Canton Pub comes back to add tourney title
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 4:42 AM
After successfully defending its regular-season championship in the Canton Men's Softball League, Canton Pub (13-3) again added the Aug. 18 post-season tournament title.
Canton Pub’s Brian Erickson is safe as Canton Bank third baseman Nick Richert digs out a late throw. This action came earlier in the men’s softball season, which ended with the annual postseason tournament at Canton Day Off.
But unlike the regular season of 2012, the Pub had its back to the wall having to come back through the losers' bracket in the double elimination format.
Canton Pub, bye
Steuart's 10, SG Legion 9
The winning run came in the bottom of the final seventh inning. Iver Otterness hit two home runs for the Legion with Trevor Storlie pounding one over the fence for Steuart's.
Chiggy's 22, Canton Bank 9
It ended an inning early with the run rule. Tanner Draper homered for No. 3 seed Chiggy's while Quinton Sand hit one out for No. 2 seed Canton Bank.
Canton Pub 25, Steuart's 13
Pub scored 24 runs in the first three innings to run-rule Steuart's in five innings. Paul Tollefsrud hit three home runs for Pub while Jacoby Bigalk put two out of play for Steuart's.
Chiggy's 17, Canton Pub 12
Down 12-6 going into the final seventh inning, Chiggy's shocked the top seed with 11 runs in the top of the inning.
Draper again homered for Chiggy's. Cannton Pub received round trippers from Russell Larson and Riley Austin.
Chiggy's thus advanced to the championship game(s) while awaiting the survivor of the losers' bracket.
Spring Grove Legion won by forfeit as Canton Bank could not field enough players due to other commitments.
SG Legion 19, Steuart's 15
No statistics were available for this game as the Legion avenged the first round loss, and Steuart's became the second team to be eliminated.
Canton Pub 12, SG Legion 6
No statistics were reported as the season ended for Spring Grove Legion.
With Chiggy's unbeaten in tourney action, one-loss Canton Pub would have to take two straight to claim the crown.
Canton Pub 20, Chiggy's 13
Pokey Hanson hit a grand slam home run for Chiggy's. However, Austin ended the game while robbing Chiggy's of what looked like another grand slam. This left each team with a loss and set-up the winner-take-all finale.
Canton Pub 17, Chiggy's 5
The drama did not continue as Pub won the title tilt with a run-rule margin. Tollefsrud hit a home run for the champs. Chiggy's closed with a 6-8 season record.