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Cincysoftball.com/ Buffalo Joe’s/ Elite Sports/ Easton Stuns USSSA Tri-State Conference “D” Championship Field At Warren County Armco Park

Lebanon, Oh.– Cincysoftball.com/Buffalo Joe’s/Elite Sports/Easton outlasted EMR/Plant Detail/BW3/Schoch Tile/River City 17-13 in the deciding game to complete a four-game sweep of the USSSA Tri-State Conference “D” Championship on Saturday, June 14th at Warren County Armco Park.

 

It was a stunning victory for the winners.  Not only was it their first Tri-State Conference title of the year, it was also the first time in five Conference outings that Cincysoftball.com had finished in the top five.  The champions were also the lowest-ranked team in the Conference standings participating in the T. S. C. championship.

 

Prior to their victory over EMR, Cincysoftball.com had previously rallied for five runs in the top of the 9th to fend off Dirty Sports/Durbin Bowl 19-17, shocked Vicious Sports 20-6 in five innings, and outscored Thunderdome/S.S.A/365Softball.com 7-0 in their final three at bats to pull out a 14-8 victory.

 

Cincysoftball.com won $500 in USSSA travel expense and got their ticket officially punched for the USSSA “D” World Tournament September 11-14 in Kissimmee, Fl.

 

Runner-up EMR won  $300, while 3rd place Vicious grabbed $200.

 

Cincysoftball.com “answered our opponents rallies” and used “good defense” to help capture the title, said manager Andy Larkins.

 

“It seems like every time we fell behind a team or a team made a run at us, we answered the next inning or in our half.  And we played very good defense.  We only made a couple of errors the whole tournament,” said Larkins.

 

Nick Weimer was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Nick Weimer, right, receives the tournament MVP award from Armco Park manager Eddie Oligee.  Photo courtesy of Cincysoftball.com/Buffalo Joe’s/Elite.

Nick Weimer, right, receives the tournament MVP award from Armco Park manager Eddie Oligee.  Photo courtesy of Cincysoftball.com/Buffalo Joe’s/Elite.

 

“Nick got three home runs in his last five at bats that either helped seal or win games,” noted Larkins.  “He also led our team in average (.688), rbi’s (11) and home runs (3).

 

Joining Weimer on the All-Tournament team were Brad Hargreaves (.615), Mark Kahny (.615), Brian Sandlin (.571), Jon Back (.500), and Brandon Schaiper.

 

“Brad played outstanding defense all day in right field, and he and Mark were consistent with their hitting,” said Larkins.  “Mark also played outstanding defense at 1st, including an unassisted double play in the 5th inning against Dirty Sports.”

 

In addition to having “key hits in the last two games,” Larkins noted that Brian Sandlin was the “common denominator” for each of the Tri-State Conference “D” champions, having also helped lead Team Steam to the title last year.

 

“He’s an outstanding teammate and leader,” remarked Larkins.  “He knows exactly what to say and when to say it.  Our guys will go to war with him anytime, anywhere, and he helps make my job really easy.”

 

Larkins said Jon Back was named to the All-Tourney team for his “great defense at short.

 

“He had ten assists and some timely hitting,” observed Larkins.

 

Brandon Schaiper was selected “for his pitching and holding Vicious and the other teams” at bay.

 

“All four of those teams can hit, and I thought he did a great job and had a few key hits,” said Larkins.

 

Cincysoftball.com used an eight-run 4th and a two-run 5th to erase an early 7-3 deficit against Dirty Sports and take a 13-8 lead into the 6th, but Dirty Sports rallied for three in the bottom of the 6th and two in the 7th to force extra innings.  Both teams put up goose eggs in the 8th, but Cincysoftball.com erupted for five runs in the top of the 9th to grab a 19-14 lead.  Nick Weimer singled and took 3rd on a Dirty Sports miscue, then Jon Back singled in Weimer to break the tie.  Back moved to 2nd on a base hit by Joe Frey.  Dirty Sports retired the next two batters, but Brandon Schaiper doubled in an insurance run, then Ryan Stemman delivered a huge two-run single.  Erik Thomas then reached on a base hit, and Mark Kahny followed with an rbi single to cap off the inning.  Dirty Sports answered with three and brought the tying run to the plate before pitcher Brandon Schaiper induced the final batter to hit into a fielder’s choice.

 

Frey collected four hits, and Back and Schaiper each went 3-for-5.

 

Vicious Sports drew first blood with four runs in the top of the 1st in game two, but could only muster two more runs against Brandon Schaiper.  Meanwhile Cincysoftball.com quickly wrenched away the lead with five in the bottom of the 1st and four in the 2nd, then tacked on a run in the 3rd before blowing the game open with a ten-run explosion in the bottom of the 4th.  Brad Hargreaves had a big bases-clearing triple to tie the game in the bottom of the 1st, then scored the go-ahead run on Brandon Schaiper’s base hit.  T. J. Kroth had a two-run double and Jon Back a two-run homer to account for the four runs in the 2nd.  Brandon Schaiper’s solo shot produced run number ten in the 3rd, while the 4th featured a two-run single by Ryan Stemman and a two-run double by Joe Frey.  Anthony Robinson had an rbi single to close out the scoring.

 

Kroth and Mark Kahny banged out three hits each, and Nick Weimer, Jon Back, Hargreaves, Schaiper and Robinson combined for ten hits.

 

Cincysoftball.com jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two innings in game three against Thunderdome, however, Thunderdome battled back with two in the 3rd and five in the 5th to take an 8-7 lead.  But they failed to score again after Cincysoftball.com replaced pitcher Brandon Schaiper with T. J. Kroth, and Cincysoftball.com put up seven unanswered to pull out a 14-8 victory.  Ryan Stemman’s three-run bomb put his club on top for good in the 5th, Nick Weimer launched a two-run shot in the 6th, and Eric Thomas singled home two runs in the 7th.

 

Weimer was perfect in four trips to the plate, and Brian Sandlin, Schaiper and Thomas shared six hits.

 

That lifted Cincysoftball.com into the championship game with EMR, which put up six in the top of the 2nd to take an early 6-3 lead.  But Cincysoftball.com outscored EMR 14-5 over the next three innings to build a 17-11 lead.  Nick Weimer’s three-run blast put his team ahead for good at 7-6 in the 2nd.  Ryan Stemman made it a 9-6 game with a two-run double in the 3rd, and Joe Frey had an rbi double and scored on Brian Sandlin’s base hit in the 4th.  Then in the 5th after EMR used a four-run outburst to trim the deficit to 12-11, Anthony Robinson drew a bases-loaded walk, and Weimer followed with a slammer to open up a six-run bulge and seal eventual MVP honors.  EMR put up two more runs in the 6th, but failed to score in the 7th, making the final 17-13.

 

Weimer pounded out four hits and drove in seven runs, and Brad Hargreaves and Sandlin went 3-for-4 to help power the champions.

 

“That was a great win for us beating those guys,” said Cincysoftball.com’s Andy Larkins.  “They’re a really good team.  When we answered their rallies in the 2nd and 5th with rallies of our own, it was our team coming into it’s own.”

 

Larkins said that in his team’s opener against Dirty Sports, “we made a lot of critical mistakes and tried to give them the game.

 

“We had a few base-running mistakes that cost us runs in that game that would have prevented the game from going into extra innings,” said Larkins.  “We have a pretty good rivalry with them.  It was a heckuva game.  I’m very proud of my team for not folding when Dirty Sports rallied and hanging in there.  That was a big game for us.”

 

Larkins credited pitcher Brandon Schaiper with Cincysoftball.com’s second round win over favorite Vicious Sports.

 

“He did a great job keeping that team quiet,” said Larkins.  “They used their two home runs early in the game, and we felt like if we could stay away from their pitcher – who is a great defensive player – and they ran out of home runs, we would be able to play with them.  And they did us a favor by running out of home runs early.”

 

When Schaiper wasn’t as sharp against Thunderdome in game three, T. J. Kroth came in and shut Thunderdome down.

 

“We put T. J. in to pitch in the 5th and he only gave up one hit and one walk in the last three innings,” said Larkins.  “The key to winning that game was answering their 4th inning rally that put them up 8-7.  We didn’t fold.”

 

Larkins said his team was unfazed by being the tournament’s Cinderella team.

 

“I didn’t mind being the underdog,” he said.  “Everybody, including myself, was betting on Vicious.  They were playing great earlier in the season, and Dirty Sports won a lot of big games themselves.  I felt like we had a chance against Vicious because we had beaten them in the City Slam.”

 

To what did Larkins attribute his team’s dramatic turnaround in the Conference championship?

 

“We’ve had some challenges in everybody being able to be there,” noted Larkins.  “And we’re a new young team still learning to play with each other and to close out games.

 

“We’re very young,” he reiterated.  “Last year our average age was 36, this year it’s 29.  We want to stay together, so we could be around for a long time to come.”

 

Larkins concluded by thanking Armco Park and tournament director Eddie Oligee “for running a great tournament.

 

“The fields were in great shape, and we enjoyed their hospitality.  It was the first time I had played there in twenty years.  We were excited to win such a great tournament.  Those were five really good teams.”

 

Larkins also thanked Vicious manager Chad Pollard for foregoing his number one seed so the tournament could be changed to a round robin format.

 

“He gave up a first round bye to make it a better format for everybody else,” said Larkins.  “Everybody got to play each other and everybody played four games, and every single game was like a state tournament.  We all owe Chad and Vicious a big thank you for being so gracious.”

 

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=1101772

 

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Cincysoftball.com/Buffalo Joe’s/Elite outlasted EMR/Plant Detail/BW3/Schoch Tile/River City 17-13 in the deciding game to complete a four-game sweep of the USSSA Tri-State Conference “D” Championship on Saturday, June 14th at Warren County Armco Park.  Squatting, left to right, are Anthony Robinson and Ryan Stemann.  Standing are Erik Thomas, Jon Back, Brandon Schaiper, Andy Larkins, Mark Kahny, Brad Hargreaves, Coy Baker, Joe Frey, Nick Weimer, Josh Stemann, Brian Sandlin, and T. J. Kroth.  Not pictured: Josh Bunnell and Hollis Haggard.  Photo courtesy of Cincysoftball.com/Buffalo Joe’s/Elite softball team.

Cincysoftball.com/Buffalo Joe’s/Elite outlasted EMR/Plant Detail/BW3/Schoch Tile/River City 17-13 in the deciding game to complete a four-game sweep of the USSSA Tri-State Conference “D” Championship on Saturday, June 14th at Warren County Armco Park.  Squatting, left to right, are Anthony Robinson and Ryan Stemann.  Standing are Erik Thomas, Jon Back, Brandon Schaiper, Andy Larkins, Mark Kahny, Brad Hargreaves, Coy Baker, Joe Frey, Nick Weimer, Josh Stemann, Brian Sandlin, and T. J. Kroth.  Not pictured: Josh Bunnell and Hollis Haggard.  Photo courtesy of Cincysoftball.com/Buffalo Joe’s/Elite softball team.

 

 

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