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2022 March Madness - St. Paddy’s Tourney Recap

The 2022 Guns & Hoses Softball Season Opener once again proved to be an action packed event with many tight battles and close scores all day long. This season opening event kicks off the first of several tournaments in the Guns & Hoses Softball tournament series for the 2022 season.

This years annual March Madness - St. Paddy’s Party took place on Sunday March 6th at the Fountain Valley Sports Complex, within Mile Square Park. This facility boasts plush grass, well maintained dirt infields, electronic scoreboards, tall 300’ fences, free parking, and playgrounds for the kids. The sun was high in the sky and the cool coastal breeze kept the temperatures in the mid 70’s all day long, as this event was held under picturesque softball conditions.

The bats were provided by Miken sports and these sticks were well broken in, as balls were launced over the 300 foot fences by the power hitters on all 9 teams that participated.

All major Public Safety groups were represented as we saw players from Police, Fire, Military, Corrections, EMT’s, Linemen, as well as the retired Police & Military veterans were in attendance also.

Each team started the day with two pool play games, then all teams were seeded and placed upon the single elimination brackets based upon their pool play record. The day was witness to many close contests and back and forth battles. There were only a few games in which team’s bats got hot, while the other team went cold. All of the 9 teams that participated were pretty evenly matched, so it was anyone’s tournament to win!

It was good to see many returning teams that have endured through the great Covid Shutdowns of 2020 into mid 2021. The 2022 season started right where the 2021 season ended, with solid games and great camaraderie between the Public Safety teams, as they fought for Guns & Hoses glory!

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