Note: They don’t have power at the Sports Center fields but said they would provide a generator to plug the livestream into. So check the chat room to make sure the stream is working before purchasing.
Sports Center Classic
2022 Sports Center Classic bracket and team list link
Conference USSSA returns to Michigan for the 1st time since the traditional last chance major was played annually in Sterling Heights, Michigan in 2016. There are 15 teams from 8 different states and 9 of them are from the Conference led by the 3 ‘AA’ teams Bay Area Legends, Chick-fil-a, and Precision. The tournament will be played in one day (Saturday) on 4 – 300 foot fields with the Dudley Pro-M ball (‘DV’ code). The weather looks to be warm and the scores should be fairly low during the heat of the day. The favorite to win is Chick-fil-a who is the #1 seed and has won two tournaments (Atlanta & Maryland) where there were no Major teams. In the “Round of 15” Conference teams Cash House and Meirtran play each other in a battle of ‘B’ teams while 6 other Conference teams take on regional based non-conference teams from Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. One interesting 1st round matchup is TG Brand (MI-B) playing WM Roofing (OH-B) as WM Roofing was a Conference ‘B’ team a year ago although they don’t have the same roster. The “Round of 8” starts early at 9:15 AM with Chick-fil-a taking the field and some possible 10:30 AM matchups include Precision vs Anarchy and the TG Brand/WM Roofing winner taking on Rock Run. The “if” game is scheduled for 10:30 PM so it could be a looong day.
The winner will take home 180 + (9 x 4) = 216 points which for many of the Conference teams could qualify them for the USSSA Major World Series or solidify their current points position. Remember next week the Evansville Dual starts in Indiana on Thursday morning at 8 AM with a record 40 Conference teams in attendance and 180 + (40 x 4) = 340 points to the winner!
Below are the points scenarios for Michigan. As you can see if Rock Run would win that would vault them to 8th in the Conference points standings. If someone like Anarchy won it could jump them to the 11 spot. If Chick-fil-a won it could put them within striking distance of Proton for the #1 seed at the USSSA ‘AA’ Worlds.
USSSALive.com will livestream the event and the new chat room on ConferenceUSSSA.com will be up for updates and to answer your questions.
The Michigan Major Teams
The Playing Fields
Canton Sports Center
46555 W Michigan Ave
Canton, Michigan 48188
Fields 9-12 are being used and they are 300 feet.
Weekend Weather looks warm.
Pollsters say Chick-fil-a.