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Resmondo wins Last Chance/Teams head to Nationals


By Don Bowman


Resmondo Sod (Fla.) is back in the Captain’s chair as the No. 1 team in softball, after defeating No. 2 rated Dan Smith (Calif.) in the finals of the Last Chance Major NIT in Michigan last week, 44-42, in a thriller!

Finishing a strong third place was John Daniel’s Long Haul Phonemaster/Miken club (Albertville Minn.), which clinched a spot for the Truckers in the USSSA Major World Series in Orlando, Fla., next month by finishing third.

The tourney MVP was Resmondo’s Vince Bisbee, while Minnesotans Geno Buck and Anthony Dress (both from Long Haul), earned all-tournament honors as well! Contactor’s Capital had their best tournament outing of the season, going 4-2 in the major NIT, which featured the best teams in the land!


Minnesota teams head to nationals

An estimated 101 teams from around the state will be participating in national/world softball tournament around the country, beginning Labor Day weekend!

And as you can guess, over 350 bartenders statewide will be out of work come August 30, until the players return home.


Redwood wins State Open title

Congratulations to Redwood Softball who won the men’s USSSA Open State last week. Finishing a surprising second, was class “D” powerhouse Abolute Softball, who stunned among others J&H Wall during tournament competition. The Easton/Hooters/Rockets team, with entrepreneur Rob Hortenbach at the wheel, brought home third-place hardware at the state championships.


Rockets take Women’s State crown

Easton/Hooters/Rockets captured the USSSA Women’s Open State Championship in early August. Following the Rockets were the MN Thunderboltz, Minnesota Ice, Mad Jacks and Macken/Excel.


Zenk signs with Jean Shoppe

Ryan Zenk, who played for the USSSA Class ‘B” world champs Showcase last season, was signed as a defensive specialist for the highly-ranked Jean Shoppe Softball club out of the south.


Get on the bus

Big news in the Minnesota Senior softball circuit! Several movers and shakers in the men’s senior softball community are forming a committee to purchase a team bus, EXCLUSIVELY for senior teams to share for national tourney travels!

With the high costs of airline travel, the committee is soliciting sponsors for this exciting venture. Sponsors and donors will be identified with advertising on the bus, and all endorsements will be tax deductible!

This is a GREAT idea, as these senior teams are great ambassadors of the community, and have brought home more than 15 national and world championships state wide, in the last five years alone!

For information, please call committee chairman Jerry Otto Sr., at 651-483-3368, for this great cause!


Minnesota Monitoring takes state

The USSSA co-rec class ‘D’ state tournament results are in, and this is the news you have been waiting for. Champions: MN Monitoring. Bridesmaids: Kelly Lake II. A respectable third: Nicklow’s. Congratulations to all who competed.


Rochester to host ASA Open State

The WSL/Miken Midwest Championships and ASA Womens’s Open State Tournament will be held August 23 (Saturday only) at McQuillan Park in Rochester. $2,250 in cash and prizes will be awarded, don’t miss it! For information, go to!


Give to the Special Olympics

Local softball promotor Bill (Supreme Sports) Dehkes is spearheading a GREAT fundraising effort for the Special Olympics. You will want to be a part of it!  On Sept. 12-13, the World’s Largest Truck Convoy, Special Oympics fundraiser, takes place in Shakopee! A great spectacle, a lot of fun and it’s all tax deductible! The event features not only the convoy, but a barbecue, live music and great door prizes! For more information, go to or call Kathy at 612-604-1272.


Hoffman wins Major’s D tournament

In a men’s ‘D’ tournament sponsored by Major’s in the Twin Cities last weekend, the top four were Hoffman, Tina Kane, Mayhem and Majors in that order. No details if slumping Steve Heifort of Hoffman Softball, got a hit or not.


Fleet Fleet takes Huff ‘N Puff

Fleet Fleet topped Stingy Lingy in the finals of the Huff ‘N Puff carnival circus tour tournament August 10 in Lake Elmo. Fleet Fleet might have been the first championship team in Huff ‘N Puff in the last 20 years to wear full uniforms, as most teams usually just play for giggles and swiggin’ beer.

What made the tourney a little more exciting this year, is that the tournament got busted for being unsanctioned, and the umpires had to disrobe on site, and could not wear their sanctioned umpire uniforms for liability purposes! One umpire spotted had to officiate his Friday game wearing a “Larry’s Live Bait” t-shirt and some very worn white compression shorts. The sight was NOT pretty!


Precision Tree wins in kittenball

Precision Tree won the their 10th consecutive co-rec kittenball championship (16"), at the 2008 Canadian Day’s celebration in Little Canada two weeks ago. The team was bolstered by several players from the highly-ranked Madjack’s women’s class “B” powerhouse. Even Chad Koll had a couple of hits in the thrilling championship win over highly-touted Action Imprints of Little Canada.