OKLAHOMA CITY – For the first time since 2012, there is a new National Champion in the Men’s Super Slow Pitch division at the 2015 Slow Pitch Championship Series announced the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball today. BBS/Mr. Ds/Rip City stole the show Friday as they defeated Long Haul/H. Auto/Easton in a close 28-26 game.
Long Haul/ H. Auto/Easton made their presence known early as they jumped out to a big lead in the third inning. The explosive inning resulted in eleven runs, highlighted by a Kevin Filby grand slam. BBS/Mr. Ds/Rip City’s confidence never wavered even though they gave up 11 home runs. From that point on, they only allowed five more runs the rest of the way and outscored Long Haul/H. Auto/Easton 16-5. Long Haul/H. Auto/Easton came to the plate at the top of the seventh down one run. Brett Helmer’s leadoff home run tied the game at 26. Several clutch defensive plays from Jeremy Yates in left field preserved the tie entering the bottom of the seventh and gave BBS/Mr. Ds/Rip City a chance to close out the game. The game ended with a walk-off two run shot from Greg Connell. Connell showed his strength all game, clubbing three home and racking up eight RBIs on six hits.
This marked the first time that BBS/Mr. Ds/Rip City has won the ASA/USA Softball Men’s Super Slow Pitch National Championship. They went 4-0 en route to the Championship, as they outscored opponents 120-93.
“Our team has lot of good friends that came together from Florida to win it,” said Andrew Collins, who had three home runs in the Championship Game. “We love playing in tournaments like this so that we can play with different people. We had a goal and Mr. Doerr gave us this opportunity to represent his company. We came out and battled in a tough Championship game. We’re relentless and that’s what I love about this team.”
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 – ASPNation.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 – Ts 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
Batting Champion – Andrew Collins .905 (BBS/Mr. Ds/Rip City)
Home Run Champion – Andrew Collins (BBS/Mr. Ds/Rip City) and Ryan Parfitt (Long Haul/H. Auto/Easton)
Tournament MVP – Andrew Collins (BBS/Mr. Ds/Rip City)
Both INTEGRIS Field and OGE Energy Field will also offer free live streaming to fans online at ASAUSASoftball.com.
Admission to Slow Pitch Championship Series is free and all are welcome to watch the best slow pitch players compete for their respective National Championship. Event t-shirts will be on sale at the Complex while the Hall of Fame Museum and gift shop will be open from 10-4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the Hall of Fame and Museum is free for fans while donations are encouraged.
About ASA/USA Softball
Founded in 1933, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is the National Governing Body Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, ASA/USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 74 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. ASA/USA is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles as well as claimed eight World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about ASA/USA Softball, please visit http://www.asausasoftball.com/.