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Baker, Marksbury Power Vicious To Second Straight Title In Bash For Cash-USSSA “D” Tri-State Conference NIT At Mid-America

Colerain Township, Oh.—Brad Baker batted .843, and Mike Marksbury hit .667 with a team high five home runs and seventeen rbi’s, to help power Vicious Softball to a first place finish in the Bash For Cash USSSA “D” Tri-State Conference Open National Invitational Tournament on Saturday, May 10th at Mid-America Ballyard.

 

Vicious went 4-1 in the ten-team affair, mercy-ruling an exhausted EMR/Plant Detail/BW3/Schoch Tile/River City 18-5 in the second championship game.

 

EMR had outlasted Vicious 21-18 in nine innings in the first finals.  The tournament runners-up won six consecutive games after dropping their opener to Team Jawn/Monstars 9-2.

Tournament MVP Brad Baker, left, and Vicious Softball manager Chad Pollard pose with their hardware following their tournament victory May 10th at Mid-America Ballyard.  Photo courtesy of Vicious Softball Team.

Tournament MVP Brad Baker, left, and Vicious Softball manager Chad Pollard pose with their hardware following their tournament victory May 10th at Mid-America Ballyard.  Photo courtesy of Vicious Softball Team.

 

Previously Vicious had knocked off Team Havoc/Allinonemedia/Easton 14-10 in their opener, routed Two-N-Out/Foolz/TPS 14-4 in game two, and rallied for five runs in the top of the 7th to out-slug Team Jawn/Monstars 25-21 in the winners’ bracket finals.

 

The title was the second in as many weekends for the champions.

 

Vicious pocketed $750 in USSSA travel expense for their efforts, while EMR took home $300.  An unpaid berth to the USSSA “D” World passed down to Team Jawn/Monstars.

 

White Castle/S.O.P./Chic’s/S.O.C.C., the highest finishing “E” team, was awarded $200 in travel expense plus $200 toward a Great Lakes “E” National berth.

 

Team defense and the offensive spark provided by Brad Baker and Mike Marksbury helped carry Vicious to the title, said manager Chad Pollard.

 

“This tournament was more about defense for us than last week,” said Pollard.  “We played really good defense.  We were missing a couple of starters, but some guys stepped up that don’t get to play as much.  Our offense wasn’t always there – the first two games we only scored fourteen runs, and we pride ourselves on scoring twenty or more.

 

“Havoc was hitting the ball hard everywhere the first game, and we were just making the outs,” Pollard continued.  “So the key to the entire tournament was we played tough defense.”

 

Tournament MVP Brad Baker did the job on both sides of the ball, said Pollard.

 

“He played all five games in the middle and assisted in turning four double plays, and he only made three outs the entire tournament (16-for-19),” said Pollard.  “He also scored eleven runs and led our team in doubles, and was in the top five in rbi’s with eleven.  So his all around defensive and offensive play is why he was tournament MVP.”

 

Also named to the All-Tournament team were Todd Miller (.824), Jeff Riley (.733, 9 runs scored), P. J. Pope (.682, 13 runs scored, three triples, four doubles), and Mike Marksbury (.667, 5 home runs, 17 rbi’s).

 

“This was Todd’s first tournament back,” noted Pollard.  “He’s been struck with injuries, but he was absolutely on fire.  Two of his three outs were line drive home runs for outs.  He was right there in our top five in run production with eleven runs scored and he drove in eleven.”

 

Pollard called 50-year old Riley “a leadoff-type hitter right in the middle of our line-up.

 

“He came in as a sub at the end of our first game for an injured player and the rest of the tournament he only made four outs (11-for-15).  And was lock-down in right field,” said Pollard.

 

P. J. Pope “had an off-tournament,” said Pollard.

 

“He only batted .680, and he usually hits over .700.  But he’s our starting shortstop and leadoff hitter, and he led the team in runs scored with thirteen, and he was second in doubles with four, and he led the team in triples with three, and he still drove in nine runs.”

 

Mike Marksbury produced “no matter where I put him in the line-up,” said Pollard.

 

“Whether he was batting third or sixth, he found a way to deliver from that spot.  He led our team in home runs and rbi’s.  He also made three key diving plays at 3rd that saved doubles down the line.”

 

Pollard also had praise for his pitcher, Josh Pez.

 

“He didn’t produce as much (offensively) as he’d like, but he did control the games and field the middle well.  That helps having a pitcher who can control things on the hill.”

 

Vicious jumped out to a 13-5 lead on the strength of a four-run 1st, a five-run 2nd and a four-run 3rd, then held on for a 14-10 victory in a key first-round match-up with Team Havoc in game one.  Brad Baker’s rbi single knotted the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the 1st, then Todd Miller launched a three-run bomb to put his team ahead for good at 4-1.  Then in the 2nd Tim Rovekamp delivered a slammer, while the 3rd featured a two-run double by Mike Marksbury.  Baker collected another rbi with a base hit in the 5th.

 

Miller was perfect in four trips to the plate, and Baker and Rovekmap chipped in with three his apiece.

