AUSABLE FORKS — Winning pitcher Juan Potaleechio struck out 11 and walked three on Sunday to help lead Knoxville to a 6-1 victory over CPI Classics in the championship game of the 51stt-Annual AuSable Forks Fast-Pitch Tournament.
Surgeo Lahoz led the way offensively with two hits, including a home run and three RBI. Charlie Waltzman added a home run and two RBI, while Frank Degrote and Lefty Clark chipped in with two hits apiece.
Losing pitcher Greg Garrity homered to account for his team’s only run.
In the semifinals, Potaleechio fanned 14 and surrendered three hits as Knoxville edged out a 2-1 win over the New York Swashbucklers.
Chris Adams and Lahoz each rapped two hits and drove in a run for Knoxville off losing pitcher Doug Hoffman, who ended up with seven strikeouts.
In the other semifinal, winning pitcher Garrity struck out 11 and helped his cause offensively with a three-run homer as the Classics edged out a 7-6 decision over Carp I4C. CPI scored a run in the seventh to win it.
Taking the pitching loss for Carp I4C was Neil Cook.
Included on the tournament’s all-star team were: Knoxville’s Lahoz, Degrote, Potaleechio and Adams; CPI Classics’ Garrity and Josh Buckley; Carp I4C’s Scott Harriot and Mike Money; and the New York Swashbucklers’ Steve Price and Mike Hoadley.
Other individual awards were: Lahoz, Bob and Jim Mousseau Most Valuable Player; Potaleechio, Billy Mitchell Memorial Most Valuable Pitcher; Knoxville’s Jim Adams, Doc Zacak Memorial Sportsmanship Award; Harriot, Joe “Blackcat” Zeno Memorial for most RBI; Lahoz, Jim Booth Memorial for most base hits; Degrote, George Goyette Award for Most Valuable Catcher; and Gordon Oil third baseman Derek Hackett, Coach Ned Hoey Award for best defensive play.
Knoxville won the Sharkey Patnode Memorial for first place, the Arthur Douglas Memorial for first place and the Tom O’Neill Memorial of $2,000 for finishing in first place. The Bob Kyea Memorial Award for first place went to Knoxville coach Jim Adams.
The Vic Seguin Memorial Award of $900 for finishing second went to CPI Classics, the Bob Joyal Memorial of $300 for finishing third to the New York Swashbucklers, and the Mark Devins Memorial of $300 for finishing third to Carp I4C.