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Five Run 7th Lifts Total Package Express Past Tri-State Parking In Metro Level 5 American Finals; Pitching, Defense Carry Champions

Crosby Township, Oh.—Total Package Express rallied for five runs in the top of the 7th to overcome a 7-3 deficit and stun Tri-State Parking 8-7 in the championship game of the Level 5 American Division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament July 29-August 5 at Rumpke Ball Park.

 

Tri-State had just scored five runs of their own to break a 2-2 tie and take a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the 5th.

 

But Total Package Express pushed across a run in the top of the 6th, then erupted for five runs in the top of the 7th to pull out the win.  Tim Stickley’s rbi double plated Mark Janszen with the game winner.

 

The victory over Tri-State completed a five-game sweep by the champions, who outscored their opponents 55-26 en route to the title.

Metro Tournament Official Rick Miller, left, presents the runner-up trophy for the Level 5 American Division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament to Tri-State Parking manager Mike Hogue.

 

Total Package Express had previously disposed of Conservative Financial 10-4, Godbey Law 13-3, Moonshine GCCU 8-7, and Tri-State 16-5 in the winners’ bracket finals.

 

TPE manager Greg Brinkmann attributed his club’s title to “good defense, late scoring, a don’t quit attitude, and good pitching” by tournament MVP Jason Murphy.

 

“Jason pitched us out of a lot of jams with the bases loaded or two runners on and no outs,” said Brinkmann.

 

Infielders Andy Greer and Scott Spitznagel, outfielders Jason Herrmann and Mark Janszen, and pitcher Murphy anchored the defense.

 

“Our shortstop, Andy Greer, is just slick,” said Brinkmann.  “He made every play.  He’s a heady ball player.  And I don’t think Scott made any errors at 1st.  In our third game he made a diving grab down the 1st base line to win the game.”

 

Brinkmann called Jason Herrmann “a wreckless left-centerfielder who dives for everything.  And left-fielder Mark Janszen got to every ball.”

 

Jason Murphy “was pretty much a gold-glover at pitch,” said Brinkmann.

 

“He’s been around a long time and he has a good softball mind.  He knows where to be, whether covering 1st base or backing up throws from the outfield,” said Brinkmann.

Metro Tournament Official Rick Miller, right, presents the first place trophy for the Level 5 American Division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament to the Total Package Express coaching staff and sponsor. Left to right are coach Dan Herrmann, sponsor Joe Amareno, manager Greg Brinkmann and coach Chad Ploehs.

 

“In the finals he made a game-saving play in the bottom of the 7th,” recalled Brinkmann.  “Our left-centerfielder and right-centerfielder collided, and our left-centerfielder over-threw the cutoff man, and Jason ran to 2nd from pitchers’ mound to get the ball and made a diving tag on the runner, who was trying to stretch a single into a double.  That was probably the play of the tournament for us.  It was the second out of the 7th.”

 

Murphy was also tough to hit, holding five opponents to an average of five runs per game.  And in five games, he only allowed his opponents to score in eleven innings.

 

“He threw a lot of knuckle balls,” said Brinkmann.  “In the game that we run-ruled Tri-State Parking 16-5 in the winners’ bracket finals, he got ahead of the batters and made them swing.  That was a good defensive game for us.

 

“Jason was also our three-hole hitter and he batted .667,” noted Brinkmann.

 

Andy Greer (.750) and Tony Carvitti (.733) paced the offense.

 

“Andy is a solid line drive singles hitter,” said Brinkmann.  “He’s a new pick-up for us this year.  We didn’t know what to expect from him.  It’s only his second Metro.  Tony is a dead pull hitter.  He’s so strong that when he hits the ball, you just get out of the way.”

 

Other hitting leaders included Murphy at .667, Bobby Schultz and Mark Janszen at .632, and Eric Hamberg at .611.

Metro Tournament Official Rick Miller, left, presents the tournament MVP award for the Level 5 American Division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament to Jason Murphy of Total Package Express.

 

Late scoring helped carry Total Package Express past three of their opponents, including in game one when they rallied for seven runs in the top of the 6th to erase a 4-3 deficit and knock off Conservative Financial 10-4.  Tony Carvitti’s two-run double put his team ahead for good at 5-4.  Eric Hamberg followed with an rbi single, Scott Spitznagel delivered a two-run double, and Mike Chastang and Andy Greer each contributed an rbi single to cap off the inning.

 

Jason Murphy, Greer and Carvitti banged out three hits each to lead the offense.

