August 28, 2007

Mark's takes fourth championship

Photo by Gary G. Newman/copyright Redmond Spokesman

The boys of summer went for broke last week and ended the Men’s ASA softball season in a three-game flourish, with Mark’s Auto Body beating all comers for the season ending tournament championship.

“If we hit the ball, no one can hang with us,” said team spokesman John Hindman. “The chemistry is what does it. We know we’re going to have our inning.”

Mark’s forfeited its way into the consolation bracket because several players were at a Bend tournament the week before and they couldn’t field a team.

They made up for lost time quickly last week, swatting the Hitmen out of the tournament 27-14.

Mark’s took the early lead, but the Hitmen challenged in the third inning, holding Marks to one run then scoring eight runs to lead 13-10.

But Mark’s Kent Zweifel and Travis Holmes hit back-to-back three run homers and the Fender Benders scored a total of 11 runs in the inning to lead 21-13.

Shane Nakamura added another three-run homer in the fifth inning.

The win set up the championship series with Parr Lumber/Pappy’s Pizza.

The Pizzamen had a storybook run through the tournament, but that ended quickly with Mark’s taking a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Holmes added a two-run homer and Jody Wagner a three-run tour as Mark’s pulled away for the 17-1 win in five innings.

The game ended at about a quarter to eight and even with dusk quickly approaching, the teams agreed to continue and play a second game originally scheduled for this week.

Mark’s opened up with a two-run homer by Holmes and led 5-0 at the end of the first inning. Then it was three-up, three-down for Pappy’s and then the Pizzamen put Mark’s out in three at-bats. The two teams traded places on the field without warm up pitches.

In the third inning Holmes hit a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly and then Aaron Malinowski added another three-bagger for an RBI. Mark’s led 7-0.

The umpire wanted to call the game for darkness at the end of four innings, but the boys of summer from both dugouts begged for one more inning.

Mark’s added two more runs in the fifth inning, and then the umpire called the game for darkness. Mark’s won 9-1.

It took them 25 minutes to play the game.

“It was fun,” said Hindman, pointing towards the Pappy’s dugout. “These are good guys.”

Mark’s has won the Men’s ASA league the past six years and won the season ending tournament four of the past six, Hindman said.

-- story by Gary G. Newman

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