A number of Juneau teams attended the annual Dustball Softball Tournament in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, last weekend. The field of teams included 37 co-ed squads, and 21 men’s and six women’s teams.
The “Rounders” won the Men’s B Division Championship, defeating Alaska Cache Liquor in the title game. Third place went to Misunderstood.
“Ain’t Texas Cute (HAZ GAS)” won the Coed C Championship. Second place went to KK Mutts and third to Cardinals.
“Killer Bees” placed second in the Women’s Division, falling 15-10 to Whitehorse’s Recycled Sistas. It was the Sistas (formerly called Yukon Gold) sixth straight Dustball title. The Killer Bees led in the game 3-0 in the first inning and 8-4 after two. The Killer Bees had beaten Sistas a day earlier. Whitehorse’s Fountain Tire took third.
“Valley Liquor Fireballs” placed third in the Coed B Division, 1st went to Mr. DJ, 2nd to Roadhouse and 4th to Wild.
In Co-ed D, 1st went to G&R Pawn Stars, 2nd to Dust Devils and 3rd to FHP Ballwhackers. In Men’s C, 1st went to Mayo Volunteer Fire Dept., 2nd to Pirates and 3rd to EBA Scared Hitless. In Men’s A Division, Whitehorse’s Dave’s Cleaning picked up a few NCAA baseball players from Kansas’ Sterling College and three national level softball players from Vancouver but that was not enough to defeat Whitehorse’s P&M Recycling Guns. The Guns won 32-12 for the title and are slated to play in the National Slo-Pitch Championships C Divsion next month in Kelowna, B.C. Royal Flush Plumbing was third. In Co-ed “A” division, Whitehorse’s the Chiefs won the title 9-5 over in town competitor Brew Jays.
Next up for local Juneau Adult Softball Association teams will be the 38th Annual Rainball Invitational Slow-Pitch Softball Tournament July 26-28. The tourney is sanctioned by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA). Teams from around the state often attend.
The format is Round Robin & Double Elimination until the Championship game, with an If Necessary Game. Each team is guaranteed 4 games. Awards include: First and Second place awards are given in each division, 15 shirts for Division Champions, a 10-member All-Tournament Team and Tournament MVP in each division, and an MVP pin to a player on each game’s winning team.
Divisions include Women’s C & D and Men’s C, D, and F. The highest placing “C” team in the Men’s and Women’s Divisions receives an invitation to the ASA Northwest Regional Qualifier of the ASA National Championship Tournament. The highest placing “D” team in Men and Women’s Divisions receives an invitation to the “D” Northwest National Championship Tournament.