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SSUSA's Southern Showcase Begins with Rain Shortened Music City Classic
April 1, 2019
Fieldstone Park in Franklin, TN
FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The Music City Classic kicked off Senior Softball-USA’s expansion efforts in the Southeast region here at Fieldstone Park and Cane Ridge Park, April 13-14, with 30 teams in action.
Due to inclement weather in the forecast, games on Saturday were delayed and cut to 40-minute time limits. All games would be canceled on Sunday due to rain.
In the seven-team Men’s 50 Major Division, Midwest Titans (IN) earned the No. 1 seed in the bracket following a 2-0 record in seeding play. Dudley Lightning (MO) also posted a 2-0 record to earn the No. 2 spot.
Midwest Titans continued its strong play in bracket, defeating both Area 51 Softball (MI) 15-9 and Walker Brothers (AL) 20-12 to reach the championship game. With the remaining games rained out and the lone undefeated team remaining, Midwest Titans would be crowned champion.
Area 51 Softball (MI)
Dudley Lightning (MO)
Walker Brothers (AL)
KC Vintage (MO)
In the four-team Men’s 50 AAA Division, 615 Senior Softball (TN) took the No. 1 seed following a 2-0 showing in seeding. However, Kent’s Players (MS) would go 2-0 in the bracket, including wins over Action Sports (KY) 19-16 and 615 Senior Softball 29-21 to reach the championship game. As the lone unbeaten team remaining, Kent’s Players was crowned the champion.
Kent's Players (MS)
Good Wood (KY)
615 Senior Softball (TN)
Action Sports (KY)
The five-team Men’s 55 Major Division featured a full four-game round robin to determine the champion. However, with rain canceling Sunday’s games, the two games played on Saturday would determine the winner.
Derby City (KY) and Monster Softball (TN) each posted 2-0 records on Saturday, with each team surrendering 22 combined runs in their games. Monster Softball would earn the tiebreaker with a +16-run differential, compared to +3 for Derby City.
In another five-team division, the Men’s 55/60 Gold Division was also originally slated to use a full four-game round robin to determine the champion.
The two 2-0 teams remaining after Saturday’s games were Louisville Senior Sluggers/Louisville Slugger 60 (KY) and Windy City Softball 60 (IL). The teams allowed 26 runs apiece, with Windy City Softball earning the tie-breaker via its +7-run differential, compared to Louisville Senior Sluggers/Louisville Slugger’s +2 differential.
Dudley Lightning 60s (MO)
Windy City Softball (IL)
In the four-team Men’s 60/65 Gold Division, Champaign Softball 60 (IL) posted a 2-0 record in seeding the secure the top seed, before going 2-0 in the bracket, with wins over Carriage Homes 65 (MO) 18-15 and RPR Softball 65 (AL) 12-10 to reach the championship game. As the lone unbeaten team remaining, Champaign Softball was declared the champion.
Champaign Softball (IL)
RPR Softball (AL)
Carriage Homes (MO)
The Power (TN)
In the Men’s 60/65 Silver Division, Glory Daze 60 (KY) earned the top seed with a 2-0 record in seeding, before knocking off (By) Grace Redeemed 65 (TN) 17-16 in bracket play, to reach the championship game. As the lone unbeaten team left, Glory Daze earned the championship.
Glory Daze 60 (KY)
Texas Legends 60s
The Men’s 70 Major Division featured a best two-out-of-three game series between St. Louis Vision 70s (MO) and Travelers (GA). Only one game would be played, as Travelers took home the winner-take-all game, 19-8.
To view more action shots taken by Jack Eberhard, SSUSA Photographer, from the Music City Classic, please CLICK HERE.
The Southern Showcase continues with the Old South Classic in Savannah, GA, May 18-19. Entry deadline is May 3. Playing in multiple tournaments that are part of the Southern Showcase will allow teams entry discounts to the Eastern National Championships, as well as other prizes, such as free bats.
For more information on the Southern Showcase, please CLICK HERE.