VanHouse wins at Rocky TaconiteThe smallest field ever took up the challenge of the 39th annual Rocky Taconite softball tournament in Silver Bay last weekend.
By: Steve Gow, Lake County News Chronicle
The smallest field ever took up the challenge of the 39th annual Rocky Taconite softball tournament in Silver Bay last weekend. Twelve teams battled it out for the championship of the A and B divisions, with the first eight teams to lose twice moving down to class B.
The 12 participants included the local league teams of John’s Sanitary, Crossings , the Skallywags and the Finland Fun Bags. Also present was Jersey City a team from the metro area of mainly older Mariner alumni, VanHouse Construction/Players Sports Bar another team of mostly Mariner alumni out of the Duluth Classic League and The Rex a team out of the Sunset League with Mariner and Agate alumni. The rest of the field included Adagio’s Pizza of the Cities, Team Grogzilla from Thunder Bay, Aurora Electric from Hoyt Lakes and Lost Tavern from Cloquet.
VanHouse had very little trouble in winning the class A portion of the tournament as they won all four of their games in five innings and were never challenged.
Their 17-4 win over Jersey City, their first game of the tournament, was the closest anyone came to giving them a game. After they defeated Lost Tavern 42-15 Saturday afternoon, they easily beat Grogzilla early Sunday afternoon in the final battle of unbeatens and then did it again 39-2 in the championship game. The final order of finish in class A ended up as VanHouse, Grogzilla, Adagio’s and Aurora Electric.
In class B Molson/Sven went unbeaten in three games to take home the gold. They opened with a 31-0 win over the Fun Bags and came from behind with a 10-run seventh inning rally to defeat Lost Tavern 23-20.
In the title contest they scored 23 times in the top of the first inning on their way to a 30-18 win over The Rex. Team Rhino/John’s did the best of the Silver Bay league teams in making it to the B semifinals where they were beaten 29-13 by The Rex.
Jamie Otterblad won Saturday evenings home run derby with eight shots over the outfield fence.