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Sept. 1, 2010
NEW, PRESTINE COMPLEX WELCOMES WESTERN PLAYERS IN WASHINGTONSenior Softball-USA
LACEY, WA. – “The first impression upon walking into the Regional Athletic Complex (RAC) here for the Western Nationals,” said Fran Dowell, Senior Softball-USA executive director, “is of perfectly manicured ballfields.”
A large SSUSA logo painted on the entry greeted players from eight states and Canada, who were quickly immersed in the beautiful atmosphere of the new complex during the Western Nationals here in July.
The 10th Annual Western Nationals attracted 51 teams from throughout the West competing to win the first leg of the SSUSA Triple Grand Slam. Winners not only earned an invitation to the 2011 Tournament of Champions in Florida, but secured a berth in the USA National Championship Games. Those games, against their counterparts from the East, are played during the World Championships in Phoenix in October.
No Dice of California played the closest series of games on its way to the 55 Major title, winning four of their six 6 games by a single run. No Dice finally created some separation in the championship game against the Utah Coyotes, winning 26-14, their largest margin of victory in the tournament.
Fire One of Washington came alive at the right time to win the largest division title: the eight-team 60 Silver Division, which included seven AAA teams and one AA team. Fire One emerged from 5th seed to beat Last Call of Nevada 15-10, then topple the top seed Masters Mauraders from British Columbia and Vancouver USA twice (17-16 and 29-15) to clinch the division.
In another stellar performance in a large division, Wolfpack Softball of Washington ran the table in the seven-team 50AAA division in three seeding games and three bracket games. Wolfpack defeated Doerflinger/2nd Wind of Washington 20-16 to win the title.
In the 55AA division, Cascade Thunder of Oregon squeaked out two victories at the end to claim the title, beating Highland Boys of Utah 14-12 and 13-12.
And in another close finish, MTC 60s of California defeated WE Ruth Realty of Washington 30-29 to win the 60 Major-Plus division.
In the 75 division, Joeseppi’s of Washington beat California Gold Rush 18-12 to take the title. But that was not the oldest age group. Tiodize D-99 of California handily won the 80 division, beating Northwest 80s 22-6.
Here are the finals for each division:
1. Four Seasons/Wilkins Trucking (OR) - TOC & USA
2. NW Legends 50's (WA)
1. Wolfpack Softball (WA) - TOC & USA
2. Doerflinger/Second Wind (WA)
3. Metro Construction (WA)
1. Pastimers (WA) - TOC & USA
2. Scrap Iron 50 Northern (CO)
1. No Dice (CA) - TOC & USA
2. Utah Coyotes
3. Timberworks Construction (CA)
1. Spot Bar & Grille (WA) - TOC & USA
2. C.C. Over (ID) (WA)
3. Aro Glass Clubbers (WA)
1. Cascade Thunder (OR) - TOC & USA
2. Highland Boys (UT)
3. Vancouver USA 55's (WA)
MEN'S 60-MAJOR PLUS
1. MTC 60's (CA) - TOC & USA
2. W.E. Ruth Realty 60's (WA)
1. Master Collision (CO) - TOC & USA
2. Blaine County Title (ID)
3. Yeagers Blue (WA)
1. Fire One (WA) - TOC & USA (in 60-AAA)
2. Vancouver USA 60's (WA) - USA (in 60-AA)
3. Sun City Sidewinders (AZ)
MEN'S 65-MAJOR PLUS
1. W.E. Ruth Realty 65's (WA) - TOC & USA
2. Scrap Iron 65's Redux (CO)
1. Tukwila 65's (WA) - TOC & USA
2. C.E. John (WA)
3. Silver Sox (CA)
1. Idaho Softball - TOC & USA (in 65-AA)
2. Seattle 70's (WA) - USA (in 70-AAA)
MEN'S 70-MAJOR PLUS
1. San Francisco Seals (CA) - TOC & USA
2. Emerald City Masters (WA)
1. PDR / Fastsigns (OR) - TOC & USA
2. Nor-Cal Renegades (CA)
1. Joseppi's 75's (WA) - TOC & USA
2. California Gold Rush
MEN'S 80+ DIVISION
1. Tiodize D-99 (CA) - TOC & USA
2. Northwest 80's (WA)