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Ohio Heating/ KMT/ Miken/Associettes Rolls To Fourth; Double Dips Jake’s Automotive/ Godbey Law In 13th USSSA Women’s City Slam At Mid-America

Colerain Township, Oh.—Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes rallied out of the losers’ bracket to double dip Jake’s Automotive/Godbey Law in the Women’s Division of the 13th Annual USSSA City Slam to capture their fourth tournament championship of the 2014 season on May 24-25 at Mid-America Ballyard.

After Jake’s/Godbey had slapped a 12-4 setback on Ohio Heating in the winners’ bracket finals, the Columbus team knocked off Good Fellows/Premier Services 12-8 in the losers’ bracket finals, then tripped up Jake’s in back-to-back 2-1 contests.

Amazingly, Jake’s stranded twenty-one runners in the finals, including a dozen in the first championship game, and nine in the second.

Tournament MVP Misti Sellers

Tournament MVP Misti Sellers


Ohio Heating had mercy-ruled Red Dragons 14-4 in their opener, then shut out Possum Holler 4-0 prior to falling to Jake’s in the winners’ bracket finals. The champions went 5-1 in the double elimination portion of the tournament, and 2-0 in pool play to finish the holiday weekend with a 7-1 record.

The winners trampled Locked N Loaded 20-0 and E. O. S. 11-3 in pool play.

Associettes returned to Central Ohio with $720 in cash.

Manager Toby Marvin credited his team’s title to “defense and team unity.

“We were missing five players on Saturday, and two of those had to leave on Sunday,” said Marvin. “Three others were able to take make it for Sunday. So we were moving players in and out all weekend.

“They had no quit,” he continued. “We had players playing in different positions all weekend. They back each other up. This team never lays down.”

Outstanding Defensive Player Elizabeth Andres of Jake’s Automotive/Godbey Law.

Outstanding Defensive Player Elizabeth Andres of Jake’s Automotive/Godbey Law.


Pitchers Lora Strong and Marilyn Clifford combined with the Associettes defense to limit six elimination round opponents to only 26 runs, holding five teams to eight runs or less. Clifford tossed the 4-0 shutout win over Columbus rival Possum Holler.

Misti Sellers was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

“She led the team in hitting (.667) and played a great left-centerfield,” said Marvin.

Joining Sellers on the All-Tournament team were Kelsey Price, Clifford, Alysia Bradley (.619) and Erika Remshard (.500).

“Kelsey played a great left field and ran a lot of balls down,” said Marvin. “Marilyn was one of the team leaders with her hitting and she pitched the second day. Alysia was another one of our hitting leaders and she played a great 3rd base all weekend. Erika was our shortstop and she made hard plays look routine all weekend.”

Other hitting leaders for Ohio Heating were Stacy Roth (.577) and Strong (.500).

The Associettes used a five-run 2nd to overcome a 4-1 deficit against Red Dragons in their opener, then broke the game open with one in the 4th, six in the 5th and one in the 6th en route to a 14-4, six inning rout. Back-to-back two-run doubles by Misti Sellers and Erica Remshard put the Associettes ahead for good at 5-4 in the top of the 2nd. Marilyn Clifford then singled to chase Remshard home. Stacy Roth had an rbi single in the 4th, then in the 5th Clifford doubled to pick up two more rbi’s and scored on a Kelsey Price triple to account for half of their team’s six runs. Jen Lykins closed out the scoring with an rbi single in the 6th.

Remshard, Clifford, Price and Alysia Bradley combined for a dozen hits to pace the offense.

Lora Strong, who had held the Red Dragons scoreless after the first, passed the pitching torch on to Marilyn Clifford in game two, and Clifford proceeded to run Ohio Heating’s string of scoreless innings to eleven with a 4-0 shutout win over Possum Holler. Katie Risner put her team on the board with an rbi double in the bottom of the 2nd. Clifford provided an insurance run with a run-scoring triple in the 3rd. The winners tacked on another run on a Jordan Angel single in the 4th, then pushed across their final run on a base hit by Kelsey Price in the 6th.

