GREENVILLE — For the second time in three years Sports Galore is a winner.
Sports Galore knocked off Magnum Sports 14-6 in the finals of the Greenville Classic Softball Tournament Saturday.
Sports Galore head coach John Tuinhoff noted his team had motivation to win.
“Last year we got beat and people were talking about beating us again, so I loaded up on a team of superstars,” Tuinhoff said.
In fact, in the 2012 tournament Sports Galore went undefeated only to lose both of the games in the finals of the double-elimination tournament.
This year Magnum Sports was handed both their losses by Sports Galore.
“We just played quite a few games in a row,” Magnum Sports coach Chris Gillson said. “It was rough and we fizzled. We mercied (teams) in the last two before (the final), but we just fizzled. We still have a pretty good team.”
Sports Galore had a quick 2-0 lead evaporate to a 3-2 deficit after one inning. But a two-spot in the third gave them back the lead and Magnum Sports could only manage two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth. Sports Galore shut the door with four runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh for the win.
“They (Magnum Sports) didn’t hit as well as they did (Saturday) morning,” Tuinhoff said. “We mercied them (Magnum Sports) in the morning, but they were hitting a lot better at 9 o’clock in the morning than they did in the championship game. It looked like they weren’t getting any breaks with the balls they were hitting and they weren’t hitting the ball as hard as they were in the morning.”
Still, Gillson said he liked how his team played despite losing.
“The team did really good,” he said. “They met expectations really well. They played their hearts out. I can’t say enough good things really.”
Tuinhoff said his team played like he expected.
“We just played consistent ball all day,” he said. “We were hitting, fielding and running. We had some young guys and they were really flying around the bases. Turning singles into doubles and taking the extra base really makes a difference.”