The 2017 2nd Annual Thin Blue Line tournament started off with a bang at The Roost Bar & Grill. With unlimited wings, pizza, and beer from 6:00-9:00 how could you go wrong? 3 games of pool play began Saturday morning until 1:30. There were a bunch of real good games and we had 8 teams finish with a record of 2-1 or better to make the upper division. After pool play Kentucky Blue had the #1 seed, followed by Nassau, Thin Blue Line, NY Hounds, East Coast Lawman, Suffolk, Delco Pursuit, and the Philly A's rounded out the upper division. Maryland Outlaws had a couple bad breaks that put into the lower division but they ended up being the #1 seed. Dayton Metro, SCI Muncy, SCI Rockview, FCC Allenwood, Northern Beasts and USP Canaan rounded out the lower bracket.
After pool play was completed, the big boys put on a show with the home run derby... Balls were flying out of the park, and the house in left field took a beating but after a couple tiebreakers in the finals, Brian Bunn from TBL won the derby. Much thanks to Terry Dugan from Lockdown sports for donating the bat of choice for the HR derby winner. The corn hole tournament was a big success with 20 teams competing for a set of Thin Blue Line boards and bags. Tom Thayer and Andrew Fenwich from Maryland Outlaws breezed threw the double elimination tournament without a loss (I think I saw one of them throwing on ESPN). Bracket play started around 1600 on all four fields and there were some great games. The Philly A's took Kentucky Blue into extra innings but fell a little short. Suffolk beat Thin Blue line, East Cost Lawman beat the Hounds, and Nassau put Delco into the loser’s bracket. SCI Rockview beat FCC Allenwood, SCI Muncy took a tough loss to the Northern Beasts and Dayton beat USP Canaan, while Maryland had a bye. Then the lights came on to highlight a tough matchup between Kentucky Blue's and East Coast Lawman with the Lawman coming out on top. Following that game the Outlaws beat Rockview by run rule. Nassau and Suffolk then squared off for a battle with Nassau coming out on top. The last game of the night featured the Northern Beasts vs Dayton Metro and they did not disappoint. The game came down to the last inning with Dayton winning 33-31.
Sunday morning featured a bunch of tough games with TBL beating a tough Delco Persuit team from New Jersey, and the Hounds beating a scrappy Philly A's team. TBL Beat Kentucky while the Hounds beat Suffolk. That forced a slug feast between TBL and the Hounds with TBL winning in seven. The East Coast Lawman beat Nassau in the undefeated game on field one forcing a game between Nassau and TBL. The game was back and fourth with TBL up six and Nassau had three home runs to use but fell short by a couple runs in an exciting 7th inning. In the finals, TBL and the East Coast Lawman went 7 innings with East Coast Lawman winning 14-11.
In the lower bracket, Muncy received a forfeit win that squared them off against Rockview with Rockview coming out on top. Allenwood beat a tired Northern Beast team to force a third game between instate rivals. Rockview had the advantage though and beat Allenwood for the third time of the weekend to move on to face Dayton Metro after they lost the undefeated game vs the Maryland Outlaws. SCI Rockview played the Outlaws very tough but fell short 14-11 to give Maryland the championship.
Red-Eye Sports donated a prize package of custom hats to both first place teams, custom semi-sub shirts to second place teams, and a set of Red-Eye semi subs to third place teams. The Red-Eye trailer was on site both days and had a ton of great gear. The owners and workers are huge law enforcement supporters and did an excellent job for us. Check them out on Facebook.
Craig Turner (Turnip) Tournament MVP - East Coast Lawman
Isaiah Rodriguez All Tournament Team - East Coast Lawman
John Erven All Tournament Team - East Coast Lawman
Darrin Bumgarner All Tournament Team - East Coast Lawman
Tyler Clawson All Tournament Team - East Coast Lawman
John Phelps All Tournament Team - East Coast Lawman
Mike McCormick All Tournament Team - Thin Blue Line
Jamie Caterino (J-Cat) All Tournament Team- Thin Blue Line
Jarrett Martin All Tournament Team - Thin Blue Line
Brian Bunn (Bunntista) All Tournament Team - Thin Blue Line
Brandon Domotor All Tournament Team - Thin Blue Line
Kenney Jackson All Tournament Team - Nassau
Kevin Connor All Tournament Team - Nassau
Flip McGovern All Tournament Team - Nassau
Andrew Fenwich Tournament MVP - Maryland Outlaws
Tom Thayer All Tournament - Maryland Outlaws
Andrew Fenwich All Tournament - Maryland Outlaws
Nick Trice All Tournament - Maryland Outlaws
Ryan Harris All Tournament - Maryland Outlaws
Randy Sampson All Tournament - Maryland Outlaws
Mike Reese All Tournament - SCI Rockview
Aaron Miller All Tournament - SCI Rockview
Cody Young All Tournament - SCI Rockview
Brandon Behrer All Tournament - SCI Rockview
Lloyd Alexander All Tournament – Dayton Metro
Dereck Smith All Tournament – Dayton Metro
Mike Batchik All Tournament – Dayton Metro
Team Sportsmanship Award - Dayton Metro
Individual Sportsmanship Award - Mike Vallante - Nassau