Godbey/ Jake’s/ Belly’s Survives Goodfellows/ Premier Slugfest, Sweeps ASA Cincinnati Metro Women’s Division At River City West
Crosby Township, Oh.—Godbey Law/Jake’s Automotive/Belly’s rallied for twelve runs in the 6th and 7th innings to break open a 19-19 contest and out-slug Goodfellows/Premier 31-26 in the winners’ bracket finals, then went on to rout Goodfellows 14-4 in a five-inning championship game and complete a four-game sweep of the Women’s division of the ASA Cincinnati Metro Tournament August 2-3 at River City West.
Godbey/Jake’s/Belly’s mercy-ruled three of their four opponents en route to the title. In addition to spanking Goodfellows 14-4 in the finals, the champions had overpowered Vicious & Delicious 21-3 in their opener and EOS 14-4 in game two.
Overall the winners outscored their opponents by a combined 80-36 margin.
Defense, a line-up boasting ten players who hit .577 or higher, and solid pitching helped carry Godbey/Jake’s/Belly’s to the title, said manager Chuck Johns.
“We played great defense and hit the crap out of the ball,” summed up Johns. “Eighty runs is a lot of runs. I tell my girls that if we score ten runs a game, nine out of ten times we win. We play great defense and don’t beat ourselves. We have great defense all the time. And our pitching is as good as it gets and the outfield is good also.”
Shortstop Sarah Melvin (.778) took home tournament MVP honors.
“She played great defense as always,” said Johns. “And she’s our leadoff hitter and she had a great weekend. It just seems like when she gets on base, our offense rolls and we score a lot of runs.”
Joining Melvin on the All-Tournament team were Stacy Roth (.833), Nicole Weed (.813), Michelle Kelly (.800) and Sherry Kater (.733).
“Stacy is a great defensive outfielder and she hits every weekend,” said Johns. “She’s the best women’s player in the state of Ohio. Nicole is also a great defensive player (1st base) and a great hitter. Michelle also had a great weekend. She played left field and is as good as anyone out there and had some great catches. And she had a fantastic weekend hitting-wise.
Johns called Sherry Kater “our ‘veteran.’
“She’s the second oldest player on the team and she plays good defense and hits .600 or better every weekend.”
Other hiting leaders included Jacque Gorbics (.692), Dana Hott (.688), Jodi Landreth (.577) and Laura Strong (.577). Crystal Wilson batted 1.000 in two games.
Rbi singles by Laura Strong and Michelle Kelly helped Godbey break a 3-3 tie and take their first lead at 5-2 in the top of the 4th. Godbey then erupted for six runs in the 5th and ten in the 6th to break the game open. Jacque Gorbics’ rbi triple was the big blow in the 5th. Michelle Kelly had a pair of rbi singles and Gorbics doubled in a run to highlight the 6th.
Sarah Melvin and Dana Hott banged out five hits each, Nicole Weed added four, and Jodi Landreth, Tonya Woodruff, Strong and Kelly each went 3-for-4.
Godbey scored in every inning to mercy-rule EOS 14-4 in five innings in game two. The winners jumped out to a 9-2 lead after two, then pulled away with four in the 4th and one in the 5th. Nicole Weed contributed rbi singles in each of the 1st two innings. Dana Hott’s rbi double was the big hit in the 3rd, while the 4th featured a Sherry Kater rbi triple. Michelle Kelly’s walk-off single closed out the scoring in the 5th.
Sarah Melvin, Stacy Roth, and Dana Hott were all perfect in three trips to the plate, and Jacque Gorbics, Kelly and Liz Andres shared eight hits.
That lifted Godbey into the winners’ bracket finals, where they rallied for seven runs in the top of the 5th and five in the 6th to overcome an 18-12 deficit and take a 24-19 lead over Goodfellows. Crystal Wilson’s rbi single put Godbey ahead to stay at 20-19. Nicole Weed followed with an rbi single and Liz Andres an rbi double, then Jodi Landreth and Sarah Melvin each had a base hit to provide two more insurance runs and open up a 24-19 advantage. Goodfellows answered with one, but Godbey quickly offset that with a seven-run outburst in the 7th. Jacque Gorbics sparked the rally with a two-run single. An rbi single by Michelle Kelly capped off the inning. It turned out Godbey needed almost every run, as Goodfellows plated six runs in the bottom of the 7th to make the final 31-26.
Nicole Weed pounded out six hits, Sherrie Katter, Kelly and Stacy Roth combined for fifteen, and Gorbics chipped in four to pace the offense.
Goodfellows bounced back to oust EOS 11-5 in the losers’ bracket finals, but proved no match for Godbey in the championship game. The eventual champions jumped out a 13-0 lead with eleven in the 1st and two in the 2nd and never looked back in a 14-3, five inning finale. Crystal Wilson got the scoring underway with a two-run double in the bottom of the 1st. Stacy Roth and Sarah Melvin each contributed an rbi double in the inning. Later in the inning Wilson collected her third rbi with a base hit, and Nicole Weed’s rbi single capped off the inning. Godbey tacked on two in the 2nd on a two-run double by Jodi Landreth and one in the 3rd on a base hit by Jacque Gorbics.
Sherry Kater and Wilson went 3-for-3 to power the champions. Weed, Roth, Laura Strong and Kelly went 2-for-3.
Godbey manager Chuck Johns credited his club’s eleven-run 1st inning outburst with setting the tone for the game in the finals.
“They didn’t score any in the top of the 1st, and we scored eleven and they were kinda done after that,” said Johns. “They didn’t play the way they usually play. It’s hard to come back from eleven.”
Johns called the 31-26 winners’ bracket finals slugfest “the best game I’ve ever coached in the five years I’ve been doing this.
“My girls never quit. We were down six and they fought back and took the lead, and then started playing defense. It was a great hitting game for both teams. Premier never quit either and they came back also.
“Overall it was a great tournament for both teams,” summed up Johns. “I commend Premier for coming back.”
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