Category: USSSA AA Slow Pitch

2020 USSSA Men’s AA Slow Pitch Worlds

2020 held at Melbourne, Florida at Space Coast Complex on October 4-5.

Champion – Maroadi/SNI/Easton, Orlando, Florida (25-26)
Runner Up – Xtreme/Miken/Worth/Athlon/ASP, Medina, Minnesota (32-24)

Maroadi/SNI/Easton who was the #11 seed for the USSSA ‘AA’ World tournament knocked off #2 seeded Anarchy/MPT Rentals Sunday night in a dramatic come from behind win after trailing 19-5 in the quarterfinals of the 12 team tournament.  Then they beat 2020 ‘A’ World Champion Sports Reach/Crunchtime/H&H/Grizzy 25-22 on a walk off homer by Justin Lutheran.  On Monday afternoon in the winner’s bracket final they beat Xtreme/Miken/Worth/Athlon 23-21 on a walk off homer by Josh Fyffe.  After Xtreme beat Sports Reach in extra innings 23-22 on a Matt McGowan walk off hit, Maroadis came from behind after being down 22-10 and beat Xtreme on a walk off homer by Eddie Bolden to win the 2020 USSSA ‘AA’ World tournament.

This is the 1st time an ‘A’ team has won the ‘AA’ World since 1989 when ironically Caesar’s Tavern (Maroadi), Jeanette, PA won it as an ‘A’ team.  One of the sponsors on this years winner is the same as the sponsor from 1989 – Hall of Famer Joe Baney.

  • MVP – Josh Fyffe, Maroadi/SNI/Easton
  • Offensive MVP – Chris Anninos, Xtreme/Miken/Worth/Athlon/ASP
  • Defensive MVP – Dustin Midyette, Maroadi/SNI/Easton
  • Home Run Leader – N/A


Dylan Smith, Xtreme/Miken/Worth/Athlon/ASP
Jason Gilfillan, Sports Reach/Crunchtime/H&H/Grizzy
Brandon Jonas, Sports Reach/Crunchtime/H&H/Grizzy
Tommie Baugh, BaughFord/HDLNS/Hubs Pub
Clayton Farrar, Maroadi/SNI/Easton
Pedro Sanchez, Maroadi/SNI/Easton
Curtis Stewart, Xtreme/Miken/Worth/Athlon/ASP
Matt Schrage, Xtreme/Miken/Worth/Athlon/ASP
Jeff Roxby, Maroadi/SNI/Easton
Nick Vanstratten, BaughFord/HDLNS/Hubs Pub
Erik Kanaby, Xtreme/Miken/Worth/Athlon/ASP
Brad Sheffield, Maroadi/SNI/Easton
Edward Bolden, Maroadi/SNI/Easton
Robert Fow, Sports Reach/Crunchtime/H&H/Grizzy
Greg Downing, Maroadi/SNI/Easton


1. Maroadi/SNI/Easton, Orlando, FL (5-0)
2. Xtreme/Miken/Worth/Athlon/ASP, Medina, MN (3-2)
3. Sports Reach/Crunchtime/H&H/Grizzy, Campbellsville, KY (4-2)
4. Baughford/HDLNS/Hub’s Pub, Clanton, AL (3-2)
5t. Worksteer/Bell’s Lawncare, New Bern, NC (2-2)
5t. Riot/Klutch/Treedem/Pure, Tampa, FL (2-2)
7t. Smash It/Precision/3rd St/Bulldawg, Downers Grove, IL (1-2)
7t. Seminoles/TPS/NACSF.INC/Elite/Miken, Tulsa, OK (1-2)
9t. Premier/T&W/Easton/BAF, Cincinnati, OH (1-2)
9t. Anarchy/MPT Rentals, Manahawkin, NJ (0-2)
9t. Bay Area Legends/Easton, Oakland, CA (0-2)
9t. Gorillas/Hart Handyman/MEE LLC, Kansas City, MO (0-2)

2019 USSSA Men’s AA Slow Pitch Worlds

2019 held at Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida on September 14-15, 2019.

Champion – Bayarea/Rapid Fire/Bad Draw/Easton, Oakland, California
Runner Up – Smash It/Precision/3rd Street/Bulldawg, Downers Grove, Illinois

  • Co MVP – Chad Mullins, Bayarea/Rapid Fire/Bad Draw/Easton
  • Co MVP – Bill Pinkham, Bayarea/Rapid Fire/Bad Draw/Easton
  • Offensive MVP – Jason Magnum, Smash It/Precision/3rd Street/Bulldawg
  • Defensive MVP – Ryan McClanahan, Bayarea/Rapid Fire/Bad Draw/Easton


Victor Cordova, Newbreed/Cutter LLC
Brady Stewart, BayArea/Rapid Fire/Bad Draw/Easton
Stephen Edwards, BayArea/Rapid Fire/Bad Draw/Easton
John Radich, BayArea/Rapid Fire/Bad Draw/Easton
Jeffrey Keske, SmashIt/Precision/3rdStreet/Bulldaw
Tyler Marshburn, BayArea/Rapid Fire/Bad Draw/Easton
Jeff Flood, SmashIt/Precision/3rdStreet/Bulldaw
Heath Barnes, SmashIt/Precision/3rdStreet/Bulldaw
Tyler Wilson, BayArea/Rapid Fire/Bad Draw/Easton
Ryan Roppel, MPT Rentals / EVO9X
David Johnson, BayArea/Rapid Fire/Bad Draw/Easton
Austin Andrews, SmashIt/Precision/3rdStreet/Bulldaw
Samuel Christensen, Newbreed/Cutter LLC
Zackary Smith, MPT Rentals / EVO9X


