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2022 "Cool August Days" Tourney Recap

The temperature was Cool by the Coast, and the action was Hot on the fields, as nine teams battled it out this past Sunday August 21st in Huntington Beach. Mother Nature definitely did her part to ensure a great tournament was had by all. The morning started out a little overcast, but the sun broke through the clouds and it was a picture perfect mild day, with cool ocean breezes blowing in from the beautiful Pacific Ocean. It was a glorious day for a Public Safety Softball Tournament!

As always, there were several other teams that wanted in, but just couldn’t muster up the ten players needed. The teams that were able to get enough players to field a team, were broken down by equal caliber for pool play.

All teams played their two pool play games and then based upon pool play records, all teams then were seeded and moved on to “single-elimination” bracket play.

When pool play concluded the Wins/Losses were as follows:

Pool A
2-0 LA County FD Bears
1-1 Riverside County Heat
0-2 Pickles

Pool B
2-0 American Freedom Fund
1-1 LASD IRC Slaps
0-2 West Covina Fire Freak Show

Pool C
2-0 CDC Bombers
1-1 USMC First 2 Fight
0-2 Unlawful Assembly

With pool play finished, it was time to get down and dirty in the “single-elimination” brackets. There were some close games that could have gone either way, but again, this was a win and advance, or lose and pack your trash scenario, once playoffs began.

In the opening round of the playoffs, over on Field #2, the cop combo team of “Unlawful Assembly” faced off against West Covina Fire Freak Show. Hats off to the scrappy Fire team as they had lost 5 players due to an emergency call the morning of the tournament. But just the same, Kudos to Unlawful Assembly for stayin and playin as they were missing several of their starting line-up as well. This turned out to be a very evenly matched battle that went all the way to the finish line, with the Freak Show edging out Unlawful Assembly 17-15.

The quarter-final match-ups looked solid and any team was able to advance to the next round. The Public Safety combo infamously known as Pickles went toe-to-toe with CDC Bombers whom were the #1 seed out of the C pool. Pickles was another team missing some of their starters, but never complained, and instead, went into battle. With players missing and their fielders playing in positions they don’t normally, team Pickles fell short of making the next round as CDC Bombers snapped the Pickles 11-4. Over on Field 1, the #1 seed from the B pool American Freedom Fund locked horns with the #2 seed from the A pool, Riverside County Heat. This game was an absolute back and forth boat race all the way to the finish line as Riverside Heat got hot when it mattered most and clipped the combo team by a score of 22-20. Next up was the cagey veteran Sheriff team LASD IRC Slaps facing off against the young guns from Camp Pendleton Fist 2 Fight. The Sheriff squad did not look themselves as they made a plethora of unforced errors through the first four innings. Those untimely fielding errors kept the Marines at the plate far longer than they should have been, and thus lots of runs were being scored. The LASD team defeated themselves on this day, and it was First 2 Fight moving on to the next round. The final game of the quarter finals showcased two Fire teams as LA County Bears took on the Freak Show from West Covina. Having to compete with less than a full squad the Freaks still battled nonetheless, but the Freak Show was ultimately mauled by the Bears in the end, 21-5.

The semi-final round of the playoffs saw even more action, as there were still two undefeated teams on the day left standing. On field 1 undefeated LA County Bears went fist-ta-cuffs with the youth of USMC First 2 Fight. Both teams looked solid going into this game, but the Marines kept the full court press on the Bears, and sent them into hibernation until next month with a score of 21-9. Team First 2 Fight were now headed to the finals once again. The Leathernecks had finished runners-up in four previous finals appearances at G & H tournaments, and now they have another shot at the Championship. But who would they face? The answer to that was soon discovered as Riverside County Heat was sluggin it out with the other undefeated team to reach the semi-finals, CDC Bombers. Riverside Heat looked very solid as they toppled the #1 seed from the B pool American Freedom Fund in the previous round by plating 22 runs. Could they keep that momentum rolling against another undefeated #1 seed? Unfortunately the Heat fizzled out as their bats went cold and they could only cross the dish 3 times. This was not enough for the always consistent CDC Bombers, as they plated 11 runs to move into the Championship game.

The Championship game was a rematch of an earlier pool play game in which CDC Bombers defeated First 2 Fight in an overtime, extra innings, sudden death, winner take all match that saw the G&H tie breaker rules unveiled. Also, the Bombers defeated the Marines twice in last months Summer Slugfest as well. Would the young Jarheads finally be able to overcome an opponent that has bested them so many times previously? The game started off tight as the undefeated Bombers continued to look good at the plate and in the field. But, the “Never Say Die” attitude of the young Marines rallied them to fight all the way to the finish line. When the Umpire yelled “Ballgame”, it was USMC Camp Pendleton First 2 Fight that finally defeated their arch nemesis, CDC Bombers 20-10!

Congratulations to the Marines of First 2 Fight for being Champions on this day! For their efforts the Champs were awarded Custom Team Dri-fit Jerseys.

All in all, it was a great day of Public Safety Softball competition and camaraderie. The weather was unbeatable and DJ “Magic-man-J” received a plethora of compliments for his music mix while bumpin the jams over the big speakers.

The next G & H tournament will be the annual “9-11 Memorial - Patriot 1-pitch” Tournament to be held Sunday, September 18th at the Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. There will be a scheduled moment of silence to honor all of the Fallen Heroes of the horrific attack on September 11th, 2001 and for the 13 service men and women that were needlessly and tragically killed in Afghanistan, August 26th, 2021 by an explosive device during this current administrations cowardice cut and run withdrawal that has put tens of thousands of lives in danger both then and now.

We appreciate and value your support and we look forward to seeing everyone next month at the “9-11 Memorial Patriot 1-pitch” Tournament. Thank you
- Team G & H

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