Milaca Church League softball champions crowned

The A division champion Milaca Free last Wednesday. Back row from left: Buzz Buzzell, Michael Graves, Matt Cluraghty, Levi Hunt, Anderson Erickson and Jenny Sommerlot. Front row from left: Robb Hartfiel, Spencer Sommerlot, Kris Erickson and Todd Larson.

The A division champion Milaca Free last Wednesday. Back row from left: Buzz Buzzell, Michael Graves, Matt Cluraghty, Levi Hunt, Anderson Erickson and Jenny Sommerlot. Front row from left: Robb Hartfiel, Spencer Sommerlot, Kris Erickson and Todd Larson.

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If the first week of playoffs in Milaca Church League softball was exciting, the second week was down right dramatic. With a double-elimination style tournament, teams were given the chance to try to come from the losers bracket and still win a title. One team did, as New Life Christian III came back from an early loss in the tournament to beat Freshwater UMC twice by convincing margins last Thursday in the AA championship.

In the A division Mora Baptist TRIO tried to do the same thing, winning the first of two wins needed to clinch a title, but Milaca Free held on 11-6 in Game 2, earning the championship.

The road to those championships were paved with drama as well. In the A division on Monday, Mora Baptist and Milaca Free earned their berths into the championship game by knocking off Princeton Trinity and Milaca Alliance.

In Game 1, Mora Baptist knocked Princeton Trinity out of contention in an 11-4 game. Milaca Free earned its way to the title game in the winners bracket by knocking off Milaca Alliance 6-5 in a hotly contested game.

That pitted Mora Baptist and Milaca Alliance in an elimination game – winner advances to title game, loser goes home.

Mora Baptist’s offense caught fire and the team went on to knock off Milaca Alliance 17-12.

Mora Baptist continued that effort on Wednesday with a 9-7 win in the first game against Milaca Free. However, the 11-6 win by Milaca Free in Game 2 kept them on top for 2014.

The drama was just as high for the AA division on Tuesday, Aug. 12. New Life III scooted away with a win in Game 1 13-10 to knock out St. Louis/St. Marys. Bock Emanuel easily dispatched New Life I 10-1 to eliminate them from contention.

However, Bock Emanuel’s season came to a close in the next game as New Life III narrowly escaped with a 2-1 win in a low-scoring affair.

Pease Christian Reformed was then kicked to the loser bracket after Freshwater UMC remained undefeated entering the championship game. On Wednesday, Aug. 13, New Life III won 20-8 over Pease to advance on to the AA title game on Thursday night.

The baby-blue-uniformed Freshwater UMC team could not get the bats rolling enough in two straight losses to New Life III in the title matchup on Thursday night. New Life III won 10-0 in five innings in Game 1. The offense for New Life III continued to roll in a 15-7 win in the second game to capture the AA title.

The AA champion New Life Christian Center III last Thursday. Back row from left: Ryan Goor, Rich Wolbert, Nick Wolbert, Trevor Roeloefs, Blake Kiel and Mitch Wolbert. Front row from left: Brandon Kiel, Brian Kiel, Ian Carpenter, Josiah Forker and Jeff Eidsvoog. Not pictured: Bill Whitcomb, Tristan Wolbert, Cameron Sundberg, Dean Binoti, Colin Goor, Gabe Kohlhof, Tyler Eidsvoog and coach Darcy Forker.  Times photos by Tyler Ohmann

The AA champion New Life Christian Center III last Thursday. Back row from left: Ryan Goor, Rich Wolbert, Nick Wolbert, Trevor Roeloefs, Blake Kiel and Mitch Wolbert. Front row from left: Brandon Kiel, Brian Kiel, Ian Carpenter, Josiah Forker and Jeff Eidsvoog. Not pictured: Bill Whitcomb, Tristan Wolbert, Cameron Sundberg, Dean Binoti, Colin Goor, Gabe Kohlhof, Tyler Eidsvoog and coach Darcy Forker. Times photos by Tyler Ohmann

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