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High-Scoring 3rd Street/ Weller/ Everlast/ Louisville Slugger Double Dips Fred’s Boys/ Louisville Slugger, Overpowers ASA Cincinnati Metro Elite Division

Crosby Township, Oh.—3rd Street/Weller/Everlast/Louisville Slugger rallied from a second round 20-18 setback to Fred’s Boys/Louisville Slugger to overpower a seven-team ASA Cincinnati Metro Elite Division, romping past Fred’s 27-7 and 23-10 in a double finals July 26-28 at Rumpke Ball Park.

 

3rd Street/Louisville Slugger went 6-1 en route to the championship, mercy-ruling all six of their victims.  3rd Street routed EAP 31-7 in their opener, then, after falling to Fred’s Boys, trampled Cincytropics 21-1, EAP 32-20, EMR/Schock Tile/BW/Plant Detail 32-12, and Fred’s 27-2 and 23-10.

 

In one of the most dominating Metro performances in recent memory, the champions averaged 26 runs per game, scored more then 30 runs four times, and beat four of their seven opponents by at least 20 runs per game.  In their six wins, 3rd Street won every game by at least a dozen runs.

 

The winners outscored their opponents by a combined 184-77 margin en route to the title.

ASA Cincinnati Metro Commissioner Dave Maury, right, congratulates Cincinnati Metro Elite Division tournament MVP Jayson Scott.

ASA Cincinnati Metro Commissioner Dave Maury, right, congratulates Cincinnati Metro Elite Division tournament MVP Jayson Scott.

 

“Big innings, contagious hitting, and excellent defense” were the keys to winning the title, said 3rd Street manager Robert Mahaffey.

 

“In four of our seven games, our big inning was the 2nd inning,” noted Mahaffey, whose team scored in double figures eight times.  3rd Street scored 13 runs in the 2nd inning against EAP in game one, 19 in the 2nd against EAP in game three, a dozen versus EMR in the losers’ bracket finals, and 17 in the first championship game against Fred’s.

 

“But more than anything else,” stressed Mahaffey, “we run-ruled every team except for the team we lost to, so it was our ability to put teams away.”

 

Defensively, Mahaffey said 3rd Street got solid performances from “all three outfielders,” as well as “several key defensive plays.

 

“We turned some double plays when we needed to,” pointed out Mahaffey, “including one to end the first inning of each championship game.”

 

3rd baseman Mike Reichert and pitcher Bob Noeth anchored the infield defense.

 

“Mike played an excellent 3rd base and shut down the hot corner, and Bobby fielded the middle and took away hits,” said Mahaffey.

 

“We also had a deep roster and had several guys who were very unselfish and very much positive about the team, so I thought that was a big key as well,” observed Mahaffey.

 

2nd baseman Jayson Scott (.800) was named tournament MVP.

 

“In the words of (3rd Street coach) Tom Richmond, he was our spark plug and leader both offensively and defensively.”

 

Joining Scott on the All-Tournament team were Dave Kessler (.889, 9 HR’s), Richie Jones (.815), Brad Tabler (.769, 8 HR’s) and Bob Noeth (.708).

 

“Dave only made three outs in seven games (24-for-27) in a tremendous hitting display, and he had nine home runs,” said Mahaffey.  “And Richie went 22-for-27 and just consistently got on base either behind a home run, or had big rbi-producing hits.  And all tournament long he took extra bases and just hustled like crazy.”

 

Brad Tabler “played the game the right way,” said Mahaffey.

 

“If a home run needed to be hit, he hit it, and if nobody was on base in front of him, he would get on base for the next guy.”

 

Bobby Noeth was named to the All-Tournament team “for his excellent pitching.

 

“He also hit .708 and had several big rally-sparking hits on Sunday,” said Mahaffey.

 

Other hitting leaders for 3rd Street included Drew Thieken (.767) and Jon Jamison (.593, 8 HR’s).  Tommy Stevens only played Sunday and batted .846.

