Chino Lockdown Battles B&G For B Flight Championship
This last weekend officially marked the west coast kick off to the police softball season. As usual, the DEA Kick Off maxed out with 30 teams. This year also saw mother nature looming about but she did not hit like the forecasts predicted and all the tourney games got in without any issues. Every team had two round robin games with the top 2 teams in each bracket going to A flight and the bottom team going to B flight. Once the teams were divided, the double elimination playoffs started. When the dust settled in the A flight, four teams were left undefeated. Those teams were the LAPD Blue vs. the California Quake and the SoCal Alliance vs. HardCor.
In the LA/Quake game, the LAPD Blue took an early lead and held it for 5 innings. The Blue looked to be in control of the game but the Quake bats woke up and their defense started to take over. The last couple innings were all Quake and they beat the Blue in the bottom of the 7th. This game was another never say die effort by the Quake and it added to their legacy of never giving up.
In the Alliance/HardCor game, the Alliance opened up the game with a 10 spot in the top of the first but HardCor fought back and had it 10-9 after two innings. HardCor pitcher Mark Tolliver kept the game in check with superb pitching but it was not enough to get the game to end in HardCor’s favor.
In the match of the undefeated, the Alliance came out strong. The Quake answered but the Alliance stayed hot all game and took the victory.
The Quake went back down and played LAPD Blue who had beaten HardCor. In this game, the Quake came out strong and took down the Blue.
In the championship game, the Quake deferred and took visitors in what some thought was an attempt to make the Alliance play catch up. Fortunately for the Alliance, they did not cool down on their game break and their offense was relentless. In the end, the Alliance prevailed and added another chapter to police softball version of the Dodgers and Giants rivalry.
In the B Flight, Burbank/Glendale Combo cruised through the playoffs and had to be double dipped Chino Lockdown who was the surprise team at the 2009 World Series. In this game, it was close but Chino Lockdown won and forced the “if” game. In the “if” game, Chino showed why they had sleighed so many dragons at the 2009 World Series and came out hot and cruised to a big victory.
Although Chino Lockdown and The SoCal Alliance came away with the big prize, teams such as the DEA, SoCal Riot and San Diego Force all impressed and showed they were teams to watch in 2010.
Like many tourneys in the west, this tourney used provided bats By Easton Sports. The bats were great all weekend and the balls used by Jimmy Gomez (44/525) we hot and kept the scores high.
Alliance Manager Ryan Coe was asked his thoughts on the tourney and he said he was impressed by the talent level of all the teams and every tourney will be a battle and a different team can win each month. Coe said he is excited the team did so well in their 2010 debut and cant wait to get players Trujillo and Ulibarri back into the mix in Vegas.
The Alliance MVP/All Tourney/Gold Glove players were:
MVP- Mitch Brouilette: Mitch hit .758 with 8 homeruns. Mitch also played stellar CF in the Alliance three man outfield and ran with intensity all tourney.
George Reyes: King George hit .750 with 7 homeruns and showed why is a professional hitter with his smart at bats.
Mike Snyder: Mike hit .710 with 7 homeruns to go along with his excellent outfield play. In an amazing display, 16 of Mike's 18 hits were for extra bases. At 6”5 and 250 pounds, Mike is one of the fastest big men in the LEO game.
Nate Baez: Nate hit a sizzling .750 and played his typical suberb 5 man while keeping the Alliance loose in the dugout.
Gold Glove- Tommy Hayes: Tommy locked down Shortstop in the absence of Zo Trujillo and played perfect there all weekend. Tommy’s glove was so impressive, he earned the Alliance gold glove award.
The Quake All Tourney Players were:
Matthew Boykin: Matt hit in the 700 hundreds and drove in multiple RBIs.
Lester Lawson: Les hit in the 700 hundreds, drove in multiple runs and was stellar at third base.
Scott Spaulding: Scotty hit for a high average and was exceptional at the shortstop position where he made several key plays to keep the Quake in contention.
The LAPD Blue All Tourney Players were:
Jeff Vonlutzow: Jeff hit some very clutch and important homeruns and hit for a high average.
Robert Roque: The LAPD Blue newcomer hit very solid from the lead off spot and played great defense in his LAPD debut.
Rich Bengtson: Rich played great outfield and had some clutch homeruns while hitting for a high average.
Chino Lockdown MVP and All Tourney Players were:
MVP- Ricky Wright
Ryan Wise and Luis Robles
B&G Combo All Tourney Players were:
Tommy Perez and brent Fekety. Both players led the team in average and homeruns while playing a great infield all weekend.
THE FINAL RESULTS
1. SoCal Alliance
3. LAPD Blue
4. DEA Combo
5t. SD Excessive Force
7t. NorCal Choir Boys
7t. RSD Red
9t. Southwest Elite
9t. Team Vargas
9t. SoCal Riot
13t. Concord Combo
13t. Sac Police Softball
13t. State Razed
13t. Sin City
17t. LAPD Lawmen
17t. Locked & Loaded
17t. OC Hitmen
17t. Nitro2 Go/Berdoo
21. Chino Lockdown *B flight champs
22. B&G Ultimate Body Supps
23. SD Old Dawgs
24. Garden Grove
25t. Goon Squad
25t. Quit Resisting
27t. CHP Springs
27t. LAX Bravo Tango
29t. CHP LYC
29t. Green Wave