1. Bayarea/Rapid Fire/Bad Draw/Easton, Oakland, CA (4-0)
2. Smash It/Precision/3rd Street/Bulldawg, Downers Grove, IL (4-2)
3. Newbreed/Cutter LLC, Seattle, WA (3-2)
4t. Rebel Sports/TN/Troupe/M24/Gamebrand, Dearborn, MI (2-2)
5t. Riot/Hub’s Pub/Klutch/A&A Utility, Tampa, FL (2-2)
5t. MPT Rentals / Evo9X, Manahawkin, NJ (2-2)
7t. SIS/Thunder/Miken/Worth/Anarchy/OA, Wading River, NY (1-2)
7t. Grumpy Growlers/JMV/Dirty Sports, Richmond, VA (0-2)
9t. Nightmare/Miken, Branson, MO (0-2)
9t. Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon, Medina, MN (0-2)

2018 USSSA Men’s AA Slow Pitch Worlds

2018 held at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida on September 15-16.

Champion – Pure Sports/Monsta, Charleston, South Carolina
Runner Up – TDB/FAI/Klutch/Miken, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • MVP – Justin Mucciarelli, Pure Sports/Monsta
  • Offensive MVP – Jason Matusik, TDB/FAI/Klutch/Miken
  • Defensive MVP – Heath Barnes, Pure Sports/Monsta


Ryan McClanahan, Pure Sports/Monsta
Jason Branch, Pure Sports/Monsta
Brady Stewart, TDB/FAI/Klutch/Miken
Justin Mucciarelli, Pure Sports/Monsta
Zachary Messer, Pure Sports/Monsta
Donnie Hammonds, Pure Sports/Monsta
Nick Mitschke, Rack’s/Worth Astros/Klutch/Troupe
Curtis Stewart, Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon
Patrick Price, Pure Sports/Monsta
Patrick Ellwanger, Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon
BJ Fulk, TDB/FAI/Klutch/Miken
Faron Miller, TDB/FAI/Klutch/Miken
Bill Pinkham, Rack’s/Worth Astros/Klutch/Troupe
Shannon Smith, Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon


1. Pure Sports/Monsta Charleston, SC (4-0)
2. TDB/FAI/Klutch/Miken Charlotte, NC (3-2)
3. Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon Medina, MN (5-2)
4. Rack’s/Worth Astros/Klutch/Troupe Fishers, IN (4-2)
5t. La Famiglia/Easton/Elite Sports Pittsburgh, PA (2-2)
5t. Primetime/Easton/Evolution Forsyth, GA (2-2)
7t. Riot Sports/Broughton/Beckham/Worth Tampa, FL (1-2)
7t. Precision/3rd Street/Bull Dawg Chicago, IL (1-2)
9t. Newbreed/Steel Sports/DeMarini Bothell, WA (1-2)
9t. All Out/A&A/Steel Sports/ASP/Miken Gladewater, TX (1-2)
9t. Premier/Easton/HDLNS Morrow, OH (0-2)
9t. Nightmare/Miken Branson, MO (0-2)
13t. SNI/Easton/SDA/Dynasty Orlando, FL (0-2)

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2017 USSSA Men’s AA Slow Pitch Worlds

Held at Kissimmee, Florida on September 16-17.

Champion – Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon, Medina, Minnesota
Runner Up – Precision/3rd St./GBrand/Easton, Chicago, Illinois

The 2017 ‘AA’ Worlds were moved unexpectedly to the Osceola Softball Complex in Kissimmee, Florida after the traditional venue at Fortune Road was closed due to unassessed damage from Hurricane Irma.  This changed the complexion of the tournament a little bit as teams had to adjust to the 300 foot fields with 5 foot home fences instead of the Fortune Road fields that are 8 feet high and 325 feet in distance.  But the teams seemed to adjust pretty well for the most part and most of the games played went 7 innings.

Xtreme beat most of the top ‘AA’ teams to win the worlds.  They played 4 full 7 inning games from 9 AM Sunday morning until 5 PM Sunday evening.  Dan Evans was a warrior on the mound getting some big outs and hits.  Brandon Newman, Colin Baartman, Seth Brown, Lyf Nimmo, and Joe Skyles had some huge home runs.  The team competed early in those 4 games and closed out late against the top teams.  The managing was superb going with hot sticks and role players when needed and each player on the team seemed to elevate their game and rise to the moment in front of them.  And it took every one of those defensive and offensive plays to beat Astros and then Precision twice.

  • MVP – Shannon Smith, Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon
  • MVP – Brandon Newman, Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon


Keith Martin, Worth Astros/K&G/Klutch
Cooper Vittitow, Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon
Daniel Evans, Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon
Chris Larsen, Classic Glass/Easton
Matt McGowan, Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon
Colin Baartman, Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon
Toby Letak, Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon
Patrick Ellwanger, Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon
Robert Roop, Worth Astros/K&G/Klutch
DJ Hollingsworth, Classic Glass/Easton


1. Xtreme/Miken/ASP/Athlon Medina, MN (6-1)
2. Precision/3rd St./GBrand/Easton Chicago, IL (3-2)
3. Worth Astros/K&G/Klutch Indianapolis, IN (2-2)
4. Classic Glass/Easton San Jose, CA (3-2)
5t. Primetime/Easton Macon, GA (2-2)
5t. Nightmare/Miken Branson, MO (1-2)
7t. The Scene/HDLNS/BHR/Easton Hamilton, OH (1-2)
7t. TDB/TMSports/MidWestWhiteTailAdv/Miken Charlotte, NC (1-2)
9t. OA Apparel/Broughton/KBI/Easton Gladewater, TX (0-2)
9t. Baugh Ford/Adiktiv/Worth/Miken Peachtree City, GA (0-2)

2016 USSSA Men’s AA Slow Pitch Worlds

2016 held at Kissimmee, Florida on September 16-18.

