With Saturday's victory over Spalding County-based Crown Cuts, All Weather — a softball team comprised wholly of Bartow County residents — not only took home the Georgia Recreation and Park Association's Men's Open Equalizer championship over the weekend, they put an exclamation point on a perfect 15-0 season.
"Most of these teams that we played, they have guys who have played at the upper levels — they get paid to play softball and they do it every weekend," said All Weather catcher Danny Weaver, whose company All Weather Heating and Air inspired the squad's namesake. "And for a group of guys that just play league ball here and got together and went down there to win the state championship, that kind of says something."
The team, Weaver said, consists of "guys from every walk of life." That includes everyone from Donny Adams, a stylist at The Cut Above Salon and Spa, to longtime firefighter Jake Sisson, who has been working for Bartow County for more than a dozen years.
"We don't practice on a daily basis, basically, we show up and play at game time," Weaver said. "We don't spend hours training ... it's just a bunch of guys having fun, enjoying the game."
An offensive dynamo, the fewest runs All Weather scored over the course of the tournament in Lawrenceville was a 20-2 clobbering of Crown Cuts in the title game. Before that, they thumped Yamaha of Coweta County 24-9, pummeled Fury Unleashed of Barrow County 27-13, creamed Cornerstone Bible Church of Henry County 22-2 and cleaned the clocks of Hitmen365 of Gwinnett County 23-13.
Their impressive run, Weaver said, can't be attributed to just one player's performance.
"It's a team effort," he said. "We didn't have just one guy who made it ... I think everybody's the MVP."
Players making the trip to the state tournament for All Weather included Adams, Billy Cline, Taylor Cline, Keith Garrett, Harrison Hatfield, Bradley Johnson, D.J. Johnson, Johnathan Johnson, Brandon Price, Rodney Rowland, David Strabala, Sisson and Weaver. Reserves who couldn't be at the tournament Saturday were Tim Kirkpatrick, Michael Henderson, Justin Mackey, Camden McGill, Nick Roberts and Tony Walker.
"I started playing softball years ago with some of the guys that's on our team that's a little bit older than me," said Sisson, who also doubled as the team's coach. "I just do it for fun, really. Most guys on the roster have been playing softball for probably 10-plus years."
None of the players are strangers to one another. Several teammates, Weaver said, have been playing league ball together for years.
"We just put together a group of local guys who are all friends who have pretty good chemistry and it just seemed to work for us," he said. "I just think that when you get a lot of like-minded guys around to have a great time and just enjoy each other's company, you feel a lot more relaxed on the field and you come together better as a team."
Sisson seconded that.
"If you're winning softball, you're having fun — you're not going to win if you're not having fun," he said. "We've got a great group of guys. We get out there and cut up and have fun with it, and we play to win."
All Weather won't have too much time to rest on their laurels, however. With summer league play starting shortly, Weaver said the team is already preparing to return to the diamond.
"Hopefully, we'll go to Vegas for the world finals, which will be in December," he said.
Predicting the team's performance this summer, Sisson said he likes the chances of All Weather booking a trip to Nevada come winter.
"I don't think we'd have a problem with Vegas," he said. "We'd have won Vegas if we played there Saturday."