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Chase Walk-Off Lifts Mich Ultra To Cincinnati ASA Metro Co-Ed Upper Title At River City West

Crosby Township, Oh.—Brian Chase’s rbi single capped off a four-run rally in the bottom of the 7th and lifted Mich Ultra to an 11-10 victory over 203 in the championship game of the Co-Ed Upper Division of the Cincinnati ASA Metro Tournament August 1-August 3 at River City West.

 

Just a day earlier in the winners’ bracket finals Mich Ultra had rallied for six runs in the bottom of the 6th to overcome a 5-2 deficit to The Krackens.  Kevin Larison belted a three-run homer to knot the score, Sarah Melvin singled in the go-ahead run, then Todd Sledge doubled home a pair of insurance runs.

 

Sledge also homered leading off the bottom of the 7th to ignite Mich Ultra’s four-run rally against 203.

Player-manager Amy Schweinefus of Mich Ultra receives the 1st place trophy from Dave Maury of ASA (left) and Steve Frederick of River City West (right) .  Photo by Tristan Young.

Player-manager Amy Schweinefus of Mich Ultra receives the 1st place trophy from Dave Maury of ASA (left) and Steve Frederick of River City West (right) .  Photo by Tristan Young.

 

Melvin was named the tournament’s female MVP.

 

On Friday the eventual champions went unchallenged, as they mercy-ruled Rack Pack 21-0 in three, and SSA Domestic Disturbance 17-3 in five.

 

Overall the winners outscored their opponents by a combined 57-19 margin.

 

Sledge, Mich Ultra’s player-manager, credited his club’s title to “good defense and a lot of timely hitting.

 

“And we had good old overall team chemistry,” said Sledge.  “We had a lot of fun playing with each other.”

Dave Maury of ASA, left, and Steve Frederick of River City West, right, present the runner-up trophy.  Photo by Tristan Young.

Dave Maury of ASA, left, and Steve Frederick of River City West, right, present the runner-up trophy.  Photo by Tristan Young.

 

Two other keys to the championship, said Sledge, included “very good pitching from Tommy Hedrick in our first two games, and we had two really good designated runners.  They did an excellent job.”

 

Sledge might also have mentioned offense.  Mich Ultra’s team average was .637, and the lineup featured four players who hit .800 or better, one who hit over .700, and two that hit over .600.

 

John Sullivan and Brian Chase paced the male players at .833, Greg Riddel followed at .818, Kevin Larison batted .800, and Tommy Stephens chipped in at .667.  Amy Schweinefus led Mich Ultra’s females with a .769 effort.  Stephanie Brandt hit .667 and Sarah Melvin .580.

 

Sullivan and Melvin were named the tournament’s Most Valuable Players.

Mich Ultra’s John Sullivan, second from left, and Sarah Melvin, second from the right, were named the Most Valuable Players in the Co-Ed Upper division of the ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament.  Photo by Tristan Young.

Mich Ultra’s John Sullivan, second from left, and Sarah Melvin, second from the right, were named the Most Valuable Players in the Co-Ed Upper division of the ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament.  Photo by Tristan Young.

 

In addition to only making two outs and hitting .833, Sullivan “played shortstop and made at least six plays that turned a lot of innings around,” said Sledge.  “And Sarah played 3rd and she was excellent there as well.

 

“They both played excellent defense and hit very well for the tournament,” he added.

 

Joining Sullivan and Melvin on the All-Tournament team were Greg Riddel, Brian Chase, Amy Schweinefus and Stephanie Brandt.

 

“Greg hit .818 and played several different positions throughout the tournament,” said Sledge.  “Especially when he had to come in and pitch our last game after Tom Stephens had to leave the park after he was hit in the head by a bat in the warm-up area.  Fortunately he came back and was fine.

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Mich Ultra’s All-Tournament selections included, from left to right, Brian Chase, Greg Riddel, Stephanie Brandt, and Amy Schweinefus.  Photo by Tristan Young.

 

“Brian Chase hit .833 and played left-centerfield and had several key hits throughout the tournament,” Sledge continued.  “Amy hit .769 and played right-center and played well overall, and Stephanie Brandt hit .667 and did a great job playing 2nd base.  She really locked down that position.”

 

Mich Ultra took a 4-0 lead in the top of the 1st on consecutive rbi doubles by John Sullivan, Crystal Wilson, Brian Chase and Kevin Larison against Rack Pack in game one.  Then, after Sullivan had another rbi double to make it 5-0 in the 2nd, Mich Ultra exploded for sixteen runs in the 3rd to break the contest wide open.  The inning featured a two-run single by Amy Schweinefus, a two-run double by Wilson, a two-run triple by Chase, a bases-clearing double by Larison, plus a three-run homer by Larison.

