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Sep 27 2016

Smash It Sports wins USSSA Major World Series



2016 USSSA Major World Series


Kissimmee, FL


September 21-24


Championship game beteen Smash It Sports and Backman


Link to Softballcenter.com picture album of the Major


2016 Major World Series bracket link


2016 Major World Series stat leaders


2016 Major World Series box scores


2016 USSSA Major archived games on USSSA-Slowpitch Facebook page



Winner's bracket and final day recaps!

Wednesday, September 21st (Day One)

Game #1 Recap

Miltia/4The Fallen the USSSA Military World champions came out of the gate with a nice 4 run top of the first inning all on base hits but Vivid a AA team out of Texas and the #15 seed tied the game on an Isaac Gonzalez grand slam that went over the scoreboard!  In the bottom of the 2nd the Militia team opened the door with a 3 run error and Vivids Ken Hare added a 3 run homer and Vivid went up 14-4.  It was Vivid the rest of the way as Chris Larsen, Trey Gillilland, and Keith Martin all hit multi run homers and Vivid won easily 25-4.

Game #2 Recap

The second "play in" game started with JBL/Tailgaters from Ohio jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead on a 2 run homer by Charles Cunningham.  Ryan McCrory answered in the top of the 2nd inning with a 2 run homer for Adiktiv but JBL middle man Aaron Sandoval made a great over the shoulder running catch to end the inning.  JBL slowly took control of the game offensively though and capped it with an amazing 13 run bottom of the 6th that ended with homers by Matt Rogers and a walk off run rule homer by Jamie Simpson.

JBL's Jamie Simpson hits a walk off run rule homer

Game #3 Recap

Xtreme a AA team from Minnesota took on the #1 seeded AA team in the nation TG/Reds.  Both team had offense early as Cory Boothe and Lossen White traded 3 run homers.  Chad Mullins for TG/Reds hit a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 2nd to tie the game at 10-10.  In the 4th inning Xtremes Lyf Nimmo hit a 3 run line drive homer and Lossen White hit another 2 runner to give Xtreme a 9 run innings and a 21-12 lead.  It was all Xtreme after that as Joe Skyles and Ben Dunn homered some more in the top of the 7th when they scored 9 runs and won easily 32-16.


TG/Reds came up short on the fence but not for lack of effort


Game #4 Recap

#14 BHR and #3 Scene had the game of the day in the night cap.  Scene center fielder Cory Newman made a spectacular catch on the fence in the first inning and teammate Brandon Dillon and Ketih Laski followed that up with a 2 run homers to make it 11-2 Scene after 2 innings.  BHR answered with two Tim Bowser 2 run bombs and a Sean Boldt 2 run double to take a 13-11 lead in the top of the 4th.  It would have been worse but for a Brandon Dillon home run rob.  In the bottom of the 4th Scene tied it with a 2 run homer by Brungardt and got the lead with a 2 runner by Laski.  In the bottom of the 5th Scene went up 18-13 on a Whaley 3 run homer.  BHR was not done though as they batted around in the top of the 7th scoring 9 runs to take a 1 run lead, Tim "bye bye" Bowser with another homer in the inning.  In the bottom of the 7th Erik Kanaby hit a no doubter to tie it and Brandon Dillon hit a walk off homer to win it 26-25. 


Bowser ties and Ferguson gives a 7th inning lead for BHR


Game #7 Recap

Line Drive came out flat with a 1-2-3 top of the first.  Combat set the tone for the game in the bottom half with 9 runs.  In the 2nd Line Drive scored 7 to get back in it but Combat put up 12 in the bottom of the 2nd and Line Drive went 1-2-3 again and Kyle Pearson for Combat hit 2 home runs in the bottom of the 3rd to give Combat a 20 run rule victory in a 12 run inning.  Combat with 3 huge innings and a promising start to the tournament.

