2015 USSSA ‘B’ World Tournament Report!
OC Swats Mike "BramZILLA" Brambilla hits a big 3 run homer in their epic championship game comeback!
2015 USSSA '
B/Walk Off' World Tournament
OC Swats Charlie Hinojosa hits the game tying homer to start the bottom of the 7th in the championship game.
Then Caezar Camarillo dubbled and Matt Fox hit the winning hit!
The 2015 USSSA 'B' World is over and it is being coined the "Walk Off Worlds". The USSSA post season is off to a wild start as 11 of the 52 games were won in the last at bat of those games. 17 of the 52 were determined in the last at bat and 19 games were won by 3 runs or less. At any given time 3 of the 4 games being played were great games to watch. What also was amazing is the number of games won by the top seeded teams in their last at bat. OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP from southern California the eventual champion won 2 games in their last at bat including the championship game. 2nd place Compound Athletics/Easton won the loser's bracket championship in their last at bat, and 3rd place Encompass/Eurotech/Easton/CA won 3 of their 4 wins in the last at bat!
The tournament began on Friday at 4 PM eastern and the whole weekend it was 90+ degrees with high humidity and there were a pair of lightning delays during the event. All games were played at the Fortune Road complex in Kissimmee, Florida with its daunting 310-325-325-325-310 field dimensions. They did have a lot of conference umpires and used a .375 compression ball rather than the normal .325 compression ball. This did make for some higher scores but the competition was perfect and teams adjusted quickly after some initial worries. Here is a scoring comparison between the .375 ball used this year and the .325 ball used the past couple of years.
24.35 2015 'B' winning teams runs scored per game
16.35 2015 'B' losing teams runs scored per game
40.70 2015 'B' average runs per game
18.78 2014 'B' winning teams runs scored per game
10.83 2014 'B' losing teams runs scored per game
29.61 2014 'B' average runs per game
19.31 2013 'B' winning teams runs scored per game
11.09 2013 'B' losing teams runs scored per game
30.40 2013 'B' average runs per game
Team Breakdown – Teams Total (21 Conference)
On Friday the great games started early as T's 13 from Nebraska the best non-conference 'B' team knocked off Semper Athletics U.S. military team 22-21. T's would then be struck by the injury bug in their second game when Chaun Demars was out with a bad back and two T's outfielders collided with each other. #3 seeded Encompass/Eurotech/Easton/CA from Minnesota narrowly escaped with a win over local 'D' team Cuttin Up when Encompass right fielder Patrick Ellwanger hit a walk off homer to win it! Pure Romance a conference 'B' team from Ohio came from a 14 run deficit against S2S/REM a local 'C' team to win. PRI pitcher Brandon Jonas was carted off after being hit by a linedrive in the left chest. Luckily he had no broken ribs. Smash It Sports/DirtDawgs a 2014 'C' to 'B' mandatory bumped team from Rhode Island upset 3rd Street from Ohio 19-18 on a walk off single. 3 teams advanced by forfeit as Peak Softball was never coming to the tournament, Team Reebok 'C' team had an illegal roster and was removed, and New Jersey 'B' team Deluxe Bakery had cancelled flights out of Philadelphia due to weather Thursday night. The rest of the favorites Broughton/Bad Draw (NC), OI Livingston (GA), VCH Worth (TX), Classic Glass (CA), Primetime (GA), Compound Athletics (IL), Above All Landscaping (NJ), and Newbreed (WA) all advanced fairly easily.
All second round games were also played on Friday night: #1 OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP struggled but came from behind to beat a very good Texas Conference 'C' team called Steel. KG/Slayer/Wilson/Louisville Slugger an Indiana 'B' team who has struggled all year got a walk off homer from left hander Brandon Sisson in the bottom of the 7th to beat #2 seeded TG Brand 27-25. Broughton/Bad Draw got past T's 13 with their injuries 28-11. OI Livingston beat VCH Worth 26-23 in a close game that could have went either way. Encompass/Eurotech used another walk off homer, this one by center fielder Colin Baartman to beat Classic Glass 14-13. Compound Athletics held down Primetime 22-13 after Primetime had just scored 27 runs on AZM in a run rule shortened game. Above All Landscaping run ruled Pure Romance 28-13 for one of their biggest wins of the season. And Smash IT Sports beat Newbreed 13-12 after midnight Friday in the tournaments biggest upset to make the final 8 undefeated.
