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2012 "Space City Classic" – Houston Major report

 

"The 6th Annual Space City Classic"
-TJay Busin for SoftballCenter.Com

The USSSA Conference event kicked off with style on a warm Friday night with many unknowns (50 teams total) from the south converging for the chance to watch and maybe even play top ranked Resmondo-Specialty Tank/Worth. The SBC's #1 ranked team did not disappoint, averaging 40.5 runs per game. They were the eventual champs and ran through the tournament 6-0, leaving the rest fighting for 2nd… But let's get to that in a moment.
 
 
The rules and equipment:
Dudley Classic M+ balls were used – The walls were peppered and often flown over, even in the 95 degree heat
Wall Ball – All the teams I spoke too were in favor and enjoyed the openness of the game
Short Bases –  Were really of no consequence, for every unturned double there was a throw beaten out at first. So it balanced out all day for every team.

There were a great many new teams exposed to Conference play, but by early Sunday morning, 7 of the remaining 8 teams wore the Conference label. Many of the games would go down to the last inning including a surprise performance by my Buzini squad in the finals. J
 
Here is my two cents on the Conf teams in attendance:
SAGNASTY/WORTH/PROTOTYPE GEAR – Did not play like themselves. This normally scrappy bunch lost early to the Arkansas Mayhem. They brought up the rear in this event, but look for much more than was delivered by the C team from TX.
 
TPS/SPORTSCENTER – Highest finish in a Conference event to date. Still coming together. Beating teams they should, but are yet to win a game they shouldn't.
 
FENCEBROKERS/GAMETIME SUPPLY/WORTH – Played the strongest ball they have to date. Gave Resmondo fits for 5 innings. Also their highest finish in a Conference event this year.
 
HEADHUNTER/CANCOOKER/SHSSPORTS.COM – Played hard and hit it well, just seemed to fall short and could not catch a break that made a difference.
 
MIKEN MAFIA/ASPNATION.COM – Played hard and furious. Several times were in the last out of elimination and continued to pull victory from defeat. Played Buzini to the wire, just ran out of gas.
 
BuziniSports.Com/BWW/Worth – All I can say is I am proud to be a part of this team that continues to improve and continues to gel. Great leadership from Donald Plaisance, Clint Harris, Kelly Hartman and Justin Stuart. Stand out rookies and excellent defense are keeping my boys on the minds of all the "big teams"… Great job guys.
 
RESMONDO/SPECIALTY TANK/WORTH – Played like the best team in the country… Nothing more to say than that. Bubba Mack continues to emerge, Jeff Hall played like yester-year and Andy Purcell's return to the mound all seemed to be just what the doctor ordered… Add Greg Connell hitting lasers unseen by the naked eye, and the crowds got just what they asked for.
 
Synopsis:
While I agree this could be a "B" event, the presence of Resmondo is wanted. My thought is more big teams… The hub of Houston is a direct flight from everywhere except Siberia, hotels are readily available and there is much to do in the welcoming cities of Houston and Galveston. The fields are short, but the high walls and low compression balls change that aspect. Greg Huchingson throws a great event in one of the finest facilities in the country. The presence of bigger teams will continue to grow the sport. This is coming from a guy that played Resmondo in 2007 in Houston, got cut in 6 and has been on a Conference mission ever since… I hope they always attend and I encourage more in the future.
 
Player Tournament Awards
Players Name
Plays For
Tournament MVP
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
Offensive Tournament MVP
Buzinisports.com/BWW/Worth
Defensive Tournament CO-MVP
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
Defensive Tournament CO-MVP
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team
Buzinisports.com/BWW/Worth
All Tournament Team
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team
HEADHUNTER/CANCOOKER/SHSSPORTS.COM
All Tournament Team
Buzinisports.com/BWW/Worth
All Tournament Team
Buzinisports.com/BWW/Worth
All Tournament Team
MIKEN MAFIA / ASPNATION.COM
All Tournament Team
Buzinisports.com/BWW/Worth
All Tournament Team
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team
MIKEN MAFIA / ASPNATION.COM
All Tournament Team
HEADHUNTER/CANCOOKER/SHSSPORTS.COM
All Tournament Team
MIKEN MAFIA / ASPNATION.COM
All Tournament Team
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
 
