs in the fourth and eight in the fifth while FBI was blanked in two of five innings and collected only 15 hits. Long Haul had 30 hits with Jeremy Isenhower (3-for-5), Adam Rockoff (2-for-4) and Brett McCollum (4-for-5) having five RBIs apiece for Long Haul. In the semi-finals, Long Haul sent Combat Laser Vision into the loserís bracket 28-8 (four innings) jumping out to an early 12-0 lead and collecting 31 hits. Bryson Baker drove in five runs for Long Haul in a perfect performance (four-for-four). The loss dropped Combat Laser Vision into the loserís bracket where it lost to NW Combat, 35-19, to finish 2-2.
Long Haul, which has won three ASA Class A titles, went undefeated in this event last year and has won its last eight games in this competition. Since 2005, Long Haul has compiled a record of 25-4 in this event, winning titles in 2005, 2007 and 2009 and finishing fourth in 2008 and runner-up in 2006.
FBI advanced to the winnerís bracket final by defeating Spurs/Nichols Transport, 27-21, in the other semi-final. The Spurs were eliminated in the loserís bracket, getting demolished by Dan Smith 61-11 in four innings. The Spurs (2-2) had sent Dan Smith into the loserís bracket 41-40 in its opening game on Friday.
Elimination Saturday in the loserís bracket started with five teams sent home including P-Town Boys, losing to Pipac/TCP Easton 29-11, ChecKing/Worth beaten 34-27 by Dan Smith, Rent King/Ambush, losing by three to the SW OK Outlaws, 26-23, the Armed Forces dropping a 34-6 decision to NW Combat and Mr. Dís sending Pipac/TCP/ Easton home, 28-20. Pipac finished 1-2 with the other losing teams winless in two games.
The SW Oklahoma Outlaws also left the tourney at 1-2 losing to Tingís Moving/HR Sports, 24-1, in four innings to start the Saturday afternoon elimination games in becoming the sixth team eliminated.
Famous Sports/Johnny Blaze, which lost in eight innings to Combat/Laser Vision, 33-32, Friday night, were sent home by Dan Smith/Menosse, 26-22, and finished 1-2 in becoming the seventh team eliminated.
Brian Wegmanís three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh eliminated Mr. Dís 18-15 as Dan Smith continued to advance through the loserís bracket. Mr. Dís finished 1-2 in becoming the eighth team eliminated. Dan Smith improved to 3-1 after its opening game loss on Friday to Spurs/Nichols,41-40.
Tingís Moving/HR Sports lost 28-22 to NW Combat and finished with a 2-2 record and the ninth team eliminated.
No.1 Seed Eliminated In Menís C; Three-seed In Championship Game
In the Menís Class C tournament, No. 1 seed Gas House/US Lawns was eliminated from the competition after losing two games Saturday. Gas House lost 12-2 to No. 4 Softball Express then fell 16-6 to No. 2 Pope Transport/M&L/Commission/Shockers. With two wins, third seeded West Coast Blaze/Swegs/Sanchos/Easton awaits the winner of the Pope Transport and Softball Express semifinal, to be played at 8 a.m. Sunday.
Behind a three RBI performance from Rego Nieto, who went 2-for-2 with one run scored, West Coast defeated Pope Transport 9-2. In the sixth, Nieto hit a two run blast to right field, scoring Ricky Hoy, who singled to centerfield then advanced on the throw. Hoy contributed two RBI with the single.
Despite an eight RBI performance from Softball Expressí Ricky Hayes, who had a grand slam home run and a three run homer, West Coast escaped the nightcap with an 18-17.
Cory Trepanier led Pope in their nightcap with four RBI, three coming from a homer to left center in the third. Pope Transport was also led by Daniel Jordan, 4-for-4 with three runs scored, Ryan Kvasnicka, 4-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI, and Steven Briggs, who went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI.
Vinntrans/HIG One Win Away From National Championship Title
No. 2 Vinntrans/HIG secured a spot in the Menís Class D National Championship final on Sunday by beating No. 3 Oregon Outlaws 24-1 and Team Dynasty/G4G, the No. 1 seed, 15-14. With the wins, Vinntrans improved to 4-1, and the team now awaits the winner of the Outlaws and Team Dynasty 8 a.m. semifinal. The Championship is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
JMS was eliminated from the tournament Saturday after falling to Vinntrans and then losing to the Outlaws 8-4. The team out of Vernon, Ala., finished without a win in Oklahoma City after advancing to the National Championship from the Southern region.
In the matchup between the top seeds, a bottom of the seventh inning rally from Vinntrans made the difference, with an offensive outburst that allowed the No. 2 seed to erase the 14-9 lead that Team Dynasty had. After a two RBI double from Craig Arrington and Patrick Arrington added an RBI double, Brett Walker singled through the right side to score P. Arrington and Butler scored, making it a 14-14 game.
A Jason Walker double through the left side scored B. Walker, the winning run for Vinntrans. The game, which saw a seven running second inning and a six run seventh, marked the first loss for Team Dynasty (4-1).
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