Tuesday March 28th, 2023

A look back at the 2021 USSSA Las Vegas “Sin City” Classic tournament report!



A special thanks to Stro and the director staff that worked the tournament. 

Thank you to Chuck Shimels who helped me put up the cameras and Tim, Mike, and the umpires for unplugging and plugging in cameras.

Thank you to the Conference Umpires that gave scores on the livestream, THANK YOU!


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2021 Nationwide Conference USSSA


"Sin City" Classic


Las Vegas, NV


March 26-28

SmashitSports slugger Everett Williams ropes a hit to center field in the winner's final on Saturday vs SNI

SoftballCenter Las Vegas picture album link

2021 Las Vegas bracket and results link

2021 Las Vegas Major stats link once available

2021 Las Vegas archived games link

Smash It Sports center fielder Ben Dunn saves the tournament with a home run robbing catch!

Smash It Sports relieved after getting the final out 


Video Highlights:

2021 Las Vegas Defensive Plays Major link

2021 Las Vegas Middle Shots, Long Bombs, Game Winners, Bloopers video link

2021 Video Clips from Las Vegas #1 (Friday and most of Saturday) link

2021 Video Clips from Las Vegas #2 (Saturday night and Sunday) link

2021 Las Vegas winner's final condensed game link

2021 Las Vegas championship condensed game link

Defensive Plays from Las Vegas Major link

Middle Shots, Long Bombs, Game Winners, Bloopers video link

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Smash It first baseman Jason Martel makes a game saving play

Last years league MVP Tyler Marshburn comes up with a big homer in the championship game for SmashIt


The 2021 Nationwide Conference USSSA season started in Las Vegas, Nevada at the 6 field Big League Dreams park as it had done in 9 previous years before 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic cancelled it.  There were 48 men's teams in the Major division from 16 different states and there were 21 Conference teams.  In the 1st round which started at 9 AM Friday morning there were no major upsets.  In fact there really weren't any major upsets until the final 4 of the winner's bracket and there were quite a few of upsets in the loser's bracket and on Sunday.  The rules for the Conference are as follows, the run rule or "mercy rule" is 30 after 3 innings, 20 after 4, and 15 after 5.  Each game with two Major teams in it the teams can hit 16 home runs.  If the game has a Conference 'A' or 'AA' or just one Major team in it the teams hit 12 HR.  And if the game has 'B' or below or two non-conference teams in it, then the teams hit 8 home runs.  They used the Dudley Pro-M ball and the directors conducted bat compression testing at 240.  The Conference uses 70 foot bases and a 50 foot pitching rubber on softball sized fields.  The 4 Conference teams that played into the bracket in the 1st round all advanced as Bay Area Legends/Non Stop Grind a new Conference 'B' team out of California beat Legion by the run rule 31-15.  GSP/Tri-State Services (WY-B) playing Conference for the first time knocked off the Bay Area Legends 'C' team 24-16.  Joel Gonzalez the longtime sponsor of Bay Area Legends now has a Conference 'A' team, a Conference 'B' team, and a non-conference 'C' team as well as a Women's Conference team.  Cheap Suits/Republic Realty/Express Athletics (Conference CA-B) advanced by forfeit over GTF a Conference 'B' team who did not buy their flights in time to make the event.  And Abeytu'/Salt Riot a new Conference 'B' team from Utah knocked off Klutch 31-7.  One 1st round game that could be called an upset was when Figa/SD Lighting (AZ-C) beat 4 The Fallen/Dan Smith/Demarini/S&L 23-21 when their catcher made an incredible catch on a popup late in the game.

