SEVENTY-FIVE AA/AAA TEAMS MAKE THE TRIP
BARBERTON, OHIO – Seventy-five teams (counting the 12 teams from the SPA 75's WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS June 8-11) made the trip to Barberton, Ohio for THEE 2012 SPA BUCKEYE CLASSIC the second and third weeks of June.
With 15 states and the province of Ontario represented champions were crowned in 15 divisions which included 70's (16/3 champs); 65's (15/3 champs); 60's (18/4 champs); 55's (6/2 champs) and 50's (8/2 champs).
The FARMER'S ALMANAC prediction of what the weather would be made back in October of 2011 was right on the mark as the entire tournament was played under sunny skies with temperatures ranging between 78-degrees and 90-degrees.
TOP SEEDS IN THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC 70's EXIT EARLY
SIXTEEN 70+ AA/AAA TEAMS CROWN THEE CHAMPIONS
BARBERTON, OHIO – Sixteen 70+ teams squared off in one six-team AA bracket and a pair of five-team AAA BRACKETS at THEE Buckeye Classic and it didn't pay off to be the top seed.
In all three Brackets the top seed was ushered to the sidelines early with Brennan’s 70's in the SCARLET AAA, PEPCO in the GRAY AAA and MICH-INDY in AA all going two-and-out. To make it even more amazing it was the number six seed Dorchester taking the AA crown with a trio of number five seeds PITSBURGH GOLD and the INDIANAPOLIS CLASSIC winning the SCARLET and GREY AAA brackets while BRANTFORD NISSAN won the AA title.
BRANTFORD NISSAN had the toughest route to the championship edging MISSISSAUGA LEGENDS 21-20 in their tournament opener; then beating the number one seed MICH-INDY 20-16 followed with a victory over the number three seeded OLD D's 27-21. A 15-14 loss to Dorchester forced an “IF” game with BRANTFORD gaining a 16-9 revenge win.
The number two seed in the six-team bracket, CENTRAL OHIO, also went two-and-out.
The number five seed INDIANA CLASSICS went four -and- zero in bracket play knocking of RED FEDELE'S BROOKHOUSE RESTAURANT 15-10; then number one seed PEPCO 19-14; number three seed CHICAGO GEEZERS 15-14 and finally a worn out PEACHTREE RESTAURANT team16-15.
Number two seed PEACHTREE fell into the losers bracket early losing their first game to the CHICAGO GEEZERS 17-15. They then went on a roll beating RED FEDELE'S BROOKHOUSE RESTAURANT 12-11; PEPCO 16-12 and came up up with NINE runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to edge the CHICAGO GEEZERS 19-18.
The PITTSBURGH GOLD took no prisoners on the way to the SCARLET DIVISION.title. First they beat number four seed BARRACUDAS 19-12 and followed it up with a 15-11 win over number one seed BRENNAN'S 70's. The PITTSBURGH GOLD edged the CAROLINA CARDINALS 17-16 before beating DIRECT EMPLOYERS 11-9 in the title game.
DIRECT EMPLOYERS took the long road to the finals losing their first game to the CAROLINA CARDINALS 17-16 before disposing of in order BARRACUDAS 21-6; BRENNAN'S 70's 19-18; and the CAROLINA CARDINALS 17-14,
FIFTEEN AA AND AAA 65'S BATTLE IN THREE SEPARATE BRACKETS
TITLES SPLIT BETWEEN CANADA AN EASTERN TEAM AND A HOMIE
BARBERTON, OHIO – Awards for the 60's AA and AAA brackets went to three different geographical areas as COSSA II 65's of Columbus took the AA bracket while the ROCHESTER (NY) CLASSICS claimed the 65 GRAY AAA DIVISION and the WINDSOR ONTARIO CHIEFS came out on top in the 65's SCARLET AAA DIVISION.
COSSA II took command from start to finish in the six-team AA group beating MISSISSAUGA (ONTARIO) LEGENDS 23-17, KENTUCKIANA 22-14 and MISSISSAUGA againfor the championship. It was a rough road for the runner-up CANADIAN team as they had to fight their way out of the loser's bracket for an impossible five-game afternoon.
MISSISSAUGA beat SYLVANIA (OHIO) 16-15, DAYTON LEGENDS (OHIO) 21-20 and KENTUCKIANA 25-13 to make it to the finals. The other team in the AA brackets were the COLUMBUS (INDIANA) SILVER STICKS.
ROCHESTER (NY) CLASSICS who won the 60's BUCKEYE CLASSIC AAA title in 2009 added the 65's AAA GRAY DIVISION crown to their trophy case edging RUSH TRUCKING (MICHIGAN) 15-14 in the five-team bracket championship game.
The ROCHESTER CLASSICS made it to the finals beating the CHICAGO STRIKERS 12-6 and RUSH TRUCKING 22-7 in an earlier game. RUSH TRUCKING advanced to the championship by disposing of WEST MICHIGAN 34-24 and BRANTFORD (ONTARIO) NISSAN 26-7.
