The New Orleans Banditos are having tryouts for ages 6-13 years old. For info go to website neworleansbanditosbaseballclub.com. 1st tryout is January 7, 2012 in slidell, Louisiana.
TravelBallSelect.com announces its fourth series of All America Players who play in the 12U age group during the 2011 season. These additional Players receiving All America Honors are;
Elan Goodwin - Richmond Braves - Virginia - Braves leadoff hitter is 5 -tool player who makes this Eastern power go
Gavin Cline - Lamorinda Diablos- California
Cade Tucker - Rawlings Arkansas Prospects - Arkansas
Ryan Yeager - Team Florida - Florida
Cole Shelton - Bandits - Georgia
Syler Sheperd - Dallas Tigers - Texas
Landon Gray - dBat Chancellor - Texas
Jake Taylor - Oklahoma Rays - Oklahoma - Had a great tournament at the Disney Elites . Has a lot of pop and hit over .500 as the Rays cleanup hitter
Tanner Griffen - Oklahoma Rays - Oklahoma - One of the best pitchers in the Southwest
Jacob Amaya - So Cal Xplosion - California - Super Shortstop who had a tremendous Triple Crown World Series performance
Matthew Rudick - San Diego Stars - California - One of the best pitchers in the West
Jordan Murray - Team Florida- Florida - One of the best breaking ball pitchers in Florida
Zavian Caldwell - Lugnuts - Alabama
Gene Harrison Hurst - Nationals Baseball - Alabama
2011 Alabama TravelballSelect.com Final Rankings
9U - Top 5 TEAMS
10U - Top 5 TEAMS
11U - Top 5 Teams
12U - Top 5 Teams
13U - Top 5 Teams
14U - Top 5 Teams
3. Elite Alabama Baseball – 4 USSSA Tournament Championships
4. Southern Crush – 5th at Alabama SNIT
The OK Elite were very impressive throughout this event. They outscored all opponents by a margin of 70-19 and advanced into the finals after an impressive 8-0 shutout win over the #6 ranked St. Joe Blast to face cross state rival, the Oklahoma Dirt Dawgs of Owasso, OK. The Dirt Dawgs won their ticket into the title game with a 5-1 win over #10 nationally ranked Slammers Black of Denver, Colorado (pictured right).
The Championship game was battle between outstanding pitching and solid defense by both teams that was close down to the last batter. But, in the end, the Elite found a way to take a 1-0 win earning the Super NIT title and Elite 32 berth.
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- By Ernie Rapiere
Temecula, California was the site of Triple Crown Sports’ 10th Annual Southern California Memorial Day Championships. This year’s 10U age group featured a load of outstanding teams including the #1 ranked Sandlot All-Stars from Pheonix, Arizona, the #7 IE Elite, along with the #9 ranked So Cal United. Other excellent teams that competed in this event included the; Murietta Redhawks, TEAM Adrenaline, and the Mashers BBC of Chula Vista, California, as well as, the Nor CAL Grizzlies who traveled all the way north from Livermore, California south to Temecula compete in this event.
The San Diego Stars North endured a grueling schedule to win this Championship as they won 7 games including playing 3 games back-to-back on Monday. Their roster has been constant throughout the season with the exception that they recently added one excellent player from the (now dormant) San Deigo Show.
The Stars had a tough path as they made their way into the finals. They open the bracket rounds of play with an 8-0 shut out win against the Xplosion of Moreno Valley. In this game, Michael Campagna blasted a grand slam to ignite his team’s victory. Next up, the Stars had to get past the #9 ranked, So Cal United, in the semi-finals. While the United played tough, the Stars survived a tough battle to take a close 4-2 victory into the finals where they were matched against an outstanding IE Elite Team from Inland Empire, California.
The IE Elite (pictured below), ranked #7 in the nation by TravelBallSelect.com, entered the championship bracket rounds by hammering a very good Murietta Redhawks team by a score 12-2 and then moved on to face the #1 ranked Sandlot All-Stars, who had held the top national ranking for Since late March. IE Elite pitcher, Steven Giatti, tossed an outstanding game as he lead his team to a 6-3 win that advanced the Elite into the championship game to face the San Diego Stars (North).