The second round which I call the "round of 32" began around noon on Friday and every game had at least one Conference team in it and none of the non-conference teams won any of the games.  Bay Area/NSG 'B' team came from a double digit deficit to take a 2 run lead on Competitive Edge/Olmito Heat/Adiktiv (FL-A) in the 3rd inning then Comp Edge batted around to take back the lead 32-25 lead in 4th.  Bay Area came back one more time but Comp Edge scored enough with the home runs gone to win 48-42 in what was the longest game of the first day.  Seminoles/TPS/NACSF.INC (OK-A) batted around in the 5th inning to take the lead and hold off GSP/Tri-State 31-29.  Leadoff hitter Connor Murray was 5-5 with 2 HR and 5 RBI.  SNI/Thunder (FL-AA), Xtreme/ASP/Athlon (MN-AA), Resmondo (FL-Major), Levels (CO-A), MPT Rentals/Juno (NJ-Major), S & E Enterprise/Worsham (NC-A), Premier/BAF/Easton (OH-A), and SmashItSports/Newbreed (NC-Major) all won easily by the run rule.  Chick-fil-a/BAF Sports (VA-A) had a 16-14 lead on a very good Lund Mortgage/Who Are You/Easton (AZ-B) team when Lunds unconventional leadoff man hit a 3 run homer to go up 17-16.  Chick-fil-a grabbed the lead back 20-17 on home runs but Lund Mortgage center fielder Isaiah Brown hosed a runner at 3rd for the final out. In the bottom of the 7th Lund had 5 home runs left to hit and tied the game 20-20 with a 3 run homer but a double play ended their chance to win and they lost in extra innings 25-23.  Classic Glass/Easton (CA-A) won 23-22 on a walk off homer by Sal Formosa over Rowley White RV (AZ-B).  One Step Ahead/AJC (CA-B) was up 26-24 on Bay Area Legends 'A' team in the top of the 5th but Bay Area came back to win 33-27.  Primetime/Easton/F.A.I./Riot (GA-A) came from behind to beat Classy/SLM/SourceOne (AZ-B) 25-21.  MAJ/Knell/Dirty (WA-A) survived a close win over Cheap Suits 16-14.  And in a great matchup on the show field (Yankee) L&S Glass (CA-A) beat Lazer Sports (UT-B) 24-23.

So the "Sweet 16" was all Conference teams and for maybe the first time in Las Vegas Major history they were also the top 16 seeds.  The SNI 'AA' team put up 24 runs in the 2nd inning against Competive Edge when the Comp Edge outfield couldn't come up with a slew of tough chances.  Then Competitive Edge fought back to make it a game only to be pounded by SNI 57-23.  The 57 runs turned out to be the 2nd highest score of the tournament and the scores did go up as the daytime temps in the 70's turned into an evening in the low 60's.  Seminoles out hit Xtreme 25-20 and out homered them 10-7 but lost 21-18 after Xtreme jumped out to a 13-2 lead.  Over on Yankee field at 6:30 PM with the sun looking the batter right in the eye Classic Glass put away Primetime 17-2 when Classic adjusted to the conditions faster and their pitcher Shawn Jones used the sun to his advantage.  Resmondo run ruled My Auto Jack 43-27 on Yankee field batting around in the 1st inning.  In the lower half of the bracket SmashItSports/Newbreeds Major team run ruled L&S Glass 29-13 on Fenway field where the wind was blowing in.  Premier used a come from behind walk off gap shot by Ryan Uckotter to beat S&E Enterprises in a battle of top 'A' teams 26-25.  Uckotter was 5-5 with a homer and 5 RBI in the game.  MPT Rentals went 8 innings with Levels when Levels scored 11 runs in the bottom of the 7th to force extra innings where MPT won 43-39 with the wind blowing out on Angel field.  Ryan Harvey was 6-6 with 4 HR and 9 RBI for MPT and 3 hitter Dustin Wager was 6-6 with 2 HR and 6 RBI for Levels.  And Bay Area Legends pulled out another close one against Chick-fil-a when they scored 9 runs in the top of the 8th to win 33-27.

The "round of 8" was also played on Friday night under the lights as it cooled off some more.  SNI/Thunder beat Xtreme 29-28 on a game tying homer by Brian McBryde and a walk off homer by Greg Downing after they were down 4 runs with 7 homers to hit.  Resmondo was on the ropes against Classic Glass down 30-24 with 4 home runs to hit and came back and won it on a walk off homer by Bradley Jones in the bottom of the 7th.  Premier scored 13 runs in the top of the 3rd against Smashit/Newbreed to go up 17-12 and Premier was winning 33-30 until SmashIt scored 15 runs in the bottom of the 6th and won 45-36.  Smashit leadoff hitter Tyler Wilson was 6-7 with 1 HR and 7 RBI and Dale Brungardt had 9 RBI in the win.  Leadoff hitter Clay Norton for Premier was 6-6 and Bradley Bruns had 8 RBI for Premier in the loss.  And in the final game of the night MPT Rentals hammered Bay Area Legends 26-6.  So after all of the Major teams had serious scares on Friday night it turned out they all advanced to the "final 4" on Saturday undefeated.


