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2012 USSSA Major World Series tournament report!

 

 

USSSA Major World Series

 

Kissimmee, FL

 

September 19 – September 23

 

The championship game between Laservision and Resmondo at the Major World Series!

To all sponsors, managers, and players thinking about retirement – you should take a month off before making a decision about 2013.  Remember that only one team usually wins their last game of the season, so everyone is probably frustrated right now with their play to end the season. 

That being said, I would like to thank all of the sponsors, managers, players, umpires, directors, and associations that put their time, effort, and money into this 2012 season.  You made it the best upper level season in recent memory . 

In the words of Christan Dowling, these 5 days of the Major, C World, and Womens Worlds, were a "celebration of softball!"

USSSA has crowned a new champion at the Major World Series as #2 seeded Laservision/Annihilation/Supreme/D2E/Easton ended the #1 seeded Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth's 5 game run through the loser's bracket of the tournament, and also their 3 year run as Major champion, with a 27-25 victory!  Laservision did so in dramatic fashion, getting a walk off home run from MVP infielder Scott Kirby to win their second game of the tournament 25-24 over TYJA-Suncoast Reebok.  They also made a big push in the top of the 7th inning against Demarini/Dirty/3n2/ATWLDesigns in the winners bracket championship game to win 18-13 from behind.  In the championship game on Sunday, the drama continued against Resmondo as Laservision jumped out to a big lead 20-4 and were 1 out away from run ruling Resmondo 25-10 in the top of the 5th before Resmondo forced a 6th and 7th inning and pulled to within 2 runs before the final nail biting out.


Wednesday, September 19th
The Major began on Wednesday at 5:30 PM with a matchup between the 2011 runner up Taylormade and the highly seeded Demarini/Dirty.  The game was tied at 24-24 going into the 7th inning.  Taylormade took the lead on a 2 run homer by Billy Moran and scored 7 runs in the top half of the 7th.  In the bottom of the 7th the first two hitters for Demarini made outs and then they had 9 straight hits and 8 runs to win on a walk off double down the right field line by Nick Santana.

Wednesday night Demarini/Dirty and Taylormade/Mizuno get ready to put on a show to open the World Series!

#2 seeded Laservision then struggled but powered their way past Buzinsports.com 17-13.  The score at one point was 8-7 mid way through the game.   Also, #1 seeded Resmondo run ruled Primetime 23-3 in just 4 innings.

Wednesday night Laservision takes on BuziniSports.com

The nightcap game between Reds Astros and Nordkap/Desert Falls turned out to be one of the greatest finishes in World Series history as Nordkap looked to be cruising to an easy opening round win, leading 18-9 going into the top of the 7th inning.  Reds Astos catcher Chad Mullins hit a ball over the scoreboard and the team batted around and Chad hit a second homer off the scoreboard for a grand slam.  In the inning Reds scored 14 runs and took a 23-18 to the bottom of the 7th where they got two ground balls after 4 straight runs with no outs to end the game with a 23-22 upset win!

Nordkap and Reds battle late into the night on Wednesday

Thursday, September 20th
The winners bracket resumed on Thursday with seeds 5-12 squaring off in the morning and early afternoon.  TYJA-Suncoast Reebok separated from Down2EarthSports.com/SBC/Worth with an 8 run 4th and run ruled them 33-15.  R&M Metals beat Team Combat 9-6 in a rather poorly played contest at 10:30 AM.  Shoppe jumped out to a huge 15-3 lead on West Coast Doerflinger as Tim Cocco hit 2 homers including a grand slam in the first inning.  Then Shoppe finished off WCD 32-12 by the run rule in the 4th on a Steve Allen homer.  In the last game of the first round, at 1:30 PM, Team 454 scored 7 runs in the first inning and 9 runs in the third inning, and won by run rule over Linedrive Sportz 29-13 on a home run by Kevin Bazat.

Thursday morning at the Major Worlds about to get under way with D2E vs TYJA!

On Thursday evening the final 8 got under way and featured some of the best games of the tournament.  At 4:00 PM Reds Astros took on Team 454 and Chad Mullins and Wally Maybrier hit a couple of scoreboard homers, and then a couple of 454 errors late in the game led to Reds upsetting Team 454 31-27.  Both teams scored in every inning.

At 5:30 PM Demarini/Dirty was sparked by an Andrew Collins inside the park homer and an 8 run 4th inning to beat rival Shoppe/TPS 29-19.  At 7 PM TYJA-Suncoast Reebok scored 13 runs on 13 hits and 3 homers in the top of the first against Laservision.  But Laservision crawled back into the game with 8 runs on 4 homers in the bottom of the 5th.  Then Laservision, trailing 24-23 in the bottom of the 7th got homers from Brian Wegman and a walk off by Scott Kirby to win 25-24!  In the final game of the night R&M Metals broke an 18-18 tie with Resmondo in the bottom of the 6th with a 7 run inning.  The big blow was a Mike Umschied bases loaded triple!  Then they got Resmondo to put up a zero in the top of the 7th and won 25-18!  This was Resmondos first loss in their last 17 games at the Major.

Friday, September 21st
On Friday, the winner's bracket was down to the semi-finals which started at 4:15 PM with Laservision using the biggest offensive inning of the tournament, 16 runs, to put away the upstart Reds Astros 29-5.  This was followed by the home run derby which was broadcast on ESPN3.com.  The derby was won by Chad Durick and you can see the results and videos here.  After the derby it was the second semi-final game between R&M Metals and Demarini/Dirty, which was also broadcast on ESPN3.com.  In this game Dirty got off to a fast start with an inside the park homer by Nick Santana.  Then R&M came back with a grand slam by Brandon Dillon in the bottom of the 2nd and scored 10 runs total in the inning.  Terry Baggs answered that with a 3 run homer in the top of the 3rd for Demarini/Dirty and they added a 2 run homer by Adam Rockoff in the 6th.  In the top of the 7th, R&M Metals got a leaping catch by Brandon Dillon to keep the game close but came up 2 runs short 17-15 with the hammer in their hands in the bottom of the 7th.

