Super Slow Pitch Champion crowned
Paul/Minneapolis, Minn. –
Auto/Easton claimed the first Super Slow Pitch title since 2003 as they blasted
past Sonny's in the Championship Game at the Super Slow Pitch Championship the
Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) and USA Softball announced today.
Held at the historic Midway Stadium, H. Auto/Easton combined for 10 homeruns,
including three from tournament MVP Brian Wegman, and 27 hits to defeat Sonny's
29-14 in five innings.
Sonny's scored first after
Jeremy Davis reached on a throwing error by the second baseman. With one
runner on, Chris Greiner hit his third home run of the day to take an early 2-0
lead. The lead would not last long as H. Auto/Easton pushed eight runs
across the board in the bottom of the first off seven hits, four of which by
way of a home run. Bryson Baker led off with a walk, followed by a Wegman
home run. Kevin Filby sent a line drive to the right field wall before
Geno Buck connected for the long ball to clear the bases. A walk to Chad
Durick set up another scoring opportunity for H. Auto/Easton as Sam Lopez hit a
homer and Brian Rainwater followed with another shot out of the park. H.
Auto/Easton would add an additional run as Luis Reyna scored on a walk to
Sonny's closed the lead in the
top of the second inning as Sammy Christensen hit a double to plate Alexis
Ramirez for the first run of the inning. A walk to Davis put two runners
on before Kevin Ballard hit an RBI single to plate Christensen. Griener
picked up two more RBI with a triple and Bryce Oliveira hit a home run to clear
the bases. H. Auto/Easton extended their lead in the bottom half of the
inning, scoring an additional five runs off five hits. An RBI by Buck, a
grand slam from Durick and a solo shot by Reyna and H. Auto/Easton led 13-8 heading
into the third inning.
Sonny's was kept off the board
in the top of the third as a groundout to third and a fly out to left field
recorded the first two outs. Christensen connected for a single, but
Aaron Martinez hit into a fielder's choice to get Christensen out at
Wegman hit his second home run
of the game to start off the bottom of the third inning. A double by
Filby and a single from Scott Kirby put two runners on base as Brett Helmer
plated Filby with a single to right field. An error by the second baseman
put Buck on first as Kirby scored before Durick hit a three-run homer.
After three complete innings, H. Auto/Easton led 19-8.
A single by Davis and a walk to
Ballard put the first two runners on base for Sonny's in the top of the
fourth. A single by Griener plated Davis before Griener was thrown out at
second for the first out of the inning, in which Ballard scored. Carl
Blank hit a single, scoring Oliveira and Ramirez sent a shot over left field to
score an additional two runs. H. Auto/Easton plated another two runs in
the bottom of the fourth on two sac-fly's via Baker and Kirby.
Sonny's pushed across one more
run in the top of the fifth after Ballard hit a sac-fly to right field to plate
Martinez. Needing just eight runs to claim the run-rule victory, H.
Auto/Easton did just that as they combined for two home runs and seven
hits. Lopez connected for a single to score Buck, Reyna hit an RBI single
to score Durick and a double by Kevin Bazat plated Lopez and Rainwater.
With two runners on, Baker hit a home run to clear the bases. With no
outs and no runners on, Wegman hit a solo shot to end the game after five, with
H. Auto/Easton taking the 29-14 win.
Fans who were unable to attend "Championship Saturday" will
get the opportunity to catch the Semi-finals and Championship games on the CBS
Sports Network via tape delay on Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, August
28. Please check
your local listings to see a complete T.V. lineup for the Super Slow Pitch
This marks the first time since
2003 that a Champion has been named in the Super Slow Pitch Division. The
first Men’s Super Slow Pitch National Championship took place in 1981 in
Burlington, N.C., where Howard’s/Western Steer (Denver, Colo.) claimed the
inaugural Championship and Hall of Fame member Rick “The Crusher” Scherr took
home the MVP title. Throughout the 22-year existence of the Super
division, 12 teams were crowned champions, with Ritch’s Superior (Windsor
Locks, Conn.) and Steele’s Silver Bullets (Grafton, Ohio) leading the pack with
four championships apiece.
For a complete bracket, box
scores and results, please visit USASoftball.com.
In addition to naming a Champion, the following athletes were awarded the Super
Slow Pitch Division's highest awards:
Champion: Donavan Prokraka - Rip City/DeMarini - hitting .800
Champion: Dale Brundardt (Rip City/DeMarini) & Bryce Oliveira (Sonny's) - 7
Valuable Player: Brian Wegman – Hortenbach Auto/Easton
ASA Men’s Super Slow Pitch FIRST Team All- American Team
Matt Pesso - Sonny's
Bryson Baker - Hortenbach Auto/Easton
Andy Shiltz - Rip City/DeMarini
Scott Kirby - Hortenbach Auto/Easton
Bryce Oliveira - Sonny's
Donavan Prokraka - Rip City/DeMarini
Westy Guill - Sonny's
Brian Rainwater - Hortenbach Auto/Easton
Brian Wegman - Hortenbach Auto/Easton
Chad Durick - Hortenbach Auto/Easton
Landon Helm - Team Combat
Brett Helmer - Hortenbach Auto/Easton
Dale Brungardt - Rip City/DeMarini
Chris Griener - Sonny's
Dan Bean - Sonny's
Kevin Bazat - Hortenbach Auto/Easton
at the Super Slow Pitch Invitational:
City/DeMarini 18 - Sonny's 20
A walk off home run secured Sonny's a
spot in the Championship Game as they came out with the 20-18 win over Rip
City/DeMarini. Trailing by six as they came to bat in the bottom of the
seventh, costly errors by the Rip City defense and two home runs by Sonny's set
up a rematch of the semi-finals.
Charles Cunningham led Sonny's with
five RBI and two home runs, including a grand slam in the seventh inning.
Close behind was Chris Greiner, who was 3-for-4 with four RBI and two home runs.
For Rip City, Donavan Pokraka and Dale
Brungardt each had five RBI, with Pokraka hitting a grand slam and Brungardt
hitting two, two-run homers.
Auto/Easton 22 - Sonny's 20
Hortenbach Auto/Easton sealed their
spot in the Championship Game at the Super Slow Pitch Invitational with a 22-20
win over Sonny's Saturday afternoon.
Chad Durick led the way for Hortenbach
Auto, going 3-for-4 with four RBI and knocking two out of the park. Scott
Kirby also exploded for two home runs and five RBI.
For Sonny's, Bryce Oliveira went
2-for-4 with six RBI, while Westy Guill was 4-for-5 with one RBI.