Here we are midway through the 2015 season. While leaving the inaugural NXL Event the guys decided to send a hit squad down to TopGun Paintball for the EPL Butler Memorial Cup.
First I just want to say how proud I am of all the players. Garrett Galletti played great all day making the snake off the break and driving the other teams crazy. Roger Roper was on point and held it down on the D-side catching quick Kobes and giving us early advantages. Ryan “FunnyBoy” Williamson was an uplifting spirit and came with drive rolling up the D’s and putting a hurt on players all over the field. Rich Appleby played like a veteran playing the snake insert and keeping Garrett safe while also keeping communication between the whole field. Timmy Gearhart domineering no matter who he subbed in for whether he needed to break the snake or lane a couple guys off the break.
The whole squad played with determination and never gave any team a reason to think we weren’t a force to be reckoned with. The prelims were a fight to say the least. We won all our first games against the 4 teams in our schedule. After that we got knocked down a little and lost 3 of our 4 second set games only beating HiVi Wrecking Crew (This is important later after the preliminary round). The final set of games we won our first game and had 2 hard fights with Topgun Tempo and Topgun T2 losing and getting into a 3 way tie for 3rd place. Once the tiebreakers were evaluated we made it in by having better flag hang times and sneaking into the 4th place position by 0.01 second (Time management at its finest).
In the Semi Final Round we met up with Topgun Tempo for the start of our rematches of the day. Sitting myself in favor of fresh fast legs and a little switch-up of game strategy to confuse Tempo. The first point the guys went out and set the tone for the rest of the finals with a big win. Second point I turned them (if it isn’t broke don’t fix it) and they went out and had a good breakout making all primary bunkers. We did lose track of the Tempo bodies as they received a minor penalty and at the end of the point we had a 3 on 1 with there guy in the snake. Garrett and Roger stayed cool and collected after we lost rich and figured out the situation and closed out the point.
FINALS a rematch in two senses, one a rematch for the event and two a rematch of the finals from the first EPL event a little over a month before were they beat us. The opponent Topgun T2 fresh off a hard semi final match is looking to add to there day of winning. First point was like a chess match going to time and proving that this was going to be a match to remember. The second point was just as exhilarating Topgun had a player in both 50’s. We were able to dig them out and bring the point down to a 2 on 2. I was at the A with about 35 seconds remaining thinking we have to make something happen so I went for the flag. I ended up getting shot out but there was no time left as Garrett was able to hold off the 2 remaining players. Third point, no room for error, I made the decision to put back out the line that got us to this point from the semi finals. Off the break our hard work and determination paid off with us shooting both the snake runner and the dorito runner. With 5 alive the guys went and started picking off the remaining Topgun players and winning the point. Before they even hung the flag our boys started chanting the victory.
I know this win brought good vibes to the whole organization. I want to thank Alex Ritacco for all of his help all day long from running to get paint at the truck and podding it with us to just being a moral uplift when we were off the field. And last but not least all of our sponsors Empire, Kong-Ker, and Virtue. The next event can’t come soon enough. The boys want some fresh scalps.
– Michael Taeschler #19