The 2013 U.S.S.S.A. World Tournament/ Wouters Sawyers Memorial
The dates for the 2013 Sgt Christopher Wouters/Ofc Mark Sawyers Memorial Tournament are slated for Aug 2nd,3rd and 4th. Last years "Class Reunion" was a special weekend bringing lots of old faces in for a great weekend and honor the 30th Anniversary of the start of the Grand Daddy of all police tournaments, "The Detroit Classic".
Great Lakes Lawmen and Greene County Oh were crowned USSSA Champs.
More information will be released as it becomes available in the near future.
September 8, 2012
The 2102 National Police Softball Tournament came to a close with Florida's Down 2 Earth capturing their first Title by defeating a very good Minnesota team. D2E was defeated by Minnesota in their first game of the Round Robin, however, they cruised through bracket play defeating some outstanding teams including Minnesota in the winner's final. Minnesota, a team that never quits battled through the loser bracket to reach the finals and set up a rematch. The finals proved to be a battle between two heavy weights. After six and a half innings of spectacular hitting and fielding the difference came down to a 3 run DINGER in the bottom of the seventh inning propelling Down 2 Earth to their first National Police Softball Championship and set of championship rings.
Down 2 Earth's Allen Westfall was named the best Defensive Player and Paul Cullen was named the Tournament MVP.
All Tournament selections for Down 2 Earth:
Clint Hart, Ryan Register, Brandon Worrall and Chris Villano
Minnesota's All Tournament Selections:
Bobby Lambert, Mike Dahlstron, Adam Keeler and Ken Fry
Third Place went to the Great Lakes Lawmen. Their All Tournament selections were:
Dave Zierk, Scott Waxweiler,Mike DiCicco and Patrick Hill
2010 and 2011 Champs, Ohio Lawmen finished fourth. Their All Tournament selections:
Brian Key and Butch Castor
New Jersey Shamrocks and local favorite Greene County Enforcers tied for fifth.
New Jersey Shamrocks selected Brandon Dunning as their All Tournament Selection while the Greene County Enforcers selected Lloyd Alexander.
In the Masters Division the Ohio Lawmen playing some tremendous softball captured the Masters title defeating Minnesota.
Ohio Lawmen's Calvin Johnson was named the tournament MVP, followed by their All Tournament Selections:
Terry Ables, Todd Brewer, Brian Key and D.J. Williams
Minnesota's All Tournament selections:
Freddie Gray, Darryl Boerger and Mike Dollerschell
Cincinnati Master finished third. Their All Tournament Selections were:
Pete Ballauer and Mark Smith.
Each year the National Police Softball Championship presents a Sportsmanship Award to an individual that exemplifies what Police Softball is all about and this years selection was Cincinnati Master's Manager Chuck (crazy8) Zimmerman.
Terry Ables and I would like to thank all the teams that came and participated this year. Even though the numbers of teams were down the caliber of play had to be some of the best police softball anyone has ever watched over the past 41 years. Thanks to the players and fans for making this tournament very special.
Classic Softball Weekend
The 2012 USSSA Law Enforcement Worlds had a new venue this year. The Sgt Christopher Wouters/ Ofc Mark Sawyers Memorial Softball Tournament moved to Halmich Park in the City of Warren this year and despite the threatening weather was a rousing success by most accounts.
Nineteen teams showed up to play this weekend with more than half of the top 20 teams in the country competing. 10 different states were represented with the DEA Combo traveling the farthest, all the way from California. South Florida and Jacksonville Masters came in from Florida and the famed New York Retro represented the east coast. Chicago Metro and several Ohio teams solidified the 17th Annual event with the mainstay Michigan teams. The weekend was also a celebration of the 30th year of the famed Detroit Classic Softball Tournament. Numerous Hall of Famers and old players from the past were on hand to rekindle old stories and catch up on lost time.
