Saturday March 17th, 2018

Backman Shoppe Louisville Slugger takes both Hall of Fame Classic Duals!


1st Place – Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger/Powerhouse Sportz/J&H/S&S (IN)

Backman who won the first dual by going undefeated did so again in the second dual this time with incredible defense and pitching.  In their first 3 games of the second dual they outscored their opponents 59-11.  Then they knocked off The Scene/Albicocco 19-18 in the semifinals on a walk off gapper by Neil Haglund, beat Team Combat/ 20-8 in the winner's bracket finals Saturday night, and Team Combat again 6-5 in the Championship game on Sunday.   TM Sports Mizuno out of Virginia was 3rd and suffered a tough loss in the loser's bracket championship when they scored 8 runs in the top of the 7th only to lose on a two out walkoff homer by Combats Kyle Pearson.  The Scene/ALbicocco from New York was 4th after a late night win over Xtreme/Miken from Minnesota.  OC Swats from California and Xtreme tied for 5th.  Strong winds coming in on 6 of the fields for all of the second event kept scores down along with the lower .425 compression stadium ball that was used.

Backman scores 282 Nationwide Conference USSSA points for each Dual tournament championship and leaps out to a big lead in the points over rivals Smash It Sports who won Las Vegas earlier in the year and Resmondo who pulled out of the dual to attend their longtime manager Frank Webb's funeral.  Resmondo will attempt to make up some points by adding Indianapolis next weekend to their schedule.

A full report, pictures, video clips, and archived games coming later in the week.

Link to the HOF #2 picture album

Note: I still need to add the action photos to this album early this coming week

2016 Hall of Fame Classic Dual #2 bracket link

2016 USSSA Hall of Fame Dual #1 bracket link

2nd Place – Team Combaat/ (WA)

Backman pitcher Andy Vitcak pitches to Team Combat lefty Nick Sansone

3rd Place – TM Sports Mizuno (VA)

The Conference umpires honor Duane Posavetz who is having major health issues

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