2022 – 54th Annual – Smoky Mountain Classic
Park it in the shade and watch/read about the 54th Annual!
Monsta’s Marc Wik hit a clutch two out homer in the championship to put away Smash It Sports in extra innings!
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Friday Night Recap
Primetimes Chris Scott hits a walk off homer to beat Nightmare 10-9 at Sandy Springs field #4.
The 54th Annual Smoky Mountain Classic is the “Greatest Show on Dirt” and it started early Friday and the 4 non-conference teams played the 2 “play in” games then the “Round of 32” and “Round of 16” were played with a rain storm in between. The weather was hot and humid and the Dudley Pro-M ball did not fly up to fans expectations so the scores were lower, home runs were earned, and games were closer than normal. The tournament is played with unlimited home runs and 80 foot bases.
MTS/Hub City/Berties (TN-B) a non-conference team beat Windy City Grille (TN-D) 12-7 to start the tournament at 9:15 AM and they played into Resmondo at 2:45 PM who run ruled them 24-5. Prodigy (TN-D) beat AKS/Terry’s (NC-D) 11-9 at 10:15 AM and played into #1 seeded Smash It Sports (NY-Major) at 1:30 PM who run ruled them 26-9.
The play in games and the “Round of 32” were all played at 4 fields, 2 at Sandy Springs and 2 at Everett park. I (DW) was at Everett for the most part because that is where the better matchups were.
Pictured above Anarchy’s Brian Zirkle hits one into the trees in Anarchy’s 13 run 6th.
Adiktiv/Throwbacks (TX-A) beat Anarchy/Smash It Sports (NY-A) on the small field #1 29-28 when they walked the leagues leading hitter Brandon Streets to load the bases and got a flyout to end the game after Anarchy had scored 13 in the bottom of the 6th to make it close. Adiktiv’s Elijah Christenson was 5-5 with 4 HR and 5 RBI as Adiktiv and Anarchy each hit 17 home runs! Pictured above Anarchy’s Brian Zirkle hits one into the trees in Anarchy’s 13 run 6th.
Baugh Ford (AL-A) led Sports Reach (FL-AA) 16-2 but couldn’t put away Sports Reach who scored 9 in the bottom of the 7th to make the score a “closer than it was” 22-16. Billy Sanders was 4-5 with a homer and 5 RBI in the win. Both teams hit 5 homer’s on field #2 which had the wind blowing in some.
Epic takes down Rock Run in 1st game.
Epic/Killmans (SC-B) and Rock Run/Silverbacks (IN-B) were tied up when the rain storm came and delayed the games 2 hours. When they came back Epic put up 6 runs in the top of the 7th and held Rock Run scoreless to win 23-18. It was Rock Run’s first loss to a ‘B’ team in Conference play this season. Robert Lanham was 4-5 with 3 HR and 4 RBI in the win. They out homered Rock Run 11-5.
The rain storm hit during the 4:15 PM games and the tournament was delayed for 2 hours. In other “Round of 32” action Proton/Legacy Gloves (AZ-AA) beat Cornerstone/Midstate (KY-A) 18-6 out homering them on field #4 at Sandy Springs 3-2. I should say Brad Lunda out homered Cornerstone as he hit all 3 of Proton’s homer’s and collected 9 RBI while going 4 for 5. Monsta/Albicocco/Racks/Nitro Circus (CA-Major) quickly run ruled Meirtran/Swing Kiingz (IL-B) 21-1 on the show field. Monsta hit 11 home runs. Over on field #2 S&E/Dan Smith (NC-AA) ground out an 11-5 win over TRU (NC-B) scoring 4 runs in the top of the 6th and blanking TRU in 5 different innings. Edmund Locklear had 3 hits and a homer and S&E out homered TRU 3-2. Westpoint Softball (IN-A) beat Precision/3rd Street (IL-AA) 9-7 as Precision had the winning runs on base and flew out to end the game. Nitro Circus/Klutch (MD-AA) run ruled MIS/CamJam (ID-B) 26-9 over on field #1. Bay Area Legends (CA-A) in the rain on field #4 lost a 16-9 lead but came back to beat Stars (CO-A) 22-21 holding Stars scoreless in the 6th and 7th innings. Stars left them loaded in the top of the 7th. Bay Area out homered them 13-8. MPT Rentals/Juno (NJ-Major) scored 15 in the bottom of the 1st and 10 in the bottom of the 3rd and run ruled TG Brand (MI-B) 31-11 in 3.5 innings. They out homered TG Brand 12-2 and Joe Joe Bennett led MPT with a 4-4 and 4 run performance. Competitive Edge/Olmito (FL-AA) beat Cash House/JBL (OH-B) 18-5 out homering them 8-0. Jason Branch, Tyler Ervine, and Ryan Honeycutt all were 3-4 with 2 HR each. And 4with.com/Premier (OH-A) beat Kut4 Sports/OI Livingston (AL-A) 24-3 scoring 9 in the bottom of the 2nd and 15 in the bottom of the 3rd. Clay Norton was 4-4 with 3 HR and 8 RBI in the leadoff spot and pitcher Jordan Patterson hit a grand slam.
