The 2015 ASA ‘B’ National began on a beautiful fall Saturday morning at the four-field ASA Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with 16 very good ‘B’ teams. In the first round, Budweiser/Promolink from Minnesota made short work of Izzy Sports/TKO/Miken from Oklahoma, 21-4, on the Stadium field. Getting their tournament started right, C-Town/GTS/ Beus Excavation/Action Garage Door from Idaho knocked off Great Lakes Belt from Connecticut, 23- 17, on Field 4. The All-Army All-Stars led their game on Field 3 most of the way before Fence Brokers Inc./Worth/ Buzini from Arkansas came from behind and stole the game, 16-14! At 24-17, BBS/Mr. D’s/Rip City from Minnesota pulled away mid-game and knocked off ASPNation. com/A&A/Utility/KV Welding from Texas. At the 10:30 games, the All-Air Force team crushed West Coast Monsta, 19-4, on the Stadium field. All American Restoration/Combat from Minnesota solidly beat Nightmare from Missouri, 18-12. JBL/Tailgaters/B&E, the 2014 ASA ‘C’ champs from Pennsylvania, jumped out to a 10-3 lead and controlled the entire game against ‘B’ favorite T’s 13/ DeMarini from Nebraska and pulled off a shocking upset, 26-12! Above All Landscaping from New Jersey used up most of their allotted six home runs early to build a 12-3 lead, and held off a late charge from VCH/Worth from Texas to win, 16-14. In the winners’ bracket round of eight, which was played at 1:30 p.m., CTown/ GTS jumped on Budweiser, 12-0, and added 10 more runs in the sixth inning to win, 22-12. C-Town’s big first baseman, Corey Gilbert, had two homers and six RBIs in the game. Cruising past BBS, 25-15, Fence Brokers scored 11 runs in the second inning and got four hits from Brian McBryde. All-Air Force never stopped scoring in a 32-24 win over All American Restoration as second baseman Joey Chastain went 5-for-5 with a homer. Above All Landscaping broke open an 8-8 game in the bottom of the fourth inning with eight runs to get past JBL, 23- 13, on the Stadium field. Leadoff man Tom Paturzo went 4-for-5 with seven RBIs and a grand slam! In the final four of the winners’ bracket, Fence Brokers jumped out to an 8-1 lead on a listless C-Town/GTS team, who could get nothing going offensively. However, FBI used up all of their homers and only scored 16 runs through six innings, leaving the door open for a C-Town rally. C-Town scored 11 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, securing a three-run homer from Mike Powers, a two-run homer from leadoff man Brad Carlson, and six more hits after that. In the bottom of the sixth, C-Town got a big three-run homer out of Rusty Kawachi to take a 19-16 lead. They held FBI scoreless in the seventh to win and advance to Sunday’s winner’s final. In the other final four game, Above All Landscaping jumped all over All-Air Force with leads of 12-0 and 22-10 before winning, 30-10. Clint Murray paved the way with five hits and two homers. By Sunday there were six teams remaining and the action began early with the winners’ bracket finals in the Stadium, which was all about C-Town as they had leads of 8-2 and 23-3 after two innings. They crushed Above All Landscaping, 24-6. In the losers’ bracket, FBI overpowered JBL, 27-18, and T’s 13 overcame an 8-6 deficit versus All-Air Force to win, 12-8, with big homers by Joe Bulens and Ryan Pennebaker late in a lowscoring contest. The two winners then met in the Stadium where FBI scored a whopping 15 runs in the third inning and won by the run rule, 33-18, as FBI advanced to face Above All Landscaping in the losers’ bracket championship. During that game, FBI’s Tim “Bye” Bowser hit a first inning grand slam with no outs and FBI led 7-2 after one frame. Bowser made a diving catch in