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May 1, 2011
SOME WINNERS OF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LEFT OUT OF LAST EDITIONSenior Softball-USA
PHOENIX – Several division finals were left out of the report on the 2010 World Championships in the last edition of Senior Softball News.
The World Championships was the largest and toughest competition of the year with a record 329 teams competing in the 19th annual Senior Softball World Championships here in October.
Here is a breakdown of the division results left out of the last edition:
In the 10-team Women’s 40 AAA division, perennial powerhouse Team K.H.A.O.S of California capped a perfect run with a 22-9 victory over Arizona Dream Team. Tharaldson Softball of Nevada beat the Nacho Mamas of Arizona 12-7 to claim the 40 Women’s AA division title.
For the first time the oldest division, the Men’s 80s, was divided into Major and AAA. In the 80 Majors, the finals were a re-match of two of the top teams in the country. Only this year the result was different, with Center For Sight from Florida defeating Tiodize D-99 of California 27-13 for the championships and the Triple Grand Slam.
In the 80 AAA, Scrap Iron of Colorado won when Northwest 80s of Washington State had to withdraw early. Northwest had defeated Scrap Iron in the championship round and forced an “IF” game, but were unable to play because of early flights, making Scrap Iron the champion.
In the 75 AAA division, Prohealth Care of Wisconsin beat Gold Coast of California soundly 25-12 to win the six-team division. Two California teams battled for the 75 Major title, with Fairway Ford beating California Gold Rush 15-7 to win.
In the 70 AAA, Robson Ranch of Arizona went on an eight-game winning streak, capping it by defeating Knapheide of Missouri 19-15 in the championships.
PDR/Fastsigns of Oregon beat Thousand Oaks of California in the 70 Major finals 17-6 to win the division – and the Triple Grand Slam, by also winning the Western Nationals and US Nationals.
In the largest 65 AA division of the year, Paul Tone Agency of Arizona defeated the Crackerbox of Missouri after being forced into the “IF” game. Crackerbox won the first game 10-5, but Paul Tone Agency came back in the finals to win the 15-team division 16-14.
Another Triple Grand Slam winner emerged in the 65 Major-Plus division, when the Florida Legends/Human Kenetics defeated Ruth Realty of Washington State 29-22. The Legends also win the US Nationals (21-15 against Ruth Realty) and the Eastern Nationals.
In another close contest in the 65 Major division, the Village Merchants of Florida came back to win the division in the “IF” game (by a lopsided 15-1) after losing the first finals to Tharaldson 65s of Nevada 22-18.
The winner of the Sportsmanship of the Year award, the High Desert Roadrunners of New Mexico, won the 65 AAA division, beating the Minnesota Masters 17-11 in the finals.
In the large 16-team 60 AA division, Scrap Iron Diamonds of Colorado was forced to the “IF” game by the Los Vatos Viejos of Arizona. Los Vatos came out of the loser’s bracket to beat Scrap Iron 17-15, but Scrap Iron came back in the “IF” game 14-11 to win in the World Championships.
The 60 Major division – also 16 teams – came down to Double Edge of California versus K.C. Kids of Kansas. Double Edge won the championships handily 22-11.
The Nighthawks of California emerged from fifth seed to run the table in a strong 11-team 55 Major-Plus division. The Nighthawks swept the bracket, beating Bass Gloves of Virginia 35-17 in the finals.
Another California team, Doubleplay, won the 55 Major division. Doubleplay posted a perfect record, ending with their championship win over NorCal Reds 22-13.
Spot Bar & Grille of Washington State not only won the 19-team 55 AAA division, they also won the Triple Grand Slam. Entering the World Championships as the Western Champion, Spot Bar defeated the Bay State Bombers of Massachusetts 17-16 for the US National Championships, then won five straight bracket games to claim the World Championships – and the Triple Grand Slam – titles.
In the 55 AA division, Arizona Roadrunners won six straight, ending with their championship victory over the Ohio Silverados (27-3). The Silverados had won the US National Championships earlier in the weekend.
In the 50 AA, the Oxnard Rookies topped the 13-team division, beating the Playmakers of Wisconsin 10-5 in the finals.
And in the 50 Major-Plus division, the powerhouse Seacrest Mavericks won the World Championships, defeating Butch’s Line Drive of Michigan 32-13.
For a complete list of game scores, please see www.seniorsoftball.com, click on TOURNAMENTS and 2010 TOURNAMENTS and WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS.