Warning Track Rallies Past Magnum Property, Overpowers Raymond Remodeling For 13th Yuengling Wayne Rust Memorial-Mid-Summer Classic Silver “C” Title At Expressway Park

Milford, Oh.—Warning Track outscored Magnum Property Service 5-0 over their final three at bats to erase a 13-10 deficit and pull out 15-13 victory in the winners’ bracket finals, then overpowered Raymond Remodeling 19-11 in the championship game to complete a four-game sweep of the Silver “C” division of the 13th Annual Yuengling-Wayne Rust Memorial-Mid-Summer Classic July 30-August 4 at Expressway Park.


Previously in the elimination round, Warning Track had scored three runs in the bottom of the 4th and two in the 5th to overcome a 6-4 deficit and best Rascals 9-6 in game one, then mercy-ruled Tenacious D 16-6 in game two.


Warning Track had also defeated three opponents in pool play.  Alex Grantz and Austin Maceachum banged out three hits each in a low-scoring 6-3 victory over One Hitters in game one, then Joe March collected four hits, and Mike Hickey added three in a 15-5 rout of Raymond Remodeling. Warning Track needed extra innings to squeeze out a 9-8 win over Eastgate Pools.  In the bottom of the 8th, Doug Pennington tripled, then, after Eastgate intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases, Brian Sullivan laced a single into left to plate Pennington with the game winner.  Maceachum was perfect in four trips to the plate, including a triple and a home run, and Sullivan went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple.


Overall Warning Track went 7-0 for the week-long affair, outscoring their elimination round opponents by a combined 59-36 margin.


The champions pocketed a check for $500, while runner-up Raymond Remodeling took home $150.  Both teams also won a set of t-shirts and a Yuengling wall plaque.  Third place Magnum Property Service was awarded a set of t’s and a plaque.


Warning Track and Raymond Remodeling had previously claimed a set of Yuengling t’s plus a $100 fall league credit for winning their pool prior to the elimination round.


Defense, timely hitting, and the overall play of tournament MVP Austin Maceachum helped carry Warning Track to the title, said manager Roger Bonnell.


“Our defense was the key,” said Bonnell.  “We didn’t make a lot of errors.  And we had some timely hitting.


“We’re not really a big softball team…just a bunch of guys from work who get together to have a few beers and play softball,” Bonnell continued.  “We bring our families and friends with us, and play softball.  We have twenty guys listed on our roster because we never know who is going to be there from week to week.”


Warning track’s infield was held down by shortstop Brian Sullivan and 3rd baseman Chris Bonnell.


“Brian played short every game except for the final game because he played left field because we knew those guys could hit, and he caught one running into the fence and hung on to it,”said Bonnell.  “It took them out of the 2nd inning when they already had put up three runs and had two guys on base at the time.  Chris had no bad throws.  That has been our ‘MO.’  We can field it, we just can’t throw it.  He had one nice play reaching right next to the dugout.  The ball was right up against the fence and he was able to snag it and get us out of an inning.  And there were two ropes down the line that he backhanded and threw guys out at 1st.”


Left-fielder Joe March and right-centerfielder Alex Grantz were “stellar,” said Bonnell


“Joe caught everything.  There were two balls that were definitely extra base hits, and he ran them down and caught them on the line against Raymond Remodeling.  They were launching the ball and he was tracking everything down,” said Bonnell.  “Alex had two assists.  He threw a guy out at 2nd and a guy out at 3rd, and played stellar defense racing balls down.  He’s very fast.”


Austin Maceachum was named tournament MVP “for his defense and his hitting.


“His offensive stats were out of this world,” said Bonnell  “He hit .773 and his slugging percentage was 1.682.  For the tournament he had nine singles, four triples and four home runs.  Plus he’s really fast, and at Expressway you’re allowed one courtesy runner per inning, so he courtesy ran when our fat guys came up – me being one of them.”


Other hitting leaders included Roger Bonnell at .700, Tom Harp at .632, Brian Sullivan at .607, and Chris Bonnell at .560.


“Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile,” joked Bonnell about his .700 week.  “Of my fourteen hits, twelve were singles.”


Tom Harp hitting .632 “was great because he missed a lot of games early in the season.


“He struggled the first game of the tournament, so that was great,” said Bonnell.


Sullivan’s .607 effort was “expected” said Bonnell.


“He had seventeen hits total, including nine singles, three doubles and five triples.  He had almost as many extra base hits as hits.”


