WHERE THE BOYS ARE - SPA TOURNAMENTS

by Ho Hoffman 31. July 2011 13:38

MUSTANG, OKLAHOMA – Don’t be surprised if Softball Players Association (SPA) adopts the 1960’s Connie Francis song, “Where the Boys Are” as their official organization’s theme song. Nothing could be more appropriate to describe SPA’s tournament participation and team registrations for the 2011 season.

“This has been by far our best season,” Ridge Hooks, SPA president said, “We are up in all categories teams, players and tournament participation and I don’t mean up by just a little. These are major increases.”

Hooks credits SPA’s decision to concentrate on not flooding the market with small tournaments on same dates which constantly compete against each other for teams. In addition SPA tried to schedule tournaments within one tank driving distances from major population regions.

“We spent a lot of time this fall working on our schedule,” Hooks explained. “We used a 350 mile radius, for example in scheduling tournaments. We tried to avoid scheduling two tournaments on the same dates within that 350-mile radius.”

That concept along with one-tank tournaments has produced an increase team attendance at all qualifiers this year and especially in the mid-west and mid-east area.

“We  wanted to put a tournament package together that would be appealing to teams from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, Canada, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Virginia all which  would fall into that 350-mile radius for certain tournaments,” Hooks said,

One area which SPA spent a lot of time this fall lining up a schedule was the mid-west and the results have shown the effort to be worthwhile.

Starting with the initial SPA tournament in Dayton, Ohio with 20 teams; followed by THEE Buckeye Classic in Akron/Barberton’s 70-team event and Shelbyville’s 31 (maximum they could handle) team turnout the plan has worked well. Columbus, Ohio (in mid-July) is expecting at least 70 teams and Sylvania in August already is up to 40 teams.

“You have to have good tournament directors to make something like this go,” Hooks said. “All the directors have been working together to obtain teams and promoting each other’s tournaments in their mailers so the publicity and promotion has really been good.”

Another factor is all of the SPA Ohio/Shelbyville tournaments are AA/AAA only, which makes the attendance figures that much more amazing. However, Hooks still thinks the main factor has been location and the SPA reputation in the increase in teams and players.

“The opportunities for teams to play on a regional and then progress to the national level needed to be expanded,” Hooks explained. “S.P.A.is an organization driven by players and managers who are looking for new and exciting ways to play the game.”

“One of our main goals is to maintain the honesty and integrity of the game,” Hooks continued,” S.P.A. wants to give teams and players the opportunity to play closer to home and in a competitive setting.”

With the huge team registration numbers (only team registered from 2009-2011 are listed on the SPA rating site), the Dalton, Georgia National Tournament, September 8 – 18 should be the most attended ever.

“If team and player registration, as well as qualifier tournament entrees are any indication, this will be our biggest National tournament ever,” Hooks concluded, “God has really blessed our organization this year and He deserves all the credit and glory.” 

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SPA 2011 TOURNAMENT RECAPS

by Ho Hoffman 30. July 2011 14:13

The year 2011 has been a record setting year for the SPA organization as teams and players have been flocking to SPA tournaments. Following are a list of the tournaments including a short review of the winners and runner-ups in each tournament.

For all scores and additional info go to:  http://softballspa.com/2011SPATOURNAMENTRESULTS.aspx 

 

PENSACOLA WOMEN’S NATIONAL APRIL 15- APRIL 17

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Twenty-four teams participated in the SPA WOMEN’S NATIONALS in Pensacola, Florida held in April.

In the five-team 40’s group, ARKANSAS ENERGY beat LADIES FIRST 15-10 in the title game while JOLICO SENIORS knocked off the TENNESSEE STARS 11-3 in the 50’s six-team group for the championship.

The MARYLAND ROADRUNNERS brought out the big bats in racing by the JOLICO SENIORS 19-1 in the 55’s three-team group. The GOLDEN GIRLS took the five-team 60-division edging another JOLICO SENIOR team 15-12.

Canada’s SPORTACULARS took the 70’s crown back north of the border by beating the FREEDOM SPIRIT 10-3.

