38th Dudley/Budweiser Classic
presented by Xtreme
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
Nationwide Conference USSSA!
June 18-20, 2021
Fences are 310 feet and the Dudley Classic M ball will be used.
2 Main fields are at Centennial Park 6301 Shingle Creek Parkway Brooklyn Center 55430
Evergreen Park (Men's on Friday/Saturday) 7112 Bryant Avenue North Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55430
Welcome Park (Women's Major on Saturday) 4630 Welcome Ave No. Crystal, Minnesota 55422
The 38th Dudley is this coming Friday – Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota outside of Minneapolis. This year there are 20 teams from 12 different states and 10 are from the Nationwide Conference USSSA. A number of teams including Resmondo, SmashItSports, and SNI dropped out of the event last week.
Dan Smith/Proton is the favorite and the only Major team and they will be pushed by a couple of 'AA' teams Xtreme who won this event two years ago and Precision who needs a big weekend to get back into the points race to make the USSSA Major World Series. The tournament began in 1983 as a charity event set up by director Warren Bellm and has been the showcase of Minnesota softball for 38 years now. Warren is back directing this weekend and the tournament was not played in 2020 due to city Covid-19 restrictions.
There is also a 9 team women's conference event playing over at Welcome Park in Crystal, Minnesota. There are 4 Women's 'A' teams in the event – Greenspace, Lady Mojo, MTO, and Xtreme. The final 3 teams in the women's will play their games over at Centennial Park on Sunday morning.
I will attempt to livestream all 6 fields on USSSALive.com and the chat room will be up. We will have to see what the power situation is at Evergreen Park and Welcome Park before I can say for sure that the livestream will work at those venues.
Thursday there are all star games followed by the annual home run derby! Those will not be livestreamed on usssalive.
Team Breakdown: 20 Teams Overall 10 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams 1 Major Teams 2 'AA' Teams 9 'A' Teams 3 'B' Teams 5 'C' Teams
Weekend Weather looks warm with rain on Sunday in the early afternoon
Shea Nations Picks:
This weekend at the Dudley Classic Major NIT in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota will have 20 teams and 10 Nationwide Conference USSSA teams in attendance including 1 major, 2 AA, 9 A, 3 B and 5 C teams. Dan Smith/Proton is the #1 overall seed and the favorite. The other teams looking to get the win are: Precision/3rd St./Red Athlete/Pure; Xtreme/ASP/Athlon/Miken/Worth; CompetitiveEdge/OlmitoHeat/Adiktiv and NIGHTMARE/BENEFIT THE BADGE/MIKEN. Dudley Predictions: The tournament begins on Friday at 6:20 pm CST with 4 play-in games and the first-round games on Friday night. Like the Smokey Mountain Classic, the local fans come out to root on the local teams upset the Conference teams. The Elite starts at 9:30 am on Saturday morning and should consist of the following match ups: Precision versus Xtreme and Primetime versus Premier. Immediately following will be the other 2 Elite 8 match ups: Nightmare versus Competitive Edge and Dan Smith versus Baugh Ford. The Final Four starts at 2:00 pm which should be: Nightmare versus Dan Smith and Precision versus Primetime. Can Dan Smith continue the HOT streak, or will they be upset? In the losers bracket, look for local A team Chanticlear / Monsta and Nebraska A team T's 13 to make a run and possibly upset some conference teams. Shea's Final Picks for the Dudley Major: 1. Dan Smith/Proton 2. NIGHTMARE/BENEFIT THE BADGE/MIKEN 3. Precision/3rd St./Red Athlete/Pure 4. CompetitiveEdge/OlmitoHeat/Adiktiv 5. Xtreme/ASP/Athlon/Miken/Worth PrimeTime Easton/F.A.I/RIOT/
Old Scout Pollers went with Dan Smith 65%
2019 Winner – TDB/Racks/Athlon
