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Addington Single Lifts Bloomington Moose/ Silvertowne/ Classic Title Past Rockstar/ Yats 21-20 In All-Indiana Worth-Ohio USSSA “C” State Finals At Mid-America

Colerain Township, Oh.—Quentin Addington singled home David Lepper with one-out in the bottom of the 8th to lift Bloomington Moose/Silvertowne/Classic Title to a 21-20 victory over Rockstar/Yats in the championship game of the Worth-Ohio USSSA Men’s Class “C” State Tournament on Saturday, August 16th at Mid-America Ballyard.

 

Lepper had doubled with one out, then advanced to 3rd on a base hit by Brian Spenn to set the stage for Addington’s walk-off shot into the left-centerfield gap.

 

Bloomington’s victory over Rockstar in the all-Indiana finals wrapped up a four-game sweep of the ten-team affair.

 

Previously in the winners’ bracket, the champions had mercy-ruled both Tickets Galore 17-4 and EAP/Goodtimers 17-7 in five innings, then polished off Rockstar/Yats 18-10 in the winners’ bracket finals.

 

Moose, who outscored their opponents by a combined 73-41 margin, never trailed in their first three games.  Conversely, they never led in the championship game until Addington’s single in the bottom of the 8th.

 

The winners pocketed $600 in travel expense, while Rockstar left Mid-America with $400.

 

The key to winning the tournament, said Bloomington manager Rick Webb, was “playing within ourselves, being mature, and not feeling any anxiety when we were chasing Rockstar.”

 

Rockstar jumped out to an 8-0 lead after an inning and a half in the finals, then led 14-8 after three and a half, 19-14 after four and a half, and 20-19 after five and a half.

 

But Bloomington always had an answer, tying the game four consecutive innings from the 3rd through the 6th.

 

“We got the hits when we needed them,” summed up Webb.

 

The other key, he said, was “making the routine plays.

 

“You have to be able to field the ball when it’s given to you,” said Webb.

 

Zac Tharpe was named Tournament MVP “for his batting average and his effective pitching,” said Webb.

 

Tharpe only made two outs the entire day, going 12-for-14 (.857).

 

Joining Tharpe on the All-State team were Bryan Robertson (.706), Brett Robertson (.692) Brian Spenn (.667), Quentin Addington (.600) and David Lepper (.600).

 

Bryan Robertson “usually hits higher” said Webb of Robertson’s .706 performance.

 

“His consistency usually pushes him to the top every weekend.  He’s our leader right now.”

 

Brett Robertson “just does what he has to do,” said Webb.  “He’s a clutch hitter and can play anywhere in the field.”

 

Webb said that Spenn “hit the ball when we needed him to, and his defensive play up the middle was absolutely outstanding.  He turned a triple play and tons of double plays.”

 

Shortstop Quentin Addington was named “for his defensive play.

 

“He makes the plays he needs to make to help us win,” said Webb.  “He doesn’t do anything exceptional.  He plays within himself.  And he had the hits when we needed them.  He got the hit we needed to finish off Rockstar…we didn’t want to play them another game.”

 

Addington also homered in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game at 20-20 and send it into extra innings.

 

David Lepper also had a big hit in the finals, connecting on a two-run shot that tied the game in the bottom of the 5th.

 

Bloomington never trailed as they walked through the winners’ bracket, taking early leads, then pulling away in the later innings in all three contests.

 

A Wes Smith rbi double put Moose on the board in the top of the 1st in game one.  Bloomington made it 7-0 with six in the top of the 3rd.  Keith Black and David Lepper had back-to-back rbi doubles, Bryan Spenn tripled home Lepper, then Quentin Addington had a base hit to chase Spenn home.  Zac Tharpe capped off the inning with an inside-the-park home run.  The lead swelled to 13-1 as Bloomington put up six more in the top of the 4th – all with two outs.  Brett Robertson got the scoring underway with a two-run homer, Brian Robertson went solo, David Lepper had an rbi double, and Wes Smith cracked a two-run homer.  Keith Lynn’s two-run shot was the big blow in the 5th as the Hoosier club added four runs to close out the scoring at 17-4.

 

Tharpe and Bryan Robertson banged out three hits each, and Brett Robertson chipped in with two hits.

 

Next Bloomington used a five-run 2nd to break a 4-4 tie, then tacked on a run in the 3rd and seven in the 4th to pull away to a 17-7 victory in five.  Brian Robertson’s two-run single put his club ahead 6-4 in the top of the 2nd.  David Lepper followed with a three-run bomb.  Keith Lynn had a solo shot in the 3rd, then in the 6th Lepper singled in two runs, Ryan Swan launched a three-run homer, Nick Banks added an rbi triple, and Zac Tharpe had a base hit to plate Banks.

