» Latest news Sections: Obituaries | Tournaments | Womens' Corner | Editorials » For Advertisers: Editorial Calendar
State of Georgia Hosts 18th Annual Eastern National Championships
Aug. 1, 2018
Valdosta, GA – For the first time in tournament history, the Eastern National Championships was held here in the Peach State at Freedom Park. Previous hosts included North Carolina, Illinois, Michigan and New York.
The tournament began July 31-Aug. 1 with the three-team Men’s 65/70 Platinum Division, which had three divisions represented.
Team Florida (Men’s 65 Major Plus), Carolina Cobras (NC) (Men’s 65 Major), and Venom (FL) (Men’s 70 Major Plus) were all in action competing for the top spot.
Following double round-robin play for seeding, Venom entered the modified single elimination bracket as the top seed going 4-0, and would go on to defeat Carolina Cobras, 19-12, in the championship game. Carolina Cobras edged out Team Florida 16-15 in the third-place game to reach the championship game.
All three teams will represent their respective division in the U.S. National Game, held during seeding play of the 2018 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships in Las Vegas. The teams will play against their Western counterparts.
The tournament resumed Aug. 3-5 with the Men’s 40 – 60 age divisions, as well as the Women’s 40/50 age division.
Beginning with the six-team Women’s 40/50 Division, Kryptonite (FL) (Women’s 40 Major), entered bracket play as the No. 1 seed, after going 3-0 in seeding play. Kryptonite would be unable to keep its momentum going in the bracket, as the team posted a 2-2 record en route to their eventual third place finish. The championship game featured a match-up between the two 50s teams, as Dreamgirlz (VA) defeated Florida Girls, 15-14, forcing an “if” game. Florida Girls came back to avenge their loss with a 20-11 victory in the ‘if” game.
As the highest finishing Women’s 40 Major team, Kryptonite also earned a TOC berth.
Kryptonite, Dreamgirlz (Women’s 50 Major Plus) and Florida Girls (Women’s 50 Major) will all represent the East in their respective division.
In the Men’s 40 Platinum Division, Suncoast Adidas (FL) (Men’s 40 Major Plus) posted a perfect 3-0 record in bracket play, including a 21-19 win over S2S/.40 CAL (FL), in the championship game. As the highest finishing Men’s 40 Major team, S2S/.40 CAL also earned a berth to the TOC and will represent the East. Color By Design (MD) finished in third place.
Suncoast Adidas 40s
Playing a best two-out-of-three game series for the Men’s 40 AAA Division, Live! Casino (MD) swept Red Eye/RHSK Softball (MD) by scores of 25-6 and 14-11, respectively.
Suncoast Adidas (FL) (Men’s 50 Major Plus) won the three-team Men’s 50 Platinum Division, edging out Lighthouse Lookouts/Athletic Shop (TN), 25-24, in the championship game. Lighthouse Lookouts/Athletic Shop also earned a berth to the TOC as the highest finishing Men’s 50 Major team, and will also represent the East in the U.S. National Game in their respective division. Public Enemy (FL) finished in third place.
Suncoast Adidas 50s
In the five-team Men’s 50/55 Gold Division, Team 757 (VA) (Men’s 50 AAA) posted a perfect 3-0 record in seeding play, including a thrilling 14-13 win over top seed, Volusia Top Gun (FL) in the championship game. GAP Sports 55, the lone Men's 55 Major team, finished in third place and will represent the East.
The four-team Men’s 55/60 Major Plus Division saw RBC Wealth Management (FL) (Men’s 55 Major Plus) clinch the top spot over Hollis Appraisals (FL) (Men’s 60 Major Plus). Florida Stingers finished in third place. As the highest finishing Men’s 60 Major Plus team, Hollis Appraisals clinched a TOC berth as well as a spot in the US National Championship game, representing the East in their respective division.
Hollis Appraisals 60s
Ameriprise FL Legends defeated Vecter Scorpions in a best two-out-of-three game series for the Men’s 55 AAA Division. The teams split the first two games, as Vecter Scorpions took game one, 13-8, while Ameriprise FL Legends bounced back with a 13-10 win in game two. The rubber match saw Ameriprise FL Legends squeak out a thrilling 22-21 win.
Ted Todd Insurance (FL) (Men’s 60 AA) swept Longshoremen (VA) (Men’s 55 AA) in a best two-out-of-three game series in the Men’s 55/60 AA Division, by scores of 25-24 and 29-20, respectively. Longshoremen will represent their division in the US National Game.
Georgia Alabama Seniors/GAS Softball (AL) (Men’s 60 AAA) won the four-team Men’s 60 Gold Division, as the team posted a perfect 3-0 record in bracket play, including a 23-15 win over Tasty Pizza (MN) (Men’s 60 Major), in the championship game. Tasty Pizza will represent the East in the US National Game as the highest finishing Men’s 60 Major team. Ameriprise Pompano Crush (FL) finished in third place.
For complete game-by-game scores, please CLICK HERE.