- Great Lakes lawmen repeat as "A" Flight World Champs
- Miami Valley Capture first World Championship
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The 2014 Brian Aselton Memorial Tournament Champions 3N2
The 2014 Law Enforcement Season was kicked off this weekend on the East Coast with a long running Memorial Tournament in Kissimmee Florida at the Osceola Softball Complex. Great time with Great friends makes this event priceless to me.
First of all, let me thank all 11 teams that showed up, even though its been 15 years since the tragic events which led to Brian's death in the line of duty, it still feels like yesterday to me. To give me the opportunity to keep Brian's name alive and out there after all of these years, telling his story and keeping his memory alive showing that nobody is forgotten or left behind is what it is all about to me. Thank you to every single individual that came out to this Tournament along with the Softball complex who has always welcomed this event with open arms.
The event kicked off with an incredible party at Rocco Taco's and a special thanks goes out to both Johnny Scollo and Dennis Leonard and Rocco who allowed me the honor and privilege to be able to coincide this tournament with a fund raiser for the family of Deputy Scott Pine. To be able to help a current Law Enforcement family in need is something that I will never forget.
As for the Softball, the fields were immaculate, the balls were flying and the muscles were being torn in this early season Tournament. I am going to start out with something a little different by giving a shout out to the bottom 4 teams, because its easy to put a team together and come out to a tournament knowing that you have a chance to be in the top 5 with a chance to win but so hard to come in just for the true spirit of the event. These are the teams that are the bread and butter of the tournament, the teams that round off the brackets making this tournament happen for all the other teams. I just wish I could do more for you guys.
The Charlotte County Lawmen "Brad", CBP Guardians "Jack", Lake County Sheriffs "Robbie" and Thin Blue Line "Crazy Vic", cant thank you enough, everybody loved you guys and I would have you guys back next year in a heartbeat. You convey the true meaning of Police Softball and was a real pleasure having you guys participate. Robbie, Shuu and the Jersey Boys, thanks for helping out with the party in the parking lot.
The next three teams were all class acts and it starts off with their Team representative. Stamford Ct."Kris", Team Louisiana,"Jody" and Mid Atlantic Demarini, "Terry".
My Stamford boyz, always come down and make the best of the weekend and I mean BEST, while putting out a competitive team. Now that takes true talent. Your always the first one to commit and I always look forward to having some fun with you guys.
Team Louisiana, Jody White wanted me to let the Police Softball World know that there ready to spring onto the circuit, and what a great new team to come in and represent. Not only filled with talent and will compete but also "gets it" and understands what these events are truly about. Making that 10 hour drive and picking up a couple guys from Texas after losing five players last minute just to represent is priceless. It was a pleasure meeting them and wish them all the luck in their future on the Police Circuit.
Then there is Terry Duggan and the Mid Atlantic Lawmen, what can I say, Terry a true ambassador always puts together a highly competitive team. I go way back with Terry ever since the days in the early 90's where he allowed me to bring a blender into his hospitality room to mix drinks, to being able to play with him up in Freddy's Tournament. He is a kind and generous soul and I always look forward to seeing him and tipping a beer with him. Terry, I will follow you anywhere, Bro.
Now the Top Four, The Cream of the Crop, The Florida Connection....Florida Enforcers "Steve" , Miami Metro Dawgs,"Nelson", North Florida Showdown,"Scott" and the 3n2 DTE Lawmen, "Mike and Dennis"
4th Place...Florida Enforcers, was the up and coming team last year, not anymore, they arrived. Bear, you put a talented product out there along with a great attitude. Im looking forward to seeing how you do this year on the circuit its always a lot of fun with you guys.
3rd Place..Miami Metro Dawgs, always competitive at the Aselton, if this team could find a way to travel, people would talk a great team with a great attitude. I always look forward to having you guys each year. Thanks for being there Nelson.
2nd Place..North Florida Showdown, another Florida powerhouse, They had a great tournament and could have easily been on top but unfortunately it seemed that DTE had their number. Always a staple at this tournament with a super competitive team and great attitudes. Good luck Scott this year.
