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2015 City Slam Recap, Men’s & Women’s Open Division-C & D Divisions Champions

In Team Yuenglingthe Men’s Open Division, Team Yuengling a team built from a combination of local USSSA Conference players won the Open Division with a 3-0 record by defeating Headlines Sportswear 17-14 in the finals. The combination of players used the City Slam to get game situation swings before the next USSSA Major Tournament in Chicago, Illinois. Team Yuengling Manager Mike Cruea said we used our home runs wisely and in the later innings of our games to comeback in each of our three wins. Most of these guys have never played together but I felt we had a good built of chemistry with the lineup we had, said Cruea. The city slam is a great event and even though most of our full teams couldn’t compete I was very grateful that we were allowed to use paper rosters for this event. This is an event I look forward to ever year said Cruea. Team Manager Mike Cruea wished to give a special thanks to Rob VanMetre from Yuengling for the sponsorship.

Team Yuengling roster included:
Adam Sorrell 3rd Street
Josh Kirsten VCH
Kyle Morgan K&G
Ryan Noe TG Brand
Derek Coverstone Yuengling/Miken
John Sullivan Reds Boys
Billy Back TG Brand
Thomas Crump Red Boys
Brian Lakes 3rd Street
Jesse Solomon VCH
Tyler Collins Yuenling/Miken
Rich Kohlbacher Yuenling/Miken
Scott Ray Red Eye Sports
Manager Mike Cruea TG Brand

MVP honors went to Josh Kirsten CF .889, and Ryan Koe .728, Adam Sorrell .728, Thomas Crump .667, Kyle Morgan .667, and Tyler Collins .667 were selected to the All-Tournament Team.

Lowbobs City SlamIn the Women’s Open Division, Lowbobs/Louisville Slugger compiled a 6-0 record by going 2-0 in pool play and 4-0 in bracket play by defeating Ohio Heating/Sick Chicks/Associates 7-6 in the Winners Bracket Final and then defeated Ohio Heating/Sick Chick/Associates 15-13 in the championship game.

Lowbobs Manager/ Coach Ted Carter said the keys to winning were timely hitting with runners in scoring position. We try to set a goal to score every inning. In the 33 innings we played we scored in all but 9 of those innings. Our defense was very solid throughout the tourney, and we had very consistent hitting throughout the lineup. In the finals of the winner’s bracket it came down to us being the home team and scoring a run in the bottom of the 7th for the win said Carter.
Carter contributed his teams will to never give up in the Championship game when the team got down 8-3 but came fighting back scoring 5 runs in the 4th, 3 in the 5th, and 4 in the 6th inning and held on to win 15-13 in the finals. Carter said all of our games against Ohio Heating are tough and we enjoy competing against them, we have been fortunate to be 4-3 against them, we have played in 4 tournaments against them, we have won two (USSSA Ohio Major and Cincy City Slam) and they won the other two, USSSA Bash and USSSA Indy Twin Peaks Tourney.

Carter said we still have over 3/4’s of our season to go but have played with very good team chemistry the last two tourneys, and both have been total team efforts, both offensively and defensively. We’re looking forward to the rest of the season. Lowbobs/Louisville Slugger hit .540 as a team and committed only 11 errors in six games.

MVP honors went to Lori Davis who only made three outs in the tournament going 13-16 hitting .813.
All-Tournament selections for Lowbobs/Louisville Slugger went to:
Annie Rardin-16-22 .727
Terri Ellingsworth–15-22 .682
Jessi Griffin–13-22 .591
Shannon Ellingsworth–11-21 .524
Mindy Hardison

Back: Keven Greene, Matt Tucker, Josh Baird, Josh Brown, Steve Bosch, Roger Drake, MVP - Clint Brodky, Rob Schlemmer.  Front: Jeremy Webb, Jason Brown, Terris Allen, Danny Sharp, Ryan Hays, Richie Jones, Rick Parrott.

