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2016 “Windy City” Chicago Major tournament preview!

 

 

 

"Windy City" Major

 

Nationwide Conference USSSA!

 

June 5-7

 

Tournament Preview

 

 

2016 Chicago bracket link

(All game times are Central Time)

 

12 of the top 20 teams in the nation will be in attendance at this weekend’s "Windy City" Major!  There will be 37 teams overall and 19 of them are from the Nationwide Conference USSSA!  Which means the winner will score (150 + (19 x 4)) = 226 points!  The favorites #1 seeded Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger and #2 seeded Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth, with #3 seeded Smash It Sports/ASP/HAuto/Mr Wiggles/Easton as the defending champions of this event.  Local Illinois AA team Precision who won in Atlanta last week and hot hitting 3rd Street Financial from Ohio will be trying to pull off the big upsets.  The tournament does feature the top 3 Major teams and 9 very good AA teams.  The tournament also has the 4 main fields which are artificial turf infields and 300 foot fences so the rain forecast on Saturday shouldn't have a big affect on the tourny.

This aerial view of the main complex was taken by a drone this past winter.  The grass should be green by now.  πŸ™‚

The bracket was seeded on this years conference points.

Team List Breakdown:
37 Teams Overall
19 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams
  3 Major Teams
  9 'AA' Teams
  3 'A' Teams
  5 'B' Teams
17 'C/D/E' Teams 

The chat room here at Softballcenter.com as well as the USSSALive ipod cameras will be up and running at 5:30 PM Central time on Friday, June 3rd.  


All fields are 300 feet

Using 3 locations on Friday night and 2 on Saturday.

M1-M4 McCaslin Park 
McCaslin Park
27W650 North Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185

G1-G2 Glasshagel Fields Park (only 1 field has lights)
Glasshagel Field
27W345 St. Charles Rd
West Chicago, IL 60185

A1 Armstrong Park
Armstrong Park
391 Illini Dr
Carol Stream, IL 60188

 


 

Weekend Weather

 


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Predictions:  Another 300 foot tournament so the favorite has to be Resmondo who also has the best record against Major teams this year.  Backman with their new manager Dal Beggs will try to get on track on the smaller fields this weekend and should be healthier after finally getting a week off.  Backman has won all 3 tournaments played on baseball fields but has struggled some on the smaller fields but are always a threat.  Smash It Sports has always seemed to play pretty well in Chicago and are a threat.  Newbreed, Vivid, and other AA teams are looking for a Sunday finish but Precision is probably the favorite to finish top 4 out of the AA and A teams this weekend.

My (DW's) picks are:  Wow, the top 1/4th of the bracket is wide open with either 3rd Street or BHR most likely making the final 8 of the winners bracket against the Smash It Sports vs Line Drive Sportz winner.  In the second quarter of the bracket Resmondo and Precision should square off at noon on Saturday to go to the final 4.   In the 3rd quarter of the bracket it is like a 'AA' mini World with the Newbreed vs Vivid winner playing the TM Sports vs TG/Red's Astros winner provided there are no upsets.  And in the bottom 4th of the bracket Backman should take on the battle of Minnesota winner – Xtreme vs Eurotech.

So my final 4 are 1) Resmondo  2)  Newbreed   3) Precision   4) Backman    Backman has the easiest road to the final 4 which they earned by being the #1 seed but a fresh Newbreed team and Resmondo may be the top teams on 300 foot fields.

We need Mike Beardsley back to do the picks, they aren't easy!

Oldscout pollers are riding the Resmondo momentum

 


 

Past Winners

2015 Chicago Winner – Smash It Sports/Compound/H Auto/Easton

2015 Chicago Tournament Report Link

2014 Chicago Winner – Resmondo Specialty-Tank/Worth

2014 Chicago tournament report link

2013 Chicago Winner – Laservision/Desertfalls/Boombah/Easton

2013 Chicago tournament report link

2012 Chicago tournament report link

2011 Chicago tournament report link

2010 Chicago tournament report link

 

Past tournament results

2015 Results
1 NY-M Smash It Sports/Compound/H Auto/Easton
2 FL-M Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
3 IL-A Precision/Easton/DO
4 NY-A Albicocco/The Scene/Easton

