Web spotlight: CP men’s Over the Hill baseball season ends with a thriller
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent September 16, 2013 11:04PM
The Brewers won the Crown Point Over the Hill baseball league title earlier this month. The champs consisted of (bottom row, from left) Jerad Flachsenberger, Sam Romeo, Al Strauch, Toby Gentry, Don Reed, Jim Gorman, Bobby Wong, (top row) Brian DeValk, Derek Boatwright, Steve Willison, Kevin Smith, Dan Hoch, Nate McMillan, Anthony Wunsh, Russ Hamm and Steve Moore. Not pictured: Herb Nelson. | photo provided
Updated: September 17, 2013 2:18AM
CROWN POINT — Baseball continues to thrive in the lives of Northwest Indiana former players through the Over the Hill baseball league in Crown Point. The season came to a dramatic end with a thrilling championship game that saw the Brewers outlast the Dogs 5-4 for their first league title.
The league that consisted of seven teams and players age 33 and older is ran by the Crown Point Parks Department and concluded its 15th season of existence of which manager of the Brewers Steve Willison has been a part of for the past 13 years. It ended as a memorable year for the long time manager.
“This has been a special year for us in that we have come in second place the last three years and finally got the opportunity to win the championship with a great group of guys,” Willison said.
Competition was fierce, according to Willison, especially this season, as the league boasts former college Division-I baseball players, as well as former high school standouts.
The championship game was a battle from the start with both teams competing hard for the title. One of the game’ss heroes, Anthony Wunsh, pitched four solid innings allowing four runs (two earned). Wunsh handed the ball over to Kevin Smith for the final three innings. Smith pitched solid as he had throughout the postseason.
With the game tied in the bottom of the sixth inning, Wunsh led the inning off, but first predicted to his manager he was going to hit a home run. Three pitches later he did just that to secure the win for the Brewers.
“What can I say about Anthony Wuns; he is an all-around player that has been a solid contributor to this team all season long,” Willison said. “We truly had a spectacular run with everyone on the team contributing all season long.”
The Brewers finished the season 16-5 and look forward to next season as the defending champs.
“This has been a great league that is truly a family affair — our wives and children come out to all of our games and the play of all the players is solid and competitive with great sportsmanship shown by all,” Willison added.