1st Place 3n2 DTE Lawmen, Much anticipated team this year who didn't disappoint despite the pressure of having too. Which goes way back to the old Miami Metro Red days when this scrappy little team used to come in have fun and win the Aselton launching themselves on the Law Enforcement scene. Mike , Johnny , Dennis, I always look forward to having you guys at the tournament. You definitely have a great team and will make some noise this year, but most of all your guys understand what these tournaments are about and represent which is something that means a lot to me. Always great to see you guys here. Good Luck and Thank You...
Stay Safe All
Miami Vally Titan's Capture Their First Title. Great Lakes Repeat
August 11, 2013
The 18th annual Wouters/Sawyers Law Enforcement Memorial Softball Tournament was held last weekend and once again it was a great time for all that participated. Once again the opening ceremony was the highlight of the tournament and showed more than ever the reason we all come together for this weekend.
In one of the most emotional ceremonies we can remember, Ofc Patrick Hill of the Detroit Police Department was honored and inducted into the Police Softball Hall of Heroes. Pat was injured in a gunfight on April 2, 2013 and is still in a coma fighting to recover. Mike Dicicco, team mate of Hills on Great Lakes Lawmen read the induction of Pat and presented a plaque to his wife, Deodge. The entire Law Enforcement community prays for a full recovery for brother Pat.
The games were played at two locations over the weekend and the format was a little different. The two divisions were divided up from the start with the “A” Flight having 8 teams and the “B” flight having 7 teams. The format was a complete divisional round robin with the best records slated to take the crown in the end. Some people were a little apprehensive at first but by the end of the tourney, most people had a different perspective. Hall of Fame Stu Hoskins of the Chicago Metro team stated “ I was a little apprehensive at first but really like this format. Lots of ball games for everyone and all the games mean something”.
Every game indeed meant something. On Sunday morning 6 games were played to determine a championship and all three places in each division with all 15 teams returning to compete as spoilers or capture some iron. When all the dust settled, Great Lakes Lawmen finished a perfect 7-0 to repeat as the USSSA law Enforcement “A” Flight World Champions. Chicago Metro, playing up in the “A” flight for the first time in several years showed the improvements they made finishing in 2nd place while Steel City Enforcers returned to Worlds to capture a 3rd place finish.
Terry Dugan rustled up an East Coast Lawmen team and made his first trip to Detroit. Dugan was honored in the pre-game ceremony and received the Lifetime Contribution Award for his years of dedication to the Law Enforcement circuit. Thank you Terry!!. Also present with Terry’s team was David “Heavy-D” Patrick. Patrick was inducted into the Law Enforcement Hall of Fame this year and we were glad to have him back in Detroit for a weekend. Terry and his boys ran off a 4th place finish tied with Warren County Ohio and Eric Abrams gang. Rounding out the “A” Flight was Dayton Metro, Metro Detroit’s Finest and Wayne Oakland.
In the “ B” Flight, the games were no less intense. The contest came down to the final games with 3 teams finishing 5-1. Miami Valley, led by Brian Tinch, took the crown with head to head and least runs scored against deciders. This was Miami Valley’s first “B” flight World Championship. Coach Brian Tinch was also honored in the pre-game ceremonies by receiving the 2013 Sgt Christopher Wouters “Sportsmanship Award. Tinch has been bringing his team to Michigan for countless years and has always shown the greatest degree of sportsmanship. Congrats Brian.
Finishing second was local favorite, Macomb County Sheriff’s with Detroit Masters team locked into 3rd. Dayton Pd finished 4th with Sterling Heights PD and Federal Air Marshall’s rounding out the field. All teams in the “B” flight played 6 games and played each other once.
Thank you again for all those coming for the weekend. Everyone seemed to have a great time from the 70 guys that went to the Tiger’s White Sox game Saturday to the night life of metro Detroit. Terry Dugan quipped after the tourney ended “My guys didn’t know what to expect coming here for the first time, but they are all making plans already to return next year”. Terry and many others enjoyed the Friday night at the ball park as well watching the home run derby and the traditional Sterling Height‘s PD vs. Warren PD duke it out. This year the tournament donated all the proceeds of the derby to the Pat Hill foundation raising close to $600. “Dirty” John Ervin of the East Coast Lawmen snuck in and bested all the other hitters and walked away with this year’s crown.
