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2009 USSSA B World Tournament Recap Part 1

2009 USSSA Class "B" World Tournament Recap!

 

Orlando's Fortune Road Softball Complex

 

September 18-20

 


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Have COMBAT – will TRAVEL!

Northwest Combat/Trojans out of Seattle, Washington came to Florida on a MISSION. Mission Accomplished! They are your new class 'B' World Champions and they did it in a dominating fashion as they outscored their competition 91-26 in 5 games. NW Combat never allowed more than 7 runs in a game during their run and were led by tournament MVP pitcher Derek Warren.

Combat used INTENSE focus, speed, timely power, and a suffocating defense to clean house and win the rings. The Washington based club used a grand slam by veteran slugger Shane McCullough to separate from a feisty Detroit Own's team to get themselves going in their first game and never looked back as they won by the mercy rule 4 times. The only close game was a 7-5 victory over FBI in the heat of the day Saturday when the ball was not going anywhere. Combat defeated Blitz/Watanabe/Weller/Minges/Easton 18-1 on Saturday night in the winner's final and 22-6 in the final game!

Blitz from Cincinnati, Ohio finishes a solid second after making a nice run in the winner's bracket and knocking off the hot AJS team (24-6) in the semi-finals of the winner's bracket. Blitz then made it back to the championship game with a 11-10 win over WCS/LCV when they threw the tying run out at the plate for the third out.

WCS/LCV finishes third after beating FBI 25-17 early Sunday morning in a game that I felt was the best played game of the tournament. Both teams had great homerun management, clutch hitting, and it was just a hard fought game from the beginning. Congratulations to all 4 of these Sunday finishers.


2009 Class "B" World Champions – Northwest Combat/Trojans out of Seattle, Washington


Blitz/Watanabe/Weller/Minges/Easton out of Cincinnati, Ohio was your 2nd Place finisher


WCS/LCV out of Vista, California was 3rd Place


Team Breakdown: There were 30 teams from 17 different states in the tournament. 24-Class "B" teams, 4-Class "C" and 2-Class "D" teams


Some of the 'B' World hardware


Tournament Awards:


Tournament MVP Derek Warren Northwest Combat / Trojans

Offensive Tournament MVP Jason Roesch Blitz/Watanabe/Weller/Minges/Easton (not pictured yet)


Defensive Tournament MVP Jeff Gare Northwest Combat / Trojans

All Tournament Team:

Northwest Combat/Trojans

Manager George Phillips (not pictured – sorry)


Manager Strojan Kennison

Jon Oram

Shane McCullough

Brian Plenkovich

Seth Stephens

Ryan Goodman – defensive specialist who became a tough out in the final games

Francois Henry

Blitz/Watanabe/Weller/Minges/Easton

Frank Gruber (making the game winning tag at the plate)

Rob "The Glove" Menke

Bob Noeth aka "Jamison's personal RBI"

Jon Jamison

WCS/LCV

Matt Pesso

Brendt Newbill

Ed Miller (not pictured)

Fence Brokers/Illustrated Sportswear

Perry Hensley

Tim Bowser


Fortune Road Field Notes: 4 Field wheel complex with fences set at 325 down the lines and 340 to center.


Fortune Road field #1
 


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