Anderson Asphalt pitcher Ed Uhrig is a little older and doesn't move with the same dexterity as 10 years ago, when he led the Uhrig Fencing/River Run Auto Parts to five straight city championships in the Hailey Coed Softball League.
But Uhrig's competitive streak remains strong and there's still a little pop left in his bat—as he demonstrated during a key moment of Sunday's Hailey Coed Softball League "Upper Division" tournament championship game at Lions Park.
Uhrig drove a two-out, three-run homer over the fence to cap an eight-run sixth inning leading Anderson Asphalt to a 12-9 victory over Budweiser/Oak St./LDE Electric. Starting the big inning was a double by Ed's brother Phil Uhrig, who led the pavers in extra base hits all season.
With the victory, Anderson Asphalt completed an undefeated 21-0 season and gained revenge for its 13-12 loss to Budweiser in last year's tournament semi-final contest. The hard-hitting champions scored 370 runs in 21 games (17.6 per game) and allowed just 123 (5.9 per game).
Sponsors Larry and Lexie Anderson accepted the first-place trophy from Phil Uhrig after the title game. The pavers also beat Viva Taqueria/Zou 75 by a score of 20-13 and Wicked Spud/Bradley Construction 20-5, led by the hitting of Uhrig and Sue Mulcahy.
Budweiser (17-6 season) captured second place with three loser-bracket victories including Sunday's 13-9 win over five-time defending champ Wicked Spud/Bradley Construction.
Most Valuable Players in the five-team "Upper Division" were Anna Edwards and Sean Harrington of Budweiser.
In the "Lower Division," the champion was Smith Sport/Splash & Dash (9-12 overall) with three wins by a cumulative score of 47-4. Certainly the Cinderella team of the three-day, 10-team meet was Sportsmanship trophy winner Marketron, which won its first three games after 19 losses.
2005 Hailey Coed Softball League
Final city tournament standings
Aug. 19-21, 2005 at Hailey's Lions Park.
TEAM, SEASON RECORD REC. RUNS VS.
1—Anderson Asphalt (18-0) 3-0 52 27
2—Budweiser/Oak St./LDE Electric (14-4) 3-2 51 38
3—Wicked Spud/Bradley Const. (15-3) 1-2 24 37
Viva Taqueria/Zou 75 (11-7) 1-2 30 41
Hailey Hotel (11-7) 0-2 17 31
1—Smith Sport/Splash & Dash (6-12) 3-0 47 4
2—Marketron Mudhens (0-18) 3-2 41 48
3—Evans Plumbing (8-10) 1-2 8 20
Power Engineers (3-15) 1-2 37 34
KB Burritos/Bigwood Auto Body (4-14) 0-2 9 36
UPPER DIVISION CITY TOURNAMENT RESULTS
WINNER BRACKET GAMES
Viva Taqueria/Zou 15, Hailey Hotel 12 (6 innings)
Viva Taq built a 10-2 lead and held off a Hotel comeback. Viva Taq: Travis Cooley 3 hits (double) and 2 runs, Sharon Stewart 3 hits. Hailey Hotel: Eric Palmer 2 HR and 3 runs, Tony St. George 3 hits (HR, double) and 2 runs, Gabby Diedrick double and 3 runs.
Wicked Spud/Bradley Const. 10, Budweiser/Oak St./LDE Electric 4
Jeff Burrell (2 hits, 2 runs) and Josh Jacobson cracked 2-run HRs in Spud's 5-run first. Jimmy Bradley added a 2-run HR in Spud's 3-run third as the winners surged ahead 8-0. Budweiser: T.J. Peterson 2 HRs.
Anderson Asphalt 20, Viva Taqueria/Zou 13
The pavers, leading 12-6, put it away with an 8-run sixth and watched a little easier as Viva Taq rallied for 7 runs in the seventh and final frame. Anderson: Sue Mulcahy 3 hits and 3 runs, Phil Uhrig 2 HR, Hoss Schmidt 4 hits (HR, 3 doubles) and 4 runs, Wendy Hosman 3 hits and 2 runs. Viva Taqueria: Davin Hanson 2 HR, Dan Gearhart 2 hits (double) and 2 runs, Brent Anderson 3 hits (HR, double) and 2 runs, Travis Cooley 3 hits (double) and 2 runs.
Anderson Asphalt 20, Wicked Spud/Bradley Const. 5 (5 innings)
Anderson Asphalt left no doubts with 7-run uprisings in the second and fourth frames. Anderson: Phil Uhrig 4 hits (double, triple) and 4 runs, Brian Nelson 3 hits (double) and 3 runs, Sue Mulcahy 2 hits and 3 runs, Tina Murphy 3 hits and 2 runs, Hoss Schmidt 3 hits (HR, double), Kevin Garceau HR. Wicked Spud: Josh Jacobson 2 hits (HR) and 2 runs, Laurie Wolfley 2 hits.
LOSER BRACKET GAMES
Budweiser/Oak St./LDE Electric 16, Hailey Hotel 5
Budweiser: Greg Edwards 3 hits (2 HR, double) and 3 runs, Sean Harrington 2 hits and 3 runs, T.J. Peterson 4 hits (3 doubles). Hotel: Traci Ireland 2 hits and 2 runs, Tony St. George 3 hits (2 doubles).
Budweiser/Oak St./LDE Electric 9, Viva Taqueria/Zou 2
T.J. Peterson's 3-run HR in the third lifted Budweiser into an 8-1 lead. Bud: Sean Harrington 2 hits (HR). Viva Taqueria: Dan Gearhart double, Amy Desy 2 hits.
