Thursday December 14th, 2017
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2017 USSSA Major World Series Day #4 Recap!

 

 

2017 Major World Series Day 4 Recap

2017 USSSA Major World Series Bracket Link

2017 Major World Series pictures link

 

 


 

Game #30 Recap

Racks bats against Dan Smith to start the Saturday action

Game #30 – The final day of the Major was Saturday where play started with the 5th place loser's bracket game at 9 AM between Racks and Dan Smith.  Racks got off to a 4-0 lead in the top of the 4th and was feeling pretty good, but the ball was flying in the early morning and Dan Smith got a 3 run homer from John Williams and a 3 run homer from Chris Greinert to go up 12-4 after one inning.  In the second inning Racks Stuart Snell hit a 2 run shot but Dan Smith's Steven Lloyd had a 2 run single and Chad Durick a 2 run homer to stretch the lead to 10 runs.  In the bottom of the 5th Dan Smith won the game by the run rule 24-9 after Durick hit a 3 run double and Chris Greinert a walk off single.

 


 

Game #29 Recap

Scene/HDLNS 3rd baseman Jackie Corn was 4-5 against Bad Draw

Game #29 – The 11 AM game to make the final 4 was between 'AA' team Scene/HDLNS and 'A' team Bad Draw.  The #15 and #14 seeded teams in the tournament!  Bad Draw struck first with a CJ Jacinto 2 run homer and Scene/HDLNS answered with a 2 run homer by Ryan Noe in the top of the 2nd.  Bad Draw would take a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning on a Tyler Marshburn 2 out RBI double and a David Forbes 2 run single.  The inning was cut short by a nice catch by Scene/HDLNS right fielder Ryan Disbennet.  In the top of the 4th Scene/HDLNS grabbed control of the game with an incredible 13 run outburst as Disbennet hit a 2 run triple and they went up 15-7.  Bad Draw put up a zero in the 4th and Scene/HDLNS cruised the rest of the way to a 22-9 victory!

Bad Draws Brent Powers

 


 

Game #31 Recap

 

Co-Defensive players of the year Luis Reyna pitches to Don Dedonatis for the 10-6-3 doubleplay with the bases loaded

Ryan Harvey was 4-5 with 2 homer's

Game #31 – The much anticipated heavyweight battle between the #1 team in the country SmashIt/Scene and #2 Resmondo began at 1 PM Saturday afternoon in nice but rain threatening weather with a slight wind blowing out to the right field corner of Champions Stadium with its 335-375-400-375-317 (according to google earth) dimensions.  Resmondo failed to score in the top of the 1st and top of the 2nd innings eventhough in the 1st SmashIt/Scene pitcher Andy Purcell walked the bases loaded…  SmashIt/Scene got on the board in those first two innings on solo homer's by Ryan Harvey and Andrew Collins and RBI hits by Don Dedonatis and Jason Branch and led 4-0.  In the 3rd inning Resmondo got going and grabbed an 8-4 lead as Bryson Baker, Greg Connell, Travis Clark, and Buddy Wolf all homered.  SmashIt/Scene right fielder Andrew Collins made a nice catch in right field to end the inning.  In the bottom of the 3rd SmashIt/Scene answered Resmondo's 8 run top with 11 runs of their own as Nic Santana tripled, Cory Briggs hit a 2 out RBI single to tie the game, and Jason Branch, Andy Purcell, Collins, and Brandon Dillon all had 2 out hits to give them a 15-8 lead.  In the top of the 4th inning Resmondo's Bubba Mack hit a 2 out 2 run single and they pulled to within 2 runs but in the bottom of the inning Ryan Harvey hit a 3 run homer and Collins and Santana homered to give SmashIt/Scene a 23-13 lead as SmashIt/Scene knocked out pitcher Travis Clark who was replaced by Dan Sanchez.

