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Team Steam/ Goodtimers/ @kjulius10 Escapes The Bar/KBI/New Construction, Double Dips Premier/Louisville Slugger To Capture Metro Level 2 Title At Rumpke Park

Crosby Township, Oh.— Team Steam/Goodtimers/@kjulius10 rallied for eleven runs in the bottom of the 6th to overcome a 14-5 deficit and stun The Bar/KBI/New Construction 16-15 in the losers’ bracket finals, then double-dipped Premier Services/Louisville Slugger 11-7 and 12-0 to capture first place in the Level 2 division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament July 29-August 3 at Rumpke Park.

 

Premier/Louisville Slugger had bested Team Steam 9-6 in the winners’ bracket finals early Saturday afternoon on the 3rd, but proved no match for Steam in the finals that night.  Steam built an 11-1 lead before Premier put up five runs in the bottom of the 6th in the first championship game.  Then in the second finals, pitcher Johnny Leep was a one man show, driving in five of his club’s twelve runs – including the first three on a bases-clearing double, while tossing a five-inning shutout to boot.

 

But the real story was Steam’s unlikely victory over The Bar in the losers’ bracket finals, when they exploded for eleven runs in the bottom of the 6th to erase a 14-5 deficit and take a 16-14 lead.  Then in the top of the 7th, The Bar got three, one-out singles to trim the deficit to one, then drew a walk to load the bases, only to have the next batter line out to pitcher Johnny Leep, who doubled the runner off 3rd to end the game.

 

Steam went 6-1 in the tournament, recording wins over The Bar 18-11 in their opener, American Trading 14-12 in game two, and Franklin Equipment 20-1 prior to dropping the 9-6 contest to Premier.

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Team Steam/Goodtimers/@kjulius manager Dave Steinmetz, left, accepts the championship trophy from Metro Tournament Official Jamie Erp.

 

The champions outscored their opponents 97-55 en route to the title.

 

The keys to winning the tournament, said Team Steam manager Dave Steinmetz, were “defense, timely hitting, and the ability to rely on your teammates to come through for you if you didn’t get the job done.

 

“We also have some veterans who have been through these tournaments before with coaches like Ken Hansel, and players like Brian Sandlin and Johnny Leep, as well as some of the younger guys who came through for us.”

 

Tournament MVP Ryan Busse (.679) and All-Tournament pick Bobby Noeth Jr. (.600) powered the offense.

 

“Ryan led us in hitting and was up there in rbi’s,” said Steinmetz.  “And he played outstanding defense in right field.  He had a real good tournament and carried us much of the way.

 

“Bobby Noeth Jr. played shortstop for us today and did a real good job, and he led us in home runs with five and also in rbi’s with eighteen,” said Steinmetz.

 

Joining Busse and Noeth on the All-Tournament team were Rick Parrott (.629), Dane Lantry (.609), Johnny Leep (.609), Nick Bibbins, and Brent Hopkins.

 

“Rick was named for his great defense playing the middle for us, and for his timely hits,” said Steinmetz.  “He was on base a lot and drove in some runs for us.  Dane Lantry is our leadoff hitter and he sets the table for us and he played a really good shortstop for us.  He had to play left field for us in a couple games today.  He’s just an all-around player.”

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Premier Services/Louisville Slugger manager Kevin Forwith, left, receives the runner-up trophy from Tournament Official Jamie Erp.

 

Johnny Leep “pitched an outstanding tournament the whole week,” said Steinmetz.

 

“He holds teams down to minimal runs and his hitting was also a big plus for us.  He was third in hitting and drove in some runs.”

 

Nick Bibbins and Brent Hopkins also shined on both sides of the ball, said Steinmetz.

 

“Nick played a real good 2nd base for us.  He made some nice plays out there.  And he had a lot of key hits and rbi’s,” said Steinmetz.  “And Brent is our centerfielder and plays excellent defense.  We ended up moving him into the leadoff role when Dane had to leave and he did a nice job for us getting on base and driving in some runs.”

 

Chris Lenhof chipped in with a .615 week.

 

A six-run 2nd, a five-run 3rd and a four-run 4th helped carry Team Steam past The Bar 18-11 in game one.  Bobby Noeth Jr. socked a three-run home run to erase a 1-0 deficit in the top of the 2nd.  Ryan Busse followed with an rbi double and Greg Laws added a two-run single.  Busse collected two more rbi’s with a triple in the 3rd, and Noeth belted another three-run bomb as Steam broke open a 6-4 contest and forged a 15-4 lead.  Steam tacked on three more in the 7th on the strength of a Brian Sandlin two-run double.

 

Nick Bibbins, Busse, Rick Parrott and Chris Lenhof each went 4-for-5 to pace the offense.

 

Next Team Steam jumped out to a 9-0 lead with one in the 1st, three in the 2nd and five in the 3rd, then staved off a late rally by American Trading to pull out a 14-12 victory.  Nick Bibbins had an rbi single to put his team on the board in the bottom of the 1st.  Chris Lenhof’s rbi triple was the big blow in the 2nd, while a two-run double by Brent Hopkins and a two-run shot by Bobby Noeth highlighted the 3rd.  American Trading answered with five in the top of the 4th, but Steam offset that with one in the bottom of the 5th on an rbi double by Rick Parrott, and four in the 6th with the help of a Ryan Busse solo shot.  American Trading erupted for seven runs in the top of the 7th to trim the deficit to 14-12 before running out of swings.

