League leaders contend for
tourney title, bragging rights
by Missy Hinks
The Ojai Recreation Department's softball league tournaments
have been going on all this week and will continue into the weekend
and next week if needed. The following is a rundown of all the
tournament information so far.
Coed B League
Brue's Body Shop and R&R Fire Protection move to the winner's
With the season officially over, the tournaments began earlier
this week. The winner will be crowned next week, and will take
the trophy and the bragging rights - the latter being the more
First-place Brue's Body shop faced off against the C league's
Bat Busters. The Busters were one up in the third, but fell seven
runs short of catching the hard-hitting Brue's crew. For Brue's,
lead-off batters Bev Critcher and John Lowe both hit a perfect
three for three, each with three singles and scoring a total
of four runs.
The Edwards family held the top bats for the Busters with Trinity
Edwards powering a solo home run and a triple, and Brian Edwards
batting three for three with a single and two doubles in the
lead-off spot. The final score was 18-11, Brue's.
Third-place R&R Fire Protection pulled off an upset over
second place Jim and Rob's Fresh Grill. Fresh Grill scored in
every inning, but couldn't catch the hard-hitting R&R. The
top batters for R&R were Lori Jacoby, who singled and scored,
Rick Rodarte, who singled twice and scored three times. For Jim
and Rob's, Pam Medina doubled with one RBI while pitcher Matt
Winter doubled, drove in two runners and slammed in a home run.
The final score was R&R 18, Jim and Rob's 8.
Wrec Crew faced off against the Bat Busters. Wrec Crew fell
seven runs short of catching the Busters. The final score was
Bat Busters 21, Wrec Crew 14. Andra Edwards and Ryan Aikens led
the Busters, Edwards with two singles, and Aikens with three
hits out of four attempts and a single, a double, and a home
run. For Wrec Crew, Vicki Perez singled and had a home run while
Rob Lasby went four-for-five with two singles and two triples.
Other big batters: For Wolfpack, Coleen Cody doubled and Matt
Buck batted a perfect five-for-five for the evening, with three
singles and two doubles. Josh Currior went three for five with
two singles, a home run and two RBIs.
Both Brue's Body Shop and R&R Fire Protection won two to
move on through the winner's bracket in the double-elimination
tournament, leaving Jim and Rob's Fresh Grill and Bat Busters
to battle it out through the losers' bracket. Play continues
Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Coed C League
Bat Busters, Shanda's and Silver Bullets in close race for tournament
In Bat Buster's game against Shanda's in Oak View, Shanda's scored
six runs in the third to take a four-run lead. The Busters
replied with a 10-run inning in the bottom of the fourth, and
held Shanda's to six more runs to finish the game. In the end,
Bat Buster's came out on top, 20-12.
Top batters for Bat Busters were Celina Knowles, batting two
for four with two singles, Brian Edwards, going four for four
with four singles, and Travis Tolliver powered a center field
grand slam to drive in four runners. For Shanda's, Karen Husted
singled and scored, lead-off Rick Frosh batted four for four
with three singles and a double.
In a do-or-die game, The Gables of Ojai faced CIF/Silver Bullets.
In the bottom of the seventh, with two outs, Silver Bullet Danny
Frazier doubled to tie the game, and teammate John Barrios singled
to bring in the winning run. The final score was Silver Bullets
15, Gables 14. The top batters for the Silver Bullets were Jessica
Pardee, batting two for four with two singles. Teammate Danny
Frazier singled twice and homered once. For The Gables, Mallory
Hinks batted three-for-four with three singles while Josh Hinks
hit a perfect three-for-three with a single and two doubles.
Ojai Valley Community Church was matched against Aera Energy.
Amy Lasby held one of the top bats for Aera, going four-for-six
with three singles and a triple. Ray Fraser brought out the power
with a double and two home runs. For OVCC, Tim Beckett hit for
the cycle with a single, double, triple and home run.
With the tournament trophy hanging in the balance, Bat Busters
and CIF/Silver Bullets continue through the winners' bracket
for the second week of the tournament. Shanda's will play off
against CIF/Silverbullets next week with the winner advancing
to the playoffs against Bat Busters for the title.
Men's League will begin tournament play this Sunday.
With wins over both Wolfpack and the Oak View Outlaws, Ojai Optical
ends the season with a 14-4 record in first place. The top batters
for Ojai Optical were Paul Perce who went three-for-three with
two singles, a double, two RBIs.
Wolfpack's James Feathers hit two for three with two RBIs and
a home run, while Billie Brocamonte stroked three singles. Ron
Acosta hit two-for-two with a single and a double for The Outlaws.
Ryan's Feed (13-5) swept two to take second place. Against Wolfpack
and OVCC, Ryan's top players were Terry Schleicher, who singled
once, doubled twice and homered once. Mike McGraw went three
for three with a sacrifice, two singles and a double, while Troy
Knight contributed two singles and a triple. Tim Beckett led
the way for the OVCC, hitting three singles to go with his three
RBIs and home run. Lonnie Stafford delivered three singles and
a double, and teammate-coach Don Smith ripped two singles and
Andria's Seafood split for the day with a win over Pat's Liquor/Frank's
Rooter Service, and a loss to Oak View Outlaws. The big batters
for Andria's included Chris Oakland, with a single, double and
three RBIs. For Pat's, Randy Russell homered and added three
RBIs, while Bobby Lang banged out a single and two doubles. Outlaw's
lead-off batter Rick Cruz nabbed two singles, and crushed a left
field home run, three RBIs. Left fielder Juan Perez rounded out
the top bats, with three singles and four scores.
The season-ending single elimination tournament will be held
Sunday, starting at 2:30 p.m.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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