Tuesday, August 5, 2003

Marty's Pub wins A championship

Met softball recap

By Shannon Russell
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Twenty years ago to the day, Jim Spilman and Jerry Wilson watched from the No. 6 dugout at Rumpke Park as their team, Anne's Tavern, squandered two games and a Metro Softball Championship.

Monday night was dj vu, down to the number on the dugout. But this time, Spilman and Wilson walked away with the Class A trophy on behalf of Marty's Pub.

Undefeated Marty's Pub (5-0) defeated northernkentuckysoftball.com/Angilo's/James A. Arnold 21-9 for yearlong bragging rights.

"It's a relief to me," said Spilman, 55, the team manager and pitcher. "I'm just happy to still be out here at my age."

Spilman, who didn't play last year, was voted co-MVP with teammate Dave Beall. Wilson is purely a manager now.

"I was thinking about the (dj vu) today, too, because I've never won a Met before," Wilson said. "But it's nicer to watch the younger guys now."

Northern Kentucky Softball/Angilo's had defeated Blitz Softball 17-16 in the losers' bracket final earlier Monday to advance to meet Marty's Pub.

CLASS B: Rick's Tavern/Cincy Stix run-ruled Mr. Label 19-7 in five innings to win the championship.

Rick's Tavern beat Mr. Label 8-6 in their first meeting, forcing the winner take all title game.

Rick's Tavern defeated Creative Glass/Northstar Realtors 23-15 in the losers' bracket final to earn the right to play Mr. Label.

CLASS C: American Division winner BasesLoadedSoftball.com/Stiggy's Sports Shop went undefeated in the tournament, capping an 8-0 run with a 13-8 victory over National Division winner Otis & Braun/Dixie Novelty for the overall title.

CLASS D: The American Tickets/Century 21 Homes/Buffalo Wild Wings West Chester, champions of the National Division, won the overall title by default when opponent Hustler failed to arrive.

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