Nitro Circus hits against West Point above in the “Round of 16” Friday night.
When the action resumed in the mud and rain it was the “Round of 16” on all 4 fields. Monsta beat Primetime 14-11 although Primetime had a chance to win with the bats in their hands.
S&E’s Ira Brown singles against Chick-fil-a
Chick-fil-a beat S&E 34-19 in a battle of ‘AA’ teams on the short field #1. They out homered S&E 19-9 as the top 3 in the Chick-fil-a lineup (Tre Porter, Jacob Clifton, and Kyle Center) went a combined 17-18 with 12 HR and 16 RBI.
Epic jumps out to a 13-1 lead on Proton.
Epic shocked Proton by jumping out to a 15-2 lead going into the bottom of the 4th. But Proton scored 9 in that inning and 8 in the bottom of the 5th to come back and hold on to a 19-17 win. Brad Lunda was 4-4 with 3 HR and 4 RBI and Proton out homered Epic just 10-9.
SIS Everett Williams hits against Bay Area pitcher Justin Mucciarelli on the show field Friday night.
Bay Area held the Smash It offense in check Friday night but could not score themselves losing 16-6. And in other “Round of 16” action Resmondo beat Adiktiv 23-7 turning a 6-3 3rd inning deficit into a 15-6 lead with a 12 run bottom of the 3rd. Resmondo out homered Adiktiv 10-0. In the highest scoring game of the 1st day MPT Rentals run ruled Baugh Ford 44-21 scoring double digit innings in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. MPT hit 21 home runs. Ryan Harvey had 4 HR and John Radich went 5 for 5. And Nitro Circus advanced to the prestigious Saturday “Final 8” with a 23-22 win over Westpoint and Westpoint had the bats in their hands when they grounded into a double play to end it.
On Saturday the tournament was delayed by a morning storm which wiped out the use of the Denso field. So they re-did the bracket with 5 fields instead of 6 and the tournament resumed around 9 AM thanks to the hard work of the Smoky field crews which are the best in softball. The “Final 8” and remainder of the winner’s bracket which is normally played on the show field #3 at Sandy Spring park was instead played on field 3 and 4 simultaneously and all games Saturday were changed to 5 innings games.
With all of the upsets in the 1st round and close calls there were no upsets in the 2nd round and the top 8 seeds in the tournament advanced to the “Final 8” on Saturday.
Resmondo’s Tyler Wilson homer’s against Chick-fil-a in quarterfinal #1
Quarterfinals: At 10:30 AM Resmondo made Chick-fil-a pay for some misplays in the 1st inning and Chick-fil-a grounded into a double play to end their half of the inning. Resmondo led 13-1 early on and cruised to a 21-5 run rule win.
Monsta’s Jason Magnum hits a walk off homer to beat Proton.
In quarterfinal #2 Monsta scored 8 runs in the bottom of the 3rd to go up 11-9 on Proton. But Proton scratched their way back to a 12-12 tie in the top of the 5th on a Brock Frentzel homer. In the bottom of the 5th (which was the last inning) Proton intentionally walked the first hitter Jeremy Yates and Jason Magnum hit a walk off homer to win 14-12. Proton out homered Monsta 9-7. Monsta lead off hitter Austyn Dawe was 3-3.
