To the Greats of the Present . . .
Click to see preliminary round results of the Group Pool games.
Click to see bracket with results of the Dazzling Dozen© games leading to the championship.
Several photographs below are of competition of the final four teams played on the last day for the championship.
(Lots of photos -- some also of other Dazzling Dozen© teams-- please be patient.)
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The 32nd Annual Tournament play
(Photographs by Greg Budnik & Jan Bohrer.)
Champions: BALCO Bombers.
The championship team, BALCO Bombers scored 2 runs in their final at-bat to win 13-12. The champions held a league first place ranking throughout the season showing their great team talent!
Runners-up: Beltway Ballers.
The Beltway Ballers fought throgh a grueling day, starting with a play-in game and playing 8 games in the day. In the end, though, the defending champions could not hang on to a one-run lead against the new champs, BALCO Bombers who scored twice in the bottom of the last inning during the championship game.
Third Place: Yellow Journalists.
The Yellow Journalists' last 3 games were against the last 3 tournament champions...defeating the No Talent AZ Clowns before falling to defending champion Beltway Ballers and new champs, BALCO Bombers.
Fourth Place: Showboats.
The Showboats returned to the Final Four this year, falling to the eventual champs BALCO Bombers by a run (11-10) in the last inning of their game. Although the Showboats were later eliminated by last year's champs, Beltway Ballers, they played the final two teams competively.
In the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs, the No Talent AZ Clowns runner (who was intentionally walked) beats the force play at second base allowing the winning run to score from third base. The BALCO Bombers had just tied the score at 7 by scoring 4 runs in the top of the last inning.
The BALCO Bombers tie the score in their last at bat.
The BALCO Bombers took advantage of No Talent AZ Clowns errors and a string of hits in their last at bat to knot the score at 7. Above, a BALCO runner is safe at first as the Clown's defense throws wide at first base causing the defensive ballet move to keep the ball in play.
Several close plays for the No Talent AZ Clowns who build a 4-run lead going into the last inning.
While the bench watches, the No Talent AZ Clowns attempt to score at home plate on another big slide!
The Pew's Your Daddy catcher tags out a seven (Microsoft) runner at home.
Despite the runner's Nike logo tattoo on his ankle, the catcher leaps off her feet to make a sensational out.
The DAI Stingers runner slides under the NRSC Pirate Crushers tag at third base.
Although both teams played hard, a few errors made the difference in this close contest where the NRSC Pirate Crushers beat the DAI Stingers 9-4 to advance to the next round of play.
Third Place: Yellow Journalists.
When their preliminary group pool's games were delayed by the hurricane's rain, the Yellow Journalists needed to play a minimum of 5 games on Championship night with the possibility of a maximum of 8 games. After winning their first 3 games, they moved into the Final Four round through the winner's bracket where they advanced to the semi-final game before going to the loser's bracket and placing third when they lost a one-run game in extra innings...all day playing with barely a full lineup...who began to run out of gas in their fifth, and last, game of the day!
Fourth Place: ALL VOLS.
After winning games by the 10-run slaughter rule, the ALL VOLS moved into the Final Four - for their first time in team history - through the loser's bracket where they survived a one-run game before losing in extra innings to place fourth in the tournament.
...Or the hitting of another female player from the ALL VOLs team.
By the end of the day as the sun sets, having arrived at 8 AM, Peso gives that look that asks,
"Can't I get a little rest around here?"
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