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Third Annual Tidewater Classic Sets Record with 41 Teams; Rain Washes Out Sunday's Games
April 1, 2017
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – The Third Annual Tidewater Classic was held here at Princess Anne Athletic Complex, the 2016 Senior Softball-USA Complex of the Year, April 18-23.
Forty-one teams from 10 states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia vied for their opportunity at a TOC berth.
The six-team Men’s 65/70 Gold division kicked off the first session of the tournament (April 18-20), as Northern Virginia Force 65’s (AAA) bounced back from an 0-2 showing in seeding play, with a perfect 4-0 performance in bracket play, including a 23-14 victory over Long Island Jaguars 65’s Red (NY) (65 AAA) in the championship game. CC Medical Services (NY) (70 AAA) finished in third place.
Inclement weather wreaked havoc during the second and third sessions of the tournament (Men’s 40’s through 60’s; April 21-23) with all games on Sunday rained out.
Straight Gas (VA) took first place in the six-team Men’s 50 AAA division as the lone remaining undefeated team left in the bracket. Central Penn Cavemen Softball (PA) was awarded second place. Straight Gas downed Central Penn Cavemen Softball, 10-8, on Saturday afternoon to advance to Sunday’s championship game.
The five-team Men’s 55 Platinum division went to Olympian Athletics (PA) (55 Major), while Woodlawn Funeral Home (VA) (55 Major) took second place. Olympian Athletics defeated Woodlawn Funeral Home 15-14 on Saturday afternoon to advance to Sunday’s championship game.
The Men’s 55/60 Gold division was broken off into the 55 AAA (three teams) and the 60 Major (five teams) divisions for bracket play.
Crossfit/RDU (NC) and Beltway Bandits (VA) took first and second, respectively, in the 55 AAA bracket. Crossfit/RDU earned first place via their 3-0 record in seeding play, while Beltway Bandits defeated DHF Contractors 55’s (VA), 20-13, on Saturday afternoon to begin bracket play.
Hannington’s 60’s (MA) and Promotion (NJ) were the first and second place finishers, respectively, in the 60 Major bracket. Hannington’s edged out Promotion, 14-13, on Saturday afternoon to advance to Sunday’s championship game.
The Men’s 55/60 Silver division was broken into the 55/60 AA (three teams) and the 60 AAA (eight teams) divisions for bracket play.
For the 55/60 AA division, The Starboard/OTS (DE) took first place as the top seed via their 2-1 record in seeding play, while Longshoremen 55 (VA) took second.
Reality Check (NC) won the 60 AAA division as the lone remaining undefeated team in bracket play, while Northern Virginia Force took second. Reality Check defeated Northern Virginia Force, 21-13, to advance to Sunday’s championship game.
The Men’s 40/50 Gold division was split into the Men’s 40 Masters Gold division (three teams) and the Men’s 50 Major division (two teams) for bracket.
As the top seed in the 40 Masters Gold division, Quad State Masters (MD) took first place following their 3-1 record in seeding play, while Thunder/GiantSteel/Miken took second.
Mizuno/RBLawncare (NC) and Team Elite/Miken (MD) were awarded first and second place, respectively, for the 50 Major division, as their best two-out-of-three game series was rained out.