Anyone with details and order of finish for the Class A, B, C, 40 and over
and 45 and over Nationals please post. Have not found any info except the
NO. 1 & 2 at the A National.
I umpired in the Championship game, where Kampluis Pipeline of
beat the Tulsa Grey Sox in seven innings. I don't recall the score.
was a rain delay of about an hour and a half.
The rain in the Final was the *only* rain during the 5 day, 77 team
tournament. Temperatures were in the low 90's throughout the tourney,
hotter on Sunday than any other day. Games were generally scheduled
10, 12pm, 2, 5, 7, 9.
For those who're unfamiliar, as I was, with some Florida names, the
pronounced Ki-simm'-ee, where the "i" is as "in". When you say
the locals know you aren't :-).
Winter Springs, FL (metropolitan Orlando)
And on Men's A, this was posted to Al's Fastball List:
September 2, 1997
Reading wins it all
By CINDY PETERSON
First the Reading (Pa.) DC Tire team cheered and celebrated
when it won the National Class A Fastpitch Tournament title
Monday at South Hill Complex.
Then came tears of sorrow when they remembered former pitcher
Barry Parner Jr., who was killed in a car accident in February.
dedicated its season to Parner and each player wore an
armband with his uniform number (21).
The team was given a player's plaque to bring to Parner's family.
Pitcher Mike Ohl received the award and a hug from tournament
director Keith White, state fastpitch commissioner Jim Collins and
American Softball Association representative Warren Jones.
DC Tire dropped Monday's first championship first game to Duluth
(Minn.) VCJ Athletics 7-2 -- its first loss of the tournament --
before regrouping to win the second title game 4-1.
''This victory is bittersweet for some of us,'' third baseman Bucky
Kennedy said after Parner's plaque was handed to the team.
''Some of us have been his teammate for eight or nine years. We
dedicated our season to him and we won it for him.''
Kennedy went hitless in the first game but in the second game
belted a RBI triple to deep center field in the bottom of the fifth
inning to break a 1-1 tie. Mike Witcomb answered with a triple of
his own to score Kennedy.
Don Baker sealed the win in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring
Rick Harlow on a triple to left-centerfield.
''I was overdue,'' Kennedy said of his key hit. ''I was relaxed.
When I hit the ball I knew I hit it well.''
Duluth pitcher Chuck Seymour controlled DC Tire's hitting in the
first game. The 45-year-old right-hander recorded seven strikeouts
and gave up five hits. Despite being credited with the loss in the
second game, he retired 10 batters.
''My drop ball was working the best when I got it around their
knees,'' Seymour said. ''But there were a couple that went by their
waist and they hit it.''
The title game had sentimental value to Seymour as well. He
dedicates each game he throws to his daughter Deonna, who was
killed by a drunk driver nine years ago.
''I feel like I've let her down,'' said Seymour, who has pitched in 18
national tournaments in his career. ''I didn't do a good enough job
for the team. Beating them once wasn't good enough. Maybe I'm a
little too old to be doing this. But I am happy for DC Tire, they had
a great tournament.''
A fourth inning rally in the first game pushed Duluth out of a 1-1
Mike Thomas nailed a two-run double to left field and the next
batter, left fielder Ron Puig, hit a two-run home run over the
left-center field fence.
''They were the better team in that game,'' Kennedy said. ''Hats off
DC Tire crushed Duluth 10-0 in a winner's bracket semifinal game,
but Duluth edged Sioux Falls 6-5 in a loser's bracket game to
work its way back to the championship.
p.s. local media offered to post results from ASAs IF local host
organizers would let them know the results, but it appears that did
not happen, in most cases.
And this from Mike Mink of the Tampa Bay Smokers re the ASA Men's
Major tournament in Clearwater FL:
Subject: Re: ASA Men's Major
Cc: (fastball list)
IT was a beautiful lovely florida nite, it was 76 degrees with a nice
The place was bomber stadium and the crowd packed the stadium to
Smokers and Farm fight it out......
FARM 6 SEA DOGS 2
SEADOGS FINISH 3RD GREAT TOURNAMENT.......
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ONE
FARM 1 SMOKERS 0
ALGAR TOSSES A ONE HITTER AND SILENCES THE SMOKER BATS.......
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
TAMPA BAY SMOKERS 4 FARM 0
BRUSH HITS A TOWERING 2 RUN HOMERUN OFF THE LIGHT POLE TO CLOSE THE
OUT.......SMOKERS ARE BACK ON TOP DEFEATING THE WORLD CHAMPS
............EXCELLENT GAMES PLAYED NO PITCHING RULE PROBLEMS
ZACK AND MARTIN ALLOWED TO PITCH...........MAYBE VICTORIA WOULD HAVE
LITTLE DIFFERENT IF IT WASNT FOR ALL THE BS UMPIRE CALLS..............
MVP -BOOMER BRUSH TOP PITCHER --TODD MARTIN......
HOPE THIS HELPS GUYS.......
MICHAEL MINK 28
Tampa Bay Smokers
P.S VICTORIA WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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