Nig’s Tavern took the road less traveled and logged maximum meleage to win the 2014 Seaway Slow-Pitch Softball Playoff Championship on Saturday.
The tournament concloned the confines at historic Monnet Park, the home of Maple City Softball for decades, on Jefferson Avenue.
After receiving a bye as the regular season champion Nig’s a second round loss to Hosmer’s Marina on Thursday.Nig’s then strung five wins on Saturday climaxing with a 12-6 victory over Ogdensburg Bowl I.
And with some good softball played on Saturday, the League also showed a lot of sportsmanship off the field.
During the course of the season a rare broken leg injury was suffered by a first year league member Travis St. Andrews. His situation did not go unnoticed in the seven team league which donated to his expenses and recovery which is expected to take seven to 10 months for recovery.
“I can’t express how much it meant to me that these teams and players gave back. It means a lot,” said St. Andrews after the finals.
In the final game, three runs in the first, fourth and fifth sparked the win as Justin Martel produced two singles, a double and a triple and Dean Washburn rapped a double and single to pace Nig’s.
Blair Davis and Andrew Rupert were the lone players to get two hits for Ogdensburg Bowl I.
The second game was necessary after Ogdensburg Bowl I, which didn’t lose until the final two games, fell 26-14 to Nig’s in the first game.
Tournament Offensive MVP Don McCarthy lined three singles and didn’t make an out in six apperances at the plate and Bill Durham connected for a double and three singles to lead Nig’s. Shawn Knapp produced three singles and John Hushey produced two singles.
Taylor Armstrong smacked a homerun and a single for Ogdensburg Bowl I while Blair Davis, who won Defensive MVP honors with his Jeter-like shortstop skills, connected fo three singles.
Ryan Bouchey added a triple and a single while TJ Jacobs added a double and a single.
Nig’s Tavern reached the finals with a reversal win against Hosmer’s 13-9, a 15-0 win over Club 1812, and a 23-8 win over Murray’s Market.
Ogdensburg Bowl I edged Hosmer’s 7-6 to advance to the final game. In other games, Murray’s beat Buster’s 28-10, Club 1812 edged Ogdensburg Bowl II 13-12.
Club 1812 13, Ogd Bowl II 12: Andrew Ladouceur smacked a homerun, a double and a single, Josh Ladouceur connected for a triple and a double and Nate Beaulieu lined a double and two singles for Club 1812. Jared Flener added three singles.
Donny Edwards lined two doubles and Jesse Joanette and John Reed each singled and doubled for Ogdensburg Bowl II.
Ogd Bowl I 7, Hosmer’s 6: TJ Jacobs who reached on a fielders choice in the seventh and scored on a dropped ball in the outfield for the game-winner sinking Hosmer’s playoff run on Logan Ladouceur’s wedding day.
Ryan Bouchey lined three singles while Mike Perry and Jacobs each singled twice.
Logan Ladouceur lined two hits in playing one game before his wedding. Darrin King also produced two hits.
Murray’s 28, Buster’s 10: Trey Lawrence had a pair of homeruns for Murray’s.
Nig’s 23, Murray’s 8: Justin Martel smacked a homerun and Bill Durham and Don McCarthy each produced three hits for Nig’s. Trey Lawrence slugged a homerun for Murray’s.
Nig’s 15, Club 1812 0: A seven run third sealed the win for Nig’s as Bill Durham connected for a homerun, Shawn Knapp poled two triples and a single and Don McCarthy lined two singles and a double. Norm Martel added three singles.
Joel Abar and Chad TenEyck each singled for 1812.
Nig’s 13, Hosmer’s 9: Justin Martel and Shawn Knapp each delivered three singles and Ken Stull ripped a double and a single leading Nig’s Tavern.
Ray Biller and Bill Payne each smacked three singles for Hosmer’s while Dan Frank provided a stellar catch at secondbase and tripled.