Chad Durick of Team 454 won the home run derby on Friday night on ESPN3


Saturday, September 22nd
On Saturday, the only winner's bracket game was the winner's championship game where early offense by Laservisions Brian Wegman and Brett Helmer was matched by a two out homer by Demarini/Dirty's Andrew Collins.  The teams also turned in some great defense by Laservision shortstop Bryson Baker and Demarini/Dirty left fielder Chris Wilson.  With the game still in question in the 6th, Demarini put up a zero in the bottom half of the inning and Laservsion caught fire in the top of the 7th and won the game 18-13.

Winner's bracket championship – Laservision takes on Demarini/Dirty


Sunday, September 23rd
On Sunday the tournament brought back the final 3 teams.  At 9 AM Demarini/Dirty played Resmondo who had won 4 games on Saturday in the loser's bracket to make it to Sunday.  This was the first meeting of the year between the two highly ranked teams.  Demarini struck first with homers by Andrew Collins and Adam Rockoff in the top of the first.  Resmondo answered with 15 runs in the bottom of the first and 9 more in the bottom of the 3rd to go on to win 31-12!

Championship Game Highlites:
Top 1: Resmondo scores 2 runs (2-0)
  Andy Purcell homer
  BJ Fulk homer
 
Bot 1: Laservision scores 4 runs (2-4)
  Bryson Baker strikes out looking on a pitch that never crossed the plate
  Scott Kirby hits a 2 run homer off the scoreboard in center field
  Sam Lopez 2 RBI single
  Jeremy Isenhower makes a great diving catch to end the inning

MVP Scott Kirby hits a triple in the championship game

Top 2: Resmondo scores 1 (3-4)
  Jeremy Isenhower homer

Bot 2: Laservision scores 7 (3-11)
  Bryson Baker RBI double
  Brett Helmer long 2 run homer
  Scott Kirby RBI triple
  Geno Buck 2 run homer – scoreboard shot
  Sam Lopez homer – deep LC shot

Top 3: Resmondo scores 1 (4-11)
  Andy Purcell homer
  BJ Fulk grounds out backside to Helmer who makes a nice play
  Bryson Baker makes a nice play at SS to get Laservision out of the inning

Bot 3: Laservision scores 9 (4-20)
  Bryson Baker rbi double
  Geno Buck opposite field 3 run homer
  Nice sliding catch by Scott Streibel in LF
  Brian Rainwater 2 run homer to the opposite field
  Jason Kendrick homer

Top 4: Resmondo scores 6 (10-20)
  Jeremy Isenhower homer
  Connell hit a 3 run homer to the base of the flags in LF
  Andy Purcell homer
  BJ Fulk homer

Resmondo's Andy Purcell pitched great and hit 15 homers including 5 homers in the championship game

Bot 4: Laservision scores 5 (10-25)
  Intentional walk to Geno Buck to load the bases?
  Kennington 2 run double
  Sam Lopez 2 run double
  Rainwater RBI double
 
Top 5: Resmondo scores 11 runs after 2 outs (21-25)
  2 quick outs
  Bobby Hughes singles
  Sean McDonald pinch hit single
  Jeff Hall RBI single
  Greg Connell hits one through the top of the flags, 3 run homer
  Andy Purcell homers
  Bubba Mack homers
  Jimmy Salas homers
  Jeremy Isenhower homers
  Bobby Hughes 2 run homer

Bot 5: Laservision scores (21-27)
  Diving stop by Andy Purcell for an out
  Brett Helmer 2 out homer
  Brian Wegman homer
 
Top 6: Resmondo scores 1 (22-27)
  Andy Purcell homer
  Scott Kirby makes a great play at 2B
 
Bot 6: Laservision scores 0 (22-27)

Top 7: Resmondo scores 3 (25-27)
  Don Dedonatis single
  Bobby Hughes 2 run homer (kid on the hill makes a running and diving catch)
  Scott Striebel doubles
  Greg Connell RBI double

The tournament had great weather, close games, dramatic come from behind wins, massive home runs, and a new winner at the top!  A great way to end a great season!

Laservision celebrates their Major World Series Championship!

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Championship game highlites

Team Combat takes on TYJA-Suncoast Reebok back on field #4

Brett Helmer of Easton hits his 102nd career homer at the World Series.  Thanks Brett for all you do for softball! 

 

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Fri, Sep 21, 2012 – 6:30 PM
Usssa Men's Major World Series – Home Run Derby
http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/618467/usssa-men-major-world-series-home-run-derby
 
Fri, Sep 21, 2012 – 9:15 PM
Usssa Men's Major World Series – Winners Bracket
http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/618469/usssa-men-major-world-series-winners-bracket
 
Sun, Sep 23, 2012 – 11:00 AM
Usssa Men's Major World Series – Championship (Championship)
http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/id/618471/usssa-men-major-world-series-championship-championship

Stadium Field archived games done by USSSA Live can be found here when available

All of the SoftballCenter archived games can be found here

Link to Softballcenter.com pictures of the Major

Link to some additional pictures that USSSA has taken


Video Highlites brought to you by:

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Major World Series highlites


The "Mojo Masher" of the week is:

Christan Dowling of Combat Derby Girls!

 

Christan Dowling put on a display of power at the home run derby and hit two balls 400 feet!


Major World Series Tournament Awards and Final Standings:

Player Tournament Awards
Players Name
Plays For
Tournament CO-MVP
Laservision/Anni/Supr/D2/Easton
Tournament CO-MVP
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
Offensive Tournament MVP
Laservision/Anni/Supr/D2/Easton
Defensive Tournament MVP
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team
Laservision/Anni/Supr/D2/Easton
All Tournament Team
Team 454/Emerald/Worth
All Tournament Team
Laservision/Anni/Supr/D2/Easton
All Tournament Team
Laservision/Anni/Supr/D2/Easton
All Tournament Team
Laservision/Anni/Supr/D2/Easton
All Tournament Team
Demarini/Dirty/3N2/ATWLDesigns
All Tournament Team
R&M Metals/Troupe/Pipac/S&R/EASTON
All Tournament Team
Laservision/Anni/Supr/D2/Easton
All Tournament Team
Demarini/Dirty/3N2/ATWLDesigns
All Tournament Team
Demarini/Dirty/3N2/ATWLDesigns
All Tournament Team
Laservision/Anni/Supr/D2/Easton
All Tournament Team
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team
Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team
Laservision/Anni/Supr/D2/Easton
All Tournament Team
Reds Astros/TPS/Sports Den
All Tournament Team
R&M Metals/Troupe/Pipac/S&R/EASTON
All Tournament Team
R&M Metals/Troupe/Pipac/S&R/EASTON
All Tournament Manager
Laservision/Anni/Supr/D2/Easton
 

 

Place
State
Team
Team
Class
Wins
Loses
Ties
Runs
Scored
Runs
Allow
Avg
Runs
Avg
Allow
Avg
Diff
Max
Runs
1
NYU
SPMensMajor
5
0
0
116
80
23.2
16
7.2
29
650
2
FL
SPMensMajor
6
2
0
186
111
23.2
13.8
9.37
31
350
3
FL
SPMensA
3
2
0
103
114
20.6
22.8
-2.2
32
300
4
IA
SPMensA
3
2
0
70
70
14
14
0
25
250
5
VA
SPMensA
3
2
0
107
80
21.4
16
5.4
29
200
5
IN
SPMensB
2
2
0
72
107
18
26.7
-8.7
31
200
7
NYD
SPMensA
2
2
0
90
76
22.5
19
3.5
33
150
7
TN
SPMensA
2
2
0
90
82
22.5
20.5
2
32
150
9
MS
SPMensB
1
2
0
29
48
9.66
16
-6.3
13
110
9
WA
SPMensMajor
1
2
0
42
43
14
14.3
-0.3
19
110
9
MI
SPMensB
1
2
0
59
73
19.6
24.3
-4.6
26
110
9
CAS
SPMensA
1
2
0
38
58
12.6
19.3
-6.6
15
110
13
UT
SPMensMajor
0
2
0
44
49
22
24.5
-2.5
22
70
13
GA
SPMensB
0
2
0
24
43
12
21.5
-9.5
15
70
13
GA
Primetime/Easton Qualified
SPMensB
0
2
0
12
40
6
20
-14
9
70
13
VA
SPMensA
0
2
0
35
43
17.5
21.5
-4
31
70
 

Laservision's Scott Kirby was co-MVP 

Resmondo pitcher Andy Purcell was co-MVP

Laservision outfielder Brian Rainwater was Offensive MVP

 

 Resmondo shortstop Don Dedonatis Jr was Defensive MVP
 Laservision manager Dan Fruhwirth was manager of the tournament

The All Tournament team

Don Dedonatis of USSSA congratulates each of the Laservision team members

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Most of the awards ceremony

 


Team by team notes brought to you by:

 

 


1st Place – Laservision/Anni/Supr/D2E/Easton;lkajsdlkgajaljnresmondo-specialty tank worthresmondo-specialty tank worth

Conf 'M' from Cicero, NY  5-0 Record

Laservision opened against Buzini on Wednesday night and out powered them 17-13 on 10 homers including 4 by middle infielder Kevin Kennington.  Then they beat TYJA-Suncoast Reebok 25-24 when they scored 8 runs in the 5th and 8 in the 6th.  They held TYJA scoreless for the last two innings and got homers from Brian Wegman and Scott Kirby in the bottom of the 7th to win it.  They really pulled this one out from the jaws of defeat with 4 nearly perfect innings of play to end the game and win by 1.

Against Reds Astros in their third game they used 5 homers, 2 by Brett Helmer and 2 by Kirby, to jump on Reds for 16 runs in the first inning and won easy 29-5.  Then in the winners final against Demarini/Dirty, Laservision again tightened up the defense late and opened up their own offense in the top of the 7th to win 18-13.

In the championship game, Laservision jumped out to a huge lead on their rival Resmondo 20-4 and just did get enough to win 27-25 and take the title.

Bryson Baker made some huge defensive plays in the big games, pitcher Geno Buck pitched his best ball of the season, and outfielder Brian Wegman and infielder Scott Kirby came up with all of the big hits when needed.  And they were needed, early and often. 

Congratulations to Laservision who's resume for the 2012 season definitely did not point to a Major World Series title but they did it against all odds and really gutting out wins against all of the top teams.  The TYJA, Dirty, and Resmondo games were some of the best games of the season.   I have been very critical of this team throughout the season and much like D2E a couple weeks ago, Laservision "stuck it in my eye".  You are 2012 World Champs and no one can take that away from you!

Laservision sponsor Pierre Alfred won his first ring!  This probably won't be the last time these two great sponsors battle it out.

