Friday October 28th, 2016

2016 USSSA Major World Series Day 1 recap!



2016 USSSA Major World Series Bracket Link

2016 Major World Series pictures link

Video clips from first day


Day 1 recap (Wednesday at the Major)

Day 2 recap (Thursday at the Major)

Day 3 recap (Friday at the Major)

Day 4 recap (Saturday at the Major)



2016 USSSA Major World Series

Game #1 Recap

Miltia/4The Fallen the USSSA Military World champions came out of the gate with a nice 4 run top of the first inning all on base hits but Vivid a AA team out of Texas and the #15 seed tied the game on an Isaac Gonzalez grand slam that went over the scoreboard!  In the bottom of the 2nd the Militia team opened the door with a 3 run error and Vivids Ken Hare added a 3 run homer and Vivid went up 14-4.  It was Vivid the rest of the way as Chris Larsen, Trey Gillilland, and Keith Martin all hit multi run homers and Vivid won easily 25-4.

Vivid team picture

Keith Martin drives a 3 run homer late in the game

Isaac Gonzalez celebrates a grand slam over the scoreboard

The player to the far right Scott Martin for Militia is the son of Bell Corp great Mark Martin



2016 USSSA Major World Series

Game #2 Recap


The second "play in" game started with JBL/Tailgaters from Ohio jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead on a 2 run homer by Charles Cunningham.  Ryan McCrory answered in the top of the 2nd inning with a 2 run homer for Adiktiv but JBL middle man Aaron Sandoval made a great over the shoulder running catch to end the inning.  JBL slowly took control of the game offensively though and capped it with an amazing 13 run bottom of the 6th that ended with homers by Matt Rogers and a walk off run rule homer by Jamie Simpson.

Team Adiktiv team picture

JBL's Bill Lewis hits one down the right field line

JBL/Tailgaters team picture

JBL's Jamie Simpson hits a walk off run rule homer



2016 USSSA Major World Series

Game #3 Recap

Xtreme team picture

Xtreme a AA team from Minnesota took on the #1 seeded AA team in the nation TG/Reds.  Both team had offense early as Cory Boothe and Lossen White traded 3 run homers.  Chad Mullins for TG/Reds hit a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 2nd to tie the game at 10-10.  In the 4th inning Xtremes Lyf Nimmo hit a 3 run line drive homer and Lossen White hit another 2 runner to give Xtreme a 9 run innings and a 21-12 lead.  It was all Xtreme after that as Joe Skyles and Ben Dunn homered some more in the top of the 7th when they scored 9 runs and won easily 32-16.

Xtremes Ben Dunn put on a bomb hitting display

TG/Red's 2B Steve Edwards hits against Xtreme pitcher Lossen White


TG/Reds came up short on the fence but not for lack of effort

All the celebrating was on the Xtreme side



2016 USSSA Major World Series

Game #4 Recap

#14 BHR and #3 Scene had the game of the day in the night cap.  Scene center fielder Cory Newman made a spectacular catch on the fence in the first inning and teammate Brandon Dillon and Ketih Laski followed that up with a 2 run homers to make it 11-2 Scene after 2 innings.  BHR answered with two Tim Bowser 2 run bombs and a Sean Boldt 2 run double to take a 13-11 lead in the top of the 4th.  It would have been worse but for a Brandon Dillon home run rob.  In the bottom of the 4th Scene tied it with a 2 run homer by Brungardt and got the lead with a 2 runner by Laski.  In the bottom of the 5th Scene went up 18-13 on a Whaley 3 run homer.  BHR was not done though as they batted around in the top of the 7th scoring 9 runs to take a 1 run lead, Tim "bye bye" Bowser with another homer in the inning.  In the bottom of the 7th Erik Kanaby hit a no doubter to tie it and Brandon Dillon hit a walk off homer to win it 26-25. 


Bowser ties and Ferguson gives a 7th inning lead for BHR

Matt Schrage robs Dale Brungardt

Video clips of the BHR vs Scene game!



2016 USSSA Major World Series

Game #7 Recap

Line Drive came out flat with a 1-2-3 top of the first.  Combat set the tone for the game in the bottom half with 9 runs.  In the 2nd Line Drive scored 7 to get back in it but Combat put up 12 in the bottom of the 2nd and Line Drive went 1-2-3 again and Kyle Pearson for Combat hit 2 home runs in the bottom of the 3rd to give Combat a 20 run rule victory in a 12 run inning.  Combat with 3 huge innings and a promising start to the tournament.

Combats Dennis Rulli with his 4th straight hit vs Line Drive Sportz

Combats Kyle Pearson hits another double down the line


Two more doubles this time by Lloyd Watson and Brian Zirkle

Line Drive LF Cory Large tries for a home run rob



2016 USSSA Major World Series

Game #8 Recap

Smash It Sports jumped out to a 7-3 lead on TM Sports but it could have been worse but for two great catches by left fielder Steele Lewis.  In the bottom of the 3rd Brett Helmer set the all time world series record for homers with a bomb to right field his 121st homer taking the lead from the Crusher Rick Scherr and Smash It had an 11-4 lead.  In the top of the 5th TM Sports outfielder John Zorich brought them to wihin 2 runs but Smash It left fielder Mike Umschied made a nice catch to end the inning and SIS got 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th to win 21-16.  TM Sports Steele Lewis also robbed a homer in the 5th.

Steele Lewis and TM Sports take on Smash It Sports

Brett Helmer sets the all time Major World Series record for Home Runs with this BOMB!

Just after the record setting homer I was walking towards the Braves locker room and saw this on the wall

Brian Wegman was playing CF for Smash It and tracked down this ball a long way

Smash It Sports Brett Helmer adds to his Major World Series Home Run Record



2016 USSSA Major World Series

Game #9 Recap

Game #9 was Vivid who won the play in game earlier vs #2 seed Resmondo.  Luis Reyna and Howie Krause hit 2 run doubles in the bottom of the 1st and Greg Connell hit one into the "flags" in left field for a 9-3 Resmondo lead.  In the 2nd Vivid grabbed a 10-9 lead on a Keith Martin 2 run homer and a Chris Smith RBI single.  In the 4th Resmondo left fielder Andrew Collins made a nice catch and Andy Purcell snapped off two hard grounders and the momentum shifted to Resmondo and Bubba Mack hit a 3 run homer and Connell a grand slam to make it 24-17.  Vivid hung tough for 4.5 innings but ended up in a run rule loss 32-17.

Resmondos Luis Reyna bats against Vivid pitcher Donald "Buckshot" Plaisance


Vivid and Resmondo prepare for game



2016 USSSA Major World Series

Game #10 Recap


#1 Backman jumped out to a 7-2 lead on the #16 seeded JBL who had won big earlier in the day.  Ryan Stovall with a 1st inning grand slam.  They increased the domination in the bottom of the 3rd with a 13 run outburst as Castillo, Powers (grand slam), and Harvey (homer through the flags) all hit bombs to make it 20-4.  Castillo and Yates made great plays to end it in the top of the 5th with a 21-5 run rule.

Backmans Lee Powers with the bases loaded against JBL 

GSL's Cliff Majni got in a swing at the Major!  Should of had a hit but Yates robbed him!

Backman left fielder Jeremy Yates ends the game with a diving catch to preserve the mercy rule win


Brandon Dillon hits a walk off homer for the Scene 26-25 win!


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