the bottom of the second inning at first base, and FBI center fielder Colby Hughes made an incredible assist to the plate to get an Above All runner in the third, and FBI led, 8-4, going into the fourth inning. Clint Murray hit a go-ahead grand slam in the 10-run bottom of the fourth to give Above All a 14-8 lead. The lead swung back to FBI in the top of the fifth, when Colby Hughes hit a grand slam, giving them a 15-14 lead, but Above All outscored FBI, 9-2, down the stretch and advanced to the championship game with a 23-17 triumph. In the finals, C-Town/GTS started off with 8-1 and 10-1 leads, using up four of their six homers early on. Above All Landscaping answered with a four-run top of third to close the gap to 10-5, as Tom Paturzo homered. C-Town’s Corey Gilbert hit a homer off the top of the left center field light tower, one of the longest and highest homers of the tournament, giving them a 14-10 lead. Above All’s Clint Murray responded with a two-run bomb of his own over the tree in left field, pitcher Jeff Graus tied the game with two-run homer, and Jason Hoynowski gave them a onerun lead with an RBI triple. A diving catch by C-Town left fielder Jonathan Gastineau ended the fifth inning with Above All on top, 15-14. In the bottom of the fifth, C-Town’s Mike Powers hit a solo homer to tie the game at 15-15, pitcher Cole Patterson hit an RBI single, and Brad Carlsen and Chris Hoshaw added RBI hits to give C-Town a sixrun inning and a 20-15 lead. Finally, Above All shortstop Jesse Campanelli ended the inning with a nice diving one-hop stop in shallow left center field and threw to second for the force out. In the top of the sixth, Above All’s Tom Paturzo singled and big David Miller hit a two-run homer to cut the lead to three. However, C-Town got three more insurance runs on a Rick Cornu sacrifice fly and a Jonathan Gastineau two-run, bases-loaded single with two outs to go and they were up, 23-17, heading into the seventh. Before making the last out, Above All made one last-ditch effort on singles by Mike Dill, Jeff Graus, Jason Hoynowski, and Jesse Campanelli, then got a two-out triple by Paturzo and an RBI single by Miller to cut the lead to 23-22. Ryan Goodman at middle infield laid out for one of the best leaping and diving line drive stabs of the season in the last inning, and Cole Patterson at pitcher snapped off a high line drive down the stretch to seal it! Final ASA ‘B’ National Standings: 1. C-Town/GTS/Beus Excavation/ Action Garage Door; 2. Above All Landscaping; 3. Fence Brokers Inc/ Worth/Buzini Sports; 4. T’s 13/DeMarini; Tied 5. All Air Force; Tied 5. JBL/Tailgaters/B&E; Tied 7. BBS/Mr. Ds/Rip City; Tied 7. All American Restoration/Combat; Tied 9. All Army; Tied 9. West Coast Monsta; Tied 9. Budweiser/Promolink; Tied 9. Great Lakes Belt; Tied 13. ASPNation.com/A&A Utility/KV Weld; Tied 13. Izzy Sports/TKO/Miken; Tied 13. Nightmare/Miken; Tied 13. VCH/Worth. Batting Champion: Nick Peterson .833, All American Restoration; Tournament MVP: Brad Carleson .783, C-Town/GTS/Beus Excavation/Action Garage Door; First Team All-Americans IF - Chaun DeMars, T’s 13; IF - David Miller, Above All Landscaping; IF - Tim Bowser, Fence Brokers Inc.; IF - Michael Cervantes, Fence Brokers Inc.; IF - Ryan Goodman, C-Town; IF - Michael Powers, C-Town; OF - Christopher Hoffer, Tailgaters; OF - Brad Carleson, C-Town; OF - Nick Peterson, All American Restoration; OF - Jon Gastineau, C-Town; UT - Clint Murray, Above All Landscaping; UT - Steven Whaley, Fence Brokers Inc.; UT - Willie Allen, Above All Landscaping; UT - Jonathon Williams, Fence Brokers Inc.; UT - Corey Gilbert, C-Town; P - Cole Peterson, C-Town.
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