 

HEART OF OHIO WOMEN’S DIVISION, COLUMBUS, OHIO JULY 17

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Another good showing with 27 teams entering the HEART OF OHIO tournament in Columbus in mid-July.

It was pay-back from Pensacola as the TENNESSEE STARS edged JOLICO SENIORS 4-3 in the title game of the six-team field 50’s division.

The MARYLAND ROADRUNNERS made it two titles in a row over the JOLICO SENIOR 55’s   winning 15-8 in another six-team grouping. In the seven-team 60’s the FUN BUNCH  lost their first game in the double-elimination bracket and roared back with five straight wins including a pair of  12-6 and 13-7 victories over the GOLDEN GIRLS to take the crown.

The VILLAGE VIXONS won the four-team 65 division with a 9-1 win over the DREAM CATCHERS, while those CANADIANS did it again in the 70’s four-team group when the SPORTACULARS downed the GOLDEN GIRLS 7-3.

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SPRING CLASSIC, MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA MARCH 17

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA – Twenty-nine teams took part in the SPA SPRING CLASSIC in March with teams competing in the 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70 divisions.

In the 70 SILVER group, it was MMD/SECULAR FARMS coming in first followed by MID-GEORGIA CLASSICS and third place LEIDEN’s LEGENDS.

SOUTHEAST 70’S took the 70 GOLD bracket with ED’S ALUMINUM taking runner-up honors followed by the GEORGIA CLASSICS.

ORTHEPEDIC SPORTS MEDICINE was first and the CHATTANOGA CHOOZ second in the 65 SILVER. The PANHANDLE HITMEN, HUFFMAN ELECTRIC and SR. MOMENYS finished 1-2-3 in the 65 GOLD.

The 60 GOLD saw the WILD BUNCH finish on top followed by GA/AL MASTERS, IDC, STRYKERS and TEAM P.  COLUMBUS 55 came out on top in the 50 GOLD with EDGE SOFTBALL, DIXIE SOFTBALL and SIDELINE GRILL finishing 2-3-4.

The 50 SILVER GROUP was won by the MONTGOMERY SWARM with JAMES R.SMITH second. The 3-4-5 spots went to the LOUISIANA LEGENDS, DOC C’S and the D.T. EXPRESS. RANDY SMITH edged MONSTER SOFTBALL for the title in the 50 GOLD group with KITTRELL third and TRI-STATE CONNECTION fourth.

EASTERN SPRING NATIONALS, MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA MARCH 23-27

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Twenty-four teams took part in the EASTERN NATIONALS at MYRTLE BEACH held March 23-27.

In the 75 Division, GA M&M beat HAMEL’s 75’s 12-8 and 23-8 for the title; while FLIP DOW BONDING took first and SPORTS LETTERING second in the six-team 65 Division.

In the 70’s the NATURALS came out of the loser’s bracket to beat the CAROLINA CARDINALS 20-4 and 13-8 to take the three-team division title.

The HIGH STREET BUCS finished first and CODE ELECTRIC was runner-up in the four-team 60 group. REALITY CHECK and SUN CITY HILTON HEAD finished 1-2 in the four-team 55 GOLD division while TURN TWO/SPICERS PROPERTIES was first and HIGH STREET BUCS second in the four –team PLATINUM bracket. TEAM AUGUSTA claimed the four-team 50 title while TNT SPORTS the runner-up honors.

GEORGETOWN CLASSIC MANNY GONZALES SPA QUALIFIER, GEORGETOWN, TEXAS MARCH 30-APRIL 3

GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – Twenty-seven teams made the trip to GEORGETOWN for the MANNY GONZALES SPA qualifier March 30-April 3.

CUNNINGS TEXAS LEGENDS won the five-team 50 G0LD group with a 30-23 win over AUSTIN ROCKS. In another five-team group, GONZALES INSULATION downed TEXAS THUNDER 27-25 for the 55 GOLD title.

