After a brief rain delay, the 2015 ASA Super National tournament began with the first game of the double-elimination tournament, which was seeded based on points and a “play-in” game between Red’s Astros and Team Combat. Combat held leads of 12-6 and 17-10 before Reds scored 14 runs in the top of the fifth inning and held on to win by two runs, 30-28. Red’s Travis Dale hit three homers and had eight RBIs in the win. Each team at the Super had a 16-home run limit, which made for some high scores, big innings, and long games. In the winners’ bracket “round of eight,” West Coast Monsta got off to a 31-18 lead on ASP Nation on the strength of two doublefigure innings over on the stadium field. Then Monsta’s offense stalled as they put up a zero in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, ASP Nation scored 11 runs and tied the game, 31-31, on a Tim Bowser homer and Monsta failed to score in the bottom of the seventh, even though they had three home runs left. Despite being out of home runs, ASP Nation managed to plate four runs in extra innings and West Coast Monsta scored five to win on a Tim Martinez walk-off single. Martinez was 6-for-7 in the game with seven RBI and middle infielder Chente Granados hit four home runs in the win! Meanwhile, Heartland Investors jumped out to a nice 16-5 lead after three innings on OC. OC then fought back with a 12-run top of the fourth inning to take a brief one-run lead. However, Heartland closed out the OC on the stadium field, 28-25, led by Denny Crine, who was 3-for-4 with a grand-slam, and pitcher Geno Buck, who was 5-for-5. The matchup between Long Haul and BBS was the talk of the early rounds, since the way the ASA points worked out, the two super powers had to play one another in their first game. Long Haul is the Smash It Sports team minus Scott Kirby and the injured Brian Wegman (pulled hamstring). Put together by Dennis Doerr, Aaron Babcock, and Geno Burdick, BBS/Mr. D’s/Rip City was a team that featured five Resmondo players, (Dennis Rulli, Greg Connell, Andrew Collins, Jeremy Yates, and Jeremy Isenhower), and a future Resmondo player, Lee Payne, as well as Compound Athletics infielder Johnathon Williams and Star’s pitcher Lossen White. There were many in attendance that felt this was, in fact, the game that would determine the championship of the Super bracket even though it was only five in the afternoon on Thursday! With both teams putting up rather low-run innings, the game got off to a slow start. Long Haul was the visitors and led, 16-10, going into the bottom of the fifth, when a pop-up was mistakenly allowed to fall in for a hit and BBS made Long Haul pay with 15 runs. Long Haul would get seven runs in the top of the sixth, but BBS smelled blood and followed up with an 11-run inning and held on to win, 33-28. Collins, Yates, and Isenhower all had five hits apiece for BBS and Geno Burdick was 4-for-5 with four home runs and six RBIs in the win. Long Haul left four home runs on the table. Red’s Astros played ASA power T’s 13 with their two big pick-ups, Chris Larsen and Shannon Smith. During that game, Red’s put up two zeroes early on and trailed, 19-9. They made it close, but one of T’s power hitters, Mickey Rowland, was too much, going 5-for-5 with three homers, including a grand slam, and centerfielder Jason Madsen made a nice running catch to help preserve a 32-27 win for T’s 13. In the “round of four,” West Coast Monsta and the hot-hitting Chente Granados (5-for-5, three home runs, five RBIs), jumped out to an 18-5 lead on Heartland Investors and put them away by the 20- run mercy rule in the fourth inning with 15n runs to win, 35-8. Ryan Harvey and Tim Martinez both had three home runs, and they out homered Heartland, 13-4. Over on the stadium field, the now-tournament-favorite BBS jumped out to an 