Added Awards —> 2016 USSSA “Texas Legends” Major tournament report!
2016 Nationwide Conference USSSA
16th Annual "Texas Legends"
Big crowds as usual at Euless to watch Backman and Resmondo take on the local teams on Friday night
The 16th Annual Texas Legends Major was played by 25 teams including 12 teams from the Nationwide Conference USSSA league. They started on Friday night in cooler weather in front of some decent sized crowds at 7 PM central time. All 4 Conference teams that had play in games (Steel, Team Adiktiv, Olmito Heat, ALLOut) won easily. One interesting game Friday night was a battle between Brian's Custom Detailing and Texas 'C' power Goons when Brian's Custom won on a walk off walk 26-25. Then in the round of 16 which was played by some teams on Friday night and some on Saturday all 8 favored Conference teams won. Saturdays games that were to start at 9:00 AM were delayed until 1:30 PM due to a nasty storm that rolled through early Saturday morning but director Chris Thames and his crew did a wonderful job of getting the fields ready and all games were played except the first two rounds of the loser's bracket were played with a 5 inning or 1-hour time limit whichever came first.
In the winner's bracket round of 8 things got interesting. Steel Athletics held down Bay Area Legends 18-13 when Bay Area just could not muster a comeback. Team Racks and Vivid in a war between the only two 'AA' teams in the tournament played an uneventful game where Racks grabbed a lead and never let it go in a 21-18 win although the online bracket says 21-14. Down in the lower half of the bracket #1 seed Backman Shoppe Louisville Slugger handled All Out 31-13. And in the most interesting game of the day Resmondo could not put away Nightmare/Miken an 'A' team based out of Missouri who just would not give up. Nightmares Jason Trammell with the wind blowing in hit a huge 3 run homer to give Nightmare a 38-36 lead. Then Resmondo forced extra innings by tying up the game 38-38 and Resmondo's lanky speedster Lee Payne tried to get the winning run on with a grounder and run but Nightmare shortstop Zane Trammell who made a couple of great defensive plays in the game scooped and threw on the run to get him at first base. Then Resmondo held Nightmare scoreless in the top of the 8th inning when right fielder Jeremy Isenhower made a nice running catch on a shot down the line. In the bottom of the 8th Nightmare right fielder Trey Gotthard made an incredible assist to third base on Resmondos game winning runner who tried to go first to third. But Resmondo got another hit and then a walk off single by Andrew Collins to win 39-38.
In the final 4 Saturday night with the temperatures really cooling off and the wind dying down Resmondo had a marathon 25 run top of the 3rd inning to take a 36-17 lead on Backman who was winning by 6 going into the inning. Resmondo would go on to win by the 20 run rule 44-23. Meanwhile on the field next door Team Racks scored 20 runs in the first inning on Steel and 23 more in the second inning to take a 43-4 lead after two innings and won easily 49-16.
In the winner's bracket finals then Team Racks had a narrow 12-11 lead early on and then broke the game open with a "Resmondo like" 23 run inning and made enough defensive plays in the 4th and 5th to win 38-21 in 5 innings.
In the loser's bracket things were wild and crazy with some huge scores and hard hitting. Vivid had a 20 run lead on Team Adiktiv before Adiktiv came back only to lose 32-29. Midwest Hearing knocked off ALLOut 32-8 after an early 21-1 lead, and then used a Mitch Loomis walk off homer to beat Classic Glass 35-34. Classic Glass had advanced to that game by beating The B Team in extra innings. With the game tied between Classic and B Team in the last inning Classic failed to score. In extra innings B Team put up 10 runs but Classic Glass came back and won on a walk off grand slam homer by Brandon Traylor 34-30 and then Classic knocked off 'A' rival Nightmare 32-17. In the top part of the loser's bracket Bay Area Legends knocked off Mayhem 29-14 and upset Vivid again 36-24 after a 30-18 lead. Then in the last games of the night Bay Area Legends gave Backman all they could handle in a 40-37 loss and Steel scored 18 runs without an out in the top of the 1st and held off Midwest Hearing 31-25 to make it to Sunday.
