PENSACOLA, FLORIDA - Ten teams challenged the weather OCTOBER 17-20 at MIKE DESORBO EXCHANGE PARK in PENSACOLA, FLORIDA.
TEAM LOUISIANA downed DOC C twice 23-17 and 20-13 for the 50 PLUS CROWN.
Four teams went at it in the 60 PLUS group with SMITH MASION beating BAND OF BROTHERS for the title. SMITH MASON reached the finals with a 23-20 over WESTROCK.
WESTROCK had the satisfaction of sending BAND OF BROTHERS to the loser's bracket 20-19 in first round play. The fourth team in the bracket was SMITH MASON.
TRAVELERS an DAG went best two-out-of-three for the 70 GOLD title with winning twice 25-9 and 14-13. DAG took the middle game 17-11.
THE 70 SILVER went to BOYD METAL over MISFITS.
DALTON, GA - LOWES LEGENDS scored the SPA 50 HAT TRICK in 2019.
The OHIO team won the COLUMBUS, OHIO HEART OF OHIO tournament for the first crown, defeated two other regional champs in pool play (KENT'S PLAYERS 24-9. TEXAS ACES 22-17) at the DALTON WORLDS FOR THE SECOND and wrapped IT up by winning the 2019 SPA 50 WORLD CROWN at DALTON Sept 4-8.
In the SPA 50 WORLDS, LOWES after winning their first two bracket games (GRILL 584 25-9, BRICKYARD SOFTBALL 15-14) were ambushed 28-16 by KENT'S PLAYERS.
LOWES retaliated beating KENT'S 21-16 to force the "IF" game and taking the title with a 28-16 win.
KENT'S reached the finals with wins over ACTION SPORTS 19-11,DIVERSIFIED MACHINE 18-17 and KC VINTAGE 20-13 before the three-game showdown with LOWES
Others in the 14-team field not previously mentioned were DAYTON LEGENDS, MIAMI VALLEY SRS, FLYTIME SOFTBALL, CINCY 50, LAKESHORE CONTRACTING and GA RENEGADES.
MEMBERS OF THE TRIPLE-CROWN CHAMPION LOWE'S TEAM are: GARY MEYER, JEFF POPPE, GARY LECKER, GARLAND CLIFFORD, JOHN TAYLOR, FRANCISCO FERNANDEZ, JAMES LOWE, TOM BECK, DENNIE ROE II, GEORGE MIRONES, RICHARD RAYMOND, BRYCE TUOHY, EUGENE WASIELEWSKI, PETE BRICKEY, JOHN MURPHY, ALONZIE WRIGHT, PHILIP ZURWELLER, ANDY DYER and BRAD BEARD.
DALTON, GA - The TN CONNECTION took no prisoners in the 2019 SPA 55 AAA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP July 4-8 at DALTON'S HERITAGE PARK to gain the title with an undefeated mark.
Although the CONNECTION went 3-0 in bracket play, each of their three wins were in doubt until the final out.
The champs edged MONTGOMERY SWARM 18-14 in their bracket opener before beating MARYLAND COUGARS twice 15-12, 22-20 for the 55 WORLDS crown.
The COUGARS reached the finals with wins over DARRELL HARRIS 14-8 and GLOBE TRAILERS 20-19 in the five-team bracket.
Members of the TN CONNECTION are: STEVE NECESSARY, JOEL JACKSON, DONNIE REGISTER, DARRELL DOUGLAS, BRUCE FAIRCHILD, LEWIS GRACE, JOHN HANSON, MICHAEL JOHNSON, CARL MIZE, BRETT COOPER, PHIL PEARSON, ERIC GRANT, CLIFTON PARKER, RANDAL HACKLEY, TIM DRIES,MARK FULCHER, JOE SNYDER and ALAN JACKSON.
DALTON, GA - CHICAGO PRIME was perfect in all five games (2 pool, 3 showdown) in winning the SPA 60 AAA CROWN Sept 4-8 at DALTON, GA"s HERITAGE PARK.
