Scram, the No. 1 seed out of the Razor Shines bracket in this year's Moniker Madness tournament, was defeated by Tacoma hurler Forrest Snow in the Round of 16. Snow secured 58 percent of the vote en route to the upset, which marked the first and thus far only time this year that a No. 1 seed was booted from the tournament.
Three top seeds remain -- Seth Schwindenhammer, Beamer Weems and Rougned Odor. Will they have what it takes to advance to the semifinals (and beyond)? Voting for the quarterfinals is going on now and runs through Thursday at midnight.
But before going to the polls, let's take a look at what has transpired thus far.
Icicle Reeder Bracket: Simply put, you don't mess with the Hammer. Schwindenhammer is looking to avenge last season's loss in the finals to Rowdy Hardy, and those in his way are getting nailed. The Red Sox farmhand's most recent victim was Williamsport catcher (and New York-Penn League adversary) Bob Stumpo, who mustered a mere 39 percent of the vote. The Hammer is now up against M-Braves righty Brett Butts, a No. 2 seed who earned 57 percent of the vote in his Round of 16 battle against Ben Tootle. Will Butts have what it takes to stop Mr. Schwindenhammer, a perennial top-vote getter?
Farmer Works Bracket: Shooter Hunt, a right-handed reliever for the Fort Myers Miracle, made it to the semifinals in 2010 and seemed destined for a repeat performance after dispatching cult favorite Mark Hamburger in the Round of 16. But it was not to be. Hunt was shot down by rampaging No. 1 seed Rougned Odor, a 17-year-old shortstop for the Spokane Indians who accumulated 53 percent of the vote. Odor is now facing No. 3 Kevin Quackenbush, whose success in the tournament has occurred in tandem with excellent results on the field. After posting a 0.44 ERA for the Eugene Emeralds, Quackenbush was promoted to Class A Fort Wayne and has thus far gone unscored upon in 10 outings.
Natty Nattress Bracket: The matchup of No. 7 Tuffy Gosewisch vs. No. 11 Zelous Wheeler was a battle of the underdogs, but in the end, Mr. Gosewisch emerged victorious with 52.7 percent of the vote. His battle for Minors Moniker supremacy isn't going to get any easier, because Weems now awaits. Weems' 58-42 percent victory over Maverick Lasker in the last round was that round's second-biggest blowout. He made it to the Finals in 2009 (losing to Dusty Napoleon) and is now looking to avenge last year's Round of 16 loss to -- who else? -- Schwindenhammer.
Razor Shines Bracket: Snow was also defeated by the Hammer in 2010, but his upset win over the top-seeded Scram in the third round shows that he is not to be taken lightly. Snow remains an underdog in the quarterfinals, however, as this time around his opponent is No. 2 seed Dusty Harvard. (The Kannapolis Intimidator ran roughshod over the mystifying Xander Bogaerts in the third round.) It's an evocative matchup -- wintertime in the great outdoors vs. musty Ivy League environs -- and only one will proceed to the next round.
Cast your votes early and often -- the polls are open until Thursday at midnight.