Smoky Mountain Classic

Resmondo/Specialty Tank/Worth wins this prestigious rain shortened tournament and will now be the #1 seed for the USSSA Worlds. The sod boys beat Dan Smith/Menosse/Benfield/Team Combat in the winners bracket finals Saturday night. The tournament was declared over on Sunday before Dan Smith and Long Haul could play the losers bracket final to see who would have to beat Resmondo twice. The sod boys now hold a record of 6-5 against Dan Smith this season. The two giants will more than likely meet each other again at the Last Chance NIT in Michigan in August before the Conference Championship and the USSSA Worlds. Resmondo hit it this weekend and Smith didn’t. Smith also did not catch it very good either and that was the difference this weekend. I got a lot of info from people who were at the tournament. I did not make it this year because of prior commitments. I sure would of liked to have been there, maybe next year. Congratulations to Resmondo and good luck the rest of the way.

Dan Smith/Menosse/Benfield/Team Combat got the runner up spot in this year’s Smoky. The Smith boys, who have played very well the last few NIT’s came up a little short in this one. I know this for sure, like I said in my first report of the season “these two teams would be much closer this season” and that has happened that’s for sure. I believe it’s going to be a vicious battle down the stretch to see who ends up the #1 team in 2008., we will see. Congratulations to Dan Smith on your weekend and good luck the rest of the way.

Long Haul/Phone Masters/Miken took third place in this one and that is exactly what they’re supposed to do. This team should beat the best class A team and only lose to Resmondo & Smith. I know it’s possible they could lose to some of the A teams, but have only lost to one , GTL this season. I also thought that Long Haul might beat one of the two big teams this season, and I thought it might be at the Smoky because it is an unlimited homerun tournament, but it didn’t happen. Congratulations on your weekend and good luck the rest of the way.

Fence Brokers Inc/Laser Vision/Worth finished in fourth place this weekend, and that is their best finish with both Resmondo & Smith being in a tournament. I have said I thought that this team was much better than it has shown this season, but maybe they will pick it up the rest of the way and show they belong with the better class A teams. Congratulations on a very good weekend and good luck the rest of the way.

Congratulations to all the other teams who participated in this year’s Smoky. I would like to wish all of you good luck the rest of the way also. I would like to commend Joe Huff and Chris Clark on putting together and running another Great Smoky. I know this, nobody works harder than these two guys, that’s for sure. Good luck in the future.

P.S. I can’t believe some idiot who’s has no guts to post his name made a statement about Dan Smith losing the winners bracket game on purpose so they could come back and beat Resmondo twice. I guarantee you no team would want to play Resmondo twice. Resoondo is the best team in the history of the game to win by double-dipping. Resmondo has won more NIT’s and World Championships numerous times. and they would not want to lose and have to win two. Get a clue or don’t come on my board again.