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Sprinklerfitters Local 669 Mercies Lansing 333 16-6, 11-1 In 38th Annual U. A. “C” Division Finals At Expressway Park

Milford, Oh.– Sprinklerfitters Local 669 Indiana District 13 mercy-ruled Lansing, Michigan 333 16-6 in the winners’ bracket finals, then again 11-1 in the championship game, to complete a five-game sweep of the class “C” division 38th Annual United Association National Tournament June 26-28 at Expressway Park.

 

Earlier in the tournament, Local 669 rallied for twelve runs in their last four at bats, pushing across the game-winner on Dylan Wilcher’s two-out, rbi single in the bottom of the 8th, to escape with a 15-14 victory over Morgantown, WV Local 152 in their opener. Indiana then run-ruled Windsor, Canada Local 527 15-3, but survived a 20-18 battle with Peoria, IL 353 in game three before routing Lansing.

United Association National Tournament officials, Bob Sullivan Jr., left, and Cincinnati Local 392 Business manager Keith McCarthy, right, presented the runner-up trophy to Lansing 333.  Photo by Bill Fraley.

United Association National Tournament officials, Bob Sullivan Jr., left, and Cincinnati Local 392 Business manager Keith McCarthy, right, presented the runner-up trophy to Lansing 333. Photo by Bill Fraley.

Local 669 outscored their opponents by a 77-42 margin en route to the title to outlast a thirteen-team field.

 

Player-manager David D’Angelo credited his team’s victory to “team morale and motivation.

 

“We were told we were the only team that acted like we wanted to win,” said D’Angelo.

 

“Our entire team stayed pretty pumped up every game, and we got some timely base hits and home runs when we needed them,” he added.

Sprinklefitters Local 669 team representatives receive the championship trophy from U. A. National Tournament officials Bob Sullivan Jr., far left, and Cincinnati Local 392 Business Manager Keith McCarthy, far right. Photo by Bill Fraley.

Sprinklefitters Local 669 Business Agent Chad Scott, second from left, and team co-manager David D’Angelo, center, and co-manager Jess Sowder, left, receive the championship trophy from U. A. National Tournament officials Bob Sullivan Jr., far left, and Cincinnati Local 392 Business Manager Keith McCarthy, far right. Photo by Bill Fraley.

Tournament MVP Aaron Wilcher (.842, 13 rbi’s), tournament Home Run Leader Matt Scott (.737, 4 HR’s, 12 rbi’s) and Dustin Sharp (.750, 7 rbi’s) powered the champions.

 

“Aaron was a great addition to our team as far as a team leader,” said D’Angelo. “Not only was he on fire with his hitting, but he also had a helluva mitt in the field. He made a lot of big plays for us at 3rd base.”

 

Matt Scott “did a heckuva job in our clean-up spot for us,” continued D’Angelo.

 

“He’s definitely a great power hitter and I don’t think anyone hits it any farther than Matt.”

Tournament MVP Aaron Wilcher, right, accepts the “Gene Blom Most Valuable Player Award” from Local 669 manager Dave D’Angelo. Photo by Bill Fraley.

Tournament MVP Aaron Wilcher, left, accepts the “Gene Blom Most Valuable Player Award” from Local 669 manager David D’Angelo. Photo by Bill Fraley.

D’Angelo said he “wished he had another MVP trophy” for Dustin Sharp.

 

“He deserved it. He made numerous big plays in the field at 2nd base as well.”

 

Indiana didn’t look like it would survive its first game, as they fell behind Morgantown 12-3 after four and a half innings. But they rallied for three in the bottom of the 5th and eight in the 6th to take a short-lived 14-13 lead. Then, after Morgantown tied the game in the top of the 7th, Local 669 pulled the game out in the bottom of the 8th. With one out, Nate Williams singled, took 2nd on a deep fly out, then scored the game winner on Dylan Wilcher’s walk-off single.

 

Aaron Wilcher, Matt Scott, Brandon Kingsbury and Jeff Long each went 3-for-4 to lead the winners. Scott also contributed a pair of home runs and six rbi’s, including a huge three-run shot in his club’s big eight-run 6th.

Local 669’s Matt Scott accepts the Tournament Home Run Leader from U. A. National Tournament officials, Bob Sullivan Jr., left, and Cincinnati Local 392 Business manager Keith McCarthy, right. Photo by Bill Fraley.

Local 669’s Matt Scott accepts the Tournament Home Run Leader from U. A. National Tournament officials, Bob Sullivan Jr., left, and Cincinnati Local 392 Business manager Keith McCarthy, right. Photo by Bill Fraley.

Local 669 needed only five innings to brush aside Windsor 527 15-3 in game two. Windsor drew first blood with three in the top of the 1st, but failed to score again, and Indiana quickly grabbed the lead on an rbi single by Brandon Kingsbury in the bottom of the inning. 669 tacked on four in the 3rd with the help of a two-run double by Dustin Sharp, then blew the game open with seven in the 4th. Jess Sowder contributed a two-run single, and Sharp added another two-run double in the 4th.

