By Greg Fedio, Commissioner, Twin Cities Goodtime Softball League
The 2015 Gay Softball World Series (GSWS) was held from August 18–August 22 in Columbus, Ohio, and, as usual, the Twin Cities Goodtime Softball League (TCGSL) represented the state of Minnesota with spirit, fun, and trophy-winning play. Overall, 183 teams competed in the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Association (NAGAAA) World Series, making it the largest GSWS ever.
Nine teams from the TCGSL made the trek to Columbus to take part in the games. The 2015 World Series featured the return of an A Division team (the highest division in gay softball) from Minnesota. The TC Frostbite were one of only ten teams that competed at the A Level. The team finished seventh, which met their expectations for being a first-year A team.
The B Division was represented by three teams: Freak, Insanity, and Steel. All three B teams played well, with the Freak advancing the furthest in the double elimination tournament, playing in games on “Championship Saturday.”
The C Division Big Gay Moose, sponsored by www.biggaynews.com, were the sole trophy winners from the TCGSL. The Moose rolled into Championship Saturday before being eliminated by the Seattle Maulers. Overall the Moose bring back a fourth place trophy to Minnesota. The Force and a team new to the TCGSL, the Crush, were the other C Division representatives. Both the Force and the Crush won in bracket play before being eliminated.
The D Division featured two teams from the Twin Cities: the Hot Rods and the Racers. Both teams played with heart and had several wins in the bracket play before being eliminated.
Overall, the TCGSL teams played well. More importantly, the TCGSL teams turned out to cheer on their fellow teams whenever possible. Chants of “Minn-e-so-ta” and “Ya, You Betcha, Ya Ya You Betcha” echoed throughout the fields. It is no understatement to say the TCGSL members represent like no other league in NAGAAA. Congratulations to all teams on a great season!