Maccabi USA and B&L/Frank Rogers share title in Men’s 50-Over Fast Pitch National Championship

By Codi Warren (cwarren@usasoftball.com) | June 24, 2018, 6:24 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma weather made its presence known this weekend at the 2018 USA Softball Men’s 50-Over Fast Pitch National Championship.  With strong storms erupting across the Oklahoma City metro, Maccabi USA and B&L/Frank Rogers will both share the title of National Champion after heavy rain forced the tournament to conclude in the middle of the Championship Game.

Click here to access box scores from the Men’s 50-Over Fast Pitch National Championship

Men's Senior 50-Over Fast Pitch All-Americans
Carl Boughner - B&L/Frank Rogers
Kevin Przybyl - B&L/Frank Rogers
Al Staats - B&L/Frank Rogers
Tom Berube - B&L/Frank Rogers
Tim Kent - B&L/Frank Rogers
Mike Trenk - Maccabi USA
Paul Rubin - Maccabi USA
Billie Frank - Maccabi USA
Bob Rockwood - Maccabi USA
Tony Kahan - Maccabi USA

Larry Silfen - Maccabi USA
Brian Kaneshige - Bay Area Merchants
Albert Mendibles - Bay Area Merchants
Mark Hastings - R&L Kline Farms
Scott Hershey - R&L Kline Farms
Jeff Smith - R&L Kline Farms

Batting Champion: Kevin Przybyl (.500)
Home Run Champions:  Tom Berube and Al Staats (2)

Maccabi USA earned their spot in the Championship Game after going a perfect 2-0 through bracket play.  Opening the tournament with a 2-1 win over R&L Kline Farms, a 7-1 win over Bay Area Merchants locked Maccabi USA in the title game.  B&L/Frank Rogers fought their way through the loser’s bracket after dropping their opening game, 5-3, to R&L Kline Farms.  Needing to win to stay alive in the bracket, B&L/Frank Rogers did just that with a 9-2 triumph over Savala Painters, a 14-0 shutout over Oklahoma Legends and won a 7-1 rematch against R&L Kline Farms.  Squaring off against Bay Area Merchants in the semi-final, B&L/Frank Rogers edged out a 5-4 win to secure their spot in the Championship Game.

In the Championship Game, Maccabi USA took an early 1-0 lead after a leadoff single by Jeremy Spear.  Spear stole second, advanced to third on a groundout to the pitcher and scored on a ground out from Tony Khan.  They would hold the 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fourth when B&L/Frank Rogers plated three runs to take a 3-1 lead.  A leadoff hit batter, single and sac bunt put two runners in scoring position for Al Staats, who roped a line drive up the middle for a double to plate two.  Greg Sumpter followed with a single to center field to bring Staats home and give his team a two-run lead.

Maccabi USA responded with a run in the top of the fifth to bring the game within one run after Larry Silfan drove in David Goldstein from third base.  Goldstein had reached third after an error by the defense allowed him to get into scoring position as the leadoff batter.

The score would stand at a 3-2 favor for B&L/Frank Rogers until the top of the seventh when heavy rain erupted to force an early conclusion of the tournament.

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