Another ODT has come and gone and a couple of familiar faces finished on top. The combo of Bush and Tomkins has been wildly successful in this tournament, winning it now five times in nine years. They faced a good amount of stiff competition along the way, and we’ll run down each team’s day here:
6th Place: Crazed Loons (0-5), 1 point
The Loons came in to the day with a lot of promise and ended the day without a win. The team got better as the day progressed, but they still finished with a -29 run differential. Ciolek was the man on the mound, posting a respectable 6.00 ERA with 12 K’s, but he also recorded 9 walks. He couldn’t get anything going at the dish, batting a lowly .118 without a bomb or any RBI’s. Sacheli stepped it up at the dish for the Loons, batting .359 with 2 bombs and 3 RBI. This team needs to find a third who can get on base.
5th Place: Papa Jack’s (1-4), 2 points
Everyone knew the Jack’s would mash the ball, and they scored the third most runs with 40. However, they let up 49 runs, highest of any team on the day. They started their day with an impressive 10-0 win over the Loons, but then lost the next four. Suhre led the team at the dish, batting .588 with 7 bombs and 23 RBI. Papa was right behind him with a nice .436 average, 5 homers and 17 RBI. On the bump, they split time evenly, but neither had an ERA under 10 and the team only posted 9 K’s. This team needs a guy with a solid arm as their third.
T-3rd Place: Crazy White Pitches (3-3), 4 points
This team was favored going into the day, but they found the slow pitch adjustment to be tough. This team did score a lot, putting up 53 runs, and only letting in 35. They hurt themselves early by losing to Tech, and couldn’t get past the Franchise in elimination games. Roeder led the tourney with a .732 average, also hitting 15 bombs with 33 RBI. He was the ace on the mound too, posting a 6.92 ERA with 14 K’s. Coyk batted .621, but only hit 2 bombs with 8 RBI. Rookie Flemister struggled early, but finished at .342, 3 HR, and 12 RBI.
T-3rd Place: Tech (3-3), 4 points
I can honestly say I underestimated Tech, and so did a lot of other people. They came in red-hot, beating CWP, and nearly ousting the Dawgs to get to the finals. Bacon was the man on the hill, posting a tournament-best 4.00 ERA and tied for the lead at 17 K’s. He also posted a decent .286 average with 2 solo shots. The surprise on this team was rookie Dan Bireley, who led the team with a .423 average, 5 bombs, and 9 RBI. Ben Brown had an underwhelming day, at .241, only 1 bomb, and 4 RBI’s. This team just needs to produce more runs, only tallying 15.
2nd Place: Pavlov’s Dawgs (4-2), 6 points
The Dawgs had their best tournament showing ever, taking it all the way to the finals before losing to a red-hot Franchise. They didn’t score a lot but they held opponents down. Chainzz was a huge part of that, throwing all the innings and posting a 4.36 ERA with 15 K’s. He also led the team offensively, averaging .485 with 6 homers and 13 RBI. Ari hit .394 for the Dawgs, and drove in 9 on the strength of 5 home runs. Benzing didn’t have a great day, at only .258, but he did work in the field. This team will threaten the top in every tournament.
1st Place: Freaky Franchise (6-0), 9 points
This team had a great day, and while they escaped on a Ryan Bush walk-off bomb against CWP, they really had few close calls. Tomkins was the guy on the mound, pitching the team to 6 wins with a 6.17 ERA and 17 K’s. He also had a .482 average, 7 bombs, and 15 RBI. The real story at the dish was Ryan Bush, who hit .722, had 21 homers, and 47 RBI, all tournament records. He also made 30 putouts with no errors, providing great fielding depth. This team won’t shut down many, but they will put up big offensive numbers.
MVP: Ryan Bush, FF, 21 HR, 47 RBI, .722/.727/2.074
Best Pitcher: Alex Barber, TECH, 3-3, 22 IP, 4.00 ERA, 17 K’s
Golden Hand: Ryan Bush, FF, 30 PO, 1.000% F%
Rookie of the Tournament: Dan Bireley, TECH, 5 HR, 9 RBI, .423/.500/1.192