Empire wins 39th Annual Busch Major!

2018 Nationwide Conference USSSA

39th Annual "Busch Classic"

Little Rock, AR 

July 6-8

Championship game, Vivids Ryan Dacko hits against Empire

2018 Arkansas bracket and results links

2018 Arkansas Major stats link (When Available)

Link to the Busch Classic facebook page

Link to the Busch website

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

Team Breakdown:
 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.

California Womens Major bracket link


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