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MILLER TOYOTA LOSES TITLE GAME IN SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT IN IOWA

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After winning four straight in the Bud-Light Fastpitch Tournament, Larry H. Miller Toyota ran into Gateway 2000 Soos pitching ace Mike Piechnik, Sunday, and was defeated in the championship game, 3-1, at Penn Corp Park.

The lefthanded pitcher, who garnered the Most Valuable Pitcher Trophy in the tournament, silenced the Miller Toyota bats on just one hit in the five innings he worked. He also struck out 10 hitters.It was his third win of the tournament, including pitching a perfect game Friday night.

But Miller Toyota pitcher Peter Meredith matched Piechnik pitch-for-pitch in his six innings of work. Gateway 2000 only got one hit off the veteran Meredith.

The Soos got life on an error by third baseman Doug Streeter to start the sixth inning. And Steve Phillips, who got on with the error, stole second, went to third on a passed ball, and scored on a passed ball.

So, Meredith didn't give up an earned run, either. He also fanned 10 hitters. He finished with a 2-1 record in the tournament.

Donny Hale relieved Meredith in the seventh inning and promptly gave up a home run to catcher Tim Wahl, who was the tournament's MVP. Hale gave up one more run after John Ege and Steve Van Ginkel hit back-to-back singles. James Blake got on with a fielder's choice.

Hale walked Phillips to force in Ege with the Soos' third run.

Miller Toyota scored in the seventh inning. Shortstop Gordon Eakin got on with a fielder's choice and scored on catcher Ken Eriksen's double to left.

Miller Toyota, 20-6, will travel to Mongomery, Alabama, next weekend for the Blue-Gray Fastpitch Tournament.