50's Wins SPA Major 50+ Nationals
Twelve Teams Participate At Plano
Texas On July 16th through 18th
Photo's From The
Chicago Classic 50's
PLANO, TX: The
Chicago Classic 50's and over ball club traveled to Plano Texas
on the weekend of July 16th through 18th to play at the SPA Senior
Softball 50 & Over Major National Tournament and came home with
the national championship and gold first place trophy that goes
to the winner.
On Friday evening the Chicago Classic 50's opened with two pool
play games as the beat the Willies Wolves 29-3 before losing to
Kittrell Acoustic 21-14.
Chicago Classic 50's drew a first round bye in the double elimination
championship tournament portion of this tournament before taking
on and defeating Schones Chiropractic 26-11 to advance into the
third round of the t winner's bracket.
In this semifinal game of the winner's bracket it was Chicago Classics
50's squaring off with the Buccaneers and at the end of three innings
the Illinois based ball club found itself trailing the Buccaneers
by a score of 11-5. In the fourth inning the Chicago Classic 50's
ball club started to click on all cylinders as they poured run after
run across home plate while using their defense to shut down the
Buccaneers the rest of the way as they came from behind for a 25-11
In the winner's bracket championship game Chicago Classic 50's took
the field to play Kittrell (who had beaten them on Friday evening
in the pool portion of the tournament) with the chance to obtain
a little revenge. Kittrell had posted an impressive win over defending
national champion Travelodge to get into the winner's bracket finals
of this national tournament. The Chicago Classic 50's came out with
fire in the belly's and they were playing for blood as they put
everything together as they demolished Kittrell' s behind nineteen
extra base hits and a bushel full of double plays being turned by
their defense, by the a final score of 35-3.
Now the Chicago Classic 50's had to sit and wait as the loser's
bracket was played out to it's conclusion before knowing who their
opponent in the 2005 SPA National Championship 50 & Over Major
Division would be. In that loser's bracket finals Kittrell and Travelodge
put on an impressive offensive showing with Kittrell edging out
Travelodge 36-35 to earn the right to play the Chicago Classic 50's
in the national title game.
Sometime as a team sits and waits it somehow loses the edge that
they have built for themselves but that was not the case this day.
The Chicago Classic 50's came out smoking and jumped all over Kittrell
with their bats as the defense turned two double plays and pesto
that combination turned into a 27-4 four inning win I the national
championship game for the Chicago Classic 50's.
Team spokesman Paul Cox said, "There were seven All-Americans
selected from our team and there should have been fourteen."
He continued by saying, "The Chicago Classics 50's ball club
had.725 on base percentage for this entire tournament!" Leading
the way was our first baseman Bob Schultz who batted .900 and we
had five others that hit over .800 for the national tournament.
Defensively our infield that consisted of Cox, Cliff Noble, Bob
Kolvitz, Keith Hudon and Schultz was outstanding all weekend long.
Cox said, "In fact they turned a total of nine double plays
during this national tournament."
The outfield that consisted of Gary Thorsen, Larry Hall, Vinny Chambers,
Pat Hearty, Bud Van Kleven and Randy Robage. Cox said, "They
made many outstanding plays. At times I thought they were all twenty-five
years old out there. This team is amazing."
The seven Chicago Classic 50's players who were named as 2005 SPA
All-Americans for their play at the national finals are, 2005 SPA
Tournament MVP Terry Heovseth (pitcher), Pat Hearty (outfield),
Keith Hudon (infield), Bob Schultz (infield), John Gridley (catcher),
Gary Thorsen (outfield) and Roy Ambrose (infield).
Cox closed by saying, "This team is really together this year.
We want to keep it going."
2005 SPA All-AMericans From The Chicago Classic 50's
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