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Late Rallies Lift Premier/ Louisville Slugger Past Cincysoftball.com In Cincinnati ASA Metro Open Finals At River City West

Crosby Township, Oh.—Premier Services/Louisville Slugger won four of their six games in the 6th inning, including their last two in their final at bat, en route to a first place finish in the Men’s “Open” Division of the ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament July 24-August 2 at River City West.

 

Premier/Slugger rallied for six runs in the bottom of the 6th to erase a 22-18 deficit and pull out a 24-23 victory over Cincysoftball.com/Buffalo Joe’s/Elite Sports/Easton in the winners’ bracket finals, then exploded for ten runs in the bottom of the 6th to overcome a 15-12 deficit and emerge with a 22-15 win over Cincysoftball. Com in the championship game.

 

It was feast or famine for the winners, who mercy-ruled their first three opponents, then needed late rallies in their next three contests to capture the title.  Premier brushed aside Western Sports Mall 19-4 in four innings in their opener, routed Sno-Bug/Penklor Pickles 17-6 in six in game two, then out-slugged Steve’s BP 26-16 in game three.  Next the champions rallied for ten runs in the top of the 6th to get past Team Discover 19-12 before battling from behind to stun Cincysoftball.com in the winners’ bracket finals 24-23 and 22-15 in the finals.

 

Premier outscored their victims by a combined 127-75 margin on their way to the title.

 

Manager Kevin Forwith attributed his club’s championship to “timely hitting, using our home runs effectively, and solid defense when we needed to shut down our opponents.”

 

Late scoring and the offensive contributions of tournament MVP Ryan Uckotter were also keys, noted Forwith.

 

“We tried to keep teams close to utilize our home runs in the 6th inning so we could jump out to bigger leads,” said Forwith.

 

Uckotter batted .762 “and ended up with ten home runs and twenty-four rbi’s in six games and played a solid centerfield,” observed Forwith.

Tournament MVP Ryan Uckotter, center, receives his MVP trophy from Tournament Director Dave Maury and River City West Park Manager Steve Frederick.  Photo by Tristan Young.

Tournament MVP Ryan Uckotter, center, receives his MVP trophy from Tournament Director Dave Maury and River City West Park Manager Steve Frederick.  Photo by Tristan Young.

 

Other All-Tournament selections included Jordan Rosenbalm (.712), Pat Foster (.679), Brad Ballinger (.629) and Steve Atkinson.

 

“Jordan was named for his outstanding hitting and he came through with some clutch home runs when we needed them, and he played great at short,” said Forwith.  “Pat played middle infield and had a solid glove, turning three key double plays in our six games.  And he was our leadoff hitter and got base hits and home runs when we needed them as well.  And Brad hit for the cycle two games in a row, and played a solid left field and 3rd base when he was asked to play there.”

 

Pitcher Steve Atkinson “kept us in the ball game,” summed up Forwith.

 

“When we were down and struggled to put runs up, he held teams to limited runs.  It seems like every time we needed him to shut teams down, he did that.  And he fielded the middle outstanding,” said Forwith.

Brian Sandlin, center, was named the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Men’s “Open” Division of the 2014 ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament.  Photo by Tristan Young.

Brian Sandlin, center, was named the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Men’s “Open” Division of the 2014 ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament.  Photo by Tristan Young.

 

Game one was never in doubt as Premier jumped out to a 12-4 lead on the strength of a six-run 1st, a two-run 2nd and a four-run 3rd.  Pat Foster put his team on the board with a two-run shot in the bottom of the 1st, then Josh Powell followed with a two-run double.  Chuck Lack’s rbi double was the big blow in the 2nd, then Jordan Rosenbalm launched a three-run bomb in the 3rd.  Premier erupted for seven more in the 3rd to close out the scoring.  Steve Atkinson contributed a two-run double, and Adam Littman cracked a three-run homer.

 

Chris Newberry, Lack and Atkinson were all perfect in three trips to the plate, and Alex Rulon and Rosenbalm each went 2-for-3.

 

Next Premier used a three-run 5th and a nine-run 6th to overcome a 6-5 deficit and spank Sno-Bug/Penklor Pickles 17-6.  Pat Foster’s two-run homer put his club ahead for good at 7-6 in the 4th.  Chuck Lack added an rbi double.  Then in the 6th Brad Bruns had an rbi triple, Jordan Rosenbalm a slammer, Lack another rbi double, and Ryan Uckotter a three-run homer.

 

Foster, Josh Powell, and Brad Ballinger banged out three hits apiece, and Kyle Jamison chipped in with a 2-for-3 effort.

 

A five-run 3rd and a nine-run 4th helped carry Premier past Steve’s BP 26-16 in game three.  With their team trailing 9-8 after two, Brad Bruns socked a two-run homer, and Jordan Rosenbalm a three-run bomb to put their team on top to stay at 13-9.  The 4th featured rbi doubles by Pat Foster and Ryan Uckotter, an rbi triple by Brad Ballinger, a two-run shot by Josh Powell, and a three-run homer by Kyle Jamison.  Premier tacked on four more in the 6th with the help of an rbi double by Steve Atkinson and a two-run double by Ballinger.

 

Bruns and Powell collected four hits each, and Ballinger and Uckotter went 3-for-4 to pace the offense.

