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Big League Dreams Tourney Recap 7-16

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Annual BLD Action Heats Up in Palm Springs

The annual Summer Slugfest tourney held at the Big League Dreams in Palm Springs delivered the usual stiff competition on the battle fields and good times and camaraderie during the post-game festivities. This year’s Summer Slugfest enjoyed slightly “cooler” weather and even featured a Home Run Derby. The provided bats and balls derby saw 3 players advance into the second round at Yankee Stadium. Aaron “Lil Buddy” Dampie, Adam Nikolic and Nate Burnett all scored the minimum 4 HR’s in round 1 but it was Adam Nikolic who smashed 3 HR’s in the second round to become the 2016 Summer Slugfest Home Run Derby Champion. Pool Play action went something like this….

ROUND ROBIN GAMES

POOL A
LA Probation 2-1
Pickles 2-1
Aggravated Assault 1-2
USMC 29 Palm Dirtbags 1-2

POOL B
NAVY Kings of Crush 3-0
ARMY Fort Irwin Independence 2-1
Culver City PD Cowboys 1-2
Unlawful Assembly 0-3

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
The final game came down to Pickles and the Kings of Crush. In the name of competition and camaraderie it was mutually decided by both teams to front Pickles with 10 runs at the start of game to even the proverbial playing field. This proved to deliver a closer more exciting game, especially for the first 4 innings. The 5th inning started with Crush leading 17-15. Pickles tied it up but the King’s lived up to their crushing reputation and solidified their lead by driving in 7 more runs. Pickles limited Crush to 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th but couldn’t mount an offensive attack against the strong NAVY defense while at the plate. When the dust finally settled, it was the Kings of Crush claiming Guns & Hoses glory with a 26-18 final score over Pickles. Congratulations to the NAVY Kings of Crush on their dominant performance and becoming the 2016 Guns & Hoses Summer Slugfest Champions.

Thank you to all the teams and fans who made the trek out to Palm Springs. As always, we appreciate all the effort and support. We look forward to seeing everybody at the Hot August Day Tourney on Sunday, August 21st at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex.

–Team Guns & Hoses

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