South Florida will bring home two championship wins from this weekend’s Gay World Series in Kansas City, Missouri.
“I am so proud of our SilverHawks players for our undefeated run at the GSWS. We had 16 players on the roster that all did what was asked of them,” said Ed Vincent, coach of the SilverHawks. “Our pitching was amazing, we ran hard and our defense was impeccable. Those are all the ingredients needed to win a championship.”
Alive and Kicking, and the SilverHawks from the South Florida Amateur Athletic Association (which oversees local gay softball) both won in their division while Fort Lauderdale Code Blue also brought home a medal for thier fourth place finish.
“Most of these men have played over 10 or 15 years and they are beyond thrilled to bring home their first championship trophy,” said Alive and Kicking team manager Steven O’Brien. “They caught fire with their hitting in the bracket games and average over 15 runs per game.”
(Alive and Kicking after winning Via SFAAA)
This is not the first time a local team has won the championship. Fort Lauderdale Code Blue won the championship in 2017 and has taken home a medal four times in the last 5 years. Before that the Fort Lauderdale Cyclones won in 2009. It does appear this is the first time two South Florida teams won in the same year. Overall, SFAAA captured three medals at the GSWS in Kansas City, tying with Atlanta and Austin. Dallas claimed the most with five.
In total nine teams from South Florida competed in this year’s tournament. Those included: Stampede; Supervillains; Felicias, Riptide; The Coalition; Hot Hitters; Alive and Kicking; Code Blue; and the Silverhawks.
The World Series is organized through the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance. This year a record breaking 207 teams competed from 46 cities across North America.
The Gay World Series is divided up into multiple divisions based on skill level so there was a winner for each one.
Alive and Kicking won the Masters C Division, while the SilverHawks won in Masters D. Both teams went undefeated in this year’s tournament. In last year’s World Series the SilverHawks took home third.
(The SilverHawks Via SFAAA)
“It was an honor to lead SFAAA at the 2019 GSWS. We performed very well. More importantly, our players and teams supported each other on and off the field and had huge support from everyone back in Fort Lauderdale,” said Vincent, who also serves as the Commissioner of the South Florida Amateur Athletic Association.
Here’s how the rest of the local teams fared in this year’s tournament:
Alive and Kicking — Masters C Division Champions
SilverHawks — Masters D Division Champions
Code Blue — Masters D Division 4th Place
Supervillains — C Division 9th Place
Hot Hitters — E Division 9th Place
Riptide — D Division 13th Place (Tie)
The Coalition — D Division 13th Place (Tie)
Felicia’s — D Division 25th Place
Stampede — C Division 33rd Place
(Code Blue takes 4th-Place, Via Tim Martin)
Jan Allen, who represents one of this year’s main sponsors, Missie B’s thanks South Florida for making the trip. “If you ever are back in Kansas City, come say hi! Remember, we are all family now,” Allen said.
Next year the Gay World Series returns to Columbus, Ohio.
For more information on playing with the South Florida Amateur Athletic Association please check out the flyer and or contact them directly. SFAAA welcomes all ages, and skill levels to come out, meet friends and have fun playing softball.
(Photos Via SFAAA) (SilverHawks with a 1'st place trophy)
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