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13 Teams Lock Up TOC Bids at the 2017 Spring National Championships
March 1, 2017
POLK COUNTY, Fla. – 39 teams competed at the 2017 Spring National Championships here, the home of the original Tournament of Champions, March 24-26, at DiamondPlex and Southwest Softball Complexes.
Winners of each division were awarded a berth to the TOC in February.
The Women’s 40 Masters Major division featured a best three-out-of-five game series between Kryptonite (FL) and TM Force (FL). Kryptonite started off on the right foot taking the opener 17-2, before TM Force bounced back with two straight wins by identical scores of 13-9 to take a 2-1 series lead. Needing to win out, Kryptonite did just that, taking games four and five, by scores of 20-10 and 19-9.
Playing in their first SSUSA tournament, S2S/.40 CAL (FL) won the four-team Men’s 40 Masters Platinum division, defeating Miami Power-Blitz/One Payment/Euler-Hermes (FL) 22-11 in the championship game. Headbangersports.com (FL) finished in third place.
Team 1 Sports/Miken (FL) (pictured below) battled against Suncoast Adidas 50 (FL) in a best two-out-of-three game series to determine the Men’s 50 Major Plus division. The first two games featured one-run thrillers, as Team 1 Sports/Miken took game one, 19-18, while Suncoast Adidas took the second game 26-25. In the third and final contest, Team 1 Sports/Miken won the winner-take-all game 29-13.
In the three-team Men’s 50/55 Platinum division, Florida Automated Shade 55 (Major Plus) defeated Public Enemy, 24-18, in the championship game. As the highest finishing 50 Major team, Public Enemy would also earn a TOC bid. LeMay Contracting (FL) finished in third place.
In the three-team Men’s 50 AAA division, Hit N Run For The Cure (FL) defeated Globe Trailers 50’s (FL) 25-17 in the championship game. Public Enemy II (FL) finished in third place.
In another three-team division, the Men’s 55 AAA division, Bev Smith Toyota (FL) edged out Vero Codgers (FL) 21-20 in the championship game. FL. Legends 55’s finished in third place.
The Men’s 55 Major division came down to an “if” game, as Miami Power/Twisted Sports (FL) avenged its 25-21 loss in the championship game against RBC/Pro-Grass (FL), with a 25-14 victory in the “if” game. Team Impact (FL) finished in third place in the three-team division.
Hollis Appraisals 60’s (FL) (pictured below) defeated Team Florida in a best two-out-of-three game series in the Men’s 60 Major Plus division. Team Florida would strike first taking the opening game 21-15; while Hollis Appraisals evened the series with a 19-13 win in game two. Hollis Appraisals would complete the comeback with a 22-15 win in the third and final game.
In the six-team Men’s 60 AAA division, Slug-A-Bug (FL) posted a perfect 4-0 record in bracket play, capped off with a 26-16 win in the championship game over Silver Rays (FL). Silver Rays bounced back from an 0-2 showing in seeding play, posting a 3-2 record in the bracket to earn the runner-up finish. RedHawks (FL) finished in third place.
FL Mustangs came out of the elimination side of the bracket in the Men’s 65 AAA division and double-dipped Acousti (FL), 15-14 and 30-20, in the championship and “if” games, respectively. Acousti previously defeated FL Mustangs 34-14 to knock them into the elimination bracket. Cardiac Kids 65 (FL) finished in third place.
Venom 70 (FL) got the better of Southeast Left-Overs (GA) in the Men’s 70/75 Major Plus division, sweeping the best two-out-of-three game series by scores of 28-8 and 23-17.
In the five-team Men’s 70/75 AAA division, DAF 70’s/Globe Trailers (FL) went through bracket play unscathed, going 3-0, including a 23-7 win in the championship game against Ted Todd Insurance (FL). Bucs & Bulls 75’s (FL) finished in third place.
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