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Sept. 1, 2010
CLOSE GAMES, RAIN DOMINATE MIDWEST IN KANSASSenior Softball-USA
SHAWNEE, Kan.. – The 2010 Midwest Regional Championships moved here this year and drew 49 teams vying for divisional titles in July and an invitation to the 2011 Tournament of Champions in Florida. The tournament was played at the beautiful Mid-America Sports Complex.
The first session, for ages 65+ and above, produced sharp competition. In two of the divisions, the championships were decided by one run.
In the five-team 65 AA division, the Crackerbox defeated Harris Auction 12-11. Both teams are from Arkansas. In the 70 AAA division, Knapheide from Missouri edged out the Chicago Geezers 70s by a slim 13-12 to win the division.
Libby’s of Wisconsin defeated Quad City Old Stars from Iowa 27-15 to take the 65 Gold Division title. And in the oldest division, Minnesota Jimmy’s 75s won the 75/80 division championships.
A storm washed out the last day of the second session for 50, 55 and 60 teams, so winners were decided on bracket results.
In the 60 AA Blue Chips from Illinois took the divisional title, while Michigan Express won the 60 Majors and the Chicago Classics Bobcats topped the largest division – the seven-team 60 AAA division.
In 55 play, the St. Louis Rhinos won the 55 Majors, the St. Louis Senior Heat took the 55 AAA and the Springfield Redwings from Missouri was the 55AA champion.
In the 50 division, hometown Kansas City Barons were the 50 Major-Plus winner, while the Tucson Bandits took the 50 Major title and Chicago Prime won the 50 AAA championship.