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Bosch Powers Premier Services Romp In Cincinnati ASA Metro Master Seniors 35+ At River City West

Crosby Township, Oh.—Steve Bosch went 15-for-16 (.940) to power Premier Services to a four-game sweep of the Master Seniors 35+ division of the ASA Cincinnati Metro July 25-27 at River City West.

 

Bosch was named Tournament MVP.

 

Premier mercy-ruled three of their four opponents en route to the title, exploding for twenty-two unanswered runs to rout Living Legends 22-11 in the finals after trailing 11-0.

 

Previously the champions had spanked TBA/Four Seasons 21-10 in five innings in their opener, then out-slugged Living Legends 18-16 in game two prior to pounding CWB Oldies 21-9 in a four inning winners’ bracket finals.

 

Against Living Legends in game two, Premier used a six-run 5th to break open a 10-10 contest.  An rbi single by Bobby Noeth plated the go-ahead run.  All six runs came with two outs.

 

Premier averaged twenty runs per game on their way to the championship, outscoring their opponents by a combined 82-46 margin.

 

“Timely hitting, solid defense, Bobby Noeth’s pitching” and the offensive punch provided by Steve Bosch helped carry the winners past the eight-team field, said Premier player-manager Kevin Forwith.

 

“Steve was just lights out hitting the ball,” said Forwith.  “He was 15-for-16 and led the team in home runs as well, coming up with several big home runs when we needed them.  And he played a solid 1st base.”

 

Joining Bosch on the All-Tournament team were Brad Reckart (.837), Robert Mahaffey (.750), Jason Roesch (.750), Forwith (.727) and Chris Young (.714).

 

“Brad was named for his solid play at short and his hitting, and he came up with some big home runs when we needed them as well,” remarked Forwith, “and Robert for his solid hitting and key hits in crucial situations.  And Jason was picked for playing solid defense at 3rd base and having key hits in key situations and was one of our hitting leaders as well.”

 

Forwith said he was selected for “coming up with hits in key situations, especially in the championship game.

 

“We were down 11-0 and in the 4th inning I had two hits, including a leadoff single to get us started,” he noted.

 

Forwith said that Young “played centerfield in all four of our games and had solid hitting as well.”

 

Premier jumped out to a 16-0 lead with five in the bottom of the 1st and eleven in the 2nd and never looked back against TBA in game one.  Steve Bosch and Dan Feichtner each contributed an rbi single to get their team on the board in the 1st, then Chris Young delivered a big two-run double.  Kevin Forwith followed with an rbi single to cap off the inning.  The 2nd was highlighted by an rbi double by Brad Reckart, a two-run double by Jon Jamison, and a two-run triple by Steve Bosch.  Reckart collected four more rbi’s with a slammer in the 3rd.

 

Bosch, Young, Reckart, Jamison and Feichtner combined for fifteen hits to pace the offense.

 

Next Premier used a six-run 6th to break a 10-10 tie and went on to outlast Living Legends 18-16.  Two-out rbi singles by Kevin Forwith, Chris Young and Robert Mahaffey provided their team with a 13-10 lead, then Jason Roesch launched a three-run bomb to open up a six-run advantage.  The Legends cut the deficit in half with three in the top of the 6th, but an rbi single by Kevin Forwith and a Jon Jamison solo shot pushed the lead back up to five.  The Legends answered with three in the top of the 7th before running out of swings.

 

Jamison, Steve Bosch, and Noeth banged out three hits apiece, and Roesch and Wally Estes each went 2-for-3.

 

That lifted Premier into the winners’ bracket finals, where they quickly exploded to a 13-0 lead on the strength of a seven-run 1st and a six-run 2nd and went on to steamroll CWB 21-9.  A three-run blast by Scott Stigers highlighted the 1st.  Chris Young and Bobby Noeth had rbi doubles, Stigers a two-run single, and Dan Feichtner an rbi triple in the 2nd.  Premier tacked on two in the 3rd on Steve Bosch’s two-run double, then blew the game open with six runs in the 4th.  The inning featured a two-run double by Robert Mahaffey and a two-run shot by Brad Reckart.

 

Reckart and Bosch collected five hits each, and Kevin Forwith, Mahaffey and Johnny Miller shared nine.

 

Living Legends knocked Premier on their heals as they jumped out to an early 11-0 lead with six in the 1st and five in the 2nd in the finals.  But pitcher Bobby Noeth held the challengers at bay over the next three innings, while Premier plated twenty-two unanswered runs.  After trimming the deficit to 11-5 with one in the 2nd and four in the 3rd, Premier erupted for thirteen runs in the 4th to grab an 18-11 advantage.  A three-run homer by Brad Reckart and a two-run double by Bobby Noeth helped their club tie the game at 11-11, then consecutive two-run singles by Scott Stigers, Dan Feichtner and Kevin Forwith opened up a seven-run bulge.  Jason Roesch capped off the inning with an rbi single.  Premier added four in the bottom of the 5th with the help of a two-run homer by Noeth and a walk-off solo shot by Stigers.

 

Stigers, Forwith, Reckart, Steve Bosch, Chris Young and Noeth combined for eighteen hits to power the champions.

 

Premier turned a timely double play in the finals that changed the momentum of the game, said manager Kevin Forwith.

 

“They put up eleven coming out of the gate in the first two innings, and they still had the bases loaded in the 2nd with one out and Bobby (pitcher Bobby Noeth) got a ground ball double play to get out of that inning,” recalled Forwith.  “Then we came in and hit a little bit and put up four runs to get us within reach of them, and then Bobby came out and got three batters out in a row to give us momentum, and we came in and put up thirteen runs.”

 

Another pivotal moment in the tournament came against Living Legends in game two, noted Forwith.

 

“It was back and forth with them securing the lead early in the game.  It wasn’t until a late rally in the 6th when there was nobody on and two outs that we stepped up with four straight hits,” said Forwith.

 

Forwith concluded by thanking “Apple (Tournament Director Steve Frederick) and Dave Maury (ASA Commissioner) for a well-run tournament and our older guys for fighting a five-hour rain delay on Sunday.  We were supposed to play at 12:30 and we didn’t play until 5.  It was a little tough fighting the weather.”

Premier Services routed Living Legends 22-11 in the championship game to complete a  four-game sweep of the Master Seniors 35+ division of the ASA Cincinnati Metro July 25-27 at River City West.  In the front row, left to right, are Aaron Brewster, Dan Feichtner, Jason Roesch, Wally Estes, Bob Noeth, and Brett Woods.  Standing are Kevin Forwith, Brad Reckart, Scott Stigers, Rob Mahaffey, Johnny Miller, Steve Bosch, Chris Newberry, and Chris Young.  Photo courtesy of Premier Services softball team.

Premier Services routed Living Legends 22-11 in the championship game to complete a  four-game sweep of the Master Seniors 35+ division of the ASA Cincinnati Metro July 25-27 at River City West.  In the front row, left to right, are Aaron Brewster, Dan Feichtner, Jason Roesch, Wally Estes, Bob Noeth, and Brett Woods.  Standing are Kevin Forwith, Brad Reckart, Scott Stigers, Rob Mahaffey, Johnny Miller, Steve Bosch, Chris Newberry, and Chris Young.  Photo courtesy of Premier Services softball team.

 

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