The three-team 60 GOLD division went to an “if” game GURU SPORTS downed the TEXAS MAKULI’S 23-16 for the championship. The MAKULI’s forced the “if” game with a 24-23 win.

TANEL/360/BUD had it a little easier in the three-team 60 SILVER group beating OOPS 31-24 in the title game.

Six team fought it out in the 65 GOLD division with the TEXAS LEGENDS beating the LEFTOVERS 33-19 for the crown. In the three-team SILVER bracket the GREYHOUNDS beat HARRIS AUCTION in an “if” game for the championship after HARRIS forced the extra game with a 29-25 win over the GREYHOUNDS.

In the two-team 75’s it was the TEXAS GREYHOUNDS defeating the S.W. STARS 20-5 and 16-15 for the title.

MUSTANG CLASSIC, MUSTANG, OKLAHOMA SPA QUAILFIER APRIL 14-17

MUSTANG, OKLAHOMA – Sixteen teams locked horns in the MUSTANG CLASSIC SPA QUALIFIER in Mustang, Oklahoma April 14-17.

The K.C. BARONS AND 2ND WIND split the first two game in the best two- out- of-three play-off games in the two team bracket with the BARONS losing the first game 19-15 before rebounding to take the last two 19-11 and 31-26 for the 50’s PLATINUM crown.

In the GOLD 50’s group MAYHEM 50’s beat the K.C. THUNDER two straight 13-4 and 25-10 for the title.

Four teams took part in the 55 GOLD group with GONZALES INSULATION beating GLORI DAZE 25-18 in the championship game.

TEXAS MAKULI’S beat D.O.C. SOFTBALL 26-19 and 24-15 to take the three-team 60’s PLATINUM bracket while DALLAS SPURS downed the OKIES 15-0 for the title in the five-team 60’s GOLD group.

GLEN BURNIE CLASSIC SPA QUALIFIER, GLEN BURNIE, MARYLAND 4/28-5/1

GLEN BURNIE, MARYLAND – With 59 teams GLEN BURNIE CLASSIC was the fourth highest senior softball qualifier east of the MISSISSIPPI in terms of teams attending this summer. It was bested only by THEE SPA BUCKEYE CLASSIC (70); SPA HEART OF OHIO (66) and ISSA WORLDS (62). SSUSA’s ATLANTIC COAST NATIONALS with 57 teams was fifth.

In the seven-team GOLD group, MID-ATLANTIC downed the METRO STARS 29-25 for the crown while in the seven-team SILVER bracket it was EAGLE TILE, a 22-18 winner over RENDA ROADS to take the title.

Five teams battled it out in the 55 GOLD group and when the dust cleared SWEET CONSTRUCTION was on top of the pile after defeating HIGH STREET BUCS 22-18 in the finals. ROAD HOUSE BLUES beat N.Y. MOTION to win the four-team silver bracket.

HAWKS NEST fought its way out of the loser’s bracket in the six-team GOLD 60’s group and beat MCCALL’S twice for the championship. STEEL DAWGS bounced back from losing 17-10 to VIRGINIA CAVALIERS to take the “if” game 29-27 and along with it the six-team SILVER BRACKET title.

Eight teams went at it in the 65 GOLD bracket with HAWKS NEST 65’s rolling through the competition and finally beating STAHL POST #30 15-0 to win the crown.

HAMEL’S 70’S beat the PITTSBURG GOLD twice (24-9, 17-7)  in the two-team 70 PLATINUM group to win that division while HAMEL’S CAVALIERS edged PEACHTREE RESTAURANT 14-13 to take the three-team GOLD group.

In the four-team 75 division, NAMI CONSTRUCTION blew out the HAMEL 75’s 22-2 for the championship.

 BAYTOWN CLASSIC SPA QUALIFIER; BAYTOWN, TEXAS APRIL 29-MAY 1

BAYTOWN, TEXAS - In another SPA high attendance tournament, the BAYTOWN CLASSIC drew 39 teams to the April 29-May 1 qualifier.

RANDY SMITH and JETT DOOR finished 1-2 in the five-team 50’s PLATINUM group while it was the LA LEGENDS coming in first and the HOUSTON FIRE taking runner-up honors in the five-team GOLD bracket.

