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EMR/ Plant Detail/ Schoch Tile/ BW3/ River City Mercies Cincinnati ASA Metro “C” Field At River City West

Crosby Township, Oh.—EMR/Plant Detail/Schoch Tile/BW3/River mercy-ruled four out of five opponents, including Holy Grail/Headllines 18-8 in the championship game, en route to a first place finish in the Men’s Class C Division of the Cincinnati ASA Metro Tournament July 24-August 3 at River City West.

 

Only one team – Dirty Sports – lasted seven innings against the champions, as EMR romped past Infamous 23-9 in five, Dirty Sports 14-5, Holy Grail/Headlines 18-2 in four, Usual Suspects 15-5 in six, and Holy Grail 18-8 in a five-inning finals.

 

It was the fourth title in three years for the winners, who claimed both the Level 1 and Level 2 Metro crowns in 2012, and the Level 1 championship last season.

 

Tournament MVP Jason Molnar, (.875) and All-Tournament selection Tim Bacon (.764) powered the champions to the title.

 

But it was the pitching of Danny Eigel and the offensive production provided by the bottom of the order that carried EMR to the title, said manager Mike Clark.

 

“Danny’s pitching was a big key,” said Clark.  “He held everybody under ten runs.  I think nine was the most he gave up in five games.  And he hit .625.”

 

Another big key, said Clark, “were the five guys I rotated in at the bottom of our lineup.

 

“They went 33-for-46 and batted .717,” noted Clark.  “In the championship game our bottom three guys were 9-for-9.  When the bottom of your order hits like that, you’re going to win.”

 

The five players Clark rotated in included Steve Kroeger (.750), Jeff Sunberg (.750), James Byrd (.727), Rob Lohbeck (.700) and Johnny Martin (.667).

 

Pacing the offense for EMR was tournament MVP Jason Molnar.

 

“He only made two outs the whole tournament and had five home runs and twelve rbi’s,” said Clark.

ournament MVP Jason Molnar, center, receives his MVP trophy from Tournament Director Dave Maury, left, and River City West Park Manager Steve Frederick, right.  Photo by Tristan Young.

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

 

Joining Molnar and Eigel on the All-Tournament team were Tim Bacon, Mike Thompson and Justin Haines.

 

“Tim had so many extra base hits,” observed Clark.  “He had thirteen hits and ten were for extra bases.  Mike batted .600 and had three home runs and ten rbi’s, and he had some big home runs.  And Justin had some big home runs and knocked in twelve runs.”

 

Anchoring the defense were infielders Dustin Hinken at short and Curtis Blank in the middle.

 

“They played really good,” said Clark.

 

EMR jumped out to a 14-1 lead with nine runs in the top of the 1st and five in the 2nd and never looked back in a 23-9 spanking of Infamous in game one.  Rbi doubles by John Lawwill, Tim Bacon, Rob Lohbeck and James Byrd, and a bases-clearing double by Justin Haines accounted for seven of EMR’s nine runs in the 1st, while an rbi triple by Bacon and a two-run single by Danny Eigel were the big blows in the 2nd.  Bacon tripled home another run in a two-run 3rd.  Then in the 4th EMR got a two-run shot from Haines and a solo home run from Lohbeck as the lead swelled to 20-7.  Bacon collected his third rbi triple in the 5th and Mike Thompson cracked a two-run homer to close out the scoring for the winners in the 5th.

 

Bacon and Jason Molnar were both perfect in four trips to the plate, while Lohbeck, Steve Kroeger, Lawwill and Eigel chipped in three hits each.

Shawn O’Conner, center, was named the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Men’s “C” Division of the 2014 ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament.  Photo by Tristan Young.

Shawn O’Conner, center, was named the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Men’s “C” Division of the 2014 ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament.  Photo by Tristan Young.

