Softball: Tootsie’s Orange rolls to Monday Men’s title, beats Sunshine Depot in finals

Jeremy Hawthorne of Tootsie’s Tavern Orange connected for a line drive single during the 14-9 win over Sunshine Depot. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

 

Tootsie’s Tavern Orange completed an unbeaten run through the Men’s Monday League tournament with a 14-9 victory over Sunshine Depot on Monday evening to capture the playoff championship.

Tootsie’s Tavern Orange shortstop Aaron Bring stopped a hard shot and threw out the runner during the final game. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

 

Tootsie’s was 13-10-1 after the regular season and seeded eighth among 18 teams but went 5-0 in the playoffs. Manager James Sanford said the mediocre regular season was mainly a matter of not having full teams much of the time until playoffs.

The championship lineup included pitcher Ron Brown, catcher James Sanford, first baseman Jeremy Hawthorne, second baseman Adam Magorski, third baseman Justin Sprague, shortstop Aaron Bring, middle infielder Adam Miller, and outfielders Matt, Micah and Mason Loegering from left to right. Also on the squad were Scott Sanford and Dave Burkholder.

Sunshine Depot outfielder Andrew Davis lunged to make a spectacular catch in the finals against Tootsie’s Tavern Orange. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

 

Travis Krueger belted two homers in the finals for Sunshine Depot, which edged Tootsie’s Heroes 15-14 in the semifinals earlier in the evening. Sunshine Depot lost twice to Tootsie’s Orange in the playoffs.

Tootsie’s Orange was playoff runner-up last year behind Thompson Construction. This year, Thompson was the regular-season champion with a 20-4 record, followed ┬áby Sunshine Depot with 19-4-1 and Tootsie’s Heroes with 16-8.

 

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