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Sept. 1, 2013

Reno Draws Largest Women's Division of Year

Ross McCulligan
Softball News Report

Rock N’ Reno Challenge Cup attracted the largest number of women of any SSUSA tournament, with 31 teams participating.

In the Women’s 40 Gold division, seven teams from five states battled for supremacy in their division. Top seeded Saints knocked Tharaldsons into the loser’s bracket with a 18-12 win. Tharaldsons would go on to edge out Steel Runnin in the semifinals 13-12. They would then proceed to double dip the Saints, defeating them 26-14 in the championship ‘IF’ game.

The Women’s 40 AA division saw B.O.O.B.s. faced off with Northwest Intensity. B.O.O.B.s. won two straight 19-8 and 18-12 for the division championship.

The Women’s 50 division saw No. 1 seeded Dream Team play their way to victory. Dream Team knocked Steel Smackin into the loser’s bracket only to have to face them once again in the championship. Steel Smackin was able to force an ‘IF’ game, but Dream Team squeaked by 22-21 to win the championship.

Five teams made up the Women’s 55 division: Roadrunners, Got Runs, Ladies Choice, Nevada Sage and California Spirit. No. 3 seeded Ladies Choice fought their way into the finals with a 10-9 victory over California Spirit. Spirit would however beat Got Runs 15-11 in the semifinal and also force an ‘IF’ game with Ladies Choice. However, in the ‘IF’ game, California Spirit appeared to run out of gas, and Ladies Choice took the championship, 18-5.

The largest women’s division of the tournament was in the 60 age division of seven teams. California Spirit and California Express/Timberworks claimed the top two seeds coming out of pool play. Both teams dominated the bracket and faced each other in the finals. California Spirit, after losing to Express in the semifinals, ran off two straight wins 18-10 and 27-19 for the division title.

The Women’s 65 division drew five teams to Reno. Fun Bunch guaranteed themselves the top seed and ran through the bracket with ease until the final. Saints Express gave Fun Bunch a competitive game, however Fun Bunch would edge out a narrow 12-11 victory for the championship.
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