By Don Chipman
Ballpark Motors of Virginia won the championship game of the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Class C title by an overpowering 15-3 margin over the Fourth Street Lanes of Greenville enroute to running the table with a perfect 5-0 mark in the state tournament.
The Ballpark Motors team overwhelmed the competition by outscoring the five teams they faced with a 71-29 differential.
This was the Ball- park Motors fifth state title, winning the first title in 2002 and winning four other titles down through the years. Ballpark Motors is now eligible to play in the Class C nationals, to be played in Rolla, MO.
Former Beardstown resident Murray Wortman earned the Most Valuable Player Award and in the process slugged a 3-run home run in the championship final contest. Teammate Jimmy Maltby also left the yard with a two-run ‘dinger.’
“Murray (Wortman) completely dominated the tournament,” stated manager Dan Lindley of Beardstown. “I can’t say enough about him and what he did in this tournament. He was the best player here.”
Ballpark Motors won games over Alton Sports Tap 14-10, knocked off K&K Metals of Roxana 15-11, tripped up The Cutting Edge of Godfrey 14-3 and toppled Fourth Street Lanes of Greenville by scores of 13-2 and by 15-3.
“It’s a joy to watch this team. We have a great mix of younger players and veterans,” said Lindley. “We won the state championship, and that’s what we came here to do. We played well and we had the great pitching from Wortman who never gives in and is tough to hit.”
Fourth Street finished second in the state tourney with a 5-2 record, and Miss-N-Hitters of Carbondale placed third.