On Saturday the loser's bracket played out most of the day with Cheap Suits winning 3 games, and Bay Area Legends 'B' team, GSP, Lazer Sports, Str8Play , Abeytu, and Lund Mortgage all winning 2 games in a row.  Then the teams dropping down from the winner's bracket started to take over as Chick-fil-a and MAJ each won 2 games.  Seminoles won 5 straight starting at noon including late night wins over Bay Area's 'A' team and a 60-48 win over Resmondo to advance to Sunday!  And on the top of the bracket S&E Worsham knocked off Bay Area 'B', Cheap Suits, Xtreme, Classic Glass, and MPT Rentals Major team 33-27 to advance to Sunday.

In the winner's bracket "final 4" which started at 6:45 PM Saturday night SmashitSports/Newbreed jumped all over MPT Rentals scoring 30 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning and cruised to a 45-18 win.  It was the most impressive line drive and place hitting display of the tournament to that point and the wind was blowing in on Fenway field.  And in the other semifinal SNI jumped out to a 19-3 lead going into the bottom of the 3rd against #1 seeded Resmondo and Resmondo game back to make it a one run game in the bottom of the inning.  But SNI scored 10 key runs in the top of the 6th and had some good pitching from Brandon Jonas and defense from shortstop Pedro Sanchez and center fielder Brian Zirkle to win 39-29.

The winner's bracket championship followed the semifinals on Yankee field.  You can watch this entire game in condensed form on the SW48 YouTube page on Tuesday.  In this one the knuckleball of Smashit pitcher Andy Purcell was doing nose dives as it approached home plate and kept the SNI hitters off balance and popping out in almost every key situation.  Meanwhile the Smashit offense was still clicking and they won 33-16.

In the loser's semifinal it was a battle of 'A' teams between Seminoles from Oklahoma who had put up 60 runs Saturday night to beat Resmondo and S&E Worsham from North Carolina who had knocked off MPT Rentals 33-27.  Both teams played well for being tired but S&E's 3 hitter Justin Gregory and 4 hitter Kendall Welborn each went 5-5 and S&E held onto a 30-24 win.  S&E had a dilemma though with flights scheduled for noon they had to send pitcher Brian Renner and Nick Canfield to the airport.  Playing shorthanded against SNI it looked like they could be in for a short game and a big loss but they ended up dominating the game and run ruling SNI 36-14 to advance to the championship game!  Backup pitcher Kenneth Cain helping to pull off the win with some great pitching and defense.

In the 1st game of the championship S & E Worsham held the most consistent offensive team in the tournament, Smashit/Newbreed, to zero runs in each of the 1st two innings and scored 10 in the 1st and 3 in the 2nd off of Andy Purcell who had shut down his last two opponents to a total of 34 runs in two games.  S&E got a double play in the top of the 5th inning and won by the run rule 31-16 to force the "if" necessary game.  In the "if" game the teams battled to a 20-20 tie after 3 complete innings and neither team scored in the 4th.  But Smashit grabbed a 2 run lead in the 5th and held S&E scoreless again.  In the top of the 6th Smashit infielder Tyler Marshburn hit a clutch 2 out 3 run homer to put them up by 5 runs and they had a 29-25 lead going into the bottom of the 7th.  S&E closed the lead to 29-27 with two outs and a home run left when they flew out deep to center field and Ben Dunn made a leaping athletic catch to rob them of a game tying homer.  Smashit 2nd baseman Tommy Melton was 4-4 in the final game.

