All American Communication wins men’s Danish Festival softball tourney

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:42 am on Tuesday, August 21, 2012

All American Communications won the Danish Festival men’s softball tournament with a 17-10 victory on Sunday. The team includes, Kenny Mitz, Bill Troxel, Jor Norton, Carl Keech, Kyle Merlington, Cody Mitz, A.J. Holbrook, Bill Smith, Josh Proctor, Billy Dillon, John Norton, Jeff Filkens and team sponsor Jeff Pierce.

GREENVILLE — The top two teams in the Danish Festival men’s softball tournament had to face each other three times to decide the outcome.

In the end, All American Communications topped Ed Koehn Automotive Group two out of three times, including 17-10 in the championship game.

The first meeting between the two teams took place in the winners bracket final. All American Communications took that game 11-9, giving Ed Koehn their first loss.

Ed Koehn worked their way back into the finals, but had to defeat their opponent twice to take home the tournament title. Ed Koehn won the first game 11-3 to set up one final winner take all game.

Winning team sponsor Jeff Pierce said the team played well all weekend.

“They played awesome. They stuck together and won the first five games,” Pierce said. “They (Ed Koehn) had to beat us twice. They beat us the first game, but we got the second win.”

The final game was tight with the score 9-5 in favor of All American Communications after four innings. That’s when the rain started to fall, heavy at times.

Ed Koehn’s Andy Hawley connects for a triple down the right field line during Sunday’s championship game.

Kenny Mitz, of All American Communications, said it was a tough game.

“It was a close game right to the end and it was a dog fight,” he said. “They have an experienced team and played well.”

Over the next three innings, the All American Communication bats heated up. They scored eight runs to open up a 17-5 advantage.

In their final at-bat, Ed Koehn tried to put together a rally. They scored five runs before recording their final out.

“We played good this weekend and didn’t have a loss until the first game of the finals,” Mitz said. “It was just a bunch of guys from Pierson playing with their sons. It was a father/son weekend.”

Mitz said his team did a little bit of everything this weekend.

“It was a combination of the young wheels and the old guys keeping everybody in line,” Mitz said. “It was a great tournament with a lot of teams. It was a lot of fun.”

For some winning players, it was the first time playing in the Danish Festival tournament since 1993. They won the title that year, as well.

The same All American Communications team will be playing together on Tuesday nights in the upper men’s division in Greenville this fall.

A total of 30 teams competed in the 48th annual men’s Danish Festival softball tournament.

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