Back: Keven Greene, Matt Tucker, Josh Baird, Josh Brown, Steve Bosch, Roger Drake, MVP – Clint Brodky, Rob Schlemmer.
Front: Jeremy Webb, Jason Brown, Terris Allen, Danny Sharp, Ryan Hays, Richie Jones, Rick Parrott.

In the Men’s C Division, EAP/TigerFitness went 5-1 by beating Premier Services/Louisville Slugger in the “if” game of the championship after losing their first game of the tournament to Vicious. Team Manager Rob Schlemmer said, after losing to Vicious, we regrouped ourselves and started playing together and having fun. We were just playing too tight. We pulled out a tough one against SVC Marketing and then got on a roll. Roger Drake really turned up his game in the last 4 games we played. He really started driving the ball. When you see him turn on one, you know it’s going to start. And his pitching was top notch. Good reason he’s, in my opinion, the best pitcher in the city said Schlemmer. Schlemmer noted that we couldn’t have pulled off the tournament win without Carey Taylor and Jason Brown. With the tournament going until Monday, we lost 3 of our outfielders due to work or family commitments. We had to move Jason to right field and Carey came in and played shortstop. Even at 43, Carey is still a hell of a player. And Brownie did a great job playing right field in final three games.

While Roger Drake was the MVP, this was an absolute team effort. Danny Sharp got some innings in pitching to give Roger a break here and there and hit .700 plus in the process. Josh Baird hit well and played a very good third base for us. Clint Brodksy followed his GSL World MVP effort with another good tourney. Congrats to Kevin Forwith and Premier on their second place finish. It’s always a battle playing those guys said Schlemmer.

Schlemmer said his team wished to thank Dave Maury, Brian Wegman and the Mid America grounds crews for getting the fields in such good shape after the rain on Monday. Schlemmer also wished to thank the families of the players for allowing them to be at the ballpark four straight days. We couldn’t do it without their support!!! Schlemmer especially wished to thank the team’s sponsors, EAP/Bob Shad, TigerFitness.com/Chad Vordemesche and Headlines Sportswear for making us look good.
Finally, I’d also like to include Jason and Josh Brown’s Dad, Bill Brown one of our coaches. Bill will be undergoing a serious surgery June 3rd. Our prayers are with him and the family during this battle.
MVP honors went to pitcher, Roger Drake. All-Tournament Team selections consisted of: Brian Alexander, Clint Brodsky, Kevin Greene, Chris Young, and Jason Brown.

Hitting leaders:
Jason Brown .778
Kevin Greene .714
Roger Drake .688
Brian Alexander .677
Chris Young .643
Josh Baird .633
Clint Brodsky .629
Josh Brown .933 (4 games)
Carey Taylor & Danny Sharp .714 (3 games each)
Richie .667 (4 games)

Nasty Noles_Chamberlain May 2015 Kenton LakesIn the D Division, Nasty Noles/Chamberlain went undefeated in bracket play to win back to back weekend tournaments. In the previous week before the City Slam, Nasty Noles won the WSL Bat Wars tournament marking the City Slam tournament their fifth tournament win of the season.

Nasty Noles met TPE in the winner’s bracket finals of the D division beating TPE 10-9, then met up again with TPE in the championship finals. Nasty Noles won the rematch in the championship finals game 8-7 to close out the tournament. Manager/Coach Don Bradley said one of the keys to us winning was bringing in Tyler Kincaid in the first inning against Team Jawn who went up 5-0 with no one out, Tyler got us out of trouble in the that inning and pitched the rest of the tournament for us. Bradley noted that the defense of play of Brady Highchew and Griffin Lessley in the outfield were also keys to our team success. Jamie Price contributed with several big hits including a grand slam against Cincy Softball said Bradley.
MVP honors went to Brady Highchew you batted 16/25 .640 and played a shutdown centerfield said Don Bradley, Manager/Coach. All-Tournament selections were Tyler Kincaid, Brent Lessely, Griffin Lessely, Ryan Mullin and Jeff Minks.

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