The tournament was a solid start to what should be a season of decent parity.  There wasn't much arguing with the umpires and each field had 1 or 2 conference regulars and 1 or 2 more local umpires that had done Conference tournaments before.  The weather was perfect and it was great to get outside and watch some great competition by some of the best players in upper level ball.  With the 240 bats games were more on time and averaged 8 less runs per game.  I think the 'A' division is going to have a special year because almost every 'A' team has an "air" about them where they think they are the 'A' team to beat.  The conference takes the week off to observe the Easter holiday and then they get back after it at the Hall of Fame Dual Major starting on Thursday morning April 8th.  Follow all the action, view the picture albums, video clips, condensed games, rankings, and stats on SoftballCenter.com, USSSA.com, and ConferenceUSSSA.com!

Benches clear in the championship after a close call was overturned


Fenway and Yankee stadiums with their variable fences

The view of Yankee and Crosley from the livestream on USSSALive.com!

Team Breakdown:
48 Teams Overall
21 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams
3 Major Teams
2 'AA' Teams
11 'A' Teams
16 'B' Teams
16 'C' Teams


The Tournament in Pictures!

SNI center fielder Brian Zirkle makes an incredible catch!

S&E 3rd baseman Kendall Welborn was 5-5 against Seminoles Sunday morning


Resmondo left fielder Bradley Jones hits a walk off homer to beat Classic Glass


Levels infielder Dustin Wager hits a walk off homer to beat GSP


Premier's Ryan Uckotter hits a walkoff gap shot to beat S&E


L&S Glass gets a walk off homer by Jeremy Green


Las Vegas BLD Field Dimensions
Yankee (main field) 285-308-290-286-286
Fenway 274-303-308-297-256
Angels 285-289-305-272-270
Wrigley 287-295-300-291-286
Dodger 275-305-321-304-274
Crosley 274-283-301-280-275

The view from the restaurant

Dudley Pro-M ball was used

Initial testing of bats found about 20% failed compression

This year with the 240 compression tested bats and the Pro-M ball:
Avg Runs Per Game: 44.80
Avg for winning team: 28.10
Avg for losing team: 16.69

In 2019 (last time we played in Vegas) 220 bats with Classic M ball:

Avg Runs Per Game: 52.94
Avg for winning team: 32.15
Avg for losing team: 20.79

GS Sports



Weekly "Who Will Win" Old Scout Poll

Oldscout pollers had Resmondo


Long Bombers of the Week

I feel Brian Wegman actually had the longest home run when he hit a walk off to run rule My Auto Jack.

I will try to find the video and post it here.


Las Vegas Major Final Standings and Awards

Smash It Sports Everett Williams was tournament MVP

Smash Its Ben Dunn was Defensive MVP

S&E Slugger Matt Gregory was Offensive MVP


Team by team notes brought to you by:



1st Place – SmashitSports/Newbreed/TDB/RF/BD/T3

Conf Major from NC  6-1 Record

Smashit/Newbreed was the best hitting team in the tournament and Purcell shut down teams in the semifinals and winners finals with his knuckle ball.  They have a good mix of left and right handed power.  Some versatility with Mcclanahan being able to play all infield positions and pitcher, and they may have more power than people think.  Although we will find out if they have enough power soon at the HOF Dual with the 240 bats on baseball fields.  The management/sponsorship group here has put together a team that should compete for tournament wins every weekend and they dominated Las Vegas until those final two games where they finally showed they are human.  

Smashit Lineup Championship:
EH/OF Tyler Wilson
RF Andrew Collins
C Everett Williams
SS Tyler Marshburn
1B Jason Martel
OF Buddy Wolf
3B Dale Brungardt/SS Ryan Mcclanahan
2B Tommy Melton
P Andy Purcell/PH Neil Haglund
MI Luis Reyna
CF Ben Dunn


Tyler Wilson and Andrew Collins


Buddy Wolf and Dale Brungardt


Luis Reyna, Jason Martel, and Tommy Melton


Ryan Mcclanahan makes more great plays at shortstop

Neil Haglund hits a pinch hit homer




2nd Place – S & E Enterprise/Worsham

Conf 'A' from NC  9-2 Record


S&E made a run for the ages knocking off 6 teams in the loser's bracket in a row and then beating Smashit and almost double dipping them.  The bench guys came in against the best teams and didn't miss a beat.  Kampfer is a rookie they picked up after he went 24-24 in the winter worlds.  Gregory and Welborn didn't seem to make outs.  Joel Sanchez at shortstop made some of the most amazing plays all weekend long.  I am still searching for that diver he made against Bay Area.  Cullen has a motor that doesn't quit and they have a great mix of veterans and youth with managers that have been around a long time in Hildebran and Herring.

