Smash It Sports wins 2016 Las Vegas Nationwide Conference season opener!

 

2016 Nationwide Conference USSSA

6th Annual “Sin City” Classic

Las Vegas, NV

April 1-3

Smash It Sports Travis Clark pitches to Resmondos Andy Purcell in the championship game in Las Vegas

Link to the Softballcenter.com picture album of the Las Vegas Major

2016 Las Vegas men’s bracket link

2016 Las Vegas women’s bracket link

The 6th Annual “Sin City” Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada opened the 11th year of the Nationwide Conference USSSA league.  There were 38 teams in attendance and 17 Conference teams including 11 of the top 20 teams in the country.  The tournament was played in perfect softball weather, sunshine, and for the first time in Las Vegas no real wind to speak of.  In the early rounds on Friday night and Saturday morning all of the Conference teams won except for Nightmare/Miken an ‘A’ team from Missouri who was upset 32-28 by former Conference ‘C’ team BigTen out of Colorado.  Also Team Adiktiv from the Conference lost that 6:15 PM game with the sun directly in the batters face to Bay Area Legends 21-6.  11 of the 16 1st round games were won by the run rule.  Former Conference ‘C’ team Midwest Swing played Conference ‘AA’ team Xtreme to an 8 run loss was about as close as any of the games were.

The Major teams played a second game Friday night in the 2nd round of the winner’s bracket.  All 4 Major teams won – Smash It Sports beat Thunder/BlowoutPicks.com/Empire a new Conference ‘B’ team from New York 34-14 but Thunder put up a fight for a while.  Backman knocked off a new Conference ‘B’ team Stars/Garretson/Global Logistic from Colorado 33-13.  Team Combat used their 12 homer’s they got to hit against ‘AA’ team Eurotech-Elite Media Design-Easton better and held off Eurotech 34-28 in a game which easily could have gone the other way had Eurotech hit less solo homers.  And Resmondo cruised through the Bay Area Legends by the 20 run rule.

On Saturday morning the round of 16 continued in the winner’s bracket at 9:20 AM Pacific time with the non-Major teams playing.  It quickly became evident that Newbreeds ‘AA’ team was playing very well as they knocked off upset minded Big Ten 30-9.  3rd Street ‘A’ upset Team Racks ‘AA’ 33-30 after 3rd Street put up 20 early on and Racks slowly came back to take the lead late in the game before losing by 3.  The Racks infield defense in this one kept them in the game.  Xtreme/Miken ‘AA’ knocked off Classic Glass ‘A’ 30-28.  Xtreme led most of the way but Classic never gave up.  And Line Drive Sportz ‘AA’ crushed OC Swats ‘AA’ 33-8 when they put on a hitting clinic early in the game and OC Swats only answer was 8 runs on 7 homers.  Swats just could not adjust to the small fields and get base hits.

In the final 8 of the winner’s bracket it was all 4 of the Major teams winning.  Smash It Sports barely squeaked by Newbreed 37-35 on a Kevin Bazat walk off homer.  Newbreed had scored a bunch to tie the game in the top of the 7th but Smash It had wisely used their 12 homers and had one left for the bottom of the last inning.  But this one was basically a win for Newbreed “mentally” to show they could play with anyone.  Ryan Goodman the 2nd baseman for Newbreed known for his glove made the best play of the tournament on a grounder up the middle which he barehanded and threw out the runner in one motion.  It was spectacular and helped keep the game within reach.  Elsewhere Backman overpowered 3rd Street 34-17.  Team Combat started to show that their new pickups were the real deal in a 36-16 trouncing of Xtreme.  Team Combat had a 25 run inning in this game.  And Resmondo run ruled Line Drive 34-16 back on the Dodger field.  Line Drive leaving a bunch of homers on the table in this game.

In the final 4 of the winner’s bracket the cream came to the top as Smash It Sports outslugged Backman 53-40 in a game that was 20-15 after the first inning!  The game had huge offensive innings and some great defensive plays but in the end Smash It out base hit Backman to go to the finals.  In the other semi-final Resmondo got revenge on Team Combat for their loss to them in 2015 in Las Vegas and beat Combat 38-16 in a game that featured a mini middle war.  In the winner’s bracket finals Saturday night Resmondo pulled away late and held on to a 38-30 win over Smash It to go into Sunday undefeated.

Meanwhile in the loser’s bracket Tac a non-conference team knocked off Thunder 16-15 in an upset.  MyAutoJack a non-conference team won 4 straight in a soft part of the loser’s bracket but a very nice run nevertheless.  Nightmare beat Stars in a nice battle of A/B teams.  Classic Glass knocked off Eurotech in the “sun in batter’s eye” game 29-19.  Non-Conference Tunie Sports won 3 straight including sending home Bay Area Legends 23-18 and Midwest Hearing won a couple of games.  Note, the first 4 rounds of the loser’s bracket used a gold dot ball as they underestimated the number of balls needed and were lost due to the new home run rules in the Conference.  Major vs Major is 16.  A and AA teams play with 12 HR no matter who they are playing.  And B and below vs B and below is 8.

In the later rounds of the loser’s bracket the heavy hitting AA teams started their games later on Saturday.  Newbreed sent home OC Swats 29-14.  3rd Street knocked off fellow ‘A’ team Classic Glass 30-23 in a good match up.  Team Racks won 4 straight in the loser’s bracket with nice wins over Nightmare, Xtreme, Line Drive 32-31, and then shocked Backman 29-23 to finish 4th!  And Newbreed continued their winning ways with a nice 37-17 win over Team Combat and made it to Sunday with a 41-11 win over Racks after midnight.  A game where they scored over 20 runs in one inning.

On Sunday the games were very good as Newbreed battled with Smash It step for step even led early on after grand slam homers from lefties Nick Mangannaro and Victor Cordova in the first two innings and a big 3 run homer from Adam Rockoff in the 3rd gave Newbreed an 18-15.  The lead could have been more except for Smash It center fielder Ryan Parfitts in the sun catch and left center diver in that same inning.  But it was all Smash It after that and they base hit their way to an impressive 34-19 win, scoring 19 of the last 20 runs.

In the championship it was a familiar sight with Smash It Sports taking on Resmondo, although former Smash It infielder Luis Reyna was over on the Resmondo side.  🙂  Smash It Sports got off to a huge 21-4 lead with a great mix of base hitting line to line and pretty good use of their 16 home runs.  Resmondo meanwhile was hitting too many solo homers and a Dale Brungardt diving stop and throw out at first for Smash It Sports helped keep their mental edge on both sides of the ball.  To Resmondos credit though they never gave up and made a very slow comeback to make the final score respectable 43-35.  That of course forced the dreaded “if” game.  In the final game Smash It was visitors again.  Great sliding catches by Smash It outfielders Brian Wegman in left field and Ryan Parfitt in center field helped hold down the Resmondo offense.  Resmondo trailed Smash It Sports 26-10 going into the bottom of the 3rd where they scored 12 runs to climb back into it.  Both teams at this point had hit 9 homers a piece.  In the 4th Resmondo pitcher Andy Purcell hit a big 3 run homer but again their offense was shut down when Smash It middle infielder and 2015 Conference Defensive MVP made a full dive on a hard grounder up the middle, popped to his feet and got the ball to 2nd base where they turned a double play.  Both teams continued to score and Smash It got another great diving stop of a liner by 1st baseman Kyle Pearson in the bottom of the 6th.  With the score at 43-35 both teams were out of home runs.  In the bottom of the 7th Resmondo started in the middle of their order and base hit their way to within 3 runs.  Andy Purcell hit a clutch two out gapper into right center field where Ryan Parfitt made a spectacular sliding stop of the ball and held Andy to an rbi single.  Then with runners on 1st and 3rd and two out Bubba Mack hit a sizzling line drive to right center field which even pitcher Travis Clark ducked on but the ball still went out of the park for an out to end the game.

Smash It Sports wins the first tournament with 3 great games on Sunday but let’s be honest it was Las Vegas where the fields are not big so it’s hard to gauge any teams progress.  It is a start though and a good tune up for the big Hall of Fame Classic in two weeks which will feature as many as 34 of the top teams in the nation.  Smash It Sports defense was the difference in this one as they made great plays on hard shots.  Resmondos defense was good but didn’t get the opportunities as often to make the great plays.  The weather was spectacular in Las Vegas this year, the facility second to none with its 6 artificial turf fields, and with all the offense and home runs hit I felt the great defensive plays were the highlight of the weekend.

Team Breakdown:
38 Teams Overall
17 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams
4 Major Teams
6 ‘AA’ Teams
4 ‘A’ Teams
5 ‘B’ Teams
14 ‘C’ Teams
5 ‘D’ Teams

Las Vegas BLD Field Dimensions
Yankee (main field) 285-308-290-286-286
Fenway 274-303-308-297-256
Angels 285-289-305-272-270
Wrigley 287-295-300-291-286
Dodger 275-305-321-304-274
Crosley 274-283-301-280-275

 

Smash It center fielder Ryan Parfitt knocks down Purcells 2 out hit in the “if” game

Resmondos Bubba Mack hit a line drive that could have won the game or at least tied it.  But it went over the fence for an out.

As both teams had already hit all 16 of their home runs

 

Backman vs Smash It in the semi finals was 20-15 after 1 complete inning

Newbreed gave Smash It all they could handle in the loser’s bracket finals before Smashit put up a huge 6th inning

Newbreeds Victor Cordova samurai swords one into center field.

3rd Streets Tommy Melton beats a throw in their upset win over Racks

The Yankee field walls are just the blue part which is like 6 feet high

Crowds were fairly good Friday and Saturday night


Las Vegas Major Awards and Final Standings

Player Tournament Awards Players Name Plays For
Tournament MVP Kyle Pearson Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
Offensive Tournament MVP Nicolas Santana Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
Defensive Tournament MVP Kevin Bazat Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Brad Reckart Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Victor Cordova Newbreed/GTS/Beus Excavation/DirtyS
All Tournament Team Andy Purcell Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team Greg Connell Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team Travis Clark Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Buddy Wolf Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Tyson Steele Team Racks/Miken/Sonny’s
All Tournament Team Dale Brungardt Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Jeff Flood Newbreed/GTS/Beus Excavation/DirtyS
All Tournament Team Stuart Snell Team Racks/Miken/Sonny’s
All Tournament Team Ryan Parfitt Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Daniel Kirkwood Team Racks/Miken/Sonny’s
All Tournament Team Luis Reyna Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team Jon Gastineau Newbreed/GTS/Beus Excavation/DirtyS
All Tournament Team Nick Utley Newbreed/GTS/Beus Excavation/DirtyS
All Tournament Team Ronald Mack III Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team Jeremy Isenhower Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
Place State Team Team
Class
Wins Losses Ties Runs
Scored
Runs
Allow
Avg
Runs
Avg
Allow
Avg
Diff
Max
Runs
USSSA
Points
1 NY – Cicero smash it sports/asp/h.auto/mr.wiggl USSSA-SPMensMajor 7 1 0 311 242 38.8 30.2 8.62 53 300
2 FLS – Winter Haven resmondo specialty tank worth USSSA-SPMensMajor 5 2 0 258 173 36.8 24.7 12.1 44 225
3 WA – Bothell newbreed/gts/beus excavation/dirtys USSSA-Mens-AA 6 2 0 275 174 34.3 21.7 12.6 47 200
4 WY – Casper Team Racks/Miken/Sonny’s USSSA-Mens-AA 6 2 0 234 211 29.2 26.3 2.87 43 175
5 WA – Kent TEAM COMBAT/BAUGHFORD.COM USSSA-SPMensMajor 3 2 0 139 132 27.8 26.4 1.4 36 155
5 IN – Aurora backman shoppe louisville slugger USSSA-SPMensMajor 3 2 0 162 114 32.4 22.8 9.6 40 155
7 OH – West Chester 3rd street/louisville slugger USSSA-Mens-A 3 2 0 147 140 29.4 28 1.4 36 130
7 MI – Warren Line Drive Sportz/Easton USSSA-Mens-AA 3 2 0 157 123 31.4 24.6 6.8 40 130
9 AZ – Glendale myautojack.com/miken USSSA-Mens-C 4 2 0 139 109 23.1 18.1 5 39 135
9 CAS – Yorba Linda oc swats doerflinger / miken USSSA-Mens-AA 3 2 0 114 87 22.8 17.4 5.4 37 110
9 CAC – San Jose Classic Glass/Easton USSSA-Mens-A 3 2 0 126 107 25.2 21.4 3.8 29 110
9 MN – Medina Xtreme/Miken USSSA-Mens-AA 2 2 0 109 121 27.2 30.2 -3 36 110
13 AZ – Gilbert Tunie Sports USSSA-Mens-C 3 2 0 94 92 18.8 18.4 0.40 26 70
13 CAN – Madera TAC/ Water Connection USSSA-Mens-C 3 2 0 107 115 21.4 23 -1.6 28 95
13 MO – Branson Nightmare/Miken USSSA-Mens-A 2 2 0 116 119 29 29.7 -0.7 34 70
13 MN – Minneapolis eurotech-elite media design-easton USSSA-Mens-AA 2 2 0 105 77 26.2 19.2 7 34 70
17 KS – Wichita Midwest Hearing/SYNDICATE USSSA-Mens-C 2 2 0 95 109 23.7 27.2 -3.5 37 65
17 CAS – Ontario Elite Sports USSSA-Mens-C 2 2 0 77 91 19.2 22.7 -3.5 34 40
17 CAN – San Jose L & S Glass USSSA-Mens-C 2 2 0 76 74 19 18.5 0.5 27 40
17 CAN – Hayward Bay Area Legends USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 52 61 17.3 20.3 -3 21 40
17 CO – Denver stars/garretsons/dh global logistic USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 62 78 20.6 26 -5.3 27 40
17 NY – Wading River thunder/blowoutpicks.com/empire USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 60 60 20 20 0 31 40
17 CO – Denver big ten / infamous / miken USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 53 72 17.6 24 -6.3 32 65
17 CAS – SoCal toe 2 toe /a3/demarini/hang rite USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 58 77 19.3 25.6 -6.3 29 40
25 NV – Las Vegas ERX / TRIBAL WHIPS USSSA-Mens-D 1 2 0 60 81 20 27 -7 31 40
25 AZ – Phoenix SLM/ALPHA SOURCE USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 42 76 14 25.3 -11. 23 40
25 CAS – Palm Springs No Limit USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 53 69 17.6 23 -5.3 22 40
25 CAS – South El Monte Magz Premier USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 56 50 18.6 16.6 2 26 40
25 CAN – Fresno DTA USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 55 87 18.3 29 -10. 31 65
25 UT – Salt Lake City CSC/NFI/Salt Riot USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 36 77 12 25.6 -13. 22 65
25 CAS – SO CAL JK INC/MIKEN SPMn40OMaj+ 0 2 0 44 81 22 40.5 -18. 23 40
25 CAN – Morgan Hill wc groove/miken/smash it sports USSSA-Mens-C 0 2 0 39 69 19.5 34.5 -15 25 40
33 CAC – Bakersfield Chosen few USSSA-Mens-D 0 2 0 22 50 11 25 -14 15 40
33 CAS – Corona The Show/Classick USSSA-Mens-D 0 2 0 46 63 23 31.5 -8.5 35 65
33 FLP – Pace team adiktiv/energy system/worth USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 22 42 11 21 -10 16 40
33 NV – Las Vegas Hit Deez USSSA-Mens-D 0 2 0 32 70 16 35 -19 25 40
33 WA – Kent SquatchNation/Combat USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 26 65 13 32.5 -19. 16 40
33 NV – Las Vegas Chemistry USSSA-Mens-D 0 2 0 25 46 12.5 23 -10. 16 65

