2014 Champions: Bomb Squad
Row 1: Jason Harkins, Trevor Colvin, Ryan Irwin
Row 2: Mike Kuzminski, Kyle Salerno, Clark Thomas
The 2014 Clarkball Tournament at Betts Park ended in thrilling fashion for the Bomb Squad, on the way to their second championship in franchise history. After cruising to a 3 - 0 start in pool play, the Bomb Squad stumbled into the playoffs with a loss to Alpha Q in their final game. Still clinging to the number one seed, the Bomb Squad won the first three games of the double elimination tournament and landed in the championship. Johnny D-Bag and Bomb Squad squared off for the third time of the day. Johnny D-Bag was warmed up and ready to play, crushing the Bomb Squad 14 - 4 to force an extra game. The Bomb Squad came out on defense and recorded two quick outs before scoring 9 runs in the first inning. The game continued for three more innings until the fourth. Bomb Squad's Omar Harkins and Trevor Colvin lead off the inning with two singles. Clark Thomas then stepped to the plate and delivered with a three run walk off home run to end the game and cap off a 13 - 1 victory. Bomb Squad's Omar Harkins was the tournament MVP, and SIT.FER.MOR's 13 year-old Dylan Ecklund was the homerun champion, clobbering a tournament best 9 on his way to the crown. Second place finisher Johnny D-Bag did not stick around for a photo, but they fought valiantly all day. Led by Defensive Player of the Tournament Joe Pellegrino, they played a grueling 10 games on the day and finished 7-3. Thank you to the 100+ participants and 27 sponsors for a great tournament.
2014 Third Place: Sit.Fer.Mor.
Row 1: Ryan Arnold, Jon Sitler
Row 2: Dylan Ecklund, Andrew Morrison, Brian Ferry, Jordan Sitler
Another story line from the tournament was the improbable rise of the number 10 seed Sit.Fer.Mor. After finishing 0 - 4 in pool play, things looked bleak for the Times Observer squad. With the help of key free agent signings Ryan Arnold and eventual homerun champion Dylan Ecklund, SIT.FER.MOR surged to a third place finish, nearly upsetting second place finisher Johnny D-Bag. Lead by veterans John Sitler, Brian Ferry, and the ghost of Derek Jeter, the team used a mix of youth and experience to notch 5 wins in the tournament, including a streak of 4 in a row. A fan favorite, look for Sit.Fer.Mor. to build on this year's success and make another run at the title in the next tournament.