Nationwide Conference USSSA: 2012 Space City Classic

The rules and equipment:

Dudley Classic M+ balls were used – The walls were peppered and often flown over, even in the 95 degree heat
Wall Ball – All the teams I spoke too were in favor and enjoyed the openness of the game
Short Bases –  Were really of no consequence, for every unturned double there was a throw beaten out at first. So it balanced out all day for every team.

There were a great many new teams exposed to Conference play, but by early Sunday morning, 7 of the remaining 8 teams wore the Conference label. Many of the games would go down to the last inning including a surprise performance by my Buzini squad in the finals

Here is my two cents on the Conf teams in attendance:

SAGNASTY/WORTH/PROTOTYPE GEAR – Did not play like themselves. This normally scrappy bunch lost early to the Arkansas Mayhem. They brought up the rear in this event, but look for much more than was delivered by the C team from TX.

TPS/SPORTSCENTER – Highest finish in a Conference event to date. Still coming together. Beating teams they should, but are yet to win a game they shouldn’t.

FENCEBROKERS/GAMETIME SUPPLY/WORTH – Played the strongest ball they have to date. Gave Resmondo fits for 5 innings. Also their highest finish in a Conference event this year.

HEADHUNTER/CANCOOKER/SHSSPORTS.COM – Played hard and hit it well, just seemed to fall short and could not catch a break that made a difference.

MIKEN MAFIA/ASPNATION.COM – Played hard and furious. Several times were in the last out of elimination and continued to pull victory from defeat. Played Buzini to the wire, just ran out of gas.

BuziniSports.Com/BWW/Worth – All I can say is I am proud to be a part of this team that continues to improve and continues to gel. Great leadership from Donald Plaisance, Clint Harris, Kelly Hartman and Justin Stuart. Stand out rookies and excellent defense are keeping my boys on the minds of all the “big teams”… Great job guys.

RESMONDO/SPECIALTY TANK/WORTH – Played like the best team in the country… Nothing more to say than that. Bubba Mack continues to emerge, Jeff Hall played like yester-year and Andy Purcell’s return to the mound all seemed to be just what the doctor ordered… Add Greg Connell hitting lasers unseen by the naked eye, and the crowds got just what they asked for.

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