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LOTA SOFTBALL UNDEFEATED WINS 80 GOLD TITLE

COLUMBUS, OHIO - LOTA SOFTBALL left no doubt as to who the top team in SPA 80 WORLDS was AUGUST 5-8 at COLUMBUS, OHIO BERLINER FIELDS.

LOTA, short for LOUISIANA, OKLAHOMA, TEXAS, ARKANSAS the states they are from, not only went 6-0 in the 12-team two division brackets but beat all the top teams.

In addition to beating all the teams in the 80 GOLD group in bracket play they downed FIRST, RUNNER-UP and FOURTH place finisher from the SILVER bracket.

However, it wasn't a cake walk for LOTA as they only won by 65-57 in five of the games for a two-run margin difference..but who cares it only takes one run.

in pool play LOTA beat SILVER DIVISION fourth place CHICAGO GEEZERS 13-12, runner-up PRO HEALTH CARE 15-4 and SILVER CHAMP PEACH TREE RESTAURANT 16-15.

In the 80 GOLD BRACKET double-elimination LOTA beat PFEIFFER AUTO twice 12-10, 14-11 and HAMEL BUILDERS 10-9.

By winning the SPA 2019 80 WORLDS they are now the only 80 team which has won both the 80 WORLDS and the 80 WORLD SERIES (2018 Dalton).

Individual awards earned by LOTA : SPA 2019 GOLD 80 MANAGER OF THE YEAR DON HARRIS and TOURNAMENT MVP LENNY YAFFE.

Named to the tournament ALL-AMERICAN TEAM were ELDEN BRAST, DON HARRIS, ROBERT BRAKER, EDDIE GLOVER and ROSCOE SMITH.

Other members of the 2019 SPA 80 GOLD WORLD CHAMPIONS  LOTA SOFTBALL are:

ROBERT BUISSON., RON FORTE, ED HARDY, JOE HOUSLEY, HARLAN JENSEN, ED PETLAK, FERRELL ROTON, MARLYN SCHROEPFER, JESSE SMITH,  DON SWIFT and F.JAMES TINELLI..

PEACHTREE TAKES SPA 80 SILVER DIVISION WORLDS

COLUMBUS, OHIO - PENNSYLVANIA'S PEACHTREE RESTAURANT recovered from an opening pool play disaster (0-3) to go undefeated (3-0) in bracket play and win the 2019 SPA 80 SILVER DIVISION WORLDS  AUGUST 6-9 AT COLUMBUS , OHIO'S BERLINER PARK.

Although PEACHTREE had won a 75 DIVISION WORLDS a few years back it was their first SPA 80's WORLD

title.

The RESTAURANT gang started the bracket run beating NY STATESMEN 18-11, WISCONSIN'S PROHEALTH CARE 15-2  and MICHIGAN'S MAIN STREET PUB 80'S  21-3 to reach the finals.

PEACHTREE wrapped up the crown beating PROHEALTH 20-7 in the finale.

PROHEALTH came out of the losers bracket by downing MAIN STREET 17-13, SAN ANTONIO 80'S 16-9  and CHICAGO GEEZERS 14-12. The seventh team in the SILVER bracket was KC ANTIQUES.

BILL REGAN was the SPA 80 SILVER DIVISION MANAGER of THE YEAR while HAROLD WHITE was  TOURNAMENT MVP.

Selected to the 80 SILVER ALL-AMERICAN TEAM were: ART BARNES, BRUCE DE BRIGADA, FRANK GORDON, MARVIN KRAVITZ and CALVIN FREEDMAN.

Others on the 2019 SPA 80 SILVER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM are; LEN BECCHETTI, KARL HORST, PETE PETITO, AL SCHULMAN, RON WEIDMAN, BILL DEPUTY, TOM SIEWIOREK, JIM HARRIS, GEORGE MERLO, MORT TIRNAUER, ROBERT HOSTETLER and JOHN CARTER.

SENIOR REDBIRDS FLY OVER COMPETITION WIN THE 2019 SPA 75 WORLDS

The ILLINOIS SENIOR REDBIRDS flew high at the 2019 SPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AUGUST 5-8 at the COLUMBUS, OHIO BERLINER SOFTBALL COMPLEX to win the 75 AAA title in the five-team bracket.

After losing their opening pool game 6-20 to the INDIANAPOLIS CLASSICS the BIRDS rallied from an 8-run 7th inning deficit to edge RARE BREED 16-15 in their next game.

After that it was all over as they finished pool play with wins over DAYTON LEGENDS WHBC (17-8) and CHICAGO GRAY SOX (15-12).

In the double elimination bracket it was a straight flight for the BIRDS as they took down DAYTON LEGENDS 16-0, RARE BREED twice 15-6, 15-7 for the SPA 75 AAA WORLD TITLE.

MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD went to LENNY SEUSS while the MVP award was given to DEAN LARSON.

ALL-AMERICAN HONORS went to PAUL SMITH, ELMER CHESTNUT, GARY SHAD, JIM BEATTIE and PAT HEROD.

Other team members of the 2019 SPA 75 WORLDS CHAMPS are: RALPH GROTELUESCHEN,  TOM KADLEC, JOHN LAURENTI, RON LITZLER, JOE VARADY, RICH REIM, RICK RAWKOWSKI, GERAL FELDOTTO, HERB WEAVER, ED KNARR, JERRY IMMING, BOB BAIRD and LARRY KNIGHT.

SPA VA/NC MINI'S CROWN CHAMPS

Two SPA mini-tournament in NC and VA crowned champs this summer.

The 2019 SPA PLAYERS AWARDS EXPRESS in CONCORD, NC JULY 2-28 had champs in the 50 and 55 Division.

TN CONNECTION bested LEXINGTON MERCHANTS 20-17 and 1-12 to win the 50 AAA while THE GRILL disposed of the GA RENEGADES 18-3 and 23-18 to claim the 55 AAA CROWN.

The SPA EASTERN NATIONALS JULY 12-14 a GLEN ALLEN, VA saw the MARYLAND COUGARS outgun both the CHESTERFIELD CLASSICS and MARYLAND COUGARS to take home the 55 AAA title.

CENTER FOR SIGHT REPEATS AT WORLDS

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Some things never seem to change, one being somebody besides CENTER FOR SIGHT winning the SPA 85 WORLDS. It definitely didn't happen this year.

Playing in the SPA 85 WORLDS AUG 5-8 at COLUMBUS BERLINER PARK,CENTER FOR SIGHT beat PROHEALTH CARE 6-1 and 24-9 to run their consecutive string of any and all SPA 85 DIVISION softball championships to who knows how many.

They did lose one game in pool play losing to one of the kids teams, the NY STATESMEN 80's 10-17. However, they also beat a pair of 80's teams SAN ANTONIO 80'S 16-11 and ANTIQUES OF KC 16-13.

CENTER FOR SIGHTS also hauled in a ton of individual hardware.

DON GSELL, who filled in for HUGH BROTHERON who had to stay home because of an illness, took home the 2019 SPA 85 MANAGER-OF-THE-YEAR AWARD while BOB JOHNSON was the tournament MVP.

RAY BOSETTI, DAVE BUSH, STUART SELLINGER, AL DEWERTH and LARRY MC CURDY were all selected to the ALL-AMERICAN team.

Other members of the WORLD CHAMPION 85 CENTER FOR SIGHT team are; ROCCO CAMBARERI, BOB DARNELL, DAVE GOLDBERG, DWIGHT MC VICKER, HOWARD SCHOEN, ED SCHULTZ, FERRELL SPARKS, ROGER THRESHER, JOE SYKES and NORMAN HALTRIC.

GREAT LAKES SPA NIT TOPS 40

The 2019 SYLVANIA OHIO SPA GREAT LAKES NIT hit a new high this year drawing 44 teams, this despite the SPA WORLDS for 75 and 80 were the following week in COLUMBUS, OHIO,

Champs were crowned in two 50 AAA brackets, 60 AAA, 65 AA, 65 AAA, 70 AA and 70 AAA AUGUST 1-4 at SYLVANIA'S PACESETTER PARK.

Fourteen teams entered the 50 AAA division which was divided into a GOLD BRACKET and SILVER BRACKET.

OHIO'S LOWE'S LEGENDS came out of the losers bracket to defeat  ONTARIO, CANADA'S RAM POWER 24-21 AND 10-7 to take the six-team GOLD DIVISION title.

LOWE"S fought their way to the title beating AREA 51 SOFTBALL 15-12, HOMER LOVERS 21-10, losing to RAM POWER 11-18 and downing HOMER LOVERS 15-14 to set up the battle with RAM POWER.

Others in the GOLD GROUP were DIVERSIFIED MACHINE and FLYTIME.

The OHIO HITMEN bested ONTARIO'S LAKESHORE CONSTRUCTION 18-15 and 18-16 to win the 50 AAA SILVER BRACKET. On the way to the title the HITMEN also beat the DAYTON FIFTIES and DAYTON 50's.

LAKESHORE reached the finals by beating MOTOR CITY PUSH 19-3.Others in the eight-team bracket were SYLVANIA BULL MOOSE, MIAMI VALLEY and TEAM 216.

UNIVERSAL MACHINE dropped ONTARIO"S BRANTFORD NISSAN 23-14 and 19-15 to win the 65 AAA title. UNIVERSAL had lost to BRANTFORD earlier 14-22 in bracket play but reached the finals with a 23-5 and 12-2 wins over CAVCO.

BRANTFORD went 2-0 with wins over SIDELINE BULL MOOSE 16-13 and UNIVERSAL 22-14 before losing twice to UNIVERSAL IN THE FINALS.

BRANTFORD NISSAN 70'S AA also lost to a team coming out of the losers bracket for the eight-team 70 AA crown.

KENTUCKIANA beat LEGENDS OF DAYTON 17-8, MICHIGAN LAKERS 22-21 before losing 6-9 against BRANTFORD dropping them in the losers bracket.   They bounced back beat RUSH TRUCKING 15-17, gave BRANTFORD its first loss 20-19 and won the "if" game 17-14 for the 70 AA title.

Other teams in the bracket were TORONTO, ROCHESTER ROYALS and COSSA.

The 70 AAA crown went DAYTON LEGENDS who also had to come out of the losers bracket.

DAYTON beat RUSH TRUCKING 17-10 in their opener but lost to STEEL CITY 9-15 in their next game. They knocked off CHICAGO STRIKERS 20-3 and then forced an "IF" game dropping STEEL CITY 11-8. In the finals DAYTON LEGENDS edged STEEL CITY 11-7 for the 70 AAA title.

HANDLAND FLOORING was the other team in the five-team bracket.

PONY EXPRESS delivered the mail going 3-0 in the four-team 55 BRACKET. The CHAMPS beat ANTIGUE ROADSHOW 10-7, TEAM ELITE 15-14 and  ROADSHOW AGAIN 17-7.

SYLVANIA BULL MOOSE 55'S was the fourth team in the bracket.

CHICAGO PRIME also went undefeated in bracket play to capture to 60 AAA championship.

The PRIME beat JP MOTERMEN twice 13-5 and 19-9 as well as PEPCO/SFS 24-8.

DAYTON LEGENDS 0'S, OHIO 60'S and SYLVANIA 60'S were the other teams in the six-team bracket.

Only three teams were entered in the 65 AA division and JUST ONE MORE beat bot (OHIO SILVERADO'S, DIAMOND DAWGS) to win the title.

SUNCOAST ADIDAS SHADES SPA 55 MAJOR PLUS CHAMPS

DALTON, GA - SUNCOAST ADDIDAS SHADES is the 2019 SPA 55 MAJOR PLUS champs earning the title JULY 19-21 at the SPA WORLDS held at DALTON, GA's HERITAGE POINT PARK.

Although they went 2-0 in bracket play it wasn't exactly a cake walk.Counting their two wins in pool play, they won the four games by a total of 13 runs. In pool play they beat DLB SOFTBALL (15-14) and RBC WEALTH MANAGEMENT(30-25). In bracket play ADDIDAS

But they did enough and at the right time to win the SPA 2019 SPA 55 MAJOR PLUS CROWN.

ADDIDAS downed RBC 25-20 in the finals and NORTHWEST STORM )(17-15) in the semi-finals

RBC eliminated SA 55 SOFTBALL CLUB 25-21 to reach the finals.

LEE TROTTER was the SPA 2019 55 MAJOR PLUS MANAGER-O-THE-YEAR while TROY PICKLES took home the MVP AWARD.

Selected to the AA;AMERICAN TEAM were DAVID BOGATZ, PHIL HARDY, ROBERT NOETH, GERALD REYNOLDS, and JOSEPH WINNER.

Other members of SUNCOAST ADDIDAS SHADES are: REGINOLD BROWN, RICHARD PAT BURKHART, PATRICK BURNETT, DAVID CRAWLEY, ROBERT P. DAVIS, DAVID DOERBAUM, HENRY GARRIS  and LARRY VEAHMAN.

