THEE 2012 SPA BUCKEYE CLASSIC QUALIFIER

by Ho Hoffman 29. June 2012 13:47

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.

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BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA HOSTS BILL SELLARS

by Ho Hoffman 26. June 2012 12:08

ATLANTIC COAST NATIONALS ENTERTAIN TWENTY TEAMS

BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA – The BILL SELLARS ATLANTIC COAST TOURNAMENTSPA SPRING NATIONALS crowned six new champions as twenty teams squared-off at Burlington, North Carolina.

The second seeded CAROLINA CARDINALS flew through the four-team 70's Division beating the BURLINGTON CLASSICS 18-7 and the RICHMOND CLASSICS twice by scores of 14-11 and 16-13 to take the 70's crown. Also in the 70's division was the GEORGIA CLASSICS.

The TRIANGLE MASTERS unloaded the bats in the third game of the best two-out-of-three to beat OMEGA QSE CONSTRUCTION 40-22 to take the 55 MAJOR title. The Construction gang had taken the first game 26-17 before losing the second game 26-19 to set up the third game showdown.

In the five-team 50/55 bracket it was a three game sweep for REALITY CHECK and they knocked off STRIKE ZONE and then disposed of the CAROLINA COBRAS twice (22-10, 25-18) to add another trophy to their awards case. Other teams in the group were TIDEWATER NICHOLS and BLACKBURN TRUCKING.

The ROMANS II came back from a 23-21 loss to NORTHERN VIRGINIA FORCE to win the next two by scores of 22-19 and 14-11 to capture the 60 MAJOR CROWN.

The CHARLOTTE SENIORS battled their way back from the loser's bracket with a trio of one-run wins (CODE ELECTRIC 14-13, CH ENGINEERING 19-18 and LOU'S ROYALS 15-14). The win over LOU'S ROYALS also forced an “if” game but LOU's had a little bit more left in the gas tank winning 17-12 and with it the 60 AAA crown.

TIDEWATER 65's took the three-team 65's title beating FLIP DOW twice (31-22, 20-18). PATRICK HENRY was the third team in the race.

All teams who finished first and/or second in the SPA BILL SELLARS ATLANTIC COAST NATIONAL earned spots in the inaugural SPA 2012 WORLD SERIES in JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA October 31 and November 1,2 and 3.

Information on future SPA tournaments can be found on the SPA TOURNAMENT CALENDAR SITE

http://www.softball-spa.com/SPAData/CalendarPrint.aspx

 

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SPA 75 WORLDS FIRST TRIP TO THE NORTH A SUCCESS

by Ho Hoffman 14. June 2012 17:10

12 75+ AA AND AAA TEAMS COMPETE IN BARBERTON, OHIO

TEXAS GREYHOUNDS AND AKRON 75'S TAKE WORLD TITLES

BARBERTON, OHIO – SPA'S first trip up North was a success as the SPA 75+ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS drew TWELVE AA and AAA TEAMS to BARBERTON, OHIO. The past three years the biggest previous turnout in DALTON had been seven teams.

“We thought we would take a try in moving the tournament up north this year and the results were encouraging,” SPA president RIDGE HOOKS said, “ We will now sit down and discuss all the different options we have available for 2013 before deciding if we will hold next year's tournament in Barberton, Dalton or some other location.”

If the tournament would return to Barberton in 2013 the date would be moved to August so as not to conflict with THEE Buckeye Classic which will be hosting their 75+ Division Qualifier in June.

The two big winners in this year's SPA 75+ World Championships came from different areas of the softball world. The TEXAS GREYHOUNDS traveled the longest distance to win the AAA title while the AKRON 75's never had to leave home in winning the AA crown.

The AKRON 75's beat CFI (Michigan) 21-20 in the championship game. CFI reached that plateau by disposing of the INDY SILVER FOXES 15-1 in the loser's bracket game. AKRON had sent CFI to the loser's bracket earlier in the tournament by winning 25-20.

It was the first National Championship for the AKRON 75's in their first year as a 75's team.

The TEXAS GREYHOUNDS downed the SYRACUSE CYCLONE 75's 21-12 in the title game to also take their first SPA 75+ title. The GREYHOUNDS defeated the ANTIQUE 75's (Kansas) 21-18 ; INDY CROWNS 24-20 and SYRACUSE 16-10 in their first go-around on the way to the championship game .in their march to the championship.

SYRACUSE started its journey to the title game by edging the LOUISVILLE THUNDER 16-15; HAMELS (MD) 75's 25-17, then the first loss to TEXAS before beating PROHEALTH CARE (WIS) 16-13 to reach the finals.

Final order of finish was TEXAS GREYHOUNDS; SYRACUSE CYCLONES; PROHEALTH CARE; INDY CROWNS; NAMI CONSTRUCTION and HAMEL'S 75's; ANTIQUES 75's and LOUISVILLE THUNDER and the BARRACUDAS (NY).

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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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