 

Tharpe and Wes Smith were both perfect in three trips to the plate.

 

That lifted Moose into the winners’ bracket finals, where they jumped out to a 5-0 lead over home state rival Rockstar/Yats after an inning and a half, then began to pull away with two in the 4th, four in the 5th and 6th and three in the 7th.  Brian Spenn had a two-run single in the 1st, and Brett Robertson made it 5-0 with a three-run blast in the 2nd.  Keith Lynn had a two-run shot in the 4th, and David Lepper a two-run homer in the 5th.  The 6th featured a Wes Smith three-run homer, while the 7th was highlighted by a two-run Zac Tharpe double.  Brett Robertson singled home Tharpe to close out the scoring.

 

Tharpe, Nick Banks, Brian Spenn and Smith shared a dozen hits to pace the offense.

 

Rockstar then disposed of Cotner Funeral Home 14-9 to earn a re-match with Moose in the championship game, where they quickly jumped out to an 8-0 lead after an inning and a half.  Bloomington knotted the score with two in the bottom of the 2nd and six in the 3rd, but Rockstar kept the pressure on, pushing across six in the 4th, five in the 5th and one in the 6th.  But Moose had an answer every inning.  After falling behind 19-14 in the top of the 5th, Zac Tharpe delivered an rbi single, Wes Smith singled in two runs, and Dave Lepper belted a two-run homer to knot the score at 19-19.  Then after Rockstar scored a run in the top of the 6th, Quentin Addington offset that with a solo shot, which resulted in the game going into extra innings.

 

Finally in the bottom of the 8th, David Lepper doubled with one out, and went to 3rd on a base hit by Ryan Spenn.  Then Quentin Addington stepped to the plate and drilled a gapper into left-center to plate Lepper with the game winner.

 

Lepper, Spenn and Addington pounded out four hits each, and Nick Banks, Keith Black, and Bryan Robertson combined for nine to power the champions.

 

Bloomington manager Rick Webb called finalist Rockstar “a great group of guys.

 

“We knew we were going to have a tough game,” said Webb.  “But we were able to keep hitting and keep the pressure on them, and that is what we did.”

 

Was Webb surprised with the ease with which his team walked through the winners’ bracket?

 

“We were very surprised,” he said.  “Tickets Galore is a great group of guys.  I heard they won in D last year and moved up.  We have a lot of teams in Indiana who are too comfortable with winning and not wanting to move up.

 

“And EAP is a class act,” said Webb.  “They’ve been playing for a long time and are a really good softball team.  I think we caught them off-guard when we jumped on them.  We always enjoy playing against those guys.”

 

Webb believes the competition at Mid-America “will help everyone when they get to the nationals and world.

 

“Ohio has some great teams,” said Webb.  “We know some of the teams were missing players.  We just had a good weekend, and Rockstar was playing really well, and it just happened we got to play each other in the finals.

 

“We appreciate all the teams in Ohio letting us come over and (park owner) Brian Wegman letting us play at his park, and everybody else who helped put on the tournament,” concluded Webb.  “We had a great time.”

 

For final standings, tournament game scores and all-tournament team, please paste the following url into your browser: http://www.usssa.com/sports/tournament3.asp?TournamentID=1091546

 

This article is also available for viewing at www.ohiousssasoftball.com.

Bloomington Moose/Silvertowne/Classic Title outlasted Indiana rival Rockstar/Yats 21-20 in eight innings in the championship game to capture first place in the Worth-Ohio USSSA Men’s Class “C” State Tournament on Saturday, August 16th at Mid-American Ballyard.  Front row, left to right, are Keith Lynn, Jordan Ross, Mike Kennedy, Zac Dale, Ryan Swan, Brett Robertson, and Bryan Robertson.  In the back row are Jordan Patterson, Wes Smith, Bear, David Lepper, Brock Morrison, Scotty Mollet, Clay Norton, Quentin Addington and Rick Webb.  Photo courtesy of Bloomington Moose/Silvertowne/Classic Title Softball team.

Bloomington Moose/Silvertowne/Classic Title outlasted Indiana rival Rockstar/Yats 21-20 in eight innings in the championship game to capture first place in the Worth-Ohio USSSA Men’s Class “C” State Tournament on Saturday, August 16th at Mid-American Ballyard.  Front row, left to right, are Keith Lynn, Jordan Ross, Mike Kennedy, Zac Dale, Ryan Swan, Brett Robertson, and Bryan Robertson.  In the back row are Jordan Patterson, Wes Smith, Bear, David Lepper, Brock Morrison, Scotty Mollet, Clay Norton, Quentin Addington and Rick Webb.  Photo courtesy of Bloomington Moose/Silvertowne/Classic Title Softball team.

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