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Teams From 9 States Kick Off First RMC
Sept. 1, 2013 – Giovanni CrottiSoftball News Report
AURORA, COLO. - The Inaugural Rocky Mountain Championships (RMC) drew 41 teams to the beautiful Aurora Sports Complex here in August.
The teams were delighted with the great weather and the top-notch fields that the Rocky Mountain Championships offered the players. Twenty-nine teams from Colorado and 12 teams from states as far away as Minnesota came to see if they could beat the best and lock up their invitation to the Tournament of Champions.
The 50 Major division featured four teams from three different states. After an impressive 3-0 record in the seeding round, Scrap Iron/Rocky Mountain Thunder went undefeated yet again in bracket play to win the first place prize beating the El Paso Spurs 18-9 in the championship game.
Jimmys/Ancell 55 scored a 55 Major championship for Minnesota in the Men’s 50/55 Gold Division. Jimmys/Ancell 55 won every game they played including the 28-16 title game against Rio Grande from New Mexico. By virtue of their placement, Rio Grande ended up being the 50AAA champion.
Minnesota Masters/White kept the momentum going for teams from its home state in the 55/60 Gold Division. They sported a 6-0 record overall in the tournament and were declared the 60 Major winner after their championship game victory over Integrity Builders, 14-7. Integrity Builders from Nebraska was declared the 55AAA division winner as they placed highest in their age category.
After the Mountain Men entered the Men’s 50/55AA division bracket as the last seed, the softball team from Utah caught fire at the right time and won three straight games to become the 50AA champ. The Dallas Spurs, who were defeated 31-19 in the championship game, were declared the 55AA champion.
Reyes Logistics from Texas outlasted the competition in the five-team 60AAA bracket to win the division and book their invite to the Polk County, Florida.
In the battle of Scrap Iron teams, Scrap Iron Diamonds reigned supreme as they beat Scrap Iron Freedom in the “IF” game, 19-9, to take the 60/65AA division.
High 5 proved that there is meaning in their name as they went a perfect 5-0 in the tournament to win the Men’s 65 Gold division and be declared the 65 Major champion. High 5 breezed through the bracket as they won by margins of 13, 14 and 14 runs in their games. Scrap Iron Phiten, as the highest finishing 65AAA team, took that division’s honor.
The 70AA division went to an “IF” game to decide the fate of two evenly matched teams. Mid-America Patriots from Missouri forced an “IF” game as they beat the previously unbeaten TNT, 15-12, in the championship game. TNT from Nevada avenged their first loss of the tournament and beat the surging Mid-America Patriots, 16-7, in the “IF” game. New Concepts I out of New Mexico fought to force an “IF” game in the 75AAA bracket after they lost their first game to the Scrap Iron 75’s team. In the “IF” game, New Concepts completed the comeback as they prevailed by a touchdown, 14-7.
Two power 80’s teams squared off in the 80AAA division. Texas Classics dropped the Scrap Iron 80’s in two heavily contested games, 15-11 & 20-19 to claim stake as the 80AAA champion.
For complete scores, bracket results, and All Tournament Player lists, please visit the Rocky Mountain Championships Tournament page at www.seniorsoftball.com.