Xtreme/Miken dominates Atlanta Major!

 

 

2015 Nationwide Conference USSSA

D2E “Peach State” Shootout

Marietta, GA

May 23-24

 

D2E KAPOW hits against Xtreme in the championship game

Link to the Softballcenter.com picture album of the Atlanta Major

USSSA Atlanta tournament info and bracket link

 

The “Peach State Shootout” Atlanta Major returned to the Al Bishop softball complex in Marietta, Georgia after a year of park renovations.  The weather was perfect for softball and the field of 30 teams, including 9 from the Nationwide Conference USSSA series battled it out “double elimination” style starting on Saturday morning.  Early on the Georgia based Conference teams who normally perform well on their home turf got into trouble quickly.  OI Livingston/TNT Hauling/Brothers Renovation/Worth the #18 ranked team in the country according to SoftballCenter.com’s computer rankings coming into the tournament was upset by a very good D2E Sports/K-POW team in the second round 21-17.  D2E Sports is a ‘D’ team from right there in Marietta.  And #25 ranked Broughton Pharmacy/Bad Draw/Worth a North Carolina ‘A’ team with a number of Georgia players was upset in second round 23-17 by a very good Team Gillette a ‘C’ team from Georgia.  The rest of the final 8 teams in the winners bracket were the favorites #21 Xtreme/Miken (MN-A), #12 Encompass/Eurotec/Easton (MN-B), Worsham Athletics/Klutch Brand/Worth (NC-C), #22 Primetime/Easton (GA-B), #24 Above All Landscaping/EVO9X (N-B), and Nightmare/Miken (MO-B).  Nightmare getting by their opening round game 17-16 over a Chicken and Shine ‘E’ team that probably is redifining the E division.

In the final 8 the two Minnesota teams Xtreme and Encompass run ruled their opponents Team Gillette and Worsham in the top half of the bracket.  In the lower half the local D2E KPOW team mercy ruled Nightmare Miken 24-4 before the game really even got started.  And Primetime came from behind late in the game against Above All Landscaping to win 34-26 in a game that was probably the best game during the daytime.  Kyndrich Doggett who had a .750 onbase percentage coming into the tournament had a couple of big hits and a big homer to spark the comeback and Tony Mack at second base made a great linedrive stab to help Primetime to a big win.

Going into the final 4 the hot teams seemed to be Xtreme (if they could get by rival Minnesota team Encompass), and Primetime playing in their home state seemed to have the momentum and the better draw with upstart D2E KPOW as their final 4 opponent.  As the night games Saturday began the fields which had not been drug all day became dangerous and the scores and game times increased dramatically.  Xtreme/Miken used a 20 run 4th inning aided by a few Encompass miscues to run rule Encompass 30-14.  And D2E KPOW continued their upset ways with a 27-21 upset of Primetime to make it to the winner’s finals.

In the winner’s final Xtreme stepped up and although D2E kept it close, Xtreme had their patented big inning and won 30-14.  In the loser’s bracket the games were long and high scoring with the two ‘A’ teams OI Livingston and Broughton each winning 4 straight.  Broughton scoring 19 runs in the 2nd inning vs Above All Landscaping in one game with 15 of the runs after the 2nd out of the inning and OI Livingston had a walk off single to beat Team Gillette by a run and a 17 run first inning to beat Worsham.  But late Saturday after midnight both the Georgia ‘A’ powers were sent home – Primetime over OI Livingston 36-31, and Encompass over a “walking wounded” Broughton team 30-14 in a game that finished at 2:40 AM Sunday morning.  In the Primetime game, Prime came back from a possible run rule early on.  Chivas Clark leading the way with the stick (he was the leading hitter in the nation coming into the tournamnet) and also with two late inning “sell out” plays at 1st base on hard grounders to get the win.  One of the plays he took off the chest to stop it and got the out.

On Sunday morning 3 teams battled to get to Xtreme.  Encompass jumped on Primetime but Primetime as they had done all tournament came back once but their defense again let them down as Encompass ended up run ruling them 28-12.  Then in the loser’s bracket championship Encompass jumped out to a nice lead on D2E KPOW but the resilient D2E team came from behind and shocked Encompass on the power of left fielder Brian Hampton and the pitching and defense of Clay Prickett to make it to the finals.

The tournament had 5 Conference umpires and used the normal Conference Classic M ball.  The fences were 300 feet and played fairly short in the cooler weather.  Worshams Dee Hornesburger playing the hot corner at 3rd gets the best hot shot plays award fielding some nasty ones.  Encompass shortstop Tim Nielson gets the best diver award on hard grounder up the middle.  There were a lot of complaints about the fields not being drug all day on Saturday.  Overall though Xtreme was easily the class of the field and best of show as they run ruled all 5 of their opponents.  D2E Sports/KPOW the ‘D’ team from Marietta upset 3 conference ‘B’ teams and 1 conference ‘A’ team in the tournament sparking all kinds of chatter on TheOldScout message board.  And it is all deserved.  They are a great team that could more easily win ‘B’ worlds with 16 teams than ‘D’ worlds with 150.

Team Breakdown:
30 Teams Overall
9 Conference USSSA Teams
3 ‘A’ Teams
5 ‘B’ Teams
4 ‘C’ Teams
9 ‘D’ Teams
9 ‘E’ Teams

D2E KAPOW’s Brandon Davis pitches to Xtremes Seth Brown in the winners final

Winners final Xtreme and Kapow

 

A nice panorama of Field 4 – Above All vs Primetime

Al Bishop park has great scenery and trees.  Very park like.  Primetime playing Encompass on Sunday morning

OI Livingston vs Primetime late Saturday.

