2015 Nationwide Conference USSSA
“Sooner Invitational” Classic
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USSSA Tulsa tournament info and bracket link
The 1st Annual “Sooner Invitational” Tulsa Major was played in near perfect but windy and at times warm weather in one day at the Carl Smith Sports Complex on 300 foot fields with the regular Conference Dudley ZN ball. There were 15 teams total and 5 Nationwide Conference USSSA teams playing. At the end of a very long day which started at 8 AM and ended after 9 PM Saturday, it was Nightmare/Miken a ‘B’ team based out of Missouri that prevailed as they knocked off upstart Precision Recovery/Hooters from St. Louis, Missouri by just 1 run 29-28 in the winner’s bracket finals, and then Steel out of Texas 29-16 in the Championship. Leaving Precision Recovery 3rd and unheralded AttaBoys was an impressive 4th place.
The tournament began at 8 AM with Attaboys a local ‘C’ team knocking off Muscle Beach 23-18, and then upsetting Conference ‘B’ team Bear Hollow Ranch 23-22 after trailing by 12 runs late in the game. The other Conference teams Nightmare, Steel, and Midwest Hearing all won their first game, and Precision Recovery smoked SOCO Softball Club from Colorado 34-1. Then in the 2nd round Nightmare jumped on Mayhem early 13-2 and won easily 20-7. Midwest Hearing made it past the great pitching of Izzy Sports Mark Corey 28-21, and Precision Recovery used a Steel outfield miscue to finally pull away and win 37-32. Izzy Sports pitcher Mark Corey had a perfect windmill release strike three looking call against Midwest Hearing, probably the best trick pitch I have witnessed this season.
In the semi-finals of the winner’s bracket Midwest Hearing jumped out to a 13-2 lead on Nightmare. Nightmare would fight back with a 17 run top of the 3rd inning and got a double play ball in the bottom half to lead 19-13. Nightmare was just a little too deep, a little too fast, and a little better defensively than Midwest Hearing and won 32-27 to advance to the winner’s bracket finals. In the other semi-final it was the two unexpected teams Attaboys vs Precision Recovery. This would not be a game from the start as the consistent line drive hitting and timely homers of Precision crushed a
“food coma’d” Attaboys 17-2 in 5 innings quick innings.
In the winner’s bracket championship Nightmare held leads of 7-4 after 1 inning (using no homers), and 21-14 after 4 innings vs Precision Recovery. Some great defensive plays in the outfield, a full out diver by right fielder Clay Smitherman and plays on the fence by defensive sub Noah Wethington and center fielder Josh Charlton saved the game 29-28. Precision Recovery never gave up though and had a chance to take the lead in the 7th.
Meanwhile in the loser’s bracket, Bear Hollow was knocked out by a Steel team that played all day long 22-19. Steel played at 8:00 AM, 9:30, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, and the championship at 8:00 PM. Wow. Steel ran the loser’s bracket with their offense and defense getting stronger as the day went on. They beat MOJO 21-19, Bear Hollow 22-19, Midwest Swing 34-33 (close the whole way), Attaboys 25-10, and Precision Recovery impressively 31-9 to make it to the championship game.
In the championship an energetic Nightmare team jumped on Steel and although Steel had a second wind and had the heart to avoid the run rule on a couple of occasions, Nightmares power, speed, and pitching overwhelmed the tired Steel team 29-16 in 7 innings.