Combats Dennis Rulli with his 4th straight hit vs Line Drive Sportz

Game #8 Recap

Smash It Sports jumped out to a 7-3 lead on TM Sports but it could have been worse but for two great catches by left fielder Steele Lewis.  In the bottom of the 3rd Brett Helmer set the all time world series record for homers with a bomb to right field his 121st homer taking the lead from the Crusher Rick Scherr and Smash It had an 11-4 lead.  In the top of the 5th TM Sports outfielder John Zorich brought them to wihin 2 runs but Smash It left fielder Mike Umschied made a nice catch to end the inning and SIS got 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th to win 21-16.  TM Sports Steele Lewis also robbed a homer in the 5th.

Brett Helmer sets the all time Major World Series record for Home Runs with this BOMB!

Game #9 Recap

Vivid who won the play in game earlier vs #2 seed Resmondo.  Luis Reyna and Howie Krause hit 2 run doubles in the bottom of the 1st and Greg Connell hit one into the "flags" in left field for a 9-3 Resmondo lead.  In the 2nd Vivid grabbed a 10-9 lead on a Keith Martin 2 run homer and a Chris Smith RBI single.  In the 4th Resmondo left fielder Andrew Collins made a nice catch and Andy Purcell snapped off two hard grounders and the momentum shifted to Resmondo and Bubba Mack hit a 3 run homer and Connell a grand slam to make it 24-17.  Vivid hung tough for 4.5 innings but ended up in a run rule loss 32-17.

Resmondos Luis Reyna bats against Vivid pitcher Donald "Buckshot" Plaisance

Game #10 Recap

#1 Backman jumped out to a 7-2 lead on the #16 seeded JBL who had won big earlier in the day.  Ryan Stovall with a 1st inning grand slam.  They increased the domination in the bottom of the 3rd with a 13 run outburst as Castillo, Powers (grand slam), and Harvey (homer through the flags) all hit bombs to make it 20-4.  Castillo and Yates made great plays to end it in the top of the 5th with a 21-5 run rule.

Backman left fielder Jeremy Yates ends the game with a diving catch to preserve the mercy rule win

Thursday, September 22nd (Day Two)

Game #5 Recap

Newbreed dug a hole in their opener by walking the first 4 batters prompting a pitching change.  And it was all 3rd Street early on as they had a 7-2 lead on a Tommie Melton homer and a Jason Matusick diving catch to hold Newbreed down.  In the 3rd the Street added 10 runs on a Bobby Noeth Jr double and a Matusik homer and a number of Newbreed miscues.  Newbreed came back though with homers by Victor Cordova and Adam Rockoff and a great catch in right field by Nick Mangannaro and after blanking 3rd Street in the top of the 6th Newbreed scored 6 runs in both the 6th and 7th inning but came up a swing short 26-24 with two runners on in the bottom of the 7th.

Magnum and 3rd Street celebrate another homer

Game #6 Recap

Racks scored 13 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning on Kirkwood and Snell homers and made Precision pay for 2 errors.  Frank Yeilding hit a homer off the scoreboard in the 3rd and Snell added another homer in the 4th.  Precision offense was no where to be found in this one and Jason Kreider hit a walk off run rule single for Racks to win it 21-6.


Game #17 Recap

Xtreme continued their hot hitting early against Scene as they took a 7-2 lead after 2 innings on homers by Matt McGowan, Bremer, and a 2 run double by Palm.  Scene cut the lead to 1 on a 2 run homer by leadoff man Jason Branch.  Branch struck again with another 2 run homer and Keith Laski added a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 4th up 14-9 but went 1-2-3 in the 5th and Xtreme cut the lead to 14-11.  In the 6th Scene separated and won with 6 runs and a 2 run homer by Dale Brungardt and sent Xtreme to the loser's bracket.


Laski connects on a big homer


Game #18 Recap

3rd Street jumped all over Resmondo with homers by Tabler, Kessler, Magnum (over the scoreboard), Matusik again, Magnum again, and Evans in the first two innings and led Resmondo 13-2 after Resmondo went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 2nd.  3rd Street increased the lead to 21-9 after 4 innings and Kesller, Evans, Melton, and Kessler again hit homers in the top of the 5th to score a whopping 17 runs in the inning and beat a stunned Resmondo team 38-11 in 5 innings.

