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Discussion: LVSSA 55 Major Results

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April 21, 2009
Men's 60
279 posts
LVSSA 55 Major Results
Congratulations to Master Collision in winning a lively 55 Major tournament this past weekend in Las Vegas. OLR Nighthawks fought back through the losers bracket to force an if game which was tied going into the bottom of the open inning. MC shortstop (Burt?)finished it with a walk off bomb. Four well matched 55 Major/Major Plus teams (NCI, Utah Coyotes), allowed to play each other straight up without the meaningless "plus" label distorting the game. First time since we (Nighthawks) were "promoted" that we were able to play comparable 55 teams without giving a "stimulus package" of five runs. POINT: One too many levels in the 55 group. There is enough equalization with the rules to allow more teams to compete in the highest 55 category. Call it Major, Plus, Super, whatever, just combine us so we can go to a tournament like LVSSA and compete against multiple teams.

As mentioned in other posts, LVSSA offers other rules that SSUSA should adopt. Major division: 7 homers,1-up, singles when over the limit. 7 run innings allowed "visitor" teams to build bigger leads to offset the coin flip advantage. No PPR, not needed, not missed, not an issue, not even discussed (Imagine that). Lively balls, (47/525 I believe), but homer limit only reached in one of the 7 games we played. Games ran a little long,darn we had to play more softball.

To NCI, Coyotes, and Master Collision - thanks for some great competition in an atmosphere of good sportsmanship. West Coast, we missed you and you missed a good tourney. Good luck, and hope to see you all down the road!

Don Newhard
#22 - Nighthawks
April 21, 2009
Men's 50
3114 posts
Hey Don,
Sounds like you guys had a good time.
That tournament, the spring one,
needs to be touted more and/or moved a little later, perhaps into the summer
to give the guys east of us
who aren't in shape yet from the inclement weather (hey Bogie)
a chance to get themselves together
so they can compete with us.
LVSSA needs to be supported by all of us
playing real senior ball.
Way to go LVSSA and
keep up the good work.
April 21, 2009
Men's 60
24 posts
I am the MC shortstop,Bert,and I started the bottom of the 7th with a single. Our pitcher Bob Spada followed me with the walk off bomb. We had a blast all weekend and it was great escaping the snow for a weekend. We look forward to Reno.
Bert#3-Master Collision
April 21, 2009
Men's 60
1051 posts
Congrats to Master Collision on their win. Both OLR and MC were hot at the right time.

The hardest part for me was watching my team battle, hurt and tired and I am sitting on the sidelines unable to compete.

Great weather and great balls, as a hitter it was just painful not to be able to swing a bat.

I will be out for 6-8 weeks, I broke my ankle running to first. My doctor had been on me to lose some weight, now it is not an option, too much pressure on small joints at my age.

See you guys in a couple of months.
April 21, 2009
Sweet P
Men's 60
186 posts
Mike, sorry to hear about your injury. So now you have no choice but to listen to the doctor and drop a few!!! Hopefully you will be back in the game and we will see each other in Georgia.

Don 'OLR', we were looking forward to playing, but 3-guys were injured the prior weekend in Oxnard and couldn't play. We plan on playing the Senior Olympics in Riverside, May 2-3, and Reno at the end of May.

Congratulations to Master Collision on winning the LVSSA tournament.

Phillip Cobbs,
West Coast All-Stars
April 21, 2009
Men's 55
67 posts
Your absence and Charlie's injury were certainly major factors in NCI's performance. You guys gave us a good beating in the round robin so it was nice to get a little revenge later. Hope to see you on the field soon. It was just not the same without you hitting those towering bombs.
I agree with Don. It was a evenly matched group of teams and any one of them could have won. We were fortunate to be on top when the game with OLR ended. It was a very competitive game. Great sportmanship by all and the LVSSA rules were perfect.

Jack #30 Master Collision
April 21, 2009
Men's 60
279 posts
My apologies to Bob, I just know you and Bob were hitting machines all tourney. At least he kept Jim Ross from hitting his 4th of the game!! You didn't want to hear about that all the way home (lol)!! Great tourney, see you in Reno. Remember, you don't HAVE to take those free runs from us!!

Don Newhard
April 21, 2009
Men's 50
3114 posts
Hey Mike,
Sorry to hear about your injury.
Good luck rehabbing.
You'll be back, better than ever.
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