Lumber Co. Finish 5th at USSSA "D" Nationals

Posted by Robert Munday on Aug 30 2003 at 05:00PM PDT in 2019
Lumber Company finished 5th out of 78 teams in the Great Lakes USSSA "D" National Tournament in Milford, OH held over Labor Day weekend. Lumber Company finished with a 5-2 record, the tourney featured teams from 5 states including Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and West Virginia. Lumber Co. opened the tourney with a 10-9 victory over Washington Wicked from Washington, OH. The Lumber Company scored 1 run in the bottom of the 7th to win this game. Leading the LoCo offense was R.Nurczyk with 3 hits and B.Munday and J.Lesnik with 2. Lumber Company was matched up with Dave's Boys from Louisville, KY in game 2. Lumber Company was trailing by 6 runs going into the bottom of the 6th, but a 5 run 6th cut the deficit to 1 run. A B.Munday RBI single with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th tied the game. Neither Dave's Boys or Lumber Co. could score in the 8th. In the bottom of the 9th B.Walsh walked, R.Nurczyk single and M.Wallace walked to load the bases. A B.Munday sac fly drove in the winning run giving the LoCo the 9 inning thriller by the final score of 14-13. Game 3 had the LoCo paired up with Geno's from Columbus, OH. Again late inning heroics won this game for the Lumber Co. The LoCo was trailing by 4 runs heading into the bottom of the 7th. However in this inning the bats got hot. 8 straight singles by B.Walsh, E.Boe, R.Nurczyk, M.Wallace, B.Munday, J.Filas, M.Staab and K.Wallace allowed the LoCo to score 5 runs without making an out, winning by a final score of 6-5. In this game E.Boe, R.Nurczyk, B.Munday, J.Filas and M.Staab led the offense with 2 hits each. In game 4 Lumber Co. was paired up with Tina's from Ft. Mitchell, KY. The LoCo bats went cold and Tina's won by a final of 15-2. The lone bright spot was a 2-2 game by S.Munday. In game number 5 Lumber Company squared off against the defending Illinois USSSA "D" State Champs, Slugs, from Aurora, IL. Slugs just knocked the LoCo out of the Illinois State tourney last weekend. In this game the Lumber Co. were looking for revenge and they got it. This game was all Lumber Company as they won in 5 inning by the run rule with the final score Lumber Co. 14, Slugs 2. Lumber Co. hitting stars were E.Boe, 3-3; R.Nurczyk, 3-3, 2 RBIs; B.Munday, 3-3, 3 RBIs; J.Filas, 2-2, 1 BB, 2 RBIs; J.Lesnik 2-2, 1 BB; K.Wallace 2-3 and M.Wallace 2-3. In game 6 Lumber Company played Regulators from Wilmington, OH. LoCo advanced to the top 5 by beating Regulators by a final score of 11-5. 3 hits each by B.Petersen and M.Wallace led the offense in this game. In game number 7 Lumber Company was matched with Battle Cats from Fairfield, IL. This game was back and forth with the Lumber Co. taking a 4 run lead into the bottom of the 7th, however Battle Cats were able to plate 5 runs to win by a final of 16-15 and end the Lumber Co.'s tournament. A 5-2 record and 5th place finish over some of the best teams in the USSSA Great Lakes region is something to be very proud of. All 12 players contributed to the Lumber Company's success in this tournament, weather it was offensively or defensively . Leading the LoCo offense over the entire weekend were J.Lesnik, .667; All-Tournament Team selection B.Munday, .650, 9RBIs; J.Behun .625, 6 RBIs; K.Wallace, .600, 8 RBIs; J.Filas, .588, 5 RBIs; R.Nurczyk, .560, 7 RBIs and M.Walalce .500, 5 RBIs. Lumber Company's next and final game of the summer season is this Friday night at 8:30pm against Hope Softball on field #1, this game is a rain-out make-up from earlier in the year. *click on this article's headline to view the entire tournament's resultsimage


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