Congrats to all the winners and hope to see you all back next year.
1- Great Lakes Lawmen- World Champs
2- Chicago Metro
3- Steel City
4-East Coast lawmen
5- Warren County
6- Dayton Metro
7- Metro Detroit
8- Wayne Oakland
MVP- Pat Hill Great Lakes Lawmen
Defensive MVP- Travis Morgan Chicago Metro
All World Team
Randy Thiverage- GLL
Mike Dicicco- GLL
Adam Ruffner- GLL
Anthony Valera- Chicago
Dave Levy- Chicago
John Riordan- Chicago
Lee Meyers- Steel City Enforcers
Sean Stakiej- Steel City Enforcers
1- Miami Valley- World Champs
2- Macomb County Sheriff
3- Detroit PD Masters
4- Dayton PD
5- Sterling Heights PD
6- Metro Detroit Lawmen
7- Federal Air Marshall’s
MVP- Greg Sallard- Miami Valley
Defensive MVP- Jake Cardona- Macomb County SD
All World Team
Frank Robinson- Miami Valley
Brent Ponder- Miami Valley
Mike Deerwester- Miami Valley
Gary Coleman- Miami Valley
Matt Saras -MCSD
Jeff Cardona- MCSD
Jeff Bellemo- MCSD
Darryl Sage- Detroit Masters
Nelson Robinson- Detroit Masters
Welcome 2013 class of the Law Enforcement Softball Hall of Fame
July 12, 2013
The 2013 Law Enforcement Softball Hall of Fame was announced last week and 4 great representatives were elected.
Brad Gidcumb of the Jacksonville PSC, Andy Kuntz of NYPD Blues, David Patrick of Mid Atlantic Lawmen and Dick Vogel – Cincinnati Police, were brought in after careful consideration by the HOF Committee.
Gidcumb roamed the outfield for the Jacksonville powerhouse team and was considered one of the best 5 tool players in the country. Andy Kuntz has been a solid fixture on the NYPD Blues from the beginning and many of the championship teams revolved around his talent and leadership. David “Heavy D” Patrick was, and still is, one of the most feared hitters from the Mid-Atlantic region and was a regular All-star on any championship team they had. Dick Vogel is considered one of the early pioneers of Police Softball and was one of the men responsible for the running of the Dayton tournament in it’s infant stages and formed the famed Dayton Metro softball team, that still playes to this day.
Congratulations to all the inductees and the nominees.
Andy Kunz- NYPD Blues
Brad Gidcumb- Jacksonville PSC
Dick Vogul- Cincinnati
David Patrick Eastcoast Lawmen
Jimmy Cavuto- NY
Dwayne "Kahuna" DeCaires
Larry M. Kincaid (Sparky) Dayton (Ohio)
Jimmy Raab-Ny- Raabi
Butch Crozier- NYPD Blues
Paul Cullen- Jacksonville PSC
Ralph Hamlin- East Coast Lawmen
Jamie Caterino-Steel City Enforcers
Drifton Honors Fallen Troopers
HERO’S MEMORIAL SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT:
PA TROOPER MILLER... NJ TROOPER CASTELLANO...NJ OFFICER CHRISTOPHER MATLOSZ...
