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Vicious Sports Outs-Slugs EMR 35-31, Routs Team Havoc 20-5 En Route To Tri-State Conference USSSA “D-E” Open NIT Title At Kolping Park

Mt. Healthy, Oh.–Vicious Sports outscored EMR/Plant Detail/BW3/Schoch/River City 18-4 in their final three at bats to erase a 27-17 deficit and pull out a 35-31 victory in the winners’ bracket finals, then mercy-ruled Team Havoc/Allovermedia 20-5 in the championship game en route to a first place finish in a Tri-State Conference USSSA “D-E” Open National Invitational on Saturday, May 3rd at Kolping Park.

 

The win over Team Havoc wrapped up a four game sweep of an eleven-team field for the champions.  Previously Vicious had recorded back-to-back, come-from-behind 17-16 victories over Team Jawn/Monstars and Dirty Sports/Durbin Bowl.

 

The winners averaged 22 runs per game as they outscored their opponents by a combined 89-68 margin.

 

Vicious left Kolping Park with $700 in USSSA travel expense, while Havoc pocketed $500 plus an unpaid berth to the USSSA “D” World Tournament September 11-14 in Kissimmee, Fl.

 

Strictly Business, the only “E” team in the event, took home $100 in travel expense.

 

The ability to come from behind in the late innings, perhaps inspired and energized by the recent death of Vicious manager Chad Pollard’s father, helped carry Vicious to the title, said Pollard.

 

“We have a tough team,” stated Pollard.  “We’re always going to fight to the end and we don’t give up.

 

“Plus we dedicated the tournament to my father, who passed away on Monday from a heart attack,” noted Pollard.  “Almost our whole organization – probably thirty people – showed up at his visitation.  Everyone has been very supportive.  They had wrist bands made and dedicated the tournament to him, win or lose.  And after the tournament, we drank a beer in his name.

 

“Ultimately, our team never quits,” continued Pollard.  “We challenge the next guy to be better than the guy in front of him.  It’s kind of our chemistry in the dugout.  We definitely played for a purpose.”

 

The play of pitcher Kevin Hutson, the tournament MVP, was another key to winning the tournament, said Pollard.

 

“Aside from the 31-run game, he held teams to an average of about 11-12 runs per game.  But he also fielded the middle well and was a very vocal leader,” pointed out Pollard.  “And he batted .647 for the tournament, so he helped his cause on the mound, that’s for sure.”

 

Joining Hutson on the All-Tournament team were Brad Baker, P. J. Pope, Matt Marksbury, Donald Broach and Tim Rovekamp.

 

“Brad hit .850 and scored ten runs, had seven rbi’s and five doubles and two triples,” said Pollard.  “And he was our middle-infielder and between him and P. J. (Pope) and Kevin Hutson on the mound, they turned six double plays for the tournament.  They were tough.  One and a half double plays per game is pretty big.”

 

Pope finished second on his team in hitting with a .750 average, scored ten runs, drove in ten rbi’s, and had four doubles and two triples.

 

“P. J. is our shortstop and leadoff hitter, and he set the tone offensively and defensively,” said Pollard.  “He hit .750 and not too many balls got by him at short.  And out of his twelve hits, more than half were for extra bases.”

 

Matt Marksbury “was amazing in the outfield and hit .722 with nine runs, eighteen rbi’s, five doubles, two triples and a home run,” said Pollard.

 

Pollard said that Donald Broach and Tim Rovekamp “started every game and hit .600 and contributed with scoring runs and defense.

 

“Tim had multiple extra base hits with two doubles, a triple, two home runs and eleven rbi’s,” noted Pollard.  “And Donald scored nine runs, had eleven rbi’s, two doubles, a triple and two home runs.”

 

Late rallies and the ability of pitcher Kevin Hutson to shut down his team’s opponents in their final at bat enabled Vicious to survive back-to-back 17-16 games against Team Jawn and Dirty Sports in games one and two.

 

Vicious trailed trailed the Monstars 12-8 after four innings in their opener, but rallied for four runs in the top of the 5th to knot the score, then, after the Monstars retook the lead with a run in the bottom of the 5th, Vicious struck for five runs in the top of the 6th to grab their first lead since the 3rd.  Brian Yarrell’s two-run double put his team ahead for good at 14-13, then back-to-back-to-back rbi doubles by Donnel Streap, James Edmond and Matt Marksbury closed out the scoring and put Vicious ahead by four.  Team Jawn answered with three runs in the bottom of the 6th, but then pitcher Kevin Hutson took charge, recording six straight outs on just six pitches to preserve the win.

 

Edmond scored four runs and drove in five, and had four hits along with Marksbury, Brad Baker and Yarrell.

 

An eleven run 2nd and a five-run 5th helped Vicious squeeze out another come-from-behind, 17-16 victory over Dirty Sports in game two.  Dirty Sports jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the top of the 1st, but Vicious roared back with eleven in the 2nd to take a four-run advantage.  Dirty Sports then outscored Vicious 5-1 over the next two and a half innings to knot the score at 12-12, but Vicious reclaimed the lead with five in the bottom of the 5th.  Brad Baker’s two-run single put his club on top for good at 14-12.  Brian Yarrell’s base hit added an insurance run, then Andy Calme delivered a big two-run double.  Dirty Sports trimmed the deficit to one with four in the top of the 6th, but went down one-two-three against pitcher Kevin Hutson in the 7th.

 

Tim Rovekamp scored three runs, doubled and homered, and shared eight hits with Baker, and Donald Broach and Donnel Streap each went 3-for-4.

