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Lumber Company fell to Ken's Beverage 23-13 in JPD Tuesday night "B" league action. Though a loss, the Lumber Company played well enough to hang with the USSSA "B" State Champs for 6 innings, with the score being Ken's 16, Lumber Co. 13 heading into the bottom of 6. However a Ken's Beverage 7 run bottom of the 6th ended the game. Leading the LoCo offense on Tuesday night were S.Munday, 3-3, 3 3Bs, 4 RBIs; M.Wallace, 3-3; J.Behun, 2-3, 1 HR, 3 RBIs; R.Nurczyk, 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBIs; K.Wallace, 2-3 and B.Petersen 2-4, 2 RBIs. Lumber Company's next game is Friday, August 8th at 8:30pm against Hope Softball on field #3.
Lumber Company went 2-2 in the Joliet USSSA "D" Qualifier on August 2nd and 3rd. Lumber Company opened the tourney with a 15-9 win over Hitmen/Zelmo's from New Lenox, IL. Leading the LoCo attack was M.Staab, 3-4, 2 RBIs; J.Filas, 3-4; R.Nurczyk, 2-4, 1 HR, 4 RBIs; S.Munday, 2-3, 3 RBIs; B.Petersen, B.Walsh, M.Wallace and B.Munday all added 2 hits. Lumber Co. faced Primetime from Joliet, IL in game 2 and the bats did not show up as Primetime won 10-0. Game 3 pitted the LoCo against Demolition and this game was all Lumber Co. The bats woke back up and the LoCo cruised to an 18-3, 4 inning, 15 run rule victory. Pacing the LoCo at the plate were B.Munday, 3-3, 3 RBIs; B.Walsh, 3-3, 3 RBIs; K.Wallace, 3-3, 2 RBIs and J.Filas, 3-3. LoCo' next opponent was Fury from Lombard, IL. This game saw Fury jump out to a 15-0 lead after 2 innings, but the LoCo did not quit. In the bottom of the 2nd the LoCo put up 9 of their own runs to cut the deficit to 6. However in a game where the Lumber Co. had 23 hits and 7 BBs, they could never deliver the knock out blow and fell by a final score of 18-15. Having good games at the plate for the LoCo were S.Munday, 4-4, 3 RBIs; J.Butscher, 4-4, 1 BB; J.Filas, 3-4, 2 RBIs; R.Nurczyk, 3-4, 1 BB; B.Petersen, B.Walsh, B.Munday and M.Staab all added 2 hits each. Lumber Co. leaders at the plate for the weekend were J.Filas, .786; B.Walsh, .750; S.Munday, .727, 6 RBIs; B.Munday, .667, 5 RBIs; J.Butscher, .600; R.Nurczyk, .538, 1 HR, 6 RBIs and M.Staab, .500, 6 RBIs. Lumber Company's next game is Tuesday night at 9:30pm against Ken's Beverage on field #5.
Lumber Company went a perfect 5-0 to win the 2003 Joliet City Tournament's 19 team Competitive Division. Lumber Company started the tournament with a 14-4 win over Samy's on Monday night and a 7-4 second round win over Ballers on Thursday night. Friday night Lumber Company faced Powerhouse in round 3. The game was close the entire way, it was tied at 3 going into the 6th. Lumber Co. was able to plate 1 run in the 6th and 2 in the 7th to come away with the 6-4 victory. Leading the LoCo were B.Walsh, 2-3; S.Munday, 2 RBIs and B.Petersen 2 RBIs. The win advanced the Lumber Co. to Saturday and the championship of the winners bracket and a match-up with Glory Days. In this game Glory Days open the first inning with 6 quick runs, only to have the LoCo answer back with 6 runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Glory Days put up 6 more runs in the top of 2, the LoCo came right back with 5 to make the score 12-11 in favor of Glory Days after 2 innings. After 4 frames the Lumber Co. was able to tie the game at 16. It was in the bottom of 5, trailing 17-16 did the LoCo make their move, an 8 run 5th and a 2 run 6th put the LoCo up by 9 and Glory Days could not come back, only scoring one more run to give the Lumber Co. the win by a final of 26-18. Leading the LoCo in this game were M.Wallace, 6-6, 1 HR and 5 RBIs; J.Behun, 4-4, 5 RBIs; J.Lesnik 4-5; R.Nurczyk, 4-6, 4 RBIs; B.Walsh 2-3, 3 BBs; J.Filas 3-4, 1 BB, 3 RBIs and K.Wallace 3-5, 3 RBIs. With the win the LoCo got to sit back, relax and see how the losers bracket played out. It was the LoCo's Friday night victim, Powerhouse, who battled back through the losers bracket and got a chance for revenge. The championship game proved to be a great contest. After a scoreless first the Lumber Co. were able to score 3 in the top of the second to take an early lead. The LoCo lead held until the bottom of 3 when Powerhouse scored 4 runs to go up 4-3. The Loco answered back pushing 2 runs across the dish in the top of 4 to take a 5-4 lead. That score held until the bottom of the 6th when Powerhouse scored 3 runs to take a 7-5 advantage going into the 7th inning. With the pressure to score at least 2 runs to avoid the "if