2018 Nationwide Conference USSSA
39th Annual "Busch Classic"
Little Rock, AR
Championship game, Vivids Ryan Dacko hits against Empire
2018 Arkansas Major stats link (When Available)
1st Place – Empire/Acadiana Bar & Grill
The Busch Classic Arkansas Major began with 29 teams, all 'C' and above on Friday night in Sherwood. After the play in games, the round of 16 started with 6 Nationwide Conference USSSA teams advancing – Nallys/D&D/Beserk (MO-A) 38-37 over Hittin Bottom, Smash It Sports Thunder (NY-A) 36-25 over LTL, Olmito Heat/DiamondKingz (TX-B) 18-16 over Insidious, Vivid/Killbombers (TX-A) 33-31 over Big Apple, Seminoles/TPS (OK-A) 29-8 over Aftershock, and All Out/A&A/Steel (TX-AA) 25-10 over All Star Plumbing. Also Empire/Acadiana Bar (LA-B) knocked off Conference team Wood Law (TX-B) 35-14, and non conference 'A' team Team Fan Apparel beat Dirty Softball 33-10.
In the round of 8 Nally's beat Smash It Sports by 1 run 19-18, Vivid smoked fellow Texas team Olmito Heat 20-5, Empire upset Seminoles 28-10, and All Out behind a no hitter pitched by Jeff Graus beat Team Fan Apparel (AR-A) 22-0?
In the round of 4 it was All Out getting by Empire 28-24 and Vivid surviving some big innings against Nally's to win 37-32. In the winner's bracket finals late Saturday night it was Vivid advancing undefeated 38-23 over All Out.
In the loser's bracket it was Seminoles who made a 3 win run only to get beat by Empire. Empire knocked off Smash It Sports (A) 37-22 and Seminoles (A) 38-16 on Saturday night, and All Out (AA) 36-31 on Sunday morning, and then did the unthinkable and "double dipped" Vivid in the finals to become one of the only non-conference teams to ever win a conference event. Empire is led by veteran pitcher Donald "Buckshot" Plaisance and Zane Migues who sparks a young offense.
Total there were 175 teams across 6 men's and women's divisions!
Field 10 – show field for the men's Major
29 Teams Overall
7 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams
1 'AA' Teams
5 'A' Teams
7 'B' Teams
16 'C' Teams
Busch Major Final Standings and Awards
All Tournament Awards have not been entered
Adam Ussery a local who plays with Smash It Sports Major team won the HR Derby
1st Place Women's Major – Smash It Sports/Miken double dipped Bryant Express/OA
2nd Place Women's Major – Bryant Express/OA
In other Conference news, Smash It/Derby Girls/Easton won the California Women's 12 team Major by double dipping ETH in the finals.