Champion – Precision, Chicago, Illinois
Runner Up – Newbreed/GTS/Beus Excavation/Dirty, Bothell, Washington

The ‘AA’ division returned with a bang to USSSA softball in 2016 as 14 teams (11 AA) took to the Fortune Road Athletic Complex’s 310-325-325-325-310 fields in a double elimination tournament this past weekend to crown a champion.  The tournament began on Friday night at 5 pm in overcast but warm and humid conditions with 12 teams playing into the top two seeds – #1 TG/Red’s Astros and #2 Newbreed/GTS/Beus.  Line Drive Sportz knocked off Vivid 24-18 then controlled the game from the outset against Newbreed leading the whole game and upset the favorite to win 25-20!  Eurotech slugged it out with fellow Minnesota ‘AA’ team Xtreme in their opener.  The two teams met in the first round because the ‘AA’ World tournament is seeded on Nationwide Conference USSSA points.  Eurotech led most of the late innings and won 30-27 in extra innings as Xtreme could not pull it out even with the hammer.  Last seeded Primetime who is an ‘A’ team that hadn’t beaten a ‘AA’ team all season won in extra innings over #3 seeded Sonny’s 34-32 when Sonny’s who had the hammer and home runs left to hit (teams could hit 12 HR per game) could not come through in the 7th or 8th inning.  We are starting to see a theme here.  The visiting team who traditionally loses close games at upper worlds because of the “bad batch” stadium balls used was suddenly winning over the home team in all the big games?  Puzzling.  That trend continued as #5 seeded 3rd Street could not come through in the bottom of the 7th against OC Swats and Swats won 28-26!  The only game that wasn’t close in the first round was #4 Precision over Shirt Doctors 28-13 but that was close early.  In the lower part of the bracket BHR/Coppermine Lodge the recent ‘A’ World champs knocked off TM Sports 34-24 and then gave #1 seeded TG/Red’s Astros all they could handle before a strong Red’s offense who sort of let the game come to them with judicious use of the home run took over and Red’s won 38-31 in a shootout.  Chad Mullins, Cory Boothe, and Travis Dale coming up with big homers in the 6th inning to pull away from BHR.

So when the Friday night lights turned off in the winner’s bracket the #2, #3, and #5 seeded teams were all in the loser’s bracket and Line Drive and TG/Reds were in the final 4.  The other two final 4 teams were decided at 10:30 AM on Saturday morning.  Primetime and Eurotech who were both teams no one thought would be there were suddenly playing for a trip to the final 4.  Eurotech held the lead most of the game as the scores started to wilt on field #2 with the heat and the wind coming in slightly.  Eurotechs 6 run advantage going into the bottom of the 7th though evaporated and Primetime tied the game.  In extra innings Primet Ira Brown hit a clutch walkoff to win the game!  In the final quarterfinal game Precision used strong defense to knock off a suddenly confident OC Swats team 23-12.

In the semifinals Saturday afternoon Precision went up double digits on a stunned TG/Red’s Astros team and held off a late run to win 34-28.  And Primetime led Line Drive 11-3 at one point but Line Drive went on an adrenaline laced offensive explosion that lasted two innings and led 21-14 going into the 7th and won by that score.

In the winner’s bracket finals on Saturday night with two teams not expected to be there (Linedrive and Precision) Precision pretty much dominated the game in every phase and even though the sun went down it was only Precision who was scoring in bunches and they won by the mercy rule 32-14.

Over in the loser’s bracket the games were long and high scoring.  Vivid sent OC Swats home with a Tim Howard walk off homer.  Xtreme dominated a listless Racks team 23-5.  3rd Street separated from Shirt Doctors and won 34-19.  Eurotech knocked out TM Sports 26-15 before being hammered by Newbreed 47-6 after Newbreed had sent home 3rd Street 37-26 in a game where 3rd Street led 17-0.  In the lower part of the bracket Xtreme continued their trek beating BHR 25-19.  BHR and Xtreme had a paper scissors rock tournament to determine who got the dugout with the fan.  Xtreme rattled off two more wins over Vivid and a close 16-15 win over Primetime.  But it was Newbreeds offense that took over the losers bracket as they then sent home #1 TG/Reds 42-36 and won the last game of the night over Xtreme 36-31, Xtreme had 3 homers left and a 6 run deficit in the bottom of the 7th.  Xtreme did finish 4th.  That game was a shootout as Xtremes Shannon Smith tied the game at 26-26 with a grand slam just before the lights in the park went out.  When the lights came back on 30 minutes later it was the Newbreed defense of Rockoff at 2B and Flood in the middle that finished off Xtreme.

