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TOC 2017 - Tourney Recap

The 2017 Guns & Hoses Season Grand Finale “Tournament of Champions” saw 15 Teams engage in Battle to be crowned Champions in two separate Divisions.

The 2017 Guns & Hoses softball season finished up with the usual competitive camaraderie, close battles, and tight scores. This year’s Double Elimination TOC was held at the Huntington Beach Sportsplex under suspicion of potential rain at the start, but the cloudy skies opened up early on, and picture perfect softball weather was achieved all day long, with cool coastal breeze and sunny skies. This final Guns & Hoses event of the year would decide which teams will be crowned as the 2017 TOC Champions and thus be forever enshrined upon the big perpetual Guns & Hoses TOC Champions Trophy.

 

The teams that signed up were divided into two separate divisions (Division I and Division II) based upon current level of play. All teams received two warm up games, then the team Captains made their way to the registration table to choose a sealed envelope containing a random spot on the brackets. After pool play, the teams battled it out in this unique “blind draw” event. This is the one and only G & H tournament of each season where bracket placement is decided with blind draw envelopes instead of the usual pool play record. No matter what your pool play record was, all teams qualified for the Double-Elimination brackets. This style of bracket placement literally meant it all came down to “luck of the draw”. This made things very interesting and very unpredictable.

DIVISION I POOL PLAY RECORDS:

Pool A
1-1 LA County “Bad Boys”
1-1 CDCR “Heat”
1-1 MCLB Barstow “Saints”

Pool B
2-0 Fort Irwin “Outlaws”
1-1 “Mixed Nuts”
0-2 “Pickles”

 

DIVISION II POOL PLAY RECORDS:

Pool C
2-0 Culver City “Cowboys”
1-1 LASAD South “Diamondbacks”
0-2 Fullerton Fire

Pool D
1-1 LAX PD “Bravo Tango”
1-1 State Investigaters “Sting”
1-1 Culver City Fire

Pool E
2-0 Team 47
1-1 OCSD “Clowns”
0-2 “Los Bandits”

 

After the warm up games of pool play concluded all team captains chose a sealed envelope to determine their teams spot upon the brackets. Now it was time to get down and dirty! It was time to ball, as any team that loses two games would be packing their trash and hittin the road early (see “Brackets” for team placement upon each Divisions set of brackets).

 

 

DIVISION I

Six teams battled it out in Division I, but it was the teams named after some of our favorite foods (“Mixed Nuts” and “Pickles”) that obtained pole positions with a first round bye, based upon the team captains selecting the right envelopes. All teams in this Division were very evenly matched and thus it was anyones tournament to win. They battled through the brackets in some very tight scoring games that truly could have went either way and many times literally came down to one “good” or one “bad” inning. (Please see brackets for the final scores for each game in the winners and losers bracket). When these teams were finished punching it out through the brackets the final two teams left in the hunt for the crown were two teams that ultimately played each other 4 times on this day. They first met in pool play when the MCLB Barstow “Saints” pummeled the LA County “Bad Boys”. Next they selected each other during the blind draw and met up again during the first round of the play-offs, with “Bad Boys” taking the victory this time. Bad Boys made it to the finals of the winners bracket by slipping past US Army Fort Irwin 15-14. The Saints fought their way back through the losers bracket and were able to force an “If” game by beating the Bad Boys 14-10 during their third meeting on the day. Now with each team at one loss during bracket play, they would play one final time and all chips were pushed to the center of the table for this winner take all final match up. This was an epic back and forth hit parade, as both teams were plating so many runs, this game only lasted into the 4th inning! When all was said and done and the umpire screamed “Ball Game!”, it was Bad Boys taking the win 27-24! Congratulations to LA County Bad Boys for earning the 2017 G&H Division I TOC Crown!

DIVISION II

Division II was equally as exciting if not better, as again, all teams were evenly matched and it would come down to which team got hot on the spot! Nine teams slugged it out in Div II pool play games, then the team captains chose their teams placement upon the double-elimination brackets. Many close games and tight scores were witnessed as the teams marched through the brackets. Two teams were playing slightly stronger on this day than their opponents and that was Culver City PD “Cowboys” whom were undefeated in their first 4 games of the day and Fullerton Fire, whom went 0-2 (including a loss to the Cowboys) during a wobbly start for round robin, but then found their balance and won their first two playoff games. These two teams met in the winners bracket final for their second match up of the day. This time Fullerton Fire would come out on top 19-14, sending Culver City to the losers bracket with their first loss of the day. Some notable mentions in this Division that were bumped into the losers bracket but continued to battle hard and never give up, were “Team 47”, State Investigators “Sting”, and OCSD “Clowns. In the end though, it was Culver City Cowboys that fought their way out of the losers bracket to get another shot at Fullerton Fire. This would be the third meeting of the day for these two teams. They were 1-1 against each other and very evenly matched. The Championship game was a back and forth boat race all the way to the finish with Fullerton Fire plating the final run in their last at bat in the 7th inning to take the title with a 16-15 score. Congratulations to Fullerton Fire for continuing to battle despite starting the day at 0-2. Their never say die attitude earned them the G&H 2017 TOC Division II Championship!

As always, we at Guns & Hoses Softball would like to extend our most sincere gratitude and appreciation to all the teams, players, families, and fans whom attended this year’s Tournament of Champions as well as the entire 2017 season. We are continually striving to improve the G & H experience with new and unique ideas that make Guns & Hoses the best Public Safety Softball Tournament Series to ball with. We look forward to seeing all the usual suspects and all the new teams that are forming and re-organizing for the 2018 “March Madness” season opener. Full 2018 season schedule coming soon! Thank you

- Team G & H

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