VanHouse wins another state titleThe VanHouse Construction/Players Sports Bar/Minnesota Power softball team, playing out of Silver Bay, traveled to play in the 2009 Class C Men’s State slow pitch championships last week to win back-to-back state championships.
The VanHouse Construction/Players Sports Bar/Minnesota Power softball team, playing out of Silver Bay, traveled to play in the 2009 Class C Men’s State slow pitch championships last week to win back-to-back state championships. The team has four state titles including one second place and one third place in the last six years.
About 40 teams from around the state were involved. The first game was against highly-ranked Braham Lumber, Princeton which finished second at A/B state the past weekend. VanHouse put runs early and played excellent defense to win in five innings 21-6. The next game was much like the first with VanHouse scoring a lot early and making it a 18-2 in five innings against Trans America.
Game one on Sunday morning was against Coors Light/Combat from St. Paul. VanHouse followed suit like that last two games and made it another five inning game 17-4. Next up was out of southern Minnesota, the Sioux Nation. The Sioux lead the game until the fifth inning until VanHouse rallied and took the lead and held on to win 19-15.
Now up was the Excel Homes out of Rochester, a team that was averaging 26 runs a game for their first five games. With a stiff wind blowing in it would be harder to score in the 20’s. VanHouse jumped out again early with six runs in the first, but only to have their lead squashed by a 14 run inning by Excel in the fourth. VanHouse slowly chipped away and took the lead back in the sixth and held on to win 19-15.
That put VanHouse in the driver’s seat sitting undefeated and had to be beaten twice. The team that came back to play VanHouse was KJ Construction out of Owatonna. Once again VanHouse jumped out in the first inning scoring six and didn’t look back beating KJ’s 24-12 to win back to back state championships.
Next up for VanHouse is World Softball League Miken Midwest Championships Aug. 21-23.