500+ people and several TV news channels were on hand for the emotional opening ceremonies to honor the lives of the officers killed in the line of duty the past year. The traditional bag pipes, 21 gun salute and taps once again left everyone realizing the true meaning of this weekend. Several recognition awards were also handed out during the ceremony. Tim Grundmann ,wearing his Pinellas team colors, was officially inducted into the Police Softball Hall of Fame. Robbie Freitas from Jacksonville was recognized for is lifetime contributions to the Law Enforcement game and Chicago’s Anthony Buonadonna was recognized for his sportsmanship in leading his team all around the country to various events.
Congrats and thanks fellas.
A two hour rain delay set things back on Friday afternoon. With the skies dark and threatening, the fields held up nice and Friday pool play was completed in “one pitch” style. Because of the bad weather, several players from other teams flights were cancelled and could not get in till the next day. It was very cool to see other teams offer their own players to help out each other so the spirit of the game could continue and everyone had enough players with no complaining. It was special to see life long combatants playing on the same side of the field. The traditional home run derby was postponed till Saturday due to the late start . Todd Amlin beat out 20 sluggers to win a 2013 bat donated by tourney sponsor Line Drive Sportz. Line drive in conjunction with Worth, Miken and Combat supplied 50 bats for the weekend. Each field was supplied 10 identical bats of all different weights and balances. A real bat wars to some degree.
When Saturday came, all bets were off and everyone had their game faces back on. Ohio Lawmen were back on track as was South Florida Lawmen, Great Lakes Lawmen and Metro Detroit’s Finest, all making it to the final four. After the dust settled, Ohio and South Florida were facing off in the finals of the winners bracket after beating Great Lakes and Metro Detroit respectfully. Wayne Oakland came back after being knocked into the losers bracket by Ohio Lawmen and defeated DEA and Metro Detroit. Wayne Oakland’s run slowed and they lost to defending USSSA World Champions Great Lakes Lawmen to finish 4th in the Open Division. Ohio Lawmen defeated South Florida to put themselves in the cat bird seat coming back on Sunday. Great Lakes Lawmen came out rested and solid all weekend with a full team and were able to defeat South Florida for 3rd place then complete a double dip of Ohio Lawmen to repeat as USSSA Law Enforcement Open Champions. Rounding out the Open Division was OH-50, Metro Detroit, Jacksonville masters and DEA.
In the “B” Flight, Greene County Enforcers won their 2nd tourney in their 7 year history to become the 2012 USSSA “B” Flight World Champions. To do so, Greene County had a hard road to travel and needed to also complete a double dip of NY Retro. Retro was led by a whose-who of Hall of Famer’s who came in special for the “Classic” weekend. Greene County clawed their way out of the losers bracket after losing to Chicago in the final 4 round. Previous back to back champions Chicago Metro finished 3rd after losing to NY Retro in the finals of the winners bracket then again to Greene County in another fantastic finish game. Finishing 4th was Detroit Police after also losing to Greene County in their quest for the Gold. Miami Valley and Dayton PD finished tied for 5th. Rounding out the “B” flight was Detroit Enforcers, Macomb Sheriffs, Federal Air Marshalls, Warren Mi and Sterling Heights.
All World Selections were as follows:
MVP Scott Waxweiller- GLL
Gold Glove- Higinio Rivera- Ohio Lawmen
All World- John Andreson- GLL
All World- John Zintak-GLL
All World- Derrick Ward-GLL
All World- Jeff Grause- GLL
All World- Jake Negray- Ohio
All World- Brian Key-Ohio
All World- Dusty Bowling-Ohio
All World- Carlos Ramos-SFL
All World- Matt Tindale-SFL
All World- Todd Amlin-Wayne Oakland
MVP- Tony Vitale- GCE
Gold Glove-Ryan Theis NY retro
All World- Kevin Cavanaugh- GCE
All World- Terry Ables- GCE
All World- Doug Schwalbach- GCE
All World- Jamie Givens- GCE
All World- Earl Phillips- NYR
All World- Richie Carter- NYR
All World- Kevin Medina-NYR
All World- Jimmy Knapp- Chicago
All World- Johnny Hand- Chicago
All World- Steve Perry- Detroit PD
We would like all the teams that came to our 17th Annual “Local Tournament” here in the Motor City and we hope to continue the tradition in the future. As always please stay safe!!!!!!
Kevin and Andy