 

3rd Street only batted three times in a 31-7 drubbing of EAP, exploding for 11 runs in the bottom of the 1st and 13 in the 2nd to seal the win.  Richie Jones’ two-run shot broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the 1st and put his club ahead for good at 7-5.  Ben Moerlein followed with a solo home run and Nick Masur capped off the inning with a three-run bomb.  A pair of three-run blasts – one by Mike Reichert and the other by Brad Tabler – plus a Jones slammer were the big blows in the 2nd.  3rd Street tacked on 7 in the 3rd on the strength of back-to-back two-run doubles by Mike Reichert and Jones.

 

Jayson Scott, who cracked a big two-run home run to help 3rd Street cut into a five-run deficit in the bottom of the 1st, went 4-for-4 along with Masur, Reichert and Jones.  Tabler and Kessler, whose solo home run tied the game in the 1st, chipped in three hits each.

 

Next 3rd Street jumped out to a 13-1 lead over Fred’s Boys after three, but Fred’s outscored 3rd Street 16-2 over the final three innings to stun the eventual champions 20-18.  Fred’s got a pair of big two-run home runs in the top of a six-run 7th – one from Scott Stigers to trim the deficit down to 17-16, and one from Bobby Noeth Jr. to break a 17-17 tie and put Fred’s on top to stay at 19-17.

 

3rd Street quickly righted their ship in a 21-1 spanking of Cincytropics in game two.  Brad Tabler’s two-run shot put his team on the board in the bottom of a five-run 1st, then added another two-run homer in a three-run 2nd.  Jayson Scott went solo and Bobby Noeth Sr. socked a two-run homer as the lead swelled to 14-1 in a six-run 3rd.  Drew Thieken’s walk off solo home run capped a seven-run 4th.

 

Thieken banged out four hits, and Rob Menke, who contributed a bases-clearing double prior to Thieken’s homer in the 4th, went 3-for-3 along with Scott and Kessler.

 

A 19-run 2nd and a 10-run 3rd helped carry 3rd Street to their second win over EAP in game five, as they shelled EAP 32-20 in five.  The 1st featured two-run shots from Richie Jones, Bobby Noeth and Jayson Scott, and a three-run homer by Dave Kessler to cap off the inning.  Jon Jamison got into the act with a three-run bomb in the 3rd.

 

Kessler, who also belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the 4th, collected five hits, and Ben Moerlein, Drew Thieken and Jamison combined for a dozen hits.

 

That lifted 3rd Street into the losers’ bracket finals, where they erupted for 10 runs in the bottom of the 3rd and 9 in the 4th to break open a 13-12 contest and subdue EMR 32-12.  After EMR took a 4-1 lead in the top of the 2nd, 3rd Street erupted for a dozen runs in the bottom of the 2nd, taking a 6-4 lead on a two-run single by Nick Masur.  Later in the inning Dave Kessler delivered a big-two run double, and Richie Jones belted a two-run homer.  Three-run bombs by Masur and Tommy Stevens accounted for six of their team’s 10 runs in the 3rd, then Masur struck again with a walk-off slammer in the 4th.

 

Masur drove in nine runs, and shared sixteen hits with Drew Thieken, Jones and Stevens.

 

A 6-run 1st and a 17-run 2nd helped 3rd Street avenge their 20-18 setback to Fred’s Boys in the first championship game.  Mike Reichert’s three-run homer highlighted the 1st.  Reichert and Tommy Stevens each contributed a two-run shot in the 2nd, and Brad Tabler launched a three-run bomb.  Then in a four-run 3rd Tabler sandwiched a two-run homer in between solo shots by Drew Thieken and Jon Jamison.  Fred’s pushed across two in the 2nd, two in the 3rd and three in the 4th to make the final 27-7.

 

Tabler drove in six runs and was perfect in four trips to the plate along with Thieken and Nick Masur.

 

3rd Street was poised to blow Fred’s off the field again in the second finals, as they jumped out to a 9-4 lead after four.  But Fred’s bats came alive in the top of the 5th, plating six runs to wrench away the lead at 10-9.  But in the bottom of the inning, 3rd Street used one of their patented double-figure innings – erupting for 14 runs – to invoke the mercy-rule.  Consecutive solo shots by Brad Tabler , Jon Jamison and Dave Kessler ignited the scoring and put their team ahead for good at 12-10.  Later in the inning Drew Thieken’s three-run homer made it a 17-10 game.  Finally Tommy Stevens’ ground-rule, two-run, walk-off double put 3rd Street ahead 23-10 and brought down the curtain.

