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July 28, 2007
Men's 65
317 posts
NSA Finals
Sunday at 9 am Indiana Classics will play Monster Softball,Memphis, Tenn for the championship, if it doesnt rain, which it is right now, the game was called on Saturday nightbecause of rain, right before we were going to play, and it doesnt look good that we will get the game in,calling for rain all day Sunday,but I am hoping we do get it in,so does my softball friend (Leo), The Classics won the winners bracket by beating Monster 20-10, then Monster came through loser's bracket by beating Double O, 16-2 who earlier had put out Kayson's Grille (a very good team)
if fact there were no weak teams in this 8 team touney, they are using Dudley Thunders SN balls and they are flying out of here, there are no easy outs, I will post the results Sunday night when I get home.

Rabbit-Indiana Classics
July 29, 2007
Men's 65
3146 posts
In Gadsden, Ga/Al Master (Southern Softball) won the 55 AAA.
Kayson's Grill 55's won the 55 Major.
Pensacola Merchants won the 50 Major.
Spicers 33 1/3 won the 55 Major plus.
Only 2 teams in 55 AAA, 50 Major Plus and 55 Major Plus. We won the 55 Major unopposed.
For the double elemination portion, The 50 Major, 55 Major and 55 Major Plus play combined. We were the only team guarenteed a championship.
There was some confusion as to the Sr. Combat being approved for use. In Boaz they were using it and also in some of our games. I was heard that Spicers weren't allowed to use it.
July 29, 2007
84 posts
Looking forward to see who won it. My guess is the Classic's.
I do know that whoever plays them better be way ahead going into the last inning. I would always want to be the home team against them. Most every game they played was close until the open inning then they came alive. We hung on and won in the round robin but couldn't stop them in the bottom of the 7th when it counted. Great team great games. Enjoyed it. We played 7 very competitive games balls were great weather was wet towards the end. 4th out of 8 is not what we hoped for but that was what we deserved. Got to hit it to win.

Can't wait until Burlington and Dalton back to back.

#19 Kaysons Grille
Steve George
July 29, 2007
Men's 70
502 posts
Tetters of Arkansas won the 60AAA at Cullman Saturday night, with Harris Auction (also from Arkansas) second. Texas Legends were third.

Boaz Export Crating won the 60 Major+.

Don't know about Major and AA divisions.
July 29, 2007
Men's 65
317 posts
In Boaz, the Indiana Classics beat the Monster Softball ,of Memphis,Tenn 24-6 to win the 50 AAA Division, it was tied up 4-4 after one and the Classics got hot with their bats, and had some great fielding plays to hold off Monster Softball, which is a very good and dangerous team.

the order of finish
1.-Indiana Classics 4-0
2.-Monster Softball- 3-2- always a dangerous team,
3.-Double "O"-Tenn- 3-2- this team will decieve you-very good
4.- Kayson's Grille-Georgia- 2-2- a very good and dangerous team
5.-James Smith-Alabama -1-2- up an coming team
6.-Silver Hawks-Alabama - 1-2- up and coming team
7.- Ole Skool-Ky - 0-2- close to a very good team
8-. Scrap Iron 50's-Alabama- 0-2- nice AA team-only one in tourney

The NSA was a very well ran tourney in my view, umpires were very good (there are always a few calls that some dont agree on?) The balls were excellant, Dudleys Thunders high compression,hard as a rock, The fields were great ,The tourney director is Joe Cothran, all he needs is more teams next year, this is the first year since 2005 he has ran it, they lost teams after it was moved to Rock Hill, NC last year, so mark it on your schedule for next season, you will not be sorry.

One last thing, I was able to meet so many nice guys that read the message board, after they found out who I was a whole lot of them came over and said hi, I was able to meet John Hayes, a real nice guy, and a very good hitter, Leo and his other teammates that we have played againest on Monster Softball over the years, Steve # 19 of Kayson's, Monty25 of Silver Hawks,Bruce GA and many other names I can not recall,but they were a very friendly to me and my team, and just a great bunch of guys ,made us northeners feel at home down in Hot Alabama, and is always nice to put a face to a name, Rabbit
July 30, 2007
Men's 70
661 posts
Rabbit I always said give me a good ball and I don't need the Ultra's. I used my Mayhem M75 and it done the job for what I wanted for this tourney. I enjoyed playing against everyone. They had so many good teams that in the round robin day it was hard to say the Classics were going to win. Real good times. The Classics played great Sunday and took it home. You will never never hit a better ball then the ball well used this past weekend in Boaz.
July 30, 2007
Men's 65
317 posts
Lefty, I agree, we used the gray 28 ounce Combat Da Bomb and the red end loaded Combat all weekend, and they are as good as the Ultra 11, with the good balls it doesnt matter, Rabbit
July 30, 2007
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
834 posts
Congratulations, Doc. It seems like years ago that Mert took you youngsters down to Florida to play your first 50 games. I am just glad that I got to come along. That little weekend was the start of Indiana Classics, Brickyard, and Indy FOG. I guess we all owe Mert a lot of thanks for getting us started. Rest up for Elgin now.
July 30, 2007
Men's 60
336 posts
I do not post much, but would like to comment on the NSA Tourney. Joe Cothran does a great job, umps, fields & balls were great. All in all, great competition & fellowship. I feel that these 8 teams in the AAA Field were very strong & most are close to the Major bracket.

