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Capahas dominate at NBC Mid-South Regional

Monday, July 11, 2005

CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Plaza Tire Capahas readily acknowledged that the National Baseball Congress Mid-South Regional field was not nearly as strong as it normally is.

But the Capahas weren't about to let that detract from their dominating run through the four-team, double-elimination tournament at Capaha Field. Plaza Tire won a regional championship for the first time since 2001 by routing the St. Louis Toros 12-2 in Sunday's title game that ended in the bottom of the seventh inning by the 10-run rule.

"It's about time we won one," said Capahas manager Jess Bolen, whose squad settled for second place in its own regional the past three years. "It doesn't matter who's in it. We can't control that. I feel good that we dominated the tournament."

The Capahas (18-6) laid waste to the field, winning all three of their games by at least 10 runs while outscoring the opposition 40-4. Plaza Tire, which earns an automatic bid to next month's NBC World Series in Wichita, Kan., had 40 hits to the opponents' 16.

Right fielder Tom Bolen, the manager's son who is by far the Capahas' most experienced player, said it doesn't matter that the regional was not as rugged as usual. "This is our sixth {regional} championship in the 10 years I've been with the team, and it always feels good," Bolen said. "We just took care of business in the tournament, and I think we're starting to come together at the right time."

Plaza Tire's offense actually wasn't as dominant Sunday as it had been in the first two games, but that mattered little. While the Capahas had only eight hits --

just two through the first four innings --

they took advantage of nine walks and six errors by the normally sure-fielding Toros, who played two games Saturday, with the loser's bracket final not ending until around midnight.

The Capahas jumped on top with four second-inning runs despite having just one hit. Only one run was earned as the Toros helped out with four errors while throwing in two walks and a hit batter.

Plaza Tire, which scored numerous late runs in all three tournament games, led just 4-2 after four innings. The Capahas got one in the fifth and four in the sixth, then invoked the mercy rule with a three-run seventh.

Matt Stroup pitched all seven innings for the victory. The right-hander allowed six hits, with four strikeouts and no walks.

Not surprisingly, the Capahas came away with both of the major tournament awards as third baseman Josh Eftink was named most valuable player and right-hander Jason Chavez was named most valuable pitcher.

Eftink, despite going hitless Sunday, went 8-for-13 in the tournament, with three home runs, two doubles, eight runs batted in and eight runs scored. He also walked three times.

Chavez pitched a three-hit shutout, with 12 strikeouts, during the Capahas 10-0, eight-inning win over the Toros in Friday's opening round. The Capahas will have several more games prior to the NBC World Series, starting Tuesday night at Fairview Heights, Ill. They'll have four home games this weekend, a Saturday doubleheader against the St. Louis Golden Spikes and a Sunday twin bill against the St. Louis Printers.

The Cape Girardeau American Legion junior team had just two hits but still beat Jackson 3-2 Sunday afternoon to win the District 14 Tournament in Chaffee.

Jackson had battled out of the loser's bracket by beating No. 2 seed Sikeston 2-1 Saturday night.

Cape, the top seed, improved to 25-11 after going 3-0 in the district tournament. The squad advances to the Zone 4 Tournament, which will be played later this week in either Perryville or Imperial.

Caleb Daughhetee threw a no-hitter in the championship game of the Fighting Squirrels Wood Bat Classic in Charleston, as Scott County American Legion defeated Jackson Senior Babe Ruth 4-0 in the title game.

Daughhetee walked four and struck out two in the seven-inning game. "We hit probably eight to 10 balls right on the button but right at them, and they fielded the ball well," said Jackson coach Paul Sander, who saw his team fall to 25-7.

Jackson starter Kyle Brown did not allow an earned run in his 5 1/3 innings but suffered the loss. Brown struck out six, allowed five hits and walked five. Brandon Stearns allowed two runs over the final 1 2/3 innings.

Scott County, which had six hits, scored one run in the second and three runs in the sixth.

In the third-place game, Portageville Babe Ruth defeated Century (Ill.) 4-2 in 10 innings.