Anchorage softball team wins Utah tournament

rmauer@adn.comOctober 12, 2012 

ST. GEORGE, Utah -- A men's softball team from Anchorage took gold Friday in 60-and-over play at the 26th Huntsman World Senior Games.

The Anchorage Glacier Kings, managed by Brian Roit with a roster of 15, finished the rain-shortened tournament undefeated after beating two teams from Alberta and one from Albuquerque, N.M.

Most of the Anchorage team members had played together over the summer in the newly created Men's 50-plus league of the Anchorage Softball Association.

It was the second medal in two years for the Anchorage 60-plus team. Last year, playing as the Anchorage Polar Kings, the team took silver in D-division competition. This year, after winning one out of three games in seeding competition earlier in the week, the Glacier Kings were placed in the tougher B division.

For 2012, the Huntsman games attracted 55 softball teams from the United States and Canada in the men's 60-and-over age group.

Anchorage is sending a record six softball teams to the Huntsman games. In addition to the Glacier Kings, there are two 55-and-over men's teams, two 50-and-over men's teams, and a 50-and-over women's team. The other teams will compete next week.

The Huntsman senior games, held every year in this southern Utah desert town, have competitions in 27 sports, including running, tennis, cycling, racquetball and cowboy action shooting.

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Reach Richard Mauer at rmauer@adn.com or 257-4345.

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