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Discussion: Denver Inaugural SSUSA tourney

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Sept. 3, 2011
Webbie25
Men's 60
1967 posts
Denver Inaugural SSUSA tourney
Morning guys. Believe it or not, it is almost cold here this morning, and breezy. High today only 71. The advance forecast missed this one by 10 degrees, but after a hot, hot, dry summer it is kinda nice. For those who think sponsors are dead, we are surrounded by Scrap Irons-5 of the 6 teams in the Silver Division are Scrap Iron teams. Denver is beautiful-I hope this catches on as it would be nice to come back to play. I will keep you up on conditions as I can.
Sept. 3, 2011
mad dog
Men's 60
3930 posts
say hi to reebok ed mark,tell him to quit shooting elk off his porch for me....DOH,LOL..........
Sept. 5, 2011
Webbie25
Men's 60
1967 posts
Didn't see Ed. Sorry. We had a great time in Denver-we want to thank all the Scrap Iron teams that made it a point to make us feel welcome. We had a Chamber of Commerce weekend with temps in the 70's. Denver has a great downtown that is just totally alive every weekend with tons of things to do. The mountains make a great backdrop. Personally, I can not wait to come back for next year.
Sept. 5, 2011
SteveSimmons
66 posts
Mark,

It was a pleasure meeting you this weekend and I wholeheartedly agree with you, Denver is a location that has a lot to offer, including a fabulous climate at this time of year. This was the initial kick off of the Rocky Mountain Classic, the SSUSA's inaugural SSWC Qualifier in Denver. Thanks to the efforts of Bob Martinez, SSUSA's Southwestern Regional Director, and the Scrap Iron softball club this tournament got off to a resounding start with 16 teams in attendance. This tournament, given the location and what the area has to offer, has the potential to grow into one of the larger SSWC Qualifiers in the country in future years.

I want to add, Mark, that I enjoyed watching your team, the Desperados, in that exciting Saturday night game. Your long home run in the bottom of the seventh ignited a come from behind 11 run rally to edge the Scrap Iron 55's 28-27, despite the blackout that occurred just as your team closed the gap to two runs. That win put the Desperados in the drivers seat and proved to be the game of the tournament as the Desperados clinched their division with a 24-7 spanking of the Scrap Iron 55's in the championship game.

Here are how all 16 teams finished in their respective divisions:

GOLD DIVISION
1. Rapid Erectors / Scrap Iron, CO (50 Major)
2. GSF, AZ (60 Major Plus)
3. Glori Daze, KS (55 Major)
4. Master Collison, CO (60 Major Plus)

SILVER DIVISION / RED BRACKET
1. Desperados, NM (55 AAA)
2. Scrap Iron 55's, CO (55 AAA)
3. Scrap Iron 50's Northern, CO (50 AA)

SILVER DIVISION / WHITE BRACKET
1. Scrap Iron Diamonds, CO (60 AAA)
2. Scrap Iron / Phiten, CO (60 AAA)
3. Scrap Iron 65's Redux, CO (65 Major)

BRONZE DIVISION / BLUE BRACKET
1. Scrap Iron 65 Classics, CO (65 AA)
2. Scrap Iron 70's - Green, CO (70 Major)
3. Scrap Iron Red, CO (65 AAA)

BRONZE DIVISION / GREEN BRACKET
1. Colorado Cougars, CO (70 AAA)
2. Scrap Iron Reds, CO (70 AA)
3. Mid-America Patriots, KS (70 AA)

I would also like to mention that DuWayne Pillard, the SSUSA Colorado State Director who led his team (the Scrap Iron 65 Classics) to their division championship with a perfect Sunday at the plate, will be hosting his fourth annual "Wood Bat" tournament this coming weekend in Denver. DuWayne, along with tournament co-director Joe Carabello, have seen this tournament grow each year and have moved to a new sight, Christopher Fields in Broomfield, CO, for this year's event.
Sept. 5, 2011
d45
134 posts
Steve, correction, I made two outs, but it was a great day at the plate, I must say. I would like to mention that all of the great group of gentlemen on the Classics were MVP's in my opinion. Everyone contributed to the victories in the championship rounds.
All the teams were excellent in their sportsmanship at all times.
Bob Martinez, thank you for promoting this tournament.
Steve, you are are a great director, and I like your attention to detail in all aspects of the tournament.
Lastly, I would like to thank the Scrap Iron Club for their participation in the tournament. I have never met a greater group of gentlemen that I have played with or against. They truely show what good sportsmanship is all about whether they win or lose. They are a model of what Senior softball should be about.
Lastly, I would be amiss if I didn't mention to say thank you Harry,our head coach, for trying to teach all of us the fundamentals of good softball and all the hard work you put into it.
DuWayne Pillard (Scrap Iron Classics, assistant coach)

Sept. 5, 2011
SteveSimmons
66 posts
One other Rocky Mountain Classic recognition should go to Jack Eberhard, the official photographer for the SSUSA. Jack is a Denver area resident and is also a member of the Scrap Iron family. Jack took many photos, both action shots and team photos, at this tournament. They will soon be ready for viewing on his website, www.jacksactionshots.com.
Sept. 5, 2011
Webbie25
Men's 60
1967 posts