 

Premier needed a ten-run 6th to break a 9-9 tie and roll past Team Discover 19-12 in game four.  Brad Bruns’ two-run shot vaulted his team into the lead at 11-9.  Jordan Rosenbalm followed with a solo shot, Ryan Uckotter a three-run homer, Frank Gruber a two-run single, and Bruns and Kyle Jamison each went solo to cap off the inning.

 

Pat Foster went 4-for-5, and Uckotter, Lack and Bruns shared nine hits for the winners.

 

That lifted Premier into the winners’ bracket finals against Cincysoftball.com.  In a game that saw five lead changes, Premier rallied for six runs in the bottom of the 6th on three-run homers by Pat Foster and Ryan Uckotter to forge ahead 24-22.  Cincysoftball.com answered with one in the top of the inning before running out of swings, making the final 24-23.

 

Uckotter and Foster pounded out four hits each, and Brian Wegman went 3-for-3.

 

Cincysoftball.com bounced back strong in a 20-4 rout of Fred’s Boys in the losers’ bracket finals, and built a 15-12 lead over Premier through five and a half innings of the championship game.  But in the bottom of the 6th, Premier exploded for ten runs on the strength of six homers.  Jordan Rosenbalm and Brian Wegman went solo to trim the deficit to 15-14, then Ryan Uckotter put Premier into the lead with a two-run homer.  Kyle Jamison added a three-run blast, Brad Bruns a two-run homer, and Rosenbalm went solo with his second homer of the inning to close out the scoring at 22-15.

 

Bruns, Brad Ballinger, Adam Littman, Uckotter and Chuck Lack shared fifteen hit to power the champions.

 

Premier manager Kevin Forwith called his team’s 24-23 victory over Cincysoftball.com in the winners’ bracket finals “the best game of the Metro.

 

“There were a lot of fans and great sportsmanship by Cincysoftball.com,” said Forwith.  “It was a back-and-forth game and we held on enough to come up to the top of the lineup and then got some key plays in the middle by Pat Foster to help secure the game.”

 

The championship game “was back-and-forth as well,” noted Forwith.

 

“It was another outstanding game.  (Cincysoftball.com pitcher) Brian Sandlin did a great job keeping us in check until the 6th when we were able to use our home runs.  Cincysofball.com played outstanding and should be complimented on their great run.  And again, with the sportsmanship they showed, it was fun to be around them and fun playing against them,” said Forwith.

 

Forwith concluded by thanking his team’s sponsors and the tournament operators.

 

“We would like to thank Rob Mahaffey of Louisville Slugger and Jason Gardner and Ben Cosgrove from Headlines Apparel to supplying our new uniforms for the Metro,” said Forwith.  “Also for Apple (park manager Steve Frederick) and (Tournament Director) Dave Maury for running a great tournament.”

Premier Services/Louisville Slugger swept undefeated past six opponents en route to a first place finish in the Men’s “Open” Division of the ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament July 24-August 2 at River City West.  Kneeling, left to right, are Kevin Forwith, Craig, Ryan Uckotter, Krank Gruber, Alex Rulon, Brad Ballinger, Brad Bruns, Aaron Brewster, and Pat Foster.  In the back row are Steve “Apple” Frederick, Brian Wegman, Kyle Jamison, Adam Littman, Jordan Rosenbalm, Chuck Lack, Tony Lack, Steve Atkinson, Jon Mulvihil, Josh Powell (holding Juan), and Dave Maury.  Photo by Tristan Young.

Premier Services/Louisville Slugger swept undefeated past six opponents en route to a first place finish in the Men’s “Open” Division of the ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament July 24-August 2 at River City West.  Kneeling, left to right, are Kevin Forwith, Craig, Ryan Uckotter, Krank Gruber, Alex Rulon, Brad Ballinger, Brad Bruns, Aaron Brewster, and Pat Foster.  In the back row are Steve “Apple” Frederick, Brian Wegman, Kyle Jamison, Adam Littman, Jordan Rosenbalm, Chuck Lack, Tony Lack, Steve Atkinson, Jon Mulvihil, Josh Powell (holding Juan), and Dave Maury.  Photo by Tristan Young.

Cincysoftball.com/Buffalo Joe’s/Elite Sports/Easton went 5-2 en route to a second place finish in the Men’s “Open” Division of the ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament July 24-August 2 at River City West.  Kneeling, left to right, are Coy Baker, Jon Back, Brian Sandlin, T. J. Kroth, Ryan Stemann, Anthony Robinson, and Joe Frey.  In the back row are Andy Larkins, Brad Hargreaves, Mark Kahny, Daniel Tolbert, Tom Stevens, Nick Weimer, Brandon Schaiper, and Josh Stemann.  Not pictured: Josh Bunnell and Erik Thomas.  Photo by Jenn Frey.

Cincysoftball.com/Buffalo Joe’s/Elite Sports/Easton went 5-2 en route to a second place finish in the Men’s “Open” Division of the ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament July 24-August 2 at River City West.  Kneeling, left to right, are Coy Baker, Jon Back, Brian Sandlin, T. J. Kroth, Ryan Stemann, Anthony Robinson, and Joe Frey.  In the back row are Andy Larkins, Brad Hargreaves, Mark Kahny, Daniel Tolbert, Tom Stevens, Nick Weimer, Brandon Schaiper, and Josh Stemann.  Not pictured: Josh Bunnell and Erik Thomas.  Photo by Jenn Frey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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