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37th Annual Dudley/Budweiser/Xtreme tournament preview!




37th Annual Dudley/Budweiser Classic


presented by Xtreme


Brooklyn Center, Minnesota


Nationwide Conference USSSA!


June 14-16, 2019


Tournament Preview


Fences are 310 feet and the Dudley Classic M ball will be used.

2 Main fields are at Centennial Park
6301 Shingle Creek Parkway 
Brooklyn Center 55430


2019 Dudley bracket and team list link


The 37th Annual Dudley is this coming Friday – Sunday in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota outside of Minneapolis.  This year there are 25 teams from 11 different states and 11 are from the Nationwide Conference USSSA which means 180 + (11 x 4) = 224 points to the winner!

TDB and Dan Smith are the Major favorites and they will be pushed by a couple of top 'AA' teams Xtreme who won this event last year and Smashit/Precision who finished 2nd at the Windy City Major two weeks ago.  The tournament began in 1983 as a charity event by Warren Bellm and has been the showcase of Minnesota softball for 37 years now.  There is also an 11 team women's conference event playing.

I will attempt to livestream 4 fields on USSSALive.com as much as possible and the chat room will be up.  

Thursday there are all star games followed by the annual home run derby!

Don't forget to go to Chanticlear Pizza one of the Conference sponsors:  Chanticlear Pizza, 9428 36th Ave N, New Hope, MN 55427 – I hope to be there for lunch Friday!

Team Breakdown:
25 Teams Overall
11 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams
2 Major Teams
4 'AA' Teams
4 'A' Teams
5 'B' Teams
10 'C/D' Teams



Weekend Weather rainy on Saturday and Sunday with cooling temperatures



Shea Nations Picks:

Festivities for the tournament begin on Thursday at 5:45 with the All-Star games and immediately following with the Home Run Derby at approximately 8 pm.

 Shea Nation's ASP trailer will be on site starting Thursday-Sunday for the HOTTEST softball apparel & equipment.


This weekend at the 37th Annual Dudley Classic Major NIT sponsored by Budweiser in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota will have 25 teams and 11 Nationwide Conference USSSA teams in attendance including 2 major, 4 AA, 3 A, 2 B and 14 local teams. TDB/Racks/Athlon is the #1 overall seed and the favorite.  The other teams looking to get the win are: Dan Smith/Menosse/Steven Smith/FAI; Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon; and SmashIt/Precision/3rdStreet/Bulldawg.

Dudley Predictions:  The tournament begins on Friday at 5 pm CST with 9 play-in games and the first-round games on Friday night.  All 9 play-in games have a Minnesota local team, like the Smoky Mountain Classic the local fans come out to root on the upset of the Conference teams.  8 years ago, local Minneapolis team Xtreme played in its first Dudley tournament and now is one of the top AA teams in the country.  The A teams could get upset early by local teams, but I predict the Major and AA teams to make to the Final Four which should be: Xtreme versus Dan Smith and Smash It versus TDB.  I predict Dan Smith to beat Xtreme and TDB to make it to the championship game undefeated.

Shea's Final Picks for the Dudley Major:
1. Dan Smith/Menosse/Steven Smith/FAI
2. TDB/Racks/Athlon
3. Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon
4. SmashIt/Precision/3rdStreet/Bulldaw
5. Chanticlear/Eurotech/J&H/MikenWorth

Old Scout Pollers went with TDB



Past Winners

2018 Winner – Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon (MN-AA)

2018 Dudley tournament report link


2017 Winner – Resmondo/OA Apparel/H Auto/Specialty Tank/Easton

2017 Dudley tournament report link


2016 Winner – Backman/Louisville Slugger

2016 Dudley tournament report link


2015 Dudley tournament report link

2014 Dudley tournament report link

2013 Dudley tournament report link

2012 Dudley tournament report link

2011 Dudley tournament report link

2010 Dudley tournament report link



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JWM vs Sunnyvale at the 1999 Dudley.  JWM in the grey/green.  Sunnyvale in all black.

