2022 Kansas City Last Chance Major
Resmondo’s Bubba Mack tries to get one by Monsta pitcher Erik Kanaby in the winner’s final.
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Friday Night Recap
Westpoint wins on the last defensive play vs Cheap Suits.
The Kansas City Last Chance Major started on Friday night at 6 PM Central time on 8 turf 300 foot fields at the Mid American Softball Complex in Shawnee, Kansas in very nice weather. There were 18 teams, 16 of which were from the Conference and they came from 11 different states. Siteman/Pure (MO-B) with their new pink fighting cancer bats beat Hype/Megastar Financial (KS-C) 22-7 in the 1st play in game out scoring Hype 15-0 in the last 5 innings. Brandon Keene and Chase Graf were each 4-4 and they out homered Hype 7-4. In the other play in game Performance Glass Inc (KS-B) a good non-conference team beat conference team TLC/Houston Homes (MO-B) 18-16. In the “Round of 16” Primetime/Easton/FAI (GA-A) began their quest to get into the USSSA Major World Series over on field #2 against Baugh Ford/Grizzy (AL-A). Primetime broke open a close 8-6 game in the bottom of the 4th scoring 12 runs and ended up winning by the run rule in the bottom of the 5th when they scored 4 runs to win 26-9. Lead off hitter Mike Williams, 3 hitter and pitcher Roderick Armour, and Ty Mingle were all 4-4 in the victory and they out homered Baugh Ford 11-4 (limit was 12). Proton/Dan Smith/Legacy Glove Co (AZ-AA) was missing half of their regular starters and Hubs Pub/GAS (MO-B) jumped all over them scoring 17 in the top of the 3rd and Hubs went on to a 26-10 run rule win shutting out Proton in the 5th and 6th innings. Kenny Leach the Hubs 2 hitter went 5-5 with 2 HR and 7 RBI. Seminoles/TPS/NACSF.INC/Pure/RS (OK-AA) beat Adiktiv/Throwbacks/CE (TX-A) 30-20 scoring 9 runs in the bottom of the 3rd to separate. 4with.com/Premier/BAF/Easton (OH-A) out homered Kut4 Sports/OI Livingston (AL-A) 12-6 and scored 7 runs in the top of the 7th to win 30-20. Bobby Noeth Jr. was 4-5 with 5 RBI and pitcher Jordan Patterson was 4-4 in the win. Anarchy/SmashItSports/Beloli/OA (NY-A) made quick work of Rock Run/All Hustle/Pure/Beloli/Koval (IN-B) scoring 10 runs in the top of the 2nd, 11 in the top of the 3rd, and winning 30-10 in 4 innings. Leadoff hitter Brandon Streets was 4-4 with 3 HR and 8 RBI. Wespoint Softball (IN-A) got a double play to end their game against Cheap Suits/Dirty/Republic RE (CA-A) with a 27-24 win. Travis Dale was 5-5 with 4 runs scored for Westpoint. Resmondo (FL-Major) finally beat Siteman in a long-close contest 37-31 as Bubba Mack and Scott Hartling each had 5 hits. And Monsta (CA-Major) run ruled Performance Glass 29-7.
4With.com/Premier’s Brock Morrison helps take down Kut4 Sports in the 1st round.
Anarchy in the black didn’t give Rock Run a chance in the opener.
Hubs Pub in white jumped all over a depleted Proton team.
Seminoles Zane Trammell hits against Resmondo in the quarterfinals Friday night.
In the quarterfinals Primetime had the highest score in the tournament with the wind blowing out on field #2 beating Hubs Pub 46-31! Resmondo scored 12 in the bottom of the 5th and 12 more in the bottom of the 6th to overcome a 28-11 deficit to Seminoles and win 35-30. Bradley Jones and Travis Clark were each 5-6 in the win. Monsta had a nice 38-15 lead on 4with.com going into the bottom of the 7th where 4with scored 13 runs to make it 38-28 Monsta. Monsta shortstop Josh Fyffe was 6-6 with 2 HR and 6 RBI in the win. And Anarchy made quick work of Westpoint 22-5 to advance to the semifinals.
Monsta’s Jeremy Yates hits against 4With.com in the quarterfinals.
Final 4 Recap
Anarchy’s Brandon Streets was on fire going 14 for his 1st 14 and plays in the semifinals against Resmondo above.
The semifinals were played at 11 AM central time on Saturday morning in good weather. A number of nice plays by Anarchy 3rd baseman Mike Snyder and the fact Monsta used up a bunch of solo home runs early in the game kept it close but Monsta separated mid game and went on to win by the run rule 33-16.
Chris Scott hits for Primetime vs Resmondo in the semifinals Saturday morning.
In the other semifinal Resmondo and Primetime were basically tied at mid game with both teams using 6 of their 14 home runs. But the Primetime infield and outfield defense was not “crisp” in the bottom of the 5th and it led to 11 Resmondo runs (mostly unearned) and Resmondo went on to win 34-19 in 6 innings. Phil Matte, Kyle Pearson, Bradley Jones, and Bradley Reckart each had 4 hits and Scott Hartling 5 in the win.