S&E Lineup Sunday Morning:
2B Racobaldo
1B Locklear
EH Gregory
3B Welborn
RF Seiden
P Renner/Cain
C Canfield/Lloyd
CF Cullen
SS Sanchez

MI Wiles
LF Kampfer

SS Joel Sanchez would have been defensive mvp most likely had S&E won


Rich Rocabaldo and Pete Seiden


Bill Cullen robs a homer and Nick Canfield (I think)


MI Tyler Wiles and Matthew Lloyd


Brian Renner and Kenneth Cain


Edmund Locklear and manager Steve Hildebran

Rookie Joseph Kampfer was all tournament


3rd Place – SNI/Thunder/Chosen/DeMarini

Conf 'AA' from FL  4-2 Record


SNI was rolling and took down Resmondo to make it to the winner's final where they slipped up against Purcells pitching.  Then on Sunday they were blindsided by S&E to finish 3rd.  Fyffe was hitting creatures.  Pedro Sanchez was locking down shortstop.  Colin Baartman, Kyle Pearson, Jason Branch, Brian Zirkle, and Sheffield look like they are going to have a season like they did last year.  McBryde was fighting a hand injury I think and Jonas was pitching good.  They have Greg Downing and Cody Hatmaker from last years team as well and pinch hitter Mike Snyder and the young power hitter Austyn Dawe at 3B.  All of this put together by manager/sponsor/AA champ Scott Napierata.

Infielder Jeff Roxby can also pitch


RF Kyle Pearson and utility man Brian McBryde hits a game tying homer in the semi finals

3B Dawe, SS Sanchez, CF Zirkle


4th Place – Seminoles/TPS/NACSF.INC

Conf 'A' from OK  6-2 Record


Seminoles lost to Xtreme in a close game and then ran the loser's bracket knocking off Comp Edge, Premier, Bay Area, and putting up 60 against Resmondo to finish 4th.  Murray at the top of the order looks like he is in for a great year.  The middle of the order seems like it has about 6 interchangeable pieces and they added another veteran stick in Ortiz and Chris Hansen returned to the team this year as well as veteran pitcher Jeff Graus.

Seminoles Lineup Sunday Morning:
SS Murray
MI Hansen
EH Cochran
1B Odle
LF Beal
CF Selby
3B Trammell
RF Ortiz
2B Ramirez
C Metcalf
P Graus

3B Trammell, SS Murray, MI Hansen, 2B Ramirez


Oliver Odle and Matt Cochran two underrated hitters in the middle of that Seminoles lineup


Leadoff Connor Murray was all tournament and Chris Hansen was lacing doubles against Resmondo left and right

Jeff Graus is back pitching in Conference after a year away and made all tournament


LF Justin Beal and Hunter "Charlie Hustle" Ramirez



Tied 5th Place – MPT Rentals/Juno Athletics

Conf Major from NJ  3-2 Record

MPT was not sharp and need to get that "eye of the tiger" they had at the big events in 2020.  But alas it is Vegas which doesn't mean much in the long run.


Harvey and Greinert look a like because of the beard but Harvey is a little taller.

Flip pic for his legion of fans!

3B John Williams, SS Orlando Castillo, MI AJ Montano


Tied 5th Place – Resmondo/Menosse/Thunder/AA/SIS/RDD

Conf Major from FL  3-2 Record

Resmondo did what Resmondo and defending champions do in Vegas which is not so good.  They will be fine.  Steele Lewis was there.  Adam Ussery filled in in the infield multiple games.  Reckart was the backup pitcher.

Resmondo's left side was 3B Bubba Mack, SS Cory Briggs, MI Kevin Bazat with some Adam Ussery mixed in.


Tied 7th Place – Classic Glass/Easton

Conf 'A' from CA  3-2 Record

Beat Rowley White on a walk off by CF Sal Formosa, then lost a tough game to Resmondo where they had the lead going into the bottom of the 7th, beat Chick Fil A by 2, and lost to a hot S&E team.  Classic is a top 5 'A' team.  Denholm and Wik among others are newer conference players to watch.


