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Dec. 1, 2012
Cal Spirit, NY Cyclones Double Down to Win 2012 Triple Grand Slams
LAS VEGAS – For the first time, two organizations – Syracuse Cyclones and California Spirit – produced two Triple Grand Slam winners.
California has produced double Grand Slam winners in 2004 and 2007, as well – the most for any team in the sport.
Four other teams also claimed the top prize in senior softball here: Omega QSE Construction of Maryland in the 55 Major division, WE Ruth Realty of Washington in the 60 Major, Hamel Builders/ Turn Two in the 65 Major-Plus, and Pinnacle Physical Therapy of Arizona in the 70 Major.
These teams won the Eastern or Western Nationals, the US Nationals and the World Masters Championships.
The West and East fared exactly even in US Natiuonal games, with 8 Western teams and 8 Eastern Teams winning.
Eight teams claimed the Holy Grail of Senior Softball with Triple Grand Slams:
Syracuse Cyclones 65AA defeated Scrap Iron Classics of Colorado in the US Nationals 29-18 and beat the Minnesota Lumberjacks 17-14 in WMC finals for the Triple Grand Slam.
The Cyclones’ sister team, the 75AAA beat New Concepts of New Mexico by a slim 10-9, then went on to defeat the Antiques of Kansas City 22-15 in the WMC finals for the Slam.
California Spirit 55s and 60s, won their Western championships and had no opponents in the US National games, so received a forfeit wins. The Spirit 55s beat Bottom of the Fifth 14-5 in the WMC and the Spirit 60s defeated It’s a Good Life of California 14-6 in the WMC, propelling both teams to Slam titles.
Omega took the second leg of the 55 Major Triple Slam by defeating NorCal Reds 24-14 in the US National Game, then defeating NCI of California for the WMC title.
In the 60 Major, WE Ruth Realty beat Northern Virginia Force 25-18 for the US title, then defeated Timberworks of California in the WMC finals.
Hamels Builders/ Turn Two of North Carolina beat a strong Omen team from California in the US National Game 29-12, then went on to defeat an even stronger Florida Thunder team 33-13 in the WMC for the Slam.
In the 70 Major division, Pinnacle Physical Therapy of Arizona edged the Hamel Cavaliers of Virginia 25-18 for the US title, then edged PDR/ Fastsigns of Oregon 20-19 to win both the WMC and the Slam.
In US National Games, Arizona Elite defeated TSC/Howard Construction of South Carolina 30-15 to win the 50 Major US title.
In the 55 Major-Plus division, Connecticut SportsPlex beat Fangrabbers of Arizona in a tight 30-29 contest.
In the 60 Major-Plus division, Hamel Builders/ Turn Two trounced Master Collision of Colorado 41-21 for the US title.
In the 60 AAA, Tanel 360/Bud Light of Texas solidly defeated Indiana Legends/ Campbell 23-16.
In 60 AA US National action, the Ohio Silverados beat Scrap Iron Freedom 16-7.
In 75 Major action, the perennial strong San Francisco Seals of California defeated Eastern rival Joseph Chevrolet of Florida 17-11.
In the 80 Major division, rivals Arizona Prospectors defeated Eastern champ Center for Sight in a nail-biter 18-17 in the US Nationals. Center for Sight came back in another nail-biter to beat the Prospectors 22-20 in the WMC finals.
In the Women’s 50 division, Dreamgirlz of Virginia soundly defeated California Spirit 22-6, robbing the Cal Spirit organization of a possible historic three triple Grand Slams.