SPA TOM WILLIAMS MEMORIAL BRINGS BACK THE 60'S

by Hockepuck! 25. July 2014 12:49

 

TEAMS FROM THE 60'S AND 65'S DIVISION BATTLE IT OUT

 JOHNSON CITY, TENNESSEE – THE SPA 2014 TOM WILLIAMS MEMORIAL at WINGED DEER PARK didn't have any representatives from the JERSEY BOYS or BEATLES at the tournament but there were enough 60 and 65 DIVISION TEAMS to again make the event a success.

The TOM WILLIAMS MEMORIAL is fast becoming a refuge for 60 and 65 division teams looking for a good competitive 60/65 only event.

Celebrating it's 22nd year, the TOM WILLIAMS MEMORIAL drew 13 teams who battled it out for the four division crowns.

REALITY CHECK certainly got it's money's worth as they battled out of the loser's bracket to win the 60 GOLD DIVISION by beating BOYS OF SUMMER 22-16 in the “IF” game.

REALITY CHECK started bracket play beating CHARLOTTE SENIOR SPORTS 18-9 before losing 23-12 to BOYS OF SUMMER. They returned to their winning ways beating CHARLOTTE 21-6 in the loser's bracket finals and forced the “IF” game with a 21-16 victory against BOYS OF SUMMER.

FLIP DOW BONDING 60'S won the 60 SILVER bracket going 2-0 in bracket play beating TENNESSE SENIORS twice 22-9 and 23-8 in the championship game. The TENNESSEE earned their spot in the finals by beating TRI-CITIES 60;s 22-5 in the LOSER'S BRACKET finals.

FLIP DOW BONDING 65's followed the lead of their younger “brothers” by claiming the 65 GOLD TITLE with wins over TENNESSEE RV (14-11) and CHARLOTTE SENIOR SPORTS 65's twice (18-8, 13-12)

SPORTS LETTERING outdistanced three others in the 65 SILVER GROUP to stand alone at the top of the podium.

The champs beat TRI-CITIES 70's 22-15 in the title game. Their other bracket wins were 16-14 over TRI-CITIES 65's and TRI-CITIES 70's 17-12.

TRI-CITIES 70's reached the title game by beating PATRICK HENRY 27-16 in the LOSER'S BRACKET FINALE.

 

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PEACH STATE MOVES 2014 TOURNAMENT LOCATION

by Hockepuck! 22. July 2014 21:39

TEAMS STILL FIND IT, EVENT DRAWS THIRTY-SEVEN TEAMS

 

LOST MOUNTAIN, GEORGIA – Despite having to move the SPA 2014 PEACH STATE CLASSIC from AL BISHOP'S COMPLEX (MARIETTA, GEORGIA) to LOST MOUNTAIN PARK at POWDER SPRINGS the tournament still bettered last year's total drawing THIRTY-SEVEN teams.

 We knew last year that the AL BISHOP COMPLEX where we usually hold the tournament would be under renovation in 2014, so we planned ahead to use POWDER SPRINGS,” TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR ROBBIE FAUCETT said.

 PLANNING is the key word for a FAUCETT - run tournament as he leaves nothing to chance. He usually starts his planning for the PEACH STATE CLASSIC six months ahead of time and that is why the tournament is always SPA'S highest attended tournament in the South.

 It was no different this year as EIGHT DIVISION CHAMPS were crowned in the 50-thru-75 age brackets in the JUNE 26-29 tournament..

 IBALZ SOFTBALL was focused in on the assignment at hand beating N.GA. OUTLAWS two out of three for the 50 AAA TITLE.

 IBALZ SOFTBALL won 20-18, 18-19 and 23-15 in the deciding game for the championship.

 There was a little more action in the 50-MAJOR BRACKET with seven teams battling it out for the the top spot.

 In the end it was ATLANTA MONARCHS running the table with wins over TENNESSE COMETS 35-22, LANGSTON PAINTING REVENGE BAITS POWER FORCE 13-10, MONSTER SOFTBALL 29-27 and DOC C'S 26-13 in the title game.

 SOUTHERN ELITE SOFTBALL and LIGHTHOUSE LOOKOUTS rounded out the field.

