Golden Eagle Complex hosts Nevada ASA State
By Softball West
SPARKS, NV – The Men's E division of the Nevada ASA State Tournament held at the Golden Eagle Regional Park was pushed to an if game and decided in the bottom of the seventh inning. In an exciting finish, Humnow defeated All Out 10-9, scoring three runs in their last at-bat. The first championship game was just as exciting with Humnow winning 12-11. All Out had the tying run on second and winning run on first but couldn't push them across.
All Out went into the title game as the undefeated team downing JD's Mixed Nuts, Frosty Balls, Frozen Rope and Humnow in the winner's bracket final.
Finishing in the third spot was Probable Cause from Carson City, NV. Probable Cause lost their first game of the tourney 16-11 to Frozen Rope. They then won five games in the loser's bracket, including a 15-1 revenge match over the Rope squad to meet Humnow. Humnow proved too tough for the tired Probable Cause crew as they won 10-5. "Great fields, good fun," said Probable coach Russ Rogers. "All the games in the heat finally caught up with us."
Offensive MVP for the E division was Humnows' Stacy Wagoner and Defensive MVP from All Out was Fernando Hernandez.
Frozen Rope finished fourth in the 13 team E division held on June 21-22.
Four teams vied for the State D title on June 22. SCH/DSS Bats from Dayton, NV finished third and Carnage (Reno, NV) finished fourth. The title game was between two long-time Northern Nevada rivals, Ben's Floor Covering/King 888 (Sparks, NV) and Taylor Made (Gardnerville, NV). The finale was a low scoring affair with King 888 (formerly BFC) coming out on top by the score of 9-8. "All games were low scoring with a lot of great defense," said King 888 coach Ben Ross.
King 888 has won the state tournament four times now, two of which were under the name BFC. This year's team was mostly the same as last year's, but Ross said they picked up a few good players from team MST. "All of the teams could have won the tournament," said Ross when he commented that Taylor Made plays well at the national level.
John McHenry was named MVP for King 888 and Jared Wilson was MVP for Taylor Made.
Five teams competed in the Coed portion of the tournament which was held on June 22. War Party went undefeated to earn the State Coed title defeating Shocka's 19-13 in the finale. Red Eye finished third. War Party's MVP was Gary Brown and Phil Cossio received the honor for Shocka's.