Armstrong Softball Park Playoffs wound down to just two teams after two weeks of Play. J and J Sports
Knocked Sunstate Gym into the loser's bracket, overcoming Sunstates 11 run 1st inning, to win that game 23-13.
In the losers bracket games The Diamond Cutters beat Error Express 17-16 almost blowing a 9 run lead but holding the
Error Express scoreless in the 7th to hold on.
Meanwhile The Wahoos handled the pesky Rebels 16-6.
The Wahoos would go on to eliminate the Diamond Cutters 21-11 and advance to the loser's bracket final. In that game,
Wahoos came from behind after Yahoo Catcher Daniel Hollis 4th inning homerun Put the Wahoos up 12-11. They then
rolled over the Diamond Cutters scoring 9 more runs over the next two innings.
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The stage was set for the Bracket final between the Wahoos (playing their third straight game of the
day) & Sunstate Gym.
The Wahoos scored first when a throwing error brought Ben Lupo home. But Sunstate Gym
leadoff hitter, known only as "Gator", knocked the ball out of the park to tie it at 1-1. Later in the 1st
inning, Sunstate scored again after Adam Peacock doubled, went to 3rd on a flyout then scored on William "Badass"
The Wahoos caught fire in the top of the 2nd inning, batting around and scoring 6 runs
to make it 7-2. Sunstate cut the lead to 7-6 putting up four runs as Josh Bassett, Ron Hinton, Gator and Peacock all
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Wahoo's got 3 runs back, the big blow was "Ben" who banged out a two out double, scoring two runs
to make it 10-6 Wahoos. In the bottom of the 3rd Sunstate was unable to score as the Wahoo outfielders made outstanding
running catches of hard hit balls right in front of the fences. It looked as if this were The Wahoos night. The Wahoos were
in position to put Sunstate away.
After Dan Hollis drove in a run with one out to make it 11-6, Sunstate got the big
play they needed to turn the momentum around. With runners on 1st and 2nd and one out The Wahoo
Batters hit a sharp grounder down the 1st base line. Sunstate Firstbaseman, William "Badass Truett snagged
the grounder and stepped on the bag then threw to 2nd for a ground-em out- throw-em out double play to end the
That was the break Sunstate needed. Because, In the bottom of the fourth, the first 7 batters for Sunstate
got hits. As the fog of night rolled in, the Wahoos seemed to disappear into the mist. Sunstate put up 10 hits and with the
help of a couple of errors Sunstate scored 8 runs. Just that quick the Wahoo lead was gone and Sunstate was on top 14-11.
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The Wahoos had a chance next time up and loaded the bases with one out. After a pop up the Wahoos Ryan Howell
drew a two out walk to force home a run. That narrowed it to 14-12. Wahoos needed a clutch hit at this pilotable point
in the game. The Sunstate defense had been putting on shifts, overloading one side or the other and daring Wahoo batters
to change their stroke to hit the open spots. This would payoff here when the next Wahoo batter tried to hit the ball over
a shift and flied out to end the threat.
For Sunstate, "Gator" slammed his 2nd Homer of
the game to make it 15-12. The Wahoos came to bat in the 6th inning needing a rally. The rally would not come.
Perhaps the Wahoos, playing their third straight game of the night, were finally running out of gas.
Mortoro lead off the bottom of the sixth for Sunstate with a triple, you could feel that the Wahoos were done. Sunstate held
on and 18-13 was the final.
"Gator" lead Sunstate going 4 for 4 with two homers and 4 RBI. William Truett started
two double plays on defense and provided the game changing defensive play that turned the tide for Sunstate to prevail.
Gym will play JNJ Thurday night at 7 for the Championship.
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