SPRINGS WERE HOT AT ARKANSAS TOURNAMENT

by Ho Hoffman 27. June 2014 12:47

 

        HOT SPRINGS EVENT WELCOMES NINETEEN TEAMS

HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS – Everything was hot, even the weather, at HOT SPRINGS. ARKANSAS KIMRY PARK MAY 22-25 as NINETEEN senior mens' softball teams participated in the SPA ARKANSAS INVITATIONAL NATIONAL QUALIFIER event.

SEVEN of the NINETEEN went home with FIRST PLACE AWARDS with winners being crowned in 50 AAA, 60 AA, 60 AAA, 65 AAA, 70 AAA, 75 AAA and 80's DIVISIONS in the DOUBLE ROUND ROBIN TOURNAMENT

The 50's TITLE was contested by four teams from four different states (OKLAHOMA, ARKANSAS, TENNESSEE, TEXAS) but when all was said and done the OKC RHINOS CELEBRATED ON TOP OF THE PODIUM.The champs went 5-1 in the round-robin format with only MCCAULEY SERVICE (ARK) (3-3) able to find a way to beat them. Both MEMPHIS 50 and ABS GRAPHICS (TEX) finished with identical 2-4 records.

The NATURALS 60'S won one for the home state as the ARKANSAS team compiled a 3-1 mark to edge the USA PATRIOTS (OK) (1-3) for the 60 AAA title while the DALLAS SPURS (2-2) took home the 60 AA crown.

The TEXAS LEGENDS dominated the 65 AAA group finishing in the top spot with a 3-1 record. LOUISIANA LEGENDS (1-3) and ARKNSAS'S CARRIAGE HOMES (1-3) finished 2-3 in the standings.

The TEXAS LEGENDS 70's duplicated the 65's effort by taking the 70 AAA title. The “LONE STAR STATE” boys finished with a 4-1 mark to outdistance ARKANSAS'S THE CRACKERBOX (3-2) and IOWA's MIDWEST EXPRESS (1-4) in the championship race.

HARRIS AUCTION 75's (ARKANSAS) was too much for the competition going undefeated at 4-0 to finish ahead of second place ANTIQUES OF KC (2-2) and third place CHICAGO GEEZERS 75's (0-4) in the 75 AAA bracket.

The TEXAS CLASSIC 80'S wrapped up the 2014 ARKANSAS INVITATIONAL SENIOR SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT competition taking home the top prize in the 80's bracket with an unblemished 4-0 record. The SOUTHWEST STARS (TEXAS) earned the runner-up spot with OKLAHOMA'S ROAD RUNERS finishing third.

 

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SEVENTY-SIX (NOT TROMBONES) LEAD THE BIG PARADE

by Ho Hoffman 25. June 2014 12:37

 

    THEE SPA 2014 BUCKEYE CLASSIC MAKES SWEET MUSIC

BARBERTON, OHIO – THEE 2014 SPA BUCKEYE CLASSIC, although down from the 2013 total of 82 teams, still made sweet music with 76 teams attending the Nation's Largest AA and AAA only senior softball tournament.

We were down a little from last year,” CO-TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR RED BOLE said, “We had a few last minute drops but actually it worked to our advantage allowing us to complete each day earlier and not running into city league games.”

In the last five years since joining SPA, THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC has drawn 362 teams. In the previous eleven years as a SSUSA tournament it drew a total of 330 teams.

Going with SPA was the best thing for us,” BOLE said, “All you have to do is look at the difference in attendance to see that.”

With teams from SIXTEEN STATES plus ONTARIO PROVINCE, THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC crowned champions in SIXTEEN ROUND ROBIN FORMAT BRACKET play..

The tournament got underway JUNE 2 with the 80's DIVISION playing at WADSWORTH'S MEMORIAL PARK and the FIFTEEN three division 75 BRACKETS participating at the BARBERTON SPORTS COMPLEX.

PROHEALTH (WIS) easily took the 80's DIVISION TITLE going 4-0 against HAMEL'S 80's (MD)(2-2) and AKRON,OHIO 80's (0-2).

PROHEALTH 75's duplicated their “elder bothers” winning the 75's SCARLET DIVISION. The WISCONSIN team and the ANTIQUES OF KC both finished with identical 5-1 marks but won on the head-to-head tie-breaker. Others in the SCARLET group were INDY CROWNS (3-2), CHICAGO GEEZERS (3-2), PEACHTREE (PA) RESTAURANT (2-5), MICHIGAN LAKERS (1-4) and BACK OFFICE (MA)(0-5).

The 75's GREY BRACKET also went to a tie-breaker, a 3-way tie-breaker. When the dust cleared the JERSEY JAGS (5-1,2-1) stood on top of the heap followed by NEW YORK STATESMEN (5-1,2-1), AKRON 75'S (5-1,2-1) and PFEIFFER'S AUTO (3-3,0-3).