Smash Its Dale Brungardt hits in Q3 vs Nitro Circus
In quarterfinal #3 Smash It Sports went up 8-0 after getting a double play on Nitro Circus in the 1st inning. It seems like this was a pattern for AA teams vs Major teams at the Smoky, grounding into a DP early. Nitro Circus though never gave up and they played all 7 innings but lost to Smash It 17-10.
Competitive Edge’s Ryan Honeycutt cleans off the bases vs MPT.
In the most anticipated quarterfinal game of the tournament Competitive Edge grabbed a 7-4 lead on MPT Rentals over on field #4. They increased that lead to 13-4 as rookie Casey Scoggins, pinch hitter Brandon Jackson, Jason Branch, and Tyler Ervine all singled and then Ryan Honeycutt homered! MPT hit a lot of solo’s but never got in an offensive rhythm against pitcher Faron Miller and a Logan Rogers homer put it away for Competitive Edge 19-8 in the top of the 5th winning 22-9. Branch, Ervine, Rogers, Boland, and Scoggins all had 3 hits in the big win. They were the only ‘AA’ team to advance to the “Final 4”.
Final 4 Recap
Monsta’s Jason Matusik doubles in their 25 run 3rd.
In the semifinals Monsta hammered Resmondo with a 25 run inning in the 3rd and won 38-13. They hit 23 homer’s. Cayton and Lewis had 4 each.
At one point Ed Menosse from Resmondo heckled Vitcak (pictured above) that he had “no power” and Vitcak hit it out and quipped “no power” back at him. Vitcak was 3-3 with 3 HR in the game.
In the other semifinal Competitive Edge batted around in the top of the 1st scoring 10 runs and then backed that up with 11 in the 4th and 8 in the 5th to win by the run rule 29-13 after having a 28-9 lead. Ervine, Lendenski, and Honeycutt were each 5-5 and Ervin had 3 HR and 8 RBI. Comp Edge out homered Smash It 7-4.
Winner’s Final Recap
Winner’s final on Sandy Springs field #3 with 315-340-350-335-310 home run dimensions.
In the winner’s bracket finals it was each teams 3rd straight (shortened 5 inning game) in row and Monsta used a 13-7 home run advantage to beat Competitive Edge 19-13. Steele Lewis was 3-3 with 2 HR in the win.
LC Watson in his 1st at bat this year homer’s in the winner’s final.
Loser’s Bracket Recap
Anarchy’s Brandon Streets hits on Friday night in one of two loser bracket games.
In the loser’s bracket which was for the most part played at Everett and Springbrook fields the action was fast and furious with the 5 inning games sending 3 teams home every 45 minutes to 1 hour. In the top quad 4With and Baugh Ford made short runs with Baugh beating 4with and then Proton dropping down and sending Baugh home. Likewise Bay Area and Westpoint made short runs before Chick-fil-a dropped down and sent home Westpoint. S&E and Nightmare made short runs before Nitro Circus dropped down and sent home S&E 18-6. And Stars and Epic made short runs before MPT dropped down and sent home Epic 17-3. So again the top 8 seeds all finished in the top 8 spots in the tournament. The rest of the loser’s bracket played out Saturday night as Smash It dropped down and beat Proton 19-3 as Buddy Wolf went 3-3 with 3 HR and 7 RBI. And Resmondo dropped down but lost to MPT Rentals 26-23 as both teams had double digit 4th innings but MPT out scored Resmondo 5-0 in the 5th and final inning with Resmondo going down in order in the bottom of the 5th. Joe Joe Bennett and Josh Kirsten were each 4-4 in the win. MPT out homered them 13-10.
During the Smash It vs MPT 4th place game Neil Haglund was hit in the face by an errant throw. Hopefully he will be ok.
Then late Saturday with rain in the forecast for Sunday they decided to play the 4th place game. MPT led 14-12 going into the bottom of the 3rd inning where Smash It scored 19 runs before their 1st out and 22 for the inning leaving MPT on the field by the 20 run mercy rule. Smash It rookie Tyler Story was 4-4 with a LOOONNNGGG homer, Everett Williams had 4 hits, Rich Racobaldo and Andrew Collins each hit 3 home runs, and SIS out homered MPT 15-7.
