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June 13, 2011
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Two new 50-&-over teams were introduced to senior softball this past weekend at the 10,000 Lakes Classic, the MN SSWC Qualifier played in Rochester, MN, and did very well finishing one-two in the strong, six team, 50/55 Platinum Division. The MN Merchants, with a rich and very successful history in the Masters division (35+, 40+ & 45+), won the tournament and Jimmy's / Ancell 50's (MN), a newly formed team, took second.

Ancell 55's (MN) came out of the losers bracket forcing an "IF" game in the 50/55/60 Gold Division. They won that "IF" game with a two out, bottom of the seventh single that brought home the tie-breaking run.

The Oshkosh Ambassadors Softball Club (WI) sent three teams to the 10,000 Lakes Classic and made a clean sweep. The Oshkosh Ambassadors 55's won the 55 Silver Division, the Oshkosh Ambassadors 60's won the 60/65 Gold Division and the Oshkosh Ambassadors 65's won the 65 AA Division.

The Quad City Old Stars (IA) came back on Sunday to win the 70 AAA Division despite losing a player with a skull fracture on Saturday. The player injured was struck on the side of the head by a line drive while running between first and second base. There has been some discussion about mandating helmets for base runners in senior softball and this incident will lend credence to that argument.

FOOTNOTE: The player injured should be okay. The swelling, resulting from the blow and the fracture, radiated outward, not inward.

Here are the top finishers in the tournament:

1. MN Merchants
2. Jimmy's / Ancell 50's (MN)
3T. Roberts Const / Pope Transport (WI)
3T. Milwaukee Merchants (WI)

50/55/60 GOLD
1. Ancell 55's (MN)
2. WI Masters
3. Legends / Chicken Coop / Plaza Pub Coors (IA)

1. Oshkosh Ambassadors 55's (WI)
2. MN Prize 55's
3. Sonic / Fossils (IA)

60/65 GOLD
1. Oshkosh Ambassadors 60's (WI)
2. MN Masters 60's-Red
3T. MN Masters 65's
3T. MN Prize 65's

65 AA
1. Oshkosh Ambassadors 65's (WI)
2. MN Lumberjacks / Bobby & Steve's

70 AAA
1. Quad City Old Stars (IA)
2. MN Masters 70's
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