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A look back at the 2020 USSSA Major World Series tournament report!

 

 

 

 

2020 USSSA Major World Tournament

 

Viera, FL

 

October 7-10

 

 

A week long celebration of softball!

SoftballCenter Major World picture album link (1000 Pics)

 

2020 Major World bracket and results link

 

2020 Major World archived games link

 

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Day 1 RecapDay 2 RecapDay 3 RecapDay 4 Recap

Resmondo's Greg Connell hit the final homer to win the championship by the run rule!

 


 

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Day 1 video clips

Day 2 video clips (when ready)

Day 3 video clips (when ready)

Day 4 video clips (when ready)

Playlist of all of the Condensed games from the 2020 USSSA Major World Series

 

The 2020 USSSA Major World Series was the 50th edition of slow-pitch softballs most prestigious tournament.  It was full of big upsets, near upsets, and great matchups right up until the final game which was a blowout.  The tournament began on Wednesday morning October 7th at 9 AM at the Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida which is the headquarters of the USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association).  This year due to the Covid-19 pandemic the field of teams was expanded from 18 to 20 which meant there were 4 "play in" games on the baseball fields in the red quad which have the same 335-365-385-365-335 home run fence dimensions as the stadium and they used the Dudley Stadium ZN ball with unlimited home runs.  The weather was also really nice as it was not as hot and humid as it is normally when the tournament is usually played in September.  In the "play in" games Riot Sports (FL-AA) beat the newly crowned 'AA' Champion Maroadi/SNI (FL-A) 19-10.  Category5 (OH-A) beat 'A' World runner up Primetime (GA-A) 17-11.  Classic Glass (CA-A) topped BaughFord (AL-A) 21-13.  And Turnkey (NC-A) run ruled Cheap Suits (CA-A) 28-7.

Meanwhile in the Space Coast Stadium Premier (OH-A) upset Pure Sports (SC-M) 13-8 scoring 7 runs in the top of the 7th as Cody Pack had a homer and 4 RBI and Premier out homered Pure Sports just 2 to 1.  Then the upsets continued as USSSA 'A' World Champion Sports Reach (KY-A) knocked off Smash It/Precision (IL-AA) 18-17 scoring 7 runs in the top of the 6th and holding Precision scoreless in the 7th.  Robert Blackburn and Chris Scott each had 4 hits in the victory.  #9 Xtreme (MN-AA) scored 5 runs in each of the 1st 3 innings against #8 Westpoint (IN-A) thanks in part to Curtis Stewarts 3 run homer in the 1st and 3 run homer in the 2nd innings.  Xtreme won 23-12.  Next in the 2:15 PM game in the stadium #5 Anarchy/MPT (NJ-AA) led the entire game in a 15-10 win over #12 WorkSteer (NC-A) as they got some nice defense out of left fielder Filip Washington and 3rd baseman John Williams who also pitched in with a key 3 run homer in the 1st inning.  The #4 seed Bay Area Legends (CA-AA) beat fellow northern California team #13 Classic Glass (CA-A) 14-7 as sponsor Joel Gonzalez hit not one but TWO 2 run homers!  In the 1st night game #2 Resmondo (FL-M) out homered Category5 and won 23-15 in a game where Category5 pushed them for 7 innings.  At the 8 PM game #1 Dan Smith (FL-M) broke an 11-11 tie in the bottom of the 6th against #17 Turnkey (NC-A) when they scored on a misplayed popup which turned into 6 unearned runs and a 21-13 victory.  Andrew Collins and Phil Matte were each 4 for 4 in the game and Dan Smith out homered Turnkey 11-4.  And in the Wednesday night cap #3 Bad Draw (NC-M) grabbed an 11-4 lead in the 1st inning on #14 Riot Sports (FL-AA) and Bad Draw was hitting homers as Riot was hitting line drive base hits and Bad Draw won 22-10.

