2010 USSSA Major World Series Recap
2010 USSSA Major World Series
September 22 - 26
"Game ON!" at the 2010 Major World Series! Blake Williams hits a rocket for AJS vs Aubreys and was 6 for 6 in the Series.
FBI's Reggie Schulte climbs the RF wall to try and rob a homerun
Scenic views from the Major and ESPN's Wide World of Sports
The Resmondo Championship team picture
The 2010 Major World Series featured 16 of the 17 top teams in the country and was played at the beautiful ESPN Wide World of Sports Champions Stadium. The tournament was dominated by Resmondo Sports/Specialty Tank/Phonemaster's based out of Winter Haven, Florida, as they went 5-0. Resmondo decimated the competition by outscoring them 141-41 and winning by the run rule in all 5 games! In the winner's bracket championship and the finals they met their arch rival Dan Smith/Menossee based out of California and hammered them into submission by a combined score of 55-20.
The double elimination tournament opened on Wednesday night and the majority of games, I'd say 22 out of 30 were well played with good matchups. Games were played from early morning until late night Thursday through Saturday with the finals on Sunday morning. Weather for the most part was partly sunny, hot, but bearable, with the wind blowing from left to the right field corner most of the week. Games on Wednesday and Thursday were winner's bracket games with loser's bracket starting on Friday morning.
On Friday night before the homerun derby, a lighting warning from Disney officials halted the games for 2 hours and had many derby fans headed to the parking lot. The derby was interesting as Tim Cocco of Jean Shoppe blasted 22 homer's on 25 swings including a perfect round in the championship to clinch the title for the second consecutive year. Most of his homer's carried over the yellow painted "Helmer's Wall" which sits behind the right field fence and parking lot.
As elimination day on Saturday came around, it became clear that the underlying story of the tournament was the FBI 'B' team out of Arkansas that registered big wins over EWS, Sinister, Suncoast, and Combat. The last two being run rule victories. Their only losses were to the two major teams Resmondo and Dan Smith.
Fourth was Team Combat/Laser Vision based out of Seattle, Washington who was playing shorthanded but won 4 straight after losing their first game on Wednesday night to GTL, 33-29, in extra innings.
All in all it was a very well played tournament except for the winner's championship and finals which were a let down for for all.
Sunday morning Final 4. Dan Smith getting ready to take on FBI
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DW's Fixed Camera - I recorded the loser bracket games and webcast them live from a stationary DV camera connected to a laptop computer. What I am saying is, it was cost effective but not of the greatest quality. Better than radio but worse than TV.
Saturday night winner's bracket finals crowd was the largest of the weekend.
Crowds for the homerun derby went down after the rain began to fall
The "Helmer Wall" in right field looks like it is directly behind the fence, but it isn't. Storms roll in.
This picture shows the distance between the "Helmer Wall" (on left) and the Right field fence pitchers warmup pen (on right)
Champion Stadium field dimensions were 335-385-400-385-335
Benches clear in the Resmondo vs Dan Smith after a confrontation between Geno Buck and Don Dedonatis Jr
Player's eyes light up when they see they are hitting the stadium ZN's
The Conference umpires led by UIC Rick Robertson (far right). Larry Lofton, Don Lombard, Carlos Childress, Steve Christie, Dan Sullivan, Doc Beckwell, Jason Oberlag, Duane Posovich, Tony Walczak
"Men's Major World Series" Tournament Awards and Final Standings:
