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Grobie Flooring takes 2nd at ASA state tournament

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By Andrew Harner

A fast-pitch softball team from Altamont which features several players from Fayette County placed second last weekend at the Amateur Softball Association wooden bat state tournament in Casey.

Grobie Flooring lost its first two games last Saturday, but reeled off four straight wins on Sunday in the consolation bracket to reach the championship game.

There, Grobie lost to the Belleville Stallions, 4-0. Belleville was undefeated in the event.

To reach the title game, Altamont had to sneak past the Pinckneyville Falcons, with Chris Guse delivering a walk-off three-run home run.

Other wins for Grobie were: 7-6 vs. Tampico Hatteco Trojans, 3-1 vs. Teutopolis Miller Lite and 6-1 vs. Teutopolis Wessel’s.

The two losses came to Pinckneyville, 4-2, and the Springfield Frannies, 11-6.

Josh Kreke picked up three wins and a save for Altamont during the tournament, and Andy Beesley was the leading hitter, with a .434 average.

Others who shined on offense included: Ryan Beccue (.400), Colton Booher (.347) and Adam Grobengieser (.333).

An all-tournament team will be selected by ASA officials at a later date.

Also playing in the event was Vandalia Freight, which took three losses after playing with several inexperienced players.

In the opening game of the tournament, Vandalia held Teutopolis Miller Lite scoreless until the ninth inning and nearly forced more innings in a 3-2 loss.

After surrendering three runs in the top of the ninth, Vandalia drew five walks to scratch across two runs, but couldn’t get the tying or winning runs across the plate.

Bryan Hobbie and Nick Casey each had two hits, while Brian Buscher, Jeff Jarrett and Brian Kellerman each had a hit.

Alan Meinhart took the loss, striking out 12 over 8 2/3 innings. He did not allow an earned run.

In game two, Vandalia lost to Teutopolis Wessel’s, 9-2.

Richie Well and Bob Nagel each went 1-for-2, with an RBI in the fifth inning, and Rich Well and Greg Nagel also had a hit.

Payton Cloe took the loss, striking out three in four innings.

In the final game, the Freight was handed a 4-2 loss by Teutopolis Wessel’s.

Bob Nagel and Rich Well each had two hits, while Buscher, Hobbie and Mike Simmons each singled. Simmons added an RBI.

Pinckneyville took third and was followed in the standings by the Tampico Trojans, Teutopolis Miller Lite, Bowen Ramsey Financial, Teutopolis Wessel's and the Springfield Frannies.