There were 5 Conference umpires in attendance. The fields played short but the games and matchups were competitive. Nightmare was just too much for the field of teams even though they did not start out playing all that great they did finish up strong. Attaboys, Precision Recovery, and Steel with their loser’s bracket run were all playing well until their last games when each went silently into the night…
Team Breakdown – 15 Teams Total (5 Conference)
1st Place Nightmare/Miken
Nightmares Mike Brown hits and sits
Precision Recovery 4 hitter Jason Kirby lays into another one agains Attaboys in the semi finals
The left side of the Nightmare defense TD Thrash, Toby Letak, and Reb Smith
View from left field on Field #5
Fields were a symmetrical 300 feet and played short with lots of foul territory
Muscle Beach wins the best uniforms award
Tulsa Major Awards and Final Standings
|Player Tournament Awards||Players Name||Plays For|
|Tournament CO-MVP||COREY TAPP||Nightmare/Miken|
|Tournament CO-MVP||Corie Waldrop||Nightmare/Miken|
|Offensive Tournament MVP||Mark Cridland||Steel|
|All Tournament Team||Mike Brown||Nightmare/Miken|
|All Tournament Team||Scott Morrison||Nightmare/Miken|
|All Tournament Team||Clay Smitherman||Nightmare/Miken|
|All Tournament Team||Nolan Fogle||Nightmare/Miken|
|All Tournament Team||jason guillory||Steel|
|All Tournament Team||David Prahm||Steel|
|All Tournament Team||SALOME LEYBA||Attaboys|
|All Tournament Team||Anthony Repplinger||Precision Recovery/Hooters|
|All Tournament Team||Chase Cleveland||Attaboys|
|All Tournament Team||Ethan Stuckly||Steel|
|All Tournament Team||Brad Hall||Precision Recovery/Hooters|
|All Tournament Team||mike burris||Precision Recovery/Hooters|
|All Tournament Team||Mathew Vasquez||Steel|
Reb Smith Nightmare – All Tournament
Josh Charlton Nightmare – All Tournament
|1||MO – Branson||Nightmare/Miken||USSSA-Mens-B||5||0||0||144||100||28.8||20||8.8||34||300|
|2||TXS – Corpus Christi||Steel||USSSA-Mens-C||6||2||0||214||176||26.7||22||4.75||34||225|
|3||MO – St. Louis||precision recovery/hooters||USSSA-Mens-C||3||2||0||125||95||25||19||6||37||200|
|4||OK – OKC||Attaboys||USSSA-Mens-C||3||2||0||85||89||17||17.8||-0.8||27||175|
|5||AR – Arkansas||Mayhem/J&R Logistics/ASP||USSSA-Mens-C||3||2||0||92||99||18.4||19.8||-1.4||38||155|
|5||KS – Wichita||MIDWEST HEARING/SYNDICATE||USSSA-Mens-C||2||2||0||114||108||28.5||27||1.5||33||155|
|7||TXW – Amarillo||Throwbacks Sports Bar||USSSA-Mens-D||2||2||0||75||64||18.7||16||2.75||25||130|
|7||AR – Rogers||bear hollow ranch/cl/buzini/easton||USSSA-Mens-B||1||2||0||64||51||21.3||17||4.33||23||130|
|9||OK – Oklahoma City||IzzySports/TKO/Miken||USSSA-Mens-C||1||2||0||70||78||23.3||26||-2.6||31||110|
|9||OK – Stillwell||Seminoles||USSSA-Mens-C||1||2||0||42||74||14||24.6||-10.||28||110|
|9||MO – St lou||Mojo||USSSA-Mens-D||1||2||0||57||67||19||22.3||-3.3||21||110|
|9||AR – Little Rock||Muscle Beach/ST6||USSSA-Mens-C||0||2||0||55||61||27.5||30.5||-3||37||110|
|13||CO – Colorado Springs||SoCo Softball Club||USSSA-Mens-C||0||2||0||6||53||3||26.5||-23.||5||70|
|13||OK – Tulsa||Dirty Birds||USSSA-Mens-C||0||2||0||44||52||22||26||-4||25||70|
|13||OK – Oklahoma City||Oklahoma Clutch***||USSSA-Mens-D||0||2||0||42||62||21||31||-10||22||70|
Nightmare pitcher Corie Waldrep (above) was co-MVP with LF Corey Tapp (Below)
Steel infielder Mark Cridland was offensive MVP but also made a string of incredible diving stops on defense!
2015 Tulsa Major Picture Album Link!
2nd Place – Steel – Texas!
3rd Place – Precision/Recovery/Hooters – Missouri