Game #19 Recap

Racks and Backman was a big winners bracket game and Racks had beaten Backman a couple times during the year.  But Backman got Racks to hit into a DP early in the game and Kennington, Stovall, and Kennington again homered in the bottom of the first and they led 12-1.  The homers continued especially from Kennington who had 3 HR and 9 RBI and Stovall who had 4 HR.  Stovall actually was hit by pop fly during the game and it knocked out his tooth and they found it and Doc the umpire who is a dentist apparently glued it back in and Ryan stayed in the game...

Backmans Neil Haglund homers

Game #20 Recap

Combat jumped out of the gate with homers by Greinert and Maggard and played solid ball offensively and defensively but Smash It Sports power was just too much.  Smash It hit homers from top to bottom in the lineup, 24 homers in all, a tournament high, and Kyle Pearson hit one estimated on Flight Scope at 492 feet!   The Smash It home run barrage led to a 36-21 win and Combat who played almost didn't even deserve to lose.  Helmer had 4 HR in the game.

Helmer had 4 HR

Friday, September 23rd (Day Three)

Game #25 Recap

Top 1st - 3rd Streets Kessler 2 run HR.  up 3-0
Bot 1st - Kanaby 2 run homer for Scene.  3-3

Top 2nd - Kesslery GRAND SLAM up 9-3
Bot 2nd - Granados 2 out single gives Scene a 10-9 lead

Top 3rd - Byars 2 run triple 12-10
Bot 3rd - Brungardt 2 run HR 14-13 Scene

Top 4th - Branch makes a great play at 3rd to get Tabler.  3rd Street puts up zero.
Bot 4th - Kanaby 2 run HR 21-13 Scene

Top 5th - Granados at SS for Scene makes a leaping catch holding 3rd Street to 1 run

Top 6th - 3rd Street goes down in order

Game #26 Recap

Top 1st - SIS Scott Kirby and Kyle Pearson hit 2 run HR's.  Kirby hits another 3 run HR.  SIS leads 12-0
Bot 1st - Haglund and Logan 2 run doubles.  Vitcak 2 run single.  Backman down 7-12

Top 2nd - Wolf 2 run HR
Bot 2nd - Stovall 3 run HR.  14-14 after 2 innings

Bot 5th - Put up a zero

Top 6th - Wegman 2 run HR gives SIS a 24-18 lead
Bot 6th - Powers and Yates each with 2 run HR.  Backman down 22-24

Top 7th - Filby, Umschied, Wegman, Helmer, Clark all homer!  SIS up 36-22
Bot 7th - Schulte 2 run single.  Kennington 3 run HR.  Backman loses 36-28

Helmer adds another homer to his all time Major World Series record!

Championship Saturday, September 24th (Day Four)

Game #29 Recap - 5th Place Game

Top 1st - Tabler 2 run homer for 3rd Street up 3-0
Bot 1st - Greinert 3 run homer for Combat.  John Williams 2 run homer also.  Combat up 6-3

Top 2nd - 3rd Street puts up a zero
Bot 2nd - Billy Maggard hits a GRAND SLAM Combat up 11-3

Bot 3rd - 3rd Street shortstop Tommie Melton makes a great play on LC Watson

Top 4th - J Williams makes 2 nice plays at 3rd for Combat.  Combat up 11-5
Bot 4th - Rogowski 2 run homer, Combat up 15-5

Top 5th - Evans 2 run double.  Folsom 2 run bloop double.  8 Run inning.  3rd Street down 15-13
Bot 5th - Rulli 2 run single. Greinert 2 run homer.  Up 19-13

Top 6th - Magnum hits a 3 run homer to tie 19-19
Bot 6th - Washington hits the flags with a grand slam.  Williams 2 run homer.  10 run inning for Combat up 29-19

Top 7th - 3rd Street puts up a zero

Greinert 2 homers and 6 RBI

Game #30 Recap - 5th Place Game

Top 1st - Resmondo goes down 1-2-3
Bot 1st - Backmans Kennington and Yates hit 2 run homers.  Resmondo gets a bases loaded doubleplay.  Backman up 5-0

