Also in the Observer: Bulldogs lifter placed fifth at state meet; Palm Coast's first-annual lift-off complete.
Team Flagler, a 65-and-older travel softball team, won the International Senior Softball Association Titletown 65AA Championship on April 6-8 in Valdosta, Georgia.
The team began the weekend by winning two games on April 6. On April 7, Flagler played AMR South — a 70 Major Plus from Bonita Springs — who led 5-0 after the first inning. However, they were shut down for the rest of the game by a strong defensive performance, leading to a rain shortened 15-7 win by Flagler. The team was led by third baseman Rick Albert’s two triples and four RBIs and outfielder Mike Rinehart’s three hits.
Flagler closed out an unbeaten 4-0 weekend by playing 65AAA CH Engineering from Raleigh, North Carolina — the only other unbeaten team — on the morning of Sunday, April 8. This game was a tough victory for Flagler, as CH jumped out to an 8-3 lead after two innings. Flagler kept fighting back and eventually tied it 13-13 going into the last inning. Flagler failed to score in their top half of the inning but managed to shut down the heart of the CH lineup, its Nos. 2, 3 and 4 hitters, in the bottom half, sending the game into extra innings. Flagler came through with the go ahead run being brought in on a fielder’s choice by short stop Dave Stoverink and then added four more runs with two out RBI hits by Knott, Sanders, and 1B Mike Clymer. Flagler won the game 18-14.
In addition, Flagler placed four players on the All-Tournament team, led by Bill Collum, Tom Knott, Bill Martin and John Jones. By winning this tournament, Flagler has gained entry into the November 2018 ISSA U.S. Championships in Daytona Beach and the January 2019 ISSA World Tournament of Champions in Tampa.
Bulldogs lifter placed fifth at state meet
Flagler Palm Coast’s Tylin Lockridge placed fifth in the 219-pound weight class in the Class 2A Boys Weightlifting State Championship on Saturday, April 7, at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach. Lockridge bench pressed 345 pounds and clean-and-jerked 300.
Palm Coast's first-annual lift-off complete
MPower Fitness and Powerville Barbell Club held Palm Coast’s first-annual lift-off on March 27. There were prizes for the strongest man and woman relative to body weight.
Here are the winners:
- Richard Rodriguez, 530-pound deadlift
- Haiden Chandler, 225-pound deadlift
- Joshua Chandler, 405-pound bench press
- Larry Meisner, 550-pound squat
- Anna Swanson, 170-pound clean-and-jerk