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Sept. 1, 2012 – Ross McCulligan

COLUMBUS, IN – Forty-two teams from nine states arrived here to compete in the ISA World Series in late July. The tournament realized significant growth this year up from 29 teams in 2011.

The ISA Senior World Series used three facilities throughout the Columbus area to accommodate the jump in attendance. The tournament consisted of nine divisions providing competitive play throughout the weekend while teams battled for their respective titles.

The 50 Major Division consisted of four teams including OKI, a 50 Major-Plus squad. All teams fought hard through the seeding games and OKI took the top spot heading into bracket play.

H & O Contractors/Team Snake was knocked out of the winner’s bracket by OKI, 23-22, however H & O would claw back against 50 Caliber defeating them, 25-22, to gain a rematch against OKI on Sunday. OKI’s offense would prove to be too strong as they went on to claim the Championship, 31-20 over H & O.

In the 50 AAA Division, Twin City Movers were able to make their way through a six-team division to claim the title. Twin City was tested early in bracket play beating WC Thunder and Brickyard softball, 18-14 and 15-10, respectively. They would prove victorious over Dayton Legends/Hitmen in the championship game, 20-8.

Competition was fierce in the 55 AAA Division. Five teams battled through their seeding games on Friday at Lincoln Park before beginning bracket play Saturday and Sunday at Dunn Sports Complex.

A series of close games found Smith’s Laminating matched up against Dayton Legends in the semifinals with Smith’s edging out a close victory 31-30. Dayton Legends would fight back in the loser’s bracket defeating Milwaukee Merchants, 25-22 to set up another showdown with Smith Laminating in the championship.

An epic game would ensue ending in Smith’s Laminating winning the Championship, 23-22 over Dayton Legends.

The 55/60 Major Division combined their seeding games leading into separate bracket play for each division. Windy City Softball defeated Kinnco in a two-team best of three bracket to claim the 55 Major title, while Handeland Flooring took the championship over Michigan Express, 27-15 in the 60 Major Division.

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