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Late Rallies Lift Rack Pack Past SSADD 12-11 In Lower Coed Metro Finals At Rumpke Ball Park

Crosby Township, Oh.—After rallying for four runs on a Corey Olive inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the 7th to force extra innings, Rack Pack rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 8th to overcome an 11-9 deficit and pull out a dramatic 12-11, come-from-behind win over SSADD in the championship game of the Lower Division of the Coed Metro Tournament August 2-4 at Rumpke Park.

 

With one out in the 8th, Ashley Wolfe tripled in two runs, then tagged up to score the game-winner on a shallow fly ball to right-center.

 

The victory over SSADD completed a three-game sweep for the champions, who had previously outlasted the Sluggers 11-7, then routed Team Madison/FD/We Like It On 13-3 in the winners’ bracket finals.

 

Rack Pack outscored their opponents by a combined 36-21 margin to best a five-team field.

 

Team chemistry helped carry the winners to the title, said player-manager Cari Roth.

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Tournament Official Rick Miller presents SSADD manager Tiffany Honaker with the runner-up trophy.

 

“We all played well together,” summed up Roth.  “We had most of our regular team there.  We only had two players who were subs.

 

“We’re all friends and we have been for a long time,” added Roth.  “Our goal was to have fun.  But we went in wanting to win the Metro.

 

“This is the first Metro title that anybody on our team has ever won, whether it be men’s, women’s or coed.”

 

Corey Olive (.833) and Mandi White (.777) powered the offense.

 

“He’s a beast,” said Roth of Olive.  “He is an excellent hitter and we’re glad to have him on the team.  He’s very dedicated and he knows what to do to get the job done.”

 

Mandi White “is one of those players who will find a way to get on,” said Roth.

 

“She drives the ball like a man.  We can always count on her to drive runners in.”

 

Ryan Roth and Katie Botsis chipped in with a .727 weekend.

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Rack Pack manager Cari Roth, right, accepts the championship trophy from Metro Tournament Official Rick Miller.

 

“Ryan hit extremely well in the Metro,” said Roth.  “He also played 3rd, and his fielding was excellent.  He doesn’t normally play there.”

 

Katie Botsis “can hit with the best of them, and her fielding skills are amazing,” praised Roth.  “She played 1st for the majority of the tournament, and did an excellent job.  She is very flexible.  She rocks it.”

 

Left-centerfielder Corey Olive also shined on defense, said Roth.

 

“He’s extra fast.  He basically gives us a middle-infielder without having a middle-infielder.  He is going to snag balls nine out of ten times.  His speed is what makes him so good.  No matter where the ball is hit, whether it’s hit short in front of the outfield, or out to the fence, Corey is going to get them.  They joke that he can play outfield by himself.  He’s that fast.”

 

Rack Pack broke an early 2-2 tie with Sluggers with five runs in the top of the 3rd, then tacked on one in the 5th and three in the 6th to open up an 11-3 advantage before Sluggers scored the final four runs of the game to make the final 11-7.  Corey Olive doubled in a run to put his team ahead for good at 3-2, then Alicia Rock had an rbi triple and Ryan Roth an rbi double to highlight the 3rd.  Rock’s sac fly made it 8-2 in the top of the 5th, then Rack Pack pulled ahead 11-3 on rbi singles by Mandi White, Katie Botsis and Denny Callahan.

 

Olive banged out three hits, and Rock, Ryan Roth and White chipped in two apiece to pace the offense.

 

Late scoring carried Rack Pack past Team Madison 13-3 in game two.  An rbi single by Katie Botsis broke a 3-3 tie in the of the 6th, then Rack Pack broke the game open with a nine-run outburst in the top of the 7th.  Kelsey Wernke had an rbi single to ignite the rally.  Later in the inning Corey Olive delivered a big rbi double, Timmy Treat an rbi triple and Ashley Wolfe an rbi double  An rbi single by Nate Rust closed out the scoring.

 

Olive collected three more hits, and Alicia Rock and Mandi White went 2-for-3.

 

SSADD, which had lost its first game of the tournament, bounced back to oust the Sluggers and Team Madison to earn a berth into the championship game, and came within half an inning away from forcing an “if” game as they carried a 9-5 lead into the bottom of the 7th.  But there Corey Olive came through with a huge inside-the-park slammer to tie the game and force extra innings.  After SSADD put up two in the top of the 8th, Ryan Roth singled and went to 3rd on Katie Botsis’ double, then Ashley Wolfe connected for a one-out triple to plate both runners and tie the game.  Kari Roth then lifted a short fly ball into right-center for the second out of the inning, and when Ashley Wolfe danced off 3rd and succeeded to attract a throw that was off the mark, Wolfe raced home to score the game winner.

 

Ryan Roth pounded out four his to power the champions, and Oliver and Botsis shared six hits.

 

Cari Roth praised Wolfe for her heady base-running in the bottom of the 8th.

 

“When the ball was caught in right-center, Ashley tagged up and tried drawing a throw,” said Roth.  “She scored on the throw home, sliding in safely ahead of the throw.”

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SSADD went 2-2 en route to a 2nd place finish in the Coed Lower Division of the Cincinnati Metro Tournament August 2-4 at Rumpke Ball Park.

 

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Rack Pack rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 8th to overcome an 11-9 deficit and pull out a dramatic 12-11, come-from-behind victory over SSADD in the championship game of the Lower Division of the Coed Metro Tournament August 2-4 at Rumpke Park. Kneeling, left to right, are Nate West, Timmy Treat, D-Ray Callahan, Ryan Ruff, Corey Olive, Ryan Roth, Alex Staton, and Mike Earls. Standing are Mandi White, Kelsey Wernke, Ashley Wolfe, Katie Hogg, Cari Roth, Katie Botsis, Alicia Rock, and Metro Tournament Official Rick Miller. Not pictured: Katie Meiners.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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