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58 Teams Compete in 2018 Rocky Mountain Championships
Aug. 1, 2018
AURORA, Colo. – The Sixth annual Rocky Mountain Championships was held here, Aug. 24-26, with 58 teams, representing 12 states and Canada, competing in the Centennial State.
Starting with the Men’s 50 Platinum Division, Thunderstruck (AZ) downed Crush 50’s (CA) in a best two-out-of-three game series. Thunderstruck would strike first, taking game one 25-15, while Crush evened the series with a 14-11 win in game two. Thunderstruck captured the rubber match with a convincing 30-18 victory.
In the 12-team Men’s 50 AAA Division, top seed Elite/Scrap Iron (CO) took full advantage of its home field advantage. The team went 2-0 in seeding play, and 4-0 in bracket play, including a 30-19 win over Alliance/Scrap Iron (CO) in the all-Colorado championship game, to complete a perfect weekend. After losing their first game in the bracket, Alliance/Scrap Iron ran the length of the elimination side of the bracket with six straight wins, including a forfeit win, en route to their runner-up finish. KC Vintage (MO) got off to a hot start winning three straight bracket games, before dropping back-to-back games en route to a third-place finish. Nebraska 50’s made a valiant run through the elimination side of the bracket with three straight wins, en route to their fourth-place finish.
The three-team Men’s 50/55 AA Division saw top seed Team Panthers (UT) double-dip Manifest 50’s (TX) 14-12 (championship game) and 21-20 (“if” game). Manifest upset Team Panthers, 19-10, earlier in the bracket. Scrap Iron Mile High 55 (CO) finished in third place.
Scrap Iron/Rocky Mountain Thunder 55 (CO) took the three-team Men’s 55 Major Division, avenging their 16-15 loss against top seed Never Say Never/Big Al’s Trucking (UT) in the championship game, with a 27-14 victory in the “if” game. Nebraska Silver Bullets finished in third place.
Arizona Scorpions 55’s edged out Scrap Iron-Colorado Home Fitness (CO), 19-18, in the championship game of the five-team Men’s 55 AAA Division. Scrap Iron-Colorado Home Fitness won four straight games in the elimination side of the bracket to reach the championship game. Mountain Men (UT), the last seed in the bracket, finished in third place.
Top Gun Elite (CA) posted a 3-0 record in bracket play in the five-team Men’s 60 Major Division, including a 23-17 win over top seed Pope Transport (WI) in the championship game. Arizona Old School finished in third place.
In the 10-team Men’s 60/65 Gold Division, Scrap Iron Xplosion (CO) completed an unbeaten weekend, going 2-0 in seeding play to earn the No. 2 seed, and 4-0 in bracket play, including a 20-16 win over Scrap Iron Heavy Metal (CO), in an all-Colorado championship game. After dropping their first two games in the three-game guarantee bracket, Scrap Iron Heavy Metal rattled off five straight wins to reach the championship game. Las Vegas Stars (NV) finished in third place.
Top seed Texas Legends 60’s double-dipped Classics 60s (UT) in the four-team Men’s 60/65 AA Division. In the championship game, Texas Legends cruised to a 17-8 win to force the “if” game, while in the “if” game, Texas Legends completed the comeback with a 20-18 victory. Classics defeated Texas Legends, 24-11, to reach the championship game. Austin Wizards (TX) finished in third place.
Bouncing back from an 0-2 showing in seeding play, Dallas Spurs (TX), the No. 10 seed in the 10-team Men’s 65 AAA Division, went 5-0 in bracket play, including a thrilling 14-13 win over Hooks (TX) in the all-Texas championship game. Dallas Spurs won three one-run games in their run to the championship. Scrap Iron Still Kickin (CO) finished in third place. Scrap Iron 5280 (CO) won three straight games in the elimination side of the bracket en route to a fourth-place finish.
The Men’s 70 Major and AAA Divisions each featured a best two-out-of-three game series.
Minnesota P5/Ancell swept Scrap Iron/3n2 (CO) by scores of 25-15 and 33-26, respectively, to win the 70 Major Division.
The Men’s 70 AAA Division went all three games, as Scrap Iron 70 Red (CO) took the opening game, 22-18, over PDC Yankees 70s (CO), while PDC Yankees evened the series with a 14-8 win in game two. The third and final game was won by Scrap Iron 70 Red, 19-15.