|Player Tournament Awards||Players Name||Plays For|
|Tournament MVP||Don DeDonatis III||ResmondoSport/Specialty/PhoneMaster|
|Offensive Tournament MVP||B J Fulk||ResmondoSport/Specialty/PhoneMaster|
|Defensive Tournament MVP||Rick Baker||Dan Smith/Menosse|
|Defensive Tournament MVP||Rick Baker||Dan Smith/Menosse|
|All Tournament Team||Dennis Rulli||ResmondoSport/Specialty/PhoneMaster|
|All Tournament Team||Michael Dill||TEAM COMBAT / LASER VISION|
|All Tournament Team||Bobby Hughes||ResmondoSport/Specialty/PhoneMaster|
|All Tournament Team||Rick Baker||Dan Smith/Menosse|
|All Tournament Team||Brett Helmer||Dan Smith/Menosse|
|All Tournament Team||Jason Kendrick||TEAM COMBAT / LASER VISION|
|All Tournament Team||Johnny Dykes||Suncoast / Reebok|
|All Tournament Team||B J Fulk||ResmondoSport/Specialty/PhoneMaster|
|All Tournament Team||Don DeDonatis III||ResmondoSport/Specialty/PhoneMaster|
|All Tournament Team||Brian Wegman||Dan Smith/Menosse|
|All Tournament Team||Bryson Baker||ResmondoSport/Specialty/PhoneMaster|
|All Tournament Team||Jeff Wallace||ResmondoSport/Specialty/PhoneMaster|
|All Tournament Team||Tim Howard||Fence Brokers/Gametime Supply/Worth|
|All Tournament Team||Sean McDonald||Jean Shoppe-Easton-Down2EarthSports|
|All Tournament Team||Greg Connell||ResmondoSport/Specialty/PhoneMaster|
|All Tournament Team||Jeremy Isenhower||Dan Smith/Menosse|
|All Tournament Team||RYAN THIEDE||Dan Smith/Menosse|
|All Tournament Team||Seth Stephens||TEAM COMBAT / LASER VISION|
|All Tournament Team||Joseph Urbanek||Fence Brokers/Gametime Supply/Worth|
|All Tournament Team||Andrew Purcell||ResmondoSport/Specialty/PhoneMaster|
|All Tournament Team||Reggie Schulte||Fence Brokers/Gametime Supply/Worth|
|All Tournament Manager||Frank Webb||ResmondoSport/Specialty/PhoneMaster|
|3||AR||fence brokers/gametime supply/worth berth||SPMensB||4||2||0||137||111||22.8||18.5||4.33||29||600|
|4||WA||team combat / laser vision||SPMensA||4||2||0||132||103||22||17.1||4.83||29||500|
|5||FL||Suncoast / Reebok||SPMensA||3||2||0||60||95||12||19||-7||18||400|
|13||WA||northwest combat/ cj financial||SPMensA||0||2||0||25||29||12.5||14.5||-2||13||140|
|13||IL||EWS/SHIRTS and LOGOS||SPMensB||0||2||0||18||38||9||19||-10||16||140|
2010 Major All Tournament Team (at least the ones that were around for the awards ceremony)
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1st GTGG ResmondoSport/Specialty Tank/Phonemaster
Conf 'M' from FL, 5-0 Record
Resmondo dominated every phase of every game. Pitching, defense, baserunning, extra base hits, two out hits and the list goes on and on. Resmondo dismantled each opponent mentally by jumping on them early. They outscored their opponents 77-13 in the first two innings in the five games combined, averaging a 12 run lead going into the 3rd inning.
Congratulations to Resmondo who seemed to be at their lowest moral point in team history after the Conference Championships where they went 1-3 and quite a reversal from the 6-7 record against upper level teams over the previous 3 tournaments.
Resmondo sponsorship group trophy presentation
Resmondo finishes off Dan Smith by the run rule
I did a statistical analysis of the series.
A/B teams playing AGAINST EACH OTHER batted .527 and hit a homer every 10.95 at bats.
A/B teams vs Resmondo batted .463 and hit a homer every 6.7 at bats. (interesting on the homerun frequency although Resmondo games were all at night time when the ball goes better)
Dan Smith playing A/B teams batted .611 and hit a homer every 3.65 at bats.
Dan Smith playing against Resmondo batted .455 and hit a homer every 4.58 at bats.
The conclusion here is that teams hit 70 points lower vs Andy Purcell and Resmondo's great defense eventhough 4 of the 5 games Resmondo played were at night when the ball flies better.