2016 Nationwide Conference USSSA begins in Las Vegas!

 

6th Annual

“Sin City Classic”

Conference USSSA!

April 1-3

Tournament Preview

 

2016 Las Vegas men’s bracket link

2016 Las Vegas women’s bracket link

 

 

The 2016 Nationwide Conference USSSA season kicks off this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada with the 6th Annual “Sin City Classic”!  The tournament features 11 of the top 20 teams in the nation and 17 Conference USSSA teams over all.  4 of the 5 Major teams will be in Las Vegas battling it out including last years final 3 teams at the USSSA Major World Series, Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth based out of Florida, SmashItSports/ASP/H.Auto/Easton based out of New York, and Backman/Shoppe/PowerhouseSportz/J&H/S&S/Louisville Slugger based out of Indiana.  There are 38 teams in all.

Teams will begin play on Friday, April 1st and the live internet feed on USSSALive.com should start around the time of the first game at 5:00 PM Pacific time.  I will try to place the ipod cameras on all 6 fields.   Live streaming will continue through the championship game which is set for Sunday at 10:30 AM Pacific time.   The tournament is being held at the Big League Dreams park at 3151 East Washington street.  The fields feature artificial turf infields and each are modeled after the look and feel of a major league baseball stadium.

The weather looks to be very good, warm and sunny with less wind than usual.  This year the Conference has a new home run rule where Major vs Major teams hit 16 a piece.  AA and A vs anyone is 12 home runs per team.  And B and below vs B and below hit 8 homers per team.

Smash It Sports has won this tournament the past 3 years with Combat, Racks, and Classic Glass placing well in recent years.  Backman has a revamped team and looks to get out of the gate quickly, and of course Resmondo struggled in Las Vegas a year ago.  This tournament should be an interesting one.  Teams are scored on their best 6 points events of the year and will be seeded after the Hall of Fame Classic on 2016 points so there is a little more at stake early in the season this year.

Interesting tidbits:  

  – Jose Canseco is listed on the ‘B’ team SquatchNation/Combat team playing at 6:15 PM Friday.  Also on this team are Canadian stars Franc Henry and Jason Legault.

– Denny Crine, Johnny Bailey, Chris Arredondo, and Jay Hill are playing with the 40 and over team JK Inc/Miken.  Also hearing Chris Larsen is with them.

– Midwest Hearing and Big Ten who were going to be Conference teams again but decided not to are in the bracket.

Team Breakdown:
38 Teams Overall
17 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams
4 Major Teams
6 ‘AA’ Teams
4 ‘A’ Teams
5 ‘B’ Teams
14 ‘C’ Teams
5 ‘D’ Teams

 

USSSALive.com for live streaming games!

 


 

Las Vegas BLD Field Dimensions
Yankee (main field) 285-308-290-286-286
Fenway 274-303-308-297-256
Angels 285-289-305-272-270
Wrigley 287-295-300-291-286
Dodger 275-305-321-304-274
Crosley 274-283-301-280-275

 


 

Weekend Weather

 


 

Past Winners

 

2015 Winner – Smash It Sports/Compound Athletics/H Auto/Easton 

 

 


2014 Winner – Laservision/Desert Falls/Boombah/Easton 

 


2013 Winner – Laservision/Desert Falls/Boombah/Easton 

 


2012 Winner – Nordkap/Desert Falls/Easton

 


 

 


 

Past tournament results

2015 Results
1 NY-M Smash It Sports/Compound Athletics/H Auto/Easton
2 WA-M Team Combat/BaughFord.com/Softball.com
3 WY-A Team Racks Easton
4 CA-B Classic Glass/Easton

2014 Results
1 NY-M Laservision/H Auto/JJ’s/Easton
2 AL-A Baugh Ford/Doerflinger/National Pawn/Klutch/Easton
3 WA-M Team Combat/Softball.com
4 CA-B Classic Glass/Easton

2013 Results
1 NY-M Laservision/Desertfalls/Boombah/Easton
2 MN-A Nordkap/Suncoast Reebok
3 MI-A Line Drive Sportz/SSS/Miken
4 CA-B OC SWATS/LCP

2012 Results
1 UT-M Nordkap/desert falls/easton
2 WY-A Sonny’s / louisville slugger
3 CA-A Famous / Premiere
4 GA-B Down2earthsports.com/sbc/worth
2011 Results
1 WA-M GTL Cartel/DeMarini
2 WA-M Team Combat/laservision/d2e/supreme
3 IL-A ews/shirtsandlogos/drgraphx/easton
4 TX-A Wood Law/mizuno/famous/easton

 

2016 Conference USSSA Package and Tentative Schedule!

Link to the 2016 Conference USSSA Package and Tentative Schedule PDF

Ladies and Gentlemen:

Thank you all for your patience. 

Attached you will find the 2016 Conference USSSA Package and Tentative Schedule. 

Please complete the enclosed entry form and return payment according to the guidelines on the Entry Form. 

Please also send your tentative schedule to Don Sr. at usssadd@aol.com as soon as possible keeping in mind that certain events do fill up quickly.

Player contracts are also available by request.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Don Sr. at usssadd@aol.com

Thank you,

Laurie Timmons

2015 USSSA Major World tournament report!

 

2015 USSSA Major World Series

Kissimmee, FL

September 23-26

Link to the picture album of the Major World Series

USSSA Major World Series tournament info and bracket link

Here is a recap of all the winner’s bracket and final games.

Game 1:  4 The Fallen/JTF/Hawaii who earned their berth to the Major by winning the USSSA Military Worlds came out guns blazing with 5 runs in the top of the first inning and led 5-3 after 1.  The Pure Romance (PRI) offense sputtered in the early going and in the top of the 6th inning 4 The Fallen got a 2 run double from Clayton Shaw and another 2 run homer out of shortstop Chuck Garmon to take a commanding 16-7 lead.  PRI shortstop Pat Foster made a nice play to hold the lead to 9.  In the bottom of the 6th PRI crawled back into the game with 6 unearned runs led by big Jon Jamisons 3 run homer and they trailed 17-13.  In the top of the 7th though 4 The Fallen got a 3 run homer from Jesse Ayres which led to 9 runs and 4 The Fallen won the first ever Major World Series game they played in 26-15 to advance into the bracket to play Smash It Sports later in the evening Wednesday!

4 The Fallen/JTF/Hawaii  26
Pure Romance/Foulks/Headlines/Easton  15

 

Shaw and Garmon were on it for 4 The Fallen in their win over PRI

Game 2:  VCH Worth playing with special uniforms to commemorate a teammate’s recent loss set the tone for the game in the first inning when power hitting Isaac Gonzales hit two massive home runs two thirds of the way up the giant 45 foot high score wall in dead center field.  The bombs were over 400 feet when they hit the scoreboard and would have travelled some distance further.  VCH led their fellow Worth team 6-2 after 3 innings.  In the bottom of the 5th VCH got 7 more runs to lead 13-7 and put away Broughton in the bottom of the 6th with 3 more homers including a third homer from Gonzales, a homer from Josh Kirsten, and a homer from Zane Trammell and they advanced to play Resmondo later in the evening 17-12.

Broughton/Bad Draw/Worth  12
VCH Worth  17

Game 3:  In a first round battle of solid ‘A’ teams Team Racks jumped out to an early 5 run lead in the top of the 1st inning.  Albicocco answered with a 3 run homer by JD Genter in their 8 run bottom of the third to take a 9-7 lead.  In the top of the 4th Racks pitcher Tyson Steele hit a 3 run homer to give the lead back to Racks 11-9.  Albicocco batted around though in the bottom of the 4th and scored 8 runs – 6 of them with 2 outs to take a 17-11 lead.  Racks wouldn’t really make another run until the top of the 6th when left fielder Nick Price hit a 2 run homer in a 9 run inning and Racks led 20-19.  Back came Albicocco again though and they scored 10 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning led by leadoff man Cory Large who hit a 2 run homer and Albicocco held on 29-24 in an entertaining action packed game.  Albicocco out homered Racks 7 to 5.

Team Racks/Easton  24
Albicocco/The Scene/Easton  29

Racks Johnny Bailey went off the scoreboard

Game 4:  It was all Backman in the first inning as center fielder Brian Logan made a great catch against the fence to hold TG Brand to no runs and Backman came in and got 5 runs all with 2 outs in the bottom of the inning.  In the top of the 3rd TG Brand outfielder Jonathan Gastineau hit a 3 run homer but in the bottom half Backmans Ryan Harvey hit a 3 runner of his own and they increased their lead to 11-4.  Backman pitcher Lloyd Watson added a 3 run homer in the bottom of the 4th to go up 16-4 and TG brand got a grand slam from Jonathan Greer to close the gap to 17-8 but could get no closer as Backman finished TG Brand off 28-13 to advance to the round of 8.  Backman catcher Terry Baggs leading the way with a 4-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI performance.  Backman had 10 home runs in the game, 3 from leadoff man Ryan Harvey.

TG Brand  13
Backman/Shoppe/Louiville Slugger  21

Game 5: Thursday morning’s opener found Red’s Astros really starting to get things going in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Phillip Whites grand slam homer led to an 8 run frame and a 12-4 lead over FBI.  In the top of the 3rd inning however Fence Brokers grabbed the momentum as they scored the most runs in an inning in the tournament to that point with 16 runs, the first 12 of which came before the first out!  Brian McBryde had the standout hit of the inning with a big 3 run homer.  In the bottom of the 3rd FBI left fielder Joe Gordon made a diving catch but that wasn’t enough to hold back Red’s Astros who scored 8 runs – 3 on a Brandon Dillon homer to tie the game at 20-20.  But it was all FBI from there as they scored 14 more in the top of the 5th and Red’s could only extend the game once on a Newbill homer and lost by the run rule in 6 innings 37-30.  FBI hit 14 homers in the game including 3 each from Billy Maggard and Alex Henry.

Fence Brokers Inc/Buzini/Worth  37
Red’s Astros/Louisville Slugger  30

Game 6:  Big Shannon Smith got Xtreme/Miken going in the top of the 2nd with a 2 run triple to give them a 7-1 lead over OC Swats.  OC Swats came back though in the bottom of the 2nd when 2 Xtreme errors and a bad hop led to 5 runs as Swats closed the gap to 7-6.  In the top of the 4th inning though Xtremes Shannon Smith struck again for a 3 run homer and a 16 run explosion which led to a 23-7 flip flop win over Swats.  Xtremes Andrew Miller was 4-4 and Smith collected 7 RBI as they out homered Swats 7-0.

Xtreme/Miken  23
OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP  7

Game 7:  The Encompass vs Combat game was a bit of a “pillow fight” as the teams each hit just 2 homers and scored 15 runs combined in 7 innings.  Early on it was some good defense as Team Combat 2nd baseman Dal Beggs made a nice diving stop in the first inning and they turned a double play in the top of the 3rd.  In the bottom of the 4th Kyle Pearson had a home run overturned (foul) but Combat still led 5-4.  Encompass scored just 1 run in each of the first 5 innings and 2 in the 6th to go up 7-6.  Patrick Ellwanger hitting 2 solo homers.  But Combat managed to tie it 7-7 after 6 innings and Casey Rogowski won the game on a walk off single to right field.

