WOMEN'S TWITTY TOURNAMENT PACKS THEM IN

by Ho Hoffman 28. June 2013 12:05

    HENDERSONVILLE EVENT A BIG HIT

 

HENDERSONVILLE, TENNESSEE - If the attendance figure means anything, HENDERSONVILLE, TENNESSEE can expect to be a regular on SOFTBALL PLAYER'S ASSOCIATION (SPA) woman's tournament tour.

THIRTY-NINE teams from 13 STATES and ONTARIO PROVINCE participated in the SPA- TWITTY SENIOR WOMEN'S NIT held at DRAKE PARK JUNE 13-16, The totalwasonly one less (40 teams) than attendance at the DALTON NATIONALS.

What a great time we had at HENDERSONVILLE, they put on a fantastic tournament, “SPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RIDGE HOOKS said, “The turnout was especially encouraging and shows the SPA WOMEN'S SOFTBALL program is on the rise. You can expect we will be making HENDERSONVILLE an annual tournament.”

ARKANSAS SYNERGY and TEAM HAS BEEN went at it in the two-team 35+ DIVISION with ARKANSAS downing the HAS BEEN's in straight sets 17-2 and 23-22 for the “young kid's” crown.

KRYPTONITE had a tough road to winning the 40/45 DIVISION TITLE. After an early bracket win against the CAROLINA SNIPERS (24-15) they found themselves having to beat HITS and GIGGLES twice to win the championship.

KRYPTONITE edged HITS & GIGGLES in a second round bracket game (17-16) sending the TENNESSEE team into the losers bracket. HITS&GIGGLES bounced back to force an “IF” game with KRYPTONITE winning 20-13 before losing to KRYPTONITE in the title game.

CHICKS WITH STICKS was the fourth team in the 40/45 group.

The TENNESSEE STARS ran the table in the 50AAA bracket beating the SASSY SENIORS 16-5, PHENOMONAL LADIES 17-6 and the LADIES again 19-12 in the championship game.

The other two teams in the five-team bracket were the LADY LOOKOUTS and SHO-ME 50's.

 Another wire-to-wire winner was the DREAMGIRLZ in the 50 MAJOR bracket. The DREAMGIRLZ took no prisoners in the bracket opener beating SERIOUS FUN 30-12 and followed it up with a 15-10 win over the JOLICO 50's.

The DREAMGIRLZ wrote “finish” to their day's work defeating JOLICO 50's in the championship game 27-12.

Rounding out the five-team 50 MAJOR bracket were the GOLDEN GIRLS and SUNNY BEACHES.

In the three-team 55+ DIVISION, SHOW-ME showed everyone else by taking thecrown with three straight wins. The MISSOURI squad beat JOLICO 55's 13-10, NOREASTERS 16-10 and JOLICO 55's 18-13 in the championship game.

Six teams went after the GOLD in the 60+ bracket with JOLICO 60's upholding the honor of their sister teams in the other age groups, by going 3-0 on the way to the title.

The JOLICO 60's made it 1-2-3 in beating the the FUN BUNCH (16-14), SOUTHERN STARS (21-6) and FUN BUNCH (14-10) again in the title game. Also participating inthe 60's + group were GOLDEN GIRLS, MISSOURI FLASHBACKS and OHIO CARDINALS.

It was payback time in the 65+ DIVISION for what happened in the 60+ bracket. This time it was a FUN BUNCH 65's team beating a JOLICO team for the championship as FUN BUNCH upended JOLICO 65's 23-8 for the crown.

Rounding out the six team 65+ bracket were KENTUCKY FILLIES, BLUE CHICKS, GOLDEN GIRLS 65'S and SMOKEY MOUNTAIN STARS.

The FREEDOM SPIRITS and the SPORTACULARS monopolized the excitement in the 70 MAJOR Division.

First the SPIRITS sent the CANADIANS into the loser's bracket 21-20 in thetournament's first game. FREEDOM SPIRIT then ushered OHIO TRI-STARS to theloser's bracket where they (TRI-STARS) were eliminated by the SPORTACULARS.