Steve-it also was a pleasure meeting you, too. I just got home and had planned to mention the job you did was great. Did you get all four in the championship game or did you get 1 'if' game?
Jack Eberhard is a special kind of person. He treated us like special people, and even took pictures with our cameras for us so everyone could be in the pictures. Jack, a pleasure as usual-you are an asset to senior softball. To all of you that have seen him and not said hi, please do-you will find him a fantastic person.
Thanks again-all in Denver and with SSUSA for a great job.
Sept. 5, 2011
d45
134 posts
It goes without saying that Jack is the best photographer that SSUSA could have. He is always willing to go that extra "mile" for anyone. He truely takes amazing action and still shots. Thank you Jack for the work you do and being a true gentleman.
Sept. 6, 2011
CRUSADERVB
Men's 65
272 posts
GSF WOULD LIKE TO ECHO THE PRAISES OF WEBBIE25. WE ENJOYED PLAYING IN DENVER THIS PAST WEEKEND. I HOPE MORE TEAMS PLAY IN IT NEXT YEAR. THE DIAMONDS COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER, BUT WHEN TALKING TO SOME OF THE SCRAP IRON PLAYERS, IT WILL BE MOVED FOR NEXT YEAR. I HOPE MORE 60 M OR 60 M+ TEAMS ATTEND. THE RAPID ERECTORS 50'S TEAM WE PLAYED IN THE FINALS WERE AN OUTSTANDING 50M TEAM, WE HAVE UNDERWEAR OLDER THAN THOSE KIDS!!
MIGHT I ADD, THEY WERE A BUNCH OF NICE KIDS. AT LEAST 20 SCRAPIRON PLAYERS THANKED US FOR COMING TO DENVER. WE'LL BE BACK.
Sept. 6, 2011
goforit
97 posts
I also want to thank everyone in charge of the tournament, i had a great time even though we got our BUTT kicked every game by three very good teams. It was great seeing the guys again and some friends on other teams i had not seen in awhile. I hope they put it on again next year and more teams show up.

Ron, special note to you: with all the balls i hit over the weekend the one i hit at you was the hardest i hit all weekend, as i said i'm so glad you still have reflexes.

John Giesler
Master Collision
Sept. 6, 2011
Brock
Men's 65
46 posts
As current president of the Scrap Iron Club and playing LCF on two teams that did not fare well this weekend, Scrap Iron Master Collision 60s and Scrap Iron 65s Redux, I must say that I had my doubts before this tournament when I saw that 12 of the 16 teams were Colorado teams. However, for Terry and his team at SS USA, I must eat crow. I thought everything went like clock work and I heard no grumbling from anyone about playing only other Scrap Iron teams which some did. I also want to thank the four teams from out of state that did attend this inaugural tournament.

We have better fields in the Denver area and I hope Terry and the City of Aurora can work something out for the Western Nationals in Aurora at the Aurora Sports Complex in the near future on top of the the Rocky Mountain Classic which appears to be on the road to success in the future.

Steve, it was great talking to you and we'll see you on the field in Dalton this weekend assuming they can get the fields dry by Thursday.

Greg Broeckelman
Sept. 6, 2011
CRUSADERVB
Men's 65
272 posts
HEY JOHN, I'M GLAD I CAUGHT IT. YOU WOULD HAVE WRECKED MY MODELING CAREER!! SEE YOU HOPEFULLY IN VEGAS AND PHOENIX.
Sept. 6, 2011
Jack
Men's 55
412 posts
Thank you for the nice things you all said. I have been shooting these tournaments for 7 years now. The people I meet are great and I have such a good time getting to know you all. I am almost finished loading all the pictures I took in Colorado. I will be at Phoenix next month. If anyone wants to make sure I shoot your team, call or email me where and when you will be playing and I will do my best to find you and get your action pictures or team picture. You can reach me at: Jack Eberhard 303-435-0700 or eamil at: Jacktack@aol.com
Sept. 8, 2011
Jack
Men's 55
412 posts
I put the "best of" on the site this morning. Still have the fan pictures to put on. Please copy and paste the link below and it will take you directly to the "best of" gallery. Enjoy


http://www.jacksactionshots.com/Senior-Softball/2011-Rocky-Mountain-Classic/Best-Action-Shots/18932039_6d7hX5#1468999023_ptftQSn
Sept. 8, 2011
Jack
Men's 55
412 posts
The fan umpire and Misc gallery is on the site. Just copy and paste the link below and it will take you to the pictures of your wives, girlfriends and friends. Jack

http://www.jacksactionshots.com/Senior-Softball/2011-Rocky-Mountain-Classic/Fans-Umps/18935171_GGJJKC#1469328910_zjsKBRp
Sept. 8, 2011
surf88
Men's 60
868 posts
I was glad to see that the tournament was a success. Hopefully next year a lot more western US teams will come. I think there was a concern that it might have been cancelled as the SPA tournament was but kudos to Bob Martinez and the SS-USA staff.

Mad Dog: Saw a bull elk run across my meadow on Tuesday. Most of them have been up high because of the heat but perhaps they are starting to move down a little bit now.
Sept. 8, 2011
Webbie25
Men's 60
1967 posts
Hey, Surf-I have talked to several teams here and they are interested in planning Denver next year now that the tourney actually got off the ground. Let's keep pushing it and reminding people.
Sept. 8, 2011
Webbie25
Men's 60
1967 posts
Jack-you made my family all feel special and the pictures of me with my son, his wife and the 2 grandkids are keepers. You also got a great one of my wife, along with so many of our team wives. I know I will be purchasing many pictures soon.
Thank you for what you do for us oldsters!
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