The final 8 on Saturday took place at 12:30 PM on all 4 fields simultaneously. There were 4 relative surprises in the final 8 teams: Non Conference B team Smash It Sports, Broughton, OI Livingston and Above All who had all had rough years. Broughton/Bad Draw separated and beat KG Slayer 24-13. Encompass/Eurotech hammered OI Livingston late to win 31-18 after OI had gotten out to a 10-6 lead early on. The Encompass offense taking off after a Patrick Ellwanger homer gave them a 15-10 lead. Compound Athletics beat Above All Landscaping in a marathon game 32-25 in a game that was stalled by a lightning delay. Compound putting up 15 runs in the top of the 1st inning. And OC Swats who had an early 9-3 lead on Smash It Sports after one inning was down 19-9 late after Smash scored 16 runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings combined and OC Swats came all the way back and won the game on a Charlie Hinojosa home run in the bottom of the 7th after a Mario Granados double 26-23.
The final 4 of the winner's bracket started around 6:30 PM Saturday evening under overcast skies and 90 degree temperatures. OC Swats made quick and efficient work of Compound Athletics with leads of 11-0 and 19-4 and won easily 22-7. The game, although a blowout was highlighted by three great defensive plays: Ben Dunn in center field for Compound made some great catches and showed the best range of the tournament of any outfielder. Compound middle infielder John Sullivan ranging to the shortstop side of 2nd base made a twisting leaping throw to first for an out that was one of the best plays of the year. And Chente Granados for OC Swats mad a sliding backhand and LONG throw/quick release for an out to first showing off his quickness and cannon. In the other semi-final the best game of the tournament was a brewing. Broughton/Bad Draws infield made a couple of miscues and Encompass took advantage and pulled out to a lead. Broughton would fight back and both teams were putting up big numbers with clutch hitting. Towards the end of the game Encompass/Eurotech manager Mike Beardsley pinch hit his backup pitcher Dirk Updike for his starting pitcher Allan Ouellette and Updike hit a huge 3 run homer! In the top of the 7th though Broughton came back from 7 runs down and got clutch hits from pitcher Danny Lopez, and Matt Bunn to take a lead and force Encompass to score in the bottom of the 7th. With two outs and a runner on second and the score tied at 23-23 Broughton walked Ehnstrom to get to Allan Oullette who had been reentered at pitcher. Ouellette "clutched up" and roped a solid single to center field where Broughton's Freddie Bynum (who played for the Orioles in the Major Leagues) unleashed an incredible throw to the plate, but the throw drifted high and Encompass runner Brandon Newman scored on a head first slide to win the game 24-23. It was one of those games neither team deserved to lose but in the end Broughton just did not make the plays defensively.
In the winner's bracket finals on Saturday night OC Swats quickly separated from and emotionally drained Encompass team and beat them 29-12.
Meanwhile in the top half of the loser's bracket there was great softball being played all over the park. Pure Romance won 3 nice games in a row before upstart Steel sent them home 30-25. Steel had gotten there by beating AZM when Justin Mark got the game winning hit 24-23. Then Steel beat Newbreed on a game winning hit by middle infielder Nick Mitschke and finally beat KG Slayer on a winning hit by Nate Brock. In the lower half of the loser's bracket it was Classic Glass who won 3 games in a row and TG Brand winning 3 in a row including a walk off winning hit from Ryan Disbennet to beat Smash It Sports 14-13. Late on Saturday evening though it was Compound Athletics outlasting Steel 27-24 with Steel having a chance in the bottom of the 7th and Broughton beating Classic Glass in a high scoring game 35-27 to advance to Sunday.
Sunday morning the loser's bracket started at 8 am where Compound Athletics battled Broughton to a tie in the bottom of the 7th on a Ross Heubner pinch hit and a Ben Dunn tying hit setting up Zach Messer who painted the 3rd base line for a game winning hit with two outs to advance 22-21. In the loser's bracket finals Compound Athletics then beat Encompass 25-17 in a gutty performance by everyone on the Compound team who just outplayed a very good Encompass team. In the championship Compound jumped out to such a big lead on OC Swats that the sentiment in the park was just to end the game and start the "if" game. Compound was up 21-4 in the bottom of the 5th. But OC Swats got 7 runs mostly on base hits in the bottom of the 5th and a whopping 15 runs in the bottom of the 6th. Brambilla and Vega each hitting 3 run bombs to take a 2 run lead to the top of the 7th. In the top of the final inning pitcher/sponsor Jason Wilkins hit a clutch 3 run homer to center field with two outs to give Compound a 1 run lead but it would not be enough. Swats Defensive MVP second baseman Pilar Amaya making a big ranging catch on a grounder and twisting throw for a key out in the top of the 7th. Then in the bottom of the 7th OC Swats 9 hitter Charlie Hinojosa a new talent to slowpitch softball hit a no doubter solo homer to tie the game at 27-27. That was Swats last homer as they had reached the 'B' limit of 6. Then 10 hitter Caezar Camarillo hit a double in the gap and 11 hitter Matt Fox hit an rbi single into left center field to win the game 28-27!
