Fred Tolbert can crush the ball, and Sunday Tolbert's bombs helped lead Taku Oil to an 18-3 victory over House of Liquor in the Men's Level I championship game of the 25th Annual Rainball Invitational softball tournament at Dimond Park.
Tolbert, who was named the tournament MVP for his division, went 3-for-4 with two homers, seven RBIs and two runs scored in Sunday's title game. During the tournament, Tolbert hit a couple of homers so far they bounced up against neighboring Riverbend Elementary School, Juneau Sports Association executive director Dave Pusich said.
Besides Tolbert, Taku Oil also picked up support from Carl Casperson and Val Cummins. Casperson went 4-for-4 with an RBI and four runs scored, while Cummins was 3-for-2 with two doubles, an RBI and a run.
In the championship games from the other divisions, Travelodge came through the losers' bracket to beat Allen Marine of Sitka 24-22 in the if-necessary game of Men's Level II, Heritage Coffee was taken to an if-necessary game by Tabby's but prevailed 18-17 in Men's Level III, Louie's reclaimed the title of Women's Level I with an 11-1 victory over defending champion Imperial Saloon, and Harbor Bar of Petersburg beat Auke Bay RV/Travelodge 17-8 in Women's Level II.
In Men's Level II, Travelodge scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Allen Marine. Travelodge jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first inning and still led 19-16 after the sixth, but Allen Marine rallied to score six runs in the top of the seventh inning for a 22-19 advantage. Kevin Casperson scored the winning run for Travelodge, which forced the if-necessary game with a 10-4 victory over Allen Marine in the first championship game.
Dean Van Dusseldorp, the division MVP, led Travelodge by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and four runs scored in the if-necessary game, and was 11-for-15 for the tournament. John Prather went 4-for-5 with three runs for Travelodge, while Steve Houlihan and Mark Hoover both went 3-for-4 with Houlihan homering once.
Richard Ross led Allen Marine with a 4-for-5 effort at the plate, including a homer and four RBIs, while Bob Calhoun went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs for the Sitka team.
In Men's Level III, Mike Spring scored the game-winning run for Heritage Coffee when teammate James Wilson's fly to the outfield was dropped by a Tabby's player. Tabby's forced the if-necessary game by beating Heritage Coffee 21-3 in the first championship game. Division MVP John Grummet went 3-for-3 with two homers, a sacrifice fly, three RBIs and two runs scored in the if-necessary game. Robert Ridgeway went 3-for-4 with two triples and Dave Shaw was 4-for-5 for Heritage Coffee. Richard Nurse led Tabby's at 5-for-6 and two runs, while Jake Stoops was 4-for-5 with two runs.
Crushing blow: A shattered sunroof awaited one unlucky fan Saturday after a home run ball landed on it during a game.
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In Women's Level I, Louie's won the title for the 15th time in 24 women's Rainball tournaments, beating Imperial Saloon in a rematch of last year's title game. Last year, Imperial won the if-necessary game 18-14.
Dee Swavely, the division MVP, led Louie's with a 3-for-4, two-run performance at the plate. Carrie Cummings went 2-for-3 with two runs, while pitcher Hazel Reynolds was 2-for-4 with two runs scored for Louie's, which won its sixth title in the last eight years.
In Women's Level III, division MVP Sandy Dixon hit for the cycle to lead Harbor Bar of Petersburg to the only title won by an out-of-town team. Dixon went 4-for-4 with a homer, triple, double and single and three runs scored in the title game. Cindi Marden added two homers and a triple in a 3-for-4, three-run performance for Harbor Bar. Heather Blood led Auke Bay RV/Travelodge by going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Pusich said five players were honored for participating in all 25 years of the tournament, with silver anniversary awards going to Jeff Hansen, Jerry Milton, Don Ashe, Mike Truax and Sue McGowan.