Team Combat/Baugh Ford/Softball.com  8
Encompass/Eurotech/Easton/CA  7

Game 8:  The Illinois/Easton grudge match started with some defense as Precision left fielder Davis Bilardello made a nice sliding catch in the first inning and big Johnathon Williams made a diving stop and throw at third base for Compound Athletics in the bottom of the 2nd.  I say grudge match because a number of players on these two teams play league ball together.  Compound then exploded for 9 runs in the top of the 3rd inning and led 14-5, Zach Messer with a 2 run homer.  In the top of the 4th Lyf Nimmo gave Compound an 18-6 lead with a 3 run homer and Ben Dunn added a 3 run triple to make it 25-6 in the top of the 5th!   Precision kept the game going with 7 runs in the bottom of the 5th but Compounds Kyle Pearson who hit 4 homers in the game hit one into the flags in left field.  Pearson was joined in hitting homers by Brad Lunda, Johnathon Williams, and Matt Vern and Compound shocked Precision 38-18.

Compound Athletics/Easton  38
Precision/Easton  18

Game 9: Smash It Sports out powered 4 The Fallen military team 11-3 as Smash’s Ryan Parfitt gave them a 10-5 lead on a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 3rd, Steven Lloyd a 15-5 lead in the 4th on a 3 run homer, and Scott Kirby hit a 2 runner which run ruled Fallen in the 5th.  4 The Fallen did get 2 homers out of shortstop Chuck Garmon who was impressive and two hitter Clayton Shaw was 7-7 in his first two games of the World Series!

4 The Fallen/JTF  7
Smash It Sports/Compound/HAuto/LV/ASP/Easton  22

Game 10:  #1 seeded Resmondo’s first game Wednesday was against fellow Worth team VCH.  Resmondo came out of the gate swinging getting 10 runs on 7 homers in the top of the first inning highlighted by Jimmy Salas’s home run over the giant scoreboard wall in center field!  In the top of the 2nd VCH answered with 6 runs of their own as Tom Crump hit a homer of his own over the giant wall!  In the bottom of the 2nd Resmondo’s BJ Fulk hit a 3 run homer and they extended their lead to 17-6.  VCH answered with 3 runs on a Kenny Hare home run to trail 17-10.  It was all Resmondo the rest of the way as Greg Connell hit a missile through the flags at the top of the hill in left in the bottom of the 3rd inning and they went on to win 31-11.  Resmondo was led by their lefties with the wind blowing to right field they hit a tournament high (so far) 19 home runs led by BJ Fulk who was 4-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI.

Resmondo Specialty Tank/Worth  31
VCH Worth  11

Game 11:  Albicocco jumped all over Backman in their quarterfinal game with 17 runs in the first inning!  Backman would answer with 13 runs in the first two innings but only a Reggie Schulte home run rob could slow down the Albicocco offense that scored 11 more runs in the top of the 3rd inning.  Albicocco led 32-13 going into the bottom of the 3rd.  And Albicocco was frustrating Backman by walking their leadoff hitter and power hitter Ryan Harvey all 5 times he came to the plate.  He did score all 5 times though.  In the bottom of the 3rd Sam Lopez hit a 3 run homer for Backman but that was matched by Shaun Ballard in the top of the 4th and Albicocco led 35-19.  Ballard was 4-4 in the game with 2 home runs and 11 RBI.  In the 5th Albicocco “flip flopped” Backman and Backmans Terry Baggs hit a grand slam to avoid the run rule down by 12.  But Albicocco would hold on to win 48-33, the largest score of any team in the tournament and did so on 12 home runs.  3 by Josh Riley.

Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger  33
Albicocco/The Scene/Easton  48

Game 18:  Smash It Sports got a grand slam from 2nd baseman Steven Lloyd in the bottom of the 1st inning to take a 4-2 lead on Fence Brokers Inc (FBI).  In the top of the 2nd inning FBI’s Mike Cervantes hit a 3 run homer to give FBI a 6-4 lead but Smash It right fielder Mike Umschied robbed FBI of a home run with a leaping catch by the fence to hold the lead to 2.  In the bottom half of the inning Umschied hit a 3 run homer to give them a 12-7 lead.  The Smash It defense continued to hold down FBI with a double play in the top of the 3rd and Umschied collected a 3 run double to give Smash It Sports a 24-13 lead.  In the bottom of the 5th Smash It Sports finished off FBI by the run rule on a Scott Kirby pinch hit homer 28-13.

Smash It Sports  28
Fence Brokers  13

Game 19:  Thursday night in the quarterfinals Resmondo reached on a number of errors in the top of the 1st inning and Andy Purcell and BJ Fulk each hit 3 run homers to lead Xtreme 6-0.  In the top of the 2nd Xtreme leadoff man Andrew Miller hit a 3 run homer to cut the Resmondo lead to 8-5.  In the bottom of the 2nd Resmondo got big home runs from Jimmy Salas and Nic Santana in a 15 run inning and never looked back winning 23-5 to advance to the final 4.  Bubba Mack was 4-4 with 3 HR and 4 RBI.

Resmondo  26
Xtreme  10

Game 20:  An upset minded Compound Athletics team took to the field in game #20 against Team Combat.  Compound separated from Combat in the top of the 2nd when Kyle Pearson hit a 3 run homer in a 13 run inning!  In the middle innings Compound CF Ben Dunn and Combat CF Brian Zirkle traded great catches against the fence but Compound led by 15 runs in the bottom of the 5th when Combats Brian Lipman hit a clutch 2 run homer to keep the game from being a run rule.  Combat also scored 9 runs in the bottom of the 7th to make the final score look closer than it actually was as Compound upset them 29-24.  Compounds Lyf Nimmo hit 2 homers and Kyle Pearson hit 4!

Compound Athletics  29
Team Combat  24

Game 25:  The late semifinal game which started after midnight eastern time Friday night started with Albicocco scoring 11 runs in the top of the 1st inning.  Only 4 runs were earned as Smash It Sports had a tough time gloving it until 3rd baseman Dale Brungardts nice diving stop and throw got them out of the inning.  In the bottom of the 2nd Smash Its Scott Kirby pulled them to within 2 runs with a 3 run homer.  In the top of the 3rd inning Albicocco’s Brad Reckart hit a 2 out triple to push Albicoccos lead to 17-11.  Then Smash It backup pitcher and veteran Billy Messina hit a grand slam homer for Smash It Sports in the bottom of the 3rd inning and they got 11 runs to take their first lead 22-18.  In the 4th Albicoccos Josh Riley hit a 3 run homer to tie the game at 22-22 but Smash It Sports had a 9 run inning on a couple of homers and won the game 38-31.  Smash Its Bryson Baker was 6-6 with 4 Homers and 8 RBI.

Smash It Sports  38
Albicocco  31

Game 26:  The first semifinal game Friday night started after a rain delay with upset minded Compound Athletics jumping out to a 9-3 lead as left handed outfielder Brad Lunda hit a big 3 run homer.  Resmondo closed the gap to 9-8 in the 2nd inning when another rain delay halted play for almost 2 hours.  When they resumed it was all Resmondo as they outscored Compound Athletics 21-6 the rest of the way highlighted by grand slam homers from Bubba Mack in the 13 run 3rd inning and a grand slam by Andrew Collins in the 4th.  Resmondo hit 12 homers in the game led by Collins with 3.

Resmondo  29
Compound Athletics  24

Game 29:  In the first game Saturday morning Red’s Astros played an Albicocco team that had just finished up losing to Smash It Sports in the winner’s bracket semi-finals after 2 AM the previous night.  In the bottom of the 2nd Albicocco continued their offensive surge and solid ball striking as they put up 8 runs to lead 13-4.  In the top of the 5th Albicocco right fielder Sid Stephany ran a long ways on a high pop in towards the infield and made a full out diving catch, one of the best of the tournament!  In the bottom of the 5th Albicocco’s Josh Riley hit a 2 run homer to end the game by the run rule 22-7.  Riley was 3-4 with 2 HR and 3 RBI in the game.  Red’s Astros did not homer and finished tied for 5th.

Albicocco  22
Red’s Astros  7

Game 30:  In the other 5th place game Saturday morning Compound Athletics jumped out to a 6 run lead in the first and Backman went down in order 1-2-3.  In the 3rd inning a nice relay from Compound center fielder Ben Dunn to the cutoff man got Backmans Reggie Schulte sliding at home plate.  In the top of the 5th inning big John Williams from Compound got a 2 out triple to give them a 9-8 lead and first baseman Kyle Pearson made a nice catch near the tarp to hold Backman down.  In the bottom of the 6th Ryan Harvey and Terry Baggs each blasted 2 run homers to give Backman their first lead 14-12.  In the top of the 7th Compound Athletics who never gave up and substituted their entire vast bench into the game at some point got a 2 out double from Lyf Nimmo down the 3rd base line to tie the game and a double from John Hopkins to take a 15-14.  The inning ended though on a full speed full out diving catch of a nice line drive in center field by Brian Logan – one of the best in the game!  In the bottom of the 7th Backmans Matt Crawford hit a game tying solo homer but Compound got a 4-6-3 double play with the bases loaded to force extra innings.  In extra innings Compound was held scoreless and in the bottom half of the inning Backman middle infielder Orlando Castillo hit a walk off homer OVER the 45 foot high scoreboard in center field to win the game!!!

Backman  16
Compound Athletics  15

 

Game 32:  Albicocco and Backman who both won games in the morning Saturday squared off at 1 PM in the loser’s bracket semi-finals.  Albicoccos Sid Stephany and Backmans Sam Lopez traded 3 run homers early on and Albicoccos Lee Payne hit a 3 run inside the park homer in the top of the 2nd to take an 8-5 lead.  In the top of the 3rd inning Backman left fielder Reggie Schulte robbed a home run and teammate Terry Baggs hit a 3 run homer in the bottom half of the inning to keep the Albicocco lead to 1 run.  In the 4th it was the Backman defense again as Schulte threw out Lee Payne on the bases and center fielder Brian Logan robbed another home run.  In the 5th inning the Backman defense and offense finished off Albicocco when right fielder Ryan Harvey robbed a home run and in the bottom of the inning Billy Barrett hit a 3 run homer and Matt Crawford hit a 2 run homer to win by the run rule.  Backmans Terry Baggs and Reggie Schulte were each 5-5 in the game.

Backman  32
Albicocco  17

Game 31:  The heavyweight battle everyone was anticipating occurred at 3 PM Saturday and will be aired on CBS Sports Network at 8 PM on Monday night September 28th.  The action started in this winner’s bracket finals in the top of the 1st inning when Resmondo middle infielder Dennis Rulli made a great diving stop behind the 2nd base bag and beat the runner to 2nd for the 3rd out.  Then in the bottom half Resmondo batted around the lineup scoring 9 runs highlighted by Andrew Collins grand slam!  In the top of the 2nd Smash It Sports center fielder Ryan Parfitt hit a clutch 2 out grand slam of his own and Smash It led 12-9.  In the 3rd inning Smash It plated just 1 run and Resmondo went down 1-2-3 with the game tied at 13-13.  Smash It sports grabbed the lead with a Dale Brungardt 3 run homer in the top of the 4th inning and he hit a grand slam in the top of the 5th to give them a 22-15 advantage.  5 of the runs were unearned.  But Resmondo outscored Smash It Sports down the stretch 11-3 and had a 4 run lead going into the 7th inning where Smash It Sports failed to score and Resmondo advanced as the only undefeated team to the championship game!  Collins had 4 hits, 3 homers and 8 RBI in the win.

Resmondo  26
Smash It Sports  25

 

Game 33:  The loser’s final was an “instant classic”!  Backmans left fielder Reggie Schulte got things going early when he robbed Scott Kirby of a homer.  It was Reggie’s 4th home run rob of the tournament.  Then he hit a 3 run homer over the scoreboard to cut the Smash It lead to 3 runs in the top of the 3rd.  Then the momentum went Backmans way when they scored 11 runs in the top of the 4th to take a 19-15 lead.  In the top of the 5th Backmans Ryan Harvey smoked a homer off the flags at the top of the hill in left field, Kevin Kennington went over the scoreboard, and Sam Lopez continued the home run barrage to the tune of 5 straight homers and a 27-20 lead!  In the bottom of the 5th inning Smash It Sports answered with 4 straight solo homers of their own and then 3 straight outs to trail 27-24.  Backman then plated 5 runs in the top of the 6th and 11 runs in the top of the 7th to extend their lead to 43-27 as the crowd got behind their offensive surge to what seemed like an insurmountable lead.  But Smash It with the heart they have shown for years started getting base hits, walks, and home runs and came all the way through the lineup with only 1 out and eventual co-MVP Scott Kirby hit a 2 run homer to tie the game at 43-43.  Smash It had scored 16 runs on just 1 out.  The next two batters however couldn’t finish it and the game went to extra innings.  In the bottom of the 8th Smash It needed just 2 to tie and 3 to win and got solo homers from Brungardt and Parfitt and Kevin Bazat hit a walk off double to score Luis Reyna from first base for the incredible 46-45 win, snatching victory from what seemed a certain defeat.  Backmans Ryan Harvey was 7-8 with 5 homers and 12 RBI and Reggie Schulte was 6-7 with 3 homers and 10 RBI in the loss.  And Brett Helmer was 6-7 with 9 RBI and 6 runs scored and Scott Kirby was 6-6 with 5 homers and 9 RBI for Smash It Sports.

