Brew Crew Upends Warning Track, 12-6 And 7-0, In 12th Annual Wayne Rust Memorial Mid-Summer Championship Silver “C” Division Finals At Expressway Park

Milford, Oh.—Brew Crew dropped its first game of the tournament, then battled back past six opponents, double-dipping Warning Track 12-6 and 7-0, to capture first place in the Silver “C” Division of the 12th Annual Wayne Rust Memorial Mid-Summer League Championship Series August 4-5 at Expressway Park.


Koogler Eyre Realtors had slapped Brew Crew with a 9-7 setback in their first game of the tournament.  But Brew Crew came storming through the losers’ bracket, ousting A & M Kreimer 13-3, By Golly’s 18-9, Eastside Express 9-7, and Kooger 28-9 to reach the finals.


The champions outscored their opponents by a combined 77-33 margin en route to the title.


Warning Track forfeited the second championship game due to injuries.


Solid team defense and an offense that boasted eleven players who batted .500 or better helped carry Brew Crew to the title, said player-manager Kevin Stouder.


“Our defense really stepped up,” said Stouder.  “We had an injury to one of our key players and one of our subs stepped up and filled in.  We also made a key substitution in pitching when our starter was struggling.  We worked together as a team and did the fundamental stuff, and base hit, and base hit, and base hit.”


Adam Greathouse, Kelman Johnson, and Jason Schneider anchored the defense, said Stouder.


“Adam (ss) and Kelman (2b) turned a lot of double plays,” said Stouder.  “They pulled some double plays out and made some tremendous catches up the middle and in the holes.”


Jason Schneider “stepped up tremendously to help us win one of our games when we had to play a three-man because we were short a player from an injury,” said Stouder.  “He hovered around centerfield almost better than some teams with two guys out there.”


Stouder paced the offense with a robust .823 performance.


“It was just luck,” insisted Stouder.  “It was just base shots.  I just tried to hit it where they weren’t, and that was the key.”


Adam Greathouse followed with a solid .742 effort.


“He’s a tremendous hitter who can hit it anywhere on the field,” said Stouder.  “He can find a weak spot on the defense, or if he wants to hit it to the fence he can, or if he just wants to poke it over somebody’s head, he can do that.  He’s an all-around solid player.”


Other hitting leaders included Charlie Sallee at .652, Mike Ballard at .594, Justin Kemp at .593, Darrin Brock at .567, Shawn Brehm at .547, Kelman Johnson at .541, Barry Cecil at .528, and Dusty Vinup and Jason Schneider at .500.


After falling to Koogler 9-7 in their opener, Brew Crew quickly evened their record with a 13-3, five-inning mercy-rule win over A & M Kreimer.  Brew Crew drew first blood with three runs in the top of the 1st on rbi singles by Darrin Brock and Shawn Brehm and an rbi double by Adam Greathouse.  That held up until Brew Crew blew the game open with seven in the 4th and three in the 5th.  Back-to-back two-run doubles by Kevin Stouder and Greathouse highlighted the 4th.


Greathouse and Brock were both perfect in three trips to the plate, and Stouder went 2-for-3.


Next Brew Crew jumped out to an 11-0 lead with seven in the 1st, two in the 2nd, and one in the 3rd and 4th, and never looked back in an 18-9 rout of By Golly’s.  Rbi doubles by Kelman Johnson, Adam Greathouse, Dusty Vinup and Justin Kemp, and a two-run shot by Darrin Brock accounted for six of their team’s seven runs in the 1st.  Greathouse collected another rbi with a triple in the 2nd.  The lead swelled to 11-0 on a Shawn Brehm sac fly in the 3rd, and a Kemp rbi single in the 4th.  Brew Crew added two more runs on a Jason Schneider double in the 5th, then closed out the scoring with five in the 7th with a two-run double by Kevin Stouder, an rbi double by Greathouse, and a two-run single by Schneider.


Greathouse and Mike Ballard both went 4-for-5, and Schneider chipped in with three hits.


Brew Crew needed a five-run 7th to rally past Eastside Express in game four.  Trailing 7-4 after Eastside had put up two in the bottom of the 5th and two in the 6th to erase a 4-3 deficit, Brew Crew got an rbi single from Kevin Stouder, then Darrin Brock launched a slammer to lift his club into the lead and make the final 9-7.


Stouder and Brock shared six hits for the winners.


That lifted Brew Crew into the losers’ bracket finals, where they used an eleven-run explosion in the top of the 1st and a ten-run outburst in the 4th to avenge their loss to Kooger with a convincing 28-9, four-inning trouncing.  The 1st featured rbi doubles by Adam Greathouse, Mike Ballard and Jason Schneider, a two-run double by Charlie Sallee, and a two-run Kelman Johnson blast.  Brew Crew tacked on three in the 2nd, then broke open a 14-8 contest with four in the 3rd and ten in the 4th.  A two-run Greathouse double was the big blow in the 3rd.  The 7th began with a sac fly by Kevin Stouder and ended with one from Johnson.  In between were seven rbi singles and an rbi double by Schneider.


Johnson, Greathouse and Sallee combined for a dozen hits to pace the offense.


That propelled Brew Crew into the finals against Warning Track, where the winners’ bracket champions held a tenuous 5-4 lead after five.  But in the top of the 6th, Brew Crew erupted for five runs, then tacked on three in the 7th, to pull away to a 12-6 rout.  Rbi doubles by Kevin Stouder and Darrin Brock and a two-run double by Barry Cecil highlighted the 6th, and Shawn Brehm delivered a big rbi double in the 7th.  Warning Track pushed across a run in the bottom of the 7th to make the final 12-6.


Stouder, Brock and Kelman Johnson collected three hits each to lead the champions.


Brew Crew manager Kevin Stouder said his team earned some “redemption” in their come-from-behind victory over Eastside Express.


“We had played them a couple of weeks ago in our Friday night leagues, and they had beat us up pretty bad.  So we tried to get some redemption,” said Stouder.  “It was a good, tough game for us.  We knew it was going to be tough and we actually ended up able to pull it out.”


Stouder called his team’s 28-9 beat-down of Koogler “returning the favor.


“They play in a Friday night league as well, and we knew it would be a tough game,” said Stouder.  “We figured it would be us and them in the championship game since we knew each other pretty well.  It just so happened we had to play them in the first game Saturday morning, and they put one on us.  So when we came back Sunday, we wanted to return the favor.”


Stouder credited his team’s high batting averages – eleven players hit between .500 and 823 – to just playing “relaxed.


“We just relaxed and went in and tried to have run instead of trying to win so hard,” said Stouder.  “We have a better outcome when we’re more relaxed.


“The core of this team has been playing together for seventeen years,” noted Stouder.  “We finished third the very first year they had the tournament, and we’ve struggled to get back ever since.  We just lucked out this year and came together when it was time after we had struggled in our league.  Our record was sub-par, so we just stepped up and pulled together as a team.”

Brew Crew dropped its first game of the tournament, then battled back past six opponents, double-dipping Warning Track 12-6 and 7-0 to capture first place in the Silver “C” Division of the 12th Annual Wayne Rust Memorial Mid-Summer League Championship Series August 4-5 at Expressway Park. Front row, left to right, are Kevin Stouder, Jason Schneider, Kelman Johnson, Dusty Vinup, Barry Cecil, and Mike Ballard. In the back row are Shawn Brehm, Justin Kemp, Charlie Sallee, Darrin Brock, Adam Greathouse, and Chris Gibson. Photo courtesy of Expressway Park.



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