Avenue Boyz splinter opponents for first
By Missy Hinks
On a bright and sunny Saturday, softball
players were reminded what the game of softball is all about.
Using a wood bat, and the restricted flight of a cork center
ball, it was not the person with the newest, most expensive bat
that won the game, but the team that employed both strategy and
base hitting. The Avenue Boyz were that team.
The Avenue Boyz picked up their first win against Joe's Quick
Stop. Spectacular diving catches by Boyz outfielder, Ryan Aikens,
helped keep the pressure on Joe's. With the international tie-breaker
rule in effect in the ninth inning, Avenue Boyz singled to score
teammate Juan Perez, and take the victory.
The Avenue Boyz flew past both team Tatonka and Horsemen to breeze
into the finals undefeated.
The Avenue Boyz faced Tatonka again in the finals. Team Tatonka
matched runs with the Boyz through the first three innings, but
gave up a two-run lead in the fourth, on doubles by Arlen Vela
and Juan Perez. Smelling victory, Boyz outfielder Ryan Aikens
homered to add two more runs to their cushion. Teammate Nate
Vela came out with the long ball of his own, homering in the
top of the sixth. Team Tatonka was not about to go quietly, down
by five runs, Tatonka chipped away at the Boyz lead, and scored
four runs on singles in the sixth. Up by one run in the seventh,
the Avenue Boyz held Tatonka scoreless to take the trophy.
Other hot tournament bats:
First place, Avenue Boyz (4-0):
· Nate Vela had a fantastic tournament, batting nine for
12. He slammed six singles, a double, triple, home run and two
· Ryan Aikens batted six singles and a home run, and two
· Arlen Vela batted five singles, two doubles and two
· Juan Perez hit one single, two doubles, two home runs,
and five RBIs.
Second place, Tatonka (4-2):
· Lead-off batter Matt Cresto batted 14 singles for the
day with two RBIs.
· Nate Minkel hit five singles, a double, triple and five
· Russ Ferrar hit five singles, two doubles, a triple,
and two RBIs.
Third place, Horsemen (2-2):
· Mike Madrigal had a great tournament total going seven
for eight, with three singles, one double, one triple, two home
runs, a sacrifice and five RBIs.
· Jaime Galvan batted three singles.
· Second baseman Rick Vogel batted two singles, and slammed
a three-run home run.
· John Mc Connell added three singles and one RBI.
·Bob Lang hit five for eight with four singles and a double.
Frank's Rooter Service:
· Matt Villegas batted seven singles for the day.
· Steve Torres hit a single and two triples, one RBI.
· Mike Whitson batted a tournament total seven for nine
with six singles, one double and one RBI.
· Jeff Stetler batted a six for eight with four singles,
a triple and a three-run home run.
Joe's Quick Stop:
· Joey Vega scored twice and batted two single.
· Outfielder Terry Schleicher hit four for seven and added
four singles and an RBI.
· Matt Salmons singled and homered with a total of three
The All-Wood Bat Tournament was made possible by Penny and Rick
Vogel and Marti and Mark Weedon of Ojai Sports, who provided
all of the bats and balls for the tournament.
The Ojai Valley News
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RAMOS OF HORSEMEN connects with a hit Saturday at Sarzotti Park.
Horsemen took third place in the All-Wood Bat Tournament, with
two wins and two losses.