The WINDSOR (ONTARIO) CHIEFS roared through the four-team SCARLET AAA DIVISION beating KAISER PERMANENTE (OHIO); RUSH TRUCKING (OHIO and KASIER PERMANENTE 22-16 in the championship game. KAISER reached the finals by beating HAMEL'S 65's (MARYLAND) 16-3 and MITCHEN TRUCKING 24-16..
EIGHTEEN 60+ TEAMS BATTLE IT OUT IN EVENLY SPLIT AA AND AAA DIVISIONS
NUMBER TWO SEEDS WIN THREE WHILE TOP SEED TAKES ONE TITLE
BARBERTON,OHIO – The four AA and AAA brackets went pretty much to form with three number two seeds and top seed STEEL DAWGS (60's GREY AAA) division championships.
The STEEL DAWGS started their run to the title with 20-5 win over number five seed DAYTON LEGENDS. They followed that up with a 20-19 victory against the BRICKYARD CLASSICS and finished it up with a 22-6 win over the DAYTON LEGENDS to take the five-team GREY AAA Division.
The DAYTON LEGENDS used wins against U.S.UTILITY (23-17); MIAMI LAKE/MARTINI's SERVICE (23-22) and the BRICKYARD CLASSICS (26-11) to reach the final game.
The number two seeded SYRACUSE MERCHANTS also made short work of the four-team SCARLET AAA DIVISION with wins against the SILVERADOS (15-0); INDIANA LEGENDS (18-13) and the WINDSOR ONTARIO CHEIFS (28-22).
The CHIEFS made it to the title game by disposing of the SILVERADOS (23-13) and INDIANA LEGENDS (26-25).
The MISSISSAUGA LEGENDS came out of the loser's bracket in the four team SCARLET AA DIVISION by first forcing an “IF” game with the ZEPPELINS (15-6) and then beat the KENTUCKY team 22-17 in the championship game.
The ZEPPELINS made it to the finals with a 29-13 win over the NORTHEAST OHIO SENIORS and a 25-20 win over MISSISSAUGA. The CANADIAN champs downed CENTRAL PA 17-9 to reach the title games.
It was an all CANADIAN final as CARR'S SHELL beat CAVCO 19-3 in the finals of the five-team GREY AA bracket. The number two seed CARR'S SHELL reached the finals with a 25-17 win over THE BOMB SQUAD and 10-2 over CAVCO.
CAVCO earned their spot in the finals with a pair of wins (17-11 and 19-5) over MAUMEE BAY RAPTORS. CAVCO was a nemesis the whole tournament with three of their wins being against MAUMEE BAY while the RAPTORS only losses in a 4-3 mark were to CAVCO.
MAUMEE BAY piled up the runs against MILLER TIME/CENTRAL PA with 11-10 and 30-24 wins..
DAYTON LEGENDS GET OFF THE FLOOR AND WIN “IF” GAME IN 55'S AAA
WINDSOR CHIEFS BEAT WHOLESALE BUILDERS IN GOLD 55'S BATTLE
BARBERTON, OHIO – THE DAYTON LEGENDS 55'S took the longest road possible to winning the four-team 55's division title. After losing their first game in bracket play 26-13 to the MINUTEMEN/SFS (CLEVELAND), DAYTON beat the OHIO SILVERADOS 19-15 and the BRICKYARD (INDIANA) CLASSICS 33-36 to earn a rematch with the MINUTEMEN/SFS.
DAYTON forced the “IF” game with a 25-24 walk-off two run homer in the first game and then came up with the defensive stops in the seventh inning of the second game for a 21-19 CHAMPIONSHIP victory.
In a special two-out-of-three battle between the 2011 DALTON CHAMPS, the WINDSOR (ONTARIO) CHIEFS and the 2011 DALTON RUNNER-UPS, the WHOLESALE WAREHOUSE team from PENNSYLVANIA, the CANADIANS came out on top.
WINDSOR took both games by scores of 30-23 and 23-22.
EIGHT TEAMS BATTLE IN SCARLET AND GREY 50'S AAA DIVISIONS
OHIO TEAMS WIN BOTH 50'S DIVISIONS
BARBERTON,OHIO – THEE SPA 2012 BUCKEYE CLASSIC brought down the curtain on this year's tournament with two OHIO teams taking the final two championships, numbers thirteen an fourteen of the two week tournament.
DAYTON VICKERS took the SCARLET TITLE going undefeated in bracket play with wins over the BUCKEYE CLASSICS, K SHEERAN (MICHIGAN) and CAPP'S STEEL (OHIO) in the championship game..
UNIVERSAL MECHANICAL SOFTBALL (COLUMBUS,OHIO) had to survive an “IF” game but beat upstart STRABANE S.N.P.J. LODGE (PENNSYLVANIA) 23-13 for the 50'S GRAY DIVISION TITLE. Rounding out the four-team division were the SILVER LEAGUE ALL STARS and SYLVANIA ALLSHRED.
All teams who finished first and/or second in the THEE 2012 SPA BUCKEYE CLASSIC earned spots in the inaugural SPA 2012 WORLD SERIES in JACKSONVILLE,FLORIDA October 31 and November 1,2 and 3.