On Thursday play resumed in the loser's bracket at 8 AM as WorkSteer behind some great defense and timely Brian Dezern and Pat Price homers made quick work of Baugh Ford 21-1 in 4 innings.  Then Westpoint made short work of Cheap Suits 23-8 in 5 innings when Austyn Dawe hit a couple of big home runs.  Then in a close game with some great defensive plays Smash It Precision held off Maroadi/SNI 18-17 when Maroadi went down in order in the 7th inning.  One incredible diving catch by Precision center fielder Austin Andrews actually was the #4 play in ESPN's "Top 10 Plays of the Day".  In the last loser's bracket game of the day at high noon Pure Sports knocked off Primetime 23-11 as Primetimes defense opened the door and their bats went silent late in the game.

On Thursday afternoon the "Final 8" of the winners bracket began.  #4 Anarchy/MPT traded homers with #5 Bay Area Legends for a couple of innings.  Then in the top of the 7th trailing 19-18 Anarchy's John Williams hit a backside 3 run bomb to give them a 21-19 lead and pitcher John Dombrowski snapped off a middle shot in the bottom of the 7th to hold Bay Area scoreless.  In the 2nd quarterfinal Bad Draw over powered Sports Reach early and never let off the gas in a 31-5 victory as Buddy Wolf went 4-4 with 2 HR and 8 RBI.  In the 3rd quarterfinal Dan Smith trailed Xtreme 16-13 after 4 innings but went up 21-17 on 2 run homers by Andrew Collins and Phil Matte and got a great diving stop by 1st baseman Jason Matusik to end the game 21-17.  Collins, Matte, and Ben Dunn were all 4-4 in the game.  And in the final quarterfinal game Resmondo out homered Premier 15-7 but did not really secure the 27-20 win until they hit 4 solo homers in a row in the bottom of the 6th.

Winner's bracket action continued Thursday night with the semifinals.  #5 Anarchy/MPT shocked the softball world as they led from start to finish against #1 seed Dan Smith getting out to an 18-7 lead and then weathering a 5th inning comeback to win 29-22 even though Dan Smith hit 7 homers in the bottom of the 7th.  It was the biggest upset at the Major World Series since they moved the tournament from Disney' ESPN Wide World of Sports to the Space Coast Stadium.  Filip Washington was 5-5 and Chris Greinert was 6-6 in the game.

On Friday, the loser's bracket really kicked into gear.  At 8 AM Riot Sports Zack Smith hit a two run homer in the top of the 7th to give them the lead over Worksteer and Riot finished off the two out 5 run rally and held on to win 22-19.  Then the 9:30 AM game was low scoring as West Points up and coming power hitter Austyn Dawe hit a walk off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 7th to win 8-7 over Category5.  At the 11 AM game SmashIt/Precisions left handed power hitter Davis Bilardello hit 3 run homers in the 1st and 6th innings to beat Classic Glass 18-8.  Precision scored in every inning.  At 12:30 PM game Pure Sports put up the highest score of the tournament so far – 32 runs, and run ruled Turnkey 32-15 in just 5 innings as they scored 12 runs in the 2nd inning after scoring 15 in the 1st!  At 2:30 PM Pure Sports played again, this time against Sports Reach.  Sports Reach came out of the gate scoring 8 runs on 10 singles to start the game.  But Pure Sports put up 13 on 5 home runs and then when Sports Reach put up a zero in the top of the 2nd Pure Sports came in and hit 4 more home runs and scored 15 pushing the lead to 28-8 and won in 4 innings by the mercy rule 32-12.  Jason Branch was 5-5 with 2 HR and 7 RBI in the win as Pure Sports out homered Sports Reach 9 to 1.  At the 4 PM loser's bracket game Premier shut down SmashIt/Precision and cruised to an unlikely 17-6 win as Clay Norton, Jackie Corn, Cody Angus, and Cody Pack all homered.  A similar thing happened at the 5:30 PM game as 'A' team Westpoint jumped out to a 13-0 lead on 'AA' Bay Area Legends and cruised to a 5 inning 22-3 win as Brandon Dillon, Canaan Baum, Josh Kirsten, and Austyn Dawe all hit 2 and 3 run homers.  The 7 PM game was the last loser's bracket game of the night between #14 Riot Sports and #9 Xtreme who were both 'AA' teams.  Xtreme grabbed an 8-0 lead after 3 innings as Erik Kanaby hit a 2 run homer and extended the lead to 11-1 in the bottom of the 4th on a Chris Anninos 2 run homer.  In the top of the 5th the Riot bats awoke as they scored 9 runs on 2 homers to pull within 1 run.  In the 6th Riot made some nice infield plays and got the go ahead single in the top of the 7th by Mike Ortiz and they held on after a couple of errors in the bottom of the 7th to pull off an unlikely win 13-12 and make it to the Saturday "final 8".