Loser’s Bracket Final
SIS 3rd baseman Dale Brungardt climbs the ladder for a catch.
On Sunday morning in the loser’s bracket finals Smash It put up 6 in the top of the 1st but Competitive Edge went up 12-6 in the bottom of the 1st as they got 8 straight base hits, mostly doubles including a Mitch Lendenski bases loaded double and a grand slam from Tyler Ervine. They knocked starter Andy Purcell out of the game in the 1st inning. Smash It never gave up though and defensive plays from Brungardt and Mcclanahan and a 6 run 4th and 12 run 6th put Smash It up 29-26 going into the bottom of the 7th where Competitive Edge managed just 2 runs and left the tying and winning runs on base to lose 29-28. It was almost a Kirk Gibson moment when they pinch hit Jeff Roxby with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th with runners on because Roxby was carried off the field with a pulled hamstring earlier in the game and couldn’t run. He hit it pretty square but it floated to Dunn in center field to end the game.
Monsta’s Austyn Dawe hits a lead off homer.
In the championship game
Monsta scored 3 runs on 2 homers in the top of the 1st. Dawe and Fyffe while Dale Brungardt for SIS made an incredible diving stop and throw out. In the bottom of the 1st SIS put up a zero.
In the 2nd inning the the teams traded solos and Monsta led 4-1.
In the top of the 3rd Jason Matusik homered, and Steele Lewis hit a 3 run homer to go up 9-1. In the bottom half Dale Brungardt hit a 2 run homer for SIS and they trailed 9-5.
In the top of the 4th Daniel Cayton hit a 2 run homer to go up 11-5 and SIS outfielder Tyler Story hit a 3 run homer, Ben Dunn a 2 runner, and Andrew Collins a 2 runner to give SIS the lead 12-11.
In the top of the 5th Marc Wik hit a 2 run double to give Monsta a 14-12 lead and SIS managed just 1 run in the bottom of the 5th leaving the bases loaded.
In the top of the 6th Daniel Cayton hit another 2 run homer and the SIS middle infielder Racobaldo made a nice play against Jeremy Yates. In the bottom of the 6th Buddy Wolf hit a 2 run homer, and after a close call which had Lloyd off the base on a force out Ryan Mcclanahan hit a 2 run bases loaded single and Ben Dunn an RBI single to put SIS up 18-16.
In the top of the 7th Steele Lewis and Steven Lloyd singled, Marc Wik hit a SAC fly, Matt Brady doubled, and then the SIS middle infielder Rich Racobaldo made an incredible diving play against pinch hitter Jeff Bloomer and throw out to 1st base followed by a nice play on a long throw by shortstop Ryan Mccclanahan to keep the game tied at 18-18. In the bottom of the 7th needing just one run to force an “if” game SIS went 1-2-3 flyout, intentional walk to Collins, popout, popout.
In the top of the 8th Monsta had a flyout, Cayton singled, Fyffe singled, Yates hit a SAC fly to the fence, Magnum singled, Lewis hit an RBI single, Steven Lloyd an RBI double, and Marc Wik hit a clutch line drive 3 run homer to deep right center field where it is 335 feet and Monsta led 24-18. In the bottom of the 8th SIS did not score and Monsta won the Smoky Mountain Classic!
Dale Brungardt makes another great play.
Close play at 2nd, they say he pulled his foot.
Racobaldo saves the game against Monsta for the moment I never did see LSR, Cash House, Kut4, or Cornerstone play. Sorry. Was always at a different park.
