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2009 USSSA B World Tournament Recap Part 1

2009 USSSA Class "B" World Tournament Recap!


Orlando's Fortune Road Softball Complex


September 18-20


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Northwest Combat/Trojans out of Seattle, Washington came to Florida on a MISSION. Mission Accomplished! They are your new class 'B' World Champions and they did it in a dominating fashion as they outscored their competition 91-26 in 5 games. NW Combat never allowed more than 7 runs in a game during their run and were led by tournament MVP pitcher Derek Warren.

Combat used INTENSE focus, speed, timely power, and a suffocating defense to clean house and win the rings. The Washington based club used a grand slam by veteran slugger Shane McCullough to separate from a feisty Detroit Own's team to get themselves going in their first game and never looked back as they won by the mercy rule 4 times. The only close game was a 7-5 victory over FBI in the heat of the day Saturday when the ball was not going anywhere. Combat defeated Blitz/Watanabe/Weller/Minges/Easton 18-1 on Saturday night in the winner's final and 22-6 in the final game!

Blitz from Cincinnati, Ohio finishes a solid second after making a nice run in the winner's bracket and knocking off the hot AJS team (24-6) in the semi-finals of the winner's bracket. Blitz then made it back to the championship game with a 11-10 win over WCS/LCV when they threw the tying run out at the plate for the third out.

WCS/LCV finishes third after beating FBI 25-17 early Sunday morning in a game that I felt was the best played game of the tournament. Both teams had great homerun management, clutch hitting, and it was just a hard fought game from the beginning. Congratulations to all 4 of these Sunday finishers.

2009 Class "B" World Champions – Northwest Combat/Trojans out of Seattle, Washington

Blitz/Watanabe/Weller/Minges/Easton out of Cincinnati, Ohio was your 2nd Place finisher

WCS/LCV out of Vista, California was 3rd Place

Team Breakdown: There were 30 teams from 17 different states in the tournament. 24-Class "B" teams, 4-Class "C" and 2-Class "D" teams

Some of the 'B' World hardware

Tournament Awards:

Tournament MVP Derek Warren Northwest Combat / Trojans

Offensive Tournament MVP Jason Roesch Blitz/Watanabe/Weller/Minges/Easton (not pictured yet)

Defensive Tournament MVP Jeff Gare Northwest Combat / Trojans

All Tournament Team:

Northwest Combat/Trojans

Manager George Phillips (not pictured – sorry)

Manager Strojan Kennison

Jon Oram

Shane McCullough

Brian Plenkovich

Seth Stephens

Ryan Goodman – defensive specialist who became a tough out in the final games

Francois Henry


Frank Gruber (making the game winning tag at the plate)

Rob "The Glove" Menke

Bob Noeth aka "Jamison's personal RBI"

Jon Jamison


Matt Pesso

Brendt Newbill

Ed Miller (not pictured)

Fence Brokers/Illustrated Sportswear

Perry Hensley

Tim Bowser

Fortune Road Field Notes: 4 Field wheel complex with fences set at 325 down the lines and 340 to center.

Fortune Road field #1

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