The inaugural RSA Summer Smash! Tournament showcased 15 teams from in and out of Rochester. The weather cooperated, and 44 games were played on the way to determining a champion.
Well... not exactly.
It was a hot day at McQuillan, and two teams outlasted the competition to make it to the finals: Dick Raimann Farms and 63 Club. But these two friendly rivals were wore out, and had some players needing to travel far to get home. So yeah... like the old adage about kissing your sister, they chose not to play, thus sharing the title of Co-Champion.
Some RSA teams exceeded their expectation, as Plain White T's (mostly TH Handy and Goon Squad) pushed Grim Reapers (top seed in Single Elim, 3rd/4th finish) to eight innings before falling by one run. Jag Tours also pushed the Reapers in the quarterfinals, before bowing out in a one-run game. About half the field was made up of RSA teams and players.
A big thank you to all who participated in the tournament. The concession crew was great - kudos to Hannah and her team. The umpire crew was fabulous - way to go Gregg, Mark, Al, Jeff and Scott. (Yes I'm biased, but I still believe it!) Hats off to RSA president Erik, serving as the field crew. After turning left all weekend while dragging the field, it's time to spin around at some highway interchanges making right turns!
Summer Smash Tournament Director
63 Club - Summer Smash Co-Champions
Dick Raimann Farms - Summer Smash Co-Champions
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