2019 1st NC-M TDB/Racks/Athlon 2nd Smashit/Precision/3rdStreet/Bulldawg (IL-AA) 3rd Premier/TG/HDLNS/4With.com/Easton (OH-A) 4th Chanticlear/Eurotech/J&H/MikenWorth (MN-A)
Tournament MVP Everett Williams – TDB Offensive Tournament MVP Brad Tabler – Smashit/Precision Defensive Tournament Co-MVP Alexander Montano – TDB Defensive Tournament Co-MVP Luis Reyna – TDB
2018 Winner – Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon (MN-AA)
2018 1 MN- AA Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon T2 NC-AA TDB/FAI/Klutch Miken T2 IN-AA Racks/Worth Astros/Klutch/Troupe 4 CO-A Stars/VSP/Miken/Thunder
Tournament MVP Curtis Stewart – Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon Defensive Tournament MVP Brandon Newman – Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon
2017 Winner – Resmondo/OA Apparel/H Auto/Specialty Tank/Easton
2017 1 FL- M Resmondo/OA Apparel/H Auto/Specialty Tank/Easton 2 IN-AA Worth Astros/K&G/Klutch 3 IL-AA Precision/3rd Street/G Brand/Easton 4 MO-AA Nightmare/Miken
Tournament MVP Travis Clark – Resmondo/OA Apparel/H Auto/Specialty Tank/Easton Offensive Tournament MVP Brian Wegman – Resmondo/OA Apparel/H Auto/Specialty Tank/Easton Defensive Tournament MVP William Pinkham – Worth Astros/K&G/Klutch
2016 Winner – Backman/Louisville Slugger
2016 1 IN-M Backman/Louisville Slugger 2 FL-M Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth 3 NY-M Smash It Sports/ASP/H Auto/Mr. Wiggles/Easton 4 MN-AA Eurotech-Elite Media Design/Easton
Tournament MVP Ryan Harvey – Backman/Louisville Slugger 22-27 .815 8 HR 25 RBI Offensive Tournament Co MVP Greg Connell – Resmondo 26-30 .867 14 HR 33 RBI Offensive Tournament Co MVP Lee Powers – Resmonod 23-29 .793 5 HR 18 RBI
Defensive MVP Kevin Kennington – Backman/Louisville Slugger
2015 1 FL-M Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth 2 NY-M Smash It Sports/Compound/H Auto/Easton 3 WA-M Team Combat/BaughFord/Softball.com 4 MN-A Xtreme/Miken
Tournament MVP Andy Purcell Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth Offensive Tournament MVP Brian Wegman Smash It Sports 28-30 .933 10 HR 29 RBI Defensive Tournament MVP Jimmy Salas Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
2014 1 FL-M Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth 2 NY-M Laservision/H Auto/JJ's/Easton 3 WA-M Team Combat/Softball.com 4 IN-M Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger
Tournament MVP Andy Purcell Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth Offensive Tournament MVP Dale Brungardt Laservision/H.Auto/JJ's/Easton
Defensive Tournament MVP Nicolas Santana Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
2013 1 FL-M Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth 2 NY-M Laservision/easton 3 TN-M Shoppe/TYJA/Louisville Slugger 4 MN-B Xtreme/Miken
No awards were given. Tournament reduced to 7 teams by rain.
2012 1 FL-M Resmondo-specialty tank worth 2 UT-M Nordkap/desert falls/easton 3 NY-M Laservision/anni/supr/d2/easton 4 WA-M Team combat/pacific headwear
Tournament MVP Timothy Howard Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth Tournament CO-MVP JD Genter Nordkap/Desert Falls/Easton Offensive Tournament CO-MVP Brett McCollum Nordkap/Desert Falls/Easton
2011 1 FL-M Resmondo-specialty tank / worth 2 WA-M GTL Cartel/DeMarini SPMensMajor 3 WA-M Team combat/laservision/d2e/supreme 4 WA-M Combat/pharmapar/transat holiday
Tournament MVP Bryson Baker Resmondo-Specialty Tank / Worth Defensive Tournament MVP Matt Pesso GTL Cartel/DeMarini All Tournament Team Brett Helmer Team Combat/LaserVision/D2E/Supreme
2010 1 FL-M Resmondosport/specialty/phonemaster 2 CA-M Dan Smith/Menosse 3 WA-A GTL CARTEL/WORTH 4 FL-B AJS/easton/supreme/mike foulks/mojo
Tournament MVP Greg Connell ResmondoSport/Specialty/PhoneMaster Defensive Tournament MVP Rick Baker Dan Smith/Menosse
JWM vs Sunnyvale at the 1999 Dudley. JWM in the grey/green. Sunnyvale in all black.
