2015 USSSA Tulsa Major tournament report!
2015 Nationwide Conference USSSA
"Sooner Invitational" Classic
The 1st Annual "Sooner Invitational" Tulsa Major was played in near perfect but windy and at times warm weather in one day at the Carl Smith Sports Complex on 300 foot fields with the regular Conference Dudley ZN ball. There were 15 teams total and 5 Nationwide Conference USSSA teams playing. At the end of a very long day which started at 8 AM and ended after 9 PM Saturday, it was Nightmare/Miken a 'B' team based out of Missouri that prevailed as they knocked off upstart Precision Recovery/Hooters from St. Louis, Missouri by just 1 run 29-28 in the winner's bracket finals, and then Steel out of Texas 29-16 in the Championship. Leaving Precision Recovery 3rd and unheralded AttaBoys was an impressive 4th place.
The tournament began at 8 AM with Attaboys a local 'C' team knocking off Muscle Beach 23-18, and then upsetting Conference 'B' team Bear Hollow Ranch 23-22 after trailing by 12 runs late in the game. The other Conference teams Nightmare, Steel, and Midwest Hearing all won their first game, and Precision Recovery smoked SOCO Softball Club from Colorado 34-1. Then in the 2nd round Nightmare jumped on Mayhem early 13-2 and won easily 20-7. Midwest Hearing made it past the great pitching of Izzy Sports Mark Corey 28-21, and Precision Recovery used a Steel outfield miscue to finally pull away and win 37-32. Izzy Sports pitcher Mark Corey had a perfect windmill release strike three looking call against Midwest Hearing, probably the best trick pitch I have witnessed this season.
In the semi-finals of the winner's bracket Midwest Hearing jumped out to a 13-2 lead on Nightmare. Nightmare would fight back with a 17 run top of the 3rd inning and got a double play ball in the bottom half to lead 19-13. Nightmare was just a little too deep, a little too fast, and a little better defensively than Midwest Hearing and won 32-27 to advance to the winner's bracket finals. In the other semi-final it was the two unexpected teams Attaboys vs Precision Recovery. This would not be a game from the start as the consistent line drive hitting and timely homers of Precision crushed a
"food coma'd" Attaboys 17-2 in 5 innings quick innings.
In the winner's bracket championship Nightmare held leads of 7-4 after 1 inning (using no homers), and 21-14 after 4 innings vs Precision Recovery. Some great defensive plays in the outfield, a full out diver by right fielder Clay Smitherman and plays on the fence by defensive sub Noah Wethington and center fielder Josh Charlton saved the game 29-28. Precision Recovery never gave up though and had a chance to take the lead in the 7th.
Meanwhile in the loser's bracket, Bear Hollow was knocked out by a Steel team that played all day long 22-19. Steel played at 8:00 AM, 9:30, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, 5:00, 6:30, and the championship at 8:00 PM. Wow. Steel ran the loser's bracket with their offense and defense getting stronger as the day went on. They beat MOJO 21-19, Bear Hollow 22-19, Midwest Swing 34-33 (close the whole way), Attaboys 25-10, and Precision Recovery impressively 31-9 to make it to the championship game.
In the championship an energetic Nightmare team jumped on Steel and although Steel had a second wind and had the heart to avoid the run rule on a couple of occasions, Nightmares power, speed, and pitching overwhelmed the tired Steel team 29-16 in 7 innings.
