I was not at the tourney but is think if memory serves me correct?? A large part of why they walked was because they thought the suspension was going to help their opponent the next game… who happened be be a team well connected to usssa higher ups.
I also seem to recall Dan Smith was also considering walking from that tourney after the Long Haul game because they believed ResmOndo players included usssa people were swinging painted senior bats.
I don’t remember if it was that year but I do know I heard about Dan and Donny jr getting into a heated discussion about individual players swinging painted bats…
I even kinda remember Dan took some time out of the game over it.
I say these things because back then usssa was slow walking. strong measures to eliminate shaved bats and word was… If Dan had followed John out of the park… which was considered… it would have sped up addressing the altered bat situation.
When John’s team walked… it was minnesota John being pissed at the Michigan Dons…