The 33rd annual Busch/Pepsi Classic started on Friday night with a home run derby where there were so many participants that they had to cut off entries. After the home run derby for the locals was over Team Worth who consisted of guys like Greg Connell, Jeff Hall, Bobby Hughes, Rusty Bumgardner, BJ Fulk, and Tim Howard among others took on Team Arkansas to see who could hit the most. Team Worth won and then they hit another round to see how far they could hit it. Greg Connell hit the furthest home run into the parking lot where at least one car window was shattered during the night.
Then the games began as some of the local ‘C’ teams played their “play in” games to see who would play the 6 Conference teams in the 2nd round. The tournament had 25 teams total with all of them being ‘C’ or ‘B’ which made for a very strong regional type ‘B’ tournament and great matchups almost every game of the tournament. All of the ‘B’ teams started or made it to the round of 16. Monster beat Sagnasty in a mild upset. T’s 13 got past Texas Miken by 1 and Fence Brokers beat a tough Syndicate team 25-21, while Buzini and The Scene cruised to the final 8.
The round of the final 8 had no run rule wins as Conference teams Miken Mafia, The Scene, Buzini, and FBI all won low scoring games in the heat of the day (100 degrees). In the final 4, The Scene demolished Miken Mafia 25-3 as Mafia ran themselves out of an early inning. Buzinisports lead most of the way against FBI but FBI made a late run and had the bat in their hands with two outs in the bottom of the 7th with a chance to win and came up short. The game featured each team giving up a “4 base award” when their outfielders tipped balls over the fence.
In the winners final and final game The Scene took the wind right out of Buzini with some big early offensive innings and some mid game defensive plays that had Buzini scratching their heads wondering what happened.
Congratulations to The Scene as they become our 9th different winner of 2012 in the Nationwide Conference USSSA! I know they have been searching for the right mix of players all season long.
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