Those Guys tops in Catonsville Slo-pitch league again

The team formerly known as Shack Ball — now known as Those Guys — changed its name, if not its winning ways for coach Nolan Connor's softball squad that grabbed the Catonsville Tuesday Slo-pitch tournament championship for the second year in a row.

After finishing second during the 2010 regular season, Shack Ball claimed the tourney title.

This year's squad, sponsored by G.L. Shack's Grill and Kenneth J. Kaminski CPA., did even better, sweeping the regular season and tournament crowns.

Fueled by sluggers Brian Bent, Justin Drenner, Mike and Eric Dreschler and Michael Jacobs, Those Guys finished 26-1 overall and were unbeaten in their final 18 games, including four straight in the playoff tournament.

After a first-round bye, they defeated Adventure Web, 13-3, on Aug. 2.

A week later, they dispatched the Rough Riders, 15-5, and Flossin/Loafers, 15-8 and 16-5, in the title game.

Flossin won the loser's bracket with a 21-20 victory over Vulcan Blazers, but needed to defeat Those Guys to force the a final game.

The final game was moved to the Catonsville Senior Center from Banneker Community Center, where sprinklers were set to water the diamond at 11 p.m. for a game scheduled to begin at 10:45 p.m.

Regardless of the location, there were plenty of fireworks as Bent blasted a shot over the fence and off the Walmart wall in right field, Mike Armstrong tripled him home and Mike Dreschler plated the game-ending run.

Drenner, Armstrong and Connor were 3-for-3 in the final game.

Veteran Steve Jacobs led off every game on championship night with a hit, and the rest of the squad followed his lead.

Drenner blasted two home runs and Armstrong and Bent added homers in the opener against the Rough Riders.

A booming homer by Eric Dreschler, triples by Teddy Dymicki and Bent, and strong outfield defense from leftfielder Robbie Wheeler, right center fielder Jacobs and third baseman Jesse Trout, supported winning pitcher J.R. Partin in the first triumph over Flossin.

Partin also earned the victory in the final game.

"This is by far the best team that I've ever coached and played on," said Connor, who praised all the regulars and consistent reserves that filled in during the season. "To have the same guys win it two years in a row is great."

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