PEACH STATE CLASSIC DRAWS THIRTY-FIVE TEAMS
MARIETTA, GEORGIA – SPA'S highest attended tournament in the SOUTH ( except for the DALTON WORLDS) again filled the AL BISHOP COMPLEX to capacity drawing THIRTY-FIVE teams to theannual MARIETTA, GEORGIA event.
The JUNE 20-23 TOURNAMENT could have easily had more teams if it had not been limited due to field availability. As it was TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR ROBBIE FAUCETT had to stop taking entries in mid-May, six weeks prior to the start of the event.
“I just wish we had more room for more teams,” FAUCETT said, “I hate when we have to turn away teams. Teams who have attended in the past know we fill up quickly and they get their entry in way ahead of time to make sure they have a spot.”
!n 2014, FAUCETT may get his wish. Because of renovations which will be made at the AL BISHOP COMPLEX, the tournament may be moved to a complex with more fields until AL BISHOP'S remodeling is completed..”
“They will be renovating AL BISHOP complex next year, so we will probably have to move for a year,” FAUCETT said, “ We already have the other facility picked out and it isn't that far from AL BISHOP. As soon as everything is confirmed we will make the announcement, so the teams can sign up early.”
FAUCETT firmly believes the secret to getting teams to attend not only the PEACH STATE CLASSIC but any tournamentis three things.
“The biggest factor is retention to hold the teams that have been coming,” he explained, “and to retain teams you have to start early each year with your planning and I mean real early, like six months ahead.”
“You can never plan too early or too much. Good planning is essential for any tournament,” FAUCETT added,” Finally and probably the most important, remember to treat the teams attending your tournament the way you would want to be treated at any tournament you attend.”
One of the planning issues, FAUCETT concentrates on most is to make certain the divisions have ample teams in them.
“I really work hard on trying to get enough (minimum of four teams) in each group so they don't have to play the same team over-and-over again in pool and bracket play,” the TD explained, “This way you can really have very competitive and exciting games.”
This year'sevent did just that with THIRTY-FIVE teams distributed among SEVEN COMPETITIVE DIVISIONS andwith no team playing out of it's age bracket.
Results of the PEACH STATE TOURNAMENT are as follows:
In the seven-team 50 PLATINUM group LANGSTON PAINTING ran the table inbracket play beating the KRYSTAL BALLERS 21-6 in the first round followed by a 25-21 win over MONSTER SOFTBALL 25-21. The “PAINTERS” then eked out a 29-28 verdict over ADIKTIVE SPORTS and finished off the run beating the “BALLERS” again in the title game, this time 21-6.
Runner-Up honors went to KRYSTAL BALLERS with ADIKTIVE SPORTS third. Rounding out the field were SOUTHERN ELITE, DT EXPRESS and ATL. MONARCH/MIKEN.
DOC C'S also ran the table going 3-0 in bracket play to take thesix- team 55 GOLD DIVISION. DOC'S started their march to the 55 GOLD TITLE beating COLUMBUS 55's 26-25, and then DIXIE SENIORS 20-16. In the title game they knocked off COLUMBUS 55's again, this time by a 20-5 count.
The OG'S 55's; ATLANTA RECYCLING and BY GRACE REDEEMED were the other teams in the bracket,
COLUMBUS LX went 4-0 in bracket play to win the largest division, the eight-team 60 GOLD group. COLUMBUS LX did it by beating MEMPHIS VETERANS 22-7, FMSI 9-8, L&M 16-9 and FMSI 27-12 in the title game.
Others in the 60 GOLD BRACKET were TAG TEAM, GA/AL, FLIP DOW and STRYKERS.
CUSTOM GRAPHICS survived a couple of close calls to win the five- team 65 GOLD group. The GRAPHICS squad started their title run beating TENNESSEE RV 15-4, escaped with an 11-10 win over SPORTS LETTERING and finished with a close 16-13 victory over BORDER STATES. The fifth team in the bracket was EXTREME HEAT.
BALE CHEVROLET took the top prize in the three-team 65 PLATINUM BRACKET by beating both of their competitors. BALE opened with a 23-10 win over PANHANDLE HITMEN and finished it off beating runner-up BEACH BOYZ 24-23 in a close one.
The 70 GOLD saw four teams GA CLASSICS, GA NUGGETS, LEIDEN'S LEGENDS and SENIOR MOMENTS square off for the title.
The NUGGETS had to fight off the CLASSICS for the crown in an “IF” game 18-17. The CLASSICS set up the title match by coming out of the loser's bracket and beating the NUGGETS 16-10.
In the 75+ GOLD match-up, PENSACOLA RIPTIDE downed GEORGIA MISMATCH in two straight (19-13,22-7) to win the best two-out-of-three and the championship.
All teams who finished first and/or second at the SPA PEACH STATE CLASSIC earned spots in the SPA 2013 WORLD SERIES in the HOUSTON, TEXAS SPORTSPLEX OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 3, 2013.