Congratulations to sponsors Henri Nuber and Ric Doerflinger and the entire OC Swats team that has had such an incredible 2015 season! A well deserved championship. And congratulations to Compound Athletics who persevered and made a run Saturday night and Sunday in the loser's bracket reminiscent of the Nordkap and Linedrive runs that earned those teams USSSA 'A' World titles the last two years. Impressive to do in the heat.
The USSSA 'B' Worlds was an incredible start to the USSSA post season. The hard hitting play, the close wins, and the great defense played throughout was fun to see by all teams.
CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY at the USSSA B World!
Compound Athletics pitcher Jason Wilkins hits the go ahead homer in the to of the 7th of the championship game!
Compound Athletics takes on Encompass/Eurotech in the loser's finals
Compounds Kyle Pearson hits against Broughtons Danny Lopez in the first game Sunday morning
Encompass/Eurotech pitcher Allan Ouellette hits the walk off single to plate Brandon Newman
and beat Broughton/Bad Draw/Worth in the winner's semi finals!
Above All Landscapings Jesse Campanelli starts off the tournament against Nightmare Friday
SmashItSports/S&SDirtDawgs/RPN/PCHW's gets a walk off game winning hit from Seth Lobbosiere vs 3rd Street in the bottom of the 7th
Newbreeds Cole Patterson hits against HB Sports
KG/Slayers Brandon Sisson hits a walk off homer to send #2 seeded TG Brand to the loser's bracket
TG Brands Steve Whaley bats against T's 13
AZM's Mike Rauma homers against Steel
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Sunday video clips at 'B' World
Friday and Saturday video clips at 'B' World
Long Bombers of the Week
OC Swats Matt Fox hit the longest homer at night and during the day and the walk off single to win the 'B' Worlds!
Teammate Eddie Vega also hit a bomb on Sunday
USSSA 'B' World Awards and Final Standings
|Player Tournament Awards||Players Name||Plays For|
|Tournament MVP||Paul Winner||OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP|
|Offensive Tournament MVP||Kyle Pearson||COMPOUND ATHLETICS/EASTON|
|Defensive Tournament MVP||Pilar Amaya||OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP|
|All Tournament Team||Ed Vega||OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP|
|All Tournament Team||Ryan McClanahan||OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP|
|All Tournament Team||Cory Hines||Encompass / Eurotech / Easton / CA|
|All Tournament Team||Daniel Lopez||Broughton Pharmacy/Bad Draw/Worth|
|All Tournament Team||Steven Lopez||OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP|
|All Tournament Team||Lyf Nimmo||COMPOUND ATHLETICS/EASTON|
|All Tournament Team||Zach Messer||COMPOUND ATHLETICS/EASTON|
|All Tournament Team||David Forbes||Broughton Pharmacy/Bad Draw/Worth|
|All Tournament Team||Allan Ouellette||Encompass / Eurotech / Easton / CA|
|All Tournament Team||Patrick Ellwanger||Encompass / Eurotech / Easton / CA|
|All Tournament Team||Matt Fox||OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP|
|All Tournament Team||Mike Brambilla||OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP|
|All Tournament Team||Johnathon Williams||COMPOUND ATHLETICS/EASTON|
|All Tournament Team||Matt Vern||COMPOUND ATHLETICS/EASTON|
|All Tournament Team||Eli Aguilar||OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP|
|All Tournament Team||Charlie Hinojosa||OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP|
|1||CAS – Yorba Linda||oc swats doerflinger/miken/lcp||USSSA-Mens-B||5||0||0||127||88||25.4||17.6||7.8||29||650|
|2||IL – CHICAGO||COMPOUND ATHLETICS/EASTON||USSSA-Mens-B||6||2||0||186||156||23.2||19.5||3.75||32||350|
|3||MN – Champlin||encompass / eurotech / easton / ca||USSSA-Mens-B||4||2||0||119||127||19.8||21.1||-1.3||31||300|
|4||NC – Greenville||broughton pharmacy/bad draw/worth||USSSA-Mens-B||3||2||0||131||97||26.2||19.4||6.8||35||250|
