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36 Teams Compete in 2018 Spring Nationals
March 1, 2018
POLK COUNTY, Fla. – The 2018 Spring National Championships, sponsored by Polk County Sports Marketing, and DeMarini and Louisville Slugger, was held here in March with 36 teams vying for a chance to earn their invitation to the 2019 original Tournament of Champions in February.
Beginning with the Men’s 40 Masters Platinum (Major Plus/Major) division, Suncoast Adidas 40 (FL) won the three-team division with their 17-14 win over Headbangersports.com (FL) in the championship game. As the highest finishing 40 Major team, Headbangersports also earned a berth in the TOC. One Payment/Euler-Hermes (FL) rounded out the three-team division.
Fence Brokers/Team Kitty/Miken/Worth (AL) won the three-team Men’s 50 Major Plus division following its 42-21 victory over Suncoast Adidas 50 (FL) in the championship game. Kelleher Firm Softball Club (FL) finished in third place.
LeMay Contracting (FL) bested No Shows (FL) in a best two-out-of-three game series in the Men’s 50 Major division, sweeping the series by scores of 19-16 and 28-19.
In the five-team Men’s 50/55 Gold (Major/AAA) division, top seed Florida Automated Shade 55 defeated All Secure (FL) 16-4 in the championship game. As the highest finishing 50 AAA team, All Secure also got an invitation to the TOC. Globe Trailers 50’s (FL) finished in third place.
Ameriprise FL Legends 55’s and Vecter Scorpions 55’s played a best two-out-three game series in the Men’s 55 AAA division, with Ameriprise sweeping the series by scores of 20-18 and 21-9.
The four-team Men’s 55/60 Major Plus division, featured two teams in each age group, with the highest finishing 55 Major Plus and 60 Major Plus team each receiving a TOC berth.
After dropping their first game in the bracket, TSC Miken Reloaded (GA) won four straight elimination games, all on Sunday, including double-dipping RBC Wealth Management (FL) in the championship game (27-25) and the “if” game (19-18). Florida Stingers finished in third place, and as the highest finishing 60 Major Plus team, earned a TOC invite.
In the three-team Men’s 60/65 Platinum division, Pompano Crush 60’s (FL) defeated Team Florida 65’s in the championship game 34-13. Slug-A-Bug (FL) finished in third place.
RedHawk Nation (FL) won the three-team Men’s 60 AAA division, edging out FL Mustangs 60’s, 20-19, in the championship game. Silver Rays (FL) finished in the third place.
Venom 70 (FL) defeated Who’s On First (FL) 15-10 in the championship game of the three-team Men’s 65/70 Platinum division. Bulls (FL) finished in third place. As the highest finishing 65 Major team, Who’s On First would also go on to earn a TOC berth.
Acousti (FL) took the four-team Men’s 65/70 Gold division, coming out of the elimination side of the bracket to defeat Boca 70’s (FL), in back-to-back games, winning the championship game (8-5), and the “if” game (13-3). Florida Mavericks came in third place.
Top seed Lane Construction (FL) completed a perfect weekend, going 3-0 in seeding play, and 3-0 in bracket play, including an 11-4 win over Florida Southern Force in the championship game of the four-team Men’s 70 AAA division. DAF 70’s/Globe Trailers finished in third place.