The Stars jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 3 full innings before the Elite rallied in the top of the 4th cutting the Stars lead to 4-2 when James Gomez blasted a solo home run to get the IE Elite offense in gear. But the Stars quickly answered with 2 more runs in the bottom of the 4th taking a 6-2 lead into the final stanza. The IE Elite made a gallant comeback attempt in the final inning, getting 2 runners on base. However, this threat was thwarted when the Stars right fielder, Cameron Repetti, made an outstanding shoe string catch. He then rose up and threw out the IE Elite runner, who was caught off base.
The Stars offense was lead by a 2xRBI homerun by Ted Burton. Danny Becerra and Cameron Repetti each contributed RBI doubles and also singled. Throughout the tournament the Stars hit 7 home runs including a grand slam by Michael Campagna in the quarter finals.
On the mound, Danny Becerra and Michael Campagna split the time as the Stars gave up only 2 runs in their title game. For complete details of this tournament, go to:
Next up, the Stars will play in a local round robin against some of the top teams from Southern California before heading to Cooperstown New York where they will compete for a coveted Cooperstown Dreams Park Championship.
The finals matched the Mac-N-Seitz Indians against the Oklahoma Naturals. The Indians had edged past a very good Missouri Gators team by a score of 3-1 to earn their spot in the finals. In that game, Gators Ace, Josh Pholr pitched an outstanding game during his 3+ innings before reaching his allowed limit for this event. Quinn Hill went the distance for the Indians. He pitched exceptionally well giving up only 1 run as he confined the Gators line-up of power hitters by mixing his pitches and hitting his spots to keep Gators batters off balance during the entire game.
The Naturals were very impressive throughout this event. They outscored all opponents by a margin of 50-9 as they advanced into the finals after edging past an outstanding KC Sluggers team. The Sluggers put their 46-6 record on the line in this semi-final matchup against the Naturals. This game featured outstanding pitching and defense by both teams. Naturals lefty pitcher, Jacob Loflin held the Sluggers bats in check to lead his team to a very close 2-0 win as they advanced to the title game. The Sluggers mounted a big threat late in the game as they got two runners on base. But, Austin Lambert, the Naturals hard throwing 3rd baseman, came in to relieve Loflin. He promptly shut down the Sluggers threat to preserve the win as the Naturals moved on to face the Mac-N-Seitz Indians in the title game.
The Championship game was another battle between outstanding teams that was close from the opening pitch all the way to the last batter. But in the end, the outstanding pitching of Naturals ace, Jackson Waddell, backed by an outstanding defense that was lead by short stop (Erick Rey), catcher (Jake Curry), and 3rd baseman (Austin Lambert), enabled the Naturals to shut down the powerful Mac-N-Seitz Indians and earn a 3-0 Championship win and an Elite 32 berth.
Says Mac-N-Seitz coach and manager Brandt Hill, “The Naturals are one of the best teams we’ve faced. They are an exceptionally Classy organization from many perspectives; Their parents were a class group, they were coached by first rate coaches, and this team played to perfection - starting with their pitcher who went the distance on us. He hit his spots and his off speed throws were excellent. Their short stop made some incredible plays refusing to let anything get by".
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Next up, the Naturals will take a week to enjoy their win. Afterwards and for the balance of their season, they will play up against 11U’s as they prepare for Disney. Their record now stands at 46-6.
- By Ernie Rapiere
While there was no Elite 32 berth to win at this USSSA event, and while each team had nothing to win but a trip to the white sandy beaches of the
When the last pitch was tossed and the last strike was logged, the Georgia Yard Dogs had recovered from an early 7-1 pool play loss to TBS #16 ranked PSA Sox Red to win their finals rematch with the Sox Red by a very close 11-9 victory to earn the “Battle of the Best” NIT Championship.
In contrast, the #2 ranked TEAM Miami opened pool play in fine form. They quickly racked up two impressive wins over two solid teams, before dropping 2 straight games and getting an early exit to the beach.