There were 5 Conference umpires in attendance. The fields played short but the games and matchups were competitive. Nightmare was just too much for the field of teams even though they did not start out playing all that great they did finish up strong. Attaboys, Precision Recovery, and Steel with their loser's bracket run were all playing well until their last games when each went silently into the night…
Team Breakdown – 15 Teams Total (5 Conference)
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1st Place Nightmare/Miken
Nightmares Mike Brown hits and sits
Precision Recovery 4 hitter Jason Kirby lays into another one agains Attaboys in the semi finals
The left side of the Nightmare defense TD Thrash, Toby Letak, and Reb Smith
View from left field on Field #5
Fields were a symmetrical 300 feet and played short with lots of foul territory
Muscle Beach wins the best uniforms award
Oldscout pollers were correct picking Nightmare
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Long Bombers of the Week
I am giving Nightmare's TD Thrash the bomber of the week for the hardest hit of the tournament
And Mike Brown for winning the HR Derby
Tulsa Major Awards and Final Standings
|Player Tournament Awards||Players Name||Plays For|
|Tournament CO-MVP||COREY TAPP||Nightmare/Miken|
|Tournament CO-MVP||Corie Waldrop||Nightmare/Miken|
|Offensive Tournament MVP||Mark Cridland||Steel|
|All Tournament Team||Mike Brown||Nightmare/Miken|
|All Tournament Team||Scott Morrison||Nightmare/Miken|
|All Tournament Team||Clay Smitherman||Nightmare/Miken|
|All Tournament Team||Nolan Fogle||Nightmare/Miken|
|All Tournament Team||jason guillory||Steel|
|All Tournament Team||Josh Charlton||Nightmare/Miken|
|All Tournament Team||David Prahm||Steel|
|All Tournament Team||SALOME LEYBA||Attaboys|
|All Tournament Team||Reb Smith||Nightmare/Miken|
|All Tournament Team||Anthony Repplinger||Precision Recovery/Hooters|
|All Tournament Team||Chase Cleveland||Attaboys|
|All Tournament Team||Ethan Stuckly||Steel|
|All Tournament Team||Brad Hall||Precision Recovery/Hooters|
|All Tournament Team||mike burris||Precision Recovery/Hooters|
|All Tournament Team||Mathew Vasquez||Steel|
|1||MO – Branson||Nightmare/Miken||USSSA-Mens-B||5||0||0||144||100||28.8||20||8.8||34||300|
|2||TXS – Corpus Christi||Steel||USSSA-Mens-C||6||2||0||214||176||26.7||22||4.75||34||225|
|3||MO – St. Louis||precision recovery/hooters||USSSA-Mens-C||3||2||0||125||95||25||19||6||37||200|
|4||OK – OKC||Attaboys||USSSA-Mens-C||3||2||0||85||89||17||17.8||-0.8||27||175|
|5||AR – Arkansas||Mayhem/J&R Logistics/ASP||USSSA-Mens-C||3||2||0||92||99||18.4||19.8||-1.4||38||155|
|5||KS – Wichita||MIDWEST HEARING/SYNDICATE||USSSA-Mens-C||2||2||0||114||108||28.5||27||1.5||33||155|
|7||TXW – Amarillo||Throwbacks Sports Bar||USSSA-Mens-D||2||2||0||75||64||18.7||16||2.75||25||130|
|7||AR – Rogers||bear hollow ranch/cl/buzini/easton||USSSA-Mens-B||1||2||0||64||51||21.3||17||4.33||23||130|
|9||OK – Oklahoma City||IzzySports/TKO/Miken||USSSA-Mens-C||1||2||0||70||78||23.3||26||-2.6||31||110|
|9||OK – Stillwell||Seminoles||USSSA-Mens-C||1||2||0||42||74||14||24.6||-10.||28||110|
|9||MO – St lou||Mojo||USSSA-Mens-D||1||2||0||57||67||19||22.3||-3.3||21||110|
|9||AR – Little Rock||Muscle Beach/ST6||USSSA-Mens-C||0||2||0||55||61||27.5||30.5||-3||37||110|
|13||CO – Colorado Springs||SoCo Softball Club||USSSA-Mens-C||0||2||0||6||53||3||26.5||-23.||5||70|
|13||OK – Tulsa||Dirty Birds||USSSA-Mens-C||0||2||0||44||52||22||26||-4||25||70|
|13||OK – Oklahoma City||Oklahoma Clutch***||USSSA-Mens-D||0||2||0||42||62||21||31||-10||22||70|
Nightmare pitcher Corie Waldrep (above) was co-MVP with LF Corey Tapp (Below)
Steel infielder Mark Cridland was offensive MVP but also made a string of incredible diving stops on defense!
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1st Place Nightmare/Miken
Conf 'B' from MO 5-0 Record
Nightmare showed they were the class of a competitive B/C field. Their pitcher Corie Waldrep held down some teams that were putting up big runs most of the day. The outfield made some spectacular catches, the infield with shortstop Toby Letak leading the way was solid after a slow start. And the offense is structured to feed Mike Brown multi-run homers. A true team effort, they showed a lot of speed and extra base hitting and I feel that this Nightmare team is what a 'B' division team should be.
2B Nolan Fogle
EH Trey Gothard
1B Mike Brown
RF Clay Smitherman
SS Toby Letak
3B TD Thrash
C Scott Morrison
LF Cory Tapp
CF Josh Charlton
P Corie Waldrep
MI Reb Smith
Clay Smitherman hit 10 out of 10 homer's in the 2nd round of the HR Derby!