2014 Results
1 FL-M Resmondo – Specialty Tank / Worth
2 TN-M Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger
3 IL-A Precision/Easton
4 NY-M Laservision/H Auto/JJ's/Easton

2013 Results
1 NY-M Laservision/Desertfalls/Boombah/Easton
2 FL-M Resmondo – Specialty Tank / Worth
3 TN-A Shoppe / TYJA / Louisville Slugger
4 MI-A Line Drive Sportz/SSS/Miken

2012 Results
1 VA-A Team 454/Emerald/Worth
2 NY-M Laservision/anni/supr/d2/easton
3 MI-B Line drive sportz/sss softball
4 TN-A SHOPPE / TEAM TPS / ELITE

2011 Results
1 WA-M GTL Cartel/DeMarini
2 FL-M Resmondo-specialty tank / worth
3 WA-M Team combat/laservision/d2e/supreme
4 VA-A Team 454 Emerald/Worth

2010 Results
1 FL-M Resmondosport/specialty/phonemaster
2 WA-A GTL CARTEL/WORTH
3 CA-M Dan Smith/Menosse
4 IA-B Pipac/TCP/Easton

2009 Results
1 FL-M Resmondo-specialty tank-worth
2 CA-M Dan smith-menosse-benfield-combat
3 WA-A GTL cartel/stucco/worth/elite
4 OH-B PRI/MFAB/Insanity frozen

2008 Results
1 CA-M Dan smith/menosse/benfield/combat
2 FL-M Resmondo/specialty tank/worth
3 MN-M Long haul/phonemasters/miken
4 WA-A GTL/Creative Stucco/Worth

 

 

 

"Windy City" Major

 

Nationwide Conference USSSA!

 

June 5-7

 

Tournament Preview

 

Wanted to show a picture of the nice turf fields  πŸ™‚

 

 

2015 Chicago bracket link

(All game times are Central Time)

 

9 of the top 15 teams in the nation according to the SoftballCenter.com computer rankings will be in attendance at this weekend’s "Windy City" Major! There will be 38 teams overall and 20 of them are from the Nationwide Conference USSSA!  Which means the winner will score (150 + (20 x 4)) = 230 points!  The favorites #1 Smash It Sports and #2 Resmondo, with #4 Team Racks, #5 Albicocco, and a banged up #6 Backman trying for the upset.  Also look for hometown #8 Precision to pull some upset wins like they did last year when they beat Laservision and Backman in back to back games on the show field and finished 3rd.

The bracket was seeded on this years conference points.

Team List Breakdown:
38 Teams Overall
20 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams
  4 Major Teams
  8 'A' Teams (if Combatants is considered an 'A' team?)
  4 'B' Teams
12 'C' Teams
10 'D' Teams 

The chat room here at Softballcenter.com as well as the USSSALive ipod cameras will be up and running at 9:15 AM Central time on Saturday to livestream provided there is access to power and internet.  

There will be no livestream on Friday night.

 


All fields are 300 feet

Using 3 locations on Friday night and 2 on Saturday.

M1-M4 McCaslin Park 
McCaslin Park
27W650 North Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185

G1-G2 Glasshagel Fields Park (only 1 field has lights)
Glasshagel Field
27W345 St. Charles Rd
West Chicago, IL 60185

A1 Armstrong Park
Armstrong Park
391 Illini Dr
Carol Stream, IL 60188

 


 

Weekend Weather

 


 

Anonymous Picker:

Some weeks are busier than others.  I apologize to my 2 fans (we've doubled in size) who harped on me that this wasn't done.

Thirty-Eight teams will battle for the Windy City Major championship this weekend.  Twenty teams from Nationwide Conference USSSA will be vying for a first place title and a crucial 230 points in the chase for the 2015 Men's Major World Series.  Smash It Sports and Resmondo come in as the clear favorites in this tournament, but with all this talent and a long road, will either prevail?  Let's get to the picks and find out.

