Schlake, Geiser, Bowman Lead Team Dynasty To Level 5 National Metro Title; Champions Brush Aside B.O.T.C For Overall Crown

Crosby Township, Oh.—Pitcher Alex Schlake held all seven of his team’s opponents to six runs or less, Eric Geiser batted .800, and Luke Bowman hit .732 and drove in 22 runs to lead Team Dynasty to a first place finish in the Level 5 National Division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament July 28-August 4 at Rumpke Ball Park.


Team Dynasty mercy-ruled Jocko’s Wolfpack 18-1 in five innings in the 2nd finals to finish the week with a 6-1 record.  Jocko’s had postponed Dynasty’s celebration temporarily with a 5-4 victory in the first championship game.  Dynasty had shelled the Wolfpack 22-2 in the winners’ bracket finals.


Previously, Dynasty had mowed down SSA BRATTVA 11-6, Team ABC 7-4, Black & Blue 10-3, and the Classics 7-3.  The champions outscored their opponents 79-24 en route to the title.


Dynasty went on to polish off American Division champion B.O.T.C. in a pair of six-inning games, 11-1 and 14-3, to capture the overall Level 5 title.


Scoring with two outs and team defense helped carry Dynasty to the title, said player-manager Jon Stewart.


Jocko’s Wolfpack manager Ron Jacimine, left, receives the runner-up trophy from Tournament Official Rick Miller.


“We had a lot of innings when we had men on with two outs, and somebody would come up with a clutch hit,” said Stewart.  “And we would take extra bases because we knew how important that was.


“Our defense was also key,” added Stewart.  “I would say we had under seven errors for the whole tournament, which is pretty good.”


Shortstop John George “was lockdown the entire tournament and helped turn seven or eight double plays,” said Stewart.  “And our outfield was amazing…probably the best in the tournament.  We shut down the gaps and only got burned one time.  Luke Bowman (lcf) was always talking and made sure everyone was lined up correctly.”


The pitching of Alex Schlake was also huge for Dynasty, said Stewart.


“He didn’t walk batters and give up any free bases.  He only gave up 24 runs in seven games, and we scored 79.  Other teams would be clobbering the ball before they would play us, and Alex would pop them up.  He always got ahead in the count and didn’t walk many batters,” said Stewart.


Eric Geiser paced the offense with a red-hot .800 performance.


“He’s been on fire all year,” said Stewart.  “He can place the ball wherever he wants.  He’s a left-handed hitter, and teams know he goes back-side, and they shift their defense and he still finds a hole somewhere.”


Casey Enderle followed Geiser with a .740 week.


“He’s a home run hitter, and for this tournament he had to change his swing and keep the ball down,” said Stewart.  “If the other team was playing a three-man, he hit the gaps.  And if they were playing a four-man, he would find a hole in the infield.  He was our designated hitter.  Whenever we needed a base hit, we knew we could count on him.”


Team Dynasty manager Jon Stewart, right, accepts the championship trophy from Metro Tournament Official Rick Miller.


Luke Bowman finished third on the team in hitting at .732, and led them in rbi’s with 22.


“He’s the best player on our team,” stated Stewart.  “This is the first year he’s played with us full time.  He’s a high energy guy who can hit the crap out of the ball.”


Leadoff hitter Lake Clevenger had a solid .625 tournament, while John George (.623) “had some timely rbi’s when we needed them the most,” noted Stewart.


Eleven unanswered runs from the 3rd through the 6th helped carry Team Dynasty past SSA Brattva/Bier House 11-6 in game one.  Back-to-back rbi doubles by Mitch Morgan and Lake Clevenger and an Eric Geiser rbi triple erased a 2-0 SSA lead in the top of the 3rd.  An inside-the-park home run by John George sparked a four-run 4th, then Alex Cole had an rbi double, and George an rbi single, as the lead swelled to 9-2 in the 5th.  Dynasty tacked on two more runs on rbi singles by Greg Mayhall and Alex Schlake.  SSA closed out the scoring with four runs in the bottom of the 7th.


Mayhall and Morgan banged out three hits each to lead the winners.