One of the best games of the tournament was the loser’s bracket finals Sunday morning:  Linedrive had early leads of 9-1 and 19-3 against a tired Newbreed team but Newbreed had 13 run 3rd inning in a game that witnessed both relief pitchers entering the game early.  Newbreeds Rolando Rodriguez hit a moon shot 3 run homer to give them their first lead in top of 4th.  Linedrive got a nice diver from Kaminski at 2nd base to end the inning with a 26-20 Newbreed lead going to the bottom of the 4th.  Each team had hit 7 HR.  In the bottom of the 4th Matt Vern hit a grand slam for Line Drive and Mike Ortiz a 3 run homer and LD led 29-26 going to top of 5th.  The lead swapped back to Newbreed on a Gastineau 3 run homer and back again to Line Drive on a Kaminski 3 run homer 32-30.  Newbreed shortstop Nick Utley had a nice backhand and whirling throw to end the inning.  In the top of the 6th Linedrvie left fielder Cory Large made a diving catch on a liner by TJ Thompson to start the inning.  Newbreed then rallied with a sacrifice fly, a Rockoff double, and a 3 run 2 out backside homer by Gastineau made it 35-33 Newbreed.  Linedrive then walked batters to get to pitcher TJ Thompson who hit a 2 out bases loaded double over a shallow left fielder for a 39-33 lead.  In the 7th homers by Cordova and Rodriguez iced the game away for Newbreed 46-38.

The championship game had Precision jumping out to a 3-1 lead after one inning as Keith Anderson hit a 3 run homer and pitcher Justin Mucciarelli got a strikeout looking to end the inning.  There was no offense by either team in the middle innings and the game quickly advanced to the 6th inning.  In the 6th and 7th innings Precisions Bryan Porter, Bo Andrews, Chad Durick, and Frank Fracek all hit big homers to put the game away and Precision won 17-9 shutting down yet another team.

  • MVP – Justin Mucciarelli, Precision
  • Offensive MVP – Victor Cordova, Newbreed/GTS/Beus Excavation/Dirty
  • Defensive MVP – Evan Gallmeier, Precision Chicago, IL
  • Defensive MVP – Jeff Keske, Precision Chicago, IL


Kyle Cowart, Precision
Lyf Nimmo, Xtreme/Miken
Jeff Flood, Newbreed/GTS/Beus Excavation/DirtyS
Adam Ussery, Line Drive Sportz/Easton
Francis Fracek, Precision
Roberto Pajon, Precision
Adam Kaminski, Line Drive Sportz/Easton
Adam Rockoff, Newbreed/GTS/Beus Excavation/DirtyS
Ryan Goodman, Newbreed/GTS/Beus Excavation/DirtyS
Jon Gastineau, Newbreed/GTS/Beus Excavation/DirtyS
Bryan Porter, Precision
Keith Anderson, Precision
Rolando Rodriguez, Newbreed/GTS/Beus Excavation/DirtyS
Alex Anthony Burkel, Precision
Brian McBryde, Line Drive Sportz/Easton
Shannon Smith, Xtreme/Miken


1. Precision Chicago, IL (5-0)
2. Newbreed/GTS/Beus Excavation/Dirty Bothell, WA (5-2)
3. Line Drive Sportz/Easton Warren, MI (3-2)
4. Xtreme/Miken Medina, MN (4-2)
5t. Primetime/Easton/Storm Macon, GA (2-2)
5t. TG/Red’s Astros/Headlines/K&G/Worth, Indianapolis, IN (1-2)
7t. Eurotech/Elite Media Design/Easton Minneapolis, MN (2-2)
7t. Vivid/Worth/Klutch Frisco, TX (1-2)
9t. 3rd Street/Louisville Slugger West Chester, OH (1-2)
9t. OC Swats Doerflinger/Miken Yorba Linda, CA (1-2)
9t. BHR/Coppermine Lodge/ASP/Worth Gladewater, TX (1-2)
9t. TM Sports/Mizuno Wilmington, NC (0-2)
13t. Shirt Doctors/Bomb Squad/Combat Port Saint Lucie, FL (0-2)
13t. Team Racks/Miken/Sonny’s Casper, WY (0-2)

2001 USSSA Men’s AA Slow Pitch Worlds

2001 held at Shawnee, KS on September 8-9.

Champion – Pov’s/Walser Chevy/TPS, St. Paul, Minnesota
Runner Up – Quick Roofing/Advanced/Nike, Texarkana, Texas

  • MVP – Scott Brown, Pov’s/Walser Chevy/Reebok/TPS (14-16, .875, 5 HR)
  • HR Leader – Scott Brown, Pov’s/Walser Chevy/Reebok/TPS –  5
  • Batting Leader – Scott Brown, Pov’s/Walser Chevy/Reebok/TPS –  .875
  • Defensive MVP – no info
  • Offensive MVP – Scott Brown, Pov’s/Walser Chevy/Reebok/TPS


Chaun DeMars – Pov’s/Walser Chevy/Reebok/TPS
Todd Volkers – Pov’s/Walser Chevy/Reebok/TPS
Dan Yochum – Pov’s/Walser Chevy/Reebok/TPS
Wes Cambell – Pov’s/Walser Chevy/Reebok/TPS
Bryson Baker – Pov’s/Walser Chevy/Reebok/TPS
Richie Aliotti – Pov’s/Walser Chevy/Reebok/TPS
Scott Brown – Pov’s/Walser Chevy/Reebok/TPS
Vince Bisbee – Quick Roofing/Advanced Softball/Nike
Wade Casey – Quick Roofing/Advanced Softball/Nike
Rob Gundry – Quick Roofing/Advanced Softball/Nike
Matt Arlett – Quick Roofing/Advanced Softball/Nike
Kirk Swaim – Quick Roofing/Advanced Softball/Nike
Steve Dickinson – Maroadi Transfer/Frank n Stein
Scott Janack – Maroadi Transfer/Frank n Stein
Mark Mastorovich – Maroadi Transfer/Frank n Stein


1. Pov’s/Walser Chevy/Reebok/TPS, St. Paul, MN (4-0)
2. Quick Roofing/Advanced Softball/Nike, Texarkana, TX (3-2)
3. Maroadi Transfer/Frank-n-Stein, Jeanette, PA (3-2)
4. Deery Bros/Easton/Gold’s Gym, Waterloo, IA (2-2)
5t. Creative Stucco/Easton, Columbus, OH (1-2)
5t. Hooters/B&B/Easton, Overland Park, KS (1-2)
7t. Team AH, West Carollton, OH (0-2)
7t. Ultimate Heat, Garland, TX (0-2)

Tournament Website –

2000 USSSA Men’s AA Slow Pitch Worlds

2000 held at Kissimmee, Florida.

