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2020 Winter World Champs Draw 188 Teams
Nov. 1, 2020
2020 Winter World Championships - Photos by Tim McElroy, SSUSA National Director
PHOENIX – 188 teams descended upon the Valley of the Sun to begin the 2021 season at the annual Winter World Championships, Nov. 17 – 22.
Kicking off the tournament were 63 teams in the Men’s 65 – 85 age divisions, Nov. 17 – 19.
Beginning with the 11-team Men’s 65 Platinum Division, Houston Fire (TX) posted a perfect 4-0 record in bracket play, including a 27-15 win over Arizona Scorpions in the championship game.
After dropping its opening game in the bracket 25-23 against R&R (CA), Arizona Scorpions ran though the elimination side of the bracket with five straight wins en route to its runner-up finish.
Top seed Arizona Old School finished in third place, while Last Call (NV) finished in fourth place after winning three straight games in the elimination side of the bracket.
The lone major plus team in the division, Texas Crush Sixty Fives, played exhibition. As an exhibition team, the team is automatically seeded last and cannot advance in the bracket. Texas Crush Sixty Fives won all five of its games.
The 14-team Men’s 65 AAA Division, the largest of the first session, saw So Cal Braves (CA) go 4-0 in bracket play, including a 16-8 win over Bucky’s Casino (AZ) in the championship game.
Bucky’s Casino had won three straight elimination games to reach the championship game.
Weakend Warriors (CA) rounded out to top three finishers, while top seed Oshkosh Ambassadors (WI) took fourth place following three straight victories in the elimination side of the bracket.
In the Men’s 70 Major Plus Division, Timberworks/Adidas (CA) swept Animals (CA) in a best of three series by scores of 24-5 and 17-9, respectively.
The Men’s 75 Major Plus Division also featured a best two-out-of-three game series, which would go the distance.
OMEN (CA) took the opening game over Sidewinders (AZ) 7-5, while Sidewinders bounced back with a 19-15 win to even the series.
In the rubber-match, Sidewinders completed the comeback with a 25-10 win.
In the five-team Men’s 70 Major Division, Over The Edge (CA) came out of the elimination side of the bracket to double-dip top seed Sidewinders (AZ), winning the championship game (20-9) and “if” game (19-11).
Sidewinders had defeated Over The Edge 18-17 to reach the championship game.
R&R (CA) won a pair of games in the elimination side of the bracket to finish in third place.
The 12-team Men’s 70 AAA Division also featured an “if” game, as Scrap Iron 5280 (CO) avoided the dreaded double-dip by winning the deciding game 14-8 over USA Patriots (OK).
USA Patriots had won six straight games, including a 7-5 win in the championship game, to force the “if” game.
Sandstorm/Los Vatos Viejos (AZ) finished in third place, while top seed Texas Rattlers finished fourth.
In a best-of-three series, the Men’s 70 AA Division saw El Paso Nine Elevens (TX) sweep Top Gun Olde Dawgs (CA) by scores of 24-12 and 27-7, respectively.
In the six-team Men’s 75 AAA Division, a full round robin schedule format was used to determine a champion.
With a perfect 4-0 record, Midwest Express (IA) took the top spot.
Three teams tied for second with identical 2-2 records.
Due to the tie-breaker of least runs allowed, Git-R-Done (CA) took the runner-up spot, while Scrap Iron Legends (CO) finished third. Huberd Shoe Grease Co. (AZ) rounded out to the top four.
The Men’s 75/80 Platinum Division featured a best of three series, as Tri-State Diamondbacks 75 (NM) swept Top Gun 80 Gold (CA) by scores of 24-7 and 14-1, respectively.
In the three-team Men’s 80 Major Division, top seed Sidewinders (AZ) defeated Scrap Iron Gray Berets (CO), 16-9, in the championship game.
Git-R-Done Gold finished third.
In the four-team Men’s 80/85 Gold Division, top seed Arizona Outlaws went 3-0 in bracket play, including a 28-16 win over Scorpions (AZ) in the championship game.
Arizona Prospectors 85 finished in third place and Get-R-Done Silver (CA) finished fourth.
The Winter World Champs continued Nov. 20-22 with 125 teams competing in the Men’s 40-60 age divisions, and the Women’s 40 age divisions.
In the three-team Men’s 40 Major Plus Division, top seed Prodigy (CA) defeated Homebridge/KBas Inc/Competitive Edge (CO), 34-24, in the championship game.
Blue Pill Mafia/QOS Networks (AZ) finished in third place.
The largest division of the tournament, the 20-team Men’s 40 Major Division, came down to the “if” game.
EPT (TX) escaped the elimination side of the bracket with three straight wins to reach the championship game. The team made it four straight with a 19-13 win over SBOB/VOODOO Sports (AZ) in the championship game.
The run by EPT ended there, as SBOB/VOODOO Sports avoided the double-dip with a 21-15 win in the decisive game.
Smash It Sports Northwest (WA) finished third, while top seed Kraze (CA) made a solid run though the elimination side of the bracket with three straight wins to round out the top four.
Boomtown (NV), Roster Check (AZ), Arizona Old Spice and WorkSteer (NV) were the other teams to advance to Championship Sunday. WorkSteer won four straight games in the elimination side of the bracket to advance to the final day.
In the eight-team Men’s 40 AAA Division, Still Strokin (AZ) made the Cinderella run to the championship.
The team began the tournament going 0-2 in seeding play to enter bracket play as the last seed.
Still Strokin kicked off bracket play with a 21-9 upset win over top seed, Lower Columbia Merchants (WA), and continued its momentum adding three more wins, including a 20-15 win over Joker’s Wild (AZ) in the championship game.
