KINGMAN - When Kingman's Ridgeview Dental Mayhem defeated Kingman Uprising 17-5 for the 2010 ASA Slow Pitch Men's E/Rec. Western Nationals championship in Boise, Idaho, Sept. 6, they were probably wondering why they couldn't have played the game at Centennial Park.
"It was a long way to go to play a local team, but it was different," Mayhem's player/manager Joey Meins said. "It was fun to play them for a national championship."
There were 39 teams from seven states in the double-elimination tournament, including three from Kingman. Budweiser finished tied for 13th with a 2-2 record. If teams from the other states hadn't heard of Kingman before the tournament, they definitely have now.
"We were asked where Kingman was," Meins said. "They wanted to know if we had a lot of people. Both teams got on a roll and had a good showing."
Mayhem went 5-0 through the winner's bracket, and then beat Uprising 11-4 to send them into the loser's bracket.
Uprising beat Santa Ana, Calif., MD-12 to set up a rematch against Mayhem, 3-1.
"All those teams had to qualify to get there," Meins said. "Except for a few from Boise who got in as wild cards."
Uprising's five runs in the Mayhem victory were the most surrendered by Ridgeview over the six games.
"Our bats were good, but our defense was outstanding and won the tournament for us," Meins said. "It's the best I've seen us play in quite some time. We made all the routine plays and some spectacular plays as well. Holding everyone down was the key."
Mayhem's Brian Knarr was named tournament MVP.
It was an enormous boost for all three Kingman squads to have the other teams there with them. When possible, they were busy being fans.
"We all hung out with each other and rooted each other on," Meins said. "It was fun to have a little crowd."
ASA does not offer a national championship in the E/Rec division, but Mayhem is eyeing a return to D division, which does crown a national champion.
"Maybe next year," Meins said. "We're definitely being moved up."