Budweiser/Oak St./LDE Electric 13, Wicked Spud/Bradley Const. 9
Fighting for a berth in the championship game, the teams were tied 8-8 after six frames. Sean Harrington (3 hits, 3 runs) started Bud's game-winning 5-run seventh with a 2-run HR and Anna Edwards followed with a 2-run triple. A 19-9 winner over Bud in last year's championship game, Wicked Spud (123-22-1 in six years) couldn't rally this time and saw its five-year reign atop the Hailey Coed Softball League come to an end. Budweiser: Greg Edwards 3 hits (triple) and 2 runs, T.J. Peterson 3 hits, Buddy Peterson HR. Wicked Spud: Jimmy Bradley 3-run HR, Josh Jacobson 2 hits (HR) and 2 runs, Anthony Rooney 2 hits (triple, HR).
Anderson Asphalt 12, Budweiser/Oak St./LDE Electric 9
Budweiser's attempt to force an extra game in the double elimination tournament—and hand Anderson Asphalt its first loss of the season—looked pretty good when Bud pieced together a 4-run sixth to grab a 9-4 lead. But the pavers saved their usual big inning for the most opportune time. They scored 8 runs in the home sixth. Phil Uhrig (2 hits, HR, 2 runs) opened with a long double, then two infield errors by Bud brought Wendy Hosman (3 hits, 2 runs) to the plate. She singled, and Kevin Garceau (2 hits) doubled. Elisa Quarles Tobia followed with a single and pitcher Ed Uhrig put the punctuation mark on the uprising with a 3-run HR. Budweiser: Sean Harrington 3 hits (triple, double) and 2 runs, Greg Edwards 2 runs, Buddy Peterson HR and double.
REGULAR-SEASON AWARDS—First place, Anderson Asphalt. Second place, Wicked Spud/Bradley Const. Third place, Budweiser/Oak St./LDE Electric.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS—Anna Edwards and Sean Harrington of Budweiser/Oak St./LDE Electric.
LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS (15 seasons)—1989-91, Red Elephant. 1992-93, Uhrig Fencing. 1994, Litzinger Construction. 1995-99, Uhrig Fencing/River Run Auto Parts. 2000-04, Wicked Spud. 2005, Anderson Asphalt.
LOWER DIVISION CITY TOURNAMENT RESULTS
WINNER BRACKET GAMES
Power Engineers 23, Marketron 17 (6 innings)
Trailing 13-3 after three innings, Power exploded for 10 runs in the fourth highlighted by a Cameron Lloyd grand slam homer—his second of three round-trippers. The winners added 3 runs in the fifth and 7 runs in the sixth. Power Engineers: Cameron Lloyd 5 hits (3 HR) and 5 runs, Andy Portillo 5 hits (2 doubles) and 3 runs, Nathan Scott 3 hits (2 doubles) and 2 runs. Marketron: Scott Carter 3 hits (2 doubles) and 4 runs.
Smith Sport/Splash & Dash 29, KB Burritos/Bigwood Auto Body 3 (5 innings)
Smith Sport: Brad Dredge 4 hits (2 HR, 2 doubles) and 5 runs, Clay Sanders 4 hits (2 HR, double) and 5 runs, Mike Beall 4 hits (triple, 2 doubles) and 3 runs, Trevor Nordstrom 4 hits (2 doubles, triple) and 3 runs. KB's: Josh Green 2 hits.
Evans Plumbing 8, Power Engineers 6
Top-seeded Evans Plumbing put together a 4-run third for a 7-4 lead as Nate Rasmussen ripped an RBI triple and Adam Erickson added a run-scoring double. Power: Cameron Lloyd HR and triple.
Smith Sport/Splash & Dash won by forfeit, 7-0, over Evans Plumbing
LOSER BRACKET GAMES
Marketron 7, KB Burritos/Bigwood Auto Body 6
The Mudhens snapped their 19-game losing streak with a huge win—scoring 3 runs in the fourth and 3 runs in the fifth to erase an early 4-1 deficit. Marketron: Keith Battista 3 hits (2 doubles) and 2 runs, Scott Carter 3 hits (2 doubles), Beau Brummel 3 hits. KB's: Milton Brooks 3 hits (triple, double, HR).
Marketron 9, Power Engineers 8
Getting used to winning, Marketron captured its second straight 1-run triumph, also in come-from-behind fashion. Behind 4-0 in the first, the Mudhens chipped away with runs in each inning and won it in the home sixth on a leadoff walk to Scott Carter (3 hits), a single by Trudy Weaver and an RBI double off the bat of Cory Wolfley. Marketron: Keith Battista HR, Beau Brummel 3 runs. Power Engineers: Cameron Lloyd double, triple, HR and 3 runs.
Marketron won by forfeit, 7-0, over Evans Plumbing
Smith Sport/Splash & Dash 11, Marketron 1
Smith scored in six of seven at-bats and breezed to victory—holding the Cinderella Mudhens to just 7 hits. Smith/Splash & Dash: Brad Dredge 3 hits (HR, double) and 2 runs, Clay Sanders 3 hits (2 doubles, HR) and 2 runs, Mike Beall triple, double and 3 runs.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS—Samantha Sisiam and Clay Sanders of Smith Sport/Splash & Dash.
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD—To Marketron for a second straight year.