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Lopez lifts Canyon Distributing to crown<BR>

Brian Lopez saved his best for the title game.

Lopez launched four home runs, including a grand slam, Saturday to help power Canyon Distributing past Mohave Wireless, 24-17, in the C division championship game of the Second Annual Cactus Classic at Centennial Park.

"My team was really great and I was just fortunate to play with them," Lopez said.

"In the first part of the game we started slow but then we came on in the end and played like a team to pull it together."

Lopez started his home run parade with a solo shot in the second.

He followed up with a three-run blast in the third and a grand slam in the same inning to give his team a 17-16 edge.

"The fence is a little bit shorter than I am used to be playing," Lopez said.

"I saw some good pitches and they just went out."

In the fifth inning, Lopez hit his fourth home run of the game giving his team a 24-17 cushion.

"We had that big lead at 16-3 but after that they just exploded when they got 14 runs in the third inning," Mohave Wireless coach Dave Hawkins said.

"They deserved everything they got.

We went flat after that.

That took us out the game with that big rally."

In the sixth and seventh innings, Canyon Distributing shut down Mohave Wireless to walk away with the seven run win.

"It was a real good tournament and I had a good time," Lopez said.

In Canyon Distributing's 29-14 semifinal win over Sundance Roofing, Albert Logan paced the team with four home runs.

"There was a lot of talking going on and that got us pumped up," Logan said.

"I was little a slow in the first couple of games.

I was trying to pull the ball and I was popping it up.

But after that I got it going."

In the D title game, Bullhead City edged Mike's Pow-R- Tow, 14-11.

In the E championship game, Summit routed S&H Services 24-3.

In the home run derby, Mike's Pow-R-Tow player Bobby Havatone flexed his muscles to a first place finish among 26 hitters.

Havatone smacked seven home runs over the fence in 10 swings.

"I just went out there and got some good strokes on the ball and I just hit them out," Havatone said.

"I just go up there with the same method and hit the ball hard.

In the derby there is no pressure and you just go up there and swing the bat like you mean it.

You just have to do what you need to do."

Havatone isn't a stranger to home run derby's.

"I have been a runner up in a few of them," Havatone said.

"It's great to finally win one.

All the guys are great hitters.

Sometimes you just get better than others and you get the pitchers you get."

There was a three-way tie for second place as Jason Judd, Fred Moore and Todd Cathers all finished with five home runs.

The Shockers, who competed in the class C division put on the tournament to help them raise money for regionals which is slated for next weekend in Tucson.

"Both years we have had really good turnout," tournament director Steve Samson said.

"Local teams and local people really go out of the way to support us and that is important."

Samson said he couldn't have asked for anything more.

"Everything ran really good this year," Samson said.

"The brackets were really competitive and there were no blowouts anywhere."


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