The TEXAS LEGENDS came out of the three-team loser’s bracket to defeat the TEXAS THUNDER 21-16 and 19-15 for the 55 GOLD title. The DALLAS SPURS downed JENNINGS DENTAL 23-10 and 22-17 for the two-team 55 SILVER Crown.

Four teams went after the 60 PLATINUM title with TEXAS MAKULI’s taking the championship with GURU SOFTBALL finishing second. In the three-team 60 GOLD group, the LA LEGENDS beat OOPS 23-13 for the title.

The TEXAS LEGENDS beat the CRACKER BOX 32-31 and 23-13 to claim the two-team 65 GOLD bracket. The LEFTOVERS edged HARRIS AUCTION 26-25 taking the five-team SILVER division.

WILDCATTERS downed ED’S ALUMINUM for the two-team 70 PLATINUM bracket crown while RANGERS OF NORTH TEXAS took first and the S.A. CRACKERS claimed runner-up honors in the four-team division.

In a pair of two-team divisions, the TEXAS GREYHOUNDS finished first and the S.W. STARS second in the GOLD 75’s while the TEXAS CLASSICS and MMD 75’s finished 1-2 in the 75-80 group.

LONE STAR NATIONALS; PLANO, TEXAS MAY 19-22

PLANO, TEXAS – “The eyes of Texas” were upon the SPA LONE STAR NATIONALS in Plano as 26 teams battled it out for bragging rights in the May 19-22 tournament.

The TEXAS LEGENDS beat the WOOD LAW/TEXAS SILVERBACKS/MIZUNO for the five-team 50’s PLATINUM title while GONZALES INSULATION added another tournament title in the three-team 55 GOLD group beating the TEXAS LEGENDS.

The TEXAS MAKULI’s also added to their 2011 trophy case beating D.O.C. to win the four-team 60 PLATINUM division. In the four-team GOLD 60 group, MAYHEM caused just that as they beat the DALLAS SPURS for the championship.

The five-team 65 GOLD saw the TEXAS LEGENDS in the cat-bird seat with THE CRACKERBOX second. The three-team 70’s title went to the WILDCATTERS with the TEXAS GREYHOUNDS 70’s in the runner-up slot. 

BUCKEYE FIRST FLIGHT SPA QUALIFIER, KETTERING, OHIO MAY 19-22

KETTERING, OHIO – The initial BUCKEYE FIRST FLIGHT SPA QUALIFIER had a great “rookie” tournament drawing 20 teams despite SSUSA running a tournament at the same time just 12 miles away.  The SSUSA tournament even gave a free team COMBAT bat to each team which attended but they were still only able to draw eight teams.

UNIVERSAL MECHANICAL SOFTBALL       beat DAYTON LEGENDS VICKER’S 50’s to win the four-team 50’s group while the DAYTON LEGENDS’ 55’s beat the DAYTON CLASSICS for the two-team 55 division title.

In another two-team bracket it was MIAMI LAKES SPORTS taking first with DAYTON LEGENDS’ 60’s coming in second.  The Canadian DONNEYBROOK LEGIONS 65’s AA beat the Columbus COSSA 65’s two-out-of-three in the two-team field to claim the 65AA crown.

HAWK’S  NEST beat the DAYTON LEGENDS’ 65’s to win the two-team 65AAA title while in the four-team 70 Division it was JIM’s BOYS winning the title with BRENNAN’S AKRON 70’s earning the runner-up spot.

In the two-team 75/80 AA bracket CFI outlasted OHIO TILE & MARBLE 80’s for the crown while the INDIANAPOLIS FOXES defeated the LOUISVILLE THUNDER for the championship in the two-team 75AAA division.

BURLINGTON CLASSIC SPA QUALIFIER; BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA JUNE 3-5

BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA -   The BURLINGTON CLASSIC SPA QUALIFIER in North Carolina rattled the pines with 32 teams attending the annual affair held June 3-5.

