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