Historic Smoky Mountain Classic Winning Teams List:
2022 Monsta/Albicocco/Racks/Nitro Circus – California
2021 SmashItSports/Newbreed/TDB/RF/BD/T3 – North Carolina
2020 Dan Smith/Menosse/Steven Smith/FAI – California
2019 Resmondo/SIS/Thunder/RDD/H.Auto/Sprizzi/Easton – Florida
2018 Resmondo/RDD/H.Auto/All In/Sprizzi/Easton – Florida
2017 Smash It Sports/TDB/Miken/Worth – New York
2016 Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth – Florida
2015 Smash IT Sports/Compound Athletics/H Auto/ASP/Laservision/Easton – New York
2014 Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth – Florida
2013 Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth – Florida
2012 Resmondo-specialty tank worth – Florida
2011 Resmondo-specialty tank / worth – Florida
2010 Resmondosport/specialty/phonemaster – Florida
2009 Resmondo-specialty tank-worth – Florida
2008 Resmondo/specialty tank/worth – Florida
2007 Bellcorp/belcher/tai/backman – Florida
2006 Resmondo – KME Softball – Florida
2005 Bell Corp/Backman/Taylor/Easton – Tampa, Florida
2004 Resmondo/Hague/Taylor/Sunbelt – Florida
2003 Hague / Resmondo / Taylor Brothers – Florida
2002 Dan Smith / Backman / Menosse / Easton – California
2001 Long Haul / Taylor Bros. / Shen Corp. / TPS
2000 Team TPS/Louisville, KY
1999 Team TPS, Louisville, Kentucky
1998 Sierra/TPS, Reno, NV
1997 Ritch’s/Superior/Tri Gems/Beloli/TPS, Windsor Locks, CT
1996 Sunbelt/Easton, Centerville, GA
1995 Ritch’s/Superior/TPS, Windsor Locks, CT
1994 Ritch’s/Superior/TPS, Windsor Locks, CT
1993 Ritch’s/Superior, Windsor Locks, CT
1992 Bell Corp, Tampa, FL.
1991 Bell Corp, Tampa, FL.
1990 Steeles Silver Bullets, Grafton, OH
1989 Superior-Apollo, Windsor Locks, CT
1988 Starpath Systems, Monticello, KY
1987 Steeles Sports, Grafton, OH
1986 Steeles Sports, Grafton, OH
1985 Elite Coatings, Gordon, GA
1984 Elite Coatings, Gordon, GA
1983 Elite Coatings, Gordon, GA
1982 York/Ken Sanders, York, PA
1981 Howards Western Steer, Denver, NC
1980 Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, FL.
1979 Campbell’s Carpet, Concord, CA
1978 Dave Carroll Sports, Sherrills-Ford, NC
1977 Howards Furniture, Denver, NC
1976 Howards Furniture, Denver, NC
1975 Nelson Painting, Oklahoma City, OK
1974 Howards Furniture, Denver, NC
Long Bomber of the Week!
All of the big names hit some serious creatures. Dawe, Matusik, Collins, E Williams, Harvey, Flip, and about 10 other guys I can’t even remember. But I’m giving the long bomber of the week to SIS rookie Tyler Story who hit the creature pictured above and also hit some long ones during the day Sunday. Check it out on the videos and condensed games on the USSSALive YouTube page this week.
Results and Awards
Monsta pitcher Andrew Vitcak was MVP with Joe Huff, Mike Cornell, and Chris Clark
Monsta 2nd baseman Steven Lloyd was Defensive MVP
Smash It Left Fielder Tyler Story was Offensive MVP
Andrew Collins and Ryan Harvey tied for the HR title with 13. Originally it was thought that it was Everett Williams tied but he ended up only having 12.
Team by Team Notes
1st Place – Monsta/Albicocco/Racks/Nitro Circus
CA-Major Record 6-0
Sonny Pilcher said he had been trying to win the Smoky for 36 years. Well he won it! Monsta put on a crowd pleasing display of power hitting 67 home runs in 29 innings in what would be considered poor conditions (mud, mush ball, some wind blowing in). Dawe led the team in HR with 11. Dawe, Cayton, Magnum, and Lloyd were all over .700 on base percentage. The team was solid defensively and Vitcak won MVP because of his pitching. I thought Lloyd or Cayton were MVP and Vitcak was Defensive MVP but who knows. The team picked each other up, made the big call to intentionally walk Collins in the bottom of the 7th, and found ways to win close games and big games which is a step forward to the ultimate goal. Lloyd and Cayton made a huge impact this weekend.