Video quality has diminished over time.
1999 Dudley – Sunnyvale vs Team TPS
Past tournament results for the Dudley Classic, Brooklyn Center, MN
1983 Elite Coatings, Gordon, GA Howard's/Western Steer, Denver NC Craig Elliott, Elite Coatings Rick Scherr, Howard's – 10 HRs Ed Roth, Howard's – .739
1984 Elite Coatings, Gordon, GA ? MVP – ?
1985 Steele's Sports, Grafton, OH Howard's/Western Steer, Denver NC Mike Nye, Steele's (.739) Craig Elliott (.810, 30 RBIs) and MikeMacenko (.760) – 9 HRs
1986 Steele's Sports, Grafton, OH ? Craig Elliott, Steeles
1987 Smythe Sox, Houston, TX Steele's Sports, Grafton, OH Bill Gatti, Smythe Sox (20-25, .800) Mike Macenko, Steele's – 24 HRs
1988 Superior/Apollo, Windsor Locks, CT Starpath, Monticello, KY Greg Fuhrman, Superior/Apollo
1989 Superior/Apollo, Windsor Locks, CT Steele's Silver Bullets, Grafton, OH Rick Scherr, Superior/Apollo (.829, 16 HRs, 39 RBIs)
1990 Superior/Apollo, Windsor Locks, CT Starpath, Monticello, KY Clyde Guy, Superior-Apollo (20-23; .870) Dave Johnson, Starpath – 17 HRs (24-29, .828)
1991 Ritch's-Superior, Windsor Locks, CT Bell Corp., Tampa, FL Charles Wright, Ritch's-Superior (19-22, .864, 14 HRs) Monty Tucker, Sunbelt/Worth and Dan Schuck, Bell – 15 HRs
1992 Ritch's-Superior, Windsor Locks, CT Bell Corp., Tampa, FL Jim Fuller, Ritch's-Superior (29-32, .906, 20 HRs, 39 RBIs) Ernie Montgomery, Steele's/Sunblet – 23 HRs Greg Schulte, Williams/Worth – .913
1993 Ritch's-Superior, Windsor Locks, CT Bell Corp., Tampa, FL Charles Wright, Ritch's-Superior (28-31, .903, 20 HRs, 30 RBIs) Ricky Huggins, Vernon's – 21 HRs
1994 Ritch's-Superior, Windsor Locks, CT Converters Unlimited/TPS, Kinston, NC Larry Fredieu, Ritch's-Superior – (31-33; .939, 22 HRs, 36 RBIs) Dave Steffen, Shen Valley – 30 HRs (39-46, .848)
1995 Bell Corp./Easton, Tampa, FL Shen Valley/TPS, Bridgewater, VA Greg Cannedy, Bell Corp./Sunbelt (26-33, .788, 8 HRs) Todd Joerling, Bell Corp./Sunbelt (30-39, .789) – 17 HRs David Crawley, Riverside (12-14) and John McCraw, Harrison/Power Flite (12-14) – .857
1996 Ritch's-Superior, Windsor Locks, CT & Sunbelt/Easton, Centerville, GA (Co-champs – rain) Britt Hightower, Ritch's-Superior (.15-18, .833, 11 HRs, 24 RBIs) Jeff Vargo, Whips/Instant Landscaping -13 HRs (27 RBIs) Rusty Bumgardner, Shen Valley – .923 (12-13, 7 HRs, 14 RBIs)
1997 Shen Valley/Taylor, Bridgewater, VA Ritch's-Superior/TPS, Windsor Locks, CT Randall Boone, Shen Valley (35-38, .923, 24 HRs, 51 RBIs) Randall Boone, Shen Valley and Dewayne Nevitt Ritch's (34-40, .850, 42 RBIs) – 24 HRs Kenny Carver, Sunbelt/Easton – .933 (28-30, 15 HRs)
