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Two champions crowned in Hendersonville as Slow Pitch National Champions

Aug. 23, 2020, 2:12 p.m. (ET)

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn.  – A pair of champions were crowned today in Hendersonville, Tenn. with the conclusion of the 2020 USA Softball Men’s Class AA and Women’s Open Slow Pitch National Championships. For the Men’s Class AA, it was Precision/Sonnys/H. Auto/Sprizzi/Bulldawg Trucking who emerged with the National Championship title after going a perfect 4-0 through bracket play with a 20-18 win over MPT/Anarchy in the Championship Game. For the Women’s Open division, Smash it Sports/Derby Girls/Sonnys/STG/Easton held up the National Championship trophy. The team went undefeated during their run in Hendersonville, which saw them earn three run-rule victories, including a 17-1 (six innings) win over Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos for the title.

 

In the Men’s AA division, MPT/Anarchy battled through the loser’s bracket to earn a rematch with Precision in the Championship Game. Hot right out of the gate, MPT/Anarchy took a six-run lead and never looked back in a 24-7 (six innings) semifinal win over Thunder/Chosen. Scoring in every single at-bat, MPT/Anarchy was led by Chris Greinert and David Johnson, who each sent two out of the park for five RBI apiece.

 

That win sent MPT/Anarchy to the Championship Game, however the offense did not follow the team to the next round as Precision capitalized on timely hitting and the strong swing of Daniel Cayton to earn the 20-18 win. Cayton finished the game with a perfect 3-for-3 outing at the plate, including two home runs, while Patrick Ellwanger also went yard twice to drive in four runs.

 

Precision was led by Travis Clark throughout bracket play, with Clark leading the team with eight home runs and 21 RBI in four games played. Cayton finished second on the team with 14 RBI and six home runs.

 

2020 Men's Class AA All-Americans

Greg Connell - Daddy Rocks/Hoffman/Ductech - IF

Brian McBryde - Thunder/Chosen - IF

Austyn Dawe - Thunder/Chosen - IF

Kevin Bazat - Precision/Sonnys/H.Auto/Sprizzi/Bulldawg Trucking - IF

Daniel Cayton - Precision/Sonnys/H.Auto/Sprizzi/Bulldawg Trucking - IF

Patrick Ellwanger - Precision/Sonnys/H.Auto/Sprizzi/Bulldawg Trucking - OF

David Johnson - MPT/Anarchy - OF

Colin Baartman - Precision/Sonnys/H.Auto/Sprizzi/Bulldawg Trucking - OF

Jeremy Yates - Daddy Rocks/Hoffman/Ductech - OF

Chris Greinert - MPT/Anarchy - UTILITY

JD Genter - MPT/Anarchy - UTILITY

Brad Lunda - Precision/Sonnys/H.Auto/Sprizzi/Bulldawg Trucking - UTILITY

Kyle Pearson - Thunder/Chosen - UTILITY

Filip Washington - MPT/Anarchy - UTILITY

Travis Clark - Precision/Sonnys/H.Auto/Sprizzi/Bulldawg Trucking - P

Travis Clark - MVP

Austin Daw – Batting Champion - 0.867

Kyle Pearson, Travix Clark, Chris Greinert – HR Champion - 8

 

In the Women’s Open division, the competition was fierce as a pair of one-run ballgames fed into the Championship Game, but the bats of Smash it Sports/Derby Girls/Sonnys/STG/Easton  were a force to be reckoned with as the offense erupted for a 17-1 win over Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos in the title game. Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos ultimately battled out of the semifinal game to earn a rematch with Smash It Sports after the two teams had met less than 24 hours ago in the winner’s bracket final.

 

Backman/Team 24 started the day with an 11-10, extra-innings win over Lady SNI/OA Labs/DeMarini/Louisville Slugger. It was a back-and-forth contest between the two squads with a three-run outing by Lady SNI in their final at-bat forcing the game into extra innings, but an RBI single to right field from Stephanie Call gave Backman the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth.  

 

The semifinal contest saw a similar result, as nearly every batter in the contest between Low Bobs and Backman recorded a hit. Ultimately, it was Low Bobs who snuck away with the 11-10 win after Terri Ross hit a sac fly to center and Annie Rardin also drove in a run with a sac fly. Down by two runs, Backman plated one run in their final at-bat with two outs, but that was all the offense the home team could muster.

 

That brought the Championship Game to close out the Women’s Open Slow Pitch National Championship, and Smash It Sports delivered by cruising to a 17-1 (six innings) win over Low Bobs. The squad absolutely smashed the ball, combining for 24 hits in the win with Megan Baltzell and Kami Marrott leading the team with three RBI apiece. Both Baltzell and Christan Dowling each collected a home run in the win with Fiana Finau sending two out of the park.

 

Finau collected 10 RBI throughout to lead her team at the plate while Baltzell’s two home runs led Smash it Sports and tied the tournament leaderboard.

 

2020 Women's Open All-Americans

Stephanie Call - Backman/Team 24 - IF

Megan Baltzell - Smash It Sports/Derby Girls/Sonnys/STG/Easton - IF

Fina Finau - Smash It Sports/Derby Girls/Sonnys/STG/Easton - IF

Kami Marrott - Smash It Sports/Derby Girls/Sonnys/STG/Easton - IF

Gina Mengwasser - Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos - IF

Kara Oberer - Lady SNI/OA Labs/DeMarini/Louisville Slugger - OF

Ty Abdo - Smash It Sports/Derby Girls/Sonnys/STG/Easton - OF

Erin Gilland - Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos - OF

Tiffany Shaw - Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos - OF

Kylee Studioso - Lady SNI/OA Labs/DeMarini/Louisville Slugger - UTILITY

Melinda Leday - Backman/Team 24 - UTILITY

Valisha Fincher - Backman/Team 24 - UTILITY

Christan Dowling - Smash It Sports/Derby Girls/Sonnys/STG/Easton - UTILITY

Terri Ross - Low Bobs/Shirts & Logos - UTILITY

Jessica Ford - Dirty Sports/Trojans/CS/Thunder - P

Christan Dowling - MVP

Christan Dowling – Batting Champion - .750

Melinda Leday, Fina Finau, Megan Baltzell – HR Champion - 2