Place
State
Team
Team
Class
Wins
Loses
Ties
Runs
Scored
Runs
Allow
Avg
Runs
Avg
Allow
Avg
Diff
Max
Runs
1
FL
SPMensMajor
6
0
0
243
122
40.5
20.3
20.1
46
300
2
MS
SPMensB
5
2
0
217
154
31
22
9
37
325
3
TXN
SPMensC
6
2
0
237
218
29.6
27.2
2.37
37
300
4
GA
SPMensB
4
2
0
157
102
26.1
17
9.16
36
275
5
TXN
Texas Regulators Qualified
SPMensC
5
2
0
164
125
23.4
17.8
5.57
34
155
5
AR
SPMensB
3
2
0
142
117
28.4
23.4
5
35
255
7
LA
SPMensD
6
2
0
202
156
25.2
19.5
5.75
41
130
7
TXS
SPMensB
3
2
0
115
106
23
21.2
1.8
30
130
9
FL
SPMensD
5
2
0
145
128
20.7
18.2
2.42
32
135
9
TXS
SPMensB
3
2
0
119
89
23.8
17.8
6
36
110
9
AR
SPMensC
2
2
0
87
97
21.7
24.2
-2.5
39
110
9
MS
SPMensB
2
2
0
81
65
20.2
16.2
4
26
210
13
TXS
SPMensD
4
2
0
135
115
22.5
19.1
3.33
32
70
13
LA
SPMensD
4
2
0
101
91
16.8
15.1
1.66
31
70
13
TXS
SPMensC
2
2
0
70
84
17.5
21
-3.5
27
70
13
TXN
SPMensC
2
2
0
94
97
23.5
24.2
-0.7
35
170
17
TXS
SPMensD
3
2
0
108
98
21.6
19.6
2
32
40
17
TXS
SPMensC
3
2
0
77
68
15.4
13.6
1.8
25
40
17
TXS
SPMensC
3
2
0
101
105
20.2
21
-0.8
32
40
17
TXS
SPMensC
3
2
0
108
116
21.6
23.2
-1.6
31
40
17
TXS
SPMensC
2
2
0
62
81
15.5
20.2
-4.7
29
40
17
MS
SPMensC
2
2
0
79
102
19.7
25.5
-5.7
28
65
17
AR
Monster Softball Qualified
SPMensC
1
2
0
77
82
25.6
27.3
-1.6
36
40
17
TXS
SPMensC
1
2
0
79
85
26.3
28.3
-2
35
40
25
TXS
SPMensE
2
2
0
68
76
17
19
-2
20
40
25
TXS
SPMensD
2
2
0
84
95
21
23.7
-2.7
34
40
25
TXS
SPMensE
2
2
0
73
84
18.2
21
-2.7
29
40
25
TXS
SPMensC
2
2
0
86
105
21.5
26.2
-4.7
33
40
25
TXS
SPMensD
2
2
0
82
90
20.5
22.5
-2
29
40
25
TXS
SPMensE
1
2
0
64
77
21.3
25.6
-4.3
29
40
25
TXS
SPMensD
1
2
0
68
74
22.6
24.6
-2
25
40
25
LA
SPMensD
1
2
0
76
80
25.3
26.6
-1.3
31
40
33
LA
SPMensD
1
2
0
52
52
17.3
17.3
0
20
40
33
LA
SPMensD
1
2
0
61
54
20.3
18
2.33
25
40
33
TXS
SPMensD
1
2
0
32
54
10.6
18
-7.3
14
40
33
TXS
SPMensE
1
2
0
52
71
17.3
23.6
-6.3
28
40
33
TXS
SPMensE
0
1
0
11
17
11
17
-6
11
40
33
TXS
SPMensC
0
2
0
25
51
12.5
25.5
-13
15
40
33
TXS
SPMensE
0
2
0
12
52
6
26
-20
8
40
33
TXS
SPMensD
0
2
0
13
45
6.5
22.5
-16
7
40
33
TXS
SPMensE
0
2
0
32
39
16
19.5
-3.5
16
40
33
TXS
SPMensE
0
2
0
14
48
7
24
-17
9
40
33
TXS
SPMensE
0
2
0
29
33
14.5
16.5
-2
20
40
33
TXS
SPMensE
0
2
0
39
64
19.5
32
-12.
32
40
33
LA
SPMensD
0
2
0
46
52
23
26
-3
27
40
33
TXS
SPMensD
0
2
0
14
44
7
22
-15
12
40
33
TXN
SPMensC
0
2
0
31
53
15.5
26.5
-11
16
0
33
TXS
SPMensE
0
2
0
22
38
11
19
-8
12
65
49
TXS
SPMensE
0
2
0
44
52
22
26
-4
26
40
49
TXS
SPMensD
0
2
0
16
43
8
21.5
-13.
12
40
 
 

 

2nd Place – Buzinisports.com/BWW/Worth

3rd Place – Miken Mafia/ASPNation.com

4th Place – Headhunter/Cancooker/SHSSports.com

 

 


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