With only two 60 AAA teams the championship was decided by a three-out-of-five battle between the PRIME and CINCINNATI 60'S,
After a close 11-7 win by the PRIME in the first game, it was strictly no contest in the next two. The PRIME won 23-8 and 19-4.
The CHICAGO PRIME also could add a 55's title to their resume since they beat the 55 WORLD CHAMPS TN CONNECTION 13-12 in pool play as well 55 team MARYLAND COUGARS 18-3.
Members of the CHICAGO PRIME 60 AAA SPA WORLD CHAMPS are: DAVE SMITH, LAVERNE ABENS III, MIKE GORDON, RICHARD HERRING, JEFF HORN, MARTIN LOLICH, MURRAY RICHARDS, RICHARD DELAY, RICK KELLEMEN, JAMES YOUNG, JOHN MIRANDA, GARY SMITH, FRED SCHEUB, SCOTT EATON, LOVELLE JOHNIKEN, TIM CANNON, ANTHONY DAVIS and PAUL PUDAITE.
DALTON, GA - COLUMBUS XLV made it tough but survived to win the SPA 65 PLUS WORLDS Sept 4-8 at DALTON'S HERITAGE PARK taking the showdown match 11-8 over MINUTEMEN/SFS.
The champs beat the FIRM 21-6 in the opener of the six-team 65 PLUS bracket to set the stage for their games with the MINUTEMEN.
COLUMBUS edged MINUTEMEN 22-21 in their first encounter but a 7-21 loss set up the "IF" game for the crown which they won..
The MINUTEMEN defeated DEEP SOUTH (18-17), and KC KIDS (18-5) in their other bracket games.
INDY FOG was the sixth team in the bracket.
COLUMBUS also defeated DEEP SOUTH 20-11 earning them the 65 AAA TRIPLE CROWN TITLE.
Members of the CHAMPION COLUMBUS XLV team are: MICHAEL BLALOCK, NATHANIEL DOWDELL, ELBERT HARBIN JR, RON INGRAM, GORDON MOSER, RONNIE SPANN, ROB SULLINS, JAMES MCDADE,
DANNY WILSON, DALE YATES, FRED D. ROWELL, ALVIN GOLLETTE, RANDALL LUNSFORD, DOUG DODSON, TROY DUNLAP JR, WALTER BROOKS, RODGER ALLEN, JAMES THOMPSON, ANTHONY NICOMETO and LARRY MAFFIT.
DALTON, GA - In a best two-of-three showdown for the SPA 70 AA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, the TEXAS RAIDERS downed the TEXAS CLASSICS in two straight to take home the title.
MEMBERS of the CHAMPIONSHIP 70 AA TEXAS RAIDERS are: LEE BLANTON, BILLY DRESSER, GARY GRAVES, MAY GROUNDS, FERNANDO LOPEZ, CHARLES MYERS, RICHARD RENFRO, JOHN SCHHEISER, STEPHEN SMITH, CATARINO VILLARREAL, RICK POWERS, TERRIL MILLER, VICTOR VARGAS, TIM WEAVER, RODRIGO DRISCOLL. PATRICK POWERS, MARLON MOORE, STEVEN JOHNSON and ABEL FLORES.
DALTON,GA - The MIDWEST EXPRESS roared back from a 1-2 effort in pool play to run the table in bracket play (4-0) and take the 2019 SPA 70 AAA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.
The EXPRESS started their run to the title beating top seeded OK-ARK 22-20 followed by wins over BOYD METAL 22-16 and TIME BANDITS 15-5 before beating a worn down CHICAGO STRIKERS 20-2 in the finals.
The STRIKERS had lost their first game in bracket play and had to win four straight games to make it to the finals.
Others in the eight team bracket were LA LEGENDS, KC RENEGADES and LIFE GUARD/PEPCO.
