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Sept. 1, 2013
Magic City Brings Luck to Teams in Alabama at Southern ChampionshipsBeth Hamilton
Softball News Report
BIRMINGHAM, ALA.– 25 teams from 6 states arrived here in mid-August to compete in the Southern Championships, marking the seventh straight year that the Magic City has hosted the highly popular tournament.
The weather was perfect for the kickoff of the tournament. Alabama was a beautiful 75 degrees with no humidity, allowing all the teams not to worry about fighting to win their games and beat the heat together.
Since the weather was perfect, the directors decided to try to finish the games before Sunday. Therefore all but two games were done Saturday night. It was a perfect idea because as soon as the last game of the tournament ended, the rain began to fall.
The first games kicked off on Thursday in the 65 Gold Division. By Friday it was a battle to the finish between the top two seeds. The second-seeded Panhandle Hitmen won a close one 28-25 and the title of 65-Major Champions. Custom Graphics was then chosen as the 65-AAA Champions.
Columbus LX battled to gain the title of champions by double dipping the Alabama Masters in the 60 Silver division bracket This all started in the round-robin games with the two battling to see who was the better team. Eventually after four games against each other, Columbus LX came out on top 22-6.
With the 55AAA and the solo 60 Major Plus team competing for the title, the bracket was hot. All teams including the No. 5 seed, Dixie Senior Softball, were in the race for the title.
After winning four games in bracket play, Dixie Senior Softball beat Columbus 55 to win the division 27-18.
The Lighthouse Lookouts, a new team from Chattanooga, Tenn., came out to compete in the 50 AAA Division. After being the only team to win all three round- robin games, they had confidence going into the title game. Magnolia Softball put up a good fight but eventually Lighthouse Lookouts beat Magnolia 16 – 10 to win the 50 AAA title.
Monster Softball and Adictiv Sports fought it out for 50 Major title throughout the weekend. In the end, the second-seeded Adictiv Sports prevailed 24-22 for the title over the top-seeded Monster Softball.
For complete scores, bracket results, and All Tournament Player lists, please visit the Southern Championships Tournament page at www.seniorsoftball.com.