Round Robin Each team played 4 Round Robin games, with Steel City and Metro Detroit going 3-1. Steel City clinched the number 1 seed with a 21-9 win over Metro Detroit. Miami Valley and Buckeye Alliance both finished Round Robin play at 2-2. Buckeye Alliance clinched the 3rd seed with a win over Miami Valley. Miami Valley had an impressive win over Steel City and earned 4th seed. Motor City Mayhem ended up as the fifth seed.
Miami Valley defeated Motor City Mayhem in the 4/5 game to play Steel City in the Winner's Semis. Steel City came out smashing and defeated Miami Valley to advance to the Winner Bracket Final.
Metro Detroit and Buckeye Alliance battled to earn a berth in the Winner's Bracket Final. Metro Detroit scored a victory in a well played game to advance to the Winner's Bracket Final.
Winner's Bracket Final
The last game Saturday night was the Winner's Bracket Final between Steel City and Metro Detroit. Metro Detroit jumped ahead early and held on to defeat Steel City and move on tho the Final.
Buckeye Alliance and Motor City Mayhem opened the day with an elimination game that went back and forth. Motor City jumped ahead 16-4 early with Buckeye Alliance storming back with 11 in the 4th to cut it to 16-15. Motor City padded their lead to 20-15 in the top of the 6th, but The Buckeye Alliance scored 7 in the bottom of the 6th to take a 22-20 lead into the final inning. Motor City loaded the bases and used a Grand Slam to go ahead 27-22 heading to the bottom of the 7th. With two outs in the inning and the tying run at the plate The Buckeye Alliance crushed a 3 run walk off homer to advance to the next round.
Buckeye Alliance and Miami Valley battled in the next game. The Buckeye Alliance battled hard but may have run out of gas in this game. Miami Valley pulled ahead and stayed ahead to advance to the Loser's Bracket Final.
Loser's Bracket Final
With a berth in the Finals on the line Steel City again came out and smashed the ball around the diamond. They scored early and often to jump way ahead. Miami Valley did not quit, scoring a bunch of runs to get themselves within 10 and keep the game going. In the end Steel City had to much fire power for Miami Valley to overcome and moved on the Final.
Steel City and Metro Detroit playing for the 3rd time. Each team had won once. Metro Detroit jumped up to an early 5-2 lead with Steel City scoring 6 in the bottom of the 2nd to lead 8-5 after 2. Then the fireworks erupted. Metro Detroit scored 13 in the 3rd and 3 in the 4th to go up 21-9 heading to the bottom of the 4th. Steel City responded with 8 in the bottom of the 3rd to make it 21-17. The scoring continued from there with Metro Detroit scoring 8 in the 4th to make it 29-17. Steel City made another rally but it came up short as Metro Detroit defeated Steel City 42-29.
5TH-MOTOR CITY MAYHEM
I would like to thank all the teams that came out and gave it their all. It was hot all weekend and everyone battled until the very end. I hope that everyone enjoyed themselves at the tournament and the player party Friday Night. We had a pretty good turn out and had plenty of adult beverages. We hope that all of teams will return next year as we try to make the tournament bigger and better. We should have a new location for the tournament next year with some great diamonds. We are looking to keep the tournament in June with it being the weekend before or after Father's Day. Thanks again to everyone who made the tournament happen.