Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes Escapes Jakes/Godbey, Polishes Off Possum Holler 10-6 In USSSA Great Lakes Women’s “D” National Finals At Expressway Park

Milford, Oh.—In an all-Columbus finals, Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes polished off Possum Holler 10-6 in the championship game of the USSSA Great Lakes Division Women’s Class “D” National Tournament August 30-31 at Expressway Park.

 

Ohio Heating swept past four opponents en route to the title, their seventh USSSA championship of the season.

 

The winners outscored Possum Holler 6-2 over the final three innings to overcome an early 4-3 deficit and pull out the 10-6 victory.

 

Previously Ohio Heating had shut out the Shockerz 11-0 in their opener, rallied past Jake’s Automotive/Godbey Law 9-7 in game two, then routed Taz Softball 11-1 in the winners’ bracket finals.

 

The champions needed an eight run rally in the bottom of the 5th to stun arch-rival Jake’s/Godbey 9-7 after falling behind 7-1 in the 4th.  The two clubs have faced off eight times this year, with Ohio Heating having won five of those contests heading into the USSSA Women’s World September 18-21 in Kissimmee, Fl.

 

Associettes outscored their opponents by a combined 41-14 margin.

 

Team manager Toby Marvin credited his team’s championship to “chemistry and defense.

 

“It’s been a fun year,” remarked Marvin.  “These girls are there for each other.  It’s more of a family than any team I’ve ever had.”

 

And defense, said Marvin “has been what has carried us all year.

 

“One of our games this weekend was a shutout, and in another we only gave up one run in the 7th inning,” noted Marvin.  “Overall we only gave up fourteen runs in four games.”

 

Tournament MVP’s Lacey Elliott, left, of Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes, and Jess Tripett, right, of Possum Holler. Photo by Mike McNutt.

Tournament MVP’s Lacey Elliott, left, of Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes, and Jess Tripett, right, of Possum Holler. Photo by Mike McNutt.

Selected to the All-Tournament Team for Ohio Heating were Lacey Elliott (.833), Kelsey Price (.615), Marilyn Clifford (.636), Alysia Bradley (.600), Ericka Remshard (.538) and Stacy Roth (.538).

 

Elliott was named Tournament MVP.

 

“She made some great plays at 2nd base, and she was 10-for-12 on the weekend,” said Marvin.  “She didn’t make an out the first three games.”

 

Price garnered the tournament’s Outstanding Defensive Player honors “for the way she played left field.

 

“There was one play that stood out in my mind the most,” recalled Marvin.  “She got burned in the Jake’s game down the left field line.  She ran the ball down, caught it, and was able to double the girl off 2nd trying to go back.”

 

Marilyn Clifford was picked “for her pitching and hitting.

 

“She only gave up one run in the two games she pitched, and she batted .636,” said Marvin.

 

Marvin said that Bradley “played a great 3rd base and batted .600,” while Remshard “made of lot of great plays in the six-hole and batted over .500.  She is fundamentally sound.”

Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes’ Kelsey Price was named the tournament’s Defensive MVP. Photo by Mike McNutt.

Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes’ Kelsey Price was named the tournament’s Defensive MVP. Photo by Mike McNutt.

 

Marvin called Roth “our rock in the outfield.

 

“She fields everything in right-center and batted over .500.  I think she is the best female player in Ohio.”

 

A two-run 1st was all the Associettes needed behind the shutout pitching of Marilyn Clifford.  Kelsey Price and Stacy Roth each had an rbi single to get their team on the board in the top of the 1st.  Lora Strong had a sac fly to make it 3-0 in the 4th, then Ohio Heating broke the game open with a six-run 5th.  Price collected two more rbi’s with a base hit, and Jordan Angel capped off the inning with a big two-run double.  Two innings later Angel struck again, doubling home two more runs to close out the scoring, making the final 11-0.

 

Ericka Remshard, Price and Lacey Elliott combined for nine hits to pace the offense.

 

Next Ohio Heating rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the 5th to overcome a 7-1 deficit and escape with a 9-7 victory Jake’s Automotive/Godbey Law.   Alysia Bradley had an rbi double to get the scoring underway in the 5th.  Ericka Remshard followed with a base hit to chase Bradley home, then Kelsey Price delivered the big blow of the inning, a three-run homer to trim the lead down to one at 7-6.  Lacey Elliott singled home the tying run, and Jordan Angel’s base hit put her club ahead for good at 8-7.  Lora Strong capped off the inning with a sac fly.  Both teams put up goose eggs over the final two innings, making the final 9-7.