At 9 PM Friday night it was the winner's bracket finals in front of a decent crowd of about 1,000 people.  Usually this would be #1 vs #2 and a heavyweight battle, but in recent years upsets have pitted lower seeds against the #1 and this year was no exception.  #5 Anarchy/MPT a 'AA' team who had upset #1 Dan Smith on Thursday night played #2 Resmondo.  Anarchy got things started with solo homers by John Williams and Chris Greinert and rookie Brock Frentzel hit a 2 run single with 2 outs to make it 4-0.  In the bottom of the 1st Resmondo's Kyle Pearson and Greg Connell tied it with 2 run homers.  In the 2nd inning Anarchy went scoreless and Resmondo's Pearson hit another 2 run homer to make it 7-4 and they led 12-6 after 3 complete innings.  In the top of the 4th Anarchy after 2 outs to start the inning played "small ball" as they base hitt their way to 6 runs and then Frentzel grabbed their first lead of the night with a 2 run homer to go up 14-12.  After Resmondo grabbed the lead back 17-14 with a 5 run bottom of the 4th Anarchy responded with a 15 run 5th on homers by David Johnson, Frentzel, Filip Washington, John Williams, and Chris Greinert to go up 29-17!  Both teams made each other pay for misplays and errors in the 6th inning and Anarchy had a 31-28 lead going into the 7th.  But Anarchy put up a zero in the top of the 7th when Resmondo right fielder Brian Wegman made an incredible running catch towards the fence and Resmondo walked Anarchy down in the bottom of the 7th – Kevin Bazat single, Josh Riley hit a 2 run homer, Kyle Pearson singled, Jeremy Yates doubled, there was an intentional walk to Greg Connell, and Daniel Cayton hit a walk off single to win it 32-31!  Resmondo had scored in every inning while Anarchy put up zeroes in the 2nd and 7th innings.

On Saturday, the final 8 teams returned to see who would be the 50th Annual USSSA Major World Series champion!  The day began at 8 AM with the loser's bracket game between #14 Riot Sports and #8 Westpoint.  Riot was depleted because of injuries however Westpoint was on it again and grabbed a 9-5 lead on RBI singles by veterans Travis Dale and Brandon Dillon in the bottom of the 2nd and played small ball in the 3rd to grab a 17-5 lead and won by the run rule in 5 innings 24-9.  In the 10 AM game #10 Premier led #7 Pure Sports 7-1 after a Cory Boothe 2 run homer and a Cody Angus 2 out 2 run double in the top of the 3rd.  Pure Sports came back in the 4th inning scoring 6 runs as Donnie Hammonds hit a 2 run homer.  Pure then took advantage of some Premier misplays and held on to win 16-12 when Premier only scored 1 run in the pouring rain in the 7th inning.  Tommy Melton was 4-4 in the game for Pure Sports.  The next game up was #8 Westpoint against #3 Bad Draw.  Bad Draw homered their way to a 16-12 lead with Everett Williams hitting homers in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th innings.  And Bad Draw was able to break open a 1 run lead in the 6th on a Buddy Wolf homer and a Brian Zirkle inside the park 2 run homer and held Westpoint to 1 run in the 7th when they turned a double play.  At 2 PM it was the Major teams #7 Pure Sports against #1 Dan Smith.  Pure Sports put up 11 runs in the top of the 2nd and held Dan Smith to just 1 run through 2 innings.  But Pure sports scored zero in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th innings and Dan Smith out scored them 18-2 down the stretch and won 19-13.  Andrew Collins and Ryan Harvey were each 4-4 in the game.  At 4 PM it was the loser's semifinal between #3 Bad Draw and #1 Dan Smith.  Bad Draw put up at least 2 runs in each of the 1st 5 innings leading 17-15.  Then Dan Smith scored 6 in the bottom of the 5th and held Bad Draw scoreless in the top of the 6th and Dan Smith finished off Bad Draw 26-19.  Collins, Harvey, and Bradley Jones each collected 4 hits and 2 homers in the win.

The loser's bracket finals then began after 6 PM Saturday with #5 Anarchy/MPT Rentals jumping out to a 6 run lead in the top of the 1st inning on homers by Chris Greinert and Brock Frentzel.  MPT bumped their lead over Dan Smith up to 13-5 in the 2nd inning on homers by John Williams and Orlando Castillo.  But Dan Smith answered with homers of their own from Ryan Harvey and Joe Joe Bennett.  In the 5th and 6th innings MPT extended their lead to 28-21 but left the bases loaded on a pinch hit long fly out to the 360 foot mark just a few feet short of a grand slam.  In the bottom of the 7th Dan Smith made a valiant comeback scoring 7 runs but coming up 1 run short 28-29 ending the game on a flyout to right center field with the game winning runs on base.  MPT lead off man Filip Washington was 5-6 in the game with 5 runs scored and rookie Brock Frentzel hit 3 HR.  MPT won even though they were out homered 13-9.

So the Championship had two unlikely opponents, #5 seeded Anarchy/MPT Rentals who was a 'AA' team, and #2 Resmondo who had only won 1 tournament all season long.  MPT started on the right foot scoring 6 runs on two outs in the top of the 1st inning.  Then Resmondo who had not played all that well all tournament long unleashed a 12 run bottom of the 1st getting home runs from Greg Connell, Travis Clark, Kyle Pearson, and Jeremy Yates.  In the 2nd inning MPT's Filip Washington hit a solo homer but some nice defensive plays by Resmondo middle man Kevin Bazat and 3rd baseman Bubba Mack held them to just 1 run.  In the bottom of the 2nd a focused Resmondo team could smell blood and went off getting homers from Bubba Mack, Travis Clark, and Brian Wegman to start the inning.  Then Kyle Pearson hit a 3 run homer followed by solo homers by Yates, Connell, Cayton, and Mack.  Then they batted all the way around the order again and Cayton finished off a 20 run inning with a 3 run homer!  A depleted MPT team knowing they cannot defend home runs came in and scored 2 but Resmondo won the game by the 30 run "mercy" rule in the bottom of the 3rd on a grand slam homer by Greg Connell to win the 50th Annual USSSA Major World Series 38 to 8!  38 runs was the highest score of the entire tournament and they did it in less than 3 full innings.  Kevin Bazat the middle infielder for Resmondo who had a .750 on base percentage and scored 13 runs was named tournament MVP.  Kyle Pearson the Resmondo 1st basemen was named Offensive MVP with an .800 on base percentage 12 home runs and 27 RBI.  MPT left fielder Filip Washington who made a spectacular catch in the championship game was named Defensive MVP.  You can catch all of the action from the USSSA Major World Series by watching the condensed games on the SW48 YouTube Channel or by subscribing to USSSALive.com.
 

Resmondo celebrates a walk off run rule win in the championship game!

Team Breakdown:
20 Teams Overall
20 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams
5 'AA' Teams
5 'AA' Teams
7 'A' Teams

Don Dedonatis Jr. and Don Dedonatis Sr. share a moment before throwing out the 1st pitch

 


 

Key Games

Brock Frentzel hits for Anarchy/MPT against Resmondo in the winner's finals Friday night

Chris Greinert stops Santana cold at the plate for a big out in the winner's final

 

Resmondo's Daniel Cayton hits a walk off single to win the winner's final over MPT

Dan Smith takes on Bad Draw in the loser's semi finals Saturday afternoon

MPT's Filip Washington leads off the semifinals with a bomb to center field

 

MPT 3rd Baseman John Williams makes a big play to stall Dan Smith's comeback

 

SmashIt/Precision center fielder Austin Andrews catch against Maroadi was #4 on ESPN's top 10 plays of the day!

Crowds were smaller than the Disney days.

The Championship was played on Saturday night!

  

Bats were tested by a new compression tester after every game.

The new tester is supposed to be accurate to within 1 or 2 pounds unlike the old ones which could be off by 20 to 30 pounds either way.

 


 

The oldscout pollers had Resmondo and were correct!

 


 

Long Bombers of the Week

 

Long Bomber we will give to Resmondo's Kyle Pearson who tied for the HR lead with Phil Matte and hit this one over the batters eye.

 


 

Great Quotes from the 2020 USSSA Worlds

Whenever I hear a good softball saying or quote at a tournament I sometimes write them down in my phone notes.  Here are a couple of good ones from the 2020 World tournaments:

"Every inning is a new game." – Simple and powerful yet I don't ever remember hearing anyone say this.

"I don't buy players, I breed them."  lol

"You can't stutter when you talk shit."  lol

During the Maroadi/SNI vs Precision game at the Major, Josh Fyffe hit one that off the bat seemed like it would be an easy home run so the Maroadi bench started yelling "yyaaa", then it was caught at the fence and Precisions bench started yelling "yyaaa" to sort of mock Maroadi.  Then someone on the Maroadi bench yelled out "We're new at this"…  Maybe you had to be there but both teams laughed.

 


 

USSSA Major World Final Standings and Awards

 

Resmondo middle infielder Kevin Bazat was the unanimous choice for MVP

 

Resmondo 1st baseman Kyle Pearson won the Offensive MVP again

 

Anarchy/MPT LF Filip Washington was named Defensive MVP

 


 

Team by team notes brought to you by:

 

 

1st Place – Resmondo/SmashIt/Sonny's/RDD/H.Auto/S&S/Thunder/Easton

Conf 'Major' from FL  5-0 Record

Resmondo entered the Major World Series as the #2 seed with just one tournament win (Columbus Dual #1) to their credit for the season.  They came out of the gate against Category5 on Wednesday night hitting 5 homers in the bottom of the 1st inning and led the entire game but never could put away Category5 and won just 23-15 scoring almost all of their runs on homers.  In their quarterfinal game on Thursday afternoon they trailed by 1 run on a couple of occasions and ended up separating finally in the bottom of the 6th when they hit 8 home runs and won 27-20 over Premier.  Shortstop Daniel Cayton left that game when a hard grounder hit him near the eye and backup shortstop Cory Briggs made a big defensive game to help salt the win away.  On Thursday night in the semifinals Resmondo trailed Bad Draw 12-9 in the 5th but grabbed the lead on a Josh Riley 3 run homer and shut down Bad Draw in the 2nd half of the game to win 21-19.  On Friday night they had their hands full with Anarchy/MPT who was beating them 31-28 going into the 7th but Brian Wegman in left field made an incredible running catch to shut down MPT in the top of the 7th and they won in the bottom of the 7th when Kevin Bazat singled, Josh Riley hit a 2 run homer, Pearson singled, Yates doubled, Connell was intentionally walked, and Daniel Cayton hit a walk off single to win the game!  So going into the championship Resmondo was undefeated but could have lost any of their first 4 games easily.  In the championship they finally put it all together and after trailing 6-0 after a half inning, went on a power rampage and cruised to a 38-8 victory in just 3 innings!

The pitching by Travis Clark and the defense by Kevin Bazat held teams down in the late innings as they waited for the offense to kick into gear and Resmondo did what was needed to get to the championship relying on their superior power when they trailed and ended up winning the Major World Series!       

 

Travis Clark shut down Bad Draw and MPT when he needed to.  Connell had some big hits.

Bubba Mack could have been Defensive MVP as he made a number of great plays and throws from third

Was this Wegman's last year?  If so, he went out on top!

 

Daniel Cayton and Jeremy Yates

  

Travis Resmondo and his son accept the 1st place trophy.  I think this is 13 for Travis.

