The famous “42nd Annual Smoky Mountain Classic” was held this past weekend in Maryville, Tennessee outside of Knoxville. In true “Smoky” tradition the top teams dominated as Resmondo/Specialty Tank/Phonemaster’s and Dan Smith/Menosse finished 1st and 2nd. Resmondo “run ruled” their way through their first 4 Conference opponents and never let up more than 14 runs in a game enroute to the finals on Sunday. Things changed in the Championship game on Sunday though when a Dal Beggs homer for Dan Smith capped an incredible 17 run bottom of the first inning after Resmondo had put up 7 in the top half. Then Resmondo left the door open by leaving the bases loaded in the top of the 3rd and trailed 17-15. In the 4th inning, Dan Smith right fielder Ryan Robbins made a great running catch in the gap on a ball hit by Scott Striebel to keep the game tied at 21-21. Resmondo took the lead for the first time in the 5th on a Jeff Wallace 3 run homer to make it 24-23. Then in the top of the 7th with Resmondo leading 31-30, some poor defense by the Dan Smith infield allowed Greg Connell, BJ Fulk, Scott Striebel, Bryson Baker, and Jeff Wallace to all get a chance to hit homer’s and they buried Dan Smith with a 13 run inning and won 44-33. Connell’s homer was a long bomb which made the Smoky crowd gasp as it cleared the left field trees. Resmondo wins their 3rd Smoky in a row and 6th in the last 8 years.
Albicocco’s/The Scene/Worth from New York finished a surprising 3rd when they scored 11 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to defeat Team Combat/Laser Vision out of Seattle, Washington 26-24. The final blow was struck by “rookie” center fielder Steven Lloyd who hit a 2 run walk off homer.
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