Not wanting to break tradition, the 75's GOLD BRACKET also went to a tie-breaker as NAMI (NJ) CONSTRUCTION (2-3,2-1) edged out both runner-up LOUISVILLE (2-4, 2-1) and INDIANA SILVER FOXES (2-4,2-1). MICHIGAN MILLERS (0-6,0-3) rounded out the bracket.

The GOLD 70'S BRACKET saw MICHIANA MERCHANTS run the table (4-0,4-0) to take the title. COSSA (OHIO) was close behind at (4-1,3-1) followed by PITTSBURGH GOLD (3-3,2-2), JOB CENTRAL (IND)(2-3,1-3) and NEW JERSEY MASTERS (1-4,0-4).

BRANTFORD NISSAN (4-2,4-0) went home to CANADA with the suitcases a little heavier after winning team and individual awards in winning the 70's GREY DIVISION with an impressive (4-2,4-0) record.

Second place went to AKRON BRENNAN'S (4-1,3-1) followed by DORCHESTER CANADIANS (2-3,2-2), HAMELS (MD) 70'S (1-4,1-3) and BROOKHOUSE (NY) RESTAURANT (0-5,0-4).

FRICKERS SPORTS BAR/SYLVANIA,OHIO took the 70's SCARLET BRACKET with a (5-1) mark but the runner-up spot went to INDIANA CLASSICS (4-2) on the head-to-head tie-breaker with the MISSISSAUGA (ONT,CAN) LEGENDS (4-2). COLUMBUS SILVER STICKS (3-3), OLDE D'S (2-4) and GREEN DIAMOND GRILLE (0-6) made up the rest of the bracket.

INDIANA'S US DOT JOBS went undefeated at (6-0) to claim the 65's SCARLET BRACKET. SPICER PROPERTIES (MD)(4-2) nosed out NEW JERSEY MASTERS (4-2) on a head-to-head tie-breaker for the runner-up spot.

BRANTFORD NISSAN (3-3), MICHIGAN LAKERS (2-4), ROCHESTER CLASSICS (1-5) and NEO SENIORS (1-5) filled out the rest of the field.

The GREY BRACKET top prize went to undefeated MAGIC CITY SPORTS CARDS (OH) (6-0) while SYLVANIA (OH) 65's took home the AA trophy at 4-2. STAHL POST #30 (DE)(4-2), MISSISSAUGA (ONT,CA) LEGENDS (2-4), DAYTON (OH) LEGENDS 65'S (1-4) and ROCHESTER (NY) ROYALS (0-5) rounded out the bracket.

The 60's SCARLET BRACKET title was claimed by the SYRACUSE MERCHANTS (6-0,3-0) with the OHIO SILVERADO'S taking runner-up honors at (4-2,2-1), Also in the four-team bracket were GOLDEN VIPERS (MICH)(2-4,1-2) and the WINDSOR (ONTARIO,CAN) CHIEFS (1-5,0-3).

The MINUTEMEN/PEPCO/SFS (OHIO)(6-0,3-0) beat the BRICKYARD (IND) CLASSICS)(3-3,2-1) in the deciding game to win the 60's GREY BRACKET. PRONIO SPORTS (OHIO)(3-3,2-1) and CAVCO (ONTARIO,CAN) (0-6,0-3) finished behind the leaders.

FRANCHELLI ENTERPRISE/ROADHOUSE BLUES (PA)(6-0) edged UNIVERSAL MECHANICAL (OHIO)(5-1) to finish on top in the 60's DIVISION SILVER BRACKET while the UNIVERSAL team took second place.

Others in the bracket were THE BOMB SQUAD (MICH)(4-2), BRANTFORD (ONTARIO,CAN) NISSAN (2-3), RIVERSIDE/LONGSHOTS (MD(2-4), 60AA CHAMPS MISSISSAUGA LEGENDS (1-4) and DAYTON LEGENDS DIAMOND DOGS (0-6).

In the rain shortened 55 BRACKET ALLSHRED SERVICES (OHIO) (3-0) won the tie-breaker over BANKER AND MANN SOFTBALL CLUB (IND)(3-0) to win the title.

Rounding out the group were WINDSOR (ONTARIO,CAN) CHIEFS (1-2), GOLDEN VIPERS (MICH)(1-2), BSN/DECLAIRE/PMB (OH)(1-2) and RIVER ROOM POKER CLUB (OH)(0-3).

Michigan's PDC 50's (3-0) won the 50's SCARLET bracket followed by BUCKEYE CLASSICS (OH)(2-2), CAPP STEEL (OH)(1-2) and DURHAM (ONTARIO,CAN) SILVER STICKS (1-3).