MEMBERS OF THE 2019 SPA 70 AAA WORLD CHAMPS are; DEAN BECKER, DUANE CARLOUS, MICHEL COULTER, DAVID DRISCOLL, JOHN KELLY, ROBERT KUBAT,JR, LARRY ORTHE, RONALD PETERSON, ED RASTOVSKI, ED TWOREK, TERRY CORY, BRUCE D. CONNELL, PAUL HANNAM, PAUL JACKSON, HARRY RAKERS, LON MEANS, GLENN SOYER, CLYDE FRY and LARRY STOLTE.
DALTON,GA - It took two trips to the party but HAMEL'S 80 BUILDERS came home with a MAJOR TITLE winning the SPA 2019 WORLD SERIES Sept 4-8 at DALTON. GA's HERITAGE PARK.
The MARYLAND team claimed the crown by beating SCRAP IRON 12-8 IN THE FINALS.
On the way to the championship game HAMEL'S beat SCRAP IRON 14-11 in the second round. SCRAP IRON reached the finals beating CURRIN GRAPHICS 20-13 and 15-9.
The title made up for HAMEL'S meltdown in the WORLD TOURNAMENT in COLUMBUS,OHIO in September when they finished third.
HAMEL BUILDERS 80 CHAMPIONSHIP ROSTER: BILL BAHNMAIER, FRANK CARLMAN, VINCENT DEL VECCHIO, FRANK DERAMO, ROBERT ETCHBERGER, JAMES FLECKENSTEIN, LARRY GAERTNER,JR, RAY GROVE, MARVIN HUNTER, ROGER KELLY, CLARENCE LEWIS, EVAN LLOYD, PAUL MATH, ED MORRISON, RICHARD SHERMAN, MAYNARD WELLS, FRNCIS WILLIAMS and RICHARD HILL.
DALTON, GA - The SR REDBIRDS flew over the competition winning the four-team SPA 75 WORLD SERIES SEPT 4-8 at DALTON, GEORGIA'S HERITAGE PARK.
The BIRDS went undefeated (3-0) in bracket play to take the title but it wasn't a cake walk.
The edged RARE BREED 11-10 in the opener, INDIANAPOLIS CLASSICS 17-14 in the second round and 9-6 in the finals.
The CLASSICS beat HILL CONTRACTING 20-12 and 11-5 to make it to the finals.
HILL CONTRACTING had some consolation by beating the CLASSICS 20-13 in pool play to win the 2nd leg of the TRIPLE CROWN.
The BIRDS went 5-1 overall (pool and bracket) for the tournament with the only loss 7-8 to RARE BREED.
SENIOR REDBIRDS SPA 75 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS ROSTER CHAMPIONS: JAMES BEATTIE, ELMER CHESTNUT, RALPH GROTELUESCHEN, PAT HEROD, TOM KADLEC, JOHN LAURENTI, LENNY SEUSS, JOSEPH VARADY, DEAN LARSON, RICH REIM, RICK RAKOWSKI, GERALD FELDOTTO, GARY SCHAD, HERB WEAVER, ED KNARR, PAUL SMITH, JERRY IMMING, BOB BAIRD and LARRY KIGHT.
RAYMORE, MO - The weather was not friendly to the 2019 SPA ISENHOWER MID-AMERICA NIT JUNE 22-6/23 in RAYMORE MISSOURI.
Only nine teams were able to last out the rain delays with four champs being crowned in the round-robin events.
KC CLASSICS took the 50 MAJOR TITLE with wins over ELITE 50 (19-17) and SENIOR DOGS (18-17). They did suffer two losses to KC VINTAGE 15-21 and IOWA DEAMONS 18-23.
The SENIOR DOGS BEAT kc vintage 19-16 and IOWA DEAMONS 15-9 for the 50 AAA crown. Their only defeat was 17-18 to the 50 MAJOR CHAMP KC CLASSICS.
OMAHA SILVER BULLETS beat KC STAMPEDE 14-13, KC RENEGADES 17-16 and SCRAP IRON EXPLOSION 16-12 TO WIN THE 55 AAA TITLE.
SCRAP IRON was the 60 AAA winner.