Baseball Heaven hosted over 70 teams on July 28-Aug. 3 for the largest National Youth Baseball Championships in the event’s eight-year history thanks to an expansion into 8U-14U age divisions.
For a third consecutive year, the National Youth Baseball Championships 12U title is back in California. MVP defeated the Academy Select Sun Devils out of Texas, 9-3, in the finals on Monday, Aug. 3.
MVP went into the title game as the No. 1 seed and the consensus No. 1 team in the nation, and they showed why with a strong performance throughout the NYBC. The championship is the MVP organization’s first at the NYBC.
“This is the biggest championship we have won,” MVP head coach Rudy Casillas said. “Winning the NYBC was our goal at the beginning of the year, and to accomplish it is a great feeling. We stress playing team ball and not worrying about individual stats. The players buy into our system, and that is definitely a big part of it.”
The Academy Select Sun Devils went into bracket play as the No. 6 seed, but they advanced to the championship behind a powerful offense. They run-ruled the Broncos, 11-0, in the quarterfinals and then took care of the Dallas Tigers, 13-4, in the semis.
In the championship, the Sun Devils got out to an early 2-0 lead after Aidan Scott’s home run, but MVP came right back in the bottom of the first with a two-run homer off Aaron Pulido’s bat.
Pulido was named the championship game’s Most Valuable Player after going 3-for-3 and helping to spark MVP’s offense to the 9-3 win.
In the 11U championship, it was MVP-Rodriguez over MVP-Casillas, 4-1, in a well-played, defensive showcase. Other NYBC champions included the Las Vegas Rebels (8U), Oklahoma Mudcats (9U), Long Island Body Armour Titans (10U), Austin Banditos (13U) and NJ Hurricanes (14U).
The 11U and 12U championship games along with 11 others during the course of the NYBC were televised nationally on CBS Sports Network and online on MLB.com.
Teams were treated to appearances from Major League Baseball legends such as Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda, Dusty Baker and Bobby Valentine. All three baseball celebrities took part in a roundtable discussion during the event.