Winner’s Final Recap
It was Resmondo and Monsta in the winner’s final at high noon Saturday both wearing Red…sigh
The winners bracket final was played at 1 pm central time and you can watch the condensed game here before reading about it if you want to. Monsta grabbed a 1st inning lead of 9-4 and the game was tied at 15-15 after 3 innings. But when Resmondo blanked in the top of the 5th Monsta grabbed a lead of 26-17. Resmondo then recovered scoring 11 in the top of the 6th and grabbed a 38-32 lead scoring 10 in the top of the 7th! But in the bottom of the 7th Monsta got home runs from Wik and Bloomer, a single by Welborn, homers from Kanaby and Dawe, a single from Matusik, a walk to Cayton, a double by Fyffe, a walk to Yates, and a walk off single by Steven Lloyd to win it 39-38! Jason Matusik and Josh Fyffe were each 7-7 in the win.
Monsta Left Fielder Jason Matusik made a couple of acrobatic catches in the winner’s final.
Loser’s Bracket Recap
In the loser’s bracket John Houston went 5-6 with 3 HR and 9 RBI including the game winning hit (pictured above) as TLC Houston Homes scored 10 in the bottom of the 7th to send Baugh Ford home 32-31. In the top of the loser’s bracket the undermanned Proton team then beat TLC, Westpoint, and ended 4with.com’s chance for the major before Primetime dropped down and beat Proton 29-24. In the lower part of the loser’s bracket Rock Run beat Hype, Cheap Suits, and Hubs Pub to finish tied for 7th before Seminoles dropped down and beat Rock Run 23-20 then Anarchy dropped down and ended Seminoles bid for the major 36-21.
Anarchy takes down Seminoles hopes of making the major.
Anarchy takes on Primetime
In the 4th place game Primetime continued to play well and beat Anarchy 30-19 which ended Anarchy’s bid to make the Major and the 3rd place finish gave Primetime enough points (14) to put them in the Major and bump out Kut4 Sports. Primetime then rolled over to Resmondo 42-12 in the loser’s final as Resmondo scored double digits in each of the 1st three innings. Travis Clark, Bubba Mack, and Patrick Ellwanger were each 5-5.
Phil Matte and Resmondo was all offense in the 1st championship game!
In the championship the Resmondo offense which is probably still the best in the game (sorry MPT) put on a hitting clinic and drubbed Monsta to sleep in the top of the 2nd by scoring 22 runs! Resmondo as you can see by the box score below then cruised to a 44-19 – 20 run mercy rule win in 4 innings with lead off hitter Phil Matte going 6-6.
Dawe sliced a nasty shot off Reckarts ankle and knocked him out of the game.
In the “if” game Monsta withstood a Resmondo 16 run top of the 1st inning and after being down 29-10 going into the bottom of the 4th scored 18 runs to get back in the game! After Resmondo blanked in the top of the 6th Monsta went up 35-32 scoring 8 runs. Resmondo returned the favor scoring 10 in the top of the 7th to take a 42-40 lead. But Monsta with 2 home runs left got home runs from Dawe and Matusik to lead off the bottom of the 7th and tie the game and then a single by Cayton and a walk off single by Fyffe to win 43-42! It was Monsta’s 4th tournament win of the year but 1st since the Smoky.
Matt Chromy on in relief of Erik Kanaby snapped off this double play to end Resmondo’s 7th in the “if” game.
With no homer’s left Josh Fyffe singled up the middle and Daniel Cayton scored from 1st after an errant throw to try to get him at 3rd hit coaches standing outside the dugout on the Resmondo side.
THANK YOU to KO’s crew at the park that helped me transport cameras and to Brian Smith of BNS for running around getting the microphone stands!
Long Bomber of the Week!
Kyle Pearson gets the long bomber of the week for this shot that went over the building in left field. Phil Matte, Bubba Mack, and many others had homer’s that could have just as easily qualified.
KC Major Results and Awards
MVP was Monsta middle infielder Daniel Cayton
Defensive MVP was Monsta 2B Steven Lloyd
Offensive MVP was Resmondo’s Bradley Jones
Stats have not been turned in yet but Anarchy’s Brandon Streets and Team 24’s Tylia Sylestine wrapped up their respective batting titles.
Team by Team Notes
1st Place – Monsta/Albicocco/Racks/Nitro Circus
CA-Major Record 5-1
Monsta is a new Major team and in their 1st year they won a HOF Dual, Myrtle Beach, and the Smoky all on big fields and then won the KC Major to end the regular season. They played without Steele Lewis who is in Europe playing international softball, Magnum who had a bad hamstring, and they sat pitcher Vitcak most games so he wouldn’t get injured for the major. They added Erik Kanaby for some pitching depth and left handed power and Bloomer played well in relief of Lewis in center field. The team is clicking pretty good it seems and are dangerous on big fields. They also learned how to win at the end of close games vs Major teams. Kanaby was .857 for the weekend, Cayton was the MVP .938 12 HR 31 RBI and had the most range of any player at the tournament in the infield, and Fyffe was .875 11 HR and 32 RBI while the team on base percentage was .714 for the weekend!
