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Resmondo makes it two championships in a row


By Don Bowman


The early season nod in men’s major play has got to go to  Resmondo Sod/Specialty Tank (Ohio) as they won the Gateway Classic USSSA Major NIT in St. Louis last weekend. Like they did in week one of the ‘conference’ tournament schedule in Florida, the nation’s No. 1 ranked club had to double dip their opponent in the finals, this time knocking No. 3 rated Long Haul/Phonemasters/Miken of Minnesota.

Normally no one feels too sorry for a loaded team like Resmondo, but they went an amazing 8-1 in this one, and had to finish the tournament with ten players.

Finishing third was Columbus Pipe (Ohio), but had to feel pretty good about themselves in view of the fact the knocked off Resmondo early in the event, sending the ‘Sodbusters’ to the losers bracket.


Dan Smith/Team Combat wins title

Dan Smith/Team Combat (Calif.) won the Glen Burnie Maryland NIT on April 26-27, topping No. 4 rated Jean Shoppe (Tenn.) in the tournament finals. Like Resmondo and Long Haul, both Dan Smith and Jean Shoppe will be making an appearance at the Dudley Classic/Sponsored by Easton, June 20-22 in Brooklyn Center, Minn.


Redwood/Sportsdiamond on fire 

Redwood/Sportsdiamond is sizzling in men’s class ‘B’ play, are the No. 1 rated team in the state! They were the talk of the tournament at Corky’s Earlybird in Owatonna last weekend, as they defeated the state’s No. 2 rated club, Contractors Capitol in the tournament finals.

Corky’s Earlybird once again proved why it is a softball ‘extravaganza’ in Minnesota each and every spring, filling weeks in advance, and putting on quite a show for the thousands that were in attendance.

Other teams who had excellent weekend’s were: River City Ready Mix, Sellox/Miken, Theraldson’s, T’s 13, Viessman/Miken, and Team Viessman.


Rain, rain go away 

Spring rains have been nothing short of a disaster for state high school teams who have seen numerous league and tournaments washed out early in 2008. Among some of the top fastpitch tournaments in the state that were forced to cancel include: North St. Paul, Tartan and Edina. No word on any rescheduled dates.


Gophers head to Big Tens

Speaking of fast pitch, the Golden Gopher women’s team enters the Big Ten tournament this weekend, as the No. 4 seed, and will take on Purdue on May 8 at 11:30 a.m., in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern and Michigan are the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds.


Mosquitoland Classic opens May 29 

The state’s top senior men’s slow pitch NIT, the SPA Mosquitoland Classic, will be held May 29-June 1 in Little Canada. Teams from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin and Minnesota are entered in this year’s event!

Divisions offered are men’s 50’s, 55’s, 60’s, 65’s and 70’s. For information call 651-490-0045.


All American Restoration takes first

The very potent All American Restoration men’s class ‘B’ ball club, which boasts several members of the 2007 men’s  class ‘B’ world champion Showcase team, steamrolled through Pov’s Spring Tournament last weekend in Andover.


St. Thomas earns No. 1 NCAA seed 

The University of St. Thomas fastpitch team of St. Paul has the No. 1 seed at the NCAA Division III  Eau Claire Regional in Eau Claire, Wis., this weekend. They will take on Ripon Thursday night at 7 p.m.