TEAM Miami opened with an 11-3 pool play win over the Dothan Cardinals. They followed this win with an equally strong 9-1 victory over the OP Sharks of Marietta, Georga. Next up, they faced the #13 ranked Mississippi Stixx (of Oak Grove, MS) who pulled off a surprising a 5-4 upset win. After this loss, TEAM Miami didn't seem to recover. They moved into bracket play and immediately lost a tough 3-0 game against the "up and coming", yet very solid - Bay Bombers of Lynnhaven, Florida. This loss drops TEAM Miami's record to 245 in USSSA play against other 9U teams.
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The MCBC Hit Dogs were fresh off two straight tournament wins including the Virginia Super NIT. They had won 12 were playing exceptionally good baseball. They had won 13 straight games as they headed into the semi-finals this weekend to face a surprisingly tough LIDS Indiana Bulls team. The Bulls had only played 1 tournament this season, but they put their game together and gored the Hit Dogs sending them home after a decisive 13-4 win to advance to the finals to face the a perennial powerhouse, the Beaver Valley Reds of western Pennsylvania.
The Reds have long been an organization known for producing champions. This team had not played in a single USSSA event thus far this season as they chose
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The Beaver Valley Baseball Club is always well represented in the Michigan Super NIT over the Memorial Day weekend. Ever since this event was declared a Super NIT, BV has made a very competitive showing. This year, the BV Baseball Club really took care of business. Bids for the Elite 32 were won by the BV 10's, BV 11's, BV 12's and BV 14's. The BV 10's, BV 12's and BV 14's won the Championship and the BV 11's finished in 2nd place. This fine organization has a history of success in these big events. Even with many of the teams getting a bid, they will send seven BV teams to the Columbus Super NIT this upcoming weekend. Maybe the most impressive of all are the BV 14's. This was this team's first tournament of the season because they have many young freshman that played on their school teams. They beat Tri State Arsenal (NJ) in the semi finals and Motor City (MI) in the Championship game. These two opponents are #7 and #8 in the country on the current travel ball select national rankings for 14U. Congratulations goes out to Coach Smith for putting together such a fine and respected program.
In a championship game that took over 3 hours to decide the outcome, the Tomateros overcame an early 7 run deficit to defeat the Victory Athletics by a score of 13-12. Key players include Sergio Robles, who went 4 for 4 with a triple, homerun, and 3 RBI's, Zach Martinez, who went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, Willie Aguilar, who was 3 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI's, Adam Mitchell, who went 2 for 4 and scored 4 runs, and Matt Green, who was 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI's. Outstanding pitching by Joseph "Boo Boo" Torres, who came in the top of the 5th and shut down the offense of the Victory Athletics for the final three innings.
Down 12-5 in the bottom of the 4th, the Tomateros came back with 2 runs in the 4th, 1 run in each of the 5th and 6th innings, and 4 runs in the 7th to take the Championship. A very exciting game to say the least.
In the semi-final game vs. the San Diego Show, the Tomateros beat the Show by a score of 3-0. Excellent pitching by Steven Nuno, who held the Show scoreless and allowed just 2 hits, with 5 K's in 4 innings, and by Andres Sosa, who came in for the final 3 innings and allowed no runs and had 4 K's. Timely hitting by "Boo Boo" Torres, who's two-out single scored 2 runs.
Overall, there were many players with outstanding performances:
Sergio Robles, .692 BA, 1.385 SL%, 2 doubles, 2 triples, homerun
Willie Aguilar, .579 BA, .947 SL%, double, 2 homeruns
Zach Martinez, .500 BA, .944 SL%, 3 doubles, triple, homerun
Adam Mitchell, .500 BA, .778 SL%, 3 doubles, triple
Jr. Ruiz, .529 BA
Joseph "Boo Boo" Torres, .438, SL% .750
Matt Green, .462 BA, SL% .769, double, homerun
Ethan Lopez, .412 BA, SL% .588, 3 doubles
Congratulations to the Tomateros on winning the Triple Crown 14U So Cal State Championships