2009 Tournament // Minneapolis, MN
The 2009 tournament host committee and I were honored to host the 31st Annual International Jewish Men’s Slo-Pitch Tournament at Tah Pah Park in Shakopee Minnesota. We extend our sincere appreciation to everyone who participated in the 2009 tournament during such challenging economic times, especially the 13 teams that traveled from various cities across Canada and the US to play.
The economy was not the only challenge we faced; this year’s 16 team tournament field proved to be stronger than ever. There was a lot of great softball played including big upsets (don’t remind me) and certainly the most dramatic comeback in Finals history!
The Finals featured Jeremy Friedman’s incredibly talented Chicago Waste Management team who had lost only once in the Qualifying Round and was seeded second overall in the Championship Playoffs facing off against the third-seeded and defending champion Detroit Motor City Hit Men. These two teams are no strangers having played against each other on Saturday in a close game won by Chicago. But Chicago remembered that it was this same Motor City team that eliminated them in the Championship quarterfinals a year ago in St. Louis.
Chicago outplayed the Hit Men through the first six innings protecting a comfortable six run lead, 19 to 13. After a double play left the Hit Men with two outs, nobody on and still down six runs in the top of the seventh, it appeared to everyone that it was curtains for the defending champs. That is everyone but the Motor City Hit Men who proceeded to score 13 runs in a row featuring two huge homeruns, a grand slam by Dave Ettlinger and a three-run blast by Geoff Roether to cap the scoring. In the bottom of the seventh inning the Hit Men needed a diving catch by right center fielder Lyle Schaefer for the second out to help end a valiant Chicago Waste Management four run rally in the bottom of the seventh to secure a second straight championship for the Motor City Hit Men with a 26 to 23 victory.
Regardless of how successful your team was on the diamonds, we hope that you enjoyed your entire experience with us: the first class softball fields at Tah Pah Park, our excellent host hotel, the Doubletree Minneapolis-Park Place, the delicious Sunday barbeque lunch at the fields, the Sunday Night Banquet, etc. We wish you all health and happiness until we meet again for the 2010 tournament in Toronto Canada next Labor Day weekend!
2009 Host Committee Chairman
|QUALIFYING ROUND STANDINGS|
|Chicago Waste Management||5||1||0|
|Detroit Motor City Hit Men||4||2||0|
|St. Louis RiverDawgs||4||2||0|
|Minneapolis Sox Construction||4||2||0|
|Winnipeg Crown Royal||4||2||0|
|Chicago Mitzvah Boys||3||1||2|
|Minneapolis Twin City Bombers||3||3||0|
|Detroit Motown Assassins||2||4||0|
|Las Vegas Explosion||1||5||0|
|Hamilton Hess Village||0||5||1|
|CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF ROUND RESULTS|
|Detroit Motor City||10||Winnipeg Crown Royal||1|
|Chicago Waste Mgt||8||Chicago Mitzvah Boys||5|
|St. Louis RiverDawgs||24||Minneapolis Sox Const||4|
|Vancouver Reign||29||Minneapolis AllStars||12|
|Detroit Motor City||20||St. Louis RiverDawgs||9|
|Chicago Waste Mgt||24||Vancouver Reign||12|
|Detroit Motor City||26||Chicago Waste Mgt||23|