Clay also gets the best diver of the week in the outfield playing right field against Precision in the winner's bracket final which they won 29-28. That was a really big play.
Veteran Trey Gothard was setting the table for Mike Brown
SS Toby Letak showed some great range and arm, and outfielders LF Corey Tapp (above) and CF Josh Charlton (below) add to the team speed.
2nd Place – Steel
Conf 'C' from TX 6-2 Record
Steel's loser's bracket run was documented in the opening. These guys played softball for over 12 hours straight and never gave up. The defense which let them drop to the loser's bracket tightened up with Mark Cridland leading the way with some spectacular diving stops. I think Mark who was named Offensive MVP also could have been named Defensive MVP. The offense with Riddle and Stuckly at the top was set up for David Prahm and newcomer Pedro Hernandez to drive in runs. LaPoint, Justin Mark, and Cridland knew how to pick up the extra bases. And the team just refused to lose almost all day long.
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C #15 Ryan Riddle
MI #17 Ethan Stuckly
1B #14 David Prahm
EH #0 Pedro Hernandez
Mi #54 Mark Cridland
3B #10 Taylor Lobb
CF #21 Justin Mark
OF #23 Donte LaPoint
SS #13 Matt Vasquez
P #84 Jason Guillory / #22 Rodney Fail
LF #1 Casey Brown
Steel outfielder Donte LaPoint hits a walk off grand slam to beat Midwest Hearing in a shootout
Steel's David Prahm was on it
Steel picked up Pedro Hernandez to hit 4th
Infielder Ethan Stuckly made all tournament
3rd Place – Precision Recovery/Hooters
Conf 'C' from MO 3-2 Record
Precision Recovery, a new Conference 'C' team that quite frankly I knew nothing about was impressive. They hit line drives top to bottom. They had their home run hitters in the right spots. Although they don't appear to have a ton of range they do have "sticky" gloves especially in the infield. Meaning they gloved hard shots and bad hops well. This team will be a tough out on Friday nights and Saturday mornings in the Conference.
SS #2 Mike Burris
MI #14 Jeremy Del Los Santos
1B #4 Brandon Brokaw
DH #23 Jason Kirby
3B #9 Anthony Repplinger
RF #24 Ryan Jackson
2B #5 Brad Hall
Lf #27 Marty Clements
10 P Randy Clark
C #7 Drew Himes
CF #1 Brent Dumas
Precision 3rd Baseman Anthony Repplinger made the best diving play by an infielder toward the 3B line and throwing out the runner.
Precision came this close to taking the lead on Nightmare in the 7th inning of the winner's bracket championship game!
4th Place – Attaboys
'C' from OK 3-2 Record
Attaboys shocked Bear Hollow coming from 12 down with 5 HR left late in the game to win 23-22. In the loser's bracket they kept the run going with a nice 27-7 win over Mayhem to make the final 4! Apparently Attaboys has been doing this most of the year as they now have a 28-9 record (11-5 vs 'C' teams) and have won 3 tournaments and had an 11 game win streak earlier in the season.
Tied 5th Place – Midwest Hearing/Syndicate
Conf 'C' from KC 2-2 Record
Midwest Hearing scored at least 26 runs in all 4 games they played and went 2-2. That tells me the defense needed to step up but did not. They didn't score enough in the top of the 7th against Steel to keep their day going and couldn't keep pace with Nightmare after letting up 17 runs in 1 inning.
Trending Down some
Midwest pitcher Justin Bennett
The top of the order was strong with Eubank and Loomis at the top and Brandon Weems in the 3 hole
Tied 5th Place – Mayhem/J&R Logistics/ASP
'C' from 3-2 Record
Mayhem was my non-conference pick to click but they never got going against Nightmare and lost by 20 to Attaboys with a chance to make the final 4 on the line. There is always the Busch!
Mayhem scratches their collective heads at their poor start against Nightmare
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Other top finishing Conference teams
Tied 7th – Bear Hollow Ranch/CL/Buzini/Easton (AR-B) 1-2
I didn't see much of Bear Hollow Ranch after they blew a 12 run lead in their opener.
Trending Down – this should have been their coming out party
I got to talk some softball with former Buzini infielder Brent Lacy
Justin Beal finished 2nd in the Friday night Home Run Derby
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