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EAP/ Goodtimers II Escapes Fred’s/ T & W/ Slugger, Romps To 13th City Slam-USSSA-Tri-State Conference “C” Title At Mid-America 

Colerain Township, Oh.–EAP/Goodtimers II rallied for four unanswered runs in the top of the 7th to escape with a 17-14 victory over Fred’s Boys/T & W Electric/Louisville Slugger in game one, then mercy-ruled Headlines Apparel/FC/MPS 15-4 and Action Sports/VHC/Mike 19-9 to capture first place in the “Men’s C” division of the 13th Annual City Slam-USSSA-Tri-State Conference National Invitational Tournament on Sunday, May 24th at Mid-America Ballyard.

 

EAP/Goodtimers II rallied from a 13-7, 4th inning deficit against Fred’s, outscoring their crosstown rival 10-1 over the last three innings to pull out the win.

 

The victory made EAP one of three teams to claim two Tri-State Conference titles at the “C” level to date.  Both Premier Sports/Louisville Slugger and Bloomington Moose 1081/Silvertowne/Classic have also won a pair of TSC events.

Tournament MVP Chris Young

Tournament MVP Chris Young

 

The winners pocketed $600 cash for their efforts, while runner-up Action Sports picked up $420 and got their ticket punched for the USSSA “C” World September 18-21 in Kissimmee, Fl.

 

EAP manager Rob Schlemmer called his club’s championship a “team effort.

 

“I felt that even though this was our second tournament win of the year, it was more of a team win because we had a couple guys playing out of position, and it felt like more of a team effort,” said Schlemmer.  “Everybody was there and everybody was healthy.  I think we’re set for a good run right now with our full roster.”

 

Chris Young (.818) paced the offense to earn Most Valuable Player honors.

 

“He had the highest average and played a great left field,” said Schlemmer.  “He made a bunch of tough catches out there.”

 

Joining Young on the All-Tournament team were Kevin Greene (.800), Johnny Leep (.700), Danny Sharp (.700) and Brent Hopkins (.600).

 

Greene was selected “for his .800 average and as usual played solid defense at 1st base,” said Schlemmer, “and Johnny pitched great and fielded the middle very well, and obviously with a .700 average he did a great job with the bat as well.”

 

Sharp and Hopkins also shined on both sides of the line.

 

“Danny played out of position the whole tournament at 3rd base, and did a great job for us hitting .700, which was a big plus,” said Schlemmer.  “And Brent played outstanding defense in centerfield and hit .600.  He’s our 12th hitter, and you usually don’t get that out of your 12th guy.”

 

EAP barely survived their first contest, as they needed to rally for four runs in the top of the 7th to stun Fred’s Boys 17-14.  Fred’s held a 13-7 lead after four, but pitcher Johnny Leep held Fred’s to one run in their final three at bats while EAP chipped away at the deficit with three in the 5th and three in the 6th to knot the score at 13-13.  Fred’s answered with a run in the bottom of the 6th, but Jason Kramer quickly knotted the score with a solo shot in the top of the 7th.  Johnny Leep and Nick Bibbins followed with rbi singles, then Danny Sharp delivered a clutch two-run double to lift EAP into the lead.  Ricky Parrott chased Sharp home with a double to make it a 17-14 game.  Fred’s got a leadoff single in the bottom of the 7th, but Leep retired the next three batters to preserve the win.

 

Parrott collected four hits, and Chris Young, Jason Brown and Leep each went 3-for-4 to lead the winners.

 

That lifted EAP into the winners’ bracket finals, where they built a 6-1 lead after three and a half innings against Headlines Apparel, then broke the game open with two in the 4th and seven in the 6th to rout Headlines 15-4 in six.  Steve Bosch went solo to put his club on the board in the top of the 1st.  Kevin Greene’s rbi single capped off a three-run 3rd, Nick Bibbins and Clint Brodsky each contributed a sac fly in the 4th, and Jason Brown and Greene had rbi singles in the 5th.  Brodsky picked up two more rbi’s with a single in the 7th, and Bosch launched a three-run blast to account for five of their team’s seven runs in the 6th.

 

Chris Young pounded our four hits, and Greene added three.

 

Headlines fell hard again in the losers’ bracket finals to Action Sports 20-7, but the Dayton team proved to be no match for EAP in the championship game despite taking an early 7-3 lead after two and a half.  From there EAP outscored Action 16-2 to invoke the mercy-rule in the bottom of the 5th.  Jason Kramer’s slammer erased a 6-4 deficit in the bottom of the 3rd.  A Kevin Hall sac fly capped off a six-run inning and gave EAP a 9-7 lead.  Action pushed across a run in the top of the 4th, but Kevin Greene more than negated that with a three-run bomb in the bottom of the inning.  EAP then delivered the knockout punch with seven in the 5th.  Hall had a two-run double, Brent Hopkins cracked a three-run homer, and Steve Bosch and Jason Brown each had an rbi single to invoke the mercy-rule.

 

Greene and Danny Sharp combined for six hits to power the champions.

 

“I think we were really focused on getting this done and getting it over with and not having to play an ‘if’ game,” said EAP’s Rob Schlemmer about the finals.

 

But the pivotal game of the tournament, said Schlemmer, was his team’s come-from-behind win over Fred’s in game one.

 

“That comeback victory set us on our way,” remarked Schlemmer.  “Even though we weren’t home team, we took the lead in the 7th and held it.”

 

Schlemmer concluded by thanking EAP sponsor Bob Shad “for sponsoring the team and taking care of everything.

 

“We also want to thank Dave Maury (Mid-American Ballyard manager) and Brian Wegman (park owner) for running a good tournament,” concluded Schlemmer.  “It pretty much ran on time most of the day, which is difficult with three tournaments running at the same time.  Things ran pretty smoothly.”

 

 

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=1091540

 

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EAP/Goodtimers II swept undefeated past three opponents, polishing off Action Sports/VHC/Mike 19-9, in the championship game, to capture first place in the “Men’s C” division of the 13th Annual City Slam-USSSA-Tri-State Conference National Invitational Tournament on Sunday, May 24th at Mid-America Ballyard. Front row, left to right, are Chris Young, Jason Brown, Bob Shad, Rob Schlemmer, Danny Sharp, and Rick Parrott.  In the back row are Bill Brown, Kevin Hall, Johnny Leep, Josh Brown, Terris Allen, Jason Kraemer, Nick Bibbins, Clint Brodsky, Bobby Kindoll, Steve Bosch, Brett Hopkins, and Kevin Greene.  Photo courtesy of Mid-America Ballyard.

EAP/Goodtimers II swept undefeated past three opponents, polishing off Action Sports/VHC/Mike 19-9, in the championship game, to capture first place in the “Men’s C” division of the 13th Annual City Slam-USSSA-Tri-State Conference National Invitational Tournament on Sunday, May 24th at Mid-America Ballyard. Front row, left to right, are Chris Young, Jason Brown, Bob Shad, Rob Schlemmer, Danny Sharp, and Rick Parrott.  In the back row are Bill Brown, Kevin Hall, Johnny Leep, Josh Brown, Terris Allen, Jason Kraemer, Nick Bibbins, Clint Brodsky, Bobby Kindoll, Steve Bosch, Brett Hopkins, and Kevin Greene.  Photo courtesy of Mid-America Ballyard.

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