 

Kessler and Jayson Scott pounded out four hits each to power the champions.  Thieken, Tabler, Richie Jones and Stevens each went 3-for-4.

 

3rd Street manager Robert Mahaffey called Fred’s Boys “a really solid team.

 

“We have struggled against them this year so far,” said Mahaffey.  “The big thing they have is team chemistry, which helps them when they want to put rallies together.”

 

Fred’s Boys’ 20-18 win might have been just the wake-up call 3rd Street needed in the tournament’s second round.

 

“We fell asleep,” summed up Mahaffey.  “It was 13-1 (3rd Street) after the 3rd and 16-4 after the 4th, so we fell asleep and didn’t put them away.  They scored 7 and we let them back in, and we only scored 2 after that.”

 

Mahaffey said he wanted his team to “make a statement” in the first championship game, and they did.

 

“When you come out of the losers’ bracket you need to make a statement in the first game, so we needed to come out and score a lot of runs,” explained Mahaffey.  “That can be demoralizing going into the ‘if’ game.  We came out and scored 17 runs in the 2nd inning, and that was huge and kind of kept them on their heels.”

 

Mahaffey said his team wasn’t concerned when Fred’s Boys stormed back with six runs in the top of the 5th in the second finals and took a 10-9 lead.

 

“At that point we were still in decent shape with home runs,” recalled Mahaffey.  “We had hit four and we got eight.  We knew when we came in from the field with the run-rule being 12, that if we could score 13, it would be over and we wouldn’t have to go back out into the field.”

 

Mahaffey said his team consists of “a good mix of veterans and some of our team from Team Cincinnati which finished 2nd in the ASA ‘A’ Nationals.

 

“Also, for a couple of our guys, including me, this was our first Metro and the first one is always special,” said Mahaffey.  “It was great to win Tom Richmond his first Metro on his birthday.”

 

Mahaffey concluded by thanking Rumpke Park manager Danney Saylor and ASA Commissioner Dave Maury.

 

“We also want to acknowledge and thank our sponsors, Dennis Turner with Louisville Slugger, Chris Weller with Wellers Services, and Ben Moerlein with Everlast Contracting,” said Mahaffey.

3rd Street/Weller/Everlast/Louisville Slugger double-dipped Fred’s Boys/Louisville Slugger 27-7 and 23-10 to capture first place in the ASA Cincinnati Metro “Elite” Division on July 28-30 at Rumpke Park.  Front row, left to right, are Drew Thieken, Richie Jones, Jamie Adams, Jayson Scott, Brian Lakes, Rob Menke, Bobby Noeth, and Nick Masur.  In the back row are Tom Richmond, Brandon Bellamy, Mike Reichert, Robert Mahaffey, Jon Jamison, Tommy Stevens, Dave Kessler, Brad Tabler, and Darren Walters.

3rd Street/Weller/Everlast/Louisville Slugger double-dipped Fred’s Boys/Louisville Slugger 27-7 and 23-10 to capture first place in the ASA Cincinnati Metro “Elite” Division on July 28-30 at Rumpke Park. Front row, left to right, are Drew Thieken, Richie Jones, Jamie Adams, Jayson Scott, Brian Lakes, Rob Menke, Bobby Noeth, and Nick Masur. In the back row are Tom Richmond, Brandon Bellamy, Mike Reichert, Robert Mahaffey, Jon Jamison, Tommy Stevens, Dave Kessler, Brad Tabler, and Darren Walters.

Fred’s Boys/Louisville Slugger went 2-2 en route to a 2nd place finish in the ASA Cincinnati Metro “Elite” Division on July 28-30 at Rumpke Park.

Fred’s Boys/Louisville Slugger went 2-2 en route to a 2nd place finish in the ASA Cincinnati Metro “Elite” Division on July 28-30 at Rumpke Park. Front row, left to right, are Bob Noeth Jr., Kevin Mell, Kris Mell, Justin Dick, Brad Bruns, Scott Wettengel, and Brandon Taylor. In the back are Tony Pompilio, Todd Roush, Jeremy Spears, Scott Stigers, Rick Spivey, and Ryan Langdon.

 

 

 

 

 

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