OST, T.A.C.T. dominate in end-of-summer tournament
By Misty Volaski
The sun beat down hard upon the
Ojai men's softball championships last Sunday, where OST and
T.A.C.T. stood tall as the victors of their respective divisions.
Division II winner OST swept through the early rounds, stomping
out the Silver Bullets and Joe's Quick Stop. The squad then went
on to play in the semifinals against Pat's Liquor, who they bested
by three runs.
Head Trip, which had climbed its way through the loser's bracket,
topped Pat's Liquor, 9-7, for a berth in the playoffs against
OST. The OST squad came off the bench swinging, driving home
four team members by the end of the first inning. Head Trip retaliated
with three at the top of the second, but never gained the lead
- though they did tie it up in the fifth at five. OST ultimately
pulled off the win in the bottom of the seventh inning, when
they squeezed out a run for the win.
T.A.C.T. drowned out Valley Builders, Diamond Dogs and Ojai Sports
before facing Team Transit in the finals. Ojai Sports just nearly
missed the win, losing 17-16. Mimicking OST, Ojai Sports nabbed
five runs in the first inning alone. Down five, T.A.C.T. dominated
the third inning with eight runs. The Sportsters took the lead
again in the sixth inning, where they topped T.A.C.T., 15-12.
But that lead was short-lived, as T.A.C.T. pulled off five runs
in the sixth. Ojai Sports drove in one more runner, but it wasn't
enough for the win.
From there, Ojai Sports moved into the loser's bracket, where
they had to best Team Transit MX in order to take another shot
at T.A.C.T. Team Transit, which lost to Ojai Sports in the first
round of play, got revenge on the Sports team for a chance to
pay in the division-deciding game.
With the score at 5-2 Ojai Sports in the second inning, it seemed
there would be a repeat of the two squads' first meeting
But Transit crept up on Ojai
Sports, with a run in every inning until the fifth, when they
knocked the Sportsters off the track with three runs to take
the lead, 7-5. Transit drummed out one more run in the sixth
to give them the 8-5 lead. Two more from Ojai Sports put the
heat on, but the Team Transit clung to the lead for a championship
So Team Transit, who was knocked out of the winner's bracket
in the first round, found themselves playing T.A.C.T. for first
place in league. T.A.C.T., however, rained on the Transit parade,
coming back after being down five runs to drive seven men home
in the fifth. T.A.C.T. snagged one more run in the seventh to
Transit's zero, giving the T.A.C.T. team the win, 11-8.
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