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Chicago Classic 50's Wins I.S.F. Senior World Tournament

Going Undefeated and Winning Their Four World Title In Last Three Years


Chicago Classic 50's 205 - I.S.F. Senior Softball 50 & Over Major World Champions

MANASSAS, VA: The Chicago Classic 50's Major softball club from Bloomingdale traveled to Manassas, Virginia on June 17th through 19th to play at the 2005 International Senior Softball Association World Cup and came home as the World Champions. Pitcher John Gridley was named as the Most Valuable Player of this World Tournament. He was joined on the 2005 ISSA 50 & Over major All-World Team by his teammates Paul Cox, Pat Heraty, Bob Schultz, Roy Ambrose and Rocky Witzman.
The Chicago Classic 50's Major softball club opened their tournament play on with a big 25-5 win over Murphy's Law from Springfield VA with a tune-up game on Friday. Manager Bob Kolvitz said, "We literally came off the plane and started to play. We scored thirteen runs in the first inning to take a big lead and never looked back."
ON Saturday in the World Tournament the Chicago Classic 50's again drew Murphy's Law in their opening game and responded with an impressive 15-0 win to advance into the winner's bracket finals of this five team tournament.
Chicago Classic 50's now took the field with Friedlander from Hampton, New Jersey occupying the other dugout. This game went back and forth for the first four innings before the Chicago Classic 50's exploded for a seventeen run fifth inning as they pounded the ball with their bats piling up an impressive thirty-one runs being push across the pay station as they won going away 31-11 to win the winner's bracket of this double elimination event.
The championship game would feature the Chicago Classic's 50's against whichever team that would win the loser's bracket to challenge them in the title game. When the dust resettled back down on the field of play it was a rematch with Murphy's Law that awaited the Chicago Classic 50's in the championship contest.
On Sunday the championship contest was played and it was a much different game than the first two between these two ball clubs. The Chicago Classic 50's winning a close game 14-11 to win the World Championship of the International Senior Softball World Cup.
Kolvitz said, "This was a great weekend for us!" He added, "The team played great ball and we had great hitting. Starting with the top of our line-up with Pat Heraty and Keith Hudon setting the table for out power hitters, Gary Thorsen and Rocky Witzman." Kolvitz continued by saying, "The team batting average for the weekend was over .700 so everyone was hitting the ball great. The infield defense turned eight double plays throughout the tournament. Our outfield which consisted of Thorsen, Hudon, Bud Van Klaven, Larry Hall, Witzman and Heraty played solid softball all weekend long. The battery of Gridley and Ambrose was outstanding all weekend.
Kolvitz closed by saying, "This was our fourth world title in the last three years. This is a really special team." We are looking forward to our next big tournament in July when we travel to Dallas Texas. If we continue to play like this weekend we will be tough to beat."

2005 International Senior Softball Association World Cup
Manassas, Virginia
June 17-19, 2005
1
Chicago Classics
Bloomingdale, IL
3-0
2
Murphy's Law
Springfield, VA
3-2
3
Friedlander
Hampton, NJ
2-2
4
Angle Inn
Angle Inn
0-2
5
Prince George / Labatts
Rochester, NY
0-2



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