LaFamiglia Escapes Red Dragons, Romps Past Buffalo Wild Wings For Coed Upper Metro Title At Rumpke Park

Crosby Township, Oh.—LaFamiglia rallied for three runs in their final two at bats to overcome a 7-5 deficit and stun Red Dragons 8-7 in their first game, then went on to rout Buffalo Wild Wings 19-4 in the winners’ bracket finals and 15-9 in the championship game en route to a first place in the Coed Upper Division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament August 1-2 at Rumpke Ball Park.


LaFamiglia outscored Red Dragons 6-2 over the final three innings to survive their opener.  The eventual champions plated three runs in the bottom of the 5th to tie the game at 5-5.  Then, after Red Dragons answered with two runs in the top of the 6th to take a two-run lead at 7-5, LaFamiglia knotted the score again in the bottom of the inning on an rbi single by Katie Ciminowasielewski and an rbi triple by Sean Powell.  Finally in the bottom of the 7th, Bradney Ciminowasielewski scored the game winner on a Red Dragons misplay.


The winners then went on to brush aside Buffalo Wild Wings in their next two contests to claim the title with a perfect 3-0 record.


LaFamiglia outscored their three opponents by a combined 42-20 margin on their way to the championship.


Buffalo Wild Wings manager Steve Ricketts, left, receives the runner-up trophy from Tournament Official Rick Miller. Photo by Jenn Frey.


LaFamiglia manager Nikki Ciminowasielewski called her team’s victory a “team effort.


“Everybody was very pumped up and played as a team,” said Ciminowasielewski.  “We didn’t play as individuals.”


Pitching and defense were also keys, said Ciminowasielewski.


“Josh Benjamin was our pitcher and he only gave up ten earned runs the entire tournament,” noted Ciminowasielewski.  “Casey Moll played an incredible 2nd base for us, and Jared Cox played left-centerfield and caught one on the fence and dove for a couple, and got to some balls right behind shortstop that most people wouldn’t get to.  He’s extremely fast.”


Bradney Ciminowasielewski paced the offense with a near-perfect tournament, going 6-for-7 (.857).


“Bradney hits the ball well,” said Nikki Ciminowasielewski.  “He’s a left-handed hitter who hits the ball up the middle most of the time.  He had some good solid hits with several singles and doubles.”


LaFamiglia manager Nikki Ciminowasielewski, left, accepts the championship trophy from Metro Tournament Official Rick Miller. Photo by Jenn Frey.


Casey Moll turned in a .777 performance, going 7-for-9.


“Casey is always a good hitter.  He’s our leadoff hitter and he’s solid.  He only made two outs for the entire tournament,” said Ciminowasielewski.


Jared Cox chipped in with a .571 tournament.


“Jared is very fast, so just about anything he hits he gets on base.  He usually bats higher than that.  He’s just an all-around good hitter,” said Ciminowasielewski.


LsFamiglia needed to overcome a 5-2 deficit over the last three innings to pull out an 8-7 victory in game one, manufacturing the winning run in the bottom of the 7th on a Red Dragons miscue.  LaFamiglia rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 5th to knot the score at 5-5, only to have the Dragons pull ahead with two in the top of the 6th.  But Casey Moll doubled leading off the bottom of the 6th and scored on Katie Ciminowasielewski’s base hit to trim the deficit to one.  Then with two outs, Sean Powell tripled to plate Ciminowasielewski with the tying run.  Then after the Dragons put up a goose egg in the top of the 7th, Jen Laugle singled, but was thrown out at 3rd on a double by Bradney Ciminowasielewski.  Jake Conover followed with a base hit to right-center, and when Conover drew an ill-advised throw to 2nd, Ciminowasielewski raced home with the game winner.


Casey Moll banged out three hits, , and Bradney and Katie Ciminowasielewski and Sean Powell added two each for the winners.


That pitted LaFamiglia against Buffalo Wild Wings in the winners’ bracket finals, where LaFamigilia jumped out to a 14-0 lead on the strength of a twelve-run 1st and a two-run 2nd and went on to mercy-rule Wild Wings 19-4 in five.  The 1st featured two-run singles by Josh Benjamin, Jared Cox and Mike Laugle, and a two-run shot by Casey Moll.  Bradney Ciminowasielewski doubled in both runs in the 2nd.  Laugle and Katie Ciminowasielewski each doubled in a pair of runs in the 5th to close out the scoring.


Cox collected three hits, and Bradney and Katie Ciminowasielewski, Moll and Laugle shared eight.


Buffalo Wild Wings bounced back to dispose of Red Dragons in the losers’ bracket finals, and held an early 2-1 lead after an inning and a half in the championship game.  But LaFamiglia put up thirteen unanswered runs over the next three innings to seal an eventual 15-9 victory.  After an rbi single by Bradney Ciminowasielewski knotted the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the 2nd, Jared Cox walked to force in the go-ahead run.  Mike Laugle followed with an rbi single to give his club a 4-2 advantage.  LaFamiglia stretched the lead to 8-2 on rbi singles by Amy Schweinefus, Josh, Helena Benjamin and Jen Laugle in the 3rd.  LaFamiglia then broke the game open with six in the 4th.  An rbi double by Casey Moll and a three-run bomb by Sean Powell highlighted the inning.  Buffalo Wild Wings rallied for four in the 5th and three in the 6th to draw to within five at 14-9, but failed to score in the 7th.  Josh Benjamin’s rbi single closed out the scoring in the bottom of the 6th.


Moll and Bradney Ciminowasielewski combined for four hits to power the champions.  Amy Schweinefus chipped in with a single and three bases on balls.


Getting past Red Dragons in game one proved to be the pivotal game of the tournament, said LaFamiglia manager Nikki Ciminowasielewski.


“It was the first game of the night, and we all just came from work, and we didn’t hit well and they didn’t hit well either,” said Ciminowasielewski.  “We expected that to be a high scoring game.  It was our most fun game of the entire tournament.  We like that team and we like to play them.


“Buffalo Wild Wings didn’t give us any trouble after that,” noted Ciminowasielewski.  “We made an error or we would have run-ruled them in the championship game too.


“We had a great time,” summed up Ciminowasielewski.  “It was the first time we ever played in the Metro and we really liked it and will definitely do it again.”

Buffalo Wild Wings went 1-2 en route to a 2nd place finish in the Coed Upper Division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament August 2-3 at Rumpke Ball Park. Photo by Jenn Frey.

Buffalo Wild Wings went 1-2 en route to a 2nd place finish in the Coed Upper Division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament August 2-3 at Rumpke Ball Park. Photo by Jenn Frey.


LaFamiglia polished off Buffalo Wild Wings 15-9 in the championship game to complete a three-game sweep of the Coed Upper Division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament August 2-3 at Rumpke Ball Park. In the front row, left to right, are Metro Tournament Official Rick Miller, Jen Laugle, Nikki Ciminowasielewski, Katie Ciminowasielewski, Helena Benjamin, Amy Schweinfus, and Tournament Official Curtis Miller. In the back row are Jake Conover, Sean Powell, Jared Cox, Mike Laugle, Bradney Ciminowasielewski, Casey Moll, and Josh Benjamin. Not Pictured Hayley South. Photo by Jenn Frey.











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