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The Dudley Classic is truly a softball spectacular
By Don Bowman
It was almost three decades ago when the first Dudley Classic was played, and this weekend, area softball fans will be treated a 27th time, to the very best slowpitch softball in the nation!
Once again, tournament director Warren Bellm and his tireless staff will put on an event that combines a great softball showcase with an atmosphere that even Ringling Bros.-Barnum & Bailey would be envious!
The nation’s top three Major Clubs –Resmondo/Worth (FL), Dan Smith/Combat (CA) and local favorites Long Haul Trucking/Miken/Phonemasters (MN), will be hitting blasts that will be sure to drown out the traffic noise from nearby highway 694!
Also included this year are 33 of the
nation’s top A/B/C/D ball clubs who are primed to make a name for themselves at this year’s extravaganza! Other top contenders
include Bud Light, T&R Stucco, Jean Shoppe, GTL, O&S Cattle/Pov’s and Showcase. The latter two are
Resmondo is the hottest team coming in but you can’t count out hometown favorite Long Haul and especially Dan Smith who seem to own this tournament. My pick: Dan Smith over Resmondo 34-32 in the ‘if’ game.
Home run contest back again
thanks goes out to Titan Apparel, Combat and BeBops
for sponsoring the big Dudley Classic Home Run Contest at BeBops
Loading up for the Dudley
O&S has been re-rated to Class ‘A’ in recent weeks, and in doing so, picked up some financial backing from the USSSA Conference Program in order to compete more often in conference events around the country. Hopefully this new rating will not harm them in years to come, so they can compete effectively in the proper class they choose.
Not-so-friendly day for one team
City Days’ tournament in
Resmondo wins in Joliet
Resmondo/Worth continued their sizzling play last weekend in winning the Joliet (IL) Major Tournament. In the finals, Resmondo defeated archrival Dan Smith/Combat 39-32, while GTL Cartel grabbed third-place hardware. Pat Delsanders is back at the helm for Dan Smith as the field general in 2009 after serving as the team’s general manager for the past several seasons.
Mosquitoland champions crowned
Softball loses a friend
Our condolences to the family of Tom Newell Sr., who passed away a few weeks ago. Newell Concrete was a name synonymous with ASA Men’s State Class ‘A’ Championships in the 1980s, and Tom Sr., was one of the main reasons why. His sponsorship and allegiance to his team was a factor through many seasons of winning softball and state tournament successes. He will be missed!
Long Haul Bombers Tour at the Dome
The Long Haul Bombers Tour, one of
the great successes in slowpitch softball marketing,
was a huge success again this week at the Metrodome
Another great event slated for
January is the Long Haul Stadium Power Celebrity Cruise beginning
Showcase wins NIT in Fridley
Class ‘B’ powerhouse Showcase/Worth
double dipped a tough C&A ball club, in winning the USSSA World NIT in
Seeing optic yellow in USSSA
Speaking of the USSSA, their idea to go with optic yellow balls and 70’ bases now in competitive softball programs, is a GREAT success! The safety it provides to infielders has had a major impact on the game. Now if they just figure out that the pitcher’s box belongs in conference play too, they might just win a Nobel Peace Prize or maybe even an award from JD Power and Associates too!