The top half of the bracket features Backman/Shoppe, Precision/Easton, and Smash It Sports.  Those teams all finished in the top 5 at the MMWS in 2014.  The 9:15 Saturday game between Precision and Shoppe is set to be a dandy right away in round 2.  Precision hasn't had the hottest of starts, but they are playing on home turf.  It's tough to pick against a major team, and it's not my style.  However, I have a feeling Precision gets it on track this weekend and pulls off the upset.  If that happens, Precision could play Racks at 1:30 and another really tough test.  The winner of that game would face off against Smash it in the winner's bracket semi-final.  If Precision can get through the gauntlet of Shoppe, Racks, and Smash It Sports it would be the toughest road to the finals of the year.  Unfortunately for Precision, I think Smash it uses a 6 hour break to come out rested and relaxed and takes down the top half.

The bottom half of the bracket does not feature the fire power that there is on the top.  Resmondo looks to have a pretty easy road.  Red's Astros could give them a game at noon, but I think Resmondo gets through.  The big question this weekend is how far can Albicocco/The Scene get this week?  It's been a slow start for Albicocco this year.  The Scene has had a few disappointing finishes this year, but did manage to win the Choo Classic.  Albicocco is the only team with a real shot to take down Resmondo this weekend, but I don't really see that happening.  A game I will be keeping my eye on is the possible match-up between KBI and VCH.  That could be a really fun game to watch and a possible upset in the making.  

Resmondo vs. Smash It Sports has happened many times over the years.  It's what's expected at almost every tournament in Conference USSSA.  This one should be no different.  Smash It has found ways to win this year, and I'm sticking to my guns that they are the best team in the country.  I firmly believe that they have the advantage on 300 foot fields, and the middle of their infield with Reyna and Bazat is a distinct advantage.  I'll take Smash It Sports to get this victory and to win the tournament.  Resmondo should be able to get back to the final.  If the top goes as I predicted Precision has a solid shot at 3rd.

Final Picks:

1. Smash It Sports
2. Resmondo
3. Precision
4. Albicocco / The Scene

Combat Dual Major – Seattle Results
1st Tournament Prediction:    Actual:
1. Combat                               1. Combat
2. OC Swats                             2. OC Swats
3. Newbreed                            3. Newbreed
4. Classic Glass                       4. Classic Glass
Finally 4/4!!!

2nd Tournament Prediction:    Actual:
1. Combat                                1. Combat
2. Newbreed                             2. Combat Northwest
3. Classic Glass                        3. Classic Glass
4. OC Swats                              4. Upper Deck

 


 

2014 Chicago Winner – Resmondo Specialty-Tank/Worth

2013 Chicago Winner – Laservision/Desertfalls/Boombah/Easton

2014 Chicago tournament report link

2013 Chicago tournament report link

2012 Chicago tournament report link

2011 Chicago tournament report link

2010 Chicago tournament report link

 

Past tournament results

2014 Results
1 FL-M Resmondo – Specialty Tank / Worth
2 TN-M Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger
3 IL-A Precision/Easton
4 NY-M Laservision/H Auto/JJ's/Easton

2013 Results
1 NY-M Laservision/Desertfalls/Boombah/Easton
2 FL-M Resmondo – Specialty Tank / Worth
3 TN-A Shoppe / TYJA / Louisville Slugger
4 MI-A Line Drive Sportz/SSS/Miken

2012 Results
1 VA-A Team 454/Emerald/Worth
2 NY-M Laservision/anni/supr/d2/easton
3 MI-B Line drive sportz/sss softball
4 TN-A SHOPPE / TEAM TPS / ELITE

2011 Results
1 WA-M GTL Cartel/DeMarini
2 FL-M Resmondo-specialty tank / worth
3 WA-M Team combat/laservision/d2e/supreme
4 VA-A Team 454 Emerald/Worth

2010 Results
1 FL-M Resmondosport/specialty/phonemaster
2 WA-A GTL CARTEL/WORTH
3 CA-M Dan Smith/Menosse
4 IA-B Pipac/TCP/Easton

2009 Results
1 FL-M Resmondo-specialty tank-worth
2 CA-M Dan smith-menosse-benfield-combat
3 WA-A GTL cartel/stucco/worth/elite
4 OH-B PRI/MFAB/Insanity frozen

2008 Results
1 CA-M Dan smith/menosse/benfield/combat
2 FL-M Resmondo/specialty tank/worth
3 MN-M Long haul/phonemasters/miken
4 WA-A GTL/Creative Stucco/Worth

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