Champion – Long Haul/TPS, Albertville, Minnesota
Runner Up – Sunnyvale Valve/TPS, Sunnyvale, California

  • MVP – Paul Drilling, Long Haul/TPS
  • HR Leader – Larry Carter, Sunnyvale Valve/TPS – 14
  • Batting Leader – Keith Brady, Long Haul
  • Defensive MVP – Bryan King, Sunnyvale/Easton
  • Offensive MVP – Keith Brady, Long Haul/TPS


Paul Drilling – Long Haul/TPS
Jeff Ott – Long Haul/TPS
Dennis Rulli – Long Haul/TPS
Kris O’Hara – Long Haul/TPS
Todd Volkers – Long Haul/TPS
Rod Hughes – Long Haul/TPS
Alex Lavorico – Long Haul/TPS
Keith Brady – Long Haul/TPS
Larry Carter – Sunnyvale/Easton
John Heller – Sunnyvale/Easton
Mike McColman – Sunnyvale/Easton
Andy Purcell – Sunnyvale/Easton
Guido Bindi – Sunnyvale/Easton
Howie Krause – Hague/Resmondo/TPS
Paul Brannon – Hague/Resmondo/TPS
Tom White – Hague/Resmondo/TPS


1. Long Haul/TPS, Albertville, MN (4-0)
2. Sunnyvale Valve/TPS, Sunnyvale, CA (4-2)
3. Hague/Resmondo/TPS, Columbus, OH (3-2)
4. StrikeZone/Worth, San Antonio, TX (2-2)
5t. AJA/TPS, South Houston, TX (1-2)
5t. Southern Tag & Label, Mountain Home, AR (1-2)
7t. RSH/Worth, Jackson, MS (1-2)
7t. Suncoast Dudley, Sarasota, FL (1-2)
9t. Sidewinders, Lenexa, KS (0-2)
9t. Team Snap/Winzer/Worth, San Pablo, CA (0-2)

1999 USSSA Men’s AA Slow Pitch Worlds

1999 held at Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Champion – Hague/Resmondo/TPS, Columbus, Ohio
Runner Up – Hendu/Long Haul/TPS, Albertville, Minnesota

  • MVP – Howie Krause, Hague/Resmondo (16-18, .889, 10 HR)
  • HR Leaders – Howie Krause, Hague/Resmondo – 10
  • HR Leaders – Brian Greer, Sunnyvale Valve – 10
  • Batting Leader – Howie Krause, Hague/Resmondo (16-18) – .882
  • Defensive MVP – Chaun Demars, Hendu/Long Haul
  • Offensive MVP – Paul Brannon, Hague/Resmondo (13-16, .813, 9 HR)


Mark Cobb – Hague/Resmondo/TPS
Tim Linson – Hague/Resmondo/TPS
Jim Burbrink – Hague/Resmondo/TPS
John Keigley – Hague/Resmondo/TPS
Shane Dubose – Hague/Resmondo/TPS
Tim Cocco – Hague/Resmondo/TPS
Chris Lashley – Hague/Resmondo/TPS
Howie Krause – Hague/Resmondo/TPS
Mike Rodriguez – Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS
Alex Lavorico – Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS
Todd Volkers – Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS
Kent Johnson – Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS
Richie Aliotti – Hendu’s/Long Haul/TPS
Derrick Williams – Sunnyvale Valve/TPS
Brian Hausner – Sunnyvale Valve/TPS
Brian Greer – Sunnyvale Valve/TPS
Scott Bailey – Sunnyvale Valve/TPS
Kris O’Hara – P&D/Tri Gems/Tiger/Easton
Scott King – P&D/Tri Gems/Tiger/Easton
Shane McCullough – Long Pest Control/TPS


1. Hague/Resmondo/TPS, Columbus, OH (4-0)
2. Hendu/Long Haul/TPS, Albertville, MN (3-2)
3. Sunnyvale Valve/TPS, Sunnyvale, CA (3-2)
4. P&D/Tri Gems/Tiger/Easton, Somers, CT (2-2)
5t. Calvert/Miken, Sterling Heights, MI (1-2)
5t. Long Pest Control, University Place, WA (1-2)
7t. Charlie Rose, San Diego, CA (0-2)
7t. RPM/TPS, Lafayette, CA (0-2)
9. Worth/SEG, Alexandria, VA (0-2)

1998 USSSA Men’s AA Slow Pitch Worlds

1998 held at Shawnee, Kansas on September 4-6.

