Mudducks take Rose Cup
July 3, 2007
By Softball West
PORTLAND, OR – The Mudducks (Portland, OR) rolled through the winner's bracket to win the 2007 Co-Ed "C"/"D" Mizuno/City of Roses softball tournament, held June 2-3 at the William V. Owens Softball Complex in Portland.
After winning their first three preliminary games, the Mudducks started off bracket play by beating Family Affair 13-6. Their next victory was against The Spot Tavern 12-6 to put them into the championship game.
They met up again against The Spot Tavern, who looked to revenge their earlier loss, getting seven straight singles and opening up a 5-0 lead. The Mudducks came back in their half of the first as Angie Baracco singled and scored on Rick Underwood's double. Janae Becker's triple scored Underwood and Becker scored on Eric Cavett's sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 5-3. The Spot added another run in the second for a 6-3 lead, but the Mudducks came right back, after singles by Shauna D'Ambrosia and Jerry Gosney. Underwood hit a sac fly to score D'Ambrosia. The Spot put another run up in the fourth, but The Mudducks tied it in their half of the fourth. After a single by TJ Clever, Jeff Flood's triple scored Clever and Flood scored when Melinda Kai tripled. Grant Botts ended the scoring with an RBI single to score Kai. Both teams plated two runs in the sixth to tie the score again at 9-9. The Spot scored a run in the seventh to go up 10-9 but the Mudducks came up with two in the seventh on Flood's inside-the-park homerun and after a single by Kai, Botts doubled and Kai scored on Dan Neely's groundout.
Most Valuable Player awards went to Grant Botts, who went 20-22 (.909) and Angie Baracco, who hit .500 (13-26).