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Sept. 1, 2012 – Giovanni Crotti

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Ė The 2012 Southern Championships returned to Birmingham for the sixth straight year, drawing 28 teams from six states.

Although rain threatened to derail the tournament, the field maintenance supervisor at Liberty Park, and players from participating teams banded together, shoulder to shoulder to prep the fields and preserve this Southern classic.

In one of the largest divisions, the 50 AAA, the Monarchs from Georgia were undefeated in pool play winning by comfortable margins. In bracket play the Monarchs eked out a one-run victory over Montgomery Swarm (15-14) before beating Doc Cís twice in two heavily competitive games to take home the title.

The 55 Majors had the distinction of being the most competitive division in the tournament as many games ended in close fashion. C&M Sports entered bracket play as the top seed but was upended by four runs by the Boyz of Summer out of Florida to send them down to the loserís bracket.

C&M Sports took the long route to the championship game as they won three straight games by a total of just five runs. C&M Sports continued their run as they beat TSC/Howard Construction twice in the Championship and ďIfĒ games (28-26 & 27-26) to win the division.

The seven-team Menís 55/60 Silver Division was the largest division in the tournament. The Georgia/Alabama Masters swept through the division going 2-0 in pool play and 4-0 in bracket play. To win the championship, the Georgia/Alabama Masters beat Columbus LX twice, once in the winnerís bracket 26-25 and the second time in the championship game 32-17.

Memphis Edge, who went undefeated in pool play, outslugged Mobley Gin in the Menís 60 Platinum Division 43-31 in an exciting winner-take-all championship game.

Panhandle Hitmen (65 Major) and Custom Graphics (65 AAA) each swept their opponents to win their respective brackets in the 65/70 Platinum Division.

For complete game results, see, go to Tournaments, then click on Southern Championships.

Southern Championship All Tourney Players 2012

Menís 50Major- C& M Sporting Goods- Mike Langford, Calvin McCrary, Michael Williams, Tim Lee, Merrill Sport. TSC/Howard Construction- Denolphus Eason, Myron Usher, Norman Bogue.

Menís 50AAA- Monarchs- Albert Kemp, Justin Fail, Jimmie Orange, Brett Cooper, Rene Baum.Doc Cís- Kenny Phillips, James Burkett, Mike York. Ram Softball- Randy Thomas, Richard Bozarth.

Menís 55AAA- Atlanta Recycling Solution-David Hutchins, Guy Hydrick, Nat Davis, Rick Goss, Mike Iaciofano. Dixie Senior- Dennis Moore, David Lincoln, Harold Fincher.

Menís 55/60 Silver- Georgia/Alabama Masters- Ron Petre, Jerry Wilbanks, Steve Perlman, Ray Bryant, Allen Ferguson.

Menís 60Platinum- Memphis Invest/Edge-Tom Goatley , Mike Jackson, Dale Smith, Benny Rowland, Leo Koulogianes.

Menís 65/70Platinum- Panhandle Hitmen- Juan Sanchez, Willie Stegall, Herman Griffith, Billy Shields, Jimmy Thompson. Talon Wealth Management- Jim Harrison, Frank Marchitelli, Marv Wolfgang, Gregg Foster.

Menís 65/70 AAA-Custom Graphics- Herman Eaker, Phil Ragone, Jim Lamarand, Rick Branan, Sonny Burrell. OSM- James Thompson, Fred Martin, George Williams.

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