The 41st Annual Smoky Mountain Classic was tournament #17 on the Conference schedule and was played on July 10-12. The Smoky is the only unlimited homer regular season Conference tournament. The tournament was won by Resmondo- Specialty Tank-Worth who went 5-0 and beat Long Haul/Miken/Phonemasters in the finals 30-28. Resmondo is now 34-2 in their last 36 games and the two games they lost were by 4 runs or less. This is quite an impressive run.
The Smoky Mountain Classic drew some nice sized crowds and the general atmo¬sphere of the tournament is the best in big time softball. Games are played throughout the city at 4 different loca¬tions on 6 fields total.
Resmondo was led by co-MVP’s Greg Connell 20-26 .769 with 15 homer’s and 34 RBI and Jeff Wallace 18-25 .720 with 9 homers and 18 RBI. Resmondo knocked off Long Haul 33-23 in the winner’s final Saturday night and beat them again 30-28 in the championship on Sunday.
Long Haul/Miken/Phonemasters from Minnesota finishes 2nd and run ruled Softball Times, Logo Express, GTL, Taylormade, and Dan Smith for all 5 of their wins. Long Haul’s only losses were the championship round games against Resmondo. Long Haul was led by Offensive MVP of the tournament Matt King who was 16-19 .842 with 5 homers and 17 RBI.
3rd Place went to Dan Smith-Menosse- Benfield-Combat who went 5-2. They were upset by Taylormade who used a 15 run 2nd inning to beat them 24-19.
4th Place went to T&R Stucco/Worth out of Florida who exited the tournament after losing to Dan Smith in a close 30-29 game in the loser’s bracket.