Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger wins Columbus Major!

2016 Nationwide Conference USSSA

4th Annual Columbus B.A.T.S

Columbus, OH

May 6-8

Andrew Vitcak and Backman take Columbus Major!

2016 Columbus men's bracket link

2016 Columbus women's bracket link

The 4th Annual Columbus Major featured 28 Nationwide Conference USSSA teams and 35 teams total and was played out over 3 days on 7 fields that had artificial turf infields.  The tournament started on Friday at 6:00 PM with the wind gusting in on two of the main fields and out on the other two making for a wide range of scores.  TM Sports (AA) came from a 24-11 deficit to take at 25-24 lead and held off Nightmare (A) 31-30.  Rebel Sports (B) upset Above All Landscaping (A) 15-7 with the wind blowing in on the big Field #17.  #18 seeded Resmondo (M) broke open a 15-15 tie with Bear Hollow Ranch (A) and went on to win 45-25 in a marathon game.  Local Ohio non Conference teams Columbus Pipe (B), Xtreme Associates (C), and Old Bag (B) all won play their play in games and took their shot at the Conference teams Friday.  At 7:30 PM Team Combat (M) was down 19-12 to Premier (B) in the middle of the game but came back to hold a 42-29 lead in the 7th inning and held off Premier 42-40 in one of the more entertaining games of the night.  TG Brand (B) down a run to TG/Reds Astros (AA) going into the bottom of the 7th walked them off with a game winning base hit. Former 'A' and 'B' World Champion TJ Thompson did the pitching for TG Brand as a last minute pickup player. #1 seeded Backman (M) rolled through a Columbus Pipe (B) team that hung around for a while with the wind blowing in on the show field.  Eurotech (AA) squeaked out a 10-8 win over Primetime (A) with the wind blowing in on Field #17.  Newbreed (AA) ended up smoking STL (B) 37-13.  3rd Street (A) dropped 45 runs on All In (B) scoring 22 runs in the first inning.  Linedrive (AA) run ruled SOL (C) by 22 in the start of the 9 PM games.  #1 seeded Backman (M) after a slow start beat Columbus Pipe (B) by 21.  Xtreme Miken (AA) crushed Bad Draw (AA) 37-9 and Vivid (AA) beat Buffalo Rings (A) by 3 runs late.  Precision (AA) used an Evan Gallmeier bases loaded walk off single to plate two runs to beat Semper (A) by 1, and JBL/Tailgaters (A) used a late barrage of homers to beat Thunder (B) by 8.

On Saturday at 11 AM the winner's final 16 began as Vivid, Team Combat, Backman, Xtreme, The Scene, and 3rd Street all advanced fairly easily.  The only really close game of the round of 16 was that big matchup between the Major super powers Smash It Sports and Resmondo.  Smash It Sports was playing better for most of the game and took a lead into the bottom of the 7th but Resmondo loaded the bases and lefty Jeremy Isenhower hit a clutch walk off grand slam sending Smash It deep into the loser's bracket.

In the round of 8 Vivid pulled off a big one run win over Team Combat 34-33, Xtreme held off The Scene 15-14 and The Scene had the bats in their hands at the end.  Backman knocked off Precision 31-21 and Resmondo had their hands full with 3rd Street in an ugly game with some gamesmanship going back and forth between players but Resmondo pulled away again late to a 27-23 win.  3rd Street had their chances but put up too many zeroes.

In the final 4 of the winner's bracket Resmondo jumped out to a 19-0 lead on Xtreme and won 36-19.  Meanwhile Backman scored the last 10 runs of the game against Vivid mostly by hitting base hits to break a 21-21 tie and win 31-21.

In the winner's bracket championship game Saturday night with the wind blowing out Backman went up 13-4 on Resmondo after one inning of play.  But Resmondo would come back with 12 runs in the bottom of the 4th to take a 23-21 lead.  Backman went back up 7 runs on a Ryan Stovall 3 run homer and Resmondos Luis Reyna made a great diving stop to stop the bleeding.  In the bottom of the 6th Backman left fielder Reggie Schulte made an incredible diving catch on a knuckling line drive to keep Resmondo in check.  In the bottom of the 7th Resmondo used 3 home runs and had 2 runners on down 2 when they lined out and popped out to end the game with Backman winning 35-33.