1998 Sunbelt/Smith/Easton, Centerville, GA Team TPS, Louisville, KY Jeff Hall, Sunbelt (35-37; .946, 17 HRs) Bobby Gilbert, Sunbelt (30-34, .882, 35 RBIs) and Doug Roberson, TPS (49 RBIs) – 24 HRs
1999 Hendu's/Long Haul, Albertville, MN Sunnyvale Valve/TPS, Sunnyvale, CA Todd Volkers, Hendu's (20-25, .800, 11 HRs) Dewayne Nevitt, (.750, 40 RBIs) and Jeff Wallace (.868), Team TPS – 20 HRs Dennis Rulli, JMW/Herbs (27-30, 9 HRs) and John McCraw, Chase (27-30, 19 HRs) – .900
2000 Team TPS, Louisville, KY R&D/Easton, Lima, OH Jeff Wallace, Team TPS (31-35, .885, 18 HRs) Dewayne Nevitt, R&D/Easton – 21 HRs (.816)
2001 Long Haul/TPS, Albertville, MN Dan Smith/Easton, San Jose, CA Hank Garris, Long Haul/TPS (30-38, .804, 19 HRs, 49 RBIs)
2002 Dan Smith/Easton, San Jose, CA Long Haul/TPS, Albertville, MN Dewayne Nevitt, Dan Smith/Easton (12 HRs) Hank Garris, Long Haul/TPS (29-35, .857, 37 RBIs) – 16 HRs Rusty Bumgardner, Long Haul/TPS (23-34, .676, 30 RBIs) – 16 HRs Hank Garris, Long Haul/TPS – .857
2003 Dan Smith/Easton, San Jose, CA Alesium/Chase/Reece, Las Vegas, NV Jeff Hall, Dan Smith/Backman/Mennose/Easton (29-31, .935, 12 HRs) Howie Krause, Resmondo/Hague/Taylor/Sunbelt/Miken – 16
2004 Dan Smith/Easton, San Jose, CA Resmondo/Taylor's/K&H, Columbus, OH Scott Nastally, Dan Smith/Backman/Mennose/Easton Jeff Hall, Dan Smith/Backman/Mennose/Easton – HR leader
2005 Bell Corp/Backman/Taylor, Tampa, FL Resmondo/Smith/Menosse, San Jose, CA Brett Helmer, Bell Corp/Backman/Taylor/Easton (30-35, .857, 13 HRs, 24 RBIs)
2006 Bell Corp/Taylor Bros, Tampa, FL Resmondo – KME, Winter Haven, FL Brett Helmer, Bell Corp/Taylor/Belcher/Easton (32-37 .865, 8 HRs, 22 RBIs) Jimmy Devine, Resmondo – KME Softball (25-31, .806, 27 RBIs) – 13 HRs Marty Malloy, SpecialtyTank/ Stucco/K&G /Worth (21-23, 1 HR) – .913
2007 1 FL-M Resmondo Softball 2 WA-M Team Combat/benfield/dalsanders 3 FL-M Bellcorp/belcher/tai/backman 4 CA-A KME/CHANEY'S/EASTON
Tournament CO-MVP Don DeDonatis III Resmondo Softball Tournament CO-MVP Bryson Baker Resmondo Softball Offensive Tournament MVP Jeff Wallace Resmondo Softball Defensive Tournament MVP JD Genter Team Combat/Benfield/Dalsanders
2008 1 CA-M Dan smith/menosse/benfield/combat 2 FL-M Resmondo/specialty tank/worth 3 WA-A GTL/Creative Stucco/Worth 4 TN-A Jean Shoppe/Easton
Tournament CO-MVP JD Genter Dan Smith/Menosse/Benfield/Combat Tournament CO-MVP Jeff McGavin Dan Smith/Menosse/Benfield/Combat Offensive Tournament MVP Bobby Hughes Resmondo/Specialty Tank/Worth
2009 1 MN-M Long haul/miken/phonemasters 2 CA-M Dan smith-menosse-benfield-combat 3 FL-M Resmondo-specialty tank-worth 4 FL-A T&R Stucco/Worth
Tournament MVP JD Genter Long Haul/Miken/Phonemasters Defensive Tournament MVP Jeff McGavin Dan Smith-Menosse-Benfield-Combat