Smash It Sports  46
Backman  45

 

 

Game 34: The championship game which will also be aired on CBS Sports Network at 10 PM eastern on Monday, September 28th started on Saturday night with Resmondo needing to win one of two.  Resmondo came out of the gates quickly with a 9-5 lead after one inning on 3 run homers by co-MVP Bubba Mack and left fielder Jeremy Yates.  In the 2nd inning the two teams traded 3 run homers by Brian Wegman and Don Dedonatis Jr and Smash It Sports grabbed a lead in the 3rd inning 20-13 as Kirby and Brungardt hit 3 run homers with two outs in a 12 run inning.  In the bottom of the 4th Resmondos Andy Purcell hit a 2 out 3 run homer to give Resmondo a 24-22 lead.  In the 5th Smash Its Parfitt hit a 3 run homer, Resmondos Isenhower made a leaping catch against the right field wall, and Resmondo veteran slugger Howie Krause hit a clutch 2 out 2 run homer and Resmondo led 28-25.  In the top of the 6th Smash It Sports made a bid for a second game as they scored 10 runs on 3 run homers by Kirby and Clark and a 2 run pinch hit single by Kevin Filby but Resmondo answered with a big home run barrage and scored 11 runs to lead 39-35.  In the top of the 7th Smash It could muster only 2 runs and lost 39-37 and Resmondo won their 10th Major World Series title for head sponsor Travis Resmondo and Specialty Tank sponsor John Riccio!  Santana had 4 home runs and Dedonatis and Bubba Mack had 3 home runs each in the game for Resmondo and Scott Kirby had 3 home runs for Smash It Sports.

Resmondo  39
Smash It Sports  37

Teams announced for the Championship game

Resmondos Lee Powers put the finishing touches on Smash It Sports

 

Resmondo celebrates their championship!

World tournament venue

The Dudley Stadium ZN was harder than normal for the World Series but the number of great games made it good with the fans and hitters

Don Cooper and Bernie Guenther doing the CBS Sports Network broadcast

Thursday night crowd (above) was the biggest of the week

The crowd was not as big Saturday night as Thursday nights

The players that hit the ball over the wall were:

Resmondos Jimmy Salas

VCH Worths Thomas Crump

Resmondos Greg Connell

Backmans Orlando Castillo (walk off HR)

Backmans Reggie Schulte

Backmans Kevin Kennington

Backmans Sam Lopez

The scoreboard wall stretches from left center to right center and is 45 fee high


 Major World Series Awards and Final Standings

All Tournament Players
Andrew Collins – Resmondo
BJ Fulk – Resmondo
Dennis Rulli – Resmondo
Don Dedonatis III – Resmondo
Jeremy Yates – Resmondo
Greg Connell – Resmondo
Andy Purcell – Resmondo
Brian Wegman – Smash It Sports
Bryson Baker – Smash It Sports
Dale Brungardt – Smash It Sports
Ryan Parfitt – Smash It Sports
Steven Lloyd – Smash It Sports
Orlando Castillo – Backman
Ryan Harvey – Backman
Terry Baggs – Backman
Kevin Kennington – Backman
Sid Stephany – Albicocco
Cory Large – Albicocco
Brad Reckart – Albicocco
Brandon Dillon – Red’s Astros
Kyle Pearson – Compound Athletics

All World Manager – Frank Webb – Resmondo
Home Run Champion – Scott Kirby – Smash It Sports
Offensive MVP – Nic Santana – Resmondo
Defensive MVP – Luis Reyna – Smash It Sports
Co-MVP’s – Bubba Mack – Resmondo and Scott Kirby – Smash It Sports

Place State Team Team
Class
Wins Losses Ties Runs
Scored
Runs
Allow
Avg
Runs
Avg
Allow
Avg
Diff
Max
Runs
USSSA
Points
1 FL – Winter Haven resmondo specialty tank worth USSSA-SPMensMajor 5 0 0 151 97 30.2 19.4 10.8 39 650
2 NYU – Cicero, NY smash it sports/compound athletics/ USSSA-SPMensMajor 4 2 0 198 163 33 27.1 5.83 48 350
3 IN – LAWRENCEBURG backman/shoppe/louisville slugger USSSA-SPMensMajor 5 2 0 218 171 31.1 24.4 6.71 47 300
4 NYU – Commack albicocco/the scene/easton USSSA-Mens-A 3 2 0 147 134 29.4 26.8 2.6 48 250
5 IN – Indianapolis red’s astros/louisville slugger USSSA-Mens-A 3 2 0 113 102 22.6 20.4 2.2 30 200
5 IL – CHICAGO COMPOUND ATHLETICS/EASTON USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 96 87 24 21.7 2.25 38 200
7 TXN – Dallas VCH Worth USSSA-Mens-B 3 2 0 77 94 15.4 18.8 -3.4 21 150
7 WA – KENT team combat/baugh ford/softball.com USSSA-SPMensMajor 2 2 0 65 76 16.2 19 -2.7 24 150
9 WY – Casper TEAM RACKS EASTON USSSA-Mens-A 2 2 0 84 88 21 22 -1 25 110
9 IL – Chicago Precision/Easton/DO USSSA-Mens-A 1 2 0 68 88 22.6 29.3 -6.6 31 110
9 AR – Bryant fence brokers inc/buzini/worth Qualified USSSA-Mens-A 1 2 0 60 79 20 26.3 -6.3 37 110
9 MN – Dayton Xtreme/Miken USSSA-Mens-A 1 2 0 55 56 18.3 18.6 -0.3 23 110
13 MN – Champlin encompass / eurotech / easton / ca USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 46 60 15.3 20 -4.6 23 70
13 WA – Tumwater 4 The Fallen/JTF Hawaii SPMnAFA 1 2 0 43 62 14.3 20.6 -6.3 26 70
13 MI – Flint TG Brand USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 27 51 13.5 25.5 -12 14 70
13 CAS – Yorba Linda oc swats doerflinger/miken/lcp USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 20 40 10 20 -10 13 70
17 OH – Cincinnati pure romance/foulks adjusting/headl USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 36 49 18 24.5 -6.5 21 40
17 NC – Greenville broughton pharmacy/bad draw/worth USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 35 42 17.5 21 -3.5 23 40

Resmondos Bubba Mack .842, 11 HR, 23 RBI and Smash It Sports Scott Kirby .800, 14 HR, 29 RBI were co-MVP’s

Resmondos Nic Santana was Offensive MVP .800, 8 HR, 13 RBI

Smash It Sports shortstop Luis Reyna won Defensive MVP

Smash It Sports Scott Kirby was the home run champion with 14

Resmondos Frank “The Tank” Webb was the Manager of the tournament

All tournament pictures for the players that were present

Andy Purcell has won 11 Majors, Travis Resmondo 10

Howie Krause 11, and John Riccio 8


1st Place Resmondo Specialty Tank/Worth

Conf ‘M’ from FL  5-0 Record

Resmondo wins their 10th Major title.  They played team ball, made some mistakes, but always made up for them with their hitting.  Their .673 team batting average is probably one of the highest a team has ever had at the Major World Series.  Bubba Mack hit 11 homers.  Nic Santana hit 4 in the last game.  Rulli set the table at the top of the lineup, Connell broke a car windshield in the parking lot I was told.  Krause and Powers hit big homers off the bench and Resmondo put the home field advantage to good use by taking leads on Smash It Sports in the bottom of the 7th in both games and then Andy Purcell really buckled down and threw some nasty pitches in the 7th inning to win…again.  They hit 76 homers in 5 games!

Howie Krause hits a go ahead homer Saturday night!

Purcell homers on opening night

Resmondo wore the special Frank Webb jerseys

Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth wins 10th Major!

Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth the #1 seed at the USSSA Major World Series went undefeated and knocked off #2 Smash It Sports/Compound Athletics/H Auto/Laservision/ASP/Easton 26-25 in the winner’s bracket finals and 39-37 in the championship to win their 10th Major in their sponsors career.  Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger was 3rd and Albicocco/The Scene/Easton was 4th.

A full report with video clips and final standings coming Monday!

Link to Major bracket

1st Place – Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth

2015 USSSA Major World Series picture album link!

2nd Place – Smash It Sports/Compound Athletics/H Auto/Laservision/ASP/Easton

3rd Place – Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger

Fence Brokers Inc/Buzini/Worth wins the USSSA ‘A’ World Tournament!

Fence Brokers Inc/Buzini/Worth sponsor Chris Walker hoists the USSSA ‘A’ World trophy!!!

2015 USSSA ‘A’ World

Tournament Report

Kissimmee, FL

Sept 18-20

Link to the picture album of the ‘A’ World

USSSA ‘A’ World tournament info and bracket link

The 2015 ‘A’ World tournament started on a humid but nice Friday night at Kissimmee, Florida’s Fortune Road Athletic Complex with 17 teams including 8 ‘A’ teams.  The first night was played under the threat of rain and there were no real upsets for the most part.  Team Racks/Easton used a Sam Christensen homer to finally grab the lead away from VCH/Worth and held on to win 20-16.  One of the favorites Red’s Astros/Louisville Slugger struggled some with local ‘C’ team API but pulled it out in the end 19-14.  And Broughton/Bad Draw/Worth knocked off Compound Athletics/Easton 34-31.  Combat/Northwest Athletics dropped Xtreme/Miken to the losers bracket 20-8 in what was considered a mild upset.  #1 seeded Precision/Easton/DO, #2 seeded Albicocco/The Scene/Easton, Fence Brokers, and TG Brand all advanced with easy wins.  The second round, the “round of 8” was also started on Friday night and 3 of the games were interrupted by a rain storm which pushed their finish until early Saturday morning.

In that second round Team Racks came from a 24-6 deficit all the way back to tie the game before losing to Red’s Astros 30-26 – leaving the bases loaded to end the game.  #1 Precision needed a Davis Bilardello 3 run homer to give them a 21-20 lead in the top of the 5th inning over Broughton.  Precision was down 20-14 to start the inning then they threw out the speedy Freddie Bynum at home plate to maintain a 23-22 lead and went on to win 27-24.  Albicocco and Fence Brokers each advanced with solid wins over TG Brand and Combat/NWA respectively.

The final 4 of the winners bracket Albicocco jumped out to huge leads of 17-1 and 23-13 on Red’s Astros.  Albicocco middle infielder Jeff Flood made an incredible diving stop towards the shortstop side of 2nd base and threw the runner out from his knees to squash one Red’s comeback.  Red’s then got 5 runs in the top of the 6th inning to close the lead to 23-18 but the Albicocco offense was too strong and they batted around the order in the bottom of the 6th inning to go up 32-18 and won 32-21 to advance to the winner’s finals.  In the other semi-final game Precision jumped out to leads of 5-0 and 17-6 on Fence Brokers Inc (FBI).  FBI never gave up though and scored 6 runs in the top of the 6th inning to close the lead to 17-12.  Precision added 2 in the bottom of the 6th and FBI could only close to 19-15 on a Joe Gordon 3 run homer in the 7th.

The winner’s bracket final was played immediately following the semi-finals early Saturday evening.  Precision scored 5 runs in the top of the 1st inning on the power of a Curtis Stewart homer.  Albicoccos Josh Riley ending the inning on a nice backhand at 1st base.  In the bottom of the 1st Albicoccos Chris Larsen hit a 3 run homer to give them a 7-5 lead as Albicocco again batted around the order.  In the top of the 2nd inning Precision leadoff man Keith Laski got them started with a 3 run homer to give them a 9-7 lead and Precision went on to have the biggest inning of the tournament as they a scored 17 runs and never looked back in a quick 34-14 run rule victory!

In the loser’s bracket there was a plethora of walk off home run wins.  Local ‘A’ team Shirt Doctors got a walk off homer from Saul Tijenaro to send Compound Athletics home 35-32.  This was after Compound scored 7 in the top of the 7th to tie the game.  Compound Athletics went 0-2 at ‘A’ Worlds but scored 63 runs in their two games and lost both by 3 runs or less…  Xtreme got off to a painfully slow start against Primetime and Prime beat them 20-19.  Encompass had the tying runs in scoring position but lost to local ‘C’ team S2S/R.E.M. 21-19.  And S2S then went and upset Broughton by the run rule 28-11 scoring double figures in their last at bat and leaving Broughton on the field.  Combat/NWA used a huge top of the 7th inning to beat VCH 22-14.  TG Brand used a walk off homer by John Radich to upset Team Racks 26-25.  In the two 5th place games Combat/NWA used a close call that went their way and a walk off homer by Chris Constantino to upset Red’s Astros 23-20 and Fence Brokers used a walk off homer by Alex Henry to beat TG Brand 24-23.  Then in the 4th place game late Saturday night Combat jumped out to a 13-4 lead after 1 inning vs Fence Brokers.  Combat center fielder Sal Formosa making a nice running catch towards the fence and 3rd baseman Chris Constantino hit a big homer and made a nice stop and throw to first in the 2nd to keep the lead.  Then Brian McBryde for FBI made an unbelievable diving stop in the 2nd inning and throw to first base and also barehanded a ball hit hard off the lip of the infield in shallow center field and throw to first base to keep FBI in the game but Combat led
16-7 after 2 innings and it was 19-13 Combat after 4 complete.  FBI used Mike Cervantes and Tim Bowser homers to tie the game at 19-19 in the top of the 4th and led 21-19 going into the bottom of the 5th.  From there it was all FBI as the momentum shifted and they advanced to Sunday 30-20.  Combat/Northwest Athletics wound up with an impressive 4th place finish after a difficult season.