Jeff Bloomer filled in nicely for Steele Lewis in center field.
Erik Kanaby was picked up to pitch, add depth, and left handed power.
2nd Place – Resmondo/Smash It/All American/Menosse
FL-Major Record 5-2
Resmondo was visitors in both losses to Monsta and as the 4th seed for the Major will be visitors against all Major teams in the biggest tournament of the year… They played Travis Clark at catcher until Reckart got hurt and Travis went in to pitch. They used Marshburn in center field for the injured Santana (out for the year they say). Mack played some shortstop. Bradley Jones and Reckart were over .800 on base. Matte, Clark, Marshburn, and Ellwanger all over .740. The team was .717. The offense is major+, the defense with people out of position was mediocre and the big fields at Viera depending on the wind could expose that. How is that for bulletin board material? But “Ressy in October” is the montra and you can never count them out. As Jason Magnum said on the Hit & Sit Show “to be the man, you gotta beat the man”. 🙂
Resmondo picked up outfielder Scott Hartling for the injured Nic Santana. Apparently Santana rolled a wrist in Seattle diving for a ball and is out for the year.
The versatile Marshburn played CF
P Brad Reckart, MI Luis Reyna, LF Bradley Jones
3rd Place – Primetime/Easton/FAI
GA-A Record 4-2
Primetime sent just 11 regulars to KC and they had to finish 3rd or better to qualify for the Major World Series and THEY DID JUST THAT when others like Kut4, Premier, Anarchy, and Seminoles fell by the wayside. They even played Resmondo tough the 1st time but when they came up short they rallied to beat Proton and Anarchy! Congratulations to Tony Goodson, the staff, and the whole team on a clutch performance!
Mike Williams above and Hunter Gomez below were all tournament selections.
4th Place – Anarchy/SmashItSports/Beloli/OA
NY-A Record 3-2
Anarchy played their best ball at the end of the season. When you look at the lineup – Streets, Migues, Thorbrogger, Zirkle, Snyder, Van Stratten, Nimmo its all guys that played Major, AA, or is the batting champion so they are stacked but came up short of the major.
P Thorbrogger, MI Marable, 2B O’Connell, RF Vanstratten
Seemed like most of the season Anarchy was this close to making the major.
Tied 5th – Proton/Dan Smith/Legacy Glove Co
AZ-AA Record 3-2
Proton played with a bunch of lower level pickups but somehow won 3 games in the loser’s bracket. Apparently they wanted to drop out of the tournament last week but was told they could not so they added some players. Brock Frentzel was .815 and Chad Erickson .786 to lead the offense. Tyler Dickens hit 12 HR and had 25 RBI. This team dropped big time in the points standings by not playing the Indiana Dual but when they have everyone and are healthy are generally considered the 2nd best AA team in 2022.
Tied 5th – Seminoles/TPS/NACSF.INC/Pure/RS
OK-A Record 3-2
Seminoles came up a win short of having a chance at the major. They were beating Resmondo pretty good early in their quarterfinal matchup which is a sign they are playing better here late in the year after a dismal season. They have made some nice runs in Florida at Worlds in recent years.
Tied 7th – RockRun/AllHustle/Pure/Beloli/Koval
IN-B Record 3-2
I didn’t see much of Rock Run as they played mostly on the back fields but they scratched out 3 wins in the loser’s bracket. Bender and Jeremy Fry led the team in on base percentage. Marcus Miller and Faron Fry each hit 5 HR and J Slabach 6. They will be the favorite for the USSSA ‘B’ Worlds, one of the favorites for ‘A’ Worlds, and then they will take a 1st round shot at Resmondo at the Major who has never beaten them (0-2).
Tied 7th – 4With.com/Premier/BAF/Easton
OH-A Record 2-2
4With/Premier had a nice must win over Kut4 but came up short in their bid for the Major. They are always a threat in Florida at the ‘A’ though.
3B Morrison, SS Harmon, 2B Sullivan
Tied 9th – Hubs Pub/GAS (MO-B)
Hubs played without their rookie of the year candidate pitcher Mitch Carriger but had that nice opening win over Proton with veteran Levi Wright pitching.
Tied 9th – WestPoint Softball (IN-A)
Westpoint scratched out a nice win over Cheap Suits but didn’t compete with Anarchy and lost to Proton 36-35.
Tied 9th – Kut4 Sports/OI Livingston (AL-A)
I didn’t see much of Kut4 and evidently didn’t take a picture. Sorry. They went 1-2 on the back fields and got knocked out of the Major which for a 1st year conference team would have been an impressive season.
Tied 9th – Adiktiv/Throwbacks/CE (TX-A)
Adiktiv had a weekend to forget going into ‘A’ Worlds where they are a very high seed.
TLC had that nice walk off win over Baugh Ford scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the 7th.
Baugh went 0-2 missing their shortstop Ranier who has had a big year on both sides of the ball.
Siteman hung with Resmondo after beating a local team but went 1-2
Faces in the Crowd / More Pictures
Resmondo fans trying to do the wave.
From the umpires angle it definitely looks like Clark was correctly called out.
Looks like Richie may have gotten his foot back down.
Death Valley coded balls.