 

David D’Angelo was perfect in three trips to the plate to pace the offense.

 

The Sprinklerfitters out-slugged Peoria, Illinois 353 20-18 in game three, breaking a 7-7 tie with two runs in the bottom of the 2nd, then tacking on six in the 3rd, one in the 4th and four in the 6th to fend off a late Peoria charge. Jess Sowders’ two-run single put his team ahead for good in the 2nd. The 3rd featured a two-run double by Aaron Wilcher and a two-run homer by Matt Scott. John Wilcher delivered an rbi single in the 4th, while David D’Angelo singled in two of Indiana’s four runs in the 6th.

 

Aaron Wilcher and Matt Scott combined for eight hits, and Dylan Wilcher, D’Angelo, Brad Fulkerson, Sowder and Dustin Sharp chipped in three hits apiece.

 

That lifted Local 669 into the winners’ bracket finals, where they steamrolled Lansing 333 16-6 in five. Indiana broke the game open with nine in the 2nd and five in the 3rd and never looked back. An rbi single by Chris Cooper broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the 2nd and put his club on top to stay at 2-1. Later in the inning Dylan Wilcher singled in two runs, Aaron Wilcher followed with an rbi double, and Matt Scott clubbed a three-run homer. A two-run shot by Aaron Wilcher and an rbi double by Scott were the big blows in the 3rd. Dylan Wilcher closed out the scoring with an rbi single in the 4th.

 

Scott collected four hits, and Brandon Kingsbury, Aaron and Dylan Wilcher, and Dustin Sharp shared a dozen.

 

Local 669 never trailed in the finals, erupting for three in the 1st, five in the 2nd, and three in the 3rd before Lansing pushed across a lone run in the top of the 4th to avert a shutout. David D’Angelo put his club on the board with a three-run bomb in the 1st, then added an rbi double to cap off the 2nd. Dustin Sharp doubled in two runs and scored on a base hit by Aaron Wilcher to account for Indiana’s three runs in the 3rd.

 

Wilcher and Jess Sowder combined for six hits to power the champions.

 

Player-manager David D’Angelo said some extra incentive – revenge – helped his team mercy-rule Lansing in back-to-back games to close out the tournament.

 

“They beat us for our second loss last year to knock us out of the tournament, so we had a little extra motivation,” explained D’Angelo. “We managed to stay pumped up and built off our momentum and kept hitting the ball.”

 

D’Angelo called his team’s come-from-behind, 15-14 victory over Morgantown in game one “the morale booster for the rest of the tournament.

 

“In years past, we always lost our first game,” recalled D’Angelo. “So halfway through that game we were concerned that would happen again. But we rallied back with eight runs in the 6th, then brought that one run home in the 8th and came out on top.”

 

Getting past Peoria 20-18 proved to be another key game, said D’Angelo.

 

“That was a battle every inning. We just tried to win every inning. It was a tough fought game.”

 

D’Angelo said his team came up with a slogan that they used all weekend to stay motivated.

 

“We had a meeting before and after each game and chanted ‘669 all day,’” said D’Angelo.

 

D’Angelo concluded by acknowledging Local 669’s co-manager, Jess Sowder, and by adding a “special team thanks to our business manager, Brian Fisher, and our Business Agent, Chad Scott.

 

“Without their leadership and support, none of this would have been possible,” said D’Angelo.

Sprinklerfitters Local 669 swept undefeated past five opponents en route to a first place finish in the class “C” division of the 38th Annual United Association National Tournament June 26-28 at Expressway Park. Photo by Bill Fraley.

Sprinklerfitters Local 669 swept undefeated past five opponents en route to a first place finish in the class “C” division of the 38th Annual United Association National Tournament June 26-28 at Expressway Park. Kneeling, left to right, are Matt Scott, Aaron Wilcher, Jordan Williams, Dylan Wilcher, Jeff Long and Gavin Funkhouser. Standing are David D’Angelo, Andrew Baas, Nate Williams, Brandon Kingsbury, Chris Cooper, Jason Paterson, Tyler Wilcher, Dustin Sharp, Derek Yoder, Brad Fulkerson, Josh Cochran, Jess Sowder and Chad Scott, Business Agent. Photo by Bill Fraley.

Lansing 333 went 3-2 en route to a runner-up finish in the class “C” division of the 38th Annual United Association National Championship June 26-28 at Expressway Park in Milford, Oh. Photo by Bill Fraley.

Lansing 333 went 3-2 en route to a runner-up finish in the class “C” division of the 38th Annual United Association National Championship June 26-28 at Expressway Park in Milford, Oh. Photo by Bill Fraley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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