Paramount Builders/Worth defeated the 6th ranked Smokes/ABS/TPS team to capture the ISA Men’s A/B NIT held in Fairfax, Virginia. Paramount Builders/Worth overcame a 16 – 0 deficit to go undefeated and capture the crown and $1,000 jackpot. David Allen went 6 for 6 in the final that included a triple to knock in the winning run. Derek Oliver, John Dutch, John Adams, and Tim Smith each had 5 hits in the final.
The final was highlighted by a strange incident with 2 outs in the top of the seventh inning and Paramount Builders/Worth leading by 1 run the lights went out. Both teams returned the next day and on the 2nd pitch Ken Ezzell bounced a ball to David Allen to end the game with Paramount a head 35 – 34.
Paramount Builders/Worth defeated a much improved TNT/Power in the opening round 38 – 27. John Adams and John Dutch each went 6 for 6 with 2 homeruns apiece. Roy Jarman went 5 for 5 with 3 homeruns. Blaine Lee had 5 hits in the loss for TNT. The second round of double elimination pitted Paramount Builders/Worth against Buckeye’s/Eagle Group. Paramount Builders/Worth scored in every inning and defeated Buckeye’s/Eagle Group by the slaughter rule 27 – 12. Larry White went 4 for 4 with a grand slam and John Adams, Derek Oliver, Randy Romagna, Roy Jarman, David Allen, and Travis Matthews had 3 hits each. Smokes/ABS/TPS defeated Taylor’s of Maryland and Wine Trucking to get to the winner’s bracket final with Paramount Builders/Worth. Both teams had played 2 weeks earlier in the finals of the Richmond Round Robin with Paramount Builders/Worth winning two close games to capture the crown.
Smokes jumped out to 11- 0 lead with Scott Grant leading the charge with 2 home runs. Paramount Builders/Worth scored 7 runs in the 3rd and 7 runs in the 4th innings sandwiched around a Smokes scoreless inning to take the lead. Smokes fought back in the 6th inning to cut the lead to 21 – 17 but Paramount scored 11 runs in the top of the 7th to seal a 32 – 17 victory. John Adams had 2 homeruns in the final inning and Derek Oliver and Larry White had 2 hits each in the final inning.
Smokes defeated Buckeye/Eagle Group in the loser’s bracket final to set-up the rematch with Paramount Builders/Worth. Wine Trucking finished fourth and Taylor’s fifth. The leading hitters for Paramount Builders/Worth were John Adams (.913 8 HR’s), Derek Oliver (.840), Larry White (.792), John Dutch (.762), and David Allen (.762).
This Softball report was sent to us compliments of William Oritz