The CAROLINA A’S got the show on the road taking the three-team 50’s division with TEAM AUGUSTA coming home second. In the seven-team 55’s, REALITY CHECK took the gold ring with the COBRA’S in second place.

FIVE teams battled it out in the 60’s with C&H ENGINEERING and CODE ELECTRIC finishing 1-2. The six-team 60’s saw FLIP DOW win the championship in an “if” game 23-17 over OLD GUYS RULE.  OLD GUYS came out of the loser’s bracket to beat FLIP DOW 20-19 to force the “if” game.

The 70’s had eleven teams divided into two pools. The CARDINALS finished first and TRI-CITY 70’s second in the “A” POOL with the GA MIS MATCH beating the VIRGINIA 75’s for the “B” POOL crown with the VIRGINIANS taking runner-up honors.

THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC SPA QUALIFIER; AKRON/BARBERTON, OHIO; JUNE 11-12 AND 14-18.

BARBERTON, OHIO – In its initial year as a SPA tournament, THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC, despite being only a AA/AAA men’s tournament, drew the most teams of any non-national senior tournament east of Nevada as 70 teams from 15 states and Canada took part in the June 11-12, 14-18 round-robin event.

Eight teams battled it out in the 50’s division with STRABANE S.N.P.S. LODGE #138 finishing on top and SYLVANIA ALLSHRED SERVICES/PACESETTER PROPERTY MANAGEMENT second in the SCARLET bracket followed by DAYTON LEGENDS BEST 50’S and SHANNON FENCE.

 The DAYTON LEGENDS VICKER’s 50’s took the title in the GREY bracket with the BUCKEYE CLASSICS second, followed by CHICAGO PRIME 50’S and UNIVERSAL MECHANICAL SOFTBALL.

In the six-team 55 bracket, WINDSOR ONTARIO CHIEFS 55’s were the champs while WHOLESALE BUILDERS SUPPLY finished runner-up followed by DAYTON LEGENDS 55’S; BRANTFORD ONTARIO NISSAN 55’S; MINUTEMEN/SFS and CHICAGO PRIME 55’S.

The ten-team 60’s AAA division saw the OHIO SILVERADO’s and STEEL DAWGS finish 1-2 in the SCARLET bracket followed by BROOKLIN’S ONTARIO 60’S; U.S.UTILITY CONTRACTORS and ROCHESTER CLASSICS.

The WINDSOR ONTARIO CHIEFS 60’s take first and the HAWK’S NEST 60’s come in second in the GREY bracket followed by BRANTFORD ONTARIO NISSAN 60’S; DOC MARTENS and ATRIA SENIOR LIVING.

Eight teams competed in the 60’s AA grouping with the BOMB SQUAD taking first and MISSISSAUGA ONTARIO LEGENDS 60’s second place in the SCARLET pool followed by DAYTON LEGENDS’ 60’S and; MAGIC CITY SPORTS CARDS.

 CAVCO ONTARIO 60’s and SYLVANIA 60’s finished 1-2 in the GREY followed by MILLER TIME/CENTRAL PA and FIREHOUSE GRILL AND PUB.

The OLDE D’S won the six-team 65 AAA group with HAWK’S NEST 65’s second followed by PRONIO SPORTS; BRANTFORD ONTARIO NISSAN 65’S; WINDSOR ONTARIO CHIEFS 65’S and KFC OF CHAMPAIGN.

 HAMEL’S BUILDERS 65’s and the DAYTON LEGENDS 65’s finished 1-2 in the six-team 65 AA pool followed by DONNEYBROOK ONTARIO LEGIONS 65’S; COSSA 65’S; COLUMBUS (IND) SILVER STICKS and MISSISSAUGA ONTARIO LEGENDS 65’S.

In the 10 team 70’s group the CHICAGO GEEZERS 70’S took first and the INDIANAPOLIS CLASSICS second in the SCARLET 70’s AAA bracket followed by SYRACUSE CYCLONES 70’S; PEACHTREE RESTAURANT and JIM’S BOYS.

