May 11, 2013
The Street Kids/Wildman softball team finally put things together on the field last week in Muncie, Indiana, going a perfect 5-0 and winning the second leg of the NSA Directors Cup series. This weekend, they were hoping to keep the winning going as they traveled to Indianapolis for the third leg of the Directors Cup series, one that featured 20 teams - the largest upper division NSA tournament in recent memory.
SKS won the first game over RC Recycling (24-13), the second game over Vibe (19-0), the third game over a good Honey Badgers team (19-5) and the winners bracket final over LCW (30-15), who is picked to be one of the top Elite teams in Indiana, if not the entire region. At one point, SKS led 20-0 before LCW began to make a game of it. In the end, SKS was too much and they prevailed, sending them to the chaampionship game.
After waiting for nearly seven hours for the losers bracket to finish, it would be LCW beating out SOL from St. Louis to reach SKS in the final. After a long day themselves, LCW felt it was not worth it to attempt to double dip SKS (SKS was unbeaten) and possibly risk injury in the cold weather. They forfeited the championship, giving Street Kids their third win of the season. To be honest, if SKS was in that same situation, we would have done the same thing. It was not a state or national title game, and no one wants to get hurt.
Jeremy Hochstetler was named tourney MVP while Joe Peelle, Scott Martin, Joe Horvath and Fred Schmucker were named to the all-tourney team. Peelle - who currently leads the team in hitting at .737 - and Martin were also named to last weeks all-tourney team, while Fred Schmucker was named to his second of the season also (Jackson, Michigan). Several players had standout performances this weekend as this was indeed a team effort, from pitching (Chad Marchand and Faron Miller) to every player on the roster.
Street Kids are off this coming weekend.
Click here to view pictures from the event in Indianapolis.