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Final Session of The Worlds Sees Two Teams Complete Triple Grand Slam
Oct. 1, 2021
LAS VEGAS – The largest softball tournament in America, the Senior Softball World Championships, concluded here with the Men’s and Women’s 50s age divisions playing in the fourth and final session, Sept. 30 – Oct. 3.
The four sessions of the tournament drew 651 teams.
You can read the recaps from the previous three sessions by clicking the following links:
Session 1 Recap
Sessions 2 & 3 Recap
Session four featured 156 teams, scheduled to play in 513 games.
Champions came from five states: Florida, Connecticut, Texas, California and Maryland, and the U.S. territory of Guam.
Fans from Guam traveled over 6,000 miles to cheer on their teams
Other highlights of the final session included:
- Teammates Lydia Crandall and Shirley Simmons Snell, members of Dreamgirlz 50, officially inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame (NSSHOF), as part of the Class of 2021.
- Old School (CA) and Lew’s Crew/Exceeding Expectations (MD) complete elusive Triple Grand Slam in the Women’s 50 Major and AAA Divisions, respectively.
- Two deaf teams, Leftovers (AZ) and Deaf Nation Senior Softball (MI), compete in the Men’s 50 AAA Division.
L-R: 2021 NSSHOF members Shirley Simmons Snell and Lydia Crandall
Deaf teams Leftovers (top) and Deaf Nation Senior Softball (bottom) competed in the 75-team Men's 50 AAA Division.
Games began on Thursday with the Men’s 50 divisions, while the Women’s divisions began play on Friday.
Men’s 50 Major Plus (11 Teams)
Suncoast/Adidas (FL) - Men's 50 Major Plus World Champs
In the 11-team Men’s 50 Major Plus Division, Bay Equity/Hara’s/Vortex (WA) took the top seed in the bracket, following their 32-29 win over J.K. Inc/GTL (CA) in the U.S. National Championship Game.
Going 1-2 in bracket play, Bay Equity/Hara’s/Vortex fell short of the Triple Grand Slam.
Following a 2-0 record in seeding play, Suncoast/Adidas (FL) continued their winning ways in bracket, going 4-0 to complete a perfect weekend, capped off by a 30-8 win over Fattboyz/Prestige/Elite (CA) in the championship game.
FBI/Worth/Miken (FL) won four straight games in the elimination side of the bracket en route to their eventual third place finish.
J.K. Inc./GTL rounded out the top four finishers.
Men’s 50 Major (46 Teams)
Hard Hat Cafe/Latella's (CT) - Men's 50 Major World Champs
The 46-team Men’s 50 Major Division featured a three-team playoff for the U.S. National Championship that included Freehold Buick GMC/Juno Athletics (NJ), G.O. Softball Junkies/WEPNZ/Dss (CA) and Hard Hat Café/Latella’s (CT).
With a 23-22 win over Freehold Buick GMC/Juno Athletics and a 20-19 win over Hard Hat Café/Latella’s, G.O. Softball Junkies/WEPNZ/DSS took home the U.S. National Championship.
G.O. Softball Junkies/WEPNZ/Dss fell short of the overall Triple Grand Slam, as the team was eliminated Saturday evening.
The U.S. National runner-up, following its 22-19 win over Freehold Buick GMC/Juno Athletics, Hard Hat Café/Latella’s rolled through bracket play with a perfect 6-0 record, including a 21-4 win over HTM (ID) in the championship game.
Bart’s Fossils/BL29Sports (CA) finished in third place, while Arizona Heat rounded out the top four finishers.
50 Degrees (MO) and Utility Systems C & E (MD) tied for fifth place.
Men’s 50 AAA (75 Teams)
Originals (TX) - Men's 50 AAA World Champs
The largest division of the entire World Championships was the massive 75-team Men’s 50 AAA Division.
In the U.S. National Championship Game, CaliGold (CA) knocked off High Street Bucs (MD), 16-13.
CaliGold would fall short of the Triple Grand Slam, as the team failed to advance to Championship Sunday.
Overall, 12 teams advanced to the final day of play, four of which with undefeated records in bracket play: Alpha Dawg/Dayton Legends (OH), Oklahoma Rhino, Originals (TX), and High Street Bucs.
Of the four, Originals would go on to complete gauntlet unscathed, going 7-0 in bracket play, including a thrilling 24-23 win over High Street Bucs in the championship game.
Lonestar (TX) won four straight games on Sunday en route to their third place finish, while Oklahoma Rhino rounded out the top four finishers.
Alpha Dawg/Dayton Legends and Smash It Sports Northwest (WA) tied for fifth place, while Old Skool/GTS Sports (PA) and The Persuaders (KS) tied for seventh place.
Men’s 50 AA (5 Teams)
Guam Seniors - Men's 50 AA World Champs
In the five-team Men’s 50 AA Division, top seed Guam Seniors completed an undefeated weekend, going 2-0 in seeding and 3-0 in bracket play, capped off by a 20-4 win over Softball Rehab (TX) in the championship game.
Goats (MD) finished in third place, followed by Gulf Coast Hurricanes (TX) in fourth.
Women’s 50 Major (7 Teams)
Old School (CA) - Women's 50 Major - Triple Grand Slam (Four-Peat)
In the seven-team Women’s 50 Major Division, Old School (CA) bested Unfazed (VA), 20-8, in the U.S. National Championship Game.
Old School completed the Triple Grand Slam going 3-0 in bracket play, including a nail-biting, 20-19, win over Dreamgirlz (VA) in the championship game.
For Old School, this marks the team’s fourth straight Triple Grand Slam title.
Dreamgirlz had won four straight games in the elimination side of the bracket to reach the championship game.
Stix With Impact (CA) finished in third place, followed by Dynasty Girls (FL) in fourth.
Women’s 50 AAA (12 Teams)
Lew's Crew/Exceeding Expectations (MD) - Women's 50 AAA World Champs
In the 12-team Women’s 50 AAA Division, Lew’s Crew/Exceeding Expectations (MD) topped NW Lady Warriors/Miken (WA), 20-9, in the U.S. National Championship Game.
Building off of their momentum of the U.S. National Championship, Lew’s Crew/Exceeding Expectations continued winning, going 4-0 in bracket play, including an 11-4 win over All Mix’D Up (AR) in the championship game, to complete an undefeated weekend and the Triple Grand Slam.
Who’z Yer Daddy-50 Shades of Grey (WA) finished in third place, while BAGS (FL) finished in fourth place.