The Lil Pens have won the Opening Day Tournament, sealing the third win for manager Doug Bush. The Pens had a first round bye, and then took out Pavlov’s Dawgs and the Freaky Franchise to win the title. Here’s a full recap:
In the first round, Pavlov’s Dawgs faced off against the Schweaty Sachs. The game featured many lead changes over the first two innings, and also featured four home runs. After two offensive innings, shutdown pitching took over, and the Dawgs came away with the upset win, 5-4 over the Sachs. Ari Knill pulled in the win and Jordan Benzing got the save. The second game of the first round featured the Freaky Franchise against the Master Batters. The Batters took an early lead over the Franchise, but then the Franchise fought back. Down 6-5 in the third, the Franchise piled on runs, helped by a Tomkins grand slam. This would seal the game, and 11-6 win for the Franchise. Justin Tomkins gained the win.
The second round featured the Lil Pens taking on the Dawgs. The Dawgs pulled out to a quick 8-6 lead after one, with three homers in that inning. The second inning was scoreless, and the third inning featured a Saint Ours grand slam to give the Pens an 11-8 lead. The Dawgs quickly came back and took a 12-11 lead into the bottom of the fourth, but walks would win it for the Pens, 13-12. Doug Bush picked up the win for the Pens. The second game was the highlight game of the day, with the Franchise taking on the Strong Tough Dudes. The Franchise took a quick 5-0 lead on a Ryan Bush grand slam and held it until the third, when STD tied it. This set up an epic pitching battle between Ryan Bush and Chris Roeder, which went 12 (!!) innings. A Ryan Bush homer in the 12th made it 8-5 and that would seal the win for Ryan Bush and the Franchise. This game featured 46 strikeouts and only 4 hits between Roeder and Bush. This set up a family championship between the Pens and the Franchise.
This game had a slow start, with both teams walking the bases loaded. After one inning, the score was tied at 5. Doug Bush entered the game, and shutdown the opposition, while hitting a homer of his own. He gave his team the lead at 6-5, and he would keep that lead and take the win. The Pens would officially win their second Opening Day Championship, with Doug Bush taking his third championship. Doug Bush was named MVP of the Tournament. This win proves that the Pens are back, and will be a threat this season.