The ALD™ Championship Series held two events on May 11th to complete the 19th event of the season….just under halfway. There’s plenty of opportunity left to compete in the USA and Canada in this season, including 4 more major qualifiers: June 15th in Jefferson City; Missouri, June 22nd in Beaumont, California; July 13th in Granger, Iowa; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina August 15th. Major Qualifier winners get an automatic invite to the Worlds, and each of these events pays double points.

Battle at the Border

The Battle at the Border turned out to include a battle with the rain at this event. Seven loyal warriors of the grid conquered the rain to finish the tournament. Returning Open Men’s hitter, Michael “Sasquatch” Byrley won his division on the rain-soaked grid. He was followed by newcomer John Barrick. Jay Seaman made his 2019 ALD™ debut to finish third, and returning hitter, Tim Brown finished 4th in the open division. Cortney Porro continued to reign at the top of the Open Women’s Division with Michelle Scanlin finishing second. Neal Causey was the lone Senior Men’s division hitter, still wearing the cast, and is still hitting one handed….and still getting points! Neal is currently number four in World Ranking for the Senior Men’s division.

Results

Hitter / Div / League / Distance / Points
Michael Byrley / OM / WC / 295 / 300
John Barrick / OM / U / 293 / 250
Jay Seaman / OM / WC / 288 / 200
Tim Brown / OM / WC / 275 / 150
Cortney Porro / OF / WC / 251 / 200
Michelle Scanlin / OF / WC / 208 / 150
Neal Causey / SM / WC / 195 / 150

Western Carolinas League hitters have at least two more events coming up in June with the Madness in the Midlands on June 8th and Crush in the Carolinas on June 29th. Keep checking the schedule HERE and Sign Up for new event postings.

Eastern Regional Qualifier – Rumble At Rocky Gap

It rained the day before, and the day after the Rumble, but spared us with only a  few sprinkles the day of. Several first-time competitors came to this first Amateur Long Drive™ event in Flintstone, Maryland to make their way to the ALD™ World Championship. Will “Smashin” Cashin from the ALD™ Canada GTA (Toronto) Series took the win and punched his ticket to the Worlds in the Open Men’s division. There was a good battle between Will and second place finisher Matt Thomas of the ALD™ USA Series. Mark Brown took over first place in World Rankings with his third place finish. Newcomer Jesse Jeter brought the most unique style we’ve seen yet and finished fourth. A very persistent (first-time competitor) Andrew Copenhaver finished fifth with newcomer, Matt Turner coming in sixth, Wally Ingram, seventh, and Zak Barton, eight in Open Men.

ALD™ USA / Western Carolina hitter, Raymond (Dub) Reitzel won the Senior Men’s division with newcomer Walt Benton finishing second. First time hitter, Gene Lee came in third and Scott Heinrich was fourth. Brian Stefan was Fifth and Adam Mandel was sixth

ALD™ USA Open Women’s competitor Sydne Smith made her return to the grid count as she punched her ticket to her second ALD™ World Championship. Super Senior Men’s hitter, Craig Riche made his way to the Worlds in his first event.

Stay tuned for some upcoming news concerning Maryland and ALD™!

Results

Hitter / Div / League / Distance / Points
Will Cashin / OM  / GTA / 312 / 1000  *
Matt Thomas / OM / CC / 310 / 900
Mark Brown / OM / CC / 298 / 800
Jessa Jeter / OM / U / 291 / 700
Matt Turner / OM / U / 285 / 600
Andrew Coppenhaver / OM / U / 268 / 500
Wally Ingam / OM / U / 266 / 400
Zak Barton / OM / U / 265 / 300
Sydne Smith / OF / U / 228 / 300 *
Dub Reitzel / SM / WC / 304 / 800 *
Walt Benton / SM / U / 297 / 700
Gene Lee / SM / U / 272 / 600
Scott Heinrich / SM / U / 271 / 500
Brian Stefan / SM / CC / 246 / 400
Adam Mandel / 300 / U / 0 / 300
Jeff Gilder / SSM / CC / 250 / 400
Craig Riche / SSM / U / 222 / 300 *

 

How To Get Better?

Compete!, Compete!, Compete! You’ll learn more on the grid than you can imagine.

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