 

Sullivan, Wilson, Tommy Hedrick, Larison and Tonya Woodruff were all perfect in three trips to the plate.

 

203’s All-Tournament selections, from left to right, are Kathy Schalk, Jeff Schalk, Tim Rovekamp, and Tami Lasley. Photo by Tristan Young.

Next Mich Ultra scored in every inning en route to a 17-3, five-inning rout of SSA Domestic Disturbance.  The winners used a seven-run 1st and a two-run 2nd to jump out to a 9-1 lead and never looked back.  John Sullivan and Crystal Wilson each contributed an rbi double in the 1st, and Greg Riddel had a two-run shot in the 2nd.  Mich Ultra tacked on two in the 3rd on a two-run double by Kevin Larison, then added four in the 4th with the help of a two-run triple by Wilson and an rbi double by Amy Schweinefus.  Mich Ultra closed out the scoring in the 5th on a Larison solo shot and an rbi double by Riddel.

 

Sullivan, Schweinefus, Brian Chase and Riddel banged out three hits each to pace the offense.

 

That lifted Mich Ultra into the winners’ bracket finals, where they needed a six-run rally in the bottom of the 6th to erase a 5-2 deficit and pull out an 8-6 victory over The Krackens.  Kevin Larison got the rally underway with a three-run bomb to knot the score at 5-5.  Sarah Melvin then singled in the go-ahead run, and Todd Sledge provided a pair of insurance runs with a two-run double.  The Krackens answered with one in the top of the 7th before running out of swings.

 

Kate Sullivan, Greg Riddel and Sledge shared six hits for the winners.

 

Mich Ultra appeared to have the championship game in hand after taking an early 6-0 lead over 203 with four in the 1st and two in the 3rd.  But 203 rallied back with two in the 4th, two in the 6th and six in the 7th to storm ahead 10-7.  Undaunted, Mich Golden got a leadoff home run from Todd Sledge to trim the deficit to two at 10-8.  Greg Riddel doubled with one out and scored on a base hit by Tommy Hedrick.  After a base hit by Crystal Wilson, John Sullivan doubled home the tying run.  Amy Schweinefus singled Sullivan to 3rd, setting the stage for Brian Chase’s walk-off single.

 

Schweinefus and Chase pounded out four hits each, and Riddel, Sullivan and Stephanie Brandt combined for nine hits.

 

Mich Ultra manager Todd Sledge credited his team’s experience with being able to overcome 203’s 7th inning rally.

 

“They have some very competitive players,” said Sledge.  “We were just fortunate to have some more timely hitting than they did.  In the top of the 7th we had a little bit of anxiety after having a three-run lead, but with experienced players, you just do what you have to do and see what happens.  With my leadoff home run and consecutive hits after that it kind of helped us get going.

 

“It was just a great time and a lot of fun,” concluded Sledge.  “Thanks to Steve Frederick (River City West) and Dave Maury (ASA) for running a good tournament. They kept the games on time and moved some games around to accommodate the time changes for the men and women playing in other divisions.”

After mercy-ruling their first two opponents, Mich Ultra had to win their next two games in their final at bat to complete a four game sweep of the Co-Ed Upper Division of the ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament August 1-3 at River City West.  In the front row, from left to right, are John Sullivan, Amy Schweinefus, Stephanie Brandt, Tonya Woodruff, Sarah Melvin, and Crystal Wilson.  In the back row are Tommy Hedrick, Greg Riddel, Todd Sledge, Kevin Larison, Kate Sullivan, Brian Chase, and Christina Chase.  Photo by Tristan Young.

After mercy-ruling their first two opponents, Mich Ultra had to win their next two games in their final at bat to complete a four game sweep of the Co-Ed Upper Division of the ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament August 1-3 at River City West.  In the front row, from left to right, are John Sullivan, Amy Schweinefus, Stephanie Brandt, Tonya Woodruff, Sarah Melvin, and Crystal Wilson.  In the back row are Tommy Hedrick, Greg Riddel, Todd Sledge, Kevin Larison, Kate Sullivan, Brian Chase, and Christina Chase.  Photo by Tristan Young.

203 went 4-2 en route to a runner-up finish in the Co-Ed Upper Division of the ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament August 1-3 at River City West. Photo by Tristan Young. Front row, left to right, are Tami Lasley, Kristee Emmans, Tiffany Hayes, Kassie Brock, Lora Zimmerman, Monica Fugate, and Kathy Schalk. Standing are Jeff Schalk, Mickey Zimmerman, Tim Rovekamp, Brad Schalk, Justin Aldora, Opie Bolinger, and Joe NeCamp. Photo by Tristan Young.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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