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Drakes Creek Park


Hendersonville, TN


August 20th


Thunder MVP Josh Riley hits against Monsta in the winner's bracket finals.

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The 2021 USA Super Nationals was a 5 team event held at Drakes Creek Park in Hendersonville, Tennessee outside of Nashville on Friday, August 20th.  The tournament started in the morning on two fields.  The main field #3 was a high school baseball field with 320-345-375-345-320 dimensions and had an artificial turf infield and grass outfield.  Field #4 which was only used for a couple games was 325 feet all the way around and had a dirt infield.  The tournament used a 16 home run limit, bats were tested and then stickerred, and the ball used was the Dudley Thunder 52/300.  There was a threat of rain most of the day and it was warm and humid.



Play In Game

Comatose won the play in game as Brett Rettenmeier went 4-4 with 4 HR and 5 RBI eventhough Apex scored the last 7 runs.



Semifinal #1

Jason Martel hits for Juno against Monsta in the semifinals.

Juno out homered Monsta 11-7 but Monsta won the game over on the 325 foot field.





Semifinal #2

Brian Wegman (pictured above) went 3-3 with 5 RBI and Josh Riley 4 HR and knocked in 8 runs as Thunder scored 17 in the 2nd to roll past Comatose 35-15 out homering them 11-4.



Winner's Bracket Finals

Above, Bradley Jones robs a hit in the winner's final vs Monsta.

Thunder gave up 8 unearned runs in the top of the 1st inning the winner's final against Monsta but Monsta could never put Thunder away leading 16-7 going into the bottom of the 5th.  Thunder out scored Monsta 19-4 down the stretch and won without having to hit in the 7th 26-22.  Travis Clark and Wegman each hit 3 HR and they out homered Thunder 12-7.



Loser's Bracket Finals


Monsta left fielder Brian McBryde robs a home run!

Monsta knocked off Juno in the loser's final 13-9 shutting out Juno in 3 different innings and out homering them 8-2.  Jason Matusik hit 3 homer's in the win.




Championship Game

Jeremy Yates hit this one in the top of the trees.

Thunder shut down Monsta who never could get the offense going, then leading 17-12 in the bottom of the 6th Thunder scored 10 runs to leave Monsta on the field and claim the Super National title for 2021!  MVP Josh Riley was 45-5 at the lead off spot, Greg Connell had 4 hits, and batting average champion for the tournament Bradley Jones went 5-5.

Connell homer's in the championship

Filip Washington hit this one out of center field 375+ feet.

Jeremy Yates caps the 10 run inning and the run rule win with another homer.



Long Bomber of the Week

Long Bomber of the Super I gave to big John Williams who hit one of the longest homer's to left field and this one to right field.



 USA Super Final Standings and Awards

2021 Men's Super Slow Pitch Final Results:
1st Place – Thunder/SIS/Chosen/All American/Menosse/RDD/S&S
2nd Place – Monsta Black Sheep/Texas5/Monsta Athletics
3rd Place – Juno Athletics/MPT Rentals
4th Place – Comatose
5th Place – Apex




2021 Men's Super Slow Pitch Awards:

MVP: Josh Riley (Thunder/SIS/Chosen/All American/Menosse/RDD/S&S)

Batting Champion: Bradley Jones (Thunder/SIS/Chosen/All American/Menosse/RDD/S&S)

Home Run Champion: Jason Matusik (Monsta Black Sheep/Texas5/Monsta Athletics)


2021 Men's Super Slow Pitch All-Americans:

Kevin Bazat (Thunder/SIS/Chosen/All American/Menosse/RDD/S&S) – IF
Orlando Castillo (Juno Athletics/MPT Rentals) – IF
Greg Connell (Thunder/SIS/Chosen/All American/Menosse/RDD/S&S) – IF
Bradley Jones (Thunder/SIS/Chosen/All American/Menosse/RDD/S&S) – IF
Jason Matusik (Monsta Black Sheep/Texas5/Monsta Athletics) – IF
Tyler Marshburn (Juno Athletics/MPT Rentals) – OF
Josh Riley (Thunder/SIS/Chosen/All American/Menosse/RDD/S&S) – OF
Nic Santana (Thunder/SIS/Chosen/All American/Menosse/RDD/S&S) – OF
Jeremy Yates (Thunder/SIS/Chosen/All American/Menosse/RDD/S&S) – OF
Travis Houseman (Monsta Black Sheep/Texas5/Monsta Athletics) – UT
Ryan Honeycutt (Monsta Black Sheep/Texas5/Monsta Athletics) – UT
Brian McBryde (Monsta Black Sheep/Texas5/Monsta Athletics) – UT
Phil Matte (Juno Athletics/MPT Rentals) – UT
Brian Wegman (Thunder/SIS/Chosen/All American/Menosse/RDD/S&S) – UT
Travis Clark (Thunder/SIS/Chosen/All American/Menosse/RDD/S&S) – P




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1st Place – Thunder/SIS/Chosen/All American/Menosse/RDD/S&S

3-0 Record

Thunder rolled through the Super undefeated for "Helmer's" 4th straight Super title if my math is correct.  They picked up Heath Barnes and Jeff Flood as utility players.  They used superior offensive firepower scoring 4 of the tournaments 5 double digit innings to gloss over some shoddy defense at times and batted 100 points higher than all of the other teams in the tournament.  Outfield was Yates, Wegman, and Riley.  Infield was Jones, Ussery/Reckart, Bazat, Connell/Barnes, Reckart/Flood.  Pearson caught and Clark pitched.

P Clark, SS Ussery, LF Yates

Riley robs the lead off home run attempt by Flip

Travis Clark takes a picture with his "favorite player"


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2nd Place – Monsta Black Sheep/Texas5/Monsta Athletics

2-2 Record


Monsta just couldn't finish Thunder after having a 9 run lead in the winner's final.  Instead they put up a zero in the 6th and Thunder rallied to win.  From there it was an uphill battle needing to win 3 in a row which they could not do.  Outfield was Hooks/McBryde, Kirsten, and Houseman.  Infield was Williams, Murray, Whaley and Mcclanahan, Johnson, Matusik.  Faron Miller did most of the pitching and Flip caught.


Whaley and Kirsten


Travis Houseman hits a bomb


Matusik backhands a hot shot at 1st base.



3rd Place – Juno Athletics/MPT Rentals

2-2 Record


Juno's offense never really hit and they went 0-2 against the other super teams and 2-0 vs Comatose and Apex.  Outfield was Marshburn, Dunn, Collins.  Infield was Brungardt, Bennett, Castillo, Matte, and Martel.  Dombrowski did the pitching and Greinert catching.  

Dal Brungardt against Comatose


Phil Matte and Joe Joe Bennett with Juno


Andrew Collins with Juno



4th Place – Comatose

1-2 Record


Comatose the reigning USA 'B' Champs and runner up at the 'A' a year ago played well beating Apex, was over powered by Thunder, and then lost to Juno when they put up zero in the top of the 7th in an 18-17 game…

Austin Andrews played for Comatose



Tied 5th Place – Apex

0-2 Record

I didn't see any Apex games but they came up just short against Comatose in their opener losing by a run and then Juno sent them home 23-6.



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