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Game #26 Recap

Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth 27

Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger 26 

The best game of the tournament was played under the worst conditions.

But a great show it was!

Backman came out of the gate firing on all cylinders as they got 2 run homers from Brian Rainwater, Sam Lopez, Kevin Rye, and LC Watson in the first inning and got a double play in the bottom of the inning for an 8-2 lead.  In the 2nd Resmondo closed the gap to 12-6 on homers by BJ Fulk and Jeremy Isenhower.  In the 3rd inninNeil Haglund hit a 2 run homer and Resmondo went 1-2-3 in the bottom half as a strong wind knocked down a couple of home run chances.  The game was played in pouring rain from start to finish.  The wind died though in the 4th and Backmans Kevin Rye hit a 2 run homer to put them up 18-8 after 4 innings. 

In the 5th Backman pushed the lead to 16 runs on a 2 run double from Sam Lopez and a 2 run homer from Dave Kessler.  This forced Resmondo to score at least 2 runs to keep the game going.  Clutch 2 out hits by Bubba Mack and Lee Powers kept the game going for Resmondo and then BJ Fulk hit a huge home run to extend the game 24-13.  Great defensive plays from Kevin Kennington and Kevin Rye held Resmondo from a big inning though.

In the 6th Backmans Neil Haglund hit a 2 run homer to make it 26-13.  In the bottom of the inning Resmondo had the biggest inning of the tournament.  In the pouring rain Lee Powers hit a 2 run homer and Greg Connell hit two 3 run homers in the inning, and Resmondo scored 14 runs to take a 1 run lead.  And two of the outs they made were a line drive that was knocked down and thrown out by Backman pitcher LC Watson, and a home run robbing catch by center fielder Kyle Cowart at the 400 foot mark!

In the bottom of the 7th a stunned Backman team was unable to score and although they put up an incredible fight and played their hearts out, still lost by 1 run.

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Bubba Mack fights the hard rain during his at bat

Backman put up a fight and the best game of the tournament

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Game #25 Recap

Laservision/H Auto/JJ’s/Easton 32

Precision/Easton 14 

Laservisions Scott Kirby

Laservision pounded Precision with a 14 run bottom of the first inning.  Then Precisions Chris Geron and Ryan Thiede each hit 2 run homers in the top of the 3rd in a 9 run outburst to close the lead to 12-19.  In the bottom of the 3rd inning Laservision got a line drive 3 run homer from Kevin Bazat to make it 22-12 and Laservision got 7 more runs and won 32-14 in a game that was actually a little closer than the score would indicate.  Laservision advances to the winner’s bracket championship game on Saturday night.

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Game #19 Recap

Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth 23

Line Drive Sportz 2 

It was all Resmondo in the nightcap.  Resmondo picther Andy Purcell induced multiple pop outs from the Line Drive Sportz lineup and when he didn’t get a popout he was helped by a great diving stops by shortstop Don Dedonatis Jr!  Offensively Resmondo was slow to start but got a 2 run homer from Jeremy Yates in the 2nd, a 3 run homer over the scoreboard in center field by Greg Connell (his 2nd scoreboard shot of the tournament), and Yates, Bubba Mack, and BJ Fulk added homers in the 3rd inning as Resmondo cruised to a 23-2 win.  Resmondo hit 6 HR in the 4 innings, Line Drive zero?  I have no highlites written down for Line Drive Sportz…Jason Branch was 2-2

Dedonatis makes another great diving stop

Line Drive’s Keith Anderson

Resmondos Jeremy Yates had multiple homers

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Game #20 Recap

Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger 22

Baugh Ford/Doeflinger/NatPawn/Easton 7 

Backman/Shoppe pounded Baugh Ford from the beginning with a 3 run homer from Neil Haglund in the top of the 1st.  Backman was the #5 seed and Baugh was the #4 and Baugh was a whopping 5-0 vs Backman on the season with most of those wins on baseball sized fields.  But Backman not only out homered Baugh and beat them 22-7 convincingly but they turned in some incredible defensive plays from middle infielder Kevin Kennington and left fielder Dave Kessler.  Kesler made both a great sliding catch and a great running catch into the fence.  Lucas for Baugh had the only real highlite with a 2 run homer in a game where the fans kept waitinf for a big inning out of Baugh that never came.