I got to meet Rabbit & his wife, of course, I have to poke fun at Rabbit, he is a good sport. He had a very strong team; I would guess that 9 different players hit HR's, because they are that good. So Rabbit, get ready to hippity-hop to the Major bracket.

Also, got to meet Lefty, a fine gentleman & great for the game. I must say that Senior ball has some great competition, very little controversy; a lot of pats on the back, even from the other teams; & as always, we meet after the game, win or lose, shake hands, say a prayer, & hope that we get to see each other at the next event.

Glad to have been a part of this tourney..............very strong teams.

My compliments to Kayson's Grill, very good team; Old School, Double QQ or OO, cannot see too well, Silverhawks
& John Smith. Hope I did not miss anyone.

Monster played some good ball & they will go places; thanks for letting me play.

John W. Hayes
July 30, 2007
Men's 60
45 posts
Greetings from Memphis. With the trip home being about 4 hours long, I though about the Classics team still on the road as I was warming up for Sundays nights league game. I trust you all had a safe trip home.

On the Boaz AAA tournament, cheers to all 8 teams for the comradery, fellowship and the display of character that is exposed in trying situations. I hope there are enough teams in Dalton that I dont have to play any of these in the first round. I would not want to see Scrap Iron in the first round AA tournament either. Still, I look forward to seeing all of them at any tournament I am blessed to attend. The laughter of the wives in the parking lot, off the cuff comments from behind the fense(when I can hear them), an acknowledgement from an apponent on a play or hit, our successes and failures..... all add to a rich and rewarding experience. As you have taught me at these games, I wish to thank God for the blessings he has poured out upon us. May he continue to keep you and your families in his grace.

In closing I must echo Rabbits own comments of the previous tournaments they have won; excellent defense and gritty character. Too many moments of outstanding softball to comment on because the competition was tough across the board.

#5 Monster Softball
Leo Koulogianes
July 30, 2007
84 posts
Hey Leo,

Hope at some point this year we can play you guys again. I was hoping we would have a chance this tournament but it wasn't in the cards. Kind of ran into a bump in the road just before we were getting to you. You guys had a great tournament as usual.

Like you said I hope in Dalton we can dodge each other plus any of the teams that were there this weekend until we have had a chance to play a few games in the double elimination. We wil also have to contend with Tater's team up there.

It's going to be a great tournament and the teams will have to be at their best or they will be going home early.

#19 Kaysons
July 30, 2007
Men's 60
88 posts
July 30, 2007
Men's 60
15 posts
Congratulations to TAPCO who won the 60 major division. A very talented group of ball players and great guys to boot. Great fun playing against them, even when you lose.
Matadors came back through the losers bracket playing 5 games Saturday before losing 13 to 17 to Tapco in the "if" game. Excellent fields and a very well run tournament. Good balls to hit and and most people didn't complain about not getting to use their Ultra II's. Even amongst the fierce competition there was great cameraderie amongst the players on all teams. That's what it's all about! Also congrats to Human Kinetics and Huffman for fielding great teams - another day or time and either one could have come out on top.

Jack Baker
Matador 60's #27
July 30, 2007
Men's 70
502 posts

There were 5 teams in 60AAA; Teeters, Harris Auction, Texas Legends, Kayson's Grill, and Sports Lettering.

You should have come. This was a very evenly matched tournament. Every team had a legitmate shot at winning it. We (Teeters) won our three games in the DE by a total of 4 runs. The final went down to the bottom of the 7th when we came from 6 down to win against our friends and rivals from Hot Springs.

This was a good tournament. The hospitality was great, good umps, good balls, and well organized. I didn't see any downside or hear any complaints about not being able to use the Ultra II. Some of the games tended to run long, but that's to be expected in the DE when you have no time limit and the teams are closely matched.

I do wish they had communicated the fact that Cullman is in a dry county. :)
July 30, 2007
Men's 60
99 posts
I must concur with all that has been said about the teams,park, and fellowship. It was nice to meet Rabbit. Can.t wait to see everyone in Dalton.God be with all.Monty25
July 31, 2007
Men's 60
993 posts
Greetings to everyone who participated in the tourney at Boaz this past weekend. Everything from top to bottom was just right--well-ran tournament. Thanks, Joe Cothran and all.
One of the most pleasant aspects of Senior Softball is that one gets to meet so many thoughtful, just-plain-nice, down to earth, salt of the earth folks. You abounded at Boaz this past weekend.
I appreciate all the kind words of encouragement there and in these posts concerning our little AA team. We have not played a AA team yet this year-just trying to keep our heads above water! Playing great competition has hopefully made us better. It certainly has humbled us at times! By Saturday morning, we had 11 players and 3 were hurt, so we felt fortunate just to be there. God bless you all and hope to see you in Dalton. Scrap Iron Steve
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