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Sept. 1, 2013

27 ISA World Games Decided by a Single Run

Jerry Jackson
COLOMBUS, IND. Ė The 2013 ISA Senior World Championship drew 43 teams here from the United States and Canada from July 26-28.

The ISA Senior World, sponsored by the Columbus Indiana Visitors Center, was played on eight diamonds at Lincoln Park and the Dunn Sports Complex. Some of the ISAís top directors and a fantastic grounds crew worked hard to maintain a fresh field of play for all teams throughout the tournament.

With more than 135 games played in the 11 divisions, there were 27 one-run ball games and 66 games were decided by less than a five-run margin, proving that the event was packed full of talent and excellent competition.

In the Menís 50 Major/Major Plus Division, four Major teams from three states and one Major Plus team competed for the 50 Major title. The undefeated OKI, a 50 Major+ team, claimed the 2013 Senior World title beating out the 50 Major teams. Winning the 50 Major title was Chicago Prime who beat Team Ohio 22-12.

In the Menís 50 AAA Division, four teams competed to claim a 2013 ISA Senior World Championships title. WC Thunder from Illinois marched through the bracket to knock off KEC of Illinois in the Championship by a score of 15-7.

In the Menís 55 AAA Division, five teams from five states competed. Central Illinois Chiefís faced the Milwaukee Merchants of Wisconsin in the winnerís bracket final. With a score of 15-5, the Chiefís clinched a spot in the championship game.

The Dayton Legends of Ohio came out swinging from the losers bracket in the Championship game and forced the ďIFĒ game with a score of 26-18. The final game proved to be one of the best at the event with the Chiefís beat the Legends 21-19 to claim 55 AAA title.

In the Menís 55 Major Division, six teams from five states competed with Smithís Laminating fighting hard through five games to make it to the championship game where they met the undefeated Kinnco Services. Kinnco Services won 30-12, claiming their 2013 ISA Senior World title.

In the Menís 55 Major-Plus Division, Line Drive Salsa Bombers of Michigan and Jim & Joeís Ice of Kentucky faced off to play a best two-out-three game series. Line Drive took the first game 14-13, but Jim & Joeís fought back in the second game with a score 32-23. In the final game, Line Drive claimed the ISA Senior World 65 Major-Plus title by a score of 28-7.

In the Menís 60 Major Division, three teams battled it out with Handeland Flooring of Wisconsin winning.

In the Menís 60 AAA Division, five teams from four states competed. The Dayton Legends faced the Mid State Seniors in the winnerís bracket final. Dayton beat Mid State 25-6 dropping Mid State into the loserís bracket and guaranteeing Dayton Legends a spot in the championship game. The Windsor Chiefís of Canada beat Mid-State, to advance to the championships, but Dayton won the final game - and the 60AAA title - 16-12.

In the Menís 65 Major Division, DeClaire Knee of Michigan and High Five of Minnesota faced off to play a best 2 out of 3 game series. High Five double dipped DeClaire with scores of 20-6 and 24-20 to claim their 2013 ISA Senior World title.

In the Menís 65 AAA Division, 5 teams from 4 different states competed with Michaels of Wisconsin going undefeated.

In the Menís 65 AA Division, Indiana Legends/Columbus and U.S. Jobs met in the winnerís bracket final and by a score of 19-18 the Legends punched their ticket to the championship game. U.S. Jobs fell to the loserís bracket to face the Dayton Legends. U.S. Jobs won to force a rematch against the Legends. U.S. Jobs battled through the championship game and won 17-11 forcing the ďIFĒ game. U.S. Jobs hitting streak then ed them to their 2013 Senior World Championship title with a 29-15 win over the Legends.

ISA officials announced that the ISA Senior World Championships will be returning here next year.
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