The SPORTACULARS beat FREEDOM SPIRITS to force the “IF” game and then wonthe 70 MAJOR TITLE downing the SPIRITS 22-7.

The 70 AAA crown went to “the home town team”. The TENNESSEE SENIOR STARS went 3-0 in bracket play beating the CHATTANOOGA CHARGERS (22-18), GOLDEN GIRLS (13-12) and the THOROUGHBREDS 16-2 for the title.

All teams who finished first and/or second at SPA TWITTY SENIOR WOMENS NIT earned spots in the SPA 2013 WORLD SERIES at JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA NOVEMBER 7-NOVEMBER 10, 2013.

The woman's teams have a busy schedule ahead of them starting in AUGUST as SPA'S schedule shows:

8/22-25 – WOMAN'S MASTER WORLDS (35,40,45) at IRVING, TEXAS

8/22-25 – LINE DRIVE SPORTS WOMAN'S TOURNAMENT at MAUMEE,OHIO

9/19-22 – SPA WOMAN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (50-75) AT DALTON, GEORGIA,

9/20-22 - SPA WOMAN'S MASTERS EASTERN CHAMPIONSHIP (35,40,45) at DALTON, GEORGIA

11/7-10 – WOMAN'S WORLD SERIES (ALL AGES) JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA

The woman's program is really taking off,” LAYLA BRYAN, SPA ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and HENDERSONVILLE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR said, “For a first time tournament here in HENDERSONVILLE to bring in 39 teams is fantastic. We are also getting a lot of entries for the MAUMEE tournament, another first time host.”

It just shows the woman want to play at new places and against new teams. Teams get tired of going to the same places and playing the same teams and this year SPA has recognized that fact and has been working to meet the team's wants,” BRYAN added, “This is going to be a big year for the SPA WOMAN'S PROGRAM”

 

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MID-SOUTH NIT CROWNS EIGHT CHAMPIONS

by Ho Hoffman 25. June 2013 12:38

   CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIA DELLINGER PARK SITE

 

CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIA – Eight teams went home with the top prize at the APRIL 18-21 MID-SOUTH NIT held at DELLINGER PARK in CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIA.

Leading the parade of champions was TEAM 1 SPORTS in the 50 PLATINUM DIVISION. ADDIKTIVE SPORTS and TENNESSEE ADL finished 2-3 behind the champs.

The 50 GOLD DIVISION saw the LIGHTHOUSE LOOKOUTS take the top prize followed by RAM SOFTBALL and LANGSTON PAINT.

CRYSTAL PHARMACY capturedthe title in the 55 PLATINUM BRACKET while ATLANTA RECYCLE and COLUMBUS 55's took second and third place.

In the 60 PLATINUM GROUP, TAG SOFTBALL bettered GA/AL MASTERS for the crown while EXTREME HEAT downed BORDER STATES for the 65 GOLD top spot.

COLUMBUS LX left CARTERSVILLE with 60 GOLD crown while the STRYKERS took the runner-up spot and BY GRACE REDEEMED third place.

The 60 SILVER championship went to L&M BUILDERS with ED'S ALUMINUM capturing the 70 PLATINUM top award.

All teams who finished first and/or second at MID-SOUTH NIT earned spots in the SPA 2013 WORLD SERIES in the HOUSTON, TEXAS SPORTSPLEX OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 3, 2013.

 

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LAKERS DISCOVER SECRET TO SENIOR SOFTBALL

by Ho Hoffman 24. June 2013 16:16

TREAT TOURNAMENTS AS MORE THAN JUST A GAME

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANNA - The LAKE CHARLES LAKERS 50's MEN'S travel team has discovered what teams which have been playing for decades have never realized..SENIOR SOFTBALL IS MORE THAN JUST PLAYING THE GAME.

We enjoy playing softball together as a team, but we (husbands, wives, children) just enjoy participating in an activity we all can share with each other,” Lakers' WES MCFADDEN said.

The LAKERS are as close to be a family team as you can get without all the players being related. Having all grown up together going to school, playing pre-senior softball together, going to each others weddings, celebrating birthdays and attending other special monthly occasions as a group.