Top 2nd - Reyna hits 2 run homer.  Sanchez a 3 run homer.  Santana a 2 run single.  Resmondo with a 10 run inning up 10-5
Bot 2nd - Haglund 2 run single.  Resmondo's Payne robs Yates in right field.  Schulte 2 run single.  Lloyd and Kennington hit 3 run homers.  Backman up 16-10 on 11 run inning

Top 3rd - Resmondo puts up a zero
Bot 3rd - Logan hits a 2 run single.  Powers a 2 run homer.  22-10 Backman

Top 4th - Collins hits a 2 run triple.  Resmondo down 10
Bot 4th - Backman puts up a zero

Top 5th - Logan makes a nice long running catch.  Resmondo down 22-18
Bot 5th - Backman puts up a zero.  Nobody wants this game.

Top 6th - Resmondo adds 4 runs to tie it at 22
Bot 6th - Harvey hits a pinch hit 2 run homer.  Backman 4 runs but Logan thrown out at 3rd as Purcell blocks the base nicely.  Backman up 26-22

Top 7th - Resmondo goes down 1-2-3 and is eliminated

Harvey celebrates a homer

Game #31 Recap - Winner's Bracket Championship Game!

Top 1st - Wegman 2 run homer.
Bot 1st - Wegman makes a great catch.  Granados 2 run triple.  7-3 Scene up

Top 2nd - SIS goes down 1-2-3
Bot 2nd - Guill makes a great catch in CF and Scene leads 8-3 after 2 innings.

Top 3rd - Scene gets a doubleplay and holds SIS scoreless
Bot 3rd - Branch doubled off 2nd on what the replay shows could be a bad call.  Scene up 10-3

Top 4th - Whaley robs Reckart on another great play.  Kirby hits a 3 run homer.  Pearson a 2 run homer.  Clark is thrown out at 2nd trying for a double.  11 run 4th for SIS they are up 14-10
Bot 4th - Laski 2 run homer.  Scene down 1

Top 5th - Bryson Baker 2 run single.  Wolf pinch hit RBI double.  Kirby a 3 run homer.  SIS scores 9 and up 24-13
Bot 5th - Dillon 3 run homer.  Scene down 8

Top 6th - Umschied 3 run triple.  SIS up 30-16
Bot 6th - Whaley, Branch, Brungardt all homer but SIS CF Westy Guill makes an unbelievable catch on Dillon.  Costantino hits a 3 run homer.  Scene down 30-25

Top 7th - Williams 2 run single and Clark a 2 run homer.  SIS up 35-25
Bot 7th - Wegman in LF robs Brungardt of a homer to end the game.

Game #32 Recap - Loser's semifinal

Combat up 2-1 after two innings.

Top 3rd - Washington 2 run homer.  Combat up 4-1
Bot 3rd - Kennington hit a GRAND SLAM.  Stovall a 3 run homer.  And Kennington hit a 3 run homer in the same inning.  13 runs in the inning for Backman who leads 14-6

Top 4th - Washington hit a 3 run homer.  Combat down 11-14

Bot 5th - Backman hits 4 home runs up 19-12

Top 6th - Logan makes a great catch against the wall.  Pearson 2 run triple ties the game at 19-19.  Backman gets a DP and are down 20-19 to Combat.
Bot 6th - Yates homer ties the game and Backman leads 21-20 after 6 complete innings.

Top 7th - Greinert hits it to the wall with 2 on but it is caught and Backman wins 21-20.

Game #33 Recap - Loser's bracket final

Top 1st - Dillon hit a solo.  Scene up 2-0
Bot 1st - Yates 3 run homer for the lead.  Whaley made a great play in the middle to end the 1st inning.  Backman up 4-2

Top 2nd - Kendrick hit a 2 run homer.  Branch a 2 run double.  Scene up 6-4
Bot 2nd - Haglund fouls out as wind pushes his second ball foul again.  Yates hit a 3 run homer to give Backman a 8-7 lead

Top 3rd - Scene put up a zero.
Bot 3rd - Haglund 3 run homer.  Backman up 15-7.

