Playing the field: Softball tourney brings dozens of teams out

Match-ups from across the Carolinas

The Atlanta Aggression.
Charlotte’s Jon Darcey (fourth from the left, top row) played on their team.

Softball

The Big Peach Softball Tournament was held during Memorial Day weekend in Atlanta, Ga. The event brought together 47 teams in three divisions, all looking to bring home the coveted crystal peach trophy. Teams from Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Massachusetts, Alabama, Ohio and Washington D.C., were represented in one of the biggest gay softball tournaments in the country. And, with only one major tournament left in the Southeast before the Gay Softball World Series, this was a great opportunity to see how teams stacked up.

The A/B division was won by the Ft. Lauderdale Noize, who went undefeated and cruised past the Atlanta Sluggers to take the trophy. Taking home third place was the Atlanta Genesis, which defeated the Knoxville Cyclones B team in a grueling battle, with the walkoff hit by Shawn Carlton in the bottom of the 7th inning.

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The C division was the most competitive this year, consisting of 20 teams, from nine different cities. Walking away with the hardware this year was the Capital Punishment team out of Washington D.C., who rallied in the top half of the 7th inning to overtake the Knoxville Cyclones C team, 14-5. In the third place game, the Tampa Bay Hammerheads took down the Orlando Fury in extra innings with a 2 RBI double in the bottom of the 8th.

The last division to finish on Sunday was the D division, which saw the Atlanta Aggression beat the Ft. Lauderdale Sluggers in back-to-back games to win the title. Lead by MVP and Charlotte’s own Jon Darcy’s pitching and clutch hitting, the Aggression were able to cruise to the championship in the second game. The favorites, the Sluggers, were undefeated going into the championship game. It was lead by another one of Charlotte’s own, Shane Windmeyer (a.k.a. Buff Faye), but were not able to maintain the momentum brought on by Buff Faye’s victory as the 2012 Miss Big Peach Softball Tourney Pageant held over the weekend.

Placing third in the D division was the Houston Fetch, which also won the tournament’s Spirit Award for (you guessed it) Best Team Spirit.

The Ft. Lauderdale Sluggers.
Charlotte’s Shane Windmeyer (second from the end, top row)
was a member of their roster.

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Upcoming events:

Tennis

Registration for the 25th Annual Peach International Tennis Championships in Atlanta opened June 1 for all players interested in competing Labor Day weekend, the first weekend in September. The Peach is a four-day tournament played Friday morning to Monday afternoon. It has men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles in divisions Open, A, B, C and D (with sufficient entries). It also plays 40-plus age divisions in some events if the number of entries warrants it. To register, visit glta.net/tournament-details/25th-annual-peach-international-tennis-championships and check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/#!/pages/The-Peach-International-Tennis-Championships/46161817980.

Rollerderby

On June 9 at the Grady Cole Center, the always entertaining and fiercely competitive Charlotte Rollergirls will be hosting the New River Valley Rollergirls and the B-Dazzlers will be hosting the Low Country High Rollers Bruisin’ Betties starting at 6 p.m.

Tickets to this event can be purchased online at charlotterollergirls.com.

Rugby

And, lastly, the Charlotte Royals headed to the UK to participate in the Bingham Cup, in Manchester, England, June 1-3. Yours truly was there to cover the action and will be bringing you all the details when we get back. Until then, enjoy your Summer, be active and play some ball!

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