Major World Series countdown team #17 seed Xtreme/Miken!
#17 Xtreme/Miken – Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
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Xtreme/Miken slipped into the Major World Series as the #17 seed after finishing 2nd in the Nationwide USSSA Conference Qualifier over Labor Day weekend. They came in 2nd at the USSSA 'B' World Tournament and their highlight is their 16-8 record against 'B' teams this year and their 3 wins at both the Dudley and the Smoky Mountain Classic. The team is fairly young with some up and coming players and they are best when they concentrate on defense and line drive hitting. The team has a few players with World Series experience but not a lot..
Outlook: Look for Xtreme to try and score a win in a low scoring opening game against B&B Drywall on Wednesday afternoon. If they can pick up some double plays and make the necessary long throws and play their game, they have an even shot to win.
Major interview with Xtreme/Miken's Mike McGowan – Sponsor
What are your expectations for your team at the Major World Series?
Since this is our first time participating in the Major World Series are expectations are somewhat unknown. We intend to enjoy the 5 day experience with the hopes of being a spoiler and knock off a few teams that may take us lightly.
What players will be missing or injured for the Major World Series and how will that affect your lineup and defense?
At this time we are fairly healthy. A few nicks here and there from the long season but nothing major. We will be missing Mike Rhines who has provided valuable leadership and strong overall play down the stretch.
What players are key to your teams offensive and defensive success at the Major World Series?
Defense has been our strong point this year. We have a very fast and deep group of outfielders led by Mark Harvanko, Matt McGowan, Dan Skelly and Alex Bremer. We also have been extremely strong up the middle (infield) relying heavily on Andrew Lehman, Chris Bauer, and Kyle Decker. With that, the combination of Aaron Lewicki (pitcher), Andrew Lehman (middle infielder) and Mark Harvanko (center field) will be key to our success. Our offensive success will be led by our top 4 hitters. Kyle Decker has been our go to guy in the lead of position followed by Mark Harvanko, Dustin Palm and Todd Newton providing the majority of our power. The middle of our order consisting of Justin Barber, Chris Bauer, Matt McGowan, Seth Brown, Mike Rhines and Alex Bremer has been consistently providing key hits and demonstrating above average power throughout the year. Followed by the end of the order including Andrew Lehman, Eric O Connell, Aaron Lewicki and Craig Arndt maintaining strong on base percentage's providing run production for the top.
What other (if any) tournaments does your team have left to play in 2014?
This is it for the Xtreme/Miken team.
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Conference 'B' (MN)
Eric O Connell
Xtreme Cut and Design
Hall of Fame Classic (Kissimmee, FL)
2nd Annual Columbus BATS Major (Columbus, OH)
Windy City Invitational (Joliet, IL)
32nd Annual Dudley/Budweiser (Brooklyn Center, MN)
46th Smokey Mountain Classic (Maryville, TN)
Miken Last Chance (Sterling Hgts, MI)