 

Next EMR used a six-run 2nd and a seven-run 3rd to brush aside Dirty Sports 14-5.  After Jason Molnar’s two-run shot knotted the score at 3-3 in the top of the 2nd, Johnny Martin put his team ahead for good with a two-run single.  Dave Hoover followed with a two-run double to make it a 7-3 game.  Dirty Sports put up two in the bottom of the 3rd, but then EMR broke the game open with seven in the 5th.  Hoover had another two-run double and Molnar cracked his second two-run homer of the contest to cap off the inning.

 

Hoover and Tim Bacon banged out three hits each, while Danny Eigel, Molnar, Rob Lohbeck, Martin and James Byrd went 2-for-3.

 

EMR needed only four innings to steamroll Holy Grail/Headlines 18-2 in game three.  After taking an early 3-0 lead on a Jason Molnar three-run blast in the top of the 2nd, EMR exploded for five in the 3rd and ten in the 4th to seal the win.  Rob Lohbeck had a solo home run and Mike Thompson a two-run homer in the 3rd, while Justin Haines launched a three-run homer to ignite the 4th.  Later in the 4th James Byrd contributed a two-run double, and Danny Eigel doubled in a pair of runs to close out the scoring.

 

Thompson, Lohbeck, Byrd, Dave Hoover, John Lawwill, Dustin Hinken and Molnar combined for fourteen hits to lead the winners.

 

That lifted EMR into the winners’ bracket finals, where they rolled past Usual Suspects 15-5 in six.  After spotting their opponent two runs in the top of the 1st, EMR quickly took charge, plating five in the bottom of the 1st and four in the 3rd to forge a 9-3 advantage.  John Lawwill’s two-run homer knotted the score in the 1st, then Justin Haines doubled in two runs and scored on a Curtis Blank single.  Haines picked up two more rbi’s in the 3rd with a double.  Usual Suspects trimmed the deficit down to four with two in the top of the 4th, but then EMR pulled away with a run in the 4th on a base hit by Steve Kroeger, four in the 5th on a Danny Eigel two-run single and rbi singles by Haines and Rob Lohbeck, and one in the 6th on a Dave Hoover rbi triple.

 

Jason Molnar, Eigel and Haines collected three hits apiece, and Tim Bacon, Blank and Kroeger went 2-for-3.

 

Holy Grail then trimmed Usual Suspects 12-11 to earn a rematch with EMR in the finals, but they proved no match for the champions, who scored in every inning en route to an 18-8, five-inning rout.  Mike Thompson put his team on the board with a two-run homer in the bottom of the 1st.  The lead increased to 7-1 in the 2nd with the help of a Jason Molnar solo and a two-run single by Dave Hoover.  Holy Grail matched EMR’s five runs with five in the top of the 3rd to cut the lead down to one, but EMR answered with a three-run bomb by Molnar and rbi singles by Jeff Sunberg and Johnny Martin to stretch their advantage back up to five.  EMR tacked on two in the 4th on run-scoring singles by Dustin Hinken and Danny Eigel, and four in the 5th on base hits by Sunberg, Martin and Hoover and a walk-off sac fly by Tim Bacon.

 

Bacon, Hinken, Molnar, James Byrd, Sunberg and Martin shared eighteen hits to lead the champions.

 

Despite the fact that none of his team’s previous opponents had come within nine runs of EMR in their run through the winners’ bracket, and that Holy Grail had sustained some injuries, manager Mike Clark said his team wasn’t about to take Holy Grail lightly in the finals.

 

“Even though they had about four guys hurt and they were pretty tired, we knew we couldn’t take them lightly,” said Clark.  “Anybody can beat you in any game.”

 

Clark called his second round match-up with Dirty Sports “the pivotal game of the tournament” for his club.

 

“We were glad to get by them,” said Clark.  “We were .500 against them this year.”

 

Was Clark surprised to mercy-rule four of his team’s five opponents?

 

“We just had good pitching and played good defense,” summed up Clark.  “That is what we try to do.  When we huddle before the game, we get together and say ‘defense.’  We always hit so we try to concentrate on defense more than anything else.”

