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Tournament of Champions 2019 Season Grand Finale Recap

Ten Public Safety Teams Battle It Out For Guns & Hoses Glory at the Best in the West

The 2019 Guns & Hoses softball season finished up with the usual competitive camaraderie, tight scores and great times. This year’s Double Elimination TOC was held at the Huntington Beach Sportsplex on Nov 2nd, under picture perfect softball weather. One crazy rogue cloud rolled over the scene just prior to the first game start time, and dropped some hail for about 60 seconds. But after that it was clear skies, warm sun, 74 degrees, and time to Ball! This season ending Championship Tournament would decide which Public Safety Team would battle through the brackets and claim the 2019 title and be forever enshrined on the big Guns & Hoses perpetual Champions TOC Trophy.

The TOC tournament teams battled it out for bragging rights, 36 packs of Budweiser and Bud light, the Custom G & H Grim Reaper TOC Champions Team shirts and either a set of Team Dr-fit Jerseys or a free entrance into the 2020 season kick-off Match Madness Tournament.

The annual TOC is also unique in how the playoff brackets are determined. This is the one and only G & H tournament of the season where bracket placement is decided with a completely random blind draw, instead of the usual pool play record. All teams received 2 pool play warm up games, then team captains chose sealed envelopes, which literally meant it all came down to “luck of the draw”. This made things very interesting and very unpredictable, as in years past we have been witness to all the top teams winding up on the same side of the brackets.

The teams finished pool play with the following records:

2-0 Oceanside Fire
2-0 Local 47
2-0 Ten 8 –SB Strong
1-1 The Park – CHP
1-1 Bad Boys
1-1 Goon Squad
0-2 CHP Dirty 530
0-2 Sting

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