 HAMEL’s CAVALIERS and PITTSBUERG GOLD coming in 1-2 in the GREY 70’s AAA bracket followed by FEDELE’S BROOKHOUSE RESTAURANT; BRENNAN’S AKRON 70’S and MICHIGAN LAKERS.

The BARRACUDA’s 70’S bested seven other teams in winning the 70’s AA division with BRANTFORD ONTARIO NISSAN 70’s finishing second followed by GREEN DIAMOND GRILLE; INDY CROWNS; OLDE D’S 70’S; MICHIGAN MASTERS and DAYTON LEGENDS 70’S.

Nine teams competed in the 75/80 group. CFI 75’S and INDY SILVER FOXES finished 1-2 in the AA group ahead of OHIO TILE CINCINATTI’80’S and VISITAKRON-SUMMIT.COM.

 NAMI CONSRUCTION took the AAA title with MINNESOTA JIMMY’s 75’S edging out ANTIQUES OF KC and HAMEL’S  75’S for second.

PRO-HEALTH CARE of WISCONSIN also took first in its group. 

 

PEACH STATE SPA SENIOR CLASSIC QUALIFIER; MARIETTA, GEORGIA JUNE 23-26

MARIETTA, GEORGIA– In another top-ten 20 SPA senior softball tournament in terms of attendance, the PEACH STATE SPA CLASSIC hosted 41 teams in MARRIETTA, GEORGIA JUNE 23-26.

SMITTY’S took the 50’s PLATINUM title with SOUTHERN ELITE second in the three-team 50 bracket. SMITTY’S won the crown by beating SOUTHERN ELITE in an “if” game. Eleven teams went at it in the 50’s GOLD group with the D.T. EXPRESS coming out on top and DOC’S C’S coming in second.

FLIP DOW beat the COLUMBUS (GA) 55’S in the five-team 55 GOLD bracket.

The WILD BUNCH beat TEAM P 31-23 and 34-19 to win the two-team 60 PLATINUM bracket. The GA/AL MASTERS won the six-tea, 60 GOLD division while TAG TEAM took home runner-up honors.

FLORIDA THUNDER downed the PANHANDLE HITMEN 30-8 and 27-24 in the best two-out-of-three to decide the two-team 65 PLATINUM bracket. In the four-team GOLD group it was ORTHOPEDIC first and SPORTS LETTERING second.

The four team 65/70 SILVER crown went to the TRIUMPHS, who beat the MID GA SENIORS 19-16 in the title game. In the 70’s GOLD bracket the GA CLASSICS finished first with ED’S ALUMINUM second.

HOOSIER CLASSIC SPA QUALIFIER; SHELBYVILLE, INDIANA  6/29 - 7/3

SHELBYVILLE, INDIANA – One of the longest running SPA tournaments, DWAINE LAIRD’S HOOSIER CLASSIC drew its maximum of 31 teams again. The participants came from five states to play in the SHELBYVILLE, INDIAN SPA Qualifier.

In the 50’s Division, the BRICKYARD SOFTBALL took first with the DAYTON LEGENDS second and STING DOGS third.

The DAYTON LEGENDS 55’S won the 55’s while BRICKYARD 55’s claimed the runner-up spot.

KENTUCKIANA took first place in the 60’s SILVER DIVISION with the DAYTON LEGENDS 60’s second and INDY FOG third. In the 60’s GOLD the OHIO SILVERADO’s won the title with the INDY LEGENDS/CAMPBELL TIRE second and the INDY LEGENDS/COLUMBUS third.

WESTERN MICHIGAN claimed the title in the 65’s GOLD with KFC of CHAMPAIGN second. JIM AND JOE’S won the 65’s SILVER group with COSSA taking runner-up honors.

The INDIANAPOLIS CLASSIC  were the winners in the 70’s GOLD division with AKRON BRENNAN’S 70’s finishing second and JIM’S BOYS third. In the SILVER bracket it was the INDY CROWNS taking the title with the OLDE D’S second.