Warning Track rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 4th and two in the 5th to overcome a 6-4 deficit and pull out a 9-6 victory in game one.  Austin Maceachum doubled in two runs to tie the game in the 4th, then scored the go-ahead run on an Alex Grantz double.  Then in the 5th Roger and Chris Bonnell had back-to-back rbi singles to produce a pair of insurance runs.


Maceachum had a double and a triple in the contest and went 2-for-4 along with Grantz.  Pitcher Kevin Edwards held the Rascals scoreless over the final three innings to preserve the win.


Next Warning Track jumped out to an 8-0 lead with three in the top of the 1st and five in the 2nd, then blew open an 8-6 contest with an eight-run outburst in the top of the 6th en route to a 16-6 rout of Tenacious D.  Chris Bonnell’s rbi single put his club on the board in the 1st.  The 2nd featured a two-run double by Joe March, an rbi double by Brian Sullivan and a solo shot by Austin Maceachum.  Tenacious D trimmed the lead down to two with three in the 2nd and three in the 5th, but Warning Track slammed the door on their challengers in the top of the 6th, exploding for eight runs to invoke the mercy rule.  A two-run triple by Sullivan, an rbi triple by Austin Maceachum, and a two-run single by Tom Harp were the big blows in the inning.


Macheachum had a triple and a home run in the contest, and shared fifteen hits with Harp, Cedrick Crawford, March and Sullivan.


That pitted Warning Track against Magnum Property Service in the winners’ bracket finals.  Magnum held a 13-10 lead through three and a half innings, but Warning Track pushed across two runs in the bottom of the 4th on a Kevin Edwards single and a Roger Bonnell sac fly, then knotted the score on a Brian Sullivan rbi single in the 5th.  Finally in the bottom of the 6th, Warning Track grabbed the lead on two-out rbi singles by Tom Harp and Keith Brooks.


Mike Hickey, Edwards, and Sullivan each went 3-for-4 to pace the offense.  Edwards also shut down Magnum over the final three innings while his team climbed back into the game, while centerfielder Alex Grantz teamed up with right-fielder Cedric Crawford to make a dramatic catch in right-center to end the game.


Raymond Remodeling sent Magnum packing in the losers’ bracket finals to earn a shot at Warning Track in the championship game.  The two finalists battled to an early 5-5 stalemate, but Warning Track blew the game open with three in the 3rd, three in the 4th and seven in the 6th.  Austin Maceachum had a two-run shot to break the tie in the 3rd.  Joe March had a two-run, inside-the-park home run to highlight the 4th.  Then in the 7th Chris Bonnell doubled in a pair of runs, and Kevin Edwards and Roger Bonnell each delivered an rbi double to cap off the inning.  Brian Sullivan closed out the scoring with an rbi single in the 7th, making the final 19-11.


March and Chris and Roger Bonnell pounded out four hits each to power the champions.  Maceachum had a triple and a home run and went 3-for-4 along with Sullivan and Tom Harp.


Getting past Magnum Property in the winners’ bracket finals “was the key game of the tournament,” said Warning Track manager Roger Bonnell.


“That made us the winner of the winners’ bracket, so going into Sunday, whoever we played had to beat us twice,” said Bonnell.  “That catch Cedric (Crawford) made was the key to the whole tournament.  The batter was their leadoff hitter, and he was already 4-for-4, and the next hitter was 3-for-3 with a home run.”


Bonnell said the ball was hit into right-centerfield in between centerfielder Alex Grantz and right-fielder Cedric Crawford.


“Alex came over and reached out as far as he could, and the ball hit off his glove, and Cedric was coming from right field to back him up, and he slid and reached back toward the right field line and caught the ball.  You don’t ever see that,” said Bonnell.


“It was a fun time,” concluded Bonnell.  “Bob (park manager Bob Owens) always puts on a good tournament down there.  It’s the one tournament we play in every year.”


Warning Track overpowered Raymond Remodeling 19-11 in the championship game to complete a four-game sweep of the Silver “C” division of the 13th Annual Yuengling-Wayne Rust Memorial-Mid-Summer Classic July 30-August 4 at Expressway Park. Left to right are Tom Harp, Doug Pennington, Kevin Edwards, Austin Maceachum, Keith Brooks, Alex Grantz, Roger Bonnell, Brian Sullivan, Mike Hickey, and Chris Bonnell. Not Pictured: Joe March. Photo courtesy of Expressway Park.



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