Thursday October 27th, 2016

2016 Michigan “Last Chance” Major tournament preview!




"Last Chance" Major


Nationwide Conference USSSA!


August 5-7


Tournament Preview


Some sad news I heard Tarz's mother passed away.  The softball world is thinking about you and your family during these hard times.


2016 Michigan Bracket Link

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.  


2016 Nationwide Conference USSSA Roster Moves

Note: Friday, August 5th is the roster deadline.  

Don't forget to add backup players for the post season!


Michigan team list

Team Breakdown:
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



Media Coverage will be streaming fields 2, 3, 4, 6 for sure and will try to get some coverage of F1 and F7

The Chat Room will be open all weekend.  

Conference points and SoftballCenter computer rankings



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


Weekend Weather



Past Winners

2015 Winner – Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth

2015 Michigan tournament report link

2014 Winner – Laservision/H Auto/JJ's/Easton

2014 Michigan tournament report link

2013 Winner – Resmondo-Specialty Tank/Worth

2013 Michigan tournament report link

2012 Winner – Resmondo-Specialty Tank/Worth

2012 Michigan tournament report link

2011 Michigan tournament report link

2010 Michigan tournament report link


The main fields with some HR distances posted for the HR Derby Friday night



2015 Results
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

2014 Results
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

2013 Results
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

2012 Results
1 FL-M Resmondo-specialty tank worth
3 IN-B Reds Astros/tps/sports den
4 IA-A R&M Metals/troupe/pipac/s&r/easton

2011 Results
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

2010 Results
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

2009 Results
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

2008 Results
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

2007 Results
1 FL-M Resmondo Softball
2 FL-M Bellcorp/belcher/tai/backman
4 GA-A Aubrey's/elite sports/phone masters

2006 Results
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



3 responses to “2016 Michigan “Last Chance” Major tournament preview!”

  1. softballfinatic says:

    Is Yeilding playing this weekend?

  2. Jason Beaudoin says:

    Is there any way to sign up for the derby ahead of time? I’m coming from Canadaand was wondering if I can get my name on the list and get entered ahead of time.

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