Brett Alvey loves the big games.
The excitement of playing in the International Softball Congress World Tournament, is like a light switch going on in his head.And for the former Utah Ute, and Alta Hawk star, it's a green light, and all systems are on "go."
Alvey had three hits, and two RBI, while Peter Meredith pitched a two-hitter, leading Larry H. Miller Toyota past County Concrete of Marathon, Wis., 7-0, Sunday afternoon at the Diamond of Champions Field.
"This is the big show for us, and if you can't get up for this, you shouldn't be in the game," said Alvey, whose No. 5-ranked Miller Toyota team improved its record to 70-8.
It was the first game and victory in the ISC, which enables Miller Toyota to stay in the winners' bracket, and play Napanese, Ontario, Canada, Monday night at 9 p.m. (MDT).
"Actually, when you look at our record we're only 1-0," added Alvey, who hit over .400, and led the team, with three home runs, in last year's ISC.
Kyle Magnusson tripled to lead off the game for Miller Toyota. Gary Daniels, who had two hits, scoring three runs, was hit by Marathon pitcher Derek Coleman. Tom Montgomery's fielder's choice scored Magnusson. Daniels scored on an error.
In the third inning, Miller Toyota put three more on the board. Daniels singled. Montgomery walked. Alvey singled, moving Daniels to third base. But Daniels scored after Marathon's shortstop attempted a play at third and made a bad throw. Daniels come home on the play.
Brandon Burt's single scored Montgomery, and Alvey came home on another Marathon error.
Alvey's two-run double in the fifth inning scored two more runs, and ended the game with the mercy rule.
Meredith struck out nine, and walked five in grabbing his 48th victory of his career in the ISC, which is a tournament record. His performance, however, wasn't sharp. He struggled. He worked 3-and-2 counts to 10 different hitters.
That's not a typical Meredith performance. He now has 1,013 career wins.
Another Salt Lake team, Page Brake was edged 3-2 by Class Walls Sunday night. Jeff Jensen had two of Page Brake's three hits, including an RBI single in the seventh inning, which scored Stephen Glasker, who had the other single.
Page Brake drops into the loser's bracket, and plays Houston, Texas, Monday afternoon at 1:15 p.m.
The ISC tourney has been very interesting thus far, with the Pioneer Days Tournament winner, Tampa Bay Smokers, defending ASA national champion Decatur, Ill., and powerhouse Victoria Payless all losing Sunday. Decatur was the only one in Miller Toyota's bracket, however.