Lumber Co. Wins Joliet USSSA "D" Qualifier

Posted by Robert Munday on Aug 03 2004 at 05:00PM PDT in 2019
Lumber Company went a perfect 5-0 to win the 21 team Joliet USSSA "D" Qualifier on August 7th and 8th. Lumber Company opened the tourney with a 7-5 win against Ice House Dogs from Chicago, IL. Pacing the Lumber Co. offense in game one were B.Walsh, A.Blazekovich and R.Nurczyk with two hits each. E.Boe also homered and drove in two runs. In game number two Lumber Company faced Kline Construction from Elgin, IL. Lumber Co. won this game by the 10 run rule in 5 innings by a final score of 12-2. Leading the LoCo offense were J.Filas, 4-4; M.Wallace, 3-3; E.Boe, 2-3, 1 HR, 3 RBIs; J.Lesnik, 2-3 and A.Blazekovich, 2-4, 3 RBIs. Game three had the Lumber Co. playing Wicked, also from Joliet. Lumber Company advanced to the winner's bracket championship by defeating Wicked by a final score of 13-7. Key offensive contributors in this game were A.Blazekovich with 3 hits as well as J.Filas, R.Nurczyk (1 HR, 5 RBIs), J.Lesnik and K.Wallace all with two hits each. On Sunday Lumber Company opened with Roaddawgs from Joliet in the winner's bracket final. Lumber Company jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after 2 innings and never looked back, winning by a final of 12-8. Top hitters in this game were E.Boe 4-4, 3 RBIs; J.Filas 3-3 and J.Pool, A.Blazekovich (4 RBIs), M.Staab, J.Lesnik and K.Wallace all with 2 hits. After sitting back and waiting for the loser's bracket to play out, it would again be the Roaddawgs who the Lumber Company would have to knock off to win the tournament title. Much like in the first game the Lumber Company would take an early 4 run lead and never look back winning by a final score of 11-8. Leading the Lumber Company in the Championship game were A.Blazekovich, 4-4; K.Wallace, 3-3; M.Wallace, 3-4; J.Filas, E.Boe and J.Spisak all had two hits a piece. In winning the tournament Lumber Company received paid USSSA State and National berths. The leading Lumber Co. hitters for the weekend were J.Filas, .800, 5 RBIs; K.Wallace, .692; A.Blazekovich, .667, 10 RBIs; J.Lesnik, .636; E.Boe, .588, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs; M.Wallace, .562 and R.Nurczyk 1 HR, 11 RBIs. This weekend's tourney win was a total team effort with all 13 guys playing hard and contributing, either with the bat or the glove. K.Wallace also pitched a great tourney, with the Lumber Co. only trailing for one or two innings the entire weekend. Lumber Company's next game is Thursday night at 8:30pm on field #2 against rival D'Arcy. *click on this article's headline to view the entire tournament's results.image


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