2016 USSSA Conference Qualifier
Precision takes on Line Drive Sportz Friday night
Link to the picture album of the Qualifier
Conference Qualifier tournament had 14 teams, 8 of whom were trying to become the highest finishing non-qualified team so they could get the berth to the Major and 6 of whom already had a berth to the Major but were playing to try to improve their seeding for the Major. The tournament was played at the Fortune Road Athletic Complex with its 310-325-325-325-310 field dimensions. This tournament was won by Precision an Illinios 'AA' team eventhough they were missing half of their starters. They beat Line Drive Sportz by forfeit in the finals and Team Adiktiv/Energy System/Worth from Florida finished 3rd and won the berth to the Major with their spectacular play Friday night winning 3 straight games over a 4 hour period.
The only game played Sunday was Line Drive hitting against Adiktiv
14 Teams Overall
7 'AA' Teams
5 'A' Teams
2 'B' Teams
Line Drive hits against TM Sports
Mike Mallory from Semper had All Conference type numbers at .764
ASP/Venom hits against Vivid
TM Sports hits against ShirtDoctors
Thunder hits against Bad Draw
Adiktiv takes on 3rd Street in the semifinals
Nightmare vs Vivd was a high scoring affair
Bad Draw and TM Sports
Qualifier Awards and Final Standings
|1||IL – Chicago||Precision||USSSA-Mens-AA||3||0||0||73||46||24.3||15.3||9||27||300|
|2||MI – Warren||Line Drive Sportz/Easton||USSSA-Mens-AA||4||1||0||150||79||30||15.8||14.2||39||225|
|3||FLP – Pace||team adiktiv/energy system/worth||USSSA-Mens-B||3||2||0||105||112||21||22.4||-1.4||32||200|
|4||OH – West Chester||3rd street/louisville slugger||USSSA-Mens-AA||2||1||0||65||66||21.6||22||-0.3||25||175|
|5||MN – Medina||Xtreme/Miken||USSSA-Mens-AA||3||2||0||131||107||26.2||21.4||4.8||33||155|
|5||NC – Wilmington||TM Sports/Mizuno||USSSA-Mens-AA||3||2||0||99||115||19.8||23||-3.2||28||155|
|7||NY – Wading River||thunder/miken/blowoutpicks.com||USSSA-Mens-A||3||3||0||134||138||22.3||23||-0.6||30||130|
|7||MO – Branson||Nightmare/Miken||USSSA-Mens-A||2||2||0||92||98||23||24.5||-1.5||45||130|
|TXN – Frisco||Vivid/Worth/Klutch||USSSA-Mens-AA||1||3||0||66||115||16.5||28.7||-12.||29||110|
|FLS – Port Saint Lucie||shirt doctors/bomb squad/combat||USSSA-Mens-A||1||2||0||66||72||22||24||-2||33||110|
|DC – Washington||semper/demarini/klutch/timbuktu||USSSA-Mens-A||1||2||0||79||79||26.3||26.3||0||29||110|
|MN – Minneapolis||eurotech-elite media design-easton||USSSA-Mens-AA||1||2||0||50||55||16.6||18.3||-1.6||26||110|
|NC – Greenville||Bad Draw/Broughton/Worth||USSSA-Mens-A||1||3||0||68||62||17||15.5||1.5||22||70|
|WI – Janesville||ASP/Venom||USSSA-Mens-B||0||3||0||42||76||14||25.3||-11.||16||70|
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1st Place Precision
Conf 'AA' from IL 3-0 Record
Precision won the tournament with a skeleton crew of players. Missing a bunch of their starters including Brett McCollum.
Yes that is Todd Ankney playing 2nd base for the Qualifier champs Precision.
2nd Place Line Drive Sportz/Easton
Conf 'AA' from MI 4-1 Record
Line Drive had a shot to win the tournament but decided on a forfeit to catch flights. Many people say the Conference Championships "don't mean anything", yet Adiktiv qualified for the Major and Line Drive improved their seeding for the Major from #16 to #12. I'd say the tournament meant a lot to some teams.
Bridges uniform never arrived.
Kaminski and Oneal, still can't believe I didn't recognize Bob Oneal at the banquet, he was sitting at my table.
I am such a loser…
3rd Place Team Adiktiv/Energy Systems/Worth
Conf 'B' from FL 3-2 Record
Adiktiv won 3 straight games Friday night over Vivid 30-15, Semper 30-23, and 3rd Street 32-25 and that was enough to be the highest finishing non-qualified team and earn the #17 seed for the Major World Series!
What a great story.
Mike Westfall takes Adiktiv to the Major. A story to tell your kids about someday.
4th Place 3rd Street/Louisville Slugger
Conf 'AA' from OH 2-1 Record
3rd Street forfeited on Sunday and finished 4th.
3rd Street wore the old school Houston Astros unis
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Some more pictures for you:
Umpires of the Conference Qualifier
The speedy John Brown from Nightmare quietly hit .672 for the season
Someone retired or left their shoes at Fortune Road
Semper went 1-2
Thunder went 3-3
Xtreme finished 3-2
Nightmare went 2-2
Vivid went 1-3
Shirt Doctors 1-2
TM Sports was 3-2
Eurotech just didn't have the magic this year