Sunday morning at 8 AM was the loser's bracket semifinal with Steel and Backman. Backman jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first but Steel batted around to a 9-6 lead going to the bottom of the 2nd. In the top of the 3rd Steel put up a zero and Backman scored 11. In the top of the 4th Steels Nick Shay hit a 3 run homer to tie the game at 17-17 and Steel scratched across 3 more runs to take a 20-17 lead. In the bottom of the 4th Backman got 3 run homers from Lee Powers and Jeremy Yates to grab a 28-20 lead and extended it to 34-22 after 5 innings. In the 6th Steels Mark Cridland, Matt Vasquez, and Toby Letak matched Backmans Steven Lloyd with great defensive plays but Backman held on for a 35-22 win.
In the loser's bracket finals Resmondo jumped all over Backman with a 20-2 lead after one inning, 35-6 after 2 innings, and a 40-20 lead after 3 innings. Resmondo never stopped scoring and won 52-31. So Resmondo went on to face a fresh and hot hitting Team Racks in the finals. In the first inning Racks got great plays by pitcher Tyson Steele off the chest throw out at first against Dedonatis, a backhand of a hot shot off the bat of Greg Connell by 2nd baseman Alexis Ramirez for out #2, and a nice running grab of a grounder by shortstop Aaron Martinez on Andy Purcell for the three up and three down inning. Racks led 11-7 after 3 innings. In the top of the 4th Resmondo center fielder Nick Santana threw a strike to the plate and got Brett Rettenmeier to keep the game to a 14-11 Racks lead after 4 innings. In the top of the 4th Racks put up a zero and were held to zero again in the 6th when Andrew Collins made a diving catch for Resmondo in left field and Andy Purcell stabbed a hot shot up the middle to end the inning. In the top of the 7th still with a 14-11 lead Team Racks got a 2 run homer by Dallas's own Stuart Snell, a 2 run homer by Lex Ramirez, and a 2 run homer by leadoff man Stuhey Lopez to take a 21-11 lead. In the bottom of the 7th Resmondo who has never given up this year scored 8 runs to pull within 3 and with two outs and two on and two strikes Team Racks pitcher Tyson Steele used a trick early release windmill pitch to help get a fly out to left field to end the game.
Team Racks becomes the first 'AA' team to win a Major with at least 2 top Major teams in it since I believe Team 454/Worth who did it in Chicago when they beat out Resmondo and double dipped Laservision and Texas Legends in 2012 when they won over Nordkap and Resmondo was also there.
Some notes I wrote down about great defensive plays I witnessed:
Andrew Collins had the best home run rob on Saturday night bringing one back in center field.
Big Corey Gilbert had a great diving stab against Steel.
Luis Reyna a great diver to his right in the middle and throw out vs Nightmare.
Zane Trammels great play on Lee Payne to get rid of the ball so quickly on a chopper and his whirling throw to first in that same game.
Reno from Olmito Heat had a leaping stab against Nightmare Saturday morning.
Isaac Gonzalez made a great diver for Vivid vs Racks.
Brandon Traylor came up with some nice dp's in the middle for Classic Glass and I was impressed with the defense of Classic Glass shortstop Ricky Reavis?
There was also quite a large group of the top Conference umpires in attendance. The Dudley Classic M ball was used. Fences were 300-305-310-305-300
On another note I am hearing that Olmito Heat and Slayer are both breaking up. Maybe the two sponsors could get together and merge. Otherwise best of luck to those sponsors and players.
Sunday at Softball World Backman taking on Resmondo still fighting to get to the finals
25 Teams Overall
12 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams
2 Major Teams
2 'AA' Teams
3 'A' Teams
6 'B' Teams
10 'C' Teams
2 'D' Teams
Softball World from a drone perspective
Yes, Team Racks was actually beating Steel Athletics 43-4 in the top of the 3rd.
Steel 2B Mark Cridland hits against Backman in the first game Sunday morning
Backmans Neil Haglund hits against Resmondo in the winner's semi-finals
Tyson Steele's winning pitch was a two out wind mill trick pitch.
Nightmare taking on Classic Glass
The crowds and atmosphere at Softball World is always first rate.
