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Elder Statesmen Flourish During Session 2 of 2020 WMC
Sept. 1, 2020
ST. GEORGE, Utah - The World Masters Championships continued here with session two on Sept. 21, as the elder statesmen of the game, the Men’s 65 – 85 age divisions, took to the fields.
A total of 94 teams, representing 22 states, played across 13 divisions on four complexes over a three-day span.
Three U.S. National Championship Games were played, with the Eastern National Champs going 3-0.
Of the three teams, Venom (FL), 75 Major, would go on to complete the Triple Grand Slam.
Joining Venom 75 in the Triple Grand Slam club included: Timberworks/Adidas (CA) – 65 Major Plus, OMEN (CA) – 75 Major Plus, and Git-R-Done (CA) – 80 AAA.
Timberworks 65, OMEN 75, and Git-R-Done 80 entered the tournament as default U.S. National Champions.
Men’s 65 Major Plus (3 teams)
There was no surprise winner in the three-team Men’s 65 Major Plus Division, as Timberworks/Adidas (CA) once again claimed the World Masters title.
Timberworks entered bracket play as the #2 seed, and posted a perfect 3-0 record, including a 25-10 win over top seed MN Masters/Ancell in the championship game.
For Timberworks, this is the team’s fifth straight WMC title.
Additionally, as the Western National and U.S. National Champion, both by default, this is the team’s fourth straight Triple Grand Slam title as well.
AZ Ancient finished in third place.
Men’s 65 Major (18 teams)
The largest division of the second session was the 18-team Men’s 65 Major Division.
The division featured a U.S. National Championship game, as the New Jersey Hitmen edged out a thriller, 21-20, over Top Gun Elite (CA).
Earning the top seed, NJ Hitmen was unable to advance to Championship Wednesday, going 1-2 in bracket play.
Bouncing back from its lost in the U.S. National Championship Game, Top Gun Elite regrouped and rattled off four straight wins to advance to the championship game.
Meeting Top Gun in the championship game was red hot BlueSpeed AV (MO), who had won five straight elimination games to punch their ticket into the championship game.
BlueSpeed AV would make it six straight wins with a 29-18 victory, forcing the decisive “if” game.
However, Top Gun avoided the dreaded double-dip, cruising to a 28-13 win in the final game to claim the WMC title.
Ted Todd Insurance (FL) finished in third place, while KC Kids (MO) rounded out the top four finishers.
Eight teams advanced to the final day of play, as Last Call (NV), Wisconsin Masters, Arizona Scorpions, and Oregon Crabs and were the others.
Men’s 65 AAA (17 teams)
Action from the Men's 65 AAA Championship Game.
In the 17-team Men’s 65 AAA Division, North Idaho Softball Club (MT) posted a perfect 7-0 record on the week, going 2-0 in seeding, and 5-0 in bracket play, including a 17-10 win over Team Texas San Antonio in the championship game.
Top seed Chicago Prime (IL) won four straight elimination games en route to a third place finish.
Cut Loose, the U.S. National Champion by default, rounded out the top four finishers.
Eight teams advanced to the final day of play, as Los Vatos VIejos (AZ), Texas Thunder, Fierce Firearms (UT), and Carriage Homes (AR) were the others.
Men’s 65 AA (8 teams)
In the eight-team Men’s 65 AA Division, the top two seeds battled it out for the championship.
Coming out of the elimination side of the bracket, Oklahoma Street Outlaws defeated Bags Softball (IA), 15-10, in the championship game, to force the “if” game.
Avoided the double-dip, top seed Bags Softball avenged its lone loss of the tournament with a 25-19 win in the rubber match.
Scrap Iron Diamonds (CO), the U.S. National Champion by default, finished in third place, while Duke City Dynamite (NM) rounded out the top four finishers.
CLICK HERE for game-by-game scores in the Men’s 65 Divisions (make sure to refresh your page).
Men’s 70 Major Plus (2 teams)
Action from the Men's 70 Major Plus Championship Game.
The Men’s 70 Major Plus Division featured a best of three game series between OMEN (CA) and Venom (FL).
The opening game of the series was the U.S. National Championship game, which Venom took 17-13.
OMEN answered back with an offensive onslaught, winning 36-19.
In the rubber match, OMEN completed the comeback, winning 25-13, to take home the WMC title.
