If at first you don’t succeed.
After dropping the first title championship game in the double-elimination Class D&E Men’s Invitational Sunday at Bayfront Park’s Ed White Field, East Jordan Iron Works got quickly back on track.
East Jordan Iron Works, who last weekend also won the Bob Klooster Memorial Invitational in Charlevoix, finished with a 4-1 record, while the Rivers Dawgs were second at 4-2. BASES of Charlevoix placed third at 3-2, while Up to Date Log Homes of Frankenmuth was fourth, 2-2; and Tanner’s Farm of Albion and Quality Asphalt Aces of Homer were tied for fifth with 1-2 records. Delau Fire & Safety of Lansing and the Warriors of Melvindale were tied for seventh at 0-2.
In the final game, Denzil Wilson had three hits to pace Iron Works, while Tyler Spence added two hits and Dave Corcoran and Scott Hansen both doubled. Brian Brandau was the winning pitcher as he struck out four and walked two. For the River Dawgs, Shayne Hohiesel had two hits, while Adam Dustin homered. Dustin also took the pitching loss as he walked six and fanned one.
In the opening championship game, Josh Bush had three hits including a homer to pace Iron Works, while Matt Werner added two home runs and Kevin LaVanway had two hits including a home run. Nick Karaszewski added two hits. Brandau struck out five in earning the pitching win. For the River Dawgs, Ryan Notech and Hohiesel had two hits apiece including a double, while Ryan Hubbard and Brent Doeer had two hits apiece.
Iron Works opened the tournament with a 10-3 victory over Quality Ashphalt Aces as Bush paced Iron Works with three hits including a double. Also for Iron Works, Karaszewski had two hits including a home run, while Scott Hansen added two hits including a triple and Werner homered.
Corey Essenberg was the winning pitcher as he struck out 10, walked three and allowed three runs on two hits. Brandau pitched in relief.
Derek Sherman and Jordan Birch both homered for Quality Ashphalt Aces. Brock Winchell was the losing pitcher, while Brian Edwards pitched in relief.
Iron Works then topped BASES, 7-4, as Bush had two hits and Tyler Spence and Werner each homered. Also for Iron Works, Wilson added two hits, while Hansen and Werner homered. Brandau was the winning pitcher as he struck out three and walked two.
For BASES, Brian Loper hit two home runs, while Ben Speigl homered. Doyle Dustin III took the pitching loss in relief of starter Jim Potter.
Iron Works advanced to the championship game with a 6-5 victory over the Rivers Dawgs as Wilson and Tom Scott had doubles and Brandau was the winning pitcher as he struck out four and walked two. For the River Dawgs, Notech had three hits including a home run, while Josh Stern had three hits and Brent Doeer had two hits including a double and Dustin homered. Dustin took the pitching loss in relief of starter Adam Grote.
BASES opened with a 13-3 victory over DeLau Fire & Safety as Loper had two hits including a double and Bush added two hits. Also for BASES, Scott Kelly homered and Stu Hancock was the winning pitcher as he struck out four and walked three. Lee Nadeau took the loss for DeLau Fire & Safety, while Marc Wahl doubled.
BASES then shut out Tanner’s Farm, 7-0, as Hancock earned the shutout win as he struck out three. Bush had two hits including a homer to lead BASES offensively, while Randy Wheelock homered and Chris Loper doubled.
BASES also topped Up to Date Log Homes, 10-5, as Wheelock finished with four hits including three homers and a double. Also for BASES, Brian Loper had two hits including a homer, while Chris Loper added two hits.
The River Dawgs then topped BASES in an elimination bracket final, 17-16, as Dustin earned the pitching win in relief of starter Hubbard. Mike Barber took the loss for BASES in relief of Hancock and Dustin III.
Hohiesel and Stern had two hits apiece including a homer to lead the River Dawgs, while Dave Gera and Dustin had two hits apiece. For BASES, Randy Wheelock had three hits including two homers, while Barber had three hits including a double. Kelly, Chris Loper and Speigl had two hits apiece.
Following the tournament, four individual awards were presented as Iron Works’ Brandau collected the tournament’s outstanding pitcher award and teammate Bush was named the outstanding infielder. Brandau finished with a 3-1 record, pitched 29 1/3 innings and allowed 25 runs, 36 hits while striking out 18 and walking six. Bush finished with a .588 batting average. Also, Randy Wheelock of BASES was the tournament’s most outstanding player as he hit .563, hit six home runs and drove in 12 runs. Hohisel of the River Dawgs was the tournament’s outstanding hitter, finishing with a .632 average.