The Classic M's in the cool weather was too much ball
Overnight rain delayed the tournament on Saturday
5 bats were cut open and none were shaved
Oldscout pollers went with Backman and Resmondo who finished 3rd and 2nd
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Long Bombers of the Week
Resmondos Greg Connell hit one on the roof of a building across the street from the Green field we estimate at 425 feet
Texas Legends Major Awards and Final Standings
|Player Tournament Awards||Players Name||Plays For|
|Tournament MVP||Brett Rettenmeier||Team Racks/Miken/Sonny's|
|Offensive Tournament MVP||Billy Fulk||Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth|
|Defensive Tournament MVP||Steven Lopez||Team Racks/Miken/Sonny's|
|All Tournament Team||Travis Hulbert||Steel Athletics/Miken/Powerhouse|
|All Tournament Team||Andy Purcell||Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth|
|All Tournament Team||Greg Connell||Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth|
|All Tournament Team||AJ Montano||Team Racks/Miken/Sonny's|
|All Tournament Team||Andrew Collins||Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth|
|All Tournament Team||Stuart Snell||Team Racks/Miken/Sonny's|
|All Tournament Team||Daniel Kirkwood||Team Racks/Miken/Sonny's|
|All Tournament Team||Nicholas Shay||Steel Athletics/Miken/Powerhouse|
|All Tournament Team||Brian Lipman||Team Racks/Miken/Sonny's|
|All Tournament Team||Ronald Mack III||Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth|
|All Tournament Team||Jon Nelson||Team Racks/Miken/Sonny's|
|All Tournament Team||Samuel Christensen||Team Racks/Miken/Sonny's|
|1||WY – Casper||Team Racks/Miken/Sonny's||USSSA-Mens-AA||5||0||0||169||94||33.8||18.8||15||49||300|
|2||FLS – Winter Haven||resmondo specialty tank worth||USSSA-SPMensMajor||4||2||0||213||175||35.5||29.1||6.33||52||225|
|3||IN – Aurora||backman shoppe louisville slugger||USSSA-SPMensMajor||4||2||0||191||177||31.8||29.5||2.33||40||200|
|4||TXS – Corpus Christi||steel athletics/miken/powerhouse||USSSA-Mens-B||4||2||0||132||148||22||24.6||-2.6||31||275|
|5||KS – Wichita||Midwest Hearing/SYNDICATE||USSSA-Mens-C||4||2||0||139||124||23.1||20.6||2.5||35||180|
|5||CAN – Hayward||Bay Area Legends||USSSA-SPMensConfTBD||3||2||0||136||102||27.2||20.4||6.8||37||155|
|7||CAC – San Jose||Classic Glass/Easton||USSSA-Mens-A||3||2||0||132||103||26.4||20.6||5.8||34||130|
|7||TXN – Frisco||Vivid||USSSA-Mens-AA||2||2||0||102||88||25.5||22||3.5||32||130|
|9||AR – Arkansas||mayhem/j&r logistics/miken||USSSA-Mens-B||3||2||0||92||94||18.4||18.8||-0.4||31||110|
|9||FLP – Pace||team adiktiv/energy system/worth||USSSA-SPMensConfTBD||3||2||0||125||90||25||18||7||31||110|
|9||TXS – Houston||allout/powerhousesportz/izzysports||USSSA-Mens-A||2||2||0||72||85||18||21.2||-3.2||28||110|
|9||MO – Branson||Nightmare/Miken||USSSA-Mens-A||1||2||0||94||98||31.3||32.6||-1.3||39||110|
|13||TXN – Fort Worth||Jokers/FTP Empire||USSSA-Mens-C||2||2||0||53||87||13.2||21.7||-8.5||33||70|
|13||TXS – Olmito||olmitoheat/diamondkingz/miken||USSSA-Mens-B||2||2||0||95||98||23.7||24.5||-0.7||27||170|
|13||TXN – Arlington||The B Team||USSSA-Mens-C||2||2||0||98||97||24.5||24.2||0.25||35||70|
|13||TXN – Grapevine||club chill sports bar & grill||USSSA-Mens-C||1||2||0||45||44||15||14.6||0.33||29||70|
|17||TXN – Mesquite||C&R Express/Miken||USSSA-Mens-C||1||2||0||55||76||18.3||25.3||-7||25||40|