18-2 lead on T’s 13 after two innings. T’s 13 picked away at the lead over the next five innings and even grabbed a 22-21 lead in the top of the sixth on a Ryan Pennebaker pinch-hit three-run homer! However, BBS scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth and held on defensively in the seventh (knowing they had the hammer anyway), 30-28, to advance to the finals. Rulli and Collins had five hits apiece as well as three and four homers, respectively, for BBS. Chris Larsen was 5-for-5 with four home runs and eight RBIs in the loss for T’s 13. In the winners’ bracket final, which was played in the early afternoon on Friday in beautiful weather, BBS led 19-9 after three complete innings. West Coast Monstas home runs were held down by BBS pitcher Lossen White, allowing BBS to find themselves in a 27-15 advantage in the bottom of the sixth where BBS infielder Orlando Castillo hit a walk-off two-run homer to mercy-rule Monsta, 30-15. Castillo was 5-for-5 with two home runs and five RBIs in the game. Meanwhile, Long Haul was marching through the losers’ bracket with a come-from-behind-win over Red’s Astros, a run-rule victory over Heartland, and a mind-numbing 52-36 win over T’s 13 in a game where T’s 13 held leads of 25-2 and 31-15 before Long Haul outscored them 50-11 over the last four innings! Then Long Haul beat West Coast Monsta, 34-18, to reach the championship game against BBS. In the championship, Long Haul scored six runs in the top of the first inning slowed only by BBS middle man Dennis Rulli’s full-out diving stop on a ground ball. Long Haul, who needed to force the “if” game, led early, 21-12, after three complete innings of play. Then Long Haul’s offense sputtered as Dennis Rulli made another great diving play in the fifth and Long Haul put up zeroes in both the fourth and fifth innings. BBS scored three in each inning and closed the lead to 21-18. In the top of the sixth, Long Haul scored four to lead, 25-18, but BBS slugger Greg Connell hit a line-drive off the top of the forty-five foot high scoreboard and BBS hit five straight homers capped by Lee Payne, giving them a 26-25 lead. In the top of the sixth, Long Haul’s Brett Helmer, who was 4-for-5 in the game with three home runs and six RBIs, hit a homer off the top of the fence to tie the game at 26-26. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be enough since Greg Connell for BBS hit a walk-off two-run homer to win the tournament and the Super title! Connell and MVP Andrew Collins combined for 11-11 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in the game. 2015 ASA Super National order of finish: 1. BBS/Mr. D’s/Rip City; 2. Long Haul/H. Auto/Easton; 3. West Coast Monsta/The Scene; 4. T’s 13/DeMarini; Tied 5. ASP Nation.com/A&A Utility/KV Weld; Tied 7. Reds Astros; Tied 7. OC; 9. Team Combat/Baugh Ford/Softball. com. Tournament MVP: Andrew Collins BBS/Mr. Ds/Rip City; Batting Champion: Andrew Collins .905 BBS/Mr. Ds/Rip City; Home Run Champion: Andrew Collins (10) BBS/Mr. Ds/Rip City; Ryan Parfitt (10) Long Haul/H Auto/Easton. 2015 ASA Super First Team All-Americans: IF - Chente Granados, West Coast Monsta/The Scene; IF - Orlando Castillo, BBS/Mr. Ds/ Rip City; IF - Brad Reckart, Longhaul/H. Auto/Easton; IF - Dennis Rulli, BBS/Mr. Ds/Rip City; IF - Bubba Mack, ASP Nation.com/A&A Utility/KV Weld; OF - Andrew Collins, BBS/Mr. Ds/Rip City; OF - Jeremy Yates, BBS/Mr. Ds/Rip City; OF - Ryan Parfitt, Long Haul/ H. Auto/Easton; OF - Mike Umshied, Long Haul/ H. Auto/Easton; UT - Chris Larsen, T’s 13/DeMarini; UT- Ryan Harvey, West Coast Monsta/The Scene; UT - Brett Helmer, Long Haul/H. Auto/Easton; UT - Greg Connell, BBS/Mr. Ds/Rip City; UT - Dale Brungardt, Long Haul/H. Auto/Easton; P - Travis Clark, Long Haul/ H. Auto/Easton.
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