|5||TXS – Corpus Christi||Steel Qualified||USSSA-Mens-C||4||2||0||138||121||23||20.1||2.83||30||200|
|5||CAN – San Jose||Classic Glass/Easton||USSSA-Mens-B||4||2||0||125||121||20.8||20.1||0.66||27||200|
|7||OH – Cincinnati||pure romance/foulks adjusting/headl||USSSA-Mens-B||4||2||0||149||133||24.8||22.1||2.66||33||150|
|7||MI – Flint||TG Brand||USSSA-Mens-B||3||2||0||114||96||22.8||19.2||3.6||30||150|
|9||NJ – Jackson||above all landscaping/evo9x||USSSA-Mens-B||2||2||0||96||84||24||21||3||28||110|
|9||GA – Peachtree City||oi livingston/tnt hauling/brother's||USSSA-Mens-B||2||2||0||85||91||21.2||22.7||-1.5||26||110|
|9||RI – North Smithfield||smashitsports/s&sdirtdawgs/rpn/pchw Qualified||USSSA-Mens-B||2||2||0||70||71||17.5||17.7||-0.2||23||110|
|9||IN – Lanesville||kg/slayer/wilson/louisvilleslugger||USSSA-Mens-B||1||2||0||44||68||14.6||22.6||-8||27||110|
|13||NE – Omaha||T's 13 / Demarini Qualified||USSSA-Mens-B||2||2||0||77||92||19.2||23||-3.7||28||95|
|13||TXN – Dallas||VCH Worth||USSSA-Mens-B||2||2||0||80||62||20||15.5||4.5||23||70|
|13||WA – Bothell||newbreed/all american athletics/dem||USSSA-Mens-B||2||2||0||78||62||19.5||15.5||4||23||70|
|13||GA – Macon||Primetime/Easton||USSSA-Mens-B||1||2||0||59||48||19.6||16||3.66||27||70|
|17||MO – Branson||Nightmare/Miken||USSSA-Mens-B||1||2||0||58||63||19.3||21||-1.6||27||40|
|17||CT – Enfield||RDD/ATWL/EASTON Qualified||USSSA-Mens-B||1||2||0||51||62||17||20.6||-3.6||27||65|
|17||OH – West Chester||3rd street/hubs pub/louisville slug||USSSA-Mens-B||1||2||0||42||57||14||19||-5||18||40|
|17||AR – Rogers||bear hollow ranch/cl/buzini/easton||USSSA-Mens-B||1||2||0||78||60||26||20||6||43||40|
|17||AZ – Gilbert||AZM/Easton||USSSA-Mens-B||1||2||0||40||62||13.3||20.6||-7.3||23||40|
|17||NJ – Runnemede||Deluxe Bakery||USSSA-Mens-B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||40|
|17||CO – Colorado Springs||peak softball/rockland llc||USSSA-Mens-C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||40|
|17||DC – Washington||Semper Athletics/Demarini||USSSA-Mens-B||0||2||0||25||41||12.5||20.5||-8||21||40|
|25||FL – Kissimmee||Cuttin Up Qualified||USSSA-Mens-D||0||2||0||32||66||16||33||-17||22||45|
|25||FL – Palm City||HB Sports Qualified||USSSA-Mens-C||0||2||0||18||37||9||18.5||-9.5||10||45|
|25||FL – SEMINOLE||S2S/R.E.M. Qualified||USSSA-Mens-C||0||2||0||48||60||24||30||-6||27||45|
|25||FL – TAMPA||TEAM REEBOK DUDLEY||USSSA-Mens-C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||45|
|25||FL – Miami||Easyway/One Payment/ATWL Qualified||USSSA-Mens-C||0||2||0||19||42||9.5||21||-11.||11||45|
|25||FL – Gainesville||beckham brothers construction Qualified||USSSA-Mens-C||0||2||0||27||49||13.5||24.5||-11||15||45|
MVP – OC Swats pitcher Paul Winner and Defensive MVP – OC Swats 2nd baseman Pilar Amaya
Offensive MVP – Compound Athletics Kyle Pearson
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1st Place OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP
Conf 'B' from CA 5-0 Record
OC Swats travelled well and won 3 very close ball games including needing two walk off hits, one by rookie Charlie Hinojosa to beat Smash It Sports, and one by Matt Fox to beat Compound Athletics, to win the World tournament. They truly were the best of the best and capped a season of being the top B team in the country with a group of close knit players and management and sponsorship that made small tweaks to accomplish the ultimate goal. Chente Granados at shortstop and Pilar Amaya at second base each made a couple of amazing plays. Camarillo had the clutch double and game winning run the final game. Pitcher Paul Winner the only player not from the west was the final piece to the puzzle and got the MVP. Mario Granados, Winner, and Hinojosa were the only roster adds really at the end of the day with this team. And of course Winner replaced Tyson Steele and Mario replaced Westy Guill.
