FIRST YEAR TOURNAMENT DRAWS 24 TEAMS
HOUSTON, TEXAS – The SPA FIRST YEAR LONE STAR NIT TOURNAMENT held at the HOUSTON SPORTSPLEX had a successful entry into senior softball drawing TWENTY-FOUR teams to the MAY 2-5 event.
The tournament, which incidentally was held at the same site of the OCTOBER SPA MENS WORLD SERIES SHOWDOWN, crowned SEVEN DIVISION CAHAMPIONS.
“It was a great start for this tournament,” TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR and SPA ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LAYLA BRYAN said, “We had a lot of exciting games and the teams really seemed to be enjoying themselves. I really think the LONE STAR TOURNAMENT can develop into one of the biggest and best tournaments in the southwest.”
No team seemed to enjoy themselves more than the LOUISIANA LAKE CHARLES LAKERS, who took the 50AAA GOLD TITLE edging the (TEXAS) BULLETS 24-23 in the title game. Making games interesting was the MO for the LAKERS throughout the tournament as they also got by the (TEXAS) BUCS 28-24 and the BULLETS 23-22 in an earlier game.
The BULLETS downed the BUCS 26-20 to reach the final game. The (TEXAS) MIXED BREED completed the four-team field.
Five teams squared-off in the 50's MAJOR PLATINUM DIVISION with WOOD LAW running the table finishing off the run with an 18-3 victory over AUSTIN ROCKS. WOOD LAW also beat RANDY SMITH LA SOFTBALL 32-22 and AUSTIN ROCKS 33-18 in an earlier bracket game.
AUSTIN ROCKS downed RANDY SMITH 32-19 to reach the title game. GONZALES INSULATION and NHS NEWAY HENDRICKS SPORTS were the other two teams in the bracket.
It was a “hot” time in the CHAMPIONSHIP GAME of the 55 GOLD DIVISION as the HOUSTON FIRE burned the TEXAS HEAT 26-24 for the crown. The FIRE also beat the third team in the bracket, SENIOR TEAM HOUSTON 21-16.
The HEAT reached the title game with a 24-21 win over TEAM HOUSTON.
The three-team 60 GOLD DIVISION saw TEXAS LONE STAR beat both of the other two combatants in the group to take the crown. The CHAMPS knocked off OOPS twice, 22-13 in the title game and 20-19 in a second-round game. The TEXAS THUNDER lost to both LONE STARS (23-22) and OOPS (16-14).
The (TEXAS) WHIRLY BIRDS GURU were flying high in downing the (TEXAS) LEFTOVERS 53-26 and 27-19 to take the two-team 65/70 TITLE.
The 70 GOLD DIVISION saw five teams battle it out for the CROWN, with HILL CONTRACTING coming out on top beating the TEXAS CLASSICS 20-19 in the finale. HILL also had a tough game in the tournament opener as they barely got by the TEXAS GREYHOUNDS 27-26. The SAN ANTONIO CRACKERS was their third victim 21-16.
The CLASSICS reached the finals with a 20-15 win over the CRACKERS. SECURA FARMS of LOUISIANNA rounded out the field.
THE SAN ANTONIO CRACKERS beat the TEXAN'S 75's twice, 21-16 and 21-14 to win the 75+ championship.
All teams who finished first and/or second in the 2013 SPA HOUSTON, LONE STAR NIT earned spots in the SPA 2013 WORLD SERIES in the HOUSTON, TEXAS SPORTSPLEX OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 3, 2013.