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H & D/ Moose Lodge 1592/ C.A.M.I. Mercies Tri-State Conference USSSA “C-D” Open NIT Field Behind Johnson

Shelbyville, In.—Pitcher Mike Johnson limited three opponents to single digit scoring to lead H & D/Moose Lodge 1592/C.A.M.I. to a first place finish in a Tri-State Conference USSSA “C-D” Open National Invitational Tournament on Saturday, May 3rd at Blue River Park in Shelbyville, In.

 

H & D/Moose mercy-ruled all three of their victims, polishing off Raisor Sharp Images/Burt’s 19-9 in a six inning championship game to complete the sweep.

 

Previously the champions had brushed aside Raisor Sharp 16-6 in a six inning opener, then routed Boom Softball 20-8 in five in the winners’ bracket finals.

 

H & D outscored their victims 55-21 en route to the title.

 

Johnson was named tournament MVP.

 

The winners pocketed $333 in USSSA travel expense and an unpaid berth to the USSSA “C” World September 18-21 in Kissimmee, Fl.  Runner-up Raisor Sharp Images won an unpaid berth to the USSSA “D” World September 11-14 and $433.  The “D” World will also be held in Kissimmee.  Third place Boom Softball was awarded $233.

 

H & D manager Kent Geise attributed his team’s success to “great pitching and defense and timely hitting.

 

“Mike Johnson held every team under double digits all day, and we only made two errors the entire weekend,” said Geise.  “Also it seemed like we got the hits we needed to separate ourselves and take the lead.”

 

Joining Johnson on the All-Tournament team were George Holt (.809), Zach McBride (.783) and Brandon Carmack.

 

“George was our leadoff batter in every game and he hit great all day, and he played outstanding in right field,” said Geise.  “This was Zach’s first tournament of the year and he came out and only made two outs and left no runners in scoring position, and he was stellar in left field.  Brandon was also stellar on defense and he twisted nine double plays up the middle.  Every time he touched the ball he turned a double play and he played an error free weekend.”

 

Other hitting leaders included Matt McParadise (.813), Cory Ross (.781), Jake Stambazze (.700), Sean Richardson (.635) and Zac Tharpe (.620).

 

“Sean and Zac have probably been our most steady hitters on the year along with Matt McParadise,” remarked Geise.

 

“Sean was not one of our starters starting out the season,” noted Geise.  “But he has dedicated himself to taking a hundred to a hundred and fifty cuts every day and has had back-to-back .700 tournaments after coming on the team as our thirteenth guy.  He came out of nowhere to take a starting position so I want to acknowledge his dedication.”

 

Jake Stambazze helped anchor the infield.

 

“He had fourteen attempts and zero errors at 3rd base on the weekend,” said Geise.

 

H & D never trailed against Raisor Sharp Images in game one after pushing across four runs in the top of the 1st on a Zac Tharpe slammer, but needed a seven-run 6th to break open a 9-6 contest and invoke the mercy rule.  George Holt doubled in a run to make it 5-0 in the top of the 2nd.  Raisor Sharp answered with three, but Matt McParadise got two of those back with a shot in the top of the 3rd.  Raisor Sharp trimmed the deficit to 7-6 with three more runs in the bottom of the inning.  H & D tacked on a run in the top of the 4th on a Mike Johnson sac, and one in the 5th on a Cory Ross solo.  H & D finally sealed it in the 6th on the strength of a two-run double by Sean Richardson, a Tharpe three-run blast and a McParadise solo shot.

 

Holt, Brandon Carmack and McParadise combined for a dozen hits to pace the offense.

 

Next H & D exploded for ten in the 1st, two in the 2nd, and four in both the 3rd and 4th to take a 20-0 lead over Boom Softball before Boom finally put up eight in the top of the 5th to avert the shutout.  The 1st featured a Zac Tharpe three-run bomb, a two-run double by Zach Logan, a bases-clearing triple by Sean Richardson and a two-run shot by Mike Johnson.  Tharpe launched another home run in the 2nd to make it 12-0, then George Holt added a two-run homer to cap off the 3rd.  Tharpe collected three more rbi’s with a homer in the 4th.

 

Holt banged out four hits, and Matt McParadise and Brandon Carmack shared six.

 

Raisor Sharp then ousted Boom from the losers’ bracket finals with a convincing 19-6 victory for their fifth win of the tournament, but was quickly tamed by H & D pitcher Mike Johnson, as he pitched his club to the title in just five innings, 19-6.  Zach McBride pounded out four hits and drove in seven runs, and George Holt went 3-for-4 with six rbi’s to power the champions.  Jake Zambazze chipped in with four rbi’s.

 

“That last game was won by the pitching of Mike Johnson and the defensive play of our infield led by Brandon Carmack,” said H & D’s Kent Geise.  “We took the early lead and never looked back.”

 

Geise credited a “change in approach” recently implemented by assistant manager David Cruse to some recent successes enjoyed by H & D.

 

“David has brought some veteran leadership to this team in my absence over the last two weekends and that has really helped our team chemistry and brought us together as a team,” said Geise.  “He’s taken a more laid back approach – we don’t panic and don’t worry whether we’re up or down, we just play the same.  He turned our season around, so I want to give a shout out to him for doing a great job.

 

“It all started with a 3rd place finish in Dayton in a really strong field, and we followed it up the next weekend with an easy tournament win,” continued Geise.  “And now we’re headed to Columbus, Oh. and hopefully we’ll surprise Line Drive.”

 

Geise concluded by applauding his team’s chemistry.

 

“Of all the teams I’ve ever played on, I’ve never seen a group get along better and have more fun,” said Geise.

 

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=1079926

H & D/Moose Lodge 1592/C.A.M.I. held three opponents to single digit scoring en route to a first place finish in a Tri-State Conference USSSA “C-D” Open National Invitational Tournament on Saturday, May 3rd at Blue River Park in Shelbyville, In.  Photo courtesy of H & D/Moose Lodge 1592/C.A.M.I. softball team.

H & D/Moose Lodge 1592/C.A.M.I. held three opponents to single digit scoring en route to a first place finish in a Tri-State Conference USSSA “C-D” Open National Invitational Tournament on Saturday, May 3rd at Blue River Park in Shelbyville, In.  Kneeling, left to right, are Zac Tharpe, Zach Powell, George Holt, and Matt McParadise.  Standing are Nate Aldora, Zack Logan, Brandon Carmack, Jake Stambazze, Sean Richardson, Mike Johnson and B. J. Perry.  Photo courtesy of H & D/Moose Lodge 1592/C.A.M.I. softball team.

 

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