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17 TOC Berths Awarded at the 2019 Southern California State Championships
July 1, 2019
Scrap Iron/Elite (CO) and Advil Knights (CA) pose for a post-game photo following the championship game of the Men's 50 AAA Division
HEMET/CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The 2019 Southern California State Championships took place June 18-23, with 81 teams competing for titles.
The tournament began with the Men’s 65-80 age divisions playing June 18-20 at Diamond Valley Lake Sports Complex in Hemet.
Starting off with the four-team Men’s 65 Major Division, Over The Edge (CA) avenged their 18-11 loss against top seed Top Gun Elite (CA) in the championship game, with a 21-16 victory in the “if” game.
Over The Edge (CA) - Men's 65 Major Champions
After being upset in their first bracket game against R&R (CA), 18-12, Top Gun Elite won three straight elimination games, before falling short in the “if” game.
R&R finished in third place.
In the six-team Men’s 65 Silver Division, No. 1 seed No Guts, No Glory (CA) polished off a perfect week, going 2-0 in seeding play and 3-0 in bracket play, including a thrilling 22-21 walk-off win over OC-Mustangs (CA) in the championship game.
After holding the OC-Mustangs scoreless in the top of the open, No Guts, No Glory plated the three runs it needed in the bottom frame of the open to complete the 22-21 comeback victory.
For No Guts, No Glory, it was the team’s second walk-off win of the tournament over OC-Mustangs.
In matchup of undefeated teams earlier in the bracket, OC-Mustangs used a 10-run inning in the top of the open to take a 28-23 lead. In the bottom of the open, No Guts, No Glory scored six runs to complete the walk-off, 29-28, and punch their ticket to the championship game.
Git-R-Done (CA) finished in third place.
In the Men’s 70/75 Platinum Division, SoCal Gusto 70 (CA) swept California Connection in a best two-out-of-three game series by scores of 21-19 and 20-1, respectively.
In the five-team Men’s 70 Silver Division, So Cal Warriors (CA) posted a perfect 3-0 record in bracket play, including a 20-12 win over top seed Top Gun Patriots (CA) in the championship game.
Top Gun Olde Dawgs (CA) finished in third place.
Top seed Git-R-Done (CA) double-dipped Stark Street Pizza by scored of 18-11 and 24-10, in the championship and “if” game, respectively, to win the three-team Men’s 75 AAA Division.
Top Gun 6 Bits (CA) finished in third place.
Top Gun Gold (CA) won the Men’s 80 Gold Division, sweeping SoCal Titans (CA) by scores of 17-13 and 30-14, respectively.
The tournament continued with the Men’s 50-60 age divisions, also playing at Diamond Valley, June 21-23.
Beginning with the eight-team Men’s 50 Platinum Division, top seed Stadium (CA) posted a perfect 6-0 overall record, going 2-0 in seeding and 4-0 in bracket, including a 33-10 win over SMASH (CA) in the championship game.
Stadium (CA), 50 Major - Men's 50 Platinum Champions
SMASH fell to Stadium 21-10 earlier in the bracket to drop down into the elimination side of the bracket. SMASH rebounded with three straight wins en route to their runner-up finish.
L.A.F (CA) finished in third place.
Representing Colorado, Scrap Iron/Elite (CO) made the most out of its trek, going 4-0 in bracket play in the six-team Men’s 50 AAA Division, including a 21-13 victory over Advil Knights (CA) in the championship game.
Top seed Top Gun Diamonds (CA), which was upset by Scrap Iron/Elite in their opening bracket game, bounced back with three straight wins in the elimination side of the bracket en route to their third-place finish.
The seven-team Men’s 55 Major Division saw the deciding game come down to the “if” game, as OG (CA) completed the double-dip of Arizona Old School, by scores of 10-5 and 18-15, in the championship and “if” game, respectively.
Arizona Old School defeated OG 10-5 earlier in the bracket, to reach the championship game.
West Coast Water I (NV) finished in third place.
The Men’s 55 AAA Division featured a head-to-head meeting, as Horn Softball (CA) took on New Beginnings Softball (CA). Horn Softball would strike first, taking a 22-13 win in game one; while New Beginnings Softball evened the series with a 27-16 win in game two. In the rubber match, New Beginnings edged out a thrilling 6-5 win to take the division.
New Beginnings Softball (CA) - Men's 55 AAA Division Champions
The Men’s 55 AA Division also saw a best two-out-of-three game series, as Advil Knights (CA) swept So Cal Riptide (CA), by scores of 18-7 and 15-7.
The three-team Men’s 60 Major Division saw top seed Samurai (CA) down Reloaded (CA), 9-6, in the championship game. R & R Rookies (CA) finished in third place to round out the division.
Samurai (CA) - Men's 60 Major Division Champions
Weakend Warriors (CA) went 3-0 in bracket play in the four-team Men’s 60 AAA Division, capped off by a 24-18 win over Silver Stars (CA) in the championship game. Top Gun Thunder (CA) finished in third place.
Weakend Warriors (CA) - Men's 60 AAA Division Champions
Another team from Colorado, Scrap Iron Rockies, represented the Centennial State well, winning the three-team Men’s 60 AA Division. As the No. 1 seed, Scrap Iron Colorado won both of its games in the bracket, including a 42-15 win over Lights Out (CA) in the championship game.
Scrap Iron Rockies (CO) - Men's 60 AA Division Champions
Along with action at Diamond Valley Lake Sports Complex in Hemet during the second session, play also took place at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City with the Men’s and Women’s 40’s Divisions in action, beginning on June 22.
Starting off with the five-team Men’s 40 Major Plus Division, Pony Tail Express (CA) registered a perfect weekend, beginning with a 2-0 in seeding play to eventually earn the No. 2 seed. The team then posted a flawless 3-0 mark in bracket play, including a 24-17 win over West Coast Adidas (CA) in the championship game.
West Coast Adidas won three straight elimination games to reach the championship game en route to its runner-up finish.
Top seed Fattboyz Dudley/Elite (CA) rounded out the top three, with a third-place finish.
In the largest division of the tournament, the 13-team Men’s 40 Major Division, Shadow 55 (CA) was one of four teams to go 2-0 in seeding play, before then going on to post a perfect 4-0 record in bracket play.
Shadow 55 downed R&R 40 Oz (CA), 26-10, in the championship game to cap off the unbeaten weekend.
R&R 40 Oz won three straight elimination games to reach the championship game, before running out of gas.
Team Amaya (CA) began bracket play with a strong effort, winning three straight games, including a thrilling 16-15 upset win over top seed Team Flexx (CA), before losing back-to-back games, to eventually finish in third place.
Genesis (CA) rounded out the top four finishers.
Moving on to the Women’s Divisions, TKP 40’s (CA) swept TST (CA) by scores of 19-4 and 9-6, respectively, in a best two-out-of-three game series in the Women’s 40 Major Division.
In four-team Women’s 40 AAA Division, top seed Pro Moves 40 (CA) registered a perfect 3-0 mark in bracket play, including a 17-6 win over CCS Fireballerz (CA) in the championship game.
Straight Pride (CA) rounded out the top three finishers.