 

 


 

2nd Place – Anarchy/MPT Rentals

Conf 'AA' from NJ  4-2 Record

 

Anarchy/MPT made a similar run historically to what non Major teams like Taylormade and Fence Brokers did in the past except they did it in the winner's bracket knocking off Worksteer, Bay Area Legends, and Dan Smith in their 1st 3 games.  Then in the winner's final they had a 3 run lead going into the 7th where they put up a zero and then lost by a run in the bottom of the 7th.  They put on an absolute show for the fans on Thursday night beating Dan Smith in that semifinal game, then Friday night in the close loss to Resmondo, and then again one more time in the loser's final on Saturday night beating Dan Smith a 2nd time!  A total team effort as Manager/Sponsor Marc Carucci used pretty much everyone on the bench to win those close games.  Filip Washington the team leader showed the way with the bat and won Defensive MVP which many actually thought should have went to 3rd baseman John Williams.  But Flip did make some great catches.  Williams had the power and some clutch homers and veterans David Johnson, Chris Greinert, and JD Genter all had big moments offensively.  Brian McBryde and Orlando Castillo flashed some leather.  Center fielder Woodrow Darling tracked down the fly balls, pitcher Jon Dombrowski got some big outs in the face of all that power, and the "Rookie" Brock Frentzel hit some electrifying home runs.  Those games will forever be great memories in Major World Series history and you should check them out on the SW48 youtube channel as well as USSSALive.com!

  

Marc Carucci giving advice to his rookie of the year candidate Brock Frentzel


 

John Williams makes another backhand

 

Greinert and Genter still have something left in the tank

Carucci fires up the team one more time!

 


 

3rd Place – Dan Smith/Menosse/Steven Smith/FAI

Conf 'Major' from CA  4-2 Record

 

Dan Smith had everything going for them.  A season of domination, team chemistry, and the ability to win with power, base hitting, or defense.  But things went south early when they didn't play all that great against Turnkey on Wednesday or Xtreme on Thursday afternoon and they ended up losing late against MPT on Thursday night.  They did make a run at the losers bracket beating Pure Sports and Bad Draw but came up a run short against MPT in the loser's bracket finals.    

 

Andrew Collins went 25-27 and could easily have been Offensive MVP

Jeff Snow played some middle infield and tries to turn two

Dan Smith and Ed Menosse receive their Conference Championship trophy

 


 

4th Place – Bad Draw/TDB/RapidFire/T2/BAF/Pauer

Conf 'Major' from NC  3-2 Record

 

Bad Draw showed offensive firepower in wins over Riot (22-16), Sports Reach( 31-5), and was beating Resmondo 9-2 before putting up 3 consecutive 1 run innings and losing to Resmondo 21-19 in a game that easily could have went their way.  In the loser's bracket they used some late defense to beat Westpoint 19-16 before Dan Smith beat them 26-19 after the game was tied at 13-13 in the 5th.  "What could have been" for Bad Draw had they been able to keep their foot on the gas in that semifinal against Resmondo?

 

Left Side – Pinkham, SS Stewart, LF William Scott.  Right Side – 2B Everett Williams and RF Buddy Wolf

CF Brian Zirkle lays out

 


 

Tied 5th Place – Pure Sports

Conf 'Major' from SC  4-2 Record

Pure Sports lost the opening game of the Major to Premier 13-8.  In the loser's bracket the offense started clicking and they beat Primetime 23-11, Turnkey 32-15, Sports Reach 32-12, and Premier 16-12 before a heavy rain squashed their comeback bid against Dan Smith.

 

Hartling in LF makes a nice catch and Ryan Mcclanahan another diving stop

 

Pure Sports Tom Melton and Dale Brungardt celebrate

 


 

Tied 5th Place – WestPoint

Conf 'A' from IN  4-2 Record

Westpoint was the 'A' divisions "pick to click" but started off with a 23-12 loss to Xtreme.  In the loser's bracket they made a nice run though beating Cheap Suits 23-8 in 5 innings as Austyn Dawe hit a couple of big home runs.  Then on Friday they beat Category5 in a pillow fight 8-7 winning on a walk off sacrifice fly.  Later on Friday they upset Bay Area Legends 22-3 as Dillon, Baum twice, Kirsten, and Dawe all homered.  And then on Saturday they beat Riot Sports 24-9 in 5 innings before Bad Draw shut them down late and beat them 19-15.  What a season for the 1st year 'A' team!   

