H. Auto/RDD/All In/Sprizzi/Easton crowned Super Slow Pitch National Champion

By Codi Warren (cwarren@usasoftball.com) | Sept. 29, 2018, 12:25 a.m. (ET)

Ridgeland, Miss. – A new champion was crowned at this year’s USA Softball Super Slow Pitch National Championship as H. Auto/RDD/All In/Sprizzi/Easton defeated Team Racks/Yeahhh 41-38 in the “if-necessary” game.  Fueled by a monster of a first inning in which every batter in the lineup hit twice, H. Auto totaled 47 hits in the win and was led by Tournament MVP Bryson Baker.

2018 Super Slow Pitch All-Americans

Jeff Keske – H. Auto
Adam Ussery – Team Racks
Greg Connell – H. Auto
Daniel Cayton – Team Racks
AJ Montano – Team Racks
Jeremy Yates – H. Auto
Brandon Dillon – Team Racks
Brian Wegman – H. Auto
Travis Clark – H. Auto
Donnie Hammonds – T’s 13
Bryson Baker – H. Auto
Jason Martel – Team Racks
Joey Bulens – T’s 13
Bubba Mack – H. Auto
Bill Pinkham – Team Racks

Batting Champion – Donnie Hammonds, T’s 13 - .950
HR Champion – Jason Martel – Team Racks – 11
MVP – Bryson Baker – H. Auto

Bouncing back from their loss to Team Racks in the Championship Game, the H. Auto offense exploded for 20 runs to take an early lead and never look back.  The runs were drove in by five home runs, including two grand slams off the bats of Travis Clark and Baker.  Team Racks answered back with eight of their own in the bottom of the frame, but trailed by 12 runs after one complete inning.

Only one run crossed the plate in the second inning for both sides as H. Auto extended their lead to 13.  Two more runs in the top of the third, 11 in the fourth and a pair of runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings put H. Auto up 38-29.

Team Racks pushed across 21 runs through the next four innings of play to get within nine to bring both sides up to their final at-bats in the seventh inning. 

H. Auto padded their lead with another three runs in the top of the frame, with Team Racks needing to plate at least 12 to keep the game going.  Although Team Racks was able to drive in nine runs, three outs resulted in H. Auto taking home the 2018 Super Slow Pitch title.

For Team Racks, Adam Ussery had eight RBI, blasting three home runs while Bubba Brungardt and Alexander Montano each had seven RBI.  In addition to Baker, Jeremy Yates, Clark and Bubba Mack each totaled six RBI for H. Auto.

How the teams made it to the finals

H. Auto landed in the Championship Game after going 2-0 through bracket play.  In their first contest of the Day, H. Auto took advantage of an 11-run, fifth inning in a 27-22 win over T’s 13/Monsta/Ductech.  Steele Lewis had three home runs with six RBI for the offense while Brian Wegman and Greg Connell each drove in five runs.

A 39-35 thriller over Team Racks placed H. Auto into the finale.  Another double-digit outing, this time in the fourth inning, proved to be enough for H. Auto.  The team was led by Baker, who hit four bombs for 11 RBI, and Yates, who followed closely with nine RBI and four home runs.

For Team Racks, a loss to H. Auto in the semifinal sent them to the loser’s bracket where they fought their way to the Championship Game.  Opening the day by edging out Comatose/S2N/Monsta 31-30, in their next contest Team Racks upset defending Super National Champion WC Monsta 34-32.  Alexander Montano, Jason Martel and Ussery each had six RBI in the win with Martel blasting three home runs while Shannon Smith had a grand slam.

A 39-25 loss to H. Auto pitted Team Racks against T’s 13 with the winner advancing to the title matchup.  A 16-run fifth inning by Team Racks proved to be enough for the squad to setup the rematch.  Ben Dunn had a game at the plate, collecting 10 RBI with two home runs and two triples while Brungardt had eight RBI and three home runs.

Team Racks forced the “if-game” after taking an early 11-run lead in the bottom of the first over H. Auto.  Scoring in all but one inning, Team Racks combined for 27 hits as they run-ruled H. Auto 29-14 (five innings).

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