Next Dynasty took an early 5-0 lead over Team ABC with two runs in the 2nd and three in the 4th, then held on for a 7-4 victory.  Joe Stewart had an rbi single and Jon Stewart an rbi double to put their team on the board in the 2nd.  An rbi double by John Geiser and an rbi triple by John George were the big blows in the 4th.  ABC answered with two in the bottom of the 4th and one in the 5th and 6th to trim the deficit to one at 5-4, but Dynasty added a pair of insurance runs in the 7th on rbi doubles by Brad Harman and Greg Mayhall, then pitcher Alex Schlake held ABC at bay to preserve the win.


Joe Stewart collected four hits, and George and Joey Conrad each went 3-for-4.


Dynasty rolled past Black & Blue 10-3 in game three, using a two-run 4th and a four-run 5th to break open a 1-0 contest and seal an eventual 10-3 victory.  After Joe Stewart singled in a run in the top of the 2nd, John George delivered a big two-run double in the 4th and Dylan Foley and Jon Stewart each doubled in a run in the 5th.  Black & Blue cut the deficit to four with three in the bottom of the 5th, but Dynasty offset that with an rbi double from Joe Stewart in the 6th and rbi doubles by Mitch Morgan and Eric Geiser in the 7th to close out the scoring.


Metro Tournament Official Rick Miller, right, presents the tournament MVP award to Team Dynasty pitcher Alex Schlake.


Joe Stewart and Brian Harmon had two hits each in the win.


Team Dynasty and the Classics battled to a 3-3 stalemate through three innings of game four, but Dynasty eventually pulled away with two in the bottom of the 3rd and single runs in the 5th and 6th in a 7-3 victory.  Luke Bowman doubled in a run and scored on Alex Cole’s rbi single to break the tie and put his team ahead for good at 4-3 in the 3rd.  Lake Clevenger had an rbi single in the 5th, and Casey Enderle a sac fly in the 6th.


Bowman, Cole and John George shared six hits.


That lifted Team Dynasty into the winners’ bracket finals, where they turned in their best offensive showing of the tournament in a 22-2, four-inning rout of Jocko’s Wolfpack.  Rbi doubles by Casey Enderle and Greg Mayhall and a two-run double by Joey Conrad highlighted a seven-run 1st.  The lead quickly swelled to 12-0 with the help of an rbi double by John George and a two-run double by Brad Harmon in the 2nd.  Jocko’s got on the board with two in the top of the 3rd, but Dynasty answered with a two-run double by Lake Clevenger and rbi singles by Erik Geiser and Alex Cole to open up a fourteen-run spread.  A two-run sac fly by Luke Bowman, an rbi double by Conrad and a two-run single by Alex Schlake accounted for five runs as Dynasty invoked the mercy rule with six in the bottom of the 4th.


Clevenger was perfect in four trips to the plate, Geiser added three, and Dylan Foley chipped in with a 2-for-3 effort.


Jocko’s bounced back to dispose of Duebbers/Sieferts in the losers’ bracket finals, then surprised Team Dynasty 5-4 in the first championship game to avenge their lone setback.


But the wheels fell off the wagon in game two.  Dynasty opened up an early 5-0 lead with four in the 1st and one in the 2nd, then broke the game open with a nine-run 4th and a four-run 5th.  Luke Bowman’s two-run double ignited the scoring in the 1st, and Lake Clevenger delivered an rbi single in the 2nd.  Jocko’s pushed across a run in the top of the 4th, but in the bottom of the inning, Dynasty exploded for nine runs, then tacked on four in the 5th to end the game via the mercy rule.  The 4th was highlighted by a pair of two-run doubles, one by Clevenger and the other by John George, while the 5th featured an rbi triple by Bowman, and an rbi double by Alex Schlake.


Eric Geiser pounded out four hits, and Alex Cole, Bowman and Schlake combined for nine hits.


Dynasty manager Jon Stewart blamed his team’s Sunday morning 5-4 setback to Jocko’s in the first finals to a letdown following their big 22-2 victory in the winners’ bracket finals on Saturday night.


