The end of the 2014 season marked the 10-year anniversary of the Police Softball World Series. Those who have been along for the ride since the first World Series have seen it grow from 32 teams in Palm Springs to a record 70 teams in Las Vegas. For the first year ever, the Open Division (Majors/Gold) completely sold out at 60 teams. Majors featured the 24 best teams in the nation, whereas the Gold Division was larger, boasting 36 teams. It was once again a bat-provided event courtesy of Brett Helmer and Easton Sports, Denny Crine and Miken, and Police Softball Hall of Famer Terry Dugan, who provided DeMarini bats courtesy of his Lockdown Sports business.
The opening ceremony was the best-attended to date as the Big League Dreams facility reported a gate tally of more than 1,200. The Home Run Derby came down to two relatively unknown players to the circuit. Team Louisiana slugger Dustin Lavergne emerged from the pack to represent the East Conference, while Nitro2Go rookie LuisVelasquez came out on top to represent the West Conference. In their head-to-head matchup, Velasquez’s power was too much for Lavergneto overcome and Velasquez was declared "King". Later, King Velasquez and Lavergne teamed up in a "Pros vs. Joes" contest against Denny Crine (Miken) and Bryson Baker (Easton). The Pros put on a fireworks display, which only solidified why they get paid to play and the Joes are cops.
This article was originally published in SoftBall Magazine Issue 1, 2015