Golden Corral / EASTON 2005
State Championship
Petersburg, VA

 CHAMPIONS 

Golden Corral / EASTON traveled to Petersburg , VA , this weekend for the USSSA State Championship.  Coming in as the number one seed in the state, GC opened with a second round game against a strong DWA/EASTON team from Salem/Roanoke, VA.  DWA came out hitting the ball well in the early going, but they could not withstand the Golden Corral comeback and faded in the late innings.  GC wins it 19-14 to move on to the next game versus a red hot Twin States team who had rolled through its first two opponents.  The Corral started in on them early, however, with a 9-run first inning and never let up.  Twin States never could seem to get it going and fell behind too far too early.  GC takes it 32-11.  That win put Golden Corral into the undefeated game Saturday against JL Smith Hauling/4U Floors.  Having battled this team on more than one occasion in recent weeks, Golden Corral knew what JL could do.  JL Smith put up 4 in the top of the first and were looking to get the upper hand early on when GC made two quick outs in the bottom of the first, only to catch fire and drop 14 runs on them, all with 2 outs.  As expected, JL Smith came roaring back and GC almost let it slip away by not continuing to hit.  The Corral did hold on for the 18-16 win, however, and got to sleep in the next morning.  On Sunday morning, VFW 632, Dinwiddie Eagles, and JL Smith Hauling/4U Floors battled it out to see who would face Golden Corral in the finals.  JL Smith prevailed over Dinwiddie in a wild, extra-inning game and came out gunning for The Corral.  JL/4U scored early and often to take the lead, and when GCs bats went silent in the late innings, JL took the game, 15-14 to force the if game.  Golden Corral would not be denied on this day, however.  The Corral stormed out of the gate and never looked back.  JL/4U could not match the runs, and GC pulled away and cruised to a 21-11 victory and the USSSA State Championship.

Golden Corral would like to thank Jeff Cox of Golden Corral, South Boston, VA for sponsorship and Rich Carlyle for putting on a nice tournament.  The entire field was strong this weekend, and all of the teams seemed to play with great sportsmanship.

 

Tournament Team Us Them Opponent
USSSA State Golden Corral 19 14 DWA / EASTON
Championship Golden Corral 32 11* Twin States
  Golden Corral 18 16 JL Smith Hauling/4U Floors
Champions Golden Corral 14 15 JL Smith Hauling/4U Floors
4-1 Golden Corral 21 11 JL Smith Hauling/4U Floors
  Averages 20.8 13.4 *shortened game/run-ruled
Player GP AB H 2B 3B HR AVG. R RBI
Scott Lester 5 22 18 4 0 3 .818 13 13
Justin Saunders 5 22 17 2 2 2 .773 14 12
Johnny Wilson 5 19 14 2 0 0 .737 11 4
Kevin Neal 5 20 14 3 0 1 .700 9 10
Paul Scott 5 22 14 5 1 0 .636 9 12
Earle Orme 5 21 13 3 0 3 .619 11 14
Carl Harris 5 20 12 1 2 0 .600 8 9
Mike Padgett 5 20 12 3 1 0 .600 7 8
Jimmy Carter 5 21 12 1 0 0 .571 7 8
Kirk Barnes 5 15 8 3 0 0 .533 6 5
John Hudson 5 17 8 2 0 1 .471 6 8
Tony Grissom 3 3 2 0 0 0 .667 2 0
Tony Conner 4 5 3 0 0 0 .600 1 1
Curtis Duffer 1 1 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0
TOTALS 5 229 147 29 6 10 .645 104 104

 

Golden Corral 2005