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Real name:
Mark McDaniel

Location:
Salida, CA

Division:
Men's 60

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, April 4, 2016
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rocket Launcher

I will post another update on the Rocket Launcher after I get another 100-150 swings on it.

, April 4, 2016
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: Rocket Launcher

I had Kelly's ship my Combat Rocket Launcher directly to St George, UT for the Spring Worlds. The bat is the "Real Deal". 4 of us hit it Saturday morning in batting practice & immediately could tell that how hot the bat is. This bat is the hottest bat that I have ever hit & it still had the wrapper on it.
Our 3rd batter & 1st swing ever in a game, crushed a home run with it. We had just peeled the wrapper off. The bat didn't even have 50 swings on it. I got up next inning with our 4th & 5 runners on base & hit a line drive right at the left center fielder, or so I thought. The ball fooled him & dotted the fence, scoring both runners.
During our 3rd game, I hit my 1st home run using the Rocket Launcher. This bat is the best bat ever, straight out of the wrapper. Only 2 of us on the team swing 26oz bats, so we were the only people using the Launcher. Ben hit more home runs during the tournament than anyone else & he only swung my bat.
We did have 2 of the new Adidas Mellee II's at our disposal to hit, if we wanted to. But they just weren't broken in yet & didn't have the pop the the brand new Launcher had.
Kelly has a winner on his hands with this bat. I can't wIt to see how hot it gets after 100+ swings. I will be trying to get some more swings on it this week. I have a tournament this weekend in Turlock, CA, if anyone wants to swing it hit me up. I also play in the Modesto Senior league on Thursday nights. If you hit it, I know you'll buy it.
For those of you that don't know me, yes I am a friend of Mike Kelly. But for those of me that do know me, you know I have 100+ Senior bats hanging in my garage & I will swing the hottest bats that I can find. I did hit some of the pre-production Launchers & they weren't this hot, straight out of the wrapper.
, July 2, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: texas state championships

I have to Commend SSUSA for what a wonderful job they do running tournaments. When we travel to tournaments, both near & far, I can always count on 2-3 games a day, except maybe on the last championship day. I love the scheduling. 2-3 games a day is perfect for our old beat up bodies. We are usually off at a reasonable hour & can relax, see the sights & always plan on going out to a nice dinner with my team mates.

So there were 44 teams, with how many different divisions? Think of the logistical nightmare that presents. Softball players are going to complain that they don't want early games or they don't want late games. SSUSA does a great job trying to accommodate the majority of players.
, June 1, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Reno observations

I apologize to 2nd Wind & meant no slight by not including you. I was misinformed. Great Job finishing 2nd to Last Call. I look forward to seeing you guys in Las Vegas, for the Worlds.
, June 1, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: Teams looking for players
Discussion: 60 AAA Nor Cal Team needing Outfielder For Nor Cal Championships 6/5 - 6/7

War Eagles, a Nor Cal 60 AAA team is looking for an outfielder for this weekends Nor Cal Championships at the Sacramento Main Complex. Due to injuries, vacations & playing back to back weekends, we need an Outfielder. Must be rated as a AAA player as we have a maximum of Major players on the team. There will be future considerations of playing more tournaments with us & joining our team.
Please contact Mark at mark00asa@aol.com
, June 1, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: Reno observations

1. Last Call - NV
2. SWA (Underdogs) - WA
3..Quicksilver + - CA
, May 18, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: Bats
Discussion: In Need Of An ASA Bat

The 2 best bats, in my humble opinion, for ASA using the 52/300 ball is the 2015 Miken DC41 Denny Crine DEN41U 2 piece bat & the Combat Casey Rogowski Team bat. They both crush the 52/300 ball.
, May 14, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Rock'N'Reno

Where is the Rezults Realty 60AAA guys for Rock N Reno? I look forward to the rivalry!! Good bunch of guys?
, April 28, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Qusetion

Because it amuses me..... Quoting Charlie Harper
, April 27, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

I hate getting Old. Of course you are right. There was 9 teams, you forgot Old Dawgs ... LOL Actually that was a big turnout! I would even call it successful....
, April 27, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Qusetion

Hey Jef,
Do me a favor before Rock'N'Reno! Predict a win for us. Please !! We took 5th in Las Vegas. I'm not understanding how this could happen with such a talented & stacked team. LMAO
, April 27, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Major plus problem

I know that you aren't going to want to hear this, but here goes. There will always be an elite bracket in each age group. The best teams always will attract the best athletes.