The LOUISVILLE THUNDER took the 75/80 group with OHIO TILE 80+ second and the INDIANA SILVER FOXES third.

HEART OF OHIO SPA SENIOR CLASSIC QUALIFIER; COLUMBUS, OHIO JULY 14-17.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Another big turnout with 39 men’s teams and when added to the 27 women’s teams it brought 66 teams to the COLUMBUS, OHIO HEART OF OHIO SPA CLASSIC July 14-17.

Eight teams participated in the 50’s group with BRICKYARD SOFTBALL finishing first and the BUCKEYE CLASSICS second.

In the five-team 55’s bracket it was the DAYTON LEGENDS’ 55’s winning the title and the WINDSOR ONTARIO CHIEFS 55’s second.

The eight team 60’s tournament the WINDSOR ONTARIO CHIEFS 60’s beat the HAWK”S NEST 60’s 21-15 in the championship game to win the title.

COSSA 65’s took the three-team 65 AA division with JOBS/INDY finishing second. The WINDSOR ONTARIO CHIEFS 65’s took the three-team 65 AAA division by coming out of the loser’s bracket to defeat the OLDE D’s twice 9-8 and 16-12.

CENTRAL OHIO 70’S also came out of the loser’s bracket to beat the BARRACUDA’S 70’S 11-10 and 10-9 to win the four-team 70 AA division. In the 70 AAA group the title went to the CHICAGO GEEZERS 70’S with BRENNAN’S AKRON 70’s finishing second.

The INDIANA SILVER FOXES beat CFI 10-3 and 6-5 to win the two team 75 AA bracket while the LOUISVILLE THUNDER had to go three games to beat the AKRON SILVER STARS 15-11, 1-16, 8-7 to take the two-team 75 AAA bracket.

SPA 50, 55, 60 MAJOR/MAJOR PLUS NATIONALS; DALTON GEORGIA

DALTON, GEORGIA - The 50, 55 and 60 Major and Major Plus teams turned out in force for the SPA Nationals in Georgia with 43 teams, including 17 50 Major’s, lacing up their cleats for the big event.

WOOD LAW/TEXAS SILVERBACKS started the excitement early winning their first National title taking the 17-team 50 MAJOR CROWN. The winners came out of the loser’s bracket to first beat VELTRI TRANSMISSION 28-27 and then RAPID ERECTORS 16-14 and 13-12 for the title.

The OKI’s swept HOLLIS APPRAISALS in the best three-of-five confrontation in the two-team 50 MAJOR PLUS bracket. The OKI’s won the three games with scores of 41-36; 32-28 and 38-22. 

Seven teams competed in the 55 Majors with SPICER PROPERTIES and the N.J.HITMEN ending up meeting each other for the championship. SPICER PROPERTIES won the first game 27-26 to send the HITMEN into the loser’s bracket but the NJ team forced an “if” game with a 22-21 win.

SPICERS ended the tournament by scoring two runs with two-out in the bottom of the seventh for a 23-22 win and the 55 MAJOR title.

HENDRICKS SPORTS MANAGEMENT rolled through the four-team 55 MAJOR PLUS double elimination bracket beating HIGH STREET BUCS 31-8; LINE DRIVE SPORTZ 35-25 and ROBERTS CONSTRUCTION 37-19 for the title.

In the eleven-team 60 MAJOR group, the HIGH STREET BUCS marched through the double elimination tournament downing JIM and JOE’s ICE 17-9; MINNESOTA MASTERS WHITE 30-15; THE WILD BUNCH 33-17 and MINNESOTA MASTERS WHITE 20-17 in the championship game.  

TURN TWO/SPICERS PROPERTIES and ROSE ENTERPRISES went five games to determine the winner in the two-team 60 MAJOR PLUS DIVISION. TURN TWO/SPICERS won the battle by scores of 31-30; 26-24; 20-34; 22-35 and 33-27.
GREAT LAKES SPA NATIONAL; SYLVANIA, OHIO AUGUST 4 -7

SYLVANIA, OHIO – Sylvania’s beautiful Pacesetter Park conducted its first senior softball tournament August 4-7 and based on the reviews it will not be the last SPA senior tournament held at the eight-field complex. It was also a good turnout as thirty-five teams squared off in the AA/AAA 50-55-60-65-70 divisions.

