October 7, 2012
It was another good weekend for softball and 12 teams converged in South Carolina for the 2012 NSA Super "B" World Series. Street Kids Mojo was coming off yet another second place finish at the NSA World Series in Kalamazoo, losing by one run to Plumbers/Suburban.
SKS opened against Lewis Lawn Care, which featured mostly former Gas It guys that won the Super B in Las Vegas a few years ago. A 10-run third inning powered SKS to a 15-7 win. Leland Schmucker led the way with four hits.
The Kids were set to play Tailgaters next but they were unable to make the tournament so SKS won by forfeit. They advanced to play Floors Unlimited, who beat Plumbers 35-23. This would be the best game Street Kids would play.
SKS and Floors battled back and forth and when Street Kids led 20-13 when suddenly the lights went out and forced the teams to move to another field. In the top of the seventh, SKS put up eight runs and that would prove to be enough as SKS beat Floors 28-17 and advanced to the winners bracket finals against Reds.
Coming off the Floors win was big, and it took SKS into Sunday against Reds Boys, one of the best teams in the country. SKS beat Reds at Worlds in Michigan but the Supers are a whole new game. SKS couldn't get anything going against Reds this time around, managing only seven runs and although Faron Miller kept the red hot Reds at bay, they still scored enough to win, 16-7. Reds advanced to the finals, and SKS moved on to the losers bracket final against Bubba's stacked team.
SKS jumped out early on Bubba's and Faron was awesome on the mound, holding the most stacked team we would ever see to only one run through the first four innings. Street Kids actually led 10-1 after four, but the offense slowed down, and thats when Bubba's warmed up. They scored three in the fifth, but it was the big eight run sixth that put them ahead. Going into the top of the seventh, SKS trailed 12-10. With two outs, Tony Hardiman walked and Faron Miller drove him in with a big two out double. With the tying run at second base and two outs, pitcher Travis Miller got Nick Bishop to pop up and end the game, giving Bubba's a thrilling come from behind win, 12-11. Terry Patesel led the way with four hits, while Leland Schmucker and Tony Hardiman added three hits each in the loss.
The Kids finished third in the Super B, not bad at all, but knowing they had the Bubba's team against the rope and lost hurt the team and it is something that they would take home with them from South Carolina. Terry Patesel and Leland Schmucker were both named to the All World team for their efforts. Schmucker continues to amaze with his awesome season. His skills have grown and it has inspired the team to play better. Hopefully he can continue to help the SKS team in their final attempt at the post season next weekend in Columbus, Ohio at the GSL "B" World Series.
Here is a link to over 100 pictures from the weekend.