MCMASTERS ATHLETIC COMPLEX HOSTS THIRTY-THREE TEAM EVENT
GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – It was nail-biting time at the 2012 SPA GEORGETOWN CLASSIC as the 33 teams saw thirty-four of the fifty games played decided by four runs or less in the nine division (50,55,60,65 GOLD, 65 SILVER,70 GOLD, 70 SILVER,75,80) tournament..
“It was unbelievable how close all the teams were which led to a ton of very competitive games, “ assistant SPA executive director and Georgetown Tournament Director Layla Bryan said,”We also had showed an increase from 27 teams in 2011, which shows we must be doing something right.”
“Except for a windy Thursday, the four-day event was played in “beach days” weather. It was warm and beautiful and just helped to make it a very enjoyable event..” Bryan added.
The 50's Division was a mirror of the entire tournament, especially in terms of its competitive nature. Check out these scores 15-14, 21-20, 24-21,28-25,26-25 and 27-26. The championship went to an “if” game with LONESTAR SOFTBALL besting WILLIE'S WOLVES 19-15 before falling 22-17 to WILLIES allowing the WOLVES to let out a big championship howl as they took the 50's crown... Finishing behind the top two were AUSTIN ROCK, BULLETS, OUTDOOR HOME and MIXED BREED.
GONZALES INSULATION has no skin left on its teeth as it squeaked by DALLAS SPURS 27-18, TEXAS LEGENDS 55'S 22-14, HOUSTON FIRE 18-16 and the TEXAS LEGENDS 55's in the championship game 13-11 to win the 55 DIVISION crown. HOUSTON FIRE was third followed by TEXAS CLASSICS and the DALLAS SPURS.
The TEXAS THUNDER came out of the loser's bracket to take the 60+ DIVISION trophy. After losing to TANEL/360/BUD LIGHT 21-20 in the bracket opener, the champs eliminated OOPS 21-20, got revenge by sending TANEL packing 22-15 and disposed of the DALLAS SPURS 26-14 to win the 60+ Division AAA crown. TEXAS MAKULI'S went undefeated in the AAA/MAJOR bracket to win the 60+ MAJOR DIVISION title.
In the 65+ SILVER DIVISION, the LEFTOVERS ran the table with three straight wins to take the five-team bracket award. HILL CONSTRUCTION claimed runner-up honors with the TEXAS GREYHOUNDS, HARRIS AUCTION and SAN ANTONIO REBELS rounding out the standings.
The TEXAS LEGENDS also ran the table in the 65+ GOLD DIVISION but it wasn't easy. The LEGENDS opened with a 24-23 win over the WILDCATTERS; followed by beating SAN ANTONIO LEGENDS 22-20 and wrapped up the championship with a 19-17 victory against the SAN ANTONIO LEGENDS. The WILDCATTERS took third place.
The RANGERS of NORTH TEXAS kept the “table-running routine” rolling by beating SAN ANTONIO CRACKERS 23-22, the TEXAS GREYHOUNDS 13-12 and the TEXAS GREYHOUNDS again in the championship game to win the 70+.GOLD DIVISION trophy.
In the 70+ SILVER DIVISION, HILL CONSTRUCTION beat the TEXAS CLASSIC 14-19, 26-25 and 25-19 for the championship.
The TEXAS GREYHOUNDS 75'S took the 75 DIVISION title followed by the CLEARWATER CRAWFISH and the TEXAN'S 75's.. The TEXAS CLASSICS 80'S were the 80 DIVISION champions.
“This was really an enjoyable tournament,” Bryan said, “ I always enjoy the first tournament of the year because you get to see all of the players and teams again. It is just like a big family reunion.'
All teams who finished first and/or second in the SPA GEORGETOWN CLASSIC earned spots in the inaugural SPA 2012 WORLD SERIES in JACKSONVILLE,FLORIDA October 31 and November 1,2 and 3.
The next SPA TOURNAMENT are the WOMEN'S SPRING NATIONALS, April 12-14 in PENSACOLA, FLORIDA; LONE STAR NATIONAL OPTIONAL RING TOURNAMENT, April 19-22 in PLANO, TEXAS and APRIL'S FINEST, April; 20-22 in CHARLESTOWN, SOUTH CAROLINA. Information on these events plus all 2012 SPA tournaments can be found on the SPA TOURNAMENT CALANDER SITE ::