 It took three games to decide the winner of the 50-MAJOR PLUS BRACKET in a two team battle between T.S.C. And ADIKTIV SPORTS. The teams split the first two games with T.S.C. winning 38-33 and ADIKTIVE SPORTS taking it's game 27-22.

 In a scoring bonanza T.S.C edged ADIKTIV SPORTS 39-35 for the championship.

 In a six-team battle for the 55-AAA title DAVID BOWEN SPORTING GOOD took no prisoners sweeping aside GEORGIA ALABAMA SNIORS (GAS) 20-19, DIXIE EXPRESS 23-21 and G.A.S. again, this time in the finals 23-9.

 ATLANTA RECYCLING SOLUTION LLC, (BY) GRACE REDEEMED and DT EXPRESS were the other teas in the bracket.

 The 60 AAA DIVISION saw 4:13 RIMFIRE go 3-0 in bracket play to best the other four teams in the group. RIMFIRE BEAT STRYKERS 28-14, ELITE 60'S 33-16 and 22-16 to claim the top spot.

 Others in the bracket were BOYS OF SUMMER and T.A.G.

 EDGE SOFTBALL downed COLUMBUS LX 34-20 and CAROLINA COBRA'S twice (29-25, 22-21) to take the three-team 60 MAJOR CROWN.

 The 65 AAA BRACKET saw HUFFMAN ELECTRIC go undefeated in four bracket games to win the six-team division title.

 HUFFMAN beat EXTREME HEAT (15-8), S.E. LEFTOVERS (23-14) and SPORTS LETTERING 65's twice (14-5, 21-14) to take home the top prize. Others in the field were TEAM ABC and TENNESSE R.V.

 The 70 AAA went to SENIOR MOMENTS after they beat the GEORGIA NUGGETS 14-8 in the title determining “IF” game.

 The NUGGETS forced the “IF” game coming out of the loser's bracket to defeat SENIOR MOMENTS 16-14.

 Others participating in the six-team field were LEIDEN'S LEGENDS, SPORTS LETTERING 70'S, GEORGIA CLASSICS and CRIM'S BORDER STATES 70'S..

 

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SPA HEART OF OHIO BEATS STRONGLY

by Ho Hoffman 11. July 2014 13:26

OLDEST RUNNING OHIO TOURNAMENT CROWNS TEN CHAMPIONS

 

COLUMBUS,OHIO – Just like you can always count on death and taxes, you can also count on the SPA HEART OF OHIO TOURNAMENT will always be a top senior softball draw.

Celebrating it's 15th year, the JUNE 25-29 SPA HEART OF OHIO NIT drew 38 teams in TEN DIVISIONS to this year's event. This, despite being held only two short weeks (JUNE 2-14) after another OHIO TOURNAMENT (100 miles away), THEE SPA BUCKEYE CLASSIC.

The two OHIO tournaments being run so closely probably hurts the COLUMBUS tournament a little but it also helps because we can campaign with a lot of teams at THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC to attend the HEART OF OHIO event,” SPA DIRECTOR LARRY MILLIRON said,” Combined the two qualifiers drew over 120 teams, that is a pretty good total for non-national events.”

There were a lot of new teams attending for the first time, so I am sure we can expect a higher attendance total next year,”he added.

One of the “ROOKIE TEAMS” was BANKER & MANN SOFTBALL CLUB, which certainly didn't have any first year jitters. The INDIANA team went 3-0 in bracket play to win the SIX-TEAM 55 AAA DIVISION.

BANKER & MANN beat the DAYTON LEGENDS 55's 21-6, GOLDEN VIPERS 25-8 and the VIPERS again in the title game by a 11-8 score.

Others in the group were the CENTRAL ILLINOIS CHIEFS, ANTIQUE ROADSHOW and BSN/DE CLAIRE/PMB.

The 50 AAA title did stay in OHIO when the DAYTON LEGENDS HITMEN beat the BRICKYARD CLASSICS 16-10 in an “IF” game for the title.

DAYTON lost their first game in bracket play to BRICKYARD 18-12 and had to beat FLYTIME (15-14) and the BRICKYARD (22-14) to set up a rematch (IF) championship “IF” game.

CIRCLE CITY PLAYMAKERS and WINDSOR FOG rounded out the five-team group.

