2016 Michigan “Last Chance” Major tournament preview!
"Last Chance" Major
Nationwide Conference USSSA!
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The Michigan "Last Chance" Major will be the final regular season tournament for the Nationwide Conference USSSA and will be played this Friday-Sunday, August 5-7 in Sterling Hts, Michigan just outside of Detroit at the Liberty Park of America. The tournament was named the "Last Chance" because in the old days of softball you had to be the highest finishing team that did not have a berth to get to the Major World Series and it was the last regular season qualifying event. Today, the "Last Chance" moniker still fits because it is the last chance for Nationwide Conference USSSA teams to score points and finish in the top 16 to be awarded a Major World Series berth. #13 Xtreme/Miken (MN-AA), TM Sports/Mizuno (VA-AA), Line Drive Sportz/Easton (MI-AA), Vivid/Worth/Klutch (TX-AA), Nightmare/Miken (MO-A), AllOut/PowerhouseSportz/IzzySports (TX-A), and Bay Area Legends (CA-A) will all fight for those last 4 spots and a guaranteed berth in the USSSA Major World Series.
The tournament weekend kicks off on Friday night with first round games at 6:30 PM and 7:45 PM followed by the traditional home run derby which is usually a 64 player bracket style elimination tournament. Play resumes on Saturday morning at 8 AM eastern with a couple of key matchups and a big round of winners bracket games at 9:30 AM, 11 AM, and 2 PM.
Note: Friday, August 5th is the roster deadline.
Don't forget to add backup players for the post season!
30 Teams Overall
25 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams
5 Major Teams
8 'AA' Teams
5 'A' Teams
8 'B' Teams
4 'C' and 'D' Teams
USSSALive.com will be streaming fields 2, 3, 4, 6 for sure and will try to get some coverage of F1 and F7
The SoftballCenter.com Chat Room will be open all weekend.
Points going into Michigan
The points chase is an interesting one. It appears Backman is a lock for #1 seed at the Major. Smash It and Scene are still battleing for 3rd. Xtreme and JBL are not necessarily locked in but could probably lock in with a 9th place finish. TM Sports gains big with every win. Line Drive is due for a big weekend on their home turf. Eurotech basically falls out of the top 16 when AllOut shows up for Detroit. Vivid and AllOut can gain big points with each win. And Nightmare who comes off their hot win in Maryland is probably the longshot here and really needs a 4th or 5th place finish to have a shot. The spreadsheet below shows how many points a team earns as they fall out of the Michigan Major.
Losers bracket and how many points teams will get as they fall out of MI
Resmondo is back on top of the polling at 40%
My (DW) picks are Backman to win. I've been behind on every pick this year so I'm going with the opposite of what I was thinking lol. I will go with Resmondo 2nd, Scene 3rd, and TG/Reds 4th. Actually in my pickem I took Scene to win just because I am trying to win the pickem and get into the top 16 and they are the hottest team in softball right now. Wegman may try to play some in Michigan. Purcell is still not 100%, not sure how much he will play.
Liberty Park Field Dimensions are all 300 feet deep with 6 foot high fences
33600 Mound Road
Sterling Heights MI 48310
2015 Winner – Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
2014 Winner – Laservision/H Auto/JJ's/Easton
2013 Winner – Resmondo-Specialty Tank/Worth
2012 Winner – Resmondo-Specialty Tank/Worth
The main fields with some HR distances posted for the HR Derby Friday night
1 FL-M Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
2 NY-M SmashItSports/Compound/HAuto/Easton
3 IL-A Precision/Easton/DO
4 IN-A Red's Astros/Louisville Slugger
1 NY-M Laservision/H Auto/JJ's/Easton
2 FL-M Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
3 IN-A Red's Astros/Louisville Slugger
4 IN-M Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger
1 FL-M Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
2 IN-A Reds Astros/Slugger/Stucco/Dirty
3 MI-A Line Drive Sportz/SSS/Miken
4 NY-A Albicocco/The Scene/Easton
1 FL-M Resmondo-specialty tank worth
2 TN-A SHOPPE / TEAM TPS / ELITE
3 IN-B Reds Astros/tps/sports den
4 IA-A R&M Metals/troupe/pipac/s&r/easton
1 FL-M Resmondo-specialty tank / worth
2 IA-A R&M metals/troupe/tcp/easton
3 VA-A Team 454 Emerald/Worth
4 WA-M Team combat/laservision/d2e/supreme
1 CA-M Dan Smith/Menosse
2 FL-M Resmondosport/specialty/phonemaster
3 TN-A Jean shoppe-easton-down2earthsports
4 WA-A Team combat / laser vision
1 MN-M Long haul/miken/phonemasters
2 TN-A Jeanshoppe/chaneys/easton/sports55
3 FL-M Resmondo-specialty tank-worth
4 MI-A Bud light/tps/linedrive/sports55
1 FL-M Resmondo/specialty tank/worth
2 CA-M Dan smith/menosse/benfield/combat
3 MN-M Long haul/phonemasters/miken
4 IL-A Ropeclub/hennessys/onqclub/easton
1 FL-M Resmondo Softball
2 FL-M Bellcorp/belcher/tai/backman
3 TN-A JEAN SHOPPE / WORTH
4 GA-A Aubrey's/elite sports/phone masters
1 FL-M Resmondo – KME Softball
2 MI-A Northwest pipe/bud light/3n2/easton
3 FL-M Bell corp/taylor/belcher/easton
4 WA-M Team Combat