 

That set the stage for the tournament’s biggest offensive slugfest between Vicious and EMR.  The challengers stormed out to a 27-17 lead after four, scoring seven in the 1st, six in the 2nd, and seven in the 3rd and 4th to come within a run of mercy-ruling Vicious.  But EMR blinked with a goose egg in the 5th, then pushed across only one run in the bottom of the 7th, while Vicious exploded for eighteen runs in their final three at bats.  The eventual champions plated five in the 5th and seven in the 6th to take a brief 29-27 lead, only to have EMR retake the lead with three in the bottom of the 6th.  But in the top of the 7th, Vicious erupted for six runs to forge a 35-30 lead.  Rbi singles by P. J. Pope and Donald Broach quickly erased EMR’s one-run advantage.  Vicious tacked on four more with a sac fly from Matt Marksbury, an rbi single by Tim Rovekamp, and rbi double by Brad Baker and a base hit by Mike Marksbury.  EMR answered with one in the bottom of the inning before running out of swings.

 

Pope pounded out seven hits, Broach added six with eight rbi’s and a homer, and Matt Marksbury collected eight rbi’s and combined with Kevin Hutson, Baker, Mike Marksbury and Donnel Streap for twenty-five hits.

 

Team Havoc then ousted EMR with a 16-10 victory in the losers’ bracket finals to record their fifth win of the day, but ran out of gas against a well-rested Vicious team in the championship game.  Vicious delivered a quick knockout punch with thirteen runs in the top of the 1st, then added two in the 2nd and five in the 3rd to invoke the mercy-rule at 20-5.  The 1st featured a Donnel Streap slammer, a bases-clearing triple by Matt Marksbury and a two-run shot by Tim Rovekamp to cap off the inning.  Gabe Rodriquez doubled in a run and scored on P. J. Pope’s triple in the 2nd, while the 3rd was highlighted by a two-run single by Mike Marksbury and a two-run double by Pope.

 

Pope collected four hits, and Matt Marksbury, Brad Baker, Rovekamp and Rodriquez had three hits each to power the champions.

 

Vicious manager Chad Pollard acknowledged Team Havoc was “banged up” in the championship game.

 

“They were playing a four-man outfield against us because they had played seven or eight games and their outfield was exhausted,” said Pollard.  “But they’re a good, classy team.”

 

Getting past Team Jawn/Monstars in game one proved to be one of the pivotal games of the tournament, said Pollard.

 

“We heard that they were very talented and one of the favorites to win the tournament, so we were hyped up and played them well,” said Pollard.  “They’re a good young team.  We put up eleven in the 3rd inning, and they could have put their heads down, but they never quit.

 

“We were hyped to play Dirty Sports too.  We have a lot of respect for them,” added Pollard.

 

Pollard said his club was watching EMR play “and all the time they were hitting the ball hard and putting up a lot of numbers.

 

“When we were warming up we said ‘first one to thirty wins the game,’ but then it was ‘first one to forty,’” said Pollard.  “That was a battle.”

 

“We had a fun time playing every team,” said Vicious’ Chad Pollard.  “We never heard any trash talking or had a problem with any team.  Every team showed a lot of class.”

 

For final standings, tournament game scores and all-tournament team, please paste the following url into your browser: http://www.usssa.com/sports/tournament3.asp?TournamentID=1091969

 

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Vicious Sports swept undefeated past four opponents, polishing off Team Havoc/Allovermedia/Easton 20-5 in the championship game, to capture first place in a Tri-State Conference USSSA “D-E” Tournament on Saturday, May 3rd at Kolping Park.  Kneeling, left to right, are Donnel Streat, Brian Yarrell, Jeff Riley, Chad Pollard, Andrew Calme, Gabe Rodriguez, and P. J. Pope.  Standing are Mike Marksbury, Matt Marksbury, Tim Rovekamp, Brad Baker, James Edmond, Donald Broach, Kevin Hutson, and Brad Merriman.  Photo courtesy of Kolping Park.

Vicious Sports swept undefeated past four opponents, polishing off Team Havoc/Allovermedia/Easton 20-5 in the championship game, to capture first place in a Tri-State Conference USSSA “D-E” Tournament on Saturday, May 3rd at Kolping Park.  Kneeling, left to right, are Donnel Streat, Brian Yarrell, Jeff Riley, Chad Pollard, Andrew Calme, Gabe Rodriguez, and P. J. Pope.  Standing are Mike Marksbury, Matt Marksbury, Tim Rovekamp, Brad Baker, James Edmond, Donald Broach, Kevin Hutson, and Brad Merriman.  Photo courtesy of Kolping Park.

Team Havoc/Allovermedia/Easton went 5-2 en route to a second place finish in a Tri-State Conference USSSA “D-E” Tournament on Saturday, May 3rd at Kolping Park.  In the front row, left to right, are Roger Fields and Bill McClanahan.  In the second row are Mark Humbel, Mike Barone, Roger Boles and Ryan Langdon.  In the back row are Jeremy Burton, Kevin Langdon, Eddie Weinberg, Bo Gray, Adam Farris, Corey McClanahan and Eric Stephenson.  Photo courtesy of Team Havoc/Allovermedia/Easton softball team.

Team Havoc/Allovermedia/Easton went 5-2 en route to a second place finish in a Tri-State Conference USSSA “D-E” Tournament on Saturday, May 3rd at Kolping Park.  In the front row, left to right, are Roger Fields and Bill McClanahan.  In the second row are Mark Humbel, Mike Barone, Roger Boles and Ryan Langdon.  In the back row are Jeremy Burton, Kevin Langdon, Eddie Weinberg, Bo Gray, Adam Farris, Corey McClanahan and Eric Stephenson.  Photo courtesy of Team Havoc/Allovermedia/Easton softball team.

 

 

 

 

 

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