 


 

Tied 7th Place – Riot/Klutch/Treedem/Pure

Conf 'AA' from FL  3-2 Record

Riot knocked off Maroadi/SNI 19-10 in their play in game and then never gave up against Bad Draw after they were down 16-4 pushing the game a full 7 innings before losing 22-16.  In the loser's bracket they jumped out to a 17-10 lead on Worksteer and won 22-19 when Philip White hit a 2 out single to tie the game and Zack Smith and Keith Laski both hit 2 run homers.  Later on Friday they came from behind again down to Xtreme 8-0 before scoring 9 runs in the 5th and winning with defense and pitching in the bottom of the 7th 13-12.   

 

Zack Smith had the home run stroke going for Riot
 

 


 

Tied 7th Place – Premier/T&W/Easton/BAF

Conf 'A' from OH  2-2 Record

 

Premier upset Pure Sports in their opener with a solid 13-8 victory when Mitch Lendenski went 3-4 and Cody Pack and Cory Boothe hit home runs.  In the quarterfinals against Resmondo they scored in every inning and had an 11-6 lead before losing 27-20.  Lendenski had 5 more hits and Cody Pack hit 3 HR.  In the loser's bracket they had a nice 15-4 win over Precision as they hit more home runs than Precision had runs in the game.  And on Saturday in the "final 8" Pure Sports beat them 16-12 after a Cody Pack homer had given Premier an 11-9 lead.  Apparently I didn't take a team picture?  Or at least I can't find it.  If anyone has it, please send it to me. 


Bobby Noeth Sr became one of the oldest to get a hit at the Major at 57

Some teams only had 5 bats in the bucket.  They re-tested bats after every game.

Bats that broke or failed during the tournament were cut open as well as bats for the top 5 finishers.

Premier LF Cody Pack robs a homer

 


 

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Some more pictures for you:

Tied for 9th – SmashIt/Precision/3rd Street/Bulldawg (IL-AA) 2-2 – Smashit/Precision was upset in their opener against Sports Reach by 1 run 18-17 and had the bats in their hands in the bottom of the 7th.  Then on Thursday in the loser's bracket they won an entertaining 18-17 game over Maroadi/SNI that had a number of great diving catches.  Then Premier upset them 17-6 when they just could not get the offense going.  

BJ Fulk has had a resurgence in his career since joining Precision

 


 

Tied for 9th – Sports Reach/Crunchtime/H&H/Grizzy (KY-A) 1-2 – Sports Reach continued their winning ways upsetting Smashit/Precision 18-17 in their opener holding Precision scoreless in the bottom of the 7th.  On Thursday their run ran out as Bad Draw sent them to the loser's bracket 31-5 in 3 innings.  Then on Friday Pure Sports sent them home 32-12 in 4 innings.  It was an incredible week for Sports Reach who won the 'A' Worlds, and came close to winning the 'AA' Worlds before going 1-2 at the Major.  They will play 'AA' in 2021!  

 

 


 

Tied for 9th – Bay Area Legends (CA-AA) 1-2 – Bay Area beat fellow Northern California team Classic Glass 14-7 in their opener when sponsor Joel Gonzalez hit 2 big home runs.  On Thursday in the quarterfinals MPT nipped them 21-19 when John Williams hit a go ahead homer in the top of the 7th and Bay Area failed to score in the bottom of the 7th.  On Friday in the loser's bracket Wespoint beat them in every phase of the game 22-3 with their only score being a Joe Dorton 3 run double.  

Sponsor Joel Gonzalez led the team in home runs

 


 

Tied for 9th – Xtreme/Miken/Worth/Athlon/ASP (MN-AA) 1-2 – Xtreme started off with a solid 22-12 win over Westpoint on Wednesday as Curtis Stewart and Shannon Smith hit some early multi run homers.  Then on Thursday against #1 Dan Smith they had a 16-13 lead at the end of the 4th as Kanaby, Anninos, Campbell, and Stewart all hit 2 run homers.  But they only scored 1 run the rest of the way and Dan Smith prevailed 21-17.  On Friday in the loser's bracket Xtreme led 11-1 but fell to Riot 13-12 ending the game with the bats in their hands.  

