Sams, Hurts earn Pre-Season championships



Fremont -- Two teams from the Capital City claimed the state's first tournament titles of 2019 as Samurai Sams (Lincoln) and Hurts Donut (Lincoln) won the Tier I and III Divisions of the Pre-Season tournament in Fremont March 30-31.

The tournament normally takes place in Bellevue, but with Haworth Park under water it was moved to Fremont.

In Tier I Group A, Samurai Sams went 3-0 in pool play on Saturday to earn their group's top seed, with wins over DBO (Omaha), Gunslingers (Fremont) and Wake & Rake (Papillion).

In Tier I Group B, Midwest Guzzlers (Bellevue) went 2-1 to earn their group's top seed with wins over Carmichael Construction (Hastings) and Omaha's Finest (Omaha), before a one run loss to Silverbacks (Council Bluffs).

On Sunday, it took extra innings for Sams to defeat Finest, while Guzzlers defeated DBO in a close game to setup the championship, which Sams won easily.

In Tier III Group A, Recruiters Int'l (Omaha) earned the top seed going 2-1, with Merchants (Plattsmouth) earning the second seed.

In Tier III Group B, Hurts went 3-0 to earn the top seed, while the Elite Squad (Columbus) went 2-1 to grab the two seed.

On Sunday, Hurts defeated Merchants to advance to the title game while the Elite Squad easily defeated RI. In the title game Hurts proved to be too much for the Elite Squad and claimed the title.

In their Tier II consolation bracket, Carmichael's defeated Silverbacks in the bottom of the seventh to claim that tile, while Bash Bros. (Omaha) defeated Outlawz (Omaha) to claim the Tier IV consolation championship.

Tier III Champions, Hurts Donut (Lincoln)

Tier I Champions, Samurai Sams (Lincoln)