Backman/Dan Smith/Menosse/Easton rolled through this ASA Qualifier in hot and humid Little Rock, Arkansas. The Backman boys are playing extremely well right now and will definitely be a top contender to win the might Smokey Mountain Classic this weekend. There were some good A teams in the field at this ASA event this past weekend. Backman had to beat some pretty good teams to beat this one. The Backman/Dan Smith/Menosse/Easton team was led by slick fielding short stop Demond Thomas who also contributed with his bat as he went 18- 18 for the weekend. Demond was a big pick up for this Easton team this year and has played sound defense and hit extremely well for the ball club this year. Make no mistake, this team is poised to make a run as the #1 team in the country. I am sure they will pull out all the stops to try to get the win at the Smokey’s this weekend and claim the #1 spot. Only time will tell! Finishing in 2nd place was Budweiser/Absolute/Somerlin/Worth who is also starting to play very well as they come down the stretch getting ready for the Nationals. Budweiser will be looking to do well at the Smokey’s this weekend. The Bud team is lead by Derick Williams who had 18 homeruns as well as got some added pop from Big Wendell Rickard who contributed 17 homeruns this weekend. Budweiser had to battle back through the losers bracket as they lost to third place finisher Strike Zone/Worth early on in the tournament but Bud managed to come back through and beat Strike/Zone and go on to finish 2nd. Strike Zone another one of those good Texas teams who plays extremely well when entered into these Super tournaments. This team has made some changes and will be a tough opponent down the stretch as they look to win a National down the road. Fourth Place, went to Texan AAA another one of those good A teams in the country. Like I’ve said all year this A Division is totally amazing in 2002. Congratulations to Clint Albright who ran as usual another great ASA tournament in Little Rock. Clint has been one of the top tournament directors in the country for years and continues to run a class act in Little Rock. Great job!