Men’s 70 Major (8 teams)
In the eight-team Men’s 70 Major Division, Animals (CA) went unbeaten, going 3-0 in seeding and 4-0 in bracket play, including a 33-20 win over Sidewinders (AZ) in the championship game.
The championship game was a re-match of the Western National Championship game, which Sidewinders won 18-6.
So Cal Guys finished in third place, while San Antonio Silver Streaks (TX) rounded out the top four finishers.
Men’s 70 AAA (11 teams)
In the 11-team Men’s 70 AAA Division, Codgers/BCT (ID), the No. 8 seed in the bracket, posted a flawless 5-0 record in bracket play, including a 17-7 win over USA Patriots (OK) in the championship game.
USA Patriots had won three straight elimination games to reach the title game.
Scrap Iron 5280 (CO), the U.S. National Champion by default, finished in third place.
Relentless (TX) rounded out the top four finishers.
Men’s 70 AA (5 teams)
In the five-team Men’s 70 AA Division, Valley Fog (CA went 3-0 in bracket play, including a 30-13 win over Franklin Loan Center (CA) in the championship game.
Franklin Loan Center entered the default U.S. National Championship.
Top seed STL Vision (MO) finished in third place, while California Oaks finished in fourth.
CLICK HERE for game-by-game scores in the Men’s 70 Divisions (make sure to refresh your page).
Men’s 75 Major Plus (2 teams)
OMEN (CA) - Men's 75 Major Plus Champions
OMEN (CA) and Sidewinders (AZ) played a best of three-game series for the Men’s 75 Major Plus Division.
OMEN swept the series by scores of 13-9 and 16-8, respectively, to win the WMC and earn the Triple Grand Slam.
Men’s 75 Major (5 teams)
Every game counted in the five-team Men’s 75 Major Division, with a full four-game round robin determining the champion.
With a perfect record of 4-0, including a 21-17 win over Tharaldon’s (NV) in the U.S. National Championship Game, Venom (FL) took home the WMC and the Triple Grand Slam.
Tharaldon’s finished second with a 3-1 record, while Tri-State Diamondbacks (NM) finish third. Las Vegas Cotoyes (NV) rounded out the top four finish.
Men’s 75 Silver (7 teams)
The seven-team Men’s 75 Silver Division also featured full-game round robin with best record determining the champion.
With equal 5-1 records, St. George Raptors (UT) and Minnesota Masters tied for first place.
Benefiting from home field advantage, St. George Raptors earned the tie-breaker via its 7-6 head-to-head win over Minnesota Masters.
There was also a tie for third place, as Arizona Outlaws and Chicago Gray Sox (IL) tied with identical 4-2 record.
With its head-to-head win over Chicago Gray Sox, 32-26, Arizona Outlaws earned the tie-breaker to take third place. Arizona Outlaws entered the tournament as the default U.S. National Champion.
Men’s 80/85 Gold (6 teams)
Another full-game round robin with best record wins was used to crown the champion of the six-team Men’s 80/85 Gold Division.
With a 4-1 mark, Git-R-Done 80 (CA), the default U.S. National Champion, took the top spot for the WMC title and Triple Grand Slam title.
With identical 3-2 records, ProHealth Care 80 (WI) and ProHealth Care 85 (MN) tied for second place.
Breaking the tie was ProHealth Care 80’s 16-15 win over ProHealth Care 85.
There was a also a tie for fourth, as Redwood City Gold Rush (CA) and Top Gun Diamond (CA) posted equal 2-3 records.
With its head-to-head win over Top Gun Diamond, 19-16, Redwood City Gold Rush finished fourth.
Men’s 80 Platinum (2 teams)
The best of three game series between Top Gun 80 Gold (CA) and Scrap Iron Grey Berets (CO) in the Men’s 80 Platinum went the distance. The series featured a rematch of the Men’s 80 Platinum Division at the Western National between the same two teams. Scrap Iron Gray Berets swept that series by scores of 26-13 and 24-16, respectively.
In game one, Top Gun 80 Gold struck first with a 23-17 win.
Looking to even the series, Scrap Iron Grey Berets evened things out with a thrilling 24-23 win.
In the rubber-match, Top Gun 80 Gold secured the title with a 16-10 win.