USSSA NIT Columbus, OH

I am not going to say much about this tournament in Columbus, because obviously I wasn’t there, but I know the whole staff, Jeff Hague, Greg Powers and everyone involved did a terrific job keeping the tournament going with all the bad weather this past weekend. Backman/Dan Smith/Menosse/Easton rolled through this one undefeated, and won for the second time this season. The Easton boys were led by MVP Shane Dubois, and the Offensive player of the tournament was “Big Brett Helmer”. The tournament had to be played using one pitch and a 45 min. time limit, but was fair for eveybody considering the bad weather they had to contend with. Second place went to Resmondo/Hague/Taylor Bros/Sunbelt/Miken who dropped a close one to Watanabe/K&G Sport/TPS in the early goings, but battled back to get to the Championship game and loss to their arch rival Backman/Easton. These two giants are 2-2 against each other this season. Third place went to Alyssium/Chase/Reece/Rooster/Easton who had beaten Backman twice and Resmondo once two weeks ago, came up short this week. These three teams, along with US Vinyl, Budweiser, Mountain Top and a few others will battle everytime they’re all in the same tournament together. I think the Smoky Mountain Classic, the Dudley and Little Rock will all test these teams when they all come together in these tournaments. Maybe someone who was at this tournament can send me a story on this one if they have more information. I didn’t have time to do a story on the Cajun Classic last week, but Congratulations to Mountain Top/TPS who is the team to beat on the 300′ fields in a limited homerun tournament. They have ripped off three wins so far. I also want to say congratulations to Budweiser/Fairweather/Sunnyvale/Worth for winning the ASA in Seattle last week.