Vectorâ€™s team, comprised of members from throughout the state of Pennsylvania, won the state title in 2003 but placed seventh in national competition. In 2004, the team roared back to win the state and national titles.
The tournament finals pitched fierce competitors against one another, but Vectorâ€™s tenacity and player confidence won the day. The last series of games against Kenâ€™s Beverage from Chicago proved the most dramatic.
Vector trailed Kenâ€™s Beverage 22 to 11 after three innings, but came back to win by a razor-thin margin of only 28 to 27. In the final fifth game, Vector again faced Kenâ€™s Beverage, but prevailed by a score of 24 to 18 to take the Gold at Disney World.
Team captain Mark McGahen of Mechanicsburg, Pa., insisted that the credit goes to his teamâ€™s ability to work together. â€œThe level we play in is the menâ€™s over-45 division, and our team has played together for several years now,â€ McGahen noted. â€œThe result is that we know each playerâ€™s individual game personality and can better anticipate how to act cohesively as a team.â€
Mike Grady, senior vice president of Vector Security, pointed out, â€œWe look at sports sponsorships in much the same way we do our business philosophy. The prominence of a sport or its number of fans matters less to us than our ability to help talented amateurs and professionals make their dreams come true.â€