The final 3 teams took to the fields on Sunday morning.  In the first game at 9 AM in the loser’s bracket finals FBI went up 9-0 after 2 innings.  Chad Durick hitting a big 3 run homer in the bottom of the 2nd.  FBI also had a 16-11 lead going to bottom of 4th when Albicocco left the bases loaded after 4 runs in top of 4th.  FBI’s Chad Durick had a great diving stop at third base in the top of the 5th inning and both teams put up zeroes offensively in the bottom of the 4th, top of the 5th, and bottom of the 5th.  At this point FBI had used 5 home runs and Albicocco just 1 of the allotted 8 homers each team gets to hit per game.  FBI got a big double play to start the top of the 6th and then a throwing error opened the door for Albicocco but they did not score.  In the bottom of the 6th FBI’s Tim Bowser hit a huge 2 run homer and pinch hitter Ryan Robbins hit a 2 run homer to put FBI up 20-11. In the top of the 7th Albicocco was down 9 runs and had nothing going offensively in the game with just 11 runs scored.  They proceeded to get 12 runs as Mike Stephany pinch hit and went 2 for 2 in the inning with a homer.  Shortstop Brian Faria hit a big home run as well and the entire team jumped on the bandwagon and took an unlikely 23-20 lead!  FBI which led the whole game til then got a two out – 3 run homer from eventual MVP Chad Durick to force extra innings.  In extra innings Albicocco could muster just one run and FBI got base hits from Tim Howard and Zach Keene and a walk off sac fly by Pat Burton to advance to the championship.

In the first game of the championship a well-rested and highly favored Precision/Easton team jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the first inning on a Davis Bilardello 3 run homer.  Things could have been worse except for a diving play at shortstop by FBI’s Pat Burton to end the inning.  Burton made a diving stop to turn a 6-10-3 double play in the 2nd as well and another sliding stop in shallow left field to keep Precision to just an 8-5 lead after 2 innings.  In the 3rd inning FBI middle man Bryan McBryde hit a 3 run homer to tie the game at 8-8 and Precision shortstop Keith Laski with some quick hands and Dan Kirkwood in right field making a great catch ended the inning tied.  Precision then used some good base hitting and gap hitting to increase their lead through 4 complete innings but FBI tied the game at 15-15 in the top of the 5th and took a 19-15 lead on a Tim “bye bye” Bowser GRAND SLAM!  In the bottom of the 5th Precision got a solo homer from pinch hitter Frank Fracek after a 6-10-3 double play and Precision found themselves trailing 19-16.  From there on it was all FBI as Burton hit a 2 run double, Bowser hit his second GRAND SLAM, and Alex Henry hit a 3 run homer and FBI forced the “if” necessary game 33-17!

In the final game Precision base hit their way to 3 runs in the top of 1st.  FBI grabbed a 8-3 lead in the bottom half on Bowser and Maggard 3 run homers.  Then Precision in the top of the 2nd got a Jeff Keske RBI triple and a Keith Laski 3 run homer to pull to within a run but FBI right fielder Tim Howard made a great running catch into the fence to end the inning.  FBI held a 10-8 lead on Henry and Burton solo homers and another great play by McBryde in the middle infield.  Then Precision showed some life with a great play of their own by middle infielder Keske and got a pinch hit 2 run homer from Frank Fracek that actually hit on the driveway path behind left field for the longest home run of the tournament!  Another diving stop and GUN by FBI’s McBryde kept the game tied 10-10 going to the bottom of the 4th inning.  FBI found a second wind in the bottom of the 4th as Bowser and Howard hit 3 run homers and relief pitcher Jason Bridges hit a solo to take a 18-10 lead.  In the bottom of the 5th and top of 6th FBI’s Billy Maggard and Precisions Matt Rear traded 3 run homers and Precision ended up scoring 6 runs to get back in the game down 24-22 but it was all FBI from there and they held off Precision 28-22 to win the USSSA ‘A’ World title!  The entire Fence Brokers team were warriors from top to bottom in this most unlikely of championship runs and the win for player/sponsor Chris Walker who has been a part of the Nationwide Conference USSSA for all 10 years of its existence has to feel real good!  No one thought Precision could be beaten once let alone twice and FBI found a way to dig deep and get it done!  Congratulations again to Chris Walker, manager Mike Wilson, the players, and the sponsors of this great organization.  Well deserved!

Team List:

17 Teams Overall
13 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams
8 ‘A’ Teams
6 ‘B’ Teams
3 ‘C’ Teams

 

FBI gets the final out of the championship!

Albicocco pitches to Precision in the winner’s final on Saturday

Red’s Astros take on Team Racks early Saturday morning

The last game on 3 of the fields got washed out late on Friday night

Combats Chris Constantino hits a walk off homer to beat Red’s Astros 23-20

FBI’s Alex Henry hits a walk off homer to beat TG Brand 24-23

Shirt Doctors Saul Tijenaro hits a walk off homer to beat Compound Athletics 35-32

Compound Athletics center fielder Ben Dunn makes what was a game saving catch at the time vs ShirtDoctors

It does appear Geron tagged out FBI’s Beard at the plate at least from this angle


 USSSA ‘A’ World Awards and Final Standings

Player Tournament Awards Players Name Plays For
Tournament MVP Chad Durick Fence Brokers Inc/Buzini/Worth
Offensive Tournament MVP Keith Laski Precision/Easton/DO
Defensive Tournament MVP Brian McBryde Fence Brokers Inc/Buzini/Worth
All Tournament Team Jason Kendrick Combat/Northwest Athletics
All Tournament Team Chad Munger Combat/Northwest Athletics
All Tournament Team Brett McCollum Precision/Easton/DO
All Tournament Team Joe Gordon Fence Brokers Inc/Buzini/Worth
All Tournament Team Alex Henry Fence Brokers Inc/Buzini/Worth
All Tournament Team Tim Bowser Fence Brokers Inc/Buzini/Worth
All Tournament Team Jake Mays Fence Brokers Inc/Buzini/Worth
All Tournament Team Cory Large Albicocco/The Scene/Easton
All Tournament Team Colby Hughes Fence Brokers Inc/Buzini/Worth
All Tournament Team Josh Riley Albicocco/The Scene/Easton
All Tournament Team Daniel Kirkwood Precision/Easton/DO
All Tournament Team curtis stewart Precision/Easton/DO
All Tournament Team Davis Bilardello Precision/Easton/DO
All Tournament Team Jon Oram Combat/Northwest Athletics
All Tournament Team Lee Payne Albicocco/The Scene/Easton
All Tournament Team Mike Cervantes Fence Brokers Inc/Buzini/Worth
Place State Team Team
Class
Wins Losses Ties Runs
Scored
Runs
Allow
Avg
Runs
Avg
Allow
Avg
Diff
Max
Runs
USSSA
Points
1 AR – Bryant fence brokers inc/buzini/worth Qualified USSSA-Mens-A 7 1 0 206 146 25.7 18.2 7.5 33 650
2 IL – Chicago Precision/Easton/DO USSSA-Mens-A 4 2 0 141 121 23.5 20.1 3.33 34 350
3 NYU – Commack albicocco/the scene/easton USSSA-Mens-A 3 2 0 119 94 23.8 18.8 5 32 300
4 WA – Kent combat/northwest athletics USSSA-Mens-A 4 2 0 128 105 21.3 17.5 3.83 24 250
5 MI – Flint TG Brand USSSA-Mens-B 3 2 0 111 89 22.2 17.8 4.4 26 200
5 IN – Indianapolis red’s astros/louisville slugger USSSA-Mens-A 2 2 0 90 95 22.5 23.7 -1.2 30 200
7 WY – Casper TEAM RACKS EASTON USSSA-Mens-A 2 2 0 91 80 22.7 20 2.75 26 150
7 FL – SEMINOLE S2S/R.E.M. Qualified USSSA-Mens-C 2 2 0 60 76 15 19 -4 28 175
9 FL – saint lucie Shirt Doctors/Bomb Squad USSSA-Mens-A 2 2 0 68 99 17 24.7 -7.7 35 135
9 TXN – Dallas VCH Worth USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 69 71 17.2 17.7 -0.5 20 110
9 NC – Greenville broughton pharmacy/bad draw/worth USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 69 86 23 28.6 -5.6 34 110
9 GA – Macon Primetime/Easton USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 33 61 11 20.3 -9.3 20 110
13 FL – KISSIMMEE API PLUMBLING/SHIRT DRS Qualified USSSA-Mens-C 0 2 0 27 38 13.5 19 -5.5 14 95
13 MN – Dayton Xtreme/Miken USSSA-Mens-A 0 2 0 27 40 13.5 20 -6.5 19 70
13 MN – Champlin encompass / eurotech / easton / ca USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 28 45 14 22.5 -8.5 19 70
13 IL – CHICAGO COMPOUND ATHLETICS/EASTON USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 63 69 31.5 34.5 -3 32 70
17 FL – Gainesville beckham brothers construction Qualified USSSA-Mens-C 0 2 0 32 47 16 23.5 -7.5 16 65

FBI’s Chad Durick was MVP!

FBI’s Brian McBryde was the defensive MVP.  The number of highlite reel plays he made may have been double figures!

His full speed dives and strong throws were as impressive as any we have witnessed this year.

FBI All Tournament selections Tim Bowser, Jake Mays, Joe Gordon, Bryan McBryde, Colby Hughes

Mike Cervantes, Chris Walker, and Alex Henry

Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth double dips Precision/Easton/DO at the Conference Championships!

 

2015 Nationwide Conference USSSA

GSL Major/A/Conference Championships

Kissimmee, FL

Sept 4-6

Precisions Chris Geron bats against Resmondos Andy Purcell in the Championship!

Link to the picture album of the Conference Championships

USSSA Conference Championship Major tournament info and bracket link

USSSA Conference Qualifier tournament info and bracket link

Precision upset Resmondo in 10 innings on Saturday in one of the better games of the tournament

The Nationwide Conference Championships began on Friday night of Labor Day Weekend with 8 teams in the Major bracket and 9 teams in the ‘A’ bracket.  The upsets started early in this one as the short handed #8 seeded Albicocco/The Scene/Easton ‘A’ team knocked off #1 seed Smash It Sports 14-8 early Friday night in the Major bracket.  And #6 seeded Red’s Astros/Louisville Slugger knocked off their sister team #3 seeded Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger 19-10 back on field #1.  #4 seeded Precision and #2 seeded Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth advanced as well to the final 4 but Precision by just one run over #5 Team Combat and Resmondo used a game tying two run homer by Andrew Collins and a walk off single by Greg Connell to beat #7 OC Swats 21-20 in the bottom of the 7th.  Had OC Swats hung on there would have been 3 lower seeds in the final 4.  Late Friday night Precision advanced to the winner’s final with a 15-10 victory over Albicocco and Resmondo crushed Red’s Astros 33-4 to advance.

On Saturday in the Major bracket the best game of the tournament was Precision and Resmondo in the winner’s bracket finals.  They played in sweltering heat and humidity and Precision jumped out to early leads of 7-0 and 9-3.  Resmondo scored 3 in the 5th inning and 2 in the 6th to close the gap to 10-8.  But Precisions Brett McCollum led off the top of the 7th with a solo homer and they added one more run to take a 12-8 lead.  In the bottom of the 7th with one quick out, Dennis Rulli singled, Greg Connell doubled, and Andy Purcell hit a 3 run homer.  That was followed by a Jimmy Salas solo homer to tie the game at 12-12 but Precision got a 3-6-3 double play to force extra innings.  In the 8th Precision put up a zero and in the bottom half of the inning Resmondo struck out looking and fouled off a third strike and the game went to the 9th inning tied at 12-12.  Precisions Brett McCollum tripled to hit for the cycle in the game and Davis Bilardello hit a sacrifice fly to score him.  Dan Kirkwood walked and scored from first on Curtis Stewarts RBI single to left center field to give Precision a 14-12 lead.  In the bottom of the 9th Resmondos Jeremy Yates hit a one out single, Rulli singled, and Connell hit an RBI double.  Precision intentionally walked Andy Purcell and they got Salas to hit a sacrifice fly that tied the game at 14-14 but the game went to the 10th inning!  Precision pitcher Andy Vitcak and Gary Lofton hit one out base hits to roll it to the top of the order where Matt Rear singled, Keith Laski doubled, Brett McCollum hit a sacrifice fly, and Davis Bilardello hit an RBI double to give them a 18-14 lead.  Resmondo could only muster a two run triple by Andrew Collins in the bottom of the 10th and lost 18-16.

In the loser’s bracket of the Major bracket Albicocco was leading Smash It Sports 20-19 going into the bottom of the 7th of the loser’s semi final and Smash It Sports pitcher Travis Clark hit a game tying single and Kevin Filby hit a walk off sacrifice fly that ended up being scored a single with the outfield moved in to win 21-20.  Smash It Sports scored the last 9 runs of the game.  In the loser’s bracket finals with the winner advancing to the live CBS Sports Network championship game on Sunday morning, Smash It Sports scored 8 runs in the top of the first inning.  Resmondo answered with 14 runs before the first out was made in the top of the 2nd and took an 18-8 lead into the 3rd inning.  Smash It Sports put up zeroes in the 2nd and 3rd inning but got 5 runs in the bottom of the 4th to close the gap to 20-13.  Resmondo put Smash It Sports away with 7 runs on 7 hits in the top of the 6th and won the game 32-23.  Had Smash It Sports won, they would have been the #1 seed for the USSSA Men’s Major World Series.  As it is they won the regular season for the first time but will be the #2 seed for the Major.

Resmondo then had a rematch against Precision on Sunday morning at 10:30 AM live on CBS Sports Network.  Much like the winner’s final Precision jumped out to a 7-1 lead after 2 innings and led in hits 10-3.  Matt Rear and Keith Laski each collecting two hits in their first two at bats.  Veteran hitter Howie Krause got the Resmondo team going with a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 3rd to cut the lead to 7-3 and big lefty BJ Fulk hit a 3 run homer to tie the game at 7-7 and Resmondo led 9-7 after 3 innings.  In the top of the 3rd Precision grabbed a 12-9 lead on a Rear sacrifice fly, a Laski RBI single, a Davis Bilardello RBI single, and a two run double by Dan Kirkwood.   But Resmondo separated in the bottom of the 5th and extended their lead to 8 in the bottom of the 6th and forced the “if” necessary game with a 26-15 win.  In the final game it was all Resmondo as they out powered Precision 8 homers to 1 and won 24-9.  Resmondos Greg Connell hit 3 homers in the game and was 5-5.  Jimmy Salas went 4-4 with 2 homers, and Don Dedonatis Jr was also 4-4.