P Andrew Vitcak, 2B Steven Lloyd, RF Jeremy Yates
Steele Lewis and Daniel Cayton
Sonny Pilcher and Sonny Yamcharen receive the 1st place trophy
2nd Place – SmashIt/Thunder/Chosen/Pure/RF/BD/TDB
NY-Major Record 6-2
Smash It wasn’t clicking on all cylinders offensively but used pitching, defense, and that massive 22 run inning against MPT to put themselves in position to force an “if” game which they almost did. This team is never out of a tournament on any sized fields, with any ball, or under any conditions.
Jonas only pitched on Sunday that I am aware of. SS Mcclanahan, LF Tyler Story
Mcclanahan makes a diving catch on Saturday night in the 4th place game.
3rd Place – Competitive Edge/Olmito/Suncoast
FL-AA Record 4-2
Competitive Edge has played a lot of softball this year and came so close to being in the hunt for the Smoky. Honeycutt, Ervine, and Farmer were over .700. Branch set the table for the big hitters. Honeycutt and Ervine had 10 HR each. The defense and pitching was solid.
MI Roxby, 2B Fileteo, P Ramsey on Sunday
Faron Miller pitched most of the Friday/Saturday games. SS Logan.
4th Place – MPT Rentals/Juno Athletics
NJ-Major Record 5-2
MPT had some big offense rolling most of the tournament with Washington, Dorton, Walsh, Day, Dombrowski, Murray, Anninos, and Kirsten all over .700. But they stumbled against Competitive Edge then let up one big inning against Smash It and thus a 4th place finish.
3B Williams, SS Overstreet, MI Castillo, 2B Washington, 1B Walsh this game.
Anninos with a diving catch against SIS.
Harvey and Washington each hit 11 HR and had over 20 RBI.
Tied 5th – Proton/Legacy Glove Co.
AZ-AA Record 4-2
Proton had that tournament saving comeback against Epic early in the bracket but came up short in the final 8 against Monsta in the last inning losing by 2. Mullins, Lunda, McClure, and Dooley were .700+. Lunda led with 9 HR and 19 RBI. Dooley left the Saturday night game with a possible knee injury.
Lunda was one of the tournament leaders in HR.
Dezern with a spinning single to right.
Pitcher Flores and MI Ussery in the rain.
Tied 5th – Resmondo/Smash It/All American/Menosse
FL-Major Record 3-2
Resmondo tried to step on the gas a couple times but the engine faltered. Hopefully the pedal is fixed by October… 🙂 Bazat and Pearson returned from injury and they had most if not all of their team there just didn’t perform as the Resmondo name usually does at the Smoky.
Dodds was one of the HR leaders. Bazat returned from injury and played for the 1st time this year.
Pearson returned from injury but just as an EH.
Bradley Jones new bat.
Tied 7th – Chick-fil-a/Slugger/BAF/LBT
VA-AA Record 3-2
Chick-fil-a did what they were supposed to do – make it to Saturday undefeated, take their shot at Resmondo, and win something in the loser’s bracket and maintain their spot in the points. They did it. Porter was a machine at leadoff .842. Clifton .778 with 10 HR. Kyle Center and Stidham over .700. A solid weekend for a solid squad who can make noise in the post season AA and Major.
It is devastating to hear about Cannon Fields who is outfielder Richard Fields young son. Help if you can.
Terrance Engles makes a LONG running catch.
P Natolly, 3B Gregory, SS Porter, LF Shifflett
Tied 7th – Nitro Circus/Klutch/Team 199/BRC
MD-AA Record 3-2
Much like all of the 5-8 seeds Nitro Circus made it to Saturday undefeated and held their position in the points. I don’t have any stats on Nitro Circus and only witnessed their win over Westpoint by a run but they beat MIS, Westpoint, and S&E and only lost to Major teams.
Tom Bloom Pitcher, SS Bishop, LF Fow
Tied 9th – Baugh Ford/Grizzy (AL-A) 3-2
Baugh beat Sports Reach, lost big to MPT, then beat fellow ‘A’ teams Anarchy and 4With before losing 6-3 to Proton? Gilfillan was .833, Sanders .762, Johnston .700, and Rainer .714. Sanders hit 10 HR and had 18 RBI. Lutheran 7 HR and 15 RBI.