P Faron Miller, SS Steve Whaley, MI Brandon Newman, LF Matt McGowan

 


 

Tied for 13th – Category5/Nager/Atrium/M&S/Grizzy (OH-A) 1-2 – Category5 won their play in game on the back fields and then gave Resmondo a little run for their money in the stadium at one point closing the score to 14-12 in the top of the 5th.  But they ended up losing to Resmondo 23-15 (played 7 innings!) and then on Friday in the loser's bracket regional rival Westpoint knocked them out 8-7 on a walk off sac fly in the bottom of the 7th.

Category5 Right Fielder robs a home run

 


 

Tied for 13th – WorkSteer/Bell's LawnCare (NC-A) 1-2 – Worksteer battled MPT for 7 innings in their opener but couldn't get the offense going in a 15-10 loss.  In the loser's bracket they smoked Baugh Ford 20-1 hitting the ball all over the park and then on Friday against Riot they came back from a 17-10 deficit to take an 18-17 lead going into the 7th but lost 22-18.  I don't believe sponsor Joe Visser is coming back in 2021 and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.  The team played great in the 2nd half of the season and post season. 

P Brian Renner, 2B Andy Highbaugh

 


 

Tied for 13th – TurnKey/CCP/Dan Smith/Worshams (NC-A) 1-2 – Turnkey had Dan Smith tied at 11-11 going into the bottom of the 6th when they misplayed a towering high popup which led to 10 Dan Smith runs and a 21-13 loss.  In the loser's bracket they ran into a hot hitting Pure Sports team and lost in 5 innings 32-15.  

 

Jeff Bloomer hits another homer and RF Pete Seiden robs a homer for Turnkey

 


 

Tied for 13th – Classic Glass/Easton (CA-A) 1-2 – Classic Glass won their opener on the back fields over Baugh Ford 21-13.  Later on Wednesday in the "round of 16" they only scored in 2 innings against fellow Northern California team Bay Area Legends and lost 14-7.  In the loser's bracket they trailed the whole way against SIS/Precision in an 18-8 loss.  Pitcher Nate Newman led the way .700 with 2 HR and 10 RBI. 

P Nathan Newman and SS Travis Tucker

 


Tied for 17th – Cheap Suits/Rebpublic Realt/EA (CA-A) 0-2 – Cheap Suits lost 28-7 on the back fields Wednesday morning to Turnkey and then 23-6 to Westpoint on Thursday.  They had to pick up some last minute players for the 2nd game due to injuries and players having to go home.

 


 

Tied for 17th – BaughFord/HDLNS/Hubs Pub (AL-A) 0-2 – After finishing 4th in the USSSA 'AA' Worlds two days earlier, Baugh Ford came out at the Major and scored just 10 runs in two games, losing to Classic Glass on Wednesday and Worksteer on Thursday.  The team hit just 4 home runs.


Tied for 17th – PrimeTime Easton/F.A.I./Riot/Klutch (GA-A) 0-2 – Primetime lost their play in game to Category5 17-11 on the back fields and then dropped a 23-9 decision to Pure Sports on Thursday morning.  They were actually still pretty banged up from that incredible 2nd place run they made at 'A' Worlds the previous weekend.

 

Jarvis Riggins hit a pair of home runs against Pure Sports and left fielder Bill Cullen made this incredible catch!

 


 

Tied for 17th – Maroadi/SNI/Easton (FL-A) 0-2 – Maroadi/SNI after winning the 'AA' Worlds just two days earlier did not play great at the Major which often happens to the 'AA' champs.  They lost to Riot 19-10 in their opener and then on Thursday morning to SmashIt/Precision 18-17 when they failed to score in the top of the 7th.  Josh Fyffe continued to lead the team in hitting and power.


Guest announcers on the livestream like Lyf Nimmo and Dan Bean kept us entertained

The Conference umpires did a great job!

Space Coast Stadium sunset

 

 

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