 

Next Vicious needed only four at bats to brush aside Two-N-Out 14-4.  Brad Baker put his club on the board with an rbi single in the bottom of the 1st, and Mike Marksbury followed with a three-run blast.  Andy Calme added an rbi double in the 2nd, and Gabe Rodriquez had a two-run single.  Marksbury connected for his second home run of the game with a two-run shot in the 3rd.  Vicious blew the game open with five in the 4th, including rbi doubles from Todd Miller, Marksbury and Calme and a two-run single by Tim Rovekamp.

 

Marksbury, who drove in six runs, shared six hits with Baker to pace the offense.

 

That lifted Vicious into a winners’ bracket showdown with Monstars, who battled back from an early 10-5 deficit in the top of the 2nd with eight in the bottom of the 2nd and four in the 3rd to take a short-lived 17-15 lead.  Vicious answered with five in the 4th to pull ahead 20-17, only to watch Monstars push across one in the 5th and two in the 6th to knot the score at 20-20.  But in the top of the 7th, Vicious erupted for five runs, then held on for a hard fought 25-21 victory.  Vicious took the lead on a bases loaded walk to Gabe Rodriquez, then added a pair of insurance runs on Jeff Riley’s two-run double.  P. J. Pope followed with a sac fly, then Todd Miller capped off the inning with an rbi single.  In the bottom of the 7th, the Monstars, who had already walked in a run in the top of the inning, hit two home runs for outs to further hurt their cause.

 

Miller, who had cracked a two-run home run earlier in the game, went 5-for-6 along with Pope to lead the winners.  Pope also scored all five times he reached base.  Mike Marksbury also homered in the game, and combined with Jeff Riley for eight hits.

 

That pitted Vicious against EMR, which had won six straight games since dropping their opener to the Monstars.  Vicious appeared to deliver a knockout punch with a nine-run outburst in the bottom of the 1st, but EMR put up a dozen runs over the next two innings to tie the game at 14-14 in the 3rd.  The challengers then tacked on a run in the 5th and one in the 6th, then opened up a four-run advantage with two in the 7th.  Vicious answered with four in the bottom of the 7th to send the game into extra innings, but in the top of the 8th, EMR scored two runs when a throw kicked away from Vicious’ catcher, then held Vicious put up a goose egg in the bottom of the inning to force an “if” game.

 

The second finals was all Vicious.  After a scoreless 1st, the eventual champions exploded for seven in the 2nd, three in the 3rd and 4th, and five in the 5th en route to an 18-5 romp.  Mike Marksbury collected three rbi’s in the 2nd with a leadoff home run and a two-run single to cap off the inning.  Gabe Rodriquez also singled in two runs and Donald Broach had a two-run double.  Andrew Calme’s rbi double highlighted the 3rd, and Tim Rovekamp’s two-run double was the big blow in the 4th.  P. J. Pope socked a two-run homer in the 5th.

 

Jeff Riley and Calme pounded out four hits each, and Josh Pez added three to power the champions.

 

Getting past Monstars in the winners’ bracket finals proved to be the pivotal game of the tournament for Vicious, said Chad Pollard.

 

“They’re so impressive.  They never stop fighting.  We would throw up four or five an inning and they would match that.  But in the last four innings, they were only putting up zero or one, and we kinda took off in the 7th.”

 

The first finals with EMR “was a battle,” said Pollard.

 

“We jumped out with nine runs in the 1st, but they fought back to take the lead, then we came back to tie it in the 7th.  Then they took the lead in the top of the 8th and we couldn’t answer.  It was a classy, well-fought game between two good teams.”

 

Pollard said that his team’s lopsided win in the second finals was due to two factors.

 

“A lot of that was defense, but they were tired also,” said Pollard.  “They played eight games in a row.  Our defense kept them scoreless with a home run left on the table.”

 

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=1091537

 

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Vicious Softball stopped EMR/Plant Detail/BW3/Schoch Tile/River City 18-5 in the second championship game to capture first place in the Bash For Cash USSSA “D” Tri-State Conference Open National Invitational Tournament title on Saturday, May 10th at Mid-America Ballyard.  Front row, left to right, are Josh Pez, Jeff Riley, Chad Pollard, Andrew Calme, Donald Broach, Gabe Rodriquez and P. J. Pope.  In the back row are Chad McQueen, Todd Miller, Mike Marksbury, Tim Rovekamp, Brad Baker, Bobby Anderson, and Brad Merriman.  Photo courtesy of Vicious Softball Team.

Vicious Softball stopped EMR/Plant Detail/BW3/Schoch Tile/River City 18-5 in the second championship game to capture first place in the Bash For Cash USSSA “D” Tri-State Conference Open National Invitational Tournament title on Saturday, May 10th at Mid-America Ballyard.  Front row, left to right, are Josh Pez, Jeff Riley, Chad Pollard, Andrew Calme, Donald Broach, Gabe Rodriquez and P. J. Pope.  In the back row are Chad McQueen, Todd Miller, Mike Marksbury, Tim Rovekamp, Brad Baker, Bobby Anderson, and Brad Merriman.  Photo courtesy of Vicious Softball Team.

 

 

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