game" the LoCo stepped up scoring 4 runs. The LoCo started the scoring on a Jeff Behun inside the park HR. Then a M.Staab walk and J.Lesnik base hit set up a S.Munday RBI single to tie the game at 7. The big blow came with 2 outs, with runners on 2nd and 3rd, B.Walsh dropped in a 2 run double giving the LoCo a 9-7 lead heading in to the bottom of the 7th. The LoCo were able to shut down any possible Powerhouse scoring chances, keyed by an unbelievable M.Staab diving catch in right field to get the first out of the inning. After a Powerhouse base hit, an excellent play by J.Lesnik at second base recorded the second out of the inning. Finally a fly ball to J.Filas in left sealed the deal and gave the LoCo the 9-7 win and the Joliet City Tournament Championship Title. Leading the Lumber Co. offense in the Championship game were B.Petersen, 3-4; J.Behun, 2-3, 2 RBIs, 1 HR, 1 3B; K.Wallace, 2-3, 3 RBIs; D.McGrath, 2-3 and B.Walsh, 2-4, 2 RBIs. Great work men. I am very proud of this team, we played hard and never gave up all tourney no matter what the scores or situations were, we played amazing defense and K.Wallace pitched spectacularly when the bats were not as hot as they could have been. It was truly a 12 man effort, with everyone contributing at one point or another toward the city title. Hitting stars for the week were as follows, J.Behun, .692, 1 HR, 7 RBIs; M.Staab, .692, 7 RBIs; M.Wallace, .611, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs; K.Wallace .600, 8 RBIs; B.Munday, .571; R.Nurczyk, .500, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, S.Munday, .500, 6 RBIs and D.McGrath, .500. Lumber Company's next game and first as Joliet City Champs (damn, that sounds good) is Tuesday night at 9:30pm on field #5 against Uncle Richies. *click on the headline above to access the Joliet Herald News' article covering the Lumber Company's championship game win. The video clip belows shows the proverbial Gatorade bath given to Coach Munday in celebration of the Joliet City Championship.
In their second game in the Joliet City Tournament the Lumber Co. used defense and timely hitting to defeat the Ballers by a final score of 7-4. The win puts the Lumber Co. as one of the final four undefeated teams. Leading the LoCo over the Ballers were R.Nurczyk, 3-3, 1 HR, 2 RBIs; M.Staab, 3-3, 2 RBIs; B.Munday 2-3 and K.Wallace 2-3. Lumber Company's next game is Friday, July 25th at 8:15pm against Powerhouse on field #6. Results from other competitive division action were as follows. Winners bracket games from Thursday, July 24th, Lumber Co. 7, Ballers 4; Deeznuts 13, Chico's Bail Bonds 12; Glory Days 18, Primetime 16 and Powerhouse 14, Roaddawgs 6. Loser bracket games from Wednesday, July 23rd, Uncle Richies 13, Lousy Pups 7; 3rd Base 14, Moran AC 2; Marcheloni's 16, Classic Construction 14; Uncle Richies 14, Mulder's Moving 4; New Life 23, 3rd Base 11; Jim's Place 13, Samy's 9 and Marcheloni's 16, Mainline Electric 6 Games on tap for Friday, July 25th are as follows. Winners Bracket Lumber Co. vs. Powerhouse Deeznuts vs. Glory Days Losers Bracket Roaddawgs vs. Uncle Richies Ballers vs. New Life Primetime vs. Jim's Place Chico's vs. Marcheloni's
Lumber Company cruised to an easy 14-4 win in 5 innings over Samy's to begin play in the 2003 Joliet City Tournament. Leading the winning effort for the Lumber Co were M.Wallace, 3-3, 1 HR, 2 RBIs; J.Filas, 3-3, 1 BB, 2 RBIs; S.Munday, 2-3, 3 RBIs; B.Petersen, R.Nurczyk, B.Munday, J.Behun and M.Staab all added 2 hits a piece. Lumber Company's second round City Tournament game is Thursday night, July 24th at 6:45pm against the Ballers on field #6. Results of the other competitive City Tournament games are as follows. Glory Days 8, Marcheloni's 7; Jim's Place 12, Lousy Pups 2; Mainline 12, 3rd Base 1; Ballers 7, Jim's Place 6; Powerhouse 19, Classic Construction 9; Glory Days 17, New Life 16; Roaddawgs 16, Mainline 1; Chico's 16, Uncle Richies 10; Deeznuts 23, Mulder's Moving 16 and Primetime 28, Moran AC 18. Winners bracket match-ups for Thursday, July 24th are as follows. Chico's Bail Bonds vs. Deeznuts Glory Days vs. Primetime Lumber Co. vs. Ballers Roaddawgs vs. Powerhouse Losers bracket games for Wednesday, July 23rd are as follows. Lousy Pups vs. Uncle Richies 3rd Base vs. Moran AC Samy's vs. Jim's Place Marcheloni's vs. Classic Construction Mulder Moving vs. Uncle Richies/Lousy Pups Winner New Life Plumbing vs. 3rd Base/Moran AC Winner Mainline vs. Marchelloni/Classic Construction Winner