 

In spite of the fact that EMR had won three Metro titles in the past two years, Clark said that “this one was a little tougher.

 

“It’s no secret we lost about nine guys from last year’s team and we only had four or five guys back, so to win another one was pretty awesome,” said Clark.  “Also four or five of the guys who left us ended up winning the Open so I was really happy for those guys too.”

 

Clark said that considering this was “the first year with River City West (formerly Rumpke Park) under new owners, the tournament went smoother than a lot of people thought it would.

 

“They’re trying to iron out any problems and smooth out everything,” said Clark,” and everybody did a good job.  We had rain one day and the grounds crew had the fields ready to go in just a few hours.”

 

Clark concluded by thanking his team’s sponsors and players.

 

“We want to thank all our sponsors for enabling us to be able to play and do what we love to do,” said Clark.  “We have like sixteen-eighteen guys, and we have to move them around.  This year our team has come in second or third in almost every tournament we’ve played in.  And in just about every one of them, we’ve had people hurt, and now we’re finally getting everybody back healthy.  We only have one guy out hurt still and he’s getting ready to come back.”

 

“I also want to thank Donald Butler,” said Clark.  “He helps out coaching and is an important part of the team.”

EMR/Plant Detail/Schoch Tile/BW3/River routed Holy Grail/Headllines 18-8 in five innings in the championship game to complete a five-game sweep of the Men’s Class C Division of the Cincinnati ASA Metro Tournament July 24-August 3 at River City West.  Front row, left to right, are Curtis Blank, Rob Lohbeck, Dustin Hinken, Tim Bacon, Jeff Sunberg, Brian Harmeyer and Justin Haines.  In the back row are Steve Frederick of River City West, Jason Osborne, Steve Kroeger, John Lawwill, Mike Thompson, Jason Molnar, Mike Clark, Danny Eigel, Dave Hoover, Johnny Martin, James Byrd, Justin Ohmart, Mark Drexler, ASA Commissioner Dave Maury, and Donald Butler.  Photo by Tristan Young.

EMR/Plant Detail/Schoch Tile/BW3/River routed Holy Grail/Headllines 18-8 in five innings in the championship game to complete a five-game sweep of the Men’s Class C Division of the Cincinnati ASA Metro Tournament July 24-August 3 at River City West.  Front row, left to right, are Curtis Blank, Rob Lohbeck, Dustin Hinken, Tim Bacon, Jeff Sunberg, Brian Harmeyer and Justin Haines.  In the back row are Steve Frederick of River City West, Jason Osborne, Steve Kroeger, John Lawwill, Mike Thompson, Jason Molnar, Mike Clark, Danny Eigel, Dave Hoover, Johnny Martin, James Byrd, Justin Ohmart, Mark Drexler, ASA Commissioner Dave Maury, and Donald Butler.  Photo by Tristan Young.

Holy Grail/Headlines went 5-2 en route to a second place finish in the Men’s “C” Division of the ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament July 24-August 2 at River City West.  Kneeling, left to right, are Ryan Meyer, Brooks Hazelbaker, Steve Bock, Butch Bedingfield, Kevin Wagoner, Kenny Kramer, and Dave Huber.  In the back row are Brandon Felthouse, Todd Witt, Isaiah Stayton, Shawn O’Connor, Johnny Leigh, Tom Kramer, Ken Kramer, and Brian Brandenburg.  Photo by Tristan Young.

Holy Grail/Headlines went 5-2 en route to a second place finish in the Men’s “C” Division of the ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament July 24-August 2 at River City West.  Kneeling, left to right, are Ryan Meyer, Brooks Hazelbaker, Steve Bock, Butch Bedingfield, Kevin Wagoner, Kenny Kramer, and Dave Huber.  In the back row are Brandon Felthouse, Todd Witt, Isaiah Stayton, Shawn O’Connor, Johnny Leigh, Tom Kramer, Ken Kramer, and Brian Brandenburg.  Photo by Tristan Young.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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