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Jim Sherman Memorial/Northwest Championships Sets Tournament Record in 2021
July 1, 2021
SALEM/ALBANY, Ore. – The 2021 Jim Sherman Memorial/Northwest Championships, held here in mid-July, set a tournament record with 71 teams. Games were held at Wallace Marine Park Softball Complex (Salem) and Timber Linn Park (Albany).
All games for session one (Men’s 65 to 75), held from July 13-15, took place in Salem, with 22 teams in action.
Starting with the five-team Men’s 65/70 Platinum Division, Timberworks/Suncoast 70 (CA) registered an undefeated week, going 2-0 in seeding, and 3-0 in bracket play. The run was capped off by an 18-3 win over Trachsel Auto Body 65 (OR) in the championship game.
Trachsel Auto Body dropped their opening bracket game against North Idaho Softball Club, 17-13; before then rallying with three straight wins to escape from the elimination side of the bracket.
As the highest finishing 65 team, Trachsel Auto Body earns a TOC berth for their respective division (65 Major).
Bulldogs 65 (OR) finished in third place.
In the four-team Men’s 65 AAA Division, top seed Last Call (NV) went unbeaten, going 3-0 in seeding and 3-0 in bracket play, including an 18-3 win over Yeahoos (WA).
Yeahoos had won back-to-back elimination games to reach the championship game.
Scrap Iron/M-I Sports (CO) finished in third place.
The top seed would also take home the title in the three-team Men’s 65 AA Division, as Cascade Thunder (OR) recorded an unblemished 6-0 mark. The team went 3-0 in seeding and 3-0 in bracket play, including a 10-4 win over Northwest Silver (WA).
Vancouver USA – Wooly’s (WA) rounded out the division.
The trend of top seeds winning it all continued in the three-team Men’s 70 Major Division, as Oregon Crabs went unbeaten. The team posted a 3-0 mark in seeding and a 2-0 record in the bracket, including a 14-6 win over Mr. Plywood (OR) in the championship game.
W.E. Ruth Realty (WA) rounded out the division.
The Men’s 70 AAA Division featured a best-of-three game series between Last Call (NV) and Seattle Merchants (WA).
Last Call swept Seattle Merchants by scores of 14-11 and 24-13, respectively.
The Men’s 75 Major Division also featured a best-of-three game series, as General Equipment (OR) and Sidewinders (AZ) went head-to-head.
General Equipment swept the series by scores of 17-13 and 13-11, respectively.
In the three-team Men’s 70/75 Silver Division, W.E. Ruth Realty 75 (WA) went 0-3 in seeding play, but bounced back with a 3-0 record in bracket play, including a 15-9 win over Silver City Brewers 75 (WA) in the championship game.
Brunette/Spikes 70 (WA) rounded out the division.
The tournament continued on July 16 with the Men’s 40 – 60 age divisions and the Women’s 40 – 50 age divisions starting on July 17. A total of 49 teams competed during the second session.
In the eight-team Men’s 40 Major Division, Cheap Suits/Republic Realty/Express Athletics (CA) entered bracket play as the No. 1 seed following a 2-0 mark in seeding play.
The team continued their winning ways in bracket play, going 4-0, including a thrilling 19-18 win over Cody Staffing/A3 (WA) in the championship game.
NorthWest Legends (WA) finished in third place following a valiant run through the elimination side of the bracket, that saw the team win four straight games before bowing out.
Outlaws/Simon Home (OR) rounded out the top four finishers.
In the four-team Men’s 40 AAA Division, Hit N Solos: LC Merchants (WA) rode its top seed all the way to the championship, going 3-0 in bracket play, including a 22-6 win over Northwest 40s (WA) in the title game.
GTR (OR) finished in third place.
In another four-team division, the Men’s 50/55 Platinum Division, HTM 50 (ID) ran through the elimination side of the bracket, winning four straight games, including a double-dip over Cornerstone 55 (OR).
HTM won the championship game, 21-12, and the “if” game, 14-13, to complete the sweep.
HTM dropped its opening bracket game against Northwest Athletics (OR), 19-18, to fall into the elimination bracket.
Northwest Athletics finished third.
In the 10-team Men’s 50/55 Gold Division, Wolfpack/Washington Legends 55 went undefeated in bracket play, going 5-0, including a 19-15 win over All-Quip/SOWC 50 (OR) in the championship game.
As the highest finishing 50 AAA team, All-Quip/SOWC earns the TOC berth for their respective division.
After dropping their opening bracket game against Savon 50 (UT), 13-12, All-Quip/SOWC rattled off an impressive run of five straight wins in the elimination side of the bracket, before running out of gas in the championship game.
GTR 50 (OR) finished in third place.
Top seed Calhoun/Michael’s Toyota (WA), who was upset by GTR, 18-17, in their opening bracket game; won three straight games in the elimination bracket en route to their fourth-place finish.
In the four-team Men’s 55 AAA Division, Wilsons (ID) went undefeated in the bracket, going 3-0, including a 22-14 win over Stars & Stripes (OR) in the championship game.
Stars & Stripes won a pair of elimination games to reach the championship game.
Top seed Sletten (ID) finished in third place.
In the Men’s 55 AA Division, Spin Tees (WA) swept Mike’s Bar & Grill (WA) in a best-of-three game series, by scores of 20-9 and 14-11, respectively.
The seven-team Men’s 60 Major Division saw Wolfpack (WA) post an undefeated weekend.
The team went 2-0 in seeding play to earn the No. 2 seed (Tri-State Kings, WA, took the No. 1 seed), and continued its winning recipe in bracket play, going 4-0, including a 22-7 win over GR/WA Legends in the championship game.
Trachsel Auto Body (OR) finished in third place, after winning three straight elimination games.
In the Men’s 60 AAA Division, ROE (OR) swept Chelu (WA) in a best of three game series, by scores of 18-15 and 27-14, respectively.
The three-team Men’s 60 AA Division would go to the “if” game, as top seed Tri City Legends/TimeShareCompliance.com (WA) defeated Scrap Iron Rockies (CO), 19-8. The win completed the double-dip for Tri City Legends, as the team also won the championship game, 17-5.
East West Aircraft (ID) finished in third place.
In the three-team Women’s 40 AAA Division, top seed Shake Off The Dust (OR) proved worthy of its top billing, going 2-0 in bracket play, including a 20-11 win over Vintage 208 (ID) in the championship game.
Bend Blockbuster (OR) rounded out the division.
In the Women’s 50 Division, NW Lady Legends (WA) and Who’z Yer Daddy-50 Shades of Grey (WA) played a best-of-three game series.
NW Lady Legends swept the series by scores of 17-16 and 12-10, respectively.