The Windy City Invitational was the 11th tour¬nament on the Conference schedule and as the name suggests it was played in a suburb of Chicago called Joliet at the Inwood Sports Complex. Resmondo-Specialty Tank-Worth went 6-0 and defeated Dan Smith-Menosse-Benfield- Combat in both the winner’s bracket finals (34-19) and finals (39-32). This was Resmondo’s 5th consecutive Conference Tournament victory and they increased their winning streak to 25 straight games!
Resmondo-Specialty Tank-Worth was led by Tournament MVP Dennis Rulli who was 20-23 .869 with 2 walks, 7 homers, and 20 RBI. They also had the defensive MVP in Don Dedonatis Jr.
Dan Smith-Menosse-Benfield-Combat finished 2nd and played in the best game of the tourna¬ment, a 42-35 win over Bud Light/TPS/Linedrive/ Sports55 out of Michigan. Dan Smith was led by offensive MVP Scott Brown 23-30 with 7 homers, 16 RBI, and 6 walks.
The third place finisher was GTL Cartel/Stucco/ Worth/Elite who lost an early game to Bud Light 25-23 and rebounded with 4 straight victories over Conference opponents including sending Long Haul/Miken/Phonemasters home with a 40-35 victory. GTL was led by Kevin Filby who had a tournament high 41 RBI.
Fourth Place went to PRI/MFAB/Insanity. PRI is a “B” team out of Cincinnati and lost their first game to EWS/Boombah out of Chicago 15-11. PRI then won 6 straight including 5 wins vs Conference teams to finish 4th. PRI is led by the middle of their defense with pitcher TJ Thompson, middle infielder Terry Rosenbalm, and centerfielder and leadoff man Everett Hibbard.
The Chicago Major is quickly becoming one of the tournaments that most Conference teams are putting on their schedule each year. The tournament drew 18 Conference teams this year!
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