Meanwhile in the loser's bracket Smash It Sports won 6 straight including a 31-16 win over Vivid Sunday morning to finish 3rd.  When they played Resmondo in the loser's bracket finals quite frankly they must have been out of gas as they put up a huge zero with two runners on and no outs in the bottom of the 6th and couldn't muster a comeback in the bottom of the 7th.  Buddy Wolf the Smash It Sports right fielder did make a great diving catch and a home run rob in that quirky nook in right center field in the same inning to give Smash It Sports a chance but the offense couldn't come through.

Resmondo then forced the "if" necessary game when little used reserve pitcher Dan "Dirty" Sanchez filled in for Greg Connell who had been ejected from the game and Dan hit two homers including a game winning walk off homer to win 35-33.  In the final game of the championship though it was all Backman as they cruised past Resmondo and led the whole way in a 28-10 victory.

This would be a good time to set the ground rules on questioning pitches and calls.

Only managers should comment or question calls in my opinion.

This leaping snare by Steven Lloyd of Isenhowers nasty line drive may have been worth 40 Conference points

Team Breakdown:
35 Teams Overall
28 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams
4 Major Teams
8 'AA' Teams
8 'A' Teams
9 'B' Teams
4 'C' Teams
1 'TBD' Teams

Resmondos Don Dedonatis Jr makes a sliding backhand on Smash It Sports Travis Clark

Smash It Sports lefty Buddy Wolf sneaks one past the diving Luis Reyna

 

Smash It Sports Buddy Wolf hits a walk off homer to beat Newbreed

The Scenes Brandon Dillon hitting against Vivid on Saturday night to try to make it to Sunday

Above All's Tony Elrod hits a clutch base hit to tie their game against Smash It Sports.

Smash It won in extra innings.

Resmondos Jeremy Isenhower hit a walk off grand slam to beat Smash It Sports in that highly anticipated #2 vs #18 2nd round matchup.

That set Resmondo up for a shot at the tournament while Smash It toiled the rest of the tournament in the loser's bracket.

Precisions Evan Gallmeier hits a walk off base hit to knock off Semper by 1 on Friday night.

A group of legendary softball players from the 80's and 90's got together to talk and watch some games.

Resmondo manager John Rector was finally tossed.  Overall there was too much arguing this weekend.