On the offensive side Resmondo batted .675 which was 74 points higher than the second highest team and they had an onbase of .711 which was 75 points higher than the next highest team.
|3||DeDonatis III, Don||5||16||18||13||4||0||7||12||6||1||0||0||0.864||2.375||0.813|
Resmondo's BJ Fulk was 12-16 (.750) with 6 HR, 16 RBI, and 6 BB's to earn Offensive MVP
Resmondo's Tournament MVP Don Dedonatis Jr. (13-16 .813, 7 HR, 12 RBI) and wife
Jr was well deserving but I had Purcell and his dominating pitching as the MVP, 13-19 .684, 4 HR, 14 RBI. ERA = 16.04 (which is very good for Major Softball)
2nd GTGG Dan Smith/Menossee
Conf 'M' from CA, 4-2 Record
Team Dan Smith looked ready. They had their gloves and everything
Dan Smith did everything a team needed to do to win the Major coming into the tournament. They got hot at the end of the season, beating Resmondo 5 of the last 6 times they played, on both softball fields and baseball fields. They were as healthy as they had been all season as well. Second place is was not what this team came to accomplish. It was win or bust for this Dan Smith team and bust it was.
After a 20-1 drubbing of Hubs Pub in their opener on Wednesday night the Dan Smith team had some inner turmoil as middle infielder Dal Beggs was reacted to his benching. This benching and his subsequent departure from the team led to an infield that had players playing out of position. I suppose the mentality that they could just win with homeruns was in the back of their minds. Playing Helmer at 2B against Resmondo just doesn't work and Denny Crine was playing 3rd base in the championship because Genter was struggling at the plate. Helmer was slow on the doubleplay turns and struggled with the hard grounders. The management needs to be more creative. Maybe play Genter at middle infield.
In their 2nd game against AJS on Thursday, DS used a Brett McCollum bomb to take a 19-5 lead in the 4th and a Helmer grand slam in the 6th to win 30-20.
On Friday against Shoppe, Dan Smith trailed 14-10 until a 10 run bottom of the 5th followed by a great diving stop by JD Genter ended the 6th with Shoppe rallying. Smith won 24-21.
On Saturday in the winner's bracket championship Dan Smith had a complete offensive and defensive meltdown as Resmondo crushed them and flip flopped them 29-11. Dan Smith management did not make one substitution in this game and pitcher Geno Buck allowed 29 runs on 25 hits with a staggering 11 walks? The defense also contributed to the delinquency with a multitude of bad errors. I have been told by some that the strikezone in this game was skewed towards Resmondo. I have to say that at this tournament more than any other I payed attention to strikes and balls more than usual and I didn't see a difference between the two teams. I'll go back and look at the video though and see if I can see anything there.
Early Sunday morning in the loser's championship Dan Smith trailed FBI 13-2 in the third when Jeremy Isenhower hit a grand slam and the first 11 hitters scored on 10 hits to make it 13-13. The game was close from there on. In the 6th JD Genter hit a solo homer to get the lead 22-21 and Smith held on to win 23-22 when FBI only scored 1 run in the last 3 innings.
In the Championship game, two Dan Smith errors in the 2nd inning led to a BJ Fulk grand slam and an 11-1 deficit which got worse in the 3rd (25-2). In the 3rd and 4th Brett Helmer hit homer's which were his record 93rd and 94th in World Series play. The homer in the 4th kept the game from being a 20 run rule but Smith would lose in a rout 26-9.
Brian Wegman's homer over the scoreboard at the HR Derby may have been Dan Smith's only highlite?
Rick Baker was tabbed Defensive MVP
3rd Fence Broker's Inc/Gametimesupply.com/Worth
Conf 'B' from AR, 4-2 Record
Highest finishing 'B' team ever at the Major World – 3rd Place – Fence Broker's Inc/Gametimesupply.com/Worth
FBI trailed in their opener 6-0 in the 1st inning against EWS but put up an incredible 16 run third and cruised to a 26-16 victory.
On Thursday afternoon they used a 3 run homer by Zach Keene in the 1st and 3 more HR's in the 2nd to take a 12-6 lead on Sinister. Then Sinister responded with a 10 run 3rd inning behind a Kevin Filby bomb to make it 16-13 Sinister. FBI kept it close the rest of the way with outstanding defensive plays by Tim Bowser at first base and a great diving catch in left field by Chad Walker. FBI finally won in the 8th inning on a Reggie Schulte go ahead homer and held off Sinister 26-23 on another Chad Walker diving catch.