Date: September 14-15, 2013 9:00 A.M. Jake Kislan Softball Complex44 West Coal Miners Drive, Drifton, PA 18221 www.drifton.com
Proceeds Benefit: Lackawanna College Act 120 Police Academy (toward the purchase of a soft body
Armor for one graduating cadet selected by the college)
Entry Fee: $350 (Checks payable to: PSP Olympics, 143 Bloss Road, Canadensis, PA 18325)
Rules: ASA with USSSA bats, no state rule, 1 & 1 count, 6-hr and then an out, no foul to waste, last out courtesy runner
Brackets: (A) Division – Police softball.com teams (bracket play, then seeding, no State rule, PS eligibility)
(B) Division - PSP and local law enforcement softball teams (Police,Fire,EMS,Military)
** (A) Division and (B) Division will not play against each other in this tournament**
Seeding: Runs against, runs for, run differential, and head-to-head
Balls: Four balls will be given to each team, balls for sale at complex - $4 per ball
Handsome Awards: Top three in “A division, The Champion of the “B” division
MVP Awards: For both divisions
Host Hotels: Fairfield Inn & Suites Hazleton, 118 State Route 93, I-81 and Route 93, Hazleton
Best Western Genetti Inn & Suites, 1341 North Church Street, Hazle Township
Host Restaurant: Damons sports Bar next to the Fairfield Inn
Friday night party: At Damons food & drink specials
Contacts: CO John Erven732-890-0694 TFC Victor Ortalano (570) 243-0006
and Tpr. Anthony Ferdinand (570) 459-3890
TFC Victor Ortalano Jr l Gaming Enforcement Officer – Mt Airy Casino
Pennsylvania State Police l Bureau of Gaming
113 Enforcer Lane l Swiftwater PA 18370
570-243-0006 l Fax: 570-243-4514
The Annual Virgina Beach “Battle at the Beach” tournament was attended by 29 teams from 13 different states and one team from Toronto, Canada. Friday kicked off with 4 teams playing in the Masters with Wayne Oakland beating a strong new team from New Jersey, Garden State. The day was perfect with 85-88 heat and a blast was had by all. A young team comprised of officers from Ohio, Kansas, Va. and Michigan combined to help round out the field but the older masters teams let them know who rules the roost J . Thanks for helping us out.
Friday night the Annual party was held at the FOP and the buffet was great and catching up with friends form other departments across the continent. A blast was had by all.
The usual rain came but the grounds crew was able to start the bracket portion of the tournament at noon and played all bracket games until the evening storm came thru.
The Bronze division battled each other all day with great games. Va Beach Police Dept was able to beat New York City Hounds to win the bronze with Va.Beach S.O placing 3rd and NYC Enforcers placing 4th Bridgeport 5th, DC Enforcers and Lancaster Va. tied for 6th
The Silver Division was won by a short-handed Ohio 5-0 team that will be strong with their full team. Ohio 5-0 beat a Maryland Outlaw team that battled all the way thru the losers bracket to take Ohio 5-0 on in the championship game. Metro Detroit Finest placed 3rd, Louisville Metro KY placed 4th, KC Guns and Iowa Lawmen placed 5th.
The Gold Division was won by Ohio Lawmen after NYPD Blues won the first game of the championship 28-27, These games were played by two powerhouse teams and were a joy to watch. Both teams gave it their all. A strong Shamrocks team placed 3rd, Steel City placed 4th after battling their way thru the losers bracket beating 3 teams, Concord and Team Jersey placed 5th, Concord and Team Jersey showed heart and played short handed all weekend. Suffolk County and Toronto Canada placed 7th, Montgomery County and Mid Atlantic placed 9th.
As usual, thanks for all your patience with the rain storms that came thru, All the umps and fans that came out were impressed with the quality of Law Ball and the attitudes of the players. This complex and the others in Va.Beach see a lot of tournaments every weekend and Terry would like thank each coach and player for your patience. Special kudos to the Iowa Lawmen who drove from Iowa and for Concord making the trip short-handed and to all the teams that take the time to come play the game we all love.
4 Steel City
5 Team jersey
7 Suffolk County
9 Montgomery County
9 Mid Atlantic
2 Maryland Outlaws
3. Metro Detroit’s Finest
5. Kansas City Younguns
5. Iowa Lawmen
7. Wayne Oakland
LESA East Points Championship Tally
1. Ohio 45
2 NYPD 43
3 Shamrocks 41
4 Steel City 39
5 Concord 37
5 Team jersey 37
7 Suffolk County 35
7 Toronto 35
9 Montgomery County 33
9 Mid Atlantic 33
10 OH50 30
11 Maryland Outlaws 28
12 Metro Detroit’s Finest 26
13 Louisville 24
14 Kansas City Younguns 22
15 Iowa Lawmen 22
16 Wayne Oakland 22
Masters invaded Jax
April 29, 2013
Sunny beaches and 80 degree days was the surroundings for the Rick Hall Memorial/Jacksonville Masters softball tournament this weekend.