Top 4th - Scene puts up another zero.
Bot 4th - Powers 2 run triple.  Haglund 2 run homer.  Castillo 3 run inside the park homer.  Kennington a walk off run rule single 27-7.

Haglund grabs one at the fence

Game #34 Recap - Championship Game

Top 1st - SIS goes down 1-2-3
Bot 1st - Bazat robs Kennington of hit, Haglund 2 run homer.  Yates Solo.  Castillo 2 run homer.  5-0 Backman

Top 2nd - Pearson 2 run HR.  Clark double but thrown out at 3rd base.  Wolf 2 run homer.  SIS down 4-5.
Bot 2nd - Backman doesn't score.

Top 3rd - Helmer 2 run homer.  Clark 2 run homer.  Filby Solo.  Haglund robs Bazat in RF to end inning.  SIS up 10-5
Bot 3rd - Harvey 2 run homer.  SIS up 10-7.

Top 4th - Kyle Pearson hit a GRAND SLAM.  Clark hit a solo.  Wolf inside the park 2 RBI.  SIS up 19-7
Bot 4th - Powers and Kennington hit solos to cut the SIS lead to 19-10.

Top 5th - Helmer hit a 2 run homer, Pearson a solo, and Bazat hit a GRAND SLAM.  SIS up 26-10
Bot 5th - Backman went 1-2-3.

Smash It Sports is your 2016 USSSA Major World Series Champions!!!


The tournament was well played with so many great infield plays and outfielder plays on the fence.  There were 8 of the top conference umpires who did a great job particularly on the strike zone I thought.  There were probably 20 close calls that the livestream showed replays on and the umpires were correct on about 17 of them which is incredible.  Smash It won from the #4 seed, The Scene as the #3 seed was so close in that winner's final but just couldn't quite get the bounces and Smash It made 4 incredible plays on the fence to win it.  Congratulations to Smash It Sports on their performance in overpowering their opponents on the biggest stage but also making big defensive plays when needed.  The livestream set records.  One game was watched by over 54,000 viewers and had a facebook "reach" of over 1.1 million.  Bernie and the livestream crew did a great job, the tournament was well ran, it didn't rain for any of the world tournaments this year and the competition was top notch.  Will the Major ever return to Disney or will it move to the new USSSA complex in Viera, Florida?  We don't know but lets enjoy this years tournaments and worry about that next year.


Team Breakdown:
18 Teams Overall
17 Nationwide Conference USSSA Teams
5 Major Teams
10 'AA' Teams
2 'A' Teams
1 Military Champion


Filip Washington of Combat hits one past Backman pitcher Andy Vitcak in the loser's semi final

Resmondo pitcher Andy Purcell tags out Backman runner Brian Logan in the 5th place game

3rd Streets Dave Kessler hits against combat pitcher LC Watson in the 5th place game

Scenes Jason Branch hits against 3rd Streets Cam Byars in the winner's semi finals

Smash It Sports MVP Kyle Pearson hits against Backman in the winner's bracket semi finals

Xtreme hits against Line Drive back on Field #5

Resmondos BJ Fulk hits against Line Drive in one of the best games of the tournament

The largest crowd was for the Home Run Derby Friday night

They used the Dudley Thunder Heat ball this year

Bat testing was in full effect and bats that failed or broke were cut open



Brett Helmer set the all time record for Homer's at the Major World Series with his 121st pictured here.

