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Volpenhein Brothers Electric Double-Dips Wild Flavors/Kentucky Shop 18-8, 11-7 In Industrial “Lower” Metro Finals At Rumpke Park

Crosby Township, Oh.– Volpenhein Brothers Electric tripped up Wild Flavors/Kentucky Shop 18-8 and 11-7 in a double finals to capture first place in the “Lower” division of the Cincinnati Metro Industrial Tournament July 13-14 at Rumpke Park.

 

Wild Flavors/Kentucky Shop had slapped a 12-2, five inning loss on Volpenhein Brothers in the winners’ bracket finals.  But Volpenhein roared out of the losers’ bracket, spanking Meyer Tool 16-10 prior to tripping up Wild Flavors 18-8 and 11-7.

 

The champions finished the weekend with a 5-1 record, disposing of Corken Steel 16-6 and San Mar 11-9 prior to their setback to Wild Flavors.

 

Volpenhein outscored their opponents 84-52, putting up double figures in all five of their wins, while holding their opponents to single digit scoring in four of their six contests.

Tony Fields, right, manager of Wild Flavors/Kentucky Shop, receives the runner-up trophy for the “Lower” division of the Cincinnati Metro Industrial Tournament from Tournament Director Danney Saylor.

Tony Fields, right, manager of Wild Flavors/Kentucky Shop, receives the runner-up trophy for the “Lower” division of the Cincinnati Metro Industrial Tournament from Tournament Director Danney Saylor.

 

The keys to winning the tournament, said player-manager Steve Volpenhein, were “scoring runs with two outs and our defense.

 

“When our defense let us down, the other team took advantage of it,” said Volpenhein.

 

Mike McKee and Volpenhein anchored the infield defense.

 

“Mike played well at 3rd and I played short,” said Volpenhein.  “We both had bad games when we lost 12-2.  Otherwise, we both played pretty good.”

 

Volpenhein said his entire outfield – Johnny Pasquale (l), Brad Bruns (lc), Curtis Volpenhein (r) and Brad Bruns (rc) – “played well,” and Scott Freeman “pitched well and played well on defense.”

 

Brian Bruns (.583, .833 OBA, 6 bb’s) and Freeman (.579, 2 HR’s) powered the offense.

 

“Brian would have been our team MVP,” said Volpenhein.  “He batted leadoff and got on base and that is what we needed.  He had six walks and fourteen hits.

 

“Scott was our team leader, being our pitcher and our seasoned veteran,” said Volpenhein.  “And he hit some big home runs when we needed them.”

Volpenhein Brothers Electric manager Steve Volpenhein, right, receives the championship trophy for the “Lower” division of the Cincinnati Metro Industrial Tournament from Tournament Director Danney Saylor.

Volpenhein Brothers Electric manager Steve Volpenhein, right, receives the championship trophy for the “Lower” division of the Cincinnati Metro Industrial Tournament from Tournament Director Danney Saylor.

 

Mike McKee chipped in with a .556 weekend.  Brad Bruns batted .769 and Johnny Pasquale .750 playing in three of their team’s six games.

 

Volpenhein used a ten-run 4th and a four-run 5th to overcome a 5-2 deficit and went on to mercy-rule Corken Steel 16-6 in five innings in game one.  Rbi doubles by Johnny Pasquale, Reace Morlock, Mike McKee and Steve Gabbard, and a three-run bomb by Matt Lawson accounted for seven of Volpenhein’s ten runs in the 4th.  Brian Bruns’ rbi triple capped off the 5th.

 

Bruns collected four hits in the contest, Pasquale added three and scored three runs, and Lawson went 2-for-4 along with his home run.

 

Volpenhein needed a four-run 5th to break a 7-7 tie, then held off San Mar 11-9 in game two.  Johnny Pasquale put his club ahead for good with a two-run double.  Brian Gall and Mike McKee followed with rbi singles.  San Mar rallied for two runs in the top of the 7th before running out of swings.

 

Pasquale belted a two-run home run in the contest and shared six hits with Brian Bruns.  Steve Volpenhein scored three runs and contributed two hits along with Gall.