FLYTIME flew down from MICHIGAN to go (4-0,1-0) and win the 50's GREY BRACKET. Finishing behind in second place was WINDSOR (ONTARIO,CAN) FOG DEVILS (1-3,1-1) followed by BOMANIA SPORTS RESEARCH (OH)(2-2,1-0) and COMPUTER TIME (OH) (1-3,0-1).

Prior to the start of the tournament THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC joined with SPA in awarding a $1,000 college scholarship to BARBERTON HIGH SCHOOL graduating senior, TYLER OWEN.

All scores from THEE 2014 SPA BUCKEYE CLASSIC may be found at the tournament's web page http://theebuckeyeclassic.com/

 

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SPA SUNSHINE STATE INAUGURAL NIT HAS NICE SHINE

by Ho Hoffman 25. June 2014 12:12

 

               FIRST YEAR EVENT OFF TO GOOD START

TAMPA, FLORIDA – The inaugural 2014 SPA SUNSHINE STATE NIT held at TAMPA'S GRECO and NEW TAMPA SOFTBALL COMPLEX MAY 29-JUNE 1 got off to a great start according to SPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RIDGE HOOKS.

DON CHERRY (TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR), NANCY VEAHMAN (NATIONAL WOMENS' ASSISTANT DIRECTOR) and NATIONAL UMPIRE-IN-CHIEF MOMAN BATES ran an excellent tournament, which will pay dividends in the future,” HOOKS said, “ You have to start someplace when you build something worthwhile. In a few years we will all look back at this 2014 start and applaud this beginning.”

SEVENTEEN teams took part in the first year event with winners crowned in SIX DIVISIONS.

The two-team 70's bracket saw FRANKIE BRIN FINANCIAL (FLA) beat SENIOR MOMENTS (FLA) two straight 17-7 AND 18-7 in the best-of-three championship showdown.

STEVE LEVIN 55'S (FLA) had a lot tougher time in winning the 55's best-of-three showdown with FLORIDA'S SNYDER LANCE for the 55's TITLE.

LEVIN lost the first game 29-14, won the second 30-24 and edged SNYDER LANCE 20-19 in the championship deciding game.

Another LEVIN team, the STEVE LEVIN FINANCIAL 50's won the three-team all-Florida 50 PLATINUM group. It wasn't easy as LEVIN had to beat GOOD TIMES 33-22 in an “IF” game forced by GOOD TIMES 31-30 win.

The third team in the group was FLORIDA AUTOMATED SHADE.

MURPHY'S LAW came out of the loser's bracket to beat FLORIDA BEACH BOYS 22-15 and 23-22 for the 65 DIVISION crown. KRT FINANCIAL rounded out the three-team field.

CROSS CUT ENVIRON YARD DOGS went 3-0 on the way to winning the 60 DIVISION. After starting with a win over CARDIAC KIDS, they beat SOUTH FLORIDA HEAT 19-18 and 25-13 to stand on top of the podium.

Tournament action newcomer, BONE HEADS knocked off JERRY'S SELECT 11-7 and CROSS CUT FREEDOM RANCH twice by identical 20-16 scores to capture the 50 GOLD top award. HPO SOFTBALL also participated in the four-team bracket.

The next SPA FLORIDA TOURNAMENT will be the SPA WINTER NATIONALS at PENSACOLA'S EXCHANGE PARK OCTOBER 9-12.

 

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SPA WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT PROGRAM CONTINUES TO GROW

by Ho Hoffman 23. June 2014 12:04

 

     TENNESSEE TWITTY SENIOR EVENT TOPS FORTY TEAMS

HENDERSONVILLE, TENNESSEE – The SPA women's program continues to grow.

After drawing thirty-seven teams to Pensacola earlier this year, the JUNE 2014 SPA TWITTY event attracted FORTY-FOUR teams to HENDERSONVILLE'S DRAKES CREEK PARK complex.

Let's give credit where credit is due,” SPA President RIDGE HOOKS said, “Our organization (SPA) is fortunate to have people like DON CHERRY (Twitty tournament director), NANCY VEAHMAN (National Women's Assistant Director), JUDY LEE SCHREIBER (National Women's Director) and MIKE DESORBO (Pensacola Tournament Director).”

Tournament attendance doesn't just happen, it takes efforts by the people in charge of these tournaments to not only put on a quality event but also encourage teams to attend these events,” HOOKS added, “Those four people and the others who are in the background helping them is what is making SPA the top women's senior softball program in the Country.”

The TWITTY TOURNAMENT, in addition to the FORTY-FOUR teams, had fourteen states and the province of Ontario represented with the 70-major CALIFORNIA SPIRIT coming the longest way.

