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By: Rafael Trinidad
Jul 05, 2016
San Antonio Law 2nd Annual Tournament Recap
Missouri Lawmen Prevail in the Lone Star State
Champions: Missouri Lawmen
Law’s 2nd annual Texas Showdown started at the beautiful Hilton Garden Inn at the Rim, on Friday, June 24th. A team mixer with plenty of food, adult beverages, inspiring words from Father Danny Hubble and ending with an exclusive look at the “Good Cop, Bat Cop” video produced from the 2015 World Series was a great kickoff to the tournament. The next day found the teams showing up to the fields for a Texas breakfast specialty, barbacoa tacos, along with free face painting for kids. The San Antonio Police Officers Association event barbeque pit was on hand to provide food and drinks along with a covered tailgate trailer with TV, free beer, and music for the players to enjoy during the down time between games.

Once the softball began, the battling for the top seed in a 2 game round robin found the #7 ranked Missouri Lawmen and the #21 ranked Texas Law taking the top seeds, setting up the highly anticipated matchup between the two Majors teams.

After the presentation of our great country’s colors by the Boerne VFW Post 688, the Home Run Derby commenced. The players, using their own bats and hitting the super popular Ultimate Evil Stadium Edition balls, provided a very entertaining derby for the fans. The distance of the hits were amazing and ultimately saw pitcher Shawn Rogers of the Missouri Lawmen and Albert Gonzalez of the Laredo Guns/Choir Boys, in the battle for the H.R. Derby title. In the end, Shawn’s consistency won out and earned him the H.R. Derby title along with a plaque and Combat Virus bat, donated by one of this year’s “Future Stars of the NOW” managers, Terry Dugan of Lockdown Sports. Terry did not hesitate to donate multiple bats to the Texas Showdown and expressed his excitement to again support police softball in Texas.

The double elimination tournament started with the #50 ranked Lone Star Police Softball (formally Texas Cartel) advancing past their first game to face the Missouri Lawman and the Laredo Guns/Choir Boys facing off against Texas Law. Both Missouri and Texas won their games, setting up the match up many expected in the finals. Missouri won the flip at the plate so Texas went to work first, putting up 5 in the first inning. Missouri came up and won the inning putting up 9 as a response. The game continued with both teams making great defensive stands, but after a few missed opportunities to score by Texas Law, Missouri ended the game handing Texas Law their first loss with a score of 17-9.

Lone Star Police Softball won their next game to face Laredo Guns/Choir Boys. Although Laredo Guns/Choir Boys are not yet a part of the circuit, they played like they were a ranked team. Great sticks and a never die attitude allowed the Laredo Guns/Choir Boys to get past the always competitive Lone Star Police Softball team to face Texas Law in a chance to advance to the finals.

The Laredo Guns/Choir Boys went up early on the Texas Law, forcing Texas Law to scratch little by little to work their way back to being down by two entering the last inning. Although Texas Law went up by one during their last at bat, the Laredo Guns/Choir Boys had won the all-important flip in the beginning of the game and had the hammer. Putting on one runner and ending the game with a walk off, two run shot, the shock of the tournament had taken place.

During the championship game, the Missouri Lawmen proved too much for the Laredo Guns/Choir Boys and ended the tournament definitively with a run rule. The Missouri Lawmen left Texas with the championship title and a great prize package, including Full Sub Dye Championship Jerseys sponsored by Kevin Cooper of Powerhouse Sports.

SA Law would like to thank all of the sponsors that made this all Law Enforcement tournament possible to include:

BioTechs Crime & Trauma Scene Cleaning – Franchise Opportunities

San Antonio Police Officers Association – Donations Committee

Terry Dugan of Lockdown Sports

Gabriel Trinidad of Lighting Inc.

Dean Garcia of James Dean A/C

Joe Cossio of Hooters River Center

David Morales of D&M Services

Rick Morales of Silver Eagle Distributers

Monika & Fred Haegelin

Joe Rios of Rios Barbacoa

Mireles Ice House

Kevin Cooper of Powerhouse Sports

The Garcia’s Face Painting

1st place- 
Missouri Lawmen –

Championship Trophy 

Championship Shirts (Full Sub Dye)

2 Bats (Team & Overall MVP – OF/5man Zach Bauer)

1 Defensive MVP Glove
 - (SS Kevin Trott)

1 Rolling cooler with case of beer.

2nd place- Laredo Guns/Choir Boys

Tournament shirts

1 Team Bat

1 Defensive MVP Glove – (Tie between Robert Polanco & Ramiro Quintana)

1 Rolling cooler with case of beer.

3rd place - Texas Law

Tournament Shirts

1 Team Bat

1 Rolling Cooler with case of beer.

1 Dozen Balls

4th-place - Lone Star Police Softball

1 Rolling cooler with case of beer.

1 Dozen of balls

5th place - SA Law & Order

1 Rolling cooler with case of beer.

6th place - SA Boys

1 Rolling cooler with case of beer.

Home run derby – Shawn Rogers Missouri Lawmen

H.R. Derby Plaque

1 Bat

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