“When we played Saturday the atmosphere was great and all our guys were high energy and hitting the ball, and when we came out on Sunday, we were flat,” said Stewart.  “We thought we would steamroll them again but on Sunday morning, but they came out and beat us.”


But in the second finals, said Stewart, his team returned to what got them to the championship game.


“We knew coming off the loss that if we played our best softball, nobody could beat us,” said Stewart.  “We got together before the game and said, ‘let’s do what we’ve been doing all year and play with high energy and play defense and win.’”


Team Dynasty Mercies B.O.T.C. 11-1, 14-3 For Level 5 Metro Overall Title


Crosby Township, Oh.—Team Dynasty followed up their Level 5 National Division title on Sunday afternoon, August 4th, by overpowering American Division champion B.O.T.C. 11-1 and 14-3 in the best two-out-of-three series on Sunday evening to capture the overall Level 5 title.


Both games only lasted six innings.  Counting their last three games in the Level 5 National Metro Tourney, Dynasty wound up mercy-ruling four of their last five opponents.


Once again, the winners capitalized on the strong pitching efforts of National division MVP Alex Schlake and solid team defense, giving up only four runs in two games.


“We had never won any big time tournament before, so I just told the guys to keep calm and do what we had been doing all tournament,” said manager Jon Stewart.  “And if we played defense like we had been, we’d be tough to beat.  So we focused on defense.”


Eric Geiser and Casey Enderle, who had led Dynasty offensively with .800 and .740 averages, respectively, on route to their Level 5 National title, again paced the offense, going 6-for-6 (Geiser) and 5-for-6 (Enderle).


“That’s what he does,” said Stewart of Geiser’s 1.000 effort.  “He lives for moments like that.  When he has an opportunity to get a hit, he’ll do it.”


Enderle “just smoked the ball,” resulting in several rbi’s, said Stewart.


“A bunch of his hits were with runners on base and he wanted to get those runs in.”


Dynasty took an early 6-0 lead in game one on the strength of a two-run 1st and a four-run 3rd.  Lake Clevenger’s two-run single plated both of the runs in the 1st, while Alex Cole’s bases-clearing triple produced three of his team’s four runs in the 2nd.  B.O.T.C. answered with a run in the top of the 4th, but Dynasty got sac flies from Luke Bowman in the bottom of the 4th and Brad Harmon in the 5th to extend their lead to 8-1, then invoked the run rule in the 6th with a two-run single by Casey Enderle and a walk off single by Brad Harmon.


Eric Geiser and Clevenger shared six hits and Enderle chipped in two.


Next Dynasty jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after an inning and a half, then put B.O.T.C. away with seven runs in the top of the 6th.  John George doubled in both of his team’s two runs in the top of the 1st, while Greg Mayhall had a big two-run double in a four-run 2nd. B.O.T.C. rallied for three in the bottom of the 2nd, but Casey Enderle had an rbi triple in the top of the 3rd, then Dynasty broke the game open with seven runs in the 5th.  The inning was highlighted by an rbi double by Zak Curry and two-run doubles by Mayhall and Luke Bowman.


Erik Geiser, Curry and Enderle combined for nine his.


“This is really big for us,” summed up Dynasty’s Jon Stewart.  “It’s only our third year together as a team, and our second year participating in the Metro.  So winning a Metro so soon as young as we are – the oldest guy on our team is only 23 – is really exciting.  We’re looking forward to getting our name out there and playing a higher level of competition.”


Jocko’s Wolfpack went 6-2 en route to a runner-up finish in the Level 5 National Division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament July 28-August 4 at Rumpke Ball Park.



Team Dynasty went 6-1 to capture first place in the Level 5 National Division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament July 28-August 4 at Rumpke Park, then mercy-ruled Level 5 American Division champion B.O.T.C. 11-1 and 14-3 to bag the overall Level 5 title. In the front row, left to right, are Joe Conrad, Lake Clevenger, Jake Stewart, Dylan Foley, Erik Geiser, Dave Lane, Joe Stewart, and Jon Stewart. In the back row are Metro Tournament official Rick Miller, Zak Curry, Greg Mayhall, Alex Schlake, Alex Cole, John George, Brad Harmon, Luke Bowman, and Casey Enderle.










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