The guys even play together or against each other in a basketball and/or golf leagues.

We are pretty much like a big family,” MCFADDEN said,”We enjoy being together both on-and-of the field.. The wives, kids, grand kids, friends all get together and follow the team to tournaments”

Tournament time is jusy like a family reunion with picnics after the game, parties at the hotel and pool parties with their own boom box and adult refreshments.”

Although MCFADDEN and JOHNNY JOHNSON take care of the softball part of the team, JOHNSON'S wife BRIGITTE is basically the SOCIAL DIRECTOR and along with DEBBIE DAVID handle the social aspect and travel portfolio of the LAKERS.

BRIGITTE along with DEBBIE check out hotels, restaurants and other things we can do at the tournaments,”MCFADDEN said, “ Those two along with my wife LYNN and the other wives work together planning the once-a-month off season activities like fish fries and even Mardi-Gras events.”

MCFADDEN along with JOHNSON started the team four years ago and today they have around twenty-two players available for travel ball and they need all of them.

Being a 50's team the players are still working so it is hard for guys to make every tournament.” MCFADDEN said, “ Guys pick and choose what tournaments they can attend, so having that many players works out well for us.”

Of course the main thing which keeps them together is softball and at the MAY LONESTAR TOURNAMENT in HOUSTON, they showed they were more than just a “party team”.

There was also no skin left on their collective teeth as they edged the BULLETS 23-22 in the bracket opener; disposed of the BUCS 28-24 and beat the BULLETS 24-23 for the championship.

We did just enough to win,”MCFADDEN said, “But with the wives and fans cheering us on, we just sucked it up played good defense and came up with the key hits to win our first SPA championship”.

The team's determination along with the fan base's cheering also caught the eye of SPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RIDGE HOOKS.

I wish we would have had a movie camera to tape what was going on,” HOOKS said, “ I would then like to share it with all the other SPA teams to show them what SENIOR SOFTBALL is all about.”

It is really great to see a team like the LAKERS fans get so involved in the game, having fun and cheering their team on,”HOOKS said, “It was so great to see, everyone at the tournament just enjoyed their spirit.”

The LAKERS did not so well at PENSACOLA, falling into the loser's bracket early and playing three back-to-back games before finally losing and taking fourth place.

We were a little worn out on that one,”MCFADDEN said, “But you know winning and losing is part of the game and you win some and you lose some, so it isn't that big of a deal.”

What is really important to us is that at our age we are still able to play this game and share the experience with wives and friends, people who we grew up with.”MCFADDEN added.” That is what is so special about playing, not the winning but the opportunity to participate together and enjoy each others friendship. That is the most important thing to us.”

Now if the LAKERS could just bottle that message and send to every other senior softball team, everybody would be able to share the fun and enjoyment they have.

Current members of the LAKE CHARLES LAKERS are: MCFADDEN, JOHNNY JOHNSON, DAVID JOHNSON, HARLEY SHUFF, LARRY SHUFF, KEVIN RICHARD, GARY DAVID, JIMMIE GRIFFIN, KENNETH GRIFFIN, HARVEY GRIFFIN, JIMMY BOUDREAUX (ASSISTANT COACH), TED PERRODIN, ROBERT BROUSSARD, JOHN JESSEN, MICHAEL VINCENT,, WAYNE CRADER, EARL PARKER, DARRELL GUILLORY, WAYNE FRUGE, GUS JOHNSON, BUTCH DOWIES, BUBBA DOGA and BOBBY STOLLSTEIMER.

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THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC TOPS 80 AA AND AAA TEAMS

by Ho Hoffman 19. June 2013 11:45

TEAMS FROM 18 STATES AND CANADA INVADE BARBERTON

 

BARBERTON,OHIO – It was another record breaking attendance record for THEE SPA BUCKEYE CLASSIC as eighty-three AA and AAA from eighteen states and Canada participated in the 15 separate divisions tournament.

