Brad Cahill never played baseball when he was a student at Grove City High School, but he more than proved his worth in the Alumni Softball Tournament last Saturday and Sunday at Murfin and Fryer parks.

Brad Cahill never played baseball when he was a student at Grove City High School, but he more than proved his worth in the Alumni Softball Tournament last Saturday and Sunday at Murfin and Fryer parks.

Cahill hit five home runs, including three in the final, as his Class of 1996 team won the Men's Open championship. The Class of 1996 beat the Class of 2002 18-8 in the final.

"I was hoping to have this kind of weekend," said Cahill, who was named the Most Valuable Player in the men's open division. "If you grow up in Grove City, (the alumni tournament) is why you play softball. This is our World Series. This is what we play for."

The Class of 1996 went 5-0 as it earned its first men's open championship. Its previous best showings were third-place finishes in 2002 and 2004 and fourth in 2005.

It was a nice result for a team which a week before the tournament considered pulling out after one of its starters said he would be unable to play.

"We ended up getting (Dave Laemmle) to play with us," Cahill said. "We stuck with each other and played well as a team all weekend.

"We had a lot of games where we were down and came back. Last Saturday, we were down by five runs going into the seventh inning against 2003 but came back and won. That win carried us. We were down but we never gave up."

MEN'S B BRACKET -- A disappointing finish in the B bracket last season led the Class of 1992C team to regroup this season and earn its sixth championship with a 7-5 victory over the Class of 1993B.

"Last year we were playing without a couple of our normal guys and didn't do as well," Todd Sigman said. "This year everyone wanted to give it a go and we got our normal team back together.

"As we get older it gets tougher and tougher to compete with these younger guys. This was probably one of our best runs."

Scott Clark, who went 12-for-19 in the tournament, was named the team's Most Valuable Player.

LEGENDS DIVISION -- The Class of 1986 went 4-1 to win the Legends Division (40-and-older) for the first time.

After losing to the Class of 1985 13-12 in a preliminary, the Class of 1986 bounced back to beat the Class of 1985 24-8 in the final.

In the final, Shawn Spellman went 4-for-5 , including a two-run inside-the-park home run as his team scored 13 times in the seventh inning.

Alan Sturm hit a three-run inside-the-park home run and Mike Stage hit a two-run inside-the-park home run.

Spellman was named the tournament MVP.

"This is the first time we've even made it to the final in this tournament, so it was a long time coming," Spellman said. "It was a fun ride and it's nice to finally have a championship under our belts."

MASTERS DIVISION -- The Classes of 1971-72 went 3-0 in the Masters Division (50-and-older), defeating the Class of 1975 13-4 in the final for the second consecutive year. Pat McGinnis and Billy Welsh went 3-for-4 and Rick Wemlinger went 2-for-3.

Rob Andrews and McGinnis shared the Most Valuable Player honor.

"We're the second-oldest men's team in the whole tournament, besides the 1960s team, and I'm glad everyone came back to do this again," said Andrews, whose wife, Debbie, was on the Class of 1976 team that won the Ladies Classic title. His son, Trevor, was on the Class of 2004 team that lost in a losers bracket final.

"This is special for my family. My dad, Bob, died on July 14, and I'm absolutely dedicating my performance to him. He would be here watching us play, just like he did the past several years, if he could."

Classes of 1971-72 teammates Rick Wemlinger (left) and Mike Deweese congratulate each other last Sunday at the end of an inning during their 13-4 victory over the Class of 1975 in the Masters final.