The Father’s Day Classic is upon us and we have five teams locked in and ready to play. The games will start at 9 am and can be seen live via Periscope. The following will be the overall format to go along with the general rules:
•Round robin in the morning followed by a single elimination “playoffs” in the afternoon.
•4 inning games.
•RUN LIMIT: 5 runs per inning. If the bases are loaded with 4 runs in, any runs that score on the following play count. NO RUN LIMIT IN THE LAST INNING.
The official schedule:
And now, because information is boring, some team previews:
Caledonia Crush: Regis Pollard, Cody Hammond, Mike Anderson
The only team with three players this time around, the Crush took off the ODT to prepare for this one. The 2015 ODT Champs feature a balanced offense and pitching. Hammond was the star batter at .537, 8 bombs, and 16 RBI. Regis was solid at .378, 2 bombs, and 8 RBI. Regis stole the show on the mound with a 2.90 ERA and 14 K over 29 IP. Mike is a question mark but was a solid player in Washburn. This team will last long into the day.
Crazed Loons: Josh “Pete” Ciolek, Nick Ciolek
The Loons didn’t win a game at Opening Day, and now they’ll be missing their best hitter in Sacheli. Pete didn’t have a great tournament at the plate, hitting only .118 with no RBI, but those numbers should improve. On the mound, he had another respectable day, pitching to a 6.00 ERA with 12 K in only 14 IP. The wild card is Nick, who will need to get on base and provide some offense for the Loons. Their pitching can hold teams down, the offense is the question.
Crazy White Pitches: Chris Roeder, Tim Coykendall
The Pitches are back, this time minus Flem, but retaining their two biggest guys from Opening Day. Roeder had a day at the plate, mashing 15 dingers and plating 33 runs. Ohh, he also hit .732. Coyk wasn’t a slouch either, batting .621 but only 2 HR and 8 RBI. On the mound it was all Roeder, pitching to a 6.92 ERA with 14 K’s over 19 2/3 IP. Roeder will probably throw all the innings once again, but their offense is the best around.
Freaky Franchise: Justin Tomkins, Ryan Bush
These guys were the winners of the ODT, and each player had a great day. At the dish, Bush paced the tournament with 21 bombs and 47 RBI with a .722 average. On the mound, Tomkins bared the full load and pitched well: a 6.17 ERA but 17 K in 24 IP. He also hit .482 with 7 homers and 15 RBI. Rumor has it that we could see some Ryan Bush slow-pitch at some point this tournament, but as long as he has a bat they’ll be tough to beat.
Papa Jack’s: Jon “Jack” Suhre, Doug “Papa” Bush
The Jax had the offensive firepower at the ODT, but only won once. You can blame that on the pitching. This team lacks a true ace with both players posting ERA’s above 10 and only posting 9 K’s over the tournament. At the plate, they are monsters. Suhre paced the team at .588 with 7 dingers and 23 RBI, with Papa not far behind at .436, 5 HR, and 17 RBI. Their offense can keep up with most teams, but one of them has to settle into the pitching role.