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2020 “Cactus Classic” – Phoenix Major tournament preview!

 

 

 

"Cactus Classic"

 

Nationwide Conference USSSA!

 

May 29-31

 

Tournament Preview

 

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Field Dimensions
Google Earth shows Field 1, 2, 3, and 4 between 295 and 300 feet

Field 5  is 311-331-325-300-300

Field 6 is 300-305-341-300-290

 

2020 Phoenix bracket and team list link

 

The 2020 Nationwide Conference USSSA season is finally set to kick off with the "Cactus Classic" in Glendale, Arizona at Victory Lane Sports Park!  The tournament was moved to Victory Lane Sports Park after the Big League Dreams Park in Las Vegas was not able to host the opener due to Covid-19 restrictions.  This is the first time the Conference has been back to Arizona since 2016.  There will be 32 teams at the men's Conference opener led by defending USSSA Major National Champion Dan Smith/Menosse/Steven Smith/FAI.  Dan Smith this year has picked up pitcher Andy Purcell, premier power hitter Ryan Harvey, and middle infielder Luis Reyna.  They will be challenged by Bay Area Legends/Easton the defending USSSA 'AA' champions although their roster has had almost complete turnover from that championship team.  There is also a group of California 'A' teams – Classic Glass, Cheap Suits, and L&S Glass who will attempt to pull off some upsets as well as Competitive Edge from Florida, Levels from Colorado, and the local Arizona 'A' team Classy/sourceONE.  The men's tournament starts on Friday morning at 11 AM Pacific time and ends late Saturday night.  Look for Dan Smith to roll through this one but with the layoffs and delayed start to the season you really never know and upsets could prevail.  The main field #2 is between 295 and 300 feet so home run management may come into play and we have to find out what this heat will do to the game balls?  12 HR will be the limit for most games.  The bracket is set up so that the first 3 rounds are played Friday with rounds 2 and 3 in the evening and late evening.  Then the big final 4 matchups are at 2 pm Saturday with the winner's final set for 6:30 PM Pacific time and the finals set for 9:30 PM.  This was done so that players could get home for work on Monday with the flight options being limited due to the pandemic.  The non conference team to watch is LazerSports from Nevada who played well in Conference events a year ago and were going to join this year but decided not to after the season was delayed.  Levels plays Lazersports at 8 PM pacific on Friday night if they both win their first game. 

On the women's side there are 12 teams playing in the Women's Conference Dual led by the Major team Smash-it-Sports/DG4L/Sonnys/Easton and 7 'A' teams known as the "acronym" 'A' teams ETH, NTL, SFK, and TDB, as well as West Coast Lockdown and Westcoast Conn.  The women's first dual starts at 11 AM Friday morning and ends late the same day and the 2nd dual starts at 8 AM pacific time Saturday morning and ends late Saturday night.  

The heat will be a big factor as temperatures are expected to reach 109 degrees.

 


I (DW) will be there to put up the live stream on 5 fields provided I make it through airport screening for temperature and my bags arrive on time.  Also with the extreme heat there will obviously be times that the livestream doesn't work so we appreciate your patience.

Here is the SoftballCenter.com chat room link and the USSSALive.com livestream link.

 


 

Men's Team Breakdown:
32 Total Teams
8 Nationwide Conference Teams
1 Major
1 AA
6 A
11 B
13 C

Don't forget to fill out your 'pickem' 

Women's Dual Team Breakdown:
12 Total Teams
1 Major
7 A
3 B
1 C

 

 


 

Weather

The Tournament Weather shows we will play in unprecedented heat

 


 

Oldscout Pollers picked Dan Smith to win by a large margin

On the women's side they went with Smash It Sports to win both Dual events

 

 


 

Past Champs of the Cactus Classic!

2016 Champs – Bay Area Legends (CA)

2016 Phoenix tournament report link

 


 

2015 Champs – OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP

2015 Phoenix tournament report link

 


 

2013 Champs – Classic Glass/Easton

2013 Phoenix tournament report link

 


West Coast Doerflinger/Easton after winning the Cactus Classic with a 21 run 7th inning.

2012 Phoenix tournament report link

2011 Phoenix tournament report link

2010 Phoenix tournament report link

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West Coast Doerflinger vs Team Combat in Phoenix winner's final.

Game is 2 hours and 40 minutes and the game featured 96 total runs scored.  12 HR limit.

 

 

Past tournament results

2016 Results
1 CA-A Bay Area Legends
2 CO-B Stars/Garretsons/DH Glogal Logistic​
Tied for 3rd CA-AA OC Swats
Tied for 3rd AZ-B Tunie Sports

2015 Results
1 CA-B OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken/LCP
2 CO-B Peak/SOCO Softball
3 CA-C CA Grown/American Asphalt/RAZA
4 AZ-C Tunie Sports/Top Choice

2013 Results
1 CA-C Classic Glass/Easton
2 CA-B OC SWATS/LCP
3 AZ-B AZM
4 WY-A Sonny's

2012 Results
1 CA-A west coast doerflinger – easton
2 WA-M team combat/pacific headwear
3 WY-A sonny's / louisville slugger
4 CA-C CLASSIC GLASS/EASTON/DSS berth

2011 Results
1 WA-M GTL Cartel/DeMarini
2 WY-A sonny's/desert falls/elite
3 WA-M combat/pharmapar/transat holiday
4 AZ-C Madd Skills/Watchyurlips

2010 Results
1 WA-A northwest combat/ cj financial
2 WA-A GTL CARTEL/WORTH
3 WA-A team combat / laser vision
4 AZ-C RMS

 

6 responses to “2020 “Cactus Classic” – Phoenix Major tournament preview!”

  1. Drew says:

    Which ball will be used for the cactus 🌵 tourney in AZ ?

  2. DW says:

    I assume the conference dudley zn but it could be the new one they used at worlds last year I really don’t know.

  3. DC says:

    DW I do not know if you can confirm or not, I seen Cayton post that Bay Area merged with Resmondo is that a real thing?

  4. KyleS says:

    Field 4 is like 350 or 360 in CF. You can see the difference in the picture you have of the complex. Also, it would suck to have to use a ZN in Arizona from May – September.

  5. DW says:

    It is always possible my distances are incorrect as I make many mistakes but I did use google earth to calculate the distances

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