GREENVILLE — Schnepp and Sons entered the Danish Festival men’s softball championship game undefeated. Their opponent, RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore, had one loss.
To win a championship, RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore needed two wins against Schnepp and Sons on Sunday afternoon. They did just that win the tournament title with an 8-1 record.
“Speed kills,” RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore coach Mike Nelson said. “No one ever gives up. They know, they all have done it before coming back to win.”
RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore features a lineup with plenty of speed, which Nelson said adds pressure to opponents.
“The speed these younger guys have on our team puts pressure on the other teams,” Nelson said. “They just run.”
RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore was 3-1 to start the day. Their tournament nearly ended in the first game on Sunday. Trailing 9-1, RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore won the game 13-12 with a walkoff hit by Trevor Johnson.
The win started a five game winning streak en route to the championship.
“We started slow, but the bats finally came alive,” RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore’s John Tuinhoff said. “We took the lead, but lost it, and had to get it back in the final inning.”
In the first championship game, Schnepp and Sons opened up a 2-0 lead, but RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore answered with five in the bottom half of the first. Schnepp and Sons score two in the third to pull within one run, but that was all they could manage.
RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore score twice more in the fifth and once in the fifth for an 8-4 win to force one final game.
The championship game nearly started the same as RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore’s first game of the day with a deficit of 8-1 after two innings.
RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore scored four in the third and four in the fourth to take a 9-8 lead.
Schnepp and Sons scored singled runs in the fifth and and 10th, but RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore scored three in the fifth and once in the sixth to win 13-10.
Schnepp and Sons finished the tournament 5-2.
“It was a pretty good tournament. I’m unhappy with the loss, but it was a decent tournament,” Schnepp said. “We just slowed up and didn’t hit today. We were scoring 20 plus runs a game.”
Schnepp and Sons did win the Leroy Tournament championship earlier this year.
“We hit a flat spot, but we batted 13 people all weekend long,” Schnepp said. “I don’t think any other team bat 13 people in their lineup this weekend.”
“This was a great tournament. It was awesome to come back twice the way we did,” Tuinhoff said. “Some of our guys have been close to winning before, but we finally won this championship. It was a great day.”
4 Seasons finished third, while GT Softball placed fourth.