When the temperatures approach 100 degrees F° in the Valley, Senior Softball players throughout Arizona and the surrounding states, start thinking about the Tobin-Glick Tournament in the cool air of Prescott where the balls fly further. Well, this year it was really cool and balls were flying out of the four fields at Pioneer Park some into a strong wind.
The Champions of the Thursday / Friday Tobin Glick tournament are:
65’s – Scottsdale AZ Ancients
70’s AA/AAA – Pebble Creek Desert Rats
70’s Majors – Phoenix Valley Vipers
In a double elimination tournament local team Bucky’s was one win away. All they had to do was beat AZ Ancients and the championship was theirs. In the 6th inning Bucky’s shortstop Harold Hancock pulled off a triple play to end the inning. Then in the bottom of the seventh, the Ancients were down by two runs. With runners on second and third Bucky’s elected to walk AZ Ancients 3rd hitter in their line-up setting up a force play. But clean-up hitter Mike Reuvers stroked a walk-off Grand Slam to win by two.
That forced the “if” game where the Ancients won handily 24-18.
We have a block of rooms reserved at The Prescott Resort (Bucky’s) for the tournament.
Call 888-657-7855 for reservations, and tell them you are with Tobin-Glick Softball.
The rooms are $88 for single or double and $108 for four.
If the reservation clerk does not “recognize” the discount, tell them that we have a contract with Sherry Henry of the Resort in Scottsdale.
Holliday In & Hampton Suites on route 69
Both have indoor pools and serve a nice breakfast.
928-443-5500, ask for Betty and reference the Tobin-Glick tournament.
$109 for Wednesday and Thursday, $169 for Friday and Saturday.
In the 50-55 AAA/Majors championship game The Heat from Maricopa went into the game undefeated and squared off against the 4 The Fallen from Mesa. Tied 16 all in the bottom of the 6th inning, 4 The Fallen consisting of ex military and first responders rallied to win forcing a last game. Where there were seven lead changes until the 4th inning. The Fallen took a three run lead in the bottom of the 6th. But, The Heat rallied to take a 24 to 20 lead into the bottom of the seventh. 4 the Fallen rallied in the last inning to win the Championship by 5 runs. Manager Carlos Martinez commented “4 The Fallen were a very competitive team. We were lucky to win. Prescott has great weather and we had lots of fun. This was our third year in a row and we enjoy it every time we come up here. Our MVPs of the game were: Eddie Soto, JJ Woeslaw, and Chuck Berry.”
In the championship game for the 60’s majors, Old School, consisting of four players players from Prescott including Bill McKnight, Mike Gault Jim Fisher, and Ken Van Keuren and the Phoenix area, defeated Ancients 22 to 9. Old School coach Ross Borland gave credit to his entire team including his pitcher Steve Gove, Bill McKnight who hit two home runs in the game, and special credit to all the ladies that supported the team. Ross was especially complimentary of the grounds crew and umpires. “Oh, and the weather.”
In the 55 AAA championship in their first visit to Prescott, Kingman defeated Thunder Struck 19-7. The Kingman team had six players from the city of Kingman but had one player from Las Vegas NV, one from Santa Clarita CA, and three from Bullhead City. Coach Dave Hawkins credited the win to his team defense. He went on to say “This was a wonderful tournament distinguished by the organization. The fields were great, the umpiring crew was very professional, and the games started on time. We’ll return to Prescott.”
In the 60 AAA championship Full Throttle from Phoenix defeated Resultz 20-13. Coach Mark Spencer said “Both teams were tired. I guess we were lucky enough to outlast them. They were a worthy opponent having beaten us earlier.”