Dale Powers K & G/Red’s Boys/Astros/Sports Den/Belly’s/TPS To NSA Super Open Title In Cookesville
Cookesville, Tn.—Travis Dale batted .889 with four home runs and fourteen rbi’s to power K & G/Red’s Boys/Astros/Sports Den/Belly’s/TPS to a first place finish in the NSA Super Open World Tournament September 11th in Cookesville, Tn.
K & G/TPS mercy-ruled DLB/Sport PT 33-9 in the championship game to complete a four game sweep of the 12-team field. DLB lost its first game of the tournament to K & G 30-24, then battled all the way back through the losers’ bracket to earn a re-match with the eventual champions.
K & G also defeated RBI/Construct All 20-8 in the second round, and CA/Construct All 22-14 in the winners’ bracket finals.
The champions averaged 26 runs per game en route to the title, outscoring their opponents by a combined 105-55 margin.
DLB/Sport PT was the team to beat, said K & G/TPS’ sponsor-manager Robert “Red” Moore.
“They had Dan Smith’s 1st baseman and two or three other major players on the team,” noted Moore. “And they were the team to beat. I talked with our players before our first game against them, and bragged on their defense and offense, and we scored 23 runs in the first three innings and that set the tone and showed them we had come to play.”
“Then in the championship game, they saw that we were just hitting well and we were going to be hard to beat. We also played excellent defense. I don’t think we made a true error all weekend,” Moore added.
Moore said his team simply “peaked at the right time.
“All teams play a little better at one time or another during the year, and we just played well together and peaked at the right time.”
Tournament MVP honors went to Travis Dale, who led K & G in hitting at .889, and runs scored and rbi’s with fourteen. He also shared home run leadership with four.
“He played both ends,” said Moore. “He did a tremendous job on defense and led us in hitting. He’s actually our shortstop, but our old legs we had to run him out to centerfield.”
Other all-tournament selections included Wes Smith (.875), Tony Henry (.647), Joe Napier (.800), John Steele (.667) and Randy Lawson (.529).
“Wes has done everything we’ve asked of him for the last month,” said Moore. “If you need a base hit in the gap he’s done that, or if you need a home run, he’s done that.
“Tony Henry just keeps amazing everybody at 44. He’s running down everything in left field and he’s an exceptional hitter. And he will give himself up and get a base hit for you until a home run is needed,” continued Moore.
“Joe is a utility player and pitches and plays 3rd base and the outfield and does what ever he’s asked. Johnny Steele is a player we all look up to and he just keeps base hitting. Randy Lawson pitched an exceptional tournament, played great defense up the middle and hit well for us,” added Moore.
Defensively Tony Henry and Travis Dale stood out in the outfield, and Fred Lawson in the infield.
“In the first inning of the championship game, Tony and Dale both made diving catches to take away base hits from the other team, and that set the tone,” said Moore. “And Fred had an exceptionally good tournament at shortstop.”
K & G scored in every inning as they outlasted DLB/Sport PT 30-24 in their opener. After DLB put up five in the top of the 1st, K & G exploded for 22 runs over the next three innings to forge a 22-9 lead and never looked back. Wes Smith put K & G ahead to stay at 6-5 with a two-run single in the 1st. Dennis Buis capped off the inning with a two-run shot to make 8-5. Rodney Falls cracked a three-run homer to cap off a seven-run 2nd. Then in the 3rd Travis Dale launched a three-run blast, Jan Moss followed with a two-run homer, and Tony Henry went solo to account for six of their team’s seven runs. K & G tacked on a single run in the 4th, three more in the 5th on a Moss solo and a Buis two-run belt, and four in the 6th on a Dale slammer.
Bruce Hacker, Dale and Smith banged out four hits each, and Henry and Buis chipped in with a 3-for-4 effort.
Next K & G scored eleven-unanswered runs with four in the 3rd and 4th and three in the 5th to break open a 6-6 contest with RBI/Construct All and coasted to an easy 20-8 victory. Travis Dale’s two-run, inside-the-park home run put K & G ahead to stay at 8-6 in the 3rd. Brad Jones followed with a sac fly and Wes Smith added an rbi double. K & G’s lead swelled to 14-6 in the 4th on the strength of a two-run double by Fred Lawson, an rbi double by Dale and a Tony Henry rbi single. A two-run John Steele double and rbi single by Bruce Hacker produced three more runs in the 5th. Then Brad Jones doubled home a run and Smith smacked a two-run shot in the 6th to close out the scoring.
Dale and Smith were both perfect in four at bats, and Steele and Fred Lawson added three apiece to pace the offense.
K & G needed a nine-run outburst in the top of the 5th to overcome a 13-8 deficit against CA/Construct All in the winners’ bracket finals, then added five in the 7th to pull out a 22-14 victory. Following a two-run John Steele home run and an rbi single by Tony Henry, Jan Moss and Rodney Falls connected on back-to-back three-run blasts to lift their team into a 17-13 lead. Consecutive solo home runs by Travis Dale, Henry and Smith, and rbi doubles by Falls and Joey Napier accounted for K & G’s five runs in the 7th.
Dale collected four hits, and Smith, Henry and Napier each went 3-for-4.
After jumping out to a 10-0 lead with two in the 1st and eight in the 2nd, K & G broke open the finals with ten in the 3rd and ten in the 5th. Rbi singles by Jan Moss and Brad Jones put K & G on the board in the top of the 1st. John Steele clubbed a grand slam, Travis Dale followed with a two-run double, and Tony Henry swatted a two-run homer to make it 10-0 in the top of the 2nd. DLB’s bats came to live in the bottom of the inning with seven run, but K & G answered with ten to build a 20-7 lead. Rodney Falls and Tony Henry both contributed three-run home runs and Bruce Hacker a two-run shot in the inning. After tacking on three in the 4th, K & G closed out the scoring with ten in the 5th. A three-run homer by Jones, a pinch-hit three-run shot by Dennis Buis, and a two-run belt by Fred Lawson highlighted the inning.
Dale, Lawson, Hacker, Rodney Falls and Joey Napier pounded out four hits each to power the champions. Wes Smith and Steele added three apiece.
“This was our second World Tournament win and we won both championship games by a 33-9 score,” noted K & G’s Red Moore. “We were not 24 runs better than either of those teams, but it’s hard to come back against a team on a roll going through the winners’ bracket.
“We congratulate both teams. They were excellent opponents.”
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