2020 held at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on September 4-5.
Champion – Seminoles/TPS/NACSF.INC, Claremore, Oklahoma
Runner Up – Comatose/S2N/Monsta, Beloit, Wisconsin
- MVP – Conner Murray, Seminoles/TPS/NACSF.INC
- HR Champion – Billy Sanders, Program/Worth/JTLLC/3xtreme (11)
- Batting Champion – Mike Jacobson, Comatose (.933)
- Batting Champion – Joey Bulens, T’s 13 (.933)
The Championship Game might have started out slow, but it certainly did not end that way as Seminoles/TPS/NACSF.Inc claimed the 2020 USA Softball Men’s Class A Slow Pitch National Championship. The Seminoles went undefeated throughout the tournament, besting Comatose/S2N/Monsta 20-18 in the Championship finale that came down to the last batter.
Comatose jumped out to an early lead, driving in four runs in the top of the first while holding the Seminoles to a zero. Mitchell Dunse and Jim Dreikosen each homered in the first inning to bring the four runners across the plate for Comatose.
The Seminoles nearly returned the favor in the top of the second to Comatose, limiting the visiting team to just one run while driving in five of their own to tie up the game. The offense got started with a leadoff home run by Zane Trammell and an error on the defense allowed the next runner to reach second. A two-run shot by Kyndrich Doggett continued the momentum for the Seminoles with two outs and then another two-run blast from Oliver Odle made it an even 5-5 score.
Another home run from Dreikosen in the top of the third put Comatose on top by one run, but that lead did not last long as the Seminoles put up a run of their own via a Steven Smith homer to tie the game up again at six runs apiece.
Robert Guzman homered with two outs and an RBI single from Brett Wichman put Comatose back up by two runs in the top of the fourth. The game continued to be a nail biter in the bottom of the frame, as a two-run shot by Conner Murray tied up the game for the third time in the contest.
Comatose was kept off the board for the first time in the top of the fifth, giving the Seminoles a chance to take the lead. The home team did just that, driving in two to pull ahead by as many runs. A leadoff home run by Tim Bowser and RBI double from Smith drove in the lone runs of the fifth inning.
Comatose plated three in the top of the sixth and limited the Seminoles to just one to once again tie up the game after six complete innings. Headed into the seventh, the Comatose bats woke up as the team drove in seven runs to take a large lead. Three home runs and a fielder’s choice made a difference for Comatose, as the team went up 18-11 with the Seminoles headed to their final at-bat.
The Seminoles offense also came alive in their final at-bat as the team drove in nine runs for the walk off, 20-18 win. Hunter Ramirez, Smith and Jose Hernandez each homered to bring the game within three runs, and a single and error by the defense kept the offense rolling with two outs. Doggett drove in a run with a single up the middle, and a double by Murray tied up the game. Needing one run to win it all, the Seminoles did that and then some as Odle drove the ball over the left field fence for a two-run bomb to give his team the win.
Murray won MVP accolades after an impressive tournament in which he drove in 11 runs, scored 16 times and blasted four home runs.
2020 FIRST TEAM ALL AMERICANS
Ryan O’Connell – Chanticlear/P5 Sports/JEC/Extreme Graffix
Joe Cornell – Heartland Investors/Monsta Athletics
Zane Trammell – Seminoles/TPS/NACSF.INC
Conner Murray – Seminoles/TPS/NACSF.INC
Craig Wais – Comatose/S2N/Monsta
Mitchell Dunse – Comatose/S2N/Monsta
Spencer Selby – Seminoles/TPS/NACSF.INC
Hunter Ramirez – Seminoles/TPS/NACSF.INC
Alex Hovey – Drip City/Monsta
John Stibal – Ductech/Monsta Athletics
Blaine Horsager – Heartland Investors/Monsta Athletics
Richard Buck – Heartland Investors/Monsta Athletics
Tim Bowser – Seminoles/TPS/NACSF.INC
Jim Dreikosen – Comatose/S2N/Monsta
Mike Jacobson – Comatose/S2N/Monsta
1. Seminoles/TPS/NACSF.INC, Claremore, OK (5-0)
2. Comatose/S2N/Monsta, Beloit, WI (4-2)
3. Heartland Investors/Monsta Athletics, Mandan, ND (4-2)
4. Drip City/Monsta, Grimes, IA (3-2)
5t. Chanticlear/P5 Sports/JEC/Extreme Graffix, Brooklyn Park, MN (1-2)
5t. Ductech/Monsta Athletics, South St. Paul, MN (2-2)
7t. Program/Worth/JTLLC/3xtreme, Rhome, TX (2-2)
7t. T’s 13, Omaha, NE (2-2)
9t. VHI/Greater Than, Rochester, MN (1-2)
9t. Tharaldson Softball, Fargo, ND (0-2)
9t. GS/Nally’s/Contendersportsllc, Gardner, KS (0-2)
9t. PTS/Southern Roosters, Spring, TX (0-2)
13. Dirty Sports/Triton Towing, Puyallup, WA (0-2)
|Joey Bulens||T’s 13||5||0||4||11||11||.929||.933||2.143|
|Ryan O’Connell||Chanticlear/P5 Sports/JEC/Extreme Graffix||4||0||2||11||11||.800||.813||1.467|
|Richard Buck||Heartland Investors/Monsta Athletics||0||0||9||20||12||.739||.778||1.913|
|Andy Masten||T’s 13||2||0||3||10||11||.733||.750||1.467|
|Alex Hovey||Drip City/Monsta||5||0||5||17||13||.700||.739||1.700|
|Trey Gothard||T’s 13||2||0||2||5||8||.714||.733||1.286|
|Chris Bauer||Ductech/Monsta Athletics||3||0||4||7||10||.714||.733||1.786|
|Chad McCarthy||Drip City/Monsta||1||1||7||16||10||.737||.714||2.000|
|Joe Cornell||Heartland Investors/Monsta Athletics||4||0||5||13||15||.741||.714||1.444|
|Tanner Kockler||Drip City/Monsta||3||0||3||11||13||.667||.696||1.238|
|Adam Miller||Ductech/Monsta Athletics||2||0||1||4||9||.688||.688||1.000|