 

That lifted Volpenhein into the winners’ bracket finals, where they were spanked handily 12-2 by Wild Flavors/Kentucky Shop in five.

 

The eventual champions stood only three innings from elimination in game four, where they trailed Meyer Tool 10-9 after four.  But Volpenhein rallied for four runs in the 5th and three in the 6th to emerge with a 16-10 victory and keep their title hopes alive.  Rbi singles by Mike McKee and Steve Gabbard quickly erased their team’s 10-9 deficit in the top of the 5th.  Kevin Rientjes and Brian Bruns each singled home an insurance run and gave Volpenhein a three run advantage.  Mike McKee’s two-run single closed out the scoring in the 6th.

 

Brad Bruns banged out four hits, and Scott Freeman belted a three-run homer and went 3-for-4 along with Brian Bruns.

 

The first championship game was pay-back time for Volpenhein, as they returned the favor for their humbling 12-2, five inning setback to Wild Flavors by mercy-ruling their opponent 18-8 on the strength of an eight run 3rd and a seven run 5th.  Brad Bruns’ slammer highlighted the 3rd, and Scott Freeman’s two-run double helped Volpenhein blow the game open in the 5th.

 

Brad Bruns was perfect in four at bats, while Brian Bruns and Freeman each went 3-for-4.

 

The outcome of the second finals wasn’t settled until Volpenhein’s final at bat, as they used a four-run outburst in the bottom of the 6th to break a 7-7 tie and emerge with an 11-7 victory.  Steve Volpenhein walked and scored the go-ahead run on a double by brother Curtis.  Brian Gall flew out, with Volpenhein advancing to 3rd, where he scored on a base hit by Mike McKee.  Reace Morlock followed with an rbi double, went to 3rd on Steve Gabbard’s fly out, then trotted home with the fourth run of the inning on a base hit by Kevin Rientjes.

 

Scott Freeman, who had a big three-run home run to erase a 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the 1st, shared four hits with Morlock to pace the champions.

 

“We knew we had to score some runs and hold them, and that’s what we did,” commented Volpenhein manager Steve Volpenhein about his team’s win in the second finals.  “And Curtis came through with that big double.”

 

Avenging Volpenhein’s only loss in the first championship game via the mercy-rule was “pretty sweet after they had run-ruled us the day before.

 

“We told them we’d see them in the championship game,” said Volpenhein, “and we did.  They thought we were a whole new team on Sunday, because we didn’t make any errors.”

 

Regarding his team’s humbling loss in the winners’ bracket finals, Volpenhein pointed out that “we played bad defense and made a lot of errors.”

 

Then early in the losers’ bracket against Meyer, Volpenhein said his team was “tired and came out flat.

 

“Then we started hitting the ball again.”

Wild Flavors/Kentucky Shop went 3-2 en route to a second place in the “Lower” division of the Cincinnati Metro Industrial Tournament July 13-14 at Rumpke Park.

Wild Flavors/Kentucky Shop went 3-2 en route to a second place in the “Lower” division of the Cincinnati Metro Industrial Tournament July 13-14 at Rumpke Park.

Volpenhein Brothers Electric upended Wild Flavors/Kentucky Shop 18-8 and 11-7 in a double finals to capture first place in the “Lower” division of the Cincinnati Metro Industrial Tournament July 13-14 at Rumpke Park.  Front row, left to right, are Brad Bruns, Kevin Rientjes, Curtis Volpenhein, Brian Gall, and Steve Volpenhein.  In the back row, left to right, are Danney Saylor, Mike McKee, Reace Morlock, Matt Lawson, Scott Freeman, Brian Bruns, and Steve Gabbard.

Volpenhein Brothers Electric upended Wild Flavors/Kentucky Shop 18-8 and 11-7 in a double finals to capture first place in the “Lower” division of the Cincinnati Metro Industrial Tournament July 13-14 at Rumpke Park. Front row, left to right, are Brad Bruns, Kevin Rientjes, Curtis Volpenhein, Brian Gall, and Steve Volpenhein. In the back row, left to right, are Danney Saylor, Mike McKee, Reace Morlock, Matt Lawson, Scott Freeman, Brian Bruns, and Steve Gabbard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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