Slow Bob’s wins Danish Festival tourney again

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:37 am on Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Michigan Fusion’s Chrissy Martin, left, puts a late tag on an unidentified Slow Bob’s player at home during the finals of the Danish Festival Womens’ Slow Pitch Softball Tournament on Saturday.

GREENVILLE — For the second year in a row, Slow Bob’s won the women’s division of the Greenville Danish Festival Softball Tournament.

Slow Bob’s, based out of Lake Odessa, beat Michigan Fusion 21-7 in the final game to claim their second straight crown.

“We have had a fun year this year,” Slow Bob’s manager Erin Palmer said. “We played a bunch of festivals and we have a good group of girls that have fun on and off the field.”

Slow Bob’s had little trouble in going through the winner’s bracket to get to the final game. The same couldn’t be said for Michigan Fusion, who not only had to go through the loser’s bracket thanks to Slow Bob’s, but lost a player to an ankle injury early in the tournament.

“They (Slow Bob’s) outhit us,” said Michigan Fusion coach Trista Stingle. “They played well. I think it took a toll but that (the injury) wasn’t the reason (they lost).”

Michigan Fusion scored three times in the top of the first inning, but Slow Bob’s answered with seven runs in the bottom of the inning and never looked back.

In fact, after four innings Slow Bob’s led 17-5.

“It was tough because the first time we played them (Michigan Fusion) we had a really close game,” Palmer said. “We had to come back and we won in the last inning. We had to wait a couple of hours while they played and I was kind of worried about we would be a little stale coming out.”

Palmer didn’t think the injury to the Michigan Fusion player hurt that team.

“We were the team they wanted to beat,” Palmer said. “Our core group of girls have played together and added players, and we’ve got a good squad right now.”

Still, Stingle thought the tournament went well.

“I actually thought we played a great tournament,” she said. “I think just a lot of switching things around and trying to make it work took it’s toll. Overall I thought we played really well and I’m happy with how we did.”

There were two other tournaments that went on in the weekend. In the men’s division All American Communications were crowned the champions after beating Ed Koehn 17-10 and in the co-ed division Curtis beat Michigan One 16-14 in the final, getting revenge for Michigan One putting them in the loser’s bracket.

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