He went on to hit 10 more during the tournament and was Offensive MVP



 Major Awards and Final Standings

Player Tournament Awards Players Name Plays For
Tournament MVP Kyle Pearson Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
Offensive Tournament MVP Brett Helmer Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
Defensive Tournament MVP Brian Logan Backman Louisville Slugger
All Tournament Team Dennis Rulli TEAM COMBAT/BAUGHFORD.COM
All Tournament Team Brett Helmer Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Chris Greinert TEAM COMBAT/BAUGHFORD.COM
All Tournament Team Brian Zirkle TEAM COMBAT/BAUGHFORD.COM
All Tournament Team Kevin Filby Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Brian Wegman Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Bryson Baker Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Greg Connell Resmondo Specialty Tank Worth
All Tournament Team Jeremy Yates Backman Louisville Slugger
All Tournament Team Travis Clark Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Keith Laski Scene/Albicocco/Worth/Miken/Monsta
All Tournament Team Kevin Kennington Backman Louisville Slugger
All Tournament Team Scott Kirby Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Dale Brungardt Scene/Albicocco/Worth/Miken/Monsta
All Tournament Team Brian Logan Backman Louisville Slugger
All Tournament Team Kyle Pearson Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
All Tournament Team Erik Kanaby Scene/Albicocco/Worth/Miken/Monsta
All Tournament Team Brandon Dillon Scene/Albicocco/Worth/Miken/Monsta
All Tournament Team Lee Powers Backman Louisville Slugger
All Tournament Team Tommy Melton 3rd Street/Louisville Slugger
All Tournament Team Ryan Stovall Backman Louisville Slugger
All Tournament Manager Billy Messina Smash it Sports/ASP/H.Auto/Mr.Wiggl
Place State Team Team
Wins Losses Ties Runs
1 NY - Cicero smash it sports/asp/h.auto/mr.wiggl USSSA-SPMensMajor 5 0 0 155 99 31 19.8 11.2 36 650
2 IN - Aurora backman louisville slugger USSSA-SPMensMajor 5 2 0 160 134 22.8 19.1 3.71 28 350
3 NY - Commack scene/albicocco/worth/miken/monsta USSSA-SPMensMajor 3 2 0 109 116 21.8 23.2 -1.4 29 300
4 WA - Kent TEAM COMBAT/BAUGHFORD.COM USSSA-SPMensMajor 4 2 0 151 107 25.1 17.8 7.33 32 250
5 FLS - Winter Haven resmondo specialty tank worth USSSA-SPMensMajor 3 2 0 114 123 22.8 24.6 -1.8 32 200
5 OH - West Chester 3rd street/louisville slugger USSSA-Mens-AA 2 2 0 97 93 24.2 23.2 1 38 200
7 MI - Warren Line Drive Sportz/Easton USSSA-Mens-AA 3 2 0 94 86 18.8 17.2 1.6 26 150
7 WA - Bothell newbreed/gts/beus excavation/dirtys USSSA-Mens-AA 2 2 0 81 66 20.2 16.5 3.75 27 150
9 OH - Cincinnati OH & /Indianapolis IN tg/red's astros/headlines/k&g/worth USSSA-Mens-AA 2 2 0 84 94 21 23.5 -2.5 31 110
9 IL - Chicago Precision USSSA-Mens-AA 1 2 0 37 53 12.3 17.6 -5.3 16 110
9 WY - Casper Team Racks/Miken/Sonny's USSSA-Mens-AA 1 2 0 46 55 15.3 18.3 -3 21 110
9 MN - Medina Xtreme/Miken USSSA-Mens-AA 1 2 0 61 62 20.3 20.6 -0.3 32 110
13 OH - Kent JBL/Tailgaters/B&E/Worth USSSA-Mens-A 1 2 0 40 43 13.3 14.3 -1 24 70
13 TXN - Frisco Vivid/Worth/Klutch USSSA-Mens-AA 1 2 0 54 63 18 21 -3 25 70
13 TXN - Gladewater bhr/coppermine lodge/asp/worth USSSA-Mens-A 0 2 0 50 57 25 28.5 -3.5 25 70
13 NC - Wilmington TM Sports/Mizuno USSSA-Mens-AA 0 2 0 23 34 11.5 17 -5.5 16 70
17 FLN - Jacksonville Militia/4TheFallen frozen SPMnAFA 0 2 0 10 49 5 24.5 -19. 6 40
17 FLP - Pace team adiktiv/energy system/worth USSSA-Mens-B 0 2 0 14 46 7 23 -16 7 40

Smash It Sports MVP Kyle Pearson

Smash It Sports Offensive MVP Brett Helmer

Backman Defensive MVP Brian Logan

The All World tournament team



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