imageTen teams from the Hotlanta Softball League are competing in the Gay Softball World Series, which opened play Tuesday in Seattle. Art Davenport (photo), HSL’s Open Division secretary, will be providing posts throughout the Series.

With the threat of rain all day, Atlanta teams pursued their goal of a GSWS title. Unfortunately, some have fallen out of the brackets. Results from Friday:

A Division
The Venom started their climb back to the top with a 2:30 p.m. game against the DC Metz (won!) then onto a 4:40 p.m. game against the Seattle Knights (won!). At 5:45 p.m., they played the ATL Mudcats and lost, so the Mudcats moved on to the Championship games today, starting with a 12:20 p.m. game against the Phoenix Toros.

With that win, they would move on to a 1:25 p.m. game against San Francisco’s D2 and winning that, would face the LA Vipers (again) at 2:30 p.m. for the national title.

B Division
The Sluggers had a 2:35 p. m. game against the Dallas TKO. Unfortunately, they lost. The upside? Now Ms. Emily Anne can take her rightful place as head ATL Cheerleader and keep our fans and teams up and motivated! Are they ready for ATL to drop the bomb?

C Division
The Packers started their morning at 9:05 a.m. with a tough game against the Kansas City Trouble, who didn’t prove to be that much of trouble, after all. The Packers then moved to a 11:15 a.m. against the LA Havoc, but their bats were alive and they did play havoc with the Havoc’s nerves and sent them on their way.

At 1:25 p.m., it was Atlanta vs Atlanta again, as the Packers played the Arsenal, but it was the Arsenal who were up for the challenge this time. Arsenal then moved on to a 3:35 p.m. game against the San Francisco Treat, but lost to the Rice-a-roni team. But our C teams will be back today to cheer on the other ATL teams striving for their own wins.

D Division
With a loss late Thursday afternoon, the Steel fell into the loser’s bracket and had a 4:40 p.m. game on Friday against the Chicago Chargers, but overcame their foes and now move onto an 8 a.m. game against the Houston Vipers. And guess what, if they win that, who do they play at 9:05 a.m.? Imagine this—it’s the Muddawgs. What is this and ATL vs ATL tournament?

The Muddawgs lost their Thursday afternoon game as well, so their first game today is at 9:05 a.m. vs. either the Steel or the Chargers.

On a side note, the Steel have had several challenges thrown their way during the GSWS, yet they continue to persevere. It started off with two players not showing up in Seattle (tsk, tsk, tsk), then they had the protest and lost a player to that, so they were down to a team of 10 able to take the field. Late Thursday night, one of those players had to be taken to the hospital and was diagnosed with kidney stones. So that means their team is down to nine. But the Steel are aptly named and they’ll continue to give it their all.

I reported yesterday that there was a big block party in the evening, but Randy D. (HSL’s incoming Commissioner) and I had protest duty at the C fields, so we were there from 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. last night. As the day progressed, the winds picked up and it got cooler, then colder, so by the time I made it back to the hotel, all I wanted was a hot shower.

Saturday is the day that will determine who the 2008 GSWS Champions will be and once again, ATL has strong teams representing in A and D. Let’s wish the Mudcats, the Steel and the Muddawgs all the best as they continue their “Northwest Quest for the Best.”