Champion – Wessel/Hague/SoJern, Cincinnati, Ohio
Runner Up – Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno, Albertville, Minnesota

  • MVP – Jim Burbrink, Wessel (14-22, .636)
  • HR Leader – Ken Bean, Extreme (15-25, .600) – 9
  • Batting Leader – Rich Courtney, RPM (11-14) – .786
  • Defensive MVP – Richie Aliotti, Long Haul
  • Offensive MVP – Brett Helmer, Wessel/Hague (14-21, .667, 4 HR)


Jim Burbrink – Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS
Brett Helmer – Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS
Howie Krause – Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS
Tim Cocco – Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS
Joe Foley – Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS
Mike Much – Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS
Dale Sensenig – Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS
Rob Darhower – Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno
John Keigley – Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno
Chaun Demars – Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno
Mike Stanley – Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno
Dan Bean – Xtreme/Hinson/Worth
James Beane – Xtreme/Hinson/Worth
Lamar Echols – Xtreme/Hinson/Worth
Chris Alvarado – RPM/TPS
Rich Courtney – RPM/TPS
Alex Lavorico – Hendu’s 42/TPS


Scott Alley, Resmondo (.727)
Kenny Pruitt, Xtreme (.682)
Chaun Demars, Long Haul (.667)
Bill Garber, Resmondo (.643)
Brian Arnold, Resmondo (.643)
Greg Schulte, Xtreme (7 HRs)
Tom White, Wessel/Hague (3 HR)


1. Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS, Cincinnati, OH (4-1)
2. Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno, Albertville, MN (5-2)
3. Xtreme/Hinson/Worth, Little Rock, AR (4-2)
4. RPM/TPS, Concord, CA (3-2)
5t. Resmondo/TPS, Lake Wales, FL (2-2)
5t. O&S/TPS, South St. Paul, MN (1-2)
7t. Hendu’s 42/TPS, Seattle, WA (2-2)
7t. Brandon’s, Wilmington, NC (1-2)
9t. Gil’s Arizona Heat/Easton, Phoenix, AZ (2-2)
9t. Adams/RSH/Worth, Ridgeland, MS (1-2)
9t. Tiger/ChecKing/AirTransat/TPS, Somers, CT (1-2)
9t. JWM/Easton, Riverside, CA (0-2)
13. Joe Black’s/TPS, Chicago, IL (0-2)
AJA/TPS, Houston, TX (no show)

1998 USSSA Men’s AA Slow Pitch Worlds

1998 tournament site unknown.

Champion – Wessel/Hague/SoJern, Cincinnati, Ohio
Runner Up – Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno, Albertville, Minnesota

  • MVP – Jim Burbrink, Wessel (14-22, .636)
  • HR Leader – Ken Bean, Extreme (15-25, .600) – 9
  • Batting Leader – Rich Courtney, RPM (11-14) – .786
  • Defensive MVP – Richie Aliotti, Long Haul
  • Offensive MVP – Brett Helmer, Wessel/Hague (14-21, .667, 4 HRs)


  • Jim Burbrink, Wessel/Hague (14-22, .636)
  • Brett Helmer, Wessel/Hague (14-21, .667, 4 HRs)
  • Howie Krause, Wessel/Hague (.667, 2 HRs)
  • Tim Cocco, Wessel/Hague
  • Joe Foley, Wessel/Hague (3 HRs)
  • Mike Much, Wessel/Hague
  • Dale Sensenig, Wessel/Hague
  • Rob Darhower, Long Haul (18-26, .692)
  • John Keigley, Long Haul
  • Chaun Demars, Long Haul
  • Mike Stanley, Long Haul (.625)
  • Ken Beane, Xtreme (15-25, .600, 9 HRs)
  • Lamar Echols, Xtreme (5 HRs)
  • Chris Alvarado RPM
  • Rich Courtney, RPM (11-14, .786)
  • Alex Lavorico, Hendu’s (.750, 8 HRs)


  • Scott Alley, Resmondo (.727)
  • Kenny Pruitt, Xtreme (.682)
  • Chaun Demars, Long Haul (.667)
  • Bill Garber, Resmondo (.643)
  • Brian Arnold, Resmondo (.643)
  • Greg Schulte, Xtreme (7 HRs)
  • Tom White, Wessel/Hague (3 HRs)


1. Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS, Cincinnati, OH (4-1)
2. Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno, Albertville, MN (5-2)
3. Xtreme/Hinson/Worth, Little Rock, AR (4-2)
4. RPM/TPS, Concord, CA (3-2)
5t. Resmondo/TPS, Lake Wales, FL (2-2)
5t. O&S/TPS, South St. Paul, MN (1-2)
7t. Hendu’s 42/TPS, Seattle, WA (2-2)
7t. Brandon’s, Wilmington, NC (1-2)
9t. Gil’s Arizona Heat/Easton, Phoenix, AZ (2-2)
9t. Adams/RSH/Worth, Ridgeland, MS (1-2)
9t. Tiger/ChecKing/AirTransat/TPS, Somers, CT (1-2)
9t. JWM/Easton, Riverside, CA (0-2)
13. Joe Black’s/TPS, Chicago, IL (0-2)

