A band of seven Rim country senior softball players joined forces with six Valley athletes to finish second at last weekend's Las Vegas Senior Softball Spring Classic tournament.
Local players on the Arizona Cougars are Bobby Charamedia, Neil MacVicar, Jess Chavarria, Bob Lynch, Tom Neblett, Walt Knasick and team founder Dave Crowell.
According to Crowell, the Cougars reached the championship game of the 56-team Las Vegas tournament before losing 28-17 to Palm Springs, Calif.
Teams representing Nevada, Minnesota, Washington, California and Arizona also were on hand to compete in the senior classic, Crowell said.
With the second-place finish, the Cougars earned a berth in the Fall Masters' Championships next October also in Las Vegas. Crowell anticipates more than 100 teams will battle there for the title of National Masters' Champions.
"Gold rings are awarded to the champs," he said.
Next up for the Cougar seniors is the Arizona State Senior Olympics this summer in Prescott. The team also has tentative plans to travel this summer to tournaments in Palm Springs, San Diego and St. George Utah.
For the seniors, the spring campaign got under way March 29 and 30 at a tournament in Sun Lakes. There, the squad played its way to the championship, beating senior teams from Phoenix and Tucson, Crowell said.