By DAVID PEDERSEN
Sun PRESS Newspapers
Before the top men’s softball teams in the country at the top level were having a slugfest, organizers of the 32nd Dudley Budweiser Easton Classic National Invitational tournament last weekend in Brooklyn Center were scrambling to change the venue the day before.
A downpour on Thursday flooded the Central Park fields, washed out the first kickoff classic event and forced the moving of the main tournament site to Evergreen Park. Crews pumped water from the Evergreen fields just in time for the 29-team tourney to start Friday night.
The top four teams put on a show of power and determination when going at each other Saturday and Sunday. No. 2 Resmondo-Specialty Tank Worth lost in the winner’s bracket final to No. 1 Laservision/H Auto/JJs/Easton 32-27 Saturday night.
Resmondo was down but not out and proceeded to defeat No. 4 Team Combat/Softball.com 26-23 to get another shot at Laservision.
In the first title game, Resmondo went scoreless in the first inning, slowed by a few starters hit by the flu bug, including pitcher Andy Purcell. Injured players on the bench had to fill holes in the lineup. That did not stop Resmondo from scoring 34 runs in the fourth inning and go on to win 49-45.
The win forced a second title game, also claimed by Resmondo, 42-33. Resmondo has won the last four tournaments entered and the last five Dudley events, improving to 39-8 this season.
Team Combat nipped No. 3 Backman/Shoppe/Louisville Slugger 50-48 in the loser’s bracket to finish third. Syndicate/Guardian/National and West Coast Newbreed/Worth tied for fifth.
The top local team was Xtreme/Miken from the Brooklyn Center league, doing well other than when going against the Major teams. Including mostly players from Brooklyn Park and Champlin Park High, Xtreme won the first two games before losing to Laservision 29-17. Xtreme won once more before losing to Syndicate 14-12.