Competition at the 2015 ASA/USA Men's Class C Slow Pitch National Championship wrapped up at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City, Okla. as Russell’s Paint and Body was crowned National Champion,  the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball announced today. Thirty-six teams from 15 states were represented in the three-day tournament that spanned 70/71 games long.

Russell's Paint and Body, from Florida, defeated OC, from Iowa, 28-24 in an exciting and intense National Championship game on OGE Energy Field. OC emerged from the consolation bracket after winning two games earlier in the day and had to beat Russell’s in back-to-back games to be named National Champions. OC continued their momentum from earlier in the day into the Championship Game, as they came out and scored 11 runs in the first inning. Down 13 runs in the third inning, Angelo Petracca started the rally for Russell’s Paint and Body with a big single. A huge grand slam from Adam Baker continued to get Russell’s Paint and Body back in the game. A big third inning resulted in a twenty run outburst that put them back on top. OC would not go away easily however, as Spencer Black’s home run highlighted a six run inning. A late comeback was necessary for Russell’s Paint & Body and they did so in the sixth innings, as they piled on several doubles that helped put the game away late.

This was Russell’s Paint and Body’s fourth time to Oklahoma City to compete and second time to win the Class C National Championship, as their first came in 2005.

Baker went 5-for-5 and racked up six RBI in the title game Sunday afternoon. Xavier Medina, ASA/USA Softball Regional Player Rep for Region 5, also brought in an RBI late in the ballgame to help secure the win.

“OC was a heck of a team, as we played them at the McQuades tournament a few months ago in North Dakota,” said Russell Robinson, head coach of Russell’s Paint and Body. “They played us tough then and I didn’t dream that we would be playing them in a National Championship game. They are a very good hitting team. I think in the end that our pitching and defense is what won it for us in the end. A lot of team just hit, but pitching and good defenses is what makes a team great.”

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Russell’s Paint and Body went 6-0 at the National Championship and outscored opponents by fifty-four runs.

First Team All-Americans

IF- Brian Kbetzke – Showbombs

IF- Travis Thomson – OC

IF- Gabe Bower – OC

IF- Noah Wethington – OC

IF- Martin Musgrave – Russell’s

OF- Matt Vellieux – Showbombs

OF- Adam Baker – Russell’s

OF- Junior Carlin – Russell’s

OF- Pete Seden – Russell’s

UT- Ken Tulington – All Army Black

UT- Eric Reynolds – OC

UT- Brandon Johnson – OC

UT- Devon Anderson – Russell’s

UT- Donnie Hammonds - Russell's

P- Robert Kerr – Russell’s

Batting Champion – Donnie Hammonds (.826)

Home Run Champion – Ken Turlington, John Slootmaker, Anthony Wargo, and Travis Thomson – 7

Tournament MVP – Donnie Hammonds