SEVENTY-FOUR MENS' AND WOMENS' TEAMS PLAY IN COLUMBUS
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Despite competing tournaments in Michigan and Syracuse, the SPA HEART of OHIO tournament outdrew the combined efforts of the other two with SEVENTY-FOUR teams participating. at the BERLINER complex.
“It was a good turnout with nine brackets participating in the mens' group and five in the woman's, “LARRY MILLIRON, SPA representative said, “We did have some rain which set us back a couple of hours but for the most part everything was on schedule.
SPORTACULARS OF CANADA rebounded from a 1-and-2 record in pool play to take the four-team woman's 70 DIVISION beating the top seed FREEDOM SPIRITS of FLORIDA in the title game. The TENNESSEE SENIOR STARS and GOLDEN GIRLS 70's rounded out the field.
In the 65's GROUP the KENTUCKY FILLIES went 6-0 in pool and tournament play to take the four-team bracket championship. The story of the 65's DIVISION was the comeback play of the BLUE CHICKS.
The CHICKS lost all three games in pool play plus their first game in bracket play but bounced back by beating the TRI-STARS 8-6 and GOLDEN GIRLS 10-9 before losing to the FILLIES in the championship game.
The GOLDEN GIRLS took no prisoners as they rolled through the 60's Division with a perfect 7-0 mark aided by a 17-14 win over the FUN BUNCH in the title game.
The OHIO CARDINALS took third in the eight-team bracket with the JOLICO SENIORS 60's fourth. Rounding out the field were the MO FLASHBACKS, GREY POWER of CANADA, OHIO SILVER BUCKEYE SPIRITS and the SMOKEY MOUNTAIN STARS.
The MARYLAND ROADRUNNERS avenged an earlier 16-11 loss to the JOLICO 55's in pool play to beat them twice in bracket play 11-5 and 12-11 in the 55's DIVISION championship game. N.Y. METRO'S DOUBLE PLAY finished third followed by the WANNA BEE'S 55's and SHO-ME 55's.
In the 11-team 50's group, the DREAM GIRLZ compiled an undefeated 7-0 record including a 23-6 defeat of the JOLICO SENIOR 50's in the championship game. JOLICO had an impressive 5-2 mark, including four wins in the loser's bracket. Their only defeats came at the hands of the DREAM GIRLZ.
Taking third place were the PHENOMENAL LADIES followed by the GOLDEN GIRLS, TENNESSEE STARS 50's< SERIOUS FUN, OHIO ROCKERS, TNT, LADY LOOKOUTS, SASSY SENIORS and SHOW ME 50's.
The INDY CROWNS edged PROHEALTH 16-14 in the title game to win the four-team AAA 75's group. MICHIGAN MILLER'S and the LOUISVILLE THUNDER rounded out the field.
The COSSA 75's made the most of the home field advantage beating AKRON 75's 35-20 and 22-12 to win the 75's AA crown. The INDIANA SILVER FOXES completed the three-team bracket.
In the four-team 70AA Bracket the DORCHESTER CANADIANS downed the COSSA 70's 16-12 for the title. MISSISSAUGA LEGENDS and DAYTON LEGENDS rounded out the bracket.
BRENNAN'S 70's defeated the INDY CLASSICS 18-11 in the “IF” game to take the three-team 70's Division. INDY set up the extra game by beating BRENNAN'S 19-16. PEPCO was the third team in the group.
COSSA 65's came out of the loser's bracket to beat the DAYTON LEGENDS twice 31-25 and 21-20 to win the the four-team 65AA Division. U.S. JOBS INDY and the MISSISSAUGA LEGENDS completed the the AA grouping.
WINDSOR CHIEFS added another OHIO title to their trophy case beating DOC MARTENS 18-13 for the 65 AAA title. WRIGHT STATE and BRANTFORD NISSAN rounded out the four-team field.
INDIANA LEGENDS/CAMPBELL TIRE edged the WINDSOR CHIEFS 60's 10-9 in the title game to win the eight-team 60's DIVISION. The BRICKYARD CLASSICS finished third followed by MIAMI LAKES SPORTS, DAYTON LEGENDS 60'S< OHIO SILVERADO'S, OSHKOSH AMBASSADORS, and DAYTON CLASSICS.
In the 55's the CENTRAL ILLINOIS CHIEFS made their first trip to an OHIO tournament a profitable one as they beat SMITH'S LAMINATING 21-12 for the 55's crown. Rounding out the five-team division were the DAYTON LEGEND'S 55's, BRICKYARD LEGENDS and MINUTE MEN/SFS/KMB.
THE CATCH rebounded from losing their first pool game 25-17 to go undefeated the rest of the way and end it with a 25-6 victory over runner-up BRICKYARD SOFTBALL II. Coming in third in the five-team 50's bracket was TWIN CITY MOTORS followed by UNIVERSAL MECHANICAL SOFTBALL and DAYTON LEGENDS HITMEN.
All teams who finished first and/or second in the The HEART OF OHIO TOURNAMENTearned spots in the inaugural SPA 2012 WORLD SERIES in JACKSONVILLE,FLORIDA October 31 and November 1,2 and 3.