Lucille Liner delivered a two-out home run with a runner on base to help the Waterford Warriors come from behind and beat the 2012 champion The Glen Gophers and claim the Senior Residence Communities Bean Bag Baseball title during opening day ceremonies of the 21st Northwest District Senior Olympics at Horseshoe Casino’s Riverdome Tuesday.
The winners, unbeaten throughout the tournament, repelled the Gophers, 33-32, thanks to a seven-run inning sparked by Liner’s heroics. The Warriors entered the bottom half of the sixth and final inning trailing 32-26. Rules cut off each half-inning at six runs until the bottom of the final inning. There is no limit on how many runs can be scored in the bottom half of the last frame.
The Warriors reached the championship round April 5 without a loss and had to wait for a challenger to come through the losers bracket.
The Glen had to battle back through the loser’s bracket to reach the championship.
Bean Bag Baseball is a target game that involves accuracy tossing a bean bag and no running or fielding. The game is played by co-ed teams using a baseball format throughout.
The Gofers beat Azalea Estates, 17-15, in the finale of the losers bracket and headed for the championship match while Azalea Estates claimed the bronze medal.
The Waterford beat the Live Oak Astros 27-21 in their first game in the highest-scoring game of the tournament. Then the Warriors polished off The Glen 18-17 to send the Gofers to the losers bracket. Riding the efforts of Jim Ashley, who posted a single, two home runs and a triple in his four at bats, the Warriors then dumped Azalea Estates 22-15 to reach the championship round.
Jim Cameron, credited with two home runs, powered the Gofers over the Live Oak Astros, 13-12, to reach the losers bracket showdown with Azalea Estates, which posted five home runs to just one for the Gofers in their match. However using eight straight hits, The Glen went on top 6-4 after an inning and held that advantage the rest of the way.