The 50's MAJOR crown went to DOC'S who beat BIG TEN SOFTBALL 29-14, 43-32, 25-19 and 35-34 in the two-team bracket.

Seven teams went at it in the 60's BRACKET with AMERICAN SCAFFOLDING ending up with the “BLUE RIBBON”.

The CHAMPS disposed of MINUTEMEN/PEPCO/SFS 23-12, DAYTON LEGENDS 60'S 9-7 and DAYTON again, this time 27-18 in eight innings in the title game.

Others in the seven-team bracket were BRICKYARD CLASSICS 60'S, DAYTON LEGENDS DIAMOND DOGS, UNIVERSAL SOFTBALL and MAUMEE BAY RAPTORS.

The INDIANA LEGENDS/COLUMBUS 65's took the 65 AA title beating the DAYTON LEGENDS 65's 16-4 in the championship game. WRIGHT STATE was the the other team in the three-team bracket.

In a “best two-out-of-three battle for the 65 AAA CROWN, it was U.S. JOBS/INDY beating the CHICAGO STRIKERS two straight (20-9, 22-9) to win the championship.

The DAYTON LEGENDS ORGANIZATION won their second title of the tournament when the DAYTON LEGENDS 70's edged FRICKERS SPORTS BAR/SYLVANIA 11-10 for the 70 AA crown. INDY CLASSICS was the third team in the bracket.

Four teams fought it out for the 70 AAA championship and when the dust cleared it was the “home town” CENTRAL OHIO COSSA 70's standing on top of the podium.

It wasn't easy for the “locals” as they had to beat MICHIANA/PARK STREET TAVERN 16-6 in an “IF” game for the title. MICHIANA had set up the “IF” game by giving COSSA a 14-13 defeat.

The other two teams in the bracket were BRENNAN'S AKRON 70'S and JOB CENTRAL 70's.

It was the INDY CROWNS besting four others to win the 75 AAA DIVISION. The INDIANA team beat the CHICAGO GEEZERS 14-7 in the deciding game.

Rounding out the five-team bracket were the COSSA 75'S, LOUISVILLE THUNDER and INDIANA SILVER FOXES.

The 75's will be returning to COLUMBUS AUGUST 11-14 for the SPA 75 WORLD'S TOURNAMENT.

The final OHIO QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT for 2014 is JULY 31-AUGUST 3 in SYLVANIA, OHIO, the GREAT LAKES CLASSIC NIT. It will entertain all ages and divisions (if at least four major teams are entered in a division, they will also have a MAJOR BRACKET).

 

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MUSTANG CLASSIC BRINGS OUT THE OLDIES

by Ho Hoffman 11. July 2014 13:20

 

60, 65 AND 70'S TRY TO “SLOW THEIR MUSTANGS DOWN”

 

MUSTANG, OKLAHOMA – The SPA MUSTANG CLASSIC NATIONAL QUALIFIER must have listened to the lyrics of WILSON PICKETT when he begged MUSTANG SALLY, “Slow Your Mustang Down.”

Although this year's tournament hosted only ELEVEN 60, 65 and 70's teams, what they lacked in quantity, they certainly made up in quality..”

There were no complainers in the teams which did attend this year's MUSTANG CLASSIC as the games were exciting and the competition top notch.

In the 60 PLUS BRACKET, the KC THUNDER made a lot of noise running the table disposing of MB FLYING (OK) 17-7, KC KIDS 19-11 and the NATURAL 60'S (ARK) 20-4 in the title game.

Also in the six-team fold were the DALLAS SPURS and USA PATRIOTS (OK).

The TEXAS LEGENDS 65'S fresh off their win in the SPA ARKANSAS TOURNAMENT added the MUSTANG TITLE to their growing list of accomplishments beating CARRIAGE HOMES (ARK) twice 22-18 and 22-7 to win the three-team bracket.

The OKIES rounded out the division.

Another ARKANSAS TOURNAMENT champ repeated at the MUSTANG when the TEXAS LEGENDS 70's beat THE CRACKERBOX (ARK) two straight in their best-two-of-three showdown by scores of 15-13 and 18-13 for the 70 PLUS top spot.

 

 

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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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