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2021 Southern California State Championships Hosts 81 Teams
July 1, 2021
Top Row (L-R): Scorpions 80, D & K Softball 70, Las Vegas Heat 70
Bottom Row (L-R): Theraldson's 75, Lights Out 65, D&K 65
HEMET, Calif. – The 2021 Southern California State Championships took place here at Diamond Valley Lake Sports Complex, June 22-27, with 81 teams in action.
Due to the increase in the numnber of teams registering for the tournament (specifically in the second session) and the inability to secure a second complex in order to host all teams, the Men’s 60 Division, which featured 14 teams, was not held.
The tournament began with 27 teams playing in the Men’s 65 to 85 age divisions.
In the three-team Men’s 65 Platinum Division, top seed Top Gun Elite (CA) took first place, with D & K (CA) finishing second. West Coast All-Stars (CA) rounded out the division.
D & K defeated Top Gun Elite, 11-3, in the championship game to force the “if” game. However, the team forfeited the decisive game.
In the five-team Men’s 65/70 Gold Division, Las Vegas Heat 70 downed top seed Weakened Warriors (CA), 25-22, in the championship game.
After dropping their first bracket game, 14-13, against No Guts, No Glory (CA), Weakened Warriors won back-to-back elimination games en route to their runner-up finish.
No Guts, No Glory finished in third place.
911 Softball Club (CA) and Lights Out (CA) played a best-of-three game series in the Men’s 65 AA Division.
911 Softball Club took the opening game 19-9, while Lights Out returned the favor with a 17-8 victory in game two.
In the rubber match, Lights Out completed the comeback with a 21-12 win to take home the title.
In the six-team Men’s 70 AAA Division, SoCal Gusto upset top seed D & K Softball (CA) 20-19 in the championship game, forcing the “if” game. However, the game would not be played, with SoCal Gusto forfeiting to D & K.
Top Gun Patriots (CA) finished in third place after winning a pair of elimination games.
Tharaldson’s 75 (NV) swept Top Gun 80 Gold (CA) in a best of three series for the Men’s 75/80 Gold Division, by scores of 13-7 and 10-1, respectively.
In the five-team 70/75 Silver Division, top seed Top Gun 6 Bits 75 (CA) dropped their opening bracket game, 15-6, against Southern California Crush.
Top Gun 6 Bits would then regroup in the elimination side of the bracket, as the team rattled off three-straight victories, including a thrilling 15-14 win over J Squared (CA) in the championship game, forcing the "if" game.
J Squared avoided the dreaded double-dip by knocking out the No. 1 seed, 16-6, in the deciding game.
Southern California Crush finished in third place.
In the four-team Men’s 80/85 Gold Division, the top two seeds squared off in the championship game, with Scorpions 80 (AZ) knocking off Top Gun Blue Angels, 7-5.
Top Gun Diamonds finished in third place.
The tournament continued with the Men’s 40 to 55 age divisions and Women’s 40 to 50 age divisions taking the field on June 25. 54 teams competed over the weekend.
Top Row (L-R): Skrewballs 40, Flatliners 40, Fattboyz/Elite 40
Bottom Row (L-R): Scrap Iron/Elite 50, Lokahi AZ 50, Stix With Impact 50
Starting with the three-team Women’s 40 Major Division, HTS-Here To Smash (CA) posted a perfect 3-0 record in bracket play, including a 19-18 win over top seed Hafta Play (CA) in the championship game.
Broken Dollz (CA) rounded out the division.
In the five-team Women’s 40/50 Gold Division, top seed Stix With Impact 50 (CA) avenged their 15-7 loss in the championship game against Old School 50 (CA), with an 18-4 win in the “if” game.
Pro Moves 40 (CA) finished in third place. As the highest finishing 40 AAA team, Pro Moves earns a TOC berth for their respective division.
The Men’s 40 Division featured 17 teams, with three teams in the Major Plus division, 12 teams in the Major division, and two in the AAA division.
Starting with the Major Plus Division, top seed Fattboyz/Elite (CA) completed a perfect weekend, capped off by a 17-4 win over Onyx (CA) in the championship game.
Flawless/Loaded Sports (CA) rounded out the division.
In the Major Division, Flatliners (CA) completed an undefeated weekend, going 2-0 in seeding to earn the No. 2 seed, and continued their run in bracket play, going 4-0, including a 23-14 win over Pony Tail Express (CA) in the championship game.
Pony Tail Express had won three straight elimination games to reach the championship game.
Howarth Construction (CA) finished in third place, while RLG Legacy (CA) finished fourth.
The best-of-three game series in the AAA Division between Aces (AZ) and Skrewballs (CA) went the distance.
In the opener, Skrewballs got on the board first, taking game one 17-16. Aces evened up the series with a 24-12 win in game two, forcing the deciding game.
Skrewballs took the rubber-match, 18-12, to claim the championship.
In the six-team Men’s 50 Platinum Division, top seed Scrap Iron/Elite (CO) posted a flawless weekend, going 2-0 in seeding, and 3-0 in bracket play, including a 25-20 win over Juiced Up Athletics (CA) in the championship game.
Juiced Up Athletics survived the elimination side of the bracket with three straight wins to secure its eventual spot in the championship game.
Bad Attitude (CA) was the third place finisher.
In the seven-team Men’s 50 AAA Division, top seed Lokahi AZ dropped the championship game, 11-7, against Alliance/Scrap Iron (CO), before re-grouping with a 19-3 win in the “if” game.
Alliance/Scrap Iron entered into bracket play as the No. 2 seed, following 2-0 record in seeding. However, the team got off to rough start in bracket, dropping their first two games. The team would eventually right the ship, winning three straight games, including the championship game, before running out of steam in the “if” game.
Viejos So Cal finished in third place.
In the six-team Men’s 55 Major Division, No. 1 seed So Cal 55 took top honors, going 3-0 in bracket play, including a win over Team Rawlings (CA) in the championship game.
Team Rawlings had won three straight games in the elimination side of the bracket to reach the championship game. However, they would have to forfeit the final game due to injury.
So Cal Guys 55 finished in third place.
In the 11-team Men’s 55 AAA Division, No. 7 seed Alliance/Scrap Iron (CO) went 5-0 in bracket play, including a 22-18 win over Enforcers (CA) in the championship game.
After dropping their opening game of the bracket, 21-15, against Alliance/Scrap Iron, Enforcers rattled off five straight wins to reach the championship game.
No. 1 seed Top Gun Phantoms (CA) finished in third place.
Following back-to-back loses to open bracket play, Top Gun Growlers (CA) won three straight games en route to their fourth-place finish.