ASHLAND — The competitive (Kona Ice) juices were flowing Friday night in the opening round of the Amy For Africa Competition Tournament in the side lot of Unity Baptist Church.
Greek Wifflogy, Travis Hall Foundation (THF), The Pickups and Washed Up came away with victories to move into Saturday’s semifinal round.
Two of the games were decided in walkoff fashion with a two-out, two-run triple giving Washed Up a 4-3 win over Sir Marks-A-Lot and Chad Hieneman’s three-run bomb lifting THF past the Ashland Mutant Ninja Turtles (AMNT) also by a 4-3 score. The Pickups blanked the LifeSongers 5-0 and Greek Wiffology dumped the Kona KannonBalls 5-2.
Five home runs were hit in the four games where opponents pitch against each other. Caleb Keelin hit a grand slam for the Pickups and Andrew Adkins two-run homer briefly put Sir Marks-A-Lot in front 3-2 in the top of the fifth (last) inning.
Matt Vincent blasted the tournament’s first home run for AMNT while Kyle Gilmore and Jason Rosen hit solo homers in Kona’s loss.
The semifinals will be Saturday following the AFA Home Run Derby that starts at 2:30 p.m.
A 32-team field will start play at 8 a.m. on Saturday to try and be the champion of the fourth annual Kona Ice of Ashland / AFA Wiffle Ball Tournament.