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July 21, 2009

Softball Scene: TH teams slug through poor weather to roll in Effingham tournament

This past weekend in Effingham, Ill., included rain, muddy fields, hardworking ground crew and a few softball games between local Terre Haute rivals. In the end, local Terre Haute teams finished 1-2-3 in the 13-team affair.

Budweiser captured its first tourney title in what has proved to be a difficult 2009 season. As the 2008 ASA Class “C” state champions, the Budweiser team has struggled through the 2009 season with only an Avon round-robin tourney win. Competing largely in the NSA Men’s Class “C” division this season, Budweiser has found victories hard to come by.

In Effingham, the Budweiser squad reeled off five consecutive wins to grab the tourney title and the right to advance to the ISA (Independent Softball Association) state tournament later this season. Budweiser recorded wins over Ad Hatters 19-7, Jackson 12-6, DBS 22-11, Outkast 18-6 and Crawlworks 23-0.

Offensively, the Budweiser team was led by Rick Robins with a 16-for-23 performance. Also contributing was Brad Pierce who stroked four home runs during tourney play and Ryan Carter was 9 for 15 with four walks and a home run.

Also playing for the Budweiser team were the following: Darren Buck, Clay Huffman, Ryan Nicholson, Kevin Kull, Gary Potter, Kyle Knapp and Chad Wilguess.

For local softballers, the tourney proved interesting due to the fact it was the first time during the 2009 season that Terre Haute’s three traveling teams actually met on the playing field. Tourney play featured games between Budweiser, Outkast and Crawlworks. This time, Budweiser came out on top with a 18-6 win over Outkast and a 23-0 win over Crawlworks.

The Crawlworks team, which has enjoyed considerable success during the 2009 season, continued to make a good showing. Dropping a tough opening round game by a 12-1 score, the Crawlworks team won six consecutive games before falling to Budweiser in the championship game.

Noteworthy was their first win, a 11-10 victory over T-Town which featured Randy Winkler’s two-out walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning. Following that narrow victory, the Crawlworks team reeled off five more wins in convincing fashion.

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