33rd Annual Busch/Pepsi Classic tournament preview
"33rd Annual Busch/Pepsi Classic"
The Arkansas Major is this coming weekend July 6-8 at the Sherwood Sports Complex in Sherwood, Arkansas. The tournament features 25 teams overall including 6 teams from the Nationwide Conference USSSA. This is a very good B/C caliber regional tournament and with the predicted 100 degree temperatures should make for some close low scoring games. Close and low scoring of course play into Fence Brokers hands. FBI always plays better in their home tournament and are definitely the favorite here.
With no Major or 'A' teams in the tournament, the top 4 spots are wide open with a number of conference teams looking to score some good points and move up the 'B' rankings to get a better seed for worlds.
Broadcast will start at 5 PM Central on Friday evening with the HOF ceremony and home run derby. Saturday broadcasting will start with the quarterfinals at 2 PM Central. Most all of the final games are on the show field. My flight leaves on Sunday at 3:30 PM, I didn't realize the "if" game of the championship was set for 2 PM. Hopefully the teams that travelled in knew about this ahead of time?
Sherwood Sports Complex – 511 Bear Paw Drive Sherwood, Arkansas 72120
Looks like the picture was taken in the winter, I hear it is a beautiful park
Lets take a look at the bracket. Bracket link:
The top quarter of the bracket is a good warm up for 'C' Worlds as Sagnasty takes on Monster and Miken Mafia takes on Regulators. Any of these 4 teams can come out of this part of the bracket as they all carry some heavy records against their peers. I'll go with Sagnasty over Miken Mafia to go to the final 4.
The second part of the bracket I'll take Team All-Out to beat The Scene. 3rd quarter of the bracket I'll take Buzini over Texas Miken. In the bottom quarter the FBI vs Syndicate game at 11 PM on Friday night should be a good one with the winner beating TPS/Sports Center to go to the final 4. I'll take FBI.
My final 4:
4) Team All-Out
Tied for 5th) The Scene
Tied for 5th) Syndicate
The tournament starts on Friday night at 5 PM central with a Arkansas Hall of Fame ceremony followed by a home run derby where the locals will try to make it to the finals and battle it out against a list of Major players who are coming in to put on a long ball show.
USSSA TODAY 454 HOME RUN DERBY — LAST LEG — BUSCH/PEPSI CLASSIC — FRIDAY JULY 6 — 5PM — SIGN UP HERE
LEG 1 Dudley CHAMPS – Lawson Hipps (Maxx Nutrition) and David Quintanilla (Boudros)
LEG 2 – Hwy Police CHAMPS – Richie Irvin (Maxx Nutrition) and Bryan McClain (AR Elite)
LEG 3 – Tony Jude CHAMPS – Brian Toney (Cut the Rock) and Corey Bowden (Cut the Rock)
LEG 4 – Tournaments of Champs – Brian Toney (Cut the Rock) and Jebbie King (LTB)
LEG 5 – BUSCH PEPSI CLASSIC – FRIDAY, JULY 6
CHAMPIONSHIP – AR CHAMPIONS VS. TEAM WORTH
The Championship will feature:
ARKANSAS WORTH 454 HOME RUN CHAMPIONS VS. TEAM WORTH
ENTRY FEE $10
Each participant will receive 454 tee shirt
454 BATS WILL BE PROVIDED – no hitting against ultras and altered bats
Worth LAUNCH 650 BALLS WILL BE PROVIDED
Round 1: 10 PITCHES/7 SWINGS
Round 2: 5 PITCHES/3 SWINGS
Final Round: 2 PITCHES/1 SWING
Winner of each division gets to compete against TEAM WORTH on July 6 AT THE BUSCH/PEPSI CLASSIC.
Winners of both divisions in all legs will receive a 454 bat and Worth apparel
TEAM AR VS TEAM WORTH — APPROXIMATELY 7PM START TIME
COMING TO CENTRAL AR TO TAKE ON THE TEAM AR WINNERS:
HOME STATE GUYS — TIMMY HOWARD AND BOB HUGHES
OTHERS TO BE ANNOUNCED
andy purcell xxl over 200
kelly hartman xxxl over 200
rj howerton xxxl over 200
brian wegman xxl over 200
jason kendrick over 200
These are some of the best players and home run hitters from the past 20 years.
You will see some HOME RUNS hit like you have never seen before.
tommy vrzal over 200
michael rhodes over 200
garrett groom over 200
craig groom over 200
billy stokes over 200
pat andrews under 200
aaron jacobs under 200
cody johnson under 200
Travis Hulbert – Syndicate – under
Mark Johnson – Syndicate – under
Brian McClain under 200
Wesley Hodges over
Aaron Bottoms under
greg guess xxl over 200
brandon raines xl under 200
cody bankston xl under 200
matt kainer-texas miken over 200lbs
Jeremy Cloud – Over 200
Derrick Corso – Over 200
Matt Whitaker – Under 200
Brian Toney-Over 200
Christopher Holloway-Over 200….Thanks
Corey Bowden Under 200.
Justin Blankenship Under 200
Chris Reynolds Over 200
Matt Jones Over 200
Jr Gantt – over 200
Randy Phillips Over 200
Ray Taylor. Over 200
William herring over 200