I started Billy Messina that game because he was from SoCal and everyone from SoCal seemed to like him so I thought the SoCal team would leave the middle along in an unlimited home run 300 foot fences event.
Boy was I wrong..they were up on his by about 25 runs in the fourth inning and there were so many middle shots by their players we had almost gotten into three fights..
It got so bad the tourney director Ozzy called time out and walked out on the field to get the sponsors and coaches/sponsors to meet at home plate.
He saiid...listen, I cannot do anything about the bats but you guys gotta stop swearing at each other or I am
Going to have to stop the game..
I said to Herb ( their money man) Herb..you guys are up by 25 runs and have a bat that lets everyone on your team but the ball over 375 feet..just have your guys pull the ball.
Herbs answer was priceless coming from a guy that never played..he said...hell NO! My guys are not pull hitters and we will not change our swings...
At that point our left field.. Brian Greer walked towards their dugout and read them the riot act on how we had no chance to beat them so just pull the ball...in the end..only a couple more balls were hit by Billy..most of herbs team did not agree with his phyosiphy...
Later that night Herbs started to do the same thing to the Steeleís team but changed their ways when Seniors enhances players let them know pain was on the way if they didnít stop hitting middle..herbs players listened and I steam hit about ;5 homer us and beat the Steeleís major team by something like 82-56...