The April 28-30 weekend was a busy one for the National Youth Baseball Championships, as five qualifiers were held nationwide with 22 teams earning paid berths into this summer’s finals.
Qualifiers were held in Nevada, Michigan, South Carolina, New York and Connecticut with a combined 200 teams.
All World Baseball hosted the NYBC Nevada Qualifier at the Golden Eagle Sports Complex in Reno. Game Day USA ran the Great Lakes Qualifier at Art Van Sports Complex in Grand Rapids, Michigan. First-time NYBC partner Top Gun Sports hosted the Southeast Qualifier at the North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Another first-time NYBC partner Super East Tournaments hosted their qualifier in Hartford, Connecticut, and Baseball Heaven, site of the 2017 NYBC, hosted a 13U-14U qualifier.
NYBC Nevada Qualifier with All World Sports
9U – Kali Bees
10U – Golden Spikes Bruins
11U – NorCal Scorpions
12U – Lamorinda Vikings
13U – Scorpions Baseball
14U – Team Marucci Fresno
NYBC Southeast Qualifier with Top Gun Sports
9U – Richmond Rockies
10U – Evoshield Canes – Simpson
11U – Rock Solid Red
12U – Evoshield Canes – Gallaher
13U – Battalion by Under Armour
14U – Bengals Baseball
NYBC New England Qualifier with Super East Tournaments
10U – New England Knights
12U – Adirondack Heat
NYBC Northeast Qualifier with Steel Sports
13U – Brooklyn Blue Storm Elite
13U – Black Sox Elite
13U – Legends Prospects
14U – Legends Prospects
NYBC Great Lakes Qualifier with Game Day USA
*event shortened due to rain
The National Youth Baseball Championships enjoyed sun and warmth in Cocoa, Florida on April 1-2 as six champions in 9U-14U earned berths to the finals in New York.
Cocoa Expo Sports Center hosted the qualifier with 35 teams coming from all over Florida. The Southwest Oakland Warriors 13U team even came down from Michigan to compete and enjoy some warm weather.
Kangaroo Court Baseball Club had a dominating weekend, winning two championships in 12U and 13U and going a combined 12-1 between the three teams that competed. The 12U team allowed just one run in pool play and made quick work of their two opponents in bracket play through power on the mound and at the plate. The 13U Roos were just as strong allowing only two runs in pool play and winning three straight to earn the title.
Central Florida Select won the 11U championship over Under Armour Florida, completing a perfect 4-0 weekend. The Elite City Grays and Strikers Baseball played a terrific 14U title game with the Grays coming out on top in the end.
Trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom half of the fifth, the PSL Mets put together a four-run inning and defeated Evolution Elite, 5-2, for the 10U championship. The PBG Gamblers went undefeated in 9U on their way to the championship.
The NYBC heads back west next weekend for the New Mexico Qualifier in Las Cruces. Over 80 teams are competing in 9U-14U with six berths up for grabs.
NYBC Florida Qualifier with Cocoa Expo Sports Center Final Results
After two successful events in California, the National Youth Baseball Championships journeyed to the Chicago area on March 25-26 for the next round of qualifying. Game Day USA hosted the two-day event at Heritage Park, a four-field all turf complex in Wheeling, Illinois.
Saturday’s pool play slate was rained out, but the teams were able to play on Sunday despite off and on rain showers. Teams played two games with the champions and runner-ups determined by tiebreakers (head-to-head, runs allowed, runs scored).
The Lincoln-Way Prospects took home two championships with the 11U and 13U Black teams both going 2-0. The 13U Black outscored their two opponents 41-0 in their two games. In a de facto championship game, the 11U Black defeated the Rockford Big Dogs, 5-3, to earn the NYBC berth.
Elite 9 Baseball earned the 12U championship with an 11-1 win over the Schaumburg Flyers. All five teams in the 10U division finished with a 1-1 record, and it was Wisconsin’s STiKS Academy earning the title with the lowest number of runs allowed.
NYBC qualifying heats up in April with 10 events, the first one on April 1-2 at the Cocoa Expo Sports Center in Cocoa, Florida. Check back to NYBCbaseball.com for updates on the Florida Qualifier, and tune in to Facebook for a Live stream of the 12U title game on April 2.