 PITTSBURG GOLD took the four-team 70AAA division with the MICHIGAN LAKERS second. The OLDE D’s 70’s beat the INDY CROWNS for the title in the 70 AA bracket with the CROWNS heading home with the runner-up trophy,

 In the three-team 65 AAA pool, the OLDE D’s 65’s took first and the WINDSOR CHIEFS 65’s claimed the second place award. COSSA 65’s and the DAYTON LEGENDS 65’s finished 1-2 in the three-team 65 AA group.

 The 60’s divisions were strictly a Canadian affair as CAVCO took the six-team 60 AAA and the MISSISSAUGA LEGENDS 60’s claimed runner-up honors. It was the WINDSOR CHIEFS 60’s edging Canadian neighbor BRANTFORD NISSAN 60’s for the three team 60-AAA crown with BRANTFORD second.

 In an “if” game, the WINDSOR CHIEFS 55’S  rallied to beat the MINUTEMEN/SFS for the title in the six-team 55 AAA group with the MINUTEMEN/SFS taking the runner-up trophy.

 The DAYTON LEGENDS 50’s finished first ahead of second place UNIVERSAL MECHANICAL SOFTBALL in the five-team 50 AAA bracket. Two local teams, ALLSHRED SERVICES won the three-team 50 AA with the SYLVANIA PHILLIES from the Sylvania Senior League taking second.

SPA ISENHOWER MID-AMERICAN NATIONALS; LIBERTY, MISSOURI JULY 28 -31

LIBERTY, MISSOURI – Twenty-eight teams found their way to the SPA ISENHOWER MID-AMERICA NATIONALS held in LIBERTY, MISSOURI on the last weekend of July with eleven going home with championship titles.

I STILL GOT IT took the 50’s AAA with K.C. THUNDER second. PRIME CHOICE; STING DOGS and DEALERS TRIM rounded out the field. In the 50 MAJORS the title went to J&J SPORTS with the KC BARONS second.

The 55 AA championship was claimed by the SPRINGFIELD RED WINGS with (BY) GRACE REDEEMED second and the KC GENTS third. The KC MONARCHS and GLORI DAZE finished 1-2 in the 55 AAA bracket and the KC KIDS took the 55 MAJOR crown.

JUST FRIENDS went home with 60 AA title while the ANGELS took the runner-up spot. In the 60 AAA, KC THUNDER finished on top with the USA PATRIOTS in the second slot.

M&V claimed the 65 AA crown and the SCRAP IRON finished second. The 65 AAA championship went to the TEXAS LEGENDS with the MIDWEST LEGENDS in second place. The US PALLETS took the 65 MAJOR title.

In the 70 AA it was the MID AMERICAN PATRIOTS first and OK BLAST second. WELLS FARGO outlasted second place KNAPHEIDE and the CENTRAL 70’s as well as the MN MASTERS for the 70 AAA championship trophy.

Full scores and results can be found at:

http://softballspa.com/default.aspx

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About the Editor

Ho Hoffman of Wadsworth,Ohio is a sports writer for the Medina (Ohio) Gazette daily newspaper. Hoffman also has been playing competitive softball for nearly sixty years and 3,000 games starting in the adult fast pitch leagues as a teenager and continuing through into today's 70's senior division.  

Hoffman for the past twenty years has also been playing on senior softball travel teams. In addition, he along with Red Bole are the tournament directors of the highly successful SPA Ohio Buckeye Classic June senior softball tournament which last year drew 77 teams, in the 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 and 75 AA and AAA only divisions. 

He is also married. He and his wife Sue have three sons who are also active in softball and baseball. The youngest Matt plays adult slo-pitch softball, Mike plays Roy Hobbs 40-and over baseball and Marc is the founder, owner and president of U.S. Baseball Academy, the nation's largest baseball training program.

 

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