The 24th annual Hurricane Showdown softball tournament was deemed a success Sunday evening in Wilton Manors.
As teams rolled in to pick up trophies at Georgie’s Alibi, Michael Moody, tournament director, said he was proud of this year’s effort.
“The feedback is very positive,” Moody said. “We had an amazing volunteer crew that made the tournament a success.”
Games were played at Mills Pond Park and Brian Piccolo Softball Complex. It was Ron Garrett’s first tournament. The Tennessee man recently moved to South Florida and now sells pre-cremation packages. Garrett cheered as the Rumors Bar Wolfpack team defeated the Tampa Jokers on Sunday afternoon at Mills Pond Park.
“It was a very well run, very well organized event,” Garrett said. “With this many teams it’s got to be a hard event to coordinate but everybody worked well together.”
More than 50 teams and 1,000 players took the field this year, said Tim Martin, Chairman of the South Florida Amateur Athletic Association. The SFAAA sanctions the Hurricane Showdown and places teams in divisions based on skill level.
Ian Robert Hemley participated in the D division. He said the prospect of a thousand gay men in tight pants piqued his interest. The exercise is a selling point too. “There’s little as exhilarating as running the bases,” Hemley said. “I get bored at the gym, and I’ve gotta do something to maintain these tight abs.”
Overall tournament champions are as follows: B division: Fort Lauderdale Noize, C division: Orlando Fury Unleashed, D division: Rumors Bar Wolfpack. There was not A level play this year, although A level players were invited, said Moody.
Teams came from as far away as Toronto, Canada to compete. After the games, many players met at bars in Wilton Manors to celebrate. Moody said no individual awards were given.
“We believe everybody is a most valuable player,” he said.