Country Fresh had a lead late against Primetime

Encompass slugger Justin Barber gets one past the pitcher


 Major Awards and Final Standings

Note: Xtreme hasn’t turned in their all tournament awards yet.

Player Tournament Awards Players Name Plays For
Tournament MVP Aaron Lewicki Xtreme/Miken
Offensive Tournament MVP Brian Hampton D2E Sports/K-POW
Defensive Tournament MVP Seth Brown Xtreme/Miken
All Tournament Team Kyle Decker Xtreme/Miken
All Tournament Team Todd Newton Xtreme/Miken
All Tournament Team Ira Brown Primetime/Easton
All Tournament Team Cory Hines Encompass / Eurotech / Easton / CA
All Tournament Team Matt McGowan Xtreme/Miken
All Tournament Team Dan Skelly Xtreme/Miken
All Tournament Team Matt Brooks D2E Sports/K-POW
All Tournament Team SHANNON SMITH Xtreme/Miken
All Tournament Team Justin Barber Encompass / Eurotech / Easton / CA
All Tournament Team Ryan Hassler Encompass / Eurotech / Easton / CA
All Tournament Team Sam Richards D2E Sports/K-POW
All Tournament Team COREY LINDSEY D2E Sports/K-POW
All Tournament Team Andrew Miller Xtreme/Miken
All Tournament Team Antroine Mack Primetime/Easton
All Tournament Team Adam Suhowolak D2E Sports/K-POW
Place State Team Team
Class
Wins Losses Ties Runs
Scored
Runs
Allow
Avg
Runs
Avg
Allow
Avg
Diff
Max
Runs
USSSA
Points
1 MN – Dayton Xtreme/Miken USSSA-Mens-A 5 0 0 143 53 28.6 10.6 18 35 300
2 GA – Marietta D2E Sports/K-POW USSSA-Mens-D 5 2 0 143 129 20.4 18.4 2 27 225
3 MN – Champlin encompass / eurotech / easton / ca USSSA-Mens-B 5 2 0 176 107 25.1 15.2 9.85 34 200
4 GA – Macon Primetime/Easton USSSA-Mens-B 4 2 0 159 146 26.5 24.3 2.16 36 175
5 NC – Greenville broughton pharmacy/bad draw/worth USSSA-Mens-A 5 2 0 180 149 25.7 21.2 4.42 47 155
5 GA – Peachtree City oi livingston/tnt hauling/brother’s USSSA-Mens-A 4 2 0 162 125 27 20.8 6.16 32 155
7 NJ – Jackson above all landscaping/evo9x USSSA-Mens-B 3 2 0 159 114 31.8 22.8 9 41 130
7 NC – Fletcher worshamathletics/klutchbrand/worth/ USSSA-Mens-C 3 2 0 115 126 23 25.2 -2.2 33 130
9 GA – Peachtree City Country Fresh Foods USSSA-Mens-D 3 2 0 145 110 29 22 7 36 110
9 GA – Social Circle Southern Gents USSSA-Mens-E 2 2 0 51 66 12.7 16.5 -3.7 26 110
9 GA – Rincon Team Gillette USSSA-Mens-C 2 2 0 95 93 23.7 23.2 0.5 34 110
9 MO – Branson Nightmare/Miken USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 70 92 17.5 23 -5.5 30 110
13 NJ – Runnemede Deluxe Bakery USSSA-Mens-B 2 2 0 94 80 23.5 20 3.5 30 70
13 SC – macon Honey Badgers USSSA-Mens-D 2 2 0 97 91 24.2 22.7 1.5 30 70
13 FLP – Milton Special K USSSA-Mens-D 1 2 0 61 71 20.3 23.6 -3.3 29 70
13 GA – Canton tread stone/diamond enterprises/d2e USSSA-Mens-D 1 2 0 54 60 18 20 -2 38 70
17 GA – Fairmount Chicken N Shine USSSA-Mens-E 1 2 0 49 49 16.3 16.3 0 21 40
17 GA – Dallas buckhead investment partners USSSA-Mens-D 1 2 0 62 66 20.6 22 -1.3 25 40
17 GA – Dallas Hot Soup USSSA-Mens-E 1 2 0 46 68 15.3 22.6 -7.3 31 40
17 GA – Norcross nouveau softball pink nation USSSA-Mens-E 1 2 0 29 54 9.66 18 -8.3 22 40
17 GA – Atlanta Hammerface USSSA-Mens-E 1 2 0 40 62 13.3 20.6 -7.3 28 40
17 SC – Boiling Springs Mo’ Crunch USSSA-Mens-D 1 2 0 54 83 18 27.6 -9.6 26 40
17 GA – Blue Ridge team adiktiv customized/allstar ent USSSA-Mens-D 1 2 0 48 92 16 30.6 -14. 27 40
17 GA – Macon Causin Drama/D2E USSSA-Mens-C 1 2 0 36 55 12 18.3 -6.3 22 40
25 TN – Chattanooga Team Collision/CTS USSSA-Mens-C 0 2 0 37 53 18.5 26.5 -8 30 40
25 GA – Waco Special Edition USSSA-Mens-D 0 2 0 42 54 21 27 -6 24 40
25 GA – Cumming Smith Co USSSA-Mens-E 0 2 0 17 47 8.5 23.5 -15 11 40
25 GA – Temple FCC/Media Powers USSSA-Mens-E 0 2 0 30 58 15 29 -14 19 40
25 GA – McDonough First Choice Contractors USSSA-Mens-E 0 2 0 13 42 6.5 21 -14. 7 40
25 GA – Dallas New Divide USSSA-Mens-E 0 1 0 22 34 22 34 -12 22 40

Brian Hampton of D2E was Offensive MVP

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