Tied 9th – WestPoint Softball (IN-A) 3-2
Westpoint held on to beat Precision 9-7 then faltered with the bats in their hands down 1 against Nitro Circus 23-22. So close to making it to Saturday’s final 8 as I had predicted… In the loser’s bracket they beat Cash House by 2 and Bay Area by 5 before running out of gas against Chick-fil-a.
Tied 9th – S&E/Dan Smith (NC-AA) 3-2
S&E lost their 2nd game to Chick-Fil-a and recovered to beat Rock Run and Nightmare. The defense was good holding most opponents to low scores. Peter Seiden was .812, Marquez was .765, and Seiden led in HR with 5 and RBI with 9.
Joel “Hit & Sat” 3 times at the Smoky. 🙂
Tied 9th – Epic/Killmans/FLS/ES/Pure (SC-B) 3-2
Epic beat Rock Run after the storm. Gave one away against Proton, but then recovered to beat TRU and Stars holding them both under 10 runs before MPT sent them home. Epic put up some nice numbers with a .607 team on base percentage and 36 HR.
Robo came out of retirement to play for Epic.
Stars tied for 13th with a 3-2 record. Lost to Bay Area by 1 with the bats in their hands. Beat AKS, MTS, and Primetime before losing to Epic 16-8. Scored some points!
Sports Reach beat TG Brand but lost to Baugh and Bay Area. Sheffield makes a diving stop in the picture above.
TG Brand lost to MPT by 20 and Sports Reach 17-9. Not built for the Smoky.
Rock Run went 1-2 losing to Epic after a storm with an inning to go. Beat Cornerstone then lost to S&E. Their 1st baseman Terry Lambright injured a knee.
Nightmare lost to Primetime on a walk off homer, beat Meirtran 15-7, and Adiktiv 19-12, before losing to S&E by a run.
Meirtran who finished 5th last year at the Smoky went 0-2 only scoring 1 run against Monsta and losing 15-7 to Nightmare.
Bay Area went 2-2 beating Stars with the gloves 22-21, losing to SIS 16-6, beating Sports Reach 20-9, and losing to Westpoint 13-8. They picked up Zach Watts the former Sports Reach outfielder.
Precision was 1-2 losing to Westpoint with the bats in their hands 9-7, beating MIS 29-7, and losing to 4With 18-11. Keske was back in the middle and they picked up Tommy Melton.
Tommy Melton is now with Precision.
MIS was 0-2 losing to Nitro Circus and Precision by a total score of 55-16.
Adiktiv was 1-2 starting with a big win over Anarchy but losing to Resmondo and Nightmare. Christensen had 5 HR and 9 RBI.
Anarchy was 2-2 losing with the bases loaded by 1 run to Adiktiv. Beating the local Windy City Grille and Prodigy teams then losing to Baugh Ford. The leagues leading hitter Brandon Streets was over .900 for the tournament.
TRU went 1-2 losing to S&E, beating LSR, and losing to Epic in mostly low scoring games. TRU only scored 19 runs in 3 games.
Primetime won on a walk off homer by Chris Scott over Nightmare. Let one slip away against the eventual Smoky champion Monsta, then lost to starts 12-8. Primetime only scored 29 runs total in 3 games.
Faces in the Crowd / More Pictures
Long Bombers every week!
Musco mirror technology lighting was put in at Sandy Springs. WHAT AN UPGRADE!
Championship game umpires Steve Milani and Rob Mantlo
The “Arkansas” crew Chase, Phillip, Jason, Biscuit, Ken
The Dudley Pro M ball with ‘DV’ stamp was inconsistent.
240 compression bat bucket testing and they retested the Final 4 teams again.
All of these plays were ties
All of these plays were ties
All of these plays were ties
All of these plays were ties, crazy.
Pearsons ball was foul.
Fishin them balls out of the stream but please don’t put them back in the bucket.
Pinkham sporting the softball guy prison wear.
Big outfield on that show field.
Big Cat quote!
We will call this the “F u” pitch!
Trey Gillilland cut his hand/wrist in a freak car window shattering accident and will be out for awhile.
Chad Brown Smoky ball man
Smoky super fan!