Jake Hodge 2014 Raises $18,628 !

The Jake Hodge 2014 tourney exceeded expectations and raised $18,628 dollars. The event was held June 13-15 2014 on Fathers Day weekend. It was beautiful weather with highs in low 80s and plenty of sunshine.  The opening ceremonies began with comments from Denis Hodge, scholarship winners from Caldwell County Landon Burns, Jordan Young and Kaitlyn Gilkey were recognized.  Invocation was given by Shane Board and Chancie Goodwin performed a sterling rendition of the National Anthem.

Team 11 opened up the tourney against the Aztecs in a Crittenden County grudge match. The Aztecs jumped out to a 5-1 lead early in the game led by the one handed swinging trucker himself Greg Robinson. Team 11 would come back and win the game 8-5. The Wiffle Rats (Lyon County of course) defeated the Wiffle Nuts and Jerry Peek in another rivalry game.

Friday nights games were hDSC_1616ighlighted by the Kings of Crash win against the Radical Rockets with a dramatic walk off hit by Pate Robinson. The ball was dropped after two outfielders collided allowing the winning two runs to score.

Saturday saw the return of the “evil empire” defending champion Bone Collectors led by last years MVP Gordon “Flash” Dugan and Anthony Schumaker. The Bone Collectors won easily against the Crittenden Free Press and Rally Squirrels in the first two games. In the late game, the Free Press, led by former Indiana University player and tourney MVP Dan Hodge blanked the Bone Collectors 5-0. It was the Bone Collectors first loss in tourney history.

Teamm 11 again had to come from behind against the McCrew in the primetime Saturday game. Five late inning runs sealed a 5-3 win against the Joe McEnaney juggernaut.

Last years semifinalist GiGi’s Warriors were a disappointing 0-3 for the tourney.

Sunday was full of upsets as the host team Rally Squirrels gave the Bone Collectors their second tourney loss. The Aztecs also defeated the McCrew.

The first semifinal saw the number one seed Kings of Crash tie the Rally Squirrels 3-3. The Squirrels were unable to continue because of advanced age, so the Kings of Crash were awarded a berth in the championship. Once again, the Kings came from behind to tie the game in the last inning.

The second semifinal was a rematch of last years championship pitting the Bone Collectors who got in on a tiebreaker, against Team 11, who were undefeated in pool play. Behind stellar pitching from Flash Gordon, the Bone Collectors advanced to the championship 7-2.

The Kings of Crash magical run to the finals ended with a 7-1 loss to the Bone Collectors. It would be the second championship for the Collectors in as many years.

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