|17||TXN – Grand Prairie||Brian's Custom Detailing||USSSA-Mens-C||1||2||0||51||86||17||28.6||-11.||26||40|
|17||LA – Shreveport||the bearded builders militia||USSSA-Mens-D||1||2||0||46||58||15.3||19.3||-4||20||65|
|17||MO – carthage mo||Community 1st/ Nally's||USSSA-Mens-C||0||2||0||32||54||16||27||-11||31||65|
|17||OK – Tulsa||Seminoles||USSSA-Mens-C||0||2||0||38||54||19||27||-8||32||40|
|17||TXS – Houston||Goons||USSSA-Mens-C||0||2||0||26||43||13||21.5||-8.5||25||40|
|17||LA – Shreveport||lob/lasting impressions landscape||USSSA-Mens-C||0||2||0||15||32||7.5||16||-8.5||15||65|
|17||CO – Denver||stars/garretsons/dh global logistic||USSSA-Mens-B||0||2||0||32||38||16||19||-3||16||140|
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1st Place Team Racks/Miken/Sonny's
Conf 'AA' from Wyoming 5-0 Record
Racks shocked the world with overwhelming offense and superior consistent ball striking throughout the order. They also made the game winning defensive plays against Resmondo to hold them to just 18 runs. The whole team chipped in, it didn't seem to matter who was out there or what the situation was, Racks was unfazed and played their game. Racks jumps to 10th in the points after a slow start this season and is now 3-0 vs Backman and Resmondo overall. Racks has power speed, defense, and pitching, but most of all they just seem to love the game of softball and that showed through this weekend. Congratulations to Manager/Sponsor Sonny Pilcher and the entire Racks team on a win that will give all teams hope that they aren't playing for 3rd or 4th every weekend.
Team Racks Sunday Lineup:
1B Steven Lopez
3B Sam Christensen
C/2B Brian Lipman
CF Dan Kirkwood
C/EH Stuart Snell
P Tyson Steele
MI Brett Rettenmeier
RF Jon Nelson
LF Nick Price
SS Aaron Martinez
AJ Montano and Brendt Newbill also played and Ballard was a pinch hitter (knee).
Sonny is back at the helm for a Racks team that shocked the softball world!
Sam Christensen, AJ Montano, and Brett Rettenmeier (Martinez also played the left side)
Stuart Snell and Aaron Martinez
Stuehy Lopez and Brian LipamnSt
Dan Kirkwood and Brett Rettenmeier
The raw power of rookie Jon Nelson and Nick Price
Alexis Ramirez and Brendt Newbill
2nd Place Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
Conf Major from Florida 4-2 Record
Resmondo won their second game on a walk off single by Andrew Collins over Nightmare. They were the victim of a 23 run inning vs Racks in the winner's final after having done the same to Backman the game before with a 25 run inning. On Sunday morning they again used a 20 run first inning to beat Backman but came up just short in the championship. They have moved to 4th in Nationwide Conference points but any hope of finishing 1st for the 11th Consecutive year (10 regular season championship) is slipping away. Resmondo will take a tired team into Chattanooga this weekend. Resmondo played without Jimmy Salas and Howie Krause. Bubba Mack played third and Dan Sanchez and Lee Payne played 1st.
Resmondo Sunday Lineup:
SS Don Dedonatis Jr
2B Greg Connell
P Andy Purcell
3B Bubba Mack
C BJ Fulk
CF Nick Santana
MI Luis Reyna
LF Andrew Collins
RF Jeremy Isenhower
1B Dan Sanchez
Resmondos Andrew Collins hits a walk off single to beat Nightmare in the 8th inning 39-38
It may be time to give BJ Fulk a shot at leadoff?
Lee Payne got a rare start at first base.