Wessel/Hague/SoJern/Ohio Transport/TPS of Cincinnati won two of three meetings with Long Haul/Grover/Mizuno of Albertville, Minn., to win the USSSA Class AA championship Sunday (Sept. 6) at the Mid-America Complex in Shawnee, Kan. Wessel won 16-10 in the finals of the winners bracket, but Long Haul forced an extra game with a 13-11 win. Wessel built up an 8-0 lead in the first three innings and went on to win 10-4 in the deciding game. Two of Long Haul’s runs came in the bottom of the seventh. Wessel pitcher Jim Burbrink was an overwhelming choice for the MVP award. The tournament was played on two baseball fields. The dimensions on the main field were 325-400-325. The second field was the same except for a 310 left field that had a 24-foot screen. Ken Bean of third-place Xtreme/Hinson/Worth of Little Rock, Ark., won the home run trophy with nine. Alex Lavorico of Hendu’s 42/TPS of Seattle had eight. Greg Schulte of Xtreme had seven. Wessel’s big Brett Helmer was the Offensive MVP. He batted .667 with four home runs. Other Wessel pace-setters were Howie Krause at .667 with two homers, Joe Foley and Tom White each with three HRs. Burbrink helped his own cause with a .636 mark. Long Haul shortstop Richie Aliotti was the Defensive MVP. Long Haul had the tournament’s leading hitter (based on 20 at-bats). Rob Darhower went 18-for-26 for a .692 average. RPM/TPS of Concord, Calif., was fourth. O&S/TPS of South St. Paul, Minn., and Resmondo/TPS of Lake Wales, Fla., tied for fifth, while Hendu’s/TPS of Seattle and Brandon’s of Wilmington, N.C., tied for seventh. Lavorico had five of his homers in the first game. It was on the short left field fence, but all over his homers cleared it with plenty to spare. Plus, he had a double that hit high off the screen in left center. Lavorico homered 7 times in his first 9 swings, and 8 in his first 13 (out of 18). Lamar Echols was another Xtreme HR producer with 5. The Xtreme squad by far hit the most home runs — 35 in six games. In addition to Krause, who batted .667 with 2 homers, left fielder Dale Sensenig stood out on defense for Wessel. Long Haul’s Doug Johnson and Chaun Demars each had 4 homers. RPM opened with a 16-12 win over Brandon’s. RPM took an 11-5 lead in the first two innings as Ken Dain and Scott Purcell each had a homer and another hit and Bob Newman had a homer. Larry Grant had two hits in the first two innings and wound up 4-for-4 with a home run. Newman added another home run. Brandon’s managed only one run over four innings, then put on a 6-run rally in the top of the seventh as Eddie Foust homered and Keith Roberts and Chris Graves tripled. Jerold Smith had a 3-run HR in the first inning. Graves and Chris Calcutt each had three hits in a losing effort. Hendu’s dropped Resmondo into the losers bracket (31-18). Lavorico smacked home runs in his first three trips to the plate, totaling seven RBI, as Hendu’s moved into a 14-9 lead. He finished with a 6-for-6 game, with 5 HRs and 11 RBI. His only non-HR at-bat was a double off the screen in left center. Kent Johnson chipped in with five hits and Ken Briggs and Billy Wallace four each. Hendu’s totaled 11 HRs, with Joe Sposi hitting two. Jeff Vargo, Marty Dailey, Scott Alley and Ron Howard homered for Resmondo, which led 16-14 and was within 19-17 after five innings. Long Haul was a 9-3 winner over Joe Black’s of Chicago. Leading 4-1 after three and 7-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, it was an easy game for veteran pitcher Ted Larson (47). Long Haul did not have a home run. Jeff Franks, Rob Darhower and John Keigley had triples. Darhower had three hits for four RBI. Mike Stanley had two walks and a hit. Jeff Ross was 3-for-3 for Joe Black’s, which did not have a home run either. Adams/Worth of Mississippi knocked Xtreme into the losers bracket (12-10). Xtreme had a 6-2 lead after two innings on the strength of a homer and triple by Lamar Echols, but did not score again until the top of the seventh. Adams won it with a 9-run bottom of the fourth. Richie McAlister singled, Jody Hurst doubled, Scott Holman singled, Clay Hudson singled and Bobby Fowler doubled before the first out. Cleveland Dortch then singled, Craig Upton doubled and Richard White tripled. Fowler added a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth before Xtreme scored four runs, then left the bases loaded. Tiger was a 23-6 winner over Gil’s Arizona Heat/Easton. Ten runs in the third and 10 more in the bottom of the fourth made it a run-rule game. Rich Lonquil homered in each inning, while Chris Santucci had three hits in the two innings. Mark Gabourel and Dave Koser also homered. It was Koser’s second of the game. Gabourel had two other hits, Koser another. Lonquil walked twice for a perfect game at the plate. Randy Noe drew three walks. Tiger had to play without three of its Canadian players, including Jacques Millier. Santucci was 4-for-4. Manager Alan Walker had to play, and produced a 3-for-3 game. Glenn Flood homered and doubled in a losing cause. RPM beat California rival JWM/Easton for the second weekend in a row. The score was 9-6. RPM built up a 9-4 lead with three runs in the top of the sixth. Chris Alvarado and Bob Newman had hits, along with two errors and two sacs. Alvardo had three hits. Tim Jones and Dennis Rulli each had three hits for JWM. Wessel/Hague opened with a 29-5 hammering of Hendu’s. Wessel pushed across 11 runs in the top of the fifth for the run rule win. Howie Krause had a 3-runner, Joe Foley a 2-runner and Tom White a grand slam. It was the second HR of the game for Krause. He was 4-for-4, plus a walk. Foley and Tim Cocco each had 4 hits. So did Chris Lashley, one of them an inside-the-park job with the bases loaded. Pitcher