     

P
OBC
G
R
H
HRF
EF
1.000
1.000
3
1
1
1
0
0
0
0.00
1
0
0
0
0
1B
0.773
0.783
5
22
14
17
2
1
7
3.14
15
1
0
0
0
LF
0.667
0.650
5
18
10
12
3
0
6
3.00
15
1
0
1
0
EF
0.632
0.600
5
19
13
12
2
0
6
3.17
14
0
0
1
0
RF
0.600
0.609
5
20
13
12
1
0
7
2.86
13
2
0
1
0
SS
0.583
0.583
5
24
12
14
7
2
1
24.00
8
0
1
0
1
P
0.579
0.667
5
19
15
11
2
0
5
3.80
12
5
0
0
0
3B
0.550
0.571
5
20
11
11
5
0
3
6.67
13
1
0
0
0
EH
0.500
0.563
4
12
7
6
2
0
3
4.00
5
3
0
1
0
P
0.500
0.500
1
4
1
2
1
0
0
0.00
1
0
0
0
0
2B
0.375
0.500
4
8
4
3
0
0
0
0.00
1
2
0
0
1
CF
0.375
0.474
5
16
6
6
1
0
1
16.00
5
3
0
0
0
C
0.333
0.381
5
18
9
6
1
0
4
4.50
10
2
3
1
0
PR
0.000
0.000
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.00
0
0
0
0
0
1B
0.000
0.000
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.00
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
0.562
0.588
5
201
116
113
27
3
43
4.67
113
20
4
5
2
 

 

Was this Jason Kendricks last at bat?  If so, thanks for the memories! (hearing he is playing with Combat, sweet)

Laservisions Brian Wegman picked the team up with some big hits all week long

Bryson Baker has now won 8 straight Major World Series titles…WOW!

 


2nd Place – Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth

Conf 'M' from Winter Haven, FL  6-2 Record

Resmondo played 8 games.  They cruised past Primetime in their opener on Wednesday 23-3.  Then lost to R&M Metals 25-18 after Bubba Mack had tied the game at 18-18 with a 2 run homer in the 6th inning.

In the losers bracket Resmondo beat Buzini 22-6 with homers by Purcell, Fulk, and Isenhower early on.  Then they beat Shoppe 21-17 with defense by pitcher Andy Purcell who made Shoppe make 6 weak outs in the game.  They also had a scoreboard homer by Greg Connell, and homers by Don Dedonatis Jr and Andy Purcell among others.

They then beat Reds Astros 29-13 on grand slams by Jeff Hall and Andy Purcell, and beat R&M Metals 17-8 late on Saturday night.  On Sunday morning to make it to the championship game, Resmondo hammered Demarini/Dirty 31-12 on a 15 run 1st inning and a homer by Greg Connell and some good defense by shortstop Don Dedonatis Jr.

In the finals Resmondo trailed Laservision 20-4 and made a dramatic comeback as discussed earlier in the report.  Andy Purcell hit 5 homers in the game but Resmondo lost 27-25.

 

P
OBC
G
R
H
HRF
PH
1.000
1.000
3
3
3
3
1
0
0
0.00
1
0
0
0
0
P
0.727
0.750
8
33
23
24
2
0
15
2.20
31
3
2
0
0
CF
0.667
0.690
8
24
16
16
3
0
8
3.00
20
4
0
1
0
EF
0.636
0.647
8
33
17
21
6
1
7
4.71
19
1
0
0
0
RF
0.621
0.667
8
29
20
18
1
0
12
2.42
21
4
1
0
0
2B
0.618
0.639
8
34
22
21
3
0
12
2.83
28
2
0
0
2
1B
0.571
0.647
8
28
20
16
3
1
6
4.67
18
6
0
0
0
SS
0.565
0.697
8
23
16
13
7
1
2
11.50
5
10
0
0
0
C
0.556
0.600
3
9
4
5
1
0
1
9.00
3
1
1
0
1
3B
0.536
0.576
8
28
15
15
5
0
5
5.60
13
4
0
1
0
LF
0.500
0.538
7
22
13
11
2
0
2
11.00
9
3
0
1
0
EH
0.452
0.457
8
31
14
14
2
0
9
3.44
14
2
0
2
0
LF
0.400
0.400
3
5
2
2
2
0
0
0.00
2
0
0
0
0
Totals
0.593
0.631
8
302
185
179
38
3
79
3.82
184
40
4
5
3
 

 

Resmondo left fielder Scott Striebel makes a nice catch on the fence

 


3rd Place – Demarini/Dirty/3n2/ATWLdesigns

Conf 'A' from Orlando, FL  3-2 Record

Demarini opened the whole tournament at 5:30 PM vs Taylormade.  A Steven Loyd 3 run homer led to a 10 run Demarini/Dirty 1st inning.  Loyd struck again with a 3 run homer in the bottom of the 3rd.  Then a great diving catch by Mike Wrenn at first base in the 5th and a great play at shortstop by Loyd in the 6th kept the game close for Demarini.  In the bottom of the 7th, needing 8 runs, Demarinis first two batters made outs then they had 9 straight hits and 8 runs capped off by a game winning double by Nick Santana, and won 32-31!  There were 15 homers hit between the two teams in the game.

In their 2nd game on Thursday an Andrew Collins inside the park homer during an 8 run 4th led Demarini to a 29-19 win over Shoppe.  Next they beat R&M Metals 17-15 with an inside the park homer by Santana, a 3 run homer by Terry Baggs, and a 2 run homer by Adam Rockoff.  You can watch the replay of that game here on ESPN3.com.

In the winner's bracket championship game against Laservision, Dirty had Laservision right where they wanted them but failed to add runs in the bottom of the 6th and Laservision outscored Dirty in the 7th to lead to a Dirty loss 18-13.  In the loser's bracket Demarini/Dirty lost to Resmondo on Sunday morning 31-12 even though Rockoff had 4 doubles.  This team was very close, one good offensive inning away in that Laservision winner's final from being the undefeated team on Sunday!  wow

 

P
OBC
G
R
H
HRF
2B
0.857
0.857
5
21
15
18
9
0
8
2.63
19
0
0
0
0
SS
0.632
0.667
5
19
13
12
2
1
6
3.17
16
2
0
0
0
3B
0.588
0.550
5
17
6
10
0
1
1
17.00
8
1
0
2
0
EH
0.563
0.556
5
16
8
9
1
0
4
4.00
13
1
0
1
0
P
0.556
0.556
3
9
3
5
2
0
0
0.00
2
0
0
0
0
CF
0.500
0.500
5
22
11
11
5
2
2
11.00
7
0
0
0
2
LF
0.474
0.522
5
19
9
9
2
1
0
0.00
5
3
0
1
0
EF
0.467
0.474
5
15
4
7
0
0
0
0.00
4
2
0
2
0
P
0.429
0.429
4
7
2
3
1
0
0
0.00
3
0
0
0
0
SS
0.364
0.563
4
11
7
4
1
0
2
5.50
3
5
1
0
0
C
0.353
0.400
5
17
7
6
1
0
1
17.00
4
2
0
1
0
1B
0.294
0.333
5
17
6
5
0
0
2
8.50
9
1
0
0
0
PH
0.250
0.250
3
4
3
1
0
0
0
0.00
0
0
0
0
0
PR
0.000
0.000
4
1
3
0
0
0
0
0.00
0
0
1
0
0
PR
0.000
0.000
4
1
2
0
0
0
0
0.00
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
0.510
0.532
5
196
99
100
24
5
26
7.54
93
17
2
7
2
 

 

 

Demarini's Nick Santana caps an 8 run come from behind win over Taylormade!

Dirty celebrates another Andrew Collins homer to the opposite field

 


4th Place – R&M Metals/Troupe/Pipac/S&R/Easton

Conf 'A' from Waterloo, IA  3-2 Record

R&M Metals won their opener on Thursday 9-6 over Team Combat in an ugly low scoring game.  Then they took on Resmondo in the evening game.  They came out and got a double play to end the first inning to hold Resmondo to 1 run.  R&M scored 6 to take the lead in the 2nd inning and 6 more in the bottom of the 4th as Lossen White homered.  After Resmondo tied the game at 18-18 in the top of the 6th, R&M Metals answered with 7 runs in the bottom half when Mike Umschied hit a 2 out bases loaded triple and Reggie Schulte followed with a big homer.  R&M held Resmondo scoreless in the 7th on a nice play by 2nd baseman Richard Salazar and won 25-18!

In their next game late on Friday night they had to wait for a long rain delay and the game was broadcast on ESPN3.com.  In that game Brandon Dillon for R&M hit a grand slam in the 2nd inning and he made a great running/leaping catch into the center field fence in the 7th to keep the game close but R&M was unable to come back in the bottom of the 7th and lost 17-15.

In the loser's bracket R&M got homers from Anderson, Dillon, Gordon, Irvine, and a scoreboard shot by Schulte, and just did beat Team 454 13-12.  In their final game against Resmondo, R&M looked like zombies as they ran out of gas and lost 17-8.  Another great run for the 'A' World Champs!

 

R&M manager Rob Humphrey

 

P
OBC
G
R
H
HRF
LF
0.667
0.700
5
18
12
12
1
5
1
18.00
7
2
0
0
0
EF
0.625
0.647
5
16
5
10
3
0
0
0.00
4
1
0
0
0
RF
0.611
0.579
5
18
10
11
2
0
7
2.57
19
0
0
1
0
CF
0.588
0.650
5
17
10
10
2
2
3
5.67
12
3
0
0
0
3B
0.500
0.524
5
20
8
10
1
1
1
20.00
4
1
0
0
0
PH
0.500
0.500
3
8
1
4
0
0
1
8.00
3
0
0
0
0
SS
0.471
0.450
5
17
6
8
1
0
0
0.00
4
1
0
2
0
1B
0.429
0.429
2
7
2
3
0
1
1
7.00
3
0
0
0
0
2B
0.412
0.412
5
17
3
7
1
1
0
0.00
3
0
0
0
1
C
0.412
0.500
5
17
11
7
2
0
4
4.25
9
3
0
0
0
P
0.071
0.067
5
14
1
1
0
0
0
0.00
1
0
0
1
0
PH
0.000
0.250
2
3
1
0
0
0
0
0.00
0
1
1
0
0
Totals
0.483
0.505
5
172
70
83
13
10
18
9.56
69
12
1
4
1
 

 

 Schulte, Umschied, and Dillon were all tournament from R&M


 

Tied 5th Place – Team 454/Emerald/Worth

Conf 'A' from Glen Allen, VA  3-2 Record

Team 454 opened with a 29-13 win over Line Drive Sportz early on Thursday afternoon.  They had a 7 run 1st inning and a nice sliding catch by their outfielder Bryce Oliviera as well.  Then in the top of the 3rd inning they scored 9 runs and ended the game by run rule in the 5th with a walk off homer by Kevin Bazat.

In their second game immediately following the first, they had a 7-6 lead on Reds Astros in the first on a Bill Rhew 3 run homer.  Then they left them loaded in the bottom of the 2nd and had a rash of defensive errors in the 5th that lead to a 31-27 loss. 

In the loser's bracket Team 454 beat WCD 22-15 behind an 8 run 4th, some great defensive plays by left fielder Jesse Harrison, and a 9 run bottom of the 6th.  In their next game they sent TYJA packing 17-8 on homers by Chad Durick, Jesse Harrison, and 2 homers by Bryce Oliviera.  In their final game 454 lost 13-12 to R&M Metals after tying the game in the top of the 7th 12-12 on homers by Bryce, a scoreboard shot homer by Chad Durick, and the game tying homer by Kyle Moyer. 

Team 454/Emerald/Worth player/sponsor Bill Rhew with manager Tim "Tiny" Taylor in the background. 