On Friday evening after the rain delay and the homerun derby, FBI allowed 11 runs in the first to Resmondo and lost 26-6. In the game Resmondo's Greg Connell hit a bomb over the "fake" flags in left field, Brian Rainwater hit a rainbow homer to deep right center field, and Jeff Wallace hit one over the 6 story high scoreboard in center field.
On Saturday FBI knocked off Suncoast 28-8 on early homer's by Reggie Schulte and John Glidewell and back to back triples by Schulte and Chris Walker. Then late Saturday night FBI run ruled Team Combat 29-14 behind 8 homer's including two by Tim Howard and an 8 run first inning.
On Sunday they led most of the game against Dan Smith but fell short with a pair of eggs late and a 1 run 7th to lose 23-22.
FBI finishes as the top finishing 'B' team in World Series history and finish the season with a 23-13 record against A/B teams. A great run for FBI who played without SS Pat Burton, Brent Gigerich, and a couple others. They replaced those guys with the up and coming outfielder Reggie Schulte the defensive specialist middle infielder Joey Tautges (both from Mr D's of the ASA world), and former Savesecond shortstop Joey Urbanek who played a gritty tournament and hit the ball very well.
Tim Howard is my pick for Offensive Player of the tournament – 20-27 (.741) with 8 HR's, 25 RBI
USSSA newcomer and Mr D's standout Reggie Schulte made all tournament for FBI
Player/Sponsor Chris Walker for FBI chipped in with 6 extra base hits
FBI's Zach Keene homer's against Sinister
FBI's Tim Bowser hits a grand slam off the scoreboard. I have no idea why this video is in slow motion or how it got that way?
4th Team Combat/Laser Vision
Conf 'A' from WA, 4-2 Record
Cooper explains to his team that in order to win, you have to hit the ball to right field where the wind is blowing out!
Team Combat opened up late Wednesday night with a 33-29 extra innings loss to GTL in a game that could have gone either way. On Friday they used two Jason Kendrick homer's to beat Albicocco 16-15. On Saturday morning they put up a 20 run first inning on the baseball field behind the Stadium against Sinister and won 26-3. In the afternoon they run ruled Logo Express 22-7 when Johnny McCraw hit one off the scoreboard in the first inning and robbed Brian Autry of a 2 run homer in the 4th.
Late afternoon Saturday against Jean Shoppe, Combat used a pair of double plays, a great catch in RF, and a diving stop by Sena to overcome a Cooper ejection in a close game. They also scored 9 runs in both the 4th and 5th innings to win 25-16. Johnny McCraw had 2 homers and Jason Kendrick had 3.
In the night cap Saturday to go to the final 3 on Sunday, Team Combat hit 9 homer's including 4 by Jason Kendrick but lost big to FBI 29-14.
Team Combat played without Rusty Bumgardner and Robert Blackburn who were out with injuries. Robert Sena did a nice job at 3B defensively, Chente Granados has stepped up his game offensively and Johnny McCraw, Seth Stephens and Jason Kendrick were making the homerun look easy most of the week. Mike Dill was also lacing hard linedrives all over the park as he batted a team high .765 on 13-17 hitting.
Team Combat's Jason Kendrick being awarded the homerun champion trophy from Larry Lofton. Kendrick hit 11 HR!
Backup pitcher Robert Sena was playing great defensively at third base for Combat
It was good to see Rusty Bumgardner, who recently suffered neck injuries, back at the field
Tied 5th Suncoast/Reebok
Conf 'A' from FL, 3-2 Record
Suncoast gathers after their late Friday night extra innings win over AJS. The best game of the tournament
Suncoast was drilled 28-5 Wednesday night by Resmondo when Suncoast managed just 10 hits. On Friday in the loser's bracket they used a Johnny Dykes grand slam and a double play to end the game to beat NW Combat 16-15. On Saturday morning Suncoast beat GTL 14-10 when they took the lead for good on a Scott King 2 run homer into a stiff wind and had a diving catch by TJ Norris in right field. In the afternoon Saturday, Suncoast was eliminated by FBI 28-8 when they let up 10 runs in the 2nd.
