Saturday July 24th, 2021

2010 USSSA Conference Music City Classic Recap



2010 Conference USSSA

"Music City Classic"


Gallatin, Tennessee

May 21-23



Triple Creek Park host of the Music City Classic

Tournament #8 on the Conference tour made a stop in Gallatin, Tennessee outside of Nashville for the annual "Music City Classic".  This tournament was dominated by Resmondo/Specialty Tank/Phonemasters who went undefeated 5-0 and knocked off Fence Brokers/Gametime Supply/Worth in the winner's bracket finals Saturday night 32-17 and EWS/Shirts and Logos 30-10 in the Championship Sunday morning.  Resmondo was taking teams right out of the game in their first innings by putting up big runs and then decimating the competition with great defensive plays.  In that winner's final vs FBI, Resmondo led 23-3 early on, and in the first inning had a great running catch by left fielder Brian Rainwater, a great play on a hard short hop by Don Dedonatis, and a fence robbing catch by center fielder Scott Striebel.  Game, set, match…before it even started.

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Hustle like this by first baseman Howie Krause further separates Resmondo from the rest of the Conference

Larry holds the Major Division winning trophy

Friday night the tournament weather was perfect as Conference teams dominated the local 'C' and 'D' teams to the tune of 6 mercy rule games.  The one upset, although I wouldn't really call it an upset, was Down2EarthSports who beat Art Explosion 20-11.  Late Friday night a massive thunderstorm rolled through and created a delay on Saturday morning of 3 hours.  The loser's bracket games, for the most part, were changed to 5 innings in length.  When the tournament resumed at 11 AM on Saturday morning it was more of the same as the local teams were pounded game after game. 

The second round found a few good matchups as Jean Shoppe battled Hubs Pub to a 23-19 victory over on the back field #5.   In the heat of the day the performance of the Dudley Classic M .40 core ball fell off significantly and was used on 3 of the 5 fields where the fences were 300 feet.  On the show field and one other diamond where the fences were 325-375-325, the stadium ZN ball was used and it flew well all weekend long.  The second round also found Suncoast battling back from a big deficit to beat Down2Earth 32-27 and Midwest Swing knock off AJS 20-17 on a walk off homer.  Also Logo Express batted around in the 7th to knock off a gritty Fowl Ball Sports team 19-15.

In the third round of the winner's bracket FBI squeaked past Logo 10-7 in the heat of the day when the ball started dying on the smaller fields.  EWS jumped out to a big lead against Suncoast and hung on when Suncoast ran themselves out of two innings 24-19.  Aubreys crushed a hot Midwest Swing, and Resmondo's Greg Hartwick hit a walk off homer to beat Jean Shoppe 17-16.

In the winner's semi-finals FBI outlasted EWS 18-17 in a game that could have gone either way.  Resmondo beat Aubrey's 29-14.


Midwest Swing takes on AJS

Triple Creek Park at night



Fields had to dry out Saturday morning


"Music City Classic" Tournament Awards and Final Standings:


Player Tournament Awards Players Name Plays For
Tournament MVP Bryson Baker ResmondoSpecialtyTankPhoneMasters
Defensive Tournament CO-MVP Don DeDonatis III ResmondoSpecialtyTankPhoneMasters
Defensive Tournament CO-MVP Brian Rainwater ResmondoSpecialtyTankPhoneMasters
All Tournament Team TERRY ROSENBALM AJS/Easton/Supreme/Mike Foulks/Mojo
All Tournament Team Perry Hensley Fence Brokers/Gametime Supply/Worth
All Tournament Team B J Fulk ResmondoSpecialtyTankPhoneMasters
All Tournament Team Dustin Palm EWS/SHIRTS and LOGOS
All Tournament Team Scott Striebel ResmondoSpecialtyTankPhoneMasters
All Tournament Team Jeff Wallace ResmondoSpecialtyTankPhoneMasters
All Tournament Team Tim Howard Fence Brokers/Gametime Supply/Worth
All Tournament Team Greg Connell ResmondoSpecialtyTankPhoneMasters
All Tournament Team Brady Noll EWS/SHIRTS and LOGOS
All Tournament Team Travis Clark EWS/SHIRTS and LOGOS
All Tournament Team John Glidewell Fence Brokers/Gametime Supply/Worth
All Tournament Team Adam Rockoff AJS/Easton/Supreme/Mike Foulks/Mojo
All Tournament Team Andrew Purcell ResmondoSpecialtyTankPhoneMasters


Place State Team Team
Wins Loses Ties Runs
1 FL resmondospecialtytankphonemasters SPMensMajor 5 0 0 135 61 27 12.2 14.8 32 150
2 IL EWS/SHIRTS and LOGOS SPMensB 6 2 0 174 110 21.7 13.7 8 35 210
3 AR fence brokers/gametime supply/worth SPMensB 3 2 0 67 75 13.4 15 -1.6 18 190
4 FL ajs/easton/supreme/mike foulks/mojo SPMensB 6 2 0 168 113 21 14.1 6.87 28 180
5 TN jean shoppe-easton-down2earthsports SPMensA 4 2 0 132 86 22 14.3 7.66 35 140
5 VA aubrey's/taylormade/mizuno SPMensA 3 2 0 122 71 24.4 14.2 10.2 33 140
7 GA down 2 earth sports/ worth SPMensC 4 2 0 123 102 20.5 17 3.5 31 120
7 GA LOGO EXPRESS SPMensB 3 2 0 85 65 17 13 4 31 160
9 MO Hub's Pub SPMensB 3 2 0 96 70 19.2 14 5.2 33 150
9 SC fowl ball sports/gas-it/easton SPMensB 3 2 0 95 79 19 15.8 3.2 25 150
9 IN MidWest Swing SPMensB 2 2 0 70 71 17.5 17.7 -0.2 21 150
9 FL Suncoast / Reebok SPMensA 2 2 0 91 84 22.7 21 1.75 35 100
13 TN TBS SPMensC 2 2 0 29 65 7.25 16.2 -9 15 0
13 TN Havoc/Stoneville/SPSS SPMensC 2 2 0 59 46 14.7 11.5 3.25 26 0
13 TN Outkasts SPMensC 2 2 0 26 35 6.5 8.75 -2.2 15 0
13 TN GT Express SPMensD 1 2 0 18 53 6 17.6 -11. 11 0
17 TN Team Combat SPMensC 1 2 0 27 40 9 13.3 -4.3 19 0
17 TN Mudcats SPMensD 1 2 0 22 25 7.33 8.33 -1 15 0
17 MO JC Alliance SPMensB 1 2 0 48 46 16 15.3 0.66 23 40
17 TN Bren's Men SPMensC 1 2 0 38 43 12.6 14.3 -1.6 18 40
17 WI Wisconsin Worth SPMensA 1 2 0 30 56 10 18.6 -8.6 17 40
17 FL Art Explosion/drash SPMensB 1 2 0 39 50 13 16.6 -3.6 15 120
17 AZ Team Chub/Combat SPMensC 1 2 0 30 51 10 17 -7 19 120
17 TN pro built/kippertool/s9sports SPMensC 0 2 0 23 41 11.5 20.5 -9 16 0
25 TN JLW SPMensD 0 2 0 22 41 11 20.5 -9.5 15 0
25 TN Hwy 57 Market SPMensD 0 2 0 4 56 2 28 -26 3 0
25 TN Shoemake Trucking SPMensD 0 2 0 7 37 3.5 18.5 -15 4 0
25 TN Titans SPMensD 0 2 0 7 35 3.5 17.5 -14 5 0
25 TN BGO/Bad Company SPMensC 0 2 0 10 48 5 24 -19 5 0
25 TN Gerst Haus SPMensD 0 2 0 6 48 3 24 -21 3 0

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1st  GTGG resmondospecialtytankphonemasters

Conf 'M' from Florida, 5-0 Music City Record

Resmondo cruises through another tournament.  They do so, knowing help is soon to be on the way, in the form of former Resmondo CF Bobby Hughes who is rumored to have been picked up.  I cannot emphasize enough the tremendous defense that Resmondo played most of the weekend as they run ruled all but one of their opponents (Shoppe).

Resmondo gets by Shoppe on a walkoff homer, the only time they were threatened all weekend

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Greg Hartwick hits a walk off homer to beat Shoppe.  Can you say Long Haul Bomber Tour?


Purcell and Jr


Rulli, Dedonatis Jr, Baker = Best infield in the game


Tournament MVP Bryson Baker makes a leaping stab for Resmondo



Conf 'B' from Illinois, 6-2 Music City Record

EWS has shocked the softball world all season and finished 2nd in this tournament.  If you were to project the top 16 in Conference based on AVERAGE points scored per tournament played so far, EWS would be the 3 seed at the Major World Series!  


  Team Name Class Tourny's Avg Pts Points HOF1 HOF2 MD Phoen KC Dallas Indy Tenn
1 ResmondoSpecialtyTankPhoneMasters SPMensMajor 5 176 882 128 218     194 150   192
2 Dan Smith/Menosse/Chaney SPMensMajor 4 175 700 218 138     154 190    
3 EWS/SHIRTS and LOGOS SPMensB 4 149 594 148 148         146 152
4 Pipac/TCP/Easton SPMensB 2 145 290         104   186  
5 Northwest Combat/ CJ Financial SPMensA 4 137 549 138 128   177     106  
6 LOGO EXPRESS SPMensB 3 133 398 118 178           102
7 Sinister/Worth/Mojo SPMensA 5 130 650 178 108 134   134   96  
8 Wood Law/Miken SPMensA 4 125 500 158 118     104 120    
9 Jean Shoppe-Easton-Down2EarthSports SPMensA 3 124 372     174       86 112
10 Aubrey's/TaylorMade/Mizuno SPMensA 4 123 492 118 158 104         112
11 AJS/Easton/Supreme/Mike Foulks/Mojo SPMensB 4 122 488 118 138       110   122
12 Fence Brokers/Gametime Supply/Worth SPMensB 5 120 602 108 118     114 130   132
13 Detroit's Own/Bombers/Mizuno SPMensB 2 118 236 108 128            
14 TEAM COMBAT / LASER VISION SPMensA 2 117 233       117     116  
15 Albicocco's/The Scene/Worth SPMensA 3 115 346 138 118       90    
16 GTL CARTEL/WORTH SPMensA 3 114 343       137   110 96  

EWS knocked off 2 local teams before jumping on Suncoast early.  When Suncoast made their comeback, EWS shut them down by throwing out Luis Reyna at the plate and adding a few insurance runs to win 24-19.  Then they lost a close one to FBI 18-17 in a game they had a few chances to pull out.  In the loser's bracket they rattled off impressive victories over Jean Shoppe Saturday night 24-18, AJS Sunday morning 35-5, and then FBI 19-7 to make it to the Championship against Resmondo.  In the Shoppe game Brandon Riese ended the game with a spectacular diving catch down the right field line.

EWS played without Mark Holstein but returned Dustin Palm, Tim Nielson, and Mike Umshied to the lineup.

EWS catcher Tommy Thompson was Offensive MVP for the second consecutive week!

Todd is a proud papa


EWS plays another close game, late Saturday night

That is a "4 base award" if you are scoring at home


3rd fence brokers/gametime supply/worth

Conf 'B' from Arkansas, 3-2 Music City Record

FBI played without SS Pat Burton.  They looked pretty good except for that low output 10-7 win over Logo Express and the first couple innings against Resmondo in the winner's final.  And now that I look at the stats that have been posted, they did have quite a few guys with some low onbase percentages.  FBI scores some nice points considering they really only beat one good team.  Of course thats what you get when you have early success and score the #2 seeding.

John Glidewell and Perry Hensley were very deserving all tournament team players this weekend.


FBI gets a podium finish


Glidewell was hitting bombs against Resmondo

 4th  ajs/easton/supreme/mike foulks/mojo

Conf 'B' from Florida, 6-2 Music City Record

AJS lost their 2nd round game to Midwest Swing in the bottom of the 7th on a walk off.  In the loser's bracket they made an impressive run to Sunday by Suncoast 28-5 in the most impressive offensive performance of any team in the tournament on the baseball show field.  Then they knocked off Logo and won a shootout with Aubrey's 27-21 before losing to EWS on Saturday morning.

AJS is out playing their opponents with defensive grit and big innings offensively.  They get on huge momentum rolls in their wins on offense and have a timely "big play" defense.  David Garcia in LF made the best catch of the tournament on a hard sinking liner hit by Aubrey's.

TJ Thompson in my opinion outpitched everyone in the tourny except Purcell.  Adam Rockoff was an impressive 27-29 .931 with 11 homer's, 31 RBI, and 25 runs scored.  AJS had some clutch homer's as seen below in the youtube clips.


The difference between good defense and bad is often the willingness to "sell out"


AJS is having fun…Suncoast take notes

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Joel Ramos hits a grand slam for AJS

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Scott Zaciewski hits a bomb for AJS


Tied 5th  jean shoppe-easton-down2earthsports

Conf 'A' from Tennessee, 4-2 Music City Record

Shoppe lost early to Resmondo after Earl Bryant hit a big 3 run homer to tie the game at 16 in the top of the 7th.   Their points position forced them into a bad seed once again and it cost them by having to play Resmondo that early in the tournament.  Shoppe recovered some in the loser's bracket as they withstood a 14 run rally by Fowl Ball Sports to win 24-21 on a walkoff homer by Earl Bryant.  Earlier in the tournament it was Bryant again who had a big homer and Tim Cocco who had 4 HR's to beat Hubs Pub.   Bryant finished 18-21 .857 with 7 HR and 18 RBI.   In their 2nd game in the loser's bracket they knocked off Down2EarthSports before getting knocked out by EWS in a game that Shoppe pressed to come back in.

Jean Shoppe struggled in each of their games and had to fight for that 5th place finish.  The June/July return of Jamie Gordon should help, but this team is too talented to be struggling.  Of course it is still only May.  In my opinion Shoppe is still the 3rd best team in the country.

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Earl Bryant hit some clutch homer's including this walk off vs Fowl Ball Sports


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Shoppe's Tim Cocco hits his 4th homer of the game

Shoppe had their chance to beat Resmondo


Shoppe with some new colors this season

Q gets rung

Tied 5th  aubrey's/taylormade/mizuno 

Conf 'A' from Virginia, 3-2 Music City Record

Aubreys was missing what seemed like half of their team.  Absent was John Bailey (fatherhood, congrats), Bryan Goins (bicep?), and Kevin Rye.  The team still managed wins over Team Chub and Midwest Swing but couldn't compete with Resmondo and couldn't keep up with AJS at midnight Saturday night.

We'll give Aubrey's the mulligan this week, but they need to compete a little better when they are missing a few guys.  "Run what you brung" as we say in racing.

Tied 7th  down 2 earth sports/ worth

'C' from Georgia, 4-2 Music City Record

Down 2 Earth Sports/Worth was the highest finishing non-conference team.  This team is loaded with Conference talent and experience and should consider joining in the future.  They beat Art Explosion to start the tournament and beat Midwest Swing by 1 late in the loser's bracket.  They also had a big lead over Suncoast but ended up losing in a shootout 32-27.

Down2EarthSports Ronnie McCullough

Veteran Major player Derek Jones




Conf 'B' from Georgia, 3-2 Music City Record

Logo Express batted around in the top of the 7th of their 2nd round game and held on to beat Fowl Ball Sports 19-15.  Then they lost that "dead ball" heat game against FBI 10-7.  In the loser's bracket they won impressively over Hubs Pub 31-12 before being run ruled by AJS 26-11.  Brandon Murray and Matt Blanton led the way with .700+ onbase percentages.  Murray added 6 HR.

Lee Daniels from Logo Express


Logo beats Fowl Ball Sports 19-15 with a big 7th inning


 The Rest

I've watched enough of Fowl Ball Sports to know this team is legit.  They just need some time to learn how to win in the Conference and understand what it takes to play the longer games.

Midwest Swing is legit.  This team has a bunch of talent and although they are a year away from competing for a 'B' title, they could pull some big upsets.  The Mazzier brother's, Alverado, good group.

Team Chub, I'm a fan.  At first in Phoenix I thought this team was a little too full of themselves but I have since changed my mind.  This team hits the ball hard and can compete well with the 'B' teams in the Conf.

Hubs Pub had a bad draw, having to play Shoppe in the 2nd round, but played fairly well in that game and had a chance to win.


I am hearing that Sinister picked up Todd Joerling and Doug Shanyfelt Jr.

Sinister released Josh Frank and Nick Musselman, 2 great conference talents.

Resmondo picked up Bobby Hughes.

Elite/Combat has folded and the player's are looking for a sponsor.

Desert Falls lost Chris Hansen and Nick Robertson to Famous?




A big thanks to my sponsor's – USSSA,,, and

I will be in Indiana this Saturday for the next tournament.

Link to the rest of my Music City pictures

Link to the Music City Bracket/Stats

Link to the tournament in Atlanta, Georgia when ready

Link to the USSSA Point Standings and Stats

Here are some other pics from Nashville:

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Midwest Swing hits a walk off homer to beat AJS

Suncoast ran themselves out of the game against EWS

Nate Holcomb reminds me of the legendary Mike Zadel.  Same mannerisms, swing.  Come on someone out there knows what I'm talking about?

Bren's Men pitcher "Looks like a stadium ZN, I'm pitching to Derek Jones, and I have no helmet?"

Art Explosion is trying out some new talent

Brother's Scott and Brandon Hubbard turn two and put the Hub's in Hub's Pub


Team Chub plays hard and has a nice team.  Still a year away from making a splash in Conf play though

Those teams that went 2 and Q could always play in the jump house

Women's Open Division was playing at the Music City

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