Playing the field

Sports match-ups from across the Carolinas

Welcome back to your Carolina sports review! Here’s what has been going on the past month and what is coming up in the next month. Enjoy!

Softball

The 30th Southern Shootout in Birmingham, Ala., took place over the Easter weekend and was competitive as ever. The field consisted of 6 B level teams, 24 C level teams and 22 D level teams — all from states throughout the Southeast.

In the B division, the Atlanta Ambush took down the GATF Atlanta Crew, who improved on their third-place finish the year before.Taking the third place were the Knoxville Cyclones (B), having lost to the Crew the game before.

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After losing to the New Orleans Hurricanes early on the second day, the Knoxville Cyclones (C) were able to get hot and were able to take down the Hurricanes in the semifinals to avenge the loss to the Canes in the C Division. The Orlando Scrappers were able to defeat the streaking Knoxville Cyclones in extra innings with a walk off homerun in the bottom of the 8th to take a 1 run win.

The D Division was the most contentious portion of the tournament. Most games were close and some bad blood arose after the team from Charlotte (Carolina Showtime) was protested for using players better than their ranking. In the end, the board and umpire agreed and the protest was deemed unfounded and was not upheld, allowing Showtime to continue in the tournament. However, Carolina was only able to claim 4th place, losing to eventual champions, Chattanooga Boogie, who beat the Tampa Pink Panthers in the finals. Taking home third for D Division was the Atlanta Traveling Ducks.

Rugby

The Charlotte Royals competed in the Spring Fever Invitational March 30-31, in St. Louis, Mo. The two-day tournament included teams from Madison, Wisc., Chicago, Ill., Nashville, Tenn., and Columbus, Ohio. With many of their players competing in their first tournament ever, the Royals fought hard, beating the St. Louis Crusaders 20-0 and lost a tough match in the third-place game against the Nashville Grizzlies in the playoff portion of the event. The loss was even more disappointing due to questionable officiating and score keeping. However, the team took a lot of experience from this trek to the Midwest and hopes to take these lessons with them to Manchester and the Bingham Cup.

Here are the tournament results:

Elimination round

• Nashville Grizzlies 22, Columbus Coyotes 1
• Charlotte Royals 20, St. Louis Crusaders 0

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Third-place match

• Nashville Grizzlies 35, Charlotte Royals 22

Championship match

Chicago Dragons 21, Madison Minotaurs 0

Final standings

1. Chicago Dragons (4-0), winners of the Golden Paddle
2. Madison Minotaurs (2-1), winners of the Silver Paddle
3. Nashville Grizzlies (2-1), winners of the Princess Paddle
4. Charlotte Royals (1-3)
5. St. Louis Crusaders (1-3)
6. Columbus Coyotes (0-3)

The next games for the Royals are both home games: April 21 versus the Nashville Grizzlies for the annual Prom Dress Match fundraiser and May 5 versus the Columbus Grizzlies for the second of a home and home tilt. That match will be followed that evening with the another annual Royals tradition, the Miss Crown Royal Pageant at Hartigans.

Rollgirls

The Charlotte Rollergirls have started their season a little rough, losing 4 of their first 5 contests. But the team looks to be on the upswing after demolishing the Rocktown Rollers on the road, 193-68, in their last bout.They look to keep the momentum going with a road test against the Appalachian Rollergirls in Boone, N.C., April 28. That’s followed by a huge home game/double header May 5 at the Grady Cole Center. The CLTRG B Dazzlers face off against the Star City Rollergirls, followed by the CLTRG All Stars taking on the Little City Roller Girls.

In conclusion, May 5, go catch the Charlotte Royals play some rugby, then head over to Grady Cole and catch the Rollergirls show you the true meaning of “hell on wheels.” They need your support! : :

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