News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 17, 2011

SOFTBALL SCENE: Valley squad wins Bedford tourney, series titles

John Benton
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — This past weekend the Crawlworks/All American Auto Repairs squad ventured to Bedford to participate in another leg of the Tanel 360/Dudley Challenge Series. In doing so, Crawlworks/All American Auto Repair not only captured the tourney title but also annexed the season-long series title.

As a result, the team won merchandise, a paid berth to the Amateur Softball Association men’s slowpitch Class D state tournament and a berth to the nationals at Salem, Va., over the Labor Day weekend.

In winning the Bedford tourney, Crawlworks/All American Auto Repair reeled off four consecutive wins. After opening tourney play with a 16-3 drubbing of Scared Hitless, the local team defeated Lacy’s Snow Removal 12-3, Yoder Excavating 15-4 and Outdor Session 11-10.

The final victory was an especially gratifying one in that it came as a result of Kelly Chesshir’s bottom-of-the-seventh walkoff hit. The Bedford tourney makred the return of Kelly Chesshir to action following a prolonged stint on the disabled list.

Playing for Crawlworks/All American Auto Repair this season are Randy Winkler, Shane Chesshir, D.J. Chesshir, Kelly Chesshir, Eric Smith, Ryan Smith, Chad Wilguess, Jason Hinton, Dano Armstrong, Dave Wood, Derrick Pierce, Ron Whistler, Jared Lumsdon, Chris Green, Jeff Long, Dusty Batchelor, Mike Medearis, Jason DeSanto and Chris Wilson.

Congratulations are in order for the local travel squad.

• Not quite — Another local travel team, Outkast, didn’t fare as well when it traveled to Bloomington for the prestigious Bloomington Invitational. After opening tourney play with a 16-6 loss to eventual tourney winner Silverbacks, Outkast jumped out to an 8-0 lead before falling to Hagerman 13-11.

A player who continues to perform for the Outkast squad is 50-year-old Tommy “Sarge” Slaughter. Despite his 50 years, Slaughter is hitting .623 for the season and leads the team with 18 home runs. Good job, Tommy, and keep proving that experience counts.

• Schedule released — The schedule for the Show Me’s coed city tournament has been relased. The 2011 edition of the tourney will see eight teams vying for the title.


At Spencer Field

7 p.m. — DYI Rentals vs. Copeland

8 p.m. — Roshel Dentistry vs. Damon’s Stars

9 p.m. — DYI Rentals vs. Roshel Dentistry


At Spencer Field

7 p.m. — Copeland vs. Damon’s Stars

8 p.m. — DYI Rentals vs. Damon’s Stars

9 p.m. — Copeland vs. Roshel Dentistry

At 1st Street

7 p.m. — Canteen vs. Harley Davidson

8 p.m. — Sluggers vs. Tech Stars

9 p.m. — Canteen vs. Sluggers


At Spencer Field

7 p.m. — Harley Davidson vs. Tech Stars

8 p.m. — Canteen vs. Tech Stars

9 p.m. — Harley Davidson vs. Sluggers


At Spencer Field


The Show Me’s men’s city tournament is July 25-28. Interested teams can still sign up by contacting Brandy Lanahan at (812) 232-0147 or John Benton at (812) 877-2566.

• Shout outs — Congratulations are in order for former local softballer Kyle Seaney. Seaney, a member of the 2011 NSA Class C state champion team, was named to the all-tourney team for his stellar play. During tourney play, Seaney hit a scalding .818 with six walks. Way to go, Kyle.

It was good to see David Hughes back in action as he played for Tabco in a recent league game. Hughes, having overcome his bout with a serious illness, was a longtime fixture on the local softball scene and it was great to see him back on the diamond.

Another hello to former softballer Greg Wagle. Wagle, a member of the 1979 USSSA Class B state championship Terre Haute Merchants team, was sighted at the Vigo County Fair with his family.

See ya’ at the park.

John Benton can be contacted at (812) 877-2566.