Atwood is MVP of men's slo-pitch league

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By Andrew Harner

The Vandalia men’s slo-pitch softball league will be holding the finals of its annual double-elimination league championship tournament on Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Seeding for that tournament, which started on Monday, was determined in a single-elimination tournament that was held last Thursday, and Buckstop Archery, the regular-season champs, earned the No. 1 seed.

One day before, the league handed out individual awards, with Justin Atwood bringing home most valuable player honors.

Other award winners included:

•Most Improved: Garrett Keck
•Sportsmanship Award: Jon Keck
•Rookie of the Year: Nick Metzger

The league’s all-star team included the following players.

•Pitcher: Justin Atwood
•Catcher: Jordan Harmon
•First base: Marcus Smalls
•Second base: Ryan Thiele
•Third base: Cody Wimberly
•Shortstop: Dallas Gray
•Outfield: Jon Lotz
•Outfield: Brent Bayles
•Outfield: Shane Depew
•Outfield: Greg Mitchell
•Extra player: Jon Hawthorne
•DH (right-handed): Kenny Koenig
•DH (left-handed): Steve Hosick
•Extra-hitter (right): Andy Hipsher
•Extra-hitter (left): Joey Eddy
•Defense: Josh Atwood
•Defense: Matt Thompson

In the single-elimination tournament, Buckstop won the title by defeating Copper Penny, 26-0.

Justin Atwood and Koenig both homered during the game, and Koenig had two doubles, Mitchell tripled and Harmon doubled.

Harmon was the tournament most valuable player.

Also during the evening:

Game 1
Keck’s Marsh 16
Montgomery Plumbing 7
Keck’s: Hipsher, 3B; Sean Cook, 2 2B.
MP: Metzger, 3B.

Game 2
Copper Penny 10
Riedle Law Firm 3
CP: Eddy, HR, 2B; Blaine Hyde, 2B; Wimberly, 2B.
Riedle: Cody Norris, 2B.

Game 3
Buckstop 14
Keck’s 9
Buckstop: Hosick, HR; Harmon, HR, 2B.
Keck’s: Lotz, HR; Knisley, 2B.

The tournament all-star team included the following players.

•Pitcher: Justin Atwood
•Catcher: Brian Rosenkoetter
•First base: Hosick
•Second base: Cook
•Shortstop: Koenig
•Third base: Josh Atwood
•Outfield: Mitchell
•Outfield: Depew
•Outfield: Harmon
•Outfield: Lotz
•Extra hitter: Eddy

Results of the final regular-season games from last Wednesday follow.

Game 1
Copper Penny 7
Keck’s Marsh 1
CP: Hyde, 2B; Matt Hicks, 2B; Chris Matthews, 2B.

Game 2
Keck’s 18
Copper Penny 5
Keck’s: Lotz, HR; Mark Luster, 2 2B.
CP: Eddy, HR.

Game 3
Buckstop 14
Riedle 9
Buckstop: Depew, 2B; Mitchell, 2B.
Riedle: J.J. Hicks, 3B; Mark Lewis, 2B.

Game 4
Buckstop 27
Riedle 8
Buckstop: Bryan Hosick, HR; Mitchell, 3B; Depew, 2 2B; Harmon, 2B.

Final standings
•Buckstop, 21-3
•Riedle, 11-13
•Copper Penny, 11-13
•Keck’s, 11-13
•Montgomery, 6-19

The three-way tie was decided using two tie-breakers: head-to-head and most runs scored.