The tournament was played in extreme heat and humidity and was delayed both Friday and Saturday for rain/lightning delays but finished up on time.  They used the Conference ZN Stadium ball which was perfect for the tournament, and a full contingent of top Conference umpires officiated the games.

Resmondo finishes off Precision in the “if” game on a Greg Connell walk off run rule

Greg Connell interviewed after hitting the walk off run rule homer over Precision

Pitcher Andy Vitcak, 3B Matt Rear, SS Keith Laski, and MI Jeff Keske defending Resmondo in the Championship

Albicocco upsets Smash It Sports in their opening game!

Backman sends home Combat early Saturday morning

Resmondos Greg Connell hits a walk off single to beat OC Swats in the bottom of the 7th

Xtreme/Mikens Todd Newton hits against Broughtons Danny Lopez in the ‘A’ Championship game!

In the ‘A’ bracket it was all Xtreme/Miken has they won their first game by forfeit then rolled through 3 straight opponents to capture the first ever GSL ‘A’ title.  The real story of this tournament may have been in the loser’s bracket as 5 teams without a berth to the Major were still trying to qualify with the highest finishing non-qualified team getting the 17th seed to the World Series.  Combat NWA, OI Livingston, and Semper Athletics just did not play well enough to get into the Major and 3rd Street gassed out on Saturday, but Broughton/Bad Draw/Worth exploded for at least 21 runs in every game they played and mashed their way into the World Series by winning 5 games including come from behind victories over very good FBI and Compound teams 38-35 and 49-37.  The Compound game went to extra innings and was the best game of the tournament.  Congratulations to Xtreme and Broughton on their wins!

Xtreme/Miken won the ‘A’ bracket!

OI Livingstons Keith Martin bats against Combat NWA Friday night

Osceola County Stadium

I always like to take a picture of F1 and F2 and their 35 foot high netting you  have to hit it over for a homer


 Conference Major Final Standings

Place State Team Team
Class
Wins Losses Ties Runs
Scored
Runs
Allow
Avg
Runs
Avg
Allow
Avg
Diff
Max
Runs
USSSA
Points
1 FL – Winter Haven resmondo specialty tank worth USSSA-SPMensMajor 5 1 0 152 89 25.3 14.8 10.5 33 300
2 IL – Chicago Precision/Easton/DO USSSA-Mens-A 3 2 0 70 88 14 17.6 -3.6 18 225
3 NYU – Cicero, NY smash it sports/compound athletics/ USSSA-SPMensMajor 4 2 0 138 104 23 17.3 5.66 35 200
4 NYU – Commack albicocco/the scene/easton USSSA-Mens-A 2 2 0 69 65 17.2 16.2 1 25 175
5 IN – LAWRENCEBURG backman/shoppe/louisville slugger USSSA-SPMensMajor 2 2 0 74 68 18.5 17 1.5 30 155
5 IN – Indianapolis red’s astros/louisville slugger USSSA-Mens-A 1 2 0 31 66 10.3 22 -11. 19 155
7 CAS – Yorba Linda oc swats doerflinger/miken/lcp USSSA-Mens-B 0 3 0 48 79 16 26.3 -10. 20 130
7 WA – KENT team combat/baugh ford/softball.com USSSA-SPMensMajor 0 3 0 38 61 12.6 20.3 -7.6 17 130

Greg Connell of Resmondo won the Triple Crown and had over an .800 onbase this past weekend

The 5 players that have won All Conference 10 years in a row are:

Brian Wegman, Bryson Baker, Don Dedonatis Jr, Brett Helmer, and Dennis Rulli

Smash It Sports/Compound Athletics/H Auto/Laservision/ASP/Easton receives their Nationwide Conference USSSA regular season championship trophy!

Bob Hortenbach of Hortenbach Auto, Travis Resmondo who won the trophy 9 years in a row presented it to Brett Helmer, and Jason Wilkins the Compound Athletics sponsor.

Great year!

OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP wins 2015 USSSA ‘B’ Worlds!

 

OC Swats Mike “BramZILLA” Brambilla hits a big 3 run homer in their epic championship game comeback!

2015 USSSA ‘B/Walk Off’ World Tournament

Kissimmee, Florida

August 21-23

OC Swats Charlie Hinojosa hits the game tying homer to start the bottom of the 7th in the championship game.

Then Caezar Camarillo dubbled and Matt Fox hit the winning hit!

 

Link to the picture album of the USSSA B World

USSSA B World tournament info and bracket link

The 2015 USSSA ‘B’ World is over and it is being coined the “Walk Off Worlds”.  The USSSA post season is off to a wild start as 11 of the 52 games were won in the last at bat of those games.  17 of the 52 were determined in the last at bat and 19 games were won by 3 runs or less.  At any given time 3 of the 4 games being played were great games to watch.  What also was amazing is the number of games won by the top seeded teams in their last at bat.  OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP from southern California the eventual champion won 2 games in their last at bat including the championship game.  2nd place Compound Athletics/Easton won the loser’s bracket championship in their last at bat, and 3rd place Encompass/Eurotech/Easton/CA won 3 of their 4 wins in the last at bat!

The tournament began on Friday at 4 PM eastern and the whole weekend it was 90+ degrees with high humidity and there were a pair of lightning delays during the event.  All games were played at the Fortune Road complex in Kissimmee, Florida with its daunting 310-325-325-325-310 field dimensions.  They did have a lot of conference umpires and used a .375 compression ball rather than the normal .325 compression ball.  This did make for some higher scores but the competition was perfect and teams adjusted quickly after some initial worries.  Here is a scoring comparison between the .375 ball used this year and the .325 ball used the past couple of years.

24.35 2015 ‘B’ winning teams runs scored per game
16.35 2015 ‘B’ losing teams runs scored per game
40.70 2015 ‘B’ average runs per game

18.78 2014 ‘B’ winning teams runs scored per game
10.83 2014 ‘B’ losing teams runs scored per game
29.61 2014 ‘B’ average runs per game

19.31 2013 ‘B’ winning teams runs scored per game
11.09 2013 ‘B’ losing teams runs scored per game
30.40 2013 ‘B’ average runs per game

Team Breakdown –  Teams Total (21 Conference)
22 ‘B’
7 ‘C’
1 ‘D’

On Friday the great games started early as T’s 13 from Nebraska the best non-conference ‘B’ team knocked off Semper Athletics U.S. military team 22-21.  T’s would then be struck by the injury bug in their second game when Chaun Demars was out with a bad back and two T’s outfielders collided with each other.  #3 seeded Encompass/Eurotech/Easton/CA from Minnesota narrowly escaped with a win over local ‘D’ team Cuttin Up when Encompass right fielder Patrick Ellwanger hit a walk off homer to win it!  Pure Romance a conference ‘B’ team from Ohio came from a 14 run deficit against S2S/REM a local ‘C’ team to win.  PRI pitcher Brandon Jonas was carted off after being hit by a linedrive in the left chest.  Luckily he had no broken ribs.  Smash It Sports/DirtDawgs a 2014 ‘C’ to ‘B’ mandatory bumped team from Rhode Island upset 3rd Street from Ohio 19-18 on a walk off single.  3 teams advanced by forfeit as Peak Softball was never coming to the tournament, Team Reebok ‘C’ team had an illegal roster and was removed, and New Jersey ‘B’ team Deluxe Bakery had cancelled flights out of Philadelphia due to weather Thursday night.  The rest of the favorites Broughton/Bad Draw (NC), OI Livingston (GA), VCH Worth (TX), Classic Glass (CA), Primetime (GA), Compound Athletics (IL), Above All Landscaping (NJ), and Newbreed (WA) all advanced fairly easily.

All second round games were also played on Friday night:  #1 OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP struggled but came from behind to beat a very good Texas Conference ‘C’ team called Steel.  KG/Slayer/Wilson/Louisville Slugger an Indiana ‘B’ team who has struggled all year got a walk off homer from left hander Brandon Sisson in the bottom of the 7th to beat #2 seeded TG Brand 27-25.  Broughton/Bad Draw got past T’s 13 with their injuries 28-11.  OI Livingston beat VCH Worth 26-23 in a close game that could have went either way.  Encompass/Eurotech used another walk off homer, this one by center fielder Colin Baartman to beat Classic Glass 14-13.  Compound Athletics held down Primetime 22-13 after Primetime had just scored 27 runs on AZM in a run rule shortened game.  Above All Landscaping run ruled Pure Romance 28-13 for one of their biggest wins of the season.  And Smash IT Sports beat Newbreed 13-12 after midnight Friday in the tournaments biggest upset to make the final 8 undefeated.

The final 8 on Saturday took place at 12:30 PM on all 4 fields simultaneously.  There were 4 relative surprises in the final 8 teams:  Non Conference B team Smash It Sports, Broughton, OI Livingston and Above All who had all had rough years.  Broughton/Bad Draw separated and beat KG Slayer 24-13.  Encompass/Eurotech hammered OI Livingston late to win 31-18 after OI had gotten out to a 10-6 lead early on.  The Encompass offense taking off after a Patrick Ellwanger homer gave them a 15-10 lead.  Compound Athletics beat Above All Landscaping in a marathon game 32-25 in a game that was stalled by a lightning delay.  Compound putting up 15 runs in the top of the 1st inning.  And OC Swats who had an early 9-3 lead on Smash It Sports after one inning was down 19-9 late after Smash scored 16 runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings combined and OC Swats came all the way back and won the game on a Charlie Hinojosa home run in the bottom of the 7th after a Mario Granados double 26-23.

The final 4 of the winner’s bracket started around 6:30 PM Saturday evening under overcast skies and 90 degree temperatures.  OC Swats made quick and efficient work of Compound Athletics with leads of 11-0 and 19-4 and won easily 22-7.  The game, although a blowout was highlighted by three great defensive plays:  Ben Dunn in center field for Compound made some great catches and showed the best range of the tournament of any outfielder.  Compound middle infielder John Sullivan ranging to the shortstop side of 2nd base made a twisting leaping throw to first for an out that was one of the best plays of the year.  And Chente Granados for OC Swats mad a sliding backhand and LONG throw/quick release for an out to first showing off his quickness and cannon.  In the other semi-final the best game of the tournament was a brewing.  Broughton/Bad Draws infield made a couple of miscues and Encompass took advantage and pulled out to a lead.  Broughton would fight back and both teams were putting up big numbers with clutch hitting.  Towards the end of the game Encompass/Eurotech manager Mike Beardsley pinch hit his backup pitcher Dirk Updike for his starting pitcher Allan Ouellette and Updike hit a huge 3 run homer!  In the top of the 7th though Broughton came back from 7 runs down and got clutch hits from pitcher Danny Lopez, and Matt Bunn to take a lead and force Encompass to score in the bottom of the 7th.  With two outs and a runner on second and the score tied at 23-23 Broughton walked Ehnstrom to get to Allan Oullette who had been reentered at pitcher.  Ouellette “clutched up” and roped a solid single to center field where Broughton’s Freddie Bynum (who played for the Orioles in the Major Leagues) unleashed an incredible throw to the plate, but the throw drifted high and Encompass runner Brandon Newman scored on a head first slide to win the game 24-23.  It was one of those games neither team deserved to lose but in the end Broughton just did not make the plays defensively.

In the winner’s bracket finals on Saturday night OC Swats quickly separated from and emotionally drained Encompass team and beat them 29-12.

Meanwhile in the top half of the loser’s bracket there was great softball being played all over the park.  Pure Romance won 3 nice games in a row before upstart Steel sent them home 30-25.  Steel had gotten there by beating AZM when Justin Mark got the game winning hit 24-23.  Then Steel beat Newbreed on a game winning hit by middle infielder Nick Mitschke and finally beat KG Slayer on a winning hit by Nate Brock.  In the lower half of the loser’s bracket it was Classic Glass who won 3 games in a row and TG Brand winning 3 in a row including a walk off winning hit from Ryan Disbennet to beat Smash It Sports 14-13.  Late on Saturday evening though it was Compound Athletics outlasting Steel 27-24 with Steel having a chance in the bottom of the 7th and Broughton beating Classic Glass in a high scoring game 35-27 to advance to Sunday.

Sunday morning the loser’s bracket started at 8 am where Compound Athletics battled Broughton to a tie in the bottom of the 7th on a Ross Heubner pinch hit and a Ben Dunn tying hit setting up Zach Messer who painted the 3rd base line for a game winning hit with two outs to advance 22-21.  In the loser’s bracket finals Compound Athletics then beat Encompass 25-17 in a gutty performance by everyone on the Compound team who just outplayed a very good Encompass team.  In the championship Compound jumped out to such a big lead on OC Swats that the sentiment in the park was just to end the game and start the “if” game.  Compound was up 21-4 in the bottom of the 5th.  But OC Swats got 7 runs mostly on base hits in the bottom of the 5th and a whopping 15 runs in the bottom of the 6th.  Brambilla and Vega each hitting 3 run bombs to take a 2 run lead to the top of the 7th.  In the top of the final inning pitcher/sponsor Jason Wilkins hit a clutch 3 run homer to center field with two outs to give Compound a 1 run lead but it would not be enough.  Swats Defensive MVP second baseman Pilar Amaya making a big ranging catch on a grounder and twisting throw for a key out in the top of the 7th.  Then in the bottom of the 7th OC Swats 9 hitter Charlie Hinojosa a new talent to slowpitch softball hit a no doubter solo homer to tie the game at 27-27.  That was Swats last homer as they had reached the ‘B’ limit of 6.  Then 10 hitter Caezar Camarillo hit a double in the gap and 11 hitter Matt Fox hit an rbi single into left center field to win the game 28-27!