 

P
OBC
G
R
H
HRF
EH
0.737
0.762
5
19
11
14
4
0
3
6.33
13
2
2
0
0
LF
0.714
0.714
5
21
12
15
2
0
7
3.00
17
0
0
0
0
SS
0.696
0.680
5
23
15
16
1
0
10
2.30
20
1
0
1
0
CF
0.571
0.640
5
21
13
12
3
1
3
7.00
6
4
0
0
0
C
0.550
0.545
5
20
8
11
3
0
3
6.67
9
1
0
1
0
3B
0.545
0.600
5
22
11
12
4
0
4
5.50
16
3
0
0
0
RF
0.500
0.500
5
18
9
9
2
0
3
6.00
11
1
0
1
1
PH
0.444
0.500
4
9
5
4
1
0
0
0.00
1
1
0
0
0
P
0.429
0.600
3
7
3
3
1
0
0
0.00
1
3
0
0
0
2B
0.400
0.545
5
15
9
6
2
1
1
15.00
5
6
0
1
1
1B
0.333
0.417
5
21
10
7
2
0
3
7.00
5
3
1
0
1
EH
0.286
0.286
4
7
1
2
2
0
0
0.00
3
0
1
0
0
Totals
0.547
0.586
5
203
107
111
27
2
37
5.49
107
25
4
4
3
 

 

454 Left Fielder Jesse Harrison made back to back great plays against WCD


Tied 5th Place – Reds Astros/TPS/Sports Den

Conf 'B' from Indianapolis, IN  2-2 Record

Reds Astros played Nordkap/Desert Falls on Wednesday night at 10 pm.  Reds played like they were asleep for 5 innings down 13-2.  Then in the 6th they scored 7 runs to pull to within 13-9.  Nordkap added 5 in the bottom of the 6 but would of had more if not for a diving catch by Reds right fielder Chris Lane.  In the top of the 7th, down 18-9, Reds scored 14 runs!  Chad Mullins knocked the first homer of the tournament that went over the scoreboard.  Then Wally Maybrier peppered the scoreboard with a homer and the lineup batted around and Chad Mullins hit a grand slam into the scoreboard.  In the bottom of the 7th with Reds leading 23-18, Nordkap came back to within 23-22 when a double play won it for Reds. 

On Thursday Reds played Team 454 in the quarterfinals.  Chad Mullins again led the Reds first inning attack with a clock shot homer and Reds scored 6 runs.  454 answered with 7 runs of their own in the first inning.  Then in the top of the second, Reds two hitter Fred Lawson hit a 2 run homer, Mullins homered again, and Maybrier hit one to go 3 homers in a row.  In the third Rob Roop got into the home run action with a grand slam!  Both team scored in every inning but the difference was Reds shortstop Travis Dale making two big defensive plays in the 6th inning and Team 454 making some big errors in the 5th which led to 8 runs for Reds.  Reds won it 31-27.

In the semifinals against Laservision, Reds got hammered 29-5 by Laservision who scored 16 runs on them in the first inning.  Then in the losers bracket they ran into Resmondo who hit a couple of grand slams against them and Reds lost 29-13. 

 

4 hitter Wally Maybrier did some scoreboard bashing

 

P
OBC
G
R
H
HRF
PR
1.000
1.000
1
2
1
2
1
0
0
0.00
1
0
0
0
0
CF
0.813
0.765
4
16
11
13
2
1
6
2.67
12
0
0
1
0
EH
0.647
0.647
4
17
11
11
1
0
7
2.43
19
0
1
0
1
LF
0.636
0.600
4
11
7
7
1
0
0
0.00
4
2
0
2
1
1B
0.615
0.643
4
13
7
8
0
1
1
13.00
4
1
0
0
0
PH
0.600
0.600
3
5
1
3
0
1
0
0.00
1
0
1
0
0
P
0.600
0.583
4
10
1
6
2
1
0
0.00
9
1
0
1
0
RF
0.500
0.538
4
12
4
6
1
1
0
0.00
2
1
0
0
0
2B
0.500
0.588
4
14
9
7
1
1
1
14.00
4
3
0
0
0
EF
0.500
0.538
4
12
3
6
1
0
0
0.00
4
1
0
0
0
SS
0.438
0.471
4
16
8
7
2
0
1
16.00
3
1
0
0
0
3B
0.364
0.364
3
11
3
4
2
0
0
0.00
3
0
0
0
0
C
0.333
0.385
3
12
5
4
1
0
1
12.00
2
1
0
0
0
PH
0.200
0.200
3
5
1
1
0
1
0
0.00
3
0
1
0
0
PR
0.000
0.000
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.00
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
0.545
0.561
4
156
72
85
15
7
17
9.18
71
11
3
4
2
 

 

 

Reds gets a double play to beat Nordkap 

Reds Astros manager/sponsor Red Moore, me with my ShirtsandLogos.com SoftballCenter shirt, and Reds Astros sponsor Herb Price!


Tied 7th Place – TYJA – Suncoast Reebok

Conf 'A' from Great Neck, NY  2-2 Record

TYJA opened with 10 runs in the first inning against D2E on Thursday morning.  The score was 15-13 TYJA after 3 innings though.  In the top of the 4th Victor Cordova sparked an 8 run inning and Luis Reyna ended D2E with a great defensive play in the 5th for a run rule 33-15 win.  In their second game against Laservision, TYJA scored 13 runs on 13 hits and 3 homers in the top of the first inning.  They added to their lead with a Luis Reyna 2 out homer in the top of the 3rd inning.  Then Laservision climbed back in the game with an 8 run 5th and TYJA lost in the bottom of the 7th when Laservision, trailing by 1 coming into the inning beat them with a pair of homers.  In the loser's bracket TYJA beat Combat 25-19 in a game on the back fields that ended in rain, mud, and darkness.  Then Team 454 overpowered them and held them down 17-8 with good defense.

