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Men's & Women's 40s Showcase Session 3 of 2020 WMC
Sept. 1, 2020
KINGMAN, Ariz. – After seven straight days (Sept. 17 – 23) in St. George, Utah, the 2020 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships moved 230 miles south here, where the Men’s and Women’s 40’s Divisions got their turn at bat beginning on Sept. 25.
Session III had a total of 85 teams, representing 16 states, playing across five divisions on two complexes over a three-day span.
Two U.S. National Championship Games highlighted the opening day of the third session.
Men’s 40 Major Plus (11 teams)
LB/Spirits West/SMC (MD) pitcher leads team to the Triple Grand Slam
In the 11-team Men’s 40 Major Division, LB/Spirits West/SMC (MD) outdueled LCP/Prestige Softball (CA) 37-35 in the U.S. National Championship game.
After winning the Eastern National Championships and U.S. National Championship Game, LB/Spirits West/SMC concluded the 2020 campaign with the elusive Triple Grand Slam, going 4-0 in bracket play, including a 33-28 win over Prestige/Elite Sports Orange County (CA) in the championship game to capture the World Masters title.
Suncoast Adidas (FL) finished in third place, while LCP/Prestige Softball rounded out the top four finishers.
Quick Roofing/Homeworks (TX) and Front Row/Powerhouse Sports (TX) tied for fifth place, while Fattboyz/Elite (CA) and Firehouse Pub/Game Apparel/Tarz Nation (MI) each advanced to Championship Sunday as well.
Men’s 40 Major (36 teams)
K&B Beverage/AG Painting/D Bat (AZ) batter swings for the fences.
The largest division of the third session was the 36-team Men's 40 Major Division.
Following seeding play, bracket play was split into two 18-team pods – American and National.
K&B Beverage/AG Painting/D Bat (AZ), the No. 7 seed in the National pod, posted a perfect 5-0 record to advance into the championship game.
Blue Pill Mafia/QOS Networks (AZ), the No. 5 seed in the National pod, won its first three games, before falling to K&B Beverage/AG Painting/D Bat, 25-23, to drop down in the elimination side of the bracket in the American pod.
Blue Pill Mafia/QOS Networks would not go down lightly, as the team rebounded with three straight elimination games to punch its ticket to the championship game.
In the championship game, K&G Painting/AG Painting/D Bat once again got the better of Blue Pill Mafia/QOS Networks, pulling out a thrilling 22-21 victory.
Midwest Stars/Rhino Roofing (MO), the No. 7 seed in the American pod, posted a 4-2 record in bracket play to finish in third place.
Team F1rst (CA), the default U.S. National Champion, rounded out the top four finishers, as the No. 4 seed in the American pod went 4-2 in bracket play.
Of the 36 teams, eight teams advanced to the final day of play.
Cheap Suits/Republic Realty/Express Athletics (CA), TABU (CA), L3S/Glory Days (TX), and NorthWest Legends (WA) were the other teams to play on Championship Sunday.
NorthWest Legends made a grueling run through the elimination side of the bracket, winning five straight games to get to Sunday.
Men’s 40 AAA (16 teams)
Above & Beyond Plumbing (CA) on the offensive in the championship game.
In the 16-team Men’s 40 AAA Division, Above & Beyond Plumbing (CA) registered a perfect weekend, going 2-0 in seeding and 5-0 in bracket play, including a 32-24 win over Gigantes O.C. (MD) in the championship game.
Potomac Sports (MD) finished in third place after running off four straight elimination games, while Rough Ryders (MD) rounded out the top four finishers.
Eight teams advanced to the final day of play, as CBD/True North Remodeling (MD), the default U.S. National Champion, and Good Time Rolling (OR) tied for fifth place. Sicarios (CA) and Whatever (AZ) were the other two.
CLICK HERE for game-by-game scores for the Men’s 40 Division (make sure to refresh your page).
Women’s 40 Major (6 teams)
Players from TABU (CA) rounding the bases in the championship game.
In the six-team Women’s 40 Major Division, Kryptonite Miken/Worth (FL), the default U.S. National Champion, posted a perfect 3-0 record in bracket play, including a 25-17 win over TABU (CA) in the championship game.
TABU had previously won four straight games to escape the elimination side of the bracket en route to their runner-up finish.
Top seed Broken Dollz (CA) finished in third place, while Fun Bunch (CA) rounded out the top four finishers.
Women’s 40 AAA (16 teams)
Tharaldson Softball (NV) up at bat in the championship game.
In the 16-team Women’s 40 AAA division, Firestyx (NJ) edged out a hard-fought 10-9 win over Hafta Play (CA) in the U.S. National Championship Game.
Entering bracket play as the top seed, Firestyx would be unable to complete the Triple Grand Slam, going 1-2 in bracket play.
The runner-up in the U.S. National Game would also earn a runner-up finish in the tournament, as Hafta Play posted a 4-2 record.
Tharaldson Softball (NV) cruised to a 5-0 record in bracket play, including a 14-9 win over Hafta Play in the championship game, to take the crown.
Firestarter Oldies (WA) won four straight elimination games en route to their third-place finish, while Saints (AZ) rounded out the top four finishers.
TST (CA), S.O.AZ, Pro Moves (CA), and Straight Pride (CA) were the other teams to advance to the final day of play.
CLICK HERE for game-by-game scores for the Women’s 40 Division (make sure to refresh your page).
To read the recaps from the first two sessions of the World Masters Championships, which appeared in last week's newsletter, please click on the links below.
The fourth and final session (Men's & Women's 50) of the 2020 LVSSA/SSUSA World Masters Championships is scheduled for October 29 - November 1 in Mesa and Glendale, AZ. Entry deadline is Oct. 8.
The Men's 50 Major and AAA Divisions will play in Mesa October 29 - November 1; while the Men's 50 Major Plus and AA, and Women's Divisions will play in Glendale October 30 - November 1.
You can view the current team list for the Men's and Women's 50 Divisions on the tournament page for the WMC.
If your team name is not listed, please contact the SSUSA office to enter your team.