Congratulations to sponsors Henri Nuber and Ric Doerflinger and the entire OC Swats team that has had such an incredible 2015 season!  A well deserved championship.  And congratulations to Compound Athletics who persevered and made a run Saturday night and Sunday in the loser’s bracket reminiscent of the Nordkap and Linedrive runs that earned those teams USSSA ‘A’ World titles the last two years.  Impressive to do in the heat.

The USSSA ‘B’ Worlds was an incredible start to the USSSA post season.  The hard hitting play, the close wins, and the great defense played throughout was fun to see by all teams. 

CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY at the USSSA B World!

 

Compound Athletics pitcher Jason Wilkins hits the go ahead homer in the to of the 7th of the championship game!

Compound Athletics takes on Encompass/Eurotech in the loser’s finals

Compounds Kyle Pearson hits against Broughtons Danny Lopez in the first game Sunday morning

 

Encompass/Eurotech pitcher Allan Ouellette hits the walk off single to plate Brandon Newman

and beat Broughton/Bad Draw/Worth in the winner’s semi finals!

Above All Landscapings Jesse Campanelli starts off the tournament against Nightmare Friday

SmashItSports/S&SDirtDawgs/RPN/PCHW’s gets a walk off game winning hit from Seth Lobbosiere vs 3rd Street in the bottom of the 7th

Newbreeds Cole Patterson hits against HB Sports

 

KG/Slayers Brandon Sisson hits a walk off homer to send #2 seeded TG Brand to the loser’s bracket

TG Brands Steve Whaley bats against T’s 13

AZM’s Mike Rauma homers against Steel


 USSSA ‘B’ World Awards and Final Standings

Player Tournament Awards Players Name Plays For
Tournament MVP Paul Winner OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP
Offensive Tournament MVP Kyle Pearson COMPOUND ATHLETICS/EASTON
Defensive Tournament MVP Pilar Amaya OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP
All Tournament Team Ed Vega OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP
All Tournament Team Ryan McClanahan OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP
All Tournament Team Cory Hines Encompass / Eurotech / Easton / CA
All Tournament Team Daniel Lopez Broughton Pharmacy/Bad Draw/Worth
All Tournament Team Steven Lopez OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP
All Tournament Team Lyf Nimmo COMPOUND ATHLETICS/EASTON
All Tournament Team Zach Messer COMPOUND ATHLETICS/EASTON
All Tournament Team David Forbes Broughton Pharmacy/Bad Draw/Worth
All Tournament Team Allan Ouellette Encompass / Eurotech / Easton / CA
All Tournament Team Patrick Ellwanger Encompass / Eurotech / Easton / CA
All Tournament Team Matt Fox OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP
All Tournament Team Mike Brambilla OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP
All Tournament Team Johnathon Williams COMPOUND ATHLETICS/EASTON
All Tournament Team Matt Vern COMPOUND ATHLETICS/EASTON
All Tournament Team Eli Aguilar OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP
All Tournament Team Charlie Hinojosa OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP
Place State Team Team
Class
Wins Losses Ties Runs
Scored
Runs
Allow
Avg
Runs
Avg
Allow
Avg
Diff
Max
Runs
USSSA
Points
1 CAS – Yorba Linda oc swats doerflinger/miken/lcp USSSA-Mens-B 5 0 0 127 88 25.4 17.6 7.8 29 650
2 IL – CHICAGO COMPOUND ATHLETICS/EASTON USSSA-Mens-B 6 2 0 186 156 23.2 19.5 3.75 32 350
3 MN – Champlin encompass / eurotech / easton / ca USSSA-Mens-B 4 2 0 119 127 19.8 21.1 -1.3 31 300
4 NC – Greenville broughton pharmacy/bad draw/worth USSSA-Mens-B 3 2 0 131 97 26.2 19.4 6.8 35 250
5 TXS – Corpus Christi Steel Qualified USSSA-Mens-C 4 2 0 138 121 23 20.1 2.83 30 200
5 CAN – San Jose Classic Glass/Easton USSSA-Mens-B 4 2 0 125 121 20.8 20.1 0.66 27 200
7 OH – Cincinnati pure romance/foulks adjusting/headl USSSA-Mens-B 4 2 0 149 133 24.8 22.1 2.66 33 150
7 MI – Flint TG Brand USSSA-Mens-B 3 2 0 114 96 22.8 19.2 3.6 30 150
9 NJ – Jackson above all landscaping/evo9x USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 96 84 24 21 3 28 110
9 GA – Peachtree City oi livingston/tnt hauling/brother’s USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 85 91 21.2 22.7 -1.5 26 110
9 RI – North Smithfield smashitsports/s&sdirtdawgs/rpn/pchw Qualified USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 70 71 17.5 17.7 -0.2 23 110
9 IN – Lanesville kg/slayer/wilson/louisvilleslugger USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 44 68 14.6 22.6 -8 27 110
13 NE – Omaha T’s 13 / Demarini Qualified USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 77 92 19.2 23 -3.7 28 95
13 TXN – Dallas VCH Worth USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 80 62 20 15.5 4.5 23 70
13 WA – Bothell newbreed/all american athletics/dem USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 78 62 19.5 15.5 4 23 70
13 GA – Macon Primetime/Easton USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 59 48 19.6 16 3.66 27 70
17 MO – Branson Nightmare/Miken USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 58 63 19.3 21 -1.6 27 40
17 CT – Enfield RDD/ATWL/EASTON Qualified USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 51 62 17 20.6 -3.6 27 65
17 OH – West Chester 3rd street/hubs pub/louisville slug USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 42 57 14 19 -5 18 40
17 AR – Rogers bear hollow ranch/cl/buzini/easton USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 78 60 26 20 6 43 40
17 AZ – Gilbert AZM/Easton USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 40 62 13.3 20.6 -7.3 23 40
17 NJ – Runnemede Deluxe Bakery USSSA-Mens-B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 40
17 CO – Colorado Springs peak softball/rockland llc USSSA-Mens-C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 40
17 DC – Washington Semper Athletics/Demarini USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 25 41 12.5 20.5 -8 21 40
25 FL – Kissimmee Cuttin Up Qualified USSSA-Mens-D 0 2 0 32 66 16 33 -17 22 45
25 FL – Palm City HB Sports Qualified USSSA-Mens-C 0 2 0 18 37 9 18.5 -9.5 10 45
25 FL – SEMINOLE S2S/R.E.M. Qualified USSSA-Mens-C 0 2 0 48 60 24 30 -6 27 45
25 FL – TAMPA TEAM REEBOK DUDLEY USSSA-Mens-C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 45
25 FL – Miami Easyway/One Payment/ATWL Qualified USSSA-Mens-C 0 2 0 19 42 9.5 21 -11. 11 45
25 FL – Gainesville beckham brothers construction Qualified USSSA-Mens-C 0 2 0 27 49 13.5 24.5 -11 15 45

MVP – OC Swats pitcher Paul Winner and Defensive MVP – OC Swats 2nd baseman Pilar Amaya

Offensive MVP – Compound Athletics Kyle Pearson

 

Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth wins “Last Chance” Major in Michigan!

 

 

2015 Nationwide Conference USSSA

“Last Chance” Michigan Major

Detroit, MI

August 14-16

 

Resmondos Jimmy Salas homers against Smash It Sports in their winners bracket finals victory 43-34!

Link to the picture album of the Michigan Major

USSSA Michigan tournament info and bracket link

 

 

Resmondo finishes off Smash It Sports in the winner’s bracket final 43-34

The “Last Chance” is really the “second last chance” these days for teams to qualify for the USSSA Major World Series as there is the Conference Qualifier where the highest finishing non-qualified team can pick up the #17 seed.  However it is the last chance for teams to qualify in the top 16 in regular season points.  The tournament began on Friday night with all of the favorites winning their opening games.  VCH coming from 14 down to beat P&P 333.  Then the home run derby followed with 32 participants and was won by Mike Umschied of Smash It Sports who beat teammate Dale Brungardt in a one pitch hit off.  On Saturday morning the 1st round of games continued as Compound Athletics came from 10 runs down to beat a good local ‘C’ team called 22 Below 31-13.

In the next round home town TG Brand upset Xtreme/Miken 30-17, and Reds, Backman, Precision, Resmondo, and Smash IT Sports all won easily.  Also Team Combat came from 14 down including 6 down with two outs to beat VCH Worth 29-28 on a Chris Greinert walk off homer, and Pure Romance upset Albicocco 29-28 on a walk off single by Jackie Corn.

The round of 8 started at noon with Red’s jumping out to huge leads on Slugger rival Backman and ended up walk off run ruling them 36-20 on a Jason Branch homer.  Resmondo rolled quickly through Pure Romance 23-3, Precision fought past Team Combat 25-23 with a late offensive surge and Combat almost came back down 7 in the bottom of the 7th, and Smash It Sports beat TG Brand 29-14.

In the final 4 at 8 PM Saturday Resmondo scored big early against Reds in a 40-10 shellacking and Smash It Sports handled a very good Precision team 40-24 by jumping out to a 13 run 1st inning lead.  In the winner’s final Resmondo and Smash It battled back and forth with big innings early and it was tied 18-18 at one point.  Dedonatis and Purcell had some big defensive plays for Resmondo to shut down Smash It in the 4th inning and Resmondo maintained a solid lead late and won by 9 runs 43-34.

In the losers bracket there were some crazy games like Albicocco who “flip flopped” P&P333 but only won by 2.  And Broughton who had to beat VCH to have a chance at qualifying for the Major did so in a battle 33-24 in a game that featured a diving catch by Broughton right fielder Evan Jarman and a number of close plays at the plate that went to Broughton.  But Broughton would come up 10 points short in their bid to qualify when they lost to Backman 31-18.  At the end of a long day of hard fought wins and well played softball, especially defensively, it was Reds Astros, Precision, and Smash It still in the loser’s bracket and Resmondo standing undefeated.

On Sunday the games started at 8 AM with Precision jumping out to a very impressive 18-1 lead on Red’s Astros after 1 inning.  Precision led 23-11 after 3 innings and shut down Red’s enough to win 24-16 with some great defense by Seth Burgmeier and pitcher Andy Vitcak.  In the loser’s bracket championship game Precision gave Smash It all they could handle when they scored 12 runs on 5 homers in the top of the 1st inning but Smash It came back and needed just 1 run to tie with 4 home runs left in the bottom of the 7th but could come up with just one solo homer by Scott Kirby to tie.  In extra innings though Brungardt homered in the bottom of the 8th and Luis Reyna hit a game winning gap shot to score Ryan Parfitt and Smash It Sports advanced to the championship game 27-26.

In the finals a fresh Resmondo team jumped out to a dominating 34-2 lead and flip flopped Smash It Sports and eventually finished them off 35-15 in impressive fashion.  The defense, offense, and the way they played the game showed a renewed attitude in the Resmondo team from top to bottom.

Sunset on the Nationwide Conference USSSA regular season!  Can’t believe its already over

Post season here we come!

Michigan Major Team Breakdown:
28 Teams Overall
19 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams
4 Major Teams
5 ‘A’ Teams
10 ‘B’ Teams
4 ‘C’ Teams
5 ‘D’ and ‘E’ Teams

Championship game Resmondo vs Smash It Sports

Red’s Astros defend Precision in the first game Sunday morning playing for 3rd place

Smash It Sports Luis Reyna gets the walk off gapper to beat Precision in the bottom of the 8th

JBL pitches to Joel Ramos of Broughton on Friday night.

Joel Ramos is the “Robert Horry” of softball they were saying, because he always finds his way onto championship teams.

In a must win game to keep their Major World Series hopes alive #17 Broughton/Bad Draw/Worth beat #16 VCH Worth

on a number of close plays at the plate.


