ASPNation First “C” Team Win Nationwide Conference Event

The 7th annual “Space City” Classic featured 64 teams, seven from the Nationwide Conference USSSA, and was won by ASPNation.com/Easton, a ‘C’ team out of Dallas, Texas. This is the first time a ‘C’ team has won a Nationwide Conference event that was not rain shortened with “Co-Champions”. ASPNation did so in dominating fashion as they made quick work of a tired Baugh Ford/Mojo/Louisville Slugger team in the Championship game 24-4.

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ASPNation became the first “C” Team to Win A Nationwide Conference Tournament

The tournament nearly took a drastic turn on Saturday night in the winner’s bracket final between ASPNation and Buzini/BuffaloWildWings/Worth, when ASPNation blew a double digit lead. Buzini scored 15 runs in the top of the seventh to take a four run lead and then a rash of infield mistakes let ASPNation tie the game at 22-22 in the bottom half of the seventh.

In extra innings, Buzini Sports put up a zero and ASPNation got an inside the park home run that deflected off the glove of the diving right fielder. Ben Dunn came through with two outs in clutch fashion. This wild seventh and eighth inning truly determined the outcome of this tournament and ASPNation made the most of it and came out firing on Sunday in the Championship game.

The tournament began early on Friday night, on all six fields at the League City Big League Dreams. The near perfect weather, artificial turf infields, and scenic replica Major League Baseball stadiums coupled with the more even competition of the ‘B’ and lower field of teams made for a solid tournament. There were very few upsets throughout the tournament however and the “wall ball” rule was used after the tournament director asked the 7 Nationwide Conference teams to vote on it. (6 teams voted for). I would say most teams did not use their 8 home runs in a given game and the “wall ball” didn’t really get too much out of hand. The wind blowing in on 3 of the fields may have had something to do with the reasonable scores during the “meat” of the tournament on Saturday.

One of the great things about Nationwide Conference softball is the variety of competition that can be seen on any given weekend. Different balls are used at different size parks. There are games on stadium fields and regular softball fields. We have Major versus Major games and we have just as competitive games with B and C teams. Every team is fighting for every point and they all have a different agenda. But in the end it is the best slowpitch softball in the world.

 

ABOUT USSSA SLOW PITCH:

USSSA Slow Pitch is where it all started. In 1968 USSSA was founded, originally called the United States Slo-Pitch Softball Association. While USSSA has since changed their full name to the United States Specialty Sports Association in order to include all of its sports programs, USSSA Slow Pitch is still a huge portion of the USSSA brand, with more teams and participants in USSSA Adult Slow Pitch than any other youth or adult sport program in USSSA. USSSA Slow Pitch ranges from Major Teams to purely Recreational Teams and offers several specialty divisions based on the common interests, experiences, and backgrounds of players.

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

2013 Nationwide Conference: 7th Annual “Space City Classic” Preview

2013 vegas livestream shot11The 2013 Nationwide Conference USSSA season continues in Houston, Texas this weekend at the Space City Classic! This tournament should be extremely entertaining as there is a full bracket of 64 teams. None of the 64 teams have recently won a Nationwide Conference event so it should provide some close games and great competition. Only seven of the teams in the tournament are Nationwide Conference teams, as the Hall of Fame Classic Dual tournament is just a week away.

The favorite is Buzini/BWW/Worth who finished 2nd to Resmondo a year ago. Other favorites will be Fence Brokers/Hubs Pub/GTS/Worth from Arkansas and Baugh Ford/MOJO/Louisville Slugger from Alabama. The tournament will be played at the beautiful Big League Dreams Park which features 6 MLB replica fields.

Teams will begin play on Friday, April 12th at 6 PM central time and will play late into the night both Friday and Saturday to keep the 127 games in on schedule. The live streams for games can be viewed at www.livestream.com/lonestarsoftball and softballcenter.com all throughout the weekend.

ABOUT USSSA SLOW PITCH:
USSSA Slow Pitch is where it all started. In 1968 USSSA was founded, originally called the United States Slo-Pitch Softball Association. While USSSA has since changed their full name to the United States Specialty Sports Association in order to include all of its sports programs, USSSA Slow Pitch is still a huge portion of the USSSA brand, with more teams and participants in USSSA Adult Slow Pitch than any other youth or adult sport program in USSSA. USSSA Slow Pitch ranges from Major Teams to purely Recreational Teams and offers several specialty divisions based on the common interests, experiences, and backgrounds of players.

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

Nationwide Conference USSSA: 2012 Space City Classic

The rules and equipment:

Dudley Classic M+ balls were used – The walls were peppered and often flown over, even in the 95 degree heat
Wall Ball – All the teams I spoke too were in favor and enjoyed the openness of the game
Short Bases –  Were really of no consequence, for every unturned double there was a throw beaten out at first. So it balanced out all day for every team.

There were a great many new teams exposed to Conference play, but by early Sunday morning, 7 of the remaining 8 teams wore the Conference label. Many of the games would go down to the last inning including a surprise performance by my Buzini squad in the finals

Here is my two cents on the Conf teams in attendance:

SAGNASTY/WORTH/PROTOTYPE GEAR – Did not play like themselves. This normally scrappy bunch lost early to the Arkansas Mayhem. They brought up the rear in this event, but look for much more than was delivered by the C team from TX.

TPS/SPORTSCENTER – Highest finish in a Conference event to date. Still coming together. Beating teams they should, but are yet to win a game they shouldn’t.

FENCEBROKERS/GAMETIME SUPPLY/WORTH – Played the strongest ball they have to date. Gave Resmondo fits for 5 innings. Also their highest finish in a Conference event this year.

HEADHUNTER/CANCOOKER/SHSSPORTS.COM – Played hard and hit it well, just seemed to fall short and could not catch a break that made a difference.

MIKEN MAFIA/ASPNATION.COM – Played hard and furious. Several times were in the last out of elimination and continued to pull victory from defeat. Played Buzini to the wire, just ran out of gas.

BuziniSports.Com/BWW/Worth – All I can say is I am proud to be a part of this team that continues to improve and continues to gel. Great leadership from Donald Plaisance, Clint Harris, Kelly Hartman and Justin Stuart. Stand out rookies and excellent defense are keeping my boys on the minds of all the “big teams”… Great job guys.

RESMONDO/SPECIALTY TANK/WORTH – Played like the best team in the country… Nothing more to say than that. Bubba Mack continues to emerge, Jeff Hall played like yester-year and Andy Purcell’s return to the mound all seemed to be just what the doctor ordered… Add Greg Connell hitting lasers unseen by the naked eye, and the crowds got just what they asked for.

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