The two heavyweights battled through some rain and Resmondo's Travis Clark hit a 2 run single in the top of the 5th to pull them to within 5 runs (18-23) and Resmondo blanked SmashIt/Scene in the bottom of the 5th.  Sponsor Travis Resmondo was ejected for some chirping he was doing from the Resmondo bench.  In the top of the 6th SmashIt/Scene got Resmondo to hit into a 10-6-3 doubleplay with the bases loaded and Resmondo again held SmashIt/Scene to zero runs in the bottom of the 6th as relief pitcher Dan Sanchez got some big outs for his second scoreless inning.  In the top of the 7th needing 3 runs to tie, Resmondo just could not string the hits together as SmashIt/Scene right fielder Andrew Collins made an incredible running catch in towards the foul line then trapped a hard line drive single and somehow threw the ball to the cut off who got the runner at 2nd base on a force out. 

Resmondo had squandered multiple opportunities and left a small village on the bases and SmashIt/Scene advanced undefeated to the championship game.

Resmondo 3rd baseman Bryson Baker tries to throw out Dedonatis

Collins robs a homer

 


 

 

Game #32 Recap

Dan Smith center fielder Brian Zirkle hits one past Faron Miller for a base hit

Game #32 – After the winner's final was the loser's bracket semifinal between Dan Smith and Scene/HDLNS.  Scene/HDLNS got on the board with 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning on a Adam Kaminski bases loaded walk and a Jackie Corn 2 out single made it 4-0.  The inning ended on a great diving catch by Dan Smith left fielder Colby Hughes.  In the bottom of the 1st Dan Smith scored 11 runs on a Kyle Pearson bases loaded walk, a Brian Zirkle 2 run single, a Chad Durick 2 run double, and a Chris Greinert 2 out 2 run homer.  In the top of the 2nd Scene/HDLNS got homer's from Cory Boothe and Joey Formosa but trailed 15-9 after 2 innnings.  In the bottom of the 3rd Scene/HDLNS left fielder Evan Gallmeier robbed a home run and in the top of the 4th got a 2 run homer from Jackie Corn.  But it was all Dan Smith the rest of the way as they won by the run rule 27-12 getting homer's from Greinert and Williams in the 4th, and big hits from Hammonds, Durick, and Matusik in the 5th..

 

 


 

 

Game #33 Recap

Resmondo's Kevin Bazat hit 4 homer's against Dan Smith

Game #33 – The loser's bracket finals began early Saturday evening between Dan Smith and Resmondo.  In all of the games the home team was decided by who was the higher seed based on Nationwide Conference USSSA points.  Dan Smith's Chris Greinert and Kyle Pearson got the scoring started with home runs in the top of the 1st and Resmondo answered with a barrage of homer's in the bottom of the 1st by Bryson Baker, (their) Kyle Pearson, Buddy Wolf, Scott Kirby, Mike Umschied, and Kevin Bazat!  In the 1st inning Resmondo had already hit more homer's (6) than they had the entire 7 inning of the winner's bracket finals (4)…  In the second Greinert hit a 2 run single for Dan Smith but Resmondo piled on again in the bottom of the 2nd inning with doubles by Mack and Kirby, a 2 run homer by Bazat, back to back solo's by Pearson and Connell, and a final 2 run homer by Scott Kirby which made it 24-9 at the end of 2 innings.  In the 3rd Dan Smith scored on a Brian Zirkle 2 run homer and then Resmondo's Travis Clark hit a 2 run homer to match.  In the 4th Dan Smith's Chris Greinert hit a 2 run homer and Resmondo answered with a Bazat 3 run homer and a Kyle Pearson over the scoreboard bomb and Resmondo led 30-14 after 4 innings and began to put in substitutes in order to rest their starters.  In the 5th Dan Sanchez made a great line drive stab up the middle but Dan Smith closed the gab to 10 runs on an RBI double to keep the game alive by Chris Greinert, and a 3 run homer by Westy Guill.  Brian Wegman in left field ended the inning with an incredible running catch towards the foul wall.  In the 6th inning Dan Smith's Chris Greinert became the 3rd player of the tournament to hit one over the giant 4/5 story high scoreboard in center field and they got a 2 run homer from their Kyle Pearson in the 7th but lost 27-37 to Resmondo.  Dan Smith catcher Chris Greinert had 5 hits, 3 HR, and 10 RBI in the game.