 

Marilyn Clifford, Elliott, Angel and Strong shared eight hits for the winners.

 

That lifted the Associettes into the winners’ bracket finals, where they rolled past Taz Softball 11-1, again on the strength of Marilyn Clifford’s pitching.   Lacey Elliott had an rbi single in the 1st, then Jordan Angel made it 2-0 with a sac fly in the 4th.  Ohio Heating then took charge in the 5th, pushing across five runs on a base hit by Kelsey Price, a bases–clearing triple by Stacy Roth, and an rbi single by Elliott.  Ericka Remshard had a sac fly and Clifford an rbi single as the lead swelled to 9-0 in the 6th, then Elliott doubled in a run and scored on a base hit by Jordan Angel in the 7th.  Taz Softball finally plated a run in the bottom of the 7th to avert the shutout, ending a string of thirteen consecutive scoreless innings pitched by Clifford.  Lora Strong had pitched game two.

 

Elliott collected four hits, Price banged out three, and Clifford and Misti Sellers chipped in two apiece.

 

Meanwhile Possum Holler, which had lost their first game of the tournament 6-5 to Taz Softball, was charging back through the losers’ bracket.   The Columbus team finally reached the losers’ bracket finals, where they made Taz their fifth victim in a row, avenging their only loss in a 14-4 spanking.

 

Possum Holler’s momentum continued for three and a half innings into the championship game, where they held a 4-3 lead after three and a half innings.  But in the bottom of the 4th, Ericka Remshard delivered a huge bases-clearing triple to lift Associettes into the lead at 6-4.  The lead swelled to 9-4 in the 5th as Jordan Angel doubled in two runs and Katie Risner had a sac fly.  Possom Holler answered with two in the 6th to cut the lead back down to three, but Kelsey Price knocked in the game’s final run with a sac fly in the 6th, making the final 10-6.

 

Remshard and Stacy Roth banged out three hits each, and Risner and Marilyn Clifford shared four to power the champions.

 

Ohio Heating’s Toby Marvin said he was not surprised that the championship game was so close.

 

“Every time we play them it’s a tight game,” said Marvin.  “They have one of the best defensive teams of any team we’ve played this year, and it seems like every time we play them it’s a defensive battle.  They’re our biggest rival in Columbus.”

 

Outside of Columbus, Marvin said his team’s biggest rival is definitely Jake’s/Godbey.

 

“Against them we know we have to bring our ‘A’ game, because they are probably the best hitting team that we’ve faced all year,” said Marvin.  “The only way to beat them is to hit with them.”

 

Marvin said it was “rather nice” to see an all-Columbus finals.

 

“There were only two teams there from Columbus, and both were in the finals of the National Tournament,” observed Marvin.  “That says a lot for those two teams.”

 

 

For final standings, tournament game scores and all-tournament team, please paste the following url into your browser: http://www.usssa.com/sports/tournament3.asp?TournamentID=1092343

Possum Holler went 5-2 en route to a runner-up finish in the USSSA Great Lakes Women’s “D” National Tournament August 30-September 1 at Expressway Park.  Photo by Mike McNutt.

Possum Holler went 5-2 en route to a runner-up finish in the USSSA Great Lakes Women’s “D” National Tournament August 30-September 1 at Expressway Park. Photo by Mike McNutt.

Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes polished off Columbus rival Possum Holler 10-6 in the championship game of the USSSA Great Lakes Women’s “D” National Tournament August 30-September 1 at Expressway Park.  In the front row, left to right, are Erica Remshard, Jordan Angel, Sara Hutson, Lora Strong, Kelsey Price, and Misti Sellers.  In the back row are Toby Marvin, Stacy Roth, Alysia Bradley, Lacey Elliott, Jen Lykins, Katie Risner, Jenna Patterson, Marilyn Clifford, and Dan Clifford.  Photo by Mike McNutt.

Ohio Heating/KMT/Miken/Associettes polished off Columbus rival Possum Holler 10-6 in the championship game of the USSSA Great Lakes Women’s “D” National Tournament August 30-September 1 at Expressway Park. In the front row, left to right, are Erica Remshard, Jordan Angel, Sara Hutson, Lora Strong, Kelsey Price, and Misti Sellers. In the back row are Toby Marvin, Stacy Roth, Alysia Bradley, Lacey Elliott, Jen Lykins, Katie Risner, Jenna Patterson, Marilyn Clifford, and Dan Clifford. Photo by Mike McNutt.