The tournament started out with 9 teams in a round robin shootout. Great Lakes, East Coast Lawmen and New York metro in bracket one. East Coast giving GLL their only loss for the weekend in the pool play. Bracket two had more heavyweights in it with Suffolk, Shamrocks and Mayport Squaring off. Bracket 3 pitted Ohio Lawmen, Wayne Oakland and Tri State lawmen in yet more great games
The weekend highlight for many was New York Metro pulled the old boys together to remember their coach Red Conry. Red would have been VERY proud of the boys. Hall of Famer’s Richie Carter, Dan Spinelli, Donny Meyer, Richie Malek, Glen Formica, Flip Mcgovern, all back in the same dugout with Jonny, Earl, Mick and the others. Donny, two months out of a knee replacement surgery playing the fields in several positions (pitching!!!) and Johnny Sager, making a comeback after a tough battle with cancer. Incredible showing.
Another highlight was Johnny Sanzo making the trek and starting with only 7 players, with players from other teams helping them out in the round robin until they could fill their team the rest of the way for the bracket play.
After the round robin, teams squared off against those in the opposite brackets. The battles were on and scores were high, with most teams playing the majority of the other teams in the tournament when the dust settled.
Great Lakes went through their side of the winners bracket beating Shamrock in the first round and Ohio in the second round before beating Wayne Oakland in the finals of the winners bracket.
Wayne Oakland beat Suffolk in the first round then squared off in one of the best games of the weekend with East Coast Lawmen. When the dust settled and over 60 runs were scored, Wayne Oakland pulled out the victory, reminiscent of the wars between Wayne Oakland and the great Tidewater teams. Wayne Oakland went on to beat Shamrocks to get a second crack at the eventual champs.
After losing to Great Lakes in the first round, Shamrocks went on to show why they are one of the top Masters teams in the country winning their next 3 games before running out of steam, losing to Wayne Oakland in the finals of the losers bracket in yet another tight race. Ohio Lawmen finished 4th as they too ran up some high scores in their weekend venture beating NY and Suffolk.
Lenny Glover’s Suffolk County and Terry Dugan’s East Coast Lawmen tied for 5th after playing very strong all weekend. Tri-State and New York Metro rounded out the field of teams tied for 7th.
A HUGE thank you goes out to all the players and teams this weekend for a special contribution with a special thanks going to Scott Samis of the Shamrock masters. Scott took it upon himself to organize the Phill fundraising effort for the weekend. He had a great idea for a home run derby competition, but due to time restraints it wasn’t possible. All of the players/teams reached in their pockets without flinching and within minutes there was $810 raised to donate to the Pay it Forward campaign. Thank you again Scott and all that chipped in.
This weekend was clearly about more than softball as there seemed to be more beers passed and more camaraderie than in tournaments past in these short 2-3 days span. Ragtime owes an entry fee or two for some teams J J
Congrats again to the Great lakes Lawmen for their championship and to all that made the trip.
Stay safe and see you all on the next one.
2013 Rick Hall Memorial Champions great Lakes Lawmen
Runners Up Wayne Oakland PSC
After the dust settled at the Sin City Classic, So Cal Alliance soundly placed themselves at the top of the heap by beating Hardcore in both the Single and Double Elimination tournaments. Sin City finished 3rd in the open division with Lockdown wrapping up 4th place.
In the Gold Division, Nitro2go tpped the list with Warpigs finishing in 2nd. HogWild, LAPD, So Cal Riot and Copper Combo rounded out the field.
Congrats to all the teams that made it out for the weekend and look forward to the rest of the LESA Championship Series events.
Below are the LESA West standings as of the first tournament.
1 Alliance 45
2 Hardcore 43
3 Sin City 41
4 Lock Down 39
5 Concord 37
6 DEA 37
7 Aftershock 35
8 Battleborn 35
9 Nitro2Go 30
10 War Pigs 28
11 Hog Wild 26
12 LAPD 24
13 So Cal Riot 24
13 Copper Combo 22
April 1st has brought us many great pranks and far fetched stories the past few hundred years and this year is a doozy.
Rumors spread that WO18 was going to shed his green and gold for the burnt orange of an Alliance team for a summer weekend out west. The rumors were not out for long before Lucifer called complaining of a cold chill and pipes freezing as well as farmers were complaining of their pigs flying off into the sunset.