Congratulations on a great season and good luck at the Major!
OC Swats lineup:
1B Steven Lopez
RF Eli Aguilar
C Mike Brambilla
2B Pilar Amaya
SS Chente Granados
EH Ed Vega
LF Mario Granados
MI/P Ryan Mcclanahan
P Paul Winner / 3B Charlie Hinojosa
CF Caezar Camarillo
3B Matt Fox
Stevie Lopez and Eli Aguilar
SS Chente Granados one of the quickest but still hard throws in the game
EH Eddie "The Kid" Vega and IF/P Ryan McClanahan
Mario Granados huge double vs SmashItSports set up Charlie Hinojosa's walk off homer
A well deserved 'B' World trophy for sponsors Ric Doerflinger and Henri Nuber.
For those 'C' teams out there it took Henri 4 years to get to the top of the 'B' division.
When you enter a new division it takes time to compete and figure it out unless you have unlimited resources.
2nd Place – Compound Athletics/Easton
Conf 'B' from IL 6-2 Record
Compound Athletics really only played poorly in one game and that was the semi finals against OC Swats when they lost 22-7. In every other game they persevered and were patient and did what they had to do to win including that walk off Sunday morning win when Messer got the game winning hit in the bottom of the 7th. Good power was provided by Offensive MVP Pearson, catcher Lyf Nimmo, and Howard and Williams. This team also got some great defense from CF Ben Dunn and SS Messer among others. Cooper and Wilkins shared the pitching duties and used a whole army of players at different times.
Compound Athletics lineup:
SS Zach Messer
1B Kyle Pearson
RF Brad Lunda
3B John Williams
EH Matt Vern
2B John Howard
LF Justin Stuart / Huebner
C Lyf Nimmo
P Jason Wilkins / Stephen Cooper
MI John Sullivan
CF Ben Dunn
They used a ton of guys this was just the lineup I wrote down as I was watching Sunday morning.
Compound 3B Jonathon Williams, SS Zach Messer, MI John Sullivan
Lyf Nimmo was "on it" and has perfected the bat flip
Pitcher Stephen Cooper does the "oh what time is it" look at the fake watch fake.
SS Zach Messer made a number of diving stops and also a great backhand in the hole and jump twist throw in the championship!
3rd Place – Encompass/Eurotech/Easton/CA
Conf 'B' from MN 4-2 Record
Encompass won their first 4 games including 3 games where they got walk off game winning hits from Patrick Ellwanger (HR), Colin Baartman (HR), and Allan Oueleete (base hit). The game against Broughton in the semi finals was one of the best games of the year. A gutty performance and season for Encompass as talent coupled with a few roster tweaks, hard work, and chemistry gave them a Sunday finish at the B Worlds.
RF Ryan Hassler
EH/RF Patrick Ellwanger
CF Colin Baartman
C Chris Olson
2B Cory Hines
LF/SS Tim Nielson
1B Justin Barber
SS/2B Grant Grimmett
MI Brandon Newman
3B Joe Ehnstrom
P Allan Ouellette
They have some right hand mashers like Olson, Barber, and Hines
Backup pitcher Dirk Updike hits a big pinch hit homer against Broughton!
Colin Baartman hits a walk off homer against Classic Glass
Patrick Ellwanger hits a walk off homer against Cuttin Up
4th Place – Broughton Pharmacy/Bad Draw/Worth
Conf 'B' from NC 3-2 Record
Broughton saved their best softball for the end of the season and were able to overcome defensive miscues in their first two wins but not the third game against Encompass where they lost by 1 run. Late Saturday they beat Classic Glass to make it to Sunday where they lost by 1 run late against Compound Athletics. Everyone on the team seemed to have their ups and downs but they found ways to win or at least compete in all of their games. They have an outside chance at the Conference Qualifier, at least being the highest non-qualified team and getting the berth.