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Metro Tournament Official Jamie Erp, right, presents the tournament MVP award to Team Steam’s Ryan Busse.

 

Hopkins was perfect in four trips to the plate, and Dane Lantry and Brian Sandlin chipped in with three hits each.

 

Steam rolled past hapless Franklin Equipment 20-1 in five innings in game three.  Ryan Busse cracked a two-run homer to get the scoring underway in the top of the 1st.  A seven-run 2nd featured a bases-clearing triple by Brian Sandlin.  Busse went yard again with a solo shot, and Rick Parrott added a solo home run as the lead swelled to 12-1 in the 4th.  Steam delivered the knockout punch with an eight-run 5th.  A Sandlin two-run double and an rbi triple by Brent Hopkins accounted for three of their team’s eight runs.

 

Busse, Sandlin and Dane Lantry combined for a dozen hits, and Parrott, Chris Lenhof and Bob Noeth each went 3-for-4.

 

Team Steam should have saved some runs for the winners’ bracket finals, where Premier Services relegated the Northern Kentucky club to the losers’ bracket on the short end of a 9-6 score.  Premier broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the bottom of the 3rd, then outscored Steam 4-3 over the next three innings to emerge with a 9-6 victory.

 

That pitted Steam against The Bar in a re-match of their tournament opener, and this time The Bar appeared to have the upper hand, as they overcame a 4-3 3rd inning deficit with seven runs in the top of the 4th and four in the 6th to open up a 14-5 lead.  But Steam came roaring back in the bottom of the inning.  A pair of two-run singles – one by Nick Bibbins and another by Johnny Leep, and a two-run Brent Hopkins triple helped cut The Bar’s lead down to one at 14-13, then Rick Parrott singled in Hopkins with the tying run.  Bobby Noeth followed with a two-run shot and Steam was suddenly ahead by two.  The Bar threatened to re-take the lead in the top of the 7th, stringing together three consecutive one out singles to make it a 16-15 contest.  Then, after a Steam walk juiced the bases, the next batter lined out to pitcher Johnny Leep, who quickly doubled the runner off 3rd to preserve the win.

 

Nick Bibbins banged out four hits, and Leep, Hopkins and Robbie Lyday added three hits apiece.

 

Revenge was sweet and complete in the finals against Premier.  In game one, Steam used a five-run 1st and a five-run 5th to build a 10-1 lead and held on for the win.  Ryan Busse put his team on the board with a three-run bomb in the top of the 1st.  The 5th featured a two-run double by Brian Sandlin.  Sandlin contributed another rbi as the lead grew to 11-1 in the top of the 6th.  Premier rallied for five in the bottom of the 6th and one in the 7th to make the final respectable at 11-7.

 

Brent Hopkins pounded out four hits, and Sandlin and Rick Parrott each went 3-for-4.

 

The championship game was all Johnny Leep.  The eventual All-Tourney selection not only tossed a three-hit shutout, but also delivered a bases-clearing double to score the only runs Steam would need in the top of a four-run 1st.  Leep collected two more rbi’s as Steam tacked on five runs in the 2nd, then Robbie Lyday blasted a two-run homer in the 3rd and the rout was on.

 

Brian Sandlin had three hits, and Ryan Busse, Leep, Bobby Noeth, and Lyday shared eight to power the champions.

 

Getting past The Bar in the losers’ bracket proved to be the pivotal game of the week for Steam, said manager Dave Steinmetz.

 

“That was a heckuva game,” said Steinmetz.  “They jumped out to a big lead on us and had us down for six innings, but then we busted loose for the eleven runs.  They couldn’t get us out.”

 

The first championship game was “a well fought game,” said Steinmetz.

 

“It got a little tight when they battled back in the 6th.  Both pitchers pitched well.  Kevin (Premier pitcher Kevin Forwith) did a nice job for them.”

 

The second finals, however, was pretty much over after the first two innings, said Steinmetz.

 

“We pretty much just busted out on top in the first two innings and they just could not rally back.”

 

Steinmetz concluded by thanking Steam manager Ken Hansel and scorekeeper Kelly Seibel.

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Team Steam/Goodtimers/@kjulius10 double-dipped Premier Services/Louisville Slugger 11-7 and 12-0 to capture the Level 2 Division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament July 29-August 3 at Rumpke Ball Park. In the front row, left to right, are Brian Sandlin, Rick Parrott, Nick Bibbins, Brent Hopkins, Johnny Leep, Eric Hopkins and Alan Booth. In the back row are Metro Tournament Official Jamie Erp, Ryan Busse, Dave Steinmetz, Bobby Noeth Jr., Jeff Hardy, Robbie Lyday, Kellie Seibel and Metro Tournament official Curtis Miller. Missing: Dane Lantry, Greg Laws, Chris Lenhof, Kenny Hansel and Red Tucker.

 

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Premier Services/Louisville Slugger went 4-2 en route to a 2nd place finish in the Level 2 Division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament July 29August 3 at Rumpke Ball Park. Front row, left to right, are Aaron Brewster, Matt Hosterman, Alex Rulon, Brad Ballinger, Mike Snider, Jeff Thompson, and Kevin Forwith. In the back row are Metro Tournament Official Jamie Erp, Eric Johnson, Levi Studer, Chris Newberry, Rob Rockey, Jon Mulvihill, Donnie Taylor, and Metro Tournament official Curtis Miller.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

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