 

Next TPE jumped out to a 5-0 lead over Godbey Law with two in the 1st and three in the 3rd, and never looked back in a 13-3 rout.  Bobby Schultz put his team on the board with a two-run single in the 1st.  The 3rd featured a Jason Murphy rbi single and another two-run single by Schultz.  TPE tacked on a run in the 4th on a Mike Chastang single, and another in the 5th as Schultz collected his third single and fifth rbi.  TPE then broke the game open with a six-run 7th that was highlighted by a two-run Jason Murphy single and a two-run double by Mark Janszen.  Godbey finally reached Murphy for three runs in the bottom of the 7th to avert the shutout.

 

Schultz was perfect in four trips to the plate, and Murphy and Andy Greer chipped in three hits each.

 

Total Package Express rallied for five runs in the 6th and one in the 7th to escape with an 8-7 victory over Moonshine GCCU in game three.  A two-run double by Tony Carvitti sparked TPE’s 6th.  Tim Stickley added an rbi single and Scott Spitznagel an rbi double to trim the lead down to one, then Brian Fulton singled home Spitznagel with the tying run.  Finally in the bottom of the 7th, Bobby Schultz singled with one out, took 2nd on a Moonshine miscue, then scored the game winner with the help of a single by Mark Janszen and a Moonshine throwing error.

 

Spitznagel, Murphy, Schultz, Carvitti and Janszen shared ten hits for the winners.

 

That lifted Total Package Express into the winners’ bracket finals, where they used a three-run 2nd to take a 6-5 lead, then erupted for six runs in the 4th and four in the 6th to mercy-rule Tri-State Parking 16-5 in five.  In the 2nd Jason Murphy doubled in two runs to knot the score at 5-5, then scored the go-ahead run on Tony Carvitti’s rbi single.  The 4th featured two-run singles by Eric Hamberg and Mark Janszen.  Hamberg struck for another two-run single in the 5th as TPE tacked on four more runs to close out the scoring and invoke the mercy-rule.

 

Pitcher Jason Murphy, who held Tri-State scoreless after the 1st, combined with Tony Carvitti for eight hits to pace the offense.  Jason Herrmann, Hamberg and Mike Chastang each went 3-for-4.

 

Tri-State bounced back to oust BLB Lawncare 10-5 in the losers’ bracket finals to earn a re-match with Total Package Express, and battled TPE to a 2-2 stalemate through four and a half innings in the championship game.  But in the bottom of the 5th, Tri-State erupted for five runs, and appeared poised to force the tournament to an “if” game.  But for the fourth time in five games, TPE’s bats came to life in the late innings to pull out the victory.

 

After pushing across a run in the top of the 6th to trim Tri-State’s lead down to 7-3, TPE rallied for five runs in the 7th to pull out an 8-7 win.  Jason Murphy’s rbi single sparked the rally.  Bobby Schultz followed with a two-run triple to cut the lead down to one, then scored the tying run on Mark Janszen’s rbi double.  That set the stage for Tim Stickley, who calmly stroked a one-out double into the right-centerfield gap to plate Janszen with the game winner.  Murphy then shut down Tri-State in the bottom of the inning to preserve the win.

 

Eric Hamberg pounded out four hits, Janszen added three, and Schultz and Stickley shared four to power the champions.

 

Total Package Express manager Greg Brinkmann credited TPE’s 8-7 win in game three to his opponent’ coming a bit unglued in the final inning.

 

“We had our head in the game and they kind of fell apart in the 7th,” recalled Brinkmann.  There was an infield error and an overthrow from left field.  We just played our game, and they got out of sorts on us.”

 

The 8-7 win over Tri-State in the finals “was just a good ball game,” said Brinkmann.

 

“We had run-ruled them in the winners’ bracket finals, but they came back and played hard against us.  But we just kept plugging away,” said Brinkmann.  “They were a good team, but we were better that game.”

 

To view final standings and tournament game scores, please paste the following url into your browser: http://www.allprosoftware.net/Cincysoftball/7/aptseventresults.htm

Total Package Express rallied for five runs in the top of the 7th to overcome a 7-3 deficit and stun Tri-State Parking 8-7 in the championship game of the Level 5 American Division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament July 29-August 5 at Rumpke Ball Park. Kneeling, left to right, are Dan Herrmann, Ken Stickley, Bobby Schultz, Chad Ploehs, Greg Brinkmann, Eric Hamberg, and Jason Herrmann. Standing are (sponsor) Joe Amareno, Scott Spitznagel, Mark Janszen, Andrew Martin, Brian Fulton, Jason Murphy, and Mike Chastang.

Tri-State Parking went 5-2 en route to a runner-up finish in the Men’s Level 5 American Division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament July 29-August 5 at Rumpke Ball Park.

 

 


 


 


 


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