2017 USA Softball Stadium Power Tour: Petco Park

May 18, 2017, 4:25 p.m. (ET)

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – After traveling to San Diego, Calif. to kick off the 2017 USA Softball Stadium Power Tour at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, first-time Power Tour slugger, Jerred Messersmith (Monsta) came out swinging and made a statement with his 10-point performance. Launching most of his hits well over 400 feet into left-center, Messersmith surprised the crowd after rising atop the list and surpassing four-time champion, Denny Crine (Miken), by one point.

“I have been watching the Long Haul Bombers for years on TV, so to be on the same field with them and then to win the derby makes me humble and grateful,” Messersmith said, before he was greeted by family and friends who joined in on the celebration.

Fellow slugger, Ryan Dacko, said, “We just might be looking at the new face of softball.”

Crine, who returned from an injury last season, capped off his at-bat by sending the money ball deep onto the third level of the Western Metal Supply Building. Crine finished the night with nine points total. Additional sluggers present at the Petco Park tour stop included Mike Brambilla (Miken) who finished with six points and Chris Grienert (Monsta) who earned three.

Up next, sluggers on the USA Softball Stadium Power Tour travel to Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, June 14. For more information, please visit USASoftball.com.

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.