Backman Shoppe Louisville Slugger sweeps both Hall of Fame Classic Dual tournaments!

1st Place – Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger/Powerhouse Sportz/J&H/S&S (IN)

Backman who won the first dual by going undefeated did so again in the second dual this time with incredible defense and pitching.  In their first 3 games of the second dual they outscored their opponents 59-11.  Then they knocked off The Scene/Albicocco 19-18 in the semifinals on a walk off gapper by Neil Haglund, beat Team Combat/BaughFord.com 20-8 in the winner's bracket finals Saturday night, and Team Combat again 6-5 in the Championship game on Sunday.   TM Sports Mizuno out of Virginia was 3rd and suffered a tough loss in the loser's bracket championship when they scored 8 runs in the top of the 7th only to lose on a two out walkoff homer by Combats Kyle Pearson.  The Scene/ALbicocco from New York was 4th after a late night win over Xtreme/Miken from Minnesota.  OC Swats from California and Xtreme tied for 5th.  Strong winds coming in on 6 of the fields for all of the second event kept scores down along with the lower .425 compression stadium ball that was used.

Backman scores 282 Nationwide Conference USSSA points for each Dual tournament championship and leaps out to a big lead in the points over rivals Smash It Sports who won Las Vegas earlier in the year and Resmondo who pulled out of the dual to attend their longtime manager Frank Webb's funeral.  Resmondo will attempt to make up some points by adding Indianapolis next weekend to their schedule.

A full report, pictures, video clips, and archived games coming later in the week.

Link to the HOF #2 picture album

Note: I still need to add the action photos to this album early this coming week

2016 Hall of Fame Classic Dual #2 bracket link

2016 USSSA Hall of Fame Dual #1 bracket link

2nd Place – Team Combaat/BaughFord.com (WA)

Backman pitcher Andy Vitcak pitches to Team Combat lefty Nick Sansone

3rd Place – TM Sports Mizuno (VA)

The Conference umpires honor Duane Posavetz who is having major health issues


Backman bats against Smash It Sports in the winner's bracket finals

Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger/Powerhouse Sportz/J&H/S&S an Indiana based team cruised through the late rounds of the 1st Hall of Fame Classic Major tournament and went undefeated 6-0 to win the tournament and its coveted 282 Nationwide Conference USSSA points!  Backman knocked off rival Major team Smash It Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr. Wiggles/Easton based out of New York 19-12 in the winner's bracket finals and 20-4 in the Championship game!  The game scores were on the low side due to a lower compression stadium ball (.425) and at times strong winds blowing in.  TG/Red's Astros/Headlines/K&G/Worth a 'AA' team from Ohio was the 3rd place finisher at 6-2, Newbreed/GTS/Beus Excavation/Dirty/Worth a 'AA' team out of Washington was 4th, and OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken a 'AA' team from California and JBL/Tailgaters/B&E/Worth a 'A' team from Ohio tied for 5th.

Action resumes on Saturday morning at 8 AM in the Hall of Fame Classic Dual #2.

A full report, video clips, pictures and archived games will be done late Monday night or Tuesday of next week.  I have a lot of content.

Here is a link to the still pictures from the first Dual event.

Note: the "action shots" will be added to this album probably Monday.

Player Tournament Awards Players Name Plays For
Tournament MVP Brian Logan Backman Shoppe Louisville Slugger
Offensive Tournament MVP Kevin Filby Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
Defensive Tournament MVP Andrew Vitcak Backman Shoppe Louisville Slugger
All Tournament Team Brad Reckart Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Victor Cordova Newbreed/GTS/Beus Excavation/DirtyS
All Tournament Team Bryson Baker Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Jeremy Yates Backman Shoppe Louisville Slugger
All Tournament Team Travis Clark Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Brandon Jonas TG/Red's Astros/Headlines/K&G/Worth
All Tournament Team Cory Boothe TG/Red's Astros/Headlines/K&G/Worth
All Tournament Team Steven Lopez Team Racks/Miken/Sonny's
All Tournament Team Ryan Disbennett TG/Red's Astros/Headlines/K&G/Worth
All Tournament Team Mike Powers Newbreed/GTS/Beus Excavation/DirtyS
All Tournament Team orlando castillo Backman Shoppe Louisville Slugger
All Tournament Team Kyle Pearson Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Robert Roop TG/Red's Astros/Headlines/K&G/Worth
All Tournament Team Ryan Harvey Backman Shoppe Louisville Slugger
All Tournament Team Neil Haglund Backman Shoppe Louisville Slugger
All Tournament Team Jeffrey LaHair Backman Shoppe Louisville Slugger

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Both Backman above and Smash It Sports below wore Frank Webb tribute jerseys for their first games.

Frank Webb #33 was a longtime manager of Resmondo who passed away this past Saturday.

Backmans Kevin Kennington and Reggie Schulte celebrate another great defensive play.