First 2017 NYBC Berths Decided in Southern California
06 Mar

First 2017 NYBC Berths Decided in Southern California

Over 60 California teams competed March 4-5 at the National Youth Baseball Championships SoCal Qualifier hosted by Xtreme Diamond Sports. Wilson MVP Elite (12U) and Top Tier Gamers (11U) won their division titles and claimed the first two berths for this summer’s NYBC Finals in New York.

The 13U and 14U divisions were also contested over the weekend, but rain forced play to stop in the semifinals. Both age groups will finish play at a date to be determined by Xtreme Diamond Sports.

In 12U, Wilson MVP Elite earned the eighth and final place in the gold bracket to complete for an NYBC berth. Right away they faced another powerhouse organization, the San Diego Show, in the quarterfinals and earned a 6-2 win. Facing the Chino Hills Thunder in the semifinals, the two teams turned in the game of the day going extra innings to determine a winner, as MVP won 11-8 in eight innings.

In the 12U championship, streamed on Facebook Live, MVP took control early and piled on runs late to win 19-4 over the So Cal Outlaws. With the win, MVP will make the trip to New York to compete for another NYBC 12U crown, the first of which they won in 2015.

The Top Tier Gamers and San Diego Stars squared off in the 11U championship, a rematch of their pool play game a day earlier that the Gamers took 7-0. The Gamers got up big early and held on for a 13-8 win over the Stars to claim the division title and the NYBC berth.

The Gamers dominated the competition all weekend long, winning all their games by no less than five runs. They scored 28 runs and gave up only one in their two pool play games and then defeated the Irvine Rox Black, Stars & Stripes Red and San Diego Stars en route to the championship.

Next weekend (March 11-12), the NYBC heads up the coast to Northern California and the Bay Area for the NYBC NorCal Qualifier with All World Sports where over 40 teams will compete for NYBC bids in 9U-14U. Click the links below to see the full standings from the March 4-5 qualifier in Southern California.

Watch the 12U Championship!

NYBC SoCal Qualifier with Xtreme Diamond Sports
Final Results

11U  •  12U  •  13U (to be completed)  •  14U (to be completed)

San Diego Show 12U Looking to Build Off Last Season’s Success
02 Mar

San Diego Show 12U Looking to Build Off Last Season’s Success

The San Diego Show ran through a successful 2016 season finishing as the No. 3 ranked 11U team in the country in the NYBC 25 national rankings. This year, the team is looking to build off that success and put together a great 12U season.

This weekend, the Show will be participating in the NYBC SoCal Qualifier in Orange County to try and punch its ticket to the NYBC Finals in New York. The 12U field is loaded with top teams from around the area, but the Show has to be considered one of the favorites to take home the title.

We caught up with San Diego Show head coach Luis Lorenzana before the qualifier to check in on his team.

NYBC: How did your season go last year in 11U?
San Diego Show: We had a very successful 2016 season capped off by a runner-up finish at the USSSA Elite World Series.

NYBC: You finished your season last year as the No. 3 ranked 11U team in the country in our NYBC 25 rankings. What have you done to build on your success from last season?
San Diego Show: We really don’t focus on rankings, records, championships. We actually lost a few key components from that squad who decided to part ways, but what we did was add from within our program, so we’re focusing on building off that.

NYBC: What are your team goals for 2017?
San Diego Show: Our goals are to compete every day at practice and play at the highest level. If we do that, we will get better.

NYBC: What big events are on your schedule for 2017?
San Diego Show: Every event we play in is a big event. This weekend will have some say in what we do as far as the summer. We also plan on playing in the TBS National Championships in East Cobb, Georgia.

NYBC: How would you describe your team’s playing style?
San Diego Show: Pitching and defense oriented along with timely hitting. We’re a very fundamental team who plays for 18 outs.

NYBC: What would you say sets your team apart from other 12U teams?
San Diego Show: I’m a fan of the chemistry we have. We have a great group of young men who wear our colors proudly, and a majority of them have been with our program for a few years. They trust in what we do. That goes a long way. You don’t see that too often at this age.

San Diego Show 12U
Team Roster

17        Trent Abel
19        Jared Allred
5          EJ Barnes Jr
7          Matthew Broder
14        Jacob Connelly
16        Duke Ekstrom
18        Harley Harrington
23        Bryan Martinez
34        Frankie Tarantino
57        Junior Taylor
27        Sean Trusso
36        Dean West
0          James Whitman