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2021 Rocky Mountain Championships Set Record with 82 Teams

Sept. 1, 2021

AURORA, Colo., - The 2021 Rocky Mountain Championships set a record with 82 teams in attendance here at Aurora Sports Park from Aug. 20-22.

With the 2020 edition cancelled due to the pandemic, teams flocked at the chance to return to the Centennial State. The previous tournament record was 66 teams in 2019.

Highlighting the tournament was the annual skills competition put on by the Scrap Iron Softball Club. The club would go on to have a banner weekend, with six Scrap Iron teams winning championships.

Starting off with the eight-team Men’s 50/55 Platinum Division, Scrap Iron Tenacity (CO) benefited from some home cooking, going 4-0 in bracket play, including a 27-12 win over Texas Aces in the championship game.

Texas Aces had rattled off three straight wins in the elimination side of the bracket on Championship Sunday, before running out of steam in the championship game.

Maher Homes Nebraska Elite finished in third place, while Scrap Iron/Elite (CO) rounded out the top four finishers.

In the 12-team Men’s 50 AAA Division, the largest division of the tournament, Lokahi (AZ), went 5-0 in bracket play, including a 20-4 win over Texas Rush in the championship game.

Savon (UT) made a valiant run through the elimination side of the bracket, winning five straight games, before falling in the third place game.

Damage (UT) finished in fourth place.

The 55 Major Division featured a best-of-three-game series, as Texas Bulls swept ManCave (TX) by scores of 25-24 and 30-13, respectively.

In the nine-team Men’s 55 AAA Division, top seed Alliance/Scrap Iron (CO) went undefeated on the weekend, going 2-0 in seeding, and 4-0 in bracket play, including a 26-15 win over Team Southwest/Woodies (NM) in the championship game.

Team Southwest/Woodies had won three straight elimination games to reach the championship game.

KC Vintage (MO) finished in third place, while Bootleggers (CO) finished fourth.

In the three-team Men’s 50/55 AA Division, top seed Salty Old Dogs 55 (TX) went through the tournament unscathed, winning all three seeding games, and then going 2-0 in the bracket, including a 25-18 win over Team LBK 50 (TX) in the championship game.

Manifest 55 (TX) was the third place finisher.

The five-team Men’s 60 Major Division also featured the home team win it all, as top seed Scrap Iron/Rocky Mountain Thunder went 3-0 in the bracket, including a 20-18 win over Arizona Old School.


Scrap Iron/Rocky Mountain Thunder - Men's 60 Major Champions

After dropping their opening bracket game, Arizona Old School rattled off three straight wins to secure its place in the championship game.

AZ Legends Suncoast finished in third place.

The 11-team Men’s 60 AAA Division came down to the “if” game between top seed Big Daddy’s Donuts (MO) and Omaha Silver Bullets (NE). Both team’s entered bracket undefeated.

Omaha Silver Bullets used a thrilling 18-17 win over Big Daddy’s Donuts in the winner’s bracket final to punch its ticket in into the championship game.

After re-grouping in the third-place game with a 21-19 win over No. 2 seed Scrap Iron Xplosion (CO), Big Daddy’s Donuts would go on to avenge its lone loss of the tournament with a double-dip over Omaha Silver Bullets, taking the championship (20-4) and “if” (21-11) games.

Peak Softball/Scrap Iron (CO) finished in fourth place.

In the three-team Men’s 60 AA Division, Scrap Iron Rockies was able to avoid the dreaded double-dip, by coming back to win the “if” game, 29-20, over Austin Wizards (TX), after dropping the championship game, 21-19.

RECO (NE) was the third-place finisher.

The four-team Men’s 65 Major Division saw Trachsel Auto Body (OR) go 3-0 in the bracket, including an 18-16 win over top seed KC Kids (MO) in the championship game.

KC Kids won back-to-back elimination games to reach the championship game, after dropping their opening game.

Scrap Iron High Octane (CO) finished third.

In the seven-team Men’s 65/70 Gold Division, KC Kids 70 (MO) went 4-0 in bracket play, including a 20-7 win over top seed Peak Softball/Scrap Iron 65 (CO) in the championship game.


KC Kids 70 (MO) - Men's 65/70 Gold Champions

Peak Softball/Scrap Iron dropped its opening bracket game against KC Kids, and then went on a run with four straight wins to reach the championship game, and set up a rematch.

Utah Coyotes 65 finished in third place.

In the three-team Men’s 65 AA Division, Duke City Dynamite (NM) went 3-0 in the bracket, including a thrilling 35-34 win over top seed Scrap Iron Diamonds (CO) in the championship game.


Duke City Dynamite (NM) - Men's 65 AA Champions

Orale (NM) was the third place finisher.

In the six-team Men’s 70 AAA Division, Texas Rattlers went 4-0 in the bracket, capped off by a 21-14 win over Scrap Iron 5280 (CO) in the championship game.

Scrap Iron 5280 won four straight games in the elimination side of the bracket en route to their eventual runner-up finish.

Scrap Iron/Rocky Mountain Patriots finished in third place.

The three-team Men’s 70 AA Division saw yet another Scrap Iron team keep the championship trophy in-state, as top seed Scrap Iron Diamonds (CO) double-dipped Chicago Hitmen (IL), winning the championship game (27-16) and “if game (19-15).

El Paso Nine-Elevens (TX) finished third.

The Men’s 75 Major Division featured a best-of-three-game series that went the distance.

In the opening game, Scrap Iron Legends (CO) cruised to a 16-5 win; while Sidewinders (AZ) returned the favor with a 21-8 win in game two, forcing the decisive third game.

In the rubber-match, Sidewinders continued its winning ways, taking home the 18-10 victory.


Sidewinders (AZ) - Men's 75 Major Champions

The Men’s 75 AAA Division was also determined by a best of three series, with Huberd Shoe Grease Co. (AZ) sweeping Albuquerque Pipe & Pump Old Bombers (NM), by scores of 22-7 and 21-4, respectively.

In the Men’s 80 Gold Division, Scrap Iron Gray Berets Base Force (CO) swept Antiques of Kansas City, by scores of 17-10 and 24-13, respectively.


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