Sams, TAP claim Early Bird titles



Grand Island -- Samurai Sams (Lincoln) won their second tournament of the year after claiming the C/D Division of the Early Bird in Grand Island on April 20, while a revamped TAP (Hastings) team earned their first of the season winning the E Division crown.

This was the second annual Early Bird in GI with eight teams competing in the C/D Division and 11 in the E/F.

In the C/D Division Group A, Frank's Butchers/Aurora Coop (Omaha) earned the top seed by run differential going 2-1, while Midwest Guzzlers (Bellevue) and BElite (Kearney) also went 2-1. Prestige Exteriors (Kearney) were the fourth seed after going 0-3.

In the C/D Division Group B, Sams defeated Fanatics (Kearney) on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh, to earn the top seed, while Leth's Tree Service (N. Loup) earned the three seed and Carmichael Construction (Hastings) the fourth.

In tournament play, Sams defeated Prestige and Midwest Guzzlers before taking down Fanatics in the title rematch.

In the E/F Division, Stueby's Alibi (GI) was the top seed, while Trash Pandas (GI) earned the second seed, TAP the third and Pat's Auto (Hastings) fourth. 

TAP defeated Josh's Lawn Care and Trash Pandas to get to the title game while Stueby's got a bye before defeating Hurts Donut (Lincoln) in the semi-finals.

In the F Division consolation bracket, Cornfield Militia (Kearney) ousted EnvyUs (GI) to claim the title.

E Champions, TAP (Hastings)

C/D Champions, Samurai Sams (Lincoln)