2014 USSSA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony!

 

2014 USSSA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony!

 

Chris Walker

Bobby Hughes

Tina Tuck

Coy Honeycutt

Carl Rose

John Dye

Tony Dedonatis

Doug Stark

Ken Franzen

Dirk Androff

 

2015 Nationwide Conference USSSA Schedule!

2015 Nationwide Conference USSSA Schedule!

2015 USSSA Men’s Major Player List and Major Watch List changes announced!

 

2015 USSSA Major Players List and Major Watch List Changes!

The 2015 changes to the Major List were announced.

Here is a link to the full list of players.

Below is the list of changes.

Moved from Watch List to Major List
Terry Baggs FL
Kyle Cowart GA
Neil Haglund NY
Steven Lloyd FL
Bryce Olivera CA
Ryan Parfitt PA
Brad Reckart OH
Mike Umscheid WI
Andy Vitcak MN
Brian Zirkle IA

New Additions to Major List
Ryan Harvey FL
Kyle Pearson LA
Chris Geron IL
Jeff Flood OR

Moved from Major List to Watch List
Dan Dillingham FL
Jeff Edington OH
Scott King GA
Alex Laverico CA
Brandon Murray MS
Dale Roe MI
Derrick Williams NV
Frank Yielding AL
Eric Thompson GA

New Additions to Watch List
Tim Bowser AR
Mickeal Brown MO
Orlando Castillo FL
Jonathan Gastineau WA
Chris Hansen NV
Chris Hoffer OH
Colby Hughes MS
Adam Kaminski MI
David Kessler OH
Daniel Kirkwood FL
Keith Laski IL
Jonathan Lenz TX
Brian Lipman CA
Billy Maggard MS
Andrew Miller KS
Brandon O’Neal KS
Lee Payne GA
Kyle Pearson FL

Alexis Ramirez CA
Matthew Rear WI
Kevin Rye FL
Tyson Steele CA
Flip Washington CA
Buddy Wolf OH

Removed from all lists
Ryan Robbins (Deceased) IN
Donny Wilson WA

Ryan Harvey went straight to the Major List after his first full season in the Nationwide Conference USSSA league!

 

Buzini’s Kyle Pearson was added to the Major List after finishing 2nd in the Conference with an .805 onbase percentage!

 

Chris Geron from Precision was selected for the Major Players list after his incredible run at the A, B, and Major Worlds!

 

Jeff Flood who played with Baugh Ford made the Major List after having a career year on both sides of the ball!

 

About USSSA:

The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA News!

 

2014 John Glidewell Award given to Billy Messina!

2014 John Glidewell Award

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About the John Glidewell Award

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Billy Messina receiving the 2014 John Glidewell Award

About USSSA:

The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA News!

2014 USSSA Major World Series recap!

 

2014 USSSA Major World Series

Kissimmee, FL

Sept 17-21

 

Former Major World Series MVP’s – Rusty Bumgardner and Johnny McCraws last World Series!

Thanks for the memories!

Championship Sunday – Resmondo vs Backman!

Link to the Softballcenter.com picture album of the Major World Series

USSSA Major World Series tournament info and bracket link

Link to stats and some more pictures

The 2014 USSSA Major World Series capped a great year of softball with a less than dramatic ending.  Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth based out of Winterhaven, Florida and sponsor Travis Resmondo won their 9th title in 11 years and did so in dominating fashion going undefeated 5-0.  They beat Laservision/H Auto/JJ’s/Easton 39-24 in the winner’s bracket finals and Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger 26-11 in the championship game.  Resmondo was only challenged once in the semifinals when Backman came out of the gate firing on all cylinders as they got 2 run homers from Brian Rainwater, Sam Lopez, Kevin Rye, and LC Watson in the first inning and got a double play in the bottom of the inning for an 8-2 lead.  In the 2nd inning Resmondo closed the gap to 12-6 on homers by BJ Fulk and Jeremy Isenhower.  In the 3rd inning Neil Haglund hit a 2 run homer and Resmondo went 1-2-3 in the bottom half as a strong wind blowing in knocked down a couple of home run chances.  The game was played in pouring rain from start to finish.  The wind died though in the 4th and Backmans Kevin Rye hit a 2 run homer to put them up 18-8 after 4 innings.

In the 5th Backman pushed the lead to 16 runs on a 2 run double from Sam Lopez and a 2 run homer from Dave Kessler.  This forced Resmondo to score at least 2 runs to keep the game going and avoid the run rule.  In the bottom of the 5th clutch two out hits by Bubba Mack and Lee Powers kept the game going for Resmondo and then co-MVP BJ Fulk hit a huge home run to extend the game 24-13.  Great defensive plays from Kevin Kennington and Kevin Rye held Resmondo from a big inning though.

In the 6th Backmans Neil Haglund hit a 2 run homer to make it 26-13.  In the bottom of the inning Resmondo had the biggest inning of the tournament so far.  In the pouring rain Lee Powers hit a 2 run homer and Greg Connell hit two 3 run homers and Resmondo scored 14 runs to take a 1 run lead.  And two of the outs they made were a line drive that was knocked down and thrown out by Backman pitcher LC Watson, and a home run robbing catch by center fielder Kyle Cowart at the 400 foot mark!  In the bottom of the 7th a stunned Backman team was unable to score and although they put up an incredible fight and played their hearts out, still lost by 1 run.

Resmondo cruised through the rest of the tournament with dominating pitching, line drive hitting, and timely homers.  The loser’s bracket had a few upsets with Classic Glass, a ‘B’ team out of California, playing in their first Major World Series upsetting 3 teams in a row – OI Livingston, Albicocco, and Buzini on Saturday to make the top 5!  And Precision/Easton the ‘A’ World runner up and ‘B’ World champ finishing an impressive 4th.

The tournament featured a barage of long homers as the wind blew out most of the time, the ball carried, and the skies were mostly overcast.  Some of the Friday games were postponed due to rain and the traditional home run derby was cancelled.  The top 8 Nationwide Conference USSSA umpires were used, the stadium Dudley ZN was used, and the games for the most part in the winner’s bracket were not very close.  The games in the loser’s bracket were tightly contested and entertaining.

The entire Major World Series was broadcast on USSSALive.com with their new (awesome) replay system with multiple camera angles, field reporters, and announcers.  The two games on Sunday were shown on ESPN3.com as well.

We tried to keep a list of the players that hit the ball over the 45 foot high scoreboard.  They were: Greg Connell twice, Dale Brungardt, Stuart Snell, Keith Anderson, Sam Lopez, and Kevin Kennington.  There definitely could have been others.

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