Playing Major+ is about being the best in the country. I have played on 50, 55 & 60 Major+ teams, on and off over the past 10 years. No bitching, Just "Show Up With the Best You Can Put on The Field & Duke It Out"

Sometimes our frail ego's get in the way. People as a whole just hate to lose. Last years Worlds in Vegas (Boulder City) had 4 60 Major+ teams. It was no fun.

It's no fun playing local SSUSA Championships & not being able to play other Major+ teams at the same age levels. That I understand, it's just the nature of the beast. SSUSA tries it's best to accommodate. For that I give them credit.

SSUSA can do nothing about the cost to travel. This has always been the biggest issue getting teams to travel from coast to coast. East Coast teams hate to travel out here & vice a versa. That's why SSUSA uses Las Vegas as its "ACE in the Hole" for the Worlds. Make it a destination.

Tim, you are actually lucky. When we played 50 Major+ in NCSSA, we weren't allowed to even compete in Nor Cal tournaments. If we wanted to play, it was strictly as an exhibition team. But we were a bunch of friends that wanted to play together & not get broken up & compete against each other.

I got reclassified down to Major (I need a new knee), this year. I am having more fun playing & competing at tournaments where there has been 13 & 19 teams in the last 2 SSUSA tournaments, than I have ever had playing Major+.

I guess it's up to you & each one of your team mates to figure out where your priorities lie. I guess if you get fed up enough, you can each be 1 of 3 players on a Major team.

I really am not sure that there is a way to fix Major+.......

, April 22, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2015 Rock'n Reno Tournament AAA 50's

You're an old 50's team? If you're old, that makes me a relic!! LMAO
, April 21, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Qusetion

Hey Jef.... What's a Qusetion? LOL In regards to my playing ability, you know me! You really think I am in any condition to play Major+?? I can't hardly run to 1st base, let alone try for extra bases... I guess I should have checked with you after getting a note from my orthopedist. I did what is required to be re-rated down to Major, from Major+. Had you or whatever manager you played for actually asked SSUSA or read their rules, you would then know that you can have 3 higher rated players on a lower rated team. As long as it is only one division higher. I love the game & want to play with a bunch of my friends on a local team. They happen to be AAA & I, as stated in the SSUSA rules, am 1 of 3 higher rated players on a AAA team. We have a good team that plays well together, both on & off of the field. Hopefully we will win again. But by no means did we blow any teams out of the water. I'm sure that Results is chomping at the bit to beat us. They are a great team & they may very well do that. In Mesquite we just happened to be the best team, on that weekend. Who knows what will happen this weekend in Las Vegas..... We will try our best to win again. If the softball Gods see fit to let us win, then so be it. But I guarantee that 18 other teams are looking to kick our asses this weekend. And if they do, I won't be crying about it.

, April 21, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: 2015 Rock'n Reno Tournament AAA 50's

Horn Softball will be there & We're gunning for you Nick..... LOL
, April 15, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Field Assignments

I got so excited, I forgot what age group that I am in.... LOL Put 60AAA at BLD....... I must be getting old...
, April 15, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Field Assignments

As many years that I have played in Las Vegas, I have never played at BLD. It has to be, without a doubt the finest facility in Vegas by far. Who cares about paying a few dollars to play on a quality field. SSUSA, put tommy45 at Shadow Rock & Hollywood & put the 55AAA at BLD. You can bring in all the water you can carry. Are you there to eat or play ball? Give me the best & you can take the rest.......
, March 30, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Spring Worlds Result

60 AAA
1. War Eagles
2. Results Realty
3. Scrap Iron Legends (I think, confused by 3 entries)

It's truly the most fun that I've had in years. Every team in the tournament was a class act. Results Realty was very gracious in defeat & I'm sure that they are chomping at the bit to pay us back in Las Vegas. All of the guys from Scrap Iron are a compliment to our sport. It's my first opportunity to play against any one of their 17 teams & we were fortunate to play 2 of their teams. See you all in Las Vegas.
, Jan. 23, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: FUTURE ALL STAR MAKES IMPRESSIVE DEBUT

Congratulations Fran & Dave.... You have quite the brood going on... LOL
, Jan. 23, 2015
Mark 44
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Balls 52/300

FYI, ASA rules are written for championship play only. Unfortunately City leagues can & do use whatever ball that they feel like. This leaves league players in a quandary as to what bat will actually work, last & be covered under warranty.
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