Jim Burbrink had 3 hits. Lavorico, Ruben Gonzalez and Rob Crane homered for Hendu’s. O&S/TPS of Minnesota turned back Adams 16-6. O&S owned an early 8-4 lead, then exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh. R.J. Olson had a pinch hit double, Scott Brown and Doug Berfeldt singles, Lance Peterson a 2-run double, Mark Crandall and Tedd Lindgren singles and Scott Logan an inside-the-park homer with two on. Derrick Williams had a 2-run HR in the first and Peterson a 3-runner in a 6-run third. Brown had three hits. Long Haul rolled over Tiger 26-5 in 4 innings. Tiger was missing French Canadian slugger Jacques Millier, and a couple other Canadians. Doug Johnson had 2-run homers in the first two at-bats. Butch Smith and Shawn Demars also homered in the second inning. In fact, it was three in a row. Long Haul led 16-0 after two, then hit for 10 in the top of the fourth. Jeff Franks had a 5-for-5 game, Richie Aliotti 4-for-4. Rob Darhower had three hits, plus a walk. Demars added a double and triple. Pitcher Ted Larson had three hits. Mark Gabourel and Randy Noe homered for Tiger. Gil’s eliminated Joe Black’s 15-9. Gil’s pushed across six runs in the top of the seventh, then Joe Black’s drew a blank. Gil’s big seventh saw hits by Tim Kellner, Dan Semiento, Mike Aquila, Chuck Henniger, Raith Adair and Kelly Radcliff. Adair had three hits and Curt Gleaton had a first-inning homer. Mike Bombardier, Bob Woldyk and Burgess Watts homered for Joe Black’s. Xtreme sent JWM packing 25-23. James Beane’s 3-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh sent JWM reeling with an 0-2 record after a third-place finish last year. Xtreme plated 10 runs in the second inning as Chris Butler and Ken Bean hit 2-run homers. Beane had two hits in the inning. Bean homered in the first and he homered again in the fifth as he had a 4-for-5 game. Beane had another homer in the fifth as he went 4-for-5 too. Rick Goyette had an inside-the-park homer and Lamar Echols homered in the 6-run fifth. Another HR was hit by Greg Schulte. For JWM, Andy Alvis and Ed Martin each had two homers and Mike Moore, Larry Carter and Bryan King each had one. JWM scored seven runs in the top of the seventh for a short-lived 23-21 lead. Tim Jones had four hits. Alvis added tow hits to his two HRs. Wessel sneaked past RPM 9-8 in an extra inning. Wessel did not score in the fifth, sixth or seventh, and had to win it with two runs in the bottom of the first extra inning. After one out, Howie Krause tripled to deep right center and Tim Linson’s hit went for a triple when the right fielder misplayed the ball. The next two batters (Tim Cocco and Joe Foley) were given free passes and Dale Sensenig produced a short sac fly to left. Tom White homered in the first for Wessel and Cocco homered in the fourth. RPM tied the score with two in the top of the seventh as Larry Grant singled and, after two outs, Rich Courtney tripled and Chris Alvardo doubled. Courtney had four hits, Alvarado three. RPM got a run in the top of the eighth on a singles by Bob Newman, Ken Ritter and Grant. The latter two came after two outs. Long dropped Minnesota rival O&S into the losers bracket (29-13 in 5 innings). Scoring 10 in the second, seven in the third and eight in the fourth, Long Haul won easily. Nine of the O&S runs came in the third inning. Chaun Demars had three of Long Haul’s nine HRs. Tim Magner had two, Mike Stanley, Rob Darhower, Doug Johnson and Butch Smith one each. Jeff Franks had an inside-the-park homer, two triples, a double and a walk, Smith a single, double and a walk in addition to his homer and Johnson two singles and a walk in addition to his homer. Lance Peterson had a homer, triple and walk for O&S. John Whaley, Scott Bailey and Derrick Williams homered. Brandon’s ousted Adams 17-14. Brandon’s pushed across three runs in the top of the seventh, and Adams did not answer. Hits by Chris Beck, Randy Calcutt, Chris Absher and Gene Lewis led to the winning runs. Calcutt and Lewis each went 4-for-4. Eddie Foust was 4-for-5 and Jerold Smith homered. Chris Gambrill had a homer and two singles and Jody Hurst a homer and single for Adams. They combined for 11 RBI. Tiger had to forfeit to Resmondo when Mike McColman left to catch a plane, leaving his teammates miffed. Resmondo was a 43-28 winner over Brandon’s. Resmondo went into the bottom of the third on the short end of a 14-2 count, then went crazy with 12, 17 and 11 runs over the next four inings. Gar King had three home runs, a single and two walks. Scott Alley and Brian Arnold each had two homers and seven RBI. Arnold added a triple and single, Alley two singles and a walk. Resmondo had four triples (Marty Dailey had two and Ron Howard one). Resmondo was helped by eight free passes and three Brandon’s errors. Dailey, Jeff Vargo and Charlie Brown also homered. Jeff Haag was 6-for-6. Garber, Marty Lanoux, Dailey and Howard each had four hits. Gene Lewis had four hits for Brandon’s, while Eddie Foust, Chris Calcutt, Chris Graves, Chris Roberts and Chris Absher homered. Three were 3-runners, the other two 2-runners. Hendu’s eliminated Gil’s 14-12. Lavorico had a single, double and homer and Ruben Gonzalez a double and two homers for Hendu’s, which built up a lead with five in the third and four in the fourth. Gil’s accounted for seven of its runs in the fourth. Joe Sposi and Briscoe Baker also homered for Hendu’s. Chad Sylte had a inside-the-parker and Tommy Shinn a double and triple. Kenny Briggs had two triples. Glenn Flood had two homers and Tom Kellner one for Gil’s. Randy Medina had three hits. Hendu’s then was kayoed by Xtreme (25-11). Greg Schulte had three homers for six RBI to set the pace for the Xtreme team. Chris Butler had two HRs.