OKLAHOMA CITY – Fans can now watch all three games from Championship Saturday at the 2013 Super Slow Pitch Championship online the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. Now available at USASoftball.com, fans can watch all the action as Hortenbach Auto/Easton claimed the first Super Slow Pitch title since 2003 after blasting past Sonny's in the Championship Game. All three games were held at the historic Midway Stadium in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minn.
"This was an exciting Championship series with eight great teams," said ASA/USA Softball Director of Membership Services Craig Cress. "This is the first time we've held this event since 2003, and we couldn't think of a better way to crown a Champion than at the historic Midway Stadium."
Hortenbach Auto/Easton finished the tournament in dominant fashion, combining for 10 homeruns, three by way of tournament MVP Brian Wegman, and collected for 27 hits to defeat Sonny's 29-14 in five innings.
"Anytime you get a win with such a great group of guys it’s pretty amazing," said tournament MVP Brian Wegman. "It means a lot to us to come out with the win today and earn the Super Slow Pitch title."
Games were aired on the CBS Sports Network via tape delay August 27 and 28, and are available online via Softball360. The action in St. Paul/Minneapolis marked 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.
Championship Game Summary:
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 Wegman.
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 second.
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.
For a complete bracket, box scores and results, please visit USASoftball.com.