Columbus Major Awards and Final Standings

Still waiting on the rest of the Awards

Player Tournament Awards Players Name Plays For
All Tournament Team Tim Howard Vivid
All Tournament Team Travis Clark Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Buddy Wolf Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Addison Rayford Vivid
All Tournament Team Isaac Gonzalez Vivid
All Tournament Team Kyle Pearson Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
Place State Team Team
Class
Wins Losses Ties Runs
Scored
Runs
Allow
Avg
Runs
Avg
Allow
Avg
Diff
Max
Runs
USSSA
Points
1 IN – Aurora backman shoppe louisville slugger USSSA-SPMensMajor 6 1 0 222 147 31.7 21 10.7 36 300
2 FLS – Winter Haven resmondo specialty tank worth USSSA-SPMensMajor 6 2 0 236 206 29.5 25.7 3.75 45 225
3 NY – Cicero smash it sports/asp/h.auto/mr.wiggl USSSA-SPMensMajor 7 2 0 254 174 28.2 19.3 8.88 36 200
4 TXN – Frisco Vivid USSSA-Mens-AA 4 2 0 143 152 23.8 25.3 -1.5 34 175
5 NY – Commack the scene/adiktiv/monsta/klutch USSSA-SPMensMajor 4 2 0 148 100 24.6 16.6 8 34 155
5 MN – Medina Xtreme/Miken USSSA-Mens-AA 3 2 0 108 106 21.6 21.2 0.40 37 155
7 DC – Washington semper/demarini/klutch/timbuktu USSSA-Mens-A 4 2 0 134 102 22.3 17 5.33 33 130
7 WA – Bothell newbreed/gts/beus excavation/dirtys USSSA-Mens-AA 4 2 0 177 128 29.5 21.3 8.16 37 130
9 OH – Cincinnati OH & /Indianapolis IN tg/red's astros/headlines/k&g/worth USSSA-Mens-AA 3 2 0 146 118 29.2 23.6 5.6 37 110
9 WA – Kent TEAM COMBAT/BAUGHFORD.COM USSSA-SPMensMajor 2 2 0 122 116 30.5 29 1.5 42 110
9 OH – West Chester 3rd street/louisville slugger USSSA-Mens-A 2 2 0 121 90 30.2 22.5 7.75 45 110
9 IL – Chicago Precision USSSA-Mens-AA 2 2 0 84 91 21 22.7 -1.7 25 110
13 TXN – Gladewater bhr/coppermine lodge/asp/worth USSSA-Mens-A 3 2 0 129 121 25.8 24.2 1.6 32 70
13 MO – Branson Nightmare/Miken USSSA-Mens-A 3 2 0 155 145 31 29 2 39 70
13 NY – Wading River thunder/blowoutpicks.com/empire USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 82 102 20.5 25.5 -5 33 170
13 MI – Warren Line Drive Sportz/Easton USSSA-Mens-AA 2 2 0 90 76 22.5 19 3.5 37 70
17 NC – Wilmington TM Sports/Mizuno USSSA-Mens-AA 1 2 0 79 96 26.3 32 -5.6 31 40
17 MI – Flint TG Brand USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 47 78 15.6 26 -10. 23 140
17 NC – Greenville Bad Draw/Broughton/Worth USSSA-Mens-AA 1 2 0 42 80 14 26.6 -12. 27 40
17 MN – Minneapolis eurotech-elite media design-easton USSSA-Mens-AA 1 2 0 51 70 17 23.3 -6.3 36 40
17 MI – Dearborn rebel sports/ hang rite / miken USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 55 63 18.3 21 -2.6 24 140
17 NJ – Jackson above all landscaping/evo9x/miken USSSA-Mens-A 1 2 0 63 57 21 19 2 32 40
17 PAW – Pittsburgh all in/psb/wiggles sports/elite USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 67 82 22.3 27.3 -5 26 140
17 OH – Kent JBL/Tailgaters/B&E/Worth USSSA-Mens-A 1 2 0 62 82 20.6 27.3 -6.6 31 40
25 OH – Columbus xtreme associates/harpers/miken USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 48 81 16 27 -11 27 65
25 OH – Columbus Old Bag/HDLN's/Miken USSSA-Mens-B 1 2 0 31 66 10.3 22 -11. 15 65
25 MO – Saint Peters SOL Softball/CastleSports USSSA-Mens-C 0 2 0 21 63 10.5 31.5 -21 15 140
25 OH – Columbus columbus pipe/cotner/mts nutrition USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 30 58 15 29 -14 22 65
25 IN – Indianapolis STL/Mizuno/Sportsmanshop USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 22 64 11 32 -21 13 140
25 OH – Cincinnati premier/easton/silvertowne/hdlns USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 55 58 27.5 29 -1.5 40 65
25 GA – Macon Primetime/Easton/Storm USSSA-Mens-A 0 2 0 31 43 15.5 21.5 -6 23 40
25 KY – London Buffalo wings and rings USSSA-Mens-A 0 2 0 28 46 14 23 -9 19 40
33 PAW – Pittsburgh la famiglia/elite/mr. wiggles/worth USSSA-Mens-C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 65
33 OH – Barberton Nager Law/Pepco/Worth USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 33 52 16.5 26 -9.5 23 65
33 OH – Grove City mj lowe USSSA-Mens-C 0 2 0 50 53 25 26.5 -1.5 36 0