"Battle on the Chesapeake"
Nationwide Conference USSSA!
Rapid Fire bats against Pure Sports in the winner's bracket finals
The Bash on the Chesapeake Major started with 32 teams on Saturday morning at 8 AM. There were no real upsets in the first round and the CTC/SouthShore (B) group knocked of Stars/VSP/Miken (A) 18-16 in the 2nd round. By the final 8 there were 6 Conference teams and 2 non-Conference teams battling it out and the 2 non-Conference teams Titans (OH-B) and CTC (MA-B) actually played each other. In that round of 8, Rapid Fire Athletics/Sports Lounge (VA-A) beat Pauer Sports/JBL/Tailgaters (OH-A) 33-29, Wiley's Supreme/Alpha (FL-B) upset Baugh Ford/Pure Sports/Kincaid (AL-A) 33-24, CTC beat Titans by a run 19-18, and Pure Sports/Monsta (SC-AA) beat Smash It Sports/Thunder (NY-A) 26-16. Then Rapid Fire beat Wiley's by 42-38 and Pure Sports beat CTC 29-24 to advance to the winner's bracket finals. In those winner's finals on Saturday night Rapid Fire Athletics upset Pure Sports 40-27.
In the loser's bracket Chosen won 2 straight before Baugh Ford sent them home 25-18, and FishHead won 2 straight before Pauer Sports sent them home 26-25. Then Baugh Ford beat Pauer 40-13 before CTC won the top half of the loser's bracket over Baugh Ford 30-28. In the lower half of the loser's bracket it was La Famiglia beating Looney's 17-2, Stars 29-14, Smash It Sports 'A' team 28-26, Diamond Elite 23-10, and Wileys 27-26 all on Saturday. On Sunday they knocked off CTC 27-25 before losing to Pure Sports 22-2. A 7 game run to a 3rd place place finish by LaFamiglia!
In the championship Pure Sports won their 3rd Conference event of the season as they beat Rapid Fire twice 42-26 and 37-33. In the 2nd game Rapid Fire was down by 4 in the bottom of the 7th with no homer's left and could not score.
Congratulations to all of those top 4 teams on a great weekend of softball! Pure Sports now looks like they will be a solid 4th in Conference points after Resmondo gets their 6th tournament score. And Rapid Fire moves into 13th in the points and is now a contender to be one of the 'A' teams that makes the Major World Series!
A big thank you to UIC Tony Walczak, director Bob Holland, and his nephew Joey who helped put up and maintain the livestream camera.
Team List Breakdown:
32 Teams Overall
9 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams
1 'AA' Teams
7 'A' Teams
8 'B' Teams
8 'C' Teams
8 'D' Teams
1st Place – Pure Sports/Monsta (SC-AA)
2nd Place – Rapid Fire Athletics/Sports Lounge (VA-A)
3rd Place – LaFamiglia/Easton/Elite Sports (PA-B)
Tied for 5th – Baugh Ford/Pure Sports/Kincaid (AL-A)