Resmondo still trying to figure out how to get back on top
3rd Place Backman Shoppe Louisville Slugger
Conf Major from Indiana 4-2 Record
Backman is still struggling on the smaller fields. They gave up too many big innings to Resmondo in both losses. Haglund and Yates were still banged up but did play. Vitcak like Purcell for Resmondo probably was left in too long in those big innings. (How is that for a little DW Monday morning quarterbacking?). Lee Powers, Haglund, Kennington, and Harvey is a lethal first four in the lineup and the athleticism of the defense may be the best in the game. Look for Backman to struggle some again in Chattanooga on the short fields and hit their stride at the Smoky in July. They still have a commanding lead in the points which will be big when/if they are home team in every game of the Major World Series!
Backman Sunday Lineup:
3B Lee Powers
RF Neil Haglund
1B Kevin Kennington
EH/RF Ryan Harvey
C Jeremy Yates (still nursing pulled muscle)
MI Orlando Castillo
2B Steven Lloyd
LF Reggie Schulte
SS Ryan Stovall
P Andrew Vitcak
CF Brian Logan
Keyboard Cowboys say Harvey doesn't hit singles, I beg to differ
Lee Powers in the lead off spot for Backman
Backman does have a backup pitcher Billy Barrett
Backmans Ryan Stovall at SS, Orlando Castillo MI, and Steven Lloyd 2B are all great athletes
4th Place Steel Athletics/Miken/PowerhouseSportz.com
Conf 'B' from Texas 4-2 Record
Steel has now made it to Sunday in both of their Texas Conference events. They knocked off similar teams to them in Classic Glass and Bay Area Legends in low scoring games and fought hard in their final game against Backman. Steel is a fun team with some lesser known players who deserve some recognition.
Steel Sunday Lineup:
LF Travis Hulbert
2B Mark Cridland
RF Bobby Michell
C Pedro Hernandez
SS Toby Letak
CF Cole Campbell
3B Matt Vasquez
1B Nick Shay
MI Richard Salazar
EH Wheeler Huffman
P Jason Guillory
Jason Guillory is a high energy pitcher
Left side of Steel Matt Vasquez, Toby Letak, and Flaco Salazar
Nick Shay hit some bombs for Steel
Tied 5th Place Midwest Hearing/Syndicate
'C' from Kansas 4-2 Record
Midwest Hearing was going to be a 2016 Nationwide Conference team but dropped out at the last minute. Their top of the lineup and hard hitting style deserves to be in the Conference and they were a bit of a surprise top 5 team as they knocked off two 'A' teams in Classic Glass and Allout. Loomis hit a walkoff to put away Classic Glass.
Midwest Swing had some hard hitting veterans like Troy St Clair, Scott Short, Zack "extra bases" Eubank, and Mitch Loomis
Tied 5th Place Bay Area Legends
Conf TBD from California 3-2 Record
Bay Area Legends pulled off another impressive "signature" win by beating Vivid 36-24 late Saturday night and turning around and battleing Backman toe to toe before losing 37-40. Bay Area Legends has the veteran John Brown on the mound who played 'B' Worlds with Classic Glass last year and they picked up glove man Carlos Vasquez to play shortstop. The team has great chemistry, a never give up attitude, and at least for the moment are in 5th place in the Conference points. The "TBD" to be determined designation will at least be a 'B'… 🙂
Trending even – another solid weekend
Los "stick boy" I think they used to call him? was gloving it
Corey Gilbert of Bay Area Legends
Other top finishing Conference teams
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Classic Glass/Easton went 3-2 and finished tied for 7th
Below – Classic Glass infielder Brandon Traylor hits a walk off homer in the 6th which was extra innings.
Vivid finished tied for 7th with a 2-2 record.
AllOut/PowerhouseSportz/Izzy Sports ended up tied for 9th at 2-2
Team Adiktiv/Energy System/Worth went 3-2 tied for 9th
Nightmare/Miken tied for 9th at 1-2 but took Resmondo to extra innings in one of the best games of the tourny.
Mayhem/J&R Logistics/Miken tied for 9th at 3-2
OlmitoHeat/DiamondKingz/Miken was 2-2 tied for 13th
Conference veteran Perry Hensley pitched for Olmito Heat
The pitcher for the 'B' team got numerous compliments from Conference teams on his pitching ability
C&R Express played well in a couple of losses
Tournament director Chris Thames did a nice job on the fields
The beards were back