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June 13, 2012
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The 32 team Connecticut SSUSA Qualifier was rain shortened by one day (from five to four days) but ended up a great success. The Wednesday rain was anticipated so the schedule was revised to compress the Monday-Wednesday session into a two day format and 65+, 70+ and 75+ division winners were crowned yesterday.

Hats-off go to the CT Sports Management Group and the CT Sportsplex for making this one of the best administered qualifiers in the country played at one of the best softball facilities in the country. The CT Sports Management Group, who run the CT Senior Games (a qualifier for the US Senior Games), partnered with SSUSA to make this a dual qualifier. Executive Director Pat Fisher and Site Director Ryan West added features that all players appreciated. They provided scorekeepers for each field and had medical staff on site to attend to the needs of the participants. They also provided tee shirts for every single player and individual awards (medals) for the first thru third place teams.

The CT Sportsplex, a beautiful five field complex, is the top softball complex in the Northeast and one of the best in the country. Owner Sal Candelora and facility manager Don Westfall provide a venue in which all players love to play. They also have a top notch umpiring staff headed by UIC Dave Reno.

There were eight SSUSA division winners, including two women's divisions who completed play on Saturday, both one-day competitions. In men's play the Deep Purple / Advantage (MA) squad won the 55 / 60 Gold division on Sunday by virtue of knocking off powerhouse Hannington's / Bay State Bombers (MA) twice by one run, 20-19 and 23-22, thanks to the equalizer rule. On Monday Pelley's Sports finished an undefeated three-day run by winning the 60 Silver Division, the largest division in the tournament with seven teams. Four winners were decided on Tuesday and perfection was winessed as Wanskuck Post 56's Rodney Sweet finished 75 Gold play with a 1000 batting average (12 for 12).

Here are the top finishers in each division:

1. Twisted Fossils, MA
2. CT Cougars
3. CT Sr Moments 50's

1. CT Sr Moments 55's
2. CT Sr Moments 60's
3. NY Metros

55/60 GOLD
1. Deep Purple / Advantage, MA
2. Hannington's / Bay State Bombers, MA
3. Pace 60's Softball, NY

1. Pelley's Sports, MA
2. Socrates / Edge Technology 60's, CT
3. Athletic Outlet / Travato Ins, NY

1. Bostonian Shoes, MA
2. Socrates / Vios / Edge Tech 65's, CT

1. Tabor-Franchi VFW, RI
2. Syracuse Cyclones 65's, NY
3. Western MASS Relics 65's, MA

1. Socrates / Edge Technology 70's, CT
2. SSL 70 Seahawks, NJ
3. Hannington's Of Massachusetts, MA

1. Back Office Associates, MA
2. Wanskuck Post 56, RI
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