Following its opening game loss in the bracket, Lower Columbia Merchants dropped its second game, 20-19, against Vintage Softball (AZ). The team re-grouped and won three straight to eventually finish in third place.
In the four-team Women’s 40 Major Division, Broken Dollz (CA) went 3-0 in bracket play, including a 14-7 win over TKP (CA) in the championship game.
Colorado Ohana finished in third place, while top seed Tharaldson Softball (NV) rounded out the four team division.
The 12-team Women’s 40 Silver Division saw TST (CA) complete a perfect weekend, going 2-0 in seeding play, and 4-0 in the bracket, including a 25-14 win over top seed SOA (Signs of Aging) (AZ) in the championship game.
SOA dropped its first game of the bracket against Unfinished Business (AZ), 11-7.
The team then rattled off six straight wins to survive the elimination side of the bracket, en route to their runner-up finish.
Saints (AZ) was the third place finisher, while Unfinished Business took fourth.
Notoriously We Gucci (AZ) and B Squared (AZ) were the other teams to also advance to the final day.
In the four-team Men’s 50/55 Major Plus Division, K & B 50s (AZ) avenged its 28-26 loss against Vicious Cycle 50 (CA) in the championship game, with a 31-27 victory in the winner-take-all “if” game.
Stadium 50 (CA) finished in third place, while Crush/Miken 55 (CA) was the fourth place finisher.
In the seven-team Men’s 50 Major Division, JayCo/ISP (ID) registered a flawless weekend, going 2-0 in seeding play, before posting a 4-0 mark in bracket play, including a 24-18 win over Team ASB/A&B Plumbing (CA) in the championship game.
Team ASB/A&B Plumbing dropped its first game of the bracket against Arizona Heat, 19-16, and then rebounded with three straight wins to reach the championship game.
Top seed PDX Pride/Red Stone Realty (OR) finished in third place.
In the nine-team Men’s 50 AAA Division, Smash It Sports NW (WA) took home the title following a 4-0 mark in bracket play, capped off by a 21-17 win over Lokahi (AZ) in the championship game.
Lokahi entered bracket play as the No. 7 seed, following its 0-2 showing in seeding play.
The team dropped a nail-biter to ETX 23-22 to begin bracket play; but was able to right the ship with six straight wins come out of the elimination side of the bracket.
ETX would go on to finish in third place.
In another nine-team division, the Men’s 55 Major Division, Arizona Old School kept the title in-state, going 4-0 in bracket play, including a 25-19 win over L.A.F. (CA) in the championship game.
WPI/JayCo (ID) finished in third place after winning a pair of elimination games.
Following a loss to begin bracket play against JU Entertainment (CA), top seed Unforgotten Warriors (AZ) won three straight to eventually finish in fourth place.
The 12-team Men’s 55 AAA Division saw a battle of the top two seeds.
In a match-up of undefeated teams, top seed Team Southwest/Woodies (NM) defeated No. 2 Stars & Stripes (OR), 18-9, to punch its ticket into the championship game.
Stars & Stripes would then eliminate Six Five O’s (CA), 18-16, in the third-place game, to secure its spot in the championship game. After going 0-2 in seeding play, last seeded Six Five O’s went 4-2 in the bracket to finish third.
In the re-match, Stars & Stripes got its revenge, edging out a thrilling 11-10 win over Team Southwest/Woodies, forcing the decisive “if” game.
The winner-take-all game saw Stars & Stripes complete the double-dip, with a 25-17 triumph.
Scrap Iron Mile High (CO) made a valiant push through the elimination side of the bracket with four straight wins, en route to their fourth place finish.
The three-team Men’s 50/55 AA Division featured an “if” game as well.
Top seed Spin Tees 55 (WA) avoided the double-dip, by defeating Team LBK 50 (TX), 23-15, in the deciding game.
Team LBK beat Spin Tees, 15-12, in the championship game, to force the “if” game.
Arizona Blaze 55 finished in third place.
The Men’s 60 Major Plus Division was decided was best-of-three game series.
Legacy Sports USA (AZ) made an impressive SSUSA debut, sweeping LPC/Dudley (CA) by scores of 24-16 and 27-17, respectively.
In the eight-team Men’s 60 Major Division, top seed Hawaii Five-O came to the mainland and left as champions, posting a perfect 6-0 tournament record. The team went 2-0 in seeding, and then 4-0 in bracket play, including a 19-4 win over Sidewinders (AZ).
Vegas Elite (NV) finished in third place following a pair of wins in the elimination side of the bracket. After going 0-2 in seeding play and dropping its first game in the bracket, Arizona Old School finished in fourth place following three straight wins in the elimination bracket.
In the 18-team Men’s 60 AAA Division, Omaha Silver Bullets (NE) won an impressive six straight elimination games, including a thrilling 24-23 victory in the championship game over Santisi Brothers (AZ), to force the “if” game.
In the end, Omaha Silver Bullets would be unable to complete the double-dip, as Santisi Brothers returned the favor with a one-run thriller of their own 23-22 to claim the championship.
Entering the bracket as the No. 14 seed after going 0-2 in seeding play, Cut Loose (CA) rattled off three straight wins to start off bracket play, en route to an eventual third place finish.
Baker Boyz (CA) was the eventual fourth place finisher after winning three straight elimination games.
Top seed OKC Relics (OK), Scrap Iron Xplosion (CO), Hitmen/Arizona, and Yeahoos (WA) all advanced to the final day as well.
Action from the Men's 60 AAA Division
In the six-team Men’s 60 AA Division, Bucks Run Farms (NE) went undefeated for the tournament, going 2-0 in seeding play and 3-0 in bracket play, including a 17-7 win over top seed Austin Wizards (TX) in the championship game.
Scrap Iron Rockies (CO) finished in third place after winning three straight games in the elimination side of the bracket.
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