 Michigan Major Awards and Final Standings

Player Tournament Awards Players Name Plays For
Tournament CO-MVP Andy Purcell Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
Tournament CO-MVP Jeremy Isenhower Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
Offensive Tournament MVP Brian Wegman Smash it Sports/Compound Athletics/
Defensive Tournament MVP Don DeDonatis III Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team Dennis Rulli Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team Bryson Baker Smash it Sports/Compound Athletics/
All Tournament Team Kevin Bazat Smash it Sports/Compound Athletics/
All Tournament Team Greg Connell Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team Jeremy Yates Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team Dale Brungardt Smash it Sports/Compound Athletics/
All Tournament Team Ryan Parfitt Smash it Sports/Compound Athletics/
All Tournament Team Jimmy Salas Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team Billy Fulk Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team Lee Powers Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team Jason Branch Red’s Astros/Louisville Slugger
All Tournament Team Walter (Wally) Maybrier Red’s Astros/Louisville Slugger
State Team Team
Class
Wins Losses Ties Runs
Scored
Runs
Allow
Avg
Runs
Avg
Allow
Avg
Diff
Max
Runs
FL – Winter Haven resmondo specialty tank worth USSSA-SPMensMajor 5 0 0 170 71 34 14.2 19.8 43
IN – Indianapolis red’s astros/louisville slugger USSSA-Mens-A 4 2 0 155 122 25.8 20.3 5.5 36
NYU – Cicero, NY smash it sports/compound athletics/ USSSA-SPMensMajor 4 2 0 172 149 28.6 24.8 3.83 40
IL – Chicago Precision/Easton/DO USSSA-Mens-A 4 2 0 157 135 26.1 22.5 3.66 35
MI – Flint TG Brand USSSA-Mens-B 4 2 0 143 133 23.8 22.1 1.66 39
NC – Greenville broughton pharmacy/bad draw/worth USSSA-Mens-B 3 2 0 112 120 22.4 24 -1.6 33
IL – CHICAGO COMPOUND ATHLETICS/EASTON USSSA-Mens-B 3 2 0 132 105 26.4 21 5.4 31
IN – LAWRENCEBURG backman/shoppe/louisville slugger USSSA-SPMensMajor 3 2 0 128 117 25.6 23.4 2.2 34
WA – KENT team combat/baugh ford/softball.com USSSA-SPMensMajor 3 2 0 152 130 30.4 26 4.4 40
NYU – Commack albicocco/the scene/easton USSSA-Mens-A 3 2 0 122 108 24.4 21.6 2.8 32
OH – Cincinnati pure romance/foulks adjusting/headl USSSA-Mens-B 3 2 0 123 130 24.6 26 -1.4 34
TXN – Dallas VCH Worth USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 111 87 27.7 21.7 6 31
MN – Dayton Xtreme/Miken USSSA-Mens-A 2 2 0 92 75 23 18.7 4.25 32
NJ – Jackson above all landscaping/evo9x USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 80 102 20 25.5 -5.5 27
WA – Kent combat/northwest athletics USSSA-Mens-A 2 2 0 94 89 23.5 22.2 1.25 30
WA – Bothell newbreed/all american athletics/dem USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 55 62 18.3 20.6 -2.3 24
MI – Center Line SandBaggers/Mush USSSA-Mens-D 1 2 0 25 55 8.33 18.3 -10 11
MI – Lansing p&p333/suburban/larry’s tire/cmt/va USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 76 67 25.3 22.3 3 28
MI – Holland 22 Below USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 50 64 16.6 21.3 -4.6 21
MI – Portage honey badgers/ advanced auto and tr USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 41 69 13.6 23 -9.3 23
GA – Macon Primetime/Easton USSSA-Mens-B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MI – Dearborn rebel sports/linedrive sportz USSSA-Mens-C 0 2 0 12 54 6 27 -21 8
MI – Sterling Heights Great Lakes Smoke Qualified USSSA-Mens-E 0 2 0 7 50 3.5 25 -21. 6
MI – Tory Michigan Made Military Qualified SPMnAFA 0 2 0 25 68 12.5 34 -21. 13
MI – Sterling Heights Bright Horizon / DO Qualified USSSA-Mens-E 0 2 0 18 42 9 21 -12 14
OH – Kent jbl/tailgaters/b&e USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 34 48 17 24 -7 22
OH – West Chester 3rd street/hubs pub/louisville slug USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 37 46 18.5 23 -4.5 19
MI – Sterling Heights linedrive/shattered shirts Qualified USSSA-Mens-D 0 2 0 5 30 2.5 15 -12. 5

Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger surprise winner at Cincinnati Major!

 

 

2015 Nationwide Conference USSSA

16th Annual Cincinnati Major

Cincinnati, OH

July 17-19

Link to the picture album of the Cincinnati Major

USSSA Cincinnati tournament info and bracket link

We have another surprise winner!  Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger finally broke through after a couple of years of frustration at the Major level and beat heavily favored Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth in both the winner’s bracket finals 34-33 Saturday night and the championship game 32-26!  Backman used a few big innings, some timely defense, and a warrior’s mentality to win in the blistering 93 degree temperatures with high humidity.

The tournament began with 34 teams including a whopping 25 from the Nationwide Conference USSSA.  The games were played on fields with 300 foot fences except F3 and F4 which were shorter, and used for the most part the Dudley Thunder ball which did not fly all that great making for lower scores, less run rules, and closer games.  The upsets started on Friday night when Ohio ‘C’ team JBL/Tailgaters upset major team Albicocco 33-31 on an Alan Dina walk off homer!  Also Conference ‘B’ team Deluxe Bakery’s Chris Nann hit a walk off homer to beat slight favorite Semper Athletics 20-19.  The rest of the final 16 were all Conference teams setting up some great matchups on Saturday.

Saturdays round of 16 started at 9:30 AM with Red’s Astros run ruling VCH 30-15, Precision winning “ugly” 23-14 over 3rd Street (3rd Street played tough), Resmondo dropping Broughton 23-8 fairly easily, and Compound Athletics getting a DP to end the game against TG Brand with the bases loaded to win 20-19.  Compound made better use of their homers than TG Brand.  In the 11 AM games FBI won 26-16 in an entertaining game over Pure Romance, Smash It Sports run ruled Worsham 28-11, JBL/Tailgaters run ruled Deluxe Bakery in a mild upset 27-12, and Backman dropped Primetime to the loser’s bracket 36-21.

In the quarter finals Saturday afternoon Precision separated late and beat Red’s Astros 24-18 in what many think will be the USSSA ‘A’ World finals matchup.  Resmondo run ruled Compound Athletics 25-10, Smash It Sports had to finish strong to beat FBI 30-24, and Backman beat upset minded JBL 21-11.

In the semifinals Resmondo unleashed the power in the bottom of the 6th against Precision in a low scoring game and pulled away to win 17-9.  In the Backman vs Smash It game, Smash It Sports batted around in the top of the 6th to lead by 3 but Backman never gave up and came back and won 18-15 to advance to the finals.

In the winner’s bracket championship game both Backman and Resmondo batted around the order in the first inning as night time set upon the field and the ball started flying a little better.  Backman fought hard the entire game but Resmondo being the home team loomed large.  In the bottom of the 7th Resmondo had the bases loaded and home runs left down 1 run and Backman got a hard grounder to third where Sam Lopez dove and popped to his feet to beat the runner to the bag for the third out and a 34-33 Backman victory.

On Sunday all of the Major teams and I think even Precision had their heart set on making it to the finals and “double dipping” Backman.  The loser’s semifinal started things off when Smash It Sports quietly jumped out to a 22-7 lead on Precision using most of their homers.  In the 5th the “flip flop” rule went into effect and Precision scored 16 runs to take a one run lead 23-22…  Smash It would come back but Precision out base hit Smash It the rest of the way with key hits from middle infielder Jeff Keske among others.  Precision also got Scott Kirby on a broken play at the plate on a full head first slide tag out to end the 6th, and the two teams also traded great diving plays by corner men Dale Brungardt and Matt Rear and suddenly Precision found themselves up 4 going to the bottom of the 7th prompting Smash Its Mike Umschied to say “if no one makes the first out we win”…classic…  🙂  But Smash It did make 3 outs without scoring and Precision moved to the loser’s finals 29-25.  Messina had another funny one liner I think even the umpire thought was funny.  On a pitch I think Messina felt was not too high, the umpire called high and Messina asked him if he “dunks at home” (referencing the 10 foot height limit in usssa).  lol.

In the loser’s finals Precision went toe to toe with Resmondo but got out to a slow start.  In the heat all weekend tensions were high and tempers were short all over the park.  Precision came back though to pull close but Resmondo got an RBI single from Andy Purcell in the bottom of the 6th to go up 32-31 and Precision didn’t score in the 7th.  Great Sunday effort by Precision though.

In the finals the game was close most of the way but then Backman separated with a 10 run 5th powered by Brian Logan who hit two homers in the inning and Resmondo just could never step on the gas when they needed to and Backman left fielder Reggie Schulte made 3 nice plays late to end it.  Backman also got two full out divers towards the third base line by Sam Lopez and good throws and picks at 1st base by Kennington during the game.  ESPN highlight quality plays!

Congratulations to the Backman team, sponsors, and management on a well-deserved Major victory.  You guys showed a lot of heart, clutch play on offense and defense and some great pitching to seal the deal!

Maybe we now have 4 teams competing for the big prize at the end of the year?  We’ll see…

As I walked around the park I thought besides the great defensive plays listed already that Dee Hornesburger of Worsham made the best diving play over at 2nd base vs Smash It Sports.  The Right fielder for Berties Jordan Johnson made the best running/diving catch against Resmondo on Friday night.  We witnessed some solid play out of P&P 333, SFI/SAL, and Deluxe Bakery.  And the atmosphere at the Mid America Ballyard is always first rate.  Somehow we avoided any rain delays. 

Backmans Sam Lopez congratulated after making the game saving bases loaded diving play at third base to win the winner’s final 34-33!

Team Breakdown –  34 Teams Total (25 Conference)
4 Major
4 ‘A’
11 ‘B’
14 ‘C’
1 ‘D’

Backman takes on Resmondo in the finals!

Precision takes on Resmondo in the loser’s finals

Smash It Sports defends against Precision in the loser’s semi finals

Field #3 – Albicocco defending against Worsham

Field #4 – Pure Romance pitching to Fence Brokers

Crowds were pretty big on Friday night and a bit unruly on Saturday night

 Cincinnati Major Awards and Final Standings

Note all tournament members have been posted as of the time of this report

Place State Team Team
Class
Wins Losses Ties Runs
Scored
Runs
Allow
Avg
Runs
Avg
Allow
Avg
Diff
Max
Runs
USSSA
Points
1 IN – LAWRENCEBURG backman/shoppe/louisville slugger USSSA-SPMensMajor 6 0 0 171 132 28.5 22 6.5 36 300
2 FL – Winter Haven resmondo specialty tank worth USSSA-SPMensMajor 5 2 0 180 144 25.7 20.5 5.14 33 225
3 IL – Chicago Precision/Easton/DO USSSA-Mens-A 5 2 0 182 137 26 19.5 6.42 33 200
4 NYU – Cicero, NY smash it sports/compound athletics/ USSSA-SPMensMajor 4 2 0 175 111 29.1 18.5 10.6 48 175
5 AR – Bryant fence brokers inc/buzini/worth USSSA-Mens-A 4 2 0 158 139 26.3 23.1 3.16 30 155
5 IL – CHICAGO COMPOUND ATHLETICS/EASTON USSSA-Mens-B 4 2 0 124 121 20.6 20.1 0.5 34 155
7 IN – Indianapolis red’s astros/louisville slugger USSSA-Mens-A 3 2 0 123 82 24.6 16.4 8.2 30 130
7 OH – Kent jbl/tailgaters/b&e USSSA-Mens-C 3 2 0 135 110 27 22 5 40 155
9 NC – Greenville broughton pharmacy/bad draw/worth USSSA-Mens-A 3 2 0 124 116 24.8 23.2 1.6 41 110
9 NJ – Runnemede Deluxe Bakery USSSA-Mens-B 3 2 0 76 97 15.2 19.4 -4.2 27 110
9 NYU – Commack albicocco/the scene/easton USSSA-SPMensMajor 3 2 0 144 93 28.8 18.6 10.2 36 110
9 OH – West Chester 3rd street/hubs pub/louisville slug USSSA-Mens-B 3 2 0 95 110 19 22 -3 26 110
13 OH – Cincinnati pure romance/foulks adjusting/headl USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 81 80 20.2 20 0.25 27 70
13 MI – Flint TG Brand USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 84 61 21 15.2 5.75 22 70
13 VA – Sutherland SFI/SAL/Easton USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 72 75 18 18.7 -0.7 34 70
13 TXN – Dallas VCH Worth USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 83 85 20.7 21.2 -0.5 30 70
17 MI – Lansing p&p333/suburban/larry’s tire/cmt/va USSSA-Mens-C 2 2 0 92 102 23 25.5 -2.5 27 65
17 KY – Etown Berties/Hubcity Qualified USSSA-Mens-C 2 2 0 69 58 17.2 14.5 2.75 28 65
17 WI – Eau Claire The Sportsman Shop USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 45 67 15 22.3 -7.3 20 40
17 GA – Macon Primetime/Easton USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 63 89 21 29.6 -8.6 23 40
17 NC – Fletcher worshamathletics/klutchbrand/worth/ USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 45 73 15 24.3 -9.3 19 40
17 OH – Cincinnati premier services/louisville slugger USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 43 48 14.3 16 -1.6 23 40
17 KY – Louisville cornerstone / dizzy roosters Qualified USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 44 66 14.6 22 -7.3 18 65
17 MD – Baltimore CGR/House Money USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 46 60 15.3 20 -4.6 25 40
25 MI – Dearborn rebel sports/linedrive sportz USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 69 82 23 27.3 -4.3 26 40
25 IN – Lanesville kg/slayer/wilson/louisvilleslugger USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 49 55 16.3 18.3 -2 26 40
25 MO – St. Louis precision recovery/hooters USSSA-Mens-C 0 2 0 15 57 7.5 28.5 -21 8 40
25 MO – Branson Nightmare/Miken USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 33 35 16.5 17.5 -1 21 40
25 OH – Cincinnati EAP/TigerFitness/HDLNS USSSA-Mens-C 0 2 0 36 55 18 27.5 -9.5 26 40
25 DC – Washington Semper Athletics/Demarini USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 29 50 14.5 25 -10. 19 40
25 OH – Middletown rsc/tom wood honda/ combat USSSA-Mens-C 0 2 0 25 51 12.5 25.5 -13 18 40
25 OH – Columbus old bag/global/clubhouse/easton Qualified USSSA-Mens-C 0 2 0 25 44 12.5 22 -9.5 16 65
33 OH – Cincinnati cincysoftball.com/buffalo joes/hdln Qualified USSSA-Mens-D 0 2 0 19 40 9.5 20 -10. 14 40
33 OH – Columbus clubhouse/sandy’s/ion fire protecti USSSA-Mens-C 0 2 0 19 48 9.5 24 -14. 12 65