Forty-four teams from fourteen states and Canada is pretty impressive for any tournament either men or women,” Tournament Director CHERRY said, “We are hoping that teams like the CALIFORNIA SPIRIT and MISSOURI teams will spread the word out west what SPA is doing for women's softball and hopefully we can get more teams from the west to attend the mid-west and southern tournaments as well as the DALTON WORLDS.”

If that happens,” CHERRY continued, “SPA could possible start holding women's events out west. Another thing once teams realize SPA welcomes teams of all ages (35-and-up) to all their tournaments, I would expect seeing FIFTY teams at a SPA women's tournament will be common and not an exception.”

At HENDERSONVILLE, champions were crowned in eleven different brackets.

The two largest brackets were the seven-team 50 and 65 MAJOR groups.

The FUN BUNCH won all three of their bracket games to earn the MARYLAND girls the 65-MAJOR title. On the way to the podium, FUN BUNCH beat VIRGINA'S GOLDEN GIRLS 5-1, FLORIDA'S GOLDEN GALS 17-9 and the GOLDEN GIRLS 6-3 in the title game.

Others in the bracket were CANADA'S GREY POWER, JOLICO 65'S of MICHIGAN, SMOKEY MOUNTAIN STARS (TN) and BLUE CHICKS (DEL)

The 50-MAJOR bracket saw the DREAMGIRLZ (VA) outscore the opposition 61-26 in three bracket games to take home the top prize. Finishing second to the VIRGINIA team was the VOLUNTEER STATES SERIOUS FUN.

Rounding out the bracket were PHENOMENAL LADIES (VA), JOLICO 50'S (MICH), TENNESSEE STARS, LADY LOOKOUTS (TN) and GOLDEN GIRLS 50 (VA).

ARKANSAS SYNERGY beat PRIME TIME LADIES (TN) 32-12 in the “IF” game to claim the 35-bracket crown, PRIME TIME LADIES forced the “IF” game by handing the champs their only loss by a 19-18 count.

The third team in the group was ARKANSAS JWP.

In a pair of best two-out-of-three contests, SHOW ME 50'S (MO) after losing the opener 12-4 to SASSY SR's came back to win 12-6 and 16-9 over the SOUTH CAROLINA squad for the 50 AAA title.

Another MISSOURI team, the MISSOURI FLASHBACKS won the 60AAA crown beating the SOUTHERN STARS (TN) 11-9 and 18-6 to win the crown,

The 40'S BRACKET saw LADIES FIRST (MD) rebound from losing their first game in bracket play to KRYTONITE (10-20) and bounce back to win the “IF” game over the FLORIDA team 19-13 and with it the championship.

The other two teams in the 40's group were PAY IT FORWARD (FLA) and CHICKS WITH STICKS (TN).

A quartet of teams went after the 55 MAJOR CROWN but when the dust settled it was the JOLICO 55'S (MICH) standing alone at the top.

It wasn't easy for the MICHIGAN gals as they had to fight their way out of the loser's bracket edging NOR EASTERS (CT) 8-7 and then the MARYLAND ROADRUNNERS twice (13-8,20-11) before being crowned champs.

MISSOURI'S SHOW ME 55's rounded out the bracket.

The JOLICO organization took home it's second title of the tournament as the JOLICO 60's won the 60 MAJOR three-team division beating OHIO CARDINALS (7-2) and FUN BUNCH (MO) 23-4.

The CALIFORNIA SPIRIT made their cross-country trek worthwhile as they ran the 70 MAJOR bracket going 3-0 with wins over BLUE CHICKS (DEL) 17-2, GOLDEN GALS (FLA) 13-6 and GOLDEN GALS again, this time 14-11.

The fourth team in the group was the SPORTACULARS (ONTARIO,CAN).

VIRGINIA'S GOLDEN GIRLS won their 70 AAA title the hard way. The champs lost their bracket opener 13-15 to the CHATTANOOGA CHARGERS, fought back through the loser's bracket beating the CLASSICS (KY) 7-2 and CHATTANOOGA twice 18-3 and 18-8 to take home the top prize.

NW MOUNTAIN MAMAS (WVA) rounded out the four-team bracket.

FLORIDA'S FREEDOM SPIRIT went 3-0 in bracket play beating the THOROUGHBREDS (KY) 15-0, and the GOLDEN GIRLS (VA) twice (17-2 and 14-2) to claim the four-team 75'S CROWN.

The TENNESSEE STARS was the fourth member of the quartet..

Only two SPA WOMEN'S TOURNAMENTS are left on the agenda before the SEPTEMBER WORLDS in DALTON, GEORGIA comes around.

Next tournament is the ROCKY TOP WOMEN'S MASTERS & SENIOR NIT, JULY 9-13 at the CASWELL SOFTBALL COMPLEX in KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE.

The ROCKY TOP event will be followed by the PARADIASE IN THE VILLAGES NIT tournament AUGUST 20-24 at the SBUFFALO GLEN COMPLEX.

 

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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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