The April fool prank of the century may or may not have fooled anyone but one thing is certain, to save the world from spinning backwards, there doesn’t appear to be any chance of this rumor happing at this stage of the game.
Enjoy the day and stay safe as always!!!
North invades the South!!!! LESA Masters Championship in Jax
The Rick Hall Memorial Tournament will continue on as planned. The tournament will still be played as scheduled with a couple minor changes. Helping David Stevens with the tournament to insure the tournament plays on will be Terry Dugan and Andy Wurm with the addition of Donny Meyer who has volunteered to run the bracket board and keep the beer cold.
The city of Jacksonville Beach has graciously offered to pick up the tab for the fields and umpires so that the players don't have to worry about that aspect of things. The Hampton Inn (formerly Comfort Inn Oceanfront) will still be the host hotel. (904)241-2311
To block rooms request JAX POLICE SOFTBALL (Group Code JPS)
WWW.Jacksonvillebeachoceanfront.hamptoninn.com Room block will be held until 4/1/13.
Round-Robin play on Thursday April 25th - Friday April 26th double elimination tournament starts.Tournament scheduled thru Saturday afternoon....no play on sunday travel day.
There will more information and activities added as they come in.
Any questions contact Andy Wurm at WAYNEOAKLAND1@AOL.COM
Brad Moody rounds out LESA West!!!
The 4th Annual Brad Moody Memorial tournament in Manteca, Ca has agreed to be the final leg in the 2013 LESA West Coast Championship Series. This "Trifecta" of tournaments will certainly deermine who shakes out at what level by the end of the year rankings.
Good luck to all teams and tournament directors for the 2013 season
Who's up for a Canadian Tournament Eh!!!!!!!!!
The Dave Dunmore Memorial Tournament is slated for Septemner 13th-15th 2013 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. This great tournament has been played for the past 27 years and has raised over a million dollars for charity. In the past there have been some teams from "The States" that have experienced the Canadian atmosphere and they have said it is one of the most fun tournaments going.
The Toronto Police team is inviting and and all law enforcement teams to join them for the weekend and experience some real northern hospitality.
More information can be found at www.Davedunmore.com
David A. Dunmore
LESA Championship Series
After almost 13 years the LESA points circuit is back in action. The four biggest tournaments in the east will host this years battlegrounds. Virginia Beach "Battle at the Beaches, Long Island- New York, National Police Championships- Cincinnati, and the USSSA Law Enforcement Worlds in Sterling Heights/Warren are the four battlegrounds to determine the LESA Champion of 2013.
The West will be joining the LESA family and will host a Championship circuit as well. SinCity Madness and Lake Tahoe have agreed to host a tournament with a third tournament to be announced in the near future.
Line Drive Sportz in Sterling Heights has offered to donate team pullovers to the East LESA Series Champions. More prizes to be announced.
LESA East "GRAND-SLAM" Tournaments:
Virginia Beach, Va May 17-19
Long Island, New York June 1,2
Cincinnati, Oh July 18-21
Sterling/Warren, Mi Aug 2-4
LESA West "Trifecta" tournaments
Sin City Madness March 15-17
Lake Tahoe Classic July 18-20
LESA Points system
10 points awarded for participating in a tournament
15 extra for playing in upper divisions
20 for 1st place
18 for 2nd
16 for 3rd
14 for 4th
12 for 5th
10 for 7th
7 for 9th
6 for 13th
South Florida Wins Again
January 28, 2013
Who is the top Police team in Florida?? It would seem so far in 2013 that the claim goes to Mike Kletsky's South Florida Lawmen. SFL cruised into Orlando this weekend and captured their second straight Brian Aselton Memorial Championship by defeating North Florida in the finals. Scotty Bridges North Florida team took second place ahead of Terry Dugans Mid Atlantic Lawmen. Rounding out the top 5 were Cranston PD and the newly formed Florida Enforcers.
Top 5 finishers
1) South Florida
2) North Florida
3) Mid Atlantic Lawmen
4) Cranston PD
5) Florida Enforcers
It would appear Johnny Sanzo once again kept the memory of Ofc Aselton alive by putting on another successful tournament.
Congrats Johnny and keep up the good work and congrats to South Florida Lawmen.
December 6, 2012
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