“31st Annual” – Dudley/Budweiser/Easton Major

Resmondo-Specialty Tank/Worth defeated Laservision/Desert Falls/Boombah/Easton by the run rule in the championship game of the 31st annual Dudley. The tournament was shortened by a massive rain and wind storm that hit hard on Friday night and flooded the main fields at Central Park when the river it is located next to overflowed. The main 2 fields were rendered unplayable for the weekend. The backup fields at Evergreen park were also deemed unplayable for the weekend by the Brooklyn City grounds crew and it was only through the hard work of 30+ year veteran director Warren Bellm that the tournament was played at all. Warren used his connections with a neighboring city to secure two fields at Becker Park for 6 hours on Saturday. With only 6 hours to get the tournament in, Warren decided to play a Nationwide Conference team only single elimination tournament with 5 inning games.

So the “new” 7 team tournament started on Saturday morning at 10 AM and finished at 3:30 PM with Resmondo winning. Unfortunately 17 of the non-conference teams were unable to participate and one team – Syndicate out of Missouri who was picked to finish 4th in the event was sent home with a 2-0 Friday night record before the storm hit. There were tough decisions that had to be made in a short period of time and the tournaments hands were tied by city officials that said the Evergreen park was unplayable.

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.

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!


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