TYJA sponsor Mark Weber and Suncoast Reebok sponsor Lee Trotter

 

P
OBC
G
R
H
HRF
SS
0.722
0.737
4
18
10
13
6
1
3
6.00
10
1
0
0
0
3B
0.684
0.714
4
19
11
13
4
2
0
0.00
3
2
0
0
0
EF
0.647
0.667
4
17
9
11
5
2
0
0.00
7
1
0
0
0
P
0.571
0.625
2
7
2
4
1
0
1
7.00
3
1
1
0
0
P
0.556
0.500
2
9
5
5
0
0
0
0.00
3
0
0
1
0
1B
0.526
0.526
4
19
7
10
0
0
4
4.75
13
0
0
0
0
C
0.500
0.500
4
20
9
10
1
2
3
6.67
14
0
0
0
0
RF
0.500
0.579
4
16
10
8
1
4
2
8.00
11
3
0
0
0
CF
0.438
0.471
4
16
7
7
2
0
1
16.00
9
1
0
0
0
LF
0.412
0.444
4
17
8
7
1
3
1
17.00
4
1
1
0
0
2B
0.333
0.550
4
12
12
4
1
1
1
12.00
10
7
0
1
0
Totals
0.541
0.577
4
170
90
92
22
15
16
10.63
87
17
2
2
0
 

 

 


Tied 7th Place – SHOPPE / TEAM TPS / ELITE

Conf 'A' from McKenzie, TN  2-2 Record

Shoppe opened with a bang on Thursday with a 15 run first inning against West Coast when Tim Cocco hit 2 homers including a grand slam.  Shoppe went on to win by the run rule 32-12 when Steve Allen ended the game with a home run.  In their second game against Dirty, both teams traded good defensive plays to keep game lower scoring, then Dirty scored 8 in the 4th and 7 in the 5th and ran away with it 29-19.  In the loser's bracket Shoppe trailed Line Drive most of the game but scored a pile of runs in the top of the 7th including a 2 run homer by Steve Allen to tie the game at 20 and a 2 run homer by Chente Granados to take a 22-20 lead.  In the bottom half Kyle Cowart made a full out diving catch to help preserve the 2 run win.  In their final game against Resmondo, Shoppe helped to keep the game close with a Chente Granados 3 run homer with 2 out in the top of the 3rd.  But some defensive miscues and the fact Shoppe had 3 pop outs in the infield and 3 ground outs to pitcher, left Shoppe 4 runs short in a 21-17 loss.   

Back on field #4, Lee Powers leads the game off with a home run for Shoppe!

 

P
OBC
G
R
H
HRF
3B
0.833
0.800
4
18
14
15
2
0
7
2.57
15
1
0
1
0
RF
0.778
0.818
4
9
6
7
1
0
1
9.00
3
2
0
0
0
SS
0.688
0.706
4
16
11
11
3
0
5
3.20
13
1
0
0
0
P
0.667
0.667
2
6
3
4
1
0
0
0.00
4
0
1
0
1
P
0.600
0.625
2
5
4
3
0
1
1
5.00
4
2
1
1
0
LF
0.579
0.550
4
19
9
11
1
0
4
4.75
7
0
0
1
0
RF
0.571
0.625
2
7
5
4
0
0
2
3.50
4
1
0
0
0
C
0.529
0.526
4
17
7
9
1
0
4
4.25
16
1
0
1
1
EF
0.500
0.500
4
14
7
7
2
1
2
7.00
5
0
0
0
0
1B
0.471
0.444
4
17
7
8
2
1
0
0.00
4
0
0
1
0
2B
0.438
0.471
4
16
8
7
2
1
2
8.00
8
1
0
0
0
CF
0.412
0.500
4
17
7
7
1
1
2
8.50
4
3
1
0
0
PR
0.000
0.500
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
0.00
1
1
0
1
0
Totals
0.578
0.589
4
161
90
93
16
5
30
5.37
88
13
3
6
2
 

 

Shoppes Steve Allen hits a walk off run rule homer


Tied 9th Place – BuziniSports.com/BWW/Worth

Conf 'B' from , MS  1-2 Record

Buzini was overpowered by Laservision in their opener on Wednesday night.  They did close the early gap to 8-7 in the top of the 3rd inning, Clint Harris  had a homer in the 2nd, but Laservision hit 10 homers to Buzinis 2 and Buzini lost 17-13.  In the losers bracket on Friday morning Buzini used a bottom of the 4th, 2 out homer by Steve Mclin and a walk off sac fly by Moreau to beat D2E 10-9.  In their final game against Resmondo they lost 22-6.


Tied 9th Place – Team Combat/Pacific Headwear

Conf 'M' from , WA  1-2 Record

Team Combat couldn't get any offense going in their opening loss to R&M Metals on Thursday 9-6.  In the losers bracket they used early homers by Casey Rogowski and Joey Smith to score and then Joey Smith robbed a Primetime homer in the 3rd, and Combat scored 7 runs in the 4th to win the game 17-9.  In their last game against TYJA back on field #4 they lost 25-19.


Tied 9th Place – Line Drive Sportz/SSS Softball

Conf 'B' from Warren, MI  1-2 Record

Line Drive lost their opener 29-13 to Team 454 on Thursday afternoon.  Ryan Parfitt made a spectacular catch in center field but Team 454 still managed 7 runs in the first and 9 runs in the third inning.  In their loser's bracket game on Friday morning Line Drive had an 8 run 2nd inning against Nordkap.  Then they had home runs by Charlie Anderson, Billy Barrett, and Cory Large in the 3rd.  In the 5t inning Tom Luna hit a long home run, and Billy Barrett hit a grand slam and Linedrive added 7 more runs on their way to a 26-22 win.  In their last game on Saturday morning against Shoppe they scored 8 runs in the 5th inning to take a lead but lost it in the 7th when Shoppe took a 22-20 lead going into the bottom of the 7th.  Then Shoppe center fielder Kyle Cowart made a full out diving catch to preserve the game.