As the word goes out about THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC our popularityseemsto grow,” co-tournament director RED BOLE said, “ Five years ago as an SSUSA tournament we hosted 24 teams and the following year as an INDEPENDENT event we climbed to 54 teams. With SPA the last three years the total has increased from 72-to-75 and this year to 83.”

With the increase in teams, the increase in awards also goes with the territory. Thisyear THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC awarded SIXTEEN FIRST PLACE TEAM AWARDS, FOURTEEN RUNNER-UP TEAM AWARDS and over 250 SPORTS BAGS as individual awards.

Despite losing two days of the thirteen day event due to rain, all divisions in the six-game round robin event went down to the wire with tie breakers more of the norm than the exception.

 

SEVENTEEN-TEAMS 75'S DIVISION

In the five-team 75's SCARLET competition HAMEL'S BUILDERS (MD), PEPCO (OH) and BACK OFFICE (MASS) all tied for first place and also in head-to-head competition. In the third tie breaker runs allowed in the head-to-headshowing, HAMEL'S allowed 25 runs, PEPCO 26 and BACKOFFICE 27. PFEIFFER AUTO (MICH) and PROHEALTH CARE (WISC) rounded out the five-team bracket.

The GREY five-team division saw the CHICAGO GEEZERS (IL) edge PEACHTREE RESTAURANT (PA) in a tie-breaker with MICHIGAN MILLER'S (MICH) and the INDY CROWNS (IND) just out of the picture. LOUISVILLE THUNDER (KY) completed the field.

DELAWARE DIAMONDS (DEL) downed the MICHIGAN LAKERS (MICH) 10-2 in a battle of 5-0 teams to take seven-team GOLD bracket. The NY STATESMEN (NY) finished third at 4-2 followed by INDIANA SILVER FOXES (IND), NAMI CONSTRUCTION (NJ), CFI (MICH) and AKRON 75's (OH).

 

TWENTY-TWO TEAMS 70'S DIVISIONS

Rain played a big factor in all four 70's brackets washing out one day of the three-day event as well as two of the six scheduled games. The result was teams did not get to complete all their in-bracket games leading to tie-breakers in all brackets.

In the AAA GREY bracket, the tie breaker formula was still even after going to the third one, so MONKEY JOE'S (NJ) and SILVER SNEAKERS (IL) were declared co-champs. Both teams were 3-0 in their bracket and tied in runs allowed within the bracket.

Ironically it was the second consecutive co-title for the SNEAKERS, who also shared a championship with KNAPHEIDE in the ROUTE 66 tournament.

Also competing in the six-team GREY BRACKET were INDIANAPOLIS CLASSICS (IND), FEDELE'S BROOKHOUSE RESTAURANT (NY), CAROLINA CARDINALS (NC) and BRENNAN'S AKRON 70's (OH).

In the six-team SCARLET group, MICHIANA MERCHANTS (MICH) and MIKE'S RAIDERS (OH) both tied with identical 3-0 marks in bracket play and 4-0 overall but MICHIANA got the championship nod on least runs allowed.

The MICHIGAN KNIGHTS (MICH), JERSEY JAGS (NJ), PITTSBURGH GOLD (PA) and BAILEY”S TALENT CAVALIERS (VA) completed the bracket,

Tie breakers were also the name of the game in the two 70 AA BRACKETS.. DORCHESTER CANADIANS (Ont) edged the SYLVANIA 70's (OH) in runs allowed tiebreaker to claim the GOLD DIVISION while BRANTFORD NISSAN (ONT) also won on runs allowed, sneaking by CENTRAL OHIO 70's (OH) to win the SILVER DIVISION.

Also participating in the two five-team 70's AA BRACKETS were MTX (KY), MICHIGAN SPIRIT (MICH), RAINBOWS (OH), MISSISSAUGA LEGENDS (ONT), MICH-INDY (IND) and OLDE D's (MICH)

 

FOURTEEN 65'S TEAMS DIVISION

Rain also played a factor in the two 65's divisions as rain washed out the first day resulting in a 7:00 AM start the second day to get FOUR GAMES played for each team.

