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Summer Slugfest 2012 Recap

The annual Guns & Hoses 2 Day Summer Slugfest held at Big League Dreams in Cathedral City was another Big Hit. 21 public safety teams converged on the replica fields to prepare for battle against their fellow public safety competitors as well as the desert heat. Although the weather rose above triple digits it wasn't as brutal as it was in 2011. Games ended early on Saturday in order to hit the pools and partake in the free drinks for the 2 hours happy hour party back at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

With 3 separate divisions the competition was stiff and scores were tight. Saturday saw teams battle through round robin pool play as well as a first round of playoffs. Being a double elimination tourney all teams returned Sunday for more playoff action. After a Saturday night of fun filled festivities and thirst quenching beverages, it was time to see which teams would "man up" on their march to Guns & Hoses glory.


Pool A
.40 Cal Alliance 2-0
Navy Gov't Issue 1-1
NAVY Milspec 1-1
USMC Miramar 0-2

Pool B
CHP Pound Da Gap 2-0
LASD MCJ Red 1-1
Edwards AFB Rattlers 1-1
Ventura S.O. Outlaws 0-2

Pool C
Unlawful Assembly 2-0
USMC Veterans 2-0
Mixed Nuts 0-2
LAPD Lawmen 0-2

Pool D
So Cal Dogs 2-0
USMC Hitmen 1-1
DHS Labelers 0-2

Pool E
LADA Gold 2-0
619's Finest 1-1
Riverside Heat 0-2

Pool F
Los Bandits 2-0
HBPD Blues 1-1
Cal Fire Hooks & Hose 0-2

.40 Cal Alliance marched through their round robin and early playoff games with superior fire power making them public safety enemy number 1 in the top division category. .40 Cal started by sending the always formidable Milspec to the losers bracket with a close score of 21-18. In the next round they demoted Gov't Issue to the losers bracket with a commanding 23-12 victory putting .40 Cal in the D1 final championship game.

Meanwhile, a military powerhouse face-off between Gov't Issue and Navy Milspec in the semi-final rounds would determine who would get a second chance at softball redemption against .40 Cal in the finals. It was a tight game but in the end Milspec out gunned G.I. with a 19-17 victory. This gave Milspec the opportunity to avenge their earlier defeat, although they would need to defeat .40 Cal twice since this was a double elimination tourney.


Milspec was locked, loaded and ready to fire on .40 Cal after loosing by 3 runs earlier, but .40 Cal was looking to extend their undefeated streak, claim victory and not require a second final game against mighty Milspec. The Alliance team continued their consistent top shelf offense and defense to take the lead but Milspec is famous for late inning charges. Milspec battled back and kept the scores close but when the dust finally settled it was .40 Cal taking the Summer Slugfest championship with a final score of 16-12.

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