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1999 Dudley – Sunnyvale vs Team TPS


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Past tournament results for the Dudley Classic, Brooklyn Center, MN

1983    Elite Coatings, Gordon, GA        Howard's/Western Steer,  Denver NC    
    Craig Elliott, Elite Coatings
    Rick Scherr, Howard's – 10 HRs
    Ed Roth, Howard's – .739

1984    Elite Coatings, Gordon, GA        ?        
    MVP – ?

1985    Steele's Sports, Grafton, OH        Howard's/Western Steer,  Denver NC
    Mike Nye, Steele's (.739)
    Craig Elliott (.810, 30 RBIs) and MikeMacenko (.760) – 9 HRs

1986    Steele's Sports, Grafton, OH        ?
    Craig Elliott, Steeles         

1987    Smythe Sox, Houston, TX            Steele's Sports, Grafton, OH    
    Bill Gatti, Smythe Sox (20-25, .800)
    Mike Macenko, Steele's  – 24 HRs

1988    Superior/Apollo, Windsor Locks, CT    Starpath, Monticello, KY
    Greg Fuhrman, Superior/Apollo

1989    Superior/Apollo, Windsor Locks, CT    Steele's Silver Bullets, Grafton, OH
    Rick Scherr, Superior/Apollo (.829, 16 HRs, 39 RBIs)

1990    Superior/Apollo, Windsor Locks, CT    Starpath, Monticello, KY
    Clyde Guy, Superior-Apollo (20-23; .870)
    Dave Johnson, Starpath – 17 HRs (24-29, .828)

1991    Ritch's-Superior, Windsor Locks, CT    Bell Corp., Tampa, FL
    Charles Wright, Ritch's-Superior (19-22, .864, 14 HRs)
    Monty Tucker, Sunbelt/Worth and Dan Schuck, Bell – 15 HRs

1992    Ritch's-Superior, Windsor Locks, CT    Bell Corp., Tampa, FL
    Jim Fuller, Ritch's-Superior (29-32, .906, 20 HRs, 39 RBIs)
    Ernie Montgomery, Steele's/Sunblet – 23 HRs
    Greg Schulte, Williams/Worth – .913

1993    Ritch's-Superior, Windsor Locks, CT    Bell Corp., Tampa, FL
    Charles Wright, Ritch's-Superior (28-31, .903, 20 HRs, 30 RBIs)
    Ricky Huggins, Vernon's – 21 HRs

1994    Ritch's-Superior, Windsor Locks, CT    Converters Unlimited/TPS, Kinston, NC
    Larry Fredieu, Ritch's-Superior – (31-33; .939, 22 HRs, 36 RBIs)
    Dave Steffen, Shen Valley – 30 HRs (39-46, .848)

1995    Bell Corp./Easton, Tampa, FL        Shen Valley/TPS, Bridgewater, VA
    Greg Cannedy, Bell Corp./Sunbelt (26-33, .788, 8 HRs)
    Todd Joerling, Bell Corp./Sunbelt (30-39, .789) – 17 HRs
    David Crawley, Riverside (12-14) and John McCraw, Harrison/Power Flite (12-14) – .857

1996    Ritch's-Superior, Windsor Locks, CT & Sunbelt/Easton, Centerville, GA (Co-champs – rain)
    Britt Hightower, Ritch's-Superior (.15-18, .833, 11 HRs, 24 RBIs)
    Jeff Vargo, Whips/Instant Landscaping -13 HRs (27 RBIs)
    Rusty Bumgardner, Shen Valley – .923 (12-13, 7 HRs, 14 RBIs)

1997    Shen Valley/Taylor, Bridgewater, VA    Ritch's-Superior/TPS, Windsor Locks, CT
    Randall Boone, Shen Valley (35-38, .923, 24 HRs, 51 RBIs)
    Randall Boone, Shen Valley  and Dewayne Nevitt Ritch's (34-40, .850, 42 RBIs) – 24 HRs
    Kenny Carver, Sunbelt/Easton – .933 (28-30, 15 HRs)