CUSTOM GRAPHICS (GA) made their first trip to BARBERTON a rewarding one as their (4-0) mark topped a pair of (3-1) records from RUNNER-UP RUSH TRUCKING (MICH) and third place UNIVERSAL MECHANICAL/COSSA (OH). HAMEL'S (MD), PRONIO SPORTS (OH), STAHL POST #30 (DEL) and ROCHESTER CLASSICS (NY) rounded out the seven-team 65 AAA group.

In the 65's AA, it was JIM and JOE'S (KY) nosing out CHICAGO STRIKERS (IL) in a tie breaker to win the AA seven-team bracket. Others in the AA division were U.S. DOT JOBS (IND), BRANTFORD NISSAN 65'S (ONT), MISSISSAUGA LEGENDS (ONT), KENTUCKIANA (IND) and SYLVANIA 65's (OH).

 

TWELVE 60'S TEAMS DIVISION

The big news was no rain!! All twelve teams in the three divisions got their six games in with no need for tie beakers.

The SYRACUSE MERCHANTS (NY) won the AAA division going 5-1 in the round robin event which pitted each team with two games against each other.

BRICKYARD (IND) won the tiebreaker with the MINUTEMEN PEPCO SFS (OH) for runner-up with both teams finishing 3-3. Fourth place was the DAYTON LEGENDS squad.

The 60 AA SCARLET and GREY DIVISION titles turned into an ALL-CANADIAN championship celebration. CAVCO (ONT) won the SCARLET BRACKET while BRANTFORD NISSAN 60's (ONT) took the GREY crown.

Runner-up honors in the SCARLET went to OHIO SILVERADO'S (OHIO) with MAUMEE BAY RAPTORS (OHIO) finishing second in the GREY. Other teams participating in the 60 AA group were THE BOMB SQUAD (MICH), PRONIO SPORTS 60'S (OH), N.E. OHIO SENIORS (OHIO) and INDY FOG (IND).

 

SIX 55'S TEAMS DIVISION

The GOLDEN VIPERS (MICH) and MINUTEMEN SFS (OHIO) tied at 5-1 and at head-to-head competition. Least runs allowed between the two teams in head-to-head went to the GOLDEN VIPERS 57-76, giving them the 55's DIVISION CROWN.

RIVER ROOM POKER CLUB (OH), SYLVANIA ALLSHRED (OH), DURHAM SILVER STICKS (ONT) and DAYTON LEGENDS (OH) rounded out the six-team field.

 

TEN 50'S TEAMS DIVISION

In the 50's SCARLET DIVION, there were no ANGELS in the OUTFIELD but MICHELLE'S BOYS (OH) had an ANGEL (MICHELLE) watching down on themfrom above as they eked out a tie-breaker decision to win the SCARLET CROWN and dedicated the title to MICHELLE..

The CHICAGO PRIME (ILL) took runner-up honors in the five-team SCARLET group followed by BUCKEYE CLASSICS (OH), WINDSOR FOG DEVILS (ONT) and CAPP”S STEEL (OH).

The EAST-WEST OUTLAWS (PA) took no prisoners as they went 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the Division to claim the GREY DIVISION title. Runner-up honors went to OG's (KY).

UNIVERSAL MECHANICAL (OH), SYLVANIA EAGLES SOFTBALL (OH) and STRABANE SNPJ LODGE #139 (PA) rounded out the five-team division.

 

A SAD NOTE FROM THE TOURNAMENT

LONG-TIME SENIOR SOFTBALL PLAYER, JOHN WARNERS, THE FIRST BASEMAN ON THE 75 DIVISION PFEIFFER AUTO TEAM SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK AFTER DINNER MONDAY NIGHT AND PASSED AWAY.

I KNOW YOUR PRAYERS AS WELL AS OURS GO OUT TO BOTH THE WARNERS AND PFEIFFER AUTO FAMILIES FOR THEIR UNTIMELY LOSS.

All teams who finished first and/or second at THEE 2013 SPA BUCKEYE CLASSIC earned spots in the SPA 2013 WORLD SERIES in the HOUSTON, TEXAS SPORTSPLEX OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 3, 2013..

 

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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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