P Shawn Jones, Zack Ross


Tied 7th Place – Bay Area Legends/Easton

Conf 'A' from CA  3-2 Record

Bay Area has a lot of 'AA' experienced players and they added Freddie Bynum just before the Vegas tourny.  Corey Miller does the pitching.  Cody Pack, Nick Day, Kramer Burns are some of the new faces.


Jared Hunt is back from injury, sponsor/masher Joel Gonzalez


Brandon Traylor had a key hit and Chris Terry a key catch to beat Chick Fil A in extra innings


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Tied for 9th – MAJ/Knell/Dirty Sports/DTS/DOMN8 (WA-A) 3-2 – MAJ looked solid.  They have Chris Larsen, Benigno from the NW.  Jose Flores from Bay Area pitching.  Cameron Cox and Kade Christensen from Classic Glass among others.

Tied for 9th – Chick-fil-a/BAF Sports (VA-A) 3-2 – Chick fil a battled in every game which is what they do and they moved to the 'A' division without picking up big name players.  I like.

Tied for 9th – Premier/BAF/Easton (OH-A) 2-2 – Premier has some good defense and team speed to go with veterans Rocky Staton who made the permanent move to pitcher it appears and some power hitters like Cory Boothe and Bryan Dunson.  Another top 5 'A' team.  Seems like all the 'A' teams are top 5 caliber.

Tied for 9th – Xtreme/ASP/Athlon/Miken/Worth (MN-AA) 2-2 – Xtreme took some tough losses but the core is back like it always is and they added Ellwanger.  They also added Hooks, Ferguson, and Ryan Honeycutt.  They will figure it out and go on an Xtreme run like they always do.

3B Honeycutt, SS Whaley, MI Newman

Cheap Suits/Republic Realty/Express 4-2

Competitive Edge/OlmitoHeat/Adiktiv 2-2

Levels 2-2

Bay Area Legends/Non Stop Grind 3-2

Abeytu'/Salt Riot 3-2

L&S Glass 1-2

Primetime 2-2 – Doesn't look like that ball hit Mike Williams glove

Westy Guill returns to Conference with GSP who went 3-2

Lazer Sports former MLBer Mike Aviles.  We always have to give him some press. 

The guy had 3,200+ at bats in the show and batted .325 his rookie season.

Classy beat Exclusive, lost to Primetime in a close game, and lost to FR

As a reporter I like the size of the names on these jerseys

Veteran Johnny Bailey had the quote of the week and it was simple "I love to hit"

AJC middle man Gary Camarillo

Str8play is a betting site

Shut D travelled all the way from Hawaii to play

Lund Mortgage always seems to play well at conference events

Don not adjust your tv sets, that is not Dan Smith.  It is 4 The Fallen whom Dan is obviously helping them out.

Marshall Woods and Chad Agustin from 4 The Fallen

Figa beat 4 the Fallen

There is two in the pen warming up

The OC Swats throwback unis

Vegas Scenery

Crosley Field

Dodger stadium had a scenic background


This guy in the stands yelled out to his girl that if she got a hit he would marry her "tonight".

Now remember we were in Vegas where this can happen.

She promptly singled!  lol

The Las Vegas Major was a solid event and start to the season.  The reason we need to dummy down the balls or bats for BLD and short fields is because it isn't really true softball when players intentionally swing at bad pitches or reach for pitches to try and keep the ball in the park.  It kind of makes the game look bad but they have to do it with the current bat and ball combination.

The Hall of Fame Classic starts April 8th and it will be a 4 day long NON STOP GRIND!

Can't wait!

The man in black siting.  World wide men's club guru Tony Verdugo.


Levi Lynch returns to the Conference umpiring as coordinator of officials and Dallas Maag did the final game on the dish.

Clay Dickey has returned to USSSA and is in charge of the Women's Conference and is working with Senior Softball.

Pictured with MVP Everett Williams

Facebook streamer Leroy Dozal with Proton's Charles Darling

That is Stafford Connor of BigTimeSoftball.com magazine in the background













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