The “Cool August Days” Tournament was Hot with Action and Cool with weather!
The 2021 Guns & Hoses “Cool August Days” Tournament was filled with good times on and off the field. The weather started out a little overcast, but quickly turned to just about perfect softball weather, with the sun poking through the clouds and a calm cool coastal breeze blowing off the Pacific as the ballers brought forth their best on the fields!
Although there were a limited amount of teams this month, the teams that did round up the 10 bodies needed, all received extra pool play games, to assist with shaking off the dust from the past 18 months of Covid lockdowns. We turned and burned through the pool play games, and on to the single elimination seeded/bracketed portion of the tournament. There were many close games, and then there were the games that despite the sun in the sky, some hitting went ice cold. All teams that participated were pretty evenly matched, so it was anyone’s tournament to win! All teams qualified for the playoffs.
The usual G & H vibe was alive and thumping, both on and off the field, with the pumping tunes from DJ “Easy-J”, and many of the fans, families, players, wives, and girlfriends were caught movin and shakin to the tunes bumpin over the big speakers.
Being an odd number of teams (7), all teams received 3 pool play games except for Camp Pendleton “First 2 Fight” which was given a fourth pool game to ensure all teams played at least 3 pool games. Pool Play records looked like this:
3-0 LASD “Slaps”
3-0 West Covina “Freak Show”
3-1 Camp Pendleton “First 2 Fight”
1-2 “Hard Times”
1-2 Local 47 “Storm”
0-3 “Unlawful Assembly”
0-3 LASD IRC
Once pool play ended, all teams moved on to the single elimination brackets portion of the tournament. No matter what your pool play record was coming into the brackets, it was now a “win or pack your trash” scenario.
This tournament was truly very evenly matched and any team could have gone all the way. So consistency was the key to advancing each round. As previously mentioned, there were many close games with tight scores that literally came down to one good or bad inning that decided the majority of the games.