Suncoasts Johnny Dykes had 6 HR and 20 RBI in their 5 games.
Suncoast pitcher Charlie Brown was hit in the right arm with a liner. He is believed to have had a broken arm when he left for the hospital.
Tied 5th Jean Shoppe/Easton/Down2EarthSports
Conf 'A' from TN, 2-2 Record
Jean Shoppe's Tim Cocco hits a perfect round of long balls in the HR Derby
Jean Shoppe scored a 15 run second inning and Tim Cocco hit his 61st career world series homer as they beat Albicocco 21-5 on Thursday. They then turned right around and played GTL to a 16-14 win when Scott Nastally hit a 3 run walk off homer! In the game there were some great plays by Dan Bean, Lee Powers (underated 3rd baseman), and a doubleplay to end GTL's top of the 7th.
On Friday Shoppe used a grand slam by Tim Cocco in the third and another grand slam by Sean McDonald in the 4th to take a 14-10 lead on Dan Smith. Then the defense faltered and let up a 10 run inning to Dan Smith and Shoppe fell to the loser's bracket 24-21. They were eliminated by Team Combat on Saturday when they let up back to back 9 run innings in the 4th and 5th 25-16.
Shoppe finished the season with a losing record to 'A' teams. Shoppe had their whole team and were led by Sean McDonald who batted .667 with 5 HR.
Jean Shoppe left fielder Brad Reckart
Jean Shoppe pitcher Scott Nastally being congratulated after his 3 run walk off homer beat GTL
Tied 7th GTL Cartel/Worth
Conf 'A' from WA, 2-2 Record
GTL was the tournaments best chance to beat one of the Major teams but they never got the chance.
GTL opened with an extra innings win over Team Combat 33-29 when the ball was absolutely flying. Then they lost on a walk off homer by Scott Nastally in the bottom of the 7th 16-14. In the loser's bracket, Conference Defensive MVP Matt Pesso made 3 great plays and GTL beat Wood Law 15-13. In their final game against Suncoast, GTL could not muster any offense with the wind blowing in hard and lost 14-10.
Tied 7th Logo Express
Conf 'B' from GA, 2-2 Record
Logo celebrates another big homer against Team Combat
In a hard hitting but low scoring game, Logo beat NW Combat in their opener on Thursday 14-13. Phil White and Brian Autry had big homer's and Jesse Harrison had a 3 run triple in the 6th. In their second game Thursday night they lost to Resmondo 32-10 when Bobby Hughes hit a grand slam in a Resmondo 9 run 1st inning. Logo left fielder Jesse Harrison did rob Resmondo of a homer though.
In the loser's bracket Logo sent home Aubrey's 18-16. Brian Autry had a 3 run homer. In their final game against Team Combat, Logo lost 22-7. Harrison had another homerun rob, this time he robbed Mike Dill.
The giant scoreboard at Champions stadium posted player pictures
Logo finishes off NW Combat
I owed Philip White some positive coverage after last week
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I will be in Oklahoma City this Saturday for the ASA 'A-D' Championships
Here are some other pics from the Major:
Sinister's Todd Joerling becomes the all time leading hitter in Major World Series history
Pictures and some video clips from the World Series
This clip goes out to AJS Blake Williams grandpa
AJS middle man Terry Rosenbalm held the tournaments highest average (12-13 .923)
Aubrey's Kevin Rye was killing it (11-13 .846, 4 HR to right field)
Hubs Pub posed for a team picture. Unfortunately I was up in the score booth.
There were over 500 men's and women's teams in Kissimmee to play worlds. I think I caught this girl in a pick?
The Hess Fields part of ESPN's Wide World of Sports
Bye Bye Disney
Anyone think these would sell on SoftballCenter.com?
"BAAATTTAAAA" – Conference Umpire Carlos Childress announced his retirement after the last game.
The Championship Trophy Presentation at the men's – women's – and coed International Touch Rugby Championships