Clifford, Stacy Roth and Angel each went 2-for-3 to lead the winners.

That lifted the Associettes into the winners’ bracket finals, where they took an early 3-1 lead over Jake’s Automotive after two. But in the top of the 3rd, Jake’s erupted for five runs, then added two in the 5th and four in the 6th to seal a 12-4 victory.

Relegated to the losers’ bracket, Ohio Heating needed some late scoring to escape with a 12-8 win over Good Fellows in game four after Good Fellows exploded for eight runs in the top of the 5th to overcome a 6-0 deficit. But the Associettes were up to the task, answering with four in the bottom of the 5th and two in the 6th to pull out the win. Singles by Alysia Bradley and Katie Risner knotted the score in the 5th, then Jenna Patterson and Misti Sellers each delivered an rbi single to put their team on top to stay at 10-8. Bradley and Risner struck again just an inning later, each singling home a run to close out the scoring.

Erika Remshard, Risner and Sellers banged out three hits each to provide the lion’s share of the offense.

The final two games could be summed up in terms of wasted opportunities by Jake’s Auto, which could only produce one run in each contest as they stranded twelve runners in the first finals and nine in the second.

After three scoreless innings, Ohio Heating finally drew first blood in the game one on an rbi single by Marilyn Clifford in the bottom of the 4th. Jake’s answered with a run in the top of the 5th, but the Associettes retook the lead in the home half of the inning when Jordan Angel delivered a leadoff triple and scored on a base hit by Jenna Patterson. Clifford then held Jake’s at bay over the final two innings to preserve the win.

Angel was the only Associette to manage a multiple hit game, going 2-for-3.

Jake’s got on the board quickly with a run in the bottom of the 1st in game two, but Marilyn Clifford took charge after that, holding the Cincinnati team scoreless over the next six innings. Ohio Heating finally knotted the score on an Alysia Bradley sac fly in the 4th, then took advantage of a walk to Lora Strong and an rbi triple by Erika Remshard to plate what turned out to be the game winning run in the 5th.

Stacy Roth, who singled Kelsey Price to 3rd to set up Bradley’s sac fly in the 4th, had two hits along with Remshard to lead the champions.

Associettes manager Toby Marvin called his team’s first win over Jake’s “one of the better defensive games I’ve ever been a part of.

“There was great defense on both sides,” said Marvin. “The second finals was a repeat of the first. You couldn’t ask for two better games to be a part of.”

Marvin said he “liked our chances” to get back to the finals after falling to Jake’s in the winners’ bracket finals., “but didn’t know if we would be able to double-dip them. They were playing well all weekend.”

Regarding Ohio Heating’s loss to Jake’s, Marvin summed it up like this: “they hit, and we didn’t. They put it on us.”

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=1091543

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Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes double dipped Jake’s Automotive/Godbey Law in  back-to-back 2-1 contests to capture first place in the Women’s Division of the 13th Annual USSSA City Slam on May 24-25 at Mid-America Ballyard.  In the front row, left to right, are Misti Sellers, Marilyn Clifford, Sara Hutson, Jordan Angel, and Lora Strong.  In the back row are Stacy Roth, Jen Lykins, Katie Risner, Kelsey Price, Alysia Bradley and Jenna Patterson.  Photo courtesy of Mid-America Ballyard.

Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes double dipped Jake’s Automotive/Godbey Law in back-to-back 2-1 contests to capture first place in the Women’s Division of the 13th Annual USSSA City Slam on May 24-25 at Mid-America Ballyard. In the front row, left to right, are Misti Sellers, Marilyn Clifford, Sara Hutson, Jordan Angel, and Lora Strong. In the back row are Stacy Roth, Jen Lykins, Katie Risner, Kelsey Price, Alysia Bradley and Jenna Patterson. Photo courtesy of Mid-America Ballyard.

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