Stix win rain-plagued Kelso Klassic by forfeit

Monday, June 14, 2004

Rain plagued the Kelso Klassic fastpitch softball tournament all weekend and ultimately had a hand in crowning the Bloomington (Ill.) Stix champions of the 20th annual event.

Bloomington was awarded a pair of forfeit victories over the Springfield (Ill.) Brandts in the championship games. Springfield was the tournament's lone unbeaten team after a 3-1 victory over Bloomington in the winner's bracket final, but due to the tournament running behind schedule because of rain, the Brandts had to leave for home and forfeit the championship games.

The tournament endured two rain delays on Saturday with play concluding at 4 a.m. Sunday. Due to rain Sunday morning, play didn't resume until noon.

Bloomington defeated T-Town KC 5-2 in the loser's bracket final, which in effect became the tournament championship.

Terry Mette of T-Town KC was named the tournament MVP player, while 18-year-old Australian pitcher Adam Folkard was selected the MVP pitcher.

Perryville Legion sweeps doubleheader

The Perryville American Legion baseball team scored 29 runs in a doubleheader sweep at Herbert Hoover of St. Louis on Saturday.

Perryville defeated Hoover 14-2 and 15-5.

David Ochs was the winning pitcher in the opening game, allowing two unearned runs on four hits in five innings. He struck out six.

Brian Buchheit led the offense with two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs. Alex Armbruster added two hits. Ochs also drove in three runs.

In the nightcap, Chad Stelling and Buchheit each were 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Ochs was also 3-for-4. Kyle Palmer and Shaun Roth each had two hits and two runs driven in.Palmer pitched four innings for the win.

Perryville (4-3) was scheduled to play De Soto on Sunday.

-- From staff reports

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