1998    Sunbelt/Smith/Easton, Centerville, GA    Team TPS, Louisville, KY
    Jeff Hall, Sunbelt  (35-37; .946, 17 HRs)
    Bobby Gilbert, Sunbelt (30-34, .882, 35 RBIs) and Doug Roberson, TPS (49 RBIs) – 24 HRs

1999    Hendu's/Long Haul, Albertville, MN    Sunnyvale Valve/TPS, Sunnyvale, CA
    Todd Volkers, Hendu's (20-25, .800, 11 HRs)
    Dewayne Nevitt, (.750, 40 RBIs) and Jeff Wallace (.868), Team TPS – 20 HRs
    Dennis Rulli, JMW/Herbs (27-30, 9 HRs) and John McCraw, Chase (27-30, 19 HRs) – .900

2000    Team TPS, Louisville, KY        R&D/Easton, Lima, OH
    Jeff Wallace, Team TPS (31-35, .885, 18 HRs)
    Dewayne Nevitt, R&D/Easton – 21 HRs (.816)

2001    Long Haul/TPS, Albertville, MN        Dan Smith/Easton, San Jose, CA
    Hank Garris, Long Haul/TPS (30-38, .804, 19 HRs, 49 RBIs)

2002    Dan Smith/Easton, San Jose, CA        Long Haul/TPS, Albertville, MN
    Dewayne Nevitt, Dan Smith/Easton (12 HRs)
    Hank Garris, Long Haul/TPS (29-35, .857, 37 RBIs) – 16 HRs
    Rusty Bumgardner, Long Haul/TPS (23-34, .676, 30 RBIs) – 16 HRs
    Hank Garris, Long Haul/TPS – .857

2003    Dan Smith/Easton, San Jose, CA        Alesium/Chase/Reece, Las Vegas, NV
    Jeff Hall, Dan Smith/Backman/Mennose/Easton (29-31, .935, 12 HRs)
    Howie Krause, Resmondo/Hague/Taylor/Sunbelt/Miken – 16

2004    Dan Smith/Easton, San Jose, CA        Resmondo/Taylor's/K&H, Columbus, OH
    Scott Nastally, Dan Smith/Backman/Mennose/Easton
    Jeff Hall, Dan Smith/Backman/Mennose/Easton – HR leader

2005    Bell Corp/Backman/Taylor, Tampa, FL    Resmondo/Smith/Menosse, San Jose, CA
    Brett Helmer, Bell Corp/Backman/Taylor/Easton (30-35, .857, 13 HRs, 24 RBIs)

2006    Bell Corp/Taylor Bros, Tampa, FL     Resmondo – KME, Winter Haven, FL
    Brett Helmer, Bell Corp/Taylor/Belcher/Easton (32-37 .865, 8 HRs, 22 RBIs)
    Jimmy Devine, Resmondo – KME Softball (25-31, .806, 27 RBIs) – 13 HRs
    Marty Malloy, SpecialtyTank/ Stucco/K&G /Worth (21-23, 1 HR) – .913

1 FL-M Resmondo Softball
2 WA-M Team Combat/benfield/dalsanders
3 FL-M Bellcorp/belcher/tai/backman

Tournament CO-MVP Don DeDonatis III Resmondo Softball
Tournament CO-MVP Bryson Baker Resmondo Softball
Offensive Tournament MVP Jeff Wallace Resmondo Softball
Defensive Tournament MVP JD Genter Team Combat/Benfield/Dalsanders

1 CA-M Dan smith/menosse/benfield/combat
2 FL-M Resmondo/specialty tank/worth
3 WA-A GTL/Creative Stucco/Worth
4 TN-A Jean Shoppe/Easton

Tournament CO-MVP JD Genter Dan Smith/Menosse/Benfield/Combat
Tournament CO-MVP Jeff McGavin Dan Smith/Menosse/Benfield/Combat
Offensive Tournament MVP Bobby Hughes Resmondo/Specialty Tank/Worth

1 MN-M Long haul/miken/phonemasters
2 CA-M Dan smith-menosse-benfield-combat
3 FL-M Resmondo-specialty tank-worth
4 FL-A T&R Stucco/Worth 

