Allstate brings home fourth straight title
You were in good hands if playing for Allstate, as it marked the fourth straight year for winning the championship in Co-Ed Softball.
Allstate came back to defeat Harold McCormick in a 21-16 and 19-5 finals, after being upset in the second game of the tournament.
"This team showed a lot of heart Thursday night by winning three games in a row to get here," said Allstate manager Dave Hicks. "What makes this even more special is we lost our number one guy and girl this season, and people said we wouldn't win it."
The last four years have been phenomenal for Allstate, as they have posted a record of 70-3 with only one defeat coming this post-season against Harold McCormick.
"In that game we basically got out played, and on that night we got beat by a better team," said Hicks. "We showed a lot of heart to come back through and win five games in a row, for we were short a player last Thursday night."
Allstate took an early lead of 5-4 in the first game after Mike McAdams hit an inside the park home-run in the top of the first.
Harold McCormick came back to take a slim advantage of 6-5 in the bottom of the second, when Andrew McKennah connected on a single to score Lori Tipton.
The lead lasted for two inning but after two homers came from Jerry Rouse and Craig Ingram to begin the fourth, Allstate found themselves back on top.
Allstate continued to stretch the advantage, and with a three run homer from Ingram in the seventh they increase the lead to eleven runs with Harold McCormick having one last chance at bat.
It was a good rally from Harold McCormick to come up five runs shy, as a double from Jerry Bailey scored Becky Wagner and McKennah.
In game two, Allstate showed why they went undefeated throughout the regular season, as the spanked Harold McCormick through the first three frames.
Harold McCormick started out with a three run advantage in the top of the first when John Hutchins smacked a home-run to drive-in Joey Trent.
Rouse led-off with a solo homer while Ingram followed with a three run shot to give Allstate a 6-3 lead after the first frame.
Allstate had suffered from player withdraw on the female side all season, but Starr Nave stepped up to fill the void with a two-run single up the middle to give them a 10-5 lead at the end of the second frame.
"This was the sweetest, because we had four girls to get pregnant while playing this year, but we got some girls in here that did a good job," said Allstate player Jeff Hutchins.
The rout was on during the third inning, when Allstate put up a total of nine hits along with scoring nine runs.
McAdams jacked a grand-slam in the bottom of the third to give Allstate a 19-5 lead which served as a final score throughout the remainder of the contest.
Allstate had a chance to end the game in the fourth frame, but their effort was unsuccessful in squeezing out a run.
Needing five runs in the top of the fifth to stay alive, Harold McCormick was denied after Allstate turned a double-play along with Bonnie Peters making the throw to first-base for the final out.
"I know two scoops are always better than one, double-dipped," said Allstate second-baseman Jerry Rouse. "In Co-Ed this was the best team I've ever played with because we were under staff this year, and we earned it."
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