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2011 Phoenix Tournament Preview

Phoenix

Tournament Preview

There are 23 teams entered in the Conference USSSA tournament in Peoria, Arizona called the "Cactus Classic".  7 of the teams are Conference teams.

3 – Major
0 – 'A' Teams
5 – 'B' Teams
5 – 'C' Teams
6 – 'D' Teams
4 – 'E' Teams

With no 'A' teams in the tournament, look for the 3 Major teams to roll through the winner's bracket.   The local C through E teams won't just roll over especially on Friday night when the ball is flying but I don't see any upsets brewing except a slim chance of the VFW vs Classic Glass winner giving Pharmapar a game on Saturday afternoon.   It could happen.

Always remember these local Arizona teams can play ball and often the difference between their 'C' teams and their 'E' seems like the bottom of the order and some pitching.

The tournament has some nice second round matchups like VFW and Classic Glass, and Texas Miken and Team Demarini.

I'll go with GTL over Southcoast in the top of the bracket

Demarini beating Texas Miken and AZM/Cartel to get to the final 4 although I hear Demarini has shuffled their roster so who knows.

In the bottom half I like Pharmapar (who really needs a fire lit under them) to squeak by Classic Glass.

The best game before the final 4 could be Team Combat/Laser Vision vs Sonny's.  Both teams have something to prove but regardless of the winner, the loser should run through the loser's bracket.  I'll take Laser Vision.

In the final 4 I'll take GTL over Classic and Laser Vision over Pharmapar.

GTL over Laser Vision in the finals of the winner's and the first game of the Championship.

Now, I just pick these for fun and I take a lot of good natured ribbing when I'm wrong.  But this year I've been pretty close to on the money when picking the top 3!

My top 4 for Phoenix then is:
1) GTL
2) Laser Vision
3) Sonny's
4) Pharmapar

Phoenix tournament bracket link

 

  [AZ] SOUTHCOAST                
  Sat 8:00 AM F4   (8                  
  [AZ] SPORTS55 – DESERT DAWGZ                
    Sat 12:30 PM F1   (27                
  [WA] GTL CARTEL/DEMARINI                
[AZ] AZ MOST HATED Fri 8:40 PM F2   (9                  
Fri 6:00 PM F1   (1                    
[TXW] TERESOZ     Sat 5:00 PM F1   (35              
  [TXS] TEXAS MIKEN SOFTBALL CLUB                
[CAS] TEAM DEMARINI Fri 10:00 PM F1   (10                  
Fri 6:00 PM F2   (2                    
[AZ] SBH BULLDOGS   Sat 2:00 PM F1   (28                 
  [AZ] AZM / CARTEL                
[AZ] GIL'S ARIZONA HEAT SOFTBALL CL Sat 8:00 AM F1   (11                  
Fri 8:40 PM F1   (3                    
[AZ] POA/ADKINS BEE REMOVAL       Sat 6:30 PM F1   (41            
  [CAS] VFW                
[CAN] CLASSIC GLASS/EASTON/DSS Sat 8:00 AM F3   (12                  
Fri 7:20 PM F1   (4                    
[AZ] SLAYIN GUTS/ LIT UP CLOTHING   Sat 2:00 PM F2   (29                
  [WA] COMBAT/PHARMAPAR/TRANSAT HOLID                
[AZ] KOVACH INC Sat 8:00 AM F2   (13                  
Fri 7:20 PM F2   (5                    
[AZ] SUMUZU / JAK'D     Sat 5:00 PM F2   (36               
  [WY] SONNY'S/BEACON/COWBOYS/SIDELIN                
[AZ] CHEBA HUT "TOASTED" SUBS (P) Fri 10:00 PM F3   (14                  
Fri 7:20 PM F3   (6                    
[AZ] TUCSON PAYASOS   Sat 2:00 PM F3   (30            Sun 10:30 AM F1   (44      
  [WA] TEAM COMBAT/LASERVISION/D2E/SU                
[AZ] MADD SKILLS/WATCHYURLIPS Fri 8:40 PM F3   (15                  
Fri 6:00 PM F3   (7                    
[AZ] BUFFALO SOLDIERS           L-41      
                   
                   
  Loser's Bracket            
        L-35          
                   
    L-30              
L-4                  
Sat 9:30 AM F1   (16     Sat 3:30 PM F4   (34     Sat 6:30 PM F4   (39     Sun 9:00 AM F1   (43      Sun 12:00 PM F1   (45    
L-8                  
  Sat 12:30 PM F2   (23                   
L-5                  
Sat 11:00 AM F1   (17        Sat 5:00 PM F4   (37               
L-9                  
    L-29              
L-6                  
Sat 11:00 AM F2   (18     Sat 3:30 PM F2   (33        Sat 8:00 PM F3   (42           
L-10                  
  Sat 12:30 PM F3   (24                   
L-7                  
Sat 11:00 AM F3   (19          L-36       L-44  
L-11                  
    L-28              
                   
  L-12 Sat 3:30 PM F1   (32     Sat 6:30 PM F3   (40             
                   
  Sat 11:00 AM F4   (25                   
L-1                  
Sat 9:30 AM F2   (20        Sat 5:00 PM F3   (38               
L-13                  
    L-27              
L-2                  
Sat 9:30 AM F3   (21     Sat 3:30 PM F3   (31                 
L-14                  
  Sat 12:30 PM F4   (26                   
L-3                  
Sat 9:30 AM F4   (22                     
L-15                  
                   
                   
                   
2nd Annual Cactus Classic CUSSSA Major NIT. RIO VISTA PARK 8866 W Thunderbird Rd Peoria AZ                  

GTL looks to repeat in Phoenix


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