Tournament MVP JD Genter Long Haul/Miken/Phonemasters
Defensive Tournament MVP Jeff McGavin Dan Smith-Menosse-Benfield-Combat

1 FL-M Resmondosport/specialty/phonemaster
2 CA-M Dan Smith/Menosse
4 FL-B AJS/easton/supreme/mike foulks/mojo

Tournament MVP Greg Connell ResmondoSport/Specialty/PhoneMaster
Defensive Tournament MVP Rick Baker Dan Smith/Menosse

1 FL-M Resmondo-specialty tank / worth
2 WA-M GTL Cartel/DeMarini  SPMensMajor
3 WA-M Team combat/laservision/d2e/supreme
4 WA-M Combat/pharmapar/transat holiday

Tournament MVP Bryson Baker Resmondo-Specialty Tank / Worth
Defensive Tournament MVP Matt Pesso GTL Cartel/DeMarini
All Tournament Team Brett Helmer Team Combat/LaserVision/D2E/Supreme

1 FL-M Resmondo-specialty tank worth
2 UT-M Nordkap/desert falls/easton
3 NY-M Laservision/anni/supr/d2/easton
4 WA-M Team combat/pacific headwear

Tournament MVP Timothy Howard Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
Tournament CO-MVP JD Genter Nordkap/Desert Falls/Easton
Offensive Tournament CO-MVP Brett McCollum Nordkap/Desert Falls/Easton

1 FL-M Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
2 NY-M Laservision/easton
3 TN-M Shoppe/TYJA/Louisville Slugger
4 MN-B Xtreme/Miken

No awards were given.  Tournament reduced to 7 teams by rain.

1 FL-M Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
2 NY-M Laservision/H Auto/JJ's/Easton
3 WA-M Team Combat/Softball.com
4 IN-M Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger

Tournament MVP Andy Purcell Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
Offensive Tournament MVP    Dale Brungardt Laservision/H.Auto/JJ's/Easton

Defensive Tournament MVP    Nicolas Santana Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth

1 FL-M Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
2 NY-M Smash It Sports/Compound/H Auto/Easton
3 WA-M Team Combat/BaughFord/Softball.com
4 MN-A Xtreme/Miken

Tournament MVP Andy Purcell Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth
Offensive Tournament MVP    Brian Wegman Smash It Sports 28-30 .933  10 HR  29 RBI
Defensive Tournament MVP    Jimmy Salas Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth


1 IN-M Backman/Louisville Slugger
2 FL-M Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
3 NY-M Smash It Sports/ASP/H Auto/Mr. Wiggles/Easton
4 MN-AA Eurotech-Elite Media Design/Easton

Tournament MVP Ryan Harvey – Backman/Louisville Slugger 22-27 .815  8 HR  25 RBI
Offensive Tournament Co MVP   Greg Connell – Resmondo 26-30 .867  14 HR  33 RBI
Offensive Tournament Co MVP   Lee Powers – Resmonod 23-29 
 .793  5 HR   18 RBI

Defensive MVP   Kevin Kennington – Backman/Louisville Slugger


1 FL- M Resmondo/OA Apparel/H Auto/Specialty Tank/Easton
2 IN-AA Worth Astros/K&G/Klutch
3 IL-AA Precision/3rd Street/G Brand/Easton
4 MO-AA Nightmare/Miken

Tournament MVP Travis Clark – Resmondo/OA Apparel/H Auto/Specialty Tank/Easton
Offensive Tournament MVP  Brian Wegman – Resmondo/OA Apparel/H Auto/Specialty Tank/Easton
Defensive Tournament MVP William Pinkham – Worth Astros/K&G/Klutch


1 MN- AA Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon
T2 NC-AA TDB/FAI/Klutch Miken
T2 IN-AA Racks/Worth Astros/Klutch/Troupe
4 CO-A Stars/VSP/Miken/Thunder

Tournament MVP Curtis Stewart – Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon
Defensive Tournament MVP Brandon Newman – Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon


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