SECOND YEAR TOURNAMENT DRAWS THIRTY-ONE TEAMS
DAYTON, OHIO – In only it's second year the DAYTON SPA FIRST FLIGHT OF OHIO TOURNAMENT saw the numbers jump from twenty teams to thirty-one giving tournament directors SHORTY FULLER and LOUIE DESARO a very optimistic outlook for the 2013 tournament.
“This was a big increase from our first year and we hope to show the same increase in 2013,” FULLER said, “We know the key will be retention and we received positive feedback from the teams who played here this weekend, so we are very optimistic about 2013.”
The tournament was held MAY 17-20 at KETTERING FIELD COMPLEX in Kettering, just outside of Dayton, Ohio. Winners were everywhere as all age brackets in the AA/AAA tournament were represented.
In the 75's AAA, the LOUISVILLE THUNDER beat MICHIGAN MILLERS 23-9 in the title game with COSSA 75's finishing third.
The INDY CROWNS beat the INDIANA SILVER FOXES two straight in their backyard battle for the 75's AA crown.
DIRECT EMPLOYERS of INDIANA added another trophy to the HOOSIER state stash downing BRENNAN'S AKRON 70's two straight in their two-out-of-three match-up for the 70's AAA title.
Five teams went at it in the very competitive 70's AA bracket with the DORCHESTER CANADIANS beating the DAYTON LEGENDS' 70's 11-5 in the “IF” game. The DAYTON LEGENDS forced the “IF” game by beating the OLDE D's 24-14 in the loser's bracket final and then DORCHESTER 8-7 before running out of gas in the championship “IF” game. Also competing in the 70's AA group were MTX and CENTRAL OHIO 70's.
In another best two-of-three battle RUSH TRUCKING downed WRIGHT STATE ORTHPEDIC 17-14 and 19-13 to win the 65 AAA Title.
The DAYTON LEGENDS beat COSSA 65's II 10-7 in a deciding third game to take the best two-out-of-three showdown in the 65 AA division.
The 60's AAA Division also had a “horse race” with five teams racing for the finish line. The INDIANA LEGENDS bested MIAMI LAKES SPORTS/MARTINI SERVICE CENTER 24-14 in the title game with the DAYTON CLASSICS taking third. The BRICKYARD CLASSICS and DAYTON LEGENDS rounded out the field.
In the 60's AA MAUMEE BAY RAPTORS took home the big prize.
The MINUTEMEN/SFS knocked off the BRICKYARD LEGENDS 27-12 in the loser's bracket finals, then beat the DAYTON LEGENDS 23 to 19 forcing an “IF” game and finished by winning the “IF” game 26-15 and the 55 AAA title.
PLAYER'S WAREHOUSE duplicated the MINUTEMEN/SFS's effort by also coming out of the losers bracket (20-14 over UNIVERSAL MECHANICALS SOFTBALL 20-14) and forcing an “IF” game by beating the BUCKEYE CLASSICS 22-7 and then 17-11 in the 50's AAA championship “IF” game. Also participating in the 50's AAA group were ALLSHRED/PACESETTER, DAYTON LEGENDS HITMEN and BRICKYARD CLASSICS.
All teams who finished first and/or second in the 2012 SPA MUSTANG CLASSIC NATIONAL QUALIFIER earned spots in the inaugural SPA 2012 WORLD SERIES in JACKSONVILLE,FLORIDA October 31 and November 1,2 and 3.
SPA TOURNAMENTS still on the JUNE AGENDA are the BILL SELLERS ATLANTIC COAST NATIONAL in BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA JUNE 1 through JUNE 3; the SPA 75'S PLUS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in BARBERTON, OHIO JUNE 6/7-6/10; THEE 2012 SPA BUICKEYE CLASSIC 6/12-6/16 AND 6/21-6/24 BARBERTON,OHIO and the PEACH STATE CLASSIC at MARIETTA , GEORGIA 6/12-6/24.. Information on these and other 2012 SPA events can be found at the SPA tournament web site: