Home runs power Marchio Sausage Company past Desperado Sports Tavern in Las Vegas Road Trip tournament

Written by Bob on April 7th, 2017

JOEL COOLEY fired a one-hitter and struck out 13 batters to lead Marchio Sausage Company of St. Paul, Minnesota to a 3-1 victory over Desperado Sports Tavern of Missoula, Montana in the AA / AA-Major Division of the 2017 Las Vegas Road Trip tournament, April 7, at Sunset Park in Las Vegas. Photo By BOB OTTO

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The fences are deep at Sunset Park in Las Vegas – slowpitch softball deep. So hitting home runs over those fences would take mammoth blows – Babe Ruth kind of blows.

But homers can still be had if a ball is hit into the gaps.

Yusef Davis, perhaps the fastest player in the Las Vegas Road Trip X men’s fastpitch tournament, drilled a shot into the right-centerfield gap in the bottom of the first inning that rolled all the way to the fence.

By the time the ball was returned to the infield, Davis had crossed home plate with a solo homer, giving Marchio Sausage Company of St. Paul, Minnesota the early lead over Desperado Sports Tavern of Missoula, Montana.

Then in the third inning, Sam Nieman followed Davis’ lead and drilled another ball into the gap and raced around for a solo home run that helped Marchio hold off Desperado, 3-1, in the first-round of the AA / AA-Major Division, Friday.

The win advanced Marchio Sausage Co. into the second round, while Desperado Sports Tavern will attempt to battle back through the lower bracket into Sunday’s championship finals.

A close play at first base during the AA AA-Major game between Marchio Sausage Co. and Desperado Sports Tavern. Photo By BOB OTTO

Desperado pulled within a run in the fourth when Brandon Dixon walked and came around to score on an error. But Marchio Sausage answered back in its half of the inning with its final run on Josh Albers high, infield chopper that sent M. Baker racing home untouched from third base.

Meanwhile, Joel Cooley, who picked up the win, and Desperado’s Shawn Koster were in top form. Both right-handers had their strikeout pitches working with Cooley notching 13, while firing a one-hitter, along with two walks.

Koster was nearly as tough, striking out 11 and giving up but five hits with a pair of walks.

Marchio Sausage moved on to face Page Brake of Salt Lake City in Friday night’s finale, while Desperado Sports Tavern returns to action at 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

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