 

Dan Smith shortstop Chad Durick collected 5 hits.

 


 

 

Game #34 Recap

Collins hits a game tying 3 run homer in the bottom of the 7th

Mike Umschied tries to rob Andrew Collins game tying homer in center field

Game #34 – The much awaited Championship game between Smash It/Scene and Resmondo began Saturday night with Resmondo needing to win two games in a row.  In the top of the 1st Resmondo's Kyle Pearson hit a 2 run homer and Smash It/Scene's Ryan Harvey answered with a 3 run bomb to put Smash It/Scene up 4-2 after 1 inning.  In the 2nd inning Resmondo's Scott Kirby hit a 2 run homer and they blanked Smash It/Scene and went up 6-4.  In the 3rd Resmondo put up a zero and Smash It/Scene went down in order 1-2-3 as Kyle Pearson at 1st base and Travis Clark at pitcher made nice plays on hard shots.  It looked like Smash It/Scene who's pitcher Andy Purcell had been drilled by Wegman in the 2nd inning was trying to get payback as they hit two hard shots back at Clark who made plays on both.  With the middle war over Resmondo put up another zero in the top of the 4th inning and in the bottom of the 4th Smash It/Scene got 2 run homer's from Cory Briggs and Andy Purcell and they led 10-6.  In the top of the 5th Resmondo marked with solo homer's by Wegman and Clark but an RBI triple by Don Dedonatis and another homer by Purcell gave Smash It/Scene a 14-8 lead.  In the 6th Resmondo got a solo from Kirby, a huge pinch hit 2 run homer from BJ Fulk, and solo's from Baker and Pearson to close the lead to 13-14.  Remember the Major World Series is unlimited homer's so solo's are not a bad thing as homer's were hard to come by on the big fields.  In the bottom of the 6th Resmondo center fielder Mike Umschied made a great catch on a long dead run straight back over his head at the 390 mark but Smash It/Scene managed to score 4 on homer's by Brandon Dillon and a line shot home run down the right field line by Don Dedonatis that energized his entire team!  

In the 7th Resmondo needed 5 to extend the game and got solo homer's from Buddy Wolf and Bubba Mack, then a hustle slide by Scott Kirby into first base on a high throw, and clutch RBI singles by Baker, Pearson, and Connell to close the gap to 17-18.  Then with the bases loaded Brian Wegman hit a ball high and deep to right field as the collective Resmondo fans and teammates held their breath right fielder Andrew Collins moved to the fence to rob it but it was just a little to far and Wegs had him self a go ahead GRAND SLAM!  The crowd cheered and Resmondo grabbed the momentum.  But they failed to score anymore runs and went to the bottom of the 7th with a 21-18 lead.  In the bottom of the 7th Resmondo got an out to start off, then Andy Purcell doubled, Ryan Harvey walked, and Andrew Collins hit a ball similar to Wegman's only to straight away center field.  Again the crowd held its collective breath as center fielder Mike Umschied lept to rob the home run but it went out by a few feet over the wall around the 400 foot mark and Smash It/Scene had tied the game at 21-21 to another cheer from the crowd.  So with 1 out in the bottom of the 7th and the game tied, Resmondo decided to intentionally walk Nic Santana, Luis Reyna laced a line drive single to right center sending Santana to 3rd, and Brandon Dillon was walked to load the bases.  Then Dennis Rulli stepped in and ended the game with a walk off walk on 3 pitches and Smash It Sports/Scene had won the Major World Series 22-21!

 

Scott Kirby beats the tag to keep Resmondo alive

Brian Wegman gives Resmondo the lead with a backside grand slam to right field in the top of the 7th

Luis Reyna of Smash It Sports/Scene hits a single to right to put Santana into scoring position to win the game

 


 

Final Standings

 

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