2B Shaun Bridger
CF Freddie Bynum
LF/C Adam Rockoff
1B/C Matt Tindell
RF Evan Jarman
SS CJ Jacinto
3B/1B David Forbes
MI Joel Ramos
P Danny Lopez
C/3B Matt Bunn
Danny Lopez and Joel Ramos up the middle for Broughton
Matt Bunnhits a big go ahead homer in the top of the 7th on Sunday vs Compound Athletics
Tied 5th Place – Steel
Conf 'C' from TX 4-2 Record
Steel, what can we say this team is a hard hitting lunch pail kindof a team that maybe look like "just a C team" but when you look under the hood and their track record they compete harder and play better when they play up. Vasquez, Cridland, and Mitschke leading the way on offense and defense, some pitching depth with Fail and Guillory, and some good B and C experienced mixed in coupled with a few walk off wins and Steel made one of the best runs by a 'C' team in the history of the game, just one big inning away from tying Jolt who is the only C team to finish in the top 4.
All year I've thought to myself Steel is a very good C team but one of maybe 32 that could win C Worlds, but after this weekend I think its possible they are actually the favorite…UNLESS they truly are one of those teams that play better when they play "up".
Infielders Matt Vasquez (top left) Mark Cridland (top right) and Nick Mitschke (below) will try to lead Steel to a
'C' World title
Steels Justin Mark hit the walk off to beat AZM
Tied 5th Place – Classic Glass/Easton
Conf 'B' from CA 4-2 Record
Classic Glass tried to salvage a forgettable season with a 'B' World run. Unfortunately they were trying to make the run from the loser's bracket as they lost on Friday night on a walk off homer to Encompass. But in the losers bracket they got a fresh start after advancing past Peak on a forfeit and won 3 straight games by 2 runs or less against VCH, Above All, and TG Brand. Late Saturday night they were eliminated by Broughton who seemed to have to much firepower for them. Many thought center fielder Tyler Espland made one of the best catches against TG Brand late in the game to preserve that win. Adam Smylie was adding some much needed power, Sean Boldt was banged up, and they moved Chris Terry to shortstop and brought in a new pitcher (I didn't catch his name).
Classic Glass left side Mike Powers, Chris Terry, Dameon Smith
Tied 7th Place – Pure Romance/Foulks Adjusting/Headlines/Easton
Conf 'B' from OH 4-2 Record
PRI lost their main pitcher Brandon Jonas to a line drive to the left chest early in the tournament (first game). Rocky Staton came on and did a nice job on the bump thought as PRI beat 3rd Street, Primetime, and OI Livingston scoring at least 24 runs in each game. Late Saturday night a hard hitting Steel team sent PRI home. They were my pick to win it… 🙁
PRI's corner man Brandon Oneal sporting the Pittsburgh Pirates look
Rocky Staton had to hold down the pitching duties after Jonas got knocked out
Pure Romance pitcher Brandon Jonas was in better spirits after being carried off Friday night hit by a line drive in the chest.
It may have been the meds though…
Hang in there Jonas you are one tough pitcher!
Tied 7th Place – TG Brand
Conf 'B' from MI 3-2 Record
TG pitcher Danny Evans
TG Brand after a great Michigan tournament the week before was one of the favorites for the 'B'. But Jeff Payton one of the keys to both their defense and offense no showed and they were missing their second pitcher Faron Miller for Fridays games because he was with the Future Stars. None of that should have affected their opening game loss to KG Slayer though as KG hadn't done much in the B division all year. But thats why we play the games. TG recovered some in the losers bracket with wins over Bear Hollow, T's 13, and a walk off win over Smash It Sports before losing to Classic Glass in a game that could have went either way in the 7th inning.
TG Brands Ryan Disbennet hits a walk off shot down the RF line to beat Smash It Sports
More pictures below
Other top finishing teams
Smash It Sports finished 9th and had some huge line drive hitting innings and beat 3rd Street and Newbreed in close games.
They then lost on the last at bat to OC Swats and TG Brand the #1 and #2 seeds in the tournament.
Great to see a 'C' bump compete like this.
Newbreed tied for 13th. They lost heart breakers to Smash IT Sports and Steel. Just didn't score enough.
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Some more pictures for you:
Primetime struggled with what I thought was their best team in a long time
AZM had a nice new roster but dropped a tough 1 run loss to Steel
RDD was another C to B bump that honored the spirit of the rule.
They have an up and coming team.
VCH Worth didn't end the year the way they wanted after a fast start to 2015.
But they did qualify for the Major!
A virtual who's who of Florida softball…
Til next time…