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19 Teams Secure TOC Bids at 2017 Spring World Championships
March 1, 2017
MESQUITE, Nev. & ST. GEORGE, Utah – 106 teams from 10 states competed in the 2017 edition of the Spring World Championships, sponsored by Adidas and Mesquite Gaming, which was held here at Hunter Park and Pioneer Park (Mesquite) and The Canyon’s Complex (St. George), March 21-26.
As a Tournament of Champions qualifier, winners from each division secured their spot in the 2018 TOC.
Weather caused havoc during the first session of the tournament (March 21-23; age divisions 65’s through 80’s), with various rain outs affecting championship games.
Starting with the Men's 65 Major Plus division, Timberworks/Adidas (CA) swept R & R 65’s (CA) in a best two-out-of-three game series, by scores of 26-11 and 24-23.
The championship game in the five-team Men's 65 Major division between Top Gun Mavericks (CA) and Arizona Ancient would be among the first rain outs. As the undefeated team in bracket play at 2-0 with wins over Runner Blue (UT) and Over the Edge (CA), Top Gun Mavericks were declared the champions. Arizona Ancient came out of the elimination side of the bracket, defeating Over the Edge, 19-7, in the third-place game, avenging their loss earlier in the bracket.
The championship game in the Men's 65 Silver division would also be rained out, with Ryan’s Way (NV) being declared the champion as the undefeated team in bracket play at 3-0 with wins over Speed Limit (UT), Las Vegas Stars (NV) and Fountain Valley Outlaws (CA). Fountain Valley Outlaws was the runner-up after defeating Las Vegas Stars, 20-4, in the third-place game.
The Men's 70 Major Plus division featured a best two-out-of-three game series between Omen 70 (CA) and Scrap Iron 70 Legacy (CO). After dropping game one, 20-4, Omen 70 won back-to-back games, 29-19 and 30-21, to win the division.
The Men's 70 Major division would see co-champions crowned, as Top Gun 70 (CA) outlasted Scrap Iron/3n2 (CO), 17-13 (five innings), in a rain shortened championship game, to force the “if” game. With the “if” game rained out, both teams were named champions. Top Gun 70 defeated Tri-State Diamondbacks (NM), 15-11, in the third-place game to reach the championship game.
The Men's 70 AAA division had the third-place game rained out between Elite 70’s LVSSA (NV) and Mustangs (CA). As the lone unbeaten team at 3-0 following wins over Mustangs, Scrap Iron 70 Red (CO) and Elite LVSSA, Southern California Crush would be named the champion. Elite LVSSA and Mustangs rounded out the top three finishers.
The Men's 70 AA division saw a best two-out-of-three game series between California Oaks and Doughboys (NV). After exchanging wins in the first two games, Doughboys took the third and final game 21-8 to win the division.
The Zone (UT) defeated Las Vegas 75 Coyotes (NV) 21-19 in the championship game of the five-team Men's 75 Gold division to complete an undefeated tournament.
The Zone (UT) - Men's 75 Gold Division Champs
Las Vegas 75 Coyotes (NV) - Men's 75 Gold Division Runner-Up
Fairway Ford (CA) defeated Emerald 80’s (WA) in a best two-out-of-three game series in the Men's 80 Major division, while Forever Young (UT) took the three-team Men's 80 AAA division, with its 11-4 win over Scrap Iron Gray Berets (CO) in the championship game.
Forever Young (UT) Men's 80 AAA Division Champs
Scrap Iron Gray Berets (CO) Men's 80 AAA Division Runner-Up
Eight divisions were in action during the second session (March 24-26; age divisions 50-60).
In the five-team Men’s 50 Major division, 4 The Fallen (AZ) went from worst to first, going 0-2 in seeding play, before winning three straight games in bracket play to reach the championship game. 4 The Fallen would drop a 17-14 contest against Arizona Old School 50, in the championship game, before bouncing back with a convincing 24-9 win in the “if” game. OG (CA) overcame an early loss in bracket play by winning three straight games in the elimination side of the bracket to eventually finish in third place.
The 14-team Men’s 50 AAA division also featured an “if” game, as Fully Loaded (TX) was able to avenge its 19-8 loss in the championship game against Grayed & Confused (UT), with a 19-14 win in the “if” game. After going 0-2 in seeding play, Grayed & Confused had a solid showing in bracket play with a 5-2 record en route to their runner-up finish. Pacific Coast Alliance (CA) finished in third place after posting a 4-2 record.
CornerStone (OR) swept L.A.F 55 (CA) in a best two-out-of-three game series to take the Men’s 55 Major Plus division.
D & K Tradition (CA) (pictured below) ran the table in the nine-team Men’s 55 Major division going 4-0 in bracket play, capped off with a 16-11 win over The Core (NV) in the championship game. So Cal 55 (CA), the top seed in the bracket, bounced back from a loss in their first game, winning four straight games in the elimination side of the bracket, to eventually finish in third place.
In the 11-team Men’s 55 AAA division, Southwest Outlaws (NM) won a thrilling “if” game 21-20 over Never Say Never/Big Al’s Trucking (UT). Never Say Never/Big Al’s Trucking rattled off three straight wins in the elimination side of the bracket, before handing Southwest Outlaws their first loss, 27-19, in the championship game to force the “if” game. Michael’s/Magic Toyota (WA) finished in third place.
In the seven-team Men’s 60 Platinum division, Reloaded (CA) went unbeaten in bracket play, going 4-0, including a 26-10 win over Arizona Old School 60 in the championship game. After dropping their first game in the bracket, Arizona Old School won four straight games in the elimination side of the bracket to reach the championship game. Sin City Softball (NV) finished in third place.
The LVSSA Raiders (NV) registered a perfect record in the 11-team Men’s 60 AAA division, going 2-0 in seeding play, and 4-0 in bracket play, including a 10-6 victory over Fierce Firearms (UT) in the championship game. Mountain Men 60 (UT) rebounded from an early loss in bracket, winning four straight elimination games en route to their third-place finish.
In the three-team Men’s 60 AA division, Los Vatos Viejos 60 (AZ) defeated Family (NV) 26-16 in the championship game. Classics (UT) finished in third place.
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