Nebraska State Championship, August 10th, 2013
Playing under the Prudential sponsored name, the 55s captured their 2nd consecutive title in the 2013 Nebraska State Championships. The team posted a perfect 4 and 0 record and the defense was stingy by allowing only 22 opponent runs (5.5 RPG) while scoring 80 runs themselves. The defense turned in 7 double plays during the day. Each of the players contributed offensively with several key hits sparking big innings. The 55s are currently riding a nine game winning streak.
Midwest National Qualifier, July 19th-21st, 2013
Executing some revenge, the 55 Integrity Builders squad bested Sports Image of Springfield, Missouri by a score of 18 to 9 in the championship game and claimed the Midwest Tourney title with a perfect 5-0 record. In 2012, the Omaha team pushed Sports Image to the ‘if’ game of the championship before falling short.
The 55s piled up 102 runs in 5 games with a team batting average over .650 Highlighting the team defensive effort was a count of 8 infield double plays and three outfield assists from the strong arms of Mike Hale and Ted Bliss.
The championship results in an automatic invitation to the Tournament of Champions event in Fort Myers, Florida in February, 2014.
Players voted Chuck Cantoya, Rod Chambers, Ted Bliss, Mike Hale, and Chuck Grubb as their tourney MVPs.
Quad Cities Classic, June 22nd-23rd, 2013
Rock Island, Illinois was hospitable but the diamonds were unfriendly to Omaha teams this past week.
The 55 Integrity Builders team lost two one-run heartbreakers to keep them away from their 3rd straight championship and will regroup before heading down to the Midwest Championships tournament in Shawnee, Kansas in mid-July.
The Chicago Prime and Central Illinois Chiefs played the NSS boys tough and managed to hang on for the slimmest of victories.
Team MVPs were Roger Hein (NSS Athletics) and Mike Hale (Des Moines). Mike hit a blistering .857 for the tournament (18 for 21).
Cornbelt Classic, June 1st-2nd, 2013
Claiming their 2nd championship of the young tournament season, Integrity Builders 55s compiled a 4-1 record culminated by a thrilling come-from-behind victory over MI Sports of Colorado in the championship tilt.
Despite putting up 10 runs in the first two innings, the team found itself in a 20 to 10 hole in the bottom of the 6th after being shut out in innings 3 through 5. However, the team put together another 5 spot to close the gap to 5 and then held MI Sports to just one run in the top of the 7th.
Needing 6 to tie, Integrity sent 10 men to the plate without an out being recorded and pushed across the winning 7th run on a sharp single to right center by Dennis Steinhauser with the bases loaded scoring Doug Finley with the winning run.
With the title, the team now qualifies for the national championship tournament to be held in Las Vegas this Fall.
Kansas City Open, April 6th-7th, 2013
Integrity Builders claimed the Championship for the 55 age division at the Kansas City Open in Shawnee, Kansas on April 6th and 7th. The team, consisting of many NSS players, compiled a 4 – 1 record and won by coming from behind with 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. Rod Chambers delivered the game winning hit scoring Dennis Steinhauser.