Tied 9th Place – West Coast Doerflinger – Easton

Conf 'B' from Los Angeles, CA  1-2 Record

West Coast allowed 15 runs to Shoppe in the first inning of their first game Thursday morning.  They did score 6 runs in the 4th inning but lost the game by the run rule in the 4th inning 32-12.  In their second game they held Taylormade to just 4 runs in an 11-4 struggle.  In their 3rd game which was played Saturday morning they allowed Team 454 to score 8 runs in the 4th and 9 runs in the 6th and lost 22-15.  They had led prior to the big inning in the 6th.  WCD goes 1-2 and played without key offensive players Johnny Bailey and Julio Salazar.

 Ric Doerflinger the sponsor of WCD


Tied 13th Place – Nordkap/Desert Falls/Easton

Conf 'M' from Riverton, UT  0-2 Record

#3 seeded Nordkap/Desert Falls opened against the "giant killers" #14 seeded Reds Astros on Wednesday night at 10 PM.  "Kap" scored in every inning of the game and looked to be cruising to a lopsided victory.  They took a 13-2 lead into the 6th and an 18-9 lead into the 7th.  In the top of the 7th Reds went on an adrenaline filled run and powered their way to a 14 run inning and a 23-18 lead.  In the bottom of the 7th, Nordkap scored 4 runs before back to back ground outs including a double play to end the game and lost 23-22.

In the losers bracket Kap slugged it out with Linedrive for 7 innings.  In the 3rd inning Kap scored 8 runs on a Joey Formosa grand slam and 8 hits.  In the 4th Formosa went 400+ feet on another homer.  Then Kap gave up 7 runs in the top of the 5th and chased the rest of the way coming up 4 runs short in a 26-22 loss.

Nordkap/Desert Falls was a first year team and had early success, winning 3 conference tournament.  Remember team chemistry is a moving target and doesn't usually happen overnight.  Nordkap was led by Kevin Filby who was 6-7 with 2 homers, Donovan Pokraka 7-9 with 4 homers, Brian Zirkle 6-8, and Joey Formosa 5-8 with 4 homers and 9 RBI.

Nordkap/Desert Falls manager/sponsor Mark Meersman

 


Tied 13th Place – Down2EarthSports.com/SBC/Worth

Conf 'B' from Baxley, GA  0-2 Record

#10 seeded D2E, fresh off their 'B' World title took on TYJA in their opener on Thursday morning at 9 AM.  D2E let up 10 runs in the top of the first but responded with a 7 run bottom half on Geno Burdicks grand slam homer.  In the 3rd, Bruce Nail made a nice play on a diving stop and Sean Greer closed the TYJA lead to just 15-13 on a 2 out 3 run homer in the bottom half of the inning.  TYJA then separated with an 8 run 4th inning and D2E eventually lost 33-15.  In the loser's bracket D2E battled Buzini to tie score going into the bottom of the 7th inning where Buzini won the game 10-9.  The highlight for D2E was a 4 run 4th inning where Lee Payne had an inside the park home run.

Drew Dubberly, sponsor and manager of the 'B' World Champion Down2EarthSports team. 

Geno Burdicks grand slam helped keep D2E in the game 

 


Tied 13th Place – Primetime/Easton

Conf 'B' from , GA  0-2 Record

#16 seed Primetime opened against Resmondo and never got the offense going in a 23-3 loss on Wednesday night.  Then on Friday at 8 AM they dropped to Combat 17-9.  Center fielder Rashard Brown made a spectacular diving catch in the top of the second and first baseman Lee Daniels hit a 3 run homer with 2 outs in the bottom of the 3rd to keep things close before Combat pulled away with a 7 run 4th inning.

Primetime was led by pitcher Dennis Davison who had 2 homers and outfielder Jarvis Riggins who was on base all 4 times.

Primetime made the series which was an accomplishment in and of itself, and will look to take the next step in 2013 and that step needs to start with defensive consistency.

 


Tied 13th Place – Taylormade/TM Sports/Mizuno

Conf 'A' from , VA  0-2 Record

#13 seed Taylormade opened the World Series on Wednesday at 5:30 PM with a game against #4 seed Demarini/Dirty.  Taylormade answered Dirty's 10 run bottom of the 1st with a 7 run 2nd inning of their own highlighted by a Branden Blake grand slam.  In the top of the 4th, Taylormade's Brian Logan hit his 2nd inside the park homer of the game.  Then some great defense by Demarini in the 5th and 6th held Taylormade in check going into the 7th inning tied at 24-24.  In the top of the 7th Taylormades Billy Moran hit his 2nd 2 run homer of the game which led to a 7 run inning and a 31-24 lead.  Taylormade then got Demarini's 3 and 4 hitters to make outs to start the bottom of the 7th before Demarini plated 8 runs on 9 straight hits to send Taylormade to the loser's bracket.

In the loser's bracket against West Coast, Taylormade was down 6-0 and 11-3 before losing 11-4.  They had just 6 hits for the game.  Brian Logan for the two games was a perfect 7-7 on base with 2 inside the park homers, a triple, and 4 walks.  Branden Blake and Billy Moran each chipped in with 2 homers for the tournament.

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Some more pictures for you:

 

Linedrive CF Ryan Parfitt couldn't get to this homer

  

The controversial homer by Lee Powers was the right call.  The ball hit the top of the fence and then hit the scoreboard for a home run.

Adam Scherr was taking in the Major.  Adam is son of the softball legend Rick Scherr.

Adam participates in the Worlds Strongest man competition and plays softball with Howards Furniture!

I hope to see him on the field playing at the Major World Series someday!

Go to DirtySportsWear.com for great looking softball and basketball shorts, shirts, hats, and uniforms!

 

 

Bye bye Disney for another year…

 

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