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JD Genter bats for Baugh Ford

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Game #18 Recap

Laservision/H Auto/JJ’s/Easton 27

Buzini/BWW/Miken 13 

Buzini and Laservision were tied after one inning of play 3-3.  Laservision getting theirs on crowd pleasing homers by Bryson Baker, Kevin Filby, and Scott Kirby.  In the 2nd inning Laservision powered their way to a 9-4 lead on homers by Dale Brungardt, and Travis Clark.  Brungardts hit the top of the 45 foot high score board in center field.  Jason Williams brought the score to within 7-9 with a Buzini 2 run homer in the top of the 3rd.  Travis Clark for Laservision gave them a 12-7 lead on a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 3rd.  In the 4th Brungardt added a 2 run homer to make it 16-7 Laservision.  Buzini, who fought hard all game scored 6 runs in the top of the 5th but just couldn’t catch a Laservision team that slowly pulled away to a 27-13 lead.
Travis Clark was 4-4 with 4 HR and 8 RBI.  Bryson Baker was 4-5 with 4 HR and 4 RBI for Laservision.  Laservision hit 18 home runs in the game.  Jason Williams was 4-4 with a homer and 3 RBI for Buzini and Kyle Pearson hit 3 long homers.

Buzini left fielder Brady Bascle couldn’t defend the 18 homer barage by Laservision

Steven Lloyd is playing

Buzinis Kyle Pearson peppered the scoreboard

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Game #17 Recap

Precision/Easton 21

Team Albicocco/The Scene/Easton 11 

 

Precisions SS Keith Laski makes another great diving stop

Precision used some solid base hitting to upset #3 seeded Albicocco 21-11.  Precision pitcher Andy Vitcak controlled the game from the beginning and was aided by another great defensive play by Keith Laski in the bottom of the 2nd inning.  The offense was consistent and helped by homers by Seth Burgmeier, Dan Kirkwood, and Chris Geron.  Precision scored every inning at least 2 runs!  Albicoccos only answer was outfielder Eric Beattie who was 2-3 with 2 homers and 5 RBI.  His second homer cut the Precision lead to 18-8 in the bottom of the 6th.  But Precision added a 2 run double by Bryan Porter in the 7th and held on easily to win.

Precisions Ryan Thiede collects a hit

Kirkwood finishes off Albicocco with a homer

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Albicoccos Orlando Castillo

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Game #5 Recap

Buzini/BWW/Miken 19 

Team Combat/Softball.com 4 

Buzini smoked Team Combat from the start with right fielder Colby Hughes hitting 2 homers.  Game was over before I could really get any pictures.

Rusty Bumgardner in his last World Series?

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Game #7 Recap

Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger 20

OI Livingston/Scotts/MWA/Worth 3 

Backman annihilated OI Livingston in both teams first game of the tournament.  Backman got 2 run homers from lefties Brian Rainwater, Dave Kessler, and Kyle Cowart in the bottom of the first to take a 7-1 lead.  In the bottom of the 2nd they added 2 run homers from Kennington and Kessler again to score 13 runs and win 20-3.  OI Livingston had just 4 hits in the game.

 

Backmans Brett McCollum and Jonathan Lenz

Scott brother

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Game #6 Recap

Line Drive Sportz/R&M Metals/Easton 14

Taylormade/TM Sports/Diamond&Ice/Mizuno 9 

Sal Formosa played SS for Line Drive Sportz, Cory Large in LF

Line Drive Sportz jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first on Taylormade on homers by Keith Anderson and Cory Boothe.  They added a 2 run homer by Jason Branch in the 2nd and a 2 run triple by big Joey Formosa in the 4th to lead 11-4.  Taylormade cut the lead to 14-7 in the top of the 6th on a Jackie Corn 2 run homer but Line Drive won 14-9 to advance to the quarter finals.  Line Drives Cory Large was lacing liners all over the field and was 4-4 with 4 runs scored.  Jason Branch and Cory Boothe both chipped in 2 homers.  Taylormades Jackie Corn was 3-3 with a homer and 4 RBI and Stacy Mizelle had 4 hits.

Cory Boothe hits another homer

 

Dustin Roberts and Jason Baxter hit back to back homers for Taylormade

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Game #3 Recap

Precision/Easton 19 – Red’s Astros 16 

Precisions Matt Rear collected 4 hits against Red’s Astros

Precision and Red’s Astros were locked in a 7 inning battle to start Thursdays action at the Major World Series.  Precision went up early with a 4-1 lead in the first inning.  Reds tied it at 4 in the top of the 2nd on an Andrew Collins homer but Matt Rear who was 4-5 with 3 homers and 5 RBI hit one over the “Helmer Wall” in right field to get the lead back for Precision.  Red’s Josh Riley who was 4-4 with 2 HR and 6 RBI hit a grand slam in the 5th to tie the game at 10-10.  The Red’s defense misplayed some tough chances the rest of the way and Precision used a 7 run 5th to separate and hold on and win 19-16.

Fog at the start of the 8 am game

Reds Astros Rob Roop line drive double

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