ACTION AUTO PARTS WINS SPA 2019 55 MAJOR WORLDS

DALTON,GA - ACTION AUTO PARTS is the 2019 SPA 55 MAJOR WORLDS CHAMPION,.

The AUTO PARTS gang claimed the title by downing OHIO ELITE/AMR 29-23 and MONSTER SOFTBALL 17-16 at DALTON, GA'S HERITAGE POINT PARK JULY 19-21 in the bracket semi and finals.

OHIO ELITE/AMR beat DAYTON LEGENDS 20-15 to reach the title game.

ACTION AUTO PARTS manager DAVID ANDERSON was awarded the SPA 2019 55 MAJOR WORLDS MANAGER-OF-THE-YEAR.

ERNEST BACON WAS SELECTED AS THE TOURNAMENT MVP.

Other AUTO PARTS team members recognized as ALL-AMERICANS were MARK ANDERSON, GARDNER HAGUE, JOHN KILCOYNE, MARK MONIZ and HUMBERTO MONTALBAN.

Other members of the 55 MAJOR WORLD CHAMPS are: RONNIE CHARCHAFLIAH, STEPHEN DUPONT, GEORGE PEDRO, ROBERT PUTNEY, ANTHONY RAMPONE, ROBERT SMITYH and GEORGE TROUPE.

FENCE BROKERS REPEAT WIN 50 MAJOR PLUS TITLE

DALTON, GEORGIA - FENCE BROKERS/TEAM KITTY/MIKEN/WORTH is a 2019 SPA WORLDS repeat winner.

The FENCE BROKERS took their second straight SPA 50 MAJOR PLUS TITLE JULY 19-21 at DALTON'S HERITAGE PARK besting BRIAN PATTEN LAW 21-16 in the title game.

Along the way they also downed SUNCOAST ADIDAS 19-9.

BRIAN PATTEN reached the finals with a 44-18 triumph over ESCOBAR BODY.

KELLEHER FIRM/USA rounded out the four team field.

FENCE BROKERS' MANAGER MICHAEL WILSON took home the SPA 2019 50 MAJOR PLUS MANAGER-OF-THE-YEAR.

REYNALDO GUTIERREZ was the 2019 SPA 50 MAJOR WORLDS MVP.

Recognized as ALL AMERICANS were MICHEL DILL, ALBERT DAVIS, BOB O'BRIEN, ALAN TANNER and CHRIS WALKER.

Other members of the champion FENCE BROKERS team are: GERALD DONALDSON, PAUL HARDIN, STEPHEN HELLER, JASON KENDRICK, GEOFFREY ORR, RICHARD SILLS and BRADLEY STILLWELL.

GOOD TIMES HAS GREAT TIME WINNING 50 M WORLDS

DALTON,GA - GOOD TIMES/CLEAN PLANET ran the table in the SPA 50 MAJOR WORLDS BRACKET at DALTON, GEORGIA HERITAGE POINT PARK JULY 19-21 to take home the 2019 title.

GOOD TIMES went 4-0 in bracket play downing WALKER BROTHERS 17-1 in the TITLE GAME. Leading up to the finale GOOD TIMES defeated TEAM ARKANSAS 18-2, TENNESSEE COMETS 23-9 and BEST WAY 17-5.

WALKER BROTHERS reached the finals with wins over BOB JOHNSON (17-10), GEORGIA CLASSICS (13-8) and LSDB (19-15)

Others in the 15-team bracket were SIX ONE FIVE SR SOFTBALL, ATLANTA MONARCHS, COVELLO SANITATION, DOC'S SOFTBALL, SOUTHEAST WATER/SWARM and LIGHTHOUSE LOOKOUTS.

GOOD TIMES manager GENE MYERS received the 2019 SPA 50 MAJOR MANAGER-OF-THE-YEAR AWARD.

NED JOHNSON took home the MVP AWARD.

ALPHONSE BICHETTE, KEITH FELDON, JOHN HEFFLEFINGER, DAVID JOHNSON and JOSEPH ROBINSON all received ALL-AMERICAN recognition.

The CHAMPS roster in addition to the players already mentioned include; JACK BUTLER, CARL CASTELLO, JOSEPH FUHRMAN, TIMOTHT GRUNDMANN, JEFFREY JACOBY, JEFFREY KIGHTLINGER, THEODORE LEHR, BRENT MCGARY, EUGENE MYERS, ARBER PARHAM, KEVIN PEET and ABDREW SIMPSON.