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46 Teams Compete in Gold Glove Classic
March 1, 2019
19 Hitmen (AZ) - Men's 65 Major Champions
PHOENIX --- Forty-six teams competed in the 2019 Gold Glove Classic here at Papago Park, Rose Mofford and Victory Lane during the weekend of Feb. 9-10.
Beginning with the three-team Men’s 70 Major division, Poncho’s (AZ) defeated Tri-State Diamondbacks (NM) 12-10 and Sidewinders (AZ) 26-19 to claim the top spot. Tri-State Diamondbacks defeated the Sidewinders 25-19 to earn the runner-up finish.
Another three-team division, the Men’s 65 Major division, saw 19 Hitmen (AZ) go 2-0 with wins over AZ Ancient 21-14 and Rocco’s (AZ) 19-17. AZ Ancient downed Rocco’s 19-8 to finish in second place.
In the three-team Men’s 65 AAA/AA division, Los Vatos Viejos (AZ), took home wins over both Bucky’s Casino (AZ) 30-18 and Desert Bats (AZ) 29-18 to take first place. Bucky’s Casino defeated Desert Bats 28-20 to finish in second place.
The Men’s nine-team 55/60 division featured a mixed four-game round robin to seed, before breaking off into a single elimination bracket for each respective division (55/60 Major and 55 AAA/AA).
In the four-team 55/60 Major division, top seed Arizona Scorpions 60 posted a perfect 2-0 record in the bracket, with wins over Oldies But Goodies 55 (AZ) 26-14 and Arizona Old School 60, 21-19, in the championship game. Arizona Old School eliminated AZ Legends 37-17 to reach the championship game.
In the five-team Men’s 55 AAA/AA division, Santisi Brothers posted wins over Graywolves (NM) 19-14 and Thunderstruck (AZ) 22-9 in the championship game. Thunderstruck defeated Unpredictable (NM) 27-17 to reach the championship game.
In the five-team Men’s 60 AAA/AA division, following a four-game round robin to seed, Sidewinders (AZ) cruised through the single elimination bracket with wins over Arizona Ballers, 19-3, and CJ & S Express (AZ), 17-12, in the championship game. CJ & S Express edged out Full Throttle (AZ), 21-20, to get the championship game.
The eight-team Men’s 50 division featured a mixed four-game round robin to seed, before breaking off into a single elimination bracket for each respective division (50 Major and 50 AAA).
In the four-team Major division, Arizona Heat opened bracket play with a 21-19 win over 4 The Fallen (AZ), before knocking off top seed, N.B./Rock Solid (AZ) 23-19 in the championship game. N.B./Rock Solid defeated Unforgotten Warriors (AZ) 21-20 to reach the championship game.
In the four-team AAA division, Tom Rannalls Realty (AZ) survived the single elimination bracket with wins over Xtreme (AZ) 20-18 and Tucson Hammertime Softball (AZ) 27-23 in the championship game. Tucson Hammertime Softball upset top seed AZ Prime Time 19-16 to reach the championship game.
The three-team Women’s 40 division saw Straight Outta AZ take the top spot with wins over both FBI (Fueled By Insanity) (AZ) 15-10 and Unfinished Business (AZ) 21-18. Unfinished Business defeated FBI 14-13 to finish in second place.
The largest division of the weekend featured the 12-team Men’s 40 Major/AAA division.
After dropping their opening bracket game against Aces (AZ) 27-26, Roster Check (AZ) put together an incredible run, going through the gauntlet with eight straight wins, including back-to-back wins over AZ Havoc 20-19 and 24-18 in the championship game and “if” game, respectively.
Tunie Sports/Typo (AZ) finished in third place. Arizona Heat rattled off three straight wins in the elimination side of the bracket en route to their fourth-place finish.
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