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Long Haul win Firemanís/Resmondo
The nationís No. 3
rated team in the land, Long Haul Trucking/Phonemasters,
who are locally based out of Albertville
Minn., took home the 2009 Firemanís Tournament championship this
past weekend! John Danielís sluggers steamrolled the field until a very good Tharaldsonís club (N.D./Minn.)
upset the ĎTruckersí in the first championship game, only to see Long Haul come
back to win the chip game 20-5 and take home first place hardware.
As usual this
softball extravaganza was a mob scene, with thousands of spectators throughout
the weekend watching games at both Valleyview and Dred Scott fields. Hats off to tourney
promoter Jeff ďBarnseyĒ Barnes (#164) for another job
well done! The new WSL sound system on field 4 was a blast too!
Resmondo captures Smokey title
There were no big
surprises at the Smokey Mountain Classic in Tennessee on July 11-13, as Resmondo, Dan
Smith and Long Haul, went one-two-three. With the
tournament championship, Resmondo reclaims their spot
as the No. 1 team in America, with Smith falling to number two, and Long Haul grabbing
the No. 3 spot.
Resmondo pitcher Andy Purcell was tabbed the tourney MVP, while Dan
Smithís Scott Brown, a Minnesota native, was named to the All-Tournament Team! Named
offensive MVP was Brian Wegman of Dan Smith, while Resmondoís Don DeDonatis III,
was named defensive MVP.
Resmondo follows with Cincy
Following the Smokies win, Resmondo packed the
bus and headed to Cincinnati the following week, and won the Cincy
USSSA Major NIT on July 18-20.† Finishing
second was Jean Shoppe while the Blitz took third. Fifty-plus teams took part
in this one, making it one of the largest, if not the largest Major NIT in the
country! Contractorís Capital of Minnesota won a few games and played very
well, despite leaving behind slugging catcher Geno
Burdick who played in the Firemanís and saved a lot of airfare money.
Three Minnesota teams participated in the SPA
(Softball Players Association) National Championships in Tulsa,
Okla., on July 18-20. Congratulations to the MN Grayhounds/Miken/Tanel/Titan Apparel squad, who went 4-0
and won the menís 55 Major National title! Tourney MVP Gary Hamilton went
25-for-30 (.833), and played flawless at third base. Also having a great
weekend was Tony Udeanís MN Masters 60ís club, who
played VERY well in grabbing third-place honors in the 60 Major division! Also playing solid ball this year was the MN
Masters 55ís Major Plus team (defending SSUSA National Champions), who competed
extremely well in the very tough 55ís Major + bracket.
womenís tournament was loaded with great talent as well, in a bracket that
basically was the Little Canada Womenís Open League Ďupper bracket.í In the
finals, the Easton/Hooters/Rockets stunned the MN Thunderboltz,
10-6 in the finals, while The Outsiders, who are playing as good as anybody in
the state this year, finished a solid third!
softballs at Firemanís?
Long-time reader Stu Podassel writes to LPS:
ďI picked up a softball hit over the outfield fence at Valleyview
4 on Saturday, and suffered third degree frostbite wounds on my left hand.
Whatís up with that?? Well Stu, Iím not sure if the
Firemanís insurance coverage will handle that or not. Youíll have to call the
WSL police. Unfortunately a few teams have found that icing softballs will add
up to 20 feet of distance in fly balls, and have decided that cheating is the
only way they can win. What a shame.
Hey speaking of† frozen balls, how
about that Canadian team that played in the Firemanís! There was a LOT
of discussion about their bats being legal or not, and in at least one game, a
bat was thrown out. Good luck getting across the border boys!
plays for Seacrest Mavericks
Former Ritchís Superior Major ball
super-shortstop Ron Parnell, was spotted playing senior ball in Tulsa,
Okla., last weekend for the Seacrest
Mavericks of California. He still can hit it a mile, and helped lead his team
to the 50ís